1943 Sunpapers Christmas Show profiles

December 31, 2013

Sgt. James Albright - Frederick, Md.

James Albright received a Purple Heart for wounds he received during the invasion of France in June 1944.  After the war he worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick for more than 30 years.  He died at age 70 in 1986.

Born: Apr. 17, 1916

Died: Nov. 12, 1986

Wives: Helen (Roberts) Albright; Virginia (Edwards) Albright

Sgt. James Bartlett - Spencer, West Va.  

James Bartlett was a former Towson resident who before the war had worked as a brakeman for the B&O Railroad  on the run from Brunswick to Baltimore.  Bartlett was 66 when he died in 1982.

Born: Nov. 30, 1915

Died: March 1982

Wife: Edna (Douglas) Bartlett

Capt. Ernest L. Bayton - Portsmouth, Va. 

Ernest Bayton was a dentist with a medical detachment. Bayton died in 1996 at age 82.

Born: Feb. 16, 1914

Died: March 6, 1996

Wife: Jean Bayton

Maj. John C. Bishop - Queenstown, Md. 

John Bishop was a Commander with the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.  He was 60 when he died in 1976.

Born: Jan. 24, 1916

Died: June 18, 1976

Wife: Irma (Hall) Bishop

Sgt. Benny Blubaugh - Baltimore

Benjamin Blubaugh played in the 29th Division band.  On the Christmas Day radio broadcast, he joined sergeants Jose Casanova and Sol Lurie of Baltimore, Warrant Officer Larry Smigel of Philadelphia, and pianist Sgt. Nick Grimaldi of Philadelphia, to sing a version of the Ink Spots’ hit, “Java Jive”.  Blubaugh was 40 when he died in 1961.

Born: March 17, 1920

Died: Jan. 26, 1961

Wife: Mary G (Hesson) Blubaugh 

George Bond (Red Cross) - Laurel, Md.

George Bond was a Senior Field Director for the Red Cross, assigned to the 29th Division in England during the war.  In November 1945 he was awarded the Bronze Star.  After the war, he worked with Maloney Concrete Co. in Washington, DC.  He died in 1963 at age 66.

Born: Nov. 1897

Died: Dec. 3, 1963

Wife: Anna Rose (Mann) Bond

Reporter Holbrook Bradley – Baltimore

Baltimore Sun correspondent Holbrook Bradley wrote the script for the infantry portions of the 1943 Christmas show.  Bradley joined The Sun in 1942 and covered Baltimore’s waterfront before being assigned to cover the 29th Infantry Division during the war.  He was with the 29th when they landed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day through the German surrender.  After the war, he returned to Baltimore and worked for The Sun until joining the staff of Time-Life.  In 1948, he went to work for the State Department, then later worked for the United States Information Agency.  He wrote a book, published in 2007, about his coverage of World War II.  Bradley was the last surviving member of The Sun's World War II correspondents.  He died at age 93 in 2010.

Born: 1917

Died: July 10, 2010

Wife: Phoebe Marsh (Footner) Bradley

Pvt. James Brooks - Lynchburg, Va. 

James Brooks was part of a group from Lynchburgh and Staunton, Va. that played a hillbilly song during the Christmas broadcast.

Born: 1922

Pvt. Melvin Carbaugh - Frederick, Md. 

On the Christmas Day show, Melvin Carbaugh introduced his wife, the former Dorothy Whitmarsh, an English girl he had married only a few hours prior to broadcast.  In June 1944, Carbaugh was wounded during the invasion of France.  His younger brother, Raymond, was listed as missing in action, but was later discovered to have been a prisoner of war.  He died in 2013 at age 92.

Born: April 25, 1920

Died: Feb. 22, 2013

Wife: Dorothy C.F. (Whitmarsh) Carbaugh

Sgt. Harry Carper - Winchester, Va. 

Harry Carver enlisted in 1941 and at the time of the broadcast was a personnel clerk in the headquarters company.

Born: April 25, 1921

Died: Feb. 18, 1980

Sgt. Jose Casanova – Baltimore

Jose Casanova joined fellow sergeants Benjamin Blubaugh and Sol Lurie of Baltimore, Warrant Officer Larry Smigel of Philadelphia, and pianist Sgt. Nick Grimaldi of Philadelphia in performing the Ink Spots’ hit, “Java Jive.”  Casanova had been a musician in a New York City nightclub prior to the war. 

Born: 1910 in Ponce, Puerto Rico


Capt. Benjamin F. Cassell – Baltimore

Benjamin Cassell earned a Bronze Star for his role in helping plan the D-Day invasion.  After the war he was active in the Maryland National Guard, serving as Assistant Adjutant General for 27 years.  He was also a former National Commander of the 29th Division Association.  He died in 1984 at age 77.

Born: Jan. 13, 1907

Died: July 25, 1984

Wife: Theola May (Nelson) Cassell

Sgt. Talmadge Coffey - Lynchburg, Va.

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