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Roy W. Nickerson, Editor-in-Chief

William Robertson, Managing Editor

Sidney Folsom, Managing Editor

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Following World War II, the federal G.I. Bill enabled approximately 2.3 million, predominently white male Veterans to receive a post-secondary education. In addition to covering tuition costs, Veterans received a "subsistence" stipend to cover the cost of housing and other expenses. To accommodate increased enrollment, between 1947 and 1949, UMaine operated an annex campus located on the Brunswick Naval Air Station where Veterans could enroll in first-year courses before moving to the Orono campus to complete their education. Five hundred and five male Veterans enrolled for classes on the Brunswick campus in fall 1947.

The second volume of The Maine Annex reported that the Brunswick campus boasted an enrollment of 851 students for the 1947-1948 academic year, the majority of whom were men. World War II Veterans turned "smoke eaters," joining World War I Veterans and civilians to fight the advancing disaster. The wildfire of 1947 reached Bowdoin Pines before advancing to Brunswick Naval Air Station, advancing only 25 yards inside the campus before being extinguished. Vets from the Annex also joined the fight to save communities on Mount Desert Island. [For personal accounts of the Wildfires of 1947, see Joyce Butler's, “Wildfire Loose” Oral History Project.]


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