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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, March 02, 1918, Image 15

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GAS ATTACK i3 TENSHUN TO ORDERS ! YOU H AVE FIFTEEN MIY10TES To police t h e h o u s e — c l e a n , t h e . HOME UT5 FURLOUG-FV = ------------- SATISFACTION. GET A SHOVEL A N D T U R N T H E DIRT U P AROUND M T T E N T — T A K E DOWN THE. STOVE AND CLEAN OUT T H E P I P E S , A lso g o down and CLEAN OFF M Y HQRSE- THEN REPORT T O THE FIRST SG-T. HE HAS WORK FOR YOU IN CAM P Hl.C .fOSriVFT. WHAT THE SIGNAL BATTALION HAS BEEN DOING. Telephone Operator Sticks to His Post In Trenches With Water Up to His Waist—Other Signal Events Chronicled by Lieut. Ireland. 102nd Field Signal Battalion. Our history has been moving rapidly in the last six weeks. Capt. H e rbert L. Watson was detailed on January 4th as student in Technical Liaison at the Signal School at Camp Samuel F. B. Morse, L e o n . Springs, Texas, and having finished the course, re­ turned on February 4th, to leave at once for the ten days which he declared was cus­ tom ary after every school. We heard little of Liaison from him , but much about the pleasant arrangement as to leave. Although a bachelor, he remarks in the telegram re­ questing the usual five days’ extension. “More family in two new apartments.” We are aw a iting further news and his return with unusual anxiety. Should the Telegraph Co. tell us “more” should be “move,” and “two” read “to,” we will be startled. On January 6th, 1st Lieut s. Jerom e D. Sullivan, Lewis H. BeBaun and Frederick M. Steeves left for Hoboken under orders to be prepared for “prolonged field service.” A telegram announcing m o ther’s death on Tuesday and signed Sudes is the only word we have had of them since; but th a t shows the good results of code and cipher work in our own midst. At Training School. M. S. E. Ronald, S. W ishart and 1st Class Sergeants W ilbur D. Andrews, Vernon G. Clute, John B. Fowler, Otto C. Hall, W illiam B. Terry, Clarence T u n a and Charles H. W ilshusen were detailed to the Signal Offi­ cers’ T raining Camp at Leon Springs, and after several weeks w o rk w rite th a t the hours are long, food same as everywhere, and w e a ther rem iniscent of November, 1916. We wish them, as well as our 27th Division O. T. C. detail, silver bars at lea s t This last group consisted of 1st Class Sergeants Paul Z. Burrell, E'. E. DeWolf, Sergeant George L. Eagle, Corporals Charles E. Lanchantin and W illiam J. Thompson. Since they dianged their hat cords they’ve not been around even for pay day; which would seem to suggest some little activity beneath their snowy canvas. They all chose the A rtillery, out of com­ plim ent to our neighbors to the w estw a rd— and frequently w indw a rd— in our present lo­ cation. M. S. E. F rank C. Bavern sent to learn more about radio at Camp Meade, ,and Corporal Cecil IT. Johnson learning photog­ raphy (by way of K. P. when last heard from ) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, complete our Detached Service list, for the m o m e n t 2nd Lieut. Sherm an A. Geer, promoted on January 17th, 1918, from Sergeant in this Battalion, has happily been assigned to us for duty. He is the first of his rank the B a ttalion has ever had; and we like the sample, as much since his step up as before. Radio Service in Artillery. The B a ttalion since February 6th has m a intained radio service for the A rtillery by three stations a t the T a rget Range, Campobello and this Camp; and despite oc­ casional inquiries for some one’s leave or goat or w h a t not, and not too infrequent jam m ings by the well-m eant but m isdirect­ ed efforts of the radio students of our Liaison Schools, recently turned loose on the unsuspecting air, com m unication has been extrem ely satisfactory and serviceable. As in Texas, the old w ireless does come in handy when roads, train s and w ires all fail. Mess Sergeant A lbert B. B rushaber and Private Stanley E. H u b b ard have been tran s ­ ferred as Privates to the Q. M. Corps, Na­ tional Army; and are, we hope, realizing all the good they anticipated, for them selves and the service. Pvt. W illiam Collins was transferred on February 10th to the Supplies Division, Army T ransport Service, and left at once for New York, “on the Govt.,” as ordered. He seemed pretty much a t sea as to his new duties, but undertook the first journey w ith commendable resignation. The Second Session of the Liaison D e p a rt­ m ent, 27th Division School of the Line, closed on February 15th, and the betting is even on a third session, or some attention to our own much neglected companies. Ten Signal Classes, under the instruction of our first graduates, but w ith schedules weekly from the Director, Liaison School, were or­ ganized under G. 0. No. 6, January 10, 1918, and have been visited by Lieut, Smith, F. A. M., Sgt. Grand, F. A. M., and B attalion Offi­ cers, so th a t they are progressing most earnestly. Recent Sunday new spaper pic­ tures and little item s in the daily w ar news tend to bring more and more into common knowledge the im p o rtance of the absolutely unbreakable signalling ability which- the (Continued on page 33)

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