To Special Service Offi-
cers: If your organiza-
tion does not receive its
Drew Field Echoes
promptly call at Echoes
office, 8th street and
sary! Staff Sgt. Harry
Lampert's famous mos-
quito is one year old to-
day. Read the interest-
ing story of one of the
nation's top Army comic
strips on page 7.
VOL. 2, NO. 23 FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1943 PUBLISHED WEEKLY
NEALD. MOLER Chilean Officers Are
IS PROMOTED TO -_
Neal D. Moler, 40-years-old, 22nd
Bombardment Training Wing, has
held every grade in the Army from
buck private to lieutenant colonel, a
rank he recently achieved. He has
been variously associated with the En-
gineers, the Infantry, the Ordnance
Department, and, finally, the Air
At present, the colonel is chief of
the Intelligence section of one of the
higher air echelons at Drew Field,
Fla. His primary duty at. Drew is one
of education; training officers and men
for the all-important Intelligence jobs
they must perform in the combat
zones before we bring this war to a
victorious conclusion. It is the work
of accumulating and correlating in-
formation concerning everything about
the enemy in order to give the air
commander a crystalline picture of
the situation before he sends his bird-
men on a mission.
It is essential for intelligence offi-
cers to be familiar, not only with the
Air Forces, but with the working ma-
chinery of every branch and Col.
Moler has the wide experience neces-
sary for the job.
For several years, he was an engi-
neer for the Ohio State Highway
Department and, later, airport engi-
neer for the Bureau of Aeronautics.
After these jobs, he worked as a gen-
eral contractor in West Virginia and
Kentucky, as well as Ohio, building
roads and streets.
Meanwhile, he won his commission
in the Engineers in 1928, served the
Adjutant General for a time, then
pitched his tent with the Infantry.
L. COL. NEAL D. MOLER
In 1937, after attending the Ord-
nance Field Service School, he became
Ordnance Officer of the 37th Divi-
sion. By 1941, he was back in the
Infantry, this time with the 166th
Infantry Regiment as a major with
the advanced course of Ft. Benning
school for the foot soldier behind him.
A few months attending the Ord-war began,
nance Field Service School, he became
Birmingham lured him into the Air
Ordncesand he was a membOfficer of the 37th Divi-
sion. By 1941, he was back in the
Reconnaissance Group at Northern
Infantry Regiment as a big year with
the advanced course of Ft. Benning's
school. Moler because he also attend him.
A few months after the war began,
the famouThird Air Suppor Command and General
Staff School and received Wings as
an aircraft observer.
So it is tham lured him into the silver maple leaf
Forces and upon the was a membeollar of aman
wR reconnaissance Group at Northern
Field, but built was a big year for
'by twenty years of careful study and
the sweat of honest work through the
Col. Moler because he also attended Miss
Rth Chilcot e in 1929. She is a tal
Staff Schoolarpist and received Wings asof the
n aircraft observatory of Music. They
haveSo it is that the silver maple leafSuz-
is pne Molers residthe collar of a mIndian
who was not especially born to com-Fla.
mand, but built the right for himself
by twenty years of careful study and
the sweat of honest work through the
Col. Moler married the former Miss
Ruth Chilcote in 1929. She is a tal-
ented harpist and graduate of the
Oberlin Conservatory of Music. They
have an 11-year-old daughter, Suz-
anne. The Molers reside in Indian
Drew Field Guests
Florida Visit Completes
Tour of United
Recent distinguished Chilean guests
to visit Drew Field, were three -high
ranking officers of the Chilean Air
force. They arrived here in the course
of an inspection tour which, to date,
has taken them from Salt Lake City
to New York.
Purpose of the visit to Drew, was
to view dive bombers in operation,
and learn American methods of using
them most effectively.
The officers are: Group Com-
mander R. G. Bisquett and Squadron
Commanders J. Edouard Latorre and
T. I. Sarasua. They are being ac-
companied on the tour by Maj. W. T.
Jones, of the Army Air corps.
Lt. Col. W. H. Fillmore, base ex-
ecutive officer welcomed the officers
to Drew Field, in the absence of Col,
Melvin B. Asp, Base Commander.
They were then taken to headquarters
of the 22d Bomb Wing, where they
met Col. R. F. C. Vance and his staff.
Next call was made on Lt. Col.
Paul A. Zartman, commander of the
84th Bomb Group, with whom they
spent several hours inspecting train-
ing activities of that group.
At noon, Monday, they were lunch-
eon guests of Col. Asp, Col. Vance
and Lt. Col. Zartman, at the Drew
Field Officers club.
The Chilean officers have been in
this country two months, and after
completing their Florida visit, they
plan to go to Canada for a month's
tour of the air training bases there as
guests of the Canadian government.
At Drew Field Monday on an inspection tour were, left to right, Squadron Com-
mander J. Edouard Latorre, Group Commander R. G. Bisquertt and Squadron Com-
mander T. I. Sarasus of the Chilean Air Force, accompanied by Major W. T. Jones
of the U. S. Air Corps.
Training Wing "All
Out" For Insurance
Every man in the 22nd Bombard-
ment Training Wing possesses insur-
ance coverage, which, they believe, is
something of a record. All have maxi-
mum National Service insurance ex-
cept four enlisted men, who hold
$5000 worth, with additional outside
The adjutant, Capt. Charles F.
O'Donnell, is largely responsible for
this excellent showing. His command-
ing officer, Col. R. F. C. Vance, re-
cently wrote him saying, "The per-
sonnel of this Headquarters holding
government insurance makes a very
impressive list, and it is desired to
commend you for your efforts in look-
ing after the welfare of your men,
and the staff officers."
IN "AIR FORCE"
The latest edition of the service
journal "Air Force" carries the story
of Maj. Frank P. Bender's escape
from a flaming B-25 when 20
Zeros blasted him out of the sky.
He is a former operations officer of
the 22nd Bombardment Training
Hitting the silk near what was
then the strong Jap position at
Buna, makes exciting reading.
Though he was badly wounded,
friendly natives put him on a litter
and moved him through steaming
jungles, slowly, painfully to Port
Maj. Bender holds several dis-
tinguished decorations and is now
attending the Army Air Force Staff
Thoughtlessness Is Cause
Of Leaks, Reporter Shows
Last week an Intelligence officer in
one of Drew Field's Air Corps groups
called this reporter relative to a story
on "Safeguarding Military Informa-
"Too many people talking out of
turn," he said. "Speaking without
"Do you know any recent cases?"
the officer was asked.
"Yes," he replied, "there are always
"Very well, sir. I'll come right
over and talk to you." Then remem-
bering that the officer was behind
the line, and that he would have to
pass the guard, the reporter asked:
"By the way sir, what's the pass word
this week?" There was no answer,
and the reporter concluded that the
officer had hung up.
Securing the necessary password
from Headquarters, the Echoes repre-
sentative presented himself at the
"You have just demonstrated what
I am trying to bring out," the Intelli-
gence officer told the reporter.
"I have?" asked the amazed scribe.
"When you asked me what the
password was-over the telephone. It
was a base telephone, but it has
literally miles of wires. Confidential
information given out over any tele-
phone is almost as bad as if it were
given out in public."
The reporter had to admit that he
had never given a moments thought
to that phase of it, assuming the con-
versation to be limited to the two
listeners. Further study of this seem-
ingly harmless mistake convinced this
writer of the danger of thinking that
telephone conversations were neces-
sarily private, anymore than personal
conversations were private without
the confines of the camp, if dealing
with military matters. It is in this
way, from thoughtless conversation,
S Conntinued on Page Two).
WACS Proudly Take Oath
In Army Of United States
AS THE BAND PLAYED "YOU'RE IN THE ARMY NOW"
Monday evening, just before Re-
treat, a khaki-clad company marched
toward Base Headquarters. When the
command, "Halt!" was given, before
the flagpole, each pair of shoulders
were very straight, each face filled
with purpose. The women who stood
there had been offered a choice-and
they had made their decision.
With pride and dignity, 2nd Officer
Doris E. Ward turned her company
over to Captain Dennis J. Dole, whose
privilege it was to administer the
oath of the Army of the United States
to Drew Field's former WAAC's.
Heads bared, hands upraised, each
girl repeated thoughtfully the words
spoken by Captain Dole. She could
have gone back to a room of her own,
with chintz curtains, and an inner-
spring mattress. She might have ac-
cepted a civilian job with a weekly
salary almost equal to the monthly
wage which she will receive as a sol-
dier. In one brief statement, she
could have rid herself of K. P., and
early-morning P. T.
Instead, she will remain in barracks
which must be swept and scrubbed
each day before riding into work, and
the wooden seat of a GI truck. While
her civilian sisters meet the Florida
heat in sheer, summer frocks and
bare, tanned limbs, she will wear
khaki, and sturdy cotton hose. But
she will wear it with pride, for it is
her uniform, and her trademark. She
will continue to work at the routine
job which she "took over" when some
soldier got his shipping orders.
But, leaving the Service would
mean leaving the comradeship of the
fine young women who had shared
the work and struggles of organizing
a new company. It would mean there
would be no more evenings at the
P-X, or at Enlisted Men's parties.
It would mean laying down the uni-
form which had come to mean more
than the sheer hosiery, high heels,
and ear rings she had prized before
December 7, 1941. But, most of all,
it would mean leaving her post ..
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ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1943
Astute Corp Has It;
Bouquets for the Boys
In 4th Sig Aw Trng Bn
CPL. EUGENE G. HORTON
Moonlight over Tampa or not, the
number of bachelors in this company
grows smaller every day. S/Sgt. Yoder
is the latest to capitulate. Cpl.
Mastrogiacomo takes the step on or
about August 20 with a girl from
Brooklyn. T/5 Parsons plans on Sep-
tember. Recent newlyweds are Sgt.
Hodge, Cpl. Reddinger, Pfc. Szymano-
wicz, and T/5 Mariconda.
Silver bars among the gold-Con-
gratulations from the personnel of the
4th SAW Training Bn. to Lt's Calla-
han, Pirkle, Ferguson, Clark, Gold-
smith, Heckart, Kramer, Thornton
and Miller who took the step from
second to first Lts during the past
Literary latest: T/5 Salvo's 'Ode
to Wilma"-Wondering if Wilma Mc-
Mullen will frame it. Also among the
manuscripts: An unnamed anonymous
verse dealing with this headquarters.
Weekly bouquet: To kitchen 24 for
the fine chow they have been prepar-
Barracks fotos. T/Sgt. Durrette in
the horizontal-T/5 Tubbesing tearing
his "hair" in doubt as he studies the
photographs of two Red Wing Min-
nesota girls. Why not flip a coin
Tube?-S/Sgt. Shultz moving back
into our midst.-Sgt. Tubbs sewing
buttons on F/Sgt. Rosenbergs shirt.
F/Sgt. Kramer is walking on air
since a P-40 stork left an eight and
one half pound boy at his house Fri-
day. The father is doing as well as
can be expected.
The Army is going to the dogs-at
least it seems so since a small white
pup put in its appearance in the
company and was immediately
adopted as official mascot.
Weekly Cereal. First of six bowls.
The outcome of the Civil War is still
uncertain as northern Sgt. general
Hodge drove a spearhead into the de-
fenses of Sgt. general Johnson. How-
ever the south recuperated on the
right flank with T/5 Colonel Brannon
sweeping Sgt. general Ellis back across
the hills of Georgia. (How will the
Civil War end? Will Lincoln be able
to enforce the bonds of the union?
Listen in next week for further re-
The Headquarters team blasted the
Processing area team from the dia-
mond Friday to the tune of a 15-8
score. It looked like the Processing
Areas game until the 5th inning by
virtue of a 6-3 lead, when Pfc. Glor
slammed a home run with two men on
to start a rally that netted 12 runs in
two innings. Sgt. Dype hurled for
the hearquarter team with Cpl. Wilson
receiving. Pfc. Renner and T/5 Duarte
pitched for the Processing Area.
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when put together, may reform the
A few weeks ago, you will remember,
two notorious German spies were ap-
prehended in the very act of dispatch-
ing information secured as suggested
above, to their masters.
They had been at work in this
country, gaining vital information of
troop movements, ships and planes.
It was used by the enemy to kill our
troops, sink our ships, and attack our
planes. So much was freely admitted
by them, and they are far from being
the only representatives of the enemy
operating in this country.
Don't think that all enemy apnts
are beer drinking German's who go
around heiling Hitler, and placing
time bombs under railroad bridges.
Usually these agents are highly in-
telligent psychologists, with no trace
of German accent, who pass easily as
fun loving Americans. Nor do all of
Hirohito's boys have buck teeth and
wear eyeglasses. No more are all
Italian agents to be found in a spa-
ghetti joint. In fact, an enemy agent
will probably look just like the
antithesis of what he is popularly sup-
enemy agents pick up the crumbs that,
posed to resemble. They are all canny,
shrewd-concerned with only one job
-the job of gathering information
which would be of use to the enemy.
The enemy agent hides his identity
and mixes with soldiers and sailors,
encouraging them to talk about their
work, about the bases to which they
are assigned, and the planes on which
The thoroughness of their work
may be seen in a recent German in-
telligence broadcast in English, in
which the German announcer called
Londoner's attention to the fact that
"Big Ben" was ten minutes fast.
You may be giving vital informa-
tion to the enemy when you confide
to your barber or bartender the fact
that you expect to be shipped out
soon, or that you are working on
some new planes, or that there is a
construction program underway.
Men who work on our planes can-
not be too careful. Pilots who tell
utter strangers all about that new
gadget in their ship, may not only
be paving the way to their own ulti-
mate destruction, but may be talking
away the lives of their fellow soldiers
SOLDIER FATHER MEETS DAUGHTER
-'-P.--^ _.. ^
PVT. MELVIN OSCHNER of Cincinnati, O., is seeing his three-months-
old daughter, Diane, for the first time. The baby was born while he
was on maneuvers in Tennessee. The Army chose this photo by Sgt.
Ray Yarnell as the "Picture of the Week." (International)
Lt. Chas. J. McGee, Jr.,
Moved Over to 22nd Wing
First Lieutenant Charles J. Mc-
Gee, Jr., has recently moved up to
Wing Headquarters as assistant op-
erations officer at Drew Field, Fla.
He is the son of Mrs. Gertrude F.
McGee, 229 Elm Street, Leavenworth,
His new position makes him respon-
sible for flying safety and co-ordinat-
ing bombing and gunnery practice
missions for several bombardment
groups. Previously, Lt. McGee served
as commanding officer of a Squadron.
He enlisted in the Army Air Forces,
Oct. 31, 1941, and obtained his pri-
mary training at Victory Field, basic
at Goodfellow Field, and advanced
at Moore Field, all in Texas, receiving
his Wings, May 20, 1942.
On graduation day he was married
to the former Miss Marian Bremers
of Omaha, Neb. She attended the
University of Nebraska.
Lt. McGee graduated from Pem-
broke Country Day in Kansas City,
Mo., and attended the University of
Kansas where he was prominent in
intra-mural athletics and played
freshman football. His fraternity is
Phi Delta Theta.
Prior to his entrance into the
Army, Lt. McGee was employed by
the Red Dot Oil Company of Denver,
His father, the late Dr. Charles J.
McGee, Sr., was a major in the Medi-
cal Corps in the first World War.
Puff For Perri Offered by
303d Bomb Squad Scribe
The purpose and merit of the Physi-
cal Training Program of the Third
Air Force and the consequences of
non-participation was driven home
with gusto at the parade last Satur-
day. "Impetuous Perri", the group
sign painter, found the parade rather
tough going (rolling would have been
easier). Perri's afternoon involved
more huffing and puffing and plain
physical hell than he has experienced
in a long while. Perri, who at times
has some of the characteristics of
another former Corporal of interna-
tional renown (also a painter) even
assumed the facial expression of one
who futile sought relief from tor-
ment, the present expression of this
same Corporal. A group picture of
Perri is promised as soon as a camera
with a wide angle lens, and sufficient
depth of focus, can be located.
Sgt. Skelton has some good ideas
on a short version of reveille. The
men of the squadron would owe Skel-
ton a vote of thanks if they could
be adopted. And speaking of saving
time the new chow schedule is tops.
Not only does the extended mess
period cut down the time wasted
when a squadron of men converge
on two slowly moving lines but is like
a heaven sent gift to those who work
in the orderly rooms, those refugees
from the sun who suffer from bunk
fever. After staggering out and back
from reveille they can now return to
bed until 6:55 and then with a whoop
and a holler are off for the mess hall
and another morning of utter con-
fusion in the orderly room.
Sea Breezes From
3rd Fighter Comd.
Today it's passing out plaudits. First
to the staff of the new Drew Field
Echoes for the fine paper that com-
menced last Friday, and then to our
contemporary, S/Sgt. Harry Lampert,
for his brainchild, "Droopy," who
celebrates his first birthday with this
issues. Congrats to Benny Grossman
whose wife presented him with a baby
boy last Sunday.
At last Thursday's ball game with
the MacDill III Bomber Command
team, Hal Palumbo kept razzing the
Bomber's second baseman. After the
game was over, Hal learned that the
second sacker was a pilot, a major,
and had participated in several bomb-
ing sorties in foreign theaters. (Hal's
Another blushing guy, and not from
sunburn, is S/Sgt. Earl Duncan. B-l's
barracks chief, Phil Burke, was con-
ducing Maj. Coughlan on the daily
inspection. At the foot of the stairs,
Phil shouted the customary "Atten-
tion." Not to be outdone, Dune, who
was putting the finishing touches to
his room, called out with his classical
"Who said that?"
Birthday greetings to Joe Corry,
who celebrated with a cake from
home, and to Lou Chappell, whose
day was Aug. 11.
Here and There
Rumor has it that A-4 is designing
a suitable ribbon for our "Lost Bat-
talion" stranded at the Annex....
George Pierce, PX No. 1 manager,
finds that most of the 3FC boys are
still loyal to "our" old PX.
They may be relics of the past, but
George Salmon's Auburn and Odell
Alcorn's Cadillac still perk to work.
Warning to all carpenter shop
visitors: Resch and Myers have the
squirrel's cage wired to give a shock-
Oke sets record-hasn't been to
town since April 28. .Hoffmeister
found out the hard way that the
chairs at Hq. are really collapsible.
Rarus and Castetter have a daily
squabble when "Hargroves" tries to
get supplies for A-3. Thanks to
Maj. Coughlan and Capt. Goodwin for
working out the arrangements on
transportation between the orderly
room and Hq. Day does all right
driving the jeep and trailer.
Sitarz, Davis, Whobrey, et al, are
getting us into physical shape with
a maximum of bone creaking.
Reeves deserves the Distinguished
Clean Up medal for his one-man GI
party in Upper B-3 the other eve-
ning. Al Schwab, just re-
turned from furlough, is mooning
for his next furlough. Lack of time
kept him from seeing his "one and
only" back home.
Add Ed Knippers' name to the Hall
of Fame for voluntarily peeling pota-
toes and KP at home the other night.
"Moon" Mullins and "Blackie"
Staiger have their nightly midnight
gab sessions before either starts
pounding the pillow.
Cpl. Clayton Spinning, Omak,
Washington's gift to the army, just
returned from furlough, and secretly
divulged to the boys in his section
that he became engaged and plans to
get married on his next trip home.
627th Taken by 624th 503D NON-COMS
Confess Defeat; Declare
Superiority at Mah Jong RATE BIG HAND
By Sgt. JAMES E. HANNON
Once the time was when dusk fell
over the swamps of Drew, a goodly
portion of the 627th lads could be
seen strolling toward the WAC area.
But, alas and alack, khaki-clad ro-
mance has fallen upon evil days.
There just ain't no love no more. So
reports Sgt. Ed. Godlewski, our head
man in the local love dept. Pfc "Mac"
McMillan blames the sad state of
affairs on the mosquitoes. Pfc Rizzo
suggests candles and citronella. Sounds
Now that S/Sgt. Klemz is back
from California, S/Sgt. Lazorick and
T/Sgt. "Okay" Karhu will resume
their interrupted avocation of inspect-
ing the local bistros for fire hazards.
A trio of nostalgic firemen.
Cpl. Stanley Le Boy, currently
cavorting 3rd from the left on the
K. P. line, is seriously considering
making the kitchen a career. An
impressive figure is Falstaffian Cpl.
Farganis, who likes playing host
in the mess hall, standing at the
end of the chow line, dispensing a
cherry greeting to each tired G. I.
He'll set you at a ringside table, too,
if you come early.
Nightly pic: As the five o'clock
whistle blows, S/Sgt. Barnes mounts
his trusty bicycle, and with true mili-
tary bearing stiffly pedals out thru
the gate en route to town. Our Mr.
Our busy little chemical warfare
dept. has been raising a rather large
stink about the area of late. And
now that the hard-working Cpl Cor-
cione has an assistant, Monday is
plague day. A job for sadists.
Briefs: Was worth ten dollars to
see S/Sgt. "Big George" Hammond, in
climbing irons, attempting to dig his
way up a telephone pole... Sgt. Ri-
cart, another recent matrimonial
adventurer, still in a star dust and
moonglow daze... Sgts. Jahn and King
still having a heluva gay time over
in the hospital. Which comes under
the heading of nice work, if you
can get it... It's now Captain Carl
R. Alfred, thank you...Lt. Charles
Tomasino, new communications of-
ficer, enjoying the squadron day-off
on the beach at Clearwater with all
Purple Crepe: Is our sad duty to
publish the fact that we were taken
by the 624th in the final game of
the soft-ball tournament. Score was
three and zero. The enemy's pitcher
was too much for us. Ah well, we
know we can beat them at Mah Jong.
More Stripes, More
Cigars at 624th
The squadron stuck its chest out a
bit farther last week when its Com-
manding Officer was elevated to Cap-
taincy. Heartiest congratulations are
extended to Capt. Paul R. Wignall by
all personnel. No outfit ever had a
better leader, and a finer man.
The following named enlisted men
passed out cigars when they added
another stripe: S/Sgt. John E Beall,
Gassoway, West Va.; S/Sgt. Palmer
S. Brenden of Pamona, Calif.;
S/Sgt. George Guillot, Good Hope,
La.; S/Sgt. John P. Hartnett, Johns-
town, Pa.; Sgt. Walter J. Arbac-
zawski of Freehold, N. J.; Sgt. Ray-
mond Chizek, Whitelow, Wis.; Sgt.
Bruce Comer, Conway, N. H.; Sgt.
Lyle Fuller, of Manzanita, Ore.; Sgt.
Edmund C. Mathe, Highland Park,
Ill.; Cpl. Clarence B. Cameron,
Middletown, Conn.; Cpl. Frank So-
dano, S. Langhorne, Pa., and Cpl.
George W. Carter, Wichita, Kan.
Want to know how to enjoy a fur-
lough? Talk to Sgt. Gelband who on
a l5-day jaunt visited New York city,
Buffalo, Niagara Falls and San Fran-
cisco. While you are about it, ask
him to show you those pictures. He
really has something there.
What's happening to S/Sgt. Mc-
Coy? We almost passed out when the
"Texas Kid" very blandly announced
that he was thinking of changing
his marital status.
If you care for good music, stop
by the mechanics' barracks and
listen to Cpl. Capone play that ac-
cordion. While you are there ask
M/St. R. L. Smith to tell you one
of his stories. You may not believe
what he has to say, but it will be
S/Sgt. Reidy of New York City, is
a firm believer in the fact, that in
order to have prosperity, you must
circulate your money. He and our
hammer-slinger, "Happy" Erv Neuen-
dorf, really do a good job of spread-
ing their money, and quickly.
The 624th Softball team just keeps
rolling along. With the addition to
our outfit of Pvt. Robert Krueger, we
are unbeatable. In two straight games
Krueger shot out the opposition while
his teammates blasted the apple all
over the lot.
FOR GOOD WORK
By SGT. AL FELD
Well-deserved promotions are be-
ginning to trickle through at last to
some of the officers in this Regiment.
We all wish to extend best wishes to
Capt. Howard J. Johnson, the CO of
the Medics, and Chaplain Otho L.
Sullivan on their acquisition of that
extra bar. Congratulations also are
in order for Lt. Albert L. Cassak, our
hard-working adjutant, Lt. Nate Brad-
lin, popular CO of Headquarters &
Headquarters Co., and Lt. Harold
Levy, new CO of Headquarters Com-
pany, Reporting Bn., for those bright
The other evening a group of us
were working at Regimental Head-
quarters finishing up some of the
daily chores. For, in the event you
did not know it before, we of the
"Chair-Borne Command" do put in a
few nights now and then in order to
get you men paid. There we were,
putting in our time and a half, when
suddenly the rasping cry of a crow
broke the stillness of the evening. In
a few seconds, answering crow cries
filled the Headquarters, and without
further ado, a happy warrior burst
into the room.
T/4 Harvey L. Hilliard Jr., the
human machine gun was back in
tow from his furlough. For those
of you who wish to spend a pleas-
ant sixteen hours listening to droll
tales about the female sex, please
page T/4 Hilliard.
On Hilliard's heels, a few minutes
later came our Regimental Sergeant
Major, T/Sgt. Riley J. Byrne. The
usually quiet, solemn-faced Sgt. Byrne
came in with a smile from ear to
ear, looking the very picture of a man
who had enjoyed himself thoroughly.
Glad to see you both back, men.
How about meeting some of the
other boys who work at Regimental
Headquarters? S/Sgt. Meyers,
Personnel Sergeant Major, is that
short, busy little chap who is usually
seen hurrying in or out of the Ad-
jutant's office. If you wish to see
him on business get in step with him,
as he walks to or from the door and
get his responses in staccato-like
fashion. He's got a big job and does
Over in message center is T/4
Harry "Cold Deck" Johnson, who
handles distribution for the Regi-
ment. Those sun glasses that he
is wearing these days are for an eye
ailment and not for purposes of
notoriety. From some of the hair-
raising stories that this Hoosier lad
tells, one might easily understand
the need for the glasses. He is ably
assisted by T/5 Hyman Hirschborn,
the agreeable little clerk who is most
loved because he brings our mail
(and most abused if he doesn't).
In charge of payrolls is inscrutable
S/Sgt. John A. Tio who at the mo-
ment is on furlough. He is one of
the main reasons why our men get
paid promptly. Along with Tio is
that roly-poly, effervescent, irrepres-
sible, unpredictable S/Sgt. Irving Ros-
enthal who supplies the Headquarters
with a daily stream of Berle-like
humor "fresh" from the Great White
Then there is T/Sgt. Clyde Louis
Binkley, in the officers' pay section,
who is doing an excellent job in keep-
ing our officers' records in order.
Occasionally, he brings his pretty
young wife back to the field at night
to watch him while he works. Strange-
ly enough, Headquarters becomes
quite popular during these visits.
Also in this section is T/5 Robert
Murphy, the shuffling' Irish lad from
out Michigan way. "Murph" is satis-
fied to stay in camp these nights
since his girl went home. We might
add that the strain is also off us,
since we never did know what night
he might return to camp with the
news that he had deserted the thin-
ning ranks of bachelorhood.
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deserting the cause for which she had
enlisted. This was her war, too. Her
boy friends, and her brothers, couldn't
go home; why should she?
.... The newly-inducted soldiers
took a deep breath as Captain Dole
finished. They had taken the step
.. and, come what may, "over here",
or "over there", they would be "be-
'hind the men, behind the guns" until
Victory and six months there-
after. Lt. Ward watched happily as
Colonel Melvin B. Asp congratulated
those Drew women who had chosen
to remain at their posts.
As the 69th Army Airforce Band
burst into the National Anthem, each
hand snapped proudly in salute. Then,
at the command of Lt. Ward, the
company marched smartly away, fol-
lowed by the band, playing jubilantly,
"You're In The Army Now." Soldiers
in skirts and the Army to claim
them as such!
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Drew Field Units Collect
$20,000 In PX Dividends
Covers Three Mos Nw Emblem S-h-h! Those Guys at
Covers Three months The Registrar's Office
Ending June Thirtieth For 84th B. G. Have the Inside Dope!
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Money spent at your PX is money
invested in your own organization.
Captain Donald S. Evans, Post Ex-
change Officer at Drew Field, an-
nounced this week that $20,000 worth
of dividends were to be distributed
among Drew Field units.
These dividend checks, which will
be mailed to all of those organizations
which have been a part of Drew
Field between March 31, 1943 and
June 30th, 1943, whether those units
are still stationed at Drew Field or
The amount of money which is sent
to each organization fund in this way
will be based upon the actual num-
ber of man-days at Drew recorded by
each organization during that period.
It pays to do your shopping on
Drew Field. Your PX's, which manage
to supply almost every necessity which
you might wish to purchase, have
expanded to meet the needs of an
ever-enlarging field. At all times, the
prices on every item sold within the
exchange are far below the usual re-
tail rate and still the profit made
by the PX comes back to you!
Wanted: Notes On
Technique at 746
Lts. John H. Pearson and Thomas
Wingfield, attached to the 746th
Signal AW Company will be gone
several weeks on site training with
the 5th Tng Bn, Company B. The
boys will be interested in hearing their
stories when they return to get a
"line" on what to expect when they
go on operational training.
Cpl. Eugene Rodi has the boys
guessing about the nightly trips into
Tampa. We don't think he is lucky
enough to have a different girl every
night, and yet, we can't understand
how he can settle down to just one
girl. We would like to know more
about his technique, so anyone who
has an information on this subject,
Cpl. Richard E. Schroeder just re-
turned from a furlough visiting his
folks in LaPorte, Indiana. While
home Cpl. Schroeder had to associate
with a Sergeant constantly, although
he says it wasn't bad at all and he
never had to worry about getting up
early or obeying "orders." The "Sgt."
referred to is Dick's father who is
Sergeant on the local police force.
For the past several weeks, 2nd Lt.
George C. Edwards doesn't know if
he's coming or going. As Company
Supply Officer in a newly activated
Company he has had his hands full
getting a complete line of supplies in
the Supply Room. If you have any
doubts, ask Lt. Edwards about his
headaches. Besides the big "sweat"
on his regular company work, he ap-
peared before the Officer's Promo-
tional Board the past week! We know
he can come through on the Supply
job, and are pulling that he passes
the Board and sprouts new bars before
CPL. MAURICE NICHTER
746th Sig. AW Co.
Hunted Nazi Flier
CANADIAN and American authori-
ties have dragnets out for Hans
Peter Krug, 23, Nazi aviator who
has escaped for the second time
from a prison camp in Ontario.
After his first escape he made his
way to San Antonio, Tex., before
he was captured. (International)
Resplendent in its war paint of blue
and gold, the symbolic blazon of the
84th Bombardment Group hangs from
its new mount in front of Group
Shield-like in dc-
sign, with a blue
background, ir haz
in the upper left
hand corner a lim-
sight, in the center
a flashing streak of
fiery lightning, a.nd
in the lower Iht
a dropping iiaeril
The Latin motto-.. ...
shield is CUSSUIVI PERFICIO (I ac-
complish my course). Its colors, ultra-
marine blue and golden orange, are
the colors of the Army Air Forces.
The ensemble of the shield is sym-
bolic of the bombardment functions;
the falling bomb pointed at the earth
is carried by wings representative of
the ability to carry bombs to all parts
of the world, the lightning flash de-
notes the speed by which allotted mis-
sions are accomplished.
The new wooden model of the shield
was painted by Sgt. Perry, 303d Bomb
Lt. Col. Paul A. Zartman, Com-
manding Officer of the 84th Bom-
bardment Group, who selected the
blazon from a number submitted in
the contest, stated, "Due to the
scarcity of metals, there will be no
attempt to secure hat insignias for
the members of the group, at this
time. We will have to content our-
selves with knowing that at last we
have a Group blazon, typical of the
living Bombardment Group we are all
HERE 'TIS one more week closer to
Victory, 'n' you Drew Field dog-faces
now have soldier-sisters, thanx to our
recent induction into the Women's
Army Corps. Straight and staunch we
stood, muttering our pledge to Uncle
Samuel, feeling darn proud to really
belong to this man's (and gal's) Army,
serving with the mosquito-fighters at
BUT THERE'S A CHANCE our
recent switch from "soldier" to sol-
dier may be a bit confining to some
of the gals who, thus far, have
found it possible to retain many of
their so-feminine traits. Well we
recall a certain Major who, upon
remarking that he never had pho-
tographs taken because he wasn't
handsome, was quite pleasantly
startled when Afc Dorothy Nordeen,
with gallant seriousness, replied,
"But, Major, you have beautiful
eyes!" Which probably put her
down on record as the only Private
who had ever made that little speech
to a Major!
SAD WE WERE last week when we
bid goodbye to Auxiliary Beverly Lieb-
erman whose special brand of radio-
technician training warranted a trans-
fer to Colorado Springs, Colorado,
where she will join the new W4C
company of our beloved ex-C. O., Lt.
Small. Said the beauteous Leiberman,
when she left, "And here I asked to
be closer to New York! !" Ah well,
Beverly, this is a fine time to see
beauty-spots of America, anyway.
WE ONLY HEARD, but it seems to
be a pretty well-founded L. R. .
We're speaking of the certain WAC
who won't admit it, but rumor has it
that her three-day pass not far back
resulted in tolling bells and wedding
cake. Of course, though, she says it's
not true. But oh, how she smiles
as she denies it!
SEEMS AS IF all of the ugly ru-
mors concerning soldier-girls haven't
worn themselves out yet. Every once
in awhile, we hear one that sets us
for a loop, 'cuz there seem to be
gossips among the guys who think
the WACs at Drew aren't just as
nice as their sisters and sweethearts
back home. Come now, kids, you're
not ones to be taken in by a lot of
nasty rumors, designed to stop re-
cruiting, and to keep you from get-
ting that gun into your hands, are
you? Besides, have you ever
seen us act like anything other than
ladies? We thought not. Now, think
before you start to tell a good one!
By M/SGT. ROBERT L. RUSSELL
You may know nothing about the
Registrar's Office at the Station Hos-
pital, but if you've ever been sick at
Drew Field Lt. Arnold W. Fieber and
his busy staff know practically every-
thing about you.
The Registrar's Office is the medical
records department of the hospital
and its records include everything
from minor attacks of pharyngitis to
complicated cases ending in medical
discharges or deaths.
Foremost in the imposing list of
reports going regularly from the Reg-
istrar's Office to higher headquarters
The Weekly Statistical Report which
includes the number of sick and
wounded, the bed status of the hos-
pital, the first occurence, increase
and flow of the more important com-
municable diseases and the status of
personnel at the station.
The Monthly Consolidated Venereal
Disease Report for the entire field.
The Monthly Report of Sick and
Wounded, which includes report cards
on all patients who are discharged
from the station hospital during the
Each patient who enters the hos-
pital has a medical chart which is
started in the Admitting Office by
insertion of his name, rank, serial
number, organization, nativity, the
address of his nearest relative and
other pertinent information. This is
all on the first page and a carbon
copy is sent immediately to the Regis-
trar for his "current file." The rest
of the charts are then completed and
also go to the Registrar for cross-
Line of Duty disposition letters are
another major job for the Registrar's
staff. These slips are written for each
patient discharged from the hospital
for the day. The letter is sent through
the surgeon of the dispensary which
takes care of the medical treatment
of the organization to which the man
belongs to the organization com-
In each case of serious illness, the
patient's nearest relative is kept in-
formed of his condition. This is also
a function of the Registrar, and his
staff keeps a complete file on all
such patients. When a man is placed
on this list the Registrar also in-
forms the patient's commanding of-
A cross-index file is kept in this
office on all diseases, injuries and
locations of each patient. Each disease
and each injury has a card which is
cross-indexed, too, upon completion
of the case. This gives such infor-
mation as, for example, how many
pneumonia cases have been hospital-
It is also up to Lt. Pieber and his
staff to initiate transfer papers for
patients going from Drew to other
hospitals. In fact, all correspondence
concerning patients is answered
through this office.
The Registrar also initiates requests
for line of duty status in injury cases
and investigations are started from
In addition to other records, the
Registrar's Office, keeps a record of
deaths of Drew Field personnel.
Now that you know the workings,
at least in part, of the Registrar's
Office, meet the Registrar himself:
Lt. Arnold W. Fieber, a native of
the windy city of Chicago, was born
13 May 1917. He attended public
school in Chicago and went on to
Lane Technical High school there.
He went to work for the First Na-
tional Bank of Chicago in 1935 and
stayed with that institution until he
was drafted 4 April 1941. While em-
ployed there he attended the evening
school of the American Institute of
Banking where he received a cer-
tificate of completion of a banking
Lt. Fieber spent his first three
months in the army at Camp Grant
near Rockford, Ill. He went to clerical
school there, graduating in July 1941.
He was transferred shortly thereafter
to the Station Hospital, Advanced
Flying School, Stockton, Calif.
In December 1941 he was trans-
ferred with a cadre to open the new
station hospital at Basic Flying School,
Merced, Calif. There he became ser-
geant major of the hospital.
In May 1942 Lt. Fieber went to
the Medical Administrative Corps Of-
ficer Candidate School at Carlisle
Barracks, Pa. Receiving his comis-
sion 25 August 1942, he was sent
to the Station Hospital, AAFTTC,
in the Stevens Hotel, back in his
However, the slender, young of-
ficer's stay in Chicago was limited
and on 28 October 1942 he came to
Drew Field to assume his present job.
He was promoted to first lieutenant
9 July 1943.
302d Welcomes New Officers Move Up in
Commanding Officer 84th Bomb Group
By T. J. L.
The 302nd is happy to welcome
Capt. E. J. Chudoba to the squad-
ron as the new Commanding Of-
ficer. Capt. Chudoba has seen ac-
tion in the South Pacific and has
now returned to the States for a
rest. He is a quiet unassuming man
and if we can judge by his action of
the last week he is going to keep
this squadron on the ball.
Communications regrets the loss of
Lt. McGraw from that section as do
many others who knew him. He was
very well liked by all. T/Sgt. Slightem
received a long awaited, well earned
furlough to visit Madison, Wisconsin.
Cpl. D. J. Smith is also visiting Scran-
Lon, Penn. The section also received
five new switchboard operators.
SNAFO has been working overtime
in Ordnance of late. They have only
one S/Sgt. and no buck Sgts. S/Sgt.
E. Johnson was lucky enough to get
a plane ride to his home in Louisiana.
Cpl. Hill also caught a plane to his
home in Indiana.
Please don't bother S/Sgt. Wade
if you see him wandering around on
the line as though he were in a
dream because there isn't much you
could do for him. He is getting mar-
ried soon, doesn't that explain it?
Any one seeing M/Sgt. Webb will
please not become impatient at his
fish stories. He means well. You see
he has just returned from a fifteen
day fishing trip to Angola, Indiana,
his home town.
Our guess is there was a hot time
on the train to St. Louis, Mo., last
week as three men from our squadron
were on it. Cpl. Sheets of Engineer-
ing; Cpl. Roper of Intelligence; and
Cpl. S. Wilson of Armament made up
the party. I wonder who was pulling
whose rank on who? Cpl. D. Maust
is visiting Canton, Ohio; Cpl. J. G.
Oravee to Cleveland, Ohio; Sgt. C.
Mallard to New York and Pfc. R.
Morrison way out to Seattle, Wash-
ington, all of Armament are on fif-
teen day furloughs.
Everyone is looking forward with
great ideas in mind to the party next
Saturday night. It's going to be a
good old beer bust with WACS and
Congratulations to Lt. Turner, who
moved his name plate into the office
of the Executive Officer; to Lt.
Suckenik, who in turn stepped be-
hind the wheel in the Adjutant's of-
fice; and to Lt. Ferrari, new Gp
Statistical Officer. (It's an amusing
sight to watch this ex-footballer
checking Stat Reports from the Squad-
rons; papers on top of papers, charts,
colored pencils, and a keen sense of
humor, are his working tools.)
That was indeed some parade
Saturday afternoon. It was almost
sensational, according to some of the
"line men" for the boys from HQs
were there en masse. Despite the row
of ambulances along the ramp, which
were reputedly filled with beer and
soft drinks, not one of the lads
dropped out of ranks.
What with promotions and babies,
boys working in Gp HQs say they
never have to buy cigars anymore. The
non-smokers are planning a petition
to all officers pending promotions, and
little boys and girls, requestion that
"coke" coupons be issued to non-cigar
smokers, in lieu of the stogies.
All in hustle and bustle around
Group Operations, Material, and In-
telligence. The new buildings up the
line are ready for occupation, and
moving day is just around the cor-
ner. "H" hour is unknown, but
'tain't far away, so Pvt. Porter, In-
telligence, is busy packing away
maps and model planes; Sgt. Mc-
Nweley, Operations, is gathering up
flying reports and charts and stuff-
ing them into envelopes; and S/Sgt.
Large, Material, is trying to get
everything well packed, so that
when he unpacks he will know just
where everything is. Ten-to-one that
it doesn't work out that way Sarge!
There are still those fellows sweat-
ing out furloughs in Gp HQs. Still
others wish they were sweating out
furloughs, and still more have gone
through the period of waiting, and
with bags packed, are just waiting for
By Pvt. GEORGE OSCHMAN
Here's a plug for the battalion Hq's
runners-Conducting messages and re-
port sheets throughout the battalion,
these guys deserve a memo. Pfc.
Orvis Sullivan (2nd Rept.), head
runner, gives us the lowdown by say-
ing "It's great to get an assignment
that takes us past the PX!" Pvt.
Frank Madeja (Hq's CO) and Pvts.
Fred Stevens and Ray Vanceiker (2nd
Rept.) round out the staff.
Among the recent insurance forms
that Pvt. Geo. Anderson (2nd Rept.)
has turned in on his bond and in-
surance selling tour throughout the
battalion was a full $10,000 policy!
Nice work George! Pvt. Richard
Gardner (discharge section of Bn
Hq's) was seen sorting mail of the
fellows who have gone back to in-
dustry-reminds us of the time when
"Richie" was "the" mail clerk of
722nd Sig. Aw. Co.
Will someone in Bn Hq's suggest
a remedy for Sgt. Maj. J. McNulty's
cold? The gang is wondering just
where he got that cold. Could
have been St. Petersburg's perox-
T/5 Don Troutman (Hq's Co.)
promises us some material for our
Bn. paper, "Pips and Hit's" He gave
us some dandies a week or so ago!
. Sgt. O. Stowe (shipping and
receiving) has a distinguished method
of "peck and punch" typing!
Pvt. Kessler (3rd Rept.)-"errorless"
typist! Can that actually be a truth?"
Pvt. L. Motkoski (post office
coke man now promotion from
mimeograph operator) is goingn g-
going-and by today may be gone"
back to civilian life.
T/5 "Mike" Fiorentino (shipping
and receiving clerk in 3rd Rept.), ace
"musical" spoon player, is appearing
in the Tampa USO and Christian
Center entertainments. Great stuff
fella-see you at the C. C. tonite!
T/5 Guffreida and T/5 Finni,
orderly room boys, have quite a set-
up in the 2nd Rept. Co. with their '35
Ford. Just where did Guffreida get
all the lipstick on his shirt?
What's New In "552"
"-'L'wv- r. u E.CHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1943
DREW FIELD ECHOES
Official Publication Drew Field
P. O. Address: Drew Field, Tampa, Fla.
Friday, August 13, 1943
COLONEL MELVIN B. ASP
Air Base Area Commander
DREW FIELD ECHOES is a Post Exchange Activity, pub-
lished each Friday in the interest of the officers and enlisted
men of Drew Field.
Authority Sec. II, W. D. Circular 55, 1943, under the super-
vision of Special Service Officer in accordance with W. D.
Memo. No. W210-6-42, dated September 7, 1942, Subject:
Publication of Post, Camp and Unit Newspapers.
Major Chester K. Delano, Base Special Service Officer
Lt. Joseph H. McGinty, Editor
The office of DREW FIELD ECHOES is located in Special
Services Building on 8th Street between "A" and "B" Avenues.
Building No. 14B-03. Telephone, extension 287.
Photos by Base Photo Lab.
Printed by The Tribune Press, Inc., Tampa, Fla.
VOLUME 2-NUMBER 23
ON GETTING LOST
The current musical hit "Let's Get Lost"
may suggest unlimited possibilities to the
romantically inclined but to the pilot it offers
It takes more than a "classified want ad"
to locate a pilot who has strayed from his
course. The wise pilot knows that the best
thing to do about getting lost is to keep from
getting lost in the first place.
This safe advice is a little late for the nov-
ice hunting a familiar landmark or groping
his way through a weather front. But late
or not, it should be .considered by the pilot
right now before he leaves the ground.
Careful and meticulous planning of each
flight is the best preventative for getting lost.
If, despite careful planning, you still get
lost, the first rule is to "Keep Your Head."
Piece together all you know about the weath-
er, terrain and path of your flight. Make the
best plan of action based on this logic and
then stick to it.
There are three simple rules with regard
to getting lost. They are:
1. Plan, plan, plan.
2. Keep your head.
3. Plan some more.
A film on the general subject of safe-
guarding military information was shown at
Theatre No. 1 for the purpose of security ed-
ucation for civilian employees. On return-
ing to work after attending the showing of
the film, a colored employee of Post Engineer
was asked by his Foreman, "Sam, what did
you see at the Picture Show?"
Sam failed to answer.
Again the Foreman inquired, "I said, Sam,
what did you see at the Picture Show this
The colored man finally replied, "Boss,
they said 'don't talk'."
The secret of Dinah Shore's unchallenged
title of AEF Blues Singer Np. 1 is that Dinah
loves the soldiers as much as the soldiers love
Dinah. The U. S. army has fallen en masse
for Dinah like a load of bombs over Germany.
It's true that she is the only singer, mas-
culine or feminine, so popular with the Yanks
that the Army gives her a weekly solo spot
on their shortwave broadcasts to the AEF
. .but the feeling is mutual. She is prob-
ably also the only singer, masculine or fem-
inine, who ever stopped her car in the desert
to sing to a lone sentry because he had
missed the show at camp.
"Hi ya soldier! My name's Dinah. What's
yours?" is her usual greeting. And she re-
portedly likes the privates best of all. But
privates or generals, front-line Yanks from
northern Ireland to New Caledonia feel about
Dinah Shore pretty much the way doughboys
of 1917 felt about Elsie Janis. Miss Janis her-
self calls Dinah today's Sweetheart of the
AEF. So does the AEF.
Her AEF standing is no matter of guess-
work. Entertainers for the army shortwave
program, command performance, are select-
ed strictly on the basis of mail requests. In
the early months Dinah was summoned to
the microphone nine times, many a chorus
ahead of other singers. Dinah leads all oth-
ers on GI live, a phonograph record broad-
cast conducted by Yank, the Army magazine.
She has been proclaimed Queen of Man-
hattan's Seventh regiment and she is the
sweetheart of army camps all over the coun-
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
I thought that something was going to happen to
the poor guys here on the base so that we could get
around a little better. The bus system on the field is
working out fine, but it seems to me that if a few of
the GI vehicles that fly around could just stop and
pick some of the men up once in a while, a lot of
time, and a lot of shoe leather would be saved.
Can't something be done? Can't someone just ask
the drivers to stop and give a buddy a lift? It doesn't
take much time, and the effort is so little. There are
a few signs around the base saying "Give a soldier a
lift," why can't some of the drivers read them?
Very Truly Yours,
PVT. R. C. DOLPH.
Hey, what gives on the beautiful golf course we have
here on the 'base? A couple of fellows were out walking
up that way the other day, and it seems that with
little work, and a few strings pulled in the right direc-
tion we ought to be able to get the use of it for some
of the men so inclined. Of course it's just a thought,
but I hope that someone reads this who might be able
to give an answer. V. T. Y.
Dear Mr. Editor:
Before my number came up, I had a funny idea
that fellows in the Service were lonesome, unhappy
critters who never had a nickel to their name. I be-
lieved everything I heard about civilians being un-
interested in the morale of their Army, and I didn't
know that an Army camp might worry about what a
man might do with his leisure time.
But, since I've been in the Service, and, especially,
since I hit Drew, I've had a whale of a good time .. .
and it hasn't cost me a fortune, either! When I get
thirsty, there's beer at the PX and never a cover
charge! If I have a yen to see a movie, there's always
a late feature within walking distance and it
doesn't dent my budget when I buy my ticket. If I
want to see a stage show, there's always something
worth seeing at Rec Hall No. 1. When I'm in a dancing
mood, the Service Club is there to supply the girls and
A late pass and a dime takes me into Tampa, and
from then on, I just hit out for the USO, or one of
those organizations under the Defense Recreation Com-
mittee. They always offer a variety of good plans for
the evening, and I'm still able to send most of that
fifty home every month.
As long as people in and out of the Service are so
anxious to see that I have a good time brother,
I'm not kicking! I'm just saying "Thanks a lot"!
PFC. JOHN W. McGINNIS.
In a spirit of wistful reproach I enter your Inner
Sanctum by letter to ask: Is the present WAC area
bus system here on a more or less permanent arrange-
ment? If so, please, will the schedule remain the same
for approximately a week, so that I may become some-
what more accustomed ere yet another drastic change
is made. Dear, Dear Editor, I have heaved deep, heart-
shattering sighs of sorrow and am fast becoming bitter,
cynical and disillusioned as regards the WAC area bus
schedule! The atmosphere becomes more clouded daily,
when, after a hard day slaving over a hot desk, brewing
and stewing AR's and service records, etc., I approach
the corner near Base Headquarters at a brisk canter
and view the bus I so perfectly timed fading into the
florid Florida sunset! This situation is guaranteed to
make my sister WAC's and myself very unhappy.
Please plead with the Transportation Office to
reward the hopeful Pandoras of the 756th WAC Post
Headquarters with the inestimable boon of prompt,
T/5 ERMINTRUDE THROCKMORTON
To: Editor, Drew Field Echoes:
This week's "ad-less" Echo is a "peach" and com-
pliments are in order.
Your attention is invited, though, to pages 6 and 7
and caption thereof.
We don't like "bull" with our peaches.
a. The $2.04.
b. We've had too much "bull" already.
c. The soldier only pays one-way transportation to
Clearwater and to the beach. Does he ever come back?
d. He eats one meal from Saturday night to Sunday
night and that of a "coke" and hot dogs. He wins
the toss and doesn't have to pay. Did he live on love
in lieu of the other meals or did he always "out-toss"
everyone else? Heaven help him if he lost ONE toss to
that foursome at meal time!
e. Gambling is encouraged by antics mentioned in
f. Did enlisted man attend the dance and buy no
drinks? Cheap skate!
g. Did enlisted man go fishing on said boat and pay
nothing? Or did the girls own the boat? And if so .
what do you do without girls?
Strict adherence to logic shall be appreciated by
all we "Droops of Drew" when presenting similar tours.
It is requested that you keep your pores open and
don't get high blood pressure. The rest of "rag" was
CORP. H. E. SHAFFER.
Naturally, Corporal McLaughlin kept his head in
the game. The facts:
Bus to Clearwater .................... $0.55
Two Cokes .................... .10
Saturday Night Lodging ............... .50
Bus to and From Beach Sunday ......... .20
"The Spa" ................... .14
Return By Bus to Drew ................ .55
A round-trip bus ticket would have saved him 11
Corporal McLaughlin ate Saturday evening chow on
the field. Breakfast Sunday morning was on the land-
lady. A "boyish smile" did it. Two cokes are the
usual service man's quota at a Clearwater dance. As
for girls, America's finest entertain Drew Field men
at the Clearwater Soldiers' Lounge. Granted luck was
with Corporal McLaughlin, plenty of soldiers will do
better at Clearwater this week-end on less.
High Spot of Week's
Monday, Aug. 16
"Semirimide Overture" (Rossini);
"Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" (Liszt);
"Invitation to Waltz" (Weber); "La
Traviata Prelude" (Verde); "Blue
Danube Waltz" (Strauss).
Tuesday, Aug. 17
"All Gershwin Program including
An American In Paris"; Sels from
"Oh Kay"; "Cuban Overture"; Sels
from "Porgy and Bess"; and "Rhap-
sody In Blue".
Wednesday, Aug. 18
All Tschaikowsky Program-"1812
Overture"; "Romeo and Juliet Suite";
"Fifth Symphony" (second move-
ment); "Concerto Number One"
Thursday, Aug. 19
"Merry Wives of Windsor Overture"
(Nicolai); "Bolero" (Ravel); "Show-
boat Scenario for Orchestra" (Kern).
Friday, Aug. 20
"Las Gassa Ladra Overture" (Ros-
sini); "Capriccio for Piano and
Orchestra" (Stravinsky); "Fantasia on
Beethoven's Ruins of Athens" (Liszt);
"Seigfreid's Rhine Journey" (Wagner).
The entire program was arranged
and records were furnished by Mr.
H. E. Schaden, of The Tampa Tribune.
IN III F C TOLD
Promotions of noncommissioned of-
ficers of Hq. and Hq. Sq., III Fighter
Command, were announced on Thurs-
day, Aug. 5. These promotions were
retroactive to Aug. 1.
Joseph F. Driscoll, Sgt. Major of
Hq. A-i, led the list with a promo-
tion to technical sergeant.
Staff sergeant promotions in-
cluded George Hatzfeld, jr., Mal-
colm D. Holden, Harry "Droopy"
Lampert, Arthur H. Riddick, jr.,
and John G. Wilson.
Promoted to sergeant were Donice
W. Alverson, Hugh E. Andes, George
N. Betts, Joseph M. Corry, Donald
H. Daugherty, Benjamin W. Durham,
William F. Gephart, Florenz G. Giel,
Frank Guercio, John Hrycewicz, Wil-
liam H. Kingsbury, George I. Lazenby,
Leonard J. Nixon, Jackson S. Page,
Frank G. Shields, James P. Smith
and Walter D. Woods.
Elevated from Pfc. to corporal were
Anthony P. Caprista, Raymond R.
Castner, Roy E. Castetter, Joseph J.
Co m e r f or d, Stanley Dubowski,
Franklin T. Jones, Carl A. Kehr,
Howard W. King, jr., Charles Levy,
Alfred R. Shaw, jr., John F. Sweeney,
and Frank R. Wochinske.
TO THE YANKS"
1. You know what it means to
refute an argument. What does
2. What do these three words re-
fer to: cattail, horsetail and swallow-
tail? (And I don't mean the tail of
a cat, the tail of a horse and the tail
of a swallow!)
3. If you were doing a lot of read-
ing, would it rest your eyes if you cov-
ered each one of them alternately and
read with only one eye at a time?
4. Is the average life of an airplane
engine longer or shorter than the av-
erage life of an automobile engine in
point of miles?
5. How many times is the word
"meat" used correctly in these three
expressions: the meat of a nut, the
meat of a story, the meat of an egg?
6. Is there a limit beyond which
nothing can get colder?
7. Can the sun shine directly on
your head anywhere in the United
STOP AND GO: GOD'S TRAFFIC
It is interesting to note that lights
are signals for the stopping and going
of vehicles in modern traffic, when
you are driving along, if you see a red
light, you stop; if you see a green
light, you go ahead.
No one else stops the car. You do it,
and you are guided by the law of the
lights. Most of the time, you observe
the lights unconsciously because you
know they are really a help in driving,
but sometimes you are tempted to
"go through" a red light. It is then
that you feel fear of being caught,
and you generally refrain from the
impulse, especially if you see a police
Now, on the highway of your life,
God has given you signals to stop,
and signals to go ahead. These are
His Commandments. Some of the
Commandments are "stop" signals.
"Don't do that!" they say to you.
Others are "go" signals. "Go ahead!"
"Keep moving!" "What are you
waiting for?" "Don't park here!"
they shout at you.
Read o ver these commandments
from time to time, and see how reason-
able they are. If you should ever be
tempted to break one, let the fear of
God cause you to resist the impulse.
Stop when they say stop; go when
they say go. They are God's rules on
the highway of life.
"If you love Me, keep My Com-
When the command "Fall in!" is
heard, everyone drops what he is
doing, and immediately steps into line.
There is no hesitation. You don't
"Wait a minute," or "I'm coming."
When a group gets together, and
men are enjoying their recreation as
real soldiers will, there sometimes
comes the sound of uncharitable
words, indecent conversation, or
worse. This is the moment when
God tells you, through your con-
science, "Fall in!" and you involun-
tarily say to yourself, "Break it up,
Other times when you will hear the
command of your conscience saying,
"Fall in!" are, for example, the time
for your daily prayers, and for Sun-
day Church call. Every child of God
has a good soldier's heart, and he
obeys punctiliously the commands of
"Not my will, but Thine be done."
RELIGIOUS SERVICES FOR THE
Sunday: 6:15 a. m., Chapels 2 and 4.
8:00 a. m., Chapel 2. 9:00 a. m., Chapel
2, Recreation Hall No. 2, and Theater
No. 3 11:30 a. m., Chapel 4. 6:30
p. m., Chapel 2.
Weekdays: 5:30 p. m., Chapel 4.
6:30 p. m., Chapel 2.
Sunday: 10:30 a. m., Chapels 1, 2,
3, 4 and 5. 7:30 p. m., Chapels 1, 4
Friday: 8:30 p. m., Chapel 3.
Saturday: 8:30 a. m., Chapel 3.
Wednesday: 7:15 p. m., Chapel 3.
Christian Science Services
Sunday: 9:15 a. m., Chapel 1.
8. Recently Lucille Le Sueur Fair-
banks Tone Terry adopted a son. Now
what is the movie name of this well
known movie star?
9. If you popped a pound of un-
popped popcorn, would you have a
pound of popcorn, more than a pound
of popcorn, or less than a pound of
10. Which of these islands is the
largest: Newfoundland, New Guinea
(Answers on Page Six)
"THAT FUNNY FEELING"
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DREW M LL LCHUL5hU rKIU i, -
Medals For 405th IstSig.AWTngBn Belly Laughs Heard
Gives History of
Bomb Gr. Marksmen Aims, Purposes At Radio Camp Show
This week marked the awarding of
378 qualifying marksmanship medals
to members of the 405th Bomb Group.
Expert medals were earned by
Sgt. Carlos O. Beasley, 624th Bomb
Squadron; 1st Lt. Lewis W. Jones,
624th Bomb Squadron; Sgt. Cecil
Magouyrk, 626th Bomb Squadron.
In the sharpshooter class are the
following 10: Maj. Fred G. Hook, Lt.
Charles R. Bocks, Lt. James P. Roose,
Lt. Paul P. Quinen, T-Sgt. John H.
Hite, Sgt. James R. Ragsdale, Sgt.
Tom Asbury, S-Sgt. Henry L. Jones,
S-Sgt. Warren P. Senteney, Pvt.
The following 365 qualified as
marksmanship: Headquartersc Major
Earle R. Thomas, Major Edward A.
Heffner, Captain Edgar J. Loftus,
Captain Thomas J. James, III, Cap-
tain Hollis S. Palmer, Lt. Harry S.
Greathouse, Lt. Harold Garrett, Lt.
Dallas R. Baker, Lt. Forest B. Stith,
Lt. John P. Engedahl, Lt. Thurlow
M. Weed, WO Venus L. Duke, M-Sgt.
T. P. Rankin, M-Sgt. Amos B. Mus-
tin, M-Sgt. James S. McNeil, T-Sgt.
Russell M. Duff, T-Sgt. Donald J.
Harty, T-Sgt. Leonard M. Nickels,
T-Sgt. Wilbur E. Burke, S-Sgt. Harry
F. Schott, S-Sgt. Dennis Williams,
S-Sgt. Harold L. Johnson, S-Sgt.
Charles D. Whitford, S-Sgt. Leroy J.
Fream, Sgt. Daniel P. Flanigan, Cpl.
Malcolm A. Mencuccini, Cpl. Cun-
ningham P. Thomas, Cpl. Armando P.
Franquez, Cpl. Joseph L. Jenkins, Cpl.
Leonard E. Roberson.
624th Bomb Sq.: Capt. Paul R.
Wignall, Lt. John W. Abrant, Lt. Ed-
ward H. Beavers, Lt. Joseph D. Rose-
borough, Lt. Andrew T. Sundberg,
Captain William R. Wood, Lt. Henry
W. Rice. M-Sgt. Cecil L. Brown,
M-Sgt. Walter H. Davis, M-Sgt. Joseph
Gelband, M-Sgt. Walter T. Reynolds,
M-Sgt. Frank R. Rigby, M-Sgt. Rob-
ert L. Smith, M-Sgt. Theodore R.
Smith, T-Sgt. Mike Elizondo, T-Sgt.
Robert E. Faulkenberry, T-Sgt. James
A. Friend, T-Sgt. Fenton J. Grennan,
T-Sgt. James L. Moulder, S-Sgt. Rob-
ert R. Correll, S-Sgt. Edmond J. Dun-
can, S-Sgt. Walter P. Dursh, S-Sgt.
Ralph Gardner, S-Sgt. Howard N.
Grimm, S-Sgt. Leonard D. Gustafson,
S-Sgt. Robert Haas, S-Sgt. Roy A.
Handel, S-Sgt. James Helder, S-Sgt.
Charles H. Horrell, S-Sgt. Donald R.
Lafferty, S-Sgt. William E. Hanning,
S-Sgt. Kid McCoy, S-Sgt. Herschel M.
Motley, S-Sgt. Stanley J. Opatrny,
S-Sgt. Clyde G. Queen, S-Sgt. Herbert
E. Raines, S-Sgt. William J. Reidy,
S-Sgt. Edward J. Shehab, S-Sgt. Rob-
ert L. Stringham, S-Sgt. James L.
Tankersley, S-Sgt. George E. Wei-
land, S-Sgt. John E. Beall, S-Sgt.
Palmer S. Brenden, S-Sgt. John P.
Hartnett, S-Sgt. Ollie M. Vernon,
Sgt. Woodrow C. Angier, Sgt. Vincent
B. Corley, Sgt. Melvin T. Culler, Sgt.
Kenneth E. Dodge, Sgt. Orie M.
Fouts, Sgt. Seymour Glasser, Sgt.
Walter E. Harper, Sgt. John J. Harte,
Sgt. Burton Hendrickson, Sgt. William
Kaiser, Sgt. Freedman L. Mather, Sgt.
Oliver D. McIntyre, Sgt. Ervin D.
Neuendorf, Sgt. William M. Richa-
baugh, Sgt. Herbert Ross, Sgt. Bruce
Shoun, Sgt. William L. Smith, Sgt.
Walter H. Willey, Sgt. Walter J. Ar-
baczawski, Sgt. Wayne W. Bach, Sgt.
Raymond J. Chizek, Sgt. Lyle R.
Fuller, Sgt. Edmund C. Mathe, Cpl.
James L. Best, Cpl. Carver M. Carnes,
Cpl. Roy Gibson, Cpl. Marvin K.
Lausch, Cpl. Robert P. Moran, Cpl.
Burrel J. O'Brien, Cpl. John W. Perry,
Cpl. Robert L. Brodeur, Cpl. Kenneth
J. Dean, Cpl. George Lipman, Cpl.
Robert E. Mathews, Cpl. Marvin M.
Bright, Cpl. George M. Carter, Cpl.
David L. Phipps, Pvt. Frank R. Par-
625th Bomb Sq.: Capt. Glenn R.
Doughty, Capt. James D. Heller, Lt.
Robert A. Forte, Lt. Duane D. Int-
Hout, Lt. John E. Ray, Lt. Ernest J.
Whittle, jr., Lt. Robert E. Williams,
Lt. Lewis T. Hardcastle, Lt. Peter J.
Harings, Lt. Russell P. Whitener,
M-Sgt. Robert L. Pricks, M-Sgt.
George R. Hollis, M-Sgt. Buster A.
Hickle, M-Sgt. Guy L. Joy, M-Sgt.
Melvin L. Wilson, M-Sgt. Douglas M.
Diggles, T-Sgt. J. G. Allred, jr., T-Sgt.
Aaron H. Newborn, T-Sgt. Albert J.
Wilson, T-Sgt. Albert J. Yelverton, S.
Sgt. Harold D. Chase, S-Sgt. Vincent
C. Desch, S-Sgt. Frank O. D'Agestine,
S-Sgt. Walter C. Grasham, S-Sgt.
George L. Griffin, S-Sgt. Don Gunn,
S-Sgt. Ralph W. Hensick, S-Sgt. Ralph
E. Holt, S-Sgt. Donald E. Horacek,
S-Sgt. Merl C. Howard, S-Sgt. Jesse
Q. Howey, S-Sgt. Victor J. Tarrie,
S-Sgt. Lynn E. Trank, S-Sgt. Gerald
E. Hardman, S-Sgt. Joseph S. Howers,
Sgt. Emmett B. Gallops, Sgt. James
J. Hill, Sgt. Vincent B. Hunt, Sgt.
Boyd H. King, Sgt. Edward L. Klipfel,
Sgt. Kent C. Redmond, Sgt. Frank C.
Savage, Sgt. William R. Thomas, Sgt.
Virgil R. Thorne, Sgt. Lloyd C. Belair,
Sgt. George A. Bruens, Sgt. Charles
C. McKibben, Sgt. Waldo R. Nicker-
son, Sgt. Wilbert T. Patterson, Cpl.
George Cox, Cpl. Stephen Goyla, Cpl.
Walter C. Gossling, Cpl. Francis R.
Jones, Cpl. Jesse V. Kight, Cpl. Fer-
dinand Cefolia, Cpl. George W.
Dishaw, Cpl. Walter J. Miller, Cpl.
John S. Pavlik, Cpl. Michael H. Taylor,
Cpl. Stephen B. Wojtewicz, Cpl. Dale
M. Davis, Cpl. Rayburn Hollingsworth,
Cpl. David Miller, Pfc. Edward M.
Kwiatkowaki, Pfc. Harold R. Robin-
son, Pfc. Charles F. Schwei, Pfc.
Walter F. Wellenhaup, Sgt. Leslie
L. Bear, Sgt. Cletis B. Shoup.
626th Bomb Sq.: Capt. James G.
Roberts, Capt. William B. Wiener, Lt.
Raymond T. Donnelly, Lt. Joseph P.
Marr, Lt. Lester C. Mourer, Lt. An-
drew J. Hodges, Lt. Clarence E. Nelson,
Lt. Charles A. Phillips, Lt. Forrest E.
Ober, Lt. Walter P. Lepski, Lt. Glenn
S. Truesdell, Lt. John W. Chambers,
Cpl. Robert J. 'Anderson, Sgt. Roy
Behers, Sgt. Edward G. Brown, Cpl.
Lewis E. Brown, Cpl. James R. Cal-
houn, S-Sgt. Charles E. Carter, Sgt.
Ralph E. Cheever, S-Sgt. Barney C.
Cissielski, Sgt. Burton R. Clay, Cpl.
Frank M. Clegg, S-Sgt. George E.
Clutter, Cpl. Ervin G. Collins, Pvt.
Willis H. Cook, S-Sgt. Roy Cooley,
S-Sgt. Harold R. Eder, Pfc. Leo J.
Elias, Cpl. William H. Estes, T. Sgt.
Frederic Feuer, Pvt. Warren C.
Fischer, M-Sgt. Anthony N. Frank,
M-Sgt. Robert E. Garich, M-Sgt.
Nazeed J. George, Sgt. Francis E. Gil-
bert, Sgt. Alfred M. Glass, S-Sgt. Ray-
ford Harkness, S-Sgt. Alton B. Ha-
worth, S-Sgt. Ray R. Hewitt, Sgt.
Howard M. Higgins, S-Sgt.Robert W.
Hilgartner, S-Sgt. Robert R. Hindman,
Sgt. Herman C. Hoeck, S-Sgt. Hilbert
C. Hudson, S-Sgt. Beron V. Isakoolian,
S-Sgt. Oscar J. Jablonski, M-Sgt. Earl
T. Jones, S-Sgt. Samuel L. Kirschen-
baum, Sgt. Henry S. Kowalewski,
S-Sgt. Harry E. Lake, M-Sgt. Manuel
J. Macedo, T-Sgt. Robert W. Manning,
T-Sgt. Curtis A. Martin, M-Sgt.
Charles H. McDaniel, Cpl. Ralph C.
McDonnell, Sgt. John J. McIsaac,
Sgt. James P. McNulty, Sgt. Steve
Motsko, S-Sgt. Lee E. Peck, Sgt.
James D. Peters, S-Sgt. John J. Phil-
lips, Sgt. Stephen C. Poludnikiwics,
Cpl. Morris W. Rosier, Sgt. Nathan
W. Schmetter, Cpl. Henry Schuster,
Sgt. Norman W. Schwengel, Pvt.
Gorden T. Shaben, M-Sgt. George R.
Sibley, Cpl. Joseph A.. Thomas T-Sgt.
Vanis R. Todd, Pfc. Richard E. Tyler,
Cpl. Alex J. Wasowski, Cpl. Harold E.
Werner, S-Sgt. Edwin M. Wolcott.
627th Bomb Sq.: Capt. Carl R. Al-
fred, Lt. James L. Hull, Lt. Charles
F. Klauber, Lt. Henry P. Orr, Lt.
Lawrence H. Radtke, Lt. Wells Rock-
well, Lt. Denver W. Smith, Lt. Robert
A. Reiff, S-Sgt. John L. Barnes,
T-Sgt. Eugene L. Beck, S-Sgt. Clar-
ence W. Bellam, M-Sgt. Roy E. Burch,
S-Sgt. Myron L. Carpenter, S-Sgt.
Chester A. Christensen, Sgt. Ramire
J. Costa, Sgt. Warren R. Cubit, Sgt.
Charles K. Dellar, Sgt. William Der-
kacz, Sgt. George H. Dinsmore, S-Sgt.
Albert P. Disdier, T-Sgt. James A.
Dunkelberg, Pfc. Wendell E. Eberle,
Cpl. Demetries Farganie, Sgt. Willard
S. Farney, Sgt. Erwin P. Finstad, T.
Sgt. Joseph L. Fish, jr., Sgt. John
Caleckas, Sgt. Edward F. Godlewski,
S-Sgt. George T. Hammond, Sgt.
Moses H. Harris, Sgt. Donald E. Hums,
M-Sgt. James C. Hutchins, Sgt.
Eugene F. Jahn, T-Sgt. Oswald W.
Karhu, Sgt. Roe King, S-Sgt. James
L. Klemz, S-Sgt. Clarence J. Kretch-
ner, Sgt. Carmine J. Labriela, S-Sgt.
George G. Lazerick, Sgt. Wesley L.
Lemier, S-Sgt. Frank C. Norman, jr.,
Sgt. Victor J. Mauti, Sgt. Joseph H.
McKee, Pvt. Frederick W. Nordstrum,
T-Sgt. William R. Ody, T-Sgt. John
H. O'Hearn, Sgt. Ernest A. Puckett,
Sgt. Leonard L. Regalis, Sgt. Cloyce
C. Robertson, T-Sgt. Andrew M. Rob-
inson, Pfc. Alfred H. Rodembeck, Sgt.
Ernest A. Rellstin, Sgt. Henry W.
Sanders, S-Sgt. Frank Schaeffer, Sgt.
Fred L. Sing, S-Sgt. Elmer N. Taylor,
Cpl. Robert J. Taylor, Sgt. John H.
Twiest, M-Sgt. James P. Volpicelli,
S-Sgt. John A. Vrbsky, Sgt. Thomas
W. Watkins, Pfc. Anthony J. Nevers,
Cpl. Daniel A. Hurley, Pfc. Hugh Orr,
Cpl. Anthony S. Cerials, Pfc. Ernest
O. McMillan, Cpl. Carl Yale.
This does not cover all members
qualified, since another long list has
been submitted, and medals will be
forthcoming before too long.
New Jeep-Drawn Trailer
Relieves Traffic Tie-up
Transportation for the exclusive use
of personnel of the III Fighter Com-
mand Headquarters, between the Or-
derly Room and the new Headquar-
ters building, was arranged last week.
Using a jeep-drawn trailer, formerly
operating on the Base transportation
system, the trailer makes six trips
daily between the Orderly Room, lo-
cated on 2d Street between B and C,
to the new Headquarters across from
the entrance to the Station Hospital.
Two trips are made in the morning
and four at noontime.
The latter runs include stops at the
Officers' Club for the benefit of the
III Fighter Command officers mess-
By S/Sgt. HARRY STREGER
Basic Training and Rifle Marks-
manship are the principal functions
of the 1st Training Battalion, AWUTC.
However in as much as training in
itself is so vast and extensive, a little
enlightenment on the mechanics of
this organization is exposed.
A clear picture of the set-up is ob-
tained if we visualize a recruit being
assigned to a company in the 1st
Training Battalion for rifle marks-
manship. A competent and well ex-
perienced staff of instructors expose
our recruit to a well planned rifle
marksmanship course. A miniature
range in the company area adapts the
individual for range procedure. The
day arrives when the student is
brought to the range. The qualifica-
tion results speak for themselves.
The range officer remarked that he
never saw a more disciplined group
of men firing. Some of the factors
that contribute to successful rifle
qualification are the friendly attitude
of the soldier towards his weapon, and
the individual interest of the student.
The recruits in the Basic Training
companies pursue a four-weeks course,
at the end of which a knowledge of
the rudiments of soldiering is ob-
tained for practical use. The stream-
lined and detailed program is fol-
lowed under the direct supervision of
experienced officers and non-commis-
"Hello, darling!" Aux. Thelma Gon-
yaw, winner on "Right Answer or Else,"
camp radio show, thus greeted her boy
friend in Michigan.
Aux. Thelma Gonyaw of Flint, Mich.,
highlighted Monday evening's Drew
Field radio show, "Right Answer or
Else," by telephoning her sweetheart
from the stage of Recreation Hall
2nd Sig. A. W. Tng. Bn. Fits
Men For Specialized Duties
IS BUSY MAN
As time goes on, the Group has
one casualty after another.
This week we lost Capt. Jesse L.
Hill, Intelligence Officer of the 627th,
to the 339th Bomb Group. Capt. Hill,
only recently assigned the group, was
extremely well liked by all who knew
him. The Captain is from Des
Casualty number two was Lt. John
P. Engedahl, our small, but husky,
bone-crusher. Lt. Engedahl goes to a
Special Services school, unassigned.
A Chicagoan, he has served with the
405th for some time as physical train-
ing officer, and has done a great
deal toward maintaining morale
through keeping the unit physically
Third casualty of the week is
Capt. William B. Wiener, Squadron
Surgeon of the 626th. Capt. Wiener
was on the original cadre of the
405th. Because he was well-liked
by all the Group, the loss of Capt.
Wiener is a jolt. He is being trans-
ferred to another unit at Barks-
Capt. Wiener, a native of Canton,
Mississippi, is a graduate of Tulane
Medical School. The best wishes
of the entire Group go with him.
On the brighter side for the 405th
the greater part of the pilots were
on a cross-country that is one for
.sure. It is the longest flight for the
group to date-over 2000 miles one
way. Under the able leadership of
Maj. Fred G. Hook, the flight got
under way on the third and consisted
of Maj. Thomas, Captains James,
Wignall, Roberts, Alfred, Lts. Whittle,
Hull, Ober, Int-Hout and Beavers. On
the completion of the cross country,
all reported a successful trip and lots
Drew Woman Doctor
Takes Man -Size Job
To Aid War Effort
The only woman doctor on Drew
Field, and one of the very few in the
Army Medical Corps. Lt. Julie E.
Olentine appreciates fully the im-
portance of her work in connection
with the war effort.
"Knowing the Army's dire need for
doctors, I just made up my mind that
if so many male doctors were going
into the Army, I might as well go
too," the pretty, slender, youthful-
looking doctor commented by way of
explaining her presence at Drew
Field. "After all, women doctors can
serve their country as well as men.
I thought that as long as I had equal
rank with the male doctors, I had to
pitch in and do my bit also."
The type of work that the 27-year-
old doctor is doing now differs only
slightly from that to which she was
accustomed in civil life. Before enter-
ing the Army, she was a general prac-
titioner in Chicago. She is assigned
to the outpatients clinic of the Drew
Field Station Hospital, and there she
.diagnoses ailments of out-patients,
male and female. Her main duty is
concerned with the medical care of
As a supplement to the brief history
of this Battalion, as set forth in last
week's issue of The Echoes, this col-
umn will be devoted to a representa-
tion of the magnitude and importance
of its purpose, as well as a descrip-
tion of the spirit and harmony which
are combining successfully to accom-
plish that purpose.
As a gauge to the value that the
work of this battalion bears toward
the war effort, a simple, comparative
analysis will offer a good picture. We
know that in basic training, a man
gives nothing to the army; the army
gives everything to the man. He is
taught many things that will inure
to his benefit upon his return to civil-
ian status; he is coached in courtesy,
respect for persons and property, hy-
giene; he is taught how to protect
his health and life. During this
period, the man TAKES from the
army. He is not a soldier, as we un-
derstand the word, and at best, he
is a POTENTIAL asset to the war
effort, depending on his impression-
ability and ambition.
Upon his entrance into this Bat-
talion, which constitutes the 2nd
phase of his army career, he is di-
rectly concerned with the prosecution
of our military endeavors. Tis techni-
cal skill, and his "soldiering" ability
are sought out, discovered, polished
up, and utilized; he puts his knowl-
edge to practical use; he performs
work which, in and of itself, affects
the war effort. For the first time
since his entry into the service, the
man GIVES to the army. This is
the motive of the 2d Training Battal-
ion-to give to the proper place, at
the proper time, the key men will do
the essential jobs requiring that high-
ly specialized technical ability so nec-
essary to our common purpose.
Nor is his military training sacri-
ficed in this pursuit, for there is at
all times a carefully woven pattern
of activities for all men of this unit,
which embraces all aspects of the
successful moulding of soldiers.
With a view toward resolving these
motives into successful accomplish-
ments, the men of this organization,
and particularly the department heads
and company commanders, operate
with the smooth synchronization of
a fine watch-each man doing his
specific job, and doing it well.
This battalion takes great pride in
the officers who head the schools.
This hard-working group includes
Capt. Reading of Radar, Capt. Morgan
of Information Center, Lt. West of
Radio, Lt. Duxbury of T & T, Lt.
Skipper of Motor Transport, and Lt.
Bittinger of Administration. The ca-
pabilities of these officers have been
manifested by the results achieved
by the respective bodies, which, of
course, is the greatest test of ability
in the final analysis.
Serving in another invaluable ca-
pacity, are found the commanders of
the companies within the battalion.
Honors are due these leaders, who have
enhanced and preserved the morale
of the companies' personnel. Running
the companies, in all of their phases,
and doing a magnificent job, are:
Lt. Bertie, commanding Co. A, Lt.
Hren of Co. B, Lt. Cutler of Co. C,
Lt. Baldrige of Co. D, and Lt. Burke
commanding Hq & Hq Co. To all of
these officers are directed the ad-
miration and respect of all persons
with whom they come in contact, and
this headquarters is proud to number
them as members of the unit.
"Right Answer or Else," a Monday
night radio fixture at recreation hall
No. 1 is an hilarious half-hour of fun
with the boys and girls of Drew field.
This program is ably supervised by
former network director, First Lieut.
George W. Kluge, and give credit to
his clever staff which consists of Cpl.
Harry Evans, "Quiz Master", An-
nouncer Grand Hoff, and Ad-Libber
Pfc Alfred Panetz.
This chain-of-laughs program last
Monday night was a contest between
four WACs, Auxiliary Gonyaw, of Flint,
Mich.; T/4 Madelon R. Alexander, of
London, England; Aux. M. Smalley, of
Cheyenne, Wyo., and Afc Estelle Alfaro
of Antonito, Col., versus four represen-
tatives from the 503rd S. A. W. Co.:
Pvt. Walter Williams of Richmond,
Va.; T/Sgt. E. Clevenger, of Winchest-
er, Va.; T/5 R. W. Oldham of Pitts-
burgh, Pa., and Pvt. Grammes of
The WACS won by a single point.
You should have been there to
hear Pvt. R. Grammes of Bethle-
hem, Pa., answer Quiz Master Evans'
question: "Which extends further
south, Alaska or Greenland?"
Pvt. Grammes answered "Neither
Or to hear Aux. M. Smalley, WAC,
answer to the question: "Are you
frightened speaking over the air for
the first time?"
"Oh, no, I've been in the army too
long to be frightened by anything!"
T/4 Madelon R. Alexander, WAC
from London, England, divulged the
fact that the contents of her first
love letter along with the name of
the sender, had long since been for-
To the question, "Do you have a
boy friend?" Afc Estelle was the third
WAC to answer, "No." The explana-
tion: "The army doesn't give us
enough time, and besides, we're too
far out in the sticks!"
The free telephone calls to any
place in the country is made possible
through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs.
Alfred C. Warren of Tampa.
Come next Monday night and
bring your WAC girl friend or if
there are not enough of them, ask
one of the gals from the Main PX,
but don't miss the belly laughs which
will begin promptly at 8 p. m. The
radio show WDAE begins at 8:30
The Dixie Darlings, a well-known
all-girl acrobatic act, will follow the
brodacasted portion of the evening's
"You Never Had
Sig. Hq. & Hq. Co. 9th F. C.
By S/Sgt. Mike Dodd
In an impressive ceremony held on
the runways last Saturday afternoon,
Maj. Gen. Ingles presented several
AWUTC men with the Good Conduct
Ribbon, among whom was 1st Sgt.
Dick Brennan. Congratulations, ser-
There was action and excitement
galore on the trusty sail boat, Tally
Ho, last Sunday at St. Petersburg on
the Gulf of Mexico. Each Sunday, a
group of 9th Fighters, usually com-
posed of 1st Sgt. Brennan, M/Sgt.
Adolf Frank, T/Sgt. John Mann,
S/Sgt. Mike Dodd, Sgt. Valentino
Innocenti, Cpl. Joe Sofranko, Cpl.
Herbert Ross, Pfc. Fenton Harbour,
Pfc. Fred Snook, and others, rent the
graceful Tally Ho and embark on the
salty blue Gulf for a pleasant cruise
in the bay.
Several St. Pete beach cuties were
lured into last Sunday's sailing trip,
and everything was going along
fine until Cpl. Bill McCann, posing
in his trunks on the rail, lost his
balance and toppled over board.
-. --CUyfliE F IMbX Y XGOUUSi P3, "1943
SPONSORED BY THE DEFENSE RECREATION DIVISION
August 13-August 19, 1943
Information for Service Men and Women at Defense Recreation Office,
312 Madison st.; Tourist Information Center, 429 W. Lafayette st.; USO Clubs,
and USO Traveler's aid, 502 Florida ave.; Air Base Bus Station and Union
Shaving, shower and shoe shine equipment at USO, 607 Twiggs st.; USO
506 Madison st.; USO 214 N. Blvd., and Christian Service Center, Tampa and
Kitchen, laundry, ironing, and sewing facilities for all Service Men and
Women, and families at 607 Twiggs st., USO.
Private kitchenette and dining room for any Service Men or Women and
their families who would like a home cooked meal-at Christian Service Center,
Tampa and Tyler sts. Phone M 53-694-Make reservations by noon.
Fifty-bed free dormitory for Service Men at Masonic Service Center, 502
E. Lafayette. Make reservations between 1 p. m. and 9:30 p. m.
7:00 p. m. each evening-Letters and forms typed by the Red Cross at
USO, 607 Twiggs st. Also shopping guide service and package wrapping at all
USO Clubs and Christian Service center.
Friday, Aug. 13-
10:30 a. m.-Expectant mothers' class, 607 Twiggs st.
7:30 p. m.-Art for fun, 607 Twiggs st.
8:00 p. m.-Music and sing-copation, 607 Twiggs st.
8:00 p. m.-Dance on the patio-orchestra, 506 Madison st.
8:30 p. m.-Weekly musical, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Voice recordings, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Bingo-Prize every game, 214 N. Boulevard.
Saturday, Aug. 14-
8:30 p. m.-Games at 506 Madison st.
8:30 p. m.-Dance with orchestra, 214 N. Boulevard.
Sunday, Aug. 15-
9:30 a. m.-Coffee hour, 607 Twiggs st.
1:00 p. m.-Swimming party and picnic-Bring your suit and meet at
506 Madison st.
3:00 p. m.-Symphony broadcast, 607 Twiggs st.
4:30 p. m.-Music study and social hour, 607 Twiggs st.
6:30 p. m.-Vespers services-Fellowship hour, 214 N. Boulevard.
6:30 p. m.-Vespers, 607 Twiggs st.
7:00 p. m.-Round table discussion conducted by A. A. U. W., 607 Twiggs st
8:30 p. m.-Feature movie, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Dance on patio-Orchestra-506 Madison st.
Monday, Aug. 16-
7:00 p. m.-Mr. and Mrs. club supper, 607 Twiggs st.
7:00 p. m.-Clasical music, 607 Twiggs st.
7:30 p. m.-Art for fun, 607 Twiggs st.
8:00 p. m.-Ping pong tournament, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Organized card games, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Voice recording on phonograph discs, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Bingo party, 506 Madison st.
Tuesday, Aug. 17-
8:00 p. m.-Sewing class, 607 Twiggs st.
8:00 p. m.-Music appreciation, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Community sing, 506 Madison st.
8:30 p. m.-Sketching instruction, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Dance at Municipal auditorium.
9:00 p. m.-Chess club, 214 N. Boulevard.
Wednesday, Aug. 18-
7:30 p. m.-Art for fun, 607 Twiggs st.
8:00 p. m.-Dance instruction with instructors from Arthur Murray,
607 Twiggs st.
8:30 p. m.-Volleyball and games, 506 Madison st.
8:30 p. m.-Feature movie, 214 N. Boulevard.
8:30 p. m.-Camera club, 214 N. Boulevard.
9:00 p. m.-Dancing at 607 Twiggs st.
Thursday, Aug. 19-
8:00 p. m.-Spanish class, 607 Twiggs st.
8:00 p. m.-Parish night at 506 Madison st.
8:30 p. m.-Dance on patio, 214 N. Boulevard.
Activities Cleared Through the Defense Recreation Office
Friday, Aug.. 13-
8:00 p. m.-Party at Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
8:00 p. m.-Dance at Drew Service Club.
8:00 p. m.-Bingo party and refreshments at Navy Mothers' Club, 3051/
Water st. o,
Saturday, Aug. 14-
7:00-11:00 p. m.-Dance at Elks Club, Florida ave. and Madison st.
8:00 p. m.-Dance at Navy Mothers' Club, 305 Water st.
Sunday, Aug. 15-
2:00 p. m.-Inter-Social Club games at Cuscaden park, 15th st. and
Columbus dr., free to Service Men.
3:00 p. m.-Ping pong tournament at Christian Service Center, Tampa
and Tyler sts.
5:00 p. m.-Social get-together at Navy Mothers' Club, 305%/ Water st.
5:30 p. m.-Songfest and refreshments at First Methodist church, Florida
and Tyler sts.
6:00 p. m.-Victory Vespers at Christian Service Center and broadcast
6:30 p. m.-Young people's forum at First Presbyterian Service Center,
Polk and Marion sts.
8:00 p. m.-Fellowship hour and refreshments at Hyde Park Methodist
church, Platt and Cedar sts., and also at Riverside Baptist church,
Tampa and Keys sts.
8:00 p. m.-Y. M. H. A. community center dance, Ross and Nebraska aves.
8:15 p. m.-Singaree and fellowship hour at First Presbyterian Service
Center, Polk and Marion sts.
9:00 p. m.-Fellowship hour at St. Paul's Lutheran church, 5103 Central ave.
9:00 p. m.-Informal hour at Christian Service Center, Tampa and
Monday, Aug. 16-
7:30 p. m.-Symphonic orchestra practice for all Service Men interested-
at Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
8:00 p. m.-Open house at Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
Tuesday, Aug. 17-
7:00 p. m.-Tampa chess club at the DeSoto hotel. All Service Men
welcome. Zack and Marion.
8:00 p. m.-Party at Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
Wednesday, Aug. 18-
7:30 p. m.-Glee club practice for all Service Men interested at Christian
Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
8:00 p. m.-Open house at Y. M. H. A. Community Center, Ross and
,Nebraska aves., with Pool, Bowling and Ping Pong Tournaments.
8:00 p. m.-Family night at Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
Thursday, Aug. 19-
8:00 p. m.-Party at Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler sts.
8:00 p. m.-Recreation social hour at First Baptist church, Lafayette st.,
and Plant ave.
SHOW IS HEP
DREW FIELD REVEILLE: Yes,
that's the daily morning pep show
that reaches you every morning except
Sunday, direct from WFLA. The
time? From 7:05 to 7:30, and
what a twenty-five minute program it
Starting with some of the latest
pop tunes, as recorded by the Na-
tion's leading swingsters, it follows
up with some of the most lilting
lyrics ever to issue from the charm-
ing feminine songstress that each
band features as an added attrac-
After a few moments of music,
comes "News from Drew," giving you
all of the latest happenings at the
K-and-First Street Rec Hall, as well
as what cooks at the Service Club
each day-and night.
Keeping on the proverbial ball, that
is followed by the request numbers
which pour in. These are played on
the mighty Hammond. Immediately
following, and keeping well in the
groove of a well-rounded program, a
few short moments are spent with the
New Drew Review
Calls for Songs,
Under the direction of Lt. George
J. May, Jr., and Sgt. O. Z. Whitehead
casting is well underway for Drew
Field's latest theatrical enterprise, a
musical review featuring top-flight
talent drawn from enlisted men,
WACS, and, in a few instances, out-
side girls. Those who have seen the
book say the forthcoming show, yet
without a name, and not quite ready
for rehearsal, offers a sure fire story,
excellent songs, and clever comedy bits
that can't miss for laughs.
"Everybody Welcome," is the cast-
ing call by-word, with still time to
apply for a place in the show. Every
effort is being made to draw out talent
"hidden in the woods" here at Drew.
There is also a need for more
sketches and songs. Contact Lt. George
J. May, Jr., or Sgt. O. Z. Whitehead
in the Base Special Service Office,
8th Street and "B" Avenue, during
the day. At night, contact Sgt. White-
head at Recreation Building Number
1 on 1st Street between K and L Ave-
All 301st Lacks Is
By S/Sgt. Arthur Camper
"Sweating out the chow line is a
cinch compared to that delivery room
wait," claims Pvt. William C. Mason,
Tacoma, Wash. While home on fur-
lough recently his wife surprised him
with a good-looking daughter and
Mason is beaming.
Another proud papa is S/Sgt. Cecil
Sutley, Florida, whose wife gave birth
to a fine son. Sutley brags that the
boy is a chip off the old block.
Sgt. Robert Mathis, Wichita, Kan.,
has nothing pleasant to say about the
laundry situation-"It's enough to
drive even the chaplain over the hill,"
wailed Mathis last week as he spent
his day off washing clothes.
In for a pleasant surprise is the
girl friend of Pvt. John J. Kavacky,
Cleveland, Ohio. Kavacky, with pains-
taking care, has carved her a hand-
some, heart-shaped locket.
1. To refuse conclusively; to over-
whelm by argument; to overcome;
2. A cattail and horsetail are both
plants. A swallowtail is a butterfly.
(Horsetail is also a Turkish Standard
denoting a pasha's rank. A man's
dress coat is also called a swallow-
tail. Cattail: a tall marsh plant with
long flat leaves used for seating chairs,
making mats, etc.)
3. No. When one eye moves the
other one moves even though it may
be covered. Reading with one eye at
a time would not rest your eyes but
4. Longer. An average airplane en-
gine is good for over a million flight
miles. The average life of an automo-
mobile engine ranges from 60 to 75
5. All three. The edible part with-
in a husk, rind or shell is meat, ac-
cording to Webster.
6. Yes. Nothing can be colder than
absolute zero, which is minus 273
degree or minus 459 degrees Fahren-
7. No. The U. S. is too far north
to get the direct rays. of the sun.
8. Joan Crawford.
9. Less than a pound.
10. New Guinea: 93,000 square
miles; Newfoundland: 42,734 square
miles; Nantucket: 60 square miles.
L11TEN ,1ACV, YOU SEEM TO
I E ABLE TO 9T1 OUT 3F A LOT
IOUH SPOT SEE IF YOu JAN
SET ME OUT OF K.P.
NEXT SATURDAY. I-
Visit Your PX!
*Main Bev. and
Clothing .........2nd & Ave. F
Main Mdse. and
Spec. Order Dept. .. 2nd & Ave. F
*No. 1 .............. 8th & Ave. A
*No. 2 ......... Area F on Ave. J
No. 3 ............ 8th & Ave. H
No. 4 ........... .E-lst & Ave. L
No. 5 .............Camp DeSoto
No. 6 ................ Plant Field
No. 8 ............. 4th & Ave. L
*No. 9 .......... Hosp. Area-B-10
*No. 10 ............. 1st & Ave. J
*No. 11 ............2nd & Ave. M
No. 12 .............. Flight Line
No. 15 .............. WAC Area
3rd F. C. ........... 3 F. C. Hq.
Filling Sta..... Ave. J at E. Fence
*-Branches with Soda Fountains
or Beer Gardens
Of 22d Bomb Wing
By S/SGT. W. H. SHORT
Wing Detachment mascot, Sooky, is
receiving a lot of attention these days..
This little 8" canine welcomes each
member of the Wing impartially, and
boy-are we surprised to see the num-
ber of tough GIs that can talk "baby
Sook has already developed her sec-
ond bad habit; after the boys leave
the barracks in the morning, she pro-
ceeds to untie shoe laces and dis-
arrange the neatly lined and shined
shoes under the bunks. Woe betide
the GI who tries to hide socks in
the toes of his shoes, for her keen
little nose soon discovers them, and
the socks are hauled into the open.
There are a few who are safe, for
Sook took one sniff and then backed
away, shaking her head.
Promotions: Sgt. Lloyd O'Mara
to S/Sgt., and Privates John Solok
and Clinton Hay to Pfc.
Furloughing: S/Sgt. Charlie Crews,
in Winston-Salem, N. C.; Pfc. Fran-
cis Smith, in Birmingham, Ala.; Sgt.
Eugene Marchesi, in Denver, Colo.
Another letter was received at this
Headquarters from Washington, this
time for our Communications Officer,
Lt. James H. Martin. Those two silver
bars sure look great on his collar. Con-
gratulations from all the boys, Cap-
Cpl. Roy V. Despres leaves our A-2
section to go back to his former work
in Washington, D. C.
WAR DEPARTMENT THEATERS Nos. 1 & 4
FRI. 13 & SAT. 14-"THE CONSTANT NYMPH," Charles Boyer, Joan Fon-
taine; RKO Pathe News No. 100.
SUN. 15-"THE BLACK SWAN," Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara; Screen
Snapshots No. 10, George Sanders; "The Fly In The Ointment,"
MON. 16-"MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S BLESSED EVENT," Lupe Velez, Leon
Errol; "FOLLIES GIRL," Wendy Barrie, Gordon Oliver.
TUE. 17 & WED. 18-"DIXIE," Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour; "This Is
America," No. 10, Broadway Dimout, RKO Pathe News No. 101.
THURS. 19-"SPOTLIGHT SCANDALS," Billy Gilbert, Frank Fay, Bonnie
Baker, Henry King & Orchestra; "Journey To Yesterday," MGM
Miniature; "Racing Royalty," Sportscope; "Super Mouse Rides
FRI. 20 & SAT. 21-"BEHIND THE RISING SUN," Margo, Robert Ryan, J.
Carrol Naish; "Community Sing No. 1," "On A Wing and A Prayer,"
RKO Pathe News No. 102.
SUN. 22-"PITTSBURGH," Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott; "Dog Sense,"
Sports Review, "Camouflage," Terrytoon.
MON. 23-"SILVER SPURS," Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette; "THAT NAZTY
NUISANCE," Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin.
TUE. 24 & WED. 25-"HEAVEN CAN WAIT," Don Ameche, Gene Tierney,
Charles Coburn; RKO Pathe News No. 103.
THU. 26-"SUBMARINE BASE," John Litel, Fifi D'Orsay; "Three Little
Twirps," Three Stooges; "Western Cowgirl," Person-Oddities; "The
Truck That Flew," Madcap Models.
WAR DEPARTMENT THEATERS Nos. 2 & 3
SAT. 14-"THE BLACK SWAN," Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, George
Sanders; Screen Snapshots No. 10; "The Fly In the Ointment,"
SUN. 15 & MON 16-"DIXIE," Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour; "This Is Amer-
ica No. 10," Broadway Dimout, RKO Pathe News No. 101.
TUE. 17-"MEXICAN SPITFIRE'S BLESSED EVENT," Lupe Velez, Leon
Errol; "FOLLIES GIRL," Wendy Barrie, Gordon Oliver.
WED. 18 & THU. 19-"BEHIND THE RISING SUN," Margo, Robert Ryan,
J. Carrol Naish; Community Sing No. 1; "On A Wing and A
Prayer"; RKO Pathe News No. 102.
FRI. 20-"SPOTLIGHT SCANDALS," Billie Gilbert, Frank Fay, Bonnie Baker;
"Journey To Yesterday," MGM Miniature; "Racing Royalty," Sport-
scope; "Super Mouse Rides Again," Terrytoon.
SAT. 21-"PITTSBURGH," Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne;
"Dog Sense," Sports Review; "Camouflage," Terrytoon.
SUN. 22 & MON. 23-"HEAVEN CAN WAIT," Don Ameche, Gene Tierney,
Charles Coburn; RKO Pathe News No. 103.
TUE. 24-"SILVER SPURS," Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette; "THAT NATZY
NUISANCE," Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin.
WED. 25 & THU. 26-"THIS IS THE ARMY," All Star Cast; RKO Pathe
News No. 104.
FRI. 27-"SUBMARINE BASE," John Litel, Fifi D'Orsay; "Three Little
Twirps," Three Stooges; "Western Cowgirl," Person-Oddities; "The
Truck That Flew," Madcap Models.
RECREATION BUILDING NO. 1
Friday, August 13, 8: 15 p. m., Lucy Sinclair Presents
Saturday, August 14, 8:15 p. m., U. S. O. Camp Show
Sunday, August 15, 8:15 p. m., A. W. Melody Hour
Monday, August 16, 8:30 p. m., Right Answer or Else; 9 p. m. Guest Star
Tuesday, August 17, 8:15 p. m., Marion Lohrig Presents
Wednesday, August 18, 8:00 p. m., Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, August 19, 8:30 p. m., Music, Mirth, and Madness
ENLISTED MEN'S SERVICE CLUB
Friday. August 13, 8:15 p. m., Dance
Saturday, August 14, 8:15 p. m., Band Concert
Sunday, August 15, 8:15 p. m., Musical Revue
Monday, August 16, 8:15 p. m., Dance
Tuesday, August 17, 8:15 p. m., Concert of Recorded Music
Wednesday, August 18, 8:15 p. m., Dance (Girls from St. Petersburg)
Thursday, August 19, 8:15 p. m., Open
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 1s, iu*
304th Is Pleased
With New Cement
By S/Sgt. E. N. Worlock
The 309th Bomb Sq moved into its
new ciuarters on Sunday, August 8th.
The cement block buildings are very
much of an improvement over the
ones that we have been using. The
line is now on the west side of the
field and is being rapidly expanded.
S/Sgt Machuszek left very hurriedly
on a furlough and it is understood
that he is headed in the direction of
New Jersey, and we have reason to
believe that a girl in Paterson is the
reason. We are wondering if he will
still be a bachelor when he returns.
F/O Woodward is expected to give
up his life of "Single Blessedness"
and to take on the responsibilities of
The inspection and parade that the
84th held on Saturday was really a
grand sight. The delegation of Chil-
ean officers headed by Captain Lavin
and occupying the reviewing stand as
guests of Lt. Col. Zartman were an
inspiring sight. The Group may well
be proud of the men who received the
"Good Conduct Medal," and we are
looking forward to the time when they
will be given out again. Before he
dismissed the 304th our Commanding
Officer, Lt. Stout, complimented them
on the fine showing that they made
and thanked them for their coopera-
From the Communications Section
comes word that they are engaged in
seeking the solution to a difficult
problem. The "Problem" is to find
enough men to operate the great
number of machines that are needed.
At times there do not seem to be
enough men available to fill the needs
of the department. S/Sgt. Ingraffia
is the envy of all the men in Com-
munications at present because he is
really enjoying a 15-day furlough in
New York City. Have a good time,
Sgt. We would if we were there.
Promotion to Captain
Pleasant Fate of
405th SQ. Com'dr.
Major Fred G. Hook, commanding
the 405th Bomb Group announces the
Recent promotion of James G. Reberts,
commanding the 626th Bomb Squad-
ron to the rank of Captain.
Captain Roberts has ably com-
manded the 626th Bomb Squadron
since it was activated. Starting his
military career in 1940 by enlisting
in the infantry he proved his ability
and leadership in that branch and
was commissioned in it. Later he took
observer training in an aerial observa-
tion school. On completing this train-
ing he was assigned to an observation
squadron in his new capacity as
However, this assignment was short
lived. The captain couldn't take it.
Riding was fine, but, the capacity
of a mere passenger was not his idea
of the proper role a son of an
original American should play. Con-
sequently he took his pilot training,
graduating in August, 1942. He was
assigned to the 84th Bomb Group
with which he served until he was
assigned to his present duty.
Captain Roberts not only knows
planes, and as he puts it "understands
something about airplane driving," but
he is also well versed in ground
tactics, due to his training in the
infantry. He seldom misses an op-
portunity to fly and never misses a
chance to check out in a new plane.
One of the high lights to him of the
course the group took at AAFSAT was
the opportunity it gave him to "drive
one of those double-breasted air-
Watching His Boys "Droopy," Created at Drew
s"" Field, Wins Fame In Year
Gen. Douglas MacArthur smokes
his pipe while watching his Amer-
ican forces in firing practice.
Corporal Back From
Hawaii Says Japs
Aren't So Tough
"They beat us up pretty badly at
Pearl Harbor, but we've got the Japs
on the run now. The end isn't too
That's the observation of Cpl. Clif-
ton S. Crawford of the 501st Signal
A. W. Regiment, who went to Hono-
lulu in the fall of 1942.
Cpl. Crawford saw both Pearl
Harbor and Hickam Field. They
were under construction, but still
bore scarred traces of the damage
the Japs inflicted. "At Hickam,"
Crawford explained, "there is still
one hangar in complete ruins, ex-
cept for a few storage places. At
Pearl Harbor several buildings,
which were half blown out, have
been partially restored, and new
partitions have been erected."
Asked how the trips going over and
back affected his stomach, Crawford
shuddered. "Our first three days out
of San Francisco were stormy, and
the 4000 soldiers on our boat were a
pretty miserable lot," he related. "But
we got there ."
Crawford was stationed in Santa
Barbara the night a Japanese sub-
marine arose from the waters of the
Pacific and shelled the California
coast at Carpenteria, 10 miles south.
His outfit immediately moved
down to the spot the next day. "It
was the worst example of shooting
I've ever seen," the 24-year-old Cor-
poral tells. "The Japs had thrown
plenty of lead at our oil fields at
that spot, but did nothing except
dig out a few craters in our soil. We
had been stationed at the very spot
two days before-and how we all
wished we had been on hand that
During the Christmas and New
Year's holidays of 1941 the 143rd was
stationed in Los Angeles, directly in
back of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios. "M-G-M put on the finest
Christmas party for us I've ever seen,"
Corporal Crawford relates. "We were
the personal guests of some of the
studio's biggest stars, including Red
Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Dennis Day,
Virginia O'Brien, and the complete
cast of the picture 'Ship Ahoy.'
"On New Year's Eve they had an-
other big party, and stars on hand
included Lana Turner, John Garfield,
John Carroll, Robert Stack, Abbott and
Costello and a flock of dancers and
entertainers. I've never seen so much
food or beer. Believe me, they cer-
tainly treated the soldiers swell."
"One thing about Hawaii," Craw-
ford said. "You can tell 'em for me
that American girls are a lot nicer
than the Hawaiians."
Corporal Crawford was married in
Seattle, his home, only three months
ago. He hopes to bring his bride to
Tampa soon. And from a picture of
Mrs. Crawford displayed to this re-
porter, we can certainly see why.
This is the story of a comic strip
mosquito, Droopy, who celebrated his
first anniversary on August 16, having
been a regular weekly feature in the
Drew Field Echoes, camp newspaper
of the large Tampa air base, since
that date a year ago.
Comic strips drawn by soldier-
artists, some of whom were profes-
sional cartoonists before entering the
Army, appear in maiy of the numer-
ous camp newspapers throughout the
country. Very few of these can sur-
pass or equal the power of composi-
tion and reflection of soldierly life as
portrayed in Droopy, the comic strip
created by Staff Sgt. Harry Lampert,
of Brooklyn, New York.
"Paralleling our own armed forces,"
the sergeant said, "we have another
army on Drew Field-namely, the
mosquito army. This comic strip is
the story of our little neighbor,
Droopy, the Drew Field mosquito."
In speaking of Droopy's birth, he
added, "One night, last summer, I
was lying on my bunk and it was so
hot I couldn't fall asleep. Drew Field
was then over-run with mosquitoes,
and over my bed I had a mosquito
bar. I stared vacantly at it. It had
a little hole in it.
"A little mosquito zoomed around
the hole in the bar. An idea struck
me suddenly that if the little insect
were a soldier, he would most likely
have read a notice on the bulletin
board declaring that the mosquito bar
was off limits. I mulled over the
Drew Field mosquito, and as one of
them zoomed through the hole and
hit me, the name Droopy hit me, too.
And so Droopy, the Drew Field mos-
quito, was born as a character for a
Where does Sgt. Lampert get his
ideas for the weekly strips? From
little incidents stemming out of daily
Army routine, he says. For example,
he was walking around the field on
Gas Mask Day. That is the day all
military personnel on the field are
required at all hours to carry their
gas masks with them wherever they
go. Chemical warfare personnel, in
order to insure strict adherence to
this field rule, cruise around the field
and spray tear gas in areas where
they notice men breaking the rules
by being without their gas masks. On
one occasion Lampert saw the tear
gas sprayed on some of those men,
and it gave him an idea to put across
a lesson by involving Droopy in a
The sergeant's first strip in the
Drew Field Echoes showed poor little
Droopy in the hands of the M. P.'s
(mosquito police), having been in
the Mosquito Bar which was off
limits. Since then, Droopy's life has
been that of a typical soldier. His
antics amuse Drew Field soldiers be-
cause they recognize their own frus-
trations and aspirations, petty and
otherwise, in the different things that
Sgt. Lampert gets Droopy to do.
From week to week, in the Drew
Field Echoes, his readers follow
Droopy, whose only clothing is a G. I.
cap and a G. I. belt, as he learns
Commando tactics; as he salutes offi-
cers while walking down Franklin
Street until, in the strip's final panel.
he is shown with his arm in a sling
because of over-indulgence in military
courtesy; as he shoots on the rifle
range, lying prone on his back after
a kick-back of his rifle; as he suffers
the burdensome task of moving to
new barracks, with his barracks bags
slung over his shoulder and perspira-
tion dripping down his face.
In one strip he is seen dreaming of
a white Christmas; in another he is
going through the gas chamber to
learn at first-hand the odors of dif-
frent poison gases by whiffing them;
in still others he is buying war bonds
with his monthly pay, or snoring
through the reading of Articles of
War by an officer, or getting innocu-
lated against typhoid fever and teta-
nus, or on furlough in New York City.
One strip shows him taking physical
training. He finally falls out from
exhaustion, and somebody looms over
him, to ask, "Hey, Droopy, what hap-
pened to you?" And Droopy replies,
groaning, "Been out body-buildin',
Droopy, while walking guard, sees
a stealthy shadow creeping towards
him. Alarmed, he mistakes it for a
spy and whacks the substance of the
shadow over the head with the butt
of his gun when he comes within
striking distance. How was he to
know that "the officer of the day
would come around at night?"
Or Droopy, dreaming of bright,
cheerful things, saw himself dancing
with his girl Daisy at a U. S. O. club
dance. He was awakened rudely by
the K. P. pusher, who said, "Hey, you!
Quit yer dreamin', Droopy, you just
missed reveille!" Droopy's dream was
over; the next panel disclosed him
washing pots and pans and he
couldn't goldbrick on K. P.
Which of his strips do the soldiers
like best, Lampert was asked?
"I always keep my ears to the
ground," the cartoonist said, "and
listen to what the soldiers have to
say about Droopy. In that way, I
find out what they like and dislike.
It seems they like those strips which
parallel their own experiences, good
and bad, especially the sweating out'
experiences. In the Army you 'sweat
out' everything, from chow lines to
promotions. That is, you worry it
through until you get some sort of
answer, whether it's food or another
"One of the Droopy strips that the
boys liked best was the one that
showed Droopy on his day off. He
had to stand in a long bus line to'
get to town, then in a long cafeteria
line, then in a long movie line, then
in long bus line again on the return
trip. When he arrived at his barracks,
Droopy sat down and wrote a letter
to his mother. 'Dear Mom,' he wrote.
'I had a day off today and didn't
have to go out on the line.'"
During the course of the year,
Droopy went through a physical meta-
morphosis. "Droopy used to have
some wings," the sergeant said, laugh-
ingly, "but I clipped them. I did that
because they got in the way."
Sgt. Lampert has not neglected
Droopy's love life. Droopy has a very
alluring girl friend, Daisy, who lives
in Tampa. He has a time of it, trying
to get to town to see her. In one
strip the sergeant lets Droopy explain
away his difficulties in doggerels:
"As a crystal gazer I'm really not
"But it's safe to make a prediction,
"Every time I have a date,
"I wind up with a restriction."
In this particular instance, on the
day he was supposed to visit Daisy, he
was gigged at an inspection for not
having a haircut.
On another occasion, after suffering
a 15-mile hike, he went to see her.
She was not in the least considerate
of his tired "dogs," the romantic side
of her stirred by the full moon shining
brightly in a star-studded, summery
sky. She urged, "Let's take a nice
long walk in the moonlight." Poor
That the sergeant keeps abreast of
the new developments on the air base
in his comic strip is borne out by the
fact that, with the arrival of the
WACs at Drew Field, Daisy became a
WAC. And so their romance is car-
ried further between them on Drew
Field in the service club and other
Before entering the Army at Fort
Dix, New Jersey, on Feb. 12, 1942,
Lampert worked for the Superman
(comic strip) publications Flash
Comics, All-American Comics, and the
World's Finest Comics. For them he
completed about 1,000 pages of his
comic creations-the King, a master
of disguise, and the Red-White and
Blue, dealing with the Army, Navy
At one time or another every movie-
goer has seen the animation cartoons
produced by Max Fleischer. One of
the men who helped to create the
Fleischer "movietoons" was Sgt. Lam-
pert, who started out with Fleischer
when only 16 years old, working for
51/ years until 1938 as an animation
assistant in the planning department
of Fleischer's studios.
CLASS FOR NCO's
Under the directorship of Capt.
Albert E. Abraham, M. C., Veneral
Control Officer, there has been or-
ganized a venereal disease control
school on Drew field. The primary
purpose of this school is to instruct
non-commissioned officers in the care
and control of these diseases, so that
they may instruct the men in their
The present course calls for eight
45-minute classes. Two classes are
given each week: Wednesday from
8:15 to 9:00 and from 9:15 to 10:00.
The course has been under way
since July 28 and will continue on
each Wednesday through Aug. 18.
Capt. Abraham urges all who have
not yet availed themselves of the
knowledge of this course to enroll
immediately for the remaining four
The next two lectures scheduled are
entitled "The sphere of the non-
commissioned general disease control
officers" and "Prophylaxis." The
course is available to all non-com-
missioned offices on the base includ-
ing tactical units.
The program which consists of
lectures, demonstrations and con-
ferences will definitely improve the
already favorable conditions existing
on Drew field. Upon successfully
completing the course each gradu-
ate will receive a diploma from the
3rd Air Force.
Present plans call for weekly meet-
ings following the completion of the
present course; these meetings, cou-
pled with the weekly venereal disease
bulletin "Green Light," will greatly
stimulate this phase of the base edu-
Further information may be ob-
tained by calling 730, base hospital.
4th Tng Bn Offers 'Hot
Spot' Guide to Tokio
By Pvt. EDWARD J. CARLIN, Jr.
We tender this pearl of po'try, dedi-
cated to those members of the 4th
Bn who are the hangers-around-the-
Sing ho, hi ho to the coke bottle
Who haven't a brain in their
solid 'ol domeos
Sing ho, to this bunch who are
There ain't no white women in
We rejoice that the cafeteria has
been enlarged before, the jernt
looked as tho they were seeing how
many angels they could put on the
head of a pin!
... Alex Sonheim of distribution in
S-1 sez this: "Distribution is where
you get piles of papers to go every-
place everyday.. and everyone gives
yuh hell cause you mess a couple up!
Lts. Heckert, Goldsmith, Kramer,
Thornton and Clark have used the
blitz on those gold bars or they
have gotten news ones... with the
candy and seegars they handed out
we suspect 'twa werry, werry legal
and strictly WDAGO biz!
S-4, who have the stuff that runs
the armies, are put out 'cause no dirt
has been spread about 'em...well,
we might say... but that wouldn't do
... Aw right we WILL say it... they
gave us a box for files, and we love
CALLING ALL BOMBARDIERS!
"Capt Easy" Westlake of Speshal
Services 4th Bn, world traveler, has
considered giving orientation lec-
tures on "The Far East-Its Hot
Spots, Nite Spots and Rite Spots
we are sure that anybody Tokyo-
bound (including everybody) would
find such a source of info just too,
too invaluable... he sez quote "Hana
koi hito sanara Hirohito!" which
means literally translated "The Sa-
murai may have class, but we are
going to boot 'em- !"
FLASH! FLASH! Latest news from
Washington D. C.-get out the blitz
again Lts. William H. Callihan, Flody
E. Pirkle, John F. Ferguson and Leo
J. Miller join their colleagues with
shiny, new silver bars...
&( T.-Sgt. Back From Trinidad
SI Wants Cool Spot Next Time
704th Scribe Plots K. P.
Course For Future Husbands
By PFC. JACK EARLE
704 Signal A. W. Co. has many
changes this week in its Executive
department. To begin with, we have
a new company commander. Lt. Simon
Blischke has been replaced by Lt.
Robert T. Sigmann. Lt. Daniel Katz,
our supply officer who, with Lt. Mc-
Ilwane, just returned from a fur-
lough, is leaving us again, this time
for good. The best wishes of the en-
tire organization go with you, sir. Lots
Lt. Frederick Michel took the long
step from Second to First Lieutenant.
Cigars were distributed, and the or-
derly room looked like a meeting of
international bankers for a while.
The past week, we all spent con-
siderable time on the range firing
the thirty-calibre rifle. Now, we have
men in this outfit who are outside all
day long in performance of their daily
duties. Why is it, when we go on
the range, everyone gets a fresh
coat of sunburn? The sun must be
hotter out there; at least, that is our
rather lame solution.
The scores made by the boys were
uniformly good. We don't have any
individual who stands .head and
shoulders over everyone else when it
comes to marksmanship. The whole
outfit is just on the ball!
The enlisted man's Bean Bag and
Eating Club held their weekly meet-
ing at the Thomas Jefferson Hotel.
The chief topic for discussion, as is
usually the case, the minute that these
lads get out of camp, is the Army. The
non-coms, the Officers, and the food
seem to be the most favored subjects;
however, the minute they get off the
bus and are safely back in camp, the
chief topic is the party! I can't give
any explanation for this, but I un-
derstand it is a true maxim wherever
you find soldiers.
We have a combination in the Or-
derly Room of two lads, named Paul
Mathew Young and Edward Martonik.
Between them, they throw around
more corn than the state of Iowa
could raise in ten years.
Two III F. C. Sergeants
Await Cadet Assignments
Awaiting assignment to Flying Ca-
det schools are Tech. Sgt. Arthur P.
Prince and Tech. Sgt. Dale L. Min-
nick, both formerly of Hq. & Hq. Sq.,
III Fighter Command.
Prince, who enlisted in the Regular
Army about 2% years ago, is an ex-
Philadelphian. He has accumulated
some 300 flying hours in about 1%
years a radio operator. He wears
both the American and European
Theater of Operations Ribbons.
Minnick, also a radio operator with
more than 500 hours flying time, is
waiting for his travel orders to a pri-
mary flying school. Enlisting in the
Army almost three years ago from
Michigan, Minnick studied radio at
Scott Field, Ill. He has been with
the III Fighter Command for ap-
proximately two years.
S/Sgt. Stanley Rubin was sent to
Tyndall Field, Panama City, Fla., last
Monday. Rubin has some two and
one-half years in the service and will
train as an aerial gunner.
Title Is Open for The
"Superman of 625th"
By CPL. CHARLES L. SMITH
Probably most of you have heard
of the physical training program that
the 625th has underway now. We are
proud that the men have taken so
great an interest in this training. Lt.
Harings worked hard in setting up
our Athletic program, and the in-
terest shown by the men was surely
picked up through him. Who knows?
Maybe a super-man will develop here
in the 625th, with such prospects as
Lt. Hardcastle, Sgt. Thorne, and Sgt.
Among the boxers that work out
on the punching bag, there are some
that look plenty good. It would be
hard to pick the best but we will say
that there is none that looks better
than Lt. Williams. He works out on
the bag often and he really gives it
all he has.
When a man works hard for
something, he well deserves it, and
everyone is glad to see him come
through. Yes, everyone was glad to
see our commanding officer become
a Captain. Captain Doughty was
promoted shortly before going on
a furlough. Here's hoping Captain
Doughty has a big time and a good
rest while on his leave. But is it
possible to have both on the same
In the new ratings that came out
this month, we find Sgt. Cerankowski
promoted to S/Sgt. Promoted from
Cpl. to Sgt. are: Ehmer, J. W. John-
ston, Nickerson, Stough, Hotis, Mc-
Kibben and Patterson. Quite a few
men made Cpl. The saying goes that
the two most dangerous things in the
world are a newly made corporal and
whirling propellers, so we must keep
an eye on these corporals.
Strange To Be Civilian
Again, Says Ex-Private
"Strange," said 41-year-old Pvt.
Leonard E. (Andy) Anderson, Cadre-
man in the First Training Battalion,
who was transferred into the Enlisted
Reserve Corps last week to accept a
position with the Continental Can
Company in Seattle, Wash.
"I'll miss the good and many
friends who will be left behind," Andy
said. Company F's Mail-Clerk Marvel
admitted he has learned a lot after
ten months with the G-I's.
Army office and desk work, and
methods of handling men, have
made the deepest impression on
Private Anderson. "Those things
will always come in handy, especially
in the job I'm taking," he admitted.
Anderson said he thinks every 18-
year-old young man should spend at
least a year in the army, in peace or
in war. "Every physically fit man in
the country should be made to take a
year's training upon reaching his
eighteenth birthday, both for his own,
and his country's sake," Andy in-
By M/SGT. ROBERT L. RUSSELL
Much of the Detachment, Medical
Department's hidden talent is due to
blossom out in all its glory in, the near
future with the presentation of an
original musical comedy, arranged from
start to finish by the boys who work
in the Station Hospital.
Everything in the production-the
writing, the scenic designs, production,
lighting and costumes-will be original
and members of the Detachment will
portray all characters.
Cpl. Don Boyd is doing an Irving
Berlin by arranging the musical score
for the production.
Sgt. Frank Focht, that genial gent
from the C. D. D. Office, who usually
occupies this column, is enjoying a
furlough back in Chicago this week.
Before donning khaki, Sgt. Focht
was a newspaper reporter in the
Breezy Burg and he plans to re-see
all the old familiar sights in the old
An inTENTSive training program in
field medical service is keeping mem-
bers of several new Medical Depart-
ment cadres hopping these days.
The orderly little Tent City that
sprang up almost overnight across East
"F" Avenue from the Station Hospital
has brought a new phase of army life
home to many of the trainees.
While learning to care for the sick
and wounded in the field cadremen
live under canvas, eat out of mess kits
in field kitchens and do other things
that take many back to their basic
Many members of the cadres, surgi-
cal technicians, medical service men,
X-ray technicians, dental assistants
and administrative clerks are working
in the proper hospital departments to
pick up the details of their respective
The "head men" of the various
cadres, like the ones they lead, in-
clude all types that make up our pres-
ent-day army. Take two acting first
sergeants, Albert Mosman and Seth
Until he joined Cadre 9, Mosman,
an old National Guardsman, was a
Pfc. in the hospital. Robinson, a
T/Sgt., was a mess sergeant.
After his recent Wild West adven-
ture in tracking down a runaway lab-
oratory sheep, S/Sgt. Louis F. Goria,
our Medical Supply colleague, has de-
veloped insomnia. Lou says he refuses
to count the wooly little rascals jump-
ing over 10-foot fences in his dreams.
S/Sgt. Manuel Hevia, the "Czar of
Ybor," another party to the quest for
the lost lamb, turns pale at the sight
of mutton and insists he'll refuse to
wear woolen clothing comes Decem-
For the benefit of those who came
in late and missed Sgt. Focht's vivid
Capsule Comments account of the
Mystery of the Missing Mutton, here is
a brief synopsis:
Said sheep escaped from S/Sgts.
Goria and Hevia who were corraling
him into the hospital animal house.
After roaming Hillsborough County for
a week he was recaptured and led,
under armed guard, back to the con-
fines of his little concrete citadel.
But the real hero of the story is
Sgt. William Janke of the Lab. He
downed the scurrying sheep and
sheared its wooly coat with-yes, Mr.
Ripley-a pair of bandage scissors.
The Detachment sports program,
held back somewhat by the lack of
a suitable baseball field, is due to get
a forward shove very shortly-if the
hospital stops growing long enough to
let the boys settle on a spot for the
Pvt. Clyde Logan is back at work
after a furlough which took him all
the way to the Lone Star State of
It won't do to tell the name of the
sergeant concerned, but here is a
"boner" story that is too good to keep:
A particularly dreary looking G. I.
dragged himself along the ramp past
the Detachment Orderly Room a few
days back. The sergeant noticed his
appearance and took him to task.
"Soldier!" says he. "Roll down your
The soldier obediently rolled them
"Button those shirt pockets."
"Get back to your barracks and sew
those three buttons back on your
The soldier heitated.
"But, sergeant, I've got to get back
That's right. He didn't belong to
our large detachment at all. He was
just leaving after visiting a friend who
was a patient in the hospital.
Sgt. Mike Pietrzak, the roly-poly
supply man, is showing off his new
stripes back in Buffalo, N. Y., these
days. Michael is on furlough.
"Who says pilots and gunners have
all the fun in combat zones?" certain-
ly not T/Sgt. Glen Kelly, recently re-
turned from 3 and a half years of for-
eign service, and now assigned to the
304th Bombardment Squadron.
Two years in the Panama Canal
Zone, flying from the Atlantic to the
Pacific side, declares Sgt. Kelly, gets
to be sort of monotonous, but still
has its fun and excitement.
From Panama, this handsome 22
year old lad, traveled to Trinidad,
in the British West Indies, where
he served for eighteen months in
the tropics of this legend-famous
island. To add variety to his stay
there, Sgt. Kelly made nineteen odd
trips to Africa, via the air route.
Assigned to a bombardment outfit,
he served in the quintuplicate ca-
pacity of pilot, co-pilot, bombardier,
observer, and gunner, and still man-
aged to keep Tech Supply running
on all four wheels.
"Natives gave us most of our en-
tertainment, together with the drill-
ing of the Dutch Native Army. Their
commands sounded like the cry of a
Virginia tobacco auctioneer, and their
execution of these commands looked
like the Charge of the Light Brigade,"
continued Sgt. Kely. "We did manage
to see a few far-traveled USO shows,
one of them starring Pat O'Brien. He
was really a swell guy. His show was
as good as any you will find at the
Sgt. Kelly's pet, strange as it may
sound, was a full grown ocelot.
Webster's dictionary defines this
beast as second cousin to our moun-
tain lion, just as ferocious and just
as wild. But Webster didn't know
the Sarge's powers to "soothe the
savage beast." He shot its mother,
one moonlite nite in the jungles,
on the outskirts of camp, and the
following morning when he went out
to skin it for the pelt, found a tiny
cub still clenched in the now con-
tracted mouth. Feeding it with an
eyedropper and protecting it from
the native dogs, Kelly succeeded in
raising "Dynamite" to be a well-
mannered cat, capable of eating from
one's hand, and still leaving five
fingers when she was finished nib-
bling. Aware of how the Customs
Department would react upon see-
ing a soldier leading a ninety-pound
cat into the "States" Sgt. Kelly
left is with its second Mother, a
S/Sgt. who remained in the islands.
Anxious to get back into foreign
service, this Pennsylvania lad who
hails from Bellfonte, in the Key-
stone state, declares that the War De-
partment wouldn't make him sore if
they transferred him to a nice cool
spot this time. Just for variety, you
Perhaps the most sensational state-
ment made in his interview was when
Sgt. Kelly disproved the theory that
Drew Field mosquitoes are the worst
in the world. "The ones we had down
in Trinidad could out-dive, out-range
and out-bomb anything these little
insects have to offer. They use to
cruise around at about 8,000 feet,
and as soon as the sun would go down,
and the lanterns began to shine, they
would shut off both motors, go into
a 60 dive, strafe seven or eight tents
at a time, leaving cursing and itching
victims below, and then turning on
their navigation lights, they would
disappear into the nite, headed for
This 'N That From
Here 'N There by The
903 QMC, Detach. 7
By CPL. ALBERT A. HARLAN
Concerning the varied personalities
"of the thundering herd of the 903rd
-haven't you heard?" yes, this
is what we're called, all because of
our recent achievements on the firing
range. In case you don't already
know we really made a swell showing.
The spirit of cooperation between the
men in the pits and those handling
the weapons was excellent, and don't
pay any attention to the arching of
the eyebrows when asked your score.
S/Sgt. Cabanne (Monty Wooley to
you!) saw to it that the outfit was1
well nourished while Lieut. Fisher
made certain that we fired in the
right direction. After the firing oper-
ation was over most of us wanted to
go back for more, and we felt that
those nights spent in training were
not in vain after all. Paul Brant, our
Cpl. of personnel, made the highest
score, 183. It's squirrel eye Brant
The other experts are: Cpl. Ander-
son, 181, and M/Sgt. Dixon, 179.
A number of sharpshooters are in our
group, too. Welcome back to the
fold to all the many members of our
organization who have recently re-
turned from furlough. But there's
no need to look so droopy about it.
Cpl. James R. Pierce, the QM Gene
Autry, will play his guitar and sing
your blues away.
Latest news flash! Cpl. Teddy
Grimes has wired that he is the
happy father of a seven-pound girl,
born Aug. 1. Watch that smile when
he returns! Did you know that S/Sgt.
Vallman is awaiting orders to Avn.
Cadet Training? So be it. We wish
you the best of success in your new
venture. The Big Noise from Way-
cross, Ga., S/Sgt. Saggus, on DS,
blew in last week and some of the
pals took him out to dinner. It wound
up as a dutch treat! Sgts. Ferrell and
Cabanne, Cpls. Harlan and McGuire,
Pfc. Donahue, did their best to make
the occasion worth while. They're
still talking about Little Red Riding
Hood the cartoon they saw at the
theater that evening.
"NOW STAY ON IT"
New C. 0. At 330th Sig. Co.,
Wing Tops With His Gang
:..: --- .. . .
AMERICAN-BORN May Wong gave
up a good position as a drafts-
woman with a ship designing firm
to weld destroyer escorts at Port
Newark, N.J. She likes the ex-
citement of the work and takes
pride in the records set by the
shipbuilders. /Tnte national)
By PVT. I. L. ESKENAZZ
The 330th Sig. Co. Wing has the
distinction of being the only company
of its type left on Drew field. It's
one year old this month, and is the
best trained contingent of its type in
Lieut. Rice, our new CO thinks
we're good the men think he's
tops! We're all for him. A swell guy!
The Cuthbertson boys (H a y te r,
Hadler, and the. Old Man) are still
hard at work in their victory garden.
Pfc. Smiley Labak has been leaving
the main PX with a dreamy look on
his face. It's that blonde at the
Lieut. Mazzola is convniced that
our softball team is the best one
lie's managed since he left New
Jersey How about it "Tim?"
Remember those coast guardsmen
at Tarpon? Incidentally, our soft-
ball team has won 21, tied 1, and
lost 2 games in our last 24. Al-
though we are not part of any of
the field leagues, we'll take on all
Wedding bells will be ringing for
Sgt. Galleener. T/Sgt. Jahn and
S/Sgt. Ryan have been seen entering
Childs cafe quite ofen. We wonder if
she's a blonde or brunette. They
couldn't possibly be that hungry.
Pvt. MacClamrock to turn in his fur
coat for salvage! 1st Sgt. Mar-
rus leaves on his furlough today. We'll
really miss him.
CHOES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1943