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Get the ABBOT Habit!
DANCE and ROMANCE
ABBOT G.l. PROM
All-Purpose Rec. Hall—
S/Sgt. Jack Hayes'
Grand ERTC Band
PUBLISHED W EEKLY FOR ALL UNITS AT C A M P ABBOT
C A M P ABBOT, O R E G O N
Reorganization of both Engin-
gineer Replacement Training
Center and Post Headquarters at
Camp Abbot into eight staff di
visions under executive author
ity has l>een effected in accor
dance with instructions from the
The reorganization, which will
combine the activities of both
headquarters, was made in the
interest of efficiency and to
avoid duplication of elforts, Maj
.Paul V. Diediker, director of ad
Divisions, directors and bran
ches under Col. Frank S. Bes
son, post commander, and Col
L. H. Hall, executive officer, in
AD M IN ISTRATIVE D IV IS
ION, Maj. Paul V. Diediker. di
rector—Adjutant Branch, Post
Exchange Branch, Judge Advo
cate Branch and Finance Branch
D. Turrill, director—Military
„Personnel Branch, Special Ser
vices Branch, Civilian Personnel
Branch and Chaplain Branch.
T R A IN IN G DIVISION, Lt.
Col. C. J. Douglas, director—M i
litary Branch, Weapons Branch,
Engineer B r a n c h , P io n e e r
Branch, Aids Branch and Schools
S U PPLY A N D SERVICE DI-
( Continued on Page 3)
On Land or Sea, Engineers Take It !
These two graphic photographs illustrate important phases of
training during the past week at Camp Abbot. Hardy trainees
are shown above elimhing down Jaeob’s ladder on the “ tough as
hell” obstacle course, preparing for the day when they will have
to disembark from a ship to make a beach landing. His trusty
M l rifle poised in mid-air, C'pl. Rex E. Mwrphee, 051, swims the
icy Deschutes during graduation exercises of the functional
swimming course. (ENGINEER photos by Pfc. Bob Hahn.)
G. I. CINDERELLA
Galoshes were being issued to
Abbot trainees recently and a
tall, lanky soldier brought back
a pair of size eights saying they
were too large. He was given a
size smaller and again returned
with the same story.
The clerk, realizing something
was a little haywire by then,
looked at the queue of rookies
lined up trying on their G. I.
over shoes, and saw the entire
group had taken off their own
shoes and were fitting the gal
oshes to their stockinged feet.
* • •
DON'T EGG HIM ON!
There’s an ERTC mess sarge
who spent all morning cracking
eggs for a super-duper vanilla
cake, then wrote his No. 1
sweetie the following: “ Went
into action early this morning
with shells bursting all around
Fred Waring's Band Dedicates
"Victory Tunes” Program to
Camp Abbotmen on July 29
Approxim ately ten million U . S. radio listeners will learn
about Camp Abbot on Thursday evening, July 29, when
Fred W a rin g ’s aggregation of entertainers devote their
quarter-hour coast-to-coast “Victory Tunes” program to the
nation’s newest Engineer Replacement Training Center,
Frank S. Besson.
Arranged by the camp Special
Services Branch, the radio dedi
cation will originate in a Nation
It was inevitable that among al Broadcasting Company studio
the personnel at Camp Abbot in the oast where the Waring
there would have to be an AB caravan of stars will appear*that
"It's on honor to have Fred
Well, there is. He is Pvt.
Glenn C. Abbot of Co. C. 52nd Waring dedicate a program to
Bn., who arrived recently from tam p Abbot," said Lt. I\ H. O’
Brien, director o f the Special
j Merkle, Texas.
Services Branch. “ Millions of
people throughout I lie country
will learn ail about Camp Ab-
The program will consist of
musical and vocal selections and
Abbotmen are urged to partici
pate in the contest to determine
songs to be aired.
Here's how you can cooperate
with the Special Services Branch:
The entry blank, apiiearing at
the bottom of this page, is your
LOST: G. I. motion picture vote. Fill it out with three songs
projector bases, mechanism; you'd like to hear Fred Waring
sound head and amplifier; be play. Mail it via the Message
lieved to be in railroad car en- Center or deliver 1n person to
route from New York. Sorely Bldg. 202. The entire camp per
needed at Camp Abbot. If locat sonnel is invited to submit their
ed, phone collect, Special Service favorite tunes . . . whether they’
re the latest jivin' ditty or old-
That’s the text of an advertise time favorites.
A feature of the Waring show
ment T Sgt. Thurman S. Justus,
theater manager, would love to will be an interesting narrative
insert in every paper in the episode on the history of Camp
country in hopes of locating the j Abbot, its aims and sidelights to
railroad car containing vital he prepared by the Public Rela
equipment to complete Theater tions Office, and an original
march that S. Sgt. Jack Hayes
No. 1 at Camp Abbot.
“ We’ve been ready to operate has been commissioned to com
for two weeks," the short, smil pose.
"Victory Tunes” is broadcast
ing einemagieian tidd the EN
GINEER. “ But we must have over 129 stations, M o n d a y
the projectors and sound (‘qiiip- through Friday, from 200 to 2015
inent before movies can be over the NBC Red network.
Numerous “ tracers” have been
dispatched by the Special Ser
vice office to the net of rail
roads serving this region. To
date, reports from the lines in
Appointment of an experienc
dicate that several clues have ed civilian librarian provided
been picked up and that the impetus for the future opening
cargo-laden car would bo given of Camp Abbot’s main library
the green light to proceed, in and two substations where sold
double time, to Camp Abbot.
iers’ reading fare will be on par
“ Two days after arrival of the with facilities available in a
necessary equipment,” Justus large community.
added,” we ran faithfully prom
Miss Caroline Paddock, for
ise movies for the camp person many years an assistant in the
Portland Central library, will
“ Why, we’ve even got the supervise the camp's three read
tickets ready to be placed on ing rendezvous. She is currently
sale. Everything is in readiness attending a two weeks’ special
to accommodate a record pre training course at the Ninth Ser
miere night crowd,” he said.
vice Command library, Fort
“ Camp Abbot will have one of Douglas, Utah.
the most modern Army theaters
in the country," according to Mr.
Noel Monfort of Washington, D. CLEAN, PRESS DEP’T NEWS
C., staff engineer o f the U. S.
A cleaning and pressing “ pick
Army .Motion Picture Service,
who inspected facilities recently. up” service for officers and en
Plans are under consideration listed men has been established
to construct enlarged lounge in Building 1152, Group avenue
rooms near the entrance and north of Center street. Clothing
may be turned in on Mondays,
several drinking fountains.
Popular prices will prevail Wednesdays and Fridays front
and frequent changes of attrac 1500 to 2200.
tions will create the theater into
one of the most popularly pat
ronized spots in camp. Indeed, it
will become an Abbot "Yank
For rat h sick soldier
in this country three |>eo-
ple are required to ad
minister his cast-.
ORCHIDS TO MR*. ELDER
One sick soldier, there
Camp Abbot's WAACs, strict
fore, removes four peo
ly domestic gals at heart, can't
ple from the war effort
think up enough nice things to
for the duration of his
say about Mrs Martha Elder of
si) k l i e s s .
the Elder ranch, near Bend, for
STAY H EALTH Y!
donating them a sewing ma
chine. The Red Cross was instru
T / f t ft . W illiam V. H *n »fn
mental in obtaining the vital
Co r n rr
It W as Inevitable,
ABBOT at ABBOT
^ “That’s a horse of another
■ Aalor,” said Provost Sgt. Andrew
■^m ery after he had reported to
the Provost Marshal that an or
der had been carried out.
The sergeant had just report
ed to the guard house after tak
ing a detail of men to an isolated
spot on the Camp Abbot reserva
tion to bury a horse.
Nearing the area where the
dead horse was supposed to be,
one member of the detail had
stepped on a freshly dug square
Of earth and yelled: “The Horse.”
“ Guess he was buried too shal
low,” the sergeant said. “ Do it
As the sergeant made his re
port back at the guard house,
the Provost Marshal interrupt
“ That doesn't sound right.
What color was that horse?”
“ White,” said the sergeant.
“ Take the boys back,” the mar
shall directed. “The horse you
were supposed to have buried
Friday, June 1 8, 1943
BO Ready for
RR Car Comes
Miss Paddock Is
When It's Midnight in
Bend-Scram Back toCam p
Night life in Bend hit a new
low this week following the is
suance recently of a Camp
Abbot edict requiring soldiers
and members of the W AAC sec
tion to leave town by midnight
and return to the post by 0100.
Midnight curfew is lifted on Sat
urdays and days preceding holi
The new ruling also made
void temporary Class A pass
forms and stipulated that W D
AGO Form No. 7 be used and
returned to the company orderly
room on the soldier’s return to
Post Chapel To
Unless otherwise announced
in the Daily Information Bulle
tin, dedication seryices of the
newly-built Post Chapel will be
conducted Sunday w h en
Father’s Day program will high
light activities, it was announc
ed today by Maj. William A. An
drew, prist chaplain.
Chaplain Andrew will deliver
the sermon. A choir under direc
tion of Lt. John H. Stenmark,
with organ accompaniment by
Sgt. Frank A. Mader will pro
vide the musical portion of the
Request for "Victory Tunes" Program
Fred W aring's Radio Show Honors C A M P ABBOT
In order to obtain a representative mu*iral program with
•election« that are fa vo rite« o f everyone at Camp Abbot.
Y O l 'R vote for tne “ Hit S on r*” ia nere*«ary. P)e**e l»«t
three song« that you'd like to hear on the July 2$
(M ail or Bring Votes to Special Service Office)
Think It Over!