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June 30, 1944

DEAR JOE: If you haven't been home in a long time, you probably wonder what the home town looks like . . . It looks much as it did when you left it, better in spots and worse in others. Nearly everyone still is driving a car and they aren’t wrecks, either. We've taken care of them and they look good. People have been careful about their houses, too. They’ve kept them painted and well roofed . . . To tell you the truth, Joe, we’ve never been short of anything much. We are as well fed as we ever were and I believe better clothed. Everyone seems to have money and everyone has a job. We work more than we did and that’s good for us, too... Nearly everywhere you look there is a service flag in the window . . . Life in a deserted village is rough on the girls, rougher on them than on any of the rest of us. We all miss you plenty and there’s lots of heartache and worry and loneliness behind those little flags in the windows. But I think the girls your age miss you most of all. What fun is a party without boys? . . . A great Red Cross flag almost as large as the sail of a ship is flying over Central Avenue today, suspended above the street . . . 4-F’s and 38’s will be wearing lots of bow ties this year. Frank Sinatra’s brought ’em back . . . A. E. Gadbury bought the building behind the S. & O. Grocery store on 7th street just north of Central and put in a beautiful display room . . . Couple of fellows from Des Moines have come up here and. taken over the Oldsmobile agency . . . Gus Glazer bought the Schnurr home at 1419 Eighth Avenue North for $18,000 . . . That's the way it goes in your home town . . . People are still having fun but the mood is on the somber side. We go to the movies. We visit each others’ homes. There are no big parties. We are hoping and praying and working for the war to end. We'll never be happy until you are. all back home again.

HOME TOWN. The Red Cross drive is on Carl Aabye is drive chairman and the quota is $46,500 for the county—$25,500 for Fort Dodge. It'll be a pleasure to raise it ... On December 30th they had two break-in’s in Clare. Hal Stanford, former convict and two time loser, was arrested and in police court pleaded guilty to the break-in’s. Bound over to the grand jury, he reversed his field when brought before the district court and entered a plea of not guilty. He stood trial, denied his former confession. Jury went out on the last day of February, came back the first day of March. Verdict. Not. guilty. John Kirckner appeared for the state, John Mitchell for the defendant . . . Geo. Kneeland is dead. He was the father of Mrs. Bob Rankin and Mrs. Frank Waldburger . . . We've got ration tokens now. They are smaller than a dime, red and blue, made out of fibre and worth one point each. You use ’em to make change for coupons valued at 10. No good for poker, too small . . . Harley Fellers is dead, former partner of Karl L. King. . . Ralph Bastian, now a Lt. in the navy, stationed on shore duty as aide to the commandant of the naval base at Key West, Fla., is running again in absentia for county attorney. Tom Healy and John Kirchner are now serving as county attorney and assistant county attorney by appointment... Everybody needs help. If you were home you could go to Alaska on a war job, or to a brick and tile plant or to the John Deere tractor plant at Waterloo . . . Walt Beier has been elected head of the Retailers . . . Mrs. Ben Saeger, mother of Jack, is head of the Marine Mothers . . . Helen Bartlett is a candidate for county recorder . . . John Miller has been held to the grand jury on the charge of stealing chickens from the S. A. Blanchett farm near Judd . . . A burglar stole $175 in cash from Sandy’s Place the other night. Mrs. Lee George, living across the street, saw him.

SCOREBOARD. The Dodgers won their last home game of the basketball season in a near riot. They toppled the big seven champions, the high and fancy riding Rough Riders of Roosevelt High, in the last seconds of the game. In the final 3 minutes, the lead changed seven times and then Jr. Janssen hit the bucket for a field goal just before the whistle ending the game. It was wild, it was rugged. Score—Dodgers 28, Roosevelt 27... The Girls of Gowrie are still state championship bound. They took the district meet, winning 49 to 46 from Churdan in the finale. In a curtain raiser, Burnside boys defeated Gowrie boys 29 to 16. The Gowrie Girls go to the state meet in Des Moines March 8th. They meet Redfield in their first game . . . The Dodgers finished fifth in. the state mat tournament and for the third straight year West Waterloo triumphed with Osage, Clarion, Eagle Grove and Fort Dodge trailing in that order. We got no championship belts; but Eddie Steinhoff, Bernard Hayden and Ken Schmoker placed second in their weights. It was Steinhoff’s first defeat of the season. He lost to George McCort of Eagle Grove, a boy from whom he had previously taken decisions . . . Corpus Christi loses to Somers, 23 to 19 . . . Lanyon defeats Gowrie 32 to 28... The Dodgers defeated East High Des Moines, 40 to 32, after trailing throughout the first half. George Knack and Merle Davidson did yeoman work for the Dodgers . . . In a bitter intra-city battle, Corpus Christi took the Irish of Sacred Heart, 39 to 23. Earlier in the season, the Irish had nosed out a win, 22 to 21. . . Lehigh 58, Duncombe 31.

WEDDING BELLS. Virginia Peterson to A/C Den Collins, March 4th, in Albuquerque, New Mexico . . . Don is in bombardier training . . . Mary Katherine Bolan of Tampa, Fla, and S/Sgt. Harold Bemrick, sometime in March at Tampa . . . Dorothea Johnson, army service pilot, and Lt. Henry D. Morman, of Miami, Fla. on New Years Day at Brunswick, Ga. . . . Jean Vogel, of Page; Okla., and Lt. V. E. Anderson, January 18th, at Santa Barbara, Calif. . . . Irma Bratmiller and Melvin Schulze, both of Clare, at the Deercreek Church, February 20th . . . Delores Sinnott and Sgt. S. W. McNaughton; of Alexandria, La., April 16th at San Diego.

SERVICE PAPERS. From Don Uladeff, CM 3/c, “The Camp Parks Log” , from Camp Parks, California. Thanks, Don . . . From Tom Dowd, at Amarillo, Texas, the field paper, “Mechanews.” Thanks, Tom . . . From John H. Hamann, S 1/c with the U. S.

Coast Guard, at San Francisco, “The Barracks Watch.” Thanks, John . . . From Pvt. George Caldwell, “Retreat To Taps.” published at Camp Campbell, Ky. Thanks, George . . .From S/Sgt. Cecil Julius, at Dodge City, Kansas, a swell sheet done in the very best traditions of early days in Dodge City. It is printed in black on quarantine yellow paper and is called the “Boot Hill Marauder.” Laudably enough, the paper is now encouraging the personnel of the post to examine all the more comely females in the area with the purpose of discovering the one who most resembles “Lace.” A worthy project and, of course, one that might. lead to no end of fun. Thanks, Cecil . . . Only rival we've seen for YLFH in brevity. is “Guinea Gold,” published as a real newspaper for the forces in New Guinea. For the loan of two of them, I am indebted to Mrs. Victor Merryman: I think Tom sent them. Question before the house, when do we get two of our own?

MOVED . . . To Camp Gordon, Ga., in the Hdqs. Btry., Pfc, Jack Dodgen . . . To Pensacola, Fla., in the personnel office, Clyde W. Clark, Y 3/c . . . To Indiantown Gap, Pa. Cpl. Wendell T. Youngstrom, of Dayton . . . To England, Pfc. Delmer Crouse, of Otho . . . To Briggs Field, Texas, S/Sgt. Charles Pessica . . . To Spencer Field, Moultrie, Ga., A/C Keith Knutson . . . To Kelly Field, Texas, Pvt. Donald Stewart . . . To Hammer Field, Fresno, Calif, and advanced to Cpl. Pete Hillesland . . . To maneuvers in California, Sgt. Donald Sroufe . . . To the Raritan Arsenal, Metuchen, N. J., Cpl. Art R. Ross. He’s been playing in the military band and in the dance orchestra for two years . . . After two years on the west coast, Pvt. Harold Bothe is now at Camp Howze, Texas . . . He is now at Victoria, Kansas, Pfc. Arthur Axen . . . He is at Camp Howze, Texas, Sgt. Robert Sherratt . . . Cpl. Gaylord Bales is in 0. C. S., at Fort Sill, Okla. . . . A/S Chas. Freed, of Burnside, is now at the University at Reno, Nevada. . . Bud Demitroff, Ph. M. 3/c, of Lehigh; is at Hartford, N. C., and Pfc. F. W. Rake, also of Lehigh, is at Kingman, Arizona . . . S/Sgt. Chas Pessica is now at Topeka, Kansas .. . A/C Donald Thompson is at Maxwell Field, Ala. . . . A/S Milt McEwen is at San Antonio, Texas . . . At Victoria, Texas, is A/C Paul A. Martin . . . Miss Kay Dwyer is Ass’t Director of the USO Club at Mobile, Ala. Club 307, Conti Street . . . Roland Laird, who has been at Los Angeles, has been transferred to Indiantown Gap, Pa., and he’s a Sgt. in the Infantry . . . Pfc. Ron Folvag is at Stout Field, Indianapolis, Ind. It’s an emergency landing field with lots of planes stopping for refueling - kind of like a gas station in pre-war days on a transcontinental highway. Several gliders there and Ron is hoping to get a ride in one . . . Billy Algood, now at Chanute Field, Ill, is in search of Fort Dodgers. If you know any in that area, tell them that Bill is at Chanute Field, Ill. Bill is in training there, going to school six hours a day. He went there from Jefferson Barracks . . . Bob Reinartson, who is with the Air Corps, in training, has been transferred from Buckley Field, Denver, Colo., to Keeler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi . . . Aviation Cadet J. R. Markey, whose address is now Dallas, Texas, is in primary training there . . . Pfc. Keith Rowley is now at Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado. And Pvt, John E. Vohs, who is with the engineers, has been moved from Delaware to a maneuver area in Louisiana.

GOOD FELLOWS GET TOGETHER. Over in Tunisia, Sgt. Fred Moore has Tobin Ham on his plate and Fort Dodge Creamery condensed milk in his coffee. He’s just twenty miles from. Jim O'Connell. They get together now and then. Fred is the second Fort Dodger Jim has seen since he’s been in service . . . Sgt. Ted Rule met Hal T. Richart in a Cafe in San Pedro. Hal is in the merchant marine. He’s on the list now, Ted . . . Edwin Adson and Carl Brighi are on duty on the same ship somewhere in the Pacific . . . Pfc. Roy F. Meyer met them in Miami, Florida, Lt. Bob Hogan of the Marine Air Corps and Wally Evans of the Army Air Corps. Roy is now the only Fort Dodger that he knows at Camp Murphy, Fla. If there are any in hiding, speak up . . . He had dinner with Mary Dolliver not so long ago. Lt. D. E. Hauser, with a bomber squadron somewhere in the Italian theatre. He hitchhiked across the peninsula; and was 24 hours without food. Mary said that even with the shortage of food, she did finally succeed in filling him up . . . They see each other occasionally at the University of North Dakota, A/S Paul Menefee and Lt. Ari Moeller. Paul is studying to be a pilot and hopes soon to be flying something bigger than the “piper wishing machines.” . . . Dick Rosien, who does some traveling with the armed guard, ran into Karl King, Jr., and Bob Zehr not long ago . . . Cpl. Allan T. Roth met Fort Dodger Cpl. Lyle Ricketts in Sicily. It happened this way. Roth went to have some dental work done and found Lyle behind the chair . . . Before his service in the army, Lyle lived ten miles north of Fort Dodge . . . On his way over to New Guinea, Captain John Sulzbach, now with the medical corps, stopped off in Australia. The first person he met was M/Sgt. Robert Haire, looking very fit but much heavier than he was. The. hospital in New Guinea at which Captain Sulzbach is stationed is built in a cocoanut grove. The Nips don’t bother much anymore and the chief danger from the sky is falling cocoanuts—but the hospital keeps busy—600 beds full all the time . . . Pfc. Bill Muenster, who stationed in Northern Ireland, thinks “It’s pretty darn swell. Not as good as Iowa, understand, because there isn’t any place as good as home in the old corn state.” Lt. Bill James is stationed in a hospital not far away and there is talk of them getting together for a golf game one day soon . . . Svend Mogenson, painter 2/c, has been in Australia for eleven months now. During that time, he has met only one Fort Dodger and that was an old and very close friend of his, Pfc. John. Laska also of Webster County. They met on Sunday and they met in church. . . Over in London, two Fort Dodgers met recently who went in the same draft from Webster: County two years ago. There were only five in that draft. The two who met are Lt. Lawrence L, Merrill, who is stationed in London, and Don Culver.

OVERSEAS. Writing from San Diego, Sgt. Willard Soppeland says that Lt. Francis Collins and he helped rescue several of the crew and remove the dead from a Coronado that crashed at the base. Mrs. Soppeland is with the Sgt. and. so is his little son, Billy D. We'll see that Ted gets the letters, Bill. Ted is also a Sgt. and is on New Guinea . . . Lt. Roland Crouse, of Lehigh, is the liaison officer directing the Sherman tanks in the attack on Cassino . . . From H. G. Flippen, EM 1/c, in Hawaii, a description of the “Luau” which seems to be a native barbeque of pig, chicken and fish. Sounds very tasty . . . From Edinburgh, Scotland, comes a postcard from Joe DeBakey, who has been having a swell time there on furlough . . . Somewhere in England is T/Sgt. Ivan R. Arnold, with a bomber squadron . . . Matt Nilles, CM 2/e of the Seabees, from Duncombe, is on a lonely island in the Aleutians. He says, “The WILLIAW’S up here are fierce.” . . . Lt. (j. g.) G. Fletcher Moore is on a ship somewhere in the Pacific . . . Flying a PBY somewhere in the New Guinea area, is Ensign Melvin S. Essary . . . Carlin P. “Ace” Acher is now in the physical fitness program with the Navy at Pearl Harbor . . . Pvt. Floyd “Buck” Derrig, who has been parked out in the Pacific now for sometime on the Island of Kanoi, would like to meet any other Fort Dodgers who might be there. Anyone know of any other Webster County on that island? The Island of Kanoi? . . . From Maurie Bestick, Pfc. in England, we learn that those boys from Fort Dodge and this area who are still with the old Co. “B” are located now at a station hospital just outside Manchester, England. Maurie says they would love to see all the Fort Dodgers in that area.

THE LAST WORD on the dried eggs situation. Cpl. Henry T. Haraldson, writing from England says, “They would save a lot of eggs and grief if they would hatch them and send us the chickens.” Brother, I believe you've really got something.

Jerry Coughlon, recently moved from Camp McCain, Miss., to Ft. Jackson, So. Carolina, says there was a move on when he left to give Mississippi back to the Indians, but they were having trouble finding any Indians dumb enough to accept it.

BOB SILL, now a second lieutenant in the air corps is instructing at Minter Field, Bakersfield, Calif. With him is Lt. Warren Kelly, also an instructor. Nearby is Claude Wood, doing instructing also in a civilian capacity. He is at Tulare, Calif., and is about to marry Miss Vivian Reed of Tulare. Lt. Dale Johnson is now a flight commander instructing on B-24’s at Muroc, California. The Fort Dodgers got together the other evening at Bakersfield with Florence MacKenzie and Michelle Sherman who are living together in Bakersfield. This is all from one letter of Bob's. “I'm going to put him on the payroll.” Bob continues, “Even my barber on the post came from Fort Dodge. He worked at the Wahkonsa Barber Shop before he entered the army.” He says that A/C Dale Sperry and Bill Reinman had their training there a couple of months ago and that Lt. Paul R. Smith writes from Tallahasse, Fla., that he has completed his last phase of training and is soon bound for combat in a new P-39. We'll see that you get that address, Bob. a lot for a swell letter.

PVT. EARL MARTIN is quarantined along with the rest of the camp at O'Reilly Gen. Hosp., at Springfield, Mo., for scarlet fever. But he says it isn’t bad because he is out of Texas and back to civilization. He was working on some teeth when he wrote to us. He says they are trying to make a dental lab technician out of him.

ABOUT THOSE PICTURES, guys and gals, we haven't been deluged with them. Some nice ones but we're never going to get twenty-seven hundred at the rate we are going. Come on, Handsome and Beautiful. Quit being modest.

LT. DALE CROFT is missing in action over Germany. The Fort he was piloting failed to return from a raid over Brunswick on February 10th.

THE SILVER STAR, awarded to Cpl. G. W. Brown, who died in action in New Guinea on July 11th, has been forwarded to his mother. He volunteered to head a patrol to wipe out a machine gun nest. He died in a burst of machine gun fire as he hurled a hand grenade.

MISSING IN ACTION is Warren Dinwiddie. Radio gunner on a Fort based in England, his plane did not return from a raid on Frankfurt on January 29th.

NOTE FROM A WORRIED FAMILY. Eldon Faine, please write home. Your folks are worried. If you know Eldon, Joe, or know what’s happened to him, let us know, please.

KEITH SMOKESTAD, prisoner in Germany, writes that they have a band at their prison camp, that the Red Cross furnishes the instruments; that the YMCA gives them a library; but at the time the letter was written, September 26th of last year, he hadn’t received any mail from home although he had been taken prisoner in February of 1943.

FOREST FIRES, which were a menace in California last fall trapped one of our Fort Dodgers, marine Eldon B. Beckwith—and by the way, Eldon has recently been promoted to Sgt. He was with 81 other marines near Pine Valley, California. They were trapped in a canyon by the forest fire on October 2. Eldon was one of the unlucky guys that got burned. But there were others who were even unluckier. Ten were burned to death and ten are still in the hospital. Sgt. Beckwith is all right now and is instructing in Motor Transport.

LT. VICTOR MERRYMAN is home. Vic has been flying and instructing in B-25s. His commanding officer is Major Daven who was co-pilot with Captain Lawson when they flew over Tokyo. Vic had a shot at the movies recently when MGM went to Columbia, South Carolina, to film the picture, “A Guy Named Joe.” One of the first shots in the picture shows Lt. Merryman landing a B-25.

REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION is Lt. Richard E. Davis. Mrs. Davis, nee Ramona Frampton, had. previously heard indirectly from Sgt. Merle Olson that Lt. Davis is a prisoner in Germany.

MR. AND MRS. LEO SIMMONS have just returned from Topeka, Kansas, from a visit with their son, Leo, Jr., who is a radio operator on a B-24. His crew of ten, and two other crews, were recently chosen as model crews and his was the lucky crew drawn by Life Magazine. Life gave a banquet for them and for the boys’ parents and guests. Photographs were taken and the girl who was writing the story was there from New York. The magazine “Life” plans to follow Leo and his crew mates throughout their service.

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL might be interested in knowing that the magazine, Esquire, has a room at the Topeka base dedicated to combat men and the walls are decorated with 18 life-size pictures of Varga’s “Scanty Clad’s.”

OVER HERE. Cpl. C. F. Strand, of Gowrie, is bundling up airplane parts at Hunter Field, Ga. Says he wouldn't be surprised if they bundled him up one of these days and sent him along for the big push . . . From the west coast, Jack Jones reports that he sees

Jimmie Fields and Bill Soppeland often. Not long ago, he met Lt. Harold Larson, M. D. at Pt. Hueneme. He also reports seeing Bill Howard “Hod” Erickson in Los Angeles. Hod is a bombardier . . . Aviation student Dan O’Connor is shipping soon to Oakland, Calif. for after “tarmac” duty. After that he hopes to get a chance to learn to fly.

HOME TOWN BOYS MAKE GOOD. Lt. Bernie Gillispie, flying a bomber from somewhere in Italy, has received the air medal and is in line for a promotion . . . Herb Lefler, who is engaged in Military secrets in Washington, is now Cpl. Herb Lefler .. . He's been promoted to Corporal. He’s now Cpl. Quentin J. L. Parker, stationed at Randolph Field; Texas. He’s in the officers classification section for Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command. He says he'd like to see Lt. Fenton Isaacson when he arrives at the field. He says he’s going to try to locate him . . . Dean Campbell, in submarine duty at New London, Connecticut, has been promoted to seaman 1/c.

SHAKING HANDS WITH THE HOME FOLKS. Clifford Clabaugh, ship’s cook 1/c, who used to be meat inspector at Tobin's, is home on shore leave from his Atlantic battleship . . . Lt. Jim Volberding, of Humboldt, and his wife, the former Billie Sittig, of Fort Dodge, arrived in Fort Dodge Wednesday on furlough. Jim got his wings at Carlsbad, New Mexico, last Saturday . . . Bruce Palmer, former Fort Dodger, has been in town. visiting’ friends. Photographer for many years on the Waterloo paper, he enlisted in the Navy two years ago and since then has been assigned as instructor in photography at Great Lakes. Much of his work has been aerial photography and he’s had some narrow escapes, once ending in a crash landing in Lake Michigan. He swam out, but very badly he says, and very cold, with only a slight cut over one eye. His next assignment, he believes, will bring him overseas duty, possibly on an air craft carrier.

FROM THE FIVE CORNERS OF THE WORLD. Capt. John F. Sulzbach, New Guinea, “Have been out here in New Guinea for some time now and am finally becoming acclimated to the heat and humidity of the tropical jungles. We are in the dry season here now. That is, it only rains every second or third day. We have our hospital set up in a large cocoanut grove and have been running over 600 patients at all times. Nippy leaves us pretty well alone now and our biggest danger is from raining cocoanuts. The natives around here are quite the characters. For Australian money they will sell you anything they have including their dishes, combs, and grass skirts. They have American candy and cigarettes and to them it is quite a delicacy. On our way over we stopped in Australia for several days. The first person I met was Sgt. Bob Haire from home. He looked to be in the pink and has put on a lot of weight.” T/Sgt. Thos. DePue, Memphis, Tenn., he in the Air Transport Command and the time I spend in the United States is rather limited. Incidentally, I met Frank Jensen, in Bangalore, India, last June. He and his brother, Roy, played on Ft. Dodge High School's basketball team in the early thirties. He had been in the Far East for seventeen months at that time. Also met Buck Walrod in the Caribbean theater.

Sgt. Howard J. Sheker, New Guinea, “After spending a year and a half in Australia, seeing much of the country, both good and bad, we finally boarded ship for Destination “X” which turned out to be New Guinea. Aside from being away from civilization, most of the boys like it pretty well up here but don’t get the idea that we intend staying here too long. The climate is not too bad and the scenery is pretty nice except that it stays green all the time and no wonder, because it rains most every night. One nice thing, you don’t have to go to the store to get cocoanuts and bananas because they grow at our very back door.”

Sgt. R. P. Wretman, England, “I have never been stationed at a base in my three years of service but what I have found another Fort Dodger in that vicinity. Louisiana, Miss., Texas, Ariz., Colo., Utah, Wash., Oregon, and now in England. Yes, I hadn’t been over here a month when I ran into S/Sgt. Bob Sentz, also a gunner. You will be seeing Bob back home soon, but me—give me six months.”

Theodore V. L. Harvey, Camp Roberts, Calif., “I am somewhere in California on maneuvers. Outside of working long hours and going through the motion of hard work, I am having a marvelous time. I am now the Maneuver Chaplain, Maneuver Headquarters, III Corps, APO 303, Camp Roberts, California. Located as I am, the copies of the Letter From Home are like a cool breeze on a hot July day in Iowa. Will you extend my sincere appreciation to your sponsors who allow you to do this type of work. Keep this work up and we, the Joe Blows of the Army, will return with victory under our belts. May that day be soon.”

Pvt. John P. Cahill, England, “So they think whiskey is hard to get back there. They should be over here. I was able to get a quart of Gin one time. It cost me three pounds, or $12.00. Well, I've not met many boys from Iowa. But I did run into a guy here that knew Fort Dodge quite well and we sat down and talked like two women.

Pfc. Robert Johnson, South Pacific, “P. S. I might add that our best radio program here is the “Zero Hour,” broadcast. from Tokyo and dedicated just to us.”

Cpl. John BR. Cumming, England, “I was taken through the House of Commons by Sir Stanley Reed, M. P., from Aylesbury, Eng. I eavesdropped on one session of the House for three hours and found it most interesting. Most striking monument—Abraham Lincoln's statue across from Westminster. Most striking feeling— when you hear the bombs from raiders. Most striking conclusion. —wish I were back in Fort Dodge.

Pvt. Marvin Bowers, England, “I also saw them change guards at Buckingham Palace and that’s really something to see. I saw Westminster Abbey and Scotland Yard and all. Lots of interesting places. I had fun riding the taxis and the subways. Well, it’s my bed time, so Cheerio.”

And we received other grand letters from Pvt. Leonard Stahl, Italy . . . A/S Chas. Freed, Reno, Nevada . . . Pvt. Rossette A. Harp, Camp Roberts, Calif. . . . Basil Barnhill, ARM 2/c, Quonset Point, R. L. . . . Lt. Don Culver, England . . . Pfc. Roy F. Meyer, Camp Murphy, Florida . . . Pvt. Earl Martin, Springfield Mo. . . . Newell S. Porter, APO New York . . . John Vanderhoff, MOMM 1/c, FPO San Francisco, Calif. . . . Pvt. Donald Stewart, Kelly Field, Texas . . . Pvt. Frederick Miller, Elkins, West Virginia. (Sorry Fred, we've been sending ‘em. They may catch up ‘with you) . . . E/C Warren Winslow, Bradley Tech, Ill. . . . Cpl. H. B. Garton, APO Los Angeles, Calif. . . . Pfc. Verne C. Hughes, APO New York . . . Cpl. Walter Humphreys, Camp Wheeler, Ga. . . . Pvt. Bob. Williams, Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Pvt. James McNeilly, APO Los Angeles, Calif, and AVN/S John J. Dowd, Des Moines.

Your Home Town Correspondent, ED BREEN.

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