Saturday, January 13, 2018




This is a story told years after WWI by Dr. Frederick Korner who had been an officer
aboard the German Sub U-151, to radio news commentator Lowell Thomas in 1928.

U-151 had made its way easily from Germany, through the British blockade to lay mines
in the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware Bay. In June of 1918 the U-boat had laid some of its
cargo in the Chesapeake and made way for the Delaware Capes. Early one evening we saw
the lights of Cape May and submerged to avoid any ship traffic running into the Delaware Bay.
Our periscope showed we were two or three miles distant of the Overfalls Lightship, so out of
sight we glided slowly into the mouth of the channel.

Then something went wrong. As Korner who was looking through the periscope a sudden
lurch knocked him off his feet to the bottom of the subs compartment. The U-151 slammed
bottom two or three times then leaped to the surface. There was pandemonium and panic
among the crew. The engineer sang out “she wont stay down. I cant control her.” .. We had hit
bottom and the 'shock' disabled the steering and diving apparatus, and the sub was dragged around
by the powerful currents. We noticed a strange motion, and were going round and round with the
currents like a spinning top. Up and down we went. When on surface we were still helpless and
were revolving like crazy where a large ship might run us down at any moment. The helpless
undersea raider was being pulled closer and closer to the Overfalls by the sea current.

Like a 'death knell' we could hear the lightships bells The crew down below worked
feverishly to get the steering and diving mechanism back in order. While we were topside, we
took occasion to throw over some of the mines on deck as we were in the very channel we had
planned place them.

The diving and steering were repaired and 'dive' was ordered and we lay on bottom snug
and comfortable until we caught our breath. Later, after a good rest, we again came to surface,
laid the remainder of her mines and scooted off for the open seas. A heavy fog allowed the
U-151 to avoid being seen and it maneuvered way to the open sea to home in Germany.

Commander Korner made note to America on the Lowell Thomas radio news “ Americas
isolation is now a thing of the past.”

Lowell Thomas got the story from Korner at his home in 1928 at Silesia, Germany, living
with his family and growing flowers. Also interviewed were several war prisoners taken aboard
U-151 from sunken 'prizes' who were with her during the entire cruise.

Source: Wilmington New Journal , Saturday March 22, 1941. Abstract by Harrison H
January 12, 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018



Eva Pittard of Georgetown was one of a very few mothers that had five sons in active
combat theaters in WWII, all which came home without battle wounds .

The sons of Mrs. Pittard and the late George D. Pittard are ;
Corporal Edwin B. Pittard, U.S. Army; Electrician Mate 1st C Robert Pittard, SeeBees US
Navy; Sgt. Lester H. Pittard, U.S. Army; Pfc Joseph Pittard, USMC; Pfc Thomas Pittard,
U.S. Army.

Sgt. Lester Pittard of the army holds two Bronze Star's, Presidents Citation and the Good
Conduct Medal and had made no mention of them in his letters home. The family learned of them
through the newspapers.

Edwin, the first to go to war, was inducted in 1942. trained at Ft. Knox and Fort Jackson.
South Carolina and was sent overseas in 1944, there he was assigned to the 1st Army, 750th
Tank Battalion with which he participated in three major battles. After VE Day he was reassigned
to the 86th Air Borne division and stationed in Berlin.

The second to enlist was Lester, to the Army in 1942, trained at Lowrie Field in Colorado
and Culver City California, went oversea in 1943 to the 10th Combat Camera unit for 26 months,
seeing duty in Burma and India, and has now sailed from Calcutta for home.

Bob Pittard was the third to enlist in 1943, to the Navy Sea Bees, and stationed in New
Guinea all of 1944 until 1945 when her was transferred to the Philippines, now with the 7th Fleet,
10th Wing, on Palawan Islband. His wife, the former Virginia Wilson lives in Milton with her

Joseph Pittard enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, May 1944, trained at Paris Island
and Cherry Point , South Carolina, is now stationed at Awase Air Base, Okinawa. He is
married to the former Maggie Fleetwood and has two children, Joseph Jr., and Helen Lee.

The fifth, Thomas Pittard, was inducted July 1944 , trained at Ft. McClellen and sent
overseas January 1945, stationed in Regen, Germany in the 329th Infantry, 83d Division .
He is married to the former Lella Veasey and has a daughter Janet Lee.

Source: Salisbury Daily Times

Tuesday, January 9, 2018



This abstract is sharing an article from the blog of Wendi Moore, a lifelong nurse of

Portland, Oregon which blog , “The Half Filled Glass” , carried it to the world wide web on

Thursday, June 28, 2012. It sends us this message or statement, whichever, of the

Dalai Lama, about 'paradoxes' we live under these days. His statement reads:

We have bigger houses as homes but smaller families, we have modern
conveniences but less time, we have mote education but less sense, more
knowledge, less judgment. We have more medicines but are less healthy.

We have been all the way to the moon and back but e have trouble crossing
the street or going next door to meet new neighbors. Our computers hold
more information but we have less personal communication.

We are long on quantity, short on quality, These are days of fast food but slow
digestion, tall men but short character , There are steep profits but shallow
relationships, yes, it is a time when there is much in the window but nothing
in the room.
Wendi asks, how did this happen ? She thinks it boils down to greed. Are we a
culture of wanter's and takers ?



As early as 1921 Robinson's Coliseum, aka Robinson Hall, sat on corner of DuPont
Avenue and 4th Street. Cab Calloway and his sister Blanch, a singer, had appeared there.

When the owner, Jim Robinson died, several of the young people in the neighborhood
took over the operation and called it “Happy Day Club” but the place realy ddid not “get going”
until Herry Hill bought and renovated it after WWII.

The Happy Day had it's heyday in the late 1940's and early 1950's when the were a lot of
“fish factory” workers at Lewes and needed a place to spend their hard earned wages where
the blacks were welcome.

Henry had performers, such as Duke Ellington, and bands from Philadelphia, Washington and
Baltimore. He had added a stage and a master of ceremonies and the shows became so popular
that the balcony was fitted for the white people to attend, only after midnight.

Once there was a stripped. Tengerine, very popular because she removed all of her clothing.

Delaware law ordered the club closed at midnight each day, which it did, but reopened a
few minutes after.

After the fish factories left town, Hill sold the business to Archie and Marshall Lockwood
who had been servers in the White House dinning room during Harding's adminstration.

The late 1970's Brown, McClain, Smith and Washington purchased it as the Happy Day
Club and had a successful bar and club, however, lightning hit it, and the structure was left in

This abstract of an article in the 2001 Lewes Historical Society journal presented by

Harrison H. January 9, 2018 for facebook, www, and

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vogel DEath

alisbury Daily Times new Edit 
Contributed by Harrison 

Description: Death of Elizabeth H. Vogel of Dewey
Date: November 7 1957

Newspaper published in: Salisbury Maryland

Source: newspaper

Page/Column: Sussex Deaths

Rehoboth Beach November 7 1957 :

Elizabeth Vogel, age 84, died November 5th, Tuesday, at her Dewey Beach home. The Rev. Dr. William Leishman, Presbyterian
minister will officiate her funeral Friday in Lewes at the Atkins Funeral home. Burial will be in the Lewes Presbyterian Church Yard.

Mrs. Vogel was born in Lewes to Jacob and Ella Coleman Marshall, both of old seafaring families of Lewes. She is the widow of Captain Frederick Vogel who was stationed at the Rehoboth Life Saving Station at Dewey Beach

She is mother to artist Fred Vogel. Jr., Dewey Beach, William of Newark, Mrs Edward Collins of Lewes and Eleanor Smith of Dewey. She also leaves a sister, May Willard of Wilmington, brothers George of Lewes and Jacob of Wilmington, four grandchildren and 
three great grandchildren.

Vogel to Smith

Salisbury Daily Times new Edit 
Contributed by Harrison 

Description: Wedding of Eleanor Vogel and Whitworth Byrd Smith
Date: January 22 1953

Newspaper published in: Salisbury Maryland

Source: newspaper

Page/Column: Sussex Marriages

Rehoboth Beach January 22 1953. 

Miss Eleanor Marie Vogel, daughter of Mrs Elizabeth Vogel of Dewey, and the late Captain Fred G. Vogel, U.S. Coast Guard,

is bride of Whitworth Byrd Smith, son of Mr & Mrs Watkins Smith of Lynchburg married January 16 in Salisbury at the manse

of Wicomico Presbyterian Church by Rev E. Lansing Bennett. The bride is a graduate of Lewes High School and Baltimore Business 

College. The bridegroom is graduate of Lynchburg High School and Virginia Episcopal School and works at the Rehoboth Post Office.

After spending a few days in New York City they are making home in Dewey Beach.



She was launched on 24 October 1908 by New York Shipbuilding at Camden, New Jersey.[1] Her homeport was Savannah, Georgia where she enforced customs laws, conducted search and rescue operations and destroyed derelict vessels. After the start of World War I she also enforced neutrality laws along the eastern seaboard. During a search and rescue attempt on 4 March 1917 assisting the steamer Louisiana run aground near Ocean City, Maryland, the Yamacraw lost 10 of her crew. Several citations for heroism were awarded posthumously. After the United States declared war on Germany on 6 April 1917, Yamacraw was assigned to the U.S. Navy but retained her Coast Guard crew. She served as a patrol vessel in the Chesapeake Bay to Nantucket Shoals area until called for convoy duty to Europe. During convoy missions escorting merchant vessels she performed a rescue, saving four survivors of a torpedo attack.[2] On escort duty Yamacraw cruised over 36,000 miles. Upon return to Coast Guard control after the war, she returned to routine patrol work at Savannah. In the Spring of 1921 she served as part of the International Ice Patrol, returning to Savannah after July. After the passage of Prohibition, she took an active role in law enforcement along the southeastern coast. Yamacraw was decommissioned at Curtis Bay, Maryland on 11 December 1937 and sold for $10,300 on 13 April 1938 to Merritt-Chapman-Scott Corporation.[1]

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