Chester L. Davenport

Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Davenport, 302 Mappa Street, that their son, Captain Chester L. Davenport, has been promoted to Major.

Major Davenport is a graduate of the Eau Claire High School and the Eau Claire State Teachers College and is now located at San Luis Obispo, California, where he is attached to the general's staff.

Major Davenport left Eau Claire in October 1940 with Battery D, 126th Field Artillery, when the National Guard was called into service. He served with the Eau Claire Battery Unit until January 1941, when he was selected to take an advanced course in the Field Artillery Branch at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

In Hospital in England After Being Wounded
THE 34TH GENERAL HOSPITAL, England. Wounded by shrapnel, while he was advancing with his company near Rouen, France, during a Nazi assault, Private Douglas Davenport, 37, of 302 1/2 Mappa Street, Eau Claire, is now recovering at this United States Army General Hospital in England. He has been awarded the Purple Heart.

"Private Davenport is making normal progress," said Major C. E. Basham of Wichita, Kansas, his ward surgeon. 

"After the Germans were driven out of Paris, they retreated near the Seine River and set up several strong points there," Private Davenport said. "To drive them out of that sector, we had to take a small village. While the battle was going in full swing, an enemy shell burst nearby and I got hit." 

Private Davenport is a graduate of Eau Claire High School and attended Eau Claire State Teachers College. He was a member of the Eau Claire National Guard for eight years, before entering the Army in November 1943. He was employed by the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company as a salesman.

He has two brothers, Major C. L. Davenport and Captain Irving Davenport, now serving in the Pacific area. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Davenport, reside at the Mappa Street address.  His wife, Mrs. Genevieve Davenport, and their six-year-old daughter, Mona Jean, live at 38 Washington Street, New Lisbon.