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[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 11, 1944]
- Pfc. Strobel Helping Evacuate Wounded
- Pfc. Robert P. Strobel, formerly of Bryan, is reported performing one of the most novel jobs on the personnel officer's classification list with the ninth air force troop carrier command station in England. Pfc. Strobel is a member of the Medical Air Evacuation squadron and accompanies the flight nurses aboard troop carrier C-47's to evacuate sick and wounded frontline fighters from combat zones.
- Pfc. Strobel, the son of Mrs. Dorothy Shoemaker, 458 Evans St., Jonesville, Mich., is a graduate of Bryan high school. He entered the service June 22, 1942.
- Pfc. Michael Thiel, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Thiel of Blakeslee, is home on furlough after being wounded in Italy last October. He has recently been at Butler, Pa., army hospital.
- S/Sgt. George C. Ray who was wounded in the New Georgia battle and is at Percy Jones hospital, Battle Creek, Mich., visited in the L. C. Betts home Monday.
- Jack Ewan of Bryan graduated Tuesday from naval training school at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., receiving the rank of radioman third class.
- The war department this week officially confirmed that Lt. Doyle Zimmerman of Montpelier, is missing in action.
- Pfc. Joseph Minarik, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Minarik, Stryker, Rt. 1, has been awarded the Army's newest award for infantrymen, the Combat Infantryman Badge. The medal which is a silver rifle on a blue field eliptical silver wreath, was awarded for exemplary conduct in combat. Pfc. Minarik went overseas on May 26, 1942 and has been in the South Pacific.
- Technical Sergeant Homer J. Cooley is a prisoner-of-war in Germany, according to information received by his mother, Mrs. Alda Cooley of northwest of Bryan. Sergeant Cooley was reported missing in action after a bombing mission over Europe. He was a gunner on a bomber of the 8th U.S. air force.
- A Purple Heart medal and certificate of merit has been received from the War department by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Johnson of Edgerton, whose son Lemuel died in action with the U. S. fleet in the southwest Pacific, Feb.4, 1942.
- Pvt. Bob Timmons, former Bryan grade school teacher, has graduated from Camp Grant, Ill., medical replacement training center clerical school.
- Staff Sergeant Chas. R. McClure, grandson of Mrs. Hurcy Purdy of Montpelier, is a prisoner of war in Germany after his plane was brought down.
- Staff Sergeant Woodrow Wirick, a former Bryan resident has been ill in a London hospital several weeks. His wife is staying in Toledo.
- Nelson F. "Kelcey" Boylan has been promoted to sergeant. He is a mechanic in the 9th echelon automotive shop in England.
- Pvt. Ted Ihrig has been transferred from Ft. Benjamin Harrison to Battle Creek, Mich., for basic training in military police.
- Harlan Wineland left Friday for Terminal Island, Calif., after a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reo Wineland.
- Bernice Gunn S 3/c, stationed at Atlanta, Ga., is spending a few days with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gunn.
- Lt. Dewey Johnson, of Edgerton, a physical training director at Bradl;ey Field, Conn., has been promoted to captain.
- A cable has been received from Sgt. Clark Aumend, formerly of Bryan, stating he has arrived safely overseas.
- Pvt. James Dohm of Bryan is in the hospital at Camp Claiborne, La., with a fractured leg received on a march.
- William Buda, 18, Bryan, has graduated from the Kingman, Ariz., army air force flexible gunnery school.
- Pfc. Harry Humbarger is home on furlough, and expects to return to camp Monday.
- Sgt. Dick Westerman arrived home this week on 11-day furlough.
- A detachment of Sea Bees of a battalion which included H. Krohn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Krohn of Bryan, distinquished themselves in combat against the Japs in the invasion of Bougainville, according to a navy report.
- A/S Duane Alexander, 15345179, 2608th A.A.F., Base Unit College Training (Aircrew), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati 21, Ohio
- S/Sgt. Richard C. Bernath, 433 A/A.F. Base Unit, "B" Squadron, Army Air Field, Chico, Calif.
- Pfc. Herbert Alexander, 35284463,Co. D, 1st Bn, 104th Inf. A.P.O. 26, Ft. Jackson, North Carolina.
- Pvt. T.W. Ihrig, A.S.N. 35836990, Bldg. 29-15, D-Co. 30 Bn., M.P.R.T.C., Fort Custar, Mich.
- Charles A. Levy, 2nd Army Rep'l Depot, 3562nd Ord. Med. Auto Maint. Co., Tullahoma, Tenn.
- Sgt. Denver Strait, H. & S. Co. 14th Inf. A. P. O. 360, Camp Roberts, Calif.
- Pvt.Theron J. Betts, 973083, Pit.507 R.D.M.C.B., San Diego, Calif.
[The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, May 11, 1944 - Submitted by Kate Watson]
[The Bryan Press, May 18, 1944]
REPORTER JIM BOUCHER MISSING IN GERMANY
- Bryan Air Force Sergeant Lost During Bombing Mission 29th of April - Staff Sgt. James Russell Boucher, 20, of Bryan has been reported missing in action over Germany, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Boucher from the war department Monday. S/Sgt. Boucher was a gunner on an American airforce bomber stationed in England. He was listed as missing after a bombing mission over Germany, April 29. None of the crew of this bomber returned. His parents had received a letter from him dated April 26. He graduated from Bryan high school in 1942. He was prominent in athletics, full back on the football team in track two years. He entered the army January 29, 1943. Mr. and Mrs. Boucher have another son, Robert, also in the armed services, and one son and two daughters at home. Mr. Boucher is employed at the Aro. The family lives at 416 South Walnut street.
- Bryan Brothers Are Reunited in England - Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Lovejoy have received information that two of the three sons they have in the aremed services have recently met in England. They are Sergeant Jack Lovejoy and Corporal Edward Lovejoy, who is quartermaster in the air corps. The third brother, Pfc. Richard Lovejoy, is stationed at Reno, Nev.
- Sent Helmets Home - Mr. and Mrs. Guy Eager have received two army helmets as trophies from their son Richard Eager, who is in Italy. One is a German helmet. The other is the one their son was wearing when he was wounded several months ago. A piece several inches square was torn out of the front of the helmet. Dick is now back on duty, and writes that if that is the way to get a Purple Heart he doesn't care for any more.
- Yank Falls Into Pillbox And Captures Germans - Italian Command Post - An Alice-in-Wonderland tumble by an American soldier through the ventilation shaft of a camouflaged Axis pillbox so surprised the Germans that the American single-handedly captured the entire staff, an American officer revealed. The pillbox was an exceptionally well camouflaged post fortified with 18-inch concrete backed with steel girders. It had withstood three direct hits and was still holding up the Allied advance in the Cassino sector when it was unexpectedly reduced by one Yank.
[The Bryan Press, May 18, 1944 - Submitted by Kate Watson]
NOTES FROM THE SERVICE
- First Lieut. Robert E. Ensign, 22, has been awarded the Air Medal "For meritorius achievement in aerial flight while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy." Lt. Ensign is a pilot on a B-24 Liberator of the Fifteenth Army Air Force in Italy. He is the son of Mrs. Alma Ensign, 447 East Wilson.
- Denver H. Peterson 1/c Seaman, Coast Guard came home Wednesday accompanied by his wife of Philadelphia to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs.Vermer Peterson and sister Betty. They were here for Mother's Day and attended Baccalaureate at Stryker, Miss Betty being one of the graduates. His address is Amphibian Base, Camp Lejenne, New River, North Carolina.
- Burnell Cox S 1/c has been released form the U. S. Naval hospital at New River, North Carolina. He had scarlet fever. He has two brothers overseas, S/Sgt, Gaylord Cox in New Guinea and Cpl. Ervin Cox in North Africa.
- Edgar Allison A/S returned to Camp Perry, Va., Saturday after a 15 day leave with his wife and children and other relatives.
- Clifford Blosser of Melbern has been transfered to Ft. McClellan, Alabama.
- Word from the European Theatre of Operations states that Cp. Rex Eschhofen of Bryan and Pfc. Herbert P. Rockey, Route 3, Montpelier, are among members of the United States anti-aircraft unit, standing guard over important military installations in Great Britain, patiently waiting to get a shot at Nazi bombers.
- Mrs. Charles Notestine, Ney, received a cablegram Friday from her son, Staff Sergeant Delmar Notestine, reminding her that Sunday was Mother's Day. S/Sgt. Notestine has been overseas seven months, stationed in New Guinea. In the near future he will attend another radio school in Australia.
- Sgt. Walter F. Uran has arrived safely overseas.
- S/Sgt. George Griggs of Edon has landed in England.
[Submitted by Kate Watson]