The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 23, 1953 Page: 1 of 8
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Slight Rise In
Cases Of Heat
August Is Most
A slight rise in the number of
heat cases treated at the Fort Hood
Station hospital over Hst year has
been reported according to Col.
Ralph M. Patterson chief of med
The rise is largely due to the
fact that many new soldiers fresh
from civilian life have been under
going basic (raining here Colonel
So far this summer there have
been no fatalities resulting from
the heat at Fort Hood.
However hospital officials warn
ed that August is one of the hottest
months and the Texas sun is dan-
Seventeen soldiers have been
treated at the Hospital for heat
exhaustion against 15 for the same
period of last year Colonel Pat
Last year four of the 15 cases
treated were members of civilian
component groups training here
and this year none of the NGs
or reserves have been admitted to
the Hood Hospital for heat exhaust
August was the most dangerous
month for heat exhaustion in 1952
with a total of 16 cases being treat
ed at the Station Hospital. Of these
cases 12 were members of the
Army and four from reserve com
However the full story of heat
exhaustion is not told by figures
based upon hospital admissions
Colonel Patterson said. He point
ed out that most of the heat cases
were treated at the dispensaries
and only soldiers suffering from
extreme cases were admitted to
The Fort Hood Safety Office to
day urged that all Fort Hood per
sonnel become aware of the indi
cations and treatments of sickness
resulting from the heat.
Heat exhaustion heat cramps
and heat stroke are the three fairly
distinct conditions which result
when the heat regulating me
chanisms of the body break down
ccording to Woodrow W. Young
ost safety inspector.
Heat exhaustion is manifested by
headaches confusion dizziness
weakness and rapid pulse. Occas
ionally there is a rise in tempera
ture of individuals who suffer heat
exhaustion. The skin is usually wet
and cool Mr. Young said.
•First aid consists of moving the
afflicted person into the shade
loosening the clothing elevating
the legs giving salt water and
evacuating to a hospital.
The same treatment given for
heat exhaustion is advised by med
ical authorities for personnel who
suffer from heat cramps.
A hot dry skin preceeded by a
headache dizziness delirum or un
consciousness are symptoms of
heat stroke a most serious con
dition and resulting in a high death
rate. The body temperature of per
sons suffering from heat stroke is
It is important that every effort
be made to reduce the tempera
ture by moving the stricken in
dividual to a shady spot fanning
and sponging his body with cool
water. It is important to evacuate
the victim to a hospital as soon
as possible according to the Post
To prevent adverse effects from
the heat individuals are urged not
to overeat and to drink water fre
quently but in small amounts Mr.
Soldiers who contributed to the
Fort Hood Community Chest last
year will have a part in treating
any cases of polio that may oc
cur here in the future.
A "x-ocking bed" recently ac
quired through funds set aside by
he it he is
available to polio patients at the
This bed is the first of its kind
at the hospital and will help in
the recovery of polio patients.
The hospital had in its use a simi
lar bed borrowed from Brooke Ar
my Medical Center about three
PIO Officials of the Fort
Hood station hospital are "very
satisfied" with the condition of 11-
year-old Stephen Cole who was
admitted last week with what a
tentative diagnosis proved to be
Stephen's father Maj. Jessie
Cole has informed his wife who
is a patient at Brooke Army Medi
cal Center in San Antonio of their
son's condition. Young Cole has
exhibited no symptoms of paraly
sis at this time Col Milford Kubin
nospital commander said.
It is the first polio case reported
Ad the reservation this summer.
VOL. 1 No. 28
In addressing the final group of
graduating trainees the division
commander Brig. Gen. Edward
G. Farrand told the graduating
personnel there was a marked sig
nificance in their graduation.
''As soldiers who have completed
their basic training you will now
become members of the team who
will undergo additional training
some of which will be even more
arduous than any previously re
ceived and together we will re
build the 1st Armored Division
into the combat ready force it
Naturally the places that the
servicemen and women frequent
the most such as bars cafes
hotels dance halls and tourist
courts are watched with the
The Board has a powerful wea
pon which it uses only as a
last resort available at any
time since it is within the power
of a Disciplinary Control Board to
recommend a place be declared
A Disciplinary Control Boarjl is
made up of the provost marshals
and medical officers in a given
area. Civilian officials always meet
with the Boards and work in an
The Board which affects Fort
Hood servicemen the most is the
Killeen Temple Waco Area
Board. Service representatives
from Fort Hood Connally A
Force Base Gray Air Force Base
months ago but now has one that
can be used at all times.
After a patient has recovered
enough for an attack of polio to
be removed from an iron lung
he is placed in the bed. It is here
that he adjusts himself to breath
ing by himself and without the
aid of the lung.
The bed rocks back and forth
up to 10 times a minute according
to the breathing rate of the indi
vidual. Whereas in an iron lung
the restorator does the breathing
for the individual the "rocking
bed" merely aids in breathing.
Usually when a person is re
moved from an iron lung he is
afraid of the transfer as he has
been relying on the restorator for
such a long time. The bed is an
important factor in restoring the
patient's confidence in breathing.
Not only is the bed used for
polio cases but it can be used in
vascular diseases of the extremi
ties. It helps to improve circula
tion of the extremities. However
its primary use is for polio.
It has adjustable speeds and can
be adjusted according to the rate
of the individuals breathing.
The "rocking bed" made its ap
pearance at the hospital about
three weeks ago and hasn't had
to be used for any polio cases thus
far according to Col Ralph M.
Patterson chief of medical ser
vice at the hospital.
Last CC"B" Training
(CC "B"—PIO—With the recent completion of basic training and formal graduation of Service Battery
73rd AFA and Co. C 1st Tank the 1st ADs eleven month mission of replacement training came to an end.
Completing the mission of training much-needed replacements for front line units in Korea the 1st
Armored can look back on eleven months of intensive training which produced many thousands of
thoroughly qualified soldier for the Far East Command.
was prior to our replacement train
ing mission" General Farrand
The general continued "I cannot
over emphasize the words team
work. Throughout all your training
in the coming months you will be
forever exposed to those two words.
The aim of all your training will
be toward the rebuilding of the di
vision not only a division in size
and strength but as a thoroughly
coordinated smoothly functioning
team in which all of you will play
a definite part."
Board At Work To
Probably the least known and
most powerful organization work
ing in towns and cities near mili
tary installations for the benefit
of the serviceman is a board of
officers known as the Armed For
ces Disciplinary Control Board.
The Board is set up to protect
the serviceman while he is away
from his base and works in close
cooperation with the civil law en
forcement medical and liquor con
With the mission of promoting
understanding between the mili
a an iv an a
the Board holds regular meetings
to discuss ways to improve the
facilities available for the service
man while he is away from his
The real goal of 'the Board is
to prevent trouble spots from ap
pearing in towns near installations.
The members of the Board keep
a close check on such things as
VD rates reports of unfavorable
incidents involving servicemen
unsanitary conditions that might
prevail and reports that soldiers
are being fleeced by unprincipled
Killeen Base Webb Air Base Bry
an Air Force Base and Goodfellow
Air Force Base along with repre
sentatives of the towns in the area
meet monthly to consider cases
that arise in the cities of the area.
President of the local Board is
Lt. Col. A. C. Johansson Fort
Hood Post provost marshal.
When a complaint against a
place does come up before the
Board the first step taken by the
group is to investigate the com
plaint. If investigation shows that
there might be some justification
in the complaint the owner of the
establishment is sent a letter of
warning and invited to appear be
fore the Board in its next regular
In many cases this letter of warn
ing proves to be action enough.
Before the board ev^n meets again
the owner of the establishment
will usually correct the trouble
An example of this was a Waco
tavern considered recently by the
Board. Investigators found that
certain unsanitary conditions ex
isted there and they sent the own
era letter of warning.
By the time the next regular
meeting came around the owner
had installed new sanitary fixtures
cleaned up the trouble spots and
had a complete clean bill of health
from the sanitation department of
If a letter of warning does not
prove sufficient to clear up the
trouble the board may in coopera
tion with local civilian officials
keep the place under watch for a
period of time.
In some cases a place remains
unsatisfactory even after the let
ters of warning have been sent
out and military and civil officials
have talked to the owner. Then
as a last resort the Board may
decide to reccommend to place
the establishment "off limits" to
all service personnel. This reccom-
mendation is forwarded to the
(Continued on Page Four)
Hospital Gets New Polio Bed
General Farrand remarked that
it was with added pleasure that
it was he who congratulated this
group upon their graduation for
it was he who welcomed them to
the 1st AD and Fort Hood only
a lew short months ago as the
To meet the stepped up rota
tion policies of the Far East Com
mand many divisions and posts
throughout the United States saw
their missions changed to the train
ing of newly inducted draftees.
The 1st AD was one of the many
divisions chosen to assist in meet
ing this new challenge with the
first group of draftees arriving at
North Fort Hood in August of 1952.
With the greatly increased num
ber of draftees received at Fort
Hood for training CC'B" was
alerted in October 1952 to a com
ing change in mission to under
take a part of the tremendously
increased work load of training
On October 23 1952 CC"B" be
gan initial preparations and by the
middle of December was receiving
and training some of their first
With the organization of training
committees plus the additional bat
talions brought under CC'B" to
aid in the ever increasing popula
tion of new draftees that swelled
into the largest command within
the 1st Armored reaching a peak
of eight battalions.
In May of 1953 directives were
received from Washington to the
effect that all then at Fort Hood
were members of the 1st AD and
that the Division would move into
a rebuilding phase.
Without slackening the intensive
pace of training the 1st Armored
began the initial rebuilding phase
by absorbing all the newly quali
fied soldiers into various organi
zations throughout the division.
With all draftees received now
thoroughly trained and assigned to
the division the 1st Armored
awails the additional replacements
which will come from overseas
and state side posts and further
enforce the regrowth of the na
tions foremost armored force.
TO 12 At Hood
Twelve 1st AD men were pro
moted to master sergeant last
Promoted were: Harold J. Brown
Hq and Hq Co CC'B" Nathaniel
Mitchell 123 AOB Carlton D. Hum
phries 317th Tank Joseph D.
Lang 634th AIB Harold Stock-
roske Hq. CC'B" Manuel Mar
ques 81st Recon Elwin V. Ander
son Hq 1st AD Wilbert F. Co-
meau Hq. Reserve Command
Raymond C. Hare 4th Tank Char
les E. Barkley 2nd AAA Fred A.
Crunk Hq. Reserve Command
and Craig C. Sharp 1st Tank.
COMMUNITY CHEST PROJECT—A new "Rocking Bed" used in
the treatment of polio is now an added fixture to the Fort Hood
Station Hospital. The ward attendant Garza Santos and Lieuten
ant Dunning adjust the shoulder braces lor Pvt. David Asbill.
Col. Ralph M. Patterson chief of medical services at the hospital
supervises the operation.
our th Army Shooting Meet Begins Monday
It is Lt. Col. Ross' responsibility
to co-ordinale the many aspects
of the Fort Hood Blood Donor pro
gram and to provide the medical
personnel and facilities that are
necessary for the program to func
The volunteer blood donors will
report to the donor center for a
thorough physical examination by
Army doctors prior to having their
blood drawn by Red Cross nurses
they will be served refreshments
by the Grey Ladies.
The blood taken at Fort Hood
will go to Waco. The Waco blood
bank supplies need for blood in
this area Department of Defense
needs and blood to help make
Last Of Nine
Army At Hood
PIO The last of nine broth
ers all Army men enlisted for
a three year tour of duty in the
Army at the Fort Hood Recruiting
Office this week.
He is Richard Connell 19 of
501 Nolan Street. Killeen a form
er student at the University of
Texas and Northeastern Louisiana
State College. Seven of his broth
ers served in the Army during
World War II and an eighth PFC
Ace Connell is now assigned the
73rd AFA at Fort Hood.
Young Connell a trumpet play
er. enlisted in the Army under a
new Army recruiting regulation
which automatically assigns mu
sicians to the 1st AD Band at the
completion of basic training. He is
the second enlistment to come un
der this category at Fort Hood.
The first was 19 year old James
F. Mabry of Killeen now in basic
training a former room-mate of
Connell's at the University of Tex
Connell the son of Mr. and Mrs.
A. A. Connell of Gordon Valley.
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY JULY 23 1953 8 Pages
BRIG. GEN. EDWARD G. FARRAND commanding general of the
1st Armored and Fort Hood is shown addressing the 1st AD's
final two companies of trainees. With this graduation of Service
Battery 73rd and Company C 1st Tank Battalion the 1st Armor
ed concludes an eleven month period .of replacement training and
will move immediately into a rebuilding phase which will see the
division grow once more into a full-strengthened armored unit. Also
present for the ceremonies were Col. Roy W. Cole Jr. CC "B" com
mander (seated right) and Chaplain John P. Neal.
To Give Blood
PIO Some 600 robust young
men members of CC'B" are ex
pected to report to the Blood Do
nor Center at Fort Hood July 29-
30 to donate life giving blood in
the July Fort Hood Blood Donor
The Red Cross Blood Mobile Unit
which will be at Fort Hood for
the two days expects to receive
300 pints of whole blood each day.
If the "goal ""is realized a new
record will be chalked up for blood
donation during a two day period
at Fort Hood.
The Blood Unit composed of
ten Red Cross nurses and a blood
custodian will be aided in the all-
out effort by the Grey Ladies of
Fort Hood a corps of Red Cross
volunteer workers headed by Mrs.
M. L. Goodrich. The blcod will be
transported to the Central Texas
Regional Blood Center in Waco
each night where it will be pro
cessed and distributed as needed.
"An armistice in the Korean con
flict would not appreciably less
en our blood donor obligations
in the immediate future" Lt Col
Richard H. Ross Division Surgeon
of the 1st AD stressed in an in
terview. "The need for an ever-
present blood supply is a lesson
we should have learned during th?
recent tornado disaster in Waco"
gamma globulin to fight polio.
The Blood Donor program at
Fort Hood during June exceeded
the original quota of 600 pints when
a whopping 723 pints was taken in
the three day period. Part of the
blood drawn to meet this quota
was on its way to Korea the next
The accidental discharge of a
.22 caliber pistol resulted in the
death of a Gray Air Base airman
Sunday about noon in Gunderland
Park near Lampasas according to
the provost marshal's office at
Dead was Airman First Class
James D. Brock 36 who was as
signed to the 4001st Air Base Squad
ron. Airman Brock was a native
of Corrigan Tex.
The accident occurred when
Airman Brock attempted to
climb a barbed wire fence while
carrying a loaded pistol. As he
was climbing the fence the wea
pon discharged and the bullet
struck him in the left temple an
investigation by the Gray provost
Lampassas Justice of the Peace
MacGregor was summoned to the
scene and he pronounced the air
man dead of accidental gunshot
Airman Brock is survived by
his wife and one son. Funeral ar
rangements are incomplete.
It's just a little gray building
sitting behind the great shadow
of Post Headquarters and known
to few but within the gray walls
is the very life of Fort Hood for
this is the Automatic Dial Plant
the communication center of the
Not only does it contain the
switchboards and dialing equip
ment but its personnel have even
a bigger job doing other tasks.
For instance there is the directory
service. Once every three or four
months a new telephone directory
is published. This directory ser
vice will make all necessary chan
ges and add any new numbers
which might have been installed.
Besides this they must handle
all requests telephones that have
been installed and all circuits on
As pointed out by Lt. Floyd H.
Norris Signal and wire officer
there are approximately 2119 dials
operated. In the dial equipment
room trunk lines go to Killeen
North Fort Hood and Gray Base.
"It is very easy to tell the time
of the day by the sounds on the
dials. During lunch and supper
hours they buzz like mad" stated
Lieutenant Norris "this is the
nerve system of any outfit."
In the event of a power failure
Men Of 75th
Train At NFH
Members of the 75th ORC Inf.
Div. will begin arriving at Fort
Hood this weekend for their annual
two week summer field training
This ORC unit is composed of
units from Texas and Louisianna
and has headquarters in Houston.
While here the division will train
at North Fort Hood.
Commanded by Brig. Gen. Win*
fred W. Jack of Shrevesport La.
the 75th will bring approximately
1200 officers and men to Fort
During their two week stay at
North Fort Hood members of the
division will undergo a strenious
training program. This training
will include range firing tactical
problems marches and bivouacs.
The red white and blue patch
of the 75th is not strange to the
training areas of Fort Hood. Men
of the division have regularly train
ed here since the end of World
Upon completion of the division's
training here last year General
Jack wrote in a letter to
1st AD officials "The manner in
which the 1st AD has supported
us has been an inspiration. This
year we had our training support
ed as never before."
Advance parties for the 75th will
begin arriving at North Fort Fri
day night and by late Sunday the
entire division is expected to be
in camp. Training will get under
way Monday morning.
In CC"B" Change
CC'B" PIO Lt. Col. W. J.
Owen has been named executive
officer of CC'B" as disclosed in
a recent announcement of changes
in major commands by Brig Gen
Edward G. Farrand 1st AD and
Fort Hood commander.
Joining the 1st AD following his
graduation from the Officer's Ad
vanced Course The Armored Scho
ol Fort Knox Ky. Colonel Owen
was immediately assigned as S-3
CC'B". He replaces Maj. J. Hil-
A veteran of 12 years active ser
vice Colonel Owen saw World War
II service with the famed 1st Cav-
Div participating in four major
South Pacific campaigns while
with this unit.
A member of the 1st Armored
since May 1952 Major Hillard
commanded the 25th Armored In
fantry Battalion prior to attend
ing the Officers' Advanced Course
at Fort Knox. He was assigned to
CC'B" as Executive Officer in
May of this year.
In other command changes
throughout CC'B" Lt. Col Floyd
R. Miller assumed command of
the 702nd AIB with Maj James R.
Ellingsworth assigned as his exec
Assuming command of the 701st
AIB is Lt. Col. William G. Phelps
and Maj Graydon F. Fredrikson
assigned as Executive Officer.
Over 60000 Phone Calls
Made At Hood Each Day
the plant is always ready with an
emergency battery which will last
for 36 hours. Test boards are used
when trouble is spotted. The re
pairman reports to the personnel
in charge of the test board who
in return is able to help locate the
defect. At this desk is kept the
live record cards. They tell which
lines are in use those not being
used and who is on them.
One of the better known occu
pations of any telephone center is
that of the switchboard operator
—the voice of the telephone world.
Here at Fort Hood there are eight
operators two supervisors and a
chief operator. All of whom are
well experienced in this field.
Mrs. Kathleen Meadows chief
operator has 17 years in the tele
phone world Mrs. Fred Vance
twenty years Miss Ira Adams
22 years and Mrs. Paula Bailey
18 years all help to give Fort Hood
the best possible service available.
The eight operators on 24 hour
duty at the main switchboard hand
le approximately 8000 calls a day
or about 300 calls per hour each.
Also there are 200 long distance
calls per day.
"Normally the average conver
sation is five minutes although
we have had them as long as 25
60 and even 80 minutes" remark
Pistol Meet To
Be Held Here
Teams From Over
Area To Compete
CC"B" PIO Lt Col Wesley
T. Laney member of the depart
ment of gunnery The Artillery
School Fort Sill recently named
director of the Fourth Army rifle
and pistol championships has ar
rived at Fort Hood to begin initial
preparations for the vast Army-
wide matches scheduled at Fort
Hood Monday through Friday
July 27 31.
Meeting with the remainder of
his staff Colonel Laney outlined
the numerous requirements neces
sary to assure the smooth opening
of the matches which will end with
the selection of teams to repre
sent Fourth Army in the national
matches opening at Camp Perry
Ohio August 22 Sept. 7.
In speaking of the coming match
es Colonel Laney said "With
some of last year's top marksmen
returning again this year and with
the draft getting some of the best
from civilian life we expect to
witness some of the finest firing
ever displayed in a Fourth Army
''With such an array of top cali
ber marksmen on hand we are
going to send one of the finest
representative teams to the Nation
al matches at Camp Perry hop
ing to better Fourth Army's re
cord of last year" Colonel Laney
Members of Colonel Laney's staff
include Maj Horace W. Timson and
Capt. Louis W. Aery Jr. 5th AD
Camp Chaffee Ark. as assistant
directors with Lt Col Byron K.
King coordinator for 1st AD sup
port of the matches and Captain
Julian Marcindowski chief of the
statistical section as Fort Hood's
representatives on the staff.
About 265 soldier marksmen are
expected to compete for team and
individual honors representing .13
posts throughout the Fourth Army
area including the 1st AD and
To be conducted under National
Rifle Association rules the course
of fire includes 29 matches with
12 individual rifle matches 15 in
dividual pistol matches one team
rifel match and one team pistol
Trophies will be awarded to the
top rifle and pistol teams and one
trophy to the post with the highest
number of combined points of both
rifle and pistol team scores. Last
year's matches also conducted at
Fort Hood saw the Camp Polk
representatives capture all three
The Fort Hood representatives
have been in constant daily prac
tice in sharpening their sights for
the keen competition. The rifle
am in is in on in a
year's meet is coached by Maj.
Jesse J. Cole while over on the
pistol range under the leadership
®f Lt. Col. H. S. Streeter the Hood
pistolmen are aiming to better
their third place position of last
Three four man rifle teams
and three four man pistol teams
as well as 10 alternates will be
selected on the basis of their per
formances in the Fourth Army
ha pi on to re re
Fourth Army area at the national
matches at Camp Perry.
Last year the Fourth Army pis
tol team placed fourth and its rifle
team eleventh in competition with
some of the top marksmen from
other Army Navy Air Force Ma
rine Corps National Guard and
In connection with the annual
National Rifle and Pistol Matches
(Continued on Page Five)
ed Mrs Meadows "but this Fort
Hood as a whole has the nicest
subscribers as I have everseen
anywhere." She has been employ
ed here since 1946.
The survey of the telephone sys
tem at Fort Hood disclosed that
they are on their toes trying al
ways to give better service not
only on the switchboard but in
the installation repairing and con
Lieutenant Norris said that the
Dial Plant maintains its own ware
house and supplies and that all
communication is handled by this
office. "We try to give a bell sys
tem service to every one but in
many cases parents or girlfriends
call up for a certain Pvt. John
Doe and expect us to reach him
with only the information that he
is in the 1st AD. If these people
knew the soldiers' organization it
would make it so much more eas
ier due to the fact that we have
no way of looking up their unit"
said Lieutenant Norris wire offi
At the present Lieutenant Nor
ris is drawing the layout for a
new type of communication on the
various firing ranges. The present
wires lay on top of the ground and
are exposed to all types of rifle and
machine gun fire.
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Newspaper.
The Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 23, 1953, newspaper, July 23, 1953; Temple, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254341/m1/1/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.