50 YEARS AGO
Marine Corporal Thomas R. Stringer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Stringer of Grasonville, was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm for combat action while a member of the Third Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division on Operation Hastings.
Operation Hastings was a multi-battalion operation which took place within two miles of the Demilitarized Zone against the North Vietnamese 324th Division.
His unit accounted for more than 300 of the nearly 900 enemy killed during the 18-day operation.
His battalion’s primary mission is to meet and capture or destroy the enemy by weapons fire, maneuver, or shock action. ** * Calling law enforcement “a most serious problem,” members of the Grand Jury of the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court have recommended that the County Commissioners “immediately” appoint two ore deputies and a clerk in the Sheriff’s Office.
A further recommendation after the three-day session by the jurors was that the County Commissioners appoint a committee to study the present and future needs for law enforcement within the county and make plans to assume this responsibility with either a county police force or an expanded trained sheriff’s department.
** * Dr. George Silver, President of Chesapeake College, presented the plans for the junior college campus to the commissioners Tuesday morning.
Dr. Silver made it plain that his visit was only to inform the county officials of the progress being made in the development of the four-county, twoyear college and not a request for funds at this time.
The plan for 170-acre, triangular shaped plat of land located at Wye Mills is circular with parking facilities planned for the outer perimeters to avoid any traffic on the campus main. Although the diagram presented by Dr. Silver was complete with many buildings, he said that the present building schedule concerns only four major necessary buildings in order to accommodate 600 full-time students to start, with two more buildings to be added as soon as possible.
** * The new $250,000 Federal Building and Post Office in Centreville will be dedicated Saturday at 2 p.m. The public is invited.
Postmaster William E. Roe, 3rd, said the principal speaker will be William G. Milstead, special assistant to the regional director of the Post Office Department.
Maryland Senator Daniel B. Brewster is on the program but said he may not get away from Washington because the Senate may be in session.
The colonial-style brick building houses five government agencies besides the post office. It was erected on the corner of Water Street and Happy Lady Lane, just a block from the center of town. The Federal Building portion is 2-story with the post office occupying a one-story portion on the west side. The great blue heron death toll rose to eight with this week’s disclosure that the injured bird found at Northwest Creek died.
Special Agent Frank Kuncir of U.S. Fish and Wildlife said that the official cause of death will not be known for “quite some time” because autopsies are prioritized. Endangered species, such as bald eagles, receive top priority. Kuncir said that the case is open and disease or lead ingestion could not b ruled out.
Neighbors who found the dead and wounded birds last felt the cause of death was obvious — they heard gun shots Monday and found dead and wounded birds Tuesday and Thursday.
** * It was homecoming week at Queen Anne’sCounty High School. Nicole Potter and Michael Jordan were named Homecoming Queen and King. The Run for the Lights was held to help QACHS Boosters raise funds to lights at the football stadium. Participants ran from the Board of Education building on Chesterfield Avenue through downtown to the stadium at the high school.
** * A search team widened its search for the student pilot of a single engine airplane who has been missing since Friday.
The unidentified pilot disappeared Friday in a Piper Cherokee while enroute to Lee Airport in Annapolis from Summit Airport in Delaware. The 30-year-old student pilot was returning from her second-ever solo flight, sources said.
“To the best of our knowledge, she did nothing wrong,” said Major C. Warren Vest, the mission coordinator for the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, which is based at Easton Airport. “She followed all procedures. She was on course. Something happened.”
** * Only days after the impact of drastic budget cuts hit the state, Eastern Shore residents joined together in an attempt to resurrect at least one program eliminated in the $450 million slash.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer’s plan to ground two of the state’s eight MedEvac helicopters, including the Centreville unit, temporarily on hold, has prompted a number of protests in the form of a petition.
“There are so many people that are so mad. Budget cuts may be necessary, but you can’t just take a life-saving unit,” said Elaine Fleureton, a Denton resident who spearheaded a petition requesting reinstatement of the Centreville MedEvac unit.
CPL. THOMAS R. STRINGER