Title: Drew Field echoes
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Drew Field Echoes





Top 3 Send Greetings


As we approach the Holiday
Season, I desire to extend my
thankful greetings to all of the
officers, enlisted personnel and
civilian employees of the 3d
Fighter Command and of Drew
Field. It has been the privilege
of these men and women to
serve their country faithfully
and diligently.
It is my sincere wish that the-
spirit of Christmas may dwell
in our hearts to keep our visions
broad and that our efforts
throughout the coming year
may be an inspiration to a
grateful nation.
I feel that we can look ahead
with pride and confidence in
our common task, hopeful that
another Holiday Season will
bring a cessation of conflict
and the restoration of a per-
manent peace.
Brigadier General, U.S.A.
Commanding General
3d Fighter Command

Base Outfits


Into Two Units

In line with a reorganiza-
tion of all station complement
units throughout the Army
Air Forces, 17 Drew Field
organizations have been in-
corporated into two outfits
.known as the Drew Field
Base Detachment and the
Drew Field Station Hospital
The Drew Field Base Detach-
ment is made up of white and
colored enlisted men and Air-
WACs. While they no longer are
members of individual units, the
personnel will remain in their
usual locations.
E-Commanding officer of the
ase Detachment is Major Alfred
B. Strickler, formerly comman-
der of Camp DeSoto. Deputy
.commander in charge of white
troops is Capt. Charles J.
O'Laughlin, who commanded the
314th BH and AB Squadron-
Drew's principal -station comple-
ment outfit-until its incorpora-
tion last Monday.
Captain Lee R. Leffler, who
was commander-T the 1301st
Guard Squadron, now is in
Charge of all colored troops
under the new setup. The re-
organization does not affect Lt.
Doris E. Ward, who remains as
the head of Air-WACs.
Lt. Col. Jay F. Gamel, Base
Surgeon, heads the new station
hospital detachment.
First Sergeant Lawrence E.
Holliday, who held the topkick
position in the 314th BH and AB
Squadron, becomes first sergeant
of the Base Detachment. He has
three years' service.
Under the reorganization all
technician gr 2es for arms and
services, wiY be converted to
(ContP.ued on Page 14)

It gives me genuine pleasure
to extend to all personnel of
Aircraft Warning Unit Training
Center and Drew Field my
heartiest wishes for a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New
Year. All of you have shown
during the past year a firm will
and determination to do your
utmost in completing the job at
It is my feeling that you have
done this with a sense of loy-
alty, as well as a sense of-un-
derstanding of the important
role which you are going to
play in the present conflict.
This Christmas there is a feel-
ing of hope in our hearts.
It is justifiable hope because
at this holiday season we can
see for the first time a world
forming in which "Peace on
earth, good will to men" will
be more than a phrase, more
than an ideal.
In the world which each of
you is helping to make this
ideal will be a reality-but the
road to that goal is still long
and difficult, and we will have
to work and to sacrifice.
I know that we can be
counted on to work and sac-
rifice cheerfully in the New
Year, for I have observed the
determination with which most
of you approach and surmount
the minor obstacles that block
your way here. I knowv you will
be able-to surmount the far
greater ones that lie ahead.
Again, a Merry Christmas to
Brigadier General
United States Army
Commanding General, AWUTC

Service Speeded

At Beer Garden
To alleviate congestion and
lessen the time required to
serve those wishing to purchase
potato chips, sandwiches, beer
and other cold drinks, a cafe-
teria-style system has been
added at the Main VX, Lt.
Emanuel Abramson, assistant
PX officer, announced yester-

SMerry Xmas.

wSans Frills g

Because of the urgent need
j for victory vital metals, t
Paper and other materials
Used in the publication of a
Newspaper, the ECHOES this
year is not printing a special
SChristmas edition.
SNewspapers all over the
Country have cut down on
their space-not only for
^ special editions, but for edi- l
tions every day in the year.
By not publishing a spe-
cial Santa Claus edition of
{many pages packed with
scores of pictures made
from war-needed metals-- "
the ECHOES is doing only
What is expected of any pub-
So, with our usual, year-
round 16 pages, we wish all
our readers a Merry Christ- 5
Y mas and a victorious New
F Year.
F0gaga;eg~s:e5Sg:atigns;is;gg K^e

At this important time I ad-
dress a group of men and wo-
men who would prefer to be at
home for Christmas. It is un-
fortunate that the requirements
of war demand that you be
But let us remember the great
sacrifice of the One whose
birth we commemorate on this
day; beside His sacrifice ours
is insignificant. Let us recog-
nize the fine deeds and extreme
hardships of our fellow soldiers
We shall worship and offer
prayers for peace on Christmas.
May we also be of good cheer
and accept the challenge of the
I wish for each of you a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year!
Colonel, Air Corps



SINCE 1939
"Mele Kalemaka ."
This is M/Sgt. William
Woodward's greeting at
Christmas time.
A member of the 746th
SAW Company, Woodward,
this year is celebrating
Christmas in the United
States for the first time since
"Mele Kalemaka" is Havssilsii
for Merry Christmas, and i- %% 3
on the islands that Wood id
spent Christmas since 1939.
On the islands, WoodNardd
said, Santa discards his rein-
deer and sleigh for a molor-
boat. Just how he manages
to get around to all the good
little boys and girls after he
has landed. never has been
solved, but the most important
thing is his arrival.
The Hawaiians use Uri lrd
States spruce and pine-for :: co-
rations, giving the islands a dcl-tl-
nite Christmas scent.
Christmas dinner on the isl:,i.i.i-
quoting Sgt. Woodward, pre-.-til:
a menu of things they call Amer-
ican food and dishes that have
originated in the islands, such as
baked bananas, baked fish in
leaves, octupus and poi (squash).
As in Florida, there is no snow
to trample down, but you can
see snow on top of the moun-
tains-(at least it wasn't a dream
of a white Christmas, as in
Gifts are given among the
islanders the same as in the
States. Most common gift is
.the "lei" or wreath of 25 or-
chids (We wonder what
an Air-WAC would do with
such a gift!)
Sgt. Woodward received a
letter from his brother, who
is currently stationed in the
same area, saying, "All I want
for Christmas is a prayer."


Edward Arnold Heads Big

Program Tuesday Night
A galaxy of Hollywood and radio entertainers and Mal
Hallett and his Coca-Cola Spotlight Band will give an ap-

proximately three-hour show
sonnel at the bandshell next
In addition to Hallett and his
band, these well-known enter-
tainers will be here:
Edward Arnold, screen star.
Annie Rooney, Hollywood
singing and dancing starlet.
Walter Juhrman, Miss Roo-
ney's piano accompanist.
Bob Hawk, headliner of the
"Thanks to the Yanks" radio
show. His quiz column is a reg-
ular feature of the ECHOES.
Garry Moore, prominent ra-
dio star known for his wise-
Frieda Gibbs, radio vocalist.
Brig. Gen. Stephen H. Sherrill,
Commanding General of AWUTC,
which is sponsoring the entertain-
ment, said that Arnold, Miss Roo-
ney and Juhrman would fly here
from the west coast.
They were scheduled to arrive
here next Monday and to spend
three days on. the base, with the
probable exception of a visit to
MacDill Field.
During their visit to Drew, Ar-
nold, Miss Rooney and Juhrman
will visit messhalls and other
places where enlisted men gather.
They were tentatively scheduled
to appear at both Service Clubs
Monday night.
anown as the "AW Roundup
Rally", the show is set to get un-
der way at 7:30 p.m. It will be
opened by the 465th AAF Band.
The stars will entertain before

and after the nation-wide broad-
cast by Hallett's Spotlight Band.
The broadcast takes place from
9:30 to 10 p.m.
General Sherrill pointed out
that the show is restricted to mili-
tary personnel. Civilians will not
be admitted. Tickets for use by
enlisted men are being distrib-
uted by the Base and AWUTC
Special Service Offices to various
units on a pro rata basis.
There are only a limited num-
ber of ducats for officers, who
may get them on a first-come,
first-served basis at the two Spe-
cial Service Offices.
During the broadcast portion of
the program there will be a five-
minute salute to all AW person-
nel, wherever they may be.

for Drew Field military per-
Tuesday night.

Much Doing

Here During

The Holidays-
With Christmas just two days
away, Drew Field soldiers are in
the midst of their mammoth holi-
day program.
Religious services, musical pro-
grams, sport jamborees, parties,
dances and other entertainments
highlight the seasonal celebration.
And to top it off, on Christmas
Day, GIs will enjoy a real turkey
feast and free shows at all the
War Department theaters.
So that GIs may bring Christ-
mas in in gala style, the usual
midnight curfew has been junked
for the night of December 24. On
that night soldiers may be on the
street until 1 a.m.
Soldiers who decide to spend
Christmas Eve on the Base will
be able to get free coffee, orange
juice and doughnuts, it was an-
nounced by Major Chester K. De-
lano, Base Special Service officer.
The free eats and drinks were
made possible through the co-
operation of the Base Special Of-
fice and the Tampa Red Cross
The edibles and potables will
be served in both Service Clubs
and in the colored areas. The
free feed bag will be opened at
8 p.m.
At the same time, Major De-
lano announced that the cafe-
teria in Service Club No. 1 will
close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, to
give it time to get ready to hand
out the free doughnuts, coffee and
orange juice. The cafeteria will
not open until 6 p.m. Christmas
The fu11 significance of
Christmas is being emphasized
in the various religious services.
Biggest single program is the
Christmas Eve service to be held
at 7:30 o'clock tomorrow eve-
ning in the bandshell.
This service will be for per-
sonnel of all units, and music
will be provided by the Chapel
Christmas choir, a string en-
semble, an instrumental quartet
and several soloists. The audi-
ence will join in the singing of
carols, a chaplain will give the
Christmas message, and holiday
greetings from the Base, AWUTC
and Third Fighter Command
commanders will be read.
At 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve,
(Continued on Page 14)

Officers' Wives Offer
Free Mending to GIs
All enlisted men who have
clothing in need of mending or
minor alterations, or who need
chevrons or insignia sewed on,
may avail themselves of free
sewing service rendered by the
Officers Wives' Sewing Club.
Clothes should be left at Chapel
No. 1 before 10 o'clock each Tues-
day morning.




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GIs Have Good Eyes


N'. '

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Josie Smith, blue-eyed, 20-year-old brunet from Shelby,
N. C. Miss Smith, who has a smile that would melt any Gl's
heart, is a stenographer at'Civilian Personnel Office. The
squadron's topkick, Lawrence E. Holliday, cautions his men
against bombarding Miss Smith's office with calls. The
ECHOES pinup editor was lost seen dialing 2221.



Glider Pilot training, with a commission as Flight Of-
ficer upon completion of training, is now open to Drew
Field soldiers. Captain William F. Hench, Base Schools Of-
ficer, announced yesterday that volunteers between the age
of 17 and 38 years, inclusive, may apply for training at the
Base Schools Office.

3AF Officers

Visit AW War


The AWUTC War Orientation
section was host last Friday to
more than 30 Special Service offi-
cers from Third Air Force bases
at'a demonstration and discussion
of the War Orientation program
as carried on for Aircraft Warn-
ing personnel at Drew Field.
Brig. Gen. Stephen H. Sherrill,
Commanding General of AWUTC,
gave a brief welcoming talk,
while T/Sgt. Fred Friendly gave
a typical orientation lecture and
explained the technique em-
ployed in his lectures.
The visitors then went from
the War ~Room to Rec. Hall No.
1 where they saw and heard a
"Sergeant Quiz" program. This
was followed by an open forum,
with Lt. Fred.Babbin, War Orien-
tation officer, and Sgt. Friendly
answering questions.
Lt. Col. J. F. Gillem, Special
Service officer for the Third Air
Force, expressed himself as being
very pleased with the War Orien-
tation program at AWUTC.

A volunteer for Glider Pilot
Training must have flown as a
pilot a minimum of 125 flying
hours in any type aircraft or
glider of which 25 hours was
flown within 12 months preceding
date of application. An applicant
may also qualify if he has gradu-
ated from Civil Aeronautics Ad-
ministration War Training Service
Instructor Training Course. Ap-
plicants must not have been elim-
inated from a Service Flying
School for reason of fear of fly-
ing, air sickness or lack of officer
The commissioned Flight Offi-
cer will be granted the aeronau-
tical rating of "Glider Pilot" for
duty with the Army Air Forces
Troop Carrier Command.

Knights of Columbus
Invites Soldiers
Knights of Columbus meetings
are held on the second and fourth
Tuesday of each month.
Father Toomey, pastor of Sa-
cred Heart Church, stated, "We
are always very happy to have
any of the boys attend!"
The meetings are held at the
corner of Cass and Tampa streets,
above the military bus station.

503 AW Regiment Starts

Rigid Combat Training

Wednesday, December 8, was the opening day of the first session of the new com-
bat training program for the 503d Regiment. According to reports obtained by the Regi-
mental Special service section from Lt. Boles, it was learned that it was an S-3 function
and a most important program for the efficient' training of AWUTC personnel, as good

The training program was
headed by Capt. Joseph F. Fitz-
gerald, Lt. Boles and Lt. Nash.
Instructors include the following
company commanders and first
sergeants: Lt. Bradlin, Lt. Schwab,
Lt, McCormick, Lt. Erickson, Lt.
Lundy and Lt. Valenti, and Sgts.
Wood, Krause, Bonniot, Thurston
and McDonough.
The program consists of 24
hours of instruction on the car-
bine, 15 hours of chemical war-
fare, and 36 hours of medical
The enlisted men will receive
preliminary training on the car-
bine in the regiment area, after
which they will get the oppor-
tunity to fire on the range.
During the preliminary instruc-
tion period the men are taught
the composition of the carbine.
Lt. E. G. Berger, Regimental
Special Service officer, reports
that the exhibition pool tourna-
ment in the regimental day room
was well received by a large at-
tendance of 503d GIs.
Cpl. John W. Hilbert, former
Schenectady champion and run-
ner-up to Frank Tiburski, former
world's champion, defeated Cpl.
Mike Lyash, home-town cham-
pion, 125 to 49. Despite the score,
the game proved to be very in-
teresting and held the attention
of the spectators through the du-
ration of the rotation matches.
Cpl. Hilbert ran the table twice
for a thirty- and twenty-nine-ball
successive run. Both men made
extraordinary side and corner
The next set of games was
rotation with the best two of
three also taken by Hilbert.
First prize was awarded to
Cpl. Hilbert; second prize to
Cpl. Mike Lyash, who also han-
dled the stick very expertly.
At the conclusion of the exhi-
bition, Cpl. Hilbert performed
many trick shots of an ex-
tremely rare and equally en-
tertaining nature. And say,
here's a tip from your scribe:
If you're wise, you won't even



While her husband serves overseas, one Drew Field
wife is carrying on for him at his favorite field.
When Major E. W. DeForest left Drew Field some
months ago, Mrs. DeForest chose to remain here instead of
returning to her Chicago home. But she didn't plan to
twiddle her thumbs until the Major's return..
Formerly a registered nurse,
Mrs. DeForest now threw herself
whole-heartedly into Red Cross ,
ac+1vities. When she found that
her friends were interested in
learning how to care for sick per-
sons in the home, as more and
more doctors became members of
the armed forces, Mrs. DeForest
volunteered to instruct a Red .
Cross Home Nursing course for
the wives of Drew Field officers.
The women who attended
home nursing classes at Drew
were Mmes. Helen Asp, Bea
Richards, Martina Fillmore,
Joyce Kase, Millie Altman, Ev-
elyn Delano, Ann Ray, Carolyn
King, Mary Van Grune, Mary
Shepard Jones, Sally Angle-
meyer, Sybil Arnald, Sue Scriv-
ner Skagg, Dot Moore, Helen
Behar and Nancy Wade.
Immediately following the hol-
iday season, Mrs. DeForest plans practice in nursing patients in the
to begin a home nursing course home. Mrs. DeForest plans to
for the wives of Drew Field en- stress training in maternity care
listed men. These classes, which from the standpoint of young
will last six weeks, will enable mothers and mothers-to-be.
many wives to make acquaint- Wives of Drew Field enlisted
ances and to form friendships as men who wish to attend the
they work together. classes may call the ECHOES, ex-
The course will consist of the- Itension 2287, and give their names
ory lectures and classes of actual to Pvt. Reitz.

At Barksdale

contemplate playing "Chinese
checker" pool with Hilbert.
Cpl. Marion Wood was at the
public 'address. mike in the ca-
pacity of announcer, interpreting
games, and also as the.judge and
score keeper.
Lt. Berger has announced more
exhibitions of this nature. Your
reporter has a hunch that you
can expect one real soon between
Hilbert and the champion of
Tampa, "Scoop" Watt, whose high
successive run is 125.
Our area has been improved
considerably. It has been leveled
off and a very fine baseball dia-
mond has been erected. Under the
supervision of Lt. Berger and his
Special Service department, a
stage has been built by some very
fine carpenters of Second Re-
porting Company. The first event
to be staged on the new platform
is a Blue Unit USO show.
And now back to the subject of
the softball diamond. The dia-
mond is certainly being utilized
every day during the noon hour.
And that brings us to the next
subject-the "stenos" have made
a domback in their softball games.
Yes. S/Sgt. Rosenthall's Regt.
Headquarters "Stenos" have won
six straight encounters. Here are
a few of the scores of the games
played with Lt. McCormack's Or-
derly Room "Underdogs": 6-4,
24-3, 9-7, all in favor of the
Hats off to pitchers S/Sgt.
Rosenthall, Sgt. Jodie Young,
S/Sgt. John Tio, Pfc. Malcolm
Fuller; catcher T/Sgt. Clyde
Binkley. Also S/Sgt. Myers and
all the othei boys of the Regt.
Likewise, here are a few lads of
the Orderly Room "Underdogs"
who deserve honorable mention:
pitchers S/Sgt. Bob Smith, T/5
Jimmy Friedenberg, catcher T/5
"Fats" Wood. Also Lts. Bradlin,
McCormack, Erickson and Sgt.
Bing Walters.
Cpl. Allen Conklin has been
carrying out his job of score-
keeper, in spite of the beads of
perspiration which pour off his
forehead during the heated mo-
ments of the "horsehide" battles.
By the way, the Regiment
"Stenos" tromped the AWUTC
"geniuses" Saturday, 10-2.

LT. L. W. SCOTT writes
from Barksdale Field that
everything is going well
with the statistical office
there. Scott was statistical
officer here. He was re-
cently transferred to Barks-
dale to set up a similar of-
fice at the Louisiana field.

Lt. Berger

At School in

Lexington, Va.
Lt. E. G. Berger, 503d Special
Service officer, left Monday to
attend Special Service School in
the War Orientation Section at
Washington and Lee University,
Lexington, Va.
At the helm in his absence is
Lt. Stubs.
Cpl. Ed Doran of Hdqs. and
Rept. Battalion has kissed his
wife good-by again. But not for
long. His charming. Mrs. re-
turned to the coupV'o .hQme at
Albany, N. Y.
After spending three weeks
with hubby, F/Sgfd Wood says
Doran is in such a bad way that
looking forward to his Christmas
furlough is occupying most of his
Comm. Co. F/Sgt. .and Mrs.
Wiley J. Dunkan have embarked
on a motor trip to W1dc6,'Tex., to
spend his Yuletider' furlough,
which means that ,Cpl. Frank
Palanges will bt Lt. Schwabb's
right-hand man for a while.

Taken by Drew Gls

Edward Thomas Senecal, 27,
and Marion Gertrude Smith, 26,
Groton, N. Y.
Benjamin Henry Gale Jr., 23,
and Betty Jo Ritchel, 19, Denver.
James Bernard Stoops 21, and
Billie Jacquelyn Kendall, 21, Gar-
land, Tex. Henry Charles Becht,
22, and Edna Jeanette Munch, 19,
Queens, N. Y.
Jon Fred Turner, 32, and Caro-
line J. Phillips, 21, Pikes Villa,
Billie Berdell Gibson, 20, and
Elizabeth Marie Binggelli, 17,
Marysville, Kan. William H.
Smith, 25, and Eleanor Partee, 19,
Tampa. Walter Delbert Daniel-
son, 19, and Nellie Jo Garrett, 17,
Tampa. Carl Leon Larson, 21,
and Ella Otilla Jesica, 21, Chi-

Nazis Tell 'How
To Make a Will'
BERN, SwitzerNnd.-(CNS)-
One Berlin paper rently printed
an article on "Howto Make a






3d Fighter

Signal Set

For Soiree
"Let us pause for a friendly
word, shall we?"
A swell Christmas party is
planned for Sig. Hq. Co., 3d
Fighter Command, on Dec.
Music for those who excel
in the terpsichorean art will
be supplied by the 69th Air
Force Band. Wives and girl
friends of officers and enlikt-
ed men are invited, and trans-
portation will be furnished to
and from town.
A buffet dinner with turkey
and all the.trimmings will high-
light the evening's food problem.
Officers of the 3d Fighter Com-
mand Signal Section are ir.vited
Messhall No. 2 is the place.
Well, Christmas seems to be
rounding the corner. Each day
the barracks become the final
resting place for more and more
delicious goodies. That, by the
way, is a tip for all you chow-
hounds of the company. Christ-
mas seems to be your best sea-
son for hunting. Each present
that arrives in B-39 is care-
fully inspected by Sgt. "Eagle-
eye" Marcus. His desire for that
wonderful something called
food is remarkable.
Back from furlough comes "our
boy" McGee with stories unbe-
lievable. "One Beer" Hecht was
so happy over his return that he
threw his arms about him and
wept with joy. Ah, love is a
wonderful thing!
Latest fad around the company
is a new type pool game. Hours
are spent trying to master the
game, but without much success.
Eight players is the limit and a
line is always formed on the right.
waiting for an open cue. Goodl
old seven and nine ball-eh.
Don't know whether you fel-
lows noticed it, but Pvt. Kolky
was back the other day to look
around and REMINISCE. He is
on a convalescent furlough and
will return to the hospital upon
its termination. From the com-
pany to you, Kolky: "Best of luck
for a speedy and complete re-

Officers Invited

To Dance At

St. Petersburg

One of St. Petersburg's top
Christmas season dances will
take place next Tuesday night.
when the "Avi-Aides," organi-
zation of St. Pete Junior Col-
lege and business girls, plays
hostess to 60 Drew Field of-
The dance is scheduled for
the beautiful Princess Martha
Hotel ballroom in St. Peters-
burg, and the 69th AAF Band
will be on hand to furnish the
best dance music in the South.
Festivities will start at 8 o'clock
and the date is next Tuesday,
Dec. 28.
This holiday treat for Drew
officers was arranged by the
"Avi-Aides" executive commit-
tee, headed by Miss Harriett
Rogers, and timed so that all
club members home from col-
lege will attend.
Miss Rogers solved the guest
list problem neatly by turning
it over to Lt. Edward G. Met-
calf of the Base Special Service
Your name goes on the list
simply by notifying Lt. Met-
calf at extension 2258. And
you'd better call early, as the
popularity of this group of girls
assures big turn-out. And
your v '" e has to be on the list
for a, mission to the dance.

WAC Writes Thanks to 'Uncle'

PFC. JUDY GREENSPAN is thankful th;s Holidao Season for many things-

This grateful lady soldier is just bub-
bling over with an important message
for you. For months, my enthusiasm
has been bottled up, but today, the cork
must fly and with Li. my story. I want to
tell the whole world why I am so proud
to be part of the Women's Army Corps
and what a debt of gratitude I owe you
for the privilege. You'll understand this
all better as you read on and learn the
very special meaning I'have attached to
those three letters, W A C.
If these were normal times, you and
I will agree. Uncle, that a sheltered
young lady of 24 summers would be busy
sniffing orange blossoms here, or knit-
ting tiny garments there--but--alas--
we're living in an abnormally distorted
world right now. In fact. it is all very
topsy-turvy, which probably explains
why that great big "'M" of "Matrimony"
and "Motherhood" loomed up before me
like a huge "W" and the more I gazed,
the more it seemed to shout: Women
Wake-up!! Work and Win the War!!
So I woke-up.
You see. Uncle. We Young Moderns
are tuned to the click of 1943 and we
know all about mad Schickelgruber and
his cohorts. Don't think that we would
stand by and watch him trample down
all we hold sacred Why, if need be,
we'll work our fingers to the elbows till
every inch of this globe becomes a safe
and happy place for all the little children
in the world-to-be. "A birthrate with
birthrights" is the slogan you taught us,
Uncle Sam, and we like it that way. So,
for me. all the traditions and ideals that

spell "America" are wrapped up in that
2nd letter "A."
Then you sounded that Clarion Call
for help. By the slack of your trousers.
I realized they needed plenty of hitch-
ing, so I quickly wound up my humble
task of wiping "Little New York's" nosee
ii. e. my nursery school and became one
of your ardent puller-uppers. It has
proved a really uplifting job and I am
far the richer for the change, which
brings me to the reason for this letter. I
was equipped with an education only
sheepskin deep, but this democratic Army
set-up soon re-enforced it with deep un-
derstanding and tolerance.
All the added experiences have given
me a better perspective, a broader hori-
zon and a truer sense of values. Liter-
ally and figuratively speaking, Uncle, you
have strengthened the backbone of "Miss
America 1943" who has gone to war But
-even more precious than all this is the
inner satisfaction of performing one's pa-
triotic duty. That thrill does something
for you deep inside which cannot be ex-
pressed in words or measured with a
When the war is all over, we WACs,
I am sure, will not only be better fitted to
pick up where we left off, but will also
be. I hope. a few notches closer to the
expectations of a great poet who said.
"Earth's noblest thing is a woman per-
So. for all this. Uncle, humbly I
thank you-Proudly. I salute you'
Your loving niece.
WVAC Detachment Drew Field

569 Man in Train Wreck

Furlough-ers come and go
in the 569th SAW, while the
men who stay behind must
calmly watch the frantic last-
minute preparations of those
about to leave and stoically
listen over and over again to
the detailed reminiscences of
those returned.
But in one case this week a
more than normal interest was
taken in a story about a fur-
lough, or rather its aftermath.
Tech/Sgt. Raymond K. .Harris
was southbound on the train
that met disaster in North Caro-
lina. Less than a day after leav-
ing Rochester, N. Y., and a per-
fect vacation, Harris found him-
self standing at the grim scene
of the wreck, unhurt but shiv-
ering with other passengers in
the Carolina cold.
Another returning before the

"Christmas rush" was T/5 Dean at Carnegie Tech University,
R. Price, reflecting in his un- had said "yes." On Donald's list
of "the advantages of a college
shaven face the roughness of the education" Patricia is point num-
journey. Some one suggested ber one. Her pictures adorn his
that probably Dean had returned shelf in'the barracks. (Why not
by covered wagon express. send one to the ECHOES?-Ed.)
For the society page ve want Technician 5th grade Vincent
to record two engagements in the Peluso tells this one on himself:
569th: T/5 James N. Liddell There he was, walking down the
proudly displays the clipping street, a woman on each arm,
from the hometown paper that his wife following at a respect-
announces his preliminary con- ful distance behind. A clear case
tract with Dorothy Kerble of of the eternal triangle turned
Omaha. All but the date was quadrangle. But it was really all
settled in Buffalo when Jim was right. The "other women" were
there on furlough recently. Since members of the family.
his return, Jim has acquired the Places to visit after the war:
sub-title of "The Blue Streak" Kennebunkport (Me.), whence
which he blames on a pair of blue Cpl. Steve Harriman hails. Steve
pajamas, a Christmas gift opened claims that old Kenne., etc., etc.,
too soon. is America's vacation spot. Then
The promise made and the ring there's a 1 wa y s Arkadelphia,
bought, T/5 Donald P. Jordano Ark., the home of Pfc. Freddie
returned from Pittsburgh with Wade. It's worth a try with
the light coming out of him. Pa- names like those to test your
tricia Walker, the one and only uppers.

588th Throws

Xmas Party,

Fun for All

"When bigger and better
Christmas parties are thrown,
the IC Department of the
588th SAW Battalion will
throw them!" boasts S/Sgt.
And from the looks of
things last Saturday night at
the Tampa Police Pistol
Range, Sgt. Derby, who was
co-chairman of the party with
T.Sgt. Bill Konowitz, has
a legitimate boast.
It might be said that fun was
the \v.atchword of this, one of
Drew Field's first social events of
the holiday season. Promptly at
1915 most of the members of the
department were on hand to par-
take of the voluminously spread
buffet's offerings, and of the "re-
Shortly thereafter an array of
attractive WACs from the Third
Air Force Detachment and a
Drew Field contingent arrived
and quickly found eager mates
for' (lancing. There was also a
c,.ilan representation, including
the wives of some of the Depart-
ment's members, and the girl
triends of others.
With typical holiday spirit, in-
spired by the effective and expert
decorations, which were super-
vised by Cpl. Karl Minkebige, the
crowd spontaneously got together.
Dance music was furnished by
members of the 69th Air Force
Then, at 2100, things really
began popping. A rapid-fire
program of entertainment,
under the able direction of Cpl.
Paul Blair, chairman of the
program committee, and as-
sisted by Pvt. George Amsbary
and WAC T/5 Valleda Reel,
was presented.
II began with the triple birth-
day celebration for WAC Lt.
Dorothy Clark, Cpl. John J.
Williams and WAC Pfc. Irma
Mlaloney. A cake blazing with
candles was presented Pfc. Ma-
loney. Lt. Dorothy Clark and
Cpl. Williams sang a duet,
"Take Me Back to Tulsa"
(seemingly, Lt. Clark's home
As an ensore, Lt. Clark, wear-
ing a cowboy hat, sang everyone's
favorite, "Pistol Packin' Mama."
This was quickly followed by the
"Ofticers' Trio," made up of Lts.
tlai-dell, Simmons and Splane,
singing gustily many favorite
'ong s. including their masterpiece,
The Java Jive."
The next attraction was
"Wyomin' Jack" and his talented
voune son of 12 years doing some
complicated rope tricks. At least
they looked complicated to every-
.rne present. Before the round
;'f applause ended, Cpl. William
Noll, A/C George Rappaport, and
Pvt. George Amsbary, on piano,
bass, and drums, respectively,
gave out with some hot-licks, a
la Bob Crosby's band.
Suddenly there was a jingl-
ing, and the shouts, "Whoa,
Blitzen!" were heard. The
crowd was galvanized to atten-
tion. Everyone lined up, and
Santa Claus entered the room,
carrying his traditional bag of
gifts. The assembly was given
"Column of files, march!" and
everyone marched in cadence
up to Santa to receive his gift.
The dancing began again, and
before anyone realized it, the
time had come to go home.
Special guests at the party in-
cluded eight members of the U. S.
Marine Corps now taking courses
in the IC Department. Present
on special invitation were Lt. Col.
and Mrs. Ralph P. Stiehl; Capt.
and Mrs. Frank B. Morgan, Lt. B.
G. Blaisdell, First Sgt. W. Arm-
strong and wife; and the officers
of the IC Department. Maas
Brothers' Department Store fur-
nished decorations for the party,
and all those who were present
herein wish to express their ap-



Official Publication Drew Field
P.. O. Address: Drew Field, Tampa, Fla.
Thursday, .December 23, 1943
Air Base Commander
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published each Thursday 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 Service Building on 8th St. between Aves. A and
B. Building No. 14B-03. Telephone. extension 2287.
DREW FIELD ECHOES receives material supplied by
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New York City. Credited material may not be re-
published without permission from Camp Newspaper
(Photos by Base Photo Lab.)
[Printed by The St. Petersburg Times]

Scene Three, Act Two

When you get right down to it, we
don't believe anybody really means Merry
Christmas. Through centuries of usage
the term has become something tossed off
as lightly as "good morning" or "thank
At the same time, we believe every-
body would like really to mean that Christ-
mas is merry, joyous, cheerful. This Yule-
tide cannot be merry-no matter .what joy
there might be in a few passing hours.
For Christmas, 1943, is not the ultimate
in holiday festivity.
It cannot be for this nation, or those
fighting grimly along the scattered battle-
At Drew Field most of us are remorse-
ful over our inability to join the family
and celebrate the season as we did pre-
It has been said that comparison is the
only true manner in which a word can be
Consequently, let us define Christmas
in terms of our' buddies now in Italy or the
South Pacific.
/ To them, Christmas is possibly a day
when their food will consist of an addition-
al can of K rations; or a day when fighting-
may lull spasmodically before probably in-
creasing to a deadly pitch once the enemy
has recoiled to strike. It may be a day
of death for some, a day of revelation to
Certainly .it is a day to be remem-
bered by everyone. It is a day to be car-
ried with us as long as we' are a nation.
It is a day we must never forget, for trag-
edy is the root of wisdom and wisdom is
needed by us in our fight for victory and
a peace which will keep our children from
the trenches of future Christmases.
Let us forget our hate or our sorrow
or our personal animosities this Christmas
for a few moments of spiritual speculation.
We pray for a quick victory and the
return of our friends and relatives.
Let us thank God for our good fortune
and pray that the human tide of American
tots who now believe in Santa Claus will
not be compelled to spend the Christmases
of their youth in foxholes, working for the
terrible god Mars.
The Allied leaders 'are working so that
this Christmas' tots won't have to scrape
and bow to Mars. By comparison, this is a
merrier Christmas than last, just as Christ-
mas, 1942, was merrier than the anniver-
sary of Christ's. natal day, 1941.
On this third Christmas of World War
II, we can say and believe that we are
heading for a genuinely Merry Christmas
.. .we mean the good, old-fashioned Merry
Christmas ... a Christmas without war, a
Christmas without Hitler, a Christmas
without Tojo, a Christmas with worldwide
peace and goodwill, a Christmas with the
We hope that kind of Christmas will
be celebrated December 25, 1944.

"Oh, he was decorated by the General."

..]rom Our Chaplain-

Christ's Birthday, 1943

Again this year, as every year in the observance of
Christmas, the story of this great day will include this line:
"The shepherds said one to another, let us now go to Bethle-
hem and see this thing that has come to pass."
I wonder what it is that we see in Christmas Day. Many
people will see only a world that is shaken, hopes that have
crashed, in fact many very fine and thoughtful people have
felt that the world is coming to an end in this present

These, of course, are very sorry
pictures of our world and our day.
We ought not to let doleful
thoughts dominate Christmas. For
some people Christmas also has a
touch of sadness when they re-
member loved ones who have
been taken away from the family
circle. Many folks, too, expect
nothing more at Christmas than
just the external parties, gifts and
celebration dinners.
Now if that is all there were to
Christmas there would be little
sense in celebrating and we would
have to say, like the little girl
who became confused while say-
ing the Lord's prayer near Christ-
mas time and substituted for
"Forgive us our trespasses,"-
"Forgive us our Christmases."
What is it that we want to see
when we come to Christmas? The
three wise men of the first
Christmas story said, "We have
seen his star."
It would be well to see the
star of Christmas as a ray of
hope that God's will shall yet
be fulfilled. Hope is one of the
greatest gifts of God. Do you see
God's star of hope shining in this
We ought also to see a new
day. One of the prophesies about
Christ said, "The people-that sat
in darkness saw a great light." A
new and great light always ushers
in the coming of day. Christmas

ought to mean for us the dawning
of -the light of God's possibilities
with men, and with a new world
of love, forgiveness, truth, jus-
tice, service and peace.
Also, we find in Christmas a
child. The shepherds came into
the house and saw the young
child, the Christmas story tells
us. This is, of course, the great-
est thing about Christmas, yet
perhaps we wonder why God
should give a child, His Son, to
the world. He had already given
His will to the human race to live
by, but that was not enough.
There is nothing more under-
standable to a human being than
another human being. We needed
God in the presence of a child-
a boy-a man-to be able to un-
derstand God. Perhaps the little
story of the lad who called for
his Father from his crib in the
darkness of night will help us to
understand this meaning.
When the Father said, "Just go
to sleep son; God is with you
even in the dark," the little boy
answered, "Dad, hold my hand;
God is closer when you hold my
SWe can see in Christmas a God
who is willing to hold our hands
when life is darkest.
Will you see all this in Christ-
mas, 1943? If so, you will surely
have what we all want-a truly
"Merry Christmas."

Weekly Religious Services
Sunday, December 26

General Protestant Services, 10:30
a.m., Chapels, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
8 and 9.
Episcopalian, 7 a.m., Chapel 1, and
8 a.m., Chapel 4.
Lutheran, 9:15 a.m., Chapel 4.
Evening Services, 7 p.m., Chapels
3, 4, 5 and 9.
Station Hospital Chapel, Bldg.
B-9: Morning worship, 10:15
a.m.; evening worship, 6:30
p.m.; Bible Hour, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday; Daily Noon-day
Prayer, 12:45 p.m.

Sunday and daily Masses, 7:30
a.m., Station Hospital Chapel,
Bldg. B-9; 8 and 9 a.m., Chapel
2 and Theater 3; 11:30 a.m.
Chapel 4; 6 p.m., Chapel 2.
Weekday Masses, 6 p.m., Chap-
el 4 (except Sunday); 6 p.m.,
Chapel 2 (except Wednesday.)
Confessions, Saturday 4 to 6 p.m.
and 7 to 9 p.m., Chapels 2 and
4; 7 p.m., Base Hospital.

Sunday services at 9:15 a.m.,
Chapel 1; Monday and Thurs-
day conferences, 4 to 7 p.m.,
Chapel 1.

(First Sunday)
Episcopalian, 7 a.m., Chapel 1,
and s a.m., Chapel 4.
Presbyterian, 8 a.m., Chapel 3.
Methodist, 9:15 a.m., Chapel 3.
Lutheran, 9:15 a.m., Chapel 4.
Baptist,' 9:15 a.m., Chapel 5.

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.; Friday, 8
p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m., all in
Chapel 3; Wednesday, 1:15 p.m.,
Base Hospital.

Christian Service Men's League,
7 p.m. Tuesday, Chapel 5.

Chapel 1-Ave. C and 8th St.
Chapel 2-Ave. E and 6th St.
Chapel 3-Ave. J and 2d St.
Chapel 4-Ave. L and 2d St.
Chapel 5-Ave. N and 2d St.
Chapel 6-Closed.
Chapel 7-Ave. M and E. 1st St.
Chapel 8-Ave. N and 5th St.
Chapel 9-Ave. K and 5th St.
Theater 3-Ave. K and 2d St.
Station Hospital Chapel Bldg. B-9.

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.

The Uniform Situation
Dear Sir:
A recent issue of the ECHOES had a letter
to the editor from one who signed his letter the
"AW Sergeant," listing a few of the common
gripes. The one on wearing of the uniform
aroused us particularly.
As we all know, other camps and posts per-
mit the wearing of Class B uniform (OD shirt
and trousers) as well as Class A (ODs with
blouse) when going off the post.
Will some one give us a gbod, sensible reason
why it is insisted that the men wear their
Can't anyone see through this? The Class B
uniform looks just as neat as the Class A, if not
more so. We can all see where wearing the
blouse at formal occasions is within reason. Other
camps the country over, under similar circum-
stances, permit wearing either Class A or B
uniform, so why can't we?
After all, we aren't spending the winter some-
where in Wisconsin or Minnesota. This is Flor-
ida. Our winter temperatures are way too warm
for any soldier to be walking downtown with a
blouse and sweating it out and not leaving too
pleasant an odor.. The boys "sweat it out" enough
as it is sometimes.
A word more: We enlisted men have only one
blouse issued to us. Do you expect that we can
wear it thres months and still appear neat and
clean? Oh, yes, some one says, "Get it cleaned."
How would you like to try it and wait a week
if not more, and in many cases have a wife or
folks in town? I don't consider borrowing Joe's
blouse tonight as an answer to this.
Most of us GIs are waiting for a sound and
sensible reason for this. Perhaps there is some-
thing we don't understand, or are too stubborn
to take for answer the old saying, "It's T. S.,"
but we'd sure have, at least, the satisfaction of
knowing why this is so. We'd sure appreciate
comments from the ranking officers of the field.
756th SAW Company

About the Green Hat
Dear Sir:
Within the past week an order has appeared
that the enlisted man shall not wear the dark
green overseas cap. Can you give us some ex-
planation of this? Since the garrison cap is also
'prohibited, it does seem as though a soldier
could be given the privilege of wearing it.
If we are not to wear these, we suggest that
a ban be put on the stores prohibiting the sale of
them. Over half of the men have them and they
have put quite a bit of their money into them.
One fellow paid three and a half for his.
Little does anyone realize what it does in
strengthening a man's morale We are proud of
the uniform we are wearing but why not the
Yours truly,
Joe, Harry, Ray, Paul and Bob.
Camp Weatherford

Horse and Buggy Pace
Dear Editor:
Am taking advantage of your G. Ideas col-
umn to say that I don't think the new bus system
is as efficient or as speedy as the old one. Of
course, it may be that it is too early to form an
opinion on the situation and that we should
give it a chance "to work out the bugs."
Anyway, I want to go on record to say that
it took me one hour and 40 minutes to get home
from Tampa last Thursday night.
One of the faults, I think, is the turnstile
system at the bus station in town. Too much
time is lost loading busses because men don't
have a dime to put in the slot.
Why don't they take a lesson from the New
York subways-a system that handles millions
of passengers a day-and erect a change booth
so that a soldier can have his dime before he
starts to sweat the cattle line?

Weather Hot, Clothes Hotter
Why is it that we soldiers stationed in the
Tampa area have to sweat and stink in sticky
ODs when the men at Sarasota Army Air Base-
only 60 miles from here are still looking neat
and cool in suntans?
Certainly there is no great climatic differ-
ence between Sarasota and Tampa. The same
sun shines just as torridly in both cities, yet the
men at one post are allowed to dress according
to the weather conditions, while those stationed
at another must dress as if they were on duty
in Alaska.
As a matter of fact, it seems it would be more
plausible to me if the uniform were optional in
this area during, the so-called winter months.
Yours for a heater soldier in a cooler uniform.
We're sweating and stinking right with
you, but we don't know what ca be done
about it except to continue to do o.--Ed.



OVERTIME FOR WARTIME: Howard F. -Moran (seated),
receives congratulations of Lt. Robert C.. White,' bond officer
at Third AAF Replacement Depot, on the exchange of his civil
service overtime check for war bonds and. stamps.

Extra Hours Buy

More Bonds For

Red Cross Man

Six years ago, Howard F. Moran, a Rochester, N. Y.,
resident, was piling up a lot of overtime hours in his job as
supervisor of athletics at the New York State Agricultural
and Industrial School of Mornroe County.
There was some talk of compensation for this overtime,
but the issue was bounced from court to court from year to

year, and it was still bouncing
the school to enter war work
Then, last week, as the result
of a court action pressed by Aus-
tin Erwilf, an attorney of Genes-
seo, N. Y., those many extra hours
spent in teaching delinquent boys
what it takes to be men paid off.
Of the $100,000 settlement made
by the state to the Welfare De-
partment employes involved, $1,-
069.45 went to Moran.
.The next day, Moran, now
serving as Red Cross Field Di-
rector for the Third AAF Re-
placement Depot, in Tampa,
sent every dollar-and the 45
cents back to Uncle Sam's
cash box in exchange for war
bonds and stamps. rIwent back
on the day he celebrated his
first anniversary on active duty
with the Red Cross. "And for
,a merrier Christmas in 1944,"
he added.
In his present job, which is
helping soldiers with their per-
sonal problems, there is no such
time as overtime. On duty or call
all around the clock, much of
Moran's time is spent in aiding
soldiers 'returned from combat
theaters and sent to the Replace-
ment Depot for reassignment.
Commenting on his bond pur-
chase, Moran said:

When Moran took leave from
with the Red Cross.

"I wish that everyone who
has been decorating himself
with the name 'American' and
who yet may still hesitate
before lending :iis available
money to help win this war,
could sit beside me and listen
for a little while to what I hear
all day from our soldiers back
from the front.
To the men of the Third AAF,
Moran's name is known for things
other than bond buying. It was
he who was largely responsible
for the compulsory program of
functional wartime swimming in-
struction being practiced here.
The program, conducted at
beaches close to this area, empha-
size swimming under combat con-
titions, with full clothing and
equipment, and includes safety
procedures to be.used by troops
disembarking from vessels under
While a resident of Rochester,
Moran was a member of the
Rochester Council, Boy Scouts of
America, and was noted as a wel-
fare worker among youth agen-
cies. From 1926 to 1930, he served
with the Marine Corps Reserve.



Latest qualifications for
ASTP list, several important
requirements that should be
noted by all interested per-
sonnel of Drew Field Captain
William F. Hench, Base
Schools officer, said.
Captain Hench released the in-
formation that ASTP field selec-
tion boards will not recommend
an ASTP candidate whose only
language qualification consists of
Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin or classi-
cal Greek. A candidate whose
qualifications consist of Spanish,
Italian or Polish may be recom-
mended only if he is a college

Attention is directed to the
age requirements. In order to
be considered for language
qualifications, a candidate 22
years of age or under must
have more than two years of
college. Captain Hench stressed
the age and college education
Regardless of AGCT score, the
ability to speak a modern for-
eign language "fairly well" is no
longer considered as a qualifying
Men previously qualified for
ASTP and now qualified for avi-
ation cadet should report to WAC
Cpl. Gladys I. Edge or Miss Eliz-
abeth Buti at the Base Schools
Office for a waiver from ASTP.

595th Men

Shiver in

Florida Cold

Ironically enough, the day
the last issue of the ECHOES
came out the cold wave hit
this area, making our com-
ments about the hot weather
look absurd.
/And you can well believe
that we got plenty of ribbing
about it, too. Fate seemed to
have played a chilly trick, as
we read the paper while
wearing gloves and.a sweater.
The boys from Tech Supply of
the 695th Bomb Squadron threat-
ened to send a picture of them-
selves bundled up to'the ears to
the Los Angeles Chamber of Com-
merce. That would be a mean
trick, and they'll change their
minds (we hope) when that hot
weather returns shortly.
Sgt. Orville G. Edwards bitter-
ly commented, "Watch our boys
from the Northwest, where the
weather is warm, wear their
heavy fur-lined flying clothes to
keep from freezing."
And now to turn to a more
heart-warming subject, namely-
furloughs. Here are a few of
the lucky lads: S/Sgt. Richard
Cunningham to Frisco, Tex.; Sgt.
Finiu P. Lepre to South Orange,
N. J.; Sgt. Herbert W. Powers
to Amarillo, Tex.; S/Sgt. Frank
Cameron went to Belvidere, Ill.,
and Pfs. Robert W. Raynor jour-
neyed to Indianapolis; Cpl. Ira
Schomberg went to Seattle .
the question in his case being
whether he comes back single
or not.
Wonder what the big attrac-
tion is at the line PX for
"Bombs-Away" Johnson?
The boys occupying the com-
mnuications an armament
barracks have been restricted
for a week, we hear. How
come, boys? Well, anyway, it
will give the girls in town a
rest oops, we almost said
Sick List: Sgt. Howard B. Al-
)en broke his collarbone while
working on the line, and Sgt.
Thomas Vanderhoof injured his
Congratulations are in order for
Cpl. Edward T. Senecal and his
bride, the former Marian G.
Smith of Groton, N. Y. He is
now busy passing out the El
Cpl. Martin J. Sutton, the
mail hound, is now the busy
little beaver in charge of work
details in place of Sgt. Martin
M. Dubin, formerly duty ser-
geant, and now working in ord-

767th Returns

From Alaska
A belated "welcome home" to
members of the 767th SAW Co.,
recently returned from Alaska.
The company is composed of boys
from the old 712th, and virtually
all were training here at Drew
Field last winter.
The chilly weather, and wind-
driven powdered sand are re-
minding many "Yankees" of the
First Battalion of points north.
S.. The battalion post office is
"snowed under" with gaily-wrap-
ped packages and stacks of
Christmas cards from GIs.
But, despite the heavy mails,
Lt. Walter Sweeney, First Bat-
talion postal officer, states the
postal section is prepared to han-
dle the rush without undue de-
lay in transfers, as with soldiers
who are sent to other outfits. He
asks that GIs co-operate in the
following manner:
1. Be present at your company
mail call each day.
2. Call promptly and with ade-
quate identification, at the bat-
talion post office for insured

I WONDER if the sight of Christmas decorations on the
Base and in town have the same effect on you as they do
on me? Even though we are far from the ones we love,
there does seem to be a nice warm feeling creep into a guy.
It does seem funny that a few lights, a little green and a
little red, can make just an ordinary day into what
Christmas is to most of us. You know, it really isn't too
difficult to reconcile yourself to being away on this day
of days.

FOR MOST OF US, this is the second Christmas in the Army.
Of course, just because it's number two doesn't make the thoughts
of home and the fireplace and the family any the less appealing,
but we do know how to get the real meaning of Christmas without
all the tinsel and song. Our thoughts this year should be with the
boys who are over on the other side of the lake doing all they can
to make it possible that we enjoy another Christmas with those we
love. Let's do our job, and do it all the better, and work just that
much harder so that their job over there will be made a little easier.
MEETING OLD FRIENDS: Isn't it strange that, being so many
thousands of miles from the center of our interests (most of us)
we should run into so many old friends? We could stay at home
or go to Grand Central Station and see no one we know. Then
we travel around the country and bump into more damn people
we know. I'll bet that we have met hundreds of people who
are friends from home or Grand Central Station. Join the Army
and meet your next door neighbor. (Sometimes that is the only

THE ARMY HAS BROUGHT to light some of the outstanding
products of this age. Spam, Private Hargrove, and pure unadulter-
ated Ham. This last item I viewed this cool evening with mixed
.emotions. Things are tough all over, that we know, but golly
Hollywood must feel awful! I just witnessed one of the saddest
wastes of celluloid that these tired (and now I know why) eyes have
ever and I mean "ever" viewed. Honestly, you could still see the
sty in the background. We think that we have it rough here in the
Army think of the lives those poor millionaires in the movie
industries must live these days. I can well imagine that the world's
worst job these days is that of a movie producer looking for talent.
"What's good is in the Army. What's left" ... oh my God!
SOME ONE must have bribed the local Chamber of Commerce
again. Just get used to o'coats Summer again! I wonder if
there is any connection between our local C of C and the local
clothing stores?

Everybody is either away, or going away on a Xmas furlough
or leave. Me? (Are you kiddin'?) Ill probably have KP on the
morning of the 25th. Hell of a war. No time out no afternoon
tea no furlough!

ANOTHER BOMBER taking off It is always taking off.
Don't they ever land? It seems that every night about this time
they are taking off, and the darned things always make noises like
airplanes. Of course, I suppose that a bomber is supposed to sound
like an airplane, but so much .,. I don't know. It would be nice
if they sounded like a humming bird, or even a bluebird. (You
know the bluebird of course.) Think how nice it would be to be
awakened rudely by the sound of millions of little bluebirds ah,
joy .ah, Hell, let's go home! (To the barracks, we mean.)

WHEN THE LIGHTS go on again all over the world! That
sounds kinda nice. I wonder how long it will be before the lights
do go on again? You know, if we keep on going the way we are
and leave the rumor department to the fishmongers well, it
shouldn't be too long.

WATCHED A FRIEND waiting today! Yeah, the poor fellow
used up a new pair of shoes and lost three pounds waiting. His wife
presented him with a bouncing whatever it was. The floor of my
office now looks like a snow drift in knotty pine.
WONDER WHAT became of Sally? Remember Sally? Oh, most
anyone will do, but let's call her Sally. Ever look back on your
first date? Wonder what she is doing now. Probably forgotten
me .. I'd almost forgotten her, then as you do these days, I
started looking back over my life, and there she was. I started
thinking of her and what she looked like, and where she was .
and how the lug who won her away from me was doing. (He was
bigger than I was).


Camp Weatherford soldiers be- in the various price classes, and
lieve that the sunsets seen at may be consulted at the Center
Bradenton are worth remembering each evening. The service is free.
that the pies at the Service
Men's Recreation Center are as Two War Orientation films,
good as mother used to make ... "Nazis Strike" and "Divide and
that the people of Bradenton are Conquer," are being shown, and
swell with their hospitality and T/Sgt. Fred Friendly of Drew
sincerity that the only en- Field aids with his lecture,
joyable fatigue duty in the Army "The Quest for Air Power in the
is bunk fatigue. Pacific." Special Service has
Te p W trford the following booklets: "What
The "Camp Weatherford To Do Aboard the Transport,"
Shines" raqio program, every "How To Shoot the U. S. Army
Friday afternoon from 4:30 to Rifle," "Tank Fighter Team"
5 over Station WSPB, drama- and "Gas Warfare."
tizes the activities of the 6th
Training Battalion. The pro- Enlisted men who have cloth-
grams are sponsored by the ing in need of mending or minor
Special Service section of the
Special Service section of the alterations, or who need chevrons
camp. or insignia sewn on, may visit the
The Service Men's Recreation Trailer Park, 14th St. and 23rd
Center offers the services of an Ave., where Bradenton women
expert shopper to aid soldiers in offer free sewing.
selecting Christmas gifts. Mrs. Tennis-playing soldiers are in-
Wheeler McMillen has studied vited to use the courts located
merchandise appropriate for gifts near Memorial Pier.




Kids' Lick


$100 War Bond Bronx Jeers High-Scoring Alexander
c Disappear as Wins After Amazons Rally
F in nces M an KaaBn Leaves y SGT. GEORGE A. WELLS
nny Ka ang Leaves A team of feminine "Quiz Kids" from the WAC De-

Training Battalion: Aviation last Wednesday night and defeated a picked team of the out-
transfer Cpl. Noel Mad- fit's men in a hotly-contested contest.
dox has left Headquarters The show, a regular weekly
Thanks to the donation of a $100 war bond, many im- Company and is. now await- feature in the 568th, drew a rec- C LA
provements have been made possible at Drew Field. ing further orders in the ord attendance as the men of the 3 1
During the filming of the moving picture "Air Force" 314th A and BH Sq. battalion ture o. t welcome
last year, motion picture star Harry Carey and his wife, Bronx quack .. Pvt. Irving commanding officer of the 568t
Olive, presented the Drew Field Officers' Wives Club a $100 Kagan has a broad smile these was on hand, with Lt. Charles
bond, to be used for dayrooms and waiting rooms on the brought around a visit to his Butler and Lt. Jack Weinst c
base. loved Bronx. Should Irt get the Sgt. George Wells was quizmaster
base. loved Bronx. Should Irv get the nd S/Sgt. Melvin Breslauer
The bond was raffled by the Bn i l trip to Penn Station, he'll be scorek Mel.
club at a profit of about $500. rOOklyn ir missed by the 746th gang ...no s.
Since that time monthly dona- more Bronx cheers .peace-and GIRLS COME THROUGH )SourceN
tions to the wives' organization contentment at last! The 568th was leading at the
have been made by both the Air Thursday morning reports: end of the first half of the con- Tracing venereal infection
Corps and Signal Corps office' Cpl. Sol Schechter has the phy- test, but the girls closed fast to to the .source of contact and
clubs. sia walk off with the honors. Sgt. treating the infected carrier
With the money as their founda- sical training section of H. Alexaner of the WAC m was t te eted c
tion, members of the women's basketball conscious. The bat- individual high scorer, winning a is the surest method of curb-
club began a series of improve- lion league plays Wednesday three-day pass. Technician 5th ing and controlling the. dis-
rmein, oh within rode the dec evening and Sol has his reports Grade Zeiger of the 568th placedease Lt. E. R. Wernerman
rating of the waiting room at the to make on the league .... second, to win a book of passes ease,
dental clinic, the dayroom at th Plenty comments are heard on to Drew Field theaters. In third of the Base hospital staff said
Medical Detachment, the officers. t he outstanding ball players place, winning a box* of candy, at last *week's VD lecture to
waiting om and seveampal ot and about the guys who should was Pfc. Kreutz of the WAC
dayrooms aboutDrew Field. remember basketball is team eam.- Under the direction of Capt. A.
Recently, thewomen'sclub fi Uniform chums Two privates Here are the lineups of the E. Abraham, Base venereal con-
nanced the laying of a tile floor in never sen alone T rivam teams: WAC team, Sgt. Alex- trol officer, the group neets
the new maternity ward of the T. O'Brien and James Lavin. wander, Pvt. Mayfield, Pvt. Ful- every Wednesday at the Base Red
Base Hospital. They decorated the ler Pvt. McManmon Pfc. Cross building for instructionson
officers' waiting room, aswell as Furlough. Finis: Cpl. Howard how to control and combat ve-
placing curtains in the enlisted Huth and Pvt. Henry Samuel, Kreutz and Cpl. Adams. 568th, nereal disease.
men's dayroom, and throughout > both of Michigan, are welcomed Sgt. Foote, T/5 Zeiger, Pfc. As- FURNISH NAMES
the ward. back to Headquarters Company pinwall, T/5 Bucholtz, Pfc.
The women are furnishing after sliding and skidding while Meehan and Sgt. Wingate. Contact-tracing is the specific
time, as well as money, for the i .' driving passenger cars up North. ea objective of Army officials, Lt.

comfort and aid of Drew Field e Because of the fine showing the Wernerman said, and soldiers who
men. Most of the furniture at the me,* men of the battalion have been furnish information leading to the
dayroom of the medical detach- PRODUCT OF BRO KL P S PermitS making in the daily drill sessions, source of infected persons need
ment was upholstered by mem- ODUCT O BROOKLYN Lt. Weinstock, in charge of drill, not' worry about their names
bers of the Officers' Wives Club. is Miss Lynn Sherman, who is planning an exhibition drill to being mentioned.
Each Tuesday, they devote the uses a Coney Island back- For V lhafors. be given by a picked team. It is imperative to the cause,
entire day to the sewing of en- ground to bring out her cur- w Details have not yet been the lieutenant said, that any per-
listed men's clothing, which is g- worked out, but it is expected son who becomes infected submit
brought to Chapel No. 1. Often vilinear figure. Miss Sher- 1A 30 men will make up the team. the name of the girl who is jeop-
this work has included the entire man is the future wife of reaml l DISA AND DATA ardizing the health of other sol-
remodeling of a garment in order Pfc. Robert Rubin of the diers. He emphasized that if a
to fit itpto its owner 729th SAW Company, and "Visitors coming on Drew Field Pfc. Cotton, Pfc. Morris, Pfc. soldier picks up a girl, he should
ives is he decorating of the he thins there is nothing via the new bus route will have Weber and a few other lads in find out her name, address and
wives isroo the ndeoratg of the n th Broo.ere is nothing heir temporary passes issued at the 568th are walking around place of employment.
owder room at the new AW Of- wrong with Brooklyn. Neith- the Bus Terminal, while visitors with their heads in the clouds. EXAMINATIONS MADE
ficers' Club. They plan to fashion er does the ECHOES staff, using private transportation will Reason: they are "air-cadeting"
a sati-sirted dressing tabl now that we have seen Miss continue to use the East Gate" T/4 Argus, the topkick in Lieutenant Wernernnan ex-
draperies for thewalls, and to stated Captain William A. King, First Reporting Company, will plained that information obtained
purchase several mirrors. Sherman. Base Provost Marshal. not stand idly by and listen to from confidential interviews was
Enlisted personnel and officers any insults hurled at Brooklyn. handed to the Health Department.
4TH T A I IN G G IVE D residing off the Post are urged The sarge is.from .the borough The Health Department locates
4T H TRA IN ING G IV.E S Dby Captain King to secure passes himself. .... an academic debate the civilian and arranges for ah
for their wives. The procedure in as to whether the color of alfalfa examination. If they are found
SF M AL G U ARD M O UN T securing the pass is to have the blossoms is blue or purple con- infected, they in turn are inter-
A T husband accompany his wife to tinues to rage since Wednesday's viewed and their contacts found
S the pass identification office at quiz show. The versatile "But- and examined.
the East Gate.- tercup" Wohler insists they're The last in the series of lec-
The second formal guard bert J. Grabowski, while Pfc. Captain King specifically stated blue, while other authorities state tures was held yesterday, and
mount in AWUTC was held Shields was selected as the Gen- that identification tags must be they are purple. T/5 Bucholtz those receiving a passing score in
n te afernon e. eral's orderly. worn at all times by military per- has a detail studying the situa- an examination covering the
on the afternoon of Dec. 14 Attending officers representing sonnel. Frequent violations have tion. whole course will return to their
in the parade area at 5th St. the 4th Training Battalion were been reported to the Provost That whistling one hears companies as non commissioned
and Ave. ondut the Lt. Col. Henry C. Floyd, com- Marshal Office of cases where around the 568th campus these venereal disease control officers.
and Ave. J, conducted by the handing officer; Capt. Harold F. identification was necessary and days and nights is Rocco Nicoletti,
4th Training Battalion. Schwede, executive officer, and tags were not worn, one of our veterans, who has re- Islands
With all the pomp and cere- Lt. Charles H. Bracken, co-or- Civilians. seeking employment joined the outfit. 1st Sgt. y ISlan
mony of any military function, dinator of the formatio-n. on the Base must have their Bowman of Headquarters and
made colorful by the 465th AAF Formal guard mount takes United States Employment re- Plotting Company has a patrol By LT. HARRY READ CARROLL
(AWUTC) Band under the direc- place every eighth day with the ferral card to gain admission to checking on arrivals of Christmas
tion of Warrant Officer Keller, various training battalions taking the Base. boxes containingedibles. A posi- The other day while flying
the formation was rated a "su- turns. Traffic violations of speeding tive report always brings the top- I
prior" by the Provost Marshal, and failure to stop at street in- kick on the double Cpl. my plane away up h
Capt. William A. King. Chaplain J. F. Isbell; Fort Bliss tersections marked with stop signs Cataldo, .T/5 Villifan, Cpl. Miller, I saw some cloud formations
Officer of the Day was Lt. (Tex.). Reception Center, recently must be curtailed said Captain Cpl. Yates, Cpl. Powell, Cpl. An- Shaped like islands in the
Mitchell of the 576th. Officer of won the El Paso city golf tour- King. Parking along the side of gel, Pvt. Kosky, T/5 McGovern, sky.
the Guard was Lt. Goldstein of nament. Chaplain Isbell is other- camp streets is another post vio- Pvt. Thomas, T/4 Sullivan, T/5
the 575th,-and the Adjutant was wise active in.Fort Bliss sports-as nation that should be brought to Belisle, T/5 Katz and a batch of -Some were flat and filmy,
Lt. J. E. Rooney, 576th. catcher of the Reception Center the attention of all motor vehicle other lads all mean it when they And others billowy white;
Sergeant Major was M/Sgt. Hu- softball team: operators on this Base. sing: "I'll Be Home For Christ- A treat from Mother Nature
mas." T/5 Packenham of First Fr t o i i.
Reporting Company has an iden-
gn l nit o d C row s C hevrons tical twin brother in the Army. Some were huge white moun-
Sow. .Pfc. "Red" Lynch is known tains
to all as "the mid-Victorian gen- With shadowy valleys, too.
By CPL. NORMAN RICHARD HOGENSON in buying a couple of good grey- These were fun for flyers
Some added stripes will be seen floating around the hounds? L. Ciral To zom heir aircraft
Signal Headquarters Third FC area very, very; soon. Con- We haven't heard much about
the loves of "Old Infantry" .a **Some have caves and castles
gratulations are in order for the worthy individuals. Winckowski and "Clearwater" About Aleutians O'er a winding gremlin trail
Sgt. Zander and Sgt. Shuey will both don that famous Konopka lately. What's the Where ships like mine may
added rocker making them that well envied staff. matter boys? Is the wolfing At Theater No.' 3 on Monday wander
The other stripe will go to Cpl. afternoon, Lt. J. L. Ciral, who As through the skies they
Scull who will also receive the and "Whispering Joe" Konfrst. "0 Romeo, O Romeo, wherefore recently returned from one of sail.
art thou Romeo?" Across the span the Aleutian islands in the
distinguished "T" under it. The All arrived the other day from of miles comes that familiar Alaskan theater of war, addressed Oh, how they float serenely,
only sad part of the deal is that Thomasville, Ga., where they phrase. It comes from the pen of officers of AWUTC. These islands of the sky.
his mother will still outrank him. spent many a happy day on a little country lass whose heart- The small island on which he uch s nd r
She is a buck sergeant in the DS The boys tell me that beat is in the Army. I think that was stationed had a total Air and beauty,
WACS. One of the rated gents Thomasville was heaven and there is nothing finer than a let- Signal Corps personnel of 70 men, eauy,
passed out cigars by the handfulhow they hated to leave ter romance. By the way, is there and Lt. Ciral told of the problems Hardly meant fr you nor I.
They weren't ad either. anyone going on furlough soon faced by an Aircraft Warning And I often think this Heaven
WELCOME HOME Last Saturday "Kaltenborn" who will be near Ringsted, Iowa? platoon commander in such an
Johnson and yours truly spent the Hm! I wonder? isolated area. He stressed the So far from worldly sod,
A welcome home is due to afternoon at the St. Petersburg Famous last words: One T-bone program of activities employed Is a playground for the angels,
$/Sgt. Sarzyniak, Cpl. Stoddard Kennel Club. Anyone interested steak, well done, please, to keep morale at a high ptich. And a resting place for God.




Happy holidaze, guys and
gals! Christmas; complete
with greenery, holly berry
red, and tasty trimmings, has
descended on the khakied
women of Drew.
Santa Claus started things,
when he bounced into the
WAC orderly room t'other
day. Thelma Gonyaw was
busily scanning furlough pa-
pers when he came in, and
never took her eyes from the
ration slips until Santa was
standing right at her elbow.
When she cast her eyes on
the red and white man, the
surprise was almost too much
for her. For a moment, she
says, all of the dreams and ex-
citement of childhood Christ-
masses returned, and the fa-
mous words, "Yes, Virginia,
there IS a Santa Claus', took
on new meaning.
With Lt. Ward triumphantly
leading the way, Santa marched
into the mess hall, where screams
of delight and surprise made the
room sound like a childhood Sun-
day School at Yuletide. While
he led the group, strains of "Jin-
gle Bells" floated joyously from
the mess hall. Christmas in the
Army is FUN!
A little of the glamor depart-
ed, however, when, in order to I
devour the huge special luncheon
the cooks heaped on Santa's tray,
he had to remove his beard. Many
of the gals couldn't bear to look
as he laid it aside. Marion Junod
stalked out looking distressed and
disgusted. "I always KNEW
there wasn't a Santa Claus, and
now that proves it!" she mum-
bled, as she made for th. door.
On Friday eve, the usual "no
date" restriction was cast aside
for a few hours, as the big, beau-
tiful Christmas tree beside the
orderly room turned into a glow-
ing symbol of the season.
In order to provide a wee
bit of rhythm for the proposed
Christmas carols, Lt. Ward
phoned the band barracks and
asked if there were two trum-
peters willing to donate a cou-
ple of hours to the golden
voiced' gals. A little later, an
anxious bandman phoned Sgt.
Masomn "Gosh!" he exclaimed,
"- can't pick out two guys for
you tonight. Everybody in the
barracks is fighting to come.
Can't I just bring the whole
band?" And, believe us, he did!
On Christmas Eve, Drew Air-
WACs 'n' their boy friends will
party at the WAC dayroom, com-
plete with new furniture. (Thank
you,' officers who joined in the
partying at the Officers' Club
whose 'returns financed the new
trimmings). Open house will be
held for all 'n' sundry, and this
will be a'Christmas to be remem-
bered by the boys of Drew.
Sal Pajari seems to be taking
a definite interest in .a certain
new man.z Yup, Sal, we hafta
say so, George is plenty all right.
Smart boy, and just the right
protege for you and E. B. Howat
and Gladys Edge. Noticed, too,
that Janet Sheldon thinks he's a
"good deal."' Better watch it, Sal!
Lieutenant Schmidt, the E. W.
(enlisted WACs) are about to
petition you. They'd like you
to bring that very tall, very
handsome blond officer to din-
ner with you EVERY night.
If you'd oblige, it would be a
nice Christmas present for the
morale of the detachment!
Betty Bergren, that little blond
sergeant from Minneapolis, has a
way of putting her GI-clad foot
right into the middle of things.
For a little while, she has been
dating a man from the Maritime
(traitor, traitor!) and he had
promised to call from town,
t'other evening, to make plans
for a big date that night.

LT. DORIS E. WARD, commanding officer of the WAC
Detachment, turned on the switch which lighted the WAC
Christmas tree for the first time. This first appearance of
the gay atmosphere and spirit of Christmas on the Base
will begin the official observance of the holiday season.

FIREPLACE decorations, plus United Nations flags and a
jolly Santa Claus, lend a Christmas atmosphere to the front
office of AWUTC headquarters. Miss Jane Roth, secretary
to Brig. Gen. Stephen H. Sherrill, smiles her admiration.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS on the lawns of Base and
AWUTC Headquarters, as well as Drew Field chapels, cen-
ter around replicas of the Manger Scene, painted in bright
colors and illuminated with spotlights. Here you see Pvt.
Max Miller, designer of the paintings, putting the finishing
touches on one of the decorative scenes.


Christmas Spirit

Hits 1st Training

The approaching Christmas brought an avalanche of
boxes into the 1st Training barracks with good things to eat
from the folks back home. Each box made the rounds and
was emptied in record time.
The Christmas spirit is 'revailirig, and there is good

cheer here.
Staff Sgt. Daley bought a
Christmas tree" for his home in
Tampa. He was delighted with
the bargain, because he paid $3.75
for a large tree when one half
the size cost $3. He changed his
mind when he went to buy deco-
rations. They were scarcer than.
hen's teeth, and getting the small
tree would have been the better

553d Winters

In Florida's

Cold, Likes It

The 553d SAW is sure a
mobile battalion .. from
the WAC area back to Drew
and now to East IC, and to
top it all off to live in pup
tents during Florida's coldest
spell in a decade.
At least the coffee was- hot
while it was being poured. The
Mystery WAC 'reporter should
plan a trip out here and snap a
couple of pictures of what rugged
soldiers look like with a three
and four days' growth of beard.
The morale of the battalion is
ace high.
This cool spell, combined with
outdoor living, makes T/5 Elof
Johnson homesick to be back to
northern Michigan and do a little
trapping. To his friends back
home he was known as a second
Daniel Boone. His love for guns
fits i very nicely with his job
as Armorer for the Battalion.
The following men were
awarded Good Conduct Rib-
bons: F/Sgt. William B. Hol-
land, T/Sgt. John F. Lohrman,
T/Sgt. John E. Schofield, S/Sgt.
Oral H. Burk, Sgt. Leon Hirsch,
T/4 Edward J. Bader, T/4
Richard G. Pace, T/5 Fred
Weinstein and Pfc. Oliver H.
In the line of promotions,
congratulations to Majors
Charles E. Harrison and Alvis
A. Koch. The Oak Leaf rides
very nicely on their shoulders.
Second Lt. "Wild Bill" Neely
was seen dragging a large snake
around as though it were a pet.
He took it to Battalion Hqs. and
had S/Sgt. Bernard A. Banks on
edge until Banks found out it
was dead.
A camp wiener roast was held
last Sunday evening and enjoyed
by all. A contest was held to
name this area and the judges
(secret board) arrived at the
prize winning entry of "Robin-
son's Rendezvous." M/Sgt. W. H.
Walker was judged the winner
and as his prize he was presented
a foot-long hot dog in a yard-
long bun by our popular Chap-
lain Lounsbury, under whose ar-
rangement the party was spon-
Our thanks to the officers who
served on the chow line. Several
Christmas carols, with the usual
campfire songs, were sung around
the fire to the accompaniment of
music furnished by guitar-play-
ing Cpl. Roy C. Arwood, form-
erly of the Johnson City (Tenn.)
Old Barn Dance program. The
mandolin was played by Cpl.
Dwight P. Gross, the violin by
Pfc. Harold L. Wright, and an-
other guitar by T/5 Joseph H.

Sgt. Comillion has been sing-
ing over one of the Tampa sta-
tions lately. He gets some as-
sistance from the rest of the
Staff Sgt. Firke left the of-
fice long enough to take his
WAC friend to the PX, and at
the same time to replenish his
supply of candy bars. The ser-
geant has a sweet tooth, and
the WAC was cute. We don't
know what his primary motive
was in making the big step of
leaving the office; seeing the
WAC or getting the candy.
More former celebrities are be-
ing discovered here. Pvt. Irwin
MacNeil sang and acted on the
stage for many years. Pfc. Henry
P. Smith is a former dancing
master. He's right in the groove,
too, and will meet all comers in
a jitterbug contest.
Versatile Pvt. Sumter Sams, a
lawyer in civil life, is also quite
handy with a stove. He makes
things hot for everybody, when
he piles it on, in the morning.
Pvt. Adams, Cpl. T. B. Smith and
Pvt. Borgo are the leading con-
tenders for the title of chief of
the other stove.
Pvt. Perry has had the good
fortune to be able to go fur-
lough for Christmas. That's
what we call perfect timing.
He lives in Niagara Falls, and
if he should decide to get
married, he'll be in the right
place for the honeymoon.
This week we have chosen the
one and only Cpl. Cronin as the
man of the week. The corporal
is in the limelight more than any
one around here. Everything
happens to him, and he takes the
teasing good naturedly. He's a
very good guy, and we think the
world of him.
More bad news for the Axis.
We have a fresh crop of experts
with the carbine. They are 2d
Lt. Russell B. Sylvester, 178; Pvt.
Miska, 175; Pfc. Barilla, 175; Pfc.
Daly, 175; Pfc. Emerick, 175; Pfc.
Grey, 177; Pfc. Haught, 176; Cpl.
Kay, 177; Pfc. Mason, 175; Cpl.
Ragir, 175; Pvt. Taylor, 178; Pfc.
Davis, 175; Cpl. Lorenz, 177; Cpl.
Morehouse, 176; Cpl. Phillips, 178;
Pfc. Wedre, 178.

GI Wives Arrive,

Depart, Cadets

Happy, Tearful
Chuck Johnson should be a
happy gajet these days, for his
wife arrived in Tampa to wish
the lad a Merry Christmas.
Also in. the Christmas rush are
such notables as Al Round, Paul
Goff, Chuch Colteryahn and many
others, who are fortunate enough
to be homeward bound for the
holiday season.
"Little Boy" Beaver is far from
a cheerful chum these days since
his Mrs. departed from Tampa a
few days ago. But he has Jim
Reed's shoulder to cry on-and
that he will.
Tom Fluegel, vocalist supreme,
is still coat checking at the serv-
ice club dances, while his worthy
assistants, T/5 Oberdorfer and
Cpl. Zimmer, are doing a fancy
job of ticket collecting.
Whitey Tonn, of apartment 2-A,
hotel 12-C-10, is three-day pass-
ing, to see his pilot brother who
is handling a Fort somewhere in
In conclusion, from the gajets
on the line, the gajets in the Post
Office, the Service Club and from
all corners of Drew, a Merry
Christmas to all--and may the
coming year spell "finis" to this,
and all other wars.



What To Do In Town
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SHAPELY JEANNE BATES, voted "The Girl Most Likely To
Go To Hollywood," by a California high school graduating
class, justified the prediction by being signed as an actress
by Columbia Pictures. Here she is holding the contract.

BIGGEST MAN IN PICTURES is Hollywood's newest leading
man, Willard Parker, 6 feet 4 inches tall. Here he towers
above 5 feet 6Y2-inch Rosalind Russell, with whom he will
appear iA "What A Woman." For a better idea of Parker's
height, consider these statistics of other movie stars: Fred
MacMurray, 6 feet 3 inches; Capt. Clark Gable, 6 feet 1
inch; Walter Pidgeon, 6 feet 2 inches; Cary Grant, 6 feet
1 inch and Capt. James Stewart, 6 feet 1 inch.

Noon-Wives' Luncheon, 607
Twiggs St.
7 p.m.-Mr. and Mrs. Club, sup-
per, 607 Twiggs St.
8 p.m.-Spanish class, 607 Twiggs
Parish Night, Bingo, 506 Madison
Dancing party, 710 Harrison St.
P tio dance, 214 North Blvd.
10:30 a.m.-Expectant Mothers
Class, 607 Twiggs St.
Noon-Wives' L u n c h e on, 607
Twiggs St.
6 p.m.-Carols, 821 S. Rome-Ave.
7:30 p.m.-Art for Fun, 607 Twiggs
8 p.m.-Christmas Story Pageant,
607 Twiggs St. Patio Dance,
-506 Madison St.
8:30 p.m.-Santa Claus Party, 214
North Blvd.
Noon-Wives' Luncheon, 607
Twiggs St.
8:30 p.m.-H illbilly band, 607
Twiggs St.
Open House, 506 Madison St.
Party Night, dancing, 214 North
Formal dance, 214 North Blvd.
9:30 a.m.-Coffee Hour, 506 Madi-
son St.
Coffee Hour, 706 Twiggs St.
3 p.m.-Philharmonic Symphony
broadcast, 607 Twiggs St.
4 p.m.-Fireside Party Hour, 214
North Blvd.
4:30 p.m.--Music Study Social
Hour, 607 Twiggs St.
Supper, 821 S. Rome Ave.
7 p.m.--Club Sing, 214 North
7:15 p.m.-"Let's D i s c u s s," 607
Twiggs St.
8 p.m.-Forum, 214 North Blvd.
Noon-Wives' L u n c h e o n, 607
Twiggs St.
2 p.m.-Sewing Class, 607 Twiggs
7- p.m.--Classical Music, 607
Twiggs St.
8 p.m.-Games, ping-pong tour-
nament, YMHA, Ross and Ne-
braska Sts.
Debating Club (1st and 3d
weeks), 710 Harrison St. (Ne-
Spanish Class (2d and 4th
weeks), 710 'Harrison St. (Ne-
8:30 p.m.-S ingcopation, 607
Twiggs St.
Special Program, 214 North
Movie, 506 Madison St.
Noon-Wives' Lunch o n, 607
Twiggs St.
7:30 p.m.-Art for Fun,607 Twiggs
8 p.m.-Party, Service Center, 214
North Blvd.
Photo Club (1st and 3d weeks),
214 North Blvd.
Dramatic Club (2d d 4th)
weeks), 214 Nprth Blvd.
8:30 p.m.-Community Sing, 506
Madison St.
Typing Class, 710 Harrison St.

Ration Book No. 4- may be
picked up today at the Base Ra-
tion Board.'You must bring your
No. 3 book with you and fill out
application available at the ration
board. You may pick up No. 4
books for your whole family or
other Drew Field military per-
sonnel but you must turn in their
No. 3 books.
Applications may not be mailed.
There is no need for Drew Field
military personnel to contact any
other rationing authority than the
Base Ration Board.

L, M, N, and P, all expire
Jan. 1.
Stamp R good Dec. 26; S, Jan.
2; T, Jan. 9, and U, Jan. 16. All
expire Jan. 29.

9 p.m.-Chess Club, 214 North
9:30 p.m.-Educational Movie and
Typing Class, 710 Harrison St.
Noon-Wives' Luncheon, 607
Twiggs St.
7 p.m.- Dance instruction, 214
North Blvd.
7:30 p.m.-Glee Club practice, 507
Twiggs St.
8 p.m.-Dance, 506 Madison St.
Bridge, 214 North Blvd.
Spanish Class, 710 Harrison St.
8:30 p.m.-Feature Movie and
Camera Club, 214 North Blvd.
Coffe Hour, 706 Twiggs St.

7:30 p.m.--Bridge Tournament,
-1008 Kay St.
8 p.m.-Chess and Checker Tour-
naments, YMHA, Ross and Ne-
braska Aves.
Party, Christian Service Cen-
ter, Tampa and Tyler Sts.
7:30 p.m.-Dance for Drew Field
men, 1008 Kay St. (Negro);
also Carol Practice 8 p.m.,
Christian Service Center,
Tampa and Tyler Sts.
Christmas party at American
Legion Service. Men's Club,
602 Tampa St.
7 p.m.-Special Christmas Party,
Elks Club, Florida Ave. and
Madison St.
7:30 p.m.-Soldiers chorus, Chris-
tian Service Center, Tampa and
Florida Sts.
8 p.m.-Open House, YMHA, Ross
and Nebraska Aves.
1 p.m.--Open House, Tampa and
Tyler Sts.
2 p.m.-Special guest hour, 710
.Harrison St. Intersocial Club,
game;,, 506 Madison St.
5 p.m.-Navy Mothers Club, 3051%
Water St.
5:30 p.m.-Songfest and refresh-
ments, Florida Ave. and Tyler
St. First Methodist Church.
6 p.m.-Victory Vespers, Christian
Service Center, broadcast over
7 p.m.-Vespers Service, Men's
Center, 1008 Kay St. (Negro).
8 p.m.-Dance, Drew Field or-
chestra, YMHA, Ross and Ne-
baska Aves.
8:15 p.m.-Singaree and Fellow-
ship Hour, Polk and Marion Sts.
9 p.m.-Informal hour, Tampa and
Tyler Sts.
7:30- p.m.- Symphony Orchestra
practice, Tampe and Tyler Sts.
8 p.m.- Ping-pong tournament,
YMHA, Ross arid Nebraska
Dance, 1008 Kay St.
6:30 p.m.-Victory Girls chorus,
1008 Kay St.
7 p.m.-Tampa Chess Club, De-
Soto Hotel.
8 p.m.-Bowling tourney, YMHA,.
Ross and Nebraska Aves:
8:15 p.m.-Dance, Municipal Au-
7:30 p.m.-Ping-pong tournament,
1008 Kay St.
8 p.m.-Community sing, YMHA,
Ross and Nebraska Aves.
9:15 p.m.-Camera Club and
Bridge instruction, 214 North

Green D, E and F in book 4
valid through Jan-20.

Coupon No. 29 in book 4 valid
for five pounds through Jan. 15.

Stamp No. 18 valid indefinitely.
Stamp 1 on airplane sheet book 3
valid indefinitely. Loose stamps
accepted only on mail orders.

No. 8-A coupons good through
Feb. 8 for three gallons; B and
B-1 and C and C-1 coupons good
for two gallons; B-2 and C-2 good
for five gallons.

Inspection deadlines For A
book holders, March 31, B and
C holders Feb. 29.

St.Petersburg 1

Information, guest cards, etc.. at
the Recreation Office, Defense
Building, 5th St. and 2d Ave. N.
Phone 4755.
a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, Ph. 6994,
Unior Bus Station, for service
men and their families.
HOME CENTER, 256 Beach
Drive North, open daily from :9
a.m. to 11 p.m. Informal dancing.
Coffee and cookies. Laundry,
ironing and sewing facilities.
Bathhouse, suits and towels for
bathers. Showers, shaving and
naps. Dance instruction.
PIER CENTER, Municipal Pier.
Informal dancing. Game rooms;
pool table, writing rooms, lounges.:
Dance instruction Wednesday.
USO CLUB, 433 3d St., S. Writ-
ing room, pool, games, mailing
service, sewing service, stationery,
shaving service, etc.
7:30 p.m.-Jook dance, game'
night, Pier Center. Music Hour,
USO Club.
9 a.m.-Christmas morning g.
breakfast, Home Center.
2:30 p.m.-Christmas day dance;
Dick Spencer Orchestra, USO. :'
7 p.m.-Informal dancing, USO'
8 p.m.-Formal.C h r i s t nas
Dance, Tinsley's Orchestra, Pier.:
9 a.m.-Coffee Hour, Sunda
papers. -Home Center.
10 a.m.-Leisure. Hour, USC
2:30 p.m.-Tea Dance, Orches.
tra. USO Club.
Classical recordings, Pier Cen-
5 p.m.-Canteen suppe-. Hom4
Center. Srack supper, USO Club
7 p.m.-Party. Pier Center. Iii
formal dancing. USO club.
7:3C p.m.-Dance instruction
Ralph Case, instructor. Learn thi
latest dance steps and dances
USO Club.
USO Club. Square Dance, Pie:
8:30 p.m.-Informal dancing
7 p.m.-Dance. AirhpoT, mei
special' guests. Pier Cent ~*--
Noon-Wives Club Luncheon
Detroit Hotel. Wives of all ein-
listed men cordially invited.
7 p.m.-Dance instruction, Pie;
7:30 p.m.-Bingo. Prizes. Serv-
ice men's wives invited. USC
Dance-Drew Field men special
guests, Pier Center. i
7 p.m. Games and in f.orma
dancing, Pier Center.
8:00 p.m. Dick Spencer's or.
chestra, USO Club.

"Sweetest little package
I ever handled."






What To Do On Drew

To conserve paper, mimeographed theater schedules no longer will
be distributed to your organization. This listing of theater pro-
grams, radio broadcasts, and Drew Field entertainment may be
snipped from the ECHOES and kept handy for ready reference.

Plant City

Skating Pop corn and candy
Christmas Party at Armory.
Open house. Victory Belles are
Open house all day. Coffee and
doughnuts, vespers, Friendly
"Talk -a Letter Home." Seftd
home a record for Christmas.
Dance at armory. Meet at USO,
8 p.m.
Bowling at American Legion
Alley, opposite USO.


LOUNGE. 601 Cleveland (op-
posite Capital Theater). Open
9 a.m. to 11 p.m., for the con-
venience of service men.
urday and Sunday from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Open week .days by
request. Directions may be ob-
tained at the Lounge.
DANCES: Wednesday nights
from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and
Saturday from"8 p.m. to 11 p.m.-
Municipal Auditorium.

Visit Your


Main beverage,
clothing, and
store 2d St. & Ave. F.
Special Orders PX Office, 1st
St. & Ave. B.
No. 1 8th & Ave. A
No. 2 Area F on Ave. J
No. 3 8th & Ave. H
-7ro. 4 E-lst & Ave. L
S. 5 Camp DeSoto
_. 6 Plant Field
No. 8 4th & Ave. L
No. 9 Hosp. Area-B-10
No. 10 1st & Ave. J
No. 11 2d & Ave. N
No. 12 Flight Line
No. 15 West Area
3d F. C. 3 F. C. Hq.
Filling Sta. Ave. J at E. Fence

Radio Proqrams

By Drew Field

(All broadcasts now made from
bandshell on Drew Field. Any-
one may observe broadcasts.)
12:15 noon-Treasury Star Pa-
rade; 12:30 p.m. Drew Field
Presents; 12:45 p.m. Latest
United Press News; 6:45 p.m.-
Lowell Thomas.
DAY, NBC World News Roundup,
8 a.m.-NBC World News Round-
THURSDAY, 10:35 a.m.-Drew
Field Band Broadcast; 8:30 p.m.
-Regards, Private Lobby.
SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m.-Wings
and Flashes.

Nos. 1, 2 and 4-6 and 8 p.m.
Nos. 3, 5 and 6-7 and 9 p.m.
No. 7-7 p.m.
No. 8-8 p.m.
Nos. 1, 3 and 7-2 p.m.
Nos. 2, 4 and 6-3 p.m.
No. 5--1, 3 and 5 p.m.
(Theaters 7 and 8 are for colored
Because of the length of "DESTIN-
ATION TOKYO," Theater No. 5 will
start at 1, 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. next
Sunday and Monday. Theater No. 1
will start at 6:30 and 9 p.m., Sunday
and Monday. This applies for this
picture ONLY. Showing of "DESTI-
NATION TOKYO" at other theaters
will not alter regular schedules at
those houses.
No. 1-Ave. F between 6th & 8th Sts.
No. 2-Ave. B and 6th St.
No. 3-2nd St. & Ave. K.
No. 4-st St. between N & Q Aves.
No. 5-th St. between F & G Aves.
No. 6-N Ave. between 9th and 10th
No. 7-Camp DeSoto area.
No. 8-West area.
Theaters 1 and 5
LOST ANGEL: Margaret O'Brien,
James Craig, Marsha Hunt. This
is America; RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 3 and 4
Donald, David Bruce, Eddie La
Baron and Orch; Rita Quigley
and John Hubbard.
Theaters 2 and 7
MINESWEEPER: Richard Arlen,
Jean Parker; Women At War-
Technicolor featurette; Screen
Theaters 6 and 8
GANG'S ALL HERE: Alice Faye,
James Ellison, Carmen Miranda,
Benny Goodman and Orch.;
RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 1 and 5
Johnny Weismuller, Nancy
Kelly; Water Wisdom with Pete
Smith; Sportscope; Tails of the
Theaters 3 and 4
LOST ANGEL: (See cast above).
This Is America; RKO-Pathe
Theaters 2 and 7
HOLIDAY INN: Bing Crosby,
Fred Astaire; GI Fun; Grant-
land Bice Sportlight.
Theaters 6 and 8
GANG'S ALL HERE: (See. cast
above). RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 1 and 5
GHOST.SHIP: Richard Dix, Edith
Barrett, Russell Wade; Popular
Science; My Tomato, MGM
Miniature; Hopeful Donkey,
Theaters 3 and 4
LOST ANGEL: (See cast above).
This Is America; RKO-Pathe
Theaters 2 and 7
GANG'S ALL HERE: (See cast
above); RKO-Pathe News.

Service Club 1

Variety show.
Christmas Eve Dance-sea-
son's biggest party.
Afternoon musical program;
evening sing.
Open house.
Recorded symphonic music.

Free Lodging
The Scottish Rite building, 502
E. Lafayette' St., houses a free 50-
bed dormitory, reserved for serv-
ice men.

Theaters 6 and 8
Theaters 1 and 5
Grant, John Garfield, Alan
Hale; RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 3 and 4
(See cast above); Water Wis-
dom with Pete Smith; Sport-
scope; Tails of the Border.
Theaters 2 and 7
GANG'S ALL HERE: (See cast
above); RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 6 and 8
LOST ANGEL: (See cast above);
This Is America; RKO-Pathe
Theaters 1 and 5
cast above); RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 3 and 4
GHOST SHIP: (See cast above);
Popular Science; My Tomato-
MGM Miniature; Hopeful Don-
key; Terry-Toon.
Theaters 2 and 7
CASE: Warner Baxter, Rose
Hobert; and Sultan's Daughter:
Ann Corio, Charles Butter-
Theaters 6 and 8
LOST ANGEL: (See cast above);
This Is America; RKO-Pathe
Theaters 1 and 5
CASE: (See cast above); and
Sultan's Daughter: (See cast
Theaters 3 and 4
cast above); This Is America;
RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 6 and 8
(See cast above); Water Wis-
dom with Pete Smith; Sport-
scope; Tails of the Border.
Theaters 1 and 5
JACK LONDON: Michael O'Shea,
Susan Hayward, Louise Beav-
ers; Community Sing, "Pistol
Packin' Mama"; RKO-Pathe
- News.
Theaters 3 and 4
cast above); RKO-Pathe News.
Theaters 2 and 7
LOST ANGEL: (See cast above);
This Is America: RKO-Pathe
Theaters 6 and 8
GHOST SHIP: (See cast above);
'Popular Science; My Tomato-
MGM Miniature; Hopeful Don-
key; Terry-Toon.

Service Club 2

Carol sing.
Formal Christmas eve
Open house and dancing
from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Open house.
Open house.

Masonic Meefing

John Darling Lodge, F. and
A. M., 610 Madison St., Tampa,
extends fraternal greetings and
,welcome to all Mason brothers.
An invitations is extended to at-
tend the weekly Wednesday night

POISED ABOVE YOU is a quartet of pinup girls-starlets
who face a big future in the movie capital. If their smiles
and figures have anything to do with it (and they almost
always do), they're sure to shine. Left to right, they are
Mary Anderson, June Haver, Gale Robbins and Jean Crain.

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DIANA LEWIS is so nicely outfitted it's a shame she can't
deliver her gifts in person to every GI on Drew Field. Diana
is an MGM starlet.

LANA TURNER returns to her movie.studio after on ab-
sence of approximately a year. First to welcome the
sweater girl was leg girl Morlene Dietrich, who is sashaying
around in the colorful costume she wears in her latest pic-
ture, "Kismet," coming soon to War Department theaters.



Dual Celebrationn I'Dark' Africa

Of 501st Co.

Cuts Joyous Rug

With 400 men, escorts and guests enjoying an evening
packed with fun, laughter and surprises, Headquarters and
Headquarters Company 501st SAW Regiment, threw a long-
to-be-remembered dual celebration at Egypt Temple in
Tampa, Dec. 15.
Reasons for the dual celebra- Hoch and Pvt. Louis Weisman,
tion were (1) it was the second both of whom had their hands
anniversary of 501st, it having full with Pvt Billy Bruce, who
been formed on Dec. 13, 1941, at became inebriated on of all things,
Ft. Dix, N. J., and (2) it was the four bottles of 7-Up and a half
Company's Christmas party, pint (of buttermilk-honest!)
From the time the first man "EVERYBODY HAD A SWELL
arrived until the party broke up, TIME! !
it proved to be a hilarious eve-
ning, with the CO himself, Lt.
Henry W. Eaton, serving as a
Field's top MC, Sgt. Walter Glick- St. ernard Dogs
man, whose rendition of a New
York burlesque was sensationally N d O n
Christmas trees, garlands and Ieed Own Ration
all the trimmings gave ample
proof of Cpl. Frank Richard-
son's wizardry with decorations,
and proved the perfect setting Sa s 9 d
for a floor show that was tops,
featuring a revue from the Club
Hi Hat and highlighted by the By PVT. PAUL HENNESSY
talented Sherman Sisters. Last week that gourmand of
Music, but good, was furnished 903d QM news, Cpl. Harlan,
by the 465th Air Force Band .
running the gamut from dreamy left for Indianapolis, where
waltzes to torrid rumbas, with a he plans to break in his GI
dash of jitterbugging thrown in reak n hs
for good measure. long underwear and to enjoy
Guests of the Headquarters
boys at the funfest were their a respite from his duties at
two favorite majors Samuel the Quartermaster Office.
Sansweet, Executive Officer of
501st, and William S. Weggen- Harlan recently completed a
mann, both of whom had a swell first-aid course here on the Base
time right along with "their and it is his opinion that those
boys." St. Bernard rescue dogs you read
Food was the best drinks about should be put on separate
were even better as one and all rations.
will attest, and to top the evening The 314th Mess Hall inaugurat-
off for the GI's Lt. Eaton himself ed a policy of washing the six-
dropped by the barracks and per- compartment mess trays which
sonally tucked the men into their helps to facilitate matters because
bunks at an ungodly hour! there is less mess gear for enlist-
ed men to wash.t
SHORT SIDELIGHTS recent survey (unofficial)
Joke of the evening was on our showed that 60 per cent of the
genial adjutant, Lt. B. O. Greene 903d and 314th personnel are-
Jr., who asked a lush creature using the trays.
to dance (her name was Bernice This week we salute the Cts
Sherman), saying: "Come on, in OCS (Old Cold Storage) which
dance with the best dancer on the is under the capable supervision
floor." Lt. Greene's face of Captain Paul G. Thomas. In
turned a gorgeous shade bf ver- September the OCS boys unload-
million' when, a few minutes later, ed 33 trucks and 105 freight cars
the MC introduced the "Sherman which consisted of meat, poultry,
Sisters" as one of the nation's fruits, vegetables, milk, butter
top dance acts-you guessed it, and other items of subsistence.
Bernice was one-half of the act The total weight of the foodstuffs
... we have been unable to con- was approximately 3,000,480
tact -Miss Sherman to find out pounds. The OCS boys are M/Sgt.
the veracity of Lt. Greene's boast Dixon, Cpl. Howell, T/5 Sheldon,
. Corporal Carmello Messina T/5 Bowser, Pfc. Bowie, Pvts.
was a popular fellow throughout Tobias, Gerken, Withers, Cleve-
the evening-he was bartender. land, Dan Watters and Bryant.
. .Two beautiful and vivacious T/3 Barnado, Pvt. Naes and Pfc. i
lassies from Headquarters were G. L. Grimes take care of the (
on hand to brighten the festivi- refrigeration department.
ties-the Misses Connie Kahn of
the furlough section, and Amelia *
Beck, secretary to Major San-
sweet they shared the title
"Belle of the Ball," Miss Beck'sH ula D ar
fragile Southern beauty and
blonde hair highlighted by a
stunning black gown.
Miss Kahn's dark-haired,
brown-eyed personality aug- By CPL. WILLIA
mented by a sparkling black and
pink gown, wore a rose in her If you've never been be
hair to lend the final touch. The wildered, you should have bee
"electric chair" was quite a shock
to those who succumbed to the We ducked into our barracks
trick during the evening, attract- Florida, and there circled ar
ing Sgt. Don Lewis and his love- S-3 boys of the 503d SAW.
ly companion among others In the sandpit, his angelic face
Rumor has it. Lt. Eaton softly tinted by the glowing
found it necessary to reverse embers, was Sgt. Bill Lacey (the
his GI tie the next a.m., it big tuffie from the Range) doing
having been "stained" with a Hawaiian hula-and not a
what he said was shoe polish movement or its meaning missing.
(very red) F/Sgt. Gil, If Dorothy Lamour sold $5,000,000
Peiper, Sgt. George McClure, worth of bonds, can you imagine
T/Sgt. Tommy Dykes and Sgt. what Lacey could get at a rally!
Ray Hopper doing their best The sergeant outweighs the c
to bring about a rum shortage sarong girl in several places.
in Puerto Rico ... Lt. Charley
Walker really has himself a NO STATIONERY
time, commenting: "Oh, my, Corporal Bob Herfurth (S-1) r
the women were most cordial." has made a New Year's resolution f
Tech. Sgt. Ray Parker was not to give Corporal Morton r
busy monopolizing the time of Serota any more stationery in I
Sgt. "Woody" Wood's beautiful spite of Morton's winsome and
wife, especially after she found lovable ways.
out he was a jitterbug the Sporty Sergeant Sulzby C
Discharge Section was well rep- (Vault Section) has been hav- C
resented, headed by Pfc. Louis ing difficulty collecting fares

IMPROVISED DESERT THEATER. Remnants of blasted fort
is utilized by Special Service in north Africa for USO and camp
shows. Note spectators on fort's wall. Captain Walter E.
Marks, back from African war front, snapped pix.


Special service problems in overseas activities was the
theme of talks at Theater No. 1 by Capt. Walter E. Marks
of Washington.
In lengthy and informal talks to officers and enlisted
men of Drew Field who are associated with Special Service
works, Capt. Marks explained what they would have to
contend with in foreign service.
Captain Marks traveled with
the British in their historic march
across North Africa. From his Word's Pin
first-hand experience under with- P
ering enemy fire, he gave a vivid
description of how recreation is i.
carried on under front-line con-
Taking the groups from the
POE to the actual firing line,
Capt. Marks stressed how impor-
tant was the need of Special
Service men to arrange for their
equipment before embarking. He
pointed out useful contacts, how
to separate equipment in bar-
racks bags and the quickest man-
ner to gather talent for shows
aboard ship.

The knowledge of improvis-
ing, the captain said, can be a
great asset to a SS representa-
tive. He must be ready to ar-
range for games under the most
harassing conditions.
He must be ready at all times
to pack equipment and race 50
miles to the next stop. It is
during the lull in action that
the SS man works the hardest
to keep up morale, the captain
The talks were interspersed by
humorous incidents that befell
Capt. Marks during his trek from
Cairo to Casablanca.

Ward Jr., son of Pvt. Dick
Ward Sr., 756th SAW Com-
pany. The husky son of
Theater No. 8's projection-
ist will be the engineer of
his own railroad line this
Christmas, for Dad .dug
deep into Santa's sack and
found a streamlined iron

ncing Sgt. Lacey

s 503d AW Men

'witched, bothered, and be-
n with us the other evening.
to escape the icy blasts of
ound the sandpit were the

from his passengers. (Some-
body will hate us for this).
Corporal John Kirchgesner
(Central Files) has found a
potential Mrs. K. No date has
been set for the wedding, but
Zits tells us that John. gets a
tick just thinking about it.
Corporal Buddy Towne has a
cardiac condition by the name of
Miss Peggy O'Neill.
Sergeant Elmer Walter (S-3)
received a risque Christmas card
rom one of his lovey-dovies,
lamed Brenda.
That sharp looking chap at the
Service Club dances is Sergeant
Charles Ilg (S-1) of the Atlantic
City Wolves.
Corporal Charles Faulkner (Ad-

jutant's Section) was going with
a ballet dancer a short while ago.
Today he is a much wiser man,
besides being able to do a 'tour
jete on his left foot.
Corporal James O. Scott
(S-2) returned from furlough
after making with the third-
finger-left-hand stuff.
A big bouquet of Christmas
holly from the S-3 boys goes to
Lieutenant John Valenti this
week for his real Yuletide
spirit. Believe us, this is just
appreciation-not posterior os-
What sergeant, after a few
beers, goes overboard for the
very mature type (over 50)? We
won't mention names, but he's a
bewitching hula expert. (Please
pronounce all the syllables in
Corporal Alfred Monteleone
(Reproduction) has left for nine
days of OCS (Old Civilian Stand-
ing). He will furlough in New

Report Shows

Culture Urge

Of Soldiers
S By Camp Newspaper
Soldiers overseas are be-
coming culture conscious
according to the findings of
a survey recently made
public by Maj. Gen. Fred-
erick H. Osborn, Director
Sof the Morale Services Di-
The report shows that
American soldiers stationed
abroad want some means of
k continuing their education
in their leisure time. In-
terest was expressed in such
subjects as engineering,
economics, the liberal arts
and the sciences. Men
wanted to know how they
could "bone-up" on these
Apparently the school-
hungry soldiers were un-
acquainted with the Armed -n
Forces Institute which' pro-
vides courses in all of these
subjects -and many more
The Armed Forces Insti-
tute is an organization set
up within the Army to help
the soldier who is ambitious
to help himself. Through it
enlisted men and women
are encouraged to advance
themselves both within the
Army and as a preparation
for a return to civilian life
After the war.
Right now nearly 70,000
i men and women in service
throughout the world are
utilizing a few hours of
their off-duty time each
week for study through the
Institute. Some of them are
working for promotions in
the Army. Others are work-
ing for high school diplomas
or college degrees. Still
others are planning to take
over a good job after the
All use the same medium
correspondence courses
issued through the Institute
by high schools, technical
schools, and leading colleges
and universities in America.
Right now there are more
than 300 high school and
technical subjects Which the
student may take b15corres-
pondence direct frof' the
Institute. In addition 82
colleges and'universities are
offering extension courses
in 343 subjects. Textbooks
may be furnished to groups
within a single unit who
co-operate in their studies.
A soldier may start taking
a course from the Institute
by sending a $2 enrollment
fee to the U. S. Armed
Forces Institute in Madison, _
Wis. There are no addi-
tional. fees or textbook
charges and the student may
take as many courses as he
Complete details for en-
rollment may be obtained
from Special Service offi-
cers, education officers and
Librarians at all posts, camps
Sand stations. .

Maj. Kromann

Joins 588th
MANN is the 588th SAW
Battalion's new executive
Major Kromonn has re-
cently returned from Alas-
ka, where, he says, the tem-
perature often dropped to
40 degrees below zero. Cool
Florida mornings shouldn't
bother him, but it's not un-
common to see him stand-
ing dangerously close to one
of the fireplaces here in
Lt. Edward M. Koydouh
is the new assistant S-4 of-




Two Teams

Tied in 4th

Bn. League

Going into the second se-
ries in the 4th Training Bat-
talion League, the curtain-
raiser showed the HQ Com-
pany trouncing the 584th
Battalion club, 44 to 4, with
Pampaloni and Renaker hit-
ting the hoops for 18 and 14
points respectively.
The Company A club had a dif-
ficult time getting five men into
,play, but finally began clicking
to slap the 575th Battalion to the
tune of 31 to 17, with-White lead-
ing the score with 16 points.
Lt. Trachsel for the losers was
high with ten points. In the fast-
est game of the evening, and with
the best display of teamwork on
both sides, the 569th Battalion
shaded the 576th Scrappers by a
24 to 21 tally.
Yarosevich led the winners
with 8 points, and for the losers
the scoring was even with Bindi
.and Bullett tallying 6 and Parker
racking 4.
The cooks of Kitchen No. 24
had a postponement with the
765th Company, due to conflict
with a previous schedule.
In the first round last Monday
evening the Company A team,
Headquarters Company team and
575th won over the 569th, 584th
and 741st, respectively, while the
576th won from the 765th by
The standings:
Won Lost
HQ Company 2 0
Company A 2 0
576th 1 1
569th 1 1
575th 1 1
584th 1 1
765th 0 1
741st 0 1
The league games scheduled
for next Monday night, Dec. 27,
1943, are as follows:
584th Bn. vs. 575th Bn.
HQ,Co. vs. 576th Bn.
Co. A vs. 765th Co.
Cooks vs. 569th Bn.

Lt. McCall

Weds Jan. 30
Miss Ester Jessica, 2305 High-
land Ave., Tampa, has chosen
January 30 to become the bride
of Lt. Hugh W. McCall, utility
officer of the 501st Signal Air
Warning Regiment..
Ending a 15-month courtship
which started five days after
Miss Jessica's arrival in Tampa,
the young couple will be married
at Chapel No. 4 by Father Mar-
After a brief honeymoon, the
newlyweds will make their home
at 1914 Fig St., Tampa.
Miss Jessica was formerly a
resident of Reedsville, Ga,

After a brief breathing
spell following the series
of world conferences, the
Allies this week opened
important new offensives
on all fronts, from the
frozen wastes of north Rus-
sia to the bloody beach-
head on New Britain.
Terse military communi-
ques reported successes
everywhere, but the enemy

continued stubborn re-
sistance, and every foot of
captured ground exacted
its toll of material and men.
The most spectacular news of
the week came from the Pacific,
where American troops of the
Sixth Army invaded southern
New. Britain between the two
bomb marked Jap bases on Cape
Gloucester and Gasmata. As
usual, American "bombers pre-
pared the way, subjecting Arawe
to the heaviest bombardment of
the Pacific war on Wednesday,
and on the next day, our troops
swarmed ashore from their trans-
The first beachheads were'
established after six hours of
bitter fighting, during which
not a single American plane or
ship was lost. American artil-
lery has been landed and pre-
parations are under way for
large scale operations in the
general direction of Rabaul.
The importance of the New
Britain campaign can hardly be
overestimated, for with the Gil-
berts in Allied hands, Rabaul
would furnish another base from
which to launch a double-pronged
air and sea attack against Truk,
key to the whole Japanese outlet
defense in the Pacific.
In the European theater, the
Russians were rolling forward in
what may turn out to be the.be-
ginning of another winter offen-
sive and the first move in Allied

strategy for knocking Germany
out of the war. In the south,
Cherkassy fell to the Second
Ukranian. Army, and the Red
salient immediately split into two
columns, one driving north to-
ward Smela and the other turning
south toward Kirovogard, threat-
ening the Germans, who are
bogged down around Krivoi-Rog
in the Dnieper bend. Farther
north, on the central front before
Kiev, Soviet troops have definite-
ly stopped the Nazis and have
even retaken a number of towns
west of Malin.

. But the most encouraging news
comes from White Russia. The
German radio for the last few
days has been reporting three
massive Red offensives, one
pointed toward the tottering en-
emy base at Zhlobin, one toward
Mogilev, and one between Nevel
and Vitebsk, aimed at isolating
the Nazi legions before Leningrad.
On Monday, the Russians them-
selves' announced an eighteen
mile gain on a fifty mile front
and the killing of 20,000 Germans
in this area.
From Italy comes the usual
story of slbw progress against
dogged German resistance. In-
fantrymen of the. Fifth Army
managed to take the battered
ruins of San Pietro, two bloody
miles north from Cassino, last
and most important gateway to
the Liri Valley.
Action on the Adriatic con-
tinued, with the Eighth Army
knifing farther across the Or-
tona-Orsagna road and holding
against determined counter-
attacks. Both towns, however,
remained in German hands.
Last, but by no means least,
General Tito, Yugoslav Partisan
leader, provided a basis for op-
timism cnocerning a future in-
vasion of the Balkans. Tito claims
to have smashed the great Ger-
man offensive and to have
launched one of his own which
has taken the rail junction of
Banja Luki, about 50 miles south
of Zagreb in central Bosnia.
Partisan forces are also reported
attacking at half a dozen other

New 760th Sarge Beams

We in the 760th welcomed a new first sergeant to our
organization last week. We all-know how popular first ser-
geants are, but our First Sergeant Coppel promises to be
the most popular of all. He has us on the ball and the
men are taking more pride in their outfit since he arrived.
Private Ira Dooley came back
from a furlough and we didn't Pvt. William Favela are now
have to ask him how he enjoyed making the long voyage home
it. If he were asked his reply (for 15 days) to California,
consists of mumble. If you should where they grow oranges,
listen carefully you would rec- grapefruit and lemons., Statis-
ognize it as, "Cincinnati, ah, ah, tics are from the California
ah." Probably had a good time. chamber of commerce.
Private Luiz, our mail clerk,
came back smiling sheepishly and We have two or three poets in
not saying anything. New Hamp- our company who hope to be the
,shire must be nice this time of Joyce Kilmer of this war. A lit-
the year. tle comedy in this poem which
We wished God-speed to we think is how some soldiers
some more of our men who left gripe about Drew Field. The au-
last week for 'a furlough. They thor is Pvt. Eugene Wallace.
reluctantly accepted furloughs,
(Iear me rave). They are Pvt. BATTLE OF DREW FIELD
Walter Koscielniak, from the Hark now all ye brethren, and
Motor City, (Detroit, Mich., to listen while I tell,
the ignorant), Pvt. John-De- Of the battle of Drew Field, it
Colfmacker from (sigh) New was a raging hell.
York, T/5 Robert Deal of Can- Month after month we've been
ton, Pa..Pvt; Louis Gomez and fighting, from morn to late

at night.
K. P. Guard Duty, Guard Duty,
K. P., this is our sorry plight.
Our backs are broken our
hearts so sad, the Japs could
ne'er defeat us
But we're laid low by the lack
of snow, and Florida's golden
Due to the handicap of not hav-
ing a chance to practice, the bas-
ketball team have lost their first
two games. We know that we
have been improving and we will
be able to give any team a good
game in a short time.
The first reply to our challenge
was accepted by Company A of
the 553d SAW. We looked for
them in the West Area but could
not find the orderly room. We
would like them to contact us at
East 1st Street and Ave. N so
that we can make the necessary
arrangements. Pfc. Dominick Al-
berto has been promising us big
things and we hope to get our
first win very soon. We know
that the spirit is there and per-
haps the 553d will be our first

World This Week


The quartet wakened earlier
than usual and departed on some
strange mission that morning;
they returned with coffee, toast,
cereal and fruit to feast the hon-
ored one.
After subjecting Sam to the
rare Army treat of having break-
fast in bed, the group blended
their angelic voices in a edition
of "Happy Birthday." Sam was
so moved by the touching gesture
that he has forgotten (at least,
temporarily) his ambition to be a
civilian again.
Private Bill Goodall returned
from his Staten Island tour
laden with gifts and bubbling
over with the spirit of Christ-
mas. Bill brought back a com-
bination record player and ra-
dio, and a fine collection of
jazz records.
He's going to make "cats" out
of some of the "long-hairs"
around the 69th AAF Band Bar-
Sergeant Gordon O. Booth re-
turned from Warren, Pa., where
he spent his furlough, with some
tall stories about his prowess as
a huntsman.
Was it deer, or "dear," you
*hunted, G. 0. B.-okay, how can
a guy keep tract of the proper
seasons after spending some time
in "sunny"' Florida?
Corporal Don Stockwell is do-
ing some jazz fiddling again-
this time he is subbing for Pvt.
Frank Zecchino, and hoping that
there will soon be some Army
Regulation against dance band
fiddlers going on furlough, so that
he will be able to give the bari-
tone horn his undivided attention.
Don, don't forget that Pvt. Erny
Giuliano, the short end of the
string section is scheduled for
his leave in the near future; you
may as well start rehearsing his
parts now. Erny expects to spend
his furlough commuting between
Ardmore and Zion Hill, Pa. (the
home of the Harwicks)-and it
all started when Erny met Sgt.
Woody Harwick's sister while she
was visiting her big brother in
While we are on the subject
of romance, whatever hap-
pened to the Clarinet School
Conducted by Privates Bob
Budnik and Eddy Shult, Incor-
porated-could it be that a total
enrollment of one sort of com-
plicated things (especially since
the student's name was "Dor-
Tech. Sgt. Ellie Eaton's' fan
mail has reached such proportions
that he has been forced to engage
Pfc. Gus DeRidder, saxist with
Jerry Becker's Dance Orch, as his
private secretary. Gus' job is to
handle all correspondence and to
interview the applicants who an-
swer Ellie's "Wife Wanted" Ad.
Pity poor "Droopy," brain child
of ECHOES Staff cartoonist (Sgt.
Harry Lampert, who now finds
himself in the maelstrom of' a
situation similar to that of our
flustered T/Sgt.... Can it be that
Ellie and Droopy are one and the
same person?

Officers, Wives

To Be Feted

At Clearwater

Officers and their wives who
reside in Clearwater will be en-
tertdined next Monday night at
a Christmas get-together party in
the Clearwater Library, located
just east of the Service Men's
Lounge, the Clearwater Defense
Recreation Council announced.
The affair gets under way at
8 p.m. Bridge and dancing are
included on the program.

G. Osbornes

Await Stork

For Xmas

The walkingest man in Com-
pany C, *lst Training Battalion,
is T/5 Curtis Greenwood, appoint-
ment clerk, who has the homing
instinct of a carrier pigeon and
who has been known to outwalk
an automobile. En route to his
family in St. Petersburg after the
day's work, he frequently arrives
at the gate ahead of those leaving
the company area by motor before
First Sgt. and Mrs; George W.
Osborne are awaiting the finest
of Christmas gifts-a bundle from
Heaven. Sgt. Tony Orciuollo has
been plagueing the orderly room
this week for train schedules and
telegrams. The reason: Mrs. Orciu-
ollo is leaving their home in
Brooklyn to join her husband.
Cpl. John Grimmig spent most
of his three-day pass helping the
Missus with Christmas shopping.
Platoon headquarters has been
entertained recently by the car-
toon sketches of Pfc. Russell
Sandgren who, in civil life, was a
commercial artist.
We do wish to recognize the
fine touch football team of Co.
B, headed by the company com-
mander Lt. George Holmes, and
assisted by Lt. Taylor and 1st
Sgt. Cicalese and Sgt. DeMichel
and Sgt. McCloskey. The busi-
ness manager is Lt. William B.
Cpl. Cline, clerk of Company
B, is really going to make a
certain little girl happy when
he departs for furlough. Here's
hoping she hasn't given you the
air for a 4-F.
We wonder if Sgt. McCloskey,
supply sergeant of Company B, is
still heading for the post office
every time the mail comes in,
looking for a.letter from a certain
girl in Philadelphia. The sergeant
is faster than a wild Indian..

Saves Himself Work
(CNS)-Pvt. Peter Glod and a
couple of other guys were drafted
to move a batch of equipment
from one building to another. A
pal passed.
"Where you going?" he asked.
"Payline," said Glod.
A small mob heard this ex-
change and immediately fell in
behind Glod. All were welcomed
cordially by the officer in charge
of the detail who gave them each
something to carry, although it
wasn't a pay envelope.

AWUTC S-2 Says


'Lost' Birthdays

Of Bandsman

'Found' By Pals

Although Cpl. Sam J. Schiavone guards the secret of his
age very closely, word leaked out that Sam of the 69th AF
Band had ANOTHER birthday last Sunday. Corporal Mike
Galdino, Pvt. Jock Giacomucci, Pvt. Mitch Miceli and Pvt. O.
Nicolai Mehus banded together, set aside the dignity typi-
cal of the 69-ers, and waited hand and foot on the modest




Leads Best Dressed







Liquid Cake Hits

503d Unit With

Colossal Results

Our Christmas gifts are coming in slow but sure. The
other day we had something new, "Fruit cake patties." All
one had to do was take a handful of crums, which came in
the box and squeeze. It was good and the boys of S-1,
503d SAW enjoyed the food and drink.
Sergeant Ilgs' gifts came
marked "do not open until Christ- the new 10-day course being
mas." given to all men of the 503d SAW
Charles is always impatient and Regiment. Pfc. Peter Reid said,
took a peek. It turned out to be "My cigarettes were in my pocket
another fruitcake and brown non- and the drinking water was close
priority shoes. Pfc. Bushouse re- by; but could I smoke or drink?
ceived a group of lovely Varga No! I had to keep that gas mask
girls. He's very bashful and his onor four straight hoirs." The
problem, Mr. Anthony, is: What course includes' Chemical War-
is he supposed to do with them? fare, First-Aid, Medical Lectures,
Isn't is against some kind of AR, and Carbine Familiarization.
Circular, or Memo, to put up
pinup girls? Billfolds are numer-
ous but.empty. Our number one 4th Tr i i g
gift is cash but we'll settle for Ill
Mrs. Cochran spent her an- 0l. C i
nual leave in Texas. I still H olds C IInIC
didn't find out whether or not
she remembers how to ride. Miss O A hle
Sellers is spending her leave A thl
visiting her .boy-friend who is
an aviation cadet, stationed out
West: Physical instructors of the
Wet Fourth Training Battalion have
S"I Love You, I Love You, I Love conducted a daily clinic in the
You." That's just a title of one of administration of the War De-
the many new books available at apartment Training Circular, 87,
our newest library. I never real- calisthenics and associated activi-
ized how interested most of the ties.
boys are in literature. Pvt. Bost- This program included the com-
wick and I seem to go for face- pany and battalion athletic of-
tious books; Sgt. Reposa enjoys irs and noncoms of units in the
reading biographies. Corporal ficers and noncoms of units in the
reading biographies. Corporal Fourth Battalion. Discussions
Duggan is always engrossed in a were held on various methods and
mystery, and Sgt. Walker reads means of improving and unifying
what is recommended. Pvt. the physical training program in
Wheeler and a majority of the the battalion.
boys prefer the lighter literature,
full of lovely illustrations. Esquire The clinic was supervised by
is their choice. Pvt. D'Allesandro, Lt. C. F. Halsted, Battalion ath-
assistant librarian, is always will- letic'/5 "Tcumseh T/4 W.T. WilcComus,on
ing to suggest and "-ecommend in- and T5c Tecumseh McComus
teresting books. athletic instructors.
Units "participating were the
Are you interested in GI 553d, 584th, 576th, 569th Bat-
humor? A certain GI, name talions; 765th and 741st Corn-
given on request, expected to panies.
economize by doing his laundry.
This was his method. Put
clothes into a metal container, G en. ll
fill container with hot water, G ei.Sh rll
add a can of lye, soak for fif-
teen minutes, and then mix
thoroughly. H n d At
He was able to salvage the nore
Open letters are addressed to AW UTC Club
T/5 Gerald Limbach and T/5
Robert Herfurth. Better go easy
on th efood, Jerry. Remember, A reception honoring Brig.
you are still single and must keep Gen. Stephen H. Sherrill, Com-
an eye on the waist-line. Bob, manding General of AWUTC, Was
will you please stop hoarding that held Saturday evening at the
Old Spice Lotion! We haven't a AW Officers Club, sponsored by
chance with you around. the 503d Sig. AW Regiment.
The other day an envelope, ad- The program included dancing
dressed to "All Civilian Person- to the music of Jack Sarty's AW
nel," was given to Mrs. Nancy Dance Band and an excellent
Ramsey. It was just a joke and floor show emceed by Lt. William
most of the girls didn't care for Steele. The club was beautifully
it. Mrs. Atterbury's scream was decorated for the occasion, and
heard by the director of the Met refreshments were served.
and she's expected to sign a con- Those in the receiving line were
tract any day. I almost forgot General and Mrs. Sherrill, Col.
to tell you what it contained. R. W. McNamee, Lt. Col. and Mrs.
T'was nothing but a tiny mouse. Henry R. Chamberlin and Lt. and
SHere's a bit of humor regarding Mrs. E. F. Metcalf.

3FC Soldiers

Receive New

Two days to go yet, by the
calendar, but this columnist
wishes everybody a Merry
Christmas. 'I'm Dreaming of
a White Christmas,"' or "I'll
Be Home for Christmas" will
be sung by some of the lucky
fellows who pulled the cor-
rect sticks that day.
Incidentally, are you show-
ing your return address with
the correct designation, "Hq.
Det., III Ftr: Comd.?" That's
us, y'know.
Helping the manpower short-
age It's congratulations (and
what about cigars?) to Capt.
Bateman, Lt. Finkel, and S/Sgt.
McGuire, all of whom become
proud papas, of boys two weeks
More wedding bells .. Sgt.
Henry Interdonati took the
plunge two Saturdays ago.
Newest shackpappies Pete
Hartes and Joe Saling their
wives joined them last week.
We ,said goodby to Bob
Cheney, who went to the Replace-
ment Depot downtown Cooks
ess-ler, Roberts, Castner, and
Southard, all of whom moved
over to Signal's 501st Joe
Driscoll and Bill Sanders, ex- A-l
bigwigs, who left for bigger
things "elsewhere." "
Also goodbye to potential
flyer, Sgt. Bill Kellar who's
awaiting orders at the' 314th's
Cadet barracks. We noted Jack
"Efficiency" Aiken recently
trying a new stunt-polishing
his shoes while listening to an
orientation lecture. Dayton and
Gastagna back at their first
Did you note that the "Burma
Road" is catching some of the
Lost, one lighter. A grateful
Chuck Levy would appreciate the
finder's returning his missing
silver Ronson cigarette lighter
which sported his initials,-"CL."
Area where lost believed in De-
tachment's limits, he says.
We can't forget those belated
birthday wishes for Sgt. Ed Per-
kins. Incidentally, Ed Hovey,
Causier, and Badin think you're
browning because you bought
Sgt. H. T. (Iron Man) Brown
that calendar.
Latest volleyball casualty," a
dislocation and slight fracture of
the little digit, right hand, was
suffered by St. Joe Rarus (LD).
Wondering why no Det. 3FC
pinups in the ECHOES? No one
has approached us with any pix.
Let this writer have your pinups
and we'll try working on the
ECHOES staff.
Some guy, this S/Sgt. Lee Mc-
Guire became a papa Dec. 10,
then completed three GI years,
Dec. 12.



Well-groomed Michigan men came to the top this week
with three among the week's five best dressed. The Mys-
terious WAC expressed her intention to spend her furlough
in Michigan-the land of the smoothies.
Corporal Jack R. Rombouts, a
tall blond with a strictly GI hair- yet and with all the competition
do, is from Iron River, Mich. I'm up against, I really have to
Rombouts looked pleased when keep looking a bit of all right all
asked to accompany the Mysteri- the time. It isn't hard though,
ous WAC to the Photo Lab. "All because I'm used to keeping neat."
this fame is due to my mother,"
he remarked to the photographer. PIANIST KNOWS NEATNESS
"She started lecturing me at an Private 1st class Al Waterstone
early age on the importance of is the Detroit boy who always
being neat. She kept after me all stops the show when he sits down
the time I was in school and now, at .the piano. His close-shaven,
though I'm a grown-up soldier, shining appearance gets an equal
she still writes me to "keep on amount of attention from fellow
the ball." Rombouts is with Corn- GIs. His solution of how to keep
pany C of the"588th SAW. that press is a bit unusual, the
IT ISN'T JERGENS Mysterious WAC believes. Says
Waterstone, "It's the wonderful
From Wyoming, S/Sgt. Nick climate! No kidding, this Florida
Tranis, of the 314th cadets, was weather is so damp and warm
spotted by the Mysterious WAC, that it's just like putting .your
as he was making his exit from clothes through a steam press
Service Club No. 1. With that every time you hang 'em up. My
"aha-best-dressed-material" 15ok l
ahabest-dressed-mateal recipe calls for a quick, but brisk
in her eyes, the WAC pounced. brushing, hanging 'em all up
Eyes straining over the shine properly-and the atmosphere
of the Sgt's metal, the WAC de- takes care of the rest."
manded, "How do you manage to
look like this?" Private 1st class Sol Kaplan,
Company D, 1st Training Bat-
Confused, and blushing furi- talion, isn't ashamed to admit
ously, Tranis replied, "It isn't that he looks nice for his offi-
Jergens, lady, it's determination cers "I like to have my officers
aw soacers. "I like to have my officers
always to look exactly as I did It makes
the day I was married I wa see me looking nice. It makes
really shieked up that day! Be- them realize that I am the chap
sides, I just have to have that that can handle responsibility,"
feeling that I look all right to ,be Kaplan stated.
at ease with the world." Wanted Five well-pressed,
Number two Michigan Casa- neatly groomed GIs for next
nova is Pvt. Steve Shimskey, of week's best dressed column. If
the 552d SAW Battalion. Shim- you fit the above qualifications
skey explained his nifty attire no reply is needed. The Mysteri-
thus, "Haven't got her 'hooked' ous WAC will find you!

Topkick Rohlfingsmeyer

Returns as Lieutenant

It was "Old Home Week" last week for Ltr. Leonar
C. Rohlfingsmeyer at Hq. III Fighter Command. Lt. Roh]
fingsmeyer, after an absence of almost two years, returned
to the organization of which at one time, he was first ser-
It was back in March, 1937, advanced training at several
when he was 19, that Rohlfings- Southern flying fields.
meyer left his home town of St. However, just as he was about
Louis to enlist in the Army.. Suc- to receive his wings, Dame Fate
cessively stationed at various thought otherwise, and last Au-
Army installations he came to gust he was hospitalized for al-
Drew.Field aqd the III Fighter most four months, the nature of
Command as an enlisted man the ailment disqualifying him
from Adams Field,' when Drew from further flying training.
was in itas embryo days After his discharge from the
was in its embryo days. hospital, orders brought him to
Lt. Rohlfingsmeyer was acting spital, orders brought him to
first sergeant and then first ser the Third Air Force Replacement
first sergeant and then first ser- pot and then to the III Fighter
geant for the Hq. and Hq. Sq., Depotand then to the fighter
beginning in January, 1942. He
beg n in JStill interested in flying, the
held that position until he left Still interested in flying, the
for' AAF Administrative OCS at lieutenant is now working in the
Miami Beach in April. A June Air Inspector's Office.
graduate, he was retai.. as as-
sistant S-3 officer at Miami Beach Kitchen 20 Again
until last January.
RECEIVED FLYING TRAINING For the second straight week,
Since .he always had a desire the AW Best Kitchen flag has
to fly, Lt. Rohlfingsmeyer re- been awarded to Kitchen No. 20.
ceived an appointment in grade Mess officer is Lt. C. J. Burley
to flying school and successively and mess sergeant is T/Sgt. Wil-
completed his primary, basic and liam Casson.






IF the person who left his automatic
pencil at Base Personnel will identify
it, he can have it! We can't figure
out how it works. Contact Sgt. Wm.
Gold at Base Personnel.
LOST-Blue barracks bag full of laun-
dry. Left in car I hitched a ride with
from Tampa to Drew. Please contact
Cpl. Bob Bacon, ex. 481. My buddies
are tired of loaning me socks.
LOST In Officers latrine B-CO3,
Thursday, Dec. 9 between 10 a.m. and
11 a.m., engraved watch, bearing
name Robert B. Langan. Finder
please notify Headquarters and Plot-
ting Co.. 569th SAW Bn.
FOUND-Mackinaw coat. Will the sol-
dier who lost it please shiver down
to 714th SAW Co. orderly room and
see Pfc. Benjamin Johnson. He is
holding it for you.
LOST Green, Lifetime Parker pen.
Contact Cpl. G. I. Edge; Base Schools

[F the officer, who left his little
"Black book" in the officers' sales
section of Base Quartermaster, will see
me he can have it back. He merely
has to give me a few of the local
names in it. I don't' hail from New
Jersey so I really can't use the thing.
Pfc. Edwin F. Fultz, 903d Quarter-
FOUND-Billfold, at entrance of 3d
Fighter Command Hqs., on Dec. 10th.
The GI who can identify it as his
and specify the amount in it, may
collect it from Grimsley Hobbs, Sta-
tion Hospital, % Registrar's Office.
FOUND-Wallet belonging to Lt. Wm.
Hogan. Get on the beam Lt. Hogan
and call ext. 408. Cpl. Kowalzke is
the man you want.
FOUND-Silver identification bracelet
bearing the name Ralph Tordiff. Drop
in at the Base Special Service Office
and present your dog tags to anyone
on the ECHOES staff if you want it.
LOST-Wallet, containing Drew and
MacDill Officer's family passes,
issued to Mrs. Ruby R. Bond, Com-
missary Card, currency, and valuable
papers. Dropped from car at 8 a.m..
Dec. 20. near 9th entrance to Base
Hqs. Finder please call Drew Ext.
2274 or return to Mrs.' Bond at Base
Hqs. Liberal reward.
LOST American Express check for
$10. Lost on Drew Field. Contact Pvt.
Robert Grenewicz, Co. -B, 588th
LOST One each John A. Yabroud,
746th SAW Co. please contact me!
Also lost, with him-my watch. If
these two are found please notify
A Lincoln S-3, Communication Dept.
2d Tng. Bn.
FOUND-Flying glasses in case. Found
near Main PX. Call 2287.
FOUND Identification bracelet with
name Bernard Penn engraved. Owner
please call M5591.
I FOUND a bee-ootiful wedding ring
on a North Gate bus going South, Dec.
10. Can be secured by description at
ECHOES office. Found by Lt Occhi-
pinti, 591st SAW Bn.
FOUND-A lovely rosary, which must
be precious to itse ser, by the bus
stop opposite Theaer No. 2. Your
description will secure it from the
ECHOES office.
GOLD link bracelet with Yellow
stones in interspaced blossoms, lost
at Ave. J when getting off Air Base
bus. Finder contact Mrs. Simcic, Ph.
M-50-233. REWARD.
jacket has been at the 2d Tng. Bn.
Radio School for over two months.
Bring your dog tags to Lt. Adams, at
the school, 5th & M, if you want it.
LT. WILLIAM F. PEACE, your gas
mask is at the Radio School, 5th & M.
Better get it from Lt. Adams before
next gas mask day.
the billfold which your wife mis-
placed while looking for living quar-
ters may be located by calling Mrs.
A. R. Valabri. Ph. S-4712.

THE soldier who left an extra pair of
OD trousers in.Capt. Roseman's car
may have same by calling for them
at Dispatch No. 7 and establishing
LOST-Near Florida Ave. & U. S.
Highway 41, a "Ready" wrist watch
with leather band and luminous dial.
REWARD. Cpl. Robert H. Mason,
Co. B, 553d SAW Bn.
FOUND-Man's wrist watch in North
Area. Description to Lt. Sims, Ph.
831, will get it back to you.
HAVE misplaced my wallet in the Air
Base Station restaurant. Papers in-
side are VERY important to me. Pfc.
Harold Showalter, Ph. 603.
LOST Good Bulova wrist watch
(man's) in vicinity of BOQ No. 2.
Yellow gold with gold expansion-
type band and Hexagonal case. RE-
WARD. Lt. W. Triest, 746th SAW Co.
.OST-Brown stippled Parker foun-
tain pen. Name-R. S. Godlove on
broad gold band on cap. Cpl. Ray-
mond Godlove. Hq. Co., Rept. Bn..
503rd SAWR.
IF you've lost your civilian award pin,
you'll find it at the ECHOES office,
8th and B.
LOST-A Gerard Perraugaux watch.
Lost in the vicinity of the Hq. Co.
2nd Training Bn. Contact Pvt. John
R. Nelson, 756th SAW Co. Reward
WILL the sergeant over at Warehouse
F who put my pen in his pocket by
mistake please return same to Charles
Courtney, 1st SAW Training Bn,
Drew Field. He can take it back to
Warehouse F. or give me an address
where I can pick it up. PLEASE.

Bn, your billfold is waiting for you
at the operating room Station Hos-
pital. Captain Fitch.
LOST about two weeks ago, a water
and shock-proof watch. REWARD.
Call WAC detachment Ext. 231.
FOUND-Two overseas caps on corner
of Plant Ave. & Lafayette in Tampa.
in front of the laundry. Stop in at
the laundry, identify 'em properly.
and they're yours.
ATTENTION. 396th Bomb Squadron!
Oxygen face piece found. Apply at
ECHOES office.
LOST-One Air Corps ring, in latrine
7A-05. If found, return to William
D. Mull. Barracks 7A-06. 576th SAW
Bn., who will give you a REWARD
for your Christmas fund.
come to PX No. 10 to collect your lost
garrison hat from Helen Mathis.

PARKER fountain pen bearing signa-
ture of Melvin Stern. REWARD OF-
FERED to finder. Write Melvin Stern,
730th SAW Co.. Drew Field, Tampa,
PFC. ALFRED LEWIS, Asn. 32544483.
760th SAW Co., your pass is at 312
Madison St. Don't you need it? Call
or write Mrs. Willski, who is hold-
ing it for you.

LOST-Red calfskin coin purse. Was
misplaced at the cadet party last Sat-
urday eve. Change in the purse doesn't
matter, but the sorority pin and the
purse itself mean a great deal to me.
Could also use the aspirin which was
in the purse. Finder please call Bun-
nie. at Ph. 2287.
LOST-Jewells Jergess watch, black
band military type. Lost at Co. A,
FOR FINDER. Pvt. Robert Wager.
Call ECHOES office, Ph. 287.
SOLDIERS individual pay records be-
and LAMPRECHT may be picked up
at the ECHOES office.
LOST While returning from town
around midnight, Saturday last week,
three modeling tools. Since I had just
spent the last of my last pay en-
velope for them, and good modeling
tools are scarce. I'll appreciate their
return. Leave at the ECHOES office
for Pvt. DeFleurs.
LOST-Yellow gold ring, wide band.
Misplaced at Theater No. 3 on or
about November 10th. Finder please
return to WO/jg Harold M. McClel-
land, Co. A, 553d SAW Bn.
IF the officer who lost his garrison
cap in a tree at the rear of the WOQ
will call at the WAC orderly room.
he may have same by identifying it.
LOST-Very good sterling silver iden-
tification bracelet. It disappeared
somewhere between PX No. 1 and 8th
St. Is inscribed "George G. Johnson."
Please return to Special Service Office.
FOUND A bee-ootiful necklace. A
card bearing the proper description
and mailed to T/3 Rudolph Johnson.
314th, will get it back to you.
LOST-Small coin purse, containing
sixteen very important dollars, and
some change. Had a very. very special
reason for needing that money. If you
find it. please return to Private Covey,
WAC Detachment Orderly Room. Ph.
LOST-A red-brown Morroco leather
wallet, somewhere between rifle range
and E. 1st and M. All papers in it
made out to Walter Rodak, Hqs. and
Plotting Co., 571st SAW Battalion.
If you find it, you'll get a REWARD.
GREEN and black Parker fountain
pen, lost by Cpl. Ronald Luth. S-4
Section. AWUTC. Ph. 659. Can't even
spell without it.

LOST-One buff-colored suitcase, con-
taining most of one poor GI's ward-
robe. Lost the very day he departed
for Aviation Cadet. Clothing is marked
with T/5 chevrons and serial num-
ber S-6842. Contact Sgt. Holliday.
Ph. 603, or come to 314th Orderly
Room, 6th and A.
GOLD identification bracelet, brand
new. No name on it as yet. Must
have it, because it means a very great
deal to me. Finder please contact
Sgt. Jeanne Cottrell. Base Photo
Lab, Ph. 539.
FOUND-Good fountain pen with name
engraved. Loser may have same by
presenting his dog tags and telling
me his name and what kind of a pen
it is. Pfc. John McCormick. 2nd Re-
porting Co.. 576th SAW.
LOST Service gas mask plainly
marked "Alverson. 34339458." If found
please phone Sgt. Alverson, Ext. 337.
LOST Gruen watch with initials
"W.H.Z." engraved on back. If you
find my wonderful little gold job,
you'll get a pretty penny by way of
reward. William H. Zimmer. 714th

BARRACKS bag lost. Serial No.
32886147, name Benjamin Negrin. If
found, please contact Base Dental
Clinic. Thanks!


THIS GI bought himself an Elgin
wrist watch and then received another
for Christmas! Will sell the Elgin for
$30 cash. Contact Sgt. R. E. Bach-
man, Hqs. and Plotting Co. 569th
R.C.A. Victor, portable radio, almost
new. Will sell for $30 cash. Contact
Cpl. S. L. Maust, 465th A.A.F. Band.
ELECTRIC Sunbeam Shave Master.
My husband, a former Drew soldier,
now in England, has written request-
ing me to sell it. Contact Mrs. Hol-
comb, Ex. 529. Base Quartermaster.
1941 STUDEBAKER, two-door sedan.
Excellent tires, no dents or scratches.
In good condition. Contact M/Sgt.
Fred M. Haga, Hqs. Sqd., 488th
Bomb Gr., MacDill Field, or 3708
Spruce St., Tampa.
1936 PONTIAC tudor. A-1 condition,
excellent tires, good motor. Yours for
$300 cash. Contact S/Sgt. H. V.
Brunelle, Co. B, 588th SAW Bn.
16 MM Cine Kodak Movie Camera.
F 1/9 lens. Model B. also 16 MM
projector, model B. Practically new,
and in excellent condition. Exceed-
ingly less than present or future
prices. Contact Major Haight, Ext.

IS your tent bare without a piano?
You may have a good Milton upright,
in perfect tune, complete with piano
bench, for just $100. Call on Pfc.
Byron Tilbury, SignIl Hqs. Co., Third
Fighter, or 5302 Florida Ave., Tampa.
1941 DESOTO Coupe, perfect condition.
Five pre-war tires, all good. It's'the
smoothest dark green deal I've seen.
Pfc. R. A. Brondage, 588th SAW
Bn., Co. B.
17-JEWEL Benrus watch, yellow gold
case and band. Very good condition.
Will sell for $27.50. Pfc. Robert T.
Jones. Hqs. Co. Plotting Bn.. 503d
SAW Regt.
GOOD engagement ring, brand new.
(Boohoo!) Size 5. Will sell for $25 if
you want it for a pretty enough gal.
Pvt. David Dickson, Co. D, 1st SAW
Training Battalion.

MODEL '39 Harley Davidson motor-
cycle. Peppiest thing on wheels. Call
on' Bill Caddick. 2d Reporting Co..
591st SAW Bn.

SEWING machine; electric, portable.
plus all accessories. It's in excellent
condition, though an old model. $110
will make it yours. Call 619. Capt.
AMERICAN Kennel Club registered
Cocker Spaniel puppies.' Sweetest
mascots you ever saw, and grand
gift for that little wife who sits
home waiting for you. Call Warrant
Officer J. W. Lien, 1219 South How-
ard. Tampa, Ph. H-3668.
MOTOROLA car radio, practically new.
Custom built for CHRYSLER product
Call Lt. Henderson, 840 ext. 53. David
D. Henderson, 1st Lt C. E.. 1873rd
Eng. Avn. Battalion.
GOOD engagement ring, size 6. Almost
new. Price $40 cash. I have a good
personal reason for parting with the
ring, but I ain't a-gonna tell you
whatit i s. Call or writee meat Hotel
Calhoun, 27-372. Bradenton, Florida,
after 5:30. Pfc. Martin A Smith. 571st
SAW Bn.. Company B.

1937 DODGE coupe. New paint job and
tires O.K. Super-special running con-
dition. See Lt. Richardson, Building
5 A 24. at East 1st and N Ave.. or call
Tampa H-24144.

WILL some kind soul donate an elec-
tric stove to the Military Police in
Tampa at Plant Park? We're freez-
ing. actually. You 'will? Thanks a
million. Lt. Benton O. Dillard. MP
Det Plant Park, Tampa 6. Florida.

ANY old radio around you're not
using? Leaving the field, and don't
want to drag them along? The 2nd
Trng. Battalion will accept loud
speakers, chassis, and any other parts
you can spare. Radio classes learn by
reassembling. Contact Lt Adams. Ph.


WILL Cpl. Al Martin of Rhode Island
or Bill Tierney of Philadelphia look
me up if they are still at Drew. Cpl.
John Naretto, 569th SAW Bn., Hqs.
& Plotting Co., your old Omaha pal.
wants to see you.

PVT. PETE PETERSON, meet me at
Silly Solly's and bring MY fee.
Christmas is coming! -Pfc. John
Spates, Med. Det., Hosp.
VERNON FISHER of Arkansas, if
you're still at Drew. I'd like to get
in touch with you. Please call M/Sgt.
Darrell Mintz. 594th Bomb Sq.. 396th
Bomb Group.
CHARLES, CORKHILL, I'm unable to
make personal contact with you. How
about writing me? Cpl. Al Cohen,
729th SAW Co.

DESIRABLE master bedroom with
completely private modern bath, in
attractive residence, on Clearwater
Beach. Residence faces beach. Officer
preferred. Call Capt. Fellhauer. H-8711,
Ext. 232, or evenings. Clearwater

WANT to share a house in St. Peters-
burg? Private bedroom, kitchen, and
sharable living room. $25 per month.
Call Pvt. Dave Brubach, Ph. 632.
OFFICER WANTED to share room in
desirable neighborhood. Separate en-
trance, private bath, steam heat, re-
frigerator. twin beds, inner-spring
mattress. MacDill bus. Phone H3015.
Captain Bradford.
LARGE master bedroom complete with
private bath. porch, and entrance. 161
Bosporus St.. Davis Island. Call Lt.
Tedford, Ph. 202, or stop in to see it.
ATTENTION, Bachelor officer with
car: If you'd like a single room with
showers, next to Tampa Yacht Club.
ideal surroundings, call Lt. Dunsmore.
Ext. 275. Car is essential: opportunity
for joining motor nool exists, how-
WILL share house or room in nicely
furnished house, off Columbus Drive.
Close to Drew Field, transportation
inexpensive. Call Cpl. L. Malz. Ph
WON'T some kind soul come to my
rescue, and tell me where I can find a
home near Drew? Find me a bedroom
and a kitchenette, and you're a friend
I'll neer forget. Sgt. John D. Natale.
592d Bomb Sq, 396th Bomb Group.

THANKS! Got my barracks bags. Sure
needed them. Barrel was getting
rather worn, and much too cool now-
days. Thanks again. T/5 J. P. Casa-
WANTED-By mother,who misses her
two officer sons. two lonesome of-
ficers to be our guests for Christmas
dinner. Our household consists of
grandmother, mother, and "army
wife." Average home, average cook-
ing-barring accidents. Call S-2602.
WANTED-Soldiers to care for fur-
naces at Service Club in off duty time.
Easy way to earn that extra cash


ONE 16 mm sound projector. Will pay
cash. Contact Sgt. Wm. P. McCown.
569th Hqs. and Plotting Co. or call
residence in Tampa after 5:30 p.m.,


"A STITCH in time saves nine" but r
what can we WACs do without a sew-
ing machine? Have one for sale? Call
Lt. Porter, Drew Ext. 2231. i
WILL pay $350 to $500 for car in good
running condition: good tires, etc. I
Contact Pvt. Siegel, Base Signal Of- f

MIDGET or portable radio. Aew or
used. Have been missing those daily
serials. Lt. S. R. Chaykin, Ph. 455,
748th SAW Co.
SUNBEAM electric razor. Late model
preferred by my whiskers. Will pay
cash, even though it's almost Christ-
mas. Sgt. Bruce W. Smith, 594th
Bomb Sq., 396th Group. (Officers'
LATE moael convertible. (Don't
crowd, girls) Terms CASH. Call
Cpl. Blakmore, Ph. 454.
TYPEWRITER of any breed, prefer-
ably -portable. Will pay anything a
before-Christmas billfold can indulge
in. Cpl. Canning, Ph.,2287.
SUNBEAM electric razor. My beard and
I will be waiting for you to Ph. 575,
Lt. Husting. '553d SAW Regt, Com-
munications Co.
GOOD second-hand 16mm sound pro-
jector, if priced right. Will pay
CASH. Machine must be in good
shape. Write or call Sgt. McCown,
Ph. H-32074, Tampa. 569th Hqs &
Plotting Co.
COMMUNICATIONS receiver; Echo-
phone, Skybuddy, National or Ham-
marlund. In fact, any model, so long
as it does the trick. Lt. Husting,
Ph. 575.

MORE coat hangers. Have had several
answers to my ad, but need still
more. Jealous. bunk mates are bor-
rowing them from me. Pfc. Zika, WAC
DO you want to sell your radio? We
haven't any in our ward at the hos-
pital, but one of the patients can
afford a small set. Call Pfc. Polly.
Ward B-14, Base Hospital.
SMALL table radio. If your price is
moderate and your model a jivin' hep
cat special, late edition, call Sgt.
William oGold, Ext. 294.
PORTABLE typewriter in good con-
dition. Will scribble out a check with
pleasure if you'll sell me a model to
pound out my letters. Lt. Royse. ext.
SOLDIER and wife would like fur-
nished house- or apartment, three
rooms preferred: kitchen necessary.
Near Drew, if possible. Phone
H-22383, S/Sgt. Frank Tribuzio. 595th
Sq., 396th B Gp.
WILL pay reasonable price for radio
power transformer with 5-volt and
6.3-volt windings and center-tapped
h.v. winding about 350 volts each side
of center tap. T/5 B. Wolff. 748th
SAW Co., or call 372.
IF you have a membership card for the
St. Petersburg Civic Music Association
which you would be wanting to sell,
contact Vita G. Seres Hospital Dental
CAR WANTED-Will pay CASH for a
good used model. Call Lt. Linder.
Ph. 530, Base Ordnance Office.
WOULD like to chug along the roads
in my own little auto. Would you
like to sell one? If so. call or write
Lt. Arthur Settel. Base Intelligence
Section. Sarasota Army Air Base.
Sarasota. Telephone 2531. ext 202.
FOUR or five nalf-way decent tires.
attached to a half-way decent car, in
half-way decent running order. Hope it
isn't a gas 'n' erl eater. Might even
pay $100 to $150 for a good deal.
Corporal Caesar Purini. Ward B. sta-
tion hospital.
CANDID camera, preferably 35 mil..
but will pay cash for anything suit-
able for photographing Florida scenery
plus Florida girls. Call Lt Robert F
Tennant. Ph. 601.

SMALL suitcase or traveling bag, suit-
able for furlough. Send card or call on
Pfc. Richard Adams. Ward B-19. Sta-
tion Hospital.

ALMOST new Underwood double-head
electric shaver for sale, or trade for
116 or 616 Eastman folding camera.
T/5 Bernard Slack. Co. B. 588th. 1102
Cleveland St., Tampa.

MARTIN FLASH semi-auto, telegraph
"bug." good as new. Will swap for
camera with 4.5 lens, or better. Sgt.
L. M. Richards Co. C. 588th SAW
Battalion 5th and J.

for holiday fun. Apply Base Special WANTED TO RENT
Service Office or call 2258, Major
Delano. WILL some kind soul leaving an
HILLBILLIES. good or bad, wanted apartment in Tampa let me know so
for Ozark swing session. Guitarists, my wife and I can move in from our
drums, harmonicas (key of "C") park bench? Pvt. Westlake, Ext. 649.
jugs. washboards, bull fiddle, or what SOLDIER and wife would like fur-
have you? All for fun, and lots of it. nished apartment, preferably in vicin-
Phone S/Sgt. Raynor. Ext. 380. at 8 it. of Seminole Heights. Phone Cpl.
a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4:30 p.m. Jerry Kowalski. ext. 645.




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AILROAD-- tike fro Neak N.J

AILROAD ticket from Newark, N. J.,
o Tampa, on Silver Meteor. Good
until Feb. 17. $12. Write via Message
center to Lt. E. G. Stome, Co. B,
i53d SAW Bn.
eANTED-Riders from St. Pete to
Drew Field. Leave St. Pete at 6:30
a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Contact
Cpl. Al A. Badin, Ext. 318.
S there anyone driving from the vi-
cinity around the Bayshorme hotel to
3rew daily? If so, and he has room
or one more passenger, Lt. Roberts
(room 6, 14D11) would be grateful.
Must .be out at Drew by 9 a.m. and
returnn around 6 p.m. Will gladly pay
for transportation.

MY Mercury sedan and I would like to
join a St. Pete to Drew car pool.
Leave Pete at 6:30 a.m., return at
about 5:45 p.m. See Sgt. Randal. 820
5th Ave. No., Apt. 6, St. Pete.
coming back with my wife on Jan.
2, 1943, and will drive any late model
(I'm fussy) back to the field. Phone
Sgt. Bragg. Ext. 627.
ARE you leaving Tampa Dec. 30 or 31,
for Richmond, Virginia, or points
North? Lady would like to share ex-
penses, can drive, and knows route
perfectly. Phone Drew 717 or 703.
Major Lynch.
LIEUTENANT ana wIre will share
expenses and driving in exchange for
ride to Lake Charles, La., or San
Antonio, Texas, or vicinity. Leaving
Dec. 18th to 20th. Call H-42111. Lt. or
Mrs. Dees, or stop in at the 501st
FUNCTIONING car pool, St. Pete to
Drew, has room for one more driver.
Hours: 7:50 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
See Lt. L. L. Johnson, Ph. 493.
ARV.YOUTleaving-on or-about+the

ARE YOU leaving on or about the
19th of December for east Tennessee?
Will share wheel and expenses, if
you have room for my wife and my-
self. Call 258, and talk it over with
Sgt. Carpenter.
ARE YOU driving to North Carolina
or or about Dec. 21? Am much in
need of a round-trip ride. Will share
expenses. Contact S/Sgt. Vernon
Paul Jr., Hqs.
WOULD like a ride for my beautiful
wife and myself, with someone driv-
ing to New York on or about Decem-
ber 20th. Will help with the driving
while my wife helps with morale. Pvt.
Kathrane, Ph. 2219, Area Administra-
tive Inspector's Office.
FOR SALE-Return half of round-
trip ticket. Newark to Tampa on the
Silver Meteor. Good until February
17. 1944. Lt. E. G. Stone, Co. B. 553d.
DESIRE ride from St Pete to Drew
daily. Must be at Drew Field by 7
a.m., and can leave after 5 p.m. Call
Cpl. Badin, Ext. 318.
WILL share expenses and relieve
driver on any car going within the
vicinity of Omaha, Nebraska, on or
about Jan. 4. Please contact me right
away, as I must make arrangements
to leave when you do. Have driven
across country many times, and my
friends say my driving is terrific.
Thanks. Richard J. Curray, Message
& Records Section. Hqs & Hqs Sq,
Plant Park.
DO you go to Bradenton every day?
Would like a two-way ride. Leave
camp at 5 p.m. and return at 7 or
7:30 a.m. in the morning. Will pay
gladly for transportation. Sgt Yau-
man, Det. 5, 501st SAW Regt.
WANTED-Riders from St. Pete to
Drew. Leave St. Pete at 6:15 a.m. and
leave Drew at 6 p.m. Also would like
to pool my car, perhaps. Call Pfc.
C. J. Passapa. Ext. 807.
sNTERESTED in a car pool or a ride
from Oldsmar every day? Arrive at
Drew at 8 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m.
Contact Pfc. Edward L. Aman, % Per-
sonnel section. 1st SAW Training Bn.
RAILROAD ticket for sale. Tampa to
Albuquerque via Memphis and Ama-
rillo. Reasonable rate offered by Lt.
M. T. George, Base Weather Station.
WANTED-Officer to drive 1941 Mer-
cury sedan from Tampa to San An-
tonio. Texas or vicinity. For details,
contact Lt. Alexander at H-47452 in
Tampa, or H-4871. extension 22.

WOULD you like to drive car back to
Tampa from Dallas or Fort Worth,
Texas? Will leave Texas January 1st
If you need a ride, call Pvt H. M.
Slaughter, Special Service section,
Hqs & His Sq. Third Air Force.

RAILROAD ticket from Tampa to Sa-
vannah, Ga., for sale half price. Price
$4. Atlantic Coast Line. Pvt. I.
Sukoenig, Hqs & Hqs Sq. Third
Fighter Command.
ARE you leaving for Texas around
the sixteenth of December? My wife
and I will share expenses and relieve
at the wheel, if you'd like driving
companions. 1st Sgt Wilie Dunken,
503rd SAW Regt.
WANT to join car pool. From "Lyn-
wood" section of Tampa to Base
daily. Ph. 730. Capt. Abraham.
WANTED-To pool cars St. Pete to
Drew. hours seven a.m. to six p.m.
Call St. Pete 58-754. Pfc. R. A. Young.
766th SAW Co.

WANTED-Four more officers, living
in the vicinity of Ballast Point Sec-
tion, near the Yacht Club. Tampa.
who would like to share in a car pool.
Please call Lt. James D. Dunsmore.
Ph 275.
WOULD like to contact anyone going
to Bradenton daily. Would prefer
transportation both ways. Leave
camp around 5 p.m. and must return
by 7:00 or 7:30 a.m. Will pay nominal
sum to anyone desiring an extra pas-
senger. Please contact at once. Sgt.
Ralph W. Yauman Jr.. Det 5. 501
SAWR. Drew Field.
SOLDIERS' WIVES wanted for short
hour shifts at AWUTC Officers' mess.
Call Lt. Dekker, Ph. 874.
MAN experienced in typewriter repair
wanted for extra-special job. Write
Lt. Courtman, DC, Detachment Medi-
cal Dept.
BROADCASTING operators, Air Corps
soldiers, who are itching to get radio
equipment into their hands, contact
Lt. Kluge. Ph. 258. Monitor and en-
gineer Drew Field radio broadcasts
in your free time.
ENLISTED man with watch repair ex-
perience, to work during off-dity
hour Apply PX Personnel Office. 1
Ave. and 1st.


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c o m p a r a b 1 e noncommissioned
Major Strickler started his
Army career 21 years ago. Com-
ing up through the years from a
reserve Engineer lieutenant in
1922, he came off the gold

standard in 1930 with a 1st lieu-
tenancy in the Infantry reserve
after transferring from the En-
gineer Reserve in 1929.
In July 1934, he was pro-
moted to captain in the Infan-
try Reserve and in May, 1941
he advanced to his present
rank. Assigned as an Air Corps
officer, Major ,Strickler holds
permanent commission as a
Major in the Infantry.
Coming to Drew Field October
10, 1942, he had been with the
colored troops as commanding of-
ficer of the 59th Aviation Squad-
ron, (Sep); and, up until his pres-
ent command, was the commander
of the DeSoto area.
Captain O'Laughlin, the new
deputy Base Detachment com-
mander, formerly was the com-
manding officer of the 314th BH
and AB Squadron. Previous to
serving as the commanding of-
ficer of the 314th, he was Base
executive officer at Waycross, Ga.
With 22 years in the Army,
Captain O'Laughlin has been a
commissioned officer 18 years. He
graduated from a course for com-
pany officers at the Fort Benning
(Ga.) Infantry School .in 1937 and
later completed a course for bat-
talion commanders and staff of-
ficers at the same school in 1940.
Relieved from Infantry assign-
ment because of the age limit, he
was assigned to the Air Corps,
December 13, 1941.
Captain Leffler, the new com-
manding officer of the colored
troops, has been with the colored
units since coming to Drew 16
months ago. Upon reporting here
Captain Leffler (then lieutenant),
became the commanding officer
of the 59th Aviation Squadron.
Relieved from the 59th, his next
command was the 440th Aviation
Squadron, and then Commanding
Officer of the 1301st Guard
Squadron. While in command of
the 1301st he received his pro-
motion to captain.
He graduated from Infantry
OCS at Fort Benning, Ga.
Organizations consolidated were
the 314th BH and AB Squadron;
Detachment 3d Air Force Fi-
nance at large; 828th Guard
Squadron; WAC Detachment;
69th Army Air Forces Band; Op-
erational Platoon, No. 7, 922d
Quartermaster Boat Company,
Avn.; Detachment 853d Signal
Service Company Avn.; Detach-
ment 2065th Ordnance Company,
Aviation (Service); Detachment
No. 7, 903d Quartermaster Com-
pany Aviation (Service); 59th
Aviation Squadron; 440th Avia-
tion Squadron; 1301st Guard
Squadron; 911th Quartermaster
Platoon, Transportation, Air Base;
916th Quartermaster Platoon,
Transportation, Air Base; 1018th
Quartermaster Platoon, Transpor-
tation, Air Base; Detachment
Medical Department, and Vet-
erinary Detachment.
Fort Devens (Mass.) Reception
Center baseball club played be-
fore 145,000 soldiers this year.
Boxing has been second in Fort
Devens soldier spectator interest,
and basketball third.



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midnight candlelight services for
Protestants will be held in
Chapels 3 and 7.
Solemn High Mass for Cath-
olics will be at midnight in the
bandshell, with another Mass at
the same hour in Chapel 4. Con-
fessions are being heard in
Chapels 2 and 4 this evening
from 7 to 9 o'clock, and tomorrow
from 1 to 11:30 p.m.
On Christmas morning, Cath-
olic Masses will be held in Chapel
4 at 6, 7 and 9 a.m., and in
Chapel 2 at 8 and 9 a.m. Mass
at the Station Hospital is at
7:30 a.m.
Several Protestant services are
to be held Christmas morning.
Communion services for Episco-
palians will be at 9:30 o'clock in
Chapel 3, and Christmas Com-
munion for all Protestants will
be at 10:30 o'clock in Chapels
1 and 4.
Celebration of the Jewish holi-
day, Feast of' Lights, will be in
Chapel 3 at 8:30 p.m. Friday
and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Christmas music carols,
hymns and popular and novelty
selections have been broadcast
each noon this week over the PA
Elaborate decorations through-
out the base lend a Christmas air
to the atmosphere. Even the
most optimistic persons can't ex-
pect a white Christmas, but ar-
tificial decorations are plentiful.
The Manger Scene, painted in
colors and illuminated with blue
and yellow spotlights, adorns the
lawn of eadh chapel, as well as
Base and AWUTC Headquarters.
The chapel interiors have silver
trees with blue lights, and vases
of poinsettias, and AW Headquar-
ters boasts a large lighted tree on
the lawn and elaborate decora-
tions in the executive office re-
ception room.
The traditional Army Chil-
dren's Christmas will be observed
this afternoon at 4 o'clock, with
parties at the Air Corps and
AWUTC Officers Clubs.
At the AW Club, more than 100
kiddies will attend, including a
25-voice children's choir, from
Tampa schools. A magician will
be present with his bag of tricks,
Santa Claus will be there with his
bag of gifts and an appropriate
Christmas story will be told by
a chaplain.
Children have already received



Special Service Officer

SThanks All at Christmas

As Base Special Service Officer, and on behalf of all
SSpecial Service personnel, I should like to take this opportunity
to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to each organi-
zation on Drew Field and to. similar organizations for their
splendid co-operation and assistance in all of our endeavors.
Another year has gone, freighted with the combined efforts
of the'entire nation towards the righteous Victory of our cause.
This season of cheer prompts us all to express in some small 5
measure the gratitude we have felt through the past months.
If Special Service has fulfilled its task, if in any way we
have brought to the enlisted and officer personnel of Drew
SField a better and fuller conception of this struggle, and
through our facilities enabled them to attack their jobs with
a bigger and richer spirit, it has only been through the assist-
ance of each individual organization, and in the untiring
desire of them all to, sustain and facilitate our purpose and 5
4 our labors.
Their assistance has been invaluable, and has caused us
to grow to proportions which, a year ago, could have only
been a faint hope.
Throughout the coming year, as America makes the steady
and relentless advance towards victory, we trust we shall be
able to further enlarge upon our designs in this conflict.
S We of Base Special Service wish you all a very pleasant
Christmas, and a most joyous New Year.
Major, Air Corps,
Base Special Service Officer

their "Santa Good Conduct" tick- Christmas Day, 2 to 4:30 p.m.-
ets entitling them to gifts. Sim- Get-together, entertainment and
ilar arrangements are being com- refreshments.
pleted at the Air Corps Club, New Year's Eve, 8:30 p.m.-
where a large group of enlisted Gala New Year's dance.
men's and officers' children will
be party guests.
On Christmas Eve, the two lmas Menu
Service Clubs will hold holiday XmU s enU
dances, and a number of organ-
izational parties will be held in Here is the menu for Christmas
dayrooms. On Christmas Day, Day Dinner to be served to all
the Service Clubs will hold open military personnel on Drew Field
house, with programs of carols and their guests.
in the evening. Like the Thanksgiving Day
AWUTC outfits in bivouac meal, the Christmas dinner will
areas will be visited by the AW be of the "Turkoise" variety. The
Show Wagon, which will provide ECHOES dubbed the Thanksgiv-
entertainment and favors for ing meal a Turkoise dinner be-
the men. cause, for wartime, it is really a
The Air Corps Officers- Club gem of a chow.
announces the following pro- Enlisted men on separate ra-
grams: tions may eat at the Field at 25
Christmas night Annual cents a plate. Guests of enlisted
Christmas dance, semi-formal, men, and officers and their guests
Sunday, Dec. 26 5:30 p.m.-Buf- may participate in the dinner at
fet supper-dance. 75 cents a plate.
Wednesday evening, Dec. 29.- Creamed Celery Soup with Croutons
Semi-formal dance sponsored by Roast Turkey Sage Dressing
bachelor officers. Giblet Gravy Cranberry Sauce
New Year's Eve-BFormal dance. Snowflake Potatoes
New Year ve-ormal dance. Baked Squash Asparagus
The schedule for the holidays Head Lettuce with Russian Diessing
at the AWUTC Officers Club is: Hot Rolls Coffee
* Olives Assorted Fruit
Christmas Eve, 4:30 to 7 p.m.- Mince Pie F Aruit Cuke Ice Cream
Open house and refreshments. Coffee



Sizzling basketball played
Sunday at Rec Hall 3, be-
tween the 396th Bombard-
ment Group Officers team,
packed with ex-college stars,
and the AWUTC varsity cag-
ers, fizzled from the specta-
tor' sport angle.
The redhot court game, won by
the AWUTC aggregation by a
52-47 score, was by far the best
ball game displayed to date on
the maple courts. But just
who was afraid of whom? Not a
word of the game leaked out of
the management of both teams.
S. Kept a secret tighter than
S-2 could ever expect military
information to remain. An inter-
esting ball game was played by
both quintets for the enjoyment
of only a few substitute baske-
teers. We don't like basketball
game. played in secret.
Picking three known top-
notch ball handlers on the 369th
quintet...Lt. JAMMIE PHIL-,
POTT, ex-West Point star, has
b)en a scoring spark and
smooth floor player in all
games played by the Officers'
once captained a New York
University five. Lt. JOHN
H. WILSON wore the school
colors of Washington and Lee.
of the AWUTC team, classed Lt.
PHILPOTT as "definitely the out-
standing man on the 396th bomb-
ing mission." SCHECHTER
himself played a bangup game ...
tossing a run of six field goals
; five outside shots and one
faked in order to keep AWUTC
in the game. Lt. HARTUNG
played outstanding ball. So did
Pvt. BILL O'BRIEN for the AW
From all replays, we gathered
it was a peach,of a ball game,
just plain tufff" that SOLDIER
.DREW DOLDRUM couldn't
stand and yell his head off
watching the thrill-packed
Thursday evening is a regularly
scheduled evening for AWUTC
varsity play in Rec Hall No. 3.
S. Basketball is a hot sport and
a big game gives the crowd an
evening of the ol' civilian spec-
tator atmosphere through the
news scope of the press 'and the
broadcasting facilities available
over the camp public address sys-
tem, it is hoped that a scheduled
return game will be released in
time for the Drew sport enthusi-
asm to boil over and pack the
Rec Hall.
Unit basketball teams in the
Rec Hall leagues have to hustle
to top the interest shown by the
568th SAW Bn .. Lt. BUTLER
has two teams Team "A" and
"B" played each other in the.
Fifth Training League with team
"A" winning, 24-10. Pfc. LEON-
ARD HTNES tossed nine points
to pace the scoring of team "A."
The Fourth Training loop has
a fast league. Hq's Co of the
Fourth Tng. Bn. had a hard
fight ir whining over the 569th
SAW Bn. by a 32-28 score.
SNOW and RENAKER led the
floor play of the winners.
VICTORY, six foot, five inch
center, paced the losers' scoring
and was outstanding in clever
ball handling.. Co. "A" of the
Fourth took a 37-28 victory
over the 584th.
First Sgt. KAISH and WHITEY
HODGE paced the clear-cut win
for Co. "A." 575th SAW Bn.
is the class of the league .
thumping 741st by a score of
34-20. Floor play and expert
marksmanship surpassed all other
units in the league.
Held in check by the brisk
weather, the 314t' and 3d FC
teams have been keeping their
eyes )n the hoops with shooting
Hearing the echo of "drive A"
takes us back to days of pass and
cut drive and keep driving.
under the hoop keep your
eye on the ball and on the bas-
ket work it in .. It was es-
timated that 1,200 men are work-
ing the ball in under the Rec
Hall leagues those men are
out for the sport of the ball game
. there are others on the field
who enjoy the game as spectators.



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Wins First 3 Games

AWUTC '5' to Play WACs

With Soldiers in Gas Masks
Tonight at Recreation Hall No. 3 the GIs will see a
bit of funniness.
The funniness will be when the AWUTC varsity bas-
ketball team will play a team of WACs. But the catch is
that the AWUTC team will wear gas masks, boxing gloves

and shoulder pads.
Of course, the game is a gag,
but it should be something more
than something to watch. And
it is all a part of the big
Christmas program to entertain
service men and women on Drew
Soldier basketball .fans are
urged to come out and watch
Muriel McSweeney and Eliza-
beth Blasco, demon WAC bas-
ketballteers, try to stop Lt. John
(The Cat) Fowler, Lt. Aldo Mo-
linari and Cpl. Sol Schechter
from scoring--even with gas
masks, boxing gloves and shoul-
der pads.
The time is at 8 o'clock to-
night. Recreation Hall No. 3.
The game is part of the "AW
Sports Jamboree" and plenty of
other entertainment is on tap.
A comical burlesque on the TC-
87 (those new and rugged calis-
thenics) will bring plenty of
laughs; two boxing matches will
lend excitement; and a profes-
sional wrestling match will pro-
vide a grunt-and-groan top-off
for the athletic program.
Then, the audience will hear,
the washboard rhythms of those
three dusky jivers who have been
so wildly hailed by Tampa au-
A novelty stage program will
follow, with AW's own 465th AAF
Bands (concert and dance) push-
ing out some mellow and torrid

Base Begins


After Jan. 1
Directly after the holiday sea-
son, the Drew Field Base Detach-
ment basketball league will begin
play in the new field house at
6th St. and Ave. C.
Lieutenant Charles W. Lyons,
Base physical training officer, an-
nounced that all units having bas-
ketball teams and desirous of en-
tering the loop, should contact the
Base physical training office, Ext.
429 within the next week.
Teams from all units of the
newly organized Base Detachment
are authorized to play in the
loop. The 3d Fighter Command's
crack quintet also will be avail-
able. The stanch rivalry of the
Base Detachment intra outfits
should add some class and color
to the league.
A volleyball league will also
operate, with the games to be
played at night on the outdoor
courts. Finals of the volleyball
loop will be played in the Base
Gym. A trophy will be awarded
the winners of each league.

575th AW Sinks

741st Basketball

Five in Opener
Bucketeers from the 575th
SAW defeated the 741st, 34
to 20, at Rec. Hall Number 3,
last week, in their first game
since coming to Drew Field.
For a new team, the men
showed fine co-ordination and
a splendid spirit of co-opera-
tion. Speed and endurance
come from years of previous
Vet player was Lt. Edmund
Bloom, who says his playing days
started in the fourth grade when
the boys pitched in to buy a Sears
and Roebuck basketball. The team
was the first in the school to play
outside games.
SThe boys hung together all
through high school, when with
only six men, they managed to
win all but one" game of the sea-
son. Lieutenant Bloom entered the
army in January, 1938, and played
with a YMCA team in San Juan,
Puerto Rico.
iHe coached in Puerto Rico in
1943, but his team was handi-
capped by so little time for prac-
tice. The men did manage to win
more than they lost.
Master Sgt. Ralph Greenacre
piled up the most points. His play-
ing goes back to the Acme All
Stars, a high school team in Los
Angeles. Swish Greenacre's fame
rests as much on his excellent
basketball as on his high-flying
drop kicks playing on the bat-
talion football team.
Lieutenant Norman Trachsel
got his earliest experience play-
ing the backyard open-air courts
on sunny Long Island. Later Trax
was on the team at Long Island
University where he made an ad-
mirable record, and even now his
endurance makes him a tough
match for many younger men.
Corporal Joe Huskocy played
first in an Athletic Club in his
hometown, Whiting, Ind. After
several years on the team Joe did
himself well in northern Indiana
tournaments before coming into
the army.



The S-3 and Adjutant touch football teams won both
their games last week in the 5th SAW Football League. The
Adjutant team maintained first place by coming from be-
hind in each game as they took the measure of Medics, 7
to 6, and thrashing the Processing terrors, 12 to 6. The S-3
team had a much easier time in shutting out the Terrors, 13
to 0, and the 'Headquarters team, 20 to 0.
With the game a few minutes
old, the S-3 team became "Red nallon to Lt. Williams pass for
Hot" and on passes from Cannal- the ektra point was incomplete.
Ion to Palen and Mazocca carried
the ball to the Processors' five- The Headquarters Company's
yard line from where "Pop" Lt. Nunn, Sgts. Mayers and Kro-
Bridges scooted around right end ger proved no match for the S-3
for the score. A pass from Can- team as Cannallon completed pass
nallon to Palen was good for the after pass to Bridges, Paln and
extra point. Mazocca in an overwhelming vic-
With three minutes of play, tory, 20 to 0.
Cannallon's pass into the end As a result of their double vic-
zone, meant for Mazocca, was tory S-3 has a chance to tie the
deflected by MacLennan into Adjutants by emerging victorious
the arms of Lt. Williams for in the game between the two
S-3's final touchdown. The Can- teams next week.

Rec Halls

Set Aside

For Games
Two Rec Halls, Nos. 2 and 3,
have been set aside certain eve-
nings for basketball games of
various Drew Field units.
The weekly schedule at Rec
Hall No. 3 follows:
Monday, 4th Training Bn.
Tuesday, 5th Training Bn.
Wednesday, 2d Training Bn.
Thursday, A W UT C varsity
Friday, 1st Training Bn.
Saturday, A WUTC varsity
Sunday, open.
Last Sunday, the 741st used the
Rec hall for morning, afternoon
and evening games.
In the Rec Hall No. 2, soldier
shows are held each Monday and
Tuesday evening. On Wednesday
nights, the 1018th Quartermasters
use the hall for basketball, and
on Thursday it is reserved for
the 396th Bombardment group.
Teams wishing to reserve the
halls for games may call the
physical training section of
AWUTC Special Service, Exten-
sion 810.

4th Tng. Wins

Softball Game

The Fourth Training Bat-
talion softball team came out
of the winter season moth
balls Saturday morning to
brave sore arms and chilled
marrow with a 6-2 victory
over the 503d SAW Bn.
The 503d "Chairborne Com-
mandos" crossed the plate first in
the early innings of the game.
Striking back, Fourth Training
scored six runs, while blanking
the 503d ten until the ninth in-
ning, when the challenging unit
scored their second run of the
ball game.
Lieutenant McCormack, of
the 503d, pulled the fielding
gem of the day by hauling
down a line drive over third
and diving into the dirt, full
length, to double the runner off
the bag.
Both teams played errorless
ball, making the game thrill-
packed for the spectators. Cpl.
Paul Kolomber twirled good ball
for the Fourth Training team.
503d SAW Bn. (2) 4th Tng. Bn. (6)
F/Sgt. Bob Smith T/5 Kolomber
Pvt. Melvin Smith F/Sgt. Kaish
First Base
Lt. Erickson S/Sgt. Collins
Second Base
T/4 Jauntigan Sgt. Hodge
Third Base
Lt. McCormack Lt. Mento
S/Sgt. Tio Heckert
Left Field
Cpl. Benkowski Lt. Halsted
Center Field
Sgt. Walters Lt. Kerpewski
Right Field
Lt. Bradlin Lt. Scheidt
Short Field
T/5 Friendenberg Lt. Thornton

Legion to Hold

Xmas Eve Party

The night before Christmas a
number of creatures will be stir-
ring all through the house at
602 Tampa St., where the Ameri-
can Legion, Tampa Post No. 5, is
having a party for soldiers, their
wives and girls.
Thomas (Happy) Woodson, who
will preside, says there will be
music, entertainment, gifts, prizes
(grand prize, $25 War Bond),
songs, funny sayings, food, and a
drop of the creature. The joint
can accommodate 300. The party
begins at 8 p.m.

Team Is Undel

Fowler, Schec
In their first three starts of the
season Drew Field's AWUTC var-
sity basketball team has gotten
off to a good start. They beat
Plant high school by 37 to 29, the
Davis Islands Coast Guards by 54
to 23 and ran into Tartars in the
396th last Sunday, winning by 52
to 47.
In this last game Lt. John (The
Cat) 2Fowler, high point man in
the City League last year, gave
up his distinction as being high
point man to Coach Cpl. Sol
Schechter. Faced with defeat Sol
got hot and began to sing some
long shots from far out and rang
up 14 points. He was closely fol-

Speedy Six Grid

Team Powerful

The Speedy Six, successors
to the famed Terrible Ten of
softball, walloped the officers
of the 576th Bn. in the first
inter battalion competition
in touch football, 36-6.
TDs scored: Speedy Six:
Lt. Mento, 2; Lt. Thornton, 2;
Lt. Scheidt, 1; and Lt. Syz-
wicz, 1. 576th: Lt. Rooney, 1.
At the same time, on another
section of the spacious athletic
stadium, Mastrogiacoma's
Maulers scored on a pass from
Goldsmith to Spitzer to defeat
Zimmerman's Zephyrs, by a
6-2 score, in the slambahg sec-
ond game of the day, Both
teams played a good ball with
the finesse and bulldoggedness
of the victors winning for them
the Oaken Dipper.
TD scored: Spitzer 1.

Jack Reilly, Vet Trainer.
Wins Army Award
Corporal Jack Reilly, veteran
boxing trainer who went into the
Army from Stillman's gym, in-
door retreat of the Jacobs' beach-
combers, has been awarded a
trophy for meritorious service in
training of boxers at Fort Eustis,

Feared So Far;

hter on Beam
lowed by "The Cat," however,
as Fowler got himself 13 points.
The 396th is an all-officers'
team,.paced by Lt. Philpot, West
Point star. Philpot did a bit of
allright for himself by ringing up
23 points. Lt. Witty, former cap-
tain of New York University's
basketball team, also went to
town by caging 10 points.
This 396th Bombardment
Group almost caught the AWUTC
gang with their respective
britches lowered. The Signal
Corps boys, .loaded with former
college and professional stars,
were unprepared for such an ar-
ray of stars and were almost
rushed off the court. But they got
together when Molinari, O'Brien,
Fowler, Schechter, Underorfel and
Hartung put on a Garrison finish
to eke out a five-point win.
In the game against the Coast
Guards last Saturday John (Lean-
ing Tower of Pisa), the Armenian
from the University of Illinois, via
Waukegan, proved that he is just
about the best center in these
Lt. Molinari, a running mate for
"The Cat", will do a lot of watch-
ing, as he and Fowler work to-
gether with clock-like precision.
O'Brien, who used to toss them
in for Manhattan college, is one
of those guys who keeps boring
in and sets up play after play.
Schechter, the coach, who
vowed that he would not play
this season, is as hard to keep off
the court as a fly from sugar.
As soon as the whistle blows the
stocky coach starts squirming on
the bench and soon substitutes
himself for one of his team mates.
Proof of his wisdom is his 14
points against the 396th.
Lt. Hartung, who played six
years of pro ball with the Pitts-
burgh Steelers, is one of those
chaps who will break loose on a
scoring rampage at any time.
All in all, this gang looks like
the best basketball team to ever
represent Drew Field.
(Author's note: Some weisen-
heimers have siddled up to this
reporter and spoke thusly: "Wait
until they meet MacDill." To this
this reporter comes back with
this: Until the AWUTC is beaten
we will offer free framsnatch
sandwiches at Silly Solly's.)

7:30 P.M.









RATIONING IS TOUGH on Santa, too. While on Drew
Field Santa stopped in to see Capt. E. B. Dailey, ration offi-
ser, and explained that meot rationing had caused his
waistHine to decrease to the point where the fit of his uni-
fortm made it look like a CI issue. Dailey made some
remark about Santa's reindeer, but Oid Kris said he didn't
Nke venison.

A PRACTICAL MAN is the 1943 Santa. Here he is about to
load two worthwhile and well-earned gifts into the bomb bay
of a 396th Group Fortress.

ONLY A FEW MINUTES after Santa Claus landed at Drew Field he was the toast (and
envy) of every CG. Old Kris, his back bent under a sack filled with loveliness, scampered
to the lawn in front of Base Headquarters-and this is what he produced-a real, live
pinup girl. Yes, sir, Santa always brings what you want. The walking, talking pinup girl
is Maria Hardin of the Post Engineers Office.

SANTA HAD A GIFT for every GI soldier and his guests. He made a special trip to the
office of Lt. George J. May Jr., Base theater officer, where he opened a sackful of free
movie tickets. With these tickets, every Drew Field soldier and his guests will be able
to visit War Department theaters all day Christmas-and for free! You won't need a
ticket to get into the theaters. The ticketman will hand you one as you enter.


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