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75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 3 - July 9 - An exhibition of aircraft, including everything from a Cub to a Flying Fortress, will highlight Shaw Field's open house and air show. In celebration of Independence Day, Shaw Field will offer the people of … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 26 - July 2 Staff Sgt. William E. Bell, 24, of Sumter, is one of 37 officers and 50 enlisted men to receive the Air Medal at a base in the Caribbean area for meritorious achievement while participating in long-range … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 19 - June 25 Transfer of Col. Burton M. Hovey Jr., commanding officer of Shaw Field, to the Air Defense Wing of the First Air Force, Norfolk, Virginia, was announced by the War Department. Lt. Col. James W. Gurr, 35, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 12 - June 18 A Sumter man, Lt. E. W. Dabbs Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Dabbs of Black River, came in for prominent mention in an Associated Press dispatch. AP reporter Don Whitehead, covering United States troops in … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 5 - June 11 Frank B. Jernigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Jernigan of Sumter received his commission as second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps upon successfully completing the officer candidate course at the … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 29 - June 4 First Lt. Benjamin F. Fizzano, 23, and Pilot Officer George Lammie of the Royal Air Force, 20, both of whom were stationed at Shaw Field, were among eight men killed in the crash of a B-24 bomber at Smyrna, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 22-28 Diane Lawson, first-grade pupil, was the high collector of tin cans the past week. She brought 1,198 of the vital containers to school to top the rest of the field by a wide margin. Alvenia Winegard, second … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 15 - May 21 John Bailey Littlejohn of Sumter was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States upon successful completion of the officer candidate course at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, … more
75 years ago - 1943 May 8-14 The Iris Gardens are open to the public now, H.C. Bland, their creator and owner, said today, but he added that the flowers for which the gardens have become famous probably will not be at their height until about … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 1 - 7 The hard-hitting and experienced Marine baseball team from Parris Island clubbed out a 5 to 2 victory over Shaw Field in the first of a two game series that will end this afternoon at Hovey Park. Today's game will … more
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