Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 17, 2014

AC history

The Daily Iowegian

---- — AC History

Jan. 17, 1944: Gordon Gammack, a reporter with the Des Moines Register and Tribune, was traveling with the 34th Infantry as they struggled towards Monte Cassino. He wrote their undertaking was “a mad, weird, horrible struggle in cold rain and snow of men sworn to kill or be killed.” The men were rowed across the Rapido River silently and at night by the Nineteenth Combat Engineers, among those at the oars, Reese Hudson of Mystic. (450-451)

Jan. 18, 1942: Within a month of Pearl Harbor the country’s mobilization was well underway. People of Appanoose County saw crack passenger trains put on sidings while freight trains, loaded with munitions, roared through with right of way. They saw freight cars sandwiched between elite passenger coaches. They saw army planes flying in formations across the sky. They heard them at night. Mrs. Josie Stuckey of Udell heard from her son Dale. He’d survived Pearl Harbor and sent home a piece of a Japanese plane. (414)