REVEILLE IS TOUGH ON THE TONSILS OF THIS FIRST SERGEANT IN ALASKA

YANK’S ALASKA CORRESPONDENT

SOMEWHERE IN ALASKA—If Top Sergeant Victor G. Bowen of this cold-shouldered soldiering outfit wears a harried look on his face every time he calls the roll, squint once at his company roster and bid him sympathy.

Here are just a few of the rocky syllables he has to trot over with his bare tongue:

Ronczkoski, Ostrowski, Opielinski, Pierantoni, Truszkosski, Ronewicz, Szczerba, Petricek, Ronspies, Wilczak, Stahulak, Ulanski, Prokopec, Pofelski, Romitti, Savelich, Pietrangeli, Rabideaux, and paging Pete Smith—Pryzybyz!



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IN SPITE OF WHAT ROSTERS SAY not all the guys in uniform are named Szywiskimzki (pronounced “Woof”). For instance, here are five familiar gentlemen, all of them either giving or receiving something. Marine 1st Lieut. Ted Lyons, ex-White Sox hurler, is cadging a highball. Pvt. Max Baer and Sgt. Bitsy Grant are exchanging hits in the head. Marine Pvt. Tyrone Power is getting something nice from a colonel. and Chief Specialist Bob Feller is mushing with his brand new bride.

For More on the War in Alaska Check Out:

Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians


Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion




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