With Those In The Service: February 17, 1944

February 17, 1944

Military Miscellany

A full-fledged Colonel at the age of 32. That is the enviable military achievement of former Lieut.-Col., now Colonel, F.K. Paul, one of five sons, all in the service, of Rev. G.W. Paul, local retired Methodist minister. Col. Paul is chief of maintenance division of the Middletown (Pa.) Air Depot.

Pfc. Clyde Lewis, of the Army Air Base at Richmond, Va., has been promoted to a technical corporal.

Mindful, no doubt, of the very limited civilian food ration in Britain, Cpl. Joshua Barnes V-mails from England to say that he hopes everyone here is enjoying good health and getting enough to eat. Josh says he met Harry Guy overseas and is keeping an eye peeled for several other Sykesville boys in England.

S. Sgt. George D. Etlzer, a radio gunner in the Army Air Corps, who has been overseas since last May, first in Australia and then New Guinea, is back in this country, getting a well-earned rest and recuperating from a nervous condition. Until last week, he had not been heard from since August 22. Cards or letters from local friends will reach him at: Bushnell General Hospital, Brigham City, Utah. George is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Etlzer, near Eldersburg, in the Army Air Forces. An older brother, Harry, former Sykesville postal clerk, is stationed on Sardinia, Italian Island in the Mediterranean.

Cpl. Martin Kellar minces no words in describing conditions on New Guinea. “It’s plain hell,” says Kellar in a realistic but not complaining manner.

Cpl. Thomas Stone, of Camp Polk, La., is spending a ten-day furlough here with his wife, the former Doris Burman.

Supreme Sacrifice

Pictured above is Lt. Gerald B. Lyons, 23, of Eldersburg, the war’s first combat casualty from this section. He was killed in action January 31 in the South Pacific area. In his memory, a profusion of flowers provided by friends in Sykesville, Eldersburg and Baltimore adorned the altar of St. Paul’s Methodist Church for last Sunday’s services. The flowers were later distributed to the sick in this community and the Marine Hospital in Baltimore.

Lt. Flohr Seeks Wings

1st Lt. Wayne L. Flohr, formerly of Sykesville, this week completed nine weeks of flight training at the basic pilot school, at Majors Field, Texas, a unit of the Army Air Forces Training Command.

Lieut. Wayne, the son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Flohr, route 2, Sykesville, has been transferred to the Frederick Army Air Field, Frederick, Oklahoma, for advanced flying instruction.

Army-Navy Tests

The third Army Navy College Qualifying Test for the Army Specialized Training Program and the Navy College Program V-12 which will be given throughout the country on Wednesday, March 15, at 9:00 a.m., will be administered at the Sykesville High School.

A leaflet of general information which contains an admission-identification form may be obtained at the local school. This form properly filled out will admit to the test students between the ages of 17 and 21 inclusive who are high school graduates or who will be graduated by July 1, 1944. Intent to take the test should be made known immediately to John F. Wooden, Jr., principal, in order that the necessary test supplies may be ordered.

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