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Vol. 11, No. 6
'Negro Soldier' Mural To Be Unveiled At Mt. View Stage Os Field House Is Set For Tonight's Big Louis Armstrong Show The stage is all set at the Field House for tonight’s biggest entertainment feature of the year for Fort Huachuca’s Gls—the nationally - popular Coca - Cola Bottling company’s ‘‘Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands,” with Louis Armstrong, king of the hot trumpet and master of the high C note riding the band wagon’s driver’s seat. NBC radio technicians arrived on the Post Wednesday to complete the stringing of wires'* which will permit the show to be aired over the Blue network to the nation, and by short wave to soldiers on fighting fronts all over the world.' The “Spotlight Band” show will begin at 6:30 o’clock this evening, according to an announcement of Floyd Wallace of the Coca-Cola Bottling company of Douglas, spon sor of the musical event. ‘During the show there will be a twenty-five minute coast-to-coast broadcast over 173 Blue network stations, spotlighting Fort Huachuca and its activities. Louis Armstrong, “the Trumpet King of Swing,” is master of the' personalized style of singing that has made his “I’m Confessin’ That f Love You” and “You Can Depend on Me,” hits with popular music j fans all over the world. Fort Hua chuca’s Gls who have long admired his waxings of that inimitable high C note will hear it first hand in his; famous version of the “St. Louis j blues’’—maybe'—as well as in some ! of the other numbers which will feature the Armstrong trumpet. Following the broadcast program a dance will be held in the Field House. “The Victory Parade' of Spotlight Bands” sponsored nationally by the Coca-C||}a Bottling company, is heard six nights a week from Naval, Army, Marine, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine bases and from war production plants throughout the nation. The distinction of having Louis Armstrong’s famous musical aggregation appear at Fort Hua chuca is due to the courtesy of the Coca-Cola company and its Douglas representative' and to the efforts of Lt. Col. C. F. E. Nelson, Special Service Officer, who on a recent trip •iCast contacted numerous band or ganizations and musical booking agencies specifically to obtain more and better entertainment, bands and shows for Fort Huachuca. The appearance of Louis Armstrong’s band here will mark the beginning ■of a series of important musical units visiting the Fort. ♦ thehmbiiw negro soldier HAPPENINGS OVERSEAS:—That the Negroes’ status in the Marine Corps is about the same as it is in * the Army was revealed last week when praise at the way the men “worked” at unloading ammuni tion at Saipan was showered upon them by a Marine Corps corre spondent present on the island. The reporter, Sgt. C. R. Vander " grist, noted the men’s prayerful * attitude and their assiduity in performing the stevedoring task. The outfit got a crack at the enemy, however, when they were thrown into the line to help halt % a counter-attack. One of the col ored Marines was killed and four were wounded as they knocked at least one Japanese machine gun (Continued ,mi Page Sight) ® Industry To Aid Veterans OfW.W.II DETROIT, Mich. (ALNS) —American industry is prepar ing itself to make sure that dis abled veterans of World War II will not be forced to selling pencils, apples or papers on the street corners to make a living if they prefer other employ [ ment—and they will. Several meetings were held here i by two members of the National j Field Force of The American Le gion. These men Charles C. Mc i Gonegal, who has no hands, and Walter A. Antoniewicz, who has no i feet, both as the result of war | wounds—demonstrated their ability ; to perform all normal tasks that are' performed by those who are whole in body. They asked industry to give (Continued on Page Eight) USO Executive RVW'; Ilf If - TTTtei ~ ' H •>v :: Hugh M. Gloster, whose ap pointment as USO assistant re gional executive in charge of servi ces to Negroes in Region VII, was announced this week by Mark L. Entorf, USO regional executive. On leave as professor of English at Morehouse college, the new regional executive was formerly assigned to the Fry, Ariz., USO club, adjacent to Fort Huachuca. As program director of the local USO club, Dr. Gloster received the commendation of Army and USO officials for his work in pub licity, program and Post and com munity relations. Dr. Gloster, his wife, the former Miss Louise Elizabeth Torrance and their small daughter, Alice Louise, re side at 562 Pulliam street, Atlanta, Ga. —Apache Sentinel Photo. FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1944 'Ol' Satchmo' Himself WWk w JHBf r m* | mßt w. * .Vi.. wHw The Trumpet King of Swing, “Ol’ Satchmo,” himself and in the flesh (not in the wax) as he will be heard and seen at Fort Huachuca’s Field House this evening in the Fort’s first “Victory Parade of Spot light Bands” national broadcast and program. A dance will follow the “Spotlight Band” program. "lUfflfa SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, AEF —Canadian troops in the vicinity of Falaise are battling desperate German resistance as enemy rear guards attempt to hold open the ever-narrowing corridor for the flight of battered remnants of the German Seventh army. The' cor ridor in which possibly 100 000 Nazi troops may be trapped is approximately eight miles wide. ROME—French and American troops opened a new southern French front in Europe' Tuesday and the units, now identified as the Seventh Army under the vet eran U. S. Major Gen. Alexander M. Patch, were fighting as much as eight miles into southern France last night, after smashing German coastal defenses and es tablishing themselves firmly on a 70-mile stretch of the Mediterra nean coast between Toulon and nnes LONDON—A late Berlin broadcast recorded here stated that armored AEF forces were fighting within 35 miles of Paris. The Germans threw gigantic tank and infantry forces into an all-out struggle to hold Warsaw Wednesday and force the Russians out of the town of Ossow, seven miles northeast of the old Polish capital contiguous suburb of Praga. Loss of Ossow, acknowl edged in the midnight Soviet (Continued un Page Eight) Ft. Huachuca to Exchange Variety Shows With Talent Df Davis-Monthan Air Field Next Sunday. August 20, a variety show by talented personnel of Davis-Monthan Army Air Field will be presented at the Lena Horne Open Air Theatre for Fort Hua chuca Gl’s in the first of a novel exchange series of shows. Fort Huachua’s Special and Mo rale Services Section personnel will repay the visit on the following Tuesday when they will take a va riety show to Tucson for a Davis- Monthan Field audience. The August 20th show from Davis- Monthan field will feature the sing ing of beauteous Rose Ann Stevens, USO entertainer who formerly was vocalist with Ozzie Nelson’s and A1 Donahue’s bands. Miss Stevens, who recently reutrned from a year-long USO tour to Greenland, England, North Africa and other war-torn areas, knows what soldiers like and can really “deliver the goods” in song. Other features of the Davis-Mon than show will be the fine Air Base dance band, led by Sgt. Lyle Smith, who emcees the program, the songs of Doris Dillon, radio singer who appears regularly with the band, and skits and impersonations by Air Corps soldiers themselves, among whom S/Sgt. Hub Essey, a dead ringer for Jerry Collona. is tops. Rose Marmy and Mary Jo McNamee, USO stars, also are head-lined per formers in the D.M. show. Fort Huachuca, Arizona To Dedicate Work of Art Here Sunday A historic mural depicting phases of the role played by the Negro soldier in all’of the wars in which the United States has engaged from the Revo-* lution to World War I, will be unveiled and dedicated during an impressive ceremony to be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Aug ust 20, at the Officers’ Mountain view Mess. The mural, a 20-foot panel which will hang permanently in the Mountainview Mess, portrays gal lant Negro soldiers in scenes from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War. the Spanish- American War and World War I. It was painted by T/4 Lew Davis, professional murallst, whose work has been exhibited in art galleries throughout the United States, and who also painted a panoramic mural of the founding of Fort Huachuca for the Officers’ Lakeside Mess. Preceding the hour-long program which will mark the mural unveil ing ceremony, will be a medley of “Songs of Our Wars,” by the Post Military Band, with S/Sgt. Claude A. Andrews conducting. Highlight of the dedication pro gram will be the “Unveiling Tab leau,” written by Pvt. Theodore Brown. This tableau will be pre sented by members of the Post Spe cial Service Division. The program will begin with in vocation by Chaplain Louis J. Beas ley, 92nd Division chaplain, fol lowed by a musical prologue, “The Spirit of Fort Huachuca,” featuring a medley of original songs of the Fort, arranged by Cpl. Austin L. McCoy. “Division 92,” composed by Mrs. L. G. Osborne, will be sung by Sgt. Leon Stanford. Introductions of these persons will follow: Col. Ed win N. Hardy, Post Commander; Maj. Gen. E. M. Almond, command ing general of the 92nd Infantry Division; Col. John H. Wilson, chief of staff of the Ninth Service Com mand. representing Maj. Gen. David McCoach, Jr.; Lt. Col. Weddell T, Derricks. 597th Field Artillery bat talion; Capt. James A. McLendon, assistant Trial Judge Advocate. SCU 1922. Following the “Unveiling Tab leau,” Sgt. Lawrence Whisonant will sing “Stout Hearted Men,” and the mural painter, Sgt. Davis, will be in troduced by Col. Hardy. Singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and benediction by Chaplain Aubrey C. Haynes, Post Chaplain, will close the ceremony. Master of ceremonies will be Lt. Col. C. F. E. Nelson. Post Coordinator of Special and Morale Services. Sgt. Davis, who formerly served as supervisor of the Arizona WPA Art Project, is a native of Jerome, Ariz., and owns a ranch at Scottsdale, where his wife now resides. Among works of Sgt. Davis which have re ceived national recognition are two murals which now hang in Federal buildings in Washington, D. C. Be fore his induction into the Army, Sgt. Davis assisted the Post Special Service Division at Fort Huachuca in the establishment of its Silk Screen Poster Print shop, which was later subsidized by the Ninth Serv ice Command. After becoming a sol-- dier, Sgt. Davis was returned to Fort Huachuca to take charge of the operations of the poster and art work shop, which are located in the Special Service building on the Old Post. All officers and their ladies of Fort Huachuca are invited by the Post Commander to attend the un veiling and dedication program. Presentation of invitations or cards of admission is unnecessary.