With Those In The Service: August 2, 1945

August 2, 1945

Marine Has Silver Star

One of the first service men from this community to receive the Silver Star medal was Cpl. Francis Webster (Bobby) Mullinix, U.S.M.C.R., son of Mrs. Nettie Mullinix, Sykesville. Cpl. Mullinix was awarded the Silver Star in August, 1944, after having received five Bronze Stars for island bombing operations in the Pacific. For nearly two years he has served with task forces including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, which have hit the Japs on New Guinea, Wake, Makin, Truk, Marhshall, Saipan and other islands. The local marine entered the service in December 1942 and attended sea school at Norfolk, Va.

Gunner On B-29

Cpl. Donald D. Hood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Hood, near Sykesville, is now stationed at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, where he is undergoing combat crew training as a gunner on a B-20 Super-Fortress. Donald is a tail-gunner on the big ship which has a crew of 10 men. The MacDill Army Air Field is part of the Third Air Force, which trains crews for the heavy bombers that are playing such an important role in our operations against Japan.

Military Miscellany

His “boot” training completed, S. 1-c Donald Clarke has returned to the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois, after a nine-day leave at home. He expects to be co-assigned for radar schooling.

Thomas Stansfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stansfield, of Liberty road, left on Tuesday for the U. S. Marines.

C. M. Russell P. Hughes, USNR, spent from Friday until Sunday at his home here.

Home from the European theatre, Pfc. Richard Leatherwood, is spending a 30-day furlough with his wife, the former Doris Burman, of Sykesville, and his paretns, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stone.

Awarded Bronze Star

T. Sgt. John W. Duvall, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Duvall of Eldersburg, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal “for heroic achievement on April 15, 1945 in the vicinity of Westheim, Germany.”In the service for nearly two years, having entered on Sept. 10, 1943, Sergeant Duvall has been overseas nine months; serving in the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion, 12th Armored Division, Seventh U. S. Army. He is now stationed with American occupational forces in Germany.

“Durng an advance on Westbeim,” stated the citation accompanying the medal, “T. Sgt. Duvall’s platoon was subjected to intense enemy small arms, mortar and artillery fire. The platoon leader was killed by the first burst of fire, leaving the platoon in a desperate situation, and exposed to the intense enemy fire.

“Despite the fire and his precarious position, T. Sgt. Duvall immediately took charge of the platoon, reorganized it into an effective fighting force and continued the advance. Due to his outstanding courage and leadership ability, the platoon was able to accomplish its mission with a minimum of casualties.”

Honorably Discharged

The demobilization of two more Sykesville men has been reported by Draft Board No. of 1 Carroll County. They are:

Pvt. Leon E. Shifflet, Sykesville, Company I, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, was inducted March 6, 1944; honorably discharged July 14, 1945, and served overseas eight months and one day.

Monroe Arthur Stem, Sykesville, R. D. 2, was honorably discharged from the M. B. Navy Yard, N. Y., and from the United States Marine Corps, June 27, 1945. He enlisted April 4, 1941, and served in the South Pacific. He participated in action against the enemy at Guadalcanal, B. S. I., Cape Gloucester, New Britain, on Board U. S. S. Elliott, August 8, 1942. He was is

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