Dan Cupid Wearing Eagles
Helps Pfc and Nurse Wed
By William R. Frye, Staff Correspondent
DARMSTADT, Aug. 3, 1945 - Top brass of the Third Armd. Div.
played cupid to a private and a nurse here yesterday and as a
result a combat veteran and his Pacific-bound bride are honeymooning
in the Riviera today.
The couple were 1-Lt. Ruth E. Goldstrom of Pittsburgh, a 250th
General Hosp. nurse, and Pfc Russell J. Kane of Biglerville,
Pa., wireman with the 143rd Armd. Sig. Co. They were married
in St. Mary's church, Darmstadt, by Chaplain Sylvester J. Baumgart.
A few days ago, Kane learned that his fiancee, whom he had
known for six years, was to ship out for the Pacific. His request
for permission to be married found its way up through channels
to Col. John A. Smith Jr., the Spearhead Chief of Staff.
Smith Gets Results
Caught in a romantic mood, Smith did the following:
(1) Loaned Kane Brig. Gen. Doyle O. Hickey's Mercedes sedan
in which to drive to Rheims and get the bride.
(2) Turned over the Artillery Officers Club for the reception.
(3) Arranged for a C-47 to fly a party of bridesmaids, including
Maid of Honor Martha Jane Moffett of Altoona, Pa., to Darmstadt
(4) Got Kane and the bride a two-day pass in Nice and a plane
to fly them there and back.
(5) Set lieutenant colonels on the trail of champagne and
other drinks. (They produced.)
(6) Invited Jack Benny, Ingrid Bergman, and Martha Tilton
to the affair. (They came.)
Hickey gave the bride away; Benny kissed her for souvenir
photographers, and Kane's company CO, Lt. Charles A. Webb, Jr.,
crooned with the dance orchestra.