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VOL. 2, NO. 22 DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943 PUBLISHED WEEKLY
Aerial Parade Honors Brazilian
Air Minister In Sarasota
Armada Follows Review With
Bombing, Strafing Exhibition 'i
By LIEUT. ARTHUR SETTEL
(Public Relations Officer, Sarasota
Air Base Area Command)
SARASOTA, August 5.-The United
States Army Air Forces paraded its
might before the Air Minister of
Brazil and a host of distinguished
visitors including Major General St.
Clair Streett, commanding general
of the Third Air Force, in the skies
over Sarasota last Friday.
A vast air armada which included
every type of battling aircraft within
the Third Air Force, livened the
heavens as pursuit ships, bombers and
other planes the names of which
must be withheld, performed in
The Air Minister, Dr. Joaquin Pe-
dro Salgado Filho, and his party of
high-ranking officers of the Brazil-
ian Air Force, expressed himself to
the writer as being "deeply impressed"
with the demonstration. Among the
notables was Brig. Gen. Luther Smith,
who personally represented General
The aerial parade got under way
when, precisely on schedule, squad-
rons of bombers emerged on the
horizon and dipped their wings in
salute as they passed the reviewing
stand. Behind them, in'V' formation,
streamed the fighters, imposing and
majestic, symbolizing the overwhelm-
ing strength of a victorious America.
Then the fireworks began. Into
the target area the larger ships spilled
their loads of bombs which ripped
into the bay with fire and deafening
detonation. The pursuit ships, now
geared for action, straffed their tar-
gets with fantastic accuracy. In and
out across the sky the planes weaved
bewildering patterns while the spec-
tators below watched spellbound.
The Brazilian Minister was es-
corted to the Officers' Club of the
Sarasota Air Base for luncheon which
consisted of shrimp cocktail, salad,
roast chicken, vegetables, apple pie
and iced tea. Asked by this reporter
for a statement to the American
people, Dr. Filho said through an in-
"I have been deeply impressed with
this demonstration. The relations be-
tween our two countries are not mere-
ly those of Allies but of brothers."
In a simple ceremony General
Street presented His Excellency with
the wings of a Command Pilot. Dr.
Filho said in acknowledgment:
"I receive this signal honor with
great emotion. I will keep the in-
signia always as a symbol of friend-
ship between the pilots of your coun-
Dr. Joaquin Pedro Salgado Filho, Air Minister of Brazil,
greeted as he arrives to review air parade in his honor at
try and my own. It will bespeak the
fraternity and amity between the
OWI WAGES WAR
ON LOOSE LIPS:
Office of War Information has re-
cently launched a nation-wide con-
certed program in which they ask all
civilians to report to the FBI any
evidence of sabotage or subversive ac-
tivity. Loose and careless talk con-
tinues to run rife, it was pointed out,
doing inestimable harm to national
morale, as well as acutally endanger-
ing the lives of military personnel.
For the most part, authorities state,
about 99 percent of disastrous idle
gossip, is the distortion and exag-
geration of unfounded rumors. The
public has been cautioned repeatedly
against the spread of "rumor stories,"
the only weapon of the enemy which
can penetrate into the well-guarded
confines of a strongly defended na-
tion and do incalculable damage.
Most dangerous of all is the care-
lessly dropped word by a soldier. It
must be remembered that he spends
virtually all of his time on the base,
and that most of his conversation
deals with vital military information.
Naturally, when men are working to-
gether, whether in civilian life or in
the military service, discussions of
their work and problems are not only
beneficial, but encouraged. The dan-
ger lies in the fact that what a sol-
dier and his buddies know about his
camp work and life, soon become
United States of America and the
United States of Brazil."
"GI," 405th B. G. Mascot GO AFTER THOSE Whisenand Newest
Is Crazy as a Pet Coon! SCHOOLS, SOLDIER Lieut. Colonel
Lt. F. E. Ober, holding
usual good natured snarl.
It was one of those wet Florida
nights that convinced "GI" that civil-
ization wasn't such a bad deal. Being
a coon, naturally his preference ran
to the piney woods, but the insistence
of the rain and the lack of hollow
logs finally drove him to the porch
of Lt. F. E. Ober, just south of the
field, where he curled himself in the
smallest possible knot against the
Mrs. Ober found him there when
she collected the morning milk. At
first she wasn't quite sure just what
kind of varmint she had, but she
knew it wasn't over two weeks old and
needed food. And so came the Ober
family's familiarity with "GI's" per-
They tried a baby's bottle filled with
warm milk, and a nipple first, which
he scorned. Next came a medicine
dropper which he didn't like any bet-
"G. I.," who is wear
ter. In desperation, Lt
an old ear syringe which
ceptable to "GI," who fo
to town on his first synt
"GI" showed an evil
from the start. He was
of any kind. Slippers
under the bed, he assid
to the middle of the floor
jects on Mrs. Ober's d
were carefully hidden ii
spots, an antic which,
was responsible for his r
line as mascot for the 4
On the line, "GI's" the
nations was magnified. T
Ordnance, Materiel and
to be disorganized. Fro.
ning, an open bottle of
fascination for him. H
fitted nicely in the bo
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If you have plenty of ambition and
an eye to advancement, Drew Field
offers you important opportunities for
specialized military training. Premili-
tary education is of little import if
you possess the qualifications neces-
sary for advanced training.
Men between the ages of 18 and 26
have the opportunity of applying for
s. Aviation Cadet training. No minimum
AGCT score is required for entrance,
\ ^ and there is no limit placed on the
4 number of cadets which may be en-
rolled for processing at Drew Field.
In order to make application for
Aviation Cadet Training, you must
first pass a mental screening test.
This examination, which is given
Severe Monday afternoon and
Wednesday morning, is open only to
those men who have made appoint-
ments by signing the lists in the
SBase School Office well in advance.
: 'After passing this test, you will
undergo a stiff physical examina-
tion. Your eyesight will be the de-
termining factor here, for Aviation
cadets must have perfect vision.
When you have proved yourself
mentally and physically, you will be
called before the Aviation Cadet Board
-and from then on, it's up to you.
If you have your eye on a pair of
bars, don't be discouraged by the small
:quota of Officer Candidates allotted
to Third Air Force. Although classes
have been reduced in size, all of the
Officer Candidate schools are in oper-
ation, and ambitious men from Drew
"ing his are eligible for those classes.
Former training is not the deter-
Ob fud mining factor in the selection of of-
hOber foud ficer candidates. Any man who has
orth proved ac- completed his basic training and
thetic meal. who is able to impress the board
genius right sufficiently with his qualifications
against order is well on his way toward a com-
placed neatly mission, for OCS itself is the pre-
uousl moved liminary training toward becoming
:r. Shiny ob-
Lressing table OCS applications may be secured
n inaccessible from the Base School's Office at any
in the main, time. When this form has been filled
emoval to the out by you, indorsed by your CO, and
05th. returned through channels to the
eatre of oper- School's Office, you will receive a
here was the preliminary interview, followed by a
Intelligence, rigid physical examination. If you
Pilots tents complete these successfully, you will
m the begin- be called before the OC board.
f ink held a If the Board decides in your favor,
lis front paw you will be transferred to an Officer
Little, and he Candidate School very shortly. Then,
:e Two) dig in.
Announcement of the promotion of
Major James F. Whisenand to the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel was made
Colonel Whisenand is acting opera-
tions officer as well as tectical inspec-
tor of the III Fighter Command.
A native of California, he graduated
from the University of Illinois in the
class of 1933 with a B. S. Degree in
"She just seemed like a
nice girl to me."
commonplace to him. The greatest
care should be exercised by every of-
.. ficer and enlisted man to impress
Ii'. this fact upon himself when leaving
the confines of the base. In that
'- ''' way*many unwitting leaks may be
stopped. When you're among inquisi-
Stive civilians, don't discuss your work,
your buddies or your camp.
The Soldier must remember that
he is subject to being reported by
conscientious civilians. It has been
":.''" .; said that the greatest hotbeds of in-
formation for the enemy are public
Carriers, such as trains, buses and
picked up rides; bars, night clubs and
Public dances make good fifth column
; S: Invite All Officers'
Lt. Col. James M. Whisenand Wives To Attend Drew
architectural engineering. His flying
training was received at Randolph
and Kelly Fields, from which he
graduated in 1935. Stationed first at
Langley Field, he has flown with
various fighter groups and squadrons
throughout the country.
In 1939 and 1940 he was a civilian
flight instructor at the Santa Maria,
Calif., Primary School, and in April,
1940, he was called from reserve
status and commissioned a second
lieutenant in the Regular Army. He
served with the 20th Fighter Group
from 1940 to 1942.
Colonel Whisenand has accumulated
some 2000 hours of flying, along with
the wide-spanned handlebar mous-
tache for which he is well-known.
He and Mrs. Whisenand make their
home in Tampa.
Field's Women's Club
Mrs. A. H. Gilkeson, Mrs. Stephen
Sherrill, and Mrs. Melvin B. Asp urge
the officers' wives to attend the Drew
Field Women's club. The regular busi-
ness meeting is held on the second
Wednesday of each month, preceded
by a luncheon. The bridge section
meets on the fourth Wednesday. Both
meetings are held at 1:30 o'clock at
the Base Officers' club. Several prizes,
including a door prize, are awarded
at the bridge party, and there is no
charge for the luncheon. Mothers with
small children are invited to bring
them, as a play room with supervision
is being provided.
Every Tuesday the Women's club
sews for the soldiers of Drew Field,
altering and mending clothes. For
comradeship, useful experience, and
doing her bit, every wife is invited to
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
Maj. Chas J. Lutz
Weds Illinois Girl
Amidst an atmosphere of droning
planes and swaying palm trees, Miss
Louise Vachon, of Astoria, Ill., and
Parsons, W. Va., became the bride
of Maj. Charles J. Lutz, Army Air
corps, at Drew field, on July 12, 1943.
Dressed in the sacred vestments
of the Roman Catholic church, Chap-
lain Francis L. Auer performed the
ceremony at the base chapel.
Prior to her marriage Miss Vachon
attended school at Fontbonne, in St.
Louis, Mo., and resided with her
father, David J. Vachon, of Parsons,
Son of Mrs. Charles B. Lutz, of
Astoria, Ill., Major Lutz gave up a
promising career in the field artillery
in December of 1941, to apply for pilot
training. He received his wings in
August, 1942, and was promoted to
his present rank in May, 1943.
Now officiating as executive officer
of a large bombardment group, he will
be remembered by many flying men
as one of the most popular and capa-
ble executive officers ever to serve in
the 84th Bombardment group.
After a brief vacation, the major
returned to duty, and Mrs. Lutz will
reside at Parsons, W. Va.
At the present time Mrs. Lutz is
visiting with Col. and Mrs. Paul A.
Zartman, of Tampa. Colonel Zart-
man is commanding officer of the
84th Bombardment group.
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could make impressions that were
practically perfect on any important
document. One of his first efforts
was a black hand beneath the Ad-
jutant General's signature on a letter,
which terrified at least one American-
born Italian Pfc. From that he went
on to merely tearing up letters from
Gen. Street, CO of the III Air Force.
Severely reprimanded, he figuratively
thumbed his wet black nose, and got
to work on the confidential files of
Capt. Hollis -Palmer's Group Intelli-
"GI" has been through three moves
to date with the 405th. He never
shows any desire to visit the old areas.
When the 405th was out by the MGM
movie set, and trenches had to be
dug around the tents to drain the
water, it was not an uncommon sight
to see "GI" steaming around the
ditches with all the dignity of a
"GI's" favorite position, when not
on the loose, is lying on his back in
some cubby hole of a field desk. At
these times, he appears relaxed and
asleep. Those who know him better,
know that he is merely a one-man
planning commission, plotting out fu-
From time to time, Drew Field's
choicest bits of curdom have tried
muscling in on "GI's" mascot job.
There is "Yelladawg" and "Eight-
Ball," two multi-breeds who could do
with a mascot's excess food ration.
Always the diplomat, when it suits
him, "GI" attempted to arrange a
mutual play program. The dogs were
willing until "GI" sank his teetl, in
"Yelladawg's" paw, and both dogs
retired to discuss Marquise of Queens-
bury. As yet, no basis of play has
been decided upon.
Though ornery, "GI" is loved by
the entire 405th. Any trouble he gets
into, from which he cannot extricate
himself, is looked upon in the same
manner as when "Rosie," the black
dog mascot of the 84th, littered un-
der the barracks and had 240 soldiers
wringing their hands like expectant
fathers. Everyone knows that "GI"
just isn't G. I., and by rights merits
a big Section 8. But they cover up
When Lt. Ober was interviewed
about "GI," master and mascot were
not on speaking terms. It appears
that "GI" had flaunted that regula-
tion which specifically states: "La-
trines will be provided-," and his
backside had been rather thoroughly
worked over by the Lieutenant. So
when he was picked up for the above
picture he was hissing like a snake,
and didn't want any admiring public.
With goats, lions, gila monsters, al-
ligators, and recently a de-odorized
skunk, acting as group or company
mascots for our armed forces, the
405th is rather proud of "GI," the
coon. Just watching him violate every
army regulation is a sort of steam
valve for soldiers in that group.
Headin' home-Pfc Frank Jagodka
gripping his furlough in his hand
and saying, "I got it-at last I got
it." Yep, its back to Chicago for him
Nurses Rare Combination of
Beauty And Efficiency
1st Row Seated, left to right: Lts. Meredith Ruth, Belle
Winbigler, Caroline Kostes, Helen Rusinko, Josephine
Madsen. Rear, standing, left to right: Lts. Olga Bryant,
head nurse, Ann Wynes, Edna Herbert, Chief nurse, Agnes
Hayes, Dorothy Dunlap.
One of the most colorful dances yet
to be given by Drew field nurses was
held last Wednesday night in the
nurses' recreation hall. Occasion for
the entertainment was the departure
of 10 nurses, for their original camp,
Fort Meade, Md.
Arriving at Drew field on special
duty, when it was first established,
they are virtually responsible for the
excellent medical organization which
the base proudly claims.
The party was for military person-
nel. The band was a signal corps
orchestra. The 200 guests enjoyed
themselves, and were reluctant to
The 10 nurses were the Misses
Meredith Ruth, Josephine. Masden,
Dorothy Dunlap, Edna Stuart, Belle
Weinbigler, Caroline Kostes, Agnes
Hayes, Olga Bryant, Helen Rusinko,
and Anm Wynes.
The nurses departed last Wednes-
22nd Wing Officers
Promoted; Staff EM
22nd Wing Headquarters has been
testing its feathers at the rifle range
the past few days. All the boys quali-
fied with but two trips out. Some
of the high flyers were T/Sgt. Law-
rence Webber, 171, Sgt. Jack Zim-
mer, 170; Cpl. Jimmie Bey, 168; Pvt.
Clinton Hay, 164. Opl. Szilagyi claims
he was gyped out of Expert because
they kept jiggling the bullseye on
Three of the fellows just back from
furloughs are Pfc Clarence Deloria,
Sgt. Herman Pauchek and Pfc Dale
Franklin. When asked if they had 'a
good time, Privates Deloria and
Franklin said "swell," but Sgt. Poo
Poo Pauchek has us wondering a bit
with his critic, "Well! I lost weight!"
ASTP has claimed Sgt. Kessel Sch-
wartz and Sgt. Pauchek leaves in a
The Wing Day Room is about to
swing wide its doors.
New faces in the Wing: Cpl. Fred
Schilling, Sgt. Jo h n McElligott,
Cpl. Russell Roth, S/Sgt. Bill Mil-
ler, Pfc V. Balassona, Pvt. T.
Armstrong, Pfc Irving Siegal, Pvt
Murray Pam and Sgt. Eugene Saf-
fern. Welcome fellas!
There is a silent contest going on
in the Wing. It seems that Sgt. Bill
Miller keeps his gal-friends' pictures
in his wallet-he has approximately
thirty. Pvt. Hay, who sleeps across
the way from him, keeps his in an
old shoe box-number unknown. How
do these privates do it?
Weird things seen around the Wing:
Corporals Werner and Jacobsen with
their burr-head haircuts. Cpl. Sutor
says he's next.
Letters recently were received
from Washington addressed to Lt.
Colonel Neal D. Moler, Major Leo
M. Karcher and Captain Charles F.
from the enlisted men of the Wing
on these well-deserved promotions.
Beautiful Blonde Is
Talk of 746 Sig. Co.
Another new Company recently or-
ganized is the 746th SAW Company
located at 4th and M Streets.
1st Lt. Kenneth W. Church is the
Commanding Officer. The organiza-
tion is still new, but has capable of-
ficers and non-coms in charge and
before long should be one of the most
active companies on the field.
Right now the boys are wondering
when someone will c ome- through
with a few ratings, and just who in
the company will be the. lucky ones!
Staunch Brooklynite who just left
on furlough is Pvt. Jack Reichman
of the 746th SAW Co. He is visiting
If you are ever caught in a gas
attack with a broken gas mask, you
will now be able to repair it on the
spot in 20 seconds. And the man to
thank will be Sgt. Carmolo Pappa-
lardo, chief clerk of the Chemical War-
fare section of the 22nd Bombardment
Training Wing, Drew Field.
The sergeant toyed with the idea
of instantaneous repair after listening
to a veteran of the last war tell of
panic resulting in actual gas attacks
when soldiers discovered a leak in
Pappalardo devised a compact mask
repair kit containing several patches
of adhesive tape enabling the indi-
vidual soldier to make hasty minor
repairs under battle conditions.
The idea is considered so good
that it has received sufficient ap-
proval to put it in Army Air Forces
Headquarters in Washington for
"The only really amazing thing
about patching the mask on the spot
instead of relying on the standard
treatment is its utter simplicity," Pap-
"I merely went into the gas cham-
ber with faulty masks and experi-
mented with various adhesives and
found I could plug leaks before
feeling any ill effects."
Col. R. F. C. Vance, commander of
the Wing, recently wrote to the Ser-
geant, "It is this type of experimenta-
tion and ingenuity that makes our
Army superior to those of other na-
tions. Your efforts in this direction
are appreciated and it is a pleasure
to commend you for work accom-
plished over and above your regular
A native of Lawrence, Mass., the
29-year-old Sergeant was connected
with the 182nd Infantry of the Na-
tional Guard which has since seen
action in the Pacific. A former In-
fantryman, he holds medals as an
expert bayonetist and rifle sharp-
shooter. He also possesses the good
After enlisting in the Army, Jan.
26, 1942, he was in the Infantry,
then Chemical Warfare before his as-
signment with the Air Forces.
By way of relaxation, he is taking
an Army Extension course leading to
a university degree.
relatives and friends while home.
There was much comment in the
746th Signal AW Company Orderly
Room Monday morning, speculating
on who the beautiful blonde was that
Lt. Lind escorted Sunday in Clear-
T/Sgt. LoCicero, Pfc Gray and Pfc
Cantrell saw him at various times
during the day and in various spots.
When questioned Monday morning
Lt. Lind would not "give." The boys
were wondering if she was from Hol-
lywood, or a local Florida girl.
Lt. Lind is better known to most
people as the popular movie star,
Jeffrey Lynn. He is now 2nd Lt.
Lind in charge of Special Services
for the 746 Signal AW Company.
Guess we'll have to watch the beach
again next Sunday for Lt. Lind and
the beautiful blonde!
Medals For Good Condqct
Given by 405th Bomb Gp.
The big news of the week in the 405th Bomb Group was the
awarding of the Good Conduct Medal to 135 men on the morn-
ing of July 31. The Group is extremely proud of such a high
percentage of its strength being of such high calibre as to war-
rant the awarding of this honor. In the army the MAN is what
makes the organization. We have al-
ways felt a high pride in our person-
nel and we are now doubly proud that
our recommendations have been sus-
tained by higher authority.
The men receiving the award by
units are as follows:
Headquarters: M-Sgt. T. P. Ran-
kin, M-Sgt. Amos B. Mustin, M-Sgt.
James S. McNeil, T-Sgt. Russel M.
Duff, T-Sgt. Leonard M. Nickels,
S-Sgt. Charles D. Whitford, T-Sgt.
Wilbur E. Burke, T-Sgt. Donald J.
Harty, S-Sgt. Harold L. Johnson,
S-Sgt. Leroy J. Fream, S-Sgt. Harry
P. Schott, S-Sgt. Dennis G. Williams.
624th Bomb q.: M-Sgt. Walter T.
Reynolds, M-Sgt. Joseph Gelband,
M-Sgt. Frank R. Rigiby, M-Sgt. Rob-
ert L. Smith, M-Sgt. Cecil L. Brown,
M-Sgt. Walter H. Davis, M-Sgt. Theo-
dore R. Smith, T-Sgt. Mike Elizondo,
T-Sgt. James A. Friend, T-Sgt. Fen-
ton J. Grennan, T-Sgt. Robert E.
Faulkenberry, T-Sgt. John H. Hite,
T-Sgt. James L. Moulder, jr., S-Sgt.
Robert Haas, S-Sgt. Charles H. Hor-
rell, S-Sgt. Herschel M. Motley, S-Sgt.
Kid McCoy, jr., -Sgt. Stanley J.
Opatrny, S-Sgt. Herbert E. Raines,
S-Sgt. James L. Tankersley, S-Sgt.
Robert R. Correll, S-Sgt. Walter P.
Dursh, S-Sgt. Ralph Gardner, S-Sgt.
Leonard Gustafson, S-Sgt. James Hel-
der, S-Sgt. Clyde G. Queen, S-gt. Wil-
liam J. Reidy, -Sgt. Robert L. String-
ham, Sgt. Melvin T. Culler, Sgt.
Palmer S. Brenden, Sgt. Kenneth W.
Dodge, Sgt. John P. Hartnett, Sgt.
William L. Smith, Sgt. Bruce Shoun,
Sgt. Seymour Glasser, Sgt. John J.
Harte, Sgt. William Kaiser, Sgt. Er-
vin D. Neuendorf, Sgt. William M.
Rickabaugh, Sgt. Walter H. Willey,
Cpl. Carver M. Carnes, Cpl. Tom K.
625th Bomb Sq.: M-Sgt. Robert L.
Fricks, M-Sgt. George E. Hollis, M-Sgt.
Buster A. Hickle, M-Sgt. Melvin L.
Wilson, T-Sgt. J. G. Allred, jr., T-Sgt.
Albert J. Wilson, T-Sgt. Albert L.
Yelverton, S-Sgt. Douglas M. Diggles,
S-Sgt. Waletr G. Grasham, S-Sgt.
Don Gunn, S-Sgt. Ralph W. Hensiek,
S-Sgt. Ralph E. Holt, S-Sgt. Donald
E. Horacke, S-Sgt. Merl C. Howard,
S-Sgt. Victor J. Tarris, S-Sgt. Lynn
E. Trank, S-Sgt. Harold D. Chase,
S-Sgt. Vincent G. Desch, S-Sgt. Les-
ter A. Homer, Sgt. Kent C. Redmond,
Sgt. Gerald V. Hardman, Sgt. Joseph
S. Howers, Sgt. Emmett B. Gallops,
Sgt. Leslie L. Bear.
626th Bomb Sq.: M-Sgt. Anthony
N. Frank, M-Sgt. Charles H. Mc-
Daniel, M-Sgt. Earl T. Jones, M-Sgt.
George R. Sibley, T-Sgt. Robert E.
Garich, T-Sgt. Nazeed J. George,
T-Sgt. Robert W. Manning, T-Sgt.
Vanis R. Todd, T-Sgt. Frederic Feuer,
T-Sgt. Manuel J. Macedo, S-Sgt. Ray-
ford Harkness, S-Sgt. Roland J. Heun,
S-Sgt. Romeo .E Gulley, S-Sgt. Hilbert
C. Hudson, Sgt. Burton R. Clay, Sgt.
Deron V. Isakoolian, Sgt. Nathan W.
Schmetter, S-Sgt. Harry E. Lake,
S-Sgt. Lee E. Peck, S-Sgt. Troy H.
Robinson, S-Sgt. Edwin M. Wolcott,
-Sgt. Alton B. Haworth, S-Sgt. George
E. Clutter, S-Sgt. Roy Cooley, S-Sgt.
Ray R. Hewitt, S-Sgt. Oscar J. Ja-
blonski, -Sgt. Curtis A. Martin, S-Sgt.
John H. Phillips, S-Sgt. Warren P.
Senteney, Sgt. Howard Higgins, Sgt.
Darney C. Ciesielski, Sgt. Herman C.
Hoeck, Sgt. Edwin H. Millang, Sgt.
Norman W. Schwengel.
627th Bomb Sq.: M-Sgt. James P.
Volpicelli, M-Sgt. Roy E. Burch,
M-Sgt. James C. Hutchins, T-Sgt.
Eugene L. Beck, S-Sgt. John L.
Barnes, S-Sgt. Clarence W. Bellam,
S-Sgt. Myron L. Carpenter, S-Sgt.
Elmer N. Taylor, S-Sgt. Chester A.
Christensen, Sgt. Frank Schaeffer,
Sgt. Fred L. Sing, T-Sgt. James A.
Dunkelberg, T-Sgt. Joseph L. Fish,
T-Sgt. Oswald V. Karhu, S-Sgt.
George G. LaZorick, S-Sgt. Andrew M.
Robinson, S-Sgt. George T. Hammond,
Sgt. Carmine J. Labriola, Sgt. Moses
H. Harris, Sgt. Ernest A. Puckett,
Sgt. Cloyce C. Robertson, Sgt. Joseph
H. McKee, Sgt. Erwin P. Finstad.
Leo M. Karcher of the 22nd Bom-
bardment training wing has been pro-
moted to the rank of major, it was
Major Karcher organized the oper-
ational training unit which is the
school where flyers and ground crew-
men polish their air education. More
recently, the mapor's duties have been
enlarged to cover the whole scope of
the wing's training program.
After graduating from the Uni-
versity of Chicago in 1924 with a
Ph. B., he served the Chicago public
Major Leo M. Karcher
schools for many years. He received
his master of arts degree from the
university in 1939.
Major Karcher is a descendant of a
long line of American fighters dating
back to the Revolutionary, Indian and
During the World war, he was a
field artillery officer in France. He
is a member of the American Legion
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of
the United States.
'Skeeters Meet Defeat
In 'Swamp Thirteen',
4th Training Battalion
We interrupt this program to bring
you a special news bulletin.
A decisive defeat has just been
inflicted on a mosquito dive bomber
group from the enemy held posi-
tion of Swamp Thirteen. As the
night flying force swung to the
to the attack over our placements
in barracks 8B-11 they were met
with an unpentratable barrage of
insect bars. Completely disorgan-
ized, the enemy fliers limped back
to their base without dropping a
sing e bomb. -Aw, undisturbed
sleep at last-.
Several familiar faces are absent
as the headquarters pulls up its chairs
in its new location. A familiar face
in a new place is Sgt. Spohn in the
Sgt. Majors chair.
Aisle way quickies-Opl's Mastro-
giacomo and Abrahams rushing by
muttering, "We gotta transfer. Cut
a special order." -Cpl. Reddinger
regaining his vim and vigor.-Lt. Fort
on Monday morning with the evid-
dences of a dental appointment visi-
Going the rounds-A new crisis
in the existence of the famed "Day
Off" club.-Protesting muscles and
creaking joints as F/Sgt. Sicha's
"Back to Health" calesthenics pro-
gram gets into full swing.
If all rumors came true, the Joe
Smith of this organization would
have: (1) Been stationed in every
state from California to Maine. (2)
Would be overseas. (3) Would have
been transferred to the infantry.
Lieutenant Macfie, 555th,
Marries Bradenton Girl
Miss Virginia Pavero Whiting,
daughter, of Mrs. James Favero, of
Bradenton, Fla., and Lieut. George B.
Macfie, of Drew Field, were married
at the First Methodist church in Bra-
denton, Friday, July 23.
The ceremony was performed at 8
P. M. Maid of honor was Mrs. Mar-
garet Mitchell, of Tampa; best man
was Lieut. Jack J. Hanley, also of
Lieut. Macfie is attached to the
555th Signal AW Bn. He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Macfie, of Ja-
maica, N. Y.
After a brief honeymoon, Lieut. and
Mrs. Macfie will make their home in
Pappalardo Patches Mask
While You Wipe Your Glasses
By SGT. EUGENE L. SAFFERN
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
On Japs in 55'Combat Flights
Marauder Greatest Ship Says 724th Entertains Tampa
DFC Wearer Sgt. Harry Barr Girls At Day Room Party
By SGT. JESSIE ZIMMERMAN
Home again after 17 exciting months
of war in the Southwest Pacific the-
ater, it is a dull, tame interim for
tail-gunner Staff Sgt. Harry G. Baran,
of Chicago, to be bedridden in the
Station Hospital at Drew Field. He
is recuperating from a recurring
tropical fever which he first con-
tracted in New Guinea where he spent
most of his tour of foreign service.
The tall, stocky sergeant, on a mis-
sion to Rabaul, won the Distinguished
Flying Cross and the Air Medal; and
he also wears the Southwestern Pa-
cific campaign bar with three stars
for participating in three major bat-
Sniffing the disinfectant odor char-
acteristic of a hospital ward, he sighed
nostalgically for a whiff of the pun-
gent odor of high octane gas that
always permeated The Arkansas Trav-
eler, a B-26 medium bomber that was
part of the 19th Bombardment group.
"All right," he said. "You want to
hear it, so I'll tell it. I was a tail-
gunner on The Arkansas Traveler. I
learned to shoot while in combat. I
got three Zeros."
The Arkansas Traveler, named for
its pilot, Maj. "Jargo" Grew, was on
the honor roll of those B-26 medium
bombers, the Baltimore-built Maraud-
ers, which furiously and almost alone,
fought off the Japanese invasion of
Australia during our first year of war.
It's a tale that can be told, now
that there are air bases and fighter
commands and a powerful Pacific
fleet, now that the Japs are at a
Sgt. Harry Baran
"From Rabaul to Drew"
standstill and the Allies are hitting
back. But when the 19th Bombard-
ment group reached Australia in
March, 1942, it was a different story;
there was nothing.
The Dutch East Indies had fallen.
The high command had expected an
invasion momentarily. Huge Jap con-
voys were on the move to the north-
west. People figured we would lose
everything but Brisbane, Sidney and
However, they did not calculate on
the striking power of such units of the
Army Air Corps as the 19th Bombard-
From Australia and New Guinea
they bombed and slashed and tore
at the enemy-at his ships, troops, air
fields, and harbor installations. They
stabbed so quickly and so deep that
they hurled him back on his heels.
And so the Jap time-tables went
awry, and the little yellow men never
caught the boat.
The Arkansas Traveler flew on 24
completed missions, 55 combat zone
flights in which they took off during
air raids, all summed up in a total of
over 100 hours of actual combat.
"On one mission, the only mission
on which we went over an enemy air
base and caught the Japs unawares,
we wiped out eight bombers on the
ground and at least 100 Japs were
caught flatfooted. It was in Vuna-
kaen, New Britain, the largest air-
drome the Japs have there. Three
ships were on the mission, dropping
3000 pounds of bombs. It was, in my
opinion, the most successful mission
that we participated in."
The sandy-haired tail gunner is only
one of the heroes from a ship crammed
full of heroes. The crew of The Ar-
kansas Traveler, besides Baran, con-
sisted of Maj. Walter Grew, of Rus-
selville, Ark., pilot; Captain Flannigan,
of Pennsylvania, co-pilot; Lt. William
Booth, of Nashville, Tenn., navigator;
S/Sgt. Claude McCredie, of Greenville,
N. C., bombardier; S/Sgt. Lillis Walker,
from the Kentucky mountain, radio-
man and gunner, and Sgt. Robert
Marshall, of Argo, Ill., turret gunner.
Meanwhile, bombing missions con-
tinued as usual. Sometimes weeks
would pass without a raid. Sometimes
a flock of them would come at once.
The crew didn't know and didn't ask
too much about the grand strategy of
the war. All that they asked was:
Which target for today?
"You're eager in your first five mis-
sions," the sergeant explained, shak-
ing his tousled sandy hair and ges-
turning. "You are keyed up, you want
to get up and knock a few down.
About your fifth try that feeling wears
off-except that everybody gets scared
on coming' over the target. That part
of it you never get over."
The sergeant didn't find the big,
bold, tough Martin medium-bomber,
the sinister Marauder of the sky, "too
dangerous to fly."
"The Marauder is the finest com-
bat ship in the world," he said. "I
wouldn't fight in anything else. It
takes a good pilot to handle it, but
we have the best pilots and ground
crews in the world." With this state-
ment a note of pride crept into his
"On the roughest mission we went
on," he said, a faraway look gleam-
ing in his brown eyes, "we didn't have
a fighter escort." He pointed out they
were seldom covered by fighters, and
then only for take-offs and landings.
There were nine B-26's, the biggest
flight we ever had. We headed for
Rabaul, New Britain, and were hit
by 15 Zeros before we arrived there.
After five minutes, the Zeros peeled
away from ack-ack fire from 25 Jap
ships anchored in the harbor.
"The sky was black with flak. They
hit a few of our ships, but all returned
safely. Some, however, were damaged.
"On this mission our bomber, The
Arkansas Traveler, lost power and
we were left behind the rest of the
flight. We were attacked continu-
ously for 35 minutes by 13 Zeros.
We shot down two for a certainty;
we may have hit a few others, but
were not certain.
"Our power turret burned out, and
so our navigator had to turn it by
hand. Boy, that was rough. Finally,
after 35 minutes, we lost the Zeros
in a storm.
"Right before we lost them we could
see a flight of seven Zeros who were
sweatin' us out."
Authorities stopped ordering them
out to Rabaul early in June. They
figured that Zeros and ack-ack were
enough to be concerned about with-
out worrying over empty gas tanks,
too. Repeatedly, ships were coming in
with either one pint of gas left or
none. One pilot put his ship down
and didn't have enough left to taxi
in. Rabaul was just too far away.
On June 13, 1943, he returned to
the States with men who participated
in the most missions. When he ar-
rived home at 3554 West Flournoy
Street, Chicago, Illinois, his family
almost keeled over from surprise. Nat-
urally, when he telegraphed his wife,
Frances, she was very elated.
"I've got the best wife in the
world," the sergeant said, casting his
eyes piningly upon the picture of a
very pretty woman on his bedside
table. "And the first thing I did when
I got to Chicago was to go to the best
and sweetest girl in the world, my
Corp. H. N. Bowaman and Pvt. H. T. Lloyd and their
guests sit out a dance at 724th Dayroom Party.
We stopped in the night before last
to a party given by the men of the
724th, just in time to catch the first
Paul Jones (the dance) of the evening.
And oh my, such a splendiferous dis-
play of pulchritude you never did see.
It seems that a Mrs. Edward Cooper of
Tampa, one of the patronnesses of the
local organization known as "The
Defense Mothers" has a genius com-
parable to that of the late Florenz
Ziegfeld for assembling large groups of
Mrs. Cooper, along with Mr. A. L.
Cuesta, Jr., quite obviously has a warm
place in her heart for the men of the
724th, for both of these people went
all-out in arranging for this spec-
Ready or not here we are at the
party. Overhead a generous array of
small, colored lights gaily illuminates,
this colorful day room. The music
mellow, deep, and popular comes over
the PA system and full smiles gaily
adorn the faces of all. The music
resounds and longingly we gape at the
girls in their colorful frocks, and our
toes unconsciously pick up the beat.
Couples standing and sitting on the
sidelines were abuzz with conversation,
the dance floor wreathed to a rhumba
and we were just beginning to feel
the need for a coke when all at
once the lights went on outside and we
surged to the outer garden for our
fill of cokes in their frosted bottles,
and generous helpings of ham, to-
matoes, potato salad and cakes. Boy,
Our appetite surfeited, somewhat
beseiged with mosquitoes, the girls
especially, we returned to the dance.
It then became the perplexing task
of the patronnesses to adjudge the
best dancing couple. The music rises
the dancers cavort, the judges deliber-
ate and presently the final selection
is to be made from a group of five
couples; Pvt. Joe Sullivan with Miss
Betty Ann Taylor, Pvt. Rogers
Ramierz with Miss Betty Benchley,
Pvt. Bill Guliano with Miss Noretta
Cuesta, Leonard Ungera with Miss
Nell Clark, and Pvt. Fuller with Miss
When the votes were all in it was
Pvt. Senor Rogers Ramierz and the
pretty Miss Betty Benchley who were
invited to the center of the floor to
receive from Mr. A. L. Cuesta, Jr., the
prizes; for the soldier a shaving kit;
for the lady a lovely charm bracelet.
What Are You Doing In My Foxhole?
405th Squadron Comdr.
Is Promoted To Captain
Maj. Fred G. Hook announces that
another one of his highly deserving
Squadron Commanders, Glenn R.
Doughty, has been promoted to Cap-
Captain Doughty has commanded
the 625th Bomb Squadron since its
activation. Another stalwart Texan,
from Robstown, he graduated from
Texas College of Arts and Industries
at Kingsville where he acquitted him-
self so well that he was listed in
the "Who's Who among students of
American Universities and Colleges
1940." He was captain of the varsity
tennis team in 1939.
An accountant in civil life, the
Captain holds quite a distinctive back-
ground that should stand him well
in hand in "accounting" for a good
number of enemy planes, when his
unit reaches a theater of operation.
The Captain and Mrs. Doughty and
their son, Glenn R., jr., reside in
Tampa. His parents, Mr. and Mrs.
William D. Doughty, sr., live in Robs-
As is true of all the Squadron
Commanders of this Group, the Cap-
tain's military career started in the
ground forces. On the completion of
his flight training, he was assigned
to the 84th Bomb Group with which
he served until he took command of
his present unit.
Captain Doughty is an exceptional
commander in that he makes the
well being of every man in his com-
mand his personal business. The snap
and "on the beam" aspects of the
area occupied by his squadron speaks
well for the man commanding it.
The well deserved promotion is wel-
comed by all officers and men of
the 405th Bomb Group.
Under his skillful guidance, problems
disappeared, encumbrances were re-
moved, and difficult paths became
By SGT. MARTIN L. WOLF
The 2nd Signal AW Training Bat-
talion makes its Echoes debut with this
issue, and, with a view toward bring-
ing news of its purposes, activities,
and personnel to the general public,
this week's column will be devoted to
a brief history of its functions and
leaders, Subsequent articles will con-
cern themselves with the latest events
of each week, with emphasis placed
upon those developments which will
be of greatest interest and "read-
This battalion has grown enormously
in recent months, and its meteoric
transition now shows an organiza-
tion that is far-flung in scope. From
its embryonic beginning, unheralded,
and pitifully lacking in personnel, ac-
commodations, and equipment, it has
emerged as a giant in stature, ac-
complishing results in quality and
quantity that have provoked un-
bounded and enthusiastic esteem and
Did you ever see, in nature, one
object or animal that could swallow
another many times its size-impos-
sible as it may have seemed-and then
proceed to digest it successfully? Such
is the analogy that can be drawn
with respect to this unit. Some of its
outstanding acquisitions were the ab-
sorption of "B" Stage, bringing all of
the AWUTC schools within its fold,
and the assumption of the strength of
the 588th Signal AW Battalion. With
smooth and uninterrupted functioning,
these organizations were quickly and
One can fully appreciate the mag-
nitude of this battalion's undertakings
by examining merely one phase of its
functions-the schools. These six large
enterprises, Radar, Radio, Adminis-
tration, Information Center, Tele-
phone and Telegraph, and Motor
Transport are, in all of their aspects,
part and parcel of this battalion whose
job it is to operate, plan, equip, super-
vise, and assume full responsibility for
the work done and results achieved.
Who is responsible for this mag-
nificent piece of work? The gains ac-
quired, despite the seemingly unsur-
mountable obstacles, expected and un-
expected, in this tremendous, compli-
cated, and delicate task did not just
"happen." On the contrary, they
came about through long hours of
hard work, great insight, exceptional
leadership, endless planning, and a
high degree of organizational skill, ac-
companied by a spirit sufficiently
strong to weather the disappoint-
ments and heartbreaks that charac-
terized earlier efforts. Who supplied
Top honors, without question, go to
Lt. Col. Ralph P. Stiehl, Commanding
Officer, who, by reason of his educa-
tion and experience is serving in an
invaluable capacity, and in the man-
ner in which his vast knowledge is
best utilized. Lt. Col. Stiehl is above
all a soldier; second, but no less im-
portant, is his wide latitude of tech-
nical and executive ability. His enor-
mous capacity for work, coupled with
the personal pride he takes in his en-
deavors are undoubtedly the basic fac-
tors underlying the successful meta-
morphosis undergone by this battalion.
Furloughs Is News
From 304th Bomb.
Cpls. Ocello and Graf and Pvt..
Moore just arrived, during the past
week, from furlough. Their smiling
faces spoke volumes for the grand
times they had while at home. The
Ordnance shop is wondering who the
girl is, from Lake Wales, that is keep-
ing Sgt. Thomas' head in the clouds
and his feet off the ground. Lt. Cilley,
304th's popular Armament Officer, is
walking around with the biggest smile
on his face and pictures of those beau-
tiful mountains way up nawth in New
Hampshire, in his hand; the reason for
this being that his leave starts on
The men that received promotions
recently are: S-Sgt. Larimore to
T-Sgt., Sgt. Steinmetz to S-Sgt., and
Cpls. Darby, Dorschner, Thomas to
Sgts. To these men we offer our
sincere congratulations, pausing to
say that there are more promotions
waiting for those that earn them.
The word comes from the Orderly
Room that our Range Chief, S-Sgt.
Lynch, has pointed his gun at the
targets and scored the remarkable total
of 192. Not far behind, we find Pvt.
Romani with a score of 179, which
qualifies him for Expert, and then we
have S-Sgt. Machuszek sporting a 168,
making him eligible for Sharpshooter.
Some fine shooting boys and why not
use that skill to knock off some of
those mosquitoes that make everyone
so miserable. I
Cpl. Johnny Hemmer of the Com-
munication Section still has that
"moon struck" look in his face and the
odds that are quoted by his many
friends are 4 to 5 that he will not be
a bachelor. The last time that Sgt.
John Bryant was seen was in Brooklyn
where he was trying to make his way
to the Grand Central Station on his
trip to Niagara Falls, N. Y., to get a
prisoner. So far he has not put in
his appearance, anyway the prisoner
will bring him back safely. Sgt. Wie-
lenga is to be congratulated on the ad-
dition of another stripe to his sleeve
and may there be more soon.
Cpl. R. C. Thompson left camp
with that much-looked-for piece of
paper safely tucked away, you all
understand that this is just another
way of saying that he is headed for
home on a furlough. T-Sgt.. Glen
M. Kelley, a new addition to the
Tech. Supply Section, should have
an interesting story to tell us of his
four years spent in the Carribean
Area. How about it Sgt. Come
around and tell us some of your ex-
Numerous stories are being circu-
lated about the conquests and other
activities of S-Sgt. Machusek and Cpl.
Goldblatt, assisted by S-Sgt. Gillespie.
It seems that they have been spend-
ing some little time in St. Petersburg
lately. Let's hear more about it. If
it is worth telling about then give us
the dope. Lt. John M. Hallmark, the
Operations Officer, just returned from
a 15-day leave, is on the move again,
this time on official business to Ran-
dolph Field, Texas, where he is at-
tending Oxygen School.
Comes this interesting bit of gossip
-Cpl. Spizzirri claims that the only
reason that he drinks coffee in the
morning is that it keeps him awake
in the afternoon. However, we are
inclined to take exception to this
statement because we know that the
Cpl. is very alert and wide awake
and on the jah. Lt. Merle E. Ney's
goldbricking days are over now. He
is back on duty, fully recovered
after having been separated from his
tonsils, and from the cute little
nurses who brought him back to
health. Lt. Gray has decided to
abandon the lonesome life of a
bachelor. He will be saying "I Do"
very shortly after this article goes
to press. The lucky girl is a resi-
dent of Rochester, N. Y., and will
come to Tampa for the big event.
However, all the details are not com-
plete as the prospective groom is
"sweating out" a three day leave dur-
ing which time the honeymoon will
take place. (Just apropos of nothing
the following is printed)-It seems
that an Officer, after having used up
much of his leave getting married and
wishing to spend a little more time
with his wife wired his Commanding
Officer that "It's fine up here-re-
quest five days additional leave." The
reply which came back immediately
said, "It's fine anywhere-come back
PFC. Liewehr is much in love. She
is a "WAVE" stationed at Washington,
D. C. He is much concerned as no
letters have arrived with his name on
for over a month. Could the scarcity
of men in the Capitol be the reason for
no letters. He says that he will be
looking around very soon if something
does not happen to make his "lady
love" give out with the mail. Atten-
tion 2nd Class Seaman Maxine Davis.
Cpl. Black received quite a swell look-
ing cake from an admiring female in
Cleveland whose name is Ann. We
would like to see the girl that can build
a cake like that but no information is
forthcoming from the Cpl. Apparently
it is a military secret.
Of 2nd SAW Tng Bn.
PAGE FOUR DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
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VOLUME 2 NUMBER 22
Echoes Gets a New Dress
DREW FIELD ECHOES recently came to
some of you with a questionnaire intended to
find out what you want in your base news-
paper. The answers told us what we wanted
to know here in the office, and we went to
work to give you a more interesting and use-
ful DREW FIELD ECHOES. Suggestions from
our contemporary, A. W. REPORTER, helped
You wanted room for letters to the editor,
more pictures complete ca 1 endar of the
week's events, among other things. In thumb-
ing the pages of this issue you'll find some of
these features you asked for. We'll trust you
to let us know whether we're on the right
You'll find quicker and wider distribution
The type dress and smooth stock make
DREW FIELD ECHOES more readable.
Best of all, the pages of DREW FIELD
ECHOES belong to your organization, now
that the advertisers have departed. This
means that if your unit is "on the ball" your
organization correspondent will bring in your
news to the DREW FIELD ECHOES office be-
fore next Monday night. If you bring in your
news DREW FIELD ECHOES will print it.
SOMEWHERE IN ALASKA.-Soldiers
along this route have started a new GI fra-
ternity-the 70-Below Club.
Membership requires that you must have
"served" outdoors at least long enough to
read the thermometer when the mercury has
shriveled to minus 70 or lower. Each camp
has its own small branch chapter. Honorary
memberships are open to those who have ex-
::'.n': a mere 60 below zero, provided
they can show an ear, finger, or are frozen
However, no new memberships are ex-
pected for a few months, since spring has
i.r..llY spread a damp green blanket over
the row of air bases on the Army's Alaska
supply line. And the dog-faces, like bears,
have emerged from under the fur caps and
sheepskin parkas of their winter hibernation.
KP is a tough assignment in camps like
.-. but there's a far more rugged detail-
fire guard. That's the job of trudging through
,-- night from hut to hut to keep flame alive
in the long boiler-like wood stoves.
Freezing to death in your sleep is one of
the rmost tempting ways to die. It's so much
easier just to snail up in your sack, wishing
to hell someone else would pitch another log
on th than to get up yourself. Then
the niezt t-:.i you fall asleep, you don't wake
up. T jr why there are fire guards.
Pfc, J>hn Armstrong of Muncie, Ind.,
emerging from hir; second hibernation as the
snow j: ', ,, to rnelt this year, couldn't make
up his mind whether he was glad the Arctic
winter had ended.
.., the damn midnight sun will be out
all night," he complained, "so a guy can
never get a decent sleep. There's always
something wrong with the weather up here."
Communications to this column must
bear, for publication, the correct name
and organization of the writer. Short
letters are most interesting, and the right
is reserved to cut letters when space
August 1, 1943
It looks like that grass that was recently planted
has sort of snuk up without us noticing it. Remember,
how everything was sand around last February? Now
take a good look. This writer heard the interesting
news that the grass was not planted to beautify the
camp, but to minimize the amount of expensive fine
silt that was blown into plane parts and other
mechanical vehicles, causing untold wear, work, and
Anyway, it does look good, too, but some of us are
not enthused about cutting it. Complaints have also
been issued, that too enthusiastic raking pulls up new
grass roots. Lighten up, there, Strongarm!
T/5 WALLACE W. McALPIN
Aug. 3, 1943
Why don't they ever build a PX larger to begin
with? Almost as soon as one is completed, work begins
on enlargement. There's no kick on our PX's, though.
We think they have done a neat job in adequately han-
dling the large crowds, and stocking what the men
want. They are also well placed, so that you no longer
have to walk a mile to get to one. A great improve-
ment in a few short months.
CPL. VIRGIL BACON
Editor, The Echoes:
We think whoever is responsible for trying to im-
prove the transportation should be commended. At
least, it's an effort, and there is no question but what
transportation within the Base has been greatly
augmented and improved.
Just devise some way to get us down town a little
quicker, Mr. Dispatcher, and you'd be surprised how
many leisure hours would be saved the soldier, and
how he would appreciate them!
S/SGT. WILLIS D. WILLIAMS
July 29, 1943
Editor, Drew Field Echoes:
What about some more bivouacks to the beaches
before winter comes. I don't think there is a soldier
who didn't enjoy them, and also learn something con-
structive. As long as our Physical Training program is
stressed the way it is in the Air Corps, bivouacks sug-
gest a good method of giving the recalcitratant athlete
a work out where it's cool, and the subject doesn't have
to be urged to tear around the beaches in sundry
strenuous games, or to go out and swim. He just
naturally enjoys doing it!
SGT. T. J. WOOLESLY
Aug. 2, 1943
I don't know whether a "Barracks Goon" can read,
but if he can spell out these words without chewing
his tongue off, there's just a possibility it may do him
He's the fellow who insists on shooting off his loud
mouth after lights are out in the barracks, thinks his
wise cracks are funny, but are merely obscene.
He doesn't care whom he wakes up when he comes
in late. In fact, those fellows he is better acquainted
with, he wakes 'up deliberately. This is excruciatingly
funny to him. You can even hear his yap in the street,
before he reaches the barracks. In this way, he doesn't
have to confine his pestiferous activity to his barracks
Another favorite of his, is to start a wrestling
match in the chow line. What if a dozen guys in the
line have their feet stepped on, or have their mess kits
knocked on the ground? That's just their hard luck, is
One of the first things in the Soldier's Manual is
a discourse on Military Courtesy. Couldn't some form
of compulsion be devised to make the "Barracks Goon"
learn it backwards?
PVT. VINCENT R. EDWARRDS
Aug. 4, 1943
A boost certainly is deserved by those patriotic
citizens in Tampa and the Beach cities who go out of
their way to provide entertainment and gratis neces-
sities for the soldier. In a good many cases, these
people bear all the expense themselves-go to a lot
o fwork to make our free moments as enjoyable as
possible. Let's give them a big hand, fellows, and
don't forget to say "Thank you."
SGT. CHAS. A. BARTLETT
Dear Mr. Editor:
Both the officers with whom we have worked,
and the enlisted men who have squired us in and about
Tampa have treated us as ladies first, soldiers secondly,
and have not failed to make us feel that we were a
welcome addition to Drew personnel. The many parties
to which we have been invited have been lots and
lots of fun. and how we've loved those staglines!
. The boys have made each of us feel like a debu-
So, thank you, Drew men, for making us feel very
important ... and very much liked.
AUX. MARY ORLOWSKI
Symphonic Concert In
Drew Bandshell for
Week of August 9th
Monday, August 9, 1943
Fugue in G Minor ............ Bach
Dances from Prince Igor Borodin
London Symphony Orchestra
Meditation from Thais ... Massenet
Boston "Pops" Orchestra
Bolero .. ....... Ravel
Boston "Pops" Orchestra
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1943
Bach Program: Philadelphia Orch.
My Jesus in Gethsemane
Chorale from Easter Cantata
My Soul Is A Thirst
Passacagalio in C Minor
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1943
Mefisto Waltz ............. Liszt
London Symphony Orchestra
Three Deathless Songs-Wagner
Im Treibhaus (In the greenhouse)
1812 Overture ........ Tchaikowsky
Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, Aug. 12, 1943
Humoresque ... Tchaikowsky
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Eine Kleine Nachtmusic Mozart
The Firebird ............. Stravinsky
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Aug. 13, 1943
Leonore Overture No. 3 .. Beethoven
Symphony No. 94 in G minor
"Surprise" .............. Haydn
"THANKS :'V ft '.I
TO THE YANKS"
1. There are four time belts in the
United States. How many are there
in the world?
2. Which is the most catching -
laughing, crying or yawning?
3. There are five cities in the Unit-
ed States with a population of over
a million, according to the last cen-
sus. I am going to name four of
them and you tell me what the fifth
one is: New York City, Chicago, Los
4. If the tallest mountain in the
world were laid down on Manhattan
Island, would it be shorter or longer
or about the same length?
5. There are 18,852 newspapers and
magazines published in the United
States. Which are there more of-
magazines or daily newspapers?
6. I am going to name three pairs
of adjectives and you are to tell me
which pair may mean the same thing:
credible and incredible; corporate and
incorporate; corrigle and incorrigi-
7. Was there a woman's Marine
organization in World War I?
8. Give within three pints the ca-
pacity of the average persons stom-
9. If someone invited you to an al
fresco party, what kind of a party
would that be?
10. There are five states in the
United States which border on the
Gulf of Mexico. Name four of them.
(Answers on Page 6)
Generals Used to
Be a Lot Heavier
Modern army athletic training ap-
parently even works the weight off
the generals reports Keesler Field
"News." General George Washing-
ton weighed 209 lbs., General Lin-
coln of the Revolutionary War, 224
lbs., and General Knox tipped the
scales at a ringside 280. Generals
Marshall, Eisenhower and Somervell
weigh about 170, and General Mac-
Arthur about 180.
"We hear of this soldier and that,
this company and that, going off to
the rifle range. That is a necessary
place for the soldier and the time
spent there is an important time. Sol-
diers have to be able to shoot straight,
and now is the time to learn. It is
too expensive to be taught the lesson
by the enemy. That sort of knowledge
is easily absorbed, but it comes from
the wrong rifle, and it is 'too much,
too late.' "
The lessons of the range ought
to remind us of the deeper things
we may have forgotten. The sol-
dier has other enemies-deadly ones
of the spirit. They are: Neglect of
spiritual duties, loose thinking and
loose living, selfishness, failure to
pray. Against them, straight-shoot-
ing is your heavenly C. O.'s com-
mand and your own safeguard.
Don't forget it.
On the range, you take your first
step in learning how to fire correctly
when you "zero in" on the target.
"Zero-ing in" is nothing more or less
than first establishing a firm position
and adjusting your sights so that all
your shots thereafter will ride true
to the mark.
But the lining up of eyes and
hands and rifle is not the only ad-
justment a soldier must make in the
field. He must also check his heart
and his head to see that they too are
in balance and aimed in the right
direction. The objectives for which
you fight are higher than just killing:
you are striving for the right to lead
clean, free, Christian lives. It would
not make sense and it would be cheat-
ing not to aim as straight with your
lives as you do with your rifles.
On the range, you have an officer
with field glasses to check your
shots. He calls out: "A deuce at
10 o'clock, a four at 10 o'clock, etc."
The chaplain stands behind you on
the line on Sunday mornings and
calls your score. It should be a
bullseye at Divine services, for that
is worship time on the range, where
and when you are in the center
The army has a habit of shaking
men out of settled living conditions.
It is a necessary part of training.
Therefore soldiers must have the
ability of making themselves at home
in any place and under any conditions.
The range is a good place to find that
ability for the long days of field
But remember this, soldier: No
Ohristian man is ever at home when
he is cut off from the presence of
God. If you live in the House of
God's grace, however, you will be
home on the range-and every-
Bird Gives Pilots
Bird at Games
One of the most ardent and en-
thusiastic followers of the "Pilots" is
a feathered friend, a tiny kildeer. The
bird has been present for evry game
played on the Atwater diamond and
looks over each play with the critical
eyes of a league president.
Sitting directly 'between first and
second base in short right field, the
tiny 'bird takes each play in stride
and if a hot grounder sails into right
field, merely flits to one side and
watches the fielder scoop it up for
the throw to second base.
If an error is made you can plainly
hear an eerie whistle that sounds
across the diamond towards the play-
When boiled down to facts the
story amounts to this: A kildeer has
a nest full of eggs in short right field
and neither base hit nor fly can move
her. Whether she likes baseball or not
is hard to say but it is definite she's
stepping up production in line with
the rest of the country
- ; I U -..
"Watch Whom You're Buzzin', Cousin!"
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943 PAGE FIVE
Modest Corporal Tells
All on M. P.s from 828th
By CPL. DAVE FERRIS
I don't know why, but the M. Ps.
always have their noses in everyone
business but their own. Well, here we
are trying to put some of our own
business in print.
First of all we want to put the
first name on our list of "Dictators".
He is Cpl. "Growler" McKeith, our
own physical trainer. The "Growler"
just got back fro the NCO school for
physical training at Miami Beach,
Fla. Cpl. McKeith has certainly done
a lot for us already and he has only
been back a few weeks. I don't know
how one guy can make so many knots
and pains in our legs and arms in so
short a time just by saying "Hup,
Toop, Threep, Four." Most of our
M. P's. get away without any pain
in their muscles. The explanation of
this is simple. They have no muscles.
A pat on the back for you "Growler."
Every one is asking the same thing
lately, "What has happened to S/Sgt.
Layman?" Some one saw him eating
in "Matilda's Soda Shoppe' the other
day and to top it off he was seen
drinking chocolate milk at another
"Soda Shoppe." What is the matter
Layman, can't you find any more
"Fried Chicken and Carstairs?"
Pfc. Miaether is still keeping com-
pany with that blonde with no
teeth. I wonder how long this ro-
mance will last. It seems she had
one set of "choppers" but she swal-
lowed them when Abe Lincoln pro-
posed to her.
Welcome back 1st Lt. Durkin. Lt.
Durkin is now ass't Provost Marshal.
We hope you make Captain soon be-
cause we want more of those cigars.
S/Sgt. Russo just came back from
his furlough. He looks mighty happy,
but I wonder why he has those bags
under his eyes. Are you holding out
on us Russo?
Sgt. Kilgore looks pretty classy rid-
ing around in that 1942 Pontiac.
What has that Pontiac got that a jeep
Sgt. 'Pretty Boy" Shimak, that
masterpiece of animated mental
minuteness at the 828th M. P. Sqdn.,
is really sweating out that furlough,
he's getting on the 12th of August.
All he has been talking about lately
is his wife. He even talks in his sleep.
Handsome Shimak gave an order to
four privates the other day to sweep
the floor and ended up sweeping the
floor himself. He is going to throw the
96th Article of War at all of them.
Pfc. Delisle (the Mayor at Drew
Field) is traveling in class lately.
He now has four beautiful girl
Private Keller Leave
For Citadel, ASTP
The first men to leave from Hq. &
Hq. Sq., III Fighter Command, for
advanced schooling and training under
ASTP were Cpl. John Hahnleuter and
Pvt. Adrian M. Keller. Both men left
last Monday to join the "Star" unit
of ASTP at The Citadel. Here the
men will be given technical tests to
determine at which college they shall
receive their additional schooling.
Cpl. Zahnleuter is from Brooklyn,
New York. Pvt. Keller's home is in
Baytown, Texas, and he was attend-
ing the A. & M. College of Texas
when he was called up for the Army.
friends and they all have cars. He
dates one because she has A, B and
C gas coupons. We've heard of gold
diggers before for money, but never
S/Sgt. Bozek looks pale lately.
Somebody said that he put the win-
dow shade up the other day and went
up with it. It must be that three day
pass that put him on the blink.
Ist/Sgt. Hudson looks good lately.
He lost considerable, shall we say
weight. He has dropped from 580
pounds to 530 pounds. Congratulations
Pfc. "Gashouse" Ginantasio just
got back from his furlough and is
he glad to be back. He says he never
wants another. "The ride down and
back is boring and there is abso-
lutely nothing to do at home,"
quotes "Gashouse" I am glad to be
back in racy and sunny Tampa he
went on to say. Pfc. Capicotto says
Pvt. Small, M. P. Deluxe, is break-
ing the hearts of all the girls at No.
1 PX these days and says that he
just can't help it. He says that all
the girls are throwing stones at their
boy friends. The only way he can get
away from them is to go to the Bar-
celona every night and that is ex-
actly what he does.
There was a big Irishman down at
the East Gate the other night who
was a little under the influence of
the bottle. He walked up to the M. P.
at the gate and told him just what
h2 thought of him. The conversation
got heated and the M. P. said, "Buddy
you can't hit me." The big private
asked him why. The M. P. answered
him, "See those two letters on my
sleeve?" The drunk said yes and the
M. P. said that they stand for My
It is about time to quit now so I
will quit. The only reason I got this
job anyhow is because I can throw
the bull better than any one else in
,Maj. Lynes, Tangle
Ball Is Victor
It looks like these supposedly rough
and tough Engineers just can't take
it. When this reporter called on Maj.
Guy B. Lynes, Post Engineering of-
ficer for the latest news from his de-
partment and found the usually genial
major with his left arm in a cast and
a beaten look on his face, the con-
census was that he had fallen foul of
nothing less than a concrete mixer.
"Mah goodness, Major!"
"Yes," sighed the Major looking
critically at the metal coat hanger top
that protruded from the cast on which
rubber bands were attached to hold
his little finger taut, "Yes, I'm all
wrapped up in priorities. All this for
a broken finger."
"How'd it happen?" came the $64
"Volley ball," the Major replied,
looking interestedly out of the window.
"You might say that claims for the
thoroughness of our physical train-
ing program are not exaggerated."
"Tsk, Tsk!" the reporter clicked
"But I'm not the only one," the
Major said defensively. "A Volley ball
put Lt. J. P. Miller, assistant post
engineer in the hospital for two weeks.
Got him in the knee. He's home
hobbling around on crutches now."
Deciding that the time for an inter-
view was unpropitious, the Echoes
representative departed, wondering
what would happen to our base engi-
neers if croquet was ever incorporated
in our P. T. program.
Pfc Does Some
By S/SGT. ARTHUR CAMPER
301st Bomb Squadron
On his first try on the rifle range
Pfc Elza Rhineberger of Grand Rapids,
Mich., scored a neat 184 this week .
it was one of the highest shooting
marks racked up in the squadron
thus far. A big hand to untiring Pfc.
Roy Timmons, Mercersburg ,Pa., for
his excellent efforts in maintaining
the day room. He can curse the 1st
Sgt. and gripe about the G.I. way of
life in five different languages .
we're talking about Pfc. Klaus Dreyer
of New York city, new addition to In-
telligence, who has studied in Berlin,
Paris, London and New York. Pigeon-
keeper Kelly is the moniker Cpl. Joseph
Kelly of New Rochelle, N. Y., is car-
rying these days Kelly got his
bearings crossed the other night and
blossomed out in the Signal Corps
Promoted to S/Sgt last week were:
W. Baggett, Newnan, Ga., Robert
Hartman, Benton Harbor, Mich., and
upped to Sgt. were Marshall Brooks,
Ithaca, N. Y., and Larry LaBati of
Houston, Tex .... congratulations fel-
lows. Awarded Good Conduct Medals
by the CO were: S/Sgt. Charles Rusk
of Waynetown, Ind., S/Sgt. Emil Stett-
ner, Los Angeles, Calif., Sgt. Howard
Reber, Ashland, Ohio, Sgt. Manuel
Silva, Brooklyn, N. Y., Sgt. Carl Van-
dagrift, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sgt. Andrew
J. Bannon, Harrison, Neb., Cpl. Fred
Wich, Quincy, Ill., and Pfc Noah M.
Settle, Roanoke, Va.
Willie Hoppe of the day-room pool
table is Cpl. Carl Garrett, Sumner,
Mo., who challenges any dogface to a
cushion match. Pvt. Charles Hanford,
Williamsport, Pa., is in deep trouble
S. with 3 cuties on the leash he
sometimes gets his schedule mixed .
the other night he found himself
stuck with 3 dates for the same hour
S. .but that shouldn't bother Han-
ford-he's an OTU instructor in .
camouflage! Finally a warm and
friendly greeting to the fine officer
pilots from Chile now training with
our squadron in our best Spanish:
Mucho gusto en conocerles a usted!
84th Headquarters Moved
To New, Roomier Quarters
Part of the enlisted staff of the 84th Bomb Gp Hqs
are shown above at their desks in their new location, on
Ave. "C" between 6th and 8th Sts. From front to rear
(left): S/Sgt. Oden, Pvt. McCowan, and Pvt. Anderson.
(Right) Sgt. Edmonston, Pfc. Mueler, and Cpl. Spivey.
By M/Sgt. EDW. G. RODDY
Although the new building recently
taken over by the 84th Bombardment
Group Headquarters can't compare
with the War Department's 'Pentagon,
it has some of the latter's advantages.
Built of concrete and painted a rusty-
brown in color on the outside, it is
rather a well camouflaged structure.
There is no denying the fact that
the staff of the 84th Group Hqs., Lt.
Col. Zartman's Officers and Enlisted
men, were somewhat reluctant to leave
their old headquarters, located on
Ave "A," just a few feet from "the
line" with its melodic sounds of roar-
ing motors, and put-putting tractors.
There is no sound so sweet nor smell
so pleasing to an Air Corps man as
the whiney-scream of a prop being
turned over, and the odor of high
Located just a few hundred feet
from the 22nd Bombardment Training
Wing Headquarters, the new Gp Hqs
will greatly facilitate the handling of
correspondence and messages between
the two organizations. Perhaps be-
cause they were aware of this, the
Enlisted men of the 84th Hqs last
week began folding their camp tables
and tents, and quietly stole away into
the nite, only to appear the next day
in their new location n Ave "C," be-
tween 6th and 8th Sts., with type-
writers uncovered for action, tele-
In compliance with the War De-
partment's order to improve identifi-
cation of U. S. Army planes, Drew
Field has been singularly on the ball.
Although the order was issued only
a couple of weeks ago, a good many
of our ships are already sporting the
The present white star on a circular
field of blue is retained, but is now
only part of the insignia. In addition
there is a white rectangle attached
horizontally at the right and left of
the circle, and a red border enclosing
the entire device.
Paint crews are working indus-
triously, and all Drew planes should
bear the new emblem by the end of
302nd Sends Sympathy
To Pfc. 0. K. Carliste
By T. J. L.
All that dust bellowing out of the
barracks and the hum of activity
wasn't a riot but only the squadron
preparing for the Saturday morning
inspection. It's marvelous how much
energy a restriction will put in to a
The squadron sends it's sincerest
sympathy to Pfc. O. K. Carliste of
Communications who is in the Base
Hospital with a badly injured neck.
He received it when he dived off a
tower into some shallow water. This
is just another instance of the old
story of the man that dived off a ten
foot tower into a wet sponge. In all
seriousness though we hope for his
Ordnance should be back on the
ball with all their men back, not to
mention the addition of Pvt. G. Kohl-
bacher. He waved a last farewell to
the intelligence section after coming
back from a furlough spent in Chi-
cago. The last to return from fur-
lougs are Cpl. Keil from Princeton,
Ind.; Pvt. Murphy from New York;
phones hanging from their new hooks,
and Officers firmly established in their
new quarters, working on Statistical
Charts and Status Reports.
In less time than it takes a G. I.
Mess hall to prepare breakfast for a
Squadron, the 84th Bomb Gp was
functioning, both well and efficiently,
in its new headquarters.
T/Sgt. Williams, Group Personnel
Sgt. Major, is having trouble settling
down in the new building, though;
claims he can't think clearly without
the sound of a flight of dive bombers
racing across the runways, ringing in
By CPL. ALVIN M. AMSTER
III Fighter Command
Sgt. Bartels was temporarily locked
in the Crypto vault one day and al-
most missed his entire lunch time.
Lt. Levy sort of forget Herm and left
him inside when he locked up.
Big new about our headquarters
girls: Mrs. Bess Walker, General
Gilkeson's secretary, left for her home
in Olympia, Washington Wednesday.
Peggy Perrin moved from A-1 to the
front office. Our two new stenos on
"Active Duty" are Mrs. Susan Dillion
in Signal and Mrs. Dorothy Parson,
who replaced Mrs. Patten in A-2.
(Note to headquarters wolves: Mrs.
Dillon's husband is stationed at Drew;
Mrs. Parsons' husband is a sailor!)
Two more new shackpappies whose
wives joined them here include Sgt.
Archie Weiskittel and Pvt. Rulon
Stephens. Another new shackman is
S/Sgt. "Wild Bill" Sanders whose
wedding announcement is elsewhere
in this paper.
Herm Cohn and Joe Cory were set
up to a swellegent dinner last Satur-
day night by a mysterious gal who
moves in a nice Buick. It was the
means of paying off a bet. Wonder
how one gets takers for sucker wag-
Officers promotions this week in-
clude that of Mr. Owens to Chief
It was a highly appreciative audi-
ence that listened to Robert Jeffries
long distance telephone conversation
(charges reversed) with his honey in
Boston. The Orderly Room was the
LaCount is keeping fast company
now that he's in the chowhouse learn-
ing how to bash potatoes. .... Hovey
is sweating out the first letter from
that Jersey "dream girl" he met on
furlough last week. ... Markley
checked out of the Squadron last
Saturday with his pay and a discharge
for over age.
Ross Dobie is now the General's
personal driver.... It's all right;
that ring Mendoza is wearing is a
gift from his wife. ... ."Blackie"
Caprista celebrates another birthday
August 10. How come no A-3
Lotharios escorted Betsy Wilson and
Eloise Parr to the Strand last Friday
night when they had those romantic
Note to avid publicity seekers. Any
gossip to this writer must be in his
hands by Sunday. This column is
written Sunday night.
Pfc. Riddell from Florence, Kentucky.
Three men from Communications
are home on furlough. They are Sgt.
Schantz, at his home in Springfield,
Ill., Cpl. E. D. Cooper who is visiting
his family in Lafollete, Tennessee,
and Pvt. W. H. Norris who is also
home on a 15 day furlough.
"I'd like to parcel post this home-I taught one of the
local sheiks how to play poker!"
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
HERE WE GO, GIRLS. John is taken in tow to register on the Maryland Docket.
John finds a Baltimore friend's name, and will look him up at Drew. Next? How
about a swim? But first John finds that the Enlisted Men's Lounge has arranged a
nice room for the night for half a dollar. Soldiers can find excellent accommodations
in Clearwater homes through the Clearwater Defense Recreation Council.
A SWIM IT IS. The girls drive John out to the beach
Center for a quick dip before dark. Boy, this is all-right.
The water's swell and the girls are tops. Things are picking
up. Let's go, Clearwater!
S I .'4
C . ..K.
BACK TO THE BEACH. Sunday, after a swell night's rest and early church,
John takes a 10-cent bus ride out to the Beach Center on Clearwater Beach, where
Service Men have all the conveniences of a beach house at no expense. Main-
tained by the Clearwater Defense Recreation Council, the beach Center is used by
hundreds of Drew Field soldiers. John stops for a chat with friends. Coke and hot dogs
for dinner, and John won the toss for the check, leaving the exchequer still solid at
LET'S HAVE A SODA, and John and his date make a bee-line for the Spa,
Clearwater's "Sugar Bowl," across from the Enlisted Men's Lounge. Dutch treat,
and John still has $1.57 in his pocket. Both agree the dance last night was fun.
Irene su ests a strol rri m r-
SPLASHING THROUGH THE SURF beats singing in t
at Clearwater never crowded, and always abundant with ]
step up any minute now and hand him the keys to the city
of fun still coming up.
WHAT'S THIS, SKIPPER? Where'd you get that cre
McLaughlin hardly had this in mind when he thought ab0o
a" ^ f it. Your host has a rod for you to do some troll;
:, : ..
Just after retreat Saturday, the week-end before payd
three lonely dollar bills and a 24-hour pass in pocket and a mi
night or stretch over lodging, meals and a Sunday morning s
water Enlisted Men's Lounge with $2.32 and a cancelled bus ti
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ulf For $2.04
y, Corp. John McLaughlin hopped a bus for Clearwater with
d full of doubt. Would those three bills desert him Saturday
im? Our camera picked him up as he entered the Clear-
ket. Let's follow him from there.
JUMPING JIMMINY. Can these gals play ping-pong!
John and partner take another couple on in a pre-dance tus-
sle at the Lounge. So far so good, says John, breathing
easy. A dime for cokes and his room paid for and $1.82 left.
THERE'S A FAST NUMBER, and the Saturday night dance is on. Who said
pretty girls are scarce? Straight dancing gradually gives way to jitterbugging and
the end of the dance sends John to his lodgings with more than he came with, a date
for 3:00 tomorrow. And he still has most of his $3.00.
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shower back at camp. Corporal McLaughlin finds beaches
asant company. John is convinced that the Mayor is due to
ow long has this been going on? This is nothing, John. Plenty
WHY DIDN'T I BRING MY CAMERA? Clearwater Beach lures camera fiends
by the score with no lack of suitable subjects to shoot. Corp. McLaughlin's camera will
come with him next trip. Don't get too sunburned, John, and remember your date.
? '1 i.'. the hawser aboard and let's get out to sea. Corporal
a little fishing yesterday. This is your day, John, so make
g jwhen we got out into the channel.
ALL ABOARD FOR CAMP on the 8:30 bus. Good luck, soldier! Corporal Mc-
laughlin heads back for Drew after as exciting a week-end as he has ever spent.
Ninety-six cents of his original three dollars remain in his pocket. Back again soon,
John? That's an easy question to answer. But his pals will come with him next
-' '-'i-'- -n, ( h,; <2 ..nf4 week-end.
What To Do Go Forth and Do Thy
This Week Stuff, Company 715
ENLISTED MEN'S SERVICE CLUB
Friday, Aug. 6, 8:15 p. m.-Dance.
Saturday, Aug. 7, 8:15 p. m.-Bingo.
Monday, Aug. 9, 8:00 p. m.-Dance.
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 8:15 p. m.-Re-
corded symphony program.
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 8:00 p. m.-
RECREATION BUILDING NO. 1
Friday, Aug. 6, 8:15 p. m.-Lucy
Saturday, Aug. 7, 8:30 p. m.-Vari-
Sunday, Aug. 8, 8:15 p. m.-A. W.
Monday, Aug. 9, 8:30 p. m.-Right
Answer or Else.
Monday, Aug. 9, 9:00 p. m.-Soldier
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 8:15 p. m.-Re-
corded symphony program.
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 8:15 p.m.-
Thursday, Aug. 12, 8:30 p. m.-
Music, Mirth and Madness.
DOWNTOWN SERVICE SPOTS
Friday, Aug. 6
7:30 p. m.: "Art for Fun."
8:00 p. m.: "Music and Sing-copa-
tion." Both at 607 Twiggs St. USO.
8:00 p. m.: Dance on patio, 506
Snyder St. USO.
8:00 p. m. every Friday: Party,
Christian Service Center.
8:30 p. m.: Voice recordings and
bingo, 214 North Boulevard.
Saturday, Aug. 7
7:00 p. m.: Elk's club dance. All
service men invited.
8:00 p. m.: Dance, Navy Mothers'
club, 3051/2 Water St.
8:30 p. m.: Dance, 214 North Boule-
8:30 p. m.: Games, 506 Madison,
Sunday, Aug. 8
1:00 p. m.: Swim party and picnic,
meet at 506 Madison USO.
5:00 p. m.: Social get-together,
Navy Mothers' club.
5:30 p. m.: Free supper, First
6:00 p. m. Victory Vespers, Chris-
tian Service Center.
6:30 p. m.: Young People's forum,
First Presbyterian Service club.
7:00 p. m.: Round-table discussion,
607 Twiggs St., USO.
8:00 p. m.: YMHA, Community
8:00 p. m.: Dance, Ross and Ne-
8:30 p. m.: Feature movie, 214
8:30 p. m.: Dance on patio, 506
Snyder St. USO.
Monday, Aug. 9
7:00 p. m.: Mr. and Mrs. Club sup-
per, 607 Twiggs St. USO.
7:30 p. m.: "Art for Fun,' 607
Twiggs St. USO.
8:00 p. m.: Ping-pong tournament,
214 North Boulevard.
8:00 p. m.: Open house, Christian
8:30 p. m.: Organized card games,
214 North Boulevard.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
7:00 p. m.: Tampa Chess club,
DeSoto hotel; service men welcome.
8:00 p. m.: Party, Christian Service
8:00 p. m.: Sewing class, 607 Twiggs
8:00 p. m.: Music appreciation, 214
8:00 p. m.: Organizing of symphony
orchestra, Christian Service Center.
8:30 p. m.: Dance, Municipal audi-
8:30 p. m.: Community sing, CJ06
Snyder St. USO.
8:30 p. m.: Sketching instruction,
214 North Boulevard.
9:00 p. m.: Chess club, 214 North
Wednesday, Aug. 11
7:30 p. m.: Art class, 607 Twiggs
8:00 p. m.: Dance, Navy Mothers'
8:00 p. m.: Dance instruction by
Arthur Murray dancers, 607 Twiggs
8:00 p. m.: Open house, YMHA
8:00 p. m.: Family night, Christian
8:00 p. m.: Organizing of new glee
club for service men, Christian Serv-
8:30 p. m.: Volley ball and games,
506 Snyder St. USO.
8:30 p. m.: Feature movie and
camera club, 214 North Boulevard.
9:00 p. m.: Dancing, 607 Twiggs
Thursday, Aug. 12
8:00 p. m.: Party, Christian Service
8:00 p. m.: Spanish class, 607
Twiggs St. USO.
8:30 p. m.: Dance program, 214
Everyday Facilities for GI's
Kitchen, laundry, ironing and sew-
ing facilities, 607 Twiggs St.
Letters and forms typed, 7 p. m.
each evening at USO and Christian
Individual kitchen, Christian Serv-
50-bed free dormitory for service
men, 502 E. Lafayette.
Mottoes or proverbs quite fre-
quently, besides the official title, help
to identify military units. Looking
back on its brief history one would
readily agree that 'great oaks from
little acorns spring" could be aptly
applied to the 715th Signal A. W. Co.,
in more instances than one.
Starting with a nucleus of two offi-
cers and 28 enlisted men when it was
activated, the 715th has grown to
such proportions until today it is a
tip-top unit a full strength, all of
this within the span of eight months.
It has every good reason to feel
"cocky" and justified in "throwing out
its chest" with apologies and/or ex-
planations to no one for carrying it-
self with a jaunty air.
Under the command of Captain
Eugene J. O'Neill the 715th came
through its operational training pe-
riod recently in excellent fashion.
Furthermore, it has the singular dis-
tinction, with which it can point with
pride, of being the second outfit in
Drew Field history to receive a very
satisfactory rating on inspection. This
latter commendation was made known
last week by AWUTC.
Among the enlisted personnel who
have been with the 715th since it was
activated, and who could claim a
charter membership in the organiza-
tion, are First Sgt. Horace Higgs,
Master Sgts. Garvin and Possinger,
and Tech Sgt. Barry Pennington,
Staff Sgts. Hugh Hall and Otis Eick-
ler and T/3 George E. Cummings.
When a class of students has com-
pleted a course of training or educa-
tion a message is usually given them
in the form of a commencement ad-
dress. The 715th, having completed
its training, understands to a man
the meaning contained in this short
and snappy address: "Go forth and
do thy stuff".
By AFC. "BUNNIE" CASSELL
PEOPLE ARE TALKING about
some of these gals who think they
want to go home, now that they have
a chance. Us, we refuse to believe
they're going to like being "4-F's"
(WAC-crack for our civilian sisters)
'cuz only last week Aux. Frances Barr
surprised everybody right down to
their Gi dress shoes by returning from
a very special New Orleans furlough
a whole three days too soon! She
just simply couldn't stand being a
civilian again! ... and she even missed
the special Rocky Point brand of
man-eating mosquitoes, she was so
lonesome for ye olde WAC area!
THAT POOR HARRIED SOUL, Lt.
Neva Barnes, now has a new worry
added to her list Time was when
she could at least eat her meals in
peace (once we heard her say she was
so impressed with the importance of
military secrecy that the only place
she dared write home about was the
mess hall!) but the new Third Air-
force ruling concerning hats outdoors,
but never indoors has poor Ma'am
squeaking, all through the meal, as
each new bunch of perennial hat-
wearers pops down with their trays,
"Please, girls, HATS OFF!"
WE HATE TO TELL ON S/Sgt. Eve
Simmons the moment she turns away
from this column for a much-needed
furlough, but this was too good to
keep: At every Company meeting
(you remember, boys, that Friday
night hoodoo which keeps you from
seeing Susie till Saturday?) somebody
brings up the old gripe about having
to rise at 5:30. Finally, when the
poor tired WAC-Mama, Lt. Ward,
could stand it no more, she proclaimed
that the girls might rise at 6:15 the
following Saturday morning. Sgt.
Simmons rose with the rest of the
throng, a full forty-five minutes later
than usual, and rushed madly around
in preparation for Saturday's in-
Time flew by, till suddenly Sgt. Sim-
mons, about to hop into her uniform,
heard the fatal "Tenshun!" and,
as the Commanding Officer strode in,
there stood Eve, clad in her scanties
and a very red face!! Which, even
at that, was a little better than the
costume worn that morning for formal
inspection by Aux. Selma Pajari, who,
we're told, stood at attention, in her
dog-tags, and no more!
.Tsk! ... No woman not even
a WAC can safely cut forty-five
minutes from her dressing time, we
guess. Which should, at least, prove
that we're still feminine!
WAR DEPARTMENT THEATERS Nos. 1 & 4
FRI. 6 & SAT. 7-"HER'S TO HOLD," Deanna Durbin, Joseph Cotton,
Charles Winninger; "The Invasion of Europe," RKO Pathe News
No. 98; "World in Action."
SUN. 8-"FOR ME AND MY GAL," Judy Garland, Gene Kelly; "Motoring in
Mexico," Fitzpatrick Traveltalk.
MON. 9-(Double Feature)-"HERE COMES KELLY," Eddie Quillan, Jean
Woodbury, Maxie Rosenbloom; "PETTICOAT LARCENY," Ruth
Warwick, Joan Carroll.
TUES. 10-"DU BARRY WAS A LADY," Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Tommy
Dorsey & Orchestra; "The War-Issue No. 6," RKO Pathe News
THURS. 12-"BOMBER'S MOON," George Montgomery, Annabella; "Don't
You Believe It," Passing Parade; "Where Cactus Grows," Grant-
land Rice Spotlight; "He Can't Make It Stick," Color Cartoon.
WAR DEPARTMENT THEATERS Nos. 2 & 3
FRI. 6-"THE FALCON IN DANGER," Tom Conway, Jean Brooks; "Sing,
Helen, Sing," Paramount Headliner; "Trifles That Win Wars,"
Passing Parade; "The Uninvited Pest," Color Cartoon.
SAT. 7-"FOR ME AND MY GAL," Judy Garland, Gene Kelly; "Motoring
in Mexico," Fitzpatrick Traveltalk.
SUN. 8 & MON. 9-"DU BARRY WAS A LADY," Red Skelton, Lucille Ball,
Tommy Dorsey & Orchestra; "The War-Issue No. 6," RKO Pathe
News No. 99.
TUES. 10-(Double Feature)-"HERE COMES KELLY," Eddie Quillan, Joan
Woodbury, Maxie Rosenbloom; "PETTICOAT LARCENY," Ruth
Warwick, Joan Carroll.
WED. 11 & THURS. 12-"THE CONSTANT NYMPH," Charles Boyer, Joan
Fontaine; RKO Pathe News No. 100.
FRI. 13-"BOMBER'S MOON," George Montgomery, Annabella.. "Don't
You Believe It," Passing Parade; "Where Cactus Grows," Grant-
land Rice Sportlight; "He Can't Make It Stick," Color Cartoon.
WED. 11 & THURS. 12-"THE CONSTANT NYMPH," Charles Boyer, Joan
".......: ,5-,-S AF
S. COPR.'1943 BYWN ERVICI C. M. RE .U.S.PAT. OFF.'
'It's that former gossip columnist carrying a secret mes-
With Gloved Fists
Two companies of the 78th Light-
ning Division at Camp Butner, N. C.,
were sent out on a night problem
armed with boxing gloves.
Before leaving the regimental area
the groups were divided into patrol
and ambush units. When they met
the leather flew thick and fast. Of-
ficers who served as referees declared
a man out when he was knocked
tried back to report a smashing
4. It would be shorter. Mt. Ever-
est, the tallest mountain in the world,
is about 5% miles high, less than half
the length of the island of Manhat-
5. Magazines. There are 6,354
magazines and only 1,894 daily news-
6. Corporate and incorporate may
both be used to mean combined into
one body or incorporated.
7. Yes. They were called Ma-
8. The capacity of the human stom-
ach is about three pints.
9. Open air; outdoor.
10. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi,
Hill Field Gets
Set for Sports
Hill Field at Ogden, Utah, is great-
ly expanding its athletic facilities.
Now being rushed to completion is a
37-acre recreation field to accommo-
date a dozen types of sports, while an
existing building on the post is being
remodelled into a gymnasium.
The athletic field will have areas
for softball, football, basketball, hock-
ey, horseshoes and tennis. Space for
mass calisthenics is also provided. A
portable boxing ring is expected to
be the most popular beature of the
new gymnasium.-Source: Hill Field
HOT LICKS VIE
AT REC, 1 SHOW
On Thursday evening, the base
special service office presented an
hour and a half variety show starting
at 8:30, in Recreation Blgd. No. 1.
This show marked an innovation in
our policy, inasmuch as it was the
first time that this office has ever
presented a show with an hour of it
The band, as usual distinguished it-
self with the fine program it presented.
The swing combination of the unit
did an in-the-groove job of keeping
the audiences pleased.
A newcomer to this base, Pvt. Ar-
lington Rollman, sang his baritone
solos in particularly fine style, show-
ing himself to be a performer of un-
usually capable talents.
Cpl. Edward Clemens of the band
presented his xylophone number with
his usual skill and smoothness. Adel-
bert Purga, whom you all remember
as the director of music for one of
the larger broadcasting chains in Chi-
cago, did his usual best with the vio-
line. Pfc. Alexander Miller sang two
tenor solos and proved that the tenor
is still in there pitching despite Cros-
by and the Lads. Sgt. Robert Hilgart-
ner did things with the piano that
left us all wanting to learn.
Our two guest vocalists, Alma Fer-
nandez and Angela Fulgarez, those
two lovely-to-look-at ladies from
Tampa, once again owned the base
after their renditions. These two
young ladies really aim to please, and
so far they have been pretty good
The whole works was under the di-
rection of Lt. George Kluge, and
the house couldn't have held another
By S/Sgt. JOHN F. SUSZYNSKI
You can start calling Sgt. Will
Krewson our SOCIETY editor since
he turned in that high-brow treat-
ment of the Band's Party (last week's
BAND NOTES) wonder why
Willie didn't say anything about Pfc.
Del Purga's (and "Mary's",, of course)
grand entrance, at dinner, to the
strains of the WEDDING MARCH-
maybe he was afraid of a libel suit
because the whole scene was "fram-
Pvt. Art Carchedi, of Washington,
D. C., has broken his lease with the
Medics and moved into our cozy little
mud hut-you'll be hearing him on
French Horn with the Military Band,
and on piano with one of our dance
Sgt. Gordon Booth hopes to im-
prove the musical calibrp of his
little orch by posing the gang be-
hind newly decorated music stands
-Sgt. Jerry Sedlak did the art work
on the stands (it was quite a job to
talk him out of his surrealistic pro-
After hearing what they missed at
the Band's party, Pfc's. Bettman,
Boldt, Kuttner and Williams are sorry
they even went on a Furlough; how-
ever, some guys never learn-this
week finds Cpl's. Galdino, Owings
and Stockwell, and Pvt. Budnik wend-
ing their way northward for two
weeks of "roughing" it like the poor
civilians do (already they've missed
a nice trip to Bartow-too bad).
Pfc. Waldo Bettman took his
brand new wife to the USO dance
last Sunday, and wouldn't let her
dance with anyone-NICE GUY-
Wonder if the Missus knows how
clever her Waldo is with the wash-
board and iron?
Pvt. Jogsdon ran the full course as
drum-major at the 405th Bomb
Group's Review and Award of Good
Conduct Medals last Saturday-he
lived up to his new tag of "Spooks"
(scared h- out of everybody a couple
of times-no major casualties, how-
ever) C. C. am Schiavone is a
schoolboy once again-he's going to
V. D. Control School, and already has
a nice spot picked out for pinning up
his Certificate of Achievement in the
midst of his OTHER Art Collection.
Pvt. Erny Giuliano is the Band's
Boy Scout-lie's keeping Pvt. Eddy
Munk happy with his elaborations
on all the latrine rumors pertaining
to the coming Armistice and the
Discharge of all Trumpeters.
The pointers Sgt. "Atlas" Ferris
picked up at the Physical Training
Clinic ought to help make us rugged
enough for the new series of Mara-
thon Variety Programs scheduled at
RB No. 1 for Thursday evenings.
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
WthaL AL L-- Friendship Helpful in Wedding At Chapel No.1 Alertness in Vital
5th Sig. AW Trng Bn. "8 Minutes" Assures
*~~:Tj~j 1~~F3 ~ mg 'su e. r O 11 lB
the Army gives you that will be
admired by the wife or girl-
friend, be an important factor
in the kind of job you get after
the war is over, and can make
you a man amono men for a
good many years to come?
0 ANOTHER CL U E
NEXT WEEK THAT
WILL HELP YOU TO
G-I Barnum Makes
Zoo of 690th SAW
By T/5 JULIUS CHERINSKY
Check T/4 Steve Burke's new ad-
dition to his menagerie-t three foot
long alligator caught in the swamps
around the Bivouac area. His other
exhibits include a raccoon, bull, several
snakes, chicken hawk and other wild-
life too numerous to mention. All
Steve needs to complete his collection
is the Missing Link, and we'll begin
paying admission to this modern
690th's lifesaver in the person of
T/5 Campo, the Firebrand from
Brooklyn. His PX in the field serves
several other companies besides our
own, and the area around his tent is
clean enough to serve as a model to
those on the Post itself...
Orchids to the cooks of the com-
pany, among them T/4 Gudger, T/5
Paul Pottebaum and T/5 Pene, Pfs.
McWilliams and Pvt. Baranowski.
They've succeeded in converting bare
G. I. menus to banquets rivaling those
of the Waldorf-Astoria, sans the
French titles .
Best wishes to Lt. Marvin who
just went on leave. He's been ac-
cepted for duty with the Air Corps,
and will be a cracker-jack pilot in
a short time. We only hope that
he doesn't bomb the 690 out of
existence if he ever flies over us .
Wonder why some of the boys are
so anxious to make Dental Appoint-
ments so regularly? Your guess is as
good as mine, but I'll bet there are
some pretty misses around the Dental
Glad to see the rash of new pro-
motions in the company. Every man
is worth it, and has worked for it ...
See T/5 Wardman and Pfc. Clark
back from some "official business" in
Kansas City. They seem to have en-
joyed the trip .
Musn't forget the volley ball league
we've established out here. The
boys play games every day and
sometimes into the night. Good
sportsmanship and plenty of com-
petition makes it interesting .
The company fishing party has
brought back lots of crabs for those
midnight snacks. There's good biting
out at Safety Harbor they say, and
with a boiled crab in each hand, I
hasten to agree with them. Gee,
there's a delicious meal! .
Sgt. Nippa's car looks like a million
bucks after its recent overhauling. All
it needs to complete the appearance of
a new car is a good paint job. Anyone
interested in making some p o c k et
Congratulations to Lt. Lincoln who
was recently appointed a First Lieu-
The whole company is going great
guns, so I'll sign off with best wishes
to all, and hopes for our continued
By JOE COVIELLO
Off the Gold Standard go Lts.
Hollenstein, Coffman, and Palmer,
who were recently upped from 2nd
Lts. to 1st Lts. No more will they
be victims to the "dogfaces" satiric
gibe, "the Second Lts. are winning
the war, parlez vous."
While on the subject of promotions
one would be indeed careless if he
failed to congratulate the little "big
operator" Sgt. Farash (Master), re-
cently upped from Tech Sgt. Congrats
also to Tech. Sgt. Buades and Sgt.
To the intelligentsia, the arm-chair
strategists, who cite the inferiority
of American implements of war,
among them the inferiority of the
P-40, I refer them to the Bulletin 25,
Hq., 5th Signal AW Trng. Bn., par. 1
"Comparison of Jap zero with the
Heard about Hdqtrs: Pearls of Wis-
dom "some officers think the war
ends on Saturday, and starts again on
Monday at 0800." "The boys of Drew
Field have a very bad habit of talking
too much when off duty, and in Tam-
pa"-add note, "fellas, the only secret
is the one that is never told."
From the mouths of fools flow-
"the war will be over in no time now
that Italy has been all but crushed",
"a guy that has never gone AWOL
at least once never makes a good
soldier", "this is a man's war, the
WAACS do not belong in the army",
"here it is, one day after pay day, and
I am broke already". Where, O,
where has my money gone!!!! Fif-
teen days respite from the toils and
travails of army life have accrued
to those going on furlough, this week,
among whom are Pvts. Abbott, Nie-
meyer, Humes, Burkett, Leonard,
Groom, Murphy, and Colleto. Note
to aspirants to promotion: when
asked to give some points for his
rapid climb to the position of non-
commissioned officer, a sergeant an-
swered, "diligent application, keen at-
tention, unstinted reasoning, punctual-
ity, pleasure in my work, long hours,
and-a personal friendship with my
Drew Swimmers May
Take An Advanced Course
The Base Physical Training Office
will offer an advanced swimmers
course, which will be conducted by
The American Red Cross under the
supervision of Mr. Russell.
The course will run from 9 .August
to 20 August, Monday through Friday.
Instruction will be given at Cuscaden
Pool in Tampa, from 1850 to 2200.
This program will offer a great
opportunity for anyone who is a fairly
good swimmer, it is purely a volun-
tary program and a great deal of
benefit can be derived from it. Any-
one on the Field is eligible. Trans-
portation will be furnished.
Anyone who is interested can apply
at the Base Physical Training Office,
5th and E. Streets, or call Extension
Those who take and pass the course
will be qualified to teach and super-
vise swimming within their groups.
The first Medical all-military wedding took place at
Chapel No. 1, when Lieut. Lorraine Shafer, ANC, became
the bride of Lieut. John R. Van Horn, M.C.
Lieut. Jeanette Wyatt, ANC, and Lieut. William McIn-
tyre, M.C., attended the bridal couple.
Lieut. R. Gwin, M.C., performed the ceremony.
ASTP TELESCOPES Steak Is Steak Says
'FI, L A I17 D-
A real career in the military service
awaits men who qualify for advanced
training under the Army Specialized
Training Program. Although it is of
course not feasible to give ASTP
training to men who are already spe-
cialists in some field of the military,
all other men who are found to possess
outstanding aptitude in a particular
branch of knowledge may be sent to
certain colleges throughout the coun-
try for university education.
ASTP is open to those men under
twenty-two who have completed high
school and whose AGCT scores are
above 115, and to those men over
twenty-two who have completed at
least one year of college and have
received some additional training in
the branch for which application is
being made. Every person making
application for the technical courses
must have a good background in
Courses set up under the ASTP
include special instruction in sci-
ence, medicine, mathematics, engi-
neering, psychology, and foreign
area and languages, both European
The psychology course, which was
discontinued recently has now re-
opened, but only those men having
especially high qualifications will
be considered. Likewise, require-
ments for the European Area and
language course now include an
AGCT score of 125, as well as a
very good knowledge of the language.
You may make application for this
training at the Base Classification
After you have been interviewed
by the Field selection board, your ap-
plication will be forwarded to the
headquarters of the Fourth Service
Those men of exceptional ability
will be ordered to proceed to a STAR
unit, where they will receive a more
detailed interview, and will take a
series of examinations determining
each man's exact curriculum of study.
If you have been fortunate enough
to remain in the running up to this
point, you will now be sent to the
college which offers the right course
for you. Your career as a specialist is
about to begin.
BACK WITH BARS
"Something new has been added!"
2d Lt. Aaron L. Traister, formerly an
enlisted assistant in the Administra-
tive Inspector's office, has returned
to his post wearing shining new
Only rarely is an officer reassigned
to the same office which he occupied
as an enlisted man, but Lt. Traister,
a C. P. A. as well as a graduate of
ST Administrative Inspectors' S choo l
ut-1 was so valuable to his former de-
.' apartment that he was allowed to
return by special request.
nis Lt. Traister, looking well despite
the loss of five pounds while attend-
ing OCS at Miami Beach, Florida,
Soft advises Drew Field men to apply for
Officer Candidate training.
The "Ziska" way of training pays
"Gold Bar" dividends! We're proud
to have Lieutenant Traister back
5/or th Ng A W Dn.
By CORP. ROBT. W. McNARY
Mail Clerk John Loyd left us this
past week. John goes to his home
in Maysville, Ky., to re-enter civilian
life. In addition to handling the mail,
our greatest morale builder, he pos-
sesses a fine wit which brought many
smiles to the faces of this orgn.
T/5 Orville Posell and Pvt. Wm.
Greene did themselves and our out-
fit proud in the Physical Fitness test
this week. Pvt. Greene ripped off
the 300 yard run in 48 seconds flat.
T/5 Powell ran through the test
with ease and was looking for more.
Lt. Atkinson carried away the hon-
ors on the range-coming out with
the highest score putting him in the
sharpshooting class. A large per-
centage of the company qualified even
with the handicap of little or no
With a herd of about 97 cows
carousing in this area, it still may
be just coincidental that S/Sgt.
Fair, our mess sgt., has been put-
ting out a lot of beef lately. Steak
is steak, though.
Second Reporting's pet coon "Dol-
lar" is AWOL again. Jerome 0. (Pride
of Nebraska) Murphy is back from
furlough laden with pipes, pictures
and tall tales of wild airplane rides.
Our favorite (??) postman, Eugene
Kotlarek seems to have the inside
track with the Clearwater belles, espe-
cially redheads. Superman Eggert,
the human dynamo of 2nd Reporting,
is recovering from an operation in the
Drew field hospital. Ben Davidson
says that volleyball is a pretty good
game but he gets tired of eating all
that sawdust. Last week on the range
Cecil "Maggie" Mixon came up from
a 38 one day to 168 the next. Some
After many long months Matlack
finally got his well-earned three
stripes. Either Sgt. Hennecy lost
a bet or the barber was mad at
him. Surely there is some excuse
for that haircut. Johnnie Gadascy
has something up his sleeve when
he goes on his furlough. Why else
would he buy those two big spar-
klers. "They can't pull my teeth"
said Sgt. Houlton as the dentist
yanked two of them last Sunday.
Number one chow hound is Corp.
Joseph Mathern. Not even rain stops
him from being first in line. Best job
in the company belongs to Pvt. Ed-
wards who will very shortly be leav-
ing on furlough for Los Angeles where
wedding bells might be ringing soon
for him. Pvt. McrGaw has a treasure
buried beneath one of the tents-No. 2
to be exact. Corp. Bruce has two-
fold reasons for celebrating-T/5
stripes and a furlough to Birmingham.
Corp. Lemon spent the last week
with the boys in camp. A gay time
was had by all Monday night at the
company party. Pfc. Siller thought
he had a new man in his tent the
other night but it turned out to be
only one of the pet (??) cows brousing
A big box of aspirin goes to Corp.
Murphy who now dishes out the de-
tails. Speaking of details, Karl Hawk-
ins is on KP so much Sgt. Lewis
thought he had a new cook. Corp.
Capps is the latest transfer to the
Safety of Pilots
A brief study of airplane accident
statistics enables us to come up with
some rather unexpected facts.
Of these facts two stand out as
especially significant to young pilots
who have a definite interest in be-
coming old pilots eventually.
Here they are, lads!
Fact No. 1: Nearly 70% of all
accidents have been attributed to some
form of pilot error.
Fact No. 2: Over 80% of all acci-
dents occur during landings, take-
offs or while taxiing.
Now if we scramble those two facts
and examine the results we find more
than half of the accidents occur be-
cause pilots make errors while in the
process of going away from or return-
ing to terra firm, or while getting
from one plane to another on the
Someone with a penchant for fig-
ures uncovers the further information
that a pilot averages two take-offs
and two landings per day over the
course of his training period. Time
required for these four operations:
eight minutes per day!
A mighty small piece of time but
a mighty important one, too! A time
in which, if you "dope off" for a frac-
tion of a second you double your
chances of getting to know some pret-
ty nurses or even have the under-
taker get to know you.
It is a time, on the other hand, to
keep in a "state of super-alertness".
A time to use the proper amount of
power on take-off. To watch your
airspeed on landing and hit the first
third of the runway. A time to an-
ticipate by checking everything in ad-
vance, your plane, engines and instru-
A time, in short, to work very very
hard at the job of becoming a veteran
Wignall's Promotion To
Maj. Fred G. Hook, commanding
the 405th Bomb Group, is highly
pleased to announce the promotion
of Paul R. Wignall, commanding the
624th Bomb Squadron, to the rank
of Captain. He has ably commanded
the squadron since its activation.
The Captain's home is Port Ar-
thur, Texas, being a native of that
state, and graduating from Texas A
& M in mechanical engineering. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
L. Wignall of 444 Fifth Street, Port
Captain Wignall is extremely well
placed in an Air Support unit. He
successfully completed 4 years ROTC
training, receiving his reserve com-
mission. He was assigned to the In-
fantry with which he served until he
took his flight training.
On completion of his flight train-
ing, Captain Wignall was assigned to
the 84th Bomb Group from which
he was transferred to his present
assignment. Aside from building up
his flying training, that is at present
considerable, he occupies himself with
The esprit de corps of his command
shows the results of his endeavors.
When his squadron swings out on
the Saturday review, it gives the ob-
server the feeling that somebody has
put the spirit of "line" with an In-
fariry definition into the actions of
a lot of good men from the line as
we know it.
Captain Wignall well deserves the
"section of railroad track" and all
the officers and men of the Group
are pleased with his promotion.
Lt. Eickenberry of 84th
Now Assigned To 405th
The 84th's loss is the 405th's gain!
1st Lt. John M. Eikenberry of Pasa-
dena, California, was assigned to the
405th Bomb Group, where he was
subsequently reassigned to the 626th
Bomb Squadron, and heartily wel-
comed by Squadron Commander Lt.
James G. Roberts, who assigned him
the duties of adjutant.
We have heard considerable of the
84th Headquarters volley-ball team,
but we understand from Lt. Eiken-
berry that he was the team so we
regret that the team will have to re-
organize, but the Lieutenant hastily
adds that they probably won't miss
him. Captain Loftus, of our head-
quarters team, says he will be glad
to have some competition from the
squadrons. Lt. Eikenberry's goal will
be to make the Captain regret "them
words," because after all Lts. Roberts,
Ober, Phillips, Hodges, Lepski, Don-
nelly, Marr, Nelson and some more
are not an unformidable array them-
Lt. Eikenberry has been with the
84th since he finished OCS, and is
a welcome addition to the 405th or-
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
Sgt. Schott Home
For Wedding On
August the 5th
What is it, association or what?
Afterserving as best man at T-Sgt.
Harty's wedding, we find the following
clipping on S-Sgt. Schott's desk: "Mr.
and Mrs. Fred M. Hagene of Prairie
du Chien, Wis., announce the ap-
proaching marriage of their youngest
daughter, Eldora Catherine, to S-Sgt.
Harry F. Schott of Tampa, Florida,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H.
Schott of Marquette, Iowa.
"The wedding will take place
Wednesday morning, 'August 4, at 8
o'clock at St. Gabriel's Church, Prairie
Now we know why Schott has been
sweating out that furlough. Good
Speaking of athletics, our "bone
crusher," Lt. Ingedahl, may claim
some pride in achievement. On July
29 the headquarters volley ball team
took the Wing "leather slappers" to
4 straight games. Col. Vance, in com-
mand of the Wing team, will prob-
ably invite the winners to a return
engagement after Lt. J. M. Martin
recovers from his recent leave.
Normally we don't associate bombs
and ammunition with poetry but
M-Sgt. James McNeil may be the ex-
ception. Here is a sample of what he
There was a certain Lieutenant
who liked to drive a jeep.
He drove it here, he drove it there
his appointments for to keep.
Perchance one day a villain did
and by endorsement he told the
It made him sore and all put out
to have to stop his gadding about.
Now he raves and rants and
but if he can't find a driver
"I BET BY GOSH HE WALKS."
Pvt. Victor M. Bernard has been
relieved from the 405th headquarters
section and assigned to the 314th Base
Hq. Sq., so that he can devote his full
time to the Echoes. Aside from pub-
lishing his own newspapers, he has
been identified with the Hearst and
Scripps Syndicate newspapers on the
West Coast for the past 25 years. His
job on the Echoes is News Editor.
911th on The Ball
By SGT. RAYMOND R. SIMMONS
The Barrack was in an uproar with
everyone talking at the same time,
accusing Pfc. McKinnon of kidnap-
ping. It seemed that Blackie the
Mongrel had lost one of her litter and
was going around in the deepest
mourning. Of course the seriousness of
her mourning is questionable. With
the shortage of food and her Ration
points running low I suppose our
sympathies were wasted on her. Any-
how, McKinnon was the hard hearted
rascal that had snatched this child of
questionable progeny and given it
away, causing the verbal lashing that
he was now receiving.
Well this went on an hour or so and
in walked the victim's mother with
hips swaying voluptuously (in a canine
manner of course) without a care in
the world. The fact that she had been
wallowing in the mud didn't change
the wave of anger that was slowly
smolderingin Charlie instead the kid-
ding had increased until he was in a
frenzy. Raving and ranting and with
choice GI puns dogging his footsteps
McKinnon had to vacate the Barrack
until Lady Blackie had received her
due sympathies and condolences om
the fellows and a promise to relieve
her of her other young so that she
could again become the fair Solome
of the canine world.
Davis Goes to Town
Hi, Jelly Belly! Going to town? This
is the querie that greets Davis each
afternoon prior to his showering and
dressing for town. "Are you going
to dress here or are you going to
Robinson gal's house to dress?" 'I
can't see where that's any of your
business but for your information
I'm taking my clothes to my wife's
house and dress there. "What wife?
Who do you think would marry you
with that bay-window you've got?"
Hey Sarge-make this four-eyed draw-
back to the Army leave me alone!
No sense in calling him 'cause he
won't give you a pass anyhow, chirps
Wright, with a malicious twinkle in
his eyes. Me and Sgt. Ford's going
out tonight and besides smart guy
I don't care if he gives me a pass or
not, I know the right MP's. Hey
Robinson, let's me and you and Stan-
ley go to town, Davis-knows-the-right-
"Look here son," retorts Robinson,
"I can't be bothered with that Jella-
bellied son-of-a-gun. I have a date
with a girl that's got a Victory Gar-
den, a house with the mortgage paid,
two chickens, and a pint of rum that's
begging to be sampled; the fact that
my sampling won't leave any or that
she's bald headed and got false teeth
doesn't matter one bit."
While this enlightening conversation
is going on the fact that Davis has
slipped out and gone to town doesn't
matter one bit.
By SGT. FRANK FOCHT
Detachment Medical Department
Last week the Detachment Medical
Department was treated to a real-life
version of William S. Hart's smokiest
reel-life saga. It all started when two
self-styled ranch hands, S/Sgt. Lou
"Lone Ranger" Goria and his faithful
friend, S/gt. Manuel "Tonto" Hevia,
were assigned to purchase and lasso
a pair of sheep which were to be used
for laboratory purposes. All went well
at the round-up until they attempted
to deliver them to the home corral.
Now, when two young benedicts,
faced with the problem of maintain-
ing wives and happy homes under
the rationing system, are asked to
escort potential midnight snacks on
the hoof, things are bound to hap-
pen. With tongue in cheek and a
meaty twinkle in their eyes, they re-
ported one of the woolies AWOL.
Posses of vigilantes scoured the
plains and prairies for the missing
roast-er-r-sheep. The old West of
yesteryear lived again as stories of
rustling and gun-law were revived.
Finally, in the dense wilderness (ac-
tually a well-cultivated farm) the
stray was spotted. With hearty cries
of "Hi, Ho, Silver!" the panting G-I's
thundered after her. The old girl
succumbed to sheer numerical force
and was triumphantly led back to her
mate. A sturdy corral has been con-
structed and our two heroes are still
dreaming of ram, lamb, sheep and
Corp. Don Boyd and his Medical
soldiers' chorus are steadily improv-
ing their technique and popularity
in regular radio appearances. Fea-
ture artists in their own right, they
sometimes provide choral effects for
dramatic continuity and this ver-
satility is giving them a professional
polish uncommon in G-I talent.
Two and one-half days is the esti-
mated time it would take to play all
the records in the Detachment's volu-
minous dayroom library. Everything
from crashing symphonies to har-
monica solos are filed and it repre-
sents an accurate cross-section of mu-
sical tastes. The platters have been
carefully selected and letter writers
now find their choicest thoughts ac-
companied by apropos mood har-
G-Hi Society: Pfc. Aldinger con-
tinues to have fun with us. Wherever
we turn there he is. On the ramps,
in the messhall, wheeling patients
around. The reason he's so speedy-
Lieutenant Stuber, the organiza-
tion's Special Services Officer, pulled
a pleasant surprise last Wednesday
when he rode into the area with a
couple hundred iced watermelons. An
impromptu floor show quickly shaped
up and the congenial Lieutenant was
pressed into service as master of cere-
M/Sgt. Jerry Kovler, one time
showman w ho cavorted between
Chicago and Miami Beach, will take
his vacation in the Windy City .
Pfc. Freddy Best is pleased with his
new assignment to the Registrar's
office. He takes one look at the
pulchritude and he can't decide if
he's working for the pause that re-
freshes or a Powers model agency.
It has been reported that Lieutenant
Van Horn, Sr., was seen without his
smoked glasses Lieutenant Van
Horn, Jr., is professionally Lieut. Lor-
raine Shafer, ANC., and for them the
bells tolled two weeks ago.
S/Sgt. Frank Rocco had better
hurry up and marry his Josephine. He
pays 50 cents for haircuts and on him
that's a nickel a hair.
Lieutenants Quick and McIntire,
the long and short of it, should
make an excellent doubles tennis
combination Sgt. Robert True,
swimming champ, is also a fine
warbler and president of the Glee
Cats is what bothers Pvt. Roger
Spaziaro jumps around and can't
sleep when he sees 'em. Oh, screams
of merry laughter! why don't some-
body tell him? Them things is mos-
"I understand you do a httie
barbering in your spare time!"
588 Signal AW BN.
Saroyan on U. S.
By Cpl. Harrington Ingham
T/5 David Currier, of Company B,
was troubled with mosquitoes. For
three long months he had been itch-
ing and scratching and paying calls
on the chaplain. For three long
months the mosquitoes had kept him
awake and he hated them. He toll
his friends about it. I hate them,
he said. I am going to St. Peters-
Iburg, he said, and he had the tele-
phone disconnected, ravished a
maiden, ate a pie, sold the barracks
orderly into slavery for pocket money,
and started down the road on his goat.
It was a beautiful morning.
Now T/5 Currier had an aunt in
St. Petersburg. She was a nice
woman and upstairs in her attic she
kept a trunk full of old and exquisite
dresses. T/5 Currier walked into the
house (after checking his coat and
hat at the door) (joke) and started
up the attic stairs.
Where are you going, T/5 Currier?
said his aunt.
Don't speak to me, you old hag, said
He opened the trunk, dug down
deep, deep, and when he found a
dress made of tulle he removed it,
wrapped it in brown paper, danced a
jig, and started back up the road for
Drew. It was a beautiful morning.
All afternoon he worked. He worked
with needle and thread, with hammer
and saw, and his friends crowded
around. What are you making? they
said, crowding around.
Stop crowding around, said T/5
Don't speak to me, you old hag, said
When they woke the next morning
he was still at work.
What are you making, T/5 Currier?
He smiled. wryly.
I am making a mosquito bar from
my aunt's dress, he said, simply, and
then, suddenly, the job was done! He
dropped the needle and thread, the
hammer and saw, and, with his eager
friends helping, installed the mosquito
bar on his bed.
He strode triumphantly from the
room, you old hag.
That morning he was transferred
to the Signal AW Research Battalion,
44th and Lexington Ave., New York
City. Phone: Wickersham 2-7324.
"Butter" Look Out
Says 303d Bomb. Gp.
By CPL. JAMES F. HEALEY
It seemed strange to me last week
when an announcement was made at
one of the formations that "Gadabout"
Gaddis was going to visit this group
and show his latest color films in
the dayrooms of all the squadrons
but the 303rd. I inquired as to the
reason why he wasn't going to show
the films in our day room. I was
very surprised to find out that our
day room was inadequate. I visited
the other squadrons' dayrooms and
found them an 100 percent improve-
ment over ours. I wonder why we
can't get a real day room?
I wonder if you men who take
butter and. leave it on the table in
the mess hall realize what you are
doing? All you men have families
at home that are going without
butter and many other essentials
just so you can have some of the
things you received in civilian life.
Sgt. Arthur Short, that old veteran
of the 303rd, is finally going to town.
He is one of the lucky men who re-
ceived a furlough the first of August.
This will be his first trip to town
since last March. He will spend his
furlough with "Momma" way out in
Beware of Pvt. Jack Joo. He has
been studying industriously this past
week. The name of the book is "How
to Get Tough." It must be a good
book because I noticed him the other
day picking on Pfc. Ray Levitre who
is six feet tall.
Pfc. George R. Van Houten is going
to be another of millions to take that
plunge into matrimony. He is going
to marry his home town sweetheart,
Miss Audry Haumann, of Lyndhurst,
N. J., while on his furlough the latter
part of August. Congratulations to
There was a remark made by Sgt.
Perri in last weeks column about the
new mail orderlies and the way they
work. It escaped the attention of the
staff here otherwise it would have
been deleted. I realize what a hard
job that is trying to read everyone
handwriting, etc. I think they are
doing a fine job and improving every
Calif. Says: "Fish Free"
California state legislature has
passed a 'bill permitting all military
personnel to fish without a license
anywhere in .the state. Governor War-
ren, in signing the bill, said he hoped
the bill would make week-end fur-
loughs more enjoyable and help to
Gen. Sherrill To Present
88 Good Conduct Medals
NEW 704TH CO.
By PFC. JACK EARLE
Sitting around the orderly room
gassing with the boys is one thing
and trying to put the happenings of
the week into a column is another
but here goes, take it lightly.
To begin with we have a new C. O.
in this outfit. Our new Commanding
officer goes under the name and title
of First Lt. Simon Blischke. To our
old C. O. First Lt. Oscar W. Wiegand,
we hope that he is as well liked in
his new organization as he was in 701.
Our personnel officer Second Lt.
Donald J. Monie is also leaving us,
and to him we say good luck and
To the big city of New York on
furlough go our S/Sgt. S. Cerrati
and Costi. Have some fun lads and
come back clear eyed and ready to
give your all.
I guess every one who has spent
any time in the army has seen the
change that the G. way of life
can make in a person. We have a
boy in our outfit that wasn't too
happy about the whole thing when
he came in the Army, being just a
big boy from the farm, and not used
to the hustle and bustle of army
life. Well I for one wondered what
effect Drew Field would have on
him and wondered how he would
As you know the real test of a
soldier is in the field. We have a
bunch of boys out in the field on op-
erational training and this big fellow
has surprised every one by his ability
to adjust himself and learn. He bids
fair to becoming one of the key men
in the outfit, to you "Red" McDer-
mott a salute and our nomination
for the soldier of the week, keep up
the good work.
We have a lad in this outfit whose
hat we nominate for the title of the
hat of the week club. Blossoming
forth one day with one of those
baseball caps with the long peaks
affected by the mechanics in the air
force, it wasn't bad enough sprout-
ing fourth with this odd headgear
but he had to put a sign on the
peak advertising the fact that he
was from the Hoosier state of In-
diana. If you want a long lecture
on the beauties of the Wabash, stop
Mr. Mahlon Birely.
Not much else to report except the
fact that some of the more enterpris-
ing boys are catching some of the
smaller mosquitos and putting them
through a cider press to extract the
blood which they donate to the Red
Cross they say it takes about four of
them to get a quart of blood as yet
they haven't caught any of the big
ones as there aren't any men in the
outfit big enough to do the job.
"Why Golf Leads
Men to Drink
It is rumored that 1st Sgt. Charlie
Dow, Marine Det. here has sworn off
teaching any other Marine about golf
after what he saw last week-end.
The "top" took Pfc. Gilbert Owen
on the nine-hole hospital course to
teach him how to play golf. On the
first four holes Owen was just about
the worst dub imaginable. Every time
he swung Dow shuddered.
But when Owen hit the pine on
the 96-yard hole, Dow sniffed, said
it was an accident. Owen took Dow's
dare to try again. Next time the ball
plumped into the cup. "I quit,"
growled Dow as Owen snickered.-
Source: Marine Corps "Shevron," San
Lt. Dallas Baker of
405th Sponsors Pool
On Italian Surrender
The news of Mussolini's withdrawal
from the Dictatorship of Italy, with
the resultant conflicting opinions of
Officers and EM of the line as to the
probable date of Italian surrender, has
given birth to a pool sponsored by
Lt. Dallas R. Baker, assistant group
intelligence officer. With approxi-
mately 40 participants, the dates
selected run from July 29 continuously
to Aug. 26, then intermittently as
far as the middle of October. That
Italy will surrender seems to be a
foregone conclusion. When it does,
somebody will collect about 16 bucks!
Frankly, we think Baker was broke
and devised this means to tide him
over until after payday. (Shame on
you, Capt. Parmer.-Ed.) Since his
initials are D. R., we feel they might
have belied their true meaning of
The headquarters section is glad to
have 1st Lt. Thurlow M. Weed added
to its intelligence staff. He has served
for several months with the 84th and
407th Groups before his assignment
Eighty-eight Drew soldiers will be
presented with good conduct medals
tomorrow at 1630 on the airport run-
ways by Brig. Gen. Sherrill, com-
manding general of the AWUTC. Af-
ter the presentation there will be a
mass review of thousands of Signal
A rifle trophy will also be pre-
sented by Detachment C of the 657th
Signal AW Co., in the form of a
silver engraved loving cup, for having
the highest percentage of men quali-
fying on the .30-calibre rifle range.
Second. Lt. T. S. Simpson will re-
ceive the award on behalf of the unit,
and it will remain in their posses-
sion until such time as they move
away from Drew Field.
S-3 section is in charge of award-
ing the good conduct medals, and one
man from each unit will receive a
medal on behalf of his company.
Others entitled to the award will re-
ceive them in ceremonies held by
The following men will receive the
Master Sergeants: Joseph F. An-
tolak, Co. D, 570th; Ronald H. Baker,
2nd Rept., 569th; William A. Baker,
588th; Robert B. Degener, 2nd Rept.,
566th; William J. Diffley, 761st;
Thomas M. Ellison, Det. 25; Edward
J. Ferguson, 1st Rept., 566th; Everett
Hopkins, 750th; Howard K. Lampkin,
Co. A, 570th; Cornelius J. O'Shea,
501st; Ernest W. Moore, Hq. & Plot.,
564th; Joseph Renda, 728th; John M.
Riodan, Hq. & Hq. Co., 566th; Joseph
Titone, Hq. & Plot., 570th; Joseph E.
Wright, Hq. & Plot., 569th; James R.
Nicholson, Hq. AWUTC.
First Sergeants: Andrew Barren,
1st Rept., 569th; Richard J. Brennan,
IX FC; Jewell C. Bullard, XV FC;
Eliodore F. Cicalese, 1st SAW Tng.
Bn.; August J. Conrad, Hq. & Plot.,
577th; Richard A. Dray, Co. D, 2nd
SAW Tng. Bn.; Nathan C. Holland,
1st SAW Tng. Bn.; Ernest C. Hilge,
Co. B, 551st; Barren D. Kennedy, Co.
A, 564th; Leon F. Lennertz, 1st SAW
Tng. En.; Harold M. Reinfeld, 501st;
Sam Rosenberg, Comm. Co., 503rd;
Robert M. Scott, Co. A, 2nd SAW
Tng. Bn.; Edward W. Smith, Hq. Co.,
5th SAW Tng. Bn.; Phillip J. Swan-
ton, 1st SAW Tng. Bn.
Technical Sergeants: Philip E. Au-
gustino, Hq. & Plot., 563rd; Paul D.
Blagen, Hq. & Plot., 555th; Kenneth
A. Fleck, 722nd; Ivon H. Hardin, Jr.,
Hq. & Plot., 576th; George A. Wolf-
stirn, XIII FC.
Staff Sergeants: Ray Barbour, Det.
1; Joe L. Berry, Co. B, 564th; Leo
Carrara, Co. A, 563rd; Edmund C.
Coons, Co. B, 570th; Frank W. Den-
nis, Jr., Co. C, 570th; Enio J. Di-
Bernardinis, 1st Rept., 576th; Wil-
liam E. Gail, 1st SAW Tng. Bn.;
Charles M. Calligan, 705th; Miles G.
Goodson, Co. C, 564th; John A. Hoyer,
Med. Det., 566th; Jack F. Jones, XIV
FC; Ceja J. Miller, Co. B, 555th;
Cameron C. Nippa, 690th; Herbert G.
Ogden, Det. A, 653rd; Aloysius M.
Talarek, Det. 7; Anthony T. Toskas,
553rd; Louis Yare, 2nd Rept., 577th;
Robert M. Hardie, Hq. AW-UTC; Jo-
seph F. Lombardi, Hq. AWLUTC.
T/3s: John W. Drummond, Det. 6;
Frederick G. Moses, Det. 5.
Sergeants: Ralph W. Crowe, Det.
10; Peter E. Gately, 501st; Jay P.
Head,Co. C, 563rd; Amos C. Long,
Det. 3; Grant E. Rasmussen, 1st Rept.,
577th; Richard G. Towns, Det. B,
652nd; Max Yauch, 1st SAW Tng. Bn.
T/4s: Cecil L. Edwards, 704th; Wil-
liam L. Gaines, Det. 9; Oliver L.
Jones, Det. 4; Joseph M. Mitala, 731st.
Corporals: Tony V. Allaria, Co. C,
2nd Trg. Bn.; Peter P. Bonito, 1st
SAW Tng. Bn.; Joseph G. Mazur, Co.
D, 563rd; Orlando L. Mungo, 680th;
Alfred Port, 1st SAW Tng. Bn.;
Jerome H. Ratusnik, 1st SAW Tng.
Bn.; James Staigelbauer, Co. A, 5th
SAW Tng. Bn.; Albert A. Theusch,
1st SAW Tng. Bn.; Warren A. Zeh,
ist SAW Tng. Bn.
T/5s: Clifford W. Ault, Det. 23,
722nd; Alfred W. Crajek, Hq. & Hq.,
551st; Gim H. Lee, 724th; Charles F.
McArthur, Plot. Co., 503rd; William
F. Nolan, Det. 20; Carl H. Olson, Co.
B, 563rd; Hector F. Redshaw, Det.
11; Azad F. Sarian, Det. A, 657th;
Herman P. Savage, Co. B, 5th SAW
Tng. Bn.; Henry L. Whitaker, Co. A,
Pvt. Donald I. Miller, Det. 22, 722nd.
Golf Is Ideal Exercise
Golf instruction is being given con-
valescent soldiers at Camp Gordon,
Ga., as part of a rehabilitation pro-
gram making use of sports and exer-
cises. Pfc. William F. Lynch a pro
golfer in civilian life, is doing the
teaching. The nine hole course at
Camp Gordon is provided with a 36-
hole practice putting green and a 20-
mat practice range, provided by mem-
bers of the August National Golf club
at the suggestion of Major Robert T.
Jones, Jr. Use of golf by Camp Gor-
don station hospital authorities re-
calls that as a battered casualty in
World War I Tommy Armour devel-
oped the technique that made him
one of the world's foremost linksmen.
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943 PAGE ELEVEN
A/ CN OUT_/DE.
---AND AFTER ALL
W7E WORIF I DID TA/
I 7O/S FLOOR I
-THE DREW FIELD MOSQUITO- i BETER 'S-A
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Lt. Col. Evans New
By SGT. ALFRED FELD
Into the veins of the old 503rd Sig-
nal AW Regiment has been injected
a stream of new blood. As a result,
the regiment is very much on its toes
and rearin' to go. Our new CO is Lt.
Col. Norman H. Evans, a veteran on
Drew, who will personally see to it
that the organization is second to
none in morale, efficiency and getting
the job done. He will be ably as-
sisted by our new executive officer,
Capt. William R. Fahnestock, who re-
cently reutrned from a year and a
half of foreign service, and Lt. Albert
L. Cassak, calm and able adjutant,
who is a veteran of the old 503rd.
The regiment is composed of eight
companies and a medical detach-
ment. With the exception of Head-
quarters and Headquarters com-
pany and the medics, there are
brand new company commanders
and top-kicks. It is the plan of this
writer to devote a column to each
company. Who knows-maybe even
you will break into print-you lucky
Idea of the week-This was con-
tributed by T/5 Vincent Burzi, file
clerk at regimental headquarters.
Heretofore, the mosquito has been at
the receiving end of more profanity
than possibly Adolf himself. Strangely
enough, no one has ever thought of
converting this much maligned insect
into a benefactor of mankind. That
is, no one except the aforementioned
T/5 Burzi. Here goes! Don't shoo the
brave little thing away (for he has
to be brave to bite you). Let him
drain your blood. In fact, if you feel
he didn't get enough the first time,
give him another chance-he'll make
good. Then capture him alive. The
next thing to do is to invent a scien-
tific process that will extract the blood
from the mosquito. This, of course,
is the only hitch in the whole plan.
But after all, T/5 Burzi can't think
of everything. What about you, chum?
Once the blood is extracted, it will
be given to the Blood Bank. Here is a
golden opportunity for each and every-
one of us to give our blood to a worthy
cause. Only the slackers will poo-poo
the idea. We're giving it anyway so
why not turn defeat into victory.
Gawd, what an idea-there's millions
in it. Let's put this scheme over. Each
man should be able to account for at
least one mosquito. Let our motto be
"Bring 'Em Back Alive." How does
the idea strike you, dear reader? It
leaves me cold.
"What's New in 552"
The 552nd Sig. AW Bn. is now func-
tioning under a new Commanding
Officer. Captain Raymond B. Long
has replaced Captain Ivan E. Brad-
ford as our "CO." The fellows of
552nd extend their welcome to Cap-
tain Long; a "man" who has had
active duty overseas in taking the
692nd Sig. AW Co. to its secret base.
Captain Bradford has transferred to
the 5th Training Bn.
Also new the two pool tables in
our Day Room are really being used
by the fellows. S/Sgt. Magnusson (3rd
Rept. Co.) is always behind the "eight
ball." "T S" Sarge!
Battalion Special Service is really
"cooking with gas" Free Station-
ery is provided for the fellows. Darn
near too-has our Bn. letterhead .
Battalion Chaplain B. C. Trent and
his assistants really "pushed on" Sun-
day afternoon in their trip to one of
the outlying Radar sites. Rain and
mud bogged down the advance, but
with an all out effort Chaplain Trent,
Cpl. Blose and Pvt's Campbell and
Johnson got their message through
to the boys. Chaplain Trent smiled
when describing his party and their
appearance at the site. Shoeless Joe
and his mudders!
"Jawn" of the week: The overage
discharge, who with an Honorable Dis-
charge in his pocket, went to the
Orderly Room of his Company for a
pass to get off the field.
PVT. GEO. A. OSCHMAN, Jr.
552nd Sig. AW Bn.
"Yank" To Print Best Owens Made Chief
Efforts of Air B a s e
Writers, Ca r t oonists
If you're a writer, a poet of the
better class (not necessarily a serious
lyricist), or a cartoonist, you have a
first rate chance of making the big
time with your stuff
A communique from "Yank," the
Army mag, has announced that it is
opening a department devoted ex-
clusively to talent from camps and
bases. If you've got something that
you think is really worth national
recognition, send it in to the editor
of Drew Field Echoes. If you're not
sure how good it is, let him be the
Anyway, your base paper is now
twice as large as heretofore, and it
heartily encourages you to send in
any and all items which you think
will be of interest to your buddies.
Look up your squadron or company
correspondent, and he will see that
your material reaches the Echoes.
501st Takes Over Old
By SGT. E. J. DAUB
Since the 501st SAW has taken
over the old Hqs. AWUTC on Ave. L
for its new headquarters, we have
plenty of room to stretch out our legs
and move about without bumping
into a desk or chair every time we
turn around. We have taken the 553rd
Sig AW Bn under our wing and are
very glad to have the boys working
hand and hand with us.
We were sorry to see our executive
officer Major Frank J. Conley, Lt.
Nicholas Guia, C. O. of Plotting Co.
and Lt. Harold Holshouser, leave us
this past week but we all wish them
the best of luck.
Miss Shapiro has been kept pretty
busy this past week receiving the calls
of congratulations for her boss Capt.
William S. Weggenmann who was pro-
moted to the rank of Major. Con-
gratulations from us all in this Head-
We are all wondering if the chaplain
is going to hold up under the strain
after Cpl. Charlie Hurst of Hq. Co.
turns over his cases to him. Charlie
is leaving us soon and turning things
over to Cpl. William Wood. I think
Woodies is a good man Chaplain so
I wouldn't worry.
To look at Pfc Urmel (Jiggs) Rich-
ardson and Cpl. Joe Losardos' faces
you would think the war was over,
but for the past-couple of weeks I
don't think they gave the war a
thought, Jiggs had his girl friend,
Beulah Williams and his sister, Irene
from Monticello, Illinois, and Joe had
Ann, his intended, down for a visit.
All have been up in the clouds. They
will be down to earth this week after
the girls board the Chicago limited for
S/Sgt. Russell D. Tittle of Hq. Co.
had been keeping some pretty late
hours the last few days in July but
not with the fair sex. It's with his
new form 127 A and B. Cpl. Moon
Mullin, our C. Q., says if these reports
keep increasing in length, Russell
might just as well take over his job
because he is here all night anyway.
He says the first thing I know I will
be quoting rations to the long distance
S/Sgt. Johnnie Wertzel and T/4
Charlie Theuer both of Plotting Co.
have left kitchen No. 25 for two weeks
to enjoy a well-earned furlough.
Sgt. Raymond Erica aHq. Co. is
resting up now after a minor opera-
tion. We hope it won't be very much
Promoted to Chief Warrant Officer
last week was George W. Owens of
Hq. & Hq. Sq., III
S Mr. Owens, Squad-
tion and Physical
a Warrant Officer
.' ".. in January, 1943.
He has served in
S the Army six years,
S5/ years as an
S enlisted man even-
Stually working up
to the grade of
Master Sergeant. Owens, who has
seen duty in Panama and Hawaii with
various bomb squadrons, is a native of
Collier City, Florida.
Throughout history, the most potent
spies have always been the most beau-
tiful and dumbest looking women.
Don't forget that, Soldier!
Monday thru Saturday, 7:05 a. m.,
WFLA-Drew Field Reveille.
Monday, 8:30 p. m., WDAE-
The Right Answer Or Else.
Tuesday, 6:30 p. m., WFLA--
Thursday, 8:30 p. m., WDAE-
69th Air Force Band.
Thursday, 9:30 p. m., WDAE-
Rookie Roy's Scrapbook.
Saturday, 7:30 p. m., WSUN-
Enough and On Time.
Saturday, 8:00 p. m., WFLA-
Drew Field Star Parade.
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Tampa Girl, Sgt.
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Before a large gathering of relatives
and friends, Miss Eudell Ryalls,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ryalls
of Tampa, was married to S/Sgt. Wil-
liam D. Sanders of Hq. & Hq. Sq., III
Fighter command. The wedding was
performed at 9:15 p. m. Sunday,
Aug. 1, at the Tenth Avenue Baptist
church, Tampa, by Rev. L. C. Ed-
The bride, dressed in a white wed-
ding gown, and carrying a bouquet of
roses with an orchid, was attended by
Miss Lola Rawls, maid of honor, and
the Misses Evelyn Knowles and Mary
Whitcomb, bridesmaids. Sgt. Arthur
H. Riddick was best man, and ushers
were Tech. Sgt. Philip B. Burke and
Sgt. William W. Whitley. All are
from the III Fighter command.
Included in the wedding party were
two flower girls, a train bearer and a
A small reception for the immedi-
ate family followed at the home of
the bride's parents.
S/Sg.t Sanders, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. G. W. Ward, is from Grenada,
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DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1943
5 Day Clinic Shows Way To Fitness
9 C;s I ^-/ 4 4
The Base Physical Training clinic
got under way to a flying start with
an attendance of 30 officers and en-
listed men, Monday July 26.
On the opening day Lieutenant
Lyons started the program by intro-
ducing the first speaker, Lieutenant
Colley, director of physical training
of the III Fighter command, dealing
with different phases of physical
The next phase was a talk by
Lieutenant Lyons on the proper pro-
cedure of securing all construction
material and the proper location of
Major Delano, base special service
officer, gave a talk on the correct
way of returning equipment when an
organization departs for port of em-
barkation. Major Delano also ex-
plained an organization leaving the
base, and not going to port of em-
barkation, is entitled to take equip-
ment issued on M/R with them to
the amount of 25c per man, per
Next on the program was voice and
command, given by Lieut. Joseph
D'Andrea, 21st Bomb group, physical
training officer, MacDill field.
Next was a demonstration on mass
calisthenics by Lieutenant Lyons and
Lieutenant D'Andrea. They worked
out with the group giving them the
cadence system of exercises where
two instructors were used on the plat-
form at the same time.
The first day's program came to
and end with Lieutenant Jackson,
physical training officer, Third air
force, speaking on the subject of
conditioning games. First he ex-
plained the games, then the whole
group took part.
Second Day, July 27
The second day's program started
with Lieutenant D'Andrea of MacDill
leading the group with instructions
as to how to improve voice and com-
Captain "Oatmeal" Brown, director
of physical training program, Third
Bomber command, MacDill field, gave
a few demonstrations on guerrilla ex-
ercises, and on the proper method of
conducting informal exercises.
Captain Brown also gave a lecture
and demonstration on baseball, some
Corporal Fognano Teaches
of the fundamentals were how to
hold a bat, proper stance at the plate,
swing the bat and following through.
The method of conducting calis-
thenics was under the direction of
Lieutenant Saltzman of MacDill field.
The final phase of Tuesday's pro-
gram was a lecture on the value of
the physical training program from
the medical standpoint, delivered by
Third Day, July 28
Wednesday, July 28, started as the
previous classes had with Lieutenant
D'Andrea giving individual instruction
on voice and command.
Capt. Steve O'Connell, director of
physical training, Third air force, gave
a very interesting talk on the aims
and objectives of physical training.
Physical fitness testing was handled
very well by Captain O'Oonnell. He
explained each test, its purpose and
its value. After the explanation the
men actually ran through the differ-
ent tests under the direction of Lieu-
Fourth Day, July 29
The fourth day of the clinic started
at 1:15 with Lieutenant Lyons giving
instruction on voice and command.
First the whole group participated in
the drill, then each one took turns
giving individual commands.
Lieutenant Stangler gave a talk on
the voluntary program. He empha-
sized that intra-squadron competition
Lieutenant Strangler Shows
How to "Spike" a Volleyball
should be encouraged to create inter-
est among the group.
An interesting talk and demonstra-
tion of volley ball by Lieutenant Stan-
Major Fleming pointed out the
importance of being in good physical
condition in both the training and
Mr. Moran, from the American Red
Cross lectured on the importance of
"Functional Swimming anJ Life Sav-
ing." An interesting and enlightening
report was given on the percentage of
non-swimmers in the armed forces.
Since most of the war is being fought
on, below or above water, swimming is
a very important factor in the armed
forces. Many safety devices were
brought out as to the use of helmet,
trousers and barracks bags for life
preservers. 'Finally a report was given
as to the progress the soldiers have
made in learning to swim in our
physical training program.
A demonstration of tumbling was
given by Corporal Fognano.
The group marched to the obstacle
course, where Lieutenant Stangler
gave a very good lesson as to the
proper procedure of running the
course. A complete demonstration of
each obstacle was given, after which
every man took part.
Pfc. Christansen explained con-
struction of boxing rings, volley ball
courts, basketball courts and softball
Fifth Day, July 30
The final 'day of the clinic started
off with Lieutenant Stangler leading
the instruction on voice and com-
Corporal Fognano gave a lecture
on inter-collegiate wrestling. The
Captain O'Connell Explains
points explained were the weights,
point system, time of bout, referee's
position both from standing and on
the mat, stalling and illegal holds.
After the lecture a demonstration of
different holds were demonstrated by
the instructor. Some of the high-
lights were, referee's position stand-
ing, take down, referee's position on
the mat. It was also shown in what
position a man must be to gain the
advantage. The men were also shown
the different methods of escape when
on the defense.
Since boxing is a popular sport on
the field ,a lecture on boxing was
given by Lieutenant Dee from the
signal corps. The lecture was fol-
lowed by a demonstration of foot
work, defensive and offensive boxing.
The final talk of the clinic was
given by Lieutenant Lyons on an all-
weather program. The fact was em-
phasized that physical training should
be conducted in all weather since war
is being fought in all kinds of weather.
The clinic came to a close by the
showing of two movies, one on base-
ball, the other on how to bandage
joints and other bruises. The clinic
proved very successful,
Drew Varsity Ball Team
Drops A Tough One To
MacDill Last Sunday
Last Sunday, Drew field's official
Varsity baseball club dropped another
tough one to MacDill. Competition
between the two teams has always
been made of the stuff that makes
for an interesting game.
Lieut. L. Bemntz, usually a reliable
hurler for the home base boys, had
an off day and was virtually knocked
from the mound in a barrage of hits
by the opposition.
There'll be other games, though,
and a loss every now and then only
adds more interest to contests to
Margaret Reinhold, senior Nation-
al AAU diving champion, has en-
listed as a WAVE and is on duty in
New York. In the near future, she
is expected to be assigned to duties
as a swimming instructor. The man
who coached her to the champion-
ship, Arthur J. Colley, physical ed.
graduate of Temple university in 1936,
is a lientenant and base physical
training officer of the Third Fighter
Command at Drew Field, Tampa,
The Camp Roberts (Calif.) base-
ball nine is sporting such players as
Sgt. Lou McCollum of the Philadel-
phia Athletics, Sgt. Earl Johnson of
the Boston Red Sox and Cpl Arthur
Mangini of the San Francisco Seals.
"Slim" Ransom, formerly football
coach at Geneva college, Beaver Falls,
Pa., is a lieutenant (j.g.) with the
navy at Chapel Hill, N. C.
One of the highest ranking non-
coms in the Military Police Detach-
ment at Foster Field (Texas) is Staff
Sgt. Jerry Noviello, who captained
the University of Scanton (Penn.)
football team in 1937. He was a full-
Capt. Richard F. (Dick) Hyland,
one-time All-American football star
of Stanford, is at the Marine Corps
Air Base, Kearney Mesa, Calif. Hy-
land played center on the American
Rugby team that won the Ilympics
of 1924, and appeared in two Rose
Bowl classics while playing football
for Stanford. Teammates were Capt.
Ernie Nevers, Capt. Hal McCreery
and Lt. Clifford "Biff" Hoffman, all
on active duty with the Marine Corps.
Among the college athletes who are
taking basic flying instruction at
Cochran Army Air Field (Macon, Ga.)
are Ray Frick, former Penn football
center and captain, and John Brown
who was captain of the University of
Pittsburgh baseball team last year.
Sgt. Johnny Shurm, first-baseman
for the New York Yankees until his
entry into the army in 1941, is sta-
tioned at Jefferson Barracks, Mo.,
where he is poking out a nice .425
batting average. Officially, he is
assistant to the athletic director of
the 33rd Training Group at Jeffer-
son Barracks and a drill instructor.
First Half Championship
To Be Played Off by Drew
Soft-Ball T e a m s Soon
West Shore 2nd Training Bn will
meet 563rd Co. D., softball team in a
play-off of the first half, for the
AWUTC championship in its softball
Some 48 teams in the league are
now in the second half of the regular
schedule set for the Drew field soft-
"AW Olympic" Track
And Field Meet
Scheduled Aug. 14th
Second addition to the "AW Olym-
pic," at the track and field meet will
be held Aug. 14. It is to be an all-
day affair, with all tthe six training
battalions taking part.
Under this new set-up, it will now
be possible for one battalion to win a
clear-cut Dew field championship.
Owing to improvements made in the
track, it is expected that much better
time will be made in the dash events.
Why Many Sport Stars
Are Not in Service
By PVT. G. V. HEMMING
(In this column "Bull Session" in
the Camp Roberts (Calif.) "Dis-
Several have asked us "how come?"
many outstanding athletes, both ama-
teur and professional, are not in the
service. The inquiries hint some skull-
duggery. Such, of course, is not the
Sports writers have for years de-
pitched the athletes, about whom they
have written, as a collective bunch of
supermen. The truth of the matter
is simply that some of the bulging
muscles and rippling biceps cover in-
firmities that would make their pos-
sessors definite military liabilities.
Recently an entire nation breath-
lessly awaited an Army examining
board's verdict on Leo "Lippy" Du-
rocher, manager of Brooklyn's be-
loved "Bums." Pronounced physically
fit by the famed Mayo Clinic, Duroch-
er was rejected by the Army because
of a perforated ear drum. Another
to be rejected for the same cause is
Eric Tipton, Cincinnati Red's outfield-
er. Yet another to be turned down
by Uncle Sam for the same reason
was Maxie Rosenbloom.
Now a perforated ear drum doesn't
sound like a particularly serious physi-
cal disability. Yet the truth of the
matter is that a perforated ear drum
leaves a man utterly vulnerable to a
permanent brain injury from shell
concussion and gas attacks.
Whitney Kurowski, whose home run
broke up the final game of last year's
world series between the New York
Yanks and St. Louis Cardinals, was
rejected because of the separation in
the bones of his right arm. This
doesn't seem to affect his ball playing,
but Uncle's men have to be practically
Tami Mauriello, one of the best of
the current heavyweights, was tick-
eted "4-F" on the basis of a childhood
injury to one foot. A deformity has
resulted from a couple of bones which,
after being broken, were not prop-
One of the greatest distance men
ever developed in this country, Greg
Rice of Notre Dame, is "4-F" because
of a hernia. Rice has been compet-
ing with literally yards of tape bind-
ing him as tight as a drum.
So, me little chum, you have the
laugh on a lot of outstanding ath-
letes of peace-time fame, who aren't
good enough to make Uncle's team
There are two or three easily ac-
cessible points around Tampa where
there is excellent salt water fishing.
No license for this is required. Gandy
bridge on the road to St. Petersburg,
about five miles from Drew field, of-
fers diversified fishing from tarpon
to trout. Fishing is done from boats,
which can be rented with tackle at
either side of the bridge. Warings
and Dawsons, both listed in the Tam-
pa telephone directory, have various
types of boats from flat bottom row
boats (seats three) which rent for
a dollar a day to large power boats
(4 to 6 people) which rent for twelve
dollars a half day or twenty dol-
lars a full day. These latter prices,
however, include tackle, bait and
guide. Warings also rent several small
motor boats seating three for three
dollars for a half day and five dol-
lars for a full day.
Arrangements can be made to be
towed from Warings, if one rents
a row boat, for fifty cents to the
draw bridge of Gandy bridge and a
dollar to the far side. Several boats
can be towed at once thus cutting the
cost. Tackle rents for fifty to sev-
enty-five cents a day. Thts, allow-
ing for bait, tackle and row boat
with towing, assuming three go along,
the price would be a little over a
dollar a head. All such arrange-
ments should be made before-hand
by telephone, and the type of fish-
ing desired as well as the general
fishing situation gone over.
Tarpon, the great silved game
fish running from thirty to two hun-
dred pounds, swim up the muddy
waters of Tampa bay and can be
taken all along the length of Gan-
dy bridge. Worthless commercially,
Tarpon are caught for the pleasure
of catching them. The fight with a
seventy-five or hundred-pound Tar-
pon lasts an hour or so and will
provide plenty of thrills as the great
fish jumps clear out of the water
in his efforts to shake the hook.
The fish is generally successful.
Tarpon are caught during the sum-
mer months. Live pinfish (50c per
dozen, or a plug (preferable if you
know how to cast) are used as bait.
Jack, an edible fish running from
five to ten pounds are a smaller
cousin of the Tuna tribe and are
plentiful at Gandy. The fish will
take live pinfish or other bait.
Caveo running from seven to forty
pounds or so are also taken on pin-
fish. The Caveo is a strong fish
somewhat similar to the Bonito.
Snook, a fine eating fish ranging
from five to fifty-five pounds, are also
caught at Gandy bridge. They put up
a good fight, and the best bait is
small, live grunts which can be
caught on the flats on the east side
of the bridge. Mackerel are just
going out of season at present but
can still be caught. Recently a num-
ber of blue fish have been taken in
the harbor. Both mackerel and blue
fish are game fighters and make ex-
cellent eating. Sheepheads, a striped
fish running from one to five pounds
and favoring the piers of the bridge,
are plentiful. They make fine eating
and a fiddled crab is the best bait.
In the deep channel one can
make a try for Drums or giant Jew
fish running up to four hundred
pounds or so. The bait here is a
whole five or six pound Jack. A
large hook and a strong line are
needed. A certain amount of cau-
tion is advisable. Tampa fisher-
men tell of the case of the China-
man, a few seasons ago, who went
fishing for Jew fish and tied the
line firmly around his waist. He
hooped a whopper and was putted
clear out of the boat. His body
was later recovered some two or
three miles down the bay. If you
wish to go after these big ones,
Warings has tackle for this also.
Ballast Point can be reached by
street car and offers pier fishing.
Tackle can be rented and bait ob-
tained at moderate sums. Sea Trout
(the Northern Weak Fish), yellow tail,
and mackerel are around. Off Rocky
Point there is excellent trout fishing'
and in the near future this column
hopes to have some announcements
in this regard. Fishermen are urged
to come in and describe, or send in
to the Fishing Editor, Drew Field
Echoes, their experiences of fishing
salt water or fresh, in this vicinity.
"Getting into the hammock's a cinch f6rlhim-he's from
a circus-tumbling act I"