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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                I WAR BOND Over-all quota Total Sales Serici E quota kriet E Silent Reporter r WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT MORNING VOL. LXIII, NO. 259 A TEXAS 3mU, NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING. MARCH 2, 1944 -TWELVE PAGES PffsJ HP) United Prtss (V.P.I PRICE FIVE CENTS fhese Boys Helped at Anzio, As They Wished, and 'Spun In' J By KENNETH L. UIXON (Vcslrrday Ktnmih L. Uixon's story ms of the read-base pilots who champed at the bit while, dirty kept them from supporting t ground troops at Anzio. of how ejr thoujht out loud, prayerfully, of "those poor bastards." Diion didn't quote them by name, and his editors wondered, because Dison Is strong for names. His dispatch to tells why. The pilots jot their Wish; went to help at Anzio. '.Most of the euys I wanted to quote npun in up says Dlxon. Front iine reporters cannot Quote dead after their families have notified. The one most worried though, had curly hair, said.) WITH THE AEF IN ITALY, Feb. 26 you start retracing your swps in any Given theater of war the word "cas- ualties" suddenly loses Us vagueness and becomes an intimate grim and painful thing. It makes you want never to go back to tlie same outfit twice. The same people won't, be there at least not all of them. It makes you understand why some of the veteran soldiers make almost no afraid to; they'd rather go It alone than to the IJierJIa- ble loss, On Mount Lungo half a dozen guys in an Infantry company prac- tically adopted me. They shared their rations and, what's more im- portant, their water, altliough ev- ery drop of water became a preci- ous thing up there. We swapped stories about home, read parts of our latest letters out loud. Everybody looked at the pic- tures of everybody else's wife or sweetheart. They helped me dig a foxhole and we developed a system of checking in down the line one at a time to be sure all of us were till] ojtay after mortar baraecs at night.' The other day I ran Into one of them. He was the only one left. Of the other five, four were dead, one so badly wound- ed he had been shipped home. For a while we talked about how we'd have to look him up after the war. Then 1 went In front of San Pietro I spent nearly a week with another line outfit. In a few days of consiant chelling, air raids and slow ad vances through mud and minefields, I learned to four ot those boys from belief tha'i most men I've known for years. All four survived the siege of San Piclro, which wax something calling (or a .celebration. When I ltd them we agreed we'd have it of these days. But between then and the lime I rejoined the outfit a few weeks later they'd crossed the Flapldo rlv- cj1. There aren't very many men who lived to tell about that (Irst crossing of the Rapldo. The four riflemen from Texas didn't. In Tunisia a gay bunch ef guys in a Flying Fortress rroup made me an honorary member of fbelr outfit. The otlicr day they sent word they Here over here somewhere and for me to come visit them. Before I could get away they flew on the Re- gensburf raid yesterday. Today 1 wrote the story. Tncy wreck- ed the airplane factory there, but three, of the juvs who in- vited me over won't be waiting t the airbase if I go. The engineers let four of us hook a ride on their LST up to the Anzio beachhead. We grimed about 0 rations, swapped cigarettes for fruit with the Italian bumboal peddlers who row from shiit to ship in tile southern harbors. We swat out Ihe near miss when Jour bracketed our ship witn bom'os up Iliei'c In AiiJlo's "bomb all these were thinss we did togeth- er. They made carbon copies of my stories about them nnd passed around "The mast readers you'll ever they said. They were go- ing to save any clippings they got Irom home, but shells kept inter- rupting their work as they buili a beachhead alrbasc- for fighter planes. And then there were funerals. Sev- eral of the guys who were going to save clippings are. buried in the not- so-little beachhead cemetery Half a dozen of Hie pilots were talking about how nrjch they wa'.iS cd to be turned loose in full strength to support the doughboys up on the beachhead, f took notes, names, di- rect quotations, because I wanted to show the constant unity between the alniscn and the Infantrymen when the chips are down. Bui it was two days before I got around to ivrltln; the story ami in the meantime the boys had gotten their wish. They'd "louered Hie boom" on German beachhead positions. I wrote Ihe story, but I wrote it uithout names. Most of the. Itiiis I wanted to rjuott hat spun In up there. Ven nolllled. The one most worried afraid to; Ihey'd rather to It at a time to be sure all ot us were I learned to know lour ot those boys made me an honorary member peddlers who row Irom to ship Half a dozen of the pilot's were spun In up there. f ._ Nip Counterattack Repulsed larauders Increase 'Jjoad by 50 Percent LONDON, Thursday, Mar. Berlin's short and long wave radio stations went off the air last night, signify- ing the possibility that RAF raiders were over Europe again. The. indication of a new night assault on Europe came lifter a day of quiet on, the Allied air front. An increase in the striking i------------------------------------ power of American Marauder 11 i I medium was dis- I Anflnn VKIlPfl Again by Nazi tlosed yesterday in a month- y review by U. S. headquar- ters and the air ministry. During February tons of bombs were dropped in in- dividual plane attacks made as part f( 2o operations, providing an v-average' each pfane. This Is half again_ns large as the aging a few months ago. One explanation for the increase En the average .tonnage Is the number ot attacks made on the Northern French coast, since the snori iiighl aootoi the channel permils heavier loading. It also was announced that the of Nazi ah' bases Feb. 24 Jiy the U. S. Ninth Air Force in- Solved the largest force.of medium bombers ever sent from England. The actual size was not disclosed, but it must have been more than 250 planes, a figure announced for 'Ijv previous raid. Thirteen Marauders were lost in to anti-sircraft gun lire and four to enemy fighters. British Mosquito bombers at- tacked points in Western-Germany night and returned with- loss. The Western European air front wa; quiet today. Air raid, warnings. 'sounded early today in London and almost im- mediately there were sharp bursts of gun-fire from the capital's anti- aircraft defenses. Planes were clearly heard in some sections of the city. Batteries of searchlights swept lie sky and the raiders dived and Aisled attempting to elude their ays. This was [he second successive light alert the city but was he first, between midnight and dawn since Feb. 22. Trie all-clear was sounded at 3 a.m. (British war FDR Meets Allied Asiatic Commander WASHINGTON, Mar. 1 W President Roosevelt conferred today wilh MaJ. Gen. Albert C. Wede- meyer, third member of the Allied high command In Southeast Asia to visit the White House within a "fortnight. Wcdemeyer, who Is deputy chief of staff to Lord I.oyls Mountbattcn, Allied commander in chief in the area, had lunch with the chief executive but did not t'ljelose of his White ifcusc ap- Previously Mr. Roosevelt saw Brtj. Gen. Haydon L. Boatner, chief of staff of the Chinese army in India, who commands the northern combat area under Mountbalten flrhat was on Feb. 19. Pour days Mater the chief executive conferred with Maj. Gen. Raymond A. Wheel- er, who is Mounlbatten's chief sup- ply officer. Tour Again Nazi Lunge On Beachhead Turned Back ALLIED HEADQUAR- TERS, Naples, Mar. Allied forces today blocked a strong German lunge on the Anzio beachhead which may lave been intended to start a offensive. Brief dispatches from the ector reported no great cen- ralized drive toward the sea as having developed yet, al- hough the Nazis applied >ressure 'at several points along the perimeter -of the British and American lines. Field guns and m'prtars_. roaret who o be rna'sfng a.third major effbr to drive-the Allies into (he sea. As the reinforced emmj launched his attack, Allied he'ad- quartcrs disclosed that Field .Marshal Albert Kesselrinf had been equipped with a new "sec- ret weapon" an filled, pilotlMS tank meant (o be steered by remote control into allied positions and detonated in the midst of the defenders. Finns Assail Peace Offer STOCKHOLM, T U u r sda> Mar. 2 (AP) Importan Finnish newspapers aUackci Moscow's proffered pcaci terms today and declared them unacceptable. (Earlier Peace Story Is On Page 12) Wake Given New Attack by Liberators NOTHING SAFE over the Pacific arc scores of islands which have been attacked or may be attacked any day.by.Allied forces. The command is selecting those .havering Wake again into the Admiralty Britain! ".....i Hamlin Flier HAMLIN, March First Lt. James rj. Lambdin has been dec- orated with the Distinguished Fly- ing Oak Leal Cluster and the Air according to information received by his wife, the former Avalecn Murphree, a teacher in Hamlin high school. Lieutenant Lambdin was mobil- ized with the National Guard in September, 1940. and was in the first group to come to Abilene and TOPEKA. Knns., Mar. 1 Harry H. Woodring, former secrc lary'of war in an earlier Roosevel cabinet. left today on a second 
                            

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