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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 7

Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, January 15, 1945
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MONDAY, JANUARY IS, 1945 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE Your Neighbors in the * * * * * * » » KHAKI AND BLUE * * * * * » * * * * * * * . * *· What They Are Doing ARRIVED IN ENGLAND --Lt. Alfred Christiansen, who .was commissioned at Ellington field, lex., on last Nov. 4, arrived in England on Dec. 24 'and is flying as a navigator with a troop carrier command there. Following his graduation at Ellington field the lieutenant went to Denver, where his wife was then living, and spent some time there after which both of them came to niason City. Mrs. Christiansen Is now living at 836 East State. (Photo by Free) y PROMOTED--Donald (Pete) A. Wolske has been promoted to special shore patrol 3/c at Los Angeles, Cal., where he lias been stationed since last November. His wife is with him at Los Angeles. --V-- AT PEARL HARBOR --Raymond L. Van Note, seaman 1/c, has been stationed at Pearl Harbor since Dec. 2, according to ivord received here.,. Seaman Van Note was employed by the Northwestern railroad company at the time of entering the service in Aug., 1913. His wife lives at 525 Washington S. W. --V-- COMMISSIONED _ G e o r g e Weitzel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ednest Meyer, 515 4th N. E., received his commission as 2nd lieutenant at Ellington field, Tex., on Dec. IB, when he was graduated as navigator in the army air corps tiicrc. Following a visit of 2 days in Mason City, he went to Langley field, Vt., for further training in radar bombarding. Lt. Weitzcl is a graduatac of the Mason City high school and of the aeronanticul engineering school-of Los Angeles, Cal., class of 1911. Before entering the service he was employed for 1V£ years as aeronautical engineer at Curtis Wright, St. Louis, Mo. --Y-The Virgin Islands are the most eastern outposts of the United States. CPL. EGBERT GEARHART CPL: JOHN GEARHART --In Texas _fci France SONS ARE CORPORALS--The 2 sons of Mrs. Rose Gearhart, 111 2nd S. K., both hold the rank of corporal in their respective branch of the service. Robert, who won his promotion in November, is a radio gunner in the army air corps at El Paso, Tex. He entered service with the signal corps in December, 1942; and later transferred to the air corps. John at last reports was with Gen. Patch's army in eastern France. He has been overseas since last October. Entering the service in November,. 1942, he took his training at Camp Claibome, La., and Camp Howze, Tex. As a civilian he was manager of Bandbojc cleaners in Mason City. --V-- --V-- CPL. C. B. HAGGERTY LT. MILES J. MURPHY OLD FRIENDS HAVE REUNION IN AFRICA--Cpl. C. B. Haggerty, stationed with the A.T.C. on the gold coast in Africa, was surprised recently when Lt. Miles J. Murphy, pilot,.also with the A.T.C; there, paid him a visit,-it was reported here. Lt. Murphy was at Cpl. Haggerty's base for a week and they "had one big time," it was stated. The 2 men were old friends in Mason City. Lt. Murphy's parents live at 316 14th N. \V. and Cpl. Haggerty lived with his sister, Mrs. D. W. Woodhouse, 30 12th S. E. He also has a sister, Mrs. Glenn A. Bell, residing at 1501 Massachusetts S. E. --Y-Whereabouts Delmar A. (Jack) Miller was promoted to rank o£ technician 5th grade on Jan. 1. He is now stationed at Fort George Meade, Md. T/5 Miller entered the service last April and took his basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal. S 2/c Warren A. Tiltoii at the naval training center, Norman, Okla., had a pleasant surprise last weekend when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Tilton, and his brother, Terold, came to see him. Sgt. Antoc Taiber, Jr.. husband of Mrs. Marie A. Taiber, 630 Pennsylvania S. E., has just completed 18 months of overseas service with the 8th air force. He is a weather observer for the 65th fighter wing. The information was sent from headquarters of an 8th air force fighter station in England. Chaplain Wiley R. Rankin, 1030 West State, former pastor of the Methodist church at Sunnyvale, Cal.. is taking a 2 weeks' indoctrination course of study in army air forces ministry at the San Antonio aviation cadet center. Tex., according to word received from the public relations office at the center. Chaplain and Mrs. Hankin have been living at Merced, Cal., and Mrs. Rankin is still there while her husband is at San .Antonio. Mrs. Rankin is the former Martha Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Roberts, 1030 West State. Mrs. Carl Spencer, 621 1st S. E., received a V-mail letter from her husband. Pvt. William "Carl Spencer, stating that he had arrived safely in France. Pvt. Spencer entered service in March, 1944, and took training at Camp Stewart, Ga., and Camp Carson, Colo. Pvt. John L. French, husband of Mrs. Dorothy French, 415 Adams N. W.. has been graduated from a school of electronics of the army air forces training command at Chanute field, 111., according to word received from the public relations office there. Pfc. William R. I.OHC arrived somewhere in the Marianas in December according to word received here. He wrote that the days were quite hot there but the nights were nice. He had eaten both Thanksgiving anc! Christmas dinners on board ship. With him on the Marianas are two of his buddies who took training with him in the states, he said. Pfc. Lowe is a member ot the ground crew-of the air forces. His wife and daughter live at 210 25th S. W. He is the son of Pearl Lowe, 614 Jackson. S. W., and Mrs. Ace Robinson, ETdora. Pvt. Ralph D. Butler, who entered the service last September, ARRIVED IN ITALY--Second Lt. Paul Augusladt has arrived in Italy, where he is excess officer for the time being. Lt. AugustaeU was employed at Decker's at the time of entering the service in Nov., 1911. is now stationed with the infantry replacement at Camp Fannin Tex. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wintie D. Butler, route 1. y Transferred to Shore Duty in St. Louis Coast Guard District Lt. (j. g.) Dean C. Peterson, 24 year old Mason City coast guard officer, who entered the service in 1942, later, became executive officer of an 83-foot patrol vessel, and subsequently took part in the Normandy invasion, has been transferred to shore duty in the St. Louis coast guard district, according to announcement received from headquarters. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Peterson, 1110 1st N. W., Lt. Peterson was commissioned' an ensign in April. 1943, after attending reserve officers school at the coast guard academy, New London, Conn. He served for several months as executive officer of an 83-foot patrol craft, then was transferred to north Africa, where he joined an LCI flotilla (landing craft for infantry) at Bizerte, Tunisia. During the huge invasion operation at Normandy, his LCI landed troops and equipment, ferrying them from England to the French coast. Lt. Peterson garduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor o£ science degree in 1942. # * * HOME FROM 8'/, MONTHS SEA DUTY--Lt. Cecil Boyer is home on 2 weeks' leave from Y 2 months of active sea duty as armed guard officer in charge of the navy crew on board a merchant vessel. His last trip was of 3 l / months duration and in that time he visited In England, France, Scotland and Ire. land. ~ Mrs. Borer, who has been living: with a sister at Qulncy, 111., returned to Mason City with her husband, who went to Quincy at the beginning of his leave. They are visiting in the home of her parents at 318 Carolina S. E. Lt. Boyer will report to New Orleans, La., at tbe end of bis leave. --V-- --y-GETS , COXSWAIN'S RATING --Mr. and.Mrs. Michael J. Vesa, 122 16th N. E., have had word from their son, Ralph Paul Vega, that he has received the rating of coxswain. Coxswain Vega enlisted in Oct., 1943, and was with the armed guard for a year. He was then transferred to the acorn detachment and has now served 8 months in the Admiralty. islands. Coxswain Vega has 2 sisters In the service, Margaret, S 2/c with the SPARS, now attending radio · school at Atlantic City, N. J., and Mickey, with the WAVES at the -naval air station near Miami, Fla. Mickey was in Mason City on leave at Thanksgiving time. IN NAVY V-I2 PROGRAM-Lt. James F. Kec, instructor in the Mason City high school when he entered the service, is now executive officer for the navy V-12 program at Willamette university, Salem, Ore. Lt. Kee recently completed a year's convoy duty as a navy armed guard officer. Mrs. Kee is on tS» faculty of the Albur- nelt school. y Gl HAS STRANGE JUNGLE MALADY Nashua--Pvt. Raymond Steere, who served 14 months overseas, 3 months in Australia and the remainder in New. Guinea, has arrived in the states and is at Fitzsimmons hospital, Denver, Colo, where he is suffering from "jungle rot" affecting both his hands and feet. The malady is similar to athlete's loot. His wife, the former Ruth Eckhoff, and 7 months old daughter, Sonja Rae, are staying with her mother, Mrs. A. K. Eckhoff. In 3820, approximately 82 per cent of all persons in the United States ten years old and older, gainfully employed, were working on farms. MADE S/SGT. IN ENGLAND-Clair K. Johnsen was promoted, to the rank of staff sergeant' on Jan. l with the 8th air force in England. S/Sgt. Johnsen Is crew chief of a ground crew. He has been overseas since Oct., 1943. He Is (he SOD of Mrs. Clara Johnsen, route 3. His wife and daughter Jolyne live at Clear Lake. --V--- T/5 IN RAILROAD BATTAL-' ION--T/5 Gordon D. Tanner has returned . to Camp Millard Bucyrus, Ohio, after spending the holidays with his wife at 908 Jackson N. W., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Tanner, Rockwell. Tanner received his present ratine with the railroad battalion just recently. y O V E R S E A S WITH tST 20 MONTHS--Robert H. Buchanan, signalman 2/c, is spending a 30 day leave here with his wife and with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Orla Buchanan, at 117 Carolina S. E. SM2/c Buchanan is home from 20 months of service on the LSI in the Mediterranean area. He participated in the Sicilian, Salerno, Anzio and Normandy invasions and made 3 minor landings on the north coast of Sicily. He will return to Boston, Mass., for further assignment at the end of his leave. --Y-- BACK IN STATES--M/Sgt. Lewis H, Daws, an airplane maintenance technician who has been serving as flight chief, is visiting his mother, Mrs. S. Faffe, route 2, after nearly 3 years service overseas. He arrived in the states on Christmas eve and celebrated New Year's with his sisters in St. Joseph, Mich. A sister, Dorothy, formerly of Mason City, accompanied him here for a few days visit. Upon the completion of his 23 day leave he will report at Miami, Fla. M/Sgt. Daws has been with the U. S. army air force since July of 1341 and has seen service in New Guinea, Dutch East Indies. He is a member of the 43rd bomb group known as Kcnsmen. M/Sgt. Daws is one of the first American soldiers to marry an Australian girl.' They were married in Sydney. New South Wales, on July 18, 1942. OSMENA ARRIVES--Sergio Osmena, Philippine president (2nd from left) shakes hands ton^T'AT C ? U ^ JU3t ^ e ^ l ' ank M ^ y upon his a TM ^ uni^ sltion atWashTnt (Mt?iBrf/VTM ^*}° n i 0 g reet i hi ^, e - re . hi8 dau * htfi r. "Maria Osmena Charnley Uett), and Bug. Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, Philippines resident commissioner (right). NASHUA SOLDIER KILLED OVERSEA Lt. Robert J. Prudhon Was Bomber "Navigator Nashua--Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Prudhon received word Saturday that their son, Lt. Robert James Prudhon, was killed in action in Germany, Dec. 27. He was a navigator on a bomber and went overseas in May, 1944 landing in England. He enlisted in 1942. Lt. Prudhon was born in Nashua, June 13,' 1S23, and was graduated from the Nashua high school in 1939, and from the American Institute of Business, Des Moines, in 1940. He had since then been employed by the McCoy Truck Lines, Waterloo, as an accountant until his enlistment. He was married to Miss Mariam Kennedy, Iowa Fails', April 13, 1944, who is now employed in Iowa Falls. Pilot Gets Thrills in- Enemy Area Kanawha--Lt. Wilbur Stevenson, who is stationed at a bomber base in France, and who is a pilot on a B-26 Marauder with the ninth air force, has had some thrilling experiences in his raids against enemy targets inside of Germany. On one mission against a barracks area at Baumholder, Germany, on Nov. 18, Lt. Stevenson's ship was hit badly by enemy anti- craft fire before reaching the target. The plane's hydraulic system was put out of commission and Stevenson was unable to drop his bombs, so he flew back across France and over the English channel where his bombardier, Lt. Leonard F. Lee of Houston, Tex., kicked the bombs out of the bomb-bay with his feet because of jammed racks. On another mission on Nov. 9, Lt. Stevenson noticed on his instrument panel that both fuel tanks were empty after having bombed an ammunition clump at Landau, Germany. The bomber's left engine quit 10 miles from base, and the other was sputtering as he limped to the field, making a successful single-engine landing just before the remaining engine gave out. Lt. Stevenson's wife and small son, Jock, are making their home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harlie Muhm, in Kanawha. Filipino Girl | Vies Against Tokyo Rose San Francisco, ( Carmen Ligaya, Filipino girl guerrilla leader who for 2 years helped fight the Japanese in her native land, was in San Francisco Monday waging a personal feud with Tokyo Hose over the short- wave radio. Carmen's 6 daily broadcasts composed- of music and comment are directed principally to her people in the Philippines and the Filipino soldiers fighting under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. But Ian mail coming in from all over the Pacific proves she is the 1st effective competition the U. S. has olCered the notorious record player in the enemy capital-Tokyo Rose. The boys listen to Tokyo Rose, Carmen says, because "they like to hear good music and a woman's voice." Carmen said she heard the famous Japanese siren a few times over the guerrilla radio. "She is nice in a disagreeable sort of way." But most o£ the secret Filipino radios have always been tuned to KGEI--now KGEX--in San Francisco. "We used to listen to the newscast by Mariano, the Filipino OWI announcer. Some o£ the news I would take down in shorthand to print in our underground papers." "Imagine how thrilling it is for me now to be working on the same program with Mariano," exclaimed Carmen who doesn't yet realize that she herself is becoming a legendary figure who will live forever in the hearts of her people. Carmen was graduated with honors from a Filipino university and belongs to the intelligentsia of her people. But for a long time after t h e enemy invasion she was sorry she had not learned to be a nurse "so I could really do something useful w i t h my hands." She did organize guerrilla WACs and train them in first aid. When assured her work now was much more valuable than nursing she was somewhat skeptical. "Do you really think so?" she asked happily. "I am so glad." The Japanese have given the best answer to that. If any of her countrymen in Japanese-occupied territory are caught listening to her broadcasts they must die. RUSSIAN EXPERT ON IOWA SERIES Iowa City--Maurice G. Hindus, luthor of 11 books on Russia in the past 25 years, will be the next speaker, on the University of Iowa's lecture series. The Russian-born - author and lecturer will appear Feb. 1 in Iowa Union, speaking on a subject related to that nation. His latest book is "Mother Russia" published in 1943. Hindus has spoken at the university previously but not since Russia entered World.war 11. LAB TESTS MADE ONTURNBUCKLES Iowa City--Strength tests for a pull of 40,000 pounds are being made in the University of Iowa's materials testing laboratory for ship cargo turnbuckles. The product, made in Cedar Rapids by the Midland Industries company, must conform to strict specifications of the army transportation corps. It holds cables which secure shipboard cargoes. Prot. Chesley Posey has been making the tests on a machine whiclr'is capable of exerting a force of 200,000 pounds. Representative of the manufacturer is Irl Tubbs, coach of Iowa football in 1337 and 1938. Fifty turnbuckles from each 1,000 are picked at random for the tests before a government engineer. Failure of one to meet the test invalidates the entire group. Although the president of the United States is commander-in- cief of the army and navy he is denied one privilege accorded every soldier and sailor regardless of rank--the right to wear the uniform. NAZI AIRPLANE PRODUCTION London, (fp)--A Dutch medical student only recently arrived here from occupied Holland estimated Monday that the Germans are producing 1,800 aircraft a month in great underground factories. Prisoners of Every Race in War Camps Nciv York--The increasing millions of war prisoners include men of almost every race, and of every BRITISH TOMMIES ADVANCE-British infantry are shown here as they advanced through the snow in the Aidennes salient in Belgium where they joined up with ^ 3 t0 , traP a( l ditional thousands of German . S. signal corps photo. profession, occupation and rank. The prince and the peasant, the scientist and the bootblack, the former soldier of fortune and the once-sedentary bank clerk, rub elbows in the kaleidoscopic contrasts of the prison camps. Most o£ these prisoners are housed in regular camps, but some occupy fashionable hotels, old forts, tents, medieval castles, pagan temples, monasteries and disused reformatories. Equally striking are the contrasts in occupation frequently found under one roof, by visiting representatives of War Prisoners Aid of the Y. M. C. A., a participating service of the National War Fund, in their rounds to see that prisoners have necessary materials for leisure-time activities. Thus one hint may serve as a chapel, theater, library, game room, and lecture and music room. A recent "high" in contrasting activities is reported by a Y M C A. visitor to the British section of Stalag VIII C. Germany. Entering the theater room, he found a symphony orchestra practicing at one end, while, at the other, the camps' boxers were engaged in training bouts. In the pauses of the music, he could hear the quick padding ot the boxers' feet and the whisper and smack of the gloves. Extra Red Points! Just remember to take that can of used fats to your butcher. Get 2 red points bonus for each pound. Keep Saving Used F«t» for the Fighting Front! * *· ·*· ·*· * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *,*

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