Congratulations for a job well done

No absenteeism here. Knoxville, Tennessee. As he threw the switch that started the first generators of Tenessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Douglas Dam, a vital war power-production unit, Patrick P. Marshall, steam-fitter, said: “I realized that any day I was absent was a day given to the enemy.” Marshall had been on the job for 374 consecutive workdays. He was chosen among eighteen workers, all of whom never missed a day of work on Douglas, to speak for the employees. He is shown here being congratulated by W.L. Batt, War Production Board (WPB) vice-chairman, on the completion of a job that is making aluminum for bombers ahead of schedule. — Office of War Information