Marlynn L. Blank

Private Marlynn L. Blank, who recently spent a 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blank, 928 Vine Street, has returned to his duties at Camp Campbell, KY. Private Blank is in the Ordnance Section of the Headquarters Company of the IV Armored Corps. He has been qualified as an expert in machine guns and a marksman on the pistol and Thompson sub-machine gun and has also qualified as sharpshooter on the carbine rifle in the past two months. This entitles him to the Expert Medal and the Marksmanship Medal.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blank, 928 Vine Street, have received word that their son, Marlynn, stationed at Camp Campbell, KY, has been promoted from Private to the rank of Corporal.

Corporal Marlynn L. Blank, 928 Vine Street, has been promoted to the rating of Technician Fifth Grade. Corporal Blank is with the IV Armored Corps, Camp Campbell, KY.

Staff Sergeant Marlynn L. Blank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blank, 928 Vine Street, is now stationed somewhere in England. 

He is in the Ordnance Section. 

He entered the service in January 1943 and received his training at Camp Young, CA and Camp Campbell, KY.

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Blank, 928 Vine Street, have received a letter from their son, Staff Sergeant Marlyn L. Blank, stating that he has arrived in France.  He had been stationed in England.  Sergeant Blank wrote that France looked much like Wisconsin in August.

Napoleon's Summer Palace Visited by Eau Claire Man

Staff Sergeant Marlynn L. Blank (center), son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Blank, 928 Vine Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, soldiering with XX Corps Headquarters, takes a ten-minute break to visit the summer palace where Bourbon kings and Napoleon spent their vacations in the beautiful city of Fontainebleau. 

Sergeant Blank served with XX Corps in its sensational spearhead drive across France and participated in the liberation of Angers, Chartres, Melun, Chateau Thierry, Espernay, Reims and Verdun. He has crossed the rivers Loire, Seine, Vesle, Marne, Aisne and Meuse. 

Pictured (left to right) are  Private Richard H. Miller, Milwaukee, WI; Sergeant Blank, and Private Joe J. Dovich, Jr., Sheboygan, WI.

Eau Claire Men in Spearhead of Advance in France
Two Eau Claire men, Staff Sergeant Marlynn L. Blank and Sergeant Henry Perry, Jr., were part of the mysterious "Ghost Corps," Major General Walton H. Walker's 20th Corps, which was the spearhead of Lieutenant General George S. Patton's Third Army eastward drive across France, it is now revealed.

Within fifteen days, General Walker led his corps across six rivers—the Loire, Seine, Vesle, Marne, Aisne and the Meuse—to liberate scores oŁ towns and cities, including Chartres, Melus, Montereau, Fontainebleau, Chateau-Thierry, Espernay, Reims, and Verdun. The Corps' speed was such that it thrust through the Argonne Forest in a matter of  hours, as compared with the several months required to take these woods in World War I.

According to a report from Army correspondents, the armored columns of the 20th Corps, at one place, knifed through the enemy's defenses with such force and speed that staff officers of a high German headquarters scrambled out of their mess hall and joined the fleeing troops to avoid capture. Their untouched food was still hot when the Americans moved in.

The 20th Corps, incessantly pushing the Germans back, captured or destroyed 200 enemy tanks, 350 personnel carriers, 500 guns of large caliber, 80 planes and 90[?] vehicles. Enemy troops, killed or captured, exceeded 20,000.

General Walker developed his technique of moving whole divisions at high speed in the Desert Theater of Operations in California, where he often directed his maneuvering forces from a combat plane.