Two hundred and fifty supply officers will be graduated from the Naval Supply Corps at the Business School tomorrow, to join the graduates of the first class, more than 150 of whom have already seen action in the war in the Pacific.
Captain W. N. Hughes of the Boston Navy Yard and Cecil E. Fraser, associate professor of Business Administration, will speak at the ceremonies which will be held at 10 o'clock in the morning. Because of the war, it was impossible to get a Washington official to review the class as was done at the first graduation.
All Are College Graduates
Probably all of the present class are college graduates, according to Captain K. C. McIntosh, who is in charge of the course. Except for about 75 who are regular officers of the Navy or members of the old pre-war reserve, the class is composed of men who have come fresh from college.
The members of the course have already accepted commissions, this being a prerequisite for entrance. The majority of them are ensigns, but there are several of higher rank, including a commander from the Peruvian Navy.
Active Service Immediately
Over a half of the class will go immediately into active service on the ships of the fleet. The remainder will be stationed in Naval yards throughout the country and may be called for duty at sea as new ships are launched.
A supply officer on board ship has duties roughly corresponding to those of a quartermaster in the army. He is in charge of finance, accounting, and commissary.
The next course will begin on March 23, McIntosh announced. "With new ships being launched every day, the demand for supply officers, in fact for all officers, exceeds the supply," he said.
Old Class Sees Action
At least 20 of the first class saw action in the fleet's recent raid on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, and about nine are now stationed with MacArthur on Bataan Peninsula.
Of the 376 that graduated on September 12 from the first class, nearly half have already been in action. Two more were killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, at least one member is a prisoner in Japan, and one each was stationed on the "Kearney," "Salinas," "Neches," "Oklahoma," and "Arizona," all of which have been sunk since the beginning of the war.