With Those In The Service: December 7, 1944

December 7, 1944

An Urgent Appeal

The war, in its present phase, is placing new strains on all Army medical facilities.

One has only to look at the casualty lists in the newspapers to see why. And casualties haven’t yet reached their peak.

Specially needful of more help are the huge Army hospitals in this country. The staffs of these hospitals–the Army doctors and surgeons, the Army nurses and nurses sides, the army technicians and specialists–are doing  everything in their power to speed Johnny’s recovery.

Thousands of technicians are needed to staff hospital units. And now, more than ever, their positions–vital to Johnny’s quick recovery–must be filled and filled fast.

Who’s going to do it?

Women. An army of sympathetic, warm – hearted American women. Women who must be made to realize that this is a way in which they can truly serve.

Army hospitals need 22,000 Wacs for medical and technical jobs. It’s now or never for a lot of broken boys. And hospital work is a “natural” for women.

Information on joining the Wac may be obtained by contacting the nearest U. S. Army Recruiting Station or the office of the Sykesville Herald.

Military Miscellany

Chaplain Karl B. Justus, USNR, is to report to his new assignment on Monday, Dec. 11. His address: % Com. 3rd Naval Dist., District Chaplain’s Office, New York City, N. Y.

T.-5 Martin A. Keller, of Sykesville, after 31 months of overseas service, has reported to the AAF Redistribution Station No. 1 at Atlantic City, N. J. Cpl. Keller served as an engineer while overseas. Before he leaves for his next Air Force assignment, he will be examined by doctors and interviewed by personnel specialists to determine where he can best fit in the AAF act-up and aid the war effort.

Pfc. George Leakins, recovering from wounds received in the European fighting, has been transferred to Kennedy General Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. In a letter to his father on December 1, George wrote: “I have a good appetite. No parts missing. Hope to be home by Christmas.”

Private First Class Calvin C. Conaway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Conaway, who live in Sykesville, Maryland, has been promoted to corporal. He is a tank driver with a tank unit of Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark’s Fifth Army in Italy.

Machinist Mate 1-c. Donald Reisberg, of the Navy, who has been out to sea for 1 1/2 years, is home on a 15-day furlough.

S. Sgt. John W. Duvall recently spent several evenings with his parents and friend at Eldersburg before going overseas.

Writes From England

Recently-arrived overseas, Sgt. Alfred R. Glass V-Mails from somewhere in England:

“Just a line or so to say “hello” to you and the fellows in the Fire Co. I am now in England, don’t know for how long. As of yet have met none of the fellows from home. I will be able to go to London on pass soon and may run across someone there. Have been waiting for my paper to catch up with me–sure miss it. A Merry Christmas to you and the fellows.”

In The WAC

“Psychiatric Assistant” is the title awaiting Pvt. Harriet J. Smith upon completion of six weeks of basic training at the Third Wac Training Center at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. A graduate of Western Maryland College with an A. H. degree in Psychology, Pvt. Smith has a well-rounded background for her assignment with the Medical Corps. She was a psychiatric social worker at the Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville, Md., immediately prior to enlisting in the Women’s Army Corps, and was formerly a psychiatric aide at the Hartford Retreat in Hartford, Conn. Mrs. Helen M. Smith, mother of the new Wac private, resides at 130 East Main Street, Westminster.

The new address of Wac. Pvt. Virginia G. Woodward, A 320-837, is Company 9, 22nd Regiment, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

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