With Those In The Service: January 6, 1944

January 6, 1944

Military Miscellany

Aviation Student Arthur William Hush, who received four months of pre-flight training at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is now stationed at the Nashville Army Air Center for classification as a pilot, bombadier or navigator.

Cpl. Raymond L. Arrington returns to the other side of the continent on Saturday, after a two-week furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Arrington. He is stationed at Pendleton Field, 487th Service Squadron, Pendleton, Oregon.

Among Strawbridge Home boys heard from over the holidays were: Donald Miller and George Maynard, overseas; Leslie Maynard and wife; Oscar Johnson and wife; Donald Smyth, army engineering school; Edward Jones, Navy; Joseph Monaghan and Russell Barr, Marines; Clarence Hamilton and Edward Carneal, Army; and Sailor Joseph Maynard and wife, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Naval Pharmacist Mate Donald Stonebraker is taking a course at Harvard University.

Petty Officer and Mrs. Lee B. Ellis, Jr., of Los Angles, California, enjoyed a 15-day furlough with the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee B. Ellis, Sr., of Quincy, Illinois, over the holidays. On their return, Mrs. Ellis came by Maryland and will spend some time with her mother, Mrs. Mildred Arrington, of Sykesville. Petty Officer Ellis returned to California to take up his duties in the Navy.

New Selectees

At least four local fathers were drafted this week. Accepted for the Navy and ordered to report for service early the coming week were Charles Ely and Milton Conaway, of Sykesville, and Walter Engel, Baltimore, husband of the former Isabelle Howes, of this place. George Obrecht, Sykesville, was accepted for the Army and is to report in three weeks.

Good Conduct Medal

WITH THE 12TH A.A.F AIR SUPPORT COMMAND (Passed by Field Press Censor) – While serving with a famous fighter group now busy dive-bombing the slowly retreating Germans in Italy, Cpl. Robert E. Hayes, of Sykesville, Md., was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for in the words of his commanding officer’s recommendation, “exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity”. During his year overseas, Cpl. Hayes’ group fought its way through the desert into Tunisia with General Montgomery’s legendary British Army, covered the invasion of Sicily, and then moved to Italy to continue chasing the remnants of the force that not so long ago was pounding at the gates of Alexandria.

Since leaving the States Cpl. Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hayes, has seen many a spot whose names will plague future generations of history students – Calro and Suez, Moran Matruh and Halfaya Pass, Tripoll and the Maretu Line, Wadl Akarll and Kalrounn, Tunis and Bizerte and a dozen other desert battlefields that witnessed the longest retreat of the war. He has worked in the blazing heat of the Libyan Desert, the soggy mud of Tunisia and the pleasant green fields of Southern Italy. He fought side by side of the British, the French, the South Americans, the Ghurkas and the New Zealanders, and dived into slit trenches with men from every state in the Union. Through it all, no matter what the conditions or the danger, he has worked hard and faithfully, and it is the devotion to duty during the long and arduous push that earned him his decoration.

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