Relatives Awaitn News on Prison Exchange Tonight
Relatives Await News n Pris night Relatives of at least seven local servicemen thought to be prisoners of the Communists Communists are awaiting word from Panmunjom wherfe an exchange exchange of prisoners is expected to start within the next few hours. Those seven are men from this area who have been reported as prisoners by parents or other relatives relatives to the Register-Mail which several weeks ago submitted their names to the Associated Press. The AP expects to keep alerted during the return of American prisoners and will notify the Register-Mail immediately when any local war prisoner is released. The Register-Mail in turn will make an effort to notify his parents parents or closest relative, if possible, before press time. Associated Press employes will work ail night so as to obtain a record of every prisoner turned over by the Reds. Known Prisoners In alphabetical order the known prisoners are: Sgt. Jerome Baker, son of Mrs. ^1 R. Baker, 578 S. Henderson st. t who was held in a prisoner of war camp at Peking, China. Cpl. Cecil th Guiter, who was reported to have been taken as w a prisoner, Sept.. i, 1950, a matter of weeks after the opening of the war. His parents are both dead. Brothers and sisters are Mrs. Emery Courson and Mrs. Robert Tabb, both of Abingdon; Carl Hunt and Earl Guiter, both of Richmond, Richmond, Calif, and Mrs. Clarence Anderson of St. Augustine. The longest to serve as a prisoner prisoner is Pfc. Patil E. Hoots, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hoots, 1575 Florence Ave., whose capture occurred occurred July 7, 1950. Had Contact A prisoner since Nov. 30, 1950; Pfc. Kenneth Lawson, has frequently frequently written his sister, Mrs. Donald L. Kinkade, 1063 Frank St. There are three brothers, Henry R., serving with the Navy; William William Lawson, a Marine located in Korea;'and James, who was expecting expecting to enlist in July. Three sisters are Clarice Lawson ,Mrs. Kinkade and Marlene, The lattes has been adopted and lives in Chicago. Chicago. Another Abingdon prisoner of war is Pvt. Kenneth Skinner, whoi was at first reported as missing in action in July of 1950, and later was classified as a prisoner. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Skinner, 600 S, Jefferson St., Abingdon. The family has never heard directly from the soldier since his capture. No Particulars No details were provided the Register - Mail concerning Pfc. Donald W. Stricklcr, who was listed as being missing in action, in a card received from a rela- ive. It is not known if he is prisoner. His next of kin, whose relationship was not specified, was that of Minnie Strickler, 1307 Lincoln Lincoln Rd., Monmouth. With reasons to believe their son is a prisoner, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Donald K. Sweney of Avon, are anxi- ouly waiting for news concerning the possible release of Lt. Bruce A. Sweney. First Lt. Sweney was seen to parachute from his plane Oct. 2, 1951 and latter he was seen lying on the ground near Chongju, but the next dawn when his comrades comrades flew back over the scene, Sweney could not be seen on the ground.