Football a memory; boys keenly missed

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1864-1913

Oct. 15, 1943

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Army Air Froce cadets at Colby
Dear Brother:

The old college “aint’ what it used to be!” South College and North College are empty and dark and silent, only Hedman Hall being occupied by college boys. Football is only a memory and intercollegiate victory a tradition. By reason of transportation shortage, much of the class-room work of both men and women is transferred to the Union on Mayflower Hill; and on a man-power ratio, the conduct of the “Echo” is necessarily entrusted to the girls.
You who are so far removed from peaceful scenes are keenly missed. However, College Avenue and the old campus are not exactly peaceful scenes; the 21st College Training Detachment Army Air Force, with G.H.Q. in Foss Hall, is much in evidence, at all daylight hours, marching in uniform to and from classes, or standing at salute to the flag in front of Memorial Hall in the impressive ceremony of Retreat, or in strenuous activity, in undress, on Seaverns Field, or on the obstacle course in front of the Field House.
The presence of these army cadets is inspiring and serves as a constant reminder of our own Colby boys in uniform, as well as incentive to the rest of us to be truly worthy of all members of the armed forces and what they are fighting for.

Yours in the bonds,
George Otis Smith (Xi) 1893