march 11, 1919

March 11, Vol. 2, No. 23


Enlisting Here For The Regulars

            Authorization has come from Washington within the last few days to resume recruiting from the regular army and the United States recruiting office at Upton Boulevard, in charge of captain Arthur E. Schobeck, is ready to furnish information and advice to all men interested. Reenlistments are accepted for the one and three-year period, with the pay the same for the various grades. The first man to be excepted was Francis O’Rourke, of Mattituck, L. I., Who had just been discharged as a second lieutenant and reenlisted with his previous grade a first sergeant. He was assigned to the 42nd infantry. Numerous inquiries have come to Captain Schobeck and quite a few men are showing a favorable disposition toward the opportunity to become members of the regular outfit. Enlistments are accepted here, reported to the adjutant general’s office, from which assignment is made to the branch of service preferred.

            The War Department circular, No. 101, says that: “The commanding officers of camps, post and stations to which men are in listed under these instructions may assign them to an organization at the camp, post for station if such an organization is of the arm, staff, corps or department for which they are accepted , provided the authorized strength of the organization is not exceeded.”

            Following provisions of the bulletin say that: “Men drafted or enlisted subsequently to April 1, 1917, who request to be in enlisted under the provisions of such enlistment law as may be enacted will be discharged from the military service and enlisted in such arm, staff, corps or department as they may elect. In such cases the necessary precautions will be taken to insure re-enlistments. Such men, however, may be retained on the duties in which they are engaged at the time of discharge until they can be spared or replaced. “

            Capt. Schobeck is glad to see any man who are about to receive discharge and are considering the regular service.


Motor-bike Cops To Break Up Upton Road Speeding

            Motorcycle military police are to be placed on Upton Road to prevent motorists from speeding, according to Lieutenant Edward A. Moore, Camp Service Officer.

            “Drivers of motor vehicles, “ said Lieutenant Moore, “ must stop speeding on the new Upton Road leading from camp out to the Merrick Road. While the road is a good one, it is comparatively narrow and the ground on the sides is very soft so that it is dangerous for an automobile to run even a foot or two off the pavement. There have been accidents and it is obviously necessary that autoists take the precaution to drive carefully. Continued speeding will result in the arrest of the offenders.”


Reception Given For Gen. and Mrs. Nicholson

            General and Mrs. Nicholson where tendered an in formal reception by the officers of the camp at the Officer’s’ Club last Friday evening.

            Col. Latrobe, Col. O’ Shea, Lieut. Col. Abbott, Lieut. Col. Jones, Lieut. Col. Paust, Maj. Speer, Maj. Wheaton, Maj. Smith and others were in the receiving line. About two hundred and fifty officers were present.

            The building was attractively decorated with American flags. Lemonade was served during the dance and at 11 o'clock everybody adjourned to the Officers’ House for a birthday supper of chicken salad, sandwiches, coffee and ice cream.

            The members of the Committee on Arrangements were Col. Latrobe, Col. Abbott and Col. Jones.


DOUGHBOY DOPE By Dope The Doughboy




            Well, we finally turned our back on the Enemeezer, after we’d turned him on his back.






            We might remark tha Ol’ Glory has been discharged considerably. She's got seven red stripes.

                                                MY STARS!



            As the girl remarked when her khaki sweetie hugged her:  “You have forward arms, Manuel!”



            We have yet to see the cootie that's not a bullet and saved the life of its wearer.



                                                THAT’S ONE ON YOU!



            Those rural chaps who became doughboys will now revert to type as HOE-BOYS.

                                                            OH BOY!


            One buddy who “visited” Germany during the melee, remarked that from hearing so much German spoken he judged the place was full of Aliens.


            Or that a lotta people came from Milwaukee and Cincinnati.


            Leaving the service is like a gun being discharged minus the kick.

                                                            HOW COME!


            The greatest ground for discharge yet discovered here is advanced by a Little Nemo Who has been clerking it over a pipe machine I have things to have a position waiting for him in a Shooting Gallery.

                                                            GAS ALERT!


            “Hello, doughboy”!

            “I ain't no doughboy.”


            “Been tossin’ them theah leopard cubes, and I’se just plain Boy now.”





Urges Discharged Men To Return To Their School

            In his talks to the soldiers about to be discharged, Major Ferris, the Camp Morale Officer, urges those men who left the service to return to their studies.

            He also advises high school graduates who fail to go to college to take it vantage, if possible, of the opportunity now offered them by colleges everywhere. Even soldiers with a common school education have now a chance to go on with further schooling and evening for continuation fasteners.



Camp Faces Biggest Demobilization Task In Handling 27th Division

            Demobilization with record-breaking speed is the welcome that Camp Upton is going to give the battle-scarred regiment of the Twenty-seventh when they come here after the parade in New York.

            The plans are completed and everything is in readiness for the biggest and most important task the discharge machinery in camp has yet had to undertake.

            The majority of men in the Division being old New York guardsmen, will get their honorable discharge at Upton; some of the draft replacement increments will be sent to other camps throughout the country.

            The Division Will be mobilized as a whole for the parade, the units assembling from Camp Mills and Camp Merritt. Two days will be spent in New York and then the division will come to Camp Upton.

            Just what an overwhelmingly large proportion of the men will be discharged from here is indicated by the schedule of the troops that came over on the transport Leviathan alone. Of the 10,243 officers and men who made the trip on that shift, the following are slated for demobilization here:

                                               Officers        Men

105th Infantry…………………68                2,239

106th Infantry…………………57                2,039

107th Infantry, Field and Staff;

            1st and 2nd Battalion Headquarters, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H

                                                38                1,043

105th Machine Gun Battalion Headquarters Detachment, Medical and Ordinance Detachments, Companies A, B, C and D

                                                16                 633

53rd Infantry, Brigade Headquarters

                                                 5                   24

27th Division Headquarters….42                  248

27th Division Headquarters Troop Policing Detachment, 27th Division

                                                  1                   6

            This List was made public by Captain Edward asked Murphy, in charge of the Information Bureau at the Port of Embarkation, Hoboken.

            The figures show that the camp is now facing its largest demobilization task. Heretofore The handling of the men of the Ninety-second Division, comprising the 365th, 366th, 367th and 368th regiments, has held the record. This 369th Infantry, famous as the old Fifteenth Guard Regiment of New York, was also discharged entirely from Camp Upton. The 349th, 350th and 351st Field Artillery Regiments, comprising the 167th Artillery Brigade, attached to the Ninety-second Division, are also units that passed through the Upton mill.

            The Twenty-seventh will not have to go through the sanitary process here; all that will have been taken care of at Merritt and Mills. But for units that are coming directly to Upton, the sanitary process has been speeded up so that there is a minimum of delay.


Many Brave Members Of 27th Sleep In Flanders Fields

            While the majority of those who sailed away with the 27th (New York Guard) Division are returning to the State of their outfit’s origin, many will never return from France. When the war began, these young volunteers entered into the contest with amazing spirit and energy, and chief restlessly during the months of necessary drilling before they were finally transported a bride. They went in, in their own words, “to win or die,” and though we won, many of them died, passed on gallantly while fighting for the safety of their country.

            The totals of deaths show that 1302 soldiers of the division were killed in action. Four hundred and four died of wounds, and 320 were listed as missing. One hundred and forty-eight men where are taken prisoner is by the Germans. Altogether the New York organization counted 2,194 such casualties.  As the Chief of Staff at Washington, The figures do not show the number of wounded, owing to the large number of slightly wounded which had yet to be enumerated at the time of the compilation. The 27th suffered have a leak in one of the casualties, particularly when it was in countering the murderous fire of the Huns at the Hindenburg line fracas of glorious memory.

            Among the dead and missing were some of the shining lights of the division, young soldiers who had made good on other battlefield and who had endeared themselves to their comrades in arms. They died, but their buddies and division mates will cherish forever their memories, where they were men of courage and character impossible to forget.

            Among accounts of how they met their death is one of a captain who led a platoon against a machine gun nest when the Hindenburg line was broken. In the face of overwhelming odds, the captain received the command to forge ahead and stormed against the splitting nest, followed by his Man, into what was certain death. After the battle they were found lying in a half circle, every man of the platoon dead, and in front of all, pistol tightly clutched in his starkly cold hand, was their captain.

            Every foot of ground won by the Twenty-seventh was bitterly contested by the Germans, and paid for by valuable lives by the American division. But their sacrifice was not in vain, for it was one of the chief instrumentalities in bringing about the war’s end.



Concerning Double Cross

Editor Trench & Camp

            Camp Upton, N. Y.

Dear Sir:

            The Camp Library has received a number of inquiries for the book on which the film “The Double Cross” may have been based.

            The National Committee for Better Films reports that though there are two motion pictures with this title, so far as is known neither is based on any book by that name.

            In 1912 Gilson Willetts published through the Donahue Company, of Chicago, a book with that title, but from the letter mentioned it would seem that it has not been filmed. The Camp Library does not have the book cited.


                        Camp Librarian.


M. T. S. Men To Get A Recommend Certificate

            Members of Upton is conscientious and hard-working Motor Transport Corps, the lads who have known no time and no limit to their untiring efforts and who have contributed so wonderfully here in domestic service  o the movement of troops to and from France, have been interested laterally in a number memorandum bulletin which calls for certificates of recommendation based on their work. To each enlisted man of M. T. S. Henceforth discharged from the service will be issued a certificate signed by his commanding officer showing his life of service, his organization, duties performed while in service, history qualifications in detail and any other information which will help him get a job. The entire purpose of the recommendation is to give a man a better chance to secure good employment and, in addition, is a recognition of services performed for the country.




New Camp “Theatre” Offers Good Bill As An Opener

            A New theater has developed in the central part of the camp. Hut 30, YMCA, at Second Avenue and Seventh Street, through the efforts of Building Secretary Charles C. Smith and the energetic social, and Athletic Director G. S. Swem, opened the new stage in their auditorium, with scenic and lighting effects on Saturday evening, March 1st.

            A splendid vaudeville Bill was presented to a large and responsive audience. The headline attraction was the one-act dramatic sketch, “Nay, Nay, Pauline,” by the Ethel Rosemont Company from New York. This was shown in a charming “interior” set, fully equipped with furniture and properties in a thoroughly professional style. The point of the sketch was cleverly sustained by the three actors and the interest held until the moment of the final curtain. It may be mentioned that the curtain and the practical properties, even the ever – present stage telephone, worked. No amateur stuff!

            Other features of the bill— all of headline class— were the popular “Service Four” Male Quartet. The success of Pvt. Weisberger, Klein, Johnson and Brenner in the original “Yip Yip Yaphank” production is too well known in camp Upton to call for comment. Their work on this occasion seemed choose your path even that of their New York appearance in a fact and appreciation the audience “ate ‘me up.”

            Miss Carlton, soprano, and Miss Dean, pianist, contributed a refined and pleasing act; Miss Ada Ammerman entertained with the readings and dialect stories. Private Frank Appleton, basso, of the Headquarters Company, 2nd Army Corps, lately arrived from France, and Pvt. Milton Johnson, of the same outfit, delighted their crowd with their solo singing and piano accompaniment. They completed a brilliant bill and gave point to Hut 30’s query—“Why go to the Liberty?”

            According to Manager Swem other important bookings are on schedule for early production at this “theatre” and already other social secretaries are beginning to look to the lead 30 has a established in there endeavor to present the best entertainment, through “Y” channels, to Camp Upton.



Detachment Men Hear Of Insurance


            The men in the Personnel Adjutant's Detachment recently listened to an interesting lecture on “Insurance” given by Lieut. Wrigley, Camp Insurance Officer and Lieut. Lackey. Lieut. Lackey, who was sent here by the Adjutant General’s office in Washington has been in Camp about three weeks during which time he has been giving man about to be discharged tech talks on insurance. The officer, before entering the service was super and he has been giving man about to be discharged tech talks on insurance. The officer, before entering the service was superintendent of agencies in Kentucky for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.  He explained to the men the advantages of their holding their present insurance and also went into details in regards to the new forms of insurance which the Government Will shortly offer to the man in the service. At the conclusion of the meeting then none were given an opportunity to ask Lieut. Lackey any question pertaining to insurance, particularly the new form of Government policies.

            Sergeant Fillerbrown, of the Discharge Section, has returned from a 10 days’ furlough spent in his hometown, Maiden, Mass. While on his leave of absence Neubert paid more than one is the trip to the big city of question, where he no doubt, basked in the bright lights of Tremont and Boylson Streets.

            While on a recent pass to his hometown, Brooklyn, Sergeant Kutten, of the Demobilization Section attended A party given by George Luskin, a former worker of the Personnel Office Who was just charge some time ago. To George's surprise there were more than 10 former members of the Detachment there. According to the sergeant he had a great time at the “blow out,” and enjoyed manning a chance with some of the “swell” dames that were among those present.

            Hardly a night passes that one cannot find Corp’l “Tubby” Thompson, the fair-haired, stocky typist, reclining on his cot enjoying some thrilling detective story.  Directly opposite him he can be found Pvt. “Bill” Read, another member of the Bookworms Union. This pal of Tubby’s is also fond of visiting the Camp Library. We have yet to find out whether it is the box or the Librarians that draws students away from the movies, Liberty, etc.

            When it comes two fresh air fiends, Pvt. Frank is in a class by himself. About the first thing that this well known private does upon arriving at the office is two playing why the windows and let the fresh air in. Be careful, Frank, remember you got in a draft once.

            Reg. Serg't Major Reilly, of the Information Section, has returned from a furlough spent in the big city.

            Seldom a day passes that Pvts. Levy and Brooks, who work in the Demobilization Section on Tenth Street, do not enter into some argument bearing on the day’s news. Sometimes Emanuel has the best of the argument while Leonard insists that his views are right. Before entering the service, Levi who hails from Brooklyn and is a member of the Chester Club, was in the wool business. That’s no “yarn” either.



Officers Reunite Here After Service Overseas

            Reunions are frequent here of men and officers who trained in this Long Island health resort and have not met since leaving for overseas. Recently, three of the old officers of the 367th Infantry Regiment, known as the Buffaloes, while spending their six months of fight preparation here, Matt on their old stamping ground. They all were advanced in rank on the other side. Lieut. Col. Charles L. Mitchell, Who commanded the 366th colored infantry when they came here for transfer and demobilization, was a major in the 367th. Maj. Frederick Bull, Who was regimental adjutant I’m now commands of Italian of the 367th, and Maj. Charles E. Appleton, also a battalion commander, now of the 367th, spent several hours with Colonel Mitchell at the Officers’ House talking over the old Buffalo days here. Col. Mitchell taught the Buffaloes how to shoot and was largely responsible for their making, as a regiment, the highest score ever on the Upton rifle ranges.



Memorial Service Here For Heroes

            The first memorial service held here by an overseas organization to honor comrades fallen in battle in France was conducted by the 365th colored infantry last Sunday in the Liberty Theatre. Chaplain V. J. Robinson was in charge of the exercises. They included short speeches by enlisted men of the various companies in memory of their departed towels, and a talk by Lieut. Col. A. E. Deitch, Who led the regiment during the action along the Moselle. The 365th was the regiment chosen to head an attack on the outer ring of fortifications around Metz and were holding a dangerous position in the Bols de Frehaut, nine miles from the city, when the armistice came. In command of the outfit here was Col. George H. McMasters, who acted for a time in France as assistant inspector general of the First Army.




            “Tootsie” O’Toole in all the bouts, both in and out of camp, with the Camp Mills brethren, has shown himself a game, heady little scrapper whose work is of a high order. Tootsie battles in the 125-pound class.



            Bugle calls of a clearness and beauty seldom heard in camp were played recently in the “Y” Auditorium by Harry E. Howard, a Civil War veteran, who gave a unique and very successful evening’s entertainment.

            The Captain, as he is known, served as a drummer and  bugler with the 14th U. S. Regulars at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg, and spent a year in Southern prisons, from one of which he finally escaped by tunneling. Unable to enlist in this war, although he tried to, he has given entertainments before more than a million officers, soldiers and sailors. He is 69 years old. 



Camp’s Big Exchange Business Is Boosted By Overseas Men

            With the beginning of the new month, the camp’s Post Exchange business, probably the largest on Long Island, became all one instead of divided among the various exchanges. From now on, it will be conducted as one large store, with the large exchange on Upton Boulevard the center and the others branch establishments. Maj. J. R. Webb has taken over the camp exchanges and succeeding Maj. Andrew J. Connick, Jr., as Camp Exchange Officer. Maj. Webb   has been attached to the camp since November, 1917, commanding the Sixth Battalion until the demobilization.  He served for a time as personnel adjutant of the First Training Group. One of his achievements was the building of the camp’s rifle range, under direction of Lieut. Col. Sloan.

            The influx of men from overseas, many of whom are paid here for the first time in some months, has brought an enormous daily total of sales to the camp exchanges. All kinds of goods feel the buying instincts of the boys arrived from the country where American candy and cigarettes and chocolate and pie and other favorite articles are not too easy to get.  $5000 a day is not a large business for the camp’s cooperative stores.  The shoe department of the central exchange sells more goods than any Fifth Avenue store.   Souvenirs are bought by the hundreds of dollars’ worth. Clothing and toilet articles are sold in enormous amounts.

            Upton’s exchange business is conducted cooperatively and all the profit is returned, pro rate, to camp organization funds. Company coffers have received big boosts through the exchange sales, and the general betterment of the camp, through purchase of athletic equipment and various physical improvements of areas, is forwarded.

            Maj. Webb announces that the gross value of the exchange business in Upton is $283,274.52. A stock valued at $100,000 is always kept.


Discharged Men Get Bonus of $60 Now

            Every soldier discharged in Camp is receiving the $60 bonus voted by Congress in the Revenue Bill. The Finance Division of the Quartermaster Corps began making the payments promptly on February 28.

            The plan upon which the bonus is awarded was described in Washington by Secretary Daniels as follows:

            “The persons entitled to this gratuity are, briefly:

            “Officers are enlisted men of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, naval reservists, male and female; persons in the service of the Coast Guard, Coast and Geodetic Survey and Lighthouse Survey Who performed active duty with the Navy during the present war.

            “The present exceptions are:

            “Any person who did not report for active-duty until after November 11, 1918; any person who has already received one month’s pay on discharge from the army under the Act of May 18, 1917; any person who is entitled to retired pay.

            “The heirs or legal representatives of a person who is entitled to this gratuity do not become entitled to it. It is provided as an aid to discharged men until they can obtain employment and there is no relation to pensions, insurance for compensation.

            “This gratuity will be paid to the persons who are entitled to receive it on resignation, discharge or released from active duty by the supply officer who makes the final settlement of their accounts.”

            All claims made by man previously discharged will be accompanied by a statement of services and the original certificate of discharge orders to in active duty. If the original discharge or orders are lost, it will be necessary to obtain not only a duplicate, but a statement from the officer by whom final settlement of account was made that no gratuity was paid at discharge.



No More Treading Parties In Camp

            Because of the congestion and crowding at the regular Wednesday night dancesin camp, no further enlisted men’s dances will be held. In their place two dances a week will be conducted in the War Camp Community club house in Yaphank, Wednesday and Friday evenings and every effort will be made to make them successful.

            The Red Cross will continue to give weekly dances for convalescent soldiers at the Base Hospital every Monday evening.

            The fact that being listed men's dances have been canceled does not mean that organizations within the camp may not give dances for their own members and friends. The Morale Officer will lend every assistance possible to such affairs in the way of furnishing music and obtaining additional girls.

            A dance for officers was held in the Red Cross Building at the Base Hospital last Tuesday.




            Henry W. Pemberton, Who is in Camp Upton as dramatic director of the Commission on Training Camp Activities, is anxious to meet all soldiers who have talent for entertainment, amateurs and professionals alike.  Mr. Pemberton’s office is at Camp Headquarters.



Another Camp Officer Joins The Benedicts

            One more of Camp Upton’s official family joined the ranks of the Benedicts when Lieut. Grover C. Schaible, a member of Capt. Frick’s transportation section of the Camp Personnel Office, married Miss Pearl McBride, of Elgin, Illinois. The wedding took place in New York City, the ceremony being conducted by chaplain R. O. McRae, of Camp Upton, Who is attached to the Convalescent Center, in the Madison Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church at Sixtieth Street. Lieut. and Mrs. Schaible were attended by Capt. George R. Wells, 152nd Depot Brigade, as best man; Miss Nellie Hudson, of New York City, as a bridesmaid, and Lieutenant L. T. Wyllis, Camp Utilities, of Camp Upton.

            After the ceremony the wedding party went to Rector’s for a dinner party. Lieut. And Mrs. Schaible will spend a few days in New York, after which they will proceed to Patchogue, where they will live as long as Lieut. Schaible is stationed at Upton. Mrs. Schaible is a member of one of the most prominent families in Elgin and was popular in the social circles of that city. Lieut. Schaible whose home is in Cleveland, Ohio, is a graduate of the second officers’ training camp. Before coming to Upton last June he was stationed in Camp Grant, Illinois.

For several months he was Battalion Police Officer of the 1st Development Battalion, and later was transferred to the 152nd Depot Brigade and detailed with the transportation section of the Camp Personnel Office. He has a large number of friends in Upton and congratulations are coming in fast.



Wounded Man Models With His Left Hand

            Reconstruction work at the Base Hospital under the direction of Lieut. William M. Marston is developing in scope week by week.

            A new phase is the recreational program which includes weekly automobile rides for fifty or seventy-five men, Wednesday evening parties and Sunday afternoon teas.

            Piano lessons are being given by Miss Meta N. Rupp, head aide, and other reconstruction aides. Pvt. Vincent G. Rutherford, A sculptor who works at night in the wards as a member of the Medical Department, teaches a class in modeling in the Reconstruction Building, every afternoon. One of his pupils, Sergeant Joseph C. Gotzen, whose right arm is in a so-called “aeroplane sling” as the result of shrapnel wounds sustained at St. Mihiel last September, has completed with his left hand a statuette of a charging soldier, “Over the Top.”



Medico Mendelson Shows Patchogue Firemen Tricks

            While on a visit to Patchogue Pvt. Irving Mendelson, of the Medical Detachment of this Camp, assisted the fire department in extinguishing a fire on S. Ocean Ave., which did $3000 damage before it was finally put out.

            The flames had hardly got started before our friend Irving was on the job. Notwithstanding the fact that Mendelson had on his Sunday uniform, he did everything he could to prevent the fire from spreading until the firemen arrived on the scene.




New Morale Assistant Fits Well Into Work

            Capt. H. L. G. A Rau has been detailed as Assistant Camp Morale Officer. He substitutes for Maj. Ferris in making daily addresses at the Auditorium to soldiers about to be discharged and is also helping supervise camp entertainments, soldiers’ dances and other morale matters.

            The ability of Capt. Rau in this line of work was well proven before he entered the army. While a civilian he lectured, principally at colleges, on the list Saturday for military preparedness and training. He was on several committees which had to do with the founding of the Plattsburgh Training Camp and also on the Preparedness Committee. Largely through Capt. Rau’s efforts the Columbia Training Battalion was organized prior to the declaration of war and almost all its members were commissioned in the army or the Marine Corps.

            Capt. Rau was commissioned when this country entered the war. He has been stationed in Camp Upton since August, 1917, and has been on staff duty practically all that time, his last assignment having been with the Convalescent Centre.

            A linguist, Capt. Rau has studied in France, Germany and England and is a specialist in international law. 



Fourth Battalion Has Some Rare Ones

(From Battalion Headquarters)

            First on our list we’ll put Russell, who would much rather miss a meal any day in the week than lose his sleep. Since he’s been in the Army he’s done nothing but sleep and sleep, so naturally he is looking forward with much dissatisfaction to the days when he is no longer in the Army and has again to resort to the regular eight -hours’ sleep nightly.

            Next is McNamara, the famous sprinter of the detachment. Of course, lately he hasn't broken any records, but why not give him a chance?

            Now comes friend Weber, who doesn't believe in men getting passes or furloughs, because he thinks they miss so much while they are away. As an exponent of the Hunt system, there's no one who surpasses him. Since he's been in our detachment he has done nothing but hunt—hunting for papers.

            Our dark-haired friend Bausch comes next.  He turns them over at the rate of one per (here insert your own word) and gets so man leaves that very soon he will think he's a tree.

            In the Supply office you will find our friend from Iowa, George Berger. Were it not for him the State of Iowa, at least as far as the inhabitants of Camp Upton are concerned, would not be on the map.

            ‘Twould be cruel to omit our new Sergeant-major from the Smoky City.

            To omit saying something about the man who is supposed to fill our tummies when we get hungry would be a crime. He has certainly given us some fine eats during the month he has run this affair, even though we have had to fish for clean plates and silverware and to stand in line. Quite frequently it has happened that after getting on the end of the line and having worked our way almost to the front, we found that something that we were carrying wasn't up to the standard, so we had to go back and make another try at digging out something that was clean, and then to work our way up to the front line trenches again.

            Last but not least is Exler, Oechsler, Oakley, who gets more mail from the fair sex, under his various names, than any other man in Camp. Were it not for him our post office would go out of business. Girlies from every State in the Union, as well as some from far-off Australia, are, or used to be, on his list, but here lately he is picking only on Brooklyn, ‘cause it takes only the old-fashioned two-cent stamp to reach them.

            In our list we might also include Corp’l Young, our postmaster, who makes us feel happy or sad, according to the number of letters he brings to us daily. He certainly knows how to handle the mail, but this is nothing compared to how he can handle the female.




                   By G. A. P.

            The Upton team was a bad second at the Millrose games. But there was some consolation in the knowledge that Boston Navy Yard had a team of champions. And Upton ran a great race and finished second. There were two teams running.


            The Man who ran on the Upton team received handsome metals from the magnanimous Millrose A. A. officials. Mike Ryan says it is the first time in his career that he ever heard of men receiving prizes for finishing last.



            There are two basketball leagues being played off in camp. The 42nd league is going strong. Games are played three times a week. There are fourteen teams in the league, and more than fifty games have been played today. At the Base Hospital there I s a smaller league.  Four teams are represented, and the competition is keen.



            And a wind-up of a great basketball season why not let us get all behind Mike Ryan, Capt. Booth and “Phette” of Y. M. C. A., and run a league composed of the best teams in camp. The 42nd can enter two, possibly three, real fast teams, the Utilities, Depot Brigade, Base Hospital and perhaps a team of officers would complete the league. Mike Ryan would be glad to hear from team managers who would like to get in line.



            And when it comes down to real basketball there sure will be some class when companies K and E come together. Neither team has lost a game yet. First Platoon, “Stand by to remove the remains.”




            The boys who play ball or rushing of the season. The last few bright, warm days have seen all the back lots full of the early birds. They play ball all the year round in France, but France has had nothing on Long Island this winter.




            And this time last year, the Old Uptonians, those heroes of the 77th Division who will soon be back, were sending out the S. O. S. for helmets and sweaters. SHUT THAT DOOR!



            Last Sunday the old Depot Brigade diamond was the scene of a hot battle between two teams of the colored boys. It seemed like old times.




                                         Base Hospital League

  Teams                      Played        Won         Lost        P.C.

Registrars……………….2                2              0         .1000

Quartermaster.               2                1              1         .500

Greaseballs……………..2                1              1         .500

Adjutants………………..2                0              0         .000

            Lieut. Earl Wray, the Base Hospital coach, was injured playing in a scrub league game last week at the Base. He returned to his quarters, but was admitted to the hospital early the following morning. The injury is a ruptured muscle and a blood vessel of the leg, and it will be some weeks before Lieut. Wray is able to toss the pill around again.




            The seventeenth of March will be a big day in athletics at Upton. The birthday of Saint Patrick will be celebrated and his memory cherished in camp by the first track meet of the season followed by a baseball game in the afternoon.

            The events in the track meet will be all the popular sprint distances, a half-mile, a relay race and a number of team races used so much last year, medicine ball relay, equipment race and similar events.


42nd Basketball Tourney Is Keen

            Competition is keen and play close in every game of the 42nd Infantry, Company K is still being closely pursued by Company E, each team having a perfect score. In the last two games Company E easily demonstrated superiority over their opponents, although Headquarters put up a good fight. Company K is a hot favorite for the honor of first position.

            The following is the standing of teams in the Regimental Basketball Tournament:

Companies            Played       Won        Lost           P. C.

K……………………….7             7             0              .1000

E………………………..6             6             0              .1000

M. G……………………6              5             1              .833

Hq……………………...6              5             1              .833

C………………………..7             5              2              .714

I………………………….6             3             3              .500

F………………………….7            3             4              .428

D…………………………7            3             4              .428

B…………………………7            3             4              .428

M…………………………7           2             5              .285

G…………………………7           2             5               .285

L………………………….7           1             6               .142

A………………………….7           1             6               .142

H………………………….5           0             5               .000


            G 13—A 11                        K 22—D 3

            F 14—B 12                        E 22—L 12

            M 15—H 5                         F 10—M 8

            MG 39—I 16                      A 20—H 10

            K 31—Hq 15                      B 42—G 12

            C 16—L 10                         I 18—C 8



            The Scrubs fought A hard game against the Dumbells at the Base Y last week. Mulvey, at guard, was the star for the Dumbells, and Sheerau and Burns played a fast game for the Scrubs. Futurelli, Who went in for a few minutes in the last half, notched six points for the Dumbells with brilliant shots, and also scored a foul.  Score:

Dumbells (25)                               Scrubbs (12)

Baker………………..F………………Gardner, M.

Gardner, R………….F………………..Sheeren




            Substitutions:  Futtrelli for Gardner. Goals from field: Mulvey, 5; Futtrelli, 3; R. Gardner, 2; Sheeren, 2; Burns, 2. M. Gardner, Baker. Goals from foul: R. Gardner, 2; Futtrelli, Sheeren, Rosenbloom. Referee: Peck.




What Of A Good Camp Ball Team?

            The baseball fans are beginning to ask what the possibility is for a representative camp team this year. It is problematical, with the present unsettled conditions and the ever increasing popularity of the little piece of white paper and the red chevrons of the dischargee weather Upton will have as strong a nine as last year. There are still some of the old-timers in camp. Maloney, the fast twirler of the Q. M., and Jack Cantwell are now up at the Base Hospital; Jake Deufel and Carberry, Kiley and Norris King will complete the infield, and there is plenty of material for the outfield.

            Last season’s inter-group League made good competition. The same league could be organized again, with battalions instead of groups as the competing units. With half a dozen first- class diamonds in camp there is no reason at all why baseball should not have another big season at Upton.


Old Upton Ball Players Get Back In The Game

            Several of the old Upton ball players are back in the bush leagues and the big time.  “Doug” Smith, the twirler, is planning to tie up with one of the New York State leagues. Eddy Brogan Will play for New London, Conn., at the shortstop position. Lieut. “Don” Boyle  expects to play semi -pro. ball in New York City. Costello will go away to school, and Jake Deufel, The best catcher Upton ever had, is trying to make connections. It is whispered Deufel Meiko to Newark or Baltimore Orioles.



            In a “pick-up” game at Y. M. C. A. 35 The boys from the 152nd Depot Brigade left no doubt as to their superiority over the best that could be put against them, defeating the Scrubs 39-19. Block and Connerton start for the winners, while Hoffman played practically the whole game for the Scrubs.

            The 152nd is organizing a team which in about a week will be ready to meet all comers. Watch us.


152nd D. B.                                   Scrubs

Connerton…………L. F……………Cohan                                     

Derham……………R. F…………...Gigalsky


Gromet…………….L. G……………O’Brien

Costello……………R. G…………..Van Order

            Goals from field: Hoffman, 8; Block, 7; Connerton, 5; Gromet, 4; Derham, 3; O’Brien.  Goals from foul: Derham, Hoffman. Referee: Landis. Score and Timekeeper: Limbert.




            Camp Upton’s newly opened hotel, the Community House, near Liberty Theatre, is doing a capacity business under the supervision of Lieut. Edward A. Moore, Camp Service Officer. The forty rooms, with their up-to-date conveniences, are occupied all the
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