Clipped From The Evening Independent
Training Unit In Command " Of Local Man i The 137th Tank battalion of the! 37th Infantry division, under the: temporary command of a Massil- Ion man, is headed for Camp Ir- win, Cal, for eight weeks 01 in ! tensive armored- combat training; News of the training .nissiot-1 vas received today from Camp B Polk, La., where the 37th c!iv>s:or. is stationed. The news release said an advanced detail will jc;;vt | Camp Polk Friday and remaining: units will depart next Monday. The Tank battalion is presently commanded by Major John Paul of Massillon while the battalion, commander, Lt. Col. Herbert Gor- don of Ashtabula is attending the command and general staff college at Ft. Leavemvorth, Kan. Units of thc battalion are from AshtabuJa, East jarberton, 0. Liverpool and WHILE AT Camp Irwin they will receive training with the latest armored weapons in the newest tactics. The importance of each individual as. a member of a team will be emphasized. The members of the battalion, along with eight officers and 75 enlisted men from the various infantry regiments of the division will be trained by Korean and World War II veterans. The tank ballation on Sept. 13 completed with the rest of the division the 33-week training program set forth for the Buckeye division by the Department of Army and Army Field Forces. For the past few weeks the 137th has been conducting post cycle training, a review of many of the subjects contained in thc initial training program. The unit is scheduled to return to Camp Polk the middle of December and continue in the training cycle. Camp Irwin is located in the Mojave desert outside of the town of Barstow, bordering on Death Valley. The camp is 2300 feet above sea leavel and has an annual rainfall of one inch. The temperature range is from 28-139 degrees but the heat and cold are not felt due to the extremely low humidity.