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The Cadet. VMI Newspaper. June 12, 1940 - New Page 1 [www2 ...

The Cadet. VMI Newspaper. June 12, 1940 - New Page 1 [www2 ...

The Cadet. VMI Newspaper. June 12, 1940 - New Page 1 [www2

FINALS * * * • • EDITION ^tJUUCakt FINALS * • • • • EDITION ML VOLUME XXXIII LEXINGTON. VIRGINIA. JUNE 12. 1910 NUMBER .31 MOORE IS APPOINTED FIRST CAPTAIN Marshall Addresses Graduates Chief of Staff Spoke Today In J. M. Hall General George C. Marshall, '01, chief of staff, U. S. Army, addressed the graduating class this, morning following the presentation of the various awards and distinctions. General Marshall was introduced to the corps and guests by General Kilbourne, the superintendent, who expressed the pleasure of the faculty and the corps in welcoming the chief of staff on his return to the Institute on such an important oc casion. His speech was awaited by the corps because of the vital role he must play in the present military policy of the United States. General Marshall, in accepting the superintendent's invitation • to address the graduating class, made his second trip to the Institute in a year, His first visit was made last fall when his presence helped climax VMI's centennial celebration. Returning for Finals, General Marshall expressed not only a close attachment for his alma mater, but also a firm belief in the importance of the Institute in the present state of world unrest. His visit to the Institute followed a similar one he made to the graduation exercises of the Pennsylvania Military College last Monday. Through this medium, he will have ample opportunity to compare the characteristics of two essentially military colleges. This comparison and the opinions drawn from it will undoubtedly influence any projected improvements in VMI's allotted military equipment. White Elected VAS President For Next Year Keith Willis Named To Head Glee Club At Sunday Meeting Meeting to elect officers for the school year 1940-41, the VMI chapter of the Virginia Academy of Science elected Warren T. White, of Norfolk, Va., president of the local chapter. Joseph L. Shomo of Ambridge, Pa., was named vicepresident and acting secretary. Election of a treasurer was withheld until next year's third class joins the chapter. White stated that the schedule of meetings for the entire year will be published next September. By preparing the schedule in advance, the chapter will be able to secure better speakers for future sessions. Several professors from the Medical college of Virginia have promised to give lectures if they are notified within sufficient time. Other plans to make the '40-'41 sessions among the most interesting in VAS history are being made by the newly elected officers; among these is a plan to hold several joint meetings with the Washington and Lee student chapter. At a meeting held last Friday, June 7, the VMI Glee club elected Keith Willis to be its president for the coming year. At the same meeting, which was held in Jackson Memorial hall, Henry Mecredy was elected business manager; Ambler Sutherland, vice-president; Sam Gillespie, secretary; Fleming Goolsby, librarian; and Bill Reynolds, member of the executive committee. The new members were nominated by ballots, and, Willis and Sutherland receiving the necessary twothirds majority, all other ballots were discarded. This simplified long and complicated procedure, (See WHITE ELECTED on Page 8) Intramural Awards Intramural Company trophy: Company A. Individual scoring trophy: A. L. Stewart. Individual freshman scoring trophy: A. L. Johnston. Leadership awards: P. B. May and D. C. Dominick. Sportsmanship award: D. G. VanHorn. GENERAL MARSHALL Commissions In U. S. Army Given Three The R. O. T. C. office has recently announced the appointment of three first classmen into the regular army. The three men, who received their orders about commissions last Thursday, are Walter Edens, Walter Greenwood, and Ed O'Connor. Al though they have received notice oftheir appointments, no mention was made as to when they will take effect or where the appointees are to be assigned. Their designated units have not been made known either, but it is assumed that the commissions will take effect during the first week of July and the unit designations will be made according to the choices made in the applications.* Walter Edens applied first for the artillery, and then for the engineers, Walter Greenwood asked for cavalry or infantry, and Ed O'Connor wanted either the cavalry or the signal corps. It is more than likely that the first choices will be accepted. Besides the regular appointments into the army, there were four other (See COMMISSIONS on Page 8) Inspectors Give Y. M. L Best Rating R. O. T. C. Units Rated Superior By Examiners The three VMI units of the ROTC were awarded the grade of "Excellent" by the U. S. Army Examining board on the basis of the inspection held at the Institute Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25. Inspection by a board of army officers of all schools and colleges having ROTC units is an annual affair held in accordance with regulations of the War Department. Lieut.-Col. Joseph H. Davidson, Infantry; Major Robert O. Wright, Cavalry; and Major John C. Cook, Field Artillery, composed the inspection board which visited VMI. These inspectors examined groups of cadets on military science and tactics in the various units as well as making a general inspection of quarters, grounds, and equipment. An excerpt from a letter received at Headquarters from the examining board and released in the form of a general order reads: "I do not believe that I am reporting anything new in remarking that this institute is outstanding in its class. Its instruction, discipline and spirit are traditional. One cannot but be impressed with the high level of cooperation of faculty, military instructors and students. The enlisted detachment is due much credit for its highly efficient and cheerful performance of duty, most of which can be classed overtime work." Training Inspection "Infantry Unit: 'This is an outstanding unit in every respect.'" "Field Artillery Unit: 'This unit has attained a very high standard of efficiency in all respects and is a credit to the Institute and the United States Army.' "Cavalry Unit: 'A superior unit.' "General rating of the units: 'Excellent.'" The Incoming As Colonel Burress steps down from the post of Commandant of Cadets, we feel that there is one person who is especially impressed by the excellent record of his predecessor. This officer is the recently appointed successor to Colonel Burress, Lieut. Col. Henry B. Holmes, Jr., '16, U. S. C. A. C. We want Colonel Holmes to know, however, our extreme pleasure in being able to have as our next Commandant a man who will live up to all the excell^it standards set during the past five years by the retiring Commandant. Colonel Holmes has proved himself a tried and true alumnus of VMI throughout his entire career. As first captain and valedictorian of his class, Colonel Holmes had a splendid record of achievement as a cadet. Since leaving the Institute, he has lived up to the promise of this record and has made an equally impressive one in the Army. On behalf of the Corps of Cadets, The Cadet wishes to take this opportunity to welcome the new Commandant of Cadets and to assure him of our unending co-operation and of our best wishes for a very successful four years in office. Annual Cadet Banquet Held In Crozet Hall The entire staff of The VMI Cadet held its first banquet on Tuesday, May 21, on the anniversary of the date upon which the thirty-third staff assumed charge of the paper for the publication year. The dinner, held in the officers' mess in Crozet hall, consisted of the regular quarter-guard fare topped off with chocolate pie and cigarettes. It was the first social gathering of the staff this year. At the conclusion of the meal, John Hundley, who acted as toastmaster, made a short speech in which he thanked the members of the staff for their co-operation in which the Athletic Council voted the best in its 33 years of existence. He also expressed his deep regret at having arrived at the conclusion of his year as editor-inchief of The Cadet. Hundley then presented the special silver keys to the first class members of the staff, each of whom made a short reply. Those men receiving keys were JearT McCracken, receiving its first class privileges. Following the established tradition, the new first class gave its figure last night, while the outgoing first class gave its figure at the Final German on Monday night. Passing under the red, white, and yellow streamers which surrounded the gaily bedecked Cocke Hall, the new first classmen and their dates pased "in review" before one of the largest dance attendances at VMI in some time. The figure, led by Navas, Jimmy Dale, Durland Clark, and Bob Foster, with Misses Helene Johnson, Louise McCoy, Jane Kirby, and Eleanor Ferret, respectively, formed the numerals of the been commended many times for managing editor; Carl Harkrader, class and >hen split into columns his research in sanitary engineering. He is also the chief cadet tech- re-write editor; Bob Shiverts, alumni editor; Doug McMillin and Don ors, which are leather-bound pronician in the sanitary laboratory. where the girls received their fav- May, columnists; Dan and Fred Henry J. Foresman, of Prospect Flowers, public opinion editors; Bill Park, Pa., will head the sports Darden, photography editor; Charles Beach, sports editor; Al Carr, served as associate sports editor staff as sports editor. Foresman Tom Opie, Bates Gilliam, Fancher during the past year and had active Turner, assistant sports editors; charge of his department several Tommy Moncure, staff assistant; times during the publication year. George McCann, subscription manager; and Scott Braznell, circulation manager. Hundley and Doug Cook, business manager, each received gold-filled keys. Lieut. Col. John E. Townes, faculty advisor of The Cadet, in a short speech, stated ^att he agreed with the Athletic Council that this year's Cadet by far surpassed the issues of previous years. The 1940-41 staff of The Cadet officially took charge of the paper when Hundley presented Bill Mc- Cauley, the new editor-in-chief, who in turn presented the three key men of his staff: Jim Wheat, business manager; Henry Foresman, sports editor; and Alvin Meyer, managing editor. These cadets, Mc- Cauley said, have long and distinguished records of service on the staff of The Cadet which will enable them to fulfill the requirements of their positions with maximum ability. In conclusion, Mc- Cauley stated that it was his intention to try to upholf, if possible, the excellent standards set by Hundley in making The Cadet one of the truly outstanding newspapers the nation. Shu Awarded Cincinnati Distinction Dan, Fred Flowers Win Jackson-Hope And French Medals At a meeting of the Academic Boarcj Monday morning, the following special awards were recommended to and approved by the Board of Visitors: Jackson-Hope Medals Chemistry Course to Cadet B. W. Mundy, Jr., of Virginia. Civil Engineering Course to Cadet F. F. Flowers, of Ohio. Electrical Engineering Course to Cadet D. F. Flowers, of Ohio. Liberal Arts Course—none qualified. Cincinnati Medal For efficiency of service and excellence of character to Cadet P. C. Shu, of Virginia. The French Medals For highest proficiency in Mathematics to Cadet D. F. Flowers and Cadet F. F. Flowers, of Ohio, tied. The Dearing Medal For the highest proficiency in English Literature, to Cadet N. H. Hotchkiss, of Virginia. The Bothwell Graham Medal No award as there was no distinguished graduate in the Liberal Arts course. The ROTC Medals For the highest proficiency in leadership, soldierly bearing and general excellence: 1. Cadet W. A. Edens, Virginia. See HONOR AWARDS on page 8 Russ Morgan Delights Corps At Final Hop Ending at 4 a. m. this morning, the Finpl Rail climaxed one of the gayest social seasons z. *he Institute in a decade. With Russ Morgan and his "Music in the Morgan Manner" orchestra playing the popular music that thrilled the corps during the last Ring Figure dances, the incoming first class, headed by Stanley Navas, held its first figure since grams of the dance set. On Monday evening, the occasion of the Final German, the figure was led by Bob Merchant, president of the Class of 1940, with Miss Virginia Muse of Norfolk, Va., and Dale Heely, vice-president, with Miss Florence Beasley of Pilot Mountain, N. C. After forming the traditional " '40" numeral, the girls received as favors copies of the 1940 Bomb bound in white leather. At the Monogram Hop on Saturday evening, the figure was led by Clint Dominick with his sister, Miss Jeanne Barbara Dominick, and Eddie Stumpf with Miss Mary Burk Murray, of Norfolk. The VMI Commanders, under the direction of Ed Hensley furnished the music for this hop, this being the first major hop for which this orchestra has ever played at VMI. The music of Russ Morgan and (See RUSS MORGAN on Page 8) Stumpf Named Adjutant In Orders Published At Final Formation McCauley Names Staff For Calet Bill McCauley, newly elected editor-in-chief of The Cadet, announced this morning the staff that will have charge of the publication of the next 30 issues during the coming session. James C. Wheat, Jr., of Richmond. Va., was named to the position of business manager. Wheat has been an outstanding member of the business staff for the last two years, and is the newly elected chairman of the VMI Hunt. Alvin Meyer, of Shreveport, La., will have charge of the editorial staff in the capacity of managing editor. Meyer is enrolled in the civil engineering department and has The complete editorial staff, headed by Meyer, includes R. L. Spear, re-write editor; W. R. Maxson, feature editor; G. H. Tucker, alumni editor; G. S. Home, columnist; C. H. Gompf and J. K. Rose, photo- j graphy editors; W. L. Evans, F. J. Lee, F. W. Love, C. C. Clay, R. E. Dunlap, R. Baldwin, S. T. Harrold. J. R. Major, and J. C. Hooker, associate editors. G. H. Esser will serve as associate sports editor under Foresman. The business staff, under Wheat, consists of G. B. Richmond, assistant business manager; J. C. Palmer, advertising manager; C. E. (See McCAULEY on Page 8) The Outgoing With the closing of the Final Exercises this morning, the Institute has suffered a loss that it will greatly feel in coming years. As the order was given for the dismissal of the corps, it was also the signal for the temporary closing of the VMI career for the third time of one of the school's most loyal and devoted supporters. Five years ago, Major Withers Alexander Burress, '14, Infantry, U. S. A., one of the youngest officers of his rank in the Army, arrived at VMI to take over the duties of Commandant of Cadets. Quick to grasp the situation, he found his way rapidly into the admiration and affection of all those who came in contact with him, and his influence for the good of the Institute increased steadily during his years as Commandant. As the end of his assignment began to draw near, fear of losing the Commandant grew in alarming proportions until the Superintendent persuaded the War Department to spare him for an extra year. Soon after this request was granted, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and took active charge of the great task of making successful the Centennial military celebrations. i See OUTGOING on Page 8) Upon recommendation of the Commandant of Cadets, the following promotions and appointments in the Battalion of Cadets are hereby announccj, effective this date. They will be obeyed and respected accordingly. To Be Cadet Captains 1. Moore, C. E., Jr., Battalion Commander, 2. Stumpf, E. A„ m, Battalion Adjutant 3. Carney, E. F„ Jr. 4. Thomson, P. J„ Jr. 5. Rose, J. K., S-3 6. Clark, D. E„ Jr. 7. Goolsby, F. C. 8. Thrasher. T. L., Jr. 9. McCauley, W. S„ S-4, Battalion Quartermaster 10. Gantt, H. R. To Be Cadet First Lieutenants 1. Walker, B. VV. 2. Blackmon. A. A. 3. Swift, S. H. 4. Ayler, J. W„ Jr. 5. France, D. C., Jr. 6. Modisett, S. A. To Be Cadet Second Lieutenants 1. Louthan, F. G., Jr. 2. Navas, S. R. 3. Lucas, M. DuB., Jr. 4. Hill, L. D.. Ill 5. Rennolds, W. G., Jr. 6. Wilson, W. B., Jr. 7. Jacobs. R. V. 8. Palmer, J. C. 9. Bache, C. McC., Jr. 10. Dale, J. R„ Jr. 11. Mecredy, H. E„ Jr. 12. Trask, H. E. 13. Sexton, L. D. 14. Drewry, G. II., Jr. 15. Cann, L. B., Jr. 16. Swetting, J. R., Jr. 17. Willis, K. 18. Traver, R. E. To Be Cadet Battalion Sergeant Major Williams, R. P. To Be Cadet First Sergeants 1. Jeschke, R. H„ Jr. 2. Edwards. W. S., m 3. Walker, DeM. E. 4. Jones, T. R., Jr. 5. O'Keeffe, J„ Jr. 6. Williams, G. C„ Jr. To Be Cadet Battalion Supply Sergeant To Be Cadet Color Sergeants Urquhart, C. T„ Jr. 1. Consolvo, J. W. 2. Drake, C. M., Jr. To Be Cadet Company Supply Sergeants 1. Spessard, R. H., Jr. 2. Cameron, D. D. 3. Leech, L. L„ Jr. 4. McDonough, J. A. 5. Wilson, J. T„ Jr. 6. Edens, J. E. To Be Cadet Sergeants 1. Cabell, P. C. 2. Spilman, W. A„ Jr. 3. Fogarty, E. J„ Jr. 4. Purdum, C. H„ Jr. 5. Cowart, A. H. 6. Mullen, C. S„ Jr. 7. Grant, J. H„ Jr. 8. Hume, J., Jr. 9. Dillard, J. B„ Jr. 10. Matthews, J. J., Jr. 11. Davis, E. L., Jr. 12. Williams, A. G. i 13. Wilkins, C. H. 14. Hughes. J. A., Jr. 15. Porter, L. G„ Jr. 16. Mullen, J„ Jr. 17. Tosti, C. R. 18. Wright, J. M. 19. Patton, J. M. 20. Shomo, J. L. 21. Davis, J. Y. 22. Moore, G. E. 23. Young, C. M., Jr. 24. Dorrier, J. L. 25. Wray, J. M., Jr. 26. Bland, R. T„ Jr. 27. Hagan, J. A., Jr. (See MAKEOVERS on Page 8) INTRAMURAL STAFF Company A R. H. Ingle, H. E. Stengele. Company B H. M. Davisson, J. B. Rudolph Companv C C. Satterfield, G. A. Sancken, P. H. Killey. Company D L. A. Lillard. J. H. SwetUng. Company E S. M. Seaton, E. W. Galloway. Company F H. R. Gantt, R. E. Traver. Member* at Large S. R. Navas, R. W. Replogle.

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