GA NEWSLINE (1)
Following is a list of names and addresses of men
inducted into the armed forces from Boyertown
Pvt Willard Samuel
Haring, Band, 508th Parachute Infantry, Fort Benning, Ga.
Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) · Sat, Feb 27, 1943 · Page 6]
Corporal Lloyd Kempf
of the 508th Parachute Infantry, Camp Benning, Ga., is spending
a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kempf, of Janeway
[The Kane Republican (Kane,
Pennsylvania) · Fri, Mar 12, 1943 · Page 8] [PDF]
At the Fort Benning Parachute School, two Kentucky paratroops have
successfully made their fifth and qualifying jumps and now can wear
the coveted Wings and boots of the Army paratroop. The new
jumpers are Sgt. Gordon Perkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Perkins
Hindman [KY], and Pvt Kenneth Hundley, brother of Miss Ann
Hundley, Carrollton [KY]
Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Thursday, November 25, 1943, Page
GUARD Playing guard for the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat
Team eleven is 37-year-old Col. Joseph S. Lawrie (foreground). The
former Louisiana State University backfield star is a guard on the
soldier team, which also includes Lt. Col. Thomas Mersereau, 31,
former Army guard. But despite the fact the 508th had the rank, it
lost by 14-6 to a Fort Benning post rival Saturday.
Associated Press Wirephoto
This Team Outplayed
But Not Outranked
Fort Benning, Ga., Dec. 2 (AP) --- A football squad which couldn't
outplay rivals at this infantry center could outrank 'em. The 508th
Regimental Combat Team's squad finished third in the Fort Benning
football league, but a full colonel and a lieutenant colonel saw
action this week when the airborne team lost to first place Special
Troops 14-6 before 12,000 fans at Doughboy Stadium.
Col. Joe S. Lawrie, commanding officer of the famed 508th, played
guard and Lt. Col. Thomas Mersereau, the regiment's executive
officer, was a star at tackle.
Lawrie, 37-year-old former L.S.U. back, is one of the Army's
youngest bird colonels after a spectacular rise in the service since
he was graduated from the Army's fifth jump school class in 1941.
Army Star Mesereau, 31, was an outstanding outstanding guard at
Army between 1940 and 1942. He coached West Point's Plebes in 1947 -
and assisted Earl Blaik as a line coach with the varsity in 1948 and
With an outstanding war record record behind him, Mersereau has
been head coach of the 508th in the Benning League, which has played
before a record 168,554 fans thus far this season. The six-foot,
four-inch, 225-pounder has been a defensive line star all season.
But the debut of Lawrie, who calls San Antonio, Texas, home, came
as a surprise in the team's big game. The former St. Petersburg
[FL], and Brookline, Mass., prep gridder, got in on four plays
before a twisted left knee forced him to the sidelines.
"At my age, I guess jumping from airplanes is easier than playing
football. I went in because I wanted so hard to win that game. We
all did," observed Lawrie.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Mon, Dec
3, 1951 · Page 32