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Dec 03, 1943

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE and a Happy New Year. Shucks, I know it isn’t Christmas, but it’s in the air. Just look what’s happening. Phil Vaughan, local P. M., is issuing the usual Xmas warning. Mail early. Kids are writing letters to Santa Claus. Stores are having pre-Xmas clearance sales, or post Thanksgiving sales. The Salvation Army is out with its kettles and bells. And the weather is that very best brand of beautiful Iowa Fall weather.

HERE’S THE FROSTING on the Dodgers’ football cake. Dick Woodard, the 17-year-old dynamite kid, made everyone’s all state team. He’d gained during the year over 1,200 yards. He had thrown forward passes for almost as many more. He weighed 195 pounds and nobody ever really stopped him. He made the first teams of the L.D.P.A. and of the Register. Tom Pray, as rugged an end as the Dodgers have ever had, was first choice of ends on the I.D.P.A. first team and was placed on the Register’s second team, A phenomenal pass receiver, he had racked up more points than any other end in the state playing in major competition. Kenny Schmoker, who played an outstanding guard all season, made the Register’s fifth team. Knack, Carpenter, Walt Fieseler, Willard Whitcombe and Jim Sells received honorable mention. Carpenter and Knack are the only regulars coming back next year. But don’t let that worry you. Marquis had top shelf reserves all season. Some of those sophomores are giants. Do you remember that little Ernst boy? He now weighs 204 pounds. But fast. He played second string quarter this year. The Dodgers will be no soft touch next year. They'll be hard to beat.

HOME TOWN. O. J. Whittemore has been appointed to the school board to fill the vacancy created by the death of Don Peterson . . . The Dodgers go to Boone tonight for the first basketball game of the Dodger season. Other teams in the county have been playing for weeks. YLFH will cover basketball, yes sir . . . Mrs. Robert Ertl died last Saturday . . . Carl Aabye will head the Red Cross War Fund Drive . . . Robert Burlingame, news commentator for WHO, the voice of victory, spoke at the Woman’s Club and Kiwanis this week . . . Mrs. Herman Block died last Sunday. Her son, Melvin Block, is in service . . . Lt. Thomas Kearns, pilot of a P-38, who died in North Africa on June 22nd after a jeep accident, was awarded the fourth oak leaf cluster to the air medal this week . . . The High School Victory Corps had a box social last week and sold $250.00 in war stamps . . . Vice is being discouraged in F. D. The old “hotel” down near the I. C. depot was raided again. County Attorney Tom Healy says of the offenders, “they have sabotaged American youth.” He promises speedy trials . . . The sealing price on corn in Webster county this year is 83 cents . . . Lt. Charles F. O’Connor went thru Fort Dodge on a troop train recently. The movement being a military secret, he couldn’t let him family know. He writes, “The waves we got from the platforms and along the right of way in and around Fort Dodge were the friendliest of the whole trip.” He’s on the West Coast now . . . Mrs. Harold T. Larsen has been ordered to report for basic training in the Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune, New River, N. C., December 12th . . . Soft coal is up 60 cents a ton in Iowa . . . Lehigh women of the Red Cross are getting out 10,000 dressings a week . . . The Country Club is closed for the winter and Mrs. Jett Wray has gone to Los Angeles to spend the winter with her brother . . . The poultry thieves are on the loose again. Leo Scott, living S.W. of town, lost ten turkeys last Sunday. Some weighed 20 pounds . . . Dr. Matt Sanders is back in town. He returned from Iowa City by ambulance Monday . . . A doe and a fawn have suddenly appeared from nowhere and taken up residence in Dolliver Park.

HAPPY LANDING. Lt. Ronald J. Spinharney in North Africa . . . Pfc. John Cumming in England . . . Corp. Joe McCarville, in England with the Army Air forces . . . Pfc. William Thorsbakken, with the army air forces in England. His brother Leonard, a survivor of the Lexington, is in the S.W. Pacific . . . Corp. Clair J. Stewart, somewhere overseas . . . S/Sgt. Oscar J. Olson, tail gunner in a Fort, somewhere in England.

HOME AGAIN. Jordan E. Tonsfeldt, S2/c, back in the U. S. after three years in the Navy. He has been assigned to a signal school in Portland, Maine.

PROMOTED. From Corporal to Sgt., Eldred Prang, with the Army Air forces in New Guinea . . . E. V. Swindle, to Corporal. He’s with the Army Signal Corps at New Orleans, La. . . . Dean

Buck, from Gunner’s Mate 3/c to 2/c. His brother Darol is a Fireman 1/c. Both are in the S.W. Pacific . . . Francis E. Weiss, from Corp. to Sgt. at Camp Barkeley, Texas . . . To Sgt., Donald O. Buck at Fort Bliss, Texas.

ON FURLOUGH. Pfc. Keith B. Rowley, from Buckley Field, Denver, Colo. . . . Pvt. Richard Mailander, from New York City, on his way to the West Coast . . . David E. Edwards, Chief Commissary Steward, from North Africa. His son, Donald, S/e Bugle master, is at Norfolk, Va. . . . John Snook, from Camp Adair, Ore. S/Sgt. Melvin Campbell from Fort Dix, N. J. He’s with the Field Artillery . . . Corp. John Moburg of Gowrie from Great Bend, Kansas . . . Fred Cooper, Jr., from boot camp at Farragut, Idaho. Got here without telling his folks about it just in time for a late Thanksgiving dinner. Had the pleasure of eating with Bill Armstrong, who had to leave a few hours later for Camp Dodge for assignment. Bud is in the Navy hospital corps . . . Sgt. Paul Dahlquist, from Camp Adair, Oregon, on his way to Arizona . . . Corp. Vearl Thompson from Camp Stoneman, Cal . . . .M/Sgt. C. H. Strohscheon from Fort Jackson, Miss. . . . Ronald Wearmouth S 1/c from New York City.

WEDDING BELLS. Marjorie Jordan of Nashua to Sgt. Wilford G. Olson of Thor, stationed at Camp Adair, Oregon, on November 17th . . . Gertrude Linn of Gowrie to Pfc. William H. Williams, of Fort Dodge, at Coffeyville, Kansas . . . Betty Jensen to Pvt. Ray Jordison at Fort Dodge, November 21.

SICK CALL. Pfc. William Rankin of Lehigh, back from North Africa, is in a hospital in Temple, Texas. Says he’s feeling fine . . . Lt. Don G. Tepfer, with the Army Air Corps at Geneva, Neb., is in the hospital at Topeka, Kansas. Fatigue and flying nerves. Too much overtime in the air . . . Corp. Glenn E. Brown, Savannah, Ga., is in the hospital with an injured back. Got it about the time he was promoted to Corporal . . . Pfc. Richard Fawkes of Otho is returning to the U. S. from Australia to receive further treatment for wounds received in the fighting in New Guinea last December . . . Pfc. Elwood Hoover of Lehigh is back from twenty months’ service in New Guinea and Australia. He’s in a San Francisco Army Hospital, recovering from malaria and skin infections . . . Corp. Paul Schwering of Duncombe is in a Canadian hospital in Sicily. He is suffering from malaria. His unit was with Montgomery’s Eighth Army in Africa and in Sicily . . . Pfc. Verlyn Langerman is recovering from malaria in a hospital in Australia. He’s lost thirty pounds.

HERE AND THERE. Frank Sims, now Lieutenant in the Air Corps, is finishing a course in combat flying at Alexandria, La. In town and back from Farragut, Idaho, are John Kearns, Eugene Dolder and Gale Stringer. They have finished boot training . . . Bob Stewart, now a Lt., with the Marines, is flying a dive bomber in the S.W. Pacific. Hal is in the Navy, playing with the Navy band at Navy Pier in Chicago . . . Corp. McLoughlin, of Clare, now in the S.W. Pacific, surprised his wife on Thanksgiving day, their first wedding anniversary, with gifts of silverware and roses . . . Corp. Paul McDonnell, back from North Africa, spoke before the Wa-Tan-Ye Club at the Warden Hotel, Monday noon . . . S/Sgt. Keith Smokstad, a prisoner in Germany, writes to his mother that he was recently moved from one prison camp to another in interior Germany. He said the country thru which he passed was really beautiful, and that he’d like to make the trip under more pleasant circumstances . . . Kenneth Lochner, formerly Highway Patrol Officer, now with the Navy at Ames . . . Lt. Alma Shrank, is doing P.X. work at Pine Bluff, Ark. . . . Mark Cavanaugh and Robert E. Johnson are at the Army Air School at San Antonio, Texas . . . Sgt, Merle Olofson is in Italy. He writes of his brother who preceded him. “I have a hunch that Arnim is somewhere around here too but won’t know until I can get out and around, which I hope will be soon.” . . . Pfc. Max Whitman, back sometime from the Solomons, has been assigned to guard duty at Red Bank, N. J. He has been in the hospital at Great Lakes, for treatment for malaria . . . Lt. John Antolik is in England. He is helping his outfit organize a football team.

THEY MET. They met a long, long way from home . . . Mark Nelson, S 1/c from Duncombe, is back in New Orleans after a long trip with a gun crew on a merchant ship. In a South American port he met Robert Starkey, a Navy man with whom he had gone

to High School. Over on the other side of the world in an Asiatic port he met a neighbor, Richard Heiman, who is also in the Navy . . . They met in England—Sgt. Fergus Kenyon of the Army Air Forces and Pfc. C. A. Garlock, Jr. Then they spent a furlough in Scotland . . . They met in Italy—Dr. Roger Minkel and Dr. Wilbur Thatcher. They are both Captains in the Medical Corps. Capt. Minkel says that he is living on the farm of an Italian who lived in Waterbury, Conn., for twenty years. Capt. Thatcher is top surgeon in his outfit and has operated on a number of Iowa boys, some from Perry, Grand Junction and Boone.

MAN WITH WINGS. First Lt. Jack Douglas is now Operations Officer at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida.

NOTE FOR SANTA. Lt. Nancy Sittig , Army Nurse, writes from England that she’d like some good old fashioned Iowa pop corn to pop for Christmas.

HERO, Capt. “Pete” Alger is back in this country from the S.W. Pacific. He has shot down at least five Zeros and has been awarded the silver star, the air medal, the flying cross, and the oak leaf cluster.

IN THE MONEY. Theodore Roosevelt Henderson joined the Navy’s ship repair service this week. Henderson is a 38-year-old farm pends His take, because he has six children, will be $273.20 a month.

HE’S TIRED OF PINEAPPLE. Avery Phillips is with the Coast Guard in Honolulu. Some guys get all the pineapple.

YOUR LETTERS TO US: C. E. “Red” Moreland, aviation cadet, Tuscon, Ariz.: “Really believe that Fort Dodge is as much, if not more behind her soldiers than any town I’ve heard of. I always refer to Fort Dodge as the ‘Capital of the World’.”

Corp. Geo. C. Robeson, U.S.M.C., New River, N. C.: “Speaking of traveling, I would like to submit my qualifications: 34 states plus Washington, D. C., Hawaii, Mexico, and all over the South Pacific islands . . . I’ve been overseas twenty months and will be going back again in the spring.

M/ Sgt. G. Stockwell, in the S.W. Pacific: “I am stationed in the S.W. Pacific, fighting a few Japs. I met a boy the other day by the name of John Burke. His sister Helen used to work in your office. I also met William Carter from the old home town,”

Pvt. John L. Martin , The Citadel, Charleston, S. C.: “The Cita is truly ‘Southern’ and really a swell place.”

Pvt. Marvin McCoy, Elkins, W. Va.: “This country is sure pretty. Hunting season is open now for bear, deer, coon, wild

turkey, grouse and pheasant . . . Al Spittal from Fort Dodge is here with me. John Brand and Amzie Yoder from Fort Dodge were here but have gone to another outfit.”

S/Sgt. Ward G. Roberts, Childress, Texas: “After being a mechanic for ten years the army has me in the office. I don’t especially like it, but it has to be done so here I am . . . Corp. Ernest Flickinger is here and Aviation Cadet James Dennery. He will will graduate from here as a 2nd Lt, Bombardier-Navigator on December 4th. He was married recently to WAVE Ensign Jean Fowler who is at Corpus Christi. (Ed. Note: We received word this morning that A/C James Dennery was killed in a plane crash last night, December 1st.)

We had other grand letters from Corp. Glenn E. Brown, Base Hospital, Ward 6, Hunter Field, Savannah, Ga.; from Alice C. Koerner, SW 3/c, New Orleans, La.; Pvt. John J. Dowd, Amarillo, Texas; Robert B. Porter, Bermuda Islands; W. H. W. Muenster, CM 1/e, N.A.T.T.C., Chicago, Ill.; Corp. Deno Castagnoli, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Robert J. Riles, S 1/c, Alaska; A/C R. E. Marsh, Americus, Ga.; Major John C. Shrader, APO Los Angeles, Calif.; Corp. Don Jensen, Camp J. T. Robinson, Little Rock, Ark; and Pfc. Bill Kinkner, APO Los Angeles, Calif. I know how long it takes to write a letter and how little time you have. With mothers and fathers and sweethearts and sisters and brothers and wives and buddies to write to, I am amazed that you ever find time to drop us a line. When you do, I am humbly grateful. Write to the others first. Then if and when you do have time, drop us a line.

Your mail is the first thing that’s opened when it hits my desk. We are as excited about it as the kids are about Santa Claus. I think we enjoy sending these letters out as much as you seem to like getting them. We are acknowledging all of your letters over the air. We read parts of them on the program each day. I think sometimes that your letters home are more important to our morale than anything else. Fathers and mothers carry them around in their pockets. Whole families read them and re-read them until they are almost worn out, Friends and neighbors read them, too. You think they are ever thrown away? No, sir, They are like your picture on the mantel, like that service flag in the window. They are treasured, they are saved.

Maybe I better stop here. I’m beginning to make a sound like letting down my hair. We'll be in the groove and sending again next week. Until then, so long and good luck.

Your home town scribe, ED BREEN.

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