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8 The Julian News January 11, 2017 CA BRE Lic #00859374 P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 We have our own private parking lot behind the office... entrance off 'C' Street RNER WWW. iAIN,, & 1an-pro er TREET les.com A VERY SPECIAL HOME With a completely open floor plan and open beam ceilings. The home is immaculate and stunning. Gourmet kitchen with a center island, and custom stained cabinets.. Three bedrooms and three-quarter baths, two fireplaces and a pellet stove. The house is quite large, has a double attached garage and three decks. Great views from inside the house and from the decks. It is minutes to Lake Cuyamaca from the house. Priced at $620,000 LARGE CUSTOM HOME Entry to this large outstanding home is down a gated driveway. It is on eight acres, which adjoin Heise County Park - very private with panoramic views from the house and from the large deck! There is a master suite on the main floor with a fireplace and office and there are more bedrooms downstairs - a total of four bedrooms + 2 extra rooms and 3 full & 2 half baths -.a very special house. Priced at $999,000 1 INCREDIBLE NORTH PEAK VIEW Most spectacular views of Lake Cuyamaca and all the way to the ocean from this 2.2 acre lot. Previous house had septic, electric and water. Bring your dream and build your home. Julian awaits you. BUILDABLE LOT Septic is in for a 2-bedroom home. Existing foundation was signed off by the County. Water meter is in, there is a circular drive. Complete set of plans, some renewals my be required. Previous home burned in Cedar Fire. $-1--1--27000 Reduced to $105,000 IN JULIAN ESTATES - A SPECIAL PLACE Much of the pre-building work has been done for this almost five-acre site in Julian Estates. The drive- way is in, the grading is done for a large building pad and the well and water tank are in and ready. This is a great opportunity to build your dream home, with a great view, in a highly desirable gated community just four miles south of the Julian Townsite. Priced at Reduced To $190,000 Rose Steadman, Broker / Owner email: lilyroy@sbcglobal.net CA BRE Lic #00859374 Kirby Winn, Realtor Associate email: kirbylwinn@gmail.com CA BRE Lic #00326128 Basic 1943 Part 3 by Bic Montblanc Basic training during WWll was a seventeen week affair. It wasn't until about halfway through that our young soldiers really began to look like a smart outfit like the earlier classes of recruits they observed and admired. It took a lot of work, gruelling twenty mile marches with 60 pound packs and endless time on the rifle range learning to shoot and become proficient as well as field stripping and cleaning your weapon of which you even memorized the serial number. What seemed like endless marches up and down Misery and Heartbreak Hills, which are still at Fort Knox, constant discipline and lessons in the "art of war" was paying off in turning boys into physically hard men. They learned to climb over a fence where you would present the least target to the enemy and they learned to crawl. The army has their own method of crawling and it's tested on the obstacle course which is a hundred yard tract that is all mud and draped in barbed wire. Additionally there were observers in the guard towers at the periphery of the course who would set off explosive charges at the time the men had to turn on their backs to get under the wire resulting in mud raining down on their faces. The men would crawl through mud, heels flat, lifting wire with no gloves, all the while keeping the barrel of their M-1 out of the mud while water cooled 30 caliber machine guns constantly r fired live rounds with tracers just above the wire level. At the end of the tract you had to fire three rounds. If your weapon was fouled, you cleaned it and repeated the course. About four men in fifty were so unnerved they would refuse the course. No one seemed to know what happened to them. There was even fox hole training with the men digging holes in a straight line. There wasn't instruction on depth until a tank that would straddle the holes started coming. To say that the men were all "assholes and elbows" trying to dig deep in a limited time before the tank ran over them in their holes is an understatement. A full five days was spent on the range learning to shoot the M-1 at 300 and 600 yards by "old army" instructors. Seventy years ago marksmanship counted and the men fired hundreds of rounds a day learning to shoot from four or five positions. Rain or shine, range time was never cancelled. My father remembers one rainy day when they broke for lunch. The cooks were serving under a tent glopping ham, then mashed potatoes, corn and finally pineapple one on top of the other into their mess kits. Then back out in the storm to eat quickly so lunch didn't get overly waterlogged. Each day on the range their shoulders getting sorer. They learned to shoot for speed and accuracy with the lowest acceptable score being marksman then sharpshooter and the elite few who made expert. They also learned to shoot 30 and 50 caliber machine guns, carbines, bazookas, 45 pistols and had hand grenade training. Tankers did not get bayonet training like the infantry. They learned orienteering at night with maps and a compass. Dad doesn't remember how far they travelled but they were dropped off at about 7 p.m. in the woods and didn't make it back to base until three or four in the morning. He doesn't recall ever having to shoot an azimuth with his compass the entire time in combat. By this time they were sharp and disciplined and the swagger in their steps were catching the eyes of the new recruits as theirs were at the classes ahead of them. These men were tankers though and infantry training shifted to mechanized training about half-way through basic. In the case of my father who had never even driven a car yet, he got his training on a two ton truck that you had to double clutch. He started in an open field and the only real instruction tie got was the diagram on the dashboard of the gear positions before his instructor said "let's go." By the end of the day with all the fits and starts and stalls, he could drive. The farm boys seemed to know all this already and many of them took to the physically demanding job of tank driver. All facets of the training in a tank were graded and the men, though they were cross trained were eventually settled into their jobs with the hierarchy from lowest to highest being bow-gunner or loader once in battle battle becoming Privates or PFC's earning $50 to $54 per month. A driver (good ones were intuitive and adept at maneuvering through terrain) were Corporal Technicians and gunners became Corporals in combat both earning $64 per month. All positions were Buck Privates until they proved themselves in battle. Tank Commanders which ranged from Buck Sergeant to 1st Lieutenant were only chosen to command in the field, not basic training. After graduation themeri were typically given about seven days leave before reporting to their point of debarkation for Europe. They would spend about two weeks on a troop ship zig zagging across the Atlantic. Once they reached England they were transported by train for another ship across the Channel to France. Sometimes, within two days they would in combat replacing men who were casualties of war. They were often ignored by hardened Veterans until they proved themselves in battle. These men were going into combat in a Sherman Tank. It would carry 70 to 80 shells with another 20 crammed in if they were going into battle. It carried four thousand rounds of 30 and 50 caliber ammunition and a case of grenades. It carried 160 gallons of high octane gasoline. It was lightly armored, small (34 tons compared to 50 tons) and had a high profile compared to the German Tigers and Panzers. The gun was a relatively short barrelled, low velocity 75 millimeter compared to the German's high velocity 88 that would easily go right through the Sherman. The Sherman's top speed was 25 mph and had very narrow tracks resulting in poor flotation. Though the Sherman tank was an inferior weapon compared to the German tank, the U.S. made up for it in sheer numbers. America not only had spare tanks for their decimated crews, they also supplied the Allies with enormous numbers of tanks, other vehicles and war materiel. What America lacked in its armored hardware, it made up for in the American Tanker. It was best summed up by Winston Churchill who said "It was men like Patton, who took those amateur citizen soldiers and turned them into an awesome, deadly, fast moving horde of predators." After living and surviving basic training my father's comment was that it should have been tougher because it was a walk in the park compared to the horrors of war. This adorable 1 year old female Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix (aka "Chiweenie") arrived to the shelter as a stray and has yet to be named. Weighing in at 131bs, this sweet gal is unsure why no one has arrived to claim her. Typical of her breeds, she has big dog personality packaged in a compact and portable small dog body. To meet her, ask for ID#A1755434 Tag#C372. She can be adopted for $69. Ben is male black/white pet rat who wants nothing more than to demonstrate what great family companions rats can be. Contrary to popular belief, rats are very clean and sociable animals who make wonderful pets for people of all ages. Highly intellegent, they can be trained to come when called as well as other tricks. Meet this little guy by asking for ID#A1756349 Tag#CQ90. All adoptions will include vaccinations, spaying~neutering (upon adoption), a microchip and free Vet visit. Dog fees also include a 1 year license. "Chiweenie" and Ben are at our Central County Shelter, 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego. The Shelter hours are 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Tuesday through Sunday or visit www.sddac.com for more information.