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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


October 22, 2020

Pfc. Jacob Durst Receives Discharge

Pfc. Jakob Durst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Durst, has received his discharge from the U.S. Army after 47 months of service, of which he was over-sea 36 months. He has 94 points to his credit.

Jacob entered service in December 1941, and received training at Camp Barkley, Texas, and Ft. Benning, Ga. He left for Europe in October 1942, and served in England, Africa, Italy and France as a member of the 21st General Hospital unit. He has three battle stars to his credit.

He sailed for home from Marseilles on October 4th, and arrived at Hampton Roads, Va., and received his discharge at Ft. Custer, Mich., on October 22nd.

Corp. Royal Ziltner Among First to Land in Japan

With the Americal Infantry Division in the Yokohama area - Corp. Royal W. Ziltner, of New Glarus, Wis., was among the first American troops to land in Japan, and is now stationed with the veteran 164th Infantry Regiment in the Yokohama area.

Corp. Ziltner’s division, the Americal, arrived in Yokohama less than a week after the surrender terms were signed. The veteran unit steamed into Tokyo Bay just three years, seven months and 16 days after its first elements left the United States for the Pacific.

At Guadalcanal, the 164th Infantry became the first Army ground force unit to take the offensive in the war, and later it fought for 11 months on Bourgainville. In the Philippines, the regiment invaded Geby, Bohol, Negros, and bore the brunt of the mopping up operations on Leyte.

Ziltner, a squad leader in the regimental Anti-Tank Company, has been overseas one year. He wears the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with one star, the Philippine Liberation ribbon with one star, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Good Conduct medal.

News of the Men In Service

Lieut. Robert Strickler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Strickler, is reported on his way home from the Pacific area.

Corp. Raymond Enger, who has been in the Pacific, is reported on his way home.

Sgt. and Mrs. Kenneth Babcock and son are visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman Elmer. He was recently discharged from service.

Sgt. Wendell Day, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman Elmer, is en route to the Pacific. His wife, the former Ruth Elmer, is employed at the Penny Store at Monroe.

Fred Heller was honorably discharged from service at Camp Grant, Ill., on Saturday. He arrived in the states from Europe several months ago and spent a 45-day furlough with his family here.

2nd Lieut. Maynard E. Mani, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mani, Verona, was recently transferred to March Field, Calif., from Pueblo, Colo.

Grover Krugjohann, S 2/c, has been home for several days on medical leave. He is to report back to Norman, Okla., next Sunday. He flew as far as St. Louis on the way home.

Norman Marty, S 1/c , Great Lakes, spent Sunday here.

Lieut. Wallace Barlow has been in Monticello and will receive his honorable discharge from the Navy at Great Lakes this week after serving in the Air Corps since February 1942, when he enlisted in the Navy. After completing his training at Corpus Christi, Texas, he served as an instructor at Corpus Christi and Glenview, Ill. For several months he was co-pilot for Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, and since August has been stationed at Aletha, Kansas. His wife and son have been spending several months at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Zweifel.

The Following Courtesy of Shirley Busch Frontzak, Monticello

With Our Service Folks

Argyle Atlas, May 31, 1945

Pfc. Merlin L. (Lester) Busch, who has taken part in no less than six major battles in the European theater of war, and has been wounded twice, arrived home last week to spend a 30-day leave with his mother, Mrs. Ben Busch, and other relatives. He is now on leave from an Army hospital in the east, where he has been receiving treatment for severe wounds suffered early this year in Germany.

Pfc. Busch saw action in the African campaign, in Sicily, at the Anzio Beachhead, in several battles in Germany where he received his last and most serious injury. At one time in the Italian campaign he was held in his foxhole for 32 consecutive days without coming out. He said that all in the company were at the mercy of several of its members who risked their lives against constant enemy fire to distribute rations and supplies from one foxhole to another. Busch suffered minor wounds during the early stages of the Italian campaign but rejoined his company and went into action with them against the Germans in the invasion of the continent. He said he does not remember the name of the town where he received his last injury, as they were moving through so fast that they didn’t stop to look at the names. He mentioned that the Americans had cleared the outskirts and had quieted some enemy resistance that flared up as they entered. He had run out of ammunition and noticed that a German in the same predicament, who had been ordered to halt, started to run own a side street in an effort to get away. Busch tried to overtake him and in the ordeal was struck by artillery fire which inflicted severe head wounds. He was unconscious for several days and the first thing he remembers was coming to at an Army hospital after they had performed several major operations. Busch said he had experienced a streak of luck with accidents, an incident previous to this time when he struck a German mine with his jeep and was thrown 15 feet in the air. He came out of that one without a scratch. Army surgeons have done an excellent job of plastic surgery on his head and facial organs and he will return to an army hospital after his leave for further treatment. He has the Purple Heart, six Silver Stars, two wound stripes and three service bars.


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