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VOL. 2, NO. 27
'Gun' Packs Punch
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION DREW FIELD, TAMPA, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
War Vet Is Saved From
Drowning at St. Pete By
Two Drew Field Soldiers
Just as dangerous and effective a weapon as a machine
gun is this drill press being inspected by a Drew Field sol-
dier. More than 200 visited the monstrous .shipbuilding
plant Labor Day.
Soldiers View Shipyards
On Labor Day Tasco Tour;
Return Pleased With Work
By T/5 RICHARD FORBES
Civilians all over the country, and especially the Tampa
Shipbuilding company employes, are working their hardest
to back up our fighting men with the necessary equipment
Accompanied by Chaplain Carl W. Hewlitt, four bus
loads of Signal Corps and Air
Corps men from Drew had the build the transport and fight-
pleasure Labor Day of an "in- ing vessels to get our armed
vestigating trip" through Tampa's forces overseas so that they
huge shipyards and drydock. may get into the scrap and get
What they saw convinced this war over with that much
them that: faster.
1. The United States is turn- Don't think for a minute, sol-
ing out more and finer ships dier, that the home front is let-
in faster time than ever ting you down. As Chaplain Hew-
thought possible, and- litt explained it, "We want the
2. Civilian labor is working soldiers to see the civilians' side
night and day, unceasingly, to (Continued on Page 16)
This WAC Spells Style;
Named Best Groomed
Brother, can you spell?
If you can, WAC is spelled STYLE-at least for T/5
Mary E. Pedron, who won first choice from the 746th SAW
Company as the best dressed WAC on Drew Field.
Take a look at Corporal Pedron. Tantalizing brown
eyes (ask Sgt. Jim Matthews) silky brown hair, 23-inch
waist. Add all this to a clean, neatly ironed uniform and a
Two Drew Field soldiers-
one an Air Corps man, the
other a Signal Corps man-
co-operated to save a World
War I veteran from drown-
ing in Tampa Bay off St. Pe-
tersburg's Million Dollar Pier.
They are Cpl. Andrew Pre-
slopski, 511th Fighter Bomb-
er Squadron, and T/5 Louis
Cohen, 853rd Signal Service
The veteran, Arthur Reed,
who lives at Bay Pines Hos-
pital, near St. Petersburg,
was unconscious when he was
hauled to the pier. Preslop-
ski, a recent graduate of the
Red Cross Life Saving and
Water Safety course, applied
artificial respiration, reviving
Reed before he was taken to a
Cohen, a Brooklynite, cut his
hands and scalp on barnacles
clinging to the pier's pilings
and also ruined his wristwatch.
He was treated at Don Ce-Sar
Hospital, a sub-hospital of Mc-
Dill Field at Pass-a-Grille.
Sympathetic A.. Wernig of
St. Petersburg, who witnessed
the rescue, started a fund with
which to purchase a new watch
for Cohen. Other persons have
sent contributions to the St.
Reed fell into the water while
fishing, shortly after 8 p.m., Aug.
25. Wernig ran to the pier's edge
and saw the veteran floating face
down. Other persons looked
frantically for life preservers.
Cohen finally found one on the
wall of the wharf's recreation
building. He tossed the preserver
into the water, removed his shoes
and shirt and dived in.
Cohen placed the drowning man
on the preserver, but it fell apart.
"The preserver," said J. E.
Froats, another witness, "com-
pletely disintegrated in the wa-
ter. It simply came all to pieces.
The preserver was thoroughly
Meanwhile, Preslopski ar-
rived and threw a rope into
the water. Cohen tied the rope
around the man's arms and Pre-
(Continued on Page 16)
T/5 LOUIS COHEN
Chilean Fliers Honored
Here Following Training
After more than three months of advanced flight train-
ing with the 84th Fighter Bombardment Group under Lieut.
Col. Paul A. Zartman, nine Chilean Air Force officers are
leaving Drew Field.
A farewell dinner was given in their honor last Friday
night at Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City, prior to their de-
parture for Washington, where
they will be the guests of the station of the Good Neighbor Pol-
The dinner was attended by
Col. Melvin B. Asp, Area Com-
mander, Col. R. F. C. Vance, and
Lieut. Col. Paul A. Zartman.
Captain Alferdo Lavin, on be-
half of the departing fliers, ac-
cepted an elaborately prepared
album compiled- by Sgt. Joseph
V. Perri, chronicling their activ-
ities while at Drew.
They gere here at the invita-
tion of the War Department,
whose policy of exchange pilots
between the United States and
Chile developed out of the inter-
change of university students be-
tween the two nations in peace
time. There are, at present, a
number of American fliers serv-
ing with the Chilean Air Forces.
This interchange is an implemen-
icy between tnis country and
Latin America. From close as-
sociation with each other, the
North American and South Amer-
ican fliers have learned to under-
stand and to appreciate the lives
and the interests of each other.
Upon leaving Drew Field, Cap-
tain Lavin and the other officers
expressed their gratitude to Col.
Melvin B. Asp, the area air base
commander, for the privilege and
accommodations of the post; and
to Lt. Col. Paul A. Zartman and
his officers of the 84th Bombard-
ment Group, for the fine training
they have received at Drew.
"We especially wish to com-
mend the enlisted men of the
301st Bombardment Squadron,"
they said, "for tReir readiness to
assist us in our training activities
at all hours of the day. or night."
soldierly appearance and you can
gadily see why the 746th chose
nis Texas-born WAC.
-/ Wanna know mo---_? Well, Cor-
poral Pedron can cook-in fact,
she's a GI baker. Her home is in
the Lone Star State ("the best
doggbne state in the union").
She's a graduate of Hull-Daisetta
High, the best alma mater in
Mary is a good sport, and
athletically inclined like all
soldiers should be. She likes to
ride horseback, and hunt. Can
draw a pretty good bead with a
Her favorite movie star is Gene
Autry because he portrays west-
ern cowboys, and Tyrone Power
ranks second-only because he
lacks that Texas atmosphere.
Her pet gripe is getting up in
the morning, like a lot of other
soldiers we know, and she also
has no taste for washing and iron-
An ideal GI girl? Maybe you
think we're kidding you. To prove
we're not, her age is 24 and her
weight 110 pounds. And she wears
her khakis like a soldier should
-neatly pressed, clean and fresh.
Mary doesn't drink, but she
does smoke-and prefers Old
Golds. On dates she likes her
men, privates, corporals or ser-
T/5 MARY PEDRON
geants, to be gentlemen, and
brother soldiers. She respects
her WAC officers, respects what
they have taught her, and tries
to follow their example.
Watch for her, then check to
see if you're half the soldier
Kiska Combat Gp Returns
Flyers who helped ring down the curtain on Kiska ar-
rived at Drew Field this week, approximately two months
after their Group Commander, Lieut. Col. Marvin S. Zipp,
led a formation of 30 Douglas Dauntless dive bombers to
Alaska with orders to 'reduce Kiska."
The Group moved down the Aleutian chain as quickly
as possible. Arriving at Kiska July 29, they immediately
started carrying bombs to the
Nipponese. Instead of the heavy. Before American ground forces
ack-ack which usually goes pushed onto the tiny island of
hand- in-hand Kiska, Colonel Zipp's men
a heavily forti- knocked out a large coast artil-
fie d position, lery gun, smashed a 90-mm anti-
t h ey encoun- aircraft gun, and hit a fire con-
tered onlI y a
little machine- trol center. These were positive
fun fire from hits. They also did a lot of dam-
the ground." age to gun emplacements.
EX PECTE' "But it was mostly routine
EVACUATION ED i stuff," the colonel insists. "A
SVACUATION. few of our people found holes in
"Either they ..... their planes as the result of
were short of Lt. Col. Zipp enemy fire. Our own eagerness,
ammunition or they were evacu- however, got us into a little trou-
ating the island," Colonel Zipp ble. Some of the men divSd so
says, "so that when the news fi- low they had to fly through
nally came that the Japs were bomb fragments thrown up by
gone, it was no surprise. We had the explosive dropped from the
been expecting it." preceding plane. Fortunately, we
suffered no fatalities due, in
large part, to the work of the
ground crews maintaining the
planes. After each flight, the
boys did not rest until every,
plane was ready to fly again.
They took pride in their work
and did a superb job."
The only real difficulty con-
nected with the expedition was
the unpredictable weather. Me-
teorologists were limited in ob-
taining accurate information from
surrounding territory, with re-
sultant "by-guess and by-gosh"
forecasting. Sometimes, banks of
fogs would move in with less
than 10 minutes warning.
Temperatures varied between
35 and 60 degrees-uncomfort-
able, the men say, by reason of,
the penetrating quality of the
atmosphere. A rope led them
through the fog from their tents
to the mess hall and they were
constantly slipping on the mus-
keg. The peculiar consistency of
the earth necessitated the use of
steel matted runways.
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DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
To New Campsite
It didn't take us long to
maneuver out of our former
camp area last week. One
thing that did, have us
stumped was a lone stray
pigeon that had made its
home in the orderly room.
No doubt the pigeon was on
detached service with. our
Without a special order
the pigeon was shipped back
to the headquarters by truck
where it rejoined its little
No sooner had we set foot
in our new orderly room, we
found the coke machine al-
ready installed and ready for
action. Pvt. Baumwall was
immediately placed in complete
charge of coke operations. For
the benefit of all new comers to
746 who may not as yet have be-
ed with this
will find a pic-
ture of him
,HF r picture was
S.- first submitted,
S we were un-
able to recog-
Snize any. simi*-
it and the ori-
Baumwall in checking it
further through channels with
AWUTC we were informed that
this EM was a member of our
organization-and up to the pres-
ent time his record was clear.
Pay day enabled Corporal
Frost to call his girl friend, Jerry,
also known as Chubby, in-East
Gary. Asking the operator for $12
worth, the op-
the corporal 50
minutes of un-
the trivial sum
of 20 smackers.
learn, is losing
If the supply
room were lo-
cated closer to
room we might
learn what Cpl.
Gnat and Pfc. Frost
Halloran do these day for excite-
S/Sgt. Cohen, Pvt. Phillips, Pvt.
Boruck, T/5 Windsor, Pfc. Folz
and Pvt. Bridgeman make the
most of their ti'he after five.
Modest Pfc. Blackstone, recent-
ly transferred into our organiza-
tion, has tried, without much suc-
cess, to hide his claim to fame as
one of the original best dressed
GI winners in WAC contest.
Pvt. Colello has been busy at
the typewriter these days and
hopes The Echoes will print his
interesting contribution which
starts off with a flash as follows:
"Last week-three fellows who
are always seen together, were
seen walking the Burma Road.
The Burma Road is a saying when
you have company punishment
and you walk a post with a full
pack and rifle. The sun was beat-
ing down and there they were,
marching like soldiers should. At
the end of the day they were seen
in town. The soldiers' names are:
Pvt. A. Schuman who is still go-
ing out with a girl named Mary.
She told Pvt. Schuman that the
fellow who she is going with now
has plenty of competition.
Number4wo is Pvt. L. T. Tera-
mina who has been going with a
girl from Sulphur Springs and is
talking about getting married. If
Teramina does make up his mind
to marry, we want her to know
she is getting something good
when she gets him.
Number three is Pvt. Eddie
Massarella, who hails from a well-
known city called Beverly.' He
keeps telling his buddies that
when he goes home on furlough
he is going to marry. *
All military personnel who have ration books 1 and 2
may pick up application blank for ration book No. 3 from
their organization. Applications must be mailed to address
on card before -midnight, September 11, 1943.
Drew Field Rationing Board hours are from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The
Board is closed Monday and Thursday of each week. It is
open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
MEATS, CHEESE, BUTTER, OILS AND CANNED MILK
Rationed at 16 points a week in Red Stamps X, Y and
Z, now valid through Oct. 2nd. Brown stamp A in ration
book 3 becomes valid September 12th for meats, fats, oils,
butter and cheese. It expires October 2nd.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Rationed on Blue Coupons R, S and T valid through
September 20th. Coupons U, V and W valid through Octo-
Coupon No. 14 good for five pounds through October.
Coupons 15 and 16 good for 5 pounds for canning.
Stamp No. 18 in War Ration Book No. 1 good through
October 31. Military Personnel without Ration Books will
submit application based on Base Memo. 70-16 Dated May
25 through Message Center.
Good now, No. 6 stamp, in A book.
QOLD APD NEW TYPES
OF 8" AND C" GASOLINE COUPONS
Car ownersewho usefdhd GC" rations must hav couponson which the words "Mikl-
ge Ration are printed, to purchase gasoline. The new stamp issue will tighten
he goaoline rationing program, by rendering unless stolen, llegally-held, oa
countefeit coupons of the old type now circulating in the block market.
Couoorts in this eah*#Wlql dlyp9
Iwolid Sept. I
Coupons in this column ore new tlpe
S Must be
/nv/lid Seot A
Period No. 1 Fuel Oil coupons of new season now valid
until Jan. 3, worth 10 gallons per unit.
All personnel who possess Gasoline Books A, B or C
MUST have their tires inspected in the following order.
"A" Book Hold.s have tries inspected within every
"B" Book Holders have tires inspected within every
S"C" Book Holders have tires inspected within every
The above instructions must be compiled with, tire
inspection record and registration card must accompany all
applications for gasoline. Tire applications must be indorsed
by this board before being submitted to the OPA.
Red Cross Ups
SHoward F. Moran, assistant Red
Cross field -director for Drew
Field, has been appointed field
director at the Third Air Force
Replacement Depot, Plant Field.
Moran, a native of Rochester,
N. Y., served four years in the
Marine Corps, and received his
Red Cross training at Washing-
ton. He was stationed at Fort
Jackson, S: C., before coming to
Moran's office at Plant Field
will be in the Headquarters
Building, and his staff will give
service to enlisted men on a 24-
Dan M. Hartley is field direc-
tor of the Red Cross at Drew.
I John Darling Lodge, F. and
A.M., 610 Madison Street,
Tampa, extends fraternal greet-
ingS'and welcome to all Mason
brothers. An invitation is ex-
tended to attend the weekly
Wednesday night meetings.
Of 3rd FC Leaves
For Medic School
Corporal Sylvester Bookwalter,
formerly of the Medical Section
at III Fighter Command Head-
quarters, left recently for the
School of Aviation Medicine,
Randolph Field. Upon the com-
pletion of 'his eight week course,
he will graduate as a flight sur-
Prior to his entry in the Army,
"Book" operated his own apiary
and fur ranch. Later he worked
for the Veterans' Administration
Hospital at Chillicothe, Ohio, as a
hospital attendant and laboratory
assistant. He is a native of
After induction in the Army
last October, Bookwalter spent
his three -months basic training at
the Medical Replacement Training
Center, Camp Barkeley, coming to
Drew in January, 1943. He is
married and has an 18 months.old
Knowledge of Concealment
Is Often the Difference
Between Life and Death
(This is the first of seven articles on camouflage, an
art of modern warfare with which every soldier should
be thoroughly familiar.)
By S/SGT. DONALD E. UTT
Base S/3 Office
You can learn a lot about concealment in 15 minutes
under fire if you live that long.
Camouflage efficiency is as important as learning to
fire a gun or use a gas mask, and it is the principal pur-
pose of this article to impress Drew Field soldiers with the
importance of "being there without being there."
Camouflage may be defined as "work done' and maintained
to provide protective concealment for men, materials, and
military installations from enemy observation." If it would
make it easier to understand, the word concealment may well
be substituted for camouflage.
In general, camouflage can be divided into two parts:
camouflage discipline and camouflage techniques.
Training in camouflage discipline is hard to "put over,"
because it involves the development of will power and good
habits. Lectures are apt to go in one ear and out the other,
because a breach of this type of discipline is never punished
except through bitter experience when the soldier is actually
under fire. Then it is too late.
There are many ways to define camouflage discipline. It all
mounts up to using your head, your will power, and intelligence.
As a' nation, we are very proud of our advance in aviation,
and by instinct we look up. in the air when we hear the sound
of an airplane engine. But camouflage discipline teaches us not
to look up whenever we hear an airplane. Looking up when
we are on a battlefield may cause our death. If only one man
looks up, the pilot of the enemy plane may not see the little
white spot made by the soldier's face. But if 20 GIs look up, the
20 white dots can be discerned by the pilot, and at once the group
becomes strafing bait.
Another breach of camouflage discipline is making new tracks
and taking short cuts through-fields. A third is hanging laundr-
in the open.
When you take shortcuts qver open areas or step outside cove*
you attract 48 square inches of enemy attention. Always extend
a road past your installations. A road or several trails leading to
an installation are sign posts to enemy bombers which say, "Fol-
low the arrow, we're right here. You can't miss us."
All innocent acts in themselves are fatal if the enemy is near
-and in this war the enemy is always near.
Camouflage techniques are much simpler to teach the sol-
dier, because he has something to work with. He can be shown
by actual demonstration how to make various items of camou-
The three main divisions of camouflage are:
1. Hiding; which means completely concealing an object
by constructing overhead cover or lateral screening.
2. Blending; which means making an object indistinguish-
able from its surroundings by breaking up its form and shadow.
This method is particularly valuable where the terrain pattern
3. Deceiving; the enemy can be deceived by making an
object appear to be something else, or by building dummies of
personnel and equipment.
Be authentic. Don't cover a foxhole with dried leaves when
the surrounding terrain is green. Don't build a haystack to hide
a plane or truck when you are in the tropics. You must study
your surroundings and make full use of natural cover. Utilize
ditches, hedges, edges of woods and folds in the ground.
Future stories will cover in detail principles and methods of
individual concealment, vehicle concealment, heavy and light
weapons, bivouac areas, dumps and depots, aircraft and the use
Any individual problems you might have will be answered
gladly if you will drop us a line. Next week, we will take up
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
Plays on Sundays
At Chapel No. 3
By SGT. MARTIN L. WOLF
Chaplain Price has just returned from a well-deserved
two-week leave of absence and has resumed his invaluable
duties as religious director of this battalion. Chaplain Price
discloses that attendance at Sunday services has perked
up considerably in recent times, but he still looks forward
anxiously to the day when he can exhibit his shiny new
"standing room only" sign. Chapel No. 3, in which Chap-
ain Price officiates, is located at Avenue J and 2nd Street.
SWanna hear the "tops" in
organ artistry? Come back to around, regarding the firing-
Chapel No. 3 any Sunday after- range activities to be engaged
noon at 2:30 and listen to Cpl. in shortly. Don't develop any
Adrian Mikesell as he transforms worries about flying bullets,
you into another world. Corporal m'lads, because as we did in
Mikesell was staff organist for the Infantry, just park your-
NBC at Radio City and Holly- self right in front of the target
wood for 10 years, and still broad- ; you'll never get hit there.
casts through special arrange-
ments. Better not take any short-cuts
He was featured with Horace
Heidt, Kate Smith, and other
notables, and his future programs
will be enhanced by members of
the Metropolitan Opera company,
all personnel of Drew field. Drop
in and give yourself a treat.
Best of luck to T/Sgt. Clarke,
recently transferred to the new
2nd Tng Bn in the Adminis-
trative Inspector's S section.
T/Sgt. Clarke was our classifi-
cation chief, and we'll agree
that due to his insight and
ability, cooks are cooking,
clerks are clerking, and truck-
men are trucking. When we
realize how many musicians are
driving jeeps, and vice-versa,
in other units, we can appreci-
ate our classification section.
Welcome to Privates Smick and.
McComas, just assigned to Com-
pany B for duty as Potention In-
structors in Training. Ditto Pfc.
Devengencie of Company C.
Other additions to our faculties
are T/5's Maloney and Peterson,
and Pfc. Montrey, all up-and-
coming Information Center in-
Lt. Albert G. Schau looks
vigorous and spirited after his
leave, and is again capably as-
sisting Lt. Gilbert H. Bertie,
Commanding Officer, in success-
fully directing the destinies of
COLONEL GIVES ADVICE
Lieutenant Baldrige did a mag-
nificent job in adjusting the diffi-
culties encountered in the re-
organization of Kitchen 20, with
the result that spotless trays, cups,
and silverware are now dispensed,
and the service is accomplished
without waiting. But don't get
any cute ideas, outsiders, because
numbered passes are carefully
examined at the door.
A bouquet to Lt. Richard
Todd on> the same matter, for
his efficiency as mess officer.
Suggestions by Lt. Col. Stiehl,
after his 6 a.m. inspections, con-
tributed greatly to the excel-
lence .of the present set-up.
There's a lot of curiosity'
across the grounds of this head-
quarters, fellas. We've got beau-
tiful landscaping, maintained at
great effort, and we've got some-
thing else, too! a couple spe-
cial cops who are gonna hafta
pick you up if you as much as
plant one foot on our nice grass.
Our trained squirrels might take
a nip at you, too nuff said!
The Instructors' Training School
is doing great work, coaching
newly-added members of the
I. C. staffs. Lt. Humphrey
and his crew of educators all
deserve a big hand Didja
know that Radio School's chief
clerk, S/Sgt. Doxon is a wiz at
the typewriter? Does better than
100 words per minute and
clean i F/Sgt. Scotf of Co.
A and T/5 Hutchison of Adm.
Dept. just returned from Camou-
flage School, Scotty's shoes well-
filled by S/Sgt. Hansen in the
meantime. Expected them to
look like trees, or fish-nets, or
sump'in, but they didn't. That
ain't bad that's good.
'Scuse the repetition, but there's
still a lot of loose gab and whole-
sale chin-wagging going on, and
when it comes to safeguarding
military information, the good
soldier is the quiet soldier. How
about getting a zipper across the
area under your nose? Put one
on your pen, too Next few
columns will be accumulated and
set forth by S/Sgt. Walter S. Wil-
liams of this Hq, during the long-
awaited furlough of Yours Truly.
To Present Dance
Manuel Sanchez and his or-
chestra will play at the Roof
Garden of the Hillsboro hotel to-
morrow night for the informal
dance of the Tailspin club. Music
will start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale in all divi-
sions of the Sub-Depot, accord-
ing to Miss Marion Ward, presi-
dent of the club. Both members
and non-members are urged to
be on hand for the affair.
Capen of 84th
Rumored Born in
There are three things that
make the reveille hour intol-
erable in the 84th Fighter
Bomber Headquarters: SQ
blowing the whistle, getting
out of one's bunk, and Cpl.
Dick Capen, physical train-
ing instructor. The first two
are self-explanatory; they
earn the GI's undying hatred
from his earliest reception
center days. But the phenom-
enon known to mortal man as
Capen; ah, that requires ex-
He belongs to that abominable
breed capable of violent exercise
even while the sun is still asleep
behind the horizon .. years ot
this barbaric practice ha- be-
stowed on him a disgustingly
beautiful physique, and made him
physically, mentally, morally in-
capable of understanding the fact
that lesser human beings are dis-
covering their sacro-lumbars for
the first time.
Since we are drawing his
profile, we should tell you his
favorite sports are baseball,
football, handball, soccer, ten-
nis, swimming, boxing, golf,
fencing, polo, ice hockey and
wrestling. He was born in the
Yankee Stadium and brought
up on the Harvard track, it is
BULL BY THE HEAD
But his mother loves him, so
he's going to Hartford, Conn.,
for a vacation. Have a healthy
good time, Dick.
And that tyrant of the officers'
section, Sgt. Arthur Edmonston, is
going home, too, clad in a suit
that makes him look like a briga-
Corporal Maclnturff shaved the
hair off his bull head; he looks
like Eric von Stroheim alias Rom-
mel. The boy is wasting his tal-
ents; he should be playing op-
posite Merle Oberon and we do
Orchids to Cpl. Don M. Porter
on his stellar performance be-
hind the wheel of a jeep; it is
positively thrilling to ride with
him on the line he gives his'
patrons haircuts in whirling pro-
pellars on the field he puts
runs in WACs stockings as he
whizzes past them.
SNAFU MOVES IN
The old 22nd Wing men who
were absorbed into the 84th
moved into HQ barracks the
other day, complete with Snafu,
the mascot puppy. Let us ex-
tend this official welcome to
our comrades-in-arms who re-
cently joined the secret
brotherhood. It is felt that the
close proximity will cement re-
lations. At any rate, welcome,
Pfc. Sanford J. Hirshfield is the
new little sunbeam in the Mes-
Major, 26, Leads SAW Bn.
By S/SGT. FRANCIS E. NOWICKI
When Major George M. Higginson left West Point in
1939, war-clouds were considered solely the worry of Euro-
pean powers, and like most graduates, he looked forward to
several years as a second lieutenant before silver bars
would rest upon his shoulders.
Today, the major has received
three promotions and as com-
manding officer of Camp
Weatherford is one of the
youngest field officers at Drew
Truly a son of West Point,
Major Higginson was born in New
York City, educated in the city
public schools. Upon graduation
he spent one year at Stanton
Preparatory Academy in Corn-
wall, New York. In 1935 he en-
tered the United States Military
Academy at West Point. Upon
receiving his gold bars he was
sent to Fort Des Moines, Iowa
where he became a company of-
ficer. He was later sent to Camp
Jackson (now Ft. Jackson), S. C;
ACTIVE IN MANEUVERS
Major Higginson took active
participation in the Louisiana
and Minnesota maneuvers in
the spring of 1940. Attended a
three month military course at
Fort Monmouth, N. J. Received
his promotion to first lieutenant
in September, 1940, and later
was sent to Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, and Maxwell Field,
Alabama as a company com-
In August, 1941, he arrived at.
Drew Field, Tampa, where he was
associated with Aircraft Warning.
Once again, he went out on man-
euvers and was transferred to
March Field, California. He was
promoted to Captain in May, 1942.
While at Drew Field Major
Higginson was commanding of-
ficer of a department known as
Operational Training Stage later
the Sixth Training Battalion.
Upon arrival here at Camp
Weatherford Major Higginson was
responsible for improvements
hitherto unknown when he re-
ceived confirmation from the War
Department that Camp Weather-
ford will be established as a
temporary camp here in Braden-
Considerable work in the ay
of improvements and better
sanitary conditions are planned
for Camp Weatherford under
the official notice received by
At present he is the command-
ing officer of one of the most
important Aircraft Warning bat-
talions in the United States Army.
He married Miss Barbara Hickok
of Summit, New Jersey and both
reside in Bradenton.
In the Best AAF Traditions--
The 405th Bomb Group
Grows to Fighting Strength
Activated last March, the 405th Bombardment Group is an
excellent example of the formation and growth -of a typical Amer-
ican aerial unit.
Maj. Fred G. Hook
Major Hook, commanding officer of the 405th, and his
staff form a representative cross section of most of the United
States. These officers' native states extend geographically from
Pennsylvania to California, Massachusetts to Florida, and Wis-
consin to Arizona, with no two officers coming from the same
The unit, still incomplete, as far
as officer personnel goes, does
form a framework of experienced
personnel on which to build a
a n experienced
pilot before en-
S tearing the Army,
'has a wealth of
S'ss 'ss stands him well
to the 405th had
been with ob-
H e commanded
the 23rc' Obser-
for nine months
before taking his
MAJ. HOOK first assignment
with the 405th as
His knowledge ,of several
types of planes was the principal
reward derived from his work
with observation. As is fitting,
a good commander knows men,
their capabilities and weak-
Maj. Earle R. Thomas
The air echelon of the group
staff is headed by Maj. Earle R.
Thomas of Westport, N. Y. At
present, Major Thomas holds
down both the deputy com-
mander and operations officer
positions. Well qualified for
either, and doing a good job, the
Major earned his the hard way.
He was commissioned when
he graduated from the Univer-
sity of Vermont, taking his
S. flight training at
Brooks and Ran-
When war was
Thomas was at
that stage of a
pilot's c a r e e r
when flying was
"t h e Show."
Those early days
were before the
Hence he found
to the 97th Ob-
MAJ. THOMAS ron, doing anti-
sub marine pa-
trol. Fly he did; from December,
1941, to August, 1942, he flew in
all kinds of weather, Cay or night,
regular patrol and on call. There
was plenty of both. No doubt this
eight month's assignment accounts
for the Major's over-abundance
of grey hair at the ripe age of
24, and his always well-planned,
Lt. Charles R. Bocks
Lt. Charles R. Bocks of San
Jose, Cal., is the group's assistant
opera tions of-
Bock. has also
S after he received
,; his wings was
With the 85th
where his early
leader. He later
served as in-
Sstructor pilot be-
S\ fore his present
LT. BOCKS :ignment when
the group was
Capt. Thomas J. James III
The duties of Air Support Con-
trol have been recently assigned
to Capt. Thomas J. James III, a
native of Adrian, Ga.
Captain James was a veteran
pilot when he entered the service.
--...--.--.- He had a record
of 13 years ex-
P a n American
his service with
this company he
< has a credit of
.. around 13,000
hours of flying,
oSf %which over
5,300 hours are
as pilot time.
Prior to his as-
signment to the
4-05th when it
was act ivated, he
Cp had served with
CAPT. JAMES the 84th Bomb
Group as en-
gineering officer. He had been
group material officer for the
organization before his present
Capt. Hollis S. Palmer
The Intelligence Officer's post
is filled by Capt. Hollis S. Palmer
of Phoenix, Ariz. His earliest
Army service dates as of April
3, 1917, when he enlisted in the
168th infantry, a unit of the old
Rainbow Division. He served
throughout World War 1, partici-
pating with his unit in four major
engagements, plus a long stretch
in defensive sec-
tors, and in the
army or occupa-
itionr. After being
S discharged on
May 17. 1919, he
V&_ co pleted his
S education at
S iowaa State col-
He served con-
,4 -1923 1o 1943 in
trative and spe-
in the U. S. For-
Capt. Palmer when he took
leave of absence
to again enter the Army.
After completing OTS at
Miami and AAFIS at Harrisburg
he was assigned_ as Intelligence
Officer to thT 388th Bomb
Squadron. He was released from
the assignment and assigned
Group Intelligence Officer of the
84th Bomb Group in which ca-
pacity he served until he as-
sumed his present duties with
the 405th, when it was activated.
Lt. Dallas R. Baker
Lt. Dallas R. Baker of Lees-
ville, S. C., is assistant intelli-
and photo inter-
preter. He is a
Product of the
*. civil engineer-
Lt. Baker has
followed hii pro-
ics ions in sev-
.eral lines includ-
SIng aerial map-
S f mping, in the
tion of the United
LT. BAKER ing OTS and
AAFIS at Har-
risburg he served in like capacity
with the 311th Bomb Group. He
has served in his present position
since the group was activated.
(Vignettes of other 405th
Bomb Group Officer personnel
will appear in next week's
DREW FIELD ECHOES. FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
DREW FIELD ECHOES
Official Publication Drew Field
P. 0. Address: Drew Field, Tampa, Fla.
Friday, September 10, 1943
COLONEL MELVIN B. ASP
Air Base Area Commander-
DREW FIELD ECHOES is a Post Exchange Activity,
published each Friday in the'interest of the officers and
enlisted men of Drew Field.
Authority Sec. II, W. D. Circular 55, 1943. under the
supervision 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 oi 8th Street between "A" and
"B" Avenues. Building No, 14B-03. Telephone, exten-
(Photos by Base Photo Lab.)
[Printed by The St. Petersburg Times]
VOLUME 2-NUMBER 27
ITALY BITES THE DUST
Italy is out of the war, and the once-
proud Nazi goosestep has become a limp.
General Eisenhower's surgical knife per-
formed a marvelous operation in removing
the leg from the shrinking body of Nazism.
Allied troops landed on the stubby toe
of Italy just five days preceding the sur-
render. Previous to that, cities throughout
the once haughty Roman nation had been
plummetted with bombs. Even as word of
surrender came, earlier editions carried
headlines forecasting another- invasion
above the toe of that war-weary nation.
Wise old Samuel Johnson once remarked
that a nation's personality-like that of an
individual-changes according to circum-
This aphorism fits Italy to the shoelaces
of her boot. It is the people who will win
or lose a war irregardless of irrational rul-
ers. Humanity will not sacrifice whole-
heartedly its sons unless it is convinced of
the righteousness of its cause.
The treacherous stab in the back of
-France in 1940 will never be erased from
history's annals. Mussolini's attack was
comparable to that of a jackal who slinks
in the background until the lion has eaten
his share, then sneaks in to gorge himself.
We are convinced that the numerous mi-
nority parties in Italy were banded along
with the democratic nations against this
act. We are convinced that Italian soldiers
would not fight-preferred surrender-be-
cause they felt their battle was on our side
against the German slave legions.
With the surrender of Italy, numerous
questions automatically swim like vapor
before our eyes. Of course, this news means
that thousands of Allied soldiers will be
spared a piecf of Italian under-soil. It
means that millions of tons of war equip-
ment will be diverted toward the Ger-
mans or Japs. It also means that the day
of ultimate victory rounds another corner.
Immediate questions pertain to Yugo-
slavia and Rumania, or trampled countries
as France, Norway, Poland. Whether there
will be equally sensational news within the
next few daysremains for speculation.
Of this we know: When part of a gran-
diose dream of world conquest disinte-
grates, the dream itself is doomed for
evaporation. Surely the peoples and lead-
ers of Germany" and Japan itself realize
this. It is.impossible to have a major opera-
tion performed without the patient being
It is natural for soldiers of Drew Field,
as military and civilian throngs every-
where, to speculate on the war's duration.
Excitable opinions that the battle is won,
and the war over but for the shouting are
audible on every downtown corner.
A soldier cannot become overly optimis-
tic. Optimism is another word for death.
The optimistic soldier does not live long.
For'us of Drew, optimism could mean re-
laxation while learning nomenclature of a
rifle; negligence when studying technical
This war is not won.
Germany is still intact. Japan still dom-
inates possibly the richest territory in the
world. Battles will still be fought and sol-
diers of Drew will continue to leave for
destinations APO until these two nations
are crumpled. We of Drew would be stab-
bing in the back our fellow comrades, 'now
overseas, should we grow ,complacent.
That Funny Feeling
mmsswsw:;F -> OmmmvpssssisiW
7rom Our CLplain-
By Chaplain Carl W. Hewlett
Not for success alone:
Not to fair-sail unintermitted always;
The storm shall dash thy face-the murk of war, and worse than
war, shall cover thee all over .
But thou shalt face thy fortunes, thy diseases, and surmount
them all .
They each and all shall lift, and pass away, and cease from thee;
While thou, Time's spirals rounding .
Shalt soar toward the fulfillment of the future.
Walt Whitman's Hymn to America, .1872.
An age is dying, a thousand years of history are ending,
a world that seemed eternal to its children is swiftly crum-
bling away. Meanwhile, a new age is emerging, not with
a sudden, brilliant sunburst, but in blood and agony and
tears. We stand and wonder at it; this is what was prophe-
sied, this is what we thought we looked for; yet, now it
comes, we are astonished at it; we had not understood that
it would come like this. What is there left to mortal hope;
we ask ourselves, but silence-
and the grimness of the moment's to be. From no other faith, no
need? lesser faith, will modern men and
CHALLENGE IS IMMEDIATE women give what they need to
give to win the victory in the
But is it a time for silence? The titanic strugglein ic we are
world .is not a spectacle to stand engaged. It is from this faith, and
apart and wonder, at; it is the this alone, that liberty can live
world we live in; a world which and grow. Where did it ever grow
human life will make and break, in its absence? We have to believe
The challenge is immediate and that there is something in the na-
imperious; we have begun to meet ture of reality-and of human
it; we must define the new direc- reality-which makes liberty pos-
tions, know our purposes, unite sible and natural; which' makes
our living with our thinking, look it, in fact, an indispensable re-
ahead and see the path before us. quirement of the fully human
More than ever since the dawn level, and, therefore, an "inalien-
of history, it is time for defini- able right." We have to believe
tion and for reckoning. What, that human life is not worth liv-
then, may such a reckoning be? ing unless this level can be
And what does it mean for the reached-and held.
people of America?
There is only one comprehen- gus Ser
sive answer, within which the an- Religiou ServiceS
sewers to related questions natur- A Drw Field
ally fit: human life itself has w rAIe
reached a crisis; the total life of JEWISH SERVICES: Friday
man throughout the planet and 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m.
the life of every individual human PROTESTANT SERVICE S:
being within that larger life. Any- 10:30 a.m. at all chapels on Sun.;
one who cannot grasp this truth Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Chapels Nos.
will find himself without the 3 and 4.
means to understand the situation
which surrounds him, and there- CATHOLIC MASSES: Sunday,
fore, as its encroachments grow, 8:00 a.m., chapel No. 2; 9:00 a.m.,
he will be powerless to form ef- Chapel No. 2 and Theater No. 3;
fective purposes and helpless to 11:30 a.m., Chapel No. 4; 6:30 p.m.,
influence his individual fate. It Chapel No. 2. Weekdays, 7 a.m.,
is a simple truth, but like all sim- Chapel No. 4. Every day but Tues.
pie truths, extremely large. For and Sat.; 6:30 p.m., Chapel No.'2
many people, accustomed to truth every day but Wed.
in retail sizes, it is too wholesale
to be credible. But then, these are /441
the, same people who refused to
believe in anything that has re- *'.
cently happened until it actually \/
did happen. They refused to be- ,E9
lieve that the present world strug-
gle is a world struggle until the iW IELN
moment when unbelief was no S
longer possible. The thing that is
happening in the world today is of
such magnitude that only those Monday thrctigh Saturday, 7:05
minds which have been stretched a.m.-WFLA-Drew Field Rev-
enough to receive it will find it eille.
real. Monday, 8:30 p.m.-WDAE-
TRUE FAITH REQUISITE The Right Answer or Else.
The underlying, fundamental Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-WFLA-
need of the inner life of modern The Squadronaires.
man, a worldwide, universal need, Thursday, 8:30 p.m.-WDAE-
must be met by a universal faith. 69th Air Force Band.
The purpose of a new and united Thursday, 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.-
world must and will have a new WDAE-Music, Mirth and Mad-
uniting faith. This remains the ness.
case no matter how divergent its Saturday, 8:30 p.m.-WFLA-
regional expressions may chance Wings and Flashes.
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 limitations require.
We are now leaving Drew Field after a very
pleasant and profitable tour of duty. Since it
is impossible to say farewell in person to every
one, we wish to take this means of expressing
our great appreciation for the co-operation given
us in our work, and the genuine friendliness
shown by everyone.
To Col. Melvin B. Asp, the Base Commander
we owe our many thanks for the privileges an(
accommodations of the post.
To Lieut. Col. Paul A. Zartman, and his of-
ficers of the 84th Bomb Group we are deeply
indebted for the fine training we have received
We especially wish to commend the enlisted
men of the 301st Squadron for their readiness to
assist us in our training activities at all hours
of the day or night.
We are sorry to leave Drew Field and Tampa.
Frequent invitations to Tampa homes have
helped compensate for absence from our homes.
We expect to return to our Chilean homeland
in the near future. To all our friends here we
now say goodbye, and we invite you to Chile.
CAPT. ALFREDO R. LAVIN
AND CHILEAN OFFICERS
Drew Fielders and Tampans bid you
Godspeed and good luck. It was good know-
ing you, having you here, and working for
Editor, Drew Field Echoes:
I come from a family in which it has long
been a tradition to rise from the ranks to the
commissioned officer status. During the year
in which I have been in the Army, I have tried
to prepare myself with a thorough foundation
in the Army background I felt I needed for
Just a month ago, I came to Drew Field. I
understand that the quota of Officer Candidates
allotted to Third Air Force is exceedingly small,
and that the size of all OCS classes has been re-
duced considerably. I have the idea that Drew
Field men have very little chance to go to OCS.
Is this so?
S/SGT. JOHN L. DIETRICH
0 Drew Field men, just as men at any
other field, still have a chance at OCS.
Every so often, Drew field is given a
special quota. A good man who is defin-
itely "officer material" stands every
chance of going to OCS, regardless of re-
duced quotas and classes. Put in your
application, John. It may be a long wait,
but you'll get there.-Ed.
Last week, your paper carried a short article
concerning the speed with which inventory is
now taken at Drew Field PX's. The previous
week, The Echoes printed a cartoon in which a
harried GI was battering the door of -the PX,
closed for inventory. All I want to know is:
Why should the GI's kick about inventory.
Just one day out of every month, our PX's,
which keep us supplied with most of our wants
and necessities, week in and week out, at much-
lower-than-retail prices, are forced to take in-
ventory on, the merchandise which they
carry for us. Because of this careful check, it is
possible to make a general distribution of divi-
dends to the company funds. It is possible for
the managers of the exchanges to keep in stock
those items most popular and important to us. :
Certainly I believe a soldier's griping is good
for his soul. But certainly mature men can go
without their sodas one day out of every month.
PFC. JACK SHORT.
The ECHOES cartoon was not in the
nature of a complaint, merely showed
how some dogfaces acted. As far as
we know, no one really ever squawked
about the PX's taking inventory.
Gripers, in effect, gripe against them-
selves for not remembering to stock
up against inventory closing day.
Reader Short, evidently, is no great
I noted in this last copy of the Echoes, the
five faces of this week's best-dressed dudes.
Now, it isn't that I don't think we G.I.'s need
to watch ourselves; it's easy to forget about the
shave or haircut when you're on the job. But
just what makes you think the WACs are such
Some of the girls I've seen about the Base
don't look one bit better than their soldier
boyfriends. They, too, seem to find it hard
to keep their shoes polished and their khakis
clean. If the WACs are going to look us over,
why doesn't somebody tell them to take a long
look in the mirror, too?
PFC. DAVID HARRIS.
Ir M MI F FW %- V .. ,. .- -- -- -
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
Officers 'Put Out' During School
FILTER BOARD INFORMATION is analyzed by Lieutenants Van de Voort, Regens-
burg and Pardue, and Technical Sergeant Birenbaun, shown, left to right, around the
plotting table. In the second picture Lieutenant Emerson Burns of the Signal Corps goes
"trouble shooting" up a telephone pole. It's business a little bit more serious than Lt.
Burns' sunny smile would leave you to believe.
SAW Officers' School
Set to Frontline Trends
Both soldier and technician this is the goal of
AWUTC's Officers' School, as it gears its student officers
to the fast-moving, ever-changing role which Aircraft Warn-
ing is playing.
Each graduate of the school must be equally at home
with the battlefield problems of a chattering machine-gun
and the technical intricacies of specialized electronic equip-
The carefully constructed mosaic of the school's sched-
ule is designed to make the officer familiar with the dis-
comfort of life in a fox-hole, the mysteries of an informa-
tion center, and the secrets of radio pulsations in far-off
space. The school does not intend to produce specialists in
its Orientation Course, but each student is introduced to
every important feature in th
The emphasis placed on fight-
ing ability in the field is vividly
illustrated by the school's wea-
pons course. Fully two weeks
are devoted to the small arms
which are the fundamental
combat tools of every soldier.
After the rigorous, concentrat-
ed course, every graduate can
cure a "stoppage" on a Brown-
ing .50 caliber machine-gun,
field strip a carbine, play with
the Browning automatic rifle
like a toy, and send a good per-
centage of the shells from his
Springfield rifle crashing into
the bullseye on the range.
The weapons department has
proved indispensable not only to
the school, but to Drew Field it-
e AW set-up.
the primary responsibility of the
school, it is in the school's policy
to assist other units in need of
instruction when the teaching
personnel and equipment can be
Following the decision to make
its officers soldiers first, the
school's tactical department keeps
step with the weapons depart-
ment by giving additional battle-
field instruction. The latest tricks
in camouflage, the hidden dan-
gers of a booby trap, the perilous
duties of a scout in enemy terri-
tory-these and many other prac-
tical subjects help make the stu-
dent officer ready for the com-
bat zone. Instruction in hasty
field fortifications, roads and
self. So well-grounded and effi- bridges, defense against chemical
cient are its instructors that more attack, anti-mechanized and anti-
than a score of organizations on aircraft measures, and demoli-
and near Drew Field have come tions are among the topics which
to the Officers' School for assist- round out this vital field of in-
ance in weapons instruction. Per- formation.
sonnel from the department have Officers and technical train-
traveled as much as. 150 miles a ing is imperative. The school's
day to help individual units. This information center (IC) and
week, organizations from MacDill Communications Departments
Field are receiving the bene- are co-ordinated to give the
fit of the department's specialized student an understanding of the
knowledge. special techniques which the
OFFICERS BUSY AW system utilizes.
All this outside work by the Do you have a brain-storm
school is "in addition to its other which would aid other G-I's at
duties" of instructing its own stu- Drew? You can shout about it, by
dent officers. While the produc- sending it in to the "G-Ideas"
tion of well-trained officers is column in your Echoes.
Captain Matthews Declares
Iceland 'Not Too Rough'
When Capt. Edgar M. Matthews went to Iceland with the first American Army
unit, his conception of the Icelanders was the Hollywood one; namely, that he would
meet Eskimos and polar bears, and no end of hardships. When he arrived there, after an
uneventful voyage on a calm Atlantic, he found that the marines had landed, and as us-
ual, had the situation well in hand.
There were no Eskimos, no
polar bears and no hardships un-
less you would like to count de-
hydrated food as a low. They
had to pitch tents at the beginning,
but it wasn't in the snow and ice
as the 'continental name of Ice-
land suggests but in a very green
and verdant country, with an
equable climate, Irish-Norwegians
instead of Eskimos for popula-
tion and peaceable sheep instead
of polar bears. Of course, this
was in the southern part of Ice-
land where the climate is more
or less even the year around. It
is only the northern part that
becomes snowed under in the long
CIGARETTES NOW CHEAP
According to the captain,
Iceland was a very good place
to work, despite the fact that
when they arrived prices were
extremely high on everything
in the villages, a package of
ordinary cigarettes selling for
35 cents. This co-dition was
more than compensated for
later, when our PX's moved in
and a carton of Chesterfields
sold for 50 cents, or 5 cents a
package, the Federal and State
taxes being non-existent.
Pressing the Captain further on
the matter of dehydrated chow,
it was interesting to learn that the
consensus was that it wasn't a
bad deal at all, the processed
soups being his favorite. There
were potatoes, carrots, peas-but
mashed potatoes, even with
lumps-were a delicacy, said the
captain. The meals were bal-
anced down to the last vitamin
and you got everything in the
way of calories you could get at
There was a boy on the ship
coming over who got terribly
seasick the captain said. The sol-
dier remarked between trips to
the rail, that when he got on good
old dirt he would wrap his arms
around a tree and not go until
the world quit jitter-bugging. It
was a terrible disappointment to
find, on landing, that there were
PRIVATE SUMS UP
Forestry on Iceland is nil, with
the exception of one national
forest, but there are signs of fos-
silized trees, proving that in an-
other age the island was heavily
wooded. Captain Matthews over-
heard an interview between a
news correspondent and a private
that went something like this:
Correspondent: "What are
your impressions of Iceland?"
Private: After considerable
thought: "Well, it's most ver-
There are tales of the long
summer dusk that never quite
merges into day or night, that
would shatter the nerves of a
Another week-end, and this mess is due again. I'd really
like my job if I didn't have to do anything., This editor of
ours over here is a hard man. You write him a column, and
he wants it on time. Well, they say that this is the age of
speed. Speed ... I hate the word. I don't know why you
guys write in to express your liking of this awful mess, but
thanks anyway. I'd like to catch the guy that has been
adding little quips to my stuff. I really don't mind (not
much), but the jerk is getting more fan mail than I am.
(He got one last week.) No kiddin', fellas, if there is some
little thing that I can do for you thru this column, don't
hesitate to write in. Anything at all (what am I saying?)
I'll try to do you favors, but no date bureau. The last one
I ran became rather out of hand, and the fellas didn't call
for the dates, and I make only -Army pay, consequently I
Don't Get Around Much Anymore. (So you're'a song-
Understand that the golf course is still coming' along.
They have opened it, but the fairways are still being pam-
pered into completion. It should be a pretty "Zoot" spot in
the near future.
Facts about the Base: An officer, a very surprised offi-
cer, the other day hollered at a group of men near the old
club house at Rocky Point, "Hey, if you guys want to see me,
come over here:" The officer was putting on his shirt as
he spoke. Soon (very soon) a guard came running over
to the officer. "Lieutenant, the 'guys' are wearing' stars and
silver oak leaves all over their collars." P. S. They revived
him, and he is now doing well. (We don't get it, but we
guess it's okeh.-Ed.)
You know, a short while ago we ran a paragraph about
giving a man a lift. You don't have to be going to town,
but if a man is going in the same direction you are ..
stop and offer him a hike. Gee whiz, it doesn't cost a cent.
Have you ever walked the whole length of Avenue B? T'aint
just a step.
Following closely on the same theme. The majority
of "rides" offered soldiers on Columbus Drive are by civil-
ians, one-fifth of the motor traffic on that particular
A kind word this week for the gentlemen at the Base
Motor Pool who have been doing such a beautiful job try-
ing to please all the traffic they handle in the course of a day.
Wonder what the formula of the shot is that some oi
the MPs must take to make them immune to gas attacks.
Went into a PX Monday, and was promptly told no
beer, buddy You ain't got no mask. Funny thing was,
the MP didn't have one either. Maybe his is in the laundry.
More rain today. Once wasn't enough (4 inches of water
in the streets) so we had us an encore 'round about 5:30 or
so. Right now there is so much water in Florida that the
Navy is contemplating using Florida Avenuein Tampa for a
Well, what is this strange noise that wakes me from
the depths of slumber? Ah, me, and I was well on the way
to... and that's what bothers me. Darn these dreams that
start out so wonderfully, only to be interrupted by some
fool coming in at three in the morning.. I wonder what hap'-
pens to the tale end of those dreams? I'd like to have a
dollar for every time I have nearly kissed Hedy Lamarr. I
wonder if I ever really stood a chance with her, or whether
she was just being nice to me-because I was asleep. Things
like that bother me.
Oh, oh, just hit a snag. Mind went blank again. (Ha-ha!)'
What'll I do now? The editor wants me to get something
in, but I just don't feel like writing today. I'm gonna get
a machine that will write this mess for me. All I'd have to
do is think (?) what I want and then let the gimmick do
the rest. Brain strain that's what I've got. Oh, me,
oh, joy, oh, nuts!
The little things in life are the ones that count (it says
here). The way you smile, the way you look when you sit
down to the table (the last table I sat down to, I couldn't
look), the way you sign your letters. (I heard all this stuff
issue from a booth in a local eatery a short while back.)
Whoever said it, meant it, and the more you think about it
the better it seems. You make the little things count, and
the big things don't have to be so big. Saves time, and
trouble. Gets results ,too.
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
Dion of 497th
Of the Week
Sergeant Hanlon Gives
Commands First Time
By PVT. ELLIOTT M. OGDEN
'Another week has rolled
by, so again your reported
sits down at his desk to re-
cord the news of the 479th.
Starting with this week's dis-
patch, CHIT CHAT offers to
it's readers a "Soldier of the
Week." .The soldier who has
the honor of being the first
"Soldier of the Week" is
Joseph Lucien Dion.
It was in Woonsocket, R. I., on
March 11, 1906, that Pop wore his
first pair of three-cornered pants.
His first six years were spent in
Woonsocket, but in 1912 Pop's
father decided to move his fam-
ily to Edmonton, Alberta. Since
Edmonton was then a boom town,
it was natural that Pop's father,
a building contractor, made the
CANADIAN INTERLU DE
Four of the nine years Pop
spent in Edmonton were devoted
to his education. With a sly smile,
Joseph Lucien relates how the
kids had to walk six miles to
school in formation, armed with
knives and axes so as to keep the
coyotes and wolves at bay.
In 1920, one could find Pop
back in Woonsocket, working
in the Nyanza Mills and late
for his father. However, seven
years later the glamor and glit-
ter of New York night life drew
Pop to the "big city." There he
worked as checker in one of the
Sherwin Williams Company
warehouses, and on week-ends
was employed as a chauffeur
for a D'Hunt family of Valley
Springs, L. I
On Oct. 1, 1932, a date that Pop
could never forget even if he had
amnesia, he and the D'Hunts 18-
year-old daughter, Clarise, eloped
to Elkton, Md. It seems that Pop's
marriage was sort of touch and
go affair for about seven years,
until in '39 his wife went com-
pletely AWOL. All during this
time Pop held down his job at
the paint company.
On July 15, 1942, Pop was
greeted by the president of the
United States, and soon after that
went to Camp Dix, N. J. After
basic training iin Miami Beach
and eight months permanent par-
ty at Seymour Johnson Field, Pop
arrived at Drew Field on April
20 of this year.
GOOD COKES; dOOD EGG
Here at Drew, Pop's motto is
"keep 'em cold," and with these
hot September days everyone in
the squadron really appreciates
the good job he does in handling
the coke machines. So for doing
his job well, along with being a
good egg and the proud father of
an 11-year-old boy, CHIT CHAT
elects Joseph Lucien Dion as "Sol-
dier of the Week."
Since Lt. Graham of Intelli-
gence has been attending Ab-
ram's Height Finder School at
MacDill Field, Cpl. Charlie Ro-
per has been put in charge of
that section. Sgt. Ed Hanson,
the Renshaw man, has gone
home to Galveston, Texas, on
In operations, it is discovered
that Sgt. Hiemke's wife and son
have come all the way from Wau-
kesha, Wis., to live in Tampa, so
as to be near the Sgt. That's the
kind of wife to have!
Strange sights can be seen
around Drew Field, but the
strangest of them all was to see
T/Sgt. Hanlon drilling his ord-
nance men out on the line. It
seems that the Sgt. never drilled
men before, but since it was the
first time, he had his men under
pretty good control.
Need a wrist watch? A fountain
pen? Some soldier may have one
to sell. Use an ECHOES Classi-
fied ad. They are FREE!
JOHNNY GETS HIS GUN
I Af ft
TEN GARAND RIFLES, bought with $800 raised by
members of the Tampa Sheet Metal Workers Union, are
presented soldiers by Norman Carl, union's local presi-
dent, as Col. Melvin B. Asp, Air Base Area Commander,
and A. L. Whatley, union business agent, look on. Cere-
mony took place in front of Headquarters last Thursday.
BY AFC "BUNNIE" CORSILL
Such a week of changes for
the GI gals. One day we
find ourselves out in the
brush, accompanied by huge
squadrons of mosquitoes, and
the next, we find ourselves
sitting right in the center of
the base, surrounded by
hundred of surprised dog-
faces. (Of course, though,
we'll have to admit that the
WACs always did get
Most startling appearance of
the 756th WAC company occurs
each morn at precisely, 6:30 a.m.,
when the entire company "huts"
over to the 314th mess hall after
a frantic rush into "A" uniform,
still sleepily fumbling with bobby
pins and even al occasional
curler. Edith Howatt reports that
one fellow observed: "If that's
how the WACs look in the morn-
ing, I guess I won't marry my
soldier girl friend!"
It was delightful to see Laura
Taylor, that smooth blond cor-
poral from Special Services,
back on the job again, after a
most exciting furlough. Laura,
after days of partying, dropped
into her returning train, ex-
hausted. She fell asleep with
her purse beside her, and awoke
to find it still at her side-but
quite altered. Laura's frenzied
search revealed no furlough
papers, no identification, and
not a smitch of green folding
WAC SPORTS RINGS
Thanks to a few understanding
MPs (Note to the 828th: This is
a plug, kids!) our poor little cor-
poral made her way back to Drew,
tired, hungry, and a bit discour-
aged. However, the old Taylor
sporting spirit soon was back in
trim, and Laura is none the worse
for her harrowing experience.
It isn't spring, but you'd think
so. Half of the feminine GIs are
are running 'round the base with
heads way up close to the clouds.
Oh, those lovelorn looks. In the
midst of such a setup, nothing
surprised us less than those two
shining new rings worn third fin-
ger, left hand, by Cpl. Natalie
Rappaport. The lucky guy is none
other than the WAC's favorite
topic of conversation, Sgt. Leon-
ard Wood. (Um hm, he's that
serious-faced -GI you've seen
parked at the PX, night after
From Natalie's rollicking de-
scriptions, it must have been
quite a furlough. The happy
couple will reside in town, on
quarters and rations, which is a
new privilege for married
WACs, due to their Army status.
This is the second all-Drew,
WAC-soldier wedding in as
many months. Wonder who will
Boys who sat in the front seats
of Theater No. 2 last week could
swim free while watching the pic-
ture. Water was that deep!
Dets 22, 23 Bow
To Athletic Feats
By T/5 T. P. ALLEN
Well, we men of Detachment 22
will tell you that, when it comes
to playing volleyball, T/5 G. D.
Scharnhorst is quite a wheel horse
at serving the orb. In a game
last week, he garnered 14 straight
points for Detachment 23 before
his win streak was broken. Some
of his buddies have dubbed him
"Seven Horse," because of his
a b un d a n t Scharnhorst-power.
Perhaps, we are all just a little
envious of his ability to chin
himself a dozen times; when we
can hardly do a half-dozen chin-
Detachments 22 and 23 are
proud of Privates William A.
Sherfy and Joseph A. Snook. They
have just come through a camou-
flage school with flying colors.
They are now in shape to outline
to the rest of the men a system
of camouflage that will be tops in
Come on, you Axis, take a
At camouflage by Sherfy and
Furloughing: Pfc. Chas. F.
Wirtz and Pvt. John R. Behan.
They took off northward for a
15-day inspection of conditions on
the home, sweet home front. We
trust that neither rationing nor
the ceilings will prevent their
doing the things they had planned
in their billetdoux-ings.
Also, T/5 Charles Serline and
T/5 Clifford W. Ault are fur-
loughing again. We let them go,
when they assured us that fur-
loughing was not getting to be a
habit with them.
Cadet, Parachute Training
Set for Three 903d Men;
Hennessy Has Bad Break
By CPL. ALBERT A. HARLAN
Pfc. Charles A. Strickland Jr. at last made it to aviation
cadet training and is now home on furlough in Gainesville.
He will return to the awful suspense of sweating it out till
called. Pvts. Robert J. Schmid and Arthur E. Flores, are
leaving the 7th for parachute school, Ft. Benning. We know
these soldiers are going to make good-happy landing to
all 'of you.
Pvt. Forrest F. Fox is back in the ranks after his recent
tonsil operation. What, no adenoids!
Handsome. T/5 Cleveland E.
Barnes has made quite a haul. He
returned from a swell furlough in
Wilson, North Carolina, bringing
with him his wife and also a
snappy '40 red Chevy coach.
Speaking of furloughs, Pvt.
Paul Hennessy (4 Star) has had
the worst breaks. He had to can-
cel train reservations twice be-
cause of a nervous appendix and
was in the hospital a couple of
days for observation. Then he
went home to Brookline, Mass.,
where he became very ill with a
cold, remaining in bed for 10
days. The only good part to his
furlough was spending time at
home with the best nurse in the
world, his mother. Perhaps Flor-
ida sunshine will help you, Paul.
Lt. Edwin J. Fisher is on sick
leave in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Question: Why is it that al-
ways after every pay day, the
wealth of many in the QM is
soon concentrated into the
hands of the few?
Pvt. Domenick Evangelista has
always wanted to visit Florida.
He made known his desires thru
proper channels and eventually
transferred into the 903rd from
the Army Air Base, Greensville,
S. C. Welcome to Florida, soldier!
Epilogue: He was asleep in the
depths of Georgian dreams snor-
ing as only Georgians know how,
his mouth open, tongue out, body
sprawling, toes heavenward.- His
jester, T/5 Bruns, came into his
kingdom carrying a quart milk
container,, paper, that was par-
tially filled with an insipid liquid,
ingredients as follows: 98%
water, warm, and 2% milk, sour.
In the dark it looked like skim
The jester shook, then kicked
the Georgia Rip Van Winkle.
"What in the hell do you
want?" drawled the King, half
mad over the arousal. "Wake
up!" came the enthusiastic
Ohio response, "Fve brought
you something good. Six guys
downstairs wanted this milk
and I kept 'em away just so
you could have it!" The dream-
er raised up on a weak elbow
feeling ashamed for having de-
prived so many who love milk,
and muttered, "Give it to me."
He took the box, lifted it to his
lips and drank without tasting.
He was fully awakened after a
gill and a half had slid down. It
wasn't Georgia dew. It wasn't
milk. He was fighting' mad and
plenty burned up. He swore and
threw the container at Bruns,
spattering him. But it was worlds
of fun to the onlookers-Donald
Pierce, Cashman and Grantham-
ptanding outside the door, looking
in. Oh, yes, I almost forgot to
mention, Cpl. James R. Pierce was
Corry of Third FC
To Attend School
Off to Air'Corps Classification
School at the University of South
Dakota last week, went Sgt. Jos-
eph M. Corry, of Hq. and Hq. Sq.,
III Fighter Command. Joe enlisted
at Marietta, Ohio, 14 months ago,
and was processed through Ft.
Thomas, Ky., and Jefferson Bar-
After graduation from .the Air
Corps Clerical School at Ft. Lo-
gan, Corry was assigned to Dan-
iel Field, Ga. He was transferred
to Drew and the III Fighter in
October, 1942. Formerly working
in the Squadron Orderly Room
as Classification NCO, Corry
helped install the present record-
SIn civilian life, he was active
as an officer in his local lodge of
the Knights of Columbus. Before
entering the Army, Sgt. Corry
managed a downtown Marietta,
Ohio, department, for several
years. He had charge of all buy-
ing. Not content with this alone,
he also operated his own enter-
tainment booking agency.
496th Hits Rank Jackpot
By S/SGT. ARTHUR CAMPER
The inevitable doom of the Axis is forecast by the fol- a rea trooper, went without
two meals so, she could use her
loving story. Pfc. Rudy Wise, Cleveland, Ohio and his three ration points to send her hus-
brothers, Fred, William and Sol were once German citizens band a pile of mouth-watering
old Geray grub. Kelly and his buddies
before Hitler's rise to power. They loved the old Germany. a a banquet at the PX beer
But today, the old Germany is only a memory. And today, garden. Kelly's spirits are high
Rudy and his brothers are all serving with the American at the moment since his wife is
on her way to Tampa to join
armed forces. Of the four, only Rudy remains on these her husband. Blame him?
shores. His brothers are serving overseas in different GUNNER ON THE JOB
theaters of operations.
, "Everybody a non-com" seems
to be the slogan in Armament
after the recent flurry of promo-
tions which hit that department.
Lieutenant Haessig really looks
after his men. As soon as the
new T/O for Armament was an-
nounced, Haessig was Johnny-on-
the-spot with his recommenda-
tions to the orderly room.
Promoted to M/Sgt. was T/
Sgt. Carl H. Davis, Little Rock,
Ark. Promoted to T/Sgt. was
S/Sgt. Barnard P. Robertson,
Woodstock, Ga., and upped to
S/Sgt. was Sgt. Adrian R.
Beerhorst, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Boosted to sergeant were Cpls.
Robert W. Daniel, Humble,
Tex.; George R. Jensen, Ar-
cadia, Tex.; Benjamin Cortez,
Alamora, Colo.; Albert J. Baker,
Olean, N. Y.; Carl T. Garrett,
Sumner, Mo.; Lawrence W.
Matthews, Marshfield, Ore.;
Casimer J. Klemen, Erie, Pa.,
and Marcel S. Rutkowski,
Promoted to corporal were Lu-
their J. Reitmeyer, Williamsport,
Pa.; Robert J. Donavan, Roches-
ter, Minn.; Frederick R. Rousseau,
Grand Island, Vt.; Joseph T. Sei-
ler, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Rudolph E.
LaBash, New York city; Donald
H. Straus, Flat River, Mo.; Robert
Taglialatela, Brooklyn, N. Y., and
John D. Kasper, Milwaukee, Wis.
Credit for making the line
quarters of the 496th the classiest
of the 84th belongs largely to that
hard-working duo of squadron
carpenters, Sgt. Frank Salov,
Pittsburgh, Pa., and Cpl. Leo
Czaplinski, Duryea, Pa. They de-
serve a vote of thanks from the
men working on the line. "Say it
with cigars," asks Salov, who
claims to smoke 20 stogies per day.
The wife of Cpl. Joseph J.
Kelly, New Rochelle, N. Y.,
rates tops with Cpl. William A.
Hayes, Boston, Mass.; Cpl. Jo-
seph T. Seller, Brooklyn, N. Y.;
Sgt. Frank De Palma, Staten
Island, N. Y.; Cpl. Kwong Y.
Chung, Boston, Mass., and Cpl.
Alexander Ferguson, Green-
wich, Conn. Why? Kelly's wife,
Likeable S/Sgt. John G. Bardo,
Brooklyn, N. Y., is an aerial gun-
ner with a purpose. He turned
his sights on a pretty waitress in
the PX and scored a direct hit.
Consequently, Bardo's no longer
on the loose. His bride is the
former Miss Jesse May Potts,
West Tampa, and the marriage
ceremonies were performed Aug.
21 in Bartow. Congratulations,
John (can she cook?).
Awarded Good Conduct medals
upon recommendation of the CO
were S/Sgt. Adrian R. Beerhorst,
Grand Rapids, Mich.; S/Sgt. Ar-
thur Camper, Chicago, Ill.; Sgt.
Cecil G. Hancock, Paris, Ill.; Cpl.
Kwong Y. Chung, Boston, Mass.,
and Cpl. James W. Lunceford,
In the Engineering section your
correspondent finds that M/Sgt.
Adair is spending his furlough
in Tampa, while T/Sgt. Guthrie
is traveling all the way to Pampa,
Tex., for his vacation. Chit Chat
must now stop for another week.
But before closing, does anyone
know how Sgt. Webb of Engin-
eering got his four new tires?
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
3rd FC Men 'Sweat Out'
Promotions; ASTP Beckons
Glassen; Mellott to Leave
By SGT. ALVIN M. AMSTER
It wasn't the hot Florida weather alone that caused all
the sweating at the new Headquarters Building of the III
Fighter Command. The first of September rolled around,
and with it, more noncom promotions. All told 35 men
of Hq. & Hq. Sq. added additional stripes.
Joining the exclusive "Zebra stripers" were new Mas-
ter Sergeants Robert E. Brown and Phillip B. Burke.
Up tc Staff Sergeant from Sgt.
were John L. Horrigan, Robert S. r I I
Parsons, Bernard Schmittke, Ed- k| \
ward F. Sitarz, and Bryce W. JVOd SAW Units
MORE CHEVRON MEN
Promoted from Corporal to
Sergeant were Alvin M. Amster,
Herman Cohn, Raymond DeLo-
renzo, Walter G. Dorwart, Henry
L. Interdonati, Gene R. Morse,
Harold L. Palumbo, Edwin H.
Perkins Jr., Wallace R. Reeves,
Abraham Sancton, Alfred N. Sar-
tain, Alphonse J. Schwab, Rob-
ert B. Shoff, Douglas L. Wienke,
Thomas Willoughly and James E.
..Concluding the promotion list
.wer, the new corporals which
.included Edward P. Breneman,
.Louis E. Chappell, Robert C.
.Jeffrey, Frank E. Krajacic, Al-
bert E. Ledbetter, Kenneth F.
.Lindbloom, Norman W. Monroe,
Edwin D. Moncrief, Merlir L.
Muir, Henry L. Quinn, Robert
B. Smith and Loyd E. Wright..
S/Sgt. Alvin Glassen, former
Sergeant Major of the Ordnance
Section, Headquarters III Fight-
er Command, left last Saturday
for the ASTP unit at The Cita-
del. He will eventually pursue
an engineering course. Glassen
served with the III Fighter for
approximately 17 months.
Inducted in the Army in Jan-
uary, 1942, while attending c6l-
lege, Sgt. Glassen was processed
at Camp Upton, N. Y., sent to
Orlando Army Air Base, and
MacDill Field. In April, 1942, he
was sent to Drew.
After completing two years
at Bucknell University, Leyvis-
burg, Pa., Glassen finished part
of his junior year at N. Y. U.
prior to being inducted. Under
the Navy's V-7 training pro-
gram he served a three-month
special "hitch" on the USS New
York, in the fall of 1940. The
cruiser's itinerary included
stops at various Caribbean ports
of call and actual "simulated
OLD-TIMER TO LEAVE
Another aerial gunnery trainee
soon to leave for training is Cpl.
Woodrow W. Mellott of Hq. & Hq.
Sq.,. III Fighter Command. He
is scheduled to leave for Tyndall
Field, Panama City, Florida, on
Enlisting in the Army about
two and one-half years ago from
his home town, Pittsburgh, Pa.,
Cpl. Mellott first was stationed at
Camp Lee, Va. Then he was
transferred to MacDill. In June,
1941, he came to Drew as one of
*the "elite" who helped inaugur-
ate the abandoned municipal air-
port named "Drew Field."
Mellott works in the squadron
orderly room as file clerk. His
hobbies include pistol collecting
and drafting designs and layouts
for cities and living districts. Mel-
lott wears the Sharpshooter's
medal for rifle and the Marks-
man's medal for pistol record fir-
Captain Glenn R. Doughty,
Commanding Officer of the 510th
Fighter Bomber Squadron, an-
nounced yesterday the recent
promotion of Marko Paul Mates-
ick to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Matesick has ably
served as communications- officer
since the squadron was acti-
vated. Starting his military ca-
reer in 1939 with the Army Air
Forces, Lieutenant Matesick has
proven his ability and leadership
in that branch.
Lieutenant Matesick recently
returned from Canada where he
completed a two months' course
He has the sincere good wishes
of everyone in the squadron for
more promotions and successes in
Plan Series of
By EDWARD A. DORAN
Another successful week
has been accomplished by the
officers and men of the 503rd
Signal Aircraft Warning Reg-
A smooth party on Wednes-
day evening was enjoyed by
the members of Headquarters
Company, Reporting Battal-
ion and their guests. All the
requisites for a memorable
evening were provided, in-
cluding dancing partners
from the WAC Detachment,
Benjamin Field, and refresh-
ments appropriate to the wea-
ther. Arrangements were
made by T/4 Anderson, Cpl.
Godlove, T/5 George and Pfc.
Not to be outdone, several of
the other companies are plan-
ning bigger and better social
activities, of which more will
be told in the near future.
NEW CO TAKES OVER
During the week, 2nd Lt. Fran-
cis E. McCormick, the new Com-
manding Officer of Headquarters
Co., Plotting Bn., assumed his
duties. Taking over a new job
at this time may be a little tough
on Lt. McCormick, since he also
assumed the responsibilities of
matrimony just recently. Must
be difficult trying to work at
Drew Field while one's thoughts
are out at Safety Harbor. Our
congratulations to you, Sir.
It would appear that our daily
calisthenics are beginning to take
effect. At least, our officers are
anxious to try out their newly
limbered up muscles against the
First Sergeants in a fast game
of softball. The date hasn't been
announced as yet, but it certain-
ly will be something to look for-
ward to. Arrangements are being
made by Lt. Erickson of the 3rd
Reporting Company and his staff.
Legion of Merit
3rd FC Colonel
Colonel Benjamin Stern,
former Signal Officer for the
111 Fighter Command, has by
direction of the President
been awarded the Legion of
Merit for his services to his
country while with this com-
The citation commends him for
exceptionally meritorious conduct
in the performance of outstanding
service. It says, "As Signal Of-
ficer of the III Fighter Com-
mand he organized and super-
vised, in addition to all other as-
signed tasks, the Air Warning
Service of this unit, and through
his ceaseless, untiring efforts and
COL. BENJAMIN STERN
excellent example has been re-
sponsible in a large degree for
this efficient organization.
"He also organized and su-
pervised the establishment of
the Air Warning Training
school. His foresight in estab-
lishing this training center en-
abled the signal units at his
station to carry out their com-
mitments of officer and enlisted
personnel for newly activated
Colonel Stern, who left the III
Fighter Command for an unan-
nounced assignment in the spring
of this year, entered the United
States Military Academy from
Nebraska, and- upon his gradua-
tion in 1923 was commissioned a
second lieutenant in the Air
Corps. Later, at Kelly Field, he
was transferred to the Signal
Corps. In 1928 he was trans-
ferred from Kelly Field to Ha-
Upon his return to the United
States in 1931, Colonel Stern was
assigned to the Signal School at
Upon his graduation there
Colonel Stern studied for a year
at Rutgers, following which he
was sent to Fort Sam Houston
at San Antonio, where he re-
mained during 1933 and 1934
as Meteorological Control Of-
ficer for the Eighth Corps Area.
Before he came to the III Fight-
Pr Conmmandr Cnlnnl Stern wa
It is rumored that F/Sgt. assistant Signal Officer of the
Smith of the 3rd Reporting Fourth Corps Area at Atlanta, Ga.
Company is expecting an im-
portant visitor from New York Persona. N
City shortly. When she arrives Personal Notes
the orderly room will miss the
presence of the sergeant during From Medical Det
the evening hours.
MEDALS PRESENTED S/Sgt. Arthur Banish was mar-
Virtue apparently does have a ried in Detroit. Her name is
reward. At the retreat formation, Stacia. Sgt. Bill Lowe was
Friday, Sept. 3, several mem- surprised by a visit from his fa-
bers of the regiment were pre- their. .... Sgt. Walter Ripley left
sented with Good Conduct Medals on a furlough to Noo Yawk ....
by our Commanding Officer, Lt. Sgt. Russell Johnson can't under-
Colonel Evans. Because of their stand salutes flying at him from
outstanding, exact and faithful all directions.
performance of their duties for at Crowding the hero bench is the
least one year, the following men guy who doesn't run up to T/Sgt.
were so honored: John Weihrer at least twice a day
Regimental Headquarters- gurgling, "Got a trip going up my
T/Sgt. Binkley, S/Sgt. Meyers, way?" Lots of threats so far but
S/Sgt. Tio; Comm. Co.-Sgt. Kar- when are Lts. Quick, McIntire and
rick, Cpl. Hawkins, T/5 Upchurch. company going to settle that ten-
First Rept. Co.-F/Sgt. Bonniot, nis supremacy?
T/Sgt. Clevenger, S/Sgt. Ilg; 3rd Thanks to M/Sgt. Robert L.
Rept. Co.-M/Sgt. Graves, F/Sgt. Russell for pinchbatting in this
Smith, S/Sgt. Saunders. space during our vacation. Russ
M e d cs S/Sgt. Armstrong, was raised on adjectives and he
S/Sgt. Gorevich, Sgt. Knight; Hq. formerly wrote sports for the
Co. Plot Bn.-F/Sgt. Wood. Peoria Journal-Transcript before
By the way, have you seen the devoting his all to medical sup-
group picture of our First Ser- ply.
geants which recently appeared in Mary Jane Davis of the CDD
the "A. W. Reporter?" Perhaps office is anticipating a bundle
copies should be mailed to our from heaven. Her husband is a
sisters-in-arms for pin-up pur- bombardier stationed somewhere
poses, in England.
Plotting Company of 573d
Fire Carbines at St. Pete;
Davis. Nicolella Top Shots
By T/5 E. E. "KAY" KAYSER
It was a great day for the boys from Headquarters
and Plotting Company, 573rd SAW Battalion on the range
last week at St. Petersburg.
Pvt. Dorman L. Davis took top honors, firing a neat
188 out of a possible 200. T/5 Ralph Nicolella took sec-
ond honors with 186. "Willie" Braun after doing road
guard duty all morning fired a paltry 11 and his buddy,
rtie Engleman, guarding with him, shot a very flimsy 9
(they only fired 5 and 4 rounds respectively). They felt
the rifle anyway.
EARLY TO RISE
The hardest part of the whole
trip was getting up at five o'clock
in the morning, not having done
such since leaving Atlantic City
when the snow was still on the
ground. With leggings, field pack
(to carry- our mess equipment
and raincoat), canteen and mu-
nition belt, we were ready to
leave after chow, right from the
(And, by the way, have you
boys seen the flag waving in the
breeze this past weekl--yes-sir-
e-e-e! Our boys from our kitchen
won the flag for having the best
kitchen of the week Give
your buddies, the cooks, and their
helpers-the unsung heroes of
every kitchen, the K.P.'s-a big
pat on the back Nice going,
fellas, let's keep the flag where
The trip before "daylight"
was really something those
trucks could really roll and no
rough spots on the road over-
looked. T/Sgt. Pat Oglesby
led the parade with his old
faithful, the jeep, and "Pop"
Lane took off behind him .
so much so that Lt. Montenelli
had to slow him down a little
later so that the jeep could
have a chance to stay in front.
Every truck had a kitten and
Pvt. Witzer was the "kitten"
in ours. Very playful, he kept
the boys on edge the whole way
especially Leland Elliott.
"Willie" Braun was on hand as
was "Artie." Engleman, still not
fully recovered from the pre-
vious week-end, however.
KECK SHOULD KNOW
Well, there we were, on hand,
ready for action but no action.
Those little carbines were neat
and all of us were anxious to get
going we could really see
records in the making. It was
tough when they took the men on
the first five targets and assigned
them to the pits (I worked the
pits once it was only fun
the first hour). Ask Corporal
Keck, he being one of the un-
fortunate ones sorry I can't
Boys who never thought much
of shooting before, were having
the times of their lives, later at-
tested by the fact that eight of
the boys qualified as experts and
nearly 50 as sharpshooters.
We fired a familiarization
course in the morning, taking
time out for lunch.
While firing for record, Lt.
Montenelli almost bowled over
in hilarity in hearing the range
officer say "This is an easy
course, boys, we should see a lot
of experts." There could be a
reason for the lieutenant's laugh
because he only fired 10 rounds
for himself. Lt. Schurke spent
a good day keeping the boys on
their toes -and seeing that
everyone .kept their rifle
ANXIOUS FOR PAY
T/5 Ingellis, company "B," in
charge of the pit detail from all
reports had very good co-opera-
tion from his boys. We all had
fun and after enjoying a good
cold "coke" we were ready to call
it a day well spent, one of the
most interesting yet experienced
in the army.
The boys did a good, quick,
thorough job. of policing "the
area" (they wanted to get home
... it was pay day). Finally after
Tex and Caesar collected the
range reports we were ready. We
had two convoys on the way back.
We "landed" at Drew about
seven thirty in the evening and
the boys at the kitchen were
waiting for us.
When chow was finished a well-
beaten path was quickly made to-
ward the orderly room with only
one thought in mind-pay in .
the bargain, I never saw anyone
change clothes as fast as Pfc.
Lotzer (the first stripe was new
that day, congrats Fran) and Cpl.
Willard Chambers (now a Sgt.,
by the way) they having spe-
cial attractions in town waiting
All's well that ended well for
the gang, the most serious set-
back of the day being several
exceeding red faces and sun-
..OiT W S 0R:ALL",' QuIrL. T v .PL 6.' i -
PaIT ON4 A lE(SP-UI-TU'6 S 96AJT .'4
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY,
Ships, Sponges, Salads, Straw Skirts, Rated.
TARPON SPRINGS, "the Venice of the South," and long an
attraction for tourists from all over the U. S., now is luring
many soldiers from Drew Field. The world's largest sponge
.market nearby, Tarpon Springs is full of atmosphere of old
Greece. The deeply religious, generous Greek residents make
Uncle Sam's soldiers feel at home.
SPONGES LIKE THESE, which bring about $1,000,000 a
year to Tarpon Springs, are examined by Mrs. Betty Trushel
(left) and Miss Pearl Foster, of the Post Engineers Office,
and T/Sgt. Eugene McCrary. The sergeant and his friends,
following the example of many Drew Fielders, are spending
a day sightseeing in the exotic town.
CURIO SHOPS abound in the sponge capital, ana a solunir
and his date can find almost anything to send to the folks
back home. Miss Trushel is seeing how she'd look in a grass
skirt. From the sergeant's smile, we'd say everything was
FISHING, BOATING and swimming are only two miles from
town, at Lake Butler. Many soldiers wind up here after a
pleasant day at Tarpon Springs. Private First Class Glenn -D.
Adams rows while Miss Foster tries her luck.
SPONSORED BY THE DEFENSE RECREATION DIVISION
Information for Service Men and Women at Defense Recreation
office, 312 Madison street; Tourist Information Center, 429 West
Lafayette street; USO clubs and USO traveler's aid, 502 Florida
avenue; Air Base bus station and Union bus station.
Shaving, shower, and shoe shine equipment at USO, 607 Twiggs
street; 506 Madison street; 214 North Boulevard and Christian Serv-
vice Center, Tampa and Tyler streets.
Kitchen, laundry, ironing and sewing facilities for all service'
men, women and families at 607 Twiggs street.
Private kitchenette and dining room for any service men
or women and their families who would like a home-cooked meal-
Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler streets. Phone M-53-694
Fifty-bed free dormitory for service men at Masonic Service
Center, 502 East Lafayette. Make reservations' between 1 and
7 p.m. each evening-Letters and forms typed by the Red Cross
at USO, 607 Twiggs street. Shopping service and package wrap-
ping at all USO clubs and Christian Service Center.
Friday, Sept. 10-
10:30 a.m.-Expectant mothers' class, 607 Twiggs street.
7:30 p.m.-Art for fun, 607 Twiggs street.
8:00. p.m.-Music and Sing-copation, 607 Twiggs street; dance
on patio, orchestra, 506 Madison street; party, Chris-
tian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler; bingo, re-
freshments, Navy Mothers' club, 3051/ Water street.
8:30 p.m.-Weekly musical, 214 North Boulevard.
Saturday, 'Sept. 11-
7:00 p.m.-Dance at Elks' club, Florida and Madison.
8:30 p.m.-Games, 506 Madison street; dance-orchestra, 214
North boulevard; quiz contest,607 Twiggs street.
Sunday, Sept. 12-
9:30 a.m.-Coffee hour, 607 Twiggs street.
2:00 p.m.-Inter-social club games, Cuscaden park, Fifteenth
street and Columbus drive, free to service men.
3:00 p.m.-Symphony broadcast, 607 Twiggs street; ping pong,.
Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler.
4:30 p.m.-Music study social hour, 607 Twiggs street.
5:00 p.m.-Get-together, Navy Mothers' club, 305% Water
5:30 p.m.-Songfest and refreshments, First Methodist church,
Florida and Tyler.
6:00 p.m.-Victory Vespers, Christian Service Center; broad-
cast over WTSP.
6:30 p.m.-Young People's Forum, First Presbyterian Service
Center, Polk and Marion; Vespers services, Fellow-
ship hour, 214 North Boulevard; Vespers, 607
7:00 p.m.-Round table discussion by AAUW, 607 Twiggs street.
8:00 p.m.-Forum, 214 North Boulevard; Fellowship hour and
Refreshments, Hyde Park Methodist church and
Riverside Baptist church; YMHA Community Center
dance, Ross and Nebraska.
8:15 p.m.-Singaree and Fellowship hour, First Presbyterian
Service Center, Polk and Marion.
8:30 p.m.-Feature movie, 214 North Boulevard; dance on
patio, 506 Madison street.
9:00 p.m.-Informal hour, Christian Service Center, Tampa and
Monday, Sept. 13-
7:00 .p.m.-Classical music, 607 Twiggs street.
7:30 p.m.-Symphonic orchestra practice for all service men
interested, Christian Service Center, Tampa and
Tyler. Drama club, 607 Twiggs street.
8:00 p.m.-Games, 607 Twiggs street.
8:30 p.m.-Sing-copation, 607 Twiggs street.
Tuesday, Sept. 14-
7:00 p.m.-Tampa Chess club, DeSoto hotel, Zack and Marion.
7:30 p.m.-Art for fun, 607 Twiggs street.
8:00 p.m.-Party, Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler;
French conversational instruction, 607 Twiggs street;
music appreciation, 214 Boulevard.
8:15 p.m.-Bingo, 214 North Boulevard.
8:30 p.m.-Community sing, 506 Madison street; sketching in-
struction, 214 North boulevard; dance, Municipal
9:00 p.m.-Chess club, 214 North Boulevard.
9:30 p.m.-Educational movie, 214 North Boulevard.
Wednesday, Sept. 15-
7:30 p.m.-Glee club practice for all service men interested,
Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler; swim-
ming' party, meet at any USO; art for fun, 607
8:00 p.m.-Arthur Murray dance instruction, 607 Twiggs street;
open house, YMHA Community Center, Ross and
Nebraska-pool, bowling, ping pong; Family night,
Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler streets.
8:30 p.m.-Feature movie, 214 North Boulevard; Camera club,
214 North Boulevard.
9:00 p.m.-Dancing, 607 Twiggs street.
Thursday, Sept. 16-
7:00 p.m.-Mr. and Mrs. club supper, 607 Twiggs street.
8:00 p.m.-Party, Christian Service Center, Tampa and Tyler;
recreation social hour, First Baptist church, La-
fayette and Plant avenue; Spanish class, 607 Twiggs
8:30 p.m.-Dance on patio, 214 North Boulevard.
To Open Doors
Your Service Club Cafeteria,
which has been closed for a short
session of repairs, will be in full
swing very soon.
Right now, you may- "oy a
fresh, tasty sandwich, o rosty
Coca-Cola during the day at the
When you walk.ipto the cafe-
teria, be prepared for a surprise.
That room which used to abound'
with column after column of hun-
gry,, waiting soldiers, has grown
to twice its former size. I
In the future, upon entering,
you will be greeted by delicious
wafts of coffee, instead of throat-
filling smoke. The sandwich bar,
where your order may be cod-
cdcted before your eyes, is to be
a day-long feature of the new,
improved cafeteria. "-
Mrs. MacBeth, manager of the
cafeteria, hinted a: hamburgers as
the star item on the menu. wheh
the cafeteria has been officially
There is a large corner devot-
ed to fountain service and the
sale of ice cream, potato chips
and other GI snack favorites.
When the remodeling is com-
plete, there will be cafeteria serv-
ice three times a day, ith a wide
variety of dishes for hungry sol-.-
Extra Money Deal
Offered by PX j
Drew Field soldiers anxious to
pick up some extra monney will-
find the opportunity by working
as clerks at the various PX
Charles M. Young. personnel
manager for the PX. announced
today that he cari use 12 men be-
hind the counters. Men engaged
will be paid half of their monthly
Interested GIs can contact M.
Young at the PX office, Firyt
Street and B Avenue every day
until 5 p.m.
TO THE YANKS"
Friday, C 11
1. Do clothes moths live only
in the summer cr are ey a
2. Is the accuracy o ol-
servatory clocks li e. the Nav~I
Observatory clock in Washin~-
ton) checked by the sun, the stas
or the moon?
3. The girls' name;. Patty, Dolly
and Sally, are also co,:mmon words
in the English language. What do
4. Name the original a la modj
dish, served without ice cream
and commonly fcour,d. on tenus
5. When talking about the
state of your health. how many
of these statement- aie grammat-
ically correct: I feel good. I feel
well. I feeLbad. I t-ed badly. !
6. What is the ditfererice be-
tween a person's profile and a
7. If I were giving an ostrich.
pedicure, would I find two. three
or four toes on each of its feet?.,
8. Are either, neither or bothU.
of these acts legally possible: to
vote by proxy, to be married by
9. Which has a greater percen-
age of tin in it-a tin can or.
pewter pitcher? r.
10. How many of the following
can you take on a regular rair-.
road ticket without extra charge:
a three year old child, a bul
dog, a 150 pound trunk?
(Answers on page 12) ft
AY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943 PAGE NINE
Tops by Soldiers at TARPON SPRINGS
NOW SHOWING :50LJC .
WAR DEPARTMENT THEATERS. Nos. I and 4
Friday, Sept. 10-"I Dood It," Red Skeltn. Eleanor
Saturday, Sept. 11-RKO Pattle Ni No. 4: Jmm n
Dorsey and Orchestra.
Sunday, Sept. 12-"Swing Shift Mdlaisle," Ann Sothern.
(Th James Craig; "Snow Sports," Sports Parade: 'CWoodpeckin r',"
Monday, Sept. 13-"Headin' for God's CvuitrNy,- Williami
Lundigan, Virginia Dale; "Mountain Fighters." Technicolor
Featurette; "In the Garden," Speakniig ot Ani.mals
Tuesday, Sept. 14-"We've Never Been Licked." Rich- 4M
ard Quine, Ann Gwynne, Noah Beery Jr.
Wednesday, Sept. 15-RKO Pathe Ne\t- No. 5.
Thursday, Sept. 16-"Keeper ot the Fiane." Spencer
Tracy, Katherine Hepburn; "Three Bears in a Boat," Para-
WAR DEPARTMENT THEATERS Nos. 2 and 3
Saturday, Sept. 1l--"Headin' for God's Country.' Wil-
liam Lundigan, Virginia Dale: M"Mountain Fighter-." Tecrn-
nicolor Featurette; "In the Garden." Speaking of Aninmals. .
Sunday, Sept. 12-"We've Never Been Licked," Rich-
ard Quine, Ann Gwynne, Noah Beery Jr.
Monday, Sept. 13-RKO Pathe New;- No. 5.
Tuesday, Sept. 14--"Keeper of the Flame." Spencer ..
Tracy, Katherine Hepburn; "Three Bears in a Bot," Para-
Wednesday, Sept. 15-"Let's Face It." Bob Hope. Bett:y ..
Thursday, Sept. 16-"This Is Anmerica," Arctic Passage:
RKO Pathe News No. 6.
GAILY PAINTED VESSELS are a never-ending attraction for Tarpon Springs visitors. The
picturesqueness of the many-hued ships and their masts and rigging is a photographer's de
0,Cse- _light. Most of the ships bear melodious Greek names, while some are named for U. S.
RECREATION BUILDING NO. 1
Friday, Sept. 10, 8:15 p.m.-Lucy Sinclair Presents.
Saturday, Sept. 11, 8:15 p.m.-USO Camp Show. .
Sunday, Sept. 12, 8:15 p.m.-A. W. Melody Hour.
Monday, Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m.-Right Answer or Else; 9 p.m.,
Soldier Show .
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 9:00 p.m.-USO Camp Show.
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 8:15 p.m.-Dress Rehearsal.
Thursday, Sept. 16, 8:30 p.m.-Music, Mirth and Madness.
ENLISTED MEN'S SERVICE CLUB
Friday, Sept. 10, 8:15 p.m.-Dance.
Saturday, Sept. 11, 8:15 p.m.-Band Concert.
Monday, Sept. 13, 8:15 p.ri.-Dance. ... "
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8:15 p.m.-Concert of Recorded Music.
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 8:15 p.m.-Dance.
Information for service men and women, guest cards, etc., at .
Defense Recreation Office, Fifth street and Second avenue north.
Phone 4755. ."04. w
HOME CENTER, 256 Beach drive north. Open daily from 9
a.m. to 11 p.m. Informal dancing every night. Coffee and cookies
every day. Laundry, ironing and sewing facilities. Bathhouse, GREEK SALADS are a gourmet's delight. HANDMADE BASKETS from Tarpon
suits and towels for bathers. Showers, shaving and naps. Dance Louis Pappag' Riverside Cafe is famed Springs are in homes in the 48 states. Our
instruction: throughout the U. S. Mrs. Flora Pappas sightseers watch Moses Pinder work on bas-
PIER CENTER, municipal pier. Informal dancing every night. serves a salad to our visitors. She loves all kets, of which he has made thousands of all
Game rooms, pool table, writing rooms, lounges. Dance instruction soldiers, affectionately calls them Baby. sizes and colors.
Monday and Thursday. soldiers, affectionately calls there"Baby. sizes and colors.
LOUNGE, 601 Cleveland (across from the Capitol Theater).
Open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., for the convenience of Service Men.
BEACH CENTER. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Open week days by request. Directions may be ob-
.tained at the Lounge.
u: Dances. Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., and
.turday nights from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.-Municipal Auditorium.
Women's Residence Club
The Women's Residence club, 820 South Rome avenue,
operated by the National Catholic Community Service,
USO, is operated for the wives, mothers, relatives, and .
friends of the Service men. Mrs. Sarah Schaefer, Director,
extends a welcome to allwives, mothers, sweethearts and .
friends of service men as well as girls in defense work. .
Rooms upstairs 50c a night, downstairs 75c a night. Cook-
ing privileges and laundry privileges. Accommodations ,. '
for women with babies-50c a night for the mother and 25c :.
for the child. Service available for from one night to three
Visit Your PX!
BRANCH LOCATION No. 6 .............. Plant Field
*Main Bev. and No. 8 ............ 4th & Ave. L
Clothing .......2nd & Ave. F *No. 9 ..........Hosp. Area-B-10
*No. 10 ............1st & Ave. J
Main Mdse. and Spec. tNo. 11 ...........2nd & Ave. M
Order Dept... :..2nd & Ave. F No. 12 ............Flight Line
No. 1 ...........8th & Ave. A No. 15 ..............WAC Area OU SERGEANT and friends wind up a perfect day with an old-fashioned picnic on the
*No. 2 ........AreaFonAve. J 3rdF. C ............F. C. Hg.
No. 3 ............8th & Ave. H Filling Sta....Ave. J at E. Fence edge of Spring Bayou, which is in the center of town. The bayou is site of annual Epi-
No. 4 ...........E-lst & Ave. L *-Branches with Soda Fountains phany ceremony, during which Greeks dive in the water to recover a golden cross.
No. 5 ...........Camp DeSoto or Beer Gardens. -Pictures by Lieut. Robert E. Price, Base Photographic Officer
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
Whether Work or Worship,
569th SAW Prepared
Recently returned from operational training, the 569th Sig-
nal AW Battalion found time during the field work for
Sunday services. Above is pictured Pfc. Donald McIntosh,
assistant to the chaplain. But it wasn't all relaxation. T/5
Alfred Cataldo typlifies this as he bends over his draft-
Now Back at Drew, Soldiers
Get New Bn. Adjutant
By CPL. HANK GOODMAN
A few minutes before the Echoes deadline as we are
beating the old brain against a brick wall in the orderly
room trying to get a lead on the news, 569th's Battalion
Headquarters Vomes through with the following: Lt. Ar-
thur V. Busch leaves his position as Battalion Adjutant
to take over the command of 1st Rept. Co. and is to be
succeeded by Lt. Vernon T. Bruggeman, personnel officer.
The special order says very little else, but we read
between the abbreviations to recall their unexcelled genial-
ity and the splendid records achieved by both officers in
their former posts. The special order likewise makes no
predictions, but we here extent our best wishes for their
continued success in the new posts.
Furloughs at HQ & Plot. Co. are still uppermost in everyone's
.thoughts, although the initial excitement has subsided to a quiet
anticipation. The group that left at the first of the month was
logically in a dither; for many of them it was the first furlough in
a long time, for others simply the first furlough. T/5 George
Pleines, overcome with the idea, walked about the area muttering,
"I can't believe it, I can't believe it!" But with papers and bag in
hand and a ticket to Baltimore in his pocket the reason for his
skepticism was not immediately apparent.
Number one on the "All Time Hit Parade" for Pvt. Don Streff
and Pfc. Miles Walker was "California Here I Come" and Pvt. Russ
Compton sang something about "open your Golden Gate, don't let
no stranger wait" as Frisco waited at the other end of a plane ride.
Returning in a few days, Compton will find he has earned a
four dollar raise in pay. New England welcomed home her sons
among whom were T/4 James Luz, T/5's Fred Parot, Ed Buckie,
and Dominic Bobbi, and Pfc. Wilfred Beard. Pine Bluffs, Wyom-
ing, was expecting Sgt. Jay Robinson and Spanish Fork, Utah,
was ready to greet T/5 Christen Dalton.
In the meantime, the middle-of-the-month group are busying
themselves on behalf of their furloughs. Reservations made well
in advance and gifts for the folks back home are part of the pre-
parations. And weighty decisions are being made concerning what
uniform to pack, 0. D. or khaki. Weather reports from the boys
returning soon will be greatly appreciated.
4th SAW Men
Brady. Westlake 'Best'
With Top Scores
By CPL. EUGENE G. HORTON
The last shot is fired, and
this correspondent picks him-
self up from the dust six feet
behind the original position to
look around and see how the
rest of the Fighting- SAW
Fourth is doing.
In the pits there is the one
target jerker group parading
by with a large white TS
printed on the red flag. Con-
solation for the man behind
the gun? Westlake and
Brady don't seem to need any
sympathy though as they
pull down scores of 175 and
171 respectively. True rev-
erance for "Maggie's draw-
ers" is shone by S/Sgt. Van
Fossen, Sgt. Ellis and Cpl.'Or-
tega, who are seen holding
their hats solemnly over
their hearts as the red .flag
Apparently Pfc. Szymanowicz
doesn't trust the flag, for, as it
crosses the target for the Nth
time he mumbles, "They can't
fool me. That was a bulls eye
I just fired!" Brady seems to
prefer the white disc himself, as
he pumps 10 out of 10 slugs into
the black circle during rapid fire.
Pfc. Paradise also joins that
school with 14 bulls out of 20
rapid fire rounds.
HOME FROM RANGE
Highlight of the pleasant day
on the open range is the task
of cleaning rifles. "Run anoth-
er dry patch through that bar-
rel, soldier--I can see a
smudge." "Tighten up the
sling before you give me that
And so the 4th comes back to
camp, tired, dusty, ears ring-
ing, shoulders sore-but satis-
fied. For many it was their
first trial with an Army rifle,
and several of them qualified.
Third finger left hand: Wilma
McMullen. (So that's what the
Marine had that we'didn't)-Sgt.
Tubbs, "I may be and I may not,"
was his comment when questioned
as to his matrimonial state and
the gold band ring. When fur-
ther pressed for the'lowdown, "I
just woke up one morning and
there it was!"
New adds to the zebra brigade:
Sgt. Askew to S/Sgt. To T/4th
rose T/5ths Goldfarb and Wilson.
From Pfc. to T/5th came Rustum,
Frankhouser, Fogle, Hawkins,
Yuratovich and Ellis. To T/5th
from Pvt. came Parks. Congrats
Barracks Photos: T/5 Butler
carrying out an extermination job
in his footlocker-Pfc Itinger pre-
paring to meet a home-town girl
at the Service Club-T/5 Yurato-
vich praising Cpl. Ehrmantraut's
tailor work-Pfc. "Crooner" Mc-
Callion calling the boys around
for a song, with Sgt. Tully doing
an outstanding job as baritone.--
A "Home state" debate raging
until the wee hours, with Pvt. Ras
holding the stand for Minnesota,
and T/5 Huber hotly defending
Sports World: The Processing
team was finally hammered from
the undefeated ranks this week
by a revenge hungry Orderly
Room team, who routed them by
the decisive score of 15 to 2. How-
ever, the Processing team will
lead the pack by the virtue of 12
wins to one loss, while the Or-
derly Room could only scrape up
10 wins against three losses.
Friday noon the Enlisted All-
Stars again ousted the Officers
"terrific ten" by the count of 12
runs to 5.
a very strenuous manner.
F/Sgt. James L. Stinnette is on
an emergency furlough to Mis-
souri, and we trust that he found
everyone okeh. Pfc. Morgan is
back from a furlough to Maine
and the only trouble was that
he had to come back too soon.
The Communications Section
regrets the loss this past week
through transfer of two of its
best known members, namely
M/Sgt. William Sommers and
Sgt. Campbell, and they are
-followed by the best wishes of
the men with whom they
worked. Cpl. Nisenbaum is a
changed man these days since
returning from his furlough.
Could it be that the little
blonde that he met and talks
about so much brought about
Pfc. Wright just arrived from
Detroit where he spent his fur-
lough and it is reported that
he is a little poorer but a great
deal wiser as a result of this
trip. Cpl. Hemmer is very blue
these days, now that his honey
has returned to New York.
What is the reason for that
very sad look that S/Sgt Irish is
carrying around with him these
days? Could it be the absence
of a certain girl from the staff
of one of the PX's? Is the pic-
ture of a cute little WAC that
hangs so very prominently on
the wall near Pvt. P. Snyder's
bed the reason that Drew Field's
"Frank Sinatra" is doing his
crooning in that area lately.
Pvt. J. F. Carey, the Com-
munication orator is walking
around with a big smile these
days and we are wondering if
the reason could be that his long
awaited furlough is near at hand.
All the boys hope that he makes
that train and does not get de-
railed at the "Hub."
FISH STORY TOLD
On Sunday, August 29, a fish-
ing party left Clearwater to go
out to sea and seek those elusive
fish that rumor reports are just
waiting to be caught. The group
included: Lt. Stout, Lt. Hall-
mark, Lt. Young, M/Sgt. F. T.
Mullen, M/Sgt. T. Elliot, T/Sgt.
Cooper, S/Sgt. Machuszek, S/Sgt.
Hickox, Sgt. Krause and Pvt.
Phillips. A barrel with a ca-
pacity of 55 gallons was-brought
back containing approximately
140 fish weighing from 5 to 15
pounds. M/Sgt. Mullen caught a
baby shark but we do not know
just what he did with it. Beer
and sandwiches were taken along
and it seems safe to say that they
were enjoyed by all.
S/Sgt. Machuszek has been
moved to Ward A-4 in the hos-
pital so that the Doctor can
study his strange malady.
Knowing "Charley" as we do
we can imagine that he is hop-
ing it will take quite some time
giving him an opportunity to
enjoy the gorgeous white scen-
ery. Cpl. Spizziri, the acting
Chief Clerk, has been spending
so much time at meetings in
Group Operations that we are
wondering whether he is as-
signed to 491st Operations or to
The Corporal complains that he
spends so much of his time going
back and forth that he does not
have time to read all of his fan
mail. Cpl. "Frank Buck" Gold-
blatt has returned to his post at
Operations after a brief sojourn
in the hinterlands of St. Louis
with Corporal Smith. Both corp-
orals were greatly impressed by
the very beauteous gals whom
they viewed on Peachtree street
in Atlanta, during a 10-hour lay-
over in the Coca-Cola City.
Just as this paper was going
to press your scribe learned that
Flight Officer R. A. Woodward
was married on Wednesday, Sept.
1, in Chapel No. 1. His bride,
the former Miss Hazel June
Hewitt of Tampa, and he plan
to leave for his home in Kansas
.on the 7th of this month to visit
his parents while on a 13-day
furlough. Congratulations to the
happy bride and groom.
Musician's Barrack Sports
Pastel Sketches of Group
By S/SGT. JOHN F. SUSZYNSKI
Drew Field has an Art Museum that "rivals" even the
Ringling Gallery in Sarasota.
The masterpieces are housed in Barracks 11-C-4, on
Fourth Street near. Avenue F (the Band Barracks, by some
strange coincidence), and are mostly pastel sketches of band
personnel. The image of Pfc. "Pops" Nailor is so exact in
its likeness that no one dares to read the comics within fifty
paces (Pops' main vice is swiping the comics from the daily
Cpl. Mike Gladino never sus-
pected that he bore a remarkable ravages of furloughs right now.
resemblance to Gen. MacArthur
until this feature was brought out We shall see, when they return,
in one of the sketches; still, Mike whether Luke's Quincy, Mass., or
remains unspoiled, and the price Becker's Cleveland and Pitts-
of a Galdino Special Hair-Cut burgh are most devastating to the
hasn't changed either. Oh yes, indoctrination and stuff that goes
the Artist is our own Sgt. Mojimir to make a soldier.
J. Sedlak, alias "Jerry," who
doubles on flute during band Our drum-major, P Tex
sessions, and louses up our volley Logsdon, made his first down-
ball games during the physical town Tampa appearance when
the 69ers played for the parade,
training periods, sponsored by the Red Cross, for
Sgt. Woody Harwick and Pfc. recruiting Army and Navy
Woolkie Woodke would make nurses. If the report of enlist-
interesting subjects for our ments isn't too favorable, we
artist. Wonder how the aura may have a new drum major.
of after-furlough-itis would be
reflected in one of Jerry's pas- Pvt. Art Carchedi of the Deep
tels? Sleep Seven has been labeled the
Casanova of the Steinway (Serv-
FURLOUGH FROWNS ice Club); the latest entries in
Too bad about Sgt. Luke Luuk- his address book are from North
konen and Pvt. Jerome Becker- Carolina and Georgia-don't for-
they are being exposed to the get Washington, D. C., Art!
On 491st Menu
S/SGT. E. WORLOCK
The 491st Armament shop extends a warm welcome
to the new Asst. Armament Officer, Lt. Harry N. Hughes.
Pvt. E. Perry and Pvt. A. Theisen returned to their
duties full of pep, vim and vigor, as the result of a 15-day
furlough. Pfc. G. Ward, Pvt. E. Beck and Pvt. S. Gold-
stein are principally engaged at the present time in sweat-
ing out a furlough which should begin the 8th of Sept. The
boys of Armament and Ordnance all report for duty onr
time as the result of dawn calisthenics which are done in'
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
Men at Work Receive Best Dressed Awards
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PVT. MERTON RIEM
A neat soldier looks the part, even when his job calls
for plenty of action and dirt. Greasy coveralls are a neces-
sary part of many a Drew soldier's garb, but even the grim-
iest job won't keep a conscientious man from that daily
shave and frequent haircut, according to the Mystery WAC.
While casting her eagle eyes over the Base, our WAC
hasn't been searching for gleaming suntans alone. She
hasn't even limited her choice to
men in spotless fatigues. The man
wtih the soldierly bearing, the
clean-shaven chin, the polished
footwear, is the lucky fellow who
walked off with two theater
This week's "best-dressed,"
photographed right on the job,
are: Pvt. Cesare Renzi, 503rd
SAW Regt.; Pfc. Joseph Sidoti,
553rd SAW Battalion; Pvt. Mer-
ton Riem, 828th Guard Squad-
ron; Pfc. Joseph Ames, 911th
Quartermaster Platoon, and
S/Sgt. John Suszynski, 69th
AT EASE BENZI
Private Renzi, crack mechanic
from the Base >Iotor Pool, was
quite surprised to be chosen as a
well-dressed Drew soldier. He
protestingly pointed to his rolled
sleeves and grease-laden cover-
alls. Our WAC reminded him that,
,. -.W. l mmijB .:.Sii
PFC JOSEPH SIDOTI
after all, it would be quite im-
possible to crawl in and out from
under the engine of the huge
"WAC hack" without soiling one's
fatigues. Rolled sleeves are a
requisite of almost any mechanic.
His general appearance denoted
constant attention to the' finer
points of good grooming; that was
the important point.
Renzi, who came to Drew Field
10 months ago from East Buffalo,
N. Y., worked at a wide variety
of jobs before entering the serv-
ice. He has been a tinsmith and
a carpenter, but considers his most
interesting background that of
Quiet-mannered Pfc. Joseph
Sidoti spends his days adminis-
tering first aid to Signal Corps
men over at Dispensary No. 3.
This is quite different from his
S/SGT. JOHN SUSZYNSKI
civilian occupation, soda jerk-
ing. He is married to a cute
little girl from New York city,
who thinks he was even hand-
somer in his civilian zoot-suits.
MP ON THE SPOT
That tall, dark, always-spotless
M. P. who greets you every day
at the East Gate is Pvt. Joseph
Riem. He's no former policeman,
but a former shipping and pack-
ing man who somehow missed
being spotted by the Quartermas-
ter Corps. He and his wife both
hail from Ware, Mass. He has
spent his year in the Army at
Augusta, Ga., and at Drew.
Private First Class Ames is only
one of many spotless members of
the 911th Quartermaster Platoon
spied by the G. I. huntress. His
civilian job of chauffeur is not
too different from his Army job
M I -m -. 0 M
PFC. JOSEPH AMES
of driving and distributing mail
at the Base Quartermaster.
He has been at this field for the
last eight months. When asked if
there was a steady girl waiting
for him back in Norfolk, Va., he
rolled his eyes and said, "Well-
A popular regular contributor
to the Echoes, S/Sgt. John
Suszynski ("Band Notes") was
captured for photographic pur-
poses when he walked into the
Echoes office with his weekly
.copy. He is from McKees Rocks,
Pa., and was a cashier in the
famous Orphans' Court at Pitts-
burgh. When asked if he were
married, he replied, "No. Know
anyone?" (Any girl interested
in meeting the dapper sergeant
may apply at the Band Bar-
On Fine Training
By CPL. SAMUEL COCHRANE
Yes, that's us, that outfit with
the puffed-up chests that's just
moved back from Egypt Lake is
none other than the 551st. The
reason for the expanded chests,
of course, is that letter of com-
mendation from Headquarters,
General Sherrill's commen-
dation made mention of our
training, using the terms, "ex-
cellent" and "very good" in that
Although this first reporting
of trifles and events of the 551st
may turn out to be rather sketchy,
don't let that fool you into think-
ing that we don't have plenty of
doings going on in our ranks and
grades. For instance, we were
back on the field less than a week
when we gave that big battalion
dance at the Hellenic Center in
But this reporting is new to me
and in order to meet this first
deadline, I didn't have time to
make the rounds of the orderly
rooms to enjoy unprintable items
and write down printable ones.
But, next .time, we'll have more
ata on hand concerning mar-
riages, furloughs, promotions, best
baby in the outfit and the like.
Well no, I guess it won't be nec-
essary to go hunting far to find
the 551st father with the best in-
fant. Not while Company "A's"
armorer is around. For his baby
is definitely the biggest, health-
iest, cutest that there is. Just ask
T/5 Hodson about that. Or supply
him with a bottle or two of PX
brew and he'll volunteer the in-
formation without any prompting.
There's no disputing it, the
551st certainly has a leading edge
when it comes to twirling the
femmes around the dance floor.
Anyone who was ever lucky
enough to attend any of our many
Egypt Lake Bea'ch House affairs
can vouch for that. And so it was
with thi. last Hellenic Center
"hustle." It was a loosadoosa, with
pretty mamselles galore. If the
551st fellows weren't spellbinding
the ladies with their fancy step-
ping, they were accomplishing
same by other means. Like Hq's
T/4 Kubacki who kept that den-
tal dazzle of his working over-
Lose your gas mask? Dog tags?
Run a classified ad in the
ECHOES and tell the finder
where to locate you. It's FREE!
WOODEN FOOT-LOCKER with com-
partment similar to GI issue and lock.
Price $2.50. Call Joe, Extension 385
between 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
FORD roadster, 1934 model. Good
tires. A-1 motor and new top. $325.
See Lt. Stevens, Det. Med. Phone
FOR SALE--Hubbarfr electric meat
slicer and mixer. For complete de-
tails. contact Sgt. Quinn, Hqs. 84th
Bomb Gp. Phone 433.
FOR SALE-Emerson oscillating, elec-
tric fan, $20. Phone 4141.
FOR SALE-One-way railroad ticket
from New York city to Tampa, Fla.
Can be used by a Serviceman only,
$15. Call Sgt. Harry Rauchman at
WANTED TO BUY
WILL pay any price within reason for
good, sturdy ironing board for use in
WAC barracks. Will save present
wear and tear on GI foot lockers and
WAC backs. Call Cpl. Lora Taylor.
ARGUS C-3 camera; or a comparable
camera, for a sensible price. If you
need cash and not a camera, call 287
and let's dicker.
DESPERATE sucker will purchase
foot locker for some delectable cold
currency. See W. B. Hummer, 588th
SAW Bn. Barracks 10 A-04, on J just
West of AWUTC Hqs.
WANT TO BUY-Portable phonograph
or table model radio-phonograph com-
bination, good shape, reasonably
priced. Lt. Ray E. Cumrine. TP 346
or Town H-25. 144. 743d Signal
WANT TO BUY-Typewriter, perfer-
ably portable, will pay cash. Sgt. Car-
penter. Ph. Drew Field Extension 287.
WANT TO BUY-Camera, any size
film. What have you? Sgt. Ed. W.
Hoy. Hq. Plotting Co.. 564 SAW Bn.
PERSON interested in pooling car to
Drew Field from St. -Petersburg.
Works 8 to 5 on field. Contact
Jacquelyn Short. Phone 229.
INTERESTED in becoming member of
car pool for purpose of going back
and forth daily between Drew Field
and St. Petersburg. Have own car,
but insufficient oounons to run car
every day. Lt. L. R. Skelton, Org.
304th Bomb. Sq.. 84th Bomb. Group.
WANTED-To pool cars, St. Pete to
Drew. Hours: 7:30 to 5. Call 862 or
56-014 in St. Pete. Lt. V. C. Willitt,
756 SAW Co.
LOST AND FOUND
LOST in Theater No. 3: Wallet con-
taining money and valuable papers.
Finder please return to Ptc. Frank
Ortiz. Company D. 563d Sig. AW
FOUND-Silver religious medallion and
chain on Second street. Owner may
-have same by identifying it. Call at
Bldg. 11-C-40. 588th Signal AW Tng.
Bn., 1st Lt. C. E. Humphrey.
FOUND-Wheel, tire and tube at First
St. and B Ave. Owner may recover
same by identifying at MP Hqs.
8th and E Sts.
FOUND-College ring in trousers
at tailor shop 3. Bldg. 11 A-124. O
may receive by calling for it at
WANTED Projectionists, cashiers,
ticket takers, ushers, and janitors for
off-duty time. Good pay. See Lt. May
at Theater No. 3.
CALLING all radio hams. Would like
a call from all hams at Drew for qst.
mag. Will also act as information for
suggestions relative to forming a
Drew Ham club, or holding a Ham-
fest. W9 D PU. T/Sgt. William J.
Kiewel. Org. 314th Base Hqs. & AB
Sq. Bks. 211.
WILL RENT ROOM with private bath,
in modern residence, to single officer.
Located on Gulf at Clearwater Beach.
Inquire Capt. Fellhauer Ext. 232.
NOTICE to all officers and enlisted
men: The Base Special Services Of-
fice would like very much to receive
the phone No. and address of any
residence which you are vacating. Call
258. Mrs. Powell.
VISITING parents, sweethearts, and
wives receive comfortable hospitality
at the Drew Field Guest House. At-
tractive rooms for 75c per day. Contact
Miss Leland or Miss Nicks. Ph. 897,
at the Enlisted Men's Service Club.
SPEND your off-duty hours enjoying
the fresh air and green grass of Drew
Field's beauty-spot, the new golf
course And do your part to help
keep it beautiful at the same time.
It's your course Won't you help
with the work of i~rishing it? All
volunteers contact Lt. E. G. Metcalf
at the golf course.
MENDING to be done? Insignia to be
sewed on? Bring your mending to
Chapel No. 1 before 10 o'clock each
Tuesday morning. The Officers' Wives
Sewing Club will do your mending and
sewing for you free of charge.
GIFTS wrapped free of charge for
Service Men. YMCA USO, 214 N.
Boulevard; YWCA USO, 607 Twiggs;
Christian Service Center, corner of
Tampa and Tyler.
Sgt. Hevia Back at Work
SGT. JOSEPH FALCONER
After being confined to the Base Hospital for more than
a month, S/Sgt. Henry Hevia returned to work last Thurs-
day none the worse for his well needed rest. Sergeant Hevia
expects to be back in the running again now that a certain
party has departed for Des Moines.
Friends of S/Sgt. Robert Puffer really gave the old boy
a bang up time at the Spanish Park Restaurant last Satur-
day night. Incidentally this was his last dinner as a free
man. "Bobby" is one grand old
fellow and we all are going to Pvt. Ralph Denault. Denault, the
miss his antics and fun in our GI Detachment jive artist, will be
apartment across from the office. missed by all as he was one of
Down to wish his old buddy all those fellows fitting in wherever
he was placed. S/Sgt. Jean L.
success was Second Lt. Fred C. King is the latest member of the
Jacoby, formerly of the Agent office to join M/Sgt. Devoe and
Audit Branch of the Detach- T/5th Landers in the Base Hos-
ment. Lieutenant Jacoby is at pital.
present attached to Orlando Army Oddities: After spending six
Air Base in the Quartermaster months together at the Enlisted
Corps. Both 'men recalled the Men's Finance School at Fort
many good times that were had Benjamin Harrison ,then learn-
prior to his entrance to OCS. ing that they were fraternity
Birthday greetings to that roue' brothers were: Pvts. Willis Sloan,
from New Orleans, none other University of North Carolina, and
than our own Dick Toribio. Dick Ben Rubrecht, of West Virginia
was transferred from MacDill University. Needless to say both
Finance Office and seems to have boys hit it off from the start.
done well with the fair sex T/5th Edwin batess got thrown
though from all appearances he for a loss recently and was ably
is as shy as he looks! Still' water assisted by Chief T/5th Leo
runs deep! Brown. Some of us could say,
Transferred to Westover, Mass., "I told you so," but, we like
the early part of the month was peace at any price.
CLIP AND SEND TO DREW FIELD ECHOES OFFICE
FREE W ANT AD Classifications
FOR DREW FIELD MILITARY FOR SALE
PERSONNEL IN 0 WANTED TO BUY
DREW FIELD ECHOES TRANSPORTATION
BASE SPECIAL SERVICE OFFICE, 8th & "B" 0 LOST AND FOUND
Ad Classification .......................... ..
Name .............. .. .. .. .... ...................... ......
PVT. CESARE RENZI
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER TO, 1943
Look, Act as Soldier MP Captain Advises
New 714th SAW Officers
Arrive; T-5 Banks Gives [
'Know Your Bible' Sermon
By PVT. ROBERT MACKENROTH .
This past week has brought the 714th SAW an ad-
dition in staff officers as well as the enlisted men.
We are pleased to welcome into our organization, Lieu-
tenants Braun, Carakatsane and McCorkle from a U. S. ir
Army Detachment Radio School of our northern Ally, Can- li
However, it is really welcoming 564th Has Cigar 0
back Lt. Carakatsane, who has n
once before been a part of our Smokefest; Gifts d,
company. These enlisted men tl
gained chevrons: Cpl. Brown,.Of 3 Proud Papas
Techfiicians Fifth Grade O" P O a T a;
Adair, Boyd, Bukowski, Coughlin, By SGT. ED HOY and T/5 f
HANLEY DAWSON JR. mi
Cathcart, De Mart, Goulding, in
Mohl, McKenna, Neibert, Petrick, More babies to announce this n
Smith and Snell. week. We are really doing all
It is our profound opinion right. Lieutenant Madden's wife a
that Canada's loss is our gain.. presented him with an eight- ta
But we regret to lose a swell pound baby boy; Pfc. Williams' a
fellow, Sgt. Riave. Sarg was nine-pound girl, and Pvt. Spots- or
really the prodigy in current wood's a seven pound four ounce w
history. Even when he was girl. a]
telling us our bed-time stories, Numerous promotions to be an- cc
he insisted that it wasn't "Littlenounced: T/5 Daniel Demeo to a
Red Riding Hood and the Big T/o4; T/5 Fran i ar emer to T/4
Bad Wolf" but "Eleanor and T/4; T/ Frank Gardner to T/4Sgt 0
Adolf Schiklegruber;" e ven PvDant l MacDonald to T/Sgt.;
"Wilhelmina and the eeS/Sgt. William Knott to T Sgt; w
RED Bears." I tell you, we ar- a
gued everything-but he was a S/Sgt.Calvin Glenn to T/Sg. of
true sergeant and stood firm! I T/4 Dwayne Sprout to S/Sgt.; a
hope Company "D" of the 5thPvt. Leonard Snow to T/5.
Training Battalion appreciates Ben Squires and Bob Helmey cc
Sarg's talent, unintentionally kept all of the gi
William (Know Your Bible boys away from the mail desk iz
Better) Banks T/5. on the side) the other day-as a matter of G
Better) Banks (T/5 on te ie fact iot a soul dared to venture ca
delivered his initial sermonin within 50 feet. The two of them
the Supply Room pulpit. His within 50 feet. The two of them
devoted disciples are S/Sgt. (Sen- had been out on an onion eat- in
ior Deacon) Van Loon, Sgt. (Head ing binge the night before. We st
Usher) Bukowski, Sgt. (Choir 'all know that those Bermudas lo
Leader) Gioquinto; those who stay with you all right. t
light the candles are T/5s Brehm, Everyone wonders what it is n
Tiberi and Marquez, and Pfcs. that attracts former members of th
Brown and Lisanti. More of us, the.564th back to their organiza- of
in the future, will be seen joy- tions. They can be found day bi
fully trekking to the Company and night haunting barracks, mail w
Supply Room, candle in hand. room and orderly rooms. No S9
T/5 "Tex of the Virginia Hills" doubt'most of us do not realize pi
Snyder, as the company laundry- what a marvelous organization it Cc
man, is a marvel! "How does he really is that we have here, at w
do it?" we all ask. But as every least until transferred.
great man must have, he pos- Lt. Fred Gochenaur must
sesses one sad flaw. His memory.h
Yes, "Tex" merely forgets to have really done some high
-whom he owes laundry. But, stepping on his recent stay in F
hom he owesandSarasota. He received seven
never fear, he has the answer Sarasota. H received seven
to such an insignificant problem. cards (not birthday) from one
He simply holds a raffle and he, young lady in one day-eachl
at least, gets them off his hands had the line fromt the chapel
Clever, isn't he!. By the way, I to the Church" written on the
hear after a month of trading verse-looks as though the lass
around, everybody is always is hinting without being subtle. p
happy. T/Sgt. "Dracula" Gableman, L:
RADIO VETERAN our medical technician, is sweat- sc
The otherday, an unidenti- ing out a furlough. a
The other-daWey, an unidenti- will soon learn a great L(
fled soldier, evidently from an- many interesting things about the p(
other organization, asking for 564th. Lt. Troy Tullis and his m
"a Cpl. Filippi or Fenkel or aid Cpl. "Brushhead" Brownell,
something like that," to use his are combing the archives for SI
exact words, actasted me. Im- pertinent data for the outfit's his- al
mediately I attempted to tory. Since the 564th was ac- cc
straighten out this uninformed tivated 16 months ago, the job sp
boy. First of all he couldn't will not be an easy one. qu
have been more confused. Cpl. Sgt. John Chaga is resting up qi
Fenkel is one of the company after his furlough. He fooled us ci
giants while T 5 Filippi is only for we were sure that he was
about two feet shorter. The going to get "hitched," but he T;
soldier soon realized his gross held out. There are not many w
error and soon left to obtain of the boys coming back without hi
more definite information. Cpl. the bridle these days. th
Fenkel is a swell guy who is la
now attending radio school. In' 'Atswers \ Pi
fact, all he does is go to radio A wes\ P
school! Some day I hope to meet 0 HAWK' se
Fenkel when he is not going eB
to radio school. T/5 Filippi is YAN KAW p v
shorter, but just as swell a guy. ce
He is the company's carpenter 1. They-are an all-year-round tic
de luxe. In fact, all he does pest. They live indoors or any- th
is carpenter! Some day I hope where that the tempearture is m
to meet Filippi when he's not above 70 degrees.
carpentering. 2. The stars. s
Quigley, who is one of the 3. Patty means a little meat c
714th's jeep drivers and another pie; dolly means a platform I
one of the giants, is quite a note- mounted on wheels; sally means I
worthy spectacle tweeking down a trip or jaunt. 3
the street in his little jeep. He's 4. Beef.
so big for that midget inachine, 5. Three. The first three are t
his knees are shoved up so high correct. I
that they nearly hook over his 6. A silhouette is not neces-
ears, and, from the front, his legs sarily a side view. A person's pro- se
form a perfect V for Victory. Pa- file is. A silhouette is solid, giv- qi
triotic, believe me! ing the appearance of a shadow. he
A profile is not necessarily solid.
Ice Cream Draws Crowd 7. Two. w
8.- Both. fa
ENGLAND (CNS) There 9. A pewter pitcher. Pewter is se
was a record attendance at a largely tin, ,while the average tin ho
reading of the articles of war and can is only 1% per cent tin. de
a sex morality lecture here the 10. Two. The child and the of
other day. Reason: ice cream and trunk. You would have to pay ga
cake were served. extra for the dog. sp
198th Has Party;
Passes to Lucky
By JOHN McCORMACK
Squadron party: We can see
here 1st Sgt. Brinker is practic-
ng for that new job in the pub-
city department of some Holly-
rood studio. At least he has
irown another successful party.
)ne of the big events of the eve-
ing was the awarding of three-
ay passes to the men dancing
rith the girl whose number was
he lucky one.
Each girl was given a number,
nd every 15 minutes or so a dif-
erent number was called. The
ian dancing with the girl hold-
ig this number was the lucky
ian and got a three-day pass.
Entertainment: A tap dance by
'pl. "Jake" Fakouri's nephew and
bicycle act by Pfc. Morgan of
Congratulations: To Pfc. Rielly,
ne of our orderly room clerks,
'ho will be leaving us soon. His
application for OCS has been ac-
epted and I'm sure he will make
swell officer. To Cpl. Capen,
ur PT instructor, on his promo-
on to present grade. To Sgt.
ordon of squadron intelligence
dho, while home on furlough, was
emitted to the bar of the state
f New York. Sgt. Gordon is now
full-fledged lawyer. To Cpl.
izek, who is now away taking a
)urse in foreign area and lan-
lage study in the Army- Special-
ed Training Program. To Cpl.
authier who passed the aviation
idet board last week.
Squadron Operations has noth-
1n to report except that Gispippi
ill blows his top and lets off a
)t of steam once in a while and,
iey also have another brown-
oser working with them.
Pin-up girl: Anyone who saw
he picture of Connie, pin-up girl
Sthe week, in the St. Peters-
urg Times on Sunday, August 29,
ill readily agree with me that
gt. Ford certainly knows how to
.ck 'em and photograph 'em.
onnie is his girl friend and he
as the photographer.
Aen of Medical
)e Fuchnent Unit
By FRANK FOCHT
The Detachment Medical De-
artment's personnel officer 1st
ieut. 'Saul Gruner was promoted,
Shis employes decided to have
party-at Lieut. Gruner's house.
loading up in the available trans-
ortation they headed for the
anse in St. Petersburg.
The shindig went along fine.
gt. Frank Rocco even forgot
bout Josephine long enough to
ook' up about fifty yards of
spaghetti. Said delicacy .wasn't
quite ready sc Sgt. Frank Pas-
uale, an expert swimmer, de-
ded to go for a five-minute dip.
An hour passed and "Young
arzan" didn't return. So the
hole tribe went out hunting for
im. They combed the beach
loroughly. Screams of merry
ughter. "Maybe the Corral
princess snatched him away."
But the complexions of the
*archers were as blue as the
rening when another hour
missed and no "Muscleman." This
:ased to be funny. In despera-
on they enlisted the services of
ie Coast Guard. A salty veteran
arked the blotter.
"An open and shut case," he
said, "The lad went out and
wouldn'tt make it back. We'd
better go out and find his body
before the tide carries him be-
yond the sand bar." Twenty
Adams apples bobbed simul-
aneously. Lieutenant Gruner's
bobbed a little faster.
The human chain started out to
ea, each link fearful. No Pas-
uale. It was a tearful group that
headed back to the house.
Flat on his big fat rusty-dusty
as the ghost himself. He had
llen into the clutches of an old
ea captain who dragged him
ome and forced him to the most
delicious dinner. To say nothing
Sthe rip-snorting checker
times. Lt. Gruner is still eating
Basic Recruiting Lessons
Is All That's Required
States Provost Marshal
Look and act like a soldier and the MP's will give you
a nod, was the advice given yesterday by Captain William
A. King of the Drew Field Provost Marshal's office.
Captain King declared if soldiers would practice this
one simple rule learned in basic training, they would have
nothing to worry about.
"Our main troubles," Capt. Sub DeH o W orkerl
King said, "are with men with U W
dirty, sloppy uniforms-men who ,
just don't have any idea how to TO Swap Civies
look like a soldier-and those
who just don't care." For WAVE Attire
These men are being picked up,
and will continue to be picked up,
when they could easily keep out
of trouble with just a little effort,
CAPTAIN WILLIAM A. KING
the captain pointed out.
The captain gave several tips in
regard to dress. The uniform must
be clean and neat.
Watch those ties. Keep them
tight, straight and clean.
White belts are out, as are trop-
ical worsted shirts.
Keep sleeves rolled down.
All of this is the same old
story that a good soldier should
have learned in his basic days.
If he forgets it-that's no ex-
Men who are absent without
leav6 any time short of 48 hours
are subject to company punish-
ment, according to Capt. King.
Beyond that time it's the stock-
ade, with no excuses accepted.
I Come December and it will be
"olive drab" time again at Drew
Field. Regulations will be posted
conspicuously on company bulle-
No field jackets in town .
no khaki shirts unless an OD
blouse is worn over it no
khaki cap and wool uniform.
*Those things are taboo.
Captain King pointed out a few
more rules for the enlisted men.
Don't fail to salute officers-the
MP's are looking for men who
fail to show respect for commis-
sioned officers. And if you're
going to drink, hold it!
"Our liquor problem has de-
creased considerably in the last
year," the 'captain noted with
If you live off the post, and
drive from post to town you
can go home just the way you
are. Fatigues or anything else
are legitimate. But be sure you
go home. Don't stop at a grocery
store without a tie or hat, or
in fatigues. If you do, you're out
This rule was inaugurated on
Drew Field for the benefit of
mechanics. It's a privilege-
don't abuse it.
Whether you are on or off the
post be sure your hair is short
and that your face is cleanly
Just remember what you were
taught in basic training holds
good more than ever here. When
you're in town look and act like
a soldier, Captain King concluded.
War Prisoner Wants Beer
NEWARK, N. J. (CNS) A
local brewery received a V-Mail
letter recently from a U. S. lieu-
tenant now reposing in a German
prison camp. The letter said,
"Send me 25 cans of beer each
month and send the bill to my
This week the Subs' writers
Were tempted to fall back on
that ol' phrase, "No News Is
Everyone seems to be re-
luctant about saying very
much; probably afraid of
spreading false rumors; but
anyhow here's what goes
with Hdqs. & Engr. this
week: Evidently Betty Casey
has definitely decided to get
away from it all-meaning
S. D., of course. Casey sub-
mitted her papers for en-
trance into the WAVES.
Miss Rachel Rivers, Col. Rog-
ers' secretary, transferred to
Goldsboro, N. C. What is head-
quarters gonna do without those
two? Engineer was compelled to
sacrifice the services of Marion
Ward for a few days-she got the
vacation itch and absolutely had
It is said that, it pays to ad-
vertise, which must be very
true. Signal Section's Roselind
Palmer and Betty Hamilton
have been listening to the St.
Pete radio announcers; they
moved to one of the Gulf
Beaches-said they'd stay for
two weeks and maybe longer if
it met their fancy.
Marguerite Padgett's woeful
mood was somewhat relieved
when she received four letters
from a certain first lieutenant
who had mailed them to the
Miss Ann Fuller is leaving S. D..
shortly to attend the FSCW. She
was entertained at a party at the
St. Pete Beach home of Mrs.
Helen P. McBride. What could
be better than one Smalley in
26th Sub-Depot? Why two, of
course.. Sig. Sec. welcomed Miss
Kathryn Smalley into its folds
last week; she transferred froni
Camp Stuart, Ga. Ann Marotta
returned the other day from
Clearwater Beach w!--"e she spent
a seven-day vacation-said she
had a wonderful time but doesn't
regret coming back to work.
Sub-Depot's Interesting People:
This week we have an executive,
Mr. C. M. Stewart, Supply's Unit-
"D" Supervisor. And he is in(
deed the executive type, believe
it or not. For 17 long years Stew
was office manager for the B.F.B.
Cigar Manufacturing Co.,,one of
the largest factories in the U. S.
He opened branch offices all over
the country, and always found
time to prop his feet upon the
top of a desk in each office. Stew's
ill-health prompted his resigna-
tion from office work and docs
encouraged him to come to Flor-
ida. He settled in St. Petersburg
and took- things easy for three
years before coming to S. D. Now
he's right back on the ol' office
grind-it must be patriotism, for
Stew maintains his enormous
sense of humor and is a swell egg
in spite of it all.
Supply's losses are rising-Edna
Linn regretably submitted her
resignation the other day in re-
sponse to doctor's orders. Joyce
Briant left supply to join the
ranks of the Budget and Fiscal
office, Base headquarters.
When pay day rolls around
again and you're in a spending'
When you've acquired the ne-
cessities of life, clothing,
shelter and food,
How about giving a thought to
the fella that's way over
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER- 10, 1943
The 627th Bomb Squadron---A Good Bunch,
Poses at Drew shortly before they departed for various outfits, each taking memories of fiaternality with him.
What Makes an Outfit Click?
The 627th Bomb Squadron is no more.
There it is, told in just a few words. To all but the
personnel of that squadron we don't suppose it means a
So let us hurry on and tell you about that squadron. It
wasn't-just another squadron like those most of us have
been with at different times in the Army. No, the 627th
was a rather special job-the kind that doesn't come off
assembly lines. And now it is no more.
You know, every once in a
while you'll run into a lot of
guys named Mike and Joe and
Bill and Jim-who are walking
down the same road with you.
And you fall in with them' and
walk along a bit, and then you
make the sudden discovery that
you are travelling with a pretty
fine crowd. Maybe you bum a
cigarette, or have a couple of
drinks together, or borrow a fin,
or talk about the girl back home
-not very important things, we
guess, but the kind of things
that make for friendship. And
that's very important; not only in
the Army where each guy is go-
ing to need and depend on the
G.I. next to him, but it's also
important anywhere in this busi-
ness of living.
That's the kind of outfit the
627th was. An outfit where we'd
undress and put to bed the Joes
who'd come in from town late at
night carrying a heavy package.
An outfit where we had no roll-
calls or bed-checks and a mini-
mum of formations. An outfit
where those things weren't nec-
cessary. Where rank was never
enforced in a stupid or arrogant
And there were no shirkers in
the 627th; the men realized that
they were in a very special
squadron, and they put out-all
the way. For that is the way-
wth men who like and respect
Let us tell you about our men
-both officers and enlisted. First
there was Captain Alfred, the
C. 0. and a crackerjack pilot;
quiet land unassuming, who sel-
dom had to exercise his authority.
WAC Area Sentimental
Spot for Third FC Man:
314th Chow Line Popular
By SGT. ALVIN M. AMSTER
WACs make column this week. Now that the WACs
are temporarily eating at the 314th Chow House, the 3FC
boys are about 100 per cent chowhounds, including even
"Junior" Nolan. But the crowning item is that our old area
is now the new WAC area. Those barracks to which we
were so sentimentally attached-for the gals.
The profuse promotion sweating was temporarily stop-
ped when those orders came out last Friday. Elsewhere in
this paper is a separate story on
the non-com promotions. Congrat- join our Transportation Section.
nationss to all.
It may have been sore feet,
Ray Rapuano is practicing up but Sgt.Al Mangun might be
is dancing by teaching Murray starting something, standing
nd Krajacic fancy jitterbugging daily inspections in bedroom
..eps in anticipation of his Sept. slippers.
21 furlough. Can you wait, Ray? Bill. Kingsbury must be the
New Squadron additions in- "lone" volunteer. With Lt. Nor-
clude Lt. Dashiell's baby girl ris and Sgt..Bob Kane gone, the
anid Cpl. Loyd- Wright's baby job of putting out the contem-
boy. More congratulations. porary 3FC volunteer, falls up-
ANY PEANUTS TODAY?
It was a huge bag of peanuts
Al Ledbetter received from
home. With Hovey, Bulger, Mel-
lott, Perkins and Nolan pitch-
ing in, the peanuts went fast.
But who was the wise guy who
put peanut shells in a few of
the upper B-1 beds?
Have you seen that fancy mail-
box in the Transportation Section
in the- Orderly Room? Some wag
wrote on the four corners,
"Sugar reports," "No shackpap-
pies," "Bills" and "Love Letters."
It's frank enough, but does it
on ine avallale snouliers o0
Bill. His buddy, Sgt. Don
Daugherty, leaves shortly for
Washington, D. C., for assign-
ment in the Historical Records
Section of the War Department.
Even the MP was surprised to
see Clayton Spinning violently
refuse that free beer that Gillen
set before him at the PX. It didn't
take long for the cold beer to find
a thirsty and appreciative custo-
Cpl. Hed, a newcomer in B-l,
punches out his personal corre-
spondence on his portable type-
writer nightly. He's an ex-news-
hound from Glendale, Calif.
Incidentally, Sgt. Gosselin, what GAS! GAS!
about anotherr squadron party? Campilii took care of killing the
Our last blowout was way back skunk that dared walk across our
in May, remember? Two success- new area. The burial detail added
ful ones they were, too. Howsare and Barlow, plus gas-
Transportation bosses, Watson, masks. Geyer thought a gas at-
Mann and Hartes, are awaiting, tack was underway and ran from
with opened arms, that new bunch the barracks with his gasmask
of trucks and jeeps scheduled to donned, yelling "Gas."
We're going to miss him. And.
there was Lieutenant Radtke, the
adjutant, lean and hawkish and
quick; you could always walk in
on him, anytime, and tell him
what was on your mind. He al-
ways listened and he always came
through for you. We're going to
miss him, too.
Then there was Lieutenant
Reiff; he'd always stop and bat
the fat with the boys. And Lieu-
tenant Rockwell was ready to
trade jokes anytime of the day.
Lieutenant Klauber always gave
a warm "Hello" and a quick smile
to all the lads. And pepper-pot
Lieutenant Wescott, short and
stocky, who'd ride the A-24s right
into the ground; and Lieutenant
Smith, reticent and thoughtful,
who gave us our first plane ride.
We won't forget him. Or Lieu-
tenant Orr, whose first thought
was always of his "boys." They
made up a pretty fine bunch of
officers. It's tough to wave so
long to them.
Among the fellows in the
squadron, there was the efferves-
cent first sergeant, Jim Volpi-
celli. Whenever a G.I. entered
the orderly room, Jim always
saw to it that he was taken care
of in short order. Al Disdier was
on deck to help out, too.
Then there was Big George
Hammond, smiling and affable;
and little Elmer Taylor who used
to string along with huge Bill
Ody on some high-flying ma-
neuvers. And Jim Dunkleberg
who'd drive us crazy in the
morning with his "Let's go." And
Georgie Dinsmore who always
went out of his way to do a favor
for a guy.
And smooth-talking "Hutch"
Hutchins and his side-kick, Joe
Fish, always looking for the'
humorous. And "Golden Boy"
Carl Johnson and Billy DeCecca,
the little gunner, who used to
bounce around like he was on a
pogo stick. And Labriola .and
Kretchmer and Farganis, and
many many more. We all know
them; we don't have to mention
We had a farewell squadron
party-and we had a swell time.
And maybe we got sentimental,
but that's no feminine preroga-
tive, either. We all sat up that
night, talking over all the old
times in the squadron.
Well, there it is. That was the
627th. Perhaps we weren't more
than a bunch of ordinary guys
who just happened to click to-
gether. Perhaps we weren't such
a special squadron, but .we think
Imaginary Hirohito Target
Of 5th Tng. Bn. Rifle Class
'By PVT. JOSEPH COVIELLO
"Cowards die many times before their death; the brave
never taste of death but once!"
This adage flashed through my mind several times with-
in the past few days while students of the 5th SAWB Rifle
Class received instruction on the .30 cal. rifle. No sooner
did these students take rifle in hand, than they were "draw-
ing beads" on imaginary targets of Tojo Hirohito, and their
Much has been, said about the
soldiers on the battlefronts; much
has been said about the "civilian
soldiers" on the home front. Few,
though, have paid scant heed to-
a soldier who has done an elegant
job on the continental battlefront.
For-long hours, on many eve-
nings,. one finds 1st Sgt. Mayers
in the orderly room of Headquar-
ters Company busily engaged,
while his buddies are enjoying
Don't think ability ends with
problems of supply and problems
of an allied nature, for Cpl. Jen-
kins is also a student of history.
For two hours, one day last week,
this correspondent was engrossed
in discussion of historical prob-
lems with "Jenks." Don't try to
stump him on history, my breth-
ren, 'tis impossible.
Off to New York on furlough
went Pvts. Applebaum and Gold-
Ah! 'Tis a real lad who will
bring his tools "home" with him
at the end of a day and work
far into the night. My cap is
off to Pfc. Rudolph Allen. Each
night one may see him with
scythe in hand, applying vicious
strokes to the weeds and wild
grass that grows about battalion
The boys of Barracks 5A-13 had
a jolly time one evening this
week as they set about, with soap
Lake Ellen Trek
Made 3rd Time
By Det Eleven,
I can't imagine what the
attractions are at Lake Ellen.
Swimming, boating, free
cokes, and females? At any
rate the boys decided to
march out there for the third
time. We hiked with full
packs, and incidentally got
soaked by one of those strict-
ly Florida showers.
We must raise our hands in
praise, not only to Sgt. Roher and
Pvt. John Wall, but to the whole
outfit for the brilliant trek they,
made Wednesday: Nine miles in
two hours and five minutes. A
top cadence of 138 was main-
tained for close to two hours. Un-
der the smiling countenance of
Lieut. McCabe, we came in on
bloody hands and knees; but we
dood it. I believe it is a record,
or some sort of a challenge!
SOMETHING TO SEE
Cpl. Ed Taylor shaving with-
out a razor. Dago putting on the
gloves with the Missouri kid. John
Patrichs sleeping inside a mat-
tress cover. Walter Highborn
sweeping under his bed at the
ungodly hour of eleven p.m. The
consternation of the barracks
when the iron broke. Cpl. Char-
ley Chase trying his darndest not
to wake up Sergeants at 10:30
p.m. Cpl. Mills taking apart his
cigarette lighter, gun, watch, mess
kit, and what not. Sgt. Craw-
ford using vitalis, brush and comb.
Pvt. John Sanatra expressing his
desire .to go snipe hunting in
Times Square. A certain Nona-
Com. attempting to sneak out a
pint of ice cream in his pocket
from the P.X. I wonder who that
jerk is that tried to mail a letter
with a defense stamp?
It is quite amazing to hear
some of the discussions floating
around the barracks. Cpls. Mills
and Denst wondering how much
cod liver oil there is in a minnow,
and Pvt. Lynch asking for carbon
paper with which to write his
seven letters a night!
Congratulations are in order for
the following promotions: Pvts.
Senko, Milkhuskins; Taylor, Pep-
per, Petrich and Reddman to T/5.
Janosick, Jones and Haskins, all
T/5s upped to T/4, and T/4s Jen-
son and Roehrer to sergeant.
Not to be outdone, Pvt. Varga
took the biggest step, and must
now ta]-3 out an allotment for the
Center of Contact
With Field Units
Opens at AWUTC
and water, to scrub the barrack
floor in anticipation of the weekly T/SGT. RALPH KAEBL
Saturday inspection. "We're a Outlying unit, connected with
cinch to cop the 'best barrack A. W. U. T. C. here at Drew Field
plaque' this week," was their gen- have now reached a point where
eral opinion, they are under direct -contact at
Sall.times with their headquarters.
A round of applause for Pvt. Newest addition is the establish-
Biblewski, message center clerk, meant of a communication center
who has agreed to work the eve- under the leadership of Captain
ning trick. Weinstein. Contact with outlying
A salute to Lt. Dee and Lt. units is now possible with radio
Turenshine for their excellent and teletype 24 hours a day.
physical training program now in Lt. Col. Monthan is now on
effect; Captain Foard, former Hq. temporary duty in Aircraft Warn-
and Hq. Commander, for his ex- ing Unit Training Center as as-
cellent leadership; Lt. Blair, new sistant S-1.
CO for Hq. and Hq. Co. of 5th Promotions among both com-
Tng. Bn.; Sgt. Smith for attaining missioned and enlisted men have
the rank of Master Sergeant; for- been occurring of late. Among
mer Cpl. Mazzoco for his recent them are Major Klar from cap-
promotion to sergeant; PX No. 11 tain, S-l; and Captain Van Sis-
for its super-delicious, double- tine, from first lieutenant phy-
rich milk shakes. sical training officer.
Poem of the week: A. W. U. T. C. is proud of Colo-
nel Benjamin Stern, its former
My insurance was for combat commanding officer, who recently
I had always thunk was awarded the legionr of merit
But now I know I need it award for exceptionally meritor-
F ious conduct in the performance
For my upper-double bunk! of outstanding service.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT
WELL-KNOWN CHARACTERS GI's Headwork
Master Sergeant Farashl of S-4
fame is a former New York state Simplifies KP
handball champion.-Lt. Angle- ENGLAND-(CNS)--Most in-
myer, also of S-4, is rapidly gain- genious GI at one Flying Fortress
ing recognition as one of the lead- base here is Cpl. Archie L. Mor-
ing sign painters in 5th Training ris of St. Charles, Mo. Told to
Battalion.-Lt. Turenshine was a flatten 100 tin cans by dropping
star athlete at CCNY.-Sgt. Gib- a 20-pound weight on each one,
son once did the 100-yard dash he completed the job in one min-
in 9.9 seconds.-M/Sgt. Smith is ute by getting the operator of a
an accomplished violinist, steamroller to run over them.
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
Drew Field Commissary Imports Food
From All Over U. S. to Make Up Menus
MEAT FOR SOLDIERS arrives at Drew Field in refrigerated
ears from the country's largest markets at Chicago, Sioux City, CABBAGES AND APPLES come here by the carload. Officer and enlisted men check part of a
and Omaha. Uncle Sam keeps an experienced eye on the red- day's shipment, above. The quality of the cabbages and apples, like that of all other foodstuffs, is
point rationed-staple, detailing veterinarians to inspect the quality the highest obtainable. Commissary men continuously inspect every shipment to make certain
and freshness. U. S. soldiers get the finest.
THE EGGS you have for breakfast taste good
because they are fresh. To guarantee that only
good ones reach the various kitchens commis-
sary men put the eggs through the regulation
liolit and weiirht test.
SPEEDY FREIGHT trains bring these golden, MILK, A MUST on almost every soldier's breakfast menu, is sup-
rich-flavored honeydew melons out of the West plied Drew Field by dairies in the Tampa and Chicago areas. Cap-
to you. Grown in California, the melons are
shipped in refrigerated cars. tain Thomas tests for the minimum temperature.
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RUNNIN 9 7 rHlY6--BAH LAH 8- CURFEW -i- sonnel overseas must be mailed
between September 15 and Oc-
7 tober 15, Superintendent Jesse
H. Stuart, of the Drew Field
post office, announced today.
Yuletide packages for members of
S, the Navy, Marines and Coast
Guard may be mailed until No-
Echoes Want ads get plenty of
answers. Give them a try; they're
DRE FEL EHOSFRDA, EPEMER10 143PAE IFEE
FIRST GOLFER on new Drew Field Course, Cpl. William
Morris, is handed scorecard by Lieut. Edward G. Metcalf,
Jr., of Base Special Service Office. Looking on is shorts-clad
Cpl. Laura Taylor.
S' '"' '* ,. .,
THIS IS WHAT our cycling editor bumped into the other
day at St. Petersburg, where the girls boast they can out-
pedal the boys. Why not take the challenge?
QUENCHING THE THIRST is always a great sport, pro-
vided your elbow muscles are in good condition. Entertained
by a floor show from a Tampa night spot, the 501st SAW
Hqs. and Plot. Bn. then did their best with the refreshments
That's 3.2 the pudgy corporal isdealing out.
3rd Fighter Ball Team
Wins Over Signal Hqtrs
New Golf Course Officially
Open; Players Enthusiastic
The clean swish of clubs swung
through the air the sharp
click of a hit ball and the
pleasant plunk as the pellet drops
in the cup.
These were the sounds last Sat-
urday as the new Drew Field golf
course, operated on profits from
the War department theaters, was
thrown open to officers, enlisted
men and enlisted women.
WAC TRIES GAME
Yes, an attractive WAC, Cpl.
Laura Taylor, turned up on the
first tee to try her strokes, appro-
priately clad in golfing shorts.
Lt. Edward G. Metcalf Jr., who
is in charge of the course, was
gratified by the turnout. A total
of 17 golfers used the course the
first day, while 47 went around
Sunday. Metcalf commented that
the GI club wielders were' either
exceptionally accurate or patient
ball hunters, because only three
pellets were lost on the two days.
OFFER TO WORK
Golfers were enthusiastic about
the course, once the pride of Flor-
ida's west coast. Some were so
enthusiastic that they have volun-
teered to assist in whipping the
links into its one-time champion-
Temporary greens are being
used on some holes until new
bent grows in. The course should
be in excellent playing condition
.within a month, according to Met-
calf. Meanwhile golfers are con-
tent to get out in the open and
brush up on their swings.
Metcalf is anxious to have many
more volunteers to assist in re-
storing the course. The work is
refreshing and healthful, he point-
ed out. The lieutenant can be
reached at 258.
Two Outfits Have
Fine P. T. Records
The 903d Quartermaster Com-
pany and the 59th Aviation
Squadron turned in the best phy-
sical training attendance records
last week, according to Lieut.
Lawrence Stangler, assistant
Base physical training officer.
These outfits had almost perfect
The following units had satis-
factory attendance: 314th Base
Headquarters and Air Base
Squadron, 1018th Quartermaster,
911th Quartermaster, Finance,
440th Aviation, 69th AAF Band,
and 853d Signal.
4th Tng. Bn. "Terrible Ten"
Drops One; Deflate Egos
The Fourth Training Battalion's
supermen, also known as "the
Terrific Ten," turned out to be
mere human beings and beatable,
after all, as the Fifth Training
Battalion sluggers so decisively
proved Saturday when they de-
flated their feeling of superiority
by batting out an 8 to 6 victory
in a seven-inning softball thriller.
In the last inning, with the
Fourth at bat, the score 8 to 6,
and the shadow of defeat growing
more menacing, the prayers in
the hearts of their rooting section
were almost audible; and, when
the first three men up filled the
bases, it looked as though Heaven
had answered their prayers.
So there they were, sitting
pretty, with three men on and
no outs. The next man hit a hot
one to Lieutenant Mardian, short-
stop, who tossed home to that
alert and versatile catcher, Mar-
tone, for the first out. Lieutenant
Musumeci, pitching for the Fifth,
was still in a tough spot. He bore
down and struck out the next man
for out No. 2.
The sweat was pouring and the
tears were flowing in the grand-
stands as Lieutenant Ryan came
to bat. He hit a terrific drive to
Lieutenant Bates at thild who
stepped up for it and tossed it to
Lieutenant McDavid at first for
the last out, leaving the bases
loaded and opportunity still
around the corner.
For the winners, Lieutenant
McDavid came through with a
home run with bases loaded in
the second inning. Following him,
Lieutenants Williams and Clark
each got a single, and were
brought home by Lieutenant
That second inning was really
sweet revenge for the "Sluggers,"
as every man had his turn at bat
Here is the schedule of of-
ficers' volleyball games from
September 14 to September 21:
September 14: 314th BH &
AB Sq. vs. 405th Fighter-
Bomber; Signal Corps Hqs. vs.
84th Fighter-Bomber; Med.
Det. vs. 3d Fighter Command.
September 16: 314th BH &
AB Sq. vs. 84th Fighter-
Bomber; 405th Fighter-Bomber
vs. 3d Fighter Command; Sig-
nal Corps Hqs. vs. Med. Det.
September 21: 314th BH &
AB Sq. vs. 3d Fighter Com-
mand; 84th Fighter-Bomber vs.
Med. Det.; 405th Fighter-
Bomber vs. Signal Corps Hqs.
and six runs were scored before
the side was retired.
Lieutenants Miller, Moore and
Hollenstein played flawless ball
for the Fifth, nabbing hot blows
which might have been hits
Want to Fight?
Then See Lt. Dee
AWUTC men interested in
learning how to handle their fists
are urged to contact Lieut. E. P.
Dee, Fifth Training Battalion
The lieutenant puts boxers
through the paces from the
rudiments of the art to a place
on a biweekly ring show. Stu-
dents under Lieut. Dee are taught
the science of boxing for 10 days
before donning a glove. When
they know what it's all about
they are put into a ring for
Men anxious to use. their
dukes can reach Lieut. Dee at
Recreation Hall Number 3, Ave-
nue N near Second Street, at 4
P.M. daily except Sunday. Lieu-
tenant Dee supplies sneakers, but
students must supply their own
The next boxing showing will
be held Wednesday, September
If you're puzzling over some
point, breeze 6ff a few lines to
the Echoes editor. "G-Ideas," a
column of questions, answers and
suggestions, belongs to you.
Third Fighter Command Head-
quarters Squadron baseballers
drew first blood in the City Twi-
light League championship series,
defeating the-Signal Headquarters
Company, Third Fighter Com-
mand, 5-2, in a seven-inning game
at Cuscaden Park Monday night.
Hurling for the winners, Peyton
Epps held the flagwavers at his
mercy throughout the contest. The
losers could muster only two hits.
Six of their batters fanned. Right-
hander Epps contributed to his
own cause by slamming two hits,
one of them a long triple that
drove in a marker.
Norm Tucker and "Blackie"
Staiger were the big guns for the
victors, each driving in two runs.
Getting off-to an early lead, the
winners scored a run in the first
canto, when Staiger walked, stole
second and was sent home on
Tucker's long single. In their half
of the second, the pigeon chasers
scored a pair of tallies to enjoy a
short-lived lead, it being the only
time pitcher Epps was in hot
water. Coach Gosselin's merr
bounced right back in the lead,
however, and scored twice in their
half of the second to forge ahead
and to remain on top for the re-
mainder of the game.
Both teams tangle tonight at
Cuscaden Park at 6:15 o'clock in
the third game of the series.
Mound choices for this tilt prob-
ably will find the same chuckers
facing each other: Epps for the
Air Corps nine, and Landry for
the Signal tossers.
All games are scheduled to be
played at Cuscaden Park and will
be twilight affairs. Three games
are to be played this week, with
the windup to take place next
week, if more games are neces-
sary. A good deal of friendly
rivalry exists between both clubs,
the Signal squad copping the first
round honors, with the Air Corps
team mowing down all opposition
in the second. In six meetings
during the regular -season the
teams have split with three vic-
AIR CORPS SIGNAL CORPS
ab. r. h. o. ab. r. h. o. .
Staiger,e 3 1 1 6 1 ush.If 2 0 0 1
Palumbo,21b 3 1 1 2 3 Butcher,cf .1 0 0 2 0
Tucker,lf 4 1 10 0 Landlr.p 4 0 0 1 0
Mullins.ss 4 0 0 4 1 Zevada.2b 3 0 0 1 3
Gosselin.lb 2 1 1 5 0 rittman.c 0 0 4 0
Epps.p S 1 2 0 3 Wajey,3b 2 1 6 2 0
EspositorT 2 0 0 1 0 Kopel.s 2 1 1 2
Antonurei.ef 3 0 1 1 0 Wise,rf 2 0 1 3 0
Cedrone.3b 2 1 0 2 0 Dixon.lb 3 0 0 4 0
Totals 26 5 7 21 Totals 24 2 2 18 I
Score by 'innings:
SIGNAL CORPS 020 000 0-2
AIR CORPS 120 011 x-5
Errors: Landry, Wojey. Kapel. Runs
batted in: Tucker 2. Staiger 2. Epps,
Rush. Dixon. Two-base hits: Staiger,
Palumbo. Three-base hit: Epps. Stolen
bases: Palumbo, Gosselin. Staiger. Sac-
rifice: Cedrone. Left on bases: Air
Corps 5, Signal Corps 7. Bases on balls:
Off Epps 6, Landry 4. Umpire: Garcia.
84th GP Wallops
405th in Net Ball
For the second time in a week,
the sharpshootin; officer volley-
ballers of the 84th Fighter
Bomber Group defeated the 405th
The 84th won in straight sets,
15-12 and 15-8. The games were
played last Wednesday. The vic-
tors were paced by the brilliant
work of Chaplain Eller and Lieu-
The 405th officers still are un-
convinced that the 84th men are
their superiors on the court, and
have asked for a return series.
New Volleyball League
Of Officers Is Started
The 314th Base Headquarters
and Air Base Squadron, the 84th
Fighter-Bomber Group and the
Third Fighter Command got off
to winning starts in the Officers'
Volleyball league opening last
The 314th won three of four
games from the Medics; the 84th
took two of three contests from
the 405th, while the Third Fighter
copped two of three from Signal
The 314th won by scores of
16-14, 15-0 and 15-13. The game
they dropped was by a count of
15-10. The 84th officers were
winners by 15-10 and 15-1. The
405th's lone victory was by a
score of 15-12.
Members of the 314th team
were Gray, Beckett, McKee, Bos-
terlman, Dailey, Hinkel and Gab-
riel. On the Medics were Stuber.
Allenback, Freber, Mclntire, Edg-
ington, Hunter and Kennedy. The
314th-Medics game was super-
vised by Cpl. C. O. Fognano.
Members of the 405th team
were Jones, Eikenberg, Garrett,
Baker, Fleming, Plebanek and
Rice. On the 84th squad were
Kapleitz, Turner, Ferrar, Booten,
Weed, Eller and Eagen.
Team- W. L.
314th 1 *
84th 1 O
3rd FC 1 6
Sig. C. Hq. 0 1
405th 0 1
Medics 0 1
I PAGE FIFTEEN
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 11943
DREW FIELD ECHOES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1943
'To Be, Not to Be' Solved
By Drew Soldier Studying
For Future on Spare Time
Private John M. Fair won't be caught short in educa-
The Drew Field signalman believes-along with the
Army Institute--that every camp can become a campus
during spare hours.
On Aug. 4 he signed for an Army Institute course which
will make him a railroad rate clerk when he finishes his
20 lessons. There is no hurry-Private Fair may finish his
course in his own time.
After he has found sufficient pid Sn
off-duty hours in which to com-
plete his lessons, Fair is planning
to take a course in traffic man-
agement. With this much knowl-
edge to his credit, he shall return o n I
to a job which is several steps
higher than that which he left. ll I III
A few years of work for Uncle
PVT. JOHN M. FAIR
Sam won't have stopped Fair's
civilian promotions at all.
Fair's course, which comes to
him from the International Cor-
respondence School at Scranton,
Pa., costs him only $2. The re-
mainder of the expense of the
study program is paid for by
Before he became a member of
the Signal Headquarters Com-
pany, Third Fighter Command,
Pvt. Fair was employed by a rail-
road. Although he could return
to his old job after the war, he
realizes that during his term in
the Service his coworkers will
have made advancement to better
positions with the same organiza-
tion. Private Fair is not going to
let his friends get ahead of him.
You, too, can open the door to
promotions in your old job, or a
chance at a new position, by
utilizing your off duty hours as
Fair is doing. Thousands of uni-
formed men and women are now
using this study plan, tt complete
their interrupted college courses,
or to receive specialized training.
Upon successful completion of
each course, a Cprtificate of Pro-
ficiency is awarded, and a tran-
script of the student's grades is
sent to any school which he desig-
nates to be evaluated for credit.
(Continued from Page 1)
of the war, and to understand
just what they are doing to help
us win it:"
SHIPS, SHIPS, SHIPS
What the GI's saw at Tasco
was enough. There, in various
stages of construction, were
keels and hulls of many ships-
just how many we are not al-
lowed to say.
Laboring men and women
swarm all over these half-fin-
ished vessels. Riveting machines
and hammering, make the noise
terrific. Welders, with acety-
lene torches, are everywhere,
wearing grotesque masks and
But the men and women who
labor day and night to build our
vessels know what they are do-
ing-and they are doing a real
job. From the Tasco yards will
come destroyer tenders, ammuni-
tion ships and minesweepers
which some day may accompany
you to Europe.
By PFC. EDWARD ALLERHAND
A heavy pall of gloom
hangs over the Property Sec-
tion of the 853rd since the
wholesale cancellation of fur-
loughs was announced. Cheer
up, fellows, it won't be for
long. That business will prob-
ably be straightened up in
short order and the regular
issuing of furloughs will be
The only member of the Prop-
erty Section who escaped having
his furlough canceled was Pfc.
Carson, who is going home to
Providence, Ky., to marry his
home-town sweetheart and bring
her back with him to live here
in Tampa. By the time this
reaches print he will have been
a benedict for several days.
The same holds true for Pfc.
Ray Solheim of the Telephone
Section who leaves on his fur-
lough on the same day as Car-
son. Ray hails from Lyndhurst,
N. J., and will also marry a home-
town girl and bring her back to
Tampa with him. The whole
outfit wishes both boys the best
of luck and future happiness.
The latest promotions to take
place in the detachment are:
Jimmy Griffin, of White Plains,
N. Y., Pfc. to Corporal, and
"Chaplain Charlie" Parlier, of
Parlier, Cal., Private to Pfc.
Right now, efforts are being
made to organize a touch foot-
ball team and as soon as we suc-
ceed in doing so, we will accept
all challenges. However, our vol-
leyball team is ready and willing
to accept any challenges hurled
at it. We think we've got a
pretty good team and are anxi-
ous to prove it to any doubters.
Any organizations wishing to
arrange a game should contact
Lieut. Roffwarg at the Base Sig-
nal Office, telephone No. 210.
That's about all for now. Be
seeing you next week.
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slopski pulled him to the pier.
Cohen suffered the barnacle
cuts while climbing out of the
Preslopski, an airplane me-
chanic with a year's service in
the Army, is an ex-Marine who
served in Nicaragua, Santo Do-
mingo and Haiti.
Starting the fund to replace
Cohen's timepiece, Wernig said,
"I believe the public will con-
tribute to a fund to at least repay
the heroic soldier for the loss of
The other day Cohen received
a letter of congratulation from
Mrs. J. M. Adams Sr., of St. Pe-
tersburg. The letter said in part:
"Just been to The Times to leave
a dollar toward a fund to buy
.you a new watch. I sincerely hope
they will get enough to buy a
good one, which you really de-
serve. My heart goes out to all
the boys in the Service-coura-
geous heroes all, and you certain-
ly proved yourself one."
,r ;~~y rSYI:I
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GOOD SUNGLASSES are always handy to have on the beach. This St. Petersburg
pretty carries the colored cheaters to protect her lovely eyes against the bright sun
and brilliant white sand. She has taken them off for only a minute to satisfy our pho-
tographer who, we think, knows a thing or two about bathing beauties.
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