|French Kiddies Chant "Mairzy Doats" to GIs|
|A NINTH AIR FORCE BOMBER BASE, France—Thanks to a little
blue book and the American knack for making friends, the Wisconsin
soldiers in the Tiger Stripe Marauders Group of the U.S. Ninth Air Force
are making out okay in France.
The little blue book, a big edge the Yanks of 1944 have over the Americans who fought in France during the last war, is the English-French Phrase Book issued to U.S. soldiers before they shoved off for France.
With the help of the blue book, a few facial gestures, and much pointing, the U.S. soldiers are gradually developing a language all their own and managing to make themselves understood.
It's a common sight in this land of berets to see the medium- bomber Marauder men, who operate behind the ground forces, chatting in Americanized French to natives, located in a territory where, a few weeks ago, the Marauders bombed in support of Allied ground men.
The American influx is showing its influence on the French. Okay is making c'est bien dated; so long is as common as au revoir. Even Mairzy Doats is being sung and swung in garbled American by French kiddies.
After hearing the "any gum chum" chant of English children for 15 months, Americans are gradually getting accustomed to "cigarette pour papa," the French children's equivalent of the "gum chum" plea.
Wisconsin soldiers now assigned to the Tiger Stripe group include: Sergeant Clyde Pepin, 707 Dodge Street; Sergeant Norman E. Anderson, 612 Bolles Street; Private Chester D. Olson, 1022 Birch Street; Master Sergeant Francis M. Multerer, 1032 Oxford Avenue, all of Eau Claire; Sergeant Robert W. Schneck and Captain Lloyd W. Miller, both of Menomonie; First Lieutenant George H. Hegge, Whitehall; Sergeant Robert T. Myhre, Osseo; and Sergeant Joseph Fuderer, Ladysmith.