Company F – Poignant Wartime Encounters

A scrapbook of newspaper articles concerning the soldiers of Company F during World War II contains many heartbreaking articles of young men injured, taken prisoner or fatally wounded. There are also some joyous accounts of chance meetings and unexpected encounters. The following are just a few:

MEDINA BOYS MEET IN THE PHILIPPINES, 28 Feb 1945

Pvt. Karl E. Posson was walking down the air strip in Leyte when he met Pfc. Eugene P. Anderson, Jr.

MEETING MEDINA MEN IN NEW GUINEA WAS A WONDERFUL THRILL, 6 Mar 1945

Cpl. Francis Kelly who had been overseas since Nov. 13, 1943 met Cpl. Leo Ranallo who had recently been home to Medina and had visited the Kelly family. Cpl. Ranallo had even seen Cpl. Kelly’s 13-month old baby, Francis Michael Jr. who was born shortly after his departure “No one can ever know how I felt to talk with someone who has seen my baby, it is something I shall never forget” said Cpl. Kelly.

BETTER THAN BETTY SAYS MEDINA SOLDIER IN ITALY MEETING, 4 Apr 1945

“It was a bigger thrill meeting someone from our hometown than seeing Betty Grable” agreed two Medinians who met in Italy. Staff Sgt. William A. Koneski met Pfc. Charles J. Stillwell at a rest area for Fifth Army troops in Monticatina, Italy.

MEDINA BROTHERS MEET IN WAR ZONE, 19 Apr 1945

Merchant Marine Ben Starr on leave in France from his base in Germany hailed a ride with an American jeep. Upon hearing that he was from Medina, the driver told him that there was a Don Starr in his unit. Ben could not locate Don at first, but when Don went to his bunk later, there was his brother Ben sleeping in his bed!

MORIARTY BROTHERS MEET IN PACIFIC AFTER MANY MONTHS

Cpl. James Moriarty met his only brother Lieut. Francis Moriarty in Guam. The brothers had not met for “thirty and one half months”.

CONTINUED SEARCH BY MEDINA BOYS ENDS IN HAPPY REUNION, 1944

After trying to meet for months while in North Africa, Pfc. Richard Dujenski of 100 Laurel St. finally met Tech. Sgt. Walter F. Skomski of 101 Laurel St. while in Italy.

MEDINA BROTHERS MEET BY CHANCE IN HOME OF AUNT, 1944

The first meeting in three years of two brothers took place at the home of their aunt in London. Pfc. Gerald Wheatley had scarcely arrived at his aunt’s when in walked his brother David. Neither knew that the other had been granted furlough.

MEDINA MEN MEET AT CHURCH SERVICES IN EAST INDIES, 17 Jan 1945

Waiting in line to go to confession at a little Chapel in the Netherland East Indies, on the day before Christmas, Tech. Sgt. David V. Wasnock met Sgt. Herbert Whitmore. The two had been school-day friends.

Perhaps this is the most amazing story:

MEDINA MAN FINDS SHELTER IN HOME OF HIS ITALIAN KIN, 12 Feb 1945

“Forced to stop in a small Italian town overnight because the mobile equipment in which he was traveling broke down and finding that the home in which he sought shelter was that of his aunt and uncle, was the experience of Cpl. Andy Coppa of Medina” Needless to say, there was great excitement!

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