Lloyd H. Buchholz

Lloyd H. Buchholz, U.S. Air Corps, is now somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands, according to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buchholz, 720 Chauncey Street.

A graduate of the senior high school, Class of 1941, Buchholz entered the service on January 21, 1943. 

Since entering the service, he has been at Keesler Field, MS; Camp Lee, VA; Richmond Air Base, VA; Washington, DC; Brookley Field, Mobile, AL; and San Francisco, CA.

T/5 Lloyd Buchholz Helps Move Mountain in Western Pacific
AAF BASE IN THE RYUKYU ISLANDS.óMoving a mountain at this outpost in the western Pacific on the doorstep of the Japanese homeland has been the job of Technician Fifth Grade Lloyd H. Buchholz, son of Henry Buchholz, 720 Chauncey Street, along with other members of his outfit.

Technician Buchholz is a member of the Army Air Forces Aviation Engineer Battalion, one of the first to follow the invading amphibious forces ashore at this former enemy stronghold. Within 24 hours after landing, the unit was working around the clock to reconstruct a newly captured airfield, which will be one of the most important springboards for the final offensive against the Japs. 

Technician Buchholz's quarry section provided crushed coral, which was used for building the airstrip, taxiways, warm-up aprons, and hardstands used for parking planes. In a 10-day period, despite sniper fire and frequent air raids, the men leveled off a huge coral mountain, producing the equivalent of 1,000 loaded gondola freight cars of coral fill-in material. In quarrying this vital airstrip building product, the unit used more than 2,500 electric caps and nearly 6,000 pounds of dynamite.

Technician Buchholz is a graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School and was employed by the U.S. Rubber Company prior to entering the Army in January 1943. He arrived in the Pacific Ocean areas in December of that year.

Three Eau Claire Youths Join Navy
Three Eau Claire youths were among a group of 16 Navy recruits who left on August 21 from the Navy Recruiting Station at Chippewa Falls for Milwaukee to take their final examinations. They will be returned to their homes for an indefinite period, before being sent to a naval training station.

They are John Heinzke, 809 Graham Avenue; Donald H. Buchholz, 720 Chauncey Street; and George F. Thalacker, 1008 First Avenue.

Heinzke has a brother, Staff Sergeant George Heinzke, in the Army Air Forces, stationed at Jacksonville, FL. His father, Theodore G. Heinzke, served in the Army in the last war as a Mess Sergeant.

Buchholz has a brother with the Army Engineer Corps in Saipan, Corporal Lloyd Buchholz, who has been in the Army 20 months. His father was in the Infantry during the last war.