World War 2 Articles of Interest

(Dates given are those of publication. Any mis-spellings in the article are typed exactly as they appeared in the paper. - Marge German, typist.)

Miss McKennon Bride Soldier

July 21, 1944

Shickshinny Girl is Wedded to Cpl. Willard Sorber Last Evening

Miss Louise McKennon, of Butler street, Shickshinny, became the bride of Cpl. Willard Sorber, of Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Shickshinny, last evening in the Shickshinny Presbyterian Church. Rev. Clark Heller, of Wapwallopen, officiated and used the double ring ceremony.

Attending the couple were Miss Connie McKennon, sister of the bride, and Glenn Sorber, of Berwick, cousin of the bridegroom. Preceding the ceremony was a fifteen minute organ recital by Miss Dorothea Arnold. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Mckennon, of Butler street. She is a graduate of Shickshinny High School, class of 1942, and is employed as a telephone operator by the Telephone Co., in Shickshinny. Cpl. Sorber is the son of Fred Sorber, of Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Shickshinny. He was graduated from Shickshinny High School in 1940 and is now located at Camp Stewart, GA., where he is a radio operator.

Following the wedding, a reception was held for nearly a hundred guests at the home of the bride’s parents. The couple then left for Washington, D. C., and Virginia Beach, VA., on a wedding trip.


Robt. Kishbaugh Missing In Action

July 21, 1944

Was Member Of Paratroop Division Which Took Part in Invasion of France

A message received Wednesday night from the War Department Mr. & Mrs. Cletus Kishbaugh, of West Vine St., conveyed the sad intelligence that their son, Pfc. Robert Kishbaugh has been missing in action since June 8, two days after he took part in the invasion.

The missing soldier enlisted as a paratrooper in November, 1941. He had been in England since before Christmas, 1943.

There are four other sons of the Kishbaugh family serving their country in various branches of the service.

Loses Leg

August 23, 1944

PFC. Robert Marshall

Mr. & Mrs. Leon Harshall of Bethel Hill received a letter on Wednesday, written by a nurse in a field hospital in France, conveying the information that their son, Pfc. Robert Marshall was a patient in the hospital suffering the loss of a leg lost in a recent battle in Normandy. The letter stated he was in good shape and had requested the nurse to write to his parents. Marshall went overseas in September of 1943. He had received recognition as an expert marksman. A brother, Cpl. Donald Marshall, is serving in the Italian theatre of war.


Nice Birthday Present

August 4, 1944


Albert D. Williams, Jr., son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Williams of 7 East Vine street, shickshinny, was promoted to corporeal on his birthday, June 1st, 1944. He is a graduate of Shickshinny High School and is stationed with the 9th General hospital somewhere in the South Pacific.

Killed In Action (photo)


JULY 24, 1944

SGT. Whitebread Killed In Action

Telegram To Parents Says Popular Town man Lost His Life On D-Day in France

Word received Monday morning that Sgt. Hertz Whitebread had been killed on June 6, on the Normandy beaches brought a note of sorrow throughout Shickshinny. The message came from the War Department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Whitebread of Susquehanna avenue. Two weeks ago the parents received a message that Hertz had been injured, and the suppostion was that he was recovering in a base hospital. The later message caused a shock to townspeople.

Sgt. Whitebread was one of the most widely known young men of the vicinity. He was one of the organizers of the junior Drum Corps and led the organization to a wide acclaim throughout several counties. When the Drum Corps bought the Community Ambulance and it was threatened with abandonment Hertz supplied the funds to keep it going as a Community project. Possessed of a personality and a progressive spirit Whitebread won wide popularity. He was severely injured in a railroad accident at Mocanaqua and for a long time was compelled to use a cane. Je was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Sgt. Whitebread was a member of the First Division and served under the late Lt. General Theodore Rooosevelt. When on a furlough from Indiantown Gap, a short time prior to embarkation for overseas, Hertz spoke of the great love the soldiers had for Gen. Roosevelt.

Sgt. Whitebread had served in Africa, Sicily, Italy and was transferred to England for the invasion. Sgt. Whitebread enlisted Feb. 3, 1942, and received his training at Camp Wheeler, GA., camp Blanding, Fla. and Indiantown Gap prior to going to England.

One of Five Serving

Sgt. Whitebread was one of five brothers serving in the armed forces. His brothers include: Motor Machinist Ray Whitebread, who is on an LST boat in the invasion; Seaman Lamont Whitebread, at Bainbridge, Md.; Pfc. Russell Whitebread, who is in New Guinea, and Pvt. Robert Whitebread, who is in England.

Donald Whitebread, well-known German Bakery representative is a brother, and Mrs. Herman May of Wilkes-Barre is a sister.

Shickshinny Saddened

The town of Shickshinny was saddened when telegrams for two families arrived to inform them of deaths of sons in battle.

Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Whitebread, of Susquehanna Avenue, who had received a telegram several weeks ago informing them of the serious wounds suffered by their son, Sgt. Hertz Whitebread, 27, were informed the sergeant was killed on D-Day in France.

Sgt. Whitebread was known throughout Eastern part of the State for work in organizing Junior Drum and bugle Corps of Shickshinny, also for his part in providing the community ambulance for Shickshinny and surrounding communities.

Sgt. Whitebread entered the service on February 3, 1942, and received his training at Camp Wheeler, GA.; Camp Blanding, Fla., and Indiantown Gap, prior to going to England. He served in the African and Sicilian campaigns and had been at a rest camp in England before the invasion of France. He was a member of the Shickshinny Lutheran Church.

Mr. & Mrs. Whitebread have four other sons in the service of their country: Ray Whitebread, a motor machinist who was on an LST boat in the invasion; Seaman Lamont Whitebread, at Bainbridge, Md.; PFC Russell Whitebread, in New Guinea, and Pvt. Robert Whitebread, who is in England. Donald Whitebread of West Union Street, Shickshinny, is a brother,...


Nov. 7, 1944


Three sons of Mrs. Rose Williams, 89 Susquehanna avenue, Wyoming, are serving in the armed forces.

Walter Williams, aviation radio mate 3/c, is presently stationed at Norfolk, Va. He entered service in July, 1943, a month after graduating from Wyoming High School, where he was a star football player. He received training at Sampson, N.Y.

PFC Jack Williams entered service on March 1, 1941, and is with the Army ground Force Band at Camp Stewart, Ga. He received training at Fort Eustis, Va. He is a graduate of Wyoming High School, class of 1940.

Fred Williams, motor operator, machinist’s mate 2/c, has arrived in the South Pacific. He entered service in November, 1943, and trained at Sampson, N. Y. and Richmond, Va., before going overseas. He was graduated from Wyoming High School in 1936 and in civilian life was manager of Dean Phipps Store in Wyoming and Norwich, N. Y. He is married to the former Marion Smith, West Wyoming, and they have a son, Fred, Jr.

A son-in-law, First Lt. Frank L. Albert, was killed in action over Germany last march, a month after his wife, the former rose Ella Williams, died of a heart attack.

Advanced to Captain

June 6, 1944

According to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose L. Keller, 83 Dana Street, Forty Fort, William E. Keller, now stationed at Smyrna Air Field, Tennessee, has been promoted to captain.

Capt. Keller until recently was an instructor on an A-T10 and also acted on the Advisory Training Board at Freeman Field, Ind. He is now attending an instructors school on B-24’s.

Capt. Keller is a graduate of Forty Fort High School and East Stroudsburg State Teachers College and before entering the armed forces was a basketball coach at Bonifay, Fla.

Serving Uncle Sam

Jan. 7, 1944


Pfc. Kirkland A. Ziokowski has arrived safely in the Southwest Pacific war zone, according to work received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Yavoish, of Muhlenburg. He is a brother-in-law of City Controller Walter (Trixie) Gritsavage, of Nanticoke.

Serving Overseas

Oct. 16, 1944

Pvt. Martin Crane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Crane, of Shickshinny Valley, is aged 22 and was inducted by the Army on August 28, 1942. Pvt. Crane received his training at Fort Sheridan, Ill., and is now serving overseas with a military police company.

Cpl. Richard Belles Is In New Guinea

Nov. 1, 1944

Cpl. Richard P. Belles, who was in Australia for some time, is now in New Guinea with a coast artillery unit. He recently sent a poem home entitled "Army Life in New Guinea", that tells about the swamps, heat, insects, snakes, lizzards, etc. The poem ends with the following:

"Those are obstacles we’ve confronted,

They are very hard to tell,

Let’s hope its nice in Heaven,

For we’ve served our time in Hell."

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