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THE UNIVERSITY RECORD
VOL. XXXIX, SERIES I, NO. 8 AUGUST 1, 1944
Published monthly by the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Entered in the post office in Gainesville, Florida, as second-class matter,
under Act of Congress, August 24, 1912
Office of Publication, Gainesville, Florida
A Message from the President
c=,L)URING the past year and a half, the University of Florida has assisted
in the training of approximately 4,500 members of the armed forces of the United
States. Caught in the throes of an all-out conflict, these young men left a life of com-
parative happiness and ease to enter the maelstrom of a world at war. Throughout
their stay on our campus, they accepted their responsibilities with courage and sincerity,
and they left us excellently prepared to serve America in the various theaters of war.
They carried with them many poignant memories of their days at Florida-memories
of people, places, and events-memories which, we hope, are faithfully portrayed in
the pages of this pictorial record. We wish them Godspeed in all their endeavors, and
cordially extend them a standing invitation to revisit us.
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Jy ORE than a year before Pearl Harbor the State Board of Control
notified President Roosevelt that the facilities of the University of Florida and other
institutions under its jurisdiction were at the disposal of the Government. Among the
many services which the University was privileged to perform were two which involved
direct employment of its peacetime facilities and staff: the training of enlistees in the
Army Air Forces (Air Crew), and the instruction of both reservists and trainees in
the Army Specialized Training Program.
At the end of February, 1943, the 62nd CTD (Air Crew) was activated at the Uni-
versity of Florida with a quota of 750 trainees. Beginning with the following May,
and continuing with reasonable regularity throughout the graduation and replacement
of approximately 150 trainees monthly until the close of the program in June, 1944,
the University served in the training of 2,994 members of the Air Crew.
The University was responsible for the academic instruction and the physical train-
ing demanded in the program, while officers and men of the Air Corps were assigned
to the detachment to provide overall supervision for the program and specific responsi-
bility for the military training. The academic program consisted of mathematics,
physics, history, geography, English, civil air regulations, and medical aid. Each trainee
also had ten hours of flight instruction.
In June, 1943, there was activated at the University of Florida a unit of the Army
Specialized Training Program, officially known as SCU No. 3418, ASTP. The program
at the University, to which 494 trainees were originally allotted, was designated to cover
the Basic Phase Curriculum and the Advanced Phase Curricula in Engineering. These
were followed by a group of approximately one hundred former advanced ROTC stu-
dents of the University, whom the military authorities returned to pursue their studies
and training until openings in Officer Candidate Schools occurred, by nearly fifty
trainees in the Preprofessional Curriculum leading to medicine and dentistry, and by
allotments of reservists. In all, up to July 1, 1944, the University had enrolled nearly
1,500 men in these various phases of the Army Specialized Training Program.
The Army Specialized Training Program had as its objective the preparation of
technicians needed by the several services of the United States Army. In the Basic
Phase Curricula the trainees studied chemistry, mathematics, physics, English, history,
geography, and engineering drawing; in the Advanced Phase the trainees pursued
those studies usually required by professional schools of engineering, medicine, and
dentistry. As with the Army Air Forces the University assumed responsibility for in-
struction in the academic subjects and for physical training, while the Commandant
and his staff had charge of the military training and discipline.
The University endeavored to perform a complete service for trainees in the Army
Air Forces and in the Army Specialized Training Program. All trainees were housed
in the University's dormitories, most of which are of recent construction and all of
which afford modern and comfortable living conditions. Mess was provided in the
University cafeterias. The Florida Union-campus center of student social activities
and recreation-was placed at the disposal of the enlistees. Special entertainment pro-
grams were arranged, a service men's lounge was provided, and a sewing service was
established-all for the comfort and welfare of the trainees. The facilities of the Uni-
versity Speech Clinic were made available and any trainee with speech defects could
schedule a period for help in solving his difficulties.
In the pages that follow are presented pictorially the various activities of the
trainees on the University of Florida campus. The men will be seen at work, at play,
at rest, at physical training, at military drill, at recreation, at mess-in short, engaging
in every activity desired for well-rounded development of the present-day American
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PICTURED above are former advanced ROTC students of the University,
who were sent back in the fall of 1943 after basic training to do further study while
awaiting orders to report to Officer Candidate Schools. Many of these men are now
commissioned officers in the United States Army.
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BRIG. GEN. DAVIS
.. ARKING the close of the Army Air Forces College Training Program,
President Tigert receives a certificate of service presented by Brig. Gen. M. F. Davis,
as the personal representative of Brig. Gen. Walter F. Kraus, Commanding General
of the Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command.
The certificate reads: "Certificate of service award to the University of Florida
in recognition of the meritorious service rendered the Army Air Forces Training Com-
mand during World War II. Type of training: College Air Crew. Duration of service:
March, 1943, to June, 1944. This certificate is awarded at Headquarters Army Air
Forces Training Command, Fort Worth, Texas, this first day of July in the year of
our Lord, 1944." The certificate bears the signatures of General Kraus and Lt. Gen.
B. K. Yount, Commanding General of the Training Command.