With Those In The Service: June 21, 1945

June 21, 1945

Capt. Ridgely Discharged

Captain Wade W. Ridgely has been given an honorable discharge from the Army at the AAF Regional and Convalescent Hospital, Fort George Wright, Washington, after 30 months in service that included a 19 months tour of duty in the European theatre.

Captain Ridgely served as a company commander with the Corps of Engineers. Before entering the service he was associated with the Williams Construction Company of Baltimore, Md. Upon returning to civilian status, Ridgely plans to enter the construction business for himself.

Captain Ridgely is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Ridgely of Sykesville, Md., and the husband of Ernestine Ridgely, 2707 N. Howard St., Baltimore. Capt. and Mrs. Ridgely are expected to arrive in Sykesville the latter part of this week.

Soldier Items

For meritorious action in crossing the Rhine, T-4 James A. Stewart has been awarded the Silver Star. Jim, former Sykesville barber, was a medic in a chemical battalion of the Ninth Army.

Capt. William B. Welling, Jr., veteran of some 65 missions as squadron navigator of the 1st Emergency Rescue Squadron of the 12th U. S. Army Air Force in Italy, is home on a 30 day furlough.

It’s hot in India, writes T-5 Clarence Austin Brown. Austin says he had his hair cut soon after landing and that one of the natives fanned him while the barber worked.

Pvt. George L. Divers and wife have returned after visiting the former’s brother-in–law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Seitz. Pvt. Divers, a paratrooper, was wounded twice during 14 months in the European area and is now stationed at a hospital in Norfolk, Va. His wife, who was Miss Ross Walston, a former nurse at Springfield Hospital, lives in Wilson, N. C.

Military Miscellany

James B. Noyes, Jr., A-S., who recently completed his “boot training” at Bainbridge, spent a 13-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James b. Noyes, fo the Liberty road, and is now at a Naval Construction Training Center, Davisville, Rhode Island.

Clarke L. Hall, of the Navy, returned last Thursday after spending an 8-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hall, of the Liberty road.

In his spare time in civilian life, John E. Morris, Sykesville, played a saxophone and was the director of a dance orchestra. When he entered the Navy a year or so ago his interest along this line continued, with the result that he soon organized a 15-piece swing band at Bainbridge. The orchestra, strictly a hobby proposition, was unofficial and off the record as far as the Navy was concerned, each member thereof having a regular, full-time Navy job. But last week the “Bainbridge Swingsters” won recognition. They were ordered to Yorktown, Va., to serve as the post band, and expect to be stationed there permanently.

Awarded Air Medal

20TH AIR FORCE, PACIFIC HEADQUARTERS– Sergeant Benjamin F. Brown of Sykesville, gunner of a B20 Superfortress, has been awarded the Air Medal at a XXI Bomber Command base on Tintan.

He received the award for “meritorious achievement” in Superfortress low altitude incendiary raids against Japan.

Sergeant Brown’s wife, Anna Mae, lives in Bangor, Maine.

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