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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


November 19, 2020

November 21, 1945

Jacob Sommer, who has been a patient at the Veterans Hospital at Wood, Wisconsin, the past 13 months was dismissed on Tuesday and is visiting friends here for some time. He was discharged from the Army, October 18, 1944, after serving for 18 months in Iran.

Sgt. Ralph Alderman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Alderman, is home with an honorable discharge. He has been in Bermuda for a long time.

Major Walter Kammer was honorably discharged from the Army on November 13, at Camp McCoy.

Arnold Marty, with the U.S. Navy, has left for oversea duty.

John W. Zweifel, S 2/c, and Robert Tollefson, S/2c, are here from Fort Hueneme, California, visiting at the home of their parents.

Wex Christensen was discharged from the Navy in Tennessee and is visiting the at the W. L. Zweifel home. Mrs. Christensen has been visiting her parents for some time.

Pfc. Cleo Foster of Fort Sheridan was home over the week end. He assists in the discharging department at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

Ralph Mueller has been promoted to Staff-Sergeant. He is stationed close to Rheims, France.

Rev. and Mrs. W. J. Stuckey received a picture Monday from their son, Marine Corp. Paul T. Stuckey, stationed on Guam, showing him being handed a $50 Victory Bond by the division commander. He was a member of the five-man team which won first place in the 3rd Division pistol-shooting contest recently held.

Pvt. Edward Lee, Camp Lee, Virginia, has been promoted to Corporal.

Sgt. Lawrence Walters visited his sister, Mrs. Clifford Kubly, and family, last week and went to Milwaukee on Saturday to visit friends. He was recently discharged from the Army.

S/Sgt. and Mrs. John Streiff Jr. have returned to Fort Knox, Kentucky, after a 12-day visit with relatives here and at Monticello.

Russel Solberg, who has been employed by the New Glarus Feed and Fuel Company, was inducted into the Army at Chicago recently.

T/Sgt. Leslie A. Tertin, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tertin, Monroe, died at Percy Jones General Hospital at Battle Creek, Michigan, on Monday. He left Monroe with Company K, was wounded in the Pacific area, returned to the states and had been hospitalized since May. A brother, Corporal Walter Tertin, India, survives as well as his parents.

Corp. Herman Kruesi Receives Discharge

T-Corp. Herman Kruesi received his discharge at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, on November 13th after 3 years and 2 months of Army service. 34 months were oversea and he had 88 points to his credit.

Herman entered service in September 1942, and received training at Camp Roberts, California. He left for oversea in January 1943, landed in England where he was 18 months. He crossed to France, July 13, 1944, and advanced through Belgium, Holland and into Germany.

As a member of the 846th Aviation Engineers, his main duty was building and servicing at airfields. One time they had 175 fighters with two run-ways, 12 days after they started building the new field. On one occasion a German fighter followed some bombers right to their field and fired on them as they were landing. However, the German was soon shot down in flames.

In France, as an emergency, he was among a group of engineers who were called to blow up a bridge in the face of advancing Germans. In Weisbaden, Germany, he was called upon to act as an interpreter.

In England he saw Winston Churchill in person and during the Buzz Bomb period saw them coming over the field about one every three minutes. He also had rides in a B-24 (Army bomber).

He is entitled to wear four battle stars, for the Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns.

On October 27th he sailed for home from Le Havre, France, landed in New York on November 9. It was a slow trip on a Liberty Ship.

Herman will help his father on the farm, which occupation he also followed before his service period.


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