James P. Madden, of the Fiscal Section,
Central Office, recently received two decorations: the "Silver
Star" for gallantry in action in the Marshall Islands and the
"Purple Heart" in connection with an injury received at Saipan.
The notice as to the "Silver Star" citation was received by Lt.
Madden in temporary form signed by Admiral Nimitz. The permanent
citation will be given by the Secretary of the Navy.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October
William J. Mahaffy,St.
Paul, has been retired, effective August 18, 1929, on account
of total disability. Mr. Mahaffy was born on May 6, 1882, at Minneapolis,
Minn. He entered the Weather Bureau October 8, 1910, and after
two years at Pensacola was assigned to the Central Office from
1913 to 1924. Then followed four years at Davenport as assistant,
and his final assignment to St. Paul, in charge, in April of 1928.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, April
Mr. Dalzean Marean,
retired, died at Fallon, Nev., on May 10, 1930. Mr. Marean served
continuously as telegraph operator at the Central Office for nearly
30 years. A notice of retirement and outline of service appeared
in the July, 1920, number of "TOPICS."
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1920]
Delos T. Maring, of the Central Office,
died July 18, 1923. Though ill for a year or more, and failing
in recent months, he remained on duty until a day or two before
he died. Mr. Maring was born at Mendon, Mich., on February 13,
1859. He enlisted in the Signal Corps on January 16, 1884, and,
excepting the usual training period at Fort Myer and a short assignment
in New York City, served only at the Central Office. For many
years he was principal assistant to Professor Marvin in the Instrument
Division, and having a natural mechanical aptitude, contributed
important suggestions and ideas for an improved instrumental equipment
of the service. By his industry and conscientious service application
to duty he aided greatly in maintaining the work of that division
at a high state of efficiency. He succeeded Professor Marvin as
chief of the Instrument Division on October 1, 1913. On March
24, 1914, he was transferred to the Division of Stations and Accounts
and was in charge thereof until his death. -- July 1923
Mr. Howard H. Martin, assistant
meteorologist at the Kansas City station, died at Columbus, Ohio,
on July 31, 1944. Mr. Martin was born at Fort Worth, Tex., on
December 5, 1889 and entered the Weather Bureau at Galveston on
May 29, 1909, as assistant observer. He later served at Houston,
Fort Worth, Dallas, Washington, and Columbus, resigning from the
latter station in May 1920. In September 1936, he was reinstated
at Kansas City.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1944]
Stephen H. Martin,
telegrapher at the Central Office, died in Washington, D. C.,
on September 15, 1941. He was born in Baltimore, Md., on November
7, 1880. Mr. Martin entered the Weather Bureau service at Washington
on July 8, 1910, as telegrapher, and served continuously in that
capacity until his death.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1941]