July 15, 1943

Cooperstown - A V-letter received Wednesday by Mrs. A.T. Cassort from her husband, stationed in North Africa, indicated that he has recently successfully passed his tests and been promoted to First Class Petty Officer. PO Cassort has been overseas two months with a Naval unit. He received his “boot” training at Sampson. Prior to entering the Navy last November, he was Assistant Agent of the Otsego County SPCA.
July 17, 1943

Completing basic training at the Sampson Naval Station, Sea. 2/c Erwin J. Cower, son of Mr. And Mrs. Raymond Cower, 191 Chestnut, has been assigned to the Aerial Gunner and Radio Technical School at Memphis, Tenn. Inducted April 17, Sea. Cower was home late last month to receive his diploma from OHS.

Second Lt. Clifford C. Dartt, 22, who had been serving as co-pilot on a Flying Fortress, has been missing in action in the vicinity of Noyon, France, since July 4, the War Department has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford F. Dartt, 19 Pleasant.
He is the seventh Oneontan reported missing in action. Others listed by the War Department are: Lt. Richard C. Brown, over Germany; Joseph F. Fitzgerald and Verner B. Marble, Philippines; George Grosse, battle of Java Sea; Frank LaMonica, European area; Francis E. Waterman, European area.

Lt. Dartt received his silver wings and was commissioned a flying officer in the Army Air Corps at George Field, Ill., last February. He entered training last August and attended flying schools at Helena, Ark., and at Gunter Field, Ala. He had been serving at an air base in England in recent weeks.

The Oneonta officer taught at Middlefield prior to his induction in May, 1942. He is a graduate of OHS and Oneonta STC, class of 1940, and attended Iowa University. Lt. Dartt played varsity basketball at STC.

July 30, 1943

Only two registrants from this area were accepted by the Navy at the Utica Induction Station Monday, David Loushay, Chief Clerk of Board 404, was advised yesterday.

Inducted by the Navy were Edward Ralph Thompson, Jr., 10 Richards, and Martin LeRoy Finch, 83 Ford. They have been ordered to report Monday at the Albany Recruiting Station.

The other selectees, accepted by the Army, will leave for a reception center August 13:
Bradford O. Mason, 17 Grand; LeRoy E. Turner, 46 Church; Ralph Fred Amitrano, 41 Grand; Foster Sherman, 41 Grove, Herman Edward Crider, Laurens; Gerald Markley Crandall, 16 Cherry; Gordon Arthur Daley, 9 Schaffer; Frank M. Beard, Johnstown; William George Barker, Otego; Remo Alfonso Tedeschi, Endicott.
Richard Arthur Wallace, 15 Broad; George Albert Buck, 80-˝ Ford; Orlo R. Thayer, 2 Van Woert; Carlton Place Fancher, Oneonta, RD1; Delmar Harry White, 30 Richards; Donald Angus Brown, Otego, RD2; Frank Natale Microni, 15-˝ East; Robert Frazer, Otego; J.T. Lumpkin, Oneonta Hotel; Erwin Frederic Rendo, Morris; John P. Beckwith, 134 Chestnut.