With Those In The Service: March 9, 1944

March 9, 1944

Traveling Marine

Pfc. Harry L. Sandosky, who has been in the U.S. Marines for 13 months, returns to the West Coast on Friday after spending a week’s furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sandosky. As a gunner on a troop transport, Sandosky has made one complete trip around the world, has left the States five times with invasion troops and has crossed the equator eight times. Places where he has been and visited for a few days include: Casablanca, Morocco; Capetown, South Africa; Bombay, India; Sydney, Australia; and Rio de Janiero, Brazil. On one occasion, while his ship was taking troops to New Guinea, he met Pvt. Melville Gamber, of Flohrville, on board. Another time, enroute to the Hawiian Islands, he saw Capt. R.K. Barnes, Jr., of Sykesville. When he returns to San Francisco, Sandosky expects to be transferred from sea to land duty.

Promoted to Sergeant

Raymond S. Duvall, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Duvall, of Gaither, has recently been promoted from Corporal to the grade of Sergeant, according to an announcement by the authorities at the Army Air Forces Proving Ground Command at Eglin Field, Florida. Sgt. Duvall has been in the Army since July 29, 1942.

The tremendous increase in Army personnel has created a great opportunity for men who can prove themselves capable of holding the ranks of non-commissioned officers.

Military Miscellany

In order to be near Pfc. Wade Thompson, Jr., who is stationed at Randolph Field, his wife and mother are spending sometime at San Antonio, Texas.

Of nine local men given pre-induction physicals at the induction center in Baltimore last Saturday only two were accepted for military service – David W. Dean, of Sykesville, and Roland Duvall, of Gaither.

Cpl. John Duvall, of Camp Van Dorn, Miss., is spending a week’s furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Duvall, Eldersburg.

Pvt. Henry D. Cassard, of Camp Holabird, Md., spent the weekend with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Ridgely.

Cpl. Clyde Lewis is now receiving his mail in care of the postmaster at San Francisco, which means he is serving overseas somewhere in the Pacific area.

John Ware Williams A.M.M. 3-c, of Grosse Ile, Michigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Williams, of the Liberty Road, spent a seven-day leave with his parents the past week. Mrs. Williams, who is employed in Final Inspection, at the American Hammered Piston ring division in Baltimore, was granted a leave of absence in order to be with her son.

Rev. Cooke In Australia

Chaplain (Capt.) Raymond W. Cook, in letters to the Herald’s Oakland correspondent, Mr. O.E. Phillips, writes of the beautiful scenery and warm climate in Australia. The former local Methodist minister says that the opportunities for Christian service as a transport chaplain are many and varied and that he greatly enjoys the work. He sends warm greetings to all of his friends in Maryland. Those who would write to him may obtain Chaplain Cook’s address at the Herald office or from Mr. Phillips.

Soldier Items

Arthur Wampler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Wampler, Oakland, recently graduated from the Naval Air Gunnery School at Purcell, Oklahoma. He received his gunner’s wings and now he is in training with a squadron at the air station at Jacksonville, Florida. His address is: Arthur H. Wampler, S. 1-c A.O.M., V.P.B. 2-2, Box 35, N.A.S., Jacksonville, Florida.

Carl M. Pickett, C.M.M., of the U.S. Navy, who has been serving aboard a destroyer in the South Pacific, arrived home unexpectedly on March 3, for a 25-day furlough. This is the first time Carl has been home in four years. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pickett of Woodbine.

Chaplain Karl B. Justus is writing a book based on his experiences aboard a transport in the Pacific. According to letters received by friends here, he has completed three of the proposed 12 chapters.

His “boot” training at the Great Lakes Naval Station to Illinois completed, Sailor Ira Bicholman, former local movie house proprietor, is expected home on leave soon.

Pfc. and Mrs. Norman R. Pickett of Texas, while on a 16-day furlough visited Mr. and Mrs. Raynard Pickett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Golliday and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elton Herbert and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Rogers Hall of Sykesville, Mr. and Mrs. Kester Myers of Westminster, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pickett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pickett, and Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Pickett of New Windsor, and Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Carr of Conowingo.

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