With Those In The Service: September 21, 1944

September 21, 1944

Military Miscellany

Back in this country after 15 months overseas, Pfc. Sterling Umbaugh, son of William Umbaugh of Flohrville, is recuperating at Woodrow Wilson General Hospital, Staunton, Va., from wounds in the leg, chest and arm, sustained some time ago on one of the islands of the south Pacific. He is reported to be getting along fine. His wife left last week for Staunton to be with him.

Radarman Philip Baer, who has been in the Coast Guard for more than a year, visited his father, Dr. Harry Baer, of Springfield Hospital, on Sunday. He is now stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Miss Mary Ellen Rehbein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rehbein, of Sykesville, has enlisted in the WAVES. She took the oath in Washington on Wednesday and was ordered to report October 19 to Hunter College, New York, for basic training.

Pvt. Milton Conaway V-mails to say that while at sea enroute to his destination, which turned out to be New Guinea, he received the July 17th issue of the Herald. “I have yet to learn how it got on the ship after we were out three days,” says Milton, “but it was surely welcome and passed on to many hands. I expect it passes more hands than any other paper on the post, as there are a great many Maryland boys here, all interested in news from Maryland.”

Awarded Purple Heart

Pfc. George Obrecht, recently wounded in France, has been awarded the Purple Heart which he sent home to his wife a few days ago.

Of his experience, George writes:

“On August 19 my buddy and I captured 12 Germans in an old barn, and about two hours later I captured two more myself. On August 20, I was hit on the right side of my face with a piece of tank shell. God was with use all. We are treated swell in the hospital–don’t want for a thing, except the loved ones at home.

“The have not been able to remove all the schrapnel from my face as yet and my right ear is giving me some trouble, but otherwise I am doing nicely.”

Soldier Items

Sgt. Marvin Hush, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hush, was home for the weekend.

Sgt. William A. Arrington, Jr., has returned to Camp Atterbury, Ind., after a furlough at home.

Pvt. Edward Leslie Buddy Laines, whose wife resides in Glenelg, Howard county, died August 1, from wounds received in action in France the previous day. He was a brother of Mrs. Howard Streaker, of West Friendship.

Herman Reznick, local grocer, talked by long distance telephone the other day to his brother in California who had just returned from service in India. Sgt. Aaron Reznick is being sent to Martinsburg, W. Va., for hospitalization and convalescence.

From the jungles of New Guinea, Pvt. Richard Hewitt writes to tell us how much he enjoys the Herald, which is a month and a half old when it reaches him, but which brings the news that means so much what is going on around the home town. Pvt. Hewitt has been overseas for 26 months and in combat duty since last April. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Hewitt, Sykesville.

More Education For Vets

If you think you are eligible for education under the “G. I. Bill of Rights,” file Veteran Administration Rehabilitation Form 1050 with one of these three:

1, the regional office of the Veterans Administration where your discharge papers (C-folder) are filed, 2, a regional office of the Veterans Administration in the State in which the school or college you wish to attend is situated; 3, the school or college you wish to attend.

You are eligible if you were on active service for at least 90 days between September 16, 1940, and the end of the present war or were discharged after less than 90 days because of disability incurred in line of duty; if you were discharged “under conditions other than dishonorable” and if you were not over 25 years of age when you entered service or if you were over 26 and can show that your education was interrupted.

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