Nathan E. Cornell

Two Eau Claire Soldiers Qualify as Paratroopers
Two Eau Claire men have won the right to wear the wings and boots of the U.S. Army Volunteer Paratrooper, according to a report from the Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA.

They are Private Carl Gullikson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gullikson, 209 South Ninth Street, and Private Nathan E. Cornell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cornell, 1801 Altoona Avenue.

They made their fifth and qualifying jump, a night tactical leap, identical to actual combat work in Sicily, which completed their four weeks of jump training. 

Jumping at the parachute school has been steadily developed to a recognized war science. There is but one per cent chance of suffering injury while jumping at the school, Fort Benning officials report. In addition to producing jumpers for combat, parachute specialist training is given to qualified men in camouflage, communication, demolition, riggers, and sewing machine maintenance.    

Private Nathan E. Cornell, Jr., United States Army Paratrooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan E. Cornell, has arrived in France, according to word received by his wife, the former Dorothy Larson of Mondovi.

Private Cornell enlisted in the Army in December 1942 and received his training in the Signal Corps at Camp Crowder, MO and Drew Field, [**data missing**].

In August 1943, he transferred to the Paratroops and received his wings in December 1943 at Fort Benning, GA. From there, he was sent to Fort Bragg, NC; Nashville, TN; and Fort George Meade, MD.

His wife and three children reside at 608 1/2 Kendall Street.

Private Claude Cornell, has arrived in France, according to a letter received by his wife, who resides at 315 Whipple Street.

He entered service on July 27, last year, and received training at Camp Robinson, AR. He was sent overseas with an Infantry unit, after spending a 12-day leave with his wife and two children in Eau Claire.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cornell, Sr., reside at 1801 Altoona Avenue. A brother, Private Nathan Cornell, Jr. was wounded while serving with an airborne unit in the invasion of Belgium.