From the Battlefield to the Classroom
Albright Veterans Club
(photo from the 1948 yearbook)
Front row (left to right):
Good, Engle, Pringle, McLaughlin, Swope, Morgan, Filder, Nahm, J.
Moyer, R.Miller. Second row: Crawford, Lamberson, E. Davis, Crozier,
G. Lakow, Reeser, Brusch, Allen, W. Boyer, Koehler, Kenner, Himmelberger.
Third row: Kopp, Reeves, Bower, Woodring, G. Bailey, Pullis, Harp,
Carson, Woynarowski, Walb, Mull. Fourth row: Haller, Snook, Marlow,
Killian, Tucci, Lieb, Rowe, Werner, Liddicoat, Diaz, Ansbach, Wolf,
Manzolillo, Harper. Fifth row: Cocking, Zimmerman, Krecker, Chelius,
Anlian, Mallow, LaRue, Evans, Diehm, Coleman, Reed, Sokol, D. Voigt,
Hayum, Potts. Sixth row: Siefert, D. Johnson, W. Miller, Braun,
D. Rottermel, Witman, Stewart, H. Lebo, Henry, Winter, Markowitz
They traded guns for books,
uniforms for slacks, trenches for dormitories and uncertainty for
the future. In the spring and summer of 1946 young veterans returned
home from war ready to experience college life. College attendances
throughout the country swelled as institutions opened wide their
doors to the returning youth.
For many veterans the adjustment
from military service to college life was not an easy one. "It
was a difficult adjustment at first and made me wish I had finished
up before I went into service," says Warren Engle ’48.
To them, the country was different and so were the families and
friends they left behind. The numerous veterans at Albright turned
to each other for support and formed the Albright Veterans Club
The constitution of the Veterans
Club set forth to, "perpetuate the memory of the alumni of
Albright College who made the supreme sacrifice that this nation
might live in peace…to preserve the memories and incidents
of their associations in World War II…to supplement, through
counseling and fellowship the rehabilitation of their comrades at
The 357 veterans attending Albright
at the time used the Veterans Club as a means of gaining information
and assistance concerning termination of benefits, pending G.I.
legislation, tutoring and counsel through various stages of college
life such as orientation and college traditions.
The College also did all it could
to support its new class of veterans. "Albright was 100 percent
supportive of the club," says Engle. Both Albright and its
veterans learned and gained valuable things from each other. According
to Discovery and Promise: A History of Albright College; "Veterans
brought with them a maturity and singleness of purpose which helped
them to do superior academic work. They provided the best student
bodies colleges had experienced for decades."
The members of the Veterans Club were
active on campus and also joined other colleges for the greater
benefit of all veterans. In 1947 members of the Veterans Club joined
veterans from colleges in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland
at the Student Veterans Coordinating Committee, held at the University
of Pennsylvania, to discuss bills pending before Congress.
According to the 1948 Cue, "The
overall purpose of this club is to promote patriotism and Americanism
with a zeal equal to that with which they demonstrated and defended
during our crucial period of war."
The men and women of the Veterans
Club approached every aspect of their lives with zeal. The return
of these young veterans to colleges across the country saw the beginning
of one of the most prosperous times in recent American history.
They survived a world war and their willingness to learn and grow
propelled America into the "golden age" of the 1950s.
-- Amy M. Buzinski ’03