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March 27, 1943, edition 1 /
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JOHNSON FIELD TO HAVE NEW AMPHITHEATER
Flag Lowering Ends Another Day
BT«rx aftomGdci «t 1715 th« post buid asrchoa to its plae* bosids tho tlagpols 4t Hoadquartors and plaja
a proludi to the closing of the day's aotiTltias. Popular salaetlona vsaTs a ausical badkground as ths
Officer of tbs Day aarchas the Guard into position bafora tha Flag and inspaets tba Guard.
1730 tba ausic fadaa way into draaatic silanes. Tha band laadar raises his baton and tha clear bugle notes
of ’•Retraat" baeooa the siffial for all Tehicles on tha Post to atop, for all personnel to halt, face tha
Flag and salute. While "Retreat" is being played, the Flag is sloaly loeerad, to and another day at Sey-
»our Johnson Field.
SfL A. W. Snritli, Jnt lack Freni Chhia, Relates
Eiperienees At ladle Operater aid Rely Riinr
l^renty-elght nonthe serTiea
and nine of them were spent in for*
eign serriea. And we do mean for*
sign servloa. South America, Alger*
la, Egypt, Arabia, India and China.
That's tha record of Sergeant Art*
bur y. Smith irtio arriTsd at Seymotir
Johnson Field this pest weak.
Sgt. Smith was born in Tacoma,
Washington 27 years ago. Ris oIt*
Ilian experience as an electrician
and auto-mechanic was put to good
use irtien ha entered tha Krmy and be-
cams a radio operator and bally gun*
Post Firing Range
A pistol range will be complet
ed in the near future in tha area
- ■jrtfawast of the Runways and west cf
tha Gas Ohambar. Tha range will ba
used for firing 45 automatic and 45
calibre machine guns.
Preference in target practice
will ba giren to those soldiers most
likely to use the guns such as
guards and man working in operations
Students and permanent par^ men who
may have occasion to use the guns
Sea "Firing Range,” Page 3
nor of the or3W on a B 25. Sgt.
Smith graduated from Aerial gunnery
school at ‘tynriel Field but learned
to be a radio operator the hard way,
picking it up a^ studying it on
his own time.
Tha bulk of his foreign duty
was spent in China where he partici
pated in many observation and sub *
marine patrol flights. His main job
was as the radio operator but when
etraflng was necessary. Into the
See "Sgt. Smith," Page 3
Os* Gapfaii; Tlraa MUt.
Ota lat 'Ll Advasaa Raaka
Five Officers ware promoted at
Seymour Johnson Field. It was r^>-
ortad by tbs War Department this
Thomas D. Jordan, was promoted
ft*om Captain to Major. Ha is tba
Commanding Officer of the 797tb Tadi
School Squadron. Major Jordan is
from Haw Toric City and was in tha
Inauranea bueinaea. Ha aarvad two
and one-half yaara of actiwa duty
Sea "AdTanead Rank," Page 3
WAR IMMS FIRST REttRION
OF STUDEIIT AND FAinV
It took a war to bring about a
reunion between John C. !larker, 20,
of Seymour Johnson Field and Green
ville, Ohio and his family for tha
first time in nearly 18 yaara.
John, a member of tha 796th
Tadhnleel School Squadron, axplalna
it happened like tUst
When John waa 5 yaare of age,
he and hie year and a half-old bro
ther were placed in the Brethama
Home In Greenville. John was adopt
ed by !!r. and Wra. W. A. Marker and
the yoxmger btuc««er by a different
family. The brother was drowned
when he was IS years old. .
See "War Brings Reunion," Page 5
OiMotr ttifo FiRlMf
Of Hsw CoMiricfisi;
WiH Salt Aboit SJN
Construction of an amphitheatv
which will Beat approziaataly 5,000
persons has been started on Seymour
J^'^^nsoB Field. The new auditorium
is being built under supervision
of ths Special Service Section.
The outdoor theater will be
located beyond the hoapital area
near the Sla street gate. The nat*
ural slope in the terrain will be
utilised in eonstnaoting the enphi*
An outdoor stage and two oom-
plete d resslng rooms are to be part
of the theater, according to the
plana aet forth by the Special Ser
vice Officer. A log s tockade will
enoloae the auditorium.
The primary function of the
new construction will be to provide
a place for auoser band conoerta and
U.S.O. outdoor camp ahows. G.I.e
will be entertained at the spot that
before Seymour Johnson Field deys
was the greatest "courtin'" grounds
in the county according to towns
Seats will be bench*type.
See "Outdoor Stage," Page 3
Foir Big 0,10. Ctmp
Sksws CsniiBg To Pott
Four big U.S.O. eaiq> shows are
scheduled to be playing at Seymour
Johnson Field shortly.
"Room Service” will play here
April 9 axid 10. Ted Hart, who pl^
ed in the original stage production
as well as in the screen version of
the play, will be featured. "Room
Service” is a hllarioua comedy eon*
earning hotel life.
"Hollywood on Parade" ia due
here April 20 and 21 whili "Araenio
and Old Laoe" ia scheduled to play
here May 14 and 15. "Flying Colors"
to be here May 26 and 29 will bring
to a close the U.S.O. Camp Show Win
ter BntortalnMnt program.
CoRiRMBdiag fisitral sf Amqr Air Fonn PTonwtsA
To FiH Dsscril; Pint Airmii to RsogIvr 4 Stin
Lieutenant General Henry Harlcgr
Arnold, the eo«anding general of
the Anay Air Forces, added another
to his list of "firsts” in military
aviation this week when he waa pro
moted to full general to become the
first airman to receive the four
stars of the Amy's highest rank.
Hhen the Senate approved the
President's nomination, Arnold be
came equal in rank to General Oeor^
C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, and tlm
two American eoMandera-in-ehlef in
war theaters—Douglaa MaoArthur
ERright D. Eisenhower.
The War Oepi ‘went statedt
"The growth of the air foroea
toward the strength of a million and
a half officers end men, the reepei^
See "Ceaaanding General,” Page 8
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