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News of Men In Service

March 21, 1945


March 19, 2020

Over the balance of this year, the Post Messenger Recorder will be running News of Men In Service, which ran on the front page, column 6 of each week’s New Glarus Post, compiled by Kim Tschudy

Lt. (jg) Clifford Klassy called from New York to notify his parents Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Klassy that he has returned from a trip to the European war area, and expects to visit here soon.

Pvt. Jacob Schmoker is at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Pvt. Palmer E. Hefty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hefty, is now in France.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Keherli Sr. have heard of the safe arrival of their son Sgt. Fred Keherli in France.

Lester Gammeter has been promoted from Seaman 2/c to Seamen 1/c.

Rinehardt H. Kuenzi, who has been at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, is now at the U. S. N. Training and Distribution Center at Shoemaker, Calif.

Pvt. Eldon Hustad, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hustad, is here on a ten day furlough. He has been at Camp Robinson, Ark., and at the end of his furlough leaves for Camp Meade in Maryland.

Pfc. Mark S. Wild, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Wild, has been transferred to D. M. D. McCloskey General Hospital, Temple, Texas, from the Station Hospital at Camp Hulen, Texas. His wife is also with him.

Donald Knobel, Monticello, left for service in the army with a group of Green County inductees and was sent to Ft. Sheridan, Ill.

Wilbert Bernet S 2/c, who has been stationed at New Orleans with the merchant marine, had been spending a leave with his wife, the former Freida Tschudy.

Frederick S. Voegeli, H/A, 1/c, son of Mrs. Elfa Voegeli, Monticello, has left for overseas service.

Corp. John Riggenberg, who is with a tank battalion in the Philippine Islands, sends us a change of address. He says “It sure is nice to get the Post, out here in these jungles.”

Capt. Rodney Block is at Monroe after being overseas with Co. K for some years. He saw action in New Guinea and in Leyte, early this year. His wife and daughter live at Monroe.

Lt. Col. Roy F. Zinser, Monroe, has been assigned as executive officer of the third Student Training Regiment at the infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga. He recently returned from 32 months of duty in the South Pacific Theater. He left Monroe with Co. K in 1940.

Is Home After Service in Pacific Area

1st. Lt. D. C. Hawley is at his home at Pendelton, Oregon, after some 1,200 hours of overseas flying in the Pacific area, the equivalent of about 300 missions. He has been in the service four and a half years as a transport pilot.

Donald is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hawley and grew up and went to school at New Glarus as a boy. The family then moved to Illinois and later to Pendelton. Mrs. Hawley is a sister of William Alderman, New Glarus. His wife and small daughter live at Seattle. Lt. Hawley did most of his flying in New Guinea, biak and nearby areas and one of his final flights before leaving for home was to the Philippines during the Leyte invasion. He has had many thrilling experiences.

At one time when he was flying a transport, one of his plane’s propellers broke loose and tore through one of the wings. Fifteen Allied air force men took their chutes and two of them were killed when their chutes failed to open. The plane at that time was less than 3,000 feet over mountain peaks.

He, however, made a perfect landing but in taxiing over the rough ground one wheel collapsed and the other engines fell out. The plane careened for 60 yards and then crashed into a bank, smashing the cowling beneath his cabin but not injuring the five men remaining in the ship.

He wears the distinguished flying cross with two oak leaf clusters and the air medal with three oak leaf clusters. He is now awaiting reassignment.


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