Amsterdam, N.Y.


Another World War I Veteran Joins US Navy

John P. Curran, Postal Clerk, Who Served in France in '18, Enlists for Duty in Titanic Conflict

John Patrick Curran, 8 Union Street, postal clerk who served in the last World War with Company H. 105th Infantry, 27th Division, has deserted the ranks of the Army to Join the Navy in the current widespread conflict. President of the 27th Division Association, Amsterdam Post, No. 4, the soldier veteran who is now nearing his 44th year, selected the mail service of the Navy as his choice in the latest move to aid his country in a time of emergency.

As a soldier in the last war with the Amsterdam company of the 27th Division, Private Curran, as he ranked then, saw much action on the battle fronts of Belgium and France and he took part in all the major engagements in which his division participated. His loyal and faithful service won for him the commendation of his commanding officers.

A peculiar coincidence with the enlistment of Mr. Curran is the fact that he is joining a buddy, Henry O. Christman, a postal carrier who enlisted in the Navy a week ago, and both are rated as specialists first class in the mail service of the Navy's Construction Regiments. Curran and Christman bivouacked under the same blankets in the barren wastes of France and Belgium 24 years ago, and now they hope to be again closely associated in this latest adventure. Both have been sworn in and are awaiting the call to service.

Another well known Amsterdamian to Join the Navy recently is Edward Joseph McDonough, 45 Greene Street, who has enlisted as a carpenter's mate, third class. McDonough, who is also in the upper brackets, as years go, feels that he is capable of assisting his country in active service, and hence has joined the numerous boys now with the armed forces.

The following other recent Navy enlistments are announced by Chief Electrician's Mate Charles A. White at his recruiting headquarters in City Hall:

General Naval Reserves
    Joseph Olechowski, 21 Grand Street, Amsterdam;
    Loula Peter Van der Essen, Easterly Street Extension, Gloversvllle;
    Joseph Rocca. 434 South Main Street, Gloversvllle.

Construction Regiments
    Americo Mancini, 138 Forbes Street, Amsterdam, seaman, second class;
    Edward Ebeling. 228 Moyer Street, Fort Plain, machinist's mate, second class;
    Edward Joseph Nolan, R. D. 2, Gloversvllle, seaman, second class;
    Milton Michael Ivancie, 15 Veghtc Street, Johnstown, seaman, first class;
    Leonard John Hidde, 8 Fosdick Street, Gloversville, seaman, first class;
    George Schuyler, Easterly Street Extension, Gloversvllle, water tender, first class;
    Orrin A. Kennedy, R. D. 2, Gloversvllle, seaman, first class;
    Jay H. Painter, 9 Second Street, Gloversville, carpenter's mate;
    Earl Herman Fredericks, 35 Webster Street, Fort Plain, fireman, first class;
    Floyd Brown, 3 Washington Street, Johnstown, ship fitter, third class.

Source: Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, NY, Tuesday, July 21, 1942

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