News About the Boys in the U. S. Army and Navy
Nisqually Valley News October 12, 1944
Tech. Sgt. Wilbur M. Brugger, of the Maintenance Department of the Instrument Division at Keesler Field, Mississippi, has been transferred to the Mobile Training Unit division of the Western Technical Training Command. His headquarters and permanent address are Denver, Colorado. He is qualified for overseas services and will be attached to a unit of the largest type of bombers.
Sgt. Campbell Iverson, on of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Iverson of Yelm, who is stationed in England with an Eighth Air Force Fighter Station in England, is one of the Was Bond Purchasers who helped his P51 Mustang station reach a record breaking total of $11,000 in the Eighth Air Fore “Victory Squadron” Bond drive, surpassing all other groups in the Eighth Fighter Command. Aiming at an original quota of $53,000, he and his fellow soldier members of the fighter group commanded by Col. Harold J. Rau, of Hempstead, New York, more than doubled that figure in a five week all out bond drive. The money will go towards the purchase of a Victory Squadron of airplanes, bought entirely by personnel of the Eighth Air Force. Sgt. Iverson is a cook in a fighter squadron which has been overseas for 13 months.
T5 Cpl. Chet Thompson is now with an Aviation Engineers Battalion in New Britain. Chet is the son of Mrs. Minnie Thompson and a graduate of the Yelm High School with the class of 1941.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed. J. Brown have received word from their son S2c Jim Brown that he is now in Australia.
Pvt. Dorsey Longmire left on Tuesday for San Francisco, where ie will report back to duty after a furlough with his parent, Mr. and Mrs. Cap Longmire.
Don Harstad, of the Army Air Corps, who is now stationed at Santa Anita, California, is expected home on his first furlough in the near future. Don lived in Yelm for many years and graduated from the Yelm High School with the Class of ’40.
Leonard Docherty, who is undergoing boot training at Farragut, Idaho, is expected home on his first leave next week. Leonard is the son of Mrs. B. J. Docherty.
Mr. and Mr. Oscar Eide have received word from their son, Tech. Sgt. Rex Eide, that he has been sent overseas from New York.
Bkr. 2c Robert Moon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Moon, is now home on a 30 day leave after many months in the South Pacific, where he was wounded and spent some time in a Naval Hospital there. His wife, Mrs. Fern Moon, and small daughter, Madilyn, are now living in Puyallup.
Pvt. Carl Mitchell and wife, of Camp Barkeley, Texas, spent the past week with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lewis.
Woodrow Merz writes to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Merz, that he is now stationed in France.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Vancil received a telegram from their son, Flight Officer Glen Vancil, that he is now in New York, after serving y months overseas. Glen was wounded on D-Day in France, and is on one of the eastern hospitals.
Yeoman 2c Keith Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Bennett, who lived in Yelm for some years, and enlisted in the Navy about two years ago, was in Yelm Thursday evening an called at the News Office. Keith is in the submarine service and has been in the South Pacific most of the time. His submarine has successfully completed 12 missions and sunk plenty of Mr. Tojo’s shipping. He likes the Navy fine and look like a million dollars. It is understood that wedding bells will ring for him and Miss Anna Elbertson about Saturday of this week.