Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 1, 1953 Page: 2 of 14
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The 702nd was activated on Dec
15 1941 during the uncertain days
following the Japanese sneak at
tack. It was originally designated
the 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion
and completed its state's side train
ing at Fort Benning Georgia
From the Infantry Center the bat
talion moved to England where it
continued training until June 1944.
when it entered France on D-day
plus 3 with the 2nd Armored Di
vision. From the initial Normandy
landing the battalion fanned out
and participated in the Northern
France Ardennes Rhineland and
Central Europe campaigns.
For its participation in the ac
tion near St. Lo where the German
thrust between the 1st and 3rd ar-
mies was stopped Co. received
the Presidential Unit Citation.
&S Co. was awarded the Meritor
ious Plaque for its service during
the five campaigns in which the
The 702nd holds the Belgian For-
regare presented for action during
the initial liberation of Belgium and
the Battle of the Ardennes.
After the war the 702nd enter
ed Berlin and participated in flag
raising ceremonies. The battalion
was returned to the United States
following a short period of occu
pation duty and deactivated Oct
On Sept. 24 1947 the battalion
was redesignated the 328th Armor
ed Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad
ron and served in reserve status
under that name until March 7
1951 when it was renamed the 702-
nd Armored Infantry Battalion.
at he at a on a
withdrawn from reserve status to
become an integral part of the 1st
Armored Division here at Fort
The battalion received basic train
ees in April of 1951 as the first
step in an intensive training cycle
that ended nine months later with
the 702nd AIB a combat ready
During Operation LONGHORN
the 702nd was the first unit to join
elements of the 508th Airborne Re
gimental Combat Team on the Col
orado River to officially end the
The battalion was chosen to
troop test the then new 18
armored personnel carrier during
Colorful History Of 702nd
Dates Back Through WWII
Looking back on a colorful his-the LONGHORN maneuvers. Bas-
tory that dates from the week
|011 the successful use by the
following the Pearl Harbor attack ?02"d ?ffe vehicles were judged
and includes the Crusade in Eu
rope the more recent "Exercise
LONGHORN" and the newly-com
pleted training cycle the 702nd
Armored Infantry Battalion now
prepares for another combat-
be fully acceptable in July of
Last Fall having shipped prac
tically all of its POR qualified per
sonnel the 702nd again received
Boy Scouts Hold
Court Of Honor
A Court of Honor for scouts of
Troop 11 was held last night at
Pilot Knob Ranch House with mem
bers of troop 111 and their fath
The Court of Honor opened with
the scouts marching into the build
ing singing "I'm Happy When I'm
Hiking" as each scout carried a
piece of wood which was later used
in building a large camp fire.
Scouts gave the Scout Law and
Oath and pledged their allegiance
to the flag. Immediately after that
awards were presented to the dif
Col. Roy W. Cole commanding
officer of CC"B" presented six
scouts with Life Scouts awards
Fort Hood's MARS will issue a
"CQ" call soon inviting all inter
ested personnel to obtain a licens
ed amateur status and become
members of the Military Affiliate
MARS is a system composed
of semi 'hams" to bolster commu
nications in case of military ne
cessity or during disasters such
as the Waco tornado. CQ is a call
recognized by radio operators as
an open invitation to transmit.
According to future plans
MARS at Fort Hood will train op
erators in the techniques and pro
cedures of military communication
and assist them in obtaining an
amateur's license under the re
quirements of the Federal Commu
"MARS activity at Fort Hood
has been limited in the past" ex
plained Maj. J. T. Etheridge Post
Signal Officer. "However with the
increase in personnel we expect
a proportionate increase in MARS'
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basic trainees as part of the 1st
Armored Division's assigned re
placement training mission.
Now this phase of the battalion
history is over and the rebuilding
and training process toward anoth
er combat ready status is under
the next to highest rank In scout-
ing. Those to receive the awards
were Bill Reagan Caii Miller Rob
ert Love Don Love Mike Morse
and Mac Poston.
Star Rank awards were present
ed to Paul Sutton Bill Carnes
George Cobrun Charles Shelbaer
John Beaver Grant Cole Robert
Reynolds and Mike Miller by Lt.
Col. C. E. Roberts Commanding
Officer of the 4th Tank Bn.
Capt. John Trolinger presented
ten boys with their First and Sec
ond Class Ranks. First Class Ranks
were awarded to Bruce Hale Blitz
Poston Billy Melver and John Tro
linger while Second Class Ranks
went to Jim Gray Billy Melver
Walter Dunlap Blitz Poston Billy
Roberts and Joe Searles.
Two Explorers were presented
their Apprentice Ranks by Captain
Hiddleston of the 123rd Ordnance.
They were Grant Cole and Bill
Thirty scouts were presented
with 125 Merit Badges by Lt. Col.
George C. Coburn Veterinary Offi
A Boy Scout identification brace
let for outstanding leadership in
troop 111 for the past eight months
was presented to Bill Reagan by
scoutmaster Monte R. Shanks
Lt. Col. Carl M. Poston present
ed seven scouts with their Service
Stars. They were Mike Miller three
years Bruce Hale one year Dav
id Jennings two years Carl Mil
ler two years Bill Reagan three
years Billy Carnes one year and
Mac Poston two years.
Training Certificates for trainin
courses for junior leaders that
were offered at Camp Tahuaya
were presented by Explorer Ad
visor Dick Lane. Certificates went
to Grant Cole Bond Brown Bill
Reagan Billy Carnes Paul Sut
ton Carl Miller and Mac Poston.
Miniature Scout Pins were given
to each member of the Boy Scout
Committee by scout master Monte
Shanks and each boy pinned his
pin on his father. The fathers to
receive the pins were Col. Roy
W Cole Lt. Col. Harrell Reagan
Lt. Col. C. E. Roberts Lt. Col.
George C. Coburn Maj. John Reed
Mr. Roger Lovo Capt. John Tro
linger Lt. Col. Carl Poston M-Sgt.
Percy Morse Captain Hiddleston
Chaplain Moss and John Komives.
Maj. R. S. Shertzer
Maj. Robert S. Shertzer of the
4005th ASU will retire from the
Army this month after a total of
19 years Active duty and 14 years
Following his retirement Major
Shertzer will make his home in
Oakland Calif where he has lived
off and on since 1905.
Major Shertzer received his AB
degree from the University of Cali
fornia in 1916. He was a student
at Harvard Law School when WWI
interrupted his studies.
He attended the first Officer Can
didate School and was commission
ed a second lieutenant in the U.S.
Army in August 1917.
Major Shertzer served in reserve
components until he was recalled
to active duty in June 1941. He
served with the Army of Occupa
tion in Japan for three years fol
lowing the end of WW II.
In April of 1951 Major Shertzer
was transferred to Reserve Com
mand 1st Armored Division.
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of any of the following: Guar
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interest through U.C.I.T. or
New Seat Covers.
Vt ton pickup
When Lt. William W. Burns
announced his ten to one plan the
company was signed up within two
hours. Anxious to win a television
set for their new dayroom the 288-
th is making plans for another
collection at the October pay call
and possibly signing away some
of their November pay.
Reluctant to release the exact
amount collected Lieutenant Burns
and his men are busily fixing up
a TV corner in their dayroom and
talking about antennas and pro
gram reception. Most of the men
are Micro Wave Radio Repair
men a not too distant field from
The 288th and their parent or
ganization the 504th Signal Bat
talion (Svc) is part of the 505th
Signal Group which recently trans
ferred from Camp San Luis Obispo
Calif. Major. Ralph A. Caswell
commands the 504th.
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THE ARMORED SENTINEL
BACK WITH THE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION for the first time
since he was captured while fighting with the same outfit in
1942 M/Sgt. Edward Metz (second from left) invests $1000 he
received for being a POW. At the extreme left is his battalion
commander Lt. Col. S. R. Langlois. Cashier W. O. Newton ac
cepts the money as Lt. Col. Paul W. Herbst Division finance of
ficer looks on. (UJS. Army Photo by Wiseman)
But Not At Knox
1st Armored Charter Member
Now Back With Old Ironsides
PIO A "pioneer" member of
the 1st Armored Division celebrat
ed his return to his old outfit this
week by providing a sizeable nest
egg for his retirement which is
coming up in five years.
One of the first actions of M-
Sgt. Edward Metz first sergeant
of Service Battery 91st Armored
Field Artillery Battalion was to
stop at the post finance office and
place $1000 in his Soldier's De
Oddly the money was part of a
sum he recently received for be
ing a prisoner of war after being
captured while fighting with the
same "Old Ironsides"- Division in
North Africa 11 years ago.
228th Signal CO
Held To Promise
In 100°/o Sign-Up
Sparked by their company com
mander's statement that he would
"match their contributions on a
ten to one basis" members of the
288th Signal Company (Radio Re
lay UHF) became the first Post
unit to contribute to the '53 Fort
Hood Chest Drive. Forty enlisted
men and their Commanding Offi
cer produced 100 percent partici
Sergeant Metz was then a mem
ber of the 1st Battalion of the 1st
Armored Regiment now the 1st
Tank Battalion and after his cap
ture in 1942 was held prisoner by
the Germans in Sicily Italy and
Germany for 874 days.
This week marked the first time
he has returned to the 1st Armor
ed since his capture.
''When I heard I was going back
to the 1st AD I thought I would
be going to Fort Knox Kentucky"
he laughed. "I've been away for
a long time."
"I'm glad to be back with the
Division though" he commented
"and I like Fort Hood."
Still young looking despite his
15 years of military service and
more than two years as a POW
the sergeant from Kansas City
Kan. had been in the Army only
two years when he first joined "Old
Ironsides" at the time of its incep
tion in 1940. going from the horse
cavalry at Fort Riley Kan. to the
tanks at Fort Knox.
Following his World War II ser
vice Sergeant Metz spent more
than 13 months in Korea but now
he's back getting acquainted with
his favorite outfit.
Teen Age Club
You all know that the State Fair
trip is the main attraction of Teen-
Age Club for this school year. But
for those who are unable to make
the trip with us or for those who
joined just to go to the fair re
member there are many other ac
tivities planned for your enjoyment
throughout the year.
Satiurday Oct. 3 there will be a
Bowling Party. The time and place
will be announced in school.
Girls here is your big chance.
There will be a Twirp Dance on
Saturday Oct. 10 and it will be
your turn to foot the bill. Get your
date and start saving now as the
dance and supper will provide plen
ty of entertainment for you and
Save Time Ride
BETWEEN FT. HOOD BELT0N TEMPLE
Saturday Afternoon Only
12:40 1:15 1:45
Befton Bus Connections For Austin-San Antonio
Round Trip Fare 90c Plus 14c $1.04
One Way Fare 50c Plus 8c 58c
Temple Bus Connections For Waco-Dallas-Ft. Worth
Round Trip Fare $1.30 Plus 20c $1.50
One Way Fare 69c Plus lie 80c
ALL BUSSES LOAD FROM SPORTS ARENA
SATURDAY AFTERNOON ONLY
Information Phone Killeen 2001
CAMP CARSON Colo.—Mech
anical horsepower virtually has re
placed the sturdy pack mule and
the war horse but the Army still
has 686 mules and 72 horses here
at the Mountain and Cold Weather
Days of Army mules may be
numbered now that the helicopter
has come into its own but the ugly
critters still have the advantage
of being able to plod through ex
tremely rough country where a
helicopter pilot wouldn't dare to
land his whirring "egg beater."
Main reason for maintaining the
dependable brutes is to provide a
nucleus in event the need some
day should arise for activating
more animal equipped units.
The nearly indestructible critters
remembered for their efforts in
the Alps of Italy and with Mer
rill's Marauders in the Burma
campaign of World War II—carry
loads ranging from 200 to 250 lbs.
Should it ever be necessary for
the United States Army to fight in
a desolate country where roads
and landing fields are non exist
ent the Army's mule reserve again
will trudge up to the battle front
as they did with renown in every
a or a he re
mules captured from the enemy
were used. Had it not been for the
many Korean "A frame" car
riers supporting our frontline logis
tic effort there U. S. Army pack
mules again would have braved
enemy fire in delivering the goods.
As of last count the Army's mule
and horse reserve at Camp Carson
Col. James King
Now In Command
Of 17 th Cavalry
Col. James I. King until recent
ly of the Office of Chief of Statf
in Washington D. C. has been
named the new commanding offi
cer of the 17th Armor Group of the
1st Armored Division at Fort Hood.
A veteran of 22 years of mili
tary service Colonel King is a
1931 graduate of the United States
Military Academy at West Point
and the Command and General
Staff School at Fort Leavenworth
During World War II Colonel
King served with the 2nd 7th and
16th Armored Divisions while they
were training in the United States'.
He later served as 3 of the
Mediterranean Theater. Following
assignments included two years
spent with the Army Mission to
The 17th Armor Group which
Colonel King now commands is
comprised of the Group Headquar
ters and Hedquarters Company
the 317th Tank Battalion (120mm
Gun) and the 509th Tank Battal
ion (120mm Gun).
More than 224000 men were
trained by the Army during the
past year. This compares with a
total of 157000 for the previous
THE NEW FALL
step you take
Mules Are Dependable Brutes
Still Hold Vital Spot In Army
consisted of 410 mules assigned to
the Fourth Field Artillery Battal
ion 276 mules with the 36th Quar
termaster Pack Company and 72
horses for both units.
When the Army is in the mar
ket for mules or horses it tries
to buy animals that are between
four and eight years old have a
dark solid color are of sound build
and stand in the case of mules
14 and three quarters to 15 and
one half hands high. Height spe-
Testing New Drug
SEOUL Army doctors now are
testing the new antimalaria drug—
Daraprim on American soldiers
Medical researchers say if Dar
aprim could be used all over the
world in two rainy seasons mala
ria would be obliterated as a pla
Texts have shown that six Dar
aprim tablets completely remove
malaria from an infected person.
This breaks the chain of infection
from man to mosquito to man.
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Because of attrition and retire
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14 horses for replacement purpos
es at an average cost of $200 and
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