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Friday, June 4, 1943
ABtfYT E N G IN E E R
The 19th Is
S/Sg t. Fabian
ABBOT « E N G IN E E R
Published Every Friday
A weekly newspaper published by and for the military personnel of Camp
Abbot, Ore#on, under supervision o f the Post Special Service branch. A ll editorial
matter pertain ini? to Camp Abb' • . available for general release and reprint in
other publications. A ll articles
esent personal opinions and are not official
r.ews unlesd specifically credited
lie War Department.
A ll editorial matter should be directed to the “ Abbot Engineer/' Post Head
quarters, Camp Abbot, Oregon.
Copies of this official post newspaj *r distributed free to camp personnel. Sub
scription to the public, by m ail: £0 ci-ms p r three months; six months, $1; one
The ENGINEER receives materia’ suj ,:i\l by Camp Newspaper Service, War
Pep’t., 205 E. 42nd St., N. Y. C. Cre li. d material may not be republished without
permission from Camp Newspaper Sendee.
1st. Lieut. P. H. O’Brien...................... Director of Special Service
1st. Lieut. Wayne B Leitzel! 12th Group, Special S "vice Officer
2nd Lt. S. D. Hopkins......... 11th Group, Special S. . vice Officer
ST A F F
Cpl. Morrie C. Cuss............................................................ Editor
T/4 George S. Fly... _............................................. \ss’t. Editor
T/5 Richard Shearin.............................Features &■ ’hotography
T/5 Roy L. Rider................................................
Cpl. Pauline Cohn............................ W AAC Unit C .[-respondent
Cpl. Harlan Weeks .......................... Hq. ERTC Correspondent
Aux. Henrietta Kirkpatrick....................................... Circulation
Pfc. Bob Hahn....................................................... Photographer
Photography and art work by Publications, Engineer Re
placement Training Center, Camp Abbot, Oregon.
“A L L T H A T C A N B E T O L D ’’
In releasing authentic news to the public, our Arm y is
guided by two essential considerations: To keep our people
informed, and to keep our enemy uninformed. Within those
boundaries, we may be sure of getting all the news that can
In the A xis countries all informational media are under
government control. They say what they are told to say.
A n editorial criticizing any governmental policy would be
enough to send its author to .jail, if not to his death. Nazi
policy, as outlined in “ Mein K am pf” states that the bigger
the lie. the more readily it will be believed. And that is one
policy the Nazis have followed consistently! In conquered
Europe, ' the
j people, at the risk of their lives, listen to Am er-
lean broadcasts tor the truth.
A t> in the United States ae accustomed to being told the
truth. W e may turn our radio dials to any station we care
to. I f we decide to tune in on short wave, no Gestapo agent
stants ready to clap us in jail. W e read the newspaper or
when we x want
. , o , f our
, . choice.
*, W e go
. to the
to. And what is equally as important, the news we hear,
read or see is authentic, and as complete as possible, within
the limits of military security.
You have probably heard that phrase “ the limits of
military security”, time and again. It is not a simple matter
to define those limits. Generally speaking, they may be
said to include any information which would give aid and
comfort to the enemy. When there is any question of doubt
involved, it is certainly the better part of wisdom to with-
hold the information.
T H IN K B E F O R E Y O U T A L K !
1 t r a it 'll you taste Fräulein S ch m id t’s le n til soup —
they say she im ports her own sawdust”
U. S. Papers
Arrives in Camp
By Cpl. Harlan Weeks
The term “Sergeant Major” is
awe-inspiring to most enlisted
men in Uncle Sam’s Army, but
to S/Sgt. Louis Fabian it is just
a job. The tall, husky SCU 1973
soldier holds the responsible title
of Post Sergeant Major, and just
between us boys, its no snap.
To bo a competent sergeant
major, a man must, possess an
unusual sense of organization,
good judgment and initiative.
Fabian came to Camp Abbot
when it was just a “pup”, arriv
ing here last April 19 and as
sumed the duties of Post Ser
geant Major. Apparently the
19th day of the month is a lucky
day for Fabian—he enlisted at
Fort Ord, Calif., on the 19th day
of November, 1942; he moved to
Camp Abbot on the 19th day of
April, and was promoted to Staff
Sergeant on the 19th day of May.
Fabian claims Los Angeles as
his home where he attended high
school. Later his education was
enhanced by tutorship in psy
chology and philosophy. For
nearly three years he was en
gaged as executive secretary and
academic research worker for
the First Christians Church.
Fabian has a most important
position on the post having to
coordinate important activities
in Post Headquarters. The five
WAACs assigned to the Adju
tant’s Branch have been highly
praised by him. He says, “There
has been considerable specula
tion among military personnel
with legard to the assignment
of WAACs at this station. In our
office the WAACs have display
ed a willingness to learn and an
adaptability to administrative
work that is commendable. In
my estimation they have demon
strated themselves to be impor
tant members of the military
His wife, Mrs. Ethel Fabian,
is also holding down an impor
tant job in the office of the Di
rector of Personnel. They reside
in Bend, Oregon.
Initial and general supplies of
Hundreds of individual press
and photo releases have been stock of merchandise ordered
forwarded to daily and weekly for the I’X is beginning to ar-
newspapers through the nation rive at Camp Abbot and many
Relations Division items n o t previously on th e
°5L2 ' the
*are " ° 'v Shipments
“vallabi e are
of lam p , Ab-
bot May 15, it was announced to- arriving daily at the warehouse,
day by Lt. P. H. O’Brien, direc- according to Lt. D. B. McClure,
(or of the camp special service exchange officer, and the va-
, riety of items «ill increase, in
.. I!ie releases consisted of news, eluding cosmetics, stationery
s . 1,1
,,/ " an‘l
enlisted men, members of the thought to W A \C needs
WAAC and new trainees. Photo-
Rationing will be felt, how-
graphs of outstanding events in ever, by army personnel as well
,he short .. time
the camp as civilians employed on t h e
was officially activated and of post as exchanges are now ra
tioned on many products. The
appeared"!^ ^ve°iM ’metropoU- PX receives i t s allowance in
metropon points or pounds f o r coffee,
A weekly new? release to pa- meats, fats, sugar and canned
pers in surrounding counties in goods. Sugar rationing affects
which the Engineer Replace the present post exchange set
ment Center was explained in up to the greatest extent on
detail met with warm response. I candy, soft drinks and ice cream.
Arrangements have been per- j Gum and candy is already ra-
'E d i t o r ’* N o te : T h is Is t h e s e e o n d o f
fected to entertain staff writers tioned by selling only two pack- ft s c rie s o f i n te r v ie w s to a c q u a i n t t h e e n
lis te d p e r s o n n e l w i 'h t h e " k e y ” s e r g e a n t
of metropolitan dailies to whom ages or bars to one customer, m a j o r s a t C a m p A b b o t. O t h e r s w ill f o l
feature stories of the new camp p mav be necessary to curtatl lo w e a c h w e e k .)
have been suggested.
the amount of soft drinks placed
in the vending machines in or
der to conserve sugar.
111 thè May 28 issue of thè Point, N. Y., where , with the en
Razor blades and razors are
Abhot ENGINEEIi there ap- couragement of Gen. Humph
strictly controlled and their sale
peurcd thè tirsi of two instali
will be rationed when they ar
ment.s on thè lite of llrig. Gen. reys, he developed the Engineer
II. I.. Abhot, outstiiiidiiig soldier, School of Application, making of
Merchandise has been slow in
englneer ami sclenlist for whom it not only a post-graduate
M AN TURNS TO WORD
ibis camp is named.
Trainees of the 51st Engr. Tng. arriving due to transportation
school, but a center of research
This week’s article deals with in the problems of military en-!Bn- ma>' have heard about “dry difficulties.
General rationing of 3.2 beer
A fighting man speaks from
Gen. Abbot’s activities after the
runs” prior to their arrival in
Civil War and the role he play a.,..!-™ „ „ ¡„a
, „ , ’ Camp Abbot, but during the past is likely but until such time as the floor of a storm-tossed raft
a period of some twelve weekp ,hp term assump| m a s tic rationing takes effect, the pros .. . "Is there a Bible among us?"
ed in forming one of the first during
years, he carried on the experi
significance as they underwent pects of a continuous and ade
inililary engini'cring schools.
On a burning African desert
ments in high explosives which
quate supply of beer at Camp a voice reads quietly . > . and a
resulted in the system of coast
Abbot is doubtful.
thousand heads bow reverently.
During the Civil W ar Abbot defense by submarine mines
All army exchange service
In the silence of night on a
Served in the Eastern Armies adopted for the United States.
price agreements between manu Kansas farm . . . a mother finds
first as an engineer and later in His voluminous report was puh-
facturers of fountain pens and solace in thin, worn pages.
command of the 1st Connecticut lished in 1881 as No. 23 of the
pencils have been cancelled. Quietly . . . its words of comfort
Heavy Artillery. He was wound Professional Papers of the Corps
When mechanical pencils and are spoken in solemn requiem
ed at the first battle of Bull Run. of Engineers. He served on many
pens are available the Exchange . . . as rough hands grown ten
where he was serving on Gen. engineering boards including the
Officer will inform Abbotmen. der lower a hero’s body over
McDowell's staff. He acted as Board of Ordnance and Fortifica strenuous hours of rifle Instruc
side. For the things men live by
Chief topographical engineer for tions. Three times he was sent tion as the first lesson in the
are found in this boo!, that is the
Con. Banks’ New Orleans expedi to Europe as a member of camp's “ Sweat S a v e s Blood”
Word of God. In its pages . . .
tion. In the campaigns of 1804- special commissions: In 1870 to campaign,
men have found help for their
f>5 he commanded the siege ar the Island of Sicily to observe
"W e can leach a soldier to
tillery brigade of both United the solar eclipse: in 1875 to make shoot without ever letting him
Eternally, the Bible has in
States Armies at Petersburg and contracts for submarine mining fire a rifle," said Ma.j. LeCompte
Smiling, red-headed T-4 Henry
Richmond. During the war lie cable and examine systems of -loslin. chief, E R T C Weapons E. Purcell. Hq. Co. SCU 1973, is spired the noblest courage and
received seven brevets, the high torpedo defense adopted in Great branch. Tentative schedule calls undergoing a two-weeks’ course the most sublime actions of man.
est being that of major-general Britain, Germany, Austria and for 66 hours of work in complet- of instruction at the Bend post- Heroes have dedicated their
to its principles. Martyrs
of volunteers, "fo r gallant and France: and again in 1883 as a ing the rifle marksmanship office to learn the latest meth- lives
have died with its words on their
meritorious conduct during the member of a joint Arm y and course, with “jawbone” firing in ods in "carrying the mail.”
Rebellion." In September 18(15 he Navy board to report on provid- (lie third week and record shoot-
“ Red" was one of the pioneer
Now, an anguished world
was mustered out of the volun ing large steel cannon. His pro- ing in the fourth week.
servicemen assigned to the camp turns to this book that has mol
teer service and resumed his motion as colonel in the Corps of
“ Our men are being condition- postal office and has had con- ded the life of man. For its les
regular rank of major of the Engineers came in 1886 and after ed both mentally and physically siderable experience in various sons of mercy, humanity, char
.Corps of Engineers, U. S. A.
his retirement in August 1895 to be moved about in groups and phases of P.O. operations. His ity, tolerance. For a restoration
Following the war, Abbot was he was promoted by Act of Con- execute orders.” said Lt. Col. training in Bend ends June 12. of the spirit torn with grief. For
placed in command of the En gress to brigadier-general, U. S. Coke S. Mathews, 51st C. O. as i
a return of the hope and faith
gineer Battalion at W illett’s A., retired.
the first week ended for trainees
grown weak under the whip of
in his battalion. “ The men are
despotism. And here in its pages,
absorbing i n s t r u c t i o n very
to seek the flame that lifts men’s
quickly and eager to put their
souls. The courage to face to
lessons into actual use on the
morrow. The faith, that in good
Sunday, June 6, 1943
rifle range in order to qualify
time . . . the sound of war will
en d '. . . and men shall live
Flic Abbot ENGINEER can he sent to the home front for as marksmen.”
Catholic Services will be held again in brotherhood and peace.
13 weeks at i i-ost of 50 cents, or 26 weeks for $1. If you wish
at 0900, Sunday, June 6. Con
Your Chaplain welcomes you
Six Telephone Booths
the ENGINEER sent home, fill out this blank, enclose money
fessions before Mass at 0830.
each week to Chapel Services.
Tvnvard via Messags Center or U. S. mails to: Abbot
To Be Installed at Camp
Exercise the religious liberty
ENGINEER. I ’ublic Relations Office, Camp Abbot, Oregon.
Construction in the immediate
Protestant Services will be which is yours! CHRISTIANITY
future of at least six telephone held on Sunday, June 6, at 1030 is the good man’s TEXT; his
Send to ______ ________
booths in strategic sections of and at 1930.
LIFE, the ILLUSTRATION.
Camp Abbot has been assured
The Chaplains of Camp Ab
by officials of the telephone com
Jewish Services will be held bot are r-ady to provide soldiers
' Friday, June 4. at 1845.
here with a testament, a prayer
Increased telephone exchange ' All serv ice» to he held in book, a gospel, or whatever kind
facilities also will be installed, as Chapel No. 7.V1 on Third Ave. of help you desire . . . if you
will an attendant pay station.
All are urged to attend.
Second Article on Life of
Gen. Abbot Reprinted Here
Are Taboo fo r
F ifty - firs t Men
"Red" Purcell to
Learn PO Methods
C A M P ABBOT
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