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About Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944 | View Entire Issue (July 9, 1943)
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The E N G IN E E R
Needs N E W S
Than to W ear Them!
About Y O U !
C A M P ABBOT, O R EG O N
F A C E !
WACInations— During a smoke
break, a group of Abbot Wacs
compiled a list of Wac-ky defini
tions, herewith reprinted for
worthy additions to the glossary
of feminine G. I. lexicon:
IVActivation— any new camp where the
tala are sent.
WACademy — where they’re taught the
WACessory—G. I. gadgets, but female.
WACcident— the gal had a mishap.
W Acquaintance— a gal with whom you
have a nodding friendship.
WACrobat— former trapeze star in the
WACtress— former showgirl in the ditto.
WACination — ‘ ‘where it won’t show,
please !’ *
RIDING HERD — A young
shavetail, reports one of our fave
mags, was given a command of a
tough outfit in Georgia. Giving
orders in a soft voice, he made a
poor impression. Suddenly from
the rear rank in a deep bass voice
a yardbird chortled, “ . . . and a
little child shall lead them.” The
officer flushed, finished stutter
ing his orders for the day. The
men broke ranks with sly smiles.
The next a. m. they gathered in
front of a bulletin board to read:
',C Company will report at 0600
vith complete equipment for a
20-mile hike. And a little child
shall lead them on a damned
* • *
REUNION A T ABBOT — It
was old-home week here one day
last week when three former
residents of Ardmore, Okla.,
renewed acquaintances in the
SCU 1973 orderly room—Capt.
Ab. -lolly, commanding officer.
Pvt. Roy Simpson and Pfc.
•Tames W. Denton were the par
ticipants in the gabfest . . .
Invited to Dance
All married EM’s on the post
and their wives are invited to
attend an informal dance to
night in the Pilot Butte Inn,
starting at 2030, with music pro
vided by S/Sgt. Jack Hayes and
his ERTC band.
Sponsored by the Bend USO-
Arm y Wives club, similar af
fairs are scheduled every other
Friday evening, said Miss Anne
McLoughlin, associate director,
who with the following “ girls”
comprise the committee on ar
rangements: Mrs. Kay Schatz,
Mrs. Henry Ungar, Mrs. Ruth
Weeks, Mrs. Elsie Hicks and
Mrs. Florine Hauser.
The club will also sponsor a
picnic every other Sunday. The
group meets at 2000 on Mondays
in the Pilot Butte Inn.
23 Abbotmen Awarded
Good Conduct Ribbons
The scarlet ribbon with the two white pencil stripes ver
tically crossing its field— the symbol of the Good Conduct
Medal— was awarded to 23 Camp Abbot soldiers yesterday
at a formal retreat parade as the entire 52nd Tng. Bn.
watched with interest the honoring of veteran G. I.’s by Col.
Frank S. Besson, post commander.
The review and awarding of ribbons was held on a vast
grassy stretch of land in rear of the 51st and 52nd areas.
Martial music by the ERTC band filled the air, furnishing
rhythm for cadence as the re
cruits, in arrow-like forma
tions, marched in front of the
reviewing site, under command
of Maj. Lawrence J. Fuller, Bn.
commander. Lt. Vernon E. Vrana,
battalion adjutant, read the offi
cial orders and served as parade
Attired in raincoats, O. D.’s
wearing helmet liners and gas
masks, the medal winners rep
resented every leading organiza
tion in camp.
Hq. Co. ERTC led the list with
10 awards, followed by Hq. Co.
SCU, 1973, and lltli ERTC Gp.
with four each: 12th ERTC Gp.
three, and Med. Det. SCU 1973,
This was the first time in his
tory of the Arm y’s newest ERTC
that “ good kids' badges” were
awarded to Abbotmen having
demonstrated exemplary behav
ior, efficiency and fidelity.
Winners of ribbons from Hq.
Co. ERTC and their home towns:
M/Sgt. Herbert E. R a m s e y ,
Seattle, Wash.; M/Sgt. Newell
M. Hunt, Burkville, Ky.; M/Sgt.
Vilnier It. Shaffer, Russell,
„ Kan ;
M , Sgt. Lloyd W lakins. ltoten,
Texas; M/Sgt. Bill V. Anthony,
Earlham, Iowa; M/Sgt. Glen
Roberts. Brownsville, T e x a s ;
T/Sgt. Walter E. Deugaw, Nor
folk, N. V.; M/Sgt. Willard E.
Larson, Odebolt, Iowa: T/Sgt.
William V. Hanson, Cheyenne,
Wyo.; and T/Sgt. William C.
Corts, San Augustine, Texas.
Hq. Co. SCU 1973 soldiers
honored: Cpi. Morrie C. Guss,
Salt Lake City, Utah; S/Sgt. W il
liam D. Thetford. Fort Worth.
Texas; Pfc. Louis Kotick, Los
Angeles, Calif, and Ist/Sgt.
Omar K. Squibb, Salem. HI.
From the 11th ERTC Gp.
Ist/Sgt. Fred A. Bode, Corpus
Christi, Texaxs; S/Sgt. William
R. Heard, Des Moines, Iowa;
S/Sgt. William F. Thompson,
Philadelphia, Pa.; and Pfc. John
Tartaglia, Newark, N. J.
Medalists in the 12th ERTC
Gp.; Ist/Sgt. James G. Sawyer,
Castine, Me.; Ist/Sgt. Doyle W.
Bell, Eugene, Ore.; and T/4
Arthur P. Rodwell, Warrcnton,
Winners in the Med. Det. SCU
1973, M/Sgt. Arthur I.. Smizer,
San Francisco, Calif., and S/Sgt.
Stanley D. Inlow, Yandalia. Mo.
Four A b b o i W acs Appear on
Top Portland Radio Program
Northwestern America learn
ed about Camp Abbot from an
officer and three privates of the
War Det. SCU 1973, who appear
ed last Wednesday evening on
“ Northwest Neighbors,” one of
the most popular shows on the
ether lanes, broadcast over radio
Station KGW in Portland.
Faetured on the show, spon
sored by a utility concern, were
Lt. Emily Caldwell, third o ffi
cer: Pvt. Agnes Sonnenfelt, one
of the nation’s best known fem
inine motorcyclists; Pvt. Flor
ence Vandergriff, talented com
edienne, and Pvt. Bettina Gor
ham Stout, whose Job at Abbot
— and one of the toughest in
camp—consists of driving a de
molition ammunition wagon to
the range area and hauling dyna
Consisting chiefly of the inter
view - type program. Abbot's
Wacs proved highly entertaining
performers before the micro
phone. The script was prepared
by Miss Vivian McMurty, Port-
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iand advertising agency
who spent several days at the
post gathering material.
While in the “ Rose City,” Ab
bot’s skirted soldiers, were feted
by the utility company and also
appeared as special entertainers
at the Victory Center in down
town Portland. Thursday eve
ning they were guests of the
m m m
Two Original Cartoons
Appear in Today's Issue
Supplementing the usual array
of art features in the ENG IN
EER—comparable to any G. I.
newspaper in the world—are two
original cartoons by talented
T 4 E. R. Kroeppelin, lith-
grapher in Publications, drew'
the punchy pen-and-ink mural
plugging G. I. insurance on page
2, while Pfc. Eric L. McKitrick.
Hq. Co. 12th Gp. premiered his
funny rookie adventure strip.
“The Compleat Abboteer," ap
pearing on page 3.
In 11th Group
More Than 11,000 Books
Will Be Available in
Three Reading Centers
The 11th Eiigr. Tng. Gp. sub
library on Group avenue will
serve all personnel of C a m p
Abbot until a main library build
ing has been constructed. Miss
Caroline Paddock, P o s t L i
brarian, said this week. Con
struction of a principal unit lias
been approved and work is ex
pected to begin soon.
Three libraries eventually will
be established at Camp Abbot, a
main library and sub-libraries in
the 11th and 12th Gps. In addi-
tion, a limited number of books
available a* Recreation
halls and day rooms.
Some 6,000 liooks have been or
dered by the Special Service
Office for distribution to the
three large units. Several ship
ments of new volumes already
have arrived and are being cata
logued. This supply is supple
mented by 4,000 books donated
in the Victory Book Campaign
(Continued on Page 2)
Requests Pour in
For July 29 Radio
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U e ö l C O T I O n OHOVV
Fred Waring’s “V i c t o r y
Tunes” radio show will just have
to do without S/Sgt. Jack Hayes’
march, “ The Song of the Abbot
Engineers,” when the nation
wide hook-up program is dedi
cated to Camp Abbot July 29,
Jack Dolph, manager of the or
chestra, advised the Post Special
Service Office this week.
Since the “ Victory Tunes”
series was instituted, the band
has been forced to turn down
unpublished tunes written by
dogfaces from camps all over
the country. Mr. Dolph explain
ed. However, Dolph added,
Hayes’ song is well above aver
Waring and his crew of ex
pert musicians have been work
ing on a "general” Engineers’
song with the cooperation of
military authorities, that will be
premiered if finished in time for
the Camp Abbot show.
Leading in the balloting for
popular selections on the pro
gram this week w>ere "As Time
Goes By,” “ You’ll Never Know,”
and "Don’t Get Around Much
Anymore.” "Body and Soul,” an
old favorite, was close behind.
Think It Over!
Ten thousand dol
lars worth of Gov
ern life insurance
giving you full cov
erage during time of
war costs approxi
mately the same as
your monthly bill
T S|t. William V. Hannon
Hq. Co. ERTi
Friday, July 9, 1943
Flag Pole Nears Finish
Beautification of the area bor
dering the 102-foot camp flag
pole neared completion today.
Three lanes, bordered by logs,
have been constructed and seg
ments sodded with velvety grass.
Cpl. Sal Martignetti. Hq. Co.
ERTC, one of the handy boys in
the carpenter school, and Cpl.
Jack Cowan, C-53, supervised the
work by recently-arrived 54th
Area of Abbot
Guadal Hero Commands
4th Army Sham Battles:
One of the dauntless heroes
of the Guadalcanal campaign,
Maj. Gen. A. M. Hatch lias been
named commander of the Fourth
Army maneuvers to be staged
in September and October over
a 10,000 square mile area em
bracing three Oregon enmities,
Various units of the post including Deschutes, w h e r e
Special Service Office, designed Camp Abbot is located.
to provide Abbotmen and wom
Thousands of troops of every
en with recreational and social part of the army will take part
activities, were progressing in in the maneuvers, largest ever
high gear this week much equip held in the Northwest.
ment having been purchased.
Gcu. Hatch commanded army
Notable events included near forces on Guadalcanal, then
completion of the exterior of came to Fort Lewis, Wash., early
Service Club No. 1 on Group in June as corps commander. His
Ave., adjacent to the Post Oregon headquarters will lie at
Chapel. The Guest House, oppo Camp Abbot.
site the All-Purpose rec hall on
Assembling of laud for use in
Center St., awaited arrival of (lie large scale maneuvers has
furniture. The cafeteria equip been a job involving many long
ment is nearly assembled and hours, much travel and lumyng
grand opening is slated "in the the midnight oil, according to
near future” in the annex of the Maj. Ernest II. Keene, ranking
officer of the Lauds and Claims
A dance for trainees of the Board of the Ninth Service Com
51st and 52nd Bns. is scheduled mand, stationed at Camp Abbot.
next Tuesday from 2030 to 2230.
Knowledge of the terrain of
Wacs, USO junior hostesses will the northwest by reason of his
be on hand, and the ERTC band long residence in this section of
will give out with very dance- the country paved the way for
Maj. Keene to a certain extent,
but he attributes much of the
speed in which land owners con
sent is being obtained to the
shown by Oregonians in the war
Major Keene is a veteran in
military circles. He lias served
Under command of Maj. How with the \\ asliingtoii National
ard F. Brook, veteran C. E. o ffi Guard and the C. S. Army Re
cer, Camp Abbot’s fourth acti serve for over 40 years and lias
vated ERTC unit— the 54th— seen the military establishment
will begin training Monday, July of the United States grow hilo
the most formidable in the.
An orientation period has, world.
been scheduled for Sunday be- j
tween 0900 and 1000 with Col. | VISITORS INSPECT CAMP
Frank S. Besson, post command
Impressed with the progress
er, and Col. Aubrey H. Bond,! of Camp Abbot noted during a
11th Gp. commanding officer recent visit here were Dr. and
and battalion officers, as speak Mrs. John H. Besson, and their
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
The first week's training con Mrs. William Martin, all of
sists chiefly of basic subjects. Portland, Ore. The doctor is a
Company officers are (A ) I.t. brother of Col. Frank S. Besson,
Louis M. Tierney; (B) Capt. post commander. Lt. Comdr.
Charles F. Trapp, Jr., (C ) Lt. John Henry Besson, Jr., son of
Robert I.. Schick, and (D ) Capt. Dr. and Mrs. Besson, also in -'
Robert T. McClure.
spected the camp.
In SSO Units
Activation of 54th
Maj. Brook Is Chief
W A N T E D : New s About You
You You You You You You
Seven-league boots aren't in
cluded in the TOA. Sometimes
the G. I. fourth-estaters in the
Public Relations Office wish
Uncle Sam would. It would make
coverage of the camp for NEWS
easier, and silently allow us to
emit a hearty chuckle at gas
coupons and tire rationing. Be
sides, the vehicle assigned to our
office could he utilized for a
more important reason in camp.
The Abbot ENGINEER wants
new's about you. Everything
that’s happening to you and
other buddies in your organiza
tion. Look over carefully today's
issue: Is there any news about
your platoon, your company,
your Gp. in the paper? Probably
the reason is we didn't receive
any! If your organization hasn’t
appointed an "official” reporter,
why don't YOU volunteer? We’ll
print all the news there is about
your organization, if only you'll
send it in. We’ll even take pic
tures! Send us stories or short
news items, preferably typed,
double-spaced on only one side
of the page.
On big events, we'll be happy
to send along one of our "star”
reporters to assist you in “cov
ering” the news-worthy affair.
Our phone is No. H. We're locat
ed in Post Hqs. Annex, Bldg. 202.
We urgently request short
stories, poems tit’s okay it
they’re even corny!), jokes, car
toons, and above all, NEWS!
pafiei You ate important to the
ENGINEER. And we want the
ENGINEER to be important to
—M. C. G.
Only Pillows and Cases
For Abbot Dogfaces
Ahhotmrn will lx- issued only
half of the Morpheusque require
ments, namely pillows and pil
low eases. Sheets? not a chance.
Only ones being issued sheets
are EM quartered in Station
Hospital and Wac contingent.
Even officers won't receive
sheets, hut they may buy them
at the QM warehouse 301 at the
unit price of 92 cents, plus over
head. Sorry, only four to a cus
tomer and an officer has to have
a room assigned to him at OQ.