Jun 26th, 2003 @ 12:44 pm | Author:
A dedication ceremony is planned for the V-12 Memorial for Saturday, June 28 on the Valley City State University campus. An ice cream social will take place from 2 to 4 pm with the dedication taking place at 3 pm. All activities will take place in the Memorial Student Center. Anyone interested in V-12 is invited to attend the dedication.
Valley City State University (then Valley City State Teachers College) was home to a Naval V-12 training program during World War II, with approximately 500 young men involved. During the years of 1943-45 students enrolled in the V-12 basic training course went to school for a one year period, consisting of three 16-week semesters. The V-12 Program was aimed at training Naval and Marine officers for the war and concentrated heavily on math and science with courses in English and foreign languages.
Unfortunately, the years have passed and V-12 has faded into the pages of history. Many folks are unaware that the program existed in our state as well as in many other locations.
The Valley City State University’s Foundation office has worked closely with Kenneth V. Brown, former USNR V-12, and at present, a practicing architect in Wichita, Kansas to get a real Navy anchor to be located on the campus of VCSU. The U.S. Navy graciously donated the Navy anchor which now rests on the front lawn of the campus near the flag pole. The flag pole is the same pole that the V-12 officers used during their training exercises at VCSU.
It is the Foundation’s intention to construct a memorial, listing the names of all of the participants of the V-12 era, including a brief history of the program. The VCSU Foundation office is currently raising funds to complete this project. If you are interested in making a donation to help fund the memorial sign please send donations to: VCSU Foundation Office, 101 College St SW, Valley City, ND 58072.