On Dec. 25, 1943, the Baltimore Sunpapers produced a Christmas radio show featuring soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division and 8th Air Force from bases in England. The hour-long program, which aired on WFRB Radio in Baltimore and on nine other stations in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, featured 55 men and women from the army, air force and Red Cross, either sending Christmas greetings to loved ones back home, singing or performing musical numbers.
This year, to mark the 70th anniversary of the program, The Sun and WYPR FM are going to make the program available in its entirety. WYPR will air the program on Midday with Dan Rodricks on Friday, December 20, with a rebroadcast on Christmas Eve. The Sun will have an interactive presentation starting Monday, December 23, where you can listen to the program and see photos and stories about the men and women who participated in the show.
We’re trying to track down people who were on the show, people related to them or who knew them well so we can find out more about them. If you have any information on these people, please contact us and let us know by emailing Paul McCardell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Sullivan (email@example.com).
Featured on the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show:
Lt. Col. Ben Lyon - Maryland
Cpl. Jean Lowenthal - Baltimore
Warrant Officer William Fisher - Frederick, Md.
Sgt. Benny Blubaugh - Baltimore
Sgt. Jose Casanova - Baltimore
Sgt. Sol Luric - Baltimore
Warrant Officer Larry Smigel - Philadelphia
Sgt. Nick Grimaldi - Philadelphia
Pvt. Melvin Carbaugh - Frederick, Md.
Sgt. Melvin Sheer - Baltimore
Cpl. Frank Meneguzzo - Pringle Hill, Pa.
Pfc. Charles Rohlfing - Baltimore
Sgt. James Albright - Frederick, Md.
Sgt. Charles Heflin - Hagerstown, Md.
Cpl. Martin Willen - Baltimore
Maj. John C. Bishop - Queenstown, Md.
Sgt. Isaac Roberts - Baltimore
Sgt. James Bartlett - Spencer, West Va.
Sgt. Cody Wolf - Catonsville, Md.
Sgt. Joseph Klein - Baltimore
Lt. William F. Hickey - Baltimore
Sgt. Julius Edwards - Harrisonburg, Va.
Col. Jack Lambert - Arlington, Va.
Maj. Ken Reecher - Hagerstown. Md.
Capt. Charles Schoolfield - Mount Washington
Lt. Woodrow Wilson Thomas - Baltimore
Capt. Stanley Silverstein - Baltimore
Sarah Sadler (Red Cross) - Norfolk, Va.
Kitty Heuisler (Red Cross) - Baltimore
Maj. Walter Ives - Baltimore
Lt. William S. Kirk - Richmond, Va.
Sgt. Arnold Coulter - Danville, Va.
SSgt. Cecil A. Poff - Salem, Va.
Sgt. J. Preston McComas - Bel Air, Md.
Sgt. Jesse Nussbaum - Westminster, Md.
Pvt. Lewis Rudd - Richmond, Va.
Capt. Ernest L. Bayton - Portsmouth, Va.
Pvt. Robert Meador - Roanoke, Va.
Pvt. Charles Vlar - Lynchburg, Va.
Sgt. Talmadge Coffey, - Lynchburg, Va.
Sgt. Clayton A. Moss - Lynchburg, Va.
Pvt. James Brooks - Lynchburg, Va.
Pvt. James Sweigh - Lynchburg, Va.
Pvt. Samuel Wright - Lynchburg, Va.
Pfc. Guy Rowe - Staunton, Va.
Capt. Thomas Dukehart - Baltimore
Sgt. Charles Irwin - Bel Air, Md.
Capt. Benjamin F. Cassell - Baltimore
Sgt. Robert Landis - Cumberland, Md.
Sgt. Harry Carver - Winchester, Va.
Sgt. Irvin Nash - Harrisonburg, Va
Sgt. Kenneth Nelson - Crisfield, Md.
Sgt. Charles Lowe - Crisfield, Md.
Sgt. Raydie Sterling - Crisfield, Md.
Sgt. Woodrow Thomas - Crisfield, Md.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun