William A. Goethel

Major W. Goethel Runs Leave Club
BRUSSELS--This Belgian capital has now become almost as important a leave center for American combat soldiers as Paris.

Brussels' smartest peacetime hotel, the Metropole, has become the mecca for Americans, as well as British, Canadian, Belgian, and Polish frontline troops. It has already proved, not only that an Allied club can work, but that it is valuable in helping the different nationalities to know one another.

Major William Goethel, Eau Claire, WI is director of the club.


Major Goethel in Infantry at Invasion Base
HEADQUARTERS, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS— Approach of D-Day—Invasion Day—finds United States Army Infantrymen in the United Kingdom, undergoing the toughest, most realistic maneuvers.

Many of the "footsloggers," the men who will have to wrest Nazi-held Europe foot-by-foot and mile-by-mile, are attending special schools. Final phase of these schools takes the form of a patrol mission through a 10-acre tract of "enemy-infested" territory that includes virtually every type of terrain known to England—dense woodland, barren moors and steep, rocky slopes.

First, they pass through a forest, reeking with tear gas. Then, to make sure the soldiers avail themselves of natural cover, concealed snipers fan the area with live fire.

Farther on, the men pass through a mined field, each mine containing sufficient TNT to cause plenty of harm if they are not handled properly. The men's orders are to neutralize the mines.

They are "groggy" by the time they reach a group of buildings ingeniously rigged with booby traps. Mantel clocks, wired with explosives, false floorboards, and all the other hazards one would encounter in a house "abandoned" by the enemy await them here. As before, their orders are to neutralize as many traps as possible. The first few go off with a nerve-shattering roar but, after a while, the men get the hang of it and do a good "house-cleaning" job.

Among the men in this Infantry unit are Major William A. Goethel, 29, 1441 Sherwin Avenue, and Sergeant Arthur E. Meyer, 710 Hobart Street, Eau Claire; Private  Linus L. Maier, 24, Arcadia; Sergeant Philip E. Highum, 25, Birchwood; Private Paul W. Hilliard, 24, Mondovi; and Sergeant John M. Harvey, 27, Route 2, Washburn.


Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

William A. Goethel was co-owner of Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods on Hastings Way. Before the war, he played football at North Dakota University. His stepson, Bill Lowe, was an outstanding football player for the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he held the record for the longest touchdown, catching the ball and running the entire distance for the score.