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Thompson, Sheldon free May 1945

 
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Mary S Taylor



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:09 pm    Post subject: Thompson, Sheldon free May 1945 Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Tribune Fri., May 18, 1945
Sheldon Thompson, Scott Murphy Free
A veritable mother’s day dream came true for Mrs. F.L. Thompson and Mrs. Scott Murphy May 12 when a telegram from First Lt. Sheldon Thompson reading “Free at last, Scott with me. Well, home soon, love, Sheldon,” was received by his mother. Sent from England, it was the word from first word Lt. Scott Murphy and Lt. Thompson which their families had head in some months. Mrs. Scott Murphy, the former Myfanwy Stetson, received a Red Cross notification that her husband had been released, addressed to their small daughter, Pat, Lt. Murphy is the son of Guy Murphy of Ord Village. Lt. Thompson, whose army career took him to the hardest fighting of the African and Italian campaigns, until his capture in Italy July 10 of last year, was their families believe unaware that Lt. Murphy had been shot down over Germany July 2. Lt. Thompson, who was commissioned February 11, 1942, only a month after his enlistment was well known as a student leader during his school days here. He wears the purple heart for wounds received at Salerno and was taken prisoner while on patrol near Rome. He was slightly wounded at the time. He was known to have been held at Oflag 64 in Poland. Easter Sunday Major and Mrs. Thompson heard that their son had been moved to a camp near Hamburg when the Russian armies retook Poland. Lt. Murphy originally from Oklahoma, has been a resident of the Monterey Bay area since 1939. He was sent overseas in February, 1944, and was the pilot of a B-24 at the time of his capture. His air medal and one oak leaf cluster were presented to Mrs. Murphy during recent ceremonies at the Salinas air base. Mrs. Murphy first heard from him from Stalag Luft 3, but knew that he was later moved to another camp. Neither family knows the details of the young officers rescue.
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