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75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 26 - July 2 Staff Sgt. William E. Bell, 24, of Sumter, is one of 37 officers and 50 enlisted men to receive the Air Medal at a base in the Caribbean area for meritorious achievement while participating in long-range … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 12 - June 18 A Sumter man, Lt. E. W. Dabbs Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Dabbs of Black River, came in for prominent mention in an Associated Press dispatch. AP reporter Don Whitehead, covering United States troops in … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 24 - July 30 - Four women's shops of Sumter have combined to send 20,000 Camel cigarettes to soldiers overseas, a representative of the R. J. Reynolds Co., maker of Camels, reported. The cigarettes, which will be … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 19 - June 25 Transfer of Col. Burton M. Hovey Jr., commanding officer of Shaw Field, to the Air Defense Wing of the First Air Force, Norfolk, Virginia, was announced by the War Department. Lt. Col. James W. Gurr, 35, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 1 - Aug. 7 - Gene Moses, recent winner of the Carolina Coca-Cola Handicap tournament, and Fred Heath will meet Wednesday at the Sunset Country Club in the finals of the Leland Moore Handicap tourney. Moses advanced in … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 3 - July 9 - An exhibition of aircraft, including everything from a Cub to a Flying Fortress, will highlight Shaw Field's open house and air show. In celebration of Independence Day, Shaw Field will offer the people of … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 5 - June 11 Frank B. Jernigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Jernigan of Sumter received his commission as second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps upon successfully completing the officer candidate course at the … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 29 - June 4 First Lt. Benjamin F. Fizzano, 23, and Pilot Officer George Lammie of the Royal Air Force, 20, both of whom were stationed at Shaw Field, were among eight men killed in the crash of a B-24 bomber at Smyrna, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 7 - Aug. 13 - There are many types of work in the WAVES open to women with at least two years of high school, it is announced by Lt. Katharine R. Adams, WAVES recruiting officer for South Carolina. Women so well proved … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 17 - July 23 - Announcement of the opening of The Food Shoppe, 270 Broad St., formerly Knowles' Grocery, is made in The Sumter Daily Item. The store has been completely renovated and has a new stock of groceries. E. B. … more
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