Clipped From The Fresno Bee The Republican
Â· . - . Â· Â· . . : Â· Â· . . . Â· Â· . " Â· ' Â· Â· TRAVELING MAILMEN-Corporal Steven Anderson, left, Private First Class Stan Unruh, both of Fresno, and Specialist Four Stan Matti of Chowchilla, Madera load a truck in preparation for the 936th Army Postal Unit's trip to Fort Irwin, Bernardino County, for a summer encampment. Morale Of 5,000 Men On Little Reserve Unit's By Eli Setencich' ploye, First S e r g e a n t John in the annals of war, countless Waters, it was given a superior ants and businessmen. methods have been devised to rating, the highest offered a remake remake a soldier mad enough to serve group, last summer when fight: it served more than 8,000 men Wave a flag in front of him; during Â· the Desert Strike assign him to an irritable, bad else. The rest of the outfit'is tempered sergeant; inflame his imagination with tales about the high living going on oack home; tell Dim no more apple pie unless unless he gets tough. But over the years one of the surest ways to bring but frenzied-hostility frenzied-hostility in the-meekest of privates is to* tell him: "Sorry,. Charlie, no mail for you today." For while an army may well travel on its stomach, its spirit rises, and falls with mail call. And this is why a tiny band of Fresnans figures what it lacks in size it makes up in importance. importance. It is the 936th Army Postal Unit, one of the smallest authorized units in the army re- made up Â· of teachers, one are college graduates. . As in days gone by, the soldier who is passed . See Mall Page J-C Hinton Quits As Of B Street Center By David Hale The B Street,,)Community 'Center, another of haritable organizations fighting the deficits! ontributions and operating costs, has a new ' Camp Will Start Starting'Saturday, the unit's U men will in effect be holding the .emotions of some 5,000 troops in the palms of their hands. That is the day the 936th opens its annual summer encampment encampment at Fort Irwin in the desert; near Barstow, San Bernardino Bernardino County. Its job will be to provide mail service to Montana's Montana's 191st Infantry Brigade. Before the encampment ends, said Captain James K. Dick, the postal unit commander,' nearly 50,000 pieces of mail will have been handled for the infantrymen. infantrymen. Psychologically, the mailmen's mailmen's performance can have a big bearing on the brigade's performance, performance, said-Dick, in civilian life a clinical psychologist for the Family Service Agency. "Especially in a fairly isolated isolated place like Irwin," he said "Mail call can be the most im portant thing of the day. So we try to hold them promptly with a minimum amount of harass ment and a maximum' of serv ice.'\ '''Â·: ' Long Days To get the job done, Dick estimates estimates his men will put in 12 to 14 hours a day, checking the mail, sorting it and hauling it tc designated spots hi the; field. Despite the fact the unit has only one regular postottice em- Cecil C. Hinton, director of he center and the man who spearheaded the establishment of the facility in 1946, wants to eave his post by July 31stto seek other work. The board of directors, meeting meeting in the center at 1707 B treet, accepted hU resignation and voted to name a center un- er construction at Church and Â·airview Avenues, In his honor. The board also elected to close the center immediately. It has served during its 19 years as a meeting hall and recreation center center for an estimated 1.5 million persons. ' Too Old For Use Mrs. Hermina Strauss, board president, said the decision to liscontinue the center was made lecause deterioration of the building has made it unusable. How. soon' a : new director is hired will depend on how. soon money becomes available for the new building, Mrs. Strauss said. Neither Hinton's resignation nor the shutdown of most*of die center's operations was exactly exactly unexpected. Construction of the new build ng stopped about a year ago when the organization ran ou of money. But activities in the old one had been gradually declining declining ever since the decisioi o move was made in 1961. An or several months Hinton has een receiving about $200 a month--about half his contrac salary,'also because of lack o 'unds. Many Contributions "We will feel his loss ex tremely," said Mrs. .Strauss "His contributions in his 1 years as director have been immeasurable. Cecil Hinton Music Circus Auditions Are Tonight Anyone interested in the Fresno Music Circus , a performer or stage member should be at the Community Theater workshop tonight. Russell Lewis and Ho Young, producers of the sional shows which will here August 9th, will hold tions starting at 7:30 o'clock actors, dancers and singers.