Hometown News — 1943

Lt. Green and Family Here
First Lt. Virgil Green, better known to Gallatin friends as "Happy," is here for a visit with his sisters, Mrs. L.R. Pierce and Mrs. Thos. Muller and their families. Lt. Green is rounding out his fifteenth year in army service and this is his first visit home in 12 years. He is accompanied! by his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Mary Ellen. They are en route to Virginia.

The Fleet’s In
Three fine-looking bluejackets have taken over the town this week. They are J.B. Black, Charles Knauer and Robert Richardson. These young men are all apprentice seamen in V-12 training. J.B., at Iowa State Teachers’ college at Ames, la., studying engineering and the other two taking their basic training at Maryville State Teachers’ college.

Hears From Son After Four Months
Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Murphy had a much-longed for letter this week from their son, Pvt. Bob Murphy. He is somewhere in the New Guinea area; they had received no word from him in four months. He has been overseas almost two years, going to Australia with one of the first contingents.

Chas. Meade On Leave
Chas. Meade of the U. S. Navy spent a leave here recently with his mother, Mrs. George Meade and family. Mr. Meade is at Rock Island, IL. Charles, who has been in Uncle Sam’s navy for some time, is certainly a fine-looking bluejacket.

Lock Springs Boys Are Overseas
Pfc. Edward Brook Gibson (picture) and Earl Gibson, jr., (picture) S 2/c, are sons of Mrs. J. E. Gibson, and the late J. E. Gibson of Lock Springs. Both went into service in 1942 and both are now overseas. Pfc. Gibson was inducted at Fort Logan, CoJo., April 11, 1942, and at that time was employed in St. Luke’s hospital in Denver as an apprentice engineer. He received his training at the following camps before being sent last October, to Alaska, his present location; Clovis, N. Mex., Camp I Barkeley, Texas, Fort Dix, N. J., New York, Seattle. A graduate of the Lock Springs High school in the class of 1933, Pfc. Gibson was associated with his father in buying and shipping livestock after he finished, school. Baseball and basketball are his hobbies. Seaman Earl Gibson enlisted in the Navy last October; received his training at Great Lakes, IL., and later attended Chicago University where he began his training as signalman. He completed his training at Treasure Island and left San Francisco about the middle of August for service in the Pacific. Until his enlistment, Earl was employed in the First National bank of Kansas City. He was graduated from the Lock Springs high school in the class of 1942. Earl’s hobby is baseball and, during his senior year in school, he played on the American Legion team here.— Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune

Back to Camp Millard, Ohio
Pfc. Ehner J. Sergeant returned to camp Millard, Ohio, last week, after a 12-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sergeant of Gallatin. Mrs. Sergeant accompanied her husband to Ohio.

Complete Primary Training
Aviation Cadet Billy Jim Read, age 20, son of Mrs. Frank D. Read of Coffey, Mo., successfully completed his primary flight training October 16, at the Naval Air station at Pasco, Washington and was transferred to Corpus Christi Texas, for advanced flight training. After about three months he will receive his navy "wings" and a commission as Ensign in the naval reserve of second lieutenant in the Marine corps reserve. Cadet Read was graduated from Coffey high school in 1939. Cadet Read has a brother, Pvt. Wallace Read in the U. S. Army.

Twin Brothers Will Train Together
Pvt. Cleo I. Wheeler, who has been in training at Ft Benning, Georgia, was transferred recently to Hamilton Field, Calif. He stopped here enroute for a day’s visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wheeler. He was pretty happy to go to California as he will be in the same camp with his twin brother, Pvt. Leo E. Wheeler which makes it pretty fine for both boys.

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