April 13, 1944 – News about the boys in the U.S. Army and Navy

Nisqually Valley News

Pfc Phil Martin, Son of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Martin, now of Tacoma, was at home on a short furlough this week.  Phil spent Tuesday in Yelm visiting with friends here.  he is a graduate of the Yelm high school with the class of ’41.  he has been stationed at Jefferson Barracks, MO., but was recently transferred to an air field in Utah.

Another member of the class of ’41, Midshipman Bob Woolery, spent several days last week at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Gifford.

Tech. 3 Lauren Mercliff, a former member of the staff of the Nisqually valley news, who has been in the army for the past two years and overseas for about eighteen months, arrived back in the united states a week ago Tuesday and is now at the Cushing General Hospital at Framingham.  Mass. Laurence has been the non-commissioned officer in charge of a wireless station at some point overseas.  he is suffering from his nerves and a reoccurrence of stomach trouble, which bothered him in Yelm.  After hearing the news, Laurence published a paper at Morton for a short time.

staff Sergeant Rex Eide, who has spent the past fifteen days at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Eide, has returned to Camp Carson, Colorado, where he will resume his duties with a mountain artillery unit.

Aviation Ordnance Man 2c Verne Schneider spent a week end at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Schneider.  Verne is stationed at the Naval Air Base at Pasco.

Wally Music of the Naval Station at Lake Union, Seattle, spent a few days at the home of his mother, Mrs. Anna Music, this past week.

Bill Wilson, who has been stationed in Utah, arrived home for a furlough on Tuesday.  Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Wilson.

Bob Fristoe, one of the NROTC students at the University of Washington, spent the last weekend at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.K. Fristoe.

Louis Brunetti, who has been undergoing boot camp training at Farragut, Idaho, arrived home on Thursday to spend a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Brunetti.  Louis’ brother, Frank, who has been stationed at Bremerton for a short time was also home this week.

Yelm Soldiers and Sailors Meet In Faraway Places

Thursday, March 30, 1944

Nisqually Valley News

Very often when people run into an acquaintance at some nearby party in a neighboring city, they probably make the remark, “My, what a small world it is.” However, when people from such a small town as Yelm meet all over the world in such places as Rhode Island, New Caledonia, Pearl Harbor, and California, it really is beginning to be true, “what a small world it is.”

In a recent letter from Bob Grinds in Pearl Harbor, he said that he and four other boys had a regular Yelm reunion.  Bob of the U.S. Navy, his brother, Jack, who works in the Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor, and another Yelm boy, who likewise works there, Earl McVittie.  Ray Hicks of the U.S. Army Air Force and Louis Along, another one of Uncle Sam’s sailors, all met in Honolulu and spent a Sunday together.  All of theses boys are graduates of the Yelm High School and all played on the baseball and football teams.

If we would have looked on Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harness, at their home in Fast Greenwich, Rhode Island at about midnight a week ago Saturday, we would have seen a taxi pull up to at nine o’clock…This of course was a very pleasant surprise for Mr. and Mrs. Hinrich…in that part of the United States….

Now from the East Coast we will go back to the West coast of the United States, in California. Here, we find two soldiers.  Lauren Gritten and Dorsey Longmire running into an old high school friend, none other than George Rice, of the U.S. Navy.

And in a recent letter from the Radioman is Don Miller, he wrote “I was hitch hiking back to camp, and I was almost positive that I saw Archie Marshall.” When friends and relatives of two boys get their heads together back here in Yelm, it was decided that it was probably Archer, as he is stationed in New Caledonia, the same island where Don is located.

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