,'/' BLYTHEVILLE ARMY AIR BASE NEWS THE SOLDIERS' NEWSPAPER, PUBLISHED FOR PERSONNEL OP THE BLYTHEVILLE ARMY FLYING SCHOOL AIRCOftM VOLUME 1—NO. 20. BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1942 SUBSCRIPTION RATES ON REQUEST THE BLYTHEVILLB ARMY AIR BASE NEWS is published daily except Sundays for the personnel of the Blytheville Army* Flying School. It contains the news of the Air Base as prepared by the Public Relations Office. Commanding Officer Public Relations Officer Cadet Squadrons Editor.;..... Training Squadrons Editor... Col. Leland S. Stranathan ...Second Lieut. Geoffrey Willoughby Second Lieut. A. M. Mcllwain Second Lieut. Carl N. Weinstein RADIO TIER WILL R[ Post's Photographic Staff Has Fully Equipped Laboratory Need your portrait taken? Want an aerial shot? Or a photo of mechanics on the line? The Air Base photo section answers all the photographic questions and will, when in full operation, be able to meet any photographic assignment given it. The section's well equipped building—25 by 100 feet—is nearly completed. Included will be three dark rooms, a projection room, a drying room, and one for supplies and for finishing. Approximately $25,000 of photographic equipment will be housed in the building, which will be steam heated. Photo section personnel are Sergt. Edward Riddle, of Columbus, Ga., former member of the Greenville, Miss., Army Plying School^ photo .section; Cpl. Robert Fried, Hobo- work. ken, N. J. f photographer for seven years with the Associated Pi-ess in New York; and Pvt. William Gevedon, president of a service engraving company at Nashville, Tenn., before his call into the service. The staff will include 12 enlisted men. Cpl. Pried's assignments as AP man included several f bouts of heavyweight champion Joe Louis, the burning of the Normandie, and the Republican National Convention at which Wendell Willkie was nominated for President. Acting photographic officer fe Second Lieut. Geoffrey Willoughby. The photo section does all official work for the base, including portraits for the War Department, identification photos for Post passes, public relations photography, accident photos, and other special Sixty Foot Tower Used To Direct Flight Traffic Now Completed Glass enclosed, of wood construction, and rising nearly 60 feet high 'is the radio control tower, nerve center of flight traffic at the Air Base. Nearing completion, the tower is scheduled for use Tuesday. When the tower is put into operation the planes will switch from temporary landing fields to concrete flight strips. For the present, the tower will control all aircraft leaving or arriving at the base. However, another tower of similar construction will b e erected across the flight line for control of student aircraft Transient aircraft, only, will then be controlled by the west tower. Through the tower, two way communication with all aircraft i maintained. Pilots within a rang. the the Replies To "Old Sarge" Dear Editor: | Don't you think Old Sarge was a wee bit hard on Ruth? She, too, has brothers in the service. Doesn't that giv e her a chance aside from true stories and movies to know something of war? Doesn't common sense and intelligence teach her (and us) a part of the horror, -of this conflict; through newspapers and radio? We are not so dumb we can't read pictures and between the lines. We can look into the eyes of our loved ones who have been away and see all is not well. Laughing, teasing brother and son . is gone and in his place a hard, cool-thinking young man who shuts up like a clam if you ask anything. Can't we feel in our hearts all is not well and there is more to. come? .It,is .only- natural Ruth should feel as she does I think the reason for her letter has been lost in the reading. I thought it a very good letter. I have seen the things she has described but I've seen the other side too I came home on a troop train from my vacation. I saw thing on that train that made me ^ashamed to be 'where I was fiiVshamed to be in the presence o - Ihese boys who are giving this al for their country, because of som girls who were so disgusting they were a disgrace to themselves and to women in general. Our boys don't mean to be rude. They are only confused, bewildered by so many things happening at once. Bewildered by so much chas- I ing. Now can we honestly blame the boys? .They as a whole have always respected girls. They can understand the hysteria that comes with war. They leave sweethearts, wives, sisters and mothers behind. They come where other boys' sweethearts, wives, sisters and mothers are. They see th e young! girls with an innocent baby stare ready for anything, giggling, winking, loud-mouthed and disgusting. They lose confidence, in womanhood. .They -wonder what it's all about. They say what the heck and that's that. Girls are to blame. If you want respect, respect yourself. Ruth, you have seen the thing I am writing of. When you see some *,young kid making a ninny of her* self, talk to her. Have a "talk with your .friends. Let them ' talk to their mothers. Then let mother do her part. Make it possible for the girls to meet.the boys openly and decently. Stop their giggling hysteria that is causing so much misunderstanding, Dad, you can do your part, too, Talk to some other oTads_ and make pals of the boys. Have you ever stopped to think how these boys might mi& their own dads? We can't all fight. We can't al Dear Sarge, Your letter expressed exactly the eelings I had when I read the let- er written by "Ruth". Thanks for peaking my sentiments so ably. The Army Base has been built here since I wenc away to scnool. had wondered what the place A'ould be like when I returned. I lave not met any of the boys yet, but they seem very nice when meeting them on the street. I have heard many tales concerning service men but none have ever been disrespectful to me yet. One reason may be that I consider them as he fellows with whom I went to college, my cousins who are in service and my brother who is now entering. All the guys are gone from school by now and I like to think that someday I will run across some of them in some part of the country. That is one way I know all the service men are not bad. Another thing, I always considered it somewhat of a compliment when a man looked twice at me and sometimes whistled. When I meet several service men without any sound, I think I must be slipping. The greatest thrill I remember was because of a salute from a handsome soldier. Really, that is unforgetable. The treatment the girl gets from of about 25 miles are able to talk to the tower th'rough the small transmitting sets in th e planes. And pilots can receive orders from the tower's 50 watt transmitter within a radius of 50 miles or more. ' In case the power system in a plane should go dead, the tower has other means of communicating with a pilot, .First Lieut. Mathew O'Hara, post communications officer, explained. A light gun, which "shoots" for 7 miles in daytime and 15 at night signals pilots to remain aloft or to land—by use of colored lenses. Teletalk machines to the weather section" and the operations building will also b e installed in the tower And it will be part of the crash alarm phone circuit, on which 10 phones are immediately cut in ii case of an emergency. LAZY EIGHTS AND CHANDELLES By A. C. Martin Schwartz Phil Sherwood was 16 years old when he left Boston with his parents for a trip around the world. Everything was serene and peaceful till the "S. S. President Hoover," on which he and his family were sailing, was attacked near Shanghai. His cabin was demolished and the ship was raked with lead from stem to'stern. However, he and his parents miraculously escaped injury. Yet, many others were not quite so fortunate. Phil had witnessed some of the horrors of war. He sailed near Spain when it was having a civil revolution. He met fleeing refugees in every country he visited. Phil's dad was a Major in World War I and was n close friend of Douglas MacArthur. Major Sherwood had also been with H. H. Arnold, now a Lieutenant General and Chief of the Air Forces. Phil's uncle, the famous playwright, Robrt Sherwood, was in the Canadian Black Watch"—the U. S. Army wouldn't take him because they vill e Air Base, has but three- months more training before he" will win his wings and an Army Air Forces commission. Phil Sherwood knows the game of war and he knows he's playing on the best team and the winning side. • • • Major and Mrs. Philip H. Sherwood .parents of Cadet Philip B. Sherwood, visited their son over the week end, The retired "cavalry officer and his wife came from their home at Dedham, Mass. They were at Hotel Noble. Cadets Have Dance On Saturday Night Buddy Fletcher and his Band from CaruthersviUe, Mo., provided music Saturday night for the cadet dance held at the City Hall auditorium from 8 p.m. till 12 midnight. During the dance numerous feature entertainments highlighted the evening. Miss Mary Jean Afflict and Cadet Phillip Shafer won the waltz contest, which was judged by Mrs. Max B. Reid, Mrs. A. G. Lit- the soldier is determined by the girl herself. So we must see only the best in our men .and expect them to live up to those expectations. They'll do it, don't worry. Sincerely yours, B. E. Manila, Ark. Broadway's hit show is Irving Berlin's "This Is The Army," which netted more Ihnn $500,000 for Army Emergency Relief in its first weeks. Still a sellout 5n New York, it will tour only populous centers. Top left, three leading "ladies" of "The Russian Winter" number: Pvt. Clarance Jaeger, Corp. Nelson Barclift and Pvt. Robert Sidney. Top right: Sgt. Ezra Stone, Pvt. Julie Oshins and Corp. Phil Truex singing "The Army Made a Man Out of Me." Lower left: Maj. Albert Warner presents to Maj. Gen. I. J. Phillipson Warner Brothers' $250,000 check for movie rights to the show, white Producer Berlin looks on. Lower center: Selectees singing the opening theme "This Is The Army," and Pvt. Tileston Perry as lissom Lyn Fontaine in the famous Stage Door Canteen Skit 250 Soldiers Here Attend U.S.O. Dance charge of these weekly affairs is headed by Miss Gcncvieve Whalcn, associate director of the USO. About 250 enlisted men of the base and members of the Girl's Service Organization at Blytheville attended the informal dance Friday night at the USO Headquarters in Bootblack Shines 'Em Free For Service Men Hr s- Lloyd Stickmon. A ;the City Hall auditorium. do the same thing, but we can Former Leader Of Famous Band Stationed Here Jitterbug contest was won by Miss Churchill Buck and Cadet Neely Young, when Mrs. Dixie Crawford, Mrs. Gene Langam and Byron Morse were judges. The grand march was led by Major and Mrs. Adams. Corporal Robert Fried took pictures during the dance. Refreshments were served by Mrs Crawford, Mrs. Stickmon, Mrs. Little, and Mrs. R. F. Kirshner, to the 14 officers, 112 cadets and 38 GSO girls. Birmingham Officer Is Assigned To Post First Lieut. Dan L. Sharits, formerly associated with the American Cast Iron Pipe Co., Birmingham, has been assigned as a squadron administrative officer at the Air Base. At intermission, community singing was led by Staff Sgt. Dalton Fowlston, and were presentee piano specialities ny Pt'c. Vincenzo Caponigro. Corp. Rex. Harrington and his partner provided a jitterbug . exhibition. Music was furnished by some of the outstanding dance bands of the country ... off the record! Another dance will be held next Friday night. The committee in The former leader of the "Famous Marching Hundred", the copyrighted name of the Indiana University Band, is now personnel officer at the Blytheville Army Advanced Flying School. He is First Lieut. Federick E. 3reen, who from 1935 to 1941 was teacher of clarinet in the music department of the University, as well as leader of the band which enjoys the reputation of being the fastest marching in the country, doing as much as" 200 steps per minute. The band was organized in 1890, and was one of the first to use special formations while playing on the field. It travels more than 10,000 miles a year, from New York to Dallas, and has been heard in all the largest cities in the country. The Indiana University band is also featured many times each year on nation-wide broadcasts as well use the talents God has given us Be a Mother, Dad, Sis and Pal to the boys. Help them to regain their confidence in the world in general. as on local broadcasts which origi- Put them on the offensive instead of the defensive. M. L. S. Leachville, Ark. nated from the sound-proof studios especially constructed for that purpose on the campus. Lieut. Green holds three degrees from the University of Indiana and was commissioned in the Officers' Reserve Corps in 1934. Called to active service on Aug. 21 1941, he -was graduated from the Adjutant General's School in Arm Administration on May 25, 1942 and was sent to Gunter Field, Ala School While there, he organized a pos oquauiuu wo^^c*^ ^«.^, which band, composed exclusively of mu represented the post against the'sicians who were formerly unde 'Army Ball Players To Be Given Dinner Members of the 701st CaruthersviUe, Mo., Junior Chamber of Commerce, will be feted Thursday night by Creech Construction Co.., with a dinner at the Hotel Noble. \ Col. Leland S. Stranathan, commanding officer, and N. A. Creech, president of the construction firm, have been invited to attend. Team members of the 699th School Squadron, losers to the 701st in the Post playoff, also will be in attendance, according to Capt. Winthrop P.. Stevens, special service officer."'The losers are being treatedv-by^several officers. The marine exchange lookout ation at Land's End, San Fransco, has a telescope with a 30- ile range. 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In fact it burst forth stronger than ever after Pearl Harbor. He left Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined the Air Corps. Cadet Sherwood, of the Blythe- Revere, Shakespeare Are Air Cadets Here Cadets Paul Revere and William Shakespeare of the Air Base, find that many civilians are named 'Napoleon Bonaparte" and "Cleo- mtra"—at least those are replies many times when the cadets introduce themselves. Paul is the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Revere, Edgewater, N. J., and William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Shakespeare, Port Washington, N. J. . GEO. L. MVIR EXPERT TAILOR Alterations of every kind. Over 30 Years' Experience S. Railroad Street Blytheville, Ark. mines ar c all eligible for this "on the house" service, and the young boot-blacks won't take "No" for an answer. Crosstown Whiskey Shop 109 S. Division PARKING SPACE At All Time*! Try our "Own Made" ice Cream |0le Hickory Inn WILKES-BARRE, Pa, (UP)—Th c QSO lounge has an added con- eniencc for the servicemen who daily visit the city, but USO. officials had no part in its installation. Shoe-shine boys, concerned over th e war and eager to contribute to the comfort of our soldiers, congregate in front of the lounge and offer free shines to the men. Men of the Army,'Navy and Ma- The old forb from which Fort Smith, Ark., takes its name was established in 1817 by Gen. Thomas A. Smith to protect settlers from Indians. For Light Snacks— Visit one of Kirby's modern fountains. Instant service—low prices. KIRBY'S DRUG STORES 3 Main & Broadway Main & Second Main & Division Authorized BUICK Sales and Service ... A complete one-stop service station. tANGSTON-WROTEN COMPANY 8'dway & Walnut Ph. 553 Corsage Specialists THE FLOWER SHOP . "We Telegraph Flower*" GLENCOE HOTEL BLDG. 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