Hometown News — May, 1943

Now a Captain
Word has been received by friends, that Marvin E. Fender, who is stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, has been recently promoted to the rank of captain. Capt. Fender’s parents live near Jamesport. His wife was the former Miss Viola Cornell, who lived in Gallatin for two years just prior to their marriage. She was employed by the Inter-county Telephone Co. She is living near Ft. Knox.

Kermit Feurt Home
Private Henry Kermit Feurt was a welcome caller in the publishing company office one day this week. He is spending a furlough with his mother near Jameson and with other relatives. Kermit, better known to his friends as "Pete" is stationed at Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas. He is with an M.P. detachment,

Homer Long, Jr. At Ft. Benning Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Long received a letter from their son Pvt. Homer S. Long Jr. stating that he is stationed at Ft. Benning Georgia. He is taking A.S.T.P. (army specialized training program basic training) there, for 13 weeks. Pvt. Long only recently entered the service.

Decorated With Distinguished Flying Cross
Capt. Wm. J. Mount of Osawatomie, Kan., brother of Mrs. F.B. Bailey of Jamesport, is returning to air bases in the United States to train and take control of new units being put together in increasing numbers. He was a member of the 57th pursuit group which reached the Middle East with P-40 Warhawks during July when Rommel was threatened at El Alamein. Capt. Mount joined the British 8th Army last July and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross in February. —Jamesport Gazette

Assigned to Medical Corps
This is a likeness of Pvt. Dennis L. Page, Daviess County young man, who entered the service of his country last January 28. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion C. Page of Jamesport and a grandson of Mrs. Phillip Johnson, of near Gallatin. He has been assigned to medical duty and stationed at Clinton, Ia. His many friends may write to him at the following address: Pvt. Dennis L. Page, Medical Det, Bks. 44, Schick General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa.

Buddies Enjoy Visit In North Africa
Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Rawley of Winston received a letter from their son, Tech. Corp. Granville Rawley of the coast artillery who is now stationed in North Africa. Corp. Rawley related how he recently met Wesley Lee. Jr., and enjoyed a fine visit with him. Wesley is a Winston boy, also, and the two were buddies at home before entering the service. Wesley was, for a time, a prisoner of war and was released only some weeks ago.

Makes Acquaintance Of New Son
Private Ervin Vaughan has been looking forward to a furlough from his duties with the ground force of the army air corps, at Kelley Field, for a special reason as two weeks ago, he became father of a son, Donald Hartwell, born in Gallatin. Private Vaughan arrived Monday to meet his new son, and to spend a 13 day furlough visit with his wife, the former Miss Charlotte Etter, and who is living here while her husband is in the service.

Wounded In Action
The name of Sgt. Lloyd H. Talbert son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Talbert of Lock Springs, Mo. was listed on an official release from the War department, June 5th, as wounded in action. Six Missourians were included on the list of 287 reported that day, as wounded in the North African campaign.

Graduates from Radio School
Sgt. Marvin King, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. (Mack) King was a recent graduate of Radio school at Scout Field, near St Louis. Sgt. King will be an instructor. He was reared on a farm near Altamont, known as the Ezra Soule farm. His parents moved from there to Kansas City years ago.

Home on Furlough
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caldwell were happy to have their son, Macy Ote Caldwell, seaman first class, home en furlough recently. Macy likes navy life fine and it seems to agree with him, as he looked splendid. On his return to his base, at Farragut, Idaho, he was accompanied as far as Kansas City by his sister, Miss Fay Caldwell and a friend, Miss Margaret Robertson.

Thermometer Hits 116 in the Shade
Sgt. Andy F. Clements, known to his many friends here as "Buster," writes to have his address changed, as he has been moved from Fort Lewis, Washington to Camp Clipper, California. "Buster" says it is plenty hot there as the thermometer registered 116 in the shade and 138 in the sun, one day last week. He also says that one doesn’t notice the excessive heat so much there as here, as it is very dry.

Definite Word of Location
Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Miles have received a second notice from the government which gives the address of their son, Cpl. Cline Miles. It is American P.O.W. 110766, Stalag 3-B Germany, G. 1796. The letter was signed Provost Marshal General Howard F. Brese, Col. C.M., Chief Information Branch, and contained printed forms to be affixed to letters or parcels addressed to their son. — Jamesport Gazette.

Lieut. Thompson in North Africa
Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Thompson of Altamont have received word from their son, Lieut. Richard E. Thompson that he has landed safely in North Africa. Lieut. Thompson is a paratrooper. He says he had a fine trip over, and the African section he was in reminds him of the middle-west —- everything looks fine —- growing crops and vegetation. He has been in the service 30 months. Another son, John W. Thompson, is in the service, and is attached to the quartermaster’s corps and stationed at Fort Ord, Cali. John W. has been in the service 27 .months.

Works as Interviewer
Pvt. Carl Lee Shelton, who was recently inducted into the army, is stationed temporarily at Fort Leavenworth. He is in limited service and at present he interviews inductees. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Shelton of Gallatin. He had a weekend furlough this past week end which he spent with his wife at Chillicothe. His parents and aunt, Mrs. Edna Williams went to Chillicothe to visit them.

Three Sons in Service
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Trotter of near Gallatin, are proud that they now have three sons in active service. One of their sons, Glenn G. Trotter, (picture) 27, is a petty officer, 2d class in the navy. He has been in the navy three years and at present is with the Pacific fleet. His job is fire-control. Before entering the service, he was a farmer in Daviess County. Pfc. Harry Trotter, (picture) 30, has been in the service since last October and is helping to keep the boys in his camp, at Ft. Lewis, Wash., well fed, as he is a cook. Before entering the service, he, too, was a farmer and lived with his parents on their farm. He writes he is getting along nicely and says army life agrees with him. Staff Sgt. Forest Trotter, (picture) 23 is stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky., and does clerical work. He is with the headquarters of headquarters company of the armored forces. He will have been in 2 years this month. Sgt. Trotter was with the Central Surety Co., in Kansas City before he entered the service. He likes his work in Uncle Sam’s army and has been given good promotions since entry into the service.

Home On Furlough
Cpl Carl Woody, who is stationed at Camp McCoy, Wash, in the medical corps, recently spent a furlough visit here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Woody. He was accompanied here by his wife. While they were here, their sister, Mrs. Frances Edwards, who works in Kansas City came up and spent a weekend.

Finishes Mechanic School
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Woody recently received a letter from their son, Pfc. James Woody, who has been stationed at Weatherford, Okla. Pfc. Woody has just graduated from mechanic’s school and was transferred to the army air base at Salt Lake City Utah.

Pfc. Alfred Shafer Has Furlough
Pfc. Alfred R. Shafer. son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Shafer recently had an 11 day furlough from his duties a Camp Barkeley, Texas. He visited most of the time with his parents and brother, Wm. Shafer and family here.

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