The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1953 Page: 1 of 10
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VOL. 1 No. 26
AD"will pass temporarily to Brig.
Gen. Edward G. Fax'rard present
assistant Division commander un
til the arrival of a permanent suc
cessor. No announcement as to the
identity of this successor has been
made by the Department of the
General Doan plans at present
to release his command about July
Genera] Doan also announced
that Col. Theodore T. King com
manding officer of CC "A" will
depart in August for the Far East
Command. He has been nominated
for the position of chief of staff
of the 1st Cav. Div.. which is pre
sently located in Japan.
After a tour of duty as assistant
1st AD commander General Doan
assumed command of the Post and
Division last April when LI. Gen.
Bruce C. Clarke was reassigned as
commander of I Corps in Korea.
4th Of July
(NFH PIO) With the aid of
the North Fort Hood Special Ser
vices section and the USO centers
at Dallas and Gatesville the 36th
Festivities will begin Saturday
morning with a review featuring
some 6500 members of the division
which moved into North Hood last
weekend to begin its two week
summer training cycle and be
climaxed in the evening with a
fireworks display to be presented
by North Fort Hood Special Ser
Also on tap are a luncheon and
dance at the Officers' Club ath
letic contests during the day and a
Held By Reds
PIO Sgt Theodore Jackson
spent two and a half years in a
Chinese prison camp. Today he is
at Fort Hood to reenlist in the
"I want to make a career of
le Army. Twenty years in."
He has already spent ten and
a half years in the service. In 1943
he was drafted and after early
assignments in the United States
went to England with a trucking
About ten days after the invasion
of Northern France Sgt Jackson
was sent into Europe. For nearly
a. year he was in the combat zone
but escaped injury and capture.
In January 1946 after a tour of
duty with occupation forces in Eu
rope Sgt. Jackson was returned
to the United States and discharg
ed. Eight days later he reenlisted.
Most of his duty the next four
years was in the Philippines and
In May 1950 he was at Fort
Lewis Washington with the 503rd
Field Artillery. He went with them
to Korea in August.
Near the Yalu River on Novem
ber 30 he was captured. Sgt Jack
son recalls that the Chinese who
had only a short time before pour
ed across the Yalu in mass to
force the withdrawal of United Na
tions forces completely encircl
ed his gun position to force it to
He was wounded in the leg and
his feet were frost bitten but he
was in relatively good condition
otherwise Sgt Jackson says and
believes that is why he survived
he 120 mile forced march that
ame a few days later.
Many of the men who began the
march died on the way.
Hood CG Ordered
To EUCOM Post
(PIO)—Upon returning from his recent trip to Washington Maj. Gen. L. L. Doan Fort Hood and 1st
AD commander announced that he would soon leave Fort Hood to take command of the 2nd AD in
He will take over command of the 2nd AD a unit which trained at Hood prior to moving to Germany
In the absence of any other in
formation at present it may be
assumed that command of the 1st
Plea For Safe
As the July 4 holidays approach
plea to all drivers to observe
36 at which time he will take a traffic laws and safety rules was
leave prior to reporting to his new
assignment in Germany in August.
issued by Post safety officials.
"Last year over the holidays
two Fort. Hood soldiers were killed
in a traffic accident and at lea-st
a half dozen others were injured
in collisions" Capt. George Wil
liamson Post safety officer said.
Safety officials warned that the
highways of the country would be
overcrowded during the holidays
and urged all drivers to exercise
"The highways of the nation will
probably as crowded this weekend
as at anytime during the year
Men Of 36th Plan
USO dance for enlisted men at
the Gatesville Center Saturday
The review scheduled to begin
Inf Div has planned a program I at 10 o'clock at the parade grounds
packed full of military and social
activities here over the 4th of
will include several military and
civilian dignitaries among them
Gov. Allan Shivers of Texas.
Other civilian guests expected
to be on hand are Mayor Roger
H. Miller of Gatesville and G. P.
Schaub president of the Gatesville
Chamber of Commerce.
Military personnel will include
Generals Hayden L. Boatner and
John E. Dahlquist commanding
general of the Fourth Army Lt.
Gen. Ernest O. Thompson corn-
manding general of the Texas Na-jday. I hope that we all can have
tional Guard: Lt. Gen. H. Miller!a safe and sane holiday" Captain
(Continue on Page 5) Williamson said.
Sergeant Who Was PW Over 2
Years Reenlists At Fort Hood
"Willpower kept me going" Sgt
Jackson says with emphasis "Oth
ers just gave up and fell out. That
was the end of them. There wasn't
Five nights traveling was done
only at' night after beginning
the gruesome march the survivors
reached Prison Camp No. 5.
"I didn't think I'd ever get out
Sergeant Theodore Jackson
"Willpower kept me going"
(U. S. Army Photo by Kuritzky.)
alive. So many were dying. Freez
ing. At least 33 below zero part of
the time. Starving too."
The first seven months in the
camp the prisoners were fed only
corn and a grain which in the
United States is fed to cattle.
Later they received rice for break
fast and rice and beans for supper.
The last four months Sgt Jackson
was in the camp the Chinese
Since the holiday falls on Satur
day nearly everyone will have
two days in which to make the
trip" the captain said.
He further pointed out that the
heat of July makes driving doubly
dangerous because of the possibili
ty of fatigue.
At the present time all possible
steps are being taken to point out
the hazards of driving to all Fort
Hood personnel. All soldiers on the
Post Will be required to see a
traffic safety film and pamphlets
books and posters are receiving
Fort Hood safety officials and
civic officials in Killeen are joint
ly sponsoring a drive to promote
safe driving. Using the theme
is on a
sponsors of the drive are making
every effort to encourage care on
"Many of us will be making long
pleasure trips over the holiday. It
is our job to see that the trips
are for pleasure and do not end
in tragedy" the safety officer
Since many persons are mak
ing these trips to get to recrea
tion spots where they will take
part in active sports the danger
of fatigue is great the captain
Ke further pointed out that
tired driver is not a good driver
and many times a tired driver
will unknowingly be careless.
"Too many of our servicemen
will try to make a trip to a place
too distant for the allotted time.
I advise strongly against this be
cause a person who drives too far
and too long is asking for an ac
cident" the safety officer stated.
"I urge everyone to observe the
rules of safe driving over this holi-
added a "terrible" bread to the
A school was set up and "every
body was forced to go." After a
year however the school was dis
continued because "the fellows
wouldn't co-operate too well."
Recreation replaced the school.
The prisoners played basketball
The Chinese told Sgt Jackson
that he was to be released the
same day that he began his return
to the United Nations lines.
"I had ten minutes to get ready"
Two and a half days later he
arrived at Panmunjom where he
and other released prisoners were
greeted by Gen. Mark Clark. Those
two and a half days marked the
first time that the Chinese had
treated the prisoners decently the
The Chinese gave them whiskey
wine beer" and some pretty nice
food. I don't know where they
got it from."
Sgt Jackson's path home to Pal
estine Texas led through Seoul
Japan and Travis Air Force Base
Practically everyone in the home
town turned out to greet the thin
veteran of a cold prison camp.
His mother prepared him a home-
cooked meal and everyone joined
to make his homecoming happy.
His feet cold for so long—
do not bother him now the ser
geant says. His 30 day leave
helped to cure many ills.
And now that his leave has end
ed he has reported to Fort Hood
to receive his discharge and to re-
enlist again— this time for six
A sharp decline in both traffic
injuries and fatalities involving
Fort Hood personnel was recorded
for the first six months of 1953
as compared with the same period
last year Capt. George Williamson
Post safety officer revealed.
Traffic deaths were down by
about one fourth and injuries
this year have been less than half
as numerous as last and there
have been only about three-fifths
as many accidents as during the
first six months of last year the
safety officer said.
However even though there have
been fewer accidents during the
first six months of this year than
there were last year property dam
age has been about $6000 greater
than the 1952 amount he said.
"Possibly the reason that proper
ty damage is up is the difference
in the types of cars involved in
accidents this year over last. Many
new cars have been damaged in
mishaps this year and we have
had several total loss wrecks"
Captain Williamson said.
During the first six months of
1953 there have been 79 accidents
involving Hood personnel. These
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY JULY 2 1953 •10 Pages
JULY 4 1953
Sharp Decline In Traffic
Mishaps Shown At Hood In '53
juries and eight deaths safety of
fice totals revealed.
Last year from Jan. 1 to July 1
there were 134 wrecks. In those
mishaps 99 persons were injured
and 11 were killed. Captain Wil
However during the first six
months of 1952 only $12220.91 in
property damage resulted from the
accidents against $18749.32 during
the same period in 1953.
"Even though the record is en
couraging it is far from good. We
have had entirely too many un
necessary accidents and luck has
played a big part in keeping the
death and injury tolls down" Capt
In 1952 June was the most dan
gerous month during the first half
of the year. Five died on the high
ways and 18 were injured during
that month. May was the only
month in the first half of 1952 that
no deaths were recorded but there
were 15 injuries the safety officer
March and this past month of
June have been the most danger
ous months of the first half of
1953. During March three died and
accidents have resulted in 44 in-1 eight were injured in 13 accidents
(Editor's Note—This is the
second in a series of articles
on weapons currently being us
ed by the NATO armies in
Phirope. David Greenhalgh En
glish military correspondent for
the British Information Serv
ice has written this article on
late British weapons exclusive
ly for the Armored Sentinel.)
By DAVID GREENHALGH
(English Military Correspondent)
A series of demonstrations of
new weapons equipment and ve
hicles developed in the United King
dom was staged recently for the
benefit of representatives of the
interim commission of the Euro
pean Defense Community as well
as officers from the North Atlan
tic Treaty Organization and the
The first demonstration held at
the Royal Armored Corps' training
center at Bovington in the Eng
lish county of Dorset was in sev
eral respects an historic occasion.
First because Britain was putting
into effect its policy of affording
all possible assistance in the tech
nical field to those responsible for
the European Army in accordance
with the promises made in Feb
Collaboration between London on
the one hand and Paris Bonn
Rome The Hague and Brussels on
the other is going to be extremely
close in technical and training
matters. Secondly because the
French General E. de Larminat
chairman of the military commit
tee of European Defense Commun
ity took with him to England for
the first time a large delegation
from the Federal Republic of West
ern Germany which included such
figures as Dr. Hans Speidel (who
is the Bonn representative on the
European Defense Community mil
itary committee) and Major Gen
eral Philipps (who is on the arm
aments committee.) The Dutch
delegation was led by Lieut .-Gen
eral M. R. Calmeyer the Belgian
by Major-General Dessain the Ital
ian by Brig. General Fornara.
Lastly Britain's invitation was
the clearest possible indication that
the rearmament program in the
United Kingdom has now reached
a stage at which substantial quan
tities of the latest post war wea
pons tanks guns radio equip-
available for export to Britain's
friends in western Europe.
I had the privilege of attending
the demonstration at Bovington
which plainly made a great im
pression on the visitors. Some of
and during the month just ended
there have been two killed and 16
injured in 16 accidents the cap
"We are now entering a very
dangerous period for driving. Heat
is causing us to become tired be
hind the wheel and many of us
are taking summer trips. All of
us who drive must exercise ex
treme caution during the coming
months" Captain Williamson said.
The latest accident involving
Hood personnel occurred Satur
day afternoon at 12:30 p.m. when
four soldiers were injured none
seriously when the car in which
they were riding went out of con
trol near Nolanville on Highway
190 the safety officer reported.
At the time of the accident the
four were riding east on Highway
190 and a tire on their car blew
out causing the auto to go out of
control into a ditch. The car did
not overturn the investigation re
Injured in the accident were Pvt
Richard Sanchez 1st QM Pvt.
Jack E. Kleinworth Cpl. Julius
Moten and Pvt. Donald C. Lind-
ley all from the 141st Sig. Co.
British Show Weapons To NATO Heads
1st AD Outfits
PIO The Independence Day celebration at Fort Hood will in
clude a fireworks display band concert athletic events and a variety
The general public is invited tor
the Post for the evening activities.
A band concert featuring the 1st
AD Band will be first on the sched
ule of events of Saturday evening
at Prichard Field. The band con
cert will begin at 8 p. m. Civilian
visitors are invited to attend.
The band concert will be follow
ed by a welcoming address by
Maj. Gen. L. L. Doan commander
of Fort Hood and the 1st AD. Wel
coming folders with a printed pro
gram will be given spectators at
the band concert and fireworks
The fireworks display which is
the feature attraction of the eve
ning will take place at Prichard
Field about 9 p. m. The display
will last continuously for 30 min
utes and will include both ground
and aerial fireworks.
It promises to be one of the
largest and most spectacular dis
plays ever seen at Fort Hood. Ex
plosives will be handled by a dem
olition squad under the direction
The fireworks displayp which is
of Granville Wilde of Killeen for
mer special services officer at
for a equally big celebration of the
The annual Fort Hood All star
game will be played Saturday at
Red Lindsay Field at 2 p. m. The
All-star game will feature the lead
ing league team against the all-
stars from the remaining teams in
the league. Softball doublehead-
ers are scheduled to be played
at both Liese Field and Gilliland
Field beginning at 2 and 3 p. m.
At North Fort Hood members
of the 36th Inf. Div. of the Texas
National Guard have made plans
for an equally big celebration of
The North Fort Hood will fea
ture fireworks athletic contests
dances at both the officers and NCO
messes and a special program at
the service club.
A big Splash Party is being plan
ned by the service clubs for the
coming fourth of July festival. Pool
number two has been especially
reserved for this occasion. Follow
ing the swimming is a picnic and
watermelon party at the Brigade
Avenue and 162nd St. Service clubs.
The swimminjg party will com
mence at 2 p. m. and last until
5 p. m. At which time the remain
der of the celebration will continue.
At the Officers Club on July 4
George Nethery and his Orchestra
will play at an informal dance
beginning at 9 p. m. There will
be a buffet supper in the dining
room of the club before the dance.
PIO Two new chaplains have
reported for duty with the 1st AD
both recent graduates of the Chap
the items showa the infantry .nade have been seen by observ-l test mark of Centurion tank the
towed 17 pounder anti tank
gun for example the ack pack i" Germany in the last 12 months trailer which it carries behind it.
light portable flame thrower and The main interest lay in the field In demonstrating these to over-
the white phosphorus smoke gre- firing tests carried out by the la-1 (Continue on Page 5)
BRITIAN'S NEW WONDER TANK the Centurion is pictured above. This tank has been greatly
praised by U. S. tank experts in Korea. The tank's gun automatically keeps trained on the target.
Above is a drawing of the tank showing the crew. positions and motor placement.
A credit union with a goal of
encouraging savings among mem
bers and making available loans
to them at low interest rates has
been organized by the civilian em
ployees of Fort Hood and chartered
by the federal government.
An organization meeting was
held June 4 in which the first
machinery of operation was set
up and temporary officers were
A credit union is created for the
employees as both a means of
saving money and borrowing mon
ey at low interest rates.
To save money the member of
the credit union buys shares in
the credit union. Each share is
valued at $5 although savings of
as little as 25 cents per month can
be made. The member of the credit
union can withdraw his savings at
Out of funds accumulated from
these savings of the members of
the credit union loans are made
to members who need additional
capital. An interest rate of one per
cent per month on the unpaid bal
ance of the loan is charged.
The credit union can make un
secured loans of up to $400 and
secured loans for larger amounts.
Dividends will be paid to the
share holdei's at Fort Hood. These
dividends will be based on the
income from the credit union and
the national average for credit
unions has been about four per
cent per year. Federal law pro
hibits interest to share holders
from being over six per cent per
A11 civilian employees at Fort
Hood including civil service Post
Exchange non appropriated fund
employees and their immediate
families are eligible for member
ship in the Fort Hood Federal
The directors of the Fort Hood
group have made provisions for
insurance coverage for all mem
bers of the credit union for the
amount of their loan at no cost
to the members.
The officers of the Fort Hood
credit union include: board of di
rectorsWayne E. Blackwood Nita
Mingst Loraine Rose Olon Dellis
Joe Draper A. L. Frazer and
The members of the credit com
mittee al*e John Bruner Noel B.
Langford and M. J. Nash. Those
who are or the supervisory com
mittee are B?n Smith G. W. Stuart
and Genevieve Mclnroe.
lst AD Reunion
Held In Korea
PIO A reunion of "stoutheart
ed men" some of them former
lain's School at Fort Slocum N. leaders of the 1st AD took place
in Seoul Korea on June 21 ac-
Chaplain (1st Lt.) Charles L.
Fromer Methodist chaplain from
Carbin Texas has been assigned
to CC"A'. Chaplain Fromer was
an enlisted man and later a war
rant officer during WWII.
Assigned to Division Artillery is
Catholic Chaplain (1st Lt.) James
A. Keenan of Philadelphia Pa.
Chaplain Keenan was ordained by
the late Dennis Cardinal Dougher
ty and has served as an assistant
pastor in the Archdiocese of Phila
delphia since 1943.
cording to a letter received from
one member of the get together
Capt. Virgil McKenzie former com
mander of the 501st MP Co who
is now stationed in Korea.
Among those named in the letter
as attending the party were Lt.
Gen. Bruce C. Clarke recent com
mander of the 1st AD and Fort
Hood Captain McKenzie and Maj.
P. T. Burns formerly executive
officer of the 81st Recon. Some
15 other ex 1st AD men were
also present Captain McKenzie
British Army demonstrations Centurion HI and in the gasoline
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