The Columbus Herald from Columbus, Indiana on May 30, 1945 · Page 1
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COMPLETE LOCAL HEWS OF . BARTHOLOMEW CO. AND . CAMP ATTEBBTJBY TUT li 21 COLUMEUS TaXEFHOXK : VOLUME 64 NO. 23. THE COLUMBUS HERALD. COLUMBUS, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 301945. PRICE FIVE CENTS EDWARD BLAIR OF COMPANY C DIES ON LUZON Member of 151st. Infantry for 10 Years Killed May 8. ' . RECENTLY ON BATAAN Mj3ved from There to Cor-regidoiy Last Letter to Sister Said. W. E. SOLOMON IS GRADUATED Flight Officer William Ellsworth Solomon. 19, arrived home Saturday for 10 days, visit witn nis motner, Mrs. George Huffman: 2038 Cherry street.. He was graduated Thursday as a bombardier and given the rank of flight officer at the Army air-t field at San Angelo, Tex Flight Officer Solomon entered training a an aviation cadet in November. 1943 at the age of 18. He wai trained at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., the University of Toledo, and at 'San Antonio and Harlingen, Tex, "before being sent to San Angelo for his final work. . He said . ne aia not snow to what duty he would be assigned when he returns from his furlough. PFC. RALPH LYNN ARRIVES HOME East Columbus Home Scene of Surprise at Noon. 171 PERCENT IN U. S. FORCES AS CLASS FINISHES C. H. S. Diplomas Awarded 178, Including 31 in Army and Navy. MORE SCHOOLING URGED Brandon Says Educational System Must .. Tackle Crime Causes. Staff Sgt. Edward W. Blair, 27, a member of Company C, 151st Infantry, for 10 years, was killed in action May 8 on Luzon, according to a telegram from the War department, received Wednes day night by his wife,. Mrs. jua nlta Blair, who haa been living at Brownstown. Sergeant Blair told a sister, Mrs. Paul Perry, 755 Illinois itrwf In a letter dated ADril 26 that he had Just been moved from There was excitement at the Bataan peninsula to Corregldor virgu nercnum and wu welL ' street, at noon Wednesday when No further word was received I Pfc Ralph A. Lynn walked in here until Mrs. Blair notified , without giving much advance no- nthei- nembn of the family Of : tlce. 3 Escape Tries, Job in Hairs 14 Months Local Prisoner of War-TeHs of Work at Munich, on Farms , Near Stolp. " ISAAC GREEN STRUCK BY BUS, FATALLY HURT American were within sight, of the U. S. . lines when recaptured 17 ?? Retired Farmer, 84, Former talked a German , guard into going with them. The guard was to the telegram. : Joins Company at 17. At the age of 17, Sergeant Blair joined Company C while it was still . a unit of the Indiana National guard. He waa a private when the unit was inducted ; into federal service and left here' for Camp Shelby, Miss, in January, 1941, but waa promoted from time to time through the other, grades to staff sergeant. He remained in the company through its long training period at Shelby, Fort Bennlng. Ga., Camp Carrabelle, Fla and the Louisiana maneuvers area, then went with it to Hawaii and New Guinea before the 38th Division started its attack which liberated Bataan. , , He never wrote much about his service overseas except to say that he would have a lot to tell - when he got home. . Born In East Columbus. Born Dec 11, 1917, in East Oolumbus, Sergeant Blair attended the East Columbus grade school and Columbus high school for two -years. He had been employed as a taxlcab driver and was married at the time he went to Camp Shelby. ; His wife and 4-year-old . son, Jerry Gene, have been living with her mother, Mrs. Clara Blev-ins, at Brownstown while he was in the Army. Other survivors are his parent, Hade Blair, 1334 McKinley His mother-in-law, Mrs. Ketchum, was alone at the time but his wife, Margaret, arrived only a few minutes .later. Taken prisoner by the Germans on Jan. 9, at which time he was listed as missing in action, Pfc Lynn sent a letter to his wife which was received April 21. That was the first she ' knew he was a prisoner. Then last week a letter was received from him stating that he was en route home. Pfc Lynn arrived at Camp Atterbury May 22 and then came on home Wednesday to begin a 65-day furlough. An employe of Noblitt-Sparks Industries here when he entered the service a year ago, Lynn is a son of Mrs. Ella Tate of Muncie but was reared by an uncle and aunt. Mr,- and 'Mrs. John Lynn, near North Vernon. He served in the 242nd Infantry regiment of the 42nd Rainbow division. Lynn is the fourth soldier from Bartholomew county liberate d from German prison camps by the Allies during the past few weeks to arrive home. The 1945 senior class of Colum bus high school, with 17 percent of its members serving in the armed forces, and one a discharged veteran, was graduated Thursday night at exercises in the S ; gymnasium. Two . members re ceived ineir aipiomu iu uie uiu uniform of Navy seamen. Of 178 boys and girls in the class, 31 were in the Army and Navy. Two .others were under orders to report for duty in the Navy today and Saturday. Rodney H. Brandon, director of 'public welfare for the state of Illinois, making the commence-, ment address, called on the public schools to "teach every homeless, churchless, workless child how to live," because, "Who else is there to do it?" Miss Marjorie Amick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion H. Amlcx, was" graduated with highest scholastic honors in the class. Miss Patsv Hamilton, whose father was a prisoner of the Germans and has not yet been reported lib erated, was second in class standing, and Miss Jewel Barkes, third, One of Every 75. Mr. Brandon, speaking on the 'ANDY' ELKINS SUFFERS WOUND avenue; mother. Mrs. Edna Grin- Member Of '38th DlV.STOn iS stead of McKinley avenue; ana another sister, Mrs. June Lloyd, 755 Illinois street. BUCKMINSTER IS BACK IN U.S. Now in Hospital on Leyte Brother Recovers. Three scape attempts, ' working in a brewery in; Munich where he got food through a "black market,' serving as a hand on German farms and a 500-mile march across the northern. Reich were a few of the experiences of Pvt. James AUen Hall, 21-year-old local infantryman, while. ; spending 14 months as a war prisoner in Germany. The son of. Mr. and " Mrs. Hall of 634 Hutchins avenue, Hall is on a 65-day furlough following liberation": He is a brother of Pete Hall, member of this year s Bull JJog net team, who was to complete a e training course this week at Camp Endi-cott, R. L. and William B. Hall. Navy pharmacist mate, second class, who la on the West coast. Captured Feb. 22, 1944, on the Anzio beachhead in Italy, Hall was in the . publicized "work com mando" in Munich from June through last September, part of that time working with 300 American prisoners in a brewery. They fared fairly well through the Ger man DiacK marxet, tne Drewery beer and a lenient German com mander. - Warned - About Women. The commander apparently was the same one mentioned t in recent press dispatches, who allowed the prisoners almost full 'freedom over the city, warning them not to try to (escape as it would be useless and only cause trouble for everybody. His only other warning was that they stay away from Munich's loose women, who he said would eventually turn them in to the German authorities. The 800 Americans lived In a 5-story building and, according to Hall, had things much their own way. They traded Red Cross articles to the Germans for ration marks and then rgot what they wanted at German stores. "But there couldnt be any fra ternizing with the German wo men, said HalL "Large signs warned that mixing with the women -r would bring1 death or whatever else they' wanted to do with you. Tou weren't supposed to look at them as for whistling, you probably would have been shot Life In Munich was not bad. But the V. S. bombers came and a "good thing" was ended. Bombs ripped the city. The brewery was wrecked and the prisoners eventually were moved out. -SOD-Milo March Worst. ' -Hall arrived -in Columbus - un announced last Friday . night after surrender when they reached the American lines. But the attempt failed. : One American waa wound- Georgetown Pike Resident Dies. ed. by German machine gun fire. HIT AT MASONIC HOME The German guard was caught ana snot lor owruun. ,. .. . r r- HUUUtlll UUUUlo U ClllldlllC to Franklin Institution-Rites Thursday. Llm? nnrern fo)f? e wmi (Continued on page 2) OFFICER WRITES OF WAR DEATH Isaac Green, 84, formerly resid- t ing on the Georgetown pike six ' miles west of Columbus, waa fatally injured about 9 o'clock Mon-I day night when struck by a pas-' senger bus on Road 31 at the en- CAJieoCd oympcuiiy iu mi, trance to the Masonic home at Walter Miller on Loss of Husband. A message of sympathy, con- ,; niVersary. Franklin. Mr. and Mrs. Green have been residing at the Masonic home for the last four years and on May 30 celebrated their 60th wedding an- basis of long experience with men in penal institutions, declared that one young man ra every 75 is either in prison or is doing the things, or willing to do the things, which will get him into prison. But these youths are not those who have gone through school or have, learned trades, except In j rare instances, be said. i "The high school diploma is virtually a guarantee of immunity from prison," he declared. "The high school graduate, like the plumber, is too busy to go to prison. "How insignificant would be a public debt of 300 billion dollars, and how quickly paid off if we could stop producing that 75th boy whose crimes are costing the nation 15 to 16 billion dollars a year!" Most Military Class. The- high school band, directed by Russell Goucher, played for; the sefaiors to march in and out. 'The Kev. a. JSi. struDie ox werts e- i . . r ' . moriaru. B. church pronounced reporting at Camp Atterbury The firming the death in action April 20 in Germany of her husband, Staff Sgt. Martin W. Miller, has been received by Mrs. Dorothy Miller of 1503 Chestnut street. The letter waa from Lt. Col. James E. Hatcher of the 255th Infantry regiment of the 63rd Di vision, which was in action with. the Seventh Army in Germany. Sergeant Miller was serving with Company H of the 255th regiment. Coonel Hatcher wrote that the local soldier had been buried in a U. S. military cemetery in Western Germany and that funeral services were conducted by a Protestant . chaplain. The letter continued:. "While I did not know your husband personnally, I do know that he enjoyed the high respect and admiration of the officers and men with whom he was associated. The sacrifice he made, his devotion to duty and his courage will not be forgotten. They will serve to inspire us to greater effort." A War department telegram reporting that Sergeant. Miller had been killed in action in Germany April 20 were received by Mrs. Miller oh May 3. He -was a son of Mr. and .Mrs. Charles H. Miller of East Seventeenth street. More Messages of Soldiers Pour into Relatives' Homes Here. GUTHRIE BACK IN CITY Throws 'Surprise Party for Parents by Arriving Unannounced. the invocation and benediction. After i the pledge to the flag and singing of the national anthem by ViA oiiriin the hiffh ahool Sgt. Albert "Andy" Elkins. a lo- !mlMd chorus. also directed .by Mr. cal member of the 38th "Cyclone" j Goucher, sang two numbers. Su-division, was wounded May .7" in perintendent Otto Hughes intro- f Vi TViilinnine. onH fa nm. in a i AtifA TUV Pnnilnn a.nd Prinel- Lt. Irving Buckminster, Jr., who nospital on Leyte, according to a 1 pal Loren Chastain presented the diplomas, assisted by J. Ray Ross, dean of boys. Mr. Hughes pointed out that the class has more men in armed service of their country than any other class in the history of the school. The only members able to be present to receive their diplomas in person were Richard Fisher and John A. Marshall, Navy, and Stanley Wheeler, Army. Graduate Listed. Those awarded diplomas were: Ross E. Percifleld, president of the class; Mary Louise Beatty, haa been serving overseas for two j ,etter received by' nls parents. Mr. years, arf ivea in me umwu ouin, Friday, according to a long distance telephone call received by his wife, Mrs. Jean Price Buckminster of; 1008 Washington street. He will, become in a few days, on a 30-day leave, after reporting to Camp Atterbury. He served in the African and Italy campaigns. Mrs. Buckminster, who has been residing with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Price, was employed at Camp Atterbury during Lieutenant Buckminster's absence. and Mrs. Elkins of 213 Volmer avenue. Elkins wrote he was now a member of "the Purple Heart club" and was informing his parents about his wound so they would not be too worried when they received' a War department telegram. He said that his wound "isn't bad, though." He also wrote that he hoped that his brother. Pvt. Oscar Elkins, who was hurt last month in Germany, will not have to join the ' battle only previous word his -parents re ceived was in letters written im mediately after his HALL'S MEDAL IS GIVEN WIDOW Distinguished Service Cross, County's Highest -Award, Presented. The Distinguished Service cross, liberation the second highest award which ; April 13 in Germany. He will re- can bejnade to a member of the port to Miami, na., after a United States armed forces, was furlough. ) presented at chapel services Sun- He said he did not fare too day at Camp Atterbury to Mrs. badly until the 500-mile march . Dortha B. Hall, wife of Lt. Earl made in eights weeks from Stolp : o. Hall, to whom it was awarded in northeastern Germany, near ; following his death Aug. 26, 1944. where he was working on a farm j This is the highest decoration with nine other Americans, to won by any Bartholomew county within 50 miles of Hannover. The soldier in this war, so far report-Germans were marching the Amer- ed. icans, in groups of 500, from east- The presentation, during Protes-ern Germany westward away from tant service Sunday morning in the Russians. The Soviets already ; Chapel 1106, was made by Col. had closed in on Berlin to the : Welton M. Modisette, post corn- south. The accident victim, a retired farmer, . was the father of Mrs. A. J. Pottebaum of 1607 Lawton avenue and of Charles Green, who lives three miles east of Columbus. Mr. Green waa struck while crossing the' highway en route back to the Masonic home after attending a church service. He was taken to the hospital at the home and died at 11:10 o clock His wife has been an invalid for the past four years. Funeral Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning in the Masonic home and burial will be made at Garland Brook cemetery here. Short services will be held at the graveside and the casket will be open. It is expected that the funeral party will arrive here about 11:30 o'clock. The body was taken to the Flinn funeral home at Franklin, where it will remain until shortly before the services at the Masonic residence, t In addition to the son and daughter here and the wife, Mr. Grejen is survived by two other children, Merritt Green of Shelby-ville and Otto Green of Evans-ville; two brothers, Charles Green of Alma, Mich., and John Green of Shelbyville; nine grandchildren, two serving in the Navy, and several nieces. Mr. Green was born in Jefferson county, Ky., but had spent most of his adult life in this neighborhood. He and his wife, a native of Johnson county, resided west of Columbus until moving to the Masonic home and were widely known here. He was a member of Mt, Olive Methodist church, the Masonic lodge at Trafalgar and Odd Fellows lodge at Franklin. Masonic services will be conducted at the grave. waa shot down over France and he bailed out, to be taken prisoner by the Germans. A third son , of Mr. and Mrs. Thayer, David, is receiving pilot training In the Naval Air corps, and a fourth, Orrin Dodd Thayer, the father of two children, was recently sworn into the Navy and is in training at Great Lakes. Leslie Over-Eata. Word that he has been liberated and is well, but ate so much after being freed that it upset him a little, was received Wednesday from Staff Sgt. Charles Harold Leslie, Wnrrf Vs been received from ! Jr local tall-gunner on a B-34 eleven more Bartholomew county bomber, who had been held by men who have been freed from : tne Germans since Jan. e, the Germans and are safe and welL He is a son of Charles Harold Leslie of 1812 Newton street and Pi'v. other Bartholomew eoun- was employed by Cummins Engine ty men last listed as prisoners of company at the time he entered the Germans are atill unreported service nere reo. la. i. FIVE ARE HOME AFTER RELEASE Three Overseas Veterans Among Those Recently Getting Discharge. since V-E day. Staff Sgt. Richard L. Thayer, who was taken prisoner by the Germans March 28, 1944, when he bailed out of a Flying fortress over France1, has returned to Allied military control, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard R. Thayer of Flatrock township, were notified early last week by the. War department. The message was the first word Mr. and Mrs. Thayer had received about their son since February when a letter from him and dated Oct. 30 arrived. Sergeant Thayer is the holder of the Purple heart, the Air medal and the Silver star, the latterl awarded him for gallantry In action when he ignored his own wounds and stuck to his gun fighting off German fighter planes while first aid was being adminis tered to his wounded buddies on their crippled B-17 bomber, the "Passionate Witch." Tom to be Released. Word that Dick was back In Al lied control came on the heels of news received by Mr. and Mrs. Thayer that another son, Lt- Tom Thayer, another hero of the North African-European air warfare, was scheduled to be released from service via the point system. Lieu tenant Thayer, who completed 50 bombing missions over Sicily, Tu nisia and Italy nearly two years ago, has recently been serving as an instructor at Dyersburg. Tenn. He has approximately 150. points. Sergeant Thayer was in a Ger man prison camp In the vicinity of Vienna. Staff Sgt. Harry Boeg aholz, Jr., Staff Sgt. Robert Harry Swartwood and Staff Sgt. Charles Harold Leslie, Jr., all air gunners. were reported in the same camp, along with more than 4,000 other Tankee bomber crewmen. Word of the liberation of Sergeant Swartwood had not been received this morning. Boegaholz's parents received word from him Saturday Wound! 8 Days Before. Thayer, former Clifford high school basketball star and mink farm operator, was wounded on a bombing mission over Europe on March 20, 1944, eight days before he was lost. The Silver star cfr tation he received was, as follows 'For gallantry In action, while Five more local service men ' ..,u. . ...,, .i. rnn. f iuuuci, '" , nave received aiscnarKes. me iars n.i? . n . . k. -Sim... When it became apparent that citation by Capt. Wesley Jones, eBt BumDer reported at any one i miMion 0ver Germany 20 March American troops were going to , public Relations officer at the ! time. of the dischargees 1944. During a savage' assault by LT. TODD HELPS TAKE ISLAND With the 38th Division on Cara- bao Island (By Mail)-r-Large t amounts of Japanese weapons and supplies were captured by a 151st Infantry rifle company, including Lt. Maurice O. Todd, of Ed-Inburg, Ind., in a swift advance up the rocky heights of Carabao Island. Lieutenant Todd is the son, of Mr. and Mrs. William Todd and husband' of the former Evelyn Brodfuehrer, North Lincoln street, Edinburg. The "Cyclone" division soldier has been overseas for the past 17 months. against the Japs. He added, how-! vice-president; Maryt Margaret ever, that once everybody "doubles ! Schwartzkopf, secretary, and John up against Tojo" it will not take M. Hogue, treasurer, long. Russell Urban Acton. Charles Both brothers were formerly with i Earl Adkins, John Edgar Ahl-the local national guard and went brand. Evelyn Allen, Rex Alvis, ino federal service with the guard. Oscar was later transferred to thf 42nd "Rainbow" division and sent to the Western front. Their parents received word from Oscar that he is all right and is with his outfit. He said he was hurt in a fall from a tank during an attack on a German town. Last month the parents received a War department telegram reporting he had been wounded slightly April 3 in Germany. Marjorie . Lois Amick, Nellie Faye Anderson, Selma Joan Anderson, Virginia Mae Anderson, Kenneth Karl Arnholt, Louis B. Arterburn, Allen T. Ashby, Joe Tom Atkins. Eleanor G. Banister, Phyllis ! Marr Banker, Don M. Barbour, Betty Maxine Barkes, Jewel Fran- liberate his group. Hall said, some of the German guards tried to buy their G. I. uniforms from the prisoners in hope of escaping capture themselves. A former employe of Hoosier Metal Products company, Hall entered service March 11, 1943. and arrived overseas Oct. 15, 1943. He was assigned to the 45th Infantry division. He was listed missing in action in Italy Feb. 23, 1944, and last July 10 his parents and wife, Mrs. Charlene Hall of this city, received the first prisoner of war letters from him. Captured In Cave. He was captured about five miles camp. .Prayer was onerea Dy wu- bur M. Mix, chaplain. The medal is in the form of an eagle with outspread wings cir- are veterans or overseas service. -iht hntii. nehtera Kren me rive are: Thaver was seriouslv wounded. Thomas E. Vanarsdal, 19, son ! The left waUt amf tail gunners of Mrs. Letha Dewev of 1510 ' sa 1st urminriarl Ifiavin tr f K a cumscribed by a wreath and su- Franklin street, discharged from J piane exceedingly vulnerable to st-perimposed on a Greek cross atop tne Navy after mor, 2Vl , tacR Tn h 8UflerinK great pan bearing the words, scroll work "For Valor." Text of Citation. years service. , ' -nj blood streaming: down his leg Ernest Lee Oneal, 38, son of Mrs. : Sergeant Thayer continued to fight Lennie Oneal of east of Colum- 4.rmin.4 .rH e.r. ine iouowinK cuawun wu ""jbui, veteran of rour years" Army ; tacks. The gallantry, skill, disre-at the presentation: service. ! gard for personal safety and de- 'For extraordinary heroism in Charies ciell Foster, 31, of Jones- votion to duty displayed by Ser-action against the enemy on 25 vine( married, veteran of the Eu-! geant Thayer set an inspiring ex-and 26 August, 1944, in . . . Com- ropean campaign. ; ample for his comrades and con- pletely exposed to intense artil-; LUCjen H- VanBlaricum. 33, of tributed materially to the safe re-lery mortar and small arms fire, gQg pearl street, father of five ; turn of the aircraft and crew." Second ueutenant nan aavancea children and a member of the far in front of his troops and Armv for 12 months. Beg Out of Hospital. Thayer was hospitalized in Eng- rea Barkes. Bettv Lou Battin. Bet ty Marie Beavers, Kathryne Lu- i inland on the Anzio beaennean, personally directed tne nre or a Francis Carl Ford, 17. son of land following the return of the cille Beedie, James LeRoy Brown. I along with a large part . of his ; tank upon several enemy macnine Mr and. Mrs. Charles Ford of Passionate Witch from this spec-Richard Brown, Parker Browder outfit. Hall said the Americans gun positions. On the following , 520 Ross 8treet, who received a I tacular mission but In eight days Burns. Jr. . were practically out of ammuni-j day, he boldly entered a concrete , disability discharge after being in ; begged his way out of the hospi- Campbell, Alvin tion and took refuge in caves. The , emplacement Known . to contain training six weeks at the Great tal in order to return to combat. Betty Jean Another , son. Howard Elkins, is ; Wayne carmichael. Junie Chris- serving in the Navy and is be lieved at sea Local Boys Chase Nazis As 76th Division Members A copy of a V-E "extra" edition of the "Onaway," publication of the 76th Infantry division, which includes several local soldiers, has been received here and gives -a history of . the division's actions since moving onto the German front last January. The paper was sent to Mrs. Kenneth Wycoff of 1458 Lafayette avenue by her husband, who is a member of the 76th Division. Among other local men in the division are Staff Sgt. John Budd. husband of Mrs. Mildred Budd, Simmen Hardware company employe, and son of Mrs. Ernest Budd: Robert L. VanNorman, son of Mrs. -Eugene Zeigler, 817 Cherry street, and William E. O'Neal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dor-ance O'Neal of Eliza bethtown route L In a letter received Wednesday from Sergeant Budd he was permitted to disclose to his wife that he waa at Limbach, Germany. The letter was dated May 11. He has been serving' with division headquarters. When the 76th'a V-E day edition was published the division was 400 miles from the Luxembourg border, where it originally went into action on the night of Feb. 7. Leaving Camp McCoy, Wise, shortly before last Thanksgiving, the 76th Division was at sea when the Germans counter-attacked in Belgium. Rushed across France and Belgium in January, the 76th was moved into position and committed as a reserve division of General Patton's Third army; then in the process of reducing the Ardennes salient So rapid was the movement that the 76th's forward elements were digging front- line fox-holes while rear echelon men were still man, Donald Verle Cole, William Cole, Betty Kathryn Cook, Phyllis Jean Crippen, La'rret Julian Crockett. Martha J. Dahn, Dorothy Rosalie Darnell, Ruth Delores Daugh-erty, Wilma Jean Davis, David Lee Dewey, Mary Jane Dickey, Ruth Alberta Dilts, Kathryn Irene Donica, Robert DuLong, Robert Lee Dutro. Donna Lora Earhart, Margaret Alice Eddelman, Kathryn Emmert. Alice Jean Essex, Harriet LaVerne Eudy. Sherman L. Fahl, Verna Fies- 1teck, Fazenda Annetta Finke, Richard Fisher, Joyce Fodrea, Donald Fogle, Granville Fpley, Karl E. Forster. Germans with tanks surrounded five Germans and single-handedly j Lakes station the caves and started dynamiting forced their surrender. Although them out. Hall sustained a wound j wounded during this action, he rein nnt hnnd from an exnlodine fused medical attention and coura- erenade. i geously led his men in hitter hand ; tB4s Pennsylvania railroad com- He and the other Americans ( to nana ngnting ior possession or , pany here. He enlisted in the Na- Suffers Battle Fatigue, Vanarsdal, a Navy coxswain, started work this morning with It was on his first mission after leaving the howpltal that hia plane In a letter received by relatives and written Immediately after his release. Leslie said he had been liberated by the V. S. Army on May 8 and waa still In Austria at the time the letter was written. He added that he hoped he would beat the letter home, saying he couldn't wait" until he got back. Crew-Mate Still Missing. Leslie had been based In Italy and Is believed to have balled out of his plane over German-held ter ritory. Only two members of the . crew are believed to .have got out of the plane as all members of the plane were atill listed as miss ing In action when relatives of Leslie last heard of them. Leslie had written from Stalag 17-B that he had met a local sol dier in the camp. A letter writ ten by him from 17-B In January was received by local relatives two weeks ago. Leslie was called home by the death of his mother In October, 1943, and went overseas about a month later. He fs a brother of Mrs. Everett Harris, 1719 Maple street, Mrs. Morris Orowi of north of Columbus and Robert Leslie of 1342 Lafayette avenue. Guthrie Walks In. Another "surprise party" waa staged Saturday noon by an ex-prisoner of the Germans who walk ed into the home of his parents un announced after arriving from Ger? many via Camp Atterbury. He is Pfc. John C. Gutbiie. 1. ton of Mr. and Mrs. William, Guthrie of St. Louis Crossing. Last week his parents received a War department telegram announc ing that he had been liberated from & German prisoner of war camp nd waa to be returned to the , United States within the near fu- j ture. No direct word was received . from him. After arriving, Guthrie said he did not .send a telegram because he was afraid It might make him "five or ten -minutes'' ' later in getting . home. Relatives said Guthrie appeared to be in fairly good health and now weighed around 200 pounds. He weighed 240 pdunds when he. went jverseas. -He was first reported missing in action In France since Aug. 7. 1944. The following Nov. 24, his parents received a card from him written in a transient prisoner of war camp. Later they learned he was confined In Stalag 7-A He went overseas In the spring of 1944. First Reported Missing. Guthrie was first listed as missing in action in France since Aug. 7. 1944. On Nov. 24. 1944, his parents received a form card written by him from a German prisoner of -war camp. The card was writ ten Aug. 24 and at that tlma Guthrie was In a transient prisoner of wir camp. In December his parents learned that he was in Stalag 7-A Formerly employed on the Phil Mohr farm, Guthrie left In Sept. 15. 1943,' for start of training and was first stationed at Camp Grub-er, Okla, He went overseas in the spring of 1944 after being home on a furlough In April, 1944. Conrad Is Lihrratod. Another Bartholomew county soldier, Pfc. Eunice J. Conrsd, 22, haa been libersted from German hands and Is in a U. S. hospital Continued on page 2 were kept in Italy two months. Hall said they did not shave or take a bath during that period and had' little to eat. While in Italy he made three escape attempts. The second time he and another LT. BOB BROWN IS GIVEN AWARD Lt. Robert N. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray S. Brown of 648 trencnes ana concrete positions. . whiie 17 vears old on Aur. 31 Disregarding heavy enemy fire 1M2 and served in the South Pa-falling about him, he heroically j cific aboard a destroyer. He suf-moved among his men. aiding and fered a hrapnel wound during encouraging them During this j the early months at sea, but was engagement. Second Lieutenant not out of jtion. He entered the Hall -was killed by enemy artillery , Naval hospital at San Diego, Are. Bv his indomitable leader- rn .k. ... ,vi. ship, gallantry and unflinching de- - .uffering batUe fatigue, and N7"rL IT.erhnrl votion to duty. Secondt Lieutenant Jeceived a discharge May 13. w".nt 'l..T .1 Z-l .Z Hall acted in keeping- witn tne Oneal entered service here highest traditions of the armed j March 24, 1941. with a nephew, forces." Prmtnn Tavlor and the two were Navy Takes Father of 5; ' 11 Others Go Into Army Marie Greenlee, Robert Gressel. Florence- M. Habig. Jatsy Jane Hamilton, Alberta M. Hammond, Charline C. Harrell, Robert Dean TT .4 . T ... I'Jnn.J S5n5 P Dt PreParatory J0! Wilma Lou Hickey, Ernest Don-Channel crossing to U, Hoeltke. Lois Jean Hoeltke. Normandy porta. jRobert Hogan, Shirley Ann Hogan, From Belgium the division was Joseph Max Hotz, Robert Alan moved to Luxembourg to take up Howe. Margaret Louise Hubbard, defensive positions along the j Irving . Arnold Huffman, Ralph cauer river separating the tiny i Huston. Do vie E. Jacobs, Betty Jean Jewell, James Douglas Jordan, Or- ville Joyner, ! Seventh street, -has been awarded .. ,r. Mr ,. Dorothea Elaine Garey, Jetta j h . Bronze Star medal for "er" Mrs. Omer Hall, his brother, Dale UU1 1UUB BCI VIUC IU tUUIIcvww " Mrs. Hall was accompanied by j dubbed the "two Aces." Taylor iAitt a a JI " Hall, and several other relatives grand duchy from the German Reich. Here preparations were pushed for an assault on the formidable Siegfried line across the river from the ruined town of Echternach and on the night of Feb. 7, the 417th Regiment made the crossing in assault boats in the face of fire from Nazis entrenched in pillboxes up and down the slope of the 800-foot hill ris- . Continued on Pvge 2) military operations against the en- and 'frienda emy irom Apru. im, w , , 1945 mm Lieutenant Brown, originally "-'HOME AFTER signal corps omeer, arnvea overseas in January, 1944, and haa been attached to the Ninth Tactical Air command, which made the award throuzrh Mai. Gen. E. R. FIVE INVASIONS received a discharge about a year ago. Oneal was placed on inactive duty early in 1941 as over the 28-year-old age limit. After Pearl Harbor h was called to active duty and spent 17 months (Continued on page 2) Virgil H. Bland, a veteran of the naval warfare in the Atlantic Quesada, commanding. He has and Mediterranean. lert here served through France, Belgium ( Thursday to return to duty after and into Germany. I a week spent with his parenta. The citation stated in part: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bland. Hope ed in New Tork and will be home j Wells. 64 Reo After landing on the continent avenue. East coiumDus. the Great Lakes Naval Training station. The 11 man sworn into the Army were sent to Camp Atterbury Reception center, where they will be processed and then sent to Army training sites. They are: Army Indacteva lifted. Thomas Jefferson Erwin. West-port route 2: Loren Keith Bums. Pfc Warren D. Hurley haa arriv- Ellzabethtown; George Raymond -street; Stanley iin a few dava he telesTanhed his Edward Wooten. Route 7: James W. D. HURLEY BACK IN U. S. Of the 13 men who aft here years old and under present reg-early last week for induction , ulattons could not be taken Into Into the armed forces, one entered j the Navy. The man sent to Atternury for further examination was Carl Edward Powers of 622 Brooks street. He is 28, the eldest man In the group. Ctiange for Men over so. The county Selective service of- further examination, the Bartholo mew county Selective service office t announced Wednesday. The lone sailor Is William Har-i-iann Rnrtnn 26. at Parkwav drive. father of five children and holder Ave received notice Wednesday of No. 2 draft order number in ! from General Herschey. national this county. Burton was sent to j draft director, relayed through state nwnqiuntri ana in lornnni mnn Walter Don Kinsel, Lois Pauline!011 D Plu" h maintained his! Since his last leave. Bland haa mother, Mrs. Edith Hurley of 803 ! Marvin Bradley. Route 7: Allen Edna Koch. nigniy lecnnicai equipment auu mu " ...v. ....,.w..., juuoi street. im iciegrmm wu Carroll Imogene Lane, Jacque-! operations wun maximum . u,sl8 J.. kI " "S r i nurr-. w. , , England since December following recurrence of a back Injury ha received while training in Tennessee. He was sent to a hospital after serving In France and Germany Hn, t.. rn. Vi., Uncy. The superior performance , three years he haa been in the Leeks, Jacques Hugo LeRoy. Fran- continued reporting ' Lleu- . .... . .... els L. Long. Mary Long. Jane Los- tenant Brown's unit, through- ad-1 Bland, a machinist mate, third tutter Alpha Dean Lucas. verse conditions and always tn ! class, aboard a destroyer, has tak-Gloria. Ruth MeDermott, Everett ' proximity to the front lines, attest en parV in the invasions t Italy. - I to his outstanding technical abilt-, Sicily. Anzio, Nice and Southern ' ty and devotion to duy." 1 France, be said. (Continued on page with General Patton's Third army. Lee Noel, 735 Park avenue Robert Lee Bennett. Route 8; Harold Orval Herron. Maple street ; Walter Glenn Thompson. 904 Roosevelt avenue. ' Edinburg; James Alven West. Route 7. and Ernest Valentine Hill. 22 Brooks street. Nine at the new soldiers are 18 of changes In Induction pf man 80 years of age and over. The orders called for all local boards to review all 1A. lA-O and 4E men 30 and over who are ready for Induction or pro-induction. If It la found that a registrant In this group is regularly engaged in an activity In war production or In agricultural occupation or in an endeavor essential to the war effort the board shall reopen the case of the registrant and classify him anew even though an order to report for Induction already has been issued. It was pointed out la the telegraaa out that the terra "engaged hV as applied to registrants 30 through 37 wiU be liberally applied and particular- ron aid ration grill be) given U fathers. V

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