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1946_0425_spurgeon_l_01 - April 25, 1916 Mason CUy Glohe-Giiedt, Mason...
April 25, 1916 Mason CUy Glohe-Giiedt, Mason City. Recently Landed Overseas Spurgeon Joins Paratroops Writes He Was Shocked ( at Destitution Seen in France While Earoute ! LeRoy Spurgeon, who has recently recently landed overseas, writes home from Marburg, Germany, that he has joined the paratroops and after attending "jump school" at Frankfurt, expects to be assigned assigned to the 508th paratroops there. Aside from the fact that he wanted to "see just how much he could take," Spurgeon had other reasons for wanting to be a member member of the 508th. "This 508th is known as the snappiest outfit in the ETO," he wrote. "They are an honor guard to Gen. MeNarney, commander of all the occupational troops and wear white gloves and white pistol pistol slings the year round." There's a boost in pay, too, that he thought was all right. Spurgeon had been shocked by* the starvation seen in France in passing through that country on his way to Germany. "Back in the states with plenty to eat and warm clothes and a good home, the words 'starvation' and 'nakedness 1 had little meaning," meaning," he said. "But you can't argue with reality stark and cold, staring staring you in the face. The French are really destitute." He told o£ seeing children clothed in rags, GI shoes and layers layers of dirt, standing with cans, collecting the food the men were about to throw in the garbage can LeROY SPURGEON . as they came out of their mess hall, and "even digging into the slimy can itself for bits of bread and meat." Spurgeon spoke highly of the Red Cross, the only place he to write, he said. At Marburg was set up in an old hotel and was the only place outside the mess hall where food could be had. Candy, etc., at the PX rationed. The son of Mr. and Mrs. E L Spurgeon, 920 9th S. E., he entered entered the army last September,

Clipped from Globe-Gazette, 25 Apr 1946, Thu,  Page

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