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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - March 27, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts The BE ACO N • _ dionuL J.own, TIswa, tho. CbumtL J&uc&a. VOL. I —No. 7 ACTON, MASS., TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1945 5c per copy on News Stands BEACON HONOR ROLLI Over Three Hundred At Benefit Dance (Continued from last issue) * Killed in Action x Discharged Marble Ralph P., Jr. Marini, Dominic Marshall, Wm. L. Mason, Robert Edward Mauro, Ralph R. * Mc Allaster, Robert McAvenia, James F., Jr. Q. M. 3/c McAvenia, Raymond I McCabe, Richard S. Major McGuire, David A/S xMcGuire, Edward L. M/Sg%. McGuire, John B. Cpl. McLaughlin, John M. M.3/cI McNiff, Edmond J. Sgt. McPhee, Carroll E. M. M. 3/c McPhee, Donald L. M. M. 3/c Mekkelsen, Helen Cpl. xMekkelsen, James Merriam, Burton A. S/Sgt. Merriam, Herbert W. ., Jr. Merriam, James A. S/Sgt. xMitchell, Donald Mitchell, John Sgt. Mitchell, Thomas S. Pvt. Montague, Robert J. Cpl. Montague, William H. S 1/c TIM Monson, Alexander, Jr. Cpl. Monson, Archibald Cpl. Morris, Robert J, * Pvt. Morrison, Richard P. * Lieut. Morse, Carroll B. Sp. (S) 2/c Morse, George A. Sp (S) 3/c Morse, Merle R. S 1/c Murray, Robert S 1/c S.M. Nelson, Arthur W. B.M. 2/c Over three hundred dancers made merry at the Old Fashioned Benefit Dance held at Town Hall, S 2/c|last Saturday night. Mrs. Char-A. S. lotte Reynolds, who conducts week-Capt. ly Saturday night dances, offered Pfc. several weeks ago to give the pro-pvt. I ceeds of one dance to this newspaper. Tickets sold like the proverbial hotcakes. A committee headed by Major I Miss Alma Graves was in charge s of the affair. An afghan, cro-M/SgV cheted by Mrs. Earl Hayward, of Qpl South Acton, on which chances M M Vc ^ 1,6611 sold » was won by Mrs * George Braman, of Nagog Hill Road. Over $100 was realized on the afghan. In commenting on her donation to The Beacon Mrs. Hayward said: “I have never seen such enthusiasm. We could have sold two or three hundred mote tickets. Everyone wanted to do something for The Beacon. Many persons were disappointed because I could not give.them tickets. I , do hope they will understand that time did not allow more personal calls than we made. Misses Car- Cp1, oline Gates, Marjorie Reed and CPI- Frances Merry helped the project splendidly by hand printing the Lieut. I chance tickets when we found we uld not have them printed by achine. Miss Margaret Heath ® I and Iner Peterson also helped ap- S 1/c S.M. preciably by selling the tickets. •B. M. 2/c jfl rg# t. C. Gallagher was most Newsham, Richard R. A.M.M.2/c I helpful.” Cpl. Maguire Cited For Bravery Cpl. John B. Maguire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Maguire, Maple Street, South Acton, has received a citation from the Commanding Officer of Patterson Airfield, in Ohio, for his heroic work during the recent Ohio I^iver flood. Cpl. Maguire, at the risk of his life, saved much material, parts of aeroplanes and other government property. His hands were severely cut during the emergency. He has been stationed at Patter son Field for abdut a year and is crew chief on a B-29 Superfortress. He is one of three brothers who are veterans of the present war. M. Sgt. Edward L. Maguire has been discharged from the service after two years in the Army, several months of which were spent in combat service in the Pacific area. * The third brother, David, is in the Navy, in training at Sampson. He expects to be transferred to the West Coast shortly. First Acton Man To Bomb Japan Sgt James Merriam Home On Furlough Newsham, Robert A.M.M.F. 1/c -Nichols, John •Nichols, Orla E., Jr. Nickerson, David A. Nickerson, 'Harold El Nordberg, Harold S. -Nugent, Bernard Oelschlegal, Fritz Ogilvie, Kent M. Olsen, Oscar Olsen, William P. O’Neil, James E. Miss Graves’ committee who were in charge of the food tables B. M. 2/c I in the lower hall, deserve un-Lieut. stinted praise for their hard S 1/c work. Cakes, pies, dcr^hnuta and O/CI coffee were for sale and were quickly disposed of by the eager % Sgt. I dancers. Assisting Miss Graves Cpl. I at the food tables and in the hall upstairs, were Mrs. Benjamin MOMM 2/c I Rice, Mrs. Michael Foley, Mrs. T/Sgt. James H. Connolly, Mrs. Everett Addresses Wanted Should any local reader know the addresses of the following men in the service, our Mailing Department will be grateful for the information: Sgt. Bernard Billings Clarence Pettingell PRESS DAY By Sonya Farley Staff Sergeant James A. Merriam Staff Sergeant James A. Merriam, Army Air Corps, is the first local boy, so far as is known, to have flown over Japan as a member of the crew of a B-29 Superfortress. Sgt. Merriam, who arrived on furlough in Acton two weeks ago, flew [rom his base in the Far East. The picture above .was snapped as he sat in the Rationing Board office signing up for rations. xO’Rourke, Esther Parkhurst LL Reed, all of South Acton; Mrs. Pfc. Pfc. S 1/c Pvt. Lieut. O’Toole, David L. Parsons, Donn W. Parsons, Harold B. xPaskiewicz, Anthony Paskiewicz, Joseph • Pederson, George Pederson, Ingvald Pendergast, Edward, Jr. Peppard, Murray B. Perkins, LaForrest W. Mo. M. M. 3/c Peterson, Edgar R. M. 3/c Peterson, Richard H. Pvt. Peterson, Robert N. Sgt. Pettingell, Clarence E. T/Sgt. Phillips, Dexter C. B. M. 2/c Pinolehto, Alice Pvt. Piper, Alvin Y 3/c Prentiss, Brian A. Pvt. Prentiss, Harold 0., Jr. Pvt. Prentiss, Wentworth E. M. 2/c Priest, Kenneth D. SS 3/c Quimby, Clayton Pvt. Rahberg, Francis J., Sr. M.M. 1/c Rahberg, Francis J. Jr. M.M. 2/c Lieut. I Gus Hansen, Maynard; Mrs. Ver na Mason, Littleton; Nick Nick-niclazzo, Newton; and George Mead, Newton. Mrs. Reynolds was in charge of tickets in the upper hall, while James H. Connolly dispensed soft drinks in the ower hall. Pictures of the dancers were taken by Philip Vander-tioof, of Concord, and his son, barker Vanderhoof, and by The Beacon photographer. Rawitser, William R. Cpfi Raymond, George J. Pfc. xReid, Robert III Reynolds, Albert Pvt. Reynolds, Lyle T/5 Reynolds, Raymond ' Pfc. Reynolds, Robert Pvt. Rice, Benjamin F. GM 2/c Rich, Howard E. Cpl. Richardson, Paul I. P-4 Rifford, George A., Jr. S/Sgt. Roberts, Nathan A., Jr. B.M. 2/c Roche, Dorothy C. Lieut. Roche, Francis D. E.M. 3/c xRoche, Leo T. Ryan, George E. S/Sgt Saine, Paul W. Pvt. Schnair, Havelock J. F 2/c xSchofield, Clifford Schofield, Katherine AS Co. 21 Scriber, Hairy, Jr. G. M. 8/c Scribner, Marylyn S 1/c Scribner, Stephen W. xSeaton, Hugh Shaw, Gordon E. Local Board Will Continue Rationing The local Rationing Board announces that, despite newspaper stories to the contrary, there will be. no merging of Acton’s Board with that of another town. Chairman Webster S. Blanchard has been assured by the Regional OPA Office that no such action is con templated; that the stories in some of the Boston papers were the result of a misunderstanding. The Price Control program has been altered, however, and for some weeks has been conducted from an Area Office in Concord. All Price matters will be handled by an Area Price Panel which wil meet in Concord every Friday night. The appointment of a loca man, to represent Acton on the Panel, will be announced shortly The present Price Clerk will continue to conduct store surveys as in the past. The Office of Price Administration, in explaining its action in centralizing the Price Control pro gram in Area offices, says that it is believed Area offices will be better equipped to administer the program in small towns, than local Boards. This change in plan separates the rationing program from Price, and lifts the Pfc. work load from local Boards. Being introduced to th* paper world is a worthwhile experience. By introduction, I mean put a smattering as it would take, iterally, years to learn all the details. Having spent many hours watching The Beacon progress from mere notes to the finished product, realize how little most people know about the making up of one of our current necessities, the daily, weekly and bi-weekly newspaper. I imagined I knew what steps were taken but it is obvious to me now that it is an art I know nothing about. Compiling the news is only the beginning. Material must be measured for length and the hum ber of inches it will fill against available space. Wording must be concise and to the point with all unnecessary ands, or, buts and verys omitted. When a. decision must be made as to which of two items wit pe published, several points must pe considered; chiefly, which wil pe of more interest to the ^reading public. News is checked for accuracy and whether or not anyone might be harmed by its publication Considerations like the above help to make or break the readers’ opinion of the paper. After the copy has been assemb ed, it is edited and typed for the linotype operators. The linotype is a machine operated by means o: a keyboard similar to a typewriter. The machine heats the lead which is formed into bars upon which the letters and words are formed. While still warm the type is placed in galleys and a “galley proof” is pulled. The proof-reader then compares the proof with the original copy. Corrections are made by crossing out errors and drawing lines to the margin where the correct letter or word is written. To make the correction in the galley the operator discards the whole line of type and makes ti new line. Care is taken that the proper line is pulled out and tHfe corrected line placed in the same position. To find* which line to (Continued on Page 6) Entering the Army, Air Corp. in October, 1942, he received his basic training at Keever Airfield, Mississippi. Veteran of eighteen missions, all of them extremely Hazardous, Sgt. Merriam was modest during an interview today. By dint of much questioning, it was learned that he has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal. When asked how he had earned the D. S.C., a coveted honor among airmen, he replied: “When we took the planes over they were in the experimental stage, that is, they had not been tested in combat. We took them out to see how they would be under combat conditions, took the bugs out of them and so forth. In those days, a lot of the planes were new, much of the equipment was new and no one knew how they would turn out in combat.” Thus the crew of eleven men dared their lives in actual combat flying, testing planes that were as airworthy and maneuverable as American genius could make them but that were untried in combat. Undoubtedly the Flying Cross and the Air Medal were well earned, although Sgt. Merriam^ attitude is tha; of a man who had a job to do a: id had done it as casually as a civilian mechanic might. Asked for his greatest flying thrill he said: “We ha^ many near escapes but probably the closest was one day when returning from a bombing mission wq ran out of gas. We thought we were going to have to jump but just by luck we happened to spot a small airfield and landed thet^, We were plain lucky in happening to see Although the Sergeant answered questions in such a way as to make his exploits almost colorless, The Beacon has learned from other sources that, at one time, when his ship returned froip a bombing mission over Japan, they found the blister that houses ope of the gunners had been l}lown away missing. The know his fate. His group was the first American contingent to bomb Japan after the historic raid of General Jimmie Doolittle’s group. Working from an advanced base in China, he has had 300 hours of combat flying. Only child of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Merriam, of South Acton, Sgt. Merriam was graduated from Acton High School, Class of 1938. As a student, he was on the Torch Staff, a member of the Glee Club and manager of the football team. He also played baseball. He has put his Class Prophecy to shame by his adventurous life for, according to that classic, he was expected to become a shoe factory employee. He will report to the Flying Corps Redistribution Center at Atlantic City at the end of his furlough. Capt Cram Resigns As Commander Leaves Acton for Southboro Shortly The resignation of Capt. Ralph Cram as commanding officer of the 5th Co., 29th Inf. MSG, was marked last night by a *supper and entertainment in his honor at the regular meeting of the Company at Town Hall. Capt. Cram and family are leaving South Acton to live in Southboro. For many months Capt. Cram has commanded the Company and his men regret to. see him leave. Lieut. John B. Byers, of South Acton, will succeed him as Commander of the Company. The meal, prepared by men of the Company, is reported to have been particularly appetizing. Invited guests were Major Denis and Mrs. Denis, Lieut, and Mrs. Dunn, and Lieut. Cooper of Battalion Headquarters. Officers and personnel of the Company presented Capt. Cram with a pen and pencil set. BUY WAR BONDS!
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