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, April 14, 1945

Dear…

Tomorrow means the opening of trout-fishing season to many of you, and thus the war has robbed you of the chance to tantalize the speckled beauties in Penn’s Woods. No doubt some of you will be back for the 1946 season — maybe some of the 1945 season which is three and a half months. Outlook for exceptionally good opening day is best is years.

Cpl. Harry Winters, who will be 21 in ten more days, should be a good booster for army food. He gained 30 pounds since he entered the service two years ago next Tuesday. He has been overseas 16 months during which time he won the good conduct metal, a Presidental Citation and the Bronze Star.

Sgt. Anthony Caprio and his sister, Lt. Angeline Caprio, recently met in England to see each other for the first time in three years. Their last meeting was at Camp Shelby, Miss., in 1942. Naturally, such a reunion was something to write about. Anthony had a seven-day leave from his military post on the continent. SK3/c Bob Pollock, former assistant manager of Ward’s here, writes, wishes he could be back drinking a cup of coffee at Henry’s. He is somewhere in the Pacific.

Lt. Lou Hurst sends shoulder patch which is one of a type shared by his outfit of the army with the Navy and the British Commmandos except that the color scheme is different. “So far a I have been able to find out I’m the only Lock Havenite in the ‘Amphibs,'” Lou wrote from the Philippines.

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Cpl. Merle Crays, also in the Philippines, finds natives ” very nice clean-cut friendly people.” He wrote that he met one by from lock Haven, john Akeley, on the ship coming up here.”

It was through receiving those two letters that Col. O’Corn was able to dispatch to S1/c Thomas Thompson the addresses of those boys. THOMPSON had not seen any local boys and had asked his mother to get him some addresses.

Pfc. James Ferrara writes from France to say that in his regiment there “are a few boys from home such as Whitely and Whiteleather, if i am not mistaken. Also John Heverly, of Howard, He was the catcher from the Howard team He shares the Express with me.”

Pfc. Loyal Berry say that “from the beach in June Germany now, I have not seen one boy from home. Tell the gang in old Lock Haven and good old Red Eye Town that it won’t be long untill I’ll be back there to stay. Tell them to make te old town lively because, brother, we have a lot of things to catch up on.”

The Red Diamond of the “Fighting Fifth” Division comes from Pvt. Dick Smith. According to Dick: “We have one of the finest commanders and we also have the best army. Nobody can beat old man Patton.” Dick closes with the promise to look up Harvey Eggler to ask him to donate a shoulder patch to the Col. O’Corn Collection.

Killed

Pfc. Clarence Coffey, Beech Creek, in Germany, March 24.

Died

Lt. (jg) Anthony Yost, 34, at Treasure Island, Cal., April 9, from cerebral hemorrhage, leaves wife and daughter; had been injured in training accident in Flordia . . . Cpl. Davis LUCAS, in Terman prison camp, March 3.

Wounded

Pvt. Harry Garman, thumb, in Germany, Jan. 26 . . . Pvt Leo Kitchen, slightly, in Germany, March 22 . . . Pvt Earl Long, mill Hall, seriously, in Germany . . . Pfc. Kenneth Heverly, slightly in Germany, March 26 . . . Pfc. Ralph Manno, slightly, in Germany . . . Pfc. Vance Kleeper, slightly, in the head, in Germany . . . Sgt. Milford Huntington, Mill Hall, seriously, in Germany, Mar. 29 . . . Pfc William Robert Hickey, leg amputated, in Germany, March 29.

Back

Pfc. Jesse LYON to Moore Hosp., Swannanoa, N.C. from Pacific. Michael Jaros, SC 3/c, for 30 days, from Europe. S/Sgt. Larry Dick, after three years in South America and Africa.

Decorated

Pfc. Neil Jones, Renovo, Bronze Star, in Germany. Pfc. Richard Brumgard, combat Infantryman Badge, in Italy.

Promoted

Henry M. RYAN, USNR, to Ensign, Naval Training School, Cornell. Frank S. Sharp, to Sergeant, in Aleutians. Dale Miller, Jersey Shore, to S/Sgt., in Germany. William C. Long, to Captain, in Germany.

Saved

Pvt. Richard Bowman, Mill Hall, by 2nd Lt. Almond Fisher, Brooklyn (won Congressional Medal of Honor) who killed a German 8 yards away, who was sneaking up on his foxhole.

Short Takes

April collection of scrap paper is 13,092 tons, considerably above the previous year’s monthly average which was 10.85 tons.

Election time is nearing as evidenced in awarding of contract for 19,000 official ballots and 7,000 specimens for the sum of $528.50. Candidates few for election; only contest for nomination June 19 pits Ed Brown against Wilson Poorman for city controller, Republican. School Board places tax rate at 25 mills and $5 personal levy. Lou Mervis, chairman of the board of General Armature Corp., sells his interest in that concern. Playmakers plan to give Noel Coward’s “Blythe Spirit,” comedy as their anniversary show, the date for which has not been set.

Frank Flaig, veteran paper millman, who recently returned to work after a serious illness, is given a testimonial dinner. Silk Mill and union agree in five-cents-an-hour raise; War Labor Board approval still necessary. Policeman Harry Clark turns fireman to put out fire in car of Gerard S. Caprio. Catherine Heimer, widow of late Jake Heimer, dies at 78. 400 attend annual Clinton County Band concert giving $66 in a silver offering. Hottest day of this year at 88.

City joins nation in sincere mourning over death of President Roosevelt; county and city offices close two days; all flags at half mast upon Mayor Heffner’s proclamation; churches have special services; clubs close for two-day period in real tribute

Sports

Red Cross plans to send two to National Aquatic School at Edgewater, Md., June 19 and 20 so that additional lifeguards will be available this Summer at Price Park where the average daily attendance last year was 500. LHHS has annual gymnastics exhibition. 27 players and two managers receive LH Jr. High football monograms from Coach Walter Levine.

Because field was unsatisfactory Williamsport Grays will train at Bucknell instead of at LHTC. Because of inability to schedule enough games, Punxsutawney quits Central Counties Football League which revamps its system of choosing the outstanding team at insistence of State College which had threatened to resign.

3,006 on membership rolls of the Clinton County Fish and Game Association, smashing all records; Bob Emery and Paul Heimer each sell 360 memberships. Goose McCaslin wins by TKO in camp bout at New Cumberland and collects $10 and five-day pass.

(There’s life in those old dukes yet).

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