Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 23, 1953 Page: 1 of 8
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Vol. 1 No. 16
—iNvo men from the Fort Hood
551st Control Detachment Explo
sive1.Ordnance Disposal picked up
enough un exploded ammunition
this week in Brownwood homes
and garages to destroy several of
the city's largest buildings.
Lt. 'Philip Kelley and M-Sgt. Mel-
vin l!fee are collecting the deadly
duds from houses and garages
where they were taken in most
case^ by children.
Chief of Police Jack Pike had a
long list of places where unex-
ploded ammunition is located. The
locations were telephoned in or
|brought to the police station after
the accidental explosion of a dud
bazooka shell last Sunday seriously
injured the Brownwood youths.
From their hospital beds at
Browftwood Memorial Hospital
S a up an a
Thomas injured last Sunday had
only one bit of advice to offer con
"Stay away from them" the 14-
year-old cousins said. Both boys
are said to be improving satisfac
The Fort Hood team picked up
forty to fifty pieces of ammuni
tion in about four hours from
homes and garages on the south
side of town.
The ammunition included bazooka
shells of the type which exploded
Sunday injuring the two boys 105
mm. shells land mines hand gre
nades mortar shells and some
smaller caliber shells. Some of the
ammunition was harmless and
some was very dangerous.
As the collection continued the
Ex-POWs To Meet
In Oklahoma City
The Sixth National Convention
of America Ex-Prisoners of War
will be held in Oklahoma City on
June 4. 5 and 6 at the Bilmore
Hotel Marvin D. McLeod Direc-
tor of military publicity for the
organization announced recently.
All of the approximately 132000
Ex-Prisoners of War or next of
kin are welcome to attend. In
formation about the convention
can be obtained by writing the
American Ex-Prisoners of War
Inc. National Headquarters Bel-
NCOs TOOK COMMAND of the 2nd AAA Bn. Saturday moaning at a battalion review held at the
DivArty Parade Ground. M-Sgt. Hugh H. MacAteer (center front) was acting battalion CO. Other
•cftnmand positions went to (left to right) SFC Charles E. Barkley acting adjutant and S-l Sgt.
Charles V. McPartland S-2 M-Sgt. William L. Tillman S-3 and Sgt. Levy Zoeller S-4. First ser
geants acted as battery commanders and top three graders were platoon leaders. (Photo by Kuritz-
At Brownwood9 Texas
Two Hood Ordnance Experts
Pick-Up Duds From Homes
story of a regular market in the
duds between boys developed.
There were even standard bargain
ing terms such as trading one
bazooka shell for two hand gre
nades or one land mine for two
One southside youth had a work
shop in the house where he dis
mantled shells and otherwise ex
perimented with them.
"The boys who have handled
this ammunition can not know how
lucky they are to be alive or un
hurt" Chief Pike said. He pointed
out that the powder in some of
the ammunition grows more dead
ly and more explosive the longer
Wounded Medic Corporal Wins
Silver Star For Korea Action
(PIO)—Cpl. William D. Miller of
San Angelo confined to the Fort
Hood station hospital with wounds
received in Korea last fall has
been awarded the Silver Star
Medal for gallantry in action.
Miller a presented the
Medal by Brig. Gen. L. L. Doan
Award Lt. McFarland
(PIO) Lt. A. J. McFarland
Hqs Co. CC "B" was awarded the
Commendation Ribbon with Metal
Pendant in ceremonies held at
Hqs. CC "B". Col. Roy W. Cole
Jr. commanding officer CC "B"
made the presentation.
Lieutenant McFarland was cited
for meritorious service against the
armed enemy in Korea during the
period July 6-20 1951 while serving
as adjutant with the 2nd Bn. 15th
Infantxy Third Infantry Div.
Brownwood boys have been mak
ing trips to the former maneuver
area grounds of Camp Bowie since
it was deactivated after World War
n. There is much unexploded
ammunition in the area.
Numerous warnings have been
issued concerning the danger of
this ammunition. At least six per
sons have been injured and one
has been killed through handling
No one knows how many pieces
of "hot" ammunition are in homes
and garages or around residences
of Brownwood today. Parents are
being urged to check with their
children to see if any duds are
around their homes.
Application forms are going out this'weekend for Camp Moonraker
popular vacation spot for sons and daughters of military and civilian
personnel here as final plans for the camp are being completed.
The camp sponsored by the Fort Hood Dad's Club will open its
third season on May 31 when the boys from Hood go out for a two-
The first girls' camp for those from eight years of age to the
fourth graders will be held from June 17 through 20 and the camp
for the girls that are fifth graders or older will be held from June 17
Camp Moonraker is located at Mayberry Park at the southern
edge of the Fort Hood reservation. Any boy or girl between the
age of eight and 16 whose parent is assigned to Fort Hood or the
1st AD is overseas or is a civilian employed and living on the
Post is eligible to attend.
The children will sleep by age groups in squad tents in a grove of
trees at Camp Moonraker. Each tent will be under the supervision
of a counselor.
The camp is well located with shower units latrines athletic fields
and a large craft-shop close by. Centrally located is the dining room
which is under canvass and an Army kitchen. The children will re
ceive the full Army ration and extras purchased locally.
Each afternoon the children will be taken by bus to one of the
swimming pools at Fort Hood where beginners will be given
instruction. Those who are already swimmers will receive ad
vanced instruction which will lead to life-saving awards.
As in previous years emphasis will be placed on outdoor activities
such as organized athletics hiking and campfire councils. Art and
handicraft instruction will be given at the camp.
This camp will cost parents about $11 per week and the money
will be paid at the time the child arrives at the camp.
Moonraker was founded in 1951 by Maj. Gen. Bruce C. Clarke
former Fort Hood and 1st AD commander. The camp derives its
odd name from the Moonraker Country of England where Gen
eral Clarke and his CC "A" of the 4th armd. Div. trained before
crossing the English Channel for action in Europe.
Parents interested in Camp Moonraker are urged to complete the
Moonraker application blank and return it to the G-3 of the 1st AD.
commanding general of Fort
Hood and the 1st Armored Di
Serving with the Medical De
tachment of the 75th FA Bn. the
young corporal was wounded when
his unit occupied a forward posi
tion near Corwon North Korea
last October and was brought
under heavy enemy artillery fire.
Miller was cited for "complete
disregard for his personal safety
exposed himself to enemy
fire to reach and treat the
wounded." He in turn was struck
by shrapnel when he attempt
ed to aid a buddy hit by shell
The son of Mr. and Mrs. W. O.
Miller Mereta Route San Angelo
Texas Corporal Miller graduated
from Eola High School and attend
ed San Angelo Junior College be
fore induction in January 1951. He
has been at Fort Hood since last
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY APRIL 23 1953
Deer For Hood
Ft Hood Library
Wins 4th Army
To Restore Wildlife
(PIO) In an effort to restore
wild-life to the Fort Hood Military
Reservation and the surrounding
area Brig. Gen. L. L. Doan com
manding general of Fort Hood and
the 1st Armored Division is re
questing Fourth Army officials to
assist him in obtaining deer to be
gin repopulation in the area.
"We at Fort Hood are willing
to take the lead in the restoration
of wildlife in this area if the
people in the surrounding com
munities are in favor of such a
program" General Doan stated.
Several months ago Maj. Gen.
Bruce C. Clarke then commander
of Fort Hood and civic leaders of
a by it a a
movement to set up a five-year ban
on hunting certain types of wild
life in Coryell and Bell counties
especially deer and ducks. How-
The Fort Hood Post Library won
the Fourth Army John Cotton
Dana Publicity Award and a
chance at the all-Army award for
outstanding work in publicizing
library function's it was revealed.
A prize of six new books for
the local shelves was awarded
to the local library and by win
ning the contest" the Fort Hood
Library gained a chance to try
for the all-Army award.
If Fort Hood should win the all-
Army award the local library
would have a chance at the all-
services contest and the final
The all-services award will be
presented this summer at the
Conference of American Library
Associations in Los Angeles to the
Army Navy or Marine library
which did the outstanding work in
publicizing its work.
Because of an all-around pub
licity program Fort Hood won
the top honors in the Fourth
Army contest. The Post news
paper posters radio programs
announcements in the news
papers of nearby towns book
markers hand bills folders to
new men coming on Post letters
to officers on Fort Hood and
signs were all used to publicize
Library personnel gave lectures
to various groups of soldiers ex
plaining what the library offered
regularly during the year to
further publicize the services of
The Post Library is a section of
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CPL. WILLIAM D. MILLER (right) of Mereta Route San Angelo
Texas was awarded the Silver Star Medal by Brig. Gen. L. L
Doan commanding general of Fort Hood.
ever action by the state legislature
would be required before such a
ban could be put in effect.
"The people of Bell and Coryell
counties could Assure the success
of the game restoration program
if they would put through such a
ban" the general added.
The game restoration drive
began at Fort Hood and through
out Central Texas when it was
discovered that the number of
certain types of wildlife dimin
ished rapidly in recent years.
Drouth over-hunting and fires
had been causes of the rapid de
crease in game population.
"In the near future Fort Hood
will acquire several square miles
of additional land including a por
tion of the planned Bel ton Lake.
This additional land with the much-
needed water would aid in making
this area of Texas an ideal spot
for a game preserve" General
During the past few years the
game population of Fort Hood has
slowly begun to increase. Closed
seasons for hunting certain types
of game have been enforced and
every effort has been made to see
that adequate food and water were
Hood Dads' Club
Calls For Fathers
To Bolster Ranks
The Fort Hood Dads' Club which
backs the numerous youth activities
on the Post opened its spring
membership drive recently in an
effort to bolster its ranks.
Reaching a peak strength of
some 350 fathers last fall the or
ganization rolls have dropped to
approximately 85 members.
Lt. Co]. William F. Jackson pres
ident of the club said that the low
ebb in membership was caused by
the normal turnover of Division
and Post personnel and the fact
that many recent arrivals know
little about the club or of its ac
tive support of youth activities.
He pointed out that the club af
fords children the opportunity to
participate in organized group ac
tivities and to develop leadership
The Dads' Club supports all
Scout activities the Hood Village
Youth Center all Post playgrounds
Camp Moonraker and sports ac
tivities such as Little League base
More than the monetary aid of
the one dollar monthly dues the
club needs fathers who will take
an active part in organizing and
planning activities for their sons
Fate Favors Foils
Private On Leave
(CC "B"-PIO) PFC Sergio W.
Cardero a former lieutenant in the
Chilean Air Force Reserve and
currently with Co. C 4th MTB
now believes the best way for him
to avoid the unexpected is to stay
at Fort Hood.
Deciding upon a leave to his
native Santiago Chile South Amer
ica PFC Cardero visualized a
period of relaxation and fiesta with
his family and friends in the very
Fate had other plans for Sergio.
The unexpected reared its ugly
head as Sergio completed his leave
and began the long road back to
First in the series of events took
place as the plane on which Sergio
was a passenger developed engine
trouble and made an emergency
landing at the Lima Peru airport.
Awaiting the repairs to the
plane Sergio reported to the Amer
ican Embassy in Lima as was re
quired by his orders.
At the Embassy Sergio met
Gladys Valerius an American
citizen who has never seen her
country and was invited to a
birthday party the same even
ing. (Miss Valerius' parents are
United States citizens who have
worked in Chile since her birth).
Sergio's elation over this turn of
events was short-lived. The follow
ing day he was rushed to the hos
pital for an emergency appendec
During Sergio's stay at the hos
pital Miss Valerius maintained an
almost constant vigil over his bed
side. Upon his release from the
hospital Sergio was invited to re
cuperate at the Valerius' home.
The ever-presence of Miss Val-
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General Doan Says Hood Has
Ended Its Downward Cycle
MAJ. GEN. S. D. STURGIS JR.
By Gen. Sturgis
(PIO) Maj. Gen. Samuel D.
Sturgis Jr. Chief of Army Engi
neers visited Fort Hood Thursday
to dedicate a permanent memorial
to a father and son who lost their
lives while serving their country.
General Sturgis unveiled a mon
ument naming Hood's new perma
nent masonry barracks "Storck
Barracks" in honor of Col. Louis
J. Storck and his son Lt. Louis
J. Storck Jr. The buildings are
occupied by the 16th AEB.
Introduced by Brig. Gen. L. L.
Doan General Sturgis hailed the
Storck as a "symbol of the spirit
of self-sacrifice typical of the
The elder Storck was killed in
France in 1944 while commanding
Reserve Command of the 4th Arm
ored Division. Colonel Storck was
on a reconnaisance when his jeep
struck a mine.
Lieutenant Storck a member of
the 16th Engineers in late 1951
was mortally wounded near Pang-
sok-tong Korea last October. He
and a small group of men were
defending an outpost from a heavy
General Sturgis was accompani
ed to Fort Hood by Col. H. D.
Vogel Southwest Division engineer
Col. H. R. Hallock chief of the
Fort Worth District Col. R.
Connor of his Washington staff
and Capt. R. H. Groves aide-de-
Classed as a medium tank the
M47 has been greatly improved in
all three basic essentials tanks
must possess for modern tank war
firepower and ma
Regarded by testing officers as
one of the most maneuverable
medium tanks in use today the
M47 is powered by an 810-horse-
power V-12 engine.
In maneuvering the major
problem of tankers in the past
the M47 can literally stop on a
dime and spin or turn in either
direction within its own length.
The destructive firepower of the
leviathan is provided by a high
velocity 90-mm gun ably support
ed by two caliber .50 and one cali
ber .30 machine guns. Medium
tanks of World War II had only
one caliber .50 and two caliber
.30 machine guns.
Experienced tankers are parti
cularly enthusiastic over the fire
control system and the electro-
hydraulically operated turret of
By virtue of this turrent the
super-accurate high velocity 90-
mm gun automatically returns to
on-target position immediately af
ter firing affording a higher rate
of fire with increased accuracy.
The range finder and sight
ing devices of the M47 are two
major advancements in assur
ing one of the most important
"musts" of tank warfare—hit
ting the target with the first
round fired. In recent field
tests experienced crews were
I ~j April Marks Last
Troop Loss Month
(CC"B"-PIO) Maj. Geral M.
English Executive Officer Sup
port Arms Regiment Marine Bar
racks Camp Pendleton Calif. re
cently completed a four day visit
here in which he made an exten
sive inspection of the latest train
ing facilities and procedures of the
The Marine Corps major a vet
eran of more than 10 years ex
perience with Marine Corps tank
units inspected all major training
sites and classrooms placing
particular emphasis on tank train
In addition to the executive of
ficer's post in the Support Arms
Regiment Major English is also
head of the Headquarters Track
Training Battalion responsible
unit for the training of Marine
tankers at Camp Pendleton.
Major English arrived at Fort
Hood as the result of a news item
released by the 1st Armored Di
vision announcing the construction
and operation of a new tank driv
ing range at Fort Hood. The uni
que range was designed and is
operated by the Armor Committee
A native of Crockett Texas
Major English is a veteran of
various campaigns with the Ma
rines in the South Pacific during
World War II and was also en
gaged in the now famous battle
for the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.
General Clarke Featured
In 1st AD Assn. Bulletin
(PIO)—Major General Bruce C.
Clarke newly assigned command
er of the U.S. Eighth Army's I
Corps in Korea was featured in
the March-April issue of the 1st
Armored Division Association Bul
M-47 Replaces Older Types
In 1st AD Tanker Training
(CC "B"-PIO)—The Army's 48-ton M47 tank is now being used in the training of future 1st AD tankers
at Fort Hood.
Replacing the older tanks of World War II fame formerly in use the M47 has completed months of
rigorous tests and having proved its ruggedness and suitability is now being assigned to units for combat
and training purposes.
(PIO)—Brigadier General L. L. Doan commanding general of
Fort Hood and the 1st Armored Division said Friday that Fort Hood
has "turned the corner" and increasing numbers of trainees are sched
uled to be assigned to the 1st AD during the coming months.
The commanding general noted that this wek saw the completion
of seporation jrocessing of an estimated 1000 enlisted mn of the
1st Armored Division. This group
was the last of the original 14000
inductees assigned to the Division
upon its reactivation two years ago
and who did not enlist in the Regu
General Doan remarked that the
two-year draft and the Army's
personnel requirements overseas
are causing a constant flow of
personnel through installations in
the United States—personnel who
must be trained shipped overseas
rotated back to United States in-'
stallations to serve their remain
ing few months and finally sepa-.
rated from the service.
The effect of this cycle at Fort
Hood has been to create high and
low levels of population. One year
ago Fort Hood reached its peak
population when during "Exercise
Longhorn" 120000 troops were in
this area. Because of the urgent
manpower requirements of over
seas threaters during the past few
months Fort Hood's population
dwindled to approximately 20000.
With the recent assignment to
the 1st AD of several hundred re
placements trained at Fort Hood
the low cycle has ended and the
Division is entering upon another
cycle staled General Doan. In
sofar as can be anticipated in
creasing numbers of Fort Hood
trainees will be assigned to the
1st Armored Division during the*
It was also pointed out that in
addition to its regularly assigned
personnel Fort Hood will be host
to three National Guard and two
Organized Reserve divisions this
summer. These civilian compon
ents will be quartered at North
Fort Hood for their two-week train
The 90th Infantry Division and
the 112th Armored Cavalry Regi
ment (Texas National Guard) will
lead off arriving at North Fort
Hood on May 31. The 49th Armor
ed Division (Texas National
Guard) the 36th Infantry Division
(Texas National Guard) the 75th
Infantry Division and the 45th In-
faptry Division (Oklahoma Nation
al Guard) will follow (in that
order) at two-week intervals.
AN M-47 IN ACTION
getting first round hits more
than 90 percent of the time.
Employing a crew of five the
M47 is designed with two separate
and distinct fire control systems
allowing the gun to be fired by
either the tank commander or
gunner. With the greatly improv
ed field of vision targets may be
spotted and destroyed much more
quickly than was true with older
For greater protection of its
crew members the M47 is con
structed of armor plating with
a greater degree of slope mak
ing it more difficult for an
enemy shell to get a "bite."
Members of Company D 1st
Medium Tank Battalion have been
selected as the initial unit to be
gin their training as tankers with!
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