Looking Back: Southampton People in service

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019

By Clyde Parker

Sept. 1, 1944

The second world war, increasingly being called World War II, is still raging in Europe — and in the Pacific. All communities throughout the nation are providing manpower, and womanpower, to help the United States, and its allies, confront and overcome serious threats to democratic principles and world order. A great number of Southampton County people have “answered the call;” and, from time-to-time, their status and whereabouts are published in The Tidewater News.

Here, we list some of the most recent submissions to the paper:

Pfc. Annie Ruth Fuller was featured in news about military servicemen and women in the Sept. 1, 1944. She was awarded the U.S. Army’s Good Conduct Medal. — Submitted Clyde Parker

• Private First-Class Annie Ruth Fuller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Fuller of the Boykins community, has been awarded the U.S. Army’s Good Conduct Medal. Pfc. Fuller enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in April of 1943, and is now stationed at Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is sister to Earl, Henry, Violet, Daisy and Virginia Fuller.

• U.S. Army Sergeant Harry Lee Hancock, who has been overseas for more than four years, has just completed a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Hancock Jr. in Courtland. Sgt. Hancock has served in Hawaii, Australia and New Guinea. He is now visiting his brother, Sgt. Garth S. Hancock, and family at MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, after which he will report to a rest camp in Miami.

• R. Baird Cabell, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Cabell of Franklin, recently received his silver wings and his commission as a second lieutenant from the bombardier school at Victorville U.S. Army Air Field, Victorville, California. He is now taking a special course in navigation at Ellington Field, Texas.

Elmo Rock, with the U.S. Navy as a Motor Machinist Mate Third Class, son of Mrs. Helen Rock of Boykins, has been transferred from Bainbridge, Maryland to San Diego, California. His address is Elmo Louis Rock, Row C, Hut 5, Camp Elliott Distribution Center, San Diego.

• Allen S. Whitehead, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Whitehead of R.F.D. Franklin, has been promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Located somewhere in England, Sergeant Whitehead is a Radio Operator Gunner on a B-24 Liberator. Previously, he was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

• Private First-Class Gwendolyn Felts of the Women’s U.S. Army Corps, stationed at Fort Adams, Rhode Island, spent a short furlough in Sebrell recently with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Felts.

Private Paulette Rose with the U.S. Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Paul Rose, has returned to Camp Sibert, Alabama, after spending a 10-day furlough with his wife and parents here. His address is Pvt. Francis Paulette Rose, ASN 33850843os.

• Andrew Drake, of the U.S. Navy, recently concluded a five-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Drake of Statesville. Drake took part in the invasion of France on D-Day. His address is Andrew Thomas Drake, S1-C, U.S.S. Cyrus H. McCormick Armed Guard Section, Fleet Post Office, New York, New York.

• Lieutenant Jefferson E. Macon with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 25-year-old son of Mrs. Mary L. Macon of Ivor, who has been reported missing over Austria since Aug. 22. Lt. Macon went overseas in April of this year and has been on 41 missions. Prior to his enlistment, he was manager of the Smithfield Theater.

• Corporal Joe W. Felts of Boykins has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for satisfactory performance of duty against the Germans on the Fifth Army front in Italy. Cpl. Felts has engaged in all major operations of his unit in the 34th (“Red Bull”) Division. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Felts, reside near Boykins.

• U.S. Army Private Jack T. Story, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Story of Handsom, is stationed at Camp Blanding, Florida. His address is Pvt. J.T. Story, Company C, 201st 62nd Regiment at Camp Blanding.

• Mr. and Mrs. Ryland T. Edwards of the Franklin community have received a cablegram from their son, U.S. Army Corporal Robert T. Edwards, announcing his safe arrival in England.

• Private Robert C. Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Howell Sr. of Franklin has been awarded the “Purple Heart” for wounds received while on combat duty with the U.S. Army in France.