Veterans Offered Farm Training

On-the-job training offered veterans who want to learn to farm after WWII.

On-the-job training offered veterans who want to learn to farm after WWII.

As more veterans returned home, many didn’t have jobs and wanted to farm. Factory work and clerical work didn’t appeal to the boys who were raised on farms. To help solve this problem, the Missouri Department of Education, working in cooperation with the Veterans Administration and the state’s high schools, worked out a plan for the modification of “on-the-job” training. This combined school instruction and actual farm work to place the veteran on an even footing with skilled farmers in his own community.

The new plan was divided into three categories. The first plan was the “institutional program.” In this step, the veterans went to school to learn to be a farmer, just as he would go to school to learn about dentistry, law, or engineering. The students learned most of their training in an agricultural school, with off-campus inspection trips to supplement the education.

The second classification was when veterans trained for a position existing in the employer’s farm organization. Off-the-farm instruction of a supplementary nature was included. This plan held the employer responsible for the training. The veteran was trained to take over a certain phase of the farm operation, such as dairy supervisor or being in charge of the beef cattle.

The third classification was the comprehensive plan developed by the Department of Education, Veterans Administration, high schools and agriculture agencies, plus on-the-farm training. These phases were planned so that each supplemented the other. The responsibility for the entire course rested with the school. The school not only offered the classroom instruction, but it also helped with the on-the-farm phase of training.

The plan was broken down further into two subdivisions. One plan was designed for the veteran who could take the on-the-farm portion of his training on his own farm; the other plan was for a farm under his management. In each case the veteran was enrolled at the local school as an agricultural student.

Under all the training plans the veteran was allowed to receive monthly subsistence allowances from the government which enabled him to earn a living while learning the science of farming.

— researched by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin

Scrap Paper Drive in War Effort

In 1945, clothing and wastepaper drives were necessary for the World War II defense. Clothing was desperately needed.

In 1945, clothing and wastepaper drives were necessary for the World War II defense. Clothing was desperately needed.

President Roosevelt stated that as many war victims had died from exposure and lack of clothing as had died from starvation. This could be solved to a small degree by people on the home front donating their unused clothing which could hopefully save lives or prevent suffering.

It was believed that almost every household in every town had scrap or unused clothing in their closets and attics. The national goal was five pounds of usable clothing from every man, woman and child in the nation.

It was thought Daviess County could reach the goal because it fell in the time when spring house cleaning was being done and unused clothing was being discarded.

In every town in the county there was someone appointed to head the campaign in that particular community. In Gallatin, the collection depot was located at the Red Cross surgical dressing room on the first floor of the courthouse. At a later date, arrangements were made to pick up the heavier bundles. A few of the garments asked to be donated were infant wear, shoes, knit clothes, blankets, etc.

Likewise, waste on unused paper was also needed for war products. Everyone was encouraged to scout around and find the paper products which would be gathered by veterans and boy scouts. A person was to call for a pickup or deliver them to the collecting station themselves. As a result, several truckloads were sent.

— researched by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin

Meat Rationing during World War II

In March 1942, the armed forces and the fighting allies were using about one-fourth of all the meat our country produced. Rationing became necessary on the home front. Civilians would have available only a little more than half of the amount they had consumed in recent years.

In March 1942, the armed forces and the fighting allies were using about one-fourth of all the meat our country produced. Rationing became necessary on the home front. Civilians would have available only a little more than half of the amount they had consumed in recent years.

Everyone wouldn’t get as much of every kind of food as they wanted and their diets might not be as pleasant to eat, but there’d still be enough for everyone to have a healthy and adequate diet.

On March 28, 1943, the O.P.A. (Office of Price Administration) became involved in the rationing of meats, edible fats and oils (including butter), cheeses and canned food. From then on, a War Ration Book No. 2 had to be used. In the first month, each card holder, regardless of age, would have a basic allotment of 16 points a week to spend. If all the points weren’t used in the same week, they could be held a week or longer.

The B.C.D. and E. red stamps became valid in alphabetical order. As such series of red stamps became valid they could be used with complete freedom of choice to buy any one of the rationed products. The new program permitted the dealer to give change in ration stamps, using only 1-point stamps. Surrender of stamps had to be given in the presence of the merchant, clerk or deliveryman.

Some items covered were: (1) All fresh, frozen, cured meats and meat products derived from beef, veal, lamb, mutton, and pork, as well as variety meats such as sausages, canned fish and canned shellfish. (2) The most important natural and processed cheeses and their derivatives, but not the cottage type and cream cheeses. (3) Most edible fats and oils, including butter, lard, margarine, shortening, salad oils and cooking oils.

All restaurants, hotels and other “institutional users” were to be allowed supplies of the rationed foods on the same basis that would reduce their use to approximately the same level as that of the private individual who ate at home. None of the rationed foods could be used in the manufacture of dog foods.

Point values for the entire list of the rationed foods were to be posted just as if they were canned goods. There would be approximately 150 meat items with about 60 types and cuts made monthly as well as a separate chart for each store.

The new plan didn’t place any restriction on any of the foods raised by the farmers if they were used for themselves. Farmers and their families were given a full quota of points. If a farmer sold any of his home-produced meat, butter, or other rationed foods, he had to collect ration stamps, checks or certificates when making a sale and surrender the collected points to the OPA.

All county livestock slaughterers, butchers and resident farm slaughterers who sold meat after April 1, 1943, had to obtain a permit from the local USDA War Board. Farm slaughterers included all individual killing and selling any meat. If they slaughtered exclusively for home consumption on their farms they weren’t covered by the order. Livestock dealers and agents were required to register and obtain permits partly for the reason of stamping out black markets, providing adequate meat supplies for military and lend-lease needs, and to guarantee sufficient coupons issued by OPA.

Each individual was required to show on his application for a permit the number of each type of livestock which he slaughtered in 1941 and the total live weight of the livestock. Quotas were the applicant’s choice of (1) the number of livestock which he slaughtered in the corresponding period in 1941; or (2) the total live weight of the animals which he butchered and sold during the base period.

Any farm slaughtered who applied for a permit and was unable to furnish data showing his slaughter in 1941 received his choice of (1) 300 pounds of meat; or (2) the meat from three animals including not more than one head of cattle. Anyone who didn’t obtain his permit before April 1 was required to suspend operation until the proper permit was obtained.

In early 1944, the government issued red and blue ration tokens for buying meat and some types of processed products. Each token was worth 10 points each. Blue tokens were to be used when the prices of the processed food was less than 10 points. Red tokens were to be used for meat purchases.

— by Wilbur Bush

Housing Problems for Returning WWII Veterans

The end of World War II was the beginning of a new set of problems for Gallatin veterans. The vets were coming “home,” but there wasn’t any “home” for them to return to. A Gallatin survey revealed there were at least 25 new houses needed since there weren’t any vacant houses nor rooms to rent.

The end of World War II was the beginning of a new set of problems for Gallatin veterans. The vets were coming “home,” but there wasn’t any “home” for them to return to. A Gallatin survey revealed there were at least 25 new houses needed since there weren’t any vacant houses nor rooms to rent.

The Gallatin Rotary Club passed a resolution backing a building program for the purpose of alleviating the housing shortage and also to curb inflation of real estate values.
The problem came to light when a man went to buy a permit to build in the city. He found a building priority for a home was impossible to obtain unless the town in which he resided had a set building quota. Gallatin didn’t have any such quota.

Building quotas were based on each particular town and an investigation of Gallatin revealed several factors had to be resolved before a quota could be set. A few of these factors were:

1. There were eight or more families without places to live and several others were inadequately housed

2. Property values had inflated from 100% to 300%

3. Many retired farmers were moving to town

4. Several returning veterans had expressed wanting to live in Gallatin.

A proposal was set up by the FPHA (Federal Public Housing Authority) stating they’d furnish pre-fabricated houses of a war-housing type and ship the parts to Gallatin for assembly. The housing units would remain federally owned. They would be four, five, or six bedroom homes and modern in every way.

Only discharged veterans or families of servicemen were eligible to apply for the accommodations. Before applications could be made for the temporary housing, an estimate of community needs had to be made. All veterans and servicemen’s families who wanted the accommodations were urged to sign up for them. The number of houses to be asked for depended upon the number of people interested in securing this type of housing.

In January 1946, Gallatin made application for 15 temporary family units to be occupied by discharged veterans and the families of servicemen. Additional units were to be ordered if the houses were being utilized and proved to be satisfactory. The government would furnish pre-fabricated war-housing type dwellings delivered prepaid by the city. The cost of a site and connecting the utilities would be paid to the city. The rent, at a very nominal cost of $22 a month, was to be charged to the veterans and families.

The application was turned down because the quota for the houses had been exhausted. Both the project requested and the number size of the housing administration was too small. They’d substitute 10 trailers. In February, 1946, 10 family trailers were ordered and were to be of two sizes, 7′ x 22′ one bedroom units and three 22′ x 22′ bedroom units. Each trailer had their water and electricity. The trailers would be allotted to the applicants in the order the requests were received.

Dockery Park was chosen for the site because there’d be less work and expense. There’d be little grading and sodding to be done, sidewalks and gavel driveways were already built and present light and water facilities were nearby. Rent from the trailers would go to the FPHA after the expenses of maintenance were deducted. FPHA retained the title to the buildings. Families of servicemen and veterans were the only eligible tenants of the trailers. Also included were men seeking accommodation so they could bring their families stationed outside the locality.

Near the end of February, Gallatin was assured of its trailer colony housing project. The FPHA would provide the materials and the labor for the construction of two baths and laundry buildings at the trailer site. The building would be 29 ˝’ x 23′ and would cost $8,300. The project had been turned down earlier by the city officials due to the scarcity of materials and labor.

In May 1946, the government agreed to relieve the city of any responsibility in building construction. The bath and laundry building was approved for the colony. Under the proposal the city would sign a contract with the housing authority to build the structure, with the government agency paying the bill. The city was to hire the labor, buy the material, and supervise the construction. The building was to be centrally located in the trailer colony.

— by Wilbur Bush

Milkweed pod drive during World War II

In late 1944, some school children had a hand in fighting during World War II to some degree by gathering milkweed pods.

In late 1944, some school children had a hand in fighting during World War II to some degree by gathering milkweed pods.

Early organization and preliminary planning was done in order to organize a contest to see who could gather the most pods. The contest would begin as soon as the pods were ripe.

The county goal was 25,000 bushels of pods or a bag per farm. The county slogan was “enough pods to make a life saver jacket for every Daviess County boy or girl in the armed forces.”

The prize per bag was 20 cents. At each receiving station the boy or girl who brought in the largest number of bags to that station would receive $3 and the boy or girl bringing in the second largest number of bags would receive $2.

By early August, it was time to start the drive as the seeds were brown and some were bursting open, which meant the floss would be lost if they were not picked immediately. Pods were not to be delivered until they were thoroughly cured and then the dry pods were to be delivered to the same place where the sacks were secured. Still, the smooth pods — sometimes called the wild sweet potato — weren’t ripe at the early date, but ripe enough they needed to be watched carefully.

In addition to the prize money announced, the Daviess County Chapter of American War Dads contributed another $20 as prize money. The money was to be merited out as $10 for either the rural or town school with the most bags, $5 for the second most; and $5 for the third most. The prizes were based on enrollment.

By late October, the climbing milkweed pods were ready to harvest and were plentiful in the corn fields in the river bottoms. The county quota of this type of pod was 2,500 bags.

When the count was in, the boys and girls of Daviess County topped the drive by doubling the county average in the State of Missouri. Daviess County youth harvested 1,419 bags. The total for the entire sate was 75,000 bags. Some of the places the children looked for milkweed were along the highways, railroad right of ways, in ditches, cornfields, etc. The collections of the boys and girls in the county meant 700 life jackets could be made from the floss which could mean saving the lives of 700 service men.

A Gallatin student won the $5 prize for the largest number of bags collected, which was 86 sacks. A Winston girl won the $5 prize for collecting the most pods, being 60 sacks.

— by Wilbur Bush

Gallatin’s Flagpole Dedication

In 1918 America was at war and many Daviess County boys were overseas fighting for our nation’s freedom. On the home front, it was near the years of many bank failures and the many dry harvest years of the Great Depression. During this time of strife, a few local people decided something patriotic should be done. Some thought a large flag should be erected, a flag that could be seen from a distance.

In 1918 America was at war and many Daviess County boys were overseas fighting for our nation’s freedom. On the home front, it was near the years of many bank failures and the many dry harvest years of the Great Depression. During this time of strife, a few local people decided something patriotic should be done. Some thought a large flag should be erected, a flag that could be seen from a distance.

Naturally, there was some disagreement as to where the new flag should be located. Some believed it should be on the courthouse building; others wanted a flagpole so that the flag could rest or flutter in the breeze. A new flagpole would allow the raising or lowering the flag by ceremony whereas a flag on the courthouse building would not. Governor Dockery felt that erecting a steel pole would be best, but whatever the choice, he offered a small donation to help initiate the project.

Finally, the decision was made to erect a flagpole in the courthouse lawn near the south side of the sidewalk at the east entrance to the courthouse. The pole was to be 75 or 100 feet tall. The expense was estimated at $150. The pole was to be set in a large block of cement at a depth of 8 to 10 feet in the ground. Donations ranged from 25 cents to $25 until the sum of $157 was tallied — and then the estimated cost for the project increased to $175.

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) contributed an 18’x20′ flag for the pole. Preparations were made for the first flag raising on May 21, 1918, but the ceremony was later postponed until Independence Day, July 4th.

Excitement that day was tinged with remorse over a few of Daviess County’s soldiers who couldn’t be in attendance. Many patriotic songs were played by a band, and people sang with the music. A highlight was a reading of “Who Named Old Glory” by an 8-year-old girl. Prior to the flag raising, over 300 children — each carrying a small flag — marched around the square. Once the crowd reassembled, the pastor of Gallatin First Baptist Church presented the flag and the crowd sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

This event attracted one of the biggest crowds to Gallatin in many years. People came from great distances to witness the flagraising. There was an estimated 500 cars competing for parking spaces around town. The cars were parked three deep in places, and the public square and side streets were so packed that the traffic congestion made problems for pedestrians to walk down streets.

— researched by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin

Labor Shortage in 1943

An act of Congress made a farm labor program possible for rural areas which included Daviess County. One step of the plan was for the Farm Security Administration to bring in south Missouri farm hands. In 1943, nine workers were brought to Daviess County. But it wasn’t a satisfactory arrangement to many because the workers didn’t have previous farm experience and didn’t know how to do things.

An act of Congress made a farm labor program possible for rural areas which included Daviess County. One step of the plan was for the Farm Security Administration to bring in south Missouri farm hands. In 1943, nine workers were brought to Daviess County. But it wasn’t a satisfactory arrangement to many because the workers didn’t have previous farm experience and didn’t know how to do things.

Still, it was believed full-time work was critical as the time for preparing the ground, haying, planting, etc., neared.

The school’s summer months would provide some farm labor. Volunteers also were available to help with the labor shortage. Several businessmen went to the farmer’s fields in order to prepare the ground for planting and seeding. One man worked 28 hours which was almost equivalent to three, eight hour days. Other store owners went and helped three and four hours at a time.

The government started a farm department designed to keep dairy, livestock and poultry farmers working. The department did this through draft deferment, wage stabilization and banning employment in other work. Some of the objectives were:

1. Local draft boards would grant occupational deferment to necessary men on essential dairy, livestock and poultry farms. The agreement would be withdrawn if they ceased to perform the work for which it was granted.

2. The army and navy would refrain from recruiting such workers or accepting them for voluntary enlistment.

3. All other employers would refrain from hiring skilled workers who’d been engaged in these three types of farm production.

4. The agricultural department would move toward stabilizing wages on dairy, livestock and poultry farms with a view to assisting those farmers in securing and maintaining an adequate supply of labor.

5. The department would take necessary steps to control the sale of dairy cows for slaughter so as to check a trend which was threatening to reduce dairy production.

In addition, the program for building dairy, livestock and poultry production included plans for aiding producers in building up livestock, training unskilled workers, buying or renting more productive farms, and job placement service for unskilled farm operators and laborers along with aid in transporting them to farms where they were needed most.

Another factor of the labor shortage occurred when the men and boys who’d served their time in the war returned home to find there weren’t any jobs for them to do.

— researched by Wilbur Bush, 9/30/09

World War II Blackout in Gallatin

In December, 1942, while World War II was being fought, Gallatin was literally in the dark. For 20 minutes there wasn’t a light to be seen. There were no car lights and cars were parked along the roadside because the drivers couldn’t see to drive. There weren’t any lights in nine states. No store had lights. In short, Gallatin was involved in a nine state area in an experiment at the request of the Seventh Army Corps in Omaha.

In December, 1942, while World War II was being fought, Gallatin was literally in the dark. For 20 minutes there wasn’t a light to be seen. There were no car lights and cars were parked along the roadside because the drivers couldn’t see to drive. There weren’t any lights in nine states. No store had lights. In short, Gallatin was involved in a nine state area in an experiment at the request of the Seventh Army Corps in Omaha.

This was a planned event to get people to understand what they should do if an attack would take place in our country. Another objective was to detect any flaws or weaknesses so they could be corrected. If drivers were to keep driving and not take part in the experiment, they were to only use their park lights on. Still, this was very dangerous because there wasn’t much vision in the dark and other drivers coming towards them might be doing the same. There were also a few cautions even for those who parked their cars. They were asked not to park near a fire hydrant or near an intersection. All the people inside who had no important business to tend to were to remain inside and keep off the streets. Air raid wardens, police and other special services were on duty to watch and see that people were cooperating.

The Gallatin air raid warning signal consisted of three blasts of the fire siren. At the end of the 20 minute period, the fire siren would be used to issue an all clear sign.

There were 16 things the people were to do or not do:

1. Don’t hurry, push or crowd.

2. Be calm and cool.

3. Be quiet – don’t scream.

4. Don’t run – walk.

5. Be orderly.

6. Do not cross the street.

7. At the warning signal of the siren all traffic must cease. Park your car parallel to the curb and extinguish all lights at once. Remain nearby. You may be seated, but do not smoke, light matches, or use any lights whatever. You may double park when so directed by the police.

8. No smoking, lighting of matches or flashlights.

9. At the all clear signal of the siren you may resume your activities, but please do not hurry.

10. All lights in homes, stores, public buildings, apartments, etc. must be extinguished at the warning signal of the siren and remain extinguished until the all clear signal of the siren.

11. In the event of a fire alarm, the fire department will proceed as usual and street lights may be turned on during their run to such a fire.

12. Merchants should have a member of their organization at their place of business no later than 9:30 p.m. to extinguish all lights and to guard such establishments. All signs and window lights must be extinguished.

13. Sky lights must be effectively covered and all lights extinguished.

!4. Do not use the telephone during the period of the black out or for 15 minutes thereafter except for vital necessities such as calling the fire department, doctors, etc.

15. Follow the instructions given you by the air raid wardens, police, auxiliary police, firemen and auxiliary firemen, and all civil defense officers.

16. We wish you to learn what to do, what not to do, and how to act under a real raid.

When all was said and done the test was a success and it was the biggest one that the nation had done at that time. Most towns reported nearly 100% cooperation.

— researched and written by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin

Vietnam Veteran Danny Critten on national TV

A Daviess County war veteran figures prominently in Friday night’s "Dateline NBC" program to be nationally broadcast. The hour long documentary tells the story of several men from "Hotel Company," a unit of young marines who fought together at a place in Vietnam called Hill 881. Danny Critten of Gallatin was one of them — and one of the handfull of veterans who share their story in the documentary entitled "A Few Good Men."

A Daviess County war veteran figures prominently in Friday night’s "Dateline NBC" program to be nationally broadcast. The hour long documentary tells the story of several men from "Hotel Company," a unit of young marines who fought together at a place in Vietnam called Hill 881. Danny Critten of Gallatin was one of them — and one of the handfull of veterans who share their story in the documentary entitled "A Few Good Men."

The idea for A Few Good Men came about by a chance encounter between television crew members and a homeless man who began telling a story about his experiences in Vietnam and a place called Hill 881. This led correspondent Dennis Murphy on a search for members of "Hotel Company."

Show producer John Block called Danny, initially indicating that a show filmed in New York might offer a chance for the combat veterans to reunite. The opportunity immediately interested Danny. But Block later called back and offered instead to travel to the Critten cattle farm located along Highway 6 just west of Gallatin.

"That really disappointed me, but I tried not to show it," Danny says. "They came out and stayed with us for a couple of days last August. We didn’t know when they would put the show on television. I haven’t gotten into contact with anyone else from the Company so far, and I really don’t expect to now, either."

NBC Dateline provided a complimentary videotape of the documentary to this newspaper earlier this week. The program describes a U.S. victory which evolved from a Vietcong ambush. It also examines the post-war experiences of a handful of veterans selected from over 35 individual interviews.

The program reveals how several veterans of Hotel Company are still battling the memories.

"We spoke to a number of men who haven’t talked about that time of their lives in over 30 years," notes producer John Block. "And yet, once they finally opened up, their memories were fresh and raw. It was as if the battle at Hill 881 happened three weeks ago, not three decades ago."

Lieutenant Tom Givven of Los Angeles, one of the four platoon leaders of Hotel Company, was the first member contacted by Dateline. "I asked him to tell me about the battle at Hill 881," Block says. "A minute into his story, I unexpectedly heard silence on the phone. I realized he was crying."

The Dateline filming crew spent two days with the Critten family.

"It was very interesting and entertaining for us, you might say," Danny relates. "We mostly just visited. The camera man and sound man were from a resort area in California. They told us of their many experiences. They had filmed episodes of COPS, including those situations where they’d have to wear flak jackets because the bullets were being shot in real live situations. They were also at the O.J. Simpson trial and even filmed at Waco.

"The camera the packed around cost over $100,000. They flew into KCI and rented a van which was packed with equipment they used while they stayed here."

The first day of filming, Aug. 20, was spent with the Crittens attempting to live through a normal day. Naturally, the camera and microphones made things awkward. It wasn’t long, though, before the Crittens adjusted — which is exactly why the crew arrived before correspondent Dennis Murphy.

"We were sitting around the picnic table having just barbecued some hamburgers," Danny recalls. "We also served vegetables and melons all grown on our farm. That impressed them to no end. But when Dennis Murphy drove up, they jumped and grabbed their equipment to tape our first handshake and just about everything else we did from then on."

They popped up again to film son Eric as he drove around back, attempting to avoid attention. They coaxed Cindy into a "natural" setting, asking her to read a college paper she’d written about her father’s war experiences. Patoral serenity was marred, however, by bellowing calves that had just been weaned.

"Can’t you make them stop that?" asked the sound man earnestly. Karen was also a distraction to the professionals when she attempted to finish washing dishes while Dennis Murphy interviewed Danny. The Crittens’ front room was converted into a studio for the segment focusing on Danny. Producer Block helped correspondent Murphy word questions. The session was filmed twice, first with the camera behind Murphy focusing on Danny and then vice versa.

Danny never hesitates when pressed about his military experience, not even about that fateful Sunday morning, April 30, 1967, when he fell with a Vietcong bullet wedged in his spine. He told correspondent Murphy about his part in the battle in detail although many, many details shared and filmed during the 2-day session were edited away.

"Dennis Murphy is an easy guy to talk to which is, I suppose, his job," says Danny. "If someone asks, it has never bothered me to talk about Vietnam. But this was kind of scary to me, sitting around talking with these guys for two days.

"Right after they left, I began thinking back through all that was said and I worry about giving the wrong impression or hurting someone else’s feelings about things that happend so long ago. And yet, for me, Vietnam doesn’t seem so long ago at all."

Danny would especially like to visit again with the two men who rescued him while the battle raged. He recalls how they each grabbed one of his arms to drag him over the crest of a hill to safety. He never passed out. He remembers being carried in a canvas gurney for nearly a mile with crop stubble painfully jabbing into his injured back.

He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Da Nang. One lung had collapsed; the other, half collapsed. He spent eight cruel days there, coming to grips with his future before shipping back home to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Chicago.

The Dateline program reveals how Danny had an early morning premonition that battle day. It doesn’t mention how Danny’s father also shared in that premonition half a world away, of how Danny’s father spent that Sunday walking the timber alone in prayer.

Telegrams reporting Danny’s fate came slow. Actually, nothing arrived telling family and friends of what had happened. Karen, working as a teller at First National Bank, just one day noticed a uniformed Marine as he walked through the bank’s doorway. Somehow she knew he was coming to talk to her. She journeyed to Chicago not sure of Danny’s condition.

The documentary reveals much about men unable to cope as well as Danny Critten. It tells several individual stories.

But it doesn’t tell whatever happened to Billy Poteat of North Carolina, one of Danny’s close friends. Or about David Wall of St. Louis or of so many others. It doesn’t tell how those Marines watched our B-52 bombers repeatedly hit Hill 881, only to see the Vietcong emerg from bamboo-braced tunnels to wave the bombers good-bye.

Obviously, an hour show can’t tell it all.

"David Wall was one of the boys who packed me out after I got hit," Danny says. "We once spent a week together and reunited again later but I haven’t heard from him since. I saw Billy Poteat about a year after I got out of the hospital years ago, before we started our family.

"Last summer I got a call from Steve Burnup from Arizona. He told me he was still suffering, that flashbacks caused him all sorts of troubles and family problems but he explained that everything seemed to be OK after he found Jesus.

A Few Good Men aires at 9 p.m. Friday, March 20, on Dateline NBC. For more than 125 million Americans born too late to know what happened in Vietnam, the story of Hotel Company and the battle of Hill 881 is an untold story. For the rest of us and especially for those who know Danny Critten, it’s a story with lessons worth remembering.

by Darryl Wilkinson, Gallatin North Missourian

Hometown News — 1943

Promotion for Stanley Tompkins
Word has been received here by friends, that Lt. (j.g) Stanley Tompkins of the U. S. Navy was recently promoted to that rank from ensign. Lt. Tompkins, who is somewhere in the South Pacific, was the commerce instructor in Gallatin High school at the time he entered the service.

Brother and Sister in the Service
Pvt. John R. Matheny (picture) enlisted in the Army in July, 1942, in Kansas City and was sent to Jefferson Barracks. From there he went to Ft. Sill, Okla., where he received his basic training, in the Field Artillery. About 6 months  later he obtained transfer to the Army Air Corps, being classified at Sen Antonio and going to Hondo, Texas in the ground j forces. Here he took a course and I received a Post Mechanics’ diploma and also won two marksman and one sharpshooter medal on different weapons. After that he was made instrument man in plane maintenance. For a few weeks he was stationed at Laredo, Texas, on the Mexican border, in an air squadron. From there he was sent back to Hondo, where he has just recently been promoted to the rank of crew chief, having the responsibility of maintenance on a plane. His wife and son, James Richard, are living with him at Hondo,  Texas, having joined him there when he was returned from Laredo.

Benicia J Matheny
Benicia J. Matheny, (picture) A/S enlisted in the WAVES the first part of September, after being sworn in, she came home to Gallatin until she was ordered to Hunter college, New York City, on Oct. 17, where she is now receiving training. Benicia had been employed in Kansas City for the last year by McDonald Title Company. During this time she had several promotions but feeling that she was not doing enough in the war effort she gave up her position in July and came home to help on the Guernsey Farm, of which her father is manager.

Gentry County Boy Killed in Action
Harlie Ferguson, native of Gentry county and a graduate of the Grandview Consolidated high school, has been reported killed in action in the Southwest Pacific, according to word received last Friday by his uncle, Judge S.J. Rainey. He was a petty officer in the United States Navy and had been in service six or eight years, Judge Rainey said. Ferguson was the third son of the late James T. Ferguson. He is survived by his mother, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., and by five brothers all of them Grandview students and four of them now serving in the armed forces. The brothers are John Ferguson of Okmulgee, Okla.; Donald Ferguson, also in navy service; Willis Ferguson, in army service in North Africa; James Ferguson, in, army training in Louisiana, and Hobart Ferguson, inducted into army service two weeks ago. — Tri-County News

He Needs No Introduction — Sends Greetings io Daviess County Friends
Leo (Tubby) Feurt S 1/c in the U. S. Navy, needs no introduction to most of the readers of this paper, as for many years, he was a popular business man in Gallatin. He joined the navy last December and is now a ship’s tailor, following his usual line of work as just prior to entering the navy he traveled for M. Born tailoring house of Chicago and for a number of years owned and managed Tubby’s Cleaning and Tailoring shop here. He sends greetings from the South Pacific to all of his Daviess county friends. His wife, Mrs. Cecil Feurt, is a teacher in the Gallatin Public school.

Ren G. Foster Honor Man of Company
Ren G. Foster, 30, has been named honor man of his company on completion of recruit training at Camp Waldron, one of the five training centers at Farrage Naval Training station. Prior to his being called into the service, Foster was superintendent of schools for three years at Cowgill, Mo. His bachelor of science degree is from the University of Missouri. He was chosen honor man of his company on the basis of excellent averages in the many phases of the recruit training program. After a 15-day recruit leave, he hopes to qualify as a tower control operator or quartermaster school student. His wife, Mary, and 1-year-old daughter, Lila Sue, reside in Jamesport, Mo., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Foster, in Sampsel, Mo .

Has Grandson in the Seabees
Phillip H, Curtis, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Fetters of near Gallatin, is in the navy Seabees and is stationed at Williamsburg, Va. He is a son of Mrs. Ruth Curtis of San Jose, Calif. His mother will be recalled by many as the former Ruth Fetters, who was reared in Daviess County.

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

Hometown News — 1943

Miss Miley Joins the SPARS
Miss Dixie Miley left last Thursday from St. Joseph, for Palm Beach, Fla., where she will be trained as a SPAR. Miss Miley is a graduate of Gallatin High school of the class of ’41 and enlisted in the service in Kansas City. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Miley of near Gallatin.

Sees Home County Boys, Likes His Paper
Pfc. Raymond Worrell, somewhere overseas, writes an interesting letter to our late editor. He tells of having seen two boys from home, Gilbert Alsup and Jimmy Doak. He says "I am still getting the paper and I want you to keep it coming."

Promotion For "Jeff" Curtis
Joseph Franklin (Jeff) Curtis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Curtis of 518 No. 20th St., St. Joseph, Mo., who is somewhere in England, writes his parents he has been promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant. He is in the medical unit at hospital and doing laboratory work. He has been in the army 10 months. He had his basic training in Kearns, Utah and Warner-Robbins, Ga

Home on Furlough; Wears Soldiers’ Good Conduct Medal
Sgt. Elmer Staats is spending a 15-day furlough at Jameson with his mother, Mrs. Sophia Marshman. Sgt Staats is stationed at the GIider Field near Lubbock Tex. He is wearing a Soldier’s Good Conduct medal, which he had been awarded in recognition of loyal and efficient service over a period of at least 12 months. He has been in the service 18 months. Sgt. Staats surprised his many friends when he and Miss Helen O’Hare came to Gallatin Saturday afternoon and were married by the Rev. Robert Seabaugh. Mrs. Marshman has two other sons In the service. They are Pfc. William Marshman, who is overseas and Pfc. Robert Staats stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. He recently had a furlough, which he spent with his mother. The latter two young men entered the service on the same day, 16 months ago.

Taking Advanced Training at Allus, Okla.
Aviation Cadet Lester Graham was recently transfered to Altus, Okla., where he will take his advanced training. Upon the completion of this training Cadet Graham will receive his commission and wings. His wife and son, Joe, are here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Graham.

Three Sons in the Service; One in Army, Two in Navy
Mrs. W.L. Reed of Jamesport is the mother of three sons and all of them are in the service of their country, and they all volunteered. The eldest, Willie F. Davis (picture), MM 1/c is in the U. S. Navy. He is 26 years old. He joined the navy more than two years ago, spending two years in Cuba and returning to the United States May 29, 1943. Willie had a 30-day furlough in June, which he spent with his mother, Mrs. Reid and Mr. Keid, at Jamesport. Following his furlough he attended Deisel engineer school at Cleveland, Ohio, Where he met and married an attractive girl last September. He is now stationed at Norfolk, Va., and his wife recently joined him there. Master Sgt. Martin Ralph Davis, (picture) 23 has been in the U.S. army for three years. He, too, married since he joined the army, selecting for his bride, a Salt Lake City girl. Sgt. Davis has not been home for two years as he is in overseas duty somewhere off the west coast. Before entering the service he was in the grocery business, connected with the Red and White grocery at Jamesport. Clifford Davis, (picture) 19, is Mo. MM 2/c in Uncle Sam’s navy and makes a fine looking bluejacket, indeed. He joined the navy in December, 1942, taking his boot training at Great Lakes Training Center. He was then transferred to advanced Diesel Engine school at Detroit, Mich., and is now at Norfolk, Va., where his brother is stationed. He spends week end leave with his brother and wife, Cliff, or Whitey, as he is known to his many Daviess County friends, graduated from Jamesport High school and then worked at an aircraft factory in Los Angeles until he enlisted. He recently sent his mother a true Navy poem, which follows:

Say, girl, I saw you sneer just now,
Don’t I look good to you?
I’m not one of your class, you say,
I wear the Navy Blue.
You think that I’m not fine enough,
For such a girl like you;
But men who would not hold your hand,
Have worn the Navy Blue.
We’re only common sailor boys,
‘Til war’s kill starts to brew.
Then, dear friends, you are the first,
To cheer the Navy Blue.
How many folks in civilian life,
Will take the time to think.

That sailors do some other things,
Besides carouse and drink.
When we are dead, when we are gone,
When life’s last cruise is thru,
W’ll not be barred from Heaven’s gates,
For wearing Navy Blue.
So when you meet a sailor boy,
I’d smile, if I were you,
No better men are made, by God,
Than boys in Navy Blue.

Injured On Maneuvers
Cpl. Hubert Maharg of Camp Forest, Tenn., was recently injured while on maneuvers, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Maharg of Jamesport. Cpl. Maharg fell down an embankment and fractured his knee cap and tore the ligments. He Is confined to the evacuation hospital and will probably be there six weeks.

Lt. Swaithes to McKinney, Tex.
Lt. Marjorle Swaithes, A.N.C., who has been spending a month’s furlough with her father, H.L. Swaithes and her sisters, Mrs. Everet Ellis at Cameron and Mrs. R. A. Bretz, accompanied Mr and Mrs. Bretz to Osawatomie, Kan. this week for a visit of a day or two before leaving Wednesday for McKinney, Texas, where she reports for duty. Lt. Swaithes served several months in Africa and we understand has again asked for foreign duty. — The Hamilton Advocate-Hamiltonian.

Home on Short Furlough
Aviation Cadet James Max Landes, who is being schooled at a college at Concord, Ohio, is spending a 7-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Landes.

Promotion for Lt. Fred B. Porter
The Monday Kansas City Times, in the list of army promotions carried the name of Fred Ballard Porter, Gallatin, promoted from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant. Lt. Porter is stationed at Columbia, N. C., and his wife, the former Miss Rebecca Foley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Foley, is there with him. She is employed in a gift shop, there.

Cpl. Hubert Long Home
Cpl. Hubert H. Long left Tuesday evening for Camp Pendleton, Va., after spending a 10-day furlough here with his wife and son. He had just completed a course in some special electrical work at Camp Monroe, Va., before corning home. Cpl. Long, formerly a member of the firm of the Gallatin Hardware Co., has been in the service since last March.

Promoted io Captain
Monday’s Kansas City Times listed the names of Martin Leslie Smith jr., of Kidder, as receiving a promotion from first lieutenant to captain in the army.

Transferred io Muskogee
Aviation. Cadet Duane Hickox has completed his training at Sat Antonio, Texas, and was recently transferred to Muskogee, Okla. where he will receive further training. His wife, the former Miss Faith Few, of Gallatin, was with him in Texas and will live in Muskogee while he is stationed there.

Home on Furlough From Louisiana
A/C J. W. Burge spent a few days last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Farley Burge. He is stationed at Selman Field Monroe, La. Cadet Burge has been in the service for 20 mmoths and for the past year has been doing instruction work at Johnson City, Tenn. He was transferred back to Selman Field where he will continue with a navigation course.

Real News to Family and Friends
This column carried an item of real news to Mr. and Mrs. Fleet Croy, parents of Cpl. Tom Brown Croy, somewhere in the South Pacific. A public relations press release sent to his local paper informed his family and friends of him being awarded the good conduct medal as well as something about the type of work he is doing. As is typical of a good soldier, Cpl. Croy has been extremely reticent about his doings, and this was their first news of the recognition accorded him.

Lt. Whitt Home on Furlough
Lt. Fred B. Whitt is at home on a 15-day leave from army duties. He is stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala. Lt. Whitt is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whitt of near Gallatin.

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

Hometown News — 1943

Now First Sgt. Edwin T. Peniston
First Sgt. Edwin T. Peniston, USMC, of Gallatin, Mo. has been promoted from gunnery sergeant to his present rank. He is first sergeat of a Fourteenth, Marines Company, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sgt. Peniston is a son of Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Peniston of near Gallatin. They have another son, Pfc. Ross H. Peniston in the armed forces, somewhere in the South Pacific.

Home on Furlough
Cpl. Chas. Dudley Brandom arrived here Monday from Camp Chaffee, Ark., on a 10-day furlough. He was accompanied home by his parents, Atty. and Mrs. C.D. Brandom, who met him in Kansas City.

Censor Sends 61 Coupons
Judge A. B. Cleaveland of Kingston received a letter Wednesday from his son, Sgt. Bruce Cleaveland, who is a member of the air force in the southwest Pacific. Bruce wrote that he was enclosing 15 premium coupons for his father from the packages of a popular brand cigarette. At the bottom of the letter were these words, "The censor also sends you 61 coupons." And, sure enough, in the letter was a total of 76 cigarette coupons good for the purchase of several war savings stamps. — Hamilton- Advocate Hamiltonian.

A Reply Which Expresses the Universal Sentiment of The Boys
In reply to a question as to what he desired for Christmas, a Kansas City officer, Lt. Col. Thos. Paul Hughes replied:

You ask about a Christmas box.
I don’t want ties. I don’t want sox,
If they had a pipeline over to here,
I’d settle for a quart of beer.
Or, dreaming in this idle vein,
How’s for the corner of Twelfth and Main?
Hollywood, where the movie stars Play,
Or a little piece of Monterey bay?
The New York lady with her liberty light,
he Mojav desert where the sun is bright,
The sleepy, rolling Ozark hills,
Wet and blustry New England chills,
New Orleans, with her loads of fun,
Niagara lights when day is done.
Abe Lincoln’s mounment in D.C.
Or an Arkansas magnolia tree.
The thing I’m really trying to say
Is just anything that’s U. S. A.,
Because it’ll mean a lot to me,
I know it’s straight from God’s country.
—About Town in KC Times

Hometown News — 1943

Pfc. Ralph McNeil In Hospital
Pfc. Ralph McNeil, who is stationed at Camp Polk, near Shreveport, La., has been in the hospital three weeks. He writes his mother, Mrs. Henry Van-Uckren of west of Gallatin, that he is much improved now Pfc. McNeil has been in the service 18 months.

Four Hockensmith Brothers In Uniform
Four sons in the armed forces is quite a record and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hockensmith of near Gallatin are justly proud to be in this category. Tech Sgt. Wm. Hockonsmith (picture) is their oldest son in the service. He is 34 and at present is on maneuvers in Tennessee. He is stationed at Camp Forest, Tcnn. Tech. Corp Donald, Hockensmith (picture ) 32, has been in the armed forces one year. He was trained at Camp Beauregard, La., and is now in England His wife lives near Gallatin. Cpl. Edward Hockensmith, (picture) 30, is at Camp McCain, Miss. He has been been in the service 10 months. Before entering the service he was the International Truck and Implement dealer at Maysville and his wife is continuing with the business. Pfc. Jack Hockensmith, (picture) 22, was in the army nine month and was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth. He was recently given a medical discharge and will do essential work, as a civilian.

A Full Year of Overseas Duty
Serving as a non-commissioned officer with an infantry regiment here on an island outpost in the South Seas, Cpl. Tom Brown.

Croy Awarded Medal
Croy, of Gallatin, Mo. has been awarded the Soldier’s Good Conduct Medal in recognition of loyal and efficient service over a period of at least 12 months. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fleet E. Croy, Gallatin, the 25-year-old infantryman, leader of a machine gun squad in a heavy weapon company, was employed by an implement firm in Gallatin prior to induction into federal service in February, 1942. He completed a full year of oversea duty in September.

Capt. Griffith Arrived on Leave — Had Perilous Trip
Capt. H. Griffith, medical corps, U. S army arrived in Richmond on Tues. morning from White Horse, Canada the Alcan, where he has been executive officer and chief of surgery at a 300-bed army base hospital. He will remain here on leave until the middle of November Capt. Griffin had an unusual experience while aboard an airplane with 30 other passenger over the mountains. One of the motors of the plane failed and ice formations caused the plane lose altitude rapidly. To prevent the plane from crashing in the rugged terrain, it was necessary to throw luggage personal belongings, seats and equipment overboard. The pilot was able to make a safe landing at Fort Nels Canada. He took another plane from there to Minneapolis Richmond Missourian. The Kansas City Star, Sund listed H.M. Griffith as promoted to a major. He was reared in Gallatin and is well-known here. He is a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Griffith

Bad Luck for a Sailor
Lewis Lee Minnick, S 2/c, just recently completed his boot training at San Pedro, Calif., and headed for home on his leave. Crowded trains are not conducive to sleep, but after standing up most of the way from the west coast, the young sailor finally got a seat and did he sleep! So sound, indeed, that a pickpocket relieved him of his billfold containing $67. Later, while at Lock Springs visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Minnick, he received his empty billfold through the mail. Seaman Minnick has returned to San Pedro for further assignment.

Two Sons and a Daughter in the Service
Sgt. Alice P. Howery of the Boise, Idaho recruiting and induction station, was an overnight visitor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Price. Sgt. Howery was on a return trip to Boise, from which induction venture she had taken to Ft. Ogelthrope, Ga., 25 WAC recruits for their basic training. Her brother, Pfc. Envert E. Price, has notifiied his parents, that he has landed safely overseas and is feeling fine. Another brother, Pfc. Elvert Efton Price, has been in Australia with the armed forces for some time. This Price family is certainly well represented in the armed forces and Mr. and Mrs. Price are justly proud of their fine family.

Pvt. Morrison Writes From South Pacific
Pvt. Leland Morrison writes his brother, Circuit Clerk Carl Morrison, interesting letters from the south Pacific. Pfd. Morrison, who calls himself, which stands for private for duration. He has seen plenty of active duty, but at present says he is on an island with a lot of the best Japs he has ever known (they are all dead!) Pvt. Morrison drives a pontoon truck with the water supply for his company. He hauls 1,200 gallons at once.

Billy Smoot in Navy One Year
Wm. Taylor Smoot, S 1/c,: known to his many friends at Lock Springs as Billy, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Urcil Smoot, of that place. He is 20 years old now and has been in the navy one year. He entered the service after one year at Kirksville State Teachers’ college. He is overseas now in the North Africa area.

Billy Ray Home On Leave
Billy Ray, AC 3/c is spending a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Ray, near Blake, He has been in Uncle Sam’s navy for ten months, and is a sound operator. On his arrival Sunday night, he was greeted by 20 relatives and neighbors, who brought well-filled baskets and spent the evening.

Stationed at San Diego
PVt. Paul Huston, who entered the service, October 17, is taking his basic training at a camp near San Diego, Calif. He is in an anti-aircraft division. His wife, from Jamesport, will go to San Diego to live while he is stationed there. She will leave next Friday.

High Percentange for This County In Wounded Casualty List
Saturday’s Kansas City Time carried the names of four Missourians that were included in a casualty list of 289 United States soldiers wounded in action. Daviess County had an extremely high percentage in this list as two out of the four Missourians were from this county. They were John E. Ayers, technician fourth grade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Ayers, Gallatin, and Lt. Richard E. Thompson, Altamont. The parents had received word previously from the War Department, and letters from Lt. Thompson indicate that he is all right now.

Robert Richardson to Notre Dame
Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Richardson have received word that their son, Robert Richardson, apprentice seaman, who has been taking V-12 traning at Maryville State Teachers’ College has been assigned to further schooling at University of Notre Dame. He left this week for South Ben, Ind. where the school is located.

Staff Sgt. Fred Irwin in Australia
Staff Sgt. Fred W. Irwin has notified homefolks that he has arrived safely in Australia. He says he had a pleasant trip overseas and was not seasick. Staff Sgt. Irwin says the land "down under" is an odd country, but he believes he will like it.

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

Hometown News — 1943

To Corpus Christi
(picture) Cadet Delbert Edwards is the good-looking-young man you see here. He is a naval aviation cadet now in training at Pasco, Wash. Previously he received training at St. Mary College, Calif. Cadet Edwards is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Edwards and writes his parents, that he is kept busy. He will complete the schooling at Pasco, Nov. 15, and will probably go from there to Corpus Christi, Tex. At the completion of his training at Corpus Christi, he will receive his wings and a commission in the navy or the marines.

Miss Engelhart Joines the Marines
Miss Helen Engelhart of Kansas City has resigned her position with an insurance company there and enlisted in the Marines. Miss Engehart is a daughter of Mrs. Vigie Engelhart of Gallatin. She left last Sunday evening for New River, N. C., where she will receive six weeks basic training. Miss Engehart has been very successful in business in Kansas City and no doubt will go far in Uncle Sam’s service.

Likes Australian Girls
(picture) The young soldier portrayed here is Pvt. Chas. Richard Sears, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sears of Gallatin. Pvt. Sears, who is in the field artillery has been in the service over two years, without a furlough. He has seen foreign service for 23 months. Young Sears is not minding too much, not getting to come home, as he has a girl friend, Miss Eva Brooks at Picton, Australia. Miss Brooks writes interesting letters to his parents, telling them when she has an opportunity to be in their son’s company. Who knows, young Pvt. Sears may bring an Australian bride home with him when he gets that furlough?

Called To Service
Floyd Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Josh Cox, south of Gilman City, volunteered for army service some time ago and recently reported at Hollywood, Miss. He had been teaching at Marshall and had deferment for the present school term but preferred to help whip the Axis. He is commissioned a second lieutenant. — Jamesport Gazette.

Trained as Airplane Mechanic
Pvt. Victor Blizzard of Jamesport has reported at Guilford Field, Miss., for training as an airplane mechanic specializing in cargo and transport type airplanes. Before entering military service, Pvt. Blizzard was employed by the Pacific Naval Air Base as a structural steel worker. — Jamesport Gazette.

Somewhere in New Guinea
Somewhere in New Guinea, where the sun is like a curse,
And each long day is followed, by another slightly worse,
Where the brick red dust blows thicker than the sifting desert sand,
And a white man dreams and wishes for a greener, fairer land.

Somewhere in New Guinea, where a woman’s never seen,
Where the sky is never cloudy, and the grass is never green,
Where the dingos nightly rob a man of precious sleep
When he crawls into his pup-tent for a heavenly retreat.

Somewhere in New Guinea, where the nights are made for love,
Where the moon is like a searchlight, and the southern cross above —
Sparkles like a diamond necklace in a balmy tropic night,
‘Tis a shameful waste of beauty when there’s not a girl in sight.

Somewhere in New Guinea, where the mail is always late,
And a Christmas card in April is considered up to date,
Where we never have a payday and we never have a cent —
Still we never miss the money, ’cause we’d never get it spent.

Somewhere in New Guinea, where the ants and lizards play,
And a thousand fresh mosquitoes replace every one you slay,
So take me back to San Francisco, let me hear the Mission bell,
For this God-forsaken outpost is a substitute for hell.

                                                             —Written by Willie Leopard

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

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

Hometown News — 1943

Lt. Chas. F. Weldon in Australia
First Lt. Charles F. Weldon is the young officer pictured here. He is now in Australia, having arrived there just recently. He was stationed at Camp Davis, N. C., just prior to going overseas. Lt. Weldon informs his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Weldon, of Lock Springs, it is spring in Australia and the rains are frequent. Mrs. Charles Weldon is living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Pharis, near Nettleton and is employed in defense work in Hamilton. Lt. Weldon has a brother, Jack Weldon, also in overseas duty. Jack is in the Navy and is an aviation machinist’s mate 2/c. in the South Pacific area.

Staff Sgt Trotter Here
Staff Sgt. Forest Trotter is spending a 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Trotter and family in the Blake vicinity. Sgt. Trotter has been in the army two years and is stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. The Trotters have two other sons, Glen and Harry, in the service.

Rex Padget in India
Rex Padget, who wrote some time ago of having landed safely in India, writes that he is in an American camp, that the food is excellent and that the living quarters are bamboo huts. "I don’t suppose they have winter here," he writes "it is nice and warm, and how!" — Pattonsburg Call. Rex is a son of Judson Padget of Jameson. His brother, Judson Jadget, Jr., is a German prisoner of war.

Billy Place Here
Pvt. Billie Place from Camp Haan, Calif., arrived Thursday for a week’s furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Place and with his wife, who is managing the Place Store in Maryville during the absence of her husband. He left Wednesday morning for the return trip, accompanied as far as Kansas City, by Mrs. Place.— Harrison County Times

Brothers Miss Each Other
Woody Lockridge arrived Thursday for a visit with homefolks. He has been transferred from Ft. Dix, N.J., to Florida. He belongs to the Fourth Motorized Division of the U. S. Army. His brother, Harold Lockridge, who had been home on furlough, left Tuesday for Farragut, Idaho. The brothers had hoped to meet here, but unfortunately missed each other by two days. — Jamesport Gazette.

Ptc. Marvin Carter Home on Furlough
Pfc. Marvin L. Carter son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Carter, is spending a 12-day furlough with his parents and wife at Jamesport. Pfc. Carter is with the airbourne infantry and stationed at Camp Mackall, N.C.

Back from the Pacific
Lt. Lee Harrison Callison, U.S. Army, (above), returned from overseas recently. He flew here for the funeral of his uncle, Fred M. Harrison. The army officer known to his Daviess County friends as "Bud," was injured during the invasion of a Pacific island and was flown back to the States for treatment and to convalesce. He left here Oct. 17 for Temple, Tx., where he will enter the McGloskey General hospital, an army institution. (Photo by Terry Ogden, Carmel, Calif.

Pvt. Neiderhauser a First-Class Gunner
Pvt. Paul D. Neiderhauser writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Neiderhauser Jr., many interesting letters from overseas. He was in active duty for some time in the New Caledonia area and as a first-class gunner helped to bring down many Jap planes. He wrote that the greatest thrill of his life was seeing those Jap planes fall. He was well when he wrote home last and only a little homesick. Pvt. Neiderhauser had his basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., and he has been in the service for about a year. He is 20 years old

Pvt. Win. Smedley Arrives Safely Overseas
Mrs. William Smedley received a cablegram from her son, Pvt. Wm. A. Smedley, who is somewhere overseas. He said he was safe and well. Mr. and Mrs. Smedley had not heard from their son since he embarked for overseas so they were very happy to receive the word.

WAVE Visits Parents Near Altamont
Frances M. Wilson Y 3/c has been spending a 10-day leave with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Wilson, Altamont, Mo. Since the completion of her training at Stillwater, Okla., last April, Frances has been stationed in Washington, D.C.

Judge Black’s Nephew in Ft. Worth Hospital
Judge and Mrs Ed Black of near Winston have received word that their nephew Carroll C. Garvin, S 2/c is in a hospital at Fort Worth, Texas, suffering from an acute nervous breakdown. Seaman Garvin has had 15 months of almost continuous sea duty on a destroyer, following three months of basic training. He was reared in the Black home, having lived with them over 18 years, and is like a son to them. Judge Black is a member of the local Selective Service Board.

Marine Spends Furlough With Homefolks
Sgt. Ferris F. Brown of San Diego, Calif., spent a 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown of Lincoln township and other relatives and friends and left Friday for San Diego, where he has been with the Marines since August, 1942.

Cpl. Whitaker Visits Parents
Cpl. Russell Whitaker arrived in Jamesport Sunday for a 12-day furlough, visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Whitaker and family. Cpl. Whitaker has been taking a course in chemistry and physics at Purdue University in Indiana. — Trenton Republican Times.

Sends Paper to Two Sons
Mrs. W. E. Haynes was a publishing company caller this week to subscribe for the papers for their two sons, Tech. Sgt. Win. Haynes, Army Air Forces, and Arland Haynes Fireman 1/c of the Seabees, who are both in overseas service.

Undergoes Appendectomy in Foreign Hospital
Cpl. Donald P. Hockensmith, who is in overseas duty wrote his wife and parents, that he underwent an appendectomy Ocober 9th, from which he is recovering satisfactorily. He would like letters from home. His friends may call his wife or his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hockensmith for his address. He says it’s plenty lonely in a hospital overseas.

Paul Rice, Aviation Cadet
Paul J. Rice, who enlisted almost a year ago in the Navy, as an aviation cadet, received his call to report at Liberty, Mo., Oct. 27. He is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hailey Rice of Pattonsburg.

Second Decoration and Citation to Lt. Glenwood Black
The Navy Department announced recently that six U.S. Naval Officers have been decorated by the President for outstanding service in submarines. Included in this list is Lt. (j.g.) Robert G. Black, USNR., son of Robert Norris Black, P. O. Box 304, Gallatin, Mo. The citation for Lt. Black’s award states:

"For heroic conduct as Assistant Approach Officer aboard a United States submarine during four war patrols in enemy Japanese controlled waters. Despite the hazards and strain incident to prolonged undersea operations in perilous hostile territory, Lt. (j.g.) Black displayed cool courage and outstanding skill while performing his essential duties, thereby contributing immeasurably to the successful completion of important missions. His fearless determination and unswerving devotion to duty, maintained at great personal risk, enabled him to render valuable assistance in the accomplishment of an exacting assignment and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Lt. Black has since been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. This is the second decoration that has been awarded to him.

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

Hometown News — 1943

Sees Brother and Friends From Home
Pvt Conrad Binney writes the publishing company to have his address changed. He is somewhere in the South Pacific and said he saw Kenneth Lee Caraway, who is in the navy not long ago. He also sees his brother Basil Binney, U. S. Navy, once or twice each month.

Buddies Of Jameson Meet In The Service
Arthur Landes, Jr has recently been promoted to the rating of Pharmacist’s Mate 3/c in the Navy. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Landes of Weatherby, but formerly of near Jameson. He recently wrote his parents that he met, quite by chance a former schoolmate and buddy, Sgt. Charles Foster of Jameson, who is in the Army Air Force.

Friends Meet in Far Places
Our late editor received an interesting V-mail letter from Lt. Jack E. Brown, who is now in Australia. Lt. Brown would like addresses of Daviess County boys in that theater, but as we only have APO addresses could not supply them. Hope some of the home county boys, now in Austrailia, who receive the paper find each other through this column. Lt. Brown is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Brown of near here and has been in the service for about two years. Following is his letter:

Dear Fred:
A line to let you know my change of address. Have just received the August 12 edition. Maybe a correct address would rush it along. It will be below. "Am in Australia now, Fred, and like it fine. Friendly people and they like the Yanks. What I’d like most, Fred, is some addresses of fellows from home, who are in this theater. Give them to my parents and they will forward them on to me. Had the delightful pleasure of meeting two fellows formerly of Gallatin. Van Keith Harlow, whom I met in one of the large cities here. Also QJ. Watkins who was on the same I boat that I came over on. Met them both under queer circumstances and we sort of had an old-fashioned reunion. I understand there are quite a few from that locality stationed over here. And as I’m the only one in this outfit from there it would be pretty nice to see someone I know. I suppose the baseball fanatics are preparing for the world series? News is scarce, so say hello, to all. I am, respectfully "Lt. Jack E. Brown."

Well, Jack, the series has come and gone, as you no doubt know, ” and our beloved Missouri "Cards" lost!

Sgt. Wilbur Donner Does a Good Job In Army
You will recognize this likeness as our good friend, Wilbur Donner, formerly of Kidder. Sgt. Donner now, after 6 months in the service. Sgt. Donner is in the U. S. Army Air forces, stationed at the army air base at Herington, Kan. He wrote his friend Editor Fred Harrison an interesting letter not long since, which we quote, giving an idea of just how busy Sgt. Donner has been since he entered the armed forces. But don’t think for a minute, he can’t "take it," for in civilian life he edited and published a news sheet and operated a picture show at one and the same time over at Kidder and did a fine job of it, too.

Sept. 10, 1943. Mr. Fred Harrison, Gallatin, Mo.,
Dear Editor:
Well, the Mrs. and I arrived here in Herington last evening at 9 o’clock We spent the day and night before in Kansas City. It sure was nice to be home again and be free for such a short time, but at that I must give a great deal of credit to the army life here and I can truthfully say that ‘Army Life is Great.’ Some fellows are like this, they never had to do any work of any kind and some never took orders, the army is tough on fellows like that and that can be one of the many reasons why a lot of fellows think the army is tough. The army life is similar to that of a civilian way of living, it’s what you want to make it. I was inducted into the Army Air Forces at Leavenworth, Kan., Jan. 5, 1943 and was granted a 7-day leave and reported for active duty on the 12th of January, and the 15th was my hardest day and my first day of K.P., and I was plenty tired before the day was over. The next day or so we got shipping orders and on January 19, was landed in Miami Beach, Fla., for basic training. Having enjoyed my stay in Miami Beach the ocean breeze and also swimming there every two or three days, I was again put on shipping order and sent to Salt Lake ,City, Utah. I was there 13 days for classification and then was sent here and was landed the 13th of March. I was here one week, was assigned and given Pfc. March 20. Made corporal May 1, and made sergeant July 15. Four months after being assigned. That’s about all I can say up until now, but must say a fine word for our squadron commander, Lt. Joe M. Hunt. Yours truly, WILBUR DONNER.
— Sgt. Donner is a grandson if Mrs. Myra Brown of the Civil Bend community and is a nephew of Milt and W. O. Donner of Pattonsburg.

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

Hometown News — 1943

Two Sons in Service — One at Ft. Bliss, TX, the Other at Camp Polk, LA.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Eads have two sons serving their country in the armed forces. The first of these fine-looking men, portrayed here is Pvt. Clarence R. Eads (picture) who entered the service Aug. 4, 1942. He was assigned to anti-aircraft artillery and is being trained in this work at Fort Bliss, Texas. He writes his family and friends, frequently and says he likes the army fine. Just one year later, almost to the day, on August 1, 1943, and other son, Frederick K. Eads (picture) was inducted into the army. Pvt. Fred Eads looks as if army life agrees with him, as he is a healthy looking specimen of young manhood and will no doubt "do his stuff" when given the chance. He is taking his basic training at Camp Polk, La. Mr. and Mrs. Eads are justly proud of their two fine sons.

One Son Home on Furlough; the Other in California
Mr. and Mrs. Banks Hershberger were happy to have their son, Pvt. Virgil Hershberger arrive here last Tuesday to spend a 15-day furlough with them. Pvt. Hershberger, who is 21 years old, is stationed at Salina, Kan., where he is in a medical corps. Mr. and Mrs. Hershberger have another son in the service, Cpl. William Hershberger Jr., 22, who training in Hans, CA, in the field artillery.

Maynard Alexander Overseas
Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Alexander of Nettleton have been notified that their son Maynard Alexander, has left New York City overseas duty. Maynard entered army service last March and was last stationed at Shreveport, La. He is a mechanic with the army air forces. Maynard’s brother, Harold is also a member of the army air forces and is stationed in North Carolina. He has been in service seven months. — Hamilton Advocate-Hamiltonian.

The Dugan Reeds’ Son Undergo Appendectomy
Mr. and Mrs. Dugan Reed of Breckenridge have received letters from their son, Chas T. Reed carpenter’s mate, 3/c telling them he recently underwent an appendectomy, from which he is recovering satisfactorily. Charles has been overseas one year and is with the Seabees in the Aleutian Islands.

First Visit Home in Three Years
Boatsman Mate First Class William J. Barlow left for the West coast Monday after spending a week with his father, Charles Barlow of Jamesport. This was Barlow’s first visit home in three years. He has been serving in the Pacific war zone.

Cpl. Scott Cables Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Scott were made truly happy, one morning last week when they received a cable gram from their son, Cpl. Robert Q. Scott in North Africa. "Bobby," as he is known to his family and friends, sent "loving greetings, and told his parents, he thought of them more each day. Mrs. Scott says that Roy Dean, Rock Island, is a perfect purveyor of good tidings, as he told her beforehand that the news was "good, not bad."

"They fought a good fight — though a foxhole’s grime.
And sweat and blood was their pay,
And they died where they fell in the jungle slime
And — where were YOU that day?
"Were you walking a mile without a kick?
Did you stay on the job that day?
Were you spreading the butter a little less thick?
Were you buying a bond with your pay?
"The load we carry is light as a pin
Compared to a soldier’s pack
But — be able to say, I helped you win
When they come marching back."

— And then there is the soldier back from overseas service who said: "I can stand the whine of bullets overhead when I am in a foxhole, easier than the whine of some of you folks here at home when you can’t get every thing you’d like to buy." Deleted, but them’s my sentiments, too.

Billy Hulen Missing
A clipping from the Cameron Progress states that Mr. and Mrs. Tye have received word from Miss Virginia Hulen of Denver, Colo., giving the news that her brother, William (Billy) Hulen, has been reported missing in action since September 7, in the European area. Billy is a technical sergeant and a radio operator with a bomber crew. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hulen, who formerly lived in Jamesport, when Mr. Hulen was owner and publisher of the Jamesport Gazette from 1912 to 1925.

Sgt. Harry Muller Home On Furlough; Wife and Baby With Him
Sgt. Harry L. Muller, who is stationed at Laredo Army Air Field, Laredo, Texas, has been here spending a 14-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Muller and other relatives and friends. He was accompanied here by his wife and baby, who live at McCook, Neb. Sgt. Muller was having his first furlough in his year of service in the armed forces. He has returned to Laredo, where he will continue as an instructor in aerial gunnery.

A Citation of Honor
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Whiteaker, of southeast of Maysville, were office visitors, Wednesday morning, and brought with them the Citation they received from the Army Air Corps following the death of their son, Cpl. Kenneth O. Whiteaker, who was the first DeKalb County boy reported killed in action following Pearl Harbor. Kenneth was lost on Jan. 28, 1942 in action in the Philippines. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in California and had been in service 30 months. Mrs. Whiteaker was wearing the Purple Heart award in memory of her son. It is a beautiful heart of gold, suspended from a purple ribbon, bearing three stars. It is inscribed "For military merit — Kenneth O. Whiteaker." — DeKalb Couty Record-Journal,

Wounded In Action
Mr. and Mrs. Emory Ayers of the Madison community, south of Gallatin,  have received word that their son, Pfc. John Ayers, has been wounded in action.

Hear From War Prisoner
Word from Pvt. Judson J. Padget, 28 years old, a prisoner of war in Germany, has been received by his sister, Mrs. Bill McCaughey, 3229 the Paseo. The communication asked for packages and cigarettes. — Kansas City Times. Pvt. Padget is a son of Judson Padget of Jameson. The sister in Kansas City is the former Miss Marjorie Padget.

Returns to Camp After Furlough
Pfc. Donald M. Groves, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Groveg of Colfax Township, returned Wednesday morning to Pine Camp, N. Y., after spending a 12-day furlough with his parents, sisters and other relatives and friends. Donald is in the Ordnance Department at Pine Camp, NY.

Wesley Lee Jr., Winston Boy, Missing in Action
Wesley Lee, Sr., received a message Friday from the war department, stating his son, Wesley Lee jr., has been missing in action since September 15. Wesley, Jr., is a member of a paratroop unit and was a prisoner of war in Spanish Morocco last December, later he was released and wrote home of his experiences. Wesley Lee Jr., is a popular young man of the Winston community.

At Fort Washington, Md.
Pvt. Carolyn Hockensmith WAC, writes her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Drummond, that she is now stationed at Fort Washington, Md. She has been driving a jeep much of the time since she enlisted in the service and is now receiving training for overseas duty.

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

Hometown News — 1943

Kingston Soldier Honored
The Skelly Oil Company was host at a breakfast Saturday morning at Mid’s Cafe in Kingston, following the 7 o’clock broadcast over WDAF and other NEC network stations, when Lyle Fitzgerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fitzgerald of near Kingston, was the recipient of the W. G. Skelly Agricultural Achievement Award. Mr. Fitzgerald: accepted the award for his son who is in the armed forces, stationed at Camp Callan, Cali. Lyle is the first member of the armed forces to receive this award and is also the youngest person to be so honored by Mr. Skelly. Those present at the breakfast included Mr. and Mrs. William Fitzgerald and daughter, Miss Lola; Paul Zillman, Stewartsville,former vocational agriculture teacher at Hamilton during the time Lyle was a student here; Rolla A. Baugher, Hamilton county agent; A.L. Deal, Kingston; L.G. Ehlers, president of the Hamilton bank, and M.O. Ridings, publisher of the Advocate-Hamiltonian, Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tolbert and Bert Heaston, Gallatin; L.Y. Gifford and E.C. McGurren, Skelly representatives.

Now An Aviation Student
Aviation Student Howard Weldon, it is now, since he has been, transferred from the regular army to a study of aviation at East Central College, at Ada, Okla. He was sent there last week from Amarillo, Texas after being transferred there from Camp Polk, La. A chance to study aviation is the answer to all of Howard’s dreams and desires, whose brother, 1st Lieut Lloyd Hamilton Weldon has been missing in action from a base in England since June 13th, 1943. These fine young men are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd C. Weldon of near Gallatin. While they have had no official word as to their son’s safety, they have received word from unofficial sources that he is probably a German prisoner of war.

Gilbert Brown Now a Second Lieutenant
Gilbert H. Brown of Jameson, Mo., was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the army of the United States, Sept. 27, upon successful completion of the Officer Candidate Course at the infantry school at Fort Banning, Ga. Lt. Brown is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Brown of Jameson, Missouri. The new lieutenant was inducted into the army on Jan. 5, 1942 and served with the 53rd infantry and 14th Signal Co., before going to Officer Candidate school, three , months ago. He held the rank of Perry Whitt, before going to F T/5 before being commissioned. The new officer attended Jameson High school in Jameson, Mo., and Northwest Missouri Teachers College, Mo. at Maryville, Mo.

In Armed Forces Over Two Years; Brother in Service
Sgt. Robert L. Turner, who is pictured here, has been serving his country since March, 1941, and is now with the 160th Infantry , overseas. He attended the Jamesport High school and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Turner, Route 5, Jamesport. He writes his parents interesting letters of foreign service. The Turners are also proud to have another son in the armed forces. He is Pvt. Lloyd J. Turner, who is in a Glider infantry in training at Camp Mackail, N. C. Pvt. Turner graduated from Jamesport High school and was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal at Rock Island, IL, before he entered the service in April, 1943.

On Coast to Coast Tour
Tech Grade 5, Warren D. Heldenbrand son of Oscar L. and Grace I Heldenbrand of Altamont, Mo., is now on a coast-to-coast tour with the First Composite British Battery. The unit, in this country, as guest of the U.S. War Depoartment and the Antiaircraft Command, Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Green, commanding, will visit U. S. army installations to demonstrate British tactics and equipment. Cpl. Heldenbrand, stationed at Camp Davis, N.C. was one of 135 men picked for the assignment as a member of the American Escort Detachment.

Recommended for Officer Training
Staff Sgt. Raymond Whitt is the good-looking, soldier portrayed here. He has been recommended for officer training and is here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Whitt, before going to Fort Benning, Ga., where he will be trained. Staff Sgt. Whitt has been in the armed forces for two and one-half years and has made a fine record. He was stationed for the past few months at Camp Adair, Ore., and his wife lived at Corvallis, near the camp. She is here with him and will accompany him to Georgia. In civilian life, Staff Sgt. Whitt was a genial and popular clerk in Merrigan’s grocery and has a host of friends who congratulate him on his military record. he has two brothers in the service, Staff Sgt. Donald Lee Whitt, who was reported missing in action in the Sicilian area, July 4, 1943, and Sgt. PErry Whitt, jr., who is stationed at Camp Forest, Tenn. These three and their sister, Mrs. Raymond Wickizer of near Jamesport, are the four fine young people, who are the sons and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Whitt.

Feminine Bluejacket in Training
Leta M. Hoover, daughter of ] Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hoover, Coffey, Mo., member of the U. S. Naval Women’s Reserve, was enrolled recently at the Naval Training School (storekeepers) on the campus of Indiana university at Bloomington, Ind., where she is undergoing an intensive 12-week course preparing to release a shore-based sailor storekeeper for active sea duty. "Boot training" aptitude tests and past civilian experience was the basis of the feminine Bluejacket’s selection to the Bloomington campus. the expertly instructed course includes study on issuing stock, preparing stock reports under the supply department, recording and invoicing stocks. Physical training and pleasnt university social functions will supplement her rigorous college-slanted course. Eligibility for an advanced petty officer rating and assignment to active duty at some naval shore station within the continental limits of the United States await the feminine Bluejacket upon her graduation from the storekeeper training school.

On Leave From Navy
Weldon Brown Jr., S 2/c, has been home on a 15-day leave, which he spent with his mother, Mrs. Dillin Brookshire, at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Sims, in Gallatin. He has returned to the U. S. N. T. S. at Farragut, Idaho, where he will receive a new assignment to duty.

Here From Slalen Island, N.Y.
Cpl. F. W. Everman jr., accompanied by Mrs. Everman, came lest Saturday for a visit with their respective famlilies, the F.W. Evermans and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Miller. Cpl. Everman is a military police and is stationed on Staten Island, N. Y. Mrs. Everman lives in a town on the island near the army camp. Cpl. Everman has a 14-day furlough.

Oak Leaves With D.S.C., Kidder Young Man
Lt. Mart Leslie Smith, fighter pilot in t. Pacific war zone, has been awar ed the Distinguished Flying Crc and an Oak Leaf Cluster for hei ism in action in shooting do Japanese planes, his parents Kidder, have been notified.

Lt. Clifford Jarrett on Furlough
Second Lt. and Mrs. Cliffc Jarrett, of Baltimore, Md., have been here visiting with Mrs. J. rett’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G Leutzinger and Thursday went Kansas City to visit with I Jarrett’s parents, who recen moved there from Gallatin. Mr. Jarrett, who was an attorney in Kansas City, at the time he entered the service, has been in training at Aberdeen, Md., and upon his return there, he will enter upon another three months period of advanced training. Mr. Jarret is now a Second Lieutenant. He and Mrs. Jarrett make their home in Baltimore, which is near his camp at Aberdeen. They left Thursday to return to Baltimore. — Cameron News-Observer

Hometown News — 1943

Dedicates Lovely Poem to Mother
This good-looking young soldier is Pvt. Leon Bartlett, aged 19, who is serving his country in an Armored division at N. Camp Polk, La. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rado Bartlett of near Gallatin. Leon is attending radio school, for which he seems to have a special aptitude as he has made splendid grades. There is something at which this soldier has an aptitude. He recently wrote a sweet poem, dedicated to his mother, which reads as follows:

"Dear Mother"
Dear mother, I love you,
There is no other,
That I owe so much to
Dear Mother, so sweet and true.
There’s no one kinder and lovelier than you
Every night I say a prayer
To God to keep you well,
And send you blessing.
Dear Mother, I love you,
There is no other
That I owe so much to!

Three Sons in Service
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Beck, east of Gallatin, have three sons in military service. Cpl. Lawrence Beck, the eldest son, works in headquarters on the island of New Guinea; Pfc. Harolfl Beck is now stationed in Scotland and the youngest son, Pvt. Howard Beck, has just landed in North Africa. Mr. and Mrs. Back may, indeed, be proud of their sons.

In Anti-Tank Corps
Pfc. Harold D. Henderson has just returned to La Mesa, Cali., near San Diego, where he is stationed, after spending a l5-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Henderson. Pfc. Henderson is now on detached duty with the anti- tank corps of the 140th in fantry. He likes army life fine and was looking particularly fit.

Brother and Sister in the Service
Miss Benicia Matheny, 20-year-old daughter of Mr, and Mrs., John C. Matheny, left Tuesday j 1 night for New York City, where she will be trained as a WAVE. Miss Matheny enlisted some weeks ago and had passed all examinations and requirements and had been sworn in. She was cm-ployed at the McDaniel Tiele Co., in Kansas City until she joined the WAVES. A son of the Ma-thcnys, Pvt. Robert Matheny, has been in the service a year. He is stationed at Hondo, Tex. He just left this week to go back to camp after a furlough visit at home. His wife and baby accompanied him to Hondo and will live there j for a time.

Cpl. Thomas Home on Furlough
Cpl. Dorsey F. Thomas came this week for a 12-day fur]ough visit with his wife and mother and other relatives and I friends. Cpl. Thomas, "Red" as he [ is familiarly known, is stationed ‘ at Greenboro, N. C., and is a cook in Uncle Sam’s army. He gets a great kick out of large scale cookery and enjoys helping to keep the boys well fed. Mrs. . Thomas, who does defense work in Kansas City, is here with her husband.

Home On Furlough From Florida Station
Staff Sgt. Gordon Brown, accompanied by his wife, came Tuesday morning from Florida. Staff Sgt. Brown is station at Boca Raton field, near Miami, and has a 10-day furlough, which he and Msr. Sown will i spend visiting their many close : relatives and friends.

Returns to Camp Roberts
Pvt. J. W. Gann went Monday to Kansas City, where he entrained for his trip back to Camp Roberts, Cali. Pvt. Gann had a 15-day furlough from army duties. He has just completed his basic training in the infantry. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Gann took him to Kansas City.

Transferred lo Gunnery School
Pvt. William Houghton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brue Houghton of Gallatin, has just begun a six-week course in aerial gunnery. He is being schooled at Tyndall Field, Penama City, Fla. His address is now: Pfc. William Houghton, Pool Sqdn, Bks-12, Tyndall Field, Panama City, Fla.

Promotion io Corporal
The promotion made recently of Alien Weldon King, son of Don R. King, of Gallatin, was to Corporal, instead of Pfc, as stated in last week’s issue of the papers. Cpl. King is in a medical corps and is stationed at Paris, Tex. Mrs. King has joined him at Paris and will live there while he is stationed there.

Seaman Lawrence Holly on Leave
Lawrence Holly, S 2/c looking fit and fine in his Navy uniform, was a caller in the newspaper office. Seaman Holly is at I home on a 15-day leave, after finishing his "boot training" at Farragut, Idaho. He is visiting his wife who teaches in Jameson and close relatives in the county. Seaman Holly was superintendent of the Jameson school before entering the service. He will return to Farragut when his leave is ended, for further assignment.

Discharged From Army
Gordon F. Sweany has received from the U. S. Army, after a number of months of service. He was stationed at Petersburg, Va. His wife and children, who have been living at Petersburg, returned to Gallatin with him and they expect to make their home here.

Receives Commission
John Murry Reed was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the ordnance department of the army, September 25, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Lt. and Mrs. Reed are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Reed of Jameson, Mo.

Bluejacket Home on Leave
Bob Utterback, S 2/c son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Utterback of near Gallatin, is at home on a 15-day leave from navy training. He has just finished his boot training at Farragut, Idaho and j will return there for further assignment. Seaman Utterback is a fine looking bluejacket.