Marine Corp. William J. Spierdowis (left) and his brother, Pvt. John, of the Army.

Mrs. Mary Spierdowis, formerly of Oolah avenue. Norwood, and now residing in Canton, received the surprise of her life recently when her two sons, Cpl. William Spierdowis, 21, of the Marines and Pvt. John Spierdowis, 23, of the Army, arrived home unannounced, within an hour of each other after serving 33 months in the Southwest Pacific theatre of war.

Neither of the brothers knew about the other’s home-coming, so it was also a real surprise to them as well. It was many months ago, on William’s birthday, that they had had the good luck to see each other somewhere in the South Pacific. The brothers left yesterday to report back for duty — William to the Marine Base at New River, N. C., and John to Fort Bragg, N. C.

William enlisted in the Marines in January of 1942 and received his boot training at Parris Island. S. C. In April of 1942 he was sent to Cuba and from there to the Southwest Pacific. He took part in two major battles and wears the Silver Star.,

John enlisted in the infantry in February of 1942 and received his basic training at Fort Bragg, N. C. Immediately after training he was shipped to the Southwest Pacific.

He. too, saw action in two major battles.

Both boys attended the Norwood schools and were graduated from Norwood High School.