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About Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944 | View Entire Issue (June 25, 1943)
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ARE YO U —
• Buying W a r Bonds, '
• G. 1. Insured?
O I lop to Saluting?
• N e a t in A p p e a r
• Doing Your BEST?
(jet and Keep the
G R O W S UP!
Has Your Battalion
CORRESPO N DEN T?
T/-I E. Kroeppelin
C A M P ABBOT, O R E G O N
W hat Rookies Do After Retreat
ACCI D E N TA LLY GIGGED
Our Fort Belvoir, Va., corres
pondent, whom we pay o ff In
Ahhot pine cones, submits this
item revealing that discipline
has soared to a new high at the
One day, the communique
said a candidate was gigged for
improper display of his false
teeth at inspection. The inspect
ing officer was perplexed to see
the dentures displayed . . . and
on the wrong side of the foot-
The enemy can furnish no
greater terror than army camp
mosquitoes. Already the subject
has taken on a Baron Munchau
sen flavor. Here at Abbot, where
the multi-legged s<ahbers are al
ready at work, yarn-spinning
EKTCmen relate these exper
One guy said all of the mos
quitoes here were “ Superman-
ish.” Another swears he can’t
tell ’em apart from the four-mo-
»red bombers . . . A lanky
futhtirner defights in revealing
iliat the “ skeeters” have out-
figured the G I’s who put net
tings over each cot. One mos
quito lifts the netting while the
others dive at the victim . . .
The topper, however, comes
from M/Sgt. L. W. Henry of the
12th Gp. Hqs. He woke up one
night, he relates, to find a huge
one on his eliest.While he watch
ed in fascination the mosquito
turned over his dog tags—to see
what kind of blood he had lie-
fore starting boring.
A W ARM THOCGHT
It was a cold morning for June
when the gals of the W A A C an
swered first call at Abbot the
other day. It was so nippy in
£ict that Afc. Ann Borice re-
»irked. "Gee, I wish I had a boy
«end at home to knit me a
DON’T “ T ’S” US
Personal memo to the Oregon
State Highway Department: The
pretty white metal posts station
ed in the vicinity of the camp
bear the black-enameled imprint
of "ABBOTT.” That’s one too
many “T’s.” How about a new
sign with the proper spelling?
Pvt. George Doumani, Hq. Co.
SCU 1973 has permission of the
mess sergeant to practice on his
violin from 1900 to 2100 amid
the silence of the half-darkened
eatery. "It’s pretty hard to bow-
along in the barracks . . . too
noisy. But, here in the mess hall,
it’s heaven!” So what happened?
His barracks admirers now
flock to the mess hall and listen
attentively as he fingers a me
lange of melodies. They usually
applaud his efforts and the chef
kicks in with a cup of battery
acid and dougnuts before the
Think It O ver!
The office of the Adjutant
General receives one piece of
correspondence for each 5<HI
men in the Army each day.
With a modest estimate of
4,000,000 soldiers in service,
AGO receives 8,000 letters
daily. The average letter Is
handled by three people for
one hour each.
This means that AGO ex
pends 24,000-man hours daily
in administrating Army af
C on tribited by
W illiam V. Hanson
H i. CV EHTC
Friday, June 25, 1943
Abbot March to
Top Radio Show
New Masthead Designed
By T 4 E. R. Kroeppelin
Strikingly p o r tr a y in g the
aims of ERTC troops here is
the new masthead drawing a|>-
pcaring for the first lime in
this issue of the Abbot ENGI
NEER i n c r e a s e d to eight
Created by T/4 Ernest it.
Kroeppelin, skillful lithograph
er of ERTC publications, the
artistic sketch is the first in a
series of drawings that Ernie
will execute to "dress” up the
official post weekly newspaper.
For Waring Unit
Balloting Heavy for
Other Selections on
( amp Abbot will have its own
march, "The Song of the Abbot
Engineers,” broadcast over 129
stations of the NBC, Red net
work Thursday evening, -Fuly 29,
when l-'red Waring and his or
chestra dedicate their 15-minuto
(ENGINEER Photo by Hahn.)
“ Victory Tunes” program to the
Post and the nation’s newest En
gineer Replacement Training
Composer of the march is
Troops stationed at Camp Ab S/Sgt. .lack Hayes, leader of the
bot will receive last minute ( amp Ahhot danee orchestra.
Another feature of the show,
world-wide news, hot from the
arranged by the Special Service
W ith all of the necessary equipment on hand and im
United Press, Transradio and In Office, will be a narrative epi
mediate booking of Hollywood’s finest pictures an assur
ternational News Service. The sode on the history of the camp.
ance, Camp A bbot’s Theater No. 1 is expected to be
news bulletins will he distributed Material will be supplied by the
operating “very shortly.”
in mimeograph form to every
BALLOT ON PAGE 8
unit on the post, Lt. P. H. O'
The G I cinemahouse, located on Group Ave., just o ff
Brien, Special Service Officer,
Center St., can accommodate 1,038 persons. Tw o well-
Public Relations Office. Musical
balanced bills will be shown nightly, at 1830 and 2030,
The now service has been in and vocal selections, which Camp
with matinees scheduled on Sundays at 1400. Admission
augurated because the Army Abbot soldiers have beet* asked
for adults will be 15 cents, while children of officers or
knows that a well-informed sol to select by balloting, will round
dier is a better fighting man and out the eoast-to-coast program.
enlisted men will be admitted for 10 cents.
t h r o u g h introduction of this
The Camp Abbot song, de
An engineer from the U. S. Motion Picture Service
is expected over the weekend to supervise installation of service every man on the post scribed by Hayes as a simple
will know the highlights of ac march which can be played with
the projectors and sound equipment.
tion on all war fronts in most in "a lift,” has a "catchiness” that
The theater, to be operated by the Special Service
stances before it appears in met makes it easy to memorize and
Branch, w ill be managed by Acting T/'Sgt. Thurman S.
The news budget, of approxi
No lyric has been written yet,
Justus, experienced operator.________________________________
mately 1500 words, will be re but Hayes vows there will be
ceived here through teletype fa one within a week. Equipped
cilities- of the post signal office, with a ream of manuscript
through arrangements m a d e pa|tcr, a gross of |H-ncils, a vol
with the Army’s special service ume of rhyming verses, a piano
anil some peanut butter sand
When tried out as an experi wiches, the composer plans to
ment three months ago such a lock himself in a room and re
hearty reception was accorded main there until the job is fin
For the second time since their its appearance by officers and ished—or he is.
The Public Relations Office
arrival here over a month ago. enlisted men alike that instead
Camp Abbot’s contingent of of the report being sent to the was deluged with ballots lifting
WAACs were preparing to move larger posts it is now being sent favorite selections this week af
The prospects for a War Hous sometime next week into their even to remote detachments.
ter forms appeared in the Abbot
ing area within Camp Abbot newly-constructed barracks in
The mimeograph bulletins will Engineer. Balloting will continue
limits were being surveyed this the area of Hospital road and lie prepared from the wire report throughout next week.
by the Public Relations Office
The form may l>e ( lipped front
week among some 4tM) civilian 56th St.
Abbot's WAAC-row consists of and will lx- distributed speedily. page 8 of this issue. Soldiers are
employees by Mr. Donald L.
Ellis, chief of the employes' re two, double-story barracks, mess They will appear («1 company requested to mail their ballots
lations department in the Civil hall, administration building and bulletin lx lards, and later, when through the Message Center or
combination day room. Camp they arc opened, in service clubs deliver them in person to Hie
ian Personnel branch.
PRO, Bldg. 202.
Mr. Ellis has been contacting Exchange and Officers’ quart and post libraries.
each of the employees with a ers.
AFTER A BUSY DAY IN THE FIELD— Camp Abbot recruits,
like these two, ordinarily get their equipment in tip-top shape
for the next day, read or write letters, visit Battalion ree halls
or canteens, and study the finer points of basic Engineer in
struction. Pvt. Morgan H. Sullivan, left, scanning a letter from
home, while Pvt. Glenn C. Abbott cleans his trusty .41-1 rifle.
Both are in C-52.
Camp Theater Expected to
Be Open "Very Shortly"
F o rW A A C s
All of the buildings are built
along W A A C
There are a few “feminine con
veniences,” such an individual
showers and tubs. But every
indicates thing is strictly G. I.
questionnaire which has three
questions to get a concensus as
to living conditions, eating and
recreational facilities and the
other comforts of home.
The first question
that dormitories may be built
for civilian employes housing
employes In units of front one
to five persons.
The second question concerns
possible separate housing units
consisting of three-in-one apart
ments and larger apartments
which may eventually go as high
as five rooms.
The third question deals with
comments relative to eating in a
civilian cafeteria and recrea
tional facilities which may even
include a library.
At the bottom of each ques
tionnaire is a space for remarks.
Many large army camps have
civilian housing areas within
their boundaries to accommodate
the many hundreds of civilians
engaged in the essential war ef
fort by releasing general service
men for combat duty.
The questionnaire originated
from the office of Major K. D.
Turrill, Director, Personnel Re
They'll Sing Abbot Request Songs
Features of the barracks arc
cadre rooms for non corns and
WAACs assigned to mess per
sonnel and as orderlies. The re
creation hall looms to Is- the
haven of the skirted soldiers for,
eventually, overstuffed furniture
will be supplied, as will table
games, electric phonograph and
vending machine. The Special
Service Office will furnish these
items in the near future.
O FFIC ES
IN H(|S. A N N E X
With the creation of a stream
lined organizational chart, the
former Post Headquarters, build
ing 202, now an annex, will
house the following offices: In
spection division, Finance office,
limited facility branch of the
First National Bank of Portland,
Gas Ration board, Billeting offi
cer, Claims officer, Mess officer.
Post Judge Advocate, Post Intel
ligence officer, Special Service
Branch and Public Relations of
VICTORY Tl'NESM ITHS— These- four cute vi m alists w ill
warble in their inimitable style the most popular songs selected
by Abbotnien when lamed Orchestra l-eader Fred Waring dedi
cates his "VII TORY TI NES” program to ERTC Thursday
evening, July 29. If the names will help, here, they »(e , Donna
Dae, left; Daisy Bernier, Ruth (ottiiighain and -lane Wilson,