Kenneth Belden

Private First Class Kenneth Belden, son of Mrs. Ida Belden, 1227 Snelling Street, has arrived in England, according to a letter just received.  He is at an ordnance base depot.  He entered [**data missing**]

Work of Ordnance Unit Outlined by Eau Claire Youth
Work of the Army Ordnance Maintenance Company, of which he is a member, is outlined in a letter from Corporal Kenneth Belden to his mother, Mrs. Ida Belden, 1227 Snelling Street. Corporal Belden has been overseas since August 1943, and his unit has been overseas in the European Theater for two and a half years.

The company landed in England and began preparatory work for the invasion, assembling over 7,600 vehicles. The company set a record of assembling one jeep every three minutes. The company, during its last three months in England, operated a modern vehicle repair shop.

Last July 21, the company went to France, just before the breakthrough at St. Lo and was called upon to handle ammunition for the attack and follow-up. 

Later, the company set up a heavy automotive maintenance shop to repair and keep Army trucks rolling and is still doing business at the same location in France, assisted by 160 French civilians.

Thusfar, in France, the company has repaired over 2,500 trucks and has fixed more than 3,000 special jobs, such as small motors and gadgets and more than 10,000 weapons. 

Off-duty relaxation comes  from Army Special Service movies every night, the Red Cross club, restaurants and bars in town, and the company club with books, radio and bar, the letter states, and adds: "Our barracks (former bombed building) are well-lighted, warm, and radio speakers provide continuous music. Our washroom is also homemade with concrete floor, regular basins, showers and hot water. We have our own electrical washing machine, pressing shop, photo shop and company barber shop. We are in a relatively safe area and have had no battle casualties since arriving in France." 

The entire company was alerted to go on important guard duty with some armored vehicles the day before Christmas and was on guard Christmas Eve and many following days, winning commendation from the commanding general.