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Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, May 17, 1945

P.F.C. Harold Leland Reed

Private First Class Harold Leland Reed was born January 12, 1914, and was killed in action in Germany while serving in the Infantry on April 3, 1945, aged 31 years, 2 months and 22 days. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bernice Lee Faulkner Reed and small daughter, Myrtle Carol, also his parents Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reed, of Meadow Bluff, and the following brothers and sisters, Bernice, Gerald and W. H. at home; Mrs. Eldon Friel, Dale and Earl, of Marlinton, and a host of friends and relatives.

Our Army and Navy Boys

Tec. 4 Carl Sharp, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milburn Sharp, Marlinton, has returned from service outside the continental United States and is now being processed through the Army Ground and Service Forces Redistribution Station in Miami Beach, where his next assignment will be determined. Sgt. Sharp served 36 months as a member of a signal corps unit in the China-Burma-India theater of operations. While there he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific campaign ribbon.

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Aboard a U. S. Destroyer in the Pacific – Lyle D. Fertig, 19, USNR, of Hunters-ville, was recently promoted to seaman first class aboard this destroyer serving with the Pacific Fleet. He has seen nine months’ continuous combat duty aboard his present ship.

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While her husband, Pvt. Mayo M. Thomas, is serving overseas with the Infantry, Lt. Florence S. Thomas, of Marlinton, is serving Uncle Sam at home by helping as a member of the Army Nurse Corps to care for the sick and wounded soldiers at Foster General Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi… Lt. Thomas is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Berton E. Smith, of Marlinton.

In addition to her husband, she has two brothers overseas – Pvt. Berton E. Smith, Jr., and Pfc. James W. Smith, both of the Infantry.

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1st Lieutenant John E. Beale, of Slaty Fork, a combat glider pilot has just returned to his home base in the European Theatre of Operations after successfully participating in the Airborne assault over the Rhine River in Germany.

Beale piloted one of the first gliders to land on German soil during the “D-Day on the Rhine” operations. His motorless craft, towed by a C 47, carried sky soldiers of the 17th Airbourne Division and valuable equipment into the battle area…

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At Marlinton, the V-Day services packed the churches like everywhere else the country over.

A Proper Move

At the meeting of the Town Council last Monday night, lot 30 of section seven in the town owned Mt. View Cemetery was set aside as a perpetual memorial to the service men and women of all wars. The plot is given in to the keeping of the Pocahontas Post of the American Legion.

The Post will put in a permanent flag pole and build a speaker’s platform to be used on public occasions like Memorial Day services. There will be no graves on this plot.


The Pocahontas Memorial Hospital was founded as a Memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the First World War, and there could be no memorial more fitting and beautiful. This institution is not a charitable institution in that its services are free, but it is for the service of the people of Pocahontas County, and for all the doctors of the county and their patients.

There is severe wear on its equipment which must be replaced and in order to do this and pay the staff proper salaries and the operating expenses, all who receive service must pay their bill.

If we will consider the good this institution has done and the lives saved, we certainly will want it to continue. In cases of serious accidents and illness and miles of travel and time required, many lives would be lost.

Your Board of Directors appeal to the people of Pocahontas County, for your support of your institution.


Mrs. Mary Hiner McGuire was born at Bartow August 28, 1911, the daughter of Tate H. and Bertie Gum Hiner…

Much of the work of the last few months of her life was done in spite of poor health, yet done with a valiant spirit, with no acknowledgement of illness and no yielding to discomfort or fatigue. On May 8, 1945, her spirit slipped away from its earthly house…

Funeral services were conducted from her home in Marlinton. Her body was laid to rest in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Hillsboro.

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Otis S. Wooddell, aged 58 years, died at his home at Greenbank on May 13, 1945. He was a son of the late Hiram Wooddell. He is survived by his wife and several children. Two sons are in the Army, serving overseas.

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George Alexander Butterbaugh, aged 82 years, died at his home in Dunmore on Friday, May 11, 1945… On Monday his body was buried in the Arbovale cemetery. Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Icy Sharp, Mrs. Vallie Ray and Lillie May Dean; three sons, George, Gilbert and Jacob.

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Mrs. Laura Sharp Irvine, aged about 60 years, died at an Elkins hospital on May 14, 1945. She was the widow of the late Henry Irvine. She is survived by her son, Denver, and two daughters, Stella and Mamie.

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Clayton Bell, aged 87, died at his home near Dunmore, May 11, 1945.

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Mrs. Mary Cole, 21, wife of William Cole, died at her home in Stony Bottom, on Friday, May 4, 1945. Services were held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Grove, with burial in the family cemetery.

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