Vol. I—No. 13
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, December 12, 1942
5c a Copy
(The following article was ivritten
for the Cloudbuster by a. member of
the l^th Battalion. All cadets are
urged to contribute features, editorials,
and news material of all sorts far use
in the station newspa]oer. /Is a matter
of j)olicy contributed articles carry the
by-line of the writer.—The Editors.)
By Cadet A. Weintraub
If there is any American of whom
it can be said, he knows the Japanese,
he is Joseph C. Grew, former United
States Ambassador to Japan. Last
Monday, on th« first anniversary of
“the day that will long live in infamy,”
Mr. Grew brought out Report From
Tokyo, a book based on speeches de
livered by him dince his return to this
country after the outbreak of war. In
the light of Mr. Grew’s excellent rec
ord in the service of his country and
his 10 years spent in Japan, the advice
he passes on to Americans might well
be heeded by those both in and out of
the armed services.
The Japanese, he says, are united,
trained, frugal, and fanatical. “At
this moment," he points out, “the
Japanese feel themselves, man for man
superior to you and to me and to any
of our peoples . . . their leaders do
think that they can and will win. They
are counting on our underestimates
on our apparent disunity ... on our
unwillingness to sacrifice, to endure
and to fight.”
This, most of us already know and
for those of us at Chapel Hill there is
nothing here from which we can learn.
We, too, are united, solidly and com
pletely for victory. There can not be
any question about this, for were this
not so, we would certainly not be in
naval aviation, a branch of the armed
services based at present entirely upon
voluntary enlistment. And we are now
being trained, by an organization that
boasts the world’s greatest aviators.
From this efficient and all-covering
training, there can not possibly result
a feeling of inferiority on our part. In
endurance, sacrifice, and fight. Naval
Aviators will not be found lacking.
Ambassador Grew’s statements,
however, go further. As a warning of
''vhat may come, he says: “The Jap
anese may not intend to take New
OHeans or San Francisco or Vancouver
or Toronto—in this war. They do in
tend and expect, in dead seriousness,
to conquer Asia, to drive us out, to
'^ake a peace which will weaken us, and
cause us to grow weaker with time.
And then later, in five years, or 10
years, or 50 years, they would use the
billion men of an enslaved Asia, and
all the resources of the East, to strike
From this, wo have much to leai'n.
After a period of fighting, an offer of
peace from our enemies may well seem
Hke a gift from the heavens. But such
^ peace, if it is the kind Mr. Grew
speaks of, woulJ not be a peace, but
I'ather an armistice, a short interlude
between wars, during which time we
Would gfow weaker and our enemies
For America, there can be no cessa
tion of fighting when our shores seem
^0 longer under threat, when Japan
obligingly” negotiates for peace. Our
^Sht does not end here. It does not
^nd until the last J apanese flag is blown
^^om the shores of Asia and perhaps
^be face of the earth. We did not ask
War, but now that we are fighting,
""e shall not stop until w^e are sure
another act of “infamy” will never
^S'ain be committed against us.
COMDR. JESSE G. WRIGHT, (MC) USN, senior medical officer of the
Pre-Flight School, has received orders transferring him to sea duty and
will leave the station sometime next week to take up his new assignment.
He will be succeeded here by Comdr. Dean Vance, USN (Ret.), who has
been in naval service for some 25 yeai’S.
Comdr. Wright has been on the staff of the school here from the be
ginning last spring. His has been the responsible task of assembling men
and materials needed to keep station personnel in top physical condition
and to treat those injured or taken ill. He has played an important part in
construction of the new infirmary now nearing completion, and had hoped
to see it finished before going to sea.
No stranger to the sea, Comdr. Wright during his 15 years in the Navy
has seen service aboard the JJSS Oglala, flagship ot a mine squadron, the
USS Ranger, first ship built as a carrier, and the USS Chicago, while at
tached to the staff of a cruiser scouting force.
Mrs. Wright and daughter, Marilyn, will remam in Chapel Hill for
Station Personnel Pledge
$38,811 In War Bond Drive
Officers, Cadets, Crew, Civilian Employees
Join in Purchases for Pearl Harbor Day
Lending their support to the nationwide drive to remember Pearl
Harbor by converting- a portion of income into fighting dollars, Pre-
Flight personnel last Monday, Dec. 7, pledged a total of $38,811 in
War Bonds and Stamps, with the pledges to be made good next pay
day. Sixty-three per cent of the station’s officers, V-5 instructors,
cadets, crew and civilian employees pledged themselves to buy the
<^extra War Bonds in marking Pearl
Well Balanced Medical Staff
Looks After Health of Station
By C. Ralph Sykes, Phm.2/c, USN
While other departments ai*e more
frequently publicized, the medical de
partment is entrusted with the all-
important responsibility of maintain
ing the physical fitness of, and guard
ing against illness and injury to, all
personnel of the Pre-Flight School.
For this essential duty has been
chosen a select group of medical of
ficers and pharmacist’s mates, under
the supervision of Comdr. Jesse G.
Wright, (MC) USN. Comdr. Wright
who has just been ordered to sea
^uty—is a flight surgeon with more
than 900 hours in the air, and a phy
sician with a varied experience gained
by serving the Medical Corps of the
U. S. Navy in all parts of the world;
though his hours are full, he is never
too busy to discuss problems of any
nature with officers, cadets or enlisted
To assist him in the vital task of
keeping 225 officers, 1780 cadets and
125 enlisted personnel healthy are
seven medical officers, three dental of
ficers, a psychologist, two nurses and
a number of hospital corpsmen.
The work of the medical department
is distributed among all physical ac
tivities of the Pre-Flight School.
The training room at Woollen Gym
nasium is under the supervision of
Lieut. Comdr. Angus M. McDonald
(MC), USNR, v/ho directs the treat
ment of all athletic injuries. With the
increasing interest in the safety of
those participating in sports, the train
ing room at Woollen Gym is equipped
for the prevention, treatment and care
of athletic injuries. In the training
room are men well trained in their art
of “the trainer’s duty.” Their duties
comprise the prevention of injury,
superficial first aid, protective bandag
ing and taping. Here, the major and
minor injuries are differentiated and
the degree of severity considered, keep
ing in mind the complications which
may arise from neglect.
The treatment rooms are composed
of two rooms in Alexander Hall, which
are used to hold “sick call” each day
at 0700 and 1900, except Sunday when
the hours are 0800 and 1900. There
are an average of 250 cadets seen at
this sick call daily except Saturday
and Sunday when cadets are permitted
liberty. Hospital corpsmen unfortu
nate enough to have the Saturday and
Sunday duty are rewarded with enough
extra time to catch up on correspond
ence while cadets shrug off minor ail
ments to keep their appointments at
Sutton’s Drug Store.
Through the doors of the treatment
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Dance Will be Held
In Gym Tonight
The Christmas dance for the reg'i-
ment t>f cadets and their guests will
be held this evening from 2030 to 2315
in Woollen Gymnasium, Lieut. Frank
Gillespie, assistant welfare and recrea
tion officer has announced. Music will
be provided by the Navy Pre-Flight
Mrs. Peggy Jergenson, office secre
tary of the YMCA, and Miss Ditzi
Buice, student leader, ar6 cooperating
in arrangements for Carolina coeds to
attend, Lieut. Gillespie stated, in ex
pressing appreciation for their aid.
Refreshments will be served as
usual, and taps for all cadets will be
Invited to Annual
Xmas Community Sing-
The entire personnel of the Pre-
Flight School has been invited to take
part in the annual Christmas commun
ity sing which will be held tomorrow
evening at 7:30 o’clock in Memorial
Hall. The Navy Pre-Flight Glee Club
and Band will appear on the program
which will also include the glee clubs
of the Junior hi^h school. Chapel Hill
high school, the University of North
Carolina, and Carrboro Negro center,
not to mention choirs and choruses
from all local churches.
Paul Green, playwright and author,
is writing the program in which all of
this music will be combined.
Dec. 12—Free movie at Village
Theatre, “The Major and the Minor”
with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland.
Feature starts at 1300, 1520, 1920 and
Dec. 12—Cadet dance at Woollen
Gymnasium, 2030 to 2315. Taps will
be at 2400.
Dec. 13—Free movie at Village
Theatre, “Road to Morocco” with Bing
Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
Feature starts at 1300 and 1433.
Dec. 13—Annual Christmas com
munity sing in Memorial Hall at 1930.
Dec. 12—At Carolina Theatre, “A
Yank at Eton” with Mickey Rooney.
Dec. 12—At Pick Theatre, “Phantom
Killer” with Joan Woodbury and War
Dec. 13—At Carolina Theatre, “For
Me and My Gal” with Judy Garland and
Dec. 13—At Pick Theatre, “The Un
dying Monster” with James Ellison,
Heather Angel and John Howard.
Harbor day, according to Lt. (jg) E.
E. Mack, disbursing officer in charge of
the local drive.
In expressing his gratification with
the results here, Comdr. John P. Graff,
commanding officer, declai’ed:
“I wish to commend the officers, crew,
cadets, V-5 instructors, and civilian
employees of this station for the fine
manner in which they responded to the
appeal to buy War Bonds on the anni
versary of Pearl Harbor last Monday.
The nearly $40,000 pledged for bonds
on that day was an excellent showing
for a station of this size.
“However, we should not rest con
tent with having pledged these fight
ing dollars for the war against the
enemy, and I urge all hands to con
sider the systematic purchase of bonds
through the payroll savings plan. This
is no time for either men or money to
The V-5 instructors who are under
going their naval indoctrination at the
Pre-Flight School led the various
groups of the rotation with 95% of
their members pledging to buy bonds.
Credit for this near perfect showing
is due Lieut. William C. Clark, officer-
in-charge of the V-5 instructor course,
who handled the bond drive among
members of his group.
The best showing among the cadets
was turned in by the 14th Battalion,
with 88% of thf;ir members pledging
bond purchases. The 12th Battalion
placed third with 85%, the Pre-Flight
officers fourth with 71%, and the 13th
Battalion fifth with 68%.
Bond pledges of the 12th Battalion,
which is the largest in the regiment,
totaled $10,530 to rank first in this
respect. The total pledged by the of
ficers of the station amounted to $8,-
850, while the 18th Battalion’s total
of $7,594 was the third largest sum of
the various groups.
Disbursing officer, Lt. Mack, indi
cated that special facilities will be pro
vided in Alexander Hall on payday next
week so that officers, crew, and civilian
employees can purchase the bonds as
pledged. Cadets will receive their pay
on Dec. IG, instead of on the 20th, so
that they can send the bonds, if they
so desire, as Christmas gifts, and also
have money in time to purchase other
222 New Cadets Arrive,
210 Leave During- Week
An almost even exchange occurred
at the Pre-Flight School this week as
222 new cadets arrived as the 15th
Battalion and some 210 left for various
Naval Reserve Aviation Bases.
Thirty-six were transferred to Peru,
Ind.; nine to Olathe, Kan.; 40 to
Squantum, Mass.; 37 to Memphis, 24
to Norman, Okla.; seven to Lakehurst,
N. J.; 44 to Hutchinson, Kansas; and
15 to Glenview, 111.
Those coming in include 20 from the
fleet and 10 from the Marines.