George H. Hegge

Brothers Serve in England

WHITEHALL, WI (Special)--George Hegge, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Hegge, was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant in England on July 4, according to word received by his parents.

Lieutenant Hegge, who received his Second Lieutenancy at San Marcos, TX in October 1943 has been overseas since the first of the year. He was stationed in Africa before being sent to join a bomb group in England. Lieutenant Hegge is the navigator  on a B-26 Marauder and has 25 missions over enemy territory to his credit.

In a letter his parents received recently, he said that the Fourth of July was celebrated quietly in England, except for the routine of the war. He wrote of a forced landing that he and his crew made with one engine.

His brother, Private Florin Hegge, is also stationed in England. He is with an Infantry company. The brothers have not contacted each other as yet.

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 United States 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 United States soldiers before they shoved off for France.

With the help of the blue book, a few facial gestures, and much pointing, the United States 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.