A January 21, 1943, Lowell Tribune article (page 2, column 1) mentioned that Marvin Fleener of Lowell, having completed his seven days' furlough following induction, was leaving for Ft. Benjamin Harrison that week.
A February 4, 1943, Lowell Tribune article (page 2, column 1) listed Marvin Fleener as having basic training at Wolters, Texas.
This March 4, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Infantry Replacement Training in Texas
Pvt. Dwight O. Childers and Pvt. Marvin E. Fleener, have arrived at Camp Wolters, Texas, at the infantry replacement training center to begin basic training as infantrymen. They have been assigned to a battalion stressing rifle training.
The following April 15, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 6, column 4:
Pvt. Marvin Fleener was transferred to a new battalion in Camp Wolters, Texas. Marvin is advancing nicely in the infantry. He sends best wishes to all his friends in Lowell and expects to be home on his first furlough the last of April.
This February 17, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pfc. Marvin Fleener, who is stationed in Ireland, writes his mother, Mrs. Emma Fleener, that everything is O.K. and he is getting along fine.
This December 14, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Fleener Boys Overseas
Word received by Mrs. Emma Fleener informs her that her two sons, Pvt. Marvin Fleener and Col. Robert Fleener, are now overseas with their outfits. Marvin recently has been transferred from England to France, and Ralph has just landed in England. Both boys were O.K. when the letters were written.
Note that while this article is supposed to be about only two of the Fleener sons, three of them are named.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the January 18, 1945, issue (page 7, column 2-3):
Pfc. Marvin Fleener, stationed in France, informs his mother that he is still in the best of health and asked her to give all his friends his best regards.
This February 22, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Mrs. Emma Fleener has received letters the past few days from three of her sons, who are serving overseas.
Pfc. Marvin writes that he is now in Luxembourg, Cpl. Ralph is in Holland, and Sgt. Ralph is in the Philippines. All of the boys said they were well and their one hope was that this war would soon be over so they could come home once more. They all sent regards to their many buddies here at home.
Note that "Ralph" is mentioned as being in two places at once and two ranks at once in this article, an obvious error in the paper. There were six Fleener brothers who served in the war. The 1996 obituary of Ralph Fleener says he served both in Europe and in the Philippines during World War II, but he was in the Philippines at this time while Robert Fleener, his brother, was in Europe.
This April 26, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Mrs. Emma Fleener has received a German Swastika from her son, Pfc. Marvin Fleener, who is with the army in Germany. He said he could not tell how he got the swastika, which came from a German air corps uniform, until he got home--which he was hoping wouldn't be too long.