Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953) and the squadron newsletters that he sent home. Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).

The Squadron Pulse
The WWII newsletters of the 3rd Airdrome Squadron.

Vol. 1, No. 15 (June 10, 1945)


The newsletter is presented here in three ways: (1) transcribed text; (2) scans of the actual pages, edited for readability; and for
historical purposes there are (3) the original unedited scans, which may be harder to read and contain typos and other errors.


THE SQUADRON PULSE

For the Men of the Fightin’ 3rd             Published in Luzon, P.I.
Vol. 1. No. 15       Weekly       June 10, 1945       3rd Airdrome Squadron APO 74


TD OR NOT TD


      That was the question. Never in the history of the 3rd had a harder question come up for the men to decide upon. It was at a bad time and it was too sudden.

      It all began in the afternoon of June 7th, when a bulletin from VAFSvC [V Air Force Service Command - Ed.] arrived, still wet with ink and was posted on the bulletin board. In cold, brief and mysterious terms, it offered the GI the choice of accepting TD as a means to get home for 45 days (then to return and pay the unknown price), or, the alternative choice of remaining here and sweating out demobilization, which for some individuals, unless Japan were defeated, would mean another year, or possibly longer. There were things to be gained and things to be lost, no matter which way you decided. It was a gamble...a milestone decision that could alter the whole course of one’s future.

      Men in huddles nervously bit their nails, twiddled their thumbs and picked their noses, twitched and stammered in meaningless gibberish throughout the afternoon & at the supper table. It caused such a furor of excitement in one’s mind that by dreary nightfall every man had the jerks or swooned on his sack in utter exhaustion, while a few, skeptical of any Army gesture, quickly called it: hoax.

      The deadline for signing was 12 noon, the following day. Dan Donovan said he’d flip a coin at 11:59; others changed their decisions every five minutes, then cussed themselves for signing or not signing at the last minute, while still others with reckless abandon strode in and scratched their name on the fated pad. Even after the deadline, men felt that they had done the wrong thing. But, even for those who signed, the question remained, TD or not TD....Time would tell.




THE RED CROSS COMES THROUGH


      Usually when one thinks of the Red Cross worker, he pictures him as jumping down with paratroopers, loaded down with coffee and doughnuts, or landing with Marines in an assault wave with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Now, this charitable organization is leaning over backwards to bring comfort to the underfed and homesick GI behind the lines, seeing that he too gets his share of the goodies.

      On the strip one day last week, some members of the 3rd got its first glimpse at the Red Cross’s fine gesture when a female worker in a jeep skidded to a screeching halt and started scooping out cold Cokes.

      This was indeed a treat, commented Sid Schwartz. McDonald, with tongue hanging out, was fighting a terrible battle within. But Mac’s convictions overpowered his thirst and he strode away in a huff. You’re a first class martyr, Mac........




CAPTAIN MITCHELL COMMENDS: Sgt. Sewerynczyk, for repair and renovation of bombs in the dump.




CHARLIE ECKLES GOES HOME


      During all the excitement brought about by TD, Sgt. Charlie Eckles on June 9th left the squadron for good to go home on the old age plan. He was with us thru thick and thin and it seems more like one of the family leaving than just another GI. That’s the way it will seem from now on as the vets of the 3rd start to trickle homeward. Most of us will remember Charlie, however, for many things, all to the good. Even his ball team in Saidor, which managed to beat McReynolds’ team once.

So it’s so long and good luck Charlie. See you at the Convention........




SQUADRON PULSE
Vol. 1 No. 15 . . . . . . . June 10, 1945.


Editor . . . . . . . . . Pfc. Stringfield
      Staff Writers
Cpl. Calkins . . . . . . . Cpl. Fessenden
      Compositors
Cpl. Drecoll . . . . . . . . Cpl. Harrell
      Staff Assistants
Sgt. Bland . . . . . . . . Sgt. Mascolina

      This paper may be mailed home.



MEETING THIS WEEK

      Sometime during the coming week a meeting will be held in Club Carabao to decide the issues of the 3rd’s Postwar convention. Those who signed up and those intending to but didn’t are urged to attend. The date will be announced via the Bulletin Board. The rest is up to you.



VINEGAR WORDS

      Here are some new words probably you have never heard before. Better think twice, however, before you decide to use them against your bedfellow.

      The express purpose for such a mess, as witnessed below, is to curb some of the violent “combat language” men use when they get their dandruff up. Next time when you feel a cussword coming on, substitute one of the following:

FLUNGDUNGER Bull artist; he who talks through his hat.
FAG LOUSE One who constantly smokes OP cigarettes (other peoples’) and seldom pays them back.
YAPOON An idiotic, loud-mouthed offensive person.
TARDIGOOF A slow, lagging, dull-witted GI who usually brings up the rear in chow line and has other guys get his mail.
MAIL MUCK One who goes into a fit of hysterics whenever Rosy brings in a batch of mail.
PEPPERWIT Wise guy who has all the answers and sharp tongue.
SMUDGE BERRIES A bad case of the GI’s.




      AS TIME GOES BY---

Birthdays for Diaz 15th, E.E. Miller 16th.




WEATHER: JUST A REIMINDER. CARRY RAINCOAT AND RUBBERS WHEREVER YOU GO...




A GOURMET’S EXPERIENCE AT ST. THERESA’S


      Sunday, I had the CO’s permission & jeep to go to St. Theresa’s for a fiesta. On the way to our nearby village I picked up Sgt Eckles and invited him along. We got about halfway there and we sweated out a mud job. But with Sgt Eckles’ experience with mud and my expert driving, we made it. We reached my Filipino friends’ home about eleven o’clock. They took us around to look at their pineapple, rice and corn fields and the chickens and pigs.

      The wife had made some chicken soup with which, Eckles and myself vouch, Mom couldn’t compare. The second course on the menu consisted of fried chicken, rice and a gravy made of fried onions, which was delicious. As we were having our first bowl of soup, we had two young girls standing directly behind us, and as quick as we finished one bowl, up would come another. That continued for five times til I sez to Sgt Eckles, “We’ll give ‘em a break and try their fried chicken.” As we took the first bite of the fried chicken, Eckles stopped and looked at me, he sez, “Goddam it, Frenchy, we ought to get the recipe for Lt. Peterson.”

      ---PFC. BERENGER.




STOP PRESS---HOLD EVERYTHING !!!!!
DEMOBILIZATION COMES THRU--

      When the orders first came into the OR [orderly room - Ed.], nobody said a word: everybody was too shocked. Up to today, demobilization was merely looked upon as “just another hoax to make everybody feel good,” or that it was just myth, like rotation.

      But, the orders said different. In clear, terse wording it stated simply that four men, namely, Cathcart, Blankenship, Watson and Poe, were to go home.

      As each man got the good word, he literarily went into a spasm of cheer. There was just no control over Pinky Cathcart...he danced every kind of dance from the Lambeth [Walk] to the Big Apple. C.H. Horn [possibly meaning C.D. Horn? - Ed.] stood gaping with tears in his eyes....the exultation was just too great. But, hope had been restored into the hearts of everyone.




MY DAZE By R.V. Calkins


      The reason we don’t have any dinosaurs anymore, says TIME magazine, is because it got too hot for ‘em. TIME, with unblushing frankness, goes on to say that due to the excessive heat at that time (August 22, 1,000,000 B.C.) these prehistoric animals finally said, oh, the hell with it and got sterile. This, of course, was a serious mistake, since in a number of years, there weren’t any more dinosaurs.

      Continuing in this open-handed fashion, TIME says that experiments made with rodents similar to the guinea pig show that excessive heat, for a long period, makes animals sterile from a few days to a few months or longer.

      Personally, I wish that TIME would stick to the war. While I read that article, it was 110 in the shade, and as the perspiration dripped off, I could feel all remnants of fertility drip off with it. Anyway, all of us will have a chance to test out TIME’s conclusions when we get back to the U.S. (that is, in a few weeks). We will be the (New) Guinea pigs.

      If TIME’s report is accurate, the boys of the 3rd will have to expect a certain lapse of time after their return before they can work out anything worth twelve points. For the guys going on TD to the States (ha ha ha) this may be welcome news. It gives them, you might say, a margin of safety in which to operate. Of course, if they should happen to get an extra month or so, they had better check with TIME on when their period expires.

      But, you and I know that TIME is all wet about the whole thing. While TIME was peering in its microscopes and fooling around with dinosaurs and other animals, we were sweating our heads off in New Guinea and the Philippines, and, brother, if there’s any hotter places than those, it must be hell. And among the natives who have lived in this climate all their lives, it looked as though at least every third female was enciente. None of the natives had read the article and didn’t know they were sterile, so they just went ahead and had a big family.

      I want to apologize to the Editors of TIME for being so curt. Don’t feel hurt boys, TIME is a swell magazine, but let’s don’t have anymore sexy dinosaur stories, shall we?




GRAPEVINE----By X-2


MISTAKEN IDENTITY: We like the drawing now on display in Club Carabao, but one part of it reminds one of what he might expect to see of a GI, in the showers, picking up his soap.

DEBUNKED: For two weeks now, X-2 has kept the EM’s showers and latrine under close observation, gathering data & hoping that the evidence found would be sufficient to debunk an old Army theory that has been popular since the War of 1812. Research, believe it or not, now shows that the modern showers has replaced the old latrine as the best place to get “inside” and hot information. This old Army legend could be restored if we had another “Fort Pollock” [the latrine - Ed.].

ESQUIRE: For over two years now, most everybody has hit the sack at night wearing only shorts or nothing at all. This was only natural in the tropics and no one felt the least bit inclined to do anything about changing the custom---no one except my friend, Calkins.

This man--this one man alone, had the guts and gumption to break away from the lax, devil-may-care school of thought: He simply wouldn’t allow himself to fall into such a rutted class and he did something about it. In case you’re curious to know what he did, take a gander him just before bedtime. You will see him decked out in a pair of robin egg blue, white striped, double-breasted pajamas. They’re really “go to hell.” Now for some T-shirts, oh Calk, and you’ll be all set.

THE FORTABEETIS: Harry Weissman made this word famous and he uses it to cover just about anything. But, in this case, the genus fortabeetis is a bug. [This seems to be fiction. No such insect genus can be found online. - Ed.] According to the zoologist, it is an ant-like, earth-burrowing, winged creature, that is attracted and rendered delirious by the glow of light; but, as you know, it is nothing short of a #@&¢%@ pest. For the last three nights, millions & millions of these fortabeetises have taken our area by storm...smothering lights and forcing us out of our tents. We’ll have to find a remedy soon, or most of us will just pack up and go home. We don’t have to stay here you know.




SPORTS ROUNDUP . . . . . . by Fessenden

SOFTBALL
THIRD DROPS ANOTHER


      Playing without several of their regular team, the 3rd Airdrome bowed to the 479th Service Sq 3-1 on Gripe Field IV, Saturday evening, June 9.

      Bill Dunbar, taking over Stouch’s position, looked good in his first game of the season. Ace Stuart batted Dunbar in for the only run.

Dunbar,3b
Butto,cf
Knisley,c
Stuart,2b
Schmitz,1b
Berning,sf
Goelzer,ss
Henry,rf
Rose,p
Weissman,lf
  AB
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
R
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
H
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
PO
0
0
5
1
9
1
2
0
3
0
A
2
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
2
0
E
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
RBI
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
BATTING AVERAGES

Dunbar
Cummings
Stouch
Knisely
Stuart
Fowler
Butto
Rose
Henry
Cathcart
Berning
Schmitz
R.E. Smith
Rohal
Goelzer
Michod
Blankenship
McReynolds
Weissman
  G
1
6
8
4
1
7
2
9
7
5
9
9
7
6
8
1
2
1
1
AB
3
21
22
9
3
21
7
22
15
19
31
25
21
16
18
3
2
22
22
R
1
4
4
0
0
3
0
3
3
1
3
3
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
H
2
8
8
3
1
6
2
6
4
5
7
5
4
3
3
0
0
0
0
W
0
2
3
0
0
3
0
2
4
1
1
3
2
2
3
1
1
0
0
SO
0
0
2
0
0
2
1
1
1
0
0
1
5
1
2
3
0
0
0
RBI
0
2
2
0
1
4
1
3
2
1
3
2
4
2
1
0
0
0
0
PCT
.667
.381
.364
.333
.333
.284
.284
.272
.267
.263
.226
.200
.190
.187
.167
.000
.000
.000
.000
--------------------------------------------------------------
262 30 67 28 20 28 .218
      Stouch leads extra base hitters with 2 two-baggers and the only home run for the club. Cummings has the only 3-base hit and a two-bagger to his credit. Fowler and Henry have one two-base hit apiece for the remaining extra bases.

These averages are as of June 10.




FLASH: Third wins 1-0 over 7th Service Headquarters team. Details next week.




BASKETBALL
THIRD BEATS RANGER TEAM


      After losing two straight games, the Squadron Basketball team bounced back into the win column on Saturday night; and bounce they did, for when the final whistle sounded and the 6th Rangers “B” team heaved a sigh of relief that it was over, the Fightin’ 3rd had won 57 to 11.

      The 3rd went into the game as a determined five and it soon became apparent that they had regained their old form & were not to be stopped.

      “Beast” Cummings started things rolling by sinking two shots before the first minute of play expired; then the other members of the squad began to sink a few, and by the end of the initial quarter the 3rd led 12-6. “Big Bill” Fowler took over in the second period to tab all 8 points which the team scored in that period, making it 20-7 at the halftime.

      The 3rd kept firing all its guns in the second half, adding 18 points in the 3rd quarter, then firing a final salvo which netted them 19 points on the last quarter, while their opponents were held scoreless.

      Fowler again led the club in scoring by gathering 14 points, while Cummings was hot on his heels with 12 points to his credit. The team’s biggest asset in the game was their fast-breaking passing attack, which kept the Rangers completely off balance throughout the game. The 3rd goes back into action on Tuesday, June 12, against the 6th Army Hq outfit, which is leading the league by virtue of its undefeated record. This game promises to be one of the most hotly contested league games, mainly due to the 6th’s record of 24 victories against one defeat; another reason is because it is Cathcart’s last ballgame with the 3rd before he shoves off for home.


Cummings
Hunt
Stouch
Brentano
Fowler
Brown
Bland
Cathcart
Fountain
  G
6
0
4
0
7
3
0
4
4
F
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
P
12
0
8
1
14
6
0
8
8




 
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