Willis (Ray) Martin

Serve on the Seas or Overseas
Three sons of Carl Pedersen, 629 Spring Street, are now serving overseas. They are Private First Class Harvey Pedersen, Staff Sergeant Trig Pedersen, and Lieutenant Einar Pedersen. A son-in-law, Corporal Willis Martin, is also serving overseas. Another Pedersen son, Major Marvin Pedersen, helped organize the State Guard Unit here.

Private First Class Harvey J. Pedersen, formerly employed at Culver-Culver Company, is now stationed somewhere in the South Pacific in the Army Air Corps Engineers. He left for California in January 1943 and received his training at March Field.

Staff Sergeant Trig Pedersen, formerly a student at Eau Claire Teachers College (well-known in athletics here in Eau Claire), left with D Battery, National Guard in 1941 and was stationed in Alexandria, LA. He has been in South Pacific territory since March 1942 in the Headquarters Special Service Section.

First Lieutenant Einar C. Pedersen, former teacher and coach at Altoona High School, was accepted in the Marines in November 1942 and received his officer's training in Quantico, VA. He left for overseas in June 1943 and saw action at Tarawa of the Gilbert Isles. He is now stationed on some island in the South Pacific.

Their brother-in-law, Corporal Willis "Ray" Martin, enlisted in the Army in 1941 and left with the National Guard Unit. He was stationed with the 32nd Field Artillery in Camp Beauregard and Camp Livingston, LA and Camp Gruber, OK, before he was shipped across in November 1943. He is now stationed somewhere in Italy.

Another brother, Major Marvin P. Pedersen, now employed with International Harvester Company, served 15 years with Machine Gun Troop, Wisconsin National Guard. He helped organize the Wisconsin State Guard Unit here on June 4, 1942 and served as First Lieutenant; then commissioned a captain of Company "L" one year and promoted to Major on Battalion Staff of Plans and Training Officer.