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Vol. I—No. 14
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, December 19, 1942
5c a Copy
Del Monte Selected
A fifth Pre-Flight School will be
commissioned early next year at Del
Monte, Cal., to ease the pressure of
the expanding naval aviation program
on the other four units located at
Athens, Ga., Iowa City, la., St. Mary’s,
Cal., and here at Chapel Hill, N. C.
In reporting selection of the new
school, Capt. A. W. Radford, director
of the Navy’s aviation training pro
“The difficulty of training men fast
enough to meet the demand at primary
bases has been bothering us for some
time. I believe that the Del Monte Pre-
Flight School will speed up the pro
gram at a very critical time and will
help to prevent the bottlenecks that
interfere with the attainment of our
goal of 30,000 pilots yearly.”
A Bureau of Aeronautics statement
announcing that the property and
grounds of the Del Monte Hotel on
Monterey Peninsula had been taken
over by the Navy Department indi
cated that existing facilities, with a
few additions and changes, would be
adequate for the needs of the 1,500 to
2,000 Pre-Flight cadets to be stationed
there. Nearby the huge and towering
central building are spacious grounds,
the world-fpmous Del Monte and Peb
ble Beach Golf Courses, one of the
world’s largest salt water pools, and
carefully planned gardens. Less than
three miles away is the ocean front.
Under present plans, Del Monte will
receive its first battalion of cadets on
or about next Feb. 1.
Officers assigned to the new school
will be drawn principally from officer
personnel of the other four Pre-Flight
Schools, supplemented by new V-5 in
structors undergoing or scheduled to
undergo their naval indoctrination here
at Chapel Hill.
Already 12 officers now at Chapel
Hill have been selected for transfer to
the new Del Monte school, and others
are expected to be added to the list
Those thus far announced as slated
for Del Monte are: Lieut. Norman
Loader, head of essentials of naval
service here; Lieut. Clinton C. Couhig,
instructor of mathematics and phy
sics; Lieut. William Neufeld, head
coach of military track; Lieut. E. L.
Messikomer, assistant basketball
coach; Lieut, (jg) John J. Waybright,
personnel officer; Lieut, (jg) Walter
A. Wood, assistant wrestling coach;
Lieut, (jg) W. D. Partner, of the pub
lic relations office; Lieut. R. C. T.
Brown, platoon officer; First Lieut.
Christopher Dale, assistant drill of
ficer; Ens, George F. Furey, assistant
director of the sports program; Ens.
B. H. Smith, assistant coach of gym
and tumbling, and Ens. Leonard C.
Eshmont, platoon officer.
In addition to the 12 being trans
ferred to Del Monte, 10 other officers,
it was announced this week, are being
detached from the station for duty else
These officers and their new assign
Lieut. Tom Carruthers, assistant di
rector of athletics, to a new Pre-Pie-
Flight School at Columbia, S. C.,
Lieut. D. P. Chalmers, assistant swim
ming coach, to Corpus Christi, Tex.,
Lieut. John H. Vaught, assistant foot
ball coach to a new Pre-Pre-Flight
School at Troy, N. Y.; Lieut. John V.
See DEL MONTE, page 8
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Christmas Brings First Holiday Here
Not Appear Dec. 26
In keeping with the Christmas holi
days observed next week by employees
of the Orange Printshop which pub
lishes this paper, the Cloudbuster will
not be issued next Saturday, Dec. 26.
However, publication. will be re
sumed during the following week. It
is planned to distribute the next issue
on Friday, Jan. 1—instead of on Sat
To all our readers go sincerest wish
es for an enjoyable Christmas in these
troublous times. And we’ll be back
again with you on New Year’s Day.
The Germans would rather not
dream of a white Christmas, especially
on the Russian front.
V-5 Instructors Near End of Course
THE GROUP OF 90 V-5 INSTRUCTORS who have been receiving their naval indoctrination at Chapel Hill
this month are pictured above with a number of Pre-Flight officers, who have been directing their instruction,
shown in the front row. Their course is due to conclude next week.
Left to Right:
Front Row: Ens. J. J. Economos, platoon officer; Ens. L. A. Young, platoon officer; Ens. R. P. Cassiano,
platoon officer; Lieut. W. C. Clark, officer-in-charge of the V-5 school; Comdr. John P. Graff, commanding officer
at Chat)el Hill; Lieut. James P. Raugh, executive officer at Chapel Hill; Lt. (jg) E. R. Hodgkins, in charge of
military instruction of V-5 instructor course; Ens. W. S. Krywicki, platoon officer; Lt. (jg) J. B. McCabe,
Second Row: Lt. (jg) J. F. Orsini; Lt. (jg) K. B. Michael; T. D. Burnette; Lt. (jg) W. H. Miller; Ens.
J T. Owen; Lt. (jg) J. C. Cole; Lt. (jg) C. R. Pattison; Lt. (jg) C. E. Murphy; Ens. R. E. Raymond; Lt. (jg)
F. B. Douglas; Ens. J. R. McCarthy; Lt. (jg) H. J. Beatty; Lt. (jg) J. B. Burton.
Third Row: Lieut. Harry W. Lawson; Ens. R. L. Mallouf; Ens. J. J. Giallombardo; Lt. (jg) J. R. Callahan;
Lieut. C. D. Werner; Ens. H. R. Stebbins; Lt. (jg) K. I. Kovalcheck; Lt. (jg) R. E. Weigle; Ens. J. A. Morgan;
Ens. K. L. Hoick; Ens. K. A. Tidrick; Lieut. P. F. Hill; Lt. (jg) E. S. Oster.
Fourth Row: Lt. (jg) W. H. Yost; Lt. (jg) P. H. Hooser, Ens. H, H. Huebel; Lt. (jg) J. H. Hassett; Lt. (jg) D.
Russell; Lt. (jg) H. L. Carney; Lt. (jg) F. C. Losee; Lt. (jg) B. Dickson; Ens. R. W. Bergstrom; Ens. G. D.
Tessier; Lieut. W. C. Riley; Lt. (jg) C. Freeman; Ens. R. W. Timmons.
Fifth Row: Ens. B. E. Megin; Lieut. J. L. Hagerty; Ens. E. M. Hoos; Lt. (jg) A. R. Barr; Lt. (jg) T. M.
Dowler; Ens. J. J. Cusick; Lt. (jg) J. D. Devins; Lt. (jg) J. Coval; Ens. C. G. White; Lt. (jg) J. M. Tatum;
Lt. (jg) C. F. Hafron; Ens. A. A. Hurney; Lt. (jg) J, L. Hart.
Sixth Row: Lt. (jg) D. L. Perkins; Lt. (jg) F. W. Crider; Lt. (jg) F. W. McCarty; Lt. (jg) P. W. Apple
ton; Lt. (jg) B. J. Mulligan; Ens. J. J. Craighead; Lieut. H. A. Rabenhorst; Lieut. E. W. Schalmerich; Lieut,
V. A. Hoyle; Ens, H. C. Parachini; Lt, (jg) A. T. Rebain; Lt, (jg) C, E, Bishop; Ens. A. G. Dittberner.
Seventh Row: Lt. (jg) G. D. Shay; Lt. (jg) D, A, Reese; Ens, L, L, Richards; Lt. (jg) E. E. Garbee; Ens.
L. M. McGinnis; Ens. J. E. Cheetwood; Ens. F. C. Craighead, Jr,; Lt. (jg) W. L. Surrick; Ens. R. M. Strimer;
Lt. (jg) C. J. Anderson; Ens, A, L. Quintilian; Ens. R. A, Titchenal; Ens. J, L, Hutchinson.
Eighth Row: Ens, E, M, Broscoe; Lieut, W. B-. Woodson; Ens, R, H, Pohndorf; Lt, (jg) H, H, Hedgepath;
Lieut, H. H, Harden; Lt. Comdr. A. A. Schmidt; Lt. (jg) J, L. Alley; Lt. (jg) E. E, Pomeroy; Lt. (jg) A. S.
Nichelini; Lieut, J. H. Weaver; Lt, (jg) 0, A, Qualls; Ens. R. L. Freeman,
Cadets to Have
Reveille at 0800
Liberty for Day
Cadets will have until 0800 to go on
dreaming of a white Christmas next
Friday, Dec. 25, and if Nature re
sponds as she did last Wednesday when
unusually heavy snow transformed
this southern village into a Christmas
card scene, their dream will come true.
The 0800 reveille on Christmas
morn will be the latest since commis
sioning of the school last May, and the
day of leisure to follow will be the fii’st
holiday to be observed on this station
with cessation of the normal daily
In celebration of the Christmas sea
son, there will be a Christmas Eve
general church service beginning at
2345, Dec. 24, in Memorial Hall, for
all hands of the Pre-Flight School,
guests and townspeople. It will be an
appropriate service for those of all
faiths, featuring Christmas music
played and sung in a setting of pine
trees, tinsel and holly.
The cadet choir under the direction
of Mr. John Toms, of the University
of North Carolina music department,
vvill perform, and organ music will be
supplied by Miss Christine Dobbins,
regular Pre-Flight School organist,
A brief Christmas narrative will be
rendered by Pre-Flight Chaplain Ei'ic
For those interested in attending a
Catholic service, a special midnight
Mass, “Missa Cantata,” will be cele
brated Christmas Eve in Hill Music
Hall. The Reverend Edward Sullivan,
civilian chaplain of the Pre-Flight
School, will celebrate the Mass,
Music at the Catholic service will
be rendered by a group of cadets under
the direction of Lieut, Roger Walsh,
Christmas carols will be sung preced
ing the Mass,
There will be no formations for
either of the Christmas Eve services,
and attendance will be optional.
No Protestant service will be held
on Christmas Day, but Masses will be
said at 0800 and 1000 in Gerrai’d Hall.
There will be town liberty for all
cadets from after evening meal on
Christmas Eve until 0130, Dec, 25,
With reveille at 0800, Christmas morn
ing breakfast formation will be at
0850, Christmas Day dinner forma
tion will be at 1230, and formation for
the evening meal at 1900, Town liberty
will be in effect at other times during
the day, until 2300, Taps will be at
2330. Dining out pi'ivileges will be
available for those desiring to eat with
townspeople and friends.
New Year’s Day will not be a holi
day, and the regular Pre-Flight train
ing routine will be followed.
Dec. 19—Free movie at Village
Theatre, “Pardon My Sarong” with
Abbott and Costello. Feature begins
as 1330, 1502, 1920 and 2102.
Dec. 20—Free movie at Village
Theatre, “You Were Never Lovelier”
with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth.
Feature begins at 1310 and 1457.
Dec. 23—Smoker in Memorial Hall,
starting at 1915.
Dec. 26—Free movie at Village
Theatre, “My Favorite Spy” with Kay
Kyser and Ellen Drew. Feature be
gins at 1330, 1436, 1920, and 2026.