"The Weekly Gazelle,
Below are excerpts
I was Co-editor with Corporal Ty Curtis. Over half the publication was
'boilerplate' received from Armed Forces News or other services. The
Forces Radio Station daily schedule comprised four pages of every
We 'cut' each week's issue on stencils and the print is somewhat uneven.
KAGNEW GAZELLE--Vol 2, No. 41
- Major John M. Merritt,
the Community Fund Council annouced that fund was up to $2,066.
- The road from Massawa
Zula-Arafali area has been officially placed off-limits to all members
of Kagnew Station until further notice. This was done at the request of
the Superintendent of Police of Eritrea because of shifta activity in
- Officer's Wives Club
writeup listed the following names:Mrs. William Harbin, Mrs. Joseph
Mrs. Robert Harris, Mrs. Charles Cole, Mrs. Charles Pope, Mrs. Willis,
Mrs. Charles James, Mrs. James Freeze, Mrs. Stacey, Mrs. Orville Gentry,
- Stamp Club news cited
poor attendance at a meeting despite Dr. Conti having brought his
Ethiopian collections for viewing.
- Enlisted Men's Wives Club
June Sherck moved up from Vice President to President after Phyllis
resigned that post. Mary Flanagan elected Vice President. Virginia Todd
elected to replace Joyce Rowe on the Board of Governors. Pfc Elliott
a talk on the fire dangers of the holidays. The phone numbers for Mrs.
Jerome and Flanagan were listed as contacts for attendance at an
- A reminder that the local
would be presenting the "Male Animal" at the Asmara Theater with Cpls
Grinwis and Chris Anderson directing. Scenery will be by Sgt. Bill
This is the third show staged by the Theater Club this year. The
of the club represented several nationalities and the President was
Clark, U.S. Consul to Eritrea.
- Hunting by Sgt Joe B.
a map of the off limits area south of Massawa. Advice given was not to
drive around town with killed game draped over one's vehicle. It tended
to irritate Eritrean officals. Gazelle parasites were described as not
effecting the quality of the meat but ruining the hide with small
Joe added a sketch of a GI blowing a hole in his head while sitting on
his bunk cleaning his hunting rifle. A reminder of hunting and gun
He cited that the NCOIC in charge of each trip must check that all
are clear before entering the post. Also that personal weapons should
returned to the Small Arms Room after cleaning.
- The bowling column
Matukonis, Pfeiffer, Fisher, Kisner, Eichelberger, Bates, McGuire and
The team names were:Barons, Relays, Saints, Super Pros, Rifles, Spooks,
Navy, Hilltoppers, Soldats, Brass, Sheriffs, Honchos and Native Guards.
- Rules for the Soldier of
contest were described.
- The Promotion Board had
being Major John M. Merritt, President, Capt. John B. Schimel, Capt.
E. Reynolds and MSgt. Cecil R. Smith.
- Retreat Review announced
with 9434 personnel participation being added. Lt. Col.Charles S.
was the reviewing officer.
- Major Merritt annouced
- Captain George Bender
Dean's List of the University of Maryland's Overseas Program.
KAGNEW GAZELLE--Vol 2, No. 42
17 December 1954
KAGNEW GAZELLE--Vol 2,
44 31 December 1954
men were promoted on the Special Orders No. 179, 16 December 1954.
Opns, Paul H. Bowers Hdq, Andrew M. Brown, Jr. Hdq, Charles A.
Opns, Edward C. Coates Hdq, Billie M. Couch Hdq, David K. Grinwis Opns,
Robert F. Hart Opns, Robert F. Highton Jr. Opns, John Meadows Opns,
H. Neal Opns, Donald F. Papouschek Opns, William L. Shaffer Opns,
G. Skillman Opns, William R. Stephenson Opns.
Hdq, Harold D. Childress Hdq, John V. Collins Opns, Matthew J. Curran
James F. Deal Opns, William A. Kelsey Hdq, John L. Purcell Jr. Opns,
Kagnew 'Ex' Upped
Opns, Stanley S. Silverman Hdq, John C. Taylor Jr. Opns, Charles E.
Opns, Donley J. Wilson Hdq, David C. Wise.
J.O. Martin was recently promoted at Arlington Hall Station Company B
Sergeant First Class. SFC Martin was stationed here for three years
- Private Green, 'Soldier
Private Gordon Green of the Security Guards was named for the last
of 1954 with Pfc Harvey Rice of Hdqutrs as runner-up. Also in the
were Cpl Roy Blevins, Operations, Cpl Francis Noggle, 9434 TSU and Pfc
William Hess, 9479 TSU.
Green was chosen by Col. Orman
G. Charles, Commanding Officer and the selection board which met on
20th. The award, which will be given by Col. Charles has not yet been
Pvt. Green was born Nov. 1931
Roosevelt, Minnesota but now calls San Francisco his home. This is his
second hitch in the Army. He first enlisted in November of 1949 and
to Korea a year later where he joined the 187th Regimental Combat Team
at Taegu. In March '51 he jumped with the 187th in an airborne assault
In May after 60 days on the
Green, then a Cpl, was wounded in action at Inje for which he later
the Silver Star. An automatic rifleman of Green's pinned down platoon
hit and lay outside their perimeter. Green was hit by enemy fire in
the gunner back to the safety of the American lines.
Cpl Green then went to the
Hospital in Japan and after three months recuperation returned to the
where he was discharged a Sergeant in August 1952.
He resumed his military career
by re-enlisting in Oct. '53 arriving at Kagnew Station in May, 8 months
Pvt Green holds the Parachutist
Badge, the Combat Infantryman's Bade, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart
and the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and one
Pfc. H.S. Rice, second place
the competition is from Pasco, Washington and also arrived here last
He enlisted in October 1953 and graduated from The Adjutant General's
at Ft. Benjamin Harrison. He attended Grays Harbor Jr. College in
Washington prior to enlisting in the Army.
- Pfc Richard J. Kinsman and
Reardon co-winners of the patch contest.
The best features and colors of
the winning sketches will be incorporated into a single design to be
to higher headquarters for consideration.
The selection committee; Lt.
C.E. Beard, Major J.W. Worrall, Capt N.G. Richardson and Capt E.D Hiatt
recommended Reardon and Kinsman's entries to Col O.G. Charles after
perusal of the 16 fine designs submitted by 6 enlisted men.
The well designed and colorful
sketches which caused such close competition were submitted by Cpl
Maither who submitted seven, Pvt Richard Sims and Pfc Richard Kinsman
of whom submitted three, Cpl Walter Reardon, Pfc William H. Wilkinson
RM Baxter each of whom submitted one.
- The first model airplane
Kagnew Station was held last Saturday, Christmas Day and the winner was
Sgt Jerry Everett, prexy of the model club. Because Everett was also
contest judge, he was ineligible for prizes. Runner-up, Cpl John Klein,
took the first prize. Other contestants in order of finishing were, Cpl
Barnet, Pvt Oliver, Cpl Updegrove and Sfc Nix.
Sgt Everett took first place in
three events and Klein took the fourth, as well as runner-up in two.
The new Eritrean model plane
record established at the contest was 64.3 mph with that figure certain
to fall to one of the several new speed planes being built in the Hobby
Shop. Unofficial timers of the contest Capt John E. Bircher, Post
and Capt Joseph J. Bellas, Post Surgeon. Captain Bircher, a licensed
plane pilot was checked out flyuing the smaller aircraft.
We hope to hold another contest
sometime next month. The exact date will be set at the next monthly
of the Kagnew Station Model Club to be held in the Post Hobby Shop,
#3 of the Service Center at 2-15 hours, Saturday, 1 January 1955. All
are urged to be present because the principal topic will be election of
new officers. All prospective members or interested persons are invited
to drop over and meet the club. Chocolate cake and cocoa will be served.
A small trophy has been donated
to the club to be used as a speed trophy. Winners will be holders of
Eritrean Model Plane Speed Record......In the future we hope to have a
similar trophy for the combat class.
- BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF
MESS. You can submit your nominations to the members of the nominating
Security Guards: Sgt's. Shane
Gray, Sfc Nix, Cpl's Oldham and Lunny.
Operations: Sgt. Morgan, Sfc's
Carrigan and Halstead, Cpl's Blackman, Keenan and Papovschek.
Headquarters: Sfc Celeski,
Honeycutt, Moncil and Mutchler, Cpl's Huffman and Vermillion and Pvt
9434 TSU; Sgt's Cheatham,
and Higham, Pfc Diduch.
Navy and 9434 TSU; M/Sgt Mayne,
Cpl Beckel, Pfc Corvino, RM/2 Carpenter, RT/3 Falek.
Sgt Kaiser also announced the
will remain open until 0430 hours on 1 January 1955.
- TOP 22 HITTERS, SOFTBALL:
at bat 60 or more times in the second round including all games up to
9434 and NAVY BOWLING
- Maziekus, avg 582
- Stephenson 515
- Gissell 452
- Gore (Cecil) 452
- Pratt 446
- Toole 437
- Brandenberg 433
- Branson 431
- Keenan 430
- Higham 424
- Spalding 417
- Washington 415
- Kramer 415
- Allegro 412
- Jacobsen 411
- Warren 410
- Lamb 403
- Eulert 397
- Hockman 396
- Granski 392
- Holmes 392
- Craig 391
By Sgt. J. Brown
While old 1954 has reached
so did the first half of the newly-formed 9434 and Navy Bowling League
The league has proven most
with the running teams fighting all the way down the wire. Navy's "A"
pulled out in front in the beginning, but were slowly whittled down
their lead as bowlers on other teams improved. The closure of the first
half has found most teams well-balanced and the second half is expected
to be more thrilling with practically all teams as potential winners.
It was "B" team composed of
Fields, Allison, Voorheis, Sznurkowski and George who copped the
of the first half, beating out "E" and "A" teams by one game. "E" was
out of a possible tie with "B" when "H" edged them by two pins.
The league is very proud of the
fact that there were no forfeits and the games were won the hard way.
teams are eagerly looking forward to a brand new year to bring them the
Sgt Higham is pacing the league
with a 185 average, followed by Brown 171, Cieplenski 165, Thomas 165
Beulow 160. Higham is also tops with a three-game series of 626 and is
tied with Capt. Cassady for a high game of 236. "A" is high for a team
series with 2415 and "F" is ahead in a single game for a team with 861.
Most improved bowlers are
Trietsch, Barbato, Stone, Voorheis, Wilkinson, George, Waidner, Dobbins
and Kilmain. Gori continues to forge ahead in an up-side down league
an average of 98 and seems a sure winner for the booby prize.
Wednesday night in the E.M.
"HH" team took all four points from "GG" team by winning all three
and taking total pinfall. The final totals were 2104 for "HH" team to
for "GG" team. Spalding was high bowler for "HH" team with a 500
Bates was high bowler for "GG" team with a series of 477.
(this was nearly a year
after my time at
Sirens Awaken Kagnew Men to Battle Stubborn Midnight PX Blaze
night of Jan 24, 1957 seemed as routine as any other night at Kagnew
Station. The Post Exchange closed
it's doors at dusk, the Snack Bar quieted at 2200 hours and crowds
poured out of the Post Theater
at 2030 hours. Within the next two hours lights dimmed in the barracks
and a calm settled over the Post. But there was litle sleep for the
troops that night. At approximately 0030 hours, Friday, January 25,
the awesome whine of the fire siren shook the men from their "sacks"
and out into the crisp night air. They were quickly convinced that this
was no false alarm ro minor off-Post mishap. Thick white clouds were
billowing forth from the rear of the Snack bar. What happened during
the next few hours is now history, but it's worth recalling some of the
highlights as a belated trbute to the many nameless workers who fought
till dawn to halt the blaze.
An important part of Kagnew Station
vanished during that sleepness night. We lost not only the P-X, its
Snack Bar and the Theater, but also Operations Company Orderly Room,
the Post Signal Office, the barber, beauty, tailor and fur shops,
several offices and other minor rooms. Original damage estimates were
reported to be approximately $125,000.
Most important, however, was the fact
that many inexperienced hands joining together to fight the wind
whipped fire and to evacuate the nearby barracks had proved
themselves more than equal to the task. There were no serious injuries
and the few who did suffer from smoke exhaustion or minor cuts and
bruises were quickly treated by the Hospital Staff.
The cause of the fire has never been
determined but the reason it didn't spread farther is easily
determined. It was simply hard work by all concerned. Special
credit should go to the Security Guards who participated so willingly
in every phase of the battle, to the men living in close proximity to
the fire who somehow managed to evacuate almost everything bu the
floorboards from their barracks "just in case" and to the above
mentioned Hospital Staff.
Certainly everyone at Kagnew Station
wishes to express thanks to the Asmara Fire Department without whose
fine cooperation this story might have had a different and tragic
ending. Their quick arrival and obvious "knowhow"
contributed greatly to the successful battle against man's oldest
enemy. Here was another example of the friendly relations between our
Post and our host Government and further proof of the Eritrean
concern for our welfare.
Ron Altic's fire experience: "I
didn't get any pictures of the fire, but I remember it
well. Where I was involved was at the Post Library. People
were worried that the library was in danger so a group of us were
told to get the books out of harms way. We moved many
stacks of books away from the library and away from the fire. We
probably did more harm than good because the library never did
catch on fire. It must have been a major chore putting all of
those books back in place."
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