With Those In The Service: December 20, 1945

December 20, 1945

The Draft Boards — They Also Served!

“They also served — and well!”

The above variation of Milton’s classic words applies to that group of public servants who might be described as the “unsung but not uncussed heroes of World War II.”

They are the men who, as their contribution to the war effort, gave time and effort to fill the highly unpopular but vitally essential job of serving on the Local Draft Boards. In this particular locality these men were Frank A. Dorsey, chairman; Paul Welsh, E. W. Pickett and Claude Kimmey.

In deserved recognition of their services, a grateful nation has provided a Congressional Medal of Merit to certain uncompensated members or former members of the Selective Service System who have served a minimum of two  years.

And on this Thursday afternoon, December 20, in the Governor’s Office at Annapolis, one local board member of Maryland will be selected, by lot, to represent the Stare of Maryland at a formal ceremony at the White House in Washington on January 21, 1946, at 3 P.M., when the President of the United States will make the initial presentation of the Congressional Medal.

Later the award will be made to all eligible members in Maryland. Col. Henry C. Stanwood, State Director of Selective Services, said.

Military Miscellany 

From the far-away island of Guam, CM 1-c Andrew J. Rehbien sends Christman greetings to his home town of Sykesville.

James Myrle Haines, R2, Sykesville, recently enlisted in the Navy and is undergoing “boot” training.

Called here by the death of his father, Phillip Dallmus Baer, U. S. Coast Guard, is home on leave until Christmas. He expects to be discharged in the Spring.

Pfc. Harry F. Evans, Woodbine insurance man, who was inducted in June, 1944, and served in Italy for eight months, was discharged from the Army on November 30.

Home after long service in the Pacific are Milton (Monk) Brandenburg, Navy, and Charles (Buddy) Thompson, Army.

Pvt. Russell Egolf has returned to Fort McClellan, Ala., after spending a 15 day furlough with his wife and children.

Veterans Discharged

Two more Sykesville men who saw service in the Pacific have been honorably discharged from Naval service at Bainbridge — RDM 2-c Charles E. Ely and CGM Myrle P. Flohr.

After serving in the army for three years, T-5 William D. Warfield, Sykesville, received an honorable discharge from Fort George E. Meade on Dec. 3. He served with the Medical Detachment in the 44th Engineers, in the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 9th, and 15 Armies. Leaving England for the invasion of France, he then when through Belgium, Luxenburg and Germany. He received five battle stars, including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He has the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service ribbons, Distinguished Unit Badge, Meritorious Unit Insignia and World War II Victory Ribbon.

Lt. W. O. Marcus, West Friendship, is home on the terminal leave prior to being released from service in January. A bombarder, he served in the Army Air Forces for five years and in the China-India-Burma theatre for 16 months. He and his wife are looking for an apartment in Sykesville or vicinity.

T-Sgt. William C. Pannill, husband of Mary Arrinigton Pannill, was discharged from service in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 6th. He served 49 months in the Army Air Corps and is eligible to wear the American Theatre, European and African service ribbons and good conduct medal. Mr. and Mrs. Pannill are making their home in Brooklyn Park, near Baltimore.

At impressive ceremonies officially separating him from the Army Air Forces, S. Sgt. Benjamin F. Brown, of Sykesville, Md., received his honorable discharge on December 13, at the AAF Redistribution Station No. 5, Greensboro, N. C.

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