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CAMP BLANDING NEWS LINE (3)

Paratrooper Chaplains To Jump with Soldiers
    CAMP BLANDING, Nov. 29.  (A.P.) The two chaplains of the 508th parachute infantry at Camp Blanding are preparing to do everything that troops do, even to jumping,  They are Lieut. James L. Elder, 24. of New Orleans, a Protestant, and Lieut. Ignatius Maternowski, 30, of Holyoke, Mass., a Catholic. Both volunteered to act as spiritual leaders for the sky soldiers because they thought they could do the most good there
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[The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, 30 Nov 1942, Mon, Page 10]

Ernest W. Raeuchle Is Promoted To Captain
   Lieut. Ernest W. Raeuchle, 508th Parachute Infantry, stationed at Camp Blanding, Fla., has been promoted to the rank of captain.   He was formerly instructor in the parachute school at Fort Benning, Ga., and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.. Frederick Raeuchle, 914 Eighteenth street.  His wife is the former Miss Lillian Overdorf, Camp Hill, and they have two children, Sandra Lynn and Kurt Randall Raeuchle.
   Mr. and Mrs.. Frederick Raeuchle and another son, Dr. Randall R., have returned home after a visit at Camp Blanding. 

[Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Sat, Nov 28, 1942 Page 7] [PDF]

The following is a list of names of men and Army addresses who were recently inducted into the armed forces of the United states through Local Board No. 1, Berks county, Boyertown [PA]:

[number 6 in the list] Pvt Karl F. Lechner, Service Co., 508th Parachute Infantry, Camp Blanding, Fla.

[Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) Thu, Jan 28, 1943 Page 7] [PDF]

NOTE:  It is uncertain when and where Pvt Lechner first arrived in the 508th as the Morning Reports for January through July 1943 are missing.  He appears in the 4 August 1943 Service Company Morning Report with the entry of "from Detached Service, The Citadel, SC to duty"

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