Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
Redlands Daily Facts Tues., Sept. 18, m - 5 New Battalion Commander Col. Evieth sees no callup for California National Guard units There is no indication that any California National Guard units would be activated if President Kennedy invoked his callup authority a second time. ITiat's the considered opinion of Lt. Col. J(*n C. Evieth, new commander of the 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion headquartered at the San Bernardino armory. "Any callup of reserves probably would not include the 40th Armored Division which is made up of nearly all National Guard units to Southern California. "The 40th was activated for Korea and it is unlikely that it would be activated again in a callup of only 150,000 mai," Col. Evieth observed. Col. Evieth, 44, completed the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Ka., prior to his appointment as 2nd ARB commander. He succeeds Lt. Col. Norman Young, The 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion includes Redlands' Company C and other units from Banning, Colton and San Bernardino. Col. Evieth, who resides in Fullerton, has commanded three other armored rifle battalions LT. COL. JOHN C. EVLETH prior to the 2nd ARB. For the past four years he has commanded the 3rd ARB headquartered in Santa Ana. "I am highly honored at having been selected to command th« 2nd ARB. It is considered the best trained of any armored rifle battalion in the division," he stated. Col. Evieth has served 22 years in the military. He graduated from the Army Infanti7 School in 1942 and served with an armored tank battalion in Europe during World War II and took part in the historic Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine River. Keeping himself up to date on military techniques, Col. Evieth graduated from the Armored School at Fort Knox in 1951 and from the Advance Course at Fort Knox m 1957. He plans to innovate a new weekend training program for the 2nd ARB. The plan calls for local National Guardsmen to spend three full weekends next spring at Fort Irwin near Barstow. The infantry units will conduct extensive tactical exercises and will practice firing machineguns, rocket launchers and mortars during the weekends. Col. Evieth is a petroleum engineer in civilian life. He is married and has two children.