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   Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - March 27, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts                                THE UUL famuL J I 7 MARCH 1945 5c per copy on News Stands BEACON HONOR ROLL Continued from last issue Killed in Action x Discharged Marble Ralph S Dominic Robert Edward Ralph Robert James Raymond Richard Major David Edward John John Edmond Carroll Donald Helen James Burton Herbert James Donald John Thomas Robert Sgt William S Archibald Robert Jt Richard Carroll George Merle Robert Arthur S Sp S S S Richard Robert John Orla David Harold E S Harold Bernard Fritz Kent Oscar William MOMM James Esther Parkhurst David Donn Harold Anthony Joseph George Ingvald S Murray LaForrest Edgar Richard Robert Clarence Dexter Alice Alvin Y Brian Harold Wentworth Kenneth SS Clayton Francis Francis William Cpf George Robert III Albert Lyle Raymond Robert Benjamin G M Howard Cpl Paul P4 George Nathan Dorothy Lieut Francis Leo George Paul Pvt Havelock F Clifford Katherine AS 21 Marylyn S Stephen Hugh Gordon Over Three Hundred At Benefit Dance Over three hundred dancers made merry at the Old Fashioned Benefit Dance held at Town last Saturday Char lotte who conducts week ly Saturday night offered several weeks ago to give the pro ceeds of one dance to this news Tickets sold like the proverbial A committee headed by Miss Alma Graves was in charge of the An cro cheted by Earl of South on which chances had been was won by George of Nagog Hill Over was realized on the In commenting on her donation to The Beacon Hayward said I have never seen such We could have sold two or three hundred more Everyone wanted to do something for The Many persons were disappointed because I could not I do hope they will understand that time did not allow more personal calls than we Misses Car oline Marjorie Reed and Frances Merry helped the project splendidly by hand printing the chance tickets when we found we could not have them printed by Miss Margaret Heath and Iner Peterson also helped ap preciably by selling the Gallagher was most Maguire Cited For Bravery John son of and Edward Maple South has received a citation from the Com manding Officer of Patterson Air in for his heroic work during the recent Ohio Reiver at the risk of his saved much parts of aeroplanes and other govern ment His hands were severely cut during the He has been stationed at Patter son Field for abdut a year and is crew chief on a B29 Superfort He is one of three brothers who are veterans of the present Edward Maguire has been discharged from the service after two years in the several months of which were spent in combat service in the Pacific The third is in the training at Samp He expects to be transferred to the West Coast First Acton Man To Bomb Japan James Merriam Home On Furlough Addresses Wanted Should any local reader addresses of the fol lowing men in the our Mailing Department will be grateful for the Bernard Billings Clarence Pettingell Miss Graves committee who were in charge of the food tables in the lower deserve un stinted praise for their hard work end coffee were for sale and were quickly disposed of by the eager Assisting Miss Graves at the food tables and in the hall were Benjamin Michael James Everett all of South Acton Gus Maynafd Ver a Littleton Nick Nick Newton and George Reynolds vas in charge of tickets in the upper while James Con iolly dispensed soft drinks in the ower Pictures of the danc TS were taken by Philip Vander of and his Parker and by The Beacon Local Board Will Continue Rationing The local Rationing Board an nounces despite newspaper stories to the there will no merging of Actons Board with that of another Chair man Webster 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 re sult of a The Price Control program has been and for some weeks has been conducted from an Area Office in All Price matters will be handled by an Area Price Panel which will meet in Concord every Friday The appointment of a local to represent Acton on the will be announced The present Price Clerk will con tinue to conduct store surveys as in the The Office of Price Administra in explaining its action in centralizing the Price Control pro gram in Area says that it is believed Area offices will be better equipped to administer the program in small than local This change in plan separates the rationing pro from and lifts the work load from local PRESS DAY By Sonya Farley Being introduced toth paper world is a worthwhile ex By I mean but a smattering as it would years to learn all the de Having spent many hours watch ing The Beacon progress frohi mere notes to the finished I realize how little most people know about the making up of one of our current the weekly and biweekly news I imagined I knew what steps were taken but it is obvious to me now that it is an art I know nothing Compiling the news is only the Material must be measured for length and the num ber of inches it will fill against available Wording must be concise and to the point with af unnecessary buts and verys When decision must be made as to which of two items wfl be several points must be considered which wil be of more interest to the Dreading News is checked for ac curacy and whether or not anyon might be harmed by its publication Considerations like the above help to make or break the readers opin ion of the After the copy has been assemb it is edited and typed for th linotype The linotyp is a machine operated by means o a keyboard similar to a The machine heats the lead which is formedinto bars upon which the letters and words are While still warm the type is placed in galleys and a galley proof is The proofreader then compares the proof with the ori ginal Corrections are made by crossing out errors and draw ing lines to the margin where the correct letter or word is To make the correction in the Staff Sergeant James Merriam Staff Sergeant James Army Air is he first local so far as is to have flown over Japan as a member of the crew of a B29 Mer who arrived on furlough in Acton two weeks flew Tom his base in the Far The picture above was snap ped as he sat in the Rationing Board office signing up for Entering the Army Air Corps and v t orcvy do n he received his basic training at Keever Veteran of eighteen all of them extremely Merriam was mod est during an By dint of much it was that he has received the Distinguished Flying the Air Medal and two fOak Leaf Clusters to the Air When asked how he had earned the a coveted hononamong air he replied When we took the planes over they were in the experimental that they had riot been tested in We took them out to see how they would be under combat took the bugs out of them and so In those daysr a lot of the planes were much of the equipment was new and no one knew how they would turn out in Thus the crew of eleven men dared their lives in actual com bat testing planes that were as airworthy and maneuv erable as American genius could make them but that were untried in Undoubtedly the Fly gunner mssng does not know his The His group was the first Amer ican contingent to bomb Japan after the historic raid of General Jimmie Doolittles Work ing from an advanced base in he has had 300 hours of combat Only child of and Harold of South Merriam was graduat ed from Acton High Class of As a he was on the Torch a member of the Glee Club and manager of the football He also play ed He has put his Class Prophecy to shame by his adven turous life according to that he was expected to be come a shoe factory He will report to the Flying Corps Redistribution Center at Atlantic City at the end of his galley the operator discards the whole line of type and makes new Care is taken that the proper line is pulled out and thfe corrected line placed in the same To find which line to Continued on Page 6 ing Cross and the Air Medal were well although Mer riams attitude is that of a man who hard a job to do and had done it as casually as a ciyilian mech anic Asked for his greatest flying thrill he said We had many near escapes but probably the closest wds one day when returning from a bombing mission we ran out of We thought we were going to have to jump but ust by luck we happened to spot a small air field and landed We were plain lucky in happeiing to see Although the Sergeant answered questions in such a way as to make his exploits almost The Beacon has learned frpm other sources at one when his ship returned from a bombing mission over found the blister that houses one of the gunners had been mowi away Cram Resigns As Commander Leaves Acton for Southboro Shortly The resignation of Ralph Cram as commanding officer of the 5th 29th was marked last night by a supper and entertainment in his honor at the regular meeting of the Company at Town Cram and family are leaving South Acton to live in For many months Cram has commanded the Company and his men regret to see him John of South will succeed him as Commander of the The prepared by men of the is reported to have been particularly In vited guests were Major Denis and and and Cooper of Battalion Officers and per sonnel of the Company presented Cram with a pen and pencil BUY WARBONDS   

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