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Camp Phillips, Kansas


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NOTICE: Due to frequent changes in existing War Department and camp rules and regulations, information contained herein regarding rules, regulations and time schedules is subject to change without notice.




Howdy Soldier-You're now training in one of the finest military camps in the entire country.  We know it's a good camp for we've seen the results of the men who were stationed here and who went forth to prove that the training they received was the best.  What you do towards becoming a good soldier, of course, remains up to you but you may rest assured that the training facilities at your disposal here are as good, if not better, than any other camp in the country.  Take advantage of these facilities.  Allow them to condition and prepare you for becoming an integral part of the world's finest fighting machine.




The Camp Phillips reservation occupies -nearly 78 square miles of open, rolling Kansas prairie.  This is the section of the United States commonly called "the breadbasket of the nation" for its tremendous annual yield of wheat.  It is also the land of oil wells, which contribute thousands of gallons of this precious fluid to the war effort daily.


The camp is located 12 miles southwest of Salina, Kansas, which is itself only 50 miles west of the geographical center of the United States.  Kansas City, Missouri, is 200 miles east; Wichita, Kansas, 90 miles south; Denver, Colorado, 464 miles west; and Lincoln, Nebraska, 200 miles north.


Seventy-five years ago, buffalo used to roam over the same hills you now bivouac on.  It is the land where many battles were fought with Indians as pioneers moved west.  Camp Phillips is located near the northern terminus of the Old Chisholm Trail-the route early cattle barons used in marketing Texas-raised cattle.  It is a land, which contributed a great deal to our early history.  It is a land, which through its military installations, is contributing a great deal to modern history.  And you, soldier, are becoming an integral part of the history-making machine known as Camp Phillips.





Splendid athletic and recreational facilities are at your disposal here at Camp Phillips.  We are proud of these facilities and proud that we have five huge War Department theatres, three ultra-modern Service Clubs, and eleven complete Recreational Halls.  These various units are yours to use.  Their Competent staffs have been trained to serve you well and provide you with as near like home atmosphere as possible.  Athletic and Recreational installations at your disposal are:


SERVICE CLUBS-Service Club No. 1, building 2442, is located in the non-divisional area.  Service Club No. 2, building 660, is in the divisional area.  Service Club No. 3, for colored troops only, is located at the north end of camp across the street from Theatre No. 5. They are functions of the Special Services Branch and are for enlisted men.  At each club a recreational program is planned and supervised by a social hostess.  An excellent library, in charge of a trained librarian, is maintained.  A cafeteria and fountain-where servicemen, their families and friends, and civilians employed on the post may eat-is managed by a cafeteria hostess.  A guesthouse is part of the service club unit.  A telephone office, for long distance calls, and men's and women's lounges are also to be found in the club building.


RECREATION WITHIN THE SERVICE CLUBS-Dancing has proved to be the most popular form of recreation.  Any organization desiring to give a dance may make arrangements for such a party by conferring with the social hostess.  These are closed dances, only members of the organization and their pests being admitted to the recreation halls.  Other facilities of the club, however, remain open as usual.  Open house dances are given from time to time, and all service men are welcome.  USO junior hostesses are organized groups of girls from nearby towns and they are guests at these parties.  Musical programs and group singing are weekly features that are looked forward to with interest.  Talent shows are presented occasionally, on which have appeared some outstanding professional performers.


Once a week there are bingo and bridge games-with prizes for the winners.  The ping pong tables and equipment are in almost constant use and occasional tournaments are arranged.  Jig saw puzzles, checkers, chess and other games may be checked out for use at the club.


Cement tennis courts, which may also be used for outdoor dancing, are also at your disposal.



USO CLUBS IN SALINA-Soldier entertainment away from camp is handled very satisfactorily by the United Service Organizations.  The main USO in Salina is located at 110 West South Street in the basement of the Masonic Temple.  The Colored USO is located at 253 North Santa Fe Avenue.  Both clubs are staffed by competent USO workers and junior hostesses who see to it that the every entertainment desire of soldiers is satisfied.  Each club sponsors dances, entertainments, movies, games, and other recreational functions.  Each club has a snack bar and also a housing service wherein service men may find housing facilities for their dependents.  Besides furnishing soldier entertainment, daily facilities are made available for soldiers' wives.



GENERAL INFORMATION-Camp Phillips, one of the nation's newest training centers, is named in honor of Col. William A. Phillips, who founded the first town site here.  Col. Phillips was born in Paisley, Scotland, January 14, 1824- He commanded the Third Indian Regiment, composed of Cherokee Indians, in the Civil War.  He died at Fort Gibson, Okla., November 30, 1893.


Camp Phillips is near the north end of the Chisholm Trail, over which cattle were driven from Texas to the rail lines and markets in the early days. Jeeps, half-tracks, heavy equipment and marching feet now leave their marks where once were paths of the buffalo herds.


The Soldier's Uniform-One mark of a good soldier is his appearance.  You should wear the correct uniform at all times.  Acquaint yourself with regulations on wearing and caring for your uniform.


All equipment issued to you is charged to you.  You are responsible for it.


Passes - All passes to service men are issued on either WDAGO Form No. 7, enlisted mien's passes, or Camp Phillips Form No. 34.  These are the only passes authorized on the post.  WDAGO Form No. 7 is not effective for more than three days and is good for travel not to exceed 265 miles from the post.  Camp Phillips Form No. 34 is good for three months from date of issuance.  Absence from the post on this type of pass must not exceed 24 hours.  Travel limits are 35 miles from the post on week days, 125 miles on week-ends, on passes issued on Form No. 34


Visitors -All visitors must apply at either Gate 1 or Gate 2, be identified, and tell the military police whom they wish to visit.


Insurance-You are eligible to buy National Service Life Insurance.  Policies may be issued in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.  A $10,000 policy costs $6.40 a month if you are 18 years old, and up to $8.50 if you are 40 or older.  Premiums will be deducted from your monthly pay.  The Army suggests that you make arrangements for National Service Life Insurance while at Camp Phillips.  Information may be had from your top-kick or C. O.


Servicemen's Dependents' Allowance


By act of congress, you can authorize a deduction from your pay to help maintain your dependents.


Army, Navy and war industries must have quick communications.  It takes a lot of telephone calls to move a million men or make munitions-12,000 calls, for example, to make a bomber.  A machine gun in action uses 30 pounds of copper in four minutes-enough for a mile and a half of telephone lines.


As the war effort speeds up, the load on telephone wires throughout the country grows.  We cannot build new lines to carry this load because copper, nickel, and rubber are shooting-not talking-materials right now.


THIS IS WHY your calls are sometimes delayed.  That is why we have to make the most of the telephone facilities we have.






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