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About Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 11, 1943)
Saturday, December 11, 1943
Official camp newspaper, published weekly in the interests o f the personnel
o f Camp Abbot, Oregon, under supervision of the Special Service Officer. News
matter pertaining: to Camp Abbot is furnished by the Public Eolations Branch and
is available for general release.
Written contributions, art work and photographs are solicited and should be
directed to the Public Relations Branch, Poet Hdqs. Annex, Bldg. 202. Telephone
Non Corns Will
The Board of Governors o f the
Non Corns Club has voted to
hold dances twice each month in
the recreation room of the club-
room. The first dance on the
new schedule will be held Satur
Distributed free to camp personnel. Subscription rate to public, by mail: 50
cent« for three months; six months, $1.00; one year. $1.50.
day, December 18.
Purchase o f a radio for the
library room was also announc
ed. A juke box, now located in
the library, w ill be moved to the
recreation room where it will be
available for amusement or im
Entertainment On and O ff the Tost fo r the Coming W eek
promptu dances d u r i n g the
SA TU RDA Y
The club treasurer reported a
“ Barn Dance,” USO, Bend, 8 p. m.
Etjfcivî f o u u .
Open House, Service Club, Camp Abbot.
substantial profit from sales at
the club canteen during the past
Breakfast Hour, 11 a. m. USO Bend; B uffet Lunch, 3-5 p. m.; 4:30- month. These profits will be
But Sargint can I help it if they got my laundry
used to purchase additional fu r
mixed up? ’
Open House, Service Club, Camp Abbot.
nishings and equipment.
Classical Music Hour, Guest House Lounge, Camp Abbot.
| Special booths, which w ill be
Games, Service Club Camp Abbot.
placed in the recreation room,
Game Night, USO Bend, 8 p. m.
! are expected to be installed by
the Christmas holidays, and it is
Bingo, Service Club, 8:00 p. m.
hoped to have the electric grill,
Card Party, USO, Bend, 8:00 p. m.
W E D N E SD A Y
which w ill make possible the
Dance, Service Club, Camp Abbot, 8-10:30 p. m.
Chemical w arfare instruction cent W a r Department circular.
I serving of sandwiches, in opera
Stamp Collectors Club, USO Bend, 8 p. m.
The new symbols w h i c h are
tion by next week.
at Camp Abbot will now be
THU RSDA Y
A substantial increase in mem- easier, it w'as announced this much simpler to remember are:
“ Khaki Capers,” Service Club, Camp Abbot, 8 p. m.
Mustard ( H ); Lewisite (L );
Bingo Party, USO Bend, 8 p. m.
I bersh'ip during the month was
week by Lt. Leonard S. Brooks, Mustard-Lewisite m i x
F R ID A Y
(H L );
j also reported.
Quiz Contest, 8 p. "m.--Dancing class, 8 p. m. USO, Bend.
Chemical W arfare Officer, since Brombenzyl cyanide (B B C ); Di-
Spelling Bee, Service Club, 8 p. m.
the classifying o f the d iffer phenylchlorarsine (A D ); Arsine
SA TU RDA Y
M O RE A B O U T
Dance, USO, Bend, 8 p. m.
ent types of gas has been (S A ); Hydrocyanic acid (A C );
Nitrogen (H N ).
simplified. G I’s w ill no longer
Mustard-Lewisite mixture has
have to struggle with “ Vesi- heen added to the list of chemi-
S A T U R D A Y — “ Hands Across the Border,” Roy Rogers, Ruth
cants,” “ Lacrimators” or ’Lung cal a g e n t s because it is the
T erry; Added attractions— “ Bees A Buzzin’,” Unusual Occupations
(Continued From Page One)
Irritants.” Instead, these types standard
and Grantland Rice Sportlight.
S U N D A Y and M O N D A Y —-“ His Butler’s Sister,” Deanna Durbin,
of chemical agents w ill be agent. Hydrocyanic acid is used
Pat O’Brien, Franchot Tone; Added attractions— cartoon, “ Pass
the Biscuits, Mirandy,” R KO Pathe News.
and Morris Stavasky, o f the Med graphically described as “ Blis- by the Japs in grenades, and
TU E S D A Y and W E D N E SD AY —“ There’s Something About A ical Detachment. T/Sgt. Roger ter gasses,” “ Tear gasses” or Arsine, it is reported, has been
Soldier,” Douglas Drake, Evelyn Keyes, Larry Parks; Added at V. Branham, Casual Company; “ Choking gasses.”
used by the Nazis. Nitrogen
tract ions--Arm y-Navy Screen Magazine, Community Sing.
To further simplify the course mustards are a new type of blis-
TH U R S D A Y and F R ID A Y — “ The North Star,” W alter Huston, | Sgt. W alter Gnatek, special
W alter Brennan, Anne Baxter, Ann Harding; Added attractions training company. From the 11th the symbols have also been tering agent, reputed to be on
— R K O Pathe News.
j Group: 1st. Sgt. Paul Milner, Co. changed as announced in a re- the list o f all w arring powers.
The ABBOT ENC1NKKR receives material supplied by Camp Newspaper
Service, War Dep't., 205 E. 42nd St., New York, N. Y. Credited material may not
be republished without permLsion o f Camp Newspaper 8ervice.
Abbot ’n A round
Chemical W arfare Symbols
Simplified for instruction
They Call Wac
Mess Sgt. "XL;"
No First Name!
! higher awards, those granted for
service beyond the call o f duty
and for exceptional work. A com
j mittec has been named, he said,
I to study the records fo r possible
j awards of these honors.
When the W ac Mess Sergeant
The group receiving awards
was born (in Texas), a deep , this week included all who have
problem confronted the Reeves been employed at Camp Abbot
fam ily. They solved it by giving for a period of six months, end
the new baby two initials “ X. L ." ing Nov. 1. Similar awards will
bo presented other employes, as
instead o f a first name.
The odd initialed name was be they pass the six months' mark,
stowed because the fam ily didn’t on the last Friday of each
want big sister already named month.
In addition to the 68 names
“ L. C „” to feel the lack of a fo r
mal first name. The older Reeves listed in last week’s issue of the
g irl had been named after both Abbot Engineer, the following
her maternal and paternal grand names were added to the num
mothers, who coincidentally had ber receiving awards: Don A n
the same initials but different derson, Betty Bode, Alden W.
Dumler, Fayette Hoyt, Wheaton
Sgt. “X. L .” Reeves claims she W. Huntley, Orval E. Johnson,
doesn't mind the initials fo r a Percival Morrison, Richard L.
first name. At home, it was the Russell, Floyd Russell, Ardath
natural thing for her sister to be Sholes, Esther Sinclair, L a w
called L. C. and she, X. L. “ Only rence Nelson, Josephine Stewart,
thing,” Sgt. Reeves says, “ Is that Herman W esthoff, Charles O.
it has attracted a lot of atten Whetzel and Henry Young.
Music was furnished by the
tion. W henever I entered a new
school I was asked to appear in Camp Abbot band. Col. Besson
the principal’s office. And the was accompanied to the cere
a rm y - in Basic, Cooks & Bakers, mony by Lt. Col. A. M. Mock,
and here, I ’ve always been the ERTC executive officer.
first to see the Orderly Room —
o f course to be questioned about
X . L .”
The arm y has red-lined Sgt.
Reeves on the payroll several
times; Washington has inquired
about the name; and the ser
geant has had to appear at the
Pentagon to verify the fact that
she is really X. L.
Ft. Belvoir Castle.
M O R E ABO UT
(Continued from ra g e One)
Department because of the loy
alty show n by civilian employes.
H e also called attention to the
Voting a la La.
Here's a tip fo r Louisiana
soldiers intending to take a
hand in the Louisiana pri
First primary is scheduled
fo r January 18 and the seennd
for February D), and voters
will base to make applieations
for absentee ballots tinmed-
ntely to get them in under
wire. Applications may be
made either under laiuisiana
law or by mailing p«»st»gr-free
eard applications to the Sec
retary of State o f latulsiana.
I arils i-an he obtained from
In other stabs« primaries are
scheduled fo r April through
A 53rd Bn.; S/Sgt. Earl F. Pfen-
ninger, Co. A 51st Bn.; Sgt.
Harry A. Henry, Co. D 54th Bn.;
Sgt. Lillard H. Delaney, Co. A,
' 52nd Bn.; Sgt. John W. Butler,
Co. C, 54th Bn. From the 12th
Group: 1st Sgt. Gale A. Wash
burn, Co. A, 57th Bn.; T/Sgt.
Joseph C. Plano, Co. B, 58th Bn.;
Sgt. Paul J. Monda, Hdq. Det.
12th Group, and Sgt. Edward R.
Kuras, Co. D, 55th Bn.
In a brief speech preceding
presentation o f the Good Con
duct ribbons, Gen. McCoach told
the recipients that no finer
honor could be bestowed upon a
soldier. He warned them, how
ever, that the true test o f a sold
ier’s stamina can only be proven
on the field o f battle.
those who are worthy can carry
on, but you men, insofar as the
tests have confronted you have
been equal to the occasion. I
hope you w ill wear these em
blems with pride and that it will
be a constant reminder when
you face the test which requires
immortal courage,” he said.
General McCoach dined with
staff officers in the officer’s
mess Thursday evening and be
came acquainted with the men
who direct destinies o f Camp
Abbot. It took no seer to indicate
that the commanding general
seemed to have been well pleas
ed with his observations during
the afternoon. Later in the eve
ning he visited the Service Club
w here he signed the club guest
book on the page where five
generals o f the Corps o f En
gineers, and the IV Corps troops,
had previously signed. He also
visited the Non-Coms club, the
A ll Purpose Building and other
installations on ttye post.
Yesterday morning he confer
red with the various division
heads and o f each he inquired as
to any problem or difficulty fac
ing them in connection with the
operations of the ERTC.
General McCoach told the A b
bot Engineer, before starting a
tour o f the camp that he was
pleased with the location o f the
A rm y’s newest ERTC. “ I could
not help but think as I looked
down from the plane as we en
tered this section of Oregon,
what a fine place it was for the
camp. I hope to see as much of
it as possible during my short
visit,” he added.
He departed fo r his headquart
ers soon after noon. He was ac
companied by his aide, Lt. J. Ber-
seven days in solitary confine
ment f o r sneezing, scratching
his head and "looking across”
in ranks. In the days o f Oliver
Cromwell, the Rotindhead Army
burned a man’s tongue with a
red hot iron fo r swearing, and
not so many years ago, in the
U. S. Arm y floggin g was a minor
punishment fo r infractions of
lashes were sometimes adminis
Whipping was not abolished
the U. S. A rm y until 1861.
Now- we know why the “old
A rm y” is held in respect. When
“ the good old days” are referred
punishments — to, the reference m erely goes
they’re nothing compared to back to “ grandpaw’s” day.
what our forebears in the Arm y
had to put up with.
Pass The E N G IN E E R To An
Back in 1825, records show other Abbotman— H e’ll Appreci
that, fo r instance, one G I got ate It.
Why Old Army
Held in Respect
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