Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 28, 1954 Page: 1 of 12
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VOL. 2 No. 4
At Fort Knox
The Commanding General and
^^lirteen officers of the 1st Arm-
Division will attend the 65th
^^Hnual convention of the United'
...^^States Armor Association to be
held at Fort Knox tomorrow.
Successor to the United States
Cavalry Association founded in
L885 .the Armor Association is de
dicated to improving and fostering
the spirit of the Armor branch of
the Army the branch of mobile
Main speakers at the convention
will be Gen. Charles L. Bolte Vice
Chief of Staff of the Army and
Gen. Floyd L. Parks Commanding
General of the Second Army.
Attending from Fort Hood will
be Maj. Gen. William S. Biddle
1st Armored Division and Fort
Hood commander Col. Roy Las-
setter Jr. Chief of Staff of the 1st
Armored Division Col. James I.
King commander of the 17th Ar
mor Group Col. James B. Quill
commander of Combat Command
Col. Roy W. Cole Jr. Combat
Command "B" commander Col.
Alfred H. Hopkins commander of
Lt. Col. Lawrence V. Greene
commander of Reserve Command
Lt. Col. Marshall B. Allen 1st
Tank Battalion commander Lt.
Col. Cecil E. Roberts 4th Tank
Battalion commander Lt. Col.
Merle L. Goodrich 13th Tank Bat
talion commander Lt. Col. Carl C.
Post I&E To Offer
lasses In Math
The Post Troop Information and
Education Center has announced
that two typing classes and a class
in English and mathematics will
begin on Feb. 8.
Enrollment in these classes will
be held on Feb. 3 4 5 and 6 be
tween the hours of 8 a.m. and 5
p.m. Students may enroll at Bldg.
232 41st and Bn. Ave.
The typing classes will meet
twice each week class No. 1 on
Monday and Wednesday nights and
class No. 2 on Tuesday and Thurs
The Eniglish and mathematics
classes will be taught at high
school level and will also meet
twice each week on "Monday and
^Anyone interested in either of the
above classes may obtain informa
tion by calling at the Post Troop
Information and Education Center.
Moslem World Subject
iOf Armed Forces Talk
WASHINGTON (AFPS) —Armed
Forces Talk No. 461 "The Moslem
World" has been distributed by
the Office of Information and Edu
This latest talk describes the
Uowers of Islam—from the Mo-
cans of North Africa to the
_._oros of the Philippines. It points
out the significance of this world
group to the U.S. and the other
free' naitions in their pursuit of
CHILDREN AND DOGS RATE HIGH on the list of newspaper human interest features as any
journalism professor will tell you. So with a bow to the academic foundations of the fourth estate
the Sentinel proudly presents in the above photo one large dog one small child and ten very small
puppies. The large dog is Brandy a registered Newfoundland who is probably prouder of the 11 pups
recently born to her than her expression belies. The small child is Sally Brown daughter of Maj. and
Mrs. Ralph E. Brown Jr. U. S. Army Hospital who also hold title to Brandy and the pups.
(U. S. Army photo by Finkel)
Gen. Biddle Thirteen Others
Leave Today For Armor Meet
Edmonson 100th Tank Battalion E. Friedman Public Information
commander Lt. Col. Oscar C.
Tonetti 123d Armored Ordnance
Battalion commander Capt. Egon
To Go On Sale
At PM Office
As a convenience to Fort Hood
personnel 1954 Texas license
plates will be sold at the Post
Provost Marshal's Office Building
7 throughout February and March.
A representative of the Coryell
County Tax Collector's office will
handle the license plate sale each
Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. until 4 p.m. during the two
months according to Captain
Francis J. Hazard operations offi
cer of the provost marshal's office.
In addition the representative
will handle any transactions in
volving title transfers he said.
Persons with current Texas
plates will need last year's regis
tration receipt or their Texas car
title to purchase the new plates.
Personnel living in states other
than Texas who have autos here
have a choice of buying -new li
censes here or renewing them in
their home states.
However if such persons desire
to register their cars in Texas this
year they must bring in their or
iginal title and make application
for a Texas title.
Anyone from out of state wish
ing to buy license plates here and
whose car is financed is request
ed to appear at the provost mar
shal's office early enough to have
the tax office representative send
for the original title.
In the case of financed autos the
original title is held by the lien
holder and the county represen
tative must write the lien holder
requesting that the title be for
warded to the Tax Collector of
The lien holder will be informed
that the Texas title will then be
sent back after registration is com
Army Hires 6 Kids
To Police The Area
Ft. Jackson S.C. (AFPS) —Nor
mally kids aren't inducted into
the Army—but six of them have
been ordered to report for duty at
this post as "grasscutters."
The new recruits are goats
five nannies and one billy. They
were purchased by Post Ordnance
to keep the grass nibbled away
from ammunition magazines thus
removing an area fire hazard.
"The goats will be particularly
effective at cutting- grass atop
magazine mounds where cutting
machines have not been too suc
cessful" says Lt. Col. Aaron C.
YVatson Post Ordnance Officer.
Most of the men at the Post hope
that the new recruits don't bite off
more than they can chew!
Officer of the 1st Armored Di
vision and Lt. Robert M. Reuter
Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding
Proposed constitutional amend
ments are the main points of bus
iness to be discussed and a field
demonstration of Armor in the
attack will be one of the highlights
of the convention.
The group from here will de
part today by air returning Sat
Fourth Army Commander
Visits 1st Armored
Lt. Gen. I. D. White Fourth
Army Commander visited the 1st
Armored Division here today for
a conference on armor equipment
with Maj. Gen. William S. Biddle
Division Commander Brig. Gen.
Edward G. Farrand Assistant Di
vision Commander and key offi
cers of the Division.
General White arrived by air
from Fourth Army Headquarters
Saturday morning. He returned to
San Antonio on completion of the
The 1st Armored Division's trav
eling tank-infantry team left Fort
Hood this week for the first of a
series of conferences to be held
at Fourth Army installations.
The team now instructing cadre
groups at Camp Chaffee is due to
be at Camp Polk Feb. 7-13 and
Fort Sill Feb. 23-27. Other dates
will be revealed later.
The demonstration team is head
ed by Maj. T. Q. Donaldson chief
instructor and team commander.
It is assigned the mission of teach
ing fundamentals of tank-infantry
operation to cadre groups at the
The 1st Armored Division was in
structed by Lt. Gen. I. D. White
Fourth Army commander to form
the team in the interest of widen
ing the understanding of tank-in-
"Old Ironsides' Combat Com
mand "A" was chosen to build the
team and Major Donaldson select
ed to command it.
Major Donaldson has instructed
at the United States Military Acad
emy at West Point.
The team is made up of four
officers and ten enlisted men. The
cadre selected on a competitive
basis from units throughout the
Division is composed of some of
the most highly-trained enlisted
men assigned here.
The conference demonstration
consists of a two-hour lecture peri
od during which Major Donaldson
discusses the characteristics capa
bilities and limitations of tank-
Following the conference the
highly-trained team of infantry
and tanks take over to illustrate
in a visual way what has been
Of Joint Anns
Two field demonstrations by 1st
Armored Division units this week
demonstrated the effective use of
tank-infantry assault teams before
a group of key division officers and
On Tuesday a field maneuver
conducted by Company "B" 701st
Armored Infantry Battalion and
Company "B" 13th Tank Battalion
showed how tanks can effectively
support an infantry company in
the assault of an enemy objective.
Wednesday tankers of the 4th
Tank Battalion and Company "B"
25th Armored Infantry Battalion's
infantrymen reversed the proced
ure and showed how an infantry-
supported tank company operates
when it attacks wins and holds an
The exercises part of "Old
Ironsides" intensive training pro
gram were devised to dramatic
ally shows division personnel the
versatility of the tank-infantry
team in an Armored Division and
how the method of attack is de
termined by the mission and the
objective to be taken.
Among the officers and enlisted
men witnessing the realistic dem
onstrations which were conducted
on Fort Hood's vast training res
ervation was Brig. Gen. Edward
G. Farrand Assistant Division
General Farrand summed up the
field problems by stating "These
are the most satisfactory demon
strations of their type that I've
seen to date." He went on by com
plimenting the tankers and infan
trymen who participated for their
progress in training and their fine
work in the conduct of the exer
Library Makes Changes
Gregory Named Chief
In a series of staff changes an
nounced this week by the library
Miss Betty Gregory moved to the
job of chief librarian following
the transfer of Miss Mary Mathis
to Fort Sill Oklahoma.
discussed in the lecture period.
An exercise problem is run on
which several objectives are as
saulted by the combined striking
arm of an infantry and tank pla
Officers and cadre of the team
Officers Maj. T. Q. Donaldson
Hq. 1st Tan Bn Team Command-
der Lt. Paul P. Gotowicki' Hq.
CC"B" Infantry platoon leader
assistant instructor Lt. John R.
Lenassi Co. A 4th Tank Bn Tank
platoon leader assistant instruc
tor Lt. Henry J. Whelen & S
Co. 100th Tank Bn. alternate tank
platoon leader and assistant in
FORT HOOD TEXAS THURSDAY JAN. 28 1954
Variety Show Set
To Raise Funds
A March of Dimes Variety Show will be given Tuesday beginning
at 8:30 p.m. at Theater No. 1 sponsored by the Special Services Of
fice. The popular First Armored Division Band directed by Chief War
rant Officer George Ryan will furnish a well-rounded musical program
and talent will consist of Army personnel dependents and civilian TV
performers from Killeen and Temple.
The charming Griffin Sisters from Killeen will perform for the
deserving cause by singing several
hit tune selections. The four sis-
ters ranging in age from 13 to
20 have appeared at Fort Hood
m&ny times in the past doing their
popular routines for different unit
parties clubs and other worthy
causes. The generous foursome
have appeared at the Service Clubs
on numerous occasions and have
rendered popular tunes to welcome
audiences on radio and the new
television station in Temple.
Another performer and resident
of Killeen is Miss Joy Gage who
will sing several numbers. Miss
Gage's father is a sergeant over
seas. She has performed on post
many times for Special Service
A special treat from Temple will
be two star pupils of Mrs. Colibre
Hall's Studio of Dance in Killeen
and Temple. The performers are
an artful ballerina named Miss
Nancy McCelvery who will do a
ballet routine and Miss Micki Mac
Hervey who will perform acrobat
ics to a waltz tempo.
The soldier talent will feature
PFC Ken Owen 25th AIB a guitar
player known around the Service
Clubs on post and liked for his
rendition of western ballads.
PFC Louis Morretti an accor
dionist from 123rd Ord. who par
ticipated in the Waco Heart of Tex
as Fair will make his appearance
once more on the stage here at
Fort Hood for the worthy cause of
stricken victims of polio
The Royal Jubillaires Army
quintet will sing their regular spir
itual routines. The Fort Hood sol
diers placed third in the talent
contest held here last October.
They are also known for their per
formances at the football banquet
and have been requested for apr
pearances at various church and
social groups in nearby cities.
PFC Bobby Brooks 68th AFA
battalion does pantomime imper
sonations of such stars as Jimmy
Durante Phil Harris and other
A new performer to Fort Hood is
Pvt. Joey Nash doing impersona
tions and singing like the never-to-
be-forgotten A1 Jolson. He also
crys like the record star Johnny
Ray and impersonates many other
well-known and liked performers
of stage and screen.
(See Page 3)
Tank platoon cadre are:
M/Sgt. James Buckner Co. D
13th Tank Bn M/Sgt. Arvon L.
Midgett Co. C 100th Tank Bn
M/Sgt. Raymond C. Hare Co. B
4th Tank Bn SFC John Hodson
Co. A 1st Tank Bn.
Infantry platoon cadre are:
M/Sgt. John L. Moak Co. D
634th AIB SFC Jeffrey Avie Co.
B 25th AIB SFC Grant Rudolph
Co. B 701st AIB SFC Raymond
Croucher Co. C 702nd AIB SFC
Brest Wingler Co. D 702nd AIB.
SFC Horatio Rodriquez of Co. C
16th AEB is the demolition expert
for the team.
MAJOR T. Q. DONALDSON CHIEF INSTRUCTOR of the instruc
tor-training group clarifies a point on the tank-infantry assault.
The instruction is part of a two-hour lecture period during which
Major Donaldson describes the characteristics capabilities and
limitations of tank-infantry warfare. Assisting Major Donaldson
are M-Sgt. Arvin L. Midgett left and SFC Raymond Croucher.
(U. S. ARMY PHOTO by Finkle)
'54 Dimes Drive Reaches Peak
With Hope Of Payday Spurt
MARCH OF DIMES
Of 501st MP's
Two former members of the
501st Military Police company of
the 1st Armored Division both na
tive Texans have been awarded
the commendation ribbon with met
al pendant for life-saving roles
they played at Falcon Lake last
The pair Pvt. Michael V. Sheets
of 1305 Oak Park avenue Corpus
Christi and Pvt. Richard W. White
of 116 Linvvood avenue Houston
were cited for saving the life of
an Army captain on the night of
According to reports they were
on duty at the Mexican site of the
new Falcom Dam that night when
they were notified of an automo
Investigating they discovered a
private auto bearing two Army of
ficers had been driven into Falcon
"Without regard for their own
personal safety they dived into the
lake which was infested with
barbed wire fences trees and cac
ti and rescued an Army captain
who had gotten out of the sub
merged car and was clinging to a
partially submerged tree" their
Then they made numerous other
dives in an effort to locate the
other occupant of the car. Unable
to find him they secured addition
al help and worked through5ut the
night with a boat and searchlight.
Both Sheets and White left in
December for overseas duty in
End First Phase
Of Training Here
Twenty-three training advisers
for National Guard units in Okla
homa and Louisiana and from eight
Texas cities have completed the
first week of a two-week training
program on tank operation and
maintenance given by 1st Armored
Division personnel here.
The advisers who are Regular
Army officers and noncoms will
return to the armored National
Guard units to which they are at
tached'next Friday to instruct the
guardsmen in proper methods of
operating repairing and general
care of the M-41 and M-47 tanks
which have recently been assigned
to these units.
Reserve Command of the 1st Ar
mored is coordinating the conduct
of the school and the 100th Tank
Battalion is in charge of the in
struction. Texas cities represented
are Dallas Fort Worth Houston
Pecos El Campo San Juan S^n
Benito and San Antonio
Post Nursery To Change
Operating Hours Feb. 1
The Post Nursery has announced
that new rates will become effec
tive February 1.
There will be no change in the
hourly rates however families us
ing the Nursery less than 100 hours
a month will pay $10 for one child
$12.50 for two and $15 monthly for
three children. Families using the
Nursery more than 100 hours a
month will pay $20 for one child
$25 for two and $30 for three or
Parents are reminded to take suf
ficient dry clothing and food when
children are to be cared for through
the lunch and dinner hours.
The Nursery will close at 6 p.m.
Monday instead of the scheduled
A fitting climax to the March of
Dimes campaign this year will be
the Mother's March on Polio which
is to take place in McNair Village
at 7 and 8 p.m. February 4.
Similar Mother's Marches will
end March of Dimes campaigns in
about 50000 other communities
from New York to San Francisco.
Mrs. George A. Weiss sponsor of
the Mother's March says that
"neither rain nor sleet nor snow
will stop these women from visit
ing every single house where a
light signals that a contribution for
the fight against polio awaits
Handbills have been made an
nouncing the Mother's March in
McNair Village and will be dis
tributed by Fort Hood Girl Scouts.
Mothers realize that it is a vital
march this year because it comes
as hundreds of thousands of child
ren are about'to participate in a
vaccine test that could spell the end
"Light the Way to Victory" is the
slogan that many mother's groups
are using this year. Victory against
polio cannot be won unless every
one digs deep in his or her pocket-
book. For the March of Dimes
must raise $75000000 this year
to take the big steps toward victory
by moving forward on all four
Ladies who will help in the Moth
er's Drive will be Mrs. G. A. Weiss
Mrs. R. T. McCormick Mrs. F. N.
Miller Mrs. C. M. Poston Mrs D.
A. Price Mrs. T. B. Cottingham
rs. L. T. Taylor Mrs. C. Lonseth
Mrs. C. W. Miller and Mrs. J. E.
Fort Hood's record of contribu
tions to the Cen-Tex Regional
Bloodmobile drew a letter of praise
last week from Mr. Pat Taggert
president of the Waco Chamber of
Commerce who wrote to Maj. Gen.
William S. Biddle Fort Hood and
1st Armored Division commander
expressing his gratitude to the
men and women of this Central
In the letter Mr. Taggert stated:
"I cannot let the opportunity pass
of expressing my gratitude to the
men and women of Fort Hood for
their marvelous contributions to
the Red Cross Blood program. Not
only does this provide muchly
By French Attache
Lt. Col. Pierre Ervard Assistant
re it a A a he
Washington D. C. visited activi
ties and installations of the 1st Ar
mored Division last Thursday and
Friday January 21-22 and made
an aerial inspection of the entire
During his stay Colonel Evrard
saw Armored Infantrymen in ac
tion in the field and watched tanks
of the Division in a combat prob
lem. He also inspected the vehi
cles of various units visited the
non-commissioned Officers Acad
emy and got a closeup of how the
American soldier lives when he
was shown through the new per
manent barracks here.
He conferred with Brig. Gen.
Edward G. Farrand assistant com
mander of the 1st Armored Divi
sion on training problems and
functioning of an armored force.
Before departing Friday afternoon
the Colonel expressed his appreci
ation for the courtesy extended by
ST. PAUL Minn. (AFPS)—A. J.
McGree has filed a claim against
the State for $91.58. He says a
tree hit his automobile. The tree
being chopped down by two state
hospital inmates toppled over on
NCO Club Leads
In Unit Donations
The 1954 Fort Hood March of Dimes campaign reaches its peak
with the approach of payday as units of the 1st Armored Division
and Fort Hood plan intensive drives to put Fort Hood over the top
in its fight against polio.
In stressing the need for a bigger March of Dimes than ever be
fore Basil O'Connor president of
the National Foundation for Infan
tile Paralysis said: "The new
polio prevention program will be
the hardest blow against polio we
have ever struck. Wide-scale valid
ity tests of a trial polio vaccine
this year and the expanded use of
gamma globulin as a stopgap pro
tective measure in 1954 mark a
"Like all advances it is expen
sive but the fight dare not be
weakened when victory seems al
most in sight" he pointed out.
Some battalions here report they
hope to hit as high as $1000 with
contributions received on payday
and the week following.
Leading Fort Hood in the drive
thus far is the NCO Club where
M/Sgt. Ted A. Brown club secre
tary has taken in an estimated
$2000 donated by Fort Hood and
1st Armored Division NCOs.
Sergeant Brown hopes the club
will top the Post this year. It
ranked fourth in the final tallies
Also in the big money bracket
are contributions from the 4005th
Transfer Point where men leaving
the Army have contributed about
$700 to the drive.
Actual returns from collection
boxes on Post total more than
$1000 but many units have not yet
turned in their half-filled contain
ers accounting for the low total.
The Fort Hood Officers Wives
Club made a lump sum contribu
tion of $100 to the 1954 campaign.
This group is also sponsoring a
taxi dance at the Officer's Club at
7 p.m. Saturday for the March of
Dimes. Meals will be served at
the dance for $1 per person.
Thursday night a Dimes Dance
will take place at the NCO Club
with all proceeds going to the
The famous 1st Armored Divi
sion Jeep Band will be seen tour
ing the Post on Friday and Mon
day for the March of Dimes.
Hood Blood Effort
Praised In Waeo
needed blood but it sets an ex
ample that folks hereabout will
have to hump to equal.
"It is another in a succession
of wonderful benefits that have ac
crued to this community by reason
of having such fine people in our
"We are mindful of your value
and cherish the opportunity of
working with you."
General Biddle in replying to
the Chamber of Commerce presi
dent wrote of his great pride in
passing on the warm words of ap
preciation to the people of Fort
Hood. He added that the letter
was a pleasant reminder of the
relations that exist between Waco
and Fort Hood.
On Jan. 8 Fort Hood for the
second consecutive month estab
lished a new record for one-day
contributions to the Cen-Tex Re
gional Red Cross Bloodmobile
when 448 soldiers of the 1st Arm
ored Division contributed a pint
of vitally needed blood at the
Air Tanker 'Tows9
Leaky Thunder jet
To Safety In Texas
OMAHA Nebr. (AFPS) A KC-
97 refueler with the 40th Air Re
fueling Sq. at Smoky Hill AFB'
Kans. recently "towed" an F-84
to safety at a Texas base.
The unusual incident occurred
on a routine refueling mission over
Mineral Wells Texas. The SAC
KC-97 made two dry and one wet
contact frith "Smart Boy" an F-84
On the fourth contact a normal
disconnect was made but the
poppit valve on the F-84 jammed
open. Fuel siphoned rapidly over
The pilot of the KC-97 Capt.
Frank P. Laffler suggested mak
ing another contact and towing
the jet to a landing field. The con
tact was successful and the jet was
towed to Bergs trom AFB and re
leased at 60 feet over the end of
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