|Roy M. Campbell|
|Eau Claire-Made Ammunition Is Used in Pacific|
|"It's Swell," Corporal Writes
Eau Claire men are firing Eau Claire ammunition on overseas battlefields.
The following letter, written by Corporal Roy Campbell to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Campbell, 416 Chippewa Street, proves this, when he tells of firing Eau Claire-made ammunition at his post in the Southwest Pacific.
"I've got a bit of time, so I'd better drop you a note," he said.
"First of all, Dad, your ammunition is all right. You see, the first shells I loaded in my gun were ball cartridges, and a card was with them, stating that they were manufactured at the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant. I'm sending it along to show you.
"Now you know that the Eau Claire boys are using their hometown ammunition. It works swell. It's accounted for a few Japs already. Most of the boys have had a chance to prove it."
Corporal Campbell entered the service with the National Guard unit and served with the unit through the Buna Campaign in New Guinea during 1942 and 1943. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart.
After spending 17 months in hospitals and rest camps in Australia, Corporal Campbell rejoined his company early in July of this year and, at present, is in New Guinea.
His father, M. K. Campbell, was an inspector at the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant.
Private Allen J. Campbell has arrived safely at an undisclosed overseas
destination, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.
K. Campbell of 416 Chippewa Street, this city. His wife, Mrs. Mahala S.
Campbell, resides in Milwaukee.
He enlisted in October 1942 and received his training at Fort Riley, KS; the Desert Training Center in California; Camp Polk, LA; and was given an intensive course in Radio Communications at the Armored School, Fort Knox, KY. He is a member of a Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron.
Private Campbell has two brothers overseas, Private First Class James H. Campbell with the Eighth United States Army Air Force in England and Sergeant Roy M. Campbell with the Eau Claire National Guard Unit in New Guinea.
Corporal Allen J. Campbell was wounded in action in Luxembourg on
December 17, according to advices received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
M. K. Campbell, 416 Chippewa Street, and his wife, Mrs. Mahala S.
Campbell of Milwaukee.
Corporal Campbell enlisted in the Mechanized Cavalry in October 1942 and was a member of a Mechanized Reconnaissance Squadron in Luxembourg when wounded.
Two brothers are also overseas, Private First Class James H. Campbell, at an air base of the Eighth Air Corps in England for the past 29 months, and Staff Sergeant Roy Campbell with the 32nd Division, now in the Philippines.
|Gets Oak Cluster to Purple Heart|
WITH THE 32ND INFANTRY DIVISION IN THE PHILIPPINES--Sergeant Roy M. Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Campbell, 416 Chippewa Street, Eau Claire, WI, has been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Purple Heart, for wounds received in a New Guinea action.
Sergeant Campbell received the original award of the Purple Heart during the Buna battle, when he was wounded by bomb fragments. He is a veteran of the Papuan and New Guinea Campaigns. He entered federal service with the Wisconsin National Guard in October 1940 and has been overseas with the Red Arrow Division since April 1942.
Written By Harold (Diz) Kronenberg
|32nd Red Arrow Division
Soldiers from the Chippewa Valley made up an important part of the 32nd Red Arrow Division. This division was the first sent overseas after the U.S. officially entered the war. One hundred men from the 32nd were flown into combat early in 1942. They were the first troops in history ever to be flown into combat. Roy Campbell of Eau Claire was one of the eight men of the 32nd Red Arrow Division who survived the war.
Jim White of the Eau Claire, 32nd Red Arrow Division, was wounded in the knee and hip by a Japanese .25 caliber machine bullet. He laid in the jungle for some time, before Bob Toske of Eau Claire and Rex John of Marshfield found him and carried him to safety. Jim credits these two men with saving his life.
It is now common to fly troops to the front but, prior to and during most of World War II, troop transport was done by ship.