Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, July 6, 1944

Our Army and Navy Boys
Andrew E. Hefner
Killed in Invasion

As we go to press, the sad news is received by his parents, that Andrew E. Hefner, of Edray, was killed in the first days of the Invasion. He was rated as machine gunner in the 101 Airborne Division. His father is George H. Hefner and his mother is a daughter of Willard Overholt, late of Millpoint, now of Farmington, Washington. His two brothers, Henry and Robert, are in the armed service. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. W. S. Yanger, of Terra Alta, and by two other brothers, Glen and Fred, both of Marlinton.

Andrew was born August 21, 1918. He was known by all who knew him as an honest and likable boy who made friends wherever he went. We have no doubt that he died doing his duty, and it must be a consolation to his parents and friends that, since he must die, he died in order that it might be possible for others to live happily in a free country.

PVT. Jamie McComb
Dies in France

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. McComb, of Chestnut Street, Covington, Virginia, received a telegram from the War Department yesterday, stating that their son, Private Jamie Edgar McComb, had died June 6, in France as a result of wounds received in action on the same day, the first day of the Invasion.

Private McComb was born in Huntersville, and was 19 years of age on October 10, 1943. He had moved with his parents to Covington two years ago. He had attended school at Marlinton. He entered the Army on April 21, 1943. He received his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, and also trained for a short time at Ft. Meade, Maryland, and Camp Miles Standish, Massachusetts. He had one short furlough at home in August 1943, and went overseas in December, 1943. He was attached to an amphibious truck company.

Surviving, besides his parents, are three brothers, all at home, Gray, Herbert, Danny and Tiney Moore.


John Ellis Beale, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Beale, of Slaty Fork, was wounded in France on Invasion Day and is now in a hospital in England.

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Mrs. Ben M. Hiner, of Durbin, has been notified that her husband, Corporal Ben M. Hiner, was seriously wounded on June 9. He was in action in France as a paratrooper. He is the son of Mrs. S. H. Hiner. He has two brothers in service, Corp. John Hiner, in England, and Corp, Steve Hiner, stationed in Texas.


This is Invasion!

Now in the hearts, brains and muscles of our American Youth lies the future of our country.

Bow your heads. Pray with millions of mothers the country over, as their hearts reach out over the seas, each one seeking out her boy, to protect him with the shield of her love.

Believe that in this world there is definite strength in decency and honor. Believe that in our devotion there is moral force. Believe that our will to victory will aid that victory.

Seek and ye shall find!

Let us seek added strength and fortitude for our men in our own sacrifice and devotion.

Let us focus every thought, every action, and every prayer on the boys fighting for us.

And, while each one bends to his task with ever growing fervor and energy, let us adopt a common symbol as our faith in Victory.

Let that Symbol be War Bonds. Let us pour our money in a gigantic flood of goodwill toward our sons and brothers, as a spiritual shield for them.

This is the Invasion. The lives of our boys are at stake. Let them see that the Soul of America is with them.

Let it not be too late…not next month, next week, or tomorrow, but today…now.

5th War Loan. U. S. Treasury advertisement

Lieutenant Poage Awarded Flying Cross

First Lieutenant Warren Poage, United States Army pilot and former Marshall College student, has been awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross for meritorious achievement while flying the famous hump air route from India to Burma over the Himalaya Mountains. It was reported today at the college upon receipt of the announcement from an air transport command in India. One of the pioneers establishing the hump route, Lieutenant Poage has served overseas for sixteen months. He entered the Air Force in December 1942 and landed in China in February 1943.

The former Marshallite is a graduate of Marlinton High School and attended Potomac State College. His parents, Mrs. and Mrs. W. E. Poage, reside at Marlinton. His sister, Miss Sallie Poage is a senior at Marshall College, and his brother Lieutenant Colonel Oren J. Poage is commander of a bomber squadron at Fairmont Army Air Field, Nebraska.


Rev. James Jackson, aged about 98 years, died at his home in White Sulphur Springs, June 27, 1944. His body was laid to rest in the Brownsburg Cemetery.
Uncle Jim was born a slave in the family of Judge Warwick, of Warm Springs, Bath County. For many years he was a citizen of Pocahontas county. For many years he had been a minister of the Baptist Church.

Men are at work preparing to put down an oil well on Michael Mountain, near the fire tower site. The company, the Ohio Oil Company, is one of the big and better ones. Many thousands of acres are under lease.


Richard and Robert Barlow celebrated their fourth and second birthday together Saturday at their home. Games, swinging and other kiddy entertainments were enjoyed by all.

Those present were Carolyn and Marolyn Barlow, Patty Shafer, Barbara Kay Patterson, Ann Gay Mason, Margaret Ann Baxter, Julia Ann Lockridge, Karol and Marylee Griffin, Nancy Gay, Margaret Fleming Johnson; Penny Sue Carte, of Hinton.

Billy Gay, Asa Barlow, Tom Shafer, Bill Shafer, Jimmy Baxter, Johnnie Dilley; Aaron H. Goins, Jr., of Hinton.

Little Miss Penny Sue Carte also celebrated her birthday Saturday.

The Barlow Brothers received several nice, useful gifts.

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