With Those In The Service

February 8, 1945

Military Miscellany

When two United States Marines fro Sykesville, who hadn’t seen each other in 2 1/2 years, met recently on an island in the South Pacific, they were so excited and happy that they could hardly talk. The two were Sgt. Reginald Arrington and C. M. 2-C Charles P. Hand. According to the letters received at home last week, both boys were fine and in the best of health.

Pvt. Virginia G. Woodward, 320-837, has graduated from Motor Transport School, at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and is now station at : Wac Detachment, Hampton Roads, Newport News, Va. Her husband, Pfc. Joseph E. Woodward, is in a hospital in the Southwest Pacific, recovering from the wounds received in action. Rumors that his arm has been removed, say relatives, are untrue. Friends who would write to him may obtain his address at the Herald office.

T-4 Arthur J. “Bus” Forsyth, with General MacArthur’s forces currently engaged in ridding the Philippines of the Japs, has just been advanced to staff sergeant.

Aerial Gunner

FOR MYERS, FLA.— Pfc. Donald D. Hood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Hood, of Sykesville, Md., was graduated alst week from the AAF Training Command’s Flexible Gunnery School at Bugkingham Field near Fort Myers, Fla.

Now qualified as an aerial gunner, he will soon become a member of the Army Air Forces’ bomber crews. He will receive his crew training at an operational training field in the United States then go overseas. Hundreds of gunners are graduated each week from the huge gunnery school near Fort Myers where the shooting ranges from skeet with a shotgun to firing from a power operated turret in the huge bombers over the Gulf of Mexico.

Pfc. Hood attended Sykesville High school, graduating in 1943, and worked as a mechanic helper for the Midway Garage.

Silver Star

For courage while leading a reconnaissance patrol on Bougainville, an operation which located a Japanese strongpoint and which cost him his life, First Lieut. Gerald B. Lyons has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal.

The presentation was made to the local officer’s widow, Mrs. Virginia Lyons, of Westminster, by Maj. Gen. Philip Hayes, commanding general of the Third Service Command, in the presence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis C. Lyons of Eldersburg, and other relatives.

Lt. Lyons was killed January 31, 1944 on the final day of the three-day mission while reconnoitering his patrol’s position to help direct effective artillery fire on the enemy.

Soldier Items

Two Sykesville cousins met on Leyte Island, in the Philippines, on January 24 and enjoyed a five-hour visit. They were Lt. Francis A. Lewis, USNR, serving on a destroyer, and T-5 Clyde S. Lewis, with an Army aviation engineering unit.

Pfc. William T. Thompson has returned to camp at Fort Jackson, S. C., after spending a two-weeks furlough at home.

Pvt. Stanley G. Parks, 3390621, is back in the hospital. His address: Station Hosp., Ward B-7; Camp Wheeler, Ga.

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