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SIL.TENNIAL EDITION+ (Tlmea.lqews Mr. Pulasld, ][11.) THURSDAY, JULY 1981 Price Of World II V'ctory r i ... eiberl TAeS sou . . +_ r L. lflee WAR IJ HEROES First Puklski,gn Isos'sm s. !b;bo K,flecl In Action I of Mt Pu;.ki, a side gunner on Department by his and Mrs. L D. Pyles, be Decatur vicinity, Lee Pyles, 22, was killed Battle known to enlisted in 1940, and in in North Africa, of Tunisia, campaign, in the initial Dean Berry Berry, son of kiedlenn Berry, of in action on May 12, telegram received from the Who entered the on June 9, just before a unit With two years Walters, Texas, Only 17 weeks ex- one of 47 who the quota to ent to North Af. six weeks ago troops invading action around D. Landis 1944) ttndis, who was sOuth of Mount of Mr. and Mrs. went with the Ill., about 16 attended the we pause rever- ently to honor the memory of  those who have f0ven to our country's cause "the last full measure of devotion." SChool, was kill- June zs. accord. S. ScJI. Zachary Ta1or ScjI. Marvin McVicker Department (Nov. 2, 1944) (July 26, 154S) Mrs. Robert Ave, in Allen 1944) living on Mount Pulas- Wednes- Department, news that her Allen, with in France, was *August 1st. :re given. He months and Durchhoh Durchholz, Mrs. Maurice vicinity, in France on to a War De. in Word Aug. 17th Was missing in and parents, one brother, Mr. of ML Mann t4) Mann, vicin. a farm be. Another Logan county soldier has made the supreme sacrifice in the war. Staff Sgt. Zachary Thomas Taylor, 20 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Taylor of Elkhart, was killed in action in Italy on Oct. 13, a War Depart- ment message informed his par- ents last Sunday. He was a radio- man and waist gunner on a B.24 Liberator Bomber. CpI. Joe Houchin (Feb. 1, 1945) Harry Houchin, located a short distance east of Mount Pulaski, received word Monday evening, about 7 p.m., from the War De- partment, conveying the sad news that his son, Cpl. Joe R. Houchin, had been killed in ac- tion in Belgium, Friday, Jan. 12, 1945. Cpl. Houchin left for over- seas duty May 21, 1943 and had been serving in glider aircraft duty and as an anti-tank gun- ner. Sgl. Orville Munyon (Feb. IS, 1945) Sgt. Orville Munyon, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Munyon of Lake Fork, serving in the U. Infantry, was killed in action in Luxembourg, during January, ac- cording to a message from the War Department. Only the day before, a message came saying he was missing in action. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife In Tennes- see, one brother and three mar- ried sisters. Pvt. Frank R. Stengel (June 14. 1945) Pvt. Frank R. Stengel, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stengel, Sr., living 6 miles northwest of here, was killed in action on Luzon, Philippine Islands, May 15, 1945, Sgt. Marvin G. McVicker, 28, of Chestnut, son of Mrs. Julia McVicker, 861 S. State St., Lin- coln, was killed in action on Luz. on, in the Phillipines, June 26, 1945, according to a telegram re- ceived from the War Department and a letter from the chaplain of the Sergeant's company. Mrs. McVicker is employed at the Lincoln State School and Col- ony, and has gone to the home of another son, Lewis E. McVicker, in Bement. Pvt. Jas. W. Centers (Nov. 1, 1945) Another Logan county soldier has answered the final summons. Pvt. James W. Centers was kill- ed while in service on Luzon, Philippine Islands, Wednesday, Oct. 17, according to word re- ceived in Latham by his par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. James Cent- ers, Sr., from the War Depart- ment. No details were given. 1st It. Russell W. Jones (Nov. 29, 1945) 1st. Lt. Russell W. Jones, 23, of Lawndale, pilot of a B-26 Mar- auder medium bomber and flight leader of a veteran Army Air Forces group, lost with his crew over Northern Italy on Nov. 16, 1944, while on a bombing miss- Middletown, Saturday, A. Vander. Corps, the death of D. Mann. state when OCcurred. he is stir. ion, has been officially declared dead, according to a message from the War Department re- ceived last week by his parents, i Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jones, of Lawndale viciniW, who formerly lived southwest of Mount Pulas- k/. At that time Russell attend- ed Mount Pulaski Township High School and was a member of the basketball team. Died In Prison Camp (Jam 6, 1944) A terse telegram received by Mr. and Mrs. James Goodman of Mount Pulaski, Sunday, informed them of the death of their son, Pet. Chester R. Goodman, a para- trooper, who was killed in ac- tlon in Italy on Saturday, Dec. 11, 1943. Thus to this community comes the first fatal casualty of active warfare on the battlefronts thru- out the world, and another Gold Star is today speaking silently, but eloquently from a window in our little village. The telegram received by the dazed parents read as follows: 'I'he Secretary of War desir- es to express his deep regret that your son, Pvt. Chester R. Goodman, was killed in ac- tion in defense of his country on Decembe.r 11 in Italy." Adjutant General. "Chet," as he signed his letters home, enlisted as a paratroop- er Aug. 21, 1942, and was sent to Scott Field. Although paratroop- ing was one of the most danger- ous branches of the service, yet it held so much appeal to young Goodman that he pleaded with his parents to give their consent as he was not yet of age, and would have been 21 years old had he lived until the llth of this month. a Flying Fortress has been offlc. ially listed as dead, according to a telegram from the War Depart. ment to his wife, Mrs. Helen Shilling Delbert. The latter, dau- ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Art Schill. ing, Lincoln, is completing her training as a registered nurse at the Children's Hospital in Mil. waukee, Wise. Sgt. Deibert's plane was se. verely damaged by antl-aircyaft fire on a mission over Germany, December 18, 1945, the plane ex- ploding in midair. This was the official date listing his death. Memorial Services For S. Sgt. Ralph Meister (Nov. 9, 1944) Memorial servlces will be held in the Mount Pulaski Christian Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 for the late Staff Sgt. Ralph Meister, son of Mrs. Mertice Meister of this vicinity, who died Sept. 21, in a hospital in Eng- land, after being ill a short time and undergoing an operation. The service will be in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. Wayne Staley, assisted by Rev. F. E. Neumeyer of the Methodist Church. Memorial Services For CpL Wilbur Mann (Oct. 12, 1944) Louis G. Bender Memorial services were held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, in St. Killed In Texas John's Lutheran Church, conduct- ed by the pastor, Rev. Ray 0. T iia C Zumstein, for Cpl. Wilbur D. ra.n_n00 amp Mann, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. (Dec. 17, 194D) J George Mann, formerly of Mount Aviation Cadet Louis G. Bend-[Pulaski, who are now resld. er, son of Mr. and Mrs. John[ing near Middletown, who was Bender, living 4 miles northeast]killed in action on Guam Island, of Mount Pulaski, was instantly l July 27, 1944, during a battle killed at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. lwhen the island was recaptured 11, 1942, in a plane accident at l from the Japs. the Foster Field Advanced Aerial I IGunneryTexas. School near Victoria, iTI. _,.,,anks Merchanfs. The young army man met his I'.ffi. I,, I IK death in an unusual accident. He r-U/ ..,i.,ecla sue had been riding in the cockpit (Mch 29, of a plane just landed, when a Somewhere in the Pacific second plane, making a landing, January 29, 1945 crashed into the rear of the ship Dear Harry: in which Bender was riding. No I would like to borrow a few other person was injured, moments of your time to tell you Cadet Bender, known to all his a few things, on what a swell friends as "Cotton" is believed to paper you edit. be the first Mount Pulaski cas- My copy comes regular each ualty in World War II. He had week and I do not skip a word of completed his training at Foster it. Field and had qualified as a The Special Pictorial Section member of the Army Air Forces' that you and the merchants Gulf Coast's largest graduating made possible for we in service class on Sunday, Dec. 6, and on- it was grand -- and I am Thursday received his coveted sure that all of us Pulaski boys silver wings as a pilot. He was and surrounding towns, could anxiously awaiting the time on have received nothing any fin- Sunday, Dec. 13, when he would er from the old home town. receive his commission and or- I enjoy very much watching ders for assignment to flying all of the boys reading their duty as a lieutenant, in ceremon- home papers . we switch them ies at the Gulf Coast Training around. You have received num. Center, Randolph Field, Texas. erous compliments on the Times. But death intervened, and the News and especially on the Plc- young Mount Pulask/an never torial Section. reached the goal he had so eag- Just keep on doing a swell Job erly worked for. as you have been. A real morale booster, and I do hope I can keep CPL. WAYNE L. GOODPASTER on receiving the paper. DIED AT VET$ HOSPITAL These Pacific Islands are beau. (Auq. 3, 1944) ities, but sorry to say they can- Cpl. Wayne Leo Goodpaster, I not compare with the old hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Good-I I must close -- and thank you paster, W. Jefferson St., Mt. Pul- ] and the merchants for the special ask/, died at 8:35 a.m., Monday,,l edition. July 31, 1944, in the Veterans[ Sincerely, hospital in Danville, Ill., where I Harvey M. Davis, Coxswain, be became a patient on June 10.1 San Francisco, Calif. HIS illness dates back to his] Army service in the Guadal- S. S. Chicle8 Allison, canal campaign in the southwest Pacific. Of Latham, Reported Coming back to the U.A. he Dead, July 98, 1945 was hospitalized for a time, then given an honorable discharge, (Mw/ 30, 1946) after which he returned home. Mrs. Marilyn Allison, of La- His health gradually failed and tham, an employee of the J. C. he entered the hospital in the Penny Co., Decatur, has been Ensign naval flyer Surviving Mount Pul- Mr., aunt and according to a message from the . hope that his condition could be War Department, received by his wife and parents. Robert Vandevender Gulso, son benefitted. He was aged 34 years, During April, 1941, he mar- of Mrs. Minnie Gulso, now of 6 months, and 17 days. ried Miss Mildred Harnish, dau- Blue Mound, Ill., and former res- ghter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert ident of Mount Pulaski, died on Dpmzm: A period when Harnish of Mount Pulaski vicin- June 6, 1942, in a Japanese Pris- people do without things their lty. on Camp. parents never had. notified by the War Department of the death of her husband, Staff Sgt. Charles R. Allison, who was reported miming in action over i Kyushu, Japan on July 28, 1945. They gave their ALl,--for us! ,i,  iii