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Navy Cross goes to parents of Lieut. Chaffee

• Nov 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on Nov. 15, 1942:


Navy Cross goes to parents of Lieut. Chaffee

Among 16 Navy airmen cited by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox for heroism in the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway was Ensign Davis Eliott Chaffee of Sandusky, and formerly of Norwalk, reported “missing in action.” As far as is known, Ensign Chaffee is the first Sanduskyan to be awarded the Navy Cross for service in World War II. A former Baldwin-Wallace College graduate, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace E. Chaffee. They have received the Navy Cross.

Inasmuch as the plane in which Chaffee was fighting during a Coral Sea engagement was seen to plunge into the ocean, only the very slightest hopes of his being found safe are entertained.


Closed doors enable firemen to save house

How occupants of burning buildings can cooperate with fire departments was demonstrated at 1:20 a.m. Sunday when flames broke out in an unused bedroom at the home of Niel Barnes, about a half mile west of Hudson’s Corners on Route 18.

The strong wind was blowing from the southwest and the room is in the northeast part of the house. Members of the household promptly closed the door of the room and all the other doors of the house. By the time the fire department arrived, in charge of Al Brobst, the flames had not gained much headway and the fire was easily put out with the booster pump hose.

Total damage is reported at about $50.


News from our boys in service

Pvt. Earl Knoll, who is stationed at Bohman Field, Ky., spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Knoll and family.

Everett A. Holmes, 39 Corwin St., Norwalk, has been sent from the Reception Center at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, to Army Air Force Signal, Miami, Fla.

Private Henry Kemper, graduated form Air Gunners School on October 24. He was assigned to a squadron and transferred to another base for further training. He would like to hear from his friends.

CAMP GRANT, ILL — Brig. Gen. John M. Willis, camp commander, today announced that Private Lawrence A. Mack, 19 State St., Norwalk, Ohio, has been graduated form the Camp Grant Medical Replacement Training Center Bakers and Cooks School.

Pvt. Eugene Wildman, who is located at Camp Sutton, N.C., is spending a 6-day furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Widman.

Private Harry R. Ninnick, 118th Radio Intelligence Company, is at Camp Forest, Tenn.


Services are held for Mrs. Sickinger

The last rites of the Catholic Church were held this morning at St. Alphonsus Church in Peru for the late Mrs. Katherine Sickinger at 9:30 o’clock. Mourners filled the seating capacity.

The Rev. M.T. Mabillotte offered up the mass for Mrs. Sickinger, who was held in very high esteem by all who knew her. There were many flowers and mass cards.

Pall bearers were: Edward Bick, Otto Adelman, Anthony Ott, Micahel Ott, Ignatius Brown and Otto Schaffer.  Among the relatives is the son, Fran, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the obituary notice. Interment was made in the family lot in the parish cemetery.



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