Article about plane spotting, sent by Hartle's nephew.
GROUND OBSERVER PROGRAM IS GIVEN
Spotter Post Personnel of County Takes Part in Observance
Stirring music provided by the Municipal Band and local soloists, and challenging words spoken by local civilian defense and Army leaders, served as the medium by which Washington county spotter post personnel marked Ground Observer week last night at the Franklin Court auditorium.
Robert Hartle, a member of the Smithsburg observer post, was awarded the Army certificate for his untiring duty and devotion to his job since he started, having completed 1,327 hours at his post—an average of 3.6 hours a day. The award was made by .Robert Triesler, former chief observer at the post near Smithsburg.
Corporal V. H. Tiffany, who was at last night's meeting, announced that honorable mention was given to the following county observers: Mr. and Mrs. Max Doyle, whose untiring efforts kept their post open and operating 24 hours a day since organization; to Maurice D. Miller, for having served faithfully a long period of time, and who was alert and able to direct the authorities to the scene of the March 16, 1942, airplane crash near Martinsburg; and to Dr. I. M. Zimmerman, who, besides his medical duties, has maintained a perfect attendance at his post since December, 1941.
The featured speaker was John Shank from the Waynesboro laboratory who traced the history of chemical warfare from the discovery of gunpowder in China centuries ago up to the present "modern and intelligent" age of precision instruments of destruction. He cautioned the audience to be prepared in the event that a gas attack is launched along the coast, of this country.
Wearing a gas-proof uniform, he demonstrated how it is used in the event of an air attack.
Lieut. A. B. Canaday from the Philadelphia Army center, outlined the functioning of the spotter set-up along the coast, and pointed to what he personally thought— that if we had not been so well prepared at home we would have been bombed long ago.
Corp. Tiffany pointed to the work that the American Legion has done in the spotter system, and said that through a school that is to be held in Baltimore, the Army is soon going to teach spotters to identify types of airplanes to report along with other information to the filter center.
H. M. Garrison acted as master of ceremonies, he being the head of the county spotter organization.
Last night's program got under way with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner by the band under Peter Buy's direction, and accompanied by the singing of this National anthem by Romayne Beyard. The colors were advanced by members of the American Legion.
Merle Belle Snyder sang several patriotic numbers, and Mayor Richard Sweeney gave the welcoming address. Other numbers by the band were interspersed throughout the very interesting and instructive program which was widely attended by both spotters and members of the general public and other branches of civilian defense.
Washington County Free Library
Robert Hartle was the nephew of General Hartle.
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.