Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WWII Heroes

1-2-1943 Daily Record 

Mrs. Minnie A Bird, 805 South Eighth St, Lawrenceville, received the tragic news that her son, Private Clifford R. Bird, had been killed in action in Europe.  Private Bird was listed among the War Department’s eight Illinois men killed.  Last October Mrs. Bird received a letter written by her son in September. Though the letter was carefully censored, it conveyed the idea that Clifford was in a distant land and a member of an exceedingly active military group.  

Bridgeport Leader October 22, 1942
John Arthur Baldwin of Bridgeport was among the 753 ensigns commissioned Wednesday as deck officers in the Naval Reserve after completion of their three month training course in New York at USNR Midshipman School.
The swearing – in and graduation ceremonies were conducted in the Riverside Church Wednesday morning by Capt. John K. Richards, USN commanding officer of the school. The eighth class, of which Ensign Baldwin was a member, was the largest class in the history of the Naval Reserve. The New York school now has 2600 midshipman preparing for officers’ commissions, making it second only to Annapolis as a training center for naval officers. After a short leave Ensign Baldwin will report to his new post, which was not revealed.

Attention:  If you have not paid your 2017 membership dues, you will stop receiving the newsletter and meeting reminders at the end of this month...be warned.