Lowery receives Purple Heart; Shaw will lose 36 jets

Posted 6/3/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Dec. 25 - Dec. 31

- Mrs. J. D. Harrelson received word from the War Department that her husband, Lt. "Jimmy" Harrelson, is missing in action in the Italian theater of war. He is a pilot and has been overseas for some time. …

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Lowery receives Purple Heart; Shaw will lose 36 jets


75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Dec. 25 - Dec. 31

- Mrs. J. D. Harrelson received word from the War Department that her husband, Lt. "Jimmy" Harrelson, is missing in action in the Italian theater of war. He is a pilot and has been overseas for some time. Mrs. Harrelson is the former Miss Alice Moore of this city. She has made her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Moore, since Lt. Harrelson went overseas. He is a Columbia native and was an instructor at one time at Shaw Field.

- The Christmas Eve Ball at the Cadet Club was the highlight of the holiday three-day open house. Hundreds of Shaw Field aviation cadets, their wives and Avi-aides enjoyed the dance. The room of the club was lovely with greenery and Christmas decorations. A light buffet supper was served during the evening. Members of the 311th Air Force orchestra furnished music for the occasion.

- Cadet Francis Gregg Horne, a member of the June fourth (freshman) class at The Citadel, has been declared eligible to wear gold stars for academic excellence during the current quarter. His average for the three months period ending Dec. 4 was between 90 and 100 percent. Cadet Horne is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Horne of Sumter. He graduated from Edmunds High School last May. At The Citadel, Cadet Horne is taking the pre-medical course and is cadet corporal and is assigned to the band. In addition to doing good work in his studies, he is taking an active part in extracurricular activities on the campus.

- E. W. Dabbs Jr., 49, prominent farmer of Salem Black River community, died today at the veterans hospital in Columbia. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Stella Glasscock of Rock Hill; and the following children, Lt. E. W. Dabbs III, now on duty in Africa; Ensign W. A. Dabbs; Miss Louise Dabbs; Thomas Dabbs; and Joe Dabbs. Also, two brothers, James and McBride Dabbs; two sisters, Miss Sophia Dabbs and Mrs. Walter Thompson. Funeral services for Mr. Dabbs, who was a lieutenant in World War I, will be conducted at Salem Brick Church, Dr. J. M. Waggett, his pastor, officiating.

- Appointment of Second Lt. Louis M. Marks as public relations officer was announced by Col. R. C. W. Blessley, commanding officer of Shaw Field. He succeeds Lt. Harry T. Moore, who left recently to assume new duties in Washington. Lt. Marks is a graduate of Rutgers University. He was associated with several newspapers including the New York American and the New York Post, prior to entering the service in April 1942.

- Capt. C. Jack Girard has received the Legion of Merit for slipping behind enemy lines and sending valuable information back to the Allies, it has been learned. Capt. Girard is with an armored reconnaissance battalion somewhere in Italy. He has been in foreign duty for a year.

- Pfc. Gilbert G. Lowery of Sumter has been cited for gallantry in action "somewhere in Italy," it was learned. Pfc. Lowery has been presented the Purple Heart. He was seriously wounded and the rest of the members of his machine gun squad killed when they fought a delaying action to cover the withdrawal of fellow soldiers in an Italian battle. Pfc. Lowery's company was advancing on high ground when they met heavy enemy machine gun and mortar fire. The company was forced to withdraw and consolidate its forces. Lowery's machine gun squad held its ground and delayed the enemy long enough for the main company to get back to safety. Lowery was the only one in the squad not killed.

- A large crowd of boys and girls were expected to be at the Teen Y Canteen, recreation hall of the YWCA. The hours will be 8:30 to 11, and informal dancing will be enjoyed. Several times a week, the canteen is used by senior high students who dance, play ping pong and other games under the supervision of adult hostesses from the Business Girls' Club. Miss Edith Wells, Girls Reserve secretary of the "Y," is director of the canteen.

- The war department announced the names of two South Carolinians killed in action: Pvt. Luther P. Geddings Jr., of Alcolu, killed in action in the Mediterranean area, and Burrell B. Capehart of Boykin has been killed in action in Germany, relatives here have learned.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

Aug. 25 - 31

- District No. 17 students other than first-graders will attend school from 8:30 a.m. until noon the first day for room assignments and issuance of books. School buses will leave at noon and 3:10 p.m. every day. Lunches will be served beginning Wednesday, Aug. 29, for grades 2-12. First-graders, who will be dismissed at noon the second day, Aug. 28, will continue this dismissal hour through Sept. 6 except at Central School, where the dismissal hour will be 11:45 a.m.

- The show biz motto "The show must go on" was followed at the fairgrounds by participants in the 4-H Horse Club show. Originally slated to run from 3 to 10 p.m., the show lasted until 1:30 Sunday morning because of rain that twice held up proceedings. Fifty contestants brought 60 horses to participate in the show.

- Tonight's championship game is game No. 13 in the American Legion Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament, and it'll be unlucky for either Athens, Georgia, or Timmonsville. Only one of these two teams will be going to Manchester, New Hampshire, for the Legion's Little World Series later this week as Southeastern Champion, and the other will get a runner-up trophy and go home.

- Spins and wrecks took a lot of the life out of the racing program at Sumter Speedway on Saturday night, but many fans thought that it was the greatest program of the year. Since the regular program lasted longer than was planned, the first race for the radio announcers was postponed until this Saturday night. Even so, seven local disc jockeys, flagman John Long and former rodeo rider Stoney Burke were on hand to try their hands at racing.

- Marine Lance Cpl. George A. Branch, 20, who lived in Sumter two years, was killed in action Aug. 18 in South Vietnam. Branch, the son of Master Sgt. (Ret.) and Mrs. Norman Branch, attended McLaurin Junior High School from 1963 to 1965 while his father was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. He has several relatives in the Sumter area. His parents now live in Bosier City, Louisiana.

- Timmonsville took advantage of two Athens, Georgia, errors and turned in three double plays at crucial moments to capture a 3-0 victory over the Georgia team and win the American Legion Baseball Southeastern Regional Championship at Riley Park. The errors helped Timmonsville to all three of its runs, while the three double plays, all of them started by pitcher Mike Anderson, stifled the Athens team's comeback efforts.

- A total of 10,644 students reported yesterday for the opening day of city schools. According to District 17 Supervisor Dr. L. C. McArthur, it was a normal first day of school, in spite of several potential problems. A rumor of a slight racial incident at Millwood Elementary School was denied by Dr. McArthur and Principal James H. Carson. Both said the opening of Millwood proceeded in a normal way in spite of the fact that the black student population there is larger now than it was last year. Dr. McArthur said he anticipated no special racial problems during the year, though he said he expected a few students to transfer to private schools.

- The Christian Academy of First Baptist Church of Manning will begin its 1968-69 school year with opening exercises at 9 a.m. in the First Baptist Church auditorium. Bobby Richardson of Sumter has been invited to address patrons and students.

- Last week a teenage girl from the Midwest and her family stopped here on their vacation. The girl had been born in the 363rd Tactical Hospital many years ago, and, strange as it may seem, wanted to come back to Shaw to visit the old building. She must have been a little disappointed to see the old building falling beneath the hammers and cranes of the wrecking crews. But that's progress. The old buildings that had served so well for so many years are making way for the new building.

- Mrs. Lola Mae Hall, assistant chief operator for Southern Bell Telephone Company here, has retired after 37 years' service. At a luncheon in her honor, Mrs. Hall was presented a corsage and a gold pin containing seven diamonds by Bell's district traffic manager L.P. Williams. Mrs. Hall joined Southern Bell at Hartsville in 1925, where she served as operator, supervisor, evening chief operator and chief operator. With the conversion of Hartsville to dial in November of 1957, she moved to Sumter as assistant chief operator.

- Genevieve Cusenier of Besanon, France, is finally getting a vacation during her trip to the United States this summer. Genevieve has been visiting in Sumter with Natalie Moses, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Moses, who lived with Genevieve two summers ago in France as a participant in the Experiment in International Living.

- Town and Country Manufacturing Co. of Sumter passed a rather formidable milestone yesterday when its 5,000th mobile home unit rolled off the assembly line at its plant on South Guignard Drive. The half-million-dollar factory which began operations in April of 1964 now employs 218 personnel, most of whom are Sumterites, who turn out 185 complete mobile homes a month, as compared to two mobile homes completed by only 70 employees during the first month of operation in 1964.

- The Henry Curtis Edens Jr. family of Dalzell has been named to receive one of six Master Farmer awards for 1968 given by Progressive Farmer magazine in cooperation with the Clemson Extension Service. The honors, given only every six years in the state, will be announced in the September issue of Progressive Farmer.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

May 28 - June 3

- Drivers disciplining riders on Sumter School District 17 buses next year may only have to say, "Smile, you're on candid camera." District officials say they are planning to purchase three cameras that would be rotated among the district's buses to maintain discipline and better supervise students and drivers. "This is a move to support the drivers, who are doing a really good job," District 17 Attendance Transportation Supervisor Lamar Atkins said.

- Laidlaw Environmental Services is pushing for an appeal hearing on a $113,000 fine levied against it a year ago by the Environmental Protection Agency. The fine stemmed from a report about water monitoring and cleanup at Laidlaw's hazardous waste incinerator in Roebuck. "There's been no other action. No paperwork or exchange of letters," Laidlaw spokesman Roger Davis said. "We would like to be heard on appeal, and we have not been granted that appeal yet by EPA."

- Lee County won't have to borrow $150,000 to make it through this fiscal year after all. Lee County Administrator Barry Hickman announced at the county council meeting that an unexpected $132,000 has been added to the budget for fiscal 1992-93, which runs through June 30. The money was needed to get through the month of June, but the county received a $41,000 grant from the state parks and recreation department, and $91,000 of expenditures will be postponed until the next fiscal year.

- For the first time in recent history, local veterans will place flags on all veterans' graves in four Sumter cemeteries during Memorial Day services. Traditionally, flags are placed on graves at Evergreen Cemetery. Veterans groups this year will also cover Sumter Cemetery, Hillside Cemetery and Walker Cemetery.

- In addition to losing an F-16 fighter squadron, Shaw Air Force Base will also see two of its other squadrons cut from 24 to 18 planes each under Air Force structure changes. Shaw will lose the 33rd Fighter Squadron and its 24 F-16s this summer, and the 17th and 19th fighter squadrons will lose six F-16s each, for a total base loss of 36 jets. Even with the losses, taking into account the 18 F-16s that were temporarily reassigned to Shaw from Homestead Air Force Base after Hurricane Andrew hit the Florida base, Shaw will be left with only 18 fewer F-16s than it had before the storm.

- In the middle of Summerton, a town too small to have a public library, a black cultural center is struggling to spring to life. The force behind creating the center is the Scott's Branch '76 Foundation, a 400-member, nonprofit organization devoted to improving the appearance and economic conditions of Summerton. Alice Doctor Wearing, founder and president of the 4-year-old group, says a black cultural center would be used "for showcasing products and creations that express the broad range of African-American culture that surrounds the Summerton community."

- Thursday Night Thunder stretched well into Friday morning at Sumter Rebel Speedway before Joey Griffin was declared the winner of the 50-lap Late Model main event. Manning's Ed Gibbons started on the pole and led from start to finish but was protested by second-place finisher Griffin, who started on the outside of the front row and held second throughout the race. The side panel on Gibbons' car was found to be slightly over the maximum length allowed, and after more than two hours of discussion, Griffin was awarded the first-place trophy and $2,000 winner's check. Because of some confusion concerning the interpretation of the rules, Gibbons was awarded second-place money.

- Bishopville rallied in the third and fourth innings to win its first state baseball title in more than 50 years at the University of South Carolina's Sarge Frye Field. The Dragons, who stayed out of the state high school poll all season and were predicted to finish fourth in Region IV-2A, defeated Furman 4-3 to win the 2A state championship. The last time Bishopville won a state title was in 1939.

- A festive air pervaded the University of South Carolina at Sumter's Nettles-Schwartz auditorium during the Musical Extravaganza - a fitting atmosphere for the annual Iris Festival event. The concert ended the 1992-93 season for the Community Concert Band, the Civic Chorale and the Community Jazz Ensemble. The three groups were conducted by the irrepressible Patrick Veltre, who sliced the air with his hands as a lion tamer cracks his whip.

- A scant three days had passed since perhaps the most disappointing loss of his young baseball career. But Sumter senior Bo Betchman wasn't dwelling on the Gamecocks' consecutive losses to Mauldin in the 4A baseball state championship series. Sumter's shortstop was beginning another quest as the starting second baseman for Sumter's American Legion baseball P-15's: a third-straight state championship. The P-15's were preparing to meet Macon, the defending Georgia state champ, in a doubleheader at Riley Park as Betchman spoke of a high school season that fell two games short of a championship.

- Clarendon County is home to a new paper cup manufacturer, the only such minority-owned business in the United States. American Paper Products Inc. has already started limited production near Turbeville in a 10,000-suare-foot building on U.S. 378 that was occupied by the Byrd Equipment Co. until it closed three years ago. The business will swing into full operation initially employing three shifts of five workers each.