' WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1] ; ; :1 1941 WitlrNrne Sets Of Brothers Company M ^Claims TillefOf /MoslJ f Brotlix3rly";Army Unit* --7JT-' • SR- . ' iS J V. J \ Front row (bcUom) reading from left to I'ig'Ui; Joel D^vi-;, Virgil Davis. Frunkta Cruse, Henry Cruse. Second Row: Willie Ferguson, Chester Ferguso". U:i>'old West, Hugh West, John West, Ben Smith, Jaik Smith. Third row: Odis I.eathmvood. Samuel Hoimc.s, Robert Holmes. Klmer llclmes, Emil Damon, Paul *'. Damon. The Williamson brothers and Uovd Lealherwood were absent when lUe picture was made. When the commanding officer i only a few months after his bvo- of Company M, Arkansas National j ther, in August, 1924, and has many guard, calls the roll of his men marksmanship medals, plus a rec- he has no alternative but to call out the first names as well as surnames. surnames. Nine sets of brothers are members members of the company and the unit claims the distinction of being the most "brotherly" of any company in the regular army—the group now is a part of the regulars since being inducted recently in the national guard mobilization. Two men included in the brother act are sergeants with more than 15 years of service. The brothers enlisted at various times, none together, according to national '' guard records. Their duties and ranks differ, generally. A pair of brothers with a collective collective 32 years of service furnish one of the finest records among the nine groups of brothers. First Sgt. Paul O. Damon enlisted in January. 1924 and became First Sergeant August 1, 1931. serving Company M continuously with that ranking sines that time. Platoon Platoon Sgt. Emil M. Damon enlisted ord as one of the most expert pistol shots in the 153rcl infantry. Sgt. Willie L. Ferguson has been a member of the unit for more than 10 years and his brother, Private Private Chester X. Ferguson is a newcomer to the Guard, enlisting last April. Corp. Elmer E. Holmes is one of three brothers in Company M and two of the fellows he orders around are Private First Class Robert and Private Samuel Holmes. Corp. Odis M. Leatherwood can tell brother Private Lloyd M. Leatherwood what is what, and Corp. Ben H. Smith instructs Private Private Jack D. Smith in another brother combination. The list of Company M Privates First Class includes Joel E. and Virgil V. Davis. Joel is first cook and his brother is company artificer, artificer, assistant to the supply sergeant. sergeant. Triplets are Privates Harold R. William O. and John W. West who are in the army with theii ousin. Hugh L. West, in the same company; Henry F. and Prankie J. Cruse and a pair of recruits, Allen H. and Claiide I. WiUiam- m. . . ' •. ; Boastful Company M men and officers challenge every other company company in the army to assert a finer record of "brotherly interest" in the, national guard ranks—now the regular army. " Company M. has another dis-' tinction in the fact that Second Lieut. Richard Osborne, of Manila, has made an encampment, returned returned home and hasn't missed a drill, yet has received not a cent of remuneration for his service. Reason—Th Reason—Th e army hash't gi ve n h im official recognition yet. But he isn't complaining, says Uncle Sam will "come through" pretty soon, then he'll really be "in the dough," Company M officers say, however, that it's unique for. an officer to have been with his company so long and still not be paid. But they say there's nothing to worry about. . ' It won't be long now until payday. payday.