With Those In The Service: July 5, 1945

July 5, 1945

Honorably Discharged

Pfc. Elmer O. Jenkins, Sykesville, in the Army for three years and three months, was honorably discharged on June 23. He was inducted April 1, 1942 and served with an infantry regiment in the Western Pacific theatre. Pfc. Jenkins was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received August 14, 1944. He also has the Good Conduct Medal, one Oversea Service Bar and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service Medal.

After more than four years in the Army and nearly three years overseas with the 29th Infantry Division, Sgt. Phillip S. Lee, Eldersburg, came home last week to his parents and sister, to his wife and to a curly-headed 2-year-old son he had never seen. With 117 points to his credit, Phil was to be discharged this week. Shortly before embarking for home, he met a classmate (1938) of Sykesville High School– Cpl. Shirley Alexander, in Caen, France. Phil was wounded in the back and shoulder by schrapnel soon after D-Day (June 6, 1944), recovered and returned to action. He has the Purple Heart medal, the Good Conduct medal, Combat Infantryman’s badge and the medal for Expert Markmanship. His European Theatre campaign ribbon carries three battle stars. He also has the Pre-Pearl Harbor ribbon and six overseas stripes.

Military Miscellany

Radar Mate 3-c Charles E. Ely, who has been service aboard a destroyer escort in the Okinawa area, is home on a 30-day furlough. Charles’ ship was struck and set on fire by a Jap suicide pilot and is now at a West Coast yard for repairs. Fortunately, no one on board was killed and only two men were hurt. In a rendezvous at sea a few weeks ago with a larger, heavier type ship of Uncle Sam’s Pacific forces, Charles met another local Navy man–Randall Kilgore, of near Oakland. A picture of Dorothy, the small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ely, appears today in the first installment of the Herald’s children photo feature. The local sailor is the youngest son of Mrs. Frank Ely and the late Mr. Ely.

Cpl. James Conaway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Conaway, of Gaither, has returned to Harlingen, Texas, after a 14-day furlough.

Wins Silver Wings

The right to wear a pair of coveted “Silver Wings” and fly one of Uncle Sam’s swift and deadly fighter planes has been won by Arthur Justus Linn, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Linn of “Howard Lodge”, Sykesville, Md., who was commissioned a second lieutenant last week in outdoor graduation ceremonies at the Pecan Grove at Craig Field, Selma, Alabama.

The awarding of the wings and the commission came after the new flying officer had completed his advanced flight training at the Fighter School in Selma.

During the many months of training he had to undergo before he received his wings and certificate, he was given all types of instruction. He was toughened mentally and physically and learned to drill, just as any soldier.

He was also given every phase of combat instruction, including fighter formation, ground and aerial gunnery, night flying and high altitude missions which equip him to become a vital member of the United States’ still rapidly increasing air arm, which daily is carrying the war across waters tot he very heart of the enemy’s strongholds.

Assignment to his next station followed the exercises.

Draft Board In Reverse

For several years, the local draft board has been sending this and other newspapers lists of men as inducted fro time to time. The board still sends us these lists, for men are still being inducted into the services. But recently the draft board has had to go into reverse and prepare a different type of list–a much happier one for the fellows most immediately concerned. It is a list of not “in-coming,” but “outgoing” servicemen, of fellows who have done their share of the fighting and are being honorably discharged.

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