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JAG Graduate
Was Former
Aerial Gunner
Lt. Gruber Served on
Submarine Duty Before
Attending Staff School
Judge Advocate Generals School
From aerial gunner to Judge Advo-
cate is the story of 2nd Lt. Harold
Norman " Gruber, member of the
Claims Course, Judge Advocate Gen-
eral's School, graduated this week.
Enlisting as a private in 1941, Lt.
Gruber came up the hard way, quali-
fied as a gunner and did many a
lonely tour of duty on the North At-
lantic and Pacific Coast on anti-
submarine patrol duty.
His story' is typical of many of his
classmates, sent here from all over
the nation and from remote, often-
times unmentionable parts of the
world to attend the Staff School of
the Judge Advocate General's De-
One year flying the Atlantic and
four months flying the Pacific, in
the crucial days following Pearl Har-
bor was his fortunate experience of
adventure. At the time the Japs
attacked Dutch Harbor, his patrol
was sweeping the northwestern coasts
on vigilant guard. He also served
with the Fighter Command and the
Fighter Control Squadron.
One of his humorous experiences
was reporting at a new statio'n, where
the table of organizations called for
a Lt. Colonel. The Adjutant was ex-
pecting one, and in walked 2nd Lt.
Gruber, reporting. With a smile the
Adjutant dryly remarked:
"Sir, you are slightly underrated,
aren't you."
To ;which the Lieutenant replied
with equal poise:
"Sir, is that an order?"
Another merry experience, with a
touch of hazard was the time his
plane was practicing dropping bombs
on an island in the Potomac. The
crew later rowed out in a boat to ex-
amine the accuracy of their fire. The
private who rowed them out, was to
pick them up before six p.m. and
failed .to show up. Meanwhile the
tide did show up, and they were ma-
rooned there with the island melting
away with the rising tide.
The Lieutenant was then a private.
Though it was winter, he swam the
stkam to a fishing dock to get help,
bUt due to the presence of three love-
lis on the pier, he was stymied again.
Ie could not come out of the water
and' still appear as a well dressed
private first class should. Finally
snp.oe was summoned with a boat
and ls party gt ashore.
>Lt. Gruber returns to the Anti-
Submarine Command. He was grad-
uated from N.Y. University, M.A.
1941, and makes his home at T074
Bronx Park, East, New York.
By Pvt. Harold Wasserman
3651st Service Unit
A friend of mine just got a let-
ter from his draft board contain-
ing the following:
"This is to acknowledge receipt
of your questionnaire recently re-
turned to this office. We are re-
turning a $10.00 bill which was
inadvertently attached to the

questionnaire. We are also ex-
tremely sorry to hear about your
lumbago, high blood pressure,
arthritis and St. Vitius Dance.
Please be prepared to dance for
our doctor next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
at the board offices.
Very truly yours,"
I knew a Japanese midget who
disgraced his family by not be-
lieving all the Japanese news re-
ports that he read. He committed
"hari" instead of harl kiri . . . he
was .a midget, you know.

New Inductees Clim b for Uncle Sam

Captain L. L. Mitchell, JAG, Relates
3 Years'Experiences as an FBIAgent

..,-....- ..-.... ... ...
A group of Army men go through one of the obstacles that Uncle Sam has designed to toughen up its
new inductees. This is one of the many such obstacles built in military camps, colleges and high schools
all over the country.

So This Is
The Army...t
By Pvt. Jason Horn and
Jerome Londinsky
3651st Service Unit
The C. O. of the student engi-
neering battalion is a very accom-
odating man. In the course of an
interview with him a short while
ago, he mentioned that he had
just bought a "cute little bunga-
low on the outskirts* of Ann Ar-
bor". "Tell the men", he said,
"that they are welcome to come
out any time to play baseball. We
have plenty of room." "What,
sir?", we asked. "Did you buy an
estate also?" "No", he answered,
"but we bought a place right next
to an estate."
The Nazi. theory of propaganda
assumes that the bigger the lie is,
the more apt it is to be believed.
We are proud to report that first-
hand experience in the 1694th
proves that this hypothesis does
not apply to the American soldier.
Several weeks ago, when word
was received that unexpectedly
large contingents of men were to
move into the East Quad, the unit
was assembled in the evening for
a special formation. An officer a-
rose. "As a result of certain devel-
opments, the number of rooms a-
vailable for our unit have been
halved. The number of occupants
per room will be doubled. Rooms
will house three to five men each,
depending upon size." Shocked si-
lence prevailed. Then a cheery
voice pierced the gloom. "That's
very funny, sir. Now tell us what
you really got us down here for."
The unit had just returned from
a fatiguing session of close order
drill and the men were all heading
for the showers. We were inter-
viewing Major Kolb, our new bat-
tallion commander, at the time.
He 'had just finished telling us
that he hoped to get to know the
men in our company and that he
planned to conduct frequent in-
spections as one means of doing
so. "Is there anything in particu-
lar that you expect to look for?",
we asked. Before the major could
reply, a voice boomed forth from
a conversation at the other end of
the hall, "Who the h--- hasn't
taken his shower yet?" We did not
press the major for his answer.
(P)- Anyone can get a second cup
of coffee in Philadelphia hotels to-
All one has to do is buy a war

War Correspondent Analyses
Situation in Kiska and Attu

Judge Advocate General's School
"Yes, I investigated Edward John
Kerling, and Hermann Otto Neu-
bauer, two of the eight Nazis con-
victed last summer as saboteurs. It
was while I was special agent for the
F.B.I. at Wilmington, N.C. in 1939.
that the crew of a yawl was brought
in on suspicion of possible violation
of the neutrality act.
"As we were not at war we could
only detain the crew under suspicion
and confiscate their photographic
films. During that time I discovered
that Kerling, who had a mamnificent
I build and the appearance of a top
notch college football player, was as
smart as a whip-one of the most
intelligent men I have ever met."
In thus describing this encounter
with two of the men who were later
to become notorious, Captain L. L.
Mitchell, a member of the 10th Class
at the Judge Advocate General's
School was referring to only one of
his interesting cases in three and
one-half years as a "G-man."
Appointed a special agent in Jan-
uary, 1938, he spent 14 weeks of "the
toughest training" he ever had at the
F.B.I. Academy. He specialized in
counter-espionage, anti-sabotage,'in-
telligence, and knowledge of tech-
nical crime detecting equipment.
"We had classes from nine in the
morning until nine at night, and
then we studied. There was no cur-
few for us."
The student G-men qualified as
experts in the use of all types of fire-
arms, from side arms to the tommy
gun, and also were put through an
exhaustive course on criminal law
and procedure in the Federal Courts.
"We were trained to investigate a
case and prepare it for trial so well

that all the U.S. District Attorney
had to do was to walk into court with
the file,' he said.
His assignments took him through-
out the Middlewest, New England,
the South and Southwest, and his
investigations included murders on
shipboard, and on Indian reserva-
tions, the theft of soldiers' money at
Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., tracing a thiev-
ing sergeant to the Philippines, but
he likesto recall the time he arrested
the principal law enforcement offi-
cers in Hot Springs. Ark.
"That was my first big raid as well
as being a unique experience," he
stated. "We raided the city and ar-
rested the chief of police, the chief
of detectives and a lieutenant, plus
a manager of a local airport, and a
woman, all of whom were charged
with harboring Alvin Karpis when
that desperado was a fugitive. The
gangster was using the town as his
GHQ and travelling by air to Mexico
and other places to play golf with the
"One thing that became clear to
me while with the G-men is that
J. Edgar Hoover is truly one of the
world's outstanding leaders in the

law enforcement field as well as be-
ing perhaps the most famous."
Captain Mitchell's investigating
work took him to the Ozark Moun-
tains too many times. he declares.
"When I ran out of gas in that God-
forsaken spot among people who used
a rifle and shotgun like nobody's
business, it almost made a Yankee
out of a good rebel like me," he
Holder .of a reserve officer's com-
mission, Captain Mitchell was called
to duty last year in the office of the
Under Secretary of War and put in
charge of formulating and setting up
the Army fingerprinting program in
all defense plants in furtherance of
internal security, and had the satis-
faction of seeing the Navy also ap-
prove and adopt his plan.
"You might say that my biggest
service for the F.B.I. was in present-
ing them with the 35 million prints
that resulted from the program,"
Captain Mitchell said.
A graduate of Louisiana State Uni-
versity in the heyday of Huey P.
Long, he remembershow the "King-
fish" used to pull a huge roll of bills
from his pockets and distribute $7
apiece to 220 members of the famous
band and 3,000 cadets.

Editor's note: The following story
comparing the future conquest of
Kiska and Attu with the American
capture of the Solomons, was written
by Eugene Burns, veteran correspon-
dent of the Pacific war who was with
the United States forces in the south
Pacific before being transferred to
the Aleutian front.
14 (Delayed).--(P)-Don't kid your-
self; the Aleutians are no sideshow.
Kiska and Attu are tough nuts to
When and if American forces ex-
pel the Japanese from this Ameri-
can soil, the price will be Ameri-
can blood.
At Guadalcanal the Japanese were
taken by surprise and fled. The
beach landings were made with little
opposition. Marines were not shot in
the water.
At Kiska and Attu the enemy is
set. At present Attu is weaker than
Kiska--much' weaker. But Attu is
becoming increasingly strong and its
gunfire, pilots report, much heavier.
Reasons why the Japanese will
be hard to move:
First, our national policy which
apparently is that we must deal
with Germany and then Japan.
This had made the Pacific essen-
tially a holding front.
Second, to dislodge the Japa-
nese at Kiska and Attu means that
beach landings must be made. Attu
and Kiska beaches are few and
they are heavily covered with light
and heavy guns. The rest of the
islands' beaches are cruel, rocky,
man-killers. And opposed beach
landings always cost blood-lots of
Third, the Army has had little
experience in opposed beach land-
ings-which require a perfect co-
WASHINGTON, May 1.- (/P)- In
case you've run out of points and can
buy no butter, it may be some com-
fort to know, that the United States
Senate was in the same fix today.
To Solons moodily munching dry!
biscuits, the Senate restaurant man-
ager explained:
"No ration points; no butter."


ordination of land, sea and air
Fourth, the weather, if it follows
the Aleutian pattern, will not favor
us. It may well prevent accurate
surface and air softening. April
to date is an example. We are set
to dump at least 50 tons of bombs
daily. So far this month we have
had one such day.
Fifth, the Japanese are ready. It
would be difficult to take them by
surprise. It is doubtful if we can
catch them away from their guns
as they were at Guadalcanal Au-
gust 7. (At Tulagi, Guvuto and
Tanamboga where the enemy had
a little advance warning the ma-
rines suffered their heaviest land-
ing losses.)


Something New - Something Different?
Watch papers for announcements


So far our pilots have dropped mil-
lions of pounds of bombs-and drawn
perhaps a nosebleed. Bomber pilots
reported today that the air was black
with ack ack as they flew over Kiska.
It -isnotinconceivable that the cagey
Japanese are holding back on their
gunfire. It is not good strategy to
show the enemy all of your gun em-
placements. And surely the Japanese
are not shooting with their heavy
coastal batteries.
Delegate Anthony Dimond of Alas-
ka asserted last Aug. 31 that 25,000
Japanese were in the Aleutians. That
may have been high. A Navy spokes-
man in reply said there were not
more than 10,000. But that was eight
and a half months ago.
Some men who know Attu and
Kiska by photo and by AA fire are
taking bets that if and when Ameri-
can forces make a beachhead on
these islands there will be land fight-
ing six months later-the same time
it took on Guadalcanal.
ST. LOUIS, May 1.- (P)- Font-
bonne College will award a unique
degree-A.B. in Faily-to Miss Mar-
jorie Boeving.
She will be the first graduate of
a course originated by Dr. Alphonse
H. Clemens, director of the Depart-
ment of Economics and Sociology,
who said he felt marriage was the
primary career of the majority of

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