The Summit Herald of March 9, 1944 reported on several Summit residents serving in the armed forces. Major William Duncan of the Army Air Force was awarded the Legion of Merit for meritorious performance in the North African theater of operations. Miss Rita Berg was training as a storekeeper in the WAVES. Sergeant James Salerno, a Marine, came home on furlough from the Pacific wearing six service stars, including a presidential citation for bravery at Guadalcanal. Private Salvatore Dellomo was killed in Italy.
Drew University student Benjamin Iijima spoke at Calvary Church about his experiences as an American-born citizen with Japanese parents. His family lived on the West Coast, where his parents worked as gardeners. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were sent to a relocation camp, but were first held for three months at a race track, where the family was quartered in a horse stall.
The Lyric Theatre presented “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, in gorgeous Technicolor, starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.
In the classified ads, a dental lab was looking for a boy or man—not draft-eligible—to train as an assistant. Citizens Trust Co. wanted men between 40 and 50 for janitorial work. Essex Electronics was looking for girls and women, aged 16-50, to do war-related work (no experience necessary, overtime guaranteed).
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