Nowadays it would be a rarity to ever have six sons all serving in active military at the same time, but during World War II a local family did experience this.
The six men, sons of Elmer and Helen Schworm of Newcomerstown, served their country from 1939-1952. Even though each son entered the service, and left at various points, they were all actively serving during World War II.
Four sons served in the U.S. Army, while two others served in the U.S. Navy. Eldest son, Clark, a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1934, was a Tech 4 Army Medic entered the service in February 1945 and discharged honorably in August 1946. He took part in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Son, Stanley, graduated with the NHS Class of 1936, entered the U.S. Army in March 1942, and discharged honorably in October 1945, and took part in the European Theater. Third son, Roland, a graduate of the NHS Class of 1938, entered the U.S. Navy in October 1939 and discharged honorably November 1945. He re-entered in January 1946, and discharged honorably in November 1948, and again from January 1951 through May 1952. He took part in both the Asiatic Pacific and the European Theaters. Fourth son, Lorin, a 1941 NHS graduate, entered the U.S. Army in January 1943 and discharged honorably in January 1946. He took part in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Fifth son, Robert Wayne, a 1944 NHS graduate, entered the U.S. Navy in June 1944 shortly after his graduation, and discharged honorably in June 1946. He was in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Sixth son, Donald, a graduate of the NHS Class of 1946, entered the U.S. Army in June 1946 shortly after graduation, and discharged honorably in November 1947. He took part in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.
With a high number of casualties, many from Newcomerstown, the Schworms, like any other parents of active servicemen at that time, were concerned about the safety of their sons. They never allowed their faith to waiver, and stayed optimistic that their sons would all safely return home to Newcomerstown. Eventually, World War II ended and their prayers were answered, as each son returned home from his tour of duty. The Schworms also had two other children at the time who were still at home, and not serving in World War II, namely Richard and Elinor.
For many years, the Schworms proudly displayed a special small flag in the window of their Park Hill Drive home. The flag featured six stars, one for each of their sons who was serving his country during World War II.
A little over 70 years later, son Robert Wayne is the only surviving son of those six young men that bravely served their country at the same time, and had a special little flag hanging proudly in their parent's window in the house on Park Hill.