Hellcat News, (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1, March 2, 1944 Page: 4 of 8
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2 March, 1944
Published each Thursday by the 12th Armored Division
for free distribution to the officers and enlisted men in the
Division. Edited by Public Relations Office, published and
distributed by Special Service Office. Contributions are wel-
come from all personnel. HELLCAT NEWS receives Camp
Newspaper Service material. Re-publication of credit matter
prohibited without permission of Camp Newspaper Service,
War Department, 205 East Forty-second Street, New York
City. All photographs made by the 12th Armored Division
unless otherwise credited.
Brenda Joyce—Twentieth Century Fox
Division's Harvester Battalion
Has Unique History In Army
The 134th Ordnance Mainten-
ance Battalion of the 12th Ar-
mored Division known as the
"Harvester Battalion," has a his-
tory unlike that of any other or-
ganization in the Army of the
It was formed in July, 1942, by
the International Harvester Com-
pany, of Chicago, 111., manufac-
turers of motor trucks, tractors
and stationary power units pro-
duced in 27 plants throughout the
country. Authority for the forma-
tion of the battalion was given in
a letter from the Adjutant Gener-
al, who placed Lt. Col. L. C. Van
Syckle, the first battalion com-
mander, in charge of recruiting.
Assisting him was Lt. Col. Paul
H. Wood, present commanding of-
ficer who some time before that
had been in charge of the com-
pany's Baltimore branch.
The International Harvester
Company used posters, circulars
and other recruiting devices to
such good effect that within nine
days after the start of the cam-
paign 1,195 applications for en-
'S funny how ya forget all about gals out here. I ain't
thought of one for five minutes!"
Dairy Maids Select
Hellcat Tank Driver
Their "Pin-Up" Boy
You've heard a lot about "Pin-
Up" Girls but Company "B,"
23rd Tank Battalion, now boasts
of a "Pin-Up" Boy!
Tec 4 Jerry Wees received a
telegram from his former place
of employment, "The Hanovfer
Dairy," Michigan, informing him
that he had been chosen by the
girls who work there as their
Number One "Pin-Up" Boy.
One look at his curly black
hair and laughing brown eyes
and it's easy to see why he was
chosen. This being leap year
Jerry had better watch out.
It was in October 1942, that the
draft board decided they needed
Jerry so he left his job as fore-
man in the dairy and joined Uncle
Sam's tank drivers. After only
two months of training his abili-
ty was recognized and he was pro-
moted to technician, fifth grade.
Five months later he was sent to
Armored School at Fort Knox, to
study tank mechanics. After his
return he was promoted to his
Jerry is a versatile lad; he can
play the piano and accordion; is
adept at boxing, wrestling and
skating; he is a large factor in
keeping the company bowling
team up to par in the league.
—Cpl. John G. Mayer.
listment in the grade of private
had been received. The need for
quick organization of the battal-
ion was so great that the task of
assigning ratings according to
skill was left until later.
Of the 1,195 men applying 678
were selected to form the 12th
Maintenance Battalion, which be-
came a nucleus for the 12th Ar-
The men began to arrive at
Camp Perry, Ohio, during July,
1942. Seven weeks were spent at
Camp Perry in basic training, fol-
lowing which 120 men left to
form the cadre of the 3rd Battal-
ion, 303rd Ordnance Regiment.
The remainder, joined by 400 ad-
ditional men, left for Camp Camp-
bell, Ky., arriving on September
Today approximately one-half
of the membership of the 134th
Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
are International Harvester men.
In a general order issued on the
battalion's first anniversary, 348
men of the organization were
authorized to wear the Good Con-
duct medal. This was almost all
of those eligible to wear the me-
dal on the basis of time served.
The medal may be worn by sol-
diers who have been in the Army
at least a year and whose conduct
during that time has been exemp-
The second division gyro-stabi-
lizer school conducted by F. P.
Walter, representative of the Wes-
tinghouse Manufacturing Com-
pany, will end tomorrow. All day
classes were held with one me-
chanic from each company and
battery having light or medium
tanks in attendance. Twenty-
three men are attending the all
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United States. Army. Armored Division, 12th. Hellcat News, (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1, March 2, 1944, newspaper, March 2, 1944; Tennessee. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410342/m1/4/?q=12th%20Armored%20Memorial%20Museum: accessed July 3, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.