November 5, 1942 News About And For Yelm’s Men In The Fighting Forces

Nisqually Valley News

Sergeant Ray E. Jones, brother of Miss Lamby Jones, of Yelm, has been promoted to the grade of technical sergeant, it was announced at the Infantry replacement training center at Camp Wolters, Texas, this week. Sergeant Jones is assigned to Company C of the 56th battalion, which stresses heavy weapons training.

David E. Lindenau, Headquarters Company, 322nd Infantry, at Camp Rucker, Alabama, has been promoted from First Sergeant to Master Sergeant, according to word from Camp Rucker. Lindenau is the son-in-law, of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Phugmacher, of Yelm, having married their daughter, Anna, last year. Lindenau enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1934 and was at Fort Lewis for a time, later being transferred to Hawaiian Islands at Schofield Barracks. He later worked for the Weyerhaueser Timber Co. for a time and then re-enlisted in the Army and was sent to Alaska with the 7th Infantry where he was located for two years. From Alaska he came home again and after three short months war was declared and he re-enlisted in the 15th Infantry. He attained the rank or sergeant in the 15th Infantry and was later transferred to the 322nd Infantry at Camp Rucker. Dave says, “where to from here, no one knows.”

Ernie Johnstone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnstone, who has been in the Navy for almost two years now, and who has seen plenty of action and excitement in the Pacific, was home on a very short leave, arriving in time for the dance, Saturday evening and leaving for San Francisco Tuesday noon. He missed his sister, Jean, who had left for California only the day before. Ernie is now a Boatswains Mate 2nd class.

Vera Hinrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Hinrich, has enlisted in the Navy and has been sent to the new Navy Base at Bayview, Idaho, Camp Farragaut. Mark Trimble spent a pleasant furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Trimble. Mack is with the Ordnance Corps, somewhere on the east coast, and now has the rating of a corporal.

A letter was received from Lawrence Mercliff, who is now with the Signal Corps in the U. S. Army, and he is somewhere in the combat gone of the European conflict. Lawrence was unable to say just where, but he is getting along fine and would like to “have a letter from everyone in Yelm.” He wanted the Nisqually Vlley News sent to him by air mail.

Don Brown is another Yelm boy who recently had a ten day furlough. He had not been home for a year and a half. Don returned to Bremerton on Sunday, when Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pollard of Yelm, and Mr. and Mrs. Mac Brown, of Tacoma, drove him to Bremerton to see him safely returned to his post.

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