University's V-12 Program
hundred seamen arrived at Lawrence College in Appleton in
July 1943. The Navy contracted with Lawrence to teach these
young men engineering through a program called V-12. Graduates
of V-12 continued on to midshipman schools before accepting
commissions as officers in the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast
Guard. More than 100 American schools offered V-12 programs
during the war.
started a trimester system to speed up cadet training. Seaman
attended class and mingled socially with civilian students.
V-12 trainees distinguished themselves on campus by wearing
uniforms and following military protocol. Seven hundred and
five cadets attended Lawrence before the Navy decommissioned
the College's V-12 program on June 16, 1945.
Three hundred seamen jog along the canal from south Oneida
to south Lawe streets, July 1943
Courtesy of Lawrence University