Theater Staff Announced
Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, CBI commander, last week announced his theater staff. Assignments
Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Thomas G. Hearn; Deputy C of S (Rear Echelon) Brig. Gen.
Benjamin G. Ferris; Asst. C of S G-1, Col. William E. Bergen; Asst. C of S G-2, Col. Robin B. Pape;
Asst. C of S G-3, Col. Willard G. Wyman; Asst C of S G-4, Col. Harvey Edward.
Adjutant General, Col. Frank Milani; Surgeon, Col. Robert P. Williams; Judge Advocate,
Col. Clarence C. Fenn; Inspector General, Col. Stanley F. Griswold; Finance Officer, Col. Richard D.
Daugherity; Quartermaster (Acting) Col. Harvey Edward.
Signal Officer, Col. Samuel S. Lamb; Artillery Officer, Col. Frank Dorn; Air Officer,
Lt. Col. John O. Neal; Ordnance Officer, Col. Roy L. Bowlin; Special Service Officer, Capt. John E.
Nixon and Public Relations Officer (Acting) Capt. Fred Eldridge.
We are going to press right in the midst of the S.O.S. headquarters collection for the C.B.I.
Roundup's fund for the Bengal cyclone sufferers, so our returns are necessarily incomplete this
week. The total amount paid in at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday stands at Rs. 1,773. This represents some 500 chips
over the 1,258 rupees reported last week, and with the exception of small contributions mailed directly
in by big-hearted G.I.'s in the field, it is all from New Delhi units.
Headquarters squadron A.A.F. took its collection on payday, donating 205 rupees for the
cyclone sufferers on an even-stephen split of the hat with the Chaplain's Christmas fund. Branch
headquarters officers tossed in another 60 chips and most of the balance represents the partial collection
of S.O.S. headquarters.
Collections from troops and units outside New Delhi should be in hand through the coming
The desire of troops in the field to aid the sufferers is shown by the receipt of several
letters from enlisted men sent direct to the C.B.I. Roundup enclosing dog-eared Rupees. One from
T/5 Maurice M. Lehman, enclosing 10 chips, says "I happened to be in that port when the storm hit and
got a taste of it myself. I know it's no joke."
Lehman is not the only American soldier who has seen the devastation at first hand. We
have a report on practical help given by our troops in the area from K. S.
Patton, the American
Consul-General, who writes:
"It is learned from a staff reporter of the Amrita Bazar Patrika that he has
received from several Indian sources very approving comment on the conduct and helpfulness of American
soldiers stationed in the cyclone relief districts of Bengal.
"This reporter says that American soldiers have been very generous with their rations,
sharing them from day to day with the distressed local people. They have also assisted villagers and
farmers in salvage efforts and other activities. Their local prestige and popularity already good, is
now said to be very good."