With Those In The Service

January 18, 1945

Reported Missing

Cpl. Paul Stevens, husband of the former Miss Dremah (Peachie) Lusk, of Sykesville, has been reported missing in action. Cpl. Stevens, whose home is in Indiana, married the local girl about a year ago. He was serving with an infantry unit in Belgium and had been overseas for three months.

Military Miscellany

Pvt. Winton S. Varner, Camp Plauche, Louisiana, former Sykesville station agent, is spending a furlough here with his wife, who has been employed by a Baltimore department store.

When last heard from recently, Pvt. Daniel Fleming was somewhere in France.

Cpl. Philip S. Lee, with a military police outfit in France, has been promoted to sergeant.

Chief Yeoman Steward Bankert, who returned to this country in December for a 30-day furlough after nearly two years overseas, reported for duty with the Navy this week.

Petty Officer 2-c John W. Williams is spending a two-week leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Williams, Liberty road.

Awarded Combat Medal

With The Second Infantry Division– Private William E. Hungerford, 27, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for superior performance of duty in combat on the front lines in France and Germany.

His wife, Mrs. Ann. G. Hungerford, resides at Route 1, Sykesville, Md. He graduated from the High School, Sykesville, and was employed and Bendix Radio Corp. Baltimore, before entering the army 10 months ago.

“Lucky” Sgt. Bandorick

Sgt. William Bandorick, with an infantry battalion of the 7th U.S. army in France, is beginning to think a benevolent Providence is looking out for him.

Two months ago Bandorick’s outfit became known as the “Lost Battalion”  when it was cut off for a week without food or water by the Germans. Then relief finally came and Sgt. Bandorick, husband of the former Miss Barbara Howes, of Sykesville, was among those who survived the ordeal.

More recently the local soldier, veteran of 15 years in the Army and a long series of bitter actions in this war, earned a 48-hour pass to Paris. The fellows of Company A envied the good fortune of their first sergeant. How good that fortune was no one then really knew.

Bandorick spent his pass in Paris sightseeing and buying belated Christmas presents for his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Then he returned to his division command post to report for duty. There he learned the bad news. During his absence the company with which he had served was wiped out by the enemy. Nearly all of its men were either dead or captured. Company A, they told him, didn’t exist anymore.

Soldier Items

From England, Pfc. William 11. (Mickey) Ridgely writes to say “thanks” for holiday greetings from home town folks.

T. Sgt. Edwin W. Haugh, son of Mrs. Susie Haugh, Woodbine, previously reported missing, is now listed as a prisoner of war in Germany.

T-5 Wallace V. Brown has been transferred from Camp Gordon, Ga., to Camp Bowie, Texas, in the Ordnance Dept. His wife, who had been living near him in Georgia, has returned to Baltimore.

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