Spellman Plans Visit to C.B.I.
LONDON - The Most Rev. Francis J. Spellman, Archbishop of New York and Military Vicar for United States Armed Forces, said that he plans to visit India and China before returning to the United States.
Archbishop Spellman, who has already visited U.S. forces in North Africa and England, said that he hopes to offer an Easter Sunday mass in Jerusalem.
Jeep Trademark of American Soldiers
ALLIED HQ., NORTH AFRICA - A Senegalese soldier shot two German parachute troopers who claimed they were Americans. He explained to his French commanding officer: "I knew they were not Americans because they did not have a jeep."
|This place is really big. Herds of sheep, belonging to people of five villages who used to occupy the grounds, graze without interfering with planes over a mile away.|
|These cows pull our water out of a well so it can be pumped into this tower. Our water purification unit is a hard-working bunch.|
|Indians, who form the 10-man labor teams, line up on the parade grounds for pay and prizes for two best monthly teams. They say they can work better if they're furnished cotton gloves, which they get.|
|These officers are the Depot's key men. The commanding officer is Col. John L. M. des Islets (sixth from left, standing). Depot is one of the largest of its kind outside the U.S. The building is Headquarters.|
|The old and the new. A bhishti waters the dusty ground in front of a testing block for fighter plane engines. Water is carried in goat skin and has been carried this way for many centuries.|
|M/Sgt. Arthur Davis is in charge of all supply warehouses here. A veteran of 28 years in the Army, Davis has more than 40,000 items under his supervision.|
|Both old and new kinds of transportation are in use here. Oxcarts, like the one at right, are used to haul gasoline to pumps all over the area. There are buses here, too.|
|Bazaar streets in the town are out of bounds and only the M.P.'s are allowed to be there. Water buffalo like this are common sights in the streets. This scene is typical of an Indian bazaar. Prices here too, are very high.|
|A bunch of badminton sets and other athletic equipment came, so these fellows hired a couple of coolies to hold the net while they tried out the equipment. The Indians couldn't understand to drop the net to take care of close shots.|
|There are more Indians working at the Depot than there are American soldiers. These coolies carried foundation rock into place for the taxi ramps leading to revetments.|
|More coolies go about the work of metaling a road. First big foundation rock, then crushed rock, tar and more stones. Whole families, including women, carry building materials on their heads.|
|Capt. John Clegg, who's in charge of civilian personnel, listens to "roughneck" pleading to be allowed to join the American Army. "Roughneck," who served in the Indian Army for about 30 years and now heads one of the labor teams, periodically brings his men up to Clegg to enlist.|
|There have been as many as eight temporary villages on the depot grounds at once. This is a brickmakers' village. All the bricks used at the Depot are made here. Other villages supply the different building materials needed. Villages move with construction.|
|Until the hangars were built, all airplane repair work took place right out in the open, and there were only a few tents for shelter.|
|Here's the interior of the parachute department, where Indians efficiently and carefully pack and repair parachutes. This work must be done exactly right, or it might cost lives.|
|The day rooms in various barracks are popular places at night. When this picture was taken, electricity hadn't been put in yet, so we played checkers, cards and other games by lantern light. There's stuff to read here, too.|
|At dances, held in town on Friday and Saturday nights, we really come into our own. An American soldier orchestra, "Jive Bombers" specializes in swing music and the boys really get off plenty of that fancy jitter stuff.|
|That jive music is tiring and sometimes the fellows have to sit one out. The stuff in the bottle is a locally-made adaptation of soda pop. The furnishings are plain but with the music and the girls, that's all we need.|
|After a day's work and a night's fun, then a good night's sleep. We are quartered in the Headquarters Squadron barracks. There are no springs, but you soon get used to the beds, which are locally-made, too, of wood and fiber.|
As I gaze at the elements above,
My heart wanders back to the one I love.
As I think of the things that are noble and fine,
I long for the girl that I left behind.
She is such a sweet kid,
And I love her so;
And the way I miss her,
She'll never, never, know.
I never liked fighting as I can remember,
But we must avenge the attack of the 7th of December.
For that reason alone I had to leave my dear one,
To try to blot out the "rising sun."
But we shall do our job in a graceful manner,
And stand at attention to the "Star Spangled Banner."
Then I can return once more to my normal life,
Proud that our land is free of strife.
- T/5 SAMUEL R. STEWART