The Panama bulldozer


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The Panama bulldozer
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United States -- Army. -- Corps of Engineers. -- Panama Engineer District
United States -- Army. -- Corps of Engineers. -- Panama Engineer Division
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Panama Engineer District
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Ancon, Canal Zone
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Fortnightly News Magazine of the Panama Engineer Division, Panama Canal Department
Issuing Body:
Vols. for v. 3, no. 7 (May 13, 1942)-v. 4, no. 6 (Mar. 17, 1943); v. 4, no. 12 (June 9, 1943)-v. 5, no. 16 (Sept. 30, 1944) issued by Panama Engineer Division; v. 4, no. 7 (Mar. 31, 1943)-v. 4, no. 11 (May 26, 1943) by Panama Division, Engineer Service, Caribbean Defense Command; v. 5, no. 17/18 (Oct. 31, 1944)- by Department Engineer, Panama Canal Department.
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"Unofficial news magazine of the Panama Engineer District"--P. 1, vol. 3, no. 1.

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Fresh impetus was given last
week to the continuing drive in the
Division to bring the civilian sup-
port of the Pay Reservation FIn for
the purchase of War Bonds up to a
creditable level.
Col. Ross E. Windom,the Divis-
ion Engineer, not only directed a
letter to each employee who did not
have a Pay Reservation, but impli-
inented his request for cooperation
by outlining a follow-up -procedure
which places responsibility for pro-
moting the plan directly up to Sec-
tion Chiefs and key personnel.
"The current goal,* Col.Windom
stated, "is 90% and 15% that is
90% of employees participating to
the extent of 15% of total gross
pay roll.
"We can reach and pass our
goal by simply effecting the prin-
ciples of teamwork. Other civilian
groups are doing it regularly in
fact our nearest neighbor is already
up in the 95% class. If they can do
it, we can too, and we will!"
Meanwhile the March tabulation
by the War Bond Officer showed what
astounding results can happen when
a whole Section really turns in to
support the Pay Reservation Plan.

Construction Section, paced by
its Chief, Charles A. Schulte, act-
ually in one month's time, doubled
its percentage of personnel sub-
scribing, as well as percentage of
pay roll.
With 58.08% of personnel signed
up, Construction Section now stands
third in ratio participation. In
percent of pay roll it stands first
with 12.53%.
Maintenance Section still leads
with 66.3% of personnel; and Supply
(which raised its ratio by 8.12%)
is close behind with 65.32%.
AV PARTCP2ATTW XL 5379 .... Thin
contrasts sharply with the more than
80% participation of military per-
sonnel throughout the Panama Canal
Department and the 100% support
of our own officers.
'FEW DAYS .......But don't wait fcr
this to sign up......Let's show the
fighting forces that the civilian
personnel of the D. E. is behind
them, LET'S MAKE IT 90% AN) 15%-



Captain Lewis W. McBride,o.E.,
has dropped the "Acting" from his
designation as Chief of the Engin-
eering Section.

Lt. Col. S. J. Lerro, M. G.,
former Chief of the Medical Sec-
tion, has been transferred to the
Coast Artillery.


Sketched on the following page
are Major Frank C. Dunham, Chief of
the Inspection & Contracts Section,
Ruth Wynne, his Secretary and 2nd.
Lt. John D. Nicholson.
Major Dunham came to Panama in
a civilian in 1940 to work on the
Third Locks Project of The PanaM
Canal. He and Mrs. Dunham have just
completed their fourth year here,
during which neither has been back
to the States. His engineering de-
gree is from Georgia Tech,aad Drwag
associated for several years with
the Tennessee Valley Authority. He
has been with the Division since
being called to active service in
June, 1942.
Assigned to the Division in
Aug.1943, and now Executive Assis-
tant and Property Custodian of his
Section, Lt.Nicholson attended the
University of Oklahoma, and before
entering the Army was with Robert
. Ray, Inc.,Geophysical Engineers,
Houston, Texas.
After 10 years as Secretary to
two officials of the Bank of Nw
York at 48 Wall Street, Enid Ruth
Wynne came to the Canal Zone to make
a home for herself and her husband.
....No more working, just take it
easy. But in a few days she had a
job as Secretary to the Chief In-
spector. That was in Nov. 1940 and
sheos been with Inspection ever

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As the Contracting Officer for
the Division, Major Frank (. Dunham
functions as the dispatcher and con-
troller for the construction authori-
zations entrusted to the Division by
the Commanding General of the Panama
Canal Department.
His Section Inspection and
Contracts receives the first rec-
ord of a proposed construction or-
der. Later if the performance of
the work is authorized, it is he who
decided by which of three methods it
shall be prosecuted. During construc-
tion it is this echelon that keeps
constant tab on the progress and
quality of the work being done. And
finally, when the structures are
complete, it is this echelon that
transfers them to the using agen-
Thus, though the personnel of
Inspection and Contracts drive no
nails, operate no bulldozers, and
tool no mortar, they are directly
concerned with our task of building
facilities for the armed services
from the moment a building gets be-
yond the "gleam stage" in a tacti-
cal officer's eye until the day the
Army Air Forces, Ground Forces or
Service Forces move in.
After various preliminary ap-
provals, a request for construction
passes from Engineering Section to
Major Dunham, who turns it over to
Herbert R. Croyle, Chief of the Es-
timating Branch, This Branch makes
up an E.C.R. 6 or Preliminary
Cost Estimate, based on prelimin-
ary engineering data.
After further approvals the
E.M.O. or Authority to Do the
Work comes back to Major Dunham.
An "action" copy is next trans-
Sitted to Engineering Section with
"Information Only" copies for Fis-
cal, Control and other echelons.
Next Engineering Section re-

turns the completed plans. At this
Juncture, Major Dunham as contrac-
ting officer, has the responsibil-
ity for deciding whether the job
will be performed by Purchase-end-
Hire, by private contractor,or(more
rarely) by The Panama Canal.
If Purchase-and-Hire is invol-
ved, the Work Order Branch, headed
by William P. Angrick, prepares a
work order which is transmitted to
the Contruetion Section or the At-
lantic Area for performance.
If The Panama Canal is to per-
form all or any part of the construc-
tion, an I. & C. Work Request is
If private contract is the me-
thod chosen, Nelson H. Walton, Chief
of the Contracts Branch, it directed
to prepare bidding forms and invita-
tions to submit bids on a certain
day. On the appointed day, all bids
are opened publicly in Major Dunham's
Bids are next evaluated for com-
parative purposes, then a formal
check-slip for record goes to Con-
tracts Branch, directing them to
award the contract and outlining any
special points that need developing.
Contracts Branch draws up the
contract documents, which are a
compilation of plans, specifications
and contract forms. Meanwhile, to
avoid paper delay, the contractor
receives a letter to proceed with
the work. Sometimes, under the em-
ergency authority, contracts may
be awarded without bids, if this
is deemed in the government 's in-
terest. All contractors are bonded.
Whenever a construction work
order or an I. & C. work request is
issued, or a contract let, Harold
H. Feeney, Chief of Inspection
Branch, is notified, and an Inspec-
tor assigned to the Job.
These Inspectors, whose group
(Continued on Page 8)


The four gentlemen trying a
little crystal gazing on the facing
page, are left to right Herbert
Croyle, Harold Feeney, William
Angrick and Nelson Walton, each of
whom heads up one of the four main
echelons that compose the Inspection
& Contracts Section.

Herbert B. Croyle, who has been
working for this organization since
Oct. 1942, is head of the Estimating
Branch. Prior to that date he was
employed by the Panama Canal Office
Mr. Croyle was born in Indiana,
but attended school in Pennsylvania,
graduating from Bucknell University
in 1932.
Before coming to Panama, he
was employed by the Great Lakes Con-
struction Company, operating out of
the Chicago Office, and the J. Dean
Clark Company, Bridge Contractor.
His wife and 20-month old daugh-
ter are on the Isthmus with him.

Harold Hickman Feeney, Chlpf of
Inspection Branch, was born in Bea-
con, N. I. He received his elemen-
tary and high school education in
that state, but. began ie southward
Journey when he went to the Univer-
sity of California. Here he studied
Engineering, working while he atten-
ded school.
Before coming to Panama in 1940,
Mr. Feeney had been engaged in govern-
ment construction for several years.
He was employed on both the Ft. Knox
and Ft. Funston projects.
His first assignment on the Is-
thmus was at Ft. Sherman, and he was'
employed on the Atlantic Side until
Feb. 1943, when he came to the Paci-
fic Side. He became Chief of Inspec-
tion Branch last ul2y, and at present
Is on his first States leave.
Mr. Feeney, his wife and 3-year-

old son ('appy"} Harold Hickman II,
whose picture you have probably seen
on some of the Red Cross Posters,
live in Curundu Heights, where Mr.
Feeney is a member of the Civic

The Chief of the Work Order
Branch, William P. Angrick, came
to Panama from Michigan City,
Indiana, 2 December, 1941. Un-
til April 1943, when he was assign-
ed to his present position, he was
with Estimating Branch, Engineering
Mr. Angrick received his edu-
cation in Indiana and Texas, and
attended St. Edwards University in
Austin. Before coming to Panama
he was employed by a private con-
stnuction company for several years.
He and his wife, who is from
Tulsa, Okla., and is a graduate of
Indiana University, live in Curundu.
We wonder who takes care of
the "work order" in case "Bill" is
requested to do the dishes??

Nelson H. Walton, Chief of the
Contracts Branch, has been in Panama
from time to time since 1940. Before
he came to the Division in Sept. 1943,
he was contact man for several con-
tracting firms at once, including
the contractor who built one of our
largest distant bases.,
In 16 years he has been on
every continent in the world. He
has travelled extensively in South
America; in fact he has been in
every country there except Chile and
Venezuela. i
Mr. Walton is a native of Wil-
liamsburg, Virginia, and attended
the University of Virginia... But
"home is where he hangs his hat".. ihea the "emergency" is over,
don't be surprised if you run into
him Just anwhere!



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(Continued from Page 6)
photograph appears on the front
cover, have a tremendous respon-
sibility for seeing to it that
the government gets what it or-
ders. They coordinate the vari-
ous aspects of a job, and serve as
controllers on the projects assig-
ned to them. On contract work,the
Inspector is the contact man be-
tween the contractor and the Div-
ision, and to that extent each In-
spector represents the Contracting
Officer. The Inspector is also an
advisory person, deciding field
problems himself, bringing major
problems, including recommenda-
tions for change-orders, to atten-
tion of higher authority. The
Inspector must pass on materials,
workmanship and construction stan-
dards. If he Is watchful, effi-
cient and scrupulously honest,the
government gets its money's worth.
If he falls short, it is Uncle Sam
who is the loser.
Based on the Insnector's
reports, as the jobs move ahead,
the Contract Branch prepares the
payment estimates to contractors,
on the basis of which each firm is
paid a percentage of the contract
price according to the estimated
degree of completion.
Contracts Branch also does
cost accounting on all contracts,
and must' be able to provide a var-
iety of detailed information there-
on. At the completion, the Work
Order Branch compiles on each job
an E.C.R. 9 or Record of the
When a project, or an appre-
ciable unit thereof, is complete,
a joint inspection is held on the
job. This is attended by the rep-
resentative of the constructing
agency (government or private),
the Inspector, and a representa-
tive of the using agency, usually
the Post Engineer.
After this the Inspector

turns in the necessary papers, on
the basis of which the transfer
papers are written up, signed by
Lt. J. D. Nicholson, Assistant to
the Chief of the Section. The
structures, when accepted on be-
,half of the Post Commander, be-
come the property of the Post.
G. F. Bode, Assistant Chief
Inspector, is responsible for the
technical end of the transfer pro-
cedure. In this he has the assis-
tance of a large clerical staff,
chiefly women.
Besides the transfers of
structures as they are currently
completed, Messrs. Feeney,Bode
and their staff are gnawing stea-
dily away on a tremendous back-
log of completed and occupied -
but untransferred construction.
No formal transfers were effected
until Sept. 1942, when the construc-
tion program had been under way for
almost three years.
In commenting on the past and
present aspects of the Division En-
gineer construction by contract,
Major Dunham stated that he felt too
few people now here realized the tre-
mendous influence made by Brig. Gen.
W. A. Danielson, and Lt. Col. N. J.
Riebe on the local War Expansion Con-
struction Program.
He stated that he did not come
on active duty until after the depar-
ture of Gen Danielson, but that the
General's influence could best be re-
alized by remeabering that it was he,
as Constructing Quartermaster, who
started the large permanent housing
expansion program and commenced the
design and construction of three en-
tirely new posts, which were well
under way before he left.
Col. Riebe was Chief of Engin-
eering under Gen. Danielson and took
over as Contracting Officer after
Gen. Danielson returned to the
States 15 January 1942. Thus Col.
Riebe, until he left In December
1943, was one of the main forces


causing the completion of the per-
manent housing and post program,
as well as the tremendous War Fac-
ilities Program started immedi-
ately after Pearl Harbor.
Major Dunham stated that he
felt that credit and recognition
should be given these two men for
the outstanding foresight, effort
and accomplishments made by them.
Major Dunham went on to point
out that the new permanent type
construction on Canal Zone posts
could be identified by its cream-
colored exterior paint. The bulk
of this was built by using Pur-
chase-and Hire grading and found-
ations, and by letting the re-
mainder of the work to general
contractors. It is possible to
mention only a few.
In the construction of the
wholly new post of Howard Field,
Tucker McClure and Thompson-Mark-
ham had the largest contract, while
the J. A. Jones Construction Com-" ,
pany played a similar role in the;.
entirely new post of'Ft. Gulick.
The N. P. Severin Company
built the Howard Field runway and
shared in the construction of the
Panama Air Depot structures with
Robert a. McKee.
The McDonald Construction Co.
and McDonald-Tarlton built the Ft.
Clayton and Ft. Gulick Hospitals,
the Albrook Field and Howard Field
McCarthy Brothers, Novey &
Luttrell, and Grebmar Conatruotion
Co. had large contracts. Froemming
Bros. Inc. built a long mileage of
streets and roads. L.R.Sommer was
responsible for the electrical
distribution system at Howard Field.
The Civil Air Terminal and
hangar on Gaillard Highway, star-
ted by Tucker-McClure & Thompson-
Markham under a fixed-fee con-
tract, was completed by Tucker
McClure under lump-sum.
Few people realize the part
played by contractors in the con-
struction of our Outlying Bases,

two of the largest of which were
built chiefly by Tucker McClure.
A large base in Peru was built
by Gramonvel, a Peruvian concern.
Henry C. Hudgins and Francisco J.
Morales also performed sizeable
Outlying contracts.
Today the Pan Pacific Cor-
poration is handling work at Rio
Hato and the Pan American Co. (A
Tucker-McClure organization) at
David. Robert E. McKee is doing
a re-roofing job on the Atlantic
Side. McCarthy Brothers, Novey
and Luttrell and McDonald Con-
struction are carrying on.

Shown are: G.F.Bode (New
York City), Assistant to the
Chief, Inspection Branch, and
his assistants, Katherine Con-
roy, left (St.Paul,Minn.), and
Johnetta Beam (Atlanta,Ga.),in
a seven o'clock conference with
the inspectors before the lat-
ter dispersed to their several
Left to right, seated,are
E.K. Derr (Paterson,N.J.) Car-
los de la Guardia (Panama),in
foreground, Victor Peterson
(San Jose,Calif.), in back-
ground, W.S.Ballard (Mobile,
Ala.) E Earl Mannes (Horace,
N. D. 1, Frank Hinek (Milwau-
kee, Wis.), J.D.Porras (Panama).
Standing: M.R.Paredes
(Panama), L.W.Dotters (Oakland,
Calif. ) H.I. Miller (Arling-
ton,Va.), F.W.Kabbes (Jackson,
Miss.), S.A.Navarro (Panama),
J.P.Nolan (Tarrington, Wyo.),
and J.C.Franois, Jr., (Long-
view, Texas).
Not in picture are E.J.
Konopinski, Head Inspector
of the Kobbe Unit, R.J.Scho-
field, who was out of town,
and the following men at work
on Oytlying Bases: E.G.Fifer,
B.J.Koetterits, W.P.Gilbert
and J.F.Sheetz.


Call by Milton Caniff, creator of "Terry and the Pirates" Must Have Come From Under The Rock Of


Back on the Docks
One of the least glamorous )obs
in the war is being done quietly
and efficiently by one of the least
glamorous and most conscientious
men in the United States Army.
The job is bossing a bunch of
longshoremen at the Army's huge
freight depot in Brooklyn. And
the man is Capt. James J. Brad-
dock-"Plain James" Braddock,
former heavyweight champion of
the world.
Braddock is right at home out
there on Pier Six. He was a lonig-
shoreman there himself not so
very long ago, when Joe Gould
got him a match with Corn Grif-
fin, an up-and-coming young
heavyweight, on the preliminary
card to the world's championship
bout between Primo Camera and
Max Baer in Madison Square
Garden BowL
Braddock was an old man, as
fighters go, and when the Corn
dumped him in the very first
round, ringsiders thought he was
through. But "Plain James"
climbed back on his feet and in
a couple of rounds he had stif-
fened the Corn.
He was back in the Bowl a year
later, winning the heavyweight
title from Baer in one of the
ring's biggest upsets. Sports writ-
ers called him the Cinderella Man
then and wrote a lot of copy
about his long climb from Pier
Six to the Top. But they gradu-
ally forgot about Jim after Joe

Louis knocked him out in Chi-
cago and took his title away.
Now Braddock is back on Pier
Six. He's the boss over there, the
unglamorous boss of an unglam-
orous job, and because he knows
his business, he gets the job done.
Come to think of it, that's just
the way he worked in the ring,
conscientiously, methodically,
thoroughly and without any
flim-flamni at all.

Senators Eat K Ration;
'Hard as Hell,' Says One
Washington (CNS) -Several
senators nibbled K Rations here
recently and although their re-
actions to the delicacy were
varied, all agreed it was good
solid food.
"I enjoyed it," said one states-
man, grinning wryly and pluck-
ing the stumps of two shattered
teeth from his mouth.
"It's hard as the hubs of hell,"
said another, less enthusiastically.

Even the Beer
Explodes in London
London (CNS)-GIs in London
have encountered a phenomenon
here they never ran into back
home in Sioux Falls, S. D.-ex-
ploding beer glasses. More than
one thirsty American has seen a
waitress set a big glass of brew
before him, and then seen the
glass blow up in his face.
Experts explain that this strange
occurrence is not due to the beer,
which isn't explosive, but to de-
fective glasses. Over-toughened,
they fly to pieces on contact with
a warm table.
It's very disconcerting.


London-A corporal rushed into
a mess hall, ate hurriedly and
rushed out, leaving his dirty
plate on the table. An unhappy
private came along and started
to clean the table, muttering
miserably. Under the corporal's
plate he found a threepence tip.

'Natives Sympathize
With Gen. Stilwell
BUrma (CNS)-Lt. Gen. Joseph
W. Stilwel] was crouched in the
bottom of a fragile Chinese river
boat when it pulled up to a dock
here. "Look at that poor man,"
said one of the native dockwork-
ers. "He must be over 00." .
Gen. Stilwell translated this
conversation to his companions.
"See." he remarked.wryly "you've
got to .'take a lot oF insufts when
you get to be my age."

News From Home
SAlbany, N. Y. (CNS) -Prison
inmates prefer travel literature
to almost any other kind of read-
ing, according to a recent report
of the New York State Library

Chicago, (CNS)-It was April
Fool's Day and the crowd that
gathered about a suspicious-look-
ing package on the sidewalk in
front of a Loop restaurant just
stood there and chuckled, wait-
ing for a sucker to come along.
Finally one simple-looking pass-
erby picked up the package and
opened it. It contained two large
steaks, presumably dropped from
a delivery truck serving the res-
taurant. Nobody said "April

Anderson, Ind. (CNS)-A tax
payer asked the local tax office if
he could claim on this year's in-
come tax return his $1,200 annual
"depreciation" on his wife.

Chicago (CNS)-A tobacco store
proprietor, who closed his shop
when he entered a hospital here,
left this information tacked on
the door: "Burglars attention!
Money and valuables removed. In
hospital. Back in a week, I hope."

Cincinnati (CNS)-An infla-
tion-conscious woman walked
into a postoffice and ordered a
large quantity of airmail stamps.
"I better get them now," she said,
"before the price goes up."

Columbia, S. C (CNS)-Moon-
shiners in the hills beyond
Columbia are asking their cus-
tomers for ration tickets. They
need the stamps in order to buy
sugar, a necessary ingredient of
Danielson, Conn. (CNS) -A
local lunch wagon sells "naked
frankfurters" for five cents. If a
customer wants a roll, mustard
and relish with his dog, he has to
pay a dime.
Harrisburg, Pa. (CNS) Ar-
rested here, a draft dodger had
this explanation for the FBI: "I
read a poster which said, 'Some of
us must fight-some of us must
buy bonds.' I made my choice-I
bought bonds."
Buffalo, N. Y. (CNS)-Jeff
Davis "King of the Hoboes,"
doesn't like traveling conditions
nowadays. He arrived here,
weary after having ridden in a
de luxe coach from Chicago. "It
was terrible," complained Jeff.
"You couldn't get a seat. Give
me the good old days when a bo
could ride the rods in comfort.

New York-A barnacle-stud-
ded old salt, retiring after 80
years in the Navy, decided that
the best way to pass his fading
years was to buy a saloon in
New York.
He bought an old tavern,
boarded it up and began to
paint and redecorate it. After a
week had passed, residents of
the area gathered outside and
knocked on the door.
"When are you going to open
up?" their spokesman asked.
"We'd like to patronize your
"Open up!" the old sailor
hollered, "I'll never open up.
I bought this place for myself "

Washington-An anonymous
pfc was a member of a GI band
putting on a command per-
formance at the White House.
Afterwards he shook hands with
the President. "You sent me
greetings when I was drafted,"
the pfc said. "Now rd like to
return them, sir."
Gallup, N. M. (CNS)-A newly-
rich Indian bought a grand piano
but found that the door to his mud
hut was too narrow to enable him
to get his treasure inside. So he
built a new hut-around the

Richmond Hill, N. Y. (CNS)-
Irked because his draft board
wouldn't classify him 1A, Sam
Wilson punched the board chair-
man in the eye. "I'm a fighting
man," he explained to police.



For a time this day will last -
Treat it gently, do.
Wish it not to go too fast
While it still is new.

When the battle is complete,
It till end the day.
Look not back with vain regret;
Gently treat today.


The employees of the Department
Engineer Office have been "coopera-
ting" by using the new bus system
for transportation to and from work
since the first of April.
An alternative and quite orig-
inal method of cooperation has been
evolved by Arthur L. Pridgen of the
Requisition Section, who has a new
way of getting to his job every day.
Any morning he can be seen stopping
over to shut the door of his smafl,
red, convertible Bantam roadster.

Quite a lot of gasoline and rubber
is conserved by the use of his Ban-
tam, which is, after all, the main
purpose of the change in the trans-
portation system.

Hectic and humorous was the
consolidation of the Department En-
gineer, Engineer Supply Office and
Camouflage Office files. The per-
son in the middle of it all is Cpi.
Joseph J. Mientus, who has the task
of shaping and merging them into a
new filing system. The former file
clerks, who have turned their files
over to Cpl. Mientus have him
"snowed" up, and he has been work-
ing through most of his lunch hours
trying to "get out from under."
"It wouldn't be so bad" Cpl. Mien-
tus said, "working eight hours a
day on this even nine. But when
you are constantly heckled by fe-
males well.1 !" In which ease
it was suggested that he file his
troubles...Suggestions for proper
classification will be welcomed.



By: Cpl. Joe W. Krueger

"Pese", the plant's pet cat
has been missing now for nearly a
week. We suppose it is because of
the two new canine members who have
joined forces with us here. They
are six-weeks-old puppies and re-
semble tiny balls of fur. So small
were they ,hen they arrived that it
was necessary for us to feed them
from a baby bottle. Being of two
breeds, German Shepherd and Great
Dane, they will be very large dogs
some future day. Even now they
are eating the mess hall out of
house and home as far as the sup-
ply of powdered milk is concerned.
They've received the names of
"SPARKY" and "T-KAY", from former
members of our staff. Milk boing
their favorite food, we thought
it well to name them after com-
rades who also favored a liid


Moss sat on his front porch,
munching corrbread, when one of
his hens went tearing past, fol-
lowed by an old rooster in high
gear. Suddenly the rooster ap-
plied his brakes and pulled up
short, trotted back and started
picking up the cornbread crumbs
at Mose's feet.
The old darky eyed him in
astonishment, then exploded,
"Lan' sakes, Mr. Rooster. I
hopes Ah never gets dat hungry'w

By: Pfc. Torres

.....WH S IT....that Lt. Richardson
has been seen so much lately without
his hat? Could it be that the Com-
pany Commander's headgear feels a
little tight? Why? Oh, haven't you

heard that when his Company was com-
plimented in the "Bulldozer" for con-
tributing 100% to the Red Cross drive,
they responded with this: "Any time
anything is needed for a good cause
you can always count on us." NOW
talk about morale!
very tired, sweating soldiers plod-
ding far behind the fast moving
squadron returning from a hike...
Could it be that a Transportation
Sgt. needed transportation? It may
be that Sgt. Santana thoughT Pfc.
Tous needed the exercise. Warehouse,
an excellent carpenter. He even ad-
mits it (while he applies the ham-
mer to the nail in the board that
is slowly splitting apart). Maybe
Pfc. Torres better stick to his
office work, eh? For the good of
the service....
.... .WHAT A,..! There seems to be
one "camisa g "randein the Oompany.
You can hardly find Cpl. Lugo
without shaking his shirt. In all
probability, when he grows up to
it again, he will be found with
a book of Military Courtesy under
his arm.
just because he's a little one,
don't think the 1st Sgt. can't
outsmart you. He holds all the
tricks. If you don't believe it,
look at that picture he has on his
.....CPL. is in
charge of our branch (The Sub Depot).
Buena Suerte to him and the fellas.

PERSONAL: E.T.B., Ft. Kobbe; contact
the W"Bulldozer" for information of

Remember that War Department cir-
cular directing that dates should
henceforth be shown as follows:
26 April 1944

-1 4-


By: Pfc. John Harrington

.....BLESSED EVENT. Pvt. C. H. Shed-
lock, formerly employed in the Elec-
trical Division of Panama Canal, be-
came the proud father of a bouncing
baby boy recently. Congratulations
and thanks for the cigars.
.....M/Sgt. A.L. "Wolft Green was ob-
served at the picnic with two lovely
DE girls hanging on his arms -he was
really "snowing" them under too, as
only an expert can.....lst Sgt.J.C.
Morton was heard "beating his gums"
about how he was beat out of atten-
ding the picnic by Sgt. Green after
he had spied a lovely senorita who
had given him a "special invite"...
...S/Sgt. K.O.Teuscher, Pvts. J.R.
Wiley, J.F.Smyth, and "Private,
last class" James Dunn, lost their
"shirts" in that famous Army game
"galloping dominoes". Seems as if
they thought the civilians would
be "easy pickings".....T/5 A. A.
Levin had his "steady" girl friend
with him as usual. Too bad she's
going back soon to the States to
marry another.....T/5 D.E. "True
Blue" Nagel was around too, but
nary a gal could ensnare him...
..Pfc. G.B.Marsh was observed
fighting the "Battle of Cerveza".
Said he won the battle but lost
a lovely Senorita didn't even
get her name.....The "Gold Dust
Twins", Pvts. H.I. Spiro and E.
C. Silver, of handball "fame",
are figuring on papering the walls
of their homes in the States with
the thousands of pictures they are
taking of themselves.

The Sector Engineer Utilities
Detachment has recently been atten-
ding a nightly course of instruct-
ion in military courtesy and discip-
line conducted in the organization.
The emphasis has been on saluting
and reporting to officers. The
when, where, how and why of salu-
ting have been particularly stres-
sed. Some of the men can ask the
darndest questions. If you don't
believe it, just ask any of the
NCO instructors.
Pvt. Ted Grosse has, in addi-
tion to his ordinary work duties
and social activities, taken on a
bit of area policing during recent
evenings. At four-fifteen each ev-
ening he has been seen clad in fat-
igues and armed with a pointed
stick and sack. After several days
at this job it was generally agreed
that his equal as a cigarette butt
and paper snatcher has rarely been

Three men of the company have
joined a class in elementary Span-
ish at the Balboa YMCA-USO. To date
their chief accomplishment seems to
have been the distraction of their
barracks mates. Due to the fact
that at all hours of day and night
they can be heard vocally conjuga-
ting hablar, comer and vivir.

tachment want to thank the Special
Services Branch for inviting them
to the picnic. They will long re-
member the swell time they had. A
large group went swimming and after-
ward visited a village which was
most primitive and which afforded
some fine photographic subjects.
Canoe building and charcoal making,
along with fishing, appeared to be
the chief concerns and were the sub-
jects for numerous pictures. The
"chow" was very good and a lot of
the boys went back for "seconds".
The games in the afternoon were a
lot of fun.


PXcfs oF f

By: Pauline J. Skinner

Const., and J. W. Newton, Roads
Branch, recently spent a day on
the Atlantic Side. Accompanied by
Oscar LeSiege, Chief, Field Oper-
ations, A.A., they made a complete
tour of Atlantic Area Roads.......
RICHARD F. HUNT transferred to the
Pacific Side and was replaced by
Otho E. Schott as Chief of Shops &
Transportation.....WILLIAM F. LAN-
GENBRUNER recently transferred back
to the Atlantic Area, resuming his
former duties as Gen. Foreman Const.
of Inspection & Survey, resigned to
enter the Armed Forces. He was re-
cently inducted into the Coast Ar-
tillery at Fort Sherman....J. A.
VELEZ, formerly with the Frederick-
Snare, Corp., is a new employee in
the A. A. He is Principal Eng.Aide
in the Inspection & Survey Branch..
..CATHERINE COOK, Lucile Kruse, and
Virginia Parsons of Pay Roll-Time-
keeping, are scheduled to depart by
plane for a brief vacation trip to
South America. They expect to vis-
it Colombia and Ecuador.
JACK W, GENTRY, Chief, Pay Roll
-Timekeeping, resigned to enter the
Armed Forces. He is returning to
his home in Arizona for a brief rest
before induction. He has been re-
placed by Stephen Folbp..... CECILIA
SAIAZAR, of Pay Roll-Timekeeping,
will vacation in Medellin and
Nompos, Colombia, where she and
her sister will visit relatives.


Whatever echelon may have
heretofore prided itself on having
among its ranks the individual born
longer ago than all the rest of us,
Atlantic Area seems now to have that
honor firmly grasped.
Atlantic's protagonist is
William E. Weigle, Labor Foreman at
Camp Coiner. He is 73 years old
(though he doesn't look it) and has
an enviable service record both



military and civic.
He obtained his early military
training in the U. S. Infantry in
1892? to 1895, and at the outbreak
of the Spanish American War obtain-
ed a commission in the U. S. Volun-
teers and served through that War
and the Philippine Insurrection.
He returned to the United
States in 1903 to participate in,
and install the Philippine Exhibit,
under the Insular Government, at
the St.Louis World's Fair in 1904.
This show by his native Philippine
Troupe was one of the hits of the
Fair, and later played for three
weeks at the New York Madison
Square Garden. He was also man-
ager of the "Manila Review", a
monthly magazine published at
the Fair.
In 1905 he came to the Isth-
mus as an employee in the Supply
Department of the Panama Canal,
but transferred to the Sanitary
Department in 1906. He was an In-
spector of Sanitation and was plac-
ed in charge of Sanitation and re-
building the City of Colon. It
was through his efforts that new
constructions in that city were
built with a 3-ft. space between
them as an aid to better sanitation.
In 1910 he resigned and organ-
ized the W. E. Weigle Construction
Co., and during a period of seven
years participated in the construc-
tion of 65 buildings in Colon, (two
of which were theatres).
World War No. 1 (in 1917) cur-
tailed transportation of needed ma-
terials to such an extent that he
was forced to give up his private
contracting and return to the UJ.S.A,
He estimates that he has made 18
round trips between the U.S. and
Panama, but at the present time
he is content to remain on his
job with the D.E.'s at Camp Coiner.

.....HENRY LYEW transferred from
the Office of Supply to take
charge of Tire-Warehouse

SOFIA LOPEZ, of Office Branch,
has returned from her vacation and
from her comments she had a wonder-
ful time in Boquete. We are glad to
have her back.......CORDELIA SANCHIZ,
of Office Branch, left for Guatemala
City on a well earned vacation.Hurry
nee Cecilia Lopez, is back at her
desk in the Work Order BranchI&C,
after a brief honeymoon spent at \
the "Bohios"....JAMES NOLAN, of
Inspection, is A300 short and very
unhappy, while Bill Angrick of
Work Order Branch is parading ar-
round with a "I told you so" look
on his face after winning that sum
in the extra-ordinary drawing of f
the Lottery. Seems that Jim held,
and refused, the same tickets,
saying, "these will never win"..
Better be careful in the future.j

Carlos la Guardia
Inspection & Contracts Section.


Carmen Schank, of Fiscal,was
guest of honor at a shower given
at the home of Pat Barton on 18
April. A buffet luncheon was ser-
ved. In the center of the table was
a three layer wedding cake surroun-
ded by orchids. Among those present
were: Pat Barton, Kathleen Cooke,
Dorothy Bauman, Florence Garrard,
Lucia Fong, Marjorie Billings, Ara
Conte, Lillian Stahl, Teresa Steer,
Pat Boothe, Frances Nelson and
Velnia Landley.
D. B.


By: Dorothy Eckman

Patsy Claxon, of Mail and
Records Unit,returned to the Zone
on Sunday, 9 April, after thirty
days' leave in the States. While
there she visited in Boston,Prov-
idence, New York City, Pittsburgh,
and, Williamsville, Vermont. Her
husband is in Davisville, Rhode
Island, with the Seabees.
Mrs. Claxon brought back with
her a menu (a folder 174- x 11ii)
from Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe,
New York, where she and her husband
were the guests of Mr.and Mrs. E.G.
Bromelow, formerly of Panama,where
Mr. Bromelow was employed by the
International General Electric Com-
pany. Another guest was Larry Sea-
man, whom many Q0ers will remem-
ber. Larry sent his greetings to
all OQUers.
.....Goldle De Castro, of Pay Roll
Unit, left 15 April for thirty days'
leave iwithe States. She will
visit at West New York, New Jersey.
.....A surprise baby shower was
given Saturday noon, 15 April, for
Tesslbel Loewen and Jowel Ahrano,
in the Maintenance Section office.
After all of the gifts were opened,
A. R. Foster, of Personnel Unit,
took pictures of the group. Those
present were: Patsy Claxon, Vera
Simonsen, Jane White, Doris Brucker,

Peggy Raymond, Marjorie Prues ,Ethel
Brevard, Edna Husum, Sara Larsen,
Dorothy Eckman, Ruby Banton,Zenaida
de Herrera, Helen Cohn, Claudine
Gove, Doris Lineburg, Nell Woods,
Ruth Verner, Velma Landley.
.....The Maintenance Section Bowl-
ing League finished up its present
series on Monday, 10 April. Team
standings are as follows:
Team Won Lost

Corozal Aces
Clayton Aces

High average for women is held
by Dorothy Eckman, and for men, by
Leonard Collins.
The new series will start
Monday, 24 April, at 7:30, and app-
lications will be taken by Secretary
of the League, Dorothy Eckman, at

By: Elaine Stalcup

.....Mildred Burns who departed re-
cently from the Isthmus, has been
sworn into the WAGS.
.... .The very humorous and popular
*Lola Bell* (Gladys) Tinnin, who
originally left the Isthmus in or-
der to bid farewell to her three


brothers who were being inducted
into the Armed Forces, has settled
in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Oladys
has purchased a beautiful nine room
home, which, no doubt, is none too
large for Gladys' many friends.
.....Louis Kaled, one of Supply!s
handsome young students, a graduate
of the National University of Pan-
ama,will return shortly to his home
in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, to begin
his medical studies.
.....Eutimla Diaz, a very progress-
ive young lady working at Supply,
will leave within a few days to com-
plete her studies at the Pan-Ameri-
can Institute.
....."Joanie" Eckhardt, of Council
Bluffs, la., formerly of Supply,has
been hired by the E. I. DuPont Co.,
and has gone to Seattle, Wash., to
assume her duties.
.....La Verne De Walle and *DuckyR
(Elizabeth) Koehler, two of Supply's
most efficient and industrious young
women, are replacing a few males in
Records Branch. A prodigious task
confronts these girls. Supply knows
that both La Verne and "Ducky" have
the necessary stamina, intelligen ce,
tenacity of purpose and will to corn -
plete the job in a most commendable
.....Elizabeth Owens of Macon, Ga.,
reported to work after thirty days'
leave in the States. Elizabeth,as
most of us do, really appreciates
the Zone after her recent visit.
.... Dynamic ,playful ,"Bob" (Robert)
Foster an enthusiastic proponent
of the theory of conservation of
materials and economy in all things
- heartily endorses the "1944 Sum-
mer Styles",particularly those for
females which include the halter
dresses, midriffs (the very short
ones), in other words those very
*nkked looking'bits of dresses that
are being worn by some of the ultra
chic or swanky femmes.What differ-
ence should such apparel make toa
person like Bob with his telescop-
ic eyes and vivid imagination?

By: Carl D. Delamar
....Richard P. Smith,Field Foreman
for Lubricants, Fuels, and Tires
Branch, enlisted in the Corps of
Engineers (Sector Engineer) at Cor-
ozal on 17 April.
A farewell party was held on
the night of 15 April at the home of
Ramon Sanchez in honor of Mr. Smith.
Twenty-five friends from Panama and
the Canal Zone were present in the
Bella Vista home where dancing and
feasting were the order of the even-
.....Arthur J. Forcier, employed as
mechanic by the Shops Branch,enter-
ed the Corps of Engineers (Sector
Engineer) at Corozal on 12 April.
A farewell party for Mr. For-
cier was staged by a few close
friends on the evening of 11 April
at the Balboa Garden.


Additional gifts received for
the American Red Cross since the
bulk of the contributions were turn-
ed in, came from:
Supply Depot $6; Construc-
tion $45; Maintenance $15'
Department Engineer $2; and At-
lantic Area $69.14.
Altogether these came to $137.
14, raising the total donation from
personnel of the Panama Engineer Di-
vision to $6,030.79J.


Dear Editor:
Bouquets to Orravan, the Poet!
His poem, Hari-Kari, in a recent
issue of the Bulldozer was a spicy
bit of humor enjoyed by many. We
wanted both you and Orravan to know
about it So, let's have more
of its


By: S/Sgt. Joseph 0. Murphy
And Nurse Margaret Carlson

.....AWARDS: The Army Good Conduct
Ribbon for efficiency, and honest
and faithful service rendered for
one year or more, has been awarded
to the following men of this organ-
ization: Tech. 3rd Gr. G. C. Beas-
ley, Tech. 4th Gr. M. P. Herring-
ton, Tech. 4th Gr. K. M. Kyle, Tech.
4th Gr. J. 0. Murphy, Tech. 5th Gr.
C. K. Ward, Tech. 5th Gr. R. J.
.....SPORTS: Tech. 3rd Gr. G. C.
Beasley competed in the Pacific
Side Track Meet finals held 15
April at Balboa Stadium. Events
entered were the javelin and discus.
....The Section is being represented
in the P.C.D. Pacific Bowling Finals
by Sgt. Beasley and Pvt. Balcer.
Both have outstanding records in
departmental bowling and are expec-
ted to make a favorable showing for
the Medical Section.
.....CARICATURES: Have you seen the
masterpieces of art by Artist Zeus
portraying Capt. and Mrs. Campbell
in their 1914 model Ford, adorning
the reception room wall at Tivoli
Infirmary? Wanda Campbell, like a
dutiful doctor's wife, is bolster-
ing her tired husband's spirit on
one of those urgent O.B. emergency
calls. Captain Campbell was very
much elated over this treasured
masterpiece and we can imagine the
surprised look on Mrs. Campbell's
countenance when she found herself
sitting beside her husband in the
1914 model....Your attention is
also called to those portrayals of
Nurse Irma Forbes giving "shots"
to a patient, and Nurse Sue Cagle's
chinless-act in disciplining a re-
sistiog patient.
.....o LOUGHS: S/Sgt. James Jones
returned recently from the States
after spending thirty days at his

parental home.....Sgt. Major P.
Harrington is planning to leave for
his home in Missouri to spend
thirty days with relatives. His
plans call for the "ringing of the
wedding bells" also.
.....WHERE THEY ARE: S/Sgts. M.
Salo and R. Hammock who returned
to the States for reassignment are
now both stationed in southern Ill-
inois becoming oriented to hospital
routine at the Station Hospital. Re-
ports are that S/Sgts. James Cooper
and Armand LaLiberte, reassigned
last Fall, are now on foreign duty
....REASSIGNMENT: Tech. /Sgt. Rus-
sel Guenther has departed for the
States for reassignment and plans
to spend his furlough time at his
parents' home in Milwaukee, Wis....
..... CONSOLED: T/3 John Cooper is
much consoled now that he has re-
ceived all of his delayed mail from
his wife. In order to attain the
proper sequence of a lovelorn's sen-
timents, Sgt.Cooper confidentially
whispered that he had arranged the
letters according to the post dates.
.....RETURNED: Capt. S. Palmieri '
has resumed his duties as Assistant
Surgeon, Atlantic Area, after hav-
ing spent several months as Surgeon
at an outlying project.

1t. Col. Paul _. Mitchell (Returning
from a dry-season trip to Rio Hato):
"All that's left are the jalousies."


Accidents occurring to personnel of the Division during the
month of March show an upward trend over preceding months. The total
X mber of lost time accidents for March was 12 greater than for Feb-
ruary.Exposure of manhocrs shows an increase over February which tends
to offset to some extent the greater number of accidents. It is the
responsibility of every employee to do his share in bringing down this
frequency rate. When a person is injured accidentally it affects him
personally, impedes the war effort, increases cost of operating the
government, and may even affect the morale of other employees. Let's
pull together and bring this frequency down to earth!
Frequency is the number of disabling accidents per million
manhours of work, a disabling accident being one which prevents the
worker from returning to duty on the next regular shift after injury
March 6.62
Cumulative 4.13

March 46.98 ,
Cumulative 32.34

March 69.4 _
Cumulative 20.00

March 30.67
Cumulative 25.39

March 37.04
Cumulative 25.28 ,,

March 25.21
Cumulative 29.33 _

March 23.95
Cumulative 19.76

March 27.65
Cumulative 34.54 Division Average
Above Average
March 31.02 m..m......m ....m
Cumulative 25.72 .

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