Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00096226/00026
 Material Information
Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Copyright Date: 1946
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Bibliographic ID: UF00096226
Volume ID: VID00026
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Special and Area Studies Collections
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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The "Major' had a great time in
The "Major", of course, is Gen.
James Alward Van Fleet, rethied
commander of the Eighth Army in
Korea and one o; ou country a
greatest military figuje.-. and lead-
Gen. Van Fleet thoroughly en-
joyed his return to his former
home here last weekend and es-
pecially he had a iime lor himself
during the'" barbecue and get-to-
gether with his old football players
No one was more nappy to see
the General than tne General was
to siee his old friends. That was
plainly visible on his brown, stern
face as he whacked old teammates
on the back and crushed the hands
of others. His face n.as in a con-
tinuous smile, from the beginmning
of the event to the end.
Many, many persons were com-
pletely taken back by the fact that
the General remembered tbeni by
name and recited incidents that
had long slipped theii owvn
The ruddy-faced. rather thin
chap you saw around town wearing
the beret, and shAcking hands all
around -was "Red" Barber--home .
for the festivities Red i.; a Many Gainesville. folks were present at' the open
familiar figure on TV these days new presidential residence duringF the 'tnlVerSity.'
and is sports director lor CBS. At niaL Dr. and Mrs. J. klillis Mille-r movedi'nto $bIhqi i.
Canova's drug store Saturda\ last week, 'just .prior to the University's i-q0 :b 'jr
afternoon, he suddenly walked-
away from a group of admirers to
say 'hello' and give a son-likea nug
to Mrs. Carter and hei daughter,
,Mrs. Earl Hardee, a good friend of
Red'-s -ollege day.,s. -
Red, you know, began his radio
career at WRUF and he and Maj.
Garland Powell got together for a
little reminiscing, as they do ever -
time they get together.
It was a great time and there
was only one regrettable incident
To the casual observer, It looked a--
though Gainesville didn't paN
much attention to the arrival of
Gen. Van Fleet and lus party when
they paraded through town Satur-
day morning.
The General was rosed or{ the
back of a convertible. prepared to
wave greetings to the multitude
However, the street's va.ie almost
desreted. It looked a.-, though Our
Town didn't care arout everi .1 -
'hometown' General but that
wasn't the case a. all .
The truth of it was that tne re-
ception-as far as the general pub-
lic was concerned-wa- not known
until late Friday and most persons
on the streets Saturday morning
didn't know for wh', the sirens and
the auto horns kloxoning. 'Sides Merntt Pound, Jr. left) came to Oalnesville-.durin
the General was supposed to have "itV ol Florida Centennial and found some friendlyl -
arrived at 9 a. m. and his plane father. Merritt is the grandson o( Jere 'Pound,--preide
didn't get in until 10. By that time T'lorida Seminary at the turn of the .century. .4lc'
any crow d that might have
gathered had despersed. .
If there had been planning for ....
the arrival of the General, and the ,
public had been informed in plenty .,-. .
(Continued on page three) .


M.-..tOpe only.

g the Univer- nHurKniutm, ho knew the grandfather, and Klein Graham, for 42
of his grand. }ears Business Manager of the University, who worked with the presi-
it; of the-East dent of the Seminary that became a part of the present Universit.s
met Miss Ida Iof Florida.

In old Iriend to Gaines'llle and two old, 'riends in Gaines-
'ille- were united at the Unhiersity of FlorIld's....G~p nnial Iai week-
end. Gen. James A. Van Fleet Ileftl and Robbj'. i.. nson, captain
of the %an Fleet coached 1923 Gator football toe~i.4et honest tears
iIo Ifreel ) as the% reminisced during Alachua .ltlnty. Alumni bar-
becue. With a lump in his throat, someone-6 al(,.- th.. bravest
:and Innirhprl men I knntu . .' .'

In a gayer spirit, 1923 Gator football captain, presents "Coach
Van Fleet" with a gift. More than three-fourth, of the 1923 and 1924
football team members. 31 in all. returned to the campus during Cen-
tennial to honor their former coach. now a famed fighting general.

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