BY 1137Th ENGR GP - 93RD SIG. BN. APO 403

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From Our Commanders

With the cessation of hostilities and entry into the socalled transition period, during which most units of the recently engaged fighting forces are "sweating out" their assignment to Categories leading to ultimate disposition, there has come a shifting of troops to temporary occupational or work areas permitting a return to more definitely scheduled programs of activity, Generally more in keeping with the garrison soldiering we knew months ago at our home stations in the States.

The population of our Post is made up of Engineer and Signal Corps troops, and these units have not experienced the degree of change from operational activities that other branches have, as engineer and communication work is still extensive and pitched to a fast tempo. Still, there is a noted easing of the tension that is ever-present in combat and the 24-hour day and 7-day week has gone. The individual has more time for relaxation. athletics, housekeeping, "bull sessions", and consideration of what the immediate future holds for him.

And so with this more stabilized situation we automatically begin to feel the need for one of our typical American institutions, a "home-town" newspaper, in which we can publish the news of local interest, air our views, and generally reflect the thoughts and activities of the units of our Post. The "Post", of which this is the first issue, is designed expressly for that purpose. It's yours, meant to serve and please you; if it fails in that it fails completely. So accept it as yours, support it, use it, and above all, contribute to it and it will inevitably be a success and a satisfaction and credit to all.

J. P. Campbell, Lt. Col., C. E.,

Almost a year ago, when this "outfit" of ours landed on the shores of Normandy it was an untried unit. We had been through many months of training. We had traveled far - in miles - it is true but our future was then in front of us. During the succeeding months we were given an opportunity to prove to our higher Commanders what we ourselves knew - that we could "put out" when the "chips were down". I know that we are proud of the record that we have made. But let's not forget that record was made, not by any individual man, but the hard work of every man. Some of our men have given their lives in order that we might get the message through. Any honors that may have come to any individual member of this Command are only a recognition of the sweat and toil of all. Cooperation is the secret of success in any endeavor.

Now we have entered into another phase of this World War II. I know that we all realize that Occupation is a very necessary aftermath of War. The axis nations must not be allowed to build another war machine. So, no matter how small, or how large, our part in the Army of Occupation might be or how long it might last lets all remember that Cooperation - in other words, Unity is still the Key to Success.

I congratulate Sergeant Kuntz. Private First Class Nadine, and their fellow workers on the energy and resourcefulness that they have shown in getting this very fine paper started. Now lets all get behind them to make it a real success.

John M. Scanlan Major, 93rd Sig Bn

Foxholes Plain Talk

Well fellows -- ! Know everyone is talking about the Glenn Miller show, under the able direction of T/sgt. Ray McKinley. The best morale builder in the E. T. 0.
Here is just a flash of the many stars that live in the band - Ray McKinley - Versatile Leader, Singer and Drummer . . . He started life by beating on his crib, then papa McKinley decided to buy little Ray a set of drums - that was the beginning. From then on he really started beating out the rhythm joining the Dorsey Brothers band when were on the top brackets. When the Brothers Broke up, Ray joined Jimmy's orchestra. Being an aggressive lad, Ray bought half interest in Will Bradley's band. At this time he decided to start his own crew. Before coming into the army Ray finished a picture titled "Hit parade / of 1944" followed by many radio and recording programs. Bing Crosby had chosen Ray McKinley as one his ten favorite vocalists. Believe that Ray and his orchestra - will - be riding high on top the band wagon after this war. - Good Luck to you Ray McKinley . . .
Jerry G ray, Arranger:, composer and conductor. Original son of Boston Mass. A quiet guy with lots of dynamite. Arranged for Andre Kostelanetz and Glen Miller before entering the service. Also played violin for Artie Shaw for his first Big Job in New York. First big hits were "A String of Pearls" and "Begin the beguine" for Artie Shaw followed by the arrangement of "Chattanogo Choo Choo" for Millers first Picture, "Sun Valley Serenade". Jerry's doing a swell job, let's hear more from him.
The "Crew Chiefs" Staring Murry Kane, singer and arranger for Fred Warring - in New York. Also writer of hit tune "Got any gum chum". Steve Steck singer and trumpter, played with Benny Goodman and Claude Thornhill. Also arranger for the "Crew Chiefs". Gene Steck, brother of Steve, has been singing since the ripe old age of six. Sang-With brother in Horace Heidts band.."Beaucoups" children are Gene's postwar plans. Lynn Allison singer and sax man. Played sax for Krupa, married to a terrific little vocolist Gloria Van of Chicago. Post war plans, to get home fast. Artie Malvin, baritone singer hails from New York. Featured vocalist with Claude Thornhill, also did radio and theatre work. Very much interested in production and direction.
This is just a few of the stars that you will see in the group playhouse when the Glen Miller orchestra will be "sending us" under direction of Ray McKinley.
Until next week, this is Foxhole Nathan covering the stars. Look for the sign of the hole for better entertainment.

By "Doc" Dougherty

B and C companies of the 150th Engrs, have Really been having a work out this past month, with over 1050 feet of fixed bridge to be built by both companies. These bridge have been a headache (and backache) to all concerned, since the 12th of May.
Shortly after May, 12th, plans were drawn up, and the task of obtaining material was begun. To provide the necessary material, four saw mills had to be put into operation by the companies. A rock quarry nearby was opened up and put on a full time basis with the aid of all types of heavy equipment. More lumber hat to be begged, bought, borrowed and swiped from any available source. Trucks from all companies traveled several hundred miles in all directions to procure steel beams to be used as stringers.
Finally the work began with the clearing of space for the abutments. a small amount of blasting, and the construction of cribs on which the bents are to be laid.
Before we go any further, it is necessary to explain a little more of the situation. These bridges are being constructed on the river Danube, at the city of Straubing. As the river enters the city, it splits and forms an island on the northern approach to Straubing. B Company has been assigned the construction of the north bridge, and C company, the bridge on the south side of the island. C company bridge is over the main channel of the River, which was used to a great extent for barge transportation prior to the American occupation. Work had progressed for nearly two week's on this site, when orders to raise the height of the bridge to allow passage of river transport arrived. This was the payoff. Work was stopped, plans were redrawn, and after a lot of cursing, work went on as usual.
Another fact to be considered was that the old bridge lay on the downstream of the C company site, had to be blown out to enable barges to pass.
At the date of writing, the B Company bridge is nearly complete, and the C company job is about ready for the laying of stringers and flooring.
Here are a few facts about the bridges to round up the largest fixed bridge jobs in the history of the companies.
There were 2,000,000 pounds of steel used, enough lumber for over 900,000 feet of 3"X12" stock, over nine tons of nails, one ton of bolts and 4,410,000 pounds of crushed rock. Oh Yeah! About 12 tons of work and sweat.


Monday June 18th, was a gala day for twenty-two members of the 1137th Engr, Gp. the names, home towns and points of the lucky Gi's are listed below.
1137th Gp Hq
S/Sgt. George Welsh - Huntington, Calif. (106)
Sgt. Herbert Kalien - Faribault, Minn. (102)

204th Combat Bn.
T/4 Joseph Bogucki - Jersey City, N. J, (98)
P.F.C. Anthony Deeb - Baltimore, Md. (97)
P.F.C. Leslie Queen - Pueblo, Cob. (100)

88th Hp Bn
Sgt. Robert Dubrock - Alexanderia, La (90)
T/4 Stewart Dalie - Brisbane, Calif. (91 *)
P.F.C. Montie Cook - Bald Knob, W. VA. (99)
PVT. Chester Szarmach - Rolling Prairie, Indiana (132)

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