The CUB

Vol. 6, No. 5, May, 1950

 

 

Presidents Column

JOHN M. GILLESPIE

 

     Your Editor is pinch-hitting for President Gillespie this month. Jack was taking a well-earned vacation in the sunny south as this issue went to press.

We know if he were writing this, he'd stress two things:

1. Be at the Detroit convention

2. If you are one of the many former subscribers who gets this issue, now's the time to reinstate your membership and CUB subscription by sending three dollars to Robert E. Rutt, Adjutant, 14447 Young Ave., Detroit 5, Mich.

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

     Until further notice, National Headquarters of the Association will be:

Robert E. Rutt, Adjutant

14447 Young Ave.

Detroit 5, Mich.

The address of the CUB editorial offices remains at 237 So. Manning Blvd., Albany 3, N. Y.

 

MICHIGAN MONEY

     Our Michigan Wolverine Chapter conducted a successful raffle this spring, winding up with a net profit of about $525.00 for use in convention entertainment for all who attend our Detroit reunion. They sold about 3,300 25c raffle tickets on a television set. We understand that Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kelly sold over 400 tickets, and David Woodson sold another 200. Many chapter members participated in the sale.

     Maybe other chapters might try this method of raising funds. But before doing so, make sure that raffles are legal in your state!

 

NEW NATIONAL OFFICERS

     In July at the convention, one of our problems will be to choose national officers for 195051. A nominating committee will be appointed by President Gillespie and announced in the next CUB. So, if you have any candidates in mind for the Board of Directors, watch for the notice of the nominating committee's address.

According to our by-laws, the Board of Directors elect, from among their number, a president, vice-president, adjutant, treasurer and such other officers as they deem necessary.

     The business meeting will be an important part of the convention, and ideas or motions may be introduced by mail. If you have a criticism or suggestion that you'd like to have discussed at the convention, mail it to R. E. Rutt, Adjutant.

     The CUB, official publication of The 106th Infantry Division Association, Inc., is published bi-monthly from editorial offices at 217 So. Manning Blvd., Albany 3, N. Y. Subscription rate $3 per year, including membership in the Association. The Editors invite all readers to submit manuscripts and photographs for consideration for publication. All material is copyrighted, and may not be reproduced without permission from the Editors.

 

TIGERS IN TOWN

     The Detroit Tigers of the American League will be in their home Briggs Stadium during convention week. 106th baseball fans may be able to see a game or two if they hanker after major league ball. We understand that Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics will provide the opposition.

 

A COPY OF THE

1950 CONVENTION PROGRAM

IS ENCLOSED

If you plan to attend, please fill in and return

the enclosed postcard immediately.

 

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DICK ELLINGTON

     Richard Ellington's latest popular mystery novel, Stone Cold Dead, was published in April by Wm. Morrow & Co. Formerly with the 423d's Service Company and with the I & E Section of DHQ, Ellington served as editor of the CUB and its combat successor, TODAYS NEWS TODAY.

 

     Stone Cold Dead is the third swift-moving suspense-full detective story by this rising author. (Others: Shoot The Works, It's 4 Crime.) It unfolds the tale of detective Steven Drake's impersonation of a member of a dope-smuggling gang and of the perils and temptations, female and otherwise, that block his efforts to round up the gang. Ellington's style of writing is effective, and the action, which takes place in the Virgin Islands, is well-described— the author has spent many months in the West Indies. We think that all veterans of the 106th who like good mystery novels will find Stone Cold Dead well worth the reading. Its ending, dynamic but thoroughly logical, will surprise you unless you're a super-expert unscrambler of "whodunnits."

     Dick Ellington has a varied background in the theater, radio, and writing. Among his stage appearances was a role in Cyrano with Walter Hampden and a year's engagement on Broadway in Dead End. He came to the 106th on activation, and his civilian background made him a natural for Special Services. With the 423d, he edited the weekly regimental newspaper THE LIONS CUB and was active in organizing many forms of entertainment. At about the time of Tennessee maneuvers, he went to DHQ to edit a newspaper— the original CUB— along with Bob MacMillan, Harvey Perloff and John White. All during the combat period of the 106th, he worked with Bill Donovan in editing and mimeographing the daily news and feature sheet. Just before VE Day he was recalled to London to broadcast for the American Broadcasting System's European programs.

     The present editorial staff of the CUB wishes every success to Dick's developing career as a fiction writer.

QUESTION — Where can I spend my 1950 summer vacation, and get food and entertainment costing more than $25 for only $15?

ANSWER — At our convention, July 2630, Detroit — where the Michigan Chapter is raising a large sum to put toward the convention entertainment fund!

RICHARD ELLINGTON, 117 West 11th St., New York 11, N. Y.

 

Chicago Chapter

     A box lunch party, sponsored by the Chicago Chapter Auxiliary, was scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Rocket Club. We can't bring a detailed report of this event until next issue because we go to press before May 6, but the program calls for dancing, games with prizes for the winners, and other activities. The price of admission is a hex of lunch for two people, and we understand that the lunches are to be auctioned off.

     The chapter is busy with plans for sending a large delegation to the Detroit Convention. And, under the editorship of Arvo Paananen and Frank Anderson, the Chicago Chapter News continues to be published periodically— It's a good little paper, and as far as we know, it and the Company F Guidon are the only two chapter publications in the Association.

 

Detroit Doesn't Do It the Way Chicago Does

     Last year, the Association convened in Chicago. And this year, everybody knows the convention will be in Detroit on July 26 to 30. There's one big difference between the two cities, called to our attention in a United Press dispatch of January II, 1950. We quote the item complete:

     "It cost Joseph Bickman of Chicago $50 to learn how to hail a taxicab. Hickman, 21, was arrested when he pulled a fire alarm box (in Detroit). He told Judge George Murphy that he expected a taxicab to answer his call. 'Instead' Bickman said, 'a fire engine came and later a patrol wagon. In Chicago they have little boxes on street corners to summon cabs and that's what I thought I was doing.'"

     If you're going to get a new car this year, you might help pay for your vacation by buying it while at the convention in Detroit. You'll save the freight charges you'd pay at your local sales room.

 

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS report, its 1950 December 16 memorial reunion attracted 24 persons to the Tavern in Springfield. They are the on& chapter which has reported that every man who attended is a paid-up national association member. -Present, but not in the order shown in the picture, were Warren Suckow, Robert Glats, Charles Fulk, Fred Burnham, Charles Barton, Everet Miller, Harold Pankey, Charles Pritchett, Robert Fryhoff, Bob Boland, John Burns, Dr. John Ketterer, and Russ Kelly.

     ROBERT R. CARPENTER, Box 1112 State-sine, Joliet, Ill. (422/E, purple heart, combat medic badge, and POW at Stalag IV-B) now a guard officer at the state prison.

     SIGNAL COMPANY personnel and motor pool sergeants Bowers and Johnson, photographed at one of our spacious ETO banquet halls by Jack auras, AT CHOW, somewhere in Belgium, are— left to right— Don McRae, an unidentified medic, A. B. Waters, Francis Anderson, Bud Hays, Harold Harris, Calhoun, and Karl Toney, all o/ 106th Signal Company. This photo was submitted by Jack Burns, who is selling Dodges and lives at 228 No. Westlawn St., Decatur, 10.

     SIGNAL CORPS MESSENGERS, photographed by Stanislaus Kups in August 1945 include Marts, .Mason. Ream. Bearman, Ziegler, Toney, Magranahan and Demtrol. The jeep is the "Bucket of Bolts." Kups writes that he's working in the post office and will be married this summer His address is 6513 Nevada, Detroit.

 

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AGONY GRAPEVINE          AUXILIARY COLUMN

 

     PFC. JAMES B. HAMILTON, Co. K, 423d Infantry, died at the Berga amElster prisoner of war camp on 5 April 1945. He was one of our division's many victims of the malnutrition, beatings, slave labor and other privations suffered at that frightful camp. Robert N. Hamilton, his father, of 3867 Silsby Rd. S.W., Cleveland 11, Ohio writes to tell us that James was reburied on July 27, 1949 a t Arlington Cemetery.

     PFC. HOMER W. MILLER, Btry. C, 591st Field Artillery, was killed in action on 24 January 1945. His father, H. W. Miller, 2595 No. High St., Columbus 2, Ohio asks CUB readers for any information whatever about his son's death or last days. If you can help by supplying such information, please send it to the CUB for forwarding to Mr. Miller.

     We have had news of the formation of a new Auxiliary Chapter in Southern California. Congratulations! The President is Mrs. Marshall Lipkin of Los Angeles and the Secretary-Treasurer is Mrs. Doran Kyle of Santa Ana. Mrs. Stiles has appointed Mrs. Lipkin to serve on the National Auxiliary Board of Directors. It promises to be an active chapter as they are already meeting' once a month and have prospects for more members at the next meeting.

     Also on the good news side! We are getting closer to our goal for our Paraplegic Chair Fund. The Wolverine Auxiliary has sent $10 and the Minnesota Auxiliary $15. Thank you. Every bit helps.

589th Citation

     On request from a reader, we print the citation of the 589th Field Artillery Battalion which accompanied the award from the French government of the Croix de Guerre with silver-gilt star. This award was published in Department of the Army General Orders 24, par. Il-3, 10 December 1947, and the citation reads:

     "A remarkable battalion whose brilliant conduct was greatly valued during the battles of St. Vith and Manhay on 16 to 23 December 1944. A by an enemy operating in force but filled with the desire to conquer at any cost, it remarried in position and, with direct and accurate fire, kept the attacker, from access to vital communications south of Manhay. Short of food, water and pharmaceutical supplies, the 589th Field Artillery Battalion endured three attacks without flinching, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy and forced him to retire."

 

METROPOLITAN CHAPTER

Thursday Evening, June 22, 1950

3d ANNUAL BEER PARTY

At the N. V. A. Post, American Legion

HOTEL KNICKERBOCKER

120 West 45th Street New York City

— in the heart of Times Square between 6th es 7th Avenues

BEER - ENTERTAINMENT - MOVIES - REFRESHMENTS - FREE TO MEMBERS

 

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WHAT THEY ARE DOING NOW

 

     JOHN BLAIR, 12 Bala Ave., Bala-Cynwyd, Pa. (message center chief, Hq. 590th F. A. Bn.) is in the advertising end of the plastics business.

     FRANK M. BOTTS, Bayard, Iowa (3d Bn. Hq. 424th) writes that he left the carpentry trade in 1949 to buy an insurance agency which he is now operating.

     GEORGE CALATHOS, 11 Shaw Ave., Newark 8, N. J. (424/B) received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Rutgers in 1948, and was married in that year. Since then he has been working as a cost accountant with Lionel Corp.

     CHRIS CARAWAN, Box 116, Bath, N. C. (424/F) owns and operates a radio; and appliance business.

     HUGH COLBERT, Box 707, Denton, Tex. (422/B) will receive his bachelor's degree in business administration in June from North Texas State Teachers College.

     BILLY M. DEVANEY, 500 Fifth St., Monett, Mo. (423/2d Bn. medic) teaches science in high school and junior college. He was married in the spring of '49.

     HOWARD S. EDWARDS, Rt. #I, Lyerly, Ga. (423/E) is a college undergraduate, majoring in agriculture.

     HUGH J. FISHER, Garden, Mich. (589/ medic) is a state conservation officer, hopes to attend the Detroit convention. He has three sons, one of whom is named after Harland Hanson of the 589th who lost his life while a POW. JOHN FRITZKY, 3426 Shadeland Ave., Pittsburgh 12, Pa. (424/H) is a chief clerk and inspector at a furniture company.

     JOHN E. HOPBELL, 305 James St., Turtle Creek, Pa. (422/G), now actively reorganizing our Pittsburgh Chapter, is a winder with Westinghouse Electric. He'll be at the Detroit convention.

     JOHN F. HURLEY, 106th Sig. Co., reports from a new address at 17 Poplar St., Belmont, Mass. He was graduated from Suffolk Univ. in 1949, and is now an accountant with the Grant Gear Works in Boston.

     RICHARD KNUDSEN of Harlan, Iowa (81 /C) is married now. He's in business with his father and brother as building contractors.

     WILLIAM J. LAWSON, 1587 Irving St., Rahway, N. J. (423/H) is an analytical chemist with Merck & Co. He mentions that he's lost his address book of men in his outfit, and would like to get back in touch with them.

     JOHN F. MACKELL, 559 W. 51st St., New York 19 (331st Medics) writes that he's been sick for the past six months. How about writing to him if you knew him?

     EDWARD MARCINKOSKI, 43 Hawthorne Ave., Hempstead, L. I., N. Y. (424/F, 1st Lt.) is working on his master's degree in business administration at N.Y.U. and is also working with his father's custom commercial truck body building firm.

     JOHN P. McMANUS, 158 Arthur St., Framingham, Mass. (424/L) will be graduated from Boston College this year.

ROBERT W. MILLS, Box 246, LaFontaine, Ind. (423/A) is running his own barber shop.

 

      ROGER E. FAVORITE, formerly of 522 W. Tipton St., Huntington, Ind. (Cpl., 422/11, POW at hasn't been in touch with the Association /or owns done. Anybody know his present address?

     WILLIS F. MITCHELL, 2306th ASU, Ft. Hayes, Columbus 18, Ohio (423/D and Cn. Co., 159th Inf.) is a sergeant first class in the regular army.

     STEPHEN OSCIAK, 368 63rd St., Brooklyn 20, N. Y. (106th Sig. Co.) is now freelancing as a commercial artist. If you need am' type of advertising art, Steve may be the man for you.

 

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     WILLIAM W. RANDALL, 747 Walnut St., Royersford, Pa. (106th Recon. Troop), purple heart and a POW at XII-A, II-D and other Stalags, is married, has a young daughter, is employed as a mold maker in a glass factory, and is active in Legion baseball and softball.

     JOHN W. REIFENRATH, Box 366, Cripple Creek, Col. (423/B) is treasurer of Teller County, Colorado. He was a POW at Berga, and we hope to present a story by him in a 1950 issue of the CUB. John was married in July, 1949.

   CHESTER J. MURPHY 31 Maple Place, Nutley, N. J. (I&R Plat., 422d) sends along this photo of his family group. Chet writes that the photo was taken about three years ago, and the children are much bigger now. He says he's sweating out his PW ration check, to spend it on groceries and on cigarettes to be purchased at domestic list price.

     CHARLES RIECK, 1504 Morton Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. (422/H) is a senior at the school of forestry and conservation, University of Michigan.

     JOHN W. MORSE, 4101 ½ Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fla. (422/C) announces the birth of a daughter, Linda Ann, on October 12, 1949.

     Your editor confesses that this note should have appeared three issues ago. But there's a story connected with the delay. Three years ago, when he started as editor, yours truly occupied a desk in the dining room. Two years ago, the 106th outgrew the dining room, so we moved everything out of the dinette in our house, and made that over into an office. One month ago, we had obviously outgrown the 5x9 ft. dinette (a desk, two filing cabinets, a bookcase, and a storage cabinet), so we gave the dinette back to the wife, and moved the whole office into a bigger room in the house. John Morse's birth announcement turned up under a filing cabinet in the moving process. Also under the filing cabinet were the following: 1 1948 raffle ticket, which it must be we didn't win; 1 1947 golf score, showing the loss of 55c for 18 holes, and one bus token on a line which went out of business last year.

     CAPT. E. C. ROBERTS, JR., will start a tour of overseas duty in Japan in June. His present address is Bldg. 2080 (Apt. 1), Camp Forsyth, Ft. Riley, Kans. Ed has long been one of our most active Association members, as editor of the CUB's "Reviewing Stand" column, as post exchange officer, and as a national director and convention speaker in 1948.I),

     FRED J. SCHIEFERSTEIN, JR., RD #1, Box 791, Rahway, N. J. (424/A, BAR man, and a POW) raises and sells fruits and vegetables and, with his brother and sister, owns and operates the market shown below.

     FRANK T. SMITH, JR., 865 V.F.W. Pkwy., West Roxbury, Mass. 81/C) Is a senior at Northeastern Univ., studying civil engineering, and working part-time with a firm of consulting engineers in Boston. He was married in July, 1949. He writes that he saw CHARLEY O'CONNOR, also of Co. C, 81st (81/C), who is completing a law course at Boston College.

     JAMES M. SMITHBURGER, 145 So. Mt. Vernon Ave., Uniontown, Pa. (424/I) is parts manager for Bryson Motors in Uniontown.

     LUTHER TROUTON, 66 Union St., Rockville, Conn. 81st/E) is working at the Hamilton Standard Propeller Company, in East Hartford, Conn.

     JULIAN A. TURRENTINE, JR., Box 644, Emory Univ., Ga. (424/G) is studying radio journalism, will be graduated this June.

     HENRY I. VADEN, 16 Torque Way, Baltimore 20, Md. (424/Svc) is working for Chevrolet in Baltimore. He has a 3% year old daughter, Angela.

     MERLIN D. VINCENT, Box 246, Rt. #14, Milwaukee, Wisc. (331/B) is a methods and time study supervisor at the Fulton Co.

 

     HOWARD J. TERRIO, 720 Calhoun St., Columbia 2, S. C. (42311 & 424/K) is a graduate civil engineer.

     HERMES DIAZ, JR, 2605 21st St., Tampa 5, Fla., (423/C) was an original member of the 106th, was captured on 19 Dec. 1944, “Blackie" is now employed as a milk salesman.

 

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     This issue of the CUB, with the 1950 convention program is being sent to all present and former members of the Association. We invite ex-members to rejoin.

 

Association Membership and CUB Subscription

Only $3. — to June 30,1951

If you wish to reinstate your membership,

send three dollars with your name, address, and unit of the 106th to

ROBERT E. RUTT, Adjutant

14447 YOUNG AVENUE

DETROIT 5, MICHIGAN

(Association members for 1949-50 will receive a bill in June for 1950-51 dues.)

 

OUR SALES TALK —

     We're almost five years old now, still financially independent, and still publish our magazine and hold our national and local reunions. We have sent free histories to many nexts-of-kin, have built up a Memorial Fund to help pay for the education of the children of those who didn't come back. Through publication of a history and a great deal of other publicity, we believe that/ we've at least partially paid the debt we owe our dead. We're a citizen-veteran outfit, and do not take part in political group action.

     If you are one of the fellows who has let his membership lapse, how about renewing it right now!

 

..See you in Detroit

 

INFORMAL SESSIONS JULY 26 and 27

SCHEDULED CONVENTION SESSIONS JULY 18 to 30

(See the enclosed program for details)

 

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Index for: Vol. 6, No. 5, May, 1950

 


106th Sig. Co., 9

Anderson, Francis, 5

Anderson, Frank, 3

Barton, Charles, 5

Bearman, 5

Berga, 10

Berga amElster, 6

Bickman, Joseph, 4

Boland, Bob, 5

Botts, Frank M., 8

Burnham, Fred, 5

Burns, Jack, 5

Burns, John, 5

Calathos, George, 8

Calhoun, 5, 11

Carawan, Chris, 8

Carpenter, Robert R., 5

Colbert, Hugh, 8

Demtrol, 5

Devaney, Billy M., 8

Diaz, Hermes, 11

Donovan, Bill, 3

Edwards, Howard S., 8

Ellington, Richard, 3

Favorite, Roger E., 9

Fisher, Hugh J., 8

Fritzky, John, 8

Fryhoff, Robert, 5

Fulk, Charles, 5

Gillespie, John M., 1

Glats, Robert, 5

Hamilton, James B., 6

Hamilton, Robert N., 6

Hampden, Walter, 3

Harris, Harold, 5

Hays, Bud, 5

Hopbell, John E., 8

Hurley, John F., 8

It's 4 Crime, 3

Kelly, Mr. & Mrs. Bob, 1

Kelly, Russ, 5

Ketterer, Dr. John, 5

Knudsen, Richard, 8

Kups, Stanislaus, 5

Kyle, Mrs. Doran, 6

Lawson, William J., 8

Lipkin, Mrs. Marshall, 6

MacKell, John F., 8

MacMillan, Bob, 3

Magranahan, 5

Manhay, 6

Marcinkoski, Edward, 8

Marts, 5

Mason, 5

McManus, John P., 8

McRae, Don, 5

Miller, Everet, 5

Miller, H. W., 6

Miller, Homer W., 6

Mills, Robert W., 8

Mitchell, Willis F., 9

Morse, John, 10

Murphy, Chester J., 10

Murphy, Judge George, 4

O'Connor, Charley, 10

Osciak, Stephen, 9

Paananen, Arvo, 3

Pankey, Harold, 5

Perloff, Harvey, 3

Pritchett, Charles, 5

Randall, William W., 10

Ream, 5

Reifenrath, John W., 10

Rieck, Charles, 10

Roberts, Capt. E. C., Jr., 10

Rutt, R. E., 1

Rutt, Robert E., 1, 12

Schieferstein, Fred J., Jr., 10

Shoot The Works, 3

Smith, Frank T., Jr., 10

Smithburger, James M., 10

St. Vith, 6

Stalag IV-B, 5

Stiles, Mrs., 6

Stone Cold Dead, 3

Suckow, Warren, 5

Terrio, Howard J., 11

Toney, 5

Toney, Karl, 5

Trouton, Luther, 10

Turrentine, Julian A., Jr., 11

Vaden, Henry I., 11

Vincent, Merlin D., 11

Waters, A. B., 5

White, John, 3

Woodson, David, 1

Ziegler, 5