John G. Ludwikoski

Cletus Langille Tells of Postal Service in Italy

Private Cletus Langille is now stationed in Italy, where he is a clerk in the Regimental Post Office.

In a letter received from him, he tells that the big difference between civilian postal work and the army is that “over here, you work all hours and, many times, a big shipment comes in around midnight and you have to put it out.”

He says that they don’t mind the long hours, considering that the fellows up front are depending on them and that living conditions of those in postal work are better than what men have to undergo at the front lines.  He says “Therefore, we are glad to do all we can to make the mail service fast and efficient.”

He tells of having been up front with a reconnaissance outfit throughout the African, Sicilian, and part of the Italian Campaign, "so I've found out that a job in the Rear Echelon is really next to heaven."

He has met several Eau Claire friends:  Don Johnson, Casper Cobb, “Turp” Schafer, Wayne Garman, and John Ludwikoski during the time he has been overseas.

Private John G. Ludwikoski, 751st Tank Battalion, returning from 25 months overseas in the European Theater of Operations, was scheduled to arrive at Fort Sheridan, IL on September 5, prior to reaching his home at 436 North Barstow Street, this city, where he will visit his mother, Mrs. Sophia Ludwikoski.

Returned Veterans Now at Hot Springs
Recently three returned veterans from Eau Claire have checked in at the Army Ground and Service Forces Redistribution Station in Hot Springs. They will be here for approximately two weeks for processing and reassignment.

These returnees are Corporal Kenneth F. DesForge, Route 3, veteran of 22 months in the American Theater of War; Corporal Lawrence Mass, 720 Doty Street, who spent 29 months in the Southwest Pacific; and Private John Ludwikoski, 436 North Barstow Street, who was overseas 25 months in Africa and Italy. All three veterans came to Hot Springs after spending 21-day furloughs in Eau Claire.

In Hot Springs, they are quartered in one of the four Redistribution Station Hotels, where all the hotel furnishings and services have been maintained. Aside for the few military appointments necessary to reassignment, they will be free to enjoy a broad program of recreation and entertainment planned for the returnees.

Under the Redistribution Station Program, veterans' wives may share their hotel accommodations at very little cost. Taking advantage of this plan, Private Ludwikoski brought his wife to Hot Springs with him.


Sergeant Awarded Combat Star After Battle in Pacific
IN COMBAT WITH THE XlV CORPS SERVICE COMMAND IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC—Paul C. Ludwikoski, 24 years old, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with the Combat Star for his participation in the Battle of Bougainville. His mother, Mrs. Sophia Ludwikoski, lives at 436 1/2 North Barstow Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

In civilian life, Sergeant Ludwikoski worked for the Cardinal Shoe Company and, in the Army, he works repairing shoes. He is a member of a Salvage and Repair Company and is a foreman in the Shoe Repair Section. His civilian experience stands him in good stead. In the Southwest Pacific, where the inclement weather plays havoc with shoes, the repair of shoes becomes so much more important. 

The Sergeant has two brothers in the service. One brother he met at his present island station, Staff Sergeant Charles Ludwikoski of the Army Air Corps. His other brother, Corporal John Ludwikoski, is in the Tank Corps in Italy.

Sergeant Ludwikoski has been in the Army two years. Trained at Camp Lee, Virginia and Camp Ellis, Illinois, he came overseas in January 1944. In addition to the Combat Star, he holds the Good Conduct Medal.