Soldiers marching at Springfield College (1939-1945?)
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This photograph shows soldiers marching in uniform on Naismith Green at the International YMCA College, now called Springfield College. In the background is the Administration Building. In the center of the photograph is a lone man standing beside a pole. At the start of World War II, Springfield College served as training grounds for the Army Air Corps, which allotted the college $90,000 for upgrading facilities. In the spring of 1944, the training program was canceled; in order to conserve its assets for expanded postwar operations in the face of decreasing student enrollment, Springfield College negotiated a contract with the U.S. Navy to serve as a Naval Special Hospital. The Navy allotted $75,000 to bring the college up to the mark of a naval hospital, and the first contingent of one hundred and fifty patients arrived on September 22, 1944. It was estimated that five hundred patients could be served. Alumni Hall was used as the hospital, and the old dormitory (now called the Administration Building) became administrative offices and housing for nurses and WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|International Young Men's Christian Association College|
World War, 1939-1945
World War II
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- Soldiers marching at Springfield College (1939-1945?). 1939-1945. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/8065. (Accessed June 24, 2018.)
- APA citation style
- (1939-1945) Soldiers marching at Springfield College (1939-1945?). Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/8065
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- Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/8065>.