Guy Rowe was part of the Mountaineer Band that played a hillbilly song on the show.
Pvt. Lewis Rudd - Richmond, Va.
Sarah Sadler (Red Cross) – Norfolk, Va.
Sarah Sadler of Norfolk was a program director at a Red Cross service club in England. She had been a dancer all her life and after the war she returned to Norfolk and ran women’s exercise and dance classes. She had a brief marriage to Col. Sydney Woods who served in the 4th Fighter Group. Their only son was killed in action in Vietnam. In December 2013, 97-year-old Sarah Sadler Woods was interviewed about the 1943 Christmas show. She lives in Virginia Beach, Va.
Capt. Charles Schoolfield - Mount Washington
Charles Schoolfield enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in December 1941. He named his B-17 bomber “Sis” after his sister, Gertrude, who was with the Overseas Mmilitary Welfare Service of the Red Cross. His other sister, Grayce, was in the Navy’s WAVES division during World War II. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak-leaf cluster and an Air Medal with three oak-leaf clusters. He retired from the air force as a lieutennant colonel after serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was 83 when he died in Prescott, Az. in 2002.
Born: Apr. 19, 1919
Died: June 8, 2002
Wife: Frances Schoolfield
Sgt. Melvin Sherr – Baltimore
On the 1943 Christmas show, Baltimore’s Melvin Sherr joined Cpl. Frank Meneguzzo of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in singing “Stardust.’ Sherr was an accomplished musician who played violin at many Baltimore-area weddings and bar mitzvahs after the war. He also served 49 years in the medical corps of the Maryland National Guard. That service was recognized when the guard’s readiness center in Parkville was named in his honor. Sherr died on Christmas Day 1996 at age 82.
Born: Sept. 18, 1914
Died: Dec. 25, 1996