As reported 47 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 31, 1964:
Martinez service member gets medal
William E. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Kepler of Martinez, received the Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal while serving aboard the anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge.
The medal was awarded to all crew members of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
The Kearsarge returned to its home port, Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 16, bringing to an end six months of operating in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam.
Marvin Methodist Church invited the community to view a television program with the theme, “Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.”
Refreshments were available.
The pastor concluded the service at midnight with an altar call.
Auto inspections available
Located on South Hatcher Street in Harlem, Clarke’s Auto Service is the county’s first auto vehicle inspection station. Inspections cost $1.25. Clarke’s keeps a dollar and sends 25 cents “to the state,” Clarke Thornton said.
Vehicle inspection stations have to put up a $1,000 bond, install front-end equipment and have ready a device to check headlight beams in addition to the tools necessary to repair vehicles.
Seaman Recruit James G. Johnson, USN, son of Catherine Johnson of Appling, graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif.