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Beloit: Sons and Daughters in War and Peace

World War I

The United States of America entered World War I in 1917, three years after it began in Europe. As the war became more of a reality for the United States, universities and colleges around the country took on military training programs as part of the war effort.

In March of 1917, Beloit faculty voted to write to President Woodrow Wilson, assuring him of the college’s support during the war. That same month 117 students then voted via written ballot to join a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). While Beloit never did receive an ROTC branch, the Student Army Training Corps (SATC), a similar but separate organization, began their work on campus in the fall of 1918. By the end of the war it is believed that about 700 current students and alumni had served and 15 died. Overall, both volunteers and draftees served, with the general opinion of the campus in favor of military service. 

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