With Those In The Service: March 16, 1944

March 16, 1944

Military Miscellany

Nine out of 11 local men passed pre-induction physicals in Baltimore on Wednesday of this week. Six of them are to go into the Navy – Bernard Cook, William J. Grimes, Terry Deering, Ernest Green, Malcolm Burman, Jr., and Maurice Ross. Accepted for Army service were Clarence McCaskill, Richard Melville and Joseph Evans.

For Pvt. James A. Stewart, former Sykesville barber, it was “join the Army and see the world.” (Or at least a large part of the United States.) At any rate, a few days after he was drafted, Stewart was sent to a camp out in California.

Never a corporal, Pfc. Joseph W. Kerrigan, 18-year-old son of J. Ward Kerrigan, pay-master at Springfield Hospital, has been promoted to sergeant. Sgt. Kerrigan is stationed at the U.S. Marine advanced training school at Camp Le Jeune, N.C.

From Hawaii writes Sgt. V.E. Leatherwood: “In the kitchen storeroom today I saw some cans with labels I thought I had seen before. Sure enough, it was applebutter by none other than A.H. Renehan, Sykesville, Md.”

Sailor Charles Ely has finished his “boot” training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois and is expected home Friday on furlough.

Alfred Glass, registered with a Frederick draft board, has orders to report to Camp Meade on Friday for general Army service.

Law of Averages

“This time,” declared William L. Shirer, famous radio commentator and author, in an address last Thursday to University of Maryland students on the United Nations’ peace aims, “we must make sure Germany does not have the opportunity to wage war again; for, by the law of averages, if wars continue, Germany some day will win one of them.” That, said Shirer, would be “just too bad.”

From New Guinea

Five months after they were mailed, the last of his Christmas packages arrived and practically everything was in good condition. So writes Cpl. Laurence Wilson to his mother in a letter from New Guinea, dated February 18.

Laurence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Wilson, has been on New Guinea since June 1943. He says he has received quite a number of…

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