Thursday, April 26, 1945
PFC FRANK BURRIS
Mrs. Mabel Burris, of Cass, was notified by the War Department last Friday, that her son, Private First Class Frank Burris, was killed in action on April 1, 1945, while serving with the United States Army in Germany. For seven years he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Beverage, of Marlinton.
PFC LUTHER C. DOLIN
Private First Class Luther C. Dolin, of White Sulphur Springs, was killed in action in Germany on March 26, 1945, according to a message received from the War Department. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sylvia Dolin and their two sons, Garry and Berry…
SGT WOODROW MCLAUGHLIN
Mr. James Eli McLaughlin
Hosterman, West Virginia
Dear Mr. McLaughlin;
I wish to express my sympathy for the loss of your son, Woodrow. I fully realize how inadequate mere words are to tell you how terribly sorry we all feel, but please do not feel that you are bearing your burden of grief alone. Woodrow meant a great deal to every man in this troop.
There is nothing that I can tell you about what a fine person he was that you don’t already know, but I want you to know that we all admired and respected him. He took a part of us with him…
Woodrow’s steadiness, calmness and unceasing good nature has always been a source of strength to his men. At the time of his death, Woodrow was leading his men against an enemy strongpoint. He was killed in the vicinity of Manila. He died instantly and without suffering as a result of gun shot wounds. Woodrow was buried with full military honors in the U. S. Cemetery at Manila, Philippine Islands.
If there is anything that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to write me. I will do everything within my power to carry out of any of your requests.
Emery M. Hickman
Major 8th Cavalry
Mrs. Virginia Jeffries
Marlinton, West Virginia
Dear Mrs. Jeffries:
It is with heavy heart that I direct this letter to you. Despite its painful news, I hope it may bring you some measure of comfort.
As you will already have been notified, your son, William, died of wounds received in action on 19th of January 1945, at Lunec, Luzon, Philippine Islands.
On January 20, 1945, after all medical care and attention was given him, he died in the hospital at Santa Barbara, Luzon, P. I.
As Platoon Sergeant with his Company, he was directing fire on enemy positions when he was wounded in the stomach by enemy machine-gun fire. William was immediately evacuated to the rear and taken to the hospital where he died.
Certainly words cannot console at such a time as this, but William served his country well and faithfully and justly merited your great pride in him…
William was given a Christian burial in our cemetery at Rosales, Luzon, P. I., the service being conducted by our Chaplain. As soon as tactical conditions permit, memorial services will be held at the cemetery and all of his comrades will attend.
With sincerest sympathy,
Ernest F. Poff,
Capt., 20th Infantry
Our Army and Navy Boys
Sergeant Ira Lee Jeffries, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Jeffries, is home from the Philippines, where he endured 34 months in a Japanese prison after the fall of Bataan.
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An Associated Press dispatch, dated April 18, at Ie Shima, says that an Army chaplain and four stretcher bearers crawled 125 yards across open ground and under heavy enemy fire to bring back the body of the late Ernie Pyle, the outstanding war correspondent. Among the four litter bearers who volunteered to make the attempt was Sergeant Minter Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ressie Moore, of Marlinton.
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Sergeant Ted Bright is home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Bright on a 45-day furlough. He is just back from 27 months in Africa and Italy. He is in the Air Forces.
PVT. Albert Broyles, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Broyles, of Marlinton, who has been a prisoner of the Germans writes to his mother:
How are all you by now?
For myself, I am fine. I was liberated Good Friday afternoon.
The 6th Army released 5,000 men here in this camp. We were captured on the 17th and 18th of December.
Mother, I won’t tell you how we were treated, but we are eating good food now, and waiting to come back to the States and that won’t be long.
I know you were worried about me, but I will be seeing you real soon.
Tell Dad and the children hello for me. Tell Eleanor that I will try to write to her as soon as I can, and that I’m expecting to leave here at any time. I am still here in the P.O.W. Camp.
I’m praying for you all every day. I know my prayers have been answered for I am coming home soon. So don’t worry about me and tell everyone to pray for me.
Mrs. Ira D. Brill has announced the engagement of her daughter, Catherine Sue, to Mr. Wallace Frederick Stettler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Stettler, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The wedding will take place in the Marlinton Methodist Church on the fifteenth of June.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Friel announce the birth of a daughter, Brenda Jo, Thursday, April 19,1945.