I War and Its Aftermath
1. The enrollment for the fall term of 1943 is given variously as
448, 457, and 470 in college records and reports. The highest figure is
for the number enrolling at the beginning of the term, and the lowest
shows the attrition created by the withdrawal of students entering
military service. Elsewhere the enrollment figures given are those
compiled by the registrar.
2. The mystery of Zon Robinson's strange disappearance is
explored in an article in The Student of December 1947, pp. 8-9.
Although there is no byline, Robert B. Wilson, Jr., was the principal
3. As a freshman in 1913, Haynes confronted a group of upperclass
hazers and ordered them to halt. When they failed to comply with his
command, he fired a shot which grazed the head of one of the hazers.
The victim is said to have fainted.
4. After the war Butler enrolled in the Wake Forest Law School,
took his degree, and set up practice in Fayetteville.
5. There is no complete listing of Wake Forest casualties in World
War II, and the information published here, compiled from reports in
various college publications, may be incorrect. The author would
welcome correspondence with the friends or relatives of other alumni
who gave their lives in military service.
6. The SS Wake Forest Victory was launched only twenty-seven
days after her keel was laid, setting a new national record. President
Kitchin was invited to speak at the launching; since he could not
attend, Lt. (j.g.) Harold L. McManus '41, a Navy chaplain based in
Seattle, was the college representative. In May 1945, the ship went to
sea under the command of Capt. Henry J. Hummer and made several
voyages in support of military operations and the occupation of Japan.
At one point members of the navy armed guard crew aboard asked for
pin-ups of sixteen Wake Forest beauties, and the photos were duly
dispatched. After the war the ship was briefly in commercial service
but was returned to military duty during the Korean campaign. In the
fall of 1951 the American flag flown by the ship in Korean waters
was presented to Wake Forest by C. B. Deane, a member of Congress
and a Wake Forest alumnus. For a fuller account of the early years,
see an article by Charles Giles in The Student of March 1947, pp. 4-5,