Lester and Lloyd Brandt, twin sons of Agnes Brandt, left Reliance last
week for San Diego where they will enter training in the US Marine
base. They were enlisted in Sioux Falls on their 17th birthdays.
The twins are the youngest in a family of 10 children, seven
boys and three girls. Four brothers are already serving in the
marines: Lawrence (21), Kenneth (19) over a year; Harry (26) six years
and Herbert (24) who was in civilian employment at Pearl Harbor and was
recently accepted for enlistment in the marines and is in training at
The Brandt twins were born at Winner May 10, 1926, where
their parents were engaged in farming. They later moved to Parker and
attended school there. At the time of their induction they were employed
as section hands on the Milwaukee Road at Reliance. Their mother now
lives in Tacoma, Wash. Their sister, Mrs. Carl Snow, resides on a farm
W. Brandt, son of Mrs. Agnes C. Brandt of Reliance has been graduated
from the Motor Gunnery School at the training center at Camp Elliot, San
Diego, Calif. with a rating of high expert.
This qualification, better than 96 percent perfect score,
entitles him to a gunner's post and an opportunity to shoot at the
splendid record other Marine motor gunners have already established in
the South Pacific.
The mortar has been found to be a valuable weapon in jungle
terrain and has, in many instances, replaced the more cumbersome field
artillery pieces which may hamper fast-moving jungle fighters.
Pvt. Brandt is also a rifle sharpshooter and bayonet expert. He
enlisted in the Marine Corps May 30, 1943 at Sioux Falls and received
his training at San Diego.