Camp Abbot, Ore., Jan. 29, 1944 Queries on Bond Buying Answered ABBOT ENGINEER Page Three SH E'S SECURE ALL RIGHT! 'Maneuver Shots' In New Panoram (By Camp Newspaper Service) There are some things about war bonds which soldiers in the field don't understand. This isn’t su rp risin g because* there are some things about war bonds that aren’t very simple. One thing that mystifies sol diers is the discrepancy in the dates that appear on the face of the bonds. The bonds carry two dates. One is the date o f the bond itself, the other the date of issue. Don’t let the difference* in the two confuse you. You see, it is the policy o f the Army war bond office to issue all bonds within the first 15 days of the month following comple tion of payment. Ordinarily, the subscriber is given the benefit of 30 days interest, since his bond is dated the first of the month although payment is ont com pleted until the end o f the month. Sometimes bond purchasers P o s t b iv n a l P h o t o L a b . start to worry when they do not Should the rigging slip, this trainee negotiating the rigging application course at (a m p Abbot would receive the bond they’ve been suddenly rind himself on the bosom of Mother Kartli some ’><) feet down below wishing he’d "learned buying on the day they expect it. the ropes." Like the parachutist jumping with the chute he’s pac ked himself, the Engineer soldier The reason for these delays is learns to tie his knots properly to guard against risking life and limb. that sometimes complete infor mation is lacking by the war bond office. However, if your bond is more than 15 days late you should make inquiry at the war bond office so that the records may fe checked. N ew Course Tests Q l’s Knoidedge of Rigging Uncle Gives Out Booze to Airmen How’re the Jerries gonna bring down an American plane now? For it isn’t likely a pilot is going to dally around over Berlin after his mission has been accomplished. He'll blow up the factory, or smelter, or ship yard, or railroad track—and streak for home before the Ger mans even know what came over. In a copyrighted Chicago Tribune dispatch, correspondent John Thompson reveals that for the first time in history, Ameri can combat crews are receiving whiskey at the expense of the government as part o f a medi cal experiment to relieve “ pilot fatigue." The whiskey, adminis tered in two-ounce shots, is given to each member of a crew- on returning from a combat mis sion. Unfortunately, this fine new- custom doesn't apply to ordin ary GI's. The bourbon’s strictly for airmen. A dogface can dream, though. Los Angeles (CNS) — Mrs. Madge Wilson lost a small for tune when she failed to attend the funeral of her father, who had made that stipulation in his will. “ Tougher than any obstacle course” is the generally held opinion regarding the month-old application rigging course, which attempts to test the trainees’ ability to tie and use knots, hitches, and lashings learned during 17 hours of instruction. It doesn’t take long for a trainee to discover whether he is passing the course or not. If he fails to tie a knot properly and securely he stands to take a fif teen to twenty foot drop. In a sense, he wagers his own un broken bones against his ability to make the right hitch. Not a new idea in engineer training, the course at this post is unique in one respect, Lt.David J. MacKnight of the training division pointed out. At Ft. Leon ard Wood and Ft. Belvoir the trainees are told what knots to make as t h e y approach each problem. Here t h e y are told what they must do, but not how. Selection of the proper knot is their own responsibility. The rigging application course is run by each battalion. The 54th Bn. was tested this week approximately their 13th week o f training. Before a group is brought out, the cadremen are put over the hurdles to familiar ize them. It takes the average soldier four times as long to go over the five stations o f this course as it does to run the ob stacle course. The field is divided into nine lanes, with five stations on each lane. The trainee progresses from one station to the next down the lane, which is 40 feet wide and -300 feet long. At Station 1 is a light pon toon, equipped with anchors and lashings. The soldier must dem onstrate his ability to moor a boat to a post. The trainee boards the stern of the boat, se cures the anchor to a cleat, and then proceeds to the bow of the boat, where he snubs a line from the boat to the dock mooring post. At Station 2 there is a three- span log transom sixteen feet high. Snubbing posts and a log are placed in each lane. The job is to raise the log two feet off the ground and secure the free end o f rope to the snubbing post. The next three stations are twenty foot towers. It is here that the casualties occur. At Station 3, the tower has a single block on the front side and sep arate lashings. The job o f thp soldier is to take a sling to puli himself up to the top of the tower. There he finds a single one- inch rope. He secures it to a steel eye in a spar on the plat form and lowers himself hand over hand to the ground. Station 4 is a problem in as cending to the tower with rope ladders o f different sizes. When the top is reached, the trainee must join two lengths o f one- ineh rope and one length of '«- inch rope to d e s c e n d to the ground. The last station is perhaps the most spectacular t e s t . The trainee ascends to the platform on the tower by tieing ropes to the spars to form alternate rungs. On top. he picks up a on»-inch rope, secures one free end to the hook of a single block, makes a sling, and secures it to a 120 foot cableway which *x tends in a long slope from the tower to the ground. He rides this cable down, propelled by the weight of his own body, hold mg to the rope below a Mock. Frankfort. Ky. ICN S’ A local butcher hunt this sign on his shop window: "Unless it's bo logna. we ain’t got it.” Bn Our Poets Corner (Note: The following poem was contributed anonymously via the idea boxes placed in companies throughout t h e Post.) Now I’ve composed a little verse It's not so had; it could be worse Now read these lines and please take heed, And I’ll give my ideas o f what we need. In addition to being the “ most complete” pictorial ever publish ed at Camp Abbot, the third edi tion of Panoram will have as special features three pages cov ering the newly-introduced unit field problems and a full page photograph o f the Post’s own “ Pistol Packin’ Mama,” Dale M. Vincent, post photographer and publisher of the magazine, dis closed this week. The second fea ture will represent Mr. Vincent’s first local contribution to the pin-up trade. Printed earlier this week, the mazagine is scheduled to go on sale at post exchanges Tuesday. won By men who train like a son-of- a gun. So I suppose if a guy's got the stuff It will be found out soon enough. E.C. In the soft and fading twilight, Of a weary weary day, I was in the attic searching An old bureau stored away. For years it had laid there hidden Safe away from frost and dew, And my curious nature tempted me To search it thru and thru. Faded pink and yellow ribbons, Laces half a century old. I came across a package Bound up with a thread of gold. Something tempted me to untie it, Which I did right then and there, And unfolded to my vision Lay a lock of golden hair Oh! What memories crowded ov er me As I gazed upon that curl, How it brought to me remem brances I like to train, and I'm glad to lie In the land of the brave and the Of a sweet and lovely girl. home of the free. One, who, though now dead and So when I work, I like to eat, gone, ’Cause we have some very tough Changed my life of joy and glad guys to beat. ness .T o a being And I’m glad to have the chance Old and worn. To prove I don’t have ants in my pants. Tenderly I rebound the package But after the working hours are And the tears came down like done, rain. I like to get out and have some Silently I replaced it fun. Where for ages it had lain. Strange how such things do af I think that to follow the period fect us plan, And make our spirits sadly Is plenty of proof that a man’s droop, a man. But how mad that hair would But the non-coms, it seems to make us me, If we found if in our G.I. soup. On lots of these points do not Corp. Milton Beck agree. Co. C, 59fh ET Bn. So if I could on the cadre be. And training new men was up to me. I'd work like hell to be sure I knew What to teach the men, in de- tail too. New Orleans (CNS) - W ork ing his first day on a new job, Bartender Harry Mins didn't like the attitude of an argumen tative customer, so he threw him out. Later he discovered the man w a s his employer’s For I'm very sure that wars arc father.