Sgt. Charles Heflin - Hagerstown, Md.
Charles Heflin of Hagerstown was awarded a Bronze Star in 1945. He died in 1989 at age 69.
Born: July 5, 1919
Died: Apr. 5, 1989
Katherine “Kitty” Heuisler (Red Cross) - Baltimore
Katherine “Kitty” Heuisler served as a Red Cross clubmobile captain (also referred to as “Doughnut Dollies”) during World War II. She was 31 when she volunteered for overseas duty. In September 1945, she was a member of the first Red Cross team to cross the Siegfried Line into Germany, recording the time of the crossing in her diary down to the second. After the end of the European Campaign she returned to Baltimore, only to be asked by the Red Cross to report to the Pacific Theater. After victory in the Pacific she again came back to Baltimore and briefly worked for developer James Rouse. From 1946 to 1964 she operated the Katherine Heuisler Dress Shop on Cold Spring Lane. She died at age 83 in 1994.
Born: Jan. 13, 1911
Died: Dec. 1, 1994
Lt. William F. Hickey – Baltimore
When William Hickey spoke during the 1943 Christmas Day broadcast, The Sun was at the home of his parents, Patrick and Caroline Hickey. A photo of them, along with Hickey’s wife, Audrey, and sister, Anna, sitting in front of a radio topped by his framed photograph was published in the December 26, 1943 paper. Hickey was a magna cum laude graduate of Loyola College of Maryland and attended Georgetown law school. He died at 82 in 2000.
Born: May 27, 1918
Died: Dec. 6, 2000
Wife: Audrey M. Hickey
Sgt. Charles Irwin - Bel Air, Md.
On the 1943 Christmas show, Bel Air’s Charles Irwin sang the song, “The Man In The Moon Has Turned Postman,” which was written by Capt. Thomas Dukehart for Dukehart’s wife. Irwin often sang at Red Cross clubs and appeared in the 29th Division’s show, “Snap It Up Again.” It was after that show that he received a letter from a New York theatrical agent inviting him to contact him. Once the war ended, Irwin went to New York, but ended up contacting a different producer who signed him to a role in play starring Ray Bolger. Irwin appeared on Broadway and road tours of several shows before returning to Bel Air. He acted with a local theater group, then returned to New York where he worked in nightclubs and another play with Ray Bolger. He married Jacqueline Kelly and returned to Bel Air for good, and worked for years in local broadcasting and advertising. He was also a co-founder of a bank in Harford County and served on the bank’s board. Irwin, 96, was interviewed in December 2013 about his part in the 1943 Christmas show.