28th ANNUAL CONVENTION
MARKING THE
30th Anniversary of the Founding of Camp Crane
AUGUST 21-22-23-1947

 

Editor
HEWITT (PANK) KAHN (565)
919 So. Poplar St., Allentown, Pa.

Associate Editors

M. HARRY TOPPIN (593)
576 Bernent Ave., Staten Island 10, N. Y.

CHARLES WINKLER (503)
1727 S.Yewdall St., Philadelphia, Pa.

CLIFFORD D. CLEARWATER (565)
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

HUGH L. KING (544)
28 Knickerbocker Rd., Englewood, N.J.

J. ROBERT P. PATTERSON (521)
526-1/2 Race St., Catasauqua, Pa.

DONALD M. CAMPBELL (590)
New Center Bldg., Detroit, Mich.

 

Artists

WILLIAM O. BAILEY (567)
305 6th Ave., N. Pelham. N. Y

GERRIT V. SINCLAIR (555)
3274 N. Newhall, Milwaukee,Wis.

VICTOR EGBERT (529)
1200 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa.

Advertisements and News to Editor
Dues to NATIONAL ADJUTANT, CHARLES WINKLER
1727 So. Yewdall St., Philadelphia 43, Pa.

 

UNITED STATES ARMY AMBULANCE SERVICE ASSOCIATION

OFFICERS 1946-1947

Commander
Arthur R. Markley
715 Chew St.
Allentown, Pa.

Adjutant
Charles Winkler
1727 S. Yewdall St.
Philadelphia 43, Pa.

Sr. Vice Commandant
William B. O'Brien
803 E. Tioga St.
Dorchester, Mass.

Finance Officer
James J . Cummings
89 Gallivan Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Chaplain
Rev. Guy A. Bensinger
Dutch Neck, N. J.

Editor
Hewitt (Pank) Kahn
919 So. Poplar St.
Allentown, Pa.

 

REGIONAL COMMANDERS

North
Donald Campbell
Aluminum Co. of America
New Center Bldg.
Detroit 2. Mich.

East
Thomas H. Ellis
174 Roselyn St.
Philadelphia 20, Pa.

South
Lee F. Lovell
Apopka, Fla.

West
Harvey L. Hansen
1187 Kotenberg Ave.
San Jose 10, Calif.

 

TRUSTEES

Harold G Rossell
550 Arlington Place
Chicago 14, Ill.

Willard C. MacLean, Jr.
8 Lewis Ave.
Batavia, N. Y.

Furman R. Shute, M.D.
1524 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia 2. Pa.

Gus W. Refowich
1403 Madison Ave.
Bethlehem. Pa.

Lou L. Hirschkorn
Lawrence L. I.. N. Y.

 

The following news items were published in the Chronicle & News, Allentown evening paper, 30 years ago.

July 28, 1917
USAACS ENTERTAINED

"Millerheim", the home of Mr. and Mrs. David A. Miller, No. 2221 Chew St., was the setting for entertainment last evening for Section 590, Univ. of Michigan. In the party were Robt. A. Ambler of Bristol, Tenn.; Cyril E. Bailey of Paw-Paw, Mich.; Harry C. Barriett, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Theo. I. Bauer, Traverse City, Mich.; Albert M. Boyd, Bradford, Ill.; Donald M. Campbell, Geneva, N. Y.; Donald W. Crabbs, Morenci, Mich.; Clarence H. Ciego, Jackson, Tenn.; Little S. Field, Grand Rapids, Mich.; James G. Frey, Dubois, Pa., Lawrence M. Gould, Laotta, Mich.; Wm. E. Grainger, Kansas City, Mo.; Matthew Jaap, Cleveland, Ohio; Roy L. Muskratt, Onteoonagon, Mich.; Earl E. Pardee, Akron, O.; Lee Parker, Cleveland, O.; Floyd Reynolds, Croswell, Mich.; Cecil R. Richmeyer, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Archie L. Swift, Shenandoah, Iowa; Robt. R. Tanner, Corning, N. Y.; Donald J. Thorp, Chicago, Ill.; Howard D. Tubbs, Selley Creek, N. Y.; Ed. P. Turner, Highland Park, Mich.; Robt. F. Wieber, Houghton, Mich.; Geo. W. Williams, Pringhar, Iowa.

Mr. & Mrs. Miller were assisted in entertaining by Misses Erdley, Hunsicker, Wickert, Kern, Eyer, Weinsheimer, Mosser, Dietz, Pickin, Henfinger, Shelly, Meas, Kuntz and Weil.

After supper Miss Mary Kuntz played piano selections, Miss Erdley sang and the men with violin, cello and banjo played college and camp songs. A delightful evening was provided.

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July 29, 1917

Section 530, Penn State, was entertained in the home of Rev. W. O. Yates, No. 816 Walnut St. Miss Frances Gilwick of Harrisburg gave a piano recital. In the party were Sergt. H. R. Bowman, J. C. Barklow, J. C. Brown, B. J. Cuip, A. S. Frommeyer, G. M. Hess, M. J. Kone, J. E. Lyon, M. E. Orton, H. H. Richter, M. S. Laxman, J. C. Simons, K. M. Smith, I. D. Strause, and j. A. Uneholtz.

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July 30, 1917

Section 546 was entertained on the roof of Perkin Apts. on Sixth St. last evening by their Big Brothers, Perkin and Rapaport. Dancing and other forms of amusement were enjoyed by the boys.

Thirty-five men of Section 584, Susquehanna Univ. were entertained by H. A., C. W. and J. Frank Grammes at Dorney Park. The men enjoyed a swim and other amusements, the day being topped off with an excellent luncheon.

As a memento of the occasion each man received a watch fob made in the Grammes plant. The fobs were coined of Nevado Gold with the Ambulance Corps emblem on one side.

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July 31, 1917

The Auditorium of the Allentown High School was completely filled last evening for the excellent vaudeville show, presented by the Usaacs.

Sergt. Wood of the Provost Guard and his men did the ushering. The affair was sponsored by the "Woman's Club".

Section 587, Oberlin College, furnished a double quartet, Victor Egbert of Penn State excelled as a chalk artist, Cornell and Darlance did some clever clog dancing and Roy Westeman, of Battle Creek, Mich. did an exhibition of baton swinging. The Jazz Band of the California contingent was a feature.

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August 13, 1917

Lieut.-Col. Elbert E. Persons, commander of the U. S. Army Ambulance Corps, has been promoted to a Colonel.

The new Corps, which has been formed thru a new ruling is sending all lieutenants in active medical work into the field.

This transfer will leave the command of sections to other officers and the Colonel has sent to Washington the names of top sergeants in command of sections to be advanced to lieutenants.

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August 15th, 1917
SECTION 575 ENTERTAINED

The Section was entertained at the Hotel Windsor, in Center Valley, by Messrs. W. D. Fitzgerald, Joseph F. Gorman and E. C. Spring. They provided a bounteous chicken and waffle dinner. As Sergeant Wood expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Section he said, "Rest assured when they get to France they will never forget the hospitality shown by the people of Allentown and it will give them much to look back upon."

The affair was given as a farewell to the boys who expect to leave for France at any moment.

The evening ended up at Central Park where the men enjoyed the amusements and danced to a good orchestra.

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August 16th, 1917

Section #2 Stoneman's Fellowship of Phila. were entertained last evening by "Big Brothers" W. F. Greenawald and Ezra H. Smith.

Their hosts took them to Dorney Park where at the hotel of N. W. Kuhns they were given one of his famous chicken and waffle dinners.

Speeches were made by Major Yale, Lieut. Green, Sergeant Huf and Mr. Smith.

The following men were present: Sergeant Huf, F. W. Strause, F. J. Roeser, I, Dangler, L. V. Miller, C. Camp, F. W. Garber, F. C. Cassaday, H. W. Gross, J. Davis, E. W. Felton, E. A. Freund, W. H. Heilner, C. C. Klein, A. C. Wendenhall, A. J. Meyer, F. H. Mitchell, G. L. Moore, E. L. Ostman, W. N. Price, R. M. Sloanmaker, J. L. Shurster, J. T. Smith, G. Valiance and J. K. Hornbeck.

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August 17, 1917

The announcement that in the neighborhood of two hundred second lieutenants, would be chosen out of the ranks, in a short time, has caused a stir among the men and there will be many applicants for the jobs.

The examinations will be held as soon as the application blanks have been received and distributed. The examinations will consist only of military technique. (Ed. Umph!)

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Sergeant of the Guard instructing the M. P. Detail in front of
Guard House in the Grove of the Fair Grounds,
from a painting by Gerrit Sinclair.

Nearly all of the units are arranging for funds which they will carry with them to France and on which they can draw in time of need. Others will have private accounts. It is said the Pasadena Units have a fund of $25,000. (Ed.--- Fortunately Cochran of Section 565 did not win all of this before the contingent left for Italy.)

Col. Persons yesterday gave orders that all ambulance drivers must respect local traffic regulations.

While there has been little trouble on this score, there have been several instances where drivers either thru a misunderstanding of the traffic regulations here, or thru the belief that they had the right of way over civilians, have had arguments with local police. (Ed.--- Could be.)

GOSH! WHY DID I MAJOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY?

August 18, 1917

The Usaac Band of thirty-eight men will give its first concert in the grove at the Fair Grounds, 3:15 o'clock to-morrow afternoon. Under the direction of Harold Wegmiller of the Univ. of Indiana Unit, the band has been whipped into shape in very short order, and the soldiers are very proud of their organization. Mr. Wegmiller was leader of the Second Indiana Infantry Band on the Mexican border.

The four Pasadena Units presented their commander, Captain Lockwood with a fine 1918 passenger touring car. The machine is to be used by both Captain Lockwood and Col. Persons.

Every man in camp is to be examined for mental and nervous disorders and work on the examination will begin at once. (Ed.--- We lay odds of 10 to 1, the editorial staff of the Camp Crane News were exempt.)

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August 19th, 1917

A number of men of Section 614, Univ. of California and Section 544, a Boston Unit, were entertained last evening at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Kurtz, No. 29 So. 10th St. The evening was spent in music and contests. (Ed.--- Contests: Could it mean African Golf?) The music was an octet of the California men, who were formerly members of the Univ. of Calif. Glee Club and a Jazz Band.

A violin solo was given by Private Garland. The winners of the contests were Sergt. Wells and Private Crall.

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August 25, 1917

Word was received at the camp, that the first contingent of the Ambulance Corps has arrived safely in France and is ready for duty. The information carne by cable from Lieut. Col. Percy L. Jones, the commander of the contingent. The news was received with enthusiasm by the boys in Camp, especially so when it was learned that not one of the members of the group was even sick on the voyage across.

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August 27, 1917

Johnny Schiff, the California featherweight arrived in camp on Tuesday with the Univ. of Chicago Unit and is quartered in the Fair Grounds.

Schiff is one of the best known boxers in the country. Among those he has met are Johnny O'Leary, the Canadian lightweight champion, Johnny Kilbane, Johnny Dundee, Ted Kid Lewis, Preston Brown and Irish Patsy Cline.

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September 8, 1917
TRAINING USAACS SEEN IN MOVIES

An exhibition of more than passing interest took place Thursday afternoon at the Pergola when the first showing of films of the Ambulance Service was shown to a large and interested audience.

The film showed the work of the local camp in all of its phases from awkward squad to finished product and then showed the work expected in the battle field.

Many officers and men from the local camp were on hand to see themselves, or their associates, who appeared on the screen and their recognition was attended by many expressions of wit, raillery and pleasure. (Can you imagine what those enlisted men said? Ed.)

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THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME CAMP CRANE

With the 30th Anniversary of Camp Crane at hand, a number of persons have asked how the Ambulance Service Camp happened to be called Camp Crane.

In trying to furnish the correct answer, the editor found he had a research problem on his hands.

The reference department of the Allentown Library, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Lehigh Valley Historical Society were consulted without result.

Many local military and civilian old timers, interested in Camp Crane, and also Usaacs, thought to have this information, were unable to give the answer.

Finally a letter was mailed to the War Dept's. Army Medical Library in Washington and they came up with the correct answer. Proper references were supplied and a request was made for a photofilm of an article in Army Medical Bulletin #52, pages 52, 53 and 54 giving a brief biographical sketch of the life of General Charles Henry Crane, which is being published in the program and in an early issue of the Bulletin.

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ROBERT M. HUTCHINS

The following letter was received from the Chancellor of the University of Chicago, a former member of Section 587.

The University of Chicago
The Central Administration

My dear Kahn:

When I returned from abroad several weeks ago I found your cordial invitation to join the Usaacs for the 28th annual reunion on August 21, 22, and 23; I have delayed answering hoping that I might find it possible to get to Allentown at that time but I find now that it is just impossible for me to get there. I regret I cannot be with you and I wish all Usaacs and their families a most successful reunion.

Sincerely yours,
Robert M. Hutchins

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LEWISTOWN, PA.

Ladies of the Usaac Auxiliary:

Greetings to you all, wherever you may be. As most of you already know, the Thirtieth. Anniversary Convention will be held in Allentown, August 21, 22, 23. 1 sincerely hope that you are making plans to attend. Perhaps you can find an eligible wife, mother or daughter who would realize what she has missed by not joining in previous years It would be so nice to increase our membership during Pre-Convention days in August. Come and renew old friendships and form new ones.

Do send in any suggestions you may have which would benefit our National Group. Hope to see you all in August.

Sincerely,           
Marie R. Ward    
President, Nat. Usaac Auxiliary

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JOHNSTOWN SECTIONS 521 & 522 HOLD
28th ANNUAL REUNION

Thirty-three members of Section 521 and 522 attended the 28th annual reunion Saturday, June 7th, at "Shangri-La Lodge" on the outskirts of Johnstown.

As usual, the rain was with us most of the day. However, we found time, in between the drops, to participate in some out-door events. This year we did eliminate the "One Hundred Yard Dash". Some of the boys felt they were not up to it. Joe Bowser retained his "Horseshoe Pitching Trophy" for the 28th year. If he holds it for 30 years, we are going to give him the horse.

Besides the out-of-door events, the program consisted of a reel of movies taken at last year's reunion and several sports pictures, also group singing.

A sumptuous steak dinner was served in one of the private dining rooms. Stan Custer, Hap. Custer and Chisel Miller, who, in former years cooked and served the dinner, applied for unemployment insurance. (I really think they missed their annual job.)

During a business meeting, John W. (Chisel) Miller was elected President; George Peyton, Vice President; Joseph Nederlander, Secretary and Treasurer and Norman P. LeGendre, Chaplain. The Unit decided to purchase a voting membership in Cambria County Million Dollar War Memorial. Joe Nederlander was elected the delegate to represent our organization. The oldest member attending was Wm. J. Stephens---65 years, and the youngest Chisel Miller--- 48 years.

The out of town members attending were:---Harry Bates, Phila., Howard Hoffman, Latrobe, Pa., Howard Simler, Jeanette, Pa., Herbert Luther, Lafayette, Indiana, Hyman Abelson, Altoona, Pa., Clarence McMillen, Highland Park, Mich., Freeman Hetzer, Hooverville, Pa.

Letters of regrets were read from:- Pat Patterson, Catasauqua, Pa., Russ Truex, Atlantic City, N. J., Tom Van Atta, Lewistown, Pa., Bub Roberts, Carlisle, Pa., Maurice Lewine, Brownsville, Pa.

Standing--- Left to right: Ray Darby, Charles Campanella, Steele Crissman, Harry Drew, LeRoy Miller, Tom Hanson, Clareact McMillan, Donald Gould, Howard Simler, Joe Bowser, Earl Robinson, John Kyler, Irving Wissinger, Hyman Abelson, Durrell Custer.

Sitting--- Left to right: Stanley Custer, Paul Blough, Neal Could, Allen Geist, Joe Nederlander, John "Chisel" Miller, George Hert. linger, Freeman Hetzer.

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EDWARD CLARK KEMP OF BOSTON
ROUNDS UP SECTION 603

Our PNC with his usual energy and loyalty has accomplished a fine job in contacting members of Sect. 603. He received some splendid letters from Wilmer Rehr, 5454 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., Frank Maxwell, Clarksburg, W. Va., Attmore Prizer, 211 N. Broad St., Phila., Bill Cunningham, 821 Linden St., Allentown and others. Unfortunately limited space in this issue prevents their reproduction but they will appear in an early number.

It was learned Paul Reed has been seriously ill and is now at the Bronx Veterans Hospital, ISO W. Kingsbridge Rd., Bronx 63, N. Y.

Dr. M. J. Erwin's address is 4485 Olive St., St. Louis, Lt. R. H. Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn., R. Hawley Truax, New Yorker Magazine, 23 W. 23rd St., N. Y., William Harlan, 4416 Pechin St., Phila., Pa., Leonard Stratton, 2910 Grant St., Evanston, Ill., Edward Pedrick, 1322 Oak Lane Ave., Phila., Pa., Worth McCoun, East St. Louis, Ill.

Please send in addresses of the following men to Ed Kemp, 177 State St., Boston--- Emory Avant, Phil Bergstresser, Howard Burgwin, Al Bush, Jim Carrick, Harvey Doremus, Harold Fry, Clarence Hill, Leo Marks, Gene Lukens, Bob Sykes, Bob C. Williams, Larry Twomey.

The following four members of the section have passed away and their deaths reported in the Bulletin: Clyde Hunter, Lawrence Hunter, Victor Friend and Sidney Bishop.

Ed Kemp and Ed Fox, from Washington, D. C. have reserved a suite of rooms at the Americus Hotel for the 30th Anniversary Reunion. It is hoped many members of Sect. 603 will be on hand.

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A LETTER FROM AN OLD STAFF ARTIST

409 North Taylor Street
EL DORADO, KANSAS

My dear Kahn:

It was not my purpose to ignore your letter of May 26th relative to your request for some sketches of typical Camp Crane life for the next issue of the Bulletin.

I had hoped that I might find time to do something for you but a drilling well and much geological field work has kept me so busy I will be unable to help you out. However, if you care to, you might send me your deadline for the Fall issue and I may be able to struggle thru a couple of sketches I had in mind for this time.

Your recent article on Fort Ticonderoga was most interesting to me. I have made two visits to the Fort and, altho I haven't heard from them recently, I have been listed as a "Friend" of the Fort and received their Bulletins. While I haven't touched them now since last Winter, I have been working on three paintings of incidents of Roger's Rangers around Lake George and Lake Champlain during the French and Indian War. These continue my interest in Ticonderoga and its history.

To increase the attendance at the Reunion in August, try to get some of my old section, SSU 524, out for it. Among others, there are Joe Hendel, Clarence Eiler, John Redcay, John Kaufman and Frank Richardson in Reading and Phil Shay in Williamsport. Give my regards to the Fair Grounds and, particularly, the "cooling sheds" and the better hog pens.

Sincerely,                   
W. B. Sprague

 

USAAC MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

To you, the Sons and Daughters of Usaacs and Usaacs (Retreads), who served our Country in World War II, the Memorial Committee feel there could hardly be a more fitting time to express our admiration and respect for you in the magnificent service you have rendered our Country in a time of need.

It is with sincere regret we find ourselves unable to name each and every one of you and explain the exact part you did in the various services.

We especially pay our homage to those that made the supreme sacrifice; our hearts share with the loved ones of the departed the sorrow their passing creates, a sorrow to be borne throughout our life time.

Even though space were available we would hesitate naming those we are honoring for fear even a single name would be omitted.

We thank the loyal Usaacs, who have given so generously, in answer to our appeals and once more ask those men who have postponed sending a contribution, to lose not a moment, that their names shall be added to those who have made the Memorial Fountain possible.

The time grows near and funds must still be raised to complete our project. Please do all you can to help us, it may be the last time you are called on to keep the name "Usaac" a proud escutcheon, one always associated with friendship, loyalty and fine purposes, a typical American organization set firmly on a foundation of Liberty, Justice and Tolerance. These ideals have made our Country the finest in the history of mankind.

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COMMEMORATIVE COVER

The cut in the next column is a reproduction of a commemorative cover, designed to mark the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Camp Crane. The Postmaster General granted us permission to establish a Camp Crane Station at the Fair Grounds, during the Convention and these will be on sale there.

In addition to the cachet design, a special cancellation has been authorized. The cancellation will read "Camp Crane Station --- 30th Anniversary".

We are deeply indebted to Mr. Joseph J. Lawler, Third Assistant Postmaster General, Mr. R. E. Fellers, Supt., Division of Stamps and Sol Glass of Baltimore, who in addition to his Usaac activities is Vice-President of the American Philatelic Society, and the unofficial advisor to the Government on Commemorative Stamps and Covers.

It was thru the splendid efforts of Sol Glass that this plan has been consummated.

The Allentown Philatelic Society bas collaborated with us in arousing National interest in the cover and they have arranged for articles in the stamp columns of Metropolitan newspapers thruout the country and the stamp journals.

For those men who will be unable to attend the Convention, we are going to mail seven covers, with a return envelope, two of the covers will have the special cancellation and stamp and will be of interest to collectors, if any number among your friends, the other five can be used to mail out to Usaac friends. or saved as souvenirs.

Upon receiving the covers, please mail $1.00 to Usaac Memorial Fund, Box 295, Allentown, Pa.

The money thus acquired will be added to the Memorial Fund. If additional covers are desired, send 10 cents for each cover or 15 cents for those cancelled and stamped.

COPY OF PAINTING BY GERRIT V. SINCLAIR. AMBULANCE SECTION 555

TRAINING HEADQUARTERS OF THE (USAACS) UNITED STATES ARMY AMBULANCE CORPS IN WORLD WAR I. --- RECRUITED TO SERVE WITH THE FRENCH AND ITALIAN ARMIES

 

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BULLETIN ART WORK

The Editor is deeply grateful to the staff artists for the fine illustrations they have made for this issue. Bill Bailey, Gerrit Sinclair and Vic Egbert have helped us maintain the high standard of our magazine and I feel certain all Usaacs join me in expressing their appreciation. We can indeed point with much pride to this feature of the Bulletin.

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CONTRIBUTORS

To the many men who have written letters for publication, and furnished articles and suggestions, the editor voices his gratification. Col. Sayer, Charlie Winkler, Gerald Whitaker, Ted Greeman, Bill O'Brien, Arthur Peterson, Bob Johnston and Dr. Anderson and hosts of others have provided splendid material which the Usaac readers have doubtless enjoyed immensely.

Let us make 1948 a banner year and send in material for the Bulletin to insure another year of accomplishments.

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ADVERTISERS

In addition to our regular advertisers, many local concerns have purchased space to help swell the Memorial Fund. We are grateful to them for their support which all Usaacs acknowledge with thanks.

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THE COMMEMORATIVE COVER

Usaacs have been known thru their history for doing superlative and record-setting things. The Commemorative Cover is another item in the long list of firsts.

It is the first time in the history of the Post Office Department that a cachet of this kind with a special Post Office Station and special cancellation has been authorized.

We should feel highly elated in this accomplishment and help its success by sending in the dollar for the covers when they are received. It will add greatly to our National prestige and at the same time help the Memorial Fund.

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1948

When you gather your things together to make for Old Allentown, do not forget to bring some Bulletin material to turn over to the editor. It is a prerequisite for the fulfillment of the ambitious plans for next year's Bulletin

It will enable the editor to prepare copy early and will make it unnecessary to write in for material. As mentioned many times before, an editor's life can be made much happier and blood pressure average kept in low numbers if a little support is rendered without endless entreaties.

It is so easy to sit back and let George do it, but frankly a little sacrifice on your part will really supply a feeling of satisfaction that will kick back at you every time the postman brings you the Bulletin.

When news does not make its way to the avid editor it is an infallible sign of a lowered standard of interest. Let us make sure this does not happen to our much honored magazine.

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BIG BROTHERS

There are not very many surviving Big Brothers, but those that are still with us, or their widows, have been asked to join us in this year's celebration. Some have intimated they will be present and it is our hope all that are able to attend, will accept our invitation. Their interest in our Reunion has been shown both in material and moral support and once more we are indebted to these dear folks for their wonderful friendship which we will ever cherish.

 

Miscellaneous Notes

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THE KEOTA EAGLE
Keota, Iowa

Dear Winkler:

I enclose a check for the USAAC Memorial Fountain from the Book Fund of Section 588, (U. of Iowa) and also a check for my personal dues for another year.

The 583 Book Fund was established in 1921 by twenty-five of our members at $10 each with myself as treasurer. It was expected that a Section 583 History would be published. As a matter of fact, much of that history was written by Don Luscombe, myself, and perhaps others. Two-thirds of the history was once in type and a printer-Usaac was paid for his work, but due either to the mails or a contagion of carelessness, half of the proofs and all of the copy were lost in transit between the various members responsible for the "BOOK". In spite of payment for that wasted effort, and losses in a bank failure, our Book Fund is still pretty much intact. During the war years 1 converted it into War Bonds. The donation I am sending you is what was left after the bond purchase.

I have never seen any 583 news in the Bulletin so I will mention that Hamilton, Harrison, and Byington are still in Iowa City, Crawford and Safely are in Cedar Rapids, Powers is, I believe, still in Ames, Matthes in Des Moines, and that Eckman, Randklev and Amen died many years ago. I would be delighted to hear from Blum, Hood of Chester, Pa., Don Reid, John Shimanek, Tad Hungate, Bernie Brown, "Pussy" Smith, Ralph Smith, Schultz, Dodd, Olie Johnson, Taggart, LaMair, Merry, Kilbourne, and others of the old gang. Harold Levis is a judge and lives in Chariton, Iowa.

Most of us enlisted 30 years ago this month. Perhaps even yet a reunion can be had of the members still in Iowa.

Hoping this letter will revive old friendships among members of the Iowa unit, I am

Yours,                  
William C. Richardson

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NEW YORK USAAC CLUB
IN EAST ORANGE, N. J.

The June meeting was held at the spacious apartment of Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Braunsdorff (Commander and Past President respectively) at 279 Fourth Avenue, East Orange, N. J. on the evening of the 21st. After the preliminary salutations a delectible buffet supper was served by the ladies of the Auxiliary which was enjoyed by all and sundry. Our many thanks to the Braunsdorffs.

Commander Braunsdorff played a few recordings made of other meetings held in his home and the crowd applauded Major Weston's song and Adjutant Greeman's story. The meeting was then called to order.

It was decided to contract the McAlpin Hotel for the year 1947 for meetings. The question of the Memorial Fund was raised and it was unanimously agreed to do our share to help. Bob Allision closed the meeting with the suggestion that we hold future meetings weekly at the Braunsdorff's home.

The evening was completed when Ken took recordings of all the members singing and talking. Mrs. Best (Past President) tickled the baby grand and it was voted one of the grandest club meetings.

Those attending: Mr. & Mrs. George Weston. East Orange, 650, Mr. & Mrs. S. Lavine, who arrived in a new Ford from Yonkers, 527, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Greenman, Larchmont, 592, Ed told stories and Mrs. held a labor rally, Mr. & Mrs. Lou Hirschkorn, Long Island, 502, 592, 650, World War II, Lou had difficulty in warming up the cigarette lighter, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Cetrulo and petite daughter, N. J., 546, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Eisner, Brooklyn, 578, Mrs. Maud Best, who expressed desire to be hostess at the next meeting, Jacques Bernstein, Brooklyn, 526, who is to celebrate his 24th Wedding Anniversary, June, Bob Allison, Astoria, 572, Tom Porter's publicity agent, Charles Rudloff, N. Y. 577, Rudy Wilhelm, N. J. 558, Harry Toppin, Staten Island, 593, Tom Porter, Roxbury, N. Y. 599, who received a gift for his 30th Wedding Anniversary from the Club and whose wife telephoned all the way from Roxbury to East Orange to converse with members of the club.

Adjutant Greenman read a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh King who sent regrets as they were redecorating.

Many thanks to the Braunsdorffs for their gracious hospitality.

 

 

John Dean, of Pittsburgh, Pa., reports that Jim Archibold of Section 584 passed away at Fontana, California.

Members of his old section and the Usaac Association wish to express their sympathy to Jim's family. Jim had been active in Usaac affairs for many years and we will miss him, as his name is removed from our active roll.

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The members of Section 623 will be grieved to learn that Earl Raleigh has been added to the roster of our departed comrades. He died in Phila. and was buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

For many years Earl was a member of the Phila. Police Department and was very active in the K. of P., being a member of Oriental Lodge #25.

The Usaac Association extends their condolence to Earl's family.

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Section 593 lost another comrade when Joseph G. Suelzer passed away. Funeral services were conducted at St. Patrick's Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, by Rev. Curt A. Suelzer, Rev. Anthony J. Suelzer and Rev. Henry Suelzer.

At the time of his death, Joe had been in the insurance business. In the 1930's; he was Manager of the Fort Wayne branch of the Indiana Dept. of Motor Vehicles, serving under Govs. Paul V. McNutt and Clifford Townsend. He was a member of the Democratic State Committee. Joe was active in many organizations among them Holy Name Society, K. of C., Past President of the Izaak Walton League, American Legion Post 47, V. F. W., the 40 & 8, Fort Wayne Country Club and the Usaacs.

Joe is survived by his wife, two daughters, three sisters and four brothers, to all of them and his hosts of friends the Usaacs extend their sympathy.

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CHARLES G. ASHBRIDGE, HDQ. ITALY,
PASSES ON

The following letter was received by the National Adjutant.

My dear Mr. Winkler:

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of my husband, Charles Gorgas Ashbridge on May 17th at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Phila., after an illness of some weeks.

You will find record of his membership in the Usaacs. Will you please attend to the matter of announcing his death to his fellow members.

Sincerely yours,

Elsie J. Ashbridge
7814 Ardleigh St.
Chestnut Hill, Pa.

All the Usaacs join with the National Adjutant and the Editor in extending their heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Ashbridge and other members of Charles' family.

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"PETE" MAKES THE COVER OF THE
NEW HAMPSHIRE TROUBADOUR

Our P. N. C. and former Editor of The Usaac Bulletin, Arthur A. Peterson ("Pete" to us all) has made the cover of the June issue of "The New Hampshire Troubadour"--- and in full color too. We know this because we have just received a copy from the State Planning and Development Commission, publishers of the attractive little magazine. To the uninitiated the Troubadour "comes to you every month (to those who subscribe) singing the praises of New Hampshire". In our perusal of it, we find that inside of the handsome cover some 14 pages devoted to interesting articles and splendid photographic reproductions. And no advertising.

It is nothing new for any old time Usaac to know of Pete's interest in writing and photography, for he has contributed to this magazine since shortly after its founding after World War I. Until recently we did not know that "Pete's" contributions to the Usaacs even antedates those to the U. B. Seemingly he started back in Italy during the conflict. From a 527 section-mate we learn that he used to write articles while in the seat of his ambulance while awaiting the arrival of the wounded. These were published in Milan by Italians who couldn't read a word of English, in "The Ambulance Service News" edited by our now famous Basil Walters, head of the Minneapolis Star-Journal newspapers. So "Pete" started writing shortly after our artist, Gerrit Sinclair, did his sketching at the front.

"Pete's" picture on the cover of the Troubador shows a delightful bit of his state's 18 miles of coastline. A rocky flower garden in the foreground, a winding road with quaint fish houses and boats in the surf, all quite different than the vista at Mounte Grappe at the Taglimento River which "Pete" snapped from the top of a telegraph pole.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA USAACS

Oakland 12, Calif.

My dear Kahn:

This is supplementing my letter of June 3 to you as Perc Welch has passed the buck to the "company clerk"; so it will be my pleasure to give you the story on the reunion.

First, the fellows were delighted to receive 3 telegrams and as we do not know the addresses of the senders we would like to make our acknowledgment thru you. Please thank National Commander Markley for his greetings for a happy reunion. Also, our appreciation to Bob Johnston from the Stephen Maginnis Unit of Baltimore for his best wishes and our thanks to the Lehigh Valley USAACS for their greetings.

Ten of the fellows celebrated the 30th reunion on Perc Welch's ranch in Sonoma County, California. Some arrived Thursday evening, May 29, and the balance on Memorial Day, May 30. In spite of the rain a horseshoe tournament took place and when the liquid sunshine became too heavy, we gathered around the fireplace for a chance to visit and reminisce until such time as the chips were counted out and we took our place around the poker table. Fried chicken and barbecued steaks added to the enjoyment of the week-end.

Yours very truly,        
Jerry Whitaker

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NORTHWEST USAACS CELEBRATE
30th ANNIVERSARY

Northwest Usaacs gathered at the Forty and Eight Club on May 24th to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their induction into the army. Sections 570 and 571 were well represented, with a sprinkling from other sections:

Colonel Sayer was toastmaster. Colonel Hall, who organized these units at the University of Washington, was in Mexico.

Doctors Carson, Jeris and Edwards, who were inducted with the bunch as officers of Ambulance Company 112, have gone to their reward.

Telegrams of congratulation and fraternity were received from National Commander Markley; Lehigh Valley Usaacs; Stephen Meginnis Unit of Baltimore, signed by Bob Johnson, 649; R. A. Preston, New York; and Bill Smith, the cook, who resides at Allentown.

Also from Allentown came an interesting article from the Phi Kappa Sigma News Letter, with an interesting biography of Dr. Anthony S. Corbierre, (Tony Corbierre, 571) who is now Professor of Romance Languages at Muhlenberg College.

Earl Campbell, 571, wrote from Chicago, where he is director of Field Services for the National Safety Council. He spends half his time in New York, and should contact the live bunch there.

Our efficient Mayor Bill Devin, 570, was busy with a visiting delegation and sent his reluctant regrets.

Wm. P. J. Taylor, 571, who resides at 7505, Bybrook Lane, Chevy Chase, Md., was present, and received a greeting pent up for the twenty-seven years we have not seen him. He is a government architect, and will plan a post office or hospital for any Usaac who wishes one..

Other members of 570 and 571 who responded by mail were: Harold Davis, M. D.. Chicago; A. C. Keyes, Oakland, Calif.; Carl E. McClelland, San Jose, Calif.; A. P. Duryee, M. D., Everett, Wash.; Roy Gibson, Wyoming; Bob Abel, Tacoma, Wash.; Earle B. Robinson, Johnstown, Pa.; Chas. H. Walker, Yakima, Wash.; C. V. Merriam, Beaumont, Texas; Roscoe Carver, Los Angeles; Don Baker, British Columbia; Laurence J. McGinley, New York City; C. G. Kimmel, Vashon, Washington.

Officers for the coming year are Vaughn Brown, Bellingham, Washington, President, and Gale Edson, Lynden, Washington, Secretary Treasurer.

All Usaacs are cordially invited to join us in Bellingham, Washington, May 22, 1948.

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"THE BOSTON MASSACRE"
BY CHRISPUS ATTACKS BUCKLEY

5-23-47--- The annual spring meeting and dinner of the N. E. USAACs took place at the "Jester's Lounge" (very appropos), Hotel Kenmore, Boston, on Friday eve., May 23, 1947, and if you don't think that food, drink and English weren't massacred, then you don't know beans!

Twenty tried and true USAACs from as far as Providence, R. I. (Bill Boyle) and Portland, Me. (Jim Collins) gathered to get outside of a turkey dinner and beaucoup C2H5OH and also to discuss ways and means of promoting the main theme, next year's NAT'L USAAC CONVENTION or "Let's congregate and dissipate in '48 in Boston!"

After a few knuckles had been cracked and some semblance of disorder had been restored (from utter chaos) Nat'! Vice Commander Bill O'Brien read telegrams of greeting from National Commander Arthur Markley, The Lehigh Valley USAAC's and the Stephen Meginnis Unit of Baltimore. These were received with great appreciative applause.

Then a letter from National Editor Kahn was read. This epistle dealt in a humorous way, with the trials and tribulations of the National Memorial Fountain fund and all present were urged to talk to any USAAC with whom they came in contacting their daily wanderings and obtain contributions for this worthy cause. All at the meeting appreciate what a tremendous and thankless job is the above and the Memorial Committee deserves great praise.

The following were present (despite the weather- it had rained for 3 days)

Herman A. Leighton, 599; Charlie Nason, 511; D. D. Bachman, 611; Bill O'Brien, 544; Louise Bonder, Italy; Dick Hubbell, Parc I; Ray Wolloff, 511; Bill Herbits, EAC 6; Reg Emmons, 511; Jack Lamb, 599; Russ Maintain, 544; Jim Collins, 544; Bill Boyle, Parc C; Chet Howell, 544; P. N. C. Ted Kemp; Charlie Burke, 599; Horace Wood, 544; Dan McLaughline, 544; Charlie Miller, 544; Bill Clancy, 599.

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AFTER DINNER "MINTSKY'S"

It was difficult to get "Reg Emmons" (511) from the "Jesters Lounge" to the "Appley Room"; he looks so much like the late George.

When Chet Howell (544) the sculptor and designer of note, was asked if he would strike a medal on which would be the head of the original Buckley, for the USAAC Convention (if held in Boston) his answer was a loud 'Buckleys Initials!").

We received a greeting in the form of a lovely brochure of New Hampshire from P. N. C. and P. N. Ed. "Pete"; the front cover of which is a beautiful colored photo scene by "Pete" himself. The scene is "Little Boar's Head" at North Hampton, N. H. Arthur is now connected with the "State Planning and Development Commission, Concord, New Hampshire."

Jack Lamb (599) regaled the lads with the tale of his narrow escape from becoming a juror on the panel of Mass. latest murder trial, the "Goodale Case" (Note to Ye Ed. 'You were on the Cape when this happened. Goodale was freed. I wonder- --- --?)

Jack considered himself more fortunate to be breaking bread and bottles with us than watching exhibit "A" in a gruesome trial at Plymouth, Mass.

The above mentioned case ties in with the absence from our midst of Harold Morton. Harold, it seems, is the Manager of the Plymouth Rock Hotel, where the jury sitting on this trial were quartered.

The gratitude of the gathering for the success of the dinner goes to our State St. Solicitor of note, Bill Herbits (EAC 6). Bill knows his bistros as he lolls week-ends at one of the finest on Cape Cod, "The Indian River Inn", Plymouth, Mass. The reason Bill takes his leisure there has nothing to do with the fact that the Charming Mrs. H. is "Mine Hostess" Not much! Bill, Jr., 9 years, the heir to his millions, won a spelling contest at Miami Beach, Fla. this winter and the old man was as proud as a pouter pigeon.

Limbs are my down-fall, Bill, Hope I get a Pass for my next date!

Russ Maintain (544) the guiding genius of Maintain Engineering Co. has a daughter graduating from Newton High School, Newton, Mass. this spring. Congrats to the Maintains.

The boys were all sorry to learn of the recent illness of Joe Rondina. Get well speedily Joe. Good men are scarce!

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PHILA. USAAC POST #1 BANQUET

Despite the rainy weather which started after the annual banquet got under way, one of the finest crowds we have had in recent years were on hand to attend this affair which is the outstanding social event of The Phila. Post. It was held as McCallister's, 1811 Spring Garden St., Phila., on the evening of June 7th. Ira Weaver, Post Commander presided. At the speaker's table were Arthur Markley, National Commander, and Mrs. Markley, Mrs. Weaver, Mrs. Ward, National President of the Auxiliary and Mr. Ward. Mrs. Charles Klein, President of Phila. Post Auxiliary, and Mrs. Klein, Rev. Guy Bensinger, National Chaplain, and Mrs. Bensinger.

One of the best features was the splendid showing of out of town Usaacs. From New York, Tom Porter, and Mrs. Best, Mr. & Mrs. Braunsdorff, Mr. & Mrs. Hirschkorn, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Eisner, Jacques Bernstein, Rudy Wilhelm, his wife and daughter. From Baltimore, Mr. & Mrs. Sol Glass, Mr. & Mrs. Johnston, and Bill Laidlaw. From Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mr. & Mrs. Ross, Mr. & Mrs. Haefling and from Atlantic City, Sam Moore and his wife, Ed. Kasten, and his wife, and their daughters from New Brunswick, N. J. From Allentown, Pa., Past National Commander Walter Davidson, and Mrs. Davidson, and Mrs. Gilbert, and from Little Creek, Delaware, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Young. The National Commander spoke of the forthcoming Convention, and urged everyone to be present if possible on the opening day. He promised an enjoyable program for the three days. James Hill of Section 503 was called to the speakers' table, and presented with a Life Membership Certificate. It was his birthday and his wife presented him with the certificate. To say that he was surprised was putting it mildly. Also present from Allentown was Hewitt Kahn, Editor of the Usaac Bulletin.

The speaker of the evening was Rev. Guy Bensinger, who in his own forceful style, delivered the address.

The usual splendid food was enjoyed by all, after which there was dancing. The committee wishes to thank all those who contributed the splendid prizes which were won by Lucky Usaacs.

We wish at this time to thank Mr. Robert Du Bois for his splendid singing, and also Harry Davie for leading the singing.

Private First Class Warren Ward, son of Mr. & Mrs. Ward of Lewistown, Pa. was with us. He is stationed at Fort Bragg, N. C. and returned there the next day.

Two wedding anniversaries were announced. Mr. & Mrs. Jasper Smith, of Phila., their 24th, and Mr. & Mrs. Harry Eisner, their 22nd. We wish them many more years of happiness. I wish to thank the members of my committee who gave me such splendid help. Ben Bowen, Bill Raudenbush, Fullwood Hayes, and Tom Paget. I hope we gave you all an enjoyable evening, and that we will all be together in Allentown on August 2l-22-23.

Charles Winkler

Telegrams were received from PNC Wilson Corwin of Baltimore and Vice-Commander Wm. B. O'Brien of Dorchester, Mass.

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LEHIGH VALLEY USAAC CLUB

A meeting of the Lehigh Valley Usaac Club was held at their Club Room, Thursday evening, June 19th.

The Chairmen of the various Convention Committees reported on the progress of their activities to Chairman Davidson. From present indications the affair should prove a big success and it is hoped a record attendance will reward their tireless efforts.

Chairman Kahn of the Memorial Committee announced that a letter had been recently mailed to all Usaacs who had not contributed to the Memorial Fund and it is hoped the boys will reply promptly to the appeal.

A sad announcement was made, Edward Reese, Jr., son of Edward A. Reese of Section 612, student at Muhlenberg College was drowned in the Little Lehigh River, following a party given by his classmates at a farm near Allentown. During the war, Edward served on the U. S. S. Cecil in the Pacific.

The meeting ended with an expression of congratulations for Bill Smith, the Club Commander, who has just been elected Commander of the American Legion Post in Allentown.

Section 501

The Phila. Usaac Club's Annual Dinner was a bang up affair for Section 501. In spite of terrible weather there were somewhere between 150 and 200 at McCallisters. The Section was well represented with the following men present: Clarence Keifrider, Hillary Parry, PNC Walter Davidson, Bill Jones, Bill Humphreys, Ted D'Autrechy and Tom Ellis.

It was the first time Ted D'Autrechy had been on hand for at least 20 years and he was sure welcomed by the gang. We hope Ted will be with us in Allentown for the 28th Reunion in August.

Tom Ellis furnished the editor with an itinerary of the section's war record and the original roster. It will be published in the Bulletin in an early issue. The boys will be interested to learn that Jesse Buzby of San Juan, Puerto Rico is now a Life Member of the Association.

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Section 503

On the occasion of the banquet on Saturday, June 7th, which is sponsored by the Phila. Usaac Post #l, the section had a nice turnout, despite the weather which seems to pick out banquet evenings, the same as Armistice services in Allentown.

Nevertheless, the following were on hand with their wives, and their families: John Hodges, Fullwood Hayes, and a party of friends, James Hill, Lou Floro Jasper Smith, Douglas J. McHenry, Joseph Dougherty, Ira Weaver, Charles Winkler. We had expected Ed. Joachim of Athens, Pa., but he was not present. Mrs. John E. Scalley was also present. Gordon Mackey wrote a letter regretting very much his inability to be present, as the college which his son, Jim, is attending were having commencement exercises.

Hope the section will be just as well represented at Allentown, Aug. 21-22-23 for the convention.

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Section 529

When the invitations for the Phila. Usaac Post 1 Banquet were mailed out early in May, one went to Claude W. Edgett, of Collingswood, N. J. On May 27 the following letter was received:

"Sorry I can't be with you--- but my Uncle Sammie flew me out here in April. It may be only temporary duty. Oahu is nothing like it was in War times--- more like a picnic now.

Captain Claude W. Edgett
Hawaiian Ordinance Depot
A. P. O. 958, % P. M.
San Francisco, Calif.

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Section 546

Baltimore, Md.

Dear Usaacs,

As you will know I said good-bye to a few of you about the middle of Dec. 1946.

Well since that time I have been on three ships and am now in a beautiful cargo-passenger ship and we are due to leave Baltimore on the 26th of May for New Orleans, La., then back to New York where we are due to leave for the Far East on the 12th of June.

The ports that we will stop at are as follows: Alexandria, Egypt; Haifa, Jerusalem; Jidda in the Red Sea where it's 125 degrees in the shade and there isn't any shade; Port Sudan, Egypt; Karachi, India; Bombay, India; Colombo in Ceylon; Madras, India; Calcutta, India then perhaps to Singapore and the Philippines.

We expect to be gone from 5 to 6 months and it's my tough luck to be hitting all these very hot ports in summer.

Will you please forward this letter to the National Publisher so that some of my friends can be posted where I am.

Give my regards to all the boys.

Very truly yours,                   

Ira Kornbluth                       
Steward, S. S. Steel Executive
Isthmian S. S. Line                

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Section 557

To Eugene B. d'Oronzio, now living in Columbia, S. C., goes the honor of being the first man to make hotel reservations for the 28th Annual Convention.

Gene wrote in the latter part of April to make sure he would not have to sleep in the old pig stables as he did in 1917.

Judging from the letterhead, he is connected with the Carolina Concrete Block Co., Inc.

Hard job- this making Irish confetti.

Gene would like to see some of his old Section gang at the Convention.

Charlie Mulgrew of San Diego, Calif. sent in an article and cuts taken from the Los Angeles Times showing Adolphen Menjou appearing before the Congressional Committee investigating un-American activities. He told Chairman J. Parnell Thomas and Rep. John McDowell that the little people in Hollywood were afraid to speak out against Communists. Our question is---Who the devil are they afraid of? Charlie sends his regards to all his section friends.

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Section 573

Greenwich, Conn.

Dear Pank:

In reply to your card of April 1st, I must admit you should ask some one else about me, how great I am, and how the country needs me as well as a good 5¢ cigar and so forth and so on. Being extremely modest, how can I help you out.

However, my boy, Cornelius F. McCarty, Jr., is graduating from the 8th grade in St. Mary's School at the ripe age of 13 years old, while my daughter, Jean Marie, 10 years old, is stepping up to the 5th grade. Both are healthy and strong and naturals for the moving and heavy hauling business.

My wife, Nellie T., has retained her youth and girlish figure and spends the whole summer on Long Island Sound sailing our good ship, "Jabberwocky".

My business has gradually grown for the past 25 years and I find things have eased off a bit and I am enjoying my old age.

Never see any Usaacs as small town and small time affairs take all my time. The recent war curtailed our activities and there we are.

So hoping above is helpful and with sincere good wishes, I am,

Cornelius F. McCarty
557 and 573             

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Section 593

Erwin Davison of 593 and later of the Intelligence Service while in France in World War I has been touring the foreign countries as representative of his firm, W. R. Pressprich & Co., investments, 68 William Street, N. Y. C., a card received by Simmy revealed he was in Belgium, France, Scotland, England, Switzerland and the three Scandinavian countries. He also stated, Most Cordial Regards to all- --Dave.

Roland Bordet, 83 Rue Dutot, Paris XV., Laboratoire des Vaccins Pasteur Pour L'Etranger, son of Albert Bordet, of 71 Avenue d'Orleans, Brunoy (S-et-O) France, who was connected with Section 593 from the time of our landing on the French coast until we left France, flew from Paris to LaGuardia where he was met by H. Toppin. Roland stayed at a hotel in New York City as he wanted to be near the Bright White Way, paying a half-hour visit to Top's home in Staten Island. Roland stayed three days when he left by plane for Medellin, Colombia, South America, from Newark Airport, with a stop over at Miami, where he was met by Comrade Sam Malmud, staying as Mal's guest for the day.

On his return from Colombia, he again paid Mal a visit, then flew to Newark Airport. Arriving at New York City, where he was a guest of A. Simmons (Simmy) that evening. On Friday, next day, he found he could get passage on a plane for Paris so with Top helping him get around the city quickly in getting merchandise for gifts and visiting restaurants where he could get steaks and more steaks, he took off at 2 P. M. for Paris. He was sorry he could not have met all the boys of 593 but as he said: "I will return in four months, then I will make it a point to see them all."

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Section 604

Chancy Shonk is still hospitalized and has been moved from the Nanticoke State Hospital, Pa., to a Veterans' Hospital in Saratoga, N. Y., but mail your cheer-up cards to his residence, R. D. #l, Hunlocks Creek, Pa.

Tom Owen, Sr., Trenton, N. J., is recuperating at his home after an appendectomy.

The emergency USAAC Corps, organized during the war at Mercer Hospital, Trenton, N. J., is still in operation and continuing the wonderful job performed by that outfit during the war emergency. Patients and officials sing out the praises for the fine job being done by these men.

Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Wagner, Forty-Fort, Pa., announce the birth of a son, Ronald Sheldon, on March 29th. Mrs. Wagner is the former Lois Owen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Owen, Sr. (604), Trenton, N. J.

Mr. and Mrs. John Benes, Rome, N. Y., announce the marriage of their daughter, Gwen, to Thomas A. Owen, Jr., Trenton, N. J. Wedding took place April 18th, 1947.

Mrs. Owen served with the Waves, attended Rider College and is employed with the WAA. Mr. Owen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Owen (604), Trenton, N. J., served with the AAF, attended Rider College and is the proprietor of the College Cleaners and Dyers, Trenton, N. J.

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Section 612

Clarendon, Texas

Dear Charlie:

Have just received the June issue of the USAAC Bulletin and finished reading it from hack to back. Enjoyed "meeting" many of the boys. I knew personally and several that I knew only by having seen their names on the Section Rosters.

I came into Allentown with Section 612 from Texas University which was later on broken up and used as replacements for other Sections.

I was connected with Headquarters there in Allentown until The Italian Contingent went overseas. Sgt. Wilbur Hunter, Sgt. Allen Quirk, Sgt. Derval Jones, Sgt. Charles Ashbridge, and Sgt. Brooks Reichenbach, son of the Mayor of Allentown being a few I remember very vividly. Mayor Reichenbach did all he could do for the many boys who passed thru Camp Crane and his memory will always be tops with me.

The Big Brothers of Allentown who did so much to make life worth living during the year many of us spent there can never be forgotten. I wonder how many of them are still active.

I wonder if anyone can tell me if Major Rasmussen who was adjutant of the Italian Contingent is still alive. I would like to get in touch with him. I had a letter from Col. C. P. Franklin some time ago, but I believe he passed away.

Do you know the address of Sgt. Erskine Paris who was a staff driver for Col. Persons? Also a Sgt. Spalding from New York state.

My family consists of my wife and two sons. The older boy is three and a half years with the Navy, being a gunnery officer on a heavy cruiser and made the trip from the Philippines by way of Okinawa and into Tokio finally. He is flow a sophomore in Medical School at Galveston, a part of The University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Several years ago the Bulletin carried a list of the addresses of members at that time. I believe that would be a good thing some time when you. run short of material to complete your, bulletin.

I would enjoy very much making the reunion in August but have already planned my schedule for the summer and shall be in Colorado and California for the next three months.

With best regards to all and good wishes for a big and happy Reunion.

Sincerely yours,

Clyde Douglas
       Section 612, Texas

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Section 637

A short time ago the editor was furnished a splendid diary with many photographs by Ed. Jenney of Rutland, Vt. It is a very complete record of his, and Section 657's war activities and it will be published in the Bulletin in serial form. .

One of the pictures was marked Smith, on the back with reference to the Keystone Auto Club. By a rare coincidence the editor received a letter from Jim Cummings the same day enclosing a copy of the Keystone Automobile Club Bulletin, showing a picture of J. Maxwell Smith, President of the Club with Governor Duff and Senator Martin of Pennsylvania at the dedication ceremony of the new home of the Keystone Automobile Club.

This picture was mailed to Ed Jenney and he in turn sent the snapshot of J. Maxwell Smith to the latter. The two letters appearing below are the result of this coincidence.

Dr. E. B. Jenney     
Rutland, Vermont

Dear Mr. Kahn:

I appreciate your recent letter. You can do what you wish with the material that I sent you. Please do not lose any of it.

I am sending the picture of Maxwell Smith to him. The picture is correct. I heard from Maxwell Smith, and it was a very interesting letter.

Sincerely yours,     
Dr. Edward B. Jenney

Keystone Automobile Club
220 South Broad Street, Philadelphia 2
3Office of the President

My dear Kahn:

Yours of the 23rd is very interesting. Ted Jenney was one of my best friends in the section. 1 had known that he completed his dental studies on his return from the Army and that he was practicing dentistry in Rutland. Vermont, but had lost track of him some years since.

It would not surprise me if the photographs to which you allude were copies of my original photographs taken with a bantam camera that I had with me in France during those golden months. I secured copies of them for most of the boys in the section. I remember particularly that Ted had gotten a set.

What an amazing coincidence that develops in that you were with Borton Weeks. I wish I could join you at McCallisters on the evening of June 7th, but unfortunately we are involved in some of the graduation exercises of Haverford School on that night and therefore won't be free.

However, I sincerely hope sometime when you are down here you will drop in on us and make yourself known to me.

Sincerely,       
J. Maxwell Smith

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'Listen to Us'

By JACK R. MCCARTHY

Please listen to us. We are the ones who have lain in hospitals for months and years. The war did that to us. It crushed our bodies. But bodies heal in time. What takes so long to heal are the scars upon our minds and souls. At first the bitterness and disillusionment which conquered our very breath was unbearable. Even now, at times, this mood returns to haunt us. But we are learning.

Being tied to beds by traction to our legs and plaster casts which cover most of our bodies has given us a different measurement of time. We no longer rush. We do not measure a day by traffic lights, or the elusive dollar. Our time is governed by thoughts rather than action.

We are the fortunate ones. For the first time in our lives we have learned to rely wholly upon our minds. We want nothing but to show others what we have learned. We have learned that wars are useless. Do they stop people from hating? We have learned that they don't---have you? We have learned that wars are also impractical. We know that if there is another one, medical science will be useless. No doctor can mend a body splattered into space. We are the ones who have learned that better than anyone.

We have learned that the man in the ward who is the "griper," and is out for himself, is the lonely one. We have learned to share. When the fellow next. to us cries out in pain, we try to help him. We do not ask what color he is or what church he attends. We have learned that love and understanding conquer where penicillin and surgery fail.

Because our physical disability has often barred us from jobs, we feel a kinship with the Negro and the Jew whose spiritual disability---which has been imposed upon him by the world---leaves him standing outside a closed door. We have learned that equality is a thing of the mind and soul.

Please listen to us. Let us share with you what we have learned. While lying in bed paralyzed, with blinded eyes, and with limbless bodies, we have learned that peace is won and kept through sharing and feeling equal. We have learned that we are our brothers' keepers. These things which we have learned are yours. Please listen to us.

Reprinted by Special Permission of The New York Times, Copyright 1947.

The following letters are self explanatory. Ed.

The New York Times
Times Square

Julius Ochs Adler
General Manager

My dear Mr. Kahn:

Absence from New York for several days has prevented heretofore my acknowledgment of your letter of May 29th.

We have no objection to the reprinting of the article "Listen. to Us" by Jack McCarthy, with proper credit. It is customary, however, to get the author's permission and I would suggest that you get in touch with M. McCarthy direct. His home address is 100 East 21st Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Sincerely yours,        
Julius Ochs Adler

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Authors' Workshop for Veterans
500 Park Avenue
New York 22, N. Y.

Dear Mr. Kahn,

It would certainly be all right to re-print my article. In fact I am pleased that such a fine organization as yours noticed it.

It seems fitting, I think, to add to my article that it is up to the little people where peace is concerned. There will be world happiness if each and everyone of us loves instead of hates. We must be ourselves, no matter where we are.

With best wishes to all for their future success, I am

Sincerely,         
Jack R. McCarthy

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LIFE MEMBERS

The National Association is glad to welcome the latest additions to the growing list of LIFE MEMBERS.

They are James Hill, Phila., Section 503 and Jesse M. Buzby of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Section 501.

Jim Hill was presented with the Life Membership by his wife on the occasion of his birthday, and the certificate was given to him by Commander Ira Weaver of the Phila. Usaac Club at their Annual Banquet.

The roster is growing larger each year. Add your name to this group of loyal Usaacs.

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LETTERS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO
SECTION 587

Dr. W. E. Stevenson, President
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

My dear Doctor:

On behalf of the (Usaacs), U. S. Ambulance Corps Association, I wish to offer our congratulations and best wishes for your success as the new president of Oberlin.

The members of Section 587, the Oberlin College Unit, in particular extend their congratulations.

Thirty years ago Oberlin College recruited an ambulance unit and they reported to Camp Crane, in Allentown, Pa. for their basic training. Among the men in that section was Dr. Robert M. Hutchins, Chancellor of the University of Chicago.

The Usaac Association is proud to number among its active members, Dr. Morgan Odell, president of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore., Dr. Lawrence Gould, president of Carleton College, Minn. and Dr. Robt. Buzzard, president of Illinois State Teachers College, and over two score members of various faculties of colleges and universities throughout the country.

The Association, in spite of heavy losses over the years, and the fact that the members reside in practically every state in the Union, has held firmly together and this year celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Camp Crane, during their 28th Annual Reunion, to be held here in Allentown in August.

A copy of our quarterly magazine has been mailed to you and it will describe our present activities.

With congratulations once more from our men, I remain

Yours very truly,

Hewitt Pank Kahn, Editor Usaac Bulletin

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Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio
Office of the President

Dear Mr. Kahn:

Thank you for your letter of congratulations and good wishes for my success as president of Oberlin College.

I am grateful, too, for the information about the Oberlin College Unit in the USAACS. This is one bit of information about Oberlin's contribution to the First World War that had not come to my attention.

I hope that the 28th Annual Reunion of your organization will be a happy and a profitable occasion.

Very sincerely yours,       
William E. Stevenson

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SECTION 501's FLAG PRESERVED

The flag presented to the Stoneman's Fellowship by the Baptist Temple in Phila., and flown in Allentown, France, Germany and Belgium has been kept by Bud Hardiman of Oregon for 28 years, and he is returning it to the Section at the Convention this year. It will be turned over to the Phila. Usaac Post as custodian in the future. Incidentally, it was the first official flag used at Camp Crane.

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JESSE M. BUZBY OF SECTION 501

Charlie Winkler just announced that Jesse M. Buzby of San Juan, Puerto Rico has joined the ranks of LIFE MEMBERS. The members of Sect. 501, along with all the Usaacs, congratulate Jesse for his splendid loyalty. To keep up his interest in the Association, living so far away from Usaac contacts, is indeed a fine commentary on the value of remaining in touch with your old friends.

Here is a story I am sure Jesse will enjoy reading when he gets this copy of the Bulletin:

Pank Kahn was in New York for the International Stamp Exhibition, held at the Grand Central Palace. Arriving early one morning he decided to go over to the Hotel Shelton, nearby, to make a phone call. As is often the case, the three booths were being used by some gabby women and while waiting to put in the call, he noticed a couple who seemed extremely annoyed at being kept waiting so long, so he suggested they use the first phone available as he was in no hurry.

This lead to some casual conversation, and, noticing the lady had a delightful foreign accent, he remarked, "I judge you are not an American." She replied she was French and Spanish and lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her husband was a Canadian and represented the Canada Dry Co. in Puerto Rico. Their name, Fairbank.

During the course of the conversation that ensued, Pank mentioned he knew one or two people in San Juan and mentioned Jesse Buzby. She fairly flew out of the chair as she informed Pank she knew the Buzbys very well; in fact taught their children Spanish and played bridge with them very frequently.

He asked her to convey a message to him and she said, "better than that, you write a note to him," and took a letter from her bag and Pank wrote a few lines on the back. He sent greetings from all the boys of 501 and other Usaacs he may remember. Jesse will be mighty happy to hear from some of his old pals, so send him a line. His address is Box 1728, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Fort Ticonderoga
New York

Dear Pank:

The article in the Bulletin on Fort Ticonderoga was swell-you really did a fine job.

We would like to have any extra copies you might have of the Bulletin containing the story. The photographs were returned and many thanks.

As much as I would like to attend the Convention, I find it impossible to get away---this as you know is our busy season and it is now underway.

I received the picture of Steve Pelt taken in the Radiator, many thanks.

Tell all the Usaacs to get up to see us when they get an opportunity.

Kindest regards,              
Milo King (Manager)

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HARRY TOPPIN RECEIVES SOME
USAAC MAIL

A letter from Henry "Hank" Harwood Lamont, 1155 North Latrobe Avenue, Chicago 51, Ill., contained a nice donation for the USAAC Memorial Fountain Fund. Hank says: "I think this is a wonderful idea and hope to be able to get to Allentown to see it. I may be able to get to the convention this year." My oldest son, Donald, was just discharged from the Army as a Lab. Technician.

A letter from Dr. Cronin, Leominster, Mass., said: Just reading Bulletin, I think it swell, but do not see notes about NYU 592-503-594 men, how come? I will try to make convention. My daughter is now vacationing, she attends Simmons College, nursing course, which is a 5-year course and she is entering her 5th year. Do you hear from Vail, Karl, Simmy, Nick, Braz, or any of the others? Let's get together.