Dudley M. Brice

Dudley Brice, Ruby Rogstad Married on New Year's Day
Miss Ruby Rogstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Rogstad, and Sergeant Dudley M. Brice, son of Mrs. George Brice, all of this city, were married at 8 o'clock Saturday evening on January 1 at a candle-light service in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Reverend M. T. Jenson performing the double-ring ceremony. 

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a white satin gown with sweetheart neckline and a long train. Her fingertip veil was held in place by a coronet of seed pearls. Her pearl necklace was a gift of the groom. She carried a shower bouquet of baby's breath, carnations, and pastel roses. 

Reverend Nestande sang Because and 0 Perfect Love. Organ music was played by Mrs. Carl Anderson. The maid of honor, Miss Arlene Rast of Mondovi, cousin of the bride, wore a floor length gown of blue taffeta. Miss Diana Brice, sister of the groom, and Miss Adeline Ackerman wore matching dresses of pink taffeta. All carried bouquets of carnations and snapdragons. 

The two flower girls, Miss Sandra Pifer and Miss Joane Walker, wore floor-length dresses of white taffeta and carried junior bride bouquets. 

Sergeant Robert Tuske was best man and Sergeants Gerald Mallory and Tom Burgess were attendants. All wore U.S. Army uniforms. Master John Pitt, who also wore a military uniform, was ring bearer. Jim Pifer and Robert Pitt were ushers. 

A reception planned by Mrs. Alvel Rogstad, the aunt of the bride, was held at the bride's home immediately after the ceremony. The bride and groom left for a short honeymoon in Milwaukee. The groom, who has been given an honorable discharge from the Army, will be employed in the U.S. Forestry Service.

Mother Pins Silver Star on Sgt. Brice

Mrs. Pearl Brice, of Eau Claire, is shown above, pinning a Silver Star on her son, Sergeant Dudley Brice, while Gil Stordock, State Adjutant of the American Legion (left) and National Commander Warren H. Atherton stand by. The presentation was a feature of the Legion program at the city auditorium Friday night in honor of the visit of the National Commander. 

Sergeant Brice, who also wears the Purple Heart, was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in the battle for Buna, New Guinea and cited "for heroic leadership at the front" by Lieutenant General Robert L. Eichelberger, Commander of American Ground Forces in the Buna Campaign. The decoration was brought here by Adjutant Stordock. 

Sergeant Brice was wounded near Cape Endiaidere on November 26, 1942. After getting his wound, he returned immediately to the front and led his platoon into action. Four days later, he suffered three gunshot wounds that put him out of the war, leading to an honorable discharge, after spending some time in hospitals in New Guinea, Australia and the United States. 

The Sergeant is credited with being the first member of Company B, 32nd Division to "get" a Jap. He was a veteran member of the company when it was called into service here on October 15, 1940.

Sergeant D. Brice Given Purple Heart Medal
SPRINGFIELD, MO July 7 (AP)—Twelve army enlisted men were awarded medals at O'Reilly General Hospital today for meritorious service in action.

Awards included: Purple Hearts—Sergeant Dudley Brice, Eau Claire, WI; Corporal Vernon L. Warnecke, Thief River Falls, MN; and Sergeant Harry Pavek, 203 Holly Avenue, Owatonna, MN. 

Sergeant Brice is the son of Mrs. Pearl Brice, Brackett Avenue. He was wounded and cited for bravery in the New Guinea Campaign.

Military Honors Accorded in Rites for Lieutenant Miller
A military funeral was conducted today by the William C. Johnson Post American Legion for Lieutenant George Miller, son of Mrs. Margaret Miller, Columbia, SC, formerly of Eau Claire.

The young pilot was killed in an airplane crash at Dyersburg, TN on January 15.

The Reverend John Paul was celebrant of the mass at St. Patrick's Church at 8:30 am. Rosary was said at Golden's Funeral Home Monday night.

Lieutenant David Wollin, Minneapolis, was military escort from Tennessee. The body arrived here Monday night on the "400."

Pallbearers bearing the flag-draped casket were Aviation Cadet Raymond Singel, Sergeant Dudley Brice, Sergeant James Golden, United States Marine Corps; Sergeant Melvin Olson, Engineering Corps; Sergeant Clyde Derouin, meteorologist with the Army Air Corps; and Sergeant Anderson, Air Corps.

Bugler at Lake View Cemetery was Gordon Wingad.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Other Chippewa Valley men saw action on various fronts in the South Pacific during the first year of American combat. 

Sergeant Dudley Brice of Company B (32nd Division) is credited as the first member of his unit to kill an enemy soldier. 

He was wounded near Cape Endiaidere in November 1942. After his wound was dressed, he returned immediately to the front and led his platoon into action.

Four days after this battle, he was shot again three times and forced to return home. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroic leadership and bravery in action and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters, which signifies that more than one wound was suffered in combat.
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