"No one can be free from worry until he comes to that country where no friend ever leaves us."
1st Commentary on Psalm 68
Although the Villanova community had expressed strong isolationist
sentiments in the years leading up to the American declaration of war in December 1941,
the campus soon found itself on a war footing. In March 1942 all students were
compelled to participate in physical fitness exercises and in June of that year the
college adopted a special wartime calendar. The following spring Villanova students
planted a victory garden between Corr Hall and the railroad station. Meanwhile,
compulsory military service threatened to deplete the all-male college of its
students. This crisis was averted by securing a unit of the Navy V-12 program for
Villanova in 1943. The program trained Navy recruits on the Villanova campus and
after the war became Villanova's Navy ROTC unit. At least 65 Villanovans, including
V-12 students, lost their lives in World War II.
Link to Exhibit Items
- Outfitting Navy V-12 recruits, Villanova Field House, 1 July 1943
Advisory Committee Identification badge of Reverend Edward V. Stanford, O.S.A., LL.D.
Edward V. Stanford, O.S.A., LL.D
- Announcement of Wartime Changes, Villanova College, 1942-1943
- Middleton Hall
- Navy V-12 students, 24 July 1943
- Program, Official Presentation of the
- Army Enlisted Reserve students
- Dr. Harold F Hartmann
- Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of
Navy V-12 Program
- Navy V-12 men with civilian students and
J. Stanley Morehouse
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