Lester C. Dickens

PROMOTION
Sergeant Lester Dickens, who left recently for overseas, has been promoted to Staff Sergeant, according to word received by his wife, who resides at Altoona. Staff Sergeant Dickens has been stationed at Atterbury, IN.

S/SGT. LESTER DICKENS
Staff Sergeant Lester Dickens, son of Mrs. William Olson, Allen, has arrived safely somewhere in England, according to word received by his wife, who resides with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Swanson of Altoona.

Dickens entered the service on January 3, 1940 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, until August 1942, when he returned and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. 

On December 23, he returned home on a 10-day furlough, after which he was stationed at Camp Blanding, FL; Camp Forrest, TN; and Camp Atterbury, IN, where he remained three months, before leaving for overseas.


Sgt. Dickens is Wounded in France
S/SGT. LESTER DICKENS
Staff Sergeant Lester C. Dickens, son of Mrs. William Olson, Allen, WI, was seriously wounded in action July 7 in France, according to word received by his wife, who resides with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Swanson of Altoona.  He has been returned to a hospital in England.

Sergeant Dickens is a regular Infantryman. He enlisted on January 2, 1940 and was stationed at Seafield Barracks, Hawaii, until August 1942, when he returned and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA; Camp Blanding, FL; Camp Forrest, TN; and Camp Atterbury, IN, where he stayed three months, before going overseas in February of this year.


Wounded Soldier Spends Furlough with Family Here
S/SGT. LESTER DICKENS
Staff Sergeant Lester C. Dickens, who has been spending an 18-day furlough with his wife, son, relatives, and friends, of this city, has left for the Mayo General Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois, where he will undergo further treatment.

Sergeant Dickens was seriously wounded July 7 in France. He was flown from France to England, where he underwent an operation. He arrived in the States on August 26 and was sent to Illinois. He expects to be there for 7 or 8 months. He was awarded the Soldier's Medal and the Purple Heart.

Sergeant Dickens is the son of Mrs. William Olson of Allen.