Seventy years ago this week

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 01:31 PM.

They were two hard-fighting Marines from the same time and had gone through boot training together and then separated. One had been through the hell of Iwo Jima . The other on Okinawa where it was the same. Sammy Teague fighting thru the mud, rain and Jap snipers saw someone that had a familiar face look to him, and upon getting closer, it was none other than his buddy and best friend Frank Whiteside. They hunted for a safe place, if there was such a thing on this island, and talked about home. What they wanted most was to eat a mess of turnip greens and a piece of cornbread. May their feet be under their folks’ table real soon and all the good things come to them.

Junior Montgomery, who has been in the navy from North Africa to the South Pacific, recently wrote home for some snapper fishing tackle. His folks secured the necessary outfit and he writes that he had been back to Honolulu and out fishing with good luck. Keep ‘em biting along with the fighting.

Casper Allgood of Carrabelle, the boy who helped take Attu and was also quoted in the Saturday Evening Post, is home on furlough and we very much enjoyed a short visit from him. Casper , after fixing up the job there, has been down on Petieu Island and certainly needs a good long rest back home. We suggest an assignment to Miami for the next six months.

Norton Kilbourn who has been with the Seabees is now stationed on Tinian Island where they have been building airbases for those mighty B-29s that have been doing so much to destroy plenty of little brown devils. It’s about time for Norton to be getting a furlough here.

Points, points and points to the hungry. It’s red and blue to the boy in the service; it’s how many have you. We’re happy to report that during the last month approximately a dozen have been discharged as having completed their service to our country. They are back home and have jobs. It’s hoped that there will be a place for everyone as they return and that most of them may be able to stay with us.

We have been advised that those members of Co. E. 106th Engineers, who are receiving their discharges, are not discharged from membership in the National Guards.

Sgt. Kenneth Tucker of Eastpoint was in to see us the past week and having done 35 missions as a tail gunner in the Italian area, reports that it’s good to be back home on furlough and it is hoped rotation to an easier job in the States. Kenneth has a number of decorations and battle stars. Nice going for a good gunner.



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