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Mth Infantry Poised For Action In The South Pacific NEDIiO OUTFIT HAS KEPT A 21 MONTH‘VIGIL’ » T FLETCHER P. MARTIN ADVANCE PACIFIC BASE «Via Airmail)—O* the sandy shores of a historic South Pacific beach which i» preflccd by counties* miles of Coral Sea. the crack 24th Infantry 1* stationed Neitly tucked in the of jungular terrain, this force fully equipped, is prepared for any eventuality. Whether they Wilt be flung again*: the enemy, only the military command knows, in the meantime the pushing of sup plies to forward areas is their task Twenty-one months have slowly passed since this outfit embarked from California for the South Pa cific. Twenty-one months without • let-up. exiept for those whose health make necessary evpeuntion. Under tropical conditions they sol dier on the docks and in supply dumps. Despite this, they remain ready for combat having in their poaseision full equipment for a full Infantry unit. Time crawls, work is hard, but in the words of Lt Col. Julian G. Hcathie Jr., com mander from Wheeling. W Va.: Doing Essential Job * We feel that what we are doing Is essential in this war effort. Our force is one prepared to do any thing. Whether at the front or be hind the lines. Now we are behind the lines handling essential sup plies. We are doing, and will con tinue to do a good job." The ramp is flanked on all sides by towering coconut palms. And ©n tha North are miles of sandy beach. A beautiful site which does Hot show the wear and tear of bat tle. Vet only a few months ago here was fought one of the blood iest of battles. Americans showered therpselves in glory as they routed • stubborn enemy from beach and surrounding jungles The military burial ground several hundred feet from this site bespeaks the inten tly of the struggle. Now all is Peaceful and quiet as the waves break against the beach and multi colored birds cloud the -ir with ftranf* calls. Their Health Good -The climate is hot and sultry. Ykt the health of these men is re markably good. The food is good, and tents are spacious and clean. Checker boarding the grounds are huge trenches and dugouts. Al though these have not been much used for the last few months, be fore that the underground sanct uaries were as well known as the comfortable screened tents. Having felt the wage of aerial bombard ments. preparedness is the byword. During one such attack Pfc. Verna C Neal of Ituleville. Miss., tyawled 390 yards In the face of hyrtbng death and aided In the evacuation of several wounded. Receiving in jartaa in this courageous undertak -Ift* Pta Neal later received tha xSS «2Lrt* ,rU *"* r4 “* l “* SSe seasoned Mad well-dlsd- TMm !MlflireTOr<> p dl» their weapons. An appreciable number Of the non-commi—Mined officers Ore Regular Army. And the spirit es military eourtftmr. carried Out to the latter, leaves little to be de sired. The men are influenced largely by such old Army reg-lars ns F-Sgts. John J. Hansbury. of New Orleans <2O years); Jacob Har rison. of Columbus. Ga., <26 years); Harry Relf. of Montgompry. Ala., (9 years); Robert Palmer of Phenix City. Ala., <l4 years); and S-Sgt. Romalus Lewis, of New Orleans <l6 years). Oberlln Chaplain Listed Except for the chsplains. Cap tains Norman G. Long, of Oberlin. Ohio; Theodore H. Brooks, of San ford, N.C.; and Lt Gil B. Lloyd, of Chicago, 111., the ranking Negro officers are Warrant Officers Rufus E. Williams, Columbus. Ga.; Chris Guillory, Columbus. Ga.; Suid A. Draught), Hattiesburg, Miss; G. Clarence Owens. Chicago; Willie C. Jones, Birmingham, Ala.; and Roger Porter. Columbus. Ga. The record of the 24th Infantry Is widely known. Action on the Mexican border, the Cuban cam paign which included th attack upon San Juan Hill, and services in the Phillipines. History speaks of the long, hard and uncomplaining services of this infantry force. Years at Fort Benning, Ga.. where they served as the demonstration troops for the infantry school. And where athletic records were shattered. These accomplishments are written in the record. Landed In ’42 Familiar with the work of service troops. familiar with the weapons of the infantry, today thev are un complaining Mve for the long ardu ous hours. At nights the oldsters tslk of howitrers and Springfield*, the “new ’cruits listen" After embarkation the unit larded in New Hebrides on May 4, 1942. Thrie they found a detach ment of Mariner a unit of the old Massachusetts National Guards mow Infantry), and the native home guard*. The infantry was formed into the North and Fast sec tor defense perimeter Lines of Communication were established by them for the entiie island lug through thick underbrush uni Jungle foliage. 300 miles of vdß were strung. 1-Sg! E. D Phoenix City. Ala t who in marge, told of the •We were armed runs, knives, and a map wßlidn't know the territory was <rT4 and unexplored I had a compass and map We started out with food and equipment to bivouac along the war. It was Lae blaring a new trail We cut through the brush and beamed like fire It wasn’t easy. For nine months we went forward, stringing, watch ing. and sweating. sweating, watching and stringing Wild cows were about the only things we saw. I dorrt mind telling you it was hell. Finally, the Job was com ?leted. And we called it the forth west Passage"* One important item Sgt. Barks left out was that prior to ioining the Army eight years ago. he had no training in Signal Corps work In fact he worked in a textile plant in Alabama. With 10 men he did a Job that still stands s tri bute to this little dark man. and won for him the coveted Legion of Merit Plenty Keereatlen The perimeter of ground action In this command extends miles from the beach. And time Is per mitted for rest movies, volley ball. boxing bouU, liahxng. swimming. „ ~~ **V i I I - 'i ~ f ' * 'iv L'Jjl -C ' J Aail * 1 ||| I "—’ll w ■ I V -.* llrr \- ■* - i i i fl 1J 1 ( M h. i J ,m._ uL 1. w* I ■ ML s§ v, n, ' i m ft 1 VI *L id 'Uft * 111 lwN& f In an attempt to cope with ths serious housing in Detroih na tional and local housing authorities have approved several projects lor Negto wer workers, among them the construction of approxi v Safi | ' v v< TBM Woe betides the would-be saboteur or invader who runs afoul of this staunch member of the Coast Guard Mounted Beach Patrol. Shown atop hit mount. "Whitey." while on patrol, Lee DEMONSTRATES SPECIALTY El I I ' k' < 6> Rr Unfe d by CT. S W«r nvpnrtmrnt. Iluriw. of Public Relation* WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE Private John W. Hrooks. a member of the United States Olympic Team in 1932 ami 19.16, puts on a demonstration of his specialty of broadjumping. Now taking basic training with the GOtth Training Camp. I.incoln Army Air Field, Nebraska, ihe Chicagoan has garnered over 250 medals and trophies. (Photo by AAK Training Command.) and even studying. The 24th has •ts band, both dance and military, and innumerable quartettes. The men make their fun. furloughs are unheard of in this camp. Tonight, the night before Christ mas, preparations are being made for the Yuletide. There will be no work. As Chaplains Lloyd, Warrant Officer Williams, and this correspondent walked along the beach, looking out on the vast Coral Sea. one of the chaplains remarked: “So peaceful, but of tomorrow, who knows. But despite whatever it brings, 1 feel we are ready.” Mostly Georgians This Infantry is made up largely of men from Georgia. Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida, but sprinkled through the entire force are representatives from every state: New York. S-Sgt Arthur F Tn nisa. New York Citv pfe, Jn n C Farley, New York City; T-5 L Argumper. S’aten Llund: Pvt Julius Malachi, Ossining; and Pfc. John J. Perrigan. Brooklyn Louisiana sends. Sgt Emmamial Poas. New Orleans, and also New o'le*T tans Sgt Walter J Perrin Pfr laither C. Smith, and Sgt Ambrose J. Taylor. ft am too uaLcn a capital bail * DETROIT RAZES SLUMS TO BUILD MORE HOUSING ON COAST GUARD PATROL Pvt. Howard M. Johnson, Cpl. Henry B. Comer, and Pfc. George B. Washington Jr. Pennsylvania is represented by Pfc. Kenneth J. Stoots, Pittsburgh; T-4 Lu Willis Gibson, Monessen; T-5 Jerome J. Jackson. Pfc. Clar ence M. Harris, Joseph Burgess (T-s*. and Pfc Raymond 11. John son, all of Philadelphia. Two Detroiters Detroit, Michigan: Pvt. Harold Beochum and Pvt. Robert Jones. Missouri: Pvt. Arthur Cook, of St. Louis; Pvt. Bernard L. Steward, St. Louis: and Pfc, Randolph Ward, Kirk wood. Chicago: Pfc Bennie Hooks and Pvt. Lawrence L. Leeper. Ohio: Pvt. Orbille V. Irvin. Cleve land; Pvt. Noble Harmon, Camp b 11; Pvt. James Tl. Turner, Circle ville; Pfe. Kenneth G Black. New ark: and Pfc Mose G. Courtman. Coatsville. Texas: 1-Sgt Joe McCoy. Hous ton; Pvt Edward Hargraves. Fort Worth; Pvt Joe Joshua. San An tonio; and T-4 Lee E. Keeton, Fair field Kentucky: Pvt. Cliffton C Gay. of Lexington: and Sgt. Hugh S. CLegory of Greenville. Virginia: Pfr Frank Brown Jr.. Koitviki T-4 Willie Co*by, South THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE <T m %. RELIABLE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY Perkins, boatswain's mate, second class, Dallas, Texas, is a member of a Coast Guard hors# patrol unit which patrols beaches in the New Jersey area.—U. S. Navy photo from OWI. mately 350 temporary dwelling units in the area of the Brewster project. Some of the work of clearing* away condemned buildings was begun weeks ago and the entire district between Beaubien Of *m : M r 'e 1 V .1 L, K * KaNr r I'tTli WEI.. iTfirift, Vr wh«4 fr vm An L T--iLgia r Itfty HIT f nKcyff v ■# . . |4 wIM _> f w / ts i oit lomm Wk * ItVI 'lvjgHl “ Be ' Ift v . f I wNwgy»»w ■ W ; "* ’**'* ** - w46^gjy^^^] V A '... i -WmmvjU «^ns*Uv». •>• .yy.<v^vA4-.--jesu«w^. i, A.- »%—»>.•» . „e«»» *w» 41»t4w» <wdfc.it »«*■«*> iff 1 Im m M JbQBKM9R a jk ’ <»** B4V yjftVb wi * • r< >^ißr y< - dgiw,FffiTTifPlF,z ¥ ■ * vjPßPßßCfe^aP^* v *• • 'T . ? *v - ----- •< L.. • <»*»-'-^■-<««JBC^^faairyA^»A- , Wrr -- —««#** &s»iiiimV’ i '*<«i.i ->*. x »_.J Top pictura: At Camp Livingxton. L«„ ara pictured members of two ISS mm. howitser squads shown loading their pieces for firing. These soldiers are from "C” Battery. 351st F. A. Battalion of the provisional Artillary command. (Photo by CpL Louie Adrian) Boston; and Pfc. Thomas G. Penn. Martinsville. Maryland sends Baltimore’s S-Sgt Willie Berry, Pfc. Isaac Hall, of Cockegesville. From California hail Tfc. Isaac Williams. Sacramento; S-Sgt. J. D. Muigau. Fresco. p-r : w. rm,w*, i y .' J 1 *" Nk ' nit w i “-■••*- ft ' \ ~—rr •SS-R I '' ‘ .' f ’ These Coast Guardsmen eat heartily after a day patrolling the cold, windy beaches of New Jersey. Kenneth Downs, chief boatswain's mate, veteran of GuadalcanaL at the head of NEGRO ARTILLERY MEN MANNING GUNS FEPC GETS NEW HOME WASHINGTON (ANP) The! Fair Employment Pract.ce commit-J tee moved Into new quarters on Monday at 281 Constitution avenue. N W Reason for the change was to provide more adequate space for the 4gencjr« * 1 end Hastings street south of Brf wster is now ready for new build ings. Michigan Chronicle photographer Earl Fowler made theee pictures of .workmen on the job readying the area for new homes. THE WATCHMEN MUST EAT Bottom picture: Soldiers of "C" Battery. 351st Field Artillery bat talion of the ProTisional Artillery command are shown making a last minute check of their howitzer's sight and quadrant to be sura the piece is prepared lor firing. (Photo by Cpl. Louie Adrian) CORPORAL VISITS MOTHER CpL Cecil T. Mitchner of the 346th Aviation Squadron stationed at l.a Junta. Colo., arrived in De troit Thursday morning for a visit with his mother. Mrs. Lula Smith ul 411 £. iiaucock street. table (while), is the commanding officar of this group. This Coast Guard horse patrol is on duly 24 hours a day.—U. S. Navy photo from OWI. KANSAS CITY MINISTER PASSES KANSAS CITY. Mo-(AND Funeral services for the Rev. Ray mond Jordan, prominent Raptist minister, who died on Wednesday were, conducted Sunday afternoon, from the St. Stephen's Baptist church. feATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 1941 1 CQVE mrA The Town By JOHN WOOD THE UPTOWN DOWNBEAT CITY PLANNING Commission which last week went over land approved in principle) plans of Wayne County Better Homes Inc., for developing Eight Mile road area revealed the seriousness (as if it wasn't already known) OT Negro housing problem in Detroit. So bad is the situation, said one mem ber of the Commission, that e hous ing official is in Washington plead ing for more money to build more projects just for Negroes. . . . One member of the Commission also ac cidentally dropped the information that out at Willow Run—where Federal housing authorities have decreed Negroes “shall not live— -4500 housing units are “going beg ging’! for tenants because no one will rent these “nice white units.** Some people get everything except the point! * * * ONLY ABOUT EIGHT per cent of white people in Inkster are even mildly interested In plans to divide Inkster and leave Negro residents holding the bag for bonded indebt edness of the Village. Ironically enough, the man who proposed the division to put colored citizens be hind the tracks (and the proverbial eight ball) went to Negro council man Charles Denby for legal advice to carry out his plans. We repeat— some people get everything except the point! ♦ * * BOOKER T. WASH. Trade Asso ciation will go "big time" in *44 by re-opening its office full time, em ploying executive secretary, pitch ing in on post-war planning and awarding three scholarships to col ored youth interested in business careers. (One scholarship to Wayne University and two to Negro col leges). . . . ATTENTION, Father Thomas J. Clynes. Bob Settles, William Shafer and William Sin gleton: It’s a 124 pound girl for the H. C. Washington's (that's the family you helped to get settled just before Xmas). Charlotte Lo rain Washington was born Decem ber 26. * * * CRACKED DR. J. J. McClendon Sunday: ‘Maybe the best way to get more Negroes on the police force is to have more colored Lieu tenants in the department; I notice that the only Negro added to th« force since the June riot is Lieuten ant Wallace Williams' son" . . . Col lier's Kyle Crichton, in reviewing 'Carmen Jones." rates Detroit's Pauline Frisby (professional name Carlotta Eranzgll) as the star of the show. Said Crichton, and 1 quote (as Louise Blackmon would say> "Carlotta Franzells singing stops the show." * ** * I JAMES MURPHY who - OfA thought he was writing the net I of Pontiac for this paper it put I lishing a book of poema titled, “Fantasy of a Dreamer** which la due off the press this week and which, we might add. has the right title. (Seems like Horace White should have thought up that title). . . . Stella (her voice is a honey) Andrews who is probably the best (though not recognized as such) soprano in Detroit, was encored at NAACP meeting Sunday by a crowd which wasn’t fooling. It really liked her. . . . Vivian Mat thews (she works In our office) is still pulling that bewhiskered gag. “I haven't seen you since last } ear." gt gi jft SPEAKING OF Mayor Jeffries (in acceptable language) he wMll make his first public appearance before a Negro group since the elec tion at St. Stephens church January 17 under auspices of West Side Human Relations Council. Hiz /oner will speak on "minorities In the democratic life of the city of Detroit" (Don't miss this. Bub) * * * OTHER COMING EVENTS: Bishop John A. Gregg will be given a testimonial (as well as a nice purse* when he reports on his latest trip to the war fronts at Ebenezer Church, January 19. . . . Mrs. Roose velt's subject at the same church on January 2 will deal with Negro housing (or no Negro housing) . . . National Committee to Abolish Jim-Crow’ Travel in the United States will meet in conference at YMCA January 29. (Don't miss this one. either.) $ j); jg WEEK’S BEST STORY: A young newsboy huddled in the doorway of a drug store at Owen and Oak land last Saturday night The thermometer was falling faster than Hitler's morale and it looked as if the lad would be stuck with about ten papers and also a bad cold, for it was getting pretty late and nobody wanted to read bad enough to brave the cold and buy his papers. Up walked a lady and gentleman (obviously full of the Saturday night spirit). The man bought a paper and gave the newsboy a dol lar and didn’t wait for his change. Said his wife, "Do you know you gave that boy a dollar?” Answered the gent, "Of course 1 know It. I meant to give him a dollar, then maybe -he’ll go home and not stand out here in the cold trying to sell the rest of those pa pers." Said she: "Since he didn't say 'thank you’ maybe you should go back and teach him a lesson.” So the man retraced his steps and said. "Son, I gave you a dollar didn’t I?" The kid looked up and said. “Yep, you sure did.” Said the man, "Well, what do you .say?" And the response came in a flash: "Goodnight, JERK." Randolph Spoke At Boston Meet NEW YORK. N. Y.-At the First Methodist Church Forum in Boiton, Mass., A. Philip Randolph called for interracial and interfaith co operation for the purpose of abol ishing discrimination and segrega tion in the armed forces and tha making of FEPC a permanent post war agency. Extensive and enthus iastic discussion followed the ad drsaa.