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US Army Military Payment Certificates, Germany; click here to hear hidden music - Retreat Bugle Call  PX

Remember Army scrip? Military Payment Certificates? No, you can't really use your old Army scrip here, but you can use those old wrinkled checks sitting in your junk draw to buy what you see here. Best of all, all of the profits from what you buy go to further the Association's cause. Want to know more about our charity efforts? Click on the Charity Events link at left to read more about the Army Signal Corps OCS Association's charitable efforts.

Click the "View" icon to jump down the page and see a few new PX pictures: one for the first Army PX, a WWII PX in Tunesia, another from Tokyo during WWII, and one from Phu Lam, Vietnam, 1967. 

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Army Signal Corps OCS Decal
Army Signal Corps OCS Association Decal
Perfect for the windshield of your golf cart,
or the tail on your Harley... or any other
tail that will let you stick one on it.
$1.25 Order today!

Army Signal OCS Lapel Pin
Army Signal Corps OCS Association Lapel Pin
Looks great on your Sunday-best go-to-Church-suit.
You are still going to Church these days, aren't you?

Black with Signal flags, $5.00
Army Signal Corps OCS Hat
Army Signal Corps OCS Association Hat
Ships as hat only. Blood shot eyes, grey hair
and ears not included.
White with logo. One size fits all. $15.00
Get both (hat & shirt at right) for $37.00


Army Signal Corps OCS T-Shirt
Army Signal Corps OCS Association
T-Shirt
The T-Shirt is pressed, it's the old guy
underneath that is wrinkled.
White only. Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL. $27.00

Army Signal Corps OCS Ruler
Army Signal Corps OCS Association Ruler
12 inches on top scale, centimeters across bottom
scale, sturdy aluminum. Useful for measuring all
things from divots to daisies. Not so good for
measuring humanism to humility. Useless at
taking full measure of a man.
$5.00

Army Signal Corps OCS Silver Coins
Army Signal Corps OCS Association Bronze Coins
Great for marking your ball on putt shots.
Space on back for engraving.
$7.00

Army Signal Corps OCS Pen
Army Signal Corps OCS Association PEN
Write your Tea Party letters to Congress with our
pen. You're guaranteed to get a response!

$5.00

Army Signal Corps OCS Tote Bag
Army Signal Corps OCS Association Tote Bag
It's a Tote Bag, not an old bag. Great for
stopping loose beer cans from rolling around
on the floor of that 60s car you're restoring.
$10.00

Army Signal Corps OCS Windbreakers

Army Signal Corps OCS Association Windbreaker
Something to keep you warm as you cast for trout. You know you need it, order one today.

S, M, L, XL $38.00   --  XXL $42.00

 

Top Secret Communications Of WWII - By Don Mehl Book by Don Mehl, OCS Class 44-35.
$49.50 + $6.50 shipping, hard cover (shown)
$29.50 + $6.50 shipping, soft cover, comb binder with
                             clear acetate cover sheet


Describes the two cryptographic systems used for high-level top secret conferencing during World War II by the General Staff in communicating with overseas theater commanders. Was also used by high–level government officials such as the President and his cabinet for communications with their counterparts in other countries. Known as the SIGSALY system (provided totally secure telephone conferencing facilities) and the SIGTOT system (provided equally totally secure instantaneous teletype communications for conferencing and the transmission of top secret information) their existence and use was a closely guarded secret. Descriptions of other widely used encryption systems are also included in the book such as the SIGABA and M-209. A description and comparison is made with German cryptographic systems such as the ENIGMA and Lorenz. This book is the only known and definitive source on this form of communication. SIGSALY operated from July 1943 until mid-1946 when it closed down and all of the outlying terminals were returned to the Army Security Agency. The technology of SIGSALY remained a secret until 1976 when Bell Laboratories, who designed the system and held many patents to it, had it declassified under the Freedom of Information Act. The technology involved formed the beginning of the digital age by introducing the first use of companded PCM, quantized speech transmission, and multilevel frequency shift keying integrated with frequency division multiplexing. An excellent read, this book belongs on your library shelf. Order it today!

 

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Scroll down to enjoy our growing collection of pictures of PX facilities.
If you have any pictures of PXs, please send them to us.

Camp Livingston PX, Louisiana - 1944

Camp Livingston PX, Livingston, Louisiana - Originally home to the 28th, 32nd, 38th and 86th Infantry Divisions during WWII, Camp Livingston was designated as an infantry replacement training center as well as a garrison for these infantry units. Of these the 38th and the 86th were probably the most famous. The 38th was known as the "Avengers of Bataan" and the 86th Division was the first American unit to cross the Danube River into Germany. Over 500,000 troops trained on the 47,000-acre base during the war. Clearly, many, many a soldier stopped at this PX. In 1942 Japanese, German and Italian POWs began being sent to an internment camp at Camp Livingston. The first to arrive was a Japanese sailor captured at Pearl Harbor, the survivor of a three-man crew mini-submarine that attacked the fleet on Dec. 7, 1941.

Camp Kilmer PX, Piscataway, NJ

Camp Kilmer PX, Piscataway, New Jersey - One of those places no one wanted to find themselves at, Camp Kilmer was a processing center where troops were accumulated for transportation to the European Theaters of War. Part of the New York Port of Embarkation, if you were here you knew your next stop was a combat zone. During WWII it processed over 2.5 million soldiers. Nearly everyone who went to fight in Europe made one last stop in this PX to pick up something to send home to their girlfriend or wife (or both), as well as something to to take with them to remind them of home.

PX at Pueblo Army Airbase

Pueblo Army Airbase PX, Pueblo, Colorado - Shown here in September 1942. A unit of the Signal Corps the airbase trained 3 - 4 squadrons of 8 - 10 man air and ground crews. The base housed both tactical and training groups. Tactical groups trained together and then rotated mostly to bases in Europe. Training groups were trained at Pueblo after which they were sent to other places in the US to train replacement pilots for other units. Planes used for training at Pueblo included the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and the B-29 Superfortress.

Vancouver, WA, Army PX

The First Army PX, Vancouver, WA - Opened on Nov. 29, 1880... yes, 1880... the Vancouver Barracks Post Exchange Shoppette was the first store of its kind—a haven for servicemen and veterans to shop at deeply discounted prices. The original PX that served as the prototype for the thousands of post exchanges that now exist around the world may disappear, as the Army is planning to close it because it is leaving the base area the PX is on in the fall, 2011. Typically, Army rules say that if the military leaves an area, the associated PX is supposed to go away as well. It will take a special ruling by the Secretary of Defense to keep Vancouver’s historic PX in place, said officials with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The Vancouver Barracks store—stacked high with snack food and sundries, along with liquor at 10 percent off Washington state prices—draws $300,000 in sales in a busy month. Click picture to see full size. Photo by Troy Wayrynen, staff, www.columbian.com.

Tunisia Army PX 

Ferryville, Tunisia, 1943 - American Quartermaster Corpsman John Ralford demonstrating how well the wooden barber chair which he designed works while shaving a soldier under the watchful eye of a potential victim at this WWII PX. Notice Red Cross sign in background. Do you think it says anything about this barber's skills that they put him so close to the hospital? Click picture to see full size. Photo by Margret Bourke-White

Seoul Army PX - 1952 

Seoul City Command PX, 1952 - An evening shot taken during the Korean War on Christmas Eve, 1952. The building is now the Sin-se-kye department store. Click picture to see full size.

Phu Lam PX - 1967 

Phu Lam PX - 1967. Click picture to see full size. 

Chu Lai PX, Vietnam

Chu Lai: Chu Lai PX, Vietnam - 1967. If you can read backwards, you will be able to see on the left side of the entrance portico a sign that spells "Kwiki." I wonder what they were selling there? Click picture to see full size.

Grant Heights PX; Tokyo, Japan - 1957

Tokyo: Grant Heights PX, Tokyo, Japan - 1957. Click picture to see full size.

Yongsan Main PX, Korea, 1967

Yongsan: Main PX building on the US Eighth Army Compound, Yongsan Garrison North Post, Seoul City, in 1967. Photo is from the collection/archive of John Mantell. Note what appears to be a 1966 Plymouth Fury in center right of picture.

Qui Nhon, Vietnam, PX 1967

Qui Nhon: Entrance to the Qui Nhon Post Exchange - 1968. Photo courtesy of Michael S. Copper, Company D, 40th Signal Battalion. Mike served in Qui Nhon, An Khe,
Phu Tai and Chu Lai... from '
67 - ' 69 (click picture to see full size).

Camp Enari Pleiku PX - 1969

Pleiku: By the looks of this place, some of the boys in the 4th ID had it good. Even that REMF sauntering across the PSP coated parking lot makes me think life in Pleiku couldn't have been all that bad. Shucks, I remember being on a signal site for 4 months and never seeing anything more than left over care packages, never mind grass in front of the PX. This is the Camp Enari Post Exchange, circa 1969 (4th Infantry Division, Pleiku Province, Pleiku). According to the photographer, “As I remember the rather large parking area was almost always empty, as were the shelves inside. I did order a bunch of stereo equipment through this place for direct shipment home." Photograph by Bill Lathan, Jr., former 4th ID Band Member. All kidding aside, the 4th ID saw some of the toughest fighting there was. They saved many of our Signal butts. To see an excellent collection of‘ 68 - ’ 69 ‘ Nam photos by Bill, click here. For those of you that are interested in where the name of the camp came from, it started out as a typical Army SNAFU, but ended up with a worthy warrior having the camp named after him, and winning a posthumous Silver Star along the way. God rest Lieutenant Enari's patriotic soul. He may not have been Signal, but there, by grace of God, we all might have gone. Click here to read his story. It's a great read (click picture to see full size)



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