1943 Sunpapers World War II Christmas Radio Program: We need your help!

November 06, 2013

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 (pmccardell@baltsun.com)  or Steve Sullivan (stsullivan@baltsun.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.

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