Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 13, 1953 Page: 1 of 12
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VOL. 1 No. 31
By Sept. 18
UP UP UP and when it'll stop nobody knows. The sweltering
a a at or a a
aware of thermometers which have gone unnoticed for a long time
but are now becoming more and more popular "just because I'm
curious to know how hot it really it." Some of the thermometer's
new found fans Private Paul L. Hetrick left and Ronald J.
4£chrader study the mercurial indicator located at the rear en
trance of division headquarters. Incidentally this thermometer
located in a "cool" shaded position was registering 103 degrees
when this photo was made. (U.S. Army Photo by Lingle)
Civilians Asked To
Move From Village
(PIO)—Nearly all civilian fami
nes occupying quarters in Hood
Village have been sent letters ask
ing that they move by September
18 in order that adequate living
quarters may be furnished the in
creasing number of military fami
lies now stationed here Maj. Jack
McCullough Post billeting officer
In the letters to the civilian oc
cupants it is explained that quarters
on a military reservation are in-
Lt. Col. Steckla Assistant Com
mandant of the NCO Academy ad
dressed 36 graduating students
from the Small Arms Course Class
No. 20 and Auto Mechanics Course
Class No. 14. Col. Steckla stressed
the great shortage of trained spe
cialists of the Division and the task
that lay ahead or them in rebuild
ing the 1st Armored Division.
Top honors of the Small Arms
Class No. 20 went to: 1st Place—
Pvt. Billy C. Emanis Co 81st Re-
con Bn with an average of 99. 2nd
p]ace Pvt. David S. Gordon
^^&S Co 13th Tk Bn with an aver-
^Hge of 99.
Top honors of the Auto Mechan
ics Class No. 14 went to: 1st Place
Pvt. Marvin Treat A Co 702nd
AIB with an average of 90.5 and
2nd Place Pvt. Elmer Crow Br.
Co 16th AEB with an average of
Lt. Col. Simkus Division Quar
termaster Officer addressed the
Unit Supply Course Class No. 15
at graduation ceremonies and stres
sed the importance of the correct
supply procedure and warned the
students that in supply it is just
as much sin to be over in equip
ment in the Army as to be short.
Honor graduates were: 1st Place
PFC Paul E. Lawrence Co
13 Tk Bn with an average of 95
and 2nd Place Cpl David C. Wil
liams Co 91st. AFA Bn with
an average of 92.8
Major Dominique Division Sig
nal Officer addressed the officers
Communication Class No. 1 expres
sing his congratulations to the 19
Officers who finished the course in
remarkable high standing.
Lt. Col. Dobbs^ Division AG pre
sented diplomas to the Clerical
Course Class No. 6. Out of 60 grad
uating students 1st place went to
Pvt. Edward J. Duckro' Co. 4th
Tk Bn with an average of 92.48 and
2nd place went to Pvt Noel T. Gre-
sham H&S Co 634th AIB with an
average of 92.13.
Lt. Col. Steckla addressed the
ceremonies in Theater No.
for the following courses: Cleri
cal Supply Small Arms and Auto
tended primarily for military oc
cupancy and the regulations pro
vide that civilians may be permit
ted to reside on the reservation on
ly when their duties are such that
it is essential that they be readily
At the present time the needed
key personnel is limited to a very
few individuals and civilian hous
ing is located nearby where they
can be quickly available in time of
A list of those awaiting quarters
is maintained in the billeting of
fice and from this list quarters as
signments are made as the housing
units become available.
This list has grown to large pro
portions in recent months with the
assignment to the 1st AD of sev
eral thousand newly inducted sol
diers who now desire housing in
this area for their dependents Ma
jor McCullough said.
"The income of these newly in
ducted soldiers is such that they
cannot afford adequate off-post
housing. Ti-Hs is our justification
for the continued maintenance of
Hood Village for family housing
for military personnel" the billet
ing officer continued.
Hood Village was opened to gov
ernment workers employed on the
Post in the past when other quar
ters were unavailable in this area
and the numbers of soldiers desir
ing dependent housing was less.
Due to the rebuilding of the divi
sion which is now in process and
considering that the housing sit
uation in the surrounding area has
eased through the various projects
the decision concerning the civil
ian quarters was reached.
Change Date Of
Thrift Day Sale
Thrift Day a date set aside
each month by the Killeen mer
chants to offer special bargains
to customers has been chang
ed from the second Tuesday in
each month to the second Fri
day according to Arnold L.
Mathias manager of the Kil
leen Chamber of Commerce.
"This is a day when the mer
chants offer their customers
the best buys possible and the
date of the sale was changed
to make it possible for more
persons to take part" Mathias
Thrift Day is a cooperative
re on so re
Chamber of Commerce. All
merchants taking part in the
day set aside certain articles
and sell them at reduced pric
"The merchants taking part
in these sales will announce
before the date what special
bargains they are offering
through advertisements. All
Fort Hood personnel are invit
ed to take part in the day each
month" the Chamber of Com
merce manager stated.
For Two Weeks
Arrives At NFH
(45-PIO) Oklahoma's 45th In
fantry—the famed Thunderbirds of
World War II arrived in North
Fort Hood Sunday and Monday to
begin its first summer camp since
members returned from Korea ear
ly last summer.
There are two 45th Infantry di
visions—one in Korea and one now
here at Fort Hood.
In the summer of 1940 the 45th
was called to federal service. By
the time World War II ended the
division had eight campaigns to its
credit and a total of 511 days in
combat—the biggest record posted
in the European theater.
On returning to the state the
Tunderbirds formed an all-Okla
homa division. That one was sched
uled to make summer camp here
in 1950 but plans were cancelled
when the division received orders
for federal service. That tour took
the 45th to Japan and then Korea.
When the Guardsmen's tours of
duty ended in 1952 the U.S. Army
retained the divisional structure
designating it (the 45th Infantry di
vision (AUS) ). Again on return
ing to Oklahoma the Thunderbirds
formed another 45th—it was desig
That's the division 2900 men
and officers which pulled into
North Fort Sunday by rail and
Monday by motor convoy. The en
tire movement was made from
home stations to Hood without in
cident or injury.
Training began Tuesday morning
at 7 a.m.
'We've a lot of work to do and
we're going to get everything done
we can" Maj. Gen. Hal L. Mul-
drow Jr. division commander said
"And that job has been made
To Begin Monday
Off duty classes will be
taught in English and mathe
matics on the high school level
and typing and spoken Ger
man beginning on 17 August
1953. Registration for the above
classes will be held during the
hours 1700 to 2000 on Thursday
and Friday August 13 and 14
at Post I&E Center building
232 located at 41st and Bn. Ave.
from 1700 to 1200 hours on Sat
urday August 15. There is no
charge for admission.
Come by and enroll in a class
which will help you to improve
your educational qualifications.
At Fort Hood the losses were
among the lowest in history with
only $18232 worth of property da
mage being caused by fires. Over
$16000 of this damage occurred
during the first six months of the
fiscal year Fire Chief A. J. Mc-
Army wide losses were $2201-
316 in the fiscal year compared
with $3831564 for fiscal year 1952
according to a report by Maj. Gen.
Samuel D. Sturgis Jr. Army chief
of engineers. Losses in Fourth Ar
my amounted to $428744 in fiscal
Eight deaths due to fire none
at Fort Hood occurred in fiscal
year 1953 compared with 13 in the
"Fort Hood's losses during the
past six months have been very
low but we are entering a dan
gerous time for fires. Everything
is dry and a little carelessness
can cause a bad fire" Hood Fire
Chief McGuirt stated.
The chief pointed out that the
greater portion of fire losses here
is attributed to the careless smok
"The disposing of cigarettes in
to combustible articles threatens
destruction to both life and prop
erty" the fire chief added.
easier" General •Muldrow said
"by the splendid cooperation of
General Farrand his staff and the
officers and men of the First Ar
.Training will be pushed until
Saturday morning when the divi
sion's annual Governor's review
will be held on the parade ground
at the North Fort.
Johnston Murray governor of
Oklahoma and commander-in-chief
of the guard former commanders
of the division including Maj. Gen.
James T. Styron commander in
Korea and state officials will ar
rive Friday for the review.
Mrs. Roy Hoffman widow of
General Hoffman former com
mand who died earlier this sum
mer has also been invited to at
tend. This year's encampment is
named in honor of General Hoff
The review will begin at 10 a.m.
during the ceremonies citations
earned by divisional units in Ko
rea will be presented.
Training will be resumed Mon
day the division will head back
north at the end of next week.
Danger Still There
Fort Hood passed a week with
out a serious automobile accident
as no deaths or injuries were re
ported during the past seven days
according to Woodrow W. Young
Past Safety inspector.
The preceeding week had been
the most costly of the year for
Fort Hood soldiers. Three were
killed in automobile accidents and
six injured over the payday week
However Fort Hood safety of
ficials issued a stern warning to
all drivers and urged them to exer
cise extreme care while operating
"Our safety record is not good.
There have been too many soldiers
killed and maimed because of care
lessness on the highways" Young
He pointed out that 11 soldiers
have died in traffic accidents and
58 have been hurt since the first
"bf the year.
"Our records show an accident
Fire Losses Down
For Fiscal Year '53
Fire losses at Army installations
in the United States during fiscal
year 1953 were the lowest in se
ven years the Department of the
He urged all persons at Fort
Hood to exercise great care in
getting rid of lighted cigarettes.
Some of the reasons for the ar
my-wide reduction in the number
of fatalities and the annual fire
loss are a continuing program of
installing automatic sprinklers
automatic fire alarm equipment
training of military and civilian
personnel in fire consciousness
methods of reporting fires and
periodic building fire prevention
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY AUGUST 13 1953
No Injuries In Traffic
Accidents Last Weekend
Soaring Temperature And Lack
Of Rain Cause Water Shortage
LIEUTENANT STUART of Company "D" 4th Tank Battalion is
shown above explaining some of the many intricate mechanisms
of the new M-47 tank while deeply engrossed in his expert instruc
tions are a few of the Temple Telegram newspaper carriers who
made the journey to Fort Hood last Tuesday. (U. S. Army Photo
trend. All of the deaths and most
of the injuries have occurred off
of the Post where enforcement of
traffic laws is not as strict" the
safety inspector added.
The safety officer further point
ed out that it is a Fort Hood policy
to initiate disciplinary a ion
against soldiers who are convict
ed of traffic violations while they
are driving on the highways around
"However highway safety is in
individual matter. If every person
To all personnel of Fort
In the past week I have had
the painful duty of writing let
ters of condolence to the next
of kin of three members of
this post who died as a result
of automobile accidents.
These deaths were unnece-
sary. Immediately I am forced
to wonder who will be the next
to have his life suddenly snuf
fed out because he or someone
else failed to use proper care
or common sense while driving
an automobile. Whose family
will be the next to be thrown
into extreme grief and prob*
bably dire straits as a result
of plain ordinary foolishness.
This matte ris of extreme im
portance to me and I want it
to be the same for each and
everyone of you. Automobile
accidents many of which either
kill or seriously injure must
stop. The only way we can ac
complish that aim is for all
of us to make up our minds
that they will stop.
That I ask of you.
EDWARD G. FARRAND
Brig. Gen. USA
MARCHING SMARTLY AWAY from their train are men of Oklahoma
vision as they trrived in North Fort Hood for a two-week ®"c?mPmen*\ 10
again—in formal review for Johnston Murray governor of Oklahoma. The review will start at 10
driving a car would just become
safety-conscious the accident rate
would be cut to nearly nothing"
He further pointed out that traf
fic mishaps have accounted for all
but one of the accidental deaths
at Fort Hood. The lone exception
was a drowning.
One fourth of all of the accidental
injuries that have occurred this
year can be chalked-up to traffic
mishaps. Fifty-eight persons have
been hurt in traffic accidents 85
injured in training mishaps 18 in
sports accidents and the rest of
the injuries are divided between in
dustrial accidents and incidental
"However the number of serious
injuries caused by traffic accidents
is very high. More serious injuries
occurred in auto wrecks than in
any type of accident" Mr. Young
He urged that all drivers guard
against the summer driving haz
ards. These include heat exhaust
ion fatigue and being blinded by
"The hot roads cause another
danger. The heat has a tendency
to make the tires softer and in
crease danger of blowouts" the
safety inspector stated.
Gen Mark W.Clark
Wants To Retire
WASHINGTON (AFPS) Gen.
Mark W. Clark Commander in-
Chief United Nations Command
has submitted his application for
retirement Oct. 31.
He pointed out that under legis
lation recently passed by Congress
he has the option of remaining on
active duty or retiring because he
is a veteran of both WWI and WWII.
He will have completed 40 years
f3 rf. tJ.l
With no end in sight to the crip
pling order with a precautionary
word was issued to all personnel
without 100 per cent cooperation
of all concerned a stricter ra
tioning of water would become
In issuing the rationing order
Brig. Gen. Edward G. Farrand
1st AD and Fort Hood command
er stated the success of this ration
ing needs the whole-hearted sup
port of all persons in the Fort
South Fort Hood Killeen Walker
Village Gray Base Killeen Base
and Kaybee Heights all use the
same water supply source and will
be affected by the order.
Killeen city officials were invtied
to Fort Hood for a conference with
Col. Ralph M. Neal deputy post
commander of Fort Hood to outline
the steps the populace of Killeen
must take in meeting the water
shortage. The water for Fort Hood
and Killeen came from the same
After signing the water rationing
order General Farrand said "I
can not over emphasize the seri
ousness of a water shortage. To
those personnel who are new to this
region under the prevailing weath
er conditions water in this coun
try is a serious problem and must
be regarded as such."
"With the support of all persons
in guarding against the indiscrim
inate use of water we can meet
this crisis without danger of un
due discomfort" the general con
The present ration order pertains
to the washing of vehicles water
ing of lawns athletic fields and
golf courses and to the checking
of all plumbing fixtures to insure
against waste through leakage.
Though the present heat wave
Not To Effect
The sweltering heat wave which has parched Central Texas over
the past 10 days hit Fort Hood with blast-furnace intensity this week
sending the mercury spiraling to above 100 degrees for the last seven
consecutive days bringing on a critical water supply shortage and
the issuance of a water-ration order.
With the expected increase in water consumption in such extreme
heat and the negligible amount of rainfall over the past thre weeks
Fort Hood's main source of water
the Lampasas River has complete
ly dried requiring the use of the
emergency wells to meet the needs.
However after over a week of
blistering heat the mercury drop
ped to a frigid 76 degrees Wednes
day. Black clouds high winds and
scattered thundershowers accom
panied the cool air mass to Fort
However Fort Hood officials
warned that the scattered thunder-
showers did little to help alleviate
the water shortage. In fact it will
take several days of heavy rainfall
to bring an end to the shortage of
has not materially slowed the in
tensified training schedule of the
division commanders have been
warned to fully indoctrinate all
personnel in the effects and symp
toms of heat exhaustion and pros
The surgeon's office at the Fort
Hood Hospital has announced that
only four men have been admitted
to the hospital with minor cases of
"With these extreme tempera
tures and the large number of per
sonnel involved this negligible
number of heat exhaustion cases
is highly satisfactory and is cer-
tinly indicative of a well oriented
and well trained command" Col
onel Milford Kuoin post surgeon
(PIO) Personnel stationed at
Fort Hood have received three
awards within the last few days for
services to their country.
SFC Henry F. Szynborski of New
Jersey received the Bronze Star
with "V" for Valor. Sgt. John E.
Holmes of West Point Miss. was
awarded the Bronze Star and Sgt.
Billy J. Lee of Petal Miss. re
ceived the Commendation Ribbon.
All awards were for outstanding
duty in Korea.
Szynborski received the Bronze
Star with "V" for Valor for ren
dering first aid to wounded men
under enemy fire. Sgt. Lee was
given the Commendation Ribbon
for meritorious service in Korea by
helping to establish says his ci
tation "high standards of dental
service rendered by the- detach
ment" to which he was assigned
while serving in a combat zone.
Maj. Stanley Cohen commander
of the 4005th Med. Det. to which
both men are assigned presented
Lt. Col. Merle Goodrich com
manding officer of the 13th Tank
Battalion 1st Armored Division
pinned the Bronze Star on Holmes.
Holmes received the award for
outstanding service as a tank com
mander in Korea. He is now as
signed to Co. A of the 1st Tank.
ORC Officer Ranks
To Re Thinned Out
"Release of about 8000 Army Reserve Officers above the number
whose tours of duty will normally end during the next eleven months
will be effected prior to July 1 1954 the Department of the Army
"The program of releasing these officers from extended active
duty is being taken by the Army in order to comply with limitations
placed on officer strength.
"To facilitate the reduction voluntary relief from active duty
will be permitted in all but a few critical categories for officers who
have completed a total of 24 months of active service. Both enlisted
and commissioned service will be credited toward the 24-month total.
In addition the Army plans to reduce to a minimum the number of
officers involuntarily recalled to active duty and will continue the
Officer Candidate School Program on a reduced scale.
"Army selection boards are scheduled to meet early next month
to start determining which officers may have to be released from
active duty during the coming months. The boards are expected to
conclude their work by mid-October.
"While officers in all grades will be considered by the boards for
release from active duty it is expected that most of those separated
will be first lieutenants since the highest percentage of overstrength
now exists in that grade.
"Those selected for separation will be given at least three-month
notice prior to the date of their release.
"The Army emphasized that the involuntary release of Reserve
Officers will be limited to the number necessary to meet limitations
imposed by strength ceilings.
"Department of the Army 440239 from Chief of Information for
Public Information: 'Army to Release Some Reserve Officers to
Keep Within Strength Ceilings.
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