The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 2, 1995 Page: 4 of 54
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
A4 FORT HOOD SENTINEL
First Team takes Manila
1st Cav Div Public Affairs
1 he campaign for the Philippine island of
Leyte in December 1944 left the 1st Cavalry
Division drained of strength and ready for a
rest. But the weary conquerors would get only
a brief pause ahead lay the main island of
Luzon and the Philippine capital Manila.
The division came ashore at Malbilao on the
northwest corner of Luzon Jan. 27 1945 and
by the next morning troops and equipment
were assembling at the town of Guimba 35
miles inland. At Guimba the division was as-
signed to the XIV Corps but on Jan. 31
MacArthur rolled in to the division headquar-
ters and gave orders directly to division com-
mander Maj. Gen. Verne D. Mudge:
“Get to Manila! Go around the Japs bounce
off the Japs save your men but get to Manila!
Free the internees at Santo Tomas! Take Ma-
lacanan Palace and the Legislative Building!”
MacArthur had just ordered the division to
make a 100-mile run through enemy territory
with little or no time allowed for reconnais-
sance protecting flanks or consolidating posi-
tions. Enemy contact was to be avoided when-
ever possible success depended on speed sur-
prise and getting through with as many sol-
diers tanks and artillery pieces as possible.
Following MacArthur’s order Mudge as-
sembled what came to be known as the “Fly-
ing Column” made up of elements of the 5th
and 8th Cavalry Regiments the 61st and 82nd
Field Artillery Battalions the 8th Engineers
and the 1st Medical Squadron.
Once the three serials of this task force
reached Manila the rest of the division was to
follow as soon as possible.
by Brig. Gen. William C. Chase who
later commanded the division and for whom
Chase Hall the 1st Cav Div headquarters
building is named the Flying Column
rolled south on the night of Feb. 1 1945. The
weather was hot and dusty a sharp contrast
to the seemingly never-ending rain the divi-
sion had endured on Leyte. The terrain along
the route was mostly flat as well allowing the
column to move southward relatively quickly.
Still the Flying Column never moved “that
fast” recalled 1st Lt. Jim Farquharson of Bat-
tery B 82nd FA. “Traveling over a dusty
hard-surface road we managed to average be-
tween 15 and 20 miles an hour.”
The division couldn’t sustain even those
speeds for long. The troopers had to stop and
dismount numerous times to fight their way
David Hale W illiam per-
formed the first successful sur-
gery on the human heart in 1893.
The patient lived for 50 years fol-
lowing the operation.
Dr. Mae C. Jem ison in 1956
becam the first African-Ameri-
can astronaut in the world.
acon B. Allen in 1845 upon
passing the law exam becam
the first black formally admitted to
uakers led the first organized
protest against slavery in Penn-
sylvania in 1779.
Dr. A lexander T. A ugustana
was the first black commissioned
in the U.S. Army Medical Depart-
ment in 1863.
Em ett J. S cott was the first
black be appointmented Special
Assistant to the Secretary of War.
Martin DeLaney a physican
and explorer. He was the first
black field officer to serve in the
III Corps Public Affairs
People on post can find out
what’s happening by tuning in
to their radio or watching TV.
The “Fort Hdbd SITREP”
airs every weekday morning on
the following participating
radio stations at these times:
FM 98.9 KUTZ “Z-Rock”
(Rock) 5:55 a.m.
FM 104.3 KKIK (Country)
FM 92.3 KHZ “Z-93”
(Urban) 6:10 a.m.
FM 105.5 KLFX “The Fox”
(Classic Rock) 6:10 a.m.
FM 103.1 KOOV (Country)
Brock. Six. William Bradne
Bde (287-8088): CWO 2
CONTRIBUTING PAOs: 1st Cav DW (287-5185): Master Sgt. Darrell Cochran. Spc. Robyn
Mt. Gregory. Spc. L. A. Prentice 4th PAD: Staff Sgt. Eric Parris Pfc. Dee Constant Pfc
COSCOM (287-8872): Sgt. R. Alexander Southern Sgt 1st Class Willie Hay 31st ADA (288-
TEXCOM (288-9110) Wayne Hair Ganison Chaplain (287-4533): Julie ig ra 6th CaV 5'-
Elizabeth Cady S tanton was
an active anti-slavery activist and
abolitionist. In 1848 she ushered
Fort Hood SITREP informs community
£D!TOK!*L OFFICE: HI Corps and Fan Hood Fan Hood Sentinel ft* Hood Texas
76544 telephone (817) 287-2436 DSN 737-0107. .•
COMMANDING GENERAL: GcrtPwlE.Fuok '"V
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER: Lt Col. Ran^ Scbod
EDITOR: Anita Horky
MANAGING EDITOR: Staff Sgt. Richxid Pa#**'
Geoffrey Fink 2nd Armd Div (287-7004): Spc. Stewart Brouillette Staff Sgt. Greg Davis Spc.
Felicia Wingler 13th PAD: Sgt. Rebecca Matatric Sgt. Tina Sanders. $pc. Judy Stallings 13th
$238): Staff Sgt Dorame McNuti 3M Bde (287-6170) DACH 2$8-$003s: feri Chappelle
Making a historical mark
Black History Facts
William Tucker in 1624 was
the first African-American born in
FM 106.3 KOOC “Mix 106”
(Adult Contemporary) 6:20
FM 107.7 KNNC “K-Nack”
(Alternative) 5:50 a.m.
AM 1400 KTEM (News/
Talk) 6:38 a.m.
AM 1050 KRMY (Spanish)
6 40 and 7:40 a.m.
For more in-depth stories
about post happenings tune in
to Sunday morning’s “Fort
Hood Perspective.” The ten-
minute show airs on the fol-
FM 93.3 KHHT 7:50 a.m.
FM 104.3 KKIK 5:50 a.m.
FM 92.3 KHZ 11 a.m.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur surveys a site in
Manila with Brig. Gen. William Chase then-
commander of the 1st Cav Div.
past strong Japanese positions and many
bridges had been destroyed or were too weak
to support tanks. At least two bridges were
taken in dramatic Hollywood-movie fashion
just as the Japanese were preparing to blow
A fte several sharp fights and running-gun
battles the lead elements of the Flying Col-
umn crossed the city limits of Manila at 6:35
p.m. Feb. 3 earning the First Team the his-
toric label “First in Manila.” Led by two
former Philippine Scouts who knew every Ma-
nila street and alley the troopers sped into the
city and fanned out.
Troop F 8th Cav Regt quickly took control
of Malacanan Palace. Troop G sent to secure
the Legislative Building ran into heavy Japa-
nese defenses and an impassable roadblock. As
the drive stalled Chase about-faced the col-
umn under fire. The Legislative Building could
wait freeing the internees at Santo Tomas
University was more important.
Chase led his tanks jeeps and men to Santo
Tomas where other troopers of the 8th Cav
Regt and the 44th Tank Battalion were wiping
out the Japanese guards.
Shortly before 9 p.m. a tank from the 44th
Tank Bn crashed into the compound followed
by other tanks and dismounted soldiers. Santo
Tomas was liberated. Liberators and internees
alike “clapped cried shouted screamed and
cheered” writes Tressa Cates a nurse who
had been among the internees.
The jubilation was cut short by the news
that 63 Japanese soldiers had barricaded
themselves in the Education Building with 267
American hostages. Col. Charles Brady execu-
tive officer of the 1st Brigade negotiated for
three days before securing the internees’ re-
Army Pfc. Earle Smith reads a letter while Pfc. John Wittany rests
after a battle. Both served with the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment
during the Korean War.
in the modern feminist move-
“The Negro igest” was first
published in 1945 was revived
in 1961 was renamed “Black
W orld” in 1970 and later named
FM 105.5 KLFX 11 a.m.
AM 1400 KTEM 8:50 a.m.
(and 6:50 a.m. Saturday)
FM 98.9 KUTZ “Z-Rock 6
In addition people can find
out about the people and plac-
es on post by watching “Focus
on Fort Hood.”
The show airs at 10:45'p.m.
Thursdays on broadcast chan-
nel 46 and cable channel 4 in
Killeen Copperas Cove and
The show also airs on Fort
Hood’s cable channel 9 at noon
and 6:30 p.m. Monday through
ttre l|rt Hood Sentinel an
Coatwtaof the Fort Hood Sentinel a»*ot nllfcM efcwanT nr endowed hy* tim
a violation nr i* of tea opportunity pdky by an tdwriter- It
1st Cav Div soldiers hold down a position during a shootout in Manila.
O th 1st Cav Div units fought their way
into Manila Feb. 5. Many of the Japanese
retreated south of the Pasig River then began
burning and blowing up buildings and firing
artillery into the northern half of the city.
The 37th Infantry arrived at Santo Tomas
Feb. 7 to relieve the 5th Cav Regt which
rejoined the division in preparation for opera-
tions to clear Manila of the Japanese. The
arrival of the 12th Cav Regt from positions
east of the city Feb. 12 completed the reas-
sembly and set the stage for some of the
bitterest street fighting of the war.
For almost a month the Cav troopers moved
from house to house and from building to
building in Manila pushing first east and
south then into the eastern suburbs. Finally
the division turned westward to Manila Bay
completely encircling the 20000 Japanese still
holed up in the city.
The enemy turned nearly every pile of rub-
ble into a strong point and mines booby traps
The garrison commander re-
cently approved the eviction of
a sergeant first class and his
family from government family
housing in Comanche III.
The eviction was based on
3. Thank you for a job well done.
Hood. It it P-Mahed every Tboreday by the Pubtic Alter. Office HI Carp Fort Sand ’L a
Texma 76544 (817) 287-0107. Printed rtrcuteiaB: 23J66. The tart Baud Sentinel wefcarew lettwa testa dep
Bverytung advertised Rt tea pubdeatioo tedl he made ntebhte for pm frm tm a
patronage without regard to race color religion rex national origin marttal rtrtus
physical handicap political affiSatioa nr any other oonmertt factor of the porchaser new i|n%| inirat^ji»^^
damage to private property
and disorderly conduct.
If you are experiencing prob-
lems you are urged to seek
help through your chain of
command your chaplain or
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS III CORPS AND FORT O OD
FORT HO OD TEXAS 7 6 5 4 4
MEMORANDUM FOR All Military and Civilian Personnel
SUBJECT: 1995 Fort Hood Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
1. It is my pleasure to report that the 1995 CFC has been
successfully completed. Collections totaled $957041 which
exceeded our installation goal by more than $107041. This sets
anew collection record for Fort Hood and reflects the
overwhelming generosity of Fort Hood personnel.
2. I commend those of you who exercised the campaign theme "The
Caring Continues." Your contributions ensure much needed
assistance will be provided to those _less fortunate than
PAUL E. FUNK
Lieutenant General USA
PRINTER: Prat* Meybom
ADVERTISING MANAGER: RotwtSmJfc
and ambushes were everywhere.
Organized Japanese resistance in Manila fi-
nally was wiped out March 3. Fighting on
Luzon continued until June 30 when the cam-
paign was finally declared completed. In more
than five months of combat First Team troop-'
ers had killed or captured more than 15000
Japanese soldiers at a cost of 680 dead.
ere was to have been a bloody postscript
to this chapter of First Team history. After an
extended period of rest and reorganization the
troopers began training for “Operation Olym-
pic” the invasion of Japan scheduled to
begin Nov. 1 1945. But that bloody postscript
was never written because the atomic bomb-
ing of Hiroshima Aug. 6 and Nagasaki Aug. 8
1945 prompted the Japanese to surrender.
And so Sept. 8 it was a triumphant First
Team that Chase led to be “First in Tokyo.”
Adapted from “The First Team: A History of
the 1st Cavalry Division by Si Dunn.
ru a ry 2 1 $
Army Community Service.
Sponsors are reminded that
they are held responsible for
their family members and
guests and could have the
privilege of residing in govern-
ment quarters terminated.
1 1 'iiuijimitfpipiim
ADVERTISING OKICEfc P.O. Box 6114 Tempfc.ltaa* E& & 27
Pk«*«ee Road Killeen. Texas 3*54*
post i» $22.00 per
iw mu» wnvyooni jEgrajnsB*
Fart Hood Seated
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Newspaper.
Horky, Anita. The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 2, 1995, newspaper, February 2, 1995; Fort Hood, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth310075/m1/4/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.