With Those In The Service: February 1, 1945

February 1, 1945

Distinguished Flying Cross

Congratulations are certainly due First Lieutenant William B. Welling, Jr., with the 12th U. S. Air Force in the Mediterranean theatre, who is acquiring an enviable array of decorations for meditorious conduct.

The local airman, enlisting in the service four years ago and serving overseas for the past twelve months, has just een awarded the coveted Distinguished Flying Cross by Maj. Gen. John K. Connon for “oustanding” achievement in action against the enemy.”

Recently Lt. Welling, senior squadron navigator of the 1st Emergency Rescue Squadron, was presented the Legion of Merit award for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations from March to September 1944.” His squadron also received the Distinguished Unit Citation for participation in the invasion of Southern France.

Lt. Welling also wears the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He is the son of William B. Welling, Sr., Sykesville.

Soldier Items

Cpl. Edward Thomas, of the Marines, has been promoted to sergeant and is now stationed at Newport, Arkansas.

Pfc. Monroe A. Stem, 307533, of the Marines, recently returned from the South Pacific, is now at the following address, and will be glad to hear from any of his friends: U.S.N.C. Hospital, Pine Chatel, Sun Valley, Idaho.

Pfc. Melvin E. Green is spending his 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Green, of Oakland.

Pfc. George Leakins, recuperating from wounds received in Germany, has been moved nearer home, from Kennedy General HOspital, Memphis, Tenn. to Fort Howard, Baltimore.

Cpl. Robert Frampton, with the Third Army in Luxembourg, recently was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. His father, who lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, died early in December.

Ship Fitter 3-c William Wicox, of the Navy, is home for 30 days.

Pfc. Arthur Beall, combat engineers, U. S. Army, is now in England.

Military Miscellany

“In my trips to overseas theatres, I have observed that our troops benefit most from short letters that are delivered frequently and are not packed with troubles. Use V-Mail.”

So says Maj. Gen. F. H. Osburn, director of the Information and Education Division of the Army Service Forces.

Looking very neat and trim in her uniform, WAVE Virginia Lyons, of the U.S Naval Hospital, St. Albans, New York, was home for the weekend.

Weldon Will, a gunner in the Navy, is spending a month’s furlough with his grandmother, Mrs. Harry Gist, Freedom.

Quite a number of Sykesville fold “were listening” Sunday morning when Chaplain Karl B. Justus spoke over radio station WOR Newark. The chaplain was the guest preacher at the regular Sunday morning worship service at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital. He spoke for about 10 minutes during the half hour service; giving the sermon, “Triumph Beyond Tragedy,” which he delivered in Sykesville when he was here on leave a few months ago. He closed with a poem, “A Chaplain’s Meditation,” which he wrote at sea in October 1943 and which The Herald published at that time.

Soldiers Invent Gadget

FORT MEADE, MD., — Invention of a gadget which the experts said couldn’t be invented won $130 for Calvin B. Zahn, of Randalstown, and Nelson A. Hicks of Odenton.

Both senior electricians at the post engineer’s, they devised a “test furnace” which has resulted in saving 90 per cent of the 500 furnace controls turned in annually for replacement. Until Hicks and Zahn set up thei

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