VOL 2, NO 1, ARMY AIR FORCES Cf NNER) SCHOOL, TYNDALL FIELD, FLA., JAN. 16-23, 1943
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U.S.O. BUILDING NEARS _COMPLETION
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TO THE GUNNERS WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE.
W, of Squadron 'C', Class of 42-43,
w to even the score
For 'e Gunners who have gone before.
ey're fighting yet, and we won't forget
7Their trail in the sky
Is emblazoned with valor and courage high
To those veteran 'Rulers of the Sky'
We extend the solemn pledge
To add naught but honor to our heritage.
(Sgt. James C. .Doolittle, '42-43L
A THOUGHT FOR INSTRUCTOR
The.men who fight at the front tod
Were enrolled in a class only yest 1
And now in the air they engage the
Or service the planes on the ground Lo
Yes, instructors, you may well be
Of the Fortress flying through tha
For wherever a plane zooms up in t
It may be manned by men trained by 'i i
So--whenever you itch to get in t fi
Remember that fighting with all y a t
You'd be but one in th e ttr ,. f
Whereas in instructing ere'll b
hy, men w"=1A*4vuct are as nec
e men who attack t ve'r a array
withoutt instruction -al plans are naught,
i B y army's no better the t ay it's been taught.
v. Sver you stand to instruct some men
m all you've got and think of when
Sme men will bomb Berlin and Rome
IaS lout Tokyo on the journey home.
,m h' aIll "4 mNi -i
Colonel C.J. Moore
Colonel W.A. Maxwell
Lt. Col. F.M. Hyndman
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MISS EDITH HUNTER
MISS EDITH HUNTER IS TYNDALL'S "QUEEN" FOR '43 !
VENTURES RECEIVE COMMENDATION FOR HIGH
RATING ON TECHNICAL INSPECTOR'S REPORT
Colonel W.A. Maxwell recently issued
a statement commending the VENTURAS
for their highly satisfactory showing
on the Technical Inspector's report
for the month of December. The VEN-
TURAS were rated the leading squadron
of the Field for that period.
This citation reflects credit to the
squadron Commanding Officer and Engin-
eering Officer for proper supervision,
and also to the entire organization,
whose whole-hearted cooperation made
this excellent record possible. Col.
Maxwell, particularly commended the
Squadron Inspector for his careful at-
S tention to details in making inspec-
TYNDALL'S CHARITY ALLOTMENTS ANNOUNCED
Allotment of the Tyndall charity
fund given by officers, enlisted men
and civilian personnel of this Field
has been worked out by the board in
charge in a report to Col. W.A. Max-
well, Commanding. The funds given are
being distributed on a percentage basis
to these worthy agencies:
Red Cross, Salvation Army, Army Em-
ergency Relief, U.S.O., Tuberculosis
Seals, Children's Home and Boy Scouts.
A very high percentage of contribu-
tions was reported from all the groups
* on the Field. The officer's led, with
99.5 percent of all commissioned per-
sonnel at the Post making donations.
Nearly 82 percent of all enlisted men
contributed, and virtually 55 percent
of all civilians. A card serving as a
receipt was issued to each contributor,
showing the amount he or she gave to
The board in charge of the funds is
composed of Lt. Col. R.S. Brua, M.C.,
president; Captain L.A. Bryan, A.C.,
member; and Chaplain B.H. Wester, Sec-
retary-treasurer. Lt. George L. Lasker
as Charities Officer directed the drive.
The group in charge wish to express
their appreciation to all contributors
for their donations and cooperation in
making the charity drive a success.
SIGNAL OFFICE CANDIDATE EMERGES VICTOR
IN FINALS AFTER HEAVIEST WEEK OF VOTING
COLONEL W.A. MAXWELL LEADS "CORONATION"
CEREMONIES AT ANNIVERSARY DANCE
Miss Edith Hunter, of the Post Signal
Office, has been elected "Miss Tyndall
Field" for the year 1943. The final
tally on the last, and heaviest week of
voting revealed that Miss Hunter had
received almost 50% of the 1349 votes
The coronation ceremonies took place
at the "TARGET'S" Anniversary Dance
last Saturday night, with Colonel W.A.
Maxwell making the presentation. The
Colonel was introduced as "...the "TAR-
GET'S" number one reader, and the only
person of whom we are certain reads
every word, every issue..." The Tyn-
dallettes and enlisted men present at
the dance received an unusual treat
when, upon the request of the photogra-
phers, the Post Commander placed a kiss
upon the lips of the Field's first
"Queen". In addition to this osculatory
gift, Miss Hunter received a $25.00 War
Awards of $10.00 each, as door prizes,
went to Miss Betty Ann Jeter, of Panama
City, and T/Sgt. Roy Darrah, of the
A surprise entertainment feature at
the dance was provided by the members,
of the "Manhattan Music Masters" troupe.
After presenting thbir first show at
the Post Theatre, the musical group
came down to the Recreation Hall and
staged several of their best acts before
a highly appreciative audience.
ARMY INSTITUTE CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
RECOMMENDED FOR ALL ENLISTED PERSONNEL
The Army Institute, organized by the
War Department for the benefit of the
enlisted personnel of the Army, now of-
fers a wide variety of courses at a
very low cost. Complete information
and a copy of the Army Institute cata-
logue is now available at the Special
Service Office in the Post Theatre.
The GUNNER MAKERS lead the Field thus
far in applications for courses.
The Chaplains wish to congratulate the "TARGET" staff on the completion
of a year of effort in behalf of the personnel of Tyndall Field. We believe
that their efforts have been worthwhile and that the wish of the Commanding
Officer as voiced in the first issue of the "TARGET", "I urge you, the sol-
diers of this Command, to support the paper in every way possible and to
submit material to it for publication...and I believe that your full cooper-
ation will be forthcoming", has been fulfilled.
Reader interest is the test of the quality of any publication, and we
can safely say that the growth of interest in the contents of the "TARGET" has
been a true index of its steady improvement as it increased from the ten
pages of its first edition to the full sixteen pages put forth as the New
Year's edition. We of the Chaplain's department have shared in this growth,
receiving now a full page for our message and list of services. We are
grateful to the "T4RGET" for this means of contact with the officers and men
of Tyndall Field. Although the column is longer, our policy as expressed in
the first edition remains the same, "The Chaplain's office is open, at all
times, to every member of this Command. Come and visit us".
The Chapel stands as a symbol of our united purpose--in the Army men of
every faith work side .by side with a single aim, and in the Army Chapel men
of every faith worship together in singleness of purpose, knowing God our
common Father, without being asked to yield one jot or little of the tenets
of his faith, each giving and receiving that respect for a man's religious
convictions which is truly American. To this we pledge ourselves and this
every man can expect from his Army Chaplain.
Chaplain Edward G. Finnerty
Chaplain Brooks n. Wester
SUNDAY 12:30 P.M.........Noon-Day Devotions
8:00 A.M.......................Mass 6:00 P.M............Protestant Choir
9:00 A.M...Protestant Sunday School
10:00 A.M.........Protestant Worship THURSDAY
11:15 A.M........................Mass 6:30 A.M .......................Mass
7:00 P.M ..........Evening Worship 6:30 P.M..........Instruction Class
5:00 P.M ......... ........ ...Mass 6:30 A.M.......................Mass
6:30 P.M.........Instruction Class 6:30 P.M............Jewish Services
7:00 P.M.............Fellowship Club
WEDNESDAY 6:30 A.M...................... Mass
6:30 A.M...................... Mass 6:30 P.M................Confessions
Many were the gold bars that were toss-
ed onto the scrap heap or put away In
moth balls this week as promotions were
announced for twelve (that we know of)
Tyndall Officers. One member of the se-
lect dozen, Lt. Myers, received another
silver sliver and is now addressed as
"Captain"...From Fort Myers comes word
that Lt. Col. Jenkins and Lt. Bean have
both received a boost in rank...Lt. Pat-
teson returned from a Texas leave last
week and has been squirming ever since.
The gift he brought back for one of our
favorite Tyndallettes was not quite ap-
propriate, inasmuch as she doesn't smoke-
-- The question is, was it a lapse o'
memory, or were there too many girls to
remember?...Major Fleming's reputation as
a defense counsel is rapidly disintegra-
ting--- he won another case last week...
Major Clarvoe qualified as an after-din-
ner speaker with the 69th at Monday's
"pep" meeting with two superb phrasings,
neither of which we can repeat in this
column...Col. Hyndman was attempting to
relate one of his rare dreams to Colonel
Maxwell the other day, but THE MAN stop-
ped him short with, "...you're too old to
dream!.v.Incidentally, after Colonel Max-
well thrilled Saturday's Anniversary Dan-
ce crowd by placing a kiss on the lips of
the newly crowned "Miss Tyndall Field", he
was reported to have remarked, "I always
did want to get in on one of those beauty
contests!"...When. Captain Burkhart was
queried as to why he should want to go off
to school, he replied, "Someone is going
to have to be the Mayor of Tokyo!...Can-
tain Casey, Captain Wiseman, and Lts.
Keiser and Ward and Mr. Bennett of the
Post Exchange rate the "TARGET'S" salute
this week for their part in staging the
Anniversary Dance...Also, the staff of
this paper wishes to thank the Tyndall-
ettes for their cooperation in the recent
"Miss You Know Who" Contest.....Captain
Shipmaker returned on Wednesday, and the
"fact and figure" man spent most of the
day exchanging warm "hello's"...Incident-
ally, Lt. Casper Harris, who has been as-
signed to assist the Post Administrative
Inspector, furnished one of the best
stories of the week. As he left the of-
fice one afternoon he told his staff that
he was going into town to visit an opto-
metrist who was a close friend of his.
Later that afternoon a member of his staff
esnied him walking down Harrison Avenue
accompanied by another person-- not the
eye doctor, but "she certainly was a-
lovely sight for eyes in any condition!"
We received a protest on one of the
items in this column last week. lst/Sgt.
Newsom of the 69th claims that the lines
we wrote about him might cause some folks
to doubt his sobriety on New Years Eve.
In order to clarify the situation, we want
it known that the damage to lst/Sgt. New-
som's car on that particular evening was
incurred through no fault of his own, and
as far as we have been able to determine,
the Sergeant was cold sober. (He is our
First Sergeant)....Cpl. Bernard Backer,
who has been doing the recent reporting
for the ZEBRAS has been done an injustice
in this issue. Under his picture we have
put the name "HARRY" Backer. (Our apolo-
gies, but we doubt if anyone would have
mistaken his mustache!)...Sgt. Hakeem, of
the VENTURAS will probablygo down in his-
tory as the first clerk at Tyndall Field
to lose a man "in action". (The Great)
Hakeem turned in one of his recent morning
reports with one man listed under the
"Missing in Action" column. (The Anti-
Vice Squad ought to investigate)...Class-
ification's S/Sgt. Mangum has always been
a shrewd predictor of trends, and last
week he guessed right again. He figured
that if he let his hair grow long enough,
he might get a free haircut. (Forty mem-
bers of the Personnel Section finally
contributed one cent apiece, thus enab-
ling him to discard his "Veronica Lake
Coiffure".)...The "Lost and Found" Dept.
(Capt. Silva) announces that a brown lea-
ther bag, with the initials "J.H.J." en-
graved on it, was turned in shortly before
Christmas and no one has as yet claimed
it. The bag contains several valuable
gifts, and it Is requested that the would-
be Santa Claus call for it as soon as
possible. (With the proper identifica-
tion, of course.)...While on the subject
of announcements, all men interested in
forming a Tyndall Choral Group are re-
quested to meet in the Recreation Hall at
7:00 P.M. on Tuesday. (Mr. Fred Phillips
will direct the male choristers.)...The
hounds were finally called off as Thurs-
ton and Wolf (feared lost in northern jung-
les) showed up last Thursday, worn and
haggard from furlough experiences...Dick
Underwood and several other deserving
Non-Coms will be mentioned in the column
on the left hereafter-- that's what they
got for winning their warrant officer
bars...And Sgt. Samiof,, of "Late News
Bulletin" fame, claims "Peggy Satterlee
was only a child when I knew her-- but
she's a BIG girl now!" .11 ggS a
-Pnblished every Saturday by.Jhe Special Service Section, AAFGS, Tyndall Field, Fla.
SPECIAL SERVICE OFFICER
Captain W. H. Wiseman
DEPARTMENT OF TRAINING
M/Sgt. Woodrow W. Busby
S/Sgt. Henry D. Vest Jr.
Corp. Francis Churchill
Sgt. John Webster
Sgt. James Montgomery
Corp. Roger Keough
Pfc. Price Terry
Pfc. John Marsick
Pfc, Everett Taokett
Pfc. A. A. Loudis
Col. W. A. Maxwell
(A/C Billy Grout)
S/Sgt. Oral Ledbetter
Pfc. Marshall Goodman
Corp. Frank Horn
Sgt. Arnold Milgaten
Sgt. Saul Samiof
Corp. James Freeman
Lt. Joseph A. Dickerman
S/Sgt. William Castle
S/Sgt. John Mitchell
Corp. Silas Upohurch
We'd like to quote, in part, our
Commanding Officer, Colonel W.A. Max-
well, in his message to the men of
Tyndall in the first issue of the
"In this first issue of the Tyndall
"TARGET", I wish to extend my beet
wishes for its suooess and to express
my oonfidenoe that it will achieve its
objective of providing information and
recreation for the soldiers of Tyndall
Field....A project of this nature is a
cooperative undertaking, requiringoon-
tributions from many peoples...."
We hope that Colonel Maxwell's con-
fidenoe has been fulfilled in the res-
peat that we have, and are, j providing
information and recreation for the men
of Tyndall Field. We knew that it ham
been fulfilled in the respect that we
have received the closest ooaperation
from the various departments and in-
dividuals upon whom the "TARGET" de-
This issue marks the end of a year
of "TARGET" publication, and we feel
that the paper has come a long way in
the past twelve months, as a compari-:
son between this and the first issues
will instantly reveal.
The progress that we have made could
only have been reached through that
cooperation which we have previously
mentioned. And while on that subject,
we want to particularly express our
appreciation to 8/Sgt. Oral:Ledbetter,
of the Department of Training's Draft-
ing Staff, and to Sgt, Francis Church-
ill, of the Reproduction Department.
These two Tyndall men have devoted many
long hours of their own time towards
the constant improvement ofthis paper,
and we can honestly say that the major
part of the advancement in the "TAR-
GET'S" typography can be traced di-
reotly to this duo.
But the "TARGET" has never been a
two, three, or four-man job. It's
publication involves dozens of Tyndall
men each week, from the squadron re-
porter to the man jn the stapling de-
tail. Each contributes his share, and
if any one were to fail to do his part,
the result would be noticeable.
Therefore, to the men working with us
now, and to the former men of this
Field now on foreign soil, who contri-
buted to the "TARGET" while here, we
extend hearty thanks for their part
during the paper's first year.
H 69TH (RUGGED?)
.M. Clarvoe, Major,
A.C., Executive; Bar- -'i
.ry Crissman, 2nd Lt.,
A.C., Adjutant; and
William Newsom, 1st
Gentlemen, I give
you the 69th, formed,
created and material-
izedonJuly 7, of the Pfe. M. Gould
past year, at Tyndall.Field, Florida.
To the men of the original squadron who
are now in Alaska, Australia, Africa or
China, we dedicate this column.
The present organization is a combina-
tion of the former 69th Air Base Squad-
S ron and the old Headquarters and Head-
quarters outfit. There is hardly an ad-
ministrative department on the Field
that does not have at least a sprinkling
of men'from this organization in it. We
point with pride to the numerous enlis-
ted men, from first sergeants to buck
privates, who have found the 69th a good
background and a fine stepping stone to
elevate themselves to the commissioned
ranks of the U.S. Army.
We have representatives, from every
state in the Union, from Pfc. Meserve of
Maine, to Sgt. Mintner of California.
Under the leadership of Major Clarvoe
the 69th has emerged as'an efficient and
well organized squadron. With the cap-
able aid of Lt. Mills, Lt. Crissmanand
Sgt. Newsom, the squadron is looking
Forward to a year of greater achievements
toward the ultimate end of bringing
peace to this- world.
STHE CLOUD HOPPERS
he original CLOUD
OPPERS were conceived
at Maxwell Field in ,
Tent City #1 and the t
were moved to the "Old
Mill'. The first memn
ber of the outfit was
John Aldridge, who,
until recently, was
acting 1st sergeant Prl, ad stress
Sof Tyndall's Recruit Detachment-.
The first,group of men went from Max-
well to Eglin Field, and then on to Tyn-
dall. Our first 'top-kick" was M/Bgt.
Joe B. Young, then Dawson, who was fol-
lowed by Junior Smith. Robert Kelly
succeeded Smith, and KEelly is our present
and capable first sergeant.
Joe B. Young, now a master sergeant,
is our line-chief. His military record
includes a period of service with a com-
pany started by Alexander Hamilton, of
Revolutionary War fame.
T/Sgt. Messena Jones recalls that we
were the first outfit at Tyndall to be
issued planes, and that they were an AT-
6A, a PT-17 and a BT-13. The Operations
Office in those days was a tent with
wooden walls, and the grass on the land-
ing field had to be cut regularly to
insure good landings and take-offs.
Flying personnel at that time included
Colonel Maxwell, Lt. Colonel Jenkins,
Lt. Colonel Waugh and Captain Kevan.i
Flight operations were for a time con-
ducted from the Armory in Panama City
and the squadron was quartered at Beacon
The original roster included Young,
Dawson, Kelly, Smith, Merritt, Meissner,
Guidry, Buchwald, Sissom, Carter, Jones,
Faulkner, Hodges, Rubin, Dreamer, Dugas,
Linton, White, Curtis, Robinette, Cole-
man, Hicks, New, Goodwin, Boudreaux?
Childers, Jenkins, Carden, Guillebeau,
Desjardins, Waites and Aldridge.
From the "Old Mill" at Maxwell Field
these men came to form a squadron which
has since done itself proud and in years
to come will bring back memories to those
who have helped to establish its envi-
able line-maintenance record.
To the men who have left the outfit
for assignments, elsewhere, we dedicate
this column. We know that they will
give a good account of themselves where-
ever they are and in whatever they do.
O ur organization started out at Tyndall
Field, under the name of the "69th*, with
Tom Niolon as acting-first sergeant. Ni-
olon was succeeded by Bob Endsley, and
both of these men are now lieutenants in
the AAF. However, Bob and Tom remained
with us long enough for us to appreciate
their leadership and general ability.
The 69th at that time was known as the
"Security Detachment". Security patrols
were on duty twenty-four hours per day,
and then there was always an "alert"
squad. All the boys in this outfit had
to fall out on the double in full regalia
when three whistles were heard. Our.fast-
est time for falling out and getting into
trucks was 58 seconds flat--- and brother
that was fast!
Late in the Spring of last year our name
was changed to the Materiel Squadron,
with Marshall Hoskins as the 1st Sergeant.
(Hoskins is now attending O.C.S.). Short-
ly after that, along about June, our name
was changed again, and Sgt. P.M. O'Neil
took over the "top-kick" reins with Major
John M. Wilkins as the C.O. and Lt. Le-
force as the Adjutant.
Some of the leading old timers of the
outfit are Sgts. Ryan, Coffey, Martin,
Cartwright, Mullins, Bull andElmo Morris,
who, incidentally, is recognized as one
of the best clerks on the Field.
The security of this Field depends on
the Guard Squadron, and the boys are on
guard every hour of the day and night,
vigilant andever watchful. The M.P.s up-
town are there to see that the boys have
a non-boisterous good time. In case of
fire, or any other emergency, our guards
are ready and able to take over.
The men in this outfit come from all
walks of life, and are as human and
friendly as the next fellow. In their
capacity as guards they share an import-
ant responsibility--- and they realize
that above all, their duty comes first.
An interesting note. about the squadron
personnel is that it has more boys from
Tampa, Fla., than from any other city.
And last, but not least, the men wish
to thank the committee for their swell
Christmas party. The salute goes to Sgts.
Paul Hamilton, T. A. Marshall and Cpl.
Willie Mashburn. -Cpl. Sam Marotta
T THE BOILERMAKERS
he Tyndall Field
Band was formed in
October, 1941 and the
cadre was made up of
four experienced mu- : .
sicians from Fort S
Bragg. Sgts. Coul-
trap, Stoner, Sirianni
and Marquette were
the "Four Musketeers". Cpl. Wm. Higbee
The aggregate length of service put in by
this quartet is 60 years, and that's a
lot of time no matter how you look at it.
The cadre was sent to Maxwell Field
where the open positions in the organi-
zation were filled in by the enlistment
of many talented musicians soon after the
memorable December 7th.
The Band left Maxwell for Tyndall Field
early in June, 1942. Captain Walter F.
Silva, Assistant Post Adjutant, was ap-
pointed C.O. of the Band and we started
giving the boys at Tyndall the kind of
music they wanted.
We were kept quite busy preparing for
concerts at the U.S.O. and various Field
dances, in addition to the regular duties
of a Post Band. Our latest performance:
for a radio audience was on the recent!
C.B.S. "Spirit of '43" show. In the:
past, the band has played a leading part
in the weekly radio programs sponsored
by the P.R.O., and hope to continue do-
Most of the assignments for the dances
and radio programs have been handled by
an organization within the Band called'
the "Rhythm Pilots" and these boys have
been beating out music that rates with
the best of the professional jive bands.
ot quite two years
ago, March 1, 1941,
to be exact, the VEN-
TURAS came into exist-
ance at Maxwell Field.
Since that day, many
changes have taken
place, and for the
benefit of the men
now in the squadron, Cpl. James Freeman
we thought. it might be interesting to
give you a brief history of the outfit.
To name a few of the "firsts"-- Lt. E.
H. Don was our first C.O., and Pvt. Ray-
mond (better known as "Slim") Austin
was the first man to be assigned to the
organization. S/Sgt. Bayard Littell was
appointed fst Sergeant, and the other
men who made up the original roster were
Pvts. Barbier, Carpenter, Cabbage, Hol-
man, Naill, McIntosh, Powell and Regan.
The man to receive the first promotion
was none other than "Slim" Austin-- to
"Pfc., Specialist 5th Class".
In September, the squadron was moved
from Maxwell Field to Eglin, and from
there, in December, they left for Panama
City. Inthe interim, Lt. Walter F. Sil-
va had succeeded Lt. Don, and Lt. Silva
in turn, was relieved by Lt. Canzoneri.
On the 26th of December we were moved
out to Tyndall Field and Captain Wilkins
took over as our C.O. We were assigned
our first plane on March 14th. M/Sgt.
Reynolds was appointed Line-Chief with
T/Sgt. Dawson as his assistant.
Shortly thereafter, 1st Sgt. Littell
left for O.C.S. and Sgt. Barber took
c~l:u~i~ ~aU ~4
over in his place. Also about that time,
Lt. Keating replaced Captain Wilkins,
until June 10th, when Lt. George Schrock
became our C.O.
On November 1st, Lt. Lymanwas assigned
to the squadron as Adjutant and two weeks
later, Lt. J. Reid relieved Lt. Schrock.
The above will give you a fair idea of
the events that have transpired since
the activation of the squadron. There
will be many more changes made; men will
be transferred, and new ones will be as-
signed, but one thing is certain, the
spirit and tradition which has been
S built up by the past and present members
will live on.
Our job as mechanics and armorers is
* to "Keep 'Em Flying and Firing" --and
that is just what we intend to do, to
the best of our ability until Hitler and
Tojo call it quits.
(This is a sad day for your reporter.
They say that all good things must come
to an end, and I'm sorry to say that
this is my last column for the VENTURAS.
I have been transferred to another out-
fit on the Post, and believe me, fellas,
I'm not the least bit happy about it.
Pfc. Fred Johnson will take over next
week, so I'll say'"so long", and I'll be
seeing you around the Post.)
T THE ZEBRAS
he ZEBRAS were ac--
tivated at Maxwell
* Field, Alabama, cn
August 15, 1941. The
of men consisted of I
one officer and three
Three months later
the outfit's strength Pfc. Harry Backer
was increased to fifty men and thirty
days later we were transferred to Tyn-
dall Field with Lt. J. J. Pittinger as
our C.O., and Rex Terrell as our ist
Sergeant. Captain S.E. Williams (then a
lieutenant) assumed command on December
30, 1941, and remained at the helm until
April 1, 1942.
Captain Williams is now the C.O. of
the Air Base Headquarters Squadron at
Fort Myers, and Rex Terrell is a first
sergeant of one of the school squadrons
at the same Field. Daniel Hirsch, now a
1st Lieutenant, took over the 1st Sgt.
assignment from March to June, under the
command of Lt. William Marchesi.
The ZEBRAS were converted into a De-
partment of Training squadron in Septem-
ber, losing all their former "linemen",
mechanics and ships to other units on
the Field. Since that time the men of
this outfit have been responsible for
the training of thousands of aerial gun-
ners, who have been sent to the four
corners of the earth to fight the enemy
in the skies.
Our present C.O., Lt. Benjamin Shields,
has been in command since August 20, of
last year, and has been chiefly respon-
sible in shaping the squadron into the
swell outfit that it now is. J.T. Lee
took over the first sergeant's duties oq
September 1, 1942, and has been doing an
excellent job at it ever since.
"Old Faithful", S/Sgt. Cliff ("Pop")
Bender, our ace personnel clerk, is the
only man remaining in our squadron who
was with the original group that came
down from Maxwell Field. (In his time
he has probably handled more than a
thousand different service records.
Our outstanding soldier was T/Sgt.
"Rugged" Mills, now with the RED BIRDS.
Mills was our acting-first sergeant at
various times, and has done much in mak-
ing good soldiers of our recruits.
he initial cadre of
enlisted men, compos-
ed.of Sgts. Bratcher,
Jackson, Kory, (now a
lieutenant), and Pfc.
Groover arrived here
from Eglin on October
1, 1941. This group
was joined by ten men
from.Maxwell Field at Sgt. c. Laubly
a later date. On December 24, 1941, the
Post Dispensary was moved from the Rec-
reation Area in Panama City to Beacon,
January 5, 1942, was a very cold day
in Montgomery, Alabama, when the largest
S group of enlisted men arrived there only
to find that not a soul knew where he
was supposed to go. After some deliber-
ation, it was definitely decided that
they were not destined to be cadets. A
seven-day stop-over was endured at the
"Old Mill" before two thirds of the boys
were convoyedtoTyndall, and the" remain-
ing menrwere placed on D.S. at Maxwell.
The present detachment barracks were
occupied on March 5, 1942. (A few weeks
al a O d d I U~ I a U (r 6.
later the men were busy sewing oh their
Sgt. Paul Marsh was the first of the
Detachment to leave for O.C.S., and Sgts.
Byers, Mathews and Kory followed. We have
now contributed two new M.A.C.'s, one
'Engineer Corps and one Ordnance Officer
from the Detachment.
Just recently, we have heard from our
former Sergeant-Major, M/Sgt. Peavy. He
is somewhere in England as.a captain in
We envy a few of our group that are
somewhere in Africa only in that they
have someone to police up their barracks
(?), make their beds and shine their
Our Ordnance com-
pany was activated at
Eglin Field in July
of 1941, with Sgt.
Carlisle, now station-
edinEngland, as act-
ing first sergeant.
Sergeant Ridulph, our
was the company's T/Sgt. Ken Witham
clerk in its infant days. There was a
total of eight men in the original out-
fit, but before moving to Tyndall, we
expanded to many times that number.
Just before the "exodus" a grand beer
party was' staged on a beach near Eglin,
and with songs by Charlie Spain, dancing
by Pvt. Long, and imitations by Mahon-
chak and Rabas, there wasn't a dull mo-
Captain Mitchell, then a lieutenant,
was our C.O. A detachment had been at
Tyndall several months before the main
company came down in February of '42.
Sgts. Burnett, Ratley, Lange, Bell and
several of the boys still with the com-
pany, were members of the first Tyndall
In August of this year, we split our
happy group and quite a few of the boys
were sent down to Fort Myers. Also,
many of the enlisted men went off to
O.C.S. about this time. (Scott, Moody,
Scherer, Schwartz, Smith and Waller were
among the first to go off to officer's
Many of the officers and "G.I.'s" have
come and gone, and many events of note
have happened, but these remain among
the more memorable occasions: Sgt. Rabas
going on the stage of the Ritz Theatre
and doing impersonations--- and being
chased off the stage and up the aisle by
M.P.'s...Scherer's singing...Cpl. Salo-
mon's paino playing...Meeting 1st Sgt.
Riney, now at Fort Myers, returning from
early Mass every morning...Peeping at
the stars thru burnt holes in the tents
at Eglin...Lts. Hutchinson and Gilmore,
now in England...Sgt. Bell, while drill-
ing, given the order "Left Flank!" doing
a smart right flank movement and con-
tinuing in the open for many a yard...
Syndall's first com-
munications by tele-
phone were carried on
with the aidofa BD-14
switchboard (the type
used in the field' by
the Army), a lantern,
and a weak-burning oil
burner. The Signal
personnel had to have sgt. Wm. Hines
a working knowledge of all three, as
failure to keep any one of them going
would slow up the process of communica-
Lt. John Thorpe was our first Signal
Officer, and at one time was also the
Weather Officer, Post, and Fourth Commu-
nications Officer. He was promoted to
Captain last Spring and ,was recently
transferred to another Field.
The Captain's original company consis-
ted of fourteen men, all of whom had to
be able to do any phase of signal work.
Foster was a truck driver during the day
and a switchboard operator at night.
Stansberry and Newton were linemen, and
Phelps, who has been transferred, was
the company clerk and worked in the Arm-
ory. The Armory at that time was the
Since then the Signal Office has ac-
quired a very modern automatic telephone
system, ten civilian employees, thirteen
enlisted men, and at present, four Sig-
nal Officers. Lt. Noble is the Post
The jump from the BD-14 switchboard to
the present set-up was not as smooth and
easy as it sounds. There was plenty of
work to be done, and plenty of laughs to
be had on the way.
Fourteen rookies came to Tyndall back
in January of last year expecting to
find a replica of Mitchell Field, but
0O .r T UC ^ y s l^^
found fourteen more disillusioned Signal
men who were moving from barracks to
barracks and not being able to remain at
any spot longer than week. At last we
all moved in on the Finance boys, and
was that a slap-happy barracks. (This
is no reflection on the Finance Dept.,
It's just our way of saying that we had
a lot of fun there.)
At any rate, the growth of the Signal
Office is characteristic of the growth
of Tyndall. Today, the Field is a far
cry from the Tyndall of last year at this
B THE GUNNER MAKERS
before going into a brief history of
our squadron, we would like to pause and
pay tribute to a former C.O. of ours...
Lt. Clayton C. Hill left us for combat
duty late last summer. Upon his depar-
ture, we, as a squadron, attempted to
convey to Lt. Hill our deepest apprecia-
tion for the manner in which he commanded
the organization. We knewwewere losing
a friend and one of the swellest guys
that any of us could ever hope to know.
We didn't know that several months later
he would be lost in action....that his
personal qualities wouldbe lost forever,
to everyone...TQ those who knew him, the
news of his loss was a pretty stiff jolt
to take.....Taps blew a lifetime too soon
for Lt. Hill.
On August 15, 1941, Uncle Sam announced
the birth of a bouncing baby squadron
which was destined to become a credit to
the AAF and so play a leading role in the
training of the Aerial Gunner. This baby
got off to a bang-up start by taking in a
group of new recruits under the capable
S supervision of Lt. Kenneth P. Miller.
1st Sgt. Kenda and Line-Chief Walter E.
Peterson proceeded to send the men to
various schools and began to train the
men who remained. By January of 1942,
most of the men had returned from school
and were well trained as Air Mechanics,
Radio men, Armorers and at other-essen-
The squadron had now moved to Tyndall
Field, a line had been established, Cap-
tain Hunter (now .a Major) had been ap-
pointed C.O., planes had been assigned to
the outfit, the recruits had become full-
fledged soldiers and in many cases were
high ranking Non-Coms, and o record was
being set that other squadrons are still
finding it hard to hold a candle to.
C.O.'s changed rapidly, but the outfit
was always fortunate in having some of,
i the Field's best officers as their com-
mander. Also, we had other officers as-
r signed to us in various capacities and
'we- take pride in mentioning that Lts.
,Jack Little, Eugene Englebrecht and Cap-
tain Walter F. Silva were at one time or
another associated with the squadron.
Lt. A.C. Miller is our present C.O., and
he is successfully carrying on the work
begun by these other officers.
SIn the Spring of '42, 1st Sgt. Kenda
ws promoted to the rank of T/Sgt. and
made assistant to M/Sgt. Peterson, down
on the line. S/Sgt. Charles Hafer suc-
ceeded Kenda, but soon gave it up in
search for Aerial Gunner's wings. S/Sgt.
Billy Wester replaced Hafer, but he too
had other ambitions and soon left us for
glider-pilot training. Wester was fol-
lowed by a supply sergeant by the name
of Taylor, and he's still hanging around
gasping for air.
The GUNNER MAKERS have had their ups
and downs, but their biggest change came
in the Fall of '42. Amid long faces,
parting tears and foaming beers, old
friends said good-bye as the squadron
was disbanded under its original form as
a "line" outfit. Instead of mechanics,
the squadron became staffed with oodles
of boys affectionately known as "five-
These three-striped instructors have
one. of the most important assignments on
the Field, that of making sure that every
gunner leaving Tyndall Field knows the
basic elements of everything .that will
be required of him as an Aerial Gunner.
-Ist/Sgt. Lloyd Taylor
A FINANCE FANFARE
after we were told'
that we were to write
:a short history of
Tyndall's Finance De-
tachment, we started
reading Gibbon's "De-
e4ine and Fall of the
Roman Empire.". We
labored and labored
and finally brought Sgt. Felix Leon
forth a mouse. But, asPfc. Johnny Farr,
first Finance man to be stationed at
Tyndall said. "Build a better Finance
Office and everyone and his brother will
beat a path to your door."
After a month of solitary splendor,
Johnny was joined by Lts. Shofner and
McKnight, and shortly afterwards, T/Sgt.
Dick Underwood and Pfcs. Morgan and
Brandt came from Maxwell's "bonny braes".
A week later an escaped crew of Field.
Artillery gunners captured the Finance
Office and with resounding cries of "Can-
noneers Post!" and "To the rear of your
piece!", they spread ruin and destruc-
tion. They were later identified as
Pvts. Anderson, Beegle, Blazak, Costigan,
Cloony and Hanak.
Things were quite until June, when a
wave of Infantry deployed around the
barracks. Some were captured; some are
still unidentified; and some may still
be at large in the 69th, (Rugged?). All
of this crew may be recognized by the
single phrase, "You think it's tough
here, why at Fort McClellan----".
At this point we wish to announce that
due to prior commitments we must contin-
ue next week. Remember Chapter #14, of
the "Perils of Pauline". Come for the
morning show. There will be a special
treat for the kiddies.
W BUZZ BUGS
We have been bless-
ed by the arrival of
three new men, recent-
ly, in the form of
Pvts. Cummins, Car-
ter and Simes. All
three are late of the
C.A.A. Tower School
in Fort Worth, Texas.
We tried to tell Pvt. Fred Weller
them that they would be sergeants in
three months but they only laughed and
said, "We know!" In that respect they
were wiser than Pvt. Garrett, who still
entertains a few illusions about sixteen
Pfc. Green returned to this semi-trop-
ical, sub-zero, youcanhaveit "paradise"
after a ten-day furlough in Texas--"Wheh
men is men and women is women."
To.Pvt. Rogers goes the prize of one
celluloid frying pan for having the pic-
ture' of the best looking girl in the
barracks. (My Gawd, is nothing sacred?)
Incidentally, he is the only lad in the
barracks who has a picture of a girl. I
am not counting Sgt. Allen's picture be-
cause every time he has an argument with
her he turns it around, and every time
he turns it around, the rest of the out-
fit takes a beating. (Please send roses
as I am allergic to lillies.)
Congratulations to Sgt. Erwin, who
Tade Staff this month. S/Sgt. Erwin has
been in the radio business twelve years,
and as soon as the rest of us have been
in that long, we'll be Staff Sefgeants,
too, -you Just wait and see!
THE RED BIRDS
W e've come a long way since we were
activated in March, 1941, andwhat should
take several pages to describe, will
have to be confined to this column.
Many old and new faces have passed
through the orderly room door, and few,
are the pioneers who remain. M/Sgt. R.
Houston was the RED BIRD'S first top-
kick, and Johnny Hamilton, now a Tech
Sergeant in the Chief Clerk's Office
took care of the clerical work.
In the course of events, Dean D. Skel-,
ton took the reins. We moved to Tyndall
in the early part of December, '41, and
for the first four months we were jacks-
of-all-trades -roadbuilders, stump dig-
gers and landscapers.
"Two-Gun" held sway and was going st-
rong. Well we remember his shouting...
our daily marching periods on the ramp...
and (PLUS) 5 mile hikes which caused us
to adopt a new name, "The Flying Infant-
rymen". What an airplane looked like to
us at that time was a matter of debate.
Our first ship came- "What kind is it?",
"How many men will work on it?"..."Will
it actually fly?" Eventually, more
planes arrived and we became aware of
the importance of part in the function
of Tyndall Field as an Aerial Gunnery
"Two-Gun" finally faded from the scene
and we came back to earth. Ken Stitt
took over very capably until he left for
O.C.S. (He is now a 2nd Lieutenant in
We turn now to the commissioned offi-
cers who were associated with our squad-
ron-- and we can say without prejudice
that they were and are of the best.
Our memory takes us back to the time
that Lt. (now a Captain) William H. Wise-
man assumed command. Lt. Singleton was
his aide, and together they established
a solid foundation for the budding or-
ganization. Lt. John Des Portes, our
first C.O. to wear wings, succeeded Lt.
Wiseman, and Lt. Des Portes gave way to
Lt. Shields, who in turn, was replaced
al a a I: U~ ~ a U:;~ 6
by Lt. Francis Keim, our present C.O.
In addition to Lt. Keim, our royal
family at the moment consists of Lt.
Hutchens, Adjutant; Lt. Advey, Engineer-
ing Officer; and John R. Heidema, First
Sergeant.; We are proud of the job that
these men are doing.
F THE BROWN BOMBERS
URLOUGHS! That's the word that is
being bandied around these days, fellas.
It's been that way ever since Sgt. Dan-
iel, Cpl. Carter and Pfcs. Tobias and
Lupoe didn't get the furloughs they were
looking forward to. You should have seen
the creases -in Sgt. Daniel's pants, and
in his face, when he about faced after
S his furlough was rejected.
Cpl. Carter plans to take his furlough
out in Panama City with a cute little
number whom I wish to kep anonymous...
First Sergeant Long won the jitterbug
contest on Sunday night because he had
Pfc. Redmon's girl all to himself...Pfc.
Exell (Romeo) Williams blew his top on
his furlough in Pensacola and Mobile. He
had his share of cheroka and debs, while
Pfc. Tobias had his property in Panama
City sewed up....What do you thinkofPvt.
William Baker, who had a bird in his
hand with a bush idea in his head -which
accounts for all of Pfc; Gaylord's birds.
The BOMBERS are moving in and the rest
of the boys are moving out because we
are applying hep-cat tactics -the chick-
adees really go for that solid jive....
Pvt. Bass was in town Saturday night
'trying to buy some hair tonic. (Just be-
tween you and me, a chick confided that
he had an empty patch on the top of his
head...Pfc. Williams is trying to per-
suade the top-kick to stay out of town
in order to keep him away from his cher-
oka...Pvt. Willis doesn't say much -I
wonder why?...More next time, folks,
'Bye now! -Cpl. Marvin Carter
O ur C.O. has requested yours truly to
act' as your reporter for this publica-
tion, and when Lt. Somervell requests--.
So, as of today, I'll try my hand at
Walter Winchelling and will do my best
to keep you.informed as to what's what.
Being wished upon you as your scribe,
your cooperation .is sincerely solicited.
Please pass on to me any news that may
be of interest to the boys. If it's fit
to print, it will appear Lin the TARGET
and your name will be mentioned. It's
easy, just keep alert.
For example, the other night I saw a
number of soldiers crowding in front of
the Cook's barracks, who, by the way, are
neighbors of ours, (this accounts for
the double portions),
and your reporter i
lost no time in in-
vestigating the cause "
for this mob scene.
To my. amazement, I
found the cooks, after
a hard dayof messing,
putting on a show 4I
called, "Arsenic and Cpl. Wa. solomon
Old Linen". In my opinion the show was
a great success. So you see, there is,
never a dull moment at Tyndall, and
surely not in YOUR room.
We wish to welcome back our Ist/Sgt.,
R.C. Scott and our Line Chief, M/Sgt. C.
Schamberg, who have returned from well
earned furloughs. T/Sgt. Roy Darrah
rowed in from his furlough -using a rain
check for a transportation ticket. The
people in Ohio are carrying their patri-
otism to the extreme -they use rowboats
in the streets in order to conserve rub-
S/Sgt. D. Hale would've been talking
today in terms of "We" had he gotten the
extension that he wired for. However,
he hasn't dropped the idea, and if anyone
knows of an available apartment, please
communicate with the writer.
Some people act fast. Take Sgt. Whit-
tington. He took no chances with exten-
sions, he DOOD IT, and today he's one of
the happiest and most homesick men on
the Field. Do you ulame him?
Sn THE BLUE BIRDS
Some of the fellows
have been wondering
why the Mess Hall man-
ages to close on time
but never can open
when it should, es-
pecially in the morn-
ings...All the boys
seem to be quite pr-
oud of our new planes. Pvt. A., Sned
They're the same model as those which
General Doolittle used on his trip from
"Shangri La"...Lt. Long, our C.O., says
he is sweating out 3rd pilot.
Pvt. Nick Russo, our new mail orderly,
rode the squadron bicycle up to Person-
nel and it mysteriously disappeared. We
don't know who the rogue is, but we have
our suspicions. such as T/Sgt. Boyle,
who is always worrying about the gas.
ration --and bicycles don't use petrol.
v THE CANARIBS
W ell boys, we will
all be together for
the next three Satur-
day nights -to re-
ceive our innoculation
"shots'. But who
cares if we- are get-
ting those THREE INCH
needles with propel-
lers on the ends of Pvt. 3. Nkstreeni
them. WOW1...A certain little fellow
from this squadron was confined to the
hospital. Why? Love-sick, of course.
He was asked by one of the doctors how
he felt. 'Not so hot, sir",he answered.
"Are you constipated", asked the doctor,
"No, I was drafted", replied the G.I.
I'm not the type of fellow who would tell
you his name, but'his initials are ,SgS .
M/Sgt. Barker and T/Sgt. Brunie, h.hie
just discovered the comforts; of our Day
Room. We all wonder what's so interest-
We take this opportunity to Welcome
back our C.O., Lt. Peter Weis, who en-
joyed a few days up North...We were vis-
ited by a small friend of ours, T/Bgt.
Fewell. The tables were kind' of rusty,
but the boys enjoyed that little game,
Lt. Bridgeford, our Adjutant, is now
exploring, the pleasures of a short leave
around a "bend", -South Bend, Indiana,
we believe...Sgt. Cofer and Cpl. William
Smith were ready to leave on their fur-.
loughs, but they've all been r'ancelled
until??? Cheer up boys -look at me, I'm
smiling. (One good smile and my face
would crack)...Pfc. Miles, one of our
boys at Personnel, did a good job in the
absence of T/Sgt. Trakimas. Keep up the
Hope to be back next week with more-
flashes -uitil then, "Keep 'Em Flyingl"
sergeantt Major Joe Trombitas left us
this week for the wilds of Connecticut.
He aims to make.'the most of his furlough
by beginning construction on his cabin
near a lake. It 'seems that Joe bought
some lake front property several months
ago and is planning to build himself a
nice little hunting lodge there.
Lt. Manzi, Director of Training here
at Apalach, is supervising the construc-
tion of a recreation hall for the stu-
dent gunners. It is to be called the
"Apalach Hunting Lodge". Decorations
will include stuffed alligators, snakes
and other reptiles that are found in
8gt. Carpenter's advice to the love-
lorn this week is pretty much ancient
history; however, it does have its points
if properly followed through. Quote,
"Do not date the same chicken too often,
but play the field, for there, are more
to choose from, and besides,. there is
less danger of becoming bored".
Van Russell the 2nd, has just returned
from the Florida State College for Women.
Strange what the price of admission is
these days -butter was the fee in this
case. Having becomemore than a visitor,
Russell is now rationed in the dining
room of that institution; as- for iquart-
ers, he must still stay in town.
Elliot, the Georgia Peach, has won the
title of being the camp's biggest liar.
No matter what anyone has said, there is
always someone from Moultrie who has
done it better. Incidentally, the object
of his affection is in town, and once
again he gleams from stem to stern.
B P. RMPOw
Bouquets to us) How about that im-
proved service at the P.X.? You have to
admit that it's better. We know that
there is still room for improvement and
the management is trying hard.
Congratulations to Pvt. Fred Web, who
finally left on' his furlough...Bye-the-
bye, did you notice that locket chain
around a certain young man's Oeck at the
tobacco counter? What could that mean?
Could there possiblybe romance lurking
in those dreamy eyes of Stella Strock?
If so, kt must concern that blond Cpl...
If you hear a slight disturbance around
the P.X., it's all about who is going to
.. share whose roomin the new units...We'll
be sorry to lose lice Hanrahan -we hear
that she is leaving for North Carolina.
We were glad to know that Mrs. Kaiser
has joined Lt. Keiser and is now resid-
ing in Panama City...See you next week.
-Clyde S. Gray
KIN OF TYNDALL MESSAGE CENTER CLERK
PENS INSPIRING VERSE ON "OLD GLORY"
One of the highlights of the gallant
stand made by the American and Filipi-
no forces on Corregidor occurred on the
day a shell fragment during a Jap
bombardment split the halyard holding
our flag to the top of the flagpole.
Three soldiers, two Americans and a
Filipino rushed to the top of Corregi-
dor fortress and caught the flag be-
fore it touched the ground, repaired
the damage under heavy shell fire and
hauled the Colors back to the top of
As a tribute to this heroic act, a
cartoonist fora leading New York news-
paper drew a cartoon depicting the
scene. And it was from this cartoon
that Detective George L. O'Connor of
the Missing Persons Bureau, drew the
inspiration to write the following
poem on the display of "Old Glory":
"They shot away the flagpole and
Old Glory started down;
But our boys forgot the danger
and it never reached theground.
They bombed our heroes' fortress,
they outnumbered ten to one,
But our flag was put back flying
by a Yank without a gun.
And here we have our freedom, we
can sleep and work and save--
Yet Old Glory seldom is seen, when
all should hang it up to wave.
Let's get out our blazing colors--
that grand Red, White and Blue,
O And show the Nazis and the Japs
our democracy is true!
Let it wave from home and office,
from shop and factory,
And show the world that we
Americans will keep our liberty!
So if they shoot away the flagpole,
try to pull Old Glory down,
We know how to face the danger
--it will never reach the ground!
The poem, which Mr. O'Connor called
"A Symbol of Democracy" has appeared in
publications of the "Flag-in-Every-
Home Committee". It was passed on to
the "TARGET" by Mr. O'Connor's nephew,
Pfc. James O'Connor, of Tyndall's mes-
sage center. Jimmy must have inheri-
ted some of his uncle's artistic tal-
ent, as he too has written several
poems, one of which appeared in a Sep-
tember issue of the "TARGET".
Who is that man of haughty mien,
With ample chest and peanut bean
And movements like a Ford machine?
Why, sonny, that's the Sergeant!
Who's busy as a bumble bee,
To get you up at reveille,
And shout's your name in strident
Why bless you! That's the Sergeant!
Who yells, "Right Dress" and "Right
And gets as mad as all outdoors--
And sends you out to do the chores?
You're right, that's the Sergeant!
Who carries all the world's disgrace
Writ in furrows on his face,
And looks for trouble every place?
Why! That must be the Sergeant!
Who cries, "Fall in!" and when you do,
Says, "As you were, you rough-neck
"Foursright about!" "I'll put you
Why sure, that's like the Sergeant!
Why does the poor boy act this way?
Will he be a general some day?
No, sonny, quite the other way
For Hell is full of Sergeants.
"TAKE-OFF ON THE TUNE, "JINGLE BELLS"
Tyndall all the way,
Oh, what fun it is to vote
For my frowsy Daisy Mae.
DID YOU ANSWER THAT LETTER FROM HOME?
Did you answer that letter from home
Did you write the folks today
And tell them that you're okay?
'Cause you know how they Worry
When you're far away.
Did you write to the one who's been
Who says a little prayer each night
Altho' you're far apart,
Those words may cheer an aching heart.
So let them know that you miss them
Write that letter tonight!
(Sam Braveman and Bob Kahn)
Of the thousands of gunners graduated from the AAFGS at Tyndall Field, few
find opportunity to write back. Of these, fewer still express themselves as
clearly and effectively as S/Sgt. Thomas A. Stephens of Class 42-45. He has
just won a promotion from the sergeant's rating given him at Tyndall.
S/Sgt. Stephens' letter, addressed to Col. W. A. Maxwell, Commanding, is as
he wrote it except for deletion of some personal expressions to Col. Maxwell.
"I've been transferred here to----------, and assigned to a combat crew. We
are now in our second phase and I'm hoping the third (combat) comes around soon.***
"I've been very lucky in being placed with a good crew. ***There's such a
difference in having a good crew and a bad one. All these men are anxious to
learn the proper procedure pertaining to everything on the ship. They realize
the folly of kidding themselves during a flight, and our crew is really on the
beam. We bring down myriads of Japs each night in our barracks.
"This reminds me, Sir, and it's the opinion of every man who went to Tyndall
that those at Tyndall are the best barracks anywhere in the country. Boy, what
they wouldn't give for those beds and conveniences! **Somehow though, it makes
a man feel more honest when he's made to undergo a little hardship in these times.
To have it too easy, one would feel like a cheat.***
"The more I see of this country of ours, the more do I wish that I had more
to give than just myself. I've always felt the plight of those across the water
and know the meaning of oppression as few others. And to think of our people be-
ing subjected to a like torment is enough to make one go mad. I'm one of thirteen
children, Sir, so you see I have more to fight for than high ideals. It makes me
wish that I'll be given an opportunity to offer myself, whatever the cost, to
further the aim of.my superiors in any capacity at all.
"No thrill or satisfaction will be greater than the one I'll get when I can
write you from over there of having brought down one of our enemy. And maybe
it's unfair to my crew, but I sincerely hope that we're given the most difficult
assignment they've got.***
"Up there, floating through space, watching the toy autos and doll houses
and dots of cattle and sheep, it does something to a man. It makes one feel so
insignificant and such a small part of things.
"Before I close, I'd like to write of what one feels up there in the bird-
land, it's of the world when seen from the sky:
"Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful world,
With your wonderful waters around you curled,
And the giant trees upon your crest,
World---you are beai lfully dressed.
The wonderful sky is over me,
And the powerful wind is shaking the tree.
Oh, wonderful earth, how far'do you go---
With your wheat fields that nod
And your rivers that flow.
I gaze upon you for thousands of miles
And see castles, ranches, houses and isles;
You are so great and I am so small,
I tremble to think of you, world, at all.
"The world answered back:
'Though I am so great
And you are such a dot,
You can love and think,
And the earth cannot.'"
The Yardbird SE
SGreat Day, the ole Yardbird is dun stepped rite in the garbage all ovur agin.j
is sho dun bin mistreeted an awful used up this weak. Ma kommunikashuns systim
tas dun got crossed up in the past fuw daze an i reckons their is kwite a fuw
sellers wunderin who I wuz, who i is an a konsiderabul amount uv othur things.-
Well, a fuw daze ago i wuz whut is knone as a flyin gadget. but I aint no mo.
Thin the man intervued me in reegards ter navygashun schule an he axed me ter sho!
him whut i wud do iff'n I got lost. So, nacherly, i spit in ma left han an slap-
Oet it with the fust two fingurs uvma rite han an whichever way it wint wuz home.,
ut ma luck wuzn't so gud that day an it fluw rite in ma i. I never kwallyfied.
r Well, they dun shippet me- as a. yardbird, ter sum forrin territoree called Ark-
insaw. It aint so nice hear, iff'n yall nose whut i meens. whin the man had
looket at all ma kwallyficashuns an found ot I cant do nothing he put me ovur with
the rekreeashun orfisur. He is got a glee club an a orkestra an konsiderabul,
othur things that seems ter be reel close ter his hart, an he jest cant bigger ot
S iow cum i aint as inthoosyastic as he is. But, I tried ma best ter be a good,;
iard wurkin, sho nuff dawg lovin soljer an heer they is dun maid me a water boy.
S4ur a no count band. Wun uv thim peekulyar moosishans jest axed me, axed me mind!
yo, iff'n i cud carry second tinner fur "Yore, so young an the nites so beeyouti-I
ful", kin yo imagine. i is jest aboot reddy ter voluntere fur the gardhouse so'sj
Skin leed a happy life agin. Well, I reckon i'd better be agoin
---The Yardbird (No. 1)
By Captain Walter Silva
It all took place at Maxwell Field, Alabama. What did? Well, let's put it this
way, there were no Tyndall Field squadrons on February 28, 1941, but on the next day,
eight brand new, cellophaned organizations were put on display.
The number of men, represented in this mass activation was not as large as one
might suspect. Each organization had a first sergeant, a squadron clerk, an acting
supply sergeant, and other basic personnel, namely-- one recruit, each. Later on, as
more men were assigned to the squadrons, the combined units took over Tent City #2.
Every man that had qualifications was ordered off.to school almost as soon as he
was put on the squadron roAter. We had calisthenics at 7:00 A.M. those days, and an
officer had to be present to make sure that the exercises were "enjoyed". It was not
unusual to see fifteen or twenty men limbering up. All other men, it seemed, were on
Guard Duty or K.P.
The older men will remember May 30, 1941, I'm sure. That was the day we moved
into the hostelry that had no peer, the "Old Mill". Everybody was on one floor,
except the boys in the top bunks of the double deckers. "All the squadrons shared the
same orderly room, and many were the gallons of fly spray that we used to try and
kill the mosquitoes. Looking back on those days, however, I believe that we all had **
a pretty good time. There were hardly ever any more than four or five officers.
Not all the boys were at the "Old Mill", however, some were at Gunter Field learn-
ing how to handle wrenches and oil cans in preparation for becoming mechanics. In
June we had our first taste of "Foreign Service". We were all picked up and sent
over to Selma, Alabama, for a couple of weeks. It wasn't known as Craig Field then,
But they did have some airplanes that had to be serviced and some places that had to
We were back in the "Old Mill" early in July and things went along smoothly. Then
we heard about the Panama City Recreation Camp and made arrangements to spend four or
five days near our future "home". Early Monday morning, August 4, we loaded up the
trucks and started off for Panama City. We arrived in Opp, Alabama, just in time for
lunch. Everyone in town knew we were coming, and had gathered in the town park to
meet us. Each citizen brought along some food, ranging from biscuits to fried
chicken and cake and pie. That particular luncheon will undoubtedly be remembered by
every man who was in the organization at that time. After recei,...7 best wishes from
the Mayor, we got back in the trucks and drove to Panama City.
Here again, the townspeople outdid themselves to show us a good time. In addition
to a boat ride and deep-sea fishing parties, they also sponsored a dance for us at
We had brought along some machine guns and pistols, and early one morning we drove
out to "Tyndall Field" --and got lost trying to find the Gulf of Mexico. We drove
along a sandy road for quite a stretch,only to find that we war- qolr +he wrong way.
We turned the entire convoy around and retraced our steps, only to find that a con-
struction gang had come along, cut a road at right angles to our trail, and maroc -ed
us on the wrong side of a six foot ditch. Eventually, we reached the beach.
They were really five eventful days, and we hated to pack up and return to Maxwell
Field. However, early in September we left Maxwell for good, and got as far as Eglin
Field. There we built our own tent city and proceeded to settle down for what appear-
ed to be the "duration". We never seemed to have enough men to put on K.P., Guard,
Garbage, Ice, Coal or Wood Details. Everything went along fairly well -until it got
cold! Will you ever forget the pine knots in the sibley stoves? Many were the hours
we spent trying to figure out which tent would burn down next. A week never seemed
complete unless the Mess Hall caught fire.
Finally, on December 5th or 6th in '41, the entire unit hastily left for Panama
City and again took up quarters in the Recreation Camp. Then, on Christmas Eve, we
begantomove to Tyndall Field. To be installed, at last, in their own barracks, was,
I know, a distinct thrill for all those early "settlers". These "pioneers", who were
constantly kept on the go, moving from post to post, deserve extra commendation for
the way they "took it". Our experiences in pre-Tyndall days might be classed under
"adventure", but what has happened since then is history.
By Sgt. Jimie Haimmonds
On the morning of February 7, 1941, I, a would-be draft dodger, went down to the
Post Office in Montgomery, Alabama, and enlisted in my uncle's army.
I was given a typical G.I. examinationandthe "Doc" said that since they were tak-
ing almost anything into the Army, he thought that it would be O.K. for me to take my
place with the rest of the heroes. So, I was given the oath of office, or something ,
and thirteen other fellows and myself were sent to Maxwell Field.
Maxwell was to be our home for the next eleven months, .but none of us had the
slightest idea that our "visit" would be of such a prolonged nature. I was fortunate
in having some great guys as my tent-mates, Billy Grout (The Yardbird) was one, Dewey
Gossett, Frank Lyles, that lady-killer from the badlands of Mississippi --"Red" Brew-
er, and the Clark Gable of Tent City #1 -Charles A. Allen, Just to mention a few,
were the boys who made Army life easy to take during my stay at Maxwell.
* Everything was going along swell until the first morning that we fell out for
drill practice. The drilling continued for six months, but as soon as I convinced
the Sergeant that I could do a "left flank", I was sent over to the Mess Hall. Here
I was put in charge of all the vessels (dish pans and the like) and the Mess Sergeant
admired my work so well that he recommended me for another week's K.P.
After building up Tent City #1 we were transferred to the "Old Mill" where we were
greeted (???) by such high ranking Non-Coms as the then lst/Sgt. Dan Howell, Cpl.
Ernest Stone, Dean (The Moocher) Skelton, Pvt. Tom Niolon, Pvts. Fred Gray, Darius
Hinshaw, Cleo Falgut, Franklin Ott, and another swell guy that has since lost his
life in a plane crash-- Pvt. Wilfred Barrios, and of course, there was that dashing,
swashbuckling romeo, Pvt. Joe Wingard.
One day, after three or four months at the "Old Mill", we were told that we were
leaving for the sunny state of Florida. It didn't take long before we were on a long
bunion-bursting ride to Eglin Field, Florida. How well I remember the tents there,
with only God's good earth for a-floor...The Mess Hall with its tables of rough pine
wood...Sergeant Howell and his nightly bridge games...The beautiful (I had my eyes
closed) Debs of Crestview...and the nightly visits to Five Points and Mossy Head.
Well, after building Eglin Field up from a swamp to a flying field we received no-
tice one afternoon that we we're leaving fo" Panama City in two hours Everyone did
a first class (if you know what I mean) job of packing and in no time at all we found
ourselves on the way to P.C. via the 0.I. method of transportation.
December 6th was the day we arrived and we were set-up in the Recreation Camp. The
camp itself wasn't bad, but if my memory serves me correctly, those tents were cold'
places to be in during the night. It was the day after our arrival (December 7th,
remember?) that *t about 2:80 P.M. we heard a radio announcement about the bombing
of Pearl Harbor. Things happened fast --and before we could catch our breath, we
were living in another desolate spot which was soon to be called "Tyndall Field".
In the twelve months that have passed we have watched and been part of, Tyndall's
growth into one of the nation's largest Aerial Gunnery Schools. Our gunners are among
the best, and wherever the boys of the old 80th Air Base Group are, you can bet your
last ration card that they are holding their own.
Give the names of the officers who
first held the following positions at
1. Commanding Officer.
2. Two former Chaplains.
3. Chief Clerk.
4. Athletic and Recreation Officer.
5. Public Relations Officer.
6. Director of Training.
7. Post Surgeon.
8. Special Service Officer.
9. Signal Officer.
10. Post Mess Officer.
Give the name and rank of the Offi-
cers who now hold the following posi-
1. Director of Training.
2. Chief Clerk.
3. Athletic and Recreation Officer.
4. Special Service Officer.
5. Courts and Boards Officer.
6. War Bonds Officer.
7. Military Personnel Officer.
8. Post Mess Officer.
9. Post Surgeon.
10. Landscaping Officer.
12. Civilian Personnel Officer.
13. C.O. of Apalachicola.
14. C.O. of Fort Myers.
15. C.O. of the Student Detachment.
TRUE OR FALSE:
1. Captain Rawson is head of S-2.
2. M/Sgt. Liddon is Post Line Chief.
3. Captain Shipmaker is Post Admini-
4. A B-34 has one tail fin,
1. On what day is Army Day observed?
2. What is the smallest tactical unit
in the Army Air Forces?
3. Which item of a soldier's ipdivi-
dual equipment contains charcoal, felt
4. What is a cadre?
5. All crew members of a bomber are
qualified aerial gunners.
6. An 0-47 has double propeller
7. Captain Shofner is Post Photogra-
8. Major Fox is C.O. of the Guard
9. Lt. Col. Eades is Director of Fly-
10. Ann Cox was THE MAN'S first Sec-
11. Lt. Dickerman is Assistant Opera-
12. Lt. Richards is Post Finance Off-
13. Major Fleming is the C.O. of the
14. Lt. Noble is the Signal Officer.
15. Col. Luper is the youngest Lt.
Col. on the Field.
1. Where was the first PX located?
2. What building housed the first
Chaplain's, Red Cross, Athletic and
Recreation and Library Offices?
3. Who was the first Sergeant-Major
of the Department of Training?
4. Who was the first Editor of the
5. Which was the first big name band
to salute Tyndall Field?
6. Who was the first Chemical Warfare
7. Who directedthe AER Minstrel Show?
8. When did the Field's first gunnery
9. Who was the "TARGET'S" first Gos-
10. Name the famous canine that was
the house guest at Mess Hall #1?
5. What is the first thing a soldier'
must do at the command of gaLs?
6. How long should a tourniquet be
kept on any part of the body?
7. How many red stripes are there in
the American Flag?
8. Howmany Service Commands are there
in the United States?
SSt. Francis Churchill
Lt. Joseph A. Dickerman
Sgt. Joseph W. Timberlake
Officer in charge of
Photography and Reproduction
Set. Jack H. Parks
First member of the P.R.O.
L Phot (Irrr aph
Lt. Colonel James Luner
Director of Trainfng
Lt. Colonel Jack Randolph
Too to bottom: Hr. Daniel S.
Howell, Chief Clerk: Cao-
tain Emory Shofner, Post
Finance Officer, and
Captain Loren Bryan,
Lt. Colonel Robert Brua
Lt. Colonel William lades
Ass't Director of Training
Captain Walter SlIva
Ass't S I
Captain John Burkhart
Caotaln Aloyslus Casey
Major Thomas Howell
Captain Charles Rawson
Major Thomas Carnahan
Major Thomas Fowler
Major John Wilkins
Major Henry Hunter Major William Kevan
Student DeItchmnrt C.0. Sub-Base C.O.
Capt. R.F. Powell
Capt. A. DeTreville Capt. H. Shipmaker
Post Engineer Admn. Inspector
Lt. u.n. wearer
Capt. K. MCLoiiougn
Lt. J. N. Bigbee
Standing L.to R.: Lt. J.C. Reid, Lt. J.W. Ward, Major B.J. Fox, Major F.M.
Fleming, Lt. R.W. Long, Capt. E.M. Shofner, Lt. J.A. Des Portes, Lt. H.J.
Jernigan, Lt. R.C. Weedfall, Major H.M. Clarvoe, Lt. W.D. Somervell. Seated
L.to R.: Lt. M.E. Noble, Lt. J.F. Holland, Lt. B.B. Shields, Lt. R. Bridge-
ford, Lt. W.H. Stephens and Lt. A.C. Miller.
BEACON BEACH DAZE
Quartered at Beacon Beach prior to moving
to Tyndall FieldPvts. Morrison, Browning,
and Hollobaugh enjoy a little relaxation.
Major Strobel was Captain
and Mr. Howell was Staff
Sergeant at Eglin Field?
PICTURED ABOVE ARE THE FIRST TEN MEN DETAILED TO TYNDALL FIELD JULY '41.
Standing L.to R.: Pvt. Wood, S/Sgt. Ballentine, Pfc. Garner, Cpl. Wilson,
Pvt. Mansfield, Pvt. Sissom, Pfc. Crowe. Front row: Pfc. Brewer, T/Sgt.
Lankford, and S/Sgt. Wise.
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~LQr: -. 3,(
2 ND. LT.
WARRANT OFFICER SERGEANT
2 ND CLASS
I ST CLASS
NIGHT FIRING AT TYNDALL
(The first photographic shot ever made of night firing at Tyndall Field)
ROYAL NETHERLANDS MEN
A group of instructors from Tyndall's Royal Netherlands Detachment watch
closely as their Commanding Officer explains a few facts about the ammuni-
tion of a 20 m.m. cannon. (Left to right: Cpl. W. Bijlsma; Warrant Officer
A.G. Pauw; Cpl. C. de Vree; Lt. C.L. de Vries, Commanding; Lt. G.H. Woudstra,
Adjutant; and Cpl. T.H. Seeman).
There are bars and bars
Action in the canvas ring
The obstacle course get's
Tyndall fight crowd
S/Sgt. Blazak, of Finance,
argues it out with the
Diamonds take a back seat
as the sale of War Bonds
becomes the feature at
this jewelry store.
The 69th presents a scroll
of merit to Lt. C.W. Broome,
former Mess Officer at #I
Cpl. Wm. Pratt and Miss
Nell Smith are merely
incidental in this
DIAMONDS IPanamai Co WATCHES
-.-, BU1 WAR BONDS-STAMPS
|'*- J i h'' !D..,,TMfr Dl.MON jI
No. 1 Mess Hall gets the break this
week with the above likeness of Pvt.
Frank-W. Manning of The Fighting 69th.
He was born and raised in Wellsboro,
Pennsylvania, and was a volunteer in
June of last year.
Although Frank has been in the mess
only about five months, he has applied
himself so diligently and enthusiastic-
ally, that today he is one of the
sought-after cooks on the Field. It's
guys like Frank Manning that keep mess
sergeants from going (completely)nuts.
Thoughts which might occur to any
soldier at Tyndall Field: While you
are in a well lighted, comfortable Mess
Hall, eating good food, engaged in
pleasant conversation and upon leaving
lighting up your "favorite brand",
with that feeling of well-being; you
might think of some of your "buddies"
hidden in some steaming, swampy jungle
or on some Arctic waste, eating in the
dark, when they can, and the limited
variety they can get. It's an old say-
ing that "Comparisons are odious", but
somehow it does us all good to pause
once in a while and think that perhaps
we might not be as well off as we are.
And Civilians.....How are they doing
in the eating line? They are not hun-
gry or starving, we know. That is one
of the great things about this Country.
But they are not able to get the vari-
eties and kinds of food they would
Some of the foods which we in the
Army take for granted are difficult to
obtain outside in civilian life. They
are not receiving anywhere near the
amounts of coffee, sugar, beef, butter,
eggs, bacon, ham, lard etc. that we
here at Tyndall Field enjoy. And com-
mencing soon, all foods may be ration-
ed to civilians.
Both the Quartermaster and the Mess
Departments are exerting every effort
to keep the men at Tyndall well fed.
This is no easy job. So when, per-
haps Roast Lamb is served in the Mess
Hall twice in the same week, as happen-
ed last week, try to understand the
conditions which caused it. During
that period the city of San Francisco
was practically without meat of any
kind. The Post Mess served lamb twice
rather than not serve meat of any kind.
(Seemed like horse-sense to us.) And
speaking of horse-sense reminds us,
that in some parts of the Country,
including Boston, Mass., horse meat is
very much in demand.
Conditions are exactly perfect
and comparatively the best, we think,
here at Tyndall. But when we stop to
think for a while about others, and
consider the problems which must be
solved to bring food to this Field.
(e.g. Milk delivered all the way from
Minnesota) we are not doing so badly.
So what...Perhaps we would prefer to
have beer to lamb. Maybe we like bak-
ed ham better than roast veal. Sure--
Sure--But one of the greatest weapons
this Country possesses is food. And
this supply of food must feed not only
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. I go into a mess hall and there is
nothing on the menu that I like.
Is there any arrangements made for
cases like mine?
A. Sure sonny, Nursery rooms are
provided in the rear of allmess
halls for your type. You provide
the case, we provide the arrange-
ments. 0 Boyl
Q. If I were to ask one of the cooks
for a tenderloin steak, medium
rare, would I get it?
A. Sure. Why not? But is it our
fault that "One medium rare tend-
erloin steak" rhymes with "One or-
der of army stew" and your order
Q. How can I keep off K.P. duty? I am
A. In 1940 the War Department publish-
ed a booklet entitled "Ten Easy
Ways of Getting Out of K.P., and
marriage". For some unaccountable
reason this book hasn't been very
successful. It should be because
the same man invented a perpetual
motion machine that wrote the book.
our own population and Army and Navy
in this Country but also our men over-
seas and the Armies of our Allies and
their civilian population.
So whenever you feel like making a
"gripe" about the food (or for that
matter, gas or rubber) don't fire all
of your ammunition at the Mess Depart-
ment, or the Quartermaster, or the
Rationing Boards. Save some of it for
Hitler, Hirohito and Mussolini and
their gangs. They started this messy
business-----Think it over.
IIA PACK OF LUCKIES
.... ... A N D A R O O T B EE R! "
A man wandered into a tennis match and
sat down. "Whose game?" he asked. A
shy young thing sitting next to him
looked up hopefully: "I am," she re-
The burlesque queen woke up the morning
after the raid to find herself fully
Expecting the worst, she screamed, "My
God! 'I've been draped!"
"Ah can't come to work tomorrow, Mam.
Mah little boy is sick."
"Why, Mandy! I thought you said you
A were an old maid!"
"Ah is, but ah ain't one of dem fussy
1st M.P.: "What do you think they are
doing over there in that car?"
2nd M.P.: "I think he's trying to get
her to join the C.I.O. I heard him say,
let's get organized."
Santa Claus is .the only one who can .:.
run around with a bag all night and
not get talked about.
COULD DO FOR
o THE EOVG/
*USE ONL -i
"You know there's a baby born
York every minute."
"Well, don't look at me that
live in Philadelphia."
Professor of Economics: "You boys of
today want to make too much money.
Why, do you know what I was getting
when I got married?"
Voice from Rear: "No, and I'll bet
you didn't either."
*HE ALWAYS RIDES THAT WAY
SINCE HE WAS A TAIL-GUNNER"
CAMPAIGN BEGUN TO BOOST TYNDALL'S
WAR BOND SUBSCRIPTIONS TO 100%
A new "all out" drive to raise the
Field's percentage of War Bonds sales to
nothing less than 100% was begun several
weeks ago, and Lt. George L. Lasker,
Post War Bonds Officer, announces that
to date the results are very satisfac-
In addition to
meetings to bring
the men the various
Bonds purchases, ea
its own salesman who
times, and is arme
and information on W
Listed below are t
to the attention of
advantages of War
.ch organization has
is available at all
d with applications
he squadron War Bond
69th......................Sgt. S. Samiof
Cpl. J. Freeman
Pvt. E. Weinreich
OLD TIMERS..................Cpl. D. Shaw.
VENTURAS.................. Sgt. W. Hakeem
RED BIRDS............lst/Sgt. J. Heidema
BLUE BIRDS.............Pvt. A. Middleton
CANARIES...............T/Sgt. A. Pesnell
WHITE FLASHES.............Cpl. C. Hodges
ZEBRAS.....................Sgt. M. Alper
GUNNER MAKERS.............Cpl. H. Vidrine
GUARDIANS............... Sgt. P. Hamilton
AVIATION............... Ist/Sgt. A. Long
BAND......................Sgt. J. Mosier
THE CHAMPS...............T/Sgt. N. Ashby
SIGNALIERS..............S/Sgt. G. Foster
FINANCIERS..............S/Sgt. J. Blazak
ORDMEN.....................Sgt. L. Weiss
T/3 H. Barger
956th............... ....T/Sgt. W. Hickok
MEDICS...................S/Sgt. J. Gering
TYNDALL SERGEANT USES TUNE OF "ROLL OUT
THE BARREL---" FOR WAR BONDS SALES SONG
Sergeant Vance Edwards of the Civilian
Employment Office recently filed an ap-
plication for a War Bond pay reservation.
HoYever, after thinking it over, he went
a step further and penned a parody on
the popular "Beer Barrel Polka" ---
"Roll out the bombers,
We've got the Japs on the run,
Roll out the Cobras,
We'll set that rising sun.
Boom toom ta ra-ra,
Now is the time
To fight, now is the time
To use your money -and join
In the fight!
NEW HOUSING PROJECT FOR FIELD'S CIVILIAN
EMPLOYEES ALREADY HAS NUMEROUS TENANTS
Designed to relieve the acute housing
shortage, the new residential quarters
for single men and women civilian emp-
loyees of Tyndall Field have been offi-
cially opened and are now catering to an
increasing number of new tenants.
Located just inside the West Gate of
the military reservation off the high-
way between Panama City and the Field,
the new War housing project provides com-
plete living facilities for 208 men and
women at modest rentals ranging from $8
to $15 per month.
There are thirteen modern frame struc-
tures in the development, providing ac-
commodations for 88 women and 120 men,
including a comfortably furnished recre-
ation hall, a post exchange, and a din-
ing room where moderately priced meals
are served twice daily.
The housing project comes under the gen-
eral direction of Capt. Alfred L. De-
Treville of the Post Utilities Office.
Civilian employees may inspect the Prem-
ises at any time. Applications from ten-
ants are being accepted by Field Depart-
ment heads and Post Billeting Officer.
ANSWERS TO ?????
THEN: Col. W.A. Maxwell; Chaplains Mc-
Clelland and Wilson; Mr. Lankford; Lt.
Thompson; Lt. Mathis; Lt. Col. Jenkins;
Lt. Col. Pluenneke; Maj. Shipman; Capt.
Thorpe; Lt. Class.
NOW: Lt. Col. Luper; Mr. Howell; Lt.
Lawson; Capt. Wiseman; Lt. Powers; Lt.
Lasker; Capt. Burkhart; Capt. Casey; Lt.
Col. Brua; Capt. Brunner; Capt. McCul-
lough; Major Kevan; Col. Spivey; Maj.
TRUE OR FALSE: 1. True; 2. False; S. True;
4. False; 5. True (under the latest system
of training); 6. False; 7. False; 8. False;
9. False; 10. True; 11. False; 12. False;
13. True; 14. True; 15. True.
OLD TIMERS: In the supply office of what
is now the Guard Squadron; In the orderly
room building of the Blue Birds; Sgt,
Joe Timberlake; Glenn Miller; Lt. James
Corr; Mr. Fred Phillips; (prominent Pan-
ama City resident); March 31, 1942;
S/Sgt. Dewey Gossett; "Sergeant".
ARMY: April 6th; A Flight; Gas Mask;
A skeleton crew of men able to perform
the duties of any unit; Stop breathing;
10 to 15 minutes, no longer; Seven; Nine.
ARE YOU A SOLDIER?
ARE YOU A CIVILIAN?
YOUR BEST BET IS STILL---
PURCHASE THEM FOR CASH
NOW AT THE POST FINANCE
SATURDAY, January 23
"Life Begins at Eight-Thirty"
Ida Lupino Monty Woolley
SUNDAY, MONDAY, January 24-25
Jon Hall Maria Montez
TUESDAY, January 26
"Ice Capades Review"
Ellen Drew Jerry Colonna
WEDNESDAY, January 27
"Seven Miles from Alcatraz"
Bonita Granville James Craig
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, January 28-29
Gene Tierney George Montgomery
SUNDAY, MONDAY, January 24-25
"The Moon and Sixpence"
George Sanders Herbert Marshall
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, January 26-27
George Brent Priscilla Lane
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, January 28-29
Gene Tierney George Montgomery
SATURDAY, January 30
SUNDAY, MONDAY, January 24-25
TUESDAY, January 26
"Behind the Eight Ball"
Ritz Brothers Carol Bruce
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, January 27-28
"The Bugle Sounds"
Wallace Beery Marjorie Main
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, January 29-30
"Sheriff of Sage Valley"
The Range Busters
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