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Saturday, October 24, 1942
Officers, Marines, and Sailors Start Over Again
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Tuttle, Kansas City, Mo.
Fifth row: B. P. Hoffman, Miami,
Fla.; R. C. Wesley, Ft. Washington,
Fla.; C. R. Avery, Baltimore, Md.;
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Carroll, Garberville, Cal.; E. A. Ham
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UNUSUAL IN MORE RESPECTS than one is the Eleventh Battalion which came aboard last week to start Pre-
Flight training. For one thing its 383 cadets make it the largest battalion to enter the Chapel Hill school thus far.
More unusual than mere numbers, however, was the appearance with the Eleventh Battalion of three Navy officers,
10 Marines, and 48 sailors, all imbued with the belief that this war will be won in the air and each determined to start
over again and reach the front lines of battle as a flying officer in the Navy or Marine Corps.
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In the left bottom picture are the
three Navy officers who resigned their
commissions to enter the Pre-Flight
program as aviation cadets with the
Eleventh Battalion. From left to
right, they are (although of course
the ranks are no more): Ens. John M.
Gallagher, of Chester, Pa.; Lt. (jg)
W. A. Poillon, of Forest Hills, Long
Island, N. Y., and Ens. Thomas L.
Elliott, of Manchester, N. H. Gal
lagher was formerly stationed at the
Army identification center in Phila
delphia as Navy liaison officer; Poillon
was formerly at the Charleston Navy
Yard, while Elliott has been to sea
mostly on convoy duty since last Feb
Shown in the bottom picture on the
right are the 10 Marines who were
inducted with the 383 cadets in the
Eleventh Battalion, From left to right,
Front row: Staff Sgt. Joseph K.
Schlick, Carmel, Indiana; Corp. An
drew W. Smith, Miami, Fla.; Staff
Sgt. Edwin C. Hicks, Granville, N. Y.;
Sgt. Edwin H. Bradbury, Brewer, Me.;
Corp. John D. Moore, Roanoke, Va.
Second row: Corp. William S. Hunk
ier, Helena Mont.; Corp John R. Raf
ferty, Osceola Mills, Pa.; Pfc. Lloyd
E. Shewmaker, Kimberly, Idaho; Pfc.
John M. Whitcomb, Little Falls, N. Y.;
Sgt. Rudolph J. Zygall, Lowell, Mass.
The top picture shows the 48 sailors
who changed their blues and whites
for the khaki of the aviation cadet at
Chapel Hill. They are, from left to
Front row: L. MacFawn, East Wey
mouth, Mass.; J. H. Nortak, Detroit,
Mich.; P. M. Schneeloch, New York
City; J. P. Arrigoni, Binghampton,
N. Y.; J. A. Johnson, Long Beach,
Cal.; M. A. Reid, Eldora, la.; R. F.
Smith, Columbus, Ga.; N. L. Hamm,
Great Neck, N. Y.; G. R. Amme
O’Bryan, Aitha, Fla.
Second row: E. A. Gonee, Ander
son, Tenn.; L. A. Szewczyk, Johns
town, Pa.; R. W. Forrest, Merchant-
ville, N. J.; A. E. Pawelczyk, Krakow,
Wis.; R. J. Greenlow, New York City;
C. R. Ross, Crownpoint, N. Y.; W. V.
S. Gilliam, Dubuque, la.; J. C. Frew,
Anniston, Ala.; R. W. Sims, Phila
Third row: L. S. Hardy, Jr., Waver-
ly, Va.; C. E. Weickhardt, Washing
ton, D. C.; W. Talunas, Philadelphia,
Pa.; G. Bentley, Rutherford, N. J.;
R. A. Shields, Spring Valley, N. Y.;
J. N. Evanisko, Johnstown, Pa.; Jim
McFerrin, Jr., Macon, Ga.; J. H. Dahn,
New York City; A. J. Miller, St. Louis,
Mo.; F. A. Hulet, Ambridge, Pa.
Fourth row: R. H. Bott, Detroit,
Mich.; W. E. Bradley, Tallahassee,
Fla.; R, A. Collins, Jr., Sturgis, Mich.;
R. C. Utzinger, Plainfield, N. J.; H. V.
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The Supply Officer
By B. G. Leonard, Jr., Sp.3c ^
His features, build, purposeful, bust
ling manner and inevitable cigar,
bring to mind more than faintly the
impression that he is a younger edi
tion of England’s Churchill.
The story of Lt. Comdr. Benjamin
Hall Micou, Supply Officer of this
Pre-Flight station, strikes a chord that
approaches an expression of the deep
est American spirit. A successful
business man in time of peace, he has
twice responded to the call of duty
when his country was threatened; and
his destiny has been allied with the
Benjamin H. Micou was born in
Washington, D. C., Feb. 18, 1895. His
early education was completed at West
ern High of Washington, after which
he matriculated at Cornell University.
Most notable of his student enterprises
was his work as business manager of
the magazine, the Cornell Widow. He
was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi
fraternity, and was graduated with
the class of 1916.
With the imminence of World War
I creating a demand for qualified lead
ers, the president of Cornell was given
the authority to nominate two men for
officers in the regular Navy and two
for the Marine Corps. Offered his
choice of these appointments, young
Micou decided to accept whichever ap
pointment could be effected most
promptly. The Navy moved first, so
the man we now know as Lt. Comdr.
Micou narrowly escaped becoming a
Marine, and was commissioned as En
He arrived in Washington eager to
begin duties as yet unknown to him.
Shortly thereafter he was assigned to
the Supply Corps and attended the
Supply Officers’ School during the
summer of 1917.
His first assignment was aboard the
Jupiter, at that time a collier, but sub
sequently converted into an aircraft
carrier and renamed the Langley in
one of the Navy’s first experiments
with sea-borne aircraft.
Near the close of his service on the
Jupiter, our Supply Officer became in
volved in an incident that kept the
ether waves disturbed and the wire
less warm. The fabulous Cyclops,
scheduled to make a trip to Panama,
completely disappeared at sea. The
Cyclops, incidentally, remains today
the most baffling mystery of the first
World War; it just vanished, and
neither friend nor foe has been able
to fathom the puzzle. In the place of
the Cyclops, the Jupiter was ordered to
Panama in March, 1918.
On the eve of embarkment, Lt.
Comdr. Micou received orders detach
ing him from the Jupiter; but he re
mained on board by order of his com-
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Lt. Comdr. Micou
manding officer, who insisted that he
could not be spared. When the ship was
half-way to Panama, the wireless be
gan to clatter in the wild clamor,
“Where the is Micou, and why?”
On his return to New York, he was
transferred to the transport Service
and assigned as Supply Officer on the
Agamemnon, serving in this capacity
from May of 1918 until October, 1919.
After the Armistice, and with his
ship out of commission, Lt. Comdr.
Micou offered his resignation. It was
accepted, and he was transferred to
the Fleet Naval Reserve. Moving to
Detroit. Mr. Micou established an
insurance business of his own, and
continued to operate this business
throughout the years that followed.
Gradually the press of business ac
tivities forced him away from the
Navy, and in 1934 he finally severed
his connections with the Naval Re
serve, having been inactive for many
Before Pearl Harbor Mr. Micou was
operating a business specializing of
late years in pensions, which was reap
ing the benefits of years of careful
planning and hard work. Immediate
ly after Dec. 7, the Supply Officer ap
plied for and received his commission
as Lieutenant Commander, U.S.N.R.,
and left his business interests.
There is the story of the old Roman
who left his plow in the middle of a
furrow when he learned Rome was at
war, led his legions to victory, then
came back to finish the furrow. Our
Supply Officer’s story is thoughtfully
striking in similarity. One day he will
go back to gather up the threads of
his civilian life.
But not until his war job has been
well done . . .
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