Cumberland Sunday Times from Cumberland, Maryland on March 11, 1945 · Page 5
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Cumberland Sunday Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 5

Cumberland, Maryland
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Sunday, March 11, 1945
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TIT 1 tl r\ 1. V" Iwo Jima Attack Navy Man Writes of Baltie Toughness and Activ- 1 hies Aboard His'. Ship A In letters home, Lt. Comdr. William K. Geppert, TJSNR, Oumber- nd lawyer; verifies new reports k .•at the--battle for Iwo Jiaia; tiny Jap island in' the Pacific, is the toughest of all amphibious oper- ations'in the Pacific. •' -'-•'-• He reports one ot the most thrilling scerw-s was when men : of the fleet witnessed' the raising of the American flag oh top of Ml. Suri- >bachl 6y the Marines. : ' •••'••, An intelligence officer attached temporarily to the slaS of Rear Admiral W. H. P.. Blahdy, Comdr. Geppert has seen service at a half dozen other landings. He writes he Was seen thousands of heavy shells ripping into Jap defenses but relates that the enemy posihlions on Iwo Jima are the strongest encountered. Lt. Comdr. Geppert says his ship Another Zenith Advance in Hearing Aid Style! tvt*T«ot N.w P •»tolit» AmpKfW «-No l*tn Co»H is a veritable be* hive.of communication activity.; There are hundreds of radios on board and operators manning.! all circuits. Thus we get all the information and know how the battle is progressing.. The ship is completely equipped with teletype machines and so all information is sent all .over the ship.- Our office has three teletypes In it and they are going constantly. In addition, hundreds of. dispatches :keep cfcm- ing in every hour. .-The war correspondents on ' board really are In hcaveri because they have access to all the Information and at the tune it Is hot,! 1 . . •-.- •;•-:••••••:••<. : --.- ••••• "I have Just ret'trned from watching a strike by our air forces," the letter stated; "Naval' gunfire and mortar fire was lifted during th« strike in order to protect our planes! Seventy-one carrier planes, consisting of fighters, divebombers and torpedo planes loaded with . bombs, made the strike. Most of the planes carried rockets also. It was a very fascinating sight watching all of those planes peeling off at around 2,000 feet and coming in* low over the Island firing-their rockets and machine guns and dropping their bombs. They . came down -In a steady stream, one after another, until the island was covered with srrfoke and flame. Jap anti-aircraft flre was sporadic and one of our planes was shot down. After this strike the naval gunfire and mortar fire resumed and the troops launched an aUack." I'? .11; mplifar blends with and women'* Jjrk suiti met <!KSKS . , . alt dark clothes! ' N*w PoiUl Goralile Amplifier U * beautiful light coral shidc . ; , h»r- nonizes with ifsht-colot sufts, dtesset, rweitcri . . . «« light-coiorcd dothti. Your Choice of fithtr Ainplifirr—^t ffo Extra Cost-on all 3 Znilh Httr- i*Z Aid Models. • • * . . . MODii A-7-A Standard Air, t '' Conduction ...... '40 MODEl A-3-A Super-power Air- -- Conductioa ...... *50 MODEL B-3- A Bone-6ondiK, •on ......... *50 All mtJili mnpliU, Htiy-lt-utsr, . el priffd hi far tin Dvmo Franklin i, Spear 80 Fershlnt SI. Phone 5812-1V Optometrist SUNDAY TIMES, CUM&iSLAlf fj, MD, 8UNDAY, MARCH 11, 1945 Local Navy Niirse Dunked In The 'Drink 5 • V - • , •• ' • ' .-i <;.•"-.-i-3; Vi" ,H"-'-i I •-' ,.•'•-'* ' • Thousands From (Continued from Page n) St., is alive with activity, Draft boar* officials bustle about lining up their charges, and there is a buzz ol excitement among the impatient draftees,- a few of whom are carrying smaH hand bags indicating -that they have volunteered for immediate service, some of whom have.paper bags of varying sizes in which they have lunches to supplement the "eats" issued by'the draft boards rmcl all are anxiously awaiting the call to board the waiting buses. Fin:ally the roll is called, and as each man answers, he Is given a papei bag containing a cheese sandwich, a package of camels and an ovange and proceeds to take his place on a bus. . ....'• The identification papers of the men are carried by a group leader who has been appointed by the clerk of the. draft board, and to the leader belongs the responsibility of supervising the men until they are delivered to the Fifth Regiment Armory, purchasing additional meals for them, and issuing such orders and instructions as may be necessary from time to time. It Is clearl> understood by each man that the group leader is to be obeyed as though he were an Army officer. When the human cargo is stowed the buses roar out into the blacknesr that-precedes the dawn. The selec- tees smoke and t«lk. Some try to sleep, but without much success. There is- an air of warmth among the men as the sun comes \ip to I reveal the familiar panorama o: and having people holler "Hey, you!" »t them;. their nerves ere not only disturbed but ragged. Pur those whose nerves are really bad this is very often the breaking point; but most of th« men are able to control themselves to the point where they cut) at least undergo the examination. • ' ; •,:.. Stripped down to shoris and sHbes (no eocbs), they start their !parade, dignity Looking a bit dejected following the judge's sentence, U. Mildred A. E. Marean, Navy Nurse Corps, of 477 Lena street, Cumberland, awaits her immersion in the royal salt lank aboard a hospital ship as part of her initiation when she recently crossed the equator for the first time. To the ripht, IA. Marean. who is chief nurse aboard the ship jrtjins the waters of the South Pacific,Demerges from the ordeal, dripping from 'stoni to stern', but smiliiig. : Known as a 'polywog' before the ducking, she must go through several other trials before she becomes a veteran 'shellback'. Qualify Jn FLOWERS -.- . Gorgeous Flowers of Art Timet at ArthurBopp* Greenhoute. ARTHUR BOPPS GREENHOUSE Phone 2202 the Allegany Mountains -^. Green Ridge, Seidling Hi!) and the others- east of Cumberland; but further along, as the hills of home are left behind and the strange low country around Frecertck is reached, the first chill of nostalgia creeps over some of the selectees: • What, stranger lands will Ihe3 - see? Stops are made along the way to afford the draftees a "stretch," an opportunity to buy a coke, a visit to a wayside lavatory. Here again the coming life in the armed forces becomes apparent — everywhere a. line must be formed. • In the Big; Armory Once in Baltimore, the bus goes immediately to the Fifth Regiment Armory, the biggest single-roofed building that most of the selectees have ever seen. Somewhat similar to the local armory of the Maryland National GnRrd'in that It has a balcony between the. bottom floor BIKJ the roof, the Baltimore structure is as vide as the local armory is long, has room enough on its drill floor for at least five basketball courts — and its balcony appears to be ^about a quarter of a mile in circumference. • • Opening off the balcony are myriad rooms, and it is in these that the selectees "get the business." But before they are started through the ninny, stations in which they are examined from head to foot, Allegany County selectees are welcomed to Baltimore by and old friend and fellow citizen, Tech. Sgt. Clarence Biehn, who was the Army recruiting .officer in Cumberland for nearly 8 years. Sgt. Biehn, now stationed at the Fifth Regiment Armory, is the only friendly, familiar sight in the entire building. He gives the men instructions on the manner in which they should' conduct themselves throughout their examinations, exhorts them to step lively when called upon, explains that doctors and mifltary attendants are just as anxious to get the ordeal over with as the selectees are. ••••••• Goine Thru the Mill While the instructions are being given, a sergeant who is seated at a desk on the balcony is poring over the identification papers of the men (which he has received from the group leader) and is making out f6rms for the men to carry with them as they are examined, forms on which the various doctors will record their findings. The forms he makes out and the original papers from the local draft board are clipped together, the men's names are called, they take their papers and proceed to a door marked with a :arge "2." High school graduates enter Room 2 to fill out a questionnaire; those having less than a high school education continue to Room 3, halfway around the armory bal- cony. (Pilling out the questionnaire requires only a few minutes, then the high school graduates join the others' at Room 3, with the latter returning to Room 2 lor mental tests after the physical examination is completed.) Directly inside Room 3 there is a space whe,re the selectees "strip down," and a checkroom for their clothing; and on either side of the dressing quarters there is a maze of rooms and partitions, numbered from 4 to 12, where civilian doctors and soldier, sailor and marine attendants find out everything; — everything!—there Is to know about the selectees' anatomies. Nerves Get Ragged Most people find physical examin- ations disturbing. But by the time .he draftees enter Room 3, after waiting for roll calls, standing in Ines; answering questions. Msten- ng to instructions, making mistakes land Washington In 1918. 1 .fill. " HEP ADD Good nutrition goes a long way towards adding "life to years" as wcii at year* to life. Our vitamin "D" Homogenized Milk it nutritionally improved with 400 units of Vitamin "D" added to every quart — a definite advantage for your entire family. Liberty Milk Company 450 RACE STREET PHONE 77 You Can't Buy Good Sight • -Ability to we can't be -bought . . but it con be preserved and aided by the use of the ..: '••' right glasses. 1 Have Yqiir Vision : Examined Regularly Dr. Harry Pinsky OPTOMETRIST /. . • 39 Baltimore Si; Phone 18 Sweaty and smelly, their at a low ebb, one can be ;een nervously picking his nose, another absently scratching his thigh and all are flexing • their muscles, tapping their feet, or in some way trying to give vent to Jielr .uneasiness. At jjo Urns during the examination are the selectees permitted to smoke or talk. They Just "sweat t out.". When they reach station No. 12, an Army officer checki the notations made on their papers by the various doctors, and either directs them to Room 13—far down the armory balcony—which means that they have thus far passed their examinations, or to a section of the balcony marked with a huge "5," which means that they have failed for one reason or another. In Room 13 a blood test is taken. (And it is here -that nuuiy a «al wart draftee swoons dead awfty at the sight of his own or someone else's blood.) After the blood test, each man is given an envelope to be used in sending hU ration books back to the O.P.A.—- at the time of his induction—plus literature on service men's allotments. The next and final stop is a. section of the balcony numbered "15", where the men await final instructions and the order to leave for home. Usually out of the armory by four of five o'clock, the selectees proceed to a nearby restaurant for a hot meal, and then depart immediately for the Western Maryland hills. Once on their way, they relax and talk over their experiences, and it Is understood In some quarters that they even indulge in a littie hilarity on the return trip. Judge Capper Goes To ; Oakland For Cwurl -Term Associate Jud*e Walter O. Capper will go to Oakland to-morrow, arid deliver the charge to the grand Jury at the opening of U>c March tern of Garrett Oounty Circuit Court. Ho will remain several days, until the grand Jury completes its investigations, and will dispose of civil cases. Mrs. Sapper will accompany liim to Oikland. :.--,- .. ' ; Re<:oimueii(l* Spoerlcin • : As Qtikiumi Poslmiiiter » Oakland,. March 10—The Democratic Stale Central Committee- for Garrett county, Qvtus recommended W. E. Spoerieln, proprietor of the Economy Market, for lh« position. of acting poslmftKter of Oakland. Iryln R. Rudy, present postmaster, JiRji resigned the position eflm- Ive March 31. A Civil Service exumlnatKin will be held later for 'selection of a permanent jX)sUnnater. Thousands of Smart Fashion-wise Women are thrilled with their FIELDS EASTER HATS You'll Be, Too! Styles are Riclil! Trices are Klfht! 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