The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 23, 1943, Image 4
SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 23, 1943
All Aggies holdin
ing coupon books will
No. 2 for the NTAC
surrender coupon No. 2 for the NtAO
game. Aggies not holding coupon books
will enter only on regular $2.50 tickets.
Black overnight bag, left on highway
81 out of Ft. Worth, Sunday 2:30. Con
tained Junior blouse, belt, etc. Laundry
mark F-69. Reward. Contact Furman 64
Boys—If you plan to join the Air Corps,
get some hours now to insure against
“washing out” in the future. Cardwell
Flight Academy, Coulter Field, Phone
Care of children part-time. Young lady
' to care for children for room and board.
LOST—Billfold containing $24.00. Will
finder please mail personal affects to
me. Allen Ferguson, 308 C.T.D. Sqd. 2
October 18, 1943
Editor of Battalion, weekly publication
student exchange. College Station.
I let a boy ride with me Sunday, Oct.
17, and he left his cap in my car and
I will be more than glad to return it to
him if he can be located and if he will
Yours truly, ,
Weatherford, Texas, Rt. 3.
I have a jacket marked W. F. Moore
and a sweatshirt with the letters FF that
were left at the Aggie corner in Dallas
about 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. They
may get these articles by coming by my
room, 104 in dorm 16, or contacting me in
any other manner.
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT—“There are
still 85 or 40 jobs available to students
who are willing to work. If you are in
terested, call at the Placement office.”
W. R. Horsley, Director.
The war has interferred with the regu
lar activities of the United Science Club
and no local contest will be attempted dur
ing the present semester. The program
of the collegiate division of the Texas
Academy of Science, however, will be
attempted as usual. For that reason, any
undergraduate A. & M. student who has
a hobby of any scientific subject would be
welcomed as a prospective contestant from
A. & M. Those interested should get in
touch with C. C. Doak, Room 26, Science
Building. The annual meeting of the Tex
as Academy of Science will be in Aus
tin, Texas, November 11, 12. and 13.
ST. THOMAS CHAPEL (Episcopal)
Thq Rev. J. H. R. Farrell, Priest-in-Charge
18th Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion 9:00
Church School 10:00
Morning Prayer 11:00
The Parish Council will meet Monday,
October 26th, in the rectory at 7:46 p.m.
Kurt Hartman, Pastor
Sunday Schol at 9:45 a.m.
Divine Service at 11 a.m.
Lutheran student meeting at 7:15 p.m.
in the Assembly Room of the Y.M.C.A.
There will be a meeting of the F. F. A.
Chapter, Wednesday night, Oct. 27, at
8:00 at the Ag Engineering building.
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
R. B. Sweet, Minister
Sunday: 9:45 a.m. The Bible Classes;
10:45 a.m. the Morning Worship; 7 p.m.
the Aftersupper Discussion Group; 7:46
p.m. the Evening Worship.
Wednesday: 7:45 p.m. the Prayer Meet
Notice the change in time for the even
ing meetings. All are invited to attend
all these services. You will be most wel
Church Announcements for Sunday, Oct
A. and M. Methodist Church and Wesley
Foundation: Rev. Walton B. Gardner, Pas
tor-Director ; Rev. S. Burton Smith, As
Church School—10 a.m.
Public Worship—-11 a.m.
Wesley Fellowship (for students, Serv
icemen, and other young people)—7:00
A.&M. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
College Station, Texas
Norman Anderson, Pastor
October 24, 1943
9:45 a.m.—Sunday School
11:00 a.m.—Morning Worship
Sermon Topic: “The Cords of a Man.”
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Gracefully, a Maytag Messer-
schmitt took to the air, climbing
steadily. At 400 feet it leveled off
to make a 90 degree turn to the
left. Again it began climbing until
it reached the altitude of 500 feet
where it made a 45 degree turn to
the right. The ship responded to
the controls with a smoothness
that was perfection. Then of a
sudden, it dipped wildly and cri-
zily only to rise in a wrantic climb
ing spiral. What sudden gust of
wind resulted in this ? ? No wind—
just Squadron V boys feeling their
first wings. All came back from
their first hop with lifted spirits
and enthusiasm, except a few.
Among the few we find A/S John
ny Maldonado, Lancaster, Ricci,
Stiles, Rau, Runquist, and Gerul-
Let us look in on a scene typical
of the aforementioned H. P.’s; A/S
me another cup, please instructor.
Please, oh please take me down—
I wann’ go home. I shouldn’t have
eaten that last three helpings of
Among the famous characters
in the squadron: (or infamous)
Q. What character wouldn’t have
anything to say to a beautiful
blonde because it was too cold ? ? ?
A. You guess, the staff knows
Q. What “Bath Tub Romeo” tried
to drown his wife under water?
(Shucks Mrs. John Doe it appears
you were on the receiving end of
the cards dealt from under the bot
tom of the deck.)
. Look it up in Websters Stan
dard Unabridged Dictionary.
Here comes the scoop of the
week, and ACTD News has brought
it to you. Look! Up in the sky—
It’s a bird!—It’s a plane!—It’s—
THUMB NAIL CHARACTER
Sullivan Mother Hubbard
Glazer Cross country
Morone The Screw
Nolan Armory Sailor
Persky Reeazack Kid
Whitley Big Gun
Sgt. Gralla Der Fuehrer
Bunnell Hop-A-Long Cassidy
Sargent Let ’em die
Ricci Paleface H. P.
Stanton Smilin’ Jack
Javedas Mrs. Pruneface
Stanart Tulsa Accident
Lancaster Test Pilot
The old gal is settling quite a
bit right now, I cut my motor a
good while back so it is about
time I let her settle down on the
What character in Squadron Y
didn’t want to go for a stroll with
a blonde (oh “whatablonde”) the
other night at the Wing Ball be
cause it was too cold. (Woof,
Into the Wild Blue Yonder,—No,
No, not the buzzards, just Squad
ron V Birdmen feeling their first
wings. With roaring engines, and
hearts in throats the first took to
the air and came back with lifted
spirits and enthusiasm. All except
a few. Among the few we find
A/S Johnny Maldonado. To quote
Johnny, “At the Wing Ball I was
Black, in the air I’m purple, white,
black, indigo blue, but mostly
GREEN.” A cup can be a handy
thing can’t it Johnny ??????
Here comes the scoop of the
week. Look up in the sky—It’s a
bird—It’s a plane—It’s—
Now that we have whipped
breathlessly up and down this sheet
and finally found our column and
the squeals and cries of delight
have died away, let’s rake a few
sinners over the coals .... In
case you’re wondering, those in
human cries of agony issuing from
the mess hall come from the
parched and thirsting throats of
those who sit themselves down to
break bread with meager but ea
ger Mister Manning. It seems that
the “Scourge of the Santa Fe
Trail” is the nearest known ap
proach to perpetual motion seen
as yet .... Fashion Note—The
latest creation by Lily Dache is
now being modeled by Mister Ma
han .... The “Cultured Vultures”
of Flight 33-have come to the con
clusion that a certain flight march
er had better get a compass. They
were headed in the general direc
tion of Houston when someone set
him right as to the location of the
Agricultural Building. It seems
that this errant Columbus was
standing in front of it ... . At
tention Mister Brunner—C. Q.
does not stand for Character
Quaint .... If you have time,
drop in to the Puryear Academy
Editor-in-Chief i Woddrow W. Harris Squadron I Editor i William R. Fitzegerald, Edward F. Calla-
Managing Editor F. W. Yeutter Squadron II Editor han.
..Associate Editor R. F. Smith Squadron III Editor
Associate Editor Dana Green Squadron IV Editor The ACTD is written and edited by
Associate Editor Paine A. Carson .Squadron V Editor Aviation students of the 308th College
.Sports Editor Reporters: Joseph W. Tiffenbach, Frank Training Detachment, College Station,
Staff Artist | J. Stiles, Joseph Cantor, William Rabin, | Texas.
James L. Anderson
F. W. Hennessee
The suggestion was brought to
our attention that it might be a
practical idea for the news staff
to conduct a series of articles en
titled, “Helpful Hints to Beginners
in Aviation” or “What makes an
Aviator a Good Truck Driver.”
We will run this one on odd bits
of information gathered by mem
bers of Squadron V. It is passed on
to you gentlemen in hopes that
a little information beforehand will
be of help when you begin your
Did you know that you can get
a Civil Air Regulations Private
Pilot’s License or a Commercial
Pilot’s license on the solo time
you fly in the army????? When
you receive your wings you can
have your Operations Officer make
out a log transcript of your time,
solo and instrument. An army doc
tor on a CAR doctor gives you
your examination and you get your
license which will in some future
day be of great value o you.
In the first place, the C. A. A.
or Civil Aeronautics Authority was
created in 1938 by an Act of Con
gress to increase the safety of
flying. The CAA consists of two
units; one under the Civil Aero
nautics Board and the other under
the Administrator of Civil Aero
One of the numerous duties of
the Board of Civil Aeronautics is
to make regulations which pro
mote safety, such as;
(a) Those concerned with the com
petency of the pilot,
(b) Those concerned with the air
worthiness of the aircraft,
(c) Those concerned with the con
trol of traffic so that the flight
of aircraft may experience a mi
nimum, of delay and maximum of
(d) Those directed toward the eli
mination of undesirable flying
There are a number of men in
the Detachment here who have
already flown or had experience
around aircraft, but for the bene
fit of those who haven’t and as a
reminder for those who have we
leave the following helpful hints:
1. Never walk in front of a prop,
either still or moving. Never touch
a prop unless you have first check
ed to see that the switches are
in the off position.
2. Never start an aircraft with
out making sure that there are
chocks under the wheels to pre
vent it from rolling forward and
3. Never begin a turn, dive, or
climb without first ascertaining
that the air about you is free of
other aircraft. LOOK FIRST!
4. Never dive without decreasing
the throttle nor climb without in
creasing the throttle.
5. Never decrease the throttle to
glide or stall on a Maytag Mes-
serschmitt without first turning
on the Carburetor Heater Con
Always remember flying is a
business and not an individual
pleasure. Think of what you are
doing, especially you who are just
learning to fly.
If the plane SKIDS you will
tend to slide over toward the edge
of the seat that is on the outside
of the turn.
If the plane SLIPS on a turn
you will tend to move over to
ward the edge of your seat that is
on the insidt of the turn.
So long, potential bird-men, un
til next issue when we’ll try to
bring you more tips to help you
become an “old” pilot.
of Art (Feminine). Those noted
connosseurs of things beautiful
have gathered and put on public
display a collection of rare old
prints (by old we mean not over
22 and not under 18). This collect
ion covers everything from Ma
donnas to Red Hot Mommas ....
Tuba or not tuba—that is the ques
tion, and it has been definitely de
cided that the tuba must go. Such
is the law laid down to Mr. Robi
son by his room-mates after ha
ving lived with this monstrous
contraption for two weeks. A pub
lic auction will be held in the near
The Officers and Enlisted Men
of the 308th College Training De
tachment join in a mental toast
to the departing Squadron IV. May
you be as successful against all
opposition as you have been here
in taking the Review Ribbons and
other honors. May your path for
ever be a victorious one and may
all your landings be happy ones.
By Odell Hawkins
Mr. Lecoy Marshall, Group Com
mander of Group I, was born Sep
tember 8, 1923, in Mena, Aakan-
sas, a town of around 15,000 popu
lation. When he had attained the
age of two years, his father moved
to West Texas where he remained
for a year or so, after which he
moved to Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mr. Marshall attended both grade
and high school in Little Rock,
which he calls home, having spent
the better part of 15 years there.
After graduating from High School
June 3, 1941, he remained in Little
Rock until he joined the Army.
Even before he finished school
he had been considering joining the
armed forces. He tried the first
time on July 18, 1941 but was re
fused because he was too young.
He waited until his birthday rolled
around and applied again. This
time he was accepted, and sworn
in on September 13, 1941.
He had been interested in air
planes since childhood, spending
most of his time at the airport,
and it was only natural that he
should apply for the Air Corps,
to which branch he was assigned.
He left Camp Robinson where he
had enlisted and went to Jefferson
Barracks, Mo., for his basic train
ing. After basic he proceeded to
Scott Field where he took radio
operators and maintenance cour
ses. This training lasted until Fe
bruary 19. He completed this
course successfully, and was sent
to Morrison Field, West Palm
Beach, Florida to Radar school,
which he completed April 5.
After Radar School, he was
shipped to New Orleans, La., and
then to Panama.
He had applied for training as
a flying non-com, passed his phy
sical but the training was discon
tinued. He then decided to apply
for training in gunnery, passed his
physical and awaited his orders.
These came through on April 13,
1943, almost a year since he ar
rived in Panama. He left for the
States April 16, about six A. M.
The trip was made by plane and he
landed at San Antonio, Texas
about 8 P. M. the same day. The
rest of the trip to gunnery school
at Fort Meyers, Florida was made
by rail. He was at Fort Meyers
about three months, graduating
the 10th of June. A fifteen day
furlough came next, the first since
he had jioned the army and he
spent it at home in Little Rock
with his parents. He then reported
for duty at the Army Air Base at
Salt Lake City. Shortly afterwards
he took the cadet examination and
passed it. He awaited shipment un
til August 3, when he was sent to
Sheppard Field, remaining there
until the 24th of the same month
when he arrived at Texas A. & M..
future. (No advertisement.) Mr. J.
K. Muse is still trying to convince
the tailors at the North Gate that
this Detachment is wearing pegged
trousers and draped blouses. We
doubt whether this movement will
take effect. Nine teen yers ago Mr.
and Mrs. Nagy were the proud pa
rents of a bouncing baby boy. Said
baby boy is no longer a baby, but
he is still bouncing right along.
Settle down, Mister, you are ma
king us seasick .... A certain
Mister Reveille (from the bugle call
of the same name) has been af
fectionately (?) tagged “Meat-
ball” by his tablemates. Wonder
why? .... We wonder if any
of you have seen that coyote that
howls every night taps is played.
Seems to us that some joker is
overdoing this Texas atmosphere.
Note on Mr. Hoyt Martin—This
Jaw-ja boy is reported very inter
ested in quail hunting. How’s El-
Spotlight on Sports
SQUADRON ONE REMAINS
The mighty Squadron I softball
team made it 10 straight by turn
ing back the powerful Marine
Due largely to the number of
bases on balls, Squadron I ob
tained an 8-3 lead in the early
The Marines tried desperately
to get back into the ball game. The
last of the 7th provided the most
thrilling moments of the game.
With the score 8-5 in favor of the
Cadets, the Marines produced two
runs and had the tying run on
first base. A great play by Mr.
Rosefeld ended the threat and the
Without any doubt the star of
the game was Mr. Morris, Squad
ron I pitcher. During the game he
struck out 10 batters and allowed
only 2 earned runs.
Mr. Morris has won 9 games
thi.4 season and has a record that
speaks for itself. He has averaged
9 strike-outs per game, and also
has limited the opposition to but
2.3 runs per game.
Mr. Marris hails from Texas.
He’s been playing ball ever since
he was a small beaver. Prior to
his enlistment he pitched for an
industrial team. This beaver cer
tainly without any doubt gets our
vote as one of the best softball
pitchers in Texas. •
The members of the champion
ship buddy-buddy club are as fol
lows: Misters Herndon, Hinkle,
Klingensmith, Kerkorian, Younger,
Zabolotsky, Rosenfeld, V a c c i,
Brandstatter, Lorenzetti, Morris,
Moore, and Wilkins.
Today found the first track
meet between Squadron I and II.
Squadron II won the meet but on
ly after Squadron I had given
them some competition they’ll ne
ver forget. The first three to come
in were from Squadron I. They
were: Mr. Hoover, time-8:20, se-
cond-Hollifield, and third-Berg-
dorff. Congratulations, Squadron
II, on your victory.
Spolight Figure of the Week:
Introducing Mr. Joe (Shadow).
Vacci of Windsor, Ohio. During his
high school stay, Joe engaged in
Baseball, Football, and Basketball.
He played three years of each
sport and obtained awards for do
ing so. Later he played porfession-
al ball with the Standard Oil Com
pany, a class D ball club. Mr. Vac
ci then wandered off to far-away
California. Here he played with
the Victorville softball team.
This team achieved the distinction
of winning 20 straight confer
ence games. Mr. Vacci was elected
all-state catcher of California.
Mr. Vacci enlisted in the Army
Feb. 21, 1942 and was sent to
Camp Perry. Later he marched off
to Sheppard Field (Wow!). Here
he attended A. & M. school and
was sent out on the line. By now
a Sgt., Mr. Vacci became tired of
repairing planes and decided it
was time to fly them. He enlisted
in Cadets, a step he has never re
Thought for the day:
A sportman is not judged by his
abilities as an athlete, but his
abilities oh becoming a gentle
man. IF YOU CAN’T TAKE PART
IN A SPORT, BE ONE ANYWAY
sie, Hoyt? By the way we forgot
to mention that the above mention
ed proprietors of the Art Acade
my answer to the names of Miller,
Muller, and Miller.
A few scraps are left over from
the Wing Ball and here is one of
the best—It seems that a certain
student Adjutant has an uncon
trollable desire for redheads. He
just spots one and sticks right to
it. But to go on with the story, it
seems he spotted one Saturday
night and attempted a flanking
movement on his objective. When
she turned around he discovered
his 20/20 sision had dropped
down to 5/5. After a painful hour
or so, he made a very disorderly
retreat, mumbling something about
seeing a man about a horse. If you
Let’s turn back the pages of
time to Sunday, July 11. There’s
a troop train pulling into College
Station. Inside this train, the ex
citement runs high—the windows
are crowded with soldiers, all try
ing to see as much of this “new
post” as possible. Somewhere, a
band, playing above the shout of
some new type of officer, which
we later find to be nothing but
student officers, running around
with their hands in their shirt
fronts like Napoleon. As we file
out of the cars, these officers or
der a formation, with, “Ranks of
fours, MISTERS.” That word “Mis
ters” had a peculiar sound to us,
and it was very effective. The
soldiers that came in on that train
are no longer just soldiers—from
there on, we were misters.
The march down to the first
mess here was one not to be soon
forgotten. The Napoleons show up
again, running up and down the
formations with, “grab those pants
legs, and march in a brace.” Some
guy comes by the formation, and
tells us, “You’ll like it here, we all
do.” That first meal was absolute
ly the best ever served to a bunch
of GI’s—oops, pardon me, I mean
So, this is the famed A. & M.
College of Texas. This is the place
we are to begin our aviation
careers. About all we saw of the
place the first two or three days,
was both ends of Military Walk,
and, of course, Hart Hall. The bat
tle of A&M was about to begin.
We are given an enormous stack
of books, and then the days begin
to fly. It seems that there is no
time at all between the regular
physics tests every Tuesday. The
“every day” happenings such as:
Jackson sleeping through daily
History classes; Squadron IV on
the drill field in a group, which by
no means resembled a formation;
a very reluctant bunch of Misters
during those first stiff PT periods;
“General Route-step” Sarvis boun
cing in formations; Mister Medaris
pleading with the Squadron to
“get on the ball;” and, many
The first few weeks, it seemed
as though Squadron IV wouldn’t
even find the ball. But once it was
located, they got right on top,
and stayed there. The “chow” rib
bons started collecting, until seven
straights had been marked up, with
proof given by two permanent
blue ribbons. The parade ribbons
finally made their appearances,
much to Mister Medaris’ delight.
Three of these awards piled up,
which brought on a bright red rib
bon to keep the blue ones company.
I guess we showed them what the
“Hungry Four,, had.
Those Interstate Cadets seemed
large to us, but they are far from
being P-47's. During our flying pe
riod, we had only two minor crack-
ups, but many bumpy landings. The
instructors that gave us the final
check rides were certainly brave
men, and deserve the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
And, now, Gentlemen, the Battle
of A. & M. is over. It has been a
hard, but enjoyable fight. This is
our first victory, but from here
on, the world will hear of our other
victories—^victories of much more
importance. It’s been a great fight,
Ma, I’m glad I won!
Here’s a few “Thumbnail Bio
graphies,” which we leave, and
Thanks For the Memories:”
Squadron IV ...J Hungry Four
Lt. Kettler The Best
Sgt. Dishman Whattaman!
Medaris, W. G (censored) Tex
Gotcher, J. C Cow-poke
Eades, E. E 4 Dallas bound
McClure, Guy Say, Bud!
O’Brien, Joe Hi, Doc!
Wehmeyer, George Ring-worm
Jackson, Dale Blood-’n-Guts
Mizvitz, Allie Hairless Joe
Baker, George Junior
Barcus, Oliver Sick Call
Meek, Don Weak Stomach
Nellessen Crash Dive
Parker, Larry W. ..Happy Landings
Zwiebel, Robert L Skippy
Hays, Pete Worry Wart
McLeod, Harry Chow Hound
Fortenberry, Horace J Screw
King, J. B Oklahoma Kid
Kim, John *. Boze
Barnes, Jack Smiley
Hoffer, Wally Typical Yankee
Kincaide, W. H. — Wolf
Taylor, Tom Aggie
Now, equipped with knowledge
and some of the school spirit, we
bid farewell to Aggieland, and
will remember it by the one word,
get the impression that he is ma
king eyes at you don’t worry. He’s
taking up eye exercises. That’s
about all; see you next week.
BUY THAT SLICE OF VICTO
What future cadet did we see
playing with his “yo-yo” at 1:30
in the morning Sunday?
Flight 14 gladly welcomes their
new teacher Mr. Hill.
What say you fellow students
who know how to cut a few rugs
with those feet? How about teach
ing your bunk mates a few twirls ?
We don’t want to see that stag
nant stag line during the next
By the looks of things Mr. Ba-
cha, Flight 14 math teacher, says
in a recent problem, concerning the
ages of a young off-spring and his
father, by the simple use of Alge
bra he can make the child older
than the father inside of five
We night owls would like to
know what student was seen run
ning around the Campus last Sta-
urday night with a blanket in his
arms. Brrrr—was it that cold ? ? ?
Squadron I has adopted a new
theme song “Oh I’d Rather be a
buddy than a Student-Officer, be
cause buddies don’t have to take
P. E. and Student Officers do!”
RON ONE IN WINNING THE
MESS RIBBON. I KNEW YOU
COULD DO IT.
What fair lady, Miss White by
name, contributed much toward
making a certain Student, namely
Mr. Benis, happy over the week
Has anyone seen Mr. Bates and
his ten faces. Every opportunity
he gets he sports a new one.
The “booby prize” this week is
given to Squadron I for falling out
at 1:30 A. M. Sunday morning.
Some of the fellows were Eager-
Beavers, so they stayed up all
night waiting for the formation.
I hereby extend my apology to
a certain Mr. Lorenzetti for mis
printing his name in a certain co
lumn last week. It was due to a
To a certain Mr. Alosi; do you
still believe that was her consin ?
To a Mat Matzner; how are
your dogs, after that terrific pu
nishment they absorbed over the
Why is it that Mr. Harris is al
ways rushing around during the
night, could it be his wife?
Please tell us why Mr. Brofft is
always seeking refuge in Squadron
THUMB NAIL CHARACTER
Mr k Bates Master of them all.
Mr. Marshall The Chaplain.
Mr. Mayo Marine’s Financier.
Mr. Martin Harry James.
Mr. Robson The Texan.
Mr. Harris Future Papa.
Mr Hinkle Ballet Dancer.
Mr. Hollifield Bad Heart.
Mr. Damsky Wonderful
Mr. Uruski Physique
Mr. Moore K. K.
Mr. Jones Pistol-Packing
Mr. Summers P. E. Lover.
Mr. Otto Gig ’em.
That’s all for today, Beavers,
except to leave you with this
thought: Be that as it may.
Squadron I will stay always on
top for the sake of Lt. Segrest,
Radio Calendar for Saturday,
October 23, 1943:
11:00—Moments of Devotion
11:15—Lean Back and Listen
1:15—Between the Lines
2:25—Aggies vs. NTAC
3:00—Aggies vs. NTAC
4:45—Aggies vs. NTAC
5:30—The Little Show
What color are your eyes? Get
ting a job may depend on it.—
There is a job open for one blue
eyed stenographer in Miss Alice
B. Larson’s Employment Service
of Los Angeles City College. No
brown eyes need apply. The em
ployer has stated that he fears he
might confuse a brown-eyed steno
grapher with his recently divorced