"My 2nd assignment was NCOIC of Dugout Party to Lake Langana to provide water to the Denver & Dakota parties."
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The Unsung Cartographers

Putting ETHIOPIA on the Map


By SAM BAUMAN,             Staff Writer

S&S Photos by         GUENTER SCHUETTLER
  
THE STARS AND STRIPES    
Monday, May 17, 1965 
Page 14

1st Tour 1965-1966:

I was in charge of the Field Party that put the Vertical & Horizontal control on all of the picture paints for the 1st map sheet of Ethiopia. It was later presented to Haile Selassie, and I was also the one who matted and framed it for the presentation.  

My 2nd assignment was NCOIC of Dugout Party to Lake Langano, to provide water to the Denver & Dakota parties. (I think we were the 1st to carve out a dugout canoe). We cut down a 24 ft. tree, cut off 14 ft. and with a lot of cutting, shaped it into a dugout canoe. At our first attempt to float it, it sank, but later, on the Uraga River, we did some running of the rapids about 3 miles up stream from camp. Our 1st try should have been our last! About five minutes after push-off, a crocodile, longer than our dugout, slipped into the water and we had no place to go - cliff to the right; swamp to the left; water flowing too fast to go back up stream, then after wait seems like hours (5-10 minutes) we pushed off down stream at the 1st rapids and it didn't take long to upright the dugout and keep going.   We thought that was the end of the river run, but 2 weeks later we strapped two 55 gallon drums on each side of the canoe (no crocodiles could get inside) and tried it again to see who could run it the fastest. Well, at the 1st rapids the drums were gone. We never did find them and that was the end of the story.  


2nd Tour 1967-1968:  

I replaced Sgt. Harris, as 1st Sgt. and after a couple of months, my wife was sent to Walter Reed Hospital and I was to be transferred back to the States with our five children. At the time I was in the process of rebuilding the Club that had burned down (I know why and I wasn't there.) It had to be rebuilt with troop labor, which I was in charge of. I was replaced as 1st Sgt. by (???) and took over the rebuilding 24-7, when anybody was free to work. Labor was no problem, the pay was FREE drinks & snacks from the old club in the mess hall. After the grand opening and I had cut the cake, Col. Thompson told me I had to go. That was in 1968.  

If you hadn't served in Ethiopia, and are reading this, there is no way you can comprehend the perks that I had....The following are just a few, and I had many, many more.  

To top the list - I was sent to Nairobi twice for a total of 36 days (all inclusive + car rental) for the repair of some distance measuring instruments (after 40 years I have forgotten the name)  
2nd on the list - I was flown back to the States (commercial) to hand carry all of the documentation far the production of the 1st Map Sheet of Ethiopia.  

And one more of the many perks I had, I was put in charge of a party of 3 to assist a civilian from Army Map Service for some 1st order of work in the Gondar area (hotel all inclusive and free drinks.)  

Of all the places I served in my 21 years, Ethiopia will always be at the top of the list.  

Floyd D. Sims    

P.S.  I'm making some stained class pieces that I'm sure everyone will want (picture enclosed.) I think they are fantastic pieces (but I made them.) See MMStore for more information.

FLOYD SIMS

Floyd D. Sims     1965-66  and  1967-1968

Putting ETHIOPIA on the Map

By SAM BAUMAN,
            Staff Writer

S&S Photos by         GUENTER SCHUETTLER
  
THE STARS AND STRIPES    
Monday, May 17, 1965 
Page 11

 PHOTOS OF ETHIOPIA

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