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THE WAYNESTOLE MOUNTAINEER
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fijSs FROM FT. JACKSON
before long. Sergeant Liles, the
Regimental Sergeant Major, who
is the correspondent for the Ral
eigh News and Observer, is seated
at the next desk and had barely
started to write Some copy when
sleep overtook him, so now the
truck is reverbrating with the sound
of snores. We had a pretty good t
nights sleep, in comparison with
what we often may expect under
such conditions, but whenever there
is a lull, you always find someone
trying to catch a few minutes of
PHBte Bobby Sloan.
in South Carolina,
.... 8. a M.
& of the world has
Twk on Spring, it :J3
"out here on the Ma
morning, for you
L your back on a day
rinne battle and an-
f-Bi imminent in the , un
r.. .till vou can't keep
of Spring from
i to the inner stillness to
L .ith the soul. The war
-t many pans oi u i Pay-day is this week-enH nH
just as it has cm everyone is making hopeful plans
it time immoriai, u " to get away home when this man.
titening to engulf even our euver js over. j 8ee there are lots
nation in its flaming reauest for woolutul msiu
:W . " -. JMUUVU
L nevertheless, on sucn a from Company H. and I suDDose
I'llii, everything appears that when the boys get nome) they
ifljt beside me grem , wiu nave a Jot 0f first hand infor
i mtiire's beauty. And it matj0n to pass on to you folks about
Jrin effect on one s ; tj,iB. the first wpek-lnno-
W too. In the face of : ap- we jjave experienced this year.
Ijite, ana using a uw
cense, I would like to
that although man can
nror change a map, "but
h tu make a tree," in all
?lKltlons inai euiu ow.-
Liebeen out of action since
ij Boming, due to a tem
L trace called so that both
U Blue opposing forces could
Tuesday afternoon off. We
it the bivouac area we were
k the trace was declared
M morning or should I say
ip, and being on the road
Wore daylight, moving to
keit bivouac area, I am
v this at the Command Post
wei becomes Regimental
Barters when we leave the
Here are six of the Regi-
itaf in the car as I write,
M patiently for something
it tad action to begin again,
was like this will happen
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Tuesday of this week was a very
eventful day. We left camp early
and were well out on the Reserva
tion area by seven a. m. This
week, the 30th Division is out-and
has divided into three fighting
groups, the Blue, the Reds, and the
Browns. Roughly speaking, the
60th Infantry Brigade is fighting
the 59th Brigade, but the detach
ments attached to the two brigades
brings up the total number of men
on the field to just about the entire
division, A battle progressed all
day Tuesday, but.it was more a
maneuvering of forces for position
than it was a decisive engagement.
By nightfall the Blues, of which
the 120th Infantry is a part, had
been . Successful in pushing back
the Reds, who are our active ene
mies, pushing them back about ten
miles and then the Reds appeared
to be digging in for a decisive
action of some kind.
The 59th Brigade Combat Team,
which was the opposing force, was
divided into two groups, the Reds
and Browns. The Browns are a
neutral nation on our life flank.
The political situation suggests
that tie Browns might at any time
enter the conflict on the side of
the Reds, so our left flank had to
be protected, which of course weak
ened our main fighting group op
posing the Reds.
'' Same Day 11:00 A. M.
To continue: Under the direct
command of Captain Plott, the Sec
ond Battalion was the advance
guard in Tuesday's action. The
enemy was pushed back success
fully by nightfall, as I told you
above, but this pushing was ac
companied by a considerable num
ber of -small skirmishes all during
the day, in which many prisoners
were captured on both sides.
With nightfall came the welcome
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Members of the ByTd Antarctic expedition are shown getting things in
order before leaving Antarctica. Most of the equipment was left be
hind. Bottom, a group of penguins are herded into line by Navy Avia
tion Machinist Mate Orville E. Gray. Background is the snow cruiser.
Top, Old Glory waves over the almost buried camp at the West Base
of the frozen land at the bottom of the world.
news that the Browns definitely
would remain neutral, so that por
tion of the Blue forces which had
dug into defensive position antici
pating the advent of the Brown
nation into the conflict, were re
moved and pushed to the front,!
strengthening of course our as
sault arm. The main attack was
ordered by Colonel Manning for
Wednesday morning, with 6:15 A.
M. set for the zero hour. A fierce
artillery bombardment on all ene
my concentrations was ordered for
5:45 A. M., and lasted until 6:15 A.
M., the last five minutes of which
was an artillery concentration of
smoke gas, to screen the Blue
troops during the assault. The as
sault was carried out on schedule,
and at about ten o'clock, the aero
plane with the "peace'' siren came
over, signalling that the battle was
won, and a truce established.
Wednesday afternoon is a reg
ular holiday for all soldiers of the
30th Division, so it was decided
that the truce would be in effect
until Wednesday night, so we pro
ceeded to bivouac on the area which
a short time before had been the
battle-field. There was a lake
about four hundred yards south
of the Regimental Command Post,
and as none of us had a chance to
wash since very early Tuesday
morning, and we had been doing
heavy work, the order of the day
was to go swimming.
The lake was out of bounds, and
s . . 9:10 A. M. . . . No plane came
over but the welcome news came
over the telephone. It is the end
of the maneuver.
With gray overcast skies above,
the 30th Division moved out again
this week to a maneuver in the
vicinity of Blaney, South Carolina.
The first two days' actions were so
stormy, that when a respite came
and we moved into bivouac reserve
on Wednesday afternoon, most of
the ammunition which was orig
inally planned to last the week
out, was exhausted. This was
possibly due to the fact that the
120th Infantry this week has be
come part of the Red force, and
is fighting against superior num
Up until this time, we have been
on the Blue side, and were in at
tack rather than defense actions,
but this week, now that we are
Reds, we have been almost con
stantly on a running defense, go
ing into assault formation only to
carry . out counter-attack plans.
Of course this training is equally
as valuable as always being on
the winning side, but it makes you
feel nervous to have to be constant
ly on the alert for fear of being ,
captured by the much stronger
I don't mean to imply that be
cause we are on the Red side we
necessarily have to lose. These
are all free maneuvers, and the
land. Still standing are many of
the farm-houses, with tne doors
open, as if recently and suddenly
vacated, and the barns, no doubt
once bursting with an opulent ac
cumulation of many days toil from
thej now-deserted fields, stand
lonesome and grim, as if they
cannot understand where the pop
ulation which brought them to life,
has disappeared to.
The fight began again early ,
Thursday morning, with the colo
nel issuing the first field order
shortly after dawn. The 2nd Bat
talion, of which Company H is
the heavy weapon company, organ
ized our main line of : resistance,
which when contact was estab
lished with the foe, was the prin
Iron rations were issued to the
troops at breakfast Thursday
morning, and the kitchens retired
to designated places far back of the
front lines. This was my first
experience with the much cele
brated iron rations. I was pleas
antly surprised to learn that they
are not only edible, but are really
quite palatable. There were va
rious meats, but the most unusual
part of it to me was the three
cans which contained the bread.
In each can were six biscuits, I
call them biscuits anyway, re-
iniscent of day-old and slightly
dried out biscuits made of graham
flour. In the can also were three
lumps of sugar and a coffee solu
ble which when dissolved in a can
teen cupful of water, makes a
palatable, if slightly bitter, cof
On Friday morning, our ammu
nition practically all gone, the
combat team was retreating hur
riedly. The closest call our regi
mental headquarters hatf the entire
week came Friday morning about
7:00. Off duty, I had lain down
to catch a last-minute nap (you
learn to sleep whenever and where
ever you can ) when one of the
boys came to prod me awake and
help me with my blankets. The
enemy was not in sight, but we
could hear the very close rat-tat-tat-tat
of automatic rifles, and on
a road close by, our troops were
moving very rapidly toward the
rear. We left the spot in about
two seconds flat or so it seemed,
and roared hurriedly to further
in the rear, where after pausing
a few minutes, we learned that
Armistice had been arranged and
once again we could come back to
Fort Jackson, where we rest until
Tuesday morning, when we go out
on the field again.
Speaking of tough breaks, this
The Beaverdam home demon
stration club held the regular
monthly meeting at the home of
Mrs. Frank Ensley on Tuesday
afternoon with 19 members in at
tendance. Miss Mary Margaret Smith,
home agent, gave a demonstration
on "Fitting a Dress and Selecting
Accessories." She also distrib
uted materials giving instructions.
She emphasized the fact that ac
cessories can make or marr a dress.
Leaders' reports were given on
foods, poultry, and gardens, with
many helpful suggestions made
by each leader.
During the social hour a contest
"Naming the States," waa enjoyed
with a prize to the winner.
Mrs. Crum Cole invited the club
to meet with her on the first Tues
day in June. ;
Irene Clark and Ervin Clark
received certificates at the close
of school for being the best citi
zens in the Beaverdam school. :'
Frances Williams and Harry
Hardin were selected as the best
citizens from the seventh grade.
Gertrude Wiley and W. T.
Davis were chosen as the best
citizens from the sixth grade.
Margaret Burke and Jack Cov
dell were judged to be the best
citizens from the fifth grade.
All the certificates were awarded
at the Canton high school by Supt.
A. J. Hutchins on Mondky.
Revival services are being con
ducted at Oak Grove Baptist
church this week. A cordial in
vitation is extended to the public
week-end all men who have not
finished rifle training, have had to
go out on the rifle range about
twenty miles from the main camp
to-f pend Saturday nighi, Sunday,
Sunday night, and all day Monday.
So 'the poor unfortunates, just
coming off the field, had to turn
around and go back out the next
day, where they stay until Mon
day I am writing this Saturday
afternoon and then go back out
on a big maneuver Tuesday morn
ing with no time off for good be
havior (or what have you T) The
writer was lucky enough to get this
rifle work completed about six
weeks ago. I pity the boys, but
e'est la guerre.
Provisions of the 1941 Agricul
tural Conservation program will
be amended so as to permit the
growing of peanuts for oil on any
part of the cotton acreage allot
ment not used for cotton.
Farm Tours Have
Played Big Part
In Rural Progress
At Least 949 Persons. Took
Part In Farm Tours In
Perhaps nothing has contribut
ed to the progress of the Haywood
county farmers more than getting
acquainted with his neighbors
here ut home, and nothing has
helped him know what his neigh
bor was doing better than the
farm tours started back in 1936.
There is no stimulus in the world
equal to seeing what the other fel
low can do with the same problem.
It is the way of life, we learn
from each other.
In 1936, 300 persons, some bus
iness men from the towns in the
county took part in a county-wide
tour to a few farms in Haywood.
In 1937 two tours were held,
with 100 making one trip and 125
on the other.
In 1938 interest began to grow
and on the two tours held that
year there was a total of 675 per
sons taking in the rural sights.'
In 1939 there were four tours
and the crowds increased to 631.
One of the tours took the farmers
out of the state, and what they
learned about pastures and fine
cattle on that trip is now bearing
fruit on Haywood county farms.
Last year the climax was reach
ed with 14 farm tours, one out of
the state, with a total participa
tion of 949 persons.
The farmers of Haywood coun
ty are not only wanting to learn
new and better methods, but they
are doing so and putting these new
practices to work with gratifying
results on their fertile acres.
And these farm tours make this
community a good place In which
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we didn't know it, but by the time j commanding officers on both side
are not restricted in any way in
their movements, but due to the
fact that we are outnumbered "four
to one means that we are on the
defensive, almost altogether. We
have the 105th Medical Regiment,
the 105th Engineers, and the 115th
Field Artillery and the 102nd
Cavalry fighting beside us, but
against us. on the Blue side, is
the rest of the 30th Division, so
you can appreciate our position.
the military police got around to
make us get out, the regiment as J
a whole was many shades paler;
and much, much, cooler. The port-
able canteen (cigarettes, soft drink,
beer, candy, etc.) set up not far
from the Regimental Command
Post "C P" in the vernacular of
army abbreviations and this was
a popular place until long after
supper, when like the arab, it
"folded its tent and silently
slipped away," so that when
we passed the spot where it had j
been set up the night before, there
was nothing there but silence and
the caress of remembered laughter.
Thursday night Midnight.
As you see from these separate
date-lines, this is being written
piece-meal and on the spot. Today
What with, all the movement we
have had to undergo for protection
sake, as well as lightning-like
Counter thrusts, which are mainly
defense movements, as we are too
weak to attempt a sustained drive
against the enemy, you can see
that all of us welcomed the inter
mission that Wednesday afternoon
was another day similar o Tues- gave us. It was too rainy to go
day in that all day long we have gWin,ming and most of the after-
been moving up slowly and tne noon we spent sleeping under pup
enemy recedes. The men are very .-nt. Hike turtles, we carry our
tired tonight, having walked about j,omes on our backs.) We slept so :
twenty-one miles, the last five of much, in fact, that Wednesday i
which was in a running fight. A ni,fht when the moon came out
few minutes ago a call came for after the rain and the storm was 1
help in one of the sectors on our oVer. not being sleepy, a group of (
right .flank, and because our men ug went f0 a pond in the vicinity on t
are so tired, the colonel has asked wnat in civilian life would have ,
for fresh troops from the division Deen a frog-gigue. However,
reserve forces to come up and meet 8ince we had no gigue, it meant
the threat 'catching frogs by hand, at best a
ticklish or should I say slimf
proposition. Did we catch any ? ,
Well, you guess. I saw a snake
and retreated after a few minutes.
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Today is the day: It is the day
of the week we all have been wait
ing for for today we go back to
camp, and we will not be out here
any more nights until next week's
maneuver starts, and for many of
the other boys it means getting to
go home. There is a feeling in the
air, impossible to describe with the
limited vocabulary of mere words,
which pervades everything. Ev
eryone is brisk about their work
and here at headquarters there is
a rush to get the last minute odds
and ends straightened out so that
when the peace plane comes soaring
over we will be ready to leave for
our return journey to Fort Jackson.
The command post of the rejri
ment was quartered Wednesday
night by a deserted cemetery. All
the buildines on the area as you
may know have either been desert
ed or have been torn down. The
spot where the church had stood
to which the cemetery was at
tached was covered with boards
and building debris, but it was not
hard to realize what a pretty
spot it must have been not many
months before. This whole coun
try gives yon an indescribable
feeling of being in a neer-never
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