Frederick News Post Articles
Obit and articles at the time when service men made the supreme sacrifice during World War II
The News, December 5, 1942
STAFF SGT. GARFIELD AMBROSE, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Ambrose, Jefferson, has been transferred from Camp Pickett, Va., where he had been stationed since June, to Officers Candidate School at Grinnell, Iowa. He recently spent a tenday furlough at the home of his parents.
The News, January 19, 1945
Captain Garfield Ambrose, son of Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy G. Ambrose, of near Broad Run, was killed last night in an automobile accident in St. Louis, the Associated Press reported today.
The dispatch said the accident occurred when a broken steering mechanism caused Capt. Ambrose to lose control of his automobile and the machine struck a viaduct pier. The Army officer was hurled out of the car and thrown 20 feet by the impact, sustaining fatal injuries.
Word of Capt. Ambrose's death was received this morning by his parents, who reside a mile from Broad Run, it was learned. The countian was attached to the Army recruiting office at St. Louis. Capt. Ambrose had been in the Army for more than two and a half years, being employed in Washington prior to that time. He was stationed at Camp Pickett, Va., and later attended Officers Candidate School at Grinnell, Ia. It could not be learned how long he had been stationed in St. Louis.
Capt. Ambrose was born and reared in Brunswick, where his family lived for some time before moving to a farm near Broad Run. His father is a passenger conductor on the Baltimore and Ohio. There is also a brother, Jesse. No funeral arrangements had been announced today
The News, March 3, 1945
The News, October 13, 1944
PVT. SHERMAN EUGENE AXLINE, a paratrooper, was killed in Holland on September 20, the War Department on Thursday notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Axline, of Petersville. He was 19 years of age on July 20.
He was inducted last Armistice Day while a student at Brunswick High School. He would have graduated last June.
Overseas since last July 21, Pvt. Axline received most of his training at Fort McClellan, Ala. He has a brother, Cpl. Theodore Axline, stationed in New Guinea for about a year.
Besides his parents and brother, Pvt. Axline is also survived by these brothers, David, Baltimore; Charles and Lee, Petersville, and four sisters, Mrs. Marion Snoots, Petersville; Mrs. Alice McDade, Broad Run; Mrs. Nora Coates and Kathleen Axline, both of Petersville
The News, January 12, 1942
PVT. CHARLES S. BOWERS, Brunswick, was killed in an accident late last night in an automobile collision five miles west of Frederick on U. S. Route 40.
He had just started on furlough and was apparently en route to his home in this county. The accident, according to reports, occurred about 11:30 p.m.. He had left Fort Meade with two other soldiers around 10:30 p.m., it was believed.
He was a member of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 115th Infantry, one of the two local units of the regiment. He had been in service since the mobilization of the National Guard early last year.
The accident occurred about two miles west of West Friendship. The body was taken to a funeral parlor in Ellicott City and this morning was removed to the funeral home in Brunswick.
Brunswick sources this morning said it had not been learned who was driving the car. The machine was reported to belong to Donald Ramsburg, of Frederick, and had apparently been borrowed by the youths to return to their homes. According to reports, only the three soldiers were in the machine. All drove trucks for Headquarters Company. Bowers, who was aged 21 years, two months and nine days, is survived by his mother, Mrs. Grace Bowers; on brother, George E. Bowers; and one sister, Peggy V. Bowers, all of 101 West B. street, where he resided.
The body will be removed from the funeral home tomorrow and will be taken to the residence of Mrs. James A. Chambers, 501 East Potomac street. Funeral services will be held there Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment is Park Heights cemetery.
C. H. Feete and Son, Brunswick, are the funeral directors. It is possible that a military funeral will be held.
The News, January 13, 1942
Services for Pvt. Bowers will be conducted by an Army chaplain Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of an aunt, Mrs. James A. Chambers, 501 East Potomac street, Brunswick. Interment will be in Park Heights cemetery with military honors at the grave.
The News, November 9, 1944
PFC PAUL C. CUMMINGS, Brunswick Soldier, Dies of His Wounds
Wounds received in battle in France have resulted in the death of Pfc. Paul C. Cummings, of Brunswick, his mother, Mrs. Nettie V. Cummings, has been notified by the War Department. Cummings, a member of the 79th Division, died on October 10, according to the word received by his mother.
It was reported that Pfc. Cummings was wounded at Leans, France, and had been awarded the Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Starr for bravery prior to his death. Before entering the service some time ago, Pfc. Cummings was employed as a brakeman on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and lived with Mr. and Mrs. B. Cummings, who are not residing near Weverton
The News, September 2, 1944
PVT. DONALD VINCENT GRIFFITH Killed in Action
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Griffith, Brunswick, have been notified that their son, Pvt. Griffith, was killed in action in France on July 27.
The News, December 1, 1944
PVT. HARRY M. HAHN, JR., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hahn, West B street, Brunswick, reported missing in action on June 25, was killed in action on that date, his parents have been notified by the War Department.
A graduate of Brunswick High School, he attended Bridgewater College for a year before entering service on October 22, 1943. He was with the First Division and trained at Camp Wheeler, Ga. His parents received a letter from him dated the day of his death, after the War Department had reported him missing.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two halfbrothers, Millard Hahn, in Texas, and Eugene Hahn, in Brunswick.
The News, January 24, 1946
S/SGT WILLIAM HOWARD HANVEY
Shot by a person whose identity is unknown, Staff Sgt. William H. Hanvey, of Brunswick, was instantly killed December 12 on the outskirts of Munich, Germany, where he was stationed with occupation forces, according to a letter received from his commanding officer, Major Edward D. Foote, of the 494th Bombardment Squadron, Army Air Corps.
The letter was received recently by his mother, Mrs. Grace Harmon, Brunswick, and confirmed a telegram received sometime ago that Sgt. Hanvey was dead. It said, "he was shot while returning to camp, from pass, from a small town on the outskirts of Munich."
Sgt. Hanvey, a native of Brunswick, graduated from Brunswick High School in 1938 and worked in Washington for a time. He was employed as a brakeman on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad when he entered service in February 1943. After basic training, he went overseas in November 1943, and was in the French and German campaigns of World War II with the air forces. He went to Munich with occupation forces after the war ended. An investigation of his death is being made, Major Foote reported in the letter. The officer said Sgt. Hanvey was buried in an American cemetery with full military honors. Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Margaret Hanvey Chick, also of Brunswick.
The News, September 28, 1948
The remains of Staff Sgt. William H. Hanvey of Brunswick, who was killed in Germany on December 11, 1945, will arrive in Brunswick this afternoon. Military rites will be conducted Thursday afternoon at the funeral home in Brunswick.
Staff Sgt. Hanvey was found dead of gunshot wounds near the airport in Schleisshein, Germany, the morning after he had visited Feldmoching, Germany, on an authorized pass. Responsibility for his death was not determined.
The deceased, who was 28 years old, had resided at 508 Brunswick street, Brunswick, and was a member of Brunswick Lodge, No 1136, F.O.E., and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainman. He was a son of the late John Hanvey and Mrs. Grace Kerkpatrick Harmon, who survived along with a sister, Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Chick, at home.
Services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with Steadman-Keenan Post No. 96, American Legion, providing pallbearers and military rites. Interment will be in Park Heights cemetery. C.H. Feete and Bro. Funeral Directors.
The News, June 1, 1945
PFC. EARL M. HARWOOD of Marines is Killed
The parents of Marine Private First Class Earl M. Harwood, 20, Burkittsville, were notified by an official telegram Tuesday evening that their son was killed in action on Okinawa, May 11.
He was the youngest of six sons, five of whom have served in the Armed Forces, George T., Jeptha E., and James N. being discharged, and another, Staff Sgt. Clark W. Harwood, U. S. Army, in a hospital somewhere in German. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Harwood, a sister, Mrs. Roger Bane, Charles Town, W. Va., and another brother, Ford L., in Gapland.
Pfc. Harwood was graduated from Brunswick High School in 1942. There he was an outstanding athlete. He was employed in Baltimore prior to enlisting in the Marines in May 1943. He trained at Parris Island, S. C., and Yorktown, Va., being sent to the Pacific area in December, and landing on Okinawa on Easter Sunday.
The last letter received from him was dated May 9. He had a host of friends and was one of the most popular young men in the Brunswick area.
Pfc. Harwood was particularly outstanding in baseball and while playing with the Marine team at Yorktown was picked by the New York Yankees for one of their farm teams after the war.
He is reported to be the seventh member of his high school graduating class to be killed in action.
The News, June 26, 1945
5 of 6 Sons Have Been In Service; One Killed
In its list of personnel killed in action, the Navy on Monday announced the name of Pfc. Earl M. Harwood, Marine Corps, who died in action on Okinawa, May 11. The story of the death of Pfc. Harwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Harwood of Burkittsville, appeared in The News June 1.
Three of the brothers had already been discharged from service, Jeptha because of a spinal injury, George because of wounds sustained in Algiers, and James to reenter agricultural work. S/Sgt. Clark Harwood was one of the first volunteer draftees to go out of Frederick county. He is now seriously ill in Germany, where he was wounded last November and suffered a relapse in April after returning to duty in February. The three brothers who have been discharged were called to service within a 30day period in May and June, 1942. Pfc. Earl Harwood, the youngest of the six sons, enlisted in the Marines in May 1943.
The News, January13, 1945
The remains of Pfc. Earl M. Harwood, of Burkittsville, a member of the U. S. Marine Corps, who was killed in action on Okinawa, have been returned to the United States for reinterment from the Pacific area aboard the army transport Sergeant Jack J. Pendleton, the Department of the Army announced today.
Pfc. Harwood, and outstanding athlete while at Brunswick High School, was killed in action on Okinawa May 11, 1945.
Pfc. Harwood, the youngest of six sons, graduated from Brunswick High School in 1942 and was one of the most popular young men in that section. Particularly outstanding in baseball, he had been picked by the New York Yankees for one of their farm teams after the war, it was reported.
He enlisted in the Marines in May, 1943, after being employed in Baltimore, and trained at Parris Island, S. C., and Yorktown, Va., being sent to the Pacific area in December of 1944 and landing in Okinawa on Easter Sunday, 1945. His last letter home was dated two days before he was killed
The News, September 18, 1944
SERGT. MAJOR LESLIE A. HIMES, formerly of Knoxville, a veteran with 23 years service in the U. S. Marine Corps, died on September 5, presumably in New Guinea. He was 42 years of age.
A sister by adoption, Miss Elizabeth Everhart, of Brunswick, has been formally notified by the War Department of his death. The telegram did not disclose the cause or circumstances of his death. The War Department advised Miss Everhart that the body has been temporarily interred in the locality where death occurred.
Wording of the telegram did not indicate that the Marine veteran died of wounds or that he was killed in action. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Himes of Knoxville and has served consecutive enlistments since 1921. He held the highest noncommissioned rank in the Marine Corps.
Relatives said Sunday that they had no knowledge that Sergt. Major Himes had been ill. When last heard from he was in New Guinea. Miss Everhart was preparing a Christmas package for him when advised of his death.
The News, December 13, 1944
PFC REUBEN HOLLER, son of Mrs. Sadie Parsons, near Knoxville, and the late Turner Holler, was reported killed on November 28, according to a War Department telegram received by relatives on Tuesday.
A farm worker prior to entering Army service three years ago, Pfc. Holler had been overseas about four months. In a letter to relatives, received last Saturday, he reported himself in good health and relishing combat. He was 24 years old.
In addition to his mother, Pfc. Holler is survived by two brothers, both in service and now overseas; three sisters and two stepbrothers. Pvt. Lynn Holler is in France in Army service. Pfc. Turner Holler, Jr. is with the Marines in foreign service. He recently left this country for overseas service.
Surviving sisters are Mrs. Lina Baker, Martinsburg, W. Va.; Mrs. Blanche Jensen, Kansas City, Kans., and Mrs. Dorothy Thompson, Brunswick.
The News, October 24, 1945
PFC. PAUL E. HUFFER, JR. is Listed Among Dead
Missing in action since last March 23, Pfc. Huffer, 22 year old father of a six month old son he had never seen, was declared dead Monday in a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Betty J. Huffer, of Union, S. C., from the War Department. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Huffer, Knoxville.
Shortly after being notified last spring that her husband was missing in the European Theater of Operations wrote to his commanding officer, who gave her the only information he had concerning the infantryman's death. He wrote that Pfc. Huffer was crossing the Rhine with Patton's Army when his boat was blown up. The last his commanding officer saw of him he was clinging to a bit of wreckage.
A member of the Headquarters Company, 34th Infantry, he had served in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He was inducted into the Army in September, 1941, and received most of his training at Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Jackson, S. C., before going overseas October 12, 1944. A graduate of Brunswick High School in 1941, he was employed as a trackman on the B and O Railroad for a short time before his induction. He would have been 23 last August 10.
Pfc. Huffer was active in the Knoxville Methodist church and Sunday school and was also very fond of sports, particularly baseball and fishing.
Surviving are his parents, his wife and little son, Paul Huffer, III.
The News, March 9, 1944
FIRST SERGT. PAUL EUGENE HUFFER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Huffer, of Brunswick, was killed in an accident in the South Pacific area on February 9, according to a telegram received this by his mother from the U. S. Marine Corps.
The telegram confirmed a similar message received by Sergt. Huffer's wife, who resides in Washington. Mrs. Paul Huffer later wrote to Sergt. Huffer's mother that she understood the Marine had died in an Army hospital at 9:45 p.m. February 9 of a gunshot wound on an island near New Guinea. No other details were supplied.
Sergt. Huffer would have been 27 years of age on Wednesday. He had served seven years in the Marine Corps, and participated in the Guadalcanal offensive against the Japanese. He had not visited his home in Brunswick since Christmas, 1941.
Well known in Brunswick, he learned the barber trade under Walter C. Ambrose, East Potomac street before entering the service. Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. George Gletner, Marvin and Ivan Huffer, all of Brunswick; Mrs. D. Woodrow Younkins, Yarrowsburg, Washington county; Lorraine, stationed at Bouford S. C., who was expected home on furlough today, and Hayes Huffer, of Trinidad, South America.
The News, November 18, 1944
PVT. GEORGE D. JENKINS, JR., SON OF Mr. And Mrs. George D. Jenkins, of Pleasantville, Md., formerly of Brunswick, was killed in action in France November 3, the War Department has notified the family.
Pvt. Jenkins had been in the armed services for 19 months and overseas since September of this year. He was an infantryman.
He is survived by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Richard Jenkins, both at home.
The News, December 28, 1948
The remains of Pvt. George Dewey Jenkins, Jr., who was killed in action in Reichicort, France on November 3, 1944, will arrive at the home of his parents in Pleasantville, Washington county, this afternoon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon from the late home at 1 o'clock. Burial will be made in Antietam National Cemetery at Sharpsburg. () Frank Shrader and Steadman Keenan Post, American Legion of Brunswick.
A son of George D. and Genevieve Peacher Jenkins, he was a former resident of Brunswick and was aged 20 years., 10 months and 17 days at the time of his death. He graduated from Brunswick High School in the class of 1940 and before military service was assistant manager of the J. J. Newberry store in Brunswick.
Surviving are his parents and two brothers, Donald, of Long Beach, N. Y., and Richard Jenkins, at home
The News, July 1, 1944
CPL. CHARLES D. KIDWILER, familiarly known as Tommy Duble, son of Mrs. Ruth Kidwiler and grandson of Mrs. Theresa Duble, both of Brunswick, was recently killed in Andover, England, while serving with the Army Air Corp.
The News, December 17, 1948
The remains of Pvt. Charles D. Kidwiler, of Brunswick, who was killed in an airplane accident in England in 1944, have arrived in Brunswick and are at the home of his mother, Mrs. Ruth M. Kidwiler, 180 East B street. Funeral services will take place Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the M. E. church on New York hill in charge of Rev. Mr. Saey. SteadmanKeenan Post, American Legion of Brunswick, will conduct a military funeral. Interment in Knoxville cemetery. C. H. Feete and Bro., funeral directors.
Pvt. Kidwiler, who is survived by his mother, was familiarly known as Tommy Duble in Brunswick since he and his mother made their home with his grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Duble, following the death of his father, Charles R. Kidwiler.
Pvt. Kidwiler, 21 was a graduate of Brunswick High School and enlisted in the Ari Corps in October, 1942. He had been overseas for 10 months, stationed in England, prior to his death.
The News, September 13, 1944
PFC. MARVIN D. LOWRY, of Brunswick, Md., has been awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action while serving with the 85th "Custer" Division on the Fifth Army front in Italy.
While on a security patrol, Lowry and three other soldiers discovered a large group of Germans concealed on the side of a hill in the rear of their company. Realizing the potential threat to their company's rear, they executed a surprise attack against the enemy group and captured 19 of them.
He is the son of Mrs. Lilly M. Lowry, 405 Walnut street, Brunswick.
The News, March 5, 1945
Sgt. Marvin Dera Lowry, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Lowry, 405 Walnut street, Brunswick, has been killed in action in Italy, his parents were notified Sunday by the War Department. The message said only that Sgt. Lowry had been killed on February 20.
Sgt. Lowry, an infantryman, had been in service over two years and held the Bronze Star for bravery in action, which involved capture of a number of Germans some time ago. His family received three letters from him on Friday, dated February 121415, saying he was well.
The Brunswick man had been slightly wounded in action just before Christmas and received the Purple Heart at that time. He later informed his parents that he had recovered from his wound and rejoined his outfit. In addition to the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, he had received the Good Conduct medal and held a ribbon citation.
Sgt. Lowry had been in Italy since December 1943. He entered service about a year prior to that time and had basic training in this country at Camp Polk, La., a camp on the Pacific coast and at Camp Dix, N. J., before going overseas.
He was a graduate of Brunswick High School, Class of 1936, and was employed at Brunswick by the Fruit Growers Express before entering the Army. He was unmarried. Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers and four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Bingham, Weverton; Sherman and Paul Lowry, Brunswick; Vernon Lowry, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. Louise Marsden, Frederick; Miss Geraldine Brunswick; and Mrs. Helen Cassell, Glen Burnie.
The News, March 3, 1945
AMM2/C CHARLES T. MILLS, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lee Mills, of B street, Brunswick, has been killed in action in the Pacific, his parents were notified this week by telegram from the Navy Department. No further word has been received.
Young Mills was on duty aboard an aircraft carrier, relatives said, to which he had been attached for some time. The last letter received by his parents was dated around the middle of February, it was reported. The exact date of his death could not be learned.
A graduate of Brunswick High School, Mills enlisted in the Navy about two and a half years ago after working for a time in the Baltimore and Ohio railroad shops at Brunswick. He was sent to Norfolk, Va., and later attended school at Jacksonville, Fla., before being assigned to sea duty. He was last home on his birthday during the past summer.
Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers, John Lee, Jr., Larry and Ralph, all at home, and three sisters, Mrs. Stanley Conklin, of Peru, and Anne and Sharon, at home.
The News, January 6, 1945
SGT. ROLAND E. MOSS, about 22, of Knoxville, is missing in action in France, the War Department this morning notified his mother, Mrs. Alice Moss, Knoxville, by telegram. The notification said Sgt. Moss had been missing since December 16.
Sgt. Moss, an infantryman, has been overseas for about six months, it was reported. No word has been received from him for some time. He was with the First Army.
A well known resident of Knoxville, where he attended the Lutheran church and was active in the Sunday school. Sgt. Moss entered the service February 18, 1943. Prior to that time he had worked in the shops of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad at Brunswick after graduating from Brunswick High School in 1941. His father was the late Clarence E. Moss. He has two brothers, one Lenwood, also being in service overseas, and two sisters.
The News, August 13, 1948
Military reinterment in his native Knoxville cemeter, Friday, will be accorded the remains of Sergt. Roland E. Moss, killed in action in France, December 17, 1944, Commander Richard C. Bowers, Steadmna-Keenan Post, American Legion, Brunswick, announced last night.
Sergt. Moss' remains will arrive in Brunswick under military guard this afternoon at 3p.m. From overseas. The flag draped coffin will be taken to the funeral home in Brunswick, where it will remain until time of services there at 3p.m. Friday. Rev. Dr. H.C. Erdman will officiate at the religious services.
A member of K. Of P. Lodge 122, Brunswick, and of the Lutheran church at Knoxville, Sergt. Moss was a son of Mrs. Alice Stewart Moss and the late Clarence E. Moss, of Knoxville.
At aged 22 years, he was a non-commissioned officer of the 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Division spearhead of General Patton's armies in France. He was killed in his first engagment, at Sarre Union and buried in a U.S. Military cemetery near there.
Besides his mother, he is survived by these brothers and sisters, Clarence Moss, Washington; Sarah Lucille and Rosie E. Moss, at home; Lenwood C. Moss, Rosemont.
Reburial arrangements are being handled by C.E. Feete and Bros., funeral directors
The News, August 19, 1944
PFC. HARRY NUSE, A Knoxville soldier, was reported missing today. Pfc. Nusz is the son of Mrs. Carrie Nusz, of Knoxville, who this morning received the War Department's telegram advising her that her son had been missing in action in France since July 31. She has a younger son and two daughters at home.
Friends said that Pfc. Nusz was about 20 or 21 years of age and had been in the Army a little more than a year. He attended the Knoxville elementary school. Before July 31 letters had come through regularly from him.
The News, September 19, 1944
Pfc. Harry M. Nuse has been missing in action in France since July 31. He has been in service 18 months, eight of which have been spent overseas. The young man is the son of Mrs. Carrie M. Nuse, Knoxville, and a brother of Mary, Dorothy and Thomas Nuse, all at home.
The News, June 2, 1945
Pfc. Harry M. Nuse, 20, of Knoxville, who was reported missing in action in France nine months ago was killed in action on July 31, the War Department has just notified his mother, Mrs. Carrie M. Nuse, of Knoxville.
The date is the same as that upon which Pfc. Nuse was listed as missing. He had served 16 months over seas in Company L of the 116th Infantry and had been in service for several years. Before entering the service he was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.
Besides his mother, Pfc. Nuse is survived by two sisters, Dorothy M. and Mary E. Nuse, and one brother, Thomas E. Nuse, all at home.
The News, April 25, 1949
The remains of Pvt. Harry M. Nuse, Knoxville, who was killed in action in France on July 31, 1944 at the age of 20 years, will arrive in Brunswick Tuesday. The will rest at the funeral home until 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, when brief services there will be followed by further rites in the Knoxville Lutheran church with Rev. Martin L. Zirkle officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home until the time of the funeral services.
Members of SteadmanKeenan Post, American Legion, will be in charge of full military rites. Interment will be in the cemetery at Knoxville. C. H. Feete and Bro., funeral directors, have charge of arrangements.
Besides his mother, Mrs. Carrie Nuse, the deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Russell at home, and Mrs. Mary Olden, Brownsville, and one brother, Thomas E. Nuse, at home
The News, January 13, 1942
PRIVATE HARRY W. ROHRBACK,JR. 21, Brunswick, Md., was killed late last night in an automobile collision five miles west of here on U. S. Route 40. One other county soldier, Private Charles S. Bowers, 20, Brunswick, and a socially prominent Baltimore couple, Mr. and Mrs. John K. Culver, were also killed in the accident, and two others were injured.
State Trooper W. M. Bohler said papers found on the bodies of the soldiers indicated they had just been granted a furlough from Fort George G. Meade, effective today. Third Corps Army Headquarters said the men had just started a 10day leave. The accident, according to reports, occurred about 11:30 p.m., The youths left Fort Meade around 10:30 p.m., it was believed.
Pvt. Rohrback, who celebrated his 21st birthday just eleven days ago, was a bridegroom of less than a month. He was married o December 24 to the former Miss Jean Gummo, of Brunswick.
Pvt. Rohrback was a member of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 115th Infantry, one of the two local units of the regiment. He had been in service since the mobilization of the National Guard early last year. The accident occurred about two miles west of West Friendship. The body was taken to a funeral parlor in Ellicott City and this morning was removed to the funeral home in Brunswick.
Brunswick sources this morning said ht had not been learned who was driving the car. The machine was reported to belong to Donald Ramsburg, of Frederick, and had apparently been borrowed by the youths to return to their homes. According to reports, only the three soldiers were in the machine. All drove trucks for Headquarters Company.
Rohrback, in addition to his wife, is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Rohrback, West Potomac street, Brunswick, one brother Franklin, at home; and one sister, Mrs. Beatrice Wilt, Lovettsville, Va. His wife resided at his home. His paternal and maternal grandparents also survive. They are Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Hutts, Brunswick, and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Rohrback, Burkittsville.
Funeral arrangements had not been completed this morning. C. H. Feete and Son, funeral directors.
The News, January 14, 1942
Arrangements were completed Monday night for military funerals for two Brunswick youths, members of Regimental Headquarters Company, 115th Infantry, Fort Meade, killed in an explosive hearon collision of two cars late Sunday night near Ellicott City on Route 40 in which two prominent Baltimore people were also fatally injured and two others seriously injured.
It was learned Monday that the Frederick County soldiers left Fort Meade late Sunday night to come to their respective homes on tenday furloughs. They were proceeding toward Frederick on Route 40 with young Pvt. Rohrback driving the car, which they had borrowed for the trip, crashed headon with the sedan driven by Mrs. Culver, Baltimore. The fronts of the two cars were locked and the cars were turned sidewise across the highway.
Fred B. Kehne, 348 East Second street, this city, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene after the wreck and helped determine the condition of the injured, said the dean and injured were strewn over the highway and several of the occupants had slid for some distance along the highway.
Rohrback, Bowers and Culver and were apparently killed outright. Mrs. Culber, badly mangled, died at St. Agness Hospital soon after the crash.
State Trooper W. M. Bohler and others said the two cars were so badly demolished that it was difficult to determine the type of name of the manufacturers.
It was learned Monday that the three county soldiers borrowed the car in which they were traveling from Private Donald Ramsburg, Mt. Pleasant, another Headquarters Company "buddy."
Army chaplains will conduct services, escorts of enlisted men and firing squads will assist at the funerals of the two Brunswick youths, it was announced Monday night by C. G. Feete and Son, Brunswick funeral directors.
Rev. Clarence McGaha and an Army chaplain will conduct the services for Rohrback in the Locust Valley Church of God Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The interment will be marked by military honors in the cemetery adjoining the church.
PVT GEORGE A. STRATHERN
The News, January 5, 1945
PFC ORVILLE F. STREIGHT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Streight, of Brunswick, has been killed in action in Belgium, according to a telegram received by his parents from the War Department. He was killed December 10, the message, giving no further details.
The News, February 23, 1944
PVT. GERALD TRITAPOE, of Weverton, was killed in action in Italy on January 27, his parents were notified Tuesday morning in a telegram from the War Department.
The telegram of notification and condolence to the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tritapoe, merely informed then that he died in action in Italy.
Pvt. Tritapoe had been in Italy for several months, it was learned. He was inducted into Army service little more than a year ago. He had been employed at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown prior to induction..
The News, September 23, 1948
The remains of Pvt. Gerald W. Tritapoe, who was killed in action at Cassino on January 27, 1944, arrived in Brunswick on Monday for reinterment at Rohrersville Wednesday afternoon.
A former resident of Washington County, the deceased was the son of Charles P. and Etelka Tritapoe, who now reside at 519 West Potomac street, Brunswick. He was a graduate of Rohrersville High school and was a member of the Church of the Brethren. When inducted, he was employed at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown.
He took his basic training at Fort Jackson, S. C. and went overseas in October to be assigned to Company L., 135th Infantry, 34th Division of the Fifth Army under General Mark Clark. He fought through the North African campaign before being killed at Cassino. He was interred in a cemetery at Marzanella Nuova, near Cassino. He was awarded the Purple Heart and three Battle Stars.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Charles, who served in the South Pacific, and four sisters, Mrs. Leona Fox, this city, Lenora, Janet and Shirley, at home.
The body is at the funeral home in Brunswick where friends amy call. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Central U. B. church, Rohrersville with Rev. Mr. Barnes and Rev. Mr. Gilbert officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven cemetery, Hagerstown. C. H. Feete and Bro., funeral directors.
The News, July 3, 1944
PFC. CHARLES R. WATERS, son of Mrs. Luna B. Waters, of Knoxville, Route 1, has been killed in action in France.
Pfc. Waters was first reported missing and later came a report from the War Department that he was dead. His death was said to have occurred during June somewhere in France. He mother resides near Sandy Hook and his father is deceased, it was reported. It could not be learned whether there were other survivors