"Col. Hall's party was a real success. It started out
with steaks in the mess hall at 1630. After that we all went to
the club where the drinks were on him for the night. Due to the
early start, the place was jumping by eight and it wasn't long before
the fun began in earnest.
The 335th and 336th ran the place. There was the usual amount
of drink pouring and the like. Also, a bit of a war developed between
the 335th and 336th over the signs
that are over the bar. I think that the 335th started it, but
we soon went back with more of the same.
Col. Miner was the first to strike a blow for the 336th when
he leapt over the bar and grabbed the 335th sign. Unfortunately,
very few of the 336th men saw it so he didn't have much interference
on the way out. Mainly Capt. LeClaire and I did the blocking.
Abel got the jeep and drove past Col. Miner as he was running
down the road with the sign. He yelled for Miner to throw the sign
and he did. But it went right through the jeep and landed on the
road. At this point Miner threw a most beautiful block on Capt.
Mozell; tossed him for a loop in the ditch. After that we decided
that we would have to do better.
Next time Voight went over the bar
and grabbed the sign again. He ran off the north end and I went
over the bar behind him to head off a man who was trying to come
at him from the other end. We both went down in a pile,
knocking bottles all over the place.
Voight handed the sign to Maj. Hill, and we were off. Unfortunately,
Hill got the wrong door when he tried to get out of the club and
would up trapped against the one with no handle. He finally got
through and heaved the sign on the roof of the club.
Later on LeClaire made one last stab
at the sign. He went over the bar and while the rest of us held
off the 335th, he threw it on the floor and jumped on it. Col.
Ballard was getting a little unhappy at this point. He kicked
LeClaire out of the club (and a few more of us at the same time).
LeClaire went to leave and was promptly kicked out again by Maj.
Osworth. LeClaire told him that he had already been told to leave
by a Colonel and so he, (Maj. Osworth) could go to hell.
Osworth was a bit under the weather himself and was getting
all huffy. Then LeClaire got on the wrong raincoat, grabbing some
second lieutenant's by mistake. Osworth kept grabbing at his shoulder
saying, "You're no second lieutenant." and LeClaire,
not knowing what he was talking about was getting highly tee'd.
I was standing by getting a big bang out of the whole affair,
and that evidently got Maj. Osworth all the madder. He kicked
me out, too. In fact, I think that everyone in the 335th and 336th
got kicked out of the club at least once during the night.
After making several rounds of the barracks making sure
that no one was in the sack, we all went back to the club. Lowrey
was there with no shirt on, having been dragged out of the sack
by us. We had also gotten Maj. Hill out of the sack. He had known
that we would be around and had tried to play it cool by getting
into some else's bed. We just tore up all the sacks in Happy
Valley until we came to the one where he was.
Eventually Ballard closed the bar
and everyone went on back to the BOQ's
where the party went on into various hours."
Lt. Wm. Starr
July 20, 1954
(webmaster note: I've changed
all names in the above journal entry)
Notes on slide:
(also see "Mig
Alley" in the Alert pad/Flightline section)