The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 20.01.1945, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 20.01.1945, Blaðsíða 1
OUR FORCES — ALWAYS ALERT Vol. VII. ICELANt). Snlurdqij, January 20, 1M5. No. 18. Club 14 Inaugurates Contest To Unearth "King 02 The FBIs" Club lh (ARC) this week announced the opening of a contest to determine the "King of the FBIs" — or, in more specific terms, the enlisted man with the greatest number of years, months, weeks, days and hours spent in Iceland. The winner, who'll be. announced in the Feb. 10 issue of the Falcon, will be crowned at Club lh, in a ceremony befitting his most distinctive status and will be treated by the Club to a real, honest-to-good- .ness steak dinner. And that's not all, for he'll also be given the chance to date Miss Iceland, 19H. Chauncey Barbour, director of Club Ik, gives his assurance that the contest is well worth trying for. Send your entries (containing name, rank, organiza- tion and length of service in Iceland) to: THE WHITE FALCON, BASE SPECIAL SERVICE. All entries must have been received by us not later than Monday, Feb. 5. In computing your length of service here, you may include time spent on furlough. Only "catch" is that you must actually be stationed in Ice- land at the time your entry is submitted. "LEAVE QUOTA UP TO THEATER COMMANDERS"— WAR DEPT. The War Dept. has remov- ed all limitations on the number of soldiers who may receive 30-day furloughs. As a result, the number of ser- vicemen returning to the U.S. on leave from war zones will "increase markedly," ac- cording to the War Dept. an- nouncement. The disclosure of this change in policy was made this week by Gen. Ge- orge C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, in a letter to Rep. Brooks (Dem.) of Louisiana. Gen. Marshall stated that theater commanders now have the authority to return any men they can spare for a one-month furlough in the U.S., plus travel time. The General said that the War Dept. is no longer directly involved in such decisions. Sales Commissary To Be Closed On Mondays Effective immediately, the Sales Commissary will not be open for sales on Mon- days. However, the Comm- issary will remain open on Mondays for collections on sales of QM supplies. Boston Clears "Witches" After a lapse of 253 years, a ruling is finally being ask- ed in Boston, Mass., to exon- erate six persons who were executed during witchcraft hunts in Salem in 1692. "TRUTH ITSELF" According to an article prepared by Nazi Propagan- da Minister Paul "Goebbels for publication in "Das Reich," the eyes of Adolf Hitler still "beam with youthful radiance." "Never does a word of de- ception or of base intent cross his lips," the Goebb- els' article adds. "He is truth itself." "DOUBLE FEATURE" PROGRAM PLANNED FOR FIELDHOUSE Tomorrow night is "Double Feature Night" at the Andrews Fieldhouse with a set of color slides on Iceland presented by Tec 5 Luther Chovan and the movie, THE FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD, newly- arrived in Iceland. Cpl. Chovan has caused much enthusiastic com- ment because of the high quality of his slides which depict life in this country and the GI mode of living here. The slides he pre- sents at the Fieldhouse to- morrow night at 1.930 hours have never beep shown to the troops here as they have just been re- turned from the process- ing laboratories in the U.S. Each man in uniform may bring civilian guests. No tickets are necessary. Official Survey Reveals OnlyXk% Of SBC Personnel Taking USAFI Courses On the basis qf an official survey recently concluded here, IBC Headquarters discloses that slightly more tian 21/;; percent of the personnel of this Command are at present enrolled in corre pondence courses offered by the USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute) —sometimes referred to as the "foxhole university." High- est enrolment is reported from an ATC unit, with 12.6 percent of its personnel tak- ing the courses, while an A ACS unit hosts the second highest enrolment with 10.5 percent. k\\ Ordnance unit is third with 3 percent. BASE HEBE, SKIPPED SHIP IN 1904 By T. Hibson, Y/2c. One of the longest cases of desertion in the history of the U.S. Navy came to light this month when Pet- Civilians Facing Cigarette Ration Cigarettes are to be ration- ed to U.S. civilians — so stat- es the National Association of Tobacco Manufacturers after deciding on a volun- tary rationing system which would allot smokers an aver- age of 15 cigarettes per day. The Association, which con- trols the distribution of to- bacco to the nation's million- and-a-quarter retail outlets, said that a card system of is'ssuing smokes would be in- augurated within two weeks. U.S. Correspondents Say "GI Joe" Is Good In Combat, But Often "Isn't Nice At All" Out Of It American correspondents, while agreed that GI Joe is the world's best soldier in combat, aren't so sure that the Yanks merit praise for their actions out of combat. Writing in the New York Post, Leland Stove stated, "The GIs are at their best when facing the worst. But when they go on leave they frequently are not nice at all. On the average,- the Am- ericans are a sadly undisci- plined lot and by European standards their manners are pretty bad." PATRIOTIC MOTIVE When a theater manager in Philadelphia found his soft drinks dispensing mach- ine rifled and $25 stolen, he also found the following note: "We're taking these nickles for War bonds." er Bunkar Lund surrender- ed himself to the naval auth- orities in Iceland and stated that he was a deserter from the U.S. Naval Service since 1901. Lund,- now a Norwegian citizen, declared he had des- erted from the U.S.S. WIS- CONSIN in 1904 at Yoko- hama, Japan. Cmdr. Albert C. Buck, now comanding naval forces in Iceland, stat- ed that he had been with the fleet in Japanese waters at that time and that the U.S.S. WISCONSIN had been part of the fleet. Lund did not state why he gave himself up. He was released a few hours later. He was also informed that he would be notified at a later date in regards to his status. Warsaw Was Site Of Many Battles Wednesday's dramatic announcement of the liber- ation of Warsaw, first nat- ional capital to be taken by German troops in World War II, meant peace once again to the city which has been attacked, occupied, pil- laged and destroyed pro- bably more times than any other major community on earth. Of fairly recent origin as many European cities go, it suff- ered three separate invas- ions by Sweden in the 17th Century, was a battleground in incessant wars between Sweden and Russia in the 18th Century, was occupied by Napoleon in 1806 and soon thereafter invaded by Austria and Prussia, was occupied by Russia in 1815, and was attacked and occup- ied by Germany in 1915 and again in 1939. The survey reveals that the most popular courses among GI[ students here are, respec- tively: mathematics, book- keeping and accounting, sci- ence and mechanics. The In- stitute offers subjects for part-time study on grade school, high school, college and university levels. In most cases, successful com- pletion of a course carries with it appropriate school or college credit leading to diplomas and degrees. By such means a soldier may completd his school or coll- ege education while still in the Arni3\ Of the various general typ- es of courses offered through the USAFI, those offering the greatest number of sub- jects to choose from are the Institute correspondence courses and the university extension courses. The form- er cost two dollars apiece and the latter — one-half the charge made to civilians. No matter what course you choose, all necessary materials are furnished at no additional fee. Although a soldier may enroll in only one course at a time, he may take another as soon as he has completed the first. While enrolment *in a USAFI course is a matter for personal decision, the Com- mand urges personnel here to gjve it serious thought. The courses are reasonably priced; presented in clear, easy lessons, and are in instances especially designed to help jou incre- ase your earning capacity after the war. Bubonic Plague In China An epidemic of bubonic plague is reported raging in the area south of Tengchung in China. Number of cases is said to be in the neigh- borhood af 300, with poss- ibly 100 deaths.

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