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Jackson Hall (above) home of the science depart- ments, has served a dual purpose since war came to the U. S. A. During the day, students are busy in the laboratories and class rooms but, in the evening, the Defense Training and Civilian De- fense groups take over and work far into the night preparing for war on the home front. Came December seventh and the beginning of the fifth war in which Alma Mater ' s sons have fought. On December eighth four of Centenary ' s varsity football players enlisted in the Coast Guard. From then on, the male populace of
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Centenary College was the first liberal arts institution in the United States to recognize military training as a required subject and when the school in 1846 found itself for the first time a part of a nation at war it was ready. With sabres at their side, a fully equipped, fully trained, fully officered company was presented to the federal government at the start of the Mexican War. It ' s record in action is one of Centenary ' s traditions. Centenary ' s fortunes were at a low ebb then, but patriotism ran high and in order to fill seven places in the ranks of this company with Cen- tenary men, a released janitor was rehired and his children reinstated in school. This gave two more than necessary — but, they too went along, acting as file closers. The tradition and precedent set at Centenary in filling that company for the Mexican cam- paign has ever been preserved. Merely giving all that was asked has never been enough for those of Centenary. Quotas have been only something to be surpassed when country called.
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