|The Franklin Evening
Star - 11 May 1945
ATTERBURY IS NOW EQUIPPED FOR NEW DUTY - Personnel Center Carries Out Discharge and Re-Assignment Duties For This Area
Designation of Camp Atterbury as one of 22 centers to which men now in the European theatre will be returned for discharge or for release on furloughs before being re-assigned to ditty ill the Pacific, will not mean any elaborate changes in the present operations of the post,
it was pointed out today.
|The Franklin Evening Star -
12 May 1945
ATTERBURY RELEASES FIRST VETS UNDER "CREDIT" PLAN
Approximately Three Hundred Overseas Veterans Receive Discharges Saturday
The Army's point system for discharging personnel went into immediate operation at the Atterbury Separation Center this morning and today approximately 300 soldiers who have 85 or more points under the adjusted service rating plan will be returned to civilian life. The discharges are all overseas veterans who were attached
lo the Rexeption Station here awaiting call from the port to return to their overseas organizations.
The point system, which was announced by the War Department Thursday. is now in full operation. Special clerks went to work at the Reception Station where overseas returnees report for furloughs and tempoary duty in the States, compiling the various service credits.
Of the first group of 34 put on orders for separation under the point system, 21 were from Ohio, 7 from Kentucky and 6 from Indiana.
Operation Is Described
The Separation Center receives the men from the Reception Station and started processing immediately so that they could be discharged today. May 12th. the date set by the Army for the operation of the point system. The center has been geared for this demobilization and with 48 hours the GIs change their military ranks for the title of "mister."
The discharge procedure went into operation soon after the veterans arrived. First. their service records are turned over to a battery of clerks for final checking. While
this is going on, the separatees listen to an orientation talk on separation procedure.
Given Physical Exam
The GIs then experience the same thorough physical examination as when they were first inducted into the Army. Next comes the counseling service where the men are interviewed and a summary of their military history recorded. The counselors also give data on government insurance, the GI Bill and other matters. Services of the Veterans Administration and the United States Employment Service are available through their representatives.
Now the men near the end of processing. The returnees report to the supply warehouse where they turn in all their equipment and clothing except that which they will be allowed to take home. While at the warehouse the GI receives the
new discharge patch, which is sewed just above the right pocket of his shirt or blouse.
Gel Travel Allowance
The turning in of the clothing marks the last step before the end of the soldiers' Army careers. The men return to the Records Section to sign the payroll, and then are taken to the Finance Office where they receive their final Army pay, the first installment of mustering out pay. and travel allowance of five cents a miles to the location of their home draft boards. They are then given their discharges and buttons for civilian coat.
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the Franklin Evening Star - 09 June 1945
Camp Atterbury Reception Center is operating at "High Gear".
Influx of veterans and units increasing rapidly since V-E Day; Serves three states
"We've already shifted into high gear, and now we're ready for overdrive", remarked Lt. Col. Donovan McGee, commanding officer of the Reception Station, this week as he watched another trainload of overseas returnees pour into the unit's Checking Station.
Under the Army's recently announced
deployment plan, the station here, second largest in the country, will
be the focal point for individual soldiers and units from
Two groups make up the greatest majority of returnees now reporting here. The first of these consists of soldiers from active and inactive theaters returned to this country
under the temporary duty plan for recuperation. These ordinarily receive 45 days recuperation furlough
before reporting back to the Reception Station here for shipment to a post on their way to rejoin their overseas organizations. Any of this group, not screened overseas for discharge. under the point system, are
declared non-essential are transferred n the Separation Center.
Groups or entire units declared surplus by overseas theaters and being redeployed to the Pacific theater make up the greatest number now arriving at the Reception Station. These are processed and given furloughs ranging from 21 to 45 days depending upon their branch of service and other factors. After furlough, the men report back here for assignment as a group to a new station.
Liberated prisoners of war are
ordinarily given 60-day furlough, before reporting to a Redistribution station, according to Lt.
George C. Beaver. unit adjutant. About 600 of these liberated prisoners, both officers and enlisted men, pass through each week.
The experience of Lt. Col. Donovan McGee, commanding officer of the Reception Station, as a personnel officer overseas in World War I and as a reception center officer in this war, ideally equips him for the difficult task now facing the Reception Center. He is shown here checking a report with S/Sgt W. S. Penrod as T/Sgt Ruth E. Bodine waits to take dictation.
Franklin Evening Star - 06 August 1945
New Centralized Separation Processing Is in Operation
A new, convenient. and time-saving. improved method for processing dischargees is now in operation at the Separation Center here. Today much of the processing for separating veterans from the service is done in three huge buildings a block north of Post Headquarters.
Tile three block-long structures now house more than 65 per cent of the processing
organizations, according to Maj. Joseph C. Dunn, commanding officer of the Separation Center. Although the same procedure is being used in separation, Maj. Dunn reports the consolidation of processes under several
roofs has materially aided the Army here to change the GI into "mister" well within the allotted 48 hours.
That Final Pay Requires
Huge Finance Staff
Franklin Evening Star - 29 September 1945
Congressmen, Gov. Gates Tours Atterbury Separation Center
Congressional and Indiana dignitaries visited lilt Atterbury lint N Separation ii. l Center this week, the congressional members of the House Military Affairs Committee, were invited by the War Department to tour the center here. Pictured left to right are: Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Bixby, Atterbury Post Commander: Rep. Forest Harness of Indiana: Rep. Overton Brooks of Louisiana; Rep. Charles Elision of Ohio; Rep. Henry U. Lareade, Jr., of Louisiana: Gov. Ralph F. Gates of Indiana: Col. Richard W. Cooper. Director of Personnel, Fifth Service Command: Lt. Col. Bernard C. Knestrick, Executive Officer, War Department Personnel Center: Maj. David C. Hale, Legislative Liaison Officer. Washington, D. C.
Getting an "inside" picture of the
center, four congressmen spent one afternoon in Camp Atterbury seeing first-hand how soldiers are returned to civilian life. Another visitor was
Gov. Ralph F. Gates, of Indiana.
The visitors inspected every phase of the separation program and stopped frequently to chat with soldiers in the processing litter;. Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Bixby, Post Commander, escorted the guests through the center.
He also told his guests the following facts about the progress of the Atterbury Separation Center:
Since Sept. 1 the number being discharged here has increased 500 per cent.
A single-day record for dischargees was made here Sunday with a release of
2,046 men, while 2,138 arrived for processing. A peak daily release of
2,400 should be reached this week.
Franklin Evening Star - 05 October 1945
100,000th "GI" is Released at Camp Atterbury
Without fanfare and un-noticed by the processing personnel whose only thoughts were getting out GIs as fast as possible, the 100,000th enlisted man was discharged this week at the Atterbury Separation Center.
Another record was achieved Wednesday when 2,398 officers and men were processed for a new single-day mark.
The Separation Center here, the second largest !n the United States, during the month of September separated from the service 49,121 officers and enlisted men, nearly half of the total number processed here since the inception of the Separation Center on Oct. 15, 1944.
The Atterbury center as of midnight Wednesday reported 108,001 enlisted men discharged and 10,250 officers on terminal leave or inactive status. Operations Division B, the newest processing division of the Separation Center. Wednesday processed 908 men.
At present the separation Center is keeping pace with the number of men being sent here for release, with no backlog,: reported this week.
Franklin Evening Star - 16 October 1945
Discharge Record Set at Atterbury
A new single-day record was achieved Sunday at the Atterbury Separation Center when 2,574 soldiers were released front the service, it was announced today by Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Bixby, post commander of Camp Atterbury. Gen. Bixby also revealed that during :the first 14 days of October, ending Sunday, the center has processed 30,487 men. As of Sunday 147,017 officers and enlisted person have been released at the Separation Center to date.
Franklin Evening Star - 29 October 1945
Separation Center Already Full-Grown At Age of One
The Atterbury Separation Center celebrated its first birthday
and is now full grown at the age of one. And its current average of more than 2,500 discharges daily indicates
how much it has grown since its activation on Oct. 15, 1944; when six men were discharged,
in what was at that time prophetically termed "the first trickle of what eventually will become a great stream.
Checking the figures on the Flow Control board In Separation Center: headquarters are M/Sgt. Isadore Lichtman, left, and Maj. L. F. Benson, Adjutant.
Col. Chester F. Allen, veteran of 30 months with Sixth Army Headquarters in the Pacific, assumed command of the Separation Center last week. A native of Beloit, Wis., where he was an Industrial engineer in civilian life. Col. Allen was called into service in October, 1940. as commanding officer of Co. L. 128th Regiment of the 32nd Division, then the Wisconsin National Guard.
He was later assigned to Third Army Headquarters at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., remaining there until transferring to Sixth Army Headquarters for shipment overseas. While overseas he served in Australia, New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon. He left Luzon six weeks ago.
Col. Allen is a graduate of Beloit College, where he starred in football and basketball in 1932 and 1933, accepting a position as assistant coach the following two years.
Franklin Evening Star - 07 December 1945
The 250,000th man to be discharged at the Separation Center here was presented his discharge certificate by Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Bixby, Post Commanding General in a ceremony early Tuesday morning. The quarter millionth man was Pfc. Cosier F. Nowosielski, twice wounded Detroit veteran. Present for the occasion were, left to right: Col. Chester F. Allen, Commanding Officer of the Separation Center; Col. Thomas L. Martin. Executive Officer, War Department Personnel Center; Gen. Bixby; Pfc. Nowosielski; Col. John E. Brannan, Post Executive Officer; and Lt. Col. Donovan McGee, Assistant Executive Officer, Personnel Center.
The 250,000th Man discharged from the Separation Center here since it's activation was presented his certificate early Tuesday morning by Brig. Gen. Ernest A. Bixby, Commanding General of Camp Atterbury. The quarter-millionth man was
Pfc. Casimer F. Nowostelski, Detroit. Mich., twice wounded veteran of 23 months service in the
ETO and wearer of the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
OF RECEIVING BATTALION
You have been admitted to the Receiving Battalion of Wakeman Convalescent Hospital, Camp Atterbury, Indiana. By this time you should have been processed by the Receiving Section of the Registrar's Office in Building 483 on the lower floor and had the following items checked: Records checked, in which a Form 55A accomplished, pay status checked, furlough status checked, (Some of you will have furloughs made out the second day of Processing by Medical Officers), Free Telephone Home Form accomplished, cigarette ration cards issued, Processing Slip issued, and assignment to your Company and Ward. If the previous mentioned steps have not be done see your barracks leader at once.
Upon arriving at Barracks, Building 465, you will sign in on a roster, in which the Barracks Leader will assign you a bed for that evening only.
If you arrive after 0100 you will not be processed the day of that morning, but given an opportunity to rest, at which time you will remain in your barracks. You will then begin processing the following morning with the group admitted during that 24 hours. All those admitted before 0100 will begin processing the coming 0800. It is to your advantage that you pay particular attention to your processing routing, because the sooner you are processed the sooner you will get your furlough or assigned to your new Battalion.
After the first day of processing, passes may be secured through your company orderly room. You will have a formation at 0745, 1300, and 1615 every day, except Saturday and Sunday, (there will be only a 0730 formation on Saturday,) at which time information concerning you and company policy will be explained.
An in all military installations, the standard of cleanliness and orderliness of the Battalion Area and of the Barracks must be very high. This will necessitate your cooperation to the fullest extent. Refrain from throwing things on the ground as it will have to be picked up later. A police of the area will be made daily and as many more times as is necessary to keep the area and barracks clean.
Military courtesy is only the act of being a gentleman and soldier at all times. Saluting is merely saying, "Hello" without words. Let's say "Hello" and let's be gentlemen.
Passes will not be issued on the day or night of your arrival. After you have completed your first day of processing, you may sign up for a pass with your duty non-com (Barracks Leader). Overnight passes will end at 0630 unless extended by your Company Commander. Patients nor reporting back from overnight pass by 0630 will be considered to be Absent Without Leave unless sufficient reason for the delay is explained.
Mess will be held at the following hours in Buildings 469, 468 or 479.
Getting to mess on time assists the limited cooking staff to adequately serve you and clear the mess hall.
A snack bar will soon be in operation in Building 480, and the hours the doors are open will be announced at your Company Formation. Your cooperation is requested in helping keep the place clean and orderly. Take advantage of the Snack Bar.
Formations are held daily at the following hours and places:
Attendance at all formations is required.
A day room is available to each Company at the following places: Company "A" day room in Building 464, Company "B" day room in Building 473.
Too much attention can not be paid your process slip. See that it is initialed in every box adn by your Barracks Leader.
Process slips will be turned in on the morning of your day of transfer only to the shipping clerk who will be at your Orderly Room.
Your day of processing will start at the hour shown on your process ship, but it is mandatory that your bunk be made and your barracks policed prior to your first formation which is at 0730 beside your barracks under the supervision of your Non-Com (Barracks Leader). You will fall in a formation of ranks with the ranking NCO of each rank at the head. Roll will be called by the duty Non-Com at this time. You will then be marched to your Company Formation where special announcements will be made.
Any problems we can help you with while in Receiving Battalion should be brought to our attention. We will gladly assist you in any capacity and will appreciate any suggestions you may have to offer co9ncerning the well being of the patients being processed.
0700 Make up your bed with clean sheets furnished you by Barracks Leader.
0730 Pack your Barracks Bag for a complete move, taking with you of the bedding only two sheets, and one pillow case that you used the evening before and move them to Supply Room, Building 473, waiting there for the next call, where they will tell you to report.
0800 You will receive initial orientation in Building 483, to include the mission of Wakeman Convalescent Hospital together with explanation of your processing, step by step. To save a lot of confusion, pay close attention to the above explanation. At the completion of the Orientation, you will be given a break and a chance to smoke.
0910 Your next step in processing will be a conference in the same building, at which time you will receive information on particular phases of army life and your part in it.
0940 You will receive instructions from Counseling Personnel, w/attention directed to affairs that may have arisen since you have been away.
1040 You will return to Barracks, Building 465, and wait there until your group is taken to Battalion Supply, Building 473. At this building you will get your bed and barracks assignment, draw 2 blankets and be advised about clothing issue. You will sign for 2 blankets, 2 sheets, and 1 pillow case, since you have the sheets and pillow case in your possession.
1300 You will promptly report to your Company Order Room --- Company "A", Building 464 and Company "B", Building 473 where you will receive such instructions as are necessary for the afternoon.
1315 Upon completion of company formations, you will proceed to Battalion supply, Building 473 for clothing check. After your clothing has been checked, you will be taken to a Model Stock Supply Room and the clothing that you are short, issued that day. When this is completed you have finished your first day of processing , when you will retire to your barracks and see that everything is in order for tomorrow.
NOTE YOUR COMPANY SINCE THIS IS THE ONLY DAY OF PROCESSING THAT IS DIFFERENT
COMPANY "A" ONLY
0800 You will have a dental examination in Building 482 on the first floor.
1000 Upon completion of dental examination you will report to the Appointment Clerk, at which time a Medical Appointment Slip will be given you which explains all the Medical Workup. You will be given appointments from 1000 to 1630 for Ear, Eyes, Nose and Throat, and Physical Examination, Social Work, and Personal Conference. At the end of the day when all your appointments are complete and your Medical Appointment Slip is completed, you will turn the slip in to the Appointment Clerk on the first floor. When this is done your have completed the Second day of Processing.
COMPANY "B" ONLY
0800 You will have an Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat examination in Building 482 on the second floor along with Medical Examination by Medical Officers. They will determine the length of convalescent furlough, if you are eligible for one at this time. If you are eligible for a furlough you will sign the application at this time. You will also be given appointments for Medical Consultations, and the proper time to report. Be sure you meet these appointments, since it is important before your Medical Workup is completed. Medical Workup will continue the remaining part of the day until you have finished your workup or have appointment for the following day. After having completed the three examinations mentioned, your second day of processing will be finished.
0830 You will turn in your bedding which consists of 2 blankets, 2 sheets, 1 pillow case and bunk tag, to Supply Room, Building 473. Move your bags to your Orderly Room and wait for the Shipping Clerk to take your processing Slips.
0800 Shipping Clerk will take up your processing slips and move you by bus to your new Battalion.
THE COMMANDING OFFICER
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