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KEESLER FIELD NEWS
PublUhod Rvary Wninrabr by Th» Btlouii-Gulfport Dally H»n ! far lh» Mi itary Panmrnal ol Kmkr Pt»M. at Riknl. Mi*» Widindiy, Octobar M, 1W1 FIELD TO BE COMPLETED IN 4 MONTHS ‘Grand Ole Opry’ Variety Show Plays Here Nov. 26 -From A.M. to P.M. -” B* TvL Clifford It. Jaffa DID YOU KNOW; F.vbntually, there will be more soldier* sta tioned at Kersler Field than there were enlisted men in the ent re arms during the administration of Grover Cleveland in 1865, when the personnel of the Army totaled but 74,705 PRIVATE RED KLEIN, master of ceremonies at the Keesler Field Variety shows, is an accomplished dancer, as well as being nir* de of patter And his nimble feet won him a victory over the navy, and praise from the army. It seems that Private Klein, was present at the Hotel Roosevelt in New Or leans, a short time back, when the management decided to add flavor to it* floor show by staging a rhumba contest. Red entered the competition, and took the winning ribbon, also capturing a fifth of champagne. His victory was scor ed over three naval men and their dales A colonel, present at the festivities, called Red to his taole, so the report goes, and congra tulated the Keesler Field young ster. Red is now Lying to sell hand shakes at a dime apiece, advertis ing "the hand that shook the hand of a Colonel." Hot News THE POSTS COOKS will soon •'make It hot" for enlisted person nel. Whirl! is to say that a recent contract announced by the War Department to Savory. Inc., New ark. N. J., provides *4141 worth of toasters for the field, JUST A THOUGHT: What could be more futile than a sol dier reading the want yds in The Daily Herald? EVERYONE WOULD LIKE to he tall, hut extreme height can be a drawback. Take It from Pvt. James B, W .orton of the J02nd School Squadron. Private Whor ton. who is the tallest mar on the field—of whom we know, passed the mental and physical examina tion for Aviation Cadet accep tance. excepting the height re quirement. He was too tall! Fore! IRONY: Just to the side of the , old country club, next to post headquarters, is a little sign, re minder of the old days when part of the field was the Biloxi Coun try Club, and golf course, which reads. • PraeUre Fairway." The sign points directly to the field HAVE -O'l NOTICED: We re Kresler Field, officially, and all. now. The old sign In front of post headquarters, which read: Kessler Field, was taken down the other day. and replaced with a properly - spelled sign. ANSWER: John Stafford Smith wrote the music to the Star Span gled Bat ter. in arswer to the Red Cross Roll Call Here Oct. 31 Plans for the first annual Red Cross Roll Call campaign to be an nounced especially for Keesier Field were launched last week with the appointment of a com mittee headed by Col. Arthur W. Brock Jr., Commanding Officer, an honorary chairman. Others selected to head the drive which will be held here Oc tober 31 and November 1 as part of a national campaign, are Maj. Leon R. Brownfield, chairman. Chaplain Kenneth M Gearhart. Chaplain * Aubrey A. J. Zellner. I ft Lt. Anthony V. Ragusin, l*t Lt. George L. Ashman, and one representative from each squad ron on the field to be chosen later. 'The drive,** said L. W. Link, Red Cross representative here, “will be a short but intensive one. and it is hoped, will get the sup port of every man on the field ** The Red Cross. Mr Link de clared. is the only officially re cognized organization serving as a liaison between the soldier and his family. In this capacity it is a *errsi-mii tary unit attached to ill the nat '*n’s fighting forces. Representatives of the Red Cross are found everywhere m the ser vice. 'rom the nurse in the ba*e hospital to the welfare worker in the field 'Mobile Unit to' Stage 'Outside' Entertainment A unit of the Camel Caravan, radio variety show heard over the NBC Red Network during the last fifteen years, will appear on Keesler F eld's new outdoor stage Wednesday night, November 26. Plans to present this review have been completed by 1st Lt. G. L. Ashman. Morale Officer, through the cooperation of the Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy, Inc., of New York City, an organization sponsoring enter tainment for service men. The unit to appear here is the "Grand Ole Opry” which features talent famous for ita radio pro grams throughout the nation. It is a variety show presenting music, singing, dancing and comedy GOLDEN COWBOY BAND The Golden Cowboys, a versa tile band, provides music. Blond Kay Carlisle sings in the modern mode, the Tate Sisters do a tap routine: Dolly Dearman rhumbas and taps; Minnie. Pearl and Ci cero. the clowning ba-e player, provide comedy scenes: the Cam elettes. girl trio, harmonize pop ular tunes of the day. San An tonio Row sings favorites of the Southwest to her own guitar ac companiment, and Ford Rush doubles a* master of ceremonies and leads the community singing. At the close of the performance volunteers from the audience are invited to participate in a square dance. The unit runs an hour and a half but can be extended to two hours. The show if a mobile unit and carries all its own equipment, in cluding a portable dressing room, lighting system and a public ad dress system. It will arrive in a convoy consisting of four pas senger cars, a trailer and a truck. VARIETY REVUE CONTINUES This variety show' will be the first of outside entertainments furnished Keealer Field. Thus far Keesler Field Variety Revue with Pvt. Irving Klein as master of ceremonies has been holding its own as an established feature. Tomorrow's show will include be sides the regular Thursday per formers attached to his retinue a galaxy of “stars" from Headquar ters and Headquarters Squadron A.C.T.S. Next week the “surp ise” show will be furnished by the 301st School Squadron. Operations 'Keeps'Em Flying' ■ Keep 'Em Flying' is mure than i slogan for the 22 enlisted men in Operations here—it is a 24-hour job. Men in this section have the task of keeping Keesler Field's planes in the nir. and servicing additional ships as they arrive. Capt. Charles T. Staffer, as sisted by 1st Lt. William Younkin, Is in charge of the group com prising six aerial engineers, one radio operator, a radio mechanic, two airplane mechanics, an in spector and two technical inspec tors, two line chiefs and an assis tant line chief, two flight chiefs and two parachute mechanic*. O' these 22 men, three are mas ter sergeants, two are technical sergeanta. 14 are staff sergeants snd one Is a private first class. Since Keesler Field's planes have been based at Gulfport tem porarily. airplane maintenance men have been going to Gulfport and returning by automobile The two parachute men take their parachutes to the Biloxi Air Sta tion, U. S. Coast Guard to unfold and repair them. | Because much of their work is | done in the air. all men in Opera tions receive flight pay. carrying | with the number of hours of flv j ing time required for duties Ful! P.ight pay amounta to one half I of base pay in addition to the regular base pay. — Paging Emily Post! KP’s Dress for Dinner | Orders have been placed for i white coals and caps, to be worn i by all kitchen police on the serv j ing line, it was announced today. ■ by 2nd Lt. Charles W'. Sigerson. | Adjutant of General Mess A. M. SCHOOL NOV. 2 SHEPPARD FIELD. Tex Oct. j 22—The airplane mechanics school |will open Nov. 3 it was announc I ed today by the Air Corps Tech ‘ nical Tra ning Command from its t Tulsa. Oteia . headquarters. This school, a* is done at Keesler and jChanute F.elds. will turn out 800 i airplane mechanics every two | weeks. ►—-.— ——- -..! Who Said You Never Get Rich? Increased pay for soldiers % now a definite possibility with the recent appointment of a five-man jub-committee of the Senate Mil itary Affairs Committee to con sider action on the Army pay sit uation Chairman of the sub committee is Senator Edwin S. Johnson (D.. Col .) and included In the group are Senators Lister Hill (D. Ala.), Sheridan Downey (D.. Calif ), Chan Gurney (R.. S.D.,) and Styles Bridges (R., N.H.) John son, Hill and Downey have all an Ten Dollar Raise On October Pay Roll Enlisted men of Keealer Field, who have completed a year or more of service will receive a pay increase of ten dollars a month, effective with the October SI payroll. In a statement Issued today. 1st Lt George B. Crandall. Fin ance Officer, announced that the increase for enlisted men of the regular army would be effective from August IS. The accumulated bonua will be paid In a lump sum on the October payroll. This raise is to be effective only during the national emergency. Se lectees and Inducted National Guardsmen will receive their increase after one year’s ser vice. nounced themselves ss in favor of increased pay. Considerations of the commit tee will be based upon a War De partment report comparing the pay of men in the aimed service with men in similar outside oc cupations and will contain what ever recommendations the Army has to make on the bill. Representatives of the Army. Navy. Marine Corps and Coasi Guard hove conferred to present a uniled report. If the report is satisfactory to the sub-committee, the bill will be pushed through j without delay. Are You Up on Military Code?5 Find Out Now (Answers on next page) 1. What is the rate of pay | of a private first class? 2. What is the aervice strip#, j and where is it worn? 3. How is a chaplain ad- j dressed? 4. What are the colors of the hat cord? of some of the more familiar branches of the ser vice? 5. What is the proper pro cedure to follow when being paid? Build Bath House For Swimmers in Reserve Park Work was started today on converting the round open pa vilion in Naval Reserve Park w'e«t of the old post exchange into a bath house The two rest rooms on the sides of the pavilion will be made into dressing rooms. The main floor will be marked off into squares, and numbcied. to match wire baskets that are to be provided each bather for clothing A Story of ‘Tents to Tents’: Achievement ! A.C.T.S. A MIGHTY ARM AFTER 24 YEARS By Pvt, John l Parsons From tents to tents' Students of the second two-week phase of the airplane mechanic* course at Keesler Field—a study of airplane structures—though they are now undergoing a high iv-technical and involved course, are temporarily receiving instruc tion in huge circus-type tents Just as d-d students of the Air Corpa’ first technical school. Operating in tents and with in adequate equipment, the first Air Corp, Technical School, known a* the Enlisted Mechanic* Training ! Department, was organised at 1 Kelly Field, Tex., in October, 1817 j —24 years ago. Very little was I accomplished in the remaining month* of 1917. RECONSTRUCTION STARTS Reconstruction of the school wa* j started in January 1918. resulting ;n improved condition* due to bet 1 ter housing facilities, more and AIR CORPS COLORS Blue and cold, colors oI the Air Corps, arc emblasonrd an the coot of arms of the Sir Corps Technical School. The cool of arm- shield U blue below and la front of a plume of three sliver ostrich feathers representing Uw three courses given si Use school at the time the Insignia waa adopted, and i a gold lamp. On a gold and silver wreath, the crest Is a brown fist grasp ing a green her. the color o( the her being the old Air Ser vice color, which represents the hep to knowledge. j better school equipment and adequate supply of text and ref I erence book* Graduate* of the eehor' usigr to to various school >qua(i.-ons were found, to the surprise of all concerned, to be very valuable as airplane mechanic! This was suf- j fic ent cause to warrant the ex- j pension of the school Additional courses were incorporated and a ihort time later the name was, changed to the Air Service Me- j chsnic's School and it be-ame a permanent organization of the Air Service. SCHOOL IS MOVED The school was moved from Kelly Field to Chenute Field, 111,, in January. 1921. j The Photographic School at Langley Field, Va., and the Com- j mun,cations School at Post Field, Okla., were transferred to Chan- ' ute Field in 1922 and im orporat- , ed with the Air Service Mechan ic's School. Shortly afterwards, j the name was changed to the Air: Corps Technical School, its pre»-1 Sl’STTMEO ALA* Su*une«i Ala* (I sustain the wing* i. motto of th* Air f orp» Technical School, aptly de scribe* lhe principal function of the arhool—to supply the Air (orp* with highly trained technician* for the mainten ance of airplane* and Army Air (orp* equipment. Graduate* of th* trhool ace honored with diploma* and are then eligible to be ahipped to any tactical unit maintained by the Air Corp*. ent designation. At present. Air Corp# Technical T-aming Command headquarters which were at Chanute Field, are in Tulsa, OKU. under the com rr*nd of Mu). Gen Rush B Lin coln Autos Must Have Permits on Field t'ftlwBB official permit illck er* are displayed on wind shield* of automobile* drirtr by officer*, enlisted men civilian worker* on the pool. *o driver* will be permitted on the field. H was announced today by C apt. Ralph ('anter. Pro voat Marshal. Passe* and allck era may he obtained at the Of fice of the Pro voat Marshal building 9. block It. %ll civilians whose duties do not require them to be prroent. must be off the station from • p. m. to € a. ro. It was further Added Enlisted men entitled to special posse* can obtain them by presenting a letter of recom mendation from Squadron Commanders. or Department heads. 300 Vehicles In Keesler Motor Pool Almost 300 i chicle* in Motoi Transportation Officer Capl. Nee E. King* conjtantly-ex pandins motor pool daily provide Kceslei Field with service* ranging frorr a "rubberneck wagon" tour to ar quaint motor pool driver* will this field, to special trip* to point as distant as New Orleans anr Mobile. Ala. "By 815 a m. each day." Cap tain King *aid. "all vehicle* havi been dispatched and further or der* must be placed on a waitlni list until tome of our 180 driven have returned from their fir* trips." TO CAMP SHF.LBY Typical haul* made by the moto pool include bringing quartermas ter supplies from the quartermas ter warehouse at Gulfport, takini food and laundry to and fron Camp Shelby at Hattitsburf Miss, hauling personnel to th< temporary airport at Gulfport furnishing vehicles for the dl* pensary, maintaining a bus ser vice for enlisted men of the fielc and in general serving all wh< have transportation problems. The pool includes reconnaisann and command cam. panels, half ton, ton and a half and 'wo am a half ton trucks, ambulances pickups, trailers, water carts, am horse-drawn water cart and mis "jeep—a low-built, four-wheel drive, utility, reconnaisance and combat car. LT. RF.INHARD AIDS Assisting Captain King at the motor pool are 1st Lt. Norman K. Re in hard. 1st Lt. Leslie M. Gross, 2nd Lt Frank McDowell Jr and S-Sgt. A J. Snyder, truck mas ter. a veteran of more than 21 years service in the Army Begin Shots for Lockjaw at New Dispensary Here Lockjaw innoculatlons began at Keesler Field last week at the new dispensary. Administration of the shots against tetanus, delayed ■lightly due to difficulties con* nected with moving the dispen sary from the tent area to its new location in barracks, is now well underway, reported Lt. Col Rob ert J. Platt, Post Surgeon. The series of innoculations against lockjaw includes three shot* given at interval* of three weeks and a stimulating dose given a year later. The dispensary a now located at Building 8 of Block 8. 38 INSTRUCTOR?? HERE CHANUTE FIELD. Ill* Oct 22 —Thirty-nine of the highest-rank ing; graduates out of a total of 829 ^ecent graduates of the airplane mechanics course here have been assigned to Keesler Field to servi a* instructor* at the new Air Corps Technical School Forty four have been assigned to Kee* ler’s luster school at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Tex | 'SPANISH MOSS...' ZZZu » "You mu*t bt ■ bit coniu—d, Hmdjrr Jobs Open For Soldiers Discharged Employment will be available] for Keesler Field selectee* who j will be relieved from active duty | bees use they are 28 years old or i over, or for any other enlisted men honorably discharged here, it was announced today by F.. C, Wood, secretary of the Civil Ser vice Board here. Eight civil service examinations are to be given, according to Mr. Wood, and Keesler Field men are eligible sppUcwtionv if they are qualified for the posi tions. j* The following Job* are io“e opjtft, especially to men discharg ed here, and to civilian applicants, as well: Assistant Engineman. Steam Electric Classified Ulwrrr Firefighter (Meter Equip merit) Foreman. Mechanical Tradr* Geners! Automobile Mechanic General Mechanic’s Helper Junior Engineman. Steam Electrlc Hheettnetal Worker Applications for machinist, pa trolman. sewage disposal plant operator cook, automobile truck driver and attendant, may also be filed for examinations which will be given in the very near fu ture, according to Mr. Wood Interested men have been re quested to contact Mr. Wood, sec retary of the Civil Service Board, m B O. building *o. 5 Keesler Field, for further information. We Still Love Those Blue Denims, eh Men ? Imagine: Kessler field's aver age aoldier ta 11 suits, seven over coats and 21 pairs of boots and shoes short In becoming a well dressed man, according to Ameri can experts on men s fashions If you Ant to oe considered well-diessed you should possess 20 suits, eight overcoats, 12 hats and 24 pairs of boots and shoes, plus other garments in proportion, cite the stylists So the Keesicr field soldier Isn’t well dressed! But take a look at the govern men Issue, and aee for yourself If the stylists aren't setting a pretty high standaid—or perhaps could It lie that they weren't thtnklne ol soldiers. In their research, any how ? Uncle Snip allows his soldiers an initial Issue of four pal re of cot ton khaki trousers snd four cot ton khaki shirts, two pairs of widen elaslique trou>ei* and two woolen shirt*, on* woolen .-oil col iar overcoat, one cotton field cap, one serge field cap, two herring bone twill caps, two pairs of low quarter shoes, and one pair of »er vioe shoes, one pair of woolen O. D. gloves, one raincoat, one bell, on* wool serge coat, two cotton khaki neckties, two black silk neckties, and three one-piece her ringbone twill suit* with acce* ■ortaa in proportion (wool and cot ton underi-lothea, seeks, shoelace* insignia, and handkerchief*) !r---1 Keesler Field Calendar (III RM1AY. «M 1 II OPEN MOUSE At Vnatam of foreign Wai* Mom#, 2 to It p rr, , •( M*?ho di*i ‘ How*#, 7 40 £ n> SOFTBALL All-Star* v* Wsiil'a of Biloxi, Vaiorght Facility. Jam CAMERA CLUB Meeting at Chamber of ( omm«rc* 1» p m SOCIAL- A* dJb#rvlli* Community Houj#. 7 p rn REVIEW Ka*»l*r field Var »•*!#•. Na val RaaarVf Park. 1 p m FRIDAY. OCT 24 LECTURE IMctuit axHIbltton and (ravel talk. Biloxi Community Houae. M p m. OPEN HOUSE At vrw Home, 1 to 1 SoFTBAlA rumination tournament for p«»*i champion *hui iwo gim*i. 7 p m , Veteran*' facility roOTIIALL -BUoxi High v* P.»*cafoula High BUMl High School Stadium, > p m «Soldier rat#* r BINGO PARTY At VFW Hama. 7*11 P nr. • ATI ROAY Ot F » SOCIAL- fir at Hap tut Chuich, 7 JO O^V.N HOUSE At VfW Hum#, t-11 ols 'TNO —formal. Biloxi Community | Houae • d m LET TURK Plctun aahibitPm and travel talk Biloxi Community Houae. f-« p m FOOTBALL---TuJan# v* MlMinipm Nr* Or Iran#, 2 p m <SoJdiai /ataa f • ( NDAY, OCT ta CHURCH SERVICES—C a'nolle mwu f# *«lona. lam. mua • a m .Pint e*tant. Mttf QM • a (n Held wmv !«*• and **rmon, 10 a m. WhHa Houa# In Biloxi Catholic, ma***a, < JO, • 10 and II a m. PrvWatgm. Sunday Kkuol, • 4-7 « m regular v:viu». 11 a rn everting *ervU-e*. 7 JO £ rn. LECTtTHE—P | C I U r « exhibition (Mid travel talk. Biloxi Community Houae. J * « p m OPEN HOUSE—At VTW Home t-JI ! D m MONDAY. Of T ?» . DARCOfO- Informal Ptxattl Pavilion. Bartl Dance •oidier* In blue denim, j OT A HOOtt-AI vrw H«na I • T i rIUgO PARTY Al vrw Horn.. 1pm Tt'KIDAY «>< T a j DANCING- Informal, Pirattl Pavilion. ! 7 p. m ; d'Iberville Community Houae. j • p m OPEN HOUSE—At VFW Horn*, t-7 p m . Method!*! Chapter Houae. 7 fc Bftfr?0 PARTY At VfW H«nr 7 p m WEDS'FAD AY OCT 2* DANCING—Biloxi Community Houae 'Military Maid*; g p m SO FT BA LI. — Eliminatton tournament for port championship two game* at VCpiwu' FacUity. 7 p m Railroads Extend l’/ic Soldier Furlough Fare K««i«r Field men on official leave, furlough or p-t >« may con tinue to travel by railroad to any w-.tion of the United Stales at 'he rate of a rent and a quarter per mile if they travel in uniform. The reduced rate, formerly in effeet only until October SI, 1941 ha« peer, er tended to personnel of the United State, Army by the coun try's railroad* until 'I'-tober 31. 1942 Engineers To Finish by Feb. 15 housing Area Mmost Ready For 'Tenters' Kee- .i • Field, but • d >t m the nap and a hat* of blueprint* only our month* ego, wit) become a ity within a etty four month* ‘rom now—a city of 15.000 men clUiin th# city of Btlonl. with ita (.000 population. By rebruaty 15. eceordtn* to ..t. Col Robert F. York of th* ' rpa of Engineer*. In cnarg# of oiutrucUon, Keealer Field wilt lav# lean completed Formal dedication ta tentaUvw y ala tad for March, whan th# Hr*t rlata of (00 airplane mach inic* will !*a graduated from the \lr Corps Technical School hare, dated Col Arthur W Brock Jr , .'ommanding Officer Rt sh HOUSING Almoat Immediate ore up* t .an of she housing sre* by enllated men not now in barrack*, wa* forecast by Colonel York today. Work on th# la*l or (54 bultdlng* in the housing are* will b>. ftnlah rd within two weak* and other I'heeea of ron*tructlon are being rushed »o that all quarter* on the field may be occupied by Decem ber t. i nrppmr/ wutn »>«« ■»* »/*•* mm structure* In th* housing am la now virtually complete, th* Corps of Engineer* reports, while In stallation of plumbing fixture*, electric wlrng and heating duett snd piping is well on th# way to completion In more than 411 structures In pace with building erection, rough grading of road* l* snore ttian *5 per c.-nt complete, with * •hell baa* prepared on more than 15 per cent of th« proposed road iways. Setting of more than 15,000 linear feel of curbing and gutter bottoms attest* to th* speed with 1 which work on thia phase has pro gressed. STORM HEWERS LAID Almost all of th# storm sewers have been laid, according to th* report, and 7g per cent of th# wa ter distribution system Is finish ed. Tank I has been tested, ster ilised and water has been drawn mto it within the past week Tanks 2 and 3, complete, have not yet been tested The well for Tank 2 has iieen dug snd tested but hat not yet been placed Into opera tion. Started was th# combination of ficer V Hub and me**, rebuilt from th* old Biloxi Country Club building next to post headquar ters. Construction also began on th* control tower which will be th* nerve center of Keeslor's Hying field. More than 20,000 ruble yards of dir*, have been excavated for th* warm-up aprons, behind which hangars will be erected, and th* aqua fueling systems which ara being installed as units of th# six 2.5,000 gallon gasoline storage tanks The** tanks, buried under ground. wifi discharge gaaottn* by water pressure i u itr rtxTc While work progresses toward completion of the housing area, wiring In harracks and other buildings already finished la be ing tested for Insulation resis tance Tests to determine the ef ficiency of switches sre being made. Final hindrance to immediate wpation of most of the housing ares < the filtration plant which should be complete by December 15 according to S V. Applewhite, of the George P. Rice firm of de signing engineers from New Or leans. Excavations and pouring of concrete under the eight huge net tling and filtering basins has just been completed, it wa* reported. When placed Into operation, Kessler Field'! system of sanita tion will be of the most modem type known to science. More than 8500 men are now employed here in an intensified effort by the Corps of Engineers to complete construction of Kees ler Field on schedule Standard Winter Dress Ordered By CoL Brook A -tandard winter uniform for officers -Utioned at Keeslar Field has beet! designated by CoL Ar thur W Brock Jr, Commanding Officer. Standard service coat, wool O. D.. elaatique trousers (funk trousers), and wool OD shirt, or shirt to match the trous tti ■. n the prescribed apparel. Of ficers will be permitted to wear short overcoat* Although the field cap is pres sed. C ■ one! Brock stated that garrison hats are recommended— but not required—for dress and evening wear.