Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 1, 1955 Page: 2 of 10
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OPERATION "TURKEY FLY"—It's Operation "Turkey Fly" for some 1st Armored Division tank
crews stranded behind 'Aggressor" linees on Thanksgiving Day during Exercise SAGE BRUSH in
Louisiana As an H-19 helicopter prepares to take off Lt. Col. Charles I. Olsen 4th Tank Battalion
commander (far left) hands a turkey with all the trimmings to Chaplain (Major) Garrett A. Nalley
(second from right). Looking on from the cabin are Sgt. Wheeler Wilson (second from left) and 2nd
Lt. Stuart F. Tell (far right) cook and mess officer respectively with battalion headquarters. In the
'copter's cockpit the pilot 1st Lt. Robert W. Hoepp mans the controls. (Official U. S. Army Photo by
When yon go to Dallas head for the White-Plaza Hotel. Service
men run that place! (At San Antonio and Corpus Christi too.) (Adv.)
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Red River Bridged
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fantry Regt. Troops of the 15th
Rifle Div and the 31st Fusiliers
plunged ahead to attempt a link
up with the airborne troops and
pressed northward toward the Red
US ground elements were with
drawing across the Red River in
the face of heavy armor-infantry
attacks accompanied by maxi
mum aggressor air support. Two
"Corporal's" with atomic war
heads hit pontoon bridges and per
sonnel across the Red River.
US screening forces were fight
ing a delaying action to cover the
main bodies crossing. At dawn
of Nov. 20 major elements of the
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US 9th army were streaming
across the Red River and taking
up prepared defensive positions on
the northeast bank.. Two pontoon
bridges were put up by the 9th
Army engineers in the vicinity of
Powhattan and one near Hanna
in an attempt to get heavy equip
Assisting in the evacuation of
9th army troops to the north side
of the Red River were ten H-34
krmy helicopters. Th^s was' the
first aero-evacuation of troops by
By midnight of Nov. 21 US and
aggressor forces faced each other
across the Red River. The US
9th Army was set for a des
perate stand to deny the epemy
a crossing. Smoke generators em
ployed by chemical corps troops
were beclouding the aggressors
River line activities.
The aggressors under cover of
darkness succesfully made a river
crossing over emplaced bridges
and smaller elements also landed
on the north bank by assault boats.
By midnight of Nov. 21 two bat
talions of the 15th Rifle Div were
probing the 9th Army Defenses.
Other aggressor units employ-
ink Sky Cav recon units initiated
a breakout on the north side of the
river for a rapid advance into the
The strong defense of the 3rd
infantry Div repulsed several oth
er attempted beach heads by ag
gressor -assault craft.
Shortly after midnight Maneu
ver Director Headquarters called
a halt to Phase in and directed a
redeployment of the troops in prep
aration for the next and final com
bat phase scheduled to get under
way Nov. 28.
During the seven day combat
just completed US 9th Army
280MM guns delivered 11 atomic
shells four "Honest John" rockets
and one "Corporal" and one atom
ic blast was prepositioned. The
aggressors 11th Mechanized Army's
280MM guns fired seven atomic
shells and six "Corporals."
Aggressors suffered 4682 simu
lated casualties and captured 1066
US prisoners while the US had
6799 casualties and captured 1246
At the conclusion of phase III of
Exercise Sage Brush the ground
and air forces of the opposing
forces were facing each other
across the Red River with the 9th
US Army in the north and the 11th
Mechanized Army south of the Red
River line. The US 29th Air Force
and the Aggressor 6th Air Army
will continue to operate from a
total of 13 southern states in this
largest of joint Army-Air Force
Exercise since WW II.
Their alignment of air and
ground forces remained in effect
as phase of Exercise Sage Brush
began on Nov. 28. Phase will
be concluded on Dec. 6.
1st Armd Div Pvt.
Confined One Year
EXERCISE SAGE BRUSH La.
—Private Burl L. Lane of Com
pany "B" of the 1st Armored
Division's 702nd AIB was senten
ced to one year at hard labor and
is on or a is ha
service during a recent general
The sentence is sub
ject to review.
Pvt. Lane was found guilty to a
charge of robbery concerning a
1955 automobile. He is temporarily
confined inthe Branch U.S. Dis
ciplinary Barracks Fort Crowder
I E S
Ready to go. AKC registered.
Rare in this section of the coun
try. Many times used for hunt
ing also good for squirrel hunting
and small game.
600 West Main
Do you want to get married but
feel you can't do it bccausc your
girl's a few thousand miles away?
In today's atomic age that's no
problem just pick up the tele
Sgt. John Gunter a cook in the
720th military Police Battalion did
just that. On Nov. 15 he telephoned
the marriage vows over long dis
tance wires to his bride the form
er Miss Phileppine Henn.
EXERCISE SAGE BRUSH La.—
The 1st Armored Division has a
mascot—but no mascot insignia.
Ten-year-old Larry Robertson
unofficial "host" for "Old Iron
sides" at the Division's conven
tion in New York this summer
was officially named to this post
recently by Maj Gen Robert L.
Howze commanding general.
Larry's father also named Lar
ry was a first lieutenant with the
1st Armored Division during World
War n. He was a platoon leader
with the 1st Armored Regiment's
Third Battalion now the 1st Tank
Battalion while the Division was
fighting in Tunisia.
When "Old Ironsides" moved to
Italy and was reorganized Lt. Rob
ertson was liaison officer with 1st
Tank headquarters to the Combat
Complete With Bars
Arriving at ths year's Division
convention Brig Gen George A.
Rehm the commander of the Divi
sion was met by little Larry out
fitted in a khaki uniform—complete
with first lieutenant bars.
Larry saluted Gen. Rehm and
greeted him with a speech. The
genex*al now since retired from
active duty was so impressed
with the youngster that he chose
Larry to "host" the general and his
party throughout the convention.
Larry's fater was on the com
mittee for the convention as a
member of te New York chapter
of the 1st Armored Division Asso
Col. Larry V. Greene command
er of Combat Command "A" sug
gested to Gen. Rehm that he name
THE ARMORED SENTINEL FORT HOOD TEXAS
Two 720th MP Sergeants
Take Brides By Telephone
At the American end the mar
riage ceremony was performed in
Temple Texas with Gustice of the
Peace Bob Watts officiating. The
ceremonies were conducted in
English. Said Sgt. Gunter "At
first I taught my wife English but
now she probably speaks lit belter
than I do since she's just finished
studying it in school."
The marriage received quite a
First Armored Mascot
Needs Proper Insignia
young Larry as the official Divi
And so the selection was made.
However nothing concrete was
given Larry to prove his high
Mrs. Robertson wrote Col.
Greene this fall asking what could
be done to solve the problem. When
the colonel asked Gen. Howze to
sign a certificate officially desig
nating Larry as Division Mascot
When the certificate arrived
well let Mrs. Robertson's letter
to Gen. Howze tell the story:
". You certainly made a
youngster very happy with your
welcome letter and certificate ap
pointing Larry the official mascot
of the 1st Armored Division. I
want you to know Larry realizes
how important this appointment is
for isn't it a fact that each Divi
sion has only one major general
and one mascot? Now his only wor
ry is what rank insignia a mascot
And what does Larry say about
this? (In a letter to Gen. Howze.)
"Thank you very much sir. I
hope to. meet you in the future to
personally thank you. Yours truly
Appropriate rank insignia is be
ing devised for the young man
however no solution has yet been
The USS Glacier the Navy's
newest icebreaker will be the most
powerful icebreaker ever to pene
trate ice-locked Antarctica. Attach
ed to Task Force 43 the Glacier
boasts 21000 horsepower.
NATO OFFICERS BRIEFED ON ARRIVALr—Col. Frank H. Brit-
ton (center) Deputy Chief of Staff in Corps briefs a group of
NATO officers visiting the HI Corps area during Exercise SAGE
BRUSH. Left to right are Lt. Col. Pieter A. Cox Netherlands
Herr Neuhaus Germany Col. Britton Brig. Gen. Pierre M. Re-
nauld France and Brig. Gen. Arif Guvemk Turkey.
(U. S. Army Photo)
bit of publicity in the Texas press.
•AlsoTV cameras were on hand
both in Temple and Einseidlerhof
to take pictures of the happy cou
Asked how he got the idea to
get married by telephone Syt.
Gunter replied 'It's not as new
as you might think. A buddy of
mine who was stationed in Hawaii
got married by phone to a girl
in Springfield Illinois back in
He added "Soon after I arrived
at Ft. Hood I consulted an attor
ney in Killeen who suggested that
I see Justice of the Peace Watts
in Temple. They both helped me
make all the arrangements."
Sgt. Gunter first met his wife at
the Second General Hospital in
Landstuhl Germany where. he
served up army chow as a cook.
His wife worked as a stenographer
in the same hospital.
Asked about his future plans Sgt
Gunter answered: "Before I left
we were pretty rushed. That's why
we didn't get married over there.
Now that we're married Mrs.
Gunter should be able to get to
the States in a few months. If we
hadn't gotten married first we
would have had to wait a couple
of years for her to get a visa."
Phone Rings Twice
Gunter's marriage via telephone
seems to have started something
in the battalion because Sgt. Doyle
Cowart another 720th Cop mar
ried Miss Ursula M. Perl of Berlin
Germany via Trans-Atlantic tele
phone on November 29.
The mairiage was also per
formed by Justice Bob Watts of
Temple. Cowart met Miss Perl in
1949 while serving with the 759th
Military Police Battalion in Ber
lin. He returned to the United
States in 1952 before marriage
plans could be completed.
After spending 16 months state
side he packed his bags for ano
ther overseas tour you guessed
it Berlin Germany.
A heart attack returned him to
the states this time but true love
triumphed and thanks to the gen
ius of Mr. Alexander Graham Bell
and the long arm of the law (the
720th MP Battalion) Gunter and
Cowart are happily married and
love is still A MANY SPLEN-
Thirty-eight enlisted men of the
553rd Armored Infantry Battalion
Fourth Armored Division from
Fort Hood were wearing new in
signia of rank this week as they
carried out their role of Aggres
sors in the giant Army-Air Force
maneuver now going into the final
Sgt. Daniel Jaime of "C" Co was
promoted to Sergeant First Class.
New sergeants in the battalion are
Roy Stavenjord of H&S Co and
George Basler and Paul Peay both
of "B" Co.
Appointed to Specialist Second
Class were .Jack Duncan James
McKee and Wilmon Sapp of H&S
Co. Seventeen were appointed to
the rank of Specialist Third Class.
They are Charles Gage Alphonso
you think is happening
at STOKES Ladies Shoe Department
on Monday( Dec. 5th at 8:00 a. m.?
det home for the holidays
An important time to be there instead of en route: the holi
days ahead. Braniff offers excellent service to 52 cities in
the U. S. and for your help in planning lists some sample
one-way and round-trip fares from Temple using connect
ing services wherever necessary. Air coach savings are
included on all segments where available but add 10%
federal tax to these prices.
FARES FROM FT. HOOD (TEMPLE) TEXAS TO:
Destination One-Way Round-Trip Destination One-Way Round-Trip
AMARILLO $31.20 $59.30 MINNEAPOLIS 56.80 112.70
BOISE 87.50 169.90 OKLAHOMA CITY 18.40 35.90
BUFFALO 70.40 139.90 PORTLAND ORE. 93.00 185.10
CHICAGO 48.40 95.90 PITTSBURGH 68.40 135.90
CLEVELAND 63.40 125.90 SEATTLE 99.00 197.10
DENVER 45.00 89.10 SALT LAKE CITY 64.00 127.10
DES MOINES 46.65 91.20 ST. LOUIS 46.40 91.90
DETROIT 59.40 117.90 TOLEDO 63.10 123.90
KANSAS CITY 34.40 67.90 TULSA 28.35 53.90
Make your reservations at the Joint Military Traffic Office Ft. Hood. Phone Number 39153.
WICHITA 25.40 49.90
Thursday Dec. 11955
MEN BEHIND "BIG" MANEUVER—General John E. Dahlquist
Commanding General Continental Army Command Fort Monroe
Virginia left and Major General Thomas L. Harrold Commanding
General III Corps are shown as they walk through the III Corps
Command Post Area during Exercise SAGE BRUSH. (U.S. Army
38 Fourth Armored EM Earn
Stripes During "Sage Brush"
Gates Duane Hazard Celso Her
nandez-Lopez James Massey and
Joe Mclver of H& SCo James
Leverett Osvaldo Molina-Torres
Aurelio Monell-Torrens Braulio
Montalvo-Orjas Juar. Ortiz-Pabon
and Elvin Santiago-Guzman of "A"
Co and Kenneth Dishman Julio
Perez-Montalvo Juan Perez-Robles
Julio Rivera-Yulfo and Homer
Smith of "B" Co.
Completing the list are 14 new
PFCs—John Gerard William Ro-
den and Michael Tesa H&S Co
Charles Gay. Mariano Garcia-Colon
and Jose Ortega-Lopez "A" Co
John Lehew Delber McDonald
Jose Morales-Pacheco and James
Toney "B" Co Odell Banks
James Perry Lawton Turner Jr.
and L. B. Tuttle of "C" Co.
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