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The Apache sentinel. : (Fort Huachuca, Ariz.) 1944-1945
Place of publication:
Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Fort Huachuca, Cochise, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Special Service Command Unit 1922
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 2, no. 12 (Nov. 17, 1944)-v. 2, no. 34 (Apr. 27, 1945).
  • English
  • Fort Huachuca (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
sn 95060814
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The Apache Sentinel, Post Script, and Postscript of the Apache Sentinel

Soldiers at Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army installation located in southeast Arizona about fifteen miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, first published the Apache Sentinel on July 16, 1943. Fort Huachuca was originally established as a camp during the Indian Wars between the United States government and Native Americans, and the paper's first issue featured a photograph of the fort's founder, Captain Samuel Whitside. In the 1940s when the Apache Sentinel was published, the 92nd Infantry Division, a segregated African American unit, was based at the fort, along with the African American 32nd and 33rd companies of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later the Women's Army Corps (WAC).

The weekly newspaper, with the slogan "Guardian of the Ft. Huachuca Spirit," had several editors during its short run, and there were many staff members listed, including the Post Commander. The paper highlighted activities for the soldiers, such as the post band and movie screenings, and included columns like "Around the Post" (later "Around the Fort") and "This Week in the War." Another regular column "What's Cookin'—Here?" once explained dehydrated food – what it is and how it's made, and the advantages of using dehydrated food during war time due to space savings and the ability to store it for a long time.

Some issues included a place for an address and stamp and encouraged soldiers to "Send the Apache Sentinel Home." The paper reported on entertainers like Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers who visited the fort. The Sentinel also printed poems of Langston Hughes, who read some of his works at the USO club in March 1944. Sports news included coverage of Fort Huachuca's baseball team that played other regional teams like the Nogales Internationals from Sonora, Mexico. The one-year anniversary issue featured photographs of the soldiers, civilian employees, the fort's facilities, and the surrounding desert.

The Sentinel regularly featured the Women's Army Corps. "Our Hats Off to the WACs!", an editorial in November 1943, celebrated a pivotal moment for women in the army: "Yesterday we had the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. Today we have the Women's Army Corps, no longer a subsidiary, but a part of the United States Army." The front page of a December 1943 issue saluted the one-year anniversary of the WACs at Fort Huachuca.

On September 22, 1944, the Sentinel reported suspension of publication with a final issue filled with photographs of the fort, from the barracks to soldiers in training, hiking through the desert. A week later, the mimeographed, weekly Post Script appeared, self-described as a "rag" intended to "bridge the gap between offering no news at all and the complete and elegant news coverage which the hibernating Apache Sentinel dished out." Much of the Post Script's coverage was similar to the Sentinel, such as the column "War This Week." In late October 1944, the Post Script announced Fort Huachuca's return to active status, the temporary newspaper ceased, and the Apache Sentinel resumed publication in November 1944. The Sentinel ceased publication again in April 1945 and the Post Script returned once again from May 1945 until its last issue in January 1946.

Provided by: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ