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The palisades. (Camp Shanks, N.Y.) 1943-19??, February 16, 1945, Image 4

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Pags Four ' ‘ THE PALISADES Generals Warn Against Wastage of Manpower Maj. Geh. Homer M. Groninger, Commanding General of NYPE, has emphasized that there must be no wastage of manpower in any installation under his command and direct ­ ed that each organization conduct its functions with the few ­ est possible number of per­ sonnel. Gen. Groninger ’ s message was conveyed to Camp Shanks and other posts after he had received a letter from Maj. Gen. Charles P. Gross, Chief of Transporta apn, who declared: “ “ Proper utilization of manpower, both military and civilian, con ­ tinues to be a problem of major importance and concern, both within and without the War De- partment. \I desire that you reiterate to all echelons of your command the necessity of examining their par ­ ticular activity to insure that there is no wastage ot manpower .in installations Of the Transporta ­ tion Corps. ” “ It is probable that spot checks Of ^manpower usage wiy be made in'the near future at the direction of the Commanding General, Army Service Forces.\ ________ ~ir Memo to Col. Riley Thereupon, Geh, Groninger sent this memorandum to Col. Harrie D. W. Riley, Commanding Officer t>f Camp Shanks: \Your attention Is directed to the attached letter from Gen. Gross to myself. “ While I have impressed upon .you many times before the gravity of the manpower shortage, today more than ever this situation is a matter of national concern. Strong measures are being taken to meet it on the civilian front and it is therefore natural that the eyes of the nation are focused upon the manner in which the Armed Forces are utilizing their existing manpower. “ Each of us will be held strictly accountable for accomplishing the mission of his organization with the fewest possible number of people, especially with the fewest possible ( number of military per ­ sonnel. To this end I desire that you once again conduct a reviewof the personnel requirements' of your organization and report to me any excesses Of manpower that you discover. It is also my desire that you continue to review indi ­ vidual assignments within your organization. Malassignment is idle ­ ness in another form. “ You may continue to expect spot checks of your personnel utili ­ zation not only by representatives of higher echelons but also by members of my staff. ! ‘ This-letter-wtiI be-cartlud t(J : the attention of all ofBSers within your organization immediately, with instructions that its contents be - impressed forcefully upon all personnel within your jurisdiction.\ Coi. Riley has called the atten ­ tion of his command to the orders from Generals Gross and Qron- inger and stressed the necessity of continuing to make all possible ef ­ forts to prevent wastage of man ­ power. Chicago (CNS) — Canned hambur ­ ger has been added to the U. S. Army's field rations. The hambur ­ gers are packed 2 t^ a can. Col. Riley, Public Relations V-Mail Calves Two can be shipped as cheap ­ ly as one, according to the way the Evangelical Committee for Relief in Italy figures. The or ­ ganization proposes to ship 150 soon-to-calve heifers to the Ital ­ ians to repopulate devastated farms. If the double relief-on- the hoof plan succeeds, the committee plans to send large numbers of cows in similar con ­ dition overseas. New Officer Assigned to Intelligence Lt. Col. Richardson Bronson, Who participated in several major batr tie engagements in World War T. -ancTcovered 150,000 miles at sea as a transport commander in this war, reported to Camp Shanks for duty Wednesday and was assigned to the Intelligence and Security Div ­ ision, Col. Brdnsori was a student at Yale University in 1917, but he en ­ listed in the Army when war broke out. He attended Army Services School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and went to France as a 2d Lieu ­ tenant with the 5th Division. He saw action at St. Mihiel, the Ar- gonne and the Vosges sector. After the war, he resumed his studies at the University of Vir ­ ginia Law Sahool, and obtained his degree there. He was a practicing lawyer with a firm in Waterbury, Conn., for 20 years. Are Commended for Work The “ splendid job ” performed by Camp Shanks in publicizing WAC activities was praised this week by Col. Oveta Culp Hobby, Direc ­ tor of the WAC, after she had seen the WAC recruiting folder prepared by Public Relations Di ­ vision and a recent ' copy of “ The Palisades ” containing a special WAC supplement. j. Col. Hobby sent word to Coi. Harrie D. W. Riley, Commanding Officer of Camp Shanks, expressing Ratification over the “ splendid job you have done in publicizing the activities of the Women ’ s Army Corps. ” The publicity support and co ­ operation extended by the Public Relations Division in furtherance of two excellent causes were hailed this week in two letters of thanks sent to the Chief of the division. W. Jackson Catt, /Field Director of the American Red Cross, stated in part: “ The . visit of the Mobile Blood Bank, on 9 February 45 to Camp Shanks was again most successful, and 1 wish to take this opportu ­ nity of thanking you and your staff for the .splendid publicity given the blood hank as I know without your • support we would have had a much more difficult job in securing sufficient donors.\ Gapt. Abraham Marcus, Personal Affairs Officer, wrote: “ My sincere thanks and appre ­ ciation for your splendid co-opera ­ tion with this office in the Sixth War Loan- Drive. In no small measure do I attribute the over ­ whelming success of the recent Bond Drive to the generous cover ­ age and publicity in ‘ The Pali ­ sades.' ” ;j _ . WINTER WONDERLAND — A gentle blanket of snow drapes Camp Shanks and sets the stage for this unusual picture taken on post. View is along Orangeburg Road, looking westward toward Avenue A. « ( ■ U. 8. Army photo He left civil life for the Army again April 1, 1942. • He was sta ­ tioned at Camp Niantic, Conn., and Fort Dix, N. : J., before going to Camp Kilmer to take command of the 776th MP,!Battalion. In Octo ­ ber, 1942, he wao transferred to the Water Division, at NYPE, and was in command of . a troop trans ­ port until his assignment to Camp Shanks. Italian to Be Taught Here In New Class Italian language classes, open to all ’ personnel, will begin at Camp Shanks next Monday night. The course, authorized by NYPE, will last about four months, meeting on Monday nights one week and on Monday and Wednesday nights on alternate weeks. Hours will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the classes will be held in the Command Group conference room. Wing C, Post Headquarters. Conversational Italian will be stressed for the Hflrst three months with grammar entering in during the last month of the course. Classes will be conducted by Lt. Thomas Perenich, I. S. U. officer stationed at Port. He is a graduate of Oxford and a fomnfer professor at the Catholic University of Milan. Lt. Perenich became a prisoner when he rescued an American pilot from the Bay of Bizerte. The American promptly took him pris ­ oner with no great opposition from the Lt. . A limited number of Students will be accepted for the course in order to give /more personalized Instruction. Those interested should call Lt. John T. Bernhard, Post Information and Education Officer, at Ext. 812. Classes already being given in French and .Spanish will continue. A Real Sad Sack Grand Island. Neb. (CNS) — The saddest sack at this base is the GI who returned to his barracks late one night, found the fire out and made 2 trips to the coal pile to refresh the stove. En route, he stumbled, barked his shins. Then he tripped over a foot locker and banged his head against a bed post in the dark. The stove was going at last when he climbed into bed, only to find another guy sleeping there already. He real ­ ized then that he was in the wrong barracks. » / February 1 6, 1945 GUS IS BACK! — S/Sgt. Gus RomaSh is the lone male In the Returns Section, where 13 gals are his co-workers. Two months ago, Gus left to attend a special Army school at Fort Sam Houston. This week he returned and great was the joy In Returns Section. And warm was the'welcome accorded the returnee, as demonstrated by Rose Fink cl - stein (left) and Ruth Junge. XJ. S . Army photo Vet of Pacific War Tells Exciting Yarn My name is Fred . ... T/5 Fred Douglas ’ . . . I ’ m just a little guy doing what I ’ m told and damn glad when I could knock off when the day is over . . . Wanta know my story? Boy, I n^'er thought anyone else but my wile and folks were interested in whai I do . . . except my brother why is a para ­ trooper in Luxembourg The Army and I know each other pretty well. We should, we ’ ve been together • for almost four years. To be exact it was March of ’ 41 when I joined. Or should I say I was drafted. Since then I ’ ve seen quite a bit of the world and some action against the Japs. But if you want my story I better start at the beginning. Before entering the Army I was an automobile mechanic. The Army shipped me to Camp Lee, Va., for 13 weeks of Ordnance basic train ­ ing. Besides learning how to repair every type of motorized vehicle in the Army. I learned the basic rudi ­ ments of being an infantry soldier. You know .... long hikes, firing a piece, using the bayonet, tossing grenades and ten minute breaks that were usually over in four. But 1 didn ’ t mind. It was something different. Hit Australia First After my 13 weeks at Camp Lee was completed I moved on to Camp Blanding in Florida for some advanced ordnance training. My next bunk was in Melbourne, Australia, the first stop on a long list of stops that I was to make in the Pacific. Boy that Pacific is really something. Like a smooth endless mirror. After Australia we boarded trans ­ ports once more and set sA.il for New Caledonia. Then the honey ­ moon was over. Guadalcanal was our next stop. We were hearing about the- ter ­ rific fight that was raging on the island. All the guys knew we weren ’ t going into any rest camp. The outfit was hardly on the beach for any length of time when the Japanese gave us a welcome. Bombs Start Falling If it was the Fourth of July we ’ d probably think it was a royal welcome. But the Japs weren ’ t out to celebrate. It seemed as if the Mikado saved his air force just for the day that I hit JU»e beach. When the bombs began to fall I thought a couple of hundred planes were in the air. But a count just showed that about 30 fighters and bombers were giving us pur bap ­ tism. The outfit didn't lose anytime moving into action. When I say action I mean repairing damaged vehicles. We set up shop about 2 miles behind the main show. Time sped on and I helped in the repairs of tanks, jeeps, tractors and other GI rolling, .stock. Many times I'd be -on a detail to tow in a damaged piece of equipment* We never had a chance to carpet our shop so working in mud up to my knees wasn ’ t unusual. All 1 the time we were up in front, and that was about five months, our rifles were close by. Many a time we ’ d drop our toolsi pick ujf our pieces and squeeze off some shots at infiltrating Japs. We didn ’ t get much rest even when ordnance repairs was at low tide. Everyone Pitches In In a battle area everybody pitches in regardless of their job. I was on an Engineer detail help- nig to build a road on the island and many times I was called on to lug supplies. I was in my fox hole along the beach when a big sea battle open ­ ed. It was really terrific . . . stu ­ pendous. There I was watching history from a box-seat. I never thought It could happen to me. One minute I ’ d see a blinding flash come out of our navy ’ s big guns. Then a Jap ship would disappear. It was really something to see. Those navy boys sure knew 'their business. We were really in it at Hender ­ son Field. The Marines were go ­ ing great guns and my outfit was giving them some support. After the break-through and we finally took the field my entire outfit was cited by the Marine Corps. Each \Joe\ in the outfit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation of the Marine Corps for participation in the capture of Henderson Field. After an attack of malaria on Guadalcanal I was shipped to the Fiji Islands for a rest. My next stop was the good old, U.3.A. My job at Camp Shanks Is with Ordnance Division at the Third Echelon Motor Pool. I ’ m a motor ­ ized mechanic and I sure like the work and the people I ’ m working with. \

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