National Geographic : 1941 Jul
Around the Clock with Your Soldier Boy U;.S. Army Signal (orps, Official This Tank Crew Shows from What Varied Walks of Life Soldiers Are Drawn Here, truly, is democracy. Left to right: Harry Ruggiero, Baltimore, stevedore; George W. Edick, recently graduated from a Cleveland engineering school; Sgt. W. R. Brabham, drugstore clerk, Gainesville, Florida; Lieut. T . R. Bruskin. Washington, D. C., newspaper reporter; Roland E. Bundock, Wallingford, Connecticut, bass viol player with a famous dance orchestra. Fort Knox, Kentucky (page 9). Our Signal Corps also trains homing pigeons (page 16). In World War I a certain out fit, through a long day of battle, waited anxi ously to hear from one of its lost battalions. "They're somewhere out there," said the general, "maybe all shot to pieces. If only they'd send in their pigeons, we'd know where they are, and maybe we could help." Just then in flew a pigeon. In haste eager men caught the tired bird, unrolled its flimsy message, and read: "We're busy fighting and tired of carrying this darned bird around." Realizing the pigeon fancier's age-old dream, the Army is now developing a "two-way" bird, by which questions can be sent and an swers received. At the movie shows you may see fascinating shorts that show soldiers surfboating with hula dancers of Waikiki, hunting sloths in Panama jungles, or flirting with the slant-eyed, split- skirted sirens of Shanghai. The Signal Corps made the movies. That's good enlistment propaganda, the sagacious old corps well knows. Parachute Rookies Get Most Spectacular Training You think of Ringling Circus, or the Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, when you watch mass parachute jumpers. A brass band -on the ground-playing the "Blue Danube" is all you need to complete the illusion. What a full-blooded robustious gang! Said an old warrant officer, "If you ain't too big and fat to jump through a plane's open door, and have enough intelligence and muscular co-ordination, you might join us." That sounds simple: actually, it's a large order look your fat friends over! All turning somersaults, 50 or 60 men tum bled across an open field at Fort Benning.