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PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: Rev. Dr. Cleo LaRue, preaching professor at the Seminary, will preach at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the Countryside Community Church in Esparto.
That school has a significance for me as one of my uncles, Eunace Wallace, graduated from that school and was comfortably settled in a pastorate in Kansas when Germany invaded Poland in 1939.
He decided to enlist as a chaplain in the army and was assigned to active duty at Fort Riley, Kansas, in June, 1941.
After the United States declared war on Germany and Japan, Uncle Eunace had duty stations at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.
In June, 1943, his unit went overseas to North Africa where he was brigade chaplain of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade.
The brigade, under the command of Brig. Gen. Vincent Meyers, landed near Naples, Italy, in early November, 1943. U.S. forces landed at Anzio, 95 miles northwest of Naples, in January, 1944.
On Feb. 16, 1944, at the Anzio beachhead, an artillery shell landed in the 18th FA Brigade headquarters. It killed my uncle and two other people. He was 41.
“I was deeply shocked and grieved to learn that Chaplain Wallace had been killed in action on the Anzio beachhead,” wrote Meyers in a March, 1944 letter to my Aunt Laura. “When I say that I had great respect for him and was deeply fond of him, I am simply voicing the opinion of all officers and men in my Brigade with whom he came in contact.
“He was a most intelligent and likeable preacher of the Gospel, with a strong and inspiring personality, and he was a real help to all of us.”
My Aunt Laura received Uncle Eunace’s
belongings, including his communion kit that June and kept them on her dresser until her death in 1982. My two cousins donated the kit to the Chaplains Museum at Fort Monmouth, N.J., which is near Princeton.
I plan to go to Esparto Sunday to hear what Rev. LaRue has to say.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIM: It was an old-timers reunion Sunday afternoon when about 100 friends and relatives of Jimmy Barker gathered at the community room of the old Winters Firehouse to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Jim, a B-17 pilot in World War II, joined his
father after the war as Barker’s Electric, and served area residents and businesses for at least 65 years.
Canes and walkers were evident Sunday as some guests were nearing the century mark, but all had stories to recall. Among the guests was Jack Mermod of the Bay Area, a former Winters High School football coach.
Cody’s catered the luncheon..