Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, July 5, 1963 Page: 4 of 14
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Published in the interest ol the military and civilian personnel at Ftort Hood
Texas every Friday by the Community Enterprises Inc. Temple. Texas.
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These days we have so many reports of present prob
lems and crises that we have very little time to think about
the ones in our past. A look backward though will show
us that the road our forefathers traveled was more often
than not strewn with obstacles very similar to those we
May 1776 was one of the most hectic times of our
history. The newly formed Continental Congress was striv-
ing to find a solution to our problems ith King George's
England and there were times when the whole situation
looked hopeless times when the pessimists muttered that
we were all doomed.
Yet in spite of this outlook and prophecy of many
our leaders stuck to their task and produced a resolution
that in July 1776 would become the immortal Declara
tion of Independence. This document the signing of which
we commemorate each July 4 has remained the foundation
stone of our way of life for 187 years.
Where would our country be today if these men
hadn't faced the challenge? Where will the America of the
future be if our leaders today don't meet the challenge
facing them and find solutions with the power and impact
of the Declaration of Independence?
Luckily this question has already been answered. We
'have chosen our own leaders and they are capable of meet-
ing our problems and finding tlje right solution just as the
men of the Continental Congress did. Our nation has sur
vived by faith in democracy and the men who guard it
11 Honest John Rockets
Honest John pointed his ugly
snout down-range last week as the
3d Bn. 2d Artillery went through
Rockets were fired both in day-
light and at night. Honest John
lashed his fiery tail a total of
11 times last week to the awe of
on re in in
veterans of previous shots.
The busy hum of activity in
the fire direction center the
seemingly meaningless running ol
men about the rocket and its
truck and even the crackle of
ti}e radio all became quiet in the
seconds just before firing. Where
all had been activity suddenly all
was tense waiting while the sec
onds before the rocket had to be
fired to make its time on target
ticked away. Then there was a
swish of sound a roar that was
not as loud as expected and in
the blink of an eye the rocket
was only a quickly disappearing
object in the distance.
Reactions among the onlookers
varied from patriotism to relief.
One of the crewmen Sgt. Milton
Fritts expressed a "sense of ac
complishment knowing the part
my section would and could play
:if we had to."
"You live around these things
for long enough and you almost
have to wonder if they will work"
.said Lt. Floyd L. Evans battalion
fire direction officer. "When we
do get a chance to fire one of
the Honest Johns it is not only
a thrill to watch it go off but
also gratifying to realize that all
the trouble is finally worthwhile.
The darn thing works and although
you were sure it would it still
comes as a pleasant shock that
The crewmen almost to he
man agreed that after taking
care of the rocket for month after
month it was both a relief and
a thrill to fire it. One man said
that while the shot was impres
sive the thing that moved him
most was that he would not have
to pull maintenance on the rocket
anymore. One onlooker perhaps
more poetic than most burst out
with "that's beautiful! absolutely
Last Officer Link
Leaves Old Ironsides
The last officer linking the 16th
Engineer Bn. 1st Armored Divi
sion with old Combat Command A
will end in August when Capt.
Robert T. May will be reassigned
He is the last officer in tiie
16th Engineers who was wilh Old
Ironsides when it consisted of
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An American soldier is many
He is a piece of history.
He stood with Washington at
Valley Forge during that dark
est of winters. He fought hunger
and cold and the foreign mercen
ary who sold his soul.
He stood with Jackson at New
Orleans and he threw back the
enemy threw him back again
and again while at another
place the Star Spangled Banner
flew bombs bursting around it
in a sky reddened by rockets.
1st AD Sandmen
To Give Show
At Riesel Fair
The 1st Armored Division Band
steps out of its now-famous jeep-
mounted role next Friday evening
as it journeys to Riesel Tex. to
play a 45-minute concert under
he a or at or of
Reisal Community Fair.
The 44-piece Old Ironsides musi
cal aggregation will kick off a
two-hour variety show to be pre
sented by Fort Hood Special Serv
ices on an elevated bandstand ait.
the fair site 17 miles southeast of
Waco. The program is slated to
start at 8 p.m.
The appearance of the 1st AD
Band and other Fort Hood talent
will mark the first participation
of any Fort Hood personnel in the
fair since its inception early in
More than 5000 people are ex
uded to attend the fair oldest
community sponsored exposition
in Central Texas. The Riesel Lions
Club is sponsor of the three-day
event running from July 10-13.
You buy a boat and trailer
and use it five or six times
per year to go to Belton
Are you required to have li
cense plates on the trailer
and what lights are you re
quired to have on the rear
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He lay in the lonely trenches
of France and brought the Kais
er to his knees in the war that
was to make the world safe for
democracy for a time.
He died for the Four Freedoms
and wrote them with his own
blood on the fallen Fascist and
He trudged back and tli
across a rocky peninsula called
An American soldier is other
He is proud but not ashamed
to bow his head and bend his
knee and fold his hands in recog
nition of that which is greater
He is intelligent but smart
enough to know the beginning
of real wisdom is to say hum
bly "I don't know."
He is strong like the oak de
fiant of the wind but like the
He is tough but kind to wom
en and not too callous to deny a
child a piece of chocolate.
He is headstrong but never
swaggering or arrogant with
He is never too little to laugh
or too big to cry.
And he is a team man taught
nevertheless to carry the ball
when the leader falls.
The American soldier is all of
these things and when he goes
into battle he takes them with
him and takes with him too a
mother's tears a father's pride
a brother's applause a sister's
confidence a wife's love.
Surely GI means "God In
spired" for the hand that guides
Him begins in a place unseen
moves Him with a purpose un
known to a rendezvous with a
destiny always obscure.
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Steve York Co. A 2d Bn. 52d
Infantry 1st Armored Division
was recently promoted to ser
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THE ARMORED SENTINEL FORT HOOD TEXAS
He clashed with the Mexican
over territorial integrity and
made manifest the American
He quarreled with his brother
and after this bloodiest of Ameri
can wars he shook hands with
him and they remained as one.
He rode with Teddy and the
Roughriders to put down the
Spanish tyrant and redeem for a
moment a people grown tired of
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Next week's Troop Information
subject will put the soldier in
the saddle of a powerful horse
that will move on only one con
dition his rider must be able to
answer questions dealing with
such areas as American heri
tage government treaty organi
zations and current events.
The title of the class is "TI
Derby". The purpose of the class
is to provide a review of Troop
Information subjects taught dur
ing Fiscal Year 1963. The ques
tions thus have a wide range.
What is STRICOM? How many
members of Congress are there?
What famous figure recently
died in Rome.
The mechanics of the race are
simple. Two horses will be
placed on a track. The class will
be divided into two equal groups.
on be as a
group. For each question a
'"jockey" will be selected. A cor
rect answer will move the horse
he is riding forward.
key must review the TI topics
of the past year. He must report
to the track prepared to ride
a long gruelling race against
The TI Derby is presented in
order to elicit information and
provide enjoyment for the indivi
duals who participated in it. A
good soldier is a well-informed
soldier. Next week's Troop In
formation class should indicate
to the soldier how well-informed
Floyd P. Vanarsdale Co C
16th Engineer Bn. 1st Armored
Division was recently promoted
to specialist five.
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Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, July 5, 1963, newspaper, July 5, 1963; Temple, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254750/m1/4/: accessed February 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.