Durward W. Randolph


In December 1941, at the outbreak of war, Thomas and Durward W. Randolph, sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Randolph, Route 1, New Auburn, enlisted in the Army. Both are now serving overseas.

Staff Sergeant Thomas Randolph in the Air Corps, is in Australia. He received his training in California and Texas.

First Lieutenant Durward W. Randolph, in the Infantry, has arrived at an undisclosed destination. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant at Fort Benning, GA in December 1942 and was promoted to First Lieutenant in June 1943.

They are brothers of two Eau Claire women, Mrs. Walter Henning, 1142 Bellevue Avenue, and Mrs. Herbert Rosolack, 803 Ferry Street.

French Returning to Ruined Homes, Soldier Writes 
The following letter was received by Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph, New Auburn, written by their son, Durward Randolph, who is stationed in France. It is dated June 23.

"Dearest Mother and Dad,

"Thought I would drop you another line tonight to let you know I am okay and quite safe, even though in France. I have always had great faith in the American soldier but, never before in history, is any soldier proved himself so strong and brave. 

"I have talked to soldiers, recently, who have been in the North African Campaign and the Sicilian Campaign, and they say they were child's play compared with this invasion. These boys are going through hell and a good many won't come back, but they don't ever walk backwards. The next generation of Germans will be born walking backwards because their laddies have traveled so far that way. 

"The French people are returning to their homes now. They sure don't have very much to return to. Their houses and barns lie in ruins. Churches are devastated. Roads, of course, are being rebuilt as fast as we move forward."

He said that the cattle in France are really beautiful, but it is rumored that the cattle tuberculosis rate is high.

"Last night, I visited a French home. Any house  with the door standing open invites you to walk right in. They are very polite and hospitable. Food, such as it is, seems plentiful. Conversation, when necessary, is carried on via sign language or by means of a little French Phrase Book. It is quite good and I am increasing my vocabulary every day. We have a couple of boys who speak French and, when an extended conversation is necessary, I take one of them along.

He went on to say that he had traded a fifty franc note for brass change and was enclosing a  50 centimes piece and one franc. He explained that there are 100 centimes in one franc. 

"It sure is cold here, and we have really suffered the past few days. I can't understand it when it is so near to July. 

"Well, this about finishes me for today. Don't worry about me because I'm safe and sound and have my silt trench good and deep.  Your son,  DURWARD." 

Lieutenant Randolph enlisted in the Army in December 1941. He has a brother, Thomas, who is stationed in Australia.