NOTE -- The names "Bert Shipley" and "Roy Shipley" in the following articles seem to refer to the same person. Both are listed as having the Bert Shipleys as parents and serving in Italy from Lowell.
This February 17, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Letters have been received by the Bert Shipleys from their sons, both of whom are serving overseas.
Sgt. Ben Shipley is in England, and his brother, Bert Shipley, is stationed in Italy, Both boys are bakers, turning out bread and pastries to feed Uncle Sam's fighting men. Sgt. Bert is also in charge of a civilian bakery where the Italian civilians get baked goods. Both boys were well when they wrote.
This April 6, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 2:
The Bert Shipleys received a letter this week from their son, Roy who is stationed in Italy. He writes that he is getting along fine and enjoying weather about the same as summer here. He also stated that war news was getting better in that country. At the same time, Mrs. Shipley also received a beautiful bed spread from her son.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the April 26, 1945, issue (page 2, column 3):
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Shipley have received letters from their two sons overseas, both of whom are well and getting along fine in the service.
The letter from Sgt. Roy, who is stationed with the U.S. army in Italy, was the first the parents had received from him in 5 months. Their other son, S/Sgt. Ben, is stationed at an airfield near London, where he is with the airforce ground crew.