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BLAST FROM THE PAST - WWII soldiers give update

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

FEBRUARY 8, 1945

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 62 years ago:

News from our boys in service

WITH THE 37TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN THE PHILIPPINES - Sergeant John Weinert, veteran Infantryman from Norwalk, was grateful to local residents when they built him a straw bed and shelter during his first five days on Luzon.

A sudden rain spread over the sleeping soldiers, who were confident that this was the dry season and it could not possibly rain. Natives rushed to the aid of Weinert and his squad and in a very short time had him at least above water if not completely dry.

Weinert landed on Luzon after 30 months of battling through the Solomon jungles. He fought at New Guinea and Bouganville during the long months that followed Pearl Harbor.

S/Sgt. Robert Becker and wife have returned to Cleveland after a visit with relatives here. Sgt. Becker is on a furlough after 33 months service in the South Pacific and on Feb. 15, will report to Miami Beach, Fla. For rest and reassignment. He is the son of H.P. Becker of this city.

Keeler Field, Biloxi, Miss. - Pvt. Raymond Arthur Jacobs, son of Mr. Edwin C. Jacobs, Jr., 38 N. Hester St. Norwalk, has reported to Keeler Field from the Army Ground Forces. Pvt. Jacobs is stationed at the AAF Training Command post awaiting reassignment to new military duties. A review of his previous training, aptitudes, experience and physical condition, together with consideration of the military needs of the army, will determine his new assignment.

Social Security office moved to Court House

Mr. O.A. Skelley, manager of the Social Security Board, has announced that he has moved his office in Norwalk from the basement of the Post Office to the Welfare Department on the third floor of the Huron County Court House.

Mr. Skelley comes to Norwalk on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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