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, March 24, 1945
Pfc. Johnny MYERS in helping out mightily with Col. O’Corn’s insignia collection between battles on the Western Front. He sent several valuable shoulder patches of airborne unit, some having been mailed from Germany, some from France.
Johnny said he ran into Fred PASSEL in England. Fred was in Germany at the time MYERS wrote from there but they had not met again. Johnny also met Harry (RED) MASTERSON and M. E. Wilson in France. Cpl. MASTERSON wrote, too,sending the9th Air Fore patch. Having been to Parid and Brussels, Red still sticks to Lock Haven. His letter was more interesting than he admits in his description: “This is just something to keep the patch from sliding around.”
Lt. Paul MACK who was transferred from the 4th Armored Division after the liberation of Bastogne to the 7th in time for the retaking of St. Vith “which was rough and tough,” is now aid to Brig. Gen. Bruce LARKE whom he calls ” one of the best combat commanders in this war.” After his field promotion from chief warrant officer, Paul spent three days in Paris, the first time he spent a full day away from his outfit.
CSp Chet VIECHNICKI writes from Beaumont, Cal., where he is stationed at a hospital in rehabilitation work, that he likes his job and the california climate. Being 27 miles from Palm Spring and 60 from Hollywood, the former LHHS basketball each saw a number of movie stars.
Sgt. Clair LYONS was reported over a Chicago radio station to have been a member of a B-29 crew whose ship was hit over Tokyo but the boys made it back to their base without anyone being wounded
Marine Lt. Daniel CASEY , Husband of Eleanor HATTWICK, Mill Hall, March 6 on Iwo Jima, his ninth major engagement; leaves wife and son . . . Pfc. Bruce E. LAUBSCHER March 7 in Germany; leave wife and daughter, 4 . . . Sgt edward POLKI, North Bend, July 4 in France; leave wife and sin, 2, . . . Pfc. Dorris Mates, 21, Feb. 10, on Luzon; leave wife and daughter . . . Sgt Donald BAILEY, Salona, 26 March 3 in Germany; Leave wife.
Pfc. Leon A. EYER, scalp, in Italy, Feb. 27 . . . Pvt. Lee GREEMDONER , in Germany; captured two Germans . . . Pvt.Gordon BARRETT, slightly, in Germany . . . S2/c Clair LAUBSCHER, 25, seriously in leg off Iwa Jima . . . Cpl. Don MOYER, Mill Hall, seriously, Feb. 19 in Belgium; improving.
Pfc. Frank FREDERICK, 21, March 2, in Germany with infantry . . . Pvt. Michael Russso, North Bend, Feb. 19, on Luzon.
Tech. Harold BICKEL, Combat infantryman Badge, 81st infantry, in Italy . . . Cpl.Oran F. BODLE, 20, Bellefonte, formerly of LH, Air Medal . . . S/Sgt. Archie W. SHEARER, distinguished Flying Cross, Flying Assam-China routes . . . Sgt. Joseph RINE, Air Medal, In France.
Pfc. John W. KREIGH, maybe ; reported missing Sept. 27 in holland.
Cpl. Jake BRICKLEY, Marine, Blanchard, saw action at Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok.
Kermit WILLIAMS to first lieutenant at New Orleans . . . Wayne MAYERS to lieutenant at Chanute Field; here on 10-day leave . . . Albert Fravel to corporal somewhere in England . . . Don RATHGEBER to captain in France with Air Corps; awarded Bronze Star . . . Vance KLEPPER to Pfc;in Germany.
T/5 Saylor FULTZ, Ashburn Hosp., Tex., after wounds in Italy . . . Pfc. Ralph FRYER to Infantry unit after wounds in Belgium . . . Pfc. Frank NEWMAN, 31-day furlough, after 31 months in Africa, England and Italy . . . Pfc Dick MYERS, 30 days after 19 months in Europe . . . Pfc William EISENHOWER to Wilson hospital, Staunton, Va., . . . Sgt. Charles FELIX, Monument, Ashford hospital; wounded in France . . . Cpl Charles NORLUND, short furlough . . . Pvt. Williams MAPSTONE, 14 days, from Camp Bulanding, Fa.
S1/c Harry Alvin WAGNER , Beech Creek, to Alice LONG, Howard . . . AMM3/c Alvin R. Hibbler, Hyner, stationed at Wasterly , to Lois ASPER, LH Star Route.
A/S Samuel (TED) HARDY graduated at Sampson at top of class.
Deer crashed into funeral coach of BECHDEL brothers in Bald Eagle Township; no one hurt; deer run away.
Bob MILLER, former manager of Dean Phipps Store, purchases Don PASSELL service station at Flemington . . . Renovo and South Renovo ask Rep. Bob RICH to help obtain federal aid on flood control .
Art McCLOSKEY, for 25 years an LH post office employee, will be transfered to Richmond, Cal.. . .
John MARSHALL heads Elks for 1945 . . . Rev. Collin HAZEN, E. Main St. Methodist pastor ten years ago, dies at Sunbury.
Local USO attendance 61,000 since May, 1943 . . . Gen. MacARTHUR writes to Mrs. Alice ROGERS, whose husband, S/Sgt. Lee ROGERS, B-25 turret gunner, killed with crew on Luzon . . . Several local music-lovers go to Williamsport to hear Alec TEMPLTON.
Eulis NALLY, 26, formerly of Pickens, S.C., for 2 1/2 years (since medical discharge from Army wherein he served five years) a resident of LH , fatally injured at Blanchard in collision of track he was driving with a car driven by Harry MASDEN, Blanchard . . . Beula FlEGAL of Pine Creek Township, Republican candidate for jury commissioner.
Red Cross drive here hit 62 percent of $20,000 quota.
Piper Aircraft plant reopens after nine-day strike; men and management agree to arbitrate . . . Beech Creek Township Church of Christ congregation plans to build church.
Billy CRAWFORM, 13, Farrandsville, breaks right legend dislocates right ankle in ball game; year and five months earlier he broke his left leg.
LHHS signs Williamsport in football here Nov. 23, 1946, and I want you guys home in plenty of time for the game; the Bobcats play there Nov. 22, 1947.
Emporium is signed for the Sept. 15 opening date this year.
Williamsport on LH card for two basketball games nest season. They may also meet in wrestling if Cherry decides to have team.
Church Softball League reorganizes for 1945 . . . Hi wrestlers add Hollidaysburg and drop Forty Fort for 1946 card of nine meets . . . Fuzzy DUNN, district 133-pound champ, loses in first round of PIAA state meet to Brabender, Erie Strong Vincent, who wins the title . . . County Fish-Game association drive for 3,000 members; membership free to men in service . . . Bob MYERS, LHHS forward, makes all-Central State League Team and scores 120 points for second high although Purpe played in one less game than leading rivals.
TC grid swimmers place third in Mid-Atlantic AAU 150-yard relay in Philly; first pool competition in history of college.
Everything comes to him who waits (especially to the guy who hold up the chow line).