96 History of Wake Forest College
With the close of the war the College, with the consent of students,
faculty and friends, gave up training for military service. A student
view was that while good, it had served its purpose and should find its
way to the autocratic junk
pile.8
The Biblical Recorder took a strong
stand against continuation of military drill on the Campus,9 and
President Poteat thought it out of place in a Christian college except
in time of war and so long as he was president stood against all efforts
to establish a Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Wake Forest.
In the weeks after Congress had declared the existence of a state of
war, many of the students then at the college volunteered for one or
another branch of the service. After the passage of the Selective
Conscription Act many others volunteered and many others were
enlisted under the terms of that act, the total number, exclusive of
S.A.T.C. men in College, being more than
400.10
Some six or eight
were chaplains; perhaps a score served as physicians and surgeons; as
many. were in the aviation corps; others were marines or served in the
Navy, and in the Infantry and field artillery. Others were found in the
quartermaster's department or did personnel work or worked in
hospitals or gave instruction in the training camps. Probably more
than half attained the rank of commissioned officers.
Among those who attained most distinction were Rev. C. A.
Leonard of the class of 1907. He had been many years a missionary in
China. Returning home on a furlough, he went to France under the
auspices of the Y.M.C.A. to work with Chinese coolies who were at
work building trenches. In the artillery services G. W. Greene, Jr., of
the class of 1916, son of the missionary to China, proved very
efficient in mapping from balloons the terrain of a large sector of
France. After the close of the
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8 Wake Forest Student, XXXVII, 18.
9
In paper for November 20, 1918: Under a system of military units in a college
there are certain advantages but also disadvantages. "First, the regular work of the
college is seriously interfered with. In the second place it seems like a desecration
of the campus of a Christian college especially to have it transformed into a drill
ground. And in the third place, the college unit is an effective agency for the
cultivation of the spirit of militarism."
10
Bulletin of Wake Forest College, XII, 220ff.; XIII, 284ff.; XIV, 137ff.
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