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Friday, June 11,1943
Khak'Eyed World on Review at Camp Abbot
ERTC Band, Troops Lead Bend Parade Annie of the USO
B A T T A LIO N BATTLE FLAGS— Flashing red streamers with
white felt castle insignia and company identification are demon
associate director of the Bend strated for the first time by company commanders and non-coms
USO, who has formulated a di of the 51st Engr, Tng. Bn. under command of Lt. Col. Coke S.
versified program to entertain Mjjthews. Back row: Cpl. George Palacin, Co. A ; Sgt. John Wyne,
Abbotnien and WAAC's at the Co. B; First Sgt. Henry G. Biggs, Co. C, and Sgt. Frank Pollack,
Bend G. I. haven. (E N G IN E E R Co. I). Front row: Capt. Ernest G. Fritsche, A ; C’apt. Charles E.
Spahr, B; Capt. W. VV. Ebmeyer, C, and Capt. J. C. Dyer, D. (Photo
Photo by S/Sgt. .'Marty liiis.)
by T/4 Ed Pitra, ERTC Publications.)
CYNOSURE OF A L L EYES— Stirring martial strains and pre
cision marching of ERTU cadre featured the annual Memorial day
parade staged before thousands in Bend, winning tumultous
applause from crowds lining the downtown streets. (E N G IN E E R
Photo by Pfc. Bob Hahn.)
Job Held by
Mystery of G. I.
Abbotnien, during their rug
By CPL. H A R LA N L. WEEKS
ged basic training, have little
A quiet spoken, unassuming
"time" on their hands, and what
technical sergeant holds down
they do have is translated into i the all-important position of ser
G. I. based upon the 24-hour geant major in t h e Engineer
Training Center Headquarters
The army uses this system
and Greenwich Civil Time in all
messages, dispatches, orders
Because many of the newly-
arrived recruits are baffled over
scanning training schedules with
such cryptics times as 0620 and
1425, here’s the lowdown on the
at Camp Abbot.
T/Sgt Willard E. (Larry) Lar
son is the man in question for
this position. Larson has two
| years of service to his credit hav
ing been inducted through Fort
Omaha, Neb., on May 3, 1941 aft
er being ordered to report to
Fort Custer, Mich. However his
induction papers were trans- 1
Basically, the time schedule ferred to Omaha from (here he :
evolves around the use of a went through the Fort Leaven- !
group of four digits ranging worth reception center and on SER G EANT MAJORS — “Key”
men in the ERTC are these Ab-
from (MMMI to 2400. The first two to Fort Leonard Wood.
1 m it men whose sleeves are adorn
digits on the left will lie the
“ Larry” w a s working in ed with one or more “rockers”.
hours after midnight, and the Michigan at the time of his in
remaining two digits will indi duction but hails from Odebolt, T/Sgt. William V. Hanson of the
cate the minutes past the hour. Iowa. A f t e r coming to Fort Message C e n t e r , top; S/Sgt.
Where the hour can he expres Leonard Wood he completed1 I.ouis Fabian, P o s t Hqs., and
sed by a single digit, it will bo basic training and went to work T/Sgt. Millard E. “Larry” Lar
preceded by a zero (0), for ex in the ERTC headquarters there i son, whose eareer is reviewed in
the adjoining column. (E N G IN
ample, 0625 for 6:25 a. m.
as secretary for Col. Noce, then
It is suggested that the below executive officer of the ERTC. EER Photos by Pfc. Bob Hahn.)
(E ditor's N o te: This is the third o f a
table be clipped for future ref j From that job Sgt. Larson went I series
of interview s to acquaint the en
listed personnel with the “ key” sergeant
into the adjutant’s section as as m ajors at ( amp Abbot. Others w ill follow
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sistant sergeant-major where he each week.)
G . I. T I M E
6 . 00
received thorough schooling un - 1
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0 *0 0 der M^Sgt. Jack Brown.
51st STAGE SHOW
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He is well known and a very I Sixteen talented Abbotmen, as
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popular sergeant major of the J signed to the 51st, staged the
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post doing his work efficiently j first all-soldier show of the
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and without excitement. H is ! camp's history last Thursday
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position is one which calls for night in All-Purpose rec. hall.
4 :00 P m . .
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constant contact with all Abbot Directed by Pvt. H. P. Rodrian,
ft : 00 P- m
officers and he is a regular “ In the clever two-hour entertain
T :00 P m .
formation Please” w h e n it ment was emceed by Pvt. K. W.
t* .00 P m .
. 2 :0 0
M : 00 P in.
comes to answering innumer Swartz. Appearing in the cast
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able questions thrown at him were T. A. Warburton, J. A.
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12 00 M u t n i f ht
Wolf, D. H. Cook, J. C. Wood
1 :00 a. m .
He coordinates huge masses of ruff, B. L. Wassink, D. A. Rect,-
2 00 a. m .
official communications whicn or, B. Bianco, D. B. Rogers, M.
3 00 a. m.
4 00 a. m
come into the ERTC hqs. here E. Smith, H. W. Burrows, B.
5 00 a . m .......................................
and expertly sees them through Ralls, T. Bundren, M. LaBar-
to their proper destination in bara, T. Cumsty. Numbers rang
Never h i t a m a n when l i e ’ s one of the many offices under ed from imitations to dancing
and funny skits.
the jurisdiction of the ERTC.
down. He might get back up.
M a le Call
by Milton Caniff, Creator of ’Terry and the Pirates’'
At Bend U S O
Col. Dicey Is
Lt. Col. R. S. Dicey, first post
commander of Camp Abbot anil,
until last Saturday executive of
ficer since the camp was official
ly activated, has been assigned
to a new station in Arizona.
new' duties and the naturesgK
post was not immediately avail
able. He was ordered to proceed
The pert Irish miss, with a to Florence, Ariz., and he and
radiant smile and contagious Mrs. Dicey left for the western
personality, came to Bend a state Monday.
When the daily influx of sold
iers begins at the USO in Bend,
club officials need more hands
than a clock factory, but Miss
Ann McLaughlin, the USO’s new
associate director, enjoys the
hubbub and the soldiers and
“wouldn’t trade the job for any
thing in the world.”
couple weeks ago and began to
make additions to the club’s re
creation facilities almost before
she had taken off her hat. One
of the first projects was the in
stallation of a “ game room’ in
the rear of the club where darts,
table tennis, checkers, chess,
Chinese checkers and a variety
of other games occupy the sold
ier’s off-duty hours.
Other innovations are planned
soon. Miss McLaughlin intends
to introduce community song-
fests, organize bingo games and
a number of other diverting pro
grams. A classical recording
hour, another of Miss McLaugh
lin's ideas, is a feature at the
Miss McLaughlin, a former
resident of Lodi, Calif., is well
qualified for her job with the
USO. Prior to coming to Bend
she held a similar position iq
Bremerton, Wash., and before
she took her USO in-service
training at Vallejo, Calif., had
worked with the Santa Clara
county welfare unit in which
capacity she gamed much exper
ience in promoting recreation
programs for service men.
Her biggest thrill in USO
work came when she met Mrs.
Roosevelt in a Puget Sound Navy
yard hospital where both were
visiting convalescent sa ilo rs.
Said Mrs. Roosevelt: “W’e're
both doing the same kind of
"When is a goat nearly?”
“ I give up "
“ When it’s all butt.”
Col. Dicey came to Bend late in
February of this year and short
ly thereafter established head
quarters at Camp Abbot. He
handled details of preliminary
organization of the post until
formal command was taken by
Col. Frank S. Besson.
Nine Begin Training as
16 mm. Camera Operators
Nine Abbotmen— five from the
11th Gp. and four from the 12th
— have enrolled in a two-weeks’
projectionist school under su^ps
vision of Sgt. Thurman S.
tus, theater manager. Classes
will be held for one hour daily
in the camp flicker.
Eleventh Gp. men are T/5
Henry A. Shapiro, Cpl. Fred F.
Williams, Pvt. Donald W. W il
liams and Cpls. R. C. Hazen, Bill
G. Johnson. Twelfth Gp. enrol-
lees are: Pfcs. Eric L. McKit-
trick, Ralph M. Eggesbro, Milton
Beck, and Cpl. Jack C. Brown.
Upon their completion of the
school they will be capable to op
erate 16 - mm projectors
screening training films.
FIRE D E P ’T A D D ITIO N
The camp’s fire department,
staffed by 20 experienced civil
ian “ some-eaters,” recently ac
quired a new 500-gallon pumper
truck. Mr. Orval Johnson, act
ing assistant chief, transported
the olive-drab painted truck
from Camp White, Ore., about
230 miles southwest of Camp
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