Hometown News — April 15, 1943

Home on Short Furlough
Albert Zelenok and Donald Hockensmith were home from Camp Beaureguard, La., from Friday until Sunday. The boys are members of the 3rd regulars, a mechanized unit. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Zelenok, parents of Albert, and Mrs. Albert Zelenok and Miss Elsie Adkison, went to Kansas City Friday evening, met the boys and returned them home. On Sunday evening Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hockensmith, parents of Donald, took them back to catch their train on the return trip to the South. Both boys were looking "fit as a fiddle."

Billie Ray to West Coast
Billie Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Ray, north of Gallatin, has been transferred from the Great Lakes, Ill., naval training station to a navy school at San Diego, Cali. Billie says he is getting along o.k. in the navy.

It’s the Navy for These Boys
It’s the Navy for these future bluejackets from Gallatin, Mo., who arrived at the Farragut, Ida., Naval Training Station this week. This first step in their Navy career will consist of thorough drilling in seamanship, military discipline and Naval procedure in general. Physical fitness, a program being stressed in all phases of military life, will be one of the major factors in these new Bluejackets’ training. Actual experience with rowing boats will be taught by capable instructors, using vessels quartered on Lake Pend Oreille, Farragut’s "inland ocean." When the training has been completed, each man will be given a chance to qualify for one of the many Service Schools the Navy has to offer, transferred to other shore stations or sent immediately to become a member of Uncle Sam’s fighting fleet. These new men of the Navy from Gallatin are: Robert Junior Mundell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley W. Mundell; John Wesley Ballard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ballard, Winston Ratliff, son of and Mrs. Joe Ratliff.

In Navy Over 2 Years
Ed Nichols (picture) son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Nichols of Gallatin, has been in the United States Navy two years and four months. Ed has seen a lot of the world, was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the bombing. He holds a rating of torpedo man, 3rd class. At present he is assigned to a rescue ship and has had special training in diving. He is somewhere in the Pacific. He has never had a furlough and the last letter the parents received was in January.

Sam Johnson Promoted
Mrs. Julia Sailor advises her son, Pvt. Sam Johnson, until a short time ago, manager of the local Crane Auto Supply store, has been promoted to corporal. Cpl. Sam has been stationed at Camp Gruber, Okla., but has been transferred to Shereveport, La., where his company is on maneuvers. He is attached to Co. A, 235th Engineers, 403 Annex, Care P.M. Shreveport, La.

Tech. Cpl. Jewel Brooks Home
Tech. Cpl. Jewell Brooks is Home from Camp Adair, Ore., on a furlough visit to his mother, Mrs. Tom Brooks and other relatives and friends. Cpl. Jewel has been in the service six months and is attached to an ordnance company. He says it does a lot of raining in that section of Oregon. Several Gallatin boys are in Camp Adair, including Sgt. Raymond Whitt and Pvt. Leonard Smith, but Jewell says he hasn’t had the good luck to run into any of them.

At Farragut, Idaho Naval Training Station
To begin training as a new recruit in one of the camps at this U.S. Naval Training Station this week is J.T. Hartpence, son of Mr. Lee Hartpence, Rt. 4, Gallatin, Missouri arrival at Farragut Idaho. While here, he will undergo a thorough schooling in various subjects including seamanship, physical fitness, discipline and other topics necessary to the making of a good sailor. At the conclusion of his training period, he will be given an opportunity to qualify for additional specialized training in one of the Navy’s Service Schools.

"Billy" Haynes Promoted
The promotion of William W. Haynes from the rank of Private First Class to the rank of Corporal has been announced by Col. Thomas R. Lynch, commanding officer of the Air Depot Training station at Will Rogers Field, Okla. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Haynes of Gallatin. He attended Gallatin High school and prior to entering the service of the Army Air Forces, December 26, 1942, was employed by Belger Cartage Service, Kansas City, Mo. A brother, Arland, is in the navy. Cpl. Haynes is at present assigned to duty with a quartermaster company of a service group now in training at this station. Before coming to this field, he was stationed at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Joins the WAVES
Mrs. Eldon "Jack" Thomas, the former Margaret Greenwood, daughter of prosecuting Attorney and Mrs. Charles S. Greenwood of Chillicothe formerly of Jameson, has been sworn in as a WAVE and expects to be called for duty in the near future. Mrs. Thomas is a graduate of the Maryville State Teachers College. She also attended Park College for two years and Duke University, Durham, N.C., one year. For the past five year she has taught at the Utica high school. She has specialized in mathematics and science. A brother, Lt. Joseph A. Greenwood joined the Navy about a year ago and is stationed at Washington D.C. Both Mrs. Thomas and Lt. Greenwood are descendants of military men, their father, Atty. Greenwood, served as a volunteer officer during World War I. Joseph Greenwood, their grandfather, was a volunteer in the Union Army during the Civil War. Their maternal grandmother is a descendant of Capt. John Lawrence, author of the famous phrase, "Don’t give up the ship."

Sgt. Paul Worley Home
Staff Sgt. Paul Worley arrived Friday from Camp Polk, La., for a brief furlough visit with his father, Judge Hartford B. Worley and other relatives and friends. Sgt. Worley is attached to the medical corps, and likes the army life and his work.

Back To Old Job
Wm. Tarwater writes from Camp Crowder, Mo. "A few days ago I wrote you to change the address of my Gallatin paper, but now I find that the Army don’t want me and am going to be back at my old job at the Base Post office, Camp Crowder, Mo. William did not pass the examination at the induction center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

"Connie" Binney
Pvt. Conrad (Connie) Binney of Camp Barkeley, Tex., arrived Thursday night for a furlough visit with relatives. Connie has been on maneuvers in Louisiana, but is returning to his regular camp at Camp Barkeley, Tex. This was his first furlough home, and he stopped at Topeka, Kan., to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Binney, enroute to Gallatin. For the present his father is doing construction work at Topeka. Connie is looking fine. He operates a supply truck at Camp Barkeley.

Macy Caldwell Navy Seaman
Macy Ote Caldwell, who has been in the navy, is now a seaman first class. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caldwell of Jameson. His address is Camp Hill, Co. 196-43, Farragut, Idaho. N.T.S.

Transferred to Sheppard Field, Tex.
Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Wade have received word from their son, Brooks Wade, inducted into the army two weeks ago, that he has been transferred from Jefferson Barracks to Sheppard Field, Texas, where he will be assigned to the air corps.

Writes From Africa
Former Sheriff Frank Sweany had a letter the other day from one of his old employees, Charles Johnson, colored. Charles is with the armed forces and stationed in Africa. He is with a medical unit. Charles told Frank he couldn’t buy any mules in Africa, but could buy a lot of camels. He also added if he could meet up with someone from home he would feel a lot better. Before going into the service Charles helped Frank with his livestock.

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