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During W.W. II enrollment at ECU dropped drastically as students and faculty alike enlisted. The campus was in turmoil for a while after the war started, but the college community quickly adjusted to the many changes brought on by W.W. II.

For two years of the war, there were 300 men on campus as part of the military's air cadet training program. Both Fentem and Knight Hall were used to house the men in the training program and the old wooden gym became a recreation hall for them. Office space used by the history and education departments was transformed into military headquarters for the cadet training program.

Pictured above is a young cadet in front of the sign for the air training crew.