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May 19, 1944

DEAR JOE: It’s hot. You know, corn weather. It was hot yesterday and the day before and the forcast for tomorrow is for more of the same treatment. It’s what the farmers want and what we need. Yes sir, Joe, good old Iowa corn weather, that grows corn that makes cattle and hogs. . . It’s hot. It’s 91. I just looked at the thermometer. It’s wonderful. Pretty soon I’m going for a coke and after that I’m going to jump in the pool . . . Everybody is getting ready for V-Day at home. Committees have been appointed and parades arranged. And when V-Day comes—and I hope it’s tomorrow, even if it is hot—everybody will forget all about the plans of the little group of earnest thinkers and we'll have the craziest, wildest, happiest, most cockeyed gol-darned whing-ding that’s been seen in this town since November 11, 1918 . . . Everybody knows it and that’s the reason I think that the distilleries have been allowed to go back to making liquor. We don’t want it to catch us in the middle of a dry run . . . That’s one of the things, too, that makes me think V-Day must be coming soon . . . That and the fact, Joe, that you are knocking the socks off Hitler and Hirohito. Yes sir, it looks to me like V-Day might come anytime—and I say let ’er come . . . Smitty’s window is full of pics taken in the bathing beauty contest. It’s got traffic stopped for two blocks . . . It’s still hot.

TOWN AND COUNTY. Threshing is about over. The oat crop is not very good, about one half to one third of normal . . . The Fort Dodge Independents play the Ottumwa Skyers from the Ottumwa Naval Air Station Sunday. The Skyers are plenty good but so are the Dodgers . . . Mid-Continent Air Lines of Kansas City have asked permission to establish an air route through Fort Dodge. Line would run from Des Moines to Yankton and stops would be made at Boone, Fort Dodge and Sioux City . . . During August the whiskey ration is up one pint. Quota, one fifth and one pint . . . Cigarettes are becoming scarcer. Most beer parlors in Fort Dodge are out of bottled beer . . . War is hell . . . The U. S. Gypsum Company has been advertising for weeks for part time workers, men who have other jobs but can work four, eight, or sixteen hours a week. They are called Victory Shift workers. Response has been good . . . R. G. Walker , of the Fort Dodge Transportation Company, has purchased the Schaupp Bldg., occupied by Rankin Motor Company, on the north side of the city square. Rankin will move into the Firestone Station at the corner of 9th and 1st ave. south across from the Warden Bldg. The Firestone people are still looking for a large central avenue location . . . The Dodgers took Bancroft 3 to 2 last Sunday. Harry Proeschold held the Kossuth County sluggers to two hits . . . A few places in Fort Dodge have been charging 6 and 7 cents a cup for coffee. The O. P. A. has ordered everyone back to a nickle. Hurrah! . . . Fred Cooper is the new County Legion commander . . . The Iowa attorney general’s office has ruled that vitamin concentrates may be sold at drug stores only.

TO THE LITTLE CHURCH AROUND THE CORNER. Frieda Orness, of Moorland, and Pvt. Edward Okrzynski, of North Tonawanda, New York, at Sioux Falls, July 12th . . . Marguerita Aufresh, of Elmhurst, Long Island, New York and Francis Malady, EM 2/c, July 10th, in Jackson Heights, New York . . . Bernice Fink and Munbard Hallman, of Burnside, in Fort Dodge, July 25th. . . . Mary A. Gelino and Sgt. J. F. Simpson, at Tucson, Arizona, July 18th . . . Francis Hogan and Charles M. Adams, of Palmer C. M. M. M. at Richmond, Va., July 22nd.

HOME ON FURLOUGH. Capt. and Mrs. Jack Jensen . . . Robert L. Dallman, S 2/c, of Gowrie, from New York . . . Irene Brown, SK 3/c, with the Spars, from Philadelphia . . . Pvt Francis E. Rodenberg, from Camp Fannin, Texas, on his way to Camp Maxey, Texas. Longest way round is the shortest way home. Pvt. David Alan Larson, from Camp Blanding, Fla., on way to Camp Shelby, Miss. See above—ditto . . . Carl C. Ricketts, AM 3/e, from Norfolk, Va. . . . Farrell Hansen, S 2/c, from Great Lakes . . . Ensign Joe McTigue, from Trinidad, where he has been flying a patrol bomber . . . Francis L. Haye, EM 2/c, back from the Pacific after 20 months. . . Pvt. Richard Hill, from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. . . Ensign Oscar Habhab, after getting his wings at Corpus Christi, Texas. . . Leo Campbell, SP 3/c, from a naval hospital at Corona, Calif. . . 2nd Lt. and Mrs. Harlan Mills, from Liberal, Kansas . . . Pvt. David Hoover, of Duncombe, from Camp Roberts, Calif., and enroute to Camp Shelby, Miss. . . . Pvt. Robert Newbrough, from Camp Maxey, Texas . . . Perry Butterworth, petty officer second class, from Pensacola, Fla. . . . Lt. and Mrs. Mary Tuel, from Baton Rouge, La. . . . Lt. and Mrs. Keith Crouse, of Lehigh, from Camp McCoy, Wis. . . . Cpl. Maurice Engquist, of Harcourt, from Kessler Field, Miss. . . . Dale Lindquist, S 1/c, of Gowrie, from Lido Beach, Long Island, New York . . . Erwin Jones, S 1/c, from Great Lakes . . . T/5 Boyd Garton, from Camp Maxey, Texas . . . Pvt. Geo. Hanrahan, from Camp Howze, Texas . . . Ens. and Mrs. Chas. Heileman. He is back from the Italian theater . . . Cpl. Tom Dowd, home before reporting for duty in Alaska . . . James Harrington, S 1/e, after a voyage to Africa . . . 2nd Lt. Glenn Rohrer, from Brooks Field, Texas . . . Ens. Don McKirchey, from San Diego, Calif. . . . Chief Petty Officer and Mrs. E. P. Rodenborn, from Ottumwa . . . Gladys Thompson, S 2/c, of Clare, from Algiers, La. . . . Lt. J. P. Cain, of Barnum, + 50 missions in the European theater . . . Pvt. Merle Frend, from San Diego . . . Pvt. Paul Burch, enroute to Camp Phillips, Kansas . . . Pvt. Leonard Wolff, from Camp Blanding, Fla. . . A/C Gary Rabiner, from Moody Field, Ga. . . . Dwain Edwards, S 2/c . . . Lt. Robert Sill, from Minter Field, Calif. . . . Pvt. Michael Cuff, from Camp Ritchie, Md. . . . T/4 Kenneth Sternitzke, from Camp Haan, Calif. . . . John Fritz, C. C. M., from San Francisco . . . Sgt. Herb Lefler , from Washington, D. C. He is

headed for O. C. S. His brother, Bruce, is an aviation cadet at Carlsbad, New Mexico . . . Pfc. Morris A. Peterson, from Camp Butner, N. C . . . 1st Lt. Walter Davis, from Casper, Wyo. . . . 2nd Lt. John B. Foley, from a hospital in San Francisco . . . Lt. D. J. Hicks, from Barksdale Field, La. He’s been flying a B-26 and about to go across . . . Luther Holm, S 2/c, of Duncombe, from Farragut, Idaho.

INSIGNIA AND SHOULDER PATCHES. The Lamp and Sword of ASTP, the red half moon crossed with lightning of the 78th and the red gold and blue ball of the army ground forces from S/Sgt. Chris Chardoulias, who is studying Japanese at the U. of C. Also a very handsome snap shot. He says he’ll be home this week. Thanks a lot, Chris. We'll be seeing you . . . The patch of the Army Air Force and the 4th Army Air Force Patch from Pfc. Herschel Deuker, who is a tail gunner on a Liberator in Moroc, in the middle of the Mojave desert. “They put us out here far enough from civilization so that in practice the bullets and bombs can't hurt anybody or put a hole in some town.” . . . The 95th Inf. Division from. . Melvin Block. He’s now overseas. Thanks, Mel. . . The Headquarters patch of the Army Ground Forces from . M/Sgt. Jefferson Pettibone., Washington, D. C. Thanks, Sgt.

OVERSEAS. Somewhere in England is . Pfc. Arnold K. Piltingsrud. . . . From France, . Pvt. Rossette Harp. sends us the English copy of “Lili Marlene.” that he promised us and ordered at the music store while in England. This copy reads on the title page, “Lili Marlene.”, the song the eighth army captured as featured in the film, the true story of the song “Lili Marlene.” produced by the Crown Film Unit and distributed by Pathe Pictures Ltd.” Thanks so much, Rossette . . . . J. H. Clark. is with the Canadian army in Italy. Enclosed in his last letter were the Italian words for “Lili Marlene” in very beautiful Italian handwriting. Thanks, J. H. . . . Wilbur Springer., former Wahkonsa boniface, is getting his mail Med. Det. 319 Inf. APO 80, New York, New York . . . Cpl. John Larson is getting his mail APO 654, New York, New York. . . Pvt. Edward Showers is with the signal corps somewhere in England. . . Just up from a siege of malaria, “Buck” Walter Vargason, the handsome, lonesome singing cowboy of KVFD, is back with his movie projection machine somewhere in Italy . . . 2nd Lt. Bob Armstrong stopped in Iceland enroute to the European Theatre.

SERVICE PAPERS. The Souvenir Edition of the “Anzio Beach-head News” from S/Sgt. Kermit A. Bugg, somewhere in Italy. Kermit, formerly of Co. G., is now with headquarters. He saw Eddie Davis not long ago when he was in the hospital . . . “The Interceptor” from Pvt. J. H. McNeilly, at Camp Pinesdale, Fresno, Calif. Thanks, J. H. . . . “The Slipstream” from Cpl. Francis A. Stoddard at Maxton, N. C. Thanks, Francis . . . “The Desert Air- man” from Lt. Wallace Wise at Tucson, Ariz. Thanks, Wally, and we'll put Bernie on the list . . . The 11th Armored Division’s “Pictorial Review” from Capt. Gilbert E. Merris, of Camp Cooke, Calif. —a very beautiful brochure. Thanks, Capt. . . . “The Armored News” of Covington, Ga., “The Tiger’s Tale,” Camp Gordon, Ga., “The Cadense” of Camp Gordon, Ga., and a rare old copy of “The Blason” of Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, all from T/Sgt. O. C. Duckett, Camp Gordon, Ga. Thanks, Sgt. . . “The Prairie Schooner” from Edward J. Flinn, at Wahpeton, N. D, Thanks, Ed . . . “The Globe” and “The Caduceus” from Dr. Otto N. Glesne, Lt. Comdr. M. C., Camp Lejeuen, N. C. Thanks, Otto. . . “The Camp Roberts Dispatch” from Cpl. Joseph E. Underwood, Camp Roberts, Calif. Thanks, Joe . . . The “Ord News” from Pfc. F. Zeka, Greensboro, N. C. Thanks, Frank . . . “The Cactus” from Don Bonnell at Kingman Army Air Field. Thanks, Don . . . The CBI “Roundup” from Lt. F. W. Griffith. Thanks, Lt. . . . The Continental edition of the “Stars and Stripes” printed somewhere in France and dated July 18th, 1944, from Cpl. Henry Haroldson, somewhere in France. Thanks a lot, fellow. The strawberries Hank found were all gone in Normandy, the Boche had taken them, but there was still cognac in Cherbourg. And with a kick in it.

OVER HERE. Richard Fitzgerald, A/S, writing from Farragut, Idaho, puts this apologetic tag on his letter, “I didn’t have much time to write this because, like the rest of the guys out here, I got ‘a big washing to do tonight.” Lucky the gals who get some of you guys . . . Margaret Laurent, S 2/c, is with the WAVES at Camp Elliott, San Diego . . . Ens. D. A. Dunbar is in Jacksonville, Florida, flying PBY’s . . . At Norman, Okla., enjoying the heat are A/C Lloyd Hambleton and Don Dillman. Says Lloyd, “If you really want some warm weather, just pack the swimming pool under your arm and come down here to Okie land, you all. And while you are at it, you might bring a few characters that infest Fort Dodge . . . Pvt. Gould Campbell is studying electronics at Chanute Field, Illinois . . . Cpl. and Mrs. Alvin G. Hanson, after two years in Texas, are now back in God’s country, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin . . . Lt. Chas. “Chuck” Swanson is at Lubbock, Texas . . . Pvt. Malcolm Tyler is now at P. M.S. Unit Training Center, Ft. Custer, Mich., and mighty nice of your old mail clerk to tell us so, Malcolm ‘ We always thought the Eskimos went for bead work, ivory knives and fur parkas. But no. Pvt. Chas, Walker proves it with a beautiful silk pillow case from Alaska, showing the U.S. army, or maybe it’s the Russian bear, looks like a bear pitching shells at the Nips. Thanks, Chuck . . . Bob Porter, S 2/c, down at Gulfport, Miss., is impressed by southern hospitality—but little. Prices are exorbitant, service indifferent and “the people express a very negative attitude toward uniforms.” One of Bob’s classmates is a nephew of Sen. Truman, Demo. Candidate for V. P. . . . Pvt. Ralph Crosby is at Ft, Dix, N. J. . . . Pvt. Eugene Davis, of Barnuh, is starting his qualifying jumps as a paratrooper at Ft. Benning, Ga. . . . Down with scarlet fever, Kermit C. Johnson, GM 3/c, is enjoying life at the U. S. Naval Hospital at Long Island, New York . . . Sgt. Denver

DeSmidt is at Bakersfield, Calif. His brother, Pic. Divine DeSmidt, is APO, New York . . . Lt. and Mrs. Everett D. Quade recently transferred to the ordnance school at Aberdeen, Maryland, would very much like to see anyone from home . . . John A, Mitchell, S 2/e, is with the Air Transport squadron band in Oakland, Calif.

DOWN UNDER. Somewhere in the South Pacific is Pvt. Wilfred Hanna. In the same company are two other Fort Dodgers. . . Don Johnsen and Don O'Connor are patients at the Naval Hospital at Tulagi. So is one of the LeValley boys from Dayton. Dick Williams and Chet Moore are there attached to the hospital staff . . . Ordinance officer with a night fighter squadron, 1st Lt. Merwin E. Lyall, during the past 9 months has covered most of Australia and all of New Guinea . . . A snapshot we received this week show Capt. C. B. Hamilton somewhere in the southseas with a group of natives. They are on the small side, the tallest being about a foot shorter than Doc but clean locking and well formed . . . Cpl. Quentin J. Fideler is now on one of the islands in the Southwest Pacific with the Marines.

WEEK OR SO AGO the Fort McArthur “Alert” named S/Sgt. Ted Rule as the top bowler at the post. Now the fireworks are popping. Challengers have arizen and a match is in the making. Our money’s on Ted. And thanks, fellow, for those beautiful patches, the Western Defense Command, and the 3rd Coast Artillery and the 9th Service Command . . . Ted recently bowled six games for a 250 average!

GOOD FELLOWS GET TOGETHER. T/4 Dave Bailey, John Rogers, Walter Gauntshalk and Angelo Breno are together in Oahu, Hawaii . . . Lt. Harrison Frantz and Lt. John Metcalf, in Normandy the night of June 28th. Frantz had quite a time finding Metcalf. He drove 3 hours trying to locate him. They were together 114 hours. Both have written home about their meeting. John said Harrison looked like a walking armored division. He was covered with guns of all kinds, and so was the jeep he came over in. Harrison landed in Normandy June 10th and John a week later. They were inducted at the same time.

ALLISON HILL, PW in Germany writes “One of the boys can play a violin. He got an old one and is playing it now. It isn't the best but he gets music out of it. All we know is songs up to 1942 but they sound alright.

Cpl. HAROLD CAMPBELL called his folks from Puerto Rico one night this week. It took six weeks to arrange for the call and many subjects, including the weather, were tabooed by military censorship, but his folks said he sounded fine and that the call came through as clearly as one from the house next door.

WAR’S GRIM TOLL. Of Webster county’s men, since December 7, 1944, 34 have died upon the field of battle. Another 20 lost their lives in training. 40 have been wounded. 35 are prisoners of war. . . And 14 are listed as missing . . . Pfc. John E. LeValley, of Dayton, was wounded with the marines at Saipan. He was hit by a hand grenade. It was necessary to amputate his leg above the knee. . . Earl R. Samuelson, A. R. 2/c, was wounded in action somewhere in the South Pacific recently—not a serious wound however . . . T/Sgt. Robert Johnston may be a prisoner of war. He was lost from a patrol on the night of March 27th in Italy. His commanding officer thinks it is possible he was captured . . . Sgt. Ron MacKenzie is reported missing in action over France since July 9th. He was a gunner and armorer in the air corps . . . S/Sgt. Verne Hughes, with Co. G., was wounded in the hip at Anzio Beachhead, May 30th. He’s been awarded the Purple Heart. Three other brothers are in the service and Verne’s sister Helen is with the WAVES at Washington, D, C. . . . Cpl. Ernest Larson was seriously wounded in action in France on July 15th . . . Pfc. Bud Trost was wounded on Saipan on the first day of the invasion two hours after the initial landing. He received seven shrapnel wounds and was transferred to a hospital ship. He’s on the mend now.

FROM THE FIVE CORNERS OF THE WORLD. John Brady, New Guinea, “The other day, while standing in line—something that everyone seems to be doing all the time—I was reading the latest edition of “Y. L. F. H.,” and someone came up and asked if I was from Fort Dodge. It turned out to be Paul Deuker from Fort Dodge. He’d seen me reading “Y. L. F. H’— so we got together and naturally had a big talk about everything back home. I’ve also run into Robbie Friedrichs a couple of times —and of course we had some good times. Robbie and I will probably be seeing each other quite often. See where you've been receiving lots of copies of “Guinea Gold”—but haven't as yet seen any mention of the “Guinea Pig” so thought I'd enclose one. Incidentally, it includes a new one—“JANFU”—joint army and navy.” (Thanks a lot, John, for the “Guinea Pig,” the first I’ve seen.) M/Sgt. Wayne McMiniment, Corsica, “In one of my trips to Italy, I looked for Lt. Col. Eno and was lucky enough to find him. We had a swell bull session and talked about the airport at home. I worked for him for three years and he taught me to fly way back in ’37, so we really had a lot to talk about. In one of your letters you mentioned “If you are in Corsica, look for something made of leather, Native manufacture is crude, but there ought to be something.” I’m sorry to say there is very little of that sort of thing or in fact there’s very little of anything in the line of goods, I’ve been all over the Island and I know. The funny part of it is, they have plenty of money but not a thing to buy. The natives have been hit hard in this war. I noticed you starting to save shoulder patches. Enclosed find the 12th Air Force patch that we wear. It was made on the Isle of Capri. The women there make these by hand. The other one (smaller) was made in Naples.” (Thanks Wayne, for the beautiful patches. They are embroidered in gold, scarlet, and silver thread on velvet backgrounds.)

Pvt. Leonard Stahl, Italy, “In the past couple of weeks, I have met quite a few boys from back home. I met the following seven men in a week. They were Captain Howard Gamper, Fred Moore, formerly with the post office, Jim O’Connell (you remember Jim), Paul Jordan, Bob Conway, Wendell Reed and a kid by the name of Wilkson. Moore is with a hospital just about three blocks away. Jim O’Connell is with another hospital about four miles away. I can see both the hospitals from our day room window. Gamper is downtown. Gamper, Moore, O’Connell and myself spent the day together about a week ago. We sure had a swell time talking over old times. Gamper took us to supper at the Air Corps Officers’ Mess that evening. We certainly had a swell meal. It sure was a treat to sit at a table with a white table cloth on it and to be served out food. Then one evening the four of us went out to one of the hospitals to see Bill Pray, but we discovered when we arrived at the hospital that Pray had left the hospital. We then found out

about several Fort Dodge fellows being there so. we went over to see a kid by the name of Beck. We spent our alloted time with Beck, so we didn’t get to see the other fellows. But we are all going out to this hospital again one night this week to see the rest of them. From what I hear, there are a lot of home town boys around here.”

Cpl. George Michelson, France, “Well, this is just another letter of thanks which you get from G. I’s all over the world. But to me it seems that “Your Letter From Home” comes just when I need it most. When I got on a boat to come over here, the last letter I got was “Y. L. F. H.” That one I read over so many times it wasn’t funny. Well, here I am over in France. And again the first letter I got was “Y. L. F. H.” I want to thank. you for sending them when I need them most. I guess you know how it is over here so I won't tell about that. I will say that I never thought the Air Force boys would ever be living in holes. But to tell the truth we love it as we know it’s bringing us closer to the boys at the front. By being here we are able to do things for them which otherwise could never be done. Well, Ed, it’s late and I will bring this to a close with our own expression, “In this little hole we call our home, I will retire.” There are four of us living together and we have named the place “Orchard Grove Apts.

Pvt. William Armstrong, Camp Livingston, La. “Enclosed is my small addition to your latest trend in the line of collections. In my humble opinion it’s one of the best patches around. Maybe I’d better tell you that it is the 86th Infantry Division patch and that the BH stands for Blackhawk and not for “booze hounds” which it has been mistaken for many times. Have to go to do some laundry now as we are going out on maneuvers this coming Mon- day.” (Thanks a lot, Bill. It’s a swell looking patch.)

Phil Dorweiler, A/S, Farragut, “I’ll tell you the latest facts on “boot” Dorweiler. I’m still trying to manipulate my hands with knots. I can’t tie a thing except for my shoes. We went to the boat docks yesterday. It really is nice down there. The only catch is that you have to walk to get there. It’s a 10 mile hike and with the one corn I'm developing, it isn’t too much fun. Next week. we have our work week. We work in the scullery from 3:30 to 9:30 p. m. Washing dishes and scrubbing. I can hardly wait! The Navy is so darn particular. We never have dirty clothes. In fact, I live in the wash house, I still have signs of tattle-tale grey and my hands are red. It worries me till I’m sick. I'm going to take special washing lessons when I get home. I understand that a Lt. McMaster is head of Farragut’s ship’s service. Does anyone know him?” (Sure, we all know him, Phil. Go over and tell Mac who you are and tell him Ed Breen sent you.)

Merle J. Riechenberg, A. M. M. 3/c, Hutchinson, Kansas, ‘This base has had quite a few Fort Dodgers on it. Lt, F. Helsell, Lt. Hotek (Otho) were here in the past. Ens. Don McKirchy recently took his PB 4Y training here. Also among the enlisted men and women are Bill Howard, Dale Doffin, Mary Strait, Doris Grundon. One of the first things I noticed upon arriving here were the huge hanger doors which were marked “Horn Mfg. Co., Fort Dodge, Ia.” I'd like to thank those who made the American Legion hospitality card possible. Keep up the good work and don’t forget to shoot us a few pictures of the bathing beauties in the contest at Expo Pool.”

Pfc. Lee Strait, England, “Just John Ford and I are the only ones from the immediate vicinity of Clare, but there are several others from surrounding towns. May Bowen is a nurse in this outfit from Fort Dodge. I see her quite often and we trade news from home. Another Iowa G.I. and I went fishing the Fourth of July, but fishing isn’t like that back in the states so we came home empty handed.

Cpl. Bill Hartman, New Britain, “Saw a native sing-sing a week ago and enjoyed it as far as the singing and their dances were concerned. There is an odor about them that gets one. They had some nice costumes.” (We'll take care of that request, Bill.)

Chaplain Arnold Bertram, Normandy, “Am writing this with legs dangling in a slit trench. Jerry throws a few shells this way now and then. A little strafing and bombing also keeps things from becoming monotonous. I'm kept quite busy here; only wish I could tell you all about it. “Your Letter From Home” keeps coming regularly, even here. It’s a swell news sheet. More power to you and the others responsible for it. My favorite popular song is “Besame Mucho.” Could you play it over the radio for Thora, my wife?” (Yes sir, Capt. we’ve taken care of it all and gladly.)

Wonderful crop of letters this week. Ran about a hundred bushels to the acre. We've given you the news from most and the pure quill from some. And still others came from A/C Vyron W. Frye, Lancaster, Calif . . . Marvin Intermill, F 1/c, Norfolk, Va. . . . Bernard Hood, A/S, Farragut, Idaho . . . Pvt. Leo P. Lennon, Ft. Knox, Ky. . . . Irene Brown, SK 3/c, Philadelphia, Pa. (I like that “hello again.” We are saving a very special place at Expo Pool just for you.) . . . Fred N. Cooper, PhM 3/c, Oceanside, Calif. . . . Pvt. F. A. Engelbart, Italy. (Yes sir, Fred. Saw Denice last night. We'll take care of that.) . . . Lt. Rita McCarville, Springfield, Mo. . . . James D. Peterson, 5 1/c, Vero Beach, Florida . . . 1st Sgt. Aaron E. Holm, Fort Knox, Kentucky . . . Harold L. Leutzinger, Chicago . . . Capt. A. W. Sinnott, France. (Thanks a lot, Capt. We'd forgotten all about it.) . . . Sgt. Kurt R. Chalgren, England . . . Pvt. Guy Bosworth, Camp Campbell, Ky. . . . Victor M. Hunefeld, M. M. 3/c, Great Lakes . . . Lou Jaroslovsky, RDM 1/c, Mediterranean Theater . . . Pvt. Verl Pugh, APO, San Francisco . . . G. S. Anderson, MM l/c, Corona, Calif. . . Sgt. Eugene Savage, Camp Haan, Calif. . . . T/Sgt. F. J. Hasty, England . . . Pvt. L. L. Wieberg, Italy . . . Pvt. Charles McBride, Ft. Lewis, Washington . . . S. C. Betters, CM 2/c, England. (Sure, Stan, we'll play that number for Janice. And the back of my hand to your censor who cut out the names of the two Fort Dodgers you met—as if, Mr. Brass Hat, it made any difference! We are quite sure you know just from reading the papers and good old communiques that there are some Fort Dodgers in jolly old England. Oh well, it’s not always brains that a brass hat conceals.)

Thanks so much, all of you. We had a grand time in Minnesota. It’s beautiful up there and I hope that all of us will soon be able to go there often for fishing and hunting and swimming, and for watching the tall pines and breathing that fresh and lively air. . . But I’m glad to be back here. Fort Dodge looked awfully good as we drove in from the north, When we saw how the corn had grown we were glad to be back here, And we were happy that we lived in such a rich state where so many industrious people worked so intelligently to grow so much food for all the rest of the world. It’s a good land and a happy land, a land worth fighting for. So long, Joe. Be seeing you around here next week.
Your home town correspondent,
Ed Breen.

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