The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 5, 1953 Page: 6 of 12
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Tourney Held At Camp Atterbury
With Camp Polk crowned team
champion for the second year in
row Fourth Army boxers are
turning their attention to the all-
Army boxinz tournament to be held
at Camp Atterbury Indiana March
Major J. A. Coulter Fourth Army
sports officer has announced that
a 13-man squad will make the trip.
By virtue of winning five indivi
dual weight championships in the
area tournament at Fort Bliss
Tex. Feb. 18-21 Camp Polk will
have the most squad representa
Captain Donald Taylor CO of
Hqs. & Hqs. Co. 1st Armored Divi
sion will be in charge of the team
during the five day tourney.
For Camp Polk victory in the
Fort Bliss tournament was especial
ly sweet for another reason. Boxers
from that installation retained pos
session of the Fourth Army com
mander's Traveling Trophy and
they have to win it only one more
time to retire it permanently in the
Camp Polk trophy case.
Fort Bliss placed second in the
Fourth Army trounament with 24
points Fort Hood third with 17
points and Fort Sam Houston and
Brooke Army Medical Center tied
for fourth with 7 points each.
Heavyweight Talmadge Peters
Camp Polk was presented the out
standing boxer trophy at the con
clusion of the Fort Bliss tourna
ment. Individual champions receiv
ed traveling bags.
The Fourth Army Boxing Tour
nament was sanctioned by the Na
tional Amateur Athletic Union of
which Erich Pohl San Antonio is
Southwest Texas district secretary.
The finals were fought hefore .a
standing room only craved.'
The individual champions crown
Stand No. 2
Hlway 190 East Past Bridge
THE ARMORED SENTINEL
Page Six Thursday March 5 1953
Two Hood Mittmen To Compete
In All-Army Finals This Month
ed at Fort Bliss are as follows:
Flyweight (112 lbs.) Defending
Champion Gerald Evans Camp
Bantamweight (119 lbs.) Ed
ward Thomas Fort Hood.
Featherweight (125 lbs.) Fred
Coca Fort Hood. Coca was district
Golden Gloves champion in the
Brownwood Tex. tournament and
went to the state semi-finals.
Lightweight (132 lbs.) Ray
Riojas Fort Bliss Uncontested.
Riojas was district Golden Gloves
By MORT ZOLOTOW
NORTH FORT HOOD—Our leg
man Wee Willie who we always
said had a nose for news has un
covered a minor sports personal
ity. Wee Willie arrived at the of
fice yesterday out of breath with
an over abundance of 'fire and ice'
in his eyes. W. W.'s report went
something like this:
"I found a man who has all but
vanished from the national sports
scene. An athlete of the sort" he
gasped "that existed back in the
Golden Age of Sports the 20's
where man often was called 'iron
men.' For our benefit our Willie
now a self styled authority in the
sporting world said "they either
played the entire game a 60 min
ute football man or participated in
more than one sport and was pro
ficient in both."
We investigated his claims and
found that we did have at North
Fort..this rare type of athlete a
find ift this heyday of specialists.
We have a man who lays claim
When Fort Hood's Fred "Kid" Coca was crowned as the Brown-
wood regional Golden Gloves featherweight champion this year he
won the chance to compete in the Fort Worth state finals. His ulti
mate goal was a shot at the National title.
Up until the time the "Kid" entered the Fort Worth bouts he had
amassed a good sixty-four and three record but that was a thing of
the past. He wanted this year to be his big one.
Coca won his first two Fort Worth fights by decisions. This earned
him the right to box in the semi-finals. Two more wins would clinch
the crown and he would be on his way to Chicago to fight for the
Western title. But fate was against him~he lost to Johnny Gaitan
when the referee stopped their bout because Gaitan had opened a
slight cut over Coca's right eye. The wound was so small that it hardly
bled but in the prize ring the referee has the last word and Coca lost.
When Fred returned to the dressing room from the ring I went
back to try and cheer him up a bit. Never before had I seen anyone
so completely disappointed. His emotions 'were mixed—first mad and
then to a point where he nearly cried. I reminded him that he was
to board a train that night that was leaving for El Paso where he
would fight in the Fourth Army tournament. This helped some. At
least it gave him something else to strive for.
Coca returned from El Paso last week and with him returned the
featherweight crown. He won it unopposed. This guarantees him a
chance for an All-Army championship at Camp Atterbury Ind. March
TALKS OF GOLDEN GLOVE
Speaking with Coca he talked briefly about the All-Army bouts
and then changed the conversation back to the Golden Gloves. "Bob
if I could have won at Fort Worth I would have gotten a chance at
Chicago. I would also have gotten a chance to see my kid brother
Richard there." he says.
I inquired whether or not his brother Richard lived in Chicago
and it was then I learned that he was not living there but was fighting
It seems that Richard recently won the flyweight championship
of Los Angeles and since then has continued on his winning ways in
Tomorrow night the semi-finals and the finals will be held. If
Dick wins two bouts he will be crowned as a Western Golden Gloves
champ and will then fight in New York for the National title.
It seems a coincidence that two brothers separated by more than
thousand miles may be fighting at approximately the same time-
each for a different championship. I mentioned this to Fred and he
said "Yeh it sure is odd" he paused and then continued '.'but I sure
wish that ref hadn't stopped that fight in Fort Worth."
I wished he hadn't too.
Field directors and hospital
workers gave assistance in 1132-
000 cases of servicemen needing
Red Cross aid at military installa
tions and hospitals in this coun
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champion in the El Paso Tex.
Light Welterweight (139 lbs.)
Elihu Strickland Camp Polk.
Welterweight (147 lbs.) Ray-
ford Mattison Fort Bliss.
Light Middleweight (156 lbs.)
Kenneth Payne Camp Polk.
Middleweight (165 lbs.) James
Lightnor Camp Polk.
Light Heavyweight (178 lbs.)
Fred Williams Fort Bliss.
Heavyweight Talmadge Pe
ters Camp Polk.
to two championships winning
them on two continents.
After an investigation we found
our man Cpl. Walter Hancock
cook for the 17th Training Co. Af
ter hours though a champion horse
shoe pitcher of Fort Hood and
former checker champ of China.
As for his physical statute our
new friend is not heavy. Weighs
between 165 and 170 pounds. His
6 ft. 1 inch frame puts him on the
lanky side. A casual guy at first
glance he looks the part of the
At a young impressionable age
Cpl. Hancock admitted to all he
was a checker champ and from
China at that.
Cpl. Hancock explained to us
that he does not care to publicize
his prowess with the 'shoes' and
checker board because of the
trouble he goes to explaining a
common error everybody seems to
make. Apparently friends always
introduce the Corporal as the Chi
nese Checker Champion of China
when of course he is really the
checker champion. An unassuming
man by nature this embarrasses
him no end and he has to explain
According to the champ this does
not help very much since people
retain the first impression that of
Chinese Checker Champ. Corporal
Hancock soon became exasperat
ed. He doesn't trouble himself any
more when the mistake is made
and just smiles the mark of a true
Cpl. Hancock became interested
in checkers while in China during
his tour of duty in the China Bur
ma Indian campaign. The Red
Cross was sponsoring a checker
tournament and as the Corporal
put it "I really applied myself.'
We questioned the Corporal about
his future plans. Did he intend to
defend his championship? Resign
edly he told us that the champion
ship was in 'moth balls' till at least
the international problem was
cleared up. Besides he explained
"I may never go back. Just retire
Thursday February 26 found
a large group of golf beginners
attending the instruction class
held by Sgt. Jack Laxson the
golf pro. Sergeant Laxson holds
a beginners class every Thurs
day at 1:00 p.m. at golf club No.
2. All ladies interested in learn
ing to play golf are urged to at
tend these fine lessons that are
Tournament play on Thursday
was an all iron tournament mi
nus handicap. First place win
ner was Mrs. Peyton Moffitt
Second Place was Mrs. William
Starnes. Golf balls were given
Hostesses for the monthly
business meeting and refresh
ment time on March 5 are Mrs.
Alfred Hopkins and Mrs. Can
non A. Owen.
Gray St. Killeen
Fort Hood Clinches Fourth A rmy Opener
ORRIN "ROCKY" CASSATA
At North Hood
Special Services at North Fort Hood
has organized a horseshoe tourna
ment among the training compan
The finals of the tournament are
scheduled for March 14-15. Troph
ies will be awrded to the winners.
Each company will organize a
team of three men one for singles
competition and two men for the
doubles play. In an elimination con
test within the Battalion the best
team will be sent to the 15th Train
ing Company's Horseshoe court to
represent its battalion for the North
Judges will be assigned by Spec
ial Service. They will follow the
N.C.A.A. rules in gauging the va
lue of 'leaners' 'ringers' and the
other positions the shoes get in.
Names of the competitors must
be submitted to the Special Ser
vice office by Wednesday March
11. A trophy will be awarded for
the top individual and top doubles
team plus appropriate awards for
PVT. ROY McFARLIN of the 14th Training Co. drives a tank
over the ranges at North Fort. It's a far cry from spring training
with the Albany Cardinals Professional Baseball Team in the
Georgia-Florida League where he was this time last year.
McFarlin had an 11 and 6 record for the year 1952 as a professional
pitcher. (NFH—PIO) (Photo by Blanke).
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In a quest for the Fourth Army
as a ha pi on
Hood got off to a good start Tues
day at Fort Sill by downing a Wil
liam Beaumont Army Hospital
Leading scorers for the Tankers
were Gile Christiansen 1st QM
who netted 22 points and Orrin
"Rocky" Cassata who "hit the
cords" for 19.
Fort Hood is competing with 11
other teams in the Fourth Army
area in an attempt to unseat Fort
Sill in the double elimination
Killeen Base is also entered in
the tourney and met with defeat
in a Tuesday opener to Red River
Hood's WAC squad Fourth Army
titilists for the past two years got
off to an uneventful start by losing
to Beaumont Hospital's female-
If the Hoodettes can make a
comeback and win the rest of their
games they have a chance to take
permanent possession of the com
manding general's trophy by virtue
of three consecutive winning years.
In the other game played Tues
day the Brooke Army Medical
Center Comets downed White Sands
Proving Grounds 87-54. Hood and
BAMC were scheduled to play last
night but as of this writing no re
sults are available.
Frank Guzielek one of Fort
Hood's main scoring threats will
probably be lost to the Tankers
for the remainder of the tourna
ment due to an ankle injury su
stained in Tuesday's game. Guzie
lek was the season's high scorer
for the 501st MP's—Fort Food
The Fort Hood Classic Bowling
League finished their fourth night
of the last round with Reserve
Command rolling a 2524 series for
the high team series. Ed Benson
of Division Troops rolled the high
individual series and game with
a 621 series and a 218 game. The
standings are as follows for Feb.
It was long believed that a drink
ing cup made of rhinoceros horn
would counteract poison.
Cassata was leading scorer in
both tilts against Connally. He hit
for 22 markers in the opener last
Thursday at Hood pacing the All-
Stars to a 70-58 victory. In the re
turn at Waco he accounted for 19
of the 68 scored for Hood against
64 for the losing Airmen. The
second game was a thriller
Fred 'Kid' Coca's
Fred "Kid" Coca a member of
the 17th Cav. Gp. competed in the
Texas State Golden Gloves at Fort
Worth recently. Coca fought his
way to the semi-finals before he
finally met with defeat.
This week Fred received a letter
from Bill Van Fleet sports editor
of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The sports department of the AR
MORED SENTINEL think that this
letter warrant reprinting.
"Dear Fred: The Star-Telegram
Golden Gloves Association thanks
you for your participation in its
recent tournament. You conducted
yourself with courage and sports
manship that made thousands of
spectators proud of you as
"A great many men work hard
and a considerable amount of mon
ey is spent each year to make these
Golden Gloves tournaments possi
ble but after all if it weren't for
boys like you there wouldn't be
any kind of athletic programs.
"So again we say thanks. We
hope you will continue to live in
a way that will bring you self satis
faction and earn you worthwhile
During the 1952 National League
season Harry Perkowski of the
Cincinnati Reds allowed the most
sacrifice hits 18.
NOW IN STOCK 1953
All-Stars Clobber Beaumont.
Christiansen Cassata Lead
champions. He scored 264 points
in 15 games this season.
Prior to leaving for Sill last
Saturday the Fort Hood All-Stars
were engaged in four exhibition
games—two with the Flyers of
James Connally AF Base one
against Dallas Naval Air Station
and another with Hensley AF Base.
Hood was victorious in all the
throughout with the lead changing
With less than a minute remain
ing in the game Hood was behind
64-63. Then Bill Prevey 1st MTB
scored on a fast break. He was
fouled on the play but the basket
was judged good by officials.
Prevey then sank a foul shot put
ting Hood ahead 66-64. Before the
closing buzzer sounded Cassata
"iced" the game with a one-hand
ed hook shot.
Saturday night against the Dallas
Naval Air Station the Tankers won
71-60 employing a fast break and
scoring repeatedly from outside
with deadly accurate set shots.
Hensley AF Base took their
drubbing Sunday night. Hood's ac
BRIG. GEN. ALFRED E. KASTNER acting as Post Commander last week presented Lt. Jode Wilson
CO of the 501st MP's with the Post basketball trophy. The Policemen finished the hoop season here
ahead of nine other teams with a record of seventeen wins against only two defeats. (Photo by
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curate aggragalion set the Airmen
back on their heels by a lop-sided
score of 84-45.
Hood's 12 man squad led by
Capt. Harold T. Smith Division
Special Services officer includes:
Gile Christiansen 1st QM Joe
McMahon 4th MTB Walter John
son 16th AEB Charles Schenk 2nd
AAA Bill Prevey 1st MTB and
Orrin "Rocky" Cassata Lowell
Fast Lee Gunst Joe Bertling
Francis Guzielek Neil O'Donnell
Ron Tschannen all members of
the 501st MP basketball team.
At the closing of the tourney
team trophies will be awarded in
both the men and women's divi
sions and an outstanding player in
each division will be named.
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