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JIE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, JAN. 26, 194:

aratroopers Take Over
Deserted Belgum Farms
By KENNETH L. DIXON !
Associated Press Corresponldent up as far as good turns are con-
BELGIAN FRONT, Jan. 21.-(De- cerneds
layed)-Despite the fierce fighting Fought Four Invasions
which has been waged on this front Charlie loves farms and farming,
ever since von Rundstedt's break- but in the last two years there hasn't
through, a few parachute troopers of been much time for such interests as
the 82nd Airborne Division have his 504th Parachute Infantry regi-
found time to do a little farming. ment fought through four invasions
Their motives have not been en- in six areas.
tirely unselfish, but even so guys like There were plenty of farms in
Sgt. Charles E. Heyser, Gettysburg, Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Hol-
Pa., can turn their badges right side' land but they usually were well tend-
ed by their owners or else too ravaged
by war. But here in Belgium, it's
abr Veterans been differe.
Many farms-weil stocked with
cows, chickens and sheep-have been
Council Give left untended as civilians fled before
'T .the German panzer push. Charlie
found such a farmand it at least will
Three 'oi m1s be in good order when its Belgian
owner returns.
February Discussions Gets Up Early
To Prepare Community It's still dark and cold these morn-
ings when Charlie gets out of his
To Receive Servicemen bedroll and goes over to his farm.
Before the sun peiaks over the West-
The Veterans' Council in coopera- ern front, the Belgian cows have
tion with the Social-Civic Educa- been milked, chickens fed and' the
tional Committee of the Adult Edu- barns cleaned out. Trhe stock is
cational Council of Ann Arbor will watered and turned out to pasture.
present a series of local forums, Cows Non-Cooperative
planned to prepare the community Charlie's isn't the only farm on
for returning veterans during Febru- these Belgian hillsides where cows
ary at the three junior high schools were left locked in stalls, milk sour-
of the city, it was announced yester- ing in pails, and chickens abandoned
to their fate by fleeing owners. A
-tdder the leadership of Clark Tib- Military Police platoon set up a Pris-
bets, director of the University ser- oner of War cage in just such a site.

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WHAT A SMALL WORLD l' IS:
Father, Son Are United in Italy

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-A. P. Wirephoto
SECRETARY OF WAR Henry L. Stimson (left) and General George
C. Marshall, army chief of staff, leave a three-hour session of both
houses of Congress at the Congressional Library in Washington, D. C.,
during which they made a secret war report.

Students To Air
Campus Faults

But before the prisoners could be Student awareness to problems on
herded into the barn, a bunch of our campus will be discussed under
cows had to be herded out, and they the direction of the Reverend H. L.
didn't coop erate too much.tedrcino teRvrn .L
Amnt~r Frmandsmh Pickering following Saturday Lunch
Amxrateur Fa Hands

A rush call went out for a farmer,
and Pfc. Tom Neverdahl of Menomi-
nee, Wis., a motorcyclist, arrived. He
sized up the situation.
"'T'hese cows need to be milked,"
said Ton. "Then if we are going to
keep them around well have to clean
up a place for them."
Tom got Steve Debrow, Bridgeport,I
Pa., to help with the milking, but
other tasks fell on the shoulders of
some boys whose previous farming
connections consisted solely of seeing
newsreel shots of political candidates
pitching :thay.
Pfc. George Apen of (182 Green
St.) Brooklyn, drew what might be
referredto as a bovine latrine detail.
Pfc. Louis Mikrut of South Wood St.
Chicago, was assigned the job of
driving the cows 200 yards down the
road to a water trough every day.
Not taking any chances, Louie'
herded them along with his sub-
machinegun. Also, he and George
kept the cows covered each morning
while Archie Stringer, Hauma, La.,
let them out of their stalls.
Hillel Will Hold
Service Togniht
Students To Conduet
Ifiitial Reform Rites
In an experimental departure from
the traditional, weekly Conservative
service, the Hillel religious committee
has arranged to hold Reform and
Conservative religious services both
of which begin at 7:45-p. m. today at
the Hillel Foundation.
The Reform Service, to be con-
ducted by Barney Laschever, Made-
leine Levenberg, Charlotte Shapiro
and Bennett Shulman, will be held
in the Foundation chapel. Ruth Wol-
kowski, at the organ, and Rita Hy-
man, who will sing the anthems, will
provide the religious music for the
service.
The Conservative service, conduct-
ed by A-S Eugene Malitz and Melvin
Rackoff, '47E, will be held in the
assembly room.
Walter To Be
S.R.A. Guest
Dean Erich A. Walter of the Col-
lege of Literature, Science and the
Arts and Mrs. Walter wil be the
guests of honor at the Student Reli-
giousAssociation Coffee Hour at 4
p.m. today in the Lane Hall library.
Dean Walter is being invited as
part of the new Coffee Hour program
of inviting professors so that stu-
dents may meet and know their pro-
fessors on a more informal basis than
is possible in the classroom.

at 12:15 p. m. tomorrow at Lane Hall-
The topic was suggested by the
statement of Dean Henry P. Van
Dusen when he pointed out in his
address Monday that too frequently
thinking students, who are anxious
to solve world problems, overlook in-
justices on their own campus.
Those wishing to attend Saturday's
cost lunch should make reservations
by 6 p. m. today by calling 4121, ext.
2148.

St. Andrews To Hear'
Rev. Voegli Sunday
Arriving here from New York where'
he preached at. the Cathedral of St.
John the Divine, the Rt. Rev. C.
Alfred Voegli, Bishop of the Episco-
pal Missionary District of Haiti, will'
be guest preacher at 11 a. in., Sunday
in St. Andrew's Church.
Bishop Voegli, born in Hawthorne,
N. J., received an LL.B degree from
the New Jersey Law School in 1925.
While Dean of St. Luke's Cathedral.
Ancon, Panama Canal Zone, he was
elected Bishop of Haiti and was con-
secrated December 16, 1943.
Besides tle service in the morning,
Bishop Voegli will address the Can-
terbury Club for studentsand ser-
vicemen at 6 p. in. in the Student
Center, 408 Lawrence St.

That the world is a small place
after all, was discovered by Col. Hall
G. Van Vlack and his son, Sgt. Hall
G. Van Vlack, Jr., USAAF gunner,
when they met far away from their
home to have Thanksgivig dinner to-
gether at Bari, Italy.
The story was mailed to The Mich-
igan Alumnus telling of the curious
circumstances surrounding the meet-
ing of the father and son. Colonel
Van Vlack is a former University,
man having graduated in 1910 in the
School of Medicine. Sergeant Van
Vlack's description of his experience
which he mailed in a letter to his
mother begins:
"My co-pilot awakened me at 9
and gave me to understand that I1
was to report to the orderly room
as the CO of our group wanted me
on. the phone. While I racked my
brains trying to remember having
given aid and comfort to the enemy
or knifed a major, the sergeant got
him on the phone. 'This is Sgt.
Hall Van Viack speaking, Sir' . .
Sergeant do you have a father in
the Army?' . . . 'Yessir!' . . . 'A
colonel in the Medical Corps?' .. .
'Yessir!' I was so excited then I
didn't know what was up but after
the colonel got through explaining
to me, hie explained to the sergeant
in the orderly room.
"All I knew was I was going to see
Dad. Still dressing, I picked up my
pass from the sergeant who had to
run to give to me and who told me
I would pick up my ride to Bari,
where Dad was, at the control tower
on the field. I got out there quickly,
checked with the control tower per-
sonnel and discovered that the plane
from our squadron had left ten
minutes before."
This happening succeeded in mak-
ing Sergeant Van Vlack spent an un-
happy half hour before he was sent
back to the tower just in time to
see a B-17 land. He followed in-
4 structions and walked over to the
plane where the pilot informed him
it was the private plane of Majoi
General Twining, commanding the
15th Air Force, and that lIe had sent
it over to fly Van Vlack back to Bari
S"It was a converted four engine
bomber equipped for comparative
luxury-four bunks, a study table,
and comfortable chairs, besides, a
plexiglass window. I'd be quite
content to set up housekeeping in
it. I don't think I expressed sur-
prise or pleasure to anyone-just
accepted it, apparently, as one of
those tinmgs due a buck sergeant
in the Air Force. But I was speech-
less.
He discovered that Colonel Vain
Vlack's was in Bari as the result ofa
hurried trip from his Balkan relie
administration headquarters to th
side of a frien who was ill. Colone
Van Vlack is principal medical office:
for the relief efforts of the Allie
nations in Greece, Yugoslavia and Al
r,
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bania, a job which will be taken over
by UNRRA following the war.
The father and son had dinner
at an officers' club. "There were
about 24 of the men with whom
Dad works," the Sergeant said in
his letter. "Two or three colonels,
a bunch of lieutenant colonels and
majors, and a smattering of cap-
tains. The captains were so out-
ranked that they clung to corners
and looked very repressed. Be-
sides these Americans we had a
British brigadier general and sev-
eral of their colonels. A Major
Cox asked me if I was impressed
with all the brass, I acknowledged
Ithat I was. Cox said, 'Fine--now
forget about it.' It was a regular
Thanksgiving dinner, even if the
Italian waiters did try to serve the
mince pie first.
"We went up to our room in a
hotel. It was an unheated room and
rather poor by our standards but it
did have a basin with running water
and taps marked 'Freda' and 'Colita.'
There was plenty of colita water but
of course, the freda tap just dripped
amiably when I tried it. We had uo
wear our overcoats in that frosty
room.
"Dad is doing a life work in three
years over here," Sgt. Van Vlack
continued in his letter, "a much,

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