CHAPTER 446

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

IN RECOGNITION OF HARTLY GROUND OBSERVER CORPS OBSERVATION POST.

WHEREAS, On October 9, 1952, the Ground Observer Corps Observation Post of Hartly, Delaware, was accorded national recognition by being chosen by the Columbia Broadcasting System, upon recommendation of the United States Air Force, as the subject for the dramatization of the Ground Observer Corps on a nationwide radio program in connection with the recruiting campaign for the Corps; and

WHEREAS, the Hartly Post was selected by the Air Force because it was one of the few posts in the nation which had operated continuously on a twenty-four hour basis since the start of the all out Operation Skywatch on July 14, 1952, and because it was an outstanding example of what could be done in a small community under capable leadership; and

WHEREAS, the radio program, tape recorded on the ground at Hartly, Delaware, by CBS depicted the successive steps by which Mr. Newlin Wood, the Post Supervisor, succeeded in organizing his post, recruiting 180 observers although the population of the community was only 130, building and equipping the station and maintaining successful operation; and

WHEREAS, the local Lions Club was persuaded to sponsor the project, money was raised by means of cake bakes, each child in the school being given a note to his parents asking for donations of cakes or food, material for the shelter was solicited and the shelter erected by volunteer labor; and

WHEREAS, all of this was re-enacted by the townspeople for the broadcast and in addition talks by the Governor of Delaware, the Honorable Elbert N. Carvel; the Chief of the Delaware Ground Observer Corps, Mr. George Ehinger, and the chief of the Baltimore Filter Center, Major Curtis, U. S. A. F. were transcribed; and

WHEREAS, the said program has been broadcast over the Columbia Broadcasting System's national hookup and a recording was furnished by Mr. Ehinger for the use by local broadcasting stations; and

WHEREAS, it is only fitting and proper that the 117th General Assembly of the State of Delaware commend and salute the Ground Observer Corps Observation Post of Hartly, Delaware; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 117th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives concurring therein that the State of Delaware praise and commend the Ground Observer Corps Observation Post of Hartly, Delaware, for the unselfish time and effort that it has devoted to our national civilian defense; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ground Observer Corps Observation Post of Hartly, Delaware, should be an outstanding and shining example to every citizen of the State of Delaware and the nation and serve as an incentive to encourage our citizenry to participate in this most important endeavor; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Ground Observer Corps Observation Post of Hartly, Delaware, and a copy be made available to the press.

Approved April 1, 1953.