Abilene Reporter News, February 3, 1944

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR BOND SCORE War Loan quota Monday So lei this month j Shortage LXIII, NO. 231 WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES' -Byron A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 3, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES Associated Pret, Kwajalein for last ditch stand. The .trip the northern ei of the lagoor. under the noses i Die Japs shore batteries, was nrgi filed safely. The Marines immediately began and soon competed setting Ih si.age for their nutcracker R on Roi nnd Xnmur. ill (lie inarilKt aud. U out oi existence _' Sec W.VK BO.NUS, I'g, n, L'ql, J i uimVi'Vii'sf STAMFORD. Feb. 2-'SpD-fistl. _ _ George W. Rivers. Jr, 25. was killed HuqG FlfC EnVelODS in action in Ilnlj- on Jan. 5 tils', r. Di father. W. Rivers Sr, of IfOn Hremon rlflm Tuxedo community Informrd of his son's dcalii in a telrzram (mm PORTLAND. Oic Feb. 2 ,V, the War department. Fire enveloped a phut of the IP With the -itli diii.tjn'i in Italy, i Fiirman Sergeant Rivers hati escaped In-' niir ltlr nation's larseM buMc jury in the Ismlins at Salerno. I of Liberty .ship tonig though he was one of Hie first to'and firemen were fighting the spc reach Ihc beach and some of his comrades were wounded. He was mobilized with the Slam- ford unit of the National Guard m November, 1940. and had been over- seas since April. 1543, when he arm to North Africa. He was unmarried and had two piul twn -i-Lcrs. hu mo'.her died three ycan> ajo, itarve to Death ALLIED HEADQUARTF.RS IN 'HE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC, 'humtay, Feb. 3 Japanese roops in the vicinity of Reiss point, n the Northeast New Guinea coast, re fleeing Into the moutnatns in n effort to escape advancing Allied loops, the high command annouuc- d today. The Australians, advancing north- westward toward American troop.' 11 the Saidor area, found dead apiu'.cse who apparently were the of starvation. flight of the tntm.r. and dis- covery of the starved dead, elo- quently bespoke the effective- ness n'f efforts of Allied light nav.il units and aerial forces which have hecn har.vssinif the N'cw Guinea coasl in recent weeks, cutting off Ihc enemy's barice supply. The enemy, bereft of food anc idemiate supplier, thus was left to frcl Ihe pinch of the movement o the Aussies toward the American, about 40 miles to the north. Gen. Douglas MacArtluir's com rmmimie also reported tli.it 80 Japn nc.sc had >cn killed and 20 pill boxes destroyed by American troop wllh lank support in an enlarge mcnt of Ihe Allied perimeter nt Em press Augusta Bay. Bougainville is land, in the Solomom. The Arm; has been making good progress here considering the denslly of the Jung! nnd already the area cleared by Ihe troops and the Marines who preced- ed tliom l.s larss rnousb to accom- modate twn Allied air strips wilh necessary inMallnlm'is. Planes from these alrfirlHs conducted anolnrr rairl on haul. New Britain. Ihr hlr ene- my hase has hrrn noimrt- rrt almost rla'ly since first of tht yr.ir. and itiol down eijrhl J.ipjnrsr fijhlcrs over Tobcri airdrome, one of Hah.ml's de- fending fields. The atuciing bomber? started large fires and damnped 5 enemy on the round. The Allies lost four planes. In futiirr aclion in Nrw Guinea. Ihe Au.itrali.ins fishtius In the Ramu valley, about n miles south of the rnrniy coastal base of. Ma.- dinating their bombing with artillery anc! naval shelling, loverccl the landing parties. Units of the F urth Marine riivi- Ion. commanded by Maj. Gen. Harry Schmidt, had moved the apanes into the extreme northern portion of Namur islet, There the Nipponese, confronted with an over- whelming force, apparently were lulling up i desperate, last-man defense. The Seventh Infantry division, commanded by Mnj. Gen. Charles H. Corletl, was firmly established on Kwajalein key, Ihe communienjB said, and was pushing the enemy b_ck. Runways of the Hal airfield presumably were badly bomb- pockqcl from the weeks of pre- Invaslon iDflcnliif-up. The field nill quickly bt 'cpaired, how- ever, for use afaimc other ene- my slronj-holds in Iht islands. Xamur, connected with Roi by a causeway, was an enemy bar- racks and plane dispersal area. New lactic.s were followed in strik- ng at the Marshalls, catching the enemy off-balance. It is now said Ad- miral Nimitz tcday, -that the at- tack took Ihe enemy completely by surprise." These tactics, in strong contrast lo the frontal assault in Ihe Inva- sion of the Gilbert island last Nov- ember, took advanfge of the num- erous caves that tlanic the atoll siroiigpoints. This enabled the as- sault forces to establish beach- heads ar.d set up artillery' with which to blast thiir major objectiv- es on adjutant Islands. Under cover of this shelling, and rhlle warships and planes continu- ed their pounding of the enemy, Ih5 a.s-sauH forces moved Tuesday Roi. Kwajalein and N'amur. They used a new type of landing oat.s. Today's communique- still save no indication of enemy ?ea or air op- position. It w.is that the Japanese m.i'sc some determined effort to ho'.d these is- lands of their inner ring, once they had recoiled from Ihe surprise of the Invasion. AMG Officials On Marshall Islands ABOARD JOINT EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE FLAGSHIP OFF KW.UALEIS ATOLL IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS. Feb. Statf military' foiern- ment officers sdil ashore with as- rianc. m.iflr mnre- in in t'.'.e Marshall rr.ount.iincv.is atr-a and counted Japanese rlead in tiie valley. Blames Fighters NEW ORLEANS. Feb. 2- if- Dr. Ernest C. Fa'.ist. professor in the department of tropical medi- cine at Tiilane university here, said tacular blaie with all av.nla.b equipment. No one was believed trapped the plant. The tire apparently started the plant personnel office ai spread lo several of the half dozen J today that "new strains of malarta 'cparate buildinc.s which iwlip up nrr hio'.ishl mi: the occupied territory pud his thr '-'.'ill. Witliin to minutes the fisiitmg men from the South vovrrntKc the conduct oi the ulaul wat. an luferno. civiliao populaUca, over the ualiscs in the pre- war Japanese territory to be seized the Military government officers, all Marines trained al col'.cgcvtlb. Va., carried with them placards In Ens- lish and Japanese. Printed on placards Adm. Chester Nimitz' establishing mllilary in ;