|Norman E. Anderson|
|Orlyn L. Wik, Fireman Second Class, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Anton Wik, 612 Bolles Street, Eau Claire, has arrived somewhere in the
Pacific, according to an air mail letter from him.
He enlisted in the Navy on September 6, 1944. After 10 weeks of boot training at Great Lakes, Illinois, he spent seven days at home. Wik took additional training at Norfolk, Virginia, was placed in the amphibious, and assigned to an LST. He finished his training at New Orleans, Louisiana and in California.
Orlyn has two brothers, Sergeant Norman Anderson with the Ninth Air Force in France and Corporal Robert Anderson, who is with General Hodges' First Army in the Third Armored Division in Germany. Both boys have been overseas for two years.
|French Kiddies Chant "Mairzy Doats" to GIs|
|A NINTH AIR FORCE BOMBER BASE, France—Thanks to a
little blue book and the American knack for making friends, the
Wisconsin soldiers in the Tiger Stripe Marauders Group of the U.S.
Ninth Air Force are making out okay in France.
The little blue book, a big edge the Yanks of 1944 have over the Americans who fought in France during the last war, is the English-French Phrase Book issued to U.S. soldiers before they shoved off for France.
With the help of the blue book, a few facial gestures, and much pointing, the U.S. soldiers are gradually developing a language all their own and managing to make themselves understood.
It's a common sight in this land of berets to see the medium-bomber Marauder men, who operate behind the ground forces, chatting in Americanized French to natives, located in a territory where, a few weeks ago, the Marauders bombed in support of Allied ground men.
The American influx is showing its influence on the French. Okay is making c'est bien dated; so long is as common as au revoir. Even Mairzy Doats is being sung and swung in garbled American by French kiddies.
After hearing the "any gum chum" chant of English children for 15 months, Americans are gradually getting accustomed to "cigarette pour papa," the French children's equivalent of the " gum chum" plea.
Wisconsin soldiers now assigned to the Tiger Stripe group include: Sergeant Clyde Pepin, 707 Dodge Street; Sergeant Norman E. Anderson, 612 Bolles Street; Private Chester D. Olson, 1022 Birch Street; Master Sergeant Francis M. Multerer, 1032 Oxford Avenue, all of Eau Claire; Sergeant Robert W. Schneck and Captain Lloyd W. Miller, both of Menomonie; First Lieutenant George H. Hegge, Whitehall; Sergeant Robert T. Myhre, Osseo; and Sergeant Joseph Fuderer, Ladysmith.