History of 185th Quartermaster Company (Depot Supply) Jan - January - June 1944
(Year is 1944 and location is Karachi India unless otherwise listed)
3-Jan Weekly Lecture on Articles of War and Security conducted. Commanding Officer is Captain Benjamin Patterson
5-Jan Weekly drill conducted
11-Jan Weekly Lecture on the Indian Army by Major Holland of the Indian Army
12-Jan Weekly drill conducted
16-Jan Weekly Lecture on the Japanese Army
18-Jan Weekly drill conducted with Col T.H. Bexs (CO Base Section #1 SOS) the Reviewing Officer 25-Jan Weekly drill conducted 31-Jan 185th QM Co (Depot Supply) Morning Report, Strength in January fluctuates between 151 and 204 with average 167 men during month of January. 2 men sent to hospital in January. Weekly Lecture on Chemical Warfare conducted
1-Feb Chemical Warfare Training Film shown. Strength 2 officers and 137 enlisted
2-Feb Weekly drill held
5-Feb talk on Sex Hygiene
9-Feb-44 Karachi India Weekly drill conducted
15-Feb Lecture and general forum discussion
16-Feb Weekly drill conducted
22-Feb Weekly lecture by British Officer on Tobruk and Crete Campaign
23-Feb Weekly drill held though the weather was very poor. Training on military codes and informal discussion on aid to soldiers in general.
28-Feb Morning Reports in Feb strength was between 203 and 314. First Three Graders Council meeting held discussions on company problems. During the month Capt. B.G. Patterson was relieved of command by 2nd LT Abraham W. Fiur as interim. One man was hospitalized and returned and another was returned from the hospital
29-Feb Meeting on proper method for receiving pay
1-Mar Weekly drill held. General Warden as guest. Unit strength 119 enlisted and 2 officers
2-Mar First 3 Graders discussion on company cleanliness and room care
3-6-Mar Movies shown
7-Mar Meeting of the Council members on subject of "CI" Company Funds. Lt Robin of the Judge Advocates Office conducted a talk on the Articles of War. A movie was shown preceded by several training films on G15 Masks and Proper Maintenance of pneumatic tires 8-Mar Weekly drill only 1/2 hour
11-Mar Weekly drill session. Royal dance and entertainment
14-Mar Weekly lecture by Captain Matthews on Indian Customs and Religion
15-Mar Weekly drill session (last of weekly sessions)
16-Mar First lecture on Malaria Control by Captain Solomon
17-Mar Second lecture on Malaria Control by Captain William Carrington. Also movie night
18-19-Mar Recreation tour to Hawks Bay for swim and fun (Hawke's Bay or Hawkes bay is a beach in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan located 20 km at south-west of Karachi. This beach is named after Bladen Wilmer Hawke, who owned a beach house here in 1930s.)
20-Mar Third lecture on Malaria Control by Captain Williams
21-Mar Beginning of semi-weekly drill schedule (half hour). Fourth lecture on Malaria Control by Major Gabreski. Usual Tuesday night movie show
24-Mar Semi-weekly drill session
25-Mar Entertainment and dance
26-Mar Recreation swim to Hawks Bay and inter-league baseball game at Mosolium Field
28-Mar Semi-weekly drill session
31-Mar Semi-weekly drill session. Morning Reports in March strength was between 287 and 312. No hospitalizations occurred during the month
2-Apr Recreation to Hawks Bay. Strength was 2 officers and 122 enlisted
3-Apr Effective 3 Apr 44, the 185th QMC (DS) assigned to General Depot #1 per para 5 SO #82 HQ Base Sec #1 SOS USAF CBI APO 886,3 Apr 44. Second Lieutenant Fiur Abraham W appointed CO 185th QMC (PS) to replace Capt. Benjamin Patterson
4-Apr Semi-weekly drill session. Movie night, Inter-league softball game 185th v 6th Base. Score 4-3.
5-Apr Beginning of weekly bingo and tomboli games in new recreation hall
7-Apr Semi-weekly drill session. Movie night. Unit officers come off per diem and begin eating meals at hotel
8-Apr Semi-monthly dance and entertainment. New instruments were obtained to aid in forming small band
9-Apr Movies at night. Seven men went on a trip to the RIN, HMS Himalaya Training Station and another group took in Hawks Bay for a swim
10-Apr 185th QMC (DS) assigned to QM Supply Section for Duty
11-Apr Unit entered Gas Chamber 100%. Movie Night and Ball Game
12-Apr Bingo and TOMBOLO (Tombola is a lottery-style board game which originated in Southern Italy. A variation of the game is a popular form of raffle in the UK and elsewhere. In Italy, a tombola is a traditional board game, first played in the city of Naples in the eighteenth century. It is similar to the game of bingo.)
14-Apr Company close order drill and calisthenics. Movie night.
15-Apr Ball game practice
16-Apr Hawks Bay swimming trip
18-Apr Lecture on Japan by Vice Counsel Edwards, movie night and ball practice. Semi weekly drill schedule fulfilled
19-Apr Bingo and TOMBOLO
21-Apr Semi Weekly drill schedule with military courtesy. Friday Night Movie Night
23-Apr Recreational swim to Hawks Bay. Royal Ball team won against 145th Truck 10-2
25-Apr Movies night with usual semi weekly drills
26-Apr games once more with TOMBOLO
28-Apr Semi weekly drill schedule with movie night
30-Apr Morning Reports in April strength was between 286 and 290. During month 3 enlisted men were hospitalized. Swim to Hawks Bay and payday
May-Oct Lake Beale, India The buildup in the theater required replacement installations and by the end of 1943 there were replacement depots in operation at Camp Angus near Calcutta, Camp Kancheapara and at Malir (No. 1). In May 44, a staging area and replacement depot started operating at Lake Beale. Every action in the Port of Bombay had to be cleared with British authorities which Americans found to be unsatisfactory. This caused delays to unloading troops because of lack of rolling stock and poor timing of trains. Gradually, though, one function after another was transferred, so that the U.S. port commander, eventually assumed responsibility for most activities. Reliance on British staging facilities ended in July 1944 when an American staging area was opened at Lake Beale, 125 miles from Bombay, at one of the main trans-India rollway connections. That camp continued until October when a section of Camp Kalyan, a British staging area in Bombay, was made available for personnel departing the Theater. Camp Beale was then assigned to the SOS Replacement Service and was used exclusively as a staging area for troops arriving in CBI.
1-May Strength 1 officer and 130 enlisted.
12-May Friday morning drill by platoon
13-May Mothers Day dance and entertainment went over big
14-May Swim at Hawks Bay and movies
16-May Movies with training film "Protection Against Chemical Attack" before the regular Tuesday night show Also started first of a series of swims to "Boat Club" for recreational purposes. This begins daily evening swims.
19-May Movie is "How to get killed in one easy lesson"
22-May A swim to Hawks Bay, brought out a truck load of Polish refugees. During early 40’s Karachi had a significant population of Polish refugees which fled Russian occupation in their native land. It was precisely during August 1942 and December 1944, when more than 30,000 Polish traveled to Karachi by Sea. They were accommodated in Malir by British Army. After restoration of Peace in Poland most of them moved back to Poland. Some 58 Polish nationals are buried in the Karachi Christian Cemetery.
23-May Watched Disney's "The Winged Scourge" (The Winged Scourge is the first of a series of health-related educational shorts produced by the Disney studios and the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs for showing in Latin America. It was also the only one to use established Disney characters (the Seven Dwarves). In this propaganda short, the viewers are taught about how the mosquito can spread malaria. A young mosquito flies into a house and consumes the blood of an infected human. She then consumes the blood of a healthy human, transmitting the disease into him. It turns out that this is actually a film within a film and the Seven Dwarfs are watching it. The Dwarfs volunteer to get rid of the mosquito by destroying her breeding grounds.) 26-May Gas mask inspection in ranks. Movie night
28-May Sunday the recreational swim also meant a trip to the Polish refugee camp where we got to truck loads of refugees to Hawks Bay.
30-May USO show played on newly constructed stage.
31-May Morning Report Company manpower ranged between 289-269. Decontamination and anti-incendiary teams had 1/2 hour training. Drill was postponed so the EM could attend services at the soldiers cemetery for Memorial Day services. Recreation for month included: regular bingo games, Tuesday night movies, Friday night movies, Sunday recreational swim to Hawks Bay with movies at night. Semi-Weekly drill schedule. 1 enlisted man hospitalized in the month
1-Jun Lake Beale, India The Port of Bombay was officially opened on Jan. 1, 1944, and the 181st General Hospital was opened, occupying the Deepak Mahal. In February, plans were being made to build Replacement Depot No. 4, Lake Beale, and it was opened on June 1. Twenty officers and 50 men were stationed there at first, but the total was later raised to 250. Camp Beale was used chiefly for sending new transients forward to other parts of the CBI Theater and for billeting men on their way to the Persian Gulf. The Depot was closed in March, 1945 after processing many thousands of troops. The 181st General Hospital was moved to Malabar Hill in March and a 100-bed institution was fully staffed. At the time a U.S. Military Observer's Office was set up
1-Jun Strength 1 officer and 131 enlisted men. Stated month with a meeting to plan our anniversary party. Movies on Friday night with routine swims to "Union Jack"
4-Jun Sundays swim to Hawks Bay was great fun. The movies at night ended a great day of fun.
6-Jun Tuesday's drill was cancelled. Had a new lecture by Lt Brown and 2 training films dealing with Chemical Warfare in the evening. D-Day in Europe
9-Jun Because of the dance (anniversary party), Friday night movies were moved to Thursday. The dance was successful but not good. The new GI band proved to be good music.
13-15-Jun Training films and lectures on First Aid in the Field with regular movies following. Daily swims continue about the Union Jack Club
18-Jun Hawks Bay was again swarmed by our men while others made a trip to the hospital to visit our 7 sick men
20-Jun Tuesday night training film on Military Courtesy
22-Jun 1st LT John J Buckley attached to 185 QM Co and appointed Commanding Officer
25-27 Jun Sunday was night of Organization big second anniversary dinner-dance. 40 polish refugees gave us a "gal for every man and oodles of fun all around." Monday some of the men attended a dance at the refugee camp and Tuesday was movie night. "Made for 3 busy nights in a row."
30-Jun During the month 7 men hospitalized. Morning Report Company manpower range from 249-275. The CO, LT John J Buckley signed reports written by company clerk who writes "So ends the use of these old morning reports. Remarks will have to be short and sweet because there is no place for talking on these new reports."