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Payne Field zooms. [volume] (Payne Field, West Point, Miss.) 1918-1919, September 04, 1918, Image 1

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Men Formed Into Three Battalions and Regimental Parade
Was Staged—Report of inspection Was Good — Short
Drill in Battalion Maneuvers Held After the Review.
At nine last Sunday morning a
review and inspection of all officers
and men stationed at Payne Field
was held by Lieut. Colonel Jack W.
Heard. Once each month an in
spection is required.
Three battalions of two com
panies each were formed by the
men of the post. First a regular
regimental review before the Com
manding Officer was held followed
by a series of infantry drill maneu
vers from the manual of the bat
talion. Considering the fact that
men of the Air Service receive but
little infantry drill Sunday’s review
was considered successful. An in
spection of the men in ranks,
preceding the parade, was held by
Colonel Heard and the appearance
and military bearing of the men
was declared good.
Captain Walter C. Fisher acted as
regimental commander and pre
sented the regiment for review to
the Colonel. Lieut. J. I. Lawrence
acted as his adjutant.
The first battalion was composed
of the flying officers of the post.
Captain C. E. Cotting acted as
battalion commander with Lieut.
Joseph M. Rath as his adjutant.
Lieut. Arthur G. Hamilton was
acting captain of the firct company
and Lieut. Eugene A. Jacquemart
of the second company.
Lieut. F. J. Stanley commanded
the second battalion and Lieut. C.
A. Neff was his adjutant. Squadron
A formed the first company of
this battalion and Lieut. Craig W.
Marshall was the acting captain.
Lieut Earl F. Stewart captained the
second company which was made
up of Squadron B.
Commanding the third battalion
was Lieut. R. W. Dickenson with
Laeut Russell I. Butterworth as his
adjutant. Squadron C lead by
Lieut. Lawrence L. Brooks, composed
the first company and Squadron D
captained by Lieut. R. E. Jones,
formed the second company.
Sergeant W. S. Humphrey organ
ized the field music for the occasion
and the men were up before day
light Sunday practicing.
The Commanding Officer
has received a letter from
Wardie G. Dawson, of South
Okolona, Miss. Wardie is a
little crippled boy who cannot
run about and play like his
friends and who has not the
physique to become a soldier.
However, his heart is as stout
as his body is frail and what
he lacks in arm and limb he
makes up for in loyalty and
patriotism. He says that he
can sit in his front yard and
see our fliers and that “their
wonderful stunts give me more
pleasure than anything in my
Wardie has two brothers al
ready in France and three
more ready to go, so his family
may be said to be doing their
full duty by their country.
He asks the Commanding Offi
cer to have a note dropped
from one of our ships in reply
to his letter.
This will be done and a copy
of Zooms will be delivered to
him by airplane at the same
time. The fact that Wardie’s
health prevents him from
bearing arms makes him none
the less one of Uncle Sam’s
soldiers, and his comrades in
the Air Service are proud of
Lieut. E. F. Caldwell, Acting
Adjutant of the Flying Depart
ment, will deliver the reply to
Wardie’s letter and a copy of
Zooms, Thursday morning.
Administrative and Personnel
Officer and Superintendent
of Construction.

| Orders have been received
I at Payne Field headquarters
announcing the commissioning
of Second Lieutenants C. A.
Neff and C. H. Shook as First
Lieut. Neff has been at
Payne Field only a little over
a month, but he was formerly
with Lieut. Colonel Heard at
Kelly Field. He is the Ad
ministrative and Personnel Of
ficer of Payne Field.
Lieut. Shook was one of the
first men to report at Payne
Field and has been Superin
tendent of Construction since
his arrival. The promotion of
these Lieutenants comes
through efficient performance
of duties and is well deserved.
'^d^ieut. Robert G. Moore tl
ported for duty today at Payne
Field Lieut. Moore is the en
I ly survivor of the unfortunate
airplane collision at the field |
June 20.
He is feeling finely and is
anxious to get into the air
again. He has spent the past
few weeks at his home in Cin
cinnati, Ohio. Jjj
First Lieutenant J. B. Manning,
Dental Corps, left Payne Field last
week to report to the President of
the Examining Board at Camp
Greenleaf, Chickamauga Park,
Georgia. He will be examined to
determine his fitness for promotion.
The delivery of the first
newspaper by aerial mail was
written into aviation history
last Thursday, August 29.
Leaving Payne Field at 9 a.
m. in Lieut. Weddington’s spe
cial stunt ship, Lieut. Louis
Spilman, Managing Editor of
ZOOMS, and Lieut. Harry
Weddington, Officer in Charge
of Flying at Payne Field, flew
to Aberdeen, a distance of six
teeif miles and delivered to
that city 135 copies of Zooms.
At the same time papers
were delivered similarly at
Tupelo, Okolona and Colum
bus. Aerial delivery of Zooms
will be made at all towns
where the subscription list ex
ceeds fifty names. The bags
will be sent out hereafter by
pilots on the cross-country
stage of flying and will be
dropped at towns indicated.
In the above picture is
shown from left to right;
Lieut. Spilman; Mr. Ed L. Stin
son, Aberdeen and Lieut. Wed
dington. Mr. Stinson is the
father of the famous quartette
of Stinson flyers, Katherine
Marjorie, Eddie and Jack
Probably the most noted is
Miss Katherine, who is now
doing exhibition flying in Can
ada. Eddie and Jack are bott
at Kelly Field, San Antonio
Texas. Mr. Stinson receivec
the first bag of Zooms deliv
ered by aerial mail. He is
City Engineer of Aberdeen.
The above picture shows
the destruction of the stills se
cured in raids carried on by
Mr. Frye and Payne Field’s
Military Police. The property
was all brought to the Guard
House at Payne Field and was
there hammered into scraps.
In the picture, left to right,
are, Mr. D. W. Frye, Deputy
United States Revenue Collect
• r, Atlanta, Ga.; Lieut. T. L.
-.iratton, representative of
Zooms; Lieut. McLean, Chief
of Military Pi lice at Payne
Field. •
Eight enlisted men reported
Tuesday to Payne Field, having
been transferred here from,
Kelly Peld, San Antonio, Tex-j
as. The men are assigned to
work with the Engineer’s Lxr
partment and are a most wel-j
come addition to the personnel
of the field, as they are all ex
perienced airplane mechanics.
The men who reported fol
Charles O. Powell J]in charge
of journey), Otto Macon, Har
old Mitze, Raymond O’Brien,
Ernest D. Richards, Joseph E.
Rowley, Floyd J. Reubensaal
and Michael E. Stanton.
Sgt. Masland is considering,
shaving off his hirstute adornment j
and otherwise acting “Cadetish” all j
because he is slated for ground:
field mmm
Tuesday, September, 3 the rec/rd
for total number of hours of flying
was established for Payne Field—a
tftal of 572 hours and 29 minutes.
0 lc.nd.iv September. 2 the record
Vbr the highest number of hours per
ship was established, each plane
being in the air 10 hours and 33
Lieut. Walter F. Moore, in charge
of cross-country stage, had each of
his planes in the air 12 hours and 13
minutes out of a possible 13 hours,
thereby getting the record for the
stages of the field.
Payne Field challenges any other
one unit field r even two unit
field, of the l .ted States to best
these records.
^NOTE: To determine v>
er you are flying upside down
in a fog or cloud, unfasten
your life-belt. Lieut. Nevertiu.
Lieut. McLean Joins With Deputy United States Revenue Col
lector Frye in Raiding Illicit Stills in Northern Missis
sippi—Several Moonshiners Have Been Captured.
Eleven Made Sergeants, 38 Cor
poral-Chauffeurs and 26
Privates, First-Class.
Thirteen men in Squadron A; twen
ty-four in Squadron B; twenty-one in
Squadron C and twenty-four in Squad
ron D were promoted by a sweeping
order issued from Payne Field Head
quarters September 1. This makes a
total of eighty-two promotions on one
order. Eleven of the number received
Sergeancies; thirty-eight became Cor
poral-Chauffeurs; and twenty-six were
made Privates, First Class. The pro
motions were made according to rec
ommendations made by the Promotion
Squadron A:
To Sergeant: M. C. Calahan, R.
Lacey, D. F. Lane, and W. P. Akers.
To Corporal-Chauffeur: J. F. Rich
ardson, Richard H. Johnson, S. An
drazumus, C. C. Arters, W. Good
ridge; M. Nattalle. P. O. LaPrude, F.
J. Bragg and R. W. Scroggan.
Squadron B:
To Sefgeani: Paul A. Pcterttm, Jas<
A. Johnston, Stewart R. ISasler and
j M. F. Rasimus.
To Corporal-Chauffeur: F. P. Mine
| ban, J. R. Lent, H. Mann, M. P. Del
cuse, I. M. Bordner, E. Heusing,
; John T. Hughes, J. D. Cortney, D. O.
| Haggit and H. F. Perrosett.
To Private, First Class: H. Overton,
: L. K. Hoinacki, Don Robinson, R. C.
j Smith, Louis Finkelstein, N. S. Hum
i nVirAtr C' Q Ptr'KoivTc AT 1? WpCCpI
Harry Lawrence and E. R' Wiley.
Squadron C:
Tc Sergeant: John C. Ingram,
To Corporal-Chaufieur: Philip Anger,
Wilbur Gardner, Charles E. Wade,
Raymond Walker, Henry Mohring,
Allie D. Caver, Evans Haynes, Robert
J. Orrick, O. D. Poe, T. Parks, R. T.
Johnson, H. C. DeWolfe, W. F. Pie
per and Herbert Wilson.
To Private, First Class: Peter Wood
ruff, Charles S. Allen, Charles A.
Stephens, Norton E. Schuman, Adolph
Schurmon and Myles Olmstead.
Squadron D:
To Sergeant: Merling Oates and
Leonard C. Larson.
To Corporal-Chauffeur: Oscar M.
I Frydenburg, Allen M. Borland, Jewett
F. Schrumm, Charles W. Wolkarte,
Vernon D. Case, Guy M. Taylor, C.
H. Hawkins, W. D. Smith, E. H.
Johnson, Elmer L. Cleary, J. W De
penbrock and Albert M. Wright.
To Private, First Class: Charier Ves
mirovsky, Hamilton Beazley, Richard
H Matthews, W H. Cunningham,
Atlen Strachan, Stanley W. Casner,
Ellis Hall, Harold T. Lord, H. J. Hib
beler and Reuben Korn.
Reports have been received
from Capt. William P. Field,oi
Atlanta, Ga.( President of the
Aviation Examining Board
that few of the nineteen enlist
ed men of this field were ac
cepted for candidates for fly
ing commissions.
Captain Field visited Payne
Field some two weeks ago tc
examine all enlisted men ol
Payne, Taylor and Park Fields
who had made application foi
admission into ground schoo
to study for flyers.
Using Payne Field’s Milita
ry Police, a government reven
ue collector has uncovered a
number of illicit stills in this
section of Mississippi. Mr.
Frye, the government repre
sentative, was sent here from
Georgia by the authorities at
Washington, D. C., when it
was learned that soldiers sta
tioned at the aviation field
here were securing “corn”
whiskey from people near the
post. That “white liquor” will
go is evident from the success
of raids carried on up to date,
and before long every moon
shiner in northern Mississippi
will be peacefully awaiting
federal trial and his stills will
be destroyed and stored at the
Payne Field guard house.
A story about moonshiners
in the year 1918 sounds like
fiction, nevertheless, Lieut. Mc
Lean and his assistants have
been kept busy hunting down
| these illicit whiskey stills.
I Fver since the field opened the
military police have worked in
conjunction with the civil au
thorities to stamp out the sale
of whiskey near Payne Field.
Mr. D. W. Frye, of Atlanta,
Ga., Deputy United States Col
lector, has been di tailed for
sixty days to assist Lieut. Mc
Lean and witness the destruc
tion of the stills. Lieut. McLean
handled the military police at
Kelly Field, Texas, before com
ing to Payne Field. Mr. Frye’s
appointment dates back to
Grover Cleveland’s adminis
tration, thus he has held his
place under three Republican
presidents. He is absolutely
fearless in the face of danger
and never turns back once he
is on the trail of a moonshiner.
It is not possible to go into
the details of all these raids
but on Saturday, August 2-t
LWU SLI1I» WC1C Uiuugui mt-w
camp. On information secured
by the intelligence department
of the military police a partv
left Aberdeen to raid a still
owned by C. G. Garner and op
erated by Garner’s son. This
party included T,ieut. McLean,
Mr. Frye, Sheriff Taylor and
Deputy Sheriff Jones, of Aber
deen, Corporal Gardner and
Private Brogan. Garner saw
the party leave Aberdeen and
understood the purpose. He
drove furiously in his automo
bile by a circuitous route so as
i to be unobserved by the l’aid
ing party and arrived a few
minutes before the police.
Driving his automobile into &
| cornfield so, as he thought, it
would be unobserved by the
police, he hastened to warn his
Garner’s automobile was seen
by the police as soon as they
arrived and Private Brogan
was sent to guard it while the
still was being located. The
police were just in time to see
Garner’s son running through
the woods over the hill. He
was ordered to halt,but contin
ued running, although several
shots were fired in his direc
tion. The still was found where
it had been carried by Garner’s
son, about one hundred feet
out into the woods from its
original location. Corporal
Gardner heard something go
ing through the brush back
toward the road and upon in
vestigation found that it was
Garner making his way back
toward his automobile. He was
then ordered to halt and taken
into custody by Corporal Gard
ner and returned to his auto
mobile to await the rest of the
The still was loaded into the
automobile and the party
started back toward Aberdeen,
(Continued on page eight)

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