Camp Barkeley News (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, June 2, 1944 Page: 1 of 8
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What About Flame Throwers? Read "The Smoke Pot" On Page Six!
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Camp Barkeley News
For All Units On The Post
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yOL. 3, NO. 16.
;CAMP BARKELEY, TEXAS
•FRIDAY,'JUNE 2, 1944
G. I/s Hobby Drives Him To Blazes!
What’s Cookin’?’ Smash Hit Revue
USO Show Will
Appear At Camp
For Three Days /_
“What’s •Cookin’?” a hi-de-^"
ho variety revue,-will'fre USIO-
Camp Show’s next-attraction"
at Camp. The shdw will ap-
pear at Theater No. 4 on Mans--
day and Tuesday,_June..6 aTid__
6, and at Theater No. 5 art-L—-
Wednesday, June^ 7.
shows are free! 'v v
There will bo-two* performances —
each evening starting at 6:39 and
8:30 o’clock. A .special matirrgfe pro— ——
gram will be presented for patients...-—.
Buy Bonds and
Show Faith In
“Now, more than ever, we
must show the confidence that
we have in the future of our
country,” Col. Victor W. B.
Wales, Camp Commander,
said in a letter to all units at
Camp as the Fifth WTar Loan
Drive opened. '
The War Department announced
dates of the drive which will run
from June 1 to July 31. Any bonds
'purchased by military or civilian
personnel during these dates will
be counted towards the War De-
“During this drive the Secretary,
of War desires that the major em-
phasis be placed on Class B allot-
ments for military personnel,” Col-
onel Wales said. “Officers and civil-
ian employees are expected to buy
at least one $50 bond for cash dur-
ing the period of the drive.
“In past War Bond drives, Camp
Barkeley has always been at the top
of the list in the Eighth Service
Command, both in allotment par-
ticipation and cash sales. The
spirit and cooperation of all per-
sonnel on the post in backing these
drives is one that is to be com-
mended, I sincerely request con-
tinued Cooperation in the conduct-
ing of the Fifth War Loan Cam-
“With major emphasis being
placed on the initiation of Class B
Allotments, I am asking the help
of each unit and organization Com-
mander in this Camp to see that
a War Bond organization is set up
in his command to the end that
during this drive every enlisted man
and officer will be given a per-
sonal interview on the advisa-
bility of initiating or increasing
their Class B Allotment. Every
week brings new letters from or-
ganizations that are stationed over-
seas stressing the problems created
by men having more money than
they are able to spend. This has
resulted in a tremendous waste by
our men of their hard-earned
“The best way to correct the
above condition is to have every
man take out a Class B Allotment,
and in this way set aside something
for the time when they will be
back in civilian life and needing
every cent they can get.
“The success of the coming in-
vasion will mark the climax to this
war. Now, more than ever, we must
show the confidence that we have
in the future of our country. Don’t
let down. Speed the day of victory
through buying War Bonds.
“Look to the future! Save
through War Bonds!”
Put That Idea
Down On Paper!
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Prepare For Big
Rodeo In Abilene
Sixteen Camp soldiers, all but
one of them Hellcats, yesterday
had entered the rodeo to be - held
Saturday and Sunday ’ at ‘ the West
Texas Fair Grounds arena by the
Taylor County Sheriff’s Posse in
conjunction with the 12th Armor-
ed Division. More soldier entries
were expected before the deadline
Saturday at 1 p.m.
A special bus will leave the 12tli
Division special services office at
11 am. Saturday to take GI con-
testants to Abilene to pay their
Three complete shows will be
held at the rodeo. There will be
performances at 2 pm. and 8. p.m.
Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
All buses from Camp will be rout-
ed by the fair grounds Saturday
and Sunday to accommodate--sol-
dier spectators. Admission charg-
es for soldiers and their wiyes will
be 60 cents each.
Pvt. George Coser, 68th Med.
Tng. Bn., was. the only Camp' sol-
dier entering who is not a mem-
ber of the 12th. Coser, a trick
rope artist, entered the calf roping
contest. Other soldier entrants,
however, were expected from Abi-
lene Army Air Base.
Most of the soldier riders enter-
ed one or both of the closed events
for service men — bareback bronc
riding and bull riding—but several
branched out into the open cow-
boy classes in quest of the richer
jackpots. The money in the seven
events ranges from $30 to $80.
One of the top Hellcat entrants
will be Cpl. Hubert Taylor Jr., who
won both the soldier and cowboy
bareback bronc riding contests and
the bull riding in the rodeo spon-
sored by the 12th last January.
Other 12th Armored entrants:
T-5 Ivan Bergstrom, T-5 Vernon
Ireland, Pfc. Norbert Bartz, S.-
Sgt. John N. Davis, T-5 Vahran
Kerkorian, Sgt. Hollis Massingill,
Pvt. James A. Reeves, Pvt. Archie
R. Pell, Pvt. Peter P. Spotted-
Wolf, Pfc. Billy M. Smith. S-Sgt.
L. D. Huddleston, Sgt. J. W. Hen-
derson, Pvt. Cleo V. Taylor, S~
Sgt. Pierre M. Servel.
; Latest reports indicate that civil-
ians are carrying the ball so far as
“Ideas for Victory” are concerned
in the Eighth Service Command.
Gen. Donovan reports that civilian
employees in his command sub-
mitted 2,438 suggestions during the
last three months, this being more
than one third of all the sugges-
tions received by all the nine ser-
Camp Barkeley has an enviable
record and we cannot fall behind.
Soldier, study your job and that
of your buddie—maybe you can im-
prove on its operation, and you
surely want to keep pace with your
Many ideas have come in from
soldiers and civilians since our last
issue. Hold u» your end of the load!
At Theater No. I
“Litter Laffs,” a gala two-hour
musical extravaganza featuring a
cast of 65 performers, all members
of the 68th Med. Tng. Bn., will make
its initial bow Saturday at 8:30
p. m. on the stage of Camp Theater
No. 1. On Wednesday, June 7, the
same show will move to the All-
Pur p o s e Building in Barkeley
Heights for a single performance at
7:30 p. m. The shows are free to
all G. I.’s.
“Litter Laffs,” is strictly an all-
soldier show. All members of the
cast now are taking their basic
training in the Medical Dept, and
have only been together as a unit
for the past seven weeks. The show
is being directed and produced by
Pvt. William C. Stover of Williams-
port, Pa., who has been working in
the music field the greater share
of his 29 years.
Adding an original touch to the
program will be five catchy melo-
dies written and composed by Pvt.
Hank Ready. One other original
number, “Star in Your Window,”
written by Pvt. Andy Magnano, will
Lending a pleasing vocal back-
ground for the musical will be a
40-voice chorus, directed by Pvt. A1
Still another entertaining fea-
ture of “Litter Laffs,” will be a 15-
piece dance band under the direc-
tion of Private Ready. This organi-
zation has been a unit almost as
long as Hampton’s choir and prov-
ed a tremendous hit when it per-
formed for a dance at Service Club
—12th A. D. Photo
Fire-Eater Cooper takes a swig of flame as his buddies stand
by and wonder how he does it.
This is the story of a man whose ,
job has literally driven him to blaz- '
es. In fact he was almost “burned
up” on the job, when an over en-
thusiastic spectator slapped him on
the back. His name is T-5 Henry
P. Cooper, Co. A, 134th Ord. Mn.
Bn. professional carnival-circus
man and fire-eater.
Putting burning cotton and light-
ed cigarettes in his mouth.is Coop-
er’s main hobby. However, during
his career with such famous shows
as Barnum and Bailey Circus and
the World’s Fair Shows, he has
added several other “stunts” to his
repertoire, including a mechanical
Before enlisting seven years ago,
Cooper was working on another
trick—a 100-foot dive into a blaz-
ing tub of water. Since entering
the service, fire-eating has just been
a hobby, but all in all Cooper has
been eating flames for 11 years.
Since he joined a circus in Phil-
adelphia, his home town, 11 years
ago Cooper has travelled all over
the country and has had only two
accidents during his professional
career. Recently while attending a
gunnery school in California he put
on a show at the famous Hollywood
Canteen. Hellcats have seen him in
demonstrations at the Service Club
and USO’s in the nearby towns.
It took the fire-eater about a
year and a half to learn the trade.
While on the circuits, Cooper was
doing eight and nine shows a day.
Cooper is in the gun section of the
maintenance battalion and works
on artillery weapons. He has been
in ordnance work since his enlist-
ment in the Army and plans on
making a career of it.
(PICTURE ON PAGE 3)
Hold Your Nose and Jump, Joe!
of Star Hosp. starting at 2r3tT p.
Wednesday, This prograrp syill be <v“
at the Red Cross recreation center.
The second show at Theater No.
5 on Wednesday will be reserved for
colored personnel on the post and
The 66th Med. Tng. Bn. band
will furnish music for all the shows.
T-Sgt. John Dunford is director of
this A-l band.
Harlem headliners appearing in
this solid show arc alL ■clever ________
taiipxs. is fast-paced and
is a sExFlilublending of'sock comedy,
hep talk, riff rhythms, plus some
of the best modern stepping ever
seen on any stage.
Laurel Watson, said to be “the
best blues singer Count Ba.sio’&J. :1......
over had,” is a little bit of dynamite
with eyes that tell a bookful and
a voice that has won her much
Danny Alexander, one of the fast-
est dancers on the stage, was once
with Duke Ellington’s outfit. He
does a rope-skipping tap routine
and has a line of funny chatter.
He also does comedy singing.
Herbie Cowens, swing drummer,
adds his rhythmic touch to the
boogie woogie. piano numbers and
gives the dancers of this unit the
Garner & Wilson, modern comedy
song and dance team, includes a
couple of guys who have made
shorts for Warners and have been
featured with numerous namq
Another comedy song and dance
team is Rae Pearl and Yoyo. The
act is two years old and plenty
smooth. Yoyo got into show busi-
ness by winning a yo-yo contest at
Madison Square Garden/ Rae made
her first professional appearance
when she was 13.
Jester Calhoun, ventriloquist,
a top entertainer with the show.
Sammy Stewart is pianist and
musical conductor for the show and
Gamer (of Garner & Wilson) is
master of ceremonies.
The three swimming pools at
Camp were scheduled to open for
the 1944 season on Thursday. The
pools are for use of all military
personnel at Camp.
Find out rrom your first sergeant
which pool you should use. Pool
assignments have been made and
you’re to use the pool according to
the area in which you’re located.
Your first sergeant also can give
you the hours you can swim.
All pools will be open from 8 a.m.
to 10 p.m.
Pool No. 1 will be reserved for
officers, warrant officers, nurses,
WAC’s and their families each
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 to 7 p.m. The pool is
No. 1 a few weeks ago.
A fast-moving musical revue, the
show will not be lacking in comedy
and humor. Original comedy and
skits are being handled by Pvt.
Dorothy Harber of the Special
Service Office, Service Club No. 1,
has been helping the men with their
reserved for enlisted men and
their families (no stags) each
Monday and Wednesday from 6
to 7 p.m. Bring your wife and
kids out to Camp and enjoy the
Here are some regulations which
you must observe at the pools:
1. All instructions and requests
of the pool attendants will be com-
plied with by ah swimmers.
2. Not more than 200 swimmers
will be allowed in the pool at one
3. All swimmers will take a
cleansing showerbath with soap be-
fore entering the pool. Swimming
suits will be removed while taking
the shower. The soap will be rinsed
off and the swimming suit put on
without drying the body. Each-per-
son will dip both feet in the foot-
bath when leaving the showers. Per-
sons who leave the immediate vi-
cinity of the pool and later return,
will again use the foot-bath before
entering the pool.
4. Ail persons visiting the toilets
will take a shower bath before re-;
entering the pool.
5 TCvn/v'tm-atinrL hlowinfif the
Head Them Off!
If your family is figuring on
moving to Abilene, better sit down
and write a letter and head them
off. There are no available houses,
apartments or rooms in the town.
Miss Frances Meador, director of
the USO-Travelers Aid, urges mil-
itary personnel to leave their fam-
ilies at home until the housing
situation eases up. “At the pres-
ent time the situation is hope-
less,” said Miss Meador.
nose or spouting water from the
mouth in the pool are forbidden.
6. No articles of food will be car-
ried into the bathhouse or the pool
7. Persons having a communi-
cable disease or skin abrasions, erup-
tions, or eye, ear, nose or throat in-
fections, shall not be permitted to
use the pool.
8. No loitering will be allowed in
or around the premises by specta-
tors. The pools are intended for
swimmers, not for spectators.
Let’s all co-operate and keep the
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