Gruber Guidon (Newspaper) - October 27, 1944, Camp Gruber, Oklahoma gr.ubek. guidon VOLUME I CAMP GRUBEH, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, 27 OCTOBER 1944 NUMBER 12 A Soldier's Slant on THE WAR... By Pfc Irving G. Leather ,^Vtec Arthur returned to the Philippines on October 19. With his usual deceptiveness, he landed where least expected. The Leyte gulf is about one-third the way up the eastern^ side of the Philippine archipelago. It is a- body of water some 50 miles in diameter bounded by Leyte island on the west, SanTar on the north, and Minanao on the south. Guarding this gulf are three islands, Homonhon, Su-luan, and Dinagat, located at its eastern edge. They are in our hands. Leyte island itself is somewhat hour-glass in shape, about one hundred miles long and Jwenty-five miles wide at the waist. The southern portion and part of the northwest is quite mountainous. The northeastern area tends to flatten out to about 500 feet or less in elevation. Along portions of the shore there arc boggy areas which arc causing our heavier vehicles some difficulty. This muck is primarily around the Dulag area in central Leyte. Better terrain in the Tacloban area enabled us to advance moro rapidly and capture that city. The 8,000 foot air-strip" located here, and that captured at Dulag, will serve our forces as important baseB, both for offense and defense. Already unconfirmed reports place our forces at a bridge-Turn to Page Four Civilian Personnel War Bond Quota Short of Goal Camp Gruber has the Minute Man flag for war bond sales but cannot fly it because the quota has gone down to 84 per cent from the required 90 per cent. The flag was earned in August when civilians on the post topped their assigned $77,000 by nearly $2,000; but the September and October quota went down and it must be maintained over a two month period. The blue and white flag is waiting to fly over Camp Headquarters. The Post Exchange quota has been maintained, 'but the civilian personnel has failed to reach its goal* in the past two months'. As soon as 90 per cent of the civilian personnel allot 10 per cent of their pay the flag will fly in front of the Camp Headquarters building. HELL DRIER THAN BURMA Calcutta (CNS)- "The only difference between Burma and hell," Pvt Boyd Sinclair, on furlough from General Joseph Stilwell's forces, reported- on his arrival here "is that hell has a dry climate." Want To Study At Oxford? By Camp Newspaper Service What will life be like for GIs who wind up in the Army--or armies-of Occupation? To some extent, that will depend upon the GI, but a glimpse at official plans discloses that the War . Department is preparing an' ambitious education, recreation and athletic progra mfor occupying and surplus troops in inactive theaters. While* full details have not been announced, two major points stand out: 1. Military training will be deemphasized, although not �eliminated with considerably less time devoted to close-or der drill, gas mask drill, i"spit and polish," etc. 2. Education, recreation and sports will be stressed. If you like comparisons, indications are that life in inactive theaters will resemble some-Turn to Page Four Bazooka Range Has Real Targets SOLDIERS FIRE AT WRECKED AUTOMOBILES Out on the Bazooka range, in the old rock quarry near the PoncaS range, they are practicing on real targets nowadays-old car bodies that have been stripped of salvageable parts, each purchased by the camp training office for one cent (1c) each. Since Bazookas and rifle grenade launchers are used against tanks, Lt Royal N. Gober, 42d division range officer, hit upon the idea as a means of realism. He wanted something that would explode and burn like a hit tank. Lt Gober established firing points across a ravine, after about an acre of trees had been cleared away by his range detail, aided by tanks. One Cent Each Pfc Dave Ullman, Hq Det, 1881st SU, is the man who tracks down the ancient jalopies in the vicinity of Gore, Warner, Braggs, and Ft. Gibson, and buys a clear title to them from the dealers in those towns, for one penny each. In a six hour jaunt last week Ullman bagged 27 such wrecks, complete with bill of .s-ale to the army. Ordnance wreckers pick up the junked cars, averaging two jalopies to a wrecker and haul them to the Bazooka lange. Beside a realistic target, men firing the Bazooka and rifle grenade find they have plenty of competition in being the first to demolish i the wrecks that go up in a final burst of glory. ASTP MEN MEET All ASTP men who arrived here from Kansas University last March 3 are requested by PfcWilliam' ^Maboh;'* Co ~L, 232d Inf, to meet at Service Club No 2 Wednesday evening, November 1. A room will be reserved for a good old fashioned talkfest. WINS RADIO PRIZE Sgt Fred W. Miller, 132d Signal Company, has received a $25 War Savings Bond for suggesting a name in a Saturday afternoon Name-the-Play contest broadcast over CBS. Famous 'House of Magic' Show To Be Presented Here HIT OF WORLD'S FAIR TO PLAY THEATERS General Electric's "House of Magic," one of the hit shows of the New York World's Fair and of every major exposition since Chicago's Century of Progress, will be presented at Theater No. 1 October 31 and Theater No. 2 November 1 replacing the regular second performances at 8:15 in each theater. A man walking away from his own shadow, the world's first sun motor of its size and kind, and visible sound and audible light are some of the demonstrations with the research laboratory of the General Electric Company. The presentation will be under the direction of C. E. Gluesing, who in private life is a real magician as well as a scientific one, and whose gift of showmanship makes the "House of Magic" as entertaining as it is educational. The "House of Magic" is the name originally given to the research laboratory of the General Electric Company, over the protests of nearly 400 serious-minded scientists who work there. From the research laboratory come the efforts and demonstrations of the "House of Magic" show which suggest new developments for the future that the average layman never dreamed of. A phosphorescent screen enables Gluesing to walk away from his own shadow, shake hands with his shadow and roll it into a box. Music is sent across the stage on a beam of light with the aid of a special lamp and Turn to Page Four Voice-Letters at Service Club Two Pfc Joseph Kelly i� talking into the mike as Roy Goldacker adjusts the 16,090th little round disc to carry his voice-letter to the folks back home. Tec 5 Charlie Cowan and Tec 4 Luther A. Echols are getting ready to make theirs as the club hostesses, Mrs. Nedra Bernay and Mrs. Bert Jordan, look on. Club Name Contest Won by 337 Ord . "GI Club" is the name that won first prize of $25 cash for the 337th Ordnance battalion in the contest to name the club now being operated by special service' for organization parties. Second prize of $10 goes to the 527th Field Artillery bai-kta|ion,. fpx,.:th,e .^me,. "Gruber Heights Club." . The names were selected from those submitted October 6 when the contest, announced previously in the GUIDON, closed. Judges, appointed by special service, were the hostesses and librarians of the three service clubs. The club, which is already in active operation, is the long disused officers' club on 22d street, between E and F streets. Realistic Bazooka Targets Out on the Bazooka and rifle grenade range they are firing at real targets these days-old jalopies purchased by the army for one cent each. Cpl Stallman Wins Art Contest In 250th Field Artillery Group FIRST PRIZE TAKEN BY FORMER ART STUDENT FOR WATER COLOR OF WINSTON CHURCHILL Cpl Edward M. Stallman of C Btry of the 435th FA Bn submitted the winning painting in the recent 250th FA Group art competition, '/he entry, a water color sketch of Winston Churchill, is done completely in sepia tones, shading from the lightest tan to dark brown. Remarkable in detail and perspective, the portrait is almost photographic in effect. However, the warmth and character imparted by Cpl Stallman's treatment indicate clearly the personal touch of the artist. Cpl Stallman, a native of Long Beach, Long Island, N. Y., was a student for three and a half years at the famous Cooper ' Union in New York City when the war interrupted his studies. He also received training at the College of the City of New York, majoring in advertising design and commercial art. Among his teachers was Paul Rand, noted commercial artist, whose work appears in such national publications as Esquire and Life. Naturally, C p 1 Stallman plans to return to the art field at the end of the war, completing his studies at Cooper Union, for his diploma and then' pursuing a career in commercial art. In the meantime, he has found as have so many soldiers, that military service need not completely Turn to Page Four Two Parties Slated At Service Club Two The Stanjannettes of Tulsa are entertaining with a Hallowe'en dance at Service Club No. 2 tomorrow night. The girls are arranging some novel decorations for the party, which will be held in the social hall. Sunday, an all day party with two different orchestras will bring the girls of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority of Tulsa to the club as guests. There will be dancing from 2:00 o'clock in the "afternoon, dinner dates from 5 to 7, and dancing again from 7 to 10. The Rainbow Cocktail unit and the Division dance band are the scheduled orchestras. 39th AAA Gp Plans Halloween Dance The Ack - Ack Halloween Dance scheduled for October 30 is in its final preparatory stages. The committee, consisting of Sgts Benfatto, Heinf and Rouviere, Cpls Shagla, Meskill, Rhodes and Daly, and Pvta Smith and Maul, are just waiting to hang up the Have-A-Good-Time sign. The genial singing and dancing of Pvt A. V. Duncan, of the 3713th Ord Co; Cpl R. S. T. Walker's version of the tune "Straighten Up and Fly Right;" and the master of the Boogie-Woogie keyboard, Pvt Earl Richardson of the 350th FA Bn, plus the music of the 42d Div band's Cocktail Unit, promises to highlight and round out the evening's program. Unless we miss our guess it will be "Love, Honor, and Obey" for M-Sgt Henry A Paige around Christmas. After all, he hasn't been pricing cigars and .singing, "The Bells Are Ringing for Me and My Gal," for nothing HUSBAND PROMOTED Mrs. Mavis Davis, who works in the ....Cojctip* Finance office, has received word that her; husband' James H. Davis, Jr., is the recipient of a field promotion to 2d lieutenant. Lt Davis, formerly a master sergeant with an engineer outfit, is now assigned to a railway operations unit. Having been overseas 19 months he is the first man in his regiment to receive such a promotion. Camp War Fund Drive To End This Pay Day Individual Donations Will Guarantee Topping All Unit Quotas by October 31 Camp Gruber's campaign for donations to the National War Fund will come to an end Monday, 31 October, pay day. And, if donations to date, and pledges on the part of^every unit on the-post, are any indication, the quota for the camp will be met with a little extra. The National War Fund embodies twenty-two agencies which are helping tremendously with the entertainment and welfare of our soldiers SERVICE BARS GO OVERSEAS Now YoTk (CNSl-The Quarto rmaitor Corps is shipping to overseas theaters of operations the now-ly-approved ovorsoas service bars, more than 5 million of which were recently delivered by contractors. Harvest Ball To Be Held Tonight for EM The Harvest Moon Rail in all its autumnal elegance will be held tonight at the field house. Appropriate decorations and many novelties will add to the setting, and music will be furnished by Benny Carter and his orchestra and the King Cole Trio. The Service Cadettes from the Masonic Service Center-will be on hand in their prettiest evening gowns, and GI Joe will be attired in the currently popular olive drab. The King Cole Trio comes from Hollywood where they have scored many successes, in musical shoils and from recordings, sorority of . Bartli'sville will-travel the longest distance of any Camp Gruber dance guests when they make their first visit to Service Club No 1 tomorrow night for' the Halloween Dance. Northampton, Mass (CNS) - Asked her denominational preference, a Smith College freshman answered: "I like-to be called Betty.". A Study in Sizes The state of Texas (area: 267,339 sq. miles) is larger than France (212,659 sq. miles) and larger than Germany and Austria combined (225.256 sq. miles). But the population of Germany-Austria (79,375,281) is more than 12 times that of Texas (6.414.824). and the population of France (384)00.000) more than 5 times that of the Lone Star state-Allied armies in Europe already have conquered territory equal in slse to Texas. around the world and helping to ease the suffering of the peoples of the war-torn areas. The most important three agencies which are provided for in this drive are the IJS.O, the Seamen's Service and War Prisoners Aid. And the GI'� of Camp Gruber are going to bat to see to 'it that the quotas are met to sustain these agencies, thinking of the day when their contributions here in peaceful Oklahoma may be their comfort in some distant war theatre. The quota set for Camp Gruber by Col I.andan J. I.ockelt, camp commander, after a conference with the commanders of the larger-units on the post, is fifty cents per man for our post population. Man) units have gone over their quota since the campaign's beginning last payday, and every other unit has pledged its determination to see that the quotas are reached by November 1. A concerted campaign has also been inaugurated for the civilian employees. Quotas for the civilians are established by various groups according to salary bracket and type of activities. 250th FA Group Receives New Guns With great enthusiasm the men of three battalions of the 250th Field Artillery Group have received the news of the arrival of the 8-inch Howitzers with which they will be equipped. According to current plans these huge artillery pieces will be allotted to the 527th, 435th, and 4:�5th FA Battalions...... . -.......... ' Anxious to begin training with the Howitzers, the men are also looking further ahead in their anticipations. Their actual goal, of course, is the firing of the pieces in combat. They are eagerly awaiting the chance to show just what they and then' equipment can do in the Destruction of Hitler's castle, the lobbing of two-hundred pound shells across the Rhine, or the consternation of the yellow sons of nippon if they are-faced with these weapons, for as the men say, "They are really the big noise," and "On to Berlin or Tokyo." VETS GET PREFERENCE IN U. S. PROPERTY SALE Washington (CNS) - War veterans are given preference in acquiring surplus government property to be used in establishing and maintaing small businesses and professional and agricultural enterprises under a bill recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. The bill also gives the discharged serviceman a preference in buying surplus Government real estate for agricultural, residential or small-business purposes. The GUIDON maintains a free want-ad service. Call 565.