Army bridges Ben

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Army bridges Ben - COUNTY SOLDIERS ERECT BRIDGES Sergeant Frank R....
COUNTY SOLDIERS ERECT BRIDGES Sergeant Frank R. Gerovac of Ironwood, Corporal Fred R. Drier of Wakefield, and Private John H. Edwards of Watersmeet, are three Gogebic Gogebic County, men who served with the 55th Engineer Heavy Heavy Pontoon Battalion with a record of building six tank- carrying bridges across five German rivers. During the closing stages of the Battle of Germany, the battalion reinforced reinforced heavy pontoons across the Danube at two points, laying down flooring for a U. S. tank and infantry drive into Austria. Once over the Rhine which they helped span, these agile engineers conquered the surging currents currents of the Main with a 420 foot bridge .and overcame enemy enemy efforts to disrupt tank- ferrying and pontoon/stretching pontoon/stretching operations at Heilbronn. Personnel teams of the Assembly Assembly Area Command in France are reviewing the men's individual records including including length of service, battle participation and special special awards to correctly determine determine their point ratings. Medical profiles are supplemented supplemented by dental examinations, examinations, treatment and hoapi- talization, if necessary. Their battle-worn bridge building equipment is in the hands of engineer service crews for testing, waterproofing and tropicalization before transfer transfer to Marseille for redeployment redeployment to the Pacific.

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  1. The Ironwood Times,
  2. 05 Sep 1945, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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