To mark Independence Day, Archives presents this just-processed film from the U.S. Navy V-7 program held at Northwestern during World War II. The film dates from 1942 and depicts a formal but brief Captain's inspection that took place at Abbott Hall on the University's Chicago Campus.
The V-7 Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School was established at Northwestern in September 1940 and operated for the duration of the war. Its intent was to expand the Navy's officer corps through an intense, accelerated training program. The program's midshipmen (also known as the "90-day wonders," because of their abbreviated course of study) pursued courses in gunnery, navigation, engineering, and seamanship, after which they entered active duty as ensigns in the United States Naval Reserve. During the war, Northwestern was home to a total of twelve different military training programs on its campus.
Herbert H. Sadler, father of V-7 midshipman Herbert W. Sadler, made the film. Hilde Sadler Neasbe generously donated the film to the collection of the University Archives.