With The Men In Armed Services: May 3, 1943
With The Men In Armed Services
Manchester's Pence brothers, Cecil Ray, Paul Eugene and Wayne Charles are serving their country's colors, the first two mentioned with Army forces, the latter with the Merchant Marines.
Wayne Charles, who at 23 years is the oldest of the three, was the last to enter service, joining the Merchant Marines at Detroit last Feb. 10. Since that time he has been at the United States Maritime Service Training Station at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y.
A graduate of Clinton High school with the class of 1935, where he played with the school baseball team, Seaman Pence was employed as a shipping clerk at the Tecumseh Products Co. before going into service. He is now training to become a ship's clerk.
First of the Pence brothers to enter service and the middle one so far as age is concerned is Paul Eugene who is now stationed at Indiantown Gap, Pa. Paul enlisted in the Army on March 4, 1941, leaving a job as a card stripper at the Clinton Woolen Mills to do so.
He spent training time at Fort Custer, Fort Warren, Wyoming; Fort Wood, Mo., and at Pine Camp, N.Y., as well as at Indiantown Gap among other places.
Paul, like his brother, Wayne, is also a graduate of Clinton High school where he finished his studies in 1938.
Cecil Ray, youngest of the brothers at 20 years, is taking basic training at Kearns, Utah, where he is stationed with Army Air Corps forces. He is listed at present as a laboratory technician.
Cecil joined the Army on Jan. 13, reporting at Adrian and later being sent to Kearns where he has been stationed since. He was employed as a reamer by the Tecumseh Products Co. before going into the army.
Pvt. Cecil played baseball and football at Clinton High school before being graduated in the spring of 1940.
The three servicemen are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Pence of Manchester.
At Sheppard Field
Lt. Clarence E. Eldridge, jr., former lawyer who lived at 116 N. State St., is now stationed at the AAFTTC post at Sheppard Field, Tex. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Eldridge, New Rochelle, N.Y., Lt. Eldridge is a graduate of the University Law school and received his officer training at Miami Beach, Fla.
Pvt. Alvin Myers, of Pinckney, is learning the ins and outs of machine gun warfare as a gunner with Army forces stationed at Camp Sibert, Ala., where he was sent shortly after reporting at Fort Custer on Feb. 3.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Myers, Alvin is 20 years old and a lifelong resident of the Pinckney-Gregory area. He finished the 10 grades in Gregory's school system before calling a halt to his formal education.
Before answering his country's call to armed service, Pvt. Myers worked with his father on the latter's farm near Pinckney.
Carpentering For Army
Keeping busy as a carpenter for his Army unit is Pfc. Elton R. (Tony) Hieber, 9825 Bethlehem Church Rd., who is stationed with an engineers' contingent at Camp Claiborne, La.
Pvt. Hieber was graduated from Saline High school with the class of 1940 where he had two years of varsity basketball competition and three years of baseball.
He was inducted into the Army on Jan. 15, reported at Fort Custer and later was transferred to Camp Claiborne, La. Since reporting at camp Claiborne, Pt. Hieber has won a medal for his proficiency with the rifle.
Pvt. Hieber is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hieber. He had worked as a plumber at the Willow Run bomber plant before entering service.
Instructor; Not Student
The News erred in stating in an earlier Servicemen's column that Robert D. Rorabacher of Whitmore Lake is studying at West Point Military Academy, according to Correspondent Mrs. John Rane. Mrs. Rane points out that Bob, who is only 19 years old, is an armorer instructor and is the youngest member of the faculty.
Sgt. Norman O. Wenk, 25-year-old Chelsea serviceman, holds forth at a clerk's desk at Fort Crockett, Tex., where he has been stationed since entering Army service March 16, 1942.
The son of Martin Wenk, Sgt. Wenk is a graduate of Chelsea High school, where he played varsity football, and of Cleary's Business College in Ypsilanti. He was employed as an insurance salesman by the Lutheran Mutual Life Insurance Co. before going into service.
Sgt. Wenk, who was married to the former Lorena Hieber of Manchester, is with a field artillery unit.
In Filipino Corps
Rufino S. Nollido, a native Filipino who lived in Ann Arbor for 14 years before he was inducted into the Army Jan. 9, is now in the Second Filipino Infantry at Camp Cooke, Calif., "learning the shortest, fastest and quickest ways of killing the %?!%?& Japs."
Nollido lived here at 508 Hill St. and had been a machinist at the Ann Arbor Automatic Products Co. since 1934. Born in the Philippines 35 years ago, he came to this country as a high-jumper and hurdler in the Far Eastern Olympics in the early 20's.
Already promoted to first class private, Nollido is a guide of the first platoon of his company and a flag bearer for the company. He recently won a rating as a sharpshooter on the rifle range and expects to be assigned to a machine gun squad. In a letter to The News, he said "hello" to his friends back in Ann Arbor.
Raised To Corporal
Vernon Adams, 27year-old former Ann Arbor scoutmaster who was inducted into the Army last Dec. 7, was home last week on a three-day leave, wearing the new stripes of a corporal.
Corp. Adams, who is stationed at Camp Attenbury, Ind., attached to a medical detachment of an infantry regiment, is the son of Harry Adams of Detroit but he had made his home since he was a boy with his aunt, Mrs. Lettie Harberd, 607 Miner St.
Before entering the Army Corp., Adams was an air raid warden, scoutmaster of troop 75, and a truck driver for the Stofflet News Co., where he had been employed since he was nine years old. He graduated in 1935 from Ann Arbor High school.
Soldier In White
Helping to keep American soldiers' molars in biting trim is Pvt. Keith L. Boylan, 22, a life-long resident of Ann Arbor and son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Boylan, 903 Miner St.
Pvt. Boylan is a chair assistant in the dental clinic at Camp Grant, Ill.
A grinder at the Cook Spring plant and formerly a printer at Davis & Ohlinger, Pvt. Boylan twice tried to enlist in the Navy by was turned down for physical reasons. He then settled down to wait for the draft to catch up with him. It did, last Oct. 24.
Classified for limited service, Pvt. Boylan spent three weeks Fort Custer and then was sent to Camp McCoy, Wis., for basic training. On Dec. 15 he was assigned the Medical Corps and sent to Camp Grant for training.
After four weeks in a hospital as an orderly and general assistant, Pvt. Boylan was assigned to duty as a dental chair assistant--which calls for a white uniform. He was home recently on leave.
Hal Case Whittemore, 22, son of Prof. and Mrs. Harlow O Whittemore, 1920 Norway Rd., is finishing up his primary flight training for the Navy at Glenview Air Station, Ill., and will soon be headed for his basic flight instruction at either Corpus Christi or Pensacola.
On the Michigan track team, Hal had finished three years of a five-year architectural course when he reported to Iowa Pre-flight school Oct. 29. He had enlisted last August in the Naval Air Corps. Born in Ann Arbor, Whit was graduated from Ann Arbor High school in 1938.
Lt. Frank A. McClure, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. McClure, 1052 Baldwin Ave., who has been stationed at Camp Wolters, Tex., since receiving his commission in the Medical Administrative Corps three months ago at Camp Barkeley, Tex., has received a promotion to the rank of first lieutenant.
Lt. McClure serves as registrar at the station hospital. As a civilian he was employed by the Los Angeles Wholesale Electric Co., Los Angeles, Calif.
Lt. Marwood H. Goetz, who is now at For Washington, Md., attending the Adjutant General's school, has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman Goetz, 839 Brookwood Pl. Upon completion of his course, Lt. Goetz will return to Chicago, Ill., where he was with a military police battalion as adjutant and commanding officer of the headquarters detachment.
Richard Elwyn Hoelzer, 23, formerly of Ann Arbor, received his commission and wings as a pilot of twin-engine bombers April 29 in graduation exercises at Blytheville Army Air Field, Ark. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoelzer of Tipton, Lt. Hoelzer began his pre-flight training last July at Maxwell Field, Ala. A graduate of Ann Arbor High school, he attended Michigan State College at Lansing.
In Boot Training
Learning the roes as a boot trainee at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station is Dudley F. Foster of Chelsea.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Foster, 23-year-old Dudley reported for duty on Wednesday, April 21, and was immediately sent to Great Lakes for indoctrination procedure and first training processes.
Dudley is a graduate of Chelsea High school with the class of 1936 and was employed at Willow Run prior to enlisting in the Navy. He is married to the former Angeline Burg who is making her home in Chelsea. The Fosters are the parents of one child, two-year-old Michail Todd Foster. Seaman Foster has a brother in another branch of the service. He is Corp. Robert g. Foster stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala.
D. F. Foster
Cecil Ray Pence
Paul Eugene Pence
Wayne Charles Pence
Clarence E. Eldridge Jr.
Elton R. Hieber
Norman O. Wenk
Robert D. Rorabacher
Rufino S. Nollido
Keith L. Boylan
Hal Case Whittemore
Frank A. McClure
Marwood H. Goetz
Dudley F. Foster
Richard Elwyn Hoelzer
Harry E. McClure
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