Military News of Campbell County


Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, Sept 19, 1909
contributed by Angela Meadows

  CINCINNATI. O.. Sept 18. After completing three years service in the U. S. army at Havana, Arlle York, 25, Elk Valley, Tenn.. nephew of Sergeant Alvln C. York, designated by General Pershing as the super-hero of the American expeditionary forces during the World war, today re-enlisted and was assigned to the eleventh infantry at Camp Knox. Ky.

Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 4, 1940
contributed by Angela Meadows

MORLEY. Tenn. UP  The last able-bodied, eligible youth in this east Tennessee village has marched off to join the army. Roy Branan. a wide-shouldered. 175 pound hill lad of 22, 6 feet 2 inches tall, was the 24th volunteer to enlist for military service from Morley.

Unknown paper, Unknown date
contributed by Angela Meadows


Morley, noted for having all eligible men volunteer for military service, yesterday had its record challenged by Briceville. Mrs. H. L. Hall, whose husband operates three grocery stores in the Briceville area, said they have almost equalled Morley's record by having all available men in service, and furthermore, they have about twice as many men enlisted. Her husband said the two towns are approximately the same size. Both are mining centers.

Mr. and Mrs. Hall yesterday brought five young men from Briceville who were accepted for enlistment at the Army Recruiting Station here, which brought the total of men in service from there to more than 60, according to recruiting officers.
"That just about cleans up Briceville, " Mrs. Hall reported with a big smile. Her work rivals that of Postmistress Carrie Witt, Morley, who is credited with persuading the men of her section to volunteer.
Yesterday's was not the first load of volunteers the Halls have brought to the recruiting statio here, according to Sgt. John LaPlante, recruiting officer. He said blanks for application are kept by the Halls in all their stores and that they call for the station's recruiting truck when any wish to volunteer. When the truck is not available they bring the volunteers in themselves, he said.

"I get a big kick out of helping the boys get a place where they will get a place where they will get somewhere," Mrs. Hall explained. She said some boys not yet 18 years of age, the Army minimum age, "are raring to go". Mrs. Hall said Robert Braswell, Briceville, heard they were bringing volunteers to Knoxville and wanted to come, but just missed them."He started out hitch-hiking to catch up with us, a friend told me", Mrs. Hall said. Braswell has not yet arrived. Men from Briceville accepted for enlistment yesterday are: Davie Braden, 18; Otis Lindsay, 18; Estel Braden, 19; Clyde Relford, 19, and Mack Bradshaw, 21. All are going to Fort Benning, Ga.

Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 19, 1940
contributed by Angela Meadows

Willie Booth joins army to maintain record MORLEY, Tenn. (UP). Willie Booth joined the army Friday and kept intact this mountain village's record of sending every eligible male into military service as a volunteer. Willie tried to join several months ago but was rejected because of his age. Since then he has celebrated his 18th birthday. He was the 26th youth to enlist from Morley, which has a population of some two-score families.

Unknown Paper sometime during World War 2
contributed by Kathy Scruggs

John in Europe

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Unknown Paper, unknown date
contributed by Angela Meadows

EAGAN, Tenn. - Seaman Second Class Kenneth A. Weaver has returned to his
base after visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Weaver, of Eagan, and his wife of
Pennington Gap, Va. He has been in service 17 months, receiving training in Louisiana.

Knoxville News Sentinel , Briceville, Tennessee, May 1, 1942
contributed by Angela Meadows

Private Wounded In Devens Mishap Briceville, May 1 - Two East Tennesseans who enlisted together in October, 1939, at Knoxville, were separated until April 10, 1942, when they both reached Briceville at the same time. They both had 10-day furloughs, beginning on the same date.  The men are Raymond Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morton Wright, of Briceville, a radio operator on a U.S. warship, and Gilbert McGhee, son of Mrs. Charles McGhee, of Caryville, a fireman on a destroyer.  Gilbert has two sisters living here, Mrs. H.C. Weaver and Mrs. Cond Brogans.

Coshocton Tribune, Coshocton, OH, Jan 10, 1944
Contributed by Campbell Genweb

The undisputed hero of the tank battle was Sgt Claude Silcox, an ex-coal miner now a tank commander, from Pioneer, Tenn. Silcox was directing his tank into the fray when the radio was knocked out by a German shell. That meant the tank virtually was driverless and helpless, because the driver can see only straight ahead and must depend on instructions to know when to turn. Silcox was too modest to tell me about it, but his crew members said he got out on the ground under a hail of shells, mortar and anti-tank gun fire and directed his tank oblivious to the hail of lead showering about him. "He did that for several hours without once seeking cover." Pvt Peter Lindsay, Philadelphia, said.

Unknown Paper , Sometime after October, 1944
Contributed by Angela Meadows


A Nazi bazooka stopped Cpl. Odis R. Lindsay's tank, but it didn't halt the Briceville soldier, who has been recommended for the Bronze Star Medal for bravery under fire.
Col. S. R. Hinds of the Second Armored Division even recommended the coveted Silver Star. The action occurred last Oct. 5, northeast of Palenberg, Germany.
Americans were advancing against strong enemy installations, fortifications and dug-in infantry. Cpl. Lindsay's tank received a hit, wounding the assistant driver and disabling the tank, which could not move. While abandoning the vehicle, it got another hit, setting the tank on fire. Cpl. Lindsay, with the aid of another, helped the wounded man to dismount from the burning tank. Artillery shells and small arms fire kept coming.
Cpl. Lindsay was administrating first aid to the wounded man. While attempting to remove the casualty, the wounded man was hit a second time. Cpl. Lindsay remained with him until they were both evacuated.

Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine, Sept. 29, 1948
contributed by Angela Meadows

Fort Devens, Mass., Sept. 27. (AP) A 19-year-old army private was shot and wounded in the chest by the accidental discharge of a .45 caliber pistol in the hands of a fellow soldier, the army disclosed today. The accident happened Monday when the two youthful soldiers came off guard duty and were unloading the pistols. Wounded was Pvt. Doran H. Messer, ot Jacksboro, Tenn. The army public relations office listed the other as Pvt. James J. Breen, 19, of Brooklyn, N. Y.  Messer was In Lovell General Hospital where his condition was reported as good.

Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, August 2, 1950
contributed by Angela Meadows

Heavy Bombers Pound Korea

TOKYO, Aug. 1 UPI- A mass flight of U. S, heavy bombers pounded the heart of North Korea's powder - making industry today with a second huge load of high explosive bombs. About 50 B-29s attacked Hungnam, on the east coast 95 miles inside North Korea, with more than 400 tons of bombs. A news release said the strike sent 'thick, greasy smoke" billowing 15,000 feet into the air. The bombers blasted the chemcals and explosives center Sunday with about 500 tons of bombs. Official reports said the Sunday attack effectively damaged 85 per cent of the Chosen Nitrogen company munitions plant. Today's target was the Chosen Nltro Fertilizer company's chemical and non-ferrous metal plant, two miles east of the plant hit Sunday. One of the B-29 group commanders, Col. Claude E. Putnam of Jacksboro, Term., said 'Today's mission was even more successful than our July 30 attack, if such a thing is possible." He described it as "an example of perfect bombing." The release said "smoke and flames arose from the target area immediately after the initial strike".

Source:  Dominion News, Morgantown, WV, October 6, 1958
contributed by Angela Meadows

Search Halted Near Formosa

TAIPEI. Formosa (AP)  A three day air and sea search was called off Sunday night with no trace found of a Chinese Nationalist flying boat lost in Formosa Strait with seven Chinese and four Americans aboard. U.S. 7th Fleet and Chinese Air Force ships and planes had combed the area 40 miles east of the offshore island of Matsu where the Formosa-bound Catalina vanished last Thursday. The four Americans were connected with the U.S. military advisory team on Matsu.  They were: Maj. Robert C. Bloom of Eau Claire,Wis.; Capt. Wayne F. Pitcher, whose wife lives at San Lorenzo.Calif.; Radioman 3.C. Dwight H. Turner, whose father lives in Clarence, Mo.; Pvt. 3.C. Claude L. Baird. whose mother lives in Duff, Tenn.




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