World War II in Culver 1942 Part 1
- Ben Koontz Reported Lost in Action
Corp Ben D. Koontz, headquarters and service squadron group, Marine
Corps, has been reported last in action by the War Department...on Thursday, Jan. 1.
...He enlisted Dec. 3, 1939, and took his parachute training at Lakehurst, N.J.
His twin brother, Tom, is in hedquarters company, Panama Mobile Force, Fort
Clayton, Canallll Zone...
Its Col. Greiner Now - Major Edwin C. Greiner...had been promoted to rank of
lieutenant colonel and places in charge of the 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion,
Camp Polk, La.
Robert Schweidler Safe... who is on the U. S. S> Dobbin, is safe at Pearl Harbor.
Defense Committee Appointed to Study Local Situation and Draft Program...
- Greenway Promoted - James Green way has been promoted to
the rank of sergeant. He is stationed with the post hospital at Patterson Field, Fairfield,
Bryan Promoted - Sgt Kennedy Bryan, Patterson Field has been promoted to staff
Back in Army - Chester Cavender, who had been released from the army because he
was a draftee over 28 years old, has been recalled and will be stationed at Fort Crockett,
Defense Volunteers To Meet Next Sunday
A call for all male citizens who will volunteer to join the Culver Defense Corps to
meet Sunday Jan. 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the Culver Library auditorium has been
issied by Robert Rossow, director...
Defense Chairman Olive Shilling announces the appointment of
E. W. Carter
to the committee that will fformulate a complete war activities set-up here.
Surgical Dressing Group to Meet... The work room in the Academy gymnasium
has been freshly painted and will be open for use by the group on Tuesday and
Thursday afternoons. from 2:00 to 5 o'clock and on one night a week, which
night will be announced later...
Red Cross to Enlist Volunteer Workers if FIfteen Branches
The Marshall county Red Cross is making a county survey in connection with the War
Relief Drive now in progress in which volunteer workers will be enlisted for one of the 15
branches of Red Cross War activities to be conoducted by this chapter.
The Volunteer workers donducting the Ware relief Drive will ask each person that the
contact if he will volunteer his services to the Marshall COunty Red Cross in on of the
following fields of war activities:
1 Red Cross Nursing
2 Nurses aid Corp
3 Make Surgical dressings
4 Home hygiene study group
5 Enrolling of first aid clsses
6 Sewing (in own homes)
7 Knitting (in own homes)
8 Teach first aid class
9 Teaching knitting to groups
10 First Aid Detchment group
11 Motor Corps including farm machinery operation
12 Canteen service
14 Organization and Supervistion
15 Blood Donor
- To Install Floodlights - As a war measure the town board
has decided to install floodlights on the water tower and at the pumping station.
Bars have also been placed across the windows and door at t he latter place
Organization of Defense Corps Being Perfected
Town divided into FIve areas; Occicers names and Centers Designated
... organization was partially completed which will in the future be designated as
"The CUlver Defense Corps."
Its duty, in genral, will be to provide for the saftey and home defense of all
sections of Union township, and to guard all public utlities
Membership is purely on a volunteer basis, and membership qualifications are that
the application be a legal resident of Union twoship, and that he has passed his
Requests for membership either verbally or by phone can be made to
Town marshall Verl McFeely, adjutnat of the CUlver defense coprs, or
to Col. C. F. McKinney, executive office of the corps, Culver Military Academey
The officers designated to date are as follows:
Commander - Col. Robert Rossow
AIde to COmmander - M. R. RObinson
Executive Officer (Second In command) - Col. C. F. McKiney
Adjunat - Marshal Verl McFeely
Sargeant Major - John C. Kester
Captain Defense Area No. 1 Harvey Gwynn. Lieutenants - Russell FIsher, Mac Fechner
Captain Defense Area No. 2 Donald Mikesell. Liutenants - Walter Johnson, William R. Easterday
Captain Defense Area No. 3 Major H. T. Stinchcomb. Lieutenants - Dr. R. E. Matin, E.W. Carter
Captain Defense Area No. 4 Capt Hugh Harper. Lieutenants - DIck Loudon, Steffen Rector.
Captain Defense Area No. 5 Capt WIlliam Gram - Liuetenants Frank Walaitis, Paul Underwood
Commader Academy General Area - Col. A. R. Elliot. AIdes A.L. DOnnely, Glen Clark
Captain of Defense Area "A" - Col. W. R. Kennedy. Lieutenants - COl. R> H. SHanks, Le LaBounty
Captain of Defense Area "B" - Col. W. G. Johnston. Lieutenants - A. L. Donnelly, Walter ROberts
Captain of Defense Area "C" - Major C. A. Whitney. Lieutenants - not yet appointed
Captain of Defense Area "D" - Col. G. L.Miller. Lieutenants - Major H.A.Obenauf, Capt. J. I RIch
Captain Mobile Defense Unit - Kemp Moore. Lieutenants Ray Mannis, Russel Olive
||Practice siren announced for Jan 25 and what was to be done. The
alert will be sounded on town fire alarm and Academy fire whistle of one
long blast to signal the beginning and the end of the practice alert. |
Red Cross Drive to Furnish Funds to Buy Material for War Use
The Union Union Twp. Red Cross chairman of knittin, sewing and
surgical dressings have still a small part of their guatas for British Relief
to finish and the ask your help...
Please give generously to the War Relief Emergency drive and help th
township reach its $1,080 mark...
Auto Tax Stamps Now On Sale At P.O.
...Attention was called to a provision of the Revenue Acot of 1941 which
imposed a "use"
tax upon motor vehicles, which tax becomes effective
February 1, 1942
Crandall Promoted - Murray B. Crandall... has been promoted to lieutenant colonel. He is
stationed with the aire command at War College, Washington, D.C.
Called in Dradt - CLarence WIlliam Wennerstrom is among the nine young men from
Marshall county to report for induction into the army Feb. 3. They are to fo to
Indianapolis - ...
Committe on Study of Local Defense Angles
... Specifically this committe is charged with the tasks:
(1) of determining the scope of local defense activities
(2) of detemining the nature of local defense activities
(3) of making specific recommendations as to the work of the locak defense group.
Accodingly Chairman Oliver Schilling appointed
Deane E Wakjerm superintendent of Marshall county of Schools
Ernest Crter, presideint of the town board, and
Robert Rust, publicity department at Culver Military Academy,
as thoe board of inquiry
After studying the local defense needs, this committee met
with Mr Shilling on January 22. They wish to submit the following
recommendations or resolutions
1 Where as the scope or the limits of local defense activitied for
communities such as Culver have not been clearly defined by national or
state authorities, and whereas there seems to be a duplication of effort on
the part of a numbe of civic organizations, we wish to recommend that the
purpose of local civilian defense should be one of coordination and cooperation
bewtween local civic groups. and with county, state, and national civilian authority
2 Whereas Colonel Robert Rossow as director of local physical defense has
speedily perfected an organization desigined to meet the needs of our
community, we urge the complete cooperation of all local citizens in
supporting this protective organization. We further urfe the citizens enlist as
members of defense organization and carry out theri assignments as
designated by the administrative staff
3 Whereas the committee, after due study, wishes to congratulate the
departments of the local town government for meeting the
cotingencies brought on by the war-time emergency. It is gratifying to report
that afequate protection is being given to utilities. Members of the local fire
department have bee attending defense schools for some time teceining
instuction for coping with this hazard
4 Whereas we velieve that one of the best ways in which Culver Citizens can
contribute to national defense is by contributation, not only of their services,
but of their money, we entreat the cooperation of the local community in the
purchase of defense bonds and saving stamps.
5 Whereas the local chapter of the Red Cross is concerned with the national
program of that organization, we wish not only to commend the local
chapter in its splendid and active work thus far, but to urge local
citixens to whole-heartedly enlist in the support of this program
6 Whereas the war psychosis always produces a fear on the part of citizens
that they are going to be denied the bar necessities of life, there is a present
natural tendency toward hoarding. This tendency does not contribute in
anyway to national defense; rather it is contrary to the very principles of the
national was effort. Therefor the committee wishes to discourage and at the
same time urge citizens to refrain from hoarding materials
7 Whereas the gational government has restricted the use of tires and whereas
this will over a period of time creat local transportation problems, and whereas
Culver does not have adequate transportation facilities to other communties, we
believe the Chamber of Commerce through their organization should make some
study of local transportation needs and means by which this problem can be
The first practice alert of the Culver area Defense Corps was held, and was
“generally successful.” The second practice alery will be February 1, during
Enemy Nationals Must FIle for Certificate of Identification Soon
...The new regulations affecctin approcimately 1,100,000 oersibsm issued uner
the Presidential prclamation of January 14, 1932 relating to alen enemies, require
aliens to apply to the nearest first or second class, or county seat, post office
for a Certificate of Indentification. The requirement applieds to all enemy nationals
14 years of age or over who have not yet taken the oath of allegiance before a
Federal judge, the final step in acquiring American Citizenship.
The regulation provices for two separate periods...
1 ... residing in the states of Claifornia, Oregon, Washington, Nevafa, Arizona, Montana
Utah and Idaho...
2 .... residing elsewhere in continental United States... between Feb 9 and Feb 28
Joins Navy, Charges Dropped - Jerry Enbodin, one of a group of four young
men involved in thefts around Lake Maxinkuckee cottages and homes, is now in
the navy... but when he sighned up with the the navy the grand larceny
charge against him was not pressed...
Enlists in Army - Walter A. Vonnegut enlisted in the army on Jamuary 19 and has
bee sent to Selfridge Field, Mich...Plat 2 Co. B Recuriting Deachment, Hanger 7...
Edgar Clifton Assigned - Pcf. Edgar L. CLifton, who recently entered the army has
been assigned to Baer Field Fort Wayne, Ind.
Pvt. Shirley Carter has been transferred from Chanute Field to Howard Field,
Canal Zone. Hes brother, Ernest Carter has been transferred from Jefferson Barracks, Mo. to Chanute
Thomas Lindahl has been trasnferred to Randolph Field, near Antonia, Texas. and Jack
Lindahl graduated from his air-lane Mechanics course at Chanite Field, Rantoul, Illinois and
been sent to Kelly Field near San Antonio...
Paul Strang of Hollywood, who enlisted in the Army has been transferred from Wichita Falls,
Texas to Charlotte, N.C.
Enter AIr corps - Paul Stanley Moran...has passsed the examination to enter the air coprs and will be
sent for training near Tuskegee, Ala...
Ivan Walker Promoted - Ivan Walker has been promoted to the grade of master sergeant and
expects to receive today his commission as second lieutenant, along with assignment for active
Gen Gignilliat Acting Defense Corps Leader
During the absence of both Col. Rossow and Col. C. F. McKenney, General L. R. Gignilliat has accepted
the request of E. W. Carter, acting defense chaimran, that he take over the
Another practice alert was held Sunday afternoon and the corps responded effiently
to the problems outlined by Col. Rossow...
On February 9, 1942, "War Time"—a year-round daylight saving time—began in the United States.
Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the year-round daylight
saving time required that clocks be moved ahead one hour for the remainder of the war as a
national defense measure to conserve energy.
Made Corporal - Eldon Curtis,... has been promoted to corporal. He is with the 313th
School Squadron, Sheppard Field, Texas.
Butler A Sergeant - Harlan Butler who is stationed at Pine Camp, N.Y. has been promoterd
to technical Sergeant.
Ivan Walker Assigend to Academy Staff - Lieut. Ivan Walker has received orders attaching him to
the P.M.S. & T. stadd of Culver Military Academy where he has served for the past 21 years.
He retired as a master sergeant, and was recalled the same day as a first lieutenant...
Firemen Eat Turkey,
Plan Defense School
, Hear Talk on Spirit.
||Defense Hedquaters in Action - At the recent practice alert by the Ci;ver defense Corps,
Cadet W. F. Mutchmann of the Academy, snapped Col. Robert Rossow, commanfer, issuing
orders to his staff for practice problmes, which the corps later executed successfull. Left to
right standing: Joohn Kester, serfeant major; Carer H. Schreffler, observer, Gen. L. R. Gignillat,
now actin commander; and M. R> RObinson, aide.|
Draft Registration to be Held Fen. 16; Excemptions Listed
All male persons not previously registerd, who attained their twentieth birthday on or before
December 31, 1941, and who nave not attained theri forty-fifth birthday on or before February
16, 1942, must register between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on February 16...
Men between 21 and `36 years of age who registerd in 1930 and 1941 are not to
While any one who is unavoidably away from his home on Fenruary 16 may refister at
the registration place most convenient of that day, all Marshall county registrants are
urged to mak every effort to register with their own local boards to avoid possible
confusion in the future. Any person who must register while away from his home, It is
warned, should be careful to specify his home address, so that his registration card may be
forwarded prompltly to his own local board, ....
The only persons exempt from registration under the law are: ... residing in the United
States. whho are not citizens of the United States, and who have not declared their
intention to become citizens of the United States.
Special registrars also will be provided to register men who cannot appear at a
designated registration place because of illness or other incapacity.
Every man subject ot registration who is an inmate of an asylum, jail, penitentiary,
reformatory or similar institution on February 16 is required to register on the day
he leaves the institution.
In Union township registration will be handled by D. W. Weaver in the tustee's
office in the bank building...
1942 - feb. 11 - Firemen Eat Turkey,
Plan Defense School
, Hear Talk on Spirit. The Culver Volunteer Fire Department staged its '
annual turkey dinner Monday night in Snyder's Cafe...
CMA Graduate Killed in Philippines Action - Major Dudley George Strckler... class of 1926...
192 Registered for Draft on Monday... The ages ranging from 20 to 44 inclusive and included all
males who had not previously signed for possible duty with Uncle Sam... Local registration ar handled by
D. W. Weaver
Col George Miller
A. R. McKesson and
F. M. Annis...
||A list oc contributors to the war relief drive.|
Joins Naval Reserve - Jack O'Conner... reported for duty at New Orleans, La. Monday for aviation
training in the naval reserves...
||A list oc contributors to the war relief drive.|
War Relief Qouta is Increased by $360 in Union Township... The National American Red Cross has raised the
quota of Union township by 33 percent...the local quota of $1,080 has been raised, as set under the first
call but now the township must raise $360 more to keep in step with the other townships...
Advanced to Corporal - Shirley L Carter, Howard Field, Canal Zone has been promoted...
||A list oc contributors to the war relief drive.|
Important Announcement - -The alert signal of the town fire siren and Academy whistle for the
Culver Defense Corps would thereafter be sounded in two series of four blasts each...
Important Notice - There is a shortahe of rifles in the Culver Defense Corps organization. It well be
greatly appriciated if all citizens having a rifle, who are not already members of the corps will loan it to
the organization for the duration of the war...
War Time Service for League of Woomen Voters
Each member of the League of WOmen Coters who is enlisted in the War Time Sevice Plan,
bring at a nomoinal cost, every other week, ten broadsides to distribute. One page 1 of this
issue the names of those already enlisted in this work appear.
League of Women Voters War Service workers
Mrs. J.H. Smith,
Mrs. F.W. Bates,
Mrs. Kemp Moore,
Mrs. I. L. Kitts,
Mrs. C.F. McKinney,
Mrs. Priscilla Cowan,
Mrs. J.F. Edgell,
Mrs. Ernest Benson,
Mrs. Robert Kernchan,
Mrs. Dick Newman
Mrs. W. E Leland,
Mrs. C.C. Mather,
Mrs. H.B. Keller,
Mrs. G.L. Miller,
Mrs. Mack Goode,
Mrs. Alfred Hill,
Mrs Hardrigg Sexton,
Mrs. W> G. Johnston,
Mrs. L. J. Stone,
Mrs. Robert Rossow,
Miss Cececlere Brown,
Mrs. C. S. McMinn,
Mrs. W. D. Baker,
Miss Jean Knowlton,
Miss Jean Garset.
Miss Elizabeth Shetterly
Mrs. Paul Barada
Anyone interested in more detailed informanation can can be given in this space,
each week, may ask any one of the workers for a copy of a Broadside it will be
given free of charge.
At this time Leages all over the country are studying the method by which the
war can best be financed. The following material is used from information just
received from the National League in Washington, D.C.
The amount and kind of new taxes that are levied this year will depend upon what
Congress is willing to do. This will depend in part upon that Congress thinks the country
will accept. ANd this will depend upon the exten to wohich people understand the
measures ncessary to pay for the war and to prevent the disastrous consequences of
NOTE: A "Broadside" is a sheet of paper printed on one side only, forming one large page
Draft Numbers to be Drwn in Washington Mar. 14 For 3rd Group
The third national Selevtive Serive lottery will be held in Washington March 17...
In all prbability approxmately eight or nine thousand capsules will be drawn in this first wartime
lottery since 1918 and the third since enactment of the Selective Trainined and Service Act
Lt. Walker Transferred - Lt Ivan Walker, who has been attached to the army detail at the
Academy for the past 21 years whas been transferred by the War Department to the ROTC
staff at Xavier College, Cincinnati, Oion
Bryan Promoted - Staff Sgt. Kennedy L. Bryan of Patterson Field, Ohio has been promoted
to technical setgeant.
To Be inducted into Army Service -
ELdon Ault and
are amoung the young men from Marshall county who will be inducted into the serivce
March 25 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis
Called for Draft - WInfield McFarland and Ford Overmyer are among the 13 young men
call for induction into army serivce March 27 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis
|Assign Numbers to Draft Registrants - The drawing and assingning of number to all
men who registered in Marshall county in the last draft registration... This list is
Receives Commission - William Oberlin..receives his commission as a second lieutenant. He has
been ordered to be ready for assignment in the near future. The commission is the result of Bill's
R.O.T.C. training at the academy.
Pledges to be Signed For Defense Bonds on Bond SUnday, April 12
For the first time in 125 years of state history Indiana voters will go to the polls
SUnday April 12, not in name public officals or to vot in a referendum, but to
register their voluntary participation in the nation's drive to finance it's greatest
war by sale of Defense Bonds...
The one-day polling emphasizes voluntary participation in war-savings. It replaces the long
drawn out house-to-house canvvass method used in Librety Bond drives in World War I....
Polls places decorated by Defense savings posters and staffed by workers of both political
parties will open at noon following church services. Between noon and 8 p.m. when polls
will close, almost everyone in the state eill sign a pledge form indicating to what extent
he is participating or will participate by investment in Defesne Bonds. The pledging will be
secret, with the pledger to recieve one copy of the form and two additional copies to be
placed in governmental envelopes for mailing to the INdiana Defense Savings staff in
Each registrant will be given a window sticker for display in his home to show that he
is doing his share. The stickers will be obtaiinable only after the pledge for is signed
and only by those who sign pledge forms...
War Relief Drive Needs More Funds... Union township is short of its quota... The quota is
$1494 and the amount raised so far is $1,348.44, leaving a balance of $55.56....
|Additional Numbers of Registrants...
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