A January 21, 1943, Lowell Tribune article (page 2, column 1) stated that Charles D. Shroyer was sent to New Orleans, La., for basic training.
The following June 29, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 5, column 3:
Mrs. Charles Shroyer of Hammond, was here for a week-end visit with friends. She informed us that her husband, Sgt. Charles Shroyer, had been quite ill in the army hospital at Clovis, N.M. He is now slowly improving.
The following August 24, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 4, column 1:
Arrives in England
A letter from Mrs. Charles Shroyer of Hammond, informs us that her husband, Cpl. Charles Shroyer, has arrived safely in England with his outfit. He was O.K. at the time he wrote.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the July 26, 1945, issue (page 2, column 1):
Mrs. Charles Shroyer has received a box of German and French souvenirs from her husband, who is with U.S. forces overseas. Among the items are a pair of house slippers from Paris, an evening bag, pair of bead design suspenders and many other interesting items from various places. She is now staying at the home of the Ross LaRues and anyone wishing to see these souvenirs may do so. Please phone Lowell 3868 to be sure someone is at home.
This December 20, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 4, column 3:
Marseille, France -- The 756th Railway Shop battalion has, since arriving overseas, built more than 28,800 freight cars in English and French railway shops. The 756th landed in England in September 1943 and operated a railway depot just outside of London. While there they built 10,200 frieght cars, as well as assembling locomotives shipped from the States and performing heavy repairs on equipment already in use. They arrived in Marseille in November 1944 and after converting three warehouses into railway shops, they commenced construction of freight cars, and built 18,600 cars. The outfit constructed many of the tools they used in their own shops, and improvised wherever necessary, with such success that they had a greater production record than any other shop battalion. The original unit was composed largely of men from the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The Delta Base Section, with headquarters located in Marseille handles all the units who perform the work necessary to supply and maintain troops in the area, and also controls redeployment of troops to the United States through this great port. Approximately 70,000 troops are attached to Delta Base Section so that this work can be carried out.
T/5 Charles Shroyer, of Lowell, was a member of this outfit which had such a fine record. Entering the army in December, 1942, he received his training in Louisiana. He arrived overseas July 17, 1944, and served in France, England, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They participated in campaigns as follow: Northern France; Battle of the Bulge, The Rhineland, and Central European. They put the first train in LeMans, first train in Paris, first train in Leige, first train in Germany supplying the front. Charles has the good conduct medal, ETO ribbon, with four battle stars. With 67 points to his credit and a member of the 740 Railway Operational Battalion, he was awaiting shipment home to the good old U.S.A. the last word that was received from him.