This Lowell Tribune article was found in the May 3, 1945, issue (page 6, columns 4-5):
The Orville Hales have received letters the past week from their two sons, S/Sgt. Milford, with the medical corps in France, and Pvt. Floyd, who is taking his basic training in the infantry at Camp Croft, S.C.
Milford, who has been overseas nearly two years, writes that they are having it a little easier now that the battle was going on a little farther away from their base hospital. He also said that they had a number of German prisoners who do much of the cleaning they formerly had to do themselves, making it easier on him and his buddies. He said you couldn't feel too sorry for the "poor" Jerries, because most of the ones with whom he had contact were of the radical type and didn't deserve any sympathy whatever.
Floyd writes that he is busy with his basic training and doesn't have much time to do anyuthing else. He had been to Spartansburg, near the camp, once, and reported it was a very nice town.
Both boys were well when they wrote.
This May 31, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pvt. Floyd Hale, stationed at Camp Croft, S.C., writes his parents the Orville Hales, that he has been in a hospital taking treatments for a sprained ankle, which he injured while training. He was improving rapidly when he wrote.
Military news in the August 9, 1945, issue of the Lowell Tribune (page 2, column 1) lists Pvt. Floyd Hale as home on furlough from Camp Croft, N.C.
On page 8, column 5, of the same issue, this story appeared:
Honoring their son, Pvt. Floyd Hale, home from Camp Croft, N.C., after completing his basic training, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hale invited relatives to their home last Sunday. Following a bountiful dinner, the remainder of the day was spent in visiting and games.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stuppy and daughter of Hammond; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hough and children of Hebron; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kaiser and children, Mr. and Mrs. C.U. Ragon, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hale and the honored guest.
This August 16, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pvt. Floyd Hale left yesterday for Ft. Riley, Kansas, after his furlough here with his parents, the Orville Hales.
This October 4, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Letters received by the Orville Hales from their sons, Sgt. Milford and Pvt. Floyd, inform them that both are well. Milford, with the medical corps during the European campaign, now is with his outfit at Okinawa, and Floyd was on the high seas with his infantry oufit when he wrote, saying it looked to him like they were headed for China.
This October 25, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 3:
The Orville Hales were much relieved Monday when they received letters from their two sons, Sgt. Milford Hale and Pvt. Floyd Hale, both of whom they knew were with U.S. forces on Okinawa. Both boys said the storm was very severe, but outside of articles inside their tents getting soaked, they came through O.K. . . .
Floyd said he had written an account of his trip across the Pacific to Okinawa so he could send it home but his efforts were wasted because the storm washed it away. He said he had fun writing it anyway. Floyd said if he ever got back to this side of the Pacific he believed he could "hoof it" the rest of the way home.
Both boys were getting along fine when they wrote.
This November 8, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
The Hales' other son, Pvt. Floyd is also on Okinawa, but the brothers [Floyd and Milford] had never met in the few weeks they were both there.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the March 28, 1946, issue (page 3, column 2):
Pfc. Floyd Hale writes his parents the Orville Hales, that he is back at Okinawa, after spending some time in Manila, where he attended school. He was O.K. when he wrote.
This April 11, 1946, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 7, column 3:
Cpl. Floyd E. Hale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hale, Lowell, graduated March 9th from the Administrative Clerical School in Manila. He was returned to Okinawa where he again worked as a clerk in headquarters. On April 2nd, he was transferred to Japan where he is now working as a clerk in the files department at General Headquarters, Army Forces of the Pacific. He likes his work very well and also says that the food is good. They feed 3500 men in his mess hall. Floyd says that sugar sells for $100.00 a lb. there and cigarettes for $2.00 a pack.
This June 20, 1946, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 7, column 4:
A cablegram was received on Saturday by Orville Hale from his son, Cpl. Floyd Hale, who is with the U.S. forces and stationed at Tokyo, Japan. Letters received by the Hales from their son say he is fine and dandy.
This July 4, 1946, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 5, column 3:
A letter received by the Orville Hales from their son, Floyd, with the U.S. forces in Tokyo, says he has been promoted to Sergeant.
This October 31, 1946, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 2:
Sgt. Floyd Hale arrived home on Monday on terminal leave. He has just returned from a year's service at Tokyo, Japan. He will be discharged from the service December 9th.