Hellcat News, (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1, March 2, 1944 Page: 2 of 8
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2 March, 1944
Alertness has always been a
primary characteristic of a good
soldier. It has been said that after
the first battle there is left in a
unit only the "quick and the
dead." Certainly a soldier who is
alert, using his powers of obser-
vation and his head every instant,
to see his enemy first and get the
first shot at him, will have a much
better chance to come through
battle than the dullard who is
Alertness is a mental attitude
which is developed by training
and practice. It is indicated by
the way one walks and carries his
head, erect and eyes up, observing
everything around him. An alert
soldier salutes officers who over-
take and pass him as well as
those who meet him. We have not
yet reached the desired degree of
alertness in this division. I am
going to pin a medal on the first
soldier who demonstrates suffi-
cient alertness to salute me before
I get out of range when I overtake
and pass him on the street.
Hunted animals, whose lives
depend on their alertness develop
their senses to a high degree.
Everyone knows this who has
ever hunted deer.
Let's develop alertness and
powers of observation against the
day when we will be hunting and
Major General, U. S. A.
Bring Your Wife to
Church Social Tonight
Soldiers are urged to bring their
wives to the mass meeting and old
fashioned church social in the
Field House this evening at 7:30.
Following the church service,
which presents Methodist Bishop
Ivan Lee Holt, Dallas, as main
speaker, there will be a social, in
which 500 young women from
Abilene will take part.
A military escort was to meet
Bishop Holt in Abilene today and
accompanied him to camp, where
the chaplains held a conference.
During the services this evening,
an infantry platoon will act as an
Kilocycle Michael Will Cast Evil
Eye On Erring Radio Operators
Private Breger, Joe Dope, and
The Wolf, all famous characters
of imagination, have been joined
by another equally famous car-
toon creation known as KILOCY-
Unlike his "Brothers of the Ink
Bottle," this character was created
not to amuse but to instruct. His
home is in the Communication
Dept. of the 92nd Cav Ren Sq,
where he is the dean of radio
He is a very peaceful sort of
guy as long as communications
within the squadron run smooth.
But whenever some hapless oper-
ator gets lax in the performance
of his duties, he lashes out with
the fury of seven devils. No op-
erator ever forgets the lessons
taught by this "Fugitive from the
He will be presented from time
to time in the pages of the Hell-
cat News so other radio operators
within the 12th Division can pro-
Armor At The Front
BURMA: For the first time in
the warfare in Southeast Asia,
tanks were thrown into battle
in a series of assaults carried out
by British forces on the Arakan
Front. The usefulness of the tanks
was restricted by the rugged ter-
rain in which the Japanese have
tunnelled their fortress positions,
but these heavy armored weapons
proved a major factor in the cap-
ture of several important hill fea-
tures. Tanks served as mobile
artillery for blasting hilltop strong
ALGIERS: (Allied Hq.) Allied
commanders, after beating off a
new and furious drive by Nazi
shock troops and tanks mar-
shalled their troops to meet an
expected all-out thrust by the
Germans American tank des-
troyers were credited with defin-
itely knocking out four German
Tiger tanks in one engagement
the Germans flung in one of
their best armored divisions in It-
aly—the 26th Panzer—and also
concentrated huge numbers of in-
fantry for the defense of ridges
dominating rail and railway
routes south of the Eternal City.
(From Cable Dispatches)
ITALY: (Nettuno Beachhead)
After a bit of tough going a lea-
ther-faced farmer from Tennes-
see chimed in dryly, "Them tanks
is all right. F Company woulda
been kilt or captured if them tanks
hadn't come up." (TIME)
fit by his wisdom.
KILOCYCLE MICHAEL was
born in the imagination of Lt.
E. W. Ricco, communications offi-
cer of the 92nd, and his body was
designed by cartoonist Pfc. Jake
Units To Get Passes As
Battalions in which no new
cases of venereal disease occur
during a calendar month will be
given a Wednesday afternoon or
Saturday morning off during the
succeeding month. Separate com-
panies in which no new case oc-
curs during two successive calen-
dar months will be given a Wed-
nesday afternoon off.
This was announced in a memo-
randum issued by division head-
quarters recently. During the past
ten days men of the division
have been attending lectures at
which a qualified line officer and
a medical officer presented facts
pertinent to sex morality and ve-
nereal control. Men also were
shown a film on the same topic.
According to the memorandum
individuals contracting venereal
disease will be denied passes and
furloughs for one year except in
verified emergencies or to com-
ply with POM instructions. Non-
commissioned officers, technicians
and privates first class will be re-
duced for misconduct.
'Muzzle Blast' Marks
The "495th Muzzle Blast,"
weekly publication of the 495th
Field Artillery Battalion, marked
its first birthday with the issue of
last week. It started publication
when the division was at Camp
Editor of the paper is Pvt Paul
Katz, and assistant editor, Sgt.
Robert H. Saehloff. Battery re-
porters are Cpls. Robert J.
Schwarts, Joseph Mielnik, Owen
J. Mark and Sgt Roy E. Danklef-
sen. Lt. Edward J. Albertie super-
vises the publication.
To Men of 12th
USAFI will be a familiar word
in the 12th Armored Division very
shortly although it is not a pass-
word or countersign in the ordi-
nary sense. It is the abbreviation
for United States Armed Forces
Institute and an "open sesame"
to a liberal education program
conducted by the Institute. Indi-
vidual instruction will be provid-
ed through correspondence and
self-teaching courses offered di-
rect to the men from the USAFI
and approved educational institu-
tions cooperating with the USAFI.
Also offered are class instruction,
establishment of study centers
and provision of educational ma-
For the enrollment in the USA-
FI correspondence and self-teach-
ing courses a $2 fee will be
charged. After that if the enlisted
man's work is up to par, no fur-
ther fee will be required. For class
instructions local circumstances
will determine the fee.
The entire program here is un-
der the supervision of the Orien-
tation Officer, and the 12th Arm-
ored GI will find a coordinator of
education in his battalion to help
him with any questions he may
have regarding the courses avail-
able to the men. In other words,
this enlisted man will be an assist-
ant to the Orientation Officer and
it will be his job to supervise, as-
sist and generally advise the GI
contemplating courses in the US-
AFI. These coordinators are care-
fully selected men, chosen for
their civilian background as
school teachers or college grad-
uates with a knowledge of educa-
The Camp Barkeley libraries are
cooperating with the Orientation
Officer in the off-duty education
program wholeheartedly. Soldiers
may visit the special room set
aside at Library No. 1, at any time
to see the textbooks and materials
that are available to him through
Present plans call for foreign
language classes to be held in
special buildings in the area.
PECKHAM IN Q.G.O.
It has been announced by the
War Department that Brig. Gen.
Howard L. Peckham former com-
mander of CC "A," is on duty in
the Office of the Quartermaster
General, Army Service Forces, as
director of the fuels and lube
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