Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, May 24, 1945

P.F.C. Ralph James Griffin

Mrs. J. J. Griffin, of Marlinton, has received word that her son, Private First Class Ralph James Griffin, was killed in action April 26 on Luzon. He was serving with the 127th Infantry. He had been overseas since December 26, 1942, and had participated in action at Saidor and Aitape in New Guinea, and on Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines.

Our Boys and Girls in Service

Loris H. Duncan E.M 2-c is reported missing in action. He was one of the personnel aboard the submarine U.S.S. Swordfish which is overdue from patrol operations and is presumed to be lost.

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Mrs. Lottie Sheets, of Monterey, Virginia, received a telegram on May 8th notifying her that her son, Tommy Price Sheets, had been missing in action over Czechoslovakia since April 25.

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Mrs. Estie Brown received the following telegram last Wednesday from her husband, Grady Brown, who was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Germany:

Camp Kelmer, New Jersey – “It’s a long stretch from No Man’s Land back to you, but I made it well and safe. Will be seeing you soon.

Love, Grady Brown.

Since the above was turned in, Private Brown has arrived at his home here to spend a furlough with his wife and children.

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Loman B. Pugh, son of Mrs. Elva Pugh, of Arbovale, has been promoted from private first class to Sergeant with the Fifth Army in Italy. He is a squad leader with the 338th Infantry Regiment of the 85th “Custer” Division.

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Guy M. Faulknier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy R. Faulknier, of Marlinton, was recently promoted to Corporal. He is with a unit of the Fifth Air Force Service Command, now in the Philippines.

Overseas nine months, Cpl. Faulknier has also served in New Guinea and the Netherlands East Indies.


The annual American Legion Poppy Day will be Saturday, May 26th, when Legion Posts throughout the nation will place on sale the crepe paper poppies which honor the memory of those who have died on “Flanders Field.”

“Flanders Field” today symbolizes the world battlefields where our brave boys have laid down their lives for the cause of freedom, which is our heritage but to give freedom to oppressed and enslaved peoples everywhere.

These Memorial Poppies are made by hand by disabled veterans in hospitals and special poppy rooms in forty states. The material is furnished free to the veterans by the American Legion and the disabled veterans are paid for the work done. Last year more than 20,000,000 poppies were made by these veterans and sold by the Legion throughout the nation. The proceeds from these sales are used for rehabilitation and other services for veterans.


The joint picnic sponsored by Brownsburg-Marlinton schools was held at Watoga State Park Sunday. An enjoyable day was spent by a huge crowd. Brownsburg was the winner of both ball games.

Miss Mamie Wheeler wishes to thank everyone who responded so readily to her needs after fire destroyed all her possessions. She wishes to especially thank the WSCS for the lovely shower given her recently.

Harry R. Walker S 1-e is on leave, visiting his mother Mrs. Gray Walker. He has been in the South Pacific eight months.

Mother’s Day was observed at Brownsburg with an all day meeting. In the afternoon, Rising Mt. Zion rendered a lovely program. Then at 8 p.m. at Stewart’s Chapel, a program was rendered by the WSCS followed by a short talk by the pastor, Rev. Bradley Johnson…

Mrs. Homer Stewart and Miss Clara Boggs visited their sister Mary Boggs at Elkins, who is making a good recovery from burns.
Jean Jordan, of Greenbrier Hill school, was the winner of the Golden Horseshoe.

We haven’t forgotten V-E Day. Nearly all of our boys will be coming home soon. Our prayers are answered.


A delicious birthday dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marion C. Howard on May 20 for their two sons, James Harrison and Buddy. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Barnes and daughter, Edith, Mrs. Pearl Rose, Adrian Rucker, Robert, Curtis, Carl, Stanley and Nick McNeill, Marvin Ratliff, Mrs. J. B. Hanson and little daughter, Deloris Fay.


On last Saturday, fishermen with little faith stayed at home, on account of the cold and wind. Dr. George Hull found himself alone on a trout stream and took his limit of big ones. The prize of the catch was a big fifteen-inch brook trout.


Ashby Herring Sharp, aged 78 years, died at his home in Frost Friday, May 18, 1945… His body was laid to rest in the family plot in Mt. View Cemetery in Marlinton. The deceased was a son of the late Peter and Mary Ann Herring Sharp. On October 12, 1898, he married Miss Vinnie Tyler…

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Martha Eliza Auldridge, daughter of the late James L. and Sarah E. Rodgers, was born August 11, 1867… Mrs. Auldridge departed this life May 20, 1945, at the age of 77 years, 9 months, and 9 days … Her body was laid to rest in the family plot in Mt. View Cemetery in Marlinton.

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Mrs. Ruby Ruth Gum, aged 70 years, wife of William Gun, died at her home in Bartow on Friday, May 18, 1945. On Sunday, her body was laid to rest in the Arbovale cemetery…

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William Austin Lightner, aged 62 years, died at his home in Greenbank, on Sunday, May 20, 1945. The deceased was a son of the late Charles A. Lightner.

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George Alexander Buterbaugh, son of the late John Alexander and Mary Segials Buterbaugh, was born on April 11, 1863 in Indiana County, Pa., and departed this life after a lingering illness at his home in Dunmore on May 11, 1945. His age being eighty-two years and one month… Interment was in the family plot at Green Bank. Mr. Buterbaugh was held in high esteem and respected by all who knew him.

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