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Amarillo, TX Men in the Service, Nov 1943
The Japs are still hearing from you Panhandle boys, according to our reports. Lt. Otha Draper of Amarillo has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in China and Capt. Daniel Roberts of Clayton recently downed two enemy planes in one day. Lt. Jack Pittman has joined the ranks of the aces, having five Jap planes to his credit.
The list of casualties decreased last week, but tragedy struck one of Amarillo's leading families Saturday. A Thunderbolt pilot, Lt. Joe B. Dooley, was in the final stages of his training for combat duty when he was killed in a two-plane collision in North Carolina.
Lt. Thomas H. Lair of Amarillo is missing, having last been reported over Schweinfurt, Germany. Lt. Commdr. Joseph Hunt Bourland of Clarendon was commander of a submarine long overdue and presumed to be lost. Russell Whelchel of Panhandle is also missing.
Though few death casualties have been reported lately, a long list of soldiers have been wounded in action. Those injured include Lloyd M. Stayloe of Grover, Woodrow Pool of Channing, James R. Drummond of Canyon, Sgt. Tommy D. Moreland of Lakeview, Cpl. Fred L. Dean and Toney Dodd.
The Ware twins, Charles and Neal, were due to arrive home last night for a few days after graduating from a Navy signal school in San Diego. Incidentally, the twins who are absolutely identified, have received special permission to remain together. Marine Lt. Robert McCasley of Panhandle had been home on leave, and Sailor Bobby Jack Kemp has been home and bemoaning his luck, in that his ship was torpedoed on his first trip out.
Direct word has come from two Amarillo boys in the same prison camp in Japan-Fukuoka Camp No. 2. They are Sgt. Warrant Rovertson and Pfc. George Lynn. Both say they are working and getting paid for it. Indirectly, word has been received that two Amarillo officers, captured in the Philippines, are still alive and in comparative good health--or were a few months ago. A lieutenant from Marshall, Tex., wrote Dorothy Adams, daughter of Sheriff Bill Adams, that he was in the same camp with Capt. Charley Underwood, who used to work for The Globe-News, and Cpt. Jack Altman, and that boy "are in good health." The letter was written last April.
The Amarillo Globe, Amarillo, TX 2 Nov 1943