With Those In The Service: July 6, 1944

July 6, 1944

Two From Eldersburg Wounded On D-Day

Two local service men who took part in the invasion of France on D-Day suffered wounds in that operation, according to information received by their parents.

Cpl. Phillip S. Lee, with the 29th Division, was in the fighting for only a few hours when a piece of schrapnel struck him in the shoulder. He told his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Lee, Eldersburg, in a letter dated June 15, that he was recovering in a hospital in England.

Seaman 1-c Boyd Cummings Metcalf, Jr.,Eldersburg, who helped with the Navy’s vast job of landing the invasion forces, suffered cuts and bruises, when his ship was sunk, the navy Department reported. Metcalf lost all his personal belongings and wore borrowed army clothing while in the hospital.

In describing his brief fighting experience on French soil, Cpl. Lee wrote: “We had trouble with snipers from the time we landed. I was sent back alone to meet the trucks and along the way a sniper shot at me and missed. I dropped to the ground and soon two Rangers came along. The three of us went in the direction of the shot, fired five times and saw a white flag go up. We kept on to the flag and took three German prisoners.”

The next few minutes, as he continued on his mission to meet the trucks, proved even more eventful for Cpl. Lee. He killed one German soldier and then was himself struck by a piece of schrapnel that entered his left shoulder and came out the right side of his back.

Despite his wound, the local man managed to crawl to a nearby building, where he found an American medical officer and two soldiers. They administered first aid and placed him on a stretcher. Six hours later they moved him out, placed him on a boat and started him back to England.

“I was in France only 12 hours and six of them was on a stretcher,” wrote Cpl. Lee,” adding “I will be all right, though.” His new address may be obtained at the Herald office.

Military Miscellany

S. Eugene Morris, who earned three ratings in the Navy to become Petty Officer 3-c, recently qualified for the V-12 program. He is now attending Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. Successful completion of the 1 1/2 year course will see him commission an ensign.

Pvt. Ralph T. (Jack) Mullinix, recently inducted into the Army, has been assigned to Fort Bragg, N. C.

Cpt. Warren W. Blizzard, grandson of Mrs. Wilbur Hawkins, is stationed in India and would like to hear from friends in Sykesville. He left this country on April 20 and received his first mail two months later, on June 20. His address may be secured at the Herald office.

From Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, Pfc. Dudley Brown postcards: “It sure is hot out here. Wish I was back in good old Maryland. Give my regards to everyone.”

Sailor Arnold V. Marriner, who made several convoy trips across to North Africa, and who recently attended a naval school at Miami, Fla., has returned to his ship, which is now somewhere in the Atlantic. He was promoted from Seaman 2-c to Petty Officer 3-c.

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