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WARS END NEWS LINE (1)

Mason City Paratrooper
Enroute Home From N.Y.
  Frank "Speck" Haddy
   Wears 12 Decorations
   Made 18 Jumps

EDITORS NOTE: The following story concerning Frank "Speck" Haddy, Mason City paratrooper with the 82nd division just arrived in the states was received here from the press department of the army ground forces liaison office at the New York port of embarkation.

   New York --- Wearing 12 combat decorations including the coveted silver star medal for gallantry in action, Pfc Frank Haddy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Haddy, 525 Carolina s. E., Mason City, paratrooper with the 82nd division, arrived aboard the Texarkana Victory, from Marseille, France, along with 1,900 combat infantrymen,
   As we interviewed the battle wised veteran we asked how he received his silver star decoration, and from his wallet he pulled out a copy of the general order sent to him by Maj. Gen. James M. Gavin, commanding general, 92nd infantry (All American) division.  The general order reads as follows: "Frank Haddy, Private 1/c, 508th parachute infantry regiment --- By direction of the president, the silver star is awarded for gallantry in action against the enemy on Oct 1-2, 1944, near Voxhil, Holland.
   "Pfc Haddy was an artillery gunner, Company "D" 508th parachute infantry.  He knocked out 2 German medium tanks which approached his company position during a strong German attack upon his battalion MLR.  Pfc Haddy was in position on the left flank of his platoon when 2 enemy tanks broke through the battalion forward position and approached his company position from the right.  Acting entirely upon his own initiative,

he and his assistant gunner moved through heavy artillery and machine gun fire which was sweeping the area, to a position from which he was able to attack each tank successively within the most effective range of his artillery.  This brave act impeded the enemy attack upon his company position and contributed much to the security of his battalion position."   In addition to the silver star, the Mason City hero wears the bronze star decoration for heroic action against the enemy, the purple heart being wounded in France during an enemy artillery barrage, the combat infantry badge, the presidential unit citation, the parachute badge for making 18 jumps, the invasion arrowhead parch, and the European theatre ribbon with 5 battle campaign stars.
   The infantryman entered the service in November 1943 at Camp Dodge, Ark., Camp Mackall, Georgia, both of the latter being infantry training centers, then later he volunteered for the infantry parachute jump school at Fort Benning, Ga.  After he was accepted he was in training for 120 weeks making 15 practice humps.  From Fort Benning he was sent to Europe where he participated in the invasions of France, Holland, the Bulge of the Ardennes Forest and a few others.
   We asked the the hero infantryman how it felt being back.  His reply was, "I can't believe it, and I'm so wonderfully overjoyed."  Also asked what he would like to do when he gets out of the service, he said, "I'm going to take me a long rest, then try to get my job back at Armour Packing Company."
   Within 48 hours the Mason City doughboy will be enroute to his separation center, where he will be screened for a discharge from the army.
  (Frank had not yet arrived in Mason City, it was learned here Thursday).

A Hero's Return

   Grinning and trim in his uniform, Leonard A. Funk at Penn Station  [New York city] shown here on return home, August 25, 1945

[a 'remember when' reprint, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA, Monday, May 31, `1965, Page 35]

 

Lacey E. Moore
   Pfc Lacey E. Moore, husband of Mrs.. Myrtle Moore, Route 3, Kingsport, will arrive in the United States, November 1, it has been announced by the War Department.
   Private Moore entered the service October 28, 1942, at Camp Blanding, Fla.  He received basic training at Camp Blanding and six weeks training at Parachute School at Fort Benning, Ga.  From there he went to Camp Mackall, NC, serving eight months in the 508th Parachute Infantry.  He served 34 months overseas in the 82nd Airborne Division in Cassino, Anzio, Holland, Ardennes and Germany.
   He wears five battle stars, the Purple Heart, Presidential Citation with cluster, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal.
[Kingsport Times, Kingsport, TN, Oct. 28, 1934, Pg 15]

 
           

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