Hometown News — May 6, 1943

Meet in North Africa
Staff Sgt. Donald Lee Whitt writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Whitt he had a happy surprise the other day in North Africa. As he was entering the mess hall he met Ross Culver, former Gallatin boy and son of Cliff Culver, south of town. Donald Lee and Ross are both gunners on flying fortresses, and are seeing plenty of action on the African front.

At Greenville, Penna.
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Pvt. J.P. Mikes, Daviess county young man, and son of Mrs. Bessie Mikes, Rt. 4 Gallatin, has been in the service for several months, and is now stationed at Greenville, Pa. J.P. is attached to Co. B, 6th Bn. Replacement depot. He writes he is getting along splendidly in the army, and from his picture it would seem he was "picking up in weight," a habit a lot of the boys acquire when they get into the army.

At Oklahoma Air Depot
Pvt. Harlan Harvey Kinzie, formerly of Coffey, Mo., is now stationed at Tinker Field, Okla. He is attached to a headquarters squadron at this model establishment of the Air Service Command for the maintenance and repair of aircraft and the training of air depot groups. Private Kinzie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Kinzie. He was engaged in farming prior to entering the army.

Soldier Figures His Wages
A soldier in a camp far from Independence, wrote his wife the other day. It was the usual letter, wondering how the family was getting along and telling of the usual routine, but there was a significant point he made that may have reverberations after the war, according to the Independence Examiner. Near the close of his letter, he said. "I had a straight 19 hours of work today. We came in dog tired. Someone switched on the radio and we got a newscast. The commentator was telling about John L. Lewis defying the WLB over the coal miners’ threatened strike. They want higher wages of course. We figured out what our wages had been for our 19-hour day. They were less than 10 cents an hour."

Commissioned in the Marines
Randall Tedlock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Tedlock, of Gallatin was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marines recently. Lieutenant Tedlock received his schooling at Quantic, Virginia. He has been home on furlough and after completion of same, will be stationed at San Diego, Cali.

Robert Burner, Aviation Cadet
Cedar Fall, la. — Pvt. Robert Theodore Bruner, 22, of Nickerson, Neb., son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill M. Bruner, Nickerson, Nebr., has arrived at the 801 A.A.F. College Training Detachment, Iowa State Teachers’ College for course of Army Air Force instruction lasting approximately five months prior to his appointment as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Forces. During this period he will take numerous academic courses, as well as elementary flying training. Upon completion of the course he will be classified as a pilot, navigator or bombardier and go on to schools of the Flying Training Command for training in these specialties.

Somewhere On Atlantic
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Wayne L. Pierce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pierce Northwest of town, in the U.S. Navy and took initial training at the Naval training station at Great Lakes, Ill. He went into service August 1st, 1942. At present he is somewhere on the Atlantic. He writes his parents he is getting to see a "lot of the world."

— from the Gallatin North Missourian, scrapbook clippings provided by Lucille Bruce