DISASTER: Black Day in Wyoming Valley

One tearful day this week, Wilkes-Barre waved goodbye to a troop train carrying the men of the 109th Field Artillery Battalion, National Guard. They were Wilkes-Barre's own—all men from the anthracite districts of Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley. The train headed west for Camp Atterbury, Ind. with 700 men and officers.

Early next morning, five miles from Newcomerstown, Ohio, trouble developed in the air brake system. In a murky fog, the troop train ground to a stop. Out of the early morning roared the Pennsylvania's crack twin diesel Spirit of St. Louis. The first unit of the diesel hurled the rear...

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