John McRae

Lieutenant G. Donald Barnes, USNR, on leave of absence as Mayor of Eau Claire, is now in England, serving with a Naval Amphibious Force. Recently, he met three other Eau Claire men in England, and the above picture was taken when they got together for a visit.

From left to right are Private First Class LaVern (Jim) Haugen, son of Mrs. Elsie Haugen; Corporal Gordon Campbell, Assistant to City Assessor here, at the time he entered service, son of Mrs. William Campbell; Lieutenant G. Donald Barnes; Private John McRae, who resided at 416 Emery Street and worked for the U.S. Rubber Company here.

Lieutenant Barnes writes that there are now many Eau Claire men in England and that, recently, Lieutenant Commander R. J. Lewis of Eau Claire suggested holding an "Eau Claire Day" there; however, such a reunion will probably have to await more peaceful times.

Submitted by Laurie McRae Nelson