Yesteryear
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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

Woman becomes spotter; James Bonds is detective sergeant

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 6 - Nov. 12 - The current issue of High Pitch magazine, published by the Aviation Cadet Detachment at Shaw Field, is dedicated to a teenage South Carolina boy who personifies the cadet of tomorrow whose eagerness and … more

POW letters limited to 25 words; Shaw Field band performs

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 - All enlisted men were to be admitted free of charge to the Sumter County Fairgrounds as long as the gates are open. Secretary J. Cliff Brown of the Fair Association announced today. The exposition is … more

Air WACs hold open house; 12th grade added in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 23 - Oct. 29 - Cadet Charles Propst, of Calhoun Street Sumter, now in his third class, sophomore year at The Citadel, has been chosen for membership in the Pre-Medical Society at that college. Cadet Propst is a member … more

Marine band visited for fair week; 200-lap race scheduled

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 16 - Oct. 22 - Sumter school children began another task for their country as they brought in the first installment in the waste paper campaign to be conducted today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students will be … more

Shaw celebrates winter uniforms; weather worries farmers

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 9 - Oct. 15 - Sumter school children began early on another task for their country as they brought in the first installments in the waste paper campaign to be conducted here today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students … more

Volunteer program unique to district; Shaw avoids '93 'hit list'

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 2 - Oct. 8 - The Young Women's Christian Association of Sumter, one of the agencies benefitted by the Community Chest Fund, reports on its activities during the first year of its membership in that fund. The Community … more

Ninth Air Force Band presents its concert; Dream Week begins

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 - The navy announced 122 casualties, including four dead, one wounded and 117 missing. In addition, one man previously listed as missing now is reported to be dead. This brings to 39,995 the total of Navy, … more

Mailboxes get some attention; vandals damage golf course

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 18 - Sept. 24 - Col. Burton Hovey, commanding officer of the Philadelphia Air Defense Wing, is spending a few days at Shaw Field while on a survey tour of airports in North Carolina and South Carolina and Georgia. … more
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