Post Tagged with: "World War II"

Student Army Training Corps members in line near Kirkland Hall, c. 1917–18 (Vanderbilt Special Collections and University Archives)

Vandy Goes to War

Vandy Goes to War, an exhibition highlighting the dramatic effects of two world wars on Vanderbilt’s campus, are on display in the Central Library lobby through Oct. 16, Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

Emily Manchester Townes, BA’50, has preserved her brother’s war letters by compiling them into a family history. A portrait of John Manchester hangs behind her. (DANIEL DUBOIS)

Schoolboy to Helldiver: A Vanderbilt student writes home about a future that would never come

  When John Speier Manchester left Vanderbilt halfway through his sophomore year in December 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, he was eager to make his name as a dashing World War II fighter pilot. A little more than a month after joining, the fresh-faced 19-year-old son of formerRead More

History Lessons: Editor’s Letter, Summer 2017

History Lessons: Editor’s Letter, Summer 2017

As the campus buzzes with the arrival of new students (and the university made sure they were outfitted with solar eclipse glasses), I think about the spectrum of history embodied in an institution like Vanderbilt. What school traditions or past stories will ignite the imaginations of these newest Commodores?

Hattye Yarbrough (JOHN RUSSELL)

Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

Yarbrough’s World War II scrapbook is now part of the foundational collection of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The SS Vanderbilt Victory Was Launched in 1945 with Great Pride

The SS Vanderbilt Victory Was Launched in 1945 with Great Pride

Named in honor of Vanderbilt University, the 455-foot SS Vanderbilt Victorywas launched April 11, 1945.