Clarence J. Gould

Eau Claire Mechanic in Mediterranean Cited by President
AT A 12TH AAF BASE—Private Clarence J. Gould, 2703 South Slope Terrace, Eau Claire, WI has served overseas 21 months as auto mechanic with a bomb group of B-26 Marauders which President Roosevelt twice cited for "outstanding performance of duty in action."

He is entitled to wear the blue, gold-framed Distinguished Unit Ribbon—the only Army award worn above the right-hand blouse pocket.

Oldest medium bomb group in the Mediterranean, the Marauders were cited for exceptional bombing accuracy on two occasions: the attack of March 3rd on the Ostiense rail yards in Rome and the March 11th bombing of the main Florence rail yards. In each case, the bomb pattern was so concentrated as to prevent damage to cultural objects near the targets.

The citations noted that the accuracy of the Rome raid was achieved despite heavy anti-aircraft fire and that the Florence bombing involved flying "a hazardous over-water route under adverse weather conditions."


Eau Claire Man in Group Getting French Citation
Private Clarence J. Gould, son of: Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Gould, 2703 South Slope Terrace, is a member of the 440th Bomb Squadron, 319th Group, a part of the 42nd Bombardment Wing, cited by General De Gaulle, President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic and Chief of its Armies, with the Croix de Guerre with Palm.

The citation was given this air unit for the outstanding part it took in preparation for, and support of, the Allied offensive, which began May 11, by attacking and destroying objectives in support of the French Army, "despite intense, heavy, and accurate anti-aircraft fire."

This bomb group, of which Private Gould is a member, previously received two Presidential Citations for its work in bombing air centers at Rome and Florence and other activities in the Mediterranean Theater.