With Those In The Service: February 24, 1944

February 24, 1944

Military Miscellany

Several more Sykesville men have passed their induction physicals and will shortly change from civilian clothes to uniform. Latest to be accepted for military service include: John D. Warfield, Ellsworth (Pete) Smith and James Sadler, for the Navy; Frank S. Barnes and Alfred Glass, for the Army. Four local men are to report for service this week, Lee Forthman, John Morris and Fred Ludwig going into the Navy on Friday and James A. Stewart into the Army on Saturday.

S. 1-c Robert J. Randall, of the U.S. Coast Guard, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Gilbert Randall, of Eldersburg, who has been sick in the Naval hospital in Charleston, S.C., since the middle of November, has been given a medical discharge. He is now visiting friends in New York and Baltimore and hopes to soon be well again.

With an amphibious force “somewhere taking sea training” is S. 2-c Boyd Cummings, who says he doesn’t expect to be home for a long time.

Sailor Eugene Morris, based on the other side of the continent, at the Naval Air Station, Pasca, Washington State, has been promoted to Petty Officer 3rd class.

At least three local men this week received their “greetings” to report March 4 for pre-induction physicals – Celius Brown, Herman Reznick and David Dean.

Pfc. Marvin S. Trott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Trott, is overseas, in the European theatre.

V-Letter From Australia

The “hometown” paper has been a real pleasure for almost two years now, and I’ve been thinking I should thank you for it. It arrives irregularly, not in sequence, but the news is just as fresh as a daisy to me.

Nursing in this army installation is an interesting and ever new experience. Since our recent expansion, we have been very busy. With the ever changing faces, I keep on the watch-out for old or new friends from Sykesville, but to date the search has been unsuccessful.

Your October 14th Issue arrived just a few weeks ago. Thanks for the favorable publicity you gave me. I only hope no one there realizes that the insignia on my uniform was incorrectly worn!

My best wishes to you as the editor of that great morale-builder, The Herald.

MARGARET E. CURRENS
1st Lt., A.N.C.

(Editor’s Note: Thanks, Margaret, for those kind words. We didn’t even notice the insignia. What we, and most Herald readers recall, is the picture of a fine looking American nurse serving her country in a distant war area.)

Service Items

Pfc. Norman R. Pickett, who won his wings as an aerial gunner at the Army Air Field in Harlingen, Texas, is spending a 16-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pickett, near Woodbine. Norman was accompanied home by his wife who has been in the Rio Grande valley of Texas while her husband was at the air base. They will also visit Mrs. Pickett’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Carr, of Conowingo, Md. Norman has a brother, Carl M. Pickett, in the Navy, who is somewhere in the Pacific. Carl has become a chief machinist’s mate and is now studying engineering.

Sgt. and Mrs. W. Ross Melchlor are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, on February 7. Mrs. Melchlor was formerly Miss Dolores Loscelleet, of Howard County.

Charles P. Hand, of the U.S. Navy, is spending some time in Sykesville with his brother, William Hand.

After spending a 21-day furlough at his home, Sailor Charles A. Edmondson has returned to his base in New York.

Sgt. Thomas B. Stone this week returned to Camp Polk, La., after having been called home on emergency furlough by the death of his grandfather, Frank A. Brightwell, Westminster.

Pvt. Wm. H. (Mickey) Ridgely and Cpl. Melvin O. Bittinger, of Roads General Hospital, New York, arrived at the former’s home here on Saturday for a few days leave, returning on Tuesday.

Soldiers’ Paper In India

Sgt. Seth Howes, attached to a medical unit in India for more than a year, sends from the other side of the world a copy of the “C.B.I. Roundup,” a weekly newspaper published at New Delhi, “by and for the men of the U.S. Army Forces in China, Burma and India.”

Biggest news in this particular issue, dated Oct. 22, 1943 was the arrival of three Wacs, the first to reach that theatre of war. The Roundup describes them as “too pretty to be soldiers” and hopes there will be many more like them.

Half of the front page of the 5-column, 12 page paper is given over to a picture of Betty Grable in a play-suit. Not that the glamorous Betty has any intention of donning a Wac uniform, she being a boost to soldier morale as is, or so the publishers intimate.

The Roundup has a good coverage, in news and pictures, of the war, and of politics, sports and movies in the United States. It enjoys a freedom of expression typical of American service men. The editor is a lieutenant, but one lowly soldier, in a whimsical letter of complaint, refers to ye ed’s journalistic pride and joy as your “fish wrapper” of such and such a date.

All in all, the paper reflects the good humor of men thousands of miles from home, keeping abreast of the times and able to see the funny side of life in surroundings anything but pleasant. And it attests the legend that wherever as many as a dozen American service men set up camp, they are very apt to start a newspaper.

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