With Those In The Service: December 21, 1944

December 21, 1944

Quite a number of service men from Sykesville and vicinity some of whom have been away for several years, will have the good fortune of holiday furloughs at home, reports this week from various military and local sources indicated.

Pfc. Sterling Umbaugh, who has been at Woodrow Wilson General Hospital, Staunton, Va., for several months recuperating from wounds received in the south pacific, arrived today (Thursday) to spend five days at home. Though he will be unable to leave the house, Sterling will be happy to have friends visit him at his father’s home in Flohrville.

Donald M. Jefferson, second assistant engineer, U.B. Merchant Marine, is home with his parents, Capt. and Mrs. H. C. Jefferson, for the holidays.

Cpl. Richard Chipley, Orlando, Fla., arrived this (Thursday) evening for a 10-day holiday furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Chipley.

T-5 Martin A. Kellar is home for the Christmas holidays.

Pfc. Charles Conaway, who served with the Marines in the South Pacific for nearly three years, is spending a 30 day furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Conaway, near Berrett.

Stewart Blankert Home

After 22 months of overseas duty, most of which was in North Africa and Italy, Chief Yeoman Steward Bankert arrived at Bainbridge last Friday and is now enjoying a 30-day furlough. The former Sykesville beauty shop proprietor has been in the Navy for nearly three yars.

This week he is visiting his parents at Annapolis and he expects to be in Sykesville next week. His friend, Yeoman First Class John Adolph, who has been stationed with or near him throughout the time of their military service, returned with Steward to this country and is enjoying a similar furlough.

Military Miscellany

Customers of the local United Fund and Home Furniture stores thought they were seeing double this week– what with Manager Herman Reznick apparently in two places at once. The reason is that Sgt. Aaron Reznick, of Baltimore, is now assisting his brother here. Sgt. Reznick was given a medical discharge from the Army two weeks ago, after 2 1/2 years’ service, 16 months of which was spent overseas, in the Indis war area.

Overseas since last February, Sailor William Wilcox has arrived safely at Boston, Mass., according to a telegram received by relatives here. He has just been promoted to Ship Fitter’s Mate 3rd Class.

Mrs. Herbert E. Ridgely, Central Avenue, Sykesville, has just been notified that her son, Seaman 1-c Adam Marion Cook, is now a radio operator in the Navy. He receives his mail in care of the Fleet Post Office, San Franscisco.

Pvt. Carl T. Brown, Jr., U.S. Army, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Brown, near Sykesville, was killed in action on November 18, his 23rd birthday, He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl T. Brown, Sr., of Howard County.

Strawbridge Boys

Sgt. James R. Barr, a cook with the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, writes from somewhere in the Pacific to have us send him the Herald.

Pfc. Donald Smith, Army Engineers, is serving in the European theatre.

Promoted to Corporal has been D. W. Miller, with the Army Signal Service in France.

Pvt. Milton Conaway, with a medical unit, has been transferred to the Philippines.

A Sailor at Christmas

Robert R. Lewis, a Navy aviation instrument specialist, who is spending this Christmas somewhere in the Pacific, V-mails a holiday greeting, which pictures Uncle Sam’s Naval and Air forces eclipsing the Japs “rising sun” and making way for the light of liberty. Under the illustration appears this verse:

The Bugles of Battle will sound the Marches of Peace,
East, West, North and South, the long fight will cease;
Then we’ll sing the Song of Great Joy that the angels began,
We’ll sing of Glory to God and of Good Will to Man.

Ensign Branch Warfield

Thirteen months after he entered the Navy and began the V-12 course, Henry Branch Warfield, 20, of near Sykesville, was commissioned an ensign at graduating exercises of Midshipman’s School, Columbia University, New York City.

The exercises, held last Thursday, Dec. 14, were attended by his mother, Mrs. Lee O. Warfield, of Sykesville; an uncle, Dr. J. R. B. Branch, of Tennessee, and a friend, Capt. Gade, of the U. S. Naval Reserve.

Branch, a member of the 1941 graduating class of Sykesville High School, attended Washington College for two years before entering the service in November, 1943. He began the Navy V-12 course at Mt. St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg, Md., and then attended pre-midshipmen’s school at Asbury Park, N. J., before going to Columbia.

He is now at home on a 15-day furlough. On January 1, he is to report to Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., for an additional four months of schooling.

Bernard Cook Graduates

Allen B. Cook, son of Mrs. George T. Cook, Central Avenue, Sykesville, Md., recently graduated from the Aviation Electrician’s Mate school at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla., and was promoted to Seaman First Class (AEM) in the U. S. Navy.

Entering the Navy May 4, 1944, he received his recruit training at Bainbridge, Md., before being transferred to the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Jacksonville.

Cook is now a qualified Aviation Electrician’s Mate and has been assigned to Norfolk, Va. His wife and small daughter returned last week from Florida where they attended his graduation. He is anticipating a furlough during the holidays. His address: Allen Bernard Cook, A 1-c, AEM, 9275180, N.A.S., Norfolk, Va.

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