Plymouth County

S/Sgt. Henry A. Treinen





Arriving home after more than two years in the Army service was S/Sgt. Henry A. Treinen, wearing his customary smile in addition to three bronze stars and two presidential citations for meritorious services in England over a period of 22 months, reports the Remsen Bell-Enterprise.

Sgt. Treinen went into the service June 22, 1942, and after but four months of training at Miami Beach, Fla., and Florence, S.C., was sent overseas with the 315th troop carrier group. His work consisted of mechanics in “keeping ‘em flying” and immediately after arrival in England (base not stated), he was placed in charge of transportation for mechanics and drivers. The duties included seeing that the fighting forces were supplied, amply and on time.

From headquarters of the 315th Sgt. Treinen received the following:  “It is desired that S/Sgt. Treinen be commended in such a manner as to make it a part of his permanent record….  He has been a member of this organization for two years, mostly overseas in an active theater. During this time he has been charged with the maintenance and operation of motor vehicles, and the efficient, irreproachable manner in which he has performed his duty is worthy of highest praise. He was among the motor sergeants commended by IX Troop Carrier Command technical inspectors for excellent operation of their vehicles in cooperation with the successful attack on the enemy.”

The unit was cited for outstanding performance June 5-6 when 48 sorties were made in the European invasion, and he wears a star for the Sicilian and two stars for the Italian campaign as a member of the ground personnel supporting the air forces.

Sgt. Treinen will report at Miami Beach October 25 for a two-week rest period and then will learn of his next orders. He will be privileged to visit home again for a week or two before returning to active duty.

The visiting soldier says he has a wealth of experience in duty but refrains, as becomes a good soldier, from going into details concerning certain movements and activities of his group, which of course would be highly interested to his friends.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, October 9, 1944