Hometown News — 1943

Pfc. Ralph McNeil In Hospital
Pfc. Ralph McNeil, who is stationed at Camp Polk, near Shreveport, La., has been in the hospital three weeks. He writes his mother, Mrs. Henry Van-Uckren of west of Gallatin, that he is much improved now Pfc. McNeil has been in the service 18 months.

Four Hockensmith Brothers In Uniform
Four sons in the armed forces is quite a record and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hockensmith of near Gallatin are justly proud to be in this category. Tech Sgt. Wm. Hockonsmith (picture) is their oldest son in the service. He is 34 and at present is on maneuvers in Tennessee. He is stationed at Camp Forest, Tcnn. Tech. Corp Donald, Hockensmith (picture ) 32, has been in the armed forces one year. He was trained at Camp Beauregard, La., and is now in England His wife lives near Gallatin. Cpl. Edward Hockensmith, (picture) 30, is at Camp McCain, Miss. He has been been in the service 10 months. Before entering the service he was the International Truck and Implement dealer at Maysville and his wife is continuing with the business. Pfc. Jack Hockensmith, (picture) 22, was in the army nine month and was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth. He was recently given a medical discharge and will do essential work, as a civilian.

A Full Year of Overseas Duty
Serving as a non-commissioned officer with an infantry regiment here on an island outpost in the South Seas, Cpl. Tom Brown.

Croy Awarded Medal
Croy, of Gallatin, Mo. has been awarded the Soldier’s Good Conduct Medal in recognition of loyal and efficient service over a period of at least 12 months. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fleet E. Croy, Gallatin, the 25-year-old infantryman, leader of a machine gun squad in a heavy weapon company, was employed by an implement firm in Gallatin prior to induction into federal service in February, 1942. He completed a full year of oversea duty in September.

Capt. Griffith Arrived on Leave — Had Perilous Trip
Capt. H. Griffith, medical corps, U. S army arrived in Richmond on Tues. morning from White Horse, Canada the Alcan, where he has been executive officer and chief of surgery at a 300-bed army base hospital. He will remain here on leave until the middle of November Capt. Griffin had an unusual experience while aboard an airplane with 30 other passenger over the mountains. One of the motors of the plane failed and ice formations caused the plane lose altitude rapidly. To prevent the plane from crashing in the rugged terrain, it was necessary to throw luggage personal belongings, seats and equipment overboard. The pilot was able to make a safe landing at Fort Nels Canada. He took another plane from there to Minneapolis Richmond Missourian. The Kansas City Star, Sund listed H.M. Griffith as promoted to a major. He was reared in Gallatin and is well-known here. He is a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Griffith

Bad Luck for a Sailor
Lewis Lee Minnick, S 2/c, just recently completed his boot training at San Pedro, Calif., and headed for home on his leave. Crowded trains are not conducive to sleep, but after standing up most of the way from the west coast, the young sailor finally got a seat and did he sleep! So sound, indeed, that a pickpocket relieved him of his billfold containing $67. Later, while at Lock Springs visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Minnick, he received his empty billfold through the mail. Seaman Minnick has returned to San Pedro for further assignment.

Two Sons and a Daughter in the Service
Sgt. Alice P. Howery of the Boise, Idaho recruiting and induction station, was an overnight visitor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Price. Sgt. Howery was on a return trip to Boise, from which induction venture she had taken to Ft. Ogelthrope, Ga., 25 WAC recruits for their basic training. Her brother, Pfc. Envert E. Price, has notifiied his parents, that he has landed safely overseas and is feeling fine. Another brother, Pfc. Elvert Efton Price, has been in Australia with the armed forces for some time. This Price family is certainly well represented in the armed forces and Mr. and Mrs. Price are justly proud of their fine family.

Pvt. Morrison Writes From South Pacific
Pvt. Leland Morrison writes his brother, Circuit Clerk Carl Morrison, interesting letters from the south Pacific. Pfd. Morrison, who calls himself, which stands for private for duration. He has seen plenty of active duty, but at present says he is on an island with a lot of the best Japs he has ever known (they are all dead!) Pvt. Morrison drives a pontoon truck with the water supply for his company. He hauls 1,200 gallons at once.

Billy Smoot in Navy One Year
Wm. Taylor Smoot, S 1/c,: known to his many friends at Lock Springs as Billy, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Urcil Smoot, of that place. He is 20 years old now and has been in the navy one year. He entered the service after one year at Kirksville State Teachers’ college. He is overseas now in the North Africa area.

Billy Ray Home On Leave
Billy Ray, AC 3/c is spending a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Ray, near Blake, He has been in Uncle Sam’s navy for ten months, and is a sound operator. On his arrival Sunday night, he was greeted by 20 relatives and neighbors, who brought well-filled baskets and spent the evening.

Stationed at San Diego
PVt. Paul Huston, who entered the service, October 17, is taking his basic training at a camp near San Diego, Calif. He is in an anti-aircraft division. His wife, from Jamesport, will go to San Diego to live while he is stationed there. She will leave next Friday.

High Percentange for This County In Wounded Casualty List
Saturday’s Kansas City Time carried the names of four Missourians that were included in a casualty list of 289 United States soldiers wounded in action. Daviess County had an extremely high percentage in this list as two out of the four Missourians were from this county. They were John E. Ayers, technician fourth grade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Ayers, Gallatin, and Lt. Richard E. Thompson, Altamont. The parents had received word previously from the War Department, and letters from Lt. Thompson indicate that he is all right now.

Robert Richardson to Notre Dame
Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Richardson have received word that their son, Robert Richardson, apprentice seaman, who has been taking V-12 traning at Maryville State Teachers’ College has been assigned to further schooling at University of Notre Dame. He left this week for South Ben, Ind. where the school is located.

Staff Sgt. Fred Irwin in Australia
Staff Sgt. Fred W. Irwin has notified homefolks that he has arrived safely in Australia. He says he had a pleasant trip overseas and was not seasick. Staff Sgt. Irwin says the land "down under" is an odd country, but he believes he will like it.

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