US Army Training Center - Yearbook (Fort Polk, LA)
- Class of 1975
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Text from Pages 1 - 120 of the 1975 volume:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS US ARMY TRAINING CENTER,
INFANTRY AND FORT POLK
Fort Polk, Louisiana
The weeks leading up to your graduation from Basic Combat Training have probably
been the most hectic, bewildering and hopefully beneficial weeks of your life to date. They
have changed you in many ways as you made your transition from civilian to military
This book attempts to document that change and points the way to your future in the
United States Army. My sincere wishes go with you for a professionally rewarding
and personally satisfying career. 2 '
' Major General, USA
Major General, US Army
Robert Haldane was born in Glen Rock, New Jersey, on 30 September
1924. After serving as a Corporal in the United State Army Air Corps
from 2 April 1943 to 15 June 1944, he entered the United States
Military Academy in July 1944 and graduated as a Second Lieutenant
of Infantry in 1947. During 1947-1948 he attended the Ground Gen-
eral School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
In 1948 he was assigned to the 18th Infantry Regiment, First Infantry
Division in Germany where he served as Platoon Leader and Company
Commander until 1952.
In 1952 he joined the 3d Infantry Regiment, Fort Myer, Virginia and
served as Company Commander and Battalion 3-3 until 1953. During
1953 and 1954 he attended the Airborne School and the Infantry
School tAdvanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.
After graduating from the Infantry School, he served in Korea as a
Project Officer with Headquarters, Armed Forces Far East. In 1955 he
returned to West Point, New York, where he served as Company Tacti-
cal Officer until 1958. In 1958 and 1959 he attended the Command
and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After completion of the Command and General Staff College, he was
assigned as 8-3. 2d Airborne Battle Group, 503d Infantry. Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. He accompanied the Battle Group to Okinawa
in 1960. After serving 32 months as Battle Group 8-3, he became
Assistant G3. IX Corps.
In 1963 he attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk,
Virginia. He was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of
Personnel, United States Army. in 1963. In 1964 he was assigned as
an Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of
Staff, United States Army.
In 1965 he joined the lst Infantry Division at Fort RiIey. Kansas. as
Commanding Officer, lst Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment. He ac-
companied the Battalion to Vietnam and remained Battalion Com-
mander until August 1966 when he returned to the US Army Com-
bat Developments Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
In 1967 he attended the National War College in Washington, DC.
Upon completion, he rejoined the lst Infantry Division as Comman-
der, Division Support Command, then Commanding Officer, 3d Bri-
gade. until August 1969.
He rejoined the Department of Tactics at West Point, New York, serv-
ing as the Commanding Officer, 2d Regiment, United State Corps
of Cadets from August 1969 to June 1970. During this period tfrom 9
February to 8 May 19701 he attended the Advanced Management
Program at Harvard University. In June 1970 he assumed the duties
of Commander of Camp Buckner, West Point, New York.
General Haldane became Deputy Commanding General of Fort Dix, New
Jersey, in August 1970 and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier
General in March 1971.
In 1972 General Haldane was assigned as the Commanding General,
lst Infantry Division tFWDI at Goeppingen, Germany, his fourth as-
signment with the Big Red One. General Haldane became Chief of
Staff. VII Corps, on 30 March 1974 and was promoted to Major
General on 1 September 1974.
General Haldane assumed his present position as Commander of the
United States Army Training Center, Infantry and Fort Polk, Fort
Polk, Louisiana, on 6January 1975.
FORT POLK, the largest military installation in Louisiana,
is located in the western part of the state. near the bur-
geoning communities of DeRidder and Leesville. The training
center covers more than 199,000 acres t311 square milest
in picturesque Kisatchie National Forest.
The Army post. originally called Camp Polk, was establish-
ed in 1941 and named in honor of the Right Reverend
Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese
of Louisiana, known as the "Fighting Bishop." He was killed
while serving as a Confederate lieutenant general in 1864
in Marietta. Georgia.
During World War II, former President Dwight D. Eisen-
hower. Generals Mark Clark, Omar Bradley, Alfred Gruen-
ther. George S. Patton, Jr., and Walter Krueger were among
the famous leaders who directed the training of soldiers
at Fort Polk. The units receiving training included the 3rd,
7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th Armored Divisions, the 95th Infantry
Division and the 11th Airborne Division.
After the war, Camp Polk was deactivated and put on
a stand-by basis, but the summers National Guardsmen
and Reservists kept it partially open for two-week training
The Korean War brought Camp Polk back to life in Sep-
tember 1950 when the 45th Infantry Division, Oklahoma
National Guard, was activated and trained for duty, leaving
for Japan in 1951. The camp has also served as headquarters
for the XV Corps and later the 37th Infantry Division from
Ohio and the lst Armored Division.
The post closed in 1954 and was reopened and designated
a Fort in 1955 with headquarters for Operation Sage Brush
in which over 85,000 troops took part. Exercise King Cole
was subsequently held at Polk before the post was deacti-
vated in June 1959. Summer encampments were the only
military activity until September 1961, when Polk faciiities
were again required to support another national emergency
- the Berlin Crisis.
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PICN IC ALLIGATOR
During 1961-62. the 49th Armored Division served a year
of active duty at Fort Polk along with other tactical and
support units. On 1 June 1962 the post was designated
an Infantry Training Center. A planning group of Regular
Army personnel was assigned to establish a training pro-
gram. The first trainees arrived in July, and by early fall
units providing basic combat. advanced individual an com-
bat support training were fully operational.
Rehabilitation of post facilities was a gigantic task. Train-
ing and recreational resources had to be developed to'
accomodate the Fort's new mission as a training center.
An intensive beautification program was begun in 1962
and is still continuing. A new Honor Gate. magnolia and
cypress trees, verdant lawns, lakes. and widened post roads
provide scenic welcome to visitors. Forty-seven picnic sites
have been developed for use by military personnel, their
families and friends. Alligator Lake and Toledo Bend are
other recreational sites undergoing constant improvement.
These projects are transforming Fort Polk into a garden
spot of Louisiana.
In December 1965 Polk was selected to Conduct jungle
oriented advanced training and was named a permanent
installation 23 October 1968. By 21 April 1972, the post
had graduated more than l-million trainees in basic combat.
advanced Infantry and combat support like cooks. clerks.
wiremen and mechanics.
Construction of new building began in 1967; among those
completed are six brigade classrooms, cold storage plant,
gas station. bowling alley. lOO-man theater. 60-man batche-
lor quarters. Main Post Chapel, with a religious educational
facility, 28 chair dental clinic, an Information Center,
and one of the largest post exchange complexes west of
the Mississippi. Since the declaration of permanency, a
total of 260 sets of on-post housing is under construction.
Other projects nearly completed include batchelor enlisted
quarters. a family area with a new commissary, theater,
NCO Ciub. and 18-holegolf course.
Northwestern State University has extended its courses
on-post so that military and civilian students may now
attend college year-round and receive degrees without IeaVo
ing the post's campus.
The ranges and training areas. which include modern
electrically controlled target systems, alleweather access
roads, and many varieties of ideal terrain, make available
to Fort Polk trainees the finest area and facilities in the
Army for Infantry training. A closed-circuit educational tele-
vision system is included among the newest training meth-
ods and used in the six modern 1,000-man brigade class-
In addition to material facilities, a dynamic training phi-
losophy has been developed. It is best expressed by General
Creighton Abrams' comment made during his visit to the
command in 1965. "At Polk they don't recognize that there
is anything they can't do." its worth has been proved.
Trainees have matched and topped qualification scores in
physical training. combat proficiency tests. and marksman-
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This is the gateway to the Army. How
do they get everything accomplished here?
This may be one of the thoughts that occurs
to a trainee as he processes through the
Fort Polk reception station. it becomes quite
clear to him that they do get a great deal
accomplished during his brief few days stay.
Aptitude tests, physical examination, a
classification interview, orientation meet-
ings, a clothing issue and the creation of
a permanent fiIe-all are completed within
the few days of processing at the Recep-
The change from civilian to trainee has to
be a swift one. for in the next eight weeks
he will receive intensive training in the tun-
damentals of combat soldiering that he may
have to apply in the defense of his country
and his own life.
Even as the trainees move to their train-
ing companies, they have begun to under-
stand a littIe of the routine that will be-
come such an important part of their eight
weeks in Basic Combat Training.
DRILL 8t CEREMONIES
Sharp commands echo across the drill
field and marching feet beat a tatoo across
the ground; another order sounds, and doz-
ens of rifles snap in unison. Thesekare
the sounds of an institution as old as
organized armies: dismounted drill.
The hours spent on the drill field have
one aim: to develop in the trainee an in-
stinct for precision, an ingrained habit of
obedience to command, a sense of team-
work. He learns squad. platoon. and com-
pany drill; the manual of arms, the school
of the Soldier without arms.
And in the training, he acquires habits
which are the foundation of all else he
will learn in the Army: discipline. alertness.
and trigger-quick response.
PHYSICAL READINESS TRAINING
A soldier must be tough-tough enough
to stand a demanding daily routine; tough
enough to enter combat with a full mea-
sure of strength. Physical fitness, there-
fore, is an essential part of a Soldier's
The physical training program of the
US. Army is designed to develop strength,
endurance, agility, and coordination-and
to promote confidence. aggressiveness and
What does it take? Miles of running,
hundreds of push-ups, dozens of repetitions
of the Hdaily dozen" exercises. The result:
strong men for a time which demands
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CHEMICAL 8: BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE
The battlefield of the future-what may
it be like? In the face of uncertainty.
preparedness is essential; the U.S. Army
prepares its Soldiers with rigorous training
in defense against chemical, biological and
How do you recognize a CB attack?
How do you protect yourself? What first
aid measures can be taken? The Army
trainee learns the questions and the an-
Practical training in the use of the M17
Protective Mask is an essential phase of
CB training-one of the many drills nec-
essary in training Soldiers to deal with the
unknown weapons of the future.
A Soldier must be versatile and self-
relianth In the clamor of battle, at a dis-
tance from complete medical facilities. a life
can depend upon his knowledge of first
Through lectures. demonstrations and
practical exercises, the trainee becomes
expert in first aid. He learns to deal with
splints, ties and bandages: to give emer-
gency treatment in case of shock. bleeding,
fractures, or insect bites and drowning. He
acquires skills which will prove valuabie
to him both in the Army and in civilian life
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25 METER FIRE
The rifle is basic to the Soldier's train-
ing. He must know the rifle-and how to
Basic Rifle Marksmanship is the U.S.
Army course in rifle technique-and it be-
gins on the 25 meter range, a "minia-
ture" range which teaches the trainee
the fundamentals of marksmanship.
He learns to sight and aim, allowing
for variations in wind, terrain and range:
he learns to analyze his own firing actions
and to judge his performance. Then he is
ready to move on to further rifle training.
KITCHEN POLICE tK.P.t
During the first week in his training
company, the trainee becomes familiar
with many of the duties and responsie
bilities that will be his sometimes his Army
career. As in civiiian life. t'housekeeping"
plays an important part in the duties of
From early morning to the late hours,
the mess hall kitchen is alive with the
clatter of pots and pans An Army moves
on its stomachrand the trainee learns early
in his Army career that t'kitchen police"
is an important part of his responsibility.
Each man, in turn, has his round at
aiding mess personnel in feeding his com-
pany three times a day. Each man faces,
sooner or later, the wearying lot of the
K? And each man knows that. however
ungiamourous the work may be. it's one
of his most essential duties,
The 25-meter range stressed the fund-
amentals of rifle firing, grounding the
trainee in the basic skills of sighting and
aiming. In Fieid Firing, the trainee en-
counters more complicated conditions.
He Iearns different firing positions. He
encounters the "pop-up" target-the dark
silhouette which will become the measure
Placed at distances from 75 to 300 met-
ers, the targets are centrally controlled to
appear and disappear in varied times and
As the training progresses, it becomes
more difficult; the trainee at first knows
the target sequence; later he deals with
The targets are "kiilable"-when hit by
a bullet. they fall automatically. This system
adds interest and realism to the training,
and gives the trainee instant evidence of
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Flat on his stomach the trainee feels
the ground tremble from the blast of a
hand grenade he threw six seconds ear-
lier. In the block of instruction that pre-
cedes this exercise, types, characteristics
and capabilities of the grenade are out-
lined. In addition, rigid safety precautions
are enforced. Positions and throw tech-
niques are practiced and lead to throw
of a live grenade.
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This training prepares the trainee for
duties as a member of an interior guard.
: Process for interior guard mount. duties
of a special guard, challenging and the
duties of a sentinel on post are included
in the instruction.
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COL. JAMES R. HENSLICK
lst BRIGADE HEADQU ARTERS
FIRST TRAINING BRIGADE
LTC Ira Snell, Jr.
CPT Kenneth W. Gutbrod 2LT Owen N. Johnson
Company Commander Training Officer
Commenced Training: Completed Training:
11 CO M PANY B 24 MY
ISG Rufus M. Riggs SFC Jackie A. Cloud SDS Ralph Bellamy DS James jeter
Senior Serge ant First Platoon
First Sergeant First Platoon
DS James B. Anderson DS Andrew Spears SDS Henry Q. Maldonado DS James R. McDonald
Training NCO Second Platoon Second Platoon Third Platoon
DS Gordon Adams D5 Charles Upchurch D5 Dennis H311 DS Robert Brockes
Third Platoon Third Platoon Fourth Platoon Fourth Platoon
SDS Andrew Wilson SSG Cornelius Sykes SSG James S. Nelson PVT Walter Skinner
Fourth Platoon Supply Sergeant Dining Steward General Clerk
SP5 Ricky D. Oliver JOdY CPL Jewell Henry PFC Lowell Hall
Company Clerk Company Mascot Armorer General Clerk
SP6 Gary Southworth SP4 Glenn Rivers PFC Alfred Norton PFC Edward Herrin
First Cook Cook Cook Cook
PFC Donald Rawlins
Bedini, Louis, Jr.
Brown, john, Jr.
Carney, Jackie, Jr.
Dickerson, Calvin, jr.
Ga 110w 21y, Tommy
Hamilton, A Ivin
Heggestad, Lloyd, 11
Hiller, Thom as
jolmson, David, Jr.
johnson, Patri ck
Landry, Loncy, jr.
Luccro, Jerry, jr.
Ludwi g, john
Manson, Russo 11
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McKinney, Thomas, Jr.
Moore, Thomas, Jr.
P3 rks, Rickie
Pinkett, Ennis, jr.
Prejcan, Johnny, Jr.
Rengering, R., Jr.
Roberts, James, jr.
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Stutz, S cott
Terry, Bi 11y
Thcbold, Albert, jr.
Thurston, A Iichacl
Tierney, Francis, jr.
Trulen, Thom as
Weir, Raymond, Jr.
Whitston, Randa ll
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