The Old Guard is a Proud Unit By JEAN GEDDES Special to the Washington Post WASHINGTON - "We're.a proud worst unit, probably our critic," said Sgt. own Don Burgess of the elite Old Guard stationed at Fort Myer, Va. "Little things, things the average .person would never notice about us, we do. We constantly try to improve ourselves. Thirt makes for perfection, and that's what we strive for." The old guard, the oldest active infantry unit in the United States, is a group of hand-picked infantrymen who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for ceremonial service at arrivals end departures of Â·digni- taries, military funerals and parades. From April to August this ; year, the Old Guard took part in 1,400 ceremonies throughout the country. Many of its soldiers took part in the recent funeral of Sen. Everett Dirksen. The battalion -- its full name is 1st 1 Battalion (Reinforced), 3rd Infantry (the Old Guard) -- is older than the Constitution, and its Wags have flown in every war the nation has fought. The campaigns the battalion took part in are marked by its Â« battle streamers It celebrated its 185th anniversary, Sunday, The most colorful group in the Old Guard is the Fife and Drum Corps, whose uniforms duplicate those worn by the fifers and drummers of Gen. Washington's army. The corps uses a drill es- tablished by the Prussian General Baron Frederich Wilhelm yon Steuben, who trained Watih- ingtons's troops at Valley Forge. It and the Continental Color T e a m travel extensively throughout the country appearing at civic functions. Candidates for the. Old Guard are screened from young men from various posts throughout the country, many of whom have returned from combat in Vietnam. (One member revers- ed the process, though not will jngly. Sgt. Michael Sanders, a member of the battalion's tho battalion gets together to guard at the Tomb of thÂ« Unknown Soldier, was sent to the Vietnam war zone after he criticized U.S. involvement in the war.) Those chosen are screened a second time. To pass the last barrier, candidates must be in excellent physical health, able to appear in parades without glasses', be at least 5 feet 9, and have a fine military record. An train Old for Guard soldier six weeks to must three All Makes-^-Portablc and Standard 3 Months Rent May Apply on Purchase OLD GUARD - The colorful fife and drum .corps of Fort Myer's 1st Battalion ; (Reinforced),' 3rd Infantry, oldest active infantry unit in'.TJnited'States, wears uniforms duplicating those worn by General Wash- ington's army. Old Guard, older than Constitution, celebrated 185th anniversary Sept. 21. (Photo by Charles Del Veccliio, Washington Post) FDA Shows Concern Over Artificial Sugar Cyclamate By G. C. THELEN Jr. Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration, nearly a year after governmenl reported a possible chicks, FDA commissioner Hcr- health hazard, is showing signs of concern about cyclamate, an week for a 30-day, hurry-up artificial sweetener used by an 175 million Ameri- The sweetener, known as cyclamate,.. has been linked most Cyclamate is found in a wide range of products from bacon to children's vitamins to diet soft drinks and diet foods. FDA scientists reported in ate October 1968 that a cycla- b r e a k - d o w n product 'ormed by one of every five humans who use the sweetener causes a shattering of genetic Comparable genetic breaks in humans are associated with birth deformities and cancer. Following network television accounts of the deformed bert L. Ley, Jr. called late last evaluation of cyclamales by the non-governmental N a t i o n a l Academy of Science. On its delivery, said Ley, "I will decide the best methods of recently to severe birth defects restricting the use of cycla- in chickens. mates." Consumer spokesmen on Capitol Hill, led by Senator Warren Magnuson, (D-Wash) have complained the FDA. has reacted loo slowly to cyclamate danger signs. The agency failed to alert a National' Academy of Science 'anel to the FDA chromosome study, the critics say. The NAS material when given to rats, panel issued a generally favora- ble report on cyclamates in December. And, the critics point to the fact that Ley waited 4 months after the report before proposing what they say are mild la- belling restrictions on cyclamate use. Products would have to show cyclamate content, and adults and children would be advised to limit their intake of the substance. The proposed regulations have not yet been put into effect. Ley only last week directed extension of last year's studies on rat chromosomes to other laboratory animals, lie also wants the chick embryo studies repeated in mammals. Doctor Jacqueline Verrett, an FDA scientist, found that 15 per cent of chicken eggs injected with even tiny cyclamate does produce deformed embryos. There were crippled spines, undeveloped eyes, dwarfed and missing wings and legs. Doctor Verrett and others cautioned that the chicken stud- months before is ceremonially, qualified. Twice a week practice marching. "We have heel and toe clickers on our slioes," said, battalion archivist Pfc. Victor V. Cordell. "It makes it easier to keep in step." , The Old Guard, which is commanded by Cof. Robert M. Daugherty, takes its name from an incident during the Mexican War. The battalion, after successfully storming the Heights of Chapultepcc, was given the honor of marching at the head of the column when the U. S. Army entered the captured Mexican capital. Just as the 3rd Infantry approached, Gen. Winfield Scott, commander of American troops, removed his Mansfield 'Feeling Fine' After Checkups WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield 3-Mont., said Monday he was 'feeling fine" after his checkup at the Belhesda, Md., Naval Medical Center. He returned to work last Thursday after six days of checkups. "All the tests' were negative, and that always makes you feel ;ood," he said. Same Traffic Rules Say kids . . . when you ride your bike do you know you are expected to obey the same traffic rules which you would if you were driving a car? That rneans you must ride with traffic ... not against it and that you must obey alt stop signs or traffic signals, too. Learning to ride a bike right can help you to become a safe driver later. If you don't know all the safe bike riding rules, just drop a card to the Colorado Stale Patrol and they'll send you the rules. Many Shetland ponies live 30 lo 40 years, some longer. ies are not directly comparable lo man. Nevertheless, 'she advised pregnant women to avoid cycla- nales until and unless all.doubt is removed. The National Academy of Science estimates that cyclamate consumption will top 21 million rounds this year. The dollar value of cyclamate sales is ap Broaching $300 million annually, FDA officials sav. at, turned to his staff and Tucs., Oct. 7, 19C9 GREELEY TRIBUNE Page 11 aid: "Gentlemen, take off your at to the Old Guard of the rmy." The Old Guard It has been vcr since . Use The Tribune Want Ads the "in" look... Country-mannered coat for fresh-air living . . . the Donnybrook by Zero King. Muscular all wool brushed Donegal tweed, body lined in 100% wool, be.lt stylnrt with slash pockets. A great campus coat . . . in The Loft. just soy "Charge it!" 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