Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 17, 1953 Page: 1 of 10
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VOL. 1 No. 36
Sergeant Jones was awarded the
Bronze Star for distinguished serv
ice while serving with the 45th In
fantry Division in Korea. The cita
tion reads: "Continued application
to the tasks at hand coupled with
notable conscientiousness and de
termination enabled Sergeant
Jones to maintain the combat ef
fectiveness of his organization at a
consistently high level. He dis-
iarged his critical responsibilities
marked sincerity intelligence
and outstanding administrative
Sergeant Jones served as first
sergeant of Co. C 189th Infantry
Regiment of the 45th Infantry Di
vision in Korea from September
1952 to June 1953. A native of Kins-
Tomorrow the preventive main
tenance "Driver of the Month"
contest reaches the semi-final stage
when the various major commands
of* the Post and the 1st Armored
Division select their best drivers
from which "The Driver of the
Month" will be chosen next week.
Sunday night marks the opening
of the preventive maintenance es
say contest which will run until
midnight Oct. 19. The essay may
be general or specific but the sub
ject matter must cover some phase
of preventive maintenance as ap
plied to supplies equipment and
material of all the services.
First place winner in the "Driv
er of the Month" contest will re
ceive a $15.00 cash award a three-
pass and a distinctive pennant
fenoting the driver and his vehicle
The winner of the essay contest
will also receive $15.00 and a three-
day pass. Second place will be
given $10.00 and a two-day pass
third place $5.00 and a one-day
The drivers selected by the
major commands tomorrow will
be instructed to drive to the park
ing lot behind the Division Ordn
ance Office where he will report
to the chairman of the judging
committee Lt. Col. Oscar C.
Tonetti by not later than 0900
Wednesday when the winner will
WASHINGTON (AFPS) Reg
ular Army enlistments and re-en
listments of personnel in the bot
tom three pay grades will be limit
ed to individuals who can get
okays from their respective unit
commanders for reassignment in
their own units.
Under recent changes in A
615 360 June 24 1953 covering
general provisions in EM discharg
es a statement from the CO to
the effect that a lower three grad
er will be accepted in his old unit
necessary for enlistment or re-
jnlistment. This was spelled out
in paragraph 5a (3) (e) SR 615-
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THE HOLDERS OF TWO HIGHLY COVETED CITATIONS ex
change experiences in front of the 501st MP Company of the 1st
Armored Division shortly after Lt. Col. Cecil H. Bolton left pre
sented the Bronze Star award to M-Sgt. Nathan F. Jones. Colonel
Bolton Commanding Officer of the 1st Armored Division's Reserve
Command is Congressional Medal of Honor winner. (U.S. Army
Photo by Kuritzky)
Bronze Star Medal Presented
To Member Of 1st AD Saturday
(PIO)—The Bronze Star Medal
for meritorious service was award
ed to M-Sgt. Nathan F. Jones first
sergeant of the 501st Military Po
lice Company of the 1st Armored
Division in a company formation
The award was made by Lt. Col.
Cecil H. Bolton Commanding Of
ficer of Reserve Command and a
holder of the Congressional Medal
of Honor. On hand for the cere
mony was Lt. Col. Harrell R.eagan
Provost Marshal of the 1st Armor
ton N. C. Sergeant Jones entered
the service from Florida.
Colonel Bolton received the Con
gressional Medal of Honor for act
ion in World War II. Although
wounded three times he destroyed
two machine guns two German
tanks and killed 32 German sol
diers to enable the entire 413th In
fantry Regiment to cross a stra
tegic stream and swarm enemy
Gives 10 Years
To Mail Clerk
A sentence that included dis
honorable discharge total forfeit
ure of all pay and allowances and
ten years' confinement at hard
labor was handed down in a gener
al court martial case last week
here at Fort Hood.
The accused. Pvt. Ronald C. Cos-
minsky formerly of the 22nd Train
ing Company Reserve Command
was found guilty of four specifica
tions of taking and opening mail
under Article 134 Uniform Code
of Military Justice.
The accused was arraigned and
tried on five different specifica
tions of theft of money contained
in letters that he handled while
mail clerk for the 22nd Training
Company. The defense entered a
plea of not guilty to all five counts.
The board found the accused guilty
of the first four not guilty of the
Lt. William A. Maddux was Trial
Counsel on the case and Capt.
Thaddeus P. Rajchel was the Law
Officer. Lt. Viviano Gomez as
the requested representative of the
Forty three members of the
Texas Civil Defense spent three
days here last week studying dis
aster relief procedures under the
direction of Capt. John R. Smith
commanding officer of the Food
Service School and WOJG Lome
B. Hale administrative officer.
The courses opened with lec
tures on waste disposal and water
purification. Later discussions cov
ered prevention of food poisoning
and contamination foods to be ser
ved in time of disaster and lay
outs for mass feedings.
Highlight of the second day was
the cooking of a meal by the class
members under conditions simi
lar to those of a real disaster. This
breakfast consisted of biscuits
stew cornbread and coffee.
Classes were also held on sub
stituting number ten cans for
serving equipment when none is
"These Civil Defense workers
all volunteers seemed to like the
work of the Food Service School
and the way it was carried out"
observed Col. J. L. Beynor Direct
or of Training.
This one time course was re
quested by the Department of De
fense for leaders willing to at
tend to learn how to conduct class
es in their own community. Nearly
all of these members have taken
part in disaster reliefs similar to
the Waco tornado tragedy.
Eighteen communities Dal
las Austin Corpus Christi Hous
ton Waco San Antonio Wichita
Falls Odessa Pecos Tyler Nac
ogdoches Lubbock Harlingen
Beaumont College Station San
Angelo Fort Worth and Borger—
were represented at this course.
Of Hood Talk
Mr. Robert W. Kos representa
tive of the Ford Motor Co. Tank
Division and Project Engineer for
the T-46 Rangefinder and M-48
Tank and Captain Batson a mem
ber of the Army Field Forces
Board No. 2 from Fort Knox Ky.
and also Projects Officer of Fire
Control of the T-41 T-43 M-47 and
M-48 Tanks visited Fort Hood
Tuesday and Wednesday.
Purpose of their visit was to
make collimating tests on the T-46
rangefinders in the M-48 Tanks.
They were also here to discuss any
problems which units of the 1st
Armored Division had relative to
the operation and maintenance of
the M-48 Tanks.
A conference held at CC "A"
Headquarters Wednesday morning
was attended by key Armored and
Ordnance personnel of this post.
Mr. Brandt a civilian from Fed
River Arsenal also attended the
Attending the conference from
Fort Hood were Col. Donald W.
Thackery Commanding Officer
CC "A" Lt. Col. Morris E. Soren-
son Executive Officer CC "A"
Lt. Col. Donald H. Cowles Com
manding Officer 1st Tank Bn. Lt.
Col. Cecil E. Roberts Command
ing Officer 4th Tank Bn. Lt. Col.
Merle L. Goodrich Commanding
Officer 13th Tank Bn. Lt. Col.
Kelton S. Davis Commanding Of
ficer 100th Tank Bn. Lt. Col. Les
ter M. Rice Commanding Officer
317th Tank Bn. Lt. Col. Jon B.
Evans Division Surgeon Lt. Col.
George L. Cook G-4 Lt. Col.
Oscar C. Tonnetti Division Ordn
ance Officer Maj. W. H. Garner
Commanding Officer 509th Tank
Bn. Lieutenant Ikins CC "A"
Surgeon and Mrs. Owens of Post
Ordnance as well as the two guests.
Mr. Kos and Captairl Batson left
Fort Hood Wednesday night for
Camp Irwin Calif where they will
continue with their testing of the
PIO After two escapes from
the Germans during World War
II and nine years Capt. Walter
Z. Granecki is back with the 1st
Armored Division and with his old
outfit the 16th Armored Engin
Captain Granecki now company
commander of Bridge Company
was a second lieutenant and pla
toon leader of A Company of the
16th in Italy during the 1944 Allied
drive on Rome. The Germans cap
tured him and put him in the
Mantova Italy prison camp about
200 miles from Germany. As Cap
tain Granecki explained in a ser
ies of articles he wrote a year
later for the "Saturday Evening
Post". "No one had ever escap
ed from this prison camp."
But a pain in his side sent the
young platoon leader who had
received his silver bar the day he
was captured to a civilian hospit
al several miles away. He escap
ed from the hospital. Later he
heard that the group with whom
he was imprisoned in Mantova had
been shipped to Germany.
Being so far from American lin
es Captain Granecki joined a
group of Italian partisans who
were devout foes of the Germans
and who had been harassing the
Germans and Fascists in that area.
They raided a hydroelectric plant
soon after Captain Granecki join
ed them and obtained arms and
ammunition. A group of Fascist
soldiers were sent to wipe out the
little band after that raid. But the
partisans turned the tables on their
would be executors ambushed
and practically annihilated the Fas
Then a detachment of about one
hundred and fifty crack German
troops was dispatched to destroy
the partisan band. During the flight
from the Germans who Captain
Granecki says were in no picnic-
ing mood the young American
was again captured.
He was returned to the Mantova
prison camp. Said thenk- Lieuten
ant Granecki in the 'Ukit":
"That was like in the
teeth after being That
barbed wire fencc^^^Hd more
vicious more prise
before. The gates
The annual Fort Hood Chest
Drive will be officially launched
Saturday morning when Brig. Gen
Edward G. Farrand Command
ing General of the 1st Armored
Division and Fort Hood address
es the committee and council mem
bers at. Theater 1.
The Fort Hood Chest Drive was
started in 1948 as an effective
means of combining donations in
a one time campaign to support
the charitable welfare and morale
benefit of military and civilian
organizations operating for the
personnel of the Post.
Last year with over twelve-
thousand dollars worth of prizes
as a lure close to sixty-thousand
dollars was contributed during the
were hungry for me. When they
closed behind me something in
side me slumped. It was like a
final verdict. I never felt so low
in my life."
This visit to Mantova was a short
one. A few days after arriving at
the prison camp Captain Granecki
and 731 other men in the camp
were hustled inside sealed rail
way boxcars to begin a journey
to prisoner of war camps inside
The trip began early one morn
ing. All day the prisoners rode.
All day Captain Granecki search
ed for a means of escape. That
evening a fellow prisoner—an Eng
lish officer opened a window and
discovered that it was not barred.
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY SEPT. 17 1953
Combat Seasoned Veteran
Returns To Old Battalion
Captain Granecki reached a
Post Level Football Returns To Fort Hood
As 'Tankers' Open '53 Grid Season Saturday
Prairie View A&M
THIRTY ONE MEMBERS of A Co. 25th AIB signed up last week at the Division I&E office to take
USAFI courses college and high school GED test and off duty courses. SFC Albert A. Gee I&E
NCO of A Co. brought the men down to the testing room in a group. This seems to be the largest
number of men from one company in the division to sign for classes at any one given time. Any
person that desires to sign for USAFI courses can do so by reporting to the Division I&E office.
(U. S. Army Photo by Ryan.)
Chest Drive Kicks Off Saturday
With Meeting At Theater No. 1
two month campaign. Winners
received merchandise ranging
from a Dodge sedan to an electirc
steam iron following the Armistice
Day drawing at Prichard Field.
Except for the March of Dimes
and Red Cross annual membership
drives the £hest drive is the only
fund raising project conducted
here at Fort Hood.
Local organizations now be»e-
fiting from the Fort Hood Chest
include the youth Activities Girl
Scouts Boy Scouts Post Chap
lains' Fund Family Assistance
Mid Texas Heart Association Tex
as Scottish Rite Hospital for Crip
pled Children Bell County TB
Fund Emergency Relief Cancer
Society Gonzales Warm Spring
quick decision and a few minutes
later he and two English officers
dropped to the ground from the
Captain Granecki decided to re
turn to American lines this time
even though he was further away
from them than the first time
he had escaped. Then came a
harrowing trip on foot back to
the lines. On November 20 1944
178 days after he was first cap
tured—he was again with the Amer
ican Army. He was home for Christ
The next year. Captain Granecki
was on a tour of the United States
speaking to civic organizations
colleges and high schools.
Again in Europe as command-
(See GRANECKI Page 5).
MEMORIES OF YEARS AGO—Now the company commander of
Bridge Company of the 1st Armored Division's 16th Armored En
gineer Battalion Captain Granecki looks at a map of Italy illus
trating the World War II history of the 1st Armored and recalls
days spent in the German prison camp at Mantova to which he
is pointing. He was platoon leader of A Co. of the 16th when he
was captured south of Rome in 1944 by the Germans. (U.S. Army
Photo by Kuritzky).
Foundation local USO's Camp
Moonraker and Killeen Base.
The number of organizations that
may derive support from the Chest
fund is not limited to the activi
ties listed above. The chest fund
is administered by a Fund Coun
cil which determines whether or
not a project is eligible for Chest
support. If favorably considered
by the Fund Council and approv
ed by the Commanding General
the Chest will lend or donate
funds to any worth while project.
This year's Fund Council which
was recently appointed by General
Farrand is composed of Col. Ralph
M. Neal president Lt. Col. Jack
C. White Chaplain (Lt. Col) Claude
R. Ingram Capt. James E. Clai'k
custodian Capt. Lawrence A. Mun-
nerlyn M-Sgt. Robert L. Beller M-
Sgt. Jane D. Perot Sgt. Emory
D. Duncan Mr. Rollins Teas and
Mrs. Dorwin J. Jones.
Fort Hood's annual drive is a
local project and is in no way con
nected with the National Com
munity Chest Drive. The money
contributed by the personnel here
stay^ at Fort Hood for their bene-
The 1953 fund campaign will be
conducted by a sixteen-man operat
ing committee appointed by Gen
eral Farrand. The committee is
made up of Col. Laurence Varner
chairman Lt. Col. Joel H. Slater
Lt. Col. Jack C. White Chaplain
Maj. Raymond A. Brooks Maj.
Granville T. Wilde (Ret) Lt. Col.
Francis R. Blankenship Capt. Vern
A. McDowell Lt. Richard L. Fowl
er and Lt. Howard P. Wallace
publicity directors Lt. Col. W.
Herbst treasurer Lt. David W.
Newcombe Lt. Herman Great-
house M-Sgt. Earl H. Hocking
M-Sgt. Fred M. Herring Mr. Har
old Stein and Mr. Rollins Teas.
Men In Uniform
Pay Income Tax
INDIANAPOLIS Ind. Uncle
Sam's income tax collector isn't
over-looking men in uniform.
Just like you they never see
many of their pay dollars—the
bite is put on before they ever
step up to the pay table.
The biggest single payment ever
made by the Army for Federal
income taxes withheld from the
pay of Army personnel was made
this year more than $132000-
The check written for $132-
127691.13 by Brigadier General
Emmett J. Bean Commander of
the U. S. Army Finance Center
—was received in payment by the
Director of Internal Revenue in
Indianapolis where the Center is
This fabulous amount was col
lected from members of the
Armed Forces both officers and
enlisted who are subject to Fed
eral income tax as is every other
The Army like any other large
business organization must ac
count to the Director of Internal
Revenue and make periodic pay
ments of taxes collected from its
Advance notice of the Prairie
View "Panthers" indicates that
Coach Jim Lansford and his un
tested crew will have their hands
full as the reported "light but
fast" visitors were also named
National Champions of Negro Uni
versities last fall.
Head Coach W. J. Nicks of Prai
rie View reports that his '53 squad
has been molded around 15 letter-
men back from a year ago with
his veteran end Charles Wright
heading the list.
Wright who also played defen
sive halfback last season was
named to the Pittsburg Courier
All-American team as well as the
Southwest Athletic Conference
Other returning monogram win
ners for the "Panthers" include
Jack Bellinger all-conference full
back Charles Brackins all con
ference quarterback Elija Childer
all-conference tackle and co-cap-
tains Charles Haywood an end and
Leon Robinson a tackle.
Last season Prairie View lost
only one contest wrhile winning
seven. That lone defeat came at
the hands of powerful Florida
A&M in a heartbreaking 10-7 af
Coach Nicks is looking forward
to another successful season this
fall as his talented squad prepares
to open an impressive 11 game
slate against the "Tankers" here
On the other hand coach Lans
ford Fort Hood's mentor feels
that his injury riddled squad must
be at their physical best to have
any hopes of winning the opener.
It is also the staff's belief that
the club must be "mentally" high
for the visitors.
During the past week the inten-
siveness of their workouts have
emphasized the rigidness of this
approaching contest. The "Tank
ers" realize the apparent strength
of their invaders.
Yesterday coach Lansford and
his staff cut the afternoon workouts
to merely "chalk-talks" with the
contact while still not of the
heavy-duty variety being confined
to the evening sessions under the
Two hour "no-pad" practices are
also being conducted in the morn
ing when the squad concentrates
on running through plays and work
ing on their offensive and defen
Scrimmage and contact work
has been cut to a minimum large
ly because of the increasing num
ber of injuries which have been
popping up and the growing list
of men being forced to the side
Because of this temporary loss
of manpower and the roster's large
percentage of men with nearly
equal ability the coaching staff has
not named a definite starting line
up although a potential list of
starting candidates has been nam
ed. from which the openers for
Saturdays contest will be chosen.
Coach Lansford points out that
regardless of who starts for the
"Tankers" it is a sure bet that his
bench will be cleared before the
contest is over and possibly before
the end of the first half as he
makes it evident that the staff
(See FOOTBALL Page T).
To Be Initial Foe
Post level football returns to Fort Hood Saturday night for the first
time since the outbreak of the Korean War more than three years ago
vhen the "Tankers" open their 1953 season against Prairie View A&M.
The contest will be played here at Prichard Stadium with kick-off
time set for 8 p.m. as Fort Hood entertains the defending champions
of the Southwest Athletic Conference in their belated return to the
Of 25th A.I.B.
Lt. Col Paul Steckla recently
took command of the 25th AIB.
Before assuming command Colo
nel Steckla was assistant Com
mandant of the NCO Academy.
Throughout World War II. he
served in Europe with the 358th Re
giment of the 90th Infantry Divi
sion which took part in five cam
paigns. After the war Colonel
Steckla was assigned to G-3 Head
quarters 5th Army in Chicago
Later assignments brought the
Colonel to China as an adviser
on tactics with the Army Advisory
Group. He then received appoint
ment as Professor of Military
Sciences and Tactics at St. Nor-
bert's College Wisconsin. He was
later appointed as 3 General
ad a a E a
Colonel Steckla is a graduate
of the Advanced Infantry Course
at Fort Benning Ga.. and also
the Command and General Staff
College Fort Leavenworth Kans.
Some of the decorations that the
Colonel has been awarded are the
Legion of Merit Bronze Star w-two
clusters Purple Heart and Com
bat Infantry Badge.
The most solemn day of the
Jewish calendar Yom Kippur or
the Day of Atonement will be
observed here and in many Texas
Fort Hood officials have arrang
ed for company commanders to
give 72 hour passes beginning
tomorrow to Army personnel of
the Jewish faith who wish to ob
serve this holy day in off-post
Dallas Austin and San Antonio
are expected to draw many Fo.-t
Hood servicemen because of the
special observance plans these cit
ies have made. Others which are
helping Jewish observe this relig
ious occasion arc Houston Cor
pus Christi Waco Lai'edo Fort
Worth Wichita Falls San Angelo
Sherman Wharton and Lubbock.
Men remaining at Fort Hood
will be able to attend services
on the Post conducted by Chap
lain (Lt.) Albert Hollander a mem
ber of the Rabbinical Council
COL. FRANCIS N. MILLER S
name appeared in last week's
Sentinel under the picture of
Maj. George A. Weiss S-4 of
the 505th Signal Group which
recently moved to Fort Hood.
Colonel Miller is the Com
manding Officer of the 505th.
The Sentinel apologizes to to
both officers for the mix-up.
Farm Road Scene
Of Tito Accidents
A curve on Farm Road 440 about
three and one-half miles south of
Highway 190 was the scene of the
only two traffic accidents reported
at Fort Hood during the past week.
Five persons were hospitalized
Sunday night when the car in which
they were riding failed to make
the curve rolled over several times
and came to a rest nearly 300 feet
from the road in a cotton field.
Injured were four men all mem
bers of A Battery of the 68th Arm
ored Field Artillery Battalion and
one woman the wife of one of the
The four men were reported in
"good" condition today at the Fort
Hood station hospital while the
woman was said to be "seriously
ill." Confined are:
Pvt. Henry C. Pierce 20 the
driver multiple lacerations and
Pvt. Raymond J. Morris 20 mul
tiple lacerations and contusions.
Sgt. Hubert L. Lipham 21 mul
tiple lacerations and contusions.
SFC J. C. Worley 21 burns mul
tiple lacerations and contusions.
Mrs. Elaine Worley fractured
left arm and fractured pelvis.
Mrs. Worley is being held under
close observation at the hospital
medical authorities reported.
The same curve in the road was
the scene of another accident Mon
day night when a car driven by Sgt.
Elmer G. Walls of Co. of the
47th Armored Medical Battalion
was demolished as it left the road
"It was either take a ditch or hit
another car that was coming to
ward me" Sergeant Walls com
mented. No one was reported ser
iously injured in the accident.
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