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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                I WAR IOND SCOKI 4th War Loon quota Monday thii month Shortage Abilene Reporter i VOL. LXIII, NO. 232 A TtXM a-4-> WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES' -Byron isiKtaltd (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 4, 1944 -SIXTEEN PAGES VnltiA ?rem (OfJ PRICE FIVE CENTS: MARINES TAKE NAMUR :isher Bests Quota n War Bond Drive ABILENE'S LT. GENE GUTHRJE LAUDED FOR HEROIC RESCUE OF WOUNDED TRIO 'Fisher county has done it ning, Feb. 11 and Patterson As hi the Third War Loan confident they would exceed their county is first in West Cen- i quota. The Sylvester rally was postponed until Feb. 11 so that the Medical tha tral Texas to exceed its Fourth War Loan quota. 5uy Patterson, Rolan Sui banker, i cTunty chairman, announced yes- tcrday afternoon purchases had !-i gone past the quota. In the Third drive Fisher and Shackleford went over the top first, both on the same day. Urnils was accomplished in Fisher county this time in face of the fact that three communities have r.ot held their bond rallies. These are Pledeer and Newman. A rally will be held at Sylvester for Ae three communities Friday eve- Replacement Training Center bond- party from Camp Barkeley "Hid take part. Lt. Col. John A. Stout. and Major Davlf Evans, special serves oifice, will be there with Hie MRTC band. Patterson had reported in sales through last Saturday. FoU lowing other sales, trie national Gypsum company, which operates large plant at Rotan, came in with a purchase through the Ro- tan bank, which sent the totol over the quota figure, said Patterson. In War Bond SHACKELFORD PLEDGES By PAUL BEAM Associated Press War (Representing- the Combined American Press) ADVANCED BASE, 1TH AAF, Central Pacliic, Feb. 1 The story of a combined Navy- Army rescue service which saved the lives of a high percentage of 7th Army Air Force pilots and crew members shot down in the Mar- snails air offensive was told today by operations officers. Many fliers who parachuted into the ocean within sight of enemy bases were saved, and in one case n Navy long-range seaplane landed within a half-mile of a Japanese- held atoll to rescue three wounded crew members of a medium bomber which was shot down while raiding an enemy airfield. One of the most spectacular rescue flights was made by N'AVJT pilot Lt. Forrest E. Guthrie, Abilene, Texas. Flying a heavy By HAMILTON' WRIGHT Reporter-News Staff Writer ALBANY, Feb.1 by Lt. Russell K. Turner and Sgt. Wil- liam Crelia, back from overseas ftly. a crowd of about 600 persons pledged in-war bonds here tonight to bring a total ol 073.75 In sight of the goal. Joe Clark, acting as toastmaster, said he expected the remainder of quota to be raised by Saturday ght. Besides Hie two veterans, speak- ers Included C. M. Caldwell, Taylor county chairman, and Judge R. T. TJyess, father of the late Lt. Col. Edwin Dyess! Floyd Pool of Moran a total from his city Sow exceeding the goal with and comparatively ilvw tea- plane into the heart of the Mar- shalls, Guthrie located three In- jured B is crewmen on a raft fire miles from >n enemy-oc- cupied atoll. Heavy seas and a high wind made landing at that point impossible, so he dropped Instruellns the men lo sail their raft toward the lee side of Ihe atoll. (iulhrit then landed an Ihe lee of the enemy atoll within a half mile of the beach and taxied out to sea to meet Ihe men on the rift. The were, still loo rouih for a take-off, so after tetUni the Guthrie tailed back literally within fillini distance U the enemy shore and managed to take oft In the sheltered let. All three rtscned men recover- ing after treatment >t ad- vanced base hospital. Lt. Forrest E. (Gene) Gulhrie Is the son of Mrs. Ruth Saunders, 1310 and F. F. Guttule, now llv ng in New Mexico. The Naval filer attended publi choois in Abilene and was gradual 'd from Abilene high school. H Jater attended Hardin-Simmon. university a year and was from the University of Texas, ma orlng in petroleum engineering. H linished the University of Texas I 1941. He was employed by an oil com- pany in Houston tor a short time before going into the service In the fall of 1941. Lieutenant Guthrie had his training at the Dallas Naval Air Station and later received his wings at the Corpus Christ! Naval Air Sta- ResislanceContinues Nor Nazi On Kwajalein Island U. S. PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, Feb. island at the northern tip of Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall islands and four nearby islets have been captured by Marines of the Fourth Divi- sion in the developing Central Pacific offen- sive. lion. After seven months' service In the Aletulans, Lieutenant Oulhrle re- turned home last summer lor short leave. His mother is librarian at the Sta- tion hospital at Camp Barkeley. raised. At the beginning of the program he Albany high school band gave i 25 mjnute concert, and at the close, the two wounded soldiers con- ducted an open forum, answering questions relative lo the theaters of war in which they served. Lieutenant Turner, pilot of a P-W in China, defined the Japanese pi- lots as no good without a trained leader. On their own, they were never successful, he said. Sergeant Crelia gave chedit to the negro forces now in Africa: and also described the morale of the German soldiers as very good. On the boat coming over, he quoted prisoners as surprised at seeing New York City still In the hands of the Americans. Infantry Enters Cassino NOLAN 3 (SpiV4fl75 ?n war bonds. t Gen. Eb'y'C. HenebowerI1 'The: -totil u. ll-now and Haj. David J. Evans of Camp [stands Is with J431.MO Barkeley as Nolan cpun- previously raised. The goal U tlans Thursday night pledged Jalking of War and WAR VETERANS AT BAIRD RALLY By BRU.CF, FRANCIS Reporter-News Staff Writer BAIBD. Feb. 3 .Simple, straight- forward descriptions of the hell that is war were given a large crowd of Baird people tonight- by two wounded veterans of campaigns on opposite sides o! the globe. 9 Baird received the war heroes with open arms, listened in- tently to every word they said and when their messages had been con- cluded Ihe crowd that filled the Methodist church to near capacity wished to shake hands with Ihe Toys who know what it U to light the Germans and Japs. "Buy bonds and more bonds, and do everything you can to hasten the day your boys will come Pvl Joseph Pollard, Greenville, S. C. f-d the Baird people. A veteran of jungle fighting li the Southwest Pacilic, Pollard add cd. "My buddies still fighting th Japs over there would get down on knees and beg you to do Jus anything to get them home. Baird's Fourth War Loan driv rally is to be held Saturday alter noon and those who heard Privat Pollard and Capt. David Kelly, veteran of fighting in North Alric Sicily, would not be true Am ericans if they fall to buy bond until it hurts. County Judge B. H. Frceland an County Attorney Felix Mitchell sal alter tonight's rally that Baird an Callahan county will more th; Wtlie its quota in the present wa loan drive, as have the city a county in all other bond drives. Captain Kelly opened the even lug's rally by "I don't li! A- make these talks. 1 Iftve bei in hor-pitals tor six months and have wake up (he public and let them now what war is. "There Is too much griping about lings that don't bout not enough gasoline, butter Cairo Reports Street Fighting ALLIED HE AD QUART ERS IN ITALY, Feb. infantrymen thrust into Oassino today for an hour of bitter street fight- ing and formed their lines to night for "a''second: the hold in their1 drive'-to .open the'way for a 50-mile advance to form a junction with Al- lied landing forces south of Rome. Facing them were Nad "suicide fighting to hold on In this outflanked city on the Fifty Army- front. In a field dispatch, sent from forward command .post outside Cassind, Associated Press Corres- pondent Hal Boyle said American troops charged into the town just nd similar items. and prjs. ladies and gentlemen. I sure oners hcforc withdtew under ould enjoy sen-ing on one of your ation the captain said ith plenty of emphasis. Private Pollard gave mort raphic description of war In the acilic and before he had finisher! is story of the'horrors of Jungle ighting there scarcely was a dry ye in the audience. Pollard, n veteran of fighting on even Pacific islands and who iclped establish- two beachheads, ufferert wounds In both hips, legs ,nd stomach when a Jap tossed i hand grenade on him during he final assault on Munda air ield. "No, I to make talks like this. I am weak, nervous and ?an't eat but I volunteered to eavc McClo.skey hospital to do my bit toward letting the public know inst what Iheir boys are havinji endure in fighting the Pol- iard said.' lh.e fire of heavily armed German tanks. the leader of the American thrust, red-haired I.I. John Murphy of Philadelphia, was qouled: "We are forming up now for another attack; we can't quit on this thing in the Set-ITALY, Vf. 16, Col. 1 '.CAROLINE MARSHALL ISLANDS KWAJALEIN SOLOMON Seizure of these tiny spots of land, announced today by Adm. Chester W. NimiU, gives American forces full oppor- tunity to repair and use the airstrips on Roi island, captured earlier. The Roi airfield, with its dispersal area on Namur, formed the most formidable air btse which the Japanese had constructed in the Marshalls in more than two decades of >crations. At the southern end of the toll, on Kwajalein islet, stiff apanese resistance conlin- ed. An enemy counter at- ack there Tuesday night was hrown back, however, with leavy Nipponese losses. New troops and mechanized qulpment had been landed by the nvaslon fleet. NlmiU said. With his added strength the Seventh In- fantry division renewed Its attacks alter daylight Wednesday and the enemy was being annihilated, Islets near Naniur which were taken by storm, presumably Wed- nesday, were Gagan, Edjell. Debuu and Edlglgen. At least 16 islejs or keys already had been enveloped. 11 Tons Bombs Hit Alexishafen On New Guinea ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC, Fri day, Feb. 4 Liberator heav Industrial City Bombed LONDON, Feb. A near-record force of Flying Fortresses and escort- ing Thunderbolt, Lightning and Mustang long-range fighters flew a round trip of more than 700 miles through Wad weather wid dumped per- haps tons of bombs on the big German shipbuilding and naval base of Wilhelms- haven today. This assault, made In the fore- noon, was followed by an after-' iwon attack on the mysterious mili-i lary objectives of Ihe French in- asion ecasl by American Mar- uder anil Boston medium bombers long with Mitchells of the RAF net Ihe Dutch Naval Air Service, losquitos of the HAF and the !oyal Australian Air Force and MARCHING and Army forces, strong are consolidating beachheads at Hoi, Namur and Kwajalein in the heart of the Top portion of map shows cle tails of Kwajalein atoll. Bottom half shows its general lo cation in respect to other groups of islands in the area. (NBA ________ bombers plastered AJexlshaicn. on of the few remaining Japanes strongholds on the northeast New Guinea coast with 77 tons of bomb and left huge fifes burning at th aircraft and supply base, Allle headquarters said today. The attack Wednesday was th principal one .-recorded In Ge Douglas MacArthur's comr.-.unlqu which noted that adverse weather hampered lir In the. Soutliwest Pacific. Other Allied planes hit A Amele Nabanob missions in 'the Alex- ishafen-Madang area, dropping tons of bombs and strafing the tar- gets, fcnem'y supply areas it Aoroiis. on the northwestern tip of Dutch Guinea, were 'by leavy bombers. Allied light unlls meanwhile gave enemy bases and Installations ,n the Solomons a pasting In three separate Destroyers bom- barded Buka, air and supply base on the northern tip of Bougainville Island. Tuesday and drew shelltlrt from-the beach, where the Japa- nese have strong batteries. No dam- age to Allied warships were re- ported. While Americans have firmly es- tablished themselves In the Empress Augusta Bay area on the southwest coast of Bougainville, and have .two air fields in operation there, the enemy still occupies points on the. northern, southern and eastern coasts. Golan Soldier Reported Lost GOLAN, Feb. ISpl) Mrs. Bessie McClung of Golan was in- formed by the War Department yesterday that her son. Sgt. Har- Marshalls Key To Philippines Italy. Volunteer Workmen Grovel School Ground HODGES, Feb. 20 men worked all day Monday to gravel the Hodges school ground, a project: sponsored by the Parent-Teacher's association. Women served lunch the school. I Committee in charge included! Fred Danicll. Mason Barker and WASHINGTON. Feb. McClung. is missing In action in Wlr expects the Mar- Islands battle to crack open a section ol Japan's defense wall "through which we may advance to the Philippines or Tokyo." This tod a; Patterson. When concluded, Patterson said, the Marshalls operations will wid- en Ihe gaps In the enemy's defense another two years or more to go. i-John Stcphcnson. Trucks for the The only reason 1 volunteered i work were furnished by Bud Moore, for this work is to do what I can I Barker and B. A. Stcphenson. Pope Declines Jo Leave Rome LONDON. Feb. 3 WV- The Ger-1 mans were reported tonight to have notified Pope Pius XII that the fate of Rome will be "f ubjccl to military but the Pope has fused to abandon "his Rome." The Ankara radio said the Ger- man ambassador lo the Vatican, B.iron Ernest Von Weizsaecker, handed the Pope Ihe statement re- garding military needs from Field 'Marshal Gen. Albert Kesselring. This intimated that the Ger- mans intended to defend the city, with whatever destruction that mitfil entail. A dirpalch to the London News view WBA exnressed officially A o War SGT.. HAROLD McCLUNG The 21-year-old sergeant Is the only Golan boy known to be ing. None have been reported kill ed Chronicle supported the safe idea, quoting a Swlis newspaper as say- ing the Japanese embassy staff had left Rome 'in anticipation of coming The Vatican radio itself declared the Pope had refused lo abandon the Holy City ever since the begin- ning of the war because he always wanted Rome to be in the front line of spiritual resurrection. The tone of the broadcast appear- ed to confirm frequent reports of recent months that the Germans had been applying pressure to get the Pope to move to Germany. i st Wichita Falls but his reference apparently was to such vital spots as Truk, great Jap- anese naval base, and Ponape, both in the Caroline group somewhat more than a thousand miles west of the Marshalls. A "considerable portion" of the Stales Pacific fleet is now far west of Hawaii and near Japa- nese-held territory, but the enemy Navy has not yet challenged the aci- vancc.fPattcrson said. "The previous successes of our perimeter. It will, he added, bring 1 navy." he observed. may have two other strategically imporlsnt i laughl ,hc not to situations: i say timidity." 1. Shorten the supply and munlcalion linrs to Ihe and Southwest Pacific: 2. "Make It possible lo dtploy our forces so as to attack some of the Inner defenses of enemy territory." Patterson, In his press conference, did not expand on this latter point, Coming Home! AN ALLIED BASE IN AUSTRA- LIA. Friday, Feb. first American troops will return to the servant McCluns went oversew Unllcd stal" under ast Auemt. He was first station- rotation plan which calls for home leave for Army personnel ed In Norlh Africa and made first mission as a bombcr-surmer from there. A recent letter from him told he had been moved to Italy. A brother, Jack McCluns, lives In San Angelo and his only sister, Mrs. W. M. Lawlls. lives here. He Is a granuson of Frank Jeffrey, Golan pioneer. Inducted In Dallas in February, 1543, Sergeant McClung received his training in San Antonio and who have served long periods in the Southwest Pacific. Treaty Signed WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 Wi The United Slates and Mexico today signed a treaty for conservation distribution and use of the waters of the Rio Grande. Colorado and Tijuana rivers, a step toward pos slble settlement of a long-standimt dispute between the two countriw. t THE WEATHER Two Abilenians In 4th Marines At least two Stanley J. Jr., and Pfc. Willie C. lighting with the 4th Marine division In the bril- liant Marshall islands operations. Private Canada, 26, is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Canada Sr.. of Clyde and had lived In Abi- lene for two sears prior lo Rolnu into the sen-ice. He was employed by the W. T. Grant Co.. here. His wile now lives at 530 Orange. He took his boot training at San Diego and then was transferred to Camp Pcndlfton, Occanslde, Calif., prior to leaving the states. He en- tered the service In June. Private Loven. R truck driver be- fore Joining the Marines, also hart his training at San Diego and Camp Pcndleton. His wile Is the former Billy Joycf Havcy. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J .U Hawf-y r.t Rt. 1, Abilene. She now In Brrcltenririst vktlliu Private LOVMI'S sister. Mrj. W. C, Kite. Enemy eisumltleft an Kwajt- Itln klind were heavy, running about 4S deid to each fallen Amerlon, laid Nary spokes- man. The known Nipponew tt list nlfht; lotiltl -1UQ MB the Known American dead on Kwajn- lein island were 27, with nine miss- ing and 190 wounded. Preliminary estimates of casual- ties In the Rol-Namur indicat- ed we had lost leu 100 killed, with 400 wounded, the spokesman reported. Alter capturing Roi Island Tues- day, the swept over the causeway and R narrow coral Atrip to Namur. There they quickly clear- ed the building and barracks area, driving Ihe enemy into the bushy scrub of the northern portion of the Islet, where the Nipponese made their last stand. With mechanized armament, pre- sumably Including tanks, at their command, the Seventh infantry di- vision was expected to put a end to Ihe spirited resistance on Kwajalein Islet. Us capture may pro vide American forces with nnothci airfield, H was known that the Japanese weie at work on one lhcr< before Ihe Invasion. Typhoon fighter-bombers of ths AF. The Americans attackrnt Wllhelrruhiven defied a thick rloud cover, intense cold and sleet and snow. Flyinjf In what a Joint American-British com- munique described as "T e r j large the airmen mtt only weak German fighter opposition. The fighter escort shot down eljht German In- terceptor planes and Ihe Fort- resses got one, while four of the American heavy. bombers were lost. From all the day's operations, which also included an RAF Ty- phoon fighter-bomber patrol action in which three enemy barges were sunk off Ihe Dutch coast, nine fighters two fighter-bombers were The_.heavy bombers .mixed thoits.. rmfc "of leaflets with sive." unloaded on V7ilhb.ni- laven, North sea port having -U- and shipbuilding yards and 1 storage depots and facilities accommodating the largest hips. Big Spring Sheriff Dies Unexpectedly BIG SPRING, Feb. 3 Sherlff Andrew Jackjon Merrick 48. of Howard county died suddenl today. He was veteran West Texa peace officer, having served 18 years here as deputy sheriff prior to h appointment In 1941 sheriff to II a vacancy. Survivors Include his wile at! two sons. Jack and Joe Dick Mei rick. x C. S. D K PART.Mrs T 01 COMMEIICC WEATHER nrRF.AL' ABILENE ANn VICINITY: Fair Ifcll Siluidtjr. CBD- Ulr FridlJ. FAST TF..XAS: C, Incrnllnf clBBdlnn In inilhwril tnt cxlrrml oqlh pAttlna, mlTd 1VEST r.rntnlh lilr ncrcatinr win riln In nd im ind "I Ihr Fir rmperatarrv Than. AM VitA IIOTR Tho M M' I Mr mill Bronte Man Hurt CAMP ELLIS. 111., Feb. Pfc- Louis W. Jensen, 30. Grand Rapids. Mich, and Cpl. Harold V. Leathers, 19. Bronte. TCXBS. were larrett Resigns diool Position Walter Jarrclt, local bottling com- iany official and civic leader, re- igned last night as president of he city .school board at the or- anlzatiOLi's monthly meeting. Paul McCarty, vice president, was levnted lo the presidency and E. B. Free was named to succeed Mc- Carty as vice-president. The board agreed on the nomlna- ion of a member to replace Jarrett which will be presented lo the city commission today. Jarrett's resignation was ordered by his physician, who recommended that he give up his extra duties. Jarrett had been a member of the board tor seven years. Three teacher resignations were accepted by the board. They were Anna Sue Tale, music teacher at Alta Vista: -Mrs. Ruby Gatlin. Spanish teacher at the senior high school; and Vandcr Kenst. mathematics teacher at the senior school. Mrs. Maynard E. was em- ployed to replace Miss Tjite. Also added to the teaching staff were Mrs. Elizabeth Doctor. 7th grade teacher at Central, and Carmen Ar- royo, primary teacher at the Ameri- canization school. Because of a falling off In en- rollment at the school due to injured 'seriously tixlay when two many boys going into the sen-ice, small land mines they were plant- the board decided not to name re- ing on i battle Innoculatlon course placements for Mrs. Gatlin and Mrs. exploded simultaneously. Hen.it. n I! IX IT si a llljth lo si ll 15 ttmarrjlvrri l p. m. M and nigh and low ntne Tiu r and II. Sonirt U'l nilM: VU JtinTl't IKI .W Sonitl M5. West Texas Fair May Be Revived Possibility of revivinsr the West Texas fair this fall will be dis- raucd at a called meeting of the lair board of directors at II a.m. Mondav, i! was announced yester- day by M. T. Ramsey, pre.'l dent. There h's hern considerable (tation for the tion. and in order In reach some decision early, the fair presirtr-nt asked JacX Simmons, acting scc- rclarj -manager of the chamber of commerce, to notify directors of the session. The fair was discontinued after the 1941 event. There was no at- traction in and last fall there Reds Trap Ten Nazi Divisions was vlctorv livestock aliich Has a msjor hit. show, LONDON. Friday. Feb. Premier Marshal Sialin announced last night that ten German divisions between 120.000 d 150.000 been trapped by in overwhelming twin Red army offensive in the Ukraine, while Berlin announced the evacuation of the stror.Eholds of Rovno and LutA iLucki !n a sensational 50-mile Axis relrcal deep tnMde oid Po- land. Capplnj these German alnnj a mile fronl was a late Associ- tted Tress .Moscow dispatch that the Soviet Lenin- grad army had amashed across the Estonian frontier lo take four inside Estonia. Springing the greatest trap since Stalincract. the- first and second Ukraine armies under Generals Nikolai F. Vatutin and Ivan S. Conev captured 300 low us and vil- ages in shattering five-day 100- mile breakthrough to join forces along Ihe ZvcniRorodka Shpoia line, 45 miies be'.ow the middle Dnieper river. The ten German dnisions were locked In circular pocket ap- proximately 50 miles In diameter. They now face annihilation. It feenied unlikely the German com- mand could nuisirr sufficient re- serves to bieak the Soviet rlns. engaged hraiily as U is on virtually- every ol the lon! tKlmt front. To the norlh the Kusslan Leningrad army under General Leonid A. Govorov, converging on Xatvn, seven miles Inside Estonia, captured 50 mort vil- lages. the K.iily Soviet communique.   

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