This page contains Part 3 of Scrapbook
Feb 27 1945
Missing Hub Man Believed Prisoner
||They're in the Service
A scrapbook of WWII clippings from the Daily Star, Oneonta, NY, purchased at a flea market in Reading, PA. by Dr. C. Joseph Waring of Delanson, NY. The articles include releases, marriages and deaths of service people. Their does not seem to be any particular organization of clippings that are from varied months of 1945. I would estimate there are upwards to a thousand clippings here touching upon many Delaware and Otsego county servicemen and families.
Note: To reach photo of soldier, click on highlighted-underlined name.
copy of scrapbook submitted by Lodema Jenkins
electronic text by Joyce Riedinger who also is scanning the photos
permission to use on the Delaware website granted by the Daily Star, Oneonta, New York
-- An enemy propaganda shortwave radio broadcast out of Germany hear by many interested listeners Thursday evening, in which the name of Lt. George S. Cooper
, son of George W. Cooper, Pratt Hotel, this village, was listed as a prisoner of war, renewed the confidence of his father here that he might ultimately return home in safety. Lt. Cooper was reported missing in action Jan 6 in France. Since Thursday night's broadcast, Mr. Cooper has received a telegram from the provost marshall general's office, Washington, D.C., informing him that Lt. Cooper's name was mentioned as a P.O.W. On Saturday Mr. Cooper received telephone calls or communications by letter or post cards from 15 other sources, conveying to him the information concerning his son. Mrs. Charles Turner, 3 Woodside Ave., Oneonta, whose son has likewise been reported missing since January, heard the broadcast, and phoned Lt. Cooper's father. A Pachogue, N.Y. listener caught this additional information in connection with the mention of Lt. Cooper as a P.O.W. "He's all right and will write as soon as he is allowed. Relatives not to worry." The last letter received from Lt. Cooper by his father was written on Christmas day after he had enjoyed "a wonderful holiday dinner of turkey and all the fixings." The meal was served in humble surroundings, the letter stated, since the building being occupied by Lt. Cooper's unit was a former insane asylum. "However, after 58 days on the front, any place with a roof over it, and a cot to lie upon, was a palace," Lt. Cooper wrote. Lt. Cooper graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1935, and attended college in Illinois.
He entered military service in May, 1941, as a second lieutenant, He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for a long period as an instructor, and in 1943 he had special training in a heavy weapons school, Fort Benning, Ga. In June, 1944, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and was sent overseas.
Unadilla Father And 4 Sons in Army and Navy
Unadilla - When Kenneth VerValin
left Tuesday for service in the Navy, it made five members of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur VerValin in the armed forces. Kenneth is 17 years old. The VerValins are parents of four sons and three daughters. The first to leave was Morris, who enlisted Dec. 13 following Pearl Harbor. He was at Millville, N.J. for some time as an instrument man on airplanes. He is now staff sergeant and is in India. The next son AOM 2/c Gerald
, who enlisted Aug. 7 1942, became a bombardier and gunner on a plane carrier. He is in the Pacific area. The third son, FC 3/c Arthur, Jr.
, enlisted Aug. 5, 1942 and has been on convoy duty but is now completing a course in Norfolk.
The next member of the family to enlist was the father, Arthur, Sr.
, who went into the service a year ago, and is carpenters mate in New Guinea. He was a veteran of World War I and on convoy duty, made 22 trips from New York to France. In 1919, he was in Russia during the Bolshevik uprising. In 1920, he joined the Merchant Marines, making trips from New York to St. Johns, Newfoundland. Here he met the former Miss Mary Larkin, whom he married 22 years ago. Her father, a sea captain, went down with his boat when she was two months old.
The fourth son, Kenneth, 17
, had been impatiently waiting his family's permission to follow his father and brothers into the service.
Feb 27 1945
Two Oneontans Hurt in Action On West Front
Two Oneonta soldiers have been wounded in action in Europe, according to a War Department announcement received here.
T/Sgt. Paul I. Montayne
, husband of Mrs. Betty Montayne, 18 Franklin St.
Pvt. Alex Chicorelli
, son of John Chicorelli, 14 Ann St.
(In case of divergence between this list and information sent to the next of kin, the last War Department letter or telegram to the next if kin is always the appropriate final authority on the status of a soldier.)
T/Sgt. Paul I. Montayne, Oneontan is Wounded
Mrs. Betty Montayne, 18 Franklin St., received a letter yesterday from her husband, T/Sgt. Paul I. Montayne, saying that he had been wounded in action in Italy, and that he is in a hospital there. Mrs. Montayne has not yet had official notification from the War Department. Sgt. Montayne is a former member of Co. G and served overseas in Hawaii for a year. After returning from the Pacific theater, he was sent to Camp Hale, Co, where he was attached to a ski troop outfit. He was sent to the European area last month.
Pvt. Alex Chicorelli Is Wounded in France
Word has been received by John Chicorelli, 14 Ann St. that his son, Pvt. Alex Chicorelli, with the field artillery, Seventh Army, suffered a head wound about Christmas time and has since been in a field hospital in southern France. The Purple Heart, awarded to him, was received by his father Monday. Pvt. Chicorelli went into service Nov 2, 1942, and has been overseas a year and ten months. He took part in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and the invasion of France.
Wins Bronze Star
Oneontan Lauded For Snipping Nazi Telephone Lines
S/Sgt. Martin L. Delello
, 13 East End Ave., has been awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service in action, according to a letter which his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patsy Delello, received last week. The award was made Aug. 1. Sgt. Delello went into service in January, 1942, and served at Fort Dix, N. J. and Camp Claiborne, La. He was sent overseas in December 1942 and has been stationed with the Signal Corps in Sicily and Italy His family received a picture of him beside the leaning tower of Pisa. His citation reads: "Sgt. Delello was assigned to the dangerous mission of cutting all telephone cables leading out of the main telephone exchange in Pisa. At the time, the exchange was situated between the American advance outposts and the German outposts. Patrols were active in this area and sniper and mortar fire were frequent around the telephone exchange. Under cover of darkness Sgt. Delello and an officer made their way to the general vicinity of the building. Early next morning they slipped unobserved into the main telephone office and skillfully cut out all cables leading in and out of the building. This successful action removed all possibility of the enemy using the lines leading from Pisa to any cities to the north. S/Sgt. Delello's bravery and devotion to duty and high technical skill are deserving of high praise and are in keeping with the high traditions of the armed forces of the United States."
Missing in Action
Three Missing, Two Wounded, One Is Prisoner
Oneonta area casualties include two soldiers wounded on the European front, one sailor a prisoner of war in Siam, and three soldiers missing in action, according to the latest War Department statement.
Pfc. Clifford Beers
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Russell Beers, Davenport
S/Sgt. Robert W. Whitney
, husband of Wilma McIntosh Whitney, Roxbury
Lt. George S. Cooper
, son of George W. Cooper, Cooperstown.
(The War Department has kept next of kin informed directly of any change in status of men named on casualty lists.)
Pfc. Arcangelo Magavero
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Joseph A. Magavero, Cooperstown.
Sgt. Vernon L. Francisco
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Elton Francisco, Delhi.
Luke Colliton, U.S.N.
, nephew of Mr. And Mrs. Frank Colliton, Jefferson.
Sgt. Francisco, Delhi, Is Wounded Twice
Delhi - Sgt Vernon L. Francisco
was seriously wounded in action Belgium Jan. 4 according to a telegram from the War Department to his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Elton Francisco Monday night. It was the second time he had been wounded within recent months. Sgt. Francisco has seen service in many countries since he went overseas in April, 1943. He had served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Ireland, England, France, and Holland. He was graduated from Delaware Academy in 1942, and enlisted in the Army Nov. 15, of that year.
S/Sgt. Whitney, Roxbury, Missing in Action
S/Sgt. Robert W. Whitney, husband of Wilma McIntosh Whitney, Roxbury has been reported missing in action Dec. 23, 1944. He has been in service three years and was sent overseas in April of last year.
Reunion in Pacific
Milford-Lt. Edwin S. Tipple
recently met Sgt. Clyde Becker and Sgt. Theodore Beadle, two former Cooperstown school mates, in the Pacific area, according to a letter received by Lt. Tipple's mother, Mrs. William Byard, this place.
List of Four
Walton - Pvt. Clifton Nichols
, recently returned to this country for hospitalization after service with a medical unit in Guadalcanal. Hawaii, and Leyle, is spending a 21-day furlough with his wife, the former Miss Vera Leigh, and his mother, Mrs. O. R. Nichols, here. Pvt. Nichols will be sent to the Cushing Hospital, Farmingham, Mass.
Walton - First Lt. Robert Lee McCook
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Lee McCook, Bruce St., Walton is spending a 21-day leave here. Feb 1. Lt. McCook completed 50 missions on a B-17 from a base in Italy, Lt. McCook possesses the Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He will report at Atlantic City, N.J.
Flight Officer Raymond H. Wood
, son of Mr. And Mrs. P.A. Wood, 36 Grove St., has graduated from advanced flight school at Spence Field, Moultrie, Ga., and has received his wings. He is spending a 15-day leave with his parents.
FO Wood entered service in June, 1943, and received primary training at Decatur, Ala. He took basic training at Courtland Army Air Field, Ala., and Cochran Field, Macon, Ga. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1943.
Hartwick - Cpl Stanley Clark and Pfc. Louis A. Clark
, sons of Mr. And Mrs. Harry H. Clark, Hartwick, are serving overseas. Cpl. Clark is with the Air forces in Belgium and Pfc. Clark is serving in a post exchange with a Quartermasters division in Italy.
March 7, 1945
Banks, Wounded Veteran, Gets Deputy City Chamberlain Post
Appointment of a deputy city chamberlain, and the approval of a resolution extending the payment of city taxes until May 26, were the chief items of business transacted at the meeting of the Common Council last night in the Municipal Building. Named to succeed Mrs. Harold Ferris as deputy chamberlain is Dana W. Banks, 24 a veteran of World War II. Mrs. Ferris resignation, submitted last month, becomes effective March 15.
The Council's action in the appointment of Mr. Banks was applauded by many present at last night's session. The crowd, which taxed the seating capacity of the Council chambers, included many veterans of World Wars I and II.
On motion of the Council, City Chamberlain Arthur Holley was authorized to employ a person capable of instructing Mr. Banks in the use of the various bookkeeping machines in the chamberlain's office.
After his recommendation of the appointment of Mr. Banks had been approved, Mayor Alexander f. Carson said, "I committed myself in my platform to give all service possible to returning veterans, and I feel we must give them something besides lip service, regardless of their politics or party affiliations.
Mr. Banks, who resides at 32 Luther St., attended Oneonta High School for four years, specializing in a commercial course. He enlisted in the Navy Sept 3, 1940, and received an honorable discharge Sept. 24, 1943. He lost his right leg in the Coral Sea battle.
Dana W. Banks
of 32 Luther St., a veteran of World War II, recently appointed deputy city chamberlain, is receiving instructions in his new duties. Mr. Banks who served three years in the Navy was wounded in the Carol Sea battle..
Delhi - Recently returned from five months service on an LST in the Pacific, Lt. James A. Dodds
of this village has been commissioned a lieutenant (jg) and has left for indoctrination school at Hollywood, Fla, after spending several days with his family here. His former rating was storekeeper, second class. Lt. Dodds entered the service in December, 1943, and before going to sea, was stationed at bases at Sampson, Maryland, and Norfolk, Va. He formerly was a teller in the Delaware National Bank. Mrs. Dodds, and their two young sons are living here.
T/5 Ralph W. McMorris
has arrived in France, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Marion McMorris, 21 Linden Ave. T/5 McMorris, who is attached to a field hospital unit, was formerly stationed in England. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. McMorris, 12 Cozy Ave.
Mrs. Robert J. Southern, 433 Chestnut St. has received word that her son, Pvt. Edgar Robert Southern
, who was inducted into the Army Jan. 12 has been assigned to Camp Robinson, Little Rock, Ark. He graduated from Oneonta High School last year.
Pvt. Edna E. Dibble
, wife of Kenneth B. Dibble, 10 Richmond Ave., has arrived at Thoads General Hospital, Utica, and has been assigned to duty as a medical technician with the WAC Detachment. Pvt. Dibble, whose husband is a veteran of World War II enlisted Aug 1, 1944, and received her basic training at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa.
Lt. Leon Vandermark
, who entered service in June, 1942, is serving with an Army unit on Saipan. His wife, the former Esther Dilello, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patsy Delello, 13 East End Ave., and his mother, Mrs. Winifield Diener, residing in Los Angeles, Cal.
Pvt. Byron Bell
has arrived in the European area, according to word received by his brother, Allan Bell, Maple Grove. Pvt. Bell was inducted into the Army in July, 1944, and served at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and Fort George Meade, Md.
Roxbury - Pfc. Herbert C. Lutz
is the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lutz of Roxbury, his father being editor of the Roxbury Times. Pfc Lutz is a graduate of Roxbury Central School, and had a position in a war factory in New Jersey prior to his induction. He entered the Army May 27, 1943, received basic training in Texas, and was also at Gulfport, Miss. He graduated from an airplane school in Detroit last Easter.
Davenport - Sea. 2/c Frank MacCracken
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Durwood MacCracken, this place, after completing boot training and spending a seven-day leave at his home here, has returned to Sampson. He has been assigned to a Naval training school at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he will study radar.
Delhi - Pvt. George Sturdevant Jr.
, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sturdevant of this village is back with his outfit as an infantry machine gunner after recovering from a saber wound in the foot suffered in a hand-to-hand encounter with the Japs on Leyte Feb 2. He has been awarded the Purple Heart and he sent the decoration to his parents. Inducted in December, 1943, Pvt. Sturdevant has been overseas for the past year. He first went to Hawaii and later was in action on Guam.
In Three Battles
Pfc Maynard Shumway
has been awarded the Combat Infantryman badge and three Bronze Stars, representing participation in three major campaigns, Normandy, France, and Belgium, according to word received by his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Grant Shumway, 2 Reynolds Ave. Pvt. Shumway is now stationed in England.
Wins Bronze Medal
S/Sgt. John M. House
Oneonta Sergeant Wins Bronze Star
With the Fifth Army, Italy - Staff Sgt. John M. House, Oneonta, recently was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat on the Fifth Army front in Italy. His parents, Mrs. and Mrs. C.C. House, live at 16 Union St. He has three brothers in the armed forces. While in charge of a division radio team responsible for communication between the 351st "Spearhead" regiment and the 88th "Blue Devil" division, House insured constant radio contact between command posts and remained in his vehicle to carry on the work while the vehicle was under direct German fire.
"Operating under the most difficult terrain and weather conditions," the citation stated, "and often under intense enemy mortar and artillery fire, House won the respect and admiration of all the officers and men of the command. His actions reflect the highest traditions of the Army."
Pfc. Edward F. Carr Wins Bronze Star
Pfc Edward F. Carr has been awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry in action on July 13, 1944, in France, according to word received by his father, Claude Carr, Laurens. Assigned to duty with an infantry force assaulting an enemy stronghold, Pvt. Carr and his comrades were "beset by a counter-attacking force which threatened to cause a disastrous withdrawal of our troops," according to the citation, signed by Maj. Gen. L.S. Hobbs, commanding the 30th Infantry division.
"With a single comrade," it was reported, "Pvt. Carr fearlessly moved forward to meet the enemy thrust and so skillfully used his weapon that an enemy machine-gun was destroyed and the counter-attack repulsed so that his comrades could reorganize. All of his actions were accomplished despite withering fire from a numerically superior enemy. The personal bravery and fearless devotion to duty displayed by Pvt. Carr reflects great credit on himself and the armed forces."
Wounded Soldier Relates War Experiences
Walton - Pvt. Kimbal Thomson
, both legs shattered by machine gun fire in the big push on the Siegfried line last September is spending a 21-day furlough at his home here. One leg has a steel grace, the other is in a cast. But with aid of crutches, Pvt. Thomson gets about nicely. He will return to Tilten General hospital, Fort Dix, N.J. where he is hospitalized, March 26.
One of 26 Volunteers
His major injury came the morning of Sept. 24, 1944, somewhere between Metz and Nancy. He tells the story of action and his being cut down thusly:
"We had taken a small town in the morning. But there were Nazi machine gun nests on a hillside that were giving us a lot of trouble. The command called for volunteers to go up and wipe those nests out. They had estimated about three of the nests. Usually they get close with their estimates. But that time they were way off. There must have been a dozen machine gun nests, all cleverly concealed.
Rescued Hours Later
"Our company had been pretty well cut up anyway, so 26 of us volunteered. We crept through the timber on that hillside. Apparently it never had been cut over. To get to what we guessed was our objective we had to cross some open ground.
The Germans let us go past their first couple of gun emplacements. Then, when we were within a few yards of the others, they cut loose. "Just three men out of our 26, so far as I could ever gather, were unscathed by that blast of fire. They made their way out of the danger zone and went back for help. The rest of us, still alive and able, kept firing. We didn't have much hope of getting out but we did want to silence those machine gun nests if we could. After five and a half hours, another company came to our assistance."
Praises Hospital Care
After being wounded Pvt. Thompson, who married the former Miss Grace Payne, this village, recalls that twice during the drive through France he saw Gen. George Patton. Pvt Thomson is loud in his praise of hospital treatment as offered by the armed forces. "They do everything possible for a wounded man," he declares, and don't let anyone tell you they haven't the best of doctors, surgeons and nurses to do it with ..."
Serving in France
Pvt. Albert Hanzalik
, husband of Mrs. Laura Hanzalik, 7 Bronk St. is serving in France. Pvt. Hanzalik, formerly employed by the D. & H. as a brakeman, was inducted June 15, 1944, and received his infantry training at Camp Craft, S.C., and paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Ga. He has two sons, Ronald, 5, and Steven, 2.
Cited for Bravery
Otego - Sgt. Francis P. Secor
, this village has been awarded the Silver Star for distinguished service in action.
Weds Soldier at Baptist Ceremony
Miss Margaret Schulz, Oneonta, Weds S/Sgt. Earl M. Couse at Church Rites
Miss Margaret Schulz, 344 Main St., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schulz, Davenport Center, was married to S/Sgt. Earl M. Couse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Couse, Oneonta, R.D.1, Wednesday night at 8, in Main Street Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. George Thomson officiating. They were attended by Mrs. Clifford DeLaMarter, Meridale, sister of the bride, and Pfc. Ralph Couse, brother of the groom. The bride wore an apricot suit with a corsage of orchids and sweetpeas. Her sister wore a navy blue suit and her corsage was of red roses. The mothers of the couple wore identical white rose corsages.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at Klipnockie annex, attended by 25 guests. Sgt. And Mrs. Couse left on a wedding trip to Albany, after which they will make their home at 344 Main St. Mrs. Couse is a graduate of Davenport Central School and is employed at the Karmelkorn shop. Sgt. Couse was graduated from Milford High School. He has just returned from 31 months overseas duty in the European theatre and is on a 30-day furlough. Guests attending the wedding were: Mr. And Mrs. Carl Schultz, Davenport; Robert Schulz, Davenport Center; Mark Cadwell and son, Westville; Mr. And Mrs. Darwin Faulkner and daughter, Fleishmanns; Mr. And Mrs. Clifford DeLaMarter, Meridale; Mr. And Mrs. Harry Couse, Bert Hodge, Glenn Clark, and Miss Edna Couse, Miss Audrey Munson, Mrs. David Chamberlain, Mrs. Robert Hawkins, Miss Pauline Couse, Mrs. Walker Saunders, and Mrs. Clifford Van Zandt, Oneonta.
Jan 23 1945
Milford- Sgt. Carleton Eldred, United States Marine Corps
, was recently promoted to that rank at Cherry Point, N.C. according to word received here by his mother, Mrs. Clara Eldred.
Jan 21 1945
Four Cooperstown Brothers In Service, Fifth Killed in Holland Battle Last Fall
By Mrs. H. L. Kimball
Cooperstown - One of the several Cooperstown families who have given their all for the hastening of the end of the war and a permanent peace, even to having one of their five sons make the supreme sacrifice for the cause of democracy, is that of Mr. And Mrs. Maurice Osterhoudt, Phoenix Mills, three miles from the village. Originally they had their five sons and a son-in-law in military service until Pvt. Lincoln C. Osterhoudt, an Army paratrooper, died from wounds received in action in Holland Sept 28, 1944. He left with a Cooperstown selective service contingent Nov. 6, 1943, received his basic training in Ft. McClellan, Ala., and his paratrooper training at Ft. Benning, Ga. Arriving overseas in England in July, 1944, he was killed two months later in Holland. The two-year old son of Pvt. Osterhoudt, Master Timothy R. Osterhoudt, who lives with his grandmother, Mrs. Berha Cary, 85 Pioneer St., this village, has received the Purple Heart medal awarded his father for military merit, with this citation, bearing the signature of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "In grateful memory of Pvt. Lincoln C. Osterhoudt, who died in the service of his country in the European theatre, Sept. 28, 1944. He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives and through it he lives in a way that humbles the undertakings of most me."
The other four sons who have served in this country and overseas are:
S/Sgt. Homer M. Osterhoudt
, who left with a selective service contingent Dec 29, 1941, had basic at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., then went to Patterson Field O., for four months' training in aviation mechanics. He was then sent to Australia in July 1942, and was recently transferred to the Phillippines.
S/Sgt. Ralph H. Osterhoudt
enlisted Sept. 24, 1940, in the A.A.F. Signal Corps, had basic training at Ft. Slocum, and embarked for Hawaii Jan 4, 1941. He was stationed at Hickam Field at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941. He was transferred back to the United States in July 1943, and after several months' special training, he has been stationed at Fresno, Calif., and now at Tinker Field, Okla.
Corp. John A. Osterhoudt
left with the Cooperstown selective service contingent March 29 1943, had basic training at Miami Beach, Fla., and was then transferred to Scott Field, Ill., for training as a radio operator in the A.A.F. He is now somewhere in the Marianas in the Pacific war theatre.
Pvt. Howard G. Osterhoudt
enlisted Dec. 7, 1943, as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Reserve. After completing the school year in Cooperstown High, he was called to report to Fort Dix Aug 14, 1944. He was sent to Keesler Field, Miss., where he is now stationed.
PFC Roland J. Baxter
, a son-in-law, the husband of Helen Osterhoudt Baxter, an only daughter, who is living with her parents here for the duration, is a member of the Marines, stationed at Quantico, Va. He has been in the Marines since Dec 1943, during which time he had been successively based at Parris Island, N.C. for basic training at Cherry Point, N.C., and now Quantico.
Jan 22 1945
Milford - Cpl. DeVillo Peck
has arrived in England according to word received by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Archie Peck this place. A graduate of Milford Central School in June 1942, he was employed at Scintilla, Sidney, before entering the Army March 3, 1943, Cpl. Peck is mechanic in the field artillery and trained at Camp Shelby, Miss., before going overseas.
Hobart - Edmund J. St. George
, 20-year old B-17 Flying Fortressman, son of Bernard St. George of Hobart, who has co-piloted his heavy bomber in gratifyingly successful attacks against German supply and transportation systems in aid of the Allied ground troops, has been promoted from second to first lieutenant at a bomber base in England.
1st Lt. St. George was a student at Stamford Central School prior to entering cadet
1st Lt. St. George is attached to the 100th Bombardment group, a unit of the 8th Air Force's Third Air Division cited by the President for the England-Africa shuttle bombing of the Regensburg Messerschmitt factories.
Jan 22 1945
Sea. 2/c Samuel Telesky
, who recently completed boot training at Sampson, is spending an eight-day furlough with his wife and family at 6 Belmont Circle. He returns Thursday to Sampson to await reassignment. Sea. Telesky, who was formerly employed at Scintilla, Sidney, was inducted into the Navy Nov 7, 1944.
Pvt. Thomas H. Kennedy, Jr
., has arrived in Ital, according to word received by his parents Mr. And Mrs. Thomas H. Kennedy, Sr., 8 Reynolds St. Pvt. Kennedy entered the service in February, 1944, and served at Camp Blanding, Fla., and Camp Swift, Tex., before going overseas.
1st Lt. Paul D. Alger
has arrived in England, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Agnes Alger, 106 River St.
PFC William H. Hunter
is serving in Belgium, according to word received by his mother. Mrs. James Hunter, 4 1/w Columbia St.
Pvt. Arthur G. Frohib
, 12 Pleasant Ave., has graduated from the wheeled vehicle department of the Armored School at Fort Knox, Ky. Pvt. Frohib qualified as an automotive mechanic in the Armored Force for the repair and maintenance of wheeled vehicles.
Jan 22 1945
, son of Mr. And Mrs. William Timer, Laurens, at a Pacific base, has been promoted to first lieutenant, according to word received by his parents. Lt. Timer was inducted into the Army April4, 1941, and received his basic training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. He attended Officer Candidate School for Ordnance Officers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, prior to which he served as an instructor in an automotive school at the 82nd Ordnance Co., Fort Ord, Cal.
Cooperstown Boys Meet in England
By Mrs. H. L. Kimball-538
Cooperstown - A letter received Monday by Mrs. Clarence Eggleston from her son, Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston
, indicated that he was back again in the front lines, after hospitalization since Sept 3 for fractured ribs, received in action in Belgium. While recuperating in England he met Pvt. Albert Meehan
, Cooperstown pharmacist, with a medical unit in England. On his return to military duty he wrote that there were awaiting him 50 letters and six boxes, a great number of which were from Cooperstown friends and members of the First Baptist church of Cooperstown, and "packages were still pouring in," he said. He also treasured schedules of the sports programs from Cooperstown Central School, his alma mater, sent him by Miss Catherine Foland, physical education director. For all of these remembrance he was deeply grateful, but he feared that he would not be able to write everyone a "thank you" now that he was back in the lines. He hoped that all who remembered him would appreciate his situation.
Jan 23 1945
Hurt in Germany
Mr. And Mrs. Alexander Bovitt, 3 Columbia St., have received word that their son, Pfc. Alexander Bovit
, is recovering from wounds received in Germany March 28.
Sea. 1/c John E. Michael
, son of Mr. And Mrs. E. Fay Michael, 85 Spruce St., has returned to Sampson to attend cooks' and bakers' school following a leave home, on completion of his boot training. A graduate of Oneonta High School in 1944, he attended Philadelphia (Pa) School of the Bible. (Photo by Charles.)
Jan 24 1945
Navy Air Crewman
Sea. 2/c Ralph F. Schaar
, 19, who was inducted into the Navy last October, has volunteered for duty as an air crewman at the Navy's Ordance department, Norman, Okla, according to word received by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Fred Schaar, 17 Harrison Ave. Sea. Schaar, a graduate of Oneonta High School, served his basic training at Sampson.
Serves in France
Schenevus - T/5 Clifford J. Hayes
, son of Mrs. Agnes Hayes this place, is in France. Entering the service Aug 20, 1943, he trained at Camp Gruber, Okla., and went overseas shortly after Thanksgiving last year.
Jan 24 1945
1st Lt. Le Grand R. Cummings
, son of Mrs. And Mrs. Floyd Cummings, 15 Eighth St., has arrived at a Southwest Pacific base, according to word received by his parents. Lt. Cummings enlisted in the Signal Corps, following the Pearl Harbor attack in December, 1941, and entered service in January 1942. Prior to being sent overseas he was stationed at Salina Air Base, Salina, Kan.
New Lisbon - Pfc Harry Middaugh
has arrived in England, according to word received by his wife, and his mother, Mrs. A. Burgher. He has been in the Army since June 1941. He was stationed at numerous Army posts throughout the country, and was located on the west coast before going abroad
11th Delhi Casualty
Delhi Soldier Dies of War Wounds; In Many Campaigns
Sgt. V. L. Francisco, Delhi, Died of Wounds
His family were informed yesterday morning that Sgt. Vernon L. Francisco, paratrooper, died Jan. 4 of wounds suffered in action in Belgium that day. The parents, Mr. And Mrs. Elton Francisco, who operate a farm near this village, had received a War Department telegram Monday night saying that their son had been seriously wounded. Sgt. Francisco had been in the service since November 1942, and since being sent overseas in April 1943 had participated in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Holland. Surviving are his parents and several sisters and brothers. The young sergeant is the 11th Delhi service man to have died since Pearl Harbor. Seven have been killed in action, one died of wounds suffered in action, one was killed in an accident, and three died of disease or non-military causes.
A War Department announcement reports that in this area one soldier has been killed in action, one has died of wounds received, one has been wounded and two are missing in action.
, brother-in-law of Mrs. Forrest D. Crouch, Roxbury.
Died of wounds:
Sgt. Vernon L. Francisco
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Elton Francisco, Delhi
T/5 Charles S. Rogers
, son of Mrs. Agnes Rogers, Hartwick.
Cpl. Robert I. Duald
, son-in-law of Mrs. Thomas J. Riley, Roxbury
Sgt. Herman Gurtner
, former Waltonian, husband of former Miss Grace Finch, Margaretville.
(In case of divergence between this list and information sent to the next of kin, the last War Department telegram or letter to the next of kin is always the appropriate final authority on the status of a soldier.)
Sgt. Kenneth O. Whiting
, 36, son of Mr. And Mrs. Archer Whiting, 2 Hunt, has been awarded the Good Conduct medal at a base in India. Sgt. Whiting was employed at the D. & H. roundhouse prior to his induction into the Army Feb 5 1943. He has been overseas 16 months.
Unadilla - Cpl Robert C. Harris
, who has been overseas for a year and a half, is now with the First Army, Since going to Europe, he has served in England, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Cpl. Harris is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Stanley Harris and has relatives in Oneonta, Delhi, and Sidney.
Jan 29 1945
Oneontan Tells How Reds Fired On Him in China
Pfc. Whitney Shaver
, son of Harvey Shave, 29 Church St. has returned home after 14 months overseas. Highlight of his Army career, which began 37 months ago, when he enlisted in this city, was his being fired upon by Chinese Communists. Discharged from Fort Dix, January 18, Mr. Shaver said yesterday that "several times he was fired upon by the Communists, once while in the air and other times while on the ground."
He took his initial training at the Air Force Basic Training Center, Atlantic City, N.J. Attached to the Air forces he was with the communicating system as a mechanic. Mr. Shaver said he lived mostly in Chinese temples, which were the best buildings there. Serving in both northern and southern China, he said he was with the Nationalist troops at Tsinan when the war ended. "The Chinese have their own air force which is a very small organization. American fliers are teaching the Chinese to fly American planes," he explained. Mr. Shaver noted that feeling was intense between the Nationalist and Chinese troops. Also that the Communists are very strong in China. He questioned that the Chinese wanted the Americans there, at the same time explaining that there are 20,000 armed Japanese at Tsinan by request of the Nationalists. Mr. Shaver also declared that in China the people are very poor, and that most soldiers are forced into the army. The Oneontan enlisted Dec 14, 1942, and served in Italy, Africa and India before being transferred to China.
Mar 16 1945
Hotalings Send Three Into Service
Mr. And Mrs. Myron Hotaling, Oneonta, R.D. 1, have two sons and a son-in-law in service.
Pfc. Charles Hotaling
was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge Jan 5. The company he is serving with in France was recently cited for the excellent work done when the Germans were counter-attacking the unit. He has been in service five years, enlisting in November 1940. He received training at Fort Dix, N.J., Camp Claiborne, La., Fort Lewis, Wash,, and Camp Phillips, Kan., and was sent overseas in September, 1944
Sea. 1/c Russell Hotaling
participated in the invasion of Luzon. His mother recently received some Japanese money from him. He entered service Feb 16 1944, received boot training at Sampson, and was later transferred to Norfolk, Va. In October, he was sent to the Pacific theater.
Pvt. Russell Black
is the son of Mr. And Mrs. A. D. Black, 2 James St. He was awarded the Purple Heart in Germany for wounds received in action December 10, 1944. He has sent this decoration to his wife, who was the former Miss Clarabelle Hotaling. They were married March 5, 1938. Pvt. Black entered the Army in June 1944 and was sent overseas the following November.
Unadilla - Pfc. John Franklin Van Cott
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Leon J. Van Cott, Unadilla, is a member of Maj. Gen Terry Allen's Timberwolf Division. Pfc. Van Cott was inducted in November 1942, and trained at Camp Wolters, Tex. He was assigned to ASTP at Syracuse University and later sent to the University of Illinois. In March 1944 he was transferred to the Timberwolf Division stationed at Camp Carson, Col. While stationed near _achen, Germany, he sent home a box of souvenirs, including Nazi helmet, knife, flag, coins, and a collection of stamps.
Harpursville Girl Weds Here
Sgt. and Mrs. Howard A. Loker
were married Wednesday in Elm Park Methodist Church. Mrs. Loker is the former Miss Janice E. Pratt, Harpursville. Sgt. Loker's home is in Bainbridge.
Two Veterans Ask Return to Service
Two war veterans who "don't like civilian life" have applied at the Oneonta recruiting office for reenlistment in the Army.
Raymond O. Hale
, 38, of 8 Bronk St., was discharged as a private first class on November 20 after 25 months in the Asiatic-Pacific theater during which he fought on Peleliu and Okinawa. He served as a truck driver with the 454th Amphibious Tank company and was in service a total of 39 months. "I don't like civilian life," he wrote on his application.
Robert F. Riley
, 29 of 433 Chestnut St., who was a staff sergeant in the Air corps, served from May 20, 1942 to November 20 this year, and at one time was in the Caribbean on submarine patrol. He told the recruiting staff that he also preferred military life and that he applied for return to it "by force of habit."
1st Lt. Russell J. Flack, in charge of the recruiting staff, disclosed that 17 of the 33 men sworn in have chose the Air corps. Four others selected armored units, two chose infantry, and two others the Quartermaster corps.
Cherry Valley - Cpl. Henry B. Whitbeck was recently promoted to his present rank
. Capt. Whitbeck is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Whitbeck, Cherry Valley. He entered the Army in May 1942, and received training at Camp Croft, S.C. He attended Officer Candidate School at Camp Lee, Va., and after graduation was sent to Mitchel Field, L.I. After a course at Quartermaster School, Dow Field, Me., he returned to Mitchel Field where he is trial judge advocate of the general court martial.
Sgt. Raymond J. Lewis
, husband of Mrs. Evelyn Lewis, 12 Maple St., has been promoted to staff sergeant, according to a letter received by Mrs. Lewis. He is assistant engineer and waist gunner on a B-24. S/Sgt. Lewis entered the service Jan. 7, 1944, and has been overseas since last November. He received training at Greensboro, N. C. and the AAF Gunnery School at Laredo, Tex.
Wins Three Medals
Sgt. Raymond Lockwood
, former Oneonta and nephew of Mrs. George Schermerhorn, 13 Eight St., who resides in Wilmington, Del., has been awarded three Bronze Star medals for service in an engineers' combat battalion in France. The men in this unit helped move the Third Army from the beaches at Normandy to a junction with the Seventh Army near Dijon. Sgt. Lockwood has been overseas for 17 months. He was a former carrier boy for The Star.
Monoxide Killed Wife of Walton
A verdict of death by monoxide poisoning has been returned in the death of Mrs. Kenneth A. Mason, wife of Pvt. Kenneth Mason, Walton, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Brownwood, Tex. The body of Mrs. Mason was found in a Brownwood cabin March 2. Pvt. Mason is serving in the European theater. Justice of the Peace F. A. Loudermilk said she was identified by her landlady.
Authorities at Camp Bowie said that findings of an autopsy performed there were that T/5 William H. Bragg of Talcott, W. Va., whose body was found on the floor of the two-room cabin, also died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mrs. Mason worked in a Brownwood laundry. A heater was still burning in the cabin when the bodies were found.
Hurt in Belgium
Pfc Hubert Blanchard
Former Oneonta Mailman Hospitalized in England
The 103rd General Hospital, England - Wounded by a sniper's rifle bullet in Belgium, Pfc Herbert B. Blanchard, 19 of Valleyview St., Oneonta, N.Y. is now recovering at this United States Army hospital. He has been awarded the Purple Heart.
"Pfc. Blanchard is making normal progress but will require further treatment," said his ward surgeon, 1st Lt. James P. Swearingen of Shreveport, La. An infantryman, Pfc Blanchard was returning from a forward outpost position during his unit's attack when a German sniper shot him in the right elbow. He was given first aid at an aid station and later flown to England. Pfc. Blanchard was a mail carrier in Oneonta before entering the Army in April 1944. His parents, Mr. And Mrs. William Blanchard, reside at the Valleyview street address.
Listing of Four
Pfc - Joseph J. Geuerriero
, serving with the Seventh Army in France has been awarded the Infantry Combat Badge, according to a letter received Tuesday by his wife, Mrs. Jennie Geuerriero. He went into service Feb. 23, 1944, and trained at Fort McClellan, Ala., Fort Jay, and Fort Dix, N.J. He was also stationed at Grand Central Palace in New York City before going overseas in November 1944.
Mrs. Harry Robbins, 162 East St., has received word that her husband, S/Sgt. Harry Robbins
, has arrived in France. He trained in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, and California. A graduate of Oneonta High School in 1942, he worked at Scintilla, Sidney, before entering the Army.
Cpl. Milton J. Whitmore
, Laurens, stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga., was promoted to that rank last week, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Vivian Whitmore. Cpl. Whitmore went into service June 15, 1944, and has served at Camp Wheeler since. He attended Laurens High School and worked at Scintilla, Sidney, until inducted. He was married four years ago to the former Miss Vivian Hoose, Laurens, and has two children, Richard 3, and Ronald, 1.
Leonard J. Kary
has written his mother, Mrs. Stanley Leonard, 89 Center St., that he was promoted from private to corporal and later to staff sergeant, all within a few weeks. Sgt. Kary is recovering from shrapnel wounds in a French hospital.
Flight Officer Alfred T. Miller
, recently awarded pilot's wings at Spence Field, Ga., is spending a 15-day leave with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. L. P. Miller, 102 Elm St. He will return to Spence Field.
Wins Bronze Star
Lt. Clarence W. Edwards
, brother of Mrs. Charles E. Maine, 170 Main St., was recently awarded the Bronze Star.
Oneonta Soldier Weds in Italy
T/Sgt. Pasquo A. Baldo and his bride
, the former Ida D'Addorio, as they were leaving the church after their recent wedding in a small town in southern Italy. With a 15th Air Force Service Command Service Group, Itally - In a simple, beautiful Catholic ceremony in a small town in southern Italy, T/Sgt. Pasquo A. Baldo, son of Mr. And Mrs. J. A. Baldo, 4 Potter Ave., Oneonta, was married to Ida D'Addorio. The wedding was a blending of American and Italian marital customs, with a 12 man guard of honor from the bridegroom's unit, a service squadron within a 15th Air Force Service Command service group. M Sgt. Frank P. Bosnich, Union City, N. J., served as best man. The bride's sister was maid of honor. Sgt. Baldo was granted a nine-day furlough, and the couple spent the time in the bride's home town. The marriage culminated a romance of more than a year, which had begun through a mutual friend's introduction soon after Sgt. Baldo landed in Italy. The bridegroom, who is of Italian descent speaks the language fluently. Sgt. Baldo, a welding shop chief, has been in the Army since March 1941, and overseas since September 1942. He served in England and North Africa before arriving in Italy. Trying to take advantage of the government's policy of furloughing travel to the United States, for wifes' of servicemen married overseas, the couple are looking forward to postwar residence in America.
Cpl. Earl Culver
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Clyde Culver, Laurens, is in France after serving in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He received training in New Orleans, La., and was sent overseas April 22, 1944 with a signal corps unit.
Four Oneonta Brothers in Service
Serving With U.S. Army Overseas
Four brothers, sons of Mr. And Mrs. John Puylara, 210 Chestnut St., are serving in the Army forces overseas. WO John Puylara
and Pfc Alfred Puylara
recently met in France. WO Puylara who has been in the Army for five and a half years, trained at Raritan, N.J. and went overseas in November, 1944. Pfc. Puylara entered the Army in June, 1941, and is now in Germany. Receiving training at Camp Bragg, N.C. he went overseas 18 months ago. Pvt. Leonard Puylara
, who was inducted April 27, 1944, and trained at Camp Croft, S. C. is in Belgium. He went overseas in November. Cpl. Carl Puylara
, United States Marine Corps, trained at Parris Island after joining the Marine Corps in February 1942. He has been in the Pacific area ever since November.
March 20 1945
Pvt. Roland Lunn Fighting in Reich
Pvt. Roland C. Lunn, former manager of the Oneonta theater, is with the armed forces in Germany it was learned here recently. He went overseas about Jan. 28, and had seen service in England, France, Belgium, and Germany.
Before entering the Army, Pvt. Lunn worked himself up from delivering theater advertisements house-to-house, to manager of the theater. Since then he served as manager for several other theaters on the Schine circuit.
Nine years ago, he married the former Miss Muriel Pabst, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. George Pabst, 32 Ford Ave. They have two children, Marlys 7, and Roland G. Jr. 4.
1st Lt. Orvis Lunn, a former motion picture projector operator here, an air force instructor at Savanah, Ga., is Pvt. Lunn's brother.
S-Sgt. Blann Wins General's Praise
West Winfield - Mrs. Ellen A. Blann has received a letter from Maj. Gen. Leonard F. Wing, commanding the division of which her husband, S/Sgt. Melvin Blann, Army Medical Corps, is a member, informing her that her husband has been awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement against the enemy in the Philippines.
The letter reads:
"By direction of the President I have had the privilege of awarding to your husband, Melvin, a Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement against the enemy on January 20, 1945, in the Philippine Islands."
"I deem it an honor to serve in the same command with your husband, who typifies the finest in the American Army - a brave and gallant soldier. I join with you in the prayer for his safe return when this war is won."
Lt. Bruce C. Shearer
, son of Mr. And Mrs. D. C. Shearer, 106 Spruce St., was one of eight American soldiers who entered a German-held town, found a group of German soldiers sitting down to dinner, put the Nazis in the cellar, and ate the dinner which had been prepared for their enemies.
After a hearty meal, they went on to assist in clearing the town, returning to the house whenever they captured a prisoner. When the town was finally won by the Americans the cellar of this house contained 33 Germans. The Americans were part of an Eighth Infantry regiment. Lt. Shearer entered service Nov. 28, 1942, and received his commission at Fort Benning, Ga., July 28, 1943. He went overseas in June 1944, and served in France before going to Belgium. He has received a Presidential citation for outstanding leadership and the Expert Infantry-man badge.
Area Men and Women in the Armed Forces
Word has been received here that Pvt. Ellwyn Schmidt
, 21, son of John Schmidt, Walton has arrived in France. He joined the Army in June 1944 and trained at Fort Meade, Md. And Fort McClellan, Al. Pvt. Schmidt is a graduate of Franklin High School class of 1942.
Pvt. Maurice Cleveland
, husband of Mrs. Florence Cleveland, 7 Gault Ave., has arrive in France, according to a letter received by his wife Tuesday. Pvt. Cleveland, a former Mt. Vision resident, entered service Dec. 9, 1943, and trained at Fort Bragg, N. C., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and in California. When sent overseas, he was stationed at Comp Cooke, Cal. He has two sons, Roger, 12 and Keith, 6.
Sidney - T/Sgt. Fred (Pete) Mann
, son of Francis R. Mann, 8 Clinton St. is spending a 22-day furlough here. A member of Army Transport Command, he is radio repair man. He had been in Iceland 21 months and had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal and overseas bars. A graduate of Jefferson Central School, where he resided when he entered service, he will be stationed at Manchester, N. H. when he returns to duty.
, husband of Mrs. Eloise (McKean) Scudder of 31 Elm St. has been promoted to fireman first class and transferred to the Pacific area. He entered service June 15, 1944, and served at Sampson, Syracuse and Gulfport, Miss.
Headquarters, Panama Canal Department - Byron J. Green of West Oneonta, N. Y
. has been promoted from technical to master sergeant it has been announced by the Panama Coast Artillery Command. A master gunner on duty with Col. William H. Sweet's harbor defense organization, Sgt. Green has served with the Coast Artillery Forces in Panama since Aug 5, 1943.
His parents, Mr. And Mrs. Jesse A. Green, reside in West Oneonta. His brother, 1st Lt. Thaddeus A. Green, is serving with the Field Artillery in Europe. In civil life, Sgt. Green was a bookkeeper employed at the Wilber National Bank, Oneonta.
Portlandville - Cpl. Paul Spargo
, son of Mr. And Mrs. J. J. Spargo, and Pfc. William H. Packer, son of Mr. And Mrs. Glenn L. Packer, met recently in France. Both are in the Seventh Army and are graduates of Milford Central School. Cpl. Spargo has served three years in the Army and Pfc. Packer two. Cpl. Spargo was studying for the ministry. Pfc. Packer is a musician and orchestration arranger. He was a member of the Coast Artillery Band at Fort Monmouth before going overseas.
Arrives in Italy
Mrs. Mildred Robbins, 161 East St., received word yesterday that her son Cpl. Howard Robbins
, has arrived in Italy. He entered service, Sept 21, 1944, and trained at Camp Croft, S. C. and worked on a building project in Sidney before joining the Army.
Wounded on Luzon
Pfc. Robert J. Harris
, 556 Main St., was wounded on Luzon, Feb 4, his wife, Mrs. Wanda Harris has been notified.
40 Area Men to Leave Here for Service Friday
Forty area men will leave for induction and 57 for pre-induction examinations Friday. The pre-induction group will meet at 7:45a.m., while the inductees are to report at 8:15. Maj. Carl W. Blied, Salvation Army, will address the men leaving for induction at a farewell program in the Palace theater.
Those to be inducted follow:
Glenn H. Evans, 22 Eighth; Clarence N Pignatelli, 86 Center; Everett Pangman, Maryland; Robert L. Nelson, Laurens; Robert J. Harhaway, 32 Grove; Ingvar E. Jacobson, 4 Cleveland; Charles O. Lockwood, 75 River; Kenneth Govern, 9 Pine; A. White, West Oneonta; Watson E. Hatton, Guilford; Gerald Hayes, 90 Ford Ave.; Harold T. Gobel, 8 Luther; Walter S. Nye, Windsor; Parley F. Harris, Sidney; George H. Warner, Vernon; J. Scott, Schenevus; Ralph L. Raymond, Portlandville; Clarence E. Russell, Unadilla; Leroy G. Moorby, 18 Pine; Leonard J. Stanton, 69 Dietz; Robert A. Hoyt, 44 Gilbert; Pasquali Micaroni, 18 Jefferson; DeForest B. Mulkins, 14 Seventh; Frederick L. Munson, 77 Maple; Cecil B. Field, Mt. Vision; Alton H. Carvin, Laurens; James B. Halbert, South New Berlin; Herbert O. Byam, 16 Gilbert; Orrin Morgan, Mt. Upton; Kenneth E. Fink, Schenevus; James E. Hammond, Otego; Donald A. Wayman, Worcester; Llewellyn L. Monington, 3 Highland; Albert M. Naples, 32 Grand; Michael Fazio, Morris; Peter Comino, Maryland; Stanley D. Griffith, Milford, Jame E. Williams, Jr., 396 Main; Howard L. Baker, 1 Hickory; John H. Rathburn, Unadilla.
Kenneth E. Carr, 84 Ford Ave.; Roland E. Cole, Rockdale; Clayton Bullis, Otego; Harry W. Burtis, Binghamton; Elmer E. Leggett, 39 Burnside Ave.; Frederick A. Frewert, Unadilla; Frank L. Thayer, R.D.2, Oneonta; Frank L. Stark, 19 Railroad Ave; Herbert O. Jubar, 56 Gilbert; Bernard F. Cerra, Worcester; Milton B. Decker, Morris; Walter J. Burchan, 4 Richmond Ave.; Howard E. Toombs, Gilbertsville; Emmons B. Bulson, Worcester; Stephens L. Banks, 47 London Ave.; Olin S. Houck, R.D.2, Oneonta; William F. Burr, 29 ½ Dietz; Harold Pickens, Morris; Earl M. Conrow, 67 River St.; Francis E. Austin, Laurens; Jess A. Robbins, Congers; Maynart B. Skinner, Worcester; William G. Winne, Jr., Gilbertsville; Virgil L. Stimpson, 201 Chestnut; Charles T. Burtis, 15 Wall; Christopher J. Burke, 63 Fair; William J. Mickiewicz, 8 Grove; Donald C. Northrup, 31 Woodside; Harold F. Uhlig, 116 Chestnut; Kenneth B. Eccleston, Morris; Douglas W. Spencer, Maryland; Delbert J. Parsons, 22 High; Walter A. Sprague, R.D.2, Oneonta; Walter A. Stone, Richfield Springs; Russell C. Tipple, Milford; Niels H. Jensen, Niels K. Pedersen, R.D.2, Oneonta; Charles P. Mallory, Worcester; Raymond E. Maxim, 49 Main; Richard T. Lester, 27 East; Floyd E. Humphrey, Unadilla; Harry B. Wilson, Mt. Upton; Robert J. Steidle, 353 Main; Raymond G. Lester, R.D.1, Oneonta; Thomas Moreno, 14 Liberty; Harlan E. Hine, Albert Soued, Otego; Herman R. Colone, 63 River; Richard L. Ploutz, R.D.1, Oneonta; William J. Wells, South New Berlin; Francis T. Monser, 39 West Broadway; Robert J. Church, Otego; Angevina Keator, 29 Prospect; Kenneth M. Edson, Wilfred E. Greenfield, Aunadilla; Welton A. Martin, 47 Main; Harold G. Oliver, Oneonta.
Hartwick - Mr. And Mrs. J. Paul Jones have received word that their son T/3 Robert D. Jones
, has arrived in Belgium. T/3 Jones enlisted in Springfield, Mass., in 1942, and trained at Camp Sutton N.C. and Camp Pomonia and Camp Santa Anita, Cal. He arrived in England in November, 1943.
Pvt. Ward Mackey
, husband of Mrs. Charlotte G. Mackey, 7 Spring St., has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. Pvt. Mackey entered service June 15, 1944, and received training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and Fort Meade, Md. He was sent overseas Dec 1, 1944. He is the son of Mrs. Alice Mackey, 90 Clinton St. and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1941. He was employed by the D. & H. when inducted.
Walton Flyer Is Killed In Bomber Crash
Walton - 2nd Lt. Willis C. DuMond
, son of Mr. And Mrs. Fred DuMond, 40 Griswold St., this village, was killed March 30 in a bomber crash in England, according to a telegram from the War Department.
His sister, Miss Doris E. Dumond, employed at the local telegraph office, was on duty Thursday when word was received that her brother had been killed.
While his crew was being organized at Avon Field, Fla., several months ago, Lt. DuMond asked for the assignment of Jack Steward, son of Mrs. Ruth McCook, Walton, to his crew.
He request was granted. Lt. DuMond and his crew flew their bomber across the Atlantic to England in February, 1945.
Mrs. McCook recently received a letter from her son in which he stated he was a patient in an English hospital suffering from cuts and bruises. He said that he expects to be back at his base soon.
Lt. DuMond, 25, was a native of Walton. He attended public schools here and was a student at Walton High School until close of the school year of 1936-37. In the fall of the latter year, he entered Hancock Central School, making his home with his grand-parents, Mr. And Mrs. Ezra DuMond, that place. He graduated from the Hancock school in 1938. While a student at Walton High School, Lt. DuMond was a four-letter athlete. He carried on in athletics at Hancock school.
Graduating from the Hancock school, Lt. DuMond was employed for a time at Delhi as an advertising man and reporter.
In October, 1940, Lt. DuMond went out with other members of Co. F. New York National Guard, Walton, to Fort McClellan, Ala, for training. He went to Hawaii early in 1942, when the 27th Division was sent to that theater.
Lt. DuMond later returned to the United States to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., where he received his commission as second lieutenant. Soon afterwards he applied for training as an aviation cadet. He received his pilot's wings in June, 1944.
Lt. DuMond is survived by his wife and a son, Willis DuMond, Jr., living at Birmingham, Ga.; his sister, Doris; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Fred DuMond, Walton; and a brother, Robert DuMond, student at Walton High School.
The Daily Star, Oneonta, N. Y., Saturday, April 14, 1945
Franklin Roosevelt on Last Visit to Oneonta
Franklin D. Roosevelt paid his last visit to Oneonta in August 1930
, when, as Governor of New York state, he made a tour of inspection of institutions in the county. The late President gave substantial assistance in securing Bugbee School and Homer Folks Hospital. Postmaster Chester A. Miller is pictured here introducing the late President to Oneontans who gathered to greet him.
Here Lie in Hallowed Sleep Marines Who Died in the Battle of Iwo Jima
For Honorable Military Service
Entrance to Cemetery
January 26, 1945
Oneonta Sailor Visits Grave of Brother on Saipan
Graves of Marines Killed On Iwo Jima
Memorial Rites Held by 27th Division
Capt. John T. Byrn (second from left, foreground) conducts services for the dead of the U. S. 27th Division artillery units in a cemetery on Okinawa. Brig. Gen. Charles Ferrin of Montpelier, Vt., division commander, stands at right foreground. The division includes the 106th Infantry of which Oneonta's own C. G is a part. (AP Wirephoto.)
Ernie Pyle on Patrol on Okinawa Island
War Correspondent Ernie Pyle (third from left) plods along an Okinawa trail with a First Division Marine patrol on April 8, just 10 days before he was killed by Jap machine gun fire on nearby Ie island, while covering the life of the G. I. in the Pacific. Pyle designated the Marine at extreme left, Pfc. Urban Vachon of Laconia, N. H. as typical battlefront leatherneck. (AP Photo from Marine Corps).
April 3 1945
Sent to Florida
Sea. 2/c Walter E. Denny
, son of Mr. And Mrs. William Denny, Franklin, has been transferred to Pensacola, Fla., after spending a leave with his parents. He took boot training at Sampson.
Pfc. Edward J. Bramsen
, husband of Mrs. Kathleen Bramsen, 41, Burnside Ave., has arrived in France. He entered service March 3, 1943 and trained at Camp Pendleton and Fort Stacy, Va., Camp Howze, Tex., and Fort Meade, Md.
Enlists in Marines
William B. Critz
, 18 son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Critz, Milford, enlisted in the Marine corps reserve at Albany April 23, and was called to active duty at Parris Island yesterday. A senior in Milford Central school, Mr. Critz was a basketball and football letterman, a member of the band, chorus, orchestra, dramatic society, student council, and Boy Scouts.
April 5, 1945
Prisoner of War
Sgt. LeRoy Turner Held in Germany
Sgt. LeRoy Turner, who was reported missing in action Jan. 4, is in a war prisoners' camp in Germany, according to cards received by his wife, Mrs. Rita (Gardner) Turner, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Turner, 3 Woodside Ave. The cards were postmarked Feb. 7. Sgt. Turner advised his wife and parents that he is well and receiving good treatment. He mentioned that he had "hopes of being home soon." Sgt. Turner, a member of the Oneonta Police Department, received his Army training at Camp Adair, Ore., and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was sent overseas in December 1944. Before being appointed to the police force he was employed at the City Drug Store and later with the D. & H. railroad. Sgt. Turner is a graduate of Oneonta High School.
April 4, 1945
Assigned to Ft. Dix
2nd Lt. Pearl May Johnson
, 18 High St., recently commissioned in the Army Nurse Corps, has been assigned to Ft. Dix, N. J. A graduate of Oneonta High School and Nathan Littauer Hospital School of Nursing, she had been employed as a school nurse at Saugerties.
American Armor Approaching Leipzig
American armor rolls toward Leipzig as units of the U.S. First Army probe deeper into Germany. This Signal Corps photo was radioed to the United States from Germany.
Three Oneonta Brothers Serving Overseas
Ens. Kenneth C. Farmer
Cpl. Ray Farmer
Pvt. Albion Farmer
Ens. Kenneth C. Farmer is the third son of Dr. and Mrs. A. C. Farmer, 15 East End Ave. to be sent overseas in the service of his country. The others are Pvt. Albion C. Farmer, amphibian engineers, and Cpl. Ray A. Farmer, mountain infantry in Italy. Ens. Farmer received his indoctrination course at Princeton University and further training at Harvard. Before his recent leave, he was on temporary duty at Norfolk, Va. Pvt. Albion Farmer has been in Brisbane, Australia for almost a year. Before going overseas he received training at Fort Devans and Camp Edwards both in Massachusetts, and at Camp Gordon Johnston, Fla. Cpl Ray Farmer is serving with the 10th Division in the European theater of war. While in this country, he received training at Camp Grant, Ill., Camp Hale, Col. And Camp Swift, Tex.
Sidney (Special) - Pfc. Martin Blenis
, this place, son of Waldo Blenis, Sidney Center received his discharge Thursday after serving two years in Europe. Wearing five battle stars and the Good Conduct medal, he participated in battles in France, Germany, and Belgium. His brother Pfc. Ralph Blenis is on his way home from the Pacific after a year and a half overseas.
April 2 1945
ROM James Ingerham
, Army Air Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred O. Ingerham, 70 Spruce St. is spending a 15-day furlough with his parents. He graduated from Sioux Falls, S. D. training center, and will return April 10 for assignment, ROM Ingerham entered the service in July 1943 and has been at Sioux Falls since July 1944.
Sea. 1/c Loren H. Merwin
, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Merwin of 42 East End Ave., is a member of the crew of the U.S.S. Varian, Atlantic Fleet destroyer escort, one of the four destroyer escorts which in mid-Atlantic recently trailed and destroyed a German submarine, it has been announced by Adm. Jonas Ingram, commander-in-chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Sea. Merwin, who attended Oneonta High School, wears the American and Europen Theater ribbons for active service in those areas.
Miami Beach, Fla. - 2nd Lt. Arlene M. Aufmuth
, Fly Creek, N.Y. has left the AAF Regional and Convalescent Hospital, Miami District to report to the medical air-evacuation squadron at the Memphis, Tenn., surgical airport for duty as a flight nurse. Lt. Aufmuth qualified as a flight nurse last summer after special training. She had been assigned to AAF hospitals in the Miami area since being commissioned in the Army nurse Corps in October, 1943.
Cpl. Herman F. Paulin
has arrived in France, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Paulin, Worcester, R.D.2
Radar 3/ Wallace R. Wordena
, grandson of Mrs. Ward Easley South Side, is enjoying a 30-day leave after 14 months in the South Pacific area. Worden saw action in the Marshalls, Marianas, and Pelellu Islands. He attended Oneonta High School for two years and graduated from Little Falls High School, being active in basketball circles. He entered service June 19, 1943, received basic training at Sampson and attended schools at New Orleans, La., and San Francisco, Calif.
Pfc. Mason L. Holbrook
, Otego was recently promoted to that rank in Germany and has also been awarded the Expert Infantryman badge. Entering the Army June 15, 1944, he trained at Camp Croft and went overseas in November 1944. His wife and two daughters are staying with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Holbrook, Otego.
April 4 1945
Two Walton Soldiers Killed; Otego Servicemen Wounded
Sgt. Robert C. Flynn and Pvt. Theodore R. Estus
Roxbury - Pvt. Elsie Ploutz
, Women's Army Corps, is at Fort Robinson, Neb. She enlisted last September and received basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Pvt. Ploutz is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Ploutz, Roxbury and is a graduate of Roxbury Central School.
1st Lt. Thomas P. Broe
was recently promoted to that rank, according to a letter received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Broe, Colliers. He has also been awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters. Lt. Broe is a pilot attached to the 48th Fighter Broup in Belgium. Lt. Broe has flown 48 missions over Germany and had been overseas since October 1944. He is a graduate of St. Mary's School., Oneonta High School, and was attending Siena, College, Loudonville, when he was called to active duty with the Army Air Corps in February 1943.
List of Five
Sgt. Waldo C. Benjamin
has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, according to word received by his fiancé, Miss Shirley Farro, 28 Gilbert S. Sgt. Benjamin has been in the armed forces four years and three months and has served nearly three years overseas in Puerto Rico, New Guinea, and is now in the Phillippines. He is one of four sons of Mrs. Mina Benjamin of Morris, who are serving in the armed forces.
Unadilla - Mr. and Mrs. Obie Makley have received a telephone call from their son, T/4 Harold O. Makley
, from Philadelphia where he recently arrived from overseas. Sgt Makley had been in England, France, and Belgium and has been in service for two years. He said he expected to visit home soon.
Pfc. Raymond D. Shutters
, son of Charles Shutters, Maryland R.D. had completed his course of studies as an aviation mechanic at the Army Air Forces Technical Training School, Amarilla, Tex. He will be sent to an air base where he will assist serving America's B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-29 Super-Fortresses.
Sea. 1/c Stephen M. Callender
, son of Mrs. George B. Callender, 8 Franklin St., was graduated from Sampson radio school Monday. He will arrive home tonight for a five-day leave, later reporting to a California base for re-assignment.
Pvt. Roy Herbert Bird
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Bird, Oneonta, R.D.1 has reported to Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss., to take the Army Air Forces Training Command examinations to determine his qualifications as a pre-aviation cadet.
Marine Takes Cadet Nurse as Bride
Pfc. And Mrs. Alton L. Leonard
were married in Otego, May 2_. Mrs. Leonard, the former Miss Alice R. Goble, Otego. Pfc Leonard is in the Marine Corps.
Hub Woman Gets Brother's Medal
Note: This clipping was cut off on the right side. Perhaps someone will recognize the woman and will know her brother Philip G. ____'s last name.
April 5 1945
Otego Couple at Lake Placid
T/4 and Mrs. Ralph W. Robinson
, Otego, are at Lake Placid Club where Sgt. Robinson recently reported on his return from overseas duty. He entered service on Feb. 19, 1943, and was overseas 18 months with a quartermaster unit in the European theater.
Sea. 1/c Carlton E. Mackey,
son of Mrs. And Mrs. Robert Mackey, 2 Richards Ave., made a surprise visit to the home of his parents last week. They did not know he was in this country. Sea. Mackey, who entered service July 1, 1944, is a Navy gunner assigned to the Merchant Marine. He wears ribbons for duty on the Atlantic and Pacific and the Baltic Sea. Sea. Mackey received boot training at Sampson and is a graduate of the Armed Guard gunnery school, Norfolk, Va. His brother, Sea. 1/c Robert W. Mackey, is in the Pacific area. Both boys attended Oneonta High School.
Dies in Germany
Pvt. George C. Schidzick
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schidzick of Ballston Lake, formerly of Oneonta, have word that their son Pvt. George C. Schidzick was killed in Germany on March 22. Pvt. Schidzick attended Vocational High School, Schenectady, and was employed at the Hershey Beverage Co., before entering service Oct. 3, 1944. He was stationed at Camp Blanding, Fla., before going overseas in February. Pvt. Schidzick was serving with the infantry.
Pfc Earl Barber Wins Bronze Star
Pfc. Earl H. Barber, 22, has been awarded the Bronze Star medal, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Barber, 33 Brook St. Pfc Barber is serving with an infantry unit in Germany.
The Oneonta soldier was cited for "Meritorious achievement in connection with enemy in the North African theater of operations from Nov. 8, 1943."
"The skillful, courageous, and dependable manner in which Pfc. Barber performed his duties as ammunition handler contributed materially to the combat efficiency of this organization during the North African campaign."
Pfc. Barber entered service Jan. 8, 1941k, and has been overseas since July 1942. The Oneontan, who participated in the North African and Sicilian campaigns, entered Normandy on D-Day. He attended Oneonta High School.
Lt. Bruce Shearer Wins Bronze Star For Heroic Deed
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Shearer, 106 Spruce St., have received the Bronze Star and citation recently awarded their son, 1st Lt. Bruce C. Shearer, following action in the European theater with the Fourth Infantry Division.
According to the citation, the award was made for heroic achievement "in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in the vicinity of Schoenberg, Germany, Sept. 24, 1944.
"On this date, Lt. Shearer, platoon leader in a rifle company, personally led a combat patrol into enemy lines to determine the exact position of suspected German emplacements. He crawled alone to a right flank position which afforded an excellent view of enemy troops. From that position, within ten feet of the nearest German guard, he calmly observed enemy activity and action. As a result of his accurate observation, concentrated and effective artillery fire was subsequently delivered upon enemy personnel and emplacements, inflicting severe casualties and forcing the enemy commander to withdraw his surviving troops." Lt. Shearer has since been promoted from platoon leader in a rifle company to first observer of an artillery unit.
Pvt. Howard Hodges
has arrived in England according to a letter received by his mother, Mrs. Lena Hodges, 25 Main St. He has been in service since Sept 1, 1942, when he enlisted in the Army. He received basic training at Camp Shelby, Miss., and was then transferred to the Air Corps. Pvt. Hodges attended Morris High School and was working at the Oneonta Linn Corp. when he entered service.
In Gunnery School
Pfc. Roy Bishop
, who recently completed 34 ½ months of combat duty in the South Pacific, has been a guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Bishop, 98 Center St., during the past week. Mrs. Bruno Scavo of 392 Main St., is his sister. Pfc. Bishop is enroute to Kingman Army Air Field, Ariz., where he has been accepted for the aerial gunnery school. He returned to this country last November and had been stationed at the base unit, Suffolk County Air Base, West Hampton Beach, L.I. Pfc. Bishop entered service Sept. 9, 1940, and trained at Mitchel Field, L.I.
Milford - Cpl. John Chase
former Hartwick College student, is spending a 45-day furlough with his mother, Mrs. Vera Chase and Uncle W. C. McRorie. Cpl. Chase has served 20 months in the Aleutians and Alaska, and this is his first furlough.
Sgt. Arthur T. Neer
, son of Mrs. Marie B. Neer, 7 ½ Pine St., who had been reported missing in the Philippine area, is safe.
April 6 -7 1945
Area Men and Women in the Armed Forces
T/Sgt. Gaither White
, husband of Mrs. Janice Whit, 207 Main St., is home on a 21-day furlough after 13 months overseas. He had taken part in 63 missions as engineer on a PBY Catalina, in the air sea rescue squad. Sgt. White entered service Sept. 11, 1942, and went overseas in February 1944. He saw service in Africa, Corsica, Italy, France, Malta, Turkey, Greece and Yugoslavia, and has been awarded the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters and a Presidential Citation. After completing his furlough, Sgt. White will go to Atlantic City for a brief rest period.
SF 2/2 David N. Colliton
has left for San Francisco, Calif., to resume his duties as ship fitter on a cruiser. He spent a short leave at the home of his parents, Mrs. And Mrs. Fred Colliton, Laurens, and is returning to the Pacific area where he had served for the past two years. He participated in several engagements, including the invasion of Iwo Jima.
Sgt. Richard W. Polgreen
, grandson of Lineon E. Wilder, 55 Elm Street, president of the Oneonta Building and Loan Association, has been awarded the Air Medal. He was cited for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific from Nov. 4 to Dec. 13, 1944. The citation was signed by Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney. Sgt. Polgreen entered service when he was 17 years old.
Pvt. Harold S. Hopkins
, son of Arnold E. Hopkins, Fly Creek former Oneonta post office employee is attending B-29 gunnery school at Las Vegas, Nev. Pvt. Hopkins graduated from Oneonta High School in 1942 and attended Syracuse University for a year before being inducted into the Army in September, 1943.
Pfc. Robert L. Jones
, Peekskill, nephew of Mrs. Edith VanBramer, 78 Hudson St., has been awarder the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat on the Fifth Army front in Italy. He is with the 85th "Custer" Division. Pfc. Jones is a radio operator and jeep driver. The citation states he performed his duties commendably and, in addition rendered invaluable assistance in the maintenance of signal supplies.
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Dutcher and husband of Mrs. Patricia (Burghart) Dutcher, Walton. S/Sgt. Dutcher had been overseas several weeks. He entered service two years ago and his promotion to staff sergeant was announce recently.
Area Men and Women in the Armed Forces
, has arrived in Paris, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Calkins, 25 Central Ave. He is technical representative for the R.C.A. communications, engaged in installing radio stations for the U.S. Army.
Donald F. Mostar
, Worcester, was one of a group of Army Air Corps enlisted reserve students of the Army specialized training program at Niagara University who received diplomas at graduation ceremonies March 31, Mostar, after a short furlough, will be reassigned to a classification center.
Sea. 2/c George R. Miller
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Miller, Portlandville, has returned to Naval Hospital, Newport, R. I., after a week with his family. He entered service in November 1944 and after completing boot training at Sampson, was assigned to an aircraft carrier, detail at Newport. While on duty, he was taken ill and spent three weeks in the hospital there. After a check-up, he will be reassigned to duty. Sea. Miller is a graduate of Milford High School.
Robert F. Schmitt
, after completing two weeks at Merchant Marine engineer's school, New York City, and spending a few days with his father, Gussie Schmitt, 34 High St., has been assigned to sea duty.
Pfc. James M. Keogh
, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett, 22 Miller St., serving with the Fourth Marine Division which fought at Iwo Jima, is in a Naval hospital according to word received by his parents.
Milton B. Hendee
has been promoted to corporal, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Marion P. Hendee. Cpl Hendee spent a 15-day leave in Oneonta recently, but did not learn of his promotion until he had returned to his station at Columbia air base, S. C. A son of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Hendee, Walton, he entered service from Schoharie in April 1943. His wife is the former Miss Marion Phillips, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Phillips, 5 Ceperley Ave., where she is making her home. Cpl. And Mrs. Hendee are parents of a son, Jeffrey Lynn, aged seven months.
Oneonta Soldier, Killed in Action, Honored By Mates
James W. Lockwood, 27 Prospect St., whose son Pfc. Irving C. Lockwood was killed in action in Germany March 4
, has received a letter from headquarters of the Second Medical Battalion, of which his son was a member, expressing the sympathy of officers and men. "The funeral service was performed," the letter said "by a Protestant chaplain, and the place of burial was in a well situated American military cemetery in Belgium. "Irving was wounded by an artillery shell which landed near him while he was performing his duty as litter bearer and evacuating other American soldiers wounded by enemy action.
"Irving was highly respected by all those who knew him. His devotion to duty and to our nation was unswerving. Since our arrival in the combat area he had been an ardent worker. The hours were long and the work hard and arduous, but he was never one to complain or shirk his duties. "His loss is a personal one to every officer and man in this command and our sympathy is with you at this time," the letter concluded.
Pvt. Howard Hodges
has arrived in England according to a letter received by his mother, Mrs. Lena Hodges, 25 Main St. He has been in service since Sept 1 1942, when he enlisted in the Army. He received basic training at Camp Shelby, Miss., and was then transferred to the Air Corps. Pvt. Hodges attended Morris High School and was working at the Oneonta Linn Corp. when he entered service.
Lt. M. J. Tyler, Cooperstown, Killed in India.
Cooperstown - 1st Lt. Mahlon James Tyler, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Tyler Cooperstown, R.D.2, was killed in action April 4 in India, according to a message received by the parents from Mr. and Mrs. Victor Clesi, Dallas, Tex., parents of their son's wife, who had been making her home with them since Lt. Tyler went overseas in December. Lt. Tyler, in the flying service for nearly four years, trained as a bombardier and was an instructor in Waco and Fort Worth, Tex., for nearly two years before he volunteered for overseas service.
After reaching India, Lt. Tyler transferred to the Air Transport Service, and was flying between India and China. A letter received by his parents here the day on which he met his death indicated that he was pleased with his new assignment and at the completion of 650 hours in the air would have been entitled to a furlough home.
Adding to the tragedy of his death is the fact that his wife is a hospital patient in Dallas, where on April 3 she gave birth to a daughter. Hospital surgeons advised that she not be told of her husband's death for the present, since two weeks previous her brother had also been killed in Germany.
Surviving Lt. Tyler, besides his parents, his wife, and infant daughter , are a son, Bruce, two, and two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Mallory, Milford, and Mrs. Eugene Eckstein, an executive of the Girl Scouts of America, with headquarters at Nyack.
Lt. Tyler was born Dec. 2, 1916, and was an alumnus of Cherry Valley High School and Cornell University.
Sidney Soldier Tells Oneontans How Son Died
S/Sgt. Cecil O. Davis, Sidney, was a caller yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cawley, 11 Gilbert St., whose son, Pvt. Herbert Cawley, was killed in action June 21, 1944. Sgt. Davis was with him when he was killed.
Through Sgt. Davis, Mrs. And Mrs. Cawley received first hand information concerning the death of their son. Sgt. Davis was later captured by the Germans in Belgium,, and was released when United Nations troops captured the territory where his prison camp was located. Since returning to this country, he had been on leave to visit his family at Sidney and will later go to Lake Placid for a rehabilitation period.
Sgt. Davis was with Pvt. Cawley in England and France and he told Mr. and Mrs. Cawley that their son's death was instantaneous.
April 7, 1945
Oneonta WAC On Hospital Duty
Pvt. Edna E. Dibble,
Oneonta, serves chow to two ambulatory patients at Rhoades General Hospital, Utica. They are, left to right, Pvt. Vernon R. Palmer, Fort Edwards, and Pvt. Remington Pinckney, Jr. Brewster.
Oneonta Guardsman in Training
Coast Guardsman Walter J. Koett
, 17 year-old apprentice seaman of 47 Church St., receives instruction in the use of shipboard phones at Manhattan Beach Coast Guard station, where he is undergoing recruit training. Sea. Koett, who enlisted Jan. 31 attended Oneonta High School.
Oneontan Named Engineer Officer
2nd Lt. Lee S. Hull
, a member of Co. I since it was organized Nov 6 1940, has been promoted to first lieutenant and appointed engineer officer of the Third Battalion staff, commanded by Maj. Charles S. Murray, Poughkeepsie. Lt. Hull, who resides at 13 Miller St., will continue to make his headquarters in Oneonta, it was announced last night by Capt. Kenneth L. Black, commanding officer of Co. I. Lt. Hull is employed by the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. as senior layout man in engineering department.
The Oneonta Guard officer received his first promotion in the ranks on Feb 10 1941. when he was appointed a corporal. He was named a sergeant Jan 26, 1942. On Jan 29, 1943, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, and assigned to the First Regiment.
Lt. Hull is an outstanding rifleman. He was credited with the highest qualification score in the Third Brigade at Camp Smith last summer.
Goes to Sampson
Charles F. Hunt
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hunt, 42 River St., left yesterday for Sampson. He enlisted in the Navy March 2. A native of Oneonta, he worked as a newsboy for The Star, and later for the D & H. His brother is Cpl Edward L. Hunt who enlisted July 7, 1942, and is serving in France with an ordinance ammunition unit of the Army. When his family heard from him last he was in Marseilles. 4/11/45
April 11, 1945
Delaware Draft Contingent Leaves for Army
April draft call at Delhi comprised these nine young men who left Friday morning for induction center at Albany. Another and larger group went along for pre-induction physical examination. Left to right, front, Paul Joslin, Bloomville; Edward DeWitt, Delhi; Woodrow Purchell, Roxbury; Clifford Baldwihn, Delhi; William Lyons, Andes. Rear, Kurt Neunzig, Davenport Center; Stanley Hewitt, Bovina; Richard Laigan, Stamford; Jay Mille, New Kingston.
April 13, 1945
Oneonta Area Inductees Leave for Service in the Armed Forces
"Going into this war at this period has its advantages," Rev. Gale Bascombe, pastor of the Universalist Church told the group of area inductees who left here yesterday for service. "You will be on the sinning side. You will have the best allies. You will be in the best equipped Army or the best equipped Navy. The rising sun is no longer rising - but setting." Edwin R. Moore, Oneonta Legion Post commander, and Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Scanlon, spoke briefly. Leaving yesterday were left to right:
First row: Jacob O. Cohn
, 196 Washington St., Albany; Earl M. Conrow
, 67 River; Harry B. Wilson
, Mt. Upton, R.D.1; William H. Hensen
, Otego, R.D.2; William F. Burr
(leader) 29 1/2 Dietz; Francis F. Monsor
, 30 West Broadway; Thomas Marino
14 Liberty; Robert W. Crowley
, 33 Dietz,
Second row: Richard T. Lester
, 27 East; Herman W. Ackerly
, 210 Main; Raymond E. Maxim
, 49 Main; Frank J. Gratsinger
, Unadilla, R.D. 2; Herman O. Jubar
, 56 Gilbert; Leonard H. Reed
, 4 Washington; Frank A. Knapp
; Argenina C. Kater
, 29 Prospect.
Third row: Douglas W. Spencer
, Maryland; Harlan E. Hin
e, Otego, R.D. 2; Casimer J. Konstanty
, Worcester; Raymond G. Lester
, Oneonta, R.D.1; Clayton Butts
, Otego, R.D.2; Adolphus W. Martin
, 47 Main; James Ritchko
, 56 West Broadway; Frederick A. Frewart
, Unadilla; John G. Liner
, Oneonta, R.D.1.
April 11 1945
Davenport Center - Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Reinshagen are serving in the Army. Pvt. Ernest Reinshagen
has gone to Fort Meade, Md. After spending a furlough with his wife and family here. He recently completed basic training at Camp Croft, S.C. His brother Cpl. Robert Reinshagen
, who entered the Air Corps in 1942, and trained at Miami Beach, Fla., Gulfport, Miss., Chanute Field, Ill., Columbus, O., and Robbins Field, Ga., is in Assam, India.
List of 11
Sgt. Chester H. Lansing
, cashier at the Oneonta Department Store prior to his induction into the Army about two years ago, was recently promoted in France, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Lansing, 330 Chestnut St., and his wife, who teaches at Scotia. Sgt. Lansing has been overseas 13 months. His brother, Cpl. Roland C. Lansing, is serving in Germany.
Pfc. Ralph S. Stafford
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Stafford, New Lisbon, is stationed at Tinker Field, Okla. A graduate of Morris High School prior to induction September 1942, he was employed at Scintilla. He was previously stationed at McCook, Neb.
Mrs. Ralph Senest
, 433 Chestnut St., has received a telegram informing her that her husband, Pfc. Ralph Senese, U.S.M.C., who was wounded on Iwo Jima, has been transferred to a west coast hospital and expects to be sent east soon. He was recently promoted to his present rank.
Joseph E. Wright
, son of Mrs. Laura A. Wright, 18 Fifth St., was recently promoted from private first class to sergeant in recognition of battle-proven courage and ability against the Japanese in the Palau Islands. Sgt. Wright is assigned to the 81st "Wildcat" Infantry Division which last fall invaded the Palaus and other islands in the Western Carolines.
T/Sgt. Robert M. Eaton
, stationed at Camp Gordon, Ga., was recently promoted to that rank, according to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Eaton, 4 Bronk St. Sgt. Eaton, who entered the Army Feb. 12, 1942, served 32 months in Newfoundland. He returned to this country last November.
Jefferson - Mr. and Mrs. Oscar M. Veley, this place, have received word from their son Lester B. Veley
, who is in England serving under Gen. Doolittle of the 8th Air Force, that he had been promoted to captain. He has been overseas a year serving as bombardier flight leader for several months and for the past three or four months as squadron bombardier.
Lake Placid Club - T/4 Herbert L. Richards
, Garrattsville, who recently returned from overseas duty, has reported to the Army redistribution station here. Sgt. Richards entered service on March 7, 1941, and was overseas 34 months with an infantry unit in the Southwest Pacific.
A/S George A. Kershaw, Jr.
, son of 1st Sgt. And Mrs. George A. Kershaw, is taking boot training at Sampson. Sgt. Kershaw is stationed in New Guinea.
HA 1/c Madeline J. Ferguson, WAVE
, who had been stationed at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, has received a medical discharge and returned to her home, 433 Chestnut St.
Sgt. C. R. Colburn
has been awarded the Air Medal in England, according to word received by his wife, 95 Center St.
A red, white and blue buoy stands in Chesapeake Bay off Fort McHenry, and marks the approximate spot where the Star Spangled Banner was written.
Area Selectees To Report for Service April 13
Twenty-six area selectees have received orders to report for induction April 13, David Loushay, chief clerk of Draft Board 404, announced yesterday. The men will assemble at 8:15 a. m. at the Palace theater.
William F. Burr
, 29 ½ Dietz St., has been appointed leader of the contingent, which will include Casimer James Konstanty, coach at Worcester Central School. Mr. Konstanty, a former Syracuse University athlete was a pitcher for the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.
Others called for induction:
Frank J. Gratsinger
, Unadilla, R.D.2; Robert W. Crowley
, 33 Dietz St; William H. Jensen
, Otego, R.D.2; Clayton Bullis
, Otego, R.D.2; Frederick A Frewert
, Unadilla; Herman O. Jubar
, 56 Gilbert St.; Richard M. Foland
, 57 Church St.; Jacob O. Cohn
, Albany; Earl M. Conrow
, 67 River St.
Felix L. Harris
, Rome; John C. Liner
, Oneonta, R.D.1; Douglas W. Spencer
, Maryland; Raymond E. Maxim
, 49 Main St.; James Ritchko
, 56 West Broadway; Richard T. Lester
, 27 East St.; Harry B. Wilson
, Mt. Upton, R.D.1; Raymond G. Lester
, Oneonta R.D.1.
, 14 Liberty St; Harian E. Hine
, Otego, R.D.2; Albert Soued
, Otego, R.D.2; Francis T. Monser
, 39 West Broadway; Angevina Keator
, 29 Prospect St. Leonard H. Reed
, 4 Washington St.; Herman W. Ackley
, 210 Main St.
Home From Pacific
A.O.M. 1/c Robert Simonds, Jr.
, who was recently promoted to that rank, is spending a 30-day leave with his wife, Mrs. Eloise E. Simonds, 95 Clinton St. and their daughter, Barbara Jean. He enlisted in the Navy Oct. 28, 1942, received boot training at Sampson, and was later graduated from the ordnance school at Memphis, Tenn. He was assigned to Air Group Seven as aviation ordnance man on a first line carrier and took part in raids on Okinawa, Formosa, Philippines, French Indo China, and Hong Kong, A.O.M. Simonds attended Oxford High School.
April 11 1945
Cpl. Gerald W. Roberts
, gunner on a B-29 is serving at a base in the Mariana Islands, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Wanda Roberts, Cooperstown Junction. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Roberts, Nineveh, Cpl. Roberts served at Clovis, N. M., before leaving for overseas duty March 10. He was employed at Sidney Scintilla prior to entering service in May 1943.
67 Called For Preinduction Tests Friday
Draft Board 404 has called 67 registrants to report for preinduction physical examinations Friday.
Called for examinations:
Albert J. Bennett
, 26 Union St.; Orman D. Short
, 19 Elmwood Ave.; Claude E. Gage
, Laurens; Rodney Y. Strait
, Morris; Harold L. Culver
, Delanson; Milton B. Decker
, Morris; Claude N. Clark
, 436 Chestnut St.; George E. Adams
, Niagara Falls; Woodrow E. Johnson
, Johnson City; Jess A. Robbins
, Congers; Harold E. Glass
, Newton, N.J.; Harry W. Currie
, West Winfield, R.D.2; Anthony B. Bianca
, 24 Belmont Cir.; William H. Craig
, Schenevus, R.D.1.
Thomas C. Plowden-Wardlaw
, 47 Elm St.; Clayton E. Gonyo
, 507 Main St.; Ceylon C. Decker
, Morris; Roger D. Faye
, 116 Spruce St.; Paul R. Pierce
, 24 Academy St.; William J. Mickiewicz
, 8 Grove St.; Cecil L. Smith
, Morris; Harold J. Effner
, 5 Gardner Pl.; Harold F. Uhlig
, 116 Chestnut St.; Howard G. Lent
, Wells Bridge; Clifford L. Snyder
, Cherry Valley; Lee B. Eighmey
, Niagara Falls; Walter K. Bush
Raymond C. Wright
, Laurens; Daniel W. Gassie
r, Morris; Carlton J. Southern
, 6 Oak St.; Rowland W. Brown
, 70 Oneida St.; Frank H. Carpenter
, Mt. Vision R.D.2; Norman V. Harkness
, Delhi; Howard Sellick
, Schenevus R.D.; Francis J. Mudge
, New Berlin, R.D.3; Leslie E. VanZandt
, 88 Chestnut St.; Glen L. Simmons
, 25 Rose Ave.; Clarence D. Platt
, Chestnut St.; Frank A. Lamonica
, 21 Watkins Ave.; Wilbur G. O'Dell
; Unadilla; Stuart S. Cope
, 53 Valleyview St.
Ernest D. Eldred
, Mt. Vision, R.D.1; b
, 31 Reynolds Ave.; Ernest C. Simpson
, 33 Otsego St.; George W. Hecox
, 41 Church St.; James J. Fino
, East Branch, N.Y.; Perry D. Swartout
, 433 Chestnut St. Ellery M. Bostwick
, Maryland, R.D.1; Charles DeLong
, 340 Main St.; Joseph J. Ruane
, 19 Church St.; Elmer A. Gascon
, Sidney, Joseph Dulkis
, Schenevus, R.D.1; Harry W. Lee
, 17 Maple St.
LeRoy A. Wolcott
, 13 Spruce St.; Lee L. Carrington
, Wells Bridge; Karl E. Edwards
, South New Berlin; Charles J. Sheldon
, Otego R.D.2; Benjamin F. Williams
, Unadilla R.D.1; Dale W. Beaudin
, 10 ½ St.; Robert A. Harrison
, 150 Main St.; Richard F. Daniels
, Gilbertsville; Elba O. Jones
, South Valley; Harold E. Jones
, Laurens; Paul M. Fonda
, 22 Academy St.; Kenneth A. Hill
, West Oneonta; Charles H. Tipple
, 105 East St.; Gilbert Feringa
Walton WAVE and Soldier Marry
Yeo. 2/c Helen Sinclair, Walton and Pfc. Thomas A. Roade, Monongahela, Pa., were married Saturday in Walton.
Westford Girl Weds Corporal
Miss Elizabeth L. Tyler, Westford, became the bride of Cpl. Keith Harvard, Royal Canadian Air Force, at the Methodist Church in that village April 2.
April 16 1945
Oneonta Youth Trains in Coast Guard
A/S Robert Earl Ames
, son of Mrs. And Mrs. Earl E. Ames, 85 Chestnut St., practices battle-phone talking during a course in his boot training at Manhattan Beach Coast Guard station. Sea. Ames attended Oneonta High School and Hartwick College prior to his enlistment last January.
April 19 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Shumway, 2 Reynolds Ave., have four sons in service. Pfc. Maynard
is in England;
is with a medical unit overseas;
Pvt. Grant, Jr.
, is stationed in Texas; and Sea. 1/c George
is on PT boat in the South Pacific.
Five Cobleskill Brothers Serving In Armed Forces
Cobleskill - A service flag with five stars may now be displayed at the home of Floyd Christman, this village. The fifth son to enter military service is Carlton R. Christman
who last week was accepted by the Marine Corps. Carlton, husband of Bernice Christman, Rose St., is at Parris Island, S. C.
The other brothers are:
, Army, in a hospital in England after serving in Germany. Pfc. Christman participated in the battle along the Rhine.
, a coxswain in the Navy, is serving in the Atlantic theater and Sea. 1-c Floyd A. Christman, Jr., is in the Pacific area.
Sea. 1-c Donald Christman
, who had made several trips across the Atlantic, is attending advanced torpedo school at Norfolk, Va. Mr. Christman also has a son-in-law in the service. He is Pvt. Rolland E. Ottman
, husband of the former Gertrude Christman, who is in the Pacific theater.
April 16 1945
Area Lieutenant Honored at Ceremony
1st Lt. Frederick M. Buck
, Davenport (right) received the Air medal from Maj. Joseph C. Ware, Jr., at an Advanced Air Transport Command Base in India.
Davenport Officer Awarded Air Medal At India ATC Base
Special to The Star
An Advanced Air Transport Command Base in India
- 1st Lt. Frederick M. Buck, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Buck, Davenport, N.Y. was awarded the Air medal at an impressive ceremony here. The presentation was made by Maj. Joseph C. Ware, Jr., Birmingham, Ala., commanding officer of this India-China division outpost currently engaged in flying vital war supplies over the hump of the Himalayan mountain range into China. Lt. Buck was awarded the Air medal for a period from Nov. 1 1944 to January 9 1945, when, serving as pilot, he attained the meritorious achievement of participating in more than 150 hours of operational flight in transport aircraft over the dangerous and difficult air routes into China, along which enemy interception and attack were probable and expected. Flying at night as well as by day, often encountering weather conditions and mechanical difficulties requiring courageous and superior performance of his respective duty to overcome, he accomplished his missions with distinction. "His heroic achievement," the citation stated, "In the face of hazards and difficulties met regularly and continuously with steadfast devotion to duty, reflects much credit on himself and the Army Air Forces of the United States."
Lt. Buck has been with the Air Transport Command in India since October 1944. In civilian life he operated a farm with his brother in Davenport. His wife, Mrs. Ernestine K. Buck, resides in Birmingham, Ala.
April 17 1945
, 23, 56h Army Veteran, Returning Home
With the Fifth Army, Italy - Sergeant Eric Meyerhoff, 23, of East Meredith, N. Y., is returning home on rotation from the Fifth Army front in Italy after more than two years overseas. A machinegun and mortar squad leader with a rifle company of the 168th "Rainbow" Regiment, 34th, "Red Bull" Division, which he joined in March 1943, Meyerhoff has been with the veteran regiment in Africa and Italy during the greater part of its more than 400 days of combat through the cracking of the Gothic line. He has been overseas since January 1943. In the vicinity of Pontinia, Italy, the East Meredith sergeant won the Silver Star for gallantry in action and for wounds received in action he has been awarded the Purple Heart. As a member of the 168ths Battalion, cited as a distinguished unit for outstanding performance of duty at Mt. Pontinia, Italy, anchor of the German winter line of 1943, Meyerhoff is entitled to wear the unit award badge. Myerhoff attended Oneonta High School and Delaware Academy and prior to entering the Army in April 1942, was engaged in farming. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyerhoff, live in East Meredith.
April 18 1945
Unadilla Brothers Serve Overseas
Unadilla - Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. David White, this place are serving overseas. Pfc. Frank P. White
is attending Officers Candidate School in Paris; T/5 Mason White
is with Gen. Patton's Third Army; and S/Sgt. Lincoln White
, who was stationed three years in Panama, is a telephone instructor with the Signal Corps in France.
April 19 1945
Brothers in Navy
Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Finch, 83 Ford Ave., are serving in the Navy. MMM 2/c Martin L. Finch
, who recently spent a leave home, took part in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day as a member of an LCT crew. After boot training at Sampson in August 1943, he attended Diesel engine school at Richmond, Va. He was overseas for a year. His brother, Sea. 2/c DeForest L. Finch
, whose last leave home coincided with that of his brother, enlisted in April 1944, and trained at Sampson. The destroyer to which he was later assigned, was part of the convoy which accompanied the President to his latest conference with Stalin and Churchill.
April 20 1945
Maj. Dedrick Missing In Pacific Area
Maj. Emerson H. Dedrick
, 26, who entered Marine aviation in May 1941, is missing in action in the Pacific area, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hobert E. Dedrick, South Side. A native of Bainbridge, Maj. Dedrick graduated from Oneonta High School, Oneonta State Teachers College, and the University of Iowa. He won his wings and commission in January 1942. Maj. Dedrick served in the Solomon Islands, leading a division of fighter planes, and is credited officially with shooting down two Zeros, sinking five oil barges, and helping to sink two destroyers. He assisted in providing air support on the first bombing run made over Bougainville, and flew numerous strafing missions. He holds the Air medal and Presidential Unit citation. Mr. and Mrs. Dedrick, it was reported, received a letter from their son in March. Maj. Dedrick had been serving with a Corsair fighter squadron.
April 20, 1945
Advanced in Rank
Leonard Leroy Hitt
, who is serving in the South Pacific, has been promoted to seaman first class according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Stewart, Shavettown. Inducted into the Navy March 23, 1944, he received his training at Sampson Naval Training Station and at a Naval base in Virginia.
Rockdale - Pvt. Bernard L. Hartwell
, son of J. W. Hartwell, and brother of Mrs. Harvey Bowen, this place, has returned to Fort Meade, Md., after a furlough here.
S/Sgt. Jack Wathier
, 28 Otsego St., has arrived in the Philippines, according to word received by his wife. Sgt. Wathier enlisted in the Army in 1942 as a sergeant with a rating of technician fourth class in the 696h Signal Corps Battalion. He formerly was employed by the Bell Telephone Company at Cobleskill.
Sea. 1/c Walter T. Muckle
, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Muckle of 3 Fair St., has returned to New York following a 19-day leave. Enlisting April 4 1944, on his 17th birthday, he trained at Sampson and Norfolk, Va., and took part in the Philippine invasion. Sea. Muckle wears a Bronze Star. (Photo by Charles.)
Pvt. Joseph Katnick
has arrived in Germany, according to word received by his fiancée, Miss Minnie Krothe, 228 Main St.
At Camp Meade
Pvt. Ralph Munson
, 1 Lewis Ave., has returned to Camp Meade, Md. Following a furlough with Mrs. Munson and daughter, Gayle Ann, 1 Lewis Ave. Pvt. Munson was inducted Aug 25 1944, from Delhi, and trained at Camp Blanding, Fla.
April 23, 1945
Back On Duty
New Lisbon - Mrs. Glenn Saunders of Garrattsville has received from her brother, Pfc. Rolland Goodspeed
, the Purple Heart which was awarded him for wounds received in action in Germany March 7. He was hospitalized in Paris for three weeks but is back on duty again. Pfc. Goodspeed is a son of Lewis Goodspeed of Oneonta, formerly of New Lisbon. He entered service in May 1944, and was sent overseas in December 1944.
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