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Checker Board (Newspaper) - February 3, 1943, Hampton Roads, Virginia 1 CAMP VAN FEBRUARY 1943 4 99th TROOPS TO HAVE A SOLDIERS LOUNGE Division Has For Recreation Sam Does Not Include Items That Units Have Al ready Received 99th Divi sion Special Service ad vised Recreation and Athletic officers Monday afternoon in a meeting held in the Special Units Recreation that is available for recrea tion equipment for He explained to the Athletic j and Recreation officers that the is in addition to equip ment that has already been re ceived and distributed to lower who return ed last week from a seven weeks course at the Special Service School at Washington and Lee University in pointed out that the allotted on the basis for each man in the and an additional for ath letic equipment will be He also pointed out to the officers that it would facilitate the purchase of recreation equipment if they told him what they needed and then let the Special Service Department place the On receipt of the items will be distributed on a j per man basis which will I be determined by the total strength of each commenting on the work of the Special Servj ice Our starts at retreat and continues j until Our big task is toj see that men dont find time to I i Continued on Page 8 Soldiers Give To Hospital Fund A generous and thoughtful gesture on the part ofthe men of the 4th Company 394th will assure fu ture joy to its hospitalized sold Each man has contributed 25 cents towards a fund the purpose of which is to furnish all members of the platoon who are ill in the hospital with such personal gifts as cigar and General Praises 395th Soldier Private Robert Trevethan of 395th Infantry Antitank Company waa both pleased and surprised when he was com mended by Major General Thompson Lawrence for the way he prevented a fire at Theater on January The commendation which Pri cnvnsnev so much The Commanding General desires to commend Private Robert G Anti Tank 395th for his actions while on guard post uary PvtTrev ethans able handling of smoking fuse followed by his thorough investiga tion of the prob ably Theater 3 from destruction by His quick thinking and per sonal initiative are quali ties to be desired in all men of the 99th Perfect Insurance Record Made By 395th Unit An enviable record was made by Company 396th in the Government Insurance program when they reported a of their Company commanded by Captain has signed op its full complement of en listed men and officers for a total of and is believed to be the first company in the United States Army to ring up a perfect A of credit for this achievement is due Lieu tenant James Lieu tenant Harry and First Sergeant Joseph Chris Continued on Page8 Artilleryman Has Good Business Isaac Bedroff of Head quarters 371st has built a lucrative business in his unit among his He is kept busy during off duty hours sewing red braid on artillerymens garrison His bunk is bis Youve heard of temperamental well here is Cor poral Roger Plashs interpretation of the way a high strung Army bugle instructor jpould teach the calls to new The of fe alt in Members of quartet front left toright intop row are Privates Stanley Krakella and David Privates Arhett JLawson Officer Proves Soldiers Can Do dose Order Drill in Sleep When Frank Schmidt ofCompany D 394th tells his platoon that soldiers can learn to da close order in their he can it by aa Theexample occurred on a five mile hikewhen noticed that Pvfc Max Phillians was walkingalong in He called at tention tothe sleep walker and the officer decided to test the soldiers subcon mind by giving a half left movement though kept tin step and executed the Convinced Continued on Page 8 Lawrence Is First to Pay for Checker Board Major General Thompson commanding general of the 99th Division became the 1 subscriber to the Checker Board when he came personally to the Division Spec ial Service Office to pay for three subscriptions to the So far as is a large percentage of officers en listed men paid their four bits for the newspaper on Those who did not pay then will pay for the paper next World War I Hero Tells Soldier Audience The Importance of The Bayonet in Combat Major Samuel WoodfJUV ac claimed by individ ual herb of World War spoke jp soldiers of the 99th Division Monday In his address Major Woodfill gave the men a detailed account of his heroic achievement wiping out three enemy machine gun nests and killing nineteen For this brave he was awarded the Congressional Medal 6f Major who is now an instructor in the proficient and expert use of is a strong exponent of the bayonet as an instrument in modern As a weapon for closein fighting and for surprise attack on enemy sentinels where si lence is the bayonet is said Major Wood He went on to The Jap anese and Nazi soldiers are products of many hours of prac tice in the art of bayonet fight and as a result are ex ceedingly crafty and adept in the use of this With this thought in it is up to the soldiers of the 99th Division to absorb every bit of knowledge given them by their bayonet and to put every ounce of energy into their practice and We must win this and we will win this declared Major The Ameri can soldier has everything in his knowledge that he is fighting to keep alive everything in life And I am confident that he will not fail in his mission to tram pie down the evil opposing To Be Located In Five Points Recreation Hall Building Will Contain Li Sitting and Telephone Exchange Plans drawn upby the Camp Special Service Office for the conversion of the Recreation Building at Five Points into a Soldiers arid telephone are being considered by the United States Work is scheduled to get started in a few days and in terior changes are Expected to be completed in about a The Recreation Building will satisfy the need for a place will be able to visit with their folks who are at the Guest Part of the building wilt also be designed to serve aa a remainder wiK hoow eight telephone which wilt beconnectiSoV to a PBX telephone switchboard in the The plansfor changing the building were suggested by Colonel Camp with B Service Club Officer as signed to carry them Many of the books that will be loaned are those that were salvaged from the two service club Evef since the fire librarians have been busy re pairing torn Many new volumes and magazines wflTalso available to soldier Lt Bing said today that Guest House 1 will be open by the end of the He re minds Soldiers that their folks can stay there for a three day period for 50 cents a Illiteracy Classes Are Scheduled The soldier who has a great deal of common sense but lacks book larnin will soon be able to add to his education when schools are started in the 99th Division under the direction of Division Chaplain Koon and Assistant Division Chap lain Two hour classes are schedul ed for twice a week in to be held in unit mess Commanding officers of units have been instructed to select qualified teachers to conduct the DAT ROOM FUND Third Battalion Headqtwrters 394th are donating their extra change to a fund to furnish the Day
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