July 6, 1944
Wicklund returns from Iran
Floyd Wicklund has returned to Two Harbors since the first time he entered the service, March 31, 1942. During that time he has almost circled the globe and returned a convalescent.
Taking his basic training at the army base, Camp Barkley, Texas, he transferred from there to Camp Claiborne, La. where he joined a railroad battalion which shipped for overseas just seven months after his enlistment.
His destination was Iran, and reached via Rio de Janeiro around the horn of Africa and Bombay. This part of the trip took one month by sea. After a couple of days in Bombay, they set out for the Persian Gulf and landed in Iran, formerly Persia, where he spent 18 months. Milo Patrick Jr. was with him and is still there.
The work of the railroad division in Iran is to deliver lend lease goods from the U.S. to Russia. Floyd served as either fireman or engineer.
He reports the heat terrific and something we in this section could not comprehend. British and Americans take a siesta between the noon hour and four, but railroad men have to keep the trains moving and work straight through. It is almost unbelievable that they did not lose weight although their living conditions for the first three months were poor due to slow arrival of materials.
After a few months he contracted an illness which hospitalized him in Iran for six months and five days. With six other patients he started back to the United States. This time the trip was made by air, first to Egypt then to New York, which took only 44 hours.
Floyd leaves July 15 for the Schick General hospital, Clinton, Iowa, for further medical treatment.
Great Lakes has record tonnage
Although final figures will not be compiled until late next week, it appeared certain today that the Great Lakes bulk cargo fleet for the third consecutive month this season has broken all previous records for movement of iron ore, coal and grain.
On the basis of figures given in the current issue of the Bulletin of the Lake Carriers’ Association, total cargoes of these essential war commodities for the season to July 1 were estimated at about 59 million net tons.
In the former record year of 1942, the total for the same period was 57.1 million tons. Actual figures for the present season showed a total of 55.3 million net tons already delivered prior to the last week of navigation in June.
Iron ore was being brought down from the mines at an overage rate of better than 450,000 net tons daily last week, bringing the season’s total to 33 million tons on July 1.