The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 18, 1953 Page: 1 of 8
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New PX Cards
By June 30
Can Be Obtained
At Exhange Office
Post Exchange cards for mili
tary dependents and civilians en
titled to PX privileges must be
renewed by June 30 it was re
vealed by Lt. Col. Joseph Massaro
Post Exchange officer.
The old cards will not be good
for persons making purchases af
ter June 30 Colonel Massaro warn
He further stated that exchange
cards will not be issued to pei'sons
under 16 years old nor will they
be issued to active duty military
personnel who hold ID cards.
It is necessary according to
Army regulations that persons
making purchases in PXs either be
members of the military or have
identification cards showing that
they are entitled to make pur
The new cards will be issued
at the Exchange Office bldg 4223
from 7 a. m. until 3:45 p. m. each
Monday through Friday until June
30 Colonel Massaro stated.
(Building 4223 is in the Ware
house area of the Post near the
Every person desiring to get a
PX card must fill out a new ap
plication blank before the cards
will be issued the colonel added.
These application forms may be
obtained at the Exchange office
at Exchange 1 Hq. Ave. and 50th
St. Exchange 4 Bn. Ave. and 50th
Exchange 22 Kaybee Heights Ex
change 18 Hood Village Exchange
15 North Fort Hood and Exchange
21 Gray Air Force Base.
Opens For 100
PIO The 1st AD Artillery Spe
cialist School was reopened this
afternoon as Col. Vonna F. Burger
Division Artillery commander ad
dressed nearly 100 students from
Btry of the 73rd AFA.
Upon completion of the two six-
week and one four-week courses
the students will be assigned to
the four field artillery battalions
in the 1st AD as cadre.
Reopening of the school which
completed three cycles of instruc
tion last year is in line with the
Division rebuilding phase which
sends men who have completed
16 weeks of basic training to schools
for specialized training according
to Lt. Col Warren J. Green Divi
sion Artillery executive officer.
"We are taking those men who
have finished their 16-week cycles
and training them as specialists to
fill key enlisted men's positions
throughout Division Artillery" Col
''The school will be conducted on
a continuous basis until we have
enough trained personnel to fill
these positions" he said.
The school will offer six-week
courses in artillery survey and fire
direction and a four-week course
in forward observer parties.
Col. Burger is commandant of
the school. Capt. C. T. Parrack.
assistant commandant will leave
for overseas June 20 and will be
replaced by Lt. Joseph F. Shankle
according to Col. Green.
In the later part of April Maj.
Gen. L. L. Doan who had taken
over command of Fort Hood
issued a statement that he would
request Fourth Army officials to
assist him in obtaining deer to
begin repopulation in the area.
that time the general urged
the people of Bell and Coryell
counties to aid in getting the bill
put through the legislature and
"We at Fort Hood are willing to
take the lead in the restoration of
wildlife in this area if the people
in the surrounding communities
are in favor of such a program."
The people of Cen-Tex re
sponded to the plea of General
Doan and local sportsmen and
the bill was introduced in the
last session of the state legisla
ture and passed.
Last Wednesday Governor Shiv
ers signed it making the bill law.
The game restoration drive be
gan at Fort Hood and throughout
Central Texas when it was dis
covered that the number of cer
VOL. 1 No. 24
Lt. Col. Herman J. Kregel chap
lain of the Far East Command
Liaison Detachment Korea prais
ed the contributions of Fort Hood
personnel in the Korean Clothing
drive conducted by the Public In
formation Office in a letter to the
Fort Hood Community Chest re
ceived here this week.
Col. Kregel's letter said in part.
''let me assure you that the people
to whom the clothing and other
articles are being given are among
the most needy in Korea. Most of
them are not only widows and
orphans but refugees as well.
It is tragic enough to lose one's
own home and for wives and chid
ren to lose the support of the fa
ther-husband but when the loss
occurs in all but alien territory
the tragedy and need becomes
compounded... Be assured that the
gifts have been gratefully receivd
by the needy here."
The letter referred to a ship-
mnt of 1425 pounds of shoes and
clothing which was sent in late
April arriving at the Korean des
tination in 23 mail bags. Since
that time another large shipment
of clothing has been sent to Maj.
Gen. Bruce C. Clarke former 1st
AD and Fort Hood commander
who now heads the I Corps in Ko
rea. It is also planned to send
the clothing being received at pre
sent to General Clarke for distrib
Persons having unwanted gar
ments or shoes are requested to
take them to the Public Informa
tion Office by noon Saturday as
the last shipment is scheduled to
go out early next week.
The office is located across the
parking lot from the 52nd Street
Chapel just east of Division Head
quarters in Building 2225. Cloth
ing may be turned in between the
hours of 0700-1200 and 1300-1600
and on Saturday from 0700-1200
Letter Of Thanks
Received For Band
A letter of appreciation from
S. H. Ford president of the
Longhorn Riding Club of Tem
ple has been received by Maj.
Gen. Doan for the participation
of the 1st AD Jeep-Mounted
Band in a parade in that city
on 6 June.
Bell And Coryell
In response to a plea made by Maj. Gen. L. L. Doan 1st AD and Fort
Hood commander and Central Texan sportsmen a bill setting up a
game preserve in Bell and Coryell counties was signed into law by
Texas Governor Allan Shivers last Wednesday.
The bill makes it unlawful to take hunt or attempt to kill wild deer
in the two counties for a period of five years from June 10 1953.
Brought about by Fort Hood au
thorities and sportsmen of Central
Texas the bill was passed in an
effort to build up a herd of deer
in this area.
The project was begun by Maj.
Gen. Bruce C. Clarke former Fort
Hood commander and a group of
ox on at on is
formed a group interested in con
servation and asked for a ban on
hunting several types of game.
tain types of wildlife diminished
rapidly in recent years.
Drouth over-hunting and fires
had been causes of the rapid de
crease in the game population.
During the past few years the
game population at Fort Hood
has slowly begun to increase.
Closed seasons on hunting deer
and other wildlife on the reser
vation have been enforced and
have paid off.
The deer population on the res
ervation has steadily risen and
Hood officials believe that with the
acquiring of the new land on the
planned Lake Belton the Post will
be an ideal game preserve.
Taking part in getting the bill
through the state legislature were
the Fort Hood Rod and Gun club
or or an at on
Bell and Coryell counties and mili
tary and civilian authorities.
Sportsmen in the two counties
are working on the possibility of
the State Game and Fish commis
sion restocking the area with deer
early in 1954.
Students of Class XXV Food Ser
vice School Cooking Course are to
receive their diplomas at 1000 a.
m. next Friday. Graduation exer
cises will be held in the 268th
High Army and Korean civil of
ficials joined the members of Maj.
Gen. Bruce C. Clarke's I Corps in
a celebration of their 1000 days in
Korea last Monday.
General Clarke who now com
mands I Corps formerly was the
commanding general of Fort Hood
and the 1st AD.
Among the guests of honor were
President and Mrs. Syngman Rhee
and Lt. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor
Eighth Army commander. Other
10 Over Weekend
Six Fort Hood soldiers and four civilians were injured in three
accidents involving military personnel over the last weekend Capt.
George Williamson Post safety .officer revealed today.
In addition to these three accidents there were several minor accidents
—involving no injuries—reported to the Post safety office.
The three accidents in which per
sons were hurt happened near Kil-
leen at North Fort Hood and near
"The Post escaped last weekend
without a fatality but there were
entirely too many accidents re
ported" Capt. Williamson said.
He further pointed out that June
is one of the most dangerous
months in the year since many
persons are making long trips to
pleasure spots and there is danger
of heat fatigue.
"Last June five soldiers from
Hood were killed in traffic crashes.
This year one has died on the
highways already this month and
we have had several narrow es
capes" the captain stated further.
In the accidents over the week
end involving injuries two happen
ed Saturday and one occurred
In Saturday's accidents four
civilians were hurt when the car
in which they were riding collid
ed with an Army truck at North
Fort Hood. The civilians were tak
en to the North Fort dispensary
and treated for minor cuts and
Two young Fort Hood soldiers
were injured early Saturday morn
ing when their automobile struck a
bridge near Kilieen on Farm Road
440 at 1:15 a.m.
Injured were PFCs Albert Chau
vin and Joe D. Parker both of
the 336th QM Bn. Both men suffer
ed miscellaneous cuts and bruises
about the face and they were
treated at the Fort Hood Hospital.
Four members of the 1st Tank
were hurt Sunday night when the
car in which they were riding over
turned on Highway 81 about 17
miles from Waco the safety officer
Hurt were Pvts. Josiah Whitley
Henry Francis Isiah Thomas and
Frank Anderson. None of the men
were hurt seriously in the acci
dent Captain Williamson said.
According to the report of in
General Doan Named As Honorary
Commander Of 1st AD Association
KEYS FOR THE GENERAL—The Mayor of Seoul Korea Mr. Tai Sun Kin presents the key to the
City to the I Corps Commander Major General Bruce C. Clarke in appreciation for what Corps
troops have done in helping keep Korea free and independent and also for the large amounts of
money the Corps has given Korean charities during the past year. General Clarke commanded the
1st AD at Fort Hood before coming to Korea to become the I Corps Commander April 10 1953.
General Clarke Leads
I Corps In Celebration
high military men and Korean ci
vil officials were in attendance.
In a speech before the assembled
group Maj. Gen. Bruce C. Clarke
said "It is fitting that we
pause briefly to observe in a mod
est way the fact that I Corps has
completed 1000 days of operations
in Korea during the present con
flict. This period covers nine major
campaigns. During this time about
one-half million officers and men
I Corps fought here."
vestigation the driver of the ve
hicle was blinded by the lights of
an oncoming automobile and lost
control of the car.
"Every day more and more of
the soldiers of Fort Hood are get
ting a chance to drive on the high-
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combat rifle range for embryo in
fantrymen in training is underway
at Fort Hood.
A drawing of the range on paper
looks like a football play diagram.
Circles are spotted here and there
and dashed lines dart in every di
But the drawing sybolizes any
thing but play. Across the expanse
of the range deadly rifle ammu
nition will crack and zip when a
group of soldiers runs through the
The range a refinement of an
older course reflects the addition
of two new factors in range con
struction. They both add to the
surprise which greets a soldier
running through an exercise on
the course when a silhouette tar
get of a man pops up in front of
First targtes at which the ad
vancing infantry fire are hidden
in pockets in the ground until they
spring upward upon the command
of an operator behind the firing
Thus anyone advancing through
the range cannot see the targets
at which he is to fire until they
suddenly appear in front of him.
Older ranges made no attempt to
hide the targets and they lay flat
atop the ground until they were
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY JUNE 18 1953 8 Pages
"I Corps is the oldest Corps in
the United States Army. In every
emergency since it was first found
ed 9 years ago it has been com
manding troops in battle" the gen
He paid tribute in his speech to
the many troops of different na
tions serving in the Corps ant-
said that it has truly been a "Uni
ted Nations Corps."
In final tribute General Clarke
said 'As we start the second thou«
sand days in Korea we dedicate
durselves anew to the task of 'get
ting our job done well and on timft
whatever the mission assigned to
The Corps was founded in 18G2
when President Lincoln directed
that McClellan's Army of the Po
tomac be organized into four corps
and named General McDowell tc
Since that time members of the
Corps have fought in every major
American war. The corps fought
in Puerto Rico during the Spanish
American War was the first Ame
rican Corps into battle in the First
World War fought in the Pacific
in WW II and has been in Korea
for over 1000 days.
General Clarke took command
of the Corps in early April of this
year. Before going to Korea the
general was in command of Fort
Hood and the 1st AD for over two
Construction of a new jerked upward to be fired upon.
Second some targets at which
the soldier fires are painted black
to represent a friendly soldier and
others white to represent an
Formerly all targets were white
and the infantryman fired upon
all targets that popped up. But
now he must think before he fires
or else he will shoot at a "friendly
soldier" for which he is penalized
in scoring his performance of the
Further additions have been
made to the plan of the range
antedating the one now under con
struction. The range used until
now had no moving targets. The
new one does.
Targets are mounted onto the
chassis of a "car" sitting on rails.
When the wire controlling the car
is pulled the targets pop up and
begin to move across the left
front of the person firing the ex
Further additions to the range
are targets that pop up in windows
The new range adopted after a
plan developed by the Office of the
Chief of Army Field Forces has
been fostered at Fort Hood by
Capt. Vincent M. Degon Post
range officer and veteran of the
A new honor came to Maj. Gen. L. L. Doan Fort Hood and 1st
AD commander when he was notified that he has been named an
Honorary Commander of the 1st Armored Division Association and
aa member of the national executive committee.
The notification came from Col. Leo B- Connor secretary-treasurer
of the 1st Armored Division Association.
The general was also informed
that his photo would appear on the
cover of the June issue of the As
sociation's monthly magazine the
The 1st Armored Division Assoc
iation is an organization made up
of men who have been assigned or
attached to the Division since its
founding on July 15 1940.
In his reply to Colonel Conner
General Doan wrote "I am honor
ed to become an Honorary Com
mander of the 1st Armored Assoc
iation and a member of the Na
tional Executive Committee. I cer
tainly wish to participate in the
Association affairs. Please let me
know what I can do to contribute
to the continued success of the As
In his letter to General Doan
telling of his appointment as Hon
orary commander Colonel Conner
wrote "We always welcome any
member of the active Division who
wishes to become an active mem
Not only can persons assigned to
the 1st AD join the Association
but companies and batteries can
also join. Companies and batteries
that join can be assured of having
copies of the Bulletin in their day-
rooms and the members of the
organizations can keep up with the
happenings in the Association.
The 1st Armored Association was
formed to perpetuate and preserve
the memory and reknown of the
1st AD to promote the interests
and welfare of the former mem
bers of the Division and to faci
litate the preparation and publica
tion of a history of the 1st Armor
Anyone interested in joining the
1st Armored Division Association
Back To Normal
Maj. Gen. L. L. Doan command
er of the 1st AD and Fort Hood
and Brig. Gen. Sam G. Conley
G-3 of Army Field Forces who is
making an inspection here ad
dressed the new class members in
New Range Under Construction
can do by by sending yearly dues
to: 1st Armored Division Associa
tion 1529 18th Street Washington
6 D.C. The dues are $3 per year.
At Fort Hood
PIO A reduction in temporary
indefinite appointees of the Fort
Hood technical service staffs has
recently been made here Mr. Rol
lins Teas Civilian Personnel man
ager said today.
Forty-eight employees serving as
dental attendants and at the hos
pital and in mess halls were noti
fied of the reduction on May 28.
Some of these were placed in va
cancies existing in other technical
sections on the Post and the re
mainder were referred to the Tex
as Employment Commission office
for further job placement.
"The temporary indefinite ap
pointees who were released will be
placed on a reinstatement list for
90 days" Mr. Teas said "and if
any positions are opened durin
this time these persons will be re
A thirty day notification of re
lease required by Civil Service re
gulations allowed most of the work
ers to use accrued leave time with
or without pay dependent on the
individual concerned. No perma
nent appointees were released un
der the recent personnel reductions
Mr. Teas said.
Over 400 Men Report To
NCO Academy For Classes
For the first time since the 1st AD was drained of its combat strength for overseas assignment the Non-
Commissioned Officers Academy swung back into full scale operation with the arrival of over 400 new
students Monday morning.
The new men are nearly all soldiers who have ust completed basic training in Fort Hood units and
upon completion of their courses
at the NCO Academy they will re
turn to their units to lead in form
ing a combat-ready 1st AD.
opening day ceremonies in Theater
In his speech to the future NCOs
General Conley stressed the im
portance of training small unit
leaders for today and for the fu
He emphasized that NCOs are
the backbone of any military or
THE MOVING TARGET at which a soldier going through an ex
ercise on the new range at Fort Hood will fire is inspected by Cap
tain Vincent M. Degon range officer of the Central Texas Reserva
tion. The uncompleted range will teach a soldier to think before
he fires at a target. (U. S. Army Photo by Kuritzky.)
Lease For New
Town To Pay
Rent To Army
I O I
School District Board last Tues
day night approved and signed a
75-year lease on 39.4 acres of land
on Fort Hood for anew community
high school Major General L. L.
Doan Fort Hood and 1st Armored
Division commanding general an
"The signing of the lease by the
Kilieen School Board completes ne
gotiations which began exactly 13
months ago" said Lieutenant Col
onel Arthur J. Thomas Post exec
utive officer who is the senior
member of Fort Hood's advisory
committee to the Kilieen School
Board. Attending the meeting with
Colonel Thomas was Mr. Ray Mo
ore representative from the ranks
of civilian workers at Fort Hood.
Colonel Thomas said that rent
on the 39.4 acres will be $150 an
nually from Kilieen to the federal
government. He added that utili
ties for the school such as water
gas and electricity will be furnish
ed by Fort Hood and will be billed
to Kilieen each month.
Location of the leased land is
immediately off Highway 190 and
lies between Fort Hood Pritchard
Stadium and the main gate. High
school students and teachers will
not have to pass through the main
gate to go to school.
While architectural plans for the
high school have not yet been ap
proved it is hoped that the new
school will be ready for occupancy
by September of 1954.
On Thursday June 18 a four-
man committee from Kilieen and
Fort Hood will meet in Austin with
Dr. Joe Humphrey Texas Educa
tion Agency a school construction
expert in an effort to arrive at a
decision on an architectural plan
for the new high school The group
will be composed of the Kilieen
superintendent of schools a mem
ber of the Kilieen School District
and one member each from the
Kilieen and Fort Hood school ad
Tuesday's meeting also asked the
Board commission architects to de
sign an elementary school in Kil
leen's Marlborough Heights area
for colored. It is the Board's de
sire that this proposed school be
completed at approximately the
same time as the new elementary
school now under construction at
School population of the proposed
elementary school in Marlborough
Heights area would be composed of
children from both Kilieen and
Fort Hood. Colored high school stu
dents would continue to attend
school at Belton.
Colonel Thomas pointed out that
Fort Hood has recently turned over
complete control of all its school
funds curriculum and administra
tion to the Kilieen Independent
In other ceremonies at the NCO
Academy last week Col. Searcy
W. Brinkley commander of the
123rd AOB presented honor gradu
ates of the Auto Mechanics
Course 12 and Small Arms Course
16 with their certificates of train
ing on June 12.
Top graduate of the Auto Mech
anics Course was PFC Stanley D.
Schumacher 1st QM with an av
erage of 94. Second place honors
were taken by PFC E. H. Kruer
123 AOB who averaged 93.5.
Pvt. Joseph P. Pluta 16th AEB
took first place honors in the Small
Arms Course with an high aver
age 99. Second place honors went
to PFC Otis Smith 702nd AIB who
Earlier last week 19 members of
the Radio Repair Course 19 grad
uated from the Academy. Maj. C.
J. Dominique Division signal of
ficer adressed the graduates and
presented the top men with cer
tificates of training.
Pvt. Manuel Penna 73rd AFA
placed first with an average of
96.5 while PFC John Predrosa was
second scoring 95.6. Predrosa is
from the 4th Tank.
Effective immediately the requi
rement that passes of first three
graders terminate at 1 a. m. of
training days is suspended on a
trial basis according to an announ
cement issued by the 1st AD and
Headquarters Fort Hood.
The suspension of the curfew wiH
be on a trial basis for the time
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