HQ & SV Troop
C.O. Capt. Peterson
ExO Lt. Colbert
S-4 Capt Dennis
Maintenance Lt. Long
The training, for men of Supply and Transportation, aside from
the required basic training, was from the start derived at best from
the granddy of all teachers, --actual experience. From the start,
their job was to supply and transport, thusly they came through
with flying colors in actual combat.
As the campaign of Northern France unrolled itself, if became
evermore doubtful that the men with their ten trucks would be able
to keep the troops in front of the front supplied with everything
necessary to keep going; such as food, gasoline, ammo, clothing,
etc, The trucks frequently traveled up to 200 miles over precarious
routes to obtain supplies.
Invariably, these trucks returned to find the Squadron had
moved closer to Germany, What next? Locate their unit only to
find that they must unload and start driving back for another load.
True, their hazards were not as great as men on the front lines,
but the truck drivers knew what it was like to hit ditches when
strafing enemy planes came over, or when artillery and whining of
small arms fire came over.
Supplies did get through and S/4 looks back with pride upon a
job well done.
A section not receiving much credit, but putting plenty of hours
keeping every man's records straight, the Personnel Section,
traveling through combat with Division Administration Section often
found themselves up with the front line troops, due to the flexibility
of our movements; on one occasion, one of their trucks, going
back for supplies was knocked out by an enemy road block.
During the Divisions battles to the Roer River, the Chair-
Borne boys were daily called upon for enemy paratroop hunting;
and enemy strafing, and bombing, was an everyday occurrence
when they moved to Verviers, Belgium.
Through their efforts, our records are checked, rechecked, and
rechecked so that it will not delay our getting home.
"HOW ABOUT SOME POINTS"??
It's sole purpose is for constant, rapid and accurate communication
with Troops, Squadron, and Division; whether it be by
Radio, Messenger, Telephone, Smoke Signal, Drop or Pick-up of
messages by Airplane, or by foot.
Combat proved that well functioning communication for 24
hours a day was highly essential. Much credit is due the
messengers, radio operators, radio electricians and Message Center
Personnel, who made this possible under all conditions. Also the
linemen, stringing wire through snow, sleet, rain or shine, so that
the switchboard operator could say "Vox Waiting." This section
became very versatile in that they were experts (among their duties
in Policing up."
Keep 'em Rolling -- The Maintenance Section was responsible
for keeping all vesicles rolling. In combat, or otherwise, working
under all weather conditions, (and the weather was bad!) they
kept em rolling. Besides that, they dreamed up ways of supplying
C.P.s with electricity, put armored windshields on peeps, constructed
luggage racks and the unforgettable "Wh -- -- -- Dream or
the Monster, as it was called". It was a mobile C.P. and everyone
who worked in it will claim it did the trick, as it was able to function
either moving or stationary.