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Sentinel reporter Joseph Cress offers a daily digital glimpse back in Cumberland County history with help from our archives:

75 Years Ago

A former Dickinson College basketball player named William Kintzig was wounded by Japanese mortar fire near Cape Gloucester on the island of New Britain. A Navy surgeon, this Hanover, Pennsylvania, native was nicknamed Poker Bill by the Marines because of his tendency to play the game any time, any place. The front line troops joked that, at six-foot-six, Bill was a good man to hide behind. Wounded in six places by shrapnel, Kintzig staggered 3,000 yards through tangled undergrowth to the command post and surgery because he was too big to carry on a stretcher.

In other news:

• A request from the Carlisle Lions Club to erect an honor roll to Carlisle service men and women was held under advisement by the county commissioners. There was concern the honor roll on the courthouse lawn would only list military personnel from one community. An earlier project to list all the service men and women from the county was abandoned because there was no way to obtain a complete list.

• Now playing at the Strand Theater: John Carradine in “Revenge of the Zombies.” “Screams and shivers will chill you. …When death strikes, the zombies walk.”

• A job opening at The Sentinel – “Wanted Stereotyper … Fast caster. Skilled or beginner.”

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Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.