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Draft Board Members
To Form 'Stand-by'
Organization Here
District Draft Board members last
night voted unanimously to form a
permanent "stand-by" organization
after being told by William Ε
Leahy, their director, that "we ought
to be able to do any job, if the
country needs us."
The permanent group was voted
speedily at a commemorative dinner
for the District Selective Service
Bystem in the Mayflower Hotel.
Mr.' Leahy promptly appointed a
committee composed of draft board
and appeal panel chairme!i to draft
a constitution for the new organ
Nearly 200 members of District
selective service heard their worfc
praised by Maj. Gen. Lewis Β
Hershey, newly appointed directoi
of the Office of Selective Service
Records; Commissioner John Russell
Young, Chairman Gurney of the
Senate Armed Forces Committee
and representatives of the services
Leahy Praises Service.
Before,proposing the stand-by or
ganization, Mr. Leahy told the men
and women who served in the draft
"We-ve been together six and s
half years. You did the best jot
you knew how, and it was a won
derful job. You gave of your time
unselfishly. You were there to dc
whatever needed to be done, and
you did it honestly, justly and with
out fear or favor."
He said hè was proposing the per
manent group, not only to continue
comradeship "formed when the go
ing was tough," but also "with the
thought that, though we hope it
may never happen again, we still
may be of some use if the need
should ever arise."
In addition to being ready to "go
back into harness at a minute's
notice," Mr. Leahy added, the new
group would continue old associa·
tions by meeting at a dinner at least
once a year.
.Hershey Commends Group.
Gen. Hershey commended the
group for their rapid acceptance of
Mr. Leahy's proposal and told them
that, if "remobilization comes, you
have the know-how." He said that,
if there is a next time, the job of
procuring men will have to be done
three or four times as fast as it was
done in the last war. Draft board
I members, he added, also could be
useful in selecting men, if universal
military training is approved
The national director of the war
time- draft declared District draft
board members had to put up witn
more than any other group because
they had three commisioners run
ning the system instead of one
State Governor, because national
headquarters of the draft was "sit
ting on their necks," because this
was the seat of Government and be
cause the District system was re
sponsible for locating and drafting
American citizens in other lands.
Commissioner Young told the
draft system members that during
all the years of the draft here he
never received a word of criticism
about the operation of Selective
Service in the District.
Admirals Give Talks.
Vice Admiral W. M. Fechtelrf,
U. S. N., deputy chief of naval op
erations, declared that this was a
Nation of "have gote," as a result of
which it was under the "avaricious
and greedy eyes of all the have
nots" This Nation's strength, he
went on, lies in the awareness of
every citizen of hie rsponsibility to
th Naton. This was the type et re
sponsibility, he said, demonstrated
by those who worked in the Selective
Service System.
Admiral Joseph F. Farley, Coast
Guard commandant, told the group
he was impressed by its willingness
to continue to produce if the time
came when It was needed. Both
Brig. Gen. Robert H. Pepper, rep
resenting the Marine Corps, and Lt.
Gen. Raymond S. McLain, repre
senting the Army*, paid tribute to the
draft for shortening the war and
"dignifying the individual."
The Right Rev. John K. Cart
wright offered the invocation and
the Rev. Malcolm Marshall pro
nounced the benediction.
Entertainment * was provided by
Loew s Theaters and Mrs. Marie
Handy sang the national anthem.
St. Marys PTA to Form
County Council Thursday
Special Di(patch to Th· Star
—St. Marys County's six parent
teacher associations will formally
organize a County PTA Council at
a meeting at Prank Knox School
here at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The six associations are those at
Great Mills and Margaret-Brent
High Schools, Frank Knox consoli
dated Elementary School and Holly
wood, Charlotte Hall and Ridge
Grade Schools.
Among National and State PTA
officials who will attend are Mrs.
Newton P. Leonard, regional vice
floor rr
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president of the National Congres·
of Parents and Teachers; Mrs. Rob
ert O. Doty, president of the Mary
land Congress; Mrs. Fred L. Bull,
State first vice president, and Mrs.
H. Ross Coppage, chairman of the
State Committee on World Citizen
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