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County Driving Close To Its War Bond Goal

Pearl Harbor Day morning found Ann Arbor fighting valiantly and determindly forward toward its $5,541,000 objective in the Sixth War Loan. It was only $1,115,000 short of its goal with Bond money rolling in fast. Victory was certain on two front—Corporation Bonds and Individual Non-E Bonds. Corporation Bonds sales are already well beyond their $3,225,000 quota. While the official communique from Auditor Frederick Schmid gives Individual Non-E sales as $405,406. only 31.7 per cent of the $1,275,000 quota, it is known that a big push has been on all along the Non-E line and that sweeping gains will put the Non-E’s well beyond their objective when today’s audit Is announced.

Only E Bonds lag in Ann Arbor. There must be much E Bond buying if E purchasers are to share in today's Ann Arbor All Bonds victory.

Total sales in Washtenaw county outside Ann Arbor are far behind the pace set by the city. This morning-they were reported at $1,198,838.50, which is only 45.7 per cent of the outside area's quota of $2,623,000. Out-county E Bonds sales were reported as $541,650, which is only 42.1 per cent of the $1,286,000 quota. But activity was reported all through the county, and it is expected that when all reports are in at the close of this Pearl Harbor Day, the outside communities and township will make a much stronger showing.

Washtenaw county as a whole has cleared purchases of $5,624,848 worth of Bonds of all classes. That's 68.8 per cent of the $8,164,000 quota. That percentage gap between sales reported and the county's objective is being closed fast today according to reports received by County Chairman Warren F. Cook and by Earl H. Cres, chairman of the county banking and investment division.

Four Sons In Service

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Smith, Dexter St., Milan, have been buying Bonds regularly in the hope that their four sons will have all of the fighting equipment they need, and that a quick victory will bring them home safely.

Russell Van Smith, signalman second class, joined the Navy in October, 1940. He was on the Langley and Pecos, which were sunk in the Indian ocean in February, 1942. He was reported missing in April, 1942, but his family was officially notified a month later that he was safe in Australia. After serving 44 months in the South Pacific, he was home on leave in September of this year. He is now on a new assignment.

Merl E. Smith, storekeeper second class, joined.the U. S. Coast Guard in November, 1940. He was stationed on the USS Hamilton, which was torpedoed off the coast of Iceland in January, 1943. He is now stationed in Louisiana.

Hal C. Smith, ship's cook, second class, joined the Coast Guard in November, 1940. He was on the Hamilton with his brother when the ship was torpedoed. He is now back on sea duty in the North Atlantic.

Pvt. Merwyn G. Smith has been In the Army since August, 1942. On Sept. 18 he was reported seriously wounded in action in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been informed that he is now back in action. Mr. Smith is employed as a molder in the foundry at Milan.

Store Oversubscribed

Cornell department store has oversubscribed its Bond quota by six and two-thirds per cent.

Sergeant Buying

Sgt. Phelps Frost, 503 Lawrence St., who has been in the South Pacific for two and a half years, bought a Sixth War Loan Bond before leaving for Florida today. Sgt. Frost was with the Red Arrow division in New Guinea, and will receive a new assignment in Florida. Sgt. Frost said most of the men whom he knew in the Pacific were buying Bonds, and all for the same reasons. They knew how much good their money was doing In the war effort, and they felt their Bonds were security for the future. Mrs. Frost buys Bonds regularly at International Industries. where she is employed in the office. She is making the trip to FIorida with her husband.

DECORATED VETERANS BUY BONDS: Three veterans stationed on the University campus, all of whom have been cited for outstanding service, remembering how vital ships, planet, tanks and guns were while they fought in the South Pacific, are helping to keep ammunition and war materiel flowing to all theaters of war by buying War Bonds, the means through which everyone at home can aid in the war. Shown receiving their bond purchase from Maj. John P.. Wilbern, officer in charge of Marine detachments in the Navy V-12 unit here, are, left to right, Pharmacist's Mate, 1/c, Edwin H. Schluter, of Jackson, Minn., who has been in the Navy four years, two of which were spent in active Pacific combat, and received the presidential citation; Pharmacist's Mate, 2/c, Robert Bostwick, of Perry, Ia., who has been in the Navy uniform for three and a half years, battled for 16 months in the Pacific area and was cited for service, and Pvt. Henry J. Witkowski, of the Marine Corps, who was awarded the Navy Cross for action against the Jap during landings made in the Gilbert Islands Nov. 20, 1943. Then a corporal, Pvt. Witkowski is now a private because all Marines relinquish previous ranks upon entering the V-12 program so that they may obtain commissions as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Both Schluter and Bostwick were with the first Marine division on Guadalcanal. The veterans’ bond sales are credited to the local Veteran of Foreign Wars.