With Those In The Service: June 28, 1945

June 28, 1945

Joshua Barnes Home

After 2 1/2 years overseas with the Army Engineers, that important branch of Uncle Sam’s forces which got the men and equipment across the Rhine and other river barriers in Germany, T-4 Joshua F. Barnes is home on a 30-day furlough. With his wife, he has been spending this week at the home of his mother, Mrs. Rachel Barnes, of Sykesville. Josh entered the service on April 1, 1941–eight months before Pearl Harbor. Having been in uniform for four years and two months, he looks anxiously to an early discharge, for he has the points, 108 of them. He participated in six campaigns–Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Northern, Southern and Central France and the Rhineland–and was awarded the Bronze Star. After his furlough he is to report to Camp Butner, N. C., for reassignment or discharge, as the case may be.

Military Miscellany

Sgt. Philip S. Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Lee, Eldersburg, is enroute home after 33 months overseas with the 29th Division. He arrived in Massachusetts on Wednesday and expected to reach Fort Meade, Md., on Thursday night. Phil has been in the Army for more than four years.

S. 1-c Edgar R. Currens, just back from 14 months in the Southwest Pacific, is spending a 30-day furlough visiting his father, his sister, Mrs. Ernest Moore, and other relatives.

O. C. Donald E. Beck recently graduated from Enlisted Men’s Cadre School at Fort McClellan, Ala. His general average was 95% and rated third in the class of 200 men. He is now attending Officers’ Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.

Cpl. William Atkinson writes from Czechoslovakia that he lacks eight points of being eligible for discharge and that he expects to remain there with occupation forces. He has 73 points–30 for service, 9 for overseas, 20 for four battle stars, and 5 for a bronze medal for meritorious service. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards Atkinson, and his wife, Mrs. Anne Atkinson, is employed at Springfield State Hospital.

Has New Chapel

A new base chapel, much more suited for religious services than the theatre they were previously obliged to use, is the delight of Chaplain Karl L. Mumford, at the Army Air Field, Punta Gorda, Fla. Chaplain Mumford, former pastor of the Woodbine Lutheran Parish, “has taken a strong interest in the religious activities of the men of this base, since his arrival several months ago.” says the field’s newspaper. At present he looks forward to the arrival of an electric organ for the new chapel. Chaplain Mumford has organized a chapter of the Service Men’s Christian League at the base, and, following his Mother’s Day service, he wrote to the mothers of all men attending, telling them about the service and the new chapel.

Soldier Items

Mrs. Robert Carroll, of Howard County and Mrs. Arthur Bowen, of Halethorpe, visited the latter’s son, Staff Sergeant Robert Bowen, at Walter Reed Hospital, in Washington, last Thursday afternoon.

Cpl. William Feezer, better known as “Bill” to friends and relatives of this community, boosted his unit’s bag of Japs killed to 50 when he eliminated six of them himself recently. Cpl. Feezer, a motor mechanic in the transportation section of the Fifth Air Force, happened upon the six Nips as he was walking toward a Filipino house where he was to call for his laundry. As the Japs popped into view, Cpl. Feezer leveled his carbine and polished off all of them before they had an opportunity to hurl the grenades they were carrying. Before entering the Army in May 1943 Cpl. Feezer worked as an automobile mechanic. He arrived overseas in November 1943 to see action in New Guinea and the Philippines, where he is at present located.

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