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Friday, June 18, 1943
A B B O T E N G IN E E R
by Milton Caniff, Creator of "Terry and the Pirates'
Fever Communicated By Contact
\ A EE M E D IC A L
6ENEIZ A L S -Z JCORP&MEN
HAVE A SUCHT
Rhythm Is Their Business at C am p
O. B. C o u rse
N o P I ay field,
Sold iers A v e r
ABBOT MUSICAL DISPENSERS — Here's (lie now-famed
EKTC dance band whose style and versatility has endearned
them to the liearts of all guys and gals who love to jig. Pfe.
.less Castlaux, tenor sax; left, front row; T/4 I.awrence Wint
ers, trombone; T/5 Harry Bray, alto sax; T/5 Clare Coburn,
trombone; ( pi. .Ilnuny Gilbert, at,to sax; T/4 Danti Hi Thomas,
baritone sax; Pfe. Hot) Rigelmar., drums; Pfe. Ted Bluemel,
trumpet; Pfe. Melvin Maderos, tenor sax; T/5 lack Smith,
trumpet; T/4 Donald Owen, bass; S/Sgt. .lack Hayes, trumpet
and Pis. Jerome Lupo. (ENG INEER photo by S/Sfft. Marty
Itiis, EKTC Publications.)
has been clicking ever since.
To acquaint readers with
members of the orchestra, the
ENGINEER presents the follow
ing thumbnail sketches:
JACK HAYES — Trumpeter
and pianist . . . Arranger for
Artie Shaw, Skinnay Ennis and
When the Camp Abbot dance Buddy Rogers . . creator of the
musical score for Deanna Dur
band made its 2nd appearance bin’s “ It’s a date.” . . . A resi
in the Cascades, soldiers and res dent of San Francisco.
idents of Bend cocked a collec
CPL. JESS CASTIAUX —
tive ear, took a hitch in their Tenor sax . . . copyist for Henry
and Hollywood studios . . .
trousers or whatever and decid
ed to get in the swing of things. San Francisco.
SGT. LAW RENCE ED W IN T
That was a couple weeks ago—
Blues-trombonist . . . -
since then, according to talented ERS
played with Bigal Her
S Sgt. Jack Hayes, leader, the
band has lieen asked to play for man . . . Los Angeles.
SGT. H ARRY BRAY — Alto
everything but a meeting of a
temperance society, and mem saxaphonist w i t h
bers begin worrying about even Welk and Del Courtney . . . San
that everytime they look at a Francisco.
CPL. JAMES G ILBERT—Alto
State beverage Purchaser’s Per
saxophonist aboard the Norman
A modest fellow, Hayes be die when it made its last trip as
lieves the band's popularity is a passenger vessel, formerly
attributable for the most part to with Louisiana Tech. Collegians
a shortage of musicians outside . . . ElDorado, Ark.
SGT. D ANTE DI THOMAS -
the armed forces, but a study of
the band’s personnel shows there Baritone saxophonist . . . With
are other reasons. Nearly every Tommy Reynolds .. . Newcastle,
member played with s o m e Pa.
CPL. BOB RIG ELM AN —
“ name” band before induction,
several are expert arrangers Drummer . . . With Hal Kemp
and all are good instrumental several years ago . . . Detroit,
PFC. TED BLUEMEL— Trum
About half the musicians join
ed Hayes’ band at Fort Leonard pet . . . formerly with Gene
Wood, Mo., when the ERTC Kellum and bands in Indian
there was activated and the only apolis, Ind.
PFC. M ELVIN MADEROS —
musical competition in the re
gion was provided by Bonnie Tenor sax . . . With Neil Bond-
Blue Eyes and the Missouri Sod shu . . . San Francisco.
Busters. Hayes’ fine arrange«
SGT. JACK E. SMITH—Trum
he formerly arranged pet . . . With Jack Wardlaw and
for Universal Studios and net Charlie Randall . . . Columbus,
work radio shows and a mod Ohio.
ern musical style soon weaned
SGT. DONALD OW EN Bass
Missourians o ff Bonnie and a . . . Formerly with an army band
mountain music diet. The band in Honolulu, T. H.
D a n ce C o m b o
C o m p o s e d of
" N a m e 1 * ' Stars
By 16 Cadremen
(Picture on page one)
Sixteen Abbot cadremen of the
Engineer Replacement Training
Center braved the swift Icy
waters of the IV-whutes river
recently to paw their "final ex
aminations” in an American Red
C r o s s functional swimming
course and earn "diplomas” cer
tifying them as Instructors.
These graduates and two who
did not take part in the demon
strations will be the nucleus of a
training system which eventu
ally will certify thousands of
EKTC soldiers as instructors.
Names of those who were certi-
(Picture on page one)
By CpI. H. L. “ Gone On Sick
So you think you’re tough
O. K. then try the Abbot ob
stacle course and if that doesn’t
wear you down then they will
immediately start to rebuild it
because as Lt. I>. .1. MacKnight,
assistant training officer in the
Military Branch of the ERTC
Training office, has said it is the
toughest obstacle course in the
U. S. Front the brief view we
have had of it we are Inclined to
agree that it wouldn't do to go
over it immediately after ac
quiring a hangover.
The course, just in case you
haven't been over it, is located a
quarter of a mile north of Col.
F. S. Besson's post home and
stretches out for 475 yards and
includes a great number of wat
er “ jumps” . The 475 yards does
not include the debarkation tow,-
er, Jacob's ladder and assault
boats where the trainees are giv
en training in debarking from
assault boats under simulated
landing conditions. The course
took three weeks to build with
30 cadremen and trainees doing
A brief description of the
course should convince you l»e-
yond any reasonable doubt that
it is the toughest in the country.
Stop number one is a “ box field”
w hich is classed as a warm up
for the second stop. The “ box
field” is a series of boxes 12
inches deep through which a
trainee runs. Second stop is an
eight foot wall, no cleats, ropes
or anything to grab a hold of in
going over, just wall. Number
three a lype-B fire trench, six
feet deep, eight feet across, re
vetted with logs and sandbags.
No. four is a rope climb to a ten
foot tower with nine two inch
pipes to slide down (who said
we couldn't play fireman).
The fifth stop is a triangular
log wall made of native wood
taken on the road while number
six sees the high hurdles come
in action. At stop number seven
a box tunnel 12 feet long, three
feet square in a zig-zag fashion
has been built to crawl through
while number eight is a maze of
zigzag paths, nine of them, to
develop a change of pace. At
number ten stop you spring and
climb over a rail fence and num
ber eleven in a breast works laid
in cinders and revetted with
sand bags. It includes a six foot
The next five stops, twelve
through sixteen are all over
water, the first being a horizon
tal ladder of the Tarzan style,
hand over hand swinging from
rung to rung. At number 13,
trainees have to be a bit care
ful or they are apt to swing
right into the front door of the
post commander on the rope
swing, four sets of shears twen
ty five feet high. In the swing
the trainees have to clear sev
eral walls. At the next stop a
bath might be in order if you
miss the seven foot water jump.
If the bath was missed there you
can almost be sure of one on
number 15 where the water is
crossed for twelve feet on two
by six adzed logs. The last drop
is one of seven feet, run up the
ladder and drop off.
That’s all men, fall out. or in,
if you're not careful!
fied Friday will be announced
Skills demonstrated included
swimming silently, fully clothed,
swimming with rifles and full
f i e l d equipment, sw ¡mining
through simulated burning oil,
using a splash recovery which
would protect a soldier jumping
from a vessel into burning oil,
pulling a boat while wearing full
field equipment, using inflated
clothing for buoyancy and sav
ing and carrying stricken swim
Mr. Amick was congratulated
on success of the program by
Col. Frank S. Besson, Post com
mander, and other high ranking
officers who watched the dem
onstrations from the marshy
river bank that flows through
Blonde: Men are all alike.
the heart of this—the nation's
Brunette: Yeah—men are all I
Is Champ Driver
W AAC COURIER—Astride her
trusty motorcycle at Camp Ab
bot is Aux. Agnes M. Sonnen-
felt, one of the nation's fore
most drivers. She's a messen
ger in ERTC Personnel. What a
driver! (ENGINEER photo by
Pfe. Bob Hahn.)
New Wing Added
Camp Abbot’s first feminine
motorcyclist has created quite a
furore in Camp Abbot and Bend.
The first permit to a W AAC
motorcycle dispatch rider was
issued Tuesday by the .'Motor
Transportation Branch to Aux.
Agnes 51. Sonnenfelt of Eau
While other girls of her age
were playing with paper dolls
and selecting suitable names for
their favorites, Agnes was tink
ering with her brother’s "bug”
roadster, tearing it apart and
putting it together, and while in
her ’teens had her own motor
cycle and called it “ Josephine.”
Since then Aux. Sonnenti'i
has achieved wide recogni#*r
as one of the country’s most’V ^
complished motorcyclists. She
has traveled throughout the
United States on her “ iron
Agnes traveled throughout
the w7est coast during 1941 on a
solo cycle covering 7500 miles.
She traveled through Oregon on
this trip which was to prove that
one could travel in style by
motorcycle on $25 a week for all
expenses. During this trip she
received notable publicity in
each city visited.
Sonnenfelt joined the W AA C ’S
last February 23, and attended
Motor Transport School at Fort
Previous to j o i n i n g the
WAACs she was Mid-western
states Director of the Mqfnr
.Maids of America and is kn^£ ■
to be one of the most able wor.i-
an motorcyclists in the country.
Her first inquiry on reaching
Bend to report to Camp Abbot
was regarding motorcycle dis
patch riding and her assignment
here is the realization of her am
bition in joining the WAACs.
An additional wing is being
constructed for the Camp Abbot
postoffice to facilitate the hand
ling of an ever-growing traffic
of mail. Plans for expansion also
include employment of addition
A postal unit was opened in
the Station Hospital Monday for
the convenience of hospital pa
tients and staff members. The
sub-office will be open between
1200 and 1400 and will offer the
same service as the central of
Postal authorities warned that
all insured packages must be
called for by the persons to
whom they are addressed and
that proper identification must
be furnished. Packages sent by
I got a w’ay of looking into a
regular mail will be delivered in dame’s eyes that makes her com
the regular manner.
pletely forget what I look like.
Abbot n’ Around
* Being a weekly calendar of events listing activities in Camn
and Bend for Uanip Abbot personnel.
BEND USO: Snack bar, coffee.
BASEBALL PRACTICE: Post Hqs., 1800.
“ Learn t0 Dance” Class 1800. Juke Box Dance, 2030.
BLDG. NO. 211: Officers’ Dance, Formal, in Officers’ Mess 2100
ATTEND CHURCH: Post Chapel or churches in Bend.
BASEBALL GAME: Camp Diamond. Baseball game between
two Abbot teams. 1400.
SUNDAY DINNER: Register at USO for invitation for home-
BEND USO: Dunker’s Club, 1015-1100: Musical Gems (classical
recordings), 1500: Buffet Lunch, 1500-1700: Snack Bar, 1900-
2200: Party Night-Games, refreshments, singing 2000
BEND USO: Open House—“ Do as you please" evening.
ERTC BARRACKS: String Ensemble Practice. 1930
BASEBALL PRACTICE: Post Hqs., 1800
A L L PURPOSE BLDG. Enlisted Men’s Dance 2000-2300 USO
hostesses and WAACs.
BEND USO: Dance, with ERTC Band. 2000.
BASEBALL PRACTICE: Post Hqs., 1800.
STATIO N KBND: “ Camp Abbot on Parade,” Studio in Pilot
Butte Inn, 19452000.
BASEBALL PRACTICE: Post Hqs., 1800.
CHOIR PRACTICE: Post Chapel, 1930.
BEND USO: Bingo Party—Telephone call home to winner, 2000.
BASEBALL PRACTICE: Post Hqs. 1800.
BEND USO: Write home; head, refreshments.