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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1944, Abilene, Texas                                WAR BOND BOX SCORE QuoU Overall Sales Series E Quota....... Series MDRMG OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT i.n'owiwn IIIMP ifldd PAGES Associated rrtti (AP) Vnlltd Prm fVJ-.i ERIC'S FIVE CENTS Frets (API Vnlltd Prna IDf.) prllUi (JYfc VL. 1XIY. NO. 6 TEXAS TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 23. PAGES P .Cherbourg Entirely Surrounded Fleet lurns -Tait Runs' "Most Powerful American Unit Works Quickly WASHINGTON, June 23 (AP) American forces battling their way northward on Saipan is- land have made further advances, the Nivy nounced tonight. Our troops1 have con- tinued a mile further along the shoreline Magicienne bay to 'the town of Laulau on the northern shore. By LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press Editor Bomb-shattered ramnant of a big Japanese fleet fled ou of range of "the nlost power ful and destructive nava unit" ever assembled afte American carrier plane one smashing Monday that destroyed o damaged 14 -ships, includin four flattops and a battleship American "task force 58" a in the western Pa cific is so vast, the Navy re ported last nigbt, that a Jap nese pilot took "one look" anc was convinced "Japan-had lost 0 [Newest, Biggest Carriers Part lOf Task Force WASHINGTON, June a score of th newest and biggest Americar aircraft carriers are assignee to Task Force 58, revealed, b the Navy today as history "most powerful and destru tive naval unit." This was disclosed tonig by Rear Admiral Arthur W Radford, acting deputy chie of naval operations for air, describing the giant for which routed the Japane east of the Philippines Mon- day. can safely he Mid in a broadcast, "that most of the 22 new-carriers .since Pearl Harbor have been operating as part of the vast task force 58." 1 The Navy announcement, said that in addition to carriers, the force was made lip of battleships, cruiser and destroyers. It has been 1 given "the entire Pacific ocean to the gates of Japan is lUnrplng the Navy said. Soviets Kill 2 JOO Finns On 3 Fronts LONDON, Friday, June 2 troops arm hilatcd more than Fin nish soldiers yesterday in age fighting on three front Moscow announced early to day, as mighty Red armic rolled up new gains throug Finland's broken defense line At the northern tip of Lake One hskoe one of the two ne fronts opened Wednesday in RU sia's all-out drive to eliminate Fi land from the war, Soviet troops plunged 10 to 15 miles westward in the direction of Lake Ostero and cleared a section of.the Leningrad- Murmansk railway'by capturing three Important stations. But the most deadly fighting was reported .to the south along the Svir river where, the early morning Assault Against City RagesIowardClimaxI By JAMES M. LONG SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE. Friday, June final massive as- sault on the surrounded fortress cf Cherbourg raged toward an explosive climax today, with LI. Gen. Omar Bradley an explosive cumax louuy, wmi ui. ut-n. r American doughboys wrecking the last steel ring of suburban LT RAYMOND c. HOWARD fortifications from the south with a gigantic, perfectly-timed I artillery and aerial greatest onslaught against a German stronghold since the Allies invaded France Planes 'ound French Battle Areas SUPREME HEADQUARTERS AL- June 6. It was the last act of the spectacular American drive which began on June 14, smashed bitter German oppo sition, sheared off the Cher- bourg peninsula from the rest of France, and finally isolated the great seaport. Unofficial reports reaching here shortly alter 3 a m. (8 p. day, CWT) said the American as' supplement to the Russian LTED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Friday, June 23 At least 000 Allied warplanes scorched Ger- man-held France from Cherbourg to Paris with bombs, rockets and bul- lets Thursday in dawn to dusk at- tacks giving the closest support to the invasion armies since the liber- ation of France began. More than U. S. medium and "S1'1 bonibers and flghtCT- nlque said, one Soviet unit alone killed 1.450 ot the enemy. In addition many were taken as 'the Bed array 'broke down the Finns' resist- ance, expanded their bridgehead to a depth of at least six miles on the north bank of the Srlr, captured Podporoihye, l district center ol the Lenin- grad region. The success of the Russians In u .the second day of their new offen- inlte figures on" the bij force Ulves in the lake region west of given.'but the I Finland was matched by Marshal R. C.Howard First Local Man Missing First Abilene man reported miss- ing in action In the invasion ot sauit troops had pushed lo the sei France Is Lt. Raymond C. Howard, both east and west of Cherbourg.1 Dltot Exact locations were not given, and headquarters had no otlldal con- firmation, but It Vvas bald this de- velopment was regarded as likely. With an air of expectant conser valism, the Allied midnight com Jlhe war. Rout ot the iratere east' of' the: Philippines left the area-ln> control-of. the mighty irmadi .which has been assigned "the entire Pa- cific ocean to, the gates of Japan its stamping ground." running away, the Mikado s sea "force avdded a hopeless nava engagement- and abandoned some 20000 Japanese troops waging a losing battle on Saipan island m the southern Marianas. Their de is only a matter ot time, sai< Associated Press War Corresponds Lelf Bricks on. An unconfirmed radio report asserted Japanese air- forces struck back Wednesday m right at the fleet concentrated off Eaipan. The Navy disclosed that a nun ired aircraft carriers are operatln t.'ith the Pacific fleet now. Adm. Chester W. mniiiz an nounced yesterday the imperial ar- sought safely in the China sea after two days of long range aerial skirmishing cost it 368 planes, one carrier and three fleet tankers sunk, and 10 other ships damaged. American carrier planes caught Jhe Japanae force completely by START OF this area the Japanese fleet camel nol. out to fight early this week, but it stayed around, officials that [B slx m0nths secret Leonid A. Govorov's battle-season- have announced, just long enough to heavy losses, to organization it has the H veterans on the KarElian lslh- ee the size of the American force, and then ttirn tail and of tr.lflc- in the Pacific mus run. A large, group of carriers and planes from them turned lie trick .of victory, quicklyj Iroop carrier pilot who lo return to his base from Over France on D-day. June 6. Lieutenant Howard's wife, former Margaret Knopp of Phoe- nix, Arli., and his parents, Mr. and. Mrs. Otto -.Howard, all of 1218 Beech, were.-notified yesterday by PLEDGE PURCHASE OF IN BONDS Ihil jMt-Mr-iraV i Kf3 ibe IWTcm "w as hb'eyes rvM and, when shortly thereafter, reported that "one look at task force convinced him that Japan hid the More lhari a thousand pianes can ,he launched from the Ptedges to buy SSftSSTffS uy tluu members of their immediate families or firms headed by club members. This set a newjgic all-time high for such a bond campaign promotion in any of he five war loan drives. The pledges tabulated at the ylipurl, these-Soviet troop; north, several other localities fringe of .lhe niihufacturirig extends to Finland's .threatened -cap- -The Russian air force Joined In the furious attacks on (be Finns in the Vllpurl retton, repeatedly bomblnr slrif- ing co.icenirations of Finnish troops, and track! and 30 other vehicles transport- troops and supplies. DOtnbers rounded the last wall of Nazi fortifications separating Am- erican ground troops from the Cher- bourg waterfront. Around l.OCO American Flying Fortresses and Liberators and hund- reds of RAF Lancaster and Hall- faxes which roared out In mldaflcr- noon for the first lime since 1942, were among other aircraft thrown into the: slWtlc operations. were Ur- gejs of the heavy bombers In a one- pf.ch. However, the Gennans were sending the robot bombs over southern England In a steady pro- cession again early today. Jusl before dark Marauders, Hav- ocs and Thunderbolt fighter-bomb- ers of the U.- S. Ninth Air Force raided 'Alderney Island, eight miles west- of Cap de La Hague, near the tip of the Cherbourg peninsula, anc German field headquarters, fue vansm, me rtiucti iii.ujugiit i.uiu-, munique dealt with the batllc only the War department ot his status in vague, guarded terms, and then as missing. -Lieutenant and Mrs. turned lo an account of Thursday's Howard arc lhe parents of a daugh- siormovlks (dive bombers, Ballingerlo HearBlissard The pledges laou.aiea at ..with superfortresses striking over this area seven Lions club meeting brought from the west and task force 58 i f I T _ .1 frmn tho OQCl t HP fltlfP iHlnrPffllfl.- I i __ E J and the Marianai One carrier was sunk. An- other il.MO Ion carrier was hit three oonnds bombs. A third was severely danujed Q and left burninr fiercely. A fourlh was hit. One or pos- sibly two Cat lops escaped in- tact. One battleship of the Konio class was damaged. Three other ballteiraEons apparently weren't hit. All five of lhe fleet lank- ers essential lo operation of the armada were sunk or left In flames. One cruiser and three de- stroyers were hit. An unlold 4t number of others fled. "Under the circumstances oui fleet did a magnl.'icent said Navy Secretary James ForrcsUl "but the Navy Is not going to be satisfied until the Japanese flee wiped out." The enemy's air arm was so se verely damaged in an attempt t wrick Vice Adm. Marc A. Mitschcr' carrier force Sunday night that i was able to put up only a weak de fcnse. Fifteen or 20 enemy aircrat fli-pre shot down. Forty-nine Amer Scan planes failed to return from the aitack, against 353 lost by th Japanese in a similar assault Sun day. The Marianas action, includin strikes on the Bon and Caroline islands, has cost 11 Japanese M or more ships sun 36 damaged- 626 planes definite destroyed and 25 probably. The American force has lost planes. first line ships nave been "damaged. Assaulting Marines and Infan- trymen were so confident of cap- turing Saipan, arsenal of the Mar- ianas 1.500 miles from Tokyo and the Philippines, that they lander! Qthei; own garrison commander and his staff. He stepped asr.ore as a terrific artillery barrage opened up on the Japanese to pave the way for an American advance northward along entire four-mile front stretch- ing across the island. BALLINGER, June 22 -r Lt Grover C. Blissard of Big Spring holder of the Distinguished Servic Cross, the Distinguished Hyin Croa, and numerous other at awards, will be principal speaker a the Runnels county bond rally i Ballinger June 24 at 8 p. m. Lieulenant Blissard, who lost leg as a result o injuries received in action in Ital Is perhaps Ih xxx "With ______ enemy [down by Red cars." the supplement said, planes were shot r airmen In combnl ler, two months old. His family 'believes he piloted plane which carried part of. .first wave of paratroopers across paring for the next and greater I the channel, landing them in Nor- phnse of lhe Invasion, for. the com- mandy. lie piloted a C-47 troop munlnue said Allied planes swarm- transport. He had been commls- cd over northwestern France from I sloned last spring at Phoenix ana dawn lo midday to harass ehe'nvy had three and one'-half years ot Army sent tn Berg- strom field alter_being commis- sioned'firTdfrained at Dunnellon, Fla, Fort Benning, Ga. arid Fort Wayne, Ind. before going to Eng- land Nov. 21, 1943. Reared In.Abi- lene, he was-a graduate of the lo- cal high school. He attended a me- chanics school In Dallas after grad- uating. A sister, Mrs. John Edward Turney, also survives. widespread aerial operations. In them there was more than a hint that lhe Germans were resign cd lo Cherbourg's loss and were pre- relntorwnepts Paris "area." he total of such pledges made the easl.lhe.once at meetings of the three ser- vice clubs to or ac-L0mbing force." tuallv more than the Vice Admiral Marc A. Mltohcr, county over-all Fifth. Loan quota of The Rotarians had reported aiam by the Baltic fleet's Brm raWs on shlpplng Vilpuri bay. dumps and railroads far behind the front. Catching Ihe strong German gai rlson o'f Alderney by surprise, th Americans dropped bombs on chain of gun positions and barrack before a single shot was fired a hem. The island is four miles Ion and a halt mile wide. A Nirzl headquarters at Baron, six miles southwest of Caen, was among ,he objectives of the mainland blows. Iached to the Fifth Fleet In the Pa- ____......------ .cific under command of Admiral 759 and the Kiwanians Raymond A. Spruance. I It has struck hard and frequent- i Iv at bases throughout the Pacific Although pledges at these meet- f PalaUi Mar. ings exceeded the: county quota or fl alld all types of bonds, the actual to- Q Japjncsc isiand bases, in- tal of sales paid for and delivered through banks Vokano Bonin ls. for and delivered through banks ]am, n oups only m miles from the and other sales agencies-stood ait j n homeland. night at The differ- v ence in the two figures emphasizes that pledges, not sales, were made] Ilier ever award- ed three sels of wings. The set came when he _ .completed his BLISSARD Army flight traln- ng, part of which was received as member of class 43-C at Ballinger ir field. He was graduated from he school In November 1942. He inished training at Pampa the cllowing February. only American at the sen-ice club luncheons. The The second set of wings came rom an Italian colonel, command r of the Italian airforce in Sardi nla. while participating In a bomb ng run over Bologna, Ilaly, Lieut cnant Blissard's formation was at acked by moie than 20 enemy light er planes. When an exploding shell ledges cannot be counted on the ounty's actual standing In the ampaign until they have been ransformed into sales. That a very small proporllon of he pledges by sen-ice club mcm- ters have been for purchases of Series E bonds Is emnhaslzcd by he fact that only of E xmds had been bought to lasl nighl, leaving S830.668 of the E bond quota to be sold. That the total quota may be ex- ceeded well before July 12, end o the campaign, but the Series E prove difficult to achieve I 11 joined In amphibious op- erations, suppflrllnj Undines of {round forces in lhe Gilbert and Marshall Islands, non- held by Amerkan Iroops, where Gen. Douglas A. MacArlhur look Bis men In drive out the Japanese, and In the Initial phase of the Invasion ot the Marianas where righting still is underway on rate of buying does not quicken greatly is seen In the comparison of the total and Scries E sales o yesterday. The total was S664.61S25 and the Series E sales only 535. cr plants, wiisu eti CAHIWJB Ijyvi''- SffMf.' Thb lelt W22.705.75 to go to the total quota and represented a Jump of in 48 hours on all types of bonds. In the same period series E sales Increased only 537.50. Merkel Adds Large Sum Through Rally MERKEL. June (SpU-Mcr- kel added S17325 .tonight at the wounded his left the Texan him: self applied a tourniquet and in the face of repealed aerial attacks her- oically remained at his post. When the plane landed at Salerno, the Italian came up, saluted Bllssard on his stretcher, unpinned his own gold wings and pinned them on the American's torn shirt. Third set of wings cams from Major O'Conncr. group commander, who when Biissard started to re- turn to the states, removed his own wings pinned them en Ihe wounded man. Lieutenant Bllssard Is now in an Army hospital in Colorado. A plane will be sent from the local field to bring him to Baliinger for the rally. Army and civilian personnel of Bruce field and Harman training center at Ballinger will be in charge of the rally. Nat Williams, city bond chairman announced Thursday. Runnels cour.ty sales to dale have been on an overall quota of SI Ballinger sales are toward i. ttoO.OCO quota [Irio'Bitten by Snakes, Spider Sunburn and heat exhaustion ar not the only maladies resulting from the current lOD-plus temperatures. Two snake bite victims and one spider bite victim are under treat- ment in Hendrlck Memorial hospi- tal. All were brought in about the same time late Thursday from the same general area. Mrs. Elbcrt Crawford ol Oplin, who was bitten by a rattlesnake with onc rattler, Is hos- pital attendants reported Thursday night. Shirley Hollingshead, 8, of potosl, who is suffering from rattlesnake bites on both ankles, and Bcnnle The huge armada first operated I Hill, route 5 spider victim, arc both as a unit immediately alltr the "doing all right.' attendants said, cupatlon of the Marshall Islands. Hot weather driving snakes and Under Admiral Mitschcr. task force insects to cooler places around 58 then first showed its strength to the Japanese. It moved inlo the Caroline Is- lands to strike Truk, principal and strongest of the Japanese bases. For two days it stayed near Truk while bombers and fighter planes pound- shipping and shore Installations. Then it withdrew to Jusl outside land-based bomber range where its fleet train was waiting, refueled- Gueh coming lip from 1 milfi and more from Ihe beachhead, could be the strategic reserves which Hie German command thus far has hesitated to commit lo balllr. They could not .now rellci Cherbourg, whose tarrlson Is doomed and dylnf. As a vital prelude lo the main at- tack the Americans thrust north- ward on both sides of Cherbourg nnd cut the coast roads, thus slic- ing Into three segments the re- maining German footholds on the north fringe of the Cherbourg pen- insula. The bulk of an estimated. 50.000 German troops nnd workers OLEN ROSE, June 2- Funeral was believed lo be m embattled services were held here Wednesday but for none of the three for Mrs. Irene GrlEhnm. 93, meth- rouos was there any possibility ot of men well-known in.the: busl- ness and professional life of west Cherbourg already was caught up central Texas. Rites Held for iMrs. Grisham, 95 ILCCt limn lttlit'l-u a[ IQr Mrs. i.. from big tankers and immediately wedncsd turned north to batter the Marl-14 p. m. Friday houses was thought to be the cause of the spurt ot biles. W. A. Franke Rites At Baird Friday anas. BAIRD, June Funer- for Mrs. E. A. Franke, 50, who d Wednesday, will be held at 4 p. m. Friday in the Balrd Church lot Christ with Lloyd Connel, min- Nexa came Palau. a staging and j kltr search plane base 500 miles cast of j Mrs pvanke. who was born Atip the Philippines. The big force went I In for two days. When it left. 23 enemy vessels were on the bottom. o Numerous Towns ROME, Juno 22 American troops driving up the west coast ol Italy luvc overcome stilt Gcrmai resistance and captured the town of Pagnnico, 14 miles northeast o Grosseto and less than 60 mile from the Pisa-Florcnce-Rtmtnl dc fenie line along which the Nazi arc expected to make their fina stand below the Alps, Allied head- quarters announced today. On the Adriatic coast Eighth Army forces raced Into Fcrmo, 32 miles from the Important port of Ancona and approximately 85 miles from Hlmlnl. Thus far the first time since Rome fell the pursuing Al- lied armies were strung out on al- most a straight cast-west line across the Italian peninsula and the Ger- mans appeared to have escaped any danger of a wholesale entrapment of their forces. Thirty-five miles cast of the cap- tured fortress-city of Perugia. Eighth Army ;inll.s sppro.iched Cam- crino through Increased German and fire. West of Perugia nrlihh forces drove on Cas- tlglione del Lsgo. principal town on the wcs'.irn sr.orc of Lake Trasl- Tom and Grisham- coroorallon, Abilene, and of id Bob Grisham, prominent of Dallas and Eastland. respectively. The four sons and two dauRhters. Mrs. Lantz and Mrs. Ida Ncwby of Houston are the surviv- ing members of her family of H children. Mrs Grisham wns born In Jack- son. Miss. Feb. 27, cams to Texas with her parents in 18a9, two years before the War Between I the Stales broke out. Ehe was mar- irled to N. R. Qrlfhnm a Cnnfeder- lale soldier. In 1858. Mr. Grisham. died In July 18M. Her father was a Methodist min- ister and she had been a member of that church since childhood. Despite'her extreme age, Mrs. Grls- read much, kept abreast ol current affairs and maintained In- Itcrcst in affairs arour.d her until her death. She suffered no disease and physicians found no --esson for her dc.ith except great age. She was rational to the end. Her surviving children kept vtptl beside her have been declaring throughout her final illness which But there was no confusion about lhe American onslaught, started with stop-watch precision at exactly p. m. ai m., CWT.) Behind the line of shell and bomb-bursts, American Infan- trymen leaped forward through the hatllc haze that had reduc- ed viability lo less lhan a mile. The larjccl line was steadily lift- ed as lhe doughboys advanced close behind the explosive cur- lain. This was the srcsl assault lo rteslro; lhe lasl German resis- tance on the peninsula and for Allied use the [mriorl.int staporl of Cherbourg. Cloudy Weather Promised loday wc.-Ul-.cr Is hotlci this year than last you are right nnd ;ct wrong. Tills year. Abllcnhr.s sweltered In the first 100 or more tempera- tures Wednesday when the mer- cury climbed to 101 while records of last year show the 100 degree mark hit the first time June 3 nr.il LJiem) 5-5gl J-OTrCil UiUB rrflnKi one destroyer had been damaged. :cd ln' Arnarmo; onc troll five vessels had run onto of nnd c beach in (lames; eight others were M Snfsal of 5. 1893 in Van Zandt county. Is survived by her husband; one son S-Sgl Forrest Dale Frnnke 
                            

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