George Day

Pvt. H. Clark's Reunions Disprove Theory by Kipling
WITH THE 37TH INFANTRY DIVISION SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA Kipling did not have Eau Claire's Private Harold  L. Clark in mind when he stated that "East is East....never the twain shall meet." In fact, he would probably rebel at the numerous friendships that this Infantryman has remade since he has been in the Southwest Pacific.

Clark, a member of a 105mm howitzer unit, has set no mean record with his renewed acquaintances from Eau Claire. At present, they total five reunions.

First, on Clark's "Jungle Club" record comes Lieutenant Colonel Wilbur Strand, a West Point graduate, now serving with the island supply section.

Then comes Corporal Manley Nelson,  a Marine Corps radio operator, formerly employed with the Gillette Rubber Company.

Next is Corporal William Spielman, who bumped into Clark during a moment of seasickness at the rail of the boat that carried them from one island to another. 

Corporal Eugene Bergh is next. A crew member of a bomber, Clark met him after he had returned from his 20th air-raid.

The last serviceman met was Staff Sergeant George Day, a member of Clark's graduating class at Eau Claire High School, now serving as transportation chief  with a naval unit. 

Look again, Rudyard! The Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Corps don't give a hang for your east and west. 

Harold, the son of Mrs. Jennie Clark, was formerly employed by the O. K. Rubber Welding Company. He has been overseas since January and has been stationed on New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, and Bougainville.


Additional Information Submitted by Audree Ayres, Eau Claire
Wednesday evening, January 10, Mr. and Mrs. Clare Bradford entertained the following at their new home in honor of Private First Class Floyd Norrish, Rock Falls, and Staff Sergeant George Day, United States Marine Corps Reserve, who have been spending a leave at home: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Norrish, Edna Stever, Rock Falls; Arlis Evert, Arland Larson, Willard Turner, Irene Engewold, Jean McFarlane, and Edith Slifer. Mrs. Bradford served a midnight lunch. Indoor pictures were taken to be sent to another member of the "gang," Technical Sergeant Stanley Ayres, who is stationed in the Aleutian Islands (1945).

Additional Information Submitted by Audree Ayres, Eau Claire

george.jpg (31828 bytes)Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps Aug. 1942. Boot Camp San Diego 8 weeks- Radio School Jacksonville FL - Spent Christmas '42 with uncle Stan at Daytona Beach FL. Aerial Gunnery school at Hollywood FL, Flight training in TBF (Torpedo Bomber) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After a short travel Furlough home. Was sent to join the 2nd Marine Air Wing Headquarters group in New Zealand fall of '43. From there to the Island if Efate. NCO in charge of Communications. Went through a typhoon while there. Found a ukulele and learned a few chords.  A friend and I sang a duet for the troops on Christmas day '43. Then a few weeks on Espirito Sante. The island where Frank Buck was credited with Capturing a large boa Constrictor. Next on to Baugenville, where I flew on an R4D transport plane as a radio operator. Put in just over 1000 hours air time on those planes. I flew to Australia for 4 days taking Marine flyers there for rest leaves. Then home to Cherry Point NC. Continuing to fly on transport planes until Nov of 1945 when I was discharged.

daygroup.jpg (32331 bytes)  George Day is second from right taken in an island in Pacific

USMC

  • Aug. 1942
  • Nov. 1945
  • So. Pacific
  • s/s TBF
  • Radio/Gunner