With Those In The Service: March 8, 1945

March 8, 1945

Sgt. Arrington War Prisoner

A telegram from the Red Cross last Thursday brought good news to Mr. and Mrs. William Arrington, of Oakland Mills.

It told them that their son, Sgt. William A. Arrington, caught in the German break-through in Belgium last December, had been located and that he was a prisoner of war in Germany.

Since December 21, the local soldier had been listed by the War Department as “missing in action.”

Soldier Items

Pfc. Monroe A. Stem, a member of the heroic 1st Marine Division which received a Presidential citation for distinguished service in the Guadal – canal campaign, and who is now being treated in this country for malaria contracted during his service in the tropics, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Stem. Pfc. Stem has been in the service for four years and was overseas 31 months. During that time he participated in five major engagements in the South Pacific. He returned to the States in January and is now stationed at the U. S. Naval Convalescent Hospital, Seagate, Coney Island, New York.

Both of the sons of William B. Welling, near Sykesville, now hold the rank of Captain. Last week it was revealed that Lt. M. Gist Welling, stationed in this country after more than a year of combat duty, had been promoted. On Wednesday of this week, Mr. Welling received a cable stating that Lt. William B. Welling, with the U. S. Army Air Force in the Mediterranean, had received promotion to a captaincy. An interesting point now to be determined by the two brothers is, “Which one became a Captain first?”, since Bill, being overseas, probably didn’t get his notice as promptly as Gist. In either event, both are due hearty congratulations.

Recently-inducted Pvt. Donald E. Beck, Fort McClellan, Ala., has been accepted for Officer Candidate School. His schooling will begin after April 10th, when he completes his basic training. Donald had two years of R.O.T.C. at Western Maryland College. Only 2 per cent of a company of 200 men are selected for O.C.S. He is the son of Mr.a nd Mrs. C. R. Beck, of Berrett, and the husband of Mrs. Etta Stem Beck, Sykesville.

Military Miscellany

Lieut. (j.g.) Grace Jefferson, USNR, was home for a week, having been transferred from the Port Director’s Office, New York, where she served as a communications officer, to the Hawaiian Islands. She left Sunday night by plane to visit her sister Pfc. Margaret Jefferson Coker who is with the Marines at Camp Pendleton, California.

For “meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy during the period, Jan. 1, 1943 to Aug. 20, 1944 in the North African and European theatres of operation,” T. Sgt. George O. Jaeger has been awarded the Bronze Star. He entered the service Oct. 3, 1942 and has been overseas with an infantry division for two years and three months. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Jaeger, Marriottsville.

Pvt. Stanley M. Ridgley, son of Mr. and MRS> Claude Ridgley, and husband of the former Miss Helen Tucker, of Sykesville, recently completed an intensive course in radio operator mechanics at the AAF Training Command Radio School, Sioux Falls Army Air Field, Sioux Falls, S. D. In addition to attending school, he went through a rigid drilling and physical training program in order to be fully prepared to take over an assignment in a combat area, if necessary. He is now prepared to join the crew of a bomber, or to take up any other radio duties to which the AAF Training Command may assign him.

Chief Yeoman Steward Hankert, veteran of two years overseas’ service with the Navy in the Mediterranean area, who was recently returned to this country, has been assigned to Bainbridge, Md., and looks forward to spending weekends in Sykesville.

Doris V. Haines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Haines, Uniontown, Carroll County, has been promoted to the rank of first Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, at Stockton Field, Calif., where she is the information and education officer. Before joining the WAC in January 1943, Lt. Haines taught music and English at Clarksville High School in Howard County. She is well known in Sykesville where she visited frequently and occasionally served as substitute music teacher.

War Dogs Wanted

The United States Coast Guard has issued an all-out appeal to Maryland dog owners to help meet an immediate call for a draft of 100 war dogs urgently needed for combat duty in the Pacific.

Under the new enlistment recruitments, the Coast Guard will accept only two breeds, German Sheppards and Doberman Pinschers. German Sheppard cross breeds will also be taken if the cross is positive. Only physical requirements are: dogs must be from one to three and a half years old, be at least 23 inches high at the shoulder, and must weigh no less than 55 pounds. No waivers will be granted.

Before going overseas, all dog recruits will undergo “boot” training at the Curtis Bay Training Station, Maryland, where they will be put through a rigid combat obedience course, and be tatooed with a brand number.

After this first draft of 100 is met, an average of 30 war dogs must be recruited monthly for the remainder of the year.

People wishing to loan their dog to the Coast Guard for war service should call or write Lieut. Comdr. E. T. Boswell, 1603 Munsey Bldg., Baltimore, Md. The telephone is Lexington 6785.

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