Town Being Hit Hard By Draft

February 18, 1943

New Group Leaves For Camp — Childless Men Here Get First Call

The Sykesville community, which already has nearly 200 men and women in the service of Uncle Sam, this week felt the effects of the government’s new order to accelerate inductions by calling up 12,000 men a day, regardless of dependents, to raise 4,000,000 for the armed services in 1943. Only irreplaceable men in the most essential industries and certain farm workers will be deferred, Selective Service announced.

On Tuesday, 29 men from Draft Board No. 1 of Carroll County, who had been accepted for military service, left for Fort Meade. The group included eight from this area. On Monday morning, 32 men in the Sykesville section, including virtually every childless married man in the town, received notices to appear before their draft board examiner for preliminary physical examination.

Local men, who left for Fort Meade on Tuesday, were:

Elwood Westley Lindsay, R.F.D.2, Sykesville.
Louis Earl Rosier, Gaither.
Marvin Schooley Trott, R.F.D.1, Sykesville.
William Norman Barnes, R.F.D.1, Sykesville.
Edward Franklin Wicks, R.F.D.1, Finksburg.
Carl Edward Criswell, R.F.D.2, Sykesville.
Franklin Richard Green, Sykesville.
Thomas Edward Shilling, R.F.D.1, Finksburg.

In addition to the above, John Ware Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, Liberty Road, near Sykesville, enlisted in the Navy and left for training school on Monday.

The childless married men call here Monday hit Sykesville hard, taking three men out of the Postoffice alone. Among those in the town summoned for their first “physical” and reclassification were Edward R. Grimes, Otis A. Harding and Roland Gillis, all of the postoffice; Frederick Church, of the Herald; Gilbert Fleming, Sinclair oil dealer; Vernon (Bill) Bennett, a war worker; Glenn Buchanan and William Schultz, Springfield Hospital employees.

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