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TRENCH and CAMP
August 26, 1919

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   ECHOES FROM THE HILL

By L.C.Kellogg,

 

 Sgt. James W. Bayes and Bn. Sgt. Maj. William Longhead, of the Recruit Educational Center, were recently appointed Army field clerks.

 Louis Wiesblum, of the Transfer Center, has returned from a ten days’ leave

 “Clarence” Bohm, of the Information Section, retuned the other day from his home town, Batavia, N.Y. where he spent a few days’ leave
 
In view of the fact that there are hundreds of field clerks in camp who are in the best of physical trim, it was a great disappointment to notice that at a track meet held recently only a couple of clerks turned out for the events. It is expected that another meet will be held on Labor Day and it is to be hoped that as many clerks as possible will enter the events. Prizes will be given to the winners.

Mr. Dakle, one of the typists in the information Section at the Station “Y” Hut, is back after spending a few days in his home city, Buffalo.

 About forty field clerks recently returned from Mitchel Field. Thirty were former Mitchel Field. Thirty were former Upton clerks who were sent to Garden City about a month ago.

 Why the smiles? Honest, one little corner of the receiving desk up in the Camp Distribution Office has become so sunny and cherry these last few days that its going to be nicknamed the original Sunshine Corner, so the say. Its one and only inhabitant, chief executer, and only voter, taxOpayer, .‘ent-payer, public official is not—”Sunny Jim”, but Sunny Charlie”. Reference is made to Field Clerk Charles J. Vick. Now as all the Distribution Division knows, Sunny Charlie has recently had a whacking fine leave of a whole big week. And if you didn’t believe it was “some leave” just ask any reputable resident of a certain section of the city of Rochester. A certain fare damsel of that metropolis might also have a large word to say on the subject and an especially bright smile to tribute. There is even a rumor that a good deal of “Sunny” Charlie’s” present happiness is a reflection of that smile. Keep it up, “Sunny Charlie” of that sunny corner.

 Cook Carl A. Stople, of the School for Bakers and Cooks, has been promoter to be a sergeant first class (instructor in cooking).

 Pvt. Andrew P. Walkowak, of the Enlisted Detachment Camp Headquarters, has been promoted to sergeant. Andrew, who saw considerable overseas service, is a boxer of ability.

Clerk Fred G. Butler, of the Special Orders Department, has on several recent occasions been a storm center of military argument. For some reason or another many of the boys do insist on picking up every little thing which Fred spouts out from his long and varied experience in the army. He has seen more service, generally speaking, than all the rest of the men in the office put together, except for some of the regular Army enlisted men on duty as orderlies, or a few of the M. T. C. motorcycle drivers who were over across as well as he was. At the same time, if you want to start something classy in the way of verbal fireworks in that office, just ask Butler to outline the make-up of the Second Division when it was on the western front. But be sure that Mashmore, of the 23~ Infantry, isn’t in the room!

 Ewald C. Rosene has returned from a short leave. It is reported on good authority that Ewald, while away from Upton, became a benedict. Of coarse, if it is the truth, congratulations.

 Messrs. John J. Dawley and Grover Cleveland recently returned from leaves.

 Clarence E. Tiffany, the “haw-haw” clerk in the Special Orders Department. is enjoying a well-earned leave. He has gone to a Connecticut shore resort with his mother. “Tiff’ is missed because of his geniality. Recently he received a handsome war souvenir badge which was presented by his home town, Naugatuck, Conn., to all soldiers from that place who served in the war. It looks mighty well in Tiffany's broad breast. Atta boy, “Tiff’ old scout.

 Harold B. Weed, of the Camp Insurance, office, is back after a few days’ leave in his home city Bridgeport, Conn.

 Leslie Peckham, of the Transfer Center, is Back from a short stay in Spring Harbor, L.I. it goes great without saying that Les spent a great deal of his time in Farmingdale, L.I. there’s a reason- Id say so!

 Messrs. Aaron and Nelson, who formerly worked ant Camp Headquarters, are now on duty at the Receiving Station.

 Henry Borst, who for over a year has been stenographer to the various commanding officers of the camp, is enjoying a well earned vacation. Before coming to Upton last spring, Henry was employed by the Board of Estimate, New York City.

 Joe Shulkin, of the Distribution Desk at the Camp Distribution Office, is nursing a grudge. In fact, he has a large bone to pick with that famous conveyance of spent pocket books and ascribes it to a wild ride back to camp on that time honored and never forgotten junket wagon that he was suddenly attacked a recent day with a stab of sickness about the region of the digestive organs. He was obliged to put himself down as sick in quarters for a whole half a day, much to the sorrow of Clerks Schwartz and Calvello, who between them had to do some of Joe’s work.

Army Offers Training In Countless Trades

  The handsome, red-covered Souvenir program of the Independence Day Celebration at Upton contained an interesting article on the educational and vocational opportunities now held out in the service to enlisted men. It was as follows:

“Our Army is being developed into the greatest educational and vocational institution that has ever been conceived. Schools have been opened in various parts of the United States and instruction is being given in about sixty different trades. All army posts have schools for the instruction of enlisted men in Grammar, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geography, History and other studies comprised in a common school course. In the A. E. F. approximately ten thousand officers and men are attending the famous old universities of France and England.

 At camp Upton a Recruit Educational Center has been established where illiterates, non-English-speaking citizens and aliens are being put though a four months’ course in three “R’s, Aliens may enlist three years and at the expiration of enlistment take out final citizenship papers.

 Men desiring foreign service may be sent to Panama, Hawaiian Islands, Philippine Islands, Siberia, Alaska, China and A.E.F.

 Those with previous service may enlist for one or three years. All others may enlist for thee years. The following branches are open: Infantry, Calvary, Field Artillery, Ordinance Department, Coast Artillery Corps, Medical Department, Signal Corps, Tank Corps, Air Service, Motor Transport Corps, Quartermaster Corps, Corps of engineers and Construction Division, Q.M.C.

 Every man with a technical education or desiring one would find congenial work in the Motor Transport Corps, Air Service, Tank Corps, or Coast Artillery. All of those different branches maintain schools where courses of from five and one-half to nine months are given.

 “The Air Service School is the best equipped institution of its kind in the country. The Construction Division Q.M.C. offers excellent opportunities for skilled workmen or apprentices to learn any one of twenty six trades. Other schools for enlisted specialist are the schools for Bakers and cooks, Saddlers’ schools, Farriers’ and Horseshoers’ schools.

 

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