Wednesday, April 14, 1943

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Checker Board (Newspaper) - April 14, 1943, Hampton Roads, Virginia l 99TH INFANTRY DIVISION CAMP VAN APRIL 1943 14 We Want A Home Photo by Arthur Halldin These four cute attached but unassigned in the 99th Quartermaster want a home where they will be given plenty to eat and a great deal of The most that can be said of them is that they are just cute dawgs who will make loyal Their background is uncertain for they most certainly dont have a In short they are several kinds of CpL Herman Wins War Bond For His Division March Song At a meeting Monday night i ular words and Officers were invited to Paul Hermans March of the se lected as the best marching song submitted in the Divisionwidu contest which closed on April Hermans song was judg ed to be the most outstanding on the basis of pop Herman will be present ed a War Bond by Pon manager of the Cen treville Branch of the Baton Rouge CocaCola Bottling Com within the next few The words and music of The March of the 99th will be pub lished in the next issue of The Black The Here April 27 A rare treat is in store for the soldiers of the 99th with the coming of the USO Camp Show starring the worlds mas ter Harry This which will play in Theatre on April fea tures not only Blackstone and his cast of 22 but also three other topnotch vaude ville Blackstone has been in the show business since and is famous the worldx over for his and seemingly impos feats of He is rat ed as the worlds greatest ex ponent of His immaculate authori tative and striking white hair lend authenticity to his which is backed up by the presence of lovely Playing on the same show are the Shy two well attractive girls with unusual voices and manner of who harmonize both popular and oldtime favorite J l T Another act is composed of Ross and who give forth with laughprovoking im personations and The Three a trio of comedy per forming a series of precision timed stunts that have evoked laughter in theatres all through the Col MacGregor Presents Gifts To 394th Officers Handsome wedding gifts were presented by Lester Mac commanding officer of the 394th to all offi cers who were married since joining the The pres entation was made at a dance held recently by 394th Officers j SSO To Give Out Army Hit Kits Carl Zeiss reading glass some place in Camp Van I Dorn on April 8th or er needs it to Reward Please return to William lineup of the Station Complement Military Police De The Division Special Service Section received its supply of Army Hit Kits for distribu tion to The latest Hit Kit contains the following songs Ive Heard that Song Be I Just Kissed Your Pic ture Theres a Star Spangled Banner Waving Comin in on a Wing and a Marching Along and Roll Out the Units not receiving the Hit Kits may get them through their Special Service Puilists Throuhout Division Getting Ready For Matches Several boxing rings have been constructed throughout the Division and various units are lining up men for future The manly art has always held a tremendous appeal with not only through ac tive participation but from the spectator The Army encourages its men to take up the exercise offered by the square as it not gives them ample oppor tunity to expend pentup but the vigorous bodily contact and the giveandtake of blows is greatly beneficial in develop ing the muscles so necessary for future In the near the Divi sion Special Service Section will sponsor boxing and is now on the lookout for the soldiers who would be in terested in wheth er they be or Many Men Enjoy Show Presented Bv Lions Club A well rounded variety show presenting 60 people brought to gether by the Lions Club ofBat on Rouge provided entertain ment for a large audience of Division and nondivisional troops in two recreation build ings at Camp Van last Arrangements for the pro gram were made by the Division Special Service Officer and Stan Bardwell of Baton Talent for the show was provid ed by the townspeople of the by soldiers of Harding and by the girls of Those who attended the shows were well pleased with the high class calibie of the and comedy The shows were presented with out 395th Infantry Gives Largest Sum To War Fund Drive On Post Scores 146 With 81 Mortar PFC Paul Getting of Com pany 395th scored 146 out of a perfect tally of 150 with the 81mm This is believed to be the highest score made in the division thus Gives Throughout 99th To Find Students Officers and Enlisted Give 394th Infantry Second With The Classification Section of the Division Adjutant General Department is giving tests throughout the Division to find men who can qualify for the Ar mys Specialists Training Pro gram which is being carried out at largest colleges and universities in the The purpose of the Armys Specialists Training Program is to assure itself of an rupted flow of professional and technically trained men previ ously supplied by colleges and It was explained that men se lected will be trained to fill the need for technicians in combat and When the draft age was lowered to many men who would have ordinarily continued on to colleges and uni versities were inducted into the Armed Men who qualify for the basic course will receive three 12 periods in either engineer personnel psy foreign Continued on Page 5 Final figures announced Red Cross officials on the Post show that the 395th Infantry commanded by AJ contributed to the Red Cross War Fund to lead all other units in the 99th Infantry A close second in the race to raise for the Red Cross War Fund was the 394th Infan try Regiment which turned in Collections to date on the Post total more than double the quota set by Lome the Red Cross director in charge of the War Fund It is expected the grand total will be at least when all collections are turned in on the A break down of contributions to date shows that enlisted men contributed officers and civilians toward the Records also reveal that 688 officers and 770 civilians contributed a dollar each to become members of the Red The balance of the money was raised through nickle and dime collections in the Post Exchanges and in unic The War Fund Drive is in ad ditionto annual Red Cross Roll and money from this drive will be used to help enlisted per sonnel and officers in all branches of the Armed their and to provide funds for emergency furloughs and other contingencies may Atmosphere Theme of Telephone Service Continued on Page 1 Red Cross Gives Division Games A large number of cigai1 and coat hangers were received from the Ameri can Red Cross and distributed to troops through the Division Special Service Many are the advantages being enjoyed by soldiers of the 99th Division who are making use of the Attended Telephone Service provided in the Recrea tion Building near Five between the Post Exchange and Chapel There have been seven new circuits bringing the number of outgoing lines up to thus affording the men bet ter service on their long dis tance telephone There is an average of 50 to 75 calls a day placed during the week by the and on Saturdays and Sundays from 75 to 100 The Attended Telephone Service provides three charm ing young who are on duty from 3 to 11 each day to help the men place their calls in eight telephone and this in addition to the adja cent lounge with its comfortable chairs and the library with its current magazines gives the men an ideal place in which to wait until their calls are com According to the three attend ants who preside behind the the Misses Lenella Dorothy and Frances their work pre sents its advantages It is gratifying to them to witness the happiness enjoyed by the men as they talk with their loved ones back and the eagerness with which they try to crowd as many good tidings Continued on Page 3

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