Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 AM
Throughout the last days of April 1945, Allied forces continued advancing on Luzon, Philippine Islands. Neshoba County's Technician Fifth Class Leo V. Tomlin, of the House community, a medical specialist with Weapons Troop, Eighth Armored Cavalry Division, tended casualties in the fierce combat.
By April 26, 1945, the Eighth Cavalry, attached to the 11th Airborne Division, and aided by heavy air bombardments, succeeded in disposing of most Japanese resistance in the Mt. Mattasna Bindoc region.
Three days later, while searching for and attacking scattered pockets of remaining enemy, a mortar shell exploded near Tomlin and four other soldiers, wounding the entire party. Without regard for his wounds and personal safety, the Neshoba medical corpsman opened his medical aid gear, crawled to the nearest casualty, and administered treatment.
Because of the nature of his wounds, Tomlin had others carry him on a stretcher to each wounded comrade and personally directed the necessary first aid.
Only upon completion of care for all the injured, did he allow medical care for himself. For these heroic actions, Technician Leo Tomlin earned an oak leaf cluster for his first Silver Star, one awarded after the Admiralty Islands campaign.
Not all could contribute to the Cause with the Sword, others chose to boost morale by the Pen. Neshoba County's budding "Bard on the Pearl" sat down during the waning days of World War II to write about a recent phone call he overheard from his station at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Private Charles J. Tolbert, Jr. of the 770th Military Police Battalion prepared the following verse: "Hitler called up the Devil on the telephone one day; The 770 boys listened to what they had to say; Hello, (t'was Hitler speaking), is old Man Satan at home; Just tell him it's the dictator who wants him on the phone. The Devil said, "Howdy Dolph," and Hitler said, "How are you;" I'm running Hell on earth, so tell me what to do;
"What can I do the Devil said dear old pal-o-mine; You don't need any help from me, you're doing mighty fine. Yes, I was doing fairly well until sometime ago; When a man called Uncle Sam told me to go slow; He said to me, dear Hitler, we don't want to be unkind; But you've raised Hell enough, so you better change your mind; But soon he put me on a spot, when he told me what to do; So that's why I called you Satan, I need advice from you;
"For I know that you can tell me exactly what to do; Satan said, dear partner, there is not left much to tell; For Uncle Sam will make it hotter than I can here in Hell; I have been a real old Devil, but not half as mean as you; So the minute you get down here, the job is yours to do; I'll be ready for your coming, and I will keep the fires all bright;
"As soon I get your room ready; As soon as Uncle Sam gets thru the fight; For I know your days are numbered and there is nothing left to tell; Hang up your phone, put down your hat and come on down to Hell."
Private Tolbert was indeed a prophet! Only days after the composition of Tolbert's rhyme, with the fires burning brightly, the Devil welcomed his old friend, "Dolph the Fuhrer, and his mistress and consort in evil, Eva Braun, right down to his home in Hell, April 30, 1945.
Civil War Veterans
Gully, Jesse Slocumb - Private to Fourth Corporal; enlisted April 24, 1861 at Philadelphia, Mississippi, in Company D, 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment; age twenty (twenty-one the next day): farmer; nick-named "Sloke;" appointed fourth corporal, at re-organization, April 21, 1862; wounded at Gaines' Mill, June 27, 1862; hospitalized with a gunshot wound at General Hospital #21 at Richmond, Virginia, June 29, 1862; furloughed for thirty days, July 11, 1862.
Wounded in the lower third of the right thigh, July 3, 1863; admitted to a Virginia hospital, July 13, 1863; hospitalized with a gunshot wound at Howard's Grove Hospital at Richmond, August 13, 1863.
Furloughed for forty days, October 19, 1863; Muster Roll, May-June 1864: "Division Wagon Master;" wounded at Hatcher's Run, October 27, 1864; hospitalized with a gunshot wound at the Stuart Hospital at Richmond, October 29, 1864; Muster Roll, November-December 1864: "Wounded and in Miss. with leave."
Transferred to Howard's Grove Hospital, January 24, 1865; received $60.00 for final pay, February 13, 1865; certificate of disability read: "permanently disabled for field service and unfit for any duty at present because of V.S. [Vulnus Sclopeticum] left forearm requiring excision about 3 inches of upper 3rd ulna wound still open discharging;" ordered to report to the commander of the post at Meridian, Mississippi.
Described as five feet eight inches tall, fair complexion, dark hair, and blue eyes.
World War II Veterans
Gully, Harold Nathan - Private to Sergeant; enlisted on July 12, 1944 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in the United States Army; age eighteen; student; served and trained in the American Theatre of Operations; served also in the European Theatre of Operations as a squad leader with Company E, 30th Regimental Combat Team, Third Infantry "Rock of the Marne" Division, Seventh United States Army, January 1945 to March 1946.
Participated in the campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe; wounded (twice) in action, March 20 and March 26, 1945.
Awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, World War II Victory Medal, Croix de Guerre and the Purple Heart (with one oak leaf cluster).
Discharged at Camp Shelby, April 12, 1946, demobilization; described as five feet six and one-half inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and grey eyes.
Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum
Steven H. Stubbs, Curator
303 Water Avenue South Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350 (601) 656-1284
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