The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 02, 1943, Image 1

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Come On Army, Let’s Go See Those Aggies Win Today! ROOM 5 ADMINISTRATION BLDG.—2275 COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 2, 1943 VOLUME 43—NUMBER 50 Activated Class Of ’45 Returns To ASTI) On Campus Juniors Meet and Elect Officers For New Semester Sumner Hunter Is President; Matter of Rings, Uniform, Corps Trip Discussed By Ben Fortson Wednesday night at the first meeting of the junior class the officers were elected. After this election a general discussion of problems faced during the coming semester was held. The officers elected were C. "♦ — Sumner Hunter', President; Bill r* n/f * A * Free Movies Again To Be Shown At Assembly Hall Terrell, Vice-President, Ben Fort- son, Secretary; George Dickie, Treasurer; and Harold Borofsky, Historian. These electees took of fice immediately. During the following discussion, the question of who was to wear the official junior uniform of serge was brought up. It was decided that only those juniors who are classified on the campus or academically (provided they have been here at least one semes ter) could wear the serge. All others caught wearing this junior uniform will be duly dealth with. This uniform includes the serge cap. Another question decided upon was that of wearing of the senior rings. It has always been the tradition that only seniors could wear this much coveted ring in the past and this tradition is not go ing to be broken by the present junior class. Those juniors who are classified academically, how ever, may order their rings but cannot wear them on or off the campus until they become seniors. (See ACTIVATED, Page 4) Newcomer’s Club Meets Next Week The Newcomer’s Club opens its season next Wednesday, October 6 with a tea at the home of Mrs. H. A. Thomas at 205 Lee Street in Oakwood at 2:30 o’clock. The Newcomers’ is a branch of the college Social Club. All wives, mothers, and daughters of men em ployed by the A. & M. College, wo men of the Experiment Station, Forest Service, Extension staffs, and wives of men formerly employ ed by the college are active mem bers of the club for the first two years of their local residence. Officers for the year are: Pres ident, Mrs. L. D. Boone; vice-pres- dent, Mrs. C. A. Robinson; and se cretary-treasurer, Mrs. D. D. Alex andre. Mesdames E. H. Templin and G. D. Hallmark will be joint- hostesses with Mrs. Thomas. All eligible women are cordially invited to attend the tea next Wed nesday and to affiliate themselves with the group. Pre-Med Students Sign Up For Exams All pre-medical students who have not taken -the Medical Apti tude Test previously will do so on Friday, November 5, 1943, at 2 P. M., in the Science Building. The date for this test has been changed from October 29 as pre viously announced. The test is prequisite for en trance into Medical School. In order to determine how many forms will be necessary for the test, it is requested that each pre-medical student, who expects to take the test, sign his name on the sheet entitled “Pre-medical Aptitude Test” posted near the door of Room 13, in the Science Building. This must be done before next Saturday, October 5, as the order for the test has to be sent in by this date. Library Resumes Showing Of OWI Films on Sunday The showing of free war movies will be resumed Sunday afternoon at the Assembly Hall at four o’clock. The movie to be shown tomorrow is DIVIDE and CONQUER, the third film in the WHY WE FIGHT SERIES. These movies are put out by the Office of War Information. In DIVIDE and CONQUER, Na zi techniques of spreading hate and fear, distrust and confusion are shown. The film shows how Hitler used all the devices of propoganda and espionage to de stroy the morale of the French people; starting rumors of weak nesses and graft in the French government, setting race and class against class, spreading the myth of invincibility of the German army, preaching that only Hitler would bring peace to Europe, en couraging defeatism and passivity among French people. Through ra dio broadcasts, paid German a- gents, and fifth columnists, Hitler used the weapons of propaganda —words—to pave the way for Jjombs and shells and the Nazi armies. The Nazis did not stop with the subjugation of France. They are (See MOVIES, Page 4) "The Spirit of Aggieland” Some may boast of prowess bold, Of the school they thing so grand, But there’s a spirit that can ne’er be told It’s the spirit of Aggieland. We are the Aggies—the Aggies are we, True to each other as Aggies can be. We’ve got to FIGHT boys, We’ve got to FIGHT! We’ve got to fight for Maroon and White. After they’ve boosted all the rest, They will come and join the best. For we are the Aggies—the Aggies are we. We’re from Texas A. M. C. T-E-X-A-S, A-G-G-I-E-S, Fight, Fight, Fight—fight! fight! Fight! Maroon! White — white - white! A-G-G-I-E, Texas! Texas A-M-C Gig ’em Aggies! 1! 2! 3! Farmers fight! Farmers fight! Fight - fight - fight Fight - fight - fight - fight - fight Farmers, farmers, fight! (Editor’s note: Upon request of members of the Cadet Corps, the Battalion is herewith printing the yells and songs so that the freshmen may learn them before the football games. Two yells will be printed each day following today’s issue while only one song will be printed each day. After all of the Aggie yells are printed, there will be no reason for most of the old Aggie spirit to return; that is, if the freshmen try to yell as a real Aggie should.) Largest Number Arrived Here Thursday Morning Nearly 400 of Campus Seniors Come Back For Military Refresher Before O. C. S. Approximately 400 activated Aggie Juniors (now Sen iors) have reported back to Aggieland for academic work while waiting for vacancies in Officer Candidate Schools. Yesterday morning 106 Aggies came in from Fort Sill, ♦- Oklahoma to meet six who had ar rived earlier. Cavalry, Infantry, College Station Artist To Portray Reveille In Oil Picture May Be Ready In Time For Game With Texas Miss Marie Hanes of South Col lege Park in College Station, a prominent Texas artist, has been selected by the General Reveille committee to paint th portrait of Reveille, recently commissioned a 4-Star General in the K-9 corps of the WACs division of Dogs for Defense. •Miss Hanes has specialized in portraits and has painted the por- (See COLLEGE, Page 3) Batt Subscribers The Student Activities office reports that some 300 Aggies paid their student activities fees, but have not reported to that of fice for the purpose of giving their names so that they might get their Battalion. Those who have paid their fees and are en titled to the Battalion must fill out the subscriber’s forms in order to have the paper deliver ed to their room. Only those who have filed these cards out cor rectly will get a paper, and af ter today, no free Battalion will be given to any person. Begin ning with Tuesday’s issue, the delivery to the room will begin. Eight Juniors Leave To Choose Beauty For T. C. U. Game Plans For Junior Prom at T. S. C. W. May Be Made On Tuesday, Oct. 5, eight Jun iors will leave for T. S. C. W. to choose an Aggie Sweetheart for the coming T. C. U. game in Fort Worth on Oct. 16. The girl candi dates for the honor are to be se lected and it’s now up to the repre sentatives of the Junior class to pick the sweetheart. Five of the Juniors are class officers and the other three were selected to make (See JUNIORS, Page 3) Aggie Team Leaves Friday Morning To Play Texas Tech Team In Good Shape To Play in San Antonio Tonight The bulk of the Aggie squad of 35 men who will be at the Texas Tech game left yesterday morning on busses, it was announced today by the athletic department. Most of the boys went on the special bus and those that could not, took the late regular bus. At the departure the boys seemed in high spirits and in excellent condition, said Coach Norton, and the Aggies’ prospects for the game are quite good. Upon arrival at San Antonio the Cadets will probably proceed to their hotel, leaving for Alamo Stadium about six o’clock, in order to arrive there about an hour be fore game time. The officials of the city of San Antonio have ex tended a hearty welcome to the Cadet team and to all members of the corps who will be in atten dance at the game, and a gala time should be had by all * Bicycles Located At Ross Hall Bicycles that were left on the campus over the holidays were collected by the College police, and information concerning any missing bicycle may'*' be obtained by in quiring at the Guard Room at the Commandant’s office. ASTU Lieutenant Went Through Hell On New Guinea And Was Awarded For Valour By Len Sutton, ASTU The Japanese invader had stormed New Guinea with very little cost and sacrifice and conse quently resold the ravaged land at “top ceiling prices to the Ame rican forces,” remarked 2nd Lt. Phillip K. Daniels of the 5th Stu dent Training Company. A recent victim of the island’s brush struggles and a newly-ar rived addition to the ASTU, Lt. Daniels characterized the sojourn of troops at Buna Mission, Port Moresby, and the Owen Stanley Mountains as being the bloodiest and most nerve-wrecking of the entire world conflict. Typical of the struggle was the problem facing a task force re quired to recover Buna Mission— a strategic area where mission aries some years before had at tempted to convert the native vil lagers. The Japanese, Daniels ex plained, had supposedly withdrawn two days earlier. “When we arrived at the clearing fronting the vil lage,” he continued, “we wallowed in three inches of mud and after glancing about, saw that no life existed.” “Twenty men were immediately dispatched to rush the clairing. Several shots rang out. Every at tacking soldier fell dead. For eleven hours the American troops con tinued sending twenty men across the quarter mile stretch. Every man fell a casualty. “While occupied with the mad dening problem of crossing the mud, the troops had been encircled by four hundred wily Japanese who had come up from the rear and consequently endangered the entire American force. The only plan left was to retreat, smash their way through the encircle ment, and save the remnants of their force. “The brilliant rearguard action of several groups permitted the larger portion of the troops to es cape and while throttling the ene my to the north allowed a picked force of Australians to capture Buna from the west and to climax a death-rending struggle against a numericaaly superior opponent.” Lt. Daniels—then staff ser geant—had during the rearguard action, become cut off and squel ched into a pocket opposed on two sides. With the officer personnel gone, 1st Sergeant Huglett and he divided into two groups the 179 remaining men. Attacking from both sides the troops stormed their way through to apparent safety. Having lost eighty men in their attempt to crack the enemy lines, they met another skirmishing patrol and af ter twelve hours of bitter hand-to- hand fighting returned to their former lines with only thirty-five men. For this valiant struggle and direction, Lt. Daniels was awrded the American Silver Star. To the query of the type of fighting on the island, Lt. Da niels explained that almost all of the struggle was carried on with the bayonet and short knife—range was slight and especially diffi cult with it being almost impos sible to catch a glimpse of camou- flauged snipers. Some time after his escape, Da niels had been sent out with a pa trol to search for a supply unit scheduled to have arrived three days earlier. While walking down a narrow trail, the men were sud denly fired upon by a hidden sniper whose presence could be deter mined only by a faint curl of rifle smoke seeping from the leaves of a swaying tree. In charge of the patrol, Daniels directed five minutes of fire into the tree. He rose for five or six seconds and as another shot rang out, slumped to the ground. His patrol continued to fire into the leaves. A rifle fell—the sniper pitched to the ground. Only when he had straightened up had he realized that he had been hit. Ripping his blood-soaked shirt away, he noticed that he had been shot from the front—the bul let passed through his side and out his back. “The hole,” he josh ed, “looked like a tiny mosquito bite.” The patrol carried Daniels 3% miles to his base whereupon he was sent to the Post Moresby evac uation hospital and then return ed to Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D. C. Lt Daniels was, then awarded the Order of the Purple Heart. Released from Walter Reed, Dan iels received his commission at Fort Benning, Georgia. He im mediately joined the paratroopers unit in which he subsequently be came injured. He consequently ar rived at ASTU No. 3800 at Texas A. & M. College. Men on other fronts and espec ially the civilian populance, he explained, do riot realize the sort of hell-raising fight the New Guenia troops underwent. No place gained was considered in terms of miles—one hundred yards in a day’s adavnce was termed % out standing. Little hills, valleys, and short muddy stretches were the objectives of a day’s fighting. The living motto of the grimy, unshaven, slime-covered men is that “if we’re not killed today, we ought to be tomorrow, and if we’re not—we’re sure as hell going to die the day after.” Man for man, he expanded, I believe the American soldier can whip the best of the Japanese un der the same conditions. As long as the Nipponese have lost their art of camouflage and trickery they will have met their match. The Japanese officer is clever, well trained, and as long as he is in charge—there will be prisoners to be taken. Brightening, he offered that credit 4>e given to the underrated medicos—“They saved every man who had the slightest living chance and were there through all the hell taking the same beating as we.” Lt. Daniels’ father, a Major in the Marine Reserve, was killed De cember 14, 1941 in the Philippine Islands. 1st Lt. Francis X. Daniels, AC, his brother, died in New Guinea November 28, 1942. and Signal Corps activated juniors numbering 100 are already station ed here. These men were trans ferred from Camp Roberts, Cali fornia. * The Coast Artillery Unit is re presented by 94 men who were sent from Cariip McQuade, Cali fornia. Orlnance seniors from Aberdeen’s Proving Grounds, Ma ryland, number 16. Fort Knox Armored Replacement Training Center transferred 27 Aggies who are now enlisted in the Armored Corps. Other activated Aggies hail from Fort Ritz, Kansas, and North Camp Hood, Texas. Early in Sep tember about 30 Quartermaster seniors reported from Fort Fran cis E. Warren, Wyoming. Other Aggies on the way are 45 Signal Corps representatives who are being sent from Camp Kohler, California. The reunited Aggies are now living mainly in Bizzell and Mitchell Halls. The object of this movement is to return these Aggies to A. &M. in order that they may pursue their regular academic course with special emphasis on military sci ence. They will not be able to par ticipate in athletics as they must stand ready for replacement in O. C. S. The more recent arrivals are on furlough until midnight, October 16, when they must report back to Aggieland. Piano Contest At Assembly Hall The Saturday Service Show will hold a piano jive and jam session Saturday evening at 6:00 o’clock in the Assembly Hall. The object is to choose the best boogie-woogie piano player on the campus. No formal application will be required to enter the contest, and those interested are urged to see Richard Jenkins, director of the show, before the session starts. A $5.00 prize award will be present ed the winner. All boogie-woogie enthusiasts are urged to attend. Last Service Dance Tonight An All-Service Dance will be held in the Grove this Saturday night from 8:30 until 11:30. This will probably be the last Saturday night Service Dance to be held in the Grove this season due to the chilly nights. Music wil be furnished by the juke box. All servicemen are in vited to bring their wives and dates. Surprise No, it’s not a graveyard for vic tims of the new regeime, or a new Bull’s office, and Hotard isn’t turn ing in into a Victory Garden. Our snooping reporter found out that the plowed field behind Walton is to be used for^planting grass.