With Those In The Service: May 10, 1945

May 10, 1945

A V-E Day Toast To Our Men Overseas

We Fill the cup with the waters of Life And Drink to you who wear the khaki and the blue
With gallant fortitude amid War’s strife;
We drink to the stout hearts that bear you through
The lurid nights across an unknown course;
To the courage that flows like fire through your veins;
To Victory won by the sword of Truth’s Force
Reclaiming Peace for minds with Life’s gains
And your soul’s freedom above the storm.
May the slim white taper of Faith shine out
And reveal your heart’s wish as Life takes new form
In vibrant, full-blossomed joy with loved ones about.
Here’s to You–brave men–love, song and laughter,
Transmuted hopes and all that comes after.
–Helen Mathews de Lashmutt

Military Miscellany

Pvt. Robert Mullinix, of near Woodbine, is now stationed at Scott Field, Illinois, where he is attending radio school.

After serving 2 1/2 years overseas, Pfc. Peter Di Clementi, of Oakland, who has been in the States for a couple of months, has reported to a camp in North Carolina awaiting further orders.

Friends and former customers of Sgt. Jack Hesson, genial, blond and 245-pound driver-salesman and one of the owners of the Hesson Cake Company of Baltimore, were grieved this week to learn that he was killed in action in Germany on April 14. He leaves a wife and two small children.

Electrician’s Mate 1-c Jack E. Dryden, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dryden, former Sykesville residents now living in Baltimore, was home last week on a seven-day leave after two years in the South Pacific. His ship docked at Portland, Oregon, for repairs and he came East by plane. Jack returned last Thursday, accompanied by his wife, who will remain there until his ship sails.

65 Missions, 300 Hours

WITH THE 12TH AAF IN ITALY– Capt. William B. Welling, Jr., whose father lives in Sykesville, Md., has flown 65 missions for a total of almost 300 operational flying hours, as squadron navigator of the 1st Emergency Rescue Squadron of the 12th Air Force in Italy.

His squadron, which patrols the waters around Italy to rescue allied airmen forced down at sea, has been awarded the Distinguished unit citation for its part in many spectacular rescues, many of them under fire from German flak and shore batteries. Captain Welling has taken part in some of the hottest of these operations and he has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

For his work in developing and directing air-sea rescue navigation techniques, he has been awarded the Legion of Merit.

After his graduation in 1935 form Sykesville High School, Captain Welling attended St. John’s College, Annapolis, from which he was graduated in 1931. In March, 1941 he enlisted as an aviation cadet, receiving his navigator’s wings a year later. After instructing in navigation at Turner Field, Ga., and Sellman Field, La., he joined the 1st Emergency Rescue squadron.

 

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