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Technical School, Sioux Falls Army Air Field

Technical School
Sioux Falls
Army Air Field




This handbook contains information about the Technical School, Sioux Falls Army Air Field, Sioux Falls, S. D., and its many services for the school personnel, including telephone service. Also, there is a map of Sioux Falls and city information which may be helpful to you.

I am here at the School to help you get the best telephone service that is possible under difficult wartime conditions. Telephone lines are crowded as never before and the materials required to build more lines are going into military equipment and munitions. We will do our best for you with the lines and equipment available.

You can recognize me by the badge with the Blue Bell. If I can help you, just hail me. Sincerely, R. W. “Bob” Anderson Camp Telephone Manager NORTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE CO.

Property of:

In case of emergency notify

Telephone No.




{Indian camp}

Sioux Falls, largest city in South Dakota, is located at the falls of the Sioux river, named after the warlike Sioux Indians and called by them “Te-han-kas-an-data” or “Thickly-wooded-river.”

White men found this part of the country occupied by the Dakotas, the most powerful member of the great Sioux family. Here these hard-riding, hard-fighting Indians hunted buffalo and battled intruders. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse were among their great war chiefs; Custer’s Massacre is their best known victory over the white men.

Sioux Falls was first settled in 1857, but after the Sioux Massacre in southern Minnesota in 1862, it was abandoned until 1865 when Fort Dakota was established at this site. The present city dates from the coming of the soldiers who afforded protection for pioneer settlers.

The Technical School, Sioux Falls Army Air Field, adjoins the residence part of Sioux Falls on the northwest. Started in the summer of 1942, it is one of the largest training schools of its kind anywhere.



POST HEADQUARTERS—Post Headquarters is only a short distance from the entrance at Gate No. 1, and is easily recognized by means of the large flag pole in front. Here are the offices of the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Adjutant, as well as S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4, Message Center, and Administrative Inspector.

BUILDING NO. 2—Situated next to Post Headquarters, this building houses the Post Judge Advocate, Classification, Legal Aid Department and the Historical Department.

SPECIAL SERVICE OFFICE—Is located in Building No. 13 and it is here that a multitude of activities are sponsored for the welfare and entertainment of the enlisted men and WACS. Also located in the same building are the Post Chaplain’s Office, Post Broadcasting System, Public Relations Office and the Personal Affairs Division, which includes War Bonds, Insurance, Legal Aid, and Army Emergency Relief. It is through the Person Affairs Division that assistance is provided military personnel and their dependents in securing employment, re-employment, education and vocational rehabilitation. Each squadron has a Special Service Officer who should be contacted by all those interested in sports, orchestras, glee clubs, acting and other recreational activities.


SERVICE CLUB—The Service Club is the center of recreation for enlisted personnel and their guests. It is on Algonquin Avenue between Gate No. 1 and Post Headquarters. The main salon is used for dances, band concerts, shows, and broadcasts. Included in the club are a cafeteria, snack bar, and soda fountain, a game room, a balcony which is used for letter writing and a library with more than 8,000 books. There also is a public telephone center on the second floor off the balcony with operators in attendance during the busier hours. Another telephone center with operators is located in Mess Hall No. 4—Building 845. Guests can be taken to the Service Club when proper arrangements are made. (See page 24 for pass procedure)

GUEST HOUSE—The Guest House is adjacent to the Service Club and provides lodging for relatives of enlisted personnel. The charge is 75 cents a day and there is a three-day limit for guests. For reservations apply at the Service Club office.

POST THEATRES—There are two large Post theatres each seating more than 1,000 persons. Both run on staggered schedules, so that the men on the various school shifts may attend. The charge to military personnel is 15 cents per show or $1.20 for a booklet of ten admission tickets. Other entertainments, such as USO camp shows and personal appearances of movie and radio stars, are frequently provided. Time schedules and programs are announced in the Daily Bulletin, the Post newspaper, “The Polar Tech”, and over the Post Broadcasting System. The theatres are located in Buildings 73 and 23.


BOATING—The Special Service Office has provided boats on Covell Lake for Army personnel only, during seasonal weather. This lake is a part of Terrace Park, located just outside the Hospital Area in the southeast part of the Post.

BOWLING ALLEYS—Are located in Building No. 847 and are open daily from 0800 to 2200 for the use of all military personnel.

ROLLER SKATING—A large tent roller rink is located just in rear of the Civilian Personnel Offices outside of Gate No. 2. This is available to military personnel during the spring, summer, and fall.

SPORTS ARENA AND SPORTS ARENA ANNEX—The Sports Arena provides an adequate surface of hardwood floor for basketball, boxing, wrestling, volley ball, and other recreational activities. Lessons are given in various sports including fencing and boxing. The Sports Arena is in Building No. 53. The ANNEX is across the street where shuffle board, table tennis and other games may be played in addition to boxing, weight lifting and conditioning activities.

SWIMMING POOL—A swimming pool is available in Terrace Park for military personnel from late spring until early fall.

ATHLETIC FIELDS—Numerous athletic fields, including softball and baseball diamonds, are located in each squadron area.


POST BROADCASTING SYSTEM—Is located in Building No. 13. It is a complete broadcast service except that it transmits programs by wire instead of by wireless. The layout consists of the main studio, control room, office and many speaker outlets on the Post. Mechanically the system is flexible to the extent that three entirely different programs may be carried on simultaneously. The system is affiliated with the NBC and is directly wired to two local radio stations. News is furnished through complete Associated Press News Service. The Post Band concerts and interviews with men returned from overseas are also broadcast.

POST EXCHANGES—The Exchange Service furnishes items of merchandise and various services needed by soldiers. The largest Exchange is No. 9 in Building No. 2077. Here you may purchase cigarettes, magazines, clothing, shoes, novelties, stationery, soft drinks and ice cream, and may also take your dry cleaning. The Exchange operates several tailor, dry cleaning and shoe repair shops, barber shops, and a snack bar. These are located in Buildings No. 80, 1244, 1737, 1902, and 71.

NEWSPAPER—The “Polar Tech” is your own newspaper. It is published once a week under direction of the Public Relations Office and distributed without charge. It is written by the men of the camp and contributions are invited. Copies for mailing can be obtained.


CHAPELS—There are four chapels, two on Elkhorn avenue, one on Blackhawk avenue, and one in Building 1507 for the use of negro soldiers. Facilities are provided for religious worship of every denomination. The chapels are of Colonial design and seat about 350 persons.

RED CROSS HEADQUARTERS—Building 646. The Red Cross assists service men and women in solving their personal and family problems, including investigations of sicknesses and deaths before recommending emergency furloughs, and provides individual counsel and guidance. Feel free to drop in at any time. There is a Red Cross representative and staff ready to serve you 24 hours a day.

TECHNICAL SCHOOL—The Technical School is known as the finest radio school of the Training Command. The school buildings are located in the center of the squadron areas, row after row from Third to Thirteenth Street. Office of the Director of Training is in Building 1100.

POST HOSPITAL—The Post Hospital is in the southern part of the field near Gate No. 3. Adequate facilities are provided for the care of the Post’s personnel by physicians skilled to handle any form of injury or illness. Latest scientific devices are in use. The hospital also has a theatre, barber shop, a post exchange, a library and games for recreation.


DISPENSARIES AND INFIRMARIES—The first shift has sick call at 1500 and the second shift at 0900. At the time of publication of this booklet, there were three dispensaries in operation. Dispensary No. 1 is located in building No. 1246, No. 2 in Building No. 32 and No. 3 in Building No. 77.

DENTAL CLINIC—There are two dental clinics, one in Building 76 and one at the station hospital.

BARBER AND TAILOR SHOPS—Buildings No. 80 and 1244.

POST OFFICE—The Post Office is just east of Post Headquarters. All mail is sent there, sorted and redistributed to Squadron post offices. All usual postal services are provided. It is important that your friends and relatives know your complete address, including your rank and squadron number.

LAUNDRY—Located near Gate No. 2, the Post Laundry serves the entire Post personnel. Operated by the Quartermaster Corps, it has the best of equipment and launders each individual’s clothes for $1.50 a month.

BANK—For the convenience of the Army personnel, there is a branch of the Northwest Security National Bank in the Finance Office, just west of Post Headquarters on Woeye avenue.

TRANSPORTATION—“Air Base” buses run from downtown Sioux Falls at regular intervals and stop at convenient locations throughout the field.



UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS—There are three USO Clubs in Sioux Falls providing various types of recreational facilities for service men. The Main Avenue USO is at Eleventh Street and Main Avenue. Another is at Ninth Street and Dakota Avenue across from the City Hall, and a third, for negroes, is located at 115 North Dakota Avenue.


Masonic 210 West Tenth St.
Knights of Columbus 315 No. Summit Ave.
Odd Fellows 214 So. Dakota Ave.


Travelers Aid (For rooms) 105 E. 11th St.
A branch of the Travelers’ Aid is in each USO, railroad station and bus depot.
Federal Housing Bureau—Apartments and Houses 115 N. Main Ave.


Elmwood—18 holes, grass greens 1400 N. Elmwood Ave.
West 12th St.—9 holes, sand greens.

PARKS—Sioux Falls’ parks afford varied facilities for picnics, sports and other entertainment.

Drake Springs Park—Baseball, swimming 801 E. 10th St.
McKennan Park—Playgrounds, picnic grounds, horseshoes, wading pool, band concerts, flower display 1400 So. 3rd Ave.
Sherman Park—Picnics, playgrounds, zoo, band concerts, lawn bowling 2600 W. 22nd St.
Terrace Park—Picnics, playgrounds, oriental gardens 600 N. Grange Ave.
Elmwood Park—Picnics, playgrounds 1400 N. Elmwood Ave.
Library Park—Children’s playground, wading pool 300 Weber Ave.
Howard Wood Field—Baseball, football 701 E. 10th St.


City Hall 230 W. 9th St.
Court House 401 N. Main Ave.
Coliseum 501 N. Main Ave.
Museum 131 N. Duluth Ave.
Post Office 400 S. Philips Ave.
Library 10th & Dakota Ave.


Cooperative Club Shriver-Johnson Department Store
Lions Club Cataract Hotel
Kiwanis Club Carpenter Hotel
Cosmopolitan Club Cataract Hotel
Rotary Club Cataract Hotel
Altrusa Club Shriver-Johnson Department Store
Junior Chamber of Commerce 100 W. 10th St.
Chamber of Commerce 100 W. 10th St.
Monthly membership meetings (usually) first Monday noon each month.
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul 501 N. Phillips Ave.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific 200 S. 1st St.
Chicago, St. Paul & Omaha 421 E. 8th St.
Great Northern 503 E. 8th St.
Illinois Central 304 E. 8th St.
BUS STATION 236 S. Main Ave.

CHURCHES—Persons in armed services are welcome at all Sioux Falls churches and special hospitality is extended to them.

Augustana Lutheran Church 235 N. Prairie Ave.
Beulah Baptist Church 2000 Northwest Ave.
Calvary Cathedral Episcopal Church 113 W. 13th St.
Central Baptist Church 406 S. Dakota Ave.
Christian Reformed Church 334 N. Spring Ave.
Church of God S. Cliff Ave. SE. Cor. E. 9th St.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 2124 S. Duluth Ave.
Church of the Nazarene 212 S. Walts Ave.
East Side Lutheran Church 222 N. Cliff Ave.
East Side Presbyterian Church 326 N. Fairfax Ave.
Emmanuel Baptist Church 1224 E. 2nd St.
Evangelical Free Methodist Church 412 S. Hawthorne Ave.
Faith Lutheran Mission 601 N. Cliff Ave.
First Baptist Church 127 N. Spring Ave.
First Christian Church 524 W. 13th St.
First Church of Christ Scientist 520 S. Minnesota Ave.
First Congregational Church 303 S. Dakota Ave.
First Evangelical Church 1405 S. Minnesota Ave.
First Free Methodist Church 600 S. 4th Ave.
First Lutheran Church 327 S. Dakota Ave.
First Methodist Church 401 S. Spring Ave.
First Presbyterian Church 132 S. Spring Ave.
Gospel Tabernacle 112 E. 13th St.
Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church 204 N. Cliff Ave.
Mt. Zion Jewish Congregation 523 W. 14th St.
North End Union Church 324 W. Bennett St.
Open Bible Church 121½ S. Main Ave.
Order of Ahepa 514 S. 1st Ave.
Parish Hall 210 N. Cliff Ave.
Pilgrim Baptist Church 501 N. Fairfax Ave.
Reformed Church of America 236 S. Minnesota Ave.
Riverside Community Church 1512 E. Mulberry St.
St. John’s Baptist Church (Negro) 320 N. Minnesota Ave.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Catholic) 501 N. Duluth Ave.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 336 N. Cliff Ave.
Salvation Army 102 N. Minnesota Ave.
Seventh Day Adventist Church 514 S. Duluth Ave.
Sons of Israel Congregation 610 S. Dakota Ave.
Sunnyside Full Gospel Church 2005 S. Minnesota Ave.
Union Gospel Mission 227 W. 9th St.
Volunteers of America 217 S. Dakota Ave.
Welcome Gospel Tabernacle 408 N. Blauvelt Ave.
Wesley Methodist Church 320 N. Van Eps Ave.
Zion Lutheran Church 601 S. Minnesota Ave.

Technical School
Sioux Falls Army Air Field


1. City Hall
2. Court House
3. Coliseum
4. Museum
5. Post Office
6. Library
7. C. M. & St. P. Station
8. C. R. I. & P. Station
9. C. St. P. & O. Station
10. Great Northern Station
11. Illinois Central Station
12. Bus Station
13. Main Avenue USO
14. Dakota Avenue USO
15. USO (Colored)
16. Masonic Service Center
17. K. C. Service Center
18. Odd Fellows Service Center
19. Drake Springs Park
20. McKennan Park
21. Sherman Park
22. Terrace Park
23. Elmwood Park
24. Library Park
25. Howard Wood Stadium
26. The Falls
27. State School for Deaf


TELEPHONE CENTERS—Camp telephone centers are located off the balcony of the Service Club and in Building No. 845. In these centers, skilled telephone operators are on duty during rush hours to help you with your calls. These operators will take your calls, make change, and help you in looking up telephone numbers. This assistance will be of special advantage to you in making calls to faraway places. The same service is also offered at the Main Avenue USO.

{Telephone Operator}

At all three centers, a file of telephone directories is maintained for reference. Lounge facilities are provided and information is furnished regarding bus and railroad schedules, sports, shows, dances and other like events.


LOOK FOR THE BLUE BELL SIGN—Other public telephones are in day rooms, mailrooms, orderly rooms and other convenient locations ... marked by the familiar Blue Bell sign.



{public telephone}

Every effort is being made to provide the best possible service on your calls but many long distance lines are so heavily loaded with calls that we may not be able to get them through promptly, especially during the busiest hours. Moreover, more lines to meet increased needs can’t be added now because the materials it would take must go to make war weapons and munitions.

The following information is furnished to help you place your calls and get them through as quickly as possible. Whenever you call, you can be sure that we will do everything we can to get your call through.

STATION-TO-STATION CALLS—When you will talk with anyone available at the telephone you call, please give the operator the desired place and number (if you have it), for example. “Acton, Illinois, Main 2324.”

You can find telephone numbers of persons in many cities and towns in the out-of-town directories in the Telephone Centers. If the directory you want is not there and you do not have the number, give the operator the name and address and tell her you will talk with anyone at the telephone there.


PERSON-TO-PERSON CALLS—When you want to reach a certain person, please give the operator the desired place, the number if you have it, or can obtain it from out-of-town directories available, and the name of the person wanted, as “Acton, Illinois, Main 2324, Mrs. E. R. White.”

MAKE SURE OF RATE BEFORE CALLING—When making a long distance call from a public telephone, it helps to know what the rate is and to have the necessary change ready. Attendants at the telephone centers will give you information about long distance rates, assist you in placing calls, and collect charges. From other public telephones, you can get the rate by asking the long distance operator. Also, there’s a list of rates to representative cities in the United States on the inside back cover of this handbook.

COLLECT CALLS—If you wish to make a call collect, tell the operator when you place the call and she will determine whether the charges will be accepted at the called telephone.

REDUCED NIGHT AND SUNDAY RATES—Every night from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and all day every Sunday, rates on long distance calls over distances of about 50 miles or more are lower than regular week-day rates.

PLAN YOUR CALLS AHEAD—To make sure you remember all the things you wish to talk about—and to save time and money—jot down the items you intend to mention. If you wish to spend only a certain amount on a call, ask in advance how many minutes it will pay for and limit your conversation to that time.


REMAIN NEAR TELEPHONE—After you have placed your call, if it cannot be completed at once, please stay nearby so you can be located quickly.

PLEASE BE BRIEF—Give the other fellow a break. All over the country, men in service are placing long distance calls. If conversations are brief, more men can get their calls through.

DON’T LOSE YOUR NICKEL—Public telephones here are operated on a “post-payment” basis; that is, the coin is not deposited until after the operator completes the connection for you. Give the operator the number first, and do not insert the coin until she asks you to.

CALLS TO ORDERLY ROOMS—To call a squadron orderly room from off the Post, ask the Sioux Falls information operator for the number of the public telephone there and call that number, as use of Post telephones in orderly rooms is restricted.

TELEPHONE CALLS FOR YOU—If you expect relatives or friends to call you, please make sure that they have your complete mailing address, including your barracks building number, the telephone number at which you can be reached, and any other information which will be helpful in reaching you. Generally, however, it works best if you place the call instead of having them call you because changes in the schedules of camp life often make it difficult to get in touch with you promptly when attempting to complete a call to you.

TELEGRAMS—To send a telegram over a telephone, just call “Western Union”, give the message to be sent and deposit the telegraph charges in the coin box as requested.





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VISITOR’S PASS PROCEDURE—The issuance of passes to visitors is under the direction of the Provost Marshal who maintains a Pass House for this purpose at Gate No. 2 (Soldier’s Gate). If possible, the soldier and visitor must be present at the Pass House when the pass is issued. However, if it is impossible for the soldier to be present he can make arrangements with one of the Service Club hostesses to get a pass for his visitor. The pass must be retained by the visitor and returned to the Pass House at the completion of his visit, after being signed by one of the Service Club hostesses.

Persons desiring to stay at the Guest House are issued a three-day pass upon request of a Service Club Hostess. This pass is also returned to Pass House upon completion of visit.


The following charges are for three minutes, including tax, on Station-to-Station calls from Sioux Falls between 6 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. or on Sunday. Rates for Person-to-Person calls and Day Station-to-Station calls are somewhat higher.

Rates and taxes are those in effect May 1, 1944

Inc. Tax
Albuquerque, N. M. $1.69
Augusta, Me. 2.44
Atlanta, Ga. 1.81
Baltimore, Md. 2.00
Biloxi, Miss. 1.94
Birmingham, Ala. 1.75
Bismarck, N. D. .81
Boise, Ida. 1.94
Boston, Mass. 2.31
Carson City, Nev. 2.31
Charleston, S. C. 2.19
Charleston, W. V. 1.75
Chattanooga, Tenn. 1.69
Cheyenne, Wyo. 1.13
Chicago, Ill. 1.13
Cleveland, Ohio 1.63
Dallas, Tex. 1.56
Denver, Colo. 1.19
Des Moines, Ia. .63
Detroit, Mich. 1.56
Hartford, Conn. 2.25
Helena, Mont. 1.69
Houston, Tex. 1.81
Indianapolis, Ind. 1.44
Jackson, Miss. 1.75
Jacksonville, Fla. 2.25
Kansas City, Mo. .88
Little Rock, Ark. 1.44
Los Angeles, Calif. 2.44
Louisville, Ky. 1.50
Madison, Wis. .94
Miami, Fla. 2.81
Minneapolis, Minn. .63
New Orleans, La. 1.94
New York, N. Y. 2.19
Oklahoma City, Okla. 1.31
Omaha, Nebr. .56
Phoenix, Ariz. 2.06
Pittsburgh, Pa. 1.75
Raleigh, N. C. 2.06
San Francisco, Calif. 2.50
Salt Lake City, Utah 1.75
Santa Fe, N. M. 1.58
Seattle, Wash. 2.31
Spokane, Wash. 2.00
St. Louis, Mo. 1.19
Trenton, N. J. 2.19
Wichita, Kansas 1.00



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