First GIs Discharged at Croft
By Ernestine Bodie
Spartanburg Herald-Journal, September 19, 1945
First Sergeant Joseph P. Hudock, 105
Warren, Pa., was the first man to receive his certificate in the first
discharge ceremony at the newly established Camp Croft Separation
Seven other servicemen were given their release in a brief and
ceremony conducted by Lt. Col. Wayne G. Downing, commanding officer of
the center, yesterday at 5:30.
Arriving at Camp Croft at 8 a. m. Monday,
the 8 soldiers
underwent routine procedure before they were discharged 33 hours later.
After being received and registered at the camp, a period of
followed. This included a "show down" inspection of all clothing and
Next came a thorough physical examination. Following this the group
to the administrative section for counseling. Here their papers were
in final order.
Then came the last "show down" inspection
with each man
wearing all his insignia and badges, including the discharge emblem
on his uniform during his Camp Croft stay. After being fingerprinted
their discharge certificates, the group went to Finance Headquarters
their pay. The next step in leaving the Army was the presentation
of discharge certificates by the commanding officer.
Of the 8 men discharged yesterday, 3 were
First Sgt. Hudock, who served in Europe for a year; T/Sgt. Bert A.
of Patoka, Ind., who served in the North Solomon Islands for 3 years;
Sgt. Carl E. Menius, Lexington, N. C., a veteran of the Normandy
Other men receiving discharges were Pvt. Robert J. Gaul, Providence, R.
I.; Pvt. Donald P. Lumbra, Montgomery Center, Vt.; Pvt. Joseph F.
North Bergen, N. J.; Pvt. Charles J. Bricton, West Point, Va.,; and
David N. Chavis, Brazil, Ind.
FIRST SGT HUDOCK, the first man
in July, 1939, and served with the 90th Infantry Division in the
Theater of Operations for a year. He was taken as a German prisoner of
war in Normandy in July.