After islands in the Pacific were secured by the U.S. armed forces during World War II, it was customary for Masons in the service to form clubs.

Bro. Roland R. Gemmill, Shrewsbury Lodge No. 423, was a member of one on Okinawa where he served with the 7th Division at the end of the war. He noted that at one meeting, there were brethren from all 48 contiguous states, D.C., Alaska, and Hawaii, plus some from seven foreign countries. He's curious about how many brethren had fraternal experiences like his. He figures there must have been a lot because his membership card dated Sept. 6, 1945 was numbered 1,023. Some years later he saw a similar card of a veteran whose number was higher than 50,000. Bro. Gemmill is interested in communicating with brethren who had the same experiences. Contact him at 216 S. Sunset Dr., Shrewsbury, PA 17361.

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