With Those In The Service: August 30, 1945

August 30, 1945

What “Not To Say” To A Returning G. I.

An Army Officer of many years’ service, with whom the writer of this column had the pleasure of talking over the weekend, urged us to caution friends and relatives against pressing returning servicemen for gruesome details of their war experiences. He cited as a classic example of what “not to say” to a returning G. I., the enthusiastic but thoughtless father who greeted his boy with:

“How many Japs did you kill, son?”

It happened that they boy had had to kill several Japs, with a knife, and recollection of that experience was not pleasant.

The officer, a lieutenant-colonel, went on to say that, to most American servicemen, brought up as they were in peace-loving, Christian homes, the whole messy business of killing was utterly foreign to their nature; it was a distasteful job that had to be done during the war, but now that it is over, they would like to forget it.

Military Miscellany

Seaman 1-c Marion Cook, overseas for the past year and now serving aboard a ship in the Pacific, recently was promoted to Radar Mate Third Class.

Pfc. Charles E. Piehler is serving with U. S. occupational forces in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.

Pvt. George Obrecht, Purple Heart veteran recently returned from overseas, underwent a double hernia operation two weeks ago at Oliver General Hospital, Augusta, Ga. He is reported to be doing nicely. George, wounded in France, still carries in his face a small piece of schrapnel, which doctors have, for the present, decided against operating to remove.

Serving aboard the USS Iowa might 45,000-ton battleship which participated in the daring strikes against the Japanese home islands in the closing days of the war, was Machinist’s Mate 1-c Carlisle E. Martin, 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Martin, Sykesville. The Iowa, launched nine months after Pearl Harbor, was one of the U. S. warships to enter Tokyo Bay this week as American occupational forces took over the Japanese capital.

Important Conference

A local GI writing home to his wife characterized the meeting that would take place on his arrival home as the Conference of the Big Two.

Soldier Items

It is now “Sergeant” Charles H. Thompson. The local soldier, overseas for the past 27 months, is now serving with a headquarters company in the Philippines.

Capt. Haden Lewis and Miss Frances Hawkins, Frostburg, have been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Lockard. Capt. Lewis, a former teacher in the Sykesville School, has just returned from overseas and is now on a 30-day furlough. Additional Sunday supper guests at the Lockard home were Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Surflaten.

If the earnest hopes and well wishes of friends in Sykesville help any–and these friends are more than a few–then Pfc. George Leakins, Jr., should be receiving moral support in the long, up-hill and courageous fight he has been waging in the hospital. George, badly wounded in the fighting in Germany, has been a patient for months at Fort Howard Hospital, Baltimore.

Pvt. Henry D. Cassard, overseas since last January serving with the 13th Airborne Division in Europe, this week has been spending a few days of a month’s furlough with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Ridgely. He plans to fly to Bermuda to visit his parents, Col. and Mrs. H. D. Cassard.

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