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Looking Back at "News of the Men In Service"

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


July 30, 2020

Memorial Services Sunday for Pfc. Edwin Gammeter

On Sunday afternoon, July 29, at three o’clock p.m., memorial services will be conducted for Pfc. Edwin Gammeter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Gammeter, Primrose Township, at Zwingli Evangelical and Reformed Church at Mt. Vernon by Rev. Walter G. Clausing.

Pfc. Gammeter was drowned when the boat in which he was crossing the Mulde River in central Europe, on April 30, 1945, tipped over. He was a rifleman in the 60th regiment of the 9th Division in the First Army.

Enlisting in March 1941, Pfc. Gammeter was in the Aleutians for two years and has been in action in Germany since January, 1945.

He has another brother in service, Lester Gammeter, S 1/c, with the Navy. His parents and several other brothers survive.

News of Men In Service

Pvt. Richard J. Gmur, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gmur, landed in New York from Germany on Thursday and is expected home soon. He has the following decorations, ETO, Bronze Star and five campaign stars.

Arrival of Pfc. Harold D. Schulz at Camp McCoy’s personnel center for re-deployment was announced there on Tuesday. Pfc. Schulz, husband of the former Mary Ann Keppler, has served in the 324 Infantry in France, Germany, Austria, England and Scotland. He has the ETO ribbon and combat infantry badge. He arrived at New Glarus on Wednesday.

Capt. Fred Lienhardt is expected here on furlough from the European Theater of War.

Pfc. Robert Gmur left Saturday for Miami Beach, Fla., after a 60-day furlough here after being a German prisoner of war for about a year and a half.

S/Sgt. Nordeen Anderson is spending a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Anderson. He has been in Europe with the 97th Division.

Corp. Neal Marty left Tuesday for a camp in Oklahoma to be reassigned. He has been at home for 30 days since coming from Europe with the 86th Division.

Sgt. Quinten Ott is here from Williams Field, Chandler, Arizona, on furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ott. His wife and son, Alvin, have been visiting here and at Monroe for several weeks and will accompany him back to Chandler.

Lieut. Katherine C. Balzer, Monroe, of the Army Nurse’s Corps, is one of 15 Wisconsin nurses who has been decorated “for gallantry under fire” in Europe. An anesthetist, she remained on duty when bombs were falling around her hospital on Anzio beachhead in February, 1944. There are now about 1,500 Wisconsin nurses serving with the armed forces.

With the 32nd Infantry Division in Northern Luzon—returning to the U. S. and home after 38 grueling months of action against the enemy in the SWP, is Private First Class Delmar C. Zweifel, son of Mrs. Margaret Zweifel, Route 1, New Glarus, Wisconsin. He is returning under the Army’s redeployment program.

Pfc. Zweifel left the U. S. for overseas duty in April 1942 with the famed 32nd (Red Arrow) Infantry Division. He has participated in five operations against the Japs. First at Buna, Saidor and Ataipe in New Guinea, then on to Leyte and the recent 119-day battle in the mountains of Northern Luzon, in the Philippines.

The 32nd veteran has served as a “jeep driver” in Company K of the Division’s crack 128th Infantry Regiment. He is entitled to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge and Asiatic Pacific ribbon with four battle stars.

From Capt. Harold J. Zweifel - July 18, 1945

Dear Art: Thank you very much for the New Glarus Post. It keeps me up to date with all the news from New Glarus which is interesting.

I am stationed at Long Beach, Calif., Army air field, but I was on de-tached service for a while. We were flying the war-weary airplanes from England to U.S.A. over the North Atlantic. Two of the planes that I brought back were quite famous—one was the B-17 “Hitler’s Nigh Mare” which had 91 missions over Berlin and the other was the B-24 “El Fuhar” which flew out of Italy over Berlin. Nothing exciting has happened so that’s all for now.

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you that I got a letter of commendation from General Chenault for helping evacuate China during the Japanese invasion—the letter was dated December 23, 1944—a little late in catching up with me, wasn’t it.

Sincerely yours, Harold J. Zweifel


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