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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - June 5, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts THE flonuL tka I 12 JUNE 1945 5c pet copy on News Stands ENGINEER POSES WITH CAPTURED NAZI FLAG Horace Bert Butler was a member of an Engineer Combat Battalion when the Nazi be fore which he was cap tured by his company on the Siegfried Line in the Battle of the Butler has been in the service since March re ceiving his basic training at Camp He went overseas in October 1943 and has seen action at Seine Chateau the Belgian and at the moment is in Former Acton Mian On Franklin John MMM of a former resident of Main was one of the crew of the USS unforgettable Franklin on that night in March MASSAOTUSEtTS PREPARES Charles Judd Farley The Veterans Rehabilitation and Reemployment Committee was set up when it became evident that be cause of the many Massachusetts men and women in the consideration of the veterans needs become a major con of the Rea because of his experience as Commissioner of State Aid and an office he still was made Chairman and Joseph an old pal of mine at the Committee on Pub lic became Last March Joe resigned because of ill health and Claude Keough an other good a Legionnaire and former resident of is carrying The purpose of the Committee is to coordinate Vet erans services at the State level and to help advise committees set up in the This Committee is an advisory group comprising representatives of all agencies which will come in on a state wide with the Included are agen cies of the State and Federal Governments and many other lic and private An excellent job is being According to the best figures Massachusetts had 000 men and women in the Services on May distributed as fol lows 000 These figures are increasing all the in fact only this morn ing I saw another group of draf tees leave The chief purpose of the Vet erans Rehabilitation and Re employment Committee is to see that veterans of World War receive everything to which they are The names of its six subcommittees give an idea as to its Information on Laws and Medical Continued on Page 6 when the ship whose story has just now been was hit by Jap According to an article in a Boston the fourhour watch beginning at midnight was the longest and most gruesome he has ever He is quoted as saying he that his life Was spared and gives highest praise to the Chaplain who helped us keep our whose young boyhood was spent in is a mem ber of the Big Ben 704 Baby Beautiful Contest Proves Popular Idea The Baby Beautiful Contest which takes place at Town Hall on June promisesto eel all expectations of the commit tee in Tickets have been selling fast and the committee announces that ad missions may be paid at the door for those who have been unable to purchase Because there has been uncertain ty concerning the Adaptability Class William chairman of the ex plains Children of preschool ages are If a child has adapted itself to learning singing or in other ways has adapted itself to the child qualifies for this The public is invited to attend the Contest though they have not entered a The Contest has proven so popu lar that many local students have already asked the committee to hold a Bathing Beauty Contest in the near The committee headed by has as its other Elwin North Acton Edwin Ac ton Center Walter East Acton James South Acton and Allan West George Gilbert Released From German War Prison Was Interned By Enemy For Eight Months Sergeant George after eight months intern ment in a German prison has been released by the Allies and is expected home within a short The entire crew of his place parachuted to the ground while on admission over Austria on August after the plane had damaged during intense action with German Fighter School Holds Memorial Day Services The annual Memorial Day as sponsored by the Student was held at II on May in the High School Audi The students marched in to the music of The played by the Phyllis Hartwell opened the exercises by reading the Twentyfourth after which all joined in singing the Battle Hymn of the which was particularly well ren by Barbara Barry at the Superintendent Greenman next introduced Commander Far of EdwardQuimby who was down on the program for Greetings but proceeded instead to tell what Memorial Day meant to He concluded by saying I have seem two World and I have heard many reasons given why this country is my belief that we have fought for just one to preserve the United States of and in preserving thte United we not only have kept her but her institutions and what we call our way of May we always be willingto make the sacrifices necessary to this whether it means risk ing our lives on the working with all our might on the production or giving a year of our lives as insurance against future This may we be able on Memorial to stand by the graves of those who have gone before and say Rest in we have kept the Faith4 Following Farleys Continued on 6 Citations Presented At Memorial Services Memorial Day services were held by the ciliaf ches ar the latter church on May the American Legion and the Boy Scouts and the State Guard attending a Dur ing the service the repre sented by Charles Judd and Herbert Past pre sented seven Gold Star Citations to the nearest of kin of the boys from Acton who have made the supreme sacrifice for their coun Committees Appointed By Town Moderator Albert Moderator for the Town of has announced his appointments of qualified voters to several in accord ance with the authority vested in him by voters at the last annual Town Meeting on March A committee to investigate and report on the advisability of pur chasing a truck for the Highway Department is composed of three local business Edward Bur South Acton Frank South and Howard West A War Record Committee for the purpose of compiling a War Record for the Town is made up of four World War I and one They are Ralph East Acton Herbert Acton Center South Acton Prentice West Acton and Marjory East During a previous Sunday Ser vice an Honor Roll was presented to the Congregational Church by Lawrence Presi dent of the Ladies Social The names appearing on this plaque are Charles Carl Alfred Gran RusSell Don ald Harold Charles James David Harold Francis Charles David Tuttle and Horace A George Gilbert Twentythree years Gil bert enlisted in the Army Air Corps while a at Northeastern our double responsibility W Investigat ing and reporting on feasibility of Zoning laws for the and also on the matter of Building They are Maynard Acton Center Clare West Ac ton Charles Acton Cen ter Porter West Acton and James South Forty At Merriam Reunion The FortySecond Reunion of the Merriam Family was held at the home of Miss Florence Mer School South on May About forty guests were representing the en tire family group with the ex ception of six boys who are in the Laura Clifford Laura wife of Albert passed away at her home on Crescent on May fol lowing an illness of many Clifford with her fam were residents of this village for about thirty moved to Stow about a year While here she was in Church work and the Rebekah al ways giving a helping hand as long as her health She was born in 61 years and is survived by her lusband a Win throp Addy a sister in Cali fornia and a brother in The funeral services were held from her late home at 2 oclock on Friday Harry Roberts of the South Acton Con gregational of which she was a Inter ment was in the family lot at Woodlawn four months of Tiny Linda and one half was the youngest mem ber William of Piper was the The most recent bride was the former Miss Doris who was mar ried to Burton Merriam earlier in the Dinner was served in the din ing room of the Congregational Church with relatives from Bel Leominster and enjoying the Plans for next years reunion were oasic tifeinyng atj Atlantic Vnd was trained as a radio gunner at Sioux South Dako He won his gunnery wings at Continued on Page 6 SCHOOL NOTES Senior Week for the graduating class ofActon High School will commence on June 8th with the Senior The Bac calaureate services will be held at the West Acton Baptist at evening service on June The Class of 1945 will hold its Senior Banquet at Kendall Hotel in Framingham on the fol lowed on the 14th by the Senior Graduation exercises will be held at the High School on June Invitations for the Senior Prom may be obtained from any mem ber of the Senior Music for the Prom will be furnished by Dick Tombenos Parade Marks Memorial Day A colorful parade marked the observance of Memorial Day in Acton on Members of the American Legion World War II Vet State Guard and Boy Scouts participated in the cere monies held at Mount Hopo and Woodlawn and at the various spots in the villages where memorials have been placed in honor of War Seen in the line of march were Charles Judd Commander of EdwardsQuimby Post Lowell Orma Lambert Edward Law Ralph William Mer Theron Legion naires Raymond in the white uniform and blue cape of the Legion Auxiliary Warren Joseph Sweeney and 5th MSG and many Although it was sprinkling as the parade formed in Acton Cen ter at the rain passed and the day was cool and As the parade marched up Avenue to Edwards Square pic tures were taken and will be pub lished in the next Thank You For services rendered in helping to mail the last issue of The we express our sincere appreciation to Miss Eleanor Stevens Miss of Munson WAR BONDS
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