Military News Items from Local Newspapers

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, February 10, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SGT. SANFORD ARRINGTON GRADUATES AT ARMY SCHOOL
Sgt. Sanford T. Arrington, 23, son of Charlie T. Arrington, Star Route, Red House, Va., recently was graduated from the Army's Transportation School at Fort Eustis, Va. Sgt. Arrington completed the school's truckmaster course. A veteran of more than five years Army duty, he is regularly assigned to the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 17, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 CPL HARVEY J. BROWN SERVING IN GERMANY
Army Cpl. Harvey J. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown, Route 1, Saxe, recently participated in an Army winter maneuver in southern Germany with the 5th Infantry Division.
Cold weather fighting and survival were emphasized in the exercise, part of the division's year-round training program. Cpl. Brown, a construction specialist with Headquarters Company of the 11th Regiment entered the Army in June 1953.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA, Thursday, August 9, 1894.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 A WAR CLAIM
John T. Brown's war claim is a good story, says the Washington Post.  The committee has just reported to the House favorably a bill to pay Mr. Brown $2,000, and the circumstances under which this obligation was incurred are set forth in the report.  In the wide range which war claims have taken there is nothing quite like this.  In November, 1863, according to the committee's narrative, Miss Mary Love, of Kingston, Tenn., was entrusted with an important dispatch from Gen. Grant to Gen. Burnside at Knoxville, Tenn.  She carried the dispatch to Louisville, Tenn., accompanied part of the way by Thomas F. Carter as escort and guide.  Miss Love delivered the dispatch to John T. Brown, who was then a boy only about 13 years of age, and he carried the dispatch from there to Knoxville, through the enemy's lines, a distance of about thirteen miles, and delivered it to Gen. Burnside, whose army was being besieged in Knoxville by the rebels.  Gen. Burnside said that the dispatch was a very valuable one to the public service.  That was shown by the fact that in January, 1873, Congress passed an act granting to Miss Mary Love $2,000 for her service.  The undertaking was a perilous one and its accomplishment a creditable act, and "for it he deserves the thanks of all the lovers of their country," the committee says.  The evidence shows that he had to get out of Louisville through the enemy's pickets and into Knoxville through their lines.  Miss Love states that he was the only person at Louisville that could be found to undertake to carry the dispatch through.
It is said that one soldier, Charles Frances, lost his life in an attempt to carry a copy of the dispatch through by another route.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, Thursday, April 14, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PFC WILLIAM E DIX SERVING IN AUSTRIA
Army PFC William E. Dix, son of Mrs. Bertha Dix, Route 3, Keysville, Va., is a member of the 349th Infantry Regiment in Austria. Private First Class Dix, a rifleman in the regiment's Company C, arrived overseas in January of this year. Dix entered the Army in July 1954 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, December 1, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PVT. C.F. GHOLSON IN BASIC TRAINING
Pvt. Charles Franklin Gholson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Gholson of Red Oak, entered service on October 5, 1955.  He was 19 years old on November 10, and is taking his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. His young friends requested his parents to run his address in the Gazette, which is given below:
Pvt. Charles F. Gholson
US 52389811
Btry "B" 515 A.F.N. F. A. BN.
Fort Jackson, S.C.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, Thursday, March 17, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PVT. AUBREY E. HAMLETT GRADUATES FROM M.P. TRAINING CENTER
Army Pvt. Aubrey E. Hamlett, Jr., whose parents live in Madisonville, recently was graduated from the Military Police Training Center at Camp Gordon Ga. Pvt. Hamlett, who attended the school after completing basic training at Camp Gordon, was taught unarmed defense, traffic control and other law enforcement duties. He entered the Army in October 1954.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 21, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PVT LENHART WITH 3RD INFANTRY DIV., IN FORT BENNING, GA.
Pvt. Lynn Lenhart, whose wife, Reba, lives in Red Oak, Va., is a member of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga. After three years in the Far East, the 3rd, nicknamed the "Rock of the Marne" division, is undergoing infantry training at the fort.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, August 25, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 INSTALLATIONS ENGINEERING OFFICER ROTATES
Major William R. Lipscomb, Installations Engineering Officer at the 1631st Air Base Group, Prestwick, Scotland, since August, 1951, rotates this week to the U.S.  He will assume duties as Staff Officer at the Installation Engineering School, U.S.A.F. Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
A commercial pilot in civilian life, Major Lipscomb entered the service in August, 1942 when he received a direct commission as an Ensign in the Navy.  After completing a four month flight course at Corpus Christie Naval Air Station, Texas, Ensign Lipscomb was assigned as a flight instructor at Anacosta N.A.S., Washington, D.C., where in October, 1943 he was transferred to the Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Jr. Grade.  In July, 1943 he was transferred to the Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, where he served as Aviation Advisor to the Physical Training Board until September, 1944.  At that time he was assigned to the VR-11 Naval Air Transport Squadron, Honolulu, as a C-54 pilot, and one month after his arrival, he was promoted to Senior Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Lipscomb was discharged in 1943 and kept his reserve commission until October, 1949 when he resigned from the Navy to accept a direct commission as Captain in the Air Force.  He was called to active duty in January, 1951 and assigned as Deputy Installations Officer at Westover AFB, Mass. until August, 1951 when he was transferred to Prestwick as Installation Engineer.  He was promoted to Major in January 1955. Major Lipscomb is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Lipscomb of Saxe.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 31, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PVT. FLOYD A NAPIER IN TRAINING AT FORT JACKSON, S.C.
Pvt. Floyd A. Napier, 18, husband of Merle Napier of Saxe, has been assigned to B Battery, 81st Airborne Field Artillery Battalion for basic training. He will spend the next eight weeks here learning the fundamentals of being a soldier.  This includes classroom lectures in such subjects as Military Courtesy and First Aid, and Combat field problems involving the use of the M-1 rifle, which he will learn to fire on various ranges.
After eight weeks of training with the 101st Airborne Division the trainee is given about 14 days leave.  He may return here for eight more weeks of infantry training, or he may be assigned to one of the many Army schools.
Basic training is required of each new man coming into the Army.  Fort Jackson is one of the Army's largest training installations.  Primarily an infantry training post, the fort offers schooling in specialties associated with an infantry division, as well as in combat tactics.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, May 19, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

LESLIE E. NASH AT FORT JACKSON
Pvt. Leslie E. Nash, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nash of Pamplin, is now taking basic training under the 101st ABN Division at Fort Jackson, S.C.  Pvt. Nash graduated from Randolph-Henry High School in the class of 1952 and has been employed at Pacific Mill until he entered the Army on March 16, 1955.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, August 25, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

LEE ROY OWEN SERVING IN U.S. NAVY
Lee Roy Owen, Sr., U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tollie L. Owen of Charlotte Court House graduated from Recruit Training after completing nine weeks of basic training at the United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md.
Before graduation, a recruit must complete intensified study courses in naval customs and traditions, steamship, gunnery, fire-fighting, citizenship, ship and aircraft identification, and ship's nomenclature, with practical application of all training phases where possible. Upon completion of a fourteen day recruit leave Lee will report to USS R.E. Kraus, Philadephia, Pa., for duty.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, August 9, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 FOUR OAKS
Mr. John Royster, who has been in the navy for the past four years, returned to his ship on Sunday last after a ten days visit to home people here.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, Thursday, May 26, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 COL. WEINZETTEL WILL BE STATIONED IN GERMANY
Colonel and Mrs. Roy E. Weinzettel, of Keysville, will leave soon for duty in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Since May 1951, Colonel Weinzettel has been Deputy for Intelligence for Headquarters Central Air Defense Force at Kansas City, MO.
This will be the Colonel's second tour of duty in Europe, having previously served in that theatre during World War II as Wing Intelligence Officer for the 50th Troop Carrier Wing.  In this capacity he participated in major campaigns in Normandy, Northern and Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central European sectors. Colonel Weinzettel also served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence with the 13th Air Force in the Philippine Islands form 1948 to 1950. While serving in the European Theatre, the Colonel was awarded the Bronze Star for obtaining information invaluable to the intelligence of his headquarters and higher headquarters.  He has also been awarded the Commendation Ribbon, European Theatre Ribbon with six battle stars, American Theatre Ribbon, Occupation Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
Colonel Weinzettel entered the United State Air Force in August 1942 with the rank of Captain as the result of a direct presidential commission. In 1943 Colonel Weinzettel attended the United States Army Air Force Intelligence School at Harrisburg, Pa., and later the Royal Air Force Intelligence School in London. In May 1951 he was assigned as Deputy for Intelligence, Headquarters Central Air Defense Force, originally located in Kansas City, but now located at Grandview Air Force Base, in Grandview, MO.
The Colonel is married to the former Miss Margaret Hanmer of Keysville, Va.  Mrs. Weinzettel, before her marriage, was a Naval Officer, serving as an Administrative Chief with a branch of the Navy Department which produced Navy Training Films during World War II.  The Weinzettels, during their stay resided at 6601 West 73rd Street, Overland Park, Kansas.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, January 27, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 HERBERT T. WILMOUTH, JR. NOW SERVING ABOARD THE USS MIDWAY
Herbert T. Wilmouth, Jr., seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Wilmouth of Route 1, Drakes Branch, Va., is on a round the world cruise aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Midway. The Midway, largest of the Navy's attack carriers, is loaded with several squadrons of jet fighter planes. He is en-route to the Far East to join the Seventh Fleet for extended operations in the Japan-Korea-Formosa area.
Ports of call will include Capetown, South Africa, Columbo, Ceylon, Singapore, Malaya, Manilla, Philippine Islands, Yokosuka, Japan, and Pearl Harbor, T.H.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 16, 1970.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SGT. WILSON RETURNS FROM VIETNAM AFTER SERVING YEAR WITH "NO SLACK" DIVISION
Sergeant George W. Wilson Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Wilson, Meherrin, Virginia returned to the states on July 5, 1970, after having served in combat with the "No Slack" battalion of the 101st Airborne Division from July 5, 1969, to July 1, 1970, in the Republic of Vietnam. On the 9th day of February 1970, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal by the Secretary of the Army for "Exceptionally Meritorious Achievement in the Republic of Vietnam during the period of August 1, 1969, to December 31, 1969."
He was awarded by the President of the United States of America on the 15th day of May 1970, the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations against Hostile Forces in the Republic of Vietnam during the period of August 1, 1969, to May 31, 1970.  The Republic of Vietnam also presented him with several awards for his service in Vietnam. After a thirty day leave, Sergeant Wilson will return to Ft. Riley, Kansas where he will receive his M.O.S. for the rest of his two year term with the Armed Services. 


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, September 22, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 CHARLOTTE WAR MEMORIAL LISTS WAR CASUALTIES
After consulting all possible Charlotte County casualties records of World Wars I and II, the County War Memorial Committee presents the following lists of Charlotte County dead.  The preparation of this roster has taken considerable time and effort to secure a correct and complete record.  The approved plan is to place these names on a bronze tablet, to be fixed permanently to the walls of the entrance hall of the Courthouse, as a permanent War Memorial to Charlotte County's sons who gave their lives in the two World Wars.
Relatives, friends, or acquaintances of the men listed below are asked to notify at once John D. Guthrie, Charlotte Court House, of the Committee, as to any additions, or corrections, as to completeness, spelling of names, or other necessary changes.
County War Memorial Committee:  W. L. Hamersley, G. O. Pettus, Millard Rice, Board of Supervisors and John D. Guthrie, R. E. DeMott, David Hanmer, American Legion.

World War I
Harry A. Andrews
Thomas R. Armes
Courtney B. Bailey
Henry C. Beasley
Clifford B. Brightwell
Anderson B. Carey
Frank B. Collins
Clarence W. Currin
Arthur R. Denton
Harry C. Dunnavant
Walter A. Harvey
Melvin Hicks
Martin W. Johnson
Rufus R. Jones
Thomas P. Moore
Thos. Watt Newcomb
Walter V. Newcomb
Willie Ramsey
Marshall Scott
Arthur Terry
Wyatt C. Thomas
Prentiss G. Thompson
Baxter Watson
Edward Wingo

World War II
Joe C. Adams
Vincent R. Adams
Fred J. Arrington
Ernest E. Austin
Robert L. Baldwin
Edward E. Berghoff
Richard H. Boliek
Ivan C. Bryant
Charles Filmore Burton
Floyd M. Cahall
Henry W. Childress
Adolphus T. Clements
Claud M. Clements
Allen T. Collier
Clarence L. Cooper
George E. Daniel
Elmore W. Davis
Stanhope C. Deaner
George B. Dobbins
Paul A. Duffer
Charles T. Dunaway
Franklin F. Dunnavant
William W. Dunnavant
Robert Fallen
McKenzie L. Farmer
Charles G. Ferrell
John S. Forester
Thomas E. Garnett
Henry M. Giles
Francis W. Glover
Joseph D. Griles
James E. Hailey
Robert A. Hanmer
Luther T. High (or Allen T)
James E. Holley
George C. Holloway
Allen L. Hudson
James E. Hurt
Howard H. Lee
Jeff Lee, Jr.
James D. Lee
Ronnie or Roncie Lee ?
Jeff Lewis
Lewis O. Lilly Jr.
Henry B. Mason
Herbert H. Mason ?
Robert Garland Milton ?
Dewey W. Mitchell
Ellis M. Moore, Jr
Alton G. Morton
Osborne C. Murray
Abraham L. Napier
Reginald W. Newcomb
John Paronish
Harry A. Parsons, Jr.
Deward M. Paulett
Henry W. Priddy
Willie M. Reid
Winfred Rush
Robert L. Shepperson
Martin R. Smith
John C. Sprinkle
Claude Taylor
George E. Thompson
Reuben H. Trammell
Willie H. Tune
Cullen A. Wallace
Curtis B. Ward
Herbert B. Ward, Jr.
Ronald E. Whetstone


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, October 20, 1955.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 C.B. ROBERTSON III SELECTED FOR ROTC TRAINING
Cadet C.B. Robertson, III, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, has been selected for an Advanced Course ROTC Contract with the Army ROTC Unit.  This contract will lead to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.  During his advanced ROTC training, Cadet Robertson will attend a six weeks Summer Training Camp which consists of intensified training in the application of principles learned in ROTC classes. Cadet Robertson graduated from Randolph-Henry High School, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Robertson, Jr., of Chase City, Va.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, April 29, 1954.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 H.T. WILMOUTH, JR. JOINS NAVY
Herbert Taft Wilmouth, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Taft Wilmouth of Drakes Branch was enlisted in the Navy recently and is taking basic training at Bainbridge, Md., it was announced by the Lynchburg Navy Recruiter.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, Thursday, April 23, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 PERSONAL:  We were exceedingly gratified the other day to receive a call from Col. D.R. HUNDLEY, editor of the North Alabama Reporter.  This gentleman, who is a nephew, and also son-in-law, of Elisha Hundley, Esq., formerly of this place, was on a visit to the friends and scenes of earlier years.  The Col. has been a good soldier, as he is a live editor.  The story of his journey, which we give elsewhere, is quite romantic.  We doubt not his visit here was as pleasant to himself as it was gratifying to his friends.


Source:  Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, Thursday, April 23, 1874.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 A MEMENTO OF THE WAR - The Montgomery Advertiser says:
Col. D.R. Hundley, of the North Alabama Reporter, was a prisoner of war on Johnson's Island from the 23d of June, 1864, until the surrender.  During his confinement he kept a "Journal of Prison life."  But on the 2d day of January 1865, he attempted an escape.  The attempt failed.  His captors searched him, and confiscated his "Journal."  From that time he heard nothing of it until about the 17th of January last, when he received a letter from a gentleman in New York, a stranger by the name of Alex. B. Jones, of 438 Broadway, who stated that he had seen and read it, and could purchase it if Col. H. desired its return.  Col. Hundley replied that he was too poor to purchase that which was his of right without purchase, but hoped that it would be returned nonetheless.  He heard nothing more from Mr. Jones, but in a few days his journal was sent to his address through the U.S. mail.  He now proposes to publish it under the title of "Prison Echoes of the great Rebellion."  He says that it will make a volume of 300 pages; and judging from the ability of the author, we take the liberty of adding that it will be a very interesting and valuable addition to Southern "war literature."


Source:  Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA, Thursday, May 23, 1907.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 SURVIVING SOLDIERS AND WIVES
A question was raised some time ago as to the number of soldiers who served in the war, who were married before or during the war, and who both husband and wife are now living.  The following list was prepared by Mr. M.W. Dickerson, and, while he does not profess it to be complete, it embraces all that are now known to be living in the county.
Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Roach, Reeses
Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Dickerson, Reeses
Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Reames, Aspenwall
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lindsey, Keysville
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Crenshaw, Dr. Branch
Mr. and Mrs. Tal. Lester, Reeses
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Millner, Co. Ho.
Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ramsey, Tola
Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Morton, Tola
Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Daniel, Dr. Branch
Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Pollard, Madisonville


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, January 20, 1966.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 JOHN TERRY ADAMS ENLISTS IN ARMY
John Terry Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Adams of Charlotte Court House; has enlisted in the U.S. Army according to MSGT, Harold C. Diler, Local Army Recruiter from South Hill.
Private Adams left Bellwood on January 14 for Fort Benning, Ga., where he will receive eight weeks of basic training.  After basic he will be assigned to the Administrative field that includes clerical work using typing, stenography and records skills in legal, postal, medical, personnel, and transportation activities and also attend one of the Army Service Schools.
Adams is a 1964 graduate of Randolph-Henry High School and was employed at the A&P Company in Lynchburg before entering the Army.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, January 20, 1966.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 A/3c Robert Tuck Stationed At Keesler AFB
A/3c Robert P. Tuck, son of Mrs. Jessie Tuck of Lorne, and the late Mr.  Tuck is now serving a 4 year tour with the U.S.A.F. and is stationed at Keesler AFB, Mississippi.  Robert took his basic at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, after enlisting on November 4, 1965.  The Tuck family were formerly residents of Keysville and Robert graduated from Randolph-Henry in 1963.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch. VA., Thursday, March 8, 1945.
Submitted by
:  Bea King

Brothers Meet In France

Cpl. Reuben Dunn and Pvt. Ray Dunn, sons of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Dunn, of Randolph, met somewhere on the 10th of February.  It was their first meeting since April 1944.  Reuben has been overseas since September 1944 and has a son that he has never seen.  Ray has been overseas since February of this year.  Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have fives sons in the service.  The other three are Seaman First Class Samuel Dunn, stationed somewhere in Italy, Seaman First Class Benjamin Dunn, stationed at Gulfport, Mississippi and Pvt. John Dunn stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Benjamin is the father of five children and John the father of three.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 30, 1964.
Submitted by:  Bea Adams King

Robert G. Seamster Promoted To PFC
Pfc Robert G. Seamster, son of Mrs. Lizzie Seamster of Phenix and the late John Seamster, has been promoted to Private First Class in Germany.  Seamster arrived in Germany last August to begin his 18 month tour of duty there.  He is assigned to Hq. & Hq. Btry, 42 Arty Gp.
A graduate of Randolph-Henry High School, he entered the Army in April 1963, and completed his basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga. He then took a Field Communication Crewman Course at Fort Jackson, S.C. 
His address is: Pfc Robert G. Seamster US 52571979 Hq. & Hq. Btry. 42nd Gp. APO 757, New York, N.Y.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 27, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Jimmie Downing Killed In Action

A message has been received here saying that Jimmie Downing had been killed in action in Normandy, June 24th.  Mrs. Downing was Farm Security Home Management Supervisor for three years.  She is at home with her infant son, who arrived early in July.  Mr. Downing was a native of Petersburg.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 27, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Mrs. Lindsay Receives Radio Message From Son

Mrs. L.A. Lindsay has received forty letters from nearly every State in the union telling her of hearing the message over short wave from Berlin from her son James Edward Lindsay, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.
Private Lindsay was first reported missing in action February 18.  On April 18th Mrs. Lindsay received a card signed by Private Lindsay saying he was in a German prison. This is the only news that she has had from him until the letters telling her of the short wave message.  The message was as follows: "Dear Mom: I am all right, hope you are fine. Please do not worry; write me soon.  All my love.  Private James Edward Lindsay."
Among the messages was a telegram from Washington notifying her that an unofficial message over short wave from Berlin has been intercepted, then gave the above message.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 22, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Rev. Richard Hutcheson Three Sons In Service

Enjoying a family reunion for the first time in two years, three Hutcheson brothers, all in the service, recently visited their parents, the Rev. and Mrs. R.G. Hutcheson, of Farmville, where Mr. Hutcheson is again serving the Cumberland pastorate.
R.G. Hutcheson, Jr., who at 22, is attending pre-chaplain navy V-12-S school, at Yale Divinity School New Haven Conn., is a graduate of Emory and Henry College, and entered Yale in February, 1943; he has been with the navy since February of this year and will complete his present course next winter.
Fletcher C. Hutcheson, 25, entered the army in March, 1943, after attending Hampden-Sydney.  He was first at Camp Hood, Texas, later at University of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, where he was in the ASTP until that army training was cancelled.  He is now at Camp Maxey, Texas, the cannon company of the infantry, regiment.
Eighteen year old Jesse R. Hutcheson is with the Navy V-12 at Hampden-Sydney, having entered the navy on March 1 of this year.
These young men are nephews, of the late Chas. M. Hutcheson and Judge Robt. F. Hutcheson, of Charlotte Court House, and of Mrs. Fletcher Campbell, of El Paso, Texas, who is now visiting here.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 29, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Lee Hudson Killed in Action

Mrs. J.L. Hudson of near Saxe received a telegram June 19 that her son, Lee, had been killed in action in Italy, May 24.
Lee was inducted into the army on May 3, 1943.  He received his basic training at Camp Croft S.C.  From there he went to Ft. Meade, Md. and then overseas in October, 1943.
Lee servede in Africa and  Italy.  He volunteered for the Ranger battalion in December, 1943 and sserved until March, 1944 on the Anzio beachead.  He was transferred to special service where he had been serving since then.
Lee had many relatives and friends throughout the county.  He was 20 years old.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Creston Tharpe, Mrs. Harvey Featherstone and Shirley Hudson of near Saxe, and five brothers,
Charlie of near Saxe, James, U.S. army, Joe, U.S. Navy, Howard and Ray Hudson of near Saxe.

Note:  I'm sure that is a misprint where it says he is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs Creston Tharpe.  I'm sure that should say sisters.  


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 29, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Lawrence Musgrove Is Enlisted Reservist

Lawrence C. Musgrove, jr., of Phenix, was sworn in as an enlisted reservist June 26.  He went to the Randolph Henry high school and was active as a member of the football clubs and was president of the Military club.
Young Musgrove, being between the ages of 17 years and 9 months falls within the age group for whom college training has been made available under the army specializzed training reserve program.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 29, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Awarded Purple Heart

Pfc. Maury Lee Bigger, son of Mr.and Mrs. Maury M. Bigger of Saxe R.F.D. has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on the Anzio beachhead in Italy, May 23.
His parents have been officially notified that he is severley wounded and that on May 31 he was showing normal improvement.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 8, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

MELVIN T. NAPIER
Melvin T. Napier is somewhere in the Admiralty Islands and he sends in the following.

OUR VOWS
It was on December seventh
Nineteen and forty-one.
The Japs bombed Pearl harbor
And the bloody war begun
They took us by surprise
Unexpected to us all.
And they caused a lot of damage
When the bombs began to fall
We are paying back the bombings
They gave us in forty-one
And it's sure we'll continue until
We wipe them off the map
We come a long ways from home
To fight those dirty Japs
And we won't be satisfied until we
wipe them off the map
It may take a long time
But we will see it through
And when it is all over we can
Start our life anew.
And as I close these lines
I can truthfully say old Tojo will
be sorry of that December day.
So keep us with ammunition
Airplanes and guns and we
will keep on fighting until this war is won.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 8, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

OSCAR AND WILLIAM REINHARDT IN SERVICE
Oscar Reinhardt, of Lutherville, Md., oldest son of P.O. Reinhardt of Keysville, has two sons in the armed service, Richard and William Reinhardt.  Richard is serving overseas in the Marshall Islands.  Richard is in Blanding, Florida.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 8, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Charlotte Men In Service
JESSIE F. REINHARDT   

Pfc. Jessie F. Reinhardt of Charlotte County, entered the U.S. Army in May 1941.  He sailed for overseas April 24, 1944.  He is now in North Africa.  Jessie is the youngest son of P.O. Rinehardt of Keysville.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 8, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

1st Lt David Watkins Meets Cousin In Italy
Nearly two years ago two cousins shook hands and said good-bye in Roanoke as each bade the other "to stay in touch with me."  They did and recently these cousins, representing the artillery and the air forces held a reunion at an Italian air base halfway around the world. These cousins are First Lieutenant David C. Watkins, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Watkins, of Charlotte Court House, and Second Lieutenant T. Doubleau Rutherfoord, 28, son of Mr. Julian Rutherfoord, of Roanoke.
Lieutenant Watkins' outfit specializes in dropping shells from heavy guns on Nazis in the Cassino area and at the Anzio beachhead. Lieutenant Rutherfoord is a member of a group delivering similar packages from heavy bombers-B-24's of the 15th Air Force.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

 Roy Gibson Writes From Hospital in England
In a letter to H.B. Chermside from Lt. J.R. Gibson, known to his many friends as "Roy", Roy writes from a hospital in England, under date of September 8th:
"I found England very interesting and quite different from anything at home.  Conditions don't measure up and living standards are much lower, but that is only to be expected after five years of war. I was deeply impressed, though, with the way the people are bearing up. Besides touring England I decided to pay a call on Germany.  That was a mistake.  They didn't receive me very graciously.  As a result I find myself back here in a hospital.  I was hit in the legs and had one smashed up a bit, but I'm doing just fine.  I should be out of the hospital within three or four months.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Cullen Soldiers Meet In Normandy
Private Wayne Metcalf and Private First Class Fred Flynn, both of Cullen, have been in the European Theatre of Operations for two years and met in France recently for the first time since they hit the beach on D-Day.
Metcalf is a driver for a division headquarters unit while Flynn is a gunner in a mortar section of a line company.  Both men have been through more than a score of tough battles and participated in the capture of Saint Lo.  The division's latest drive punches through a 21-mile gap in German lines, and carried over the Tessay-Brehal highway.  This was the assault that cut off the remnants of six German divisions caught on the coast north of Coustances.
The Cullen men were trained for more than 18 months on the rugged moorlands of England, and their famous blue and gray division is the oldest, in point of overseas service, in the European Theatre of Operations.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 14, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PVT. PATRICK E. MCCLUSTER
Private Patrick Edward McCluster is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. McCluster and grandson of Mrs. and Mrs. J.W. Price of near Drakes Branch.  He was inducted into service in April, 1944, received his basic training at Camp Blanding, Fla.  He had been on a furlough to visit his grandparents, and left August 21st for Camp Meade, Md. for further training.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September  21, 1944
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Charlotte County War Casualties
Among the Virginia war casualties we note the following:
Private Samuel G. Waddell, son of W.E. Waddell, of Drakes Branch, wounded in Europe, and Private George C. Holloway, son of Mrs. Annie D. Holloway, of Drakes Branch, wounded in the Pacific area.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 7, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Army Nurse Walls Praises Blood Plasma
The following extracts from a recent letter from Lieutenant N. Elizabeth Walls, army nurse with the American Invasion Armies in Normandy, will be of interest to her many friends in Charlotte County, where she served for many years, before volunteering for active duty.

Normandy, August 3, 1944
Dear Miss Barringer:
I am trying to take advantage of this break we're having now by answering letters that are long overdue, getting my bedroll straight, and getting out to see a little of Normandy.
During this week period I was on the Shock Ward.  Each nurse, I am sure, thought her ward was the busiest, but I know mine was.  In one tent I kept the new or pre-operative shock patients and in the other which adjoins I kept the post-operative patients.  I wish I knew exactly how much plasma and wholeblood was given in my ward --gallons and gallons.  Each patient in the hospital got sulfadiazine and penicillin while up to 72 hours after operation.  Besides these, I gave a lot of morphine, tetanus, toxoid, tetanus antitoxin, and gas gangrene antioxin.  There's always a lot to do but I saw results in the treatment of shock in a very short while.
The five of us girls who lived together on manouveres are still in the asme tent and still get along nicely together.  I've seen about four towns, rather what were towns.  I have been impressed so far that everything here is very dirty and full of odors--I suppose that's war. After the trips I have had away from here I feel satisfied to stay right in this area now.
I'll enclose a Stars and Stripes which is printed here for us.  I certainly appreciate your sending me the Gazette.  I'm alwoys on the lookout for something to send back but can't find a thing--England or here.  It's messtime now so I'll have to ready as I didn't go to breakfast.  Love to all
ELIZABETH


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 7, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Lieutenant Pettus A Prisoner of War Praises Red Cross
Three months after hearing that her son, Reginald, was a German prisoner of war, Mrs. G.O. Pettus of Keysville, received the first letter from Reginald, written from the Prisoner of War Camp in Germany, assuring her that he is uninjured and well.
In his letter Lieutenant Pettus, among other things, said:
"We are getting food from the American Red Cross in addition to our German rations.  I now realize that the Red Cross is really doing some good work, so don't hesitate to contribute well."
This part of the letter received by Mrs. Pettus has been printed in the hope that it will assure the members of the Charlotte County Chapter of the American Red Cross, a very great percentage of the population of the county, that they are really in there doing something to help.  Every day some new mention of the work of the Red Cross is forthcoming from all parts of the world.  It is especially satisfying to the people of a community to feel that they are actually helping to send food and make life a bit easier for one of the county's own men.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, September 7, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King
                     
Registration For Red Cross Blood Donors Now Open
As was announced last month, there will be a group of Charlotte County volunteers going to Richmond on Wednesday, September 13 to give blood at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital for use by the Red Cross in making Plasma.
In this war, plasma has brought life and hope to wounded men that would have had little hope or change for life without this gift of blood from men and women at home through the Red Cross.  What has been done with blood plasma in this war has caused Generals to make the comment that no single advance in medical treatment has been so important and it has caused men to cry when they relate that plasma saved their lives.
Blood can be given by volunteers between the ages of 18 and 59 if these volunteers are in good health.  Mr. Emmett Daniel will register volunteers and furnish these people with transportation to Richmond.  The Charlotte County Chapter is hoping to make as good a showing as it has in the past in giving its share of life-saving blood to men at the front.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sgt. Edward E. Jones Wins Heroism Medal
Sergeant Edward E. Jones, of Phenix, has been awarded the War Department's recently designed Bronze Star Medal "for meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in Normandy, France, June 9, 1944."
The Bronze Star Medal is an award of distinction, recently conceived by the War Department as a befitting honor to be bestowed upon military personnel for the performance of outstandingly heroic or meritorious achievements during actual combat against an armed enemy of the United States.  Sergeant Jones entered service over three years ago and has been overseas since January.  His division, the Fourth Infantry, was the first to land on the shores of Normandy.
Sergeant Jones is the husband of the former Miss Mamie Scott Roberts, of Madisonville, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Jones of Phenix.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

LIEUT. WALTER L. PARKER
Lieutenant Walter L. Parker recently was graduated from advanced navigation school at Ellington Field, Texas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces.  He attended Richmond Business College, and the University of Richmond.  He is the son of Mrs. Lillian P. Drummond and brother of Betty Lee Parker.  He attended school at Charlotte Court House. 


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 19, 1944.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

The Wounded In Battle Overseas
In the war casualty list we find that Pfc. Thomas C. Tharp, son of Mrs. Mary Tharp, of Saxe, has been wounded in Europe; and Pfc. James C. Bloxton, son of Mrs. Hallie Bloxton, of Charlotte Court House, has been wounded in the Central Pacific area.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 4, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Lewis Sublett Receives Citation
Lewis Wilson Sublett, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Sublett of Randolph, Virginia who received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy on January 13, 1946, received the following Commendation on March 26, 1946.
The Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet, takes great pleasure in commending LEWIS WILSON SUBLETT, BOATSWAIN MATE FIRST CLASS, UNITED STATES RESERVE for services as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For meritorious achievement as a member of the attack team of the U.S.S. FROST while participation in action against German U-Boats on 15-16 April 1945.
Sublett displayed exceptional leadership and skill as Gun Captain of Gun No. 3 during the first half of the engagement and Hedge Hog Captain during the last half of the engagement.  Alternating between these two assignments, Sublett exposed himself to the hazards of the sea and drove his men to reload expeditiously the ahead thrown weapons time and again.  The wind and seas were extremely unfavorable and each time the FROST was in position for the next attack, the ahead thrown weapons were ready.  It is the opinion of the Commanding Officer that Sublett's duty was outstanding and far above the required standard, considering the extremely unfavorable and dangerous sea conditions during the action.
The leadership, perseverance and skill displayed by Sublett reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service."
A copy of this citation is to be made a part of the official record of Lewis Wilson Sublett and he is hereby authorized to wear the Commendation Ribbon.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 4, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Nine Inducted Into Army In March
Fred Henderson Forrester
John Marshall Dunnavant, Jr.
David Everette Arrington
The following colored Men Inducted in March, 1946:
Matthew Ghee
William Johnson
Olemiel Randolph
Willie Jeffress, Jr.
David Richard Harvey
Van Rudolph Robinson


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 11, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Seven Inducted Into Army In April           
The following White Men Inducted in the Month of April 1946.
Ernest Newcomb, Jr.
William Herman Elliotte
Leland Joseph Hardy
Willard Kenton Fears
William Caroll Dunnavant
David Maxie Nelson
William Douglas Mayhew


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 7, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

"Buck" Yancey Awarded Bronze Star Medal
Edwin E. (Buck) Yancey of Boydton son of Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Yancey of Saxe was recently awarded the Bronze Star medal.
His citation reads: "For meritorious service in connection with military operations in Belgium, Holland and Germany from 23 October 1944 to 8 May 1945.  Throughout his service in combat, Private Yancey performed his duties as messenger and acting communications sergeant with exemplary devotion and merit.  His personal courage and initiative in the most difficult operations and under the heaviest enemy fire were at all times an inspiration to his comrades and by his willing assumption of hazardous tasks above and beyond the call of duty, he contributed materially to the success of his unit.  This outstanding service reflects the highest credit upon Private Yancey and the armed forces of the United States.  Entered military service from Boydton.
He was in Company L 413th Infantry and the 104th Timber Wolf Division.  He received his discharge in July and has accepted a position with the Post Office Department in Boydton where his wife and three daughters resided during his absence.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 7, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Veterans Released From Armed Forces During February
Mr. J. Kent Early, Reemployment Committeman  (Committee Man) of the Local Selective Service Board of Charlotte County, announced that the following named Veterans have been released by the Armed Forces during the month of February and wishes to call attention of their former new employers and also prospective employers, to this fact.
Mr. Early also stated that any old employer, or prospective new employer of any of the following released men may contact them through him at the Local Selective Board at Charlotte Court House, Virginia.

Adams, Robert David Jones, Hazel
Baldwin, Carl John Letterman, Herbert Glenn
Berghoff, Eugene Franklin Lyle, Matthew, Jr.
Berkley, Kenton Grey Marston, Martin Paulette
Bolden, Lester Mason, Exra Tune
Boliek, Obed Ervin, Jr. Metcalf, Leonard Clyde
Britton, Joseph Selvester Milton, Harvey Franklin
Brown, Buddie Junior Morgan, Julian Kenneth
Brown, Burrell Atkinson Morton, Fitzgerald
Burnette, Alonza Joseph Morton, Henry Cameron
Canada, Gordon Henderson Newcomb, Alvin Zenas
Canada, Harold Newcomb, Henry Grady
Childress, Edward Clay Parsons, William Ryburn
Clark, Elbert Lee Pettus, William T.
Clark, George W. Poindexter, James Walter
Copal, Raymond Ramsey Poindexter, Sam
Dailey, Nathaniel Woodrod Powell, Herman Lee
Davis, Chelsea M. Powell, Norman G.
Davis, Robert Lee Powell, Walter William
Dennis, Henry Alvin Price, Edwin Talmadge
Dodd, William Eggleston Pugh, Robert Roscoe
Dunn, Hubert Ray Pugh, Robert Woodrow
Dunnavant, Leroy Cole, Jr. Reed, Harmon Arnold
Edmonds, Bealer McDowell Reid, James Arthur
Elam, John Henry Robinson, Luther George
Elder, Morris Hamlett Saunders, Eddie
Gaines, James Edward Seamster, Otis A.
Garrison, Jessie Thomas Shaw, Warren Mitchell
Goad, Claudie Washington Smith, Clifford William
Green, Wilson Westmoreland Staten, Irvin
Gregory, Albert Lee St John, Calvin Coolidge
Hall, Scott Harris St John, Kenneth Harold
Hamilton, Herbert Crawley Sublett, Eugene Irving, Jr.
Hamlett, Clifford H. Terry, Robert Nelson
Hamlett, Leon E. Tharpe, William Emmitt
Hamlett, Roy Berlon Thomas, Haney Brown
Harris, John James Toombs, Manuel Howard
Harris, Mary Ellen Townsend, Grayson Oliver
Hensley, Burlen Ray Vaughan, Frank Reed
Hogan, John Davis Wallace, Clifton O'Brien
Hurt, John R. Waller, Drewery Thomas
Hurt, Leslie C. West, James Edward
Jackson, Henry Lee Wilkerson, Jacob Thornton
Jackson, Ray Albert William, George Washington
Johnson, Bennie Russell Wilson, Winfield
Johnson, James Roosevelt Wyatte, Billy
Jones, Emanuel John Lee, Thomas Early

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  March 21, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King 

Navy Recruiter Visits Charlotte C.H. Weekly
J.H. Carwile, chief petty officer in charge of the Lynchburg Navy Recruiting office was in the county Monday.  Chief Carwile announced that until further notice he will be in the postoffice (post office) at Charlotte Court House Monday of each week from 1 o'clock to 3 P.M.  He requests that all young men interested in enlisting in the U.S. Navy come to see him there.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  April 4, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Many Veterans Discharged From Armed Forces
J. Kent Early, Re-employment Committee Man of the Local Selective Service Board of Charlotte County, announced that the following named veterans have been released by the Armed Forces during the month of March, and wished to call attention to their former employers, and also prospective employers, to this fact.
Mr. Early also stated that any old employer, or prospective new employer of any of the following released men may contact them through him at the Local Selective Board at Charlotte Court House:


Adams, Rhea Lansing Lee, Maxie Henry
Andrews, Per K. Lee, Robert E.
Andrews, Robert A. Lewis, Lynwood H.
Barrett, Henry A. Lucas, Andrew Jackson
Beasley, William Thomas Mayhew, Percy Leonidus
Berkley, Hailey L. McGuiire, Roy Dillard
Boliek, James Henry Meadows, Clarence James
Brandon, Lacy Paulette Minnis, Thomas Edward
Brogden, James Edward Moore, Horace Harvey
Brooks, Charles Edward Morris, Lewis Russell
Brown, Emmet Morrison, Everett Freeman
Carrington, George Morton, Joseph Carl
Cawthorne, Ferron Alphonso Morton, Marion Lee
Clark, Herbert Napier, Floyd Dock
Claybrook, Fred Nolan Newcomb, Roy Saunders
Davis, Alton Otis Pollard, Ellis Lee
Davis, Otis Glendall Pollard, Frank Dodson
Davis, Tom Pollard, Grayden Allen
DeVane, Clarence William Morice Reid, Henry Herman
Dodson, Clem Rickmond, Henry L.
Dodson, Nathaniel Alexander Roberts, Harvey
Edmonds, Willie Edward Roberts, William Clyde
Elam, Percy Edward Robertson, James Edward
Elder, William Aubrey Royster, T.Z.
Flynn, Edward Daniel Seamster, Arthur Lee Chester
Garnett, George Wilson Spencer, Carroll Wissicheum
Garrison, Wilson S. Spencer, Isaac
Gilliam, Rudolph Clarence Taylor, Hubert Aaron
Graves, James Patrick Trent, Walter Edgar
Mardy (Hardy) Morris Chapman Vassar, Kenneth Cameron
Holt, Roy Lee Venable, Gilbert Paul
Hughes, George Edward W Wallace, Alexander
Jackson, Lewis Walker Walton, Fred Joseph
Jennings, Charlie Rodgers Watts, Ernest Clyde, Jr.
Johnson, Claude Weston, Willie Roy
Jones, Burnell Gray Williams, Purnish
Jones, Hubert Willis, Margaret Hanmer
Jones, Nolan Wilmouth, Samuel Charlie
Layne, Charlie Thomas Wilson, Talmadge G., Jr.
Layne, Lewis Alvan Woodson, Dennis Edward

 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 7, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Many Charlotte Veterans Released During January
J. Kent Early, reemployment committeeman of the local Selective Service Board of Charlotte County announced that the following named Veterans have been released by the armed forces during the month of January and wishes to call attention to their former employers, and also prospective employers, to this fact.
Mr. Early also stated that any old employer, or prospective new employer of any of the following released men may contact them through him at the Local Selective Board of Charlotte Court House.

Adams, Berkley E. Henry, William Pulliam, James
Adams, Willie Hugh Hudson, James Henry Rasnake, Billy Bloyd
Allen, John Otis Hudson, Joseph Edward Reams, Raymond Tune
Allen, Lawrence Fuller Hughes, George Rickman, Clyde Davis
Anderson, Herman Leslie Hughes, James Arthur Rickman, Elma Thomas
Anderson, Woodrow Wilson Hughes, James Edward Rickman, Harvey Davis
Andrews, Charlie Albert Hughes, William Jamie Roach, Stanley Jacob
Arrington, Albert Murray Hunter, Ambrose Baker, Jr. Robertson, Nathaniel
Arvin, Garland W. Hurt, James Warren Robinette, Edward L.
Atkins, Helen J. Jackson, Carlton Cody Robinson, Sherman Curry
Baldwin, Hunter Ray Jeffress, John Baptist Robinson, Willard Jessie
Biggers, Maury Lee Jeffress, Stanley Leon Robinson, William Alfunsa
Bolden, Gilbert Johnson, Johnnie, Jr. Rodgers, Johnie R.
Boliek, William Howard Johnson, Walter Witten Royster, Dorothy M.
Booker, Willie Scott Jones, Carson Lee Russell, George W.
Boulding, Mack N. Jones, Joseph Edward Rutledge, John William
Brown, Floyd Lee Jones, Luther Lewis Rux, Marcellus Carlyle, Jr.
Brown, Leon Carar Jones, Willard Buster Scott, Whitfiles (Whitfield ?)
Brown, Perry Franklin Keeter, Rogers James Scott, Plenty Willie
Brown, Phillip Horace Keller, Clinard Talmage Seamster, Robert Anderson
Burton, Margarette T. Klise, George Allie Setzer, Charles Oliver
Braxton, Frank Lacks, Herman Fuller Sloan, Charley Richard
Callahan, Richard Melvin Lambert, Ernest Harden Smith, John Thomas, Jr.
Card, James Alexander LaPrade, Wesley Otto Spencer, John Frederick
Carey, Willie Jones Lee, John Wiley Spencer, John Henry
Carter, Ambrose Lee, Spencer Lindsey, James Edward
Carter, Cleveland Greenwood Locke, Milton Marvin Sublett, Lewis Wilson
Carter, James Locke, Thomas Edgar Tate, Paige A.
Chermside, Herbert Brooke, Jr. Lockett, Richard Tatum, Isaac Floyd
Childress, Charles James Logan, William Webster Tharp, James Reuben
Childress, James Wilson Lucy, William LaFayett Tharpe, Nelson Irvin
Crews, Roy Tune Malthba (?), Ralph Augustos Thomas, James E.
Daniel, Henry Mann, Jack Randolph Thompson, Floyd Guy
Daniel, John Worsham Mann, Joe Hudnall, Jr. Thompson, John Frankin, Jr.
Daniel Jordan Marable, Charlie Lewis Thornton, Roosevelt
Davis, Vernon Patterson Marshall, Winters Fred Tillery, Ernest Glenn
Duffy, Merlin Weston Mason, Hilary Royal Toombe, George S.
Dunn, Reuben Mason, William Eldridge, Sr. Trent, Warner Edgar
Edmonds, Flood Junior McGrath, Harold W. Trent, Warren Andrew
Elam, Leroy McGuire, Pendleton Robertson Tucker, Fulton Davis
Elam, Pleas Moody, Kindel Wilifred Tucker, Nolton Lawrence
Elliotte, Cecil Douglas Morrison, Johnnie Junior Vassar, Edwin Hugh
Ellyson, Taylor Morton, John Davis Vaughan, James O.
Eubanks, William Henry, Jr. Morton, John Hodges Waddell, Carroll O.
Fallen, Alva Elliotte Morton, Phillip Lee Walker, Clarence Irvin
Fallen, Ernest Boyd Mosley, Bennie Roy Walker, Frederick Perkins
Fallen, James Henry Mosley, Junious S. Watkins, Douglas Burton
Farrar, Beverly Baptist Mosley, Luther James Watkins, Robert Field
Ferrell, Henry E. Mosley, Ralph Edward Watkins, Thurman Lee
Foster, Charlie William Musgrove, Lawrence C. Weymouth, Henry Scott
Foster, George Macsullivan Napier, Albert Claude White, Ethon Emanuel
Gaines, Herbert Arthur Nash, Joseph Whitehead, Lenet Ruffen
Garnett, William Thomas Nelson, Tommy Alton Wilkinson, Ralph Hamersley
Garrett, Lee Trinkle Nichols, Henry A. Jr. Williams, Charlie
Gilliland, Hubert Ernest Noblin, Isaac Richard, Jr. Williams, Henry Theodore
Griles, Snider Daniel Norvell, Joseph Hobson, Jr. Willis, Cleate Watson
Hall, Beverly Landon Palmer, William, Jr. Wilmouth, Arthur McKinley
Hancock, David Olney Parsons, Bernard L. Wilmouth, Coleman Lewis
Hardy, Berkley P. Penick, Tom Wilson, Emmitt
Hardy, David Ead Phillips, Francis Titsworth Wilson, George Washington
Harvey, Joseph Hilton Pillow, Bernard Erastus Wilson, James Woodrow
Harvey, William Nathaniel Poindexter, Jack Robinson Wilson, Willie Joseph
Hatcher, Charlie Edward Pollard, Everett Woodson, Lerty
Hayes, Warren G.H. Pollard, Jesse Martin-
Hendren, Austin Davis Powell, Edward Guill-
Henry, Charles William Price, Calvin Tilford-

 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February  7, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Four Colored Men Inducted In January
The following colored men were inducted into the Armed Forces January 1946.
David Lafayette Dupee
Herbert Larrington Harso
Ernest Lee Coleman

Alfonzo Spencer


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 7, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Major A.H. Bouldin To General Staff School
Major Allen H. Bouldin, Drakes Branch, a member of the staff of the Engineers' section of General Courtney H. Hodges First Army Headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C., has been selected to attend the ground course at the army's Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Major Bouldin has been with First Army throughout all of its campaigns in Europe as an officer of the 1110th Engineer Combat Group, and wears the Silver Star, the Croix de Guerre and European Theater ribbon with battle stars for the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Germany.
Born in Stuart, Va., he attended Hampden Sydney College and enlisted in the Regular Army in 1937.  In 1942, as a staff sergeant, he was sent to Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Va., and won his commission as a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States.
He served as a tactical officer at Fort Belvoir for nine months and was then asigned (assigned) to the 20th Armored Division, from which post he was sent to the 1110th Engineer Combat Group and joined First Army in England before the D-Day invasion.
He was promoted to his present rank on July 1, 1944, in Normandy.
Major Bouldin's wife, the former Catherine Palchun of Albion, Mich., resides with him at Southern Pines, N.C., near this post.  They have two sons Howard and William.  His parents, the Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Bouldin, reside in Drakes Branch, and his brother E.E. Bouldin and brother-in-law, J.R. Fain, now residents of Winston-Salem, N.C. 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 31, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Joseph E. Jones Returns From Overseas
Joseph E. Jones, who has honorably discharged from the Army at Fort Meade, Md., January 12, is at his home near Red Oak.  He was inducted in the army May 18, 1943 and took his basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala. before going overseas in November, 1943.  He arrived in North African (Africa) November 24, was later sent to Italy, and went into combat December 28 with the 36th division.  On January 30, 1944 he was wounded and sent back to the States in June.  Joseph was a heavy machine gunner and holds the ETO Ribbon with three stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Ribbon, and Combat Infantrymans (Infantryman's) Badge. 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 24, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Six White Men Inducted During Month Of January
The following white men were inducted into the Armed Forces during January, 1946.
Benjamin Robert Harvey
Oliver Banks Hamlett
James William Wilkins
Clyde Carter Chadwick
Howard Marshall Hudson


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 10, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Many Charlotte Veterans Released During December
J. Kent Early, Re-employment Committeeman of the Local Selective Service Board of Charlotte County announced that the following named Veterans have been released by the Armed Forces during the month of December, and wishes to call attention of their employers, and also prospective employers, to this fact.
Mr. Early also stated that any oll (old) employer, of any of the following released men may contact them through him at the Local Selective Board at Charlotte Court House:

Adams, Letcher Roscoe Freeman, John Lee Osborne, Lonza McCargo
Adams, William Howard Garnett, Lawrence H. Palmer, Frank Jr.
Allen, Charlie Edward Garnett, Stanley Bryant Pannell, Junior Will
Angel, Paul S. Gaullin, Edwin O. Paulette, Willie White
Bailey, Albert Ernest Gee, Walter Waverly Payne, Robert Lee
Bailey, Charles J. Ghee, Eddie Perry, Helen M.
Barksdale, Stith Dudley Gilliland, James Baylor Pettus, Coleman Tucker
Barnes, Clifton John Goldman, Edward Pugh, Clyde W.
Bass, Edward Poindexter Goldman, Russell Pugh, Robert Collier
Bayne, Samuel Washinton, (Washington) Jr. Green, Walter Pugh, Samuel Hampton
Bloxton, Francis Edmonds Harding, James Isaac Ragsdale, Daniel Eugene
Bloxton, Samuel Elliotte Haskins, Wister Dovoil Rosa Richardson, Willie R
Bouldin, James Curtis Haskins, Robert Hilary Riddle, James Roscoe
Boulding, French Alexander Henry, Eddie Taylor Robertson, Matthew Womack
Bradberry, Herman Hensley, Thomas Emery Robinson, Carrington Howard
Brogden, Marion Hopkins, Marshall B. Royster, Harvey Bernard
Brogdon, Samuel Hughes, John Thomas Russell, Carroll Farnell
Brooks, James Jr. Jefferson, Melvin Walker Rutledge, Billy
Brooks, Richard Hassie Jennings, James Chandler Scott, Edward Bruce
Brown, John Henry Johnson, Marion Clifford Shelton, Stuart J.
Burns, Roy Jackson Jones, Herman Hines Shepperson, James Edward
Burton, Roy Smith Jones, Jesse James Shorter, Joseph Woodson
Cage, Carl Darrel Jones, Rufus Randolph Smith, Alfred
Callahan, Charles Henry Jones, Woodrow Wilson Smith, Jacob Moses
Campbell, John Lawrence Keeling, Robert Daniel Sneed, Richard Harrison
Carrington, Herbert Clement Lambert, James Robert Spraggins, Howard
Carter, Claude Cameron Lambert, Lenard Curtis Stills, Claude
Carter, Ray Alfred Lee, Murphy Wilbon Stitt, Willie James
Carwile, Henry W. Lee, Thomas St John, Rosser, Jr.
Cassada, Woodrow Wilson Lindsey, John Russell St John, Spencer Whitfield
Cawthorne, Winlas Ray Lindsey, Walter Stokes, Lewis
Cheatham, James Henry, Jr. Locke, Milton Marvin Taylor, James Edward
Childress, William Whitfield Madison, John Tharpe, David Lee
Clark, John Edward Malone, Walter Thompson, Alvis Watson
Clarke, John Burnell Marston, Raymond Atwell Topp, Freddie
Clowdis, Harold Elam Mason, William Albert Tucker, Marshall Atkins
Cobb, Edward Thomas McKinney, Harry E. Tucker, Samuel Cleophus
Cooper, Bruce, Jr. Mckinnel, John Willard Vaden, Joseph Hailey
Cox, Tallmadge Rush McSwain, Floyd William Waddell, Samuel Bragg
Crawley, Joseph Middleton, Homer Francis Wade, Benjamin Franklin
Currin, Roger William Moody, Ada P. Wade, Robert Lawrence
Daniel, William Emmette, Jr. Moore, Earl Jackson, Jr. Walker, Freddie Henry
Davis, Albert Moody Moore, Lewis W. Walker, William Edward
Davis, George Webster Moore, Loyd Oscar Waller, Swanson L.
Davis, Raymond Francis Moore, Oscar Forkner, Jr. Walton, Frank Wesley
Dews, Melvin Marshall Moore, Roy Edward Walton, James Henry
Dickerson, Cameron Benjamin Morris, Andrew M Ward, Clarence B.
Dobbins, Francis Henry Morris, Robert Harold Watkins, Charlie L.
Driskill, John Edward Morris, Warren Newton Whirley, Raymond
Duffer, Dudley Bailey Morton, Henry Fears Whitehead, Herbert Kennie
Duffer, Frank Morton, James Lawrence Whitlow, William Berkley
Duffer, Frank Acre Morton, Miller Eugene Wilks, Chester Arthur
Dunn, John Albert Mosley, Eddie Williams, James Russell
Dupee, Garrette Alexander Mosley, George Washington Wilmouth, Herbert Taft, Sr.
Dupee, Robert Washington Mosley, Willie Saunders Wilmouth, Warren Washington
Eggers, Louis W., Jr. Napier, Melvin Tucker Wilson, Floyd Baptist
Erby, Albert Thomas, Jr. Newcomb, Burwell Jackson Wilson, James Henry
Farrar, Carson Elmer Newcomb, Charlie Maynard Wilson, Robert Edward
Fitz, Robert Harvey Newcomb, Nathan Woodson Wilson, William Henry, Jr.
Foster, James Alexander Newcomb, Rufus A. Wood, Oscar
Frady, John Franklin Newton, Edna Louise Woodson, Tom Clark
Young, Fletcher F.--


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 3, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Harry E. McKinney Re-enlisted in Army
During the holiday season, eighty-five Virginians enlisted in the regular Army, according to Colonel W.R. Currie, Commanding Officer of the Richmond Recruiting District.
Drakes Branch was represented by the enlistment of Harry E. McKinney.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 3, 1946
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

J.W. McKinney Receives Discharge
John Willard McKinney who was honorably discharged from the army at Fort Meade, Md., on December 9 is at his home near Saxe. Mr. McKinney was inducted in the army on February 19, 1944 and received his basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky before going overseas in September of 1944.  He arrived on the Western Front on October 9 and joined the 9th division of the 1st. army and helped to crack the Seigfried Line until taken a prisoner by the Germans, December 12.  He was liberattd (liberated)  by the Russians at Potsdam, April 27, 1945 and joined the American Army May 9 and arrived in the States June 23.
Mr. McKinney wears the Presidential Unit Citation with the Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, E.T.O. Ribbon with one battle star, Good Conluct (Conduct) Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, Infantry Combat Badge and Expert Rifleman's Badge.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 18, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

War Prisoner Camp
Arrangements are now being made whereby it is possible that a German War Prisoner Camp may be located in Charlotte County, provided a suitable camp can be built to house them.  The Prisoners will come from Camp Pickett and will serve the counties, or portions of Charlotte, Campbell, and Prince Edward.  The proposed plan is for the prisoners to use the site of a proposed State Convict Camp which when constructed will probably be in the Keysville neighborhood.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 18, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Memorial Rites Set For Keysville Private
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. January 28 at Ontario Christian Church for Private Herbert B. Ward, Jr., who was killed in action, September 29 in France.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 18, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Phenix Methodist Charge Missing In Action
Floyd M. Holt, husband of Josephene Williams of Richmond and son of Mrs. Alma Holt Hamersley of Phenix has been missing in Germany since December 16.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 18, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

T-Sgt. Romney Watkins Recovering From Wound
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Watkins of Charlotte Court House, received a telephone message from their son, T-Sgt. William Romney Watkins January 11th.  He had just arrived and is now in a hospital at Camp Edward, Mass., recovering from a wound received while serving on the Italian front.  He expected to be transferred to a hospital nearer home.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 18, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Charlotte Women In Service
Annie Allen, Freedmans Hospital Washington, D.C.; Madge Atkins; Mary A?derson, Court House, Crippled Childrens Hospital, Richmond; Lt. Della Bassette, Aspen, ANC, Tuskegee, Ala.; 1st Lt. Margaretta I. Burton, Keysville, Army Nurse, South Pacific; Lt. (j.g.) W. Grace Collins, Drakes Branch, USNTS, WAVE, Davis Hall, Room 302, The Bronx, N.Y.;  Gladys Chandler, Court House, Red Cross, McGuire Hospital, Richmond; Pvt Chainey B. Clarke, Court House, WAC Detach. 2, Station Hospital, Ft. Jacson, S.C.; Shirley Carter, Court House; Christine Claybrook, Aspen, Va. Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg; June Dixon, Cullen; Ruth M. Eggleston, Court House, Y-3-c USN, Hamilton Hotel, Washington; Eulalia Green, Keysville, Memorial Hospital, Danville; Lt. (j.g.) Dorothy V. Hanmer, Keysville, USCG, Boston; Evelyn Hancock, Pamplin; Elizabeth Hughes, Camp Atterbury, Ind.; Lt. Ilene LeFevers, Keysville, 11th. Evac. Hospital, APO 758, Care P.M., N.Y.; Pearl Duval LeFevers, Keysville Medical College, Richmond; Pat Larrabee, Saxe, Grace Hospital, Richmond; Pfc. Mamie L. Lewis, Cullen, WAC Detach., Camp Breckinridge, Ky.; Jean Moore, Court House, Lewis-Gale Hospital, Roanoke; Mary Newcomb, Saxe, Memorial Hospital, Danville; 2nd Lt. Dorothy K. Owen, Drakes Branch, Nurse Corps, Ft. Devens, Ayers, Maac.; Mary Lee Pearson, Keysville, Cadet Nurse, Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond; Shirley Pugh, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg; Pattie V. Smith, "Oakland", Brookneal, Red Cross, Hdqts, 351 Bobm, Grp., APO 557, Care P.M., N.Y.; Arlette Smith, St. Charles Hospital, Aurora, ILL.; Virginia Scott, Saxe, Memorial Hospital, Danville; Betty C. Towler, Cullen, Cadet Nurse, 406 W. Franklin St., Richmond; Helen M. Trent, Phenix, WAC Detach. AAF, CAAF, Carlsbad, N.N.; Evelyn Tucker, Brookneal, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg; Virginia Viar, Brookneal, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg; 1st. Lt. N. Elizabeth Walls, Court House and Richmond, 34th. Evac. Hospital, APO 403, Care P.M., N.Y.; Berthat (Bertha) Walker, Lincoln Hospital, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Grace B. Williams, Court House, Memorial Hospital, Danville.
J.D.G.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 25, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

S-Sgt. Fears Awarded Infantryman's Badge
S-Sgt. John Narrington Fears the son of Mrs. Mabel T. and the late John L. Fears, has been awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge for action in the Battle of Strasbourg.
Sgt. Fears volunteered in March 1941, received his basic training at Fort Monroe.  Later he was assigned to 103rd C.A.  After serving two years as gunner on troop transports, during which time he was promoted to Corporal, he was transferred to 397th Infantry and received additional training at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Since September, 1944, he has been serving overseas.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 25, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Washington Priddy of Keysville Died Overseas
A message was received at Keysville last week stating that Washington Priddy, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Priddy and the late Herbert Priddy had been killed in action overseas.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 25, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Among Men of County Missing In Action
Raymond Hailey son of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Hailey of Keysville.
Albert Wood, Jr., son of Rev. and Mrs. Albert Wood of Keysville.
Martin R. Smith son of T.L. Smith, Charlotte Court House.
Pfc. John S. Forrester, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrester of near Keysville.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 6, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Veterans Released From Armed Forces During November
J. Kent Early, Re-employment Committeeman of the Local Selective Service Board of Charlotte County announced that the following names (of) Veterans have been released by the Armed Forces during the month of November, and wishes to call attention of their former new employers, and also prospective employers, to this fact.
Mr. Early also stated that any old employer, or prospective new employer, of any of the following released men may contact them through him at the Local Selective Board at Charlotte Court House.

Adams, Carl Earl Griles, Berkley Thomas Reamer, Walter Ray
Adams, Carlyle Dowell Hamlett, Delles H. Reed, Dale Albert
Adams, Stuart Thomas Harris, Ray Moore Richardson, Willie R.
Allen, Rufus R. Harris, William Henry Rickman, Raymond
Armes, James Edward Harvey, Edgar J. Riepe, Joseph Creighton, Jr.
Atkins, Roger Carter Harvey, Willie Henry Roberts, Aubrey Bernard
Bailey, Franklin Thornton Hatcher, Larney Willie Roberts, Walter Calvin
Black, Leon Jesse Herndon, Marion G. Roberts, Zack, E.
Bolden, James Lee Higgins, Wayne Robey, Robert Andrew
Bradner, James Williams, Jr. Holdern, Arnold T. Rockwell, James Orval
Brandon, Leslie W. Hughes, Charles Henry Sheldon, Grover Linwood
Braxton, Roy Hunter, William Allen Shelton, William Harry
Britton, Jessie Lewis Johnson, Beverly Lee Shepperson, Charles Henry, Jr.
Britton, Marquis Grilus Johnson, Emmet John Shepperson, John Daniel
Brown, Leroy Robert Johnson, Nathaniel Bacon Skinner, Bailey Warren
Bruce, James Henry Jones, Nelson Lee Smith, Maclin McCarty
Bryant, Charles Hugh Keeling, Eugene Carter Spencer, Lewis
Canada, Samuel Wallace Keeling, John Roshier Sprinkle, Warren Harding
Carson, Charles Cecil King, Emory W. Stitt, Alfonsa Joseph
Carson, Howard Lee King, Wilbert StJohn, James Henry
Carwile, Walter Edward, Jr. Lail, Toy Lee Taylor, Allen Gilbert
Cassada, Andrew Dewey Langford, Harvey Edward Taylor, Herbert Cummings
Childress, Franklin Chalmers Lee, Robert F. Terry, William Lee
Clark, Floyd Shorter Lewis, Charlie H. Terry, Woodrow Jackson
Clay, James Daniel Lipscomb, Wallace Tharpe, Luther Aubrey
Cobb, Jack P. Locke, Luther Owen Thompson, Edward Jasper
Coleman, Harold Price Malone, James Junior Thompson, William Harvey
Collie, Leslie Lee Marshall, Richard Walker Thorpe, Harold Tucker
Collins, Massie L. Marston, Claude Wilks Townsend, Aubrey Newton
Copal, David Edd Martin, Carl D. Trent, Clem D., Sr.
Copeland, John A. Martin, Lewis E., Jr. Trent, Harold Edward
Crawley, John Archer, Jr. Mason, Roy Carrington Trent, William Thomas
Crews, Cabell Lawrence Maxwell, Chiswell Tucker Tucker, Otis Ottoway, Jr.
Daily, Willie May, Ralph Ray Metcalf, Paul D.
Daniel, Henry Archer Moody, Driscol Richard Vaughan, Chester Hagood
Davis, Jacob Colin Moon, Grover Lee Viar, John Nelson
Dixon, Harry Edward Moore, Jerry Waddell, Charlie E.
Dodd, Hezekiah B. Morton, Wade Frank Wade, Ellis Junious
Duffer, Frank Morton, William Booker Walker, Thomas Malciah
Duffer, John Albert Mosley, Kester Loyd Walton, James H.
Dunn, Thomas Sidney Moseley, Leander Essex Ward, Lucius Spottswood
Dunnavant, Howard Girard Murray, Willie Marion Watson, Harry
DuVal, William Eugene Nash, Lewis D., Jr. Welchons, Charles A.
Elder, Murphy Howard Nash, Sampson Weston, Raymond Edward
Elliott, William Glenwood Neale, James Grey White, Loyd P.
Eubank, Charles L. Nelson, Stewart B. Whitlow, James Hurndon
Eubank, James F. Nelson, William Gregory Whitlow, Malon Lee
Farrar, Carroll M. Newcomb, Henderson Woodson Whitlow, Stuart
Ferguson, Carlton Newcomb, Henry Vernon Williams, Clyde W.
Finch, William H. Newcomb, Roy Jackson Williams, Hubert C.
Foster, Chester Cole, Jr. Nichols, Lacy Willard Williams, Oscar Taylor
Foster, James A. Oliver, Wiley Alexander Williams, Willie Nathaniel
Fowlkes, John W. Osborne, Willie, Jr. Wilmouth, William Henry
Gaines, John Carter, Jr. Pannell, Junior W. Wilson, Alvin Carl
Garber, Kermit Roosevelt Paulett, John Francis Wilson, James Alfonso
Gayles, Jessie Wilbur Pearson, John Strother Wilson, Oliver Wendel
Gee, Arthur Pierce, Joe H. Pollard, Hubert Edward
Gibson, Allen W. Pollard, Warren Franklin Womack, Wilson Howard
Gilliland, William Carrol Pugh, Sylvester Ray Yancey, Edwin Elam
Goode, Roosevelt W. Pugh, Willard Douglas Ramsey, William B.
Gosney, George Harold Ramsey, Enos Thomas Griffith, Floyd T.
Vassar, Carol Walden Womack, Henry Bernard

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 11, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Twelve White Men Inducted December 26
The following white men were inducted into the Armed Forces, December 26, 1944:
William Eldridge Mason; John Alfred Dunn; Willie Fullmoore Ryan; William Emmett Tharpe; Luther Carter Roach; Claude Swanson Tuggle.
The following colored men were inducted into the Armed Forces, December 18, 1944:
Walter Thomas Haskins.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 11, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Stm. 1 1-c E.C. Spencer Recently At Home
Stm. 1 1-c Earl C. Spencer whose ship the Gambier Bay (C.V.E., 73) was sunk on October 25 on Leyte during the invasion of the Philippines was home o na (on a) survival furlough visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Spencer of near Abilene.
He will return some time in January to the Pacific coast to continue his action against the Japs.  This is one of Charlotte County boys and has been in several battles including the battle of Saipan Island.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 11, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Lieutenant Reginald H. Pettus Receives Medal
Mrs. G.O. Pettus of  Keysville, has been presented with an Air Medal which was awarded to her son Lt. Reginald H. Pettus, pilot in Army Air Corps, by the President of the United State. (States.)  The medal was presented to Mrs. Pettus on December 27th by Captain Carlton E. Gregory, the citation was as follows: --"For meritorious achievement while participating in heavy bombardment missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe.  The courage, coolness and skill displayed by this officer upon these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Lt. Pettus went down over enemy territory on May 12, 1944, and is now a prisoner of war in Germany.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 11, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Wins Silver Trophy
Harper B. Chadwick, Jr., S 1-c U.S.N.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Chadwick, of Ontario, Virginia, has completed a 20 week course of training at the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) of Boston, Mass. and was awarded the Entwistle Silver Trophy, at the graduation exercises on Friday, December 22nd., 1944.
The trophy, a silver plate, was awarded for the highest marks in all subjects.  98.8 per cent.
He graduated from Randolph-Henry High School with the class of 1942 and was inducted in the Navy in May, 1944.  At that time he was employed by the Southern R.R. Co., as clerk-telegrapher at South Boston, Virginia.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Pvt. S.E. Bloxton In Hospital In France
Mrs. Clara E. Bloxton of Phenix has been notified that her husband, Private Samuel Elliott Bloxton of ternity (?).  He has just returned to ?  20th in Germany.  He writes that he is in France in a hospital and that he was shot through the leg and in his back between his shoulders.
Private Bloxton has been in the army two years and took his training at Camp Beale, California and Camp Bowie, Texas and has been overseas since last June.  He has been in Scotland, England, France, Belgium and was with General Hodges First army in Germany when he was wounded.
He has two other brothers in service.  Private First Class James C. Bloxton, who has been overseas two years and was wounded on Saipan last July and awarded the Purple Heart.  Corporal Frncis E. Bloxton of the U.S. Army Air Forces is stationed in Columbus, Ohio.
Private Bloxton's wife is the former Miss Clara Barbara of Phenix.  His mother Mrs. Hallie Bloxton, resides in Richmond and Petersburg. 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January  4, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Headquarters First United States Army APO 230
200.6-Bouldin'  Allen H.  (A)
Subject:  Award of Silver Star.
To:  Major Allen H. Bouldin
01101342, Corps of Engineers,

United States Army.
Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, as amended, you are awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action as set forth in the followings:

CITATION
Major Allen H. Bouldin, 01101342, 1110th Engineer Combat Group, United States Army.  For gallantry in action against the enemy on 28 July 1944, in France.  Major Bouldin was subjected to a heavy mortar barrage while en route on a mission of a reconnoitering an enemy held bridge at the end of an exposed causeway protected by strong outposts.  Crossing over the causeway, he proceeded unhesitatingly through an uncharted enemy minefield to obtain vital information concerning enemy dispositions around the bridge.  The movement of large numbers of troops through the reconnoitered area was expedited by Major Bouldin's heroic achievement.  Major Bouldin's personal bravery and disregard for his own safety reflect credit upon himself and the military service.  Entered military service from Virginia.
COURTNEY H. HODGES
Lieut. Gen., U.S. Army,
Commanding.
A true copy:
Kenneth T. Stevens, D.
1st Lt., CE,
Adjutant


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

S-Sgt. W.H. Stembridge Killed In France
Killed In Action

S-Sgt. William H. Stembridge was killed in action on November 26 somewhere in France after serving 20 months overseas.  He was a graduate of Randolph-Henry High School in the class of '41.  Before volunteering for service in June '42 he was employed in Asheville, N. Carolina.
Sgt. Stembridge was the 23 year old son of Mrs. Elizabeth L. Stembridge and the late Willie H. Stembridge of Ontario.  Mrs. Stembridge makes her home on Skipwith, R.F.D.1. 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Captain David Watkins Promoted From 1st Lt.
With The Seventh Army, France -- Captain David C. Watkins, Charlotte Court House, Virginia, now serving as battalion intelligence officer with the Seventh Army in Eastern France was recently promoted to his present rank from that of first lieutenant.
Commissioned at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, December 17, 1942, Capt. Watkins was promoted to first lieutenant, December 31, 1943.  He has also been awarded the air medal for having flown thirty-five sorties as a field artillery liaison observer.  Before coming to Southern France with the Seventh Army, Captain Watkins had participated in the battle for Cassino, and the Anzio Beach head operation.
Prior to entry in the military service Captain Watkins was employed by Sears Roebuck and Company in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is also a graduate of Georgia Tech.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Keysville Man Wins Award For Conduct
With The 26th Infantry Division -- Private First Class Ethon E. White of Keysville has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for exemplary conduct in action against the enemy.  He is the son of Mrs. Rosa I. White of Keysville.  He was employed by the Keysville Drug Store before entering the army.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Ten Colored Men Inducted December 13
The following colored men inducted into the Armed Forces: December 13, 1944:
Percy Edward Elam; Willie Coleman; James Morton, Jr.; Marcellus Levi Carrington; James Henry Rodgers; Joseph Alfred Vaughters; Walter James Williams; Thomas Walton Halcomb; Willis Hamlet; and Lacy Preston Clarke.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

John R. Hedderly Home For Visit
The Public Relations Office has sent us a bulletin stating that Pfc. John R. Hedderly, of the Engineer, who has been overseas for thirty-two months in the Asiatic Pacific would arrive at Camp Bowie Reception Center approximately the ninth day of December and from there he will go to visit his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Hedderly, who though they retain their home here are now in Albany, Georgia. Pfc. Hedderly arrived here Monday morning, his parents are expected, Sunday.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  7, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Dunn Seven Sons In Armed Service
Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Dunn, of near Randolph, have seven sons in service.  The eighth son volunteered for service, but was rejected.
The oldest son, Pvt. Clyde T. Dunn, is stationed at Fort Riley, Maryland.
The second son, Pvt. William E. Dunn, is stationed at efrt (Fort) Riley, Kansas.
The third son, Sgt. Frank E. Dunn, is with the Marines and is now at Washington.  He has been in service fifteen months and was one of the first to land at Guadalcanal.
The fourth son, Pvt. Bernard M. Dunn is stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The fifth son, Roy C. Dunn, is with the Merchant Marines.
The 6th son, Cpl. Gordon H. Dunn, is a serial engineer serving with the 36th Fighter Squadron from January 2nd, 1941 to February 18, 1944, doing submarine patrol.  He was thirty-seven months in South America and is now serving with A.T.C. Long Beach, California.  Cpl. Dunn has been in service six years April 4, 1944.  He arrived home November 23 (28) having a twenty-three day leave.
The seventh son, Pvt. Thomas S. Dunn, has been overseas eighteen months and is now in France. He has won several prizes as a rifle expert.
The eighth son, Clarence H. Dunn, volunteered for service, but was rejected.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December  7, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Four White And One Colored Inducted
The following white men inducted into the Armed Forces, November 30, 1944:
Stanley Jacob Roach
Clifton Elliott Hamlett
Randolph Grey Collins
Sam Daniel Eggleston, Jr.
The following colored man inducted into the Armed Forces, November 22, 1944:
Charles Edward Brooks.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 21, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sergeant Nelson Tharpe Wounded In Action
Sgt. Nelson Tharpe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Tharpe of Saxe was wounded in action in France November 29th.  Sgt. Tharpe has just been promoted from Private First Class to Sergeant.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 4, 1945
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Miss Dorothy Roster Now In Washington
Norfolk--Dorothy Royster, seaman second class, was in the latest group of WAVES assigned in Washington as replacements for Navy men sent to duty at sea, the Fifth Naval District here was advised.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar T. Martin, at Drakes Branch.
Seaman Royster reported at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Department, on November 14, after completing her recruit training at Hunter College, Bronx, New York.  She entered the Navy on July 19. 


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

DISTINGUISHED UNIT CITATION
In recognition of one of the outstanding missions of the war a distinguished citation has been awarded a B-17 Flying Group of the 15th Air Force.
Two local boys were in the group ? ? honored.  One of the boys was Sergeant David M. Turner, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Turner of Victoria. He attended both Kenbridge and Victoria High Schools and is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College with a B.S. Degree. The other is Corporal C. Barnes, son of Eddie Barnes, of Kenbridge.  He is a graduate of Lochleven High School, and at present is serving as a dental assistant in the group.
This group was cited for an action on July 18, when 26 fortresses of the group took part in a mission against an airdrome and installations at Hemmingon, Germany.  Adverse weather scattered the formations enroute to the target so that one of the fortress groups approaching the objective alone and without fighter escort.
Shortly before reaching the airdrome the bombers were attacked by some 200 German fighter planes.  The fighters bored in all the rear of the formation destroying the last box and wiping out one entire squadron.
Pressing their attacks relentlessly the fighters knocked down seven more fortresses while the remaining bombers fought on to the target and dropped their bombs with devastating effect.  During the spectacular battle the group's gunners accounted for 65 enemy planes, many of them falling to the guns of the stricken planes, before they plunged to their death.  This group also destroyed or damaged 86 more planes parked on the enemy airdrome. Their own losses: 14 planes and 143 officers and enlisted men.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

LUNENBURG MEN IN SERVICE
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
Private First Class Leland S. brown, of Victoria was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity.
Private Brown is with a veteran air force B24 Liberator Bomb Group.  His group has played a vital role on the serial assaults on the enemy and trial and communications targets in the Balkans, northern Italy and southern Germany.  It also prefaced the Allied landings on the coast of southern France by blasting German gun implacements and shore installations.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sgt. Willie E. McLaughlin Was With Fifth Army
With the Fifth Army, Italy -- Sgt. Willie E. McLaughlin, Jr., of Victoria, is fighting in the 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion, recently advancing north of Pisa and along the approaches to the Gothic Line in Italy.
Operating in this phase is task force artillery, the 894 has been giving indirect artillery fire, while its reconnaissance personnel have been serving as artillery forward observers.
Fighting mainly against German infantry, the 894th had by mid-September destroyed 17 enemy tanks, many self-propelled guns, half-tracks trucks, machine-gun and mortar nests and enemy personnel.  Of 21 German tanks encountered between the capture of Rome and mid-September, the unit destroyed nine and drove back the others.
It has been in action continuously except for a two week rest period, since it first entered action on the Fifth Army front in Italy last December 17th in the Mignano sector.  Its number of days in combat had reached 330 by mid-September, and 20 per cent of its personnel had become casualties in the Italian campaign alone.
The unit lost two company commanders within the few days following its crossing of the Arno River September 3.  One was captured. The other was killed by a Teller mine.
The 894th started advance training August 17, 1942, in England began serving in North Africa the following January 17 and had been in combat 79 days when the Tunisian campaign closed, having fought at Kasserine Pass, Tebessa, Sebetla, El Guettar, Sedjenane and Bizerte.
The 894th arrived in Italy last October 28, fought in the mountains near Mignane as artillery and was drawn out of the line January 9th for waterproofing in preparation for the beachhead operation at Anzio.  The tank destroyers rolled onto the beachhead January 26 and withstood heavy counterattacks in February, sustaining British troops at Carocetto, providing the functions of tanks, mobile pillboxes, assault artillery, infantry, anti-tank guns and reconnaissance troops.  Several TD crews knocked out Mark IV and Mark VI tanks at ranges of no more than 50 yards.  One enemy thrust distance of 7000 yards.  The 894th maintained heavy gunfire across the beachhead for four months.
The outfit fought with the 34th "Red Bull" Division in the action which cracked the ? Velletriline before Rome.  
The tank destroyers moved rapidly ahead north of Rome, through Civitavecchia, Tarquinia and Monte Alto.
The moved into the line at Rirarbella June 28 in support of French elements of Fifth Army and fought through Siena, Poggibonsi, San Gimignano, Certaldo and up the hills to Castelfierenno and the Arno River.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PFC W.W. SMITHSON
With the XIV Corps in the Southwest Pacific - Pfc. Wallace Smithson, of Victoria, who is the son of Mrs. Claire Smithson, also of Victoria, has been awarded a good conduct medal for his demonstration of exemplary conduct and his faithfulness in performing his many duties in the Engineer Combat Unit to which he is assigned.
Pfc. Smithson has seen service with an engineer combat unit overseas for over one year and is a veteran of the Munda and Bougainville campaigns.  He wears a battle star on the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon for his participation in the North Solomons campaign.
Before entering the service Pfc Smithson was emplayed (employed) as a trainman and is now operating a switchboard in the army.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

GRADUATES FROM GUNNERY SCHOOL
Private Harry M. Hayer, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Hayer, of Route 1, Keysville, has recently been graduated from the Army Air Forces Flexible Gunnery School at Tyndale Field, which is one of the largest schools of its kind in the Army Air Forces Training Command. He has now received his silver wings to signify that he is a qualified serial gunner and will soon join his "teammates of the sky" in carrying attack to the enemy in all parts of the world.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

LOCAL MAN WITH FAMOUS AIR FORCE
Staff Sergeant Clarence Arthur, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Arthur, of Victoria, is located at an Eight Air Force Fighter Station in England.  His is the P-51 Mustang Group and recently celebrated its second anniversary by destroying 24 enemy planes in two days.
The group's list of famous firsts includes: First Allied fighters to penetrate Germany from Britain, first Allied single-engine fighters over Berlin; providing the fighter escort for the first Britain to Russia shuttle raid, and the first fighter group in the European Theatre of Operations to pass the 400,500 and 600 marks in enemy planes destroyed.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

SIXTH ARMY GROUP IN FRANCE MERITS HIGH PRAISE
A local boy, Private First Class Carroll B. Bruce, of  Meherrin, has the distinction of belonging to the 55th Ordnance Group on the Sixth Army Group front in France.
The Ordnance Groups are always more or less the "unsung" heroes, but heroes nonetheless.  This particular mobile group under Lt. Col. M.S. David, lives up to its Colonel's declaration: "It doesn't make any difference what the problem is -- we lick it."
Many of the men of this group took part in the Salerno and Anzio operations.  Since D.-Day they have been located in southern France. Here they have had an opportunity to prove their G.I. identity and have done so in abundant measure.  They make or improvise many of the needed things to keep the jeeps, trucks, etc., in repair.  Sometimes they are called upon to work 24 hours a day, but always they "keep'em rolling."
At one time the Germans had a habit of infiltration through the lines at night.  The boys rigged up trip lines connected with flare guns. When the lines were tripped the flares went off and the Germans made good targets.  It is noteworthy that every man in this group, both officers and men have given blood recently for their own blood bank.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  16, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

For Reassignment
T-5 Howard M. White, 28, of Keysville, has arrived at Army Air Forces Redistribution Station No. 2 in Miami Beach for reassignment processing after completing a tour of duty outside the continental United States.
Medical examinations and classification interviews at this post, one of three redistribution stations operated by the AAF Personnel Distribution Command for AAF returnee officers and enlisted men, will determine his new assignment.  He will remain here about two weeks, much of which will be devoted to rest and recreation.
Corporal White was a cook in the Southwest Pacific.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. White of Keysville.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  16, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

T-5 Weatherford Writes From Germany
The following is a letter received by Mrs. C.N. Pennington from her brother, T-5 Willard Weatherford, son of  Mr. and Mrs. V.S. Weatherford of  Keysville, Route 3.
Sunday, October 15, 1944
Somewhere in Germany
Dear Folks:  Well, I guess all of you think I am not going to write again.  Well, as you know, I have had a little tough luck, but I am over that now, I am back with my old outfit.
I haven't written to any of you since August.  Now I do hope that none of you think hard of me for not writing.  I didn't even write to Glynnis or Mama for over three weeks, so you can very well see that I have been a very busy man.  I have run into some awful experiences, more than you will ever know about.  For about a month before I was wounded we were on the move day and night, and I just could not get a chance to write to anyone.  I was wounded September the second.  I hadn't received any mail since August 27th until yesterday, when I got back here with my company.  They sent all of my mail to the hospital and I didn't stay there long enough to get any mail, so it is just following me around.  I will get it all now soon.  I know that all of you were worried about me when you heard that I was wounded.  Well, just forget about that, as I am O.K. now.  I never was hurt very bad; luck has been with me.  I just hope it continues to be with me.  I am somewhere in Germany, that is all that I can say about that.  It is no paradise over here, but I just refuse to let this war worry me, and I don't want any of you to worry over me.  I was in Belgium when I was wounded.  The people over there were sure good to us.  They were good to us in France, too.  I have been across France three times.  I was taken back to England after I was wounded.  I wish all of you could have seen the flowers they gave us when we went through Paris and other cities and towns in France.  I never thought I would drive an army vehicle, covered with flowers.  I will never forget the people of France. They were really nice to us; the French people have plenty of food, but no clothes or money.  They raise plenty to eat.  It is some beautiful farming country and so is Belgium, and as for Germany, well, I'll just wait and tell you about that when I get back. There is no flowers and cheering for us here.
You write me right away how tobacco is selling.  It seems like a year since I heard from any of you.  I guess you all feel the same way about hearing from me, but if you knew how rough it was over here you wouldn't blame me for not writing.  Hope I can write more often in the future.  My thoughts are always with all of you back there.
Christine and Iivaline (?) I sure do miss those nice long letters of yours, Now, I know all of you have written but I just haven't received any mail in nearly two months.  I should get a lot when I receive all that was sent to the hospital. 
Guess I had better close for this time.  I will sure try to write more often, and when you don't hear from me you may know that I am up there doing my part, which I have done many times and am willing to do again.  We will win soon, darn soon, I hope.
Love to all
Willard


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  23, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Thoms W. Leigh, Jr. Decorated Recently

First Lieut. Thomas W. Leigh, Jr., son of  Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Leigh Sr., of 326 North Harrison St., has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for extraordinary achievement with the Eighth Air Force in England, according to information received here.
He also wears the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon and two Bronze Stars on his European Theater ribbon representing frequent participation in major battles.
Lieut. Leigh is a navigator of a Flying Fortress.  He won his wings and commission April 8, 1944, at the AAF Navigation School, San Marcos Army Air Field, San Marcos, Tex., and went overseas last June 5.  Lieut. Leigh has just returned to this country and was expected to arrive at his home at Richmond on Wednesday for a 21 day leave.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November  30, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Carroll C. Waddell Promoted To Corporal
Headquarters, 13th AAF, Southwest Pacific---Carroll C. Waddell, son of William E. Waddell, Drakes Branch, Virginia recently was promoted from private first class to corporal by the "Fightin 13th AAF".
Corporal Waddell, at an advanced 13th AAF base of operations, is a member of the medical section of the air force's headquarters. Overseas a year, he has participated in the Northern Solomons and Bismarck Archipelago campaigns for which he has been authorized battle awards on his Asiatic-Pacific ribbon.  He entered the army in May, 1943.
A graduate of  Drakes Branch High School, Corporal Waddell was manager of a branch office of the Southern States Cooperative of Richmond.
He is a member of the Richmond Aerie of  Eagles.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November 9, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

SEVEN WHITE, ONE COLORED INDUCTED INTO SERVICE
The following white men were inducted into the Armed Forces November 2, 1944:
Roy Albert Jackson
William James Langford
Herbert Howard Mason
Woodrow Wilson Duffey
Warren Newton Morris
Stanford Lee Vassar
Gerald Leon Clay
One colored wa (was) inducted October 30, 1944:
James Eldridge Adams.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November 9, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Major William Watkins Honor Guest At DinnerDr. Thomas Watkins and sister, Miss Mary Bailey Watkins entertained at a family dinner party Tuesday in honor of their nephew, Major William R. Watkins, of the Flight Service, who has recently returned from Calcutta, India, on a short leave.  The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Tucker Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McLauglin and small sons, Tucker and Henry, and Major and Mrs. William R. Watkins and daughter, Louise, and son, William, Jr., of Halifax; Mrs. Wicker and daughter, Mrs. Witcher, and Miss Ruth Vest, of Farmville.
Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, November 9, 1944
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King 

Robert Dupee Promoted To Grade Technician
With the Army Air Force Engineer Command in Corsica.  Robert W. Dupee of Drakes Branch, Va., was recently promoted to the grade of technician fourth grade  in his aviation engineer unit which builds bases for Allied air power in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations.
Technician Fourth Grade Dupee, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dupee of Drakes Branch, left his position with Pettus Motor Company, Drakes Branch, to join the service in 1942.  He was sent overseas and has seen 17 months of active duty in Egypt, Libya, Sicily, Italy and Corsica as a grade operator with the aviation engineers.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 16, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

This Is a Small World Says Miss Elizabeth Walls
France
October 18, 1944
Dear Mr. Scoggin: France seems to have just about as many Americans as I believe are yet back home.  Recently I ran into a nest of people I either knaw or knew friends of them.  I'll tell you so some.
One day I saw a patient who had a familiar name and face.  He turned out to be a Red Oak boy,  Sergeant. P.L. Weston, who had just gotten a leg injury.  The next day I carried him three copies of my Gazette, I'd just received.  It would have pleased you greatly to have seen how well pleased he was to get them, even if they were a couple of months old.
Just a few days later Lt. Col. J.H. McCann, in passing, saw our hospital sign and dropped in to pay me a little visit.  It was swell seeing an ol friend like Mac.  He looked and talked just as he did when we used to know him.
Then just a couple of days ago I had another surprise.  I met your nephew, William Scoggin.  In discussing Virginia he told me he used to work on a small town newspaper.  I asked if he had heard of the Charlotte Gazette, and just as I did I remembered he might be Scoggin, for I knew one in the group had that name.  Isn't this a small world.  We promised to write telling you of our meeting.
Things have been rather tough for us, but arn't (aren't) bad now we're using a French hospital now in a fairly good size town.  In this cold and rainy weather we are appreciating this building, and thankful we are here rather than in tents in a cow-pasture as we were up until we moved here.
Please give my regards to my friends back there and tell them we appreciate the part they are doing.  I might say I've certainly given a lot of blood plasma and am glad to read in the Gazette how Charlotte citizens are contributing to this.  I've used many, many dressings made by Red Cross workers and would hate to think of our supply giving out.
Au Revoir,
ELIZABETH WALLS


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 2, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Australian Woman Caring For Graves
Editor Charlotte Gazette:  I am enclosing a letter for publication which has been received by a member of the family of Robert E. Fallen, killed in the line of duty on March 6, 1944.  I hope you will publish this letter in the interest of those who have lost dear ones in this war. It may be some comfort to them to know how some people of other countries feel toward our sacrifices in this war.  I think such deeds are one of the noblest to come out of this struggle.
Yours truly,
JANIE F. MANDAS.
The letter follows:
Salisbury Rd.
Ipswich, Queensland,
Australia.

Dear Mrs. Krantz:  I thought you would like to know that someone in far away Australia, is caring for your "loved" one's grave.  Our garden overlooks the little cemetery and in appreciation for all your boys have done for us, the token of flowers is the least I can give to express my own personal gratitude.
If you would care to write and ask anything please do so--I would consider it a privilege to be of service to you.  Our best wishes.
Very Sincerely yours,
ROSA MANSON, (Mrs.)


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 2, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Mrs. Margaret H. Willis Receives Commission
Margaret Hanmer Willis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.I. Hanmer, having completed her training at Smith College, Northampton, Mass., has been commissioned Lieut. (jg) in the Waves.  Lieutenant (jg) Willis has been assigned to the Bureau of Aeronautics and is stationed at Washington, D.C.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 26, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sgt. Frank Dudley Is Commended As Engineer Gunner
15th AAF in Italy--Technical Sergeant Frank H. Dudley of 618 Jefferson Street, Danville, Virginia, was recently awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement while participating in sustained operational missions against the enemy."
He is an engineer-gunner with a 15th AAF B-24 Liberator bomber group which has participated in some of the most outstanding serial blows of the war against the Nazis and their Balkan Satellites.  His group prefaced the Allied landings on the southern coast of France by blasting Nazi gun and shore emplacements.
Sgt. Dudley has seen action over such targets as the aircraft factories of Swechat and Munich; the harbor installations of Nice and Toulon; the rail centers of Budapest, and the Ploesti oil refineries.  He is the recipient of the Air Medal and is authorized to wear the European-African Middle East theater ribbon.
Prior to his entrance in the service February 26, 1942, St. Dudley was employed as a textile worker by the Dan River cotton Mills.  He received his technical training at Sheppard Field, Texas, and his gunnery wings at Tyndall Field, Florida.
Sgt. Dudley's wife, Mrs. Louise Dudley, resides at the Danville address and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Dudley, make their home at Wylliesburg, Va.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 26, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Two Colored Inducted Into Armed Forces
The following colored men were inducted into the armed forces in October, 1944:
Elijah Nathaniel Roberts
Junius Davis


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 26, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Nine White Men Inducted Into Armed Forces Oct. 20
The following white men were inducted into the armed forces October 20, asfollows (as follows):
Roy Lee Lipscomb
Sherman Major Green
Harold Kent Powell
Douglas Lee Moore, Jr.
Charlie William Duffey
Warren Franklin Pollard
James Leland Tharpe
Archie Ray Griffith
Raymond James Seamans


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 26, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

T-Sgt. William C. Lewis Awarded Unit Badge
15th Army Air Force in Italy--T-Sgt. William C. Lewis, 20, of  rfd 1, Keysville, gunner on a B-24 Liberator Bomber, operating from Italy, has been awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge as a member of a group which has been cited for "outstanding performance of duty in armed conflict with the enemy."


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 19, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Corporal Nash Sees Action
The following extracts are from a recent letter to his aunt, Mrs. A.C. Nash, of Charlotte Court House, from Corporal Bernard L. Nash, formerly of Madisonville.  He is the son of Ed Nash and the late Mrs. Birdie Thompson Nash of Madisonville:
"Dear Aunt Carrie:  I received your letter and was sure glad to hear from you.  I am back in the United States now.  I cannot write you everything I have gone through because of censorship, but will write all I am allowed to:
"I was inducted into service January 14, 1942.  I took nine weeks basic training at Fort Bragg N.C.  In March of 1942, I joined the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion at Camp Blanding, Fla.  I landed in Scotland in August, 1942, and took training in England in the fall of 1942.  I landed in Africa in December of 1942, where I saw action through all the African campaign.  I later helped i nstransporting (in transporting) German prisoners from Sicily to Africa.  I then landed at Salerno Beach in September, 1943, and saw action from there to Casino.  In January 1944, I landed on the Anzio Beachhead, where in February, 1944, I was taken sick with chronic sinitis.  I was then sent to southern Italy and back to the states in July, 1944.  I was gunner on a M-10 Tank Destroyer.  I was for a while at Camp Butner, N.C., but am now at Camp Ashby, near Norfolk.
"I cannot tell you all the details of the different movements as it is against censorship rules; I can't even say what port I sailed from. There are a lot of things I saw and did that I would like to tell you but I might get into trouble if I did.  The government censorship doesn't like for you to tell of the things you saw over there.  Write me again real soon.
Yours,
BERNARD L. NASH


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, October 5, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Pfc. E.B. Berghoff of C.H. Killed In Europe
Among the Virginia War casualties listed as killed in action in Europe are Private First Class Edward B. Berghoff, son of Mrs. Mamie B. Berghoff, of Charlotte Court House.
The others must learn the hard way, as Italy has, that no early advantage will enable a second class nation to beat a great one.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 5,  1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

S-Sgt. DONALD J. HANSON AND PFC C.A. EVANS WOUNDED
Among the Virginia War Casualties listed among the wounded in Europe; Pfc. Charles A. Evans, grandson of Mrs. Fanny Evans, of Ontario; and S-Sgt. Donald J. Hanson, husband of Mrs. Lillian Hanson of Formosa.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 5,  1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

T-SGT W.C. LEWIS WINS OAK LEAF CLUSTER
15th Army Air Force in Italy--T-Sgt. William C. Lewis, 20, of rfd Keysville, gunner on a B-24 Liberator Bomber, operating from Italy, has been awarded the first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal, according to an announcement by the 15th Air Force.
In the words of the citation, the award was made "for meritorious achievement in air flight while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy."


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 5,  1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

TWO OF OUR BOYS WOUNDED IN THE EUROPEAN AREA
Among the Virginia War Casualties listed as wounded in Europe are: Private Robert Morrison, son of Mrs. Margaret Morrison, of Madisonville, and Private First Class William H. Walker, husband of Mrs. Frances A. Walker of Cullen.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24,  1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

PRIVATE EDWARD M. DANIEL
Private Edward M. Daniel, 25, son of Mrs. Margaret Daniel Tharp, of Alexandria, is a native of Charlotte County and attended the Drakes Branch School.  He was inducted into the service October 25, 1943.  He took his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida; from there, April 1, 1944, he was sent overseas to France.  His mother has received a telegram from the War Department stating he was seriously wounded in action July 25th, in France.  His mother has since heard from him, stating that he was wounded in both legs, and feet broken.  He wrote his mother not to worry, that he was lucky to be living.
He has a brother in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24,  1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Former Drakes Branch Boy Twice Wounded
Captain George W. Clark, Jr., formerly of Drakes Branch, now of South Boston, has been twice wounded in service.  He was a member of the National Guard, company F., of South Boston, and went in training with them, being promoted until he became captain. They were sent overseas just before D-Day, and he has been serving with the 116th Infantry.
On July 13th he was slightly wounded, and received the Purple Heart.  He was only away from his company a week.  On July 24th he was again wounded in his left arm, and is now at an army hospital somewhere in England. Captain Clark was commanding Company F from South Boston when he was wounded.  He has written his wife and parents that he is getting on all right, and hopes to be ready for service again soon.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24,  1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Pfc. Filmore Burton Killed In Saipan
Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Burton have received notice from the War Department that their son, Pfc. Charles Filmore Burton, was killed in action July 8th during Saipan invasion; one day before the island was officially conquered.  Pfc. Burton was 22 years of age, volunteered for service in Marine Corps February 1943, was stationed at Quantico from the middle of April until September first, when he was sent to Camp Pendleton, California, for advanced training, sailing the last of January, 1944, for the Pacific area.  He participated in the conquest of Namur Island and in the Marshalls.  He was a member of the Fourth Division Fleet Marines under Major General Harry Schmidt, who commended his men after the twenty six days of attack before taking Saipan as follows: "I am proud of every officer and man, Army, Navy or Marines of this Division.  The officers and men who have given their lives or been wounded in this battle will serve as a constant source of inspiration for us in our continued destruction.  Their deeds have truly made this the Fighting Fourth Division."
Mr. and Mrs. Burton have another son, J.K. Burton, with the Marine Air Corps, and a daughter, Lt. Margaretta, who is overseas.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, May 14, 1964
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King


Pfc Carl E. Lacks Participates In Joint ExercisesArmy Pfc Carl E. Lacks, 23, whose wife, Ruby lives on Route 1, Gladys, participated as a member of the assault forces in Exercise WEST WIND, a joint Army-Navy-Marine Corps amphibious operation, on the Hawaiian Island of Moloxai, April 15-24.More than 4,000 troops of the 25th Infantry Division were landed on the island's Papohaku Beach from helicopters and landing ships.  After establishing a beachhead, the men moved inland to conduct jungle warfare and counter-insurgency operations against 2,000 of the division's men who took the part of gurrillas (guerrillas) previously established on the island.Lacks is a cannoneer in Battery B, 7th Battalion, of the division's 11th Artillery regularly stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  He entered the Army in January 1962 and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., before arriving at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in June 1962.Lacks attended Halifax County High School.His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lacks, live on Route 1, Drakes Branch.
Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, May 14, 1964
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Pfc Carl E. Lacks Participates In Joint Exercises
Army Pfc Carl E. Lacks, 23, whose wife, Ruby lives on Route 1, Gladys, participated as a member of the assault forces in Exercise WEST WIND, a joint Army-Navy-Marine Corps amphibious operation, on the Hawaiian Island of Moloxai, April 15-24.
More than 4,000 troops of the 25th Infantry Division were landed on the island's Papohaku Beach from helicopters and landing ships.  After establishing a beachhead, the men moved inland to conduct jungle warfare and counter-insurgency operations against 2,000 of the division's men who took the part of gurrillas (guerrillas)previously established on the island.

Lacks is a cannoneer in Battery B, 7th Battalion, of the division's 11th Artillery regularly stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  He entered the Army in January 1962 and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., before arriving at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in June 1962.
Lacks attended Halifax County High School.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lacks, live on Route 1, Drakes Branch.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, January 9, 1964
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Airman Henry E. Trent Reassigned To Nellis AFB, Nev.
Airman Third Class Henry E. Trent of Charlotte C.H., is being reassigned to Nellis AFB, Nev., following his graduation from the technical training course for United States Air Force jet air-craft mechanics.
Airman Trent was trained in the maintenance and inspection of jet fighter planes currently in use by the Air Force.
Airman Trent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Trent, of Rt. 2, Charlotte C.H. attended Randolph Henry High School.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 26, 1964
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Pvt. Kenneth Garrett Completes Course In Communications
Pvt. Kenneth Garrett, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. Garrett of Drakes Branch, completed a 15-week, radio teletype operation course at the Army Southeastern Signal School, Fort Gordon, Ga., Dec. 13. During the course, Garrett learned to operate radio-transmitting and receiving sets, using both voice and international morse code communication, in combination with teletypewriter equipment.  He entered the Army in June of this year and received basic training at Fort Cordova, Ga.


Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 2, 1965
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King


SEAMAN NELSON JONES SERVING ABOARD THE USS O'BRIENSeaman Nelson Jones of the USN, son of Mrs. Charlotte Jones and the late Herman O. Jones of Wylliesburg is serving aboard the USS O'Brien destroyer, operating with the Seventh Fleet in the South China Sea.  After a seven day port in Hawaii, they moved on conducting strikes against North Viet Nam.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 26, 1954
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Cpl. Elton Johnson Will Attend Gunnery School
Cpl. Elton W. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Johnson, Phenix, is scheduled to leave Fort Riley, Kansas early in September for armored gunnery training at Camp Irvin, California.
Johnson is a member of the 87th Infantry Regiment's Heavy Mortar Company, which is to remain at the Mojave Desert post until mid - October, practicing with 90mm tank guns, mechanized machine guns.
The 21-year-old, soldier enter (entered) the Army during May, 1953


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, February 2, 1939
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

W.S. BARKSDALE, JR. COMPLETES TRAINING
Lieutenant William Sydnor Barksdale, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Barksdale, of Randolph, on February 1, successfully completed a years training in the Army Flying Schools at Randolph and Kelly fields, Texas, and received his "wings" in the graduation exercises which followed plane maneuvers in a full class formation of observation pursuit, attack and bombardment divisions.  Of the 360 who entered Randolph Field on the primary stage only 140 completed the advanced training course preparatory to graduation at Kelly Field.
Previous to entrance to the Army Flying School William attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, receiving the degree of mechanical engineering in 1937.  While there he held offices in, or was active in the Y.M.C.A., dramatic club, boxing Mid-Virginia Cotillion and rifle team.  As captain of the latter he was awarded several medals for expert markmanship.
After graduation at Kelly Field on February 1st, he returned to Randolph Field where the class awaits assignments of the respective divisions. Although the possibility of the class remaining as instructors has been mentioned, he expresses the belief that he will be sent in the attack division to Forksdale Field, Louisiana.
William, a country boy through high school days, is to be commended for his success.  Army "wings" signify the finest physically and mentally. He is the first country boy to receive them.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 8, 1943
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Pfc. Harvey Langford Gets Good Conduct Medal
A recent special order issued by Captain Russell P. Hastings, C.M.P. Commanding Officer at the Rohwer Relocation Center, Arkansas, dated June 26, 1943, directed that a Good Conduct Medal be awarded to Pfc. Harvey Langford a former resident of Charlotte County.
"The Good Conduct Medal has been established as a reward for those enlisted men who have demonstrated fidelity through faithful and exact performance of duty, efficiency through capacity to produce desired results, and whose behavior has been such as to deserve emulation."
Pfc. Langford is a member of the Corps of Military Police.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, July 1, 1943
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Grace Collins Selected For Training In Waves
Miss Grace Collins has received appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, to receive officer's training in the WAVES. She will leave for Smith College Friday, July second.
Miss Collins was an honor graduate and received a B.S. degree from Farmville State Teachers College in June.  In May she was elected to membership in Kappa Delta Pi, National Honor Society in Education.  She also is a member of the Master's Degree of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Scholastic Fraternity.  Miss Collins attended Duke University and completed a year's work there.
Since her graduation in the diploma class of Farmville State Teachers College she has taught in the schools of Charlotte County.  For the past three years she has been principal of the Drakes Branch School.
Miss Collins is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Collins of Drakes Branch.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 3, 1943
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

LIEUTENANT EARL C. ELDER RECEIVES WINGS
Second Lieutenant Earl F. Elder, of Cullen, reported for duty at Columbia Army Air Base, Columbia, S.C., this week and was assigned to a medium bombardment group as a bombadier-navigator.
Lieutenant Elder won his wings in March after completing his specialized training at army flying schools, Deming, New Mexico and the advanced flying school, Carlsbad, New Mexico.  In civilian life he was engaged in farming.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther C. Elder of Cullen.  His wife lives in Columbia, S.C.


Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 3, 1943
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Four Adams Boys In The Service Of Their Country
Berkley D. Adams, of Red Oak, Charlotte County, has four sons in the service of their country.  Their names follow:
???? D. Adams, age 30.  Inducted in the army about fifteen months go and sent to Camp Eustis, Va., for tarining (training) in the Coast Artillery for about five months; then stationed in Camp Davis, N.C., for five months of officers training and promoted to technical sergeant; then went to Fort Barannacos, Florida, where he served about four months and is now at Camp Pendleton, Va.; ???? technical sergeant of the 45th ???? Artillery and is assisting in training in army recruits.  He attended V.P.I.
Edward D. Adams, age 23.  Attended Hampden-Sydney College for ???? years and then went to California to attend an aeronautical technical school for one year.  After graduation he was employed by ???? American Aviation, Inc., of ????, Cal.  For the past two years he has been working in the Engineering, drafting and designing department of that concern.  About ???? months ago he was called for action by the army, but on ???? of his employer he was ???? until July 1, 1943.
Gordon S. Adams, age, 21.  After ???? years of military training at ???? Virginia Military Institute was inducted on May 22, 1943.  He was inducted into the army at Richmond three weeks ago and allowed to return to V.M.I. until graduation.  He is on furlough now visiting his father at Red Oak, and awaiting orders to report to the U.S. Engineers Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Va.  Upon receipt of his orders he will be promoted to corporal in the Engineers. 
Rhea L. Adams, age 18.  Attended V.P.I. one session, then volunteered for the U.S. Naval Air Corps.  He was sent from V.P.I. to the Navy Pre-Flight School in Athens, Georgia.  He finished there ???? 10th and is now at Memphis, Tennessee for basic training.