Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Broehm 27 training between the ages of 16 and 18 is of paramount importance." 104 As a result, the High School Victory Corp was established in August 1942. The High School Victory Corp was a national volunteer organization designed to mobilize high-school youth. Its sponsor was the United States Office of Education working in conjunction with the Departments of War, Navy, and Civil Aeronautics. Henry L. Stinson, Secretary of War, explains that the Victory Corp emphasizes "mastery of fundamental subjects-physical training, special studies, and other activities that can properly be a part of any school's program--will enable the boys and girls to serve more usefully after graduation, both in the war effort directly and indirectly in other related pursuits."'15 Manitowoc Lincoln High School was active in the Victory Corp. Physical education classes now met four times a week and focused on formal calisthenics and body-building exercises. Boys were encouraged to take physics. Pre-flight classes for pre-induction students were very popular. A number of high school girls attended special classes at the Vocational school to prepare for war industry jobs. Marge recalls, "When I was a senior, a bunch of us took a course at night over at the vocational school. We were going to be inspectors in a defense plant... two of the girls did become inspectors... I went to work for the newspaper."'106 104 U.S., Congress, Senate, A Bill To Provide for the Preparation of High-School Students for Wartime Service, S. 875, 78th Cong., 1st sess., 1943, 7. 105 U.S. Department of Defense, High-School Victory Corps (Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1943. 1o6 Marge Miley, interview by Steve Kolman, 11.
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