With Those In The Service: October 4, 1945

October 4, 1945

Pneumonia Fatal To Sailor

Seaman First Class  Edwin S. Tydings, 28, stationed at Pensacola, Florida, died suddenly September 18 from double pneumonia, the Navy Department has notified his mother, Mrs. Lillian G. Tydings, near Sykesville.

Young Tydings has been in the Navy for a year and three months, having entered in June, 1944. He was a member of the 1936 graduating class of Sykesville High School.

Cpl. Hayes Returns

Cpl. Robert Earl (Tubby) Hayes, son of Mrs. William Hayes of Sykesville, who entered the service in July 1942 and had not been home in more than three years, was discharged on October 1 with 112 points. He arrived in New York September 24 aboard the former German liner Europa.

Hayes went overseas 35 months ago, on Nov. 1, 1942, stopping at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Bombay, India, enroute to Egypt and the Suez Canal, which the Germans were threatening at that time.

He served as an armorer, servicing guns of the 324th Fighter group of the 316 Fighter Squadron. This outfit furnished air support to the British 8th Army throughout the campaign across North Africa; to the American 5th Army in Italy and Corsica; and to the American 7th Army in Southern France and Germany.

His E.T.O. service ribbon carries eight of the eleven battle stars issued in the European Theatre. He also has the Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster and the Good Conduct medal.

Local WAC Cited

Award of the Good Conduct Ribbon to Private Virginia M. Woodward, WAC, “for exemplary conduct and service demonstrated by faithful and exact performance of duty and behavior worthy of emulation,” was announced September 29 at headquarters, Camp Patrick Henry, Va. Pvt. Woodward is the daughter of Mr. H.M. Gilliss, of Glen Arm, Md., and is now serving with the 3rd WAC Company at the Virginia Staging Area.

Sgt. Manner Discharged

Sgt. Francis C. Manner, Sykesville, with the 83rd Thunderbolt Division in Germany, who was awarded the Bronze Star medal “for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations from July 5, 1944 to May 8, 1945 in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany,” has received a discharge from the Army after having served for four years and seven months.

“As Squad Leader in the Second Platoon, 83rd Quartermaster Company,” his citation continued, “Sgt. Manner’s supervision of the first echelon maintenance of vehicles in his squad, and leadership while in command of convoys, has been exemplary. Hid tireless devotion to and performance of duty merits the highest praise.”

In addition to the Bronze Star, Sgt. Manner has the Good Conduct medal, Unit Citation wreath and five battle stars. He will make his home with his wife and daughter at Flohrville.

Military Miscellany

Cpl. Francis (Bob) Mullinix, who entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in December 1942, has received a discharge from the service and is now at home. The local Marine, holder of the Silver Star and other decorations, served with Navy task forces that took part in many of the island campaigns in the Pacific. He is the son of Mrs. Nettie Mullinix, Sykesville.

S. 2-c Bertha Wilson is now stationed at Cedar Falls Hall, U.S. Naval Wave Barracks, Harrisburg, Pa.

Since July of this year, S. 1-c Alfred Linton, Jr., has been a member of the ship’s company of the USS Petrof Bay, one of the Navy’s well known Escort Carriers that took part in many of the famous war actions in the Pacific. He is in the Gunnery Department. Before entering the service, Seaman Linton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Linton, of R.F.D. 2. Sykesville, attended school at Sykesville High.

Among Sykesville boys home either on furlough or discharge are Leroy Day and Harry Etzler of the Army; and Francis (Bucky) Lewis and Charles Ely of the Navy.


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