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Most Marine
Trainees Saw
Action Abroad
150 Study Here as
Officer Candidates
Although they rarely talk much
about what they have done, the ma-
jority of the Marines stationed at the
University have seen overseas service
From Guadalcnal and rainy Bou-
gainville to Iwo Jima and Okinawa,
from cimost every branch of the
Corps, they have come to receive
a college background prior to receiv-
ing commissions. They are men like
Ernest V. Helland of Carlson's Raid-
ers, who spent one month on patrol
behind Jap lines, raiding and living
off Japanese supplies; Frederic L
Banta, of the 2nd Division, combat
intelligence, 3rd battalion, 6th Ma-
ries, whose section of 12 men and
an officer found copies of the plans
of all the installations in the Mar-
shall Islands and Harry M. Rir-
ardson, Second Separate Engineer
Battalion who worked on airfields onr
Guam and Iwo Jima while under fire.
"Let Them Shoot at You"
Ricaardson tells of the time he
and five other men went out to ie-
connoiter an air strip on Iwo Jima
and some Jap snipers started shot-
ing at them. As they ducked, two
Marines stuck ther heads out c a
foxhole and said, "Get up and walk
around. Let them.shoot at you so
we can locate them."
Recommended by the commanding
officer of their respective units on
the basis of their physical standing,
background of certain subjects in
high school, and possession of of-
ficer-like qualities, the Marine train-
ees are sent here for a limited time
to get as much academic training
as possible so as to enable them to
become better all around officers.
Of the 150 men in the V-12 unit,
all but 42 have been overseas. Many
of the Marines are holders of the
Purple Heart, citations, and other
combat decorations. Although most
of the men held ranks as non-com-
missioned officers, when they reached
Ann Arbor they were "busted" to
The majority of the men receive
four semesters of college, two in basic
engineering and two in the College
of Literature, Science and the Arts. A
few, however, are chosen for seven
semesters of engineering. In addition
to regular college subjects, lectures
on the Marine Corps are given every
Saturday for the first two semesters,
two hour drills are held every Wed-
nesday, and military standards of
conduct are enforced to the highest
Sent to Camp Le Juene
Upon completion of the University
course, the men are sent to Camp
Le Juene, North Carolina, if they
have already had boot training. Oth-
ers go to boot camp at Parris Island,
At Le Juene, they join officer can-
didate battalions where they are ob-
served for officer-like qualities. They
are retained there until they can be
sent to Quantico, Va.
At Quantico they attend the Pla-
toon Command School, and upon
graduation are commissioned second
lieutenants in the United States
Marine Corps Reserve. The highest
men in the class receive the regular
officer's commission.
As second lieutenants they will be
platoon leaders in charge of 45 men.
All officers are trained to lead troops,
and the. majority of the graduates
will have duty with the Fleet Marine
Force for amphibious landings. They
may also be assigned aboard naval
vessels or shore establishments for
guard duty.
"All men selected are men who

have shown or indicated officer-like
qualities," Captain Bertholdt, com-
manding officer of the Marine de-
tachment, said, adding, "It is an
honor to be selected for training."

Statements From the University
And Our Military Commanders
"The University of Michigan has made an outstanding contribution to
the training of the Army during this war. At all times we have received the
maximum in assistance and cooperation from the Board of Regents, the
administrative officials and the faculty of the University of Michigan.
Many of the training programs conducted here are specialized in character,
designed to develop skills indispensable to the efficient and successfulj
performance of the Army.I
"The Army is grateful for the facilities and training provided in the
Army Japanese Language School, the Civil Affairs Training School, the
Army Specialized Training Program, the Army Specialized Training Reserve
Program, the Reserve Officers Training Corps and for the use of the Law
Quadrangle for the Judge Advocate General's School.
"That the training afforded has been found to be uniformly of high
quality testifies to the vigor and intelligence with which the varied admini-
strative and instructional problems have been solved."
-Col. Reginald C. Miller,
Commandant of all
Army Forces in Ann Arbor.
"It is the Navy's objective that N. R. O. T. C. students attain a liberal
education on equal terms with civilian students of the University and that
such be recognized by all boards and councils who rate educational at-
tainments of college graduates.
"In order to accomplish this objective, the Department of Naval
Science and Tactics functions as an integral part of the University of
Michigan just as the various other departments do; and the N. R. O. T.
C. students are urged to participate in all the activities connected with
the University and to consider themselves in all respects the students of
the University that they are.
"The N. R. O. T. C. Unit of this University is in effect a supplementary
Naval Academy, one of several now established among the major institu-
tions of learning throughout the country."
-Capt. Woodson V. Michaux,
Chairman of the Department of
Naval Science and Tactics
"I am glad to have this opportunity to express on behalf of the Univer-
sity staff who have been associated with the service training programs
our sincere appreciation for the fine spirit of friendly cooperation which
we have always found in the Army and Navy officers whose responsibility
it has been to administer the military aspects of these programs.
"It has not always been easy to reconcile the needs of the many special
service programs with the requirements of continuing civilian educational
activities, but our problems have been made immeasurably easier by the
helpful and sympathetic attitude of the military commandants and their
staffs. The University has been most fortunate in having in the major
military posts on the campus men who have combined to an exceptional
degree zealous concern for the welfare of their men with a genuine appre-
ciation of the civilian problems faced by the University."
-Marvin L. Niehuss
Vice-President and Coordinator of
Emergency Training.

'U' To Give Vets
Short Courses
In Many Fields
Pre-Term Refresher
Study Program Told
A pre-term refresher course, aim-
ed at improving the World War II
veterans' reading, concentration, and
study ability, will begin September
24 under the sponsorship of the Uni-
versity Veterans Service Bureau.
The course, to be taught by Univer-
sity staff members, will run for four
weeks and will include both English
and mathematics "at the level re-
quired by the students."
Veterans who desire review work in
foreign language or science in prep-
aration for more advanced courses
may arrange to "audit" appropriate
classes during part of the four-week
No academic credit will be given
for this refresher. work.' The course
will be conducted in accordance with
regulations of the Veterans Admini-
stration to allow full subsistence to
those enrolling in full-time work,
Special fee charged for the program
and educational supplies will be paid
by the U. S. Veterans Administra-
Veterans should consult with their
academic counselors and secure ap-
proval of his refresher program be-
fore attending classes.
It will be appreciated if those who
plan to attend would notify the Ser-
vice Bureau in advance and indi-
cate subjects they intend to review.
Meet Your President
If anyone asks you, the president
of the University is Dr. Alexander
Grant Ruthven. You will get a
chance to shake his hand and drink
his tea at any of a number of Ruth-
ven Teas, at which he and his wife
will play host at their South Univer-
sity home. Notice of Ruthven Teas
will be given in The Daily.


Choose your Campus Furs at HOGAN.

-HAYES before you go


Occupation Leaders Trained Here

The rulers of occupied Japan were
trained at the University of Michi-

es of

were members of three class-
the Civil Affairs Training
Far Eastern Area (CATS),

edge of the language will enable
them to deal much more success-
fully with civil affairs than without
In addition to training in language
and customs, CATS officers of the
American Army, Navy, Women's
Army Corps (WAC) and British
Army, have ben subjected to a pro-
gram that included police work, pub-
lic safety, health, general admini-
stration, law and finance, supply,
transportation, communications, in-

dustry, commerce, public relations
and education. '
First-Hind Experience Useful
They have been instructed by a
group of special lecturers on Japan,
who all have first-hand information
on Japanese institutions.
The CATS, jointly run by a Uni-
versity and military staff, the latter
directed by Col. Stephen A. Park,
associate director of the School, had
been located, in its year of operation
here, in the Rackham Building.

each put through a 26-week curric-
ulum that included courses in many
aspects of military government, civil
censorship and an intensive study
of the Japanese language and cul-
The Fourth Class, with only four
weeks of training completed, left for
Japan early this week, when the
School closed.
Same as AMG in Europe
"The officers finishing the military
government course will be occupy-
ing the same type of positions and
responsibilities in Japan as the Allied
Military Government does in Eur-
ope," Prof. Ramsdell said.
Communication censorship, includ-
ing telegraph, telephone and cable
messages, is the occupation task of
36 officers who graduated with the
third class early this month, he said.
These officers, Prof. Ramsdell said,
have received specialized training in
the control of such communications
during their intensive study of the
Japanese language.
Language Barrier Recognized
"The language barrier," he point-
out, "has been recognized as a dif-
ficulty in arriving at a clearcut un-
derstanding between military gov-
ernment officers and the Japanese
officials whom they supervise. Our
officers must depend on additional
interpreter service, but their knowl-

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