||Re: Thanks for the info|
||Tue, 30 Oct 2001 2:36:03 PM Eastern
|Dear Bob - |
Thanks for the
quick reply to my discovering you.
Here are some names:
In 1961 the CO of the APC was Lt. Col Robert B. Randle.
He was a great guy. He wanted discipline but had an
enlisted unit that was composed of mostly artsy-fartsy guys who
couldn't salute to save themselves. That group included my
childhood friend Steven Segal who was an enlisted man at APC when I
arrived. Steve ended up in the publicity departments of
Warners and Fox.
I arrived from the USACGSC, all gong ho,
and insisted on military discipline from the company, me and another
newly arrived officer (2nd Lt. Charles R. Grizzle), and Col. Randle
loved it. In fact he arranged for "Chuck" and I to have
Saturday morning duty (he asked us to, not ordered) just to instill
some military bearing into the men. As I'm typing this my
memories are flooding back.
In checking my 201 file (now I
know why I kept this) I see that Col. Randle gave me the following
MOSes prior to my leaving for France: 8500 Pictorial Unit
Commander, 8511 Motion Picture and TV Director and 8510 which, if I
recall, was a staff pictorial MOS.
Other officers at APC in
1961 were: Capt. James A Harrington, Capt. James F.
Lane, 1st Lt. Victor D. Hunter, 1st Lt. Michael A. Norell, 2nd Lt.
Duane Austin, 2nd Lt. James R. Rogers, CWP W-2 Charles R. Lilley.
The APC's adjutant was Maj. Sarah M. Benham WAC.
I was transferred to Europe (Operation Roundout) I ended up at 1st
Signal Group in Orleans, France, along with about 25 2nd Lts.
I was last on the list as we all went in to see Col. McGovern
for duty assignments and, bluntly, he needed us like a hole in the
head. I watched as Lt. after Lt. was made comm center officer
or code officer on the graveyard shifts. I noted that the
Group had 15 pictorial detachments and talked McGovern into making
me Pictorial Officer EURCOMZ. Had a ball. Even went to
the Cannes Film Festival in dress blues!!
If you want a few
anecdotes, just ask. Harry Franklin?? Oh, boy, and I was
in Paris with him. I have pictures from those days.
Robert M. Rosenthal