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BY 1137Th ENGR GP - 93RD SIG. BN. APO 403
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T/4 KENNETH KUNTZ
T/5 SHERMAN RAVESON
P. F. C. FRANK NODINE
Cpl. HENRY NATHAN
Photo's BY Healey - Pitts
CONTENTS AUTHENTICATED BY LT. GORDON
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.
READY TO GO
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
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.
GROUP SENDS 22 HOME
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)