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_ THE KEESLER FIELD NEWS
Published Every Bedneeday by The BUoat-Culfpon Daily Herald far the M itary Personnel of Keesier Field, at P ost. Miss W «i . afternoon. Fe->ru.ry It. IWJ ' Bring on Those Japs! ——rhr*» mi*h» b» the >««■ or «•. r. Fondr»n. n. (left) and J. T. Cassells. tS. aa they five Keeper's Military Police a few pointers on how "they used to do It.** Fondrrn and Cassells are Confederate veterans from nearby Beauvoir home who toured ! Keesler Field last week. Both were unanimous in the opinion that "you should've seen the old days." Photo by U 8 Army Atr Corps -From A.M. to P.M. -By S. Sgt, C lifford K. Jaffe Why I'm proud to be an Am- ■ •riran When Americans complain about the coca-cola shortage, and hard ly mention a word about sugar rationing. When the tingle of the Star Spangled Banner inspires my spifte to itch and curl as the national anthem is played, in movies, at danc es, and at retreat on the Post. When I read of ill-fortune from: the war zones ACTUALLY ap pearing in newspapers here, and recall the methods used “over j there” in governmental •‘super vision" of press, of religion, of freedom. When a man of 45 begged me. the other day, to give him a uni- | form so he could “sneak into the Army" and help rap the Japs with a tear in his voice. Must Be! Tw o w eeks, and no poison - pen letters from the boys*, so we cue** Master Sgt. Harold E. Slmcr must have been the first enlisted man to report for permanent duty here. How ever. LL Gus Paalti* reminds us that Sergeant Slmer wu only one out of a cadre of 20 ordered to report here June 13, 1941, to form the nucleus for Keesler Field. Ten went In convoy under the Lieu veled in privately-owned conveyance. That's how Simer beat the gun. and became the No. 1 man at Keesler. Keesler’s first are (listed with the grades they held at time of reporting): M. Sgt. Walter E. Sohwager. T. Sgt. Simer. S. Sgts. Jack Carpen ter. William G. Butler. Charles L. Fry. H. W. Gilbert and Howard O. Householder, Sgt. W. C. Thart, and Corps. Wil liam Wilson and John W’. Dameron. These men came by privately-owned conveyance. Reporting in convoy were S. Sgt* Berl V. Goff and How ard L. Miller. Sgt. Leon An derson. Corps. Russell V. Johnson. Floyd R. Curtis, Harold E. Van Horn and Wil liam K. W'alsh. PvU. Harry L. Peppier. Oarenee Stewart and Forrest W. DeLapp. A Happy Ending! With the help of a front page atory in a New Orleans newspaper, a worried wife finally located her husband at Keesler Field The ftory? Newly inducted. Pvt. Joseph So coloff. formerly of Yorkville, O., now of the 304th Tech. Sc. Sq., fa ed :o receive any letter* from hi fe for several day* after arris ,ng here In wr.ting hi* wife, Sii oloff roerioned not receiving any letter- On receipt of his let ters. Mrs Socoloff, forgetting that mail doesn't get to a soldier on j the move very quickly, became alarmed as she had written to her husband frequently. So then she wrote to Pvt Soctr io: f—through a New Orleans newspaper. If the publishers printed her “open letter." she believed, her husband might read the letter :n the paper, and realize that ahe was trying to get correspondence to, tconUsued cm next pager No. 2 Dental Clinic Opens 8. SGT. NEWMAN WEDS Another Biloxi young lady. Miss Emma D- Lowe, has cap tured the heart of a Keesler soldier and on Friday night. Feb. 6. they were married by the Rev. G. C. Hodge. The lucky soldier was S. Sgt. James B. Newman of the 395th Tech. Sc. Sq. Graduate 40 Men In First Aid A class of 40 men completed a ten-day course in general first aid Friday under the direction of C. Ben Stanton, field instructor In first aid for the American Red Cross, Washington, D. C. They have already begun giving in strucuons to all officers and men of Keesler Field. Louis W. Link, director of Red Cross activities for the field, said each of the 40 men will receive certificates in recognition of their work. A report of their class has been sent to Washington and the certificates will be presented at a formal ceremony as aoon as they arrive here. The 40 men. now qualified Red Cross first aid instructors, will conduct classes for all officers and men of the field. Classes have been started for the 305th Tech nical School Squadron and other squadrons will be instructed as rapidly as possible. Members of the instructors’ class have formed a club for the purpose of coordinating their ac tivities and Corp. Jerry Erdahl, a member of 303 Tech. Sc. Sq., has been named temporary chair man Meetings are held in the 305 day room. Plans are now’ being made for a class in water safety. Those completing the general first aid course include: Sgt*. Alexander J. Morris snd Anthony F Z.mnowiki; Corps. Fred D. White, Ernest D Hickey, Adolph Fegge.-'tad, Gerald O. Er dahl, and Frank Gaffney, and Pfc. James H. Mathis. Pvt*. Wendell G. Loss, Newlin L .Moore. Herbert C. Parker. George Ferland. John S Tom czewski, Donald Dike, Jr.. William F. Lominac, John L. Cosenza; Pvt*. James R Cahill, Clayton Broch, John F. Hanna. Jack C. Lowman. Raymond L. Worthing ton. Hugh J Malone. Obed I. Dil dine, Donald M Breaux, William M. Unertl, Emil L. Cox, William E. Frantz; Pvt*. Frank Menna. Anthony H. Battista. Andrew Lozana. Arthur Baron. Julius N. Boros. Ralph A. Pieilo, William Crawford. Jr., Glennister G. Treamer. Leo A. St. Pierre. John P Anderson. Tyler James Harris. Hector P. Bergeron, a 'i Docaid W Cole. Jveesier f ield* no. i aenui clinic opened Monday in the hos pital ajea, doubling the capacity of the Medical Detachment’* den ! tal facilities here. The newly-opened unit will re lieve the pressure on the No. 1 clinic by diverting from it all ap plicant* for Aviation Cadet and j Officer Candidate training, offi-j cer*. nurses and members of the Medi.al Detachment, Capt. John! R. McEvoy laid. When the hospital area Itself is opened, the No. 2 clinic will be used only for hospitalized cases! such as fractures and serious ex- j tractions, Captain McEvoy said. | It is hoped to expand the No. 2 M f Utilities Solves Dirty Tray Problem The Keesler Field Utilitie* Of- | fice has been given approval and funds to construct by- passes on mess halls 1. 2 and 3 leading from the dining hall to the kitchen dish washers. All other mess halls were constructed with these passes al ready built in. When buiit, the by passes will make it possible for the removal of used trays directly *o the washers, without having to go through the serving section. CCC May Aid In Soil Erosion Project Here Capt. F H, Wyatt, Utilitie* Off!- , rer. has announced the planning of a soil erosion project at Kees ler Field after a recent survey showed that some soil has been | lost through the sewers and drain age canals. Measures art being taken to stop this waste. The project may have the help' of CCC labored. Planting, main- ! tenance and care of plant life on j the post as a means of combatting’ erosion will be stressed. -| DEFENSE COMB* FIRST WASHINGTON, D C, Feb. II —Seats and cargo spece on sched uled commercial air lines will be subject to priorities in the future, under a schedule established by the Military Director of Civil Aviation. Keesler Field News 8 Pages Next Week Keesler Field grow* to full stature a week from Frida* and THE KEESLER FIELD NEWS, as mouthpiece of this gigantic Air Corps Technical School, grows with It. Next Wednesday. February 25. your KEESLER FIELD NEWS will dedicate Itself to you In a “super-edition” celebrating the dedication of Keealer Field two days later. February 27. and the first graduation of the airplane mechanic* course. THL KEESLER FIEI4) NEWS will be an eight-page news paper next Wednesday, thus becoming the largest camp newspaper In the l otted States. It will appear, aa usual. In the Biloxi Gulfport Dally Herald, aa a supplement, besides being distributed to all personnel on the Post. THE KEESLER FIELD NEWS will be chock full of Its usual entertaining features, plus a thorough history of Keesler Field complete with stories and pictures devoted to everythin* on Keesler Field—yesterday, today and tomorrow. Full-Scale Dress Rehearsal for Dedication Set Sunday 4000-Book Library at Keesler Open Hundreds of soldiers thrill-seekers, bookworms, stu dents have visited the Keesler Field Library since its open ing Mondsy morning Private I Jer k 413th Tech S< Sq , drew the first book, “Bl< r Sweat and Tears," by Winston Churchill. The library, with ilnwnt tOOO l' u I 1 e,, offers r- -raich, fiction, non-fiction, theat ieal and pract si main si. Keaaaaipir FpM rt'.*'*' niav dr* w borrower*’ card* from their squadron commander*. These cards are held by the library while the book ia in circulation The wives of officer* and non-com miss *ned officers may draw on their hus bands’ cards. Books may be bor-; rowed, on# at a time, from 10 a m. to 10 p.m. daily and are due seven day* later No renewals are al lowed at present. Library office hours are from 8 am. t.- 5 pm RESEARCH BOOKS Research books, such as ency clopedias. teat books, anthologies and omnibuses sre available, but; may not be taken from the lib rary premises. Sft*. Howard Webb, Hq. and Hq Sq. ACRC: Eugene Merti, 301st Tech Sq., and Roscoe Knight,! 310th Tech Sc Sq.; Corp Frank I B. O’Rourke, Hq. and Hq. Sq., • ACRC. and Pvt. John Kr eialL) 304th Tech. Sc. Sq., assisting Mist, Mary Throckmorton, Post Librar- j ian, are on hand at all times. Outstanding works includa "A Peculiar Treasure.” by Edna Fer ber; “Tha Citadel." A J. Cronin; j Strange Interlude ". Eugene i O’Neill. “Portrait of Jennie",' Robert Nathan: “Sherlock Holmes” | A. Conan Doyle, snd “Anthony Adverse," Hervey Allen 2« NEWSPAPERS The library has subscribed to nioi» Uyn 24) o»w«p4.pei» /iom part* of the nation. 40 magazines., ranging from the Readers Digest! to Billboard, and many religious: j publication*, news, fiction and health periodicals. Hun 'red* of books have been donated to the library by the Gulf Park College. Cufport, and the John McDonogh High School, New Orleans 2nd Lt Nicholas H Nance, Library Officer, revealed Visitors to lire Post may use the library facilitiea. but may not borrow books. SKILL PRODUCTION DOl BI » - WASHINGTON. D. C.. Feb 18 ■—Production at government-own ed shell-loading plant* during De cember was 200 per cent greater than in November, the War De partment announced today. How to Save Time: Have a Fireplace Pivat Police Ingenuity ImI »ffk made a 111 per rent saving in the time required U» rrwaolt the bottom* of stakes to he u*ed In marking the new Kees ler Field parkins Iota. The process they had been 1 ualnc look two days; the new , proce**, with the aid of a fire place they constructed and a few extra steel drums, haa rut the time required to two houra. t'orp. Emil Sal© ta In eharce of the rrew. 'Junior Miss' Plays Here February 28 Barbara Bel Geddes. youni daughter of the famous designer •rtist, Norman Bel Geddes. play the leading role In the three-ac ^>medy, “Junior Miss," which wil be staged here February 2R an March 2, at War Depyrtmer No, 2 Theatre, Block 14. Mis* Bel Geddes, as the adole* cent Judy Graves, teen-aged ter ror, is supported in her misrhie making by Melba Rae. who play: the part of her sifter, Lois The comedy, based on the New Yorker Magazine stories by Sully Benson, was directed by Henrj Ephram. “Junior Miss’* is the seventh USO-Camp Shows, Inc. produetior to be staged at Keener Field At tendance is restricted to military personnel. Among other Camp Show en tertainment programs now on tout imong the Army camps and Na val stations sre concert artists Hollywood and Broadway stars more than 150 orchestras and 24 ithowi. Complete BOQs Here This Week □r rirld't Bailor C »j frfc »n3 A this week and are being 1 quickly a* possible, lit [ Lt Philip S Sherman, cuatnd an.' J reported. j The Bachelor Officer** Quarter*; j are partially furnished. Each B» >Q ha* i>een BCClipIld as quickly at possible after completion. BtHJ'sj : 4 and S were completed early this week Applications are being received at the present time for IS one-room! apartment* These quarters have j been made available to married officer* living at the field without their families and w ill be assigned March I. Junior officer* will be ! given prefereme in the assign ment of available tingle rooms 1 Lt Col. John C. Covington is in charge of the officers* Bachelor Quarters, while Lieutenant Sher ! man has been elected custod.an Post Police Builds Auto Lot for 400 Parking facilities for auue of ' • • ■ • and civilian instructors are being j prepared on two sites at Keesler Field by Post Police workers un- | der the direction of Capt Ethridge F Doane, Post Police Officer i Future development will in- j 1 crease the capacity of the two lots | ! to about 700 cars, and another 1 huge lot will be used for the mo * tor transportation pool, 1st LA. 1 Albert F. Selke, Assistant 3-4, re I vealed. The Iota will be located In a plot ' south of the engine test block j building, and in Block 37 along. Fourth St The former will be for! ; officer* and in*trurtor« connected ! with the Airplane Mechanic* j School. Operations officers, and\ possible Post Exchange employe*, according to Capt. Theodore K I Fountain, who has charge of ap- j portioning space in the new lots. TAKE OVER CIVIL FLANK* WASHINGTON. D. C.. Feb 18 j ■ ( 300 aircraft from civilian owners for use in connection with military »nd naval activities has begun, the War and Navy Departments an nounced today. Post Boxing Meet Begins Trade Test 'Recruits' Test Machine On# of the new eat and moat ver satile "recruits” added to the Keasier Tield stiff is a teat scoring mach ne which la playing an im portant role in work of the Trade Test Section of the Replacement Training Center here The machine, capable of grading between 400 and 600 teat papeis In an hour. Is operated by S Sgi Arthur f. Leta and Pfc. Richard Murray It indicate*, on * dial, the num ber of correct answer* on a teat •been the number of erroneous answers, and the difference be tween the number correct and the number wrong further, It can grade any standard teat by aec tiona. giving all desired informa tion for earh section. The machine relieve! an entire staff of men. as all grading was formerly done manually. All-Star Field Team Planned Keener Field's expanding ath etic program hits a new high this A^eek with the inauguration of a eriea of dual boxing meets be tween squadrons on the field, to lioxing Schedule TOMORROW NBmI a Shift Permanent Party vs 305th A shift, Permanent Party, 2 p. m. FRIDAY iJAth A #hlft Permanent Party v« WBtr A shift. ParmMnent Party, 2 9 m • ATI RDAY With A shift Permanent Party v* *W»h A shift Permanent Party, 2 p m. MJAY **tt» vs SlXth. 2pm MONDAY VOUl rt 414th 2pm TCK4DAY ISPth vs 414th, 2pm WEDNESDAY W7U» vs flgth Air Bsm- Group, 2pm MBRI ARY 24 <*th v* QMf Detachment. 2pm EFBRIARY 27 HDDl va Medical Detachment, 2pm EKBRI ARY » FOth vs Company G". 2pm MARX H 1 ^ r**t Security Section vs Hq A Hr, AC nr 2 p. m MARC If t h'R. A Ho ACTS vs. 40th Air Saaa Squadron MARCH 1 y+th Permanen’ Party v* >07th Per manent Party. 2pm MARC H 4 *Ath Permanent Party vs Mrd Per manen' Party, 2 p m - rntinue through March 4 The 'juadron matches opened Monday coming. under the d'rtciion of -"*d Lt. Arlo M Klum. A*ft. A th istle Offirer Twenty duel matrhet have oevn * neduied for the 17-day touma TMrt, ail fight* being cor tested at ieantlnuad aa aaxt paaa; 'Sewing Club7 For Soldiers In Operation A receiving station of the ■'Friendly Service Club” ha* been «et up n the white house on West Howard avenue, just west of Gate No. 2 Soldier* having clothe* that they with mended may leave them at jthe receiving station, or at the, ! Main station in the Presbyterian | Church on West Howard avenue. Biloxi. There if no charge j Minor repairs will be made while the soldier waits, at the r#-j calving station. More difficult work will be returned within • day or two Hours are from 2 p m, ; to S pm. daily, except Sunday. BAKU AC K 4 IK 394TH TOP* Barrarka in Utf 393rd Tech. ; Kr. *q. are competing vigorous ly for the winged plaque that Is awarded each week to the barrack that mda highest In Inspection*, last week the hon or* went to Barrack 4. where Pfr. Charles II. McMahon Is barrack leader. 10 IJfe (.U.'ird Posts in A & K Forty life guard* are needed for the expanding Athletics and Re creation water sports program to be inaugurated in early spring, it was announced today by the Ath letic Officer. Men chosen will be transferred to spec ial duty with the AAR Of fice, where they will receive spe cial training from Red Cross In- t structors. School Moves To Permanent Headquarters nv SOT, JOHN K. PARSONS With thousand* of men marching in practice review, a full-scale "dress rehearsal** will be staged Sunday In prepara don for Horsier Field’s dedication ana graduation day on February 27. All of Keenler't thou*an&, excepting certain men needed for nec essary sdmlnluti nth e functions, will participate in the rehearsal I.cad ng the myriad rank* of marrhlng men will be the actual graduating cadre of hundred* of newly-made "veteran" eir mechanic*, 1200 .Men Promoted To Non-Com Crudes ilrwMit ttft# men hivi r# rrived prnmnttnna %o the Iradea of Corporal kergrani or Staff Sergeant since Fehrtaan I. It was announced i<»da? h» tnd t i BIaIm «■ RlffW \"I'um Officer In Chari*. Personnel I'tlllvaUon One hundred and ten men Wit made Staff sergeant SIB Serieant and 711 Cerpoi&l. Lt Whitt Marries Janie Chapman Miss Janie F.lUabeth Chapman of Biloxi, periumal secretary to Lt Col. William IV Sloan, was mar- j ried to lit Lt Samuel S. Whitt of j Columbus, O., at the Church of the ! Redeemer In Blloil Friday night. The couple will make their home at Newark, N. J . where I.ieuten ant Whitt will be stationed at the j Air Corps Training Detachment. Rubich Takes Field Table Tennis Title Pvt Edward M Rubich of tha ■todth Tech Sc Sq., won the first tabic lennia tournament in the hlitory of Keealer Field, which ended la*t week, by defeating Pvt. Edward J. Boyle of the 302nd, 21 19, 21-17, 21-13 In the double, Bublch teamed with Pvt. Alvin H. Berg of the 309th to whip Pvta In B r»ld man and Ntchola, Popovlrh of the 3(19(h Tech Br Sq Score* were 21-13, 14-21. 21-19. 21-19 The tournament w*> contented at the recreation hall in block 39 Twenty-three teama were entered In the doublea Forty-*!* men conleated the tingle* final*, fol lowing *quadron elimination meet* v.ndsy will m all aaction* of tha whool moving to thalr permanent leadquarters in their iaat and final move Thua. the mushroom ing Air Mechanic* School, which >egan in barracka buildings and lenta a faw month! ago, growt to UTKICTURBA MOVE Moat Important of tha main will tea the structure! branch transfer its many plane# from Hangar 4 to Hangar 1. Tha fun damentals phase, long housed In barrti ki, will locate in School Building I Tha entire inspection division. In turn, will go from Hangar I to Hangar 2. and tha engine branch take* over Hangar 4. after hav ng been quartered in School Building I. In a aweeping experiment, the last three phatea of the echoed Monday went into four dally phases In a bold new move to ex plore the possibilities of training even more mechanic* for tha Vic tory drive In the engine operation, single-engine inspection and multi engine inspection phases, tha four shifts are now held in tha tot ! ni l! 5" p m , 1 pm -4:50 pm, I pm.-12:50 a m,, awl 1 a m.-O 45 a m Under tha four shift plan, much | more Indlcdtjaifted instruction will be afforded to lha thousands of mechanic* now In the three phases, staled W/lilam E. Brown ing, civilian chief Instructor. Av erage grade*. Mr. Browning re vealed. ;n <>v e hi e higher among men of the "dog watch" or night shifts. 5EIJ5CT HONOR GRADUATE One atudent, the highest ranking man In this flrat ctaaa, will be se lected for especial honor* In cere monies at Piwt Theatre No. 2 on graduation morning Ha will ba lha flrat to receive hi* diploma and will receive the personal com mendation of Colonel Arthar W. Brock Jr. Commanding Officer and Commandant of tha school. Later, dedication day, rer am on es on tha warmup apron of tha flying field will ba held, with tha general public Invited to visit and inspect the field for the flrat time. Colonel Brock and U. Col William P Sloan, Assistant Commandant, will give brief sptreches. followed by a word of welrnm# by Mayor Louis Braun of Biloxi. After other appropriate cere monies, the graduating mechanic* and the thousands at other Keealer troops will pas* in review. Dedication celebrations In Biloxi for both soldiers and civilian* hav* bean planned by civic organ isations and Biloxi officials. H.K. Allen Reports to Red Cross H K Aiten. of HorneU* N. Y ha* reported for duty at Keealer Field ai Aaaintanl Field Director of Red Cror Mr A Urn came from Washington, D C., where he at tended a achool for special . as true lion in field director training. He ha* had 15 yean *ervlce in young men's work. He will a*«ift Louis W. Link* Red Crom Field Director. I-WORLD EVENTS TODAY:-. Critics Find U.S. Navy Is Not Asleep BY SOT. JOHN R PARSONS . Winston Churchill: "Wr have drawn the sword and rast away the scabbard.~ rnlnformed and self appointed fHttfi w'ho have queried about the whereabout* and activities of the Cnited Mate* Nary were confronted with the new* last week that l\ *. Na val forces had blasted their way throurh the Pacific, cleaned out many centers of Jap resistance and transported hufe contlnffents of American flshtinc men ta New Zealand and a number of way station Island* Dozens of Jap ships and Nip ponese harbors, flying field*, men and materiel were destroyed, princ paUy n ft# Japanese man dated Gilbert and Marshall Is land*. It was from the bates of these 1 jkisnds that the men of the mJtado 1 have sent their marauding sub marines to raid shipping on the Pad fir It was from these bases ■ that they could have struck de vastatingly at the U. S. convoys* carrying reinforcements and sup- ; ' plie* V> Australia and New Zea land. The viatt of fie nr rails* I mo Chians Ka|.stick to the capital of India U one of the most signi ficant in the history of andent Asia. Perhaps not since the da»s of Kubla Khan has the leader of one great Asiatic race totalling Ike million people visited the rap ital of another great \siatir rare, numbering 3M million people. The widely-read “Washington Merry-Co-Round” comment col umn opines that the visit of the' Chinese generalissimo foreshad ows a new route for Chinese *up i plies through India. for if tftei Surma Road should be closed, Ubina mutt have » new supply mute to continue fighting. That column also believes that Thing la soon destined to play a greater part in the Far Eastern svar. Soviet front-line dispatches de ■lare that mime, of German re wrret thrown Into the battle northwest of Moscow ‘are melting rapid)v‘ amid bleed? limes and ihat riflemen of German-occupied l^atvla had joined the Russians igalnst their conquerors. Latvia idjoins the northern tip of Ger man-held White Russia, where the fled armies now are surging for ward in a drive to hurl the Ger mans hack Into Poland. LOST--Sr. e rimmed glasses, Saturday. Feb. 7 on Fourth street >vt. Scott Conk!mg. Barrack 14. fught 94. 303rd Tech Sc. Sq.