Hometown News — April 22, 1943

Missing in Action

Mrs. Nona Shirley, of Gilman City, received a message Saturday stating her husband, Pvt. Earl C. Shirley, was missing in action in North Africa. Pvt. Shirley is 41 years old, and was inducted into the army July 10, 1942, and had been stationed at camps in Kansas, Texas and Maryland, before leaving February 4, for overseas duty. Private and Mrs. Shirley were married last November at Baltimore. Missing in action, of course, could mean several different things, but hope is held it merely means he is missing from his company and will be accounted for at a later date. Pvt. Shirley operated a milk truck between Gilman City and Trenton before entering Army service, the same having been sold in February to Garland Johnson.—Gilman City Tribune.

Was At Pearl HarborRobert Sweany, home on furlough visit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sweany of the Santa Rosa community, was a Gallatin visitor today. In a coast artillery unit, Robert was in Pearl Harbor at the time of the Jap attack, and saw plenty of action. He has now been sent back to the states to a cooks and bakers school, and is stationed at Camp Cook, Cal. He reenlisted in the army in 1940. He has two brothers in the service, Dale Sweany in India and Gerald Sweany at Pasadena, Cali.

Miss Wilson in the WAVESMiss Frances Wilson, Yoeman Third class, Petty officer U.S. Women’s Reserve (WAVES), came home last week on a 9-day leave and is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Wilson of Altamont, Mo. Since February 12, Miss Wilson has been in training at the Naval Training School (Yeoman), Oklahoma A. & M. College, Stillwater, Okla. She has now been assigned to duty of a confidential nature and will report for this duty in the near future. Previous to her enlistment in the WAVES, Miss Wilson was employed in Kansas City, Mo., as a secretary and assistant to the personnel director of Crown Drug Company. A brother, Pvt. John F. Wilson joined the army on the same date, February 12, and at the present time is stationed at Camp Pendleton, Va.

To Navy Pre-Flight SchoolRandall H. Lary, RFD No. 2, Jameson, has reported at the U.S. Navy pre-flight school at St. Mary’s college in California, where he will undergo three months of pre-flight training before beginning primary flight training at a naval reserve air base. At the pre-flight school, the cadets will participate in a program designed to make them stronger and tougher, both physically and mentally, than the enemies they will meet. They will engage in approximately seven hours of hard exercise daily and will also receive instructions in military drill, communication, navigation, naval lore, seamanship and several other specialties.

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