Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 8, 1955 Page: 2 of 14
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NEXT PLEASE!!—It may not be like the tonsorial parlor back
in Minatare Neb. but PFC Marvin D. Schuman who comes from
there thinks it's the next best thing: as his hair is cut on Exer
cise SAGE BRUSH the joint Army-Air Force maneuver in Louis
iana. Barber for the occasion is Sp-3 Marian E. Short Campbell
Mo. Both men work in the Adjutant General's Section of the 1st
Armored Division. (Official U.S. Army Photo by Franklin.)
WITH AGGRESSOR FORCES—
Some 90 soldiers of the 4th Arm
ored Division' will soon be strung
out on over 300 miles of roadway
between De Ridder La. and Fort
Men of the 4th Armored Divi
sion's 404th Military Police Com
pany the first to leave garrison
for Exercise Sage Brush will be
the last to reach the Hood bar
racks on the afternoon of Dec. 14-25
they are again handed the respon
sibility of directing the more than
1800 division vehicles over the 328-
mile homeward path Dec. 8
through Dec. 13.
Hoping to surpass their fine rec
ord of only three minor accidents
during the big November move
Captain Edwin R. Flynn's MP's
will take up their far-flung stations
Dec. 7 as the division packs up to
go home. Operating out of three
main stations De Ridder Hunts-
ville and Fort Hood the MP's will
cover all major intersections—and
with the cooperation of civilian po
lice all towns and communities
along the route.
The job of the Traffic Control Po
lice known as the TCP. however
goes beyond escorting convoys to
and from the maneuver area. Dur
ing the exerecise proper no con
voy can move without main in
tersections and all towns being cov
4th AD MP's Find "Sage Brush"
Traffic Control A Constant Task
ered by the sleepless policemen.
The division operating on a sys
tem of three main prescribed routes
—Brown Route for Combat Com
mands "A" and "C" and Division
Troops Green Route for CC "B"
and Blue Route for emergency
moves and for the withdrawal of
reconnaissance patrols made it
necessary for the MP's to be con
stantly reconnoitering the routes
and insuring safe conduct of all
division convoys and vehicles of
other Aggressor elements using the
roads. Deployed one platoon per
route TCP men must be constant
ly aware of enemy activity and
road condition plus ready to shift
traffic to alternate roads if in
part or in entirety one route be
There is little time for rest or
relaxation for an MP in a battle-
bound armored division. The MP's
are the first ones forward assist
ing advance combat elements and
the last to draw back after the last
reconnaissance patrols have with
Processing all division prisoners-
of-war is a further duty of the
404th MP's. When an enemy is cap
tured by a 4th Armored unit the
MP's pick him up hold him at the
division POW compound until in
terrogated by the military intelli
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EXERCK^ SAGE BRUSH La.
—One-and-a-quarter million dollars
is a whopping cash sum to shell
out any time and it seems even
larger when you're "fighting" in a
maneuver besides. But the 34 men
of the 1st Armored Division Fi
nance Office took it all in he
stride when pay day rolled around
during Exercise SAGE BRUSH in
"In garrison we generally pay
the troops at the end of the month"
said Maj. William R. Fickessen
Division Finance Officer. "But on
48 hours notice we received word
that pay day would be November
25—five days early."
"It took some hard and fast
work on everyone's part to get the
payroll ready in time" said SFC
Joel G. Alvorado Mabton Wash.
who is chief of the Military Pay
Section. "But all came through
with flying colors and I don't
think there's a man in the Di
vision this morning who can com
plain he wasn't paid on time."
Computing by Candlelight
"The main difficulty we had pre
paring the payroll here in the
field was electricity" said Sgt.
as ok a
Ark. and office cashier. "Whenev
er the portable generators stopped
all our light was cut off and com
puting a man's pay by candlelight
isn't the easiest task in the world"
"That's for sure" said PFC
Donald E. Hammersley Empori-
shipped to the Army compound.
As of Nov. 30 the division MP's
had processed over 260 POW's.
Hardly a Break
During the "break" periods of
the maneuver when the rest of the
division was regrouping and re
cuperating before between and
after the combat phases of the
maneuver the MP's of the 4th pro
vided men for town patrol in ad
dition to their routine TCP duties.
The towns of De Ridder Ville La
Plate Oakdale Powhaton Natchi
toches and Alexandria Louisiana
were policed by the MP's.
With a company one-third under
strength operating from one sup
ply point for rations and gasoline
often located as much as 60 miles
from the scene of operations Cap
tain Flynn's men have turned in
a superlative job under a stagger
ing burden of responsibilities.
George Washington and his Con
tinentals crossed the Delaware
river on Christmas night 1776.
'Sage Brush' Pay Problem
Solved By 1st AD Finance
um Pa. one of the pay clerks.
"Our jobs went on as usual just
as they do in garrison. When the
payroll was broken down by com
panies in the Division we began
listing the amounts due each
"This is accomplished with the
help of an Address-o-graph and a
Graph-o-type machine" said Pvt.
a A E so it
Sioux Iowa who is in charge of
the machine records.
When an estimate has been
made of the number of bills that
are needed ranging from one to
twenty dollars. Finance is almost
ready to pay. Now only the hard
cash is needed.
Filled Two Sacks
"This time I obtained the money
from a field station set up about
20 miles from our office" said
Major Fickessen. "The Division's
pay filled about two mail sacks.
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THE ARMORED SENTINEL FORT HOOD TEXAS
All the companies had been in
structed to send their 'Agent' of
ficer to us first thing Friday" he
All that morning there was
steady stream of company jeeps
at the dismount point near Division
Finance. The procedure was al
most identical. Each officer ac
companied by an armed guard
made his way to the Finance tent
over which is a sign "Guarded
it iv A it on A
signing the proper receipts he ap
peared shortly with a small brown
paper bundle in his arm.
"It sounds rather simple on pa
per" said SFC Charles E. Schwen
ck Memphis Tenn. administra
tive assistant. "But it isn't quite
as easy as it sounds particularly
when one works all day Thanks
giving. However that's what we're
here for to see every man in
1st Armored gets paid properly."
1ST ARMORED PORK ROAST—The high quality of chow doesn't
change a bit when the 1st Armored Division moves to the field for
Exercise SAGE BRUSH the joint Army-Air Force maneuver in
Louisiana. Sp-2 Rual .Ortiz-Rosali Puerto Rico cuts the pork chops
that will make another delicious meal for the men of "Old Iron
sides' Administrative Services Co. (Official U.S. Army Photo by
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You can plan on it definitely because there's
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For instance your favorite body style in the 860
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of the smaller lighter-powered lowest-priced cars!
And that's just the start.
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V' TEMPLE KILLEEN
AGGRESSOR FORCES La.
Wounds come in four different col
ors for 4th Armored Division troops
participating in Exercise Sage
Brush red green yellow and
Umpires from Maneuver Director
Headquarters who assess battle
losses tag soldiers who they be
lieve injured or killed during an
action with colored 3%" 8" cards.
Each card contains a diagram
and a description of a wound along
with directions for the "casualty."
Red cards attached to seriously
wounded contain such wounds as:
"Bullet wound through right upper
chest. Respiratory difficulty in
breathing. Blood pressure 70/50.
Blood reaccumulates rapidly in
chest after being removed." Pa
tients tagged with red cards must
remain in place until evacuated by
Green cards attached to walk
ing wounded contain descriptions
of lesser wounds such as: "Com
bat exhaustion moderate. A shell
landed close to you and you can't
see anything at all now though
there is not a mark on your face"
or "Laceration across back of neck
extending down under right shoul
Men tagged by umpires with
green cards must seek medical at
tention by themselves. They are
the "walking wounded.
Yellow cards are used to simu
late many types of casualties
chemical biological and radiologi
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NO TREE DWELLERS HERE—1st Armored Division tankers clamber through the limbs of a tall
Louisiana pine as they string a camoflauge net to cover their huge M-48 medium tank during Exer
cise SAGE BRUSH. (U.S. Army Photo by Franklin.)
4th AD Wounds Come
In 4 Different Colors
cal and give detailed directions
for the wounded soldier.
White cards are used by the um
pires to simulate fatalities. These
men must remain in place until
evacuated by the Graves Registra
When brought to aid stations all
casualties must remain there the
same length of time it would take
to treat them if actually wounded.
This helps create problems in han
dling of wounded and increases
the reality of the battle further.
Unlike actual war Sage Brush
casualties have the advantage of
coming to life again after 24 hours
and becoming their own replace
Up to Nov. 22 the end of Sage
Brush phase three the Aggressor
Foorces have suffered a total of
4682 casualties as compared to the
6799 total for the U.S. Forces.
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Thursday Dec. 8 1955 y\
4th AD Stages
WITH AGGRESSOR FORCES
The entire 4th Armored Division
staged a giant movement to the
rear during the final phase of
Sage Brush as elements of the
25th Reconnaissance a 11 a 1 ion
stayed behind to maintain contact
with United States forces.
Units heading down Highway 171
toward DeRidder were reported
fighting their way south against
pockets of infiltrating troops of the
82nd Airborne Division.
Reports indicate that these pock
ets were cleared out even though
the airborne soldiers were being
supplied by helicopters. U. S.
forces however have complete con
trol of the air.
The Army employs 688000 civil
ian workers throughout the world.
They are in 1200 occupations
ranging from laborer to research
physicist and from file clerk to
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Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 8, 1955, newspaper, December 8, 1955; Temple, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254459/m1/2/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.