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Vol. I—No. 2
U. s. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, September 26, 1942
5c a Copy
V-5 Instructors Finish Course Today
Havy Post Office
A Popular Spot
By B. G. Leonard, Jr., Sp. 3/c
We did not build a better mouse
trap. But part of the world is making
a pathway to our door. For we handle
Mail is important to everyone. The
business, the joys, the sorrows, the
pathos and the heart-throbs, even the
“scuttlebutt” of a nation pass through
the United States mail. Letters from
home rate 1-A as builders of morale.
The authorities of the Pre-Flight
School, determined that the mail
should be efficiently handled, assigned
four experienced postal clerks to ope
rate the post office. We were enlisted
as Specialists (M).
Our somewhat vague conception of
our standing in the Navy was crystal-
ized some ten minutes after our ar
rival. A seaman wandered into the
small room that was then serving as
post office. He spoke, sailor-fashion,
from the corner of his mouth. The
squint of his eyes hinted of service un
der tropic suns. We learned later that
the squint had been developed under
the dim lights of a mid-west metropolis.
The seaman said, “I’m glad we’ve
got Mail Specialists.”
We swelled with pride.
The seaman elaborated, “Until the
Mail Specialists got here, I was the
lowest-ranking thing on the station.
I’m GLAD we’ve got Mail Specialists.”
With that indoctrination, we went
to work. Chief Specialist F. E. Strowd
designed the quarters that serve as
post office. It is a complete P. O, in
almost every detail, equipped with box
sections, money order and parcel post
windows, and a lobby that provides
even the traditionally bad post office
pens. The only missing features are
notices of civil service examinations,
photographs of fugitive underworld
characters, and “Uncle-Sam-Wants-
You!” posters. They seemed some
The volume of mail has grown
steadily to support the theory that
“absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
Sturdy cadet messengers sometimes
See POST OFFICE, page U
Short on Space
Circumstances beyond our con
trol make it impossible to pub
lish more than a four-page
Cloudbuster this week, and we
are thus unable to carry all of
the advertising scheduled.
We wish to thank the follow
ing advertisers for their coop
eration in allowing us to hold
their copy over until next issue:
College Sandwich Shop
Fowler’s Food Store
Graham Memorial Grill
Shields’ Food Shore
Sutton’s Drug Store
Tru-Ade Bottling Co.
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V-5 Instructor Group
The group of V-5 instructors who for the past month have been attending the indoctrination course
at Chapel Hill are pictured above with a number of officers of the Pre-Flight program.
Right to left:
Front row: Comdr. Thomas Hamilton, head of Naval aviation’s physical fitness program; Lt. Comdr. John P. Graff, executive oflScer at Chapel
Hill; Comdr. O. O. Kessing, commanding officer at Chapel Hill; Lt. Comdr. Frank Wickhorst, executive assistant to Comdr. Hamilton; Lt. (jg)
William Clark, aide to Lt. Comdr. Graff and officer-in-charge of the V-5 school; and Lt. (jg) Kidd Brewer, head of public relations here.
Second row: Lieut. R. D. Robinson, drill officer; Lieut. Norman Loader, in charge of academics for V-5 school; Lt. (jg) E. S. Masavage,
in charge of class athletics; Lt. (jg) M. R. Brownlee, platoon officer; Lt. (jg) J. B. McCabe, platoon officer; Lt. (jg) R. T. C. Brown, platoon
officer; Lt. (jg) T. R. Ward, platoon officer; and Lieut. E. R. Hodgkins, in charge of military instruction.
Third row: Ens. Arthur G. Gilbert; Lt. Comdr. Angus McDonald; Ens. G. W. Kiger; Lt. (jg) Robert Evans; Lt. (jg) F. M. Elder; Ens.
William J. Sessons ; Ens. L. D. Mullins; Lt. (jg) William A. Vincent; Lt. (jg) E. O. Hayskar; and Lt. (jg) H. H. Holloway.
Fourth Row: Ens. Aldon G. Simpson; Lieut. Robert S. Warren; Lieut. Robert H. Coates; Lt. (jg) Joseph L. Hanna; Lieut. John A.
Springer; Lieut. Robert M. Shores; Lt. (jg) Fred E. Marsh; Ens. Larry J. Cunningham; Lt. (jg) Alex M. McLain; Lt. (jg) Frank J. Loebs;
and Lt. (jg) Dwight B. Adams.
Fifth row: Lieut. Edward G. Van Bibber; Ens. John Kuzman; Ens. Peter J. Fick; Lt. (jg) William L. Chambers; Ens. Denver D.
Woods; Ens. Hayward Sanford; Lt. (jg) Edwin G. Rice; Ens. Alexan der Roth; Lt. (jg) Paul Moss; Lt. (jg) William Rockwell; Ens. Eugene
Bradford; and Lt. (jg) Dale B. Waters.
Sixth row: Lieut. J. R. Kitts; Ens. Christopher Traicoff; Lieut. William Hunt; Lt. (jg) Melvin Schroeder; Ens. John Stephens; Lt. (jg)
George Martin; Lt. (jg) David McCuskey; Lt. (jg) Wilson A. Ward; Ens. Frank Souchak; Lt. (jg) Frank E. Bell; Lt. (jg) R. K. Maguire;
Ens. N. N. Langdale; and Lt. (jg) Chester Chapman.
Seventh row: Ens. Melvin Knowlton; Lieut. Everett Hebei; Lt. (jg) P. A. Reichley; Lieut. E. A. Monaghan; Lieut. Robert Hamilton; Lt.
(jg) Bruce Barnes; Lt. (jg) F. D. Gardner; Ens. William Rodiek; Lt. (jg) Howard Cooper; Ens. Breitenstein; Ens. Ernest Bortz; Lt.
(jg) James Decker; Lt. (jg) George Collins; and Lt. (jg) Robert Gillson.
Eighth row: Lieut. Linn Wells; Lieut. A. C. Long; Lt. (jg) M. E. Somers; Ens. William Murrell; Lt. (jg) A. W. Angstadt; Ens.
C. L. Lemon; Lt. (jg) G. C. Clark; Lt. (jg) F. W. Faurot; Lt. (jg) Russell Cherry; Lt. (jg) Harold Shelly; Lt. (jg) William Sullivan; Lt.
(jg) Paul Thompson; Lieut. Howard Waite; Lt. (jg) A. C. Ranson; and Ens. A. Henry Luisetti.
Ninth row: Lt. (jg) M. C. K. Mills; Lt. (jg) Joseph Pike; Lt. (jg) J. F. Hitchcock; Lt. (jg) D. H. Hoover; Lieut. Walter Van
Winkle; Lt. (jg) P. M. Mariner; Ens. C. R. Buchwald ; Lt. (jg) G. B. Spitz ; Lt. (jg) Carl Jorgenson ; Ens. Ralph Allan ; Ens. Scott Armstrong ;
Ens. Z. P. Zabilski; Ens. Gerald Barnett; and Ens. Hugh Swink.
Tenth row: Lt. (jg) Walter Jackson; Ens. Earl Young; Lt. (jg) Howard Braun; Lt. (jg) John Wolff; Lt. (jg) Saxon Elliot; Ens,
H. L. Longshore; Lt. (jg) B. B. Disegi; Lt. (jg) J. M. Ward; Ens. Arthur Radvilas; Lieut. R. H. Bruce; Lt. (jg) R. Hoffman ; Ens. Richard
Bishop; Lt. (jg) Rudolph Schreiber; Lieut. George Mathis; and Lieut. John Broadnax.
Eleventh row: Ens. James Stahl; Ens. George McGinnis; Ens. Porter Johnston; Lieut. Charles Gelbert; Lt. (jg) Victor Wojcihovski;
Lt. (jg) Harvey Chrouser; Lt. (jg) Roy Thompson; Ens. W. E. Adams ; Lt. (jg) F. N. McCormick; Ens. Fred Vanzo; Ens. William Krywicki;
Ens. Robert Daughters; Ens. George Fusco; Lt. (jg) John Kelly; and Lieut. Raymond Pond.
Twelfth row: Lt. (jg) Joseph Crowe; Lt. (jg) J. Marvin Ray; Ens. Charles Williams; Ens. Sam Boyd; Lt. (jg) Tad Close; Lt. (jg)
James Jensen; Ens. Louis Young; Lt. (jg) R. F. Schwagel; Lt. (jg) Edwin Caldwell; Lt. (jg) Millard Howell; Ens. Miles Calvert; Lieut.
Edgar Brady; Lt. (jg) M. M. Owen; Lt. (jg) Emmett Pare; and Ens. R. S. Zimmerman.
Back row: Lt. (jg) C. O. Sapp; Lt. (jg) Stanley Peffie; Lt. (jg) William Strubel; and Ens. Karl Oermann.
Cadets Find That Football Trips
Are No Escape from Weekly Quizzes
Every Friday is quiz day in the
academic department of the Pre-
Flight School, and every Friday until
Dec. 4, the cadet members of the foot
ball team will be en route to a game—
but they won’t miss the quizzes.
Included in the traveling equipment
of every cadet who makes the trips
will be his textbooks, notebooks, and
well-sharpened pencils, Lieut. Howard
Hamilton, head of the academic de
partment explains. And included in
the party will be an instructor from
the academic department.
Thus, every Friday the gridsters
will take their regular tests in mathe
matics, physics, and essentials of
Naval service, and will miss no aca
demic work as the result of being
away from the station.
Yesterday on a fast train some
where between New York and Bos
ton, Lieut. Norman Loader, head of
instruction in the essentials of Naval
service, presided over the written quiz
session as the Cloudbusters sped to
the scene of their clash today with
The sight of honest-to-goodness
football players actually studying and
attending class while on a trip no
doubt was quite a surprise to the
other passengers aboard the train.
Date for Radio
The weekly sports broadcast over
Station WPTF, Raleigh, N. C., featur
ing interviews of athletic notables of
the Pre-Flight School, has been shifted
from 2315, Friday evenings, to 2100
on Tuesday. Lt. (jg) Ed Kosky, as
sistant to Lt. Comdr. James H. Crow
ley on the Cloudbuster football staff,
appeared on the program last Tues
Invitation to UNC Affairs
Pre-Flight cadets have a standing
invitation to attend University of
North Carolina functions during their
liberty hours, provided they have
dates with coeds. A dance is being
given tonight in Woollen gym starting
Promoted to Rank
Head of Naval aviation’s physical
fitness program whose vision sparked
the organization of
the P r e-F light
Schools — Lieut.
Comdr. Thomas J.
Hamilton — has
been promoted to
the rank of full
charted the course
of the Pre-Flight
program from its
inception and much
of its success is due
to his spirited
leadership. Comdr. Hamilton has ob
served Pre-Flight training at Chapel
Hill several times and has expressed
enthusiastic satisfaction with progress
of the cadets here.
Mail It Home
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ters home with a copy of the
You can mail a copy of this
issue first class for 3c.
21 of Group
For Duty Here
The contingent of 135 V-5 physical
training instructors who reported for
Naval indoctrination at Chapel Hill
Aug. 27 today successfully completed
the one-month course, as officers well
trained in Naval customs and tradi
tions, disciplined in military drill, and
in top physical condition for their jobs
Like four similar courses conducted
from March through July at the U. S.
Naval Academy, the session at Chapel
Hill was designed to meet the needs
of the Navy’s rapidly growing air arm
for instructors in the aviation train
ing program. While it is not planned
to operate another indoctrination
course for officers here immediately,
others may follow at later dates if re
quired by demands of Naval expansion.
Lt. (jg) William Clark served as
officer-in-charge of the V-5 course,
with Lieut. Norman Loader heading
the academic instruction phase, Lt.
(jg) E. R. Hodgkins in charge of mili
tary instruction, and Lt. (jg) E. S.
Masavage directing class athletics.
Platoon officei's were Lt. (jg) R. T.
C. Brown, Lt. (jg) T. R. Ward, Lt.
(jg) J. B. McCabe, and Lt. (jg) M.
In the graduating class of officers
are many nationally known athletic
figures, including Lieut. Raymond W.
“Ducky” Pond, one-time football coach
at Yale; Lieut. Charles Gelbert, for
mer infielder with the St. Louis Card
inals; Lieut. James Kitts, former head
football coach at Rice Institute; Lt.
(jg) Millard “Dixie” Howell, football
coach at Arizona State Teachers Col
lege; and Ens. Angelo “Hank” Lui
setti, basketball standout from Stan
All but 21 of the officers are being
transferred for service at Naval Re
serve Aviation Bases, Naval Air Sta
tions, Pre-Flight Schools, and Naval
training schools widely scattered
throughout the country.
See V-5 INSTRUCTORS, page
Sept. 26—Movie at Pick Theatre,
“My Favorite Blonde” with Bob Hope.
Features begin at 1900 and 2028.
Sept. 27—Movie at Pick Theatre,
“Corsican Brothers” with Douglas
Fairbanks. Features begin at 1250
Sept. 27—Band concert at Kenan
Sept. 30—Smoker at Emerson Field,
starting at 1900.
Oct. 9—Kate Smith program, 2000-
Jimmy Taylor on Radio
Cadet Jimmy Taylor, member of the
First Battalion and now stationed at
the Dallas, Tex., Naval Reserve Avia
tion Base, will participate on the “They
Live Forever” radio program over
CBS on Sunday, Sept. 27, between 2230
and 2300. Subject of the program will
be the life story of his father, Lt.
Comdr. James B. Taylor, famous Navy
test pilot who was killed in a plane
crash last May.