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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 14, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DCMftTUCNT or HISTORY AND ARCHIVE 063 MOlNtS IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Press Pull Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14 This Paper Consists of Two One NO 2M Goes Across Channel in Famed LST By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor Letter No 16 Cherbourg Franc Special Air the full story is written about why victory was with allied arms in this war a lustrous chap ter is going to be devoted to that type of ship known as land ing ship for tanks My pass age from England to a peninsular beachhead here i n Normandy was made on one of these amazing craft HALL Ive seen at close range the ines timable contribution theyre mak ing It was in the early morning that I came aboard at a South England port city There was a disagree able ram The waves were mount ing and the ship was already un der way as I transferred bychain ladder from the launch which me from shore to LST Although my credentials were a bit scanty and although I was in civilian garbI was made wel come by the crew of LST No 521 I shall not be forgetting the kind nesses bestowed upon me by Skip per L K Wing and his associates includingEnsign D H Siller of Calvin N Dak Ensign Robert W Gordon of St Louis Ensign John Hartman of Detroit and Ensign William E Hidgeway of Randolph Wis Not the least of the pleasures of my stay on 521 was the mess After a xveek and a half on Lon don fare I was in a tnbod to ap preciate the naval rations The passage was rough across the channel as it bad been 17 years ago when I suffered my only case of seasickness on this same ran I helped matters by as suming a horizontal position in my bunk No meals lost The LST on which I rode had been made at Seneca 111 It was about a blockin length and built RIP FIRST NAZI DEFENSE LINES 26 Killed 65 Hart as Trains Crash BIG AIR FIGHT IS DEVELOPING IN PHILIPPINES Japs Apparently Make First Definite Effort to Halt Heavy Blows Pearl Harbor UR A major aerial battle was Thursday over the developing Philippines to carry a surprisingly amount of cargo large Their principal mark of dis tinction of course is their abso lutely flat bottoms permitting them to rideinto a beachhead at high tide and settle to the sandy beach as the tide recedes Our arrival off the beachhead in the late too late to move into position for beaching This meant an extra night on board ship And I may say this was no disappointment to me Next morning I arose early and from the ships bow I watched the tide recede Finally the order was given to open gates and lower the ramps Perched high on the seat of an array vehicle I moved down tbe precipitous incline from LST to beach and moved across what on DDay had been a bloody battle ground I didnt know just where I was I was on my way After skirting the beach and moving inland a few miles our caravan came to a transit area base presided over by Capt H E Seitzler of Baton Rouge La who with Lt J B Hetzel of Harris burg Pa became my host for the day What a few short weeks ago had been a Normandy meadow and orchard was now serving as a traffic concentration point Pup tents provided shelter against a misty rain but dozens of fox holes under hedgerows recalled the days riot long since when Americans had to protect themselvesagainst enemy shrapnel and our own flak It was from here late in the afternoon I set put for Cherbourg for my first glimpse at the de struction of total war described in my last letter My day with GaptSeitzler gave me at least a hint of the rigors being experienced by American boys as they extend the various spearheads in the direction of the reich where American carrier planes hit the center of the archipelago Monday and probably still were attacking Admiral Chester W Nimitz in announcing the raid in which more than 200 Japanese planes and many cargo vessels were de stroyed said fragmentary reports indicated the air operations against the Philippines are con tinuing against strong enemy op position x The scope of the campaign was indicated by Gen Douglas Mac Ar thurs disclosure at his Southwest Pacific headquarters that far eastern air force bombers carried out new attacks on the Philip pines and the protective bases from Palau in the east to the Moluccas in the south The weight of the intensified offensive was being carried by Admiral William F Halseys 3rd powerful fighting force of battleships cruisers destroyers and aircraft carriers In the new attacks Halseys carrier planes concentrated on Cebu Negos and Panay islands the latter less than 200 miles south of Manila and Bataan where MacArthur intends to return in triumph More than 50 Japanese planes were shotdown and upwards of 150 were destroyed on the ground at the 3 islandslying strategically to the center of the archepelago In addition several ships and numerous small cargo craft were sank The raid on the Central islands followed close upon Halseys at tack on Mindanao largest and southernmost of the Philippines where 89 ships and 68 planes were destroyed or damaged From Nimitz reference to strong enemy opposition it ap peared that the Japanese were making their FIRST DEFINITE ATTEMPT in some time to halt the increasing blows from central and southwest Pacific forces par ticularly those by Halseys fleet which has been attacking in the Philippines theater since Sept 5 It has hit the Philippines twice with carrier planes and the Pal aus 560rmiles to the east 5 times with planes and once with battle ships and cruisers FOXHOLE KITCHEN IN chowline at this U S army 9th air force base in Prance forms in a trench and gets its food from an underground kitchen Strafing chowlines is such a favored trick with the German luftwaffe that kitchens are being placed underground for protection against air attack DECLARE MANY OF VICTIMS ARE OVERSEAS VETS Purple Hearts and Air Medals in Wreckage Strewn Along Tracks Terre Haute Ind JP Two fast Chicago and Eastern Illinois passenger trains collided headon in a heavy fog3 miles north of here early Thursday killing 26 persons and injuring approxi mately 65 others many of whom were overseas air force veterans wearing purple heart decorations Army authorities and Coroner D M Ferguson said they could not say how many of the dead were soldiers bat a check of funeral homes disclosed they had bodies of 21 soldiers one member of the womens army corps one civilian and 3 persons of which they were uncertain 14coTch bound from Chicago to Florida and an express train bound for Chicago and carrying no passen gers They crashed at a m Central War Time on a single main line track 3 miles from the nearest siding The Dixie Flyers locomotive fender 2 baggage cars and 3 Pull man cars loaded with soldiers hurtled from the tracks and piled up in a twisted heap along the roadbed The first 2 Pullmans of the Flyer carried only soldiers YANK ARMOR HEADS FOR S signal corps radio photograph of a line of American tanks stretching to the horizon across the fields of Flanders enroute across the border into Germany Russians Fight Into Streets of Praga Suburb of Warsaw London Russian forces assaulting Warsaw frontally fought Thursday into the streets of Praga the industrial suburb of the Report Ghost of Mat toon Mad Man in Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids ghost of The Mad Man of Mattoon 111 apepared in Cedar Hapids WIFE OF PASTOR DIES SUDDENLY Heart Attack Claims Mrs Smith Livermore A R Smith 55 wife of the pastor of the Liver more and Luverne Presbyterian churches died suddenly from a heart attack at the manse at p m Wednesday Mrs Smith had been at a meet ing of the womens association in the afternoon and had entertained young people of the church in the evening She is survived by her husband and a sister There are no chil dren Funeral arrangements were not completed Thursday morning Boy year War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Thursday night after he had been pronounced a myth by Mattoon police Mrs Ralph Henecke notified police that a man appeared at her window and sprayed gas into the house until she felt faint Upon investigation police failed to find a mad man or the linger ing odor of gas but reported they did discover a billygoat tied in the yard and sniffed an odor that seemed to emanate from same Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and warmer Thursday night Friday increas ing cloudiness and warmer Iowa Partly cloudy with rising temperatures through Friday Showers beginning northwest portion Friday night Showers and considerable cooler north west portion Saturday Moder ate winds Thursday afternoon torn Polish capital on the bank of the Vistula river the Berlin radio announced Far to the south other Russian troops reached the CzechoSlovak frontier in the Beskide mountains of the Carpathian range and one report said Cossack patrols were believed to have crossed the bor der within 50 miles of Kosice 6th largest city of CzechoSlovakia with 70000 population Advancing 5 miles beyond the toppled Narew river bastion of Lomza still other Russian troops drove to within 15 miles of East Prussia Yet another group of red armies moving swiftly through Romania was acknowledged by Berlin to have stormed through the Szek ler corner of Transylvania ter ritory disputed between Romania and Hungary The whole picture of enlivened activity all along Ihe eastern front prompted Moscow reporters to cablethat there were indica tions that Stalin had resumed his haoticaljy to the northern elbow if the Narew river pursued losely by Russian tanks carrying warms of tommygunners Gen Zakharovs relentless al acks northeast of Warsaw won more than 30 settlements and in creased steadily the threat of out flanking the Polish capital Mar hal Konstantin K Rokossovskys orces with the help of Gen Zyg munt Berlings first Polish army continued to wage a stubborn fight or the city becoming Saturday fresh Friday and Minnesota Partly cloudy Thurs day night and Friday Scattered showers northwest portion Fri day Warmer Thursday night and east and south portions Fri day becoming cooler northwest portion Friday afternoon Fresh to occasionally strong winds Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 66 Minimum Wednesday night 54 At 8 a m Thursday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 55 60 45 allout offensive toward Germany itseU 15 MILES FROM SOUTH BOEDER OF EAST PRUSSIA Moscow IF Scouts from Gen G F Zakharovs 2nd White Rus sian army probed Thursday for a bridgehead across the Narew river after sweeping through the shell cratered nazi fortress of Lotnza and advancing to within 15 miles of the southern border of Easl Prussia Col Gen Ivan Petrovs 4lh Ukrainian army in a new offen sive reached the CzechoSlovak border on a 25mile front below captured Krosno His troops were within 50 miles of Kosice the most important town in Hungarianheld CzechoSlovak territory The advance raised hopes for a quick juncture with Slovak pa triot forces scattered through the Carpathians A broadcast communique from Marshal Titos partisan headquar ters said his troops had captured Negotin in Yugoslavia 6 miles from the Romanian and Bulgar ian borders and had made con tact with the red army A broadcast German war re view commented dourly that in the Balkans one cannot talk o battles but just of Russian pa Front dispatches said mauled nazi armored forces fell bad S Troops Fired at Peace Demonstrators London radio of the French Forces of the Interior at yon reported Thursday that German S S elite guard troops lad fired into a crowd of peace THROATSLASHED IN LOCAL FIGHT Alleged Assailant Is Placed Under Arrest PeterC Jensen 903 Delaware E is being held by Mason City police for investigation in con nection with the injury of Everett Rose who is in a local hospital with a slashed throat reportedly received in a knife fight Wednes day night Hospital attendants reported Thursday morning that Roses condition was fairly good Police said that the slashing oc curred in a parked taxicab follow ing an argument between Rose and Jensen Jensen was arrestec at p m Wednesday Rose a former employe of the Mason City fire department has been working for the Rye and Henkel construction company He lives at the Park Inn hotel No charges have yet been filet against Jensen 3 sailor home on leave pending a probe of circum stances surrounding the reportec fight the police said demonstrators broadcast did in not Berlin The indicate the source of the report and there was no information from other quar ters concerning any such dem onstration A major who declined to give his name said all of the men were overseas airfprce veterans most ofs whonVwpre purple they wereon 30day after which they were to have been takentp redistribution centers The first Pullman coniainine 39 soldiers split open like a melon Some passengers were pinned in their seats others were thrown out alone the tracks and some were caught beneath other cars Most of the soldiers and civilians were asleep at the time of the East Coast Hurricane Roars North Beaufort N Car A mighty hurricane knocked out communications and sent moun tainous waves across North Caro lina beaches Thursday but the stprm center skirted the seaboard arid roared northward posing a threat to New Jersey Long Island and New England The entire seacoast town of Morehead City with a population of 2000 was expected to be flooded to a depth of several feet but all residents had been evac uated ahead of time The town is across Newport river from Bean fort and lies on unprotected low ground Thousands of acres of rich farm land were flooded and dam age to corn crops probably will be hundreds of thousands of dollars Telephone lines to Manteo where the navy maintains a light er than air naval station and to Elizabeth City were destroyed as winds of 90 to 100 miles velocity leveled small houses At 9 a m CWT the center of the killer storm one of the worst in years was reported by the weather bureau here to be moving at 25 miles per hour in the vicinity of Cape Hatteras It will continue to move north ward or northnortheastward with possibly increasing forward speed an advisory said By midnight the weather bu reau warned the storm will sweep across Connecticut and Rhode Island At the Cherry Point N Car marine base officials announced the entire personnel between 3 000 and 4000 men had been moved to points of safety inland Waves rolling up 50 feet in the air and crashing against the un protected coastline left debris scattered across miles of beaches and hundreds of small boats were destroyed and many boardwalks YANKS HAMMER DRIVES ON 150 MILE FRONTIER Americans Slowly But Steadily Make Way Through Fortifications London dough boys ripped open the FIRST LINE of Siegfried defenses below Aachen Thursday and smashed 2 miles deep into the line on a 4 mile front in the Luxembourg area Between the 2 deep ptnetra crash Through the wreckage and damaged NAMES 5 HOUSEWIVES Moines a 11 e r D Kline district director of the of fice of price administration said Wednesday that he had appointed five Des Moines housewives as a consumer advisory committee He said their job would be to keep the office in close touch with general consumer interest and re action to price control Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier hoy alongside the tracks lay purple heart decorations and air medals Baggage of the sodiers and civ ilians was strewn for a hundred yards A Catholic priest rushed to the scene of the wreck and from there went to the hospitals giving last rites to everyone regardless of creed For several hours after the col lision which occurred at a m Central war time on a sin gle track 3 miles northeast of here there were conflicting re ports on the number of dead and injured The fog lay heavy over the scene and bodies were scat tered helter skelter The 16 car Dixie Flyer enroute to Miami Fla had left Chicago at p m Only passengers carried by the express train were railroad employes Both trains were moving at the time of the collision Only one of the dead was ident ified early in the morning He was Lewis Rause of Evansville Ind fireman on the Dixie FJyer His body was pinned in the cab of the locomotive and it took several hours to extricate it Coroner D M Ferguson said there are no immediate prospects of a casualty list Identifications are being made slowly and the coroner said he did not know how many of the dead and injured are soldiers He reported the army has taken charge of the soldiers bodies Allied Fronts Push on Toward Berlin By The Associated Press The road to Berlin front 312 miles from outside front 319 miles from east of France 440 miles from Berlin 4rrltalian front 583 miles from below rnnrrc e Maastricht f BELGIUM TRIER II Worms Obcritvin FRANCE s M HOT SPOTS ALONG GERMAN are the latest developments along the western front 1 U S forces have pushed through Rotgen Germany while to the south other units were on road to Germany from captured Malmedy 2 in north Luxembourg other units pushed within sight of German border advancing in vicinity of Clervaux 3 offensive continued north of Trier 4 U S 3rd army outflanked Pont a Mousson and expanded bridgehead across Moselle river lions first army units tore g miles into outer defenses toward the major bastion of Prum 10 miles inside Germany To the south German broad casts said the 3rd army forged an 18 mile salient across the Mo selle which fashioned an iron pincers on the Moselle stronghold of Nancy All along a front of 150 miles the Americans were hammering home a powerful series of offen sives with doughboy teams riding tanks under a cover of fierce ar tillery fire Aachen was passed in the plunging drive below that hub at the corner of the German Bel gian and Netherlands border lands as Lt Gen Courtney H Hodges first army bit deep into the Sieg fried line With the first line of defenses ripped open the Americans plowed on toward the 2nd belt of fortifications an from the front said f Forty miles to the south just opposite the northern tip of Lax I embbnrg other first army units rolled 8 miles toward Prum That offensive was said to be proceed iag all along a wide broken front Still farther south along the Luxembourg sector where the Americansjiad been shellinsF the l Germans across the Our river the doughboys smashed forward into Germany and into the Siegfried line Lt Gen George S Pattons 3rd army was said in German accounts to be forging an iron clamp on Nancy in operations the Moselle both to the north and south of that stronghold Berlin asserted the Americans had driven to ChateauSalins ISmiles beyond the Moselle at PontaMousson 14 miles northeast of Nancy and 24 miles southeast of Metz South of Nancy other broad casts from Berlin said Pattons warriors had reached the outer rim of Luneville 14 miles south east of Nancy and 16 miles north east of Charmes A general advance of about 6 miles was scored in the Aachen Prum sectors At Aachen tbe back of the Sieg fried line of concrete bunkers and thick earthen forls was believed broken and dispatches character ized the day as one of measured but great success Opposite LuxemLourg the Amer icans ran into nothing but rifle and machine guns thinly manned but these few nazis defending their homeland for the first time FOUGHT LIKE FANATICS and the Americans had to rip open their bunkers and pillboxes one by one with fierce artillery and bazooka fire The attack jumped alt at noon from Luxembourg while mists still shrouded the hills and while the forests still were dripping from an ALLNIGHT RAIN The doughboys slogged through the mud and tanks slid crazily along the slippery trails The first thin crust of the ene my line was blown to pieces by a terrific barrage the day before and by pointblank fire from the charging tanks Hodges combat teams below Aachen collided with belts of drag ons teeth tank concrete triangular shaped ob stacles set deep into the and rows of forts with SIXFOOT THICK walls with steel doors and green shrubbery for camouflage Some forts had several inner chambers which had to be cleaned out and interlocking zones of fire Tanks blasted them open Tha defenses built 5 and 6 years ago proved worthless in front of mod ern firepower Several villages near Aachen one of them said in a Paris broad cast to be Lammersdorf fell in the advance Some 50 miles behind the front line inside Germany American troops smashed their way inside the longbesieged port of S Medium and dive bombers bombed the German garrison de fenses for 50 minutes despite poor weather which limited air ac tivity elsewhere and pilots re ported seeing the Americans fighting the nazis in the subma rine pen area west of the city A security silence blacked oat most specific news fnim the front I It shrouded news of an earlier in
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