An alumnus of the class of 1945 nominates the "MIT NAVY V-12 Unit: 7/1/43-6/30/46
"The Graduate House(Ashdown House) was occupied by upwards to 1200 students from its formation on 7/1/43 until 1946.
"In 1942 the Defense Dept felt that there would be a need for qualified (educated] Officers in the mid 40's to replace lost personnel This decision caused the formation of The Navy V-12 And Army ASTP. The Navy program remained in tact while the Army program collapsed as bodies were needed in Europe. The Classes of 1944/45/ and 46 were graduated as 2/44,10/44 and 6/45 while the initial Class of 1947 became 2/46
"The initial unit members came from MIT,Drexel,Lehigh,Gen Motors Institute plus engineering types from other Schools as well as The Navy Fleet. Upwards to 80% of undergraduates during the WWII era were V-12ers.Our curriculum was the basic courses of all depts plus Navy Structure
The importance of this program was two fold. It provided MIT with a tuition income stream and gave us members an education."