Throwback Thursday: A Salute to Target’s Military History

May 23, 2013 - Article reads in
Target Memorial Day

Target has always been proud to count many servicemen, servicewomen and veterans among its team members.

In honor of Memorial Day, we took a trip through the Target archives to look back at some of the amazing team members who have served in our nation’s name. Among volunteer awards and war bond certificates, we found this internal news item from Dayton’s—Target’s predecessor—dated May 19, 1945.

The ultimate #TBT

The archived notice recognizes 44 “Daytonian” women who served in uniform during WWII, including lieutenants, commanders and captains. We especially love the mention of Myra Jean Clark, who was stationed in Brooklyn, New York. She was part of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), a groundbreaking division of the U.S. Navy that consisted entirely of women. Her main responsibility included packing and repairing parachutes!

Target’s commitment to military members and veterans endures today. In 2012, Target became a partner in the 100,000 Jobs Mission, joining other top companies in a pledge to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. Last month, as part of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, Target committed to hire 1,000 veterans to salaried leadership positions and 25,000 veterans to field hourly roles by 2018.

As for the Dayton’s women pictured above, we’d love to find out more about them—if any readers recognize these women, please email us at 

To learn more about Target’s support of the military, visit

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