|Robert Edwin Anderson|
|LANDS IN FRANCE|
|Corporal Robert E. Anderson, USA, who has been stationed in England, has landed in France, according to a V-letter received from him by his mother, Mrs. Mabel Wik, 612 Bolles Street.|
|Eau Claire Man in Tank Unit at an Invasion Base|
|HEADQUARTERS, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS -- Seventy-seven
soldiers from Wisconsin are in an armored unit that never leaves the
ground, but they are as well-acquainted with the importance of
pre-battle "briefing" as their brothers in the Air Force are.
These tank men, in their pre-invasion program, are becoming experts in every tank job. The gunner knows the radioman's job, the radioman knows the tank commander's job, and so on down the line. Any crew member can take over any other member's job, if the need should arise.
And lessons derived from the campaigns in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy are being applied here in preparation for the coming assault from this direction.
Officers are making sure that each member of the crew will know the exact mission of his individual tank. That's where the pre-battle briefing experience comes in. Each tanker is becoming a proficient map reader. When possible, he is shown the ground he must cover, the obstacles he must surmount, and the potential traps he must avoid. This is done when observation posts and sufficient time exist.
Soldiers manning the medium tanks are receiving intensive instruction in indirect firing. Tank guns are used like field artillery pieces, with forward observers directing the fire at targets which the tankers themselves cannot see.
Teamwork with infantry and artillery units is the secret of success by an armored unit, with the tankers delivering the power blow, "The Sunday punch."
Wisconsin soldiers in the unit include: Corporal Robert Edwin Anderson, 22, 612 Bolles Street, Eau Claire; Corporal John Pawlowski, 28, Withee; Staff Sergeant Edmund A. Bautch, 34, Route 2; and Private First Class Roy James Christianson, 27, Whitehall; Corporal Daniel L. Shaw, 32, Sparta; Corporal Orville Peter Reck, 28, Arcadia; Corporal Melvin Arnold Pliner, 26, Elroy; and Private First Class Andrew J. Barrieau, New Richmond.
|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.
Mrs. Anton Wik, 612 Bolles Street, recently received a V-mail from her son, Corporal Robert E. Anderson, saying that he was now in Germany. He is with a tank battalion and fought in the battles for the liberation of France and Belgium.