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ABBO T ENGINEER
Friday, May 28, 1943
Awarded Purple Heart S g f B u tte rs
Published Every Friday
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A weekly newspaper published by and for the military personnel of Camp
Abbot, Oregon, under supervision of the Post Special Service branch. All editorial
matter pertaining to Camp Abb t is available for general release and reprint in
other publications. All articles , «present personal opinions and are not official
news unless specifically credited to the War Department.
All editorial matter should be directed to the “ Abbot Engineer," Post Head
quarters, Camp Abbot, Oregon.
Copies of this official post new paper distributed free to camp personnel. Sub
scription to the public, by m ail: 50 cents for three months; six months, $1; one
The ENGINEER receives material supplied by Camp Newspaper Service, War
Dep’t., 205 E. 42nd St.., N. Y. C. Credited material may not be republished without
permission from Camp Newspaper Service.
MP Awarded Honor
For Bravery in African
Battle by Gen. McNair
1st. L ieu t P. H. O’Brien........ ............. Director of Special Service
1st. Lieut. Wayne B. Leitzell. 12th Group, Special Service Officer
2nd Lt. S. D. Hopkins........ 11th Group, Special Service Officer
S T A F F
PFC. Morrle C. Guss........... „ ............... ....... ......................Editor
T/4 George S. Fly................................................
T/5 Richard Shearin............................. Features & Photography
T/5 Roy L. Rider...........................................
Cpi. Pauline Cohn..... ................... ....W AA C I V : Correspondent
Cpl. Harlan Weeks .............................Hq. ERTC Correspondent
Aux. Henrietta Kirkpatrick ................. ................. „...Circulation
Photography and art work by Publications, Engineer Re
placement Training Center, Camp Abbot, Oregon.
A h u s k y, dauntless Camp
Allied military policeman—23-
year-old Sgt. Deryl E. Butters—
is entitled to wear the “ Order of
Military Merit—the Badge of the
Purple Heart”—second oldest
decoration for valor in the world.
The enlisted soldier, former
resident of Maynard, Iowa, was
awarded the Purple Heart on
Dec. 8, 1942, at Walter Reed hos
pital in Washington, D. C. while
recuperating from severe bums
W H Y TH E W A A C ’S A R E H E R E
PROUD SOLDIER—The contagions smile belongs to Sgt. Deryl E. and shrapnel wounds suffered
The W A A C ’s are coming not merely to release men for Butters, attached to the MP branch, SCU 1973, shown in Walter E “ in A f r i c a n waters when his
the fighting fronts; they are improving on their jobs. They Reed hospital, Washington, D. C., after being awarded the Purple ship was torpedoed.”
Oddly enough, the officer who
appear to thrive on the diet of administrative detail and Heart for "bravery in the African « amoaign.” The attractive Army
technical duties, the same “paper work” which stifled men Nurse pauses to offer her congratulations. He was hospitalized from pinned the decoration on his G.
Nov. 26, 1942 to Feb. 4, 1943— (U. S. Army P h o t o . ) _____________ I. pajamas, Lt. Gen. Lesley .1.
hungry fo r action.
McNair, chief of the Army
With proper training and experience they are check
Ground Forces, was recently
ing superchargers and clearing fuel lines of our fighters
awarded the medal for bravery
and bombers. They become photo lab technicians, weather
in the North African campaign.
observers, medical technicians and cryptographers.
“ That was the happiest mo
ment of my life,” the Abbot sol
The list could go on at length but it is enough to state
dier says. “ Gen. McNair asked
that the present expected use of women covers 142 different
me when I would be able to re
job titles, and these are exclusive of officers.
turn to duty and I told him “as
Many of the jobs are new . . . as new and unique as
The sharp ring of steel . . . soon ‘as my bums were healed’.’*
Veteran of 22 years as a pas
this U. S. Army. Women must be trained for them, just tor in various Massachussetts the crackle of pine chips as they
Sgt. Butters “ sweated it out”
as were men before the women’s corps was started
cities, _ Chaplain
Lieut.) flew from the bark of pine trees,! in the hospital until last Feb. 4,
On the other hand, many of the jobs parallel those which David i. segerstrom became the sounded in the area west o f > h e n
was transferred to
.women have held down for many years in industry and in
nLo pilot” nseiming
/-* , ITOTr1
i l l a ninirac luct Klliulav.
assigned ♦ to
ERTC v rifte
ranges last Sunday. at
aboUt five weeks
the professions. And the women who come into the Army (jirect religious endeavors at t These sounds heralded the initial He
n hjs three-stripes on April
from these are extremely valuable. Their training and Camp Abbot.
£ “ * * * of ,h« * “ * fB“ nymn 16 and is assigned to the B^nd
of thp c£mp.s „n ita r y ^
ability on the broad average is superior to that of men
Four weeks ag0 he was grad. I Woodchoppers society of Camp ^
Veteran Pastor Blisters Wept As
Arrives for Duty Choppers Slashed
holding down the same jobs, for they had to be good enough i uated from
Chaplains’ j Colonel and private alike, both llce'
The 225-pound, eagle-eyed shot
to break down the barrier that erroneously labeled so many School at Harvard University 1 rolled up their sleeves, and took
is reticent in talking about his
occupations a “ man’s jo b .”
: and' Abbot is“
¡en«. in the African cam
is his first assign- up pioneer tools in the society’s
Just as that b a rrier crum bles in civilia n life under the ment. For the past three years campaign to salvage big timber „ J ™
d irect fir e o f superior a b ility, so it is collapsing in our he occupied a pastorate in the from behind the rifle ranges be-
...... n ,.
Armed Forces. Wherever the W A A C ’s have gone on duty Union Congregational Church at . £re
will be «m e to shot* the
»h e y have done such a top-notch
jo b that th ere a re n ot A ^ f e ’i r t i ^ l y delighted with was sounded many tones during “
enough available to m eet the dem and fo r th e ir services. the a ^ i a r a ™ e o f the camtl” the course of the afternoon, as
s P'fnty of work to do
And in the fin a l analysis, that reaction is the p ro o f o f th e ir chaplain Segerstrom said. “This »tees from 14 inch to 42 inch in Hl“ iL s,iiC
I is. indeed. God’s country.”
? diameter crashed down. “ There B u t t » U «.tid ed to wear the
t He is a graduate from Boston , *s much unfinished work yet to ^ rP,e Heart
1 University; receiving a B. S. and be done,” said Lt. Col. C. G. ■
o : the fortit“ de he dis-
M. A. His theological studies [ Kustner, the society’s ‘ ‘ B u l l P j ? ^ ^ be was hurfed into a
were pursued in North Park Dozer, today after scrutinizing grimy ocean at midnight and, de-
Seminary, Chicago, and grad- the weeping blisters on his sPlte burns and wounds, swam
300 yards before being rescued.
| uate studies at the —
of ■ hands.
Hitler’s rats can't beat Yanks
Three WAACs stationed at
; Chicago and Harvard Divinity
Camp Abbot were invited to at like Sgt. Batters and the thous
i School, Cambridge, Mass.
tend the initial meeting, but they ands of American soldiers who
Distinguished Army Engineer Visited Present
bashfully declined the invitation are daubing the ex-third rate
ERTC Site in 1855 While Making R. R. Survey
to show up the basic member house-painter with brilliant Red,
White and Blue victories.
This condensed biography of Brig. Gen. Henry Larcom Abbot, . .
, . .
fo r whom America's newest Engineer Replacement Training M a d g F r o m A d D O T
Center is named, is published for the enlightenment of all Camp 1
Camp Abbot men wondering
Abbot personnel. We are indebted to the publishers of the Diction
ary of American Biography for this authentic review, marking how they might transmit tele
the first of two articles to appear in the Abbot ENGINEER. It phone messages to their fami
Was on Sept. 2, 1855, while leading a detached party of Army En- lies, were offered these aids this
ineers on one project o f the ------------------------------------------ week.
’aeific Railroad Survey, Gen. * n
, , , r ^
Here’s the procedure for plac
Abbot camped on the hank o f the K g n H U S C j T O f c f G T
ing that long distance telephone >'
By Chaplain Vernon C. Cooley
tVschutes river which flows
It it not an unknown fact that
through the heart of the camp. ^
From 0800 to 1800 all person
By CPL. H A R LA N W EEKS
Miriiire once ___
al calls must be placed over the when people find themselves fa©-, ^
that it b
H EN RY LARCOM ABBOT | There was much rejoicing in pay station in the PX, Building ?d ^ n *l1 KraV‘T^ U' f ‘‘r' ,h“v .'urn hard'to j X ^ ' a n o f ttiTpeopto
*Aug. 13, 1831—Oct. 1, 1927), i Bend’s USO—haven of all Ab- 755 .
» “ .hi T £
* the time but that t o j£ s *
A rm y Engineer, was a descend-' hotmen — when news arrived
From 1800 to 2000 officers
f o x h o l . i ^ S : und^iabie
" hat T -'S " ilU» m V‘
•n t of George Abbot, who emi-1 that the Federal Works Admin- may place calls over o ffic ia l,,...
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Hanson, post message center
ftrated from England in 1640 and istration had recommended an phones providing they are col- ' V***. w hen «*e possibility of sergeant major. Is trying to do in
©f Mordecai Larcom, who came | expenditure of $20,000 for the lect. but enlisted men and of
■ . .M
.h*™?ned men his vital position as chief of the
from France twelve years later.' renovation and furnishing of ficers placing prepaid calls must
fo .r D,vin<’ ’vld- l nri<‘r
circumstances, the preservation “ nerve center” o f Camp Abbot.
tw o of his great grandfathers ( the servicemen’s center. Final j use the pay station in the PX.
Bill, as he is known to many
of life becomes paramount and
Served in the Revolutionary action on the suggestion will be j
rash promises are made in the of the enlisted men at Abbot, is
W ar: Major Ablel Abbot and , taken in Washington, D. C.
hope that life might be pre an old timer at the job because
Lieut. Joseph Hale. Henry L . . "That’s the best news I ’ve e v -!
he held a similar job at the
Abbot was born at Beverly, pr heard,” said smiling, hard-
Our government has seen fit ERTC headquarters at Fort
Mass., the son of Joseph Hale working "Colonel” Bob Titus,
to spend millions of dollars to Leonard Wood, Mo., for a year.
and Fanny Eliingwood (Larcom) • d irect«’.
make religious facilities avail He took over that message
Abbot, and brother of Francis; ° ne of thp largest crowds in |
Sunday, May 30. 1943
able to the members of the arm- center in May, 1942 and built it
Eliingwood Abbot (q.v.) He at-! history of the three week old
Catholic’ serviw T'irilT be held : ed io lw s Thanks to our fo m of ! UP
enviable reputation it
tended the Boston Latin School USO attended last Saturday
center for ac-
•nd then West Point Military night’s gala dance when refresh at 0900, Sunday. May 30. Con f ™ T wn* n,,. it. is ‘‘made avail-
Academy, where he was gradu ments were served to more than fessions before Mass at 0830. ¡able and not forced upon us. It CV™ ^’ aJnd sPeed m handling of
ls the aim of the Chaplains i official documents.
ated in 1854. He was married in 1000 Abhotmen and nearly 100
Protestant Services will be C.o rPs ,0 ^ ‘ hat every member . At Camp- Abbot, Sgt. Hanson
April 1858 to M a r y S u s a n W AAC’s.
Committees of senior and jun held on Sunday, May 30. at 1030 oi ,he Army has the opportunity 13 installing the same principles
Everett of Cambridge, Mass. For
to take ---------
care of ------------
and whipping ----------
his staff *----------
two years after his graduation ior hostesses are in the midst of and at 1930.
needs. Camp Abbot is fortunate same efficient machine it was at
from West Point, Abbot was as formulating nightly progsams
Jewish Services will be held to have three Chapels with train- Fort Leonard Wood,
sistant on the survey for a Pa for the entertainment of enlist
ed personnel to man them The
BID was inducted into the
stationed here. ____ Friday, May 28, at 1845.
cific railroad, in command of t h ed e personnel
All services to he hekl in Chapels are yours to use. You United States Army on July 22,
party which surveyed the route
are welcome at any time and 1941 from Los Angeles through
through California and Oregon contribution to the science of Chapel No. 754 on Third Ave. they are never closed. The Chap- Fort MacArthur and was sent
which was later adopted. In 1857, hydraulics, and remains a stan .All are urged to attend.
lain is your friend. Use him as to Fort Wood for his basic train*
then .i lieutenant, he was ap dard authority on the regimen
ing in the Ehgineer Corps. A l
pointed to the task of assisting of the Mississippi River” ( “The W AAC MESS H ALI. OPENS
Why wait until you get into a though he was inducted from L.
Capt A. A. Humphreys (q.v) of Problem of the Mississippi,” by
W AA C mess hall opened foxhole* Visit your Chapel and
the Corps of Engineers in an In MajorGeneral W. M. Black. Thursday on temporary “ W AAC ( ha plain now. You are always A. his home Is in Cheyenne,
W’yo. He started his basic train
vestigation of the questions o f North American Review. De Row” . W A A C s have been eating welcome!
ing on July 31, 1941 and upon
flood protection and channel im cember 1927.) In 1869 further re at Hq. Co. SCU 1973 for the past
completion of 13 weeks, SgL
provements along the lower Mis ports were submitted by Humph week.
Hanson was transferred to H q
sissippi. Their joint report upon reys and Abbot on the same
Graduates of Cooks and Bak-
l id you hear about the serge- Co., where he served as conv
ttie Physios and Hydraulics of question.
ers School at Daytona Beach, ant on maneuvers who pep-talk- pany clerk for several months
tTo Be Continued)
the Mississippi River (1861),
Fla. arrived at Camp Abbot re- ed his men thus: “ Now remem before being promoted to per-
which advocated the partial con
1 cently and have everything in her that maneuvers develop in-. sonnel sergeant.'In May of last
trol of floods by means of levees,
“How are you feeling?"
readiness for a mess hall operat dividuality, initiative and leader- year he was called to take the
“ was received by the engineers
“Well. I feel much more tike I ed solely by and for W AAC per ship. Now get going and do ex -!
©f the world as a most valuable do now that I did this morning." sonnel.
actly as I tell you."
(Continued on Page 3)
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