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— This Month —
Mint Julep Humor
Plus... In Defense Of The Stars & Bars
Signal Corps Successes
How Seven Signal OCS Graduates Built
The 103rd Infantry Division’s Signal Company – An Epilogue –
America Needs Real Cyberwarfare Capabilities
The Signal Corps Should Provide Them
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Mint Julep Humor
In Defense Of The Stars & Bars
This being August, and hot… it’s not too
surprising that what most of us want is just to
be left alone. Alone to sit on the porch, maybe
sip a mint julep … and… well, just be left
Everyone we talk to is just tired of it all… all
the crap on TV, the blustering of the
politicians, the lies our government tells us,
laws that aren’t enforced, illegals taking over
the country, political correctness gone mad,
the Army recruiting transgenders, government
agencies incompetent beyond measure, American
citizens turning on each other, and on and on.
It never ends. It’s tiring. It’s summer. And we
need a break.
That being the case, here it comes, here’s your break: a little
summer humor for you. Summer humor penned by a
Northern Yankee... at the expense of our Southern
Long live the South, and the strange way y'all talk.
A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new
Corvette convertible out of the dealership.
Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80
mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what
little hair he had left.
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-95,
pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a
Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and
siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then
110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I
doing? I'm too old for this!" and pulled over to
await the trooper's arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of
his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He
looked at his watch, then said, "Sir, my shift
ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can
give me a new reason for speeding—a reason I've
never before heard—I'll let you go."
The old gentleman paused, then said: "Three
years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State
Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.
"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.
The manager of the golf course at Fort Gordon,
Georgia, was confused about paying an invoice,
so he decided to ask his secretary for some
He called her into his office and said, "Y'all
graduated from the University of Gaa-jia and I
need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000,
minus 14%, how much would you take off?"
The secretary thought a moment, and then
replied, "Everthang but my earrings."
A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard
saying, "When the end of the world comes, I hope
to be in L'oo-ziana."
When asked why, he replied, "I'd rather be in
L'oo-ziana 'cause everythang happens in
L'oo-ziana 20 years later than in the rest of
The young man from Mississippi came running into
the store and said to his buddy, "Bubba,
somebody just stole your pickup truck from the
Bubba replied, "Did y'all see who it was?"
The young man answered, "Nope, but I got the
Signal Corps Successes
The Final Chapter – How Seven Signal OCS Graduates From Class 42-06 Built The
103rd Infantry Division’s Signal Company – Part 5 - Epilogue
Over the past several
months we have presented a four part series that
followed the 103rd Signal Company,
a unit created to support the 103rd Infantry
Division in its fight across Europe, during WWII.
Last month we finished the story, following the
103rd right up to the VE Day celebrations
that the Company participated in, in Austria.
This month we offer you a short Epilogue to the
story. In it we follow the men of the 103rd from
their wrapping up activities at the end of the
war in Europe, to their return home to America.
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The war was over. Suddenly, everything changed. Where before
the men of the 103rd saw dour faces and an enemy around
every corner, now they saw smiling faces and welcoming hands
from the villagers of the towns they occupied.
May 12, 1945, the unit moved to Innsbruck, Austria, passing
through Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Seefeld on the way. What
they found in Innsbruck was a tourist-like playground,
backed by some of the most majestic mountains and peaks
imaginable. Yet in spite of this beauteous scenery, the men
had to be careful, as Innsbruck had been one of the key
areas where just prior to the end of the war German units
had tried to hold the pass to guarantee that their men from
the Italian theater could make it back into Germany before
the war ended, and now… now that the war was over… those
same Germans were trying to surreptitiously help high
ranking Nazi leaders sneak back out of Germany to
Italy, in an effort to escape capture completely.
Why were these high ranking Nazis trying to sneak through
the mountain passes, out of Germany, into Austria and on
towards Italy? To escape being recognized for what many of
them were… war criminals; for if they were recognized and
captured, they would be held for war crimes trial. For these
men, instead of facing the Allies in Nuremburg, it was much
better to try and sneak out of Germany and into Austria, and
from there then find their way on to Brazil, or some other
For those of our readers that saw the recent movie
Inglourious Basterds, much of the true story behind the
escape of the fictional character, Colonel Hans Landa, the
Jew Hunter in the movie, to Allied territory, actually took
place with the real Jew Hunter crossing from Germany into
Austria, through the passes that surround Innsbruck.
The 103rd Signal Company then, being responsible for much of
the early stage occupation duty in the Innsbruck area, spent
much of its time Nazi hunting. For the men of the 103rd,
their duty was surreal… high ranking Nazi officers trying to
sneak through the passes at night—usually to Bolzano, Italy,
through the Brenner Pass, via a cable car ride to a skiing
resort above Innsbruck—while during the day comely local
girls would dress in red and white Tyrolean garb, and prance
around the town hanging banners, dancing with the soldiers,
and otherwise welcoming the Americans.
The entire scene was bizarre.
– Germans from all sorts of units found themselves stuck in
Austria, unable to get back into their own country, now that
the war was over and Austria was once again a separate
– American soldiers found themselves with nothing to do,
except make work as part of their garrison duty. Some of
them took to making baseball diamonds and setting up teams
and leagues around Innsbruck. Others tried to get themselves
reassigned to units where their own “points” would qualify
them for early rotation back to the States. Still others
spent their nights carousing in the bars formerly reserved
for German officers, enjoying the local color that
frequented these bars, and sleeping off hangovers the next
day. Others spent day after day driving around the
countryside, policing up abandoned Italian Army signal
equipment, and cataloging it. Most however just sat around,
worrying about the war in Japan.
Captain Beck, one of the 7 original graduates of Army Signal
Corps OCS Class 42–06, and the Commanding Officer of the
103rd Signal Company, spent much of his time capturing his
thoughts regarding the lessons he learned via his Company’s
most recent work in the concentration camps they discovered.
In one of his letters home to his wife, Roz, he told his
thoughts. His writing paints a stark picture of the reality
“When the seventh army rolled thru Germany they liberated
many thousands of people from concentration and labor
camps. Some of these "displaced persons" (DP's as they are
called) attached themselves to Army units to work in messes
and other duties for the price of assured eating. The Signal
Company picked up a few in this manner, also. They work in
our mess as KP's, thus eliminated a KP roster made up of the
men from the company. Two of these DP's work in the
officer's mess. They are all hard workers doing anything
they are told. About three of the DP's are Jews; one each
Hungarian, Polish and Russian. In my initial interview with
these people for screening purposes, I had to know what
camps they were in, their family background, education and
general information of that nature to determine their
integrity, honesty and medical history.
“I have seen a number of concentration and labor camps (a
labor camp is called "a lager"). By contact with the DP's I
have a fairly comprehensive knowledge and realization of
what went on. By actually seeing, hearing and talking to men
who underwent all these cruelties, Roz, I have found that
the resultant understanding and feelings are relatively
different from that which you read in a magazine article or
see in the newspaper. It is not a story that someone wrote
and I (or you) am reading it back home. I am, instead,
experiencing it first hand.
“Two of the boys [who work in the 103rd’s mess area] are now
18 years old. They were placed in the Levant Organization
when they were 15. For three years they were molded into
fighting units. Units that were being prepared to fight
against the allies. They are Hungarian and escaped shortly
before the war ended."
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“There are three that have been with us since Bidigen,
Germany. Then they were frightened—scared of something. In
stripped pants and tunic they were skinny, drawn and had all
the indications of malnutrition.
“These three are starting to look good now. All have put on
a little weight and their skin is smoother, rather than the
parched, drawn layer of epidermis that resembled shoe
leather that has been worn out.
“Ernst is one of the three. He is a Hungarian
– Jew. He is 23 years old. He
has been in six concentration camps and it has been only
sheer fate that he is alive today. He was in Dachau—one of
the worst concentration camps of all. He said that here
5,000,000 (that figure is five million, make no mistake
about it) Jews were burnt to death over a period of 6 years
in 12 human ovens. I have seen the ovens, he spoke about, at
Buchenwald. Ernst has been beat up so many times that it was
like exercise after while. He is blond with blue eyes. His
hair is close cropped in crew fashion. Somewhere along the
line he picked up a college education.
“He is very intelligent, very sharp and quick to pick up
words in the English language. He has no relatives and all
his family have been killed, so until we go somewhere he is
content to work in the kitchen.
“Boris is 20. He was put in the Lublin camp because he
didn't believe in Nazism. He is Russian. He is a big husky
champ with wavy blond hair and great big hands. He looked
like an overgrown skeleton when I first saw him around
Shongau. His muscles are gradually taking shape and
eventually he'll look like a full-back on a college team. He
speaks German with a Russian accent so I have a hard time
understanding him. After Lublin, Boris hit the circuit of
four more concentration camps. His big hands show the scars
where he has been knifed and mauled. He smiles through a set
of broken white teeth when he describes how he escaped from
one set of SS guards.
“There are more, but, their experiences border on the same
brutal, gruesome, hideous and unbelievable happenings. These
are those that are left from the many millions that were
killed in the slaughter houses of Europe. The Roman empire
was a side show to the 20th century rape of Europe and
Hannibal was a minor leaguer compared with Adolph Hitler,
Vidkun Quisling, Julius Streicher and the hosts of
“Europe, because of them, is a continent in ruins. Its
countries torn apart; its cities a graveyard of rubble and
dead and stink; its people starving, confused, lost.”
America Needs Real Cyberwarfare Capabilities
The Signal Corps Should Provide Them
In late July the White House announced
that while it had proof that China was behind the massive
data theft of U.S. government personnel records from the
Office of Personnel Management, the Obama administration was
not going to level public accusations against China, nor
take any action against it.
What’s going on here?
A foreign country hacks into U.S. government computers,
steals all of the data that it can make off with, and
America does nothing about it? “We have chosen not to make
any official assertions about attribution at this point,”
said a White House official.
This author, hearing of this, went nuclear… wondering what
has come of our country… or more to the point, what the hell
is up with President Obama, taking no action on something as
serious as this? Is this yet another example of his lack of
Trying to understand what is going on, we embarked on a
little research of our own. This article is the result of
that research; it talks of why the White House is taking no
action, and more importantly, looks into the issue of
whether what China and so many others are doing to America
is little more than espionage, or what is beginning to be
called cyberwarfare. Or put more simply, what is
cyberwarfare, and what is it not?
To begin with, what we found is that what China did
constitutes nothing short of cyberwarfare. It’s not
espionage, nor is it a simple act of hacking. Instead, it’s
a brazen example of cyberwarfare, and you, our readers, as
former Signal Corps Officers, should take interest in this
new world of cyberwarfare because—to a large extent—we are
the reason why America has nothing it can turn to except a
ham-fisted approach to fighting it.
As regards President Obama and his decision not to directly
attack China over its actions, with only minimal
investigation we were able to determine that he was right in
what he did. Making a Federal case over China being the
culprit behind the hacking would have required him to
disclose to the public how he knew this to be true… which in
turn would have required that he expose details of the U.S.’
own espionage and cyber capabilities… which would in turn
would have prompted the Chinese to come up with ways to
block our ability to break into their communication systems…
which in turn would have hurt us more than them in the end.
That being the case, the President was right to do little
more than make it known that we know it’s China that was
behind the attack, without going any more deeply into the
issue. Our apologies to him—this one time—for having doubted
the strength of his spinal column.
But what of America not fighting back against something as
obvious as an act of cyberwarfare? What are the rules of
engagement on issues like this, and how did they come about?
Perhaps more to the point, if America is going to retaliate,
who is going to do it? The Signal Corps?
At this stage, that's not likely... but why not? What has
become of our role of being the “go to guys” when it comes
to all things having to do with communication and the means
by which information is generated, stored, protected, sent
In December 2014 Sony Entertainment's computers were hacked
by North Korea, and its private data stolen... presumably in
an attempt to stop Sony from releasing a worthless, lame
comedy (The Interview) about North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un. With that
incident America lost its first cyberwar. At the rate we are
going in preparing for the next one, we will continue to
lose every one we face for decades to come.
We think it's time America do something about taking
cyberwar seriously, and create a cyberwarfare unit capable
of addressing the threats we face, not to mention the
attacks that are taking place daily. In our view, the
amateur response America has put together so far, in the
form of what is being called Cyber Command, is going to lead
to disaster. Cyber Command's very existence shows how little
we understand about what cyberwarfare is. If something is not done
soon to create a new form of integrated
civilian-military war fighting and defense
capability—aimed at cyber activities—America could find
itself relegated to the scrap heap of has-been countries
unable to adjust to the changes of time. Strangely, in this
case, a change that America's own DARPA brought to the world
when it brought the internet to society.
As we stand today cyberwarfare enacted by our enemies puts
our economy at threat, our political system, our ability to
govern and manage ourselves, our privacy and security, our
system of beliefs, and in fact our very way of life. Think
not? Then read on, and see how America's enemies can use social forms of communication
to undermining all of these... including what your children
and grandchildren think.
Join 2, 3 and 4 word answers together
as one complete word.
answer key to this month's puzzle,
see icon at bottom of page
from the excellent book 103d Infantry division Signal
Company Remembrances; 1918 – 1945, by William F.
Barclay. The book is currently in the process of being
placed online, and is available in partial form at this
Text and pictures are being added to the online version by
the son of Captain Beck, a graduate of Army Signal Corps OCS
Class 42-06. It is believed that the text quoted above
originally appeared in the private letters of Captain Back,
now in the possession of his son. - To return to your place above,
 July 22,
2015, 1:02 AM, US not accusing China in data theft,
won't retaliate, Washington Post. - To return to your place above,
 In other
words, we know the Chinese did it because we were able to
break into their government data centers and find the files
that were stolen. Thus, telling the world we could prove the
Chinese did it and providing proof of what they did would
only have ended up with our showing the Chinese the extent
to which our own hacking capabilities extend, and how they
work. Doing such might have made good press, but we would
have shot ourselves in the foot in the process. Put simply:
Obama made the right call. - To return to your place above,
 The key phrase in this paragraph is
"integrated civilian-military war fighting and defense
capability." It's important, because it gets to the heart
of the fact that unlike other forms of warfare, cyberwar can
not be fought without bringing the civilian sector into the
equation. Cyberwar can not be fought by the military alone,
it must also have civilian "soldiers" working within
civilian organizations, playing the role of cyber-warriors,
if this form of combat is to be effective. This means that
America must embark today on building a new, hybrid form of
Army unlike any that it has created in the past. One need only
look at the necessity of protecting the digital control
systems that operate America's oil and gas pipelines to see
the truth in this... or if you prefer, the need for the U.S.
military to know and be able to control the extent to which
American automobiles can be hacked such that third parties,
using nothing more than computers connected to America's
mobile telephone network, can drive them off of the road. - To return to your place above,
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