The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1944:
Cpl. R.A. Pheifer seriously injured
Mrs. Loretta E. Pheifer, Route 3, Norwalk, received a telegram this morning from the Adjutant General stating that her husband, Cpl. Raymond A. Pheifer, was seriously wounded in France July 11th.
A letter followed giving Cpl. Pheifer’s hospital address, which may be obtained by calling Mrs. Pheifer. No details of the injury were reported, however.
Cpl. Pheifer is 29 years old and the father of a six months old daughter, Ruth Elizabeth, whom he has never seen. He has been in service since Sept.16, 1942, overseas since February.
Leaves 5,000 books to New Haven Library
NEW HAVEN — About 5,000 books have been delivered at the local library. They were willed by Miss Grace Y. Johnson of Detroit, Mich., and include works of fiction, science, history, art, religion, encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Miss Johnson made the bequest in memory of her father, the late Wallace Johnson, a former resident of New Haven.
Engage teachers at Willard
The following teacher appointments for Willard schools have been announced. Robert Mustian, graduate of Bowling Green University faculty football and basketball coach; Lawrence Drauer, Bucyrus, Ohio University graduate, industrial arts; Miss Illene Crawford of Haysville, Ashland College graduate, second grade teacher; Miss Opal Fox of Lexington, graduate of Ohio State University, third grade; Miss Katherine Krek, Shelby, graduate of Bowling Green Unversity, daughter of the superintendent of the Shelby schools, 2nd grade teacher.
Eugene Wells, history teacher, has resigned.
Sgt. Watkins gets Bronze Star for Bougainville role
WITH THE 37TH INFANTRY DIVISION SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA -— For success in setting up a machine gun in a strategic pillbox although exposing himself to fire to do so, Technical Sergeant Carl R. Watkins, 24, Norwalk, Ohio, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
The action occurred as Watkins’ infantry regiment repulsed Japanese assaults against HIll 129, Bogainville Island.
“Watkins with three companions was given the mission to occupy a strategic pillbox, which had been knocked out by the enemy,” his citation reads in part. “He crawled over terrain covered by exceptionally heavy enemy mortar fire, machine gun fire and rifle fire and succeeded in setting up his machine gun in the pillbox.”
Overseas 26 months, he has been also stationed in New Zealand, Fiji, New Hebrides and Guadalcanal. He has been awarded the Soldiers Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. His mother is Mrs. Anna Wakins, Route 2, Norwalk.
Coming Tuesday — Aug. 7, 1944: Cpl. C.J. Blaha dies in France
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok