With Those In The Service: October 11, 1945

October 11, 1945

Air Force Veteran Speaks

Members of the Sykesville Rotary Club will not soon forget the talk Tuesday night by Major Richard Leary, a pilot with the U.S. Ninth Air Force, who face was badly seared by war but whose mind and heart and spirit were not. “There must never be another war” said Mayor Leary, the first Allied airman to land on the Normandy beachhead, who served all through the European campaign, was a prisoner of war and on one occasion was shot down in flames, giving the plastic surgeons a facial job to do. He expressed no bitterness over coming home from the fight to see the country go into a wave of strikes and labor and economic disorder, but he did voice the firm belief and hope that a nation which could be so great and united in war could be equally great and cooperative in peace.

Discharged From Navy

After three years and two months in the Navy, helping to chart the weather for Uncle Sam’s sea and air forces, Aerographer’s Mate 1-c Charles R. Berry received his discharge Saturday at Bainbridge. He has served overseas for 16 months and for the past four months had been stationed on Greenland. With his wife, the former Ethel M. Barnes, and their infant son, he is spending some time in Sykesville, after which they will probably make their home in Salisbury.

Phm. 1-c Guy Ridgley Garheart has been honorably discharged from naval service at the separation center, Bainbridge, Md. Garheart, last stationed at the Naval Ammunition Depot, Philadelphia, has been in military service 14 months. His wife, Mrs. Louella K. Garheart, lives at Sykesville.

Military Miscellany

Mrs. Donald E. Beck left Tuesday last to join her husband O-C Donald E. Beck, at Fort Benning, Ga. She will remain there for his graduation October 31.

Pfc. James C. Forsyth, Jr., with the U.S. Army in France, was awarded the regimental appointment to attend Biarritz American University. Pfc. Forsyth, who saw action in Germany, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Forsyth, of Howard County. His wife resides at Chevy Chase.

Lt.-Comdr. M.C. Smoot, USNR, a former Sykesville physician, who served as a medical officer on Iwo Jima and other Pacific fighting centers, and Mrs. Smoot, escaped injury in a weekend auto accident near Finksburg, in which a telephone pole was snapped off.

Soldier Items

Capt. J.R. Jensen, of the Army Medical Corps is now in Japan. The former Sykesville physician served through many of the island campaigns in the Pacific.

Pvt. Harry F. Evans, Jr., home from overseas and now stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado, has been spending a 21-day furlough with his family at Woodbine Heights.

Saturday is the birthday of Pfc. George Leakins, badly wounded veteran of the European war, who has been a patient for many months at Fort Howard Hospital, Baltimore, and is now about to undergo another operation. Members of the Sykesville Volunteer Fire Company and other friends of the local soldier are requested to remember him with cards.


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