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Gazette and Bulletin: November 13, 1942 – May Form Victory Corps for Senior High School Boys

Organization of high school and technical institute students on a volunteer basis to meet war-time needs is being considered by the Williamsport School Board and may become an actuality when a vote is taken at a special meeting to be scheduled soon, R.C. Peterman, secretary said last night.

Plans have been presented for the creation of both a High School Victory Corps as part of a national program and for the operation of pre-induction training programs for boys in the technical institute for boys who will be 18 years of age on or before July 1, 1943.

Paul B. Cooley, chairman of the faculty Victory Corps Committee submitted an outline and explanation of the corps, which is designed to give youths immediate, accelerated and special training for war services that will be expected after leaving school and to give active participation in the community’s war effort while students are still in school. Five special divisions open to students who are within two years of completing high school are: Land Service, which calls for pre-induction training for all branches of the Army except the air corps, air service, sea service, production service, preparing for war industries and agriculture, community service preparing for medical, nursing, teaching, and numerous other professions and for business and civic service.

Every high school student is eligible to join the general membership of the Corps, which is operated by the U.S. Office of Education and has the official approval of the War Department, the Navy and Marine Departments and the Department of Commerce.

In addition to Mr. Cooley’s report, Miss Helen Diffenbach and M.E. Spotts Decker suggested a physical fitness program.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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