Starr West Jones and my father in WWII

The letters of William E. Lovell home from Europe during WWII recount his 15 months as an Army infantry private on the front lines. As a 30-year old lawyer from NJ with a child and a "critical" legal job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, he didn't have to go. But he forged his papers of release from the Navy Yard  and enlisted in the Army in October 1944. (He told us he had arranged to be drafted, but his army records say he enlisted.)
 From the beginning he thought he'd be a legal clerk, or a clerk-typist, and he was sent to a camp (Camp Croft) in North Carolina with that assignment (MOS in Army parlance) . Before he knew it, however, he was on the front line as an infantry private moving with the 42nd Rainbow Division through France and Germany, and finally into Austria. He spent about a month and a half on the front line, participated in the battle for Wurzburg, and was the 7th man over a bridge into that city.
With a scholar's physical conditioning, and not even finishing basic training before he was shipped out in early January 1945, he broke down eventually and, after spending a few weeks at a recovery hospital in St. Johann Austria, was moved back to his regiment in  a rear-echelon position as a transition to return to his unit.  First, he was made a guard at the 42nd regimental command headquarters; soon, though, he was brought inside to serve as a clerk in the regiment's headquarters company. 
Capt Star West. Jones was the commander of Headquarters Company.  Captain Jones appears to have played a pivotal role in rescuing Private Lovell from returning to his front line unit. As Bill Lovell recounted years later, Capt. Jones heard that our dad could speak a little German and could read maps. So, he made Private Lovell a regimental cartographer.  That allowed our father to remain with the regimental headquarters company instead of returning to the front line as a rifleman.

Here are two letters home from my father, separated by 7 months, that describe Captain Jones. I believe that more was written about him ... there is one brief mention in a letter (not included here) of riding in the back seat of a jeep with the"incomparable Captain Jones," but my sense from the two published here is that my father owed the Captain for rescuing him from the front line.
Letter 1- May 1945; Letter 2-January 1946.  Enjoy.

Irvington High School "Torch" magazine, 1959

For 50 years, I held on to a copy of the "Torch" issue from December 1959. This was a general interest magazine, produced by students at Irvington High School, Irvington New Jersey. It contains pictures of football players, half-time show members, class officers, soccer team stars (our soccer team was legendary!) and poems and essays. Also, lots of advertisements of Irvington businesses at the time.
Some names from articles and masthead:
Karen Frank
Ruth Holzer
Pat Jamieson
Sharon Schlein
Barry Margolis
Inge Bass
Louise Wilkinson
Lois Charnick
Anthony Pilone
Edward Demarest
Morton Kaplan
Barbara Buhlinger
Amelia Petiti
Diane Mullin
Gail Ortland
Fran Cagno
Mary Beckman
Ann Strand
Rose Busci
Marilyn Della Valle
Carol Jacobus
Joyce Marchin
George Agalias
Janice Krampetz
Nancy Hetz
Karen Frenz
Anna Marie Iorio
Dorothy Rapp
Jo Ann Fabricatore
Barbara Cataldo
Diana Cucuzella
Gail Geyer
Carol Oncavage
Diane Sullivan
Betty Lou Schroeder
Joseph Cardillo
Marie Bagnato
Ann Greenberg
Judy ManzMarie Cieplak
Paul GeyerJohn Savicky
George Torbyck
Luciano Benassi
Myron Hura
Harold Altschuler
Roland Solchanyk
Al Fleischer
Rich Stammler
Bruce Reitz
Ronald Heitz
Wayne Jones
Augie Ernesto
Ronnie Adams
Frank Cocuzza
Bob Ruggiero
John Firuta
John deGrazio
Richard Giessuebel
Bob Gundaker
Walter Peters
Don Harmatuck
Steve Braccioforte
Norman Kiken
John Solewski
Alex Trento
Heinz Newman
Ken Sekella
Larry Perkel
George Rohowski
Bill Chisik
Brian Doyle
Robert Kuldanek
Allan Meltzer
Ron Angelo
Ron Bubnowski
Jon Frank

Here it is: Irvington HS Torch Magazine- 1959 

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