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Vol. 2—No. 40
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, June 17, 1944
Capt Mallison To Replace Capt. Popham
CAPTAIN WILLIAM S. POPHAM, USN, pictured on the left, who
has been the senior Naval officer in Chapel Hill since shortly after
Pearl Harbor, is shown in the above photo with Captain William T.
Mallison, USN, who will take over his post next Thursday. A special
regimental review was held on Wednesday afternoon in Kenan Sta
dium in honor of Capt. Popham.
David Y. Coverston, Ylc, USNR
Have you ever wondered just
where all the office supplies, ath
letic gear, academic books, etc.
come from when you send a mes
senger after them ? Such a ques
tion popped into my head the
other day, so I set out to locate
the source of all this material, and
here’s what I found.
Within the limits of this sta
tion, wholly controlled by the
Navy, are six different store
rooms, all manned by Naval per
sonnel abetted by civilians with
the exception of one, which is run
solely by civil service personnel.
The first of these I visited was
the Academic Storeroom located
in the basement of Caldwell Hall,
in charge of Mrs. A. K. Nelson,
formerly known as Miss Dorthea
Fierens. In this storeroom are
over 60,000 books, with 300 dif
ferent titles, plus 11 other tech
nical books and pamphlets. The
mimeograph department, ; headed
by Miss Amy Riggsbee assisted
by Miss Audrey Perkins, is locat
ed in this storeroom. Mrs. Nelson
has, in addition to the above
named personnel, two other aides.
Miss Evie Bland and Mr. Bernice
Lasater, a veteran of this war
\vho was mustered out of the
Army as over-age.
Miss Riggsbee says that she
averages running fifty stencils a
day through her three mimeo
graph machines, with each sten
cil averaging two pages. The
amount of work she does is quite
prodigious when you know that
she uses over fifty reams of paper
-per day on mimeographed ma
terial alone. In addition, she and
Miss Perkins instruct neophytes
See COVEY, page 4
A special Regimental Review,
honoring the outgoing and incom
ing commanders of the Naval
ROTC and V-12 units on the Uni
versity campus, was held in
Kenan stadium Wednesday after
Members of the Naval ROTC
and the Marine and Navy V-12
groups marched before Capt. Wil
liam S. Popham, USN, the senior
Naval officer in Chapel Hill since
shortly after Pearl Harbor, and
Captain William T. Mallison,
USN, who will take over his post
here next Thursday.
Complimenting the staff for its
“hard and faithful work” and the
100% in Athletics
Both the 49th and 50th Bat
talions were 100% in athletics
during the past week as no fail
ures were reported in either group.
The 51st was next with two
failures and a 98.75 percentage
mark, while the 52nd was fourth
with 97.43. In last place was the
53rd with 10 failures and a mark
At the present time there are
171 cadets in the 49th, 142 in the
50th, 161 in the 51st, 156 in the
52nd, and 152 in the 53rd.
trainees for their “fine willing
ness, sincerity, and purpose,” Cap
tain Popham declared, “I will miss
the outfit sincerely and think of
it many times and I wish all of
you the best of luck.”
For Entire Station
Planned For Tonight
With cooperation of the weather,
there’ll be dancing under the stars
tonight for the regiment of cadets,
officers, and crew of the Pre-Flight
School on the outdoor basketball
courts located in back of Navy
This first outdoor dance of the
season will start at 2100 and end
at 2400. Liberty for the cadets
will be extended to 0030, with taps
coming at 0045.
The Pre-Flight band will pro
vide the music, with Drummer
William K. Chapman featured on
Refreshments will be served
throughout the evening.
53rd Leads Military
With Mark of 3.87
The newly arrived 53rd Bat
talion holds -the lead in military
competition with the high mark
of 3.87. The 50th has 3.73, the
49th 3.53, the 51st 3.47, and the
In both room and taps inspec
tion the 53rd was rated 4.0, while
in military bearing their mark
was 3.6. The 50th rated 3.8 in
room inspection and military bear
ing, and 3.6 in taps inspection.
With a perfect mark of 4.0, the
49th rated tops in military bear
ing, but their marks of 3.2 in room
inspection and 3.4 in taps inspec
tion could give them no better
than third place.
The 51st had 3,4 in room inspec
tion, 3.2 in military bearing, and
3.8 in taps inspection, while the
fifth place 52nd rated 3.6 in room
inspection, 3.4 in military bear
ing, and 3.2 in taps inspection.
Karl S. E. Pond, RM3c, was re
ceived this week from NAPTC,
Kansas City, Kansas; and Joseph
Stern, Y2c, was received from
NAPTC-RO, Chicago, 111.