Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944, January 29, 1944, Page Page Three, Image 3

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    Camp Abbot, Ore., Jan. 29, 1944
Queries on Bond
Buying Answered
Page Three
'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
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
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
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
“ 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
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
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
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
The last station is perhaps the
most spectacular t e s t .
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
(Note: The following poem
was contributed anonymously
via the idea boxes placed in
companies throughout t h e
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
By men who train like a son-of-
a gun.
So I suppose if a guy's got the
It will be found out soon enough.
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
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
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
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,
’Cause we have some very tough
Changed my life of joy and glad­
guys to beat.
.T o a being
And I’m glad to have the chance
Old and worn.
To prove I don’t have ants in my
Tenderly I rebound the package
But after the working hours are And the tears came down like
I like to get out and have some Silently I replaced it
Where for ages it had lain.
Strange how such things do af­
I think that to follow the period
fect us
And make our spirits sadly
Is plenty of proof that a man’s
a man.
But how mad that hair would
But the non-coms, it seems to
make us
If we found if in our G.I. soup.
On lots of these points do not
Corp. Milton Beck
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
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.