Collecting information for Loomis during wartime was very difficult. We don’t know exactly where to look, there are no specific diaries for Loomis Faculty members, all we have are collections of yearbooks and a giant library of archives that could hopefully help us but where do we start looking. Yearbooks offer more about the students then the faculty, and it seems like war didn’t have enough of an impact to affect a faculty member’s life, or if it did we have struggled to find any evidence of it. All I have found are little snippets that show a more wartime culture in the community. For example, there were the officers of Loomis Battalion; its popularity showed through the numbers of students that participated. It looks well put together but I’m not entirely sure what it is, who started it, what they do, etc. I would love to find out more information about the Officers of Loomis Battallion and maybe look into its specific members and titles of each individual, but I wouldn’t know where to look for this research. Maybe we can look at those who died during World War II and follow just their careers at Loomis, find their yearbooks and the clubs they were involved in etc. I think this would give us a more direct way of guidance and would have more structure. We can pursue a deeper memorial for one of the students who died serving his country. The question is which student do we choose. Below is an example of a student we might pursue in our research.
Usually when you think of high school, you think of good times, a little stress here and there, and getting into the right college. The boys at Loomis during the 1930s through the 1940s had slightly more on their plate. By the time World War II had come around, the boys of Loomis had been fully entrenched in the war efforts. Specifically, many of them sitting on the front lines during the European campaign. Many young, overwhelmingly talented and intellectual Loomis boys did not see their full potential as they were sent overseas to fight in war. Some of the boys from the Loomis class of 1941 lost their lives fighting for their country. These young men had bright futures before the war, looking to attend universities and colleges such as Yale, Connecticut, Cornell, Amherst and Williams. Top tier athletes and full fledged keystones in the Loomis community were going from Loomis First Football Team captain to a Private in the 9th Infantry Division fighting in France. Douglas Richard Metcalfe Osborn of Poquonock, CT was one of these Loomis boys of the class of 41’ who lost his life in battle overseas. A day student, a member of numerous clubs and managed numerous sports teams as well. Douglas, or “Ozzie”, was not the physical type of young man you would expect to see be a part of the military. However, one asset he did have was his shooting skills. While most soldiers drafted during World War II tended to be remedial in their skills entering the war, Ozzie had a plethora of experience. Ozzie participated on the Rifle Team at Loomis all four years he was at the school, even being Vice President during his senior year. Ozzie died fighting for his country in North Western Europe only a few years after his graduation from Loomis, not being able to pursue his studies at the University of Connecticut. He is honored today in Founders along with his fellow Loomis students and faculty who lost their lives during the war.
Having looked through the Loomis Alumni Bulletin of 1945, it’s easy to tell that throughout the years of the war there were significant changes being made on campus. Along with several Loomis faculty members leaving to fight in the war, remarkable changes were made on campus and in the classrooms as well. Students all throughout campus (particularly students who didn’t participate in athletics) had to make up for the shortage of labor and partake in tasks such as disposing leaves, care for gardens, taking care of the tennis courts, and chopping and delivering firewood. The teachers of the math and science departments at the time were asked for assistance to teach the theory of aeronautics and radio as well as their regularly scheduled courses. English teachers have to make up for the much needed rest of teachers in the history department, and faculty members all across campus have to pick up extra shifts in order to make up for the lack of hands. Members of the Loomis community such as John Burns, John Dorman, and Thomas Finley are only some of the faculty that served on the front. These men, as well as John W. Case, John H. Wheeler, and William C. Newbold, are glorified in the bulletin and some even have obituaries written in their names, respectively.
 Loomis Yearbook 1941
 War Memorial fallen faculty and students in Founders
 Loomis Alumni Bulletin 1945