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About Abbot engineer. (Camp Abbot, Or.) 1943-1944 | View Entire Issue (June 3, 1944)
C a m p A b bo t, Ore., June 3, 1944
A B B O T E N G IN E E R
P a ge Three
Italy’s Plight Told in
Poem by Wac Overseas
Class B Issue
(Every line written with it
pair o f eight-inch scissors.)
One w o lf we know is too
broke to buy etchings, so ho
When Maj. Vernon L. Watkins, now on special duty with the always asks his girl frienc.s to
Training Division, came to Camp Abbot recently fo r reassignment come up and sec the handwrit
after 26 months' service in combat areas with the engineers, he ing on the wall.
brought with him a poem written by a W A C in Italy, which he
says gives an accurate, if sordid, picture o f that country as our
First G I: Still got insomnia?
men are seeing it. The entire poem, entitled, ‘‘Panorama o f Italy,” Did you try counting sheep?
contains thirty stanzas, a few o f which we print here:
Second GI: " I t doesn’t do any
good. I counted 10,000 sheep,
sheered ’em, combed the avoo I,
had spun it into yarn, made
suits from them, took them to
Boston and lost $150 on the deal.
I didn’t sleep a wink.
“ I f I were an artist, with nothing to do,
I'd paint a picture, a composite view
O f historic Italy, in which I ’d show
Visions of contrasts, the high and the low.
“ There’d be towering mountains, a deep blue sea;
Filthy brats yelling, “ Carmella!” at me;
High-plumed horses and colorful carts;
Two-toned tresses on hustling tarts.
• Photo by Signal Corps Photo Lab.
“ Stately cathedrals, with rich toned bells;
Ricovero shelters, with horrible smells;
Mouldering catacombs, a place fo r the dead;
Noisy civilians, clamoring fo r bread.
Above is Sgt. Mary Sheila o f the
War company cheeking the oil
in a vehicle at the Camp Abbot
Motor Pool, where she is assign
ed. The sergeant is always as
happy as she appears here when
she is probing the “ innards” o f
a t.i truck.
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“ Barbers galore, Avith manners quite mild;
Prolific women, all heavy Avith child;
Duce's secret weapon, kids by the score,
Caused by his bonus, which isn’t any more.
Gal: “ Do you know what hap
pens to GIs who feel lo w ?”
G I: “ No, w hat?”
Gal: “ They get slapped.”
“ Mud-smeared children, clustered about,
Filling their jugs, at a community spout;
A dutiful mother, with a look of despair,
Picking lice from small daughter's hair.
“ I ’ve tried to describe the things I have seen,
A panorama o f Italy, the brown and the green;
I've neglected the war scare, visible yet,
But those are the things we want to forget.”
GI I.OYE STORY
Sgt. W illiam Jones:
Dear Sergeant Jones:
M y own darling dearest:
Dear Private Jones:
Pvt. W illiam Jones:
Father No. 1: “ M y son is aw
fu lly broadminded.”
Father No. 2. "That's all mine
thinks about, too.”
Don't Be Silly;
Let Us Do Your
Hiking for You
For those trainees who haven’t
time to climb a mountain, a ,d
wouldn't if they did, the E ngi
neer sent a representative to the
top o f Lava butte, that lava-
bounded, inverted cone <n fe w
miles out o f camp on the road
to Bend, to observe and report
what is on the other side. W e
picked a member of the sti f f
who has been getting a little
paunchy and needed the exercise
anyway, so you needn’t feel that
you put us out.
The ascent up the spiral road
took about forty minutes, trav
eling in thirty - i n c h steps at
about three-quarter time.
A t the top our reporter found
the lookout tow er o f the Des
chutes National Forest, w ith
Clyde Young, ranger, in charge.
From his glass house, he mal- 'S
weather observations fo r U n de
Sam and watches fo r forest
fires. Also there, taking a lcok
for themselves, w ere Lt. Tipton
O'Neil, a party consisting o f Pfc.
Solig Abels o f the Signal Coips
Laboratory and Pvt. Leo Mil u-
licz, and Pvt. Frederick Fenner
o f A-54.
A fte r passing cool drinks o f
water, which he had brought . II
the way from Bend, and aski g
us to sign the register, Mr.
Young explained how the b o vl-
like center o f the crater, filled
with incinerated rocks, was a
sort o f boiling pot when hades
brook loose about tw o thousa d
years ago. He also pointed cut
the network o f forest service
trails, other buttes, include g
McKay, Bates, Pistol and § t-
kum, and the now ossified river
o f lava that damned the Des
chutes, which thereupon over
flowed its banks and form ed the
meadow land site o f Camp Abbot.
! “ I had to change my seat sev-
Monday night to draft a plan of
1 eral times at the movies.”
attack. Emphasis w ill be placed
“ G r a c i o u s , did a man get
(Ed. note: “ Carmella” is the Italian word for “ candy.” )
on Class “ A ” pay reservations
for civilians and Class “ B” allot
“ Yes, finally.”
tion to the government fo r all
ments fo r officers and enlisted
sums fraudulently accepted, but
“ H ow was the burlesque?”
the offense can carry a sentence
Purchase o f bonds fo r cash
o f imprisonment up to tw o years
av ill be solicited as in the Fourth
and fines up to §5,000, or both.
War Loan Drive. A publicity
D rill S e r g e a n t : " S t a n d
and educational program is plan
straight! Don’t you know what
ned, and solicitation w ill be by
Named as president of the O C S Program Gets Axe as straight means?”
personal contact o f personnel,
Recruit: “ Yes— without soda.”
Abbot Masonic club in its Three More Schpols Close
from staff divisions through the
smallest uhit or section, with en first meeting last Tuesday night,
She laughed when he sat
listed men handling solicitation ] M/Sgt. W. R. Shaffer has an Schools have been suspended, down, but when he began to
the W ar Department has an
of other enlisted men, officers | nounced the group will meet reg
nounced, and the suspension of play . . .
other officers, and civilian em ularly each Tuesday in building
others is planned. This w ill leave
ployes other civilian employes. . 1456. M ajor Arthur Davidson
not more than 11 o f the original
Decision as to teh quota f o r ' was elected vice-president of the
26 OCS courses in operation next
the current campaign—it was j new prganization; Cpl. G. S.
unofficially set at §100,000 in J Russel, s e c r e t a r y • tr e a s u r e r ;
Courses at Ft. Riley, Kan.
the last drive — was deferred, i M ajor W. H. Andrew, chaplain,
(C avalry), Ft. M o n r o e , Va.
Mo action ws taken on the selec-1 and Capt. Russell E. McKinney,
(Coast A rtillery ), and C a m p
tion of minute men fo r the sergeant-at-arms. A committee
Hood, Texas (Tank Destroyer)
was formed to draw up a con are the latest to be suspended.
Special Service and Public R e stitution and by-laws.
Soon to join them are the M P
lations representatives o f C am p ' A ll Free and Accepted Masons OCS at Ft. Custer, Mich., t h e 1
Abbot have been invited to at stationed here are urged to join Anti-aircraft A rtillery OCS at
tend a state-wide w ar bond con the new club at Tuesday’s meet Camp Davis, N. C., the Chemical
ference in Portland Monday. ing, Sgt. Shaffer said.
W arfare Service OCS at E d ge-1
Purpose o f the meeting is to as
wood A r s e n a l , Md., and the
certain what bands and equip- :
A r m o r e d Force OCS at Ft.
ments are available at various G l's Father Fined; Took
Oregon installations fo r use in Allowance Checks Illegally
A 48-year-old father o f a sol
the current campaign in Ore
St. Louis (C N S )— Bishop John
dier has been sentenced to six
C. Brookfield o f St. John's M eth-'
months in jail and fined §100 on
odist church is looking fo r a
San Francisco (C N S )— When a charge o f fraud in connection stranger w h o h a s deposited.
a local thief, who had robbed
§1.000 bills in the collection plate
what he thought was a butter allowance payments to which he on t w o consecutive Sundays.
truck, got his booty home he dis knew he was not entitled, the “ Its and epidenmic, he said,
covered that it was m erely 30,- O ffice o f Dependency Benefits “ we'd be glad to see continue.”
000 cigars. Resigned to making announced this week in warning
the most o f a bad deal, he had that the lawr provides severe pen
Trenton, N. J. (C N S )— The
smoked his w ay through two alties for fraudulent acceptance
Photo hy S ignal Pr»ri>s Photo I.ab.
w ill o f Mrs. M ary Kubery left
boxes when police grabbed him o f allowance checks. Sentence in
§2 to her husband with the pro “Snug with a bug in a sleeping bag,” is the title that occurred to is
and carted him away to the
when we saw tiiis photo of Pvt. Julius E. I I rich oi the ."»1st hattalii i
offender placed on probation for viso "That he uses $1 o f same emerging from a good night's rest in the hivunar area. The hole h< s
in is called a prone shelter, dimensions lor which, given the In.;*
three years, on condition he pay
when they start digging, are "2 x ‘2 x you.”
the fine and make full restitu- self.”
Buy National W ar Bonds N ow !
Shaffer to Head
Gl Masonic Club
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