With Those In The Service: September 28, 1944

September 28, 1944

Christmas For Prisoners

American Red Cross Christmas packages to American prisoners of war will include: Turkey, plum pudding, sausage, butter, deviled ham, Cheddar cheese, bouillon cube, tea, honey, strawberry jam, candy, mixed salted nuts, fruit, tobacco, a game and a wash cloth. Work of packing the parcels is already under way at Philadelphia, New York and St. Louis.

Military Miscellany

Hospital Apprentice 1-c Virginia Lyons, of the WAVES, who is stationed at St. Alban’s Naval Hospital, new York, spent Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lyons.

Eugene T. Schrider, now serving somewhere in the Pacific, has been advanced to seaman first class, according to a news release from the Fifth Naval District at Norfolk. Va. Schrider is the son of Charles Benjamin Schrider, Route No. 1, Woodbine

William J. Grimes, former Eldersburg grocer, has received the rating of Hospital apprentice 1-c and been assigned to: U. S. Naval Hospital Staff, Quantico, Va.

It’s “Lt. Slack,” Now

Commission as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army Medical Administrative Corps was received September 20 by Samuel Thomas Slack, 26, of Sykesville, at graduation exercises of Officer Candidate School, Camp Barkeley, Texas.

A former student of the University of Maryland, he was a technical sergeant when he entered OCS last May, after 18 months of service overseas with a medical unit in Iran.

The new lieutenant is spending a ten-day leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Slack, in Howard county.

Missing At Sea

Pharmacist’s Mate 1-c Harry Lewis Pickett, 30, is missing at sea, according to a Navy Department telegram received last Thursday by his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Kexel Pickett, former Sykesville school teacher. No details were given but it is believed his ship was lost in the recent Atlantic hurricane. Two weeks ago he telephoned his wife from New York and said he was ready to leave for Cuba.

He enlisted in November, 1942, received his boot training at Bethesda, Md., and was at the Washington induction center for a year. His parents, Oliver B. and Cora E. Pickett, reside at Winfield. He has two brothers, Pvt. Maurice B. Pickett, stationed in North Africa, and Eugene Pickett, hospital apprentice 1-c, stationed at the Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla. The missing seaman was a graduate of the Sykesville High school and was employed before induction at the C. M. Waltz funeral home in Winfield.

Soldier Items

Pfc. Emory D. Hush, in the Army for the past two years, is now stationed in Hawaii. Earlier this year he served in the Fiji Islands and New Caledonia.

Pvt. Stanley G. (Buddy) Parks, inducted into the Army a few months ago, is in the station hospital at Camp Wheeler, Ga., suffering from rheumatic fever.

S. Sgt. Howard E. Saffell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Saffell, of West Friendship, a gunner on a B24 Liberator, has been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. The presentation was made at an Eighth Army Air Force base in England.

The War Department has notified Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haugh, of Woodbine, that their son, Tech, Sgt. Edwin W. Haugh, is a German prisoner of war. The first advice listed him as missing.

Regulations prevent this column from publishing the full addresses of the two sons of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Stem, Sr., both serving overseas. Marine Pfc. Monroe A. Stem is stationed at a Naval Hospital, receiving his mail in care of the postmaster at San Francisco. Pvt. Arthur W. Stem, Jr., army signal corps, gets his mail via the postmaster, Seattle, Washington.

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