Vol. 2—No. 48
U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C.
Saturday, August 12, 1944
Lieut. John Gaddy
Cadets Rate High
To those of you who wonder
about amphibious duty, Lieut.
John R. Gaddy, USNR, brings a
word of cheer. The chow’s fine,
Lieut. Gaddy, now a platoon of
ficer attached to this station, has
just returned from a year and
week with a CASU unit in the
South Pacific. His knowledge of
amphibious duty is confined mainly
to his trip back to the States.
Most of the year and a week
was spent on Munda Island, where
he landed the day after the Ma
rines had taken over the Jap air
strip on that New Georgian island.
There were dead Japs everywhere,
but live Japs also returned every
night for three months, bombing
the installations that the Navy,
Seabees and Marines, were con
A number of pilots who had
gone through Pre-Flight training
at St. Mary’s, where Lieut. Gaddy
was formerly connected with the
sports program, were also out in
Munda. Lieut. Gaddy went out
with several of them on a bomb
ing raid over Bougainville. They
didn’t encounter any trouble on
that occasion, but several days
later one of the same pilots came
back with 176 holes in his plane.
The test pilot at- Munda was
“Red’' Greene who finished Pre-
Flight at Chapel Hill with the 12th
battalion. Lieut. Gaddy said that
both “Red” and the other Navy
pilots were a great bunch of boys
who got a kick out of the “simple”
See LIEUT. GADDY, page U
Snake-Eaters at Carolina
The eagerly awaited showing of
the Paramount News pictures
taken here of Pre-Flight cadets
consuming snakes as part of the
Survival program will be pre
sented at the Carolina Theatre
next Friday and Saturday.
All The Way From Scotland
FOLLOWING in his father’s footsteps. Cadet William Matthews,
pictured above, returned to the United States from Scotland to enlist
in the Navy and the V-5 training program. He likes the Navy fine,
but from the above smile you can gather he’d like to go back to
Scotland for a short visit.
Hopes to Make
Navy His Career
After years of hearing “Scotch”
jokes, both good and bad, it was
surprising to hear and see the
manner in which Scotsman Wil
liam Matthews, now a V-5 cadet,
described his first impression of
the United States.
Cadet Matthews isn’t a true
Scot for he was born in Baton
Rouge, La. But his family moved
to Scotland shortly after his birth
and Bill, as he is better known, re
turned to this country for the first
time when he enlisted in the V-5
After serving as a communica
tions man on a RAF coastal plane
See MATTHEWS, page U
The Officers, Crew and Regi
ment of Cadets join with fam
ily, relatives and friends in
mourning the death of Major
R. O. Hawkins, from the Ma
rine Base at Cherry Point, on
A brother-in-law of Cadet
W. J. Savage of the 57th Bat
talion, Major Hawkins was
critically injured on Sunday
afternoon when his Hellcat
fighter plane crashed in a corn
field about half a mile north
of the Chapel Hill Airport.
Cause of his death in the
Naval Dispensary here was at
tributed to extreme multiple
Planned for Aug. 19
At Hogan’s Lake
A picnic for all Pre-Flight
School officers, members of the
Officers Mess, and their families,
is planned for Saturday after
noon, August 19, at Hogan’s Lake.
The picnic fee is $1.00 for each
adult, and 50c for each child more
than six years old. Fried chicken
will be served for the evening
meal, and refreshments will be
served throughout the day.
Hogan’s Lake is located five and
a half miles northwest of Chapel
Hill. A car pooling arrangement
will be worked out by depart
ments, and all those driving pri
vate automobiles are urged to take
along a capacity load.
Horseshoes, table tennis, soft
ball, and other games are planned
for the occasion.
A picnic committee has been
formed with a representative in
the various departments. Pre-
Flight officers should sign up with
their department representative,
or in the Welfare and Recreation
Office, Room 112, Alexander Hall.
Those planning to attend should
sign up by Thursday, August 17.
The committee members are Lt.
Comdr. Henry T. Gannon (MC),
USN, Medical Department; Lieut.
Henry M. Brabham, USNR, Aca
demic Department; Lieut. Gordon
M. Clark, USNR, Athletic Depart
ment; Lt. (jg) John B. McDaniel,
USNR, Military Department.
Sat, Aug. 12—^Free movie at
Village Theatre, “The Heavenly
Body” with William Powell and
Hedy Lamarr. Feature starts at
1910 and 2054. Complete show one
hour, 44 minutes.
Sun., Aug. 13—^Free movie at
Village Theatre, “Cover Girl”
with Rita Hayworth and Gene
Kelly. Feature starts at 1300 and
1504. Complete show one hour, 56