Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944, May 27, 1944, Page Page Ten, Image 10

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Page Ten
Changes in MP
Personnel Noted
A reminiscent glance over the
shoulder revealed this week that
o ily seven members o f the Mili-
t iry Police Company, out of its
present company strength o f 97,
\ ere among the original con-
t agent to activate the unit. Ser­
geants Peterson, Harris, Mound,
i >ndell; Corporals GigUetta, Me-
1 tin, Shoptaw, Souleret; Pri-
\ ites first class Bntne, Ratcliff,
oad Private Leon were among
< imp Abbot’s original M Ps’ Lt.
T E. Pennington, company com-
i ander, said today.
“ The unit has expanded its
function considerably since the
<■ n iy days,” Lt. Pennington said.
C imp Abbot M ilitary Police are
i nv engaged in town patrol, mo-
tor patrol, special service patrol,
f> de guard, stockade guard and
prisoner guard. In addition, MPs
1 D m this station cover The
l dies» territory when troop
i ovements warrant it.
The original M P unit was a
s 'cl ion of the headquarters com-
SGT. R A O U L M OUND W i l l i
W A R DO<l
p my, occupying quarters which
i m house the Supplemental
i .lining Co. Then, upon comple-
I >n o f the stockade, the outfit
i oved to the present location
a id was simultaneously desig-
i dixl as a company.
With each gradual turnover of
P Tsonnel. M ilitary Police re-
i 'fresher courses are given in
i 'gulai scheduled classes. These
include judo, riot control, courts
t artial, traffic control, special
v capons, first aid. and a score of
her subjects.
The K-9 corps, the four-legged
ds to sentries, are also under
t ie supervision o f the M P com-
l'in y. Lt. Pennington declared.
Army Wives Club
Repairs Gl Togs
The A rm y wives organization»
its second meeting Thursday
the I SO in Bend, decided tt>
0 'vote every Thursday after-
toon to a r, pair service o f sol­
d e r's uniforms. Rips and tears
v ill be mended, buttons re-
ptaced. chevrons sewed on in
t tis s e r v i c e without charge.
( lothing brought to the USO
daring the week will lie repaired
e ich Thursday.
This feature is in addition to
other activities by the newly or-
1 im/ed Army W ives organiza
t on. They are devoting on*' da>
a week als*> to the making o f
surgical dressings.
Camp Abbot, Ore., May 27, 1944
Notes From
By Cpl. Hal Unterberger
M y mom was a tovaoie cocker
spaniel, about middle aged, yet
very graceful and kind. She had
brought me up with the greatest
of care but^ I always had ^om e
sort o f wanderlust—in my blood,
I guess.
I Leave Home
Pop was a rather quiet airdale,
tall and dark and quite proud.
He always let me have my way.
Said I ’d learn the hard way—
if ever. It was so monotonous—
that life I ’d been living. And so
finally, about two years ago, I
ran away from home— fo r the
last time. Mom must have wept
a lot, because she said she’d
never want me to leave her. But
I couldn't help myself. I know
pop didn’t mind so much. He
It was nice to hear t h e s e
things. I was so lonesome and
earger to meet friends. They pet­
bDiiiiit* izttitttVh, pure-ureu fum e m a vu i oi m e pu.M Keiiuew«
shown looking over her |>edigree. !Sgt. Raoul, Mound, trainer, holds ted me and kept calling me
the certificate. Bonnie’s fam ily tree Imasts ten champions, one an “ BTackie.” Maybe it’s because
international champion.
I ’m dark like pop was. Anyway
I liked it and they liked me.
So I followed them, and soon
found m yself in a place filled
with green buildings. And there
were hundreds o f men in uni­
forms, marching in all sorts of
“ TH E STO RY O F A-52”
directions. It looked so pretty
By Pvt. John W. Schnuiie
B-56 — where champions are and different from everything
Now’ here is the story of “ A ” produced! Yes, indeed, B-56 has elsc They all called out 't0 m{!
been a leader throughout the and smiled whenever I ’d pass by.
F ifty Two,
year in every cycle.
Gee! O Boy, it was an ideal place
O f the Fighting Engineers.
Under the guidianship of Com­
A canine can pick up a lot o ff
A story I know our children
pany C o m m a n d e r Lieutenant the road in eleven or twelve
w ill read,
Lucas, Lieutenant Hiegel, Lieu­ months. I know. A fte r such a
Throughout the passing years. tenant Clark, and a very worthy spell, I found myself wandering
Our training began the 13th cadre, this cycle has already around in Central Oregon. I still
felt unsettled, though, so I kept
established a fine record.
O f February, year Forty-four
Looking back after six weeks m o v i n g on. I had just gone
A bunch of green rookies from
of training, one feels elated in through The Dalles. It must have
all walks o f life,
having learned so much in so been two weeks, maybe three. I
Learning the Engineer’s lore.
don’t know exactly, but I was
short a time.
A motto we learned from the
quite a while on the road when
The first week o f training at
very start.
I finally discovered what has be
Camp Abbot found the men soft,
One that we’ll never forget,
come m y greatest admiration
using muscles lacking develop­
The period plan f o r c i b l y
and interest in life. Those guys
ment and all o f us still civilians
brought it to life,
in uniform!
at heart. W e were placed in bar­
That “ Blood can be saved by
I Can’t Resist Uniform
racks with men from California,
It was on a sunny warm day a
Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas,
year ago, I might say, about 15
So into the training we plung­
and many other states. State
miles south o f Bend. I was walk-
ed With grit.
boundry lines and the Mason ing m errily along a hilly road,
And plenty o f guts from the
Dixon line hold no grudges, for sniffing carelessly ' h e r e and
we are now, all o f us, seeking there, when I heard a whistle,
The will to win and get home
one objective — togethel w e’ll then some shouts, and they
w in !
sounded so friendly. “ Here,
W as tops in every man’s heart.
Blackie!” “ Come here pooch” !
W e mastered our rifles, posi­
T ill news o f peace reaches our
“ Hi there, doggie.”
tions too,
in which to live, so I made up
W e hardened as days went by,
But when they ask, just swell my mind right then and there,
It wasn’t long ere began to ap­
with pride.
I ’d settle down.
I Settle Down
That fighting spark in our eye.
I've been here a year now. And
W e handled the bayonet, learn­
Notes From
ed its us*>.
W e practiced h u g g i n g the
W e knew in the end, it takes
this to win.
And a hardier bunch can’t bo
Fighting by day, and working
all night.
Is something that we came to
So when Fifty-two crosses, up
go the losses,
O f the sons o f Tokio.
The stories o f bravery and
jobs well done,
W ill be added to this by the
They'll learn to know of the
Abbot Gang,
That trained here in Forty-
And buddies, when we return
And toll of our A rm y careers.
Tell them, by God, who won
the war,
But the Combat Engineers.
And every time w e see them
That good old Red. White and
Remember the days w e train­
ed like hell.
W ith the bunch from “ A ”
F ifty two.
But children, now m y story
must wait,
Notes From
Unique Insignia
And Buttons of
Corps Explained
The first engineers in the
American armies, who took part
in the Revolutionary War, were
organized with the help o f
French officers. From them
came the motto, “ Essayons,”
which means, “ Let us try,” and
also the fam iliar turreted castle
insignia, a p p a r e n t ly modeled
after one o f the gates o f the city
o f Verdun in France.
France was the scene o f great
accomplishments by the fighting
engineers in W orld W ar I, at
Cantigny, St. Mihiel, and the
Meuse-.Argonne, with a Corps
w’hich grew from a scant 2,500
men to 300,000.
The Corps o f Engineers was
created by an A ct o f Congress
in 1802 and, up until the Civil
War, consisted o f four com­
panies They expanded greatly
in that war, fighting as Infantry­
men as well as engineers. One
notable success was throwing a
2,000-ft. ponton bridge across the
James river in a few hours.
Distinctive from uniform em­
bellishments o f other officers o f
the United States Arm y, whose
buttons bear the coat o f arms o f
the United States, engineer but­
tons carry a replica o f an early
fortification on Governor’s Is­
land in N ew York harbor. Forti­
fications and turreted castles
have been a significant w ork o f
engineers since ancient times.
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^ UY National W a r Bonds N ow !
I don t think there s a nicer place
whole land! Everybody
pets me 1 eat as much a s j want,
because I know just where to
beg for it. And m y sleeping
quarters are kept so warm. I can
hear running water at bedtime,
because the men who march dur­
ing the day come in where I ’m
resting at night, and they wash
an(l shave and do a lot o i talking
and complaining. But they al-
ways treat me so fine!
To morrow I plan to march in
front of the whole Battalion be-
cause I overheard in m y sleeping
quarters that there’s going to be
a 35-mile hike. I wonder if
Queenie w ill come? I hope she
does because w e have a lot o f
fun playing together. I f that
bulldog f o l l o w s her again, I
think I ’ll take a big chunk out
o f his neck.
— “ B L A C K IE .”
the armed forces may continue his education whether in the U. S.
or overseas. He can study high school, technical, business and voca­
tional subjects. I f he likes he can continue the same courses he was
taking in school back home and perhaps earn his diploma while in
uniform. He can do this through the U. S. Armed Forces Institute,
a school established by the Army and Navy with headquarters at
Madison, Wis., and branches in five overseas theaters. The Institute
offers more than 300 correspondence and self-teaching courses. If
he is interested in a college subject he can enroll through the In­
stitute in any one of 83 American colleges and universities that have
opened their doors to him with 700 extension courses. The student
pays a registration fee of only 12. This entitles him to study a
many courses as he likes.
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BURNING MIDNIGHT OIL— Army student* in camps, recreational centers and rest area* en-
rolled in U. S. Armed Force* Institute.