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T1IE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAIN EER
In U. S. Marines
(One Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, i9l1
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LT. SAMUEL C. WELCH, who
received his commission as second
lieutenant on December 12th, from
the Officers Candidate School of
Fort Benning, Ga.
Ensign James S. Queen
Has A 12-Day Leave
Ensign James S. Quetn, TJ. S,
Navy, left here Tuesday for Brook
lyn, N. Y. after a 12-day leave of
absence. lie and Mrs. Queen have
been the guests of his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John M. Queen.
Ensign Queen, who volunteered
in the service, has been on active
duty since July, when ha was com
missioned an Ensign. ; Immediately
after he was sent to an Officers
Training: School at Northwestern
University. From Chicago he was
transferred to Norfolk where - he
was attached to the Amphibian
Force of the Atlantic Fleet. A
short time ago he was transferred
to Brooklyn, awaiting transporta
tion to some naval base overseas
Ensign Queen was accompanied
to Brooklyn by Mrs. Queen, who
will remain with him until he sails,
While he is in the service she will
reside with her parents in Raleigh,
Cpl. Samuel C. Welch
Cpl. Samuel C. Welch, TJ. S.
Army, was commissioned a second
lieutenant at the Officers uanai
date School of Fort Benning, on
Lt. Welch volunteered the first
of the year and was inducted at
Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He was
stationed at Leavenworth for seve
ral months where he served as an
interviewer of new recruits in the
From Fort Leavenworth, he was
transferred to Camp Walters,
Texas, for basic training. In Sep
tember he was sent to Fort Ben
ning. Prior to his entering the service
he was senior examiner in the
tenth district of the Federal Home
Loan Board, with headquarters in
Topeka, Kan. His territory extend
ed from South Dakota to Northern
Lt. Welch left Sunday for Camp
Croft, where he will be stationed,
after a visit here with his aunt,
Mrs. J. Howell Way.
KENNETH H. MOORE, U. S
Army, who has recently been pro
moted to sergeant.
PVT. WILLIS C. BECK, who ia
in training at Parrls Island.
Former Resident Receives
D. F. C. Award
Ensign. Hilliard C Smathers, of; 'i
Marianna, Fla, former resident of
Waynesville,. has recently received
the Navy's Distinguished Flang( -Crn
from Admiral Nimitz. He y &
is the son of the late Mr. anl Mrs.
Will Smathers, of Waynesvlle,
- Ensign Smathers enlisted n the
Navy in, 1926, and Fas had a long
evnpripnc.fi . in . flvinc. - He was at
I Pearl Harbor during the attack and
also saw duty in the battle of the
During his Navy career he has
visited -France, EBg!andr Norway,
Finland, Honolulu, Cuba Haiti,
Honduras, and was awarded a med
al for service in the second Nica
raugaun campaign. .
He was co-pilot on one of the
large Navy planes which flew from
San Diego to Honolulu in rJ.W. He
was stationed for a time at Pensa
LalUnui ivciui no
From Panama Canal
iSLaii ifc11"" t
will, U. S. Ari Corps, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jarvis Caldwell, nas re-,?
tu, retnrnprt irom a veara uuiy .t
on the Panama Canal. He is now
stationed at McDade Field, Talla
Sergeant taluweu nas oeen m
the service since the fall of 1940.
He was graduated from the Way -nesville
town ship high school the
spring of the same year.
jJ.IL Morrow, U.S.Xav,
ppenas u Day Furlough
LT. THAD CHAF1N, JR. "
Waynesville Man Is
Made Aerial Gunner
A graduate this week of the
Harlingen Army Gunnery School
in Texas, who qualified as an ex
pert aerial triggerman after five
weeks of intensive training and now
wears the silver Wings of a Gun
ner Sergeant is Joseph H. Smith,
Pvt. Willis C. Beck
Stationed At Paris Island
Private Willis C. Beck, U. S.
Marines, is stationed on fans is
land, where he is taking his boot
training. He volunteered in Oc
tober at the recruiting station in
Prior to his entf ring the service
he was employed at the Newport j
News Shipbuilding and Dry im
Company. Young Beck is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Wck oi me
Balsam Road, and is a graduate
of the Waynesville Township high
At Camp Butner
. ,',nn of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Smith of
and Mis. Thad I nann, oi - -- -
PFC. T. J. Starnes
Visits Wife Here
Kenneth II. Moore, U. S.
Army Is Promoted
Kenneth H. Moore, formerly of
Fort Jackson, who is now stationed
at Fort Blanding. Fla., has re
cently bten promoted to sergeant,
it was learned in a letter to his
! Sergeant Moore is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Moore, of Way
: nesville. Prior to his entering the
service he was a student at the
Waynesville township high school,
where he was prominent in athletic
activities. He played on the foot
Private First Class T. J. Starnes,
of Paratroop regiment at Fort
Bragg, recently visited his wife
kere, the former Miss Margaret
Kelly. PFC. Starnes is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Starnes
of Greeneville, Tenn. Prior to en
tering the service he was employed
by S. R. Freeborn, of the Asheville jyt IUghey CiUnter Has
Supply Company. . ; Vm0Ugh t Home
During The Past Wek
Eighty men were placed in
class 1-A during the past two
weeks by the local draft board. In
the group were included the follow
ing: Dewey Smith, Carl Deweese, Bill
Williams, Clyde Luther Stamey,
Clifford Logan Presnell, David Mar
vin Cook, J. T. Rich, Samuel Quin
ton Rurnitt, Lloyd Terrell Derrick,
William Porter Gentry, Walter
Nathan West, James Ernest Har
rell, James Herman Mitchell, Hugh
Benjamin Smith, Thurman John
Gerald Ray IJryson, Pearson
Monroe Ewart, John Thomas Cagle,
James Ethron Evans, David Francis
Smith, Oscar Howell, Hardin Leon
Price, Euzelle Robinson, Albert
Lee Phillip, David (Jreen, big
Wavnesville, who was commission
id on 'December I'ith at Fort Ben
Sergeant Thad Chafin, Jr,
He was promoted to sergeant and
received his diploma at brief exer
icises and, unless held over to serve
!as an instructor, will depart im
'mediately to join a combat crew
aboard a bomber.
Graduates From Keesler
Field As Mechanic
pvt. William W. Massey, son of
Lt. Edgar Duckett, U. S. j Private Hughey Gunter, U. S.
Will Spend Holidays Here Air. Corpv spending ;.a i5,day
r w furlough with his parents, Mr. und
Lt. Edgar Duckett, U. S, Navy, Mrs. J. L. Gunter at their home on
arrived this week to spend the route 1, Waynesville.
Christmas holidays with his wife j Pvt. Gunter has been in the ser
and two children and his mother, vice since July and was inducted
Mrs. E. T. Duckett. ,at Fort Jackson. From Jackson he
Lt. Duckett, entered the service was transferred to Keesler Jfield,
in September and was sent to Miss. He is attached to the ground
Newport, R. I., for training. He
has recently been transferred to
Prior to his entering the service,
Lt. Duckett was mechanical engin
eer at the Paper Board Mill, of
Claude G. Davis, U. S.
Navy Now Stationed
In St. Louis
Claude G. Davis, Chief Warrant
Officer, U. S. Navy, has been trans
ferred back to the United States
after serving cn the Pacific battle
front. He is now stationed at St.
Louis, where he is on the. Aviation
Cadet Selective board;
' Officer Davis has been in tie. ser
vice for the past sixteen years, and
has served in ports all , over the
world. . He has been stationed in
European waters, in Africa, on the
Island of Guam and was 32 months
on Asiatic 'Waters. ,-''-Ha : was :at
Pearl Harbor when the Japs made
their attack on December 7, 1941.
He 13 the. son of Mr. and Mrs.
C &. Davis, of Hazelwood,,and is
married and has two ehildreiii-
force of the Air Corps.
He is now stationed at Sheppard
Field, Texas, where he is taking
special training. ,
Son-In-Law Of Local Man
Promoted To Major
Captain William C. McGuffin, U.
S. Medical Corps, former Ashe
ville physician, who 3 now station
ed at Camp Claiborne, La., has re
cently been promoted to Major.
Major McGuffin is the son-in-law
of Tom Campbell of Waynesville.
His wife is the former Miss Martha
Campbell: Major McGuffin volun
teered two years ago and entered
with; the rank of Captain.
Ralph Howell Moody
Now At Ft. Washington
Ralph Howell Moody, route -one,
Waynesville, formerly stationed at
Fort Riley, Kansas, entered ' the
Officer Candidate School, the Ad
jutant General's School, Fort
Washington, Maryland, for a twelve
week intensive training course on
Dec . 5.
Upon successfully 'completing
this course he will be commissioned
a 2nd lieutenant, adjutant . gener
al's department. There are 220
students receiving training in one
of the four courses taught in this
school, namely, administration,
classification, postal, and machine
Sergeant Moore has a brother, Owens, Ransom Virgil Ford, Sam
Private J. R. Moore, who is also in! ui ij0uis Mills, Raymond Lee Set
the service. He is stationed at j zer Marvin Hubert Parton, Homer
Camp Wnlters, Texas. Lfe Brown.
Herbert Whitney Burnette, Jr.,
James Everett rrady, (harles
Mitchell Garrison, Wilce McGaha,
Raymond Ray Franklin, Shook
Henry Rathbone, Amos Rich, Jr.,
John Head. Jr., Garfield Phillips,
Jr., Clay Horace Conard, Gilmer
Massie, Ensley Roosevelt Robin
son, Coy Grooms, Henry Paul
Webb, Rufus Earl Cochran, Char
lie Avis McPeak, Floyd Woodrow
Conard, Thurman David Lincoln
Haynes, William Carlyle Davis,
Howard Joseph Truitt, James El
mer Harris, Robert Eugene Gib
Charles Arthur Sidney Hartsell,
Bonner Franklin Rabb, Paul Oliv
er Hedrick, Frank Wallace Bry
son, Samuel Daniel Robinson,
Claude Medford Phillips, Robert
Dee Lowe, James Riley Hicks, Rob
ert Edward Norris,
Grover Luther Golden, L. C.
Sutton, Robert Elburtus Lee, Char
lie Bryant McCall, Robert Edward
Parson, William Dewey Mehaffey,
Low Parton Jerry William Mc
Elroy, Rufus Ford Hannah, Char
les Bryan Medford, Donald Moody,
Richard Ray Shoaf, and Medford
Addie Grasty." :
Placed in 3-A,weie: William Oliv
er" Plemmons,' Joseph- Lafayette
Kirkpatrick,; Doyle Cagle, . and
James Everett Underwood; .'
Placed in class. 2-B were Roy
Carver, 'William Vester Walker,
Clyde Birchfield, Hugh " Turner
Francis, Clarence Everett Arring
ton, Kelly Lee Howell, and Howell
Mitchell Garrison. "': .. '
Placed in- class. 2-B were: Roy
Carver, ' William 'Vester.- Walter,
Clyde Birchfield, " Hugh Turner
Francis, Clarence Everett Arring
"ton,. Kelly Lee Howell,', and Howell
Mitchell Garrison. , . v
Placed in class 3-B were: Joe
Howell Moody, Gilbert Riley,' Rat-
cliff Clinton Kinsland. Billy L,
Saylors, John Clinton Rider, Hugh
Hyde Constance (enlisted in navy),
Claude Ervin Smathers- Reeves
PVT. BENJAMIN (TTSHAW,
of Miiggie, visits in county.
Pvt. Benjamin K. Cutshaw
Spends Furlough Here
Private Bei.janiin f ulsli.iw . "n
of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cutshaw. of
the Maggie section, licently sieiit
a few days fuiiough in the couiit.v
with his parents.
Pvt. Cutshaw has been in the
Service since September, 11, of this
year. He was first stationed at
Fort McClellan, Ala., and is now
attached to the Lightniing. fivix
ion at Camp Butner.
Prior to his entering the service
he was a student at the -'Wayne.-ville
Township high school
Lt. Hal Marley Visits
Mother At Christmas
Sergeant Thad Chafin, Jr., was p William W. MaSsey
commissioned a reuuu nrUiw....
n December 12, at the Officers can
didate School at Fort Benning, Ga.
Lt. Chahn has been in the ger
.iruf ivl'i, u'Hin. iiavjiiK v
" - . . .. ... ,. x x in
here with Company "H , National , Mrs. waller Massey, route two, iius
Guard Unit in September, vjiv. .ween receive uijivma.-iruiu
He was stationed at Kort Jackson -, ler r lem, iviiss. Birpiane iiictumiii;
until Septemler of this year when ' school. He was one of the 100 re
he was transferred to Benning, reiving diplomas denoting their
where he made an outstanding successful competition of 16 week's
record in Officers Candidate School, (intensive training.
Lt. Chaliii spent a ten-day leayo
here with his parents following his . , ,
promotion to lieutenant. He hasi.lesse Urooks Lands
has returned to Kort Benning where Safely Overseas
he w ill serve." as an instructor.
Prior to his entering the service
he hold a position with E. Ray's
Sons Department store.
I.t. Chntin is the grandson of Mr.
ami Mrs .1 H. Boyd.
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Brooks of Bal
sam have received news that their
son, Jesse who has been in the
army for 2 years, has landed
safely overseas. He is a machinist.-
PFC - Frank M. Saunders
Visits Family Here
Sergeant James Rathbone
Is Given A Promotion
days m liazelwood with his family.
He was recently promoted higher
than a master sergeant.
. I nv.it. fust lass, rraiK n. First Sergeant James E. Robin-
Saun.leis, l . h. Air i orps, naua Hon wno js stationed at Camp Blan.
I furlough during the Christmas holi- iVm FIll . Spent Christmas' holi
ilays rn spiTit several uhjm mi-it.-I
w itii Ins w ife and mother, Mrs.
Allie Saunders, of Hazelwood.
Private Saunders has been in the
service sine- November 2nd, and
took liis liasic training in St. Pet
ersburg, Fla. lie is now taking
ihUigical training at the Lawson
l.eiiernl llosjiital in Atlanta.
Prim: to his entering the service
Pvt. --Saunders was employed by thv
l nairiista Manufacturing Company.
Lt. Wm. Medford Reports
For Duty At Boston
(. Wijli.im Medfor.l (junior
glade I 'Itrk otl'ieer. ', . S. N'aV.V, left
Saturday for Boston where he re
port. -,t foi duty at tn Boston Navy
S'arils. lf was ..accompanied by
Mrs. Medford, who will remain wi'li
him for several weeks.
I.t. Medford had spent the past
'three weeks h' re visiting 'relative.
He had just, completed' a several I
weeks-training course ut Princeton. I
J. B. Morrow, r. S. Navy, u
left Sunday for Norfolk, ifo,
spending a 13 day furlough hen
with his parents, Mr. and Mm. Q
F. Morrow, of Medford Farm,
Young Morrow volunteered a
Columbia, S. C, last year, and hu
been on active duty in AfrtM
Cpl. Woodrow A rrinRton
Spent Christmas Here
Corporal Wooilrow ArnrrjDB
son of Mr. and Mis, Woodm Ar.
rington Of the llellwouil r.iad nen
the Christmas holidays here.
Cpl. Arrington. ofjhe U. S. Air
Corps, has been in tre service for
the past 18 months. r was at
tached to the 3o;t Fitfhwr Wuf
in New. Orleans, fu six months and
with the 3rd Air Force in Tampi
for the past 1U nioiiths. JU h
recently bi'en. transferred to tbt
444th Fighter Sciuadron at th
Spence Field Air Basi in Moultrie
Cpl. Arrington is anxious for an
opportunity to fight the Japs and
he is optimistic about the duration.
Lt. Henry Clay Dunavant
Returns To Fort Jackson
Lt. Henry Clay Dunavant has
returned to Fort Jackson after
spending a week with his mother,
Mrs. Crews Moody at her home on
the Dellwood Road. He was also
joined during his week's visit by
Mrs. Dunavant, of Canton.
Pvt. Thomas L. Howell
Has Visit From Wife
Mrs. Thomas LV Howell,, teach
er in the - Waynesville Township
schools, spent he' .Christmas holi
days with her husbandV Private
Thomas L. Howell, TJ. S. Air. Corps,
who is stationed at Amarillo Field,
Texas. Y - ': . '. . .
Pvt. Howell has been in the ser
vice. sines November 2, and was
inducted at'-Camp 'Croft. "From
Croft he was transferred to Miami,
for basic training..' He is- now at
tached to the Engineering. Corps
of the Air Corps and is taking
special training at Amarillo. Field.
Pvt. Howell is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jerry Howell of Dellwood.
Prior to his entering the service
he was employed at Enka..
Sergeant and Mrs. Frank Bry
son have been spending a few days
as the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Bryson. Sgt. Bryson, U.
Si Army, is now stationed at Camp
C. Jack Davis, Air Corps
U. S. Navy Now In States
C. Jack Davis, first class airplane
mechanic, U. S. Navy Air Corps, is
taking a special course of study
in the Curtis-Wright Corp., in Co
lumbus, Ohio. He has been in the
service for the past four years and
was at Pearl Harbor when the Japs
made their attack last December.
Young Davis is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. C. S. Davis, of Hazelwood,
and was a student in the , high
school here before joining the navy,
. Lt. Hal Marley, I!. S. Air Corps,
who is an instructor at liunter
Field. Ala., spent the Christmas
holidays here with bis mother. Mr.
F. H. Marley, at Oak Park.
Lt. Marley has been in a:ive
service for the past two years. Hr
was a lieutenant in the 10 1st Cal
vary, National Guard Unit of New
York City. In 1942 he transferred
to the Air Corps and received his
wings in October of this year.
Wo received his basic traininir at
Gunter Field and his advanced in-' l'niverity.
Btruction at Camden ' and Moody 1 - -
Fields. iron i iuii ;ian nas
Prior to his entering the service !Cw,n Fnrpio-n Sprvirn
he was in the insurance business in
New York City, Sergeant Kendrn k Caldwell has
.leiuiiied to camp after spending a
il2-ilaV furlough' -with his parents,
in the navy), Norman Dewey Pess, j jir ;4,,, Mrs. .1 K Caldw. 11, of lion
(enlisted in navy), LeRoy hetzer,ij)lltr
(enlisted in navy), Thomas I.eti.iir j Yue Caldwill volunteered in
York, Charles Mitchell Garrison. l;t' and has been in foreign ser-
Luke Alvin ' Swangcr. Horace 'vi,:,, fr the lavt, year.
Eugene Messer, Gilmer Janus Set- i sta'ionpd in Florida for .tV
zer, Glenn Zackrine Clarke, Kl'ord j ji, '-sent. Whil heie he and his
Sutton, James- Paul Phillips, (mother visaed his falher and bro
WaUcer Lee Chambers, Hanly 1- ithei. Raymond Caldwell, who arc
lison . Sanford, Robert Edward tempi ned in a ship yard at Wilm
Potts. WUburn Alexander amp-ins;t on
bell. Berlin Arvine Conner, Law
rence b. Leatherwood, William 1 Jack Davis Home For
Clyde Owens, George Albert Dock- jrst Time In Three
ery, J nugn aiawiai, iaiik
Ledford, Walter Houston Plem
mons, Lawrence Edward McElroy,
Troy James Stevenson, Carl David
Mooney, Lewis Earl Patton, Ver
ner Frank London, Charles D.
Lance, Glenn Waites Cuthbertson,
and Wilburn Franklin. Kirkpat
Placed in class 2-C were: John
Foy Carver, Benjamin Karlisle
James, Robert Clifton Ferguson,
Elmer David Hendrix, Keith Dale
Ketner, Glenn Silas McCracken,
Joseph Howell Way Welch, and
Robert Taylor Rogers.
Placed in class 1-C were; James
Way Hendrix, Harry Benjamin
McCracken, (enlisted in the navy),
Lane Arrington (enlisted in the
army), Mont McNabb, Jr., (elisted
pavid Defe Green, Charles 1.
Ketner,. Woodrow -Clarence Camp
bell, Harry Fain .McCracken, Carl
Franklin Messer, Billie ,Lee Potts,
Charles Arthur Green, .Victor
Curtis Nobeck, Jerry Jarvis Price,
Willia mEdward ' Johnson,. Joseph
Houston '; Leatherwood, R 0 b 6 r t
Gudger Palmer. . . ; ' " ; -'
Homer Owen Dewitt Talmadge
Rathbone, James Edward, Hendrix,
Foch Rogers, Ed Samuel Bright,
Theodore Roosevelt Grant, Ralph
Hannah, John Lewis Moody, James
Thomas Reeves, James Erastus
Howell, Rubin Jay Kirkpatrick,
George Frank Scates, Rufus Mc
Gaha, Hobert Ernest Hance, and
Charles Lee Pressley. -v
Placed in class 4-F were: Bruce
Gates, Carroll Newell James, Ber
lin Clarence Estes, James Ray
Cope, Vaughn Raleigh Conard,
Cessar Morrow, Robert Allen, Jr.,
Wilburn Roy Wright, Frank Ben
jamin Crawford, James Robert
Wright, Frank Curtis, John .' ly
McCracken, Joe Lyton McE. y,
Hubert Turner Davis, William Con
ley Mehaffey, Robsrt Foster,
Ralph Edward Ford, Tommie Fie,
and Furman Hiram Wyatt.
Years From The Navy
' Jack Davis, who is in the L. S.
Navy, left Saturday for Columbut-,
Ohio, after spending the Christ
mas holidays in Hazelwood with
his. parents, : Mr., and Mrs.-.Spur-i
' Young D avis ' who has been - in
the navy, for the past four years,
is taking special training at the
Curtis Wright Corporation in
Ohio. This was his first visit home
in three venrs. I
He was accompanied back to
Ohio, by his sisters, Misses Cathe
rine and Anna Jean Davis, who
will spend a few days with him.
Cadet Ben Colkitt
To Spend 2 Days Here .
Aviation Cadet Ben Colkitt, Jr.,
will arrive on Friday morning for
a two day leave here with his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Colkitt.
Cadet Colkitt is stationed at Ana
costia Field Naval Reserve Avia
tion Base, near Washington, D. C.
He has been in active service since
July, and received his pre-flight
training at the University of Georgia.:-
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