Hellcat News, (Tennessee.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1, October 1, 1943 Page: 4 of 4
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SSO Shows Films
Plan to "get away" this week
end? You'll find thousands of
other soldiers with the same idea,
so pick your spots and get there
There will be dancing at the
Y. M. C. A., Y. W. C. A., and
Y. M. H. A. Saturday night.
(Lebanon offers a dance for EM
at the high school gym Friday
Movies featured in Nashville
are: "This Is the Army," James
Cagney in "Johnny Came Lately,
Tyrone Power in "Crash Dive."
Special Service will show movies
in bivouac areas each rest night.
Movies this week include "Theo-
dora Goes Wild," "Our Town,"
"Lucky Devils," and "Flame of
Blues Win . . .
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ations thus far showed the Divi-
sion holding the general line, Lees-
ville, Shop Springs, and Alexan
dria, although Red Forces were
still moving in small groups south
of that line. Losses were reported
to be small when the large scale
of the operations was considered.
Advance During Night
The advance of the Blue Ar-
mored troops continued throughout
the night. At the termination of
the problem at 0900 Thursday
morning, all Blue Armored Divi-
sion units had either seized river
crossings or were driving on
through the other side.
Col. Frederick Warren's First
Battalion, besides capturing 500
prisoners and 175 enemy vehicles
at Cherry Valley, drove through
tank destroyers and Red Infantry
at night, capturing Hunters Point
Bridge at 0300 Thursday. The
Colonel had his units proceed
across the bridge, and as an added
precaution had them return by the
same route to make sure that the
bridge was under their control.
Another outstanding feat of the
problem was the action taken by
Lt. Col. W. J. Phelan's battalion
of light tanks and a platoon of
Armored Infantry which captured
the Harts ville bridge at 0215
Thursday morning. The capture
of this bridge cut off a Red with-
drawal across the Cumberland.
Cpl Yount to Catch
Cpl Floyd Yount, star catcher
and manager of the Hellcat nine,
will be behind the plate for the
2nd Army in a game with Ft. Ogle-
thorpe Sunday, at Sulphur Dell,
Nashville. Yount was recently
named catcher-manager of the
All-Southern Service team.
Soldiers Develop Tricks for More
Comforts in "Wilds" of Tennessee
To tech sgt, Joseph H. Adam-
To sgt, Charles E. Geherin.
To techn 4th Gr, George J.
To cpl, Walter H. Wahl.
To techn 5th Gr, James V. La-
To pvt 1 cl, Wilson O. Napier.
Col. Carter's Armd Regt
To techn 4 th Gr: Albert G.
Rauert, Elmer S. Forro, Prosper
To techn 5th Gr: Thomas J.
Gioeli, Edwin H. Johnson, Robert
E. West, Harold V. Roche, Joseph
Orlansky, John J. Trillas, William
A. Konskey, Bernard H. Bass, Jo-
seph W. Miles, Ralph J. Davis,
Cooper, C. Wilson.
Lt. Col. Wood's Maint Btt
To techn 5 th Gr: Albert C.
Cross, Richard A. Schoenfeldt,
Martin J. Senczak.
CP Attacked . . .
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through into the interior of the
C.P. continued, but none came.
The would-be invaders were be-
ing taken care of to the last man
by a combination of Headquarters
M.P.'s under Lt. Ernest Sprague
and Blue Armored Infantrymen
in charge of Lt. Yarborough.
Despite the long alarm, the Reds
never had a chance. Immediately
following the first scare at 0300,
Blue security guards surrounded
five of the Reds at the C.P. en-
trance and took them prisoner.
From then on, the action became
a man hunt, with Blues rounding
up the Red Infantrymen in one
batch after another. At 0500 a
Blue Armored local security dis-
covered a giant machine-gun nest
containing sixteen heavy calibre
weapons. A ten-minute skirmish
followed and all sixteen Reds be-
Trip Mortar Squad
The last Red intruders were
nabbed at 0630, when Blues came
across a mortar squad of six men
with two 81-mm. mortars. The
remainder of the Red Infantry
Company started to pull out in
the direction they had come, but
found themselves surrounded by
a Blue Armored Infantry contin-
gent. The attackers had been com-
Not all the losses had been on
the Red side. The Reds had suc-
ceeded in taking Col. Leslie Carter,
Lt. Woodrow W. Hogan, four
M.P.'s, and three others.
Maneuver bivouac areas are nev-
er like a first-class hotel, so sol-
diers of the Blue Armored Divi-
sion have learned that any small,
extra comforts they enjoy must
The result has been an outbreak
of gadgets and tricks to make life
in the woods a little less rough.
Problem number one is making
sleep a thing of comfort and re-
laxation, with hammocks being
the most common solution. A sur-
vey of Hellcat bivouac areas shows
that men in each unit have
stretched cloth or canvas between
two trees to form a cozy bed.
The heavy second week rains
added to the difficulties of sleep-
ing, and the insides of vehicles
served as bedrooms. One group
calling a halftrack their home
stated that the two ledges run-
ning along the inside of the vehi-
cle served as excellent resting
places on a stormy night except
that the hard ledges sometimes
break their bones.
The use of scout car hoods as
sleeping quarters on dry but chilly
nights was found to be common
throughout the Division. Follow-
ers of this custom claimed that
heat continued to rise from the in-
side of the hood for some time
after the engine had stopped, al-
lowing the sleeper to at least start
his night's rest in warm comfort.
A quick, unfailing way to get
hot water for shaving is to place
it next to the exhaust pipe at the
back of the car. The same trick
can be used for heating cold cof-
fee, if you have coffee.
Gen. Peckham . . .
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sion pushed on. Fatigue and dis-
comfort were forgotten.
Then came the order to destroy
the bridges over the Cumberland
River, which would make it impos-
sible for the Reds to escape.
Marching and fighting through the
night, our two light tank battalions
seized the two most important
bridges in the early morning hours
of Thursday. The exercise ended
later in the morning with large
numbers of Red prisoners and ve-
hicles in the hands of the division.
Thus again the Hellcats showed
the stuff of which they are made.
Let us remember that no outfit
ever stands still in aggressiveness,
efficiency, and discipline. Either
it gets better or it goes into re-
verse gear. Thus far we have
shown steady improvement. Let
us all—every officer and man who
wears the Hellcats' shoulder patch
—be determined that no Division
will give a better account of itself
than our own.
Are Still Favored
In Pro Grid Loop
By CNS Sports Correspondent
Peg your hat on this: the Chi-
cago Bears have one whale of a
The Bears have lost three tackles
—Artoe, Kolman, and Stuydahar.
But Stout Steve Owen who coaches
the New York Giants, says the
best two teams in the league this
year are the Bears' first and sec-
Stout Steve's Giants took an ex-
hibition game plastering from the
Bears a couple of weeks ago and
Steve came away shaking his head
back and forth like a pendulum.
Bulldog Turner Back
"They've still got Bulldog Tur-
ner," he moaned softly. "And now
they've got Bronko Nagurski in
the line, too. That's enough to
scare a man to death."
"The Bears have lots of good
ends," reports Steve, "and when it
comes to good backs—well, what
do you think Sid Luckman is—a
Luckman used to throw foot-
balls with deadly aim for Erasmus
High School and Columbia Uni-
versity in New York. Right now
he's got fellows like Clark, Famig-
lietti, McLean, and Nolting to
block, run, kick, and tackle for
him, and the Bears have come up
with a sweet-looking freshman
back named Bob Steuber.
Giants Only Fair
Stout Steve Owen has the sec-
ond best team in New York, the
best being the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Giants can't fill Mel Hein's
job at center. Hank Soar and oth-
ers have gone away, too. Tuffy
Leemans showed up just to coach.
In Brooklyn, Pete Cawthorn has
Pug Manders, Merl Condit, Dean
McAdams, and George Cafego in
his backfield and Bruiser Kinard
in the line.
The Washington Redskins have
Slinging Sammy Baugh and the
best team in the East. The Green
Bay Packers have Don Hutson and
a wealth of good line and backfield
men. The Detroit Lions drew
Frank Sinkwich. The Chicago
Cards have Biggy Goldberg, but
no line. The new Philly-Pitts-
burgh eleven has a nice bunch of
Michigan, Purdue Top Teams
College football is confusing.
Last year's All-Americans now in
Navy and Marine training play
against Alma Mater.
Purdue, with five 1942 Illinois
regulars, and Michigan rank as the
nation's top teams, followed by
Duke, Notre Dame, and Pennsyl-
vania. Iowa Pre-flight and Great
Lakes, top service teams in '42,
have fallen to 1943 "college" teams.
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United States. Army. Armored Division, 12th. Hellcat News, (Tennessee.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1, October 1, 1943, newspaper, October 1, 1943; Tennessee. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410422/m1/4/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.