News About the Boys in the U.S. Army and Navy
Nisqually Valley News November 30, 1944
Pvt. Ted Detton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laurance Detton, has been awarded the Silver tar, recently, according to word received here by his parent. Previous to this he ha received the Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Infantryman Badge. It is thought that Ted is now on Leyte Island.
Mrs. Roy Bailey has received the Purple Heart, which was awarded to her son. Lt. Bailey, who is in France, but no further information is available at this time.
2nd Lt. John Vandermay, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Vandermay, who is a navigator and bombardier on a B26 bomber, was recently awarded the Air Medal by Major General Anderson, who is the commanding officer of his group. Since the Air Medal was awarded Lt. Vandermay has been transferred and is now with the “pathfinders.”
Seaman Leonard Docherty writes to his mother, Mrs. B. J. Docherty, that he is now stationed in San Francisco at least temporarily.
Sgt. Russell Eide write to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Eide, that he is seeing action in the Philippines and has seen lots of Jap planes shot down. Say he is spending most of his time in a fox hole. They have had lots of rain. Says that they had no hot food when they landed, but it I so wet and cold that he’s learning to drink coffee. Hospitalized for an infected hand. Russ is crew chief for a P47 plane-the kind that shoot down so many Jap planes.
Cook 1c Tom Alongi, who has been on the east coast for some time arrived in Yelm Tuesday evening to visit hi parent, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Alongi. Tom is a member of crew of a PT boat. He has seen plenty of action in the South Pacific and expects to go back there. His wife left immediately to visit her parents in Olympia. Tom will have about 14 days before he has to report back.
Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Seaman, of elm have recently been informed of the promotion of their daughter, Ortha M., from corporal to Technician Fourth Grade in the Women’s Army Corps at a forward area in New Guinea.