From grandmother West's scrapbook
Barry West

(This is about my father)

Wm Raymond West, S 1/c pictured above, is a cook on a Dutch troop transport in the southwest Pacific. He has been across several times. His wife Marie lives at Leon and works at Graham's Department store. Seaman West is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton West of this city. He received his boot training at Farragut, Idaho.

First Lieutenant Clayton P. Scott, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl A. Scott of Van Wert is currently assigned to the AAF redistribution station number four at Santa Ana Army base. Lt. Scott, a B-17 bomzardier in the 8th air force with 39 combat missions to his credit entered the service March 29, 1944 and went overseas in July 1944. He has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the European theatre ribbon with three battle stars.

Pfc. Francis M. Cox of Leon is a patient at Camp Carson Convalescent hospital after serving five months overseas in Germany with the 102 infantry division. Camp Carson is one of nine such units in the United States. This recently established center consists of a general hospital and a ?

Staff Sergeant Darrell Kendall of the marine air corps who is stationed at Santa Barbara California arrived in Leon Thursday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kendall of Des Moines for a visit with friends. The Kendalls are former Leon residents. Sgt. Kendall is enjoying a fifteen day furlough in Iowa.

Charles W. McKern, 19 signalman, third class of the navy of Weldon who served aboard an escort destroyer with the Atlantic fleet as he hunted Nazi U-boats through the Atlantic, got a close look at his former prey recently. After V-E day, German submarines flying the black flag of surrender , pulled into an Atlantic port. He was one of the crew members from this ship merited to board the subs for an inspection tour. Signalman McKern is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McKern. He is a graduate of the Garden Grove high school and was employed at he Hyde Service store in Leon before entering the navy.

Sgt. Deqayne Showers, just back from Germany, is enjoying a thirty day furlough visiting his wife. Baby and his parents, of Lineville. Sgt. Showers was with the 95th infantry in Germany. He reports to Camp Grant, Illinois at the close of his furlough.