With Those In The Service: March 1, 1945

March 1, 1945

It’s “Capt.” Gist Welling

Lt. Mt. Gist Welling, Purple Heart veteran of three years of Army service including 13 months of active combat duty, was recently promoted to the rank of Captain. Since last April, he has been stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga.

Capt. Welling wears the North Africa – European – Asiatic campaign ribbon with two battle stars, the combat infantryman’s badge, the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in Italy, and the Bronze Arrow for participating in the landing at Salerno.

He is the son of William B. Welling, near Sykesville. His brother, 1st Lt. William B. Welling, Jr., is a navigator with the 12th U. S. Air Force in the Mediterranean theatre.

Pvt. Thomas Fleming Killed

Pvt. Thomas Fleming, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fleming, of Woodbine, was killed in action in Germany on February 9, according to a War Department telegram received by his wife over the weekend.

Pvt. Fleming was in the infantry and had been in the service for only six months. He went overseas shortly before Christmas after 15 weeks of training. He was a graduate of Sykesville High School, Class of 1937.

His wife, Mrs. Ruth Redmond Fleming, and their two-year-old daughter live at 710 N. Market Street, Frederick.

Military Miscellany

Cpl. Roland O. Lyons, of the Marines, who has been stationed in Hawaii, arrived home Saturday and is spending a 30-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lyons. He had been away for two years. His sister, WAVE Virginia Lyons, of St. Albans Hospital, N. Y., came home this week on a nine-day furlough.

The two Navy songs of Mrs. Genevieve Cook, Sykesville, who hadn’t seen each other in more than six months, were home for the weekend. S. 1-c Bernard Cook, an aviation electrician, returned to his station at Norfolk, Va., on Monday after a few days with his wife and small daughter here. S. 2-c Bainbridge, Md., for the past six months and who leaves next week for Sampson, N. Y., spent the weekend with Mrs. Genevieve Cook, together with his wife and little daughter, Velma.

WAVE Mary Rehbein, who has been home for two weeks following completion of training in Oklahoma, left today (Thursday) to report to Norfolk, Va.

Soldier Items

Pfc. Gerald A. Duerr has been promoted to technician fifth grade while serving with the 11th Field Hospital on the Seventh Army front in France. His wife, Mrs. Hilda Duerr, resides in Sykesville.

Pvt. Harry F. Evans, Jr., whose Woodbine insurance business is being carried on by his wife, is now stationed in Italy.

Cpl. John R. Slack returned to Fort Jackson, S. C. on Wednesday after a three-day leave with his parents, Mr and Mrs. Dallas Slack, near Sykesville.

John Patton, Sykesville telephone manager, has been reclassified 1-A by his Cumberland draft board and last week passed a pre-induction physical examination in Baltimore.

Veteran Being Reassigned

Cpl. Charles R. Engle, Jr., 25, husband of Mrs. Betty L. Engle, Sykesville, Md., has returned from service outside the continental United States and is now being processed through the Army Ground and Service Forces Redistribution Station in Miami Beach, Fla., where his next assignment will be determined.

Cpl. Engle served 33 months as a gunner in the Asiatic-Pacific theater of operations. While there he was awarded the Combat Infantryman badge.

Before entering the service Cpl. Engle was employed as a meat packer by Corkran Hill & Co, Baltimore, Md. He became a member of the Armed Forces on Nov. 19, 1941.

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