Elkridge gentleman becomes an officer in 1965 [History Matters]

July 1965

"Promoted to Lt. Colonel: James Paul Libertini of 5810 Lawyers Hill Road in Elkridge has recently been promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He is a member of the 6176th U.S. Army terminal, USAR, Baltimore, Maryland which is commanded by Colonel Alvin L. Benson.

"Colonel Libertini has a record of 23 years of continuous military service, including almost four years of active duty during World War II. A combat veteran of the Pacific Theatre, he saw action in the Battle of Luzon, as well as the Battle of the South Philippines. Amongst his numerous service awards and decorations Colonel Libertini can count the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

"Presently, Colonel Libertini is serving as Comptroller of the 6176th U.S. Army Terminal. He has been a member of this terminal, which is the senior transportation command unit in the Maryland area, since its inception shortly after World War II."

I learned about these particular battles in which the colonel fought from another veteran, my dad, who was also in attendance in the Pacific Theater. He too received a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge, along with a Purple Heart.

But Dad was no officer, just an 18-year-old infantryman, tired, dirty and scared for most of his army sponsored trip to various Pacific isles. He did miss the horrors of the Bataan Death March, though. That march began April 9, 1942. Today, every spring there's a memorial march held in White Sands, New Mexico, to honor the American and Filipinos' forced march through the Philippines.

July 1924

Comings and goings 

From the Times social notes:

"Clarksville: Rev. C. E. Dryden, of Glen Burnie spent a short time with friends Monday. Mrs. E. K. Coomes is visiting Mr. C. Coomes of Halethorpe. Mrs. Amanda Johnson has been visiting Mrs. Josephine Cavey.

"Jessup: Mr. and Mrs. William Lankford have returned from Pocomoke City, Md., where they were called by the death of an aunt. Mr. Arthur Biggs, has returned to his home in New York, after visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Spears Briggs.

"A Lawn Fete, for the benefit of Wesley M. E. Chapel, Howard County, was held on Thursday evening this week in the grove adjoining the chapel. Mrs. C. Leslie Ouster was chairman of the affair. Mrs. J. Snowden Lucchesi spent Sunday at Sparrows Point, Md. Miss Bessye Ruppert, of Washington was a recent visitor at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ruppert, near here.

"Lisbon: Mr. and Mrs. Levi Morgan spent the week-end with relatives in Baltimore. Mrs. Mary Richards and Margaret Cowan, have returned to their homes in Baltimore County, where they will spend their summer vacation. Dr. and Mrs. Albin Mercier have returned to their home at Madison Dorchester County, after viding at the home of Mr. L. Scott Mercier."

July 1890

Shipping news

"Off for Europe:

"Mr. Charles Carroll Marden, J.H.U. late professor of modern languages in Norfolk Academy, and a son of Mr. Jesse Marden, of Baltimore, accompanied by Mr. J.F. Blackwell, professor of ancient langagues in the same institution, left New York for Europe, Wednesday afternoon, on the Inman line steamer, City of Chester. After a short stay in London they propose to spend several weeks in Paris, returning the latter part of September. Mr. Marden has been appointed to a department of Romance languages in the University of Michigan, and will enter upon his duties early in October. He is a nephew of Judge and Mrs. Reuben Dorsey of Oakland Mills, this county.

"Delegate Linn's New Dwelling;

"Delegate William E. Linn is building a handsome modern residence on his farm, which is situated on the Highland and Simponsville road in the Fifth district. The dwelling will contain the usual conveniences and will be handsomely finished.  Attached to the main structure is an 'L' building. The house will be ready for occupancy in the fall. Mr. Linn will also improve his premises with numerous outbuildings. He and his bride are now keeping house at the old homestead."

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