The Obsidian Bulletin, December 1944, p. 1

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A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to All


Volume VII Eugene, Oregon, December, 1944 No. 5



Sgt. Sterling Behnke—One of a group of 44 mountain climbers on an expedition to locate the C.47 Air Transport that crashed on Sept. 18th near the top of an unnamed 12,160 ft. Alaskan peak.

Lt. John W. Brown. Jr.—Was missing in action over Europe, taken prisoner in Belgium, escaped from a train en route to Germany and made his way back to Allied lines. Has been visiting his wife and baby son in Eugene.

Jack L. Bogan, SC 3/c—Writing home from Tinian Island, one of the Marianna Group, Jack says, “out of five times the Japs flew over bombs were dropped only twice.”

Sgt. Philip W. Campbell—Trained at Camp Lejuene, N. C., graduated in Radar. Now in Hawaii.

Robert Edwards—Whereabouts unknown.

Pvt. LeRoy Farnham—Information unavailable.

Lt. Walter Gilbert—An observer with the Army Air Force at Clovis, New Mexico.

Cpl. Brian Gillespie—Recently home on furlough. Now somewhere across the Atlantic as waist gunner in a B-17 Bomber.

Pvt. Robert Gray—Enjoying Florida sunshine at Avon Park as instructor in Celestial Navigation.

PFC. Gordon Guillion—In a Medical Detachment at Camp Gruber. Oklahoma, driving a 5-ton truck.

T. Sgt. Al Hoffman—Map making with the Engineers in England.

Capt. R. R. Heivitt—With the Marines—recently returned from the Pacific area. Expects to be home for Christmas.

Pvt. Fred E. Hughes, Jr.—Letter just received from Fred in Germany. Has seen quite a bit of Europe, but says, “none of it compares with the great North-west”. Snow where he is now and wishes for his skiis. (Snow on McKenzie Pass about eight inches. Members appreciate your letter—write again.)

Major Gerald Johnson—In Leyte area. Just shot down his 23rd Jap plane. Was recently entertained aboard Admiral Halsey’s Flag Ship. Spoke for five minutes on the Army Hour Sunday, Dec. 10th, giving the part taken by the Air Corp in closing the Ormoc corridor. (Fine Gerald—keep up the good work. Best of luck to you.)

2nd Lt. Ralph W. Johnson—Completed Officers Candidate course Nov. 16, at Ft. Benning, Ga. Spent a brief furlough at home the latter part of November.

Cpl. Robert Keeney—With a Medical Battalion near the front lines in Italy.

Lt. Col. Paul Lafferty—Home on furlough, Paul informs us he is still with the Mountain Troops now in Texas. Lt. Col. and Mrs. Lafferty are the parents of another son, David Edgar, born Nov. 16th. Congratulations Paul and Jean. (How about it Chiefs, shall we call this one “Little Goslin’?”)

Capt. Ralph F. Lafferty—Now in the Panhandle country, too, but we’ll bet longing for the Three Sisters country.

Lt. Norman L. Lee—Fort Lawton,Washington. Judy and the girls are living in Seattle.

Pvt. Jean McMorran, WAC—Gravelly Point, D. C.

Lt. John B. Merrill—Blackland Air Base, Wasco, Texas. Will be in Eugene December 16th.

Cpl. Forest Morgan—Flight Engineer at Ardmore, Oklahoma—will complete his course in January.

Blanche Osborn, WASP—Stationed for the past several months at Las Vegas, Nevada. Expected home for the holidays.

Lt. W. C. Peltier—Spent part of last summer in the hospital. Now back in the artillery somewhere in the South Seas.

Sgt. Chester Pietka—Landed in England in October with the 11th Armored Division.

June Porterfield, S. C. 1 1/c—Aboard the S. S. St. Louis somewhere in the Pacific. Called on several Obsidians while home on leave in September.

Van Wesley Purdy, S 2/c—Somewhere in the Pacific on the U. S. S. Brooks.

2nd Lt. Charles B. Ryan—Mountain Troops have been moved to Texas and Bryan reports he is now a “Mule Skinner”.

Loyd Sims, R.M. 2/c—Radio operator at the Naval Air Station, North Island off the San Diego coast.

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