Title Page
 124th infantry - Gators at Fort...

Title: 124th Infantry Regiment
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00047687/00001
 Material Information
Title: 124th Infantry Regiment Fort Benning, Georgia 1943
Series Title: Special archives publication
Alternate Title: One hundred twenty fourth Infantry Regiment
One twenty fourth Infantry
Physical Description: 94 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Dept. of Military Affairs
Publisher: State Arsenal, St. Francis Barracks
Place of Publication: St. Augustine Fla
Publication Date: [1988?]
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 -- Florida   ( lcsh )
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- United States   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
General Note: Cover title.
General Note: At head of title: Florida Department of Military Affairs.
General Note: Reprint. Originally published: Gators at Fort Benning. 1943.
Funding: The Florida National Guard's Special Archives Publications was digitized, in part by volunteers, in honor of Floridians serving both Floridians in disaster response and recovery here at home and the nation oversees.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00047687
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Florida National Guard
Holding Location: Florida National Guard, St. Augustine Barracks
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the Florida National Guard. Digitized with permission.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001043184
oclc - 18405381
notis - AFC5968

Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    124th infantry - Gators at Fort Benning
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
            Page 9
            Page 10
        Page 7
        Regimental staff
            Page 11
        Page 8
        The alligator
            Page 12
        Reg. hdqrs. co.
            Page 13
            Page 14
        124th band
            Page 15
        The infantry school
            Page 16
        Service co.
            Page 17
            Page 18
            Page 19
            Page 20
        Anti-tank co.
            Page 21
            Page 22
            Page 23
            Page 24
        Cannon co.
            Page 25
            Page 26
            Page 27
            Page 28
        Medical detachment
            Page 29
            Page 30
            Page 31
        Adam Lazonga in combat
            Page 32
        1st bn. hq. staff
            Page 33
        Hq. co. 1st bn.
            Page 34
            Page 35
            Page 36
        Company A
            Page 37
            Page 38
            Page 39
            Page 40
        Company B
            Page 41
            Page 42
            Page 43
            Page 44
        Company C
            Page 45
            Page 46
            Page 47
            Page 48
        Company D
            Page 49
            Page 50
            Page 51
            Page 52
        2nd bn. hq. staff
            Page 53
        Hq. co. 2nd bn.
            Page 54
            Page 55
            Page 56
        Company E
            Page 57
            Page 58
            Page 59
            Page 60
        Company F
            Page 61
            Page 62
            Page 63
        Company G
            Page 64
            Page 65
            Page 66
            Page 67
        Company H
            Page 68
            Page 69
            Page 70
            Page 71
        3rd bn. hq. staff
            Page 72
        Hq. co. 3rd bn.
            Page 73
            Page 74
            Page 75
        Compnay I
            Page 76
            Page 77
            Page 78
            Page 79
        Compnay K
            Page 80
            Page 81
            Page 82
            Page 83
        Compnay L
            Page 84
            Page 85
            Page 86
            Page 87
        Compnay M
            Page 88
            Page 89
            Page 90
        Special service office
            Page 91
            Page 92
            Page 93
            Page 94
            Page 95
            Page 96
            Page 97
Full Text

Digitized with the permission of the



Digital images were created from printed source
documents that, in many cases, were photocopies of
original materials held elsewhere. The quality of
these copies was often poor. Digital images reflect
the poor quality of the source documents.

Where possible images have been manipulated to
make them as readable as possible. In many cases
such manipulation was not possible. Where
available, the originals photocopied for publication
have been digitized and have been added,
separately, to this collection.

Searchable text generated from the digital images,
subsequently, is also poor. The researcher is
advised not to rely solely upon text-search in this


Items collected here were originally published by the
Florida National Guard, many as part of its SPECIAL
ARCHIVES PUBLICATION series. Contact the Florida
National Guard for additional information.

The Florida National Guard reserves all rights to
content originating with the Guard.


were digitized by the University of Florida in
recognition of those serving in Florida's National
Guard, many of whom have given their lives in
defense of the State and the Nation.


Department of

Military Affairs

Special ArGchves
Publication Number


State ArsernaI
St. Francis
St. Augustine,



The Special Archive Publications of the Historical Services
Division are produced as a service to Florida communities,
historians, governmental agencies, and to other individuals,
historical or geneaological societies, and national or regional
governmental agencies whcih find the information contained herein
of use or value.

At present, copies of all Special Archives Publications are
provided to certain state and national historical repositories at
no charge. A limited number of additional copies are available
to interested individuals and groups so long as supplies last.
The copywrite to these Special Archives Publications resides with
the Florida National Guard Historical Foundation, Inc. (P.O. Box
1008, St. Augustine, Florida 32085). Re-published copies are
available from the Foundation at a nominal charge.

Information about the series is available from the Historical
Services Division, Florida Department of Military Affairs, State
Arsenal, St. Augustine, Florida.

Robert Hawk


a.r r 'Y ,pl.'.'rL~ ~r1 ~ *


"*" f"'

*1 -,.,.r,

I Y '.V ".*'., r..
"' -'" :'-, "
01C 44

.'-,"-''.! a"
L40 1*
..... o ,, .;

'.. .o .- .... ... I
I ** I I

IR -
4 vi
k yro- A
1 i~;~rV-1 `4I

;:~- A I~ s~ r~"~: 41.c

7 ;--


'I .. ; _

:Vf R.

.-.T '.0u th- men ,, the 124th Infantry, whose life

-. at F.:r Bernnin. _ora. is depicted on the following

Al.. u h oe c.-ni li c-mi the forty-eight states of the
i .i. ..u -
."inn: hin u, ."r home life, vocations and profes-

...... .. .. radical liifereit :'ri ,ny you have ever experienced

Some of you came to Fort Benning well trained
soldiers. but the majority came as recruits and in this
short period have learned well your lesson in the Art
of War. You are now a well trained and disciplined
regiment of able bodied American men, ready to fight to
preserve for posterity the freedom inherited from your
forefathers and to free the world from the brutal, barbaric
rule of the Axis powers.
You are justly proud of your regiment and at the
same time humble in the consciousness of the great task
that lies before you: firmly resolve to avenge Bataan
and Pearl Harbor.
As this book is dedicated to you. let us all rededicate
our lives, our futures, our all to the task ahead, the com-
plete liquidation of Germany, Japan, and Italy as world
powers and the punishment by death, without the benefit
of clergy, of the guilty individuals wherever they may
be found.

Colowl, 124, Infantry
C Conmmanding

124th Infantry




,; .Commandant of The Infantry School,
is an officer who has had three tours
of duty at Fort Benning and who has
watched the school grow from its in-
fancy. The General has been Com-
mandant of The Infantry School since
February 1942 and was on the staff
S- of the first school as instructor from
1 ". 1920 through 1924.
i Gen. Allen has spent all his life
around army posts. He was born into
the Army at Fort Douglas, Utah, the
son of an Army man. His own mili-
tary career began on November 30,
1916 when he entered the Army as
a second lieutenant. He served at
Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Sam
Houston, Texas, before going over-
seas in World War I as a captain in
command of a machine gun company.
Returning to the United States, he was
assigned to Camp Lee, Virginia, for a
short time before being transferred
to Benning and The Infantry School
in 1920.

WEEMS, Assistant Commandant of
The Infantry School at Fort Benning,
was born in Southside, Tenn., Septem-
ber 27, 1891. He was graduated from
West Point in the first war class, April
20, 1917.
Gen. Weems saw action in the
Verdun and Chateau Thierry sectors
and was awarded the Distinguished
Service Cross after the capture of
Vaux. He was also awarded the Sil-
ver Star, French Croix de Guerre with
a Corps Citation and the Order of
the Crown of Italy.
From 1935 to 1939, he was Plans :
and Training Officer for the Second
Division at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
He was appointed head of the U. S.
Military Mission to Haiti in 1939 and
was awarded the Haitian medal,
Honeur et Merite, the highest medal
of the Republic. The General came
to the Infantry School as Assistant
Commandant in March, 1942.

Foreward... march-


"Let's go Gators" is our battle cry. No struction period, they had little financial
one knows where it originated. All we or official backing. But with the influx
can say about it, is that it's here to stay. of the railroad in the 1880's, vast areas
Wherever the Gators go that cry is and were opened for colonization and interest
will be a familiar one; whether it's an at- in military affairs was again awakened.
tack upon the humid beaches of a Nip At the outbreak of hostilities between the
mandated isle in the Pacific, or a Gator Cubans and the Spanish oppressor, 20
siege upon an unfortified juke-joint in companies of "Florida State Troops" vol-
Ybor City, Florida. unteered to a man.
"Let's go Gators" back in history, into Following the Spanish American War
our history; 100, 200, 378 years ago when the state troops were reorganized. These
Don Pedro Menendez established the units remained in state service until the
first military garrison at St. Augustine, Mexican border trouble in 1916. Close
Florida. As surely as regiments have a on the heels of the border trouble came
spirit, our --psyche -was- born with the the outbreak of World War I. The Sec-
military organization of those ancient ond Infantry was then redesignated the
Spanish Conquistadors. With these tradi- 124th Infantry and sent to France in 1918.
tions, left us through the centuries by our After the return from France interest
forebears, how can we fail to live up to in military affairs hit a new low and it
our motto "Efficiency and Accomplish- seemed that Florida's military traditions
ment." were doomed. Fortunately for the state
orida te however, a small group of World War
Under the changing flags o veterans gave freely of their time and
military establishments changed also and
military establishments changed also and finances to reactivate the Florida military
were known in succession as; "The Flor- forces. In 1921. the 124th Infantry was
ida Militia", "Rangers", "State Troops" a-ain recognized as the First Infantry.
and the 'Volunteers." In 1819 Old Glory Florida National Guard. and in 1941 re-
was first flown over Florida and for 30 designated the 124th Infantry.
years her military history was one of The 124th nfantr under the command
sporadic but fierce warfare against the The 12thnanr 1unerthe command
sporadic but fierce warfare against the of Colonel Fred A. Safay, was inducted
rampant Seminole. into the Federal service on November
As new settlers poured in and the 25, 1940. In the months that followed
Seminole was driven back to his last the regiment participated in many of the
stand in the Everglades, interest in the peace time maneuvers that took place
state's military organizations was re- during this declared national emergency.
vived. When the Mexican war broke out The Gators' superior performances during
in 1840, Florida was able to send many the Carolina and Louisiana Maneuvers
well trained troops into the field, contributed greatly to their assignment
In the war between the states Florida as demonstration troops with The In-
sent many volunteers into battle with the fantry School on December 18, 1941.
Confederacy. Best known of these was This brings us to the period about
the "Jacksonville Light Infantry" which which this book is written. In the follow-
is believed by many to be the parent or- ing pages we will try to give you a
ganization of the 124th Infantry. graphic portrayal of, "The Gators At Fort
Though numerous independent groups Benning." Are there any questions?. .
are mentioned in the history of the recon- Then "Forward March!"

.' ':'- en and ofi "rs o whom he was. always a fine officer and good friend, he
always be a the "Gator Spirit."

A man whose ability knew no bounds, Gen. Safay received his star,
and resultant trferr the regiment, in September, 1 That

a sad day for both the General and his command. This regiment he was
leaving wasn't just another Infantry outfit, this was his regiment, his men
and his officers; his not only because of his years of command but because
of his years of association.
Gen. Safay enlisted in the Florida National Guard as a Private on his
19th birthday in hopes of seeing action on the Mexican Border. To his
disappointment his company was held in abeyance awaiting the call of the
President. Before his first year was up the young soldier had held every
non-commissioned officer's assignment his company had to offer and his
officers recommended him for a commission. As a Second Lieutenant the
young officer finally saw the combat he had dreamed of when he went to
France with the "Blue Bonnet'Regiment."
Returning from France, Lt. Safay and a group of his fellow officers
deplored the dormant defenses of the post war nation. Through their
efforts the 124th Infantry was reorganized. Had it not been for the far
sightedness of this small group of men there perhaps would be no 124th

Advancement was sure for this civilian-soldier and in 1940 he had
member of the Gator regiment, is and ever will be, an integral part of the

""iil always be a lving symbol ot the "Gator Spirit."
A man whose ability knew no bounds, Gen. Safay received his star,
and resultant transfer from the regiment, in September-, 1942. That was

come upsad day for both the ranks to taken his command. This regiment, the was4th
leavinfantryg wasn't just another Infantry outfit, this was his regiment, his men
and his officers; his not only because of his years of command but because
of his years of association.
Gen. Safay enlisted in the Florida National Guard as a Private on his
19th birthday in hopes of seeing action on the Mexican Border. To his
disappointment his company was held in abeyance awaiting the call of the
President. Before his first year was up the young soldier had held every
non-commissioned officer's assignment his company had to offer and his
officers recommended him for a commission. As a Second Lieutenant the
young officer finally saw the combat he had dreamed of when he went to
France with the "Blue Bonnet'Regiment."
Returning from France, Lt. Safay and a group of his fellow officers
deplored the dormant defenses of the post war nation. Through their
efforts the 124th Infantry was reorganized. Had it not been for the far
sightedness of this small group of men there perhaps would be no 124th
Advancement was sure for this civilian-soldier and in 1940 he had
come up from the ranks to take command 9f his regiment the 124th

;- ~. RINE, Commanding General of the
School Troops Brigade of the Infantry
School is a graduate of West Point. His
first assignment was at Fort George
Wright, Washington, with the 14th In-
fantry in 1913.
Then followed many experiences and
tours of duty in posts throughout the
United States and Alaska. As the as-
S. signments rolled along so did the rank
Q.' and in 1939 the General was assigned
for duty with the Infantry School as a
.... Lt. Col. In 1942 he was promoted to
7.< the rank of Colonel.

His promotion to Brigadier General cc-
S. curred in March and with it the duty
as Commandant of the School Troops
SBrigade. Gen. Perrine has, during his
.. tour of duty with the School, served as
Chief of the Publications Section, As-
sistant Director of Training, Secretary
,. and Executive Officer of the School.

FULTON, Commanding General of
Fort Benning, is a veteran Army of-
ficer well fitted for the multiple tasks
of a post commander.

Heading the staff of a post whose
facilities can be compared with those
of a city of 150,000 residents, Gen.
Fulton assumed command of the Fort
on April 9, 1942, while holding the
rank of Colonel.

Five months later, in September,
1942, he was promoted to the rank
of brigadier general after being at
Fort Benning in various executive
capacities a little more than two and
a half years.
A graduate of West Point Military
Academy and a veteran of overseas
combat.in World War I, General Ful-
ton has had an Army career full of
important assignments in the last two

Five monts laer, n Setemb r, ':"" .'.-:'

Regimental Staff


Gatorland might be called a city, a mili- spread changes throughout the entire
tary city with the regimental staff as the area. Col. Safay, now Brigadier General,
city government. A city government. was -the Commandant when the Gators
charged by the Commander-in-Chief with made their initial appearance on this post
the responsibility of training, feeding, and was replaced by Col. John D. Hill
supplying, entertaining, governing and present Commander. Previous to our ser-
commanding the Gators. vice with the Infantry School and since
Upon the shoulders of thirteen men 1921 the 124th has had as Commanding
rests the enormous responsibility of hav- Officers: Colonel Raymond C. Turck,
ing the Gators ready for any task the Colonel Vivian B. Collins, Colonel Ches-
country might call upon them to do. Inolonel Preston Ayers.
every case in the history of the regiment r r
that duty has been ably fulfilled. When- Time after time in this book the words
ever the Gators were called upon to do a "Gator Spirit" are used. Whenever they
job it was achieved, not just fulfilled but are mentioned they could be construed
completed in the best sense of our motto as a compliment to the Staff for it is here
"Efficiency and Accomplishment." that all spirit originates. If men have
While at Benning the Staff has implicate faith in the officers who lead
changed considerably with the wide- them they will have esprit de corps.

REGIMENTAL STAFF-(left to right) Captain William F. Bavinger, Jr. (Adjutant), Lieutenant Colonel Henry W. McMillan,
Jr. (Executive Officer), Colonel John D. Hill (Regimental Commander), Major Ralph E. Hockenberry (Regimental Surgeon),
and Major Richard D. Sutton (Operations Officer).
Rear row: Warrant Officer Kenneth D. Walker (Assistant Supply Officer), Captain William E. Griffith, Jr. (Assistant
Operations Officer), Captain LeRoy F. Richards (Intelligence Officer), Major William B. Stinson (Supply Officer), Lieu-
tenant Claude J. Hackney, Jr. (Personnel Officer), Lieutenant James R. Greer (Liaison Officer), Lieutenant James B.
Brooks (Mess Officer), and Lieutenant Ralph H. Walker, Jr. (LiaisoanOfficer).

S- mEfficienta et Erudito: Efficiency and
Accomplishment. ,
The coat of.arms of the 124th is that
i used as regimental shield. It has been
Sr accepted by the War Department as the
official insignia of the Gator Regiment.
Truly representative of this historic regi-
ment, it symbolizes later day duty of
the Florida Militia.
r The shield itself is an argent; silver,
which is significant of the fact that we
(3 are a maternal child of the Infantry,
S. Queen of Battles. The silver denotes our
reverence to the tradition of the Infantry;
"Purity of Purpose."
The Saltire Gules or huge red. cross of
St. Andrew rests upon the argent in re-
spectful memory of the Florida State Flag
0'A ;:!..' of the Confederacy, and the valiant cour-
age of the Fldrida troops under that flag.
The sheathed Spanish Sword is taken
from the Spanish War service medal and
is placed upon the shield to commemorate
Florida.'s volunteer service in the Span-
ish War.
The Mexican Cactus on the regimental
shield denotes service of the Gators on
DESCRIBING THE HERALDIC the Mexican border in 1916-17.
The World War service of the 124th
DEVICES OF THE GATORS Infantry is symbolized upon the regi-
mental shield 1b the centered Fleur de
lis or Lily of France.
We are known as the GATORS be- World War Without inscription
cause our history and heritage is one with CREST
that of the State of Florida, the Alligator On the wreath, .of the colors argent and
sanguine, an Alligator statant proper.
state. Description: The Alligator is a native
SHIELD of Florida, and rests upon the wreath sig-
Our regimental shield is, an argent nifying our affiliation.
which is symbolic of purity of purpose. (During our duty with The Infantry
On the argent rests a saltire gules, or the School we wear the shoulder crest of the
red cross of St. Andrew. Between, in General Headquarters Reserve Troops.
chief, is a Roman Sword, pale- We wear'it as a shoulder patch. It is red,
ways point to base. In the base is placed White and blue circle on a larger white
a prickly pear cactus; both of these vert disc.)
a Fleur de lis or Lily of France, of the
Argent and gules. Description: The
predominant white population within
Florida was of Spanish origin and ac-
cordingly the twists of the wreath are
gold and red.

*:y id 'A *--'


O :.z .a,

_, ,

The Alligator

The ALLIGATOR is "The best paper in the Benning the Gator moved along and socn reap-
world for the 124th Infantry Gators." That's us, peared in formal attire, as a letterpress job which
the same staff that burned the midnight oil making vas Vlume changing personnel of the regiment
this Revue, burns it regularly publishing the Gators' the ALLIGATOR staff has changed also. However
weekly newspaper, the goal has always remained the same; "to keep
The ALLIGATOR recently celebrated it's 3rd the sheet one of interest to the men of the outfit
anniversary and has begun it's trek through 1943 and to the .folks at home."
with Volume Ill. Volume I was the ALLIGATOR The GATOR climaxed it's career early this
in it's infancy; a mimeograph sheet produced at year, when it was selected as one of the best of
Camp Blanding that made it's initial appearance in eight hundred army papers by Camp Newspaper
January of 1941. When the regiment moved to Service.
J1. :ib

The fili to
Th LLGTR s"Tebstppe nth enigth atrmve logad on ep
woldfo te12thInatr Gtos. ha'sus eaedinfoml ttre s lttrpes obwhc
the amestaf tht bunedthe idnght il akin vas Vlum 11
Wih h cagig esonl f h rgmet
thi Rvu, urs i rguary ublshngth Gtor' heALIGTORstffha cangd ls. owve
weekly nespaper. he goal as alwaysremainedthe same "to kee
Th LLGTR eetl elbaedi' 3d tii hetoe fineet ote e o h oti
annverar an hs bgu its tekthrug 193 nd o te-olk a hoe.
wihVoue11.VlueIwa heALGAO heGTR lmae t' aee alyti
inits nfnc; mmegrphsee podce a yar wenitws elctd s neofth bsto
CapBlnin ht ae tsintalaparne n eih unrd rypaes yCmpNwsae
Jaur o 91 We h rgmn mvdt Srie

Reg. Hdqrs. Co.


The Regimental Headquarters Cor- The duties of the Communication Pla-
pany which was originally a part of the toon have been many and varied since
Florida National Guard was inducted in their arrival here at Benning. Theyv'tave
the Federal Service on November 25, tested and approved much of the Signal
1940, from the city of Jacksonville, Flor- .Equipment now used by the Army. One
ida. The company might well be proud of of their most interesting duties is the es-
a few of the following former leaders; tablishment of mobile radio test net while
Lt. Col. Harry J. Lewis, Major Victor H. testing the S.C.R. 300 radio, one of the
Kuschel, Maior Richard D. Sutton, Capt. Army's newest and best radios, for the
Ralph C. Crawford. Capt. Frank M. Infantry test section.
Green and Capt. Fred L. Smith. There were man da in the past
Headquarters Company might be said when te wre ma beda in there jps
to have two mottos which drive its men when the men clmbed nto heir jee
on to greater endeavor. The Intelligence and treked out to the Benning Hills to put
and Retonnaissance' Platbon's motto is on Command Post Exercises for classes
"Get that information," and the Com- from OC's to Generals. The platoon orig-
munications Platoon's motto, "Get that inated and has been credited with several
message through." new demonstrations, among these prob-
Those who pass by the Headquarters lems 195 and 196.
Company Area,- every morning, usually The senior enlisted man of the platoon,
see those famous "Amphibian Jeeps" Master Sgt. Ralph G. Nelson, has served
lined up ready to roll out -and put on with the 124th Infantry since he was in
T.I.S. demonstrations. 207 and 91. Many his teens. He was originally with the
of the graduates of The Infantry School gone but not forgotten Howitzer Com-
will probably remember the day they pany.
thought the German Army was invading Athletics form a major portion of the
Fort Benning when an enemy detail un- recreation of the company. In the sum-
der the leadership of German'speaking mer of 1942 we were runners up in the
Pvt. Blumenstein, dressed in the uniform Regimental Baseball League. Almost
of the Third Reich and put on a realistic any time one passes the area the sounds
attack demonstration, of a volley ball game or the clink of horse
One of the Amphibian Jeeps handled shoes can be heard.
by the skillful hands of Pvt. Rudy played
a major role in rescuing some of the South There were many company parties that
American dignitaries from drowning in will long be remembered by the men.
the deep and turbulent waters of the flood And when they think about some of these
swollen Upatoi Creek. affairs, Staff Sgt. Wallace Rutland's ex-
In the summer of 1942, the Intelligence cellent menus will naturally linger in
and Reconnaissance Platoon made an un- their minds.
forgetable trip to the Tennessee Maneuv- When looking into the crystal ball of
ers. This is the first time they served as the future one can see that the Regi-
an amphibian force. The Amphibians that mental Headquarters Company will do
they used on maneuvers were issued to its utmost to carry on the traditions and
them at Nashville. They received in- high state of efficiency and morale that
valuable training while testing the ve- has. been instituted in the men and of-
hicles. ficers of the past.

COMMUNICATION PLATOON-(left to r;ght) S-Sat. Frank M. Hulbert, S-Sgt. Melvin H. Casper, 1st Sgt. Herman R.
Tuten, 1st Lt. Willard L Lambertus, C.O. Capt. Edward S. Cook, Jr., W.O. Charles Tuten, S-Sgt. James J. Prevatt, S-Sgt.
Wallace E. Rutland, T-4 William J. Traynor, T-4 Joseph P. Indovino.
2nd row: T-4 Burton L. Jamison, T-4 Venies B. McLain, T-4 Joseph N. Marranca, T-5 Ralph B. Bedonhamer, T-5
George L. Corbett, T-5 Daniel Sklepko, Pfc. Mike Keyock, Cpl. J. D. Hood, T-5 Leonard S. Beville.
3rd row: T-5 Joseph S. Young, T-5 Charles E. Casey, Pvt. John J. Julius, Jr., Pfc. Harry J. Bennett, Pvt. Roy L.
Ferguson, Pvt. Clarence E. Marshall, Pfc. Stoddard F. Coombes, Pfc. Thomas E. Compton ,Pvt. Schuyler Ball.
4th row: T-5 Cleveland Prescott, Pvt. Leroy T. Bullard, Pvt. Alexander Brown, vt. Anthony J. Bibinski, Pvt. William
D. Abbott, Pvt. Eugene S. Jarosz, Pvt. Ira N. Green, Pfc. Lee M. Gantt, Pfc. Robert M. Carr.
5th row: Sgt. Hugh L. Collins, Pvt. Arnold L. Forman, Pvt. Frederick Jaccob, Pvt. Dan R. Melton, Pfc. James E.
Satterfield, Pvt. George T. Terwilliger, Pfc. Lyle J. Honeter, Pvt. John Vargo, Pfc. John J. Crifasi.

INTELLIGENCE AND RECONNAISSANCE PLATOON-(left to right) T-5 Willie S. Connor, Sgt. Ray Glass, Sgt. Herman
A. Davidson, Lt. Melvin H. Stoker, Lt. Horace C. Whittenberg, S-Sgt. Kenneth W. Osborne, Sgt. Robert H. Tracy, T-5
James E. Emerson.
2nd row: Pfc. Samuel Lucas, Pvt. Steve T. Starnik, Pvt. Austin M. Hiers, Pfc. Josef L. Blumenstein, T-5 Harry A.
Ramatowski, Cpl. Frank J. Sochats, T-5 Charles E. Safer, T-5 Walter A. Gleason.
3rd row: Pvt. John T. Mooney, Pfc. Harold G. Adams, Pfc. Donald W. Jarrell, Pfc. Orie Garrett, Pvt. John Vogel,
Pfc. Earl C. Roberts, Pvt. John B. Beausoliel, Pfc. John J. Antozy, Pfc. Thomas E. Watkins.
4th row: Pfc. Columbus J. Mattox, Pvt. Geqrge A. Poore, Pfc. Russell T. Taylor, Pfc. Julian P. McDowell ,Pfc. Ralph
Viggiano, Pvt. George Gallina, Pfc. Buford LashTey, Pfc. Jasper L. Whisman, fc. Hilbert A. Klem.
5th row: Pvt. Kenneth R. Wallace, Pfc. Richard F. Merritt, Pfc. John W. Bayne, Pfc. Reece Spivey, Pvt .Anthony F.
Gulliano, Pvt. Samuel J. Ridley, Pfc. Leo D. Green.

124th Band


The Band, under the able direction of a Military Band and as a unit of real G.l.s.
Master Sergeant Wiley B. Scott, has seen Since its arrival at Fort Benning on
many changes, since its induction into Jan. 12, 1942, these Gator Musicians have
Federal Service at the Jacksonville Arm- ., o ui
ory. At that time, the strength of this played for Infantry School Graduations,
unit was composed of twenty-eight en- Special Reviews, Guard Mounts, parades
listed men and one Warrant Officer, of all kinds, Regimental Shows, concerts
many of whom have transferred into oth- and broadcasts; plus a variety of other
er organizations; including Officers Can- programs too numerous to mention.
didate School, Air Corps (as Aviation From this group of musicians a four-
Cadets and Ground Force Men, Army teen piece dance orchestra was also
Specialized Training Program, and War- formed. The orchestra under the direc-
rant Officers' School of Music. tion of Sgt's Gene M. Sutherland and Ace
However, through it's years of duty, M. Joiner, has played a great number of
S the ban.d--has-ffound-timeto.-participate-in=---. dances,-sIfcws ift- broadcasts for the en-:
the Ocala, Louisiana and the Carolina listed men as well as officers, these past
maneuvers; adding lustre to its career as months.

-2 10

BAND-(left to right) T-4 David R. Haworth, T-4 Ace M. Joiner, Jr., Master Sgt. Wiley B. Scott, Lt. Bransford I. Fralley,
S-Sgt. Edward J. Chapman, T-4 John E. Bush, T-4 Thomas A. Bonified.
2nd row: T-4 Raiford F. Emery, T-4 Edmund Bennetti, Cpl. William E. Davis, T-5 William E. Hudson, T-5 Robert C.
Moore,. Cpl. Gene M. Sutherland, T-5 Samuel Caplan, T-5 Edward C. Weber.
3rd row: Pvt. Herbert A. Mack, Pvt. James A. Tarbutton, Pfc. Harlo C. Polk, Pvt. Jack B. Evans, Pvt. Lawrence G.
Heath, Pvt. Kenneth L. Stair, T-5 Harold J. Wade, T-5 Cyril V. Handley.
4th row: Pvt. Peter J. George, Pfc. Robert W. Lambrecht, Pvt. Henry A. Sitnik, Pvt. James L. Gamble, Pfc. James
J. Walker, Jr., Pfc. Earl D. Guy, Pfc. Walter H. Osborne, Pfc. Samuel J. Stippick, Jr., Pfc. Joseph Scheitz.
5th row: Pvt. Alto D. ohnson, Pvt. Oliver P. Hutto, Pfc. Lewis R. Lengi, Pfc. Ubaldo S. Paliani, Pfc. Warren Canorro,
Pfc. Heyward T. Carpenter, Pvt. Ernest W. S. Hell, Pvt. Henry J. Zier.
V"l `.

the country we all love, you may be sure
A-nd the Upatoi that the success of their activity can be
Stands our school, our alma mater attributed in whole or in part to the
training their officers and specialists re-
Benn Scool for Boys." ceived at The Infantry School

A university professor said in speak- Possibly the largest school in the
ing of The Infantry School: "It is prob- world; its size defies imagination.
ably the most important place in Amer- Wherever you go on this huget and die for
the country we all love. y ou may be sure

ica." We, who have been a part of that will find TIS classes, notit classroom be
school for school, realize the tr uth groups as one would find in most to the
in that statement. We realize the scope schools but classes and specialists anywhere
ceived at The Infantry School.

of university professor said in dedicated frossibly to 800 largstudents, alschool absorbed in th
instrtion of the American Infantry Schoo- worldthe instruction and the resolve thimaginat they
ably the most important place in Amer- Wherever you go on this huge post you
ica," We, who have been a part of that will find TIS classes, not classroom
school for over a Year, realize the truth groups as one would find in most other
in that statement. We realize the scope schools but classes ranging anywhere
of. this, mammoth institution dedicated fronr200 to 800 students, all absorbed in
to-instruction of the American Infantry- the instruction and the resolve that they
man and perpetuated for the sole purpose will practice what they are taught; to kill
of-making him the world's best. or be killed.

Service Co.


Situated on the corner of Crosbie and sponsible for the administrative work of
Jamestown Roads in the 124th area is the the regiment. Perhaps one of their most
Service Company, whose history dates.. important duties (at least in the eyes of
back into the ages. It was organized as the average G.I.) is the making up of the
k io t a I a monthly payroll.
the St. Augustine Rifles at St. Augustine,
Florida, in 1891. During its infant years The Transportation Section consists of
it had enjoyed the distinction of names two groups the drivers and the mech-
such as; Company D of the Florida State anics. It is their duty to furnish the trans-
Troops and Company G, 1st Florida In- portation for the entire regiment, and
fantry, at which time it served in the keep the vehicles in excellent running
Spanish American War. Company D was condition. They are the men who "Keep
broken up in 1916 and the personnel 'Em Rollin'."
fought in World War I as replacements The Regimenta Supply Office deals
for the 31st Division. with the regiment in general also. More
specifically, they are concerned with the
After the War, a Supply Company was feeding, clothing, and equipping of the
formed at Hastings, Florida, which was regiment. Their task is a difficult one,
called into state service on February 27, but as far as they're concerned, the more
1920. This unit in turn was convertedat it be well done.
reason that it be -well done.
into Service Company of the 1st Infantry. Behind the lines o these sections, and
Behind the lines 01 these sections, and
During the same year, the company was the coordinating factor between these
the coordinating factor between these
assigned to the 154th Infantry and was
sections, is the Service Company Head-
transferred to St. Augustine in 1922. Two s -
quarters. This group is made up of the
years later, the 154th Infantry was re- quarters. This group is made up of the
designate the 124th Infas Company Commander, the Company Of-
d1 Infantry; thus ficers and the usual company subordin-
marked the origin of Service Company of
marked the origin of Service Company o ates. They are responsible for the train-
the Gator regiment.
SG ing and well being of the regimental spe-
Today Service Company boasts of the cialists.
fact that they are one of the most effi- The company's mascot is a black, sad
ciently organized companies in the out-
fit. As an Adjutant so aptly put it, "As nondescript dog which they have aptly
Service Company goes, so goes the regi- named "Blackout." Whenever and where-
ment." This has become the "Battle Cry" ever you see Service Company's person-
of the company. nel on the march or in the field, you're
The company is made up of three main sure to see "Blackout" tagging along.
sections with a company headquarters in Service Company is the cream of the
.supervision. They consist of a Staff Sec- re d ty k g
tion, Transportation Section and (last regiment, and they keep going onward
but certainly not of the least importance) and upward; living up to their motto, "As
a Supply Section. The Staff Section con- Service Company goes, so goes the regi-
sists of those men who are directly re- meTht."


FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Mr. Peter J. Menten W. 0. (jg), Lt. Douglas M. Johnson, Major William B. Stinson,
Lt. James H. York.
2nd row: M-Sgt. Aubrey P. Tillery, Pvt. Louis J. Dalbow, Sgt. Albert Q. Alligood, Pvt. John S. Kivekas, Pfc. Theodore
C. Shaw, Pfc. Henry W. Murray, Pfc. Joseph Rukse, T-4 Edgar A. Davis, Pfc. Emmett J. Stephens.
3rd row: Pvt. John P. Browning, T-5 Harry E. Taylor, T-5 Ralph S. Martin, Pvt. John Yankewicz, Pvt. Paul Mason,
Pfc. James V. McGowan, Pfc. Douglas G. Turner, Pvt. Dean D. Kocher.
4th row: Pfc. Jack S. Thompson, T-5 James L. Thomas, Pvt. Frank E. Woodland, Pvt. ohn C. Laughlin, Pfc. William
G. Wagner, Pfc. George R. Taylor, Cpl. James C. Brown, Pvt. James A. Pousont, T-5 Clinton M. Johnson, Pvt. James
D. Johnson.
Sth row: Pvt. Nolton V. Blackwell, Pfc. Rabon L. Smith, Sgt. Horace H. Adams, Pfc. Richard T. Mitchell, Pfc. Albert
C. DeKay, Pfc. William H. Reck, Cpl. John Colarusso, T-5 John T. Boring, T-5 Paul A. Capo.
6th row: Pvt. Lonnie C. Hall, Pfc. Chester G. Johnson, T-5 Wilbur E. LaPolt, Pvt. Julian W. Lackey, Pvt. Auburn
L. Todd, T-5 Joseph V. Roche, T-5 Ralph L Loftin, T-5 John McLeod, T-4 Stephen P. Triay, Pvt. Anthony Matti.

.7 !

SECOND PLATOON-Mr. Clyde J. Fussell, W.O. (jg), Lt. Melvin M. Barnes, Lt. George J. Huemmer.
2nd row: Pvt. Frank J. Fierro, S-Sgt. Asey Jolly, S-Sgt. Sidney J. Taylor, 1st Sgt. Leorge T. Leonard, T-5 James A.
Hilton, Pfc. William T. McNulty, T-4 Earl B. Boghich, Cpl. Charles H. Crandall.
S3rd row: T-5 Joseph Sosenko, Cpl. Charles A. Gardner, S-Sgt. Edward J. Hamilton, Sgt. Charles J. McGoey, Cpl. Sam-
uel Pearl, Sgt. Thomas M. Henry, S-Sgt. Fred King, Cpl. Hubert A. Laverty.
4th row: S-Sgt. Murrah M. Warren, Pfc. Harold Rolfe, Sgt. Wiley JC.C. Ellis, Sgt. Ernest M. McKenzie, T-5 Edward
C. Fogg, T-4 Henry Doneger, Cpl. Robert Henderson, Cpl. Arthur W. Homberg, Cpl. Sam E. Tindall, T-5 David E. Bailey.
5th row: Cpl. James L. Sanders, Pvt. Leonard A. Savulis, Pvt. Dewey L. Windom, Pvt. John W. Brewer, Jr., Pvt. John
W. Kennedy, Pvt. Isidore I. Blank, Pfc. Ned Vanlandingham, T-4 Vivan J. Thigpen, Pvt. Roy E. Bair.
6th row: Cpl. Rupert Norwood, Pvt. Salvatore J. Piccione, T-5Forest L. Chapman, Pfc. Arthur E. Zielinski, Cpl.
Angelo J. Lattucia, Pvt. Tommy C. Smith, S-Sgt. William J. Khoury, Sgt. Eugene C. McDaniel.

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Lt. Robert A. Lobdell, Lt. Donald J. Nelson, Lt. George L. Scharpf, Thomas J. Richards.
2nd row: Pvt. Homer V. Reynolds, Pvt. Harry F. McLaughlin, T-5 Carlo Ammirati, T-5 William J. Murray, Pvt.
Irving E. Liedernson, T-4 Robert D. Myers, Pvt. James H. Christopher, Pvt. James D. Taylor.
3rd row: Pvt.J-larold_,L -West,. Cpl.Neil-F. :Lord, :_T5 James-K.GofT-A---.Albert.-J.c-ell, S-Sgt.-Lawrence E..McQuaig,
Pfc. Robert D. Freudemann, Cpl. Alfred H. Janosi, Cpl. Melvin M. Greenspan.
4th row: Pvt. Theodore J. Lasker, T-4 William G. Griffith, Pvt. James A. Hall, T-5 George J. Gargano, T-4 Earl J.
Solano, T-4 James M. Solano, T-4 William R. Vaughn.
5th row: Cpl. Walter E. Salois, Pfc. Constantino Del Pozzo, Pfc. Henry E. Fender, T-5 Russell F. Coyle, T-5 William
V. West, Cpl. William E. Hickey, T-5 Manning D. Taylor, Pve. Harry Olin.
6th row: Pvt. Robert A. McManigle, Cpl. Sidney J. Gonzales, T-4 Horace B. Williams, T-4 James R. Fourakers, M-Sgt.
Charles H. Parr, Cpl. John Hyszezak, Pvt. James W. Dean, T-5 Hubert L. Markham.

R. S. 0. MEN HEP ON FIELD SUPPLY "Food, food, food" That's the perennial G. I. cry when its chow time. The
men work hard, play hard and when its time for mess, they want good solid, substantial belly filling -grub. Its the
job of the Gator Regimental Supply Office to see that the men get that food; get it on time and as regularly as clockwork.
The work involved in supplying this food is tough enough in garrison, and yet, it's child's play compared to the
supply men's duties in the field.
Realizing that theirs was a job where snafus could not exist; where every detail must be handled in such a way
as to keep the whole system of supply running like a precision machine; these Gator R. S. 0. men have been going out
in the field regularly and practicing ration breakdown exercises.
With this hard working group of men handling our supplies, the test of any eventuality will find the Gators
ready and prepared for whatever situation that arises.


Our regimental newspaper the ALLIGATOR, car-
ries each week a cartoon personifying the 124th In-
fantry soldier. It is a take-off on our mascot, a live
alligator which swims about in an especially built -o
Adam is a typical doughboy and runs the gamut
of G. I. emotions. It is drawn by Cp! Andy Lipusz
(3rd Bn. Hdqrs.)


..-. ,- .-

,,z .-: If Wow, Those Cookies Went As If They Were
I Coffee Beans


Who Wants to Ride with Those Peasants?

... and They Wouldn't Accept Me As An Air Cadet"

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now.

'0 .

"... Keeping Always on the Alert." Eighter.from Dekater Got A Tail Like A Gator

Anti- Tank Co.


130-131-132-144-139-140- 133- B. 29-B,- A or Nomenclature of the 37 mm Anti-
27-477-470-457 and 230. A lot of figures Tank Gun. The Shell Creek problem,
aren't they? But to the Anti-Tanker 144. should bring back pleasant memories
brother, it means details and more de- under the title "It never fails to happen."
rothr, it means details and more de- When the organization was relieved
tails; 1000 inch range, Nomenclature of of this assignment on February 15. 1943.
the 37 mm, Mine Laying, Shell Creek. the following commendation was sent to
The Anti-Tank personnel are used in al- us four days later: 'This was the
most every problem the regiment has last appearance of the Anti-Tank
pulled at one time or another. Up at 0430, Company 124th Infantry on this problem.
pulled at one time or another. Up at 0430, The Field Engineering Committee wishes
back at 1830 or later; working before to express their thanks and appreciation
Reveille and still working after retreat. to the officers and men of Anti-Tank
The Anti-Tanker was out in the rain and Company, 124th Infantry for the inter-
cold slutttliig his gouns-long bei-r Ec,-ct -- est and effort they have :taken in this
problems start. He returned late in the problem." SIGNED: Captain J. B. Bad-
gett. Corps of Engineers, approved by
evening; cleaned his guns, washed his Colonel G. B. Troland: Corps of En-
truck, and if he was lucky, had from 2000 gineers and concurred in by Colonel
until 2100 to launder his fatigues, wash James Notestein, Chief of the Section.
himself and write letters home. Athletics played a big part in the lives
Our motto is Numquam Delinquinmus, of the Anti-Tankers. Baseball, Basket-
"We Never Fail." Maybe the Anti- ball, and Softball being the favorite
Tankers don't know how to fail! Their sports. And of course the Regimental
T. I. S. rating of 59 percent "Superior" Championship Football team had a couple
and 41 percent Excellent" will certainly of Anti-Tankers on it: S'gt. Fritz L. Cox
bear that out. This efficiency is under- and Pvt. Stanley E. Ergler.
standable when commendations such as Remember the March of Dimes? The
the following were sent to the command- Anti Tankers certainly marched the
ing officer, Captain Richard G. Kidd, dimes in. Not only did they lead the
Jr., "The men of Anti-Tank Company, regiment in this drive, but thev accom-
124th Infantry are commended for their polished the same feat during the Red
Superior instruction and Supervision dur- Cross Drive. Are we proud? Sure! But
ing 1000 inch Range firing of O. C. Class the Kidd-men have been piling records
No........ Their diligence, interest and on top of records since November 18.
constant supervision enabled them to 1940 at Jacksonville, Florida where the
qualify 15 out of the 16 students firing company started. It was composed of
on their bays." SIGNED: W. A. Dodds, National Guardsmen of the old Howitzer
Lt. Col., Inf.. Anti-Tank Sub, Group. Company, 124th Infantry, with Captain
The Anti-Tankers are also a very Earl M. Shine. now Lt. Col. Shine, as
sociable lot. Imagine 56 men each hav- Commanding Officer.
ing a date at the same time with Noma, At the present time Captain Richard
at 0600 in the morning and lasting until G. Kidd, Jr., is the commanding officer
1800 in the evening. Sounds like a break, of the outfit, while First Sergeant Ernest
doesn't it? Incidently, Noma was the J. Morris has 14 years of service with the
nick name and battle cry of problem 130- old Howitzer and Anti-Tank Company.

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS & MINE PLATOON-(left to right 2nd Lt. William G. Collins, 2nd Lt. Lewis W. Christie,
Capt. Richard G. Kidd, Jr., 1st Lt. Norris J. Layton, 1st Sgt. Ernest J. Morris.
2nd row: T-4 Arthur D. Hunt, T-5 Willie Barker, T-5 Herbert P. Tomlinson, T-5 Ignatius G. Biciolis, T-5 Orval H.
Carden, Pfc. Frank J. Murphy, T-4 Edw:n H. Todd, Pfc. Hugh B. Freal.
3rd row: S-Sgt. Clyde C. Middleton, S-Sgt. Eugene P. Jaglowski, Cpl. Billy H. DeLettre, T-4 John T. Harrison, T-5
Donald S. Smith, Pfc. Leon A. Tompkins, S-Sgt. Bronac J. Poczatek.
4th row: Pfc. Kenneth J. Grogan, Pvt. Norman Baker, Pfc. Louis E. Rowe, Pfc. Edward H. Boock, T-4 Howard E.
Hancock, 2nd Lt. Enrico J. Verga, S-Sgt. William 0. Nettles, Pfc. Oscar R. Capo, Pfc. Hunter L. Sma lwood, Cpl. Maxwell
B. Winn.
5th row: Pfc. Harmon Cadenhead, Pfc. Gideon Batten, Jr., Pfc. Woodrow Wilson, Pfc. Howard L. Showers, Pvt. Lillard
E. Riggsby, Pvt. Otis L. Daniell, Pvt. Henry Hippen, Pvt. Myron M. Jones, Cpl. Thomas B. Joyner.
6th row: Cpl. George Frankel, Pvt. Andrew Christy, Jr., Pvt. Frank M. Esposito, Pvt. Josep, H. Frinzl, Pvt. Edward
A. Fillipi, Pvt. Roland T. Eley, Pvt. Joseph Bahr, Pvt. Fuller Groover, Pvt. Victor E. Colangelo.

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Bee Miller, Cpl. John E. Pryor, Jr., Sgt. Patr.ck E. White, 2nd Lt. Maurice W.
Kendall, S-Sgt. Lloyd E. Merritt, Cpl. Gilford E. Long, Cpl. Fred J. Kinard.
2nd row: Cpl. Stephen L. Moore, Jr., Pfc. John F. Bellack, Jr., Pfc. Robert A. Jackson, TPf. Clarence Peterson, Pfc.
Qunton F. Savage, P. William H. Steele, Pv. John P. Buo, Pvt. James D. Canavan, Pvt. Henry A. Cornell.
3rd row: Pvt. John N. Billington, Pfc. Allen L. Behrnes, Pvt. Harold P. Johnson, Pvt. Bennie G. OlTson, Pvt. Georg
Reddick, Pvt. Neat Hammock, Jr., Pvt. Olen J. Jordan, Pvt. WatkinW. Mobley, Pvt. Gustave A. Duchane.
4th row: Pvt. Hilmer G. Bohlin, Pfc. Charles H. Bishop, Pvt. Joseph F. Keppel, Pfc. Melvin R. Baker, Pvt. Jesse J.
Bledsoe, Pvt. Warren T. Allen, Pvt. Dotson Reed, Pvt. Coy W. Scott, Pvt. Domenic J. Parise.
Bledsoe, Pvt. Warren T. Allen, Pvt. Dotson Reed, Pvt. Coy W. Scott, Pvt. Domenic J. Parise.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to r.ght) Cpl. Johnnie C. Baker, Cpl. Charles C. Palmer, Jr., Sgt. Dan L. McLeod, 2nd Lt.
William T. Kettering, Jr., S-Sgt. Rufus D. Crumbly, Sgt. Francis R. Simpson, Cpl. Herbert F. White.
2nd row: Cpl. Paul F. Skeggs Cpl. Nicholas Miku, Pvt. Aubrey F. Saucer, Pvt. Gsorge Ivosevich, Pvt. Raymond M.
Jernigan, Pfc. Robert E. Sutton, Pvt. John W. McWilliams, Pvt. Stephen J. Freund.
3rd row:. Pvt.-Bruce H.-McEwen,-Pfc. JamqsB..Porter, Pvt. Clyde..Robinson, Pvt.Matthew M. Byrne, Jr., Pvt. Edwin
L. Foster, Pvt. Joseph Gawronski, Pvt. Charles J. Olson, Pvt. Clyde E. White, Pvt. Edward J. Bontkowski.
4th row: Pfc. Hardy A. Paramore, Pfc. Falk F. Helton, Pvt. Johnny P. Douglas, Pfc. Andrew Manning, Jr., Pvt. Stanley
E. Ergler, Pvt. James H. Hounshell, Pfc. John C. Nicholson, Pvt. James E. Sanders, Pvt. George S. Gulick.

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Clifford L. Lawless, Cpl. Gam M. Holifield, Sgt. Lurie E. Flowers, 2nd Lt. Robert M.
Fitzgerald, S-Sgt. Cart L. Blank, Sgt. Fay F. Hawley, Cpl. Paul E. Perry.
2nd row: Cpl. Walter T. Minger, Pvt. Jake Bender, Pfe. Donald H. Elliott, Pfc. Lem T. Driggers, Pvt. James F.
Rooney, Pvt. Peter J. Holley, Pvt. Dominic J. Damelio, Pvt. George T. Kranock, Cpl. Rufus R. Stanley.
3rd row: Pvt. Joseph A. Arthur, Pvt. Walter C. Carter, Pvt. Delbert Jackson, Pvt. Mike S. Somogyi, Jr., Pfc. Floyd L.
McCall, Pfe. Roy E. Downing, Pfc. William E. Bise, Pvt. John J. Flynn, Pvt. John Gavala.
4th row: Pvt. Jean H. DeLorge, Pvt. Lewis P. DiLorenzo, Pvt. Theodore R. Eastburn, Pfc. Joseph A. Chelhowski,
Pvt. Michael J. Zlegeler, Pvt. Sug D. Leavins, Pfc. Shirley G. RigbyT-Pfc. William Winslow.

:;"1-"-------- I-

S. .. MMM ... NOT BAD ... NOT BAD AT ALL! S-Sgt. Henry
SHARPSHOOTERS DISPLAY THEIR TROPHIES. TDike checks the scores with a critical expression on his face.
SHARPSHOOTERS DISPLAY THEIR TROPHIES. The above What's wrong Sergeant, did someone bolo? Well, you can't
trio (right to left) S. Sgts. Shiferdek, Martin and Foster are at's wrong Sergeant, did someone bo? Wel, you can't
the F-Men's pride and joy when it comes to handling them expect everybody to be a Daniel Boone.
thar shooting' irons.

Gators On The Range

TARGETS UP The scene aove dispa s an order of Thir

CAN YOU RECOGNIZE ME, MOM? If you Gators scrutinize
WHAT'S COOKING, K. P.s? Pictured below arB several the shot below closely, you might be able to pick out your

Service Company men w ho made the unit's excellent showing image or a reasonable facsimile thereof. If not, the scene
on the range possible. While the other members of the should bring back happy memories of your activities at Fiske
Company excelled with "them thar shooting' irons" these Range anyway. Oh Yeah!
poor K. P.s were left behind to help the cookies prepare
food for the orange. e
.- ...^ : ^ .... ... ..'. ^^ .. ....I....- .1
WHAT'S- CO N, K. P .s? Pcr bsh beo lsl ,. you mg b t

r ATS COKN, Z s ited eo ar.er h eh

U-" i' '. '.."
..<-:.,-Z ... ":.'..'. ~ ,,
:_ . ,.o- ,-. ., .. .
,,~X~ .,- -,
.. .-. !.:.. ,., ,.. .
1'' 3;:, ..' '-.,-"- ..:2.--"';J'::'-''>'' ""!:""!:

Cannon Co.


About a year and a half ago, the big They also learned how to fire the new
boys of the Army Department in Wash- 103 Howitzer Guns. It was hard work
ington were working on a new idea. They those seven weeks, but after school was
agreed that the Infantry Regiment must completed, they. were ready for their first
have Artillery support. As things were, important job as a Cannon Company.
the Artillery Battalion was attached to Talk about a bunch of kids with a new
the Infantry Regiment whenever the toy! Well, it was like that. Their first
mission called for it. This meant that the problem called for Cannon Fire on a
Liaison Officer would have to contact the Machine Gun Implacement, and it took
Regimental Commanders, and receive all them one round to blast it out of exist-
data that. .wvas needed to carry out the ence. The instructors were speechless.
mission. But this procedure was too Never before had they seen such an ex-
slow. hibition. The Cannon Company made a
The question arose: Why couldn't name for themselves. Their problems
there be a weapons platoon attached or have been nothing less than superior, and
even organized with the Infantry Regi- that's a record that both they and the
ment itself? Washington started on the Regiment are proud of.
idea. The next question was; What They're called "Hell Busters," and they
weapon would they use? Someone sug- haven't been overestimated. Even in ath-
gested a fast tank with a big gun mounted letics they're tops. At the time of this
on it. The big boys went to work and in writing they are well on their way toward
the month of January, 1942, the Tables winning the Regimental Baseball
of Organization for a Cannon Company Pennant.
was complete. About the last of November, 1942, 1st
Sgt. Cason went to Officers' Candidate
Captain Robert Harkness, Command- School as a handcuffed volunteer. Sgt.
ing H Company at the time, was evident- Leonard J. Witt, then a staff sergeant,
ly the best prospect as C.O. On July 8th took over his job.
he was given command of the Cannon
Company having first choice in the selec- To throw gas on the fire, the company
tion of enlisted personnel. He chose Sgt. met with more bad luck, when, in the
Claude Cason of Company H for the month of January, 1943, Capt. Harkness
1st Sgt.'s job. The unit began to form. was relieved of the command of the unit.
Non-coms were transferred from H, Reg. Capt. Key, then executive officer, was
Hq. and other companies in the Regi- made C.O. He was well liked, but it was
ment. They were all hand picked men. only a matter of a few months when he
On July 10th, the company was pretty too was relieved and 1st Lt. Streicher
well formed. The spirit was one hundred was given command.
per cent. Why shouldn't it be? This was The members of Cannon Company
a new outfit starting from scratch. No have only one thing to say. "Company
strikes on them; all set for the task ahead, commanders may come and go, officers
and believe me, they went right to work. may come and go, non-coms may come
School started one week later and the and go, and last but not least, Tables of
boys began to learn a new field. For Organization may come and go; but the
seven weeks they learned to drive Tanks, one hundred per cent morale and spirit
Trucks and make minor repairs on them. of tlihcompany will always remain."



FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) T-4 Lou s R. Trout, S-Sgt. Loyd T. Lee, T-4 Bernard Fran blau, 2nd Lt. James C. Todd,
Jr., 2nd Lt. Thomas J. L. Henson, S-Sgt. David T. Kohler, Sgt. Michael W. Nagy.
2nd row: Cpl. Beetem H. Strack, Sgt. Lavern F. Voelker, Cpl. Patrick D. Home, Cpl. Tony Palermo, Cpl. James L.
Dyal, T-5 Frank R. Flores, T-5 Ralph L. Marra, Pvt. John J. Quarles, Jr.
3rd row: Pfc. Houston S. Nolan, Cpl. Elmer L. Home, Pfc. William A. Groover, Pvt. George D. Vaneman, Pvt. Lester
A. Sigler, Pvt. Harry L. Manges, Pfc. John M. Beebe, T-5 Henry A. Schroer.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) 1st Sgt. Leonard J. Wilt, 1st Lt. Wilhelm G. Streicher, 2nd Lt. Willam N. Thomas, Jr.
2nd row: Cpl. William A. Smith, T-4 William A. Olive, Sgt. Ulis S. Anderson, Sgt. Curtis B. Goff, T-4 Robert E. Har-
rold, S-Sgt. Cecil W. Register.
3rd row: T-5 Miles T. Swineford, T-5 Edward L. Schmidt, Cpl. Ira J. Carter, Pvt. Henry Polichnik, Pfc. J. C. Flake,
Pvt. James L. Stephens, Pvt. Emmett V. Martinez, Pvt. Joseph M. Hamilton.
4th row: Pvt. Benino S. Lerma, Pfc. Fred W. Schlick, Pfc. Wallace M. Wyszynski, Pfc. Raymond L. Jqhnson, Pyt,
Hugo J. Peltonen, Pfc. Albert V. Painter, Pvt. Clyde W. Kennedy, Pfc~l.mes B. Brantley.

-35. Z -F

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) T-4 Henry B. Sheffield, S-Sgt. James W. Barfield, 1st Lt. Lloyd H. Cotter, 2nd Lt. Roy
L. McKay, S-Sgt. John H. Kayartz, S-Sgt. Milton L. Lipsitz, Sgt. Thomas W. Wilder.
2nd row: Cpl. Arvel Adkins, T-5 Aubrey N. Rye, T-5 Tony F. Joy, T-5 William S. Crawford, T-5 Jack C. Stanfield,
Cpl. Jesse H. Duggan, Pfc. William D. Linton, Pvy Pelam G. Rowell.
3rd row: Pvf.Ro6y B. H-1.ium, Pfc .. .ii,. R.B, e:rer, Jr,, Pfc.-ECwTnI-E:-Brown--Pvt. Guadalupe S. Martinez, PfE.
Cephus Traylor, Pfc. Harmon R. Tyner, Pvt. Harry E. Rannefield, Pvt. Bernard C. Davis, Pfc. Leonard J. Pieton.

WHAT'S BUZZIN' COUSIN? The hustle and bustle in the air is the result of teamwork this platoon of cannoneers dis-
played. You will notice that each man is giving h:s utmost to the task at hand. The men are experts in their respective
jobs and their speed and efficiency is comparable to assembly line..
This is just one of the many demonstrations the cannon-men pt on for the benefit of the Officer Candidate Stu-
dents. It is a problem demonstrating the proper way of firing the 105 mm Howitzer gun,

Sunday, December 6, 1942 will always linger
battle of the year was waged. This was the after-
honored and crowned Post Champs. The pres-

entation of the Fort Benning Conference trophy
to the team and regiment was enacted just prior

to the opening kickoff. Lt. Col. Finnegan of the
Fort Benning Athletic Association introduced

who awarded the trophy to team captain Roy
Cestary, who in turn, placed the trophy in the
e.ands of the 124th Inf. Commander, Colth John ., -
D. Hill. --- i

HENECKING PARTY. On this line play between the Gators and the presents the Post Championship Trophy to Gator back, Roy Cestarydowned.

Blue Devils, one of the of the year w has wagckled. This was Cestary wher-
ence Champs, trounced their close rivals, the 29t:h

another Devil came up and pinned an affectionated completembraced the
easonRoy. HEY! QUIT SHOVIN' Just like Coney Island on a Sunday afterundefeated.
This was also the day when the cator wereo
honored and crowned Post Champs. Th. pres-
entation of the Fort Benning ConferenCe trophy

NECKING PARTY. On this line play between the Gators and the presents the Post Championship Trophy to Gator back, Roy Cestary
Blue Devils, one of the Devils below has tackled Roy Cestary when
another Devil came up and pinned an affectionate embrace on
Roy. HEY! QUIT SHOVIN' Just like Coney Island on a Sunday after-
__-.,., ~ ~ I ITTy .. . ,, ,,,. ..,,-... -. noon

Ai '
~r C%~~s~,AW~ ~


Medical Detachment


The story of the Medical Detachment's nearest casualty and hurriedly dressed
growth with all its interesting incidents his injury. The litter squad was next on
has paralleled with the development of the scene evacuating the injured to the
the regiment and when the Regiment rear.
rushed to South Florida to aid those All d ork and no play makes Jack a dul-
soldier, and understanding body func-
stricken by flood, the detachment was an
tions, the Medicos have always particip-
active participant. In every instance tin a s. he Medic always part
ated in athletics. The Medical Men have
where the regiment answered the call to continually excelled in team sports, and
duty. the Medical Detachment has lived
dt-e-e--i- have participated in every regniirftifril
up to its motto: "Exteditus Necessitate athletic event. The detachment took first
(On hand in time of need). In Sanordirst
On No r 2, in ti 1o40. the detachment place in the Basketball League in the sea-
on November 24, 1940. the detachment o 111 ,
was inducted into the Federal Service. It sons of 1941-1942, and placed among the
remained there until December 18th, top in the round robin at the end of the
when they moved to Camp Blanding. season. The detachment's soft ball team
The Detachment, with large scale ma- has been undefeated so far this season,
neuvers in Louisiana and the Carolinas and was runner-up in the softball cham-
- completed, accompanied the Regiment to pionship last year. Strong support has
Fort Benning. Its first problem for The always been given by the barks of their
Infantry School was B-222, which is an sleek mascot "Blackout," idol of the de-
all Medical Demonstration. This exhibi- tachment. He was found just a pup, wan-
ion has proven a constant amazement to during along the Hourglass road, and has
the stands. A gas casualty is treated by since become a full grown morale builder.
supposedly removing some of his blood. He has never missed a retreat, and sits
This well practiced trick of drawing the erect during the whole procedure. When
artificial blood into a bottle has always the order "Dismissed" is given, he makes
shocked the students. A litter squad next a mad scramble for the barracks, always
on the scene brings a fracture case into managing to finish first, beating out the
the aid station, where the soldier is im- first group of chowhounds.
mediately cared for. The problem in its This brings the Medical Detachment's
entirety leaves the students with an unfor- history up to date. During the past year
getable picture of the importance of the there have been some changes. The de-
Medical Soldier. tachment has received new officers and
The detachment has sent aid details Captain Hockenberry became major and
with every demonstration that the regi- is key man in the medical set-up. New
ment has been called upon to do for The enlisted men have been added, and today
Infantry School. The school's desire is the detachment as a function team under
that the student must see the complete Capt. Davis looks into the future,' its
picture of how the combat job must be sole objective being to follow the pur-
done. Demonstration B-191 is the fulfil- pose of the Medical Department of which
ment of the school's demand. The picture it is a subordinate: TO CONSERVE
was made complete when the aid man THE FIGHTING STRENGTH OF
dashed in front of the 'stands and, drop- THE UNIT TO WHICH IT IS AT-
ping to his belly, wormed his way to the TACHED.

HEADQUARTERS MEDICAL SECTION-(left to r~ght) 1st Sgt. James D. Colbert, Capt. Jacob R. Davis, Major Ralph E
Hockenberry, Capt. William F. Travers.
2nd row: T 4 Francis M. Wren, T-4 William O. Haisten, Sgt. Herbert A. Thurston, Sgt. Farris H. Dav:s, T-4 Currie M
Goff, Jr.,
3rd row: T-4 Frank E. Simmons, Pfc. Kenneth W. Grove, T-5 Joseph A. Bessi, T-5 Leonard Harris, T-4 Alvis W.

FIRST BATTALION MEDICAL SECTION-(left to right) Pfc. Clifford V. Williams, Cpl. Oliver H. Howell, S-Sgt. Herbert
C. Davis, Jr., Capt. James E. Cochran, T-4 Harry J. Austin, T-5 Leonard D. Starr, ,T-5 Burton F. Kelly, Pfc. Bonnie R.
Windley, Pfc. John C. Darcy.
2nd row: Pvt. John B. Dennison, Pvt. Joe F. Tart, Pvt. Oscar N. Duval, Pvt. Frank L. Crisp, Pfc. Harvey A. Penn, Jr.,
Pvt. Harry E. Morgan, Pvt. Leo D. Frederick, Pfc. Albert C. Sarno, Pfc. William R. Jones.
3rd row: Pvt. William P. Berry, Pvt. William L. Davidson, Pfc. Wallace G. Smith, Pvt. Earl J. Booth, Pfc. James A.
Black, Pvt. Hnry Fustine, Pfc. Harry W. Donnelly, Pvt. Maxie E. Wrenn, Pvt. Linwood a. Jones, Pfc. Edward L.

SECOND BATTALION MEDICAL SECTION-(left to right) Cpl. Carlo J. Dileo, S-Sgt. Jack T. Evans, Lt. David A. Dvoretz,
T-4 Robert L. Evans, T-5 Alfons C. Groth.
2nd row: Pfc. Claude V. Gardner, Jr., T-5 Joseph W. Hutton, T-5 Jimmy W. Kellett, Pfc. Henry T. Dunn, Pfc. Oriole
- M. Mayor-T-5 ;Albert-S:-PyzikT-T-5HarryvE; Robson,-T-5-Le~oardM DAickev.--- .- ..
3rd row: Pvt. Peter S. Mackiewicz, Pvt. James J. Lihos, Pfc. William V. Brooks, Pvt. Louis Bondy, Pfc. Daniel J. Kier-
nan, Pvt. Richard M. Phelan, Pvt. George M. Sovie, Pfc. Edward F. Carter.
4th row: Pvt. Ernest A. Handwerk, Pfc. William J. Wallace, Jr., Pfc. Tuggle W. Webster, Pvt. Harold R. Meisch,
Pfc. John R. Hill, Pvt. Wilbur R. Foltz, Pfc. Robert A. Howell, Jr., Pfc. Homer E. Mills, Pvt. John S. Taylor.

THIRD BATTALION MEDICAL SECTION-(left to right) T-5 James T. Brown, T-5 John B. Stapler, S-Sgt. Robert I.
Marlowe, Capt. Andrew L. Petrillo, T-4 Fred D. Griffith, Cp:. Marion H. Wright, T-5 Eston W. Allen.
2nd row: Pvt. Al!an D. Mettam, T-5 Wilson C. Collier, T-5 Joseph V. Huffnagle, Pvt. Robert E. McLean, Pvt. Sol L.
Mayes, T-5 Herman A. Bradley, Pfc. Elierce W. Alcorn, Pfc. John R. Donovan.
3rd row: Pfc. Samuel H. Johnson, Jr., Pfc. Edward J. Lange, Pfc. Raymond E. Knauss, Pvt. Charlie S. Micol, Pfc.
Eugene E. Sanders, Pvt. Thomas W. Jackson, Pvt. Samuel O. Lowe, Pfc. Edward A. Ritter, Pfc. Edgar W. Barwick.
4th row: Pvt. James L. Tharrington, Pvt. Vernon J. Gregorio, Pfc. Warren L. Dykes, Pfc. Howard J. LaPerriere, Pvt.
William R. Pittman, Pvt. Jarvis G. Ennis, Pfc. Robert E. Cal:oway, Pfc. William M. Mejia.

Adam Lazonga In Combat



In the course of publishing a week-
ly regimental newspaper the ALLI-
GATOR, the question arose: "How
Scan the ALLIGATOR said the average
GI in remembering helpful hints con-
cerning combat operations and present
them in an interesting fashion at the
same time?"

The result was a weekly cartoon in
two panels. The first panel is marked
"wrong." It shows Adam Lazonga in
an incorrect maneuver which is defi-
nitely not the "school solution." The
second panel shows the same Gator
going through the same procedure
Q0 WRONG RIGHT correctly.

1- 0 JO A.t Adam Lazonga hows that in battle
its DIG OR DIE. The American soldier
has learned that the most important
thing in infantry warfare is to dig for

For the cessation of breathing caus-
.ed by electrical shock, suffocation or
drowning, artificial respiration is the
only treatment. The prone pressure
method is the latest means when
Mechanical aids are not available.
S_ __________"' _____ When operating in a combat area,

the individual soldier will probably
work at night just about as often as
in daylight.

Since night operations are very
dangerous, he would be well advised
to learn to fit his training to the par-
ticular need at hand.

For instance, if you should find
yourself in an open field when an
enemy flare goes off, and you don't
have time to duck for cover, DON'T
RUN. By running you will be much
more discernible to the enemy.


1st Bn. Hq. Staff


The Infantry Battalion Headquarters executive duties, generally aids the Bat-
Section, though a non-administrative talion commander.
unit, plays an important role in the life Captain Russell E. Whetstone who is
of the men within the unit. in charge of the operations section, is
It is the staff's responsibility to see directly responsible for all Infantry
that each company doesn't want for any- School Problems assigned the Battalion
thing. If a problem on plans and train- in addition to whipping up the various
ing, food. transportation, equipment, or unit training programs that the com-
general morale arises, it is the direct re- panies go through.
sponsibility of the Bn. C. O., Lt. Col. Lt. Conrad D. Philos, the Battalion
Earl M. Shine to see that it is properly Adjutant is in complete charge of the
handled. Battalion Memorandums, Special an
Surrounding the Colonel, in this im- General Orders issued from this liead-
portant job, are Major Terry B. Patter- quarters.
son, Executive Officer, Captain Russell Lt. George L. Scharpf finds that the
E. Wheitstonei--Operations Officer, Lt. job-of handling the supplies for--this Bat-
Conrad D. Philos, Adjutant, Lt. George talion keeps him constantly on the move.
L. Scharpf, Supply Officer, and Lt. Rob- All the necessities for the companies
ert F. Long, Transportation Officer. It come through the work of this officer.
is through the cooperation of these men Transportation for School Problems,
that Colonel Shine's extreme responsibili- and recreational purposes is furnished by'
ties are somewhat lessened. the Battalion Transportation Officer, Lt.
Major Patterson, in carrying out his Robert F. Long.


FIRST BATTALION STAFF-(left to right) Lieutenant Colonel Earl M. Shine (Battalion Commander), Major Terry B.
Patterson (Eexecutive Officer).
2nd row: Captain Russell E. Whetstone (Operations Officer), Lieutenant Conrad D. Philos (Adjutant), Lieutenant
C., E. Holloway, Jr. (Intelligence Officer), and Lieutenant George L. Scharpf (Supply Officer).

Hq. Co. 1st Bn.


i- i

Among the many National Guard tions," the unit has received more com-
Units which were mustered in November, mendations than from any other in its
1940, came a small detachment from San- course with The Infantry School. A rat-
ford, Florida, consisting of 13 enlisted ing of 98 per cent "Superior" is a record
men and one officer, well worth remembering, and certainly a
Then came the Louisiana and Carolina goal to strive for, for any unit.
Maneuvers where the men braved the All work and no play, however, makes
cold, heat and the insects. G.I. Jack a dull boy. So the Hq. Co. has
Being the first to leave for Fort Ben- participated in every sport on the Gator
ning. the detachment now under the cor- schedule. Baseball, football, softball,
mand of Lt. Raymond S. J. Sprague, felt, volleyball, swimming and golf are among
as did the men of other units of the First the favored sports.
Battalion, that their early assignment It was during the sultry days of the
with The Infantry School at Fort Ben- summer of 1942, that Hq. Det. was pro-
ning. was due to much hard work, and moted to a full-fledged company and is
cooperation with their superiors. now under the command of Lt. Conrad
On Problem 226, 'Pioneer and Demoli- D. Philos.

BN. HQ. AND CO. HQ. SECTION-(left to right) S-Sgt. Hal A. Colbert, S-Sgt. William C. Burnett, S-Sgt. James A. Cath-
cart, Jr., Sgt. George A. Hughes, 1st Sgt. George W. Barber, 2nd Lt. Tom J. Kinney, Sgt. Charles L. Barwick, T-4 Royal
A. Carter, T-4 Frank K. Weller, S-Sgt. Mitchell Balicki.
2nd row: Cpl. Joseph V. Senkarik, Cpl. Tillman R. Clark, T-5 Reuben E. Lanier, T-4 George A. Fischer, T-5 Herbert
Hall, T-5 Rufus R. Hagan, T-5 Otto Q. Craig, Cpl. Franklin P. Farwell, Cpl. George Ridenour
3rd row: Pfc. George Broic, Pvt. Francis M .Waters, Pvt. James W. Hynds, Pvt. Carl J. Jahnsen, Pvt. Thomas F.
Kearney, Pvt. Charles Julian, Jr., Pvt. Pietro V. Marino, T-5 oseph E. Cancilla, Pvt. Walter P. Wawro.
4th row: Pfc. Ernest L. Crispell, Pfc. Seldon W. Hallett, Pvt. Harold H. Hinterliter, Pvt. Charles J. Kolvites, Pvt.
Okey E. Rhodes, Pvt. Fred H. Quinn, Pfc. James Vierling, Pvt. Malvert A. Putnam, T-5 Steve J. Huzor, Jr.
5th row: Pfc. Robert H. Bean, Pvt. Anthony J. Kennish, Pfc. Eancesco Cotroneo, Pfc. Elvin W. Valentine.


COMMUNICATION PLATOON-(left to right) S-Sgt. E. J. Harris, Sgt. Jack W. Evans, T-5 Parker Jesse, Pfc. Joseph
Jachimski, 2nd Lt. Jewell A. Blankenship, Pfc. Angelo J. Berasi, Pfc. George B. Guntow, Pfc. George A. Harbeson, Pfc.
Walter N. Schlitz.
2nd row: S-Sgt. Walter M. McGovern, T-5 William F. Rosselot, Pfc. Robert M. Chase, Pfc. George F. Brown, Pfc.
Medlie J. Haynes, Pfc. John H. Ewart, Pvt. Howard P. Hayden.
3rd row: T-4 Andrew J. Ledford, Pvt. Harry L. Brownfield, Pfc. Louis W. Howell, Pfc. Kenneth H. Allen, Pfc. Edward
F. Fleming, Pvt. Allen D Hughes, Pvt_ Ferol L. Morrison, S-Sge .:;ichell Baliik;.

AMMUNITION, PIONEER AND ANTI-TANK PLATOONS-(left to right) Cpl. Patrick S. Perryman, Cpl. Orbie D. Bowen,
S-Sgt. Vernon B. Smith, Jr., 1st Lt. Richard H. Koeller, S-Sgt. James C. Byers, Cpl. Orin L. Lick, Cpl. Hoyt P. Richberg.
2nd row: Pvt. Roy L. Teaster, Cpl. Leaston M. McGee, Cpl. Marion F. Jenkins, Sgt. Harold F. Schultz, Cpl. Nathan
Adlerstein, Pfc. Lee C. Cain, Pvt. Robert S. Corpenter.
3rd row: Pvt. Roland G. Wright, Pfc. Elwood C. Chambers, Pvt. Clifford R. Haddock, Pfc. Fearless C. Mills, Pvt.
Marvin O. Mills, Pvt. Carroll Williams, Pvt. Preston L. Yancey, Pfc. Joseph M. Joskiewicz.
4th row: Pvt. Benjamin H. Bush, Pvt. Johnnie R. Beecher, Pvt. Fred New, Pvt. Minix G. Osborne, Pvt. Luke Harde-
man, Pfc. Frederick O. Valentine, Pfc. Rudi H. Wilk, Pfc. John Kadubec, Pvt. Elizah Howard.
5th row: Pfc. Sidney Kroll, Pvt. Warren M. Armstrong, Pvt. Lacey F. Ttesterman, Pvt. Clovis W. Slusher, Jr., Pfc.
Ernest W. Blanton, Pfc. Harry D. Jones, Pfc. George A. Rossi, Pvt. William E. Barnett.
6th row: Pfc. Francis W. Colbath, Pfc. Giro D. Chierchio, Pfc. Brard Gasparini, Pfc. Michael Katona, Pvt. Wilbert
E. Hambruch, Pvt. Charles J. Grieser, Pfc. Dennis P. Wolford, Pfc. Randall P. Walthall.


Scenes .

McMILLAN BOWL built under the auspices of Lt. Col':Henry W.
McMillan is an open-air theatre containing two dressing' rooms, a
movie size screen, a stage comparable to the size of Hollywood Bowl
and a seating capacity of a thousand people.




.* b *

greatest of ease, the daring young pup of the
GATORS' TECHUMSEH. Since the construction of the First Battalion fighting M.D.'s. At the command "Fall in,"
Wishing Well, last year, many Gators have discarded their rabbits Blackout, the Medic's mascot will dive into the
foot, four leaf clovers, horse shoes and lucky coins, arms of any Medico from the barracks roof.
THE RETREAT SERENADERS. They're the guys that blow all that loud music around retreat time each day.

S.**Al l .. ,',4 *- : .. ,..
%tvsgga. 16,~~~;~f~ 8 ~ ~aa~~~,~d '. .9- ;
s~8~k'la~' A,

Company A


Soldiers are, for the most part, closer Since becoming an active force of our
to each other in thought and speech than great army, the company's personnel has
any other body of men. The men of changed considerably. Officers and men
Company A, th! first company of the have come and gone. Capt. Macfarland
regiment, are indeed a cohesive group of commanded the company at the time of
troopers. Co-operation, good-will and un- its induction and was succeeded by the
derstanding are to the company's per- able and soldiery Capt. Klein. Who, of
sonnel not merely a politician's dirge, but his command can forget the old Captain?
rather, an every day policy practiced by Succeeding commanding officers have
each man in the outfit. more than kept the record of leadership
Instituted to some extend b difficult set by their predecessors. Lt. Maloof,
Instituted to some extend by diicult Lt. Jackson and the now commanding
problems and hardships shared together, Capt. Key have more than proven their
the men have invented a jargon of speech ability.
peculiar to the experiences of the com-
pany. One walking down the beautiful- Athletics and recreation play a major
ly arranged company streit-V'6uld be f" role in thfIives of our men. YYou may,
amazed to hear such startling yells as, at any of the men's free time see them
"Blocks out bolts forward covers spending it on some form of athletics.
down." These expressions are memor- Too, there is the "Royal Palm Club,"
able of good old problem 112 (Machine our day-room, where one may do any-
Gun) or "Go ahead 400": a throw back thing, from "chalking the cue" to reading
to the time spent by the A-men on prob- a best seller.
lem 178 (Scouting and Patrolling). There has been since the entrance of
The company is particularly proud of the company into the regular army, many
its record while on problem 156-157 unusual incidents that will long linger
(B. A. R. Instruction), and holds a peren- in the minds of the men. Some were
nial "Superior" for outstanding demon- highly ludicrous to the extreme. While
stations on problem 188 (Battalion in others were on the more serious side.
Attack). Ours is an eviable record, one Who could forget the lad, who in his
that does justice to the honor of the cups, emulated a paratrooper, and went
regiment. A glance at the company's head over heels down the stairs and
records reveal that the majority of all through the door. Or the portly cook,
details are listed as superior, and the who upon each return from town, sank
minority as excellent. to his knees upon the latrine floor and
Efficiency is never acquired by mere loudly confessed his sins.
chance. No, plenty of hard work, Esprit Every conclusion to any tale must
de Corps and intelligent leadership in- have a climax. And, who of the company
spire perfection. The efficiency as shown can ever forget the thrill of satisfaction
by the company's records, would easily that was theirs when Generals Parks and
be understandable were one to delve into Valdez personally recommended t h e
the history of the outfit. Iighest commendation ever presented to
Company A, at its induction into the any company for the superior perform-
regular army at Camp Blanding, Fla. ance put on by the boys one miserable
on Nov. 25, 1940, was comprised mostly rainy day on problem No. 178, (Scouting
of men from Miami. Fla. and Patrolling).

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Harry G. Walter, Sgt. Erwin A. Marsch, Jr., 1st Sgt. Roy H. Lusk, 1st Lt. Ansel E.
Jackson, 2nd Lt. Albert Leonardo, Sgt. Willard Roberts, S-Sgt. Jesse O. Henson.
2nd row: Pfc. John W. Cumbie, Cpl. Lawrence G. Sharp, Cpl. Homer J. Rood, Cpl. Kenneth W. St:ckland, Pvt. Keva
Morris, Pvt. Onnie Hill, Pvt. Walter L Faick, Pfc. Ralph P. Buda.
3rd row: Pfc. Russell I. Riley, Pfc. Gaza Barath, Pfc. William E. Allen, Pfc. Peter Rusetski, Pvt. Edward L. Ramowski,
Pvt. James T. Moore, Pvt. Paul S. Creager, Pfc. John C. Hoard, Pfc. Edwin M. Pfisterer.
4th row: Pvt. Edward 0. Brown, Pvt. Crawford R. Babcock, Pvt. Gilbert E. Schmelzer, Pvt. Will am H. Shannon,
Pfc. Clifford M. Carroll, Pfc. Andrew J. Carr, Pfc. John L. Ramsey, Pvt. Edward M. Krawczyk, Pfc. Walter Herrmann,
Pfc. Theodore F. Sakowicz.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Clayton W. Hamilton, Sgt. Golden B. Dearth, S-Sgt. Robert J. Scott, 2nd Lt. Jack
L. Taylor, Sgt. Thomas J. Summers, Sgt. Benjamin F. Collins, Sgt. George H. Berry, Cpl. Edward H. Rainsford.
2nd row: Pvt. Raymond F. Baker, Pfc. Philip R. Bartimac, Pfc. Howard K. Smith, Pfc. Dominic A. DiBlasio, Pvt.'John
Cqrnuska, Pvt. Sergie Zuke, Pvt. Michael J. Navarra, Pfc. Orlando P. Monaco, Pvt. Charles B. Sepulveda, Cpl. Norris B.
3rd row: Pvt. Elmer Harrington, Pfc. Paul R. Hayes, Jr., Pvt. Byron D. Quillen, Pvt. Dewey V. Coleman, Pfc. Millard
W. Talley, Pvt. Clifford E. Setter, Pfc. Valentin F. Castillo, Pvt. Lawrence A. Ritter.
4th row: Pfc. Wesley J. Watts, Pvt. Harold F. Hyde, Pvt. Craig W. Matthew, Pvt. Pies D. Young, Pvt. Rudy A.
Vittling, Pvt. John P. Colletti, Pvt. Albert L. Hanus, Pvt. Calvin W. Gray, Pvt. George W. McDonald.

THIRD PLAIOON-(left to right) Sgt. Ralph G. Rainwater, Sgt. Thomas E. Smith, S-Sgt. Thomas H. Kirkman, 1st Lt.
Lawrence E. Randall, 2nd Lt. James L. Mulcahey, Sgt. Ethan D. Fay, Sgt. Donald L. Ostrander, Cpl. Walter Stetser, Jr.
2nd row: Cpl. Henry E. Jenkins, Pfc. Harold I. W. Eisenberg, Pfc. Robert J. Williams, Pfc. Francis C. Rose, Pfc.
Grafton D. Curtis, Pfc. Blaine N. Engle, Pfc. Edgar W. Vaughn, Pvt. Sidney Serebrenick, Cpl. Robert W. Marsch.
3rd row: Pvt. Nathan S. Privette, Pfc. John C. Owens, Pfc. Sydney W. Parfrey, Pfc. Everette C. Lathbury, Jr., Pfc.
- Alvin B. Pairgin, Pvt. :Steve--Kutch,-Pfc.;Ralph W. Chisolmi=Pvt ;ouis-Reznitsky..--- : ---.
4th row: Pfc. James F. Gallagher, Pfc. Raymond Sivee, Pvt. Lawrence R. Baylor, Pfc. William L. Pfeiffer, Pvl.
Michael J. Nolan, Pfc. George J. Smith, Pvt. Albert H. Knight, Pvt. Bascom F. Estes.
5th row: Cpl. Thomas P. O'Connell, Pvt. Charles R. Corman, Pvt. Edwin D. Booth, Pvt. Will'am E. Campbell, Pvt.
Edward M. Houck.

FOURTH PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Ralph B. Derry, Sgt. Paul B. Ragans, Sgt. Allan Miller, S-Sgt. Ralph G. McCall,
2nd Lt. Aubrey W. Wayland, S-Sgt. Joseph B. Willett, Sgt. Wendell J. Brown, T-4 Harris B. George, Sgt. Leverette F.
2nd row: Pfc. Samuel D. Rutter, Cpl. William W. Pierce, Cpl. Lawrence E. Duncan, T-5 Jacob G. Becker, Cpl. Joseph
J. Dowling, Cpl. Mose W. Spence, T-5 William F. Raia, T-5 Harry C. Dick, Pfc. Peter A. Miskow.
3rd row: Pvt. Andrew J. Adams, Pfc. Frank J. Alexander, Pvt. Clifford M. DeMonia, Pvt. Frank T. Woodrow, Pvt.
Ralph H. August, Pvt. Abe J. Finkelstein, Pfc. Stephen A. Pipito, Pvt. Alex Privis, Pfc. Paul B. Hardin, Pfc. George M.
4th row: Pfc. William C. Bryant, Pfc. Lester Johns, Pfe. Angelo M. Pacella, Pfc. Clarence R. Markle, Pfc. Leslie
Pierce, Pfc. Joe J. Szopinske, Pfc. Wallace W. Thornton, Pfc. Andrew J. Whetstone, Pvt. Lowell E. Hays, Pvt. Paul E. A.
Sth row: Pfc. William F. Plane, Pfc. Robert C. Covington, Pfc. Market D. Clay, Pfc. Hobdy W. Hayles, Pvt. Zenon
S. Starzynski, Pfc. John P. Morgan, Pvt. Vernon E. Conner, Pfc. Harris W. Phelps, Pfc. Alfred F. Miaczynski, Pfc. Ray H.

.. ... .... y F K .
Bm .:" i' t r& .

.. .i : .4.


CHAPLAINS AND ASSISTANTS- Cleft to right) Chap. Clarence R. Ritchie, T-5 Byron L. Allen, Chap. Alexander W.
Whitaker, T-5 David E. Bailey, Chap. Stephen F. Kuhn and T-5 Carlo A. Ammirati

For the Catholic men of the regiment there is a
Sanctuary set aside at the rear of the Chapel where the
C Blessed Sacrament is present at all times. Here the men
sat any time can spend a silent moment in prayer and
Fnla rh 1 l t o : le Nl. adoration.

THE 124TH CHAPEL. Below is a picture of the en-
One of the busiest places in Gatorland is the trance to the Chapel.
r hm I pf,- j _.. ..- r u ,t .c t r .d r r r r ..: "Lrt

Se ro, r..:,, ur., cr a er- ended d pa .z, a c ,-
ran-, paerr,: aor 3 .ritual reed Gaor': 3rE sure T.-
lind a ; misrhet,: rnitEeir b. pcl',m. u.p a .f
and r:allnn '47.
Per;o..,r.rel *:.f the ch da,,el c. r,'ti ci Ch- lari,:
S, hr.maker. C P. Fithe anud F.de F
Kuhn *trh ThI-er 3a',i ranr; e'. r:.or. l. "tl er, E2a I

rr.a:-e fr the C trF i c, rmen H :,t the r errnenr 3:
'c-l1 a a a N.o.ena n l nr r .:.f cur Lad. -f Ferretiu.l .."_-_---""-_-'_ _',
Help .r, c .\Vedncd -' eenr,,_ and tr.c 'urd hZ-- ---

Protetanr ser.',ce. are held c-n Surd-a, arnd .
clude Lulheran and General Prcme:-ant ceremeone:
There are tc, a:" .e religic~u. ror..roaztir,-_
,-rcze acti''tiES are conducted fr.o.m the Chapel
the er.ice Mern : Chr,.nara Leaoue ,h..h rmeet:
weekly am the ca.,,p.el and embrace, all Pr,;,r,.tnr,er"
: he Re menr ad the H o.1, Narme S.cr, .r
Car MI T. ',

Company B

It was November, 1940 and in the On left edge of stake and take a ten-
bright and warm air of Sunny Miami minute break."
there was a tingle of aF fast approaching Fortunately we haven't lost all of the
war. "old timers" for we still have such re-
Down home we were all prepared to liables as Staff Sergeant Lloyd W. Ayers
do our bit for Uncle Sam, so on the (You know him-"459 Ayers") and there
morning of November 25 when that is the baby of the Platoon Sergeants, the
durnn" bugler blew assembly we were guy with the creamy smile Staff Sergeant
all there "Johnny on the Spot." We Russell E. Grooms. Staff Sergeant Jack
Metcalf, is the Metcalf of Problem No.
knew what wev were getting into and 188, and finally they gave us good old
there wasn't a man among that first 87 No. 152B (Third Battalion Couldn't
that made a sound when the "Old Man" Handle it) that's where we heard a lot
asked if there was anybody who didn't from the long and lanky Staff Sergeant
want to go. Levin H. Rollins, Jr. Last but not least
among the fine Non-Corns is the Daddy
We have come a long way since then of the Company First Sergeant James
and we have been around some too. You H. Moser. He is not only the Daddy of
"guys" all remember the Louisiana Ma- the company, but now he can be called
neuvers, the Ocala March, and the South the daddy of the regiment. The topper
Carolina Maneuvers. .Well, it was out served in all grades having enlisted in
in those dangg" swamps of Louisiana that 1930 and after 9 years was finally made
we were picked as one of the best outfits
in this man's army, and were destined "Top Kick." In his time he has served
to do big things, under a great many company command-
ers which brings up to date the present
We have done our job and done it well company C. 0. none other than First
and it wasn't easy work either, was it? Lieutenant Heinz H. Volz, who by the
You guys all know that, but we stayed way, before entering the Army was a
right in there and pitched, pitched every- champion wrestler in the army of Gobs.
thing we had and don't forget we're still Yes Sir, we have come a long way these
"pitching," (All for one and one for all) last three years. And finally when Old
That's us; that's good old Company B. Uncle says you guys can go back home;
We have worked hard and played hard and once again when the sun shines and
but there wasn't much time for play was the air is bright and warm, you fellows
there? Or do you remember when you will be much wiser, and better equipped
used to get up at 4 a. m. and maybe you to face the world, knowing that you
were finished at dark and maybe you helped to lick the Axis in the best com-
weren't. pany, in the best battalion, in the best
After we arrived in these here parts regiment in the army. And how do we
we soon set out to get a taste of real know that? Well its like this. When
Army Life the good old G. I. way and the regiment wants something done, they
it wasn't long before all one could hear get the First Battalion, and when the
was: "Blocks down, bolts forward, covers First Battalion wants something done,
down-on your opponent's rifle rFove. they-get the men of "B",


7W_ / Z

a .,1_ \

A 9 ,*.I: 1JA .* 'i1 -- \i K

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Saul Friedman, S;t. Harris H. Lovell, Sgt. William G. Newbold, S-Sgt. Jack Mercalf,
2nd Lt. Ordway H. Cesgin, Sgt. Mar:on H. Brookbank, Sgt. Henry Q. Stevens, Sgt. Ott:s A. Noel, Cpl. John H. Germeyer.
2nd row: Pvt. Hoyt H. Rayburn, Pfc. George Ashforth, Jr., Pfec. Charles W. Vicars, Pfc. Millen N. Wilson, Pvt. Saul
Rosen, Pfc. Daniel Lee, Pvt. Clarence A. Smith, Pvt. Alfa Tucker, Pfc. Harvel D. Barger.
3rd row: Pfc. Robert L. Bean, Pfec. Lewis H. Starnes, Pvt. James R. Wilson, Pvt. Herman G. Brown, Pfc. Leo L.
Hoffman, Pfc. Robert C. Hord, Pvt. Andrew A. Ambro, Pfc. Marvin D. Doss.
4th row: Pfc. Robert T. White, Pvt. Hansel Phillips, Pvt. Lonnie R. Bland, Pvt. Elmer R. Thomas, Pfc. Harry E.
Taylor, Pfc. Sam Dattolo, Pfc. Johnnie Street, Pfc. Vernon Gerber, Pvt. James R. Smith.

I ,:'; ... t<': 4. *{.... .

-e 1
C'i - Lt'

.'3rd : f f .
r. r 't '

... .- -' .-)*

T. Johnson.
,2nd row Cpl. Marvin M arh man, T lB. Mo.rris, T-4 Laurence A. Saundors, Pc. Paul H. Kilgore, Pfc.

Joseph M. Detzel, Pfc. M rice Ma Bridges, Pc. Clifford C. Barber, T-5 Frank J. Rogoc, T-4 John W. Sever.
3rd row: Pfc. Dillon D. Brooke, Pfc. William Edwards, Pvt. Grady L. Shannon, Pfc. Henry Q. Duffey, Pvt. Jack Gill-
man, Pfc. John C. Bzdak, Pvt. Frederick L. Dick, Pfc. Walter J. Boland, Plc. Charles F. Cooper.

Sth row: Pvt. Henry M. Bickel, Pvt. Robert D. Scarborough, Pvt. Egear M. Greathouse, Pfc. John E. Bashaar, Pfc. Roy
A. Ferguson, Pfc. Frederic R. Rearic, Pfc. Earl T. Queen.
2nd~ ~ row Cp.Mri .Macmn iim Morris T- arneA -nes f.PulH igrP
Josep M. ete l Pf.Muc .Bigs f.Cifr. Brber, T- FrnkJ goT- oh W evr
3rd row: Pfc. DilnD roe f.WlimEwrs .GayL hnoP e ry.Due, v.akGl-
maPc onC zaPt reeikL ik f.Wle oad f.CalsF opr
4th, ro:Pt arc ezn f.Gog .Sot Arthu W.Co,: Pfc. Coy .Brd v.j Ramnd


2nd. Sgt Le oK hb Sgt. Julcul A. Hull, Sgt.Carl es B Jckso Sgt. Fed W Arter, T-5 H oward L o
T 5 HoAl ozl p li1 ul y. NJeM Gonzalez PIV Junor Hil .

.p rd., r P ss T Pf.." Car berts, Pfc.- Arle R, Fpp P.'c CarisMay Pfc Jame s W
shIeR, Pt.l Tomaslexat d eori, PS-. Wiet lm A. Toomaser, Pvt. Warb re H. Budden Pvt. Demer E. CBaresn, Pst Stan ley
4th row: St. Weilr L. Mer K rStte, Pt. GrJgorls Si lu a PSt. C laude Mckntr. r, Pet. Gaierte E. Wolahl, Pd t. John,
Zsidisin, P fct. Franks Bexabeok, Pfc. Dale R. Fid cr, P vt. C Auert BaodPo, Pvt. R ert rtL Wi larliras PFt. Gnanlez
Wgyn i."

ftrt Fre -d W nt.. .

SECOND PLATODN-l(Jeft to right) CpL. Max D. Moeoler, Cp2. Leo P. Hantges, Sgt. William M. Titman, S-Sgt. Russell E.
Grooms, 2nd Lt. Joe T. Brandon, Sgt. Marcel A. Scharber, Sgt. James D. Pitre, Sgt. Kenneth M. Allen, Cpl. Robert G.
2nd row: Pfc. James C. Huggins, Pfc. Samuel Freeman, Pc. Ralph V. Debo, Pvt. Martin V. Huckabaa, Pvt. John

Spurway, Jr. "
3rd row: Pvt. Conelius P. Corbett, Pft. Thomas H. Eddy, Pvt. Warren L. Brooks, Pvt .Charles W. Martin, Pvt.
Johnnie N. Matthews, Pt. Joe Kostick, Pfc. William F. Blaise, Pvt. Willard L. Davis, Pvt. Daniel B. Noland, Pfc. Stanley
aC. Bowe.

4th row: Pfc. Russell L. Matthews, Pfc. Palmer Carison, Pvt. James A. Diamond, Pvt. Grady L Carr, Pvt. Charles
Jaros, Pfc. Robert E. Binegarr Pfc. Ammit B. Lisenby, Pvc. MCdfurts C. P hoemkero PLc. Clinton L. Mobley, PfT. Roger
W. N~lsorn,


C> -

CSoBoy, Am I d e Not Having Inspection Too!

I Should Make Corporal for Solving the Sargb'K Marched By.
Income Tax.
(. ,
.- '- --

My Draft Board Wants Me to Report for "A Book of Verse Beneath the Bough..
Re-classification, A Loaf of Bread, a Fishing Line and Thou."

Re-classiiatio. -ALa fBed ihn ieadTo.

Company C


In May, 1914 the present Company C trolling," that Company C put on daily
was organized and mustered into service and nightly for 8 months. On this dem-
as Company L, 2nd Florida Infantry, at onstration they never rated lower than
West Palm Beach. Florida. In June, excellent with the percentage of superiors
1916 they were activated into Federal being in the higher brackets. It was
Service for duty on the Mexican Border. also on "Scouting and Patrolling" that
In August of that year the 2nd Florida the performance of "Murphy" became
Infantry, was redesignated and called the nationally known to such an extent that
124th Infantry. "Life" magazine ran a series of pictures
On October 16, 1918, Company L, 124th covering his activities in that problem.
Infantry sailed for France to do its share The other outstanding demonstration
in World War I. When the Armistice put on for The School, by Company C
was signed bringing the war to an end. men was "Stream Crossing Expedient."
Company L, 124th Infantry was mustered During the 10 months Company C was
out of service-and disbanded-. -- -----.-- assigned -to-it,. :recommendations for-the
In March, 1921, the old Company L. performance on this problem came from
2nd Florida Infantry, was reorganized General Alien on down. It was in March
and Federally recognized as Company C, of 1943, that three men of the River
154th Infantry, their home station again Crossing group gained the highest recom-
being West Palm Beach, Florida. In mendations in the form of being recom-
1924, Company C, 154th Infantry, was mended for the Soldier's Medal. During
redesignated as Company C, 124th In- one of the demonstrations when the
fantry. Upatoi Creek was exceptionally high a
For the next 16 years Company C had group of South American newspapermen
its share of active duty. It was called were thrown into the creek while inspect-
out on active state duty after three hur- ing a pontoon bridge. Three men of
ricanes in 1926, 1928, and 1935. It also Company C were among the first to go
spent 18 months on active state duty, to their rescue and were responsible for
in Northern Florida, with the Mediter- the safety of the victims. For this rescue
ranean Fruit Fly Quarantine Service. they were presented with the Soldier's
SMedals at a Regimental Review given for
On Louisiana maneuvers the 'Dixie Di- their benefit.
vision' earned its named of 'The Foot
Cavalry,' a tribute given them for the The 1943 Baseball and Diamond Ball
long distances they covered on foot in season found them with teams as good
short periods. Then came the Carolinas. as the previous year. In the first three
After Pearl Harbor, the 124th Infantry games Company C Baseball players ran
was assigned as School troops for The up a startling total of 63 runs against
Infantry School, at Fort Benning. their opponents. The season ended with
On its arrival at Fort Benning, Com- Company C tied for first place in Base-
pany C dug right into the assignments ball and in second place in Diamond Ball.
given them by The Infantry School and To date Company C has had a representi-
established high standards of reliability tive on every Gator team put out.
.and cooperation which they have never Whether it be heritage, work, experi-
lowered. ence or sports, Company C, with Lt. Clar-
They've had two outstanding demon- ence Townsend at the helm, can take its
stations. One was "Scouting and Pa- rightful place with the best of them.

FIRST PLATOON-(left to r:ght) Sgt. Floyd T. Ashley, 1st Sgt. Darwin C. Peters, 2nd Lt. Sam H. Sharp, 1st Lt. Clarence
A. Townsend, S-Sgt. Albert J. Zinni, Sgt. Thomas E. Kemp, Sgt. Royal Mollineaux.
2nd row: Sgt. Robert K. Grenfell, Pfc. Walter E. Phillips, Pvt. Elmer D. Pinner, Cpl. Kenneth 0. Chapman, Sgt.
Julian A. Groover, T-5 Rannie W. Forehand, Cpl. Alex M. Timko, Cpl. George P. McNamara.
3rd row: Pvt. John D. Budziak, Pvt. Michael J. Priestas, Pfc. Warren C. Mcintosh, Pfc. John Soltas, Pvt. Marlin L.
Palmer, Pvt. Ordean Olson, Pfc. Arthur L. Chapman, Pvt. Albert Tremoglie, Pfc. Samuel E. Stewart.
4th row: Pfc. Howard Will:s, Pfc. John R. Miller, Pfc. Clyde Parmley, Pvt. Earvin Parcus, Pvt. Roger 1. Hurless, Pvt.
Wm. Lloyd, Jr., Pfc. Pablo N. Agu:rre, Jr., Pfc. Albert J. Margo, Pvt. James A. Price.
5th row: Pvt. Willard Helman, Pfc. John Rithmire, Jr., Pvt. Felix J. Strizziere, Pvt. Steve G. Brankovich, Pvt. Quentin
Hess, Pvt. John M. Horvath, Pvt. Theodore E. Miles, Pvt. Irving G. Anderson, Pfc. Leon R. Watson.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Lorin N. Kite, Sgt. Lewis S. Conner, S-Sgt. Wm. R .H. Grenfell, 2nd Lt. Paul
L. Wolf, Sgt. Hugh F. Brady, Sgt. Arthur J. Kearns, Cpl. Charles W. Savage.
2nd row: Pfc. John A. Pesta, Pfc. Warren L. Jowers, T-4 Charlie T. Hand, Pfec. Earl 0. Mnix, Cpl. Jimm:e E. Putnam,
T-5 Earnest W. Williams, T-5 Eugene G. Harrison, Cpl. James M. Garner.
3rd row: Pvt. Charles E. Moore, Pfc. Charles F. Shiley, Pvt. John F. Andes, Pvt. George R. Myers, Pfc. Wm. K. Marks,
Pfc. Ross B. Pope, Pvt. Frank Stano, Pvt. Derwood K. Field.
4th row: Pvt. Joseph W. Soltesz, Pvt. Wilbur M. Gee, Pvt. Harry B. Rumbaugh, Pfc. Harold P. Serafy, Pfc. Mike J.
Pietrowski, Pfc. Chester M. Smith, Pvt. Chester H. Smith, Pvt. Joseph W. Herndon.
5th row: Pvt. Joseph V. Picard, Pvt. Joseph Andraski, Pfc. Keltneth R. Scott, Pvt. Hurshel A. Marks, Pvt. James A.
Thomas, Pfc. Warren L. Price, Pvt, Raymond E. Barnett, Pfc. Casino D'Allessandro, Pfc. Harold E. Thacker.

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Edwin C. Stevens, S-Sgt. Addie M. Waters, 2nd Lt. Warren A. Frick, S-Sgt. Thomas
G. Brown, S-Sgt. Alfred J. Sapp.
2nd row: Cpl. Frank Sinkovitz, Cpl. Edward E. Palcher, Cpl. Ciniton P. Barnes, Sgt. Victor V. Simone, Sgt. James M.
Wingate, Sgt. Neal C. Hutchins, Pfc. John W. Wittenbrook.
3rd row: Pfc. George O. Hayth, Pfc. Fred A. Sienkiewicz, Pfc. George W. Maxwell, Pvt. Robe:t Olds, Pvt. Lawrence
M. Fazio, Pvt. Martin R. Yannerilla, T-4 Edward A. Verboys, Pvt. John Parimuha.
--4th row: Pfc.=-Wmr H: Gribbte,R-fc. :Mchaet:Sunday,: vt.-JosepWv-H:. Lewis,-P9t--.ames F. Ambrose, Pvt. Joseph A.---'
Malkoski, Pvt. Frank J. DeLucca, Pvt. Jack H. Hornberger, Pfc. Chester P. Slabinski Pfc. Wm. A. Rieger.
5th row: Pvt. Edgar G. Garrett, Pvt. George C. Starkey, Jr., Pfc. Mike Stefancik, Pvt. Bill Morrison, Pvt. Rubin A.
Burns, Pvt. Fred E. Reda, Pfc. Hollis D. Tinsley, Pfc. James Smart, Pvt. Harry O. Sinclair.

FOURTH PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Luther G. Myers, S-Sgt. Ralph W. Lariscy, 2nd Lt. Wm. J. Mangan, 1st Lt. Donald
E. West, Sgt. John R. Church, Sgt. Alwyn L. Woodruff.
2nd row: Cpl. Milton H. Mauer, Cpl. Edward M. Rushing, Cpl. Larry H. Garner, Cpl. Jack M. Douglas, Cpl. Marion
D. Bryan, Pfc. Rudolph J. George, Pvt. Willard Plegge.
3rd row: Pfc. Billy S. Marquis, T-5 Lewis L. Trapnell, Pfc. Gene C. Roberts, Pfc. James A. Morrison, Pfc. Thomas L
O'Brien, Pfc. John J. McCarley, Pfc. Hubert L. Hiers, Pfc. Paul E. Stookey, Pfc. Arthur L. Rogers.
4th Row: Pvt. Jack B. Stadtmiller, Pfc. Richard E. Bow, Pvt. Sam Fedoruk, Pfc. Ralph Elliott, Pfc. Chester R.
Lanious, Pfc. George G. Unger, Pfc. Clarence T. Rande, Pvt. Scott E. Nelson, Pfc. Wm. L. Howington.
5th row: Pvt. Wm. H. Tarpley, Pvt. Dominick J. Cerullo, Pfe. Manuel H. Near, Pfc. Theodore L. Pemberton, Pvt.
David P. Myers, Pvt. Foyn T. McDevitt, Pfc. Eugene L. Himmelheber, Pfc. Ovid K. Glendenning, Pfc. Luther J. Hogsatt.

.' C-C .* ',/; ." \

GETTING SET FOR OPENER. Pictured above is Lt. Donald A.
Shaffer, Gator baseball coach, giving his men batting practice
Sust before the opener.
GATORS SCORE AGAIN. Below is a Gator making the home
~ plate to add another run to the 124th's impressive diamond
shot of Col. John D. Hill, regimental commander, just after he ____.
turned the first ball across the plate to start the inter-regimentat-
season rolling.

Play Ball
?i2^- '^rf tl^

Sators' slugging first sacker, Clelin Belin is sharpening his
batting eye for a tilt with the 300th Infantry nine. ./'
C-k t,'
C- =:+-, 'tI tCC

A~.A~'~; '" .'.RI L, "' ..

... -.,. ........ 7 7 .

Company D


The "Rookies" machine guns were do- .pedients). We furnished a s s i s t a n
ing the jitterbug in conjunction with the instructors for machine gun and mortar
bucking of a horse when they heard these classes. Yes, a large number of people
loud words: "Relax. Relax, don't ride have heard good things about us that the-
that gun." Today these gunners hear corn- won't forget. Some have seen things
plimentary words such as "That was which won't be easily forgotten. Com-
wonderful shooting and fine performance pany D participated in the Infantry
of the men and guns." School Demonstration. Battalion in At-
Praises have been given to Company D tack on April 30 and May 4, 1943, and
and outstanding men in the company have received this commendation from
since being inducted into Federal Service Lt. Colonel Davis, Lt. Colonel Stephen-
on November 25, 1940. That handful of son, and the instructors in charge of this
men making up Company D left their problem: "Best troop performance to
homes at Sanford, Florida, on a beautiful date." These instructors have been con.
morning:_to__jojth_.. newlyy mobilized ._ducting this problem almost two vears.-.
124th Inifitry. Their motto "Durus et Lt. Howard C. Bender, company coin-
Paratus" (Rough and Ready) thundered mander is proud of the many letters of
from their throats and its meaning was praise stored in the company file. Two
written on their statutes. men in Company D, Sgt. Harold Doker
Our past Company Commanders are: and Cpl. James B. DuBoise received the
Brig. Gen. Joseph C. Hutchinson, Colonel Soldier's Medal Award for heroism while
George A. DeCottes, Lt. Col. Harold C. participating in the Infantry School Dem-
Washburn, Capt. William F. Runge, onstration "Stream Crossing Expedients"
Capt. George J. Votaw, Capt. Charles B. on March 6, 1943. These men saved the
Shirard, Capt. Edward H. Wilson, and lives of one or more distinguished South
1st Lt. James R. Greer. Other notables American journalists from drowning in
who have been in Company D are Lt. Col. the deep and turbulent water of flood
Karl E. Nordgren and Capt. Russell E. swollen Upatoi Creek. Presentations
Whetstone. were made at a Regimental parade on
Enlisted men who have risen from the June 9, 1943.
ranks since induction are: Capt. Frank S. When our work is finished, we turn
Ray, Lt. Philip M. Vickery, Lt. William our thoughts to fun. In 1942, we finished
D. Ellis, Lt. Louis M. Lehinhard, Lt. at the top of the list to win the Regi-.
Arnold P. Hart, Lt. William J. Patrick, mental Baseball Championship and. the
Lt. Carroll W. Culpepper, Lt. Wilbur C. Gray League Basketball Championship.
Hartman, Lt. Charles F. Green, Lt. Alvin We furnished the Regimental Football
C. Johnson, Lt. Russell C. Adams. Team with two players and the Regi-
We also boast of our many records, mental Baseball Team with three of our
"You're from D Company, 124th Infan- men in the same year.
try? I've heard about that company. You Company D maintains a high spirit of
took important parts in presenting prob- willingness in every field of activity. We
lems 459 (Battalion in Defense); 188 have our "champs," heroes, expert ma-
(Battalion in Attack); B-140 (Heavy chine gunners, expert gunners, and expert
Weapons in Attack); 197-A (Dawn At- riflemen. Our Company is made up of
tack); 223 (Attack on Fortified Posi- these men and we are united to challenge
tions); and 227 (Stream Crossing Ex- any company who thinks they are better.

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Guy E. Welford, Sgt. Joe L. Cannella, 1st Sgt. Herman L. Howell, Lt. Howard C.
Bender, S-Sgt. Edward M. Collier, Sgt. Forrest H. Lee, Sgt. John R. Reaves.
2nd row: Pvt. James D. Delay, Pfc. John T. Aughtman, Cpl. Hubert W. Cox, Cpl. Ellis B. Rohrgaugh, Cpl. Lawrence
B. Whitlock, Cpl. Truman C. Williams, Cpl. Alcide Giguere, Cpl. Luther L. Webb.
3rd row: Pvt. Sewell F. Johnson, Pvt. John F. Frazier, Pfc. Earl E. Grell, Pfc. Reeves P. Fritchey, Pfc. Robert F. Goetz,
Pfc. Charles R. Rosensteel, Pvt. John A. Depaoli, Pfc. Edward M. Smith.
4th row: Pvt. James C. Bell, Pfc. David Enos, Pvt. Dana F. Grue, Pfc. Carroll F. Redding, Pfc. Stephen Baldyga, T-5
Hayden M. Wilson, Pfc. Michael Aulenti, Pfc. James H. Phillips.
5th row: Pfc. Elton B. Braley, Pfc. Charles G. Flumm, Pfc. Thomas A. Francis, Jr., Pvt. Abner H. Hall, Jr., Pvt. Archie
R. Shepard, Pfc. Paul V. Rakestraw, Pfc. Delbert P. Easton, Pfc. Theophile M. Dias.


SECOND PLATOON-(;eft to right) T-5 Nick Zenallis, Cpl. Bancroft L. Bryant, Sgt. Mansel J. Davidson, S-Sgt. Bill B.
Glenn, Lt. Albert J. Carr, Sgt. Carl M. Rabun, S-Sgt. Robert A. Knight, Cpl. James K. Boyd, Cpl. James B. DuBoise.
2nd row: Cpl. Chester J. Sikora, Pfc. Eric W. Hope, Pvt. Matthew Short, Pfc. Charles Poplo, Pvt. Duel Earnest, Pfc.
Dominick Bedini, Pfc. Halva F. Lindsey, Pvt. William D. Brion, Jr., Pfc. Vincent Monteneri.
3rd row: Pfc. Oscar R. Roper, Pfc. Michael G. Parrish, Pfc. Albert Ringley, Pfc. William L. Coursey, T-5 Nick Smith,
Pvt. Clarence W. Bandy, Jr., Pvt. Leonard Brandt, Pvt. Leroy L. Jacobs, Pvt. Joseph W. Gagnon.
4th row: Pvt. Raymond A. Bulger, Pvt. Ross G. Wilmer, Pvt. James B.. Davis, Pvt. Clyde W. Brooks, Pvt. Matthaw
Benya, Pvt. Floyd P. Umbarger, Pvt. Jessie James, Pvt. James R. Broughton, Pfc. William D. Jones.


THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Eugene K. Stovall, Cpl. Steven S. Pierzchalski, Cpl. John G. David, S-Sgt. James L.
Renaud, Lt. Thomas R. Potts, Sgt. Ralph H. Geiger, Cpl. John J. Shull, Cpl. Loren E. Gemme.
2nd row: Pvt. Berthold Weiss, Pvt. Elmer S. Churchill, Pfc. ohn Dunleavy, Pvt. James M. Hicks, Pvt. Robert L. Fox,
Pvt. Alton W;-HoughtonrPfc. James R. -Reagan C-pt-RoyJ.-Sttrson--Cpr--oegeoR-iF ii" 7 --
3rd row: Pvt. Oscar W. Jones, Pfc. Stellario Cesareo, Pfc. William J. Hamilton, Pfc. William Carney, Pvt. Anthony
Gallo, Pvt. Clarence W. Bush, Pvt. Homer M. Jordon, Pvt. William T. Blackburn, Pvt. Samuel G. Lane, Pfc. Drew B. White.
4th row: Pvt. William C. White, Jr., Pvt. Buck McCurley, Pfc. Earl W. Rubenstine, Pvt. Willie L. Lapier, Pvt. James
M. Rogan, Pvt. Garnnet E. Edwards, Pfc. James C. Hogan, Pfc. Theodore S. Kapinos, Pfc. Emile P. Cote.
5th row: Pvt. Henry R. Campbell, Pvt. George W. Pearson, Pvt. Clifford W. Tanner, Pvt. Millard Windon, Pvt. Edward
Johnson, Pvt. Amon T. Guinn, Pvt. Ralph W. Pugh, Pvt. Fred Lovelace, Pvt. Stanley M. Puckett.

HITLER-RAT TRAP. During our stay at Fort Benning we've participated in many demonstrations for The Infantry Schoo!.
These demonstrations, which were put on for the Officer Candidate Students, covered every phase of infantry war-
fare; from the most intricate tactical problem to the smallest infantry weapon. The Bender-men have had more than
their share of the innumerable demonstrations handled by Gator Heavy Weapons Companies.
This is a demonstration in the best use of available concealment in open terrain. The men gathered around the
30 calibre heavy machine gun are: Cpl. Philip W. Flumm, Jr., Pfc. Theophile M. Dias and Pfc. Halza F. Lindsay.



AVri ..
h' -- 2s~nL-jl;l iwxw


2nd Bn. Hq. Staff


Through the directing hands of a unit's Col. Wadsworth is at present assisted
Staff, the general efficiency of the enlisted by such competent staff members as Major
personnel of the organization is erected Harold F. Milton, his executive officer,
and molded into a good or poor combat whose duties are many and varied; most
team. It can be said that the second bat- important of which is the job of seeing to
tallion 124th Infantry is an exceptionally it that all branches of the command run
excellent organization because of the ca- according to schedule.
ability of the hands that guide it. Next comes the operations officer, Cap-
The roster of men who have been be- tain Benjamin C. Price who sees that all
hind the growth of the second battalion, as battalion plans are properly executed.
it made the journey to combat trained GIs The many reams of memos and general
from one night a week civilian soldiers, orders affectingthe.numes a.ctiyities are-...
-iicludes=I'ud hfffiia-iff-Gtbr flames as Lt. harliIe-a"-y'-the~aF jutant ~f ptain Erie
Col. Maxwell C. Snyder, Lt. Col. Harry Cocke, Jr., while Lt. Melvin F. Barnes
Lewis and present C. O. Lt. Col. Louie C. handles the supply problems.
Wadsworth. These men and their capable Lt. Edwin A. Willard, Intelligence Of-
staffs have guided the destiny of the unit ficer, keeps the personnel generally famil-
and built a battalion history in likeness of iarized with what's what and who's who,
the Gator regiment: One of initiative, and Lt. George E. Foley keeps the trans-
spirit and the will to soldier. portation rolling.


SECOND BATTALION STAFF-(left to right): Lieutenant Colonel Louie C. Wadsworth (Battalion Commander), Major
Harold F. Milton (Executive Officer), and Captan Benjamin C. PIce (Operations Officer).
2nd row: Captain Erie Cocke (Adjutant), Lieutenant Edwin A. Willard (Intelligence Officer), Lieutenant Thomas W.
Jones (Assistant Operations Officer), and Lieutenant Henry F. Robbins (Assistant Adjutant.)

Hq. Co. 2nd Bn.


Nothing can serve to illustrate the star of the football team. T-Sgt. Taylor
character of this company better than an famous at Ft. Benning as one of the best
incident that occurred on Problem B-192, baseball twirlers on the Post. He was on
last December. On this problem one of the All-Star Team here at the Fort for
the men had to set off four dago bombs the past eight years. Pfc. R. S. Rogers
in a rack, run thirty yards and set off is added because of his outstanding per-
another set of four, which represent formances as an outfielder for the Gator
artillery fire. Right on the signal he lit baseball team.
the first four dago bombs which exploded Efficiency and accomplishment have
immediately, blowing up the rack, burst- become realities with the men of this
ing his ear drum and injuring his hand. company. During their stay with The
At the same time, and without a moment's Infantry School, their performances on
loss of time, the man ran to the other rack demonstrations have been either excellent
and set off the last "salvo," on schedule, or superior; nothing below that mark.
in spite of the fact that he had suffered The Second Battalion commander, Lt.
from shock from the explosion. Col. Louie C. Wadsworth, grants a ban-
In sporting events the men can be ner to the outstanding company of the
counted on to do their best whether it battalion every week. To date Hq. Co.
rain or shine. We now have Cpl. Cestary, has won it three times as compared with
triple-threat running, passing and kicking one for each of the other companies.

COMMUNICATION PLATOON-;left to right) T-5 Michael Tonosky, Cpl. Lawrence P. Metzler, Jr., S-Sgt. Niles A. Keen,
2nd Lt. Robert P. Snyder, Sgt. Charles H. Sams, Sgt. Charles T. Bailey, Sgt. Grover C. Dudley, Sgt. Harold B. Bragg.
2nd row: Pvt. Howard C. Ott, Pfc. Edward H. Titus, Pfc. Otto F. Karrer, T-5 Milton M. Goss, Pfc. Philip F. Livoti,
T-5 Solomon Handler, T-5 Charles E. Hoburg, T-5 Chester W. Small.
3rd row: Pvt. Colon G. Perry, Pvt. Samuel J. Long, Pfc. Merton A. Jacques, Pfc. Roy P. Malone, Pfc. Charles J. Hogan,
Pfc. Gifford J. Davis, Pvt. Grover C. Clark, T-5 James W. Harris, Pfc. Arthur W. Hunt.

Adam Lazonga In Combat


In the following cartoons
Adam again shows how, and how
not, to operate in combat.
Now every GI should know
something about water discipline.
If you happen to find yourself
in a strange location do not
drink from unapproved streams.
Use water checked by your com-
m mander only. If you must have
water and if the source is ques-
tionable dip a container into the
SWRN RIGHT stream and boil it for at least
V il ten minutes after it begins to
boil. At the end of that period
the water will be sterilized.
SWhile in North Africa Adam
Lazonga got a leave of absence.
P Just before he left, his com-
manding officer told him that
when Moslem women are seen
in public, they are usually cov-
ered from head to foot by a white
wrapper, with a white veil across
their faces. He was instructed
to observe the following:
Never stare at one.
Never jostle her in a crowd.
Never speak to her in public.
WRONG IjGT Never discuss women with a
\ I SMoslem.
SE Eb We must learn combat tactics
11: i by our buddies' mistakes. We
Must learn to hate, to fight and
E v to kill our enemies.
We must realize that the Axis
rats are crafty, cruel and treach-
erous. Relaxing for one minute
may mean instant death.
We have learned that this isn't
a gentleman's war. It hasn't been
since that bloody 17-day mas.
sacre of peace loving Poland in
The boys overseas "learn ed that
WRONG when Nazis under a flag of truce
Sb opened fire on the unaware Al-
a lies.
We must kill these Axis rats
whenever and wherever we can
in the fastest and most efficient

AMMUNITION PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Alexander S. David, Sgt. Peter G. Poulos, S-Sgt. Robert P. Lewis, 2nd Lt.
Robert E. Hahn, 2nd Lt. George Thorns, S-Sgt. Walter E. Johnson, Cpl. Ralph L. Lopresti.
2nd row: Pfc. Braxton B. Hinton, Pfc. Harold E. Collins, Pfc. Noel Innocenti, Pfc. Davis M. Hinson, Pfc. Gordon
Boney, Pvt. Walter SadberrV. Pfe Bo,d H. Chance, Cpl_ Lc.iG _C.oelan.d.Pyt..Samuel T. Green .. .. --
.d 3,d ro.. P.t "3~.kiT.T.MIrk Pfc- Fre-r? ;' '. C rI.r. V'nernn M. iprouse, Pvt. Lawrence J. Kern, Pfc. Ferdinand
Taliercio, Pfc. Addolorato M. Liberto, Pvt. Clyde H. Wilson, Pfc. Louis A. Gazianis.
4th row: Pfc. Robert S. Rogers, Pfc. Philip Katzman, Pfc. Harris S. Kassel, Pfc. Dan A. Russo, Pfc. Joseph J. Rey, Jr.,
Pfc. James F. Coker, Pvt. Maston R. Greene, Pfc. Gino Paveglio, Pvt. Raymond F. Hock, Pvt. John A. Watford.

ANTI-TANK PLATON-(left to right) Tech. Sgt. Sidney B. Smith, S-Sgt. Donald P. Rogers, 2nd Lt. George E. Foley,
1st Lt. Erie Cocke, Jr., company commander; 2nd Lt. Alex Bricker, 1st Sgt. John M. Sara, T-4 Amelio 0. Mastrogiovanni.
2nd row: Cpl. Harry L. Martin, T-5 Royal J. Broxton, Cpl. William G. Wheeler, Cpl. John H. McGee, Cpl. Clifford
Bell, Cpl. Ernest H. Cannons, T-5 Noah H. Connell, T-4 Frederic W. Maurer.
3rd row: Pfc. Charles E. Lodge, Pfc. Isaiah Kona, T-4 Wayne J. Dawson, Pvt. Wilson F. Bowers, Pvt. Allay R. Peek,
Pvt. James P. McLamb, Pvt. Joseph S. Walker, Pvt. Lloyd P. Hersh.
4th row: Pfc. Jason L. Ray, Pfc. James R. Keen, Pfc. Newton G. Green, Pfc. Walter H. Whalen, Pfc. Paul A. Boentgen,
Pfc. Dale E. Brehm, Pfc. Andrew P. Kocsis, Pfc. Russell W. GritmanT-Pvt. Ernest H. Moody.

Company E


* Company E proudly hails from Live take up our duties. Our first duties were
Oak, Florida; being first organized as to become fully acquainted with weapons
the Suwannee Rifles in 1895. It was of all types and makes, to be qualified by
mustered into Federal Service for the The Infantry School as assistant in-
Spanish-American War on May 23, 1898. structors for Officer Candidates, with the
At this time they were Company L of the -1, the BAR, the Bayonet, and other
Infantry weapons. Our stay at Fort Ben-
First Florida Volunteers. On Decembereen short, when Problem B-191
ning had been short, when Problem B-191
3rd, 1898, the company re-entered State was given to the company.
Service as Company A of the Fourth Bat- Month after month we pulled "B-191"
talion, Florida State Troops. Between in the rain, sun. cold or what have you.
January 16, 1899, and April 9, 1900, it During the months of July and August
became Co. E of the First Florida In- the problem developed an entirely new
fantry and remained in State Service until name "B-191 Fever," and any one who
its disbandnmefft-prior to the first'World has laid out in that sun for hours and
War. The company reorganized in April. hours can very easily explain what we
1917, and entered Federal Service August mean by "B-191 Fever."
5, 1917. Most of the company was broken In its time the company has had many
up, upon arrival at Camp Wheeler to commanding officers. Among them
build up various units of the 31st Divis- were: Lt. Col. Louie C. Wadsworth,
ion. In February, 1920. the unit became M'aior Burnice H. Bell. Captain Frank M.
Company E of the 154th Infantry. On Greene and Captain Mahone Rees.
May 12. 1924, the regiment was changed off
to the 124th Infantry. Tn speaking of the commanding officers
to the 124th Infantrywho have commanded our company we
Company E was the first company in feel that Captain Maxcv S. Crews will
the state to have its entire personnel stand amone- the best of them. We feel
qualified with the rifle. Not only did they very fortunate in having him as corn-
do it once, but they did it twice, and mandinz officer at the present and hone
brought the Remington Trophy back to have him for a long time to come.
with them. During his absence to attend school 1st
After plenty of hard training and ma- Lt. Walter E. Roslund took command of
neuvers the Regiment had the privilege the company and proved that he was well
of participating in one of the greatest capable of commanding a company.
peace time maneuvers the Army has had, Our stay at Benning has taught us
or ever will have. After two hard months
in the mud and swamps of Louisiana, the m thn e have psibly leane
company, along with the rest of the Regi- any other place we might have been sta-
ment, was transported back to Camp tioned. We feel very fortunate in having
Blanding, Florida. had the honor of serving The Infantry
We stayed at Camp Blanding for a School as demonstration troops. During
short while after war had been declared, our tour of service Company E has had
when we were ordered to get ready to many difficult duties to perform. We
move. We arrived at Fort Benning have never failed in anything we have
around the 10th day of January, 1942, to undertaken, and never intend to.

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) 1st Sgt. Chalmer T. Yates, 2nd Lt. Charles P. Hammill, Capt. Maxcy S. Crews, 1st Lt.
Walter E. Roslund, S-Sgt. Lawrence W. Lee.
2nd row: Pfc. Arthur L. Tapley, Sgt. Barney Lanier, Sgt. Marvin P. Brown, Cpl. Leslie A. J. Veach, Sgt. Clifton W.
Greene, S-Sgt. Samuel R. Smoker, S-Sgt. Joseph C. Schneider.
3rd row: Sgt. Albert M. Johnson, Pfc. Vytautas B. Santackas, Pvt. Jessie L. Swain, Pvt. James G. Hall, Pvt. Leonard
L. Parsons, T-Cpl. Steve E. Skinner, Pvt. William H. Atkinson, Cpl. Reid Bell, Cpl. Henry S. Prunier.
4th row: Pfec. Charlie E. Flannagan, Pvt. John Rhodes, Pfc. Melvin H. Drewery, Pvt. William L. Gubanic, Pfc. Dennis
W. Gilliam, Pfc. Davis C. Boyd, Pvt. William M. Cain, Pfc. Ralph E. King.
5th row: Pfc. Cossie Mooney, Pfc. Milton A. Grinstead, Thomas H. Weatherford, Pvt. Carlton T. Kee, Pvt. Anthony
L. Ells, Pvt. David L. McComb, Pvt. Lee W. Brown, Pfc. William R. Swafford, Pvt. Morris J. Gunkel.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) T-Sgt. John L: Lee, Sgt. Ernest W. Collins, 2nd Lt. Jack L. McKewen, S-Sgt. Lavoughn
H. Greene, Sgt. James H. Newton.
2nd row: T-Cpl. Meredith G. Schoen, Cpl. James W. Skidmore, Sgt. Homer F. Hayes, Sgt. Alexander D. Beasley,
Sgt. Julian M. Morrison, Cpl. Ransom G. Chandler.
3rd row: Pfc. Clifford W. Stone, Pvt. George R. Orr, Pvt. George Spurrier, Pvt. Theodore R. Bush, Pvt. Charles B.
Wilson, Pfc. Gus S. Matuscin, Pvt. Joseph E. Pawlen, Pvt. Diffie D. Bowman.
4th row: Pfec. Thomas L. Boatright, Pfc. Norman H. Willis, Pfec. Thomas 1. Dasher, Pvt. Loran L. Cannady, T-Cpl.
Walter S. Szczepaniak, Pfc. George C. Wadlow, Pfc. Robert S. Glisson, Pvt. Dewey R. Braswell.
5th row: T-Cpl. Carl Hulst, Pvt. Roy W. Hess, Pf. William iam Halloway, Pvt. David 0. Biggers, Pvt. Henry S. Jacobs,
Pvt. Henry E. Blaich Pf. Nicholas Bla Balkovac, Pfc. Henry A. PapJas, Pfc. John M. Vinson.
L. prsos, -Cp. Stve Sinnr, vt. illam Akinon, pl.Rei Bel, pl. enr 5" -er


THIRD PLAIOON-(left to right) Sgt. William M. Harper, Sgt. James W. Yarchick, 2nd Lt. Donald R. Stewart, Sgt. Green
V. Howard, Sgt. Glenn Smith.
2nd row: Cpl. Jasper H. Tew, Cpl. John W. Rogers, Cpl. Jack Golden, Cpl. David P. Allsup, T-Cpl. Carlton D. Knight,
Cpl. James P. Williams, Cpl. Walter T. Tompkirs.
3rd row: Pfc. Noel B. Peterson, Pfec. Theron R. Howard, Pfc. Ollie C. Reynolds, Pvt. Lloyd M. Dillon, Pvt. Carl F.
Kauff, Pfc. Raymond P. J. Ouellette, Pfc. Henry J. Sponder, Pfc. John N. Veleno.
. 4th row: Pvt. Emmett W. Gunter, Pvt. Coy Blalock, Pfc. James L._Eii., P.r -JosephAL. R,hMitchell, Pfc. Eugene-B...
Sullivan, Pfc. Michael E. O'Boyle, Pvt. Noble F. Achey, Pvt. Ralph '.'. Ea.e,'
5th row: Pvt. Durwood D. Oldham, Pfc. Dewitt L. Wix, Pfc. Francis M. Prevatt, Pvt. R!chard T. Treakie, Pvt. Joseph
L. Turim, Pvt. James L. Stanley, Pvt. Robert F. Miller, Pvt. Clyde Parrish, Pfc. Jesse H. Tew.

FOURTH PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Harry F. Brannon, Cpl. John T. Owens, Sgt. Wilson P. Gibson, 1st Lt. David P.
Roe, S-Sgt. Roy L. Bowles, Cpl. Wilmarth Strickland, Cpl. Melvin L. McMullen.
2nd row: Pvt. Lloyd W. Williams, Pfc. Frank M. D'az, Pfc. Walerjan W. Majka, Pvt. James A. Hill, Pvt. John N. Mc-
Coy, Pfc. Leslie R. Lanier, Pvt. Richard T. Treakle.
3rd row: Pfc. David L. White, Pvt. Daley Vandyke, Pvt. Joe E. Lashley, Pvt. John A. Bollinger, Pfc. James T. Kenny,
Pfc. Haynes T. Gordon, Pvt. Louis E. Proctor, Pfc. William D. Weaver.
4th row: Pfc. John C. Zug, Pvt. William R. Moorhead, Pfc. Michael Bertolini, Pfc. Girlie G. Reese, Pvt. Marvin L.
Morris, Pfc. William C. Gilreath, Pvt. Rinaldo Orsini, Pfc. Leon Carpenter.
5th row: Pvt. Gordon K. Greenlees, Pvt. Alfred F. Matalavage, Pfc. Richard A. White, Pvt. Dolon Blake, Pvt. Howard
Mask, Pfc. William F. Leaman, Pfc. Pafford W. Warren, Pfc. George-A. Farrar.

FIRST BATTALION CHAMPS. Fifteen minutes after this shot was taken, Company A volleyballers trimmed their Hq.
1st rivals in the Battalion playoff to earn the above title.

Inter Reg. Sports

The Gator regiment has featured many sports in their inter-regimental
activities. All of these have been sponsored on a large scale.
During the winter months, a basketball schedule, with approximately
360 games plus the finals was played off. Company F won the championship.
A survey of the titlists revealed that 20 men actually participated in the
sport and 60 men were ardent followers of the team.
With practice and league games, the basketball season provided up to .., :..;
1500 hours of particular athletic interest for the men in the company. In
the regiment as a whole, it was estimated that 1560 men derived 30,000
hours of keen competition throughout the season.
A gigantic 40-team schedule of 160 baseball and softball games was
also set up. This brought out 1400 men; 700 that were active and 700
spectators. As the season progresses, the staggering figure of 115,000 hours
of national pastime pleasure is being planned for the officers and enlisted
men of the regiment.
Another active inter-regimental sport being carried on is the volleyball K
tournament. Figures haven't been compiled on this sport as yet, but the
Interest displayed by the companies proves that this activity is extremely
popular with many Gators. THE WINNER. Cardinale of Co.
SG coming in first in a Battalion
relay race.
BANNERS ON DISPLAY. Below are the proud company
representatives with their awards won during a 2nd Bn. HEAVE HO! The men are giving their all for the glory of their
field day. company. The strain seems to be terrific .uh!

2 -4,
1e k, enwr adn floer fth em

Wit pacic an lage ame, hebaketal sasn povde owt

1500 h urs pfparti cl~r at letic n---- -------------- --------aly..l
t h e r e g i m e-------- -------- ----- e d t h- ---------- ---0

Company F

"What is the situation ?" Ask any mem- For two consecutive years they have won
ber of F Company these little words. the regimental basketball championship.
With a grimace and a shudder, they'll The team was captained by 1st Sergeant
S Clelan (Tunie) Belin who with Pfcs.
invariably answer "B-191." For thirteen Keller and Hamlin sparked the football
months, six days of every week F Cor- team to the Post championship.
pany demonstrated the Rifle Company in The famed "Adam Lazongas" of the
Attack for OCs, Advanced and Division Regiment were the exclusive property of
Classes. Because of the constant repeti- F Company and brought much good luck
tion day after day most of the men par- to the outfit in anything it undertook.
ticipating in the problem knew the in- Adam Lazonga the Second died recently
structors' script from memory and they and we all feel the loss. Let's hope our
could answer all questions and situations new mascot. Adam III, will be just as
that arose in the course of the demonstra- lucky as Adam II was when he was alive
tion. F Company received more superior and kicking.
ratings from The Infantry School for this The men of Company F take personal
one problem than any other company in pride in their mess hall which is presided
the battalion did for one of theirs, over by Staff SZt. Tohn T. Gilmer. The
Coman F was activated in Jackson- mess hall is conceded to be the finest in
Company F was activated in Jackson-
the Regiment. Besides his kitchen han-
ville. Florida. and boasted such past and .
resent members as General Say, Majo dlin-. Sgt. Gilmer is also an expert artist
present members as General Safay, Major a h d iu a p and
and has done innumerable paintings and
Wadsworth and many others who since hs e in erabe antn and
sketches which have won wid" acclaim.
have departed for new stations. Many sketches which have won wi acclaim.
have de d fo n w s. MW e might try to list just a few of the
an enlisted man has received commissions might try to list just a few of the
many tine things about F Company but
because of the help and confidence he m f t t
that would take up much more space than
was given through the aid of the officers that allotted us. We reale that each
and enlisted non-commissioned officers.
Amon the notables of the company is company has its own specific reasons as
Among the notables of the company is
Staff S. Lyle E. hiperdek who holds to why it considers itself the outstanding
Staff Sgt. Lyle E. Shiperdek who holds
the second highest B.A.R. record in the company in the Regiment, but our record
the second highest B.A.R. record in the
Army. e has competed, alone ith speaks for itself and the men will always
Army. He has competed, along with
many other members of Company F, in strive to achieve bigger and better results
many other members of Company F, in
the championship matches held ever no matter where they rest their duffle
the championship matches held every
year at Camp Perry, Ohio. In the course bags. We feel that the motto below best
year at Camp Perry, Ohio. In the course
of these events he has accumulated expresses the feeling of the men who
enough medals to start his own salvage comprise the company. It is not original
enough medals to start his own salvage
drive. and we hope the creator will allow us this
drive. .
Besides being proficient in school prob- privilege.
lems, C.O. Manheim's men have an out- "The difficult will be done immediately:
standing record in the field of athletics. The impossible will take a little longer."

1HIRD PLATOON-(left to r;ght) Cpl. John D. Harper, Jr., Sgt. Joseph A. Garcia, S-Sgt. James E. Foster, Lt. George E.
Smiley, Sgt. Henry C. Meadows, Sgt. Marcus L. Norton, Sgt. David O. Scheffer.
2nd row: Cpl. Francis G. Graham, Pfc. Louis Kaplan, Pfc. Richard I. K. Carnett, Pvt. William J. Braswell, Pvt. Harvey
B. Townsend, Pfc. Andrew J. Fedak, Pvt. Walter C. Owens, Cpl. Bernard B. Douglas, Pvt. Frederick E. Hoey.
S3rd row: Pfc Frar.;;s.J. Bull;. Pvt George-M Cook, Pvt. _dgar-JohnsonzPvt.. Charles W.-Fullerton, Pvt. ;Darell _BI----
Gray, Pvt. CI,.e N. Harsh-arger, Prc L'om G.anos:cl., Plc Parric. Stones, Pfc. Charles Eble ,Pfc. Vernon S. Kaegel.
4th row: Pfc. Raymond A. Gwynes, Pfc. James A. Crews, Pfc. Raymond C. Brilhart, Pfc. Julio Gambino, Pvt. Jeroms
B. Satoris, Pvt. Irvin E. Smith, Pfc. William J. Driscoll, Pfc. Edward Charen, Pvt. Abraham Brandt, Pvt. Daniel Cekinovich.

WEAPONS PLATOON-(left to right) Sat. Dawey A. Beaslay, S-Sgt. John T. Gilmer, S-Sgt. Theophilus G. Barry, S-Sg:.
Lyle E. Shiferdek, Lt. Donald S. Myers, Sgt. Charles F. Perez, Sgt. Lewis A. Shockley, Sgt. Steve F. Perez, Cpl. Robert L.
S2nd row: Sgt. William E. Kennedy, Pfc. Eugene E. Riester, Cpl. William C. Conner, Pfc. Hillis F. Jenkins, Cpl. Louis
Eisenberg, Cpl. John A. McGrath, Cpl. Vennis R. Blanton, Cpl. Rommert C. deVries, Cpl. Joseph Herring.
3rd row: Pfc. Bennie M. Griffin, Pfc. Harry G. Norton, Pfc. Paul J. Sink, Pvt. Harry B. Carruthers, Pfc. LeRoy H.
Barnaby, Pfc. Roy D. Durner, Pfc. Daniel Cross, Pfc. Gardner W. Joyce, Pfc. Louis J. Freda.
4th row: Pfc. Chester W. Daley, Pvt. Will:am Cavanaugh, Cpl. Robert F. Guest, Pvt. Herman C. Jarrell, Sgt. Joseph
Hancock, Pfc. Albert Reeder, Pfc. William Rokosz, Pvt. Clarence R. Malman, Pfc. Elmer Hammond.
5th row: Pfc. Dom Giannoscoli, Pfc. Walter T. Frey, Pvt. Rupert W. Jessup, Pfe. Leslie B. Crews, Pfc. Ambross
Minton, Pfc. Daniel Kendall, Pfc. Marvin R. Brooks, Pfe. Albert J. Butler, Pfc. Woodrow Echols, Pfc. Harold W. Keller.

Qator Beauty


The Gators are an energetic lot. Their motto
seems to be "Never a dull moment" for they cer-
tainly live in that fashion.
Among the many activities that were sponsored
this past winter, probably the most popular one
was the Beauty Contest run by the ALLIGATOR.
The winner of this contest was to be named Miss
124th Infantry. As usual, the response was enor-
mous and the results were more than gratifying.
S" P The voting by popular ballot for Miss 124th
Infantry, came after five weeks of selection and
elimination by the regimental staff. Throughout
the preliminaries beginning with the issue of
January 20th, the ALLIGATOR printed two weekly
winners as selected by the staff. On February
24th, pictures of all ten elimination winners and
a ballot for all Gators to use in voting for Miss
124th appeared in the regimental newspaper.
SAs soon as the tabulation of ballots was com-
pleted, the Special Service Officer at that time,
Capt. Harold F. Milton, announced that Mrs. Lucy
Lee Hinton had been selected as Miss 124th In-
As the winner, Mrs. Hinton was the recipient
of an engraved sterling silver compact; while her
husband, Pfc. Hinton, was presented with a port-
Sable radio.
Close on the heels of the winner came Miss
MISS 124TH INFANTRY. The winner of the Gator Beauty Margaret Ann Simpkins, submitted by Lt. Larsen
Contest, Mrs. Lucy Lee Hinton, is shown in the above repro- of Co. M, while Mrs. Alice Kearns, submitted by
duction of the prize winning photo. Sgt. Art Kearns, came in third.

POPULAR GATOR ACTIVITY. One of the most popular activities In
the regiment is the Enlisted Men's Guest House. The house, built by
the enlisted men of the regiment and sponsored by the former Gator
Commander, General Fred A. Safay, is a low rambling log lodge used
solely by the enlisted Gis, their friends, wives and families.
Situated in the regimental area, directly opposite the Anti-tank
Co., this structure has been a haven for all Gator visitors since it
was officially opened last September.
Many new features have been added to enhance the appearance
and improve the facilities of the house. Shown below are several
guests taking advantage of one of these new additions.

GOING TO TOWN. When shadows fall and cules end ma ,.
Gators usually get away from it all by going to town and relax- .-- -
ing with their best gals or "better halves."

'-" ---- ----

: ;O

Company G


"Can you see that next ridge?" You ally Headquarters Company, Second
probably don't recognize it. The G-men Battalion, at Starke, Florida, but was
do, though. They recognize it because later redesignated as Company G, 124th
they've attacked it, captured it, lived it Infantry, Florida National Guard, and
and even dreamed about it, day after day established headquarters at the Duval
through the Gators' long stay here at County Armory in Jacksonville, Florida.
Benning. It's hill 56 on the 132-B area Although men and officers have
and they know it as well as they know changed considerably in the company,
their Garands, and "Moe," that's good. 1st Sgt. Emory L. Anderson had been a
Rain or shine, winter or summer: permanent fixture until his recent trans-
whether 01' Sol's rays beat down as fer. He was replaced by S-Sgt. Clarence
mercilessly as they can only in Georgia's Wilson.
summer, or whether they were as con- Athletics play a big part in the live.
spicuously absent as they can be in of the G-men. If you walk into the conn-
Georgia's winter, the G-men run 152-B. pany street any time when there are men
They donned full field packs and equip- around with spare time on their hands
ment ,slung their M-l's, loaded into cattle you'll find many of them spending it on
trucks and hied themselves into the field some form of athletics; from touch foot-
to demonstrate Rifle Platoon Tactics to ball to badminton or from a jam session
The Infantry School classes, behind 16 oz. gloves to a ping pong game.
Although 152-B was the big heart throb No true G-man will ever forget the
on the G-men's date calendar, there were lusty yell We want Hegerty" that never
many other problems that entered into seemed to work. Remember how Coach
their scheme of things. Company G per- Milton would look at "Fran," grin and
sonnel was used in almost every problem send Poulos into the game? Will any
the regiment pulled. G-man ever forget the basketball game
SThe G-men piled up an enviable record, when the company team was behind 15
one that added to the regiment's prestige to 6 at the half, 23 to 9 at the third quar-
considerably, with 63% of the details ter and lost the game by only a two point
rated Superior by the school, 29% Excel- margin, 26 to 24.
lent and the rest Very Good. Surely no one has forgotten the in-
cident on 152-B (the weapons platoon
Such efficiency is understandable when won't let you) when a group of visiting
the history of the company is looked into. foreign generals who were observing the
With a list of alumnae that any outfit problem remarked after the mortar crews
could well be proud of, the G-men boast had bracketed in on their target; "Ye
of men like Lt. Col. Robert N. Hill and. Gads! Do all the U.S. mortar crews fire
Lt. Col. Maxwell C. Snyder, Major Bur- like that?"
nice H. Bell and Major Hugh S. Wilson, Probably the most unforgettable thing
and Captains Benjamin C. Price, Maxcy in Company G's year is the statement we
S. Crews, Alphonse H. Fritot, Robert H. heard day after day, month after month,
'Harkness and Lewis E. Ball who are a after we'd run 152 and, filed into the
few of the many .many of whom rose stands for the critique "I will of necessity
from the rank of private to commanding address my remarks to the attacking pla-
officer of Company G. toon. You men can sit back and listen to
What is now Company G was origin- someone else catch hell for a while."

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) 1st Sgt. Emory L. Anderson, 2nd Lt. Paul H. Lovelace, 1st Lt. Francis W. Maxwell,
1st Lt. George S. Burks, S-Sgt. Clarence M. Wilson.
2nd row: Cpl. Julian Acosta, Cpl. Vinton A. Mann, Cpl. Ernest Bergandi, Sgt. Charles B. Herndon, Sgt. James K.
Dulaney, Sgt. Clarence D. Bolton, Sgt. Robert J. Flaherty.
3rd row: Pfc. Frank H. Lloyd, Pfc. Edward N. Storck, Pfc. Edward J. Pietrzak, Pvt. William B. Medlin, Pfc. Peter
Galisin, Pfc. Mario P. Acosta, Pfc. Walter D. Allen, Pvt. Joseph R. Paul, Pvt. Howard S. Grindstaff.
4th row: Pfc. Frederick A. Lee, Pfc. Charles J. Laporta, Pfc. Stephen B. Kolwicz, Pfc. William B. Lickfield, Pvt.
Alfred E. Kugler, Pvt. Stewart E. Dorward, Pvt. Calvin C. Clayton, T-5 James R. Andrews, Pvt. John C. Brown, Pfc. James
M. Allen.
5th row: Pvt. Vito J. Labarbera, Pfc. Joseph S. Struck, Pvt. Anthony Matarazzo, Pvt. Martin L. Roberson, Pvt. How-
ard M. Yates, Pfc. Johnnie J. Roberts, Pvt. Robert M. Knight, Pfc. Robert W. Willis ,Pvt. Ray B. Johnson, Pvt. Robert
H. Newsom, Pvt. William B. Smith.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) T-5 Arthur S. Olcott, Sgt. Herman Price, S-Sgt. William S. Newsom, S-Sgt. Josla L.
.Rickenbacker, 2nd Lt. Donald K. Tuxford, Sgt. Virgil O. Nelson, Sgt. William R. O'Cain, Sgt. Walton L. Carter.
2nd row: Pfc. Walter B. Williams, Pvt. George D. Nicholas, Pvt. Michael S. Stupka, Pfc. Joseph E. Merkel, Pvt. Rae-
ford J. Smith, Pfc. Arthur T. Lee, Pvt. Ephraim O'Neal, Cpl. John T. DePree, Cpl. Clarence L. Hall.
3rd row: Pfc. Amos Brady, Pfc. James W. Mears, Pvt. Clyde H. Carrick, Pvt. Paul E. Britt, Pfc. Jacob S. Hummel,
Pvt. George E. Sauls, Pfc. Charles E. Hulboy, Pvt. Aloysisus S. Stefanic, Pvt. Anthony F. Fortun, Pfc. Benjamin S. Sooy.
4th row: Pvt. Harold L. Rabinowitz, Pfc: James H. Yeaman, Pvt. John W. Howard, Pvt. Berthol Nissen, Pvt. James
E. Hoover, Pvt. Crawford F. Carpenter, Pvt. Lenard E. Barr, Pfc. James L. Widman, Pvt. Floyd M. Glascoe.

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Henry F. Brand, T-4 Edwin G. Scott, S-Sgt. Ira E. Dent, 2nd Lt: Myrle L. Umbach,
Sgt. Talmadge E. Stinson, Sgt. Lawton P. Allen, S-Sgt. Charles C. Howell, Sgt. Sam M. Albert.
2nd row: Cpl. Bart F. Shea, T-5 Harrison Hoey, Cpl. John Serrian, T-5 Richard S. Broughton, Cpl. Henry B. Renk,
Pvt. Harry E. Stonesifer. Pvt. Raymond E Yates. P'.r. .lla J Clo,eer ......... ...
3rd roe:" Pfc. Wfllam Krokokoo, F r. Erhelle"Bmr,.Il -..rTJhn A Pu:;ko, Pvt. Franklin D Thomas, Pvt. Ralph G.
Cohen, Pfc. Franc:s J. Hegerty, Pvt. Henry F. Smeltzer, Pvt. Walter L. Staw;arski, Pfc. Robert E. Metzel.
4th row: Pfc. Herbye J. Lanoux, Pfc. William R. Basford, Pvt. Nathan A. Lilly, Pvt. Dan C. Ellis, Pfc. John F. Ocon-
nor, Pfc. James K. Lucas, Pvt. Robert A. McConnell, Pfc. George R. Sellers, Pfc. William D. Anderson, Pvt. Edward H.

- *

FOURTH PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Earl A. Troup, Cpl. Antonio Cardinale, Sgt. Robert H. Clanton, 1st Lt. John L.
Ledgerwood, S-Sgt. Hilton D. Hickox, Sgt. Gazdik, Cpl. Fredrick W. Kugler.
2nd row: Pfc. Jesse D. Alford, Pfc. Valent J. Kutarna, Pfc. Robert E. Murphy, Pfc. Clifford A. Peeples, Pfc. Joseph
J. Gittlen, Cpl. Charles B. Smith, Cpl. John S. Howe, Cpl. Robert F. Fargel.
3rd row: Pvt. Gordan D. Hughes, Pfc. Charles W. Konecny, Pfc. Herbert F. Aland, Pvt. Sidney L. Levine, Pfc. Leo
W. Joos, Pfc. Elmer J. Klingler, Pfc. Saul H. Levine, Pfc. Louis A. Santacross.
4th row: Pvt. Grant M. Miller, Pvt. Mathew M. Rigsbee, Pfc. George J. Pailloz, Pfc. Hurley C. Manning, Pvt. Gerald
I. Spohn, Pvt. Eugene Lopatin, Pvt. Bernard J. Zappacosta, Pfc. Dewitt H. Green.
5th row: Pvt Adam P. Delorenz, Pvt. Walter R. Bumgardner, Pt. Leroy Rubin, Pfcc. Malcolm U. Barrentine, Pvt.
Bill Banks, Pfc. Walter Suchanoff, Pfc. Norris L. Prescott, Pfc. Curtis A. Goff.

Life With A G. I Twist


With the assumption that p
induction into the army will
change a man by reason of
experiences both strange and
new to a civilian, as well a
the change in the environ- I
ment, SIG SERAFIN, the
ALLIGATOR staff artist, has
created a weekly laugh car-
toon depicting "JOHNNY
DOUGHBOY'S" transition -
from civilian life to the
"good old G. I. way."
has been an ALLIGATOR
feature for the past six
months. During that time
the "little man with the'
moustache" has been enter-
taining 'Gator readers with O
his "fall guy" situations. Oo.
And now the GATOR RE-
VUE~is devoting two pages
in reminiscing of the foibles
of the average G. I.
First, our man is taken a, B
back to pre-induction days. '
There, he is pictured going
about his daily business.
Then a corresponding scene
comes up, only he's "in the
army now." His new life be-
gins with reveille and goes
through chow, calisthenics,
unit training, field assign-
ments, K. P. guard duty, and
what have you. PO
The cartoon is divided ,z MO
into two panels. The first
panel shows our little man
before induction; the second
one shows him in uniform.
His only comment is: ,
"Everything happens to me."

Company H


Company H, First Infantry, was first Demonstration Troops. The officers and
organized and mustered into service at men have upheld the organization's repu-
Lake City, Florida, on February 3, 1901, station and made it one of the outstanding
under command of Captain Nelson Holt companies in School Demonstrations.
Cox who was assisted by 1st Lt. Joshua Company H has been commended by
Kinard and 2nd Lt. Humbolt Helvenston. high ranking officers of The Infantry
One of the company's distinguished ser- School on every problem we have taken
vices was the splendid work done at Jack- part in. For problems B-191, the outfit
sonville's (Fla.) big fire in 1901. This carries the honor of being the first Heavy
company was disbanded on April 10, 1909, Weapons Company to give the Rifle
and was again organized at Lake City, Companies competition at double time
Florida, on April 16, 1920, under corn- and always arriving at their objective on
mand of Captain Talmadge C. Young. time.
It was then called Company G, 154th In- In addition to taking part in most of
fantry. It was redesignated-Company H, the problems for The Infantry School.
154th Infantry on December 7, 1921, and the company has found time to qualify all
redesignated as Company H, 124th In- its personnel on their respective weapons.
fantry on May 12, 1924. All demonstration problems put on for
Under the very able command of Cap- the School are given grades for the per-
tain Edmund A. Wright, assisted by Lt. formance of the troops. Of the total
Robert B. Harkness, the company was grades received by the company, sixty-
on Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine five per cent were "Superior," thirty-four
duty at Ochlocknee River from July, were graded "Excellent" and only one
1928, to February, 1929. Two squads of per cent was "Very Satisfactory."
the unit were sent to Florida State Peni- Company H has played an important
tentiary to guard Zangara, the man who leading role along the line of sports.
fired at Franklin D. Roosevelt and killed Starting off, we had the football coach,
the mayor of Chicago in March, 1932. Major Harold F. "Big Red" Milton and
Since that time Company H has been Roy D. "Snake Hips" Cestary, outstand-
commanded by a number of officers. ing Gator back, represent us on the 124th
These were: Captain Robert B. Hark- Infantry football team. We also had a
ness, 1st Lt. Hugh A. Wilson, now major, very good baseball season last year, and
1st Lt. Harold F. Milton, now major, have already won top berth in the first
1st Lt. James H. Jackson, 1st Lt. Harold half of the baseball league this summer.
P. Claus, 1st Lt. William S. Home, Cap- The company has also given the Army
tain Robert B. Turner and at the present very valuable officers who have come up
is under the command of Captain James from the lowest ranks and attended the
B. Frazier 3rd. It has often been said Officer Candidate School.
that we have changed company com- The attitude of the men in the com-
manders more often than a deck of cards pany is that they are the best Heavy
changes dealers. Weapons Company in the Army. They
When this organization was inducted will argue and prove their statement or
into Federal Service, it was sent to Camp gladly prove their contention. Thus far
Blanding, Florida, and lIter transferred no one has doubted their word or tried to
to Fort Benning, Ga., as -nfantry School duplicate their performance in the field,

HEADQUARTERS SECTION AND FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. James L. Roberts, Sgt. Elias D. Thomas, 1st Sgt.
Earl G. Bedenbaugh, Capt. James B. Frazier, III, 1st Lt. Guy M. Fleming, Sgt. Johnnie J. Milton, Sgt. Seeber E. Keene,
Sgt. Robert L. Green.
2nd row: Cpl. James A. Cooper, Cpl. Wilbur L. Purdy, Cpl. Herman D. Vaughn, Pfc. Kenneth H. Wade, Cpl. Earl R.
Keene, Cpl. Cecil R. Hiller, Cpl. Charles B. Mader, Cpl. Charles R. Johnson, Cpl. William G. Hohner.
3rd row: Pfc. ELgene J. Vigosky, Pfc. Michael Yurmonovich, Pfc. Carl Kashubara, Pfc. Michael J. Buinak, Pvt.
Robert E. Thomas, Pfc. John D:csko, Pvt. Charles R. Kavinsky, Pfc. Ralph S. Hagy, Pfc. Claude Brown, Pvt. Thurston L.
4th row: Pfc. Edward A. Bultrowicz, Pvt. Clarence H. Hammond, Pvt. Michael J. Bjaloncik, Pvt. Felix T. Blaguszew-
ski, Pvt. George F. Grimm, Pvt. Gordon S. Morris, Pvt. Joseph Brinsko, Pvt. Earl W. Roberts, Pfc. Harold L. Shatter,
Pvt. Rewellyn C. Oberduster.
S5th row: Pvt. Joe Lee, Pfc. Robert J. Nesbitt, Pvt. Charles D. Uhler, Pfc. Ottis W. Anderson, Pfc. Lewis B. Turner,
Pfc. Carl J. Koon, Pvt. Charles Turosey, Pvt. Frank Kinkopf, Pvt. Charles W. Slater, Pfc. Sidney Bryan, Pfc. Robert E.

SECOND PLATOON (left to right) Sgt. Thomas J. Kemp, Cpl. Cecil W. Coleman, Cpl. William R. Hadaock, Cpl. Chester
R. Shatter, 1st Lt. Sam R. Hale/. 1st Lt. Cornelius O. Shanahan, Jr., Cpl. William T. Green, Sgt. Chalmers W. Green,
S-Sgt. Claude J. Bedenbaugh, S-Sgt. Jack E. Thomson.
2nd row: Cpl. Melvin G. Frey, Cpl. Wilson A. Hall, Cpl. John P. Williams, Cpl. Carlton W. Fralick, Pfc. Leonard W.
Hollinger, Pvt. Sam L. Liseo, Pfc. Stephen M. Czajka, Pfc. Jacob L. Sheppard, Pvt. John Ellis, Pfc. George Harabin.
3rd row: Pvt. Frank S. Dybala, Pfc. William P. Norris, Pvt. Richard O. Kershner, Pfc. Lavern L. Hendricks, Pvt.
Michael G. Hayduck, Pfc. Leonard A. Liguori, Pvt. Julian S. Holley, Pfc. Leon L. Happe, Pvt. George F. Judy, Pvt.
Elmer G. Hovan.
4th row: Pvt. R. A. Millikan, Pvt. James Walters, Pfc. Melvin B. Watson, Pfc. Frank Slivinski, Pvt. Jasper W. Deck-
man, Pfc. Steve Novath, Pfc. Bert Buganski, Sgt. Philip E. Johnson, Pfc. Walter Kisley, Pfc. James L. Fretlose.
5th row: Cpl. Frank A. Carani, Sgt. George Prater, Pfc. Aubrey C. Harper, Pvt. Daniel J. Fedor, Pvt. Stanley J.
Bonislawski, Pfc. Charles C. Kawa, Pfc. Leonard E. Caesar, Pfc. Lonnie Harris, Pfc. Marvin A. Hunt, Pvt. Clarence J.

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Raymond E. Cejka, Sgt. Ernest W. Toffaleli, Sgt. Robert W:ngertsohn, 1st Lt.
Lewis D. Evans, 2nd Lt. Richard I. Larson, S-Sgt. Carl J. Callahan, Sgt. Thomas K. Waller, Cpl. James N. Jeswald, Cpl.
George G. Valdez.
2nd row: Cpl. William B. H'rst, Pfc. Clayton D. Purdy, Pfc. George A. Sixel, Pvt. Russell W. Reber, Pvt. William J.
Godwin, Pvt. John V. McDonald, Pvt. Nicholas Z. Kaczur, Cpl. James F. Hutchinson, Cpl. Arthur L. Prior, Cpl. Mitchel
E. Czechowski.
3rd row: Pvt. Kenneth E. Haager, Pvt. Alvin Jordon, Pfc. Martin Kovar, Pvt. Ralph L. Klink, Pfc.'Teddy J. Suchaski,
Pvt. Ernest S. Eberling, Pfc. Zoltan Sardy, Pfc. Paul C. Sanders, Pfc. Glenn E. Hartman, Pvt. Frank Greco.
4th row: Pvt. Onie Johnson, Pvt. James Farkas, Pvt. Tony F. Filipski, Pvt. Joseph J. Fetz, Pfc. Samuel Inoff, Pfc.
Theodore A. Hyla, Pfc. Andrew J. Keene, Pvt. James D. Chaney, Pvt. William I. Kordon, Pvt. Edgar L. P erce.
5th row: Pvt. Harold S. Hass, Pfc. Oscar J. Corley, Pvt. Stephen F. Kacsala, Pfc. George R. Greaves, Pvt. Joseph
J. Kerekes, Pfc. Joseph B. VIcek, Pvt. Frank H. Zotter, Pvt. Laurence Block, Pvt. Ralph C. Hebebrand, Pvt. William H. Tye.

THE SITUATION IS TACTICAL and if this was a television picture you would probably hear Cpl. Wm. T. Green saying
to Pfc. Frank Slivinski, "Gun will be mounted here, direction of fire to my front ." Pfq. Stephen Czajka is coming fqr-
ward with his machine gun to put it into action,


SIGHTED BASKET; SANK SAME. Ku3rrna (No. 9'1 o:,f the
Gators is pictured just a- the ball left h,. hand trard the
basket in the gare againSt the Academic Peg't.

Court Men

..At Work
Gator evidently doesn't think so. Why should he? It however, the answer is 'No"! It's only the Gators leaving
looks like his lucky day. their rivals stunned with the old one-two.

this mad scramble for the ;.oor little ball, we see three
Gators (Vats Waller, No. 6, Tony Foster, No. 5, and Val
Kutarna) in the middle as usual.

.- 14

3rd Bn. Hq. Staff


Father Time has brought about many but has been ably handled by Captain Hugh
changes in the personnel'of officers who T. Lawson.
have had assignments with the staff of Intelligence Officer, 1st Lt. Victor Bra-
Third Battalion, 124th Infantry. The ma- gaw, with his hard work and earnestness
jority of these changes have taken place has brought about gratifying results.
since the Regiment was mobilized in 1940. Captain William G. Lundy tactfully and
Lt. Col. Robert N. Hill, the Battalion consistently has been the man behind the
Commander, has diligently watched over plans and training for the Battalion. A key
the progress of the individuals as they be- man on the staff, Captain Lundy is the
came qualified to meet the necessary speci- other original member of the Battalion
fications set up by the School. Leadership having over 13 years of continuous service
has been a prime factor and outstanding to his credit.
element in the Third Battalion through The assignment of handling supplies
his untiring efforts. and equipment has been placed in the ca-
Major Burnice H. Bell is one of the two pable hands of 2nd Lt. Huemmer assisted
present mrnrbers:fof-the=Battalion staff who ---by 2nd-Lt. -Reed. Both offie-r-s-hae-=hand led---
were assigned to the Third Battalion at its this difficult task in an admirable way.
beginning. He too has .had other assign- 1st Lt. John A. H. St. Peter, who has
ments but is back displaying his fine char- recently taken hold of the transportation
acter and encouragement to "Do your best reins for the Battalion, has already proven
under any difficulty" as Executive Officer. himself efficient in the capacity of Trans-
The job of S-1 is a difficult one at best, portation Officer.

THIRD BATTALION STAFF-(left to right): Lieutenant Co!onel Robert N. Hill (Battalion Commander) and Major Burnice
H. Bell (Executive Officer).
2nd row: Captain William G. Lundy (Operations Officer), Captain Hugh T. Lawson (Adjutant), and Lieutenant Victor
Bragaw (Intelligence Officer).
3rd row: Lieutenant Edgar W. Rapin, Lieutenant William R. Murphy, Lieutenant Francis J. Haskell, Jr., and Lieu-
tenant John T. Orlandi.

Hq. Co. 3rd Bn.


Since January, 1942, when the Gators then on, the team didn't do as well.
first came to Fort Benning, there have Our group went into the heart of the
been three groups of recruits added to the woods one day as part of unit training.
strength of the company. The first group And when they returned, one Yankee
came from Fort McClellan, Alabama, the was dragging the carcass of a three foot
second from Camp Wheeler and the third rattler behind him. It seems the rattler
seon rom m he r n must have had some "Wheaties" for
was new to the Army. breakfast, and got a mite atrocious. He
With the approach of the 1943 baseball didn't realize that he bucked a tough
season, Lt. Fowler instigated and super- outfit.
vised the team. All the officers and men A dog belonging to Pvt. Cecil C. Pow-
in the company contributed to the fund ell, has, through no fault of his own, been
to get uniforms and equipment. The selected as the company mascot. His
team did very well considering the time name is "Joe." He is a full-grown Ger-
spent on practice. But it lost a star when man Sheppard Dog and is extremely liked
Pfc. Elmer Kersten was chosen to play from C.O., 1st Lt. Edgar W. Rapin, to the
on the regimental baseball team. From newest private.


COMMUNICATION PLATOON-left to right) Sgt. Fred L. Tolson, Sgt. William R. Barber, S-Sgt. Rex D. Mcllvain, S-Sgt.
Charles H. Davidson, 1st Lt. Albert L. Fowler, Jr., Sgt. Dallas W. Guinn, T-4 Ervin R. Beville, T-5 Stephen Uhring,
T-5 Richard F. Farmer.
2nd row: Pvt. Richard S. Kulwicki, Pfc. Wilbert G. Ihrig, Pfc. Roger W. Yingling, Pfc. Frank J. Poidmore, Pvt.
Michael Stopar, Pfc. Elmer Kersten, T-5 Myron Lombardo, T-5 Samuel Lapidus, Cpl. Charles R. Ealy.
3rd row: Pfc. Joseph 0. Giannone, Pfc. Arthur S. Jacobsen, Pvt. Joseph Cascio, Pvt. John M. Panuska, Pvt. Jacob
S. Brooks, Pvt. Albert M. Olsakovsky, Pvt. Edward McClesky, Pvt. Michael F. Chappie, Pfc. Herman M. Lowe.y.
4th row: Pfc. Charles McLain, Pvt. Park L. Gardner, Pfc. Robart C. Meeks, Pfc. Allan W. LeBeau, Pvt. Roy P. Wood-
ward, Pvt. James H. Wright, Pvt. James Malone, T-5 Andrew F. Lipusz, T-5 Eugene Walters.

4t A

AMMUNITION AND PIONEER PLArOO(q Iett to right) Cpl. Emilio E. Garcia, T-5 Paul B. Haddock, Jr., T-4 Pasquale
Lima, S-Sgt. Joseph W. DeSear, 1st Lt. William P. Murphy, Luciour J. Maddox, T-4 Vance L Ell'ott, T-4 Forrest E.
Hodges, Sgt. Sam H. Rich, Cpl. Oakley A. Bullington.
2nd row: Pfc. Albert J. Lorkowski, Pfc. Paul Krywinoc, Pfc. John S. Sferra, Pfc. Frank L.. Martucci Pfc. Alick K.
Sowers, Pfc. Casey T. Malik, Pfc. Joseph Librizzi, Pvt. Edward S. Patrick, Pvt. James E. Slusher, Jr.
3rd rghw, Pvt.-, Pe r F, KA- c :Pf o Hen ry ,k Pvt.-E ward G. UL czynskik Pvt Oliver
C. Kerr, Pfc.-Wlfson L. Ginwright, Pvt. Peter P. Kalaus, Pfc. Walter E. Roberts, Pvt. Harry J. Engel.
4th row. Pfc. Roy S. Thompson, Pvt. Cecil H. Nunn, Pfc. Hansel Brown, Pvt. Chester Batchelor, Pfc. Harold A.
Anderson, Pvt. Kenneth R. Bloom, Pvt. John B. Grimes, Pfc. Albert B. Senn, Pvt. Walter J. Harris, Jr.

AMTI-TANK PLATOON-(IEft to right) Pfc. Will!am E. Sanders, Pvt. Frederick Schoepke, Sgt. Jauquin V. Hugas, Istle
Sgt. Aubrey L. Blount, 1st Lt. Francis J. Haskell, Jr., S-Sgt. Wilbur Bevil, Cpl. Benjamin E. Groves, Cpl. Chester T.
Delikat, Cpl. Robert R. Gray, Jr.
2nd row: Pvt. Cecil C. Powell, Pfc. John J. Cassidy, Pfc. William H. Carter, Pfc. Escar L. Stephens, Jr., Pfc. Horace
'Mayfield, Pvt. Anthony G. Gavita, Pvt. Morris H. Lindsey, Ptfc. Herbert R. Parrish, Pvt. Guy H. Simmons.
3rd row: Pvt. Martin F. Kramer, Pvt. William C. Boody, Jr., Pvt. John R. Cummings, Pfc. Thomas H. Hilton, Pvt.
Bernard H. Morris, Pfc. George A. Buel, Pvt. Edward R. Druzba, Pfc. Anton J. Lankiewicz, Pfc. Robert L. Horton.
4th row:. Pvt. Terrence P. Hogan, Jr., Pfc. Rocco Mele, PvtC. Charles T. Villella, Pvt. Joseph J. Zapf, Pfc. Salvatore
Guarraia, Pfc. Dominic J, Restivo, Cpl. Raymond T. Powell, Cpl. George C. Johnson, Pvt. Albert L. Borkovich, Pfc. Leo S.

Night Life

light They take everything in their stride,
from picnics to dances; from suds parties
to chicken dinners.
Generally they supply their own en- p'
tertainment. However, on numerous oc-
casions, professional talent has been invited
to take over.
To list all the company parties that have
been held during the recent months would
fill ream upon ream. Still, we might state
that the boys will dish up a shrimp and
suds get-together at the drop of a beer
And then there are the WACs! They
made their 124th Infantry debut last March
and have added sparkle to the numerous
shin-digs ever since.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the sea-
son was the reopening of the McMillan
Bowl last April. And wow! What an
opening. Entertainers from three local
night clubs were on hand to tear the roof
off the "joint," as they called the huge
We hate to be called "kill joy." But
Gator Night Life covers much vaster fields
than have been enumerated above. For
instance, Gator Night Life might include
items such as scrubbing details, preparing CAN-CAN YOU TAKE IT? Linda Gale came fresh from a local
for inspection, not to mention those nights boite to can-can for the Gators and is definitely proving here that
of star-gazing during those long drawn she certainly can-be in our future shows anytime.
out night problems.
Hq. Co., 1st Bn. braves swinging to the chant of the drums. First
MMM FOOD AND GIRLS.. Below are shown Sergeant George -"Chief" Barber (at left) leads his squaw during
Co. H men entertaining the Harmony Church a war dance. What, no feathers?
WAC's at a bang-up blow-out at the Brigade Rest


Q 5- .-r.. .


:.-*~ :.~*~;J

Company I

Company I, 124th Infantry, was first ognized as an outstanding organization.
mustered into service on December 20, On January 14, 1942, this "Regiment
1923, as Company I, 154th Infantry, at- moved to Ft. Benning, Ga., for duty as
Palmetto, Florida. Federal recognition Demonstration Troops with The Infantry
was given Company I, 154th Infantry, School.
Florida National Guard, on January 15, During our stay at Ft. Benning Com-
1924. pany I has specialized in various demon-
When the 154th Infantry was later re- stations. Among them; Combat firing
designated the 124th Infantry, the unit of Rifle Squad (183), Chemical Warfare
at Palmetto, Fla., was designated Com- Service (231, 232, etc.), Bn. in attack
pany I, 124th Infantry, Florida National (188), Anti-aircraft, Small arms fire
Guard............_... .. against air attack (173) and numerous
The unit's first call to active State others. Co. I has made a splendid record
service came in 1927 when the 124th In- at The Infantry School and has received
fantry was called to Tampa, Fla., to guard high praise and many excellent reports
an axe murderer against mob violence, from the instructors of The Infantry
Its second call to active service, in 1929, School. Only once has the infamous
was for one of the most unusual and most "Black Ball" rolled our way.
valuable services ever rendered by Na- There have been many belly-laughs in
tional Guard Units in peace time. It the company, some of them have leaked
served for more than ten (10) months out to give the rest of the regiment
moments of mirth. Once the company
during the Mediterranean fruit fly quar- apprehended a foxy creature who had
antine. apprehended a foxy creature who had
antine I, 1 r, ri been messing up the detail on problem
As Company I, 124th Infantry, Florida 183 for some time. The ALLIGATOR
National Guard, this organization has made some crack about 'foxy fox foxed
made a splendid record in many ways, in fox-hole by foxy fox-hunters from I
gathering under its banner many honors. Company." The entire outfit got a good
These were; The Remington Trophy, The laugh out of the I-men but the fun was
Best Drill Cup, The Taliaferro Trophy well worth it all.
(the best 5-man rifle team), and other ce b r r r-
awards. Since being mustered into Federal Ser-
With the threat of impending war, the vice, Co. I has sent many men to Officer
Florida National Guard was mustered Candidate School, Army Air Corps and
into Federal Service on November 25, other branches of the United States
1940, along with the famous 31st Divis- Army.
ion. From Nov. 25, 1940, to July 29, 1941, Many of our officers and non-commis-
we went through strenuous Basic Train- sioned officers now hold responsible posi-
ing in Camp Blanding, Florida. The pe- tions in and out of their former organ-
riod from July 1, 1941, through December ization.
1, 1941, was spent in Army Maneuvers in Lt. Benjamin G. May is acting com-
Louisiana and Carolina where Co. I, as pany commander, while Captain Joel
well as the rest of the regiment, was rec- MeMillan is attending school.

. -- .

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Wilbur M. Hickox, Sgt. Robert L. Sumner, S-Sgt. Clinton K. Reynolds, 1st Lt. Ben-
jamin G. May, 2nd Lt. William S. Corey, Sgt. David L. Holland, Sgt. Harlie B. Weatherington, Cpl. Gus Bridges.
2nd row: Cpl Harry H. Spivey, Pvt. Edward E. Pope, Pvt. Howard P. Sullivan, Pfc. James H. Hodge, ,Pvt. Henry
Lewis, Pfc. Andrew Root, Pvt. Joseph M. Misenda, Pfc. Francis D. Siverling, Pfc. Charles E. Dekle.
3rd row: Pfc. Sam B. Reid, Pfc. Thomas M. Stanley, Pvt. Alfred Puszakowski, Pvt. Edward J. Sobola, Pfc. Reed C.
Sires, Pvt. Jack R. Avant, Cpl. Martin Beno, Pfc. Jue W. Willis, Pvt. Early F. Owens.
4th row: Pfc. Fred N. Gray, Jr., Pvt. Hewitt Wilson, Pvt. Charles D. Grant, Pfc. Mitchell S. Suboski, Pfc. Ernest
Nettles, Pvt. Joseph V. Yodis, Pvt. Cal E. Bailey, Pvt. Walter B. Rucinski, Cpl. Colbert F. Kanady, Pvt. Arthur J. Beaty.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to r:ght)Cpl. James A. McCullough, Sgt. Marion A. Myrick, 2nd Lt. George M. Davis, S-Sgt.
Ben F. Sutton, Sgt. Lawrence B. Williams.

4th row: Pvt. James J. Piesto, Pvt. John P. Zemko, Pvt. Paul EMAdams, Pfc. Robert L. Swinson Pfc. Kenneth L.S
Broxson, Pvt. Walton W. Parrish, Pvt. Ralph Smith,


THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. Bogan E. Haynes, Sgt. Garland C. Johnson, Sgt. Harr*s G. Church, Ist Lt. Thomas
A. Larsen, S-Sgt. Lyle Garcia, Sgt. Edward C. Cook, Cpl. Julius H. Wilkinson, Sgt. William R. Cadenhead.
2nd row: Pvt. John J. Malloy, Pvt. William P. Marsicano, Pfc. Jerry J. Hodge, Jr., Pfc. Burney Wilkinson, Pfc. Wade
W. Rosenberger, Pfc. Albert Mills, Jr., Pvt. Jack P:sc:otta, Pvt. Samuel H. Jones, Pfc. Paul Simek.
3rd row: Pvt. Thomas W. Koziol, Pvt. Daniel E. Higgins, Pfc. George W. Cope, Pvt. Alfred Blanchini, Pfc. Harry I.
Wells, Pvt. Reed A. Hetrick, Pvt. Irvin Gorin, Pfc. Arlie B. Long, Pvt. Virgil T. Keefer.
4th row: Pvt. George E. Vasko, Pvt. Samuel Sorrentino, Pvt. Frank Sackela, Pfc. John P. Wagner, Pvt. Chester J.
Urban, Pvt,-Johrr-W. Carver; Pfc. Harvey"B. Robinsohn; Pvt.* Lyle IM-'M5oney; Pvt. James R. Blankenship.-

FOURTH PLATOON-(left to right) Pfc. Oscar R. Curry, T-4 Alexander J. Vilcsek, T-4 Joseph H. Walker, 1st Sgt. John
M. Meade, S-Sgt. Walter H. Powell, 1st Lt. Thomas W. Larsen, Captain Joel McMillan, Ist Lt. Zeb Vance, Jr., Cpl.
Daniel A. Q. Willis, Sgt. Tolliver E. Curry.
2nd row: Pfc. Bert W. Street, Pvt. Albert W. Moyer, Pvt. Albert Serafini, Pvt. Robert F. Michalski, Cpl. Eston F.
Willis, Pfc. Eugene V. Alfonso, Pfc. Earl F. Leighton, Pfc. Homer A. Love, Pfc. Joseph P. McNicholas.
3rd row: T-5 John S. Percharka, Pfc. George H. Johns, Cpl. John T. Henderson, Pfc. Edwin M. Scott, Pfc. Milton J.
Myrick, Pfc. Artis Dugger, Pfc. Samuel Gartner, Sgt. Spero W. Calos.
4th row: Cpl. Francis E. Home, Pvt. Hobert Oliver, Pfec. Lafayette A. Maynard, Pfc. Ernest E. Brooks, Pfc. Clarence
Meyer, Pfc. James H. O'Steen, Pfc. Walter F. Beirne, Cpl. William A. Drugger.

Life With A G. L Twist

.. ,, 7 ,,, / ../




Company K


Since its. reorganization in Orlando, Homer J. Faulkner, who was battalion
Fla., in the early 1920's, Company K has high scorer, and Pfc. Chester S. Kingure,
had a long and interesting history. At who was runner up. We are also proud
that time and until a few months ago it of the fact that all forty-five men firing
was composed of mostly central Florid- the B.A.R. qualified, with the majority
ians. Now it has swelled its ranks with of them firing expert. The final outcome
men from all parts of the United States. was 25 expert, 11 sharpshooters and 19
It is an out-growth of the Florida Rangers marksmen.
and First Infantry, Florida National With the M-1 rifle we also proved our
Guard, later designated as the 124th worth by having two of the battalion high
scorers. They were: S-Sgt. David M.
Infantry. Kilbourne and Sgt. Ralph S. Cammack.
After the regiment's induction into Last year in basketball we won the first
Federal-Service-in-Orlando; -Florida, and half championship without a struggle and
brief service at Camp Blanding, we ar- were all set to cop the regimental cham-
rived here at Ft. Benning Jan. 12, 1942, pionship, when the regimental team de-
for duty with The Infantry School. cided that they needed the services of
We'll always remember the battalion our four star players; Sgt. John B. Hern-
schools we attended, our first few weeks don, Pvt. Stanley R. Gilbert, and those
up here, to prepare us for our work as two speedy forwards Pvt. Raymond E.
assistant instructors. LeVan and Cpl. Kenneth R. Sims. Even
The Infantry School problems which without the help of these four stalwarts
we pulled varied according to the phase we were still high up in the league and
of work the class was in. Problems were eliminated from the regimental
ranging from B-94 (Umpire Demonstra- playoff by only one point.
tion), up through No. 477 (River Crossing In baseball we also proved that we
Detail). One of the problems we had could keep up with any team in the Regi-
quite often was No. 179 (Night Scouting ment. While participating in the playoff
and Patrolling), where we were in a de- consisting of a four way tie, we were de-
fensive position and the officer can- feated and thus eliminated from the first
didates, our enemy, tried to filter through half finals.
our lines. This problem was better Looking back over our past record
known as the "Skeeter Patrol" because which we established, there is no wonder
of the mosquitoes which continually har- that we are so proud of our company.
rassed us with their infernal attacks in Not once have we possessed the well-
"dive bombing" formation. known "8-Ball," which is presented by
On all of our problems we had a very the Gator Operations Officer to any com-
high percentage of superior and excellent pany failing to do their work in the usual
ratings, with a minimum of the efficiency creditable manner.
reports marked good. However, this is easily understood
The week spent on the range again when you consider the capable C.O., Lt.
proved that Company K was "on the 0. T. Dalton, the other officers, 1st Sgt.
ball." In the Browning Automatic Rifle St. Clair Little, the office force and the
firing we walked off with the battalion high quality of cooperation shown by
high scores by the expert shooting of Pvt. the entire personnel in the outfit.

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) S-Sgt. Jessie B. Jackson, Sgt. John B. Herndon, S-Sgt. David M. Kilbourne, 2nd Lt.
Orren Beatty, Ist Sgt. St. Clair Little, Sgt. Jewel D. Kincaid, Sgt. James L. Griffis.
2nd row: Pfc. Gaylon S. Williams, Pvt. Stephen R. Kaston, Pfc. George Toulomells, Pvt. William C. Gatch, Cpl.
Kenneth R. Sims, Cpl. Quinton K. Eldridge, Pvt. Jessie W. Murray, Pfc. Lawton S. Barber.
3rd row: T-5 Alex L. Roback, Pvt. George W. Conway, Pvt. Eugene Sibley, Pfc. Nicholas T. Aaron, Pfc. Leslie E. Davis,
Pfc. Clifford Harris, Pvt. Milton Hirschl, Pvt. Amos E. Evans, Pvt. Frank M. Hollis.
4th row: Pfc. Charles E. Dike, Pfc. Thomas V. Johnson, Pfc. Amaziah Waldroff, Pfc. Louis F. Knabel, Jr., Pfc.
Willard L. Herring, Pvt. John D. Hamlett, Pvt. William J. Michael, Pvt. Lionel N. Evans.
5th row: Pvt. John B. Brand, Pfc. Julian M. Hannah, Pfc. James G. Nicholson, Pfc. Burley F. Bishop, Pvt. John P.
Farbacher, Pfc. William T. Glenn, Pfc. Ira M. Raker, Pvt. Charles G. Boggess.

~- ----- -

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) T-5 John R. Smith, Cpl. Lonnie R. Newham, Sgt. Lewis A. Reeves, 2nd Lt. Guy F. Boyd,
S-Sgt. Henry W. Dike, Sgt. Ruffus H. Lloyd, Sgt. Scipione D. DiPierro, Sgt. Maxwell I. Love.
2nd row: Pvt. Roy Wimberly, Pvt. Kemp E. Stegal, Pfc. Michael P. Minnow, Pvt. Robert H. Darling, Pfc. Henry
White, Jr., Pvt. Russel W. Recchion, Pfc. Ezra Turner, Pv,. George H. Eastis, Cpl. Marvin J. Gilleon.
3rd row: T-4 Hubert L. Wilson, Pfc. E. L. Cherry, Pvt. J )seph M. Duerr, Pfc. Joseph P. Dumas, Pfc. Eimer Calloway,
Pfc. William P. Blankenship, Pfc. Clyde W. Benefield, Pfc. Carl J. Braun, Pfc. Donald C. DeNice.
4th row: Pvt. Homer A. Irizarry, Pvt. Henry J. Busby, Pvt. John N. Kay, Pfc. Waiter A. Goodman, Pvt. Byron Bulling-
ton, Pfc. H. B. Lamb, Pfc. Robert P. Maloy, Pvt. Herbert Gu'hrie, Pfc. Ernest Gresham, Pvt. Foister Williams.
5th row: Pvt. Richard H. Van Brunt, Pvt. Andrew Lezen, Pfc.-John F. DaBell, Pvt. Morris Galonsky, Pfc. Joseph R.


THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Cpl. W. H. Crawford, Sgt. Charles A. Tatum, S-Sgt. Milburne C. Cassady, 2nd Lt.
William K. Stauss, Sgt. Joe F. Hill, Pvt. William L. Patrick, Sgt. Bruno Sieracki.
2nd row: Cpl. James S. Simmons, T-4 Angelo L. Frole, Cpl. Selvin King, S-Sgt. Tom T. Crumley, Pvt. Edward R. Kulnis,
Pvt. Wallace Gardner, Pvt. Charles R. Lewis, Sgt. Harold M. Witherow.
3rd row: T-5 C. J. Smith, Pvt. Alvah L. Brown, Jr., Pfc. Peter Lombardi, Pfc. Clifford L. King, Pvt. John A.
Masenas, Pfc. John H. Magnan, Pvt. John Jernaghan, Sgt..Arnold.-on!p.-=- -
4th row: P'r Je*fiB-Downing, Pfc. James L. Fitzgerald, Pfc. Frank J. Miklave, Pfc. Chester S. Kingure, Pfc. Lester
E. Callahan, Pfc. Jack Aughtman, Pfc. Carl C. Williams.
5th row: Pvt. William A. Russ, Pfc. John C. Countryman, Pvt. Jimmie W. Hallman, Pfc. Lenard J. Woodard, Pfc.
Hampton F. Sharon, Pfc. Cleetis W. Mann, Pvt. DeWitt Price.

-. tr-_

FOURTH PLATOON-(left to right) Pvt. George H. Hamm, Cpl. Walter P. Kelly, S-Sgt. Samuel B. Carter, Ist Lt. O. T.
Dalton, Jr., 2nd Lt. Edmund A. Jordon, Sgt. William F. Wilson, Sgt. Ralph S. Cammack.
2nd row: Pfc. Robert E. Morris, Pvt. Raymond E. LeVan, Pvt. Stanley R. Gilbert, Pvt. John P. Murray, Pvt. Homer
J. Faulkner, Pvt. Edgar E. Chapman, Pvt. James W. Hair, Cpl. Constantin Matausch, Pvt. Clarence F. Deputy, Cpl. Arthur
R. Howell.
3rd row: Pfc. Walter J. Linert, Pfc. Jamus J. Mangin, Pvt. Edward L. Hanley, Pfc. Thomas E. Taylor, Pvt. Allen B.
Cauthen, Pvt. Roman G. Pope, Pfc. Charles C. Fox, Pfc. George A. Turner, Cpl. Melvin L. Hair.
4th row: Pfc. Wilbur G. Rex, Cpl. Howard J. Goldstein, S-Sgt. RoHbert L. Leynes, Pvt. Walter B. Johnson, Pvt.
Earnest W. Gordon, Pfc. Walter B. Wells, Pfc. Hoke J. South, Pfc. Julian F. Smith.

: -

.s -to-V/ '.r-'

SREGT'L 8 BALL. The above
G.I. sadly displays the infam-
BOUDOIR SCENE. Adam Lazonga, the well cared for 124th mascot, is shown here testing the ous eight-ball which was pre-
water for his bath in his newly erected apartment. In these days of clicking cameras even a sented to his company for not
self-respecting Alligator has no privacy in his more intimate moments, being "on the ball."

--> it 1. 4 .

When the Gators first moved in,
it might be said that the regiment'
area didn't even contain the bare
necessities. It consisted of a group of
buildings in God's country.
in ,he span of a year and a half the ... F
two parks, several victory gardens, an a vi
open air amphitheater and a pool for ; -

Adam Lazonga have aided in making ms hr a
our area one of the best.
KEEPERS OF THE GUEST HOUSE. Sgt. and Mrs. Barber's main objective is to keeo
the guest house attractive and see that the guests enjoy their stay with us.

the flowers are blooming and the "boids" are singing, tured below are several Service Co. G. L.s admiring the
Adam Lazonga invites you to pay him a visit at his sum- fruits of their 100-foot by 35-foot Victory Garden.
mer estate and enjoy a mint julep.

7 :
.-.. ..;. ::. = ... 6'4,,-
" "~. = x -* -"-;^ i --, " ^" '' t l .. ... .. -' .IE G' ,^, M -.
.. ..' .. ._- '. .. ,c i- t:: *-. i : '

z- LA'"" -.. .. HOT" .. .. .. ," **'*''"_ -. :" GAT- "'". "A .S '^^ ^ *".

."-,k,',- inv.ies '.u "' .- ,m 2. o.i ..:-' _% -,.:,' ,s -- frits .r 1,,- : ". 3 t V-. , l. --..,--
mer stat andenjo a mnt7Z:(p

Company L


Company L was activated on May 26, This outfit was represented on the
1926, at Bradenton, Florida. Capt. Fran- Gator football team by Sgt. Shelly Dav-
cis N. Theriot was in command of the ant, Pvt. Irving Knopman and Joseph
company until 1940, retiring and turning Taverone. Athletics play a big part in
it over to 1st Lt. Jones S. Joyner. He the lives of the men in this outfit. When
was appointed captain shortly after the they have any spare time, you will find
unit was inducted into Federal Service. most of them spending it on some form
Through the ranks of this outfit many of athletics.
outstanding officers have passed, such as, Another factor contributing to the
Lt. Col. Fred W. Kushmer, Majors Jones popularity of sports within the outfit is
S. Joyner and William D. Stinson; Cap- the caliber of the men representing the
tains Earl Klinger, Lewis M. Hamner company. The cnmprln. has *::ne..of the
and William E. Kennedy; First Lieuten- best baseball teams in the Regiment. At
ants John W. Robinson, Phil C. Patter- the time we are writing this story, they
son, Harry Harrison, Paul Taglione, Paul are leading the regimental league at the
H. Ridgell, Curry P. Wilson, William end of the first half.
Keeton, William H. Wainwright, Robert During the past year the personnel of
P. Clack, Donald Ramsey, William Dew- this company have been entertained with
berry, Irving Altman, and many others, several parties. One never to be forgotten
Since being assigned to The Infantry affair of this unit was the shrimp supper
School the men of this outfit have in- given in honor of Colonel Fred A. Safay,
structed with the various weapons of the our former regimental commander.
Infantry; such as the M-1 Rifle, Brown- Among the notables attending the supper
ing Automatic Rifle, Machine Gun and Amon the notables attending the supper
Mortar. The early morning hours found were the Colonel's Staff, Captains Robert
1st Sergeant Cooper calling names for Davis and Lewis M. Hamner and their
the various weapons details and many wives.
other assignments. The personnel of this The most enjoyable party was a shrimp
unit has attained a good record with The supper held at the Hamner Victory Pond
Infantry School. They boast one of the Rest Camp. It was followed by a dance.
best records in the Third Battalion with Ahh! The WACs were guests.
more men qualified on these weapons At this time there is a commendation
than in any other company in the bat- in order which goes to S-Sgt. Eunice
talon. Watts and his staff of cooks. They all
Its personal have also participated in did more than their share to put over each
many demonstrations. Problems B-188, and every party held by the company.
Battalion in Attack, led the way. In fact When the men of Company L are
it came around much too often. Other called on for any job, you may rest as-
sured that it will be done to the best ot
problems were B-222 Medical Demon- their ability. We have and always will
station, 94 Umpiring problem, and 152X continue to live up to our motto, Parati
Village Attack. Sumus. "We are prepared."

FIRST PLATOON-(left to r'ght) S-Sgt. Eunice L. Watts, 1st Sgt. William D. Cooper, 1st Lt. Robert W. Briggs, 2nd Lt.
William D. Murchie, S-Sgt. Toliver M. Gilmore, S-Sgt. James M. Keene.
2nd row: Cpl. Allison R. Yates, Cpl. Bernard J. Holda, T-5 Earle F. Miller, Sgt. Sesal C. Levins, Sgt. Walter D. Gold-
man, Jr., Sgt. James W. Daniel, T-4 Paul B. Westbrook, Sgt. Samuel S. Corbett.
3rd row: Pfc. John Fisher, Pvt. Douglas M. Goldberg, Pvt. Thomas Nobilio, Pvt. Thomas E. Clements, Pvt. Robert
L. Boozell, Pfc. Thomas Dennis, Pvt. Vincent Caravan, Pvt. Cutler Tyler, Pfc. Johnnie F. Cannon.
4th row: Pvt. Granville L. Clark, Pfc. Donald D. Suggs, Pfc. Charles R. Spinner, Pvt. Charles H. Morgan, Pvt. Daniel
P. Surrusco, Pvt. Philip Curcio, Pfc. John Neuburger, Pvt. Arnold Carver.
5 Sth row: Pfc. Alvin L. Green, Pvt. C. L. Harris, Pfc. Travis W. Hatcher, Pvt. Dallas Finch, Pvt. John Gibson, Pfc.
Arthur B. Carmichael, Pvt. George Farole, Pvt. James A. Kerr, Pfc. Buford W. Edenfield.

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Joseph W. Cantrell, Cpl. Stanislaw S. Samson, Sgt. Elwood E. Rich, Sgt. Wesley
R. Roberts, 1st Lt. Robert H. Lewis, Jr., 2nd Lt. James T. Eaton, Sgt. Earl D. Williams ,S-Sgt. Marcus L. North, T-5
Stanley H. Klemetsrud.
2nd row: Cpl. James D. Taylor, Cpl. Harvey W. Thompson, Pvt. James H. Wheeler, T-5 Cecil R. Lovestead, Sgt.
Jasper H. Argo, Pfc. Luca Piscitelli, Jr., T-4 Olin K. Porter, T-5 Huston C. Coulliette.
3rd row: Pfc. John W. Billingsley, Pfc. Bryce D. Black, Pfc. Porter S. Stokes, Pvt. Marion Ellis, Pfc. Lawrence P. Mc-
Intosh, Pfc. Clifford Westberry, Pvt. Earl Roloff, Pfc. James W. McComas, Pfc. George J. Gest, Pfc. William J. Saprito.
4th row: Pvt. Thomas Murphy, Pvt. Edward B. Gautreaux, Pvt. Anthony Gruppo, Pvt. Patsy Yosco, Pvt. Milton B.
Scott, Pvt. Howard C. Stewart, Pfc. William M. Bramlett, Pfc. Woodrow A. Harvell, Pfc. Leon J. Coker, Pfc. Deward B.
5th row: Pvt. Louis Varga, Pfc. Wesley Leavins, Pfc. John B. G67e, Pfc. Wilmer E. Wood, Pfc. William A. Hawkins,
Pfc. David N. Clements, Pvt. Blake C. Warren, Pvt. Oscar Davis, Pfc. Raymond D. Wilson.

THIRD PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Adam E. Skillin, Sgt. Grover C. Bedgood, 2nd Lt. Harold F. Hutchins, Jr., S-Sgt.
Willie F. Log'ue, Sgt. Harris N. Walden, Sgt. Raymond E. Bowren.
2nd row: Pvt. \/illiam H. Holtzclaw, Pvt. Henri E. Kent, Pfc. Woodrow Harris, Pfc. Porter S. Stokes, Cpl. Elton B.
Eldridge, Cpl. Andrew J. Wingate.CpJ,. L.ester..l, .Pittmar ..... .. .. .. .. ... .- .
3rd row PEfc. Arthur J. O'Toole, Pvt. Abe Wax, Pvt. Eugene C. Wonderling, Pvt. Abram H. Haffling, Pvt. Gibb A.
Newsome, Pvt. Daniel J. Heiser, Pfc. Morris C. Ward, Pvt. James Cutchins.
4th row: Pfc. Joseph J. Pisciotta, Pfc. James W. Russell, Pvt. George H. Hartstein, Pvt. Wilce Sawyers, Pvt. Paul E.
Smyers, Pvt. Harrison C. Queer, Pvt. Donald C. Jones, Pvt. James L. Haney.

HEAVY WEAPONS PLATOON-(left to right) Pfc. Anibal Diaz, Cpl. Lee 0. Thompson, Cpl. Marcus T. Davsi, Cpl. Carl
Wilcox, 2nd Lt. James J. Mendler, Sgt. Shelly H. Davant, Cpl. Michael J. Falcetta, Cpl. Oscar Tomlinson.
2nd row: Pvt. Jesse Parrish, Pfe. Orin C. Combs, Pvt. Donald C. Jones, Pfc. Harvey G. Tipton, Pfc. Matthew Caldwell,
Pfc. Clyde Hyde, Pfc. James C. Mann, Pvt. Curtis H. Busby.
3rd row: Pfc. John Bracken, Pvt. James E. Elias, Pvt. Francis W. Durrance, Pfc. John F. Wolsky, Pvt. Martin Gamble,
Pvt. Ralph C. Jones, Pvt. Troy B. Patton, Pvt. Melvin A. Steranko.
4th row: Pvt. Leon P. Mooney, Pfc. John E. Standland, Pvt. Telford C. Miller, Pvt. Irving Knopman, Pfc. Leamon
Burkett, Pfc. Robert E. Fogarty, Pfc. Raymond R. Taylor, Pvt. Rufus H. Lennon.


The Second Battalion Field was the scene Gen. Henry P. Perrine, Col. John D. Hill,
of much parading and fanfare on June 9, Lt. Col. Andy Lipscomb and Staff Sgt. Har-
old Doker.
1943. The occasion was the presentation of The shot on the right shows (left to right)
Soldier's Medals to five Gator Heroes and an Gen. Perrine, Col. Hill and Lt. Col. Andy
Oak Leaf Cluster to Lt. Col. Andy Lipscomb Lipscomb, the recipient of the Oak Leaf
from the Infantry School. Col. Lipscomb and Cluster, and the Gator Heroes, Staff Sgt.
the five enlisted men were instrumental in Harold Doker, Cpl. James B. DuBoise of Co.
saving the lives of a group of South American D, and Pfcs Rudolph J. George, Kenneth R.
journalists when a pontoon bridge they were Scott and Harold E. Thacker of Co. C.
standing on submerged and they were washed Everyone was present and accounted for
into the swollen Upatoi Creek. in the bottom left. Even "Blackout," the Med-
In the upper left photo Capt. William F. ico mascot, was on hand to head the pill-
Bavinger, Jr., Gator Adjutant, is reading off roTrers with Capt. Jacob Davis, Medico's C. O.
the citations while Cpl. James B. DuBoise The group to the lower right is comprised
stands before General Henry P. Perrine, who of the proud Gis as they are congratulated by
is about to pin the Soldier's Medal on his (right to left) Gen. Leven C. Allen, Gen. George
chest. To the left of Capt. Bavinger stand H. Weems and Gen. Henry P. Perrine.
~ 9-'7
cl ~S ;""- 14

~ ~.C C
~ ~C,

M ~--n

7I l h

L,74i zle740e

Th eon atlinFel a hesee Ge.Hnr .PrrnCo.Jh D il
ofmchpraig n fnar n ue Lt ol nd ipcmbad tffSt.Hr

th fv elitd enwreintumntlin Haod okr Cl.Jme B u.is f o
sain te ivsofa rop fSothAmria D ad fc udlp J Goge KnnthR
joraisswenapnto rig he ee Sct ndHrldE hakrofC.C
stnin n umegd n he er ase Eeyoews rsetan ccute o
intotheswolen pato Crek. n te botomleft Evn "Backut,"theMed
Inteupe etpot at WlimF iomso, a nhadt ed h il
Bavnge, r.,Gaor djtan, s radng ff ro-erswih Cpt JaobDavsMedcos C 0
the itatonswhil Cpl Jaes B Duoise The rou to he owerrigh iscompise
stans bfor Geera Hery Prrie, ho f te poudGisas heyareconratlatd b
isabuttopi teSodir' Mda n is (rgh t lf) en Lve C llnGe. eog
chsT h eto at aigrsan .WesadGn er .Prie

Company M


"ULTIMAS ERIT PRIMAS" or was a member of the cast of the Pathe
"THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST" is Motion Picture "This Is America."
literally true of Company M the last S-Sgt. Clice T. Yancev (2nd Platoon
company in the last battalion of the Regi- 30 Cal. Hvy. Machine Guns) who has
ment. Boasting an enviable string of been the mainstay for Recruit Training;
citations and commendations from The his patience and diligence is well re-
Infantry School, M gallantly backs up its membered by the many that have come
motto. Composed of the rugged type of under his influence.
American Manhood that stays on the ball S-Sgt. Tasco R. Wilson (3rd Platoon
and not behind it, the men say "Look 81 mm Mortar) recently put on a dem-
alive" and are proud that they have not onstration, which was witnessed by Lt.
received the Regimental "EIGHT Col. Hill and Major Bell, using only the
BALL" during their stay at Fort Ben- Mortar, minus the bipod and base-plate.
ning. The company has chalked uo a He scored five out of six rounds as hits
large percentage of "Superiors" for their in a thirty-five yard circle at five hundred
participation in School Demonstrations. yards; proving that the 81 mm 2Mortar
Company M hails from the State can be fired in that manner.
Capital City of "Gatorland." Tallahassee. As "THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST."
Florida. It was mobilized into Federal M and the Third Battalion was the first
Service November 25. 1940. with Captain to do problem B-188. "Battalion in the
McMillan commanding. The o ut fit attack." A demonstration that requires
shared full responsibility as part of the the utmost coordination of a heavy
Regiment while the Regiment was part weapons company. This problem is con-
of the Thirty-first Division's successes sidered one of the most elaborate to be
in the Louisiana and Carolina maneuvers presented on the entire Post.
in 1942. That familiar "Walk slowly through
Heading the list of individualists in this area" and "You will learn to eat Your
the company is the First Sergeant James chow cold" still reverberates in the ears
W. Marsh, a tall quiet spoken man who of the gunners along with the command,
has seen foreign service with the "Fight- "Commence Firing." Here it was that a
ing Marines." He was in Peiping, China, "dago" bomb misfired and hit a second
in 1936 when the Taps started their un- lieutenant (his initials were Larsen) in
declared war and knows how it feels to the posterior. The men still laugh about
see those little "Yellow Rats." He it because it was the first time they had
is above the average in marksmanship ever seen a second lieutenant get shot in
and recently chalked up the highest score the rear.
on the M-1 rifle for the Third Battalion. Problem B-188 was commonly termed
Some of the lesser lights but none the "The Battle of Benning" by the men. Its
less important are such men as: Sgt. W. intensity and magnitude awed future of-
W. Long of the transportation group, ficers who viewed it. M men will not
who can tell you what it is to bear the soon forget B-188 that they pulled, "come
brunt of driver problems and all his men hell or high water."
deserve a lot of credit that they never get. You w o u I d have a job convincing
S-Sgt. Joseph R. Turner (1st Platoon an M man that "THE LAST SHALL
30 Cal. Hvy. Machine Guns) has a repu- BE FIRST" is not the best in the Regi-
tation as being an expert bayoneteer and ment,

FIRST PLATOON-(left to right) Sgt. Roy D. Johnson, 1st Sgt. James W. Marsh, Lt. Richard A. Jacks, Lt. Ross H. Calvert,
(Company Commander) Lt. Richard F. Baldwin, S-Sgt. Joseph R. Turner, S-Sgt. William V. Hicks, T-4 Quintus G. Mc-
2nd row: Sgt. Albert B. Claycomb, Cpl. James E. Tallon, Cpl. James N. Dunham, Pfc. Tom B. Rouse, Cpl. Jack H.
Dupont, Cpl. Francis Folsom, Cpl. Hobson Dozier, Cpl. Fred L. Langlois.
3rd row: Pvt. Shelley Cox, Pfc. George Q. Halbrook, Pfc. Forest T. Pope, Pfc. Frank M. Lyons, Pvt. Carl M. Herring,
Pfc. Cecil H. Allman, Pfc. Ben L. Hogan, Pfc. Lawrence R. Rouden, Pfc. Virgil F. Holtsclaw.
4th row: Pvt. Edward V. Dean, Pvt. Joseph Casper, Pvt. John F. Mangan, Pvt. William H. Reyer, Pvt. James V.
Chason, Pfc. Frank H. Ahrman, Pfc. Woodrow C. Butler, Pfc. Charles H. Young, Pfc. Homer C. Carraway, Pfc. Thomas
B. Linton.
5th row: Pvt. Howard Tanner, Pvt. James E. Toomey, Pfc. Vito H. D'lncecco, Pfc. Henry R. Rufe, Pfc. Sam Ostrofsky,
Pfc. Wade C. Stephens, Pfc. Fred P. Davenport, Pfc. Jessie W. Connell, Pfc. Henry F. Haefeker, Pvt. Albert D. Blizzard.

". -"' ." -

SECOND PLATOON-(left to right) S-Sgt. CI;ce T. Yancey, Sgt. Wallace W. Long, Cpl. William N. Johns, Lt. Francis L.
Hale, Lt. Ernest D. Ankrom, Sgt. William A. Eilertsen, Cpl. Samuel Linton, Cpl. Clyde C. Crews, T-5 Downey T. Frazier.
2nd row: Pvt. William F. Kronenberg, Pfc. Norris Hall, Pvt. Alexander W. Terry, Pfc. Louis S. Maklari, Pfc. Leonard
Delgado, Pvt. Keneth J. McDonnel, Pfc. Morgan H. Chestnut, Pfc. Herold M. Dean, Pvt. Charles W. Merson.
3rd row: Pvt. Edward W. Kutulis, Pvt. Arvle R. Large, T-5 William E. Surrett, Pvt. John D. Coleman, Pvt. Dempsey
Best, Pvt. John W. Davenport, Pvt. Cephas Thomas, Pfc. Albert N. Ault.
4th row: Pvt. John J. Herman, Pfc. Grover C. Bullock, Pvt. WilTram E. Irv:n, Pvt. Alton B. Beach, Pvt. William L.
Parker, Pfc. Sylvester Antolak, Pfc. Samuel T. Jenkins, Pfc. Marion M. Bradshaw, Pvt. Michael J. Antonucci.

THIRD PLATON-(left to right) Sgt. Luther Q. Harvey, Sgt. James A. Dabbs, S-Sgt. Tesco R. Wilson, Lt. G-y W. Mack,
Lt. John A. Scranton, Sgt. William T. Anderson, Cpl. Ben R. Haire, Cpl. William D. Herrington.
2nd row: Cpl. Cyrus W. Haagen, Pfc. George Berkowitz, Cpl. Edward M. Dworsky, Cpl. Charl:e E. Hanc:ck, Cpl.
Lawrence F. Cabler, Cpl. Ha.ry R. Zollars, Cpl. Gordon P. Hayes, Pfc. Hobson Watts.
3rd row: Pvt. Roy D. Wooten, Pfc. Leon W. McCall, Pvt. Paul B. Cash, Pfc. Charles C. Hansen, Pvt. Paul S. Lukacs,
Pvt. Rayford -)J.Gordor.,-:Pyt.~John--MandakPv-t--Robert.C.Kotchey- ..-- --
4th row: Pfc. Mathew Consagra, Pfc. James R. Robinson, Pvt. Jacob V. Carr, Pfc. Clarence B. Ray, Pvt. Weaver A.
Thomas, Pvt. Clarence C. Schroyer, Pvt. Herman D. Rhodes, Pvt. Howard W. Shaffer.
5th row: Pfc. Jessie B. Dalrymple, Pvt. John D. Flowers, Pfc. James H. Hensen, Pvt. Leo J. Butinski, Pfc. Vernon S.
Godwin, Pvt. Bernard Teague, Pvt. William F. Seay, Pvt. Albert N. Venable.
6th row: Pvt. William H. Hanvey, Pfc. Darwin C. Armstrong, Pvt. Richard S. Howland, Pfc. Zigmond C. Staszak, Pfc.
Samuel J. Harrell, Pfc. Amory W. Seag-aves, Pvt. Albart T. Trent, Pfc. Ralph H. McRae.

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! FIRE! Depicted above are two groups from Co. M demonstrating the "School" way of
firing the 81mm Mortar and 30 caliber heavy machine gun. The men, who were more than pleased to re-enact a typical
every day T.I.S. scene for our staff photographer, have been putting on O.C.S. demonstrations for over a year and are
experts with their weapons.
The men demonstrating with the 81mm Mortar in the photo on the left are (left to right): Staff Sgt. Wilson
Pvt. W. A. Thomas, Pfc. Armstrong, Pvt. Large, Cpl. Row!and, Pvt. Schroyer and Sgt. Harvey.
The men with the 30 calibre machine gun in the right hand-hot are (left to right): Cpl. Langlois, Pfc. T. B
Linton, Pfc. Young, Pfc. Ahrman and Pvt. Mangan.






Special Service Office-

If it's a Gator activity just call it one cial service officer and doubles in bats
of Lt. Robt. A. Lobdell's chicks and you as manager of the Gator Diamondeers.
can rest assured that you have hit the Cpls. Pat Murphy and Ed Fogg work
nail on the head. Every regimental ac- as recreation and entertainment directors
nail on the head. Every regimental a- of the regiment, respectively.
tivity comes under his direct supervision; n or er he t ening t to
In our year here at Benning the Gator
from barber shops to athletics, from the SSO has distinguished itself as one of
ALLIGATOR to entertainment, the most active in the Army. Conducting
In addition to these, there are many charity drives, it proved beyond the
other duties just as important but not as -shadow of a doubt that Gators are a civic
well known; Regimental Public Rela- minded group. They had contributed
tions, the Gator Book-nook, Regimental over $500.00, half of the contributions of
Guest House. In addition to all of these the entire post, in the President's March
official jobs the S.S.O. has become a sort of Dimes.
of moaning chamber where Gators come During our stay here both Major John
for information, and to gripe. G. Macfarlan and Major Harold F. Milton
Lt. Donald Shaffer is assistant spe- have served as Special Service Officers.

Gator Sports


The Gator regiment is cr,mprised of the outstanding units within the Army
American soldiers from every state in the of the United States.
union and they all are sportsmen from If a march was the order of the day
the word GO. The "life-blood of a na- each company set out with the firm re-
tion" is the soul of the 124th Infantry. solve to best the other company march-
The essence of everything Gator; that's ing before or behind them. The goal was
the place athletics hold in our regiment. to complete the hike with the fewest
Wherever you look in the Gator area number of march casualties and to come
you will find Gators engaged in some back to Gatorland in better condition than
kind of competitive sport; that is, in the next man or organization.
their off duty hours. There are many When the Gators moved to Fort
times when there aren't enough men in Benning they were already famous for
the area to play a good volleyball game. their spirit: many an outfit had met them
These are the many days when the re- on maneuvers and learned at first hand
quirements of the Infantry School take what the phrase "GATOR SPIRIT"
every bit of man-power the regiment has really meant: The will of an outfit ac-
to offer. customer to competition that didn't know
Gator sports do not stay within the what it was to lose a man on a 20 or 30-
rigid confines of civilian sports. There mile hike; an outfit schooled and instilled
are many activities which we think of as with a never-say-die spirit that kept
sports that wouldn't be found between them forging ahead when others had
the covers of a book of games. Primarily, given up hope; a regiment that didn't
we are soldiers with a job to do, and in seem to know the respective strengths of
our daily life no matter how prominent regiments and brigades, particularly if
a position things like basketball and base- the regiment was the Gators and the
ball hold, our main aim is to be good Brigade was the enemy. Time and again
warriors. The best way to accomplish the Gators moved into the attack against
this end, in garrison, is through a fierce a numerically superior foe, to emerge
competitive spirit between various units victorious.
and men of the regiment and other Army That's the "GATOR SPIRIT"; a
Units. thing minute in itself that has won fame
In bayonet drill every man is in com- and praise wherever it has been en-
petition with the man next to him; trying countered by opposition; a thing that
to attain a greater degree of skill. So has made the Gators probably the most
it has been with all of our work from our feared contestants in all Post Athletic
football team to combat firing practice. Tournaments and kept the word Gator
Ever the competitive spirit was present, near the top, if not at the top, of every
driving the men on to excellency, spur- form of organized athletics they com-
ring the regiment to its place as one of peted in on the Post.



Probably the largest single factor in Tankers took it on the chin 20 to 6. The
building the Gator spirit as it stands to- 117th went down 20 to 7. The Engineers
day was the 1942 Gator gridiron machine, met the steam roller and came away sec-
Coached by Major (Big Red) Milton and ond best with a 45 to 20 score.
captained by swivel hipped Roy Ces- With the conference championship in
tary, the company made the rest of the the bag, the Gators went into the game
post ball clubs do everything but stand against their arch foes from the 29th
on their heads. Infantry and again emerged victorious,
Opening the season against a strong beating the Devils 21 to 7.
and experienced Chattanooga University Probably the greatest thrill of the
Mocassin, the Gators lost their first tus- year for the Gator fans was watching
sle at Chamberlain Field in Chattanooga. the 124th return the whipping they'd
The next game was played against the been administered earlier in the season
Auburn B team in Auburn's new stadium, by the miniature Tigers from Auburn..
and again a group of college boys whip- An overall total of seven straight vic-
ped the soldiers. Both Cestary and Hack- stories with the Gators running up 146
ney spent the majority on the bench, points to their opponents' 40.
Spence Field at Moultrie, Georgia, was Now another season looms for the Ga-
next up for the Gators and with that tor Gridsters and from where we sit the
game, a one-two-four win streak was possibilities look excellent for another
begun that hasn't been broken to this bang-up season. Games are scheduled
writing. / with both post and college elevens.
After the Spence Field game, the Ga- Most of last year's team is back in
tors went into Post Conference play with -strength and many'new faces adorn the
their game against the 3rd Armored new squad, among them many of the '42
Dragons, defeating them 20 to 0. season's college stars.
Then followed the four remaining con- On to another Post Championship.
ference games. The llth Armored Let's Go, Gators!

FORT BENNING CONFERENCE CHAMPS. Here they are, the rollicking Gator gridmen of the 124th Infantry who clinched the 1942 Post
Championship. (Reading from left to right you'll see) 1st row: Tavarone, Hamlin, Knopman, Falcetta, Keller, Joos, Chakurda, Katurns,
Pieton. 2nd row: Berasi, Calos, McCullough, Rollins, Gallo, Soltas, Monroe, Dyal, Brookbank. 3rd row: Tew, Smith, Curry, Bryan, Suhrbier,
Green, Buttrowicz, Hegerty, Aulenti. 4th row: Howard, Belin, Hackney, Ergler, Cox, Poulos, Davant, August, Cestary, Mclntosh.
5th row: Asst. Managers Stefancik, Gardner, and Leader; Asst. Coach Major Bill Stinson; Commanding Officer, Col. John D. Hill; Head
Coach Major Harold F. Milton; and Manager, Capt. James Brooks.

*L -



The favorite pastime of the Gators leagues as well as in play with pro and
coincides with the pastime of our entire semi-pro civilian teams.
nation. You've guessed it, when the In the Gators' first-year of competition
on the Post. they stayed near the top and
men of the one-two-four are looking for finished in the show position in the final
something to do they usually end up with league standings. It was a new thing
a ball and bat. It's a regimental custom for the Gators, this outside regimental
that has held its own ever since we were play and they were satisfied with their
mobilized. We've found that no matter spot with the leaders.
SWhen the 1943 season rolled around the
where you go you can always find a field 124th was ready and waiting with open
large enough to play ball in. arms. Lt. Shaffer was selected to manage
Since we've been at Benning baseball the Nine. The team started slow, but
has been organized athletics with us, once the slots were filled, with the Gators
there have been hundreds of games play- best, they began to roll. The slow start
ed in the regimental area and throughout had ruined their chances in the first halt
the baseball-season the battle for the of the race and although they were ever ..
regimental championship wages hot and a dire threat to the league leaders the half
heavy between the various companies. ended with the Gators in fourth place.
Last year was our first year at Ben- The second half was another story,
ning and the contestants waged a con- they'd found their spot and were heading
tinuous diamond battle all season long. toward a pennant. The fight was a bitter
When the final tallies were in, D Com- one in which only three t ams had a look-
pany was on the top of the heap after a see. The Gators, the 176th Infantry
fierce playoff in which Regimental Head- Spirit. and the oldest ator rival, the
quarters Company was nosed out in the Academic Regiment Pro s. Who will win
finals, is still the unknown quantity, but yo'i
Our regimental round-robin serves an- can bet your bottom dolar that when
other purpose. You might consider the the chips are down the Gators will be in
company teams sort of farm teams for there fighting.
the regimental club
'which represents the
Gators in outside play.
Outstanding company
players are selected
for trials with the ma-
jor club, then the best
of the lot retain berths 12
and represent the Ga-
tors in the Benning

to right): Hanvey, Inoff, Wild-
er and Smith. 2nd row: Gallo,
Ankrom, Blackwell, Belin and
Stoker. 3rd row: Manager
Shaffer, Ellerston, Rogers and



Positive proof of the fact that the out- Thus the 124th pitted three well-coordi-
standing motif prompting our success nated mediocre units against, in most
this past season was fine coaching, lies cases, one strong five. The fact that the
in the fact that Coaches "Howie" Ben- ISSC edged us in. the first half, and the
der and "Andy" Jackson had not a single 2nd Student Regiment, with its pro-
'name" player to build around. It was players took our measure in the second
through the tireless efforts of the coaches half does not detract an iota from the
and players, their daily three hour prac- cunning effort of our maestros.
tice sessions, and their good condition, Precision, teamwork, and untiring ef-
that the unit was worthy of representing fort was the keynote of our club. There
our outfit. was no star player, there was no "start-
Finding silently that they had no nu- ing five," there was no substitutes by
cleus player on their squad, Bender and name.
Jackson built up several complete units, The boys, well uniformed in their new
adopting this style from famous Notre sparkling orange and blue suits were
Dame. It had amazing results. In this equally sparkling in their behavior. All
way Bender would send fresh fives into were gentlemen, even in toughest predica-
the game at will, each well-unified, via ments although they never lacked the
the fact that they mainly practiced with spirit of aggression necessary to com-
their own respective unit all week long. petitive sport.
GATOR COURT-MEN. The 1942-43 basketball team, coached by Lt. Howie C. Bender, were strong contenders in the Fort
Benning Conference League. Shown below are: Gilbert, Head Coach Bender and Coach Jackson. 2nd row: Katurna, Cestary, Pie-
ton, Pfeiffer and Williams. 3rd row: Dyal, Waller, Mangan, Foster and Herndon.

S. .




Probably the least heralded of Gator there had been no organized schedule the
sports, yet one the most successful has Post Athletic Office awarded the Gators
been softball. The first regimental tour- with a Post Championship Plaquefor
ney played off in the summer of 1942 was a Championship Plaquefor
the brainchild of Major John G. Mac- having beaten the outstanding teams in
Farlan who was assisted in this "baby" series play.
by Cpl. Pat Murphy. At the time of this writing the regi-
The schedule lasted throughout the mental season for 1943 is under way with
summer months and terminated in a the contestants battling it out for the
playoff in which Medico, Co. I and Co. C honors. The Gator representatives in the
battled it out with Co. I taking the hon- Post Softball League are doing all right
ors in the final with Medico, in their domain also. A little bad luck
Outside teams were clamoring for in the first half of the season shoved them
games with a Gator club so the regiment off the peak to the second place in the
decided to oblige them. A regimental race. In the second half they have lost
all-star team was the answer; judges only one game and seem to be taking
were selected and they in turn picked the the hill in high gear with their eye on
all-stars to represent the regiment. the top step of the conference ladder.
Games were scheduled and the Gator The ten boasts one of the best, if not
All-Stars began mowing down their op- the best, under-arm twirlers on the post,
position. The Dale Mahbre Field Ten, in the person of "Lefty" Hamm, who
an undefeated Florida service team, went has thus far in this year's play hurled
down under the superb team play of the 30 wins and only 3 losses. That's putting
124th aggregation. Columbus and Ft. them over the plate in any man's league.
Benning clubs were set up like ten pins. Just ask any small diamond player or
only to be bowled over by the Gators. fan in the regiment if the softballers
The Columbus Reds lost a two out of have that Gator spirit. By way of answer
three series, the 29th Inf., Lawson Field, he'll probably shove a sheaf of statistics
Academic Regiment, the Columbus Man- your way and let you answer your own
ufacturers and many others faced the question.
powerful soft-
ballers only to REGIMENTAL SOFTBALLERS. (left to right): Cerney, McCullough, Pawlen, Zinni, Black and Sklepko
d r o p by the 2nd row: Boring, Sutton, Hamilton, Bradley, Gilman, Soltas and Groover.
w aside. In ..........
t h e All-Stars'
season they 4
played 25
games and won 7
all but three of
them. A
I n recogni-
tion of this
brilliant record,
and although :r


This REVUE, "The 124th Infantry Gators at Fort Benning," inspired by Colonel John D. Hill,
Regimental Commander, and supervised by Lieutenant Robert A. Lobdell, Special Service
Officer, was created and produced by the same Staff that publishes your weekly ALLIGATOR:
Cpl. Seymour Super, Pfc. Sigmund Serafin, Pfc. John F. O'Connor and Pfc. John W. Cumbie.

We of the Editorial Staff sincerely thank the persons listed below whose wholehearted coopera-
tion, in submitting company stories, made this publication possible.

CO. B ........ IST SGT. JAMES H. MOSER CO. K ............ CPL. REED LAWSON
CO. C ............... SGT. ART KEARNS CO. L............... SGT. JASPER ARGO


BASKETBALL STORY .......................................... CPL. GEORGE GANNON
PHOTOS .................................. SGT. RALPH CAMMACK AND SIGNAL CORPS

COVER DESIGNED BY ... ... ...... ...... ........ SIG SERAFIN

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs