North Carolina Newspapers

    Vol. 3—No. 48
Friday, August 24, 1945
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Navy Discloses
Point System
Naval personnel everywhere
turned score-keepers last week
as the Navy Department an
nounced its plan of demobili
zation and set forth critical
scores for four classifications of
enlisted and officer personnel.
The plan establishes a formula
giving credit for age, length of
service, and dependency on the
following basis:
One-half point is allowed for
each year of age, figured to the
nearest birthday. One-half point
is allowed for each full month
of active duty since Sept. 1,
1939. Ten points are allowed for
a state of dependency existing
as of the effective date, regard
less of the number of depen
The four critical scores are
44 for enlisted male personnel,
29 for enlisted WAVE personnel,
49 for male officer personnel
and 35 for WAVE officer per
Medal Winners
Regardless of the point score,
persons who have received one
of the higher combat decorations
are eligible for release upon re
quest. These awards include the
Medal ’of Honor, Navy Cross, i
Distinguished Service Cross
(Army), Legion of Merit (if
for combat), Silver Star Medal,
and the Distinguished Flying
Cross (if for combat).
Certain individuals will con
tinue to be eligible for release or
discharge under conditions such
as extreme hardship cases in
volving dependency and enlisted
men age 42 and over who re
quest release.
The Navy estimates that ap
proximately 327,000 are imme
diately eligible for release under
the demobilization plan.
As a means of reaching its
goal of releasing between 1,500,-
000 and 2,500,000 men within a
year to 18 months, the Navy De
partment expects to lower the
critical scores, but this action
will depend upon military com
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No Cloudbuster Last Week
Because of the peace holiday
at the printshop the Cloudbuster
was not published last week.
However, a spread of pictures
taken during the celebration
here appears on page three of
this issue. I
Band Is Reduced
To 23 Members
Size of the Navy Pre-Flight
band was cut from 45 to 23 with
the transfer of 22 musicians last
week. This activity has had
one of the few 45-piece bands
in the Navy since July, 1942,
when the original contingent of
musicians reported here from
Norfolk, Va. The first band was
transferred for overseas duty in
April, 1944, when the present
group arrived from Great Lakes,
The remainder of the" Sunday
afternoon band concerts plan
ned for the summer have been
Five Officers Become
Lieutenant Commanders
Congratulations went the
rounds during the past week for
five officers here who were pro
moted to the rank of lieutenant
commander. The new two-and-
a-half stripers are Harry M.
Glick, permanent officer-of-the-
day; Edward F. Fogarty, recog
nition training officer; Wesley
Gingerich, navigation training
officer; Charles H. Norby, ENS
training officer; and R. J. Yeiser,
dental officer.
70th Bait Scores
195 Points to Win
Regimental Honors
Although failing to come out
ahead in any of the four main
divisions of competition, the
70th Battalion of Lt. C. A. Rob
inson compiled sufficient points
in each activity to win the regi
mental title last week with an
overall score of 195. The 70th
finished second in Military,
Academics, and the Sports Pro
gram, and third in Class Ath
Runner-up in the competition
was the 69th Battalion which
rolled up 170 points, including
first place in Class Athletics.
Honors in Academics and in
the Sports Program went to the
73rd Battalion, while the 71st
was tops in Military.
A summary of the point-mak
ing follows:
68 69 70 71 72 73
Military 10 25 50 75 0 0
Academics 0 10 50 25 0 75
Cl. Athletics’ 50 75 25 0 10 0
Sports Prog 10 60 70 45 55 75
Totals 70 170 195 145 65 150
74th Batt Arrives
The 74th Battalion, consisting
of 155 trainees, reported here
for training during the past
Schedule Resumed
After Celebration
After duly celebrating the
cessation of hostilities last week,
all hands have returned to their
duties under the regular pre
surrender training schedule.
For despite rumors, counter
rumors, and the usual scuttle
butt, the termination of hostili
ties did not mean an end to the
Navy’s pilot training program.
“No definite information is
available at this time as to the
degree of future operation of the
Navy’s Pre-Flight training pro
gram,” Comdr. James P. Raugh,
commanding officer, stated last
Wednesday. “However, it is an
ticipated that the naval aviation
training program will swing
into a peacetime status which
naturally will entail a reduction
of trainee imput into the Pre-
! Flight phase.”
Victory Message
The end of hostilities last
week brought a “Well Done”
message from Rear Admiral
O. B. Hardison, USN, Chief of
Naval Air Primary Training, as
well as from the commanding
The victory message of Ad
miral Hardison follows:
“There has been achieved to
day that common purpose to
which all men and women in
the U. S. naval service dedi
cated their best efforts ashore
and afloat, complete victory
over all our enemies.
“On this historic date, al
though no one can question that
we have every reason for gen
eral thanksgiving and rejoicing,
our celebration of victory should
and will be tempered by the
knowledge of sorrow and heart
break in many families from
which heroic members have
made the supreme sacrifice, are
listed as missing or are suffering
from severe wounds of war. And
we will not forget that while
the cessation of combat soon
will release many to peacetime
civilian pursuits, there will be
many others whose duty will
require them for some time to
continue to serve their country
in uniform both here and
“We should all unite now in
prayer, not only to offer thanks
for the victory accomplished
but to pray for divine guidance
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