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Gamble becomes horse breeder; 33rd Fighter Squadron deactivated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 5 - Feb. 11 - Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second … more

Rat Season begins at Clemson; extension program reorganized

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 - First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, … more

Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 - Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls … more

Sawmill damaged by fire; Austin wins race

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 15 - Jan. 21 - Miss Alice Broadway, third-grade teacher in the Washington building, is chairwoman of awards in the Sumter Art Association. This organization presents annually an award of $10 to the Sumter city schools. … more

Mortuary ambulance service discontinued; 117-year-old dies in Clarendon hospital

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 8 - Jan. 14 - Sumter High School's basketball team opened the 1944 season but was pushed to win from the 454th Squadron five from Shaw Field. The final score was 20 to 16. Trailing 11-14 at intermission, the Gamecocks … more

Bootery store manager named; Covenant Place ground broken

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 1 - Jan. 7 - Bagging a Focke-Wulf 190 on a recent raid over enemy territory, First Lt. John H. Truluck, Thunderbolt pilot from Lynchburg, increased his number of enemy aircraft destroyed to four. Lt. Truluck had … more

Lowery receives Purple Heart; Shaw will lose 36 jets

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 25 - Dec. 31 - Mrs. J. D. Harrelson received word from the War Department that her husband, Lt. "Jimmy" Harrelson, is missing in action in the Italian theater of war. He is a pilot and has been overseas for some time. … more

Christmas program will be all day; thousands will flock to festival

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 18 - Dec. 24 - Shaw Field's non-commissioned officers staged their first NCO Club Christmas Ball, officials of the organization announced today. The Jive Five will furnish the music for the occasion, and dancing will … more

Blanding promoted; Majorettes recognized; Drifters rock Sumter

75 Years Ago - 1943 Dec 11-Dec 17 - "Leon M. Blanding, 25, son of Mrs. Georgia L. Blanding, has been promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to that of captain. On a recent mission the plane of Captain Blanding, who is credited with … more

Civilians praised for war efforts; Biltons open 6th dealership

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 4 - Dec. 10 - The Shaw Field public relations office said that during October and November, planes based at Shaw had flown the equivalent of 400 round trips to Tokyo. Figures released by the post command showed the … more

Cadet dance held at Shaw Field; P-15's entered in playoff

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 27 - Dec. 3 - The Presbyterians and Baptists emerged victorious in opening games of the Sunday School Basketball league at the YMCA, while the Pinewood cagers, composed of a number of veterans, trounced the Sumter … more

21 records broken at swim meet; bingo helps with projects

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 20 - Nov. 26 - Aviation Cadet John H. Fields Jr. was killed when his basic training plane crashed a mile and a half south of Shaw Field, the field's public relations office has announced. The crash occurred about 10:15 … more

Family has 6 Air Force pilots; fire damages club house

25 YEARS AGO - 1993 April 16 - 22 - Football has been a large part of Freddie Solomon's life. From his high school days at Lincoln and Sumter High schools to his college years at the University of Tampa, and on to an 11-year National Football … more
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