With Those In The Service: November 18, 1943

November 18, 1943

Good Conduct Medal

WITH THE NINTH DIVISION OVERSEAS – Corporal George O. Jaeger of Marriottsville, Md., was recently awarded the Good Conduct Medal by Major General M.S. Eddy, Commander of the Ninth Infantry Division for “fidelity, exemplary behavior and meritorious service” as a member of a combat Division. The award was made at a special Retreat formation shortly after the close of the Sicilian campaign.

Corporal Jaeger participated in both the campaigns in Tunisia and was with his Division in Sicily during the drive on Randazzo. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Jaeger, of Marriottsville, Maryland.

Military Miscellany

Soldier John Slack, an army baker at the big Valley Forge General Hospital in Pennsylvania, has been furloughing at the home of his parents in Howard County. He sports the brand new stripes of a Pfc… “Meaning,” says little John, “Personal Friend of the Colonel.”

Hospital Apprentice, 2-C Mary Virginia Lee, of the WAVES, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Lee, of Eldersburg. She is now on duty in the Brooklyn Naval Hospital. Other Sunday visitors at the Lee home were Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Yeakle, of Hamilton, and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Yeakle and baby daughter, Lillian, of Baltimore.

Sgt. V.E. Leatherwood, Fort Lewis, State of Washington, is spending an 8-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gurney Leatherwood.

Pvt. Edward R. Grimes, former Sykesville postal clerk, is home from Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Ed suffered an ankle injury during basic training which sent him to a hospital for six weeks and incapacitated home for active service. His case is now awaiting disposition in Washington, and he will either be given an honorable discharge or placed in limited service.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stem have received word from their son in the South Pacific that his is in good health: Cpl. Monroe A. Stem, U.S.M.C., 307553; Cp. F., 2nd Btn, 17th Engineers; % Fleet Postmaster; San Francisco; Calif.

Strawbridge Boys

His basic training at Parris Island behind him, Pvt. Russell Barr, of the Marines, is expected home on furlough late this week.

An army engineer will be Donald Smythe when he completes his training. He’s studying at Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.

Edwin Carneal has entered the Army and is stationed at a camp in Missouri.

In “boot” training is red-haired Francis Stonebraker, having entered the Navy on Monday.

Oscar Johnson, who married since he went into the Army a year or so ago, is doing special work at Camp Pickett, Va.

Becoming Combat Pilot

John R. Arrington, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Arrington of Marriottsville, Md., has just been transferred to the Stuttgart Army Air Field at Stuttgart, Arkansas, where he will undergo the last phase of flight training prior to receiving his wings as a combat pilot.

Prior to becoming a Cadet in the Air Corps, Arrington was a machinist.

War Front Dispatches

The Herald, it seems, is too all-fired prompt with its news of boys in the service. On several occasions recently subscribers have called up in an unhappy mood and demanded of the editor the source of his information. “Why, we didn’t know so and such about our own boy until we read it in the Herald,” relatives complain. In explanation of which we submit:

The Government makes it a point to notify the “next of kin” before it does the press only when a service man is severely wounded, is missing, or is killed in action. Practically all branches of the service now have efficient public relations corps manned by former newspaper men in uniform, who, aside from their fighting duties, write on-the-spot news stories of fellows in their outfits. These are censored and sent to the newspaper back home, for use as the local editor sees fit. The average service man likes nothing better than to “make” the home-town paper and let the community know what he has been doing.

So it’s all in the interest of morale, folks, and nothing to get upset over. The Herald proposes to make generous use of these war-front dispatches, for truly they constitute the important news of the day.

The Lighter Side

Two K.P.’s were carrying out a hot kettle when the Colonel, resplendent in all his trappings and authority, strode in. Calling for a spoon, he dipped into the kettle, tasted its steaming contents and spat vigorously.

“Do you call that soup?” he roared.

“No, Sir,” replied the young K.P.’s

“We call that dishwater. We’re going to empty it now.”

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