Brother of Klamath Man Retires From Army After Experience of Thirty Years in the Service

Stringing wires around the world—from the snows of Alaska to the balmy tropics of the equator—is the unique army experience of Master Sergeant M.A. Loosley, signal corps, who has just retired after 30 years in the army.

Sergeant Loosley is a brother of F.M. Loosley, owner of White Pelican Iron Works of this city and has a number of friends in Klamath County. Sergeant Loosley was attached to the Presidio, San Francisco, when he was honorably retired on July 11th.

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Service Colm [sic]

Lincoln—According to a message sent by Pvt. John Walling, former Lincoln boy who was stationed at Fort Lewis, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Walling, he has now been sent to New York. Pvt. Walling’s mother was recently stricken with a serious illness and he was here on a short visit about three weeks ago.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, February 19, 1944.

Richard Gilkey Missing

Flying Officer Richard Gilkey, 28, of the RAF, son of J.S. Gilkey of the state tax commission, who is well known in Eugene through his frequent visits here on official business, has been reported missing in action over Corsica.

The missing flyer’s wife, the former Mary Robinson of Eugene, is now at San Rafael, Calif., where she is a planning technician for Marin county.

Gilkey is a graduate of the Oregon State College and joined the Canadian air force in 1941.

Source:  Eugene Guard, January 23, 1944.

Wins Promotion

Somerville—Promotion of First Lieut. Chester Gulick, son of Mrs. J. Edgar Gulick, Cornell Road, was announced on completion of a course in the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and attached to the 3rd Battalion, 151st Infantry.

Source: Plainfield Courier-News, October 2, 1941.

Lt. William McGill Dies in Air Crash

ELSINORE—First Lt. William McGill, 23, son of Mrs. Helen McGill of Elsinore, was killed on a routine flight of a navy plane near Mojave air station Tuesday. He was a veteran of seven months of duty in the Pacific, during which he brought down four Japanese bombers, including the first three he ever saw.

Born in Oceanside, he came to Elsinore as a child with his family and was in school here through his sophomore year in high school. He graduated from Big Pine high, and then was engaged in farming with his father, William S. McGill, at Eli [sic], Nev.

Lieutenant McGill entered the Marine air corps in October, 1942, and graduated in July of the following year. In September, 1944, he went with the Fighter Squadron 124 of the Marines and won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his achievements overseas.

Recently Lieutenant McGill had been training with the reorganized squadron, using the latest type Gruman [sic] fighter. Twelve members of the squadron and his commanding officer will fly here to attend the funeral.

Graveside services at Elsinore Valley Cemetery tomorrow will be strictly private. A chaplain from Mojave naval station will officiate. Everett and Peterson, Elsinore morticians, will be in charge of the arrangements.

Besides his mother and father, Lieutenant McGill leaves two brothers and a sister. They are Helene and James McGill of Elsinore and Lt. Robert McGill of the army air corps on duty in the South Pacific. Mrs. Sarah McGill of Bonsall is his grandmother.

Source: Riverside Daily Press, July 20, 1945.

Servicewomen: What they can do, what they’re doing about it

AMITY—Miss Marjorie Walling, who is visiting her mother, Mrs. Eva Purvine, on Nursery street, spent the weekend in Portland. Miss Walling recently enlisted with the WAVES as an apprentice seaman and will leave about December 15 for Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she will take up radio work. For some time she has been manager of Bill’s Beauty shop in Hollywood, Portland, and was an officer of the mayor’s emergency corps of that city.

Miss Walling is a graduate of Salem high school and later attended business school in Salem. She is a granddaughter of the late Jesse D. Walling of Spring Valley, Oregon pioneer, and a niece of Congressman James W. Mott.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, December 6, 1942.

On USS Iowa

Two Medford men, Sgt. Henry G. McCullough, U.S. Marine corps, and Jerald J. McGrew, U.S. Mavy radarman, are aboard the battleship USS Iowa in Korean waters, a navy release reports. Sgt. McCullough is the son Mr. and Mrs. H.A. McCullough, 122 Willamette. McGrew is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin W. McGrew, Route 2, Medford. Ernest L. Kitsmiller, of Prospect, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Scotty H. McCollum, is also on the Iowa. He is an apprentice seaman.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune, June 29, 1952.

Service Men: Where They Are, What They’re Doing (Excerpt)

Pvt. Glenn Alvin Walling, son of Mrs. Delpha Walling of the Keizer district, was granted a ten-day leave to visit his mother, upon receipt of word of the death of his brother Lowell, serving with the navy. He returned Sunday to his post with the US artillery at Camp McQuaide, San Francisco.

While here, he visited his mother, wife and stepson, Larry Morrow, and celebrated his 27th birthday at a party at his mother’s home. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Coonse and Dick, Salem, Mrs. Maxine Moe, Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Walling and Larry, Mrs. L.O. Coonse and Mrs. Delpha Walling.

Source: Salem Statesman Journal, September 16, 1942.

Sergeant Sutton Arrives In City

First Sergeant Charles B. Sutton of Company A, 302nd Field Signal Corps, 77th Division, arrived in this city last evening at 10:05 o’clock over the Lackawanna.  He was met at the station by a delegation of the Seventy-seventh Division Home Association, led by Mrs. F.A. Wright.  Sergeant Sutton was agreeably surprised by the reception, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon C. Sutton of 107 West Gray street, desire to thank the association for the greeting.

Sergeant Sutton says that he was not acquainted with the other Elmira boys who were in the division.  The 302nd Engineers, in which there are a number of Elmira boys, was mustered out a Camp Upton yesterday, but Sergeant Sutton does not know when they expect to come home.

Source:  Elmira Star-Gazette, May 10, 1919.

Gives His Life

Lieut. Morse Dies in Action in N. Africa

Word of the death of Second Lieut. Joseph R. Morse, 23 years old, killed in action in North Africa on April 23, was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester J. Morse, of 1310 Strathcona Drive. No other details were given in the message from the War Department.

Lieut. Morse attended Cooley High School here and was graduated from Massanutten Military Academy. He was also graduated from Highland Park Junior College, Alma College and was attending the University of Michigan when he entered the service on May 5, 1942. Lieut. Morse received his commission last Nov. 2 and was transferred to Africa in January. Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters, Betty Jane and Frances Elizabeth.

Source: Detroit Free Press, May 21, 1943.