With Those In The Service: March 29, 1945

March 29, 1945

Home On Leave

Pfc. Wade Thompson, Randolph Field, Texas, in spending a 21-day furlough with his wife and parents here.

Pvt. Stanley M. Ridgely, who recently completed a course at the AAP Radio School in Sioux Falls, S. D., is home on furlough. He is to report to Langley Field, Va., on April 8.

Capt. Margaret Currens has arrived at the home of her sister, Mrs. Robert Holman, Catonsville, on the first lap of a of a 45-day furlough.

Flight Officer Elbert C. Arrington, who was graduated as a bombardier from Childress Air Field, Texas, last Thursday, is home on a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Arrington. He is to report for duty April 6.

Among servicemen home this week on furlough were Cadet-Midshipman Russell P. Hughes, of King’s Point, N. Y., and Pfc. Dousid Hood, Fort Myers, Fla.

Military Miscellany

William Estill, who was invalided out of the British Merchant Marine and has been a frequent guest at Raincliff, the home of Capt. and Mrs. H. C. Jefferson in Sykesville, has left for his home in Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire, England.

A. S. James B. Noyes, Jr., who enlisted in the Naval Reserve in January, is recuperating from an operation in the naval hospital at Bainbridge.

T-4 George E. Mellott, medical corps, returning from 32 months overseas in the European theatre, has arrived at Fort Meade, Md., prior to reaching his home and visiting his wife, Mrs. Annabella V. Mellott, an employee of Springfield Hospital.

Previously reported as missing in action, Lt. Frank R. Hazel, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Watkins, former Sykesville residents, was killed on December 20 in Luxembourg, according to a War Department telegram. His wife, the former Virginia Watkins, and their two small daughters, one aged three years and one six months, are living at Ellicott City with Mr. and Mrs. Watkins.

Soldier Items

Three Sykesville soldiers–Harry Guy, “Taddy” Barnes and “Tubby” Hayes–recently met in France and enjoyed a good talk . . . . of whatever fellows talk about when they meet three or four thousand miles from home.

Informed by his draft board that he faced induction within the next two months, and preferring construction work to the infantry, Mathew Reilley, Sykesville father of four children and mechanic at an Eldersburg garage, has enlisted in the Seabees. He qualified for an engineer’s rating and next week will take his physical examination.

Relatives and friends of Lt. John Robert Arrington filled St. James Methodist Church, in Howard County, on Sunday afternoon for a memorial service for the 27-year-old command pilot of a U. S. army bomber who lost his life in England on February 4. With three members of his regular crew of 12 men and two “borrowed” crewmen, Lt. Arrington was up on a practice flight when motors of his big ship failed. As the plane fell, all six men leaped, but three of them did not get away in time for their parachutes to open. Of the three who escaped with their lives, two were badly injured.

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