Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944, September 02, 1943, Page Page Six, Image 6

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THE DAY THE W A R ENDS—
Thursday, Sept. 2, 1943
ABBOT ENGINEER
meet your n e ig h b o r
Every Girl Is Gonna Get
Kissed; M . P / s Disappear
There’s been a lot of thought lavished on the post-war
period by thought-lavishers in the highest positions, but
no problem has received as much attention as the one of
how the world is going to spend the first day of the post­
w a r period, the day of surrender. There’s been a lot of
civilian speculation on this question but the army so fa r
has been too busy to go into it.
It’s going to start slowly, At first the men’re going to
climb up out of the fox-holes , brushing the mud o ff a little
and just looking around,
ready to duck back fast in Africa on a raft made of oil
case it’s all a gag. Then it’s barrels, sailing strongly toward
going to sink in suddenly and the
Hoboken.
army’ll start for Paris, London
Eleven hundred and fifteen
and Minsk, for Tripoli and Berlin,
for Kansas City and Calcutta, soldiers on the verge of mar­
for Yokohama and Seattle, for riage to native girls, will decide
Archangel, Belfast, Cologne, Pe- they can hold out for another
couple of months, and will say,
king and Brooklyn.
“ Let's not do anything rash,” in
Beer And Wine
French, Arabic, Chinese and
The beer will run out in the Hindustani.
first hour anil a half and there
Second lieutenants will sud­
will be frantic calls to Milwau­ denly become very polite to pri­
kee and Munich, but the vats vates from their home towns
there will have been emptied in whose fathers own good busi­
20 minutes by the nearest ar­ nesses there.
mored divisions.
An unspecified number of top
Every woman on all of the sergeants will tear o ff their
seven continents between the stripes so that they can join in
age of 10 and 90, not under an the singing at the bars without
armed guard, will be kissed by fear of death.
an American before sunset.
At the O. C. S. the classes
By 6 o’clock in the evening that were to have been gradu­
there will be no more whiskey ated will bo confined to barracks
and the army will go seriously for having cheered once in a
into its wine period. By (1:20 the manner not befitting officers
first argument about who won and gentlemen, when they heard
the war will have begun and the news that the war was.over.
2,r>00 Americans, Chinese, Brit­
Four full infantry divisions,
ish, A u s t r a l i a n s , Russians, with 15 per cent extra strength
French, Greeks, Czechoslovaks, for casualties, will be conceived
and Cubans will be under treat­ between the hours of 8 and mid­
ment for shock and contusions. night. with tiie west still to be
The MP's will have “ mysteri­ heard from.
ously disappeared from the
By 11 o’clock the next morn­
streets and will be discovered ing all the aspirin will be gone.
Stars and Stripes { A fric a )
three days later huddling in air
raid shelters.
Fifteen Americans led by a CLERKS FOR GUEST HOUSE
T-5 will drive up to Berchdes-
The Post's guest house came
garden in an amphibious jeep, one step nearer modern hotel
roi>es in their hands, only to find brackets recently with the addi­
1(1,000,000 Germans had assembl­ tion of two “ night clerks" to its
ed there in an orderly manner staff. Cpl. William E. Simonson
and cut A. Hitler into 10.000.000 and Pfc. Saul Maslan, both of
exactly equal parts.
Service Company, are in charge
Three thousand P-38 pilots will of the desk from 6 until 11 p. m.
solemnly swear at 7 o’clock nightlv Mrs. Edith Dclehanty is
never to travel again by any­ supervisor of the guest house
thing more rapid than the Erie and Mrs. Dora Mae Rider, assis­
railroad and never to go up tant supervisor.
more than three stories in any
building.
Make It A Habit to Let An­
At dusk a party of soldiers other Soldier Read The EN G IN ­
will be seen off the coast of EER.
Privates Draw
$1700 a Year,
O W I Figures
Higher income note:
The Office of War Informa­
tion has estimated that the low­
est paid army private receives
the equivalent of $1,700 a year.
It gave the following break­
down :
Soldier’s cash income at $50
per month, $600; food, figured
at $1.5 0a day, $574.50; barrack
shelter, $10 monthly, $120; equip­
ment and replacement, $170;
medical, dental and hospital
care, $100; saved on life insur­
ance, $63.40; saved on cigarets,
$10.95; saved on laundry, $32.50;
saved on postage and barber
bills, $28.65.
Soldiers on duty outside the
United States can buy cigarettes
exempt from the federal tax of
seven cents for a pack of 20, and
in this ountrey the price charged
for smokes in post exchanges
usually is slightly lower than in
civilian outlets. Postage, of
course, is free.
Moreover, a service man’s civil
liabilities, such as income tax,
suits for debt, and insurance
permium payments, are suspend-
! ed until six months after the
war. Free legal advice also is
Here’s Miss Corliss Archer, the fancy subdeb described by CBS available.
as “ the girl next door.” Janet Waldo,’ whom you are now giving
the once over, has a title role in "Corliss Archer,” a Columbia net­
work program. Like the neighborhood?
Library Schedule
Cut in Rations on Tap for
Virtually All Army Units
A reduction in food allotments
which will switch a number of
units now on garrison rations to
field rations and cut field ra­
tions of other units is on tap in
keeping with the army’s pro­
gram to conserve food, the War
Department has announced.
Mess hall patrons will notice
little if any difference, how'ever,
the subsistence branch of the
Quartermaster General's Office
explained. The change is largely
in booklkeeping or has been
made possible through the elim­
ination of waste.
The garrison ration plan pro­
vides for the allotment of a cash
allowance for food for each man
and makes possible the purchase
of any kind of food desired. Un­
der the field ration system,
menus are prepared in the Office
of the Quartermaster General,
and food is issued to messes.
All army units except those at
statiohs which have a personnel
qf 2,000 or less were placed on
field rations some time ago.
Now, with a few exceptions,
even the smaller units will be
Plans for operating the library
in the Service Club and the 11th
Group library were announced
by Miss Caroline Paddock, Post
librarian, this week.
The Service Club unit, which
opened last night, will be open
from 6 p. m. until 10 p. m. daily.
A limited collection of books
donated in the Y’ ictory Book
campaign will be available for
use outside the library, but until
new books have been catalouged
none will be checked out. New
books may be read in the library,
however.
During the day, soldiers off
duty may patronize the 11th
Group library, where librarians
are cataloguing new books. An
extended schedule for the Ser­
vice Club library will go into e f­
fect as soon as books have been
prepared for outside distribu­
tion. Books also mey be obtaihed
from recreation hall libraries.
placed on field rations. The gar­
rison system still will be used
by patient messes in hospitals,
cadet messes at the United
States Military Academy at West
Point, groups making train
trips, survew parties in the field
and isolated small detachments.
The larger the unit, the more
it will be affected by the food
decrease, This is made possible,
says the Quartermaster Gen­
eral's OOfice, by the saving
which results from feeding large
groups at one time. Many large
units allegedly have had sur-
p l u s e s heretofore. However,
some outfits which have not
been cautious in avoiding waste
will find it necessary to attain
the same level of conservation as
more frugal units.
Deductions made in the num­
ber of rations issued will be
based on the estimated strength
of a unit as follows: 100 men or
less, no change: 101 men to 250
men, five per cent deduction; 251
to 1,000 men, 10 per cent off, and
Ft. Worth Field, Tex.—There’s
more than 1,000 men, 12 per cent
a sergeant down here who has
deduction.
been a three-striper for more
than a year and has never ap­
plied for Officer Candidate
School. The other day a pal
asked him why.
The sergeant smiled. “ Remem­
ber Sgt. York in the last war?”
signment that is made in the he asked.
His pal said he did.
enlisted man’s army career.
“ Chum," said the sergeant,
There are young men now
coming into the service who “ Name me just one of the second
have never worked or whose lieutenants in that war.”
work history is so brief that no
assignment can he made on this
basis. It is therefore necessary Civilian Training to Be Part
to train these men at schools on O f EM 's Service Record
Civilian pre-induction training
the post. The schools, which are
under supervision of the train­ will become a part of the indi­
ing division, cover many phases vidual's military record, the War
of the engineer soldier includ­ Department states, to be entered
ing: demolition, clerks, carpen­ upon his personal qualification
try. cooks, bakers, truck drivers, card which follows him through­
and heavy equipment operators. out the service.
Four weeks prior to comple­
tion of basic or specialist train­ skilled personnel, familiar with
ing. the trainee is reported to the the problems of classification
Adjutant General for shipment. and assignment All the re?
Orders are received assigning sources available to them are
the newly trained engineer sold­ used in placing m en. Tn jobs
iers to units in the field or to which they are mentally and
newly activated units according physically capable of perform­
to their civilian experience or to ing. It is their duty to see that:
jobs in which they have been
Every man be happy on his
trained.
job for an efficient man must be
Assigned to classification are a happy man if possible.
True W ork Picture Sought
Before Soldier Assigned
By Sgt. P. L. Haris
Most trainees do not realize
the importance of classification
until they find themselves as­
signed to jobs in which they
have no interest or experience.
It is then they seek the advice
and counsel of the Classification
Officer, who Is the composite of
chaplain, big brother, and at the
same time the officer whose re­
sponsibility it is to see that men
are placed in Jobs which they
can best perform with the least
amount of additional training
and of the most benefit to the
service.
Every enlisted man. upon ar­
rival at Camp Abbot, Is re-inter-
viewed b ythe Classification Sec­
tion. The soldiers qualification
card is gone over very carefully,
stressing in particular the occu
pational history of the trainee.
It is the desire of the interview­
er to get a true work picture of
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” . . . If the Yanks think they can shake our confidence In our the soldier and record it. This
record is the basis for every as­
fuehrer they are thoroughly mistaken!”
From 6 to 10 p. m.