Naval Radio Training School. The U. S. Navy moved into Oxford Monday, June 1, 1942, establishing a Naval Radio Training School on the Miami University campus. That day, 150 men arrived. Additional 150-man units were to be added monthly until October when enrollment in the four-month course reached 600.
Trainees were bunked in Fisher Hall (renamed the U. S. S. Fisher Hall) while the officers were housed nearby in the Pines. In May 1942, Miami had completed a $10,000 mess hall to serve 600 men. The radio school was the first of several U. S. Navy programs located in Oxford. By the end of the war, the navy had trained more than 7,800 men and women in a variety of skills on the Miami campus.