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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                WAft IOND SCOKI War LMH ll.MIJI Hilt Mew Reporter On TIM _ MORNING i. LXIII, NO, 204 A TBCAS NEWSWn OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKI-'I Cll }'OUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS. FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 7, 1944 -SIXTEEN PAUES Auoclattj Prat (AP) vnited Prtu FIVE CENTS at Dnieper WntTtxam in War Ntws- JHREE FROM AREA BAG JAP JUNES IN CHINA FIGHTING AN ADVANCE U. 9. AIR BASE IN CHINA, Dec. K LT. JT. T. GARREIT Texans In MaJ. Claire Chen- nault'i fighter squadrons destroyed 42 Japanese aircraft and probably- downed 16 others In the period be- tween 3 and Dec. 10. Paced by such veterans as Col. D. L. Hill o( Victoria, who had seven confirmed enemy planes since service with the Army Air Forces to add to the 12 counted with the AVG. fighter squadrons for the per- iod totalled 328 enemy planes cou- Ilrmed in the air, 31 confirmed on the ground, and 157 probables. The count did not Include enemy planes destroyed In bombing opera- tions airports, but did In- clude destruction of some planes by strafing. How West Texans scored: Cmpt T. O. of Win- one confirmed In the air, U. J. R. Brown, Star Rouie t, Baird, one confirmed in the air, probable. M. J. T. Garrett, Santi Anna, confirmed on ground. BFC, AIR MEDAL TO TYE FLIER The Distinguished Flying Cross tnd the Air Medal have been pre- to T-6gt. Odle C. Austin, Jve, for achievements tn the South- Pacific theater, of war, a friend, R. J..Parmelly of 2649 Fourth has'been Informed. The medals were presented by Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney. command- tr of the Allied air 'forces in the fcjithwest Pacific. The Plying 'Cross was awarded for "extraordinary achievement while participating In 5t> opera- tional flight missions In the South- west Pacific area during which hos- wac probable, arid ex- troop carrier zijiiidrbri with trie .Fifth. Air The Air Medal was awarded for "meritorious achievement while par- _. ticipating In 25 operational flight Wink. missions In the Southwest pacific- area.1' These operations consisted of dropping supplies and transporting troops to advanced positions at low altitudes over mountainous terrain in transport plane, and olteu ne- cessitated landing within a few miles of enemy bases, the citation read. Sergeant Austin, who !s stationed somewhere In New- Guinea, lias been in service more than a vear. He Is the son of ids. Ollie Austin, for- merly of Tye, but now of Cross Plains. attended, elementary Cross XFlalns and trans- ferred to -Abilene-high school where he One sister, Mrs. Pete Petty, lives at Tye and a brother, Garland, at WERKEL MAN GETS AIR MEDAL MERKEL, Jan. t Air Medal, two Oak Leaf Clusters in Ifcu of additional Air Medals and Conduct Medal have been awarded S-Sgt. Alton tWard) Berryman, son of Mrs. Bpttie Ber- ryman, aerial gunner of the Army Air Forces, serving at Guadalcanal and in the Solomons, according to announcement from the SaF office of the squadron com- mander. ror five heavy bomber strike sor- ties during the period from April 16 to Ju-.e 10. 1943, he was awarded an Air Medal. Oak Leaf Clusters 9 "eu of additional Air Medals were awarded for five heavy bomber itrike sorties during the periods from June 10 lo Sept. 25, end from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4. 1943. respectively. The Good Conduct Medal was re- raved for "having honorably served 9f year of continuous active mili- tary service." S-Sgt. Berryman enlisted July 17, 1942. and trained for- a short lime at Sioux City, la. He went to Ha- waii In the fall of that year and in A. W. BEKRVMAN February. 1943, was sent from Ha- ivaii to the Southwest Pacific. In a letter dated Dec. 7 he wrote his mother that he had six more weeks in the Solomons. tlYES TO TELL OF OWN 'BURIAL' BIG SPRING, Jan. (Spl) he actually was at a hospital the bur body, badly dccom- on a small Island. d, washed ashore on a small Southwest Pacific Island two days after tho sinking of the cruiser Helena, a small group of survivors out of hiding to get a glimpse, jh'en the dog tag was unrecogniz- But Ed Ansen, 31, Helena, Mon- tana, cried out: "It's Hop." So trie rest of the men turned away and jeft him lo bury his closest friend, Gavid Hopper. David Hopper, MM 3-c, for- mer Big Spring high school foot- ball and basketball star, Is back home now telling how he was A few weeks after the Incident when he had been trans- irred from a hospital to the re- turning ship, he came face lo face wilh Ed Ansen, "III never forget the look on his said Hopper. "He lust stood there, his eyes bugged out. Finally to cry." Incident, thinks Hopper. rho is visiting relatives In Howard county and his wife's family at Lcr.oray in Martin county, explains hiw he WAS reported missing. Dur- ing the time his "tody was Men Idle PHILADELPHIA, Jon. Union employes of the Cramp Ship, huilding company, which makes war for the Navy, voted late today to remain away front their jobs un- til B dispute involving 42 painters fe settled. The action left approximately r.OOO Mil end halted pro- ftttion, i Although stunned by the impact when torpedoes lilt the cruiser, he made his way out and was promptly picked up. Had it. not been for a shift In hours due to a long tour of duty during battle the night previous, Hopper would have been In the firs room when the first torpedo smashed in and exploded. THE WEATHER r. nr.rARTMFNT or rnwir.nn: WKATHEB 111 Rim- ABir.F.M ANI> YICIMTV: roK- rr HAInM.T partly r'nnil; and 
                            

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