Hometown News — March, 1943

Visit With Lt. Lumpkin
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Marshall of Jamesport returned home Saturday night from Kansas City where they had spent the week visiting her son, H.L. Lumpkin and wife, and where they met their grandson, Ralph Lumpkin, from Long Island, N.Y. He was returning from LaCross, Wis., where he had accompanied the body of a friend, Carl Holt, for burial. Mr. Holt was killed in a plane crash. Mr. Lumpkin is a Lieutenant in the air force and drives a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt which is the most heavily armed and armored and also the fastest and most powerful fighter in the world. This is a one-man plane. Lt. Lumpkin expects to go to Germany in about six weeks. He has visited in this city frequently as a boy and is now 22 years old.— Jamesport Gazette.

At Amarillo Army Air Field
Robert L. Drummond, son of Robert O. Drummond, Route No. 5, Gallatin, Mo., has begun an intensive course of study in aviation mechanics at this Army Air Field, one of the newest schools in the Army Air Forces Technical Command. He will spend several months at this great mechanics’ school, and upon graduation will be sent to one of Uncle Sam’s air bases, there to do his part in keeping America’s "Flying Fortresses" harassing the Axis. In addition to mechanical training, his course here will include army discipline and courtesy, military drill and physical exercise to put him in the peak of condition.

Ernest N. Eads Home on Visit
Ernest N. Eads, R.M. 3C, U.S. Naval Reserve, was home for a short visit last week. He has been on the Pacific and around Hawaii since last October. Ernest is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Eads, Jamesport, and has been in the service one year. Another son of Mr. and Mrs. Eads is stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga.

Returns To Coast
Ensign Ronald L. Somerville has completed his fifteen-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Somerville at Chillicothe, and has departed for the west coast where he is stationed. He is a brother of Geo. Somerville of Gallatin.

Visits Son At Weatherford,
Mrs. W.C. Woody and mother, Mrs. Lena Heppler Kansas City returned Tuesday from Weatherford, Okla. where they visited their son and grandson, Pfc. James G. Woody, stationed at the air-base there. Pfc. Woody is a mechanic and is attached to Squadron 2, Flight E. Mrs. Woody has a nephew, Jas. W. Heppler, in North Africa with the U.S. army and a son-in-law, Wilbur Edwards with the armed forces in England.

"Happy Landing, Good Luck" Toast
In honor of my beloved companion, Cpl. Arnold Loxterman, stationed in California, and also my brother, Pvt. Charles Sears, stationed in Australia, I dedicate these few words which are from the bottom of my heart.

I have a husband and a brother in our Army far away
And although it’s hard to realize they’re gone
To know they’re fighting for the freedom of the good old U.S.A.
Makes everything seem right instead of wrong.
They’re not the only boys in service; not the only to be missed
And if we have the cause for grief and tears
We’ll have a thought of greatest comfort, which is this
They’ll be remembered here for years and years.
One’s in active duty, the other working hard
And if he goes across I’ll miss him most
So to our Uncle Sam and all his soldier boys
I give this "Happy Landing, Good Luck" toast.
— Mrs. LaRue Loxerman

Kept Wedding A Secret
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Nichols announce the marriage of their daughter, Winifred to Sgt. Donald Lee Whitt, April 21st, 1942 at Platte City, Mo. The marriage service was read by the Rev. Judson Woods and the attendants were Miss Louise Persons and Dewain Dycke of St. Joseph. This news comes as a real surprise to the many friends of this popular young couple who did a fine job of keeping it a secret. Both are graduates of the Gallatin high school and Mrs. Whitt is also a graduate of Platte-Gard Business college at St. Joseph. She is a most popular and winsome young lady. Donald Lee is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Whitt and a sergeant with the 8th army in North Africa. He is a worthy young man in the service of his country. We join their many friends in extending hearty and sincere good wishes.

At Sheppard Field, Texas
Pvt. Clifford E. Baldwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billie Baldwin of Winston, inducted into service January 28, 1943, is stationed at Sheppard Field, Texas. He writes that he likes army life fine, and they have recommended him as an army air corps mechanic. Here is a poem that he has written since he has been in service there.

Army Life
So you don’t like the Army, son
You sissy britches son-of-a-gun,
You holler for the chow and sleep
But there’s work to do and not a peep.
You gripe about the waiting line
But you think that pay day’s mighty fine
You like the shows, the service Clubs
But you hate the G.I. soap and tubs.
So you don’t like the army life
With its bugles, drum and fife,
Well, soldier boy, I’ll tell you what,
Go home; they’ll never miss you like as not.
You like the games of chance I know
But Chaplain says to church you go,
You hate the marching and the drill
And of calisthenics you have your fill,
The sergeant sticks in your under craw
When he makes you march without a flaw
The corporal too, is always near it seems
And there’s a dirty look that fairly gleams.
So you don’t like the army life
With its bugles, drum and fife,
Well, soldier boy, I’ll tell you what,
Go home; they’ll never miss you like as not.

His address is Pvt. Clifford E Baldwin, 37500228, Barracks, 630 Service Squadron 32, 308th Training Group, B.T.C. No. 3, Sheppard Field, Texas.

— from the Gallatin North Missourian, scrapbook clippings provided by Lucille Bruce