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D.C. Men Win Awards;
Two in Air Transport In China-Burma Areas First Lt. Elmer L. Mercurio, 22, fighter pilot, 2108 Thirty-first street S.E., now in England, has been awarded the Distinguished Plying Cross and fourth Oak Leaf Clus ter to the Air Medal. Lt. . Mercurio was cited for “ex traordinary achievement as a Mustang pilot in aerial combat over Germany and occupied Europe.” He “ex posed himself to intense antiair craft fire while flying at low Lt. Mercurio. level to destroy enemy installations on the ground and to the firepower of enemy planes to assist heavy bombers to and from important objectives," the citation said. Corpl. Harry L. Weeks. 658 E street S.E., was awarded the DFC with cluster at an advanced ATC base in India for “more than 600 hours of operational flight over the hazardous Assam-China air routes in transport aircraft.” Staff Sergt. Wilton A. Hartman, also of the ATC, of 4713 Suitland road S.E. was presented the DFC and Air Medal. He is in the Chlna Burma-India area. i Ten Others Win DFC. Ten others from this area who won the DFC are: Col. Robert H. Kelly, former com mander of a bombing group (post ' humously). His widow lives at 5531 Manning drive. Bethesda, Md. Lt. Col. Richard S. Abbey, 28. B-17 pilot, 5909 Sixteenth street N.W., in Italy. First Lt. Harrison L. Fisher, fighter pilot. 3033 Sixteenth street N.W., in Italy. First Lt. John H. Brown, Ma rauders’ flight leader, Queen Anne, Md., in France. Capt. Ralph A. Bush, 26, pilot) of the B-17 Smokey, 4355 Fessenden street N.W., in Eng land. Tech. Sergt, Donald W. Witherow, top turret gunner, 14 South street NfE., in Italy. Staff Sergt Joe D. Chitten den, jr., 21, waist gunner, 2607 North Pocomoke street, Arling ton, in England. c»pt- Bu,h Capt. Royce M. Benson. 25, bomber pilot. 1322 Fifty-fifth street S.E., in England. Second Lt. Richard Joseph Hruby, Air Corps. 1 Marlin green S.W. Sergt. Everett M. White, Air Corps, 3912 Eighth street N.W. Col. Abbey, acting as group com mander, led his group to the heavily defended synthetic oil refinery at Blechhammer, Germany. Routed German Attackers. Lt. Fisher was decorated for heroic action during a mission over Linz, Austria, when a formation for which his squadron was flying escort was attacked by 20 enemy fighters. They droye them off and, later, when he j and his flight leader were isolated, they routed four enemy planes after a fierce battle. Sergt. Witherow was in a forma-; tion of Liberator bombers on the way to bomb an engine factory in j Vienna, when the formation was at-! tacked by 50 enemy aircraft. He) teas cited for bringing “such intense Jre upon the enemy as to allow the aircraft to safely reach their as signed target.” Sergt. James P. LaCroix, jr., 23. combat engineer, son of Col. and Mrs. James P. LaCroix. 4401 Gar rison street N.W.. has been awarded the Soldier's Medal for rescuing an officer and an enlisted man and as sisting in rescuing a civilian from drowning in the undertow at Lawai Kai Beach, Kauai, T. H., on Octo ber 5. “Hearing their cries for help,” the citation said, “Sergt. LaCroix plunged into the treacherous waters, swam to the civilian in distress and assisted in the rescue. Immediately thereafter he returned to the ocean and brought the enlisted man to safety. Although nearly exhausted, he again braved the hazardous ocean | tides for the third time and towed an officer to shore.” j Lt. Comdr. George L. Waters. U. S. N. R, stationed at Anacostia, re ceived a special citation ribbon from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, com mander in chief. Pacific Fleet, for “initiative and tireless efforts” in providing a "continuous flowr of in-; formation vital to the success of our j operation against Japanese posi- j tions.” Until last September, Comdr. Waters was a photographic officer. Capt. Marks Wins Bronze. Capt. Edwin H. Marks, Jr„ 25. i twice-wounded son of the former j post commander at Port Belvoir, Brig. Gen. Marks, has been awarded1 the Bronze Star for gallantry in action on the Italian front where he commanded a company of in fantry. Gen. Marks was first informed of his son's excellent fighting record in a letter last April from a classmate at West Point, Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers. Eleven other men from the District and vicinity are recipients of the Bronze Star: Col. Haskell Allison. U. S. A.. 12 Williams street, Rockville, Md., now in Prance. First Lt. Jack W. Sykes, Infantry, 4919 Forty-second place, Hyattsville, Md. First Sergt. John Waddington, Infantry, 44 B street N.E. Staff Sergt. Alvin F. Martin, In fantry, 1320 L street S.E. Pfc. Robert M. Moore, Infantry, 8907 Second avenue. Silver Spring. Corpl. George W. Cooper. Infantry, 20 Bolton avenue, Alexandria. Maj. Harris J. North, salvage offi cer in the Quartermaster Corps. 6621 Second street N.W., in Italy. Pfc. Julius Vajda. 20, Infantry, 6209 . Shadyside avenue, Capitol Heights, Md., in Germany. Maj. Joseph A. Gibbs, officer of a troop carrier group, 1115 Penn street N.E., in the European theater. Chief Carpenter William R. Woot ten, Laurel, Md. Comdr. William H. Hilands, 35, U. S. N„ 4807 Forty-third place N.W., now assistant to the director, overhaul branch, Bureau of Aero nautics. Pushed Invasion Setup. The citation, issued at headquar ters in the European theater of op erations. added that Col. Allison ‘ as signal officer for the forward com j LOOKING IT OVER—Pfc. Elmer Decatur. 25-year-old 7th Air j Force military policeman, has just been handed the Purple Heart, as he lies on his cot, in the Palaus. A Jap soldier crept ! within range of the storehouse he was guarding and tossed a grenade. Pvt. Decatur is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Decatur, 1252 E street N.E. i munications zone headquarters per sonally co-ordinated plans for the overseas communication zone signal network from D day until the be ginning of the final phase of liber ation, and he directed the installa tion of the intricate communication facilities for the forward communi cation zone headquarters in war tom Normandy.” Lt. Sykes and Sergts. Waddington and Martin were all in the single battalion and were cited for their “heroic achievement” on the D day invasion of Normandy. They made an early-morning landing on a beach near the town of Colleville sur-Mer and “encountered some of the toughest fighting that D day produced. They fought all day, pushing the enemy back,” the cita tion said. Maj. North was cited for his serv ices in support of combat operations in Italy between October 10. 1943. and May 6, 1944. He inaugurated and carried out a quartermaster salvage program for the 5th Army, the cita tion said, the citation said. Maj. Gibbs was cited for meritorious serv ice, covering a period of active duty from the invasion of Nor mandy to the re cent air - borne offensive in Hol land. Comdr. Hi lands was cited Mil. Gibb«. for “meritorious service as aircraft material officer of a task force dur ing combat operations in the Gil bert and Marshall Islands cam paigns.” Air Medal and Clusters. Tech. Sergt. Edwin K. Rabbitt, jr., radio operator, 9 Fort drive. Alex andria, has been awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Tech. $ergt. Joseph Benson. 21, of 1430 Kenilworth avenue N.E.. has received the Air Medal and Presi dential Unit Citation. He Is now in Italy. The following District area men have also received the Air Medal: Staff Sergt. William L. Lynch, 32, radio-gunner. 22 West Masonic View avenue. Alexandria, in Italy. Second Lt. Norman R. Hodkinson, 22. fighter pilot, 2323 North Florida street, Arlington, in Italy. Sergt. George C. Epperly, 26, aerial gunner, 3167 Eighteenth street N.W., in Italy. Second Lt. Ralph L. Stair, 21, navigator, 5068 Sherrier place N.W., in Italy. Second Lt. Rogers E. Ford, naviga tor, 5718 North Tenth road, Arling ton, in Burma. Second Lt. Frederick J. Hiller, bombardier-navigator, 1330 L street N.W., in Corsica. Lt. William E. McLendon, 24. B-17 pilot, 228 Portland street S.E., in Italy, Flight Officer George T. Goforth, navigator. 245 Longfellow street N.W., in England. Second Lt. Edward W. Meredith, 28, navigator, 2830 Sixth street N.E.. in England. Second Lt. Hamilton De Saussure, 22, pilot, 3715 R street N.W., in Italy. Sergt. Alfred J. D’Ambrosio, ground forces armament section, 1258 Tenth street N.W., in Italy. Second Lt. Robert B. Marsden. now a prisoner of war. The award was given to his wife, Mrs. Ruth A. Marsden, Department of Labor clerk-typist, who lives at Arlington Farms, Va. Additional Cluster Awards. Pour men have been presented the second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. Included are: Staff Sergt. Henry A. Luchun, 25, j top-turret gunner, 2725 Connecti-1 cut avenue N.W., now in England. Capt. Bruce B. Johnson, Air Corps, 2032 Belmont road N.W., now at! Hammer Field, Fresno, Calif. First Lt. Richard K. Chapman, 20, fighter pilot, 1819 North Utah street, Arlington, in Burma. Second Lt. Ross E. Garletts, 27, navigator, 70 Webster street N.E., in England. First Lt. William R. Shelton, jr., B-25 pilot, 514 Nineteenth street N.W.. has been presented the fifth Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal, | in Corsica. The third Oak Leaf Cluster was awarded Staff Sergt. Crawford H. Currin, jr., 24, tail gunner, 19 K street N.W., in England. The first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal has been awarded Staff Sergt. John B. Keesee. 24. waist gunner, 820 Third street N.E., now in England. Taylor Wins Certificate. Tech. Sergt. Wilbur P. Taylor, Quartermaster Corps, 1301 Fifteenth street N.W., has received a Certifi cate of Merit for his work in the office of the chief quartermaster in England before the invasion. He displayed “readiness and willingness to accept the tremendous respon sibilities in his position,” the cita tion said. Two Washington men are mem bers of battalions in the Southwest Pacific which have been presented Meritorious Service Unit Plaques: Second Lt. William G. Pool, 3613 New Hampshire avenue N.W., and Corpl. Robert K. Geran, 1938 First street N.E. The battalions were j both cited for construction of three airdromes. | How Deceased Flyer Saved 2 Lives Is Told. At Presentation Rite Lt. Rowland G. Thornton, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Thornton, sr., 1439 Ridge place N.W., pulled his flak-riddled plane out of its earth ward spin and was all set to leap before the ship began another hurtle earthward when he discovered two crewmen who hadn’t heard the order to bail out. • The story of how he returned to the controls and brought home his plane in order to save the life of the two men was told at Bowling Field Tuesday, but Lt. Thornton wasn’t there. He was killed five missions after the heroic one which won him the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Dis tinguished Flying Cross. Two-year-old William Rowland Thornton, who was presented with his father's nine posthumous cita tions, heard how his father, a B-26 Marauder pilot, risked his own life to save the two crew members. It was on his 43d mission over enemy territory—every control on the plane had been knocked out by enemy flak over France with the exception of the "trim-tab,” a wing elevator. Leveled Out Plane. It would be almost impossible to get the plane back to England with only wing controls. But there was no time to order the two remaining men to jump now—the plane had gone into another spin. Instead of jumping, Lt. Thornton went back to the controls. Using the wing elevators, he managed to level the plane off—at treetop level. There was no chance for any of j the three left on the plane to Jump. They were too low. Lt. Thornton maneuvered the Marauder in and out of heavy flak—a plane at 100 feet made an easy target—until they were out of enemy territory. From there to the Channel, "cows and chickens predominated the! scenery,” he wrote later to his wife.' Mrs. Rowland Thornton. jr„ of’ Schenectady, N. Y., "and we crossed i the Channel so close to the waves 11 could" almost take a bath.” Finally, the crippled plane was over English soil and Lt. Thornton brought it to a safe crash landing in British marshes. No one was injured. Brother in Pacific Area. A native of Richmond, Va„ Lt. Thornton W'as graduated from Mc Kinley High School and attended Wilson Teacher's College. He was attending the University of Michi gan when he entered the service several weeks after Pearl Harbor. Lt. Smith was commissioned in September, 1942, and went overseas in February, 1943. He saw service in Africa before being transferred to England. Besides his widow, son and parents, he is survived by a brother, Seaman (First Class) Wil liam S. Thornton, who is serving with the Seabees in the Pacific, and a sister, Mrs. Willard Whiteman of Scotia, N. Y. Password With German Accent Starts Skirmish ITALY.—Pvt. Eugene McDonald of Takoma Park, Md„ and eight other men met a patrol one night which replied to the regiment's password in English, but wdth a Ger man accent. Pvt. McDonald’s patrol opened fire immediately, as did the other patrol, which proved to be a Nazi scouting party. The Americans withdrew to safety after several Germans fell and continued fighting until morn ing, when a captured Nazi revealed that the Yanks had routed his out fit after inflicting heavy casualties. Pvt. McDonald is the son of Mrs. Mary McDonald, 108 Fourth street, Takoma Park. Civil Service Ex-Aide Tells of Jap Bombings During Leyte Fighting Living—and trying to sleep— through Japanese raids on Leyte, in the Philippines, is termed “hell” py William Java, Office of War Infor mation staff member, whose wife lives at 1358 Queen street N.E. "I think more about home now. I have had my first taste of war and, believe me, it’s horrible,” Mr. Java wrote the Civil Service Commission, where formerly he was employed. “We landed here seven days after the Initial assault, and it still was pretty hot. “Thirty minutes after we landed a Jap Zero appeared from nowhere, with his engines off, and strafed the beach. I took cover under a duck, an amphibious truck. Since then the Japs have been bombing and strafing every night. OWI Man Is Injured. “We are working and living in one of the three best homes in this area. Apparently the Japs think a high Army official is occupying the home, because they drop eggs all around us. Two nights after we had re moved all the Jap ammunition from our basement, a ‘daisy cutter’ (400 pound bomb) landed 50 feet from our house and practically demol ished it. Every window was broken. Ten carpenters are still working on the house. “One of our newest arrivals, Wil lard Hess, newspaperman and OWI man, was injured and has been evacuated to the States. He was lying on his bunk when the bomb hit. I’m in the room next to his, but fortunately I was down on the beach that afternoon trying to lo cate our equipment. “It was hell again last night and none of us got any sleep. But we are knocking them out of the air as! fast as they come over. I hope we can get some rest tonight because in the last week I have spent most of my nights in an air-raid shelter in our yard. “Today I picked up a Jap flag for the sum of one shirt, trousers and some socks. Filipinos Cheer Successes. "You should hear the Filipinos cheer as the Zeros crash into the hills. Gen. MacArthur could prob ably wipe put every Jap on this is land in one day, but he doesn’t sac rifice American lives unnecessarily. Our mess hall is only a half block from his office, so I see him fre quently. "The Filipinos are really grateful for their liberation. They have food now and don't live in fear of their lives. I have seen some ugly wounds and scars inflicted by Jap soldiers because a Filipino was too sick to work. They were forced to bow from the waist when a Jap ap peared. If they didn’t bow, the Jap beat them. They were not permit ted to speak to any Jap. They couldn’t be bothered with requests for food or complaints, "The school children were forced to learn the Japanese language, but I have yet to meet one who can speak it. They refused to take much interest in it. Most children speak English quite well, and they all know The Star Spangled Banner’ and God Bless America.’ The lat ter is their favorite and every kid knows it word for word.* Lt. Col. William Howard Is Stationed at Paris Lt. Col. William A. Howard, chief of the medical Intelligence branch of the operations division or the chief surgeon, is now stationed in Paris. Formerly, Col. Howard was as sistant director of the medical in telligence division of the office of the surgeon general. Before enter ing the Army two and a half years ago, he practiced pediatrics here. He has been overseas 13 months. His father. A. Allen Howard, lives at 3900 Cathedral avenue N.W. / Loss of Pet Dog Saddens Colonel Decorated Again SKIPPY. Do you know where Skippy is? Skippy s master is Col. John Gil lespie Hill, who, according to a let ter from Mrs. Hill’s brother, has just been awarded a second Legion of Merit for the work he did in Eng land prior to D day. But these honors only partially make up for the loss of Skippy, a huge white and lemon pointer, who left his friends—or was taken from them—shortly after arriving in Washington from a trip to Alaska. Col. Hill, saddened by the loss of his pet, left soon thereafter for the European theater and constantly in letters home repeats the query: “Have you found Skippy?" It was a year ago that Skippy was lost. Mrs. Hill has advertised in the papers and by radio, to no avail. She still stands ready to pay a sub stantial reward to anybody who can direct her to Skippy. "My husband’s insistence that we find Skippy has been almost too much for me,” Mrs. Hill said yes terday. "I know that when peace comes and Col. Hill returns, life won’t be the same for him if Skippy is not found. Maybe now that the hunting season is on, somebody will see Skippy, recognize him and help me to recover him.” Lf. Lawrence Sparks Band Aboard Ship in Atlantic Aboard an American warship in the Atlantic, Lt. <j. g.» Mark Law rence, 23-year-old son of the writer, David Lawrence, organized an or chestra as an outlet from the ten sion of preparing for further battle action. According to the Associated Press, Lt. Lawrence and Lt. Douglas W. Haward of Wellesley, Mass., are re sponsible for the "jam” sessions that echo through the ship several times each week. Lt. Lawrence. 3900 Ne braska avenue N.W., is pianist and composer of the group. The "Jiving Dozen” is composed of piano, three trumpets, three saxophones, two guitars, bass fiddle, accordion and drums. Instruments were bought from the ship’s welfare fund. When time permits while at sea. and particularly every night when in port, the orchestra goes into action in the crew’s mess with several hundred in the audience at every appearance. The "hot” ses sions are impromptu—much to their and the crew’s enjoyment. Lt. Lawrence, gunnery officer, was outstanding in Princeton Univer sity theatricals and president of the Triangle Club. While in college, in New Caledonia and on other ships and bases in the Paoiflc, Lt. Law rence wTote and produced musical comedies. He owes his life to re porting late for duty aboard a war ship which was sunk in the Pacific in 1942. Maj. McQueen Returns Marine Maj. James M. McQueen, jr.. son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Mc Queen, 4330 Chesapeake street N.W., has returned to the United States after 28 months w'ith the 5th Am phibious Engineers in the South Pacific. Sergeant Declares Private War On Paper's Editorial Writers When Staff Sergt. J. H. Morrison returns from the South Pacific he plans to settle personal grudges— with certain editorial writers and razor blade manufacturers—"In true Army fashion.'' Writing his brother. Horace T. Morrison, 7611 Georgia avenue N.W., Sergt. Morrison said: “If you, as a lawyer, could only strangle one of our prominent newspapers, you would be doing a greater service to our country than ever I can do. Here we are. trying so hard to be good-will ambassadors and help promote cohesion with our Allies, the Australians, when along comes an editorial, plastered all over this paper, declaring they are not doing their part. “These articles have no truth whatsoever, and have only personal hatred as a foundation. They make it harder for those of us who must live and fight and die alongside th? Australians. You can believe me when I say that if we, a Nation of 130,000,000 people, do as much as the Australians are doing, this war won’t last long. * * • “I’m plenty angry, and when and if I get back to the United States, I’ve got two personal grudges to settle in true Army fashion. I'm go ing to punch the teeth down the lousy throats of all the editorial writers of the paper in question and then the ones responsible for the makers of certain razor blades that seem to be sold exclusively in our canteens! “You will be doing me, and plenty: others, a great favor If you'll have; this letter published in the Wash ington papers.” (Editor’s note—The newspaper attacked in Sergt. Morrison’s let ter is not a Washington news paper.) A native of Loudoun County, Va.. Sergt. Morrison, 39, was living at the Georgia avenue address with his' mother, Mrs. Blanche Taylor, and brother when he entered the service shortly before Pearl Harbor. He “had a tough fight to get overseas because of his age. but he made it,” and has been in the Pacific for two years, his brother said. Sergt. Morrison is the great grandson of the founder of Virginia Military Institute, Gen. Prank H. Smith. He wrote his brother that at one time he was hospitalized with five stitches in an eyeball and part of his Jaw bone gone, but he didn’t mention whether he was wounded or hurt in an accident. A military policeman, he was back on duty five weeks later guarding enemy pris oners. Soldier at Front Says Men Ask Square Deal And Jobs on Return “We hope for a square deal and the chance of finding jobs.” That’s a serviceman’s idea of post war America and it comes from the French front. A letter from Lt. B. J. Rashid, 23 year-old former student of George town Law School, says the men iverseas don’t want coddling. Part of his letter follows: “We want no royal celebration, no bands, no parties; we don’t expect every one to turn out for a gala parade; after all, we’ve only done our duty. We expect no sympathy over our harsh experiences over here. Most soldiers want to forget them. Don’t Wish to Be Heroes. “We don’t wish to be made con spicuous nor do we wish to be made heroes. We’re not looking forward to big executive Jobs and we don’t expect all of you to throw open busi ness doors for us. No. we are not asking for a life of ease. "Here is what most of us look for ward to when we set foot again on American soil: “First, we want a warm, cheerful and quiet welcome, and you know that we deserve it. We want simple and ordinary comforts—nothing elaborate; your thoughtful appreci ation and your kind words. In short, we’d like to feel that you’ve all been waiting for us and willing to give us your blessings. • “Secondly, we realize we’ve been away a long time and that, in our absence, many changes have taken place in the American way of life. We look forward to many oppor tunities of wholesome advice frond you. We expect you to understand our problems, and gladly help us with our solutions. After all. our first duty at home will be to adapt ourselves to the rapidly changing life which took place while we werej gone. Want te Help Set Dp Policies. “Thirdly, we all hope for a square deal and the chance of finding oc cupations. Some of us may be forced to start at the bottom of the ladder, some may have jobs already available, some may have to look for Government aid and some may have! 15th AAF IN ITALY—T/Sergt. Guy V. Butler, 20, a B-24 engi neer-gunner, of 737 Kentucky avenue. S.E., shines the plexi glass of his top turret, for he knows Vienna will be strongly defended. He has been award ed the Air Medal. to learn new trades But we can make our way, if only you people will show us consideration and offer suggestions. And, closely allied with this, there is the opportunity for us to have a vital part in the Govern ment policies and the plans of peace—if we would only be ap proached. "A greater share in the machinery of public affairs ts a demand rather than a request, for those who have fought the war must surely be con sulted in determining the aftermath of reconstruction. "And thats all we ask, that's all that we pray and hope for. It's simple and just. It requires only the faith and determination of you back home to carry it out and thus assure us a place in the life of America tomorrow. A home where returning veterans will once more become stanch citizens is the one sure way of providing for a ma jestic future.” Wounded Gl Resents German Prisoners Serving in Hospital GI Joe's life, while in an Army hospital, especially his reaction to German prisoners who act as order lies, is portrayed by Corpl. Robert L. Downing in letters to his father, R. B. Downing. 1307 Twelfth street j N.W. Among other experiences de scribed are foxhole techniques, cap turing of prisoners and sights of old battlefields and cemeteries. Ex cerpts from letters follow: "When we first came into the hos- j pital it astounded us to find German prisoners acting as orderlies, clean ing and doing KP duties. The men fresh from the battlefield resented them immediately. It hurt them to see these fellows so safe, since the doughboys were so recently injured' by some of their kind. “Some of the more nervous or touchy boys called the prisoners names and made threatening ges tures and remarks. The Jerries were excellent, hard workers, es pecially if they had one of their own non-coms over them. It seemed to me they refused to work on Sundays. The ones I talked to were all-German. They were husky looking specimens of manhood. I noted why many of them are called square heads. They actually have square heads, emphasized bv the peculiar military hair cut they wear. • * * Talk of Home Too Sacred. "GI Joe in the hospital is a differ ent character than on battlefield. He has a questioning look in his, eyes, as if he were looking for some one. He's glad to see a comrade from his unit to talk to. When tell ing tales of the front he may joke about some of the bloody things he saw, but sooner or later he will stare Into space as he continues the con versation, visualizing the incident all over again, wondering how he was so lucky to escape. He may! even get excited when he retells how j narrowly he escaped. Then, all of a1 sudden, he shuts up and sits there thinking. * * * “As long as a fellow didn’t brag or put on a hero act he was ac cepted into the Society of Purple Hearts and Common Miseries of the Soldiers’ Lot. Talk of the home town was brief—as if it was a pain ful subject that one only dreamed about. New arrivals from the States were questioned closely about what is going on back home. * * * A Baddy and His Nurse. “One day on my way to the X-ray I saw an old buddy of mine lying on a stretcher waiting his turn in the operating room. I stopped and talked with him, giving him a cig arette. His injuries were numb from morphine given him. I anx The humorous side of life at sea is portrayed by Seaman (First Class) Robert Vollten, 23, in a group of cartoons sent recently to his parents, Capt. Theodore F. Vollten of the Montgomery County police force and Mrs. Ida Vollten, 4815 St. Elmo avenue, Bethesda. The sketches are dedicated to his parents, his sister, Betty, 18, and his dog, “Butch.” In his sketches, sent from his post somewhere in the South Pacific, Coast Guardsman Vollten touches on subjects ranging from the hazards of swabbing decks to the kind of food served at chow. He tops off the series with a self portrait clad in a captured Jap flag, a Jap sailor hat and a pair of specs. A native of Montgomery County, Coast Guardsman Vollten is a grad uate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Columbia Art School in Washington. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in June, 1942, and for 17 months was stationed St Man hattan Beach Training Station. Be fore entering the service he was employed in the camouflage unit of the Navy Department, Coast Guardsman Vollten Is a veteran of nine months of action in the Pacific. Serving aboard a Coast Guard-manned invasion transport, he was in the battles for Saipan. Tinian, Guam and the Cen tral Philippines. iously asked the situation of our unit and we talked about men we knew. "Soon he was brought into the room to receive the miracle-per forming plasma. A plumpish, homey little red-headed nurse came in to administer it to him. As she gazed down upon him. asking questions in a pleasant voice, I noticed her slightly shake her head. An expres sion of strong compassion swept her face. She bravely fought back some tears frelling up in the usually smil ing eyes. She controlled her emo tions, and then proceeded in her gentle, businesslike manner to fol low out the doctor’s orders. “The doctors are conscientious men who spare no energy of expense to see that a soldier gets -the best treatment available. The nurses are shining lights of gentleness and friendliness, always willing to listen to a soldier and have a well-turned answer to his sometimes impudent remarks. "After a dance our nurse came in with a new hair-do and » sweet smife. We all kidded beg about a possible new boy friend. She actu ally blushed—something very rare for an Army nurse! "There is a young ventriloquist in our ward who plagues the night nurse by imitating a girl’s voice in the dark. The nurse knows there isn't a girl there, but wants to find the guy who makes those voices.” A Dugout De Luxe. Prom another letter: "I am in an old trench from the last war. It is rainy and muddy. Yesterday I took a 14-year-old boy prisoner. He was scared stiff. A German police officer I took was not so frightened, but tried to be ex tremely polite and nice and co-op erative—to save his neck. He pos tured and minced around like a dude. The boys said I should have shot him and saved the trouble of bringing him in. "We dig many foxholes, often three a day when on the move. I can qualify as a good. digger of ditches. One place I had a de luxe dugout where we stayed two weeks. The longer we stayed in the place, the bigger the hole and more com forts are added. I had one lined with sandbag cloth so the dirt would not drip down on me. It had water proof oilcloth floor, straw bedding and was nice and warm and soft. Often we don’t see our bedrolls, con taining our blanket and half shelter, for several days. Then we have to huddle up two or three together in our raincoats to keep warm and as dry as possible. It is surprising to find how comfortable a hole in the ground is when it is raining and the wind is blowing. Civilians Jam Old Fort. “One day we Vent through the old battle areas of the last war. We could see miles of old trenches scarring the countryside by their white, upheaved mounds and crater holes. We are duly impressed by the fields of white crosses we see in the military cemeteries along the way—so many of them. This war has added fresh ones very much like the others. “In an old fort we saw the deep dungeons where civilians were herd ed every evening from the nearby city. Hundreds of them jammed the alleys and little rooms, with dim electric lights casting weird shadows over them. Talking in their native tongue, it sounded like millions of birds roosting in a tree, disturbed from their sleep, flutter ing around in the branches. “A majority of the girls wear trousers and carry small suit cases. The people file in, pushing baby carriages and handcarts of all de scriptions loaded down with clothes, food, bottles of wine and water.” Hochman Appointed CO Maj. Paul I. Hochman, 37, of 908 North Wayne street, Arlington, Va„ has been appointed commanding of ficer of the third sector of a lighter base in China, he wrote his wife Dorothy and 8-year-old son Mark. R.H.SarfonlsColonel; 3 Majors Promoted To LieufenantColonels Ralph Henry Sartor of the Uni versity Club, 1136 Sixteenth street N.W., was promoted to colonel In the Transportation Corps, the War Department has announced, and three other District area officers have been promoted to lieutenant colonel. The names and local ad dresses of men who have been pro moted receritly follow: Lieutenant Colonel. . Oacal Louis Altman, air force, Presi dential Gardens, Alexandria. Francis Waller Haskell. McLean, Va. Joseph Hlrsch Rosenbaum, 1028 Con necticut avenue N.W. Major. NlnWw’K C°lT"' alr for"' 8737 _ Ira T. Byram, jr.. Signal Corps. 6113 Thirle«nth street N W , m Philadelphia. Os*rdenwsy road^^Jreenbelt?fMd°re* S‘° MyerUdrlv?fr Arlington l0rCe’ 1311 ">r* i:imlD5elafl^drtpfeceMN0n^gn*' “r John Joseph Carmody. Judge Advocate Generals Department, 3811 Warren street Captain. Pennsyl*v»rhaePavenue*SrfW 4ir f°rC*' 3160 graRh&ar?treAertIeN.wee' “r f0rCe' 845 In‘ tmgy‘rt68.f2.U£a^aen&e A'* Gr«Swih park^ryett “r f0r"' 4481 Richard Lynn Locke. Adjutant General # Division. Forty-sixth street N.W. First Lieutenant. pitifaume^sV- ,lr ,orce’ Naval Hog* _Richard Henry Mott, jr , air forro. 8708 Colesvilie road, 8i!ver Spring. Md ’ ,rf)eoTfS A' .K°Pl0W' Judge Advocate Gen erals Department. 1380 Peabody Street Albert Arthur Stanley, air lorce, 301 Jefferson avenue N.W. " John Lester Culler. Judge Advocate Gen streeL ArUng?on 8‘~ N°rth K'n,lnrton KennedymstrJeSfPNhWT“rner C8Valr7' 333 . Edward Anthony Miller, Medical Admin, litrative Corps. 1380 Peabody street NW. Beniamin Tillman Wade, air force. 14"4 Morse street N.E. Norman Robert Goldman, air force, 7700 l Blair road N.W. Richard O. Curtis, air force. 4636 Forty, ninth street N.W. Commissioned Second Lieutenant. 4 i fd*a.rd J- Handler, chemical warfara, 616 Rittenhouse street N.W.. at Edgewood Arsenal. Md. „,George M. McKibbln, chemical warfara. 35/0 South Stafford street. Fairllngton. Alexandria. Va . at Edgewood Arsenal, Md. Charles W. Isbell, chemical warfare. 4822 Fifth street N.W., at Edgewood Arsenal, Md. Armand Danis, air force. 225 Adam* avenue, Alixandria. Va., at Kirtland Field, N. Mex. Raymond E Mahoney. Transportation Corps. 1495 Newton street N.W., New Orleans /La.) Army Air Base. Stephen Goode, infantry, 1467 Irvin* street N.W.. at Fort Benning. Ga Elliott Pratt, infantry. 4218 South Thirty-third street. Arlington, at Fort Benning, Ge Charles Hill, finance. 2138 California street N.W . Fort Harrison, Ind Milton Freedman, finance. 105 Clifton terrace N.W., at Fort Harrison. Ind. Ralph D. Wilkins, air force, 1410 F street N.W.. at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Ala Thomas Gladden, air force. 1125 Fifty, seventh place N.E.. at Tuskegee Army Air Field. Ala. Luther Sandwlck. Jr , air force. 3307 Newark street N.W. at Victorville Army Air Field, Calif. Technical Sergeant. Robert L. Werth. Adjutant General * Department. 2403 Irving street N.W. in Italy. . H. Grafton Harper, military police. 4433 North Dittmar road, Arlington, In England. Staff Sergeant. Woodward D. Pendler. air force, 1209 North Capitol street, in Corsica _ Lloyd Jenkins. Jr., air force, *201 Eastern avenue N.E , in Italy. Sergeant. „ Donald Sprague, air force, 1454 Bangor road S.E, in Italy. John P Kelly, air force. 4708 Albemarl# street N.W.. in Prance. Joseph P. O'Connor, air force, 1709 Second street N.W., in Italy. . *“r for”. 174 ’ Holly street N.W., in the Southwest Pacific George Lanham, 1017 First street N.W., in France. Purvis L. Stacks, air force, 1737 North Pierce street. Arlington, in Italy Melvin Wright, air force, McLean. Va., in Corsica. Corporal. James Cunningham antiaircraft artil lery. 1701 Swann street N.W. at Boca Raton. Fla. I John Locher, air force. 3433 O street N.W . in Italy. Lawrence Wright, air force. 2001 Gal# street N.E.. m Corsica. John Osborne. Jr., air force, 2229 Thirtieth place N.E., in Italy. Amiel Lucas, infantry. 2168 Shadvsida avenue. Capitol Heights. Md., In Italy Albert Lewis. Signal Corps, 320 North George Mason drive. Arlington, in Afrie*. P*ul Nfumford. air force, 2231 Chester street 8.E.. at Nashville. Tenn. Lf. Lockwood Credited With German Bomber FIFTEENTH AIR FORCE IN ITALY.—First Lt. Warren M. Lock wood, 22, of Silver Spring, Md., scored his first aerial combat victory recently when his P-51 Mus tang squadron was escorting a British Mosquito plane on a photo r e c o nnaisance mission to Mu nich. Germany. The escort was flying at 28,000 feet when a JU 88 was sighted about 3.000 feet below formation. Diving to the attack four of the P-51S got in Lt Lockwood, hits on the two-engine German fighter bomber, which set the en gines afire. Lt. Lockwood was cred I ited with the shots that finally sent the plane crashing into a hill. The son of Mrs. Jane Cochran Lockwood, 8506 Manchester road. Silver Spring, and Merritt Lock wood, 4 Jefferson avenue. Takoma Park. Lt. Lockwood was graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1940 and attended the Univers ity of Maryland for two years. He enlisted in the Air Corps in March, 1942. and has been in Italy since September. Lt. Lockwood received the Air Medal and a unit presidential ci tation. Charles Wolfe Promoted To Captain in France Charles H. Wolfe, jr., combat en gineer, whose parents live at 144 Twelfth street S.E., has been promoted to captain in Prance. A graduate of McKinley High School a'nd Georgetown Uni versity, he en tered the Army in April, 1942, and went over seas last June. He formerly worked with his c»»t. Wolfe. father, C. H. Wolfe, at the Center Market. Crawford Graduates % James T. Crawford, 19, son of Brig. Gen. David M. Crawford and Mrs. Crawford, recently received his silver wings and appointment as flight officer upon graduation from the Lubbock Army Airfield (Tex.) Advanced Pilot Schools. A brother. Tech. Sergt. David M. Crawford, jr., is with the Army in Holland. The family home is at 3221 Wheeler road SJE.