United States Military Academy Camp Buckner - Mortar Yearbook (West Point, NY)
- Class of 1957
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Text from Pages 1 - 38 of the 1957 volume:
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BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN H. MICHAELIS
Commondont of Cadets
MAJOR GENERAL FREDERICK A. IRVING
C MP BUCKNER
This is Buckner, its reveille runs, PRI, Ranges,
Lectures, Demonstrations, Cleaning Details, Water-
tront, and Hops. This is two months ot time.
Two months during which the Class ot 1957 learn-
ed the school of a soldier in the field. This is
two months ot weather, rain, winds and every
once in the while, sunshine. This is a lot of
things, but however you may choose to look at
it, these are the men who made it whatever it
First with First Company was
the byword for "Reed's Rang-
ers." lt could not be said that this
crew wasted any time trying to
prove it. We moved into the field
the first day under Skip MacDon-
ald, and the ensuing week went
with no let up, and yearling dead-
beot seemed to be the figment of
someone's imagination. After
the third week things let up and
we began to enjoy Buckner. After
a good start, fate dealt us some
bitter blows, and a few compan-
ies slipped past us in company
competition, but no one ever ap-
proached us in spirit or in our
ability to make the three second
bell at reveille.
We tore the Buckner stakes
apart with half of the people at
the top seemingly coming from
our company with Dick Caldwell
leading them all, but somehow
got edged out. Once we got the
drill streamer we held on to it.
As Captain Reed said, we had
fun, learned a lot, and it was "A
job well done by all."
We were the best, and we
knew it all the time, even if
some of the others didn't get the
word 'til late. "Patton's Pan-
thers" set a lot of records in the
field, but it wasn't all work. Who
can forget the long free hours
for swimming, boating, dragging,
cleaning details, and cleaning
With the influence of those
two great Italians Scholtes and
Miklinski, aided by Des there
was a Little ltaly movement
which was finally stamped out
by those of us who couldn't un-
derstand what was happening,
only to have a movement to the
rear of the barracks where we
blitzed everything in sight ex-
cept what we painted.
With Moon and Jack teaming
up to produce the Color Line
show what more could you ask
except Buddy Bullotta, and we
had him too. Ted Jasper found
a new popularity in the yearling
class thanks to the first platoon
who spread the good word, and
thanks to our mysterious ways in
the field "Mr, Karam" became
the most used cry at Buckner. We
had a great company and a swell
bunch of guys.
"Every man a putty tate!" was
the battle cry of E-Z 3 the silent
company, and every man was.
We didn't bone muck, we didn't
bone files, and we didn't bone
spirit, but it was there. It was
a quiet kind of spirit, more of a
silent bond of confidence that
we were all working together, and
it was enough.
Had the Buckner Stakes in-
cluded tenths for dragging pro,
we had an easy first. We ac-
cumulated more sack time than
the rest of the Buckner Battalion,
but that didn't count either. If
there had been free ice cream
waiting at the end ot the PA test
we would have been the fustest
with the mostest of the bestest.
Only there wasn't.
Life did have its trying times,
like Captain Dingeman's "BIG
BUCK-UP" but we managed to
get through as easy-going as
ever, even though we were a bit
insulted at the thought of being
Gung-ho. We shook the OC at
the Bazooka range when he
shouted out, "what company is
this?" and a few voices replied
quietly, "Silent Three, sir." And
he was more shook when we shot
first place. The Corps has.
As the cry of "Simba" echoed
forth from the hills, 4th Com-
pany issued in a new era. Al-
though frustration was our theme
song in training, as we set rec-
ord after record only to have
them broken, it wasn't dull with
such characters as "Bwana", and
the "Sentator" to enliven the
Our Color Line showed we had
more than a little talent, for who
will ever forget that stirring epic
"Song of the Sewer?" We had
other talents too, as with a tac-
tical skill seldom seen by the TD
we revived the customs of our an-
cestors and "Got that Buglerf'
"Blitch's Bad Boys" turned
into Chick's Lions as August roll-
ed around and the PE schedule
took on a new look. Did anyone
All in all, through the eyes of
the "Simbas" the summer was
quite an affair. lt was a great
company with a great bunch of
guys as we left our mark in the
Annals of Buckner.
lf, as the old soldier said,
there are two kinds of troops,
"Paradin' ones and shootin'
ones," then 5th Co. was com-
posed of the latter. Any slight
imperfections on the review field
were more than adequately com-
pensated for by performance on
the rifle ranges. Typical Buck-
ner spirit was reflected in the
title, "Marty's Brewers," and it
was this spirit which character-
ized all 5th Co. operations dur-
ing the summer. The lake was
conveniently located for the
cooling of certain individuals who
insisted on quiet after taps. Noc-
turnal raids by stray patrols in-
variably resulted in effective
retaliation by our own com-
mandos upon the unfortunate
trespassers. Reveille was always
associated with frantic cries of
"No near lates!" and the clomp-
ing of combat boots at the
double-time down to the Engineer
site. Evenings, one could hear
the inspirational music of "Big
John" Sankey and the Sentry
Box Six or the fabulous tales of
old Vienna by Herr Bob Drudik.
With memories of these and oth-
er such characters and deeds, it
will be some time before 5th Co.
and the fateful summer of '54
From the hills of Range 6, to
the shores of Lake Poop-a-loop
we fought the Battle of Buckner.
lt was a good fight, too, with
spirit the keynote and every man
a jumper. With the cry of "Hook
Up," Sixth Airborne took, se-
cured and dissipated the ob-
jective. Accomplishments were
numerous and records fell by the
way. The Color Line show was
fabulous and it took us twelve
minutes to reach the top of Bare
Rock. All dragged pro task Tom
Keeley about airline hostesses
sometimel and our after taps re-
vivals made the heavens them-
selves take notice. PRI was a
pain, but it produced 32 experts
land a couple of bolos just to
keep the curve adjustedl.
We packed our packs on
weekdays and our blankets Pl
on weekends, shined boots, mop-
ped floors, walked guard and
chased coons. Runts dominated
us. Auger and Fikaris, both A-2
files were our company com-
manders. They worked hard
CAII the timel and we worked
hard lSometimesl to find our-
selves leading the company com-
petition almost all summer.
Sick Call and Room Orderly
must have claimed their toll dur-
ing the Buckner stakes for we
finally finished second. We tried
to drown our sorrows in drink,
but found the firsties all too will-
ing to go in-they went.
lt was a gay, carefree sum-
mer from the first soiree to the
last. Some of us boned Armor,
a few Artillery, a very, very few
hardy souls stuck with the Infan-
try, while the rest of us Air Force
files just nursed our ailing feet
and backs and thought about
Christmas leave. Adeste Fidelis.
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What math was to plebe year, the Infantry was to
Buckner. It easily claimed first place in the time spent
department, and when it was all over there were few who
would argue that it was not the "Queen of Battle". After
returning from the field problem everyone agreed that
you had to have a lot of respect for the men in the front
who stand and take it.
July was almost entirely devoted to training in the
basic weapons of the squad and the platoon. Almost as
soon as we got here we were bent like pretzels and told to
"squeeze those rounds off". Bolos to the contrary it
wasn't too long before it was over, and we got off the
thousand inch ranges and into the field. We fired what
seemed like impossible shots on the transition range and
managed to come up with a few hits, dragged ourselves
up mountains that seemed miles high and came back
down again, and defended ourselves against an aggressor
who seemed to know every move we made before we had
thought of making it. After learning the art of silence
on night patrols, we were ready for the three day field
problem which was to climax the summer's training.
We waded in swamps up to our necks, froze at night
and walked all day, but when we got home from this prob-
lem everybody had learned something, and even the air
force files knew that it was time well spent.
ln an age of highly mobile warfare,
the movement of troops, supplies, and
equipment is of paramount import-
ance in any branch ofthe service. The
l5lst Light Truck Company from
Fort Eustis, Virginia showed us how
TC solves such problems. With ex-
cellent instruction and demonstration
in the functioning and organization of
a truck company we learned how to
get there "fustest with the mostest."
Grinding gears and double clutch-
ing, we participated as drivers and
convoy commanders in moving a
truck convoy from Camp Natural
Bridge to the Cavalry Plain with even
a few moments off the reservation.
A "jeep sinking" contest at Stilwell
Lake climaxed the day as '57 rumbled
and roared through TC training.
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This is the page we had planned to set aside for the
M.P.'s. Unfortunately, their demonstration came too late
for us to get the pictures we wanted, and we express our
regrets that we can't give them the coverage they deserve.
When we first heard of MP. instruction no one knew just
what they could do to occupy four hours. After all they
didn't seem to do much more than control traffic and
ride around in little brown cars.
ln four hours, through the best presented, best or-
ganized training presented all year, they showed us ex-
actly what they could do. The jobs that have to be done
in peacetime and in combat by the Military Police are
seemingly numberless. We sat, in the field house, thanks
to a mild hurricane, and with a crack platoon from Camp
Gordon, the M.P.s showed us as many of these jobs as
they could fit in during the time allotted. We sat, and
we laughed, and we learned, and when it was all over we
applauded loudly. These people also seemed to be able
to march pretty well, and their riot formations made such
an impression that the Camp Gordon shuffle became a
part of what little time there was left at Buckner. We're
sorry there are no pictures, but there are 600 yearlings
who remember. Ask them.
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AntiAircraft Artillery Train-
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embussed until time to go,
we were amazed by the
complex mechanism used at
the Teterboro and Teaneck
AA installations. We track-
ed planes with the quad fif-
ties, watched bugs on the
radar screens and actually
manned the 90mm guns,
but the big thing of the day
was Nike. The facts we were
told about her were just
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terest and thrill our imag-
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the impact area awaiting the bright flash and the
puff of smoke that would bring the "Fire for
effect!" Dummies flew to pieces and Base Points
disappeared before our eyes as we watched.
At the guns, we shoved the rounds home with
a vengeance and split hairs with the sights to put
those rounds where they belonged. And if a few
strays did go over the hill, it only added to the
excitement. ln FDC we were slipping our air-
cooled sticks around like pistons trying to corre-
late the FOs with the Gunners. But patience had
its reward and the words "End of Mission" were
more than welcome.
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Quartermaster training lasted only half a day this
summer, but it was one of the most interesting morn-
ings of the entire summer. For over a month we had
been climbing up the hill to get our shoes repaired,
and the free ice cream available, so it was with good
will in our hearts that we went to training.
After a welcoming lecture giving us the "big pic-
ture" of all the jobs the QM is called upon to do
in the army we were broken down into small groups
and rotated through the various phases of training.
All of them were interesting, as we saw where the
daily bread came from, how oils and fuels were
handled, and how the troops were kept in clothes.
The most reassuring part of the training to the air-
borne files was the demonstration on parachutes and
packing. With all the precautions taken we learned
that it's just like stepping off a log, The breaks
were good too, with ice cream and lemonade on all
sides, and a free lunch, not a field lunch provided to
end the day. We'd like to thank all the people who
came up from Fort Lee for all they did to make Buck-
ner more pleasant all summer, and for making their
training interesting. We'll appreciate what they
can do for us.
The final note of Taps echoed back from the
hillside and we replaced our hats. The Engineer
Mining Crew had claimed another victim from the
ever diminishing ranks of the Class of l957. But
we had a chance to more than make up for this
when we went through Demolition Training, and
the noise was louder. Then came bridges, Timber
Trestle, foot bridges, Airborne bridges, and the
M-4. Then we found out how the other half lives
when we "sailed" across Popo in the assault cross-
ing. After Engineers there are a few more of us
boning first man.
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communicate with them, and Signal Corps, in two
days of instruction showed us how you do it. From
basic orientation in the Able Baker Charlie alpha-
bet we progressed to the mystery of the year, the
ANPRC radios and the air was soon heavy with
yearlings trying to find somebody to talk to. Wire
communication was the order for the afternoon
and all soon became expert splicers, tyers and
switchboard operators, not to mention our more
agile classmates whose motto was "Every man a
monkey" as they swarmed to the tops of simulated
telephone poles. The second day of instruction
was devoted to a field exercise testing what we had
learned. Most of us learned a lot, as was evi-
denced by the fact that a whole battalion wire
net and radio system went in during the course of
the morning, but some of the recorded conversa-
tions were enough to make us respect the Signal
Corps the rest of our careers.
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With a rumble, a wheeze, and a roar we tore
up half the county with those big M-48s. The
trails were rough, but the tanks were rougher and
by the time we finished even the Air Force files
were convinced that Armor, with its Firepower,
Mobility, and Shock Action had what it takes to
win battles, and win them decisively.
We had a chance to play with the radios and
fire on Range l. And for those few who didn't
see them, I assure you, the geese were there, all
eight of them.
The tactical problem really showed us what
Armor can do. And as we started the attack on
our objective we found that riding beats walking
in more ways than one, sixty per cent grade or not.
And when Lieutenant Glassmeyer told us about
driving a tank through Napalm, a few more of our
fears about the tin coffins were dispelled. They
just don't make can openers that big.
We ate Armor chow, talked Armor talk, and
breathed Armored air, and when we finished, we
were tankers to a man.
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The Buckner Stakes was the pay off of all
the training we had all summer. A 2,500
yard course complete with woods, roads,
streams, mud, and bushes, packed with twelve
stations measuring each individual's ability
to solve a problem having to do with basic
weapons and skills is run one day every sum-
mer and this year for some reason was no ex-
Heats started running right after break-
fast while most of us returned to barracks,
ancl began to wonder just what was happen-
ing out there when our classmates started
coming back covered with sweat and mud,
When we finally got going though it wasn't
bad at all. The hour it took most of us to
run it went more like ten minutes, as we tied
knots in our hands with barbed wire, forgot
to put aerials on radios and found leveling
a mortar for speed an almost impossible task.
Thanks to some unbreakable balloons on the
carbine range the committee came out a
little ahead on that one, but our M-l's were
still accurate and few dropped any points at
that station. With the two hundred yard
sprint for the finish line the summer for all
practical purposes was over and we were
ready to go back to the Point and tell the
other classes what a tough summer we had
and awe them with our tales of how well we
lt was the feeling of accomplishment we
had after posting a gocd score on the stakes
that made everything seem worthwhile. All
the times we heard "Good morning gentle-
men welcome to your first hour of instruction
in .... " All the meals in the field. Mother
dIdn't cook like that, she didn't like stew.
All the other instructions and field training,
all of it paid off here, and it will later. We
learned a lot this summer, from everybody.
lt was two months well spent.
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When time for Camp lllumination
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show itself did a great deal to add to
gayety. And the carnival that fol-
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the Camp Illumination l-lop. Cos-
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