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Navy servicemen stationed at Berea College during WWII gather for a reunion on campus June 4-6

A week after the dedication of the national WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., Navy servicemen stationed at Berea College during World War II will gather for a reunion on the College campus June 4-6.

From July 1943 to October 1945, 782 men were enrolled at Berea College in the Navy V-12 Training Program. Periodically, alumni of this program return to Berea to share memories and renew friendships.

Thirty-one V-12 alumni are registered to attend this year’s reunion, including a Berea College trustee and two others from Lexington, several from other parts of Kentucky, and are coming from as far away as Ontario, Canada.

On Friday, participants will spend the afternoon in Lexington, touring Rupp Arena at 2 p.m. and visiting the Headley Whitney Museum at 3:30. At 5:45, there will be a reception at the Arlington Country Club Mule Barn in Richmond, followed by dinner there at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the V-12 alumni will spend the day on Berea’s campus. A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. in Danforth Chapel, and from 12:30 – 2 p.m., Berea President Larry Shinn and his wife, Nancy, will host a luncheon in the President’s Home.

A group photo will be taken on the steps of the Woods-Penniman Building at 2 p.m. (rain site is Baird Lounge in the Alumni Building). The rest of the afternoon will be given over to reminiscing and “catching up” in Baird Lounge, Alumni Building. An evening banquet is planned for 6:30 p.m. in Boone Tavern Dining Room.

Reunion activities will conclude with a worship service at Union Church on Sunday morning.

The V-12 alumni also coordinate a fund that annually awards a scholarship to a Berea student selected for outstanding leadership and citizenship. The fund also provides for a Navy V-12 award given annually to an international student for outstandingcontributions to brotherhood and international understanding on campus.

For additional information, contact the Alumni Association Office at 859-985-3105.

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