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8 AUGUST, 1944

New York Co-Pilot West Albany Boy

Killed in Europe N a v y P r a i s e s N Y C e n t r a l M e n f a r Killed in France

W a r A c h i e v e m e n t s
PRESIDENT F. E. Williamson is glad to call to the attention of every employe the telegram he
received, July 18, from Rear Admiral W. B. Young, Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts.
In acknowledging the telegram President Williamson said: "Such a message as yours is most heartening
and helpful when men in such organizations as ours have been under a long and continued strain."
The telegram:
F. E.
Lieut. Charles Lerner John Aviia, Carman at West Albany
ARE TO BE MET. I T I S TO THE LASTING CREDIT OF THE MEN AND Car Shops, was notified recently by
Word was received last month of WOMEN WHO STAFF AND OPERATE OUR RAILROADS THAT THEY HAVE the War Department of the death of
the death, in action, of Lieutenant his son, Private Edward Aviza, 19, in
Charles Lerner, formerly a brakeman NEVER FAILED TO MEET THESE GRAVE R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S . EVERY France, June 27, while serving with an
at Mott Haven Yard. ONE OF YOU MAY BE PROUD OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL PART I N HELPING armored regiment. A brother, Private
Lieutenant Lerner who was form- Stephen Aviza, former Carman from
THE NAVY TO GAIN COMMAND OF THE SEAS AND CARRY THE FIGHT West Albany, is with the army in India.
erly a member of the Army Enlisted
B-24 bomber and was killed in the W. B . YOUNG, REAR ADMIRAL ( S C ) U S N . C H I E F OF
European theatre of operations while THE BUREAU OF S U P P L I E S AND ACCOUNTS. Bond C a m p a i g n
flying from a base in England.
He was called to active service in WASHINGTON D . C . ,
February, 1943 and on December 5, JULY 1 8 , 1 9 4 4 . is E x t e n d e d t o
that year, was commissioned as a
lieutenant in the Air Service at Blythe- End of A u g u s t
ville Air Field, Arkansas. He went
overseas in March, 1944 as a co-pilot ALTHOUGH substantial in-
and served first in Africa. Cedilote First New Yorker Gets Bronze Star in Normandy creases in additional or new
Lieutenant Lerner, who was 23, was subscriptions for War Savings
a member of Local 598, Brotherhood Bonds under the Payroll Deduc-
of Railroad Trainmen, which organi- Detroit A P A
zation presented a gold medal of tion Plan have been obtained since
honor to his mother, Mrs. Minne Soldier Killed the campaign began June 12, the
Lerner at her home, 351 East 169th First casualty among the boys from Joint Committee representing the
Street, New York. Lieutenant Lerner the Auditor Passenger Accounts Office Association of General Chairmen
was a graduate of the Morris High in military service is Private Frank
School, New York and was at Mott of the Standard Railroad Labor or-
Cedilote. His wife, Laura, also an ganizations and management has
Haven about five months. In one of his A.P.A. employe, received the dreaded
last letters he wrote: "The War Department regrets to in- decided to extend the campaign to
"Have covered considerable terri- form you—" wire on July 7. August 31.
tory in the last month and have seen Her husband had been missing in Local and divisional committees, it
my fill of foreign lands — when you action in Italy since June 19. He was is believed, will thus be enabled to
see the filth and poverty of some of in the Infantry. canvass fully every man and woman
these places, you feel damn glad on the New York Central System who
you're an American." so far, for one reason or another, has
Downs 7 Jap Planes, Press Association, Inc. not subscribed under the Payroll De-
T/Sgt. David L. Chamberlain, left, Secretary to Superintendent of Equipment, duction Plan in support of the war
R e t u r n s H o m e t o W e d Lieut. New York, was among 17 officers and non-coms who was congratulated by effort. This group includes a substan-
R e d Star for Gen. Omar Bradley, right, commanding General of U. S. Ground Forces tial percentage of the entire personnel.
Lieut, (jg) Robert B. Carlson, son in the European Theater, after being awarded the Bronze Star, new Army
of Harry E. Carlson, Beaver Falls, decoration, on a battlefield in Normandy, June 19. Chamberlain enlisted in While new subscriptions and addi-
Parents of Boy Pa., Cost Engineer, Valuation Depart- the Army April 8, 1942, and was assigned to the Anti-Aircraft Command. tional subscriptions received since the
ment, P.&L.E., recently returned from (Concluded on Page Two)
K i l l e d in IRAN the Solomon Islands, where he spent
The following is reprinted from nine months, and participated in 91
missions in the South Pacific.
the Beliefon taine, Ohio, Examiner. He has been awarded the Distin-
Private Roger W. Greeno was em- Addresses Sought 5 0 0 0 P a s s e n g e r s Tell P o s t - W a r
guished Flying Cross, being credited
ployed as a brakeman on the Ohio with shooting down seven Japanese for Xmas Gifts
Division before entering the Army. planes, eight others probably downed Coach W i s h e s ; S p e e d Satisfies
His father, J. W. Greeno, is a con- to Service Men
and eleven damaged. He took part in More than 5,000 New York Cen- mitted only in the smoking room at
ductor in the Sandusky District. The attacks on Vela la Vela, Bougainville, THE New York Central would like tral coach passengers responded with the end of the new streamlined cars.
story: Treasury and Green Islands and also to send a Christmas remembrance
"Mr. and Mrs. John Greeno, 116 bombed Rabaul. to all furloughed employes in the highly valued advice to the recent Men named air-conditioning as the
Powell Avenue, have received, through Lieut Carlson was married May 15 Armed Services. questionnaire asking their ideas in most important factor in travel com-
official channels, the decoration of the in Riverside, Cal. to Miss Margaret The Company does not have in the design of post-war coaches, it was fort, while women felt that seats are
Red Star of the Soviet government, Mary Dunn. Carlson and his bride all cases the latest military ad- announced recently by F. H. Baird, the most important comfort feature.
conferred posthumously on their son, are both graduates of Riverside Junior dresses of these men and women and General Passenger Traffic Manager, Passengers agreed generally on condi-
Private Roger W. Greeno, 21, who it will be appreciated if their rela- New York Central System. tioned air at about 74 degrees, except
was accidentally killed July 13, 1943, tives and friends will cooperate in Completed tabulation of the an- in very hot weather, when the controls
when at work in a railway yard some- the matter of securing such address swers, he said, reveals that indis- should be set to vary the car tempera-
Wiggington Wounded; so that no one will be missed when criminate smoking in coaches, air- ture in accordance with that outside.
where in Iran while serving with a the gifts are mailed.
U. S. Army Railway Operating Bat- W i t h MRS in Italy conditioning and comfortable reclin- The overwhelming majority preferred
This information should be given to ing seats are uppermost in the con- individual, lean-back coach seats, re-
talion. ALLIED FORCE HEADQUAR- the railroad official under whose jur- served in advance.
Mr. and Mrs. Greeno have also TERS — T/4 James A. Wigginton, isdiction any such employe worked, cern of the traveling public.
been informed that the members of 13124 Hoyne Avenue, Blue Island, and should be in the following form: The questionnaire contained sixty
their son's company have honored him Ill., has been awarded the Purple Rank and Name: questions as to the passenger's pref- entTabulation also revealed that pres-
train speeds won against sug-
by naming their company street Heart Medal for wounds received as Pfc John Doe erences in non-technical and service
"Roger Greeno Avenue." a result of enemy action in Italy. An Serial Number: details of railroad coaches and it was gested higher speeds by a vote of
approximately two to one. And, de-
employe of the New York Central given limited distribution three spite the proverbial impatience of
6341499 months ago on principal New York
Gives Red Cross Blood railroad, Wiggington is overseas with Outfit or Unit- Americans, four out of five passen-
an operating unit of the Military Rail- Central trains.
Fifteenth Time way Service. The medal was presented Company X—60th Engineers The great majority of men and wo- schedules of the trainsthecanvassed
gers interviewed found present
Ernest J. Ernst, a Patrolman at to him at a special ceremony by Brig. Address: men, smokers and non-smokers, were suited their needs for arrival and de-
Cincinnati, celebrated July 4 by mak- Gen. Carl R. Gray, Jr., Director Gen- APO 43798 found to object to smoking in coaches
ing hisfifteenthblood donation. eral of the MRS. c/o Postmaster, New York, N. Y. and recommended that it be per- (Concluded on Page Eight)
2 Central Headlight

Hudson Division Man Cleveland Girls Carry Service Flag in

C e n t r a l H e a d l i g h t Three Days in Foxhole War Bond Parade
on Pacific Island
Published monthly for New York Central System employes and their families
in eleven states and two provinces of Canada by the Department of Public Rela-
tions. Contributions are invited but no responsibility is assumed for their
P FC Gerald R. Weisenbrun, Hud-
son Division Brakeman, who
joined the Marines, is recovering in
return. Editorial offices, Room 1528, 466 Lexington Avenue, New York City. a Marine Corps hospital from a
sniper's bullet. He also lost three
Editor teeth in action when he went ashore
with the first assault wave on
C. W. Y. Currie Betio Island, in the Pacific.
Weisenbrun went ashore with a
Associate Editors flame thrower, which was damaged
by enemy fire. Then, using a car-
Frank A. Judd C. A, Radford bine, he engaged in hand to hand
Chicago Cincinnati combat with a Jap marine, losing
teeth but emerging the victor. Af-
ter the sniper bullet struck him he
lay three days in a foxhole.
Volume 5 AUGUST, 1944 No. 8

Hold Out That Helping Hand! Borges Ends W o r k

IN almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept," in C l e v e l a n d Post
said a writer who lived many centuries ago. To which another Edward F. Borges, General Agent,
ancient writer, in trenchant phrase, added, "Each succeeding day is Freight Traffic Department, Cleveland,
the scholar of that which preceded." Which leads us to say: retired July 1, and was succeeded by In a recent Fifth War Loan parade at Cleveland, fifteen girls from the
Ernest M. Johns, formerly General various local offices carried the New York Central System Service Flag, which
With the war at its peak, insofar as present events indicate, and usually hangs in the concourse of The Cleveland Union Terminal. They attracted
with the New York Central System playing a vital part in its prose- Agent at Toledo. considerable attention.
cution, the Company faces a disturbing situation, shared by all other Mr. Borges had 51 years of con-
secutive service with the New York
American railroads. This is in the loss of trained, experienced em- Central System in Cleveland, begin- drive, raising monthly bond purchases
ployes, by disability, retirement and death, plus the departure, despite ning with the Big Four on July 1, from $210 to $362. This increase Bond Sales Extended
some deferments, of additional thousands of employes for service in 1893, as a clerk in Front Street is in addition to extra Bond pur-
the Armed Forces. Freight House. He had been affiliated chases by a number of employes from (Concluded from Page One)
Every reader has been asked to aid the Company, in cooperation with the Big Four Freight Traffic De- neighborhood block captains.
partment since August 1, 1905 as The committee for the Transporta- campaign began have brought the total
with several governmental agencies, in the campaign to replace em- Contracting Freight Agent, Commer- tion Bureau, consisting of R. W. monthly payroll deduction to nearly
ployes lost, for whatever reason, from the Company's service. cial Agent and General Agent, and Drommerhausen, F. A. Streeter and one million dollars, it is hoped that
The disturbing feature of the moment is that there is no reservoir since the consolidation on June 1, Mrs. S. K. Procter, reports also the when the campaign closes, on August
available from which experienced men may be drawn for railroad 1935, as General Agent for the System interesting case of one clerk who has 31, the participation by employes who
Lines in Cleveland. been in the habit of giving his chil- have not as yet subscribed will mate-
work. Even if the present campaign meets the success for which both dren $1 each, weekly, for the pur- rially increase this figure.
management and labor hope, the fact remains that the vast majority Members of the Traffic Club of
Cleveland honored him in the Cleve- chase of War Stamps. This amount
of the new employes received into the Company's service will lack land Hotel on July 1, after which Mr. he has increased to $2 weekly.
the experience of those whose places they fill. Borges was the guest at a luncheon have been made to have a sail on the
Such training as the Company can give in organized groups, small attended by officials and representa- spacious Hudson Day Liner Hendrick
or large, is vitally helpful. But, however successful the results from tives of the Freight Traffic Depart- Hudson, to Bear Mountain. Field and
ment, New York Central System, Gibson Office Takes soft ball games will be played on the
this may be, they can be materially improved if the older employes extensive picnic grounds. Reduced
will take it upon themselves to act as ex-officio instructors in helping $ 7 0 0 0 in W a r B o n d s rate tickets are offered members and
Mr. Johns, who succeeds Mr. Borges, their families.
the newcomers to learn the more involved details of their various has been General Agent at Toledo
jobs. The Office of Auditor Freight Ac- The Harmon Locomotive team has
since December, 1941, prior to which counts, Gibson, Ind., reports: won six of its scheduled ten games in
We have urged this before and the response to date has been time he was Perishable Freight Agent The Fifth War Bond Drive, con- the Soft Ball League and is sure of
splendid. Today, the emergency is even greater. Further efforts toward at Cleveland. ducted here by George DeRolf, re- the championship. A hot contest for
this end may reasonably be construed as potent contributions toward Robert W. Lemon, formerly City sulted in new Bond subscriptions second place has developed between
the Company's and the Country's war effort. We feel sure there is Freight Agent at Cleveland, Ohio, suc- amounting to approximately $7000. the Harmon Electric (last year's
ceeds Mr. Johns as General Agent at This is in addition to the office main- champs) and the Traffic-Engineers.
no older employe who will not try to do his part in this war-born Toledo. taining, for nearly two years, a pay- These teams were tied on July 15.
situation. roll deduction in excess of ten per The standing:
"Such help as we can give to each other in this world is a debt to cent of the payroll. Won Lost
each other" said John Ruskin, eminent Victorian essayist. Harmon Locomotive 6 1
We feel assured that every New York Central System employe Gibson Folks Do Recent welcome visitors were Sergt. Harmon Electric 4 3
endowed with the requisite experience will thus assay the situation. Bill Gudgeon, of White Horse, Yukon Traffic-Engineers 4 3
Well Buying Bonds Province, Canada; Master Sergt. V. Railway Express 3 3
E. Howard, Camp Atterbury, Ind., General Freight 2 5
ceived the Distinguished Flying Cross The 82 employes of the Office of and wife, the former Florence Leisen- G.C.T. Ticket Agents 1 5
at the same time. The crew of the H. P. Hannan, Superintendent of felt, and baby daughter Judy Kay;
Wins Flying Cross bomber, "Up Late," completed thirty Freight Transportation, Gibson, Ind.,
for Berlin Attack bombing missions. Lieut. Gallagher has and Pfc. Eleanor Froling, USMCWR,
got solidly behind the Second New located at Washington, D. C. N.Y.C. in New Movie
been assigned to special duties in York Central Bond Selling Campaign,
England. Many sets in David O. Selznick's
conducted in conjunction with the
National Fifth War Loan Bond Drive, Congratulations to our two Waves, new motion picture, "Since You Went
Shown below is Technical Sergeant and boosted the percentage of pay- who just recently finished their boot Away," will be immediately recognized
Nunziato Sansevero, 24, Bombardier- roll deductions from 5.7%, at the training at New York City. June by New York Central employes because
Gunner in England, son of Anthony beginning of the drive, to 12%. All Cieplucha is now a Seaman Second a typical Central Station was used as
Sansevero of the Boston & Albany's members of the department are sub- Class, located at San Francisco, and the background. The film has a star-
Beacon Engine House, Boston. Sergt. scribers, and the monthly total of Mildred Pictor is a Seaman First Class studded cast, featuring Claudette Col-
Sansevero also was a member of the and is at San Francisco. bert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple
first crew to bomb Berlin. deductions, in dollars, amounts to
$1,831.25. and Monty Woolley.
This outstandingly successful cam-
paign was conducted under the lead-
ership of an office committee, con- Manhattan A.A. W a r Booklet Free
sisting of A. J. Smeeton, Chairman, "Behind the Scenes of a Railroad at
E. J. Mettler, F. T. Scharlau, P. T. N o w Has 1 5 0 0 Members War," a 20-page booklet of recent New
Clancy, Miss M. A. Harmon and Mrs. Membership in the N.Y.C.A.A. of Your Central advertisements, showing
L. P. Ingraham. Manhattan reached the 1500 mark, cut-away scenes of railroad operation,
In the Transportation Bureau in July 10. The drive is still in progress may be obtained free by writing to
the LaSalle Street Station, Chicago, and every employe in the New York Room 1221, 466 Lexington Avenue,
also a part of Mr. Hannan's depart- area is urged to join and get the New York 17, N. Y. The Mohawk type
ment, 24 employes turned in an in- many benefits membership affords. locomotive, the caboose, Grand Central
crease of 72 /2% over payroll de-
The annual outing will be held Terminal and the signal tower are
ductions at the beginning of the Sunday, September 10. Arrangements among the "scenes."

9 9 9 Model Feature at Collinwood Employes 9

First Lieut. William J. Gallagher, Cal-
umet City, Ill., former cleric in the
Auditor Freight Accounts' Office, Gib-
son, Ind., has been awarded the Dis-
tinguished Flying Cross, according to
an official dispatch from England.
Lieut. Gallagher is a B-24 Bomber
Pilot. His citation included official F. J . J e r o m e Now
commendation from Lieut. Gen. Jimmy
Doolittle, commanding the Eighth Air Chief a t C h i c a g o
Force, for combat achievement on the
initial mission over Berlin, which was G. Metzman, Vice-President, Chi-
the longest first assault everflownby cago, announced the appointment, ef-
any group in the history of the Euro- fective July 1, of F. J. Jerome as
pean theater, and was one of the Chief Engineer, with headquarters at
heaviest daylight bombardments of Chicago for the Indiana Harbor Belt
the German capital on record. Railroad Co., the Chicago Junction The Activities Council of the YMCA at Collinwood sponsored a picnic at Stiffler's Grove, Highland Park, Cleveland,
Lieut. Gallagher spent 16 months Railway and the Chicago River & on Sunday, July 9. The American Legion miniature locomotive #999, a replica of the famous Locomotive 999, on which
with an anti-aircraft unit and knows Indiana Railroad Co. Charlie Hogan made his famous run between Buffalo and Batavia, was the highlight of the affair. Children of employes
how it feels to shoot at a plane and who were at the picnic enjoyed themselves by getting in and out of the cab and tender, pulling the whistle cord and
also to be on the receiving end. His Mr. Jerome succeeds Otto Gers- inspecting the engine. Approximately 400 people were present. A softball championship baseball game between New
bombardier, Second Lieut. Thomas bach who retired June 30, after 43 York Central employes and Clark Controller team, winner of the first half of the Industrial League, was won by the
Lynott of East Chicago, Ind., also re- years' service. Clark Controller team.
Central Headlight 3

Father and Son Flight Officer Commander at 79 Promoted Veteran Gunner

Commander A. J. Wilson, at left, and

his son, Harry Wilson, New York Cen-
The above shows Past Commander tral Police Sergeant at Detroit.
Michael P. Mannion, left, and his son, Photo by AAF Training Command
Pvt. Michael J. Mannion, U.S.M.C., To Harry Wilson, Michigan Cen- U. S. Army Air Forces Photo
now stationed at Cherry Point, N. C. Albert G. Fingerle, Aviation Cadet, of tral Sergeant of Police at Detroit, has
Private Mannion was home recently on Port Chester, N. Y., pictured above, Staff Sergt. Charles H. Roe, a
come an unusual distinction — that Corp. Zollinger, prior to induction into former employe, of Newburgh, N. Y.,
a ten day furlough after completing his was commissioned a Flight Officer in of being the son of a father who at
boot training at Parris Island, S. C. the AAF at graduation ceremonies the United States Marines, was em- is a veteran aerial gunner with mis-
Mannion worked for the Assistant Gen- held July 3 at Boca Raton Army Air the age of 79 is a Commander in the ployed as a clerk and photostat opera- sions over Europe in a B-26 marauder
eral Freight Agent at Syracuse, N. Y., Field, a technical school of the AAF U. S. Merchant Marine. For his father, tor in the Photographic Department and is now instructing at an Eighth
before enlisting in the Marines, Decem- Training Command. Flight Officer Fin- now Commander Andrew J. Wilson, at Pittsburgh. AAF Composite Station, Northern Ire-
ber 27, 1943, at 17. gerle is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil- has returned to the sea after having Upon completion of Boot training at land. He was with the police depart-
liam Fingerle, and was employed by been away from it for more than 33 Parris Island, S. C, he was promoted ment before he entered the service
His father Mannion is one of the the to Private First Class and assigned to in April, '42.
organizers of Post 515, V.F.W., at Buf- calledNew York Central before he was
to service, March 12, 1942. He
years. the Naval Air Station Photographic
falo, N. Y., and one of its first Post was with More than a year ago, Mr. Wilson, School at Pensacola, Florida. He was
Commanders. He served in France in Honolulu, the Coast Artillery Corps, in
1935-36, and later was sta- whose first boat job had been that of graduated on May 27 as an official
World War I. He now resides in Syra- tioned at Santa Ana, Calif, and Wil- Naval and Marine Corps Official
cuse, N. Y., and is a freight conductor liams Field, second cook on a steam barge carry-
on the Syracuse Division. Ariz. ing lumber on the Great Lakes in Aerial Photographer at which time he Will Return to Wed
1880, heard and read appeals for en- was promoted to Corporal.
listments in the Merchant Marine, and Corporal Zollinger recently was sta-
couldn't resist them. tioned at Cherry Point. N. C.
Soldier Brothers Gibson M a n Breaks War Shipping Administration offi-
cials granted his request for a physi-
Back T r y i n g t o cal examination and, much to their Legionnaires Elect
surprise, he passed it. Shortly there-
Escape B o m b e r Fire after he received orders to report to Coughlin in C h i c a g o
New York and immediately went into J. H. Coughlin was elected Com-
C. W. Turner, laborer at Gibson, active service as Chief Engineer of a
Ind., who enjoys the distinction of Liberty ship plying the Atlantic. mander of Commodore Vanderbilt
being the first employe in the Equip- Post No. 789, American Legion, Chi-
ment Department of the Indiana Har- Thus, at an age when most men cago, succeeding J. C. Maguire, at
bor Belt to enter military service, re- are content to sit with their memo- a meeting in LaSalle Street Station,
ceived a medical discharge June 25 and ries, did Mr. Wilson give up a rela- July 11.
has returned to his old job. tively easy and safe job as chief en- Others elected were S. W. Jacob-
He entered the Army on January gineer at the Glenwood Manual Train- son, Senior Vice Commander; G. C.
14, 1941, and saw much action, land- ing School, Glenwood, 111., for the Johnston, Junior Vice Commander;
ing at French Morocco, November 8, hardships and perils of life at sea in R. D. Conyers, Finance Officer; A.
1942, and later participating in the war time. E. Picard, Sergeant-at-Arms; G. N.
battles of Phillipeville, Tebessa, Gafsa, After several months in the Atlantic Gilbert, Chaplain; J. J. Brinckerhoff,
Bone, Kassarine Pass, Mateur, El the venerable seaman suffered an ill- Historian; Executive Committee, T.
Guetar and Bizerte. Once the headlight ness and returned to his home in Chi- E. Duffy, R. J. Hammond, H. G.
of his motorcycle was shot away by a cago Heights, 111., on leave of ab- Beardsley, C. E. Peterson and J. Wag-
Nazi sniper. sence. But this did not stop him. In ner.
He then took part in the invasion March of this year, he appeared in Delegates to the Department con-
of Sicily and later, when moving up the War Shipping Administration vention named were Mr. Maguire and First Lieut. Hamilton C. Laing, Army
M. J. Ronayne, with Mr. Coughlin Air Corps Pilot, formerly in R. H.
to the front as part of a motor- office and announced he was ready to Doutt's office, Cleveland, Ohio, has
cycle escort, was attacked by German go to sea again. He was sent to Ma- and F. P. Madden as alternates. W. E. completed eighteen months of over-
planes that dropped bombs and opened rine hospital for an examination and Jones and H. W. Coffman were seas service, June 9. He enlisted in
machine gun fire. In attempting to get came back with a clean bill of health. elected delegates to the Second Dis- January, 1942, and received his wings
away he ran into a tank trap about So today Commander Wilson is trict, with O. W. Lipper and Mr. on September 6, 1942 at Shaw Field,
16 feet deep and suffered a broken again at sea — this time as Chief En- Hammond as alternates. Delegates South Carolina.
back, as the result of which he was gineer aboard a tanker. named to the Cook County Council He left the United States on Decem-
hospitalized for ten months and ulti- were Messrs. Jacobson and Johnston, ber 9, 1942, and after several weeks at
mately discharged. with F. W. Gorman and Mr. Beards- Honolulu was transferred to a base in
ley as alternates. New Guinea. After many hours of
He holds ribbons for the African, combat flying he was awarded the Air
Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations Eugene Peduzzi All new officers take office Septem-
ber 1. Medal by Lieut. General G. C. Kenney
with two stars, American Defense Ser- Retires t o His Farm for "meritorious achievement" on oper-
vice, Pearl Harbor and Purple Heart. ational missions.
Eugene Peduzzi, Supervisor in the His letters are eagerly sought after
Information Bureau, Grand Central Fred L. Moore by the employes of the Freight Traffic
Terminal, for 20 years, retired May Department. His return on furlough is
P. & L E. Man 31 at 65. Mr. Peduzzi entered service The many friends he has made in expected in early Fall, when he will be
in 1913 and will retire now to a farm his long association with railroading married to Miss Louina Hopkins, a
on Invasion Staff will regret to learn that the late Fred Cleveland Girl.
he has maintained at Kinderhook,
At top are Frank and Anthony Bone- Lieut. Col. William T. Elmes, for- N. Y. L. Moore, pensioned Assistant General
fide and at bottom is Joseph Bonefide, merly a Roadmaster for the Pittsburgh Foreman, Car Department, Grand Cen-
all furloughed New York Central em- & Lake Erie, has been made head of He was presented with a purse and tral Terminal, died June 8.
ployes of the Selkirk Car Department. a plaque inscribed with the names of Mr. Moore entered the service on
Frank worked as a laborer until enter- engineering, in charge of maintenance his associates. September 13, 1890, as a car cleaner Cooling
ing the Army in August, 1941. Tony of the roads, work equipment, com- for the New Haven at G. C, and was
was an oiler until March, 1943 and is munications and signals, on the staff
now in Italy. He received the Purple of the Second Military Railway Service. promoted to foreman in 1902. On
Heart after having been wounded This staff will be in charge of the April 1, 1929, he was promoted to
twice. Joseph was an inspector and railways which carry U. S. Army troops assistant general foreman, which office
repairer and entered the Army in April, he held until his retirement on May
1942. At last report, he was in England. and material in the European contin- 1, 1941.
ental operations now spreading out
from Cherbourg. In recognition of his over fifty
In charge of the Railway Service is years service, Mr. Moore was the re-
Brigadier General C. L. Burpee. cipient from the New Haven of a
Retired diamond pin, likewise, recognition was
bestowed to him by the N. Y. Central,
by making him a member of the
Ruxton in New limited number to hold a N. Y. Cen-
Post a t G.C.T. tral "Gold Pass."
Harry Ruxton was appointed Sen-
ior Assistant Station Master, Grand G e t s Alumuni A w a r d
Central Terminal, N.Y., effective
July 1, following the retirement of At the annual Purdue University
John B. Scott, it was announced by Alumni dinner, held June 24, at
E. L. Golden, Superintendent of Lafayette, Indiana, John Wesley Burt,
Grand Central Terminal, Electric, of Indianapolis, was presented the
Harlem and Putnam divisions. Every morning and evening Yardmaster "Distinguished Alumni Award."
Other promotions effective at that F. H. Elliott raises and lowers the Ameri- Mr. Burt, of the class of 1893,
time were Henry F. Tuott to Assistant can Flag over the recently erected entered the employ of the New York
Station Master on day duty; J. Honor Plaque at the West End of the Central immediately after graduation.
O'Rourke from Chief Clerk to As- I.H.B. Gibson Yard. Listed are the He was Division Engineer of the These Summer days perhaps this
sistant Station Master, supervising names of 579 Indiana Harbor Belt em- Indiana division until forced to retire picture of snow will be helpful. Amid
ployes now in the Armed Services. The ten years ago due to total blindness. the Winter scenery is shown Jean
Harry Taylor, Local Storekeeper, 33d Red Cap activities; and J. McAvoy roll includes the name of one Wave, Mellon, a recent addition to the roster
Street, New York, is taking things easy from Clerk to Chief Clerk, Station Etheldrita Whalen, formerly of the office He has been president of his class of the Freight Tariff Bureau at New
gt the home of his daughter in Beacon. Master's Office. of Superintendent Freight Transporta- continuously since his graduation. York.
4 Central Headlight

Public Relations Groups Formed in Elkhart and Chicago Detroiter Awarded

M e d a l for W a r I
New York Central Post No. 134,
American Legion, Detroit, initiated
28 World War II Veterans June 10,
at the Veterans' Building in De-
troit. The work of obligating these
new veterans was colorfully pre-
sented by the Ritual Team of Voi-
ture 102, of the 40 & 8.
Following the initiation ceremony,
Col. H. R. Conover, U.S.AA.F., pre-
sented a Purple Heart Medal to
Claude O. Riggsbee, Foreman in the
Plumbing Department, who was
wounded in action in France in 1918.
He likewise presented several pat-
ent rights to the present rifle and
Labor representatives cooperate in Public Relations Program. Shown at meeting in Chicago, July 14, are, seated, left hand grenade, now being used by
to right, W. Davis, Local Chairman, B.R.C., Local #836; W. H. Villiers, Local Chairman, B.R.C., Local #998; F. R. our Armed Forces, to Robert D.
Hartman, District Chairman, Electrical Workers, Council #7; J. A. McCollum, Vice General Chairman, B.R.C.; L. G. Day, Sergt. N.Y.C. Police Depart-
Hafer, Acting Chairman, B. of L. E., Division #545; M. A. Bowsher, Acting Local Chairman, B. of L. F. & E., Lodge ment, Detroit.
#818; A. A. Timms, Local Chairman, I. B. F. & O., Local #570 and E. W. Radabaugh, Local Chairman, B. R. T., Lodge The Legion's Gold Award card
#700. Second row, standing, left to right, Bert Fink, Local Chairman B. of L. E.; E. L. Smole, Local Chairman, Sheet
Metal Workers, Local #350; D. J. Malumey, Local Chairman, Boiler Makers, Local #432; N. Brooks, Local Chairman, was delivered to H. C. Roulio, of
I. B. F. & O., Local #570; R. W. Huber, Local Chairman, B. of L. F. E., Local #685; V. E. Brosseau, Local Chairman, the coach yards, for outstanding work
B. of L. F. & E., Local #303; A. R. Tindall, Local Chairman, B. R. C, Lodge #583 and S. W. Spencer, Charge of Public in membership.
Relations, Western Division. Third row, left to right, J. H. Nugent, Local Chairman, O. R. T., S. McWilliams, President, Over 300 employes and friends
Local #570; F. A. Brady, Local Chairman, O. R. C, Division #118; C. A. Anderson, Local Chairman, B. R. T., Lodge were present.
#4; A. W. Telley, Local Chairman, B. of L. E., Local #682; W. E. Janusch, Local Chairman, B. R. T., Lodge #4. This post of the legion now has
passed the 100 mark in membership.
H. H. Olding, Commander of the
Post, expresses appreciation for as-
sistance in the recent Poppy sale.
Charles B. Myers, U. S. Navy Petty
Officer 2nd-Class, and son of William
Myers, Air Brake Inspector, Mott
Haven Yard, has been on a battleship
Detroit Auditor's in the Solomons and Pacific area for
two years. He recently was home on
Chief Clerk Dies 30 days' leave.
The Auditor Freight Accounts, De-
troit, reports:
Harold Lynch, Chief Clerk, died Detroit Accounting
June 6 after a short illness. Only 53
years old, Mr. Lynch had wide ex- W o m a n Employe Dies
Chicago department heads at Public Relations meeting. First row, seated, left to right, H. C. Dietrich, General Fore- perience in freight rates and divisions. From the Departmental Accounting
man, Root Street, Chicago; G. Brower, General Car Foreman, Kankakee; J. Morgan Johnson, Area Supervisor, State He began his railroad service in 1913, Office, Detroit":
Board of Education; S. W. Spencer, in charge of Public Relations, Western Division; H. F. Schryver, Assistant to the serving as Relief Agent on the Line Mrs. Katherine Brown, Timekeep-
Assistant General Manager, Cleveland; E. W. Kemp, Trainmaster, Kankakee, and Walter Odell, General Car Foreman, East, and later transferred to the ing Department, Departmental Ac-
Englewood. Second row, standing, left to right, L. E. Gruga, Car Foreman, South Bend; E. K. Young, General Yardmaster, freight accounting office in Cleveland. countant's office, Detroit, recently died
Englewood; H. L. Endicott, Agent, South Bend; H. C. Carson, Assistant General Passenger Agent, Chicago; C. W. He was a Traveling Tariff Inspector at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Biery, Freight Agent, LaPorte; W. O. Phillips, Trainmaster, Lyons; R. A. Carpenter, Supervisor of Passenger Service, and finally Chief Clerk in Detroit. Burt Kelley, Sandusky, Mich., after a
Chicago; and A. B. Wright, Road Foreman of Engines, Englewood. Third row, left to right, P. C. Trost, Agent, Polk His wife survives.
Street Freight House, Chicago; B. Bloom, Chairman Car Men, Elkhart; Carl E. Replogle, Committeeman, Elkhart; A. two months' illness. Mrs. Brown had
E. Dean, General Baggage and Mail Supervisor, LaSalle Street Station, Chicago; W. A. Kraus, General Agent, Kan- been with the railroad 30 years.
kakee; H. J. Montie, Roundhouse Foreman, Englewood; H. W. Rasor, Master Mechanic, Chicago. Fourth row, left to Elbert M. Pugh, a Head Clerk, re-
right, W. M. Smith, Supervisor, Mail & Express Traffic, Chicago; E. F. Anderson, Chief Clerk, Division Engineer, Chicago, tired July 1, after 39 years' service. Edith Rowe, Comptometer Depart-
J. L. Sorensen, Trainmaster, Englewood, and C. C. Winsor, Assistant Chief Clerk to Division Superintendent, Chicago. A farewell dinner attended by over ment, was married June 10 to Sergt.
fifty of his associates, among whom Fraser Forsyth, in Northwestern
he has many friends, was held June Christian Church, Detroit.
PLANS for the beginning of instruc- 13 and he was given a substantial
tion in Public Relations for em- purse, presented by W. J. Daeschner. Jack Bollman, former machine room
ployes got underway last month on Remarks were also made by T. W. employe, who has been in the Signal
the Western Division with the hold- Meyer, Assistant Auditor Freight Ac- Corps for three years, was home on
ing of meetings in Elkhart and Chi- counts. leave from Camp Koehler, Calif. He
cago. has gained 30 pounds and a wife
These meetings were participated Loyd L. Brown has retired after since joining the army, and is also
in by representatives of the various many years of service with the W. & L. the proud father of a girl.
labor organizations, State education E. and N.Y.C. Mr. and Mrs. Brown
officials and New York Central de- expect to return to their former home John Varney, formerly of the mail
partment heads. Following these at Cleveland, to be near their grand room, has completed boot training at
meetings, at which the program was children. A purse, contributed by fel- Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
explained, representatives of various Public Relations Program opens at Elkhart, Ind. Shown, seated, left to right, low employes, was presented to Mr. First Lieut. "Dick" Quinlan, former-
departments were selected for special Robert M. Reese, Assistant State Supervisor of Vocational Training, Indian- Brown by W. J. Daeschner, A.F.A. ly of the machine room, who has been
training to qualify them to act as apolis, Ind.; W. B. Hill, Teacher Trainer, Trade & Industrial Education, Purdue stationed at the Brooklyn Army Base,
group leaders. These departmental University; S. W. Spencer, in charge of Public Relations, Western Division; has been assigned to the Army Trans-
representatives will undergo a course R. J. McEwen, Supervisor of Track, La Porte; W. A. Entzian, General Yard- port Service. Richard has a son in
of training for 12 weeks, after which master, South Bend; and Tom Ball, General Roundhouse Foreman, Elkhart. Married 50 Years the Army Air Corps in England.
each of them who qualifies will be Standing, left to right, Henry Siebert, General Car Foreman, Elkhart; W. O.
Pratt, Chief Clerk, South Bend Ticket Office; F. J. Scroggins, Stationmaster, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Easterday, 220 A wedding shower for Germaine
placed in charge of instruction work South
in classes of employes. Bend; W. Backman, Superintendent Foundry, Elkhart; H. C. Van Bergen, S. Orient Street, Indianapolis, held O'Rourke, Departmental Accounting,
Trainmaster, Toledo Division, west; L. W. Dobbins, General Car Foreman, open house July 9, to celebrate their was held at the home of Mrs. Dolores
The Elkhart meeting was held June Chicago; D. N. Shank, General Yardmaster, Elkhart; A. W. Hathaway, Agent, golden wedding anniversary. The ac-
7. The morning session was attended Elkhart; J. W. Crowley, Assistant Superintendent, Western Division, Chicago; tual date was on the eleventh. Mr. Jones.
by New York Central department J. K. Bergman, Captain of Police, Elkhart; F. H. Garner, Superintendent, Easterday is employed in the Beech
heads, and in the afternoon, the pro- Western Division, Chicago; C. R. Yoder, District Storekeeper, Elkhart; and Grove shops. They have three sons,
gram was explained to representatives J. A. Hickey, Trainmaster, Western Division, Elkhart. Detroit Bride
one daughter, thirteen grandchildren
of the organized labor groups. Each and two great grandchildren. Congratulations to Irene Kovacs,
brotherhood and craft was invited to Accounting Office, Detroit, who be-
send representatives to this latter came Mrs. Clifford Whitiworth re-
meeting. The invitation list to New cently.
York Central crafts chairmen included
R. V. Benner, L. H. Miller, F. C.
Balyor, P. E. Bushong, H. i A. Swan-
son, L. B. Gibson, B. B. Bloom, G. R. With this thought in mind, Mr.
Davis, Gabriel Smole, W. W. Wilkin- McKee, called a meeting of depart-
son, R. J. Belt, Ruke Maure and H. C. ment heads at Detroit on June 23, at
Johnson. which F. McElroy, Assistant General
In Chicago, on July 14, a similar Manager, who also is actively engaged
procedure was followed; New York in the promotion of this program, in-
Central department heads attending troduced the course to those present.
the morning meeting and represen- This meeting was held for the pur-
tatives of the labor groups the after- pose of explaining what the training
noon meeting. includes and the general organization
S. W. Spencer was in charge of all of the program. Another meeting was
meetings. He reports the program held at Detroit on the afternoon of
met an enthusiastic reception by all the same date for the benefit of the
attending the meetings. General Chairmen of the various Op-
erating Brotherhoods on the Michigan
Top row left to right: H. J. Knechtges, Asst. to A.F.A.; J. A. Moore, Chf. Sig. Inspr.; I. T. Sampson, CC to Supt.; Central Railroad.
F. A. Ahrend, Asst. Engr., T&T; and J. L. McCarthy, CC to S., St. Yds. Second row left to right: H. B. Goodwin, Asst. The Public Relations Program was
to VP&GM; J. L. Meehan, Div. Frt. Agent; A. C. Lennartz, Asst. to FTM; L. H. Dodd, CC to A. D. Engr.; R. H. Allie, enthusiastically acclaimed at both
Engineman 42 Years Pub. Mgr. M RR Assn.; K. L. Black, CC to S. F. Trans.; A. M. Gage, Gen'l Storekeeper; J. L. Ryan, CC to Supt.
Albert Campbell, Engineman of W. Teleg.; R. E. Green. Asst. Sig-Elec. Enqr.; J. E. Schwender, Supt., and E. W. Hobbs, Trainmaster. Front row left to right: meetings. Messrs. Conklin, McLean,
N. Baillie, Dist. Sta. Acct.; M. J. Max, Chf. of Police; W. H. Leahy, Asst. Supt.; W. A. Keavy, Trainmaster; W. Moyer, Collin, Doble and Dalsky,
Greensburg, Indiana, ended forty- E. Frackelton, A.G.P.A.; F. McElroy, Asst. Gen. Mgr.; M. R. Benson, Supt. Equip.; C. D. White, Supr., State Dept. for General Chairmen of the various
eight years of service, June 30, when Voca. Education, and S. L. Van Akin, Supt. Telegraph. Brotherhoods, especially expressed
he made his last run on a freight from keen interest in the training program,
Greensburg to Fairland. He had been promising the full co-operation of
an engineman for forty-two years. The Public Relations Training Pro- Manager at Detroit, is taking a very public relations go hand in hand with their respective brotherhoods in an ef-
Quite a crowd assembled at the sta- gram is rapidly getting under way on active interest in this training for the building up of good will which fort to make the program 100 per
tion when he started his last run and the Michigan Central Railroad. J. L. employes, being of the opinion that is so essential to successful railroad- cent successful on the Michigan
received several gifts. McKee, Vice President and General good employee relations and good ing today. Central.
Central Headlight

Detroit W a v e is Stepelton, Chicago, Now a Flight Captain

S h o w n in Film
When the Paramount picture "Here
Comes the Waves," starring "Bing"
Crosby and Betty Hutton shows in
your local theatre, keep a lookout on
the screen for Mary Holdridge, Ph.
M 3/c She was at Hunter College,
New York, when the authentic atmos-
phere for the movie wasfilmed.Writes
Mary: "About 80 girls were picked
and put in a special platoon, just
for the movie. I'm one. Monday morn-
ing we dressed in civilian clothes,
carrying bags and baggage, looking
like we did the day of our arrival.
As far as I know, this movie is to
show what happens to a girl when
she reaches Hunter College."

Former Auditor Passenger Accounts

employe, Corp. Richard Nihill, now
on the Pacific staff of Yank, the Army
Holding their service flag showing blue star for 657 members and gold star Weekly, gives out in some of his best
for 23 mothers who have lost sons in service are, left center Mrs. Ethel Bowers, Yank style in describing one of the
President of the Elkhart Unit of Mothers of World War II, and wife of I.H.B. Mark H. Stepelton, formerly of the Freight Traffic Department, Chicago, was
Conductor, and, right center, Mrs. Rita McDonald, Indiana State President and places he has visited: promoted to Captain and Flight Leader of the 357th Fighter Group on June
National First Vice President. Grouped around them are Mrs. Rilla Kern, "Life in the Gilberts, Chapter One, 23. Capt. Stepelton, who is the possessor of the Distinguished Flying Cross
wife of N.Y.C. pensioner, Mrs. Mary Hahn, Mrs. Edna Jackman, Mrs. Agnes Volume One: Probably the only group with Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Medal with Three Clusters, is now an Ace with
Glassburn, wife of N.Y.C. Carpenter, Mrs. Jenny Brandon, wife of N.Y.C. in this entire ocean that comes any- five German planes to his credit, and with over 30 missions over Germany in
Conductor, Mrs. Anna Buss, Mrs. Elzada Frye, Mrs. Marie Lightfoot and where near earning the acclaim that his plane, the Lady Julie. On D-day, his squadron flew continuously from
Mrs. Eunice Ganger. Robert Louis Stevenson dished out. four a.m. to ten p.m., protecting the American beachhead. Mark is looking
In fact, I might even admit that I forward to the time when he will have completed his 300 flying hours and is
The Elkhart, Ind., unit of Mothers 15 states, and in Indiana alone there think the Gilbert Atolls beautiful — granted leave to return to the States for a well-earned furlough.
of World War II observed its second are 129 units. however little I'd like to live there.
anniversary July 11. Every day for In contrast to the insignificant be- The natives are wonderfully unin-
two years these women, mothers of ginning of $8.65, the Elkhart group's hibited, naive, happy and friendly.
boys and girls serving in the Armed income and expenditures now run into They have nothing, live just like Hol-
Services, have met New York Cen- thousands. Last year the mothers spent lywood would have us believe, are
tral trains stopping at the Elkhart $10,692. Of this amount, approxi- totally ignorant of the outside world Victory Garden Problems in August
station and distributed small gifts to mately $7,000 was raised by the and our so-called civilization, and are
service men and women aboard. mothers themselves through the opera- content to have it remain so. The best ALTHOUGH in many cases the opment of the blossom. It is thought
issue has been decided, the con- that the plant grows faster than it can
Each day, rain or shine, 12 of the tion of a continuous rummage sale, description of the natives was given test between the gardener and the in- absorb moisture from the soil to carry
members of the organization are on suppers, shows, dances, card parties by a nun I met at one of the Aus- sects plus plant diseases is still be- it through properly. If you have this
hand to meet each daylight train as and concerts, and sponsoring such tralian missions, 'The natives were ing waged to see who will have the trouble, wait for the later settings.
it stops at this division point. They events as baseball games, basketball overjoyed when the American troops crop. Then, there is the ornery squash
are armed with baskets filled with games and wrestling matches. Addi- arrived; they were also jubilant when For instance, the corn borer has bug, which seems to thrive on all
sandwiches, candy, doughnuts, pie, po- tional funds have been contributed the Japs took over before them; they largely reached a point where we kinds of poison, although it does
tato chips, pretzels, cigarettes, writing liberally by business organizations and would be just as happy to see Satan can no longer reach it; although on seem to avoid a four per cent nico-
paper, postcards and other items ser- individuals in and about Elkhart. All himself occupy their homeland. They late plantings a thorough dusting of tine dust. Better slip a shingle under
vice boys and girls welcome. the money, by the way, goes to pro- have no enemies, they love everyone
vide supplies. rotenone in the corn whorls will help your squash or pumpkin vine and
This train-door canteen started two It is estimated that approximately and the only thing tbev hate is work.' protect the corn that is to mature in catch him under it the next morning.
years ago with little more than a 750,000 men and women enroute Really a very wonderful people—if the September. He seems to prefer sleeping under a
good idea. Actually there were 12 through Elkhart were served by these women weren't so fat and loathesome In those corn plantings where the wooden "roof."
members and cash resources amounted mothers last year, and currently they I'd probably settle down here and for- silk is just coming out there is still It still is not too late to mulch.
to $8.65. get about that chicken farm." time to foil that pesky earworm Lawn clippings, straw, old hay,
are providing gifts to a weekly av- which spoils so many ears of corn. leaves — all these are effective in con-
The founder and first president of erage of 15,000. trol ling weeds, preserving moisture,
the group was Mrs. Rita McDonald, In addition to their canteen activi- Technical Sergt. Edward C. Mc- Commercial preparations, largely made keeping the soil cooler and looser,
of a heavy white mineral oil and an
now Indiana State President and Na- ties, the members have contributed Kenna, who saw service with an Anti- insecticide, can be purchased at most and protecting the fruit. For un-
tional First Vice President. This much to other patriotic activities. Aircraft Battalion in North Africa, seed supply places. An ordinary medi- staked tomatoes it is almost an abso-
year's president is Mrs. Ethel Bowers, Various among them have given 70 Sicily and Italy (at the Anzio Beach- cine dropper can be used to drop lute necessity.
wife of A. E. Bowers, Indiana Harbor pints of blood to the Red Cross. head), visited friends at the office just the right amount of oil (not The potato grower should not let
Belt conductor. Others have rolled bandages at the while on a 26-day furlough. His fur- over 1/50 cubic ounce) into the end up on his spraying with Bordeaux
Today, the Elkhart unit, known Red Cross Center. They have partici- lough was saddened by the death of of the ear just before the silk turns Mixture about every ten days. Late
officially as Unit No. 9, has 657 mem- pated in salvage drives for fats, tin his father, one day after his return brown. This treatment is far more blight is very injurious to vine
bers, 23 of whom are gold star cans, paper and rags, and just re- home to Covington, Kentucky. effective against the earworm than the growth and also causes the potatoes
mothers. The Elkhart women were cently undertook to "man" the war rotenone treatment is against the corn to rot.
among the pioneers of what is rap- bond booth located in the waiting Cupid is still on the ball in the borer. The fall crops which are to be used
idly developing into a nation-wide room of the New York Central pas- for late greens and for storage should
Auditor Passencer Accounts Office, There may be some worrying about all be growing nicely now. If not,
movement. Groups are organized in senger station. Detroit, Frank Klanke and Eldora An- the rusty spots on the beans, which watering and a little fertilizer mixed
derson were married on June 22, while gradually cause them to die. This is in water should be supplied. This
Harold "Bud" Boman took his bride, most likely caused by bacterial wilt applies especially to the late beets,
Cecilia Mellmann on July 1. Engage- but it may be Anthracnose. In any carrots, kale, endive and cabbage.
Radio B e t w e e n Locomotives ments announced were: Helen Kosteck event, it is too late to do anything Finally, do not let any produce go
to Pvt. Homer Lundak; Phyllis Reed about not
it except to see that you do to waste. If you simply cannot pre-
spread it from one plant to an- serve it yourself, try to get it into
a n d T o w e r Tested at Selkirk Y a r d to Edward Adams; Ann Dooley to Sgt. other by brushing by while they are
Richard Schala of the Marines; and wet. These diseases can be prevented your neighbor's hands for effective
Radio communication between yard There are several advantages in in- Frances Courtland to Pfc. Vern Boese. by purchasing disease-free seed and use. We will need plenty of food
locomotives and the westbound classi- stantaneous radio communication from planting on new soil each year. before the "boys come back."
fication control tower in New York tower to engine in hump operations. Auditor Passenger Accounts em- Another thing which causes a lot
Central's freight yard at Selkirk, For example, when a large number ployes continue to visit the Red Cross of concern but about which nothing
N. Y., will begin during this month, of cars in a group are to be switched Blood Bank regularly. Added to the can be done at this stage is the Illinois Division
following installation of equipment to one track, instruction can be given nine-timers were Marion Middleton, "blossom-end rot" in tomatoes. Usu-
by the General Railway Signal Com- the engineman to push his train Amos Schmidt and Walter Warren. ally only the first setting of tomatoes Men C h a n g e Posts
pany. The equipment is being oper- faster. On the other hand, it may be Frank Waits joined the "Gallon Club." is affected by this rot, which appears
ated under an experimental license necessary to notify him quickly to The death of Trainmaster G. W.
on the end of the fruit just as it is Sears, of Mattoon, brought about sev-
granting permission for the use of slow down, or even to stop in case ripening. It is probably caused by a eral changes on the Illinois division.
frequencies of 30,000 to 40,000. cars do not uncouple or if there are The foolish and the dead alone never moisture deficiency, which occurred
Three locomotives employed in errors in the switch list. A. M. Smith is transferred from train-
pushing trains over the hump for change their opinion.—J. R. Lowell. during the early stages of the devel- master at East St. Louis to succeed
classification of their cars and a fixed Mr. Sears at Mattoon. A. F. Smith
station at the hump office, headquar- is transferred from assistant train-
ters of the hump conductor, have been master at Mt. Carmel to assistant
equipped. Under this plan the hump Record Shipment of Transformers Handled by B. & A. trainmaster at East,' St. Louis. J. F.
conductor is able to give direct and Sullivan is promoted from yardmaster
more precise instructions to the en- at Duane Yard, Terre Haute, to as-
gineman over the radio telephone than sistant trainmaster at Mt. Carmel.
can be transmitted by any method of
signaling now in use.
The New York Central, in 1921,
pioneered in the use of radio commu- Detroit C a m e r a Club
nication to govern train movements, Elects First Officers
experimenting in cooperation with the
DeForest Wireless Company with a Fifteen employes attended the first
test radio circuit operated in the meeting of the New York Central
Grand Central Terminal district, New Detroit Camera Club, June 29, in the
York City. Other experiments on op- Michigan Central Terminal Building.
erating freight trains and between The club, which will meet the last
freight trains and towers followed. Thursday of each month during the
Since 1940 successful operation of summer and twice a month during the
a carrier wave system has been main- fall and winter, elected H. J. Hutche-
tained at New York Central's Shar- son as President, Morton Friedman,
onville, Ohio, freight yard. Installed Vice President, C. E. Fagin, Treas-
by the Union Switch & Signal Com- urer and Jessie McNerney, Secretary.
pany, this system provides one-way Prints were analyzed by Leo Gar-
transmission from the hump to the iepy, who is a member of the Photo-
This train of 16 cars represents the largest single shipment of power transformers ever to leave the Pittsfield Works
locomotive and it has increased pro- (Pittsfield, Mass.) of the General Electric Company. They were shipped recently over the Boston & Albany and via graphic Guild of Detroit. Movies were
duction over the hump by more than New York Central to the West Coast. Nine well cars were used to permit adequate clearances for the towering shown by Gilbert Barge and Koda-
ten per cent. transformers. chrome slides by Mr. Friedman,
6 Central Headlight

J . E. Baker Now 80 upon graduation from Midshipmen's

H o w a r d Scott Now an Ensign School at Notre Dame University. Stella Walsh Wins
Jason E. Baker, Indianapolis, for- Ensign Villiers, who has been as-
merly Assistant District Claim Agent signed to duty at Norfolk, Va., gradu- Three Events at M e e t
is D e a d a t 7 2 there, who retired on pension Novem- ated in October, 1943, from the
ber 30, 1931, celebrated his eightieth Illinois Institute of Technology, Armour Stella Walsh, formerly employed by
Howard Scott, who retired August College of Engineering, where he re- the Auditor, Cleveland, scored a triple
31, 1942, as Superintendent of the birthday, May 27. Mr. Baker enjoys ceived a Bachelor of Science degree triumph in the Women's National
Pennsylvania Division, died July 9 excellent health. in mechanical engineering. A.A.U. Track and Field Champion-
at Jersey Shore, Pa. Following funeral Mr. Villiers, Sr. has been with the ships, July 8, at Harrisburg, Pa.
services at his home at 507 Wash- New York Central for 25 years and is
ington Avenue, burial took place in W m . R. Brough President and Local Chairman of the The former New York Central em-
Jersey Shore. Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of ploye, the most brilliant woman
Mr. Scott retired at the age of 70 William R. Brough, 58, locomotive America, Root Street Lodge, No. 998. athlete ever to work for the company,
after 54 years of service which began engineman, who had been in the established a new meet record of 24.6
as a telegraph operator in 1888 on the service for 38 years, died in Indian- seconds for the 200 meters run.
Pennsylvania Division. Following suc- apolis, June 6, after a long illness. In the broad jump Miss Walsh,
cessive promotions, he served as Su- He was a Thirty-second Degree now 33 years old, won her sixth
perintendent on the Ontario, Penn- Mason. Sergt. Pennell Retires straight victory in the broad jump.
sylvania and Mohawk divisions. From In the 100 meters dash she won by a
October, 1931, to his retirement he R. A. Pennell, Sergeant of Police foot. In the 200 meters dash her time,
had offices in Jersey Shore. G e o r g e S . M a c F e g g a n , Sr. stationed at Hillsdale, Michigan, re- 0:24.6, was within one second of her
His wife, Mary, a son, Lee R. Walter H. Villiers, Jr., a former Car tired May 31, having reached the age world record in this event.
Scott, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary George G. MacFeggan, Sr., 84, a Inspector at Englewood Car Shops, of 65. New York Central employes Her world record in the 50 meters
Sharpless, survive. former fireman and engineman for 50 Chicago, and son of Walter H. Vil-
liers, Sr., Air Brake Test Rack man gave a party in his honor and pre- dash, 6.4 seconds, Poland in
years, died recently at Old Forge, at Root Street Yard, Chicago, re- sented him with a bill-fold, key case 1933, was tied by Alice Coachman,
N. Y. cently was commissioned an Ensign and cash. Tuskegee star.
W m . H. Campbell
Willard H. Campbell, aged sixty,
for nineteen years an employe at the
Beech Grove shops, died, July 6,
at Indianapolis. His wife, seven
daughters and two sons, one James,
a Seabee in France, and Jackie Wayne,
in the Navy, survive.

Trainmaster Dies
George Wilson Sears, 66. Train-
master at Mattoon, Ill., died at his
home, June 25. He had been in the
service of the company since 1903.
His wife and two sons, Lieut. Robert
Sears, Mare Island, and Ensign Rich-
ard Sears, Plattsburg, N. J., survive.

Shannon Kuhn
Shannon Kuhn, formerly Master
Mechanic for the Central at Cleveland,
last month was appointed Associated
Director of the Office of Defense
Transportation's Division of Railway
Transport, in charge of the mechanical
section. Mr. Kuhn has been with the
O.D.T. since May. 1942.

E. I. Kelsey Promoted
TERS, ITALY —Edward I. Kelsey,
40 Weskora Ave., Pleasantville, New
York, has been promoted from Private
First Class to Sergeant-Technician,
Fourth Grade, it was announced by
Headquarters of the Military Railway When they're pass-
Service, Transportation Corps. ing out the medals,
Sergeant Kelsey was employed by they may pass him by.
the New York Central Railroad. He
is in Italy. When they're looking
for headline heroes, he
may be overlooked.
But on every battlefront of the
F. M. Edler war, from New Guinea to Nor-
F. M. Edler, Chief Clerk in the mandy, you'll find him up where the
Departmental Accounting Office at shooting is ... rolling supply trains in.
Utica, died July 6, at the age of 62. He's the G. I. "boomer" — the soldier-railroader
He had been employed by this Com- of the Military Railway Service. And he risks his
pany for 42 years. neck 24 hours a day to keep fighting equipment
on the move.
He builds his own tracks when he has to. He
Beats Pneumonia repairs his own rolling stock. He runs ammuni-
tion, medicine and food right up under the enemy's
guns. It's the toughest railroading in the world
. . . and it gets tougher with every mile he moves
toward Tokyo and Berlin.
Our railroading job over here . . . the job of
backing him up . . . gets tougher every day, too.
For now, in addition to moving more men, more
guns, more fighting supplies to embarkation ports,
we are faced with a new responsibility—that of
carrying the wounded from hospital ships to hos-
pitals throughout the country. And these returning
heroes are entitled to first priority on every railway
line in America.
All this adds up to the biggest job the railroads
have ever tackled . . .
And only by even closer cooperation between the
railroads and the shippers and receivers of freight
. . . only by even greater understanding on the
The above picture is of John G. Van part of railway passengers . . . can this bigger job
Alstyne and a fine catch of black bass, be done.
taken from Mariaville Lake, near
Schenectady. Mr. Van Alstyne retired
as Assistant Supervisor of Track on April
30, 1939 after 50 years of service with
the New York Central. He was recently
presented with a Gold Pass. Mr. Van Al- N e w Y o r k C e n t r a l
styne has a camp at Mariaville Lake ONE OF AMERICA'S RAILROADS
and spends his summers there. He also
hunts pheasants, etc., although his fa- —ALL UNITED FOR V I C T O R Y !
vorite companion, a huge Irish setter,
has "gone away." Recently he recovered More railroad workers are needed at once. If you are not now emp
from pneumonia. in essential war-work, TAKE A RAILROAD JOB FOR VICTORY
Central Headlight 7

Englewood Fireman Has Three in Service St. E l m o s Fire Former Fireman, River Division, Now Fighter
Pilot, Has Downed Four Zeros
Scares B o m b e r

C r e w in Pacific
Staff Sergt. Conrad L. Pope, 19,
son of General Car Foreman E. L.
Pope, Struthers, Ohio, and nose tur-
ret gunner with the Seventh Air
Force, who has been on 32 missions
in the Central Pacific, thought his
time had come when the bomber he
was on ran into St. Elmo's fire,
a meteorological phenomenon well
known to sailors.
From Air Headquarters in the Mar-
shall Islands, an account of the ter-
rifying few seconds Pope and crew
The three sons of Walter P. Gannon, Accountant in the office of the Vice members spent on a recent night raid
President, Chicago, represent three branches of our Armed Forces. Pvt. Walter on Truk is vividly described by a
P., Jr., 28, is with the Marine Corps at Camp Miramar, San Diego; Staff United Press dispatch.
Sergt. Francis X., 27, is in the Army, at Camp Hale, Pando, Colo., and Cadet Sighting a night fighter moving
James Joseph, 21, is in the Naval Air Corps at Norman, Okla. Prior to his toward them as they approached their
enlistment, James was a Locomotive Fireman on the New York Central at target, Co-Pilot Bert Ogus of Chicago Here is shown Lieut. F. H. Armstrong, Army Pilot, in a P-40 fighter plane,
Englewood. Walter Gannon, Sr., has had more than 40 years service with the ordered the plane to seek cover in the which he isflyingin the Pacific area. He is a furloughed locomotive fireman
New York Central. clouds. Pilot Robert D. Morrison of from the River Division. He has been in combat service about one year and
Montana dived the plane toward a has four Zeros to his credit. He has been on more than 50 strafing missions.
large cumulus cloud. Lieut. Armstrong is a son of F. C. Armstrong, Engineman, River Division.
As the bomber reached its protec-
"The road to victory is long and tive covering the crew felt a terrific
PFC M ' C a u g h e y rough but with God's help we will jolt. The propellers became whirling
make it. With all of your help back masses of light, with blue flashes were in the shop for overhauling. tion center at Atlantic City, and is
home in keeping the band wagon streaking back from them. Rain spat- Floor plans, for use as a guide in now at Monroe, La., where he is
Tells of His RR moving and the supplies moving this tered against the windshield and the placing the machinery, were turned out attending an instructors' school.
way, the enemy will be destroyed. drops burst like tiny incendiary by Lieut. Paul T. Roberts, Shop En- In addition to bombing Kiska, Attu,
Lots of materials which are moved bombs. Then the whole plane lighted gineer, who worked in civilian life at and points in the Kurile Islands, and
W o r k in Egypt over your road are handled through up and the leading edges of the tail the Beech Grove shops of the N.Y.C, missing a number of near crashes, he
FROM somewhere in Egypt, where here on our road. surfaces flamed with a ghastly, bluish Indianapolis. Setting of the machinery actually was with a crew that had to
the temperature ranges around 120 "The New York Central and its fire. fell to Lieut. John R. Hamilton, crash-land in the water, due to run-
degrees in the shade throughout the branch lines are doing a great ser- Believing they had been hit, the Erecting Shop Superintendent, also out ning out of gas. Though the pilot was
day, forcing most of the work to be men got into their parachutes to bail of Beech Grove. killed, the rest managed to get onto
vice to our country. Keep the wheels out.
done at night, Private First Class Earl rolling and supplies moving." an island and were picked up three
W. McCaughey of the Railway Bat- "The Japs are using new weapons days later. He even got as far as
talion, Army Transportation Corps, — electric guns," the tail gunner, Staff Shimushri Jima on observation,
writes a letter. He says the food is Sergt. Frank M. Bachek of Bay Shore, pretty close to Japan itself.
Gets Air Medal L. L, screamed. S o n of C. U. T.
good and the men have "pretty fair "The balls of fire on the glass Merle was awarded the Air Medal,
entertainment." The letter: scared hell out of me," the Struthers Flying Cross and also the Battle
"As my father is an employe of M a n W i n s Three Star. He had 10 missions alone over
gunner later commented. "I swung
your great railroad, I as his son would the turret around to get away from the Kurile Islands and Paramashiru.
like to take this time to write you a it." Air Decorations
little about the railroads over here Crew members had cleared the win- "Whitey" Anderson writes from
and in other countries I've been to. dows to jump when the plane came The Cleveland Union Terminals
Company, Electrical and Mechanical "Somewhere in France" that he is be-
"I left for overseas May 2, 1943 out of the cloud and the lights van- coming proficient in the construction
from San Francisco. Our first stop was ished. Department, reports:
All the news has been good news of fox holes, even to roofs for flak
made at New Zealand, Wellington, When the bomber returned from its protection, and that even though the
to be exact, and then from there we mission, officers explained the plane from our boys on the fighting fronts Long Toms keep him awake nights
went to Fremantle, Australia. In both must have run into St. Elmo's fire, and in the services: it is music to hear them bark. He is
these countries, which are under Brit- which usually manifests itself in balls First Lieut. Merle Arthur, son of in Headquarters of the 1st U.
ish rule, railroading is a little be- of fire that run through a ship's rig- the T. & T. S., has returned from Infantry Division, was on the Com-
hind; their cars and their engines ging during a storm. Sailors regard duty in Alaskan waters, after 13 mand Ship for the invasion, and hit
are small. Some of their engines burn it as a good omen. months of varied excitement. He spent the beach a little while after our
wood, some oil and coal. They have Sergt. Pope, home on furlough, is three weeks at the A.A.F. redistribu- Doughboys.
lots of women working in the yards one of the youngest staff sergeants in
and operating the engines. Shown above is S/Sergt. Wayne N. the air corps and is called "Junior"
Goodger, 22-year-old son of Blaine by his unit. Electrician Earl A. Willoughby has
"From there we went to India. We Goodger, Chief Inspector, Junction I. H. B. Man Wounded
weren't there long enough to see Yards, Detroit, being presented with After joining the air forces October news from his son, Lieut. E. A., Jr.
much. From there we traveled on to the Air Medal and one Oak Leaf 19, 1942, and training in the United and Decorated
States, he was sent overseas last Sep- that is of interest. He wrote: "As
Africa and landed at Suez. After dis- Cluster by Col. John H. Gibson, com- tember and was promoted to staff" ser- for NYC II it is still going strong
embarking, we were put on an Egyp- manding officer of an Eighth AAF geant last November. He has been on
tian train to take us on to our camp. Liberator group in England. Sergt. and has 10 more missions than you
missions over Jaluit, Taroa Island in
That train ride I'll never forget in all Goodger, who is a waist gunner on a
B-24, won the awards for "exception- Maloelopeatoll, Truk, Mili and other
are years old (this means at that
my life. There was a long line of ally meritorious achievement while par- enemy positions. His Liberator sank a time about 56 missions). The pilot
coaches, all wood, except the wheels, ticipating in bomber combat missions 4.000-ton enemy cargo ship in Kwaja- that brought it over, 1st Lieut. Ralph
and seating 40. We were pulled by a over occupied Europe." Overseas since lein Harbor. He has been decorated Childers, is now the operations officer
small engine which smoked so much last December, Sergt. Goodger has with the DFC, the Air Medal and
it looked like it was on fire on the taken part in such celebrated aerial of the 95th Squadron and still flies
several Oak Leaf clusters. He is a
entire trip across the desert. The attacks as those on Bramsche, Bruns- former Car Department employe at it on missions. Absolutely nothing
wooden seats were very uncomfort- wick and Berlin. A graduate of High- Struthers. has happened that we can write
able. After a long six weeks we land Park High School in 1939. he has
been in the Army Air Forces since about." Young Willoughby is now a
finally reached our destination. November 17, 1942. squadron leader. NYC II is in the
"I was in a Q.M. Co. for a while same group.
but finally transferred to T.C. in the S h o p Battalion Lineman Fred Walters had an in-
rail division. We have a very nice Army Railroader teresting experience recently. He had
setup here. I work as a switchman an invitation to be present, from the
in the yards with the diesel crew. in Italy Uses
We have diesels and steam engines. Navy, at the commissioning of the
Here in our yards we have English U.S.S. Vicksburg, a light cruiser, at
equipment. Lots of it is obsolete. The Tools from U.S. the Norfolk Navy Yard. His son,
people are very different and have (From the "Yankee Boomer") Frank, is a member of the crew of
many odd ideas about railroading. this newfightingship and is a range
There's an atmosphere of home finder. Fred's other son, Clarence, is
We work like a civilian yard here about the railroad back shop being a member of the ground crew, fire
and all of the fellows and officers are operated here in Italy by a Railway Sergeant Sam Nicosia, a former In-
really swell to work for. Most of the diana Harbor Belt employe at Nor- rescue squad, on the U.S ehenta

Shop Battalion. Any machinist is paul yard, has sustained two wounds Bay,' Pacific Fleet.
engines here burn oil. Some of the bound to feel it, in spite of bomb
names they give their equipment over in action in the South Pacific, one
craters and shattered buildings, when December 28, 1942, and the second H. W. Pinkerton's son, Robert, .a
here are: surrounded by such familiar name last March 18. PhM1c in the Navy, was off the
1. Switch engine — shunty engine. plates as Sidney, South Bend, Niles, In addition to the Purple Heart, the Normandy Coast early in the Invasion,
2. Oil or gasoline tankers — cis- Cincinnati and Norton on lathes, mill- 26-year-old Infantryman has received taking care of the wounded. Last
terns. ing machines and grinders. the Good Conduct Medal, the Com- word from him was that he was ok
3. Cars — wagons. It was quite a change that the Bat- bat Infantryman's badge, and the Oak but busy.
4. Open cars — Hungarians. talion experienced in moving from Leaf Cluster. He has been in service
5. Caboose—house. three years, two and a half of which
North Africa to Italy. Over on the have been spent overseas. Ch. Engr. of Sta. Mtce. R. H.
6. Baggage coach — baggage van. other side of the Mediterranean the Sergt. Nicosia has two brothers in Christenson has heard from his son,
"They do have some American outfit had been operating a heavy shop service: Pfc. Joe Peter, 23, is with Granville C, of the First Engineers
cars and engines here. Our tracks completely equipped with European- the Army Engineers in India, and Pfc. Amphibian Brigade in France. He was
are standard gauge. I've traveled to made machinery, and the men traded Tom, 29, is stationed at Camp Hahn,
Palestine and part of the Western shifts with French civilian workers. California with an anti-aircraft unit. in on the Invasion, his fourth, he
Desert by rail and it's really rough When the battalion arrived here in Another brother, Anthony, 18, ex- having participated in the first at
pected to leave for service soon. Oran, North Africa, at Gela, Sicily,
going. I've seen some N.Y.C. men Staff Sergt. Conrad Przybylski, a for- Italy they found the shops to which In reporting Sergt. Nicosia's story, at Salerno, Italy. Ray's other son,
over here and one of our clerks was mer New York Central man of 15 they were assigned littered with de- F. J. Schulze, Agent at the Norpaul Christopher, is attached to the 27th
an N.Y.C. employe near Cleveland. years' service, is doing his part for bris. There was rubbish to be cleared yard, brings to attention that there Division and is believed to be on
His name is Erickson. the Army in the 722nd Railway Oper- away, machinery from the States to are 35 Norpaul yardmen and six Saipan.
"My father has worked for the ating Battalion, at present at Fort be uncrated and assembled, Italian Norpaul clerks in the various Armed
N.Y.C. for about 26 years. He is a Benning, Georgia. He is supervising all tools to be salvaged, water and elec- Services. One of the latter, Lieut. Max
car foreman at the shops at Kanka- car repairs and the wrecking crew. He tric lines to be installed and air lines Cisek, Bombardier in the Army Air Gerry Feidt, formerly with the
went into the Army in April, 1943. to be repaired. It looked like a su- Corps, was reported missing in a flight C.U.T., and now a Lieutenant Colonel
kee, Ill. on the Chicago, Cincinnati, After serving for nine months in the over Germany last December 24, and in the Engineer' Corps, was recently
St. Louis Division. Some day real Miltary Police Escort Guard he joined perhuman task at first glance but or- has not been heard of since. Lieut.
soon I hope to work for your rail- the 722nd Railway Operating Bat- der grew swiftly out of chaos, and Cisek's brother, S. J. Cisek is General mentioned as participating in the
road. talion inside of two weeks the first engines Clerk at Norpaul. Invasion of France.
8 Central Headlight

Made First Low Bomb Run in Marauder Transport Chief P . & L. E. Artillery Sergeant Wins Bronze Medal
on the N. Y. Central II
Tells H o w M e n

Are Taken O v e r
In a radio address, over the Co-
lumbia Broadcasting System, June 10,
Brig.-Gen. Frank S. Ross, Chief of
Transportation, European Theatre of
Operations, spoke as follows on the
job the Transportation Corps has
done and is doing:
"It is unnecessary to remind most
Americans that the men who are
invading the Continent of Europe are
your men — your brothers, your hus-
bands, your loved ones. They started
to leave you about two years ago, and
you didn't know where they were
going or how they would get there.
I am here to tell you that some-
one knew exactly when, where and
how they were going; knows ex-
actly where they are now, and where
they will be in the future. That
someone is the United States Army
Transportation Corps. Sergt. James J. Handerhan, Field Ar- he called for and adjusted fire which
Major Lawrence E. Horras, who bombed rail cars on "weather mission" in "As the Chief of Transportation in tillery, son of Michael Handerhan, aided materially in the repulse of the
Mediterranean area. the European Theater of Operations, McKees Rocks Power House, P. & L. E.enemy attack. Intermittently serving
I am proud to report that the job has Railroad, killed several Japs and as a rifleman, he personally killed
When the employes of the New With his bombardier "helping him been well done. caused other enemy casualties in a several Japs with rifle fire."
"Some of us also crossed with display of expert marksmanship and Sarge In his last letter home, the tough
York Central tossed in enough money in" on the target and watching every wrote:
to buy the Marauder, New York Cen- broken rise on the ground, Maj. Hor- him to make sure that he was prop- coolness under fire during the repulse "I heard about Commando Kelly of
tral II, they probably didn't foresee ras made the first pass at the station. erly fed, and to see that he had as of a Jap attack on American posi- our burg killing all those Jerrys .The
that one day it would be used to muss When the bombardier, Lieut. Ed J. much comfort as is possible to give a tions at Bougainville, in March. reason I didn't kill as many Japs is
up an enemy railroad. Fitzgerald of Allston, Mass., tripped man aboard a transport. The versatile doughboy was awarded that they kept running away and
The story comes from War Corre- the release the bombs failed to drop. "Meanwhile in the European The- the Bronze Medal, according to a weren't there to shoot at."
spondent Kenneth L. Dixon, and ap- They made another run and still the ater of Operations, we were making communication, "for gallantry in ac- Sergt. Handerhan enlisted in the
peared in the St. Louis Post Dis- bombs held up. The third time Lewis plans for his reception. We watched tion against the enemy at Bougain- Regular Army August 1, 1940, was
patch. attached to the Cavalry and then
went back to the bomb bay, stood on a chart showing the daily position of ville. . . . Serving as forward observer transferred
Major Lawrence E. Horras, 28, act- the catwalk over the open doors and his transport; arranged railway sched- for a field artillery battalion under to the Field Artillery. He
went overseas July 9, 1942.
ing commander of the group, who held two wires together so that the ules and railway routes, shifted and enemy machine guns and mortar fire,
at that time had sixty-two combat bombs could be tripped. Still at 50 shunted truck companies; cleared
missions to his credit, one day decided feet, the bombs dropped and a ter- harbors; port facilities and prepared
to fly a "weather mission," which is rific explosion bounced the speeding transit camps. When his transport
supposed to be strictly an observation plane. approached these shores, we gave the
run to check the weather over certain Back in the tail Staff Sergt. William instructions that put her into a har- C o l . Emmanuel Writes of N.Y.C.
enemy areas. His plane was the New A. Keslin of Chicago saw steel bor; when she arrived, we debarked
York Central II. tracks, rails and chunks of tank cars her men and the wheels of the Corps
He and his co-pilot, Capt. L. T. mushroom up higher than the plane. were set into high gear, as your
Lewis of Durant, Ill., loaded their soldier was shifted and moved M e n and Their Work in Burma
B-26 up with bombs this particular Still not satisfied, Horras and his throughout the United Kingdom over
morning and when their weather mis- boys turned around, came back over the busiest and most complicated In a recent letter Lieut. Col. Karl couple of months ago and most of
sion was over they went down to see the target twice in strafing passes. net work of rails and roads in the F. Emmanuel of the 721st Railway the men saved only the clothes on
what they could find. Then, their "weather mission" com-
world. Operating Battalion (A.P.O. 465, c/o their backs.
They located a railroad station, pleted, they returned to base. "This movement of millions of P.M., New York) related some in- In his letter Colonel Emmanuel says
which had a lot of tank cars on the Major Horras has the Air Medal men, from one Continent to another, teresting things about the work of that the men are working three eight-
track, but saw it through a hole in the and the Distinguished Flying Cross. represents one of the greatest migra- this battalion, which is composed large- hours shifts and have 50 through train,
overcast which was so low they had He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. An- tions in the history of man. Even in ly of New York Central men and crews and about 26 yard jobs. Jim
to go down to 50 feet to make their drew Horras of St. Louis. He is a Truden, of the Central, is Emmanuel's
run. Up to that point no one had cousin of Mrs. Joseph Snyder of Mat- peacetime it would have been a fabu- officers.
ever heard of making even one bomb toon, whose husband was formerly a lous task. And yet, it has been much The battalion, as previously an- chief operating officer. The letter con-
run at 50 feet in a Marauder, but brakeman on the Illinois Division of less than half our job, because for nounced, is operating the Bengal tinues:
one wasn't enough. the New York Central. every man we moved, we had to move Assam Railway, which is one of the "All of us have lost 15 to 35
several tons of material to initially main means of supply for the allied pounds but we are on the job all the
supply him. To do this we had to forces operating in Burma. time. We have not had the least diffi-
build and operate our own locomo- The letter was addressed to Lieut. culty with the Indian staff and our
Passenger Quiz Results tives; erect our own railroad cars, Col. R. E. Shineman, Executive, Rail young enginemen really 'keep 'em
sail and maintain our own ships; we Division, Army Service Forces, Office rolling' safely. Harry Owens, B. Com-
(Concluded from Page One) had to operate thousands of trucks, of the Chief of Transportation, Wash- pany commander, is operating our
organize Harbor Craft Companies and ington. Colonel Shineman disclosed roundhouse here with a force of our own
parture times. operate many Ports." that the 721st was "burned out" a Americans. I have had quite a few
Commenting on the findings, Mr. British officers assigned to me, as we
Baird said: have the entire set up here, operating
"American travelers show them- both broad and meter guage lines;
selves decidedly more conservative Scene at War Bond Rally of Harmon Employes — Parachute Jump Into handling trans-shipments, hiring labor,
than the railroads which serve them. Hudson a Feature etc. The job is so big that we have
On the whole they indicated that the asked for more men.
coach of tomorrow needs only mod- "The morale of our men is high.
erate refinements on the last pre-war We have taken over part of a bottling
deluxe coaches now in use on our plant so that our men can have all
streamlined Empire State Express, the soft drinks they want. In this
Pacemaker, Mercury and James Whit- plant we load and recap empty beer
comb Riley. bottles. We also have lots of candy
"However, we on the railroad are and that helps. A movie projector
not letting that fact make us com- gives the men recreation between shifts.
placent. The quest for better equip- "Frank Adams from Harmon is roll-
ment and improved service methods ing the Assam mail over our territory
goes on continually in our Engineer- as if it were the Century. Our freight
ing and Operating departments. This trains cover the route in five to six
research of today will bring still hours, where 18 to 20 hours were
liner railroad transportation tomor- required formerly.
row. "Jim Truden and I just returned
Mr. Baird added. "It is most grati- from having dinner with the Chief
fying to find our leading trains are Minister of Bengal and his staff. We
proving so satisfactory to the public, have met Rajahs and many other nota-
even in wartime. For today we have, bles. Give my regards to all."
in addition to military demands, the
problem of carrying the most tremen-
dous civilian passenger volume in his-
tory." M a t t h e w s Promoted
"Because we are serving an un-
usually complete cross section of the Sergeant George J. Matthews, for-
public, we chose this time to launch ATTENDED by more than 1,500 Standing, front row, is committee on a returned veteran employed in the mer New York Central detective, re-
our series of surveys covering coach employes and invited guests, the arrangements and Color Guard of Stores Department, Electric Shop, who cently was promoted to Staff Sergeant
travel, sleeping cars and other rail- Fifth War Bond rally held by shop members of the Commodore Vanderbilt saw 32 months of Army service, of and was awarded the Combat Infan-
road facilities. The work is being employes at Harmon, N. Y., June 6, Post, American Legion. On the sound which 17 months were overseas in the tryman's Badge.
done by outside research men and proved a great success. Outright cash truck are speakers and directors of the Pacific and Mediterranean theatres, Staff Sergeant Matthews has been
women without interference with our purchases of Bonds totalled $13,500 rally. Direct center are Lieut. Col. J. purchased a Bond and then spoke overseas for more than 15 months,
vital wartime service. The results will and there, we're scores of inquiries W Haubennestel, Jr. Engineer, Elec- briefly of his experiences. serving in the front lines on Bougain-
help us plan for the construction of on purchases through the Payroll De- tric Shop; Edward. De Almo, Yard Other speakers on the program ville Island in the Solomons. His
new trains the minute materials are duction Plan. Fireman, who made a parachute jump were Lieut. Col. J. W. Haubennestel; home is in Beacon, N. Y.
available and so help create new jobs The largest purchase of Bonds, to during the ceremonies, and Charles George Carlson, Commander of the
when they may be most needed." the amount of $500, was made by Cook, Blacksmith's Helper, Electric Commodore Vanderbilt Post No. 58,
Harmon Lodge No. 70, Brotherhood shop, who acted as master of cere- American Legion; E. S. Ferris, past Join "Gallon C l u b "
of Railway Carmen of America, monies. Post Commander; Edward P. Hanyen,
Halloway, C h i c a g o through George Gibson, President. Deputy Manager, War Finance Com- Mr. and Mrs. Meyer J. Dolivech,
Clerk, G e t s Citation A highlight of the rally was a para- Edward De Almo Yard Fireman, mittee, Westchester County; and Detroit, have donated 16 pints of
Calvin Halloway, former clerk in chute jump into the Hudson Riverfrom a height of 3,000 feet. Thomas Marino, Chairman, War Fi- blood and are members of the "Gal-
the Passenger Traffic Managers office, behind the locomotive roundhouse by Staff Sergt. James J. Hebron, nownance Committee, Cortlandt, N. Y. lon Club."