Somewhere in the Service

Military News

Transcribed by K. Torp

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Sept. 24, 1944 - Kirksville Daily Express

Rev. and Mrs. W.D. Canaday who live 3 miles north of Novinger, have received word that their son, 1st Lt. Richard R. Canaday, a veteran of 14 months in the Bolomona, has been assigned as Public Relations officer at the Las Vegas Army Air Field, where he was transferred recently from Yuma, Ariz.
Lt. Canaday, who was assistant operations officer for the 18th Fighter Group on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and New Georgia, produced and directed 11 radio broadcasts weekly at Yuma. His wife, Lt. Marian Canaday, who is with the WAC and assigned to recruiting duty in Phoenix, Ariz. is in a hospital in Phoenix, recovering from an operation for appendicitis.

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L.M. Bowles has received word from his son, Pvt. John Bowles, at Camp Fannin, Texas, that he put nine shots in the center of the bull's eye in 51 seconds to win an Expert Rifleman Medal and qualify for a sniper. Three boys in his platoon ranked as "expert". Pvt. Bowles is in paratrooper training.

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Sgt. Clifford (Pups) Bryan of the Marine Corps is home on a 3-weeks furlough with Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Landstrom, 112 W. Hickory St. He has served for two years in the Pacific war zone and has participated in five major campaigns.

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Sgt. Delbert O. Waddill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Waddill of Winigan, was awarded the Purple Heart on Aug. 26 for wounds received in the left arm and shoulder July 26, while serving in action in France. He was flown to England for hospital care. Sgt. Waddill writes that he enjoys hearing the U.S.A. radio programs and seeing movies. He is allowed 24-hour passes to see the many historical places and expects to visit London soon. Sgt. Waddill received his training at Camp Howze, Texas, and left the port of embarkation at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, on March 17. He received the Good Conduct Medal soon after he landed in England.

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At a 12th AAF B-26 Headquarters
Private Merl L. Pettit, of 1618 N. Don Avenue, Kirksville, Mo., is serving in the Mediterranean theater of operations with a pioneer B-26 Marauder organization which recently was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the first Allied unit, air or ground, to be cited in this war by the Provisional government of the French Republic. General Charles de Gaulle, president of the Provisional Government and chief of the French armies, cited this unit for its "outstanding part in the preparation for, and the support of the allied offensive in central Italy" during the months of April, May and June. The citation noted that, during the three month period, the Marauders often operated in direct support of the French Army, and attacked and destroyed many important targets in the French Army sector.
Pvt. Pettit is a mechanic with the B-26 Marauder headquarters. He has been overseas 24 months and has been awarded the African-European-Middle East Theater Ribbon with four battle stars. (Transcriber's note: Merl Pettit was researcher Debra McKim's father - he died May 6, 1999)

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Sgt. and Mrs. William Murdock and daughter are visiting relatives in Kirksville and Milan. Sgt. Murdock is stationed at the Smoky Hill Air Field at Salina, Kan.

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