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                                                                                                                                            JANUARY 6,  1945
      VOL. 111- No.  47
                                                         TREASURE ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA






                                                                                                                              'Shipmate' Has Meaning
      T. I. Sailor Gives            Red  Cross  Moves  to New L o cation                             All Movies and           To Sailors As They Give

      Eyewitness Account            On Treasure Island                                              Stage Shows · Now         Their Blood In Drive
      Of Utah Train Wreck              "Business  as  usual"  is  the  slogan  at  the  Treasure  Island   F-R-E-E              To a  Navy  man,  the  word  "ship­

        Howard  E.  Lang,  GM3c,  has had   main office of the Red Cross field director, although staff and   The  biggest  news  story  of  the   mate"  means  something.
      many severe combat experiences in   equipment have recently been moved to new quarters. When  New  Year  broke  Tuesday  when   To prove this,  when  priority  "A"
      the Pacific, but for sheer horror the  Lt.  C.  S.  Smith  and  the  Personnel  Office  of  the  Training   the  announcement  was  made  by   cables were received from Fleet Ad­
      crash  of  the  Pacific  Limited  on  Center  Command  moved  to  the  Administration  Building,   Commodore  R.  W.  Cary,  Com­  miral  Chester  W.  Nimitz,  Com­
      December  31,  on  one  section  of  more  space was made  available to  the Red  Cross staff.  The   mander,  U.  S.  Naval  Training   mander-in-Chief of the U. -S. Pacific
      which he was riding, is a match for  new  office  is  located  in  Building                and Distribution  Center,  that  all   Fleet,  telling  of  the  dire  need  for
                                                                                                 charges  to  movies  on  the  Island
      anything he saw in the  Philippines  174, Room 400. Here, as for the past  C.  S.  Shelly,  Mrs.  Elsie  Swabe!,  are  now  cancelled.   whole  blood,  especially  type  "O,"
      and tl).e  Marianas.          two  and  one-half  years,  this  office  Miss  Patricia  Brethauer.   From this time on there will be   great  numbers  of  volunteers  from
        On his way to report to the Naval  will continue to serve the personnel   The clerical staff;::onsists of:  Of­  no  charge  made  for  movies  or   the Navy activities in the Bay Area
      Training  School  at Treasure Island  of  the  Training  and  Distribution  fice  Manager,  Mrs.  Helen  D.  Pier­  stage  shows  in Treasure Island's   flocked  to the  San Francisco  Blood
      after  a  leave  at his  home  in Chap­ Center.  From 9 o'clock in the morn­  son;  Receptionist,  Miss  Barbara  three  modern  theatres.  Hereto- .   Bank.
      man,  Kans.,  Lang  was  riding  in  ing  to  6  o'clock  at  night  someone  Mordecai;  Locator,  Gwenlian  Ber-  fore  a  charge  of  five  cents  was   These  men  wanted  to  give  a
      the  sixth  car  of  section one,  trying  is  on  duty  on  telephone  extension   cheleigh;  Bookkeeper,  Miss  Irene   made  for  movie  admittance  but   small portion of their blood so that
      to  sleep  as  the  train  crept  along  90-91.             Bir beck; Teletypist, Mrs. Genevieve   no  charge  has  been  made  for   some  wounded  shipmate  on  a
      at about 10 miles an hour.      The staff, too, ·has been increased Libbey;  File  Clerk,  Mrs.  Meredith   stage  s�ows.   jungle-infested  battle  front  might
        Suddenly  there  was  a  terrific  to  offer  more  complete  service.  Wright;  Stenographers, Mrs. Artye   Commodore  Cary's  announce­  live.  Many  of the men  volunteering
      smash, and Lang and the other pas­ Walter  E.  Todd,  Field  Director,  Hellner,  Mrs.  Lois  Benvenuto, Miss  ment is being welcomed by Treas­  are veterans  of many hard  months
      sengers in his car were hurled from  gives  the  following list of assistant  Virginia  Wieder.   ure  Island's  bluejackets  as  one   of  fighting  and  privations  in  the
      their  seats.  The  second  section  of  field directors:  Miss  Marian Cauth­  This  office  staff  will  continue  to   of the best New Year's gifts they   Pacific.  They  know the  urgency  of
      the Pacific Limited, rushing up  the  ers, Miss  Elizabeth Fuselman, Miss  assist  Navy  personnel  with  prob­  could  receive.  There  will  be  no   the  blood  in  putting  life  back- into
      causeway west of Ogden,  Utah, had  Dorothy  Frost,  Mr.  -Sam  Goldman,  lems that arise through personal or  change  in  theatre  policy-the  ·the  veins  of  a  wounded  fighting
      driven  squarely  into the rear of the  Mr.  Lawrence  Grady,  Mr.  Joseph  family  situations.  Such  problems   same  high  class  entertainment  American.
      first.                        E. Hoffman, Miss Julie Salmen, Mr.  (Continued  on  page  2)   being presented at  all times.   Among the leaders for volunteers
      "Too  Dazed  to  Realiz-e"                                                                                              was  Pre-Commissioning  Training
        "We were too dazed and sleepy to  *  *                                                               *  *             Center, Treasure Island. When Cap­
      realize  what  had  happened,"  Lang                   JUST  A  PINT OF  BLOOD                                          tain Proctor M. Thorton, command­
      declared.  "It  was  only  five  or  ten                                                                                ing  officer  of  the  unit,  put  a  plea
      minutes  later,  when  the  Shore  Pa­                                                                                  before  his  men  for  them  to  volun­
      trol  entered  our  car  and  called  us                                                                                teer to give  their blood, there  were
      to  aid  with  the  injured,  that  we                                 ANSWERING  SHIPMATES'  S.  0.  S.-Jerome  S.     large  numbers  that  filed  aboard
      understood  we  were  in  a  train                                     Winnick,  S1c,  3821  •  18th  Ave.,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.,   the  buses  waiting  there  to  take
      smash."                                                                gives  a  pint  of  his  bl,ood  so  that  some  -one  -on  the   them  to the  Blood Bank.
      Helped  Carry  Injured                                                 Pacific  battle  front  will  have  a  chance  t,o  live.  Ens.
                                                                             Mary C. Furnari (NC), 441 View St., Mountain View,
        Joining other soldiers and sailors                                   California,  watches th,e sphygmomanometer on Win­
      who  had  not  been  hurt  in  the  col­                               nick's arm. Picture at  bottom shows a porti,on  ,of the
      lision,  Lang  helped  carry  the. in­                                Treasure  Island  sailors  getting  info  buses  that  will   Masthead Recipient  of
      jured  to  the  two  military  hospital                                take  them  to  the  Blood  Bank.  Many  of  these  men
                                                                             have  seen  lo,ng,  gruelling  months  -Of savage  warfare
      trains·  which  luckily  formed  part                                  in the Pacific. They have seen the miracles that have   Appreciation  Certificate
      of the train's  first section.                                         been performed  by  the  needed  blood pla-sma.
        "Three  of  them  died  almost  as                                                                                    From S. F. Red  Cross
      soon as we turned them over to the                                                                                        Treasure  Island's   newspaper,
      nurses,"  Lang  stated,  "and  their                                                                                    "The Masthead," was recipient of a
      bodies  had  to  be  taken  away  to                                                                                    Certificate of Appreciation from the
      make room for those who could still                                                                                     San  Francisco  Chapter  of  · the
      be helped."                      '                                                                                      American National Red Cross Blood
      Heaped-up  Bodies                                                                                                       Donor  Service  for  giving  extensive
        As  Lang  went  by  th_e  wrecked                                                                                     publicity to the  blood  program.
      cars, through the windows he could                                                                                        The  certificate,  signed  by  K.  A.
      see  the  heaped:UP  bodies  of  the                                                                                    Joyce,  Chairman  of  San  Francisco
      dead.                                                                                                                   Blood  Donor  Committee,  reads  as
        Lang  also carried buckets of hot                                                                                     follows:
      water  to  the  hospital trains,  to  be                                                                                  "I  wish  to  express  the  sincere
      used in cleansing wounds and surgi­                                                                                     appreciation  of  the  San  Francisco
      cal  instruments.                                                                                                       Red  • Cross  Blood Donor  Service  for
        After  the  emergency  cases  had                                                                                     the  generous  support  you  have
      been taken care of, Lang built fires                                                                                    given  this  vital  program  through­
      near  the  wreck  so  that  uninjured                                                                                   out  the  year.
      women  and  children  might  warm                                                                                         "Due  to  the  efforts  of  our  many·
      themselves.                                                                                                             friends and the patriotic response of
        About  four  hours  later  the  un­                                                                                   the  public,  the  San  Francisco  Bay
      damaged  cars  of  section  one  pro­                                                                                   Area  has  collected  and  processed
      ceeded  on  their  way  again,  and                                                                                     approximately  300,000  pints  of
      Lang  continued  his  journey.                                                                                          blood  during  the year  (1944).  This
      Logged  in  Late                                                                                                        was  essentially  our  quota.
        Logging  in  at  Treasure  Island                                                                                       "Your  contribution  has  been  a
      eight  hours  late,  Lang  found  that                                                                                  valued  factor in  this  successful ac­
      this was  one case in which not just                                                                                    complishment  and  it  is  gratefully
      a  conductor's  letter,  but  the  na­                                                                                  acknowledged."
      tion's headlines explained a sailor's
      tardiness  in  reporting.
                                                                                                                              While Others

     · Personnel Warned                                                                                                       Made Merry

                                                                                                                                In  watts  if  not  words,  electric
      On War Speculation                                                                                                      meters on Treasure Island recorded
        ,speculating  by  s-ervice  personnel                                                                                 a  saga  of  devotion  to  duty  on  the
      and  civilian  public  officials  as  to                                                                                part  of  storekeepers  at  the  Dis­
      the length of the war may throw .a                                                                                      bursing  Office  during  the  recent
      "monkey  wrench"  into  the  high                                                                                       holiday  season.
      speed  defense  machinery  of  the                                                                                        For  several  weeks  before,  and
      nation  it  was  recently  announced                                                                                    right  through Christmas  and  New.
      by  the Pre.§ident.                                                                                                     Year's  Day,  the  wearers  of  the.:
        In a terse  message  to  the  Secre­                                                                                  ·crossed  keys  worked  late  ev-ery
      tary  of the Navy,  President Roose­                                                                                    night  doing  a  balancing  act  on old
      v-elt  pointed  out  that  the  essential                                                                               pay  records,  which  expired  with
      supplies  vital  to  the  war  effort                                                                                   the  old  year,  and  drawing  up  new ·
      could  be  harmed  by  these  arm­                                                                                      ones  so  that  you  and  you  and  you
                               _
      chair  strategists.                                                                                                     might collect in future pay lines.
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