A Rookie in Crowder is the Camp Crowder, Missouri edition of a souvenir comic book depicting basic training. Ned Eller is a cartoonist who trained as a front line combat infantryman.
Felix A. Cizewski, my late father, trained at Camp Crowder beginning in May, 1942.
Recruits spent three weeks learning the basics of soldiering: drill; equipment, clothing, and tent pitching; first aid; defense against chemical attack; articles of war; basic signal communication; interior guard duty; military discipline; and rifle marksmanship.
– Rebecca Robbins Rainsy
Camp Crowder training did not include bayonets, machine guns, and mortars as depicted in the comic strip but included many of the other aspects of camp life.
This is a scan of a copy of “A Rookie at Crowder” rescued from a garage sale by Chris McCluer of Mission, Kansas. He recognized that veterans and their families would appreciate its depiction of World War II Army basic training and donated it to the Unofficial Informal Archive of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII site.
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