Hometown News — March 18, 1943

Somewhere In South Pacific
Pfc. Harold J. Watson, US MC, and a graduate in radio and communications at Northwestern University at Chicago, is now stationed somewhere in the South Pacific. Harold is a son of Mr. .and Mrs. Jewell Watson, a 1940, ^graduate of the Gallatin high and would enjoy hearing from his classmates.

Billie Ray Home from Navy
Billie Ray has completed his 10 weeks training at the Great Lakes Naval training station, and came home last night for an 11 day furlough visit. Billie made the rating of sound operator. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Ray, northeast of town.

Naval Training at Farragut, Idaho
Farragut, Idaho, March 14 — Reporting to this U. S. Naval training station this week is Frederick Glen Croy, son of Bunyan E. Croy of Gallatin. This future bluejacket who has begun his recruit training here, will be instructed in the fundamentals of seamanship as well as undergo a thorough physical training program which will make him into a seasoned sailor, ready to join the hardest navy in the world. Also arriving here for the same training is Donald Oza Drummond, husband of Mrs. Ethel Drummond, Route 3, Gallatin.

Missing In Action
Judson, Jr., Padget, 27-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Judson Padget of Jameson and grandson of Attorney George Padget of Pattonsburg, has been reported missing in action in North Africa. The message bringing the information, a telegram, sent from the war department in Washington, D.C. was received by his parents Friday morning. It stated he had been missing since February 14. Junior was with the infantry, member of the tank division. He had received his military training in Camp Worley, Texas, Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Dix, N.J. He was sent first to Ireland, from there to England and had recently been in North Africa. The last letter received by his father was dated January 16. Junior had been in service since July, 1941.

Cablegram from Son
Mrs. John Cochran received a cablegram Wednesday from her son, Pfc. John Cochran, who is in the Solomon Islands. He said he was well and safe. Pfc. Cochran has been overseas for more than a year.

Has Been In Quarantine
Word has been received from Junior Mason that he has been in quarantine in his barracks due to an attack of the measles. Cleo Wheeler, another local young boy in the same camp, Camp Swift, Tex., wrote his parents that Junior was one of the first to take down with the measles, but was on the road to recovery. Obviously his parents were anxious, and were mighty glad to hear from him. His address of Pvt. Junior L. Mason, 37500307, B-3161 — 528 Eng. Po., Camp Swift, Tex.

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