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Sheppard Field Texacts (Newspaper) - August 21, 1943, Sheppard Field, TexasSheppard Heid official publication of Sheppard Field vol. 2, no. 37sheppard Field Texas saturday August 21, 1943 six Silver stars Pacific War veterans arrive Here to await Cadet orders More a a rank than Ever before inspected Sheppard Field wednesday. They were left to right maj. Gen. John f. A Urry commanding general of the fourth District car in Laj Gen. Barton k. Yount commanding general of the Lafty fort Worth and maj. Gen. J. E. Chaney command a general of Sheppard Field. It was the first tour of the it St for generals Yount and ens. Yount Curry Ere on first tour the first tour of inspection of Sheppard Field by maj. Gen. Arton k. Yount commanding general of the newly activated of training command and maj. Gen. John f. Curry com Anding general of the fourth District a aft was made wednesday. Accompanied by maj. Gen. J. E. Chaney commanding genial of Sheppard Field the generals made a High Speed but Borough tour of the Post and its outlying Field training areas. It was the greatest assemblage f a rank Ever to appear at Shep j cadets Given new benefits will receive pay in Grade customary allowances enlisted men appointed aviation cadets no longer will suffer material reductions in pay lose allowances for dependents quarters or lose monthly family allotments according to an announcement this week by the War department. A it is believed that the effect of this change will induce Many enlisted men to try for aviation Cadet training because they will not be required to give up family allowances while undergoing training a the memorandum explained. It. Elmer o. Ward recorder of the Sheppard Field aviation Cadet examining Board pointed out that sergeants from Buck to master May remain in Grade during flying training to gain the advantage of higher pay. By taking this Choice the appointees will become aviation students rather than aviation cadets. Aviation cadets receive $75 monthly. It was pointed out that privates and corporals can increase their pay by taking the Choice to become aviation cadets hut they will retain the monthly dependency allotments. Both aviation students and aviation cadets will Wear the see cadets Page two Survey seeks theater a month ago a Small contingent of u. S. Army air forces soldiers began a mass exodus from the Southwest Pacific War zone their destination Sheppard Field Texas u. S. A. This week 48 enlisted men most of them wearing the insignia of Gen. George Kenney s fifth air Force in the South in Pacific theater checked in at the 601 training group on the Field As prospective aviation Cadet trainees. Mony of the men Are ribbon i decked and All of them have from i 16 to 17 months in the Pacific area. Their service records carry j such names As Aruba new Guinea Guadalcanal port moresby Townsville Melbourne and Brisbane almost unheard of before the Battle of the Pacific brought them to the Black Eminence of big army air forces show the Back to the United Hunts i Heater i Ros states in transport planes the last Sheppard Fields special of july for their first furloughs service office this week re since beginning duty in the a Bervice Urence mis wee in ofic thai men it who Range in Ranic opened the Survey to Unco Alfrom pfc to master sergeant Are soldiers with processional Thea j spending their first nights in alter experience As actors or tech j most two years in permanent bar Nicias for the air j Racks at forces emergency Relief show Sheppard Fields a change from to be directed on Broadway by the dehydrated food which is Moss Hart. Served at the Forward bases in the new Appeal seeks actors new Guinea and similar posts singers specially acts stage hands,1 from Sheppard f held these be lighting experts makeup men Erans of some of the War s Tough costume designers wardrobe sex est fighting in the pm i in i g perts backstage personnel Box of j on to aviation pre by. Fice men theater executives a company manager a vocal coach and a vocal Arranger. Several weeks ago officers of the special service Branch interviewed former actors and technicians for parts and jobs with the show. At least six Sheppard Field men have been earmarked already for assignment to the show. Immediate action is necessary 1 see Survey Page two Pard Field at one time. Both Gen arabs Yount and Curry were accompanied by their staffs which totalled approximately 20 officers. General Yount completed his Lour Early wednesday afternoon my flew with his staff Back to a aft Headquarters at fort Orth the biggest army Headquarters outside Washington. Genial Curry left the Post thursday Lorn ing his Headquarters in denier. The inspection tour itinerary in see general Page two hour by hour diary of Day on Rifle Range song contest extended Sheppard Fields song writing contest to produce an original marching song about the Fields has been extended to aug. 31. The Winner of the $25 War Bond prize will be announced in exacts sept. 4. Judges Are capt. W. R. Young Public relations office it. George w. Koski director of band training and to Vale Page 25th aah band director. Pvt. Cli Yde la Motte i 303 training group you Are in a life or death struggle with four demons from hell when a faraway voice finally attracts your attention ,. A they quit cussing and fight in me and Wake up a a voice says crossly. A it s 3 o you realize then that it is the Barracks chief yammering at you but it makes you sore that he a hauling you out at this time of night. Then slowly the Light dawns on your sleep stupid mind and you remember that this is the Day you go to the Rifle Range. You fall out of your bunk and Fumble your Way into your fatigues helmet Leggins and canteen and stumble Down to the group orderly room for Roll Call. You re taken to Early Chow and then you pile on a truck to head for the Range. On the Way out the Early Dawn wind whips into your face sweeping out the sleep cobwebs and you begin to get a bit excited. You be been at Sheppard Field a couple of months for Basic training and you be hut hopped Many Miles across the Drill Field groaned Over the obstacle course sweated Road runs and baked your Gizzard in the hot Sand during calisthenic but you be never fired a gun. Somehow you Arentt a Soldier until you be done some shooting. Finally the preliminaries Are Over and you Are stretched out in the prone position for the first of your four practice shots. You take your time getting set following religiously All the commandments set Forth for you by the sergeant at preliminary marksmanship practice. You line up your sights on the target 1,000 inches away you have the Bullseye balanced atop your front sight and you Are carefully never pull the trigger squeezing when. Wham the Rifle of the Soldier next to you has gone off with a terrific Roar and on Down the firing line a Volley Breaks out As if someone had lighted a package of giant firecrackers. You flinch and Jerk the trigger. Your shot goes somewhere in the wild Blue yonder but certainly nowhere close to your target. You suddenly discover that you Are cold inside and sweating hot outside and that your fingers have contracted a severe Case of St. Vitus dance. You try to aim again Only to i find the Bullseye is bouncing around like the bounding Ball in a Community sing movie. It has shrunk too to about the size of a Fly speck. When you see the results of your practice shots you realize you have no Chance of staging a see Rifle Range Page two Talent nights to begin soon acts from All outfits ill go on v Victory stage taking a Leaf from major a Bowes Book the special service office this week announced a series of Talent night shows i featuring Sheppard Field Vari qty artists. The a a Amateur shows Are open to All men on the Field and will present the Best acts spotted by special service staff members now act Jing As Talent scouts at Squadron and group parties and similar entertainments. The first of the new shows does not have a definite Date As yet but probably will unfold on the Victory stage tuesday August 30. All acts which Are Good enough to rate the showcase of a Talent ? night show will win $5 in War Stamps. The top three acts in 1 the show chosen by audience applause will rate a War Bond. Enlisted men and was who can sing dance act or imitate Zero i mostel imitating Charles Boyer 1 Are urged to find a preliminary show to try out in and be a a discovered by the special sender office. Exacts pictorial of the week Jack Teagarden radio show the first nationally broadcast radio show from Sheppard Field was Quot the Victory Parade of spotlight bands Quot Here wednesday night in Thayer no. 3 featuring Jack Teagarden and band. The Sweet and Jive music these musicians played went out Over 142 stations. Left to right Jack a n Reed Section Send a torchy one the crowd eats it up and Teagarden Taes a trombone Lead. Later he played a hit Victory stage show

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