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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                Buy More Then Before In Fifth War Loan Drive! Overall Quota Series E Quota gfotlene Reporter WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES "-Bvron SUN [VOL. LXIII, NO. 259. A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 11, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Press (AP) United Press (U.P.) PRICE FIVE CENTS ourg Seal ntinues NAZI PRISONERS REACH through an English coastal town, on way to an internment camp are some of the many hundreds of Nazi prisoners taken the French beachhead. (Signal Corps Radio-telephoto from "Naval Guns Biak Rescue Try By LEONARD Associated Press War Editor Accurate Allied naval gun fire routed a Japanese de- stroyer force in a brief night off northwestern New Guinea, thwarting a sec- ond attempt to leaguered enemy relieve be- troops on Biak island, Gen. Douglas JMacArthur announced today. SThe Nipponese turned and fled at high speed without firing a shot. American and Australian warships ctiased them for an hour and a half and possibly damaged one by range fire. Japanese troops barges were abandoned by their escort. U. S. ships wiped them out. Within the last week MacArthur has reported the sinking of five Jap- anese destroyers, damaging of two others and a cruiser in a sudden re- of enemy warships which "have avoided naval engagements for six months. Four Japanese merchant ships sunk Friday, three of them off Manokwari, 150 miles west of Biak island where Sixth Army troops were ferreting Japanese from caves around recently cap- tured Mokrner airdrome. The Palau islands, guarding the 'approaches to the Philippines, were Bombed for the first time, by land- hased bombers Thursday night, Mac- Arthur reported. Large fires and explosions were started. The attack- ers probably came from the Japa- nese built Wakde airdrome, 700 miles south of Palau. 3 United States aircraft ranged the full length of the Caroline islands. Besides Palau, south and southwest Pacific planes slashed at Truk, Sat- awan and Nomoi. Central Pacific bombers swept --over miles of Nipponese islands 90TH DIVISION REPORTED ON BEACHHEAD Of FRANCE By BRUCE FRANCIS The 90th division, re-activated at csmp Barkeley in June, 1942, .and composed chiefly of: ''Texan's is participating in 'the'lnvasiori' of Europe, Berlin Berlin radio stat- ing it is one of oper- ating on beachheads betweenOrne and Vire estuaries under Gen. Sir Bernard L. sources have Montgomery. Allied made no announce- ment on the subject. It was 26 years ago this month the 90th landed in France, and as a part of Gen. John J. Pershing's army went into action about two months later at St. Miheil. From that sector the 90fch of World War I was sent to the Meuse-Argonne battle zone and remained thereun- til Kaiser Bill's boys tossed in the sponge. Two years ago this month, at Camp Barkeley, Maj. Gen. Henry Terrell Jr., commanding officer of the World War II 90th, pledged the assembled veterans of the orig- nal 90th that the new T-O divi- sion would carry on where they left off. "You veterans of the old 90th may rest assured that when the time comes to meet and conquer the we will meet and conquer will make you, and all America, proud of us. Hurt Here in Traffic Mishaps Six persons were injured, at least two seriously hurt, in two traffic accidents here Saturday afternoon. Seriously injured was Miss Sarah Cleveland, 78, of A.marillo, who re- ceived a broken pelvis and frac- tured rib when the automobile in which she was riding and a car riven by Cpl. R. E. Frend, Camo -fn the most extensive aerial sorties j Barkeley soldier, collided at North reported recently by Adm. Chester 5th and Mulberry at Miss Cleveland's niece, Mrs. M. W. Nimitz. The attacks coincided with the sinking of four Japanese E. Perkins, sustained only braises destroyers and damaging of a fifth while Mr. Perkins, who was driv- In thc southwest Pacific, announced.. ing, was treated for a head cut at Qrcsterday -by Gen. Douglas MacAr- "thur. In southwest China, Chinese troops reported they had cut the Burma road at Mangshih. See PACIFIC, Pg. 15, Col. 3 The Weather ".T. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Ji WEATHER BUREAU ABILEN'E A.vn VICINITY: Tartly cloudy Sunday and Monday. WEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Scn- day and Monday. FAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Sunday and Monday, a few widely scattered afternoon thundcrshowers in cast por- Hendrick Memorial hospital. attendants last night Cleveland was resting "We accept the sacred inher- itance from you brave men of the old 90th. feel deeply our, responsibility to uphold tradition so dear to you. We will carry the in- domitable spirit of you vete- rans with us until the final General Terrell told soEM SCO veterans of thc old 90th who came to Barkeley to present colors and treasured battle streamers to the new di- vision. Now that the new 90th, activat- ed and trained at Camp Barkeley, is battling on the soil of France, Abilene and all of America is con- fident that General Terrell's pledge to the veterans of 1917 and 1918 will be more than fulfilled. The 90th of the current war was activated at Camp Barkeley as of March 25, 1942, and remained there in intensive tramrng until Feb- ruary of 1943 when it was sent to Louisiana for a series of Army maneuvers. After returning from Louisiana the division resumed its training at Barkeley and continued its study of modern warfare "there un- til September, 1943, when it was sent to California for several months of desert training. From there it went to the east 'coast and esrly this year embarked for England. Upon activation the new 90lh was made up principally of selective service men from the Midwest, Southwest and Pa- cific coast. By far the ma- jority of them were husky lads in their 20's, and before leav- ing Barkeley the division re- ceived hundreds of replace- ments, mostly 'teen age young- sters wanting only one a crack at Hitler or Tojo. General Terrell, a native Texan and a veteran World War I, dedicated himself to only one task after being commander of the new 90th--that being to pro- duce a fighting machine that could hold its own on any battlefield of See "90th DIVISION, Pg. 15, Col. 6 Breakfast to Open Bond Drive Tuesday Kickoff breakfast for the Fifth War Loan drive has been set at a.m. Tuesday at the Second Street USO with the honored guests the wife and son of Pvt. John G. McFarleri, Abilene paratroop- er-hero who was the first en- listed man to set foot in France when the Allies in- vaded western Europe. Mrs. McFarlen, .541 Walnut, and her 21-months-old son, Johnny. Eu- gene, will be guests of the campaign Pledges to Count War bond pledges Monday as well as war bond sales will count toward tickets to the Abi- lene Air Base show opening the Fifth War Loan drive Monday night at the Paramount thea- ter, Wally Akin, theater mana- ger, announced Saturday. Tickets will be issued on pledge cards signed at the sales booths at West Texas .Utilities company, Walgreen drug store, Thornton's department store and Abilene Building and .Loan association, Akin said. Banks and postoffice will continue reg- ular sales. Pledge cards will turned to the Federated, clubwomen, di- rected by Mrs. L. E. Dudley, president, who will handle sales under pledges. Purchases must be made durinjr the drive which ends July 8 and must be made in Taylor county, Akin said. workers .who will' plan, drive, details at- itheKbreakfast.-. was, invited Bond" Chairman -M. Caldwell. Dr. Rupert' N. Richardson, acting president of Hardin-Simmons uni- versity, will, be principal speaker at the breakfast and Ed Stewart, co-chairman of the city steering committee, will preside, George Bar- ron said. Barron and B. R. Blank- enship are other co-chairmen of the steering group. Federated clubwomen, who under the direction of Mrs. L, E. Dudley are" responsible for bond sales booths over the city, will, along with Mrs. McFarlen 'and her son, be guests at the breakfast. Also invit- ed are members of Troop 10, First Methodist Boy Scouts and their scoutmaster, Bill Helm, who will do poster work for the drive. "We need more and more work- ers other than the teams which have been Barron said. "Anyone who will aid on the drive is invited to come help us kick it off to a good start." Red Cross canteen corps will serve coffee and doughnuts to the group. The pre-drive bond, sales cam- paign, with Monday still to go has brought in from Abilene's two banks and postoffice alone. Ov- erall quota for the campaign is of' which is car- marked for Scries E bonds. The "block" system, with teams designated a certain district to work, will be employed in the city campaign, Barron said. Details of the plan and the district for esch team will be announced at the breakfast. J. W. Babb-will be captain of the wholesalers and manufacturers team. Members will be T. J. Mc- Carty, George Foster, G. C. Mc- Donald, E. P. Mead, W. C. Wright, E. W. Berry, H. M. Harrison, O. C. Williams, J. W. Hoover, J. R. Neely, A. J. Couch Jr., and Bernie Blainc. Ten general teams organized arc: Luke Medley, captain, and Bill Sec Bond Drive, Pg. 15, Col. 2 France-Based Planes Drive Forward LONDON, Sunday, June The Vichy radio reported last night that Allied warships had attacked Toulon, great French naval base on the Mediterranean. The broadcast claimed German coastal batteries had sunk one "gunboat." No landings were reported. By DON WHITEHEAD WITH AMERICAN TROOPS IN FRANCE. June soldiers surged forward all along this beachhead front east of the Vire river today, and patrols made contact with beachhead forces west of the Vire. Paced by the fighting First division, which drove to the edge of the forest of Trevieres, the doughboys en- gulfed the town of Trevieres, which had been a German strongpoint, and took Isigny on the right flank, A spokesman authorized identification also of the American 29th division as among the beachhead forces. By JAMES M. LONG SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, Sunday, June S. troops smashed a third of the way across the Normandy peninsula yesterday in a drive to seal off the prize port of Cherbourg and captured two towns and a handful of villages under cover of Allied fighters striking from newly-seized airfields in France. A German broadcast placed the Americans near Monte- bourg, only 15 miles southeast of Cherbourg, after the Ger- mans had withdrawn to "shortened defense Allied headquarters Bulletin No. 10 issued just before mid- night said "Allied progress continues along the whole of the beachhead." This meant that the American, British and Canadian troops now were attacking heavily along a 50-mile stretch between Caen in the east and Monteboitrg in the northwest. A dispatch from the front disclosed that the Americans, with artillery support, had begun striking inland Friday after using the first three days to secure their .beachheads and establish contact with the British-Canadian forces in the Bayeux sector, east of the ex- panded 35-mile-wide Ameri- Little Rest Given Nazis By AUSTIN BEALMEAR SUPREME HEADQUAR- TERS, Allied Expeditionary Force, Sunday, June air power swept back into action in support of the invasion yesterday, establish- ing bases on the beachheads in France, and, it was an- nounced today, U. S. fighter commands alone sent nearly planes into the sky. Clearing weather enabled heavy bombers to roar across the channel again after a 15-hpur lull and Al- lied planes of all types blasted Ger- man troop concentrations and tanks, big gun positions and air- dromes as well as rail and highway transport. Liberators dumped heavy loads of explosives behind the battle zone in both Normandy and Brittany and the tireless Marauder medium bombers made three attacks dur- ing the day. An indication that the assault was being continued through the night came as the Paris radio sus- pended at midnight and Berlin broadcast warnings of nuisance raiders penetrated into western Germany. Hungarian radio also left the air early in the night, the Fed- eral Communications commission reported.) The German air force still avoided a show-down, but several aerial battles develop- ed. The Eighth air force listed 10 German planes shot down and 21 American craft missing while can front. The Americans gained six miles in their first smash inland from the sea, and veteran troops were spear- heading the attack, the dis- patch said. Improving weather which found Allied fighters now hitting from France for the first time in four years aided the Allied forward movement Heavy bombers attack- ed German airfields in Normandy NEW YORK. June The Berlin radio reported to- night that a new Allied air- horne landing; had been made near Danvou, southwest of Caen. "The obvious purpose of this move is to take the Germ- mans in the said the broadcast, recorded by the Blue network. See BOMBING, Pg. 15, Col. 2 Sit. Fri. A.M. 74 73 T fif) fir> 71 6f> 7-t 7i 7R 77 Rl P.X 81 as 83 TEMPERATURES HOUR 1 Sat. Fri. P.M. S.1? R4 __10__ __II__ .12___ Hierh and low to 9 p.m. R8 and 69. Hiffh and low same date last year: !H and 68. last ni'Rhl: this morning: aunsit tonight; and Brittany, behind the battle line, and fighters strafed the ene- my's armored and transport move- ments. The Americans under Lt. Gen. Omar N, Bradley captured the small but valuable port of n.y, 32 miles southeast of Cher- bourg-, toppled Trevieres cipht miles cast of Isigny, eloscd in from both sides of Carcntan, six miles west of Isipny, and slashed "in several places" the main Paris railway leading into Cherbourg1. Heavy fighting raged at Caren- tan. the late Allied bulletin said. AMERICANS DRIVE FOR show ported Allied drives on the French invasion coast. Ameri- cans took St. Mere Eglise on the Cherbourg peninsula and announced seizure of Isigny and Bayeux. Black line indi- cates main beachhead front on basis of enemy reports, partly confirmed by Allied announcements. (AP Nazis Make Stand Miles From Rome By NOLAND NORGAARD ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN ITALY, Jurfe Nazi forces in Italy, fleeing northward in a rout that the Allied command declared had become a turned to make a stand of stubborn but not fully-disclosed propor- tions late today around a village some miles northeast ol Viterbo, which is 40 miles above Rome. George Tucker, Associated Press correspondent with tho Fifth Army in't'he field, wrote in a dispatch timed p.m. tonight that the previously al- most-unopposed race of the Pioneer of Abilene Dies Funeral services for Mrs. George W. P. Coates, 82, one of Abilene's pioneer woman leaders, will be held Monday nt 9 a. m. at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. The Rev. Phillips Kemp, Episcopal rec- tor of San Angclo, will conduct the service. Immediately following the rites here the cortege will leave for Waco, where burial service will be held at 5 p. m. Monday in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Coates, one of the city's pion- eer woman leaders died in Hcndrick Memorial Hospital nt p. m. Saturday. She had been in delicate health two years since suffering a stroke. Her condition became criti- cal a week ago, when she was taken from her home, "02 Amarillo, to the hospital. Mrs. Coatcs' maiden name was Edwin Frances Graham. She was born near Waco October 10, 1862, the daughter of Major Francis Hugh Graham and Mary Aupiusta Gra- ham. Major Graham died in 1866. Mrs. Coates received her education Sec MRS. COATES, IS, Col. 3 NEW YORK, June The British Broadcasting com- pany, in a report recorded by NBC in New York, said tonight that a German general and his entire staff had been captured in France. Hospital said Miss fairly well. The Perkins' reside at 417 Kirk- wood and were en route to Palo Pinto at the time of the mishap. Treated at the Army First Aid station was Sgt. Kenneth Waldeck, 25, Ka. Battery 495th Field Artil- lery, 12th Armored division, a pas- senger in Corporal Frend's car. Also hurt seriously was a negro woman, Sarah Tollersori, 528 North 5th, who received a fracture of both hips and a laceration over an eye as a result of a. bus-truck crash two miles north of Abilene on the Anson highway. W. W. Briggs. 6719 Sherman street, Houston, also a passenger in the bus, was treated for minor injuries. Tne bus, Abilene Northern Coaches, overturned after it was in collision with an empty gasoline truck driven by James V. Touch- stone of the Touchstone Oil Co. of) Brown wood. Touchstone, the bus driver, Arthur Martin Preslar, 1158 Santos, and a soloier whose name investigating WOUNDED YANKS TREATED ON FRENCH BEACH-American soldiers, xvounded in soTdTer "was1 taken to the Ithc On ine coast of France, lie hi litters and sit propped against a sea wall The Germans had flooded the ter- rain in that sector, causing diffi- culties, a spokesman said. Severe fighting with strong ene- my armored also flamed through the fifth day in the Caen area of the British-Canadian sec- tor. A front dispatch said Allied artillerymen had taken up posi- tions in a struggle for a ridge com- manding Caen, and that engineers had been partly successful in the setting of a tank trap against re- inforced panzer unfts there. "In the Cherbourg peninsula our advance patrols are west of the main railway in several thr Allied communique said. The apparent immediate objec- tive of the American troops striking in the Montebourg area, a Vichy broadcast said, was Valogncs, the communications key to Cherbourg. Valognes is only 10 miles southeast of the big port. Rofon Bombardier Missing in Action ROTAN, June 10 Lt. J. R. Counts Jr., Rotan bombardier, has been reported missing in action over Germany May 24, according to a War department message- to his family. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Counts. Lieutenant Counts was a 1938 graduate of Rotan high school and a member of the football team. He later attended Texas Tech. His wife is making her home in Lubbock. Allies to overtake tHe retreat- ing Germans had slowed per- ceptibly when they ran into a' maze of German 88-millimeter and anti-tank guns in and around the village. The ADies brought up tanks, in- fantry and artillery, and the fight- ing "quickly assumed the character of a sizable Tucker said. Indications were that the Fifth Army, which has advanced at speed of about 15 miles a day since the fall of Rome last Sunday, had succeeded in its racing efforts to overtake and engage some import- ant units of Col. Gen. Ebcrhard Von Mackensen's 14th army. Capturing the ancient town of Tuscania, 13 miles northeast ot Tarquinia. which fell Friday, tha Fifth Army had fanned out with just such an overtaking battle in- tended. Earlier Saturday R head- quarters spokesman had describ- ed thc German army as "re- treating in a completely disor- ganized with the Fifth army "unable to catch up any important clement of despite thc speed of pursuit. Tucker wrote toiright that the Germans were beaten "but by no means disorganized." The German withdrawal before the British Eighth army on tha Adriatic front, first announced yes- terday, continued with the Allies advancing more than five miles and capturing the battle-wrecked towns of Orsogna, Guardiagrele, Miglionico and Filetto and cross- ing the River Foro. The Eighth Army front east of; Rome also was advanced as Allied troo'ps, fighting their way through demolitions and minefields in the rough country, captured Moricone, See ITALY, Pp. 15, Col. 3 SABOTAGE, INSURRECTION APPEAR ALL OVER FRANCE Th soldier was taken to the In e coas o rance, n ers an s proppe against a sea wa Camp Barkeley station hospital but j awaiting transportation back to England, This picture is by Peter J. Carroll, AP xvar was released after examination. I photographer operating ,with the still picture pool. (AP Wirephoto via Signal Corps Radio) With more than 5.000 German prisoners now taken, Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery. Allied ground cammondcr, has estab- lished advance headquarters in France and has visited thc troops in thc front lines. He was reported well satisfied with j See European War, Pg, 15, Col. 7 LONDON. June resistance to the Germans is ris- ing, with sabotage and insurrec- tion all over France, it was learned at Allied headquarters tonight. FA'cry French village, it was de- clared, offers information, medical assistance and any other possible help to the Allied forces. Although the Allied high com- mand was withholding for the strategic moment its instruction to the underground to strike all-out for the liberation of the country, front-line dispatches and continen- 'tal reports told of multiplying blows against the Nazis. Unrest also was reported in the German Reich St- self. While some observers were in- clined to be conservative in their estimates of. these seeped out of the Netherlands and northern Italy as well as France and was conceded that the invasion of Normandy had in- spired increasing sabotage behind the French lines. The most sanguine reports to the French press service in Lon- don. These said French patriots were engaged not only in wide- spread sabotage but were fighting pitched battles with occupation troops deep behind the German i linos. j Tne French press service said I patriots were engaging more than I Germans in the Vosge dis- trict in a battle in which -they had captured more than 300 Nazis. It I also reported fighting at Bourg and i Maeon, which lie near the Haute Savoie, a center Tor the lighting French aiaquis.   

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