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Checker Board (Newspaper) - January 13, 1943, Hampton Roads, Virginia I CAMP VAN 99th Division Now Engaged in First Step of Victory Program Lawrence Says Aim of 99th Is To Be A Crack Fighting Unit States In Message to SoMfers That Ambition Can Be Realized If All Work Toward Perfect iqn 99th Marches In Its First Review Saturday The following is Major General Thompson Lawrences message to the officers and enlisted men of the 99th In a few clear cut sentences built of clear cut the general tellsthe aims and ambitions of this This is the first issue of the 99th Infantry Divisions own It is only a few weeks younger than the Division so the two shall grow ex perienced We have started our basic and there are already promising signs that the 99th Di vision will fulfill our ambition of being one of the crack fighting outfits of the There is reason why we cant make it the very best in the That is the job ahead of and it is not an easy You cannot ex pect to end up on top of the heap by just getting by on a job or by doing something fairly got to do things thorough Our individual work mast be superior if ye are to grow iito a superior And ta have superior work means to carry out each separate no matter how in a superior we cannot expert perfection We are Mill young and inexperienced as a fighting But we can ctart trying to be There the key to eventual suc Every little bit counts in our effort to be rated at the Tire competition is Every offi cer and man of the 99th must The full strength the 99th Infantry Division will pass in re view before Major General Lawj vence and high ranking officers Saturday morning between 10 and 12 At that time who a little more than a month ago were still wiH display what hey have learned of close order For most men It will mark the first time they have marched to the cadence of a Bus Fare to Centreville Is Only Five Cents The transportation problem to and from Camp Van Dorn was 3ased considerably this week when two buses were placed on a regular run between Centre ille and the When other buses owned by the line are available more trips will be The fare on the bus five cents as compared to 25 cents on the fleet of independently owned taxi The trip to and from camp takes only five minutes by Negotiations are also being made to get two trailer type buses that are owned by the United States Engineers Office at These buses can transport at 50 Tt a Robert Camp is doing all he can to provide adequate transporta tion to and from the his office He has been handicapped by the fact that new buses can not be bought and all other equipment is taxed to a maximum and thus no old coaches are for The same bus line that is serv ing the camp has also put into Initial 13 Week Period Designed to Teach Basic Training Phases That Follow Will Stress Units Fighting As a Team o Send Checker Board to Folks Back Home When you get finished with the CHECKER BOARD make it a habit to send it to the folks back They are as interested in your activities as you It cost vou exactly one cent to send the paper according to superintendent of Camp Van Dorn Post Newspapers can not be the free mail He said the best way to the paper is to split an envelope and use it for a wrapper or to it and tt in an making to print the to Baton Rouge and additional coaches on Donald Duck Picture Here on 2425 Second Raymond Camp Theater said today that arrangements had been com inc ui pleted to book a special Donald Troops will move from north to south in front of the review ing which will be located yards south of the 395th mot Jtpool at the intersection of 16th Duck Face at Theater 2 on 24th and g of the Continued on Page 8 ed out by Walt Disney Officers Prove They Can Take it Officer of 99th proved that they can take it as well as dish it Soldiers of the 99th Infantry commanded by Major General Thompson are now engaged in an intensive training a Victory Training that is design ed to teach men the arts of war and to enable them to stand the rigors of The 99th Divisions Victory Training program is as that taught thousands of American troops before they were sent to crush the Axis nft tions on distant battle The general theme of the pro gram is to produce hard fighting When that goal is achieved the 99th will take its place among the crack divisions of the The Victory Training program is a step by step process devised to help soldiers make the transi fmri civil to Ariny Thirteen weeks will be devoted tt teaching a man how to sold to and act like a The first training period ends on April The next step in the Victory Training Program will empha size units working together as regiments and finally One of the exercises given the as fighting At all times enlisted men the day was during the training period mem running the vigor ous game that calls for men to run through two lines of soldiers while their buddies take heftly cracks at their southern After the game had progressed a while the dharge ran three officers in the men took cracks at in good MOUSTACHE DROOPS Nick Sylvester of 37lsc believes he will have to shave his moustache if weather continue to be He claims his lip adornment wilts in che Mississippi damp AllSoldier Radio Show to Be Broadcast From 394th Recreation Hall Every Wednesday Night To Be Aired By In McComb First Program January 20th Paul acting the first broadcast will be an all soldier show made up of enlisted talent and produced and directed by William Grisky of 90th a former KYW Special Service NBC annOuncer in determined to meet this slij that arrangements had program i designed to completed for a 30 minute serve three Robin show to be broadcast from son we want to W4th Infantry Recreation create an outiet for all tw tal and must meet it That job you are doing are you put your heart into The yesterdaywas it done wellTjHaU every Wednesday evening Was there sincere effort in to over Station whether you succeeded or not And you make the will be aired on Wednes January Continued on Page 4 ented people of the Division we want to present a typical soldier show for the peo ple who hare been so good to us Robinson pointed out that in the area covered by Station WSKB and we want soldiers to come to the broadcast and see their talented buddies per The broadcasts are being made possible by George Blumen owner of Station In order to broadcast from camp had to purchase in advance exclusive rights to a B telephone line which will carry the program to the transmitting station in McComb from which point it wiU be sent over the bers of the general staff will have the Division under close scrutiny to detect any flaws in Much time will also be devoted the Victory Training pro gram to teaching men with spec ialized knowledge how to adapt their civil occupations to special izedArmy A few division schools have been start ed to train these men and later on others will be The 99th Division will train according to a six point program which follows 1 To train every soldier in Continued on Page 4 Showdown Check Scheduled for January 30th Soldiers GI property will be given closer scrutiny than usual on January when a Divisionwide showdown is General Lawrence has instruct ed through channels that each squad section or corresponding who is charge of have a list c4 clothing and equipment that each man is supposed to have in tiu The same type of list will be provided NCOa
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