With Those In The Service: August 17, 1944

August 17, 1944

Military Miscellany

While the local man is attending officers’ school at Ford Benning, Ga., Capt. and Mrs. R. K. Barnes, of Sykesville, are making their home with Lt.-Col. Henry Buettner, a medical officer at the Fort, and Mrs. Buettner, The latter was formerly Miss Elizabeth Bennett, of Sykesville.

“I have finished basic and specialist school and have been assigned to Ca. A., 45th Sig. Hv. Cons, Bu., for unit training here at Camp Crowder, Mo.” So writes Pvt. Alfred R. Glass, who adds: “Give my regards to the fellows in the Fire Company–I hope to see you all soon.”

Elmer Irvin Deale, a member of the 1944 graduating class of Sykesville High School, who for the past two years made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Grimes, enlisted in the Navy on July 29. He is receiving his basic training at Bainbridge.

Petty Officer 3-c Vincent Marriner, who has been stationed in Miami, Fla., was home for the weekend. On return to duty he reported to his new base in South Carolina.

There was general rejoicing around Eldersburg last Thursday when Pvt. Ross Hornbaker arrived home after 2 1/2 years in Australia and New Guinea.

Soldier Items

The Baltimore Sun of last Saturday morning carried a picture of a group of Marylanders who participated in the Guam invasion. One of the men was Lt. Karl B. Justus, of Sykesville, chaplain of a naval troop transport that took part in the assault, which freed the first American possession captured by the Japs at the outset of this war. Incidentally, Chaplain Justus is receiving a new address, and has asked this column to request his friends to discontinue sending mail to the old address.

Seaman 2-c A. Marion Cook, Norfolk, Va., who is now attending radar school, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ridgely, and his fiancee, Miss Betty Jane Ruby.

Pfc. Marvin Trott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Trott, is serving with the forces of liberation in Northern France.

Pfc. James Conaway, in training in Florida as a gunner in the Army Air Forces, suffered a back injury in a plane crash two weeks ago and is now recovering in a hospital.

Aviation Cadet Arthur W. Hush, who has completed 65 hours of flying training at Greenville Aviation School, Ocala, Florida, is now stationed at Gunter Field, Montgomery, Alabama, for further training. Mrs. Hush is residing in Montgomery.

Armored School Graduate

Trained as an armorer and gun mechanic for the lightning0fast, accurate-shooting armored divisions and tank battalions, Pvt. William S. Alexander, RFD 1, Sykesville, has been graduated from the Gunnery Department of the Armored School, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

During his intensive course, Pvt. Alexander learned repair and maintenance of all guns used in armored divisions up to and including the big 75 mm. cannon mounted on medium tanks and half tracks. This training was planned with the aim of keeping guns in action in combat, and putting them back into action when parts wear out or are disabled by enemy fire. Graduates must know these weapons so well they can take them apart in the dark, remove and repair broken parts and reassemble them with a minimum loss of time.

Well Cared-For Casualties

The American Army has always had the reputation of being the best fed and the best clothed army in the world. To this may also be added the casualties of the American Army are the best cared for of any army in the world. Instead of being required to remain in hospital tents within a few miles of the front and within bombing range of the enemy, wounded men are loaded on air transports and flown from France and the Italian front to the United States to convalescent hospitals far removed from the fighting front. It is but one of the details that tends to make the American Army more efficient.

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