Neil H. Hovind

Cpl. Neil Hovind Fixes Typewriters at Guadalcanal

An interesting account of Corporal Neil H. Hovind, United States Marine Corps, of 226 Ferry Street, Eau Claire, who is head of the "typewriter armory" on Guadalcanal, was written by Sergeant Theodore O. Link, St. Louis, Marine Corps Combat Correspondent.

Corporal Hovind handles most of the repair work on typewriters, calculators, adding machines, and cash registers. He worked for a typewriter company before entering the service.

"The Armed Forces have one chief lesson to learn in handling typewriters and similar machines— packing them for transportation so the carriages are securely anchored down and the knobs are protected," the Eau Claire Marine says.

"We ran out of knobs within a few weeks after we got in the field," Corporal Hovind said, "we've had to make our own ever since. After each movement of the unit, we have an epidemic of damaged machines just because of carelessness in packing them for rough handling.

"The machines take a beating out here where they are transferred from transports to small boats on rough seas. Often they are dropped in the surf at beach landings."

Jungle dampness is the chief enemy of the intricate mechanism of typewriters and other office machines, Corporal Hovind said. Rust appears overnight.

Corporal Hovind and his assistant work in a tent on the edge of the jungle with foxholes within jumping distance and can repair 125 machines a month.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hovind, Eau Claire. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 25, 1942.

Roger Gilbertson Home on Furlough
Corporal Roger A. Gilbertson, United States Marine Corps, son of Mrs. George Gilbertson, 515 Forest Street, is spending a 30-day delay, en route here. Corporal Gilbertson, who has ended 18 months service in the Southwest Pacific, was connected with a tank battalion. He will report to Newport, RI on September 24.

Entering the service in August 1942, he went overseas in January 1943, after training at Camps Elliott and Pendleton and the San Diego Marine Base in California.

While in the Southwest Pacific area, he met Corporal  Merle "Ace" Gullickson, Corporal Don Stygar, Staff Sergeant Neil Hovind, and Eugene Berg from Eau Claire. Several Marines from this area were in his division.

Corporal Gilbertson has been at Guadalcanal and in New Zealand, among other points in the Southwest Pacific.

His brother, Sergeant Howard Gilbertson, is in the Signal Corps in the United States Army, somewhere in the Southwest Pacific, and another brother, Private First Class Vernon J. Gilbertson, is with the Air Service Command, stationed at Albuquerque, NM.