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Cumberland Goes To War is a community heritage project coordinated and promoted by Allegany County Tourism in partnership with the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, the City of Cumberland, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the Allegany County Commissioners and the City of Cumberland. More information about the project and/or the images in the archive can be obtained by emailing info@cumberlandgoestowar.com.


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By Kay (Anderson) Rudd -


Every able bodied man was serving in some branch of service. Gas was rationed, and social life was nil. When troop trains came through Cumberland, we greeted them, and served them coffee and donuts. July of 1942 Loretta Young came to town as there was a big War Bond rally. I sold war bonds, I had a booth right in front of Rosenbaum's store. The rally was a big success!


While Tom was stationed at Elkins, WV, I was able to visit him several times. We were married July 29, 1944. We were married in a Methodist Church in Seyour, Indiana. My brother, Dick, was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, he was part of the wedding party. We spent the weekend in Louisville, KY.


One week later, Tom graduated and was commissioned a Flight Officer - he received his wings. His next training was at Sedalia, MO. We had one room in a private home in Warrensburg, MO. We had our meals at a restaurant or on the base. Our entertainment was playing cards (hearts) and taking in a movie.


December 1944 Tom went to Indiana, where he picked up a brand new plane (C-47) to fly overseas.


I returned home and back to work at Kelly Springfield Tire Co. I worked as a laboratory technician in the hospital lab.


Tom returned from overseas July 1945 and after a brief leave, he was sent to Monroe, LA. We were there three months, we shared an apartment with another couple. No one had cars so we walked.


Tom had enough points to be discharged November 29, 1945.
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