February 6, 2014
Alpha Study Club met Tues., Jan. 28 at the home of Ranae Fagan. Vice-President, Joan Raum, opened with a Snow Trivia Quiz. Fifteen members answered roll call. The secretary’s report was read and approved. A thank you letter was read from the Gladbrook Library for our recent book purchases. Karen Handorf passed pictures of the Christmas Luncheon held in December. Marcia Plett introduced Maxine Schoel who presented the book “The Forgotten 500” by George A. Freeman. During WWII, American bombers carried out raids to destroy the oil fields in Ploesti, Romania. Many planes crash landed causing the surviving airmen to bail out in the hills of Yogoslavia. General Mahailovich assigned Yogolsavian soldiers to guide and protect our airmen — walking them for days — sometimes months — across Eastern Europe until they could be rescued by the Army Air Force. The international politics kept these fliers holed up and out of communication, so the rescue was held up until the facts could finally be relayed to the rescuers. Many of the details in the book were not declassified until decades later — and then Freeman wrote the book. Joan closed with SNOW DAY, written by 12 year old Sam D. Ranae served a wonderful banana nut cake, nuts, candy, flavored coffee and tea. The next meeting will be Feb. 11 at the Peace Church with Shirley Young as hostess.
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