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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 14

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14 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1945 Your Neighbors in the KHAKI AND BLUE What They Are Doing IN CANAL ZONE 23 MONTHS --S/Set. Howard N. Ferris has reported to Kelly field, San Antonio, Tex., following a 30 day furlough spent at the home of his mother, Mrs. R. K. Ferris, 510 Carolina S. E. S/Sgt. FerrAs had been 23 months In the Canal Zone, before coming home on furlough. His work is in administration. K. V. SWEENEY --Corporal ERNEST ALT --Aviation Radio Tech. 3/0 GETS RATING IN ALEUTIANS--Kenneth C. Harrington has received the rating of yeoman 3/c in 'the Aleutians, where he is now stationed. He was employed at the Northwestern States Portland Cement plant at the time of entering the service last May. His wife and 2 children, Roger and Ruth Carol, live at 904 12th N. W. --V-- RETURNS TO MARYLAND^ Second Lt. Thomas E. Manning, son*of Mrs. Lulu Manning, 111 16th S. E., who spent a 10 day leave here daring the holidays following his graduation as a chemical warfare service offi- 'cer at Edge wood arsenal, Md., is back at Edgewood for further training. Lt. Manning received his commission at the time he was graduated, Dec. 23. --V-- BROTHERS-IN : LAW HOME AT SAME TIME-^-Cpl. Kenneth V. Sweeney and his brother-in-law timed their leaves together and are now seeing each other here for the first time in almost 3 years. Mrs. Sweeney accompanied her husband. ' ' -Cpl. Sweeney came from Camp Stoneman, Cal.', and Alt came from Norfolk, Va. Sweeney will return to Camp Stoneman, where his work is in the office at headquarters, and Alt will report back to Norfolk for further assignment. --V-- --V-His Battalion Commended by Commanding General Lt; Connelly Now in Germany Writes of "' His Command Post Lt. Roy E. Connelly as a member of the 87th chemical battalion in Germany is participant of a letter of commendation from the major general in command, which says in part: "As we continue our drive' to the Rhine, I salute the officers and men of the 87th chemicafbat- talion for your splendid record of the past 6 months and wish you continued success and good luck in the future operations of the VII corps." Lt. Connelly has been in combat with the 87th chemical battalion attached to the U. S. first army in France, Belgium and Germany since June 7, 1944, and was recently in Achen. according to word received here. In the past few months Lt.. Connelly's command post has been in various surroundings, he had written in a letter ^ received here* While in France it was supplied; by .a. French woman, who turned over a couple ^ of rooms of her home to the Americans: Her husband was a prisoner of Germany and she was all for the Americans. In Germany the command post was first in a German pillbox, then in a large old chateau which was once a castle. It was built entirely of stone with walls at least 5. feet thick. The entire building extended around 3 sides of a courtyard, with the living quarter, stables, dungeons, etc., underground. Around the outside was a moat bed, and to enter the building the American boys had to cross a bridge through an archway. The building was heated by German artificial coal and lighted by kerosene lamps. Next the command post was in an air raid shelter in Germany, which like everything else in Germany had taken quite a beating from the air forces. TLT. ROY E. CONNELLY "All Fve seen of Germany. thi farils endless; destruction of roads sities, towns and houses and will be many years marks of warfare are before th obliterate S 1/C GEORGE MASKARINA S 1/C FRANK NOCK IN IT TOGETHER--These 2 sailors who met at boot camp have been buddies together since that time and are now home on leaves together from 7 months in the south Pacific. They even hold the same rating, seaman 1/c. George Maskarina is the son of Mrs. Helen Maskarina, 108 16th N. W., and Edward J. Nock's home is in Cylinder. (Russell photos) . . ' MedicaTsoldier Thinks" He Shouldn't Be Armed Cline Twice Wounded Says They're Too Busy to Fight The 115th General Hospital. England--Pvt. Robert W. Cline, of 47 23rd S. W., Mason City, Iowa, who has been wounded twice while helping infantrymen in combat, says he doesn't agree with those who think a medical soldier should be armed. "We're too busy to fight back," Pvt. Cline explained. "We have a job to do and have no time to handle a rifle." "Now recovering at this United States army general hospital in England, Pvt. Cline said he is ready to go back to continue the work of treating the wounded on the battlefield. "Pvt. Cline, who has a wound in 'his left foot, is making good progress in his recovery and may eventually return to duty,", said his ward surgeon, First Lt. George* J. Zip pert of New York City. DON B. LAW / --Elect. Mate 2/o FRANK H. LAW --Men. Mate 1/c DUANE S. LAW --Watcrtender l/o THREE BROTHERS IN NAVY--ONE HOME ON LEAVE--The 3 Law brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Law, 1410 East State, are all iii the navy, 2 of them serving on submarines. Don, electrician's mate 2/c, has just completed 5 patrols on a submarine in the south Pacific and consequently is entitled to 6 months shore orders. He arrived here Tuesday to spend a 30 day leave. He has been in the Pacific 2 years. He expects to be sent to New London, Conn., for new construction. '. . ' . . Also on a submarine in the Pacific is Frank, machinist's mate 1/c, who has been in the service 5 years, the last 3 on a submarine. He had his shore leave a year ago and is about due another when his patrols are completed. Each patrol lasts from 60 to 72 days. Don and Frank met at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor last Christmas. Don was at the harbor awaiting assignment to come back to the states when his brother's sub pulled in.' Don, however, didn't know about it until he was told by a member of his crew, who knew the name of Frank's submarine. . , The 3rd Law is Duane, watertender 1/c, now on a cruiser in the southwest Pacific. He was on the cruiser U.S.S. Savannah when it was hit at Salerno in September, 1943, and after that- was transferred to his present ship. from this country," Lt. Cohnelly had written. 'For a. peaceful; place I would nominate, some of these Belgium villages that the war passed over," he stated, having spent Christmas and New Year's in one. "The people are very devout church goers, very neat and clean and the stone houses and old chateaus make an interesting picture. Most of the houses consist of a kitchen, living room and work room, with cow barns and such built right on to the house, For their chores the Belgian wear wooden shoes but otherwise their dress is much like ours. They are fine people and like the American army." Lt. Connelly is the son of Mrs. Anna Connelly, 432 24th St. S. W., and has been in the service since August, 1942. A brother, Pvt. Ralph Connelly, landed in Italy in December. A litter bearer with a jnedical detachment in the 8th infantry division, Pvt. Cline was wounded a: 2nd. time when he stepped on an anti-personnel mine. £ / : "This was in Hnertiren forest, near Aachen," he said. "I went ut to h:Ip a lieutenant who had Seen injured by a mine. I hit anther one. The same mine also .·ounde-l another litter bearer. I managed to crawl back to a road as the nazis opened u with ma- bine gun and mortar fire. One of nr Infantrymen helped me to an id station. At the same time I irected other soldiers to the place (vhere the officer and the other "HOW I LIVE" _ "This isn't perhaps a beautiful piclurc of me, but it's the best I have and will give you an idea of how I live over here anyway," wrote Cpl. Clarence L. Halsor from the Palau island group. Cpl. Halsor added that the picture wasn't taken where he is now but that he would always remember the place for the frequent bombings it underwent. He is serving wilh a bombardment group. Cpl. Halsor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Halsor, 123 Carolina S. E. --V-Popejoy--Raymond Drake, who is on a 30 day furlough following 2 years of overseas duty, is visiting his grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Drake. He was accompanied here by his wife, a teacher in the Wav- COMMISSIONED E N S1 G N-John Adams Kunz, son of Dr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Kunz, 80 Linden drive, is home on a 15 day leave after bcinp commissioned ensign at Tower hall, Northwestern university, Chica-' go. He has been assigned to Hollywood, Fla., for further training. Ensign Kuuz enlisted in the navy on Dec. 14, 1912, and afl- cr attending one semester in the navy V-12 program at Stale Teachers college, Maryville, Mo., went to Westminster college, Fulton, Mo., where he completed his prc-medic. Later he completed pre-midshipmen at Asbury Park, N. J. Before entering the service Ensign Kunz had finished a year of junior college here. (Lock Photo.) Garner Hastings Lt. (j. arrived g.) -home Charles for S AWARDED PURPLE HEART-r- Pvt. A r t h u r C . R u n n i n g , wounded in action in Belgium on Dec. 27 and since then hospitalized in England, has been awarded the purple heart, according to word received here by his aunt and foster mother. Sirs. Olga Beard, . Colonial apartments. Fvt. Running's regiment had received a letter of commendation from its commanding officer on Dec. 5, which read nar: "The attack of the 318th infantry on Dec. 4 once again demonstrated the superb spirit and dash that has characterized all the actions of the regiment in recent offensives." Pvt. Running was working at Decker's prior to entering the service on April 12. 1944. itter bearer had been hurt." After ' receiving treatment in ospitaLs in Belgium and France, 'vt. Cline was removed to Eng- and by hospital ship. Lt. Smith on 2 AWARDED RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT Torpedo Plane Scores Again .Lt. Stephen B. Smith, U. S. N., of 636 East State, pilot of a navy torpedo plane, played a prominent part in the destruction of a Japanese heavy cruiser recently in Philippine waters, according to D. word received from the navy, department at Washington, D. G. The enemy vessel had been Court of Honor Held at Osage Seminary Gym Osagre--Jack Gaines, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Gaines, and Gordon ' '" - "n of Mr. and Mrs. W. Addison, were awarded the 01 jLtigle Scout at the regular Pvt. during the fighting for Brest. He damaged · previously when Lt. Smith and his squadron mates swooped down .on it. Fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo planes blasted the big ship in a furious, co-ordinated attack. The lowan scored one of 6 torpedo hits on the Jap_ warship. Blasted from all angles, the cruiser capsized, and sank within 4 minutes of the first run. Lt. Smith, 41, was the subject of a story in the Jan. B.issue of. Time magazine and figures in a dramatic exploit told Vin the book quarterly Mitchell district court of lonor held in the seminary gym Tuesday evening. Ralph Lloyd Jones of Mason City, vice president of the Winne- Son of Mason Cityans Member of Group That Is Commended Sgt. Gerald Chamberlain Ground Specialist to Construct Airbase Correspondent Eugene Burns. Whereabouts and other litter bearers were go- " Then There Was One ,, b War ing to the aid. of wounded when ~ . . _ _i he was hit in.the left shoulder by fragments froiji'a German mortar shell. He did fcot require hospiial- ization and soon returned to duty. Entering the army on Sept. 16, 1943, Pvt. Cline received medical basic training at Camp Barkeley, Texas. ; .!He attended a surgical technician school at Brooks general hospital, Texas, before going overseas as a replacement. Before entering the army he was employed as a driver for the Glenn Stubbs Transfer company, Mason City. His wife, Helen, who resides at the 23rd street address, is employed at the Swift and Co. packing plant. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Cline, also resides at the 23rd street address. Xorthwoofl--Dole Swanson of erly school, and mother, Mrs. j He is visiting his mother Mrs; I least 30 days' lenvc from the navy. : the navy. s p o:i of Mr. ;md Mrs. .V, , . Lynn Drake, of Cedar Falls, where he has been at home while on furlough. Raymond resided in Popejoy with his parents when a boy. ;i 13 Headquarters, XXI B o m b e r Command, G u a m--(Delayed)-- Sgt. Gerald J. Chamberlain, of owa City, Iowa, and other ground specialists of this B-29 organiza- ion .who took up the unfamiliar task of airbase construction in addition to their regular duties, have received a special commendation from Brig. Gen. H. S. Hansell, Jr., commanding general, XXI bomber command. With aviation engineers absorbed in the priority task of completing the giant airstrip, ground echelons were called upon for the unusual assignment of building administrative and service facilities as well as living quarters. Men like Sgt. Chamberlain, whose regular job is cryptographic technician, moved in on the area of bat- m tie wreckage, and, in less than 20 j weeks B-29 Superfortresses were bombing Tokyo from the completed base on Saipan. "You carried on your official work with efficiency above the usual under rugged conditions." Gen. Hansell said. "In addition with hard labor, ingenuity, and a kind of stubborn will that typifies the spirit of American pioneering, you made with your own hands, a place to live and a.place to work, overcoming obstacles which were not foreseen." Sgt. Chamberlain's parents live at 219 Linden drive, Mason City. His wife and 2 chidren live at 648 South Lucas, Iowa City. Sgt. Chamberlain is a graduate of St. Joseph's high school in Mason City. After completing high school Sgt. Chamberlain attended Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., for one year. He later attended the University of Iowa, there receiving his B. A. degree in foreign languages. Prior to entering the army in August of 1342, Sgt. Chamberlain wn.s an employe of J. C. Penny company ys m;im:^er of the shoe cicpnrtment. located in I own City GERALD CHAMBERLAIN Pfc. Burrets Awarded 3 Bronze Stars Pfc. Porter B. Burre's, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Burrets, 318! 4th N. W.; has been authorized to ', t t T I wear 3 bronze battle campaign LAlCKy, stars upon the European-African- Mrd die-Eastern theater service ribbon, for participation in the Two Mason Cityans, Kalph P. Vega and EH "Ike" Killian, both coxswains in the U. S. navy, met in the Admiralties recently, according to w o r d received 'here. Both men had leaves here about 13 months ago. Gaylord C. Boffington, carpenter's mats 3/c, has reported to California after spending a 25 day leave visiting his wife, who 'lives at 518 18th S. E., and his parents Mi-, and Mrs. Chet Buffington, 427 23rd S. W. Gaylord has served 8 months overseas in north Africa France and Italy. He has 3 brothers in the service, who were home this winter. Merle J. McLaughlin, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. McLaughlin,' who entered service in the navy on Jan. 5, is now at the Great Lakes receiving his boot training. NASHUAN LOSES LIFE IN BELGIUM Pfc. Harvey Wilson, 24, Farmer, Killed Jan. 6 · Nashua--Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wilson received a telegram Tuesday from the war department stating that their son, Pfc. Harvey Eugene Wilson, was killed in action in Belgium Jan. 6. He enlisted in the service in July, 1943, and went oversea last October. He was born at Frederika, Jan. 24, 1921, son of Harvey and Agnes Wilson. He attended rural schools in Floyd county and at the time of his enlistment was employed in assisting his father on the farm. He is survived by his parents and 4 sisters, Mrs. Forrest Chambers, Mclntire; Mrs. Raymonc Chambers, Elma, and Georgia and Rosemary at home. Pvt. Wilson is the 5th serviceman in this area to die oversea. John M. Lindslcy was killed in a seaplane accident at Corpus Christ!, Texas. Yank Uses Cows to Stop German Tank By HAL BOYLE s With V. S. First Army Troops In ! Belgium, Jan. 15--(Delayed--(#0-- I Battle sidelights: -A herd of Belgian cows was used by one enterprising American ot- ficer as a roadblock. Seeing a German Tiger tank apr proaching, Lt. Sidney P. Dane, glanced at his rifle--his only .weapon---and decided he would have to use ingenuity to stop the enemy vehicle. Dane rushed into a nearby barn and chased six cows into the street. I He felled one cow with a rifle shot! and the others began to - milll around in panic. " ! The nazi tank halted before thi- unusual roadblock. Before it couk" continue and fire on its target, ar, American bazooka team knbckei it out. JACK GAINES 4 Lock photo) bago "council, addressed the court of honor. In his subject, "Teamwork," he stated that scouting is democracy in action, a democracy of youth. It represents the results of real leadership--the democratic spirit of all for one and one for all. The brass quartet of the Osage high school band played 2 musical elections. The following awards vere presented: Second class, Vayne Bartsch, troop 68, Osage; st class, Phil Vandermyde, troop 52, St. Ansgar; merit badges, Harvard McLean, troop 36, Osage; Edson Dockstader. troop 52. St. Ans;ar; John Langehough, troop 52, St. Ansgar; Bob Thorson, troop 52, The holder of the distinction o: having the hottest foxhole in Eu rope is S/Sgt. Oswald E. McKown. of New Boston, Tex., but'the n cli mate had nothing to do with it. He was lying in a foxhole when' a German tank pulled up less than 10 feet away and began firing.! Each time the tank's big 83 millimeter gun blasted, the hot muzzle' flashes seared his face and concussions shook earth over him. One burst of flame set his blankets on fire. To add to his trou- ·bles, American artillery began laying shells around the enemy tank. "I thought sure the next one would be mine," said'McKown. One shell finally scored a direct hit on the tank and set it afire. Ammunition in the burning tank started exploding and more blasts ·! I rattled McKown in his foxhole. ''· Finally the explosions ceased and the scorched sergeant began to perspire less freely. "One hell of a way to keep warm in a foxhole," was his verdict. Rome-Arno, southern France and Germany battles and campaigns. The announcement came from headquarters of the U. S. army hospital ship, the John L,. Clem, on which he is serving. . In addition to the bronze star which was awarded last Dec. 28, Pfc. Burrets also has the good conduct medal and overseas service bar, denoting 6 months overseas service. Besides the service ribbon named he wears the Amer- C. Hastings, and his w i f e ;incl .day !c;ive w i t h his ixu'eiUs. He ar- ; 831. Chamberlain is a member of baby at Mason City. He has been j rived from Minimal-. Cal.. where j the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and serving on a motor torpedo boat I he is in ;i marine corps training a member of the Knights ot Coin the south Pacific. t school. I lumbus. ican theater ribbon. Pfc. B'.irrels hus been service since April. 1943. attending high .school here. Pfc. Burrcls -was advertising manager ot the 1942 "Masoman," high school annual. Writes Sailor on Stricken Transport Cresco--Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Peter received word from their son, Edward, of the navy, stating he was aboard the destroyer transport Mahan that was sunk off the coast of Leyte recently. He said, "We were pretty lucky. We lost very few men. That's about all I can tell you about it." SON WOUNDED Cresco--Mrs. Elizabeth Lawrence received word that her son, the 1 Sgt. Donald 'Lawrence, who is While with the army engineers in France, was wounded and has been in a hospital there since Jan. 2. Sgt. Lawrence has been overseas since last October. "Halt!" exclaimed a distinctly German voice as T/5 Tony P. Flenda, of Brooklyn,, started to ask directions. Tony, who had parked his ammunition-loaded jeep only a few moments before, realized he had crossed the German border after getting lost on darkened roads. "Kum Hier!" called the Brook- yin soldiers, using the only German he knew. ' The nazi guard approached and Tony stuck his prize souvenir, a captured German pistol, into the sentry's ribs. But 2 other sentries had heard their comrade's challenge. They started forward as Tony backed toward his. jeep, holding his prisoner before him. The other 2 nazis opened fire and Tony felt the man in his grasp go limp. He dropped him and opened fire, gradually worked his way to the jeep, jumped in and dashed to his own lines, with bullets zinging around his ears. "1 was scared," said Tony. "But I them Krauts knocking off ' own man--that tickles me." their GORDON ADDISOX (Lock pholo) St. Ansgar; Gordon Addison, troop 68, Osage. Slar Scout, Harvard McLean, troop 36, Osage. Eagle Scouts Richard, Lloyd Jones, Gilbert Bovard, Arthur White, Everett Driskill, Jr., of Mason City were in charge of Eagle ceremony. The Rev. O. A. Langehough, chairman of advancement for the district, presided at the court of honor and he was as- j sisted by Gerhardt Goplerud of Osage, William Callaway of Osage and Father J. G. Schmitz of McIntyre. The nucleus of the Harvard College yard was an acre and an eighth of land acquired in 1637. NEW LOCATION Horace Seymour Beemer 302 FORESTEKS BLDC.- Extraction Specialist DENTAL X-RAY SOLDIER SnSSING Cresco--Mrs. Samuel F. Rcis received word from the war department that her husband T-5 Samuel F. Reis has been missing in action somewhere in Germany since Dec. 16. He went overseas in October. DENTIST PLATE WORK ISFIflST ST JCEDAR RAPIDS SOUTH EAST DES MOINES MESON CITY SIOUX CITY

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