The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 29, 1953 Page: 1 of 18
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Vol. 1 No. 4
To Dime Fund
Three Killeen merchants are
holding a March of Dimes sale
beginning today and running
through February 7 giving half
of the profits to the Fort Hood
March of Dimes Fund.
Nathan Feldt of the Army &
Navy Store 326 Ave. D originat
ed the idea. Mr. D. M. Elliott of
Tjciliot's Restaurant 402 N. Gray
*nd Mr. Joe Safidy of the Venus
Restaurant Highway 190 are both
joining Mr. Feldt in the fund rais
Ten per cent of the gross sale
income will go to the March of
Dimes Fund half of it to the Fort
Hood total and' the other half to
Killeen. (See page 16).
On the post the Fort Hood Golf
driving range located in back of
Theater No. 3 has stated that they
plan to donate their entire day's
proceeds of Jan. 30 to the Hood
March of Dimes fund.
Maj. Wilton J. Richard March
of Dimes representative on the
(See DONATE Page 2)
In Division Over
2 F0r Month
(PIO)—More than two thousand
enlisted men of the 1st Armored
Division are being upped in grade
this month the largest monthly
promotion quota received by the
division in the past year.
In announcing the number of
promotions for January General
Bruce C. Clarke disclosed that
nearly 75 percent of the higher
ratings will go to privates. The
number of privates becoming pri-
^^'ates first class is 1518.
Other promotions include 576
privates first class to corporal
98 corporals to sergeants 25 ser
geants to sergeant first class and
one sergeant first class to master
sergeant the highest enlisted rank.
Promotion to private first class
and corporal is made at company
level each unit receiving a quota
from the division Adjutant Gen
eral's office. Ratings of the first
three grades is made at division
Zuckert former Assistant Secre
tary of the Air Force will be prin
ciple speaker at the 53rd annual
banquet of the Waco Chamber of
Commerce that night.
Accompanying him to Fort Hood
will be Maj. Gen. Gabriel P. Dis-
oway of the Flying Training Air
Force at James Connally AFB J.
H. Kultgen chairman of the Waco
ilitary Affairs Committee H. C.
uchanan vice-chairman of the
Military Affairs Committee Pat
Taggart president-elect of the Wa
co Chamber of Commerce George
Rohan president of the Chamber
And Howard Hambleton presi
dent First National Bank Walter
Lacy Jr. president Citizens Na
tional Bank Winthrop Seley vice-
president National City Bank and
Sam Wood executive editor of the
Waco Times-Herald and News-Tri
GROUP ARRIVES MONDAY
The group will arrive at the
Hood airstrip at approximately
8:30 a.m. Monday and after a
briefing by General Clarke at 1st
will embark upon the inspection
The inspection of\post facilities
Officers To Attend
(PIO) A series of three-day
classes on preventive maintenance
of all types of military equipment
will begin for Hood officers Tues
Instruction in techniques of
maintenance inspection common
abuses to equipment and methods
oJ detection and prevention will be
to all 1st Armored and Post
ujiit commanding executive train-
Supply and motor officers who
•av^jDt attended the Army Field
forces' Preventive Maintenance
at Aberdeen. Md.
First Firing Of Huge Cannon Possible
ed States will launch a new series
of atomic tests in Nevada next
March including the biggest "live"
troop maneuvers yet and possibly
the first firing of the new atomic
AEC Member ours
Hood On Inspection
(PIO) —The Honorable Eugene
M. Zuckert member of the Atomic
Energy Commission in Washing
ton will visit here Monday for an
inspection tour of the post.
and training will continue through
out the day.
Zuckert a native of New York
has long been prominent in gov
ernment and public service af
While a member of the faculty
at Harvard he was engaged as a
special consultant to the chief of
staff of the Air Force in develop
ing statistical control and later
served as special assistant 1o W.
Stuart Symington when the latter
became Assistant Secretary of War
With the appointment of Syming
ton as the first secretary of the
Air Force Zuckert became his
first assistant secretary.
Hood Village Kids'
(PIO)—Bad weather ceases to
be a hindrance for sports-minded
Hood Village children this weekend
wiy^the dedication of the Village's
first recreation building.
Opening of the building which
houses a basketball court stage
and theater seats is slated for Sat
urday January 31.
General Clarke will officially
dedicate it at 2 p.m.
According to Post Special Ser
vices the building was moved to
a spot near the Hood Village PX
from its original site at the main
post. Post engineers finished their
renovation January 19 and Post
Special Services took over equip
The one story gym and assem
bly hall houses a practice basket
ball court a stage for assembly
purposes and 330 reconditioned
theater seats for the viewing of
Completion is scheduled shortly
before the dedication ceremony.
Post Special Services officer Cap
tain Max Sosna said that funds for
the facilities were provided by the
Hood Community Chest fund.
FORT HOOD SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMBERS AND BAYLOR QUEEN Miss Pat Barfield who was recently named by the Eighth Army
in Korea as "The Homecoming Queen We'd Most Like to Come Home To" met Sunday as they all contriimtcd to the 1953 March of
Dimes drive at Fort Hood. Miss Barfield was visiting Hood to help in the drive. During her six-hour stay she had Sunday dinner at North
Fort Hood talked to a 19-year-old Barbara Harvey a 1952 polio victim and visited six major collection points on the post. (See page 5).
(Photo by SeChrist).
Atomic Tests For March
To Include 18.000 Troops
The Atomic Energy Commission
announced the spring tests and
also disclosed that a new $29 mil
lion factory will be built on the
Spoon River in Fulton county 111.
to process and assemble the ex
plosive cores of atomic weapons.
It was the first word of the new
atom factory designed to step up
the supply of the nation's steadily
growing atomic arsenal. Construc
tion will start in early spring on
land already owned by the govern
Announcement of the new tests
at bleak Frenchman's Flat in Ne
vada did not mention the atomic
cannon. But there has been specu
lation the huge 11-inch gun which
awed crowds and televiewers of the
Eisenhower inaugural parade last
week will be fired for the first
New Type Vehicle
Takes To Wheels
(PIO)—Army communication at
Fort Hood took a modern stride
forward this week with the intro
duction of a new type of message
center vehicle by the 1st Armored
Division's 141st Armored Signal
Valued as both a money and
manpower saver the new vehicle
is a standard three-quarter-ton
truck adapted for use as a mobile
nerve center for intra-Division
REQUIRED SIX MEN
Originally messages from Divi
sion units filtered through the
Signal Message Center where they
were sorted and then sent out in
three jeeps requiring three drivers
and three messengers.
Accoi'ding to WOJG David Secor
message center officer the com
munications unit on wheels will
enable signal men to sort out the
messages as the truck is making
its two-hour run and distribute
them to Division units on a 15-mile
RESULT OF LABOR
The mobile distribution center
was the idea of General Clarke
and the result of the cabinet-mak
ing labors of Cpl. Richard Gross of
Gross built the plywood body and
unit cabinets in three weeks with
the help of other members of the
He received high praise frorr
March Of Dimes Activities Reach Peak
time in the spring tests.
Authoritative sources said the
tests will not involve the hydro
gen bomb or any atomic explosions
comparable to the gigantic hydro
gen blast set off last fall at Eniwe-
tok atoll in the Pacific.
The official announcement said
18000 Army Navy Marine and
Air Force men will "participate
in troop maneuvers and training
exercises during" the tests. While
the commission did not elaborate
it was assumed the maneuvers are
designed in some manner to train
the men in "live" atomic warfare.
The largest known previous troop
participation in a "live" atomic
exercise was the observation of the
Nov. 1 1952 explosion in Nevada
by Army troops. Careful safeguards
are sure to be taken to see that
Maj. Charles J. Dominique Divi
sion Signal Officer who also said
that the truck is ideal for use both
in garrison and in the field.
(PIO)—The Fort Hood Chapter
of Grey Ladies is serving station
hospital patients in style this week
—thanks to four Killeen merchants.
The ladies who volunteer their
the troops involved in the spring
tests are not exposed to deadly
radiation from the atom blasts.
The AEC said the new tests will
start in March. It did not say how
long they will last.
Headed by Maj. Gen. Hal L. Mul-
drow Jr. commander of the 45th
the group arrived shortly after 10
a. m. and were met by representa
tives of Post Headuarters and the
1st Armored Division.
Following an initial briefing held
in the Division classroom presided
over by General Clarke the visit
ing officers lunched at. the Of
ficer's Open Mess.
The Oklahomans were then tak
en to North Hood where they visit
FOUR KILLEEN GROCERS came to the aid of the Hood Grey Ladies Saturday by donating
"pushcarts" to be used in distributing cigarettes toilet articles and other sundries
patients. The donators and representatives for Grey Ladies are: (left to right)E'
Adams Food Store manager Mrs. Charles Dryer Grey Ladies Chairwoman Art«?L barter Pigglj-
Wiggly Store manager Mrs. Bruce C. Clarke Cleo Bay owner of Modern Foodv Mrs. &]If red H.
Hopkins Clyde Richardson Minimax Food Palace manager and Maj. Clyde Littlepage Post medical
supply officer. (Photo by Tornese).
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY JANUARY 29 1953 —18 Page*
Baylor's Homecoming Queen
Pat Barfield the girl the men of
the Eighth Army in Korea voted
"The Girl We'd Most Like to
Come Home To" became a
marcher in the March of Dimes
at Fort Hood as she helped col
lect -money Sunday for the fight
The five foot five inch green-
eyed Baylor senior visited six
major March of Dimes collection
points at North and South Fort
Miss Barfield said upon com
pleting her tour "I wish I could
meet all the men of Fort Hood
and speak to all of them to ask
for the most they can give for
one of the greatest charities in the
"We should give all we can for
the best treatment for those people
For Combat Pay
WASHINGTON (AFPS) The
Army Chief of Finance Maj. Gen.
Bickford E. Sawyer has announ
ced that claims of personnel elig
ible for combat pay prior to July
1 1952 are being processed.
Listings of the combat units and
periods during which they were
combat units prior to July 1 1952
were not available until early this
Approximately 170000 claims
from personnel now out of service
have been received to date. The
Finance Center estimates about
2000 claims a day will be pro
For service prior to July 1 1952
personnel still in the service must
file a combat pay claim form pro
vided by their personnel officers
who will fill out the form for them.
Personnel no longer in the serv
ice may obtain combat pay claim
forms from any Post Office. They
should be sent to the Adjutant
General Washington 25 D.C.
Summer Camp Site
(PIO)—The commanding gen
eral and staff officers of Okla
homa's 45th Infantry Division (Na
tional Guard) arrived here Sunday
for a two-day inspection tour of
the facilities they will use in
ed the quarters and facilities they
will use during their annual two-
week summer training. The entire
Division is slated to train here
from August 9 through 23.
The group left early Monday
afternoon by air after making
plans to return for more intensive
meeting? and tours March 3
Almost all the visiting officers
had seen service in Korea with the
45th Division in their present
duties. Although the "Thunder-
birds'' are now in Korea carried
on official records as the United
States 45th Infantry Division the
Oklahoman 45th Division is still an
active National Guard Division.
Killeen Grocers Aid Grey Ladies' Work
time to assist in comforting
patients met difficulty lately in
delivering cigarettes toilet articles
and other sundries throughout the
sprawling hospital. The wheeled
carts they used for several years
were rapidly becoming bait for a
"They were so rickety and noisy
they disturbed the patients' rest"
Army's Beauty Queen
Sparks Post Campaign
not as fortunate as we the ones
who are not walking now but can
Sf.on if all of us join the fight."
VISITS POLIO VICTIM
At the North Fort Service Club
she talked with Miss Barbara Har
vey. a 19-year-old polio viclim.
Miss Harvey who was struck sud
denly with polio the morning of
Ice-covered highways accounted
for the third traffic fatality \vhen
a 31-year-old sergeant died Friday
in the Hood hospital.
Sgt. James W. Myers 4005th
Med. Det. died as the result of
head injuries received when the
car in which he was riding over
turned near Florence on Friday
His companion Cpl. Walter M.
Gow sustained shoulder injuries.
remarked one Grey Lady "and
push—it seemed as if the wheels
were becoming square."
Learning of the Ladies' plight
the four Killeen grocers offered
through the Chamber of Commerce
to each donate a super market wire
carriage for use at the hospital.
"The carts costing $25 each
were given by Jack. Montgomery
manager of Adams Food Store
Artie Carter manager of the Pig-
gly-Wiggly Store Cleo Bay own
er of Modern Foods and Clyde
Richardson manager of the Min-
araax Food Palace.
"Giving these carts to the Grey
Ladies was a splendid gesture by
the merchants" stated Mrs. Bruce
C. Clarke. "I am sure every mem
tjer of the Chapter appreciates it
as much as I do."
Accompanying Mrs. Clarke to ac
cept the carts were Mrs. Alfred
H. Hopkins and Mrs. Chai'les Dry
er of the Grey Ladies and Major
Clyde Littlepage of the hospital.
Sept. 26 1952 told Miss Barfield
about the "marvelous treatment
she had received" which has en
abled her to walk on crutches
now and will eventually ~'cad to
"I had always had a frightening
fear of the disease" Miss Har-
(ee BAYLOR BEAUTY Page 5)
MISS PAT BARFIELD Baylor University homecoming queen in
1952 was voted "Miss Trainee" by the 17th Training Company at
North Fort Hood during her visit here Sunday in connection with
the current March of Dimes drive. (See page 5). (Photo by SeChrist)#
First Three Deaths
Recorded For Year
(PIO)—The first three traffic
deaths of the new year for Fort
Hood were reported this week as
two men died after an accident
near Shreveport La. and another
died from the effects of a crash
on an ice-covered highway near
These were the first Hood traffic
deaths since November 22.
SFC Robert C. Shewmake of
Shreveport succumbed to injuries
at the Barksdale Air Force Base
hospital last Thursday after his
companion Pvt. Emmit O. Brit-
tain Tenaha Texas was pro
nounced dead shortly before mid
night last Wednesday. Both men
were members of Hq. Co. Reserve
The accident occurred at 8:30 p.
m. on Saturday January 17 on
Highway 995 one-quarter mile
north of Shreveport. The two Hood
soldiers were taken immediately
to the Barksdale hospital. Officials
there did not disclose the nature
of the accident.
Hospital officials reported that
Corporal Gow is in "satisfactory
Safety officials said that the
men were traveling north on High
way 195 one mile south of
Florence when the car left the
ice-coated road leaped a ditch
and smashed into a tree.
The men were treated at
Florence by Dr. W. N. Marshall
and brought to the Hood hospital.
(PIO)—General Clarke forecast
a "magnificent future" for Cen
tral Texas Monday night but
cautioned that close coordination
would be needed among neighbor
ing cities of the area.
Speaking at the annual dinner
of the Killeen Chamber of Com
merce the General referred to the
present time as a breather in a
period of booming growth.
Pointing out a triangle consisting
of Temple Belton Killeen Lam
pasas and Gatesville General
Clarke emphasized the economic
importance of Fort Hood. He urged
formation of a Triangle coordinat
ing committee to see that every
thing is done for promotion of the
"It would be a shame" he warn
ed "if rivalries between these
cities were permitted to flourish."
General Clarke outlined tremen
dous growth of the area in recent
years citing bank deposits that
have doubled in the past few years
and added that Fort Hood and
other military installations will
continue to give millions of dollars
yearly to the Triangle.
Only about 13 percent of Hood's
payroll remains on the post he
explained with some 87 percent
going to nearby communities.
General Clarke also delved into
problems common to Fort Hood
and its neighboring cities such as
water shortages and recreation
facilities and possible solutions to
License Office Open For
Out Of State Registrants
Until February 1 representatives
from the Tax Collector's Office
Gatesville will receive applica
tions from personnel who now
possess out of State registration
Military personnel are exempt
from payment of the $15.00 Usage
Tax. Effective February 1 the sale
of Texas license plates will be made
between 9 a. m. and 4 p. m. to
all personnel who apply to the sub-
office located in the Office of the
Post Provost Marshal.
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Lacy, Joe M. The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 29, 1953, newspaper, January 29, 1953; Temple, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254320/m1/1/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.