The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 19, 1953 Page: 1 of 14
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AMONG 105 MEN DISCHARGED in one day last week at the
4005th Separation Center in the largest single day's group since
Christmas was SFC Paul E. Lockhart (left) of San Antonio. As
thd remainder of the Army veterans wait their turns Lt. Ray C.
Clark of the Separation Center congratulates SFC Lockhart and
holds the stack of official records of the other men. (Photo by
One-Day Total Of 105
At Separation Center
The largest single day's total of
men separated from the Army
lince Christmas was tallied last
lursday at the 4005th Separation
!!entef~""asr "105 "veterans went
through their final processing to
Keeping to his word that the
separatees would be processed and
out of the center within 72 hours
of their arrival Lt. Col Alexander
Welcher CO of the Separation
Center saw most of the men ar
rive early last Tuesday morning
while a few had arrived Monday.
All of them had completed their
processing by mid-Thursday af
With sunny skies and warm
breezes as a setting the "gradua-
Brig. Gen. Kastner
Of Feb. 23 Holiday
Brig. Gen. Alfred E. Kastner
acting commander of Fort Hood
and the 1st Armored Division has
announced that Monday February
23 will be observed as a legal
holiday in accordance with the
Department of Army directive.
Unit commanders will insure
that units will remain operative
and essential activities including
guard kitchen police and fatgue
details are maintained. Training
will be suspended for the day.
"May Need It Later"
tion" for the 105 took place out
doors near the center's lounge for
As the men stood in formation
dressed in freshly-pressed Class
'A' uniforms Colonel Welcher call
ed their names. After each man
was congratulated in turn he re
ceived his official records from the
center's Lt. Ray C. Clark.
Several visitors parents wives
and friends of the veterans were
present to see the ceremony and
many took snap shots.
When asked how he like the treat
ment he had received at the Sepa
ration Center Sgt. Bill Lackey
Amarillo Tex. said "This is the
best I've ever been treated in the
"We really appreciate something
like this" added his pretty young
wife Lee who was there to wel
come his return.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Morrow
Monahans Tex. drove 300 miles
to greet their son Sgt. James Mor
row who had been in Austria.
On hand to welcome Cpl. John
Craig were his parents Mr. and
Mrs. Coleman Craig of Lancaster
Tex. Mr. Craig editor and publish
er of The Baptist Review was vis-
ably impressed with the center and
said "In all of our experience with
the Army it's been most wonder
ful here." Mrs. Craig added that
"the MPs at the gate were so nice
To Blood Drive
(PIO)—A group of trainees from
CC "B" laid aside their weapons
arid field packs this week to donate
blood to the 1953 National Blood
Drive as the Central Texas blood-
mobile made its monthly visit to
It was the first time trainees had
been eligible to give blood said
Clifford Gibbs Red Cross field di
rector at Fort Hood (on previous
collection days the trainees had
been taking immunization shots').
The fatigue-clad volunteers filed
into the post blood center after
training hours still carrying wea
pons and field packs. They laid the
3101) Fund Total
On behalf of the commanding
general sincere appreciation is
extended to all personnel for
their generous contribution to
the 1953 March of Dimes cam
paign conducted on this post.
Your commendable average
of well over $1.25 per person
^r surpasses last year's con
tributions to this worthy cause.
Lt. William C. Mahaley
Assistant MOD Repreesntative.
field equipment aside rolled up
their sleeves and climbed upon
stretcher tables while a Red Cross
nurse adjusted the pint receptacle.
They did it as though giving a pint
of blood was an everyday accur-
WORKERS STAYED LATE
An additional shift was set up to
process the trainee donors. Red
Cross personnel nurses and vol
unteer workers stayed on the job
an extra four hours—from 6 to 10
p.m.—to process the volunteers.
One trainee said:
"We're giving blood now be
cause we may need it later."
During the two-day collection 262
donors volunteered from CC "B."
Two soldiers from another unit
were rejected because they had
been donors last month Gibbs said.
NETTED 381 PINTS
Donors from Gray Air Force
Base numbered 47 and donors
from Killeen Base numbered 81.
The two-day collection netted 381
pints from the Fort Hood area.
The number of volunteer donors
from Hood and their units are as
follows: 100th HTB one 605th
QM Laundry one 4th MTB 74
73rd AFA Bn. 69 634th AIB 71
702nd AIB 42 Hqd. 1st Arm. Div.
two and two civilian employes.
Vol. 1 No. 7 FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19 1953
Convict 4 Men
Four general court martials on February 2 and 3 convicted two
Fort Hood soldiers of desertion one of AWOL and one of larency.
PFC Robert E. Peters 4005th ASU Med. Det. as found guilty of
stealing a wallet containing $50 from Pvt. Jesus Suarez. Peter has
been sentenced to be dishonorably discharged forfeit $50 of his pay
for six months and confined at hard labor for six months. This was
his first offense.
Pvts. John G. Nichols and
Thomas S. Oliver both of the
4005th ASU were convicted of. de
sertion and ordered dishonorably
discharged. In addition Oliver was
sentenced to forfeit all pay and al
lowances and to be confined at
hard labor for a year and a half.
Oliver was a member of Sv. Co.
38th Inf. Fort Lewis Wash. at
the time of desertion. Nichols was
assigned to Co. G 3431st ASU
Fort Jackson S.C. when he de
Nichols also was ordered to for
feit $33 per month for six'months
and remain in confinement for the
However under a new Depart
ment of Army policy he has been
ordered shipped to Korea immedi
ately which will suspend the un
served portion of his confinement
when he sails.
A bad conduct discharge for
feiture of all pay and allowances
and three months at hard labor
were imposed upon Pvt. William J.
Vorva Co. B 100th HTB who was
found guilty of going AWOL. This
was his fifth conviction.
All of the cases have been for
warded to the Board of Review
Judge Advocate General's Office
(PIO) Masonry work on Fort
Hood's new elementary school be
gan last week J. R. Richards con
struction superintendent for the
Leslie-Crockett Construction Co. of
Austin said Friday.
The building will be finished in
buff face-brick with a wainscot
of glazed tile for the interior. Al
though the steel structure is not
complete masonry work will con
tinue to go up as the steel frame
is completed Richards said.
The superintendent said work had
been held up several times due to
temporary shortages of steel and
interior tile. He added however
that shipments of these were now
coming through and that no further
delays are anticipated.
The 29-classroom building is
scheduled to be finished August
15. Richards said that if work con
tinued at the present rate they
would be able to meet the schedule.
No delays are anticipated on the
plumbing and electrical construc
tion. The plumbing is about 65
percent complete now he said.
Field Forces G-3
PIO—Maj. Gen. Charles D. Pal
mer assistant chief of staff for
training (G-3) office of the chief
of Army Field Forces arrived here
yesterday from Fort Monroe Va.
to inspect Fort Hood training fa
General Palmer will spend two
days here touring replacement
training and inspecting other
phases of 1st Armored Division
training. He' will be accompanied
by Hood's acting commander Brig.
Gen. Alfred E. Kastner and offi
cers of the 1st Armored.
A veteran of European combat
during World War II and the Ko
rean conflict General Palmer has
been at Fort Monroe since Septem
ber 1951 when he became inspec
tor of artillery for Army Field
Forces! Prior to that he served as
commanding general of division
artillery of the 1st Cavalry Division
and later commanded the division
Going To Korea
On AWOL Rap
The first Fort Hood soldier
ordered shipped to the Korean
battlefront as a result of an AWOL
conviction is now awaiting ship
ment from the Post stockade.
Pvt. John G. Nichols 4005th
ASU was tried on February 2 and
found guilty of being AWOL for
two and a half months. Two pre
vious convictions were consider
ed by the court in passing sen
tence on Nichols.
The action is in compliance with
a recent Department of the Army
letter authorizing immediate ship
ment. of soldiers who are. quali
fied for overseas shipment and
convicted of going AWOL.
Under the new overseas ship
ment policy the balance of confine
ment remaining when the man
has been on the ship out of port
for 24 hours is automatically su
Nichols' approved sentence calls
for six month's confinement at
hard labor and forfeiture of $33
of his pay per month for six
All men shipped under the new
policy will remain under guard
at all times until they are on the
The case is now subject to re
view by the Board of Review in
the Judge Advocate General's of
fice in Washington.
Good Neighbor Day
The 1st Armored Division will
stage a dismounted review Satur
day March 7 to mark the second
anniversary of the Division's re
Slated to start at 10 a. m. the
Division parade has been sche
duled as part of Fort Hood's Re
activation and Good Neighbor Day
when the post will hold open
Following the presentation of
decorations and a flying salute
from liaison planes of the 1st
Armored air section the Di
vision will pass before the re
viewing stand to the strains of
Sigmund Romberg's "Stout
hearted Men" the Division's
Brig. Gen. Alfred E. Kastner
acting commanding general of
Fort Hood and the 1st Armored
Division has cordially invited
the public to attend the open
house. In addition to the parade
in the morning other events of
interest to the public are sche
duled in the afternoon.
A mess hall a dayroom and a
barracks in six separate battal
ions will be open to visitors for
inspection while a major com
mand motor park will also open
its gates to the public.
At 2 p. m. Division Special
Services will stage a Sports Festi-
Set For Feb. 22
A fellowship social sponsored by
the Immanuel Lutheran Walther
Leaders of Copperas Cove and the
Immanuel Lather Leaders of Kil
leen will be held at the Killeen
Lutheran Service Lounge Sunday
wo New Tanks Added To Armor's Punch
Movie Makers 'Shooting'
Army Training Film Here
New Post PM
(PIO)—Lt. Col. Adrian C. Johans
son has been named Post Provost
Marshal Brig. Gen. Alfred E.
Kastner acting commander of Fort
Hood announced Tuesday.
Colonel Johansson former Pro
vost Marshal at f'ort Sill Okla.
succeeds Lt. Col. Henry H. Church
who retires from the Army on Feb
ruary 28 after completion of 29
years of service.
A veteran of nearly 20 years
Army service Colonel Johansson's
first assignment to the Corps was
in Yokohoma Japan in 1949. Re
turning to the States in 1950 he
attended the Advanced Course at
The Provost Marshal General
School in Camp Gordon Ga.
After completing the eight-month
course he was assigned to the Mil
itary Police Board at Camp Gor
don where he worked in research
Colonel Johansson's military ca
reer also includes six and a half
years in the Inspector General
1st AD Anniversary
To Feature Review
val at Leise Field (next to Red
Lindsey Field). Each battalion
may enter a 32-man team for the
afternoon's sporting events which
will include tiack meets relays
horseshoe pitching sack races and
other similar contests.
The Brigade Ave. Service Club
has planned a special variety
program for Saturday night while
dances are being held at the Offi
cers' Mes and the NCO Mess. As
a special attraction the Dance-
masters have been booked at the
NCO Mess to help celebrate the
Division's reactivation anniver
The reactivation of the 1st Arm
ored Division on March 7 1951
brought "Old Ironsides" out of
the Washington files after a rest
of five years for on April 25 1946
the War Department had taken
the Division from the active lists.
Nine Times Out Of Ten
(PIO) For dented fenders or
smashed radiators nine times out
of ten you can truthfully blame
your attitudes instead of the other
driver reports an Army safety
pamphlet now being distributed to
soldier drivers here.
It also cautions the male ego to
think twice before blaming WAC
drivers for repair bills—tests show
that as a group women drive more
safely than men.
BOOK GOES TO 1000
Some 1000 drivers at the mili
tary city have received the booklet
from Lt. Louis Jacob Jr. who hopes
it will cut enrollment at the posts
weekend traffic violators school.
An attitude it defines is your
As M-47 Tank
5 Soldiers Star
(PIO)—The Army's M-47 medium
tank and five Hood soldiers whose
nearest approach to movies had
been a theater seat are sharing
equal billing before motion picture
"Maintenance on Track Vehi
cles" a military training film de
signed to show future tankers of
the Army how important it is to
keep their tanks in top notch con
dition has both a tank and crew
men going through daily shooting
routines. For the actors it has
been anything but dull.
R. W. Shelton film director from
the Signal Corps laboratories at
Long Island N. Y. picked five
tankers from the 13th MTB for
acting honors when he arrived at
Hood three weeks ago to start
It was the first time in movies
for PFCs Richard L. Black Rich
ard H. De Jong and William J. Not-
ter all from H&S Co. and Sgts.
Daniel C. Simmons and Don Camp
bell. Simmons is from Co. D. while
Campbell was picked from Char
CAUGHT ON FAST
"They caught on real fast" says
Skelton who has been in the busi
ness twenty years. "Some have
shown real acting ability and tricks
that a seasoned actor takes a long
time to acquire."
However the director forgot
ranks or occupations when casting
his actors. For the film a me
chanic plays the tank commander
while privates first class dub for
(See MOVIES Page 2.)
For Post Decals
A registration station has been
established at Pncthard Field and'
will operate daily from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. North Fort Hood registra-
tion will be conducted on Thurs- -n
days at Military Police Headquar-
ters there. plans and specifications
Current decals expire April 10
and military police caution that
1953 stickers must be prominently
of his first official acts upon tak- jn
See Story And Other Pictures Page Five
HERE'S AN ENEMY EYE-VIEW of the Army's new 48-ton M-47
medium tank now in action on the Fort Hood training ranges.
Mounting a high-velocity 90-mm gun the M-47 represents an
advancement in firepower and mobility. (Photo by Blanke).
"Answer The Call99
'53 Red Cross Fund
Drive Opens Feb. 25
(PIO)—The 1953 American Red minimum needed for carrying on
Cross Fund Drive will get under- the American Red Cross' welfare
way here February 25 and last recreational and other services for
through April 5 Post Headquarters
The city of Killeen was granted
$271000 in federal funds Tuesday
for street improvement the Tele
gram Washington Bureau reported.
This means an extensive street
paving project will begin there "al
most immediately" city officials
The federal Housing and Home
Finance agency said it would hand
over the money to help improve
damaged streets and roads and
provide curb and gutter drainge.
Rep. W. R. Poage whose office
made the announcement said the
federal aid was justified because
the streets are in the Florence-
Killeen critical defense housing
area and streets and roads are be
ing abused by heavy military traf-
(PIO) Re-registration of all
privately owned commercial and
contractual vehicles operating at fic to and from Fort Hood Gray
Fort Hood will begin February 24 AFB and Killeen base.
the Post Provost Marshal's office
Killeen plans to spend some $415-
000 on street improvement the
.. balance coming from a bond issue
Qf 5135i000 approVed
by voters last
A quick gtart on work is expect-
ed because the
displayed to gain admission to the .. .... —i-
Post after that date.
property damage and public lia-
Out-of-state automobiles not hav
ing safety inspection stickers must
obtain a Texas inspection certifi
cate prior to applying for registra
Lt. Gen. McAuliffe Named
Deputy Chief of Staff
WASHINGTON (AFPS)—In one
ing office Secretary of the Army Theatre No. 3
Robert T. $tevens named Lt. Gen.
Anthony C. McAuliffe as Deputy
Chief of Staff for Operations and MTB and Btrys. A and B 73d AFA
Administration. Bn. were awarded the 1st Armor
Attitude Causes Auto Accidents
mental regard for yourself your
car and other people.
Two bad attitudes it says are
overconfidence and too much pride
in a perfect record.
"Here's what to hunt for when
identifying them" it explains.
You suffer from bad attitude
number one when you place unde-
structible faith in your car and the
antics of other automobiles.
NUMBER TWO'S GOT YOU
When you get puffed up about an
unmarred traffic record bad atti
tude number two has got you in
"If you have a serene confidence
in other drivers you may receive
a rough awakening" it warns.
bond money is now
the bank With federal aid as_
engineers can begin making
Da vine am
Slated for paving and- improve-
ment are streets in the business
districtf Gray avenue to the
reservation and Eighth street
ost alter that date. Drainage work is scheduled
Prerequisites for registration are
1953 state registration valid safe
ty inspection sticker operator's or
chaffur's permit and evidence of C.C
throughout the city.
1st Armored Division patch
held recently at
More than 400 men of Co. D 4th
"Neither does a perfect score mean
an accident-free future for you."
As in civilian circles the opposite
sex of other drivers is a top male
excuse for mangled fenders admits
WOMEN ARE SAFER
"But in controlled tests members
of the WAC surpassed men in stay
ing out of accidents. Women as a
group do drive more safely" it
The only true cause of accidents
is a driver's failure to adjust to
road weather and other conditions
and mechanical failure of his car
it tells Hood drivers.
You can avoid these by sharpen-
ening your attitudes it reasons.
in the airoea forces and their
officers said Tuesday. families as wdl as disaster relief
The national goal has been set the blood donor program as-
at 93 million dollars with the fund
Ninety-three million dollars is the
$271000 In U. S.
Aid For Streets
drive motto "Answer the Call." patients and first aid and water
Although no official quota will be
to veterans and hospital
set for Hood soldiers and civilian Fort Hood personnel voluntarily
employees are being urged to re- contributed 519087 last year rep-
spond generously to the call for
membership and contributions.
resenting nearly a $5000 increase
from 1951 when a total of $14355
Because of an accelerated pro
gram for gamma globulin proces
sing this year the Red Cross' na
tional goal has been increased by
$7000000 in 1953.
Paying the cost of collecting
fractionation and packaging the
Red Cross will turn the gamma
globulin back to the National Re
sources Board for allocation to po
lio epidemic areas this summer.
Gamma globulin as discovered
in 1952 tests on children in Hous
ton Provo Utah and Sioux Falls
S. D. does not prevent polio but
does lessen the effects of paralysis.
In addition the Red Cross at
Hood will continue to supply blood
to the station hospital and to the
Regional Blood Center in Waco to
meet civil and defense needs.
It is estimated that the Red
Cross on a national level and priv
ate banks cooperating with it must
collect seven million pints this
Red Cross officials hope to col
lect at least two million pints by
July specifically for gamma glo
Some Aliens Face
San Antonio Trip
All aliens who have not filed
Alien Address Cards for 1953
must report to room 542 Post
Office Building San Antonio
Texas. The consequences of
failure to report are possible
deportation. This applies to all
aliens including servicemen
and the dependents of service
1st Armored Patches
Go To Large Group
(CCB-PIO) The largest single
group of men thus far was award-
gi. VW]/ V4.
ed patch by Col. Edward G. Far-
rand commanding officer of CC
In a brief talk before pinning
the patches on the men who were
selected to represent their respec
tive units Colonel Farrand said
"You have demonstrated in your
work that you have earned the
right to wear the distinguishing in
signia of the proud unit to which
you belong. You can now consider
yourselves as full-fledged members
of 'Old Ironsides' as our Division
is affectionately called."
Colonel Farrand went on to ex
plain about the origin of the Arm
ored Division patch and what the
patch means. He explained the
three colors in the triangular patch
that represent the three basic arms
of an armored division: Yellow for
Cavalry which represents a car
ryover to the branch now known
as Armor red for Artillery and
blue for Infantry.
In closing Colonel Farrand said:
"You have every right to be
proud to wear the patch you are
to receive. I ask only that you wear
it with reverence for the men of
'Old Ironsides' who have gone be
fore you and for those who have
died proudly in defense of our
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Lacy, Joe M. The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 19, 1953, newspaper, February 19, 1953; Temple, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254322/m1/1/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.