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Secretary of the Havy George Bancroft, founder of our Academy in 1845., Bancroft Hall, filled from high schools, colleges, prep schools.... a city in one building built to ■I further a world-wide purpose the home of three thousand, each learning some of the things they must know to " fight the fleet " .... three years there, long then, but so short now .... the Hall of routine, formations, and executive notices .... her work and her play, so demanding of our thoughts, made all that we had known seem far away,
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A Captain ' s home in San Diego; a neat green farm in the Mid- west; a white manse in the warm Southern sunlight; the midst of a city springing from the Western plains; a New England mer- chant ' s weather-beaten brick house -in these we said our fare- wells through the s ummer of 1940. These we left to walk up the steps of Bancroft Hall, hope and confidence within us. The pink slip, first of many Exec forms we were to see in our three years, told us to go to the Fourth Deck of the Third Wing, Bancroft Hall — Sick Quarters and physical examination. We weren ' t quite sure we had enough molars or the required gallon- age in our veins, and when they tapped on our chest we weren ' t sure that a hollow sound wouldn ' t result, but 960-odd of us passed. Then we selected a language and a roommate for the summer. There it was — Bancroft Hall! We were in! We ' ve gone through many physical exominctions since those first few days, but at the time it seemed to us the most critical ordeal we would ever have to encounter. 29
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