Hellcat News, (Tennessee.), Vol. 1, No. 5, Ed. 1, October 15, 1943 Page: 2 of 4
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Published each Friday by Jhe Blue Armored Division for free distribution
to all Officers and enlisted men in the Division. Edited by Public Relations
Officer, published and distributed by Special Service Office. Contributions are
welcome from all personnel. Copy should be delivered to Division Special
Service Office prior to 0900 each Monday. Message Center may be used for this
purpose. HELLCAT NEWS receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Re-
Eublication of credit matter prohibited without permission of Camp Newspaper
ervice, War Department, 205 East Forty-Second Street, New York City.
Editorial for the Week!
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Bunny Waters, M-G-M Starlet
Tbought for the Week!
Copyright 1943 by Leonard Sansone. distributed by Camp Newspaper Service
"I feel so much safer, sitting near a soldier!''
2nd Lt. Frank A. Riley, Jr., and the
Ren Platoon 2nd Bn of Col. Boon's Regt
for the efficient manner in which the
route and battle reconnaissance was
accomplished during operation 3.
2nd Lt. Arthur E. Hoeg, Mortar pla-
toon of the 2nd Bn (Col. Boon's Regt),
for excellent work performed in con-
nection with the river crossing attack.
2nd Lt. William G. Garrett, Co C
(Col. Carter's Regt) for outstanding
performance of duty as Maintenance
Officer of his company.
Capt. John E. Stuerwald, Mainte-
nance Co (Col. Carter's Regt) for atten-
tion to duty and unusual accomplish-
ment in his capacity as Regimental
1st Lt. Oscar M. Seale, Hq (Col. Car-
ter's Regt) for unusual initiative and
conscientious performance of duties as
T/Sgt Chester H. Cunningham. Co C
(Col. Carter's Regt) for exceptional ini-
tiative in recovering and maintaining
vehicles of his organization.
Pvt John O. Behar, agent messenger
(Col. Carter's Regt), for prompt deliv-
ery of messages under difficult condi-
T/3 William J. Gassen, Co A, Mainte-
nance Bn, and his crew, consisting of
T/5 Donald R. Miller, T/4 Donald F.
Reichardt, T/5 Theodore E. Putman,
and T/4 Delbert G. Brewer, for inge-
nuity in recovering half-track within
20 minutes after accident occurred.
Sgt. Hajdusak (Col. Carter's Regt) for
assault with two tanks in tactical biv-
ouac areas occupied by Red QM troops,
who were caught by surprise.
Lt. Belshoffof (Col. Evans' Inf) for
leading his men, armed with tommy
guns and hand grenades, to capture
crews of 13 Red vehicles.
Lt. Col. Wells' and Maj. Logan's Bat-
talions (Col. Evans' Inf) for s-uccessful
attack across Cumberland River in as-
sault boats, sweeping large areas clear
of Red troops. Maj. Logan's Battalion
captured 70 Reds.
Pfc Phillip J. Ochea and Pvt Richard
E. Young, Co G (Col. Evans' Inf) who,
while acting as platoon scouts, over-
powered and captured an enemy ma-
chine-gun crew concealed in a hay-
Pvt Ernest J. Munoz, Co G (Col.
Evans' Armd Inf), who, when his pla-
toon was surrounded, not only success-
fully delivered a message asking for
reinforcements, but captured and
brought with him three prisoners.
LT. COL. GRAHAM'S ENGINEERS
Lt. Cotter's Co A for construction of
a false pneumatic treadway bridge and
smoking it to deceive enemy.
Capt. Martin's Co B and Lt. Cotter's
Co A for successfully ferrying the
Armd Inf in an assault crossing of the
Lt. Brill's Platoon of Co C for con-
struction and operation of a vehicular
ferry across the Cumberland, which
carried more than 100 vehicles without
Capt. Moon's Co C, Lt. Wilson's Co D,
and Lt. Head's Co E for black-out con-
struction of a 500-foot treadway bridge
in an unreconnoitered tributary of the
Cumberland River and for moving it
nine miles downstream the following
night to its final site, all without the
knowledge of enemy air or ground
forces holding portions of the opposite
Maneuvers in Bag
-A to Z-for Neat
So you think you have trouble
with your "A" and "B" bags? Just
listen to the tale of Cpl John Wil-
son, Serv Co, Blue Armd Inf Regt.
Wilson wanted to stay neat at
all times while on maneuvers, pro-
viding himself with an extra bag
or two. Somehow the collection
grew until he now has an assort-
ment, big and little, that range
from "A" to "Z." The collection
was accidentally discovered when
Wilson, thinking himself unob-
served, began a search for his
From his "A" bag he produced
two other bags that were fairly
roomy. Then from each of these
he began to extract bag after bag,
small bags and large bags, of as-
sorted shapes and sizes, each la-
beled with a letter of the alphabet.
When this amazing array was
finally laid out completely, the cor-
poral calmly took his socks from
a bag marked "S."
Reports from Wilson's company,
where he has earned the title of
the Alphabet Man, are that he has
a filing system for his various ar-
ticles of clothing and equipment.
"S" is for socks and shaving ma-
terial; "J" for jacket, field; "P"
for his pipe assortment; and so
on through the alphabet.
The boys are still watching to
find out what he keeps in his "Z"
New Hellcat Chaplain
Chaplain (Maj.) Kirby Webster
has assumed the duty of assistant
division chaplain, coming from the
26th Inf Div. Chap. Webster was
ordained in 1926 in the Episcopal
Cathedral of St. Luke in Maine.
An ardent sports fan, the Chap-
lain won baseball and football
awards at Philip Exeter Academy
and Colorado State College. He
was a yeoman first class in World
War I, serving on a minelayer in
the North Sea.
r„ YOU TAN< JOCKEYS
16 ALWAYS VAPPIN'
youe OUTFITS ARE.'
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