|Linus L. Maier|
|Major Goethel in Infantry at Invasion Base|
|HEADQUARTERS, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS—Approach of
D-Day—Invasion Day—finds United States Army Infantry men in the
United Kingdom, undergoing the toughest, most realistic maneuvers.
Many of the "footsloggers," the men who will have to wrest Nazi-held Europe foot-by-foot and mile-by-mile, are attending special schools. Final phase of these schools takes the form of a patrol mission through a 10-acre tract of "enemy-infested" territory that includes virtually every type of terrain known to England—dense wood land, barren moors and steep, rocky slopes.
First, they pass through a forest, reeking with tear gas. Then, to make sure the soldiers avail themselves of natural cover, concealed snipers fan the area with live fire.
Farther on, the men pass through a mined field, each mine containing sufficient TNT to cause plenty of harm if they are not handled properly. The men's orders are to neutralize the mines.
They are "groggy" by the time they reach a group of buildings ingeniously rigged with booby traps. Mantel clocks, wired with explosives, false floorboards, and all the other hazards one would encounter in a house "abandoned" by the enemy await them here. As before, their orders are to neutralize as many traps as possible. The first few go off with a nerve-shattering roar but, after a while, the men get the hang of it and do a good "house-cleaning" job.
Among the men in this Infantry unit are Major William A. Goethel, 29, 1441 Sherwin Avenue, and Sergeant Arthur E. Meyer, 710 Hobart Street, Eau Claire; Private Linus L. Maier, 24, Arcadia; Sergeant Philip E. Highum, 25, Birchwood; Private Paul W. Hilliard, 24, Mondovi; and Sergeant John M. Harvey, 27, Route 2, Washburn.