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Page Two CLOUDBUSTER Saturday, November 7, 1942 Cruising With Covey A Salute to the Marines By David Y. Coverston, Y2c f FROM THE HALLS OF MONTE- Per Fidelis. ZUMA TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI, WE WILL FIGHT OUR COUNTRY’S BATTLES ON THE LAND AND ON THE SEA! So starts the famous Marine hymn, and truer words have never been pen ned. In all the major and minor bat tles in w^hich this country has partici pated, the Marines have always been found in the front ranks, dishing it out with gusto and having yet to re treat. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1942, the U. S. Marine Corps, our oldest fighting force, celebrates its 167th birthday, and they’re going to do it fighting! It was in the year 1775 that the “Leatherneck” organization was born, being the first such defensive force the United States had, and since, they have been first in so many things it would take an expert accountant to total them. In the last world war, a Marine corporal fired the first American shot, and in the present conflict, a Marine pilot sank the first Jap ship. A Marine pilot was the first man to loop a sea plane, and so on down the list, but they are proudest of the title “First to Fight.” It takes a member of the Corps to tell the real story of their organization, and any one of them will do so upon the slightest provocation, and once started, a Marine is hard to stop—ask the Japs! Many sayings of the boys in Forest Green have come down to us immortal ized, such as “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!”, “Come on, you Leather necks, do you want to live forever?”, and the latest, still cocky, still with all the esprit de corps behind it, came when the gallant defenders of Wake Island were asked what could be sent them, “Send us more Japs.” The Marine Corps today is larger and stronger than ever in its history, and they are still battling against odds that never seem to disturb them. At Guadalcanal, Midway, in the Pacific, and everywhere there’s a fight, you can find Uncle Sam’s Marines, still, Sem- PAULEHE M " •ei-s nn ime ilbert * «*rr», iMm stmZ p!” TODAY When the Pre-Flight School opened at Chapel Hill, a squad of six Marines, led by Gunnery Sergeant Faustin E. Wirkus, came aboard to instruct the cadets in rifle range procedure, care and preservation of weapons, drill and other primary phases of modern war fare. Under a new order, recently put into effect, the Marines now assigned to Pre-Flight Schools will be known as the Marine Aviation Detachment, and will continue their work as an integral part of Pre-Flight training. The Marine Detachment assigned to this station is headed by First Lieu tenant Christopher Dale, USMCR. Lieut. Dale was an outstanding ath lete in high school, at one time holding the interscholastic high school record for javelin throwing, having tossed the slender stick a distance of 218 feet. Upon graduation from his elementary schooling, Chris, as he is known to his friends, enrolled at Wittenberg Col lege, and later at the University of Indiana where he became a star end on the Hoosier football squad, and an im portant member of the track team. In 1937 he enlisted in the Marine Corps as a buck private, rising soon to the rate of sergeant. In keeping with the policy of the corps that Marine of ficers rise from the ranks. Dale was selected for Officer’s Candidate School, and in 19^40 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. While giving instructions to a group of “Raiders,” he was severe ly wounded by that primary Marine weapon, the bayonet, and was hospital ized, slated to be retired when he re covered. While confined to the sick bay, Chris flitted about giving correc tive exercises to other wounded men, and there he met Lieut. Bayless, one of the staff members of the Pre-Flight organization, and when offered a chance to come to Chapel Hill he jump ed at it to prevent his retirement. He was sent here to be the discipline officer, and to write a pamphlet on drill and small arms. His official title Kate Smith to Broadcast Show From Here Next Friday Night Camel Caravan A Thursday deadline for news prevents the Cloudbuster from reporting this issue on the per formance given last night by the Camel Caravan for Pre-Flight personnel in Memorial Hall. now is assistant drill officer and range officer; the pamphlet has been written and will be ready for distribution soon. Besides the honor mentioned before, Lieut. Dale is the professor of a Phi Beta Kappa key, a member of Sigma Delta Psi, highest honorary athletic fraternity, has a MA degree from UCLA, has trained two fighters who have been rated in the upper ten of the light and heavyweight ranks, and notwithstanding Iowa Pre-Flight’s claim to having a cadet that holds the world’s records for hand grenade throwing , is the titleholder in this art. Dale won the first grenade tossing rec ord by heaving the “Pineapple” 75 yards in target throwing, and 89 yards in free throw competition. Lieut. Dale is a Greek by ancestry, and is proud of the fact that his aged grandmother is carrying packs for the still fighting troops of Greece. Second in command of the detach ment is Gunnery Sergeant Faustin E. Wirkus. A more varied and inter esting life story is hard to find outside of the “Arabian Knights.” Having finished 16 years of active duty in 19*31, “King” Wirkus went into the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, and sold stocks and bonds for 11 years un til called back to duty in February of this year. During his time in the Corp, Sarg Wirkus has seen more than most people ever dream of. As a first lieutenant, he was loaned to the Haitian government by the U. S., and took over the job of Constabulary (Continued on last page) Make Your Selection of CHRISTMAS CARDS While our stock is complete. New shipment just arrived. Ledbetter-Pickard It Will Pay to Shop for Christmas NOW Buy Your Christmas Needs While Our Stock Is Complete SUTTON’S DRUG STORE “Complete Drug Service” FOR SIXTEEN YEARS... . . . HOUSEWIVES OF CHAPEL HILL HAVE TRADED WITH US. We are proud of this record, and trust that we will continue to give the same courteous service that has made the words “Good Food” and Shields’ synonymous. 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We’re especially impressed by Mr. Smith’s reason for trading an execu tive chair for a bayonet—“There’s nothing wrong with being a lieutenant commander except that I couldn’t run a destroyer, which is what lieutenant commanders are supposed to do.” We’ll bet he makes a better-than-aver- age Marine, and in the Marines the average is high,—Washington Daily News. * * * NAVY FOOT CARE —The most general, the most indispensable and the most abused method of locomotion in an army is the human foot. ... It is also the source of the greatest trouble with soldiers, a ceaseless cause of lost time and second only to tuberculosis as a factor in disablement. . . . The United States Navy, which doesn’t walk as much as the Army, recognizes this and has accepted the services of chiropodists as a special branch. The Army, which in spite of wheels and Napoleon, really travels on its feet, has not yet availed itself of the same expert attention. — Los Angeles Ex aminer. Pre-Flight Jewelry at Ledbetter-Pickard Jane Wyatt, George Murphy Are Guest Stars The Kate Smith Hour, featuring Kate Smith and Ted Collins, with guest stars George Murphy and Jane Wyatt, will be broadcast with its reg ular weekly show from the stage of Memorial Hall next Friday evening from 2000 to 2055. Cadets, officers, enlisted men and civilians of the Pre- Flight School will compose the audi ence. Appearing on the same program will be the Pre-Flight Glee Club. A second broadcast will be given from 0000 (midnight) to 0055 at which time students, faculty members, and the public are invited to attend. Scheduled to come here the sixth of October but cancelled due to technical difficulties, the Kate Smith Hour will provide the finest possible evening of entertainment. Both Kate Smith and her manager, Ted Collins, are nation ally known figures in the musical world, and with two famous movie stars such as Murphy and Wyatt the show promises to be something to- write home about. Coming with the show in addition to the four previously mentioned stars are a 22-piece orchestra, announcers,, technicians, and others necessary to handle a network hookup show. The Columbia Broadcasting System will carry the program, and cadets and of ficers are urged to write their parents and friends and ask them to listen in. Miss Wyatt and Mr. Murphy will do a scene from their latest picture, “The Navy Comes Through,” on the radio broadcast. The picture, which has just been released, will be shown at the Carolina Theatre here on Friday and Saturday. Both Miss Wyatt and Mr. Murphy will make a personal appearance at the Carolina on Friday. Following the broadcast on Friday night Miss Smith, Miss Wyatt, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Murphy will go to Durham where they will make a personal appearance at the Carolina theatre there. This performance will be open to the public as will the personal appearance of Miss Wyatt and Mr. Murphy at the Carolina here. 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