BILL & CHARLOTTE PAULL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

“Bill Goes to the Philippines.” We continue, after an interruption, with our series about Bill and Charlotte Paull during World War II.

“Sgt. Bill Paull of Winterset is thought to be in the Manilla area of the Philippines. His division, the 37th, was one of the two units spear-heading McArthur’s main drive down the island from Lingayen gulf. These two divisions closely followed the 1st cavalry division into the city of Manilla. Sergeant Paull is a veteran of the southwest Pacific fighting, having served 16 months in the Solomons, during which time he fought through the bloody Bougainville campaign and earned the Bronze Star medal for gallantry in action.” Madisonian, Feb. 7, 1945.

Bill was awarded the Silver Star, not the Bronze Star, for his gallantry in the Bougainville campaign. I find no other news item that indicates that he received the Bronze Star during the war. His obituary stated that he had received the Silver Star and the Bronze Star during his war service. I have not examined his actual service record to determine whether the Bronze Star was awarded to him in addition to the Silver Star.

“The members of the Service Wives club attended the Skating Vanities at the Des Moines Coliseum Sunday. The group included… Charlotte Paull… .” Madisonian, Mar. 7, 1945.

“Mrs. George William Paull who had an appendectomy at the Methodist hospital in Des Moines Saturday, May 12th, was brought to the home of her husband’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Paull Tuesday. Charlotte Ann has been staying with her grandparents while her mother was in the hospital.” Madisonian, May 25, 1945. For those who have not read prior installments, or have forgotten, Bill’s name was George William, and their daughter, born during the war, was Charlotte Ann.

“Mrs. George W. Paull attended a Delta Gamma tea at Drake university in Des Moines Sunday.” Madisonian, Oct. 24, 1945.

Mrs. George W. Paull will entertain the members of the Service Wives club at a Christmas party at her home Thursday evening.” Madisonian, Oct. 12, 1945.

“Sergeant George William Paull called his wife Monday morning, stating that he had arrived at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and would be home in a few days. Christmas plans for his wife and two year old daughter, Charlotte Ann, whom he has never seen, and his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Harvey Paull, are being delayed until he returns here. Sergeant Paull was a member of the 37th division and arrived on the west coast last Sunday on the Howze. Word was received here today that Sergeant Paull was to arrive Wednesday night.” Madisonian, Wed., Dec. 26, 1945.

“Sgt. George W. Paull, U. S. army, of Winterset, inducted Sept. 26, 1942, discharged Dec. 25, 1945, after three years and three months of service. Battles: Northern Solomons and Luzon. Holds Silver Star medal for gallantry in action, Philippine Liberation ribbon with campaign star, and Good Conduct medal.” Madisonian, Jan. 9, 1946, discharge information.

“WANTED: Medium sized tricycle. Bill Paull. Phone 259J.” Madisonian, Apr. 1, 1946, want ad. The very first back-to-civilian-life information that I found for Bill was this want ad, seeking a tricycle for Charlotte Ann. It’s a very appropriate piece of information for the Bill Paull I knew.

“George William Paull, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Paull, started working for the Smith Firestone store last week. Virgil Smith and ‘Bill’ Paull attended a Firestone managers meeting in Des Moines Monday, April 15th.

“Mrs. Paull attended Coe college at Cedar Rapids, following his graduation from the Winterset high school and in his junior year enlisted in the U. S. army. He returned in late December from the Pacific theater where he served with the U. S. infantry for several years. He and his wife and daughter Charlotte moved recently into the Monroe house on East North street.” Madisonian, Apr. 17, 1946.

Readers, our series about Bill and Charlotte will continue with a short piece of information, never reported in any newspaper. I do not know, today, what else, if anything, it will include. When I started this series, I wanted to include a large amount of information from their childhoods. I’ve skipped most of it, and consider that information now unnecessary. If YOU disagree, and want to read that information as well, please write or e-mail the Madisonian, promptly, with your plea for it.