Sigmund (Sig) R. Gram

FLIGHT TRAINING
Aviation Cadet Sigmund R. Gram, son of Mrs. Anna Gram of 803 South Farwell Street, recently reported to the Greenville Army Air Field, Greenville, MS for further flight training. After completing his training at Greenville, Cadet Gram will be sent to another field in the Army Air Forces Eastern Flying Training Command for the final phase of training. Mrs. Sigmund R. Gram, wife of Cadet Gram, resides at 512 Chippewa Street.

Commissioned
LT. SIGMUND GRAM
Lieutenant Sigmund R. Gram, son of Mrs. Anna Gram, 803 South Farwell Street, was a member of the 460th class of Aviation Cadets to graduate from the Army Air Forces Pilot School (Advanced 2 Engine) at George Field, Illinois on March 12. He received the silver wings of a flying officer and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces.

Lieutenant Gram attended flying schools at Jackson, MS and Greenville, MS before his graduation at the advanced flying school at George Field, IL. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1935.

In civilian life, Lieutenant Gram was a powder mixer for the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant.


Lt. S. R. Gram Gets Air Medal
15TH AAF in Italy--For meritorious achievement, while participating in sustained operational and aerial activities against the enemy, Second Lieutenant Sigmund R. Gram of 512 Chippewa Street, Eau Claire, WI, a pilot in a veteran 15th Army Air Force heavy bombardment group stationed in Italy, has been awarded the Air Medal.

Lieutenant Gram, 26, is a graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School, Class of 1935. Prior to entering the Army Air Forces at Milwaukee on October 14, 1942, he was employed as a powder mixer in the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant of the United States Rubber Company. He is a member of the YMCA and the Sons of Norway Lodge. His wife, Hazel Gram, lives at the above address and his mother, Mrs. Anna Gram, resides at 805 South Farwell Street, Eau Claire.


Lt. S. R. Gram's Bomb Group Cited
15TH AAF in Italy—Second Lieutenant Sigmund R. Gram of 512 Chippewa Street, Eau Claire, WI, a pilot with the 460th Bomb Group, is now entitled to wear the Distinguished Unit Badge.

At an impressive ceremony at its base somewhere in Italy, Major General Nathan F. Twining, Commanding General of the 15th Army Air Force, pinned the streamers of a Distinguished Unit on the standard of the 460th Bombardment Group for its "outstanding performance of duty in armed conflict with the enemy."

The citation, which accompanied the presentation of the streamers, read in part: "On July, the 460th Bombardment Group was assigned the task of attacking and destroying the Zwolfaxing Airdrome installations at Vienna, Austria, which were being used for the assembly of ME-109s. . . . Throughout the day and night prior to the attack, the ground crews worked untiringly and enthusiastically to have their aircraft at the peak of mechanical perfection to insure the success of this vital operation."

On July 26th, this group of B-24 Liberator bombers took off, as lead group of a wing formation, and set course for the target. Attacked by 30 enemy fighters, the gunners threw up such a curtain of lead that the attack was broken off. Adverse weather conditions forced the bombers to bomb at a lower altitude than usual, subjecting them to intense and heavy anti-aircraft fire. Although three bombers were lost, two so badly crippled they had to leave the formation and others badly damaged, the gallant crews pressed the attack and inflicted grave damage to the objective, depriving the enemy of one of his most important fighter assembly and repair bases.

Continuing, the citation read, "By their great determination, outstanding professional skill, and gallantry...the 460th Bombardment Group has reflected great credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States of America."

Now, under the command of Colonel John M. Price of  Fort Dodge, IA, the group was led on the Zwolfaxing mission by their previous commander, Colonel Bertram C. Harrison of Leesburg, VA.


Sigmund Gram is Promoted
First Lieutenant Sigmund R. Gram of 512 Chippewa Street, a pilot in a veteran 15th Army Air Force heavy bombardment unit stationed in Italy, has been promoted from the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Gram, 26, is a graduate of Eau Claire Senior High School, Class of 1935. Prior to entering the service at Milwaukee on October 24, 1942, he was a powder mixer in the Eau Claire Ordnance Plant of  the U.S. Rubber Company. 

He won his wings and commission at the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School, George Field, IL. He holds the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and he is entitled to wear the Distinguished Unit Badge.

Lieutenant Gram is a member of the YMCA and Sons of Norway Lodge. His wife, Hazel Gram, lives at the above address. His mother, Mrs. Anna Gram, resides at 803 South Farwell Street.


Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

After the war, Sig was a lightweight weight lifter and  paddleball player. He was an engineer for Northern States Power Company. He designed, made, and sold boats and built his own home north of Eau Claire on Riverview Drive. The house was designed around a tree, which grew through its center. Visitors could sit in a chair which revolved 360 degrees to expose different views.