What They’re Thinking: Jack Wayman
I had a West Point appointment, and could have gone anywhere for college, I’m sure, but instead I went to Davidson College in North Carolina where I could be a big fish in a little pond. There I learned how to get along with people. You had better chances to succeed and didn’t have so much competition.
I was president of my fraternity, lettered in track and baseball and was the captain of my basketball team. As head cheerleader, I learned hyping. Davidson didn’t win too much against Duke and Carolina. So I learned how to handle hype and losers. I learned leadership skills there.
When Pearl Harbor came in ’41, right then, if you didn’t have ROTC, or officer training corps, or if you weren’t in pre-med, you went to war. You went to North Africa right away. I graduated in ’43 following four years of ROTC in college, and went right to (Infantry Office Candidate School in) Ft. Benning, Georgia.