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Pvt Karl F. Lechner
who now is with Service Company, 508th Parachute Infantry, Camp Mackall, N.C., asks that his friends write to him.  He formerly lived in Boyertown and was employed by Spicer Manufacturing co, Since entering the Army two months ago he has been stationed at three camps, he writes.  "I've in Camp Blanding, Fla., then Fort Benning, Ga., and now Camp Mackall, which is a new camp at Hoffman, N.C., just for airborne troops.

   Pfc John W. Loven, son of Mrs. Mary Sue Loven, of Hone, Texas was a frequent visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Bates during his furlough.  He is stationed at Camp Mockall, N.C. [sic]

[Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, TX, Wednesday, January 5, 1944, Page 3]

Private William D. Garletts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Garletts of Tunnelton, W. Va., formerly of Connellsville, has won the right to wear Wings and Boots of the United States Paratroops.  He has completed four weeks of jump training during which he made five jumps from a plane in flight, the last a tactical jump at night involving a combat problem on landing at Fort Benning, Ga.

[The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, Wednesday, May 31, 1944, Page 3]

Correspondence of The Robesonian

   Red Springs, Rte 2, April 6 -- Pvt James E. Hammonds, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hammonds, of Shannon is visiting the home of his parents.  He arrived April 2 for a 10-day furlough.  This is his first visit home since entering the service over four months ago.
   Pvt Hammonds entered the army service Nov. 26 and was stationed at Camp Blanding, Fla., and then was transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., and now he is stationed at Camp Mackall, N.C.  He says he likes the army fine.  His address is: Pvt James E. Hammonds, service Co., 508th Parachute Inf., Camp Mackall, N.C.

[The Robesonian (Lumberton, North Carolina) Fri, Apr 9, 1943 Page 6] [PDF]  

Pre-Flight To Celebrate Anniversary
   The Chapel Hill Navy Pre-Flight School will celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday with a program starting at two p.m. in Kenan stadium, followed by a baseball game at Emerson Field.
   President Frank P. Graham will deliver the principal address, and the entire Pre-Flight corps will pass in review.  The ceremonies will be highlighted by the decoration of an Aviation Cadet for gallantry under fire during the recent attack on Casablanca.  The well-known Navy Pre-Flight band will perform during the proceedings.
   Faculty, students, and the general public are invited to attend and during the program will occupy the seats on the north side of the stadium.
  With the conclusion of the program at Kenan stadium the Pre-Flight baseball nine will face the 508th Parachute Infantry team from Camp Mackall.  American League batting champion Ted Williams will not play the full fane, but ill be in the dugout for use as a pinch hitter.

[The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) Wed, May 19, 1943 Page 4]  [PDF]

Robins Will Play Strong Parachute
Team Next Saturday

Defeated Team From Ft. Bragg Last Sunday at Red Springs

By Tom Cope

   Red Springs, June 2 --- Before an overflow crowd the Flying Red Robins unloosed their big bats to slug out an 8 to 5 victory over the 203rd Field Artillery of Fort Bragg here in Red Springs Sunday.    Lee Leichellie, centerfielder for the Robins, with 2 home runs and a single led the Robins hitting.  Upchurch, Maus and Chester also had 2 hits each to their credit.
  The Robins strengthened by the addition of 2 new pitchers Lefty Bledsoe and Slim Watson veteran Semi-Pro performers and the return of shortstop Al Ceratoe are taking some of the strongest competition in the state, playing the strong 508th Parachute Inf. of Camp Mackall here in Red Springs next Sunday afternoon in Robins Park.  Lefty Bledsoe will be on the mound for the Robins.

[The Robesonian (Lumberton, North Carolina) Wed, Jun 2, 1943 Page 6] [PDF]