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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - May 8, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts TON I 10 MAY 1945 5c pei copy on News Stands Gold Star Mother Represents Acton Mothers in Beacon Tribute Thatcher Has Given Four To Service MAY 24TH TO BE ACTON DAY by Beatrice Parsons Acton Day for Blood Donors will be observed on May it was announced today by Henry It is hoped that many persons who have not hitherto donated will surge forward and determine to add their stint to help their own sons and the sons of their neigh bors who so desperately need There is nothing fearsome in giving ones blood in so worthy a As one enters the Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Bos one is immediately struck by the friendly attitude of the Red Cross Ladies who serve as recep Probably the hardest part is the waiting for ones The donor is rapidly passed from a typist who makes out the through several persons to the nurse who takes temperature Acton Observes YE Day Quietly and With Dignity Many Attend Special Church Services VE Day has come to the world and to Acton The day for which the Allied Nations have waited five long dawned bright and sunny this Promptly on the heels of the National Anthem which followed President Tru mans radio Proclamation this bells of the West Acton Baptist South Acton Universalist Town the Acton fire alarm and three air raid sirens in different parts of the peeled out the glad Overseas Discharged In One Year Dick Peterson Tells Own Story Undoubtedly one of the speedi est service records of any Acton man has been brought back by Richard of of West has been and has graciously accepted the of representing all the mothers of Acton in this issue of The Beacon which is dedicated to Acton Thatcher has given four stalwart sons to her coun one of whom will not Robert lost his life in Alaska in line of invalided home from the is now discharged still carrying is working in a defense of whom it is said he has been away too and Naval Air are the remaining two Our reresentative mother has given freely and The sadness in her expressive dark eyes if for the son who will not The wistfulness will lin ger while her other sons remain In her quiet home in West Postal Examination To Be Held The United States Civil Service Commission has announced an ex amination to fill the position of fourth class Postmaster at The examination will be held at Acton she goes about her duties with a heavy heart but strength ened by the knowledge that some day the war will be over and her boys will come It is not easy when war strikes deep into a mothers Although there are several fam ilies in the Actons with four mem bers in the but two other mothers are George Briggs and Daniel MacDou the latter now living in Jamaica Mothers who have given three sons to the services are Wil liam James Con Alfred one of whose sons is reported a prisoner Elwin Ed ward McGuire and Harry Harry Scribner has two sons and one daughter in the Armed Gold Star Mothers of in cluding are Mrs Lynne now of Well Albert Jenks and Walter al though informed by the War De partment that he is officially regarded as has not given Continued on Page 4 blood count and blood pressure then on to the large hospitallike room where efficient nurses direct ones hesitating feet to the After lying down no undressing necessary the curious ones look around at their neigh On my first an Italian who spoke broken English rested on the cot next to On the other side a motherly appearing quite evidently a was intensely interested in my reac An anaesthetic is after the arm is swabbed with a and there is no pain when the enters which receives the life giving fluid is hooked to the cot behind ones My neck was sore from trying to peek at it to see how I was One need not look at Those whose blood flows freely give their pint in about ten although the time varies a Lying on my back with right arm resting on the I waited to see what was go ing to happen to Prepared to die it was disappointing to lave no unusual reaction of any sort other than wishing ones head was on a swivel to permit gawping in all directions at the surrounding Under the careful eyes of the graduate nurses and with doctors in the donor is in no danger After the needle has been removed from the Acton Richard Peterson Inducted on April Peter son was first sent to Camp Wheeler in from there to Camp Pickett and then reach ing England by way of Scotland in October He remained in England until about Thanksgiving Day when he was sent to After but ten days in that war torn country he went to Receipt of applications will close on May The current salary will be tem porarily increased by the amount not to exceed an average of a by authority of an Act of The examination is open to all citizens of the United States who reside within the territory supplied by the post office for which this examination is announced and who are at least 21 years of but not yet on the date of the close of receipt of applications for this Application blanks and full in formation about the requirements of the examination may be se cured from the post office for which this examination is or from the United States Civil Ser vice Washington Applications must be on file with the Commission at Washing on the date specified The date of examination will be stated on admission cards mailed to after the close of re ceipt of and will be arm rthe donor lies prone for an other ten then is helped to his or her feet by the nurse and conducted to a room whereblack coffee and wafers are There one is given a small bronze button and is allowed to That is all there is to The preexamination by nurses weeds out the anemics and others who might have conditions that will not allow them to donate Continued on Page 4 Stolen Bicycle Recovered In Acton A left at the Jenney Station in by a Concord for the purpose of having a flat tire was taken by a 14 year old boy who abandoned it on Route 111 near Piper road in South Thomas of Concord saw the bicycle at the side of the highway and on seeing it again two hours reported it to the Acton Police Mon day It was taken to Police head quarters and held for the owner who was brought to Acton by Officer Fred Nolan of the Concord Police When it was recovered the tire was still flat and the chain The boys about 15 after that identity as and from there we hit the lines in Germany fifteen miles beyond in Heurgton Peterson tells his own story I got my Expert Combat In fantry Marksmanship Badge on December 1944 and the Presi dential Citation December Our regiment jumped off the Ill never forget that day It was We members of the 78th Infantry Division had tough work keeping hidden for the ground was white and we had to watch our selves with those Our outposts were only 75 yards from the German pill We had no flame throwers but we did have satchel It was hard because we had to crawl up near the pill boxes and set the Our platoon had 40 men on the 13th but afterwards we only had The night I got mine I was standing guard on our outpost and the last thing I remember I was walking I couldnt believe it when I woke up in the hospital in I dont even how my buddy made I remem ber I wanted to go back after I was sent to but I got over that when I landed in the United I had wounds on my finger and right From France I was shipped to England where I was in two then shipped back here to the United States on Feb ruary Was at Halloran Gen eral Hospital and then sent to Camp and now here I am Just a Miss Clara in pulled the bell rope at the Univer salist Herswas a special message to Acton for she stroked he bell so as to ring out the May At Town Harry custodian of the tolled the big bell for fifteen full In East Edward Bursaw dragged out the siren used formerly for air raid alarms and sent its weird signal Robert in North used the air raid siren stationed in like Jean in the ab sence of Henning pulled the bell rope in the West Acton Baptist Church during the lulls between other At Town the old air raid alarm was sounded on the OCD signal sys two sets of twenty blows Former Burton Harvey joined the chorus at his Woodbury Lane home with the third air raid Acton sang its song Victory uninterruptedly for half an J Viitesty un Chief anxious to procure a picture of Miss Sawyer sped from Town Hall to South Acton with the police car siren wide When the AP news came of the unconditional surrender of Germany Acton reacted quietly and with There was no wild no dancing in the no parties in private homes a quiet sense of Thanksgiving per vaded the A slow trip around the villages last night found an un usually large number of lighted presumably families with ears glued to the The only unusual collection of cars found was outside the West Acton Baptist Church where Danielson held a Thanksgiving Many per sons attended the Drifting around town about oclock there was no sigh of a single cele bration Immediately following the ring ing ofjthe Militia Call was sounded and men of the 5th 29th MSG reported for duty at Town A guard was placed on duty in front of the Town Hall and all members were on the With the war still to be won in the Pacific the Town Office and local Rationing Board were open the en tire day with the exception of one hour at The air of quiet throughout the gives evidence that Acton is still fighting the war and that the European surrender is but the first of two victories to be won before there will be wild jubila tion by the Thank You For personal services in prepar ing The Beacon for and for monetary we thank the following persons for their efforts in behalf of this news paper Miss Laura Davis Miss Mildred Gallant Don Benere Flora Fogarty Joseph Lizotte Edgar Blaisdell Henning Danielson
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