Vol. I No. 9 Air Corps Gunnery School, Tyndall Field, Florida March 14, 1942
'USO CLUB OPENS SUNDAY
* WASTE MATERIAL
A report rendered this week in con-
nection with the campaign to collect
waste materials vital to national de-
fense show that the various organiza-
tions and squadrons are allowing their
efforts to lag.
Authorities here are asking that each
squadron see that adequate receptacles
be kept in the latrines at all times
for the collection of old razor blades,
tooth paste tubes, and tinfoil; also
that provisions be made for the preser-
vation of all waste paper.
The organizations are making praise-
vorthy progress in their Red Cross con-
tributions (story on page 2) and they
should not permit their accomplishments
in this respect to be qualified by a
lag in the collection of vital waste
Beginning next week, the TARGET will
Publish the contributions of each indi-
Svidual squadron, and all are urged to
Make as good a showing as possible.
Total collections to date are: 630
lbs. waste paper, 15 lbs. tinfoil, and
5 lbs. of old razor blades.
Losing no time in providing Service
men with recreation during off-duty
hours, the USO Club will sponsor a
dance Tuesday night from 8 until 10:30
o'clock, with music by Roy Wood.
The grand opening of the USO Club on
Harrison Avenue, long awaited by Tyn-
dall Field men, will take place Sunday
afternoon at 3 P. M., it was announced
this week by Mr. Thomas Oliver, club
Under construction for almost a year,
the $45,000 building will be one of
the finest in the country and is com-
pletely equipped with recreational fa-
Formal opening ceremonies will begin
at 3:30 o'clock, following a concert
by the Bay County High School Band i n
the auditorium. Chaplain Chester R.
McClelland will deliver the invocation
and Colonel Maxwell, Chaplain Wilson,
Mr. C. H. Baker, associate construc-
tion engineer; Mr. Leo Andrews, field
representative of the FSA; and Mr.
Charles Isley, city attorney of Pan-
ama City, will give short talks. High-
light of the ceremonies will be the
presenting of building keys to Direct-
or Oliver. Chaplain Edward G. Finerty,
Tyndall's newest Chaplain, will pro-
nounce the benediction.
Mrs. Ouida Lee, Club Hostess, announ-
ced that a number of young ladies from
Panama City would be present and that
the soda fountain and luncheonette will
be ready for service following the op-
The lounge, game room and library
will also be ready for use and all game
equipment will be made available after
Opening daily at 9:30 A. M., the USO
will close at 10:15 P. M.
I recall, though vaguely, an il'l.s:trTivei story that teaches a rital .:esso to
youth. I believe I nu it, jin h Svce' .1 u omuvhi
But, its source is not so import nin. eact words, I too forget. itr are
they important. Here is what I do eniember. A great master artist he ld a scui].
Into that school came many students., Studants from all corners of tIhe world.
They received instruction in the minutest detail, r.i- worked hard and faithful-
ly. Some excelled, and some were merely mediocre. One was working on a great
painting. His theme was of the best. He worked hard and changed it here and
changed it there. It became an obsession with him. But, work as long and as
hard as he could he could never seem to finish the painting in all the glory he
wanted. The painting never came up to the picture e h ad painted in hi.s mind and
heart. He became discouraged but still worked on. Finally, all patience via.s ex-
hausted, and he stood there feeling more like cursing than praising. Hie raised
his hand to destroy the work. Work Lhat had occupied him for months,, Destrey
as man alone can destroy. Man can and does so often destroy, in a moment,, what
it takes years to construct. A step behind him., A silonco The -.. n- arist
became more and more angry. He raised h.is hand to de.'., the painting, Another
step from behind and out of the artist's hand the brush and the palolttt weAre rta-
ken. The Master Artist was there. With few quick aen dft strk .. .o ed
and then quietly left the room. Th. paint ng stood there in all 1 1 ThE
heart of the young man swelled as I '. it woaild burst Vith pride. Hls pi.iture
was finished. It told the story that was in his neart. It told the story he
wanted the world to know. Isn't that so true to life? Don't we all need, no
matter how expert we become in life, to have the Master Arti.'ti help us to finish
every picture? Who of us is so expert that we are sufficient in ci of ourLelf?
God is our Master Artist.
--Chaplain H. T. Wilson.
RED CROSS +
Enlisted men of Tyndall Field gave
more than $100 in pennies to the Red
Cross last pay day, according to a re-
port made by Mr. E. C. Neely, local
Red Cross Field Director.
Figures compiled by Mr. Neely show
that $106.45 was contributed by enlist-
ed men here February :.i[. This total.
did not include any large contribu-
tions, but consisted entirely of small
change received by the soldiers in
their pay envelopes.
The project was initiated early in
January at the suggestion of Colonel
Maxwell. In a personal letter to the
men, he pointed out that usually there
are a few odd pennies in each sol-
dier's pay which do not mean a great
deal to the individual but which, if
contributed by all of the soldiers to
a good cause, would mean much.
The suggestion met with a ready re-
sponse, as is evidenced by the report
rendered by Mr. Neely. Indications
point to even greater success in mon-
the to come. Each month the TYNDALL
TARGET will list by squadrorun, 1 the
total contributions of thf 1 prec, edi.n
pay day and al .o the Lot els ,of the
pas t months. i -. will I o a, bo'xL otn
each pay table on th i 3lat oV ti s
month. Deposit your loose chian.:u 1d
help push your s:qudron total to the
top of the list. Fo'li;ng ar. in
1. 348th S o Sq...... $ 6...,
2. 447th School Sq....... 1L.20
3. 448th School Sq...... i0'41
4. 343rd School Sq ..., 1..30
.5 344th School Sq. ... .. 7,'i1
6. i Air lase Sq .., ,68
7.. 446th School ..... 6. :
8. 349th School Sq...... b.b8
9. Hq. and Bq. Sq....... 4.23
10. 846th Quartermaster.. 3.50
11. 350th School Sq...... 3.48
12. 879th & Det. 4t :..... 22.76
13. Medical Detachment ... 1.90
14. 66th Materiel Sq..... 1.07
Master Sergeant Lankford
One of the most interesting person-
alities among the personnel of Tyndall
Field is Master Sergeant Robert N.
Lankford, post sergeant major, known
by his close friends as "Uncle Bob,"
and the man to whom everybody at head-
quarters goes for information, assis-
tance and guidance.
Sgt. Lankford is proud of the fact
that, before coming to Tyndall Field,
he was first sergeant of Headquarters
& Headquarters Squadron, SEACTC, Max-
well Field, Ala., of which squadron
Major General Walter R. Weaver, now
Acting Chief of the Air Corps, was a
member. Were you to catch Sgt. Lank-
ford in a spare moment, he could tell
you some very humorous tales concern-
ing many of our well-known superior
A native of Virginia, Sgt. Lankford,
along with all true Americans, feels
deeply his duty for his country, and
speaks of the nine years he spent in
the Army with greatest pride. He pla-
ces his military duty above everything
Sgt. Lankford attributes most of the
pleasure that he has received from his
service in the Army to the fact that
he has never worked for anyone with
whom it has been difficult to get a-
long. "If I ever differ with my su-
perior," says the Sergeant-Major, "I
always try to appreciate his positigp
and point of view. I find that things
always work out perfectly that way."
The hardest working, fastest flying,
and most responsible man at. Tyndall
Field is its commanding officer, Col-
onel W. A. Maxwell, upon whom rests
the heavy responsibility of welding
the men and facilities of the gunnery
school into a highly effective unit of
Toward this objective, Colonel Max-
well will be found at work seven days
a week and long hours after everyone
else has quit.
The Commanding Officer is a 100 per-
cent soldier, of impressive bearing
and forceful character. These attain-
ments may be attributed both to cer-
tain natural traits and to the fact
that he has been in the Army for 24
years. He received his commission in
the Air Service of the Army in 1918
and was flying when most of the people
of this country were still using the
horse and buggy, and when aviation was
far from being the vital instrument of
warfare that it is today.
The main interest of Colonel Maxwell
is the welfare and proper training of
the service men under his command.
Nothing makes him so angry as someone's
attempting to exploit them.
He is an enthusiastic huntsman and
fisherman, but the pressure of duties
seldom allow him to indulge in his
favorite pastimes now.
Next week we'd like for you to meet
Lt. Col. Moore and M/Sgt. Liddon.
j L 72C L-TJ^4 JACK PARKS
Published every Saturday by the Public Relations Office, ACGS, Tyndall Field, Fla.
Sgt. J. W. Timberlake, Jr.
Pvt. Arnold H. Milgaten
S/Sgt. Arthur R. Edwards
Pfc. James F. Barran
Sgt. Ralph Boyes
Pfc. Gordon Garcia
Cpl. Hugh Maloney
Sgt. H. H. Bergstrom
S/Sgt. J. D. Twitchell
Cpl. M. M. Kendall
Cpl. John T. Lampros
Pvt. Dave P. Alvarez
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
1st Lt. Joseph I. Mathis
ASST. TO P. R. OFFICER
Cpl. Jack H. Parks
Cpl. Oral Ledbetter
Pvt. Ernest Kenton
Pvt. William Hines
Tech. Carl G. Brandt
Sgt. R. L. Mathews
Pvt. Ray Gross
Pvt. J. H. Lescher
Col. W. A. Maxwell
Sgt. Dewey H. Gossett
Cpl. Harold Speck
Pfc. John A. Webster
Pfc. Francis P. Churchill
Pvt. Roy A. Thorsen
Miss Roberta Gammon
Above is a group of high Air Corps
Harmon, Chief of the Air Staff, Washin
Field. At the left, General Harmon
the group picture, left to right, are:
ner, Col. W. A. Maxwell, Lt. Col. Dan
Sorensen, and Col. Wentworth Goss.
YOUNG MATRONS TRADE TRUMPS
FOR NEEDLE THREAD
By Jane Dillon
Asst. USO Club Director
Do you want your seams stitched,
your rips all fixed, buttons sewed on,
tears mended, sox darned and sometimes
knitted? Well, it will be done in the
USO once every week--every Wednesday
afternoon--by members of the Young Ma-
trons Bridge Club of Panama City.
Each Wednesday afternoon for the
* duration of the war, club members and
their friends will meet at the USO to
sew, darn and mend for the men in the
Instead of playing bridge, buttons
will be sewed on, chevrons tacked, sox
darned and tears mended by the ladies,
free of charge.
Garments to be mended should be tied
into individual bundles and tagged.
Each soldier should make sure that his
full name and organization is written
plainly in ink on the tag. Leave them
at the Club each Tuesday. All gar-
ments will be carefully mended and re-
turned safely to you Thursday morning.
Some of the young women sponsoring
this service are Mrs. George W. Smith,
Mrs. Joe Blackshear, Mrs. C. C. Moore,
Mrs. Don Frasier, Mrs. W. C. Roberts,
Mrs. Tom Sale and Mrs. Robert Love.
officers, led by Major General Milliard F.
gton, D. C., arriving for a visit at Tyndall
is shown as he alighted from his plane. In
Col. Robert Copeland, Col. Grandison Gard-
iel W. Jenkins, General Harmon, Col. Edgar
(Editor's note: This is the first
of a weekly series written by a veter-
an soldier of this Post. His thought-
filled message should be taken to
heart and pondered well.)
The Flag that flies atop the flag-
staff in front of Post Headquarters is
the Trademark of Americans, the Emblem
of Freedom and the Banner of Liberty.
The halliards that hold Old Glory high
up where all eyes can see her are, in
fact, the heart-strings of America.
As she sways and beats in the breeze,
it should create in the hearts of ev-
ery man at Tyndall Field and every man
who wears the uniform or in any way
contributes to the well-being of the
Nation and the prosecution of the war
effort a surge of pride and a sense of
The man who passes beneath the Flag
without emotion is not an American,
but an embryo yet to be born.
The most prideful act in the life of
a true soldier is to salute the Stars
and Stripes; to stand in reverence be-
neath the Emblem of the Nation built
of courage, work, bravery and the li-
ves of our forefathers with his hand
upraised in a reverent gesture to the
power and glory that is America.
T HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS
hey beat us the first time, so our
squadron bowling team challenged the
league leading Finance keglers to an
outside match. Perhaps we were a bit
overconfident, or maybe they were just
lucky, but anyhow they trimmed us a-
gain. In a way, they had to be lucky
to beat us with a team that had Sch-
ultz, Gacesa and Ausman on it!
We're losing Smith, Alley and Hayden
to the 446th. The boys are being
transferred this week. Also, Robert C.
Daniel is leaving us for the Medical
Corps. Bob was a pill-rolling student
at the University of Florida before
Things won't be the same now that the
men in the Weather Detachment are leav-
ing us to form their own organization.
Think kindly of us, boys, if we didn't
succeed, at least we tried to make you
feel at home!
We're waiting for "Playboy" McKaig
and his "gang" to get tired of their
fast night-life pace so that things
can get back to normal.
Jon't become alarmed if you hear a
strange noise around our squadron
area. It will be Sergeant Goldberger
fencing with his shadow.
Congratulations to Sergeants Couch,
Williams, Rosseau and Parks on their
promotion to Staff. All the men wel-
comed the news about furloughs. And
the Top-Kick tells me that another
party is being planned for the squad-
ron. The first 'one was a grand suc-
None of our boys have been on the
sick book since the new hospital has
opened...it's too far away. Where does
Private Forehand go on his mysterious
jaunts at night?
We'll soon have a new basketball
court. All of you cage stars are ask-
ed to turn out for practice. --A.R.E.
T 69TH AIR BASE SQUADRON
ieutenant Leforce reports that for
their first week on the range the boys
have done quite well. They take a lot
of pride in their work. It's goodbye
for a while to Corporals Woodrow Gart-
man and Paul Sanderson. These two men
left for Napier Field, Alabama, for a
period of training. We all hope that
the boys will be back soon.
Pfc. Mullins left Monday on an emer-
gency furlough. His brother is very
e 344TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
e were sorry to lose Lt. Barkstrom.
He has been assigned to the position
of Assistant Mess Officer in our mess
What line exceeds the "chow" line in
the 344th. You guessed it, the fur-
Our squadron came to the rescue of a
group of lovely young ladies recently.
It was during a lunch hour and this was
one time that they were really glad to
see us. They were stuck, not with
other guys, but stuck in the mud!
Major Shipman is searching for some
good talent. There are many "Bings"
over our way, Major.
Sixteen of our men have gone to Nap-
ier Field, Alabama, to do their part
in "Keeping 'Em Flying." Good going,
fellows! Most of the boys here have
been looking forward to warmer weather.
The Gulf with its white breakers looks
very inviting. --G.G.
349TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
T hree up and one down" is the score
for Sergeants Allen, Blakeney, Hutch-
ins, Howell, Waddell and Rogers. This
sextet made their "Staff" grade and
join the rest of the "stripe-happy"
boys in the outfit.
Seventeen of our airplane mechanics
left for Dothan, Ala., to gain exper-
a~c~r~ lU~r aU ^
ience needed when planes do arrive.
Corporal Glass left for home on an
Again it was just a case of too much
power as our sharpshooting basketball
squad ran wild against the 447th Sch-
ool Squadron cagers. The final score
was 53-15 and another star was discov-
ered as Corporal Payne racked up twen-
ty points with the ease of a Luisetti.
Payne, incidentally, was an outstand-
ing performer on the Pine Bluff High
School hoop team in Arkansas. --H.H.B.
S 348TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
It "sho" is about time I got started
on this stuff and cut you fellows in
for a little publicity. Did you know
that Sergeant Houston's vehicle took a
trip to Montgomery without him? Too
bad about Sergeant Skelton...he's been
ill for more than a week...something
wrong with his neck,-a pain, you know.
Does Bokholdt know everybody or does
everybody know Bokholdt? Meyers says
that he can hold a kiss longer than
you can...Terry is still in the school
business...Casey swears off going into
* town every night, yet you always see
Doss, do you really like to hike or
did you miss that bus?
Say, fellows, you know that on pay
day we take up a collection for the
Red Cross. Last pay day we collected
far more than any other squadron for
this worthy cause. Keep up the good
work, you can never tell when you may
need the Red Cross! --H.M.
350TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
T here's an old saying about "It all
comes out in the wash"....well, Doyal
ought to be able to tell you a thing
or two about that. His trips to Tal-
lahassee with the laundry have result-
ed in a trip to the alter.
The squadron welcomes its two new
Flying Officers, 2nd Lieuts. Weis and
Watkins. We had some very lovely vis-
itors last Sunday from Charleston, S.
C. They were the Misses Marjorie Dyc-
kes and Mildred Vaughan, the lucky men
were Wilkerson and Starrett.
It'll probably be a revelation to a
great many of you to know that we've
got a real cowboy in the outfit. His
name is Willburn Henley and he claims
he can do all the cowhand tricks but
play the guitar and yodel. Henley has
participated in the leading rodeos for
the past six years.
In '39 at the Fort Worth Live Stock
Show, Willburn competed with world
champion roping experts and placed
third. On another occasion he won a
$700 cash award in a three-day steer-
riding contest. His most unfortunate
venture was his entrance into the Pony
Express contest, a 2,700 mile trek
from Texas to San Fransisco's Golden
Gate Exposition. With the $1700 stake
almost within his grasp, his horse was
run over by an automobile about ten
miles from the Fair!
Disheartened but not discouraged,
Henley wishes it to be known that when
better broncos are bucked, he will bre-
ak them. --J.D.T.
446TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
W welcome to Master Sergeant Francis
M. Passwaters, formerly of Craig Field,
Alabama. Also, salutations to Pfc.
Willard B. Turner, who has rejoined
the squadron after a period of D.S. at
Roosevelt Field, N. Y.
Privates Carter, Keyes, Ward, and
Douglass have been transferred out of
our outfit into the 66th Materiel.
Eighteen of our fellows left Tuesday
for Napier Field where they'll relieve
the temporary A. M. shortage.
Little Tiny Baldwin says that "this
time it's real!"
We expect to hear those wedding chi-
mes ring out any day now for Sergeant
Smith. We wonder just who was respon-
sible for Ostra's "date?" --M.M.K.
447TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
C congratulations to Sergeant Daniel
Hirsch on his newly acquired position
as acting First Sergeant. The men pl-
edge him their wholehearted support.
Lots of luck to the sixteen men who
recently left for temporary duty at
Napier Field, Alabama. Orchids to Lt.
Kevan and T/Sgt. Whittier, of this
outfit, who were the first to fly a
tow target over Tyndall Field.
The squadron is driving for a 100%
goal in acquiring government insurance.
(We know our investments.)
Work on the line has been progres-
sing steadily under the careful lead-
ership of M/Sgt. Brown.
Why was Corporal Lampros singing
"Georgia on My Mind" after that last
weekend?...Can it be the spring? And
Corporal Greenberg, who is that gal
that insists' on calling you "S-i-d-n-
e-y, honey?" --J.T.L.
448TH SCHOOL SQUADRON
It has been a case of give and take
with us this past week. Seventeen of
our boys have left for Napier Field,
Alabama, while on Sunday, three new
men from Shaw Field, N. C., were as-
signed to the squadron.
The new arrivals were Privates Ray-
mond F. Thompson, James H. Trible and
Harry I. Vanwelsenaere. Welcome boys,
we're glad to have you with us
On the other hand, it's goodbye for
a while to Corporals Butler, Clary,
Cross, Fransisco, Prichard, Thomas,
Pfc. Rosenberg, and Pvts. Worthington,
Davis, A. J., Galaway, Houg, Greenway,
Peterson, Presley, Rolstad and Thomp-
son. The best of luck to you and we
hope that you'll all be back with us
Four of our men who have been toot-
ing the bugle for the bugle corps may
soon toot for the M. P. Force.
J.C. Miller is leaving for Cadet Tr-
aining at Maxwell Field, Alabama.
Just when the squadron basketball
team is hitting its stride, two of our
better players, Peterson and Galaway,
are being sent away on D.S.1 However,
leave it to Sgt. Sisco to find someone
to fill these boys' shoes. Corporal
Bullard ought to be able to take care
of Peterson's spot as guard alongside
A 691ST ORDNANCE
T e were glad to welcome back S/Sgt.
Yates this week. The Sergeant has
been on detached service at the Aber-
deen Proving Grounds in Maryland.
The 691st presented the Radio Pro-
gram, "Tyndall Field in Review" over
WDLP last Monday night. The show, un-
der the direction of Pvt. Scherer with
the aid of Pvts. Solomon, Rabias, Rab-
ideau and others, was quite successful.
Many thanks to Chaplain McClelland for
his aid in the project.
First Sergeant Carlisle, Sgt. Faulk-
ner, Pvts. Dodelson, Hammonds, Sims
and George are being transferred to
Brookley Field, Alabama. They will
act as a cadre there and will organize
a new ordnance company. Best of luck
to all of you. --R.L.S.
Tech Sergeant Underwood is all smi-
les these days because he has just re-
turned from a three-day-pass trip to
Macon, Georgia, where he saw his honey.
We thought he'd be married by now.
Congratulations to Clooney and Bla-
zak on their promotion to the dizzy
heights of Private First Class
Because of the pressure being ap-
plied, your correspondent must admit
that his romance in Panama City is
turning out for the best.
And speaking of pressure, it was
really on us the other night when our
keglers tangled with the QMC bowling
team. We took one of the three games
and now are tied for 1st place.-C.G.B.
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S MEDICAL DETACHMENT
kIthough not yet fully equipped, the
hospital was activated on March 5th.
Construction work is still going on
and will be for some time. Instal-
lation of operating-room and X-ray
equipment and other complicated labor-
atory apparatus has not yet been comp-
leted. However, we should be all set
by April 1st.
Two new Medical Officers arrived for
duty during the week. They are 1st
Lieutenants Markowitz and Rapoport, of
New York City. --R.L.M.
SIGNAL SERVICE COMPANY
F or the second time in two weeks,
Danny Blumer was "stood up" by a Bay
Harbor "Belle." It was especially hu-
miliating due to the fact that he "ro-
ped" Charlie Beran in on the "date."
Beran shared Blumer's grief in a cloud
burst, (undoubtedly the product of Sgb.
Gacesa's rainmaker). Now the boys har-
monize on the patriotic number, "Remem-
ber Bay Harbor."
The sad part of the story is that
* the boys are willing to take another
"treatment"from the same woman. Go
ahead, boys. I hope you have better
weather this time.
Mason and Powell staged a foot race
to Lt. Thorpe's office when they read
the order authorizing furloughs. Pow-
ell wants to give New Jersey a break,
and Mason says that Georgia's very ex-
istence depends on his getting up to
the Peach State.
Ostrenko is spending all his spare
time fixing up a boat. The rumor is
that "Wit" is getting ready to go
"over the hill" the tough way. Joe
Angeletti takes time off from his du-
ties in the supply room to offer sug-
gestions for patching holes in the
boat. Incidentally, Joe has been do-
ing a swell job in the supply room and
in tracking down lost articles from
the laundry packages.--W. M. H.
Sergeant Edwards is the proud pappy
of a seven and three-quarter pound
baby boy...Pvt. Charlie Lake is pass-
ing out cigars...no, it was for his
recent marriage. The boys who walked
guard the other night have requisiticn-
ed some pontoons to keep them afloat
in the Florida "sunshine."
What does Sgt. Porter do in town be-
sides get a haircut? Pfc. Steve Stra-
vopolos is very happy these days now
that his wife is in town. We're all
glad to have Tech Sergeant Jones with
us again and hope that he has no more
sickness to contend with.
A certain Pfc. wonders how "Dixie"
Howell liked his guard duty...Ask Pvt.
Cicarelli how he likes smoking cigars?
We wonder if Tech. Sergeant Suter is
ready to build that certain cage he
was talking about last week?
We understand that last Saturday's
inspection was fairly good...keep up
the good work, boys! Little 'ole Ray
Gross has at last been released from
the hospital. Our Commanding Officer
encountered quite a snow storm on his
recent trip north.
We're happy to hear that Captain Mc-
Cartha's mother has recovered from her
illness. We see that Lt. Hester has
been shifted to a position in the Air
Corps where he will be in daily con-
tact with his first love--gunnery. And
that Lt. Gundlach has been made the
head of motor transport...Lt. Boley
from salvage to property section...Lt.
Miller to Barksdale Field.
Let's ask for some grass seed for
the lawns...Sandy Hofherr bought some
new skirts t'other week...for his car.
Who is that guy Kimberg, anyway? All
those gals and no potatoes...How's he
do it? Did you know that Pvt. Martin
also keeps the Jewish holidays?
Al Lindsay's beautiful wife came in
this week to visit him. And speaking
of beautiful things, how do you like
our 1st place tie in bowling?--R.K.G.
SI Gossett's Gossip
Turns aside from
the usual atmosph-
ere to give you a
first-hand story on
the recent court-
ship and marriage
of Lt. Joseph A.
SDickerman to Miss
Virginia Kirby, formerly of St. Louis,
Let's go back to October, 1941. That
is when I met Cadet Dickerman. We
were living at Beacon Beach. Every
day, we who worked in Headquarters had
to journey from the Beach to the Ar-
mory and every day I listened, as we
traveled to and from the office, to
Joe's deep pining for Virginia. (And
now we pause a moment to give thanks
to Lt. Bryan, the Civil Service Com-
mission and to the Air Corps Supply.)
THE Miss Kirby came to Panama City
to accept a position with the Sub-De-
pot, Tyndall Field. At last, Lt. D.
was happy. His true love had come to
him. Plans were made for the wedding
and, finally, the date was set--March
Boy, oh boy, was the wedding nice!
They served the most delicious ice cr-
eam and cake. Oh, yes, I should men-
tion the fact that the bride looked so
pretty in her wedding uniform, and Joe
had a nice, clean uniform, too.
Theola Thompson played the "marching
strains"; Bettie Dickerson sang "I Love
You Truly," and Gossett's Gossip sang
"Because"--because I was shaking like
a leaf. Kirby's papa performed the
ceremony after Chaplain McClelland
gave the bride away. I almost cried,
but couldn't because I was too happy,
looking forward to the ice cream and
cake. Mr. and Mrs. 2nd Lt. Joseph
Arthur Dickerman left on their honey-
moon, pursuant to authority contained
in Par. 2, SO #52, Headquarters, ACGS,
Tyndall Field, Fla., dated March 2,
9342. Now we are all looking forward
to the next Procurement Authority.
S/Sgt. Verrett, 66th Materiel, has
adopted the trademark "Shoeshine Boy."
S/Sgt. Boutwell and S/Sgt. Samuel Todd
should go well together for a "bull
session"...Corp. Ed Podsen, QMC, was
certainly in a generous mood the other
evening. Ask Major Fleming about the
popcorn..Davy, QMC, can think of noth-
ing else he wants. The furlough takes
care of everything...Wonder how First
Sgt. Anderson will leave that certain
brunette when he goes on furlough to
Alabama..Sgt. Ballentine has been pro-
moted to a new job, and Sgt. Wise is
going on furlough...When I say, "Th-
anks, anyway," to Hice of the Message
Center he will know what I mean...The
QMC boasts of a one and only bodyguard
who is none other than "Louie"...Post
Headquarters is indebted to Charlie
Green for those delicious cookies he
so graciously passes out during lunch
time...Sgt. Ernest W. Stone has gone
through a "period of reformation"...
Have you noticed how happy everyone
has become during the past few days??
Sgt. William (Red) Brewer says that he
can't take it any longer; he hasn't
been "jookin" for the past two nights.
Seems I must mention Brewer again, for
he just came in to remind us that he
was going to marry that gal, Nellie,
and it ain't Nellie Gray..T/Sgt. Frank
Bilozur had a report from Grace, say-
ing, "You are such a sweet boy"...And
Sgt. Garner was stood up the other
evening. Gertrude shouldn't do things
like that ..Pvt. Ho land of the Post
Sergeant- ~jr's off ce has that "far-
away" look \l his yes...Had letters
from some of te bu.S aKeesler Field.
They've been reading th\ TARGET -- and
think it's great. It i '/-
seems they only have -
42 days mor6 before,
coming back. F ANY
OF OUR PILOT E (
GOING UP SUND A,
HAVE NO PASSED
I'M ITCHING TO F L
(I'm itching tq- ,/
The ole Yardbird's bin feeling kind uv sentermintal this week. mostly on account
uv i is only a fawty dollar pvt in the outfit; but they says i ought to feel dis-
tingwished cause that is sech a raritee.
i wuz made mity blue the other mawnin when i tore ma striped undywear half in
two on account uv they wuz ma last connekshun with civilian life. Ever time i'd
putt em on i'd think' aboot the times whin i could take off without no pass er
nothin--putt on them cordyroy britches an suspenders an spotted tie an that green
silk shirt an yaller shoes (what had the big taps on the heels an clicked so purty
on the sidewalk) an ease on down inter town an give the lady folks a break. But
now sinse them striped undywear dun got tore up i ain't got nothing ter remind me
of them pleasant memories- i's kind of sad.
The ole sgt. what stays in ma room got mity mad whin he caught me in the Barrack
Message Center trying to smooth up ma blanket pants with his lektrick rayzor. The
other mawnin whin i wuz room orderlie he axed me had i swept of the porch an i
tole him sho, an then he axed me agin an i said sho an then a little later he axed
me agin an i tole him quick if he didn't believe i had swept it off he could sweep
it hisself. An then he gave me a powerful reamin an when i fingered he had dun
reamed me the time limit, he kep rite on reamin. I axed him how cum cause i hadn't
said anything back ter him, an he sayed it wuznt cause i had been talking, it wuz the
exasperatin way i wuz listening.
Maw menchuned in her letter las week that ma unkle, Jess A Guzzler, whose in the
distillery bizness, is kind of mad on account uv the govt. dun limited him ter 1
stumpful a day. You know they kut down on his profits aboot 8 er 9 years ago when
they made everybody buy a license and labels. Reckon i better be er going.
NBC HONORS WEST POINT
Tonight at 9:30 P.M.,CWT, the Blue-
Network of NBC will broadcast a spec-
ial program, commemorating the 140th
Anniversary of the U. S. Military Ac-
ademy at West Point.
* Featuring a sketch of the life of
General Douglas MacArthur, the show
will be rebroadcast Sunday for the
men stationed with MacArthur at Basaan.
Program theme is West Point's Motto of
"Duty, Honor, Country," and the Acad-
emy band and choir will render back-
Nearest NBC outlet in this vicinity
is Station WCOA at Pensacola.
Beginning next week, well publish
weekly a "wan~-ad" column as a service
to men whose personal belongings have
strayed or been lost. In addition, if
anyone going on furlough has a car and
room for passengers, we will be glad
to publish his name. All items will
be sent to the Public Relations Office
at Headquarters not later than Thurs-
day noon of each week.
Down the company street,
With a smile so sweet,
A Yardbird came a hikin'.
Just as slow as a snail,
to a fatigue detail,
For which he had no likin'.
As he eased along,
He sang a song,
Of the Yardbird's sweet forever;
Where he can sleep all day,
draw weekly pay,
And won't have to work--no, neverI
No fatigue details,
No pert shavetails,
No eatin' out of mess kits.
No army beans,
Or moppin' latrines,
'Cause the "Ole Man" won't expect it.
He'll have plenty of dough,
Just to blow,
An' he'll never have to borrow
In the land so fair,
Made for him to share,
His happy home of tomorrow.
--Composed by the Yardbird.
jGETTicG PERSOnAL I
The odds are 2,000,000 to 1 on the
average bowler (that's us, Joe) ever
turning in a perfect game. As far as
we're concerned the "300" game is mere-
ly hearsay. However, there is among
us a member of that charmed circle!
Modest, unassuming, Paul F. Walsh of
the 448th School Squadron has not only
accomplished that rare feat of putting
twelve consecutive balls into the cov-
eted pocket, but alsohas been present-
ed with a ring by the American Bowling
Congress in recognition of the event!
The A.B.C. recognizes as being of-
ficial only those games that are bowl-
ed in leagues under their sanction or
supervision, and fortunately, Walsh
was bowling in ,such a league at the
time he rolled up his perfect game.
In his six years of bowling he has
several times gone as high as 279,
missing out by one strike. It was on
December 28, 1940 that he finally came
through with that elusive twelfth str-
ike. He has bowled in two national A.
Paul hails from Chicago, where he
was a member of the North Town Recre-
ation pin team. On the night of his
entrance to the A.B.C. Hall of Fame he
turned in scores of 300-202-235 for a
total of 737 points. In the 1940-41
season Paul finished up with the amaz-
ing average of 203 pins for 108 games!
Previous to his enlistment in June,
'41, Walsh was an accountant in an
auto accessory shop. Right now he's
waiting to be enrolled in the Cadet
Training School, having passed his ex-
ams several weeks ago.
The Walsh ability to control a right
hand hook isnot limited to Paul alone,
for his brothers and Mother and Dad
are better than average bowlers. The
best way to describe Paul's kegling
prowess is to repeat the comment made
by the proprietors of the local bowl-
ing alleys..."Walsh is one of the few
fellows that can walk in here any day
of the week and roll up a 200 score!"
QMC Ties Finance
Tyndall Field's 'bowling league goes
into its last week with a race that is
equal in intensity to many a profes-
sional athletic competition. Probably
the most crucial set of games in the
league was played off last Tuesday
evening. Cheered on by a gallery of
loyal supporters, the QMC keglers up-
set the leading Finance pin men in two
of their three games. The result put
both teams into a tie for first place.
Hnylka and Kamm starred for the QMC,
while Costigan and Anderson set the
pace for the "Wizards."
,V f Lost
Finance........... 14 4-
QMC............... 14 4
448th............. 12 '6
343rd............. 11 7
344th.............. 10 8
66th .............. 6 12
Hq & Hq............ 5 13
GAMES ON TAP
QMC vs. Signal
343rd vs. 66th
Hq & Hq vs. 344th
448th vs. Finance
Monday 349th vs. 348th
343rd vs. 350th
wednesday 446th vs. 447th
448th vs. 691st
Saturday Hq & Hq vs. 344th
66th vs. 69th
Hq & Hq..
Last night I held a little hand
So tender and so sweet.
I thought my heart would surely break,
So loudly did it beat.
No other hand in all this world
Could greater solace bring
Than that little hand I held last night:
FOUR ACES AND A KING.
"Is this the Salvation Army?"
"Do you save bad women?"
"Well, save me a couple for Saturday
It has been said that a woman-has a
better chance of snaring a man if she
keeps her trap shut.
There was a recruit from the city
Who met what he thought was a kitty.
He gave it a pat,
Said, "Nice little cat."
And they buriedhis clothes cutof pity.
The selectees of an eastern training
camp were spending their first day on
the rifle range.
They fired a volley at 250 yards.
Not a hit. They moved up to 200 yards.
Not a hit. Grimly, they advanced to 50
yards, knelt and fired. No, not a hit.
With arms upraised, the sergeantyell-
ed for attention, and with a pleading
gesture, he bawled:
"Fix bayonets Charge! It's your
Two drunks were driving along a coun-
"We're coming to a large city," said
"How do you know?" asked the other.
"We're hitting more people," explain-
ed the first.
"I can't quite diagnose your case. I
think it must be drink."
"Thass wright, Doc, I'll come back
when yer shober."
OH, I WOULD LOVE TO"SARG-E
BUT I'M AFRAID I'M STAYING
IN TO-NITE.YOU SEE I HAVE/
A DATE WITH A PRIVATE. /
TUnst o UJrst
One of the most heartening signs of
the times has been the manner in which
the leading figures of the entertain-
ment world have taken it upon themsel-
ves to personally supplement the re-
creational facilities of the nation's
military units with their own talents.
Many radio artists ,have adopted the
practice of dedicating either parts of
or entire programs to various army
camps or naval training stations, but
quite a few of the ether wave stars
have also arranged to have their shows
broadcast directly from these camps
Because of our distance from a major
network outlet, we at Tyndall Field,
for the present, will have to be con-
tent with audible, rather than visible
radio entertainment. A few of the le-
ading itinerant performers are Kate
Smith, Kay Kyser, and Bob Hope.
HERE AND THERE ON THE AIR: He would
never announce it himself, and even
his own sponsor and network forgot to
extend congratulations, but last week
marked the tenth anniversary of Bing
Crosby's "Music Hall hour...It's been
ten years of a combination that has
brought pleasure to all parties con-
cerned...scores of prominent radio and
screen personalities received their
first popular recognition on the gen-
ial crooner's variety show...An idea
of Bing's popularity may be obtained
from the number of his fans...they're
in the millions!...Jack Benny broke a
long observed tradition hen he recent-
ly announced that he would permit sm-
all groups of service men to witness
rehearsals of his Sunday evening broad-
casts...'til now, Benny rehearsals we-
re closed to the public...Upton Close,
the distinguished NBC "Red" newscaster,
always has a globe of the world at his
elbow when broadcasting...Dinah Shore
was voted the year's top feminine voc-
alist in the Radio Editors' Poll con-
ducted by the N.Y. World-Telegram...
"Duffy's Tavern," a newcomer to the
airlines, replaces the "We The People"
program on Wednesdays, CBS, 8 P.M..Ty-
rone Power will be the guest star on
Fred Allen's 2nd Sunday nite show.
is moviES A
FOR THIS WEEK
SUNDAY, MONDAY, March 15-16
"Remember The Day"
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, March 17-18
"Design For Scandal"
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, March 19-20
"The Lady Is Willing"
SATURDAY, March 21
"Gauchos of Eldorado"
The Three Mesquiteers
Davis Foy, Jr.
LATE SHOW, SATURDAY, March 21
"Babes On Broadway"
SUNDAY, MONDAY, March 15-16
"Ghost of Frankenstein"
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Lon Chaney, Jr.
TUESDAY, March 17
"Raiders of the West"
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, March 18-19
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, March 20-21
"Pardon My Stripes"
"Holt of the Secret Service"