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COL L W. HERRON
Will Command District Reserves in Army Day Celebration. District, Reserve units, comprising the 3d Division in the Army Day parade next Wednesday; will be com manded by Col. Leroy W. Herron, who has been designated marshal of that division. Serving on his staff will be Maj. Virgil O. Barnard and Capt. Frederick S. Lee, both of the 313th Field Artillery. District Reserve units participating will include the J55th Field Artillery Brigade. 306th Calvary. 320th Infan try, Air Corps unit, 913th Coast Ar tillery (anti-aircraft!, 622d Coast Ar tillery (harbor defense!, 343d Engi neers, 376th Engineers, 1320th Serv ice Unit, 1321st Service Unit, 1322d Service Unit. 428th Infantry and 429th Infantry. Officers of the services par tiepating in the parade include those of the Ordnance Department. Quar termaster Crops. Signal Corps, Finance Department, Chemical Warfare Serv ice and the Medical Department. Members will assemble at 1:30 p.m. on the south side of E street S.E.. facing west, the head of the column to be formed at E street and New Jer sey avenue. The uniform will con sist of the regulation cap, breeches, coat, belt, yellow gloves, white shirt and collar with black tie, medals and badges. Sabers and overcoats will not be worn. Cotton olive drab w:ith boots is preferred, but any authorized uni form may be worn. Military correspondence will be the Subject of the 428th-429th Infantry conference tomorrow evening. In fantry officers on Tuesday evening will take up combat principles and the machine gun section., and signal offi cers will discuss corps and division radio nets and the operation and technique of frequency assignments. On Wednesday field arti'lery officers will take up instruments and tele phones. Brig. Gen. H. S. Hawkins, U. S. A., retired, will discuss the cavalry arm of the service at the cavalry meeeting Thursday evening. Other speakers will include Lt, Col. Stout, who will discuss combat in telligence, and Capt. Daniel, who will discuss machine guns. The cadre school and the adjutant general's sec tion will be the subject of the 1322d Service Unit conference Friday eve nmg. District cavalry officers will meet at Fort Myer, Va. April 10. j 8:30 to 11 am., for equitation and! drill and pistol marksmanship. Col. John V. Richards, commanding officer of the 320th Infantry, has ap- j proved a reassignment of officers to j his regiment. In addition to Col. Richards, regimental headquarters j consists of the following officers: Maj. | Victor H. Dent, executive officer: Maj. Lloyd E. Kelly, plans and training officer; Capt. Clifford L. Johnson, ad jutant; Capt. Nelson Bennett, intelli gence officer; Capt. Eric C. Metzeroth, assistant plans and training officer; Capt. Acors R. Thompson, supply offi cer, and First Lt. Leroy F. Nicholson, munitions officer. District officers as signed to the Headquarters Company include Capt. Arthur Skarry, com manding: First Lts. Harry E. Ratcliffe, Ralph W. Watt, Oscar K. Williams, jr, and Second Lts. Archibald U. Turner, Adolf A. Morell, James J. Schwartz. Robert B. Edwards. B. J. Camp, Dallas S. Barnes and Howard M. Bradbury, jr. District officers assigned to the Sendee Company include First Lts. Kenneth H. Sheeler, Edward W. Solo mon. Charles H. Jourdan and Donald C. McGovern, and Second Lts. Mil ton M. Price. Alexander E. Susong, Robert T. Van Uden, Oscar H. Adams, Richard W. Axtell, Charles T. Butler, jr, and John J. Cook. District officers assigned to the Hnwdtzer Company are Capt, Edka C. Moore, commanding; First Lts. Bush W. Locknane, Howard K. Chap man, jr.; Newton O. Wood, jr, and Fred L. Eberz, and Second Lts. Harry W. Frantz, Richard P. Drennan, Monty Ereza, Francis P. Wells, John O. Woods and Mark D. Woodward. Attached personnel to the regiment Includes Maj. Leslie T. Gager, regi mental surgeon; Chaplain Earl Tag gert, regimental chaplain; Assistant Chaplains Arthur E. Kernahan, Wal ter P. Plumley and Edward B. Wilcox. MARINE RESERVES TO SEEK RECRUITS Fifth Battalion's Campaign for Members Will Continue Through June 1. The 5th Battalion, Fleet Marine Corps Reserves, has inaugurated a recruiting drive which will continue until June 1. It is pointed out that appointment to the United States Naval Academy may be gained through enlistment in this Reserve. The office of the inspector-instruc tor, at 458 Indiana avenue N.W.. is open from 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noort Sat urday. Battalion headquarters announces the following new enlistments: Com pany C, Ray E. Law; Company D, Ernest W. Reid, Paul J. Heath, jr.; Joseph W. Scott and William E. Glad stone, jr.; Company E. Stanley R. Graeff and Willis L. Graeff. Re-enlistments are: Douglas E. Studdiford, re-enlisted and re-ap pointed a sergeant in Company C; Karl E. Becker, re-enlisted and re appointed a sergeant in Company F. Company D will hold a party at the Knights of Columbus Hall on April 22. A party was held for Company C by its commanding officer. First Lt. Henderson A. Melville, after drill Tuesday night. The battalion com mander and inspector-instructor were also present. Marine Corps League. The National Capital Detachment, Marine Corps Leagtfe, will hold a get together of marines and former ma rines at the Willard Hotel on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Marine Corps League is the only all-marine veterans’ organization in the United States. The National Cap ital Detachment has Willard W. Si bert, a 30-year marine, as its com mandant. The national convention for 1938 will be held here September 2, 3 and 4 at the Willard Hotel. —" ■ -• -— Purple Hearts. A business meeting of Mount Ver non Chapter, No. 22, Military Order of the Purple Heart, will be held at 1414 Eye street N.W^omorrow. i District Legion’s Annual Ball Is Set lor Tuesday at Willard President and Mrs. Roosevelt Sponsor Event to Which HighOfficials Are Invited. The Legion will participate in the Army Day parade next Wednesday to start from the Capitol. The division in which the Legion will march will form on Delaware avenue at C street S.W. at 1:30 p m. Legionnaires are re quested to parade in uniform or caps, and all posts are requested to have their post colors present. At the last Department Executive Committee meeting a resolution was adopted as being unalterably opposed to any change, transfer, alteration or abolishment of the Veterans' Adminis tration or any functin thereof as is now prescribed or may be prescribed by law, and a copy of the resolution was forwarded to national headquar ters, asking that body to concur in this action. The resignation of Department Ath letic Chairman Joseph A. Ashi was accepted, and George Royal was ap pointed to take charge of the junior baseball activity. The league will start play on May 1 and will play each Sunday thereafter with the same teams that took part in the league last year again participating this year. United States Bureau of Internal Revenue Post, No. 39. had its last meeting with Acting Comdr. John A. long presiding. The Entertainment Committee held a "Big Lairs” contest, which was won by Executive Commit teeman McKinley Kreigh. Lloyd Burkey of the Department American ism Committee showed the new Na tional American Legion safety films. Past Senior Vice Comdr. Arthur Thomas was elected a lieutenant in the Guard of Honor. Comdr. Charles E Wolf has returned from Los Angeles and will preside at the meeting on April 11, at the Hayloft Club. Sergt, Jasper Past will meet Wednes day at the Pythian Temple, with Comdr. Daniel M. Goodacre presiding. Pied G. Fraser, head of the Forty and Eight, is expected to make an ad dress. Final action on the proposed changes in the constitution and by laws will be taken. The Department of Agriculture Past will hold a smoker next Saturday at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, 419 Seventh street N.W., at 8 p.m. All veterans and their friends are invited. At the last meeting the post ac cepted the applications of Everett Wilcox and Lloyd A. Palmer. Members of the James Reese Europe j Post will assemble at the foot of Dela ware avenue and C streets S.W., at ; 12:30 p.m . to participate in the Army day parade. Comdr. Robert Williams j requests all be present with full uni forms and white gloves. The annual military ball of the District of Columbia Department of the American Legion, which will be sponsored by President and Mrs. Roosevelt, will be held Tuesday night at the Willard Hotel from 9:30 to 1:30 o'clock. Many members of Congress, Army and Navy and high Government offi cials have been invited. James F. Kehoe is general chairman. The Le gion guard of honor will act as an escort for the distinguished guests. Members of the Legion will partici pate in church services tonight at 8 o'clock at St. John's Episcopal Church. 16th and H streets N.W. to commemorate the twentieth anniver sary of the entry of the United States I into the World War. Dr. Oliver J. i Hart, the rector, will preach the ser- I mon. The services will be non-sec- | tarian. The front portion of the church has 1 been reserved for members of the I Legion and its auxiliary. The James E. Walker Post, No. 26. | held their 19th birthday celebration at the Y. M. C. A. on March 24. The department membership officer presented the post, through Comdr. J. Franklin Wilson, a framed “meritor ious citation" for its efforts in in creasing the post's membership. Sev eral members of the post also received individual citations for bringing in ever 10 new members each. Capt. Arthur Newman was master of ceremonies. Col. West Hamilton gave i brief history of the post. Capt. Cole man called the roll of the charter members. Talks were made by Judge Almond Scott of the Municipal Court and Dr. Howard Long, assistant superintendent )f public schools. The Ladies' Auxiliary, through its president, Mrs. Epps, presented the oost with a birthday cake. Comdr. Charles W. Garlock will pre side at the meeting of Lincoln Post iomorrow at 8 p.m., in Arcade Hall, Fourteenth street and Park road N.W. rhis will be Spanish-American War Veterans’ Night. The department commander, with his staff, will be ’resent. All Spanish-American War Veterans are invited. Several newly elected Legionnaires will be initiated, rhe Forty and Eight degree drill team will present the degree work. The Bugle and Drum Corps of the Sons sf the Legion will also be present. Prizes will be awarded winners of :he 1938 National Post history con gest, according to National Historian rhomas M. Owen, jr. First prize will be a 17-jewel, 14 karat., white gold-filled case wrist watch. Beneath the curved dial will oe embossed the Legion emblem in colors and the watch will have a genuine, natural pigskin strap. Sec end prize will be a 14-karat solid' green told ring with midget emblem, black enyx stone and hand-carved eagles. Third prizse will be a handsome set ef miniature colors made of heavy eanner silk. The flags will be 12 by 18 inches in size.. The base will be. ef highly polished walnut. An en graved plate will carry the winner’s name, his post, department and the late. col. Randall, president, has called i meeting of the Past Commanders’ Association next Thursday night. Din ner will precede the business, place to be announced shortly. Members, their wives or husbands and past commanders eligible to membership in the association will attend. Fort Stevens Post will meet in Stansbury Hall on April 7, 8:15 p.m. Officers of citizens’ associations of the northwest area and the com manding officer of No. 6 precinct of the Metropolitan Police Department will discuss community problems. En tertainment and refreshments. The color squad and members of the post will participate in the Army day parade. Ed Donaldson is ar ranging a dinner-fence in Stansbury Meetings This Week. Today — American Legion church service. St. John's Church, Sixteenth and H streets N.W., 8 p.m. Monday—Lincoln Post, Arcade Building, 8 p.m.; Stephen P. Me Groarty Post, Raleigh Hotel, 8 p.m.; Guard of Honor, National Guard Armory, 8 p.m.; Costello Post Drum and Bugle Corps, Na tional Guard Armory, 8 p.m.; Co lumbia Post Drum and Bugle Corps, Registers Building, 8 p.m.; Nash Post Drum and Bugle Corps. 209 Pennsylvania avenue S. E., 8 p.m.; Internal Revenue Post Band, Internal Revenue Building, 8 p.m. Tuesday — George Washington Post, Admiral Club, 8 p.m.; 2d Division Post, New Colonial Hotel, 8 p.m.; Cooley McCullough Post, 8 p.m.; Fort Stevens Post Drum and Bugle Corps, Roosevelt High School, 8 p.m. Wednesday—Army Day parade, formation. Delaware avenue and C street S.W., 1:30 p.m.; Sergt. Jasper Post, Pythian Temple, 1012 Ninth street N.W., 8 p.m.; Colum bia Post, Soldiers and Sailors’ Club, Eleventh and L streets N.W., 8 p.m. Thursday—Fort Stevens Post, Stansbury Lodge Hall, 8 p.m.; Jane A. Delano Post, Nurses' Registry, 8 p.m. Friday—Sons of Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, National Guard Armory, 8 p.m. Saturday — Agriculture Post, stag party, Odd Fellows' Hall, 8 p.m. - 1 ■■■ 1 1 ■ 1 j Hall on May 8 for the benefit of the squadron uniform fund. Abraham Miller is chairman of the I Carnival Committee. A meeting of | the Constitution Committee has been called for April 12, 428 Peabodv street N.W., 8 p.m. U. S. S. Jacob Jones Advisory Coun cil will meet next Thursday evening at the home of Department Vice Comdr. Jane Cox, 1621 H street S.E., with Past Comdr. Mabel Staub and Charlotte Berry as co-hostesses. Members are requested to meet in uniforms at 1:30 p.m. at Delaware avenue and C streets S.W., to partici pate in the Army Day parade on April 6. They are also asked to attend services tonight at St. John's Church, Sixteenth and H streets N.W., at 7:45 o'clock. Arrangements are being completed by the Executive Committee of the District of Columbia Detachment of the Sons of the American Legion for the annual entertainment and dance of the detachment at the Mayflower Hotel, April 30, 1938. A floor show, including an exhibition drill by the installation team of the detachment and the detachment drum and bugle corps, will precede the dancing. De tachment Comdr. Charles E. Johnson has appointed committees and invi tations have been transmitted to dis tinguished guests. The proceeds will be used to defray the expenses in cident to equipping the members of the drum and bugle corps with uni forms and instruments. Vincent B Costello Past. No. 15. will meet tomorrow at the Carlton Hotel, i Entertainment will be provided by El- ! wood V. McNelley and refreshments will be served. Preceding the meeting. Coach Milton Lewis and the boys of Costello Post's victorious ball team of last year will be tendered a dinner. Comdr. Julius I. Peyser will preside, at Wesley Hall. | Tony Wakeman, radio commentator, I will be a guest and will present the ■Wakeman trophy to the post. The members of the team will be given American Legion championship medals by Comdr. Peyser. The post dance will be held May 10 at the Hotel Washington. The Stephen P. McGroarty Post will meet tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines' Club, 1015 L street N.W., for nomination of officers. A dance will be held April 30 at La Fayette Hotel. --■-•-— i Spanish War Veterans The Department commander re quests members of his staff to report to the chief of staff at 8 p.m. tomor row on the third floor of the Arcade Building, near Fourteenth and Park road, when an official visit will be ; made to Lincoln Post of the American Legion. Gen. Nelson A. Miles Camp was convened by Comdr. Charles C. Lewis. William P. Leverin, 1st N. Dak. Vol unteer Infantry; Pomeroy P. Clark, 1st District of Columbia Volunteer In fantry, and O. P. Haag, 1st District of Columbia Volunteer Infantry, were mustered in. Camp Surgeon Hill pre sented the camp with a new Bible. Department Comdr. Victor L. Wool ridge. Past Department Comdr. Charles W. McCaffrey and James B. Freeland spoke. The Military Order of the Serpents held a "crawl” last evening, when a large class of candidates were re ceived. Grand Gu Gu Elvin H. Luskey presided. The Department Auxiliary will meet in Pythian Temple on Wednesday evening. Following, a bingo party will be held. President Alice M. Huyck presided over Gen. Nelson A. Miles Auxiliary when Department President Myrtle Moxley and her staff made the official annual visitation. President Huyck presented the department president with a gift from the auxiliary. Mrs. Hattie Ludwig was elected historian and Installed by her daughter, Past President Gretta W. Ludwig. Col. John Jacob Astor Auxiliary will be host to the department president and her officers Tuesday evening for the annual official visitation. Presi dent Rebekah Pedigo convened the meeting. Members later made car nations for use on Memorial Day. The application of Emma F. Noyes was ap proved and she was formally in ducted by President Pedigo. Meetings this week are: Monday, Gen. Henry W. Lawtcffi and Col. John Jacob Astor Camps; Thursday, Lt. Richard J. Harden Camp; Friday, Gen. Nelson A. Miles Camp; Monday, Admiral George Dewey Naval Auxil iary; Tuesday, Col. John Jacob Astor Auxiliary; Wednesday, Department Auxiliary; Friday, Gen. Nelson A. Miles Auxiliary. Columbia Auxiliary Unit ■.. . ■ __ Officers elected in this American Legion body were: Front, left to right, Mrs. Dorothy M. Mawhood, president, and Mrs. Myrtle Drew, second vice president. Back row, left to right, Mrs. Grace Clark, sergeant at arms; Mrs. Ruth Brandon, secretary, and Mrs. Gertrude McDonaugh, treasurer. ___—Star Staff Photo. I I D. C. Department Will Join Rites at Stephenson Monument April 6. Mrs. Dorothy B. Harper, depart ment president, American Legion Auxiliary, Department of District of Columbia, will place a wreath at the exercises to be held by the Women's Relief Corps, Department of the Po tomac. April 6, at noon at the monu ment erected in memory of Benjamin Franklin Stephenson, founder of the Grand Army of the Republic, at Seventh street and Pennsylvania ave nue N.W. The department colors also will be presented by Mrs. Helen Ware and Mrs. Isabell Steinbreaker, depart ment color bearers. The Kenneth H. Nash Unit, No. 8. will meet April 6 at the Y. W. C. A , 614 E street N.W. The department president. Mrs. Dorothy B Harper, and her staff will make their official visita tion. Mrs. Ann Seiders, child welfare chairman, will distribute Easter bas kets to a number cf children. The unit will hold a party at the home of Mrs. Sarah Kohen, 1900 F street N.W, next Saturday evening. A meeting of Girls’ Nation was held Saturday afternoon at the Hayloft, with Mrs. Virginia McCarthy, depart ment chairman of juniors, presiding, assisted by Mrs. Harper. Each junior represented a deputy to the Constitu tional Convention held in Philadelphia in 1787. Mary Catherine Ware, as George Washington, was unanimously elected chairman of the pseudo con vention and presided over the session. The Girls’ Nation will hold a bingo party' at the Killeen clubroom on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. to raise funds to finance them through the Easter week study of the United States Govern ment and the Senate and House Office Buildings. The department will have a box at the American Legion ball at the Wil lard Hotel next Tuesday. Washington Police Unit will meet April 8 at the Y. W. C. A., 614 E street N.W., at 8 p.m. The national organi zation has designated the month of April as child welfare month, and in this connection the unit will have as a speaker Mrs. Florence T. Conlin, a social service worker of the American Legion welfare department. The Vincent B. Costello Unit enter tained Costello Post with a dance and buffet supper at Stansbury Lodge Hall last Wednesday. The unit is having a membership drive, which began March 19 and will end May 31. The members are now making scrap books to present to the children in the hospitals at Easter time. Plans are now under way by the unit to take part in the Department Fidac program In June. The unit will meet Tuesday at the American War Mothers’ Home, 1527 i New Hampshire avenue N.W.. at 8 p.m., after which the members will at tend the Legion ball. m Army and Navy Union Ralph H. Werner, commander in chief of the M. O. F. S., the honor society, issued an order with the fol lowing assignments and promotions: Lt. Gen. Charles E. Smithson, as signed to the general staff; Brig. Gen. Frederick M. Dryden, promoted to lieutenant general and assigned adju tant general; Brig. Gen. John A. Mai gret, promoted to lieutenant general and assigned 2d Corps commander; Brig. Gen. George Hunter, promoted to major general and assigned to gen eral staff; Brig. Gen. Joseph Jones, promoted to major general, unassigned, and Brig. Gen. William Kolodin, pro moted to major general, unassigned. Comdr. Jack Lynch presided over Special Troops Garrison last Friday night. National Councilman Freder ick M. Dryden, Department Comdr. Charles E. Smithson and Commander in Chief of the Military Order of the Firing Squad Ralph N. Werner spoke. The following were mustered in: G. C. Rush, Russell McMahon, W. S. May keantz, Morris Molin, A. B. Brown, W. H. Woodend, P. B. Daley, James Woodburn, Phillip Gellman, W. T. Townsen, John Ellis, James Stough, D. K. Stephens, H. B. Cockrell, Louis Berlinsky, Edward T. Mulvantez and James Morris. —1 ■ • ■ Third Division. Washington Branch, No. 7, will hold a dinner meeting April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Hall's Restaurant, Seventh and K streets S.W. William A. Shomaker heads the Entertainment Committee. Members are requested to bring ladies. Harry Cedar, secretary, announced there will be installation of officers. Thirtieth Infantry. Lt. Joseph P. Guilett, 2308 Ashmead place N.W., secretary of the 30th In fantry Association here, would like any one who served in the 30th Infan try communicate with him. He an nounced the annual reunion will be held at the New York Athletic Club, New York^ty, on April 8, at 6:30 pjn. RUES HERE MARK ARRAS BAHLE DAY Head of Local D. A. V. Will Be Present at Services in Arlington Saturday. Exercises In observance of the 21st anniversary of the Battle of Arras, a World War epic, in which the Cana dians distinguished themselves at Vimy Ridge, will be held at the Cana dian Cross in Arlington National Cemetery next Saturday at 4 pm., when Comdr. Earl D. liarrell of Na tional Capital Chapter. District of Co lumbia Department Disabled American Veterans of the World War. will head a delegation. A wreath will be placed at the base of the cross. The Canadian Cross was dedicated by the Dominion Government in hon or of Americans who lost their lives in the service of Canada. Department Comdr. John T. Chesdester and mem bers of his staff are expected to at tend. The D A V. Guard of Honor will participate in the Army Day parade next Wednesday. Capt. John E. Egense will be in command, while a j detail will carry the department and i chapter colors. The main body will ! ride in automobiles. comdr. John E. Zetts announces a meeting of Rea Chapter. No. 5, will be held at 1700 L street N.W., next Thurs day at 8 p.m. The commander ad vises disabled veterans living in Rock ville and nearby Maryland that he will give them information on veteran affairs upon request. He may be con tacted evenings at the Rockville Inn. • Bring a new member" is the slogan for the next meeting. Mrs. Anne Kennedy, adjutant, has resigned. The final meeting of the Depart ment Membership Committee will be held tomorrow night at the McGill Building, when E. Claude Babcock, chairman, will announce that the de partment, in exceeding its quota of 1.000 members, has broken all records and placed the local group far in the lead of all units throughout the coun try on a percentage basis. In celebration of the successful ter mination of the drive, a "Victory Din ner" will be held at the Fuhrman Stu dio on April 29. when those who have rendered outstanding service in secur ing members will be presented with the National Commander's Medal of Ap preciation. Attention of national headquarters has been called to the distinguished services rendered to the organiza tion by Mrs. Suzanne Miller, junior vice comdr of the Woman's Auxiliary. Mrs. Miller has won recognition in D. A. V. circles for her work along hu manitarian lines, chiefly visits to bed ridden hospital patients, help to dis tressed families, and contributions to the welfare of the organization. *—-■---. POST-GRADUATE SCHOOL PLAN STIRS INTEREST Surgeons for Army and Navy Would Be Provided by Proposed Institution. Considerable interest is being taken in the proposal to establish, probably in the District of Columbia, a post graduate medical school to provide surgeons for the Army and Navy. Graduates of accredited medical and surgical colleges would be admitted to the school upon designation by Senators and Representatives, one ap pointment per year for a Representa tive and two per year for a Senator. Students would receive $1,200 a year while in attendance at the institute. The school would be under the con trol of a board of regents, consisting of the surgeon general of the Army, the surgeon general of the Navv, the surgeon general of the Public Health Service, ex officio, and four members from the American Medical Associa tion, College of Surgeons and College of Physicians, and the American Dental Association. Special clinics would be conducted each year for the benefit of all reserve officers of the Medical and Dental Corps. All grad uates would have a preferred status for any vacancy in the Army or Navy Medical Corps. --—• Forty and Eight At the last meeting of D. C. Salon No. 14, La Boutique des Huit Cha peax et Quarante Femmes, held at the Washington Hotel, an obligation waa given 12 new members, under the direction of Le Chapeau Helen Mc Cabe. A party will be given at Glenn Dale Hospital for tubercular children on April 22 at 5 p.m. Easter baskets will be sent to many children again this year under the direction of Mrs. Amelia Boberg, child welfare chair man. Mrs. McCabe was unanimously in dorsed as a candidate for Le Demi Chapeau National for the eastern divi sion. Her name will be presented at the National Marche to be held in Los An«i September 19, 30, 31. U. S. Army Inspectors Condemn Guard Armory Facilities Here Lack of Drill Hall Pointed Outas Well as Inadequate Protection for Government Property. While members of the 121st Engi neers of the District National Guard received very fine reports on their training and the care of equipment from the Regular Army officers who examined them during their regular armory inspection, the report con tains much derogatory comment on the armory, now located in the old National Hotel, at Sixth street and Pennsylvania avenue NW. After reading the comment on the armory conditions and the reports on the results of training and the appear ance of personnel arid equipment, the officers have cause for much rejoicing. For the armory problem is wholly beyond their power to correct, al though they have made continued ef forts to convince Congress the guard is seriously handicapped in its work by the lack of a suitable building. As an individual report is made out for each unit which is inspected, every one of the papers contained the com ment on the lack of proper armory facilities. It was pointed out to Guard officers and to the War Department, which also will get copies of the reports, that the drill hall and other armory facili ties are not adequate for the units inspected. There was held to be utter lack of adequate storage space and oth er protection for the hundreds of thou sands of dollars’ worth of Army equip ment which is loaned to the militia for both armory and field training pur poses. Adequate fire protection was held not sufficient. Guard officers said they have fire extinguishers in the hallways, but that the inspecting officer un doubtedly felt that owing to the fire hazards presented by the old build ing there should be additional pro tection in the company and storage rooms. Because of the inflammable condition of much of the equipment, such as uniforms, tentage, etc., it was probably believed a small fire might get considerable headway before the present extinguishers could be hauled to the scene. The inspecting officers held that there was no space for a drill hall sufficiently large enough to train the larger units. The largest room in the building, which formerly served as a ballroom in the hotel, it wras asserted, has posts down the center, where it is even difficult to maneuver a platoon of four squads, yet company, bat talion and regimental close-order drills are supposed to be held at frequent intervals during the armory drill pe riod which takes up the greater part of the year. The Army officer pointed out that it is an old brick and frame building which is depreciating rapidly, adding that the plaster Is falling throughout the building. He found the floors are settling, the roof leaks, causing con siderable damage. The supply and locker rooms are too small, he said. In making such a derogatory report on the armory, the officer, however, points out to his superiors that the' matter is entirely beyond the power of the regimental commander to cor rect. In reporting on the regimental staff, which Is headed by Col. John W. Oehmann, who also commands all the militia here, the administration and records were given a mark of excellent. He said a map exercise, which was participated in by the regimental staff as well as the two battalion staffs, in volving the duties of engineer troops in withdrawal and defense, was execut ed effectively and with suitable deci sions by all parties concerned. Reporting on the Headquarters and Service Company, it found that the company had the high average at ELECTIONS SLATED BY V. F. W. POSTS Defense Follow Me and Federal Units to Choose Officers. Meetings This Week. Monday—Council of Adminis tration, boardroom, District Build ing. Tuesday — Follow Me Post, Northeast Masonic Temple, Mili tary Order of the Cootie, 935 G place N.W. Wednesday—Federal Post, 1326 Massachusetts avenue N.W., Over seas Military Band, National Guard Armory. Thursday — Equality - Walter Reed Post, Pythian Temple: H. L. Edmonds Post, Hamilton Hotel. Defense Post of the District of Columbia Department, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will have election of officers April 13 at Odd Fellows’ Hall, 2022 Rhode Island avenue N '£., at 8 p.m. At a special meeting last Wednesday in the twelfth precinct police station the following were initiated: Frank Drake, John Clerc, William Jacobs, H. R. Burton, William E. Brown, George M. Cummings and Walter W. Cole. Those reinstated were: Wil liam B. Calvert, Ernest M. Boss and Walter J. Reck. Follow Me Post, No. 1830. will meet in Northeast Masonic Temple, Tues day evening, for election of officers. They will be installed in the North east Masonic Temple on April 23. Federal Post, No. 824, will meet Wednesday evening at the Thomas Circle Club, 1326 Massachusetts ave nue N.W., for election of officers. The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Comrade Joseph Diskin, is completing arrangements for a dance to be held at Fort Washington, Md., during the latter part of April, which will be known as veterans’ night. Washington Po6t met Wednesday at 1700 L street N.W., with Comdr. Fred W. Wacker presiding. The post will sponsor an open house at its club house on Army Day April 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided for all veterans participating in the official parade. Election of officers will feature the meeting April 13. Comdr Wacker announced he will not accept another term. The fourth annual Derby day ball, sponsored by the post, will be held at the Cairo Hotel on the evening of Kentucky Derby day. May 7, with dancing from 10 to 1. Calendar reform has been advocated for Marly 100 years. tendance for the year of 91.8 per cent. Its equipment was found to be in excellent condition, the map section was well equipped and performed ex cellent work, and the personnel was found to be of high type and excel lently trained. This unit is com manded by Capt. Walter S. Welsh. The band, commanded by Warrant Officer Meyer Goldman, showed an average attendance of 84 per cent. The comment was that its playing was excellent and well conducted. The average of the attendance of the Medical Department detachment, commanded by Maj. Joseph J. Grten law, also was 84 per cent. The demonstration of a layout of a first aid station was held to be very good and the personnel was found to be well trained. The First Battalion headquarters Is commanded by Maj. Ralph S. Childs and the second by Maj. Clarence S. Shields. It said that they maintained effective training supervision over the companies in their organization. Company A, commanded by Capt,. James R. Quade, had 100 t>er cent attendance. Its engineering mnetion ing was held to be very good. Company B. commanded by Capt. William I. Mushake, was commended for an out standing demonstration of its en gineering function. The average attendance of Company C, commanded by Capt. William F. Jorgensen, was said to be low, but the engineering demonstration was held to be very good. In Company D, commanded by Capt. Samuel R. Tur ner, the inspector found that there was a larger percentage of enlisted men possessing full knowledge of the nomenclature of the rifle and auto matic rifle than any other unit in the command. The uniforms and equipment were held to be in excel lent condition. The engineer demonstration of Com pany E, commanded by Capt. Walter A. Knight, was marked very good, as was that of Company P, commanded by Capt. George W. Johns. It is probable Guard officials will call to the attention of the District Commissioners and the National Capi tal Park and Planning Commission conditions of the armory. Both of these official branches of the Gov ernment have given the local Guard much support during the current Con gress in an effort to have the site for a new armory acquired, but with out success. In view of the fact that the provision for an armory site was thrown out of the District bill on account of House objections to the site, it is probable the agencies con cerned with selecting a site will have to study the matter further. The site selected by the Park and Planning Commission was a part of a general scheme for the treatment of the east ern terminus of East Capitol street, adjacent to Anacostia Park. Whether the study of other sites can be com pleted in time to have a special appropriation sought during the cur rent Congress cannot be determined, at this time, but there is doubt whether this is so. In the light of the action taken by Congress there is little likelihood, in the opinion of those familiar with the situation, that anything will be done to relieve the present armory condition here until something definite is done concerning the use of this site for the erection of a new Public Library. When that is finally decided, of course, the armory will have to be razed and then will have to find new quarters somewhere. However, it was asserted that the new quarters should be found before the necessity arrives of moving the Guard to make way for the new building. TESTS ABOLISHED FOR OFFICER GROUP Candidates for U. S. Guard Commissions Now Only Have to Furnish Certificate. Opportunity for young men who are possible officer material to get com missions in the National Guard of the United States, without the rigid educa tional tests which have been required heretofore, will be given as a result of a decision last week by the local Guard headquarters. It is probable, as a result of this decision, there will be greater interest shown by young men desiring to get commissions which will come into being upon a declaration of war, but have no effect during peace time. The commissions are in the National Guard of the United States. Young men, particularly enlisted men of the Guard, who desire these commissions, although still remaining as enlisted men in the Guard, because of the ab sence of vacancies in the commissioned grades, there, theretofore have had to take the educational tests. It is pro posed now to recommend such appli cants for commission if they furnish a certificate to the effect that they have had two years of high school instruc tion. Any enlisted man in the Guard is eligible. There is no limit in the number of men in any command who can be com missioned. but thus raises the question as to whether the active Guard com panies would not be depleted upon mobilization when these young men assumed their commissions in the in active branch of the Guard. Officers of the headquarters pointed out it is the duty of the company commanders to keep their units up to full strength and maintain enough men in the Re serve to bring the units to war strength upon the call on mobflization day. However, it is admitted these inactive men would not be as well trained as a unit as the active forces now drilling weekly and attending camp once each year, but nevertheless it was pointed out that in any mobilization there will be an imperative need for thousands of officers and the Guard is the logical force to supply them. --• Forty and Eight. Grand Voiture. No. 174, will meet in the Portner Apartments the night of April 11. Grand Chef de Gare John E. McCabe will preside. New members inducted last week will be issued their equipment. Plans for busi ness of the Mid-Atlantic Promenade will be made. This sectional conven tion is scheduled to be held in Newport News, Va., on May 19, 20 and 21. Voyageurs desiring tickets in the Forty and Eight box for the American Legion departmental ball on April S tahould contact C. Frank McCarthy.. .* - M REGULARS PRAISE 0. C. RESERVE UNIT Naval Inspection Board Gives Local Contingent High Rating. Members of the 1st Battalion, United Stater Reserves, in the District of Co lumbia, last week received, at the local headquarters, the report of the board which recently conducted the annual inspection of the three divisions com posing the local contingent. The in spection was made by a board of Reg ular naval officers headed by Capt. I. H. Mayfield, U. S. N. It showed the organization came out with flying colors. While the report was praiseworthy, the organization, of ; course, will not know its relative standing among the other battalion* of the country until the Inspection i board completes its examination of other units, which will be about July 1. But the men believe they will be j well toward the top and hope to get ! the trophy which is awarded each year ' to the battalion having the highest figure of merit. | ‘'Thus battalion shows good spirit : and has a healthy competition be | tween divisions,” the repor. said, and was outspoken in Its praise of the manner in which the units conducted the drills. Much of the praise for the present i state of efficiency, according to those 1 who have closely followed the organi 1 zation’s work, is due the present com manding officer, Lt. James E. Sullivan. The progress that has been made Is said to be due to his firm and excel lent leadership and his general compe tence. He was selected to command the organization after a long down- „ ward move subsequent to the World War. When he assumed the office it was close to the bottom of the list, and just prior to his appointment there were reports that the depart ment was giving consideration to dis banding the unit because of Its- ap parent inefficiency. But this condition no longer pre vails. From the moment Lt. Sulli van assumed command the organi zation has been on the upgrade, de veloping into one of the most effi cient and smoothest functioning units in the country. Of course, some of the results are due to the division commanders and their assistant* who have worked tirelessly with the new commander in his efforts to build the organization up to the Navy De partment's requirements. These offi cers were selected by Lt, Sullivan and he was fortunate enough to have available both fleet and volunteer officers of unusually high caliber who were willing to assist him in attain ing the marked improvement which has been shown. The members of the organization are hoping that the fine report will indicate to the department that the organization is deserving of having a training ship assigned here per manently. But even while waiting for the department to find such a vessel, there is a hope one of the train ing division destroyers will be sent here in a short time to be used for drill purposes, so that the men can get some actual shipboard training i prior to the annual cruise. There is a hope also that they might be given an opportunity to make a spring cruise of short dura tion. The annual cruise this year will be aboard a battleship some time in September. But much valuable training, according to members of the unit, could be obtained by a short cruise during the spring. This erui.se would be purely voluntary, the mem bers receiving no compensation for it. It was said the morale of the organi zation is so high that the men are so much interested in their work that they are willing to give their own time and services if the department will supply the opportunity by send ing a destroyer here for this purpose. Furthermore, it was pointed out that this organization will assist in inaugurating the new system of target practice which has been outlined for « the Reserve gunners this year, and a spring cruise would give them an op portunity to prepare for this ordeal by using the fire control svstem on the destroyer. It would give them much valuable practice which the officers say will serve them well when they actually get on the range at Guantanamo. Cuba, the midcruise liberty port of the coming battleship cruise. Some indication of the efficiency of the members of the Naval Com munications Reserve is contained in the report of a recent receiving com- * petition conducted by the Amateur Radio Relay League. It was reported 653 radio amateurs participated, of which 341 were members of the Naval Communication Reserve. Of the 341 Communication Reserve members, 202 submitted perfect copies of the message broadcast, as against 72 per fect copies submitted by the other 312 participants. In the naval district competition between Naval Communication Re serve units, the local communication division finished fifth with a percent age of 73.90, according to figures just made public. The competition for the quarter covered by the contest was won by the 1st Naval District, with * an average score of 81 90. The other units and their scores are as follows: 11th District. 79.50; 13th District, 77.70; 4th District, 75.25; 15th Dis- , trict, 73.40; 12th District, 71.10; 3d * District, 70 60; 8th District. 68.05; 14th District, 67.95; 9th District, 67.13; 6th District, 66.20; 7th District, 60.75, and 5th District, 60.50. With a view to ascertaining the ex tent of material available for issue to Naval Reserve units for use in the training work in their armories, the Navy Department has announced it has assigned an officer to make a tour of inspection of navy yards and naval stations, as well as the armories. While the inspection will not cover the entire country, it will pretty thoroughly reach many points in the East. However, as a result of the findings of the first inspection, the department expects to prepare certain instruc tions so that further inspections may be made under the direction of the commandants of the various naVal districts. The object of the survey is to de termine material suitable for use in armories which is on hand at navy yards and stations and by inspection of armories ascertain the most bene ficial distribution of such material. Lt. H. S. Covington, U. S. N„ haa^ been assigned to this duty as material officer, and has already commenced his tour of inspection. In his first inspection he is to proceed generally through the 1st, 3d, 4th, 8th, 8th, 7th, 6th and 8th naval districts. A'