Breathe there a man who would refuse to be dashed against the rocks of this Lorilei! This vision is Esther
Williams, exposing her charms to the air, wind and sun - as if you didn't know.
Col. Waite's Detachment To Finish Job Of I-BT
By SGT. JACK SHIRE Chota Roundup Writer
Following the close of the I-BT on May 31, there will be activated on June 1 the Detachment, U.S. Army
in India (USAI), under Col. Sumner Waite.
The old Theater area from Karachi to Singapore and from Columbo to Chabua will remain under the
jurisdiction of the Detachment. Once occupied by over 175,000 personnel, this area will now find only about 150
officers and men. The Theater started and carried along the job. It will be the duty of the Detachment to complete
the work, said Col. Waite.
Much of the work started by the Theater will be completed by June 1, but some of the work was
impossible to finish in so short a post-war period. This work consists mainly in Graves Registration, Claim
Settlements, War Crimes, Procurement, Disposal of Fixed Installations, Port Operation, Liaison and Records. The
war crimes and procurement should be finished within a year, but the graves registration and claims might continue
to three years, said Waite.
The 150 officers and men who will compose the Detachment are mostly drawn from volunteers and the
regular Army. There is a small group of men with an essential MOS, not eligible for discharge under Circular 66,
who have been interviewed for work here. Many of the men eligible for discharge will be released from the Army and
enter the foreign branch of Civil Service. Thus, they will carry on their work in a civilian status.
The USAI will be as complete and offer the men as much as a unit of that size can possibly
undertake, Waite said. Many special service features such as the magazine kits and the armed service editions will
continue as in the past. The Detachment has taken over an ample supply of sports equipment and whatever else will
be required will be requisitioned from the States. The men will be on per diem, and there will be a co-operative
mess available in New Delhi, stated Waite. There will be equivalent facilities available for officers and enlisted
As in the theaters of occupation, provisions are made for the men to have their wives and children
brought to them. Waite has asked his men to wait and see the accomodations that can be made available for them, and
to reconsider the advisability of bringing their loved ones here at this time. As yet, no one has made application.
The Detachment men stationed in Calcutta will be quartered in Camp Knox. The camp is offering the
men individual rooms equipped with radios. "This is certainly the best Army chow I have ever eaten," said Sgt. Ira
Bolden, in charge of the motor pool. The camp is trying to arrange for a guest room to entertain friends, continued
I-B Troops Start Last Processing
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Headquarters, USF, IBT, and Headquarters Company, Base Section, began their processing Monday for
the Marine Jumper, final ship to leave the Theater, still scheduled to depart for San Francisco May 31.
Theater troops also returned to "soldiering" again as 6:45 reveille was instituted Tuesday morning.
All bearers and sweepers were dismissed from Camp Dhakura also, so the men returned to Stateside Army routine of
policing the area, making beds, shining shoes, roll calls, etc.
June PX Ration Available Now
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All I-B personnel are reminded to utilize their June PX ration from May 15 to 20, Maj. Frank Keefe,
Chief of Army Exchange Service, said this week.
All post exchanges within the Theater will close May 20 in order to close out their books in time
for the Marine Jumper departure.
Exchange facilities will be available to personnel remaining here after the Theater closes May 31
through Quartermaster Sales stores which will open probably once or twice a week, Keefe said. Most of the regular
items such as beer, cigarettes, will continue to be sold with the exception of toddy, shoes, Wittman's chocolates,
and other Stateside-purchased items, Keefe explained.
No beer will be permitted aboard the Jumper nor will anyone take any 3.2 aboard with them,
Keefe states. It is definitely against Army regulations. However, a number of PX items will be available on the
Jumper in the ship's store for troops, says Keefe.
I-B Claims Section Handles Unusual Cases Against U.S.
By SGT. JACK SHIRE
Chota Roundup Writer
The officers latrine was in flames. It was a four-alarm fire. The post fire department came to throw
water and save as many of the bowls as possible. Everything was in a terribel state of confusion; everybody joined
in an effort to extinguish the flames.
Three civilians were on the latrine roof with the hose in their hands. The water was turned on;
the men couldn't hold the hose. The man nearest the nozzle whirled and landed on his belly. His mouth opened and his
teeth dropped into the fire below.
This man filed claim against the U.S. Government for the cost of his teeth. The claims section went
into action, trying to appraise the teeth that were consumed by the flames. The toothless man was a former British
soldier and was stationed in Jerusalem at the time his teeth were made. The dentist could not be reached. However,
he had only lost his "uppers," the "lowers" were carefully assessed for quality, wear and tear and so a just
compensation was estimated for his "uppers."
Why all this trouble over a few teeth anyhow?
Well, wherever the American have been, they have left a long, long trail behind them. Part of this
trail keeps winding, and when the spring is released the dust begins to fly. The I-B Theater keeps a large staff of
technicians under the heading of the Claims Section of the Judge Advocate General's office, commanded by Lt. Col.
Loos, to keep the world free from American dust.
The Army dust involves everything from ordinary traffic accidents, real estate damages, robberies
and hunting disasters to calamatous miscarriages, fishing catastophes and virginal sterility. It is the job of the
Claims Section to amend for these GI extracurricular activities. Here's how they work:
Janis Carter has been named the 1946 motion picture sweater girl. Regardless of the excuse, we would still
run this photo.
They do not solicit claims. All claims must be properly filed, then investigated, and tried by
experienced officers, the presiding jury being the Foreign Claims Commission. Mostly all the investigators I
interviewed agree on one point: Not so many of the claims are false but the majority are greatly exaggerated.
A specific case is where the claimant filed for $50,000. After a just investigation of his case, he was finally
The majority of the cases are traffic accidents and hunting calamities. You might be surprised to
learn the actual cost of human life here in India. The value is placed solely on the earning capacity of the
individual. Youngsters who have no income to the age of 10 are apportionaed 200 rupees; 10 to 15 years old are
awarded 400 rupees; and with mature bread-winners the evaluation rarely exceeds a thousand.
UNUSUAL CLAIM Here is an unusual claim: A marriageable young lady was medically prognosed sterile due to an injury
incurred in a jeep accident. Her father proceeded to enter a claim against the Army, but not for the cost of the
injuries or the hospital bills. His argument was that a sterile girl requires a larger dowery and he wanted the U.S.
to pay the additional dowery money.
And then there is the story of the GI's who wanted a change of diet. They decided to go fishing
and stuffed their pockets with dynamite. After the explosion the dead fish floated to the surface. The hungry soldiers
made off with the larger fish. It was an unusual problem for the Claims Department because no one knew how many fish
The mother who was nursing her child on a sharp curve in the road . . . The civilians who stole
polished brass and learned much to their dismay after the explosion that they had walked off with TNT . . . The
pregnant woman who had a miscarriage resulting from a bombing raid, filed a claim because the Army failed to shoot down
the enemy planes.
Maj. Nelson tells this one as his favorite. It happened during his stay in Africa. See if you can
figure out the logic. A French jeweler filed a claim to the U.S. for property stolen from him by Arabs. His theory
for the claims was the allegation that GI's had been so generous with the Arabs - taught them easy living - resulting
in stealing rather than working.
A sure antidote for tidal wave fears is actress Yvonne DeCarlo. She's one reason ocean swimming is so popular
in Southern California.
Chennault Hits Russian Aid To Communists
HONOLULU - (UP) - Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault, who has just completed a four-months' investigation
in China, charged this week that Soviet Russia was supplying military equipment to the Chinese Communists in their
fight against the Kuomintang (Central) government.
Chennault, who retired from the Army after leading the "Flying Tigers" in China, stopped in Honolulu
briefly before leaving for Washington to report his findings.
"The Communists are plentifully supplied and their equipment is getting increasingly better," he said.
"They have no factories where equipment may be manufactured - and the equipment and supplies are not coming from
Heaven - so they must be coming from Russia, according to the strong evidence I've been able to accumulate," the
Calcutta's Crime Section Resembles 'No Man's Land'
By SGT. RICHARD COLLIER
Inspector Charlie Ford, head of Calcutta Police Detective Department, sits beside me in the broad
leather-smelling expanse of a closed-in taxi, honking perilously down the long lighted stretch of Harrison Road.
Lights are winking on the stalls in the bazaars; a bale of silks shimmers like a red lambent flame; blown across
the face of half a city comes the familiar pervasive odor of sandalwood and drains - the smell of "rottenness twice
rotted" that Rudyard Kipling knew. This is my night out to howl with the Calcutta Police. We are going to
One minute the flicker of the streets is around us; the half pint skyscraper of the Burra Bazaar
telephone exchange, where rumor has it Dottie Lamour once worked, looms heavy against the night sky. Then we are
swallowed up in darkness. This is Kalibagan, the criminal quarter of Calcutta, the twilight bustee world of killers
and thieves where, in course of time, all the goons come home to rest.
We are five minutes away from Central Avenue; by jeep we are ten minutes from the Hinusthan Building.
We stumble unevenly over rutted ground. The stench rises up to hit you like something out of this world; Bullocks sprawl
among the cess, chinks of light peer from mud-thatched dwellings. In the farthest corners watching figures stood
like ramrods in the gloom, slinking away at our approach. Charlie Ford keeps a staunch hold on the roscoe in his
pocket. You never know with Kalibagan.
DARK STREET What do you see? You don't see a thing. This is any other dark and dirty street, although a little
"more than somewhat," as Runyon has it. But nobody here does anything beyond plot. They huddle by the sidewalk as they
huddled when we went past thinking up thuggery. Calcutta has a business quarter, a shopping center; just as assuredly
she has a criminal quarter. Nobody has ever questioned the fitness of this. But it comes as something of a shock
to find that more people have been hanged from this one street than from any other quarter of Calcutta.
Crime, says Charlie Ford, is easy to detect. Most of the criminals have one-track minds.
A gang occupying a bustee hut in the center of Kalibagan may specialize in lifting silverware from
the houses of wealthy Bengali merchants. Their favorite mode of entry is forcing a window. Given that much they will
go right on forcing the window even with the front door left open. Even with a gold watch on the sideboard they
would still settle for the silver.
Deduction becomes relatively simple. The gumshoes of the Empire's Second City spot their man's trademark,
arrest him in kalibagan within twenty-four hours. He wouldn't think of hiding out elsewhere. Where else would a
criminal hide but the criminal quarter?
I was dismissing the whole cahoot of Calcutta's criminals as a pack of meatballs when Charlie Ford
turned around at the corner of a narrow alley to shoo away a crowd of the over-curious. Said he casually: "You'd
never have got down here without me. They don't like strangers here."
I looked back again at the motionless dhoti-draped figures, rigid and impenetrable as hate, against
the backdrop of middens and darkness. Suddenly my contempt was gone with the wind. I guessed he was right.
The Chota Roundup is a weekly newspaper of the United States Forces, published by and for the men in the
India-Burma Theater for news and pictures supplied by staff members, soldier correspondents, and United Press.
Chota Roundup is printed every Thursday by The Statesman in Calcutta, India.
Editorial matter should be sent directly to the Editor, Sgt. E. Gartly Jaco, Hq., USF, IBT, APO 885, New York, N.Y. and should
arrive not later than Saturday in order to be included in the following week's issue.
Pictures must arrive by Friday and must be negatives or enlargements.
MAY 16, 1946
Original issue of Chota Roundup shared by CBI Veteran Douglas MacLeod