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Williamsport Sun: October 3, 1945 – Pal Who Stuck Through Hazards of Aerial Warfare Now Adopted by Major’s Seven-Year-Old Daughter

A war-travelled English dog that bears the significant name of “Golden Vallamont” is a new member of the household of Maj. Herman Finkelstein of 500 Vallamont Drive, who has returned from the European war.

Major Finkelstein, wearing seven battle stars and a Presidential citation, is home on convalescent leave. At the end of 30 days, he will report to Walter Reed Hospital for a check-up.

The cocker spaniel — which accompanied the flight surgeons on missions to France and Germany — has been adopted by the major’s seven-year-old daughter, Sheila. It long ago acquired the typically American name, “Butch.”

“Butch” signals an unforgettable era in Major Finkelstein’s life. He became the doctor’s possession shortly after his arrival in England on foreign duty and was a faithful companion throughout the war.

Major Finkelstein was a flight surgeon in the American Airborne Army. One of his most spectacular experiences was during the Holland invasion last Fall when the C-47 aircraft was attacked while attempting to land personnel and supplies among the paratroopers during the disastrous Arnhem campaign.

Off its course and propelled by one engine, the plane floundered in the air for five hours before it was landed safely in England.

Finkelstein’s primary role in the seven invasions he participated in the air evacuation of the wounded.

Three months ago, he arrived in the States on a hospital plane. He returned to Paris and made the final journey home by boat.

“Butch” was the only dog on the boat—and was only there by the sweat of the Major’s brow. It took yards of red tape to get him aboard and more to get him off the boat and out of quarantine.

But the enthusiastic reception given him by Sheila was worth all of that. Butch is happy here.