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HUTCHINSON HERALD "Be Checked For Silence. Bur Never Taxed For SPeech" Volume LXill Menno, Hutchinson County.South Dakota, Thursday, December 7, 1944 ii Number 37 Letters From Servicemen MENNO MAN WAS IN FIRST WAVE TO LAND ON BEACH IN PHILIPPINES Somewhere in the Philippine Islands. November 5, 19~. Dear Friends: I have been wanting to write SO many times, but because of the limited things I can write a- bout, anyway I have the oppor- tunity today. It has been a very long time that I've received the home town paper. Not to get the Paper one forgets about home, Just not a thing to worry about. It's so good to know, there still is a U. S. A. to come back to. I was in the first wave to land the beach. I am in fine condi- tion. My suntan is of a copper Color. The natives are very friendly and were very glad to see an A- ~aerlcan. I made a pipe out of a bamboo tree, you know the poles use to fish with. I made Some dishes out of the coconut 8hell and they serve the purpose Very well. I had a couple of bananas and they taste like strawberries. It takes about five days for them ripen. Lots of coconuts and Very good. The coconut milk in the form of water. The COconut meat is oily and very de- licious. One has to be able to climb a monkey to get them. A Sn~ail monkey jumped at me and grabbed me by the elbow! The moon is very inviting ev- night. I've had my say, so close. With a he~rty..~'Helio" every one of you. Till ~e meet again. P.F.C. Albert Golder Co. K --th Inf. APe 7 c-o Postmaster, San Francisco Belgium 21 November 1944 Just a line to let you know ev- erything is all right and that I a.ra getting most of the copies of Herald. The letters from the is the first thing I read and it certainly is a great keep informed on how the fellows are and where. Belgium is really a very beau- !tl/ul country. The people here are Very happy to have the Ameri- and to have gotten rid the German occupation. I guess have very little use for the and brutality of the ~Ferman soldiers. ! have seen large number of German cap- and once they are captured seem to have all the wind out of their sails. Some of the towns and cities the Get- held in France and Bel- ~ll~In have been practically corn- destroyed. The best way you folks "to find out what look like over here is to up on the newsreels. I have seen a few of our ceme- over here and it leaves an impression on a person. you feel like talkhzg whispers while there. Those row after row of white Creases with the man's dog tag to it, and the nicely kept are a very attractive cover- what actually lles be, ~eath. It really marks the final place and end of a lot love, happinees, sweat and America. Z guess it is up b us, the living, to see that all not in vain and to always keep on all those Christian . ideals that were so planted within us in the schools and church when children. That is some- the Nazis were destroying. me it is very sad that the ben- etlts of a decent future cannot be by the many marked T~ls all reads like a very on. letter, but the present ac- over here are far from The only happy people now are the French and But some day it shall the Americans turn bo be hap- bY and to return to their homes they belong. lteilo to the folks around Men- be sure to keep me on HUTCHINSON COUNTY PUPILS GATHER $27 BAGS OF MILKWEED PODS Hutchi~.son County children have participated in the collec- tion of milkweed pods with the result that 527 bags of pods have been gathered this fall, as reported by Miss Ella Schaal, County Superintendent. More than 90 rural, parochial and sev- eral town schools took part in the successful collection. The Wittenberg School with an en- rollment of eleven pupils gather- ed 46 bags of pods, S. S. Peter and Paul School of Dimock rated sec- ond with 39 bags and the Huber School filled 26 bags. Since we.were left without a source of kapok when the Japs took the East Indies, the Navy and the Air Corps found that milkweed floss would be suitable for making their life vests, avia- tors' suits and other war mater- ials since the floss was light weight and had the high buoy- ancy found in the kapok floss. To meet their demands South Dakota children were asked to participate in the nation.wide collection. The bags were gathered by Ir- vin Shelton, Chairman of the Hutchinson County ACA, at cen- tral collection stations and tak- en to Parkston where they were loaded into a freight car and shipped to Petosky, Michigan. There the pods will be processed and the pressed baled floss will be shipped direct to life Jacket manufacturers who will quilt it into vests and suits. COMPLETES TRAINING IN FIRST AID Corporal Herbert F. Schmidt, R. F. D. No. 3, Menno, S. D., was one of the 65 members of the highly-rated Train Guard Sec- tion, San Francisco Area, Ninth Service ~ommand, who received a certificate for successful com- pletion of a Red Cross course in first aid, it was announced today by Colonel Harrle S. Mueller, Area Commanding Officer. The Train Guard Section is re- sponsible for supervision and care of military personnel riding almost two score passenger trains out of San Francisco to Los An- geles, California, Portland, Ore: gon, and to Salt Lake City, Utah. The unit also maintains railroad station guards. As a result, Colonel Mueller said, the men have not only in- 'creased their own knowledge and usefulness to the :service, but have also extended : emergency treatment-protection to all the traveling Imblic. com- pleted the course despite the dis- advantage of variable hours of duty. The Train Guard operations of the San Francisco Area and the Seattle, Washington Area, were rated recently by an officer of the Provost Marshal General's Office, Washington, D. C., as "the best .in the United States." "It is obvious," the inspector added, "that the personnel have been carefully selected and have been thoroughly trained in their duties." The train-riding mileage of the section averages about 7,200,000 miles yearly for regularly~sched- uled trains. That imposing figure does not include the mileage the men travel on second sections or special trains. Sales of 6th War Loan bonds to t-ndividuals has reached the 24 percent of the quota mark in Hutchinson County. Full responsibility for the pr~ gram of salvaging used house hold fats has been transferred :from the War Production Board ire the War Food Administration without interrupting any phase of current program, both agen- cies announce. Anyone interested in qualify- ing as an enumerator In the reg- ular five year farm census may write to Almer O. Steensland, Lo- cal Supervisor, Bureau of the Census, Beresford, S. Oak. The census will start on January 8, 1946, your mailing list. Sincerely, Helmuth Bender. ! Mobilizing His Forces '1 RATION TABLE December 1, 1944 Meats and Fats :--Book IV Red stamps A8 through Z8, and A5 through P5 valid Indefinitely. Q5 R5 and $5 become valid Decem- ber 3, 1944, good indefinitely. Processed Foods: --Book IV Blue stamps A8 through Z8, and for four gallor~ each through De. cember 21. 134, BS, and C4, C5 coupons valid for five gallons each. Four quarter T coupons valid through December 31, 1944. Stove and Lamp Naphtha ra- tioned November 20, 1944. Apply at local board for E and R cou- pons. Fuel Oil:--Old period Four and Five coupons valid throughout A5 through W5 valid indefinite- current heating year. New period ly. X5 through ZS, and A2 and One coupons valid throughout B2 valid December 1, 1944, good ~+4 ........ ~o~, ~i~a +=,~ indefinitely. _.. . ] a'n~'~~ t"hree~ c~u'~on's~ ~)ecoV'm'evali~'~ ~ugar:--~ook v s~amps 30, 31,1Dcomber 18 1944 32, 33 and 34 valid indefinitely, J ~ ' " for five pounds each. Stamp 40] good for five pounds for home[ f- _ ~_ ~ . canning, through February 28, 0 I IBuvWaJ B0nds/ Shoes :--Book ~ airplane I ~'r ~ n A V stamps I, 2 aml 3, good indefi-I - ~ ..... nitely. I'F0r Future Nee&. Gasoline:--13-A coupons good , Nips Are Still Paying for This ~'~.*:~l.~:~:~:~:~:~i~:~;~~'.."','~'~ ~!::~.~:~;~$~i~.~`~.~...~:::~.`..~!;!~!~:::~t~~~ ::.,:.'.':.:':'~:'::::.:~>:.'~:.:~-'b . : :::.'b : :::..': :~ ::: :~::: :::~, ,':':'. ::.:. + + .:. :~3.4. '-.. -.. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::.$::::::r.:::.,2,':~:::::.:~::x:~$~:~::~.'.:~~ .:.~z.:..~" ..~,,.~.:.......:~.*.::$::.::..:..:.~. :.. ~,.$' ". .~< ...:~. ~. ,...:::~::,:::: :.::::::~.. iiiiiiiil ~::iii::;::~::::~ .... ::~::~::~::~::~i$1~::~i~::~i~i~i~:~!~;~ ...... :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Above epic photograph taken on Deeembe~ ~, 1941, shows left to right: the battleship West Virginia, severely damaged; the Tennessee, dam- aged; and the Arizona, sunk. Story tmlow tells of nation's recovery from that fateful day to turn and slash .back at the aggressors. Three years ago, on Decem- ber 7, 1941, millions of Amer- 'ican families were sitting down to their Sunday dinners, when the incredible news flashes broke the Sabbath calm. Hawaii had been at- tacked by a huge air armada! The Pacific fleet's great base at Pearl Harbor was wrecked and burning! Our largest bat- tleships had been sunk! Thousands of soldiers and sailors had been killed~the Japs would soon land a large force, and capture the islands, almost unopposed. Hawaii was the only real obstacle be- tween the Japanese war ma- chine and the Pacific coast. What did it mean? What fear- ful days were ahead? So people thought, scarcely dar- ing to put their fears into words, in those dreadful hours only three years ago. As more complete and reliable reports came in, the propor- tions of the disaster diminished a little. The Japs had not landed--in fact, they did not follow up their first smash. Losses in ships, planes and met/were not quite as devastat- ing as at first surmised. A wave of patriotic determination swept over the land. A sudden stiffening 0] pur- pose snd bitter indignation at the Jap sneak attack replaced the first panic. A Time of Peril. Yet the situation was serious enough. Pearl Harbor as a naval and ai~base, was practically out of commission. The navy's full report, issued almost a year later, gave the following summary: One battleship, the Arizona, had been sunk, four others, all of the ~0,000.ton class, had been severely damaged. Three others had been hit. Three destroyers, a target ship and a mine layer were also classed as severely .damaged. Three cruisers, a seaplane tender, a repair ship and a floating drydock were also struck by Jap bombs, with vary~g degrees of damage. (By the time of this report, the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor, most of these vessels were backAn.aefion.) All told, there had been 86 ships of the Pacific fleet in the harbor when the Jap bomb. ors ~a~ked. We ~tee .Tw~Front War. So we were~at-war with the Axis. Germany ~and Italy ,~eclar~l war on the United States two days after the Pearl Harbor treachery. In "~he United States, a flurry of prepara- tions began. The draft was swiftly |tepped up, factories were geared to war l~Oduetlon o~ders, mobfliza-" tion of ~ everything ~ ~[oliowed. ,~ut many months ~ssed .' befone :the chance to-s~a'ike ~ha~k came,, before the naval victories, of Midway. and the Coral sea and the counteroffen- sive on Guadaleanal. By the autumn of 1948, Japan had abandoned hopes of further con- quests, and was digging-in to pre- pare an. outer ~ line of ~ defenses. The third anniversary of Pearl Har. bor finds Japan fighting desperately for her llfe. CRESBARD AIRMAN BAGS FOUR JAPS ABOARD U. S. CARRIER FLAGSHIP, WESTERN PACIF- IC, Nov. 27--Lt. Cecil E. Harris, ex-farmer boy from South Da- kota, for the third time has Shot down four Japanese planes in one day. It gave the navy's leading ac- tive ace a total of 24 Japanese planes. It placed him within ten of the navy's record of 34, held by Cmdr. David McCampbell who recently completed his tour of duty. The 27-year-old Harris made his latest quadruple kill two days ago. He picked off three Tojo fighters in a~morning sweepover Manila and destroyed another fighter over the United States task force during a Japa- nese daylight attack. The Hellcat pilot shot down four planes over Negros Island In the central Philippines Sept. 12 and again Oct. 12 in a strike at Formosa. Seventeen of his 24 total were fighters. Harris first came out to the Pacific in January, 1943, aboard an escort carrier after helping Allied landings at Casa Blan~ain November 1942. For a while he operated from GuadalcanaL He got his first pair of zekes over the Russell Islands in the South Pacific in April 1943 and the other 22 planes in the last few montlm since the Philippines air war began. Harris' home is on a big farm at Cresbard, S. D. He has two non,flying brothers in the army ~Capt. Gerald, 24, and Corp. Cal- vin, 2& Lt. Harris ls the son of Mr. and Mrs.. Howard Harris of Cres- bard. He attended Northern State. Teachers College in Aber. deen during 1924-35 and for the next few years taught at Onaka, S. D. He returned to Northern during the 1940~41 term and en- listed in the navy at the con- clusion of that year. Two aunts, Mrs. Helen Smith and Mrs. Wil. llam Cooper, and an uncle, Vlv. lan Harris, reside in Aberdeen. CARNIVAL A SUCCESS The total receipts of the Carnl- val were $637.50 and the total ex- penditures were $156.18, leaving the sum of $481.32 for the sup- port of school activities. Many thanks and much al> preclation is due the business men of Menno for their cooper- ation as well as their donations of cash and merchandise. XMAS OPERETTA The grade school children are presenting an Operetta entitled "In Quest of Santa Claus" on Thursday, December 21st, at 8 p. m. The public is invited. The band will have a short program preceding the operetta. XMA~ VACATION School will dismiss on Friday December,22- at 4:00 p. m. for a Chri/~tmas :Vacation, of one week and: one day. School will start ~tgain on Tuesday January 2, 1945. SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR DE~EMBER Dec. 5 Basket Ball ~ Game, Bridgewater, here Dec. 8 Basket Ball Game, Tripp here Dec. 15 BaSket Ball Game, Scotland, there Dec. 21 ~e School Operetta and. ~a~ad~ ~meert Dec.22 ~.rlstmas Vacation be- gins at 4:00 p. m. Jan. 2, 1946 Vacation ends at 9:30 a. m. Honor Roll Edward I~rseh~a Reinhold l~lrschermtan John R. Matthews W: F. ~ Wagner Carl Delzer Leon Neqltml~h Frank Solay Jr. T~$ Leo Moore Edmund Heekenlaible T. H. Klrschenman. Hanson-- Schorzman MISS MATHA HANSON NAVYMAN IN CHURCH SERVICE TUESDAY Yankton, S. D.--Unlted Tiles- day in a formal wedding ce~ mony performed in Trinity Luth- eran church here were M~ Ma- tha Hanson of Yankton and Ptr. 3-c Julius Schortzman, U.S.N. R., of Freeman. The bride Is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thor- wald Hanson who moved to Yankton recently from Menno, and the bridegroom a son of Mrs. Emllle Sehortzman of Freeman. The candle.light service was read at eight o'clock by the Rev. A. Truman Dan~ls of l~r, and the double ring ceremony was used. Besides l~hted tapers, the altar decorations included large b~kets of mums, ~ud nup- tial music for the event was played by Mrs. Joyce S. Hagen, organ~t, with Mr& ~llth GU~. ney as soloist singing "AI% Sweet Mystery of Life," a~ud "At Dawn, ing." Attended by M~ Norma Mett- ler of Menno as maid of honor, the bride was ~ovely in a wlllte satin gown, and thre~quarter length lacd edged veil, and she carried a bouquet of white taurus, The locket she wore was the bridegroom's gift. M~s Mettler and M~ Veone Steffen of OHvet, bridesmaid, wore blue and pink formals res- pectively, and carried colon~ bouquets of mixed flowers. Serv. ing as flower girls were Domaa Rae and Jeannine Gurney of Yankton, who wore pastel gowns and carried nosegays of ntlxed flowers. The ring-bearer, Bobby Gurney, carried the rin~ In two roses. Standing as groomsmen were Victor Hanson of Augastana col- lege, Sioux Falls, brother of the bride, and Wallace Mayer of Men- no, nephew of the b~. The mothers of the couple had corsages of wl~Ite carnations and pom-poms. Relatives and frien~ of the couple were received in the home of the brlde'~ parents a~te~ the ceremony, and there the wed- ding cake was cut and served. At the end of 1~ leav~,.~, Mr, Sehortzmau will return to Corpus Ohrist/, Texas, where he is assigned to a navy amallar~ air station, and Mrs. Se~omman will accompany hhn and make her home there. Until recently she has been employed In the war price and rationlr~ board at O~l- vet. She attended Menno h~h school, and Mr. ~ at- tended Freeman ltigh ~lmol. E. W. AISEN~REY LEAVES TRIPP FOR PIERRE Tripp Ledger--The Sioux City Journal carried the Item under ptarriage licenses granted, ,~, W. Aisenbrey, 62, Susan He~ner, 58, Dixon, Ill." Inquiry disclosed that Mr. Aisenbrey has msl~aed as clerk at the local Selee~ve Ser- vice office _and. had accepted a position in the office o~ State Treasurer at Pierre where he w~l be in the motor fuel depar~)~t. While folks In Trlpp knew Mr. Aisenbrey to some extent wh~ he lived in Menn~ they became quite well acquainted with a~ter he came toTrlpp, They llke the Colonel very much and for him