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• THE KEESLER FIELD NEWS S
Volume 1, Number 39 Published Every Wednesday by The Bikmt-Gulfpert Dally Herat* • -e Mil *t. Personnel of Keealer » • Mina, Wednesday, June 17, IMS Safety Campaign Starts Here A widespread safety campaign, directed against all accidents due to carelessness, was launched at Keesler Field today on instruc tions from Maj. Gen. Walter R. Weaver, Commanding General of the Army A:r Forces Technical Training Command. Groundwork for the extens.ve drive was started nearly two weeks ago by the Public Rela tions Office. Plans t» conduct a safety slogan contest wan*'drawn up and work on a series of safe ty posters, to be placed in various buildings of the AFTS, was be gun by Pfc, Paul S. Snyder, artist for The Keesler Field News, in collaboration with M. Sgt Oscar E. Westlcy, Asst Principal In •truetor in the AFTS. The instructions received from i AAFTTC Headquarter* at Knoll wood Field, -V C., slated: "Avia tion in itself is not inherently DANGEROUS, but, to even a greater extent than the sea, is un remittingly unforgiving of CARE LESSNESS.” POSTER CONTEST STARTS Steps will be taken to have that reminder prominenty dis played in all hangers, shops, cla.-srooms and barracks. Meanwhile, the Public Relations Office announced the beginning of a poster and slogan contest, in which all Keesler Field men are urged to participate. Slogans Men Start Glider Training With Staff Sergeant Ratings All men who start glider pilot training at one of the country'* 27 glider pilot schools will im mediately be given S'tff Sergeants ratings with flying pay, excepting those men of the higher non-com missioned grades who will retain .heir status, MaJ. James H. Bing ham, Executive, S-l, announced today in revealing that a number of keesler Field men have al ready qualified for this training. Previously Staff Sergeant ratings and flying pay were given only to men who successfully com pleted the six-week glider course. Recently the War Department announced that selected graduates of Army Air Forces glider schools will be offered commissions as Second Lieutenants in the Army of the United States. Officer appointments will be based on the candidates' demon stration of qualities of leadership, judgment, fir<» and discipline Keesler Field men who failed to pass the screening test for Aviation Cadets now may qualify for glider training school. Those who met the physical require ments for cadets, who are betw’een the ages of 18 to 35 inclusive and who scored 65 or better on the No. 10-B Aviation Cadet qualify ing examination, now being used, or 75 or better on the No. 10-A test, are eligible. These scores are 15 points less in each instance than the passing mark required for Aviation Cadet candidates. Soldiers here are urged to enter this new and growing branch of the Army Air Forces. Men who possess the necessary qualifica tions are to report any afternoon to the Post Personnel Office. d_a m_ waiiu ■ iaiia To Increase Size to 79 The Post Air Force Band has been granted permission to in crease its strength to T9, it was revealed today. In addition to the present 48-man marching band, a 31-piece drum and bugle corps, with 10 drums, a cymbal and 20 bugles will march at all formal revues and other major functions. The corps wlil march alone at many other event*. Buglers who are interested in joining the corps, and who are not eligible for school, have been asked to contact Charles A. Wolf, band Warrant Officer. The newly organized seven piece orchestra, under Corp. Rob ert Sloan, is now performing regu larly at Officers’ Club dinces and var.oua squadron functions. Ar rangements for the band are writ ten by Sgt. William Leon and Alex Poskonka, of the Poet Air Force Dance Band. Pfc. Ralph Melendez, a native of Pu^to Rico, who is forming the 12-piece Conga band, originally led a similar organization in New York City. Known as “Don Ra phael and His Orchestra," they played engagements in such well known spots as the Waldorf-As toria Hotel. La Conga. Havana Madrid, El Morocco, and the Stork Club. Private Melendez, who play* both trumpet and guitar, has been in show busmess for the past 18 years. He plans to feature not only Conga music, but also tango*, rhumbas, and the conventional fox trots and waltzes. Burke Dies Pvt. Joseph R. Burke, 24. 5Wi Air Base Sq., died iast Thursday in the Station Hospital of a hem orrhage. He was admitted to the hospital June 6. He was on de tached service from Maxwell Field, Ala., and was attending radio school here. Hu parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burke. Fair field. Me, arrived ahortiy before hue death. Safety Leader COL SAMUEL R HARRIS (Pnoto «y Army ah * rm and ideas for illustration, as well* as completed posters, will be sub mitted to the Public Relations Office beginning today. These posters should be designed to stress the importance of absolute perfection in precision work. SAFETY PARAMOUNT “Every accident due to me chanical failure decreases the striking power of the Air Forces.” the communication from Knoll wood stated. “Avoidance of pre ventable accidents, therefore, be comes a paramount duty of every officer and enlisted man in the Technical Training Command. In Cash You're Worth 167 Japs Private Joe is going to feel pret ty good the first time he crams a wad of bills in his pocket under the new pay schedule, and not just because of the extra spend ing money he has. No. Private Joe Is going to get a big kirk out of the thought that in rash money lie’s worth 167 Japs to I'nrlc Sam. It’s a fact. Private Joe is now making $50 a month while Jap privates are making 30 cents! And Pfc. John Dough will collect $51. a8 compared to the Jap Pfc.’s 43 cents. Corporal Doaks can pocket his $66 and sneer at Corporal Yamashito who collects only 61 cents. And even the Jap Master Sergeant, with his $5.13, has to take a back seat when Master Ser geant Smith receives his $138. Still, Private Joe isn’t the best paid soldier in the world. His comrades-in-arms, the Aussies, go him one better. The Australian Private earns $62.10 a month, their Corporals $94 20 and their Master Sergeants $141.60. The German army is pajd on a scale closer to the old American scale. Their Privates get $21.60, Pfc’s $30.80, and Corporals, $47.48. II Duce's men don’t fare so weil —Privates get $1.50. the Pfc’s get a 10-cent raise. Corporals earn from $1.85 to $2.21, and Master Sergeants can collect as much as $29.51. Other countries pay their men on the following scale: C ountry pvt. Pfc. Corp. M. Sft. Canada $39 00 $41.00 $46.00 $106 00 Great Brit. 12.20 19 80 24 30 73.00 Russia 4.00 7.00 28.00 China .28 .40 Officers' Club Events Popular Monthly formal dinner dames, dance classes Wednesday, after noon luncheons and family dinner nights are among the most popu lar activities sponsored by the Keesier Field Officers' Club. S. Sgt. Vincent Caulfield. Club Stew ard. announces._' Field Proudly Passes First Birthday There were no cskes or ran- i Iks. no paper hats, horns or fan art There was only a grim de erm.nation so continue keeping ent flying ai KeesVer Field nb lerved its first birthday last j reek. It was just a year ago last Wed- ' today that Lt. Co', Samuel A. j tf undell. Post Administrative In- : ipector, arrived in Biloxi to take ! tc'.ing command of a golf course, ] -ountry club, ball park. Boy! scout camp and Naval Reserve' *»rk—a mast of swampy wood and which was destined, in less! han a year's time, to become the !rentes! Army Air Forces Tech-j deal School in the country. "I was the first Air Corps officer to arrive said Col onel Mundell. “There waa nothing here that even re- j -emitled a camp. 1 played golf on the old course shortly after getting here.” Two days later a cadre of 20 •abated men came to Biloxi and was quartered in the Boy Scout •amp. The following day, June 13, 1941. 125 civilian workmen jcg»n clearing away the brush tnd trees so construction could jegin on the new school, Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fia.>,: ■ isiting K cosier Field Friday, node this statement: 1 made my iirst visit to Keesler ibout a year ago. Ground was ust being broken and here and here were a few scattered build- 1 ngs. Where a year ago I might lave expected to find an aggre tation of civilians, today 1 find a eai Army. Ihis Field is a tribute « American enterprise and our ibility for getting things done.” The almost unbelievable growth >f Keesler Field during the first fear of its existence can be ,-een n the vast amount of completed ■obstruction and its record of jrogress. Within a few months after fround was first broken, students vere beginning the study of Air •icuiaum. oy r coruary, wun \merica at war, it was ready to graduate its first class. Since hen, thousands of airplane me Panics, qualified to perform the mportant task of maintaining j varplanes on the line, have com- ] )leted the course here and have ieparted for active duty. Keeper's expansion did not stop there, however- It* huge Replacement Training Center classifies thousands of new men according to skill and ability, and gives them their basic drill. In addition, new schools have seen established to train men in weather observation, radio and clerical work. AT-13 Trainer Built of Plywood Acceptance of a new multi-en ;ine crew training plane, known is the AT-13, has been announc si. It is a cantilever midwing nonoplane of duramond plywood: xmstruction, built by the Airplane Division of the Fairchild Air plane and Engine Corp. 'Hie plane's gross weight is 11,-1 )00 pounds and its wing span ibout 52 feet. It has a tricycle; etractable landing gear and its wo-spar wings are plywood cov red, utilizing trailing edge flaps.; rhe ship may be used for training | >f crews of four or si* men and ncludes facilities for the in- i itruction of pilot, bombardier, pavigator, gunner and radio op ?ra tor. * . •nulu i os IT -1 POVTl-OM li The Chamber of Commerce plio ography contest has been post poned from June 25 to July 23, t was announced today by the Biloxi WPA Camera Club. The lontest is being held to select the pest black and white pictorial scenes of Biloxi. Contestants may submit their •ntries, mourned on 18x20 mats, ■jo Miss Ethel Dismukes, president pf the club, in the Biloxi Central Community House. Gen. Doolittle's Aide at Keesler The administrative officer of: Brig. Gen. James Doolittle's mis sion which bombed Tokyo is now; stationed at Keesler Field. He is Maj. Harry Johnson, Jr.. Assistant Executive, S-2. who was assigned to this field after spend ing nearly a month in Washing ton, D. C. An Engineers officer when he was called to duty with the Na tional Guard in February, 1941, the Major was transferred to the Doolittle mission about a year later. He stayed with it. arrang ing payrolls and supplies, and i keeping what few records were; required. Among his prized possessions j are a picture of General Doolit-] fie sporting his newly-acquired; star and a map of' the mission's objective autographed by the pi-1 lots who participated in the raid, . General Doolittle quoted Shang-; ri-ia (mythical takeoff site of the; mission) as the North American' airplane plant in California. Hej said the planes came from there. "I think tt can be added that the pilots and crews came from Keesler Field or any other training station. " Major Johnson commented. "Thirty-two stales and the District of Columbia were represented, which aeems to (Photo by Army Air forces make it a real all-American team." Major Johnson served with the 03rd Engineers at Indiantown cap. Pa., the same battalion and egiment with which he served m rrance in 1917-18. He had en isled as a private and served m •very grade except that ol Pie. (Photo by Army Air Technical Training Command* Stork Didn't Bring Hubert, Pvt. Snyder Tel Is Protege BY stir I YMII IT (). \MIS Hubert was In something of a buff when he dropped around to the Public Relations Office last week for a chat with Pfc. Paul S Snyder, artist for The Keesler Field News. Paul, you know, i« Hubert's "papa” and, according jo Hubert's way of thinking, has* ; been any too generous about l*>* allowance. "After all,” complained Hubert perching himself on the artist's shoulder, "you've been working me pretty hard the past fa* weeks." "What happened to that 35 cents I gave you the other day"'' asked Private Snyder, turning his gate upward toward his chubby little protege. “Seems to me l'\ e seen you running around With quite a number of girls lately." "Well, that was your idea. Vest said you wanted something dif ferent for the weekly cartoons." "And so you tried dating the* on 25 cents a week." "No, not exactly, but after all the work I've been doing." "You haven't been doing too much, Hubert. I thought I was giving you a rest by spending so much time on editorial cartoons, not t» men tion the safety porters Cm New Tunes Feature A & R Shows The introduction of two newly composed tunes by Pvt. John Sac co, and the refreshingly clever and diversified talents of Pvt. Da vid Steiniger, together with the vocal and dancing abilities of the lovely Misses Peggy Mac.Veil, Honors Banville and Marguerite Matlina highlighted last week’* A and R Office entertainment pre sentations. Units of talent were divided among the various shows Private Steiniger, master of ceremonies, vocalist, comedian and dancer was the most popular entertainer on the bill. Pvt. John Ademy, basso, intro duced Private Sacco's composi tions, reading "A Slow Manhattan Waltz" directly from the original manuscript. “Sing, Stng, Sing (Sing So They Can Hear You)" written in collaboration with Ger lulled. POST CIVILIAN' TAIJtNT Co-starring in the presentations staged in the Hospital Red Cross Recreation Hall, Theatre No 1, and Recreation Halls 6 and 34, were more than a score of Post and civilian entertainers. Among the talent presented were Corp. Isaac Utley, tenor; Pvt. Malcolm MaeNeil, corned, ion-guitarist-vocalist, who sang with his sister, Peggy, and was featured with the “Hedge-Hop. pers” hill-billy band. Pvt, Murray Berger, of the 303rd, pre sented a Greek dialogue. Corp. Howard Cranford, pleasing Ir.sh tenor sang several ballads: P, . David Sackson, concert violinist, accompanied by Corp. Harry Churchill, played selections by Schumann, Sam Gardiner and others, and presented a vk>l;n-g. - tar duet of "Two Guitars” with Private MacNeit TENT CITY IMPRESSIONS Pvt. Bill Wine, of the 414sn, <i.d an impersonation of Stepanfet . t, Pvt. Wendell Goad, of the 581M'! gave his impressions of Life in Tent City, and presented a dra matic reading of “The Red, To* White, The Blue.” Acrobat Peer Fog an and Lloyd Lingman. and guitarists Alvin Standley and Mal colm Bender presented (peciait.es. PVt. John Schupp, of the 3C9th, sang; Corp Matt Shook, of t;.e Chapel Sts." p.ayed harm : a numbers'. Pvt. Harry H. Battista presented several violin ••lections! and Cos p? Michael Spry r: and William McMichael sang, d.d cvr. edy patter, and M.C.’d. The orchestra, under Corp. Ralph Goodman, included Pfc, Robert KiUis and Pvts Sacco, Lester Laia and members of both A and B school shift-. Productions were staged by Pvt. Edward Murphy. JEWISH CHOIR PLANNED Chap.aji Sidney Ballon is form ing a Jewish choir for bis serv ices Ail men who can sing are irked to attend the first meet n| 1a Recreation Hail 24 Tuesday draw ins far the 1M school and the cartoon booklet on TJfe at Keealer Field.' " "What’a that you're drawing now?” "Oh, that’* a caricature of my* aelf ” "Flattering youraelf. huh" And while we're on the subject, why do I have to be called Hubert’ Couldn't you have named me •omthlng eUe?” Well, maybe. Bui you know, Hubert Mathieu, whose feature ■Spot Your Plane’ ran in The Keesler Field News for a while? Well, tliat’i who you wara named for. You see, just before I got Into the Army last February I was already planning your creation. .Matty asked me what I’d call you Since Matty Is *o tall and slender. I thought hia first name would *uit you fine." •Typical reaaoning for you, Snyder. Say, how long have you been drawing?" "Ever since I was about your sire, Hubert." •Did you ever go to achool or (continued on pa** four) Potato Pancakes, Goulash Make Officers7 Club Bow BY COUP. AI AN B. CITRON Pvt FrfpW Dlrle enjoy* the dis tinction of haviftfe Introduced old fashioned Goulash and potato pan cakes to the Officer** Club. Private Dirle, a native of Erse ! lind, in old Austria-Hungary, Is the son of a former chef at the ! famous Delmonico’g In New York City. As a child, he took an in terest In food preparation, learn Racer Lauds Neatness, Spirit Here High praise for the neat appear ance of Keesler Field, aa well as tile cooperative spirit amonff its officer*, was given la«t week by Capt. Peter DePaoio, widely known auto racing champion, who now la a Morale Officer on the staff of Maj. Gen. Walter R lea ver, Commanding General of the Army Air Forces Technical Train ing Command. Here during the courae of visits to Replacement Training Centers over the nation. Captain DePaoio said that the "friendly and effi cient cooperation of the officers at Keesler equal* anything I have seen on any field in the country." He also commented on the marked development of the phy sical training equipment of the field since he was here last March before receiving his commission. MAN VO! * WORK "Plan your work and work your plan" was toe , theme of Captain DePaoio'* talks lo recruits In lec tures he gave in War Department Theater No 1 during hi* four-day stay. The winner of the Indiana polis Speedway classic in 1925 and twice International racing champion said he followed that motto in racing with marked suc cess. The diploma which he received from the first Air Corps Technical School in the njjjairy. which was at St P»u n the last war, was described by the Captain as “more precious than any trophies I've received over the world." 'KEEP VO! K HEADS’ ‘Tm s mechanic at heart and will be until I d.e. Some of the racers used to begin to think they were engineers and with big heads would start to go down the skids. Keep your heads; stick to hon**t precision and you wfl! do toe best long-scale job," toe racing cham pion said. Captain DePaoio urged the AM students lo work "just a little harder than you think you have to. In that way you’ll keep just a little ahead of the well-known ’other fellow.’ ’’ He stressed that toe role of airplane mechanic* ii tremendously vita! with the as i sertion that the United Nations to day "need you badly." After leav.ng ht-e Capta n De Paolo was scheduled to continue o'ficjl visit* to 'e.ds n Teats, . Cali'orsA and Missouri Urgent Calls To Duty Will End Graduations Advanced Radio School Opens Here A new advanced Radio Opera-] ton School with a nucleus of 14 j experienced radio-men started on j the field today in addition to the] Basic Radio Operators School j which opened less titan a month j ago. The new school will give a four k> six weeks course in Army j Air Forces code end procedure School officers Mid that the] soldiers succeesfully completing j this course under Li Col. John C. Covington. Post Communications | Officer, will be eigible for poal-1 tions ax station airways stipend- ] sort. maintenance supervisors, I control tower operators and other: high-rating radio pasta in Ihe i service The course is open to' men with commercial radio back- ] ground or other comparable radio experience The basic radio school for be ginners in the field started here less than a month ago. S. Sgt William K Thomas, chief instruc tor for Die basic school, will serve j as chief Instructor for the ad-1 vanced class. The course will be j in Hangar $ as ia the basic course Snd Id Wiliam T, Schuater. As- j sistant Post Communications Of- i fleer. Hid that these enlisted j men. many with considerable ex perience as professional radio men, will start the advanced course Pvta, George F. Donahue Robert A. Caudy. Jack I, Mackey, itoscoe Daniel*. William P Amis, Jones W. Pittinson, Allen H. Salm. Roy F Beverly, Winfield W. Bee, her. Ted R CJuick, Paul T. Cline. Rihert W Payton, I4arry Steinberg and Laurence C. Wil liams. ,ng many recipe* from hit father Growing up, he decided that i staying In one place waa no way ! to learn to be a "first-rate" chet —one who could please every 1 body. From hi* father lie had already learned French, Hungar ian and Swedish cuisine; In Ar 1 kansos, as the proprietor of a pas try shop, he learned corn-bread recipes; In Detroit he learned how to prepare roasts, chicken-in-the rough, and steaks; In San Fran cisco, he became acquainted with scores of seafood recipe* and pre parations. He has been second chef a( the Chicago Fireside Restaurant, the Pittsburgh Ben Lincoln Club, Frankie's Tea Room in Detroit, and the Chicago Club in Michigan. At one time he was a member of the kitchen staff of the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York. "It is surprising how the offi cers ix-re take to new foods,” he stated 'Of course. I'it. still stick ing mainly to the old standby's I sue' as roasts, steak*, chops, and ; chicken. "But, do you know, no one here had ever heard of potato pan cake* until I made them one day. Another day, there will be an other innovation. And so on.” Ill PIT. MI.A A. Ij:\naktaon To facilitate tha speedy Irarofrr of highly-trained airplane me chanics from Kewier Pield hangar ciaxrooms to the fighting unite of Us# Array Air Pome* on th* line, formal graduation nrrom for AM clan** have been auspended for an indefinite period 2ND IT JOHN I> McKIN'l.FY (Photo hjr Army Air fartes It's Lieut. McKinley, Not Corporal From Corpora) to Second Lieu tenant It quite a jump all .n s' single day, but 2nd Lt John D | McKinley, new Plant and Train ing Officer at AAFTB Headquar ter*, know* how it feel*—even If it did leave him a little breathless. Two weeks ago I putensnt Mc Kinley was an enlisted man. s Corporal, s supervisor in the Test; Blocks He had heen at Keederl F qld an an instructor »mre No-| ventber. Then one day came word! of his commission and the next day he was seated behind a desk, a pair of gold bars on his shoul 'I". A former attorney at Evanston. | 111., Lieutenant McKinley already1 had graduated from Northwestern University and been commission ed in the HOTC there before en N i -c m January. 1941 After applying tar Air Me chanics Training, he was sent to Chanule Field, 111., where he grad ■ nated from AM aefcool, He then I became an instructor and came I nere shortly after Keenler Field 1 was established. AM#s Story On Air at 7 Thursday “Free for All," a one-half hour variety broadcast over radio sta tion WWL New Orleans, present ed by the Public Relations Office, will emanate from War Depart ment Theatre No 1 tomorrow1 night, from 7 to 7:30. Stressing die importance of keeping America ‘Free for AIL* the* program will feature the life of Pvt. Oeorgg A. Wall, the “John Doe* of Keesler Field, and hia transformation into a graduate Air Mechanic. The program will also present S. Sgt Russell Sessions, and the Post Air Force Band, with the ; voice of Sgt. Bruce Monson; Pte. David Sackson, concert violinist; and Corp. Hary Churchill, accom i panying pianist. Narration will be by Corp. Don Barber and Pfc. Merle Miller, ' Public Relations Office a mrm*I party and dance wiB :»* given »; th* Biloxi USO CIS* June Zt by members of Eh* 11th graduating ciaaa of the Keealer Field Airplane Mechanic* School. Moat of the member* of th* claae are attached to the J97th Tech. Sc. Sq Admission anil be by invitation only. More than 100 couple, ar* expected to attend th* affair. which will he held from t p m. until midnight Special passes anil he .seised, allowing Uvcee attend mg to remain off to# Poet after regular curfew hour* Soidler* may bring date,, but must have invitation, for them Tickets and invitation* may be obtained from Pvt Charles Nilhman. chairman of the party c-wnmltte*. Barrack «. 1»7 th Tech, Sc Sq. Amwiii h* feature* of to* parly • 111 ba mwir by the Port Air Force Dance Band, under S Sgt. Ruaaell Sessions; a rocnpleta floor "how, and aevera «k is Fra# re freshment* will ha served. ■■The party,' Private Nilhman declared "i, hetn, dedtrated In the "MM, ladle* eg Hitnvl. t.aif pert. t'aaracmita and seigh boring kawna. In appreciation eg the *a lert-lnmeni and d version they have offered mem here ag th* ciaaa." This announcement last weak from school officer*, acting on or der, of Col. Robert t. M. Gool rlck. School Commandant, a a* coupled with Ui* abrupt cance.ia n-.n Of toe eaernyee for the 10th graduating ciaaa which had been scheduled fur Friday morning. School officer* pointed out that with the mapped up assign men t of vitally needed median, to wide ly Malta red porta only one-eighth of the number of graduates would have been oa hand to receive their diploma, at that ceremony. kwiiA Vk* Nnmtn Decision to omit formal exer ci«ea for an ladsfmi'.e him wa* viewed u another indieatinn of th* determination of th* United Nation, military chieftains ta spare no effort to apeed tha alignment of thalr fighting force* for a knock out blow against Axis foe* Th* decision also e-sanptUMiud the major role that airplane mechanics I - -Ahoruaend# of whom Keealer I Field has turned out ka recant I ■Jww RW/fH WWr inffvW fyf RrirMn f The graduate* of each AM clam atlll will receive thalr diplomaa sign dying .suceaaaful emmpietton of the mtenatv* It-weeks courna but will receive them at AAFT8 ireadquartsna without formal cer emonies Then without fanfare toe ma jority of th# graduate* will b* •hipped to their "'line duty" post, to maintain and service th* war plane# with which th# United Na tion# are seeking victory—through victory tn th# air. And without these ski Hod ground specialist*, high military officer* hav* point ed out, there can be no victory in th* air. NINTH HMUTD TOO Th* first formal graduation here wa* Feb. Z7 when Lt Col. William P. Sloan at colorful ceremonies in conjunction with the formal de dication of Keasier Field told th* hundreds of AM graduates how vital would be their role in win ning this war. Formal exercises marked toe completion of study and training for seven subsequent c'aaee* num i sentta usC orjgXjlf ROOKIE ROE The Pusher's Delight Comes to the Fore By PVT. ARTHUR WRIGHT Rookie Roe has a new hobby—PP. “Standing at the end* of line*," he 1 say*, "i* fun, but when it come* to Post Police, I want to b« right up front.” i Hi* first saunter over to PP head quarter* found Rookie Roe in his ac cu*termed place—bringing up the rear, A* more and more cheery PF-ers ar rived, Roe moved back and hack It ■ was more than an hour befora.the non com* and pusher* ate their way down the long, long line to the last handful of patient fatiguer*—and impatient Rookie Roe "Horry, men He more work today, apologized the PP sorter, “Run off to the Service flub and enjoy yourselvee “ Rookie Roe we* very sad. He vowed that this wouldn't happen to him again. ! He'd even make en exception end stand ; first in just this one line. Next day he led hie flight to PP. With the first 15 in line he was dispatched by truck over the rocky road to the dump. Nine men got there—Koe among them —and went to work flattening tin cans. This was great sport, with Infinite variety. Every can posed a new engineering problem for Roe's n mble m nd. The nper ceptible breeze watted a ,ery pc - ceptible menu of cdssrs. Since one PP assignment couid be so much fun. Roe mused, wouldn’t it be all the more fun but they wouldn't allow that no well, no harm to try. HE 1-EAITS AGAIN So came the morrow and Rbokie Roe was way out in front again ! Assigned to the first detail, he managed by clever espionage to 1earn that it was going to the warehouses. Then he sneaked sack into the PP ime. Again he was ass.gned, this lime to a gutter sweep jig eonuigent. A third son mg pu: mm wnn * group orauva to (trike tents. That'll do tor a starter, he said to himself, and swung aboard the warehouse truck as it was pulling out. By the time he h*. loaded ' two trucks with mess supplies. ! Roe noticed that the original group ; of 20 PP-ers had shrunk to 10 "rhey’re probably off some where (rabbins all the hard jobs." Rookie Roe (rumbled. “I’d better (et on the ball." Snatching up a broom. Roe was , off for Tent City, sweeping gut ters as he sped along. Once he [missed pert of a scattering of ; pebbles and had to circumnavi ' gate a whole block to clean up the situation. But ne got to the tents and knocked down * half doaen. Then back tc the warehouse, leaving nice clean gutters oehind him e.nroute. Back and forth he went, it was a wonderful morning. For s while, day followed oucy day for Rookie Roe He took on every kind of Job PP had to offer —aeveral at a time. Then came a day of bitter disillusionment. At PP one sunny afternoon Roe was standing at ease in the van guard, scheemlng to handle more than six details at once and there by break hi* own record. Thera was some delay in starting tha sorting. Suddenly from some where^—but not from PP office —there appeared a soldier dress ed like Roe, in fat.gpr* 'first umpteen mer. ten SHUN!" ordered the newcomer. "Calling right, MARCH!" Out to ward the air field they went, marching in military manner. Across the dusty desert of con struction they marched, keeping on alert. "Caliph’s Count!" shout ed the fuehrer in fatigue*, and tha detail did. To the left, plank! to the right plank! to the rear' to the rear *." and tiiey did. "Dea'S prmpilalr as* are - cautionary rommands!" he ad monished. and they didn't finally the desert was behind tnem and they were in the sha dow of the tail sturdy oak* It was cool here and quiet, but Roe d.dn’t see any tin cans to Ratten. There were benches to sit on and tablet to write on, but Roe didn't tee any gutters to sweep. There vaa even an unused pavilion, and the ground dropped down to a sandy beach, cooled by breezes off Back Bay—but Roe didn't see any tents to strike. "Detail. HALT!" hollared Mm leader. DUgnoattralty. DV PERSE!" Everyone in the detail scattered except Rook* Roe He stood there quiM a while, kiosk mg.