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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 30, 1944, Abilene, Texas WAR BOND BOX SCORE Overall Quota ...... $3,805,000.00 Series E Quota $1,255,000.00 Series E Sales Thursday $14,475.00 Series E Sales to Date $581,814.50 Wkt Abilene Reporter ~ jte EVENING FINAL WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT C0ES”-Bvron VOL. LXIV, NO. 14 A TEXAS 2~U, NEW SP AP iii ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 30, 1944-SIXTEEN PAGES Associated Pros (AP) United Prc%s (U P.) j-’RICE FIVE CENTS •Minsk Gateway ! Opened by Reds Caen Nearly Encirc KOREA By EDDY GILMORE MOSCOW, June 30.—(AP)—Red Army units in force plunged today into the Berezina river northeast of Minsk, while engineers of two Soviet armies hurried pontoons into d place for mass crossings of the last natural obstacle before the White Russian capital. Field dispatches said the first units met stiff fire from strong German forces on the west bank and from artillery positions west of the river, but there were no indications that the retreating Nazis would be able to make a stand here. 9    Although the fighting was sharp, the gateway to Minsk appeared open. Great swarms of Stormoviks, Yaks and medium bombers kept up a round-the-clock aerial offensive against the withering Wehmacht. The Russians said 71 Nazis planes were downed in 24 hours. By The Associated Press ^    LONDON. June 30—Premier Stalin, announcing the fall of Bobruisk, w last German stronghold on the "Fatherland Line,” said five German divisions were liquidated there, with 16,000 killed and 18.000 captured. A special Moscow communique said 52,000 Germans were killed and 25,-000 captured in the fighting earlier around Vitebsk, making a total of 111,000 killed or captured in those two sectors alone. Stalin disclosed also the recapture of the Karelian Soviet republic £ capital of Petrozavodsk in the Finnish campaign, clearing the last stretch ™ of the Murmansk - Leningrad railway and giving the Russians a line from Murmansk in the war north to the Black sea port of Odessa. 7 *•'* Formosa U. Finland Begging Tokyo 0    300 STATUTE MILES iv V MUKO r CHICHI • BONIN ISLANDS HAHA MARCUS Pacific Ocean URacas MAUG'. ASUNCION .agrihan .PAGAN alamagan ;guguan anatahan.\SaR,gan MARIANAS ISLANDS TINIAN / SAIPAN f PHILIPPINES ROTA • GUAM YAP CAROLINE ISLANDS MINDANAO Davao PALAU 9 TRUK Pi • it Rommel Throws in Troops,- Casualties SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, June 30, —(AP)—Marshal Erwin Rommel has brought entirely fresh reserves into Normandy but the Allies have hammered a "considerable salient" into enemy lines southwest of Caen, Supreme headquarters announced tonight. Advance elements of Lt. Gen. Miles C. Dempsey s British Second army, thrusting both sides of Caen, were reported within ll miles of drawing a circle about that port tha seventh most important in France. The situation was described by headquarters as ‘‘altogether satisfactory. Field dispatches said Rommel's effort to iinash the salient between the Odon and Orne rivers had been a “complete failure.” Although a Nazi counterattack on Dempsey I right flank last night drove the British back more than a mile in tile initial stages. Headquarters said the Germans suffered “very heavy casualties’’ in these counterattacks, and field dispatches estimated____ FRANCE that two dozen enemy tanks were knocked out or clip pled. WASHINGTON, June 30—(/Pl— The United States today broke re-IR lations with Finland because of the new close alliance between the government of that nation and Nazi Germany. The action was announced 0 with the release of a note rom Secretary of State Hull to Alexander Thesleff, charge D'affaires of the Finnish legation here. The break marks the end of many efforts over a period of more than two years by the Fnited Stales * vernmen-'* lo mike peace between Finland and Russia. • Hull’s note reflected the long and persistent attitude of friendship on the part cf the United States toward Finland saying that “notwithstanding the esteem in which the An: lean people have held the rn people of Finland, further relations w between the* government ot the United States and the government * of Finland are now impossible.” The note also emphasized that the military operations of Finland “have a direct hearing on W the success of the Allied effort” to defeat Germ my. The "note opened with a quotation oi th* announcement made by the f'inrftgovernment last Tuesday hi wprch it was stated that German rn Foreign Mulish r von Ribbcntrop hitci been in Helsinki and had given assurance of full military aid to Finland and that complete agree- ROAD TO JAPAN—This Pacific area map shjws relation of Caroline, Marianas, and Bonin islands to Japan, the Philippines, and the coast of China. YANKS CRUSH LAST JAPS ON SOUTH HALF OF SAIPAN One hundred tickets sold to the Army Air Base luncheon Thursday which featured t,wTo war veterans and a party of Hollywood players added $100,000 toward the E bond quota of $1,255,000. The total of sales was $581,814.50-still less than 50 percent of the I quota    !    U.    S.    PACIFIC    FLEET    HEAD- The luncheon tickets, selling for QUARTERS, Pearl Harbor, June 30 a $1,000 E-bond, were distributed _.$»)— Bearded Yanks, after crusher sale this week among 20 busi- ^ng the last organized Japanese renews men and the local banks and tance on the south haif 0f Sal- . post office. Approximately 75 towns- .... .    ...    .    , people attended including bond Pan* battled north step by step o-campaigneys C M. Caldwell, Ed fday while enemy broadcasts hinted Stewart and George Barron. Spon- of new American battleship at- The Tokyo dispatch was not confirmed by official reports but the Thursday communique listed a knockout blow to the north of Sai- Siena’s Fall Drawing Nigh In the American sector to the west, Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley's troops made a series of small attacks southward toward the important road Junction of Et, Lo In an effort to straighten their lines. The Doughboys also were beating down dwindling resistance on the Cap De La Hague, at the northwestern tip of the Cherbourg peninsula. The Supreme command announced, meanwhile, that Commodore William Sullivan, one of the fore-most salvage experts in the American Navy, has been put to work to bring Cherbourg's docking facilities back into operation. In the drive to encircle Caen, Bv NOLAND NORGAARD .    ,    .    .    . ROME, June 30—DP) — German forward British elements fought iii the luncheon ws We bv snr for Akin. At an Informal gathering preceding the luncheon after the party had toured base mess halls and day rooms, Pat Murphy, Dallas Inter-State theater representative. introduced Peggy O’Neal, (’indy Garner, Ilurtz Hall, Guinn Williams, (’pl. Jimmie Smith, Fort Worth, Cpl. James Fouche, Dallas, and Sgt. Tommy Wright, concert pianist. Corporals Smith and Fouche were on leave from Met'lowkey General hospital. Sgt. Lee Schincup solved as master of ceremonies, introduced Lt a - aam, Tinian and Rota ' Seven hundred miles southwest j of the Marianas invasion scene,; Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur's bombers supported the Saipan operation by I dealing the Nipponese air base of i Yap its fifth blow in a week during J which more than 50 Jap planes have been destroyed or damaged. In Washington, the Navy department said that mo*e than 12,000 Japanese plane.- have been destroyed—better than one every two hours—by American airmen since Pearl Harbor was attacked. American losses were 2,726 planes By J. B. KRUEGER Associated Press War Editor Tokyo radio today pictured the flaming battle for Heng- yang as at its climax and claimed that another important Chinese city near the China coast had been overpowered in a hitherto unmentioned campaign. The Japanese radio said LLs-hui (Chuchow) in Chekiang province, which fronts on the East China sea, had been reduced June 26. Lishui, some 400 miles northeast of Hengyang, is but HO miles from the coast and has been mentioned by the Japanese as the site of an American airbase. The broadcast said it was an important base for the Chinese also. troops on Italy's west coast, break-[ the Esquay sector, southwest of the ing off contact, fled northward yes- City. and in the I roam area to tho , On Saipan, a pocket of Japanese Col. Albert W. Schinz, director of    ^hich had been holding out on    the    pan    against    Pagan    island.    Return- base ground training, who repre-    southeast tip since the invasion    be-    ing    fliers    reported    the    island's    air sentea Col. Harry Weddington, base    gan june 14 was overwhelmed Tues- commander unable to attend. Other    day, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz    an- base had been bombed out. The fifth raid on Yap in the terday and the Americans, in swift pursuit, reached the vicinity of Cecilia, only 20 airlane miles south of the Port of Livorno (Leghorn), Allied headquarters said today. American armored force* farther inland stabbed to within seven miles of the historic city of Sima, 31 miles below Florence, and French troops on their right were only IO miles from the same target. At the same time strong enemy resistance began cracking under heavy Fighlh Army attacks and British forces, streaming northward, raptured the picturesque J’ake Trasim-eno town of Castiglionr Del La-gon which had been a Nazi seaplane base as well as a strong-point. The new breakthrough, which appeared to be paving the way for the fastest advance on the wide.st front since field Marshal Albert Kesselring managed to slow down the Allied offensive by great sacri- east. Advances totalling eleven miles J would effect a junction. Four main roads leading to Caen ' flow through this bottleneck and it was considered likely that all were under some sort of artillery fire from the Allied lines. The Navy announced that the British assault around Esquay, on the still-widening bridgehead across the Ovion river some five mile* HEAVY FIGHTING AT CAEN Arrows allow' direction of British drivel southwest of Caen, was supported and German counter-attacks in the Caen sector of the Allied front in by the big guns of the British bat- Normandy (black line). Heavy fighting was reported at La Bvude, north Reship Rodney, lying off the Al- 0f Carn June 29 The British wert strengthening their bridgehead acron lied beaches to the north. The Rod- u1P Odon river southwest of tile city and lacked only ll miles of encircling ney’s puns have a range of 33,000 caen. (AP Wirephoto) yards (nearly 19 miles).    _ Marshal Erwin Rommel, who is now reported rushing I strategic reserves to Normandy from both Germany and | France, tried to cut off the British Odon salient with one heavy and three smaller counterattack , but all were broken up 45th Sergeant Killed in Action officers present were Maj. EJ L    nounced in a    communique Thurs-    western Carolines    Tuesday stirred    HceswM costing    the’enemy reavi- Murphy, base adjutant, Maj. Eugene    day.    up a hornet’s pest    of Jap fighters    ly    ^    men an(j    equipment, F. Elliott and Maj. Roy Roland. six miles up the west coast, eau- for the third straight day but, de-   -----  1 Corporal Smith, injured in the    tious Yanks    probed deeper into    spite their efforts,    28 more tons of foot while fighting with the famed    shell-shattered Garapan, admiais-    bombs were added    to the previous 36th DivL'ion. keynoted the pro-    trative center    of the Marianas. Iii    140 which had been dropped there. meat had been reached between the j gram when he said "We’re not the the mountainous center of tile is- In the central Carolines, Truk Finnish government and the German government. heroes, the boys still over there are ; land. other small gains were made, was pounded anew by Army Liber- the heroes.” “Our advance northward is Brownell Hew • GOP Chairman ators from the Marshalls Unopposed, MacArthur bombers ranged over the few' good bases still in Japanese hands in New Guinea, their bombs touching off explo- Taylor Paratrooper Missing in Action Sgt Carrol S. Henson, 43th divl-[sion infantryman, was killed May 23 in action near Rome, his aunt, Mrs. S. K M Cullock, 1774 Cypress, BUFFALO GAP. June 30~<Spl)— Sgt. Thomas Jenkins Jr., 24, who has been stationed in England with CHICAGO. June 30— <r— Herbert Brownell, Jr. 40-year-old New York lawyer, was unanimously elected chairman of the Republican national committee today to direct the presidential campaign of Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Brownell succeeds Harrison E. Spangler of Cedar Rapids, la., who was named chairman in December, 1942, after the resignation of Rep. Joseph W. Martin, Jr , of Massachusetts. The new chairman has been associated with Dewey in politics for 14 years. He is a native of Peru, Neb. sions at Kokas on MacCluer gulf A paratroop unit, has been missing which sent debris flying 1,500 feet *n action since June 6, his parents-high.    in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sim- In the vicinity of Wewak. Brit- mons of Buffalo Gap were notified, ish New Guinea, where thousands Sergeant Jenkins wife, the form-of Japanese have concentrated since or Daphne Simmons, Is visiting in they were bypassed, planes and ; Bucklin, Mo , with hLs parent*, Mr, PT boats wrecked 20 barges, the and Mrs. Thomas Jenkins. They means of sea supply for the im- were married Oct. 3, 1942, and have periled troops. Hard to Believe-Rain Is Forecast I & A u F I * M    ta3d0f s u % **• ***• XAN IC MN ft.    £5, Keep your fingers crossed and hope he’s right—the weatherman is forecasting showers for Abilene and vicinity tomorrow. If moisture does fall, it will he the first gauged by the local bureau since June 8, when .01 was recorded. Traces were registered on June ll and 14. For this afternoon and night, mostly cloudy conditions are on the official menu. a four month c id son, Thomas Jenkins IV, whom Sergeant Jenkins has never seen. His last letter, dated June 2. described a reunion with his brother, Coxswain Laverne Jenkins, 21, in England. Little fighting was reported directly north of Carn, where forward elements stand about two miles from the cite outskirts, but to tile northeast British raiders attacked Brevillc, a mile cast of the Orne river and three miles south of its mouth. (The Paris radio declared in a broadcast early today that British and ( anadian troops had landed on the cast bank of tin* Orne estuary and had captured the port of ( abourg, four miles beyond, but there was no Allied report of operations that far to Hie eastward.) A British staff officer told Associated Press War Correspondent has been informed. Roger D Green) last night that the Germans w* re throwing all available. Sergeant Henson’s parents, the armor into a fknk attack against the British sui ge across the Odon river. Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Henson, live “The Germans are committing every piece of armor they have in in Washing tem, Okla., where his this arca trying to dent our linos, but they definitely are not sue- father is pastor of the First Baptist ceeding,” Greene quoted the officer In a dispatch sent shortly before church.    iii midnight.    After graduating from Washing- The Germans are rushing major reinforcements up from the south, tor nigh school Sergeant Hemen Greene wrote, adding:    I    enlisted in August 11)40. He was sta- “German alarm was reflected sharply by the fact that hitherto Honed with the 45th at Camp the enemy has only moved vehicles forward under cover of darkness because of Allied domination of the skies, whereas Thursday, for the first time. Nazi transport aas on the move in broad daylight.” More than IOO of these enemy vehicles were shot up by Allied warplanes during the day. Greene said both flanks of the British corridor across the Odon "now Merkel Man Injured In Invasion Action German 7th Army Commander Killed LONDON. June 30.—Col. Gen, Friedrich Dollmann, commander of the German Seventh army and defender of the middle section of the “Atlantic Wall,” has been killed in action in France, the Berlin radio announced today. He was the highest ranking gen j era! of eight Richard D. Melton, a Merkel artilleryman, is hospitalized in England after seeing action in the invasion of France. He wrote his wife that his wounds were not serious. The 24-year-old artilleryman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. R Melton of Odessa. Mrs. Melton Is the former Ger-neva Foster and, with their 13 months old daughter, Norma Gene, Is living with her parents, Mr and Mrs. Henry Foster of Tye, are stoutly secure, but the Germans are .showing their teeth from Evrecy to Bougy x x x.”    ....    .    v j All forts along the Cherbourg breakwater now are iii Allied Hands. The last gave up when Marauder bombers swooped in at less than 6,000 feet and cloaked it with high explosives. The Germans began waving white flags as the smoke cleared away. A naval announcement said destroyers and licht coastal forces were keeping a close watch on the Channel islands, whrre two German divisions were believed rut off. British warship are intercepting supply convoy* whenever possible. Tire islands have big guns capable of shooting up to 40,000 yards. They could shell the Cherbourg peninsula but could do no great damage since there would be no way for the Germans to observe the fire. Barkeley and was with them in all I their Mediterranean campaigns. He is .survived by his parents; four brothers. Jerry of Washington, J. A, of Clovis, Sgt. Ernest in England, and Aviation Cadet Wilson at Ran dolph field; and two sisters, Mrs, George Wortman and Mrs. Earle Langley, both of whose husbands are on duty in Italy. Sergeant Henson was due ta come honn soon on rotation. Double’ 4th Staled For Some Abilenians INNER TUBES OFF RATION LI5T AS EDR SIGNS OPA EXTENSION The Weather is Dt.PARTM) NT OI CO MMK RIE W KATHER IU HI AU . ABILENE AND VICINITY — Mostly hus far killed or cap- cloudy this afternoon and tonight; snow- WASHINGTON, June 30~</P)-'Ihe Office of Price Admin* (ration today ordered the removal from rationing of all tire inner tubes, effective tomorrow. It also announced that a total of 3,900,000 new passenger ear tires have been allocated for rationing in July and August, an increase of 150,000 tires in both months over the June quota Many Abilene offices and business houses will observe July 4 as a holiday and some will make it a hug weekend by closing Monday, Lumber yards and paint companies will close both July 3 and 4, the Retail    Merchant's association has announced. This gives the era-President Roosevelt today approved ployes from Saturday noon, regular a «ne-year extension of the price closing time, through Tuesday. Decontrol and stabilization acts And ha j paitment stores, however, are closen accompanying    statement mildly'mg only on    Tuesday, rebuked    congress    tor relaxing the    I he OPA    rationing office is to be penalties against price law viola- closed Tuesday to the public, but tors,    someone will rema ii in the office Generally Mr, Roosevelt praised l0 care for emergencies. congress    for its action in renewing    Windows    of the postoffice will the lite of the Office of Price Ad-1 not bt* open Tuesday, and no deministration and other stabilization liveries are to be made. Mail to agcncn a. He noted that the legisla- ottlVl points will go out, and letters tured in the fighting in Normandy. Nye Gains Lead FARGO, N. D, June 30 — (ZP)—U. S. Senator Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota, facing one of the most serious threats in his political career in his quest for the republican nom- Inner tube inventories are new; ^ ..rejectecj ay picas” for amend sufficiently large to supply the needs    %hlch    would    have    upset    the a.    of ell motorists, OPA said iii eliml- il{jministration’s anti-inflation pro- l)reVj'0US years, probably will ob* Minimum temperature pavt 24 hour*, nating the requirement for I aliening  im    nrmiVtH hiviimht un. ■ era Saturday. Maximum temperature past 24 hour* will be placed in the boxes. City and county offices, closed in 77. HOME-TOWN REACTION—Top picture shows some of nearly 2,000 natives of Owosso, Mich., the home-town of Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, who gathered in the downtown section to celebrate his nomination as G. O. P. president of the United States. They are shown Oration for reelection, tonight held cheering and waving posters during the celebration. Ten others who turned out for the oc- * lead of 893^ VG^wer his nwrcst basion, are shown in the lower picture as they hoisted a 12-foot banner before the GOF flcfction Lynn u Stambaugh. for-* presidential nominee s birthplace, now an appliance store, proclaiming support of the CIO mpr national commander of the and organized labor for a fourth term for Franklin D. Roosevelt. (AP Wirephotos),    ‘American Legion. t, ml. retires I certificates Tubes were brought un-Er *-Thu Thu wed der rationing in January, 1942, a m Hour p M along with tires. ala ai    The agency also disclosed that    I 3-82 93 an additional allocation of 300,000 serve the holiday. ti 77-74    74 E3 73-72 72 72 71 70 Ti 70 72 78 77-81 82 83    85-10- 84    88-11-86 88—12 Minesweeper Sunk BOSTON, June 30— U—A coast- Jaycees to Honor AP Correspondent i'Sr imghT":1"!...;$:» washington, june 30.- 92 93 new pa*ssen8t*r car tires ww pio- ^ mmesWe€per was suuk in collis-    CHICAGO, June 3&-<F)-The U. 92 90 vided by the office of thj rubber    destroyer    escort    vessel    S. Junior chamber of commerce in «7 sh c*im tor *n Junc    .    .    ‘    ’    -    iii    and    two    I    a nation wide radio broadcast lo- g S quota to 1.900000 tin* for OH Cuttylumk last night anti mo » w(U honor DanW Dc ^ bo bo July and August the allocat.on is 0ffjCers anci five crew members oi ^vS0Ciafe(j press war correspondent 79 78 1,950,000 tires. ^ ^ ^    former    are    missing,    the    Navy    [    ,md pulitzer Prize winner for inter* aa' ....—(/Pj— announced today.    «nation*! reporting in 1943. ;

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