With Those In The Service: November 30, 1944

November 30, 1944

Buried at Sea

Lt. George Horner Melville, Jr., USN, died of wounds received in action and was buried at sea, according to a brief, official notification to the family. Lt. Melville, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Melville, of New Rochelle, N. Y., and grandson of Mrs. John Melville, of Oakland Mills, was attached to the Air Force in the Southwest Pacific.

Soldier Items

From somewhere in the Pacific, Capt. Jacob R. Jensen V-Mails “Christmas greetings to all my friends in Sykesville,” Incidentally, the former local physician’s latest address is now available at the Herald office.

Fully recovered from wounds suffered last June to the first invasion of France, Cpl. Phillip S. Lee is back in that country, where he is training to be an M. P. “Imagine me,” says Phil, “a policeman.” Well, this column’s guess is, he’ll make a pretty good one.

Pfc. Claude W. Meadows has returned to the Army Air Base at Pueblo, Colorado, after spending a furlough at home.

Pfc. Elwood Hawkins, still with the show, “This Is The Army,” recently arrived in India and says he expects the troupe to be in Australia by Christmas.

Cpl. Martin L. Hush, with an army engineering unit in the European theatre, asks that the Sykesville Herald be sent to him, so he might keep up with happenings back home.

In Dec. 11 Draft Call

Five Sykesville youths are among the latest inductees from Local Board No. 1 of Carroll County, who have orders to report to the Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore, on Monday, Dec. 11. They are:

George Samuel Hush
John Joseph Smith
Russell Elsworth Egolf
Donald Ebbert Beck
James Richard Gardner.

Others in the Local Board’s December 11 draft call are: Willard Eugene One, Mt. Airy; Thomas W. K. Troyer; Hampstead; Vincent James Laverelt, Finksburg; Charles Robert Myers, Upperco; and Luther Edward Harrolt, Maccleafield, N. C. Inducted on November 11 were: Philip Gerald Pickett, R. 6, Westminster, and Warren Leroy Spencer, Patapsco.

Military Miscellany

Granville Edgar Merryman enlisted in the Navy on November 25 and is receiving his basic training at Bainbridge. He asks us to express his thanks to friends for their gifts and well wishes.

John T. Scoll, Jr., of the Navy, has received another rating, having been promoted to Machinist’s Mate second-class. He is stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. His adress, which cannot be published, is on file at the Herald office.

Pvt. Herman L. Ebeling, formerly of Camp Hood, Texas, recently spent a ten-day furlough with his wife and family. He is now stationed at Camp Swift, Texas.

Sailors John Morris, of Bainbridge, Md., and James T. Dearing, of Massachusetts, were home on emergency furloughs this week, called here by the death of Mr. S. E. Morris.

Cpl. Cletus E. Cool, Springfield Hospital, medical technician, is a member of the 8th Chemical Battalion, one of the units of Lieut.-Gen. Mark W. Clark’s Fifth Army that recently broke through the Gothic Line in Italy.

Winter Slows Air Mail

Air-mail service to and from the European theater of operations will be comparatively slow during the coming winter months.

Last summer air-mail letters were less than a week going between the United States and Europe, but this winter more than two weeks will be required, says the post office at U. S. Naval Headquarters in England. But V-Mail will continue to reach its destination in the normal time of five to seven days, being always a priority item in trans-Atlantic flights.

The reason is that Naval flying over the North Atlantic routes has been curtailed until better flying weather in the spring. V-Mail will have first claim on space in planes because the equivalent of 25 sacks of air-mail letters can be carried in one small V-mail sack. Much of the air-mail will have to be carried on ships.

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