|CAPER Company A-5 (later A-8)|
|5th Regimental Headquarters|
CAPER Company A-5 was located at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Campus. According to the 1967 Pershing Rifleman yearbook, Company A-5 was one of the first 6 companies to be chartered (before March 17,1967). Representatives from Company A-5 attended the first CAPER National Convention in Washington, DC in April 1967. The were affiliated with Pershing Rifles Headquarters Platoon Altoona. We gave them the designation of A-5. Later, when the P/R 5th Regiment was merged into the 8th Regiment, both CAPERS and Pershing Rifles at the Altoona Campus became Company A-8.
Company A-5 picture from the 1967 Pershing Rifleman yearbook with no name. Because of the old "half tone" system of making photos show up in print, they don't scan well....rats!!!
The 1967 Pershing Rifleman article for the company at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona was mistakenly headed S-2, but the 1968 article had it right and confirmed my memory that they were Company A-5. The article says that they were "formally affiliated" with the national CAPER organization on January 5, 1967. (NOTE: I've seen the phrase "affiliated" in a lot of the early information and have the feeling that no charters were printed yet, so the term "chartering" was not used yet). They were approved as an organization on by the student government on January 10, 1967. Of course they had been active before those two things had been done. Based on that date they were one of the first chartered companies.....if not the first. In a binder of CAPER letters and documents found in the Pershing Rifles archives, the were still an active company in 1978 (the last list we have....and just a few years before CAPERS were merged into Pershing Rifles.
The idea started at the beginning of the Fall Term 1966 at the Student Activities Fair. Two weeks later 20 girls attendy a meeting in Ivy Hall with the intention of organizing a girls drill team. They decided that their uniform would consist of a navy blue skirt and sweater, a white blouse and loafers until they could afford navy blue blazers and skirts to match. They performed drill routines in several parades that fall. In December they accompanied their "Pershing Rifles brother" to the Catholic Child Care Center in Lakemont, PA and entertained the orphans with their drill routines. They also spent some time talking with the children.
At the beginning of February, they finished their 15 week pledge period by each of them presenting a Pledge Manual to a Board of Review and then were initiated. Another pledge class was started a few weeks later to help build the organization. They traveled to Pittsburgh in February for a drill competition at the University of Pittsburgh where the Pershing Rifles were participating. In March during spring break the competed in their first drill meet at the University of Maryland. Unlike many coed groups that drilled without weapons, the drilled with M-1's.
Company A-5 Picture from the 1968 Pershing Rifleman yearbook with no names (bad scan)
The 1969 Pershing Rifleman article said that during the fall term their pledge class marched in the Halloween parade in Hollidaysburg and a Christmas parade. The company, along with their Pershing Rifles company held a hoagie sale to raise money for future drill meets. A combined Initiation Ball was held in January and both organizations sponsored the Military Ball in February.
CAPER Company S-5 won the East Coast Invitational Drill Meet. They participated in drill meets at Pennsylvania State University and Pratt Institute (New York City). The crowning achievement of the year, was winning the Coed Competition in Cleveland, Ohio. There was no picture that year.
From the Penn State 1970 ROTC Yearbook
Front Row: Karen Reisler, Cathy Green, Irene O'Hara, Fran Moskalski, Ingred Lindberg, Donna Richards. Back Row: Linda Lang (Commanding Officer), Betsy Groskin, Carmen Klotz, Vicki Wible, Donna Krukar Missing: Ann Mark. This isn't a good scan, but it is the only picture that identifies the first CAPER 5th Regimental Commander, Ingrid Lindberg.
In 1970, CAPER Company A-5 was named as one of the four regimental headquarters. They were 5th Regimental Headquarters.
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|First Name||Maiden Name||Married Name||Pledge Year||Highest Rank||Highest Position|
|Ingrid||Lindberg||COL||5th Regimental Commander (70-71) National Commander's Award, 1971|
|Linda||Land||CPT||Company Commander (69-70)|
|Marianne||Misciagna||CPT||Company Commander (74-75)|
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