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Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College During World War II

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, July 11, 2011
1. Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College During World War II Marker
Inscription. Immediately following the United States' entry into World War II after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College (SFA) President Alton Birdwell called together an assembly of students and staff to address the national emergency. Many students and faculty members responded to the call to arms by entering every branch of the armed services, and a county civil defense council, with many SFA leaders, worked on the homefront. Among the homefront efforts was a concerted program to maintain active correspondence with those serving in the military overseas. In addition to the male SFA military and homefront volunteers, many SFA women entered military service. Student enrollment fell by 60% during the war and the resulting scarcity of men, coupled with travel restrictions, forced the school's athletic council to suspend intercollegiate football. In February 1943 the U.S. Army selected SFA as the first college in the nation to host the women's Army Corps Training School. At the height of the war, a flag made by students was displayed on campus. It bore more than a thousand blue stars for SFA students and staff serving in the war, and 24 gold stars for those who lost their lives in service to their country. Ultimately, more than three dozen SFA students died in military service. Many students attended
Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College During World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 11, 2011
2. Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College During World War II Marker
school on the G.I. Bill after the war, resulting in a surge in enrollment and construction of new campus buildings. The honor of those who served and died in the war. Students and faculty have continued to serve the U.S. military in times of peace and war.
 
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12107.)
 
Location. 31° 37.238′ N, 94° 38.875′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker can be reached from Raguet Street. Touch for map. On SFA State University campus between Business and Education buildings. Marker is in this post office area: Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alton W. Birdwell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Home of Thomas J. Rusk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Home of Juan Antonio Padilla (approx. ¾ mile away); Westminster Presbyterian Church (approx. ¾ mile away); La Calle Real del Norte (approx. ¾ mile away); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charles S. Taylor (approx. one mile away); Ancient Mound (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
 
Categories. EducationWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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