Central High School - Booster Yearbook (La Crosse, WI)

 - Class of 1947

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fbqalamad foe Seauicemen' A number of undergraduates after entering the various branches of the armed service completed requirements for a high school diploma. Since most of these graduates were not previously mentioned in the Booster, the 1947 Staff has attempted to give them that deserved recognition. The list includes graduates from the January, 1941, class to those in June, 1947, who made application for diplomas before April 15th, the last day on which copy for the yearbook was prepared for printing. The staff regrets that in a few cases the information is fragmentary since sometimes questionnaires were unanswered or present addresses could not be secured. JANUARY, 1941 Charles Hilleshiemz Army Medical Depart- ment -- Corporal Medical Technician -- ln- ducted October, 1940 -- Trained in Medical Technical School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas -- Served for ZV2 years in South Pacific -- Discharged August, 1945 -- Hos- pitalized for 5 weeks at Finchafen, New Guinea. James F. Pitzner: Army, member 32nd ln- fantry Division -- Staff Sergeant -- Induct- ed October, 1940 -- Training included jungle training, Sydney, Australia -- Served on New Guinea for two years -- Discharged July 11, 1945 -- Received nine citations in- cluding two stars and one arrow head. Member of Conservation Club while at Central. JANUARY, 1943 Robert Bacon: Navy -- Boatswain Mate Sec- ond Class -- Inducted February 22, 1942 -- Commando training at University of Chi- cago and Fort Pierce, Florida -- Served on Atlantic Ocean -- Discharged February 20, 1946. Played football and baseball while at Central. Knute K. Knutson: Navy -- Radarman Third Class -- Inducted January 15, 1943 -- Radio and radar training at University of Idaho -- Served in Pacific -- Discharged February 21, 1946 -- Received five battle stars, Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Bar. Member of track and tumbling teams while at Central. Stanley W. Spafford: Navy -- Motorman Second Class -- Inducted December 13, 1942 -- Received Diesel training at Univer- sity of lllinois -- Served in Pacific for 32 Page 8 months -- Discharged July 4, 1941 -- Cover- ed all Pacific battlefronts up to and includ- ing the Philippines. Sang in choir at Cen- tral. Halley H. Young: Marines -- Corporal -- ln- ducted October, 1942 -- Training at San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California, at Naval Prison, Mare Island -- Served at Sai- pan, Tinian, and lwo Jima -- Discharged November 1, 1945 -- Received four battle stars and two Presidential Group Citations. JUNE, 1943 Barnard Mlsnaz Air Corps -- Technical Ser- geant -- Enlisted December 12, 1942 -- Trained in aerial gunnery in Florida -- Flew 46 missions from base in Corsica -- Dis- charged June 28, 1945 -- Received six cita- tions including a commendation from Gen- eral Craig, Purple Heart, Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, and Presidential Citation. Sang in choir at Central. JANUARY, 1944 Wallace L. Anderson: Army Air Corps -- First Lieutenant -- Inducted July 4, 1943 -- Trained in aerial gunnery at Tyndall Field, Florida, aerial navigation at San Marcos, Texas -- Served in Europe -- Discharged November 28, 1945 -- Received air medal with two oak leaf clusters, three battle stars, and E.T.O. Ribbon -- Flew 22 mis- sions over Germany. ' Wayne E. Beyer: Army Air Forces, Ninth Air Force Troop Carrier Command -- Priv- ate First Class -- Inducted September 21, 1943 -- Trained as airplane and engine mechanic at Lincoln, Nebraska, and Long Beach, California -- Served in Europe -- Discharged March 19, 1946. Played foot-

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Iltrir ifliurn Harvey George Larson, Sergeant, Army Air Corps, Sierning, Australia. Charles F. Leidel, Lieutenant, Army Air Corps, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Clifford Clyde Cox Lockhaven, Lieutenant, Navy, Atlantic. Elmer George Maurer, Gunner's Mate 2nd class, Navy, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Theodore Michael McDonald, Sergeant, Infantry, Castellar, France. Frank Joseph Michel, Staff Sergeant, Infantry, Camp Phillips, Kansas. Gearge Eugene Naegle, Seaman lst class, Navy, Pearl Harbor, avvaii John Charles Newman, Ensign, Navy, Jacksonville, Florida. John Clayton Olson, Fireman 2nd class, Navy, Iwo Jima. Ralph Olson, Lieutenant, Infantry, Belgium. Ervin Walter Proksch, Staff Sergeant, Infantry, Italy. Clarence William Raith, Quartermaster lst class, Navy, Ckinawa. ' Robert Kendall Rau, Corporal, Field Artillery, Saint Lo, France. Milton Rude, Seaman lst class, Navy, Australia. Sidney Robert Sanders, Staff Sergeant, Army Air Corps, Pueb- lo, Colorado. James F. Schuirman, Staff Sergeant, Infantry, Germany. Gerald Edward Seidel, Private, Army, France. Melvin Ray Severson, Private lst class, Army, Stuttgart, Germany. Robert George Shimshak, Aviation Radio Man lst class, Naval Air Corps, Port Angeles, Washington. John Robert Spellum, 2nd Lieutenant, Army Air Corps, Italy. Rodney Stensgard, Corporal, Infantry, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Robert Sweeney, Seaman lst class, Navy, Atlantic. Walter Karl Thomack, Corporal, Marine Corps, New Georgia. Delos F. Warner, Private, Infantry, France. Robert Kenneth Weisbecker, Ist Lieutenant, Army Air Corps, North Africa. Robert Emil Wolf, Captain, Infantry Medical Corps, Limburg am Lahn, Germany. Glen Richard Wrobel, 2nd Lieutenant, Army Air Corps, Germany. Glen Warren Ziel, Major, Medical Administrative Corps, Pil- sen, Czechoslovakia. Page 7

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ball, basketball, and baseball while at Central. Donald J. Burritt: Army Air Force -- Staff Sergeant -- Enlisted July, 1943 -- Trained at Yuma, Arizona, for airplane armorer gunner -- Served in Europe and Africa -- Discharged January 18, 1946 -- Received Air Medal with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters -- Forced to land in France twice in damag- ed plane. John Grabinski, Jr.: Army -- Private First Class -- lnducted November 2, 1943 -- Trained as gun crewman, medium artillery -- Served in Europe -- Discharged May 4, 1946 -- Received battle stars for Rhineland and Central Europe. LeRoy Kasper: Navy -- Torpedoman Second Class -- Enlisted March 9, 1943 -- Trained in torpedo gunnery and depth charges at Great Lakes, San Diego, and San Francisco -- Served in Pacific -- Discharged February 23, 1946 -- Honors received included six battle stars, Victory Ribbon, Purple Heart -- Took part in Japanese surrender. James B. Kellicutt: Navy -- Water-tender Second Class -- lnducted June 17, 1943 -- Trained as fireman and water-tender at Farragut, Idaho -- Served in Pacific -- Dis- charged April 7, 1946 -- Received four medals including Philippine Liberation Rib- bon and Victory Medal -- Re-enlisted in Navy Reserve for four years. William A. Schroeder: Army Air Corps -- Second Lieutenant -- lnducted July 4, 1943 -- Received pilot training in B-24 bombers in Texas -- Discharged on November 14, 1945. , JUNE, 1944 Thomas D. Davidson: Marines -- Technical Sergeant -- Joined October 28, 1941 -- Type of training, aviation supply at Quan- tico, Virginia -- Served in South Pacific -- Discharged November 3, 1945 -- Received Group Citations. -- Hospitalized for one month at Efati, New Hebrides Islands. Kenneth Espenes: Marines -- Corporal -- lnducted February 17, 1944 -- Trained as automobile rifle man and fire team leader -- Served in Pacific -- Discharged March 29, 1946 -- Wounded twice in action -- Member of 40 man patrol that captured and raised flag on Mt. Surabachi, lwo Jima. Stage Crew manager while at Central. James J. Karbula: Army Air Corps -- Avia- tion cadet -- lnducted February 9, 1944 -- Received flying and ground school training at Miami Beach, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, and Montgomery -- Discharged November 8, 1945. William Leisgang: Marine Corps -- Corporal -- lnducted February 17, 1944 -- Trained as machine gunner at Camp Pendleton, California -- Served in Pacific -- Discharg- ed on April 22, 1946 -- Received Presiden- tial Unit Citation -- Member of initial occupation force of Japan. Played in or- chestra while at Central. JANUARY, 1945 Dallas Ames: Army -- Corporal -- lnducted June 22, 1944 -- Trained at Camp Roberts, California, and Fort Benning, Georgia, as a cook -- Served in Germany and France -- Discharged June 8, 1946 -- Received three battle stars. Played football and baseball at Central. Arthur S. Armstrong: Navy -- Machinist Mate Thiro Class -- lnducted December 14, 1944 -- Served in Atlantic and Pacific for 14 months -- Discharged July 27, 1946. Paul E. Cilleyz Navy -- Seaman First Class -- lnducted August 3, 1944 -- Trained at Aviation Electrician's School, Jacksonville, Florida, and Radio School, Chicago l- Dis- charged June 28, 1945. Allen Lee Fellows: Navy -- Seaman First Class -- lnducted October 22, 1944 -- Trained at Great Lakes -- Served in Pacific -- Discharged August 22, 1946. Member of Forum, Falconer, Red Cross, and baseball team while at Central. Lester P. Grimm: Navy -- Electrician's Mate Second Class -- lnducted June 25, 1944 -- Trained at Electrical School in St. Louis, Missouri -- Discharged June 2, 1946 -- Was stationed on various islands in the Pa- cific at repair bases. Kenneth E. Helgersonz Navy -- Seaman First Class -- lnducted January 3, 1945 -- Trained at Great Lakes, Illinois -- Served in Southwest Pacific for eleven months -- Discharged April 22, 1946. - Page 9

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