With Those In The Service: July 26, 1945

July 26, 1945

George Obrecht Returns

“I wouldn’t give a hundred yards of Carroll County for all the country I saw over there.”

That was the observation of Pvt. George Obrecht on his return home after a year’s service in England and France.

Weighing 210 pounds and looking exceptionally well, George came home on July 1 and is enjoying a 30 day furlough with his wife and two children, of New Windsor, and with relatives in Sykesville.

He is to report next week to the Oliver General Hospital, Augusta, Ga., for further hospitalization. George was with the 90th Infantry Division in the fighting in Northern France and sustained schrapnel wounds and concussion injuries.

In the service for 20 months, he has 60 points to his credit. He wears the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the E. T. O. service ribbon with one battle star.

Frederick Koerner Home

Among the nearly 15,000 soldiers returning home July 20 on the huge liner Queen Elizabeth was Pfc. John Frederick Koerner, Sykesville. He is spending a 30 day furlough with his parents here, Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Koerner, and with his wife, the former Miss Doris Yingling, of Westminster. Frederick was in the infantry Band and served in France, Germany and Austria.

Military Miscellany

Two Sykesville youths–Thomas C. Forsyth, Jr., and William Hand–have enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. They reported for training last Saturday morning.

S. 1-c Guy Fred Haynic, Seabees, stationed in Oregon, is home on a 25-day furlough after 1 1/2 years in the service. He is visiting his mother in Baltimore and spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aristello Baker, Marriottsville.

After serving 13 months in the Pacific aboard an L. C. I., Seaman First Class Ellis M. Tydings is home on a 30-day leave, visiting his mother and friends.

Sgt. Sults Discharged

Sgt. Barney T. Sults, husband of the former Miss Ruby Bordette of Gaither, having a total of 109 points to his credit, received an honorable discharge from the U. S. Army at Fort George G. Meade on July 22.

Sgt. Sults was in the Army four years and three months, and spent 22 months overseas. He participated in five major campaigns and was awarded the Silver Star.

Mr. Sults has accepted a Government position with the Proving Grounds at Aberdeen, Md. After a two weeks’ vacation he will report to his job there.

Mr. and Mrs. Sults will continue to live in Baltimore.

Pfc. Earl Hungerford Home

Pfc. William Earl Hungerford, 2nd Infantry Division, arrive home Sunday after 11 months overseas and is enjoying a 32-day furlough before reporting to Fort Meade for reassignment.

He has the Good Conduct Medal, the E. T. G. service ribbon with four battle stars, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Presidential unit citation, the latter for aiding in the capture of a strongly fortified sector of the Siegfried line. Other major battles in which he participated were Brittany, Belgian Bulge and Germany. He has 62 points.

Pfc. Hungerford is the son of Mrs. Bessie Hungerford and the late Benjamin Hungerford of Flohrville. His wife was the former Miss Ann Kramer of Ellicott City and they have two small sons, Earl Jr. and Ronald.

War Trophy Exhibits

Sykesville this week had to store window displays of war souvenirs and trophies collected by local service men. These exhibits include pistols, rifles, awards, bayonets, enemy medals, currency and coins, flags, insignia, etc.

At Forsyth and Brown’s Miss Eleanor Richardson has arranged a display of trophies, that will be changed and added to from time to time. This exhibit includes items from Cpl. Richard Chipley, Pfc. William Bierman, Pfc. Ross Richardson and Cpl. Eugene Rogers, Germany; Sgt. Delton gloss, Persia; Pfc. Winton Varner, Hawaii, S. Sgt. Alfred Glass, France; Cpl. Otis Harding, England-Belgium; Capt. Warfield Ridgely, England; Lt. George Dudderar, Phillipines; Pfc. H. Milton Conaway and David Krieger, New Guinea – Philippines; S. Sgt. Leroy Barnes, Holy Land.

At R. K. Barnes’, a window is filled with souvenirs brought home by T. Sgt. James A. Stewart from France, Holland, Germany and other countries.

Awarded Bronze Star

WITH THE FIFTH ARMY, ITALY– Corporal Cletus E. Cool, of Sykesville, Md., recently was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in action in Italy.

He served in Company A. 84th Chemical Mortar Battalion, IV (Fourth) Corps, on the Fifth Army front during the Italian Campaign.

His mother, Mrs. Alice Cool, lives in Emmitsburg, Md.

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