With Those In The Service: March 2, 1944

March 2, 1944

Peace Table Leader

When the last shot has been fired, the war finally won, and the statesmen of the world are gathered around the peace table, some great leader, towering above hate, vengeance and selfish interests must point the way to understanding and cooperation among the community of nations, if the faith of all peoples is to be gained and a lasting peace established.

Will this leader be Churchill, Hitler, Roosevelt, II Duce, Stalin or Tojo? Each of these men have millions of followers. Each, however, may not be acceptable to millions more.

Who, then, is to be the ruling spirit, the one leader capable of bringing all the nations into a just and equitable agreement?

“The answer,” said Rev. Robert Riddle, Baltimore Presbyterian minister, to a congregation at Springfield Church last Sunday afternoon, “is provided not by the name of any one of the Allied or Axis leaders; but by the first letter of the names of all of them:

“C-H-R-I-S-T.”

Invasion Veteran

HEADQUARTERS, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS – A group of Infantry soldiers all of whom have seen action in the most important battles in North Africa, have arrived in England to help train troops preparing for the invasion of Occupied Europe.

Many of the men participated in the initial landings in November, 1942, and fought for the beaches, airfields, strategic heights and old forts in Morocco and Algeria. Later, many of the doughboys saw their first action against the Germans in Tunisia, and at the conclusion of the Tunisian campaign paraded before King George VI and Lt. Gen. Mark Clark.

This picked group of young battle-experienced soldiers, from 15 different States, includes one from Sykesville, Md., at 21 a veteran of the campaigns in North Africa and Sicily. He is Pvt. George G. Leakins, who before his induction little more than a year ago, clerked in the Harris Department Store.

Military Miscellany

Seaman 1-c Vincent Marriner, stationed at Boston has been home on a six-day leave.

T.-5 Edward Plehler, of Louisiana, is home on a 14-day furlough.

Pfc. Dudley D. Brown, of Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, expects to arrive home next Thursday for his first furlough in the six months he has been in service.

Cpl. Wm. R. Chipley, 33561939, Hq. & Hq Co., 931st Signal Bn., Orlando Fighter Wing (Sep.), Alachua Army Air Field, Gainesville, Fla., has successfully qualified as an aviation cadet. He expects to remain at the above address for about a month until a new unit is formed and sent to Miami.

Cpl. Harrison Leroy Day serving somewhere in the European Theatre, asks his home-town friends to please write. His new address which cannot be published, may be obtained at the Herald office.

George Green of the U.S. Navy and Russell Cofield of U.S. Army spent the weekend with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Green, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cofield, of Oakland.

Pfc. George A. Wetzel, Sykesville R.D. 2, was recently awarded a Good Conduct Medal at Camp Reynolds, Pa. Pfc. Wetzel has been in the Army more than one year.

Pvt. Thomas Dixon, of Camp Hilanding, Fla., arrived home Wednesday evening for a week’s furlough before been transferred to Fort Meade, Md.

Seaman 2-c William Wilcox, at sea since December 7th, was home over the weekend on a 48-hour leave.

Cpl. Francis C. Manner has returned to Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky, after spending a furlough with his wife and family.

Aviation Cadet Wayne L. Flohr, has arrived at Frederick Army Air Field, Okla., where he will receive his final phase of training as a bomber pilot. Upon successful completion of the nine-week course at this newest advanced school of the Central Flying Training Command, Cadet Flohr will be awarded his silver wings and commission as second lieutenant or flight officer.

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