Abilene Reporter News, May 27, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

May 27, 1954

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Issue date: Thursday, May 27, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 27, 1954, Abilene, Texas ■HK POSSIBLE SHOWERSFINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron Associated Presi (AP)    ABILENE^ TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 27, 1954—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS__ PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY 10c VOL. LXXIII, NO. 343Hits Army B BANK ON GENEVAFrench to Delay Asking U.S. Aid ROY M. COHN ... takes credit SHOWERS POSSIBLE &    ■    'vmmm    _______________ -ga—■aiin     mm    — DEAD ABOARD CARRIER—Shrouded bodies of some planes of the b'xg carrier are in the background. Ens. of the 91 known dead killed in fire and explosion aboard Lloyd McNatt, son of Mrs. L. C. McNatt, of Eastland, was the carrier Bennington are checked for identification one of the navy men killed in the blast. Wednesday on the hanger deck of the vessel. Stored2nd Squall Line May Strike Area SCORES TRAPPED BY FIRE    EfljflSIld    Mail Ghastly Death Count Begins Killed in Fire In Mysterious Ship Blast    Aboard Ship EASTLAND, May 27 (RNS) -Ens. Lloyd McNatt, 32, of Eastland a former Abilenian, was one ! of the men who died in the air-j craft carrier Bennington '„ragedy Wednesday, News of his death cam? Wednesday night to his mother, Mrs. L. C. McNatt of Eastland. Details of his death are not known. Ensign McNatt was born in Abilene and attended school there until he was 15. fie was graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. He entered the Navy Sept. 12, 1939 and served throughout World War II. He had been assigned to the Bennington for five years. The ensign’s wife and daughter, Linda, 10, live in Brooklyn. Other survivors are two brothers, Chad McNatt of Brooklyn, also in the Navy, and L. C. Jr. of Fort Worth; and three sisters, Mrs. M. B. Riggan of Lamesa, Mrs. H. T. Jones of Los Angeles and Mrs. J. K. Line of Burbank. Calif. in by the terrific blast. He said he formed a hand chain with some men who worked their way to the starboard side forward. On the way, he apparently lost consciousness and was pulled out. James F. Witham, 23. of Somerville, Mass., a quartermaster, said the escape hatch from his compartment was “cluttered with bodies of injured and dying men.” “W?e couldn't open the escape hatch to help them and the heat was terrible,” he said. Seaman Edward Cushman of Milford, Conn., and two companions said they "listened” to their trapped buddies die from suffocation as shipmates tried to reach them. Cushman was able to talk with the trapped men by phone. Still stunned, he told newsmen : “I talked with those guys for an hour and three quarters. They were pleading to hurry up and get | to them before they ran out of air. “We told them to lie face down with wet rags over their faces, but it didn’t help much. The last words I heard were ‘This is my last breath.’ ” sibly at the five-inch fuse maga- j zine.” He emphasised that th^jR in- j formation had not been confirmed. Aboard were four squadrons of about 130 men each which make up Air Task Group 181, based at the Oceana Naval Air Station near Norfolk, Va. The squadrons boarded the Bennington last weekend. The blast shook the Bennington just after the «first of the four squadrons had been launched—a common practice aboard carriers nearing air bases. “Realizing a serious catastrophe occurred we launched the rest of the air group to tree the decks for casualty control.” Raborn said. Two Navy and four Coast Guard helicopters met the carrier 20 miles from port and evacuated scores of seriously injured to the Newport Naval Hospital. They'd pick up injured on the deck of the carrier, fly to Newport, then return for yiore. They continued until the carrier docked slightly more    than    six    hours    after the blast. Capt. Raborn had highest praise for all personnel aboard the carrier,    which carries    a normal complement of 2,800. Ens. Robert Grant of Brooklyn, N.Y.,    his    hair    and    eyebrows singed and    raw    bleeding cuts on his ankles, refused medical attention to aid in the evacuation of other wounded. He told of “five guys” literally vanishing vvnen a hatch was blown QUONSET POINT ,R. I. (¿»-The Navy counted 91 known dead today and 201 injured, many of them critically in the devastating ex-plosjon-fire aboard the aircraft carrier Bennington 75 miles at sea. The 32,000-ton carrier, a proud hearer of numerous battle honors in World War II. was rocked by the disaster early yesterday off New England. A violent blast on the second or third deck below the flight deck was followed by searing flames which roared through many forward compartments. Then came at least one more explosion. Scores were trapped in sleeping quarters. Many suffocated. Many perished in the flames. A four-man court of inquiry, headed by Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins, commandant of the Quon-set Naval Air Station, was naiped to begin investigating today. Secretary of the Navy Charles S. Thomas, who flew to Quonset for a quick inspection, and Capt. William F. Raborn, Jr., Bennington skipper for only a month, said there was no indication of sabotage. Raborn, from Oklahoma City, said the cause of the explosion is “a mystery to me.” “All leads have proved groundless,” he said. “There was nothing explosive in tiie area where the explosions took place.” The “best information,” he said, is that the blast occurred “pos ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloudy wtUi scattered aftemooB and evening thundershowers Thursday and Friday; high Thursday near 83; low Thuraday night near 60; high Friday near 85. , NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Mostly Cloudy and mild, showers and local thunder «toons this afternoon and early tonight. Friday, partly' cloudy, scattered showers mostly m east portion. WEST TEXAS — Partly cloudy with local thunderstorms In extreme east portion this alternoon and early tonight. Friday, partly cloudy, no important temperature changes. SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Mostly cloudy and mild, widely scattered thunder-showers this afternoon and early tonight. Friday, partly cloudy, widely scattered showers, mostly in north portion. Moderate southeast and south winds on the coast. TEMPERATURES Wed. P.M.    Thur*. A.M. Hi ........ .. 1:30       68 VA ............ 2:30       «5 85      3:30      63 83      4:30      64 85       5.30       64 83      6:30        63 79        7    30       71 71      8:30        75 72       9:30      76 72       10:30       ,    71) 65      11:30       83 66    12:30      «5 Sunset last night 7:37 pm. Sunrise today 5:34 am. Sunset tonight 7:38 p.m. Barometer reading at 12:30 p.m. 27.93. Relative humidity at 12:30 p.m. 58 per cent. Maximum temperature for the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.; 85. Minimum temperature tor the 24 hours ended at 6:30 a.m.: 63.BARRED FROM STAND Ex-Husband Tries To Talk at TrialAND RADIO Striking an officer and damaging a police auto has brought $75 in fines for Cecil Tilley, 41, of 214112 Victoria St. Judge A. K. Doss levied the fines Wednesday afternoon in City Court. Tilley was fined $25 for drunkenness, $25 for assault and battery on a policeman and $25 for j destruction of city property. j He remained in jail early Thurs-; day, awaiting payment of the $75. 1 Tilley was arrested at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday at a pool hall, South Second and Chestnut Sts. His arrest report stated he was in the pool hall, drunk and causing a disturbance. When Policeman C. Q. Billings tried to arrest him, Tilley is alleged to have struck the officer. I As Billings was putting the defendant in a police car, Tilley allegedly kicked him in the groin. Roy Tedford, a bystander, went to Billings’ assistance. After getting in the car, Tilley is alleged to have grabbed the radio mike, yanking the wires iH two. The radio was put out of service. Judge Doss lectured Tilley: “I could send you over to the county, where you might be fined as much as $1,000 and receive a jail sentence besides,” Doss said. “You have no more right to strike an officer of the law than to hit the President of the United States.” USE WANT ADS FOR QUICK RESULTS Ma S3 circulation coverage of 147,6*83 readers in Taylor and 14 surrounding counties practically guarantees results when you turn to Want Ads to rent, hire, buy, sell, exchange, etc. It's really that simple for you to obtain quick results with Want Ads at a cost as low as 41c per day. Where else can you buy such coverage at such a low price? And it's so simple to place a Want Ad. Simply dial 2-7841 and let an experienced Want Ad writer help you. If you live out of Abilene simply mail it in. Thé Want Ad market is the world's greatest. 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