In the fall of 1918 the University of North Dakota suffered the unimaginable loss of twenty-seven members of its Student Army Training Corps. These young men were victims of the Flu Pandemic that swept through Grand Forks during that dreadful fall and all but one died on the university campus during October and November of 1918. One hundred years ago the University of North Dakota promised to never forget these young men. Now the University has kept her promise. A complete list of names of the S.A.T.C. members who died on campus during the Flu Pandemic has now been made public and enshrined, until now, these young men could not have been remembered. I hope that this website will convey the sentiment of remembrance I want to bring to your attention. Please visit the UND SATC exhibit in Special Collections, on the fourth floor of the Chester Fritz Library on the UND campus to pay your respects.
The Student Army Training Corps, of the University of North Dakota, was the only organized military training station in the county during World War I. The University of North Dakota was also among the first of 500 colleges and universities across the nation to be selected for this type of training camp. The university became a military camp between July and August of 1918 by order of the Committee on Education and Special Training of the War Department in Washington. The Student Army Training Corps consisted of two sections, the collegiate section and the vocational section. The collegiate section of the S.A.T.C. consisted of men who were eighteen years or older, were high-school graduates and enrolled in the University as students. They were enlisted men and were automatically inducted into the services of the United States as the Students Army Training Corps, "were paid the regular salary of a private and were housed and fed at the University at government expense." These "soldier-students take the war-aims course and other work prescribed by the War department. They participated in military drills and had their study supervised by officers in their military quarters at the University." The vocational section included men eighteen years or older with above or below a college entrance grade. These men were drafted men and were under the general direction of Dr. Earle J. Babcock, Dean of The College of Engineering. These men were to "receive training in certain phases of engineering and other work calling for skilled men, such as miners and drill runners, radio operators, concrete workers, carpenters, auto-mechanics, and black smiths." They too participated in regular military drills and took war-aims classes. Both sections were officially inducted into the United States Army on October 1, 1918 in nation-wide a ceremony. It is unfortunate that just days after such an inspiring scene the flu epidemic would begin to take the lives of several members of the S.A.T.C.