For more than 70 years, The Bayonet has served as the official newspaper of Fort Benning, and has been the only continuously published weekly newspaper during that timeframe.
The Bayonet was first published on Sept. 17, 1942, after being founded by Maynard Ashworth, who was assigned to the Office of Public Affairs at what was then the U.S. Infantry Center.
It was named by 1st Lt. Henry T. Gayley, who wrote in the inaugural edition, “The bayonet is the symbol of the infantryman, whether he trudges the roads, rides the jeep or six by six, or is air borne. The paratrooper forming the left ear of the mast-head represents the parachute trooper and Lawson Field, while the tank on the right ear is symbolical of the armored divisions which are trained at Fort Benning.”Clyde Sparks never spoke much about his time in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he earned a Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in Luxembourg. It was his silence that always marked him as a veteran of the second World War.
It wasn’t until Staff Sgt. Scott Martin, who is a radio frequencies transmissions systems operator for the 606th Air Control Squadron, met him for the first time that he began to talk about his experiences.
“He completely opened up to me,” said Martin, who is married to Sparks’ granddaughter, Jessica Martin. “He found out that I was also in the military, and that was all it took.
“My fondest memory of him is just sitting and talking with him,” he continued. “Whenever I would come over, he would clear a space right next to him and tell me to come sit down He couldn’t walk a lot, but he could talk. We would talk for hours and hours.”
Sparks would tell Martin stories about how cold it was where he served. While most of his memories had faded over time and old age, one memory remained vivid.
“He always talked about losing his bayonet in the war, and you could tell he wasn’t happy about it,” said Martin, who is originally from Chico, Calif.
But now, the Sparks family has a new story to tell, because a Luxembourg man tracked down the the owner of the bayonet from 68 years ago.The Imperial German military, implemented a number of numerous kinds of bayonet. Generally new types of bayonet experienced been introduced coupled with different styles of rifle. Bayonets had been carried by practically all dismounted soldiers in colonial support way up to the position of Sergeant. Officers on best of the placement of Sergeant carried Swords.
German mauser bayonet is Most likely the most prominent from the a amount of different models utilised through the German Armies throughout WW1. Its formal name is ‘Seitenge Gewehr 98/05’ , in which ‘98’ is for that real rifle and carbine with that it had been issued and ‘05’ with regard towards the specific year of its official adoption. There’s a saw-backed model that had been carried through the pioneers, the basic design through the Infantry along with the Foot Artillery. Which has been among the several German Bayonets to become found in fundamental and saw-backed versions, in which the latter wasn’t regarded exclusively as NCOs concern.
A amount of German bayonets have been introduced together with saw teeth alongside the back edge. The sawback blade had been generally applied to trim wood. These types of bayonets are typically known to utilizing an S for “Säge” or noticed right after the bayonet name, for example S89/05aAS. Most kS98 and Pfm bayonets had a sawback blades, like a result there was initially no require to distinguish in between with or without sawback, so no S is included at the last part of their abbreviation.
German bayonet scabbards had been earlier constructed of black leather-based tipped along with steel. These kinds of leather scabbards might at times get twisted and ruined any time the bayonet have been unsheathed, and inside the colonies merely because from the leather grips they rotted rapidly. Steel scabbards were well-known in later bayonets particularly in the colonies. Just about all kS98 bayonets had been supplied with steel scabbards.
German bayonets were usually ready in various techniques that inform us a excellent deal about the background of every and every person knife. Unfortunately for the historian, even although the vast majority of bayonets got their total compliment of markings just prior to being issued not all bayonets did. All through the 1st World War bayonet markings had been not frequently utilized and have become really uncommon.