Six soldiers thumbed their way back to Fort Devens and army life last night after sharing Harvard life and facilities as weekend guests of the P. B. H. Defense Service Committee.
The visit was the first experiment in a series of programs to entertain enlisted men. Under the direction of Richard Hall '43 and Edward Ames '42, plans have been worked out to entertain five soldiers in three or four Houses each weekend.
Soldiers at Barn Dance
Adams House played host to the half-dozen army men, who seemed bewildered but generally pleased by Harvard. The men, buddies in their Quartermaster Corps outfit, toured the College, attended the Saturday night barn dance, and listened to the Army-Navy game.
Draftee Private Robert Hedstrom of Chicago went completely overboard in praise of Harvard. "The fellows are swell," he commented enthusiastically, "the buildings are wonderful, and I think Harvard co-eds are beautiful."
To Roger Bessette of New Bedford Harvard food was the greatest stimulant to the enlisted sextet. "I'd really rather eat here than at the post. At least you get a selection here, and those waitresses create that certain touch. When we get back, we will really feel like getting to work."
During their two day stay at the College, they seemed most impressed by the Indoor Athletic Building swimming pool and basketball courts and the glass flowers in the University Museum.
After dinner at Adams House yesterday noon, the five privates and their corporal helped Hall and Ames outline programs for future visits of soldiers to Harvard. They suggested limiting groups to small numbers to be chosen by the company commanders. Sightseeing around the College and the securing of dates for Saturday nights were placed as musts on the visitors' list.
Bowling and Beer
More highly developed plans for future weekends were announced by the committee last night. Entertainment for the soldiers' stay will be outlined in greater detail to avoid dull moments and dancing, bowling, and beer will be included on the schedule.
Only regret felt for the Harvard holiday was expressed by Corporal Ernest L. Davian of Holyoke, who suggested, "They will probably rib us for weeks back at camp about 'going to Hahvuhd'".