Letters to our boys
(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, who compiled the letters over several years of research and donated a full copy of them to the Clinton County Historical Society.)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 1945
Thanks to Sgt. Theodore (Tedie) Yost, Kearns, Utah, Pfc. Edward Conklin, Camp San Luis Obispo, Cal; GM3/* Richard Flanigan, U.S. Naval Hospital, St Albans, L.I., Pvt. George Miller, Philippines Islands, and Pvt. Clair Berry, Italy, for their kind words about the “Letter to Our Boys.” This column is not always easy to write but the written thanks coming in from you boys and others, simply never will permit its becoming drudgery or anything near it.
Tedie has been at Kearns on a permanent basis for three months. There he met a “Kramer boy from Flemington.”
Next day, however, Kramer was on his way. Yost would very much like to hear from his old school chums. Write: Sec. K 150th AAF Base Unit, AAF Replacement Depot No. 2, Kearns, Utah.
“Tell the gang ‘over there’ that I hope to be with them soon, very soon,” says Conklin. He is a member of a crack division, a patch of which he sends along for Col. O’Corn’s collection. Pennsylvania is well represented in his outfit.
Flanigan is awaiting a medical discharge from the Navy.
“It’s a great outfit and it did me lots of good,” said Dick. He was in the armed guard for 27 months and “most of that is all combat duty.” He was on three different ships including a 25-year-old from Hog Island and two Liberty ships. He made 11 trips across and visited England, North Africa and Italy, landing at Southern France on his last trip.
He helped haul in supplies to the Anzio beachhead.
Miller also sends a patch for the collection. His division fought on Guam and in the Battle of Leyte. He has been with the outfit 33 months and in that time has run into only one Lock Haven fellow — Earl McKibben. He has seen some boys from Flemington and Mill Hall but most of the GI’s he has met are from New York and New Jersey.
“I am very glad Lock Haven is going to have a new YMCA,” he writes. “It will be some place where the young folks can spend their time.” He would appreciate hearing from “some of the boys.” Col. O’Corn cannot print a foreign address but has Miller’s on hand for any right person who would care to drop him a line.
Berry says he not only gets a kick out of the column but enjoyed the “write-ups of football this year more than ever since I am way over here in Italy.”
A former LHHS player, Clair asks for continued coverate of the Purple’s basketball season. As to whether we have a patch of your division, Clair, we do not and we will appreciate your sending one along. Thanks.
Ernie Motter, who used to work at the paper mill and was one of the local dartball artists, is employed in the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Navy Yard.
He sent Col’ O’Corn a copy of the yard’s newspaper, The Banner, which is a very well printed sheet, well edited with a wide news coverage.
Lost — AMM3/c William Edward Hagen, Renovo, previously reported missing, lost overboard from carrier in the Pacific Dec. 23.
Missing — Pvt. Thomas Lindenmuth, MH. since June 7; earlier reported seriously wounded in invasion. Pvt. Harry Barner, Nittany, in Germany Dec. 16.
Wounded — S/Sgt. Anthony Ripoli, seriously, in Germany Jan. 27. Pfc. Floyd DeGarmo, Castanea, slightly, in Luxembourg, Jan. 23. S/Sgt. Leonard Johnsonis, Mt. Carmel, former LHTC star tackle, seriously, in Belgium, some time since Dec. 15 when he returned to action after being previously slightly wounded. Pfc. Calvin Ammerman, slightly, in Germany Jan. 4. Pfc. Donald Fantaski, So. Renovo, slightly, in Germany Jan. 24. S/Sgt. Robert Farwell, Beech Creek, slightly, on Leyte, no date.
III — Sgt. John Shade in AAF Regional and Convalescent Hospital, Miami District, after reporting to redistribution center following long service in Pacific as fighter place mechanic.
Promoted — Frank Hackenberg to technician, fifth grade, in France. Donald Glossner to first lieutenant at Fort Devens, Mass. Harold Stevenson, Beech Creek, to captain as artillery instructor at Columbus, Ga.; lost eye in African theater. Harold Probst to corporal at Boca Raton, Fla., Field. Norris Pearson, Mackeyville, to second lieutenant at Napier Field, Dothany, Ala. Florence Police to first lieutenant as nurse in India. John Grier to corporal as supply clerk in New Caledonia. James Roffe to second lieutenant at Moody Field, Ga. Charles Ray Crispen to first lieutenant with Ninth Army infantry in Belgium.
Decorated — Bronze Star, CWO Paul Mack with 4th Armored Division in early December; since transferred to 7th Armored Div. Bronze Star, Cpl. Clayton Rickard, as observer with Artillery in France, Nov. 25-28. Purple Heart, Sgt. Richard Strouse, for abdominal wounds in Germany, Dec. 20.
Back — Cpl. Paul (Mike) Probst for 47 days after 27 months with Engineers attached to AAF in Africa and Italy. S1/c Ray Merritts for 21 days after nine months in Pacific; recently promoted. Pfc. Don Rippey in Wilson General Hospital, Staunton, Va., after being wounded twice in Europe.
Heard From — Pfc. Eugene Litz, marine taken prisoner at Shanghai by Japs on Pearl Harbor Day. sends cards to father, Perry Litz. Cpl. Bernard Mancini and Cpl. Salvatore Ferrara, prisoners of Japs who took them in the Philippines.
Short Takes — Playmakers to present “Cuckoos on the Hearth” at College, Mar. 19 and 20. Slippery Rock leads fight against any cut in number of Penna. Teachers Colleges as suggested by 5* of state’s liberal arts colleges as postwar measure. 366 attend Elks dinner-dance; 26 living past exalted rulers get pins. Passengers shaken up as LH-MH bus collides with car at Main and Second Streets. Boy Scouts have full week’s program in celebrating Boy Scouts Week.
Mill Hall forms disaster committee. State Senator George Stevenson again heads Ross Library Board. Fire damages sweeper and carpet at Triangle Shoe Store. Oscar Bierly, of Sylvania heads Industrial Supervisors Club. Oscar Stiefel buys Martin Theater from Harry Martin. Martin buys Bellefonte Avenue building formerly occupied by Bauman Motor Co. Paul Kissel buys home of Lou Smith, tailor, who plans to sell his tailoring business and move to Philadelphia.
Fire damages John Hoy farm, east of airport. State sponsors county school for borough officials. Express prints the story of S/Sgt. Guy Weaver, MH, shooting down FW190 near Hamburg, Germany as ball turrent gunner on B-17.
YMCA Building Drive resumes with $98,000 out of $200,000 in kitty. M.A. Burkett vice president of Pennsylvania Motor Federation.
Sports — LHHS 5 loses 53-42 to Williamsport St. Joseph’s and 53-32 to Bellefonte.
Wrestlers down Muncy 29-12 and Lewistown 25-11. Lewistown admitted to Susquehanna Football League. LH Jr. Hi five trips Bellefonte Jr. 32-26.