THE DOGTOWN NEWS Issue No. 5 ST. LOUIS, MO. NOVEMBER, 1945
Marine Pvt. William E. Seago, 24, was wounded in action June 13 on Okinawa. He is the husband of Mrs. Julia Seago, 1557A Tamm Avenue, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Seago, 6456 Wise.
Fireman l/C Raymond H. Cummings, who was wounded in action aboard his destroyer in an enemy attack in the Philippines Feb. 14, has been awarded the Purple Heart. His wife, Mrs. Bernice H. Cummings, lives at 6424a Wise Avenue.
Distinguished Flying Cross, S/Sgt. J.E. Denny, 6528 Berthold Avenue.
Bronze Star, S/Sgt. William C. Coza, Jr., 6807 Nashville Avenue.
Storekeeper 3/c James Moran, crew member of the Battleship West Virginia, shared In commendation for 60 days and nights of fighting to help take Okinawa. According to a Navy dispatch the West Virginia is the only Battleship which has taken part in every major landing in the Pacific this year.
A Navy record was set by the Destroyer Hugh W. Hadley when she knocked out 23 attacking suicide planes In 10 Airfields while in company of a smaller destroyer off Okinawa. St. Louis men include Fireman 1/c Joseph E. Weigel, 1352 Louisville Avenue.
Crew Members aboard the Battleship New York Came through the battle for Okinawa without a scratch according to Navy release. Lt. (j.g.) George R. Duncan, 6910a Clayton Avenue is one of the crew who helped fire more than 5,000,000 pounds of shells at enemy targets.
Capt. Edward N. Zinschlag, Army surgeon, has been decorated with the Silver Star for gallantry in action at the siege of Bastogne in December. Capt. Zinschlag volunteered to fly to the American strongpoint by glider and performed a number of surgical operations in the 48 hours before tanks arrived to rescue the beleaguered infantry troops. He is the husband of Airs. Mary L. Zinschlag, 1100 Louisville Avenue, and the son of 111r. and Mrs. Edward A. Zinschlag, Beckemeyer, Ill.
Lt. (jg) Robert C. Bown, 1119 Art Hill Place, Pacific area.
Pfc. Donald Schaeffer, an Infantryman, was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action in Germany. He Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaeffer, 1045 Childress Avenue.
Charles Gallaher, 6211 Victoria Avenue, discharged. Thirty-one months in the, U.S. Army. Twenty months in England, France, Belgium and Germany with the 366th Fighter Group.
John Griffin, 1504 Graham Avenue, discharged. 44 months In the U.S. Army. 38 months in England, Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
John W. Dutton, 1224 Bellevue, discharged. Four and one half years In the U.S. Army. Twenty-three months in Italy with the 338th Infantry, 85th Division.
Bill Godfrey, discharged. Thirty-seven months in the U.S. Army. Thirty-three months in Africa, Italy, France and Germany with the Air Corp Communications.
Vincent Cutelli discharged. Four years and two months in the U.S. Army. Saw action in Guadalcanal, New Britain and the Philippines with Company C, 160th Infantry. Joseph Cutelli, T/5 discharged. Four years in the U.S. Army. Eight months in Germany. Participated in the Battle of the Belgium.
Bill Merlot, discharged.
Robbie Gradients, discharged.
Lawrence T. Mayor, E.M. 1/c 6434 Nashville Avenue, discharged. Three years and eight months in the U.S. Coast Guard. Twenty-five months in the South Pacific.
Edward L. Mayor, M.M. 1/c 6434 Nashville Avenue, discharged. Four years in the U. S. Coast Guard. Pacific Duty.
Edward Chairs, E.M. 2/c, 1025a Tamm Avenue. discharged. Three years in the U.S. Navy. Three years in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific.
Pfc. George Pappageorge, discharged. Three years in the U.S. Army 12th Air Force. Two years in Italy. Sicily and Africa.
Charles Corbett, S.F. 1/c, 6410 Wade Avenue, discharged. Thirty-seven months In the Sea Bees. Thirteen months In Guadalcanal.
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We salute Mrs. Kirwan for her contribution to our Fighting Forces. Five of her boys served in the Armed Forces. Ed joined the Navy in March, 1942. After finishing Signaling School in Treasure Island, he served in the Armed Guard for a year, participating in the landings at Attu and Kiska. He was then transferred to the Alnphihs. With this outfit, he took part in the landings at Normandy and Southern France. Ed is now in the South Pacific aboard an L.C.M.R, Leonard followed Ed but he chose the Army. He went right up the ladder until he reached Warrant Officer (jg). He was sent overseas in July, 1944. After serving in New Guinea, was transferred to Leyte in the Philippines. He was killed in a plane crash on March 15th, 1945. Leonard was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in connection with military operation against the enemy in the Philippines from November 14th, 1944 to March 15th, 1945.
Tom entered the Army Air Force in August 1942 and received his wings in May, 1943. He participated in bombings on Tou Ion, Cannes, Turin and Athens with the 15th Air Force. He was shot clown over Greece on December 20th, 1943, captured and sent to Stalag Luft 1 until the end of the war in Europe. Tom is now enjoying a sixty day furlough with his family.
John, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, entered the service in December, 1942 and has been overseas since August, 1943. He is now stationed in Panama.
Joe, the youngest of the Kirwan boys in service, entered the Army in February, 1944 and took gunners training at Las Vegas, Nevada. He was assigned as a tail gunner on a B-17, Last October, his plane crashed in training in Sioux City, Iowa and he was seriously injured. Leonard followed Ed but he chose the O’Reilly. He is now in O'Reilly General Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and expects to be discharged soon.
Edward G. Kirwan, SM 2/c, L.S.T. (R) 410. 14.M., New York, N. Y.
Sgt. John P. Kirwan, SIT 2145, A.P.O. 832, 14.11. New Orleans, La.
P.F.C. Joseph F. Kirwan, Ward B-14, O'Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Mo. 2nd. Lt. Thomas E. Kirwan, unassigned,
James O'Shaughnessy, 6426 Wade Avenue, discharged. Thirty-one months in the U.S. Army. Eleven months overseas in England. France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Cpl. Mack Sulgalski, discharged.
Cushman T. Evans, discharged.
Jim Pelchman, 6600 Clayton Avenue, discharged. 19 Months in the U.S. Navy.
Boots Diefenbach, 7211 Lanham Avenue, discharged. Four years in the U.S. Army Air Force. Two years and a half in England.
M/Sgt. Ed Corbett,
37133586, 676th Bomb Sq.
APO 247, P.M. San Francisco, Calif.
I'm doing my best to make the 444th Bomb Gp. conscious of Dogtown and its advantages, and have been having quite a bit of success so far. Some of these guys have never heard of such goings on, and have said that they are coming there after the war to see if I am telling the truth. I remember the words of Pappy Hall, one of our best liked Dogtowners who is now a permanent resident. He said once that he had moved from one section of St. Louis to another, and never had any idea of settling down anywhere until he landed in Dogtown. It was a wise choice and also believe that Dogtown itself benefited greatly by it. I would like to add my sincere sympathy to Mom and Pop O’Shaughnessy on the loss of their son, Jerry. Jerry's presence will be missed by all in Dogtown and especially at any gathering of carefree and happy people. Jerry always enjoyed a good time, and was always a definite asset to any good party. The fact that he gave his life in the service of his country may assuage the grief of his bereaved parents a little, and it may comfort them a little to know that they are not alone in their grief. They have lost a son and we all have lost a buddy and a true friend.
Lt. W. E. Wideman,
0-202344, Cannon Co. 34th Inf.
APO 24, P.M. San Francisco, Calif.
It is a real pleasure to see names like Eichner, Coad, Wack and Greco after being away so long. I haven't seen anyone from Dogtown since last October when I ran into Al Nerviano in New Guinea. Al is in the Philippines too but on a different island. Bob Eggleston is here too but he is up on Luzon. I suppose: the chances of our meeting are pretty slim but I can hope. The discharge system has given us all something to look forward to. I may get home sometime late in the year. I have been in Hawaii, Australia, New Guinea and about six of the Philippine's but I will still take good old St. James for my home.
Cpl. Wm. T. Fogarty,
37058290, 1452 A.A.F. Base Unit A.T.C.
APO 462 Casual Det. Minneapolis, Minn.
I received a letter from Lou Meier last week. He is sweating out the point system and waiting anxiously for them to lower the points so he can get out. Around the middle of September I will have three and a half years in Canada. We have a good softball team here and we are playing the Alberta team for the playoff. All we have to do is keep winning all our ball games for the next four weeks and we will take a trip to Vancouver so wish us luck.
Someone ought to pry Mary Dwyer loose from that cache of bullion she has accumulated as excess of contributions for the expense of publishing Dogtown News. How about that homecoming celebration -- I'm home. Don't get too excited, I happened to know that no one has kept a check on her all this time.
The return to civilian life has been hard on the pocketbook for some of the boys. They simply "can't find a thing to wear." Anyone interested in a second-hand station wagon coat -- ideal for driving in a jeep. Why not open up a "bundles for Dogtown" campaign. I could use a few "glad-rags" myself.
Porky Conroy sitting in the cab of a big six-wheeler at Parkmoor having his coke - tough war. Has Jack Kelly become a permanent figure at Vince Keegan's emporium? Seems to me he has been there since Vince rolled his establishment across Tamm Avenue on telephone poles. That was back when the nesters were settling the cow country and all the boys at the drug store worked. With all the traveling Gandhi Dwyer has done, he refuses to give up his search for "Peaches." Ray Eckert, a Cheltenharnmer, the boy with the big frame and grin to match, relaying in the Yankee Grill after a tough fight with Lou Thesz. The old mail box at Clayton and Tamm will need a new coat of paint as a result of rough handling by some of the old supporters now returned to civilian life. Sunday afternoon there was quite a bull-session with Jackie Weaver finally topping Bus O'Connell's gay stories with the one he told the Pope. Although sugar is the shortest of scarce items - don't worry, I see plenty of sweet stuff every day. These local girls have really grown up since you have been gone and you're really in for a surprise - hubba, hubba, hubba. Who are those youngsters pitching horseshoes every Sunday afternoon in Forest Park? I think I'll run Shakespeare Richards in on them as a "ringer." The Hampton Bus which now runs through Forest Park will give the outside world a chance to see and visit our reservation. Nothing like those old two-deckers with the open top for sights though. Rumors have it that we are going to have a Dogtown American Legion Post -- formal recognition, eh? -
Fire Controlman Joseph H. Herbst, Jr. was aboard a destroyer off Okinawa watching a Japanese plane attacking nearby ships.
He lifted his helmet to get a better view of the action, and a piece of flying shrapnel grazed his forehead. He received only a scratch, a Navy dispatch said, but he renewed his earlier resolution to keep his helmet "well down over my ears." He previously had seen a dent made in a comrade's helmet from falling anti-aircraft shrapnel.
"The explosion of the Jap plane, when it finally hit was a great sight," Herbst said, "though a common one in this area."
Robert Roth, A/S.
Co. 895 U.S.N.T.C.,
Great Lakes, Illinois.
Bob is now in Boot Camp and expects to be home on leave soon. He is a brother of Jack Roth who was killed in action. Mr. Roth received the Purple Heart for Jack last week.
R.T. Nischwitz, TM 2/c,
"O" Div., U.S.S. Frank Knox, D.D., 742
F.P.O., San Francisco, Calif.
I was reading my latest edition of the News and read of all the fellows speaking of the "gang" back home. I'll go one better, not so long ago at a certain place, though most of us didn't know it, there were as many as ten gents from Dogtown together which comprises a fair size "gang" right out here. Of course we couldn't get together but it was a good feeling to know some local talent was near by. In fact, at the moment Ray Kelley EM 3/c is very close by and probably many others from home. Yes we have our gangs right out here as well as at home though we would much rather be home, it is a wonderful feeling to know the guys are still teamed up slugging away together at home and the four corners of the world.
T. J. Dailey, S. 1/c,
8740485, Armed Guard Center (Pac.),
Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif.
I see Joe McMahon all the time. His barracks is about five minute walk from mine so we have been doing quite a bit of celebrating. I hear that George Hall is on the Island here in the Sick Bay and will try to find him tomorrow. I surely have been lucky in meeting guys from Dogtown and there is nothing like that.
Pfc. Victor Zahner,
975th Engnr. Alaint. Co.,
APO 350, P.M. New York, N. Y.
Vic is now in Europe but hopes to be home soon to see all the old crowd.
T/4 John D. Eichner, Jr.
Co. B., 89th Sig. Opn. Bn.,
P.M. San Francisco, Calif.
Junior writes giving us his new address and hopes to meet his buddies fn the South Pacific.
Sgt. A..J. Buckley,
1252 AAF BIT ATC NAFD,
APO 524, P.M. New York, N. Y.
This letter was from Brazil on one of his hops to South America. This is the spot and wish I could get here more often.
Robert B. Coad,
A.R.M. 2/c, VT86,
F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif.
Bob is with the 86th Torpedo Squadron. Received my first mail call in a month and happy to receive the News. We note a jump in rate from Third Class Aerial Radio Gunner to Second Class.
S-Sgt. Edw. J. Barni
37183547, 3615 Q.M. Truck Co.
APO 557, P.M., New York, N. Y.
Received a few copies of the News and glad to know where some of my buddies are. I have been overseas a year now and it surely gets lonesome at times, news from the neighborhood is a big help. Hope to see some of my old friends there soon.
Edw. H. Delaney,
C.W.O. 71st. U.S.N.C.B.
F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif.
I finally ran into some of the neighborhood boys thanks to the Dogtown News. I looked up Joe Moran, Emmett O'Keefe and brought them up to the camp. After chow consisting of steak, french fries, ice cream cake, we got in touch with Red Gieselman, dispatcher for the Public Service Co., a friend of Joe Moran's dad and an acquaintance of the O'Keefe's. The four of us enjoyed ourselves immensely, lots of conversation about Dogtown and our little party ended about one thirty A. M. I found out from O'Keefe that Joe Sharamitaro was here and so I looked him up today on my way to the South of the Island. Joe was busy gazing up at some planes. We had lunch together and Joe is as good natured as ever and also knows a P47 from a B29 so you see he is on the ball. Hoping to see you all soon.
Wm. A. Griffin,
Ch. Cook, S. S. Cape Lilibeo, P. M. San Francisco, Calif.
Well, guess you are all happy as a lark now that the war is over. Surely will be swell to come up to the corner again and see the old gang. I am just one of the hundreds thinking the same thing at the moment. I have come up a notch since I left, am now a chief cook on a swell ship and a grand crew but will be anxious to head back home for good after this trip.
Wm J. Conroy, S. 1/c,
3rd Div., IT S.S. Thetis Bay, C.U.E. 90,
F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif.
I guess you saw in the paper the list of ships operating with the Third Fleet off the coast of Japan. Ray Kelley's ship has been off of our starboard for the last few days. Wish I could get over to see him but it is impossible. This is quite a sight to see, all these big ships and all the planes. I saw all the planes in the air at one time the other day and that was really something. We were off, the coast of Tokyo the day the Japs surrendered, today the Peace Treaty was signed so we finally secured the gun watches, it has been the day we have all waited for.
Jim Moran, SK2/c USNR,
U.S. West Virginia, Ships Stores Office,
F.P.O., San Francisco, Calif.
I ran into Ray Kelley the other day while I was out procuring supplies for the ship and as it happened I had to go to the USS Wisconsin and I was surely glad to see him as he is the first one of the old class of '39 that I have seen out here.
We are leaving for the states together on the 20th of September and we are to be in Frisco for Navy Day so I hope to see you all soon. We have been here since the start of the occupation of Japan and now are 'anchored fn Tokyo Bay. I had the good luck to go on liberty fn Yokohama, although there wasn't much left of it, It was the first sight of civilization that we have seen in the last fifteen months and it was a sight for sore eyes.
Pfc. F. Springineyer,
A.S.N. 37620683, NSC Al. Pol. Det. 4905 SCU
130 West Washington St., Stockton, Calif.
I have been in the service two and a half years and am now on duty on convoys.
Raymond C. Jenneman,
MoMM 3/c, Ward H. R.S.P.S.N.Y., U.S. Naval Hospital,
Ray is now well on his way to recovery after an appendix operation.
Pfc. E. Sugden,
37635616, Co. A, 830th Engrs. (AVN) Bn.,
APO 126, P.M., New York, N. Y.
I hope to be home some time this year. How are the bottle caps and horseshoe games coming along? I will be back in time to take a few of you guys on before the season is over.
J. D. Walsh, EM. 3/C U. S. N.
Com. Serv. Ron. 10 FFT, Draft 10775 from Shoemaker,
F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif.
We had been at sea for quite a number of days and naturally a little on the lonely side. At noon one day came out of the mess hall and who did I see but Al Schmitz. What a welcome sight he was! He sleeps on the deck just above me but it took so many days to meet. Several times each day we get together for a bull session. It is really swell having someone who knows what you mean when you say the neighborhood.
T/4 J. J. Kelley,
37604426, 19th M.R.U. (Mobile)
APO 772, P.M., New York, N. Y.
Well, I met one of the old crowd over here, our good friend John Griffin. Although we both knew the other was around Marseilles someplace, we couldn't locate one another until John saw one of my outfit's trucks here In camp and on inquiring was directed down to my tent. We had been within a block of each other regularly now and talk over old times. John hasn't changed a bit, looks good and is anxiously waiting to cash in his 102 points on a trip back to the states and a discharge.
Pfc. Dave Saxton,
17133104, Co. (`. 127th Pard. Eng.,
APO 468, P.M. San Francisco, Calif.
It is interesting to note how many boys from the neighborhood are in the South Pacific. I try to spot the different outfits and pretty sure that Pete Sharamitaro was in the Philippines while I was there.
Larry Stamps, Cox, U.S.S. England and Charles King S. 1/c US England home for thirty days.
Jack Weaver, U.S. Army home for thirty-five days. Two years in the European Theater of War.
Vern Ode, U.S. Navy, home for five days.
Johnny Kern, Jr., U.S.M.C. 1st Air Wing Div. Gunner on a Bomb Diver home from Okinawa for thirty days.
Capt. Elmer Parrish of the AAF home after 27 missions over Germany.
Harold Brown, J.W. Jennemann, Bill T. Dolan, Joe Kelly of the 20th Armored Division home for thirty days.
Ed Buckley, U.S Army home for thirty days from Italy
Frances Dwyer, home on a forty-five day leave. Many of his buddies arrived in Dogtown during his stay. After celebrating with them, was glad to get back to his ship for a much needed rest.
Johnny Spann, home for five days en-route to the Pacific.
George E. Mueller, Tom Crowe, Tom Kehm, home for seven days from A.R.M. School N.A.T.T.C., Memphis, Tennessee.
Dangle Longoni, home for thirty days. Saw action in Sicily, Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
Gene Stocker, S. 1/c, U.S. West Point, home for five days. Had over three hundred thousand miles of sea duty since 1942 and around the world three times.
John King, U.S. Marine Corps home on leave. Longoni, Stocker and King are from Tommy Brazell's Corner in Cheltenham.
Jimmy Porter and Jimmy Pryor of the 4th Ranger, home for 95 days.
Ray Harris, U.S.S. Sterlet, home for 30 days.
T/4 Charles Garavaglia, home for 13 days.
Buster O'Connell, home from England for thirty days.
Mike Purcell, U.S. Army, Bob Jorgen, U.S. Army, Tom O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Army. Bill Cova, George Kehm, Pep Owens, Gene Stockers, Les Schulte, Tom Brady, Tom Duggan, Floyd Morgan, Tom Dutton, Dave Droege, Walt Jennemann, Fred Derner, Les Stumpf, Col. Michael Daddona. U. S. Merchant Marine, home for twenty-five days.
Art Nischwitz, Jr., AMM 2/c U.S.S. Hornet, C-V-12 V-2 and Jim Layne, AMM 2/c U.S.S. Hornet, CV-12, V-2, were home on leave from a tour of Pacific battle duty while their Aircraft Carrier Hornet was undergoing typhoon damage repairs at a West Coast Base. Although Jim Layne lives in Nashville, Tennessee, he had to visit Dogtown to see if all the tales told him were true. He left convinced that St. Louis is the best town on the map and Dogtown the better part of it.
Bernard Thiele, Rdm. 3/c, was home on a six day leave after ten months of sea duty. He has two stars to his credit for the Iwo Jima and Okinawa Invasion.
R. K. Judy, Coxwain, U.S.S. Mississippi, home on a twenty-one day leave, four years in the Navy and has sixteen stars for battles. He also received the Purple Heart for wounds received at Leyte.
Tom Hickey, home for thirty days. He has 32 months in the U.S. Army. Was in Teheran, Iran with the 19th Station Hospital.
Louis Reutter, So. M. 2,-c U.S.S. Grand Forks, had a twenty-one day leave in Treasure Island before going back to the South Pacific.
Sgt. LaVerne Bachman, 44th Q.M. Rhd.Co., 6438 Wise Home on a 35 day furlough. Three and a half years in the service in the Army, one year overseas.
Pfc. Paul S. Morgan, 37635365, 612th AF BU Sqd. E. Airdrome No. Six, Elgin Field, Fla. Home for fifteen day furlough.
Pvt. Charles R. Vogel, Hq. & Hq. Co. R.C. 1612 S.C.U. Bldg. 50, Fort Sheridan, Ill. Home for five days.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Charles McVey on the arrival of a son.
Jack Regoni who was a prisoner of war for twenty-one months in Germany, married Betty Baforo, August 11th at St. James Church.
Jack Dolan and Lorraine Borgman were married August 27th.
Margie Houlihan and Walter Kloepper were married September 8th at St. James Church.
In a ceremony at the Twenty-First General Army Hospital in France, Miss Lachtrup, 6420 Lloyd Avenue, formerly of Deaconess Hospital, became the bride of Major Richard A. Dana of Kana, Pa.
Captain Tony Tripoli, stationed with the Fourth Air Force Headquarters in San Francisco, California, married Shirley Purcetti of Washington.
Robert Wack and Dorothy Moore will be married October 6th at St. Paul's Church.
William Griffin, Merchant Marine of 1504 Graham Avenue, home for thirty days.
Buddy Hall, 71st Air. Field Artillery, 5th Ar. Div. APO 255, N. Y. Home on a thirty-three day furlough. He is a veteran of Normandy, Northern France, Ordanes Bulge, Rhineland and Central Germany.
Flight Officer of the R.C.A.F. Hersell Sanner, home on a thirty-six day furlough. Spent one year in Dublin, will report back to Canada. before leaving for the Pacific Theatre.
Capt. Elmer Parrish of the A.A.F. home after twenty-seven missions over Germany. He is to report back for training for the Pacific Theatre.
Edward Dowe Parnrenter, U.S.S. Uvalde, (A.K.A.) F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif. Home on leave from the Pacific after action in Okinawa and the Philippines.
1st Lt. Fritz Fultz, 6416 Oakland Avenue. Home for thirty days. Served with the 39th Engineers in Africa and Italy.
Pvt. Geo. Scherzinger home for thirty days. Thirty months overseas. Saw action in Africa, France and Germany.
He: "Tell me all about yourself - your struggles -- your dreams -- your telephone number."
What a man stands for isn’t everything. What he falls for also counts.
Short, short story: Sighted schooner. Drank same."
Belle: What kind of a husband do you think I should look for?
Nelle: You'd better stick to single men. You're just asking for trouble when you start looking for husbands.
A bored cat and an interested cat were watching a game of tennis.
"You seem very interested in tennis," said the bored cat.
"It"s not that," said the interested cat, "but my old man's in the racket.
Listening to various sports discussions in Dogtown; we find that many of the old timers and some not so old, have been in their days very good athletes.
Few know that Gus Kies was an outstanding handball player a few years back Since the increase around his waist line has taken up golf.
Larry Kramer, a fellow who is very quiet, has won many trophies in golf and is still shooting a good game.
John Rooney, well known for his soccer ability, was also a great baseball player, having tried out with the Yankees in his younger days.
Butch Brady was a good baseball player too and at one time a great slugger.
Pat Palumbo, now in the Army, was one of the best dash men McBride ever had, winning many trophies and letters for 440 and 220 dashes.
Babe Murphy was not only a great track star at C.B.C. but also at Notre Dame. Before entering the service, Babe showed promise of being one of the best track men in the country.
Soccer, of course, is the popular game in Dogtown but we have been overlooking men who were good athletes in other sports and there may be many more who were prominent in their particular sport we are overlooking; we are just giving the "dope" on those we have heard about here and there.
In soccer we have heard about the old Scullin and Hense members, many of whom are still around Dogtown - John Rooney, Bandy Schurwan, Pat Phelan, Hugh McVey, Mike Delaney, Festus Signagel, Luke Brady and so on. They were the best. but on the other hand members of the old Sunshine team such as Charles (Bat) Gallaher, John Mahan, Red Corbett, Bill Corbett, Charles (Rooster) Corbett, Joe O'Hare, Bill O'Shaughnessy, Bud Carney, Ed (Axel) Delaney, Art Wack were good and could have beaten the old teams.
Then we have St. James teams, these had their ups and downs and many a coming star when the war began. Regardless of who thinks they were the best, this question can never be settled for one reason, the differences in years and that is that.
We hope we have proven that in sports as in anything else Dogtown is second to none.
E. J. Dyer, S. 1/C.
L.C.T. (6) 949 Flot. 8, Group 24,
F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif.
I almost ran into Bob McVey at the last pace we were just as I spotted his ship and signaled out they weighed anchor and got under way. He was back in that area again but only had time to load up and take off again. I might run into Randall Dwyer again, I don't think I am far from him. Just as we pulled in here Jim Moran's battle wagon pulled out. I would have liked to have seen him.
Randall Dwyer's address is M.T.B. Advance Base No. Five, F.P.O. San Francisco, Calif.
Bob McVey's, H. P. McVey, S. 1/C U.S.S. L.S.T. 938, FPO, San Francisco, Calif.
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