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North Carolinians Service Records Taken from the Burlington, North Carolina Daily Times News This document contains statewide casualty lists along with items local to Alamance County. January 2, 1945-January 17, 1945 January 2, 1945 Two additional war casualties in the European Theater of operations involving Alamance County men were received today. Pfc. Wm. Lee Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Edwards of Rte. 1, Graham, was killed in action on Nov. 5 and Pfc. Clay J. Patten, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Patten of Meband has been missing in action since Nov. 25. Pfc. Edwards was killed in Germany according to information from the War Department. He entered the service on March 18, 1943 and was sent overseas in September, going first to England. He served with a coast artillery company. Surviving in addition to his parents are five sisters: Mrs. Margaret Johnson of Swepsonville, Mrs. Catherine Cooper, Mrs. Annie Mae Mann, and Misses Betty Lou and Shelby Dean Edwards all of Graham and three brothers: Pvt. James Ward Edwards who is in the Army in Europe and Paul and Elder Edwards of Graham. Pfc. Patten entered the service on July 7, 1943 and trained in California and at Camp Howze, Texas before going overseas in August of 1944. He was slightly wounded in action on Oct. 8 but returned to duty after being confined to a hospital for a short time. January 4, 1945 Pvt. Melvin W. Baker, Rte. 2, Elon College, has been reported killed in action in Germany on Dec. 2, according to information received by the War Department by his wife Mrs. Marella Page Baker. He had been in the service only since April of 1944 and had been overseas since September to serve with the infantry unit of the 1st Army. Prior to going overseas, he trained at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Baker, of Chapel Hill. Among the survivors are his wife and one small daughter Nancy Carroll Baker; one sister Miss Clara Baker of Chapel Hill and three brothers, Willie Baker, Jr., of Chapel Hill and Bobby Baker of Elon College and Alton Baker of Burlington. January 3, 1945 Our Men and Women in Service Pvt. Alonzo C. Wright of the infantry ahs returned from ten months overseas in the European Theater of Operations on the U.S. Hospital Ship Acadia. He is temporarily being treated at Stark Hospital prior to being transferred to another Army hospital for definitive treatment. His home is at 1023 Webb Avenue and his nearest relative is Naomi Wright. Pfc. James B. Gum has arrived in New Guinea of the Netherlands, East Indies and writes that the nights are cool and that he is sleeping in a tent but he attends the religious services on board ship each day he is not on duty. He also expressed his appreciation for the Front Street Methodist Church’s remembrances. Pfc. Wm. M. Hunter, 205 Peele Street, has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal while service with a veteran infantry regiment against the Japanese. He fought with the American Division at Bougainville in that campaign. Pfc. Charles L. Fowlkes of this city, serving with the 36th “Texas” Division in eastern France reports that he received his Christmas box filled to capacity in plenty of time for the holidays. He has been overseas 23 months. His wife Bertha lives at 400 Fisher Street, Burlington. Corp. John D. Lea, son of Mrs. W.A. Lea, 609 West Front Street, has reported to the 3rd Air Force Bomber Base, Gulfport Army Air Field, Mississippi, for an intensive training course as a radio operator-gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Selected for this difficult assignment, Corp. Lea will be one of a ten member crew who will live and work together under simulated battle conditions. Upon completion of the training the crew members will be ready for duty on the fighting fronts. Corp. Lea entered the service at Camp Croft, S.C., in March of 1943. He completed high school in May of 1941 and was employed at the Boston Cleaners prior to entering the service. Cadet Wm. E. Tapcott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude E. Tapcott, Rte. 1, Burlington, has successfully completed the basic flying training in the 3024th Army Air Base Unite at Marana Army Air Field, Tucson, Arizona. He attended Elon College High School and before entering the service was employed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Staff Sgt. James W. Wheeler, foster son of Maude Presnell, Rte. 2, Snow Camp, and member of the 81st “Wildcat” Infantry Division, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. It is awarded for exemplary conduct and skill in action against the enemy. The Wildcat Division recently invaded the southern islands of the Japanese held Palau group 500 miles east of the Philippines. 1st Lt. J.C. Cook, is now at his home at 210 S. Main St., Graham, after 32 months with the infantry in the American theater of war. Lt. Cook visited J.S. Cook, Sr., after passing through the Ft. McPherson Reception Station, Georgia. Tech 5th Grade William Buff, son of Vance Buff, Fix Street, is a member of Company M, 1st Parachute Training Regiment of the Parachute School in Ft. Denning, Georgia and ahs been granted a 14 day furlough. Corp. Bruce W. Talbert recently spent a furlough at home with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Talbert, Rte. 2, Graham and his wife, the former Mary Edna Gravette of Alabama. Before entering the service he was employed at Charlotte. He trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia and at Ft. Meade, Maryland. At present he is awaiting overseas assignment at New York. Aviation Cadet Ethiele G. Todd, son of Mrs. Alm Todd Burch and husband of the former Betty Goodman of Baltimore, was to have received his commission and pilot’s wings on Feb. 2, was injured in advanced training at Frederick Army Air Field, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the Class of 1941, Burlington High School. His mother received word of his injury on Dec. 22 and was notified that he is in the station hospital at Sheppard Field, Texas. Pfc. R. Ferrell Todd, son of Mrs. Alma Todd Burch, and husband of the former Margaret McAllan of Burlington, and Canada, graduated from the Burlington High School in 1943 and is with the military police station in the central Pacific area of war. Lawrence L. Madden recently spent a three day leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Madden, Rte. 3, Burlington. He entered the Navy on May 16, 1944 and trained at Camp Peary, Va. Before going on sea duty he was stationed at Norfolk and Boston. January 4, 1945 Wounded in Action: Central Pacific: Pfc. Ocie Adams, Mrs. Maggie Hutchins, mother, Buck Tech Sgt. Luther C. Addison, Mrs. Bell S. Addison, wife, 1408 East Main St., Durham Tech 5th Grade Kelly Alligood, Lyman Alligood, father, Rte. 2, Washington Sgt. Linwood S. Barnes, Mrs. Frances W. Barnes, wife, Aulander Pfc. Wm. E. Bennett, Mrs. Phoebe C. Bennett, mother, Starr Pfc. Hobert W. Brown, Mrs. Maggie C. Brown, wife, 1622 East 25th St., Winston-Salem Pfc. James W. Brown, Mrs. Lucy E. Brown, mother, Walnut Cove Staff Sgt. Sarry G. Buckner, Mrs. Dover E. Buckner, mother, Rte. 4, Asheville Pvt. Kenneth D. Cline, Mrs. Gertrude B. Cline, wife, Cherryville Pfc. Charlton D. Coley, Mrs. Fannie S. Coley, wife, Roanoke Rapids Pfc. Burley W. Cordell, Otis B. Cordell, father, 2433 9th Avenue, Hickory Pvt. James F. Castin, Fred P. Castin, father, Warsaw Pvt. Calvin J. Crisp, Dave E. Crisp, father, Hillow Creek Pfc. Leland E. Davis, Mrs. Frances L. Davis, wife, Starr Corp. Robert E. Dorsett, Mrs. Margaret A. Dorsett, wife, Lexington Pfc. Isaac G. Edwards, Mrs. Lula D. Edwards, mother, Chocowinity Staff Sgt. Lee R. Ellis, Mrs. Ida M. Ellis, mother, Stony Point Pfc. Edward H. Ervin, Mrs. Laura M. Ervin, wife, Shelby Pfc. Milton M. Fairly, Jr., Milton M. Fairly, father, Laurinberg Pfc. James C. Ferrell, Mrs. Ruby Ferrell, mother, Rte. 4, Charlotte Pfc. Lawrence L. Fowler, Mrs. Lena M. Fowler, wife, 2106 Knox St., Durham Pfc. Rugus J. Fox, Mrs. Eva L. Fox, wife, East Bend Pfc. Alphonso Goodwin, Mrs. Annie L. Goodwin, mother, Hertford Tech 4th Grade Percy R. Haithcock, Mrs. Vert J. Haithcock, wife, Cedar Falls Pvt. Jessie G. Hamilton, Mrs. Agnes R. Hamilton, mother, Harkers Island Pfc. Avon Hancock, Mrs. Lilly L. Hancock, mother, Beaufort Pfc. Dewey K. Hass, Mrs. Geneva(?) P. Hass, wife, Newton Pfc. Alexander Hinkle, Mrs. Hilda V. Hinkle, wife, Welcome Pfc. Robert J. Horne, Mrs. Vivolet D. Horne, wife, Wingate Ssgt. Harry H. Huffstetler, Mrs. Mary D. Huffstetler, mother, Belmont Pfc. Johnnie c. Hughes, Mrs. Pattie P. Hughes, mother, Windsor Sgt. Thomas E. Hull, Mrs. Lula D. Hull, mother, Vale Staff Sgt. James W. Hutchins, Mrs. Ruby L. Hutchins, wife, 2701 Stockton St., Winston Salem Pvt. James W. King, Mrs. James W. King, wife, Faison Pvt. Aaron Kirby, Salem H. Kirby, father, Lenoir Pvt. Howard Locklear, John V. Oxetaline, grandfather, Lumberton Pfc. Ralph Lucas, Mrs. Jane Lucas, grandmother, Lucama Pfc. James L. McCormick, Mrs. Sallie D. McCormick, mother, Fairmont Pfc. Hubert Pryor, Mrs. Clotie Pryor, mother, Shelby Pfc. Levi J. Smith, Mrs. Temple J. Smith, mother, Lawsonville Staff Sgt. Jack W. Sparrow, Mrs. Julie S. Sparrow, wife, Spencer Pfc. Daniel D. Stewart, Kenny C. Stewart, father, Candor Pfc. James A. Story, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Story, mother, Rhochiss(?) Sgt. Roscoe E. Taylor, Mrs. Mary G. Taylor, mother, Rte. 1, Greensboro Pvt. Jack Wainright, Mrs. Birdie G. Wainright, mother, Washington Staff Sgt. Davis H. Wheeler, Mrs. Nona P. Wheeler, mother, Louisburg Pfc. Harold N. Yoder, Mrs. Lizzie Kete Yoder, mother, Rte. 1, Hickory European Area Pfc. Wm. H. Armstrong, Charles W. Armstrong, Sr., father, 639 Mitchell Ave., Salisbury Pvt. Alex E. Arnold, Eddie C. Arnold, father, Zebulon Pvt. Noah t. Benton, Mrs. Beulah Benton, wife, Purlear Pfc. Lester D. Bowling, Mrs. Mary E. Bowling, mother, Roxboro Pfc. Chester Chavis, Mrs. Minnie J. Sampson, mother, Fairmont Pvt. Chrest Cole, Mrs. Dorothy E. Cole, wife, 1609 Wellmore Ct. Charlotte Pvt. Bert O. Evans, Mrs. Lillie M. Atwood, sister, Sparta Pfc. Ralph C. Fariss, Virginia E. Fariss, sister, Mt. Airy Pvt. Wm. W. Fowler, Henry C. Fowler, father, Fletcher Pfc. Milas I. Huntley, Mrs. Zona B. Huntley, wife, Stanfield Sgt. Russell S. Henderson, Jr., Mrs. Mary M. Henderson, wife, Charlotte Pfc. Paul Henry, Mrs. Rosa D. Henry, mother, Morven Pfc. Billie T. Herrin, Mrs. Hattie E. Herrin, mother, Randleman Sgt. Aster J. Huffstetler, Andrew J. Huffstetler, father, Lincolnton Sgt. Millard G. Jones, John S. Jones, father, Rte. 3, West Asheville Pfc. Wm. C. Jordan, Mrs. Dorothy L. Jordan, wife, Harmony Pvt. James M. King, Mrs. Elizabeth C. King, wife, 1307 6th St., Durham 1st Sgt. Noah D. Lauten, Mrs. Noah D. Lauten, wife, 1901 Chapel St., Winston-Salem Pvt. John W. Marlin, Miss Helen C. Marlin, sister, Hamptonville Pfc. Marshall M. Massey, Mrs. Servarda Massey, mother, Rte. 3, Durham Sgt. Joseph D. Parker, Mrs. Eva G. Parker, mother, Nashville Pfc. George F. Pierce, Mrs. Sallie L. Pierce, mother, Concord Tech Fourth Grade Carl L. Walton, Mrs. Mary C. Walton, mother, Salisbury Pfc. Eugene West, Mrs. Hettie E. West, mother, Willard Sgt. Wm. C. Willett, Mrs. Sarah L. Willett, mother, Waynesville Pfc. Claude C. Young, Mrs. Laura E. Young, wife, Lexington Pvt. Alfred Neuharth, Mrs. Eva Neuharth, mother, Hurdsfield Pfc. Merlin O’Conner, Carl F. Simonsen, friend, Kensal Pvt. Raymond M. Peterson, Mrs. Mathilda Hazeltine, mother, Sherwood Mediterranean Area Sgt. Walter D. Allen, Harvey C. Allen, father, Richlands Pvt. Clyde R. Anderson, Mrs. Cora P. Anderson, mother, Mt. Airy Pfc. Clarence R. Andrews, Mrs. Virginia R. Andrews, wife, Mt. Pleasant Pfc. Calvin V. Atwood, C.A. Atwood, father, Thomasville Pvt. Johnnie W. Austin, Mrs. Wilma Austin, wife, Taylorsville Sgt. Horace E. Banks, Mrs. Mary M. Banks, mother, Brevard Pfc. John M. Barger, Mrs. John M. Barger, mother, Rte. 5, Salisbury Pvt. David P. Barham, Mrs. Mary F. Barham, mother, Reidsville Pfc. Eugene A. Berry, Mrs. Ettie E. Berry, mother, Banner Elk Pfc. Denver W. Breedlove, Mrs. Ethel Breedlove, mother, Clyde Pfc. Harry E. Buchanan, Mrs. Rhotta L. Buchanan, mother, Minneapolis Staff Sgt. O’Dell B. Buchanan, Mrs. Gladys B. Tomerlin, mother, Sunford Pvt. Herbert C. Clark, Mrs. Lottie B. Clark, wife, Chocowinity Tech Sgt. Carroll M. Collins, Mrs. Frances G. Collins, mother, Rte. 4, Asheville Pvt. Kenneth H. Davis, Mrs. Jennie C. Davis, mother, Clammons Pfc. Guilford W. Dodson, Edsel H. Dodson, brother, Madison Pfc. Pearl E. Earwood, Mrs. Lamburs E. Earwood, mother, Kannapolis Pfc. Allard L. Garren, Mrs. Betty J. Garren, wife, Hendersonville Pvt. Wm. P. Gillett, Miss Gertrude Francis, friend, Clyde Pvt. Berman J. Godwin, Mrs. Mamie H. Godwin, mother, Smithfield Pvt. Harry S. Harrison, Jr., Mrs. Vivian M. Harrison (no relation stated), Whitakers Pvt. Ralph Hayes, Mrs. Maria L. Hayes, mother, Rte. 1, Gilreath Pfc. Henry R. Hill, Mrs. Kathleen P. Hill, wife, Asheboro Pvt. James M. Hooker, Mrs. Gladys B. Hooder, wife, Mt. Airy Pvt. Elbert L. Hunter, Mrs. Ruthie(?) L. Hunter, wife, Mt. Airy Pvt. Guy E. Hutchins, Mrs. Tennie H. Hutchins, mother, Rte. 1, Winston-Salem Sgt. Eddie Johnson, Mrs. Ella Johnson, mother, Gibson Pfc. Raymond M. Johnson, Mrs. Eva Johnson, mother, Lincolnton Pfc. James O. Jordan, Mrs. Martha C. Jordan, mother, Candor Pvt. Robert R. Jordan, Mrs. Fannie D. Jordan, mother, Varina Pvt. Lewis E. Laney, Mrs. Lisa V. Laney, mother, Canton Pfc. Lee R. Ledford, Mrs. Rebecca L. Ledford, mother, 107 Tiernan St., Asheville Sgt. Waymon M. Melvin, Mrs. Maude E. Melvin, mother, Lakedale Pfc. Bill H. Nicholson, Fred Nicholson, father, Rosman Pvt. Charlie R. Oldham, Mrs. Wilma M. Oldham, wife, Browns Summit 1st Lt. Herbert D. Parker, Mrs. Ruth H. Parker, wife, Winton(?) Pvt. Thomas B. Peterson, Thaw M. Peterson, father, Ivanhoe Pvt. James N. Pittillo, Mrs. Annie M. Pittillo, wife, Hendersonville Pfc. J.D. Randall, Mrs. Hattie P. Randall, mother, Belwood Pvt. Erdman Ransom, Mrs. Cleaty Ransom, wife, Fairmont Pvt. Bruce Ratliff, Mrs. Gertrude Ratliff Williams, mother, Rockingham Pvt. Cecil S. Reynolds, Mrs. Hattie C. Reynolds, mother, Norman Staff Sgt. Perry H. Rice, Lawson P. Rice, father, Marshall Staff Sgt. Harden M. Robbins, Mrs. Fannie W. Robbins, mother, Mebane Pvt. John C. Rush, Jr., Mrs. John C. Rush, mother, Liberty Pfc. Forrest J. Sain, Mrs. Beulah L. Sain, wife, Vale Pfc. Paul M. Shumate, Mrs. Mamie L. Shumate, mother, Hays Pfc. Joe V. Smith, Cicero Scales Smith, father, Liberty Pfc. James E. Stallings, Mrs. Bessie Z. Stallings, mother, Concord Pfc. John T. Ward, Mrs. Nettie B. Ward, mother, Hendersonville Pvt. Bernard W. Wright, Mrs. Dora(?) Flora(?) W. Wright, mother, Asheboro Pvt. Hubert Wright, Mrs. Bertha Wright, mother, Canton Southwest Pacific Area Pvt. Arthur W. Closson, Mrs. Cynthia G. Closson, wife, 204 East Blvd., Charlotte January 5, 1945 Our Men and Women in Service: Mr. and Mrs. Connie Sharpe received word of the promotion of their son Pfc. Winfred L. Sharpe to Tech Fifth Grade Corporal. He entered the service on Nov. 16, 1942 and has been overseas 21 months. He is now in Italy. His brother Burl is stationed in Florida and has been promoted to the rank of Corporal. He entered the service on April 19, 1943 and has been in Florida since March 1, 1944. He is a crew chief. Another son, Seaman Second Class Dever C. Sharpe, is at sea. Pvt. Wm. H. Long son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Long of Graham and the husband of Alta Squires Long received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida. He entered the service on June 23, 1944 and is now stationed somewhere in England. Pfc. Lee Darling has returned to Parris Island after spending the holidays with his wife and family at their new home on North Mebane Street. He has been with the Maintenance Department at Parris Island since June 21, 1944. He entered the Marine Corps March 17, 1944. Staff Sgt. Isaac F. Bear, son of Mrs. Winnie Bear of this city has arrived somewhere in New Guinea. He received his training at Camp Adair, Oregon and transferred to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Corp. Casper P. Bear has been transferred from Westover Field, Massachusetts to Topeka, Kansas. He received training at Keesler Field, Mississippi after entering the service on March 17, 1943. Vernon Matthew Winfrey, Seaman Second Class, has been assigned to the U.S.S. New York. He took boot training at Camp Peary, Va., and was assigned to his ship at Norfolk, Va in November of 1944. His wife, the former Alma Mitchell and daughter visited him at that time in Norfolk. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. V.G. Winfrey, Sr., of Ruffin St. Winfred Bryan Mitchell, Seaman Second Class, now stationed at U.S. Naval Air Station, Vero Beach, Fla., recently spent a 15 day furlough with his sister Mrs. V.M. Winfrey with whom he has made his home before volunteering for the Navy in January of 1944. He took training at Jacksonville, Fla., and has been stationed at Vero Beach, Fla., following duty in the Caribbean, South America and Bermuda. He is the son of J.M. Mitchell of Rte. 1. John Earl Williams, Seaman First Class, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Williams of Johnson St., Burlington, entered the service on May 18, 1944 and trained at Great Lakes, Illinois and at Coronado Naval Base, San Diego, Calif. He has recently been assigned to a ship. His wife, the former Lucille Hinshaw, visited him recently in California. Mrs. Williams and daughters Dinda and Ann reside at 700 Bare and Brown Drive in this city. Corp. James O. Haywood, a graduate of the A.A.F. Technical School at Boca Raton, Fla., recently spent a 15 day delay to ORD Greensboro, with his mother, Mrs. Flora Haywood of 301 Beaumont Avenue. Tech Fourth Grade Donald F. Lashley returned from 34 months overseas in the American Theater of Operations and was due to have arrived at Ft. Bragg Dec. 30 prior to reaching his home at 301 (?) Washington St., where he will visit his parents Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Lashley. Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Turner of Burlington were advised by the War Department today that their son Staff Sgt. Pote Turner was wounded in action in France on Nov. 13. The information said he was only slightly wounded. Seaman First Class Frank Waddell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Waddell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Waddell, Rte. 4, Burlington and is now stationed at Ft. Pearce, Fla. He received his training at Camp Peary, Va., and was sent to Urbana, Illinois where he received four months of schooling. He was formerly employed at the E.M. Holt Plaid Mills before going off into the Navy. Pvt. Charles R. Turner is stationed with the Signal Corps., somewhere in England. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Turner, Andrews St. His wife, the former Frances Whitt and daughter patsy are making their home with Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Whitt of Anthony St. Before going overseas he received training at Ft. Riley and Camp Gruber. He was formerly employed by Fairchild Aircraft. Thommy L. McPherson, S.C. Petty Officer, U.S.N., spent his leave with his mother Mrs. C.R. McPherson of Graham. He is stationed with the Charleston Navy Yard on salvaging work. He joined the Navy Jan. 1, 1942 and wears the American Theater of War and the Commendation Bars. Elmer J. McPherson, Third Class Petty Officer U.S.N. has returned to his ship after spending four days with his wife the former Edith Somers. He entered the Navy in July of 1943 and took his basic training at Bainbridge, Md., armed guard training at Norfolk, Va., and South Brooklyn, N.Y. He is now wearing the Atlantic and Pacific Theater of War bars. Pfc. George P. Brooks entered the Marine Corps in March of 1944 and trained at Parris Island, S.C. He is now stationed at Cherry Point, N.C. During Christmas he visited his wife the former Katherine Hill and baby in Graham. Seaman Second Class Clifford Ramey entered service in April of 1944 and trained at Camp Peary, Va. After returning from a 12 day leave with his wife and children he returned to his base and was sent overseas in June. He is now stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. Mrs. Ramey, the former Edna Hill and their two children are living on East Elm Street in Graham. Seaman Second Class Clinton Horner, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Horner of Graham and has been transferred from duty aboard ship to the U.S. Naval Hospital at New Orleans where he is confined with an injured back. He was serving aboard an LST and has been in service since June. January 8, 1945 The War Department today announced the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to the following North Carolina members of the U.S. Army 8th Air Force: 1st Lt. Charles W. Stevens, 1216 S. Graham Avenue, Charlotte 2nd Lt. Jack N. Carter, 607 Fenemore St., Winson-Salem Technical Sgt. Jack R. Guill, 1639 Spring Garden, Greensboro Staff Sgt. Ben A Ross, R.F.D. 4, Statesville January 9, 1945 Killed in Action Mediterranean Theater Pvt. Francis Allen, Mrs. Minnie B. Allen, Rte. 1, Neuse Tech Fifth Grade Kime M. Angel, mother, Rte. 3, Winston-Salem Pvt. Wyatt H. Averill, mother, 807, Morgan Street, Durham Pvt. Louis E. Baker, Mrs. Mae S. Baker, mother, 129 State Street, Charlotte Tech Sgt. Charles E. Ballance, Wm. E. Balance, father, Black Creek Pvt. Clell C. Bare, Alex Bare, grandfather, Crumpler Pfc. John F. Barnes, Mrs. Pauline F. Barnes, wife, Rte. 1, Linwood Pfc. Harold Z. Bateman, Ida M. Bateman, mother, Robbinsville Pvt. Benjamin F. Berrier, Isaac D. Barrier, father, Rte. 4, Mocksville Pvt. Wm. D. Blake, Mrs. Ella G. Blake, mother, Rte.1, Beaufort Pvt. James F. Bledsoe, Mrs. Lizzie Calhoun, mother, Hope Mills Tech 4th Grade Wm. L. Boswell, Mrs. Bessie E. Boswell, mother, Rte. 2, Wilson Corp. Wilson R. Bridgers, Wm. R. Bridgers, father, Lasker Sgt. Raymond E. Bringle, Mrs. Sadie B. Bringle, wife, Rte. 1, Salisbury Staff Sgt. Kenneth H. Burns, Mrs. Addie L. Burns, mother, 212 Stame St., Sanford Pvt. Earl E. Carpenter, Mrs. Mattie B. Carpenter, mother, Rte. 3, Kings Mountain Pvt. Winfred R. Carson, Mrs. Frances j. Carson, wife, 1701 Matheson Avenue, Charlotte Pvt. James R. Church, Mrs. Virtie Church, mother, 706 Glence St., Winston Salem Corp. Joseph A. Crouch, Mrs. Pansy S. Crouch, mother, 1108 Franklin St., Roanoke Rapids Pfc. Harold K. Deal, Mrs. Texie Deal, mother, Rte. 2, Pores Knob Corp. Harvey C. Draughton, Mrs. Mary L. Draughton, mother, Dobson Pvt. Nathan C. Draughn, Mildred A. Draughn, wife, 261 South St., Mt. Airy Pvt. Stephen P. Faircloth, Mrs. Zula A. Faircloth, wife, 323 Snow Hill Rd., Goldsboro 1st Lt. Arthur H. Fuller, Jr., Mrs. Annie C. Fuller, mother, Hillcrest, Gastonia Staff Sgt. Wilfred O. Gates, Mrs. Louise M. Gates, wife, Rte. 1, Timberlake Pfc. Henry P. Glosson, Jr., Mrs. Athaline R. Glosson, wife, Rte. 1, Kannapolis Pvt. Claude P. Green, Mrs. Elm D. Green, mother, Rte. 1, Concord Flight Officer Edward M. Griffin, Mrs. Reva C. Griffin, wife, 117 Welling Avenue, Charlotte 1st Lt. Charles E. Harris, Mrs. Margaret E. Harris, wife, 507 Driver Avenue, Durham Pfc. James W. Hatchel, Mrs. Mattie F. Hatchell, mother, Rte. 4, Fayetteville Pfc. Archie J. Hawkins, Miss Pearl M. Hawkins, sister, Rte. 1, Leicester Sgt. Chesley M. Holder, Mrs. Flossie M. Dickson, mother, Rte. 2, Rocky Mount Corp. Thomas V. Holleman, Mrs. Ruby Hinkle, sister, Rte. 1, Lexington Major Oliver M. Horton, Mrs. Fred J. Ammons(?), sister, 1408 Hillsborn St., Raleigh Pfc. Clyde p. Houston, Mrs. Effie C. Houston, mother, Rte. 4, Statesville Pvt. Ocko F. Leonard, Mrs. Artie Norris, mother, 530 Franklin St., Lexington Sgt. Gilbert D. Lloyd, Mrs. Emily J. Lloyd, mother, 608 East Greene St., High Point Pfc. Clyde C. Love, Mrs. Dallie Love, mother, Rte. 2, Standfield Pvt. James D. Lowe, Mrs. Pearl E. Brown, mother, Springfield Pvt. Caleb D. Marion, Mrs. Blanche Carrie Marion, mother, Rte. 3, Asheboro Pfc. John C. Marnye, Mrs. Edith A. Marnye, wife, Landis Sgt. Harold J. McCrary, Joe A. McCrary, father, Howard Pfc. Roland E. McKinney, Mrs. Allie M. McKinney, wife, Rte. 7, Charlotte Pfc. Herbert B. McLamb, Mrs. Alice E. McLamb, wife, Benson Pvt. Guy R. McNeil, Mrs. Myrtle C. McNeil, mother, Rte. 3, Lenoir Pfc. Clayton Messer, Rufus W. Messer, father, Mount Sterling Pfc. Joseph W. Metters, Mrs. Alice T. Metters, mother, Rte. 2, Thomasville Sgt. Woodrow W. Moore, Mrs. Clarence R. Moore, mother, Rte. 3, Reidsville Tech 5th Grade Buford R. Nelson, Mrs. Sallie J. Nelson, mother, Rte. 1, Leaksville Pvt. Jesse W. Nobles, Mrs. Annie R. Nobles, wife, Rte. 1, Chadbourn Pvt. Horace T. Owens, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Owens, mother, Rte. 1, China Grove Pfc. McKinley F. Parton, Glen T. Parton, father, Lake Junaluska(?) Pvt. Homer Peterson, Mrs. Birdie Peterson, mother, Day Brook Staff Sgt. Charlie M. Pierce, Mrs. Ruby J. Pierce, wife, Rte. 3, Aulander Capt. Gordon B. Queen, Mrs. Marie A. Queen, wife, Drewel Pfc. Harry S. Rakestraw, Mrs. Fannie C. Rakestraw, mother, Rte. 4, Reidsville Pvt. Rudy Randall, Mrs. Evelyn H. Randall, wife, 3012 The Plaza, Charlotte Sgt. Matt W. Ransom, III, Mrs. Mary B. Ransom, mother, Roanoke Rapids Pvt. Fred H. Reece, Mrs. Lou Reece, mother, Mabel Pfc. Herbert W. Register, Mrs. Beulah J. Register, mother, Mount Holly Pfc. Wilbert Register, Mrs. Eliza C. Register, mother, Rte. 4, Whiteville Pvt. Colon B. Reynolds, Mrs. Pauline B. Reynolds, wife, Rte. 1, Lincolnton Staff Sgt. Charles G. Steward, Mrs. Janie C. Steward, mother, 1317 English St., High Point Tech Fifth Grade, Hocutt(?) D. Sherron, Mrs. Violet Sherron (no relation given), Ret. 4, Durham Pfc. Walter G. Shugart, Mrs. Bertie P. Shugart, mother, Rte. 1, Boonville Pfc. Ivy G. Shumate, Monroe Shumate, father, Wilkesboro Pfc. Lester D. Sink, Early L. Sink, father, Rte. 1, Thomasville Pvt. Elbert R. Smith, Mrs. Lula J. Smith, mother, Rte. 2, White Oak Pfc. James C. Smith, Mrs. Hanna Smith, mother, 59 Covington St., Wadesboro Pfc. Wade Smith, Henry Smith, Rte. 1, Whiteville Pvt. Clyde L. Sparks, Mrs. Rita Kilpatrick Sparks, wife, Rte. 2, Murphy Tech 5th Grade, Carl E. Spry, Mrs. Minnie M. Spry, mother, Rte. 1, Woodleaf Pfc. Jesse R. Stancil, Mrs. Ada J. Stancil, mother, 516 North West Street, Raleigh Pvt. Oline W. Stanfield, Mrs. Reba Stanfield, wife, Franklin Pvt. Joseph G. Stocks, Mrs. Pearlie V.E. Stocks, mother, Rte. 2, Robersonville Pvt. Billie B. Taylor, Mrs. Myrtle W. Taylor, mother, 313 Olesby Alley, Charlotte Pfc. New W. Thompson, Mrs. Helen S. Thompson, mother, Rte. 4, Greensboro Pfc. Jeremiah Toineeta, Mrs. Martha Y. Toineeta, mother, Cherokee Pvt. Joseph D. Underwood, Mrs. Evelyn B. Underwood, wife, Rte. 1, Canton Pvt. Thomas E. Vaught, Mrs. Ruth E. Vaught, wife, Rte. 1, Glumpler Pfc. Reuben E. Ward, Miss Georgie N. Ward, sister, Plaid Street, Extension, Rte. 4, Burlington Col. Cecil L. Wells, Mrs. Cecil L. Walls, wife, c/o Col. G.C. Salisbury, Pope Field, Ft. Bragg Pvt. Henry West, Mrs. Cordie M. Webb, mother, Rte. 1, Albemarle Pvt. Gilmer W. White, Mrs. Velvie S. White, mother, Rte. 1, Germanton Pfc. Glenn E. Williams, Mrs. Minnie E. Williams, mother, Rte. 1 , Winston-Salem Pfc. Carl R. Zachary, Mrs. Evelyn B. Zachary, wife, Rte. 1, Graham Silver Stars Awarded for Gallantry in Action: 1st Lt. Woodrow W. Millsaps, infantry (parachute), R.F.D. 2, Murphy 1st Sgt. Joseph C. Carr, infantry (glider), posthumous, reported killed in action July 5, 1944 in France, widow Mrs. Garland R. Carr, R.F.D. 1, Magnolia Pvt. Charles R. Swan, infantry (parachute), posthumous, reported killed in action Jun 17, 1944 in France, widow Mrs. Margaret L. Swan, Huntersville January 12, 1945 Wounded in Action European Theater: TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: MANY OF THE BELOW SHOWED NO RELATIONSHIP AS TO THE NEXT OF KIN, JUST THE NAME Pvt. Robert H. Abshner, D.A. Abshner, no relation given, Roaring River Pvt. McKinley Aikens, Mrs. Bonnie S. Aikins, Marshall John L. Beal (no rank given), Mrs. Mary B. Beal, Hayesville Pvt. Quinten J. Beattie, Mrs. Beatrice C. Beattie, Rte. 4, Shelby Pvt. Wm. R. Blackmon, John Q. Blackmon, 1003 McColl St., Charlotte George S. Goodwin (no rank given), Raymond A. Mitchell, Rte. 1, Goldsboro Tech Sgt. John W. Goings, Ms. China T. Goints, Mt. Airy Pvt. Wm. T. Graham, Mrs. Juanita Graham, 306 lake Drive, Greensboro Wm. P. Greenlee (no rank given), Mrs. Helen F. Greenlee, 405 Carthage Road, Lumberton Pvt. Clarence G. Hanners, Mrs. Mamie H. Edwards, Rocky Mount Pvt. Adam E. Holshouser, Mrs. Margaret Holshouser, 320 S. Shaver St., Salisbury Pfc. Thomas W. Howe, Mrs. Claudia M. Howe, Victory Station, Gastonia Pvt. Raeford P. Kimrey, Mrs. Edna W. Kimrey, Albemarle Tech Fourth Grade Raymond L. Latham, Mrs. Raymond L. Latham, 231 N. Pierce St., Washington Staff Sgt. Haywood Lotta, Mrs. Katherine V. Lotta, Box 11, Warrenton Charles C. Lightsey (no rank given), Mrs. Mary M. Lightsey, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte Charles A. Lowe (no rank given), Mrs. Ala S. Lowe, Cary Sgt. George F. Miller, Mrs. Lela B. Miller, Magnolia Tech Fifth Grade Robert R. Mullis, Sr., Mrs. Mary V. Mullis, 316 E. Worthington St., Charlotte Clifton D. Newsom (no rank given), Mrs. Kathryn R. Newsom, 142 Leight St., Winston-Salem Pfc. Arthur G. Norris, Mrs. Naley N. Norris, Four Oaks Staff Sgt. Charles W. Overcash, Mrs. Lillie Overcash, 604 West 8th St., Kannapolis Pvt. Jasper L. Pickler, Mrs. Edith Pickler, 233 Ludlow St., Albemarle Pfc. Eugene E. Pittman, Mrs. Mozelle D. Pittman, Jacksonville Pvt. Lionel H. Potter, Mrs. Dora Potter, Deep Run Sgt. Sorifield Ray, Mrs. Hester D. Ray, Relief Corp. Wados V. Register, Wm. M. Register, Whiteville Pfc. Hugh H. Riddle, Mrs. Edith H. Riddle, 342 Circle Avenue Apartments, Charlotte Pvt. Boyd C. Riley, Mrs. Pauline L. Riley, Kings Mountain Ralph E. Ritch (no rank given), Mrs. Hazel A. Ritch, 2019 S. Blvd, Charlotte Pvt. Grant Roberts, Mrs. Walter M. Roberts, Ronda Linwood R. Shehoan (no rank given), Mrs. Annie F. Shehoan, c/o Mrs. R.M. Tallman, Jacksonville Pfc. Carl A. Sigmon, Mrs. Maggie Sigmon, Lincolnton Staff Sgt. Robert E. Smith, Mrs. Robert E. Smith, 38 Lindsey St., Reidsville Staff Sgt. Ulyess L. Smith, Mrs. Geneva E. Smith, 108-B Monroe St., Roanoke Rapids 1st Sgt. Wilbur W. Smith, Mrs. Myrtle A. Smith, 100 Haywood St., Asheville Pvt. Woodrow Stevens, Mrs. Leona A. Stevens, Thomasville Capt. Wm. Q. Serratt, Mrs. Julia Serratt, 308 Kimes St., Burlington Charles R. Treat, (no rank given), Mrs. Jennie B. Williams, Mayodan Pvt. Charlie Trull, Mrs. Rhona E. Trull, 120 Welling Avenue, Charlotte Connie R. Underwood (no rank given), Mrs. Louvenia Underwood, 100 Barnwell St., Burlington Pfc. Keston C. Vick, Mrs. Sallie D. Vick, Bailey Sgt. John W. Walden, Mrs. Cina M. Walden, Lexington Ervin W. Williams, Mrs. Bonnie M. Williams, Morganton Pvt. Willie E. Williams, Mrs. Linda J. Williams, Drexel Pvt. Winston W. Wilson, Mrs. Ines E. Wilson, 208 Bourkemont Avenue, Morganton January 13, 1945 Two additional men have recently been reported missing in action in France and Germany, Pfc. Leon L. Perry, husband of Mrs. Mary Perry on Logan Street and a former local resident has been missing in Germany since Dec. 13, 1944 while Sgt. Grady L. Wise, brother of Mrs. J.R. Latham of Park Avenue, has been missing in France since December 11. Pfc. Perry is the son of Mrs. H.C. Perry of Siler City. Prior to entering the army in February, 1944, he was employed here by the Associated Transport Corp. He received basic training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama and went overseas in August. Sgt. Wise is a native of Newberry, S.C., and was a graduate of Clemson College, Class of 1943. He trained at Ft. Jackson, S.C., and at Camp Atterbury, Indiana before going overseas with the 106th (?) Infantry Division in October. He is the second member of his family to die in action. A brother, Staff Sgt. David H. Wise was killed in France on July 23, 1944. January 15, 1945 Wounded in Action European Theater: Pvt. Harvey S. Bauman, Mrs. Harvey S. Bauman, wife, 1211 E. 5th St., Charlotte Pvt. Carl L. Ravender, Mrs. Ethel B. Ravender, wife, Boonville Pvt. Wilbur B. Braxton, Mrs. Maggie N. Braxton, mother, 320 East Nash, Wilson Tech. Sgt. Wm. J. Brown, Xeniphar Brown, father, Clarkton Pvt. Glen G. Buchanan, Mrs. Mary H. Buchanan, wife, Bandane(?) Pfc. Wm. M. Cline, Mrs. Minnie R. Cline, mother, Rte. 1, Taylorsville Pfc. Ray H. Eudy, Mrs. Daisy H. Eudy, mother, Rte. 1, Mt. Pleasant Pvt. Evon G. Farris, Mrs. Viola S. Farris, wife, c/o W.N.C. Sanitarium, Black Mountain Corp. Hubert L. Fesperman, Mrs. Mamie Fesperman, mother, Rockwell Pfc. Woodrow Formyduval, Mrs. Eunice H. Formyduval, wife, Shallotte Sgt. Hunter M. Brady, Hunter J. Brady, father, Rte. 4, Oxford Pfc. John W. Gullege, Sr., Mrs. Beatrice Q. Gullege, wife, Lilesville Pfc. Elbert P. Gurganus, Mrs. Ollie S. Gurganus, mother, Rte. 1, Clarendon Pvt. Guy L. Henson, Mrs. Ruby B.L. Henson, wife, Moresville 1st lt. Edward B. Hipp, Mrs. Charlotte E. Hipp, mother, 420 Victoria St., Greensboro Pvt. Play H. Hoyle, Clem D. Hoyle, father, Rte. 5, Shelby Pfc. James E. Huffman, Mrs. Nancy Annie Huffman, mother, Parsonville 2nd lt. Fred Hughes, Mrs. Shirley H. Hughes, wife, 1514 Johnson, High Point Pfc. Donald M. James, Samuel M. James, father, 718 S. Marshall, Winston-Salem Pvt. Earle Jones, Mrs. Glennie J. Cox, mother, 104 S. Orion St., Kinston Pvt. Leonard M. Kerriker, Mrs. Julie A. Kerriker, wife, Rte. 2, Davidson Pvt. Willie A. Kidd, Mrs. Bertha Lee Kidd, mother, Rte. 1, Claley or Cialey Pfc. Phillip O. Lanier, Mrs. Clora D. Lanier, mother, Rte. 5, Lexington Pvt. Herman L. Lindsey, Frances S. Lindsey, wife, 31-F Clara Cox Apt., High Point Pfc. Roscoe Locklear, Herman Jacobs, brother-in-law, Rte. 1, Pembroke Pfc. Earl Loftus, Mrs. Edith F. Loftus, wife, 26 Annandale Avenue, Asheville Pfc. Herbert G. Long, Mrs. Ida G. Long, mother, Rte. 3, Roxboro Pvt. Forest G. Lowry, Mrs. Myrile K. Lowry, wife, Carolun Pfc. Alex L. Maness, Mrs. Zula B. Maness, mother, Pinehurst Pfc. Charles B. McFarland, Mrs. Mabel M. McFarland, wife, Marion Pfc. Rex W. McLean, Obie L. McLean, brother, Erwin Pvt. Earl McRay, Mrs. Bertha Irvin, sister, 5th Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain Staff Sgt. Eugene A. Merrell, Mrs. Ellen F. Merrell, mother, 842 Kings St., Hendersonville Pfc. Samuel P. Myers, Mrs. Mattie U. Myers, mother, Rte. 5, Greensboro Tech 4th Grade Marvin H. Parker, Eli Parker, father, Rte. 1, Wallace Pfc. Warren S. Pennington, Mrs. Hazel V. Pennington, mother, Wilmington Pfc. Fred A. Porter, Mrs. Maude E. Porter, mother, Aberdeen Corp. Herbert E. Porter, Mrs. Porthenia D. Porter, wife, 6 Cross St., Asheville Pfc. Wm. F. Powers, William E. Powers, father, Elkin Capt. Edward L. Rose, O.A. Rose, father, Norlina Pfc. Ed T. Silvers, Thore C. Silvers, father, Rte. 1, Weaverville Pvt. Cliff C. Smith, Mrs. Etta T. Smith, wife, 201 Steel St., Wadesboro Pvt. Harry N. Smith, Mrs. Bertie C. Smith, mother, 502 East 2nd St., Greensville Pfc. Melvin Smith, Mrs. Catherine Smith, wife, Waynesville Pfc. Lloyd L. Thomas, Mrs. Mattie L. Thomas, mother, Rte. 1, Cameron Sgt. Stanley M. Thomas, Mrs. Ruby G. Thomas, wife, Alarka Pvt. Zebulon V. Tolar, Mrs. Wilma E. Tolar, wife, Tarheel Pfc. Edward E. Tudor, Mrs. Eula W. Tudor, wife, Hillsboro Pfc. Cervern C. Tuttle, G.T. Tuttle, father, Rte. 1, Walnut Cove Pfc. Fonzo R. Wallace, Mrs. Martha Wallace, mother, Rte. 1, Salema Pvt. John T. Whaley, Mrs. Annie Kinon Whaley, mother, Rte. 2, Richlands Pfc. Charlie L. Whitley, Mrs. Clovene M. Whitley, wife, Roanoke Rapids Pfc. Wm. N. Yelverton, George E. Yelverton, father, Eureka Navy Casualties Machinists Mate 1st Class John Steele Bentley, U.S.N., dead, (previously reported missing on report of casualties Dec. 1, 1944), Mrs. Ira Ethel Bentley, wife, Legerwood; Mr. and Mrs. Will Bentley, parents, Ferguson Torpedoman’s Mate 2nd Class James E. Carawan, U.S.N.R., wounded, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland Carawan, parents, 712 W. Mala St., Belhaven Steward’s Mate 1st Class Wm. Roscoe Donnell, U.S.N.R., wounded, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Donnell, parents, Greensboro Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Clyde Johnson Muse, U.S.N.R., dead, (previously reported missing on report of casualties dated 8-7-44), Mr. and Mrs. Horace Clayton Muse, parents, Gastonia Pvt. Ray T. Myers, U.S.M.C.R., wounded, Mrs. Nellie E. Mabe, mother, Pfaiftown Corp. Thomas L. Nicholson, U.S.M.C., wounded, Mr. and Mrs. Hamp B. Nicholson, parents, Wagram Chief Watertender Young Edward Strickland, U.S.N., dead, (previously reported missing on report of casualties for 12-1-44), Mrs. Ettie Strickland, mother, Smithfield Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Ollen Burl Toler, U.S.N., dead, (previously reported missing on report of casualties 11-28-44), Mr. and Mrs. Leland Macon Toler, parents, 96 George St., New Bern January 16, 1945 The War Department has notified Rufe Saul of Ossipee that his son Staff Sgt. Willard Saul was killed in action on German soil on December 4. He had been overseas since 1943 having entered the Army infantry in 1942. He was a former employee of Burlington Mills. He is survived by his wife the former Margaret Rumley; both parents; three brothers, William,Glenard and Rufus, Jr., and three sisters, Pauline, Edna, and Nannie Mae Saul. Our Men and Women in Service: Pfc. Barney Stutts, Propeller Specialist with a B-25 Mitchell bomber squadron, is at a Corsica based island. He is the son of Vivian Stutts of Graham and his wife Catherine lives at 504 S. Broad St., Burlington. Pfc. Earl C. Steele, formerly of 300 East 5th St., Burlington, has recently arrived at Welch Convalescent Hospital, the Army’s new reconditioning center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The program will speed his recovery. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Steele and entered the Army in July of 1942 and has served twelve months in Europe where he was awarded the Purple Heart and a Unit Citation. Staff Sgt. Joseph R. Dunn of Charlotte has arrived at Army Air Forces Redistribution Station #2 in Miami Beach, Florida for reassessment processing after completing a tour of duty outside the continental U.S. He was a radio operator for 33 months in the southwest Pacific and was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Dunn of Rte. 9, Charlotte. He entered the Army in September of 1941. His wife Sarah lives in Burlington. He is a graduate of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. Tech Sgt. Robert L. Batts recently returned to the states to spend a thirty day furlough after serving 33 months in the Hawaiian Islands with an ordinance company. He entered the service in April of 1941 and trained at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. His wife, the former Edith Garner, lives at 600 Maple Avenue. Clarence G. Haynes, 23 years old Mustang fighter pilot of Burlington, has been promoted to 1st lieutenant at the 8th Air Force Fighter Station in England. He flies with Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle’s 479th Fighter Group on bomber escort and strafing missions. He entered the Army Air Force in September of 1942 prior to which he was a draftsman in the Olsen and Dietrich Company, Raleigh. He is a graduate of North Carolina State College. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Haynes of 103 S. Mebane St. He holds the Air Medal for exceptional service in aerial flight over enemy held territory. 1st Lt. Samuel K. Barber was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy on Aug. 3, 1944 in France. He participated in the Normandy, France, and German campaigns. He serves as platoon commander and is the son of Mrs. Sallie P. Barber, Rte. 2, Elon College. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Foster, 102 E. Kimes St., have been notified by the War Department that their son Dallie L. Foster has been missing in action in Germany since Dec. 16, 1944. Arriving on the continent, personnel of a mobile repair and reclamation squadron of the 9th Air Force Command found two battle damaged B17’s on their field which had made forced landings and had been abandoned. Sgt. Thomas Cole of Burlington and his crew made an inspection and found one B-17 was beyond repair. This is not something new, for these mechanics have built a P-38 from spare parts of damaged planes. Under the supervision of Major Lancey, commanding officer and Lt. Simmons, engineering officer, the crew repaired the damage and put the B-17 in perfect flying condition. It has been returned to the 8th Air Force and is again bombing Germany. 1st Lt. Cecil L. Albright, Jr., son of Mrs. Axie Albright of Graham, and husband of the former Frances King of Burlington, Rte. 2, is now stationed with the Troop Carrying Command in England. He entered the Air Force on Dec. 12, 1941 and received his flight training and commission on June 21, 1942. Prior to going overseas he was stationed at Greenwood, Mississippi. Award of the Air Medal to Staff Sgt. Warren H. Vestal, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Vestal of Graham, has been announced by Major Howard C. Davidson, commanding general of the 10th Air Force, E.A.C. A B-34 gunner for the famous 7th Bombardment Group of the 10th Air Force that operates against the Japanese on the India-Burma theater, Staff Sgt. Vestal has been in service for 22 months, having spent the past seven months in this theater of operations. He has 160 combat flying hours to his credit. He attended Alexander Wilson High School. The promotion of Varary R. Hicks of Richmond, Va., to the grade of 1st lieutenant has been announced at the fliers P-51 Mustang Fighter Station in England. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde C. Young, 119 West 12th Street, Richmond and recently shot down a Nazi Focke Wulf 190 attempting to attack 8th Air Force heavy bombers escorted by his Richmond airmen. The fliers also participated in dive bombing and strafing missions over enemy occupied central Europe. Before moving to Richmond, Lt. Hicks lived in Burlington and graduated from high school in 1940. Pvt. Jack C. Butler is stationed with the infantry somewhere in England. He entered the service on March 22, 1944. Before going overseas, he trained at Fort Jackson and Camp Croft, S.C., and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. His wife and two sons are making their home on Rte. 1, Burlington. He was formerly employed by the Standard Hosiery Mills of Burlington. Word has been received by Mrs. Bertha C. Covington that her husband Lt. Covington has been slightly wounded in action over Luzon. Mrs. Covington is the former Irene Hood(?) Hook(?) of Elon College. Sgt. Thomas G. Tyson with the 3rd Division of the 7th Army in France was recently promoted to his present grade from Corporal. He is the son of Mrs. Minnie A. Tyson of Rte. 2, Burlington. As a member of the Corsican based B-25 Mitchell 8th Armies in northern Italy, Tech. Sgt. James C. Jeffries has been awarded the Bronze Star for his unit’s participation in the Rome-Arno phase of the Italian campaign. His wife Josephine lives in Burlington . Staff Sgt. Carl D. Crawford, 717 Kivett St., Burlington, left waist gunner on the 466 Bombardment Group (H) recently participated in an attack on fortified positions near Echweiler, Germany, which has been praised as an outstanding example of Air Force clearing the way for the ground troops. Bronze Stars Awarded: Sgt. Herbert P. Hardister, Troy Sgt. Wm. Hudson, Tarboro Sgt. George H. Parker (then Pfc.), Marion Pfc. Herbert Hartsell, Oakboro Pfc. John R. Hinson, Marshville Pfc. Joseph W. Holland, 2400 Arty Avenue, Charlotte Pfc. Junior D. Wright, Dobson Pvt. Frank C. Hegler, Erlanger January 17, 1945 Lt. Giles Lamar Teague, of Graham has been reported missing in action over German since Dec. 30 on a mission that would probably have ended with a furlough and a trip back to the U.S. had it been successfully completed. Lt. Teague had written his parents Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Teague of Rte. 1, Graham on Dec. 16 that he had completed 33 missions and after completing two more he would be given a trip home expecting to arrive in late January. He was the pilot of a B-17 Bomber and the holder of the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He entered the Air Force October 1, 1943 and graduated from the Marianna, Florida Army Air Force school as flight officer on Nov. 19, 1943. He was commissioned 2nd Lt. May 19, 1944 and was promoted to 1st Lt. on Sept. 23, 1944 after going overseas in July. He was based in England according to the last letter.
Transcribed by Christine Spencer February 2008
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