YPLUMB NO. 38.
The Mountain Eagle Strives to
be of Helpful Service to All; To
Promote the Upbuilding of Letcher County and Brings to More
Than 3000 Readers a Message of
Hope and Good Will Each "Week.
WHITESBURG, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 12, 1945.
DR. B. F. WRIGHT IS DEMOCRATIC
CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY JUDGE
HERMAN C. COMBS, REPUBLICAN
W, M Hall, Republican
CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF
Candidate For Jailer
DR. B. P.
In compliance with the request of many friends and as I
stated some few weeks ago, I now desire to announce myself
as a candidate for the office of County Judge, which office I
now hold, subject to the action of the Democratic Party at the
Primary Election, Saturday, August 4, 1945.
A statement in regard to my candidacy will be issued at
at later date.
DR. B. F. WRIGHT.
lLEKMAN - .- GOMBS
I want to serve you as your next Sheriff. I am acquainted and know the most of you personally, I know your needs
and will serve you well.
Give me your support and I promise you four years of
kind, honest, courteous and efficient service and a businesslike administration.
Gratefully your friend,
W. M. HALL
HERMAN C. COMBS
I have been on the fighting line for the Republican Party for over Forty years. I have
worked for the Republican Party trying to stir up Republican interest in all campaigns
Now if the Republican Party will honor me with the nomination
for Jailer, I will try hard to give the people fairness and loyal Administration as their
Jailer. No Color or Politics shall enter into the Jailer's Office if the good people of Letcher County nominates and elects, me as the Jailer of the County. I earnestly solicit
BYRD HOGG SERIOUSLY
WOUNDED IN GERMANY
the help of every citizen of Letcher County.
W. M. HALL.
former sheriff, Jim Combs Funeral Services for
who was accidently killed in
a car wreck on Rock House a Isaac B. Fields
few years ago. He graduatFuneral services were held
ed from Whitesburg High in East" Detroit, Mich., March
School in the class of '38 and 31st, 1945 for. Isaac B. Fields
Morehead State (formerly of Whitesburg, Ky)
at St. Veranico's Catholic
When questioned about their Church.
liberation Sgt. Combs said
Mr. Fields died March 29th
,rWe sensed that things were at 3:00 A. M. at his home at
gettmg ready to pop for the 23501 Wellington Street, East
Japs cruelty was increasing Detroit, Mich. His death folwhich made us know things lowed a six months illness
were going bad for them.
caused by a cancer of the
Sgt. Combs will leave Mon- stomach and throat. He reday for a convalescent hos- ceived the last Sacraments of
pital and as soon as he is phy- the Church and died in the
sically fit again he will re- Grace of God.
turn here for another visit He was mourned by his
and then be
wife, Mrs- Charlotte Fields,
He said he was ready to go his daughters, Mrs. W. B.
back and do his bit toward Sisk of Fleming, Ky., Mrs-E- .
paying the yellow fellows
L. White of Roseville,
back for some of their cruel Mich., Mrs. Beryl Wilson of
South Bend, Ind.; his son Mr.
Sgt. Combs is the first Am- Clyde Fields of Roseville,
erican soldier in Letcher coun- Mich., and many other relaty to be released from a Jap tives and friends.
The Funeral was conducted
prison camp and returned to
our county. One little inci- by the William DeCline Fundent that we will pass along eral Home of East Detroit.
according to Sgt. Combs, Prayers were said for the rewas that he learned about an' pose of his soul at the FunerAmerican group landing and al home and then his body
went out to meet them in- was taken to St. Veranico's
quiring if any one in the Church where a beautiful
crowd knew where Whites- Sermon was preached by
burg, Ky. was, and one young Father Deeds.
Mr. Fields was buried in
fellow piped up and said, that
is where I am from. My name the Sacred Heart Cemetery,
is James Monroe Francis and Roseville, Mich. The deceasSgt. Combs name was also ed was a brother of L.
James Monroe, quite a coincident.
Sgt. Combs stated he had Lt. D.Stanley Hollan
no postwar plans but would in
all probability settle back in Killed in Action
A telegram notified Mrs.
Letcher County. He said he
had really been living the Rosemarie Zimmerman Hollife of Riley since he had been lan that her husband, Lieut.
home with all the good food D. Stanley Hollan had been
that a fellow dreams about killed in action. Complete
details are lacking.
SGT. JAMES MONROE COMBS
James M. Combs
Returns After Two
Years in Jap Prison
James Monroe Corojjs who
was recently released from
im- Bilbid Prison in t
pines was a pleasant caller at
The Eagle office this week
no worse for the wear,
Sgt. Combs was captured at
the battle of Bataan and was
with 3rd pursuit
squadron attached the Air
Corps. In discussjng the Japs
Sgt. Combs stated that none
of them treated ihe Ameri- cans like humans but to a man
were cruel and brutal. He
stated that one who owned
in Seattle, Wash.,
had been educated in Am- erica who was a doctor, just
a few davs before thev were
liberated he saw the same Jap
' in question in a fit of rage
knock down a fellow Amen-- ,
can who was not only ill but
who only weighed 110 lbs.
Speaking of weight, Sgt.
Combs- said that at one time
he got down to only weighing
110 lbs, whereas he njormally
weighs anywhere from 190 to
195. When he was liberated
he weighed 134 lbs. and since
February 4th he has gained
According to Sgt.
Combs their diet consisted
solely of Rice and Fish and
then the poorest type of food,
"u auiiig mauw was
ceived except one package
from The American Red Cross
and then the men had
ed so much from malnutrition
that many of them could not
read but theY dld organize
reading classes and the ones
had not been af'
fected read to the others,
The most menial labor was
placed on the Arrferican
oners consisting of road build-an- d
farming, etc., and they work.
ed them a plenty. Ail Amer
icans had to salute the Japs
even if they were officers and
tne japs were oniy privaieb
James is well known in Let
cher County and great rejoicing was going on here when it
was learned that he was liberated and was alive.
Sgt. Combs is the son of
Meeting in Manila
Emmett G. Fields, now
stationed near Manila, Luzon
Island, The Philippines, recently read
Kirby and Nina Fairchild Mul-lin- s
and Monroe Combs were
in that city. He went into
Manila 'on a search for them
and was successful in finding
Kirby and Nina, but just
missed seeing Monroe Combs,
who had left only a few days
earlier for the States. Needless to say, the three spent a
few most enjoyable hours
together, Mr. and Mrs. Fair-chil- d
later visiting Mr. Fields
iri camp and having "chow"
Fields, who has been
overseas since April, 1944, is
with the Sixth Infantry Division. The Sixth recently set
a record for continuous combat in the Southwest Pacific
Theater of operations, according to a press release of
March 27th, from Gen.
March 27th the Sixth Division
completed its 78th straight
day in the line against the
enemy, and was continuing
its relentless assault on the
vaunted "Shimbu Line" east
because it traveled all
over France in the First World
War, has killed more than
9,000 Japs on Luzon, and destroyed or captured vast quantities of enemy equipment- On Easter Sunday the en
tire Ordnance Company, with
which T-- 5 Fields serves, re"Meritorious
Achievement" award from
Mrs. Cynthia Hogg recently received news that her son
M. Sgt. Byrd Hogg had been seriously wounded in Germany.
Later she received a letter from him telling her about the
injury which he says was caused when he and two
went out after three Rocket Bombs. All three men got their
bombs and started back to the safety zone when the fellow
behind him dropped his bomb, causing it to explode
killing both of the other fellows and Byrd received quite a
lot of shrapnel in many places over his body. In his letters
he writes very cheerfully and says he is getting the best of
care and treatment and is doing fine. At present he is in a
hospital in England.
W. L. Stallard Jr.
To Seek Circuit
Court Clerk's Office
News came to the Eagle this
week stating that W. L. Stal- "VI
iara jr., wm seeK xne itepuD-lica- n
nomination for Circuit
Court Clerk. Young Stallard
is a medically discharged
World War II Vet, he having
lost a foot in one of the battles fought against the Germans. He is a graduate of
Whitesburg High School and
is 24 years old. He is the son
of W. L. Stallard, Sr., Whitesburg High School teacher.