The H-SU Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 13, Ed. 1, Saturday, January 9, 1943 Page: 1 of 4
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Vol. XXVII HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY ABILENE TEXAS JANUARY 9 1913 1 No
Dear Students let's talk about New
Yonr'a resolutions. The less said
about tlicm the better some people
might tay. And it's true that in our
modem America they are almost
useless. They're made only to be
broken. Did you keep any of the
resolutions that you made last Jan-
uary? What's worse do you even
remember any of the resolutions you
made? Chances are that you don't
The average student will find that hi
Is no better and no worse than he
was a year ago.
It Is rather usekss then to advo-
cate any resolutions to be adopted
by the student body. Hut perhaps a
mere listing of the things we need
around here anil evu-y where will
' strike n responsive chord in some-
We need greater patriotism. We
don't mean the kind of patriotism
that makes you clap and shed a tear
at the movie; but the kind of pa-
triotism rail it Americanism if you
want that is big enough inside you
to keep you from being "littlo" nbout
the hardships of rationing. Part of
the rationing job has turned out to
be one of the nll-tlmc big messes of
our government. But it's our gov-
ernment and our country right or
wrong. We need tho kind of patriot-
ism in our young men that will make
them prepare themselves for the un-
settled future with the best educa-
tional equipment possible.
We need wholehearted participation
of every student on tho campus In
v some campus activity. We've said It
kh?forin.l we'll rav- It ieiIi. ypv
f cannot' get anything from your col-
lege life unless you give give of your
time and your tnlent. And more than
10( per cent membership in nil or-
ganizations we need 100 per cent
participation in tho organizations'
activities. Don't oin just to get your
name on the roll.
We hope that the New Yenr will
be a bright one for H-SU for Amer-
ica for all the other United Nations.
Let's change that hope to certainty.
Above all let's keep our optimistic
attitude by buying U. S. bonds and
stamps not for defense but for vic-
tory. Freshman Footballer
Killed In Action
Word was received here during tho
holidays that Amos Gray Hardin-
Simmons freshman footballer last
year had been killed in action pre-
sumably in the Solomons.
Gray a former San Angelo high
school and junior collcga grid star
was commissioned n lieutenant in the
Murine corps recently.
Information of his death was re-
ceived hero after his uncle L. L. Wil-
liamson of San Angelo had been not-
ified by Gray's parents Mr. and Mrs.
Ligo Gray who now live in Raymond
Gray was attending Hardin - Sim-
mons at the time war broke out and
shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.
S. Marines. He had been nssigncd to
the Solomons area. No details of the
death were received.
Lieut. Wurren B. Woodson of the
U. S. Navy and Mrs. Woodson were
visitors on tho Hnrdin-Simmons Uni-
versity campus Tuesday afternoon.
Lieut. Woodson who coached tho
Cowboys to tho Border conference
football championship completed his
indoctrination course in connection
with the Navy's physical training
program at Chapel Hill N. C on
Dec. 30. He was sworn into the Navy
shortly after tho close of tho regular
Tho Woodsons are en route to Cali-
fornia whero Lieut. Woodson Is to bo
stationed at the St. Mary's Pre-Flight
school near San Francisco.
Ho has not been informed of his
Lieut. Shaw Ex
In Bombing Raid
In an Associated Press dispatch
Jan. !1 Wes Gallagher foreign corre-
spondent with the American forces
in Tunisia related his most recent
experience which he shared with Lt.
James M. Shaw H-SU graduate.
He writes 'I have just returned
from the second biggest bombing rnid
of the war on Tunis. Tho Flying
Fortress I rode in hod holes knocked
in it by terrific nntt-alrcraft fire and
one of our gunners was wounded.
"Besides pounding docks and other
other objectives at Tunis and Blzertc
the big Fortress knocked down at
least ten German plnncs in one of
tho hottest ulr battles of the North
"As we stepped out of the Fortress
two American P-38 fighters came
racing above the field and dipped
their wings in the victory roll which
meant that each had accounted for
nn enemy crnft.
"1 leurned the hnrd way thnt what
the boys call 'the Daisy Chain' run
over Tunis nnd Bizcrte is one of the
hottest nir spots in the world today
for Allied bombers.
"I made notes with a shaky hand
ns anti-aircraft tore into our Fortress
nnd a 50-califrc machine gun was
chattering six inches nway nt attack-
ing Mcsscrschmitt 100s.
"As we flew in our Fortress named
'Holy Joe' they told mo that Daisy
(Continued on page four)
H-S U Ex
Is Newly Commissioned
Newly commissioned as a second
lieutenant In Field Artillery Lieut.
Andy Shclton H-SU ex and former
member of the advertising staff of
the Reporter-News will report to
Camp Howzc at Gainesville on Jan.
1. Lieutenant Shclton was commis-
sioned nt a graduation program for
officer candidates at Fort Sill Thurs-
day. Lieutenant nnd Mrs. Shclton spent
Christmas Day here with Mrs. Shel-
ton's parents Mr. and Mrs. Bernard
Hanks then went to Harlingcn for a
short visit with his parents Mr. and
Mrs. E. A. Shclton. They will return
hero this week beforo going to Galns-
ville. Lieutenant Shelton went last Sep-
tember to Fort Sill from Camp Rob-
erts Paso Roblcs Calif. where he did
officer candidate training nfter he
volunteered last May.
Jf-SW eUafUaiM W. e. laffet
liut Jle PcUied tUe Ammunition an
(Editor's Note: The following Is
an account of an interview with Capt.
William C. Taggart a 1938 grad-
uate of H-SU on leave during the
holidays by u Reporter-News staff
By BRUCE FRANCIS
Although he's not the "sky pilot"
of "Praise tho Lord and Pass the
Ammunition" fame Capt. William C
Tnggart son of tho Rev. nnd Mrs.
W. C. Taggart; 2410 Simmons did
quite a bit In both lines during more
than a year of service as chaplain
with a bombardment group in the
His passing of ammunition chore
was while aboard a troop transport
enroute from Australia to Java lost
January. The transport was attack-
ed by a Jap plane probably one that
had been sent out on a scouting mis-
sion. Troops aboard tho transport
wcro somewhat disorganized and
Chaplain Taggart helped them get
their guns in action and passed up
plenty of ammunition.
Before leaving Australia the chap-
of H-S. U.
Signed for firmed forces
More than 30 per cent of the men
students in Hnrdin-Simmons Univer-
sity this fnll are signed in one of the
armed forces' reserves a recent sur-
Of the more than 340 men In the
H-SU fall term enrollment of 098 u
total of 135 uro enlisted reservists
Dean L. Q. Campbell urmed services
representative of the faculty said.
The figure includes 02 in Army re-
serves 40 in Navy reserves and 27
in the Marine reserves
The Army reserves Include 30 In
the enlisted resorves corps unns-
signed and 32 In the Army Air
Corps. Tho Navy figure includes 20
In the V-l program 13 In the V-7
one In V-C nnd 11 not classified pend-
ing return of final papers.
More than a score signed for their
favorite service in the 10 days from
Dec. 5 to 15 before n temporary
"freeze" was placed on all enlist-
ments H-SU officials said.
Completion of the Navy V-l papers
of Billy Rampley freshman football-
er only 17 gave the Cowboy football
squad 100 per cent enlistment in the
various reserves Coach Clark Jur-
In the reserves students stay in
school as long as prospective offi-
cer candidate material as long ns
their scholarship requirements and
other standnrds are maintained.
ENSIGN TOOMBS H-SU
EX VISITS ABILENE
A visitor in Abilene until she re-
ports for duty with tho U. S. Naval
reserves January 18 is Ensign J.
Louise Toombs graduate of H-SU.
She is to return to Boston Mass.
where she was commissioned in late
November. She has ust completed a
month's spe(ial training at Mount
Hlyokr South Hndley Mass.
Honor graduate of Hardin - Sim-
mqns University with a bachelor of
uits uc-Krte ii I0i&; Enzign Todlnbs
was a member of the Cowgirls and
secretary of the student council. She
received her master of arts degree
from the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor Mich. iri 1940.
j She has been doing actuarial work
for the Bankers Life Insurance com-
pany Des Moines la. nnd was as-
sistant actuary for the Jefferson Na-
tional Life Insurance compnny in In-
dianapolis Ind. when she was com-
missioned. Nature of Ensign Toombs' work
with the naval reserves will be sta-
tistical or accounting.
Band Member Weds
Lieut at Home
Marriage of Mary Alice Brooks and
Lieut. Donald Keith Bush of Inde-
pendence Mo. was solemnized dur-
ing the Christmas holidays at the
home of the bride's parents Mr. and
Mrs. J. F. Brooks 542 Highland nve-
nuc. Dr. Millard A. Jcnkcns pastor of
the First Baptist Church read the
ring ceremony before a fireplace
banked In greenery. Tall whito tap-
ers in candelabra furnished light
(Continuca on page 4)
wnxiAM a TAOOABV
lain was told he had been cited for
heroism In action and that ho would
bo awarded tho Silver Star decora-
tion. Ho has not yet received official
notice of the citation and decoration
from the War Department.
Offered By H-SU
For Next Semester
In keeping with readjustments of
curricuin mnde by other colleges and
universities Hardin-Slmmons Univer-
sity will offer to tho students a
course of study for the spring semes
ter which will enable them to fit into
the military and Industrial program
of our government with tho highest
efficiency nnd to the best Interests
of the students. v
These courses will carry full col-
lege credit. Certain ones of them
upon the npprovul of the administra-
tion may be substituted for required
courses especially for juniors and
seniors. They uro open alike to men
and women students. Only those
courses will be offered for which there
is sufficient demnnd.
Courses which may bo included in
the regular cuirlculn are:
1. 'Introduction to Acronnutics
(four semester hours credit)
2. Fundamentals of Radio (three
semester hours credit).
3. Military Mathematics (3 semes-
ter hours credit).
4. Engineering Drawing (3 hours).
5. Map Making nnd Reading (3
0. Preparation for Military Paper
Work (2 hours).
7. War Aims and Post-Wnr Reor-
ganization (3 hours).
8. Physical Fitness (3 hours).
10. Infectious Diseases and Sanita-
tion (3 hours).
In Navy Battle
George Rosson former Hnrdin-
Simmons University student mnde
the supreme sacrifice in the major
naval victory his country scored over
the Jnpancso. in the Solomon islands
Nnir 1.115 tfilinir Jto .jrd..rQ
celved here recently .
He was killed in action during one
of the scries of engagements that
made up the three-day battle.
Rosson was a freshman student nt
H-SU in 1938 nnd 1939. While at-
tending the university he lived with
his mother Mrs. Annie Rosson at
2420 Simmons. Later he transferred
to Portalcs N. M. Junior college.
He was n native of Loving N. M.
nnd was graduated from the Carls
bad N. M. high school. He had been
in the nnvy about two years friends
Blonde and personable Clarinc
Marsh lyric soprano and Lieut. Bob
Tiffany baritone sang duet arrange
ments of many traditional holiday
songs throughout the Christmas sea-
son both in Abilene and at Camp
But on New Yenr's Day at high
noon they were on the receiving end
of tho singing. The song was At
Dawning. The singer Cpl. George
Plummer. Playing his nccompnni-
(Continued on pago 4)
Tnggart was the only chaplain on
duty with troops in Java and served
there six weeks. Lack of air sup-
port anti-aircraft guns and coast ar-
tillery as well as other armed forces
in Java made it possible for the Japs
to overrun the country rapidly Chap-
lain Taggart said.
Although he was not on duty with
the Second Bntallion of the 131st
Field Artillery Chaplain Taggart
went overseas on the same trans-
port with that West Texas outfit. Ho
had numerous contacts with officers
and men of Battery E the Abilene
unit of the 131st that was left strand-
ed in Java. The batallion now is be-
lieved either holding out In the moun-
tains of Java or in a Japanese prison
"Why the artillerymen were not
evacuated with other American troops
has'been somewhat puzzling to Ameri-
cans in Australia" Chaplain Taggart
told tho Reporter-News.
Story of tho 131st Artillery's using
their old French 75's as anti-aircraft
(Continued on page S)
Religious Focus Week On The
H-SU Campus To Begin Sunday
William Hall Preston
Frank II. Lcnvcll
Lillian Cownn H-SU senor and uni-
versity queen represented Hnrdin-
Simmons in social activities connect-
ed with the Sun Carnival and Sun
Bowl game in El Paso on New Year's
day. In El Paso she was a princess
in the court of Barbara Bassett
queen of the Southwestern Sun Cnr-
nival. Miss Bassett was crowned at a mili-
tary dance December 30 at the Lib-
erty Hall El Paso and reigned over
the coronation dance and the football
game. Miss Cowan was presented at
the coronation nnd game.
Also attending the festivities were
the Cowboy Band and the Hardin-
Slmmons flagbearers who led the
band in betwcen-hnlves maneuvers.
The Hnrdin-Simmons queen was
favorite of her class for three years
before being mnde all-university
queen early this year. She is slated
for graduation this year.
Former Cowboy Band Star to Sing
In Berlin's "This Is The Army"
Former fenture artist with the
Hardin-Simmons University Cowboy
Banw who wurblcd his wuy to fume
Joe Dene Propst recently joined Ir-
ving Berlin's much publicized "This
Is the Army" show.
The show which Propst joined In
St. Louis will go from there to Kan-
sas City nnd other cities before go-
ing to Hollywood tp make a picture.
Plans aro also being completed to
take the show to London.
Propst who is known on the stage
as Joe Allen became the first soldier
to join the cast after original selec-
tions had been made and ho is the
Southwcst's only contribution to the
In ndditlon to traveling In Canada
Mexico and from coast to coast
Propst has sung onco in tho White
House and twice before Mrs. Frank-
lin D. Roosevelt.
Ho created tho voice of tho famous
Donald Duck and it was his voice
Claude U. Broach
Robert S. Denny
J. W. (Bill) Marshall
After Long Illness
Mary Belle Roberts 20 n former
student at Hnrdin-Simmons died on
Jnn. 2 at the home of her parents
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Roberts 2017 N.
18th street Abilene.
She was graduated from Anson
High school nnd for a short time at-
tended Hnrdin-Simmons University.
Because of ill health she withdrew
from the university before the end
of her first term.
Her parents nnd three brothers nil
younger than herself survive. The
brothers are Cecil Wayne Jerry nnd
Mrs. Ballard To
Teach Spanish Class
Prof. M. M. Ballard head of the
Spanish department who beenmc ill
during the Christmas holidays is re-
covering in a Fort Worth hospital.
During his absence Mrs. Ballard will
assume her husband's teaching
the public heard in the first Walt
Disney production. While in Holly-
wood with his Donald Duck routine
he met Bing Crosby who advised him
to continue his musical career.
When Kenny Baker left Jack Ben-
ny's program a call was issued for
auditions to replace him. Of the 200
who answered the call Propst was one
of tho three in tho runoff. Dennis
Duy ranked first Bill Fletcher sec-
ond nnd Propst third.
While still a student in Hardin-
Simmons Propst was feature solo-
ist on the WFAA Early Bird pro-
gram. After Dallas came CBS Chi-
cago thep NBC whero ho was work-
ing when called into tho nrmy. Re-
cently on furlough he joined his wife
tho former Virgina Cnrley also a
graduate of H-SU for a visit in tho
homo of her parents Mr. and Mrs.
E. E. Cnrley nt Borger. A technical
sergeant he was stationed then nt
Fort Eustis Va.
Mfe i A. -.yj
Team To Speak
In Classes At
Hnrdin-Simmons University will
welcome to the enmnus tomorrow
Sundny Jan. 10 ten members of nn
evangelistic team who will be in
charge of Religious Focus Week. The
meetings will continue through Fri
day Jan. 15. Theme of tho program
will be "Maximum Christianity as it
works on the Hnrdin-Simmons enm-
pus." Hardin-Slmmons University is one
of the three schools in this territory
selected for the week the observa-
tion having been limited to state
schools scattered throughout the
The team which Includes profes-
sors youth lonfiors and ministers will
conduct classroom visitations chapel
programs and night meetings tho
Idea of Religious Focus Week being
to tnke religion Christianity in a
practical way to where the students
Members of the team arc: Rogers
Smith a graduate of Baylor Univer-
sity nnd the Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary who is now
a pastor and student secretary of the
University of Tennessee. He is a spe
cialist in Btudent nroblems nnd
church organization. Dr. Douglas
Hudgins a graduntc of Carson New-
man College nnd the Southern Bap
tist Theological Seminary who is now
pastor of the First Baptist Church
Houston Texas. He has been a
speaker at Ridgecrcst and is a spe
cialist in church financing and organ
ization. Robert S. Denny a graduate
of the Unlvnrsitv of KintiipW. la nnw
Student Secretary of Baylor UnivJPT" r
aityJohn WriKht -srwl- Vt "'
Southwestern ''Baptist Thcologic5Kev
Seminnry who is now pastor of the
First Baptist Church Pineville La.
Mrs. R. L. Brown associate Student
Secretary at College Station Texas
who is nlso n graduate of the South-
western Baptist Theological Semin-
ary. She is a teacher home-maker
and a specialist on social problems
and Christian home-making. She has
spent much time abroad traveling
through Europe nnd the Holy Land in
J. W. (Bill) Marshall a graduato
of the University of Kansas who has
since been pastor of the University '
Baptist Church of Fort Worth Tex-
as and is now State -Baptist Student
Secretary. He is a specialist on stu-
dent problems and missions. J. B.
Hipps a graduate of Wake Forest!
He has since been a pastor mission-
ary to China professor at Shanghai
University and Seminary and travel-
ing secretary for the Foreign Mission
Board since 1941. He is a specialist
(Continued on page 4)
G. P. Jones
Friend of H.SU
Dies at Maryneal
G. P. Jones 02 veteran West Texas
rancher nnd sportsman and patron of
Hardin-Simmons University died in
Young hospital Dec. 12 of an extend-
Jones had operated a ranch in the
Mnrynenl area the past 20 years
but for the past 10 years had spent
most of 'his time hunting and fish-
ing traveling over tho United States
nnd into Mexico and Canada. He never
fully recovered from an illness con-
tracted while hunting in Old Mexico
He entered the! hospital here in Au-
gust nnd had undergone numerous
Jones owned one of the finest ran-
lies in tho Maryneal sector and had
it stocked with sheep and cattle. Ho
previously ranched in Stephens coun-
ty nnd oil was struck on his land dur-
ing the Breckenridge boom.
Two daughters survive.
On behalf of the student body
tho Brand extends Its sincercst
sympathy to Orleanor Dellis sen-
ior student in Hardin-Simmons
upon tho death of her brother
Joseph Lloyd Dellis Jr. 14 who
died January 5.
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