Camp Barkeley News (Camp Barkeley, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, June 2, 1944 Page: 6 of 8
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CAMP BARKELEY NEWS
Friday, June 2, 1944
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SIDELIGHTS: In Denver, two patrol car policemen were
summoned on an emergency call. They returned in half an
hour and entered this cryptic report on the station house
blotter: “Woman stuck in bathtub. Removed her.”
At San Diego, M-Sgt. Ray Morgan said he was sick and
tired of reading about soldiers who boast of the length of
the letters their girl friends send them from home. Sergeant
Morgan claims a different type of distinction. Said he: “I
haven’t received a letter in 10 years. The last letter I got
was in November, 1934. It came from the telephone com-
pany and returned a nickel for a wrong number/'
In Baton Rouge, the voters of Louisiana are considering
raising the salaries of state legislators because the price of a
piece of apple pie has increased from a nickel to 10 cents.
In Logansport, Xnd., seven-month-old Jay Shuck opened
his mouth to yawn. His fun-loving, two-year-old brother,
Dee, popped two pennies into the gaping aperture, The baby
swallowed the coins and Dee started to holler for them. Doc-
tors removed the pennies and gave them back to Dee who
promptly swallowed them himself.
At L. A., County Park Superintendent J. R, Wimmer was
mighty proud of the beautiful plants growing around the
county agricultural building until a visiting horticulturist
informed him the plants were marijuana.
^TxT iv!inneapmisT*1TTT-y ear^'G 1 d man, who tried to steal a
pair of clippers from a barber shop, was caught and floored
by the woman barber. What police can’t figure out is why
he attempted the theft. He’s as bald as a cue ball.
At San Antonio eight women are walking around town
with their noses in the air. They’ve just been hired as
In Chicago, Joseph Davidson called the police and reported
a burglary. He listed, without comment, articles stolen—a
fur coat, jewelry, silverware. “And my alarm clock,” he
emphasized. “It was my most precious possession. And I
don’t know how I’ll ever replace it.”
HIGHLIGHTS: More than 200 enlisted men a day are
applying for transfer to the infantry as a result of a recent
War Department announcement that enlisted men under 32
may request such transfers. The transfers are made in grade
with no loss of pay or reduction in rating.
The nation’s manpower problem, said Lt. Gen. Brehon
Somervell, Army Service Forces chief, is critical, but it must
be solved and he suggested that “if we have to close the night
clubs, let’s lock them up—and the poolrooms and bowling al-
leys with them.” The country’s railroads, General Somervell
said, are short more than 100,000 men and many other indus-
tries “already are below the minimum manpower they must
have to do their essential part in the business of victory.
Let’s put first things first. Let’s get our men home.”
President Roosevelt was believed to be counting on an-
other trip abroad to meet Prime Minister Churchill and other
Allied leaders and to get a closer look at the war. Mr. Roose-
velt said he might see Churchill in the late spiring or summer
or possibly in the fall. How his travel intentions might coin-
cide with the invasion timetable remained completely ob-
Carrying scores of American and Canadian soldiers re-
patriated from German prison camps, the Swedish liner,
Gripsholm, sailed for the U. S. Irish servicemen interviewed
related that guards at their German prison camps now were
admitting Hitler could not win the war. They reported
civilian morale, in the face of Allied raids, was falling fast
but that civilians still were carrying on with half-hearted
The most powerful aircraft engine in the world now is at
the disposal of the Army Air Forces, General Motors an-
nounced. The new liquid-cooled, 24-cylinder engine would
increase the power of the majority of single-engined fighter
planes by several hundred horsepower.
The Dionne Quintuplets were 10 years old last Sunday
and they received a gift for which they had been clamoring
for more than a year—a pony. Olivia Dionne, their 41-year-
old father, decided they were at last old enough for one but
kept the gift a secret until it was presented to Yvonne, An-
nette, Emilie, Cecile and Marie.
President Roosevelt dropped a hint that the Allied offen-
sive against Europe is not far off, saying the actions coming
off this summer ought to be called the liberation rather than
the invasion of Europe,—Dendurent.
L-4 Pilots, Caught In Storm, Pull Ships Through
A freak storm, part of the usual-
ly unpredictable Texas weather
was the occasion of a good deal o.
excitement in the air section of the
Hellcat Artillery Command on Maj
24. One of Camp Barkeley’s more
spectacular rain and wind storms,
preceded by a blinding cloud of
dust, caught five planes of the
'“Grasshopper Patrol'’ in the air
TP ANY of you fellows have no-
ticed in the newsreels the
past few weeks, you can see where
Chemical Warfare has started to
play a more important role in this
war as time goes by. Chemical
Warfare is not only gas but many
other things, such as smoke for
screening and signaling: incen-
diary bombs like they have used
in Berlin, Tokyo and London; and
flame throwers which are being
used extensively in the South
This week let’s talk about the
flame thrower. They “shoot around
corners” and get to many places
bullets cannot reach. Life maga-
zine a few weeks back had many
pages devoted entirely to flame
It takes a two-man team to
operate a flame thrower. One is
the operator and one is the as-
sistant. This team has probably
the most dangerous work of any
man in combat and the enemy is
always gunning for them.
The flame thrower is filled with
a gasoline and oil mixture, some-
times the mixture is thickened.
By thickening the filling, their
range is increased from about 25
yards to 50 yards, The entire ap-
paratus is filled with compressed
nitrogen. This propels the burn-
ing mixture through the air.
The flame throwers are usually
used by combat engineer units;
some infantry units are now train-
ing flame thrower teams for all
front line units. To be really ef-
fective, it is necessary to get in
close to the target to make the
maximum use of the weapon. The
flame thrower team must have a
good team behind them to back
them up and give them protection
and covering fire.
The usual use of a flame throw-
er is against pill boxes or other
strong fortifications. It is primar-
ily an offensive weapon. Other
uses are to burn the enemy out
when he is holed-up and your
main assault units have \by-passed
a strong point; it can be used
against tanks just like a molotov
cocktail and it may be used as an
incendiary to destroy inflammable
stocks of material.
Death at the hands of a flame
thrower may be compared to death
when it hit Camp.
The L-4 Piper cub observation
Hanes were piloted by S-Sgt. Wil-
liam J. Donovan, 495th AFA Bn,
Lt. Lester R. Johnson, Div. Arty,
Lt. John W. Givens, Div. Arty, Lt.
Maurice L. Glover, 494th AFA Bn,
and Lt. Carlyle G. Schumann, 495th
AFA Bn. It was only the outstand-
ingly fine flying ability of these pi-
lots that enabled them to land their
planes and passengers with ex-
tremely minor damage to the
When the storm began the pi-
lots were engaged in flying officers
and non-coms over the aerial com-
pass course. Sergeant Donovan’s
description of the flight gives a
picture of the storm that is typical
of what happened to all the planes.
“I took off about 15 minutes after
Lieutenant Schuma n n (about
1500),” he said. “And in that short
period the storm had reached the
vicinity of Round Mountain. As
soon as I saw the rain and clouds
of dust, I headed back with wide
open throttle for the airfield. As
luck would have it, we reached the
edge of our landing strip just as
the squall hit us.
“When the ship was just touch-
ing the ground, a strong gust threw
us up a hundred feet. From then
on it was a fight to bring her back
down in the blinding dust. I did not
think of what might happen, but
only of getting her on the ground
in one piece—ourselves included.
We finally landed and my observ-
er, lst-Sgt. Leonard W. Gilderhaus,
Btry B. 495th AFA Bn, upon my
order, jumped out and hung on one
wing tip while I shut the engine
off and grabbed the other.
“The wing lifted us off the earth
several times, but just as we
thought she was gone, help arriv-
ed. While tying her up, a gust lift-
by electrocution. Both administer
a single, overwhelming shock, then,
there is no more. If the electric
chair is good enough for American
criminals, the flame thrower is too
good for the Japanese.
We were honored recently by
having a new man assigned to our
section. He is M-Sgt. Jesse Rain-
water formerly of a Chemical
Unit with the 5th Army in Italy.
He was fortunate enough to be
one of the first of his unit to be
returned by the provisions of the
rotation plan of the Army. If any
of you guys are griping about food
and no hot water- for shaves and
showers around here, stop down at
the Enl. Det., 1851st Unit, and talk
to the sergeant.
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18th Armd. Div. r. R. O,
ed her up again with 10 men hang-
ing on for dear life. The only dam-
age was to the left brake pedal
which I broke off while holding
her when my observer was climb-
ing out. It was Sergeant Gilder-
haus’ first ride, and one he will
Lieutenant Givens raced the
storm to the Municipal Airport in
Abilene— and won. Lieutenant
Johnson said “the whole episode
seemed to me like a bad dream.”
Returning to the field about 15
minutes after Donovan, Lieutenant
Schumann hovered over the Offi-
cers’ Club with full throttle and
didn’t move for some anxious mo-
ments. He finally managed to
“drag” himself in, and with the aid
of a score or so of helpers, who
grabbed the plane as it touched the
ground, succeeded in making a per-
Someone in the artillery said:
“This proves that although the Air
Corps may scoff at our grasshop-
pers, our pilots don’t take off their
hats to anybody.”
Taking Care Ol
Men In Jungles
Was No Picnic
Back for a second crack at the
axis after spending 22 months in
New Guinea is Cpl. John R. Ald-
ridge, 42-year-old Birmingham, Ala.,
soldier, now a member of Co. A,
73d Med. Tng. Bn.
Aldridge took part in the major
engagements at Buna and Salamaua
in New Guinea in ’42 and ’43 as a
member of a station hospital, and
weathered 245 air raids without suf-
fering a scratch.
“The life of a medic is pretty
rough down there in the jungles,”
Aldridge said. ‘“The litter bearers
had to carry patients as far as five
or six miles through the dense jun-
gle to ‘jeep-heads,’ from which
point they were transported by jeeps
30 miles or more back to the near-
est air strip to be evacuated. The
medics had to carry Jug machetes
to cut their way through the thick
Japs sniping at litter-bearers was
commonplace, Aldridge said.
“We hardly ever wore the Geneva
Cross down there,” Aldridge declar-
ed, “because it was a target that
the Japs were looking for. Some
of the litter-bearers had patients
shot right out of the litters. Others
were held out in the jungle with
their patients all day long because
of sniping, and administered blood
plasma to the wounded while the
Japs were taking pot-shots at
The Japs don’t usually shoot to
kill, according to Aldridge.
“We had a lot of cases of men
shot through the legs,” the medic
said. “The Japs seemed to realize
that a wounded man had to be
taken care of by three or four med*
ics, so they were wounding them,
instead of killing them just to cause
that much more trouble.”
If you are suffering from writ-
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to the land of the free.
Take care of your rifle and it will
take care of you.
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