Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 11, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JULY ll, 1944 -TEN PAGES
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U. S. Boys Near
THREE-WAY SQUEEZE TIGHTENS ON AXIS
This map shows the distances from Berlin to which the Allies have penetrated on French, Italian and Russians fronts. (NEA Teleinap).
Bv WES GALLAGHER SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, Allied Expeditionary Force. July ll.—(AP) —U. S. troops and tanks pounded today to a point within two miles of St. Lo, key road hub form*
the Germans’ central fortress in Normandy, gaining two to three miles in a furious
i.ew offensive spreading the American attack over a 40-mile front.
Spearheads of Lt.-Gcn. Omar N. Bradleys American First army, jumping off mulct the screen of a pulverizing artillery barrage, reached the outskirts of Luzerne and Ales
nil-Roxelin. just north of the road junction in the heart of Normandy. aaa
The attack was coordinated from the north and northeast of St. Lo. Fall of that city of In,OOO 'Auld force a German withdrawal from the remainder of the Cherbourg peninsula, and Na/.i lines were under steady, heavy pressure along a front curving 40 miles to the sea.
The attack opened after hundreds of field guns bellowed steadily for hours wrecking German hedgehog positions and numbing the nerves of even some of the most fanatical Nazis holding the line.
In eastern Normandy, British-Canadian forces struck ahead a mile across the Orne river cast of
I 'aet! against the Germans making a fierce stand in the suburb of Vaucelles, and occupied the west bank of
the Orne on a four-mile stretch from Caen’s outskirts.
<• Other Doughboys advanced one to two miles elsewhere on the front winding across Cherbourg peninsula. making flank penetrations threatening to force a German withdrawal southwaid along the pen-insular west coast.
(The German radio asserted that German troops had reentered la Haye Du Puis, strategic center captured by the American First army Sunday*.
Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, Allied ground commander in France, declared .'it.OOO prisoners have bern taken since D-Day, .and told his American-British-Canadian forces that much has been achieved’ ^aith definite and concrete gains.
"We are firm and secure.” he asserted.
Bad weather and strengthening German resistance slowed the British Second Army assault in the Caen sector, and heavy fighting flamed south of the Odon and Orne rivers. The Germans forced the British to withdraw to the north of Maltot. a town four miles southwest of Caen.
A costly price still was being exacted of the enemy, and a British headquarters officer estimated 30 to 35 Nazi tanks had been knocked out on the front southwest of Caen.
" The German position west of the Orne appeared hopeless in the long run. but the fanatical Nazi opposition against the drive of both the British and the Canadians was forcing tile fighting line back temporarily in some spots and limiting progress to a few hundred yards in others.
Part of the loss of power of Montgomery’s punch was caused by bad weather, which made it impossible for the Allied air force to put in strong, close support.
Canadian troops cleared all the Germans from the north bank of the Odon river down to Its junction 4*with the Orne. The British clung fiercely to Hill 112. just north of Esquay, which controls land obser-
* ration between the two rivers.
“Waves of German infantry were chopped to ribbons in a violent battle for this hill, wrote As-
By HOWARD FUEGER WASHINGTON. July ll.—(AP)—President Roosevelt declared today he will “reluctantly, but as a good soldier” accept renomination by the Democratic National convention and serve another four years in the White House if elected.
The president made his intentions public in a letter to Democratic National Chairman Hannegan who informed him sufficient delegates were pledged far his renomination at the Democratic convention which opens in Chicago next week.
The president said he would prefer to retire but "I will accept and serve in this office if I am so crd-;red by the commander in-chief of us all—the sovereign people of the United States.’’
The President said, however, that he would not “run” for reelection in the accepted political sense "but if the people command me to continue in this office and in this war,
I have as little right to withdraw as the soldier has to leave his post in the line.”
With that statement the President was referring to his war-time role of commander In chief of the armed forces.
• In Albany, N. Y„ Governor Thomas E Dewey, Republican presidential candidate, had no comment on Mr. Roosevelt’s statement.)
Mr. Roosevelt made no mention of the second place on the ticket and the status of Vice President Wallace remained unclarified.
Wallace told reporters last night after a two-hour conference with the President, that their conversation dealt solely with China, from where the vice president has Just returned.
A reporter asked lf "You mean that the 1944 political situation was
See ROOSEVELT, Pg. 3. Col. 5
By the Associated Tress LONDON, July ll.—Russian troops streaming deep into Lithuania thrust within striking distance today of the East Prussian Ironticr and moved swiftly toward the Baltic coast in wide enveloping advances which threatened to trap two German armies in the north.
Southward in old Poland, -
FIRES RAGE IN CAEN JUST BEFORE FALL—Fires burn in the center of Caen as Allies and Germans were locked in final battle resulting in fall of city to Allies on July 9. This •khoto. made from a British Reconnaissance plane, was made the day the city fell. (AP Wirephoto from Signal Corps Radio-Photo).
sociated Tress C orrespondent Roger D. Greene in a front dispatch. Ile quoted a British field officer as saving, "the Boche was slaughtered while we were sitting where we were.”
This sturdy stand forced the Germans to retreat from the hill area.
British armored cars pushed down to the west bank of the Orne at Athis, a tiny hamlet between •ialtot and Caon, but withdrew later.
Although Maltot was lost temporarily, British Tommies clung to Eterville and Canadians cleared the Germans from Louvignv, in the loop between the Orne and the Odon rivers.
The first signs that Field Marshal Gen. Erwin Rommel was being forced into a general withdrawal in the Cherbourg peninsula came when LL Gen. Omar N. Bradley's columns pushing south from
Carentan and down the west hank of the Tire river threatened German flank positions.
_ South of Carentan the Americana drove within four miles of Periers, key road junction leading to the Tlk Haye du Puita front. The doughboys drove about a miles south of Sainteny, making good progress on the west side of the road, where they captured La Forge*, just south of Sainteny.
In expanding this sector the Americans also captured Graingnes, four and one-half miles southwest
of Carentan. *
Similar progress was registered by Americans smashing west from the Tire and south along both
banks of the river.
0^ Tho Americans captured and pushed south of Pont Herbert, four miles northwest of St. Lo. East of
* river they captured La Meauffe. four miles north of the same city. These advances represented
gain of more than a mile and one-half in the past 24 hours. The capture of Graingnes practically
merged the Cire river fighting with that south of Carentan.
The combined pressure from these two drives appeared to be forcing the Germans in the Cherbourg peninsula sector into a withdrawal southward.
34 CITY EMPLOYES GET PAY RAISES
Abilene commissioners this morn-ipag took the strings off the city Tfix-ketbook and shelled out raises to 34 employes with increases ranging from $5 to $22.50 monthly.
The commission went into executive session to discuss the proposed city secretary.
Sgt. Dwight Curb Injured in France
S-Sgt. Dwight J. Curb Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Curb, 858 East North 15th, was wounded in the invasion of France, he has written his £,mily.
"I got my crack at the Jerries ^ and now I’m ly-iffling on my back writing with my heft leg tied to the ^ceiling," he stated sin the letter re-| ceived today.
^ "It’ll be quite a . while until I can again but I’m okay. Who knows, maybe I’ll be in , .he States again DWIGHT JR.
before summer is over.”
He also wrote he had "beeen pret-busy lately and couldn’t have mailed a letter had he written it."
The pay hikes will add $389.50 to the monthly payroll.
Water department, under Commissioner Tom Bacon, and street department, under Commissioner Tom McWhirter, got all but seven of the raises announced at the close of the ses-
Rites at Glen Cove For C. F. Davis, 40
Funeral for C. F. Davis, 40, who died at 6:30 p. rn. Monday in Hendrick Memorial hospital of gunshot wounds July 7 in his home, was to be held at 3 p. rn. today in the tabernacle at Glen Cove.
Born Oct. 4, 1904 at Glen Cove, Mr. Davis was employed as an oil well driller in Colorado City.
Survivors include his wife, three daughters, Peggy, Juanita, and Jack ie, Abilene; five brothers, *T. H W. H., Edgar, Abilene, Herman of Talpa, Ralph of Paint Rock; five sisters, Mrs. Emory Bush, Carlsbad, N. M., Mrs. Bob Wagner, Loraine, Mrs. Mnural Beeman, Abilene, Mrs. Willie Smith, Paint Rock, Mrs. Buzz Daniels, Abilene; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Davis, Paint Rock.
Burial was to be in the Glen Cove cemetery.
sion at which the press was excluded. After nearly two hours of informal discussion, the commission was called to order and the raises approved, Mayor Will W. Hair said.
Raises announced were:
Street department—Jim Rountree, $185 to $200; H. L. Norman, $140 to $150; J. W. Duncan. $140 to $150; I P. Thcrnton, $140 to $150; O. E. Anthony, $140 to $150; W. B Toomey, $135 to $140; Neal Schmidt, $140 to $150; Bob Whetstone, $135 to $145; R. L. Moore, $135 to $140; W. L. Paschall, $125 to $140; and Roy Waldrop, $135 to $140,
Water department—C. B. Hicks, $165 to $175; L. V. Vantrees, $137.50 to $160; H. R. Cannon. $165 to $175; Frank Cannon, $125 to $140; George Claxton, $125 to $140; Ed McCoy, $125 to $145; Alvin Hefferman, $137.50 to $150; Carl Brilev, $135 to $145; A. M. Conner, $93.50 to $100; Dock Seabolt, $93:50 to $100; N. S. Fulfer. $93.50 to $100; Tom Hanford, $115 to $125; H. P. Hudman, $130 to $145; Jake Sellers, $126.50 to $136.50; John Haile. $125 to $140; and E. F. Cagle, $125 to $140.
Health department—Joe Shelton, $185 to $200.
Tax department—Mrs. M. C. Evans, $110 to $120.
Cemetery—W. M. Nelson, $135 to $150; E. E. Pruitt. $125 to $135; Lupe Rodriguez, $125 to $135.
Electrical—J. T. Wasson, $140 to $150.
G. Scoggin, gas and plumbing inspector, $185 to $200.
other Army groups beat toward the rail center of Bialystok and directly menaced Pinsk. The Germans reported a massive new Soviet offensive lr. Romania north of the rail center of Iasi—a drive threatening the Galati gap and the Ploesti oil fields, already extensively ruined by American bombs.
The Moscow communique said the Germans suffered "tremendous losses” in a general Russian forward surge all the way from the Latvian border to the middle of the Pripyat marshes, some 400 miles southward.
A powerful wedge was driven into Lithuania at about thp midway point of the 100-mile battlefront between Daugavpils in southeastern Latvia, and the by-passed and doomed German stronghold pf Wil-no—scene now of bloody street fighting...................
Advancing not less than 28 milese yesterday, Col. Gen.
Ivan C. Bagramian’s Baltic troops cut the highway between Daugavpils and the Lithuanian city of Kaunas in a drive within 120 miles of the Baltic port of Riga, capital of Latvia.
Bagramian’s forces also penetrated to w ithin 20 miles o f Daugavpils in a frontal assault.
Ten miles westward from Wilno, rampaging Soviet soldiers overran the rail junction of Landwarow on the route to Kuanas—an advance that supported British press dispatches that Red army vanguard was 60 miles of East Prussia. The Swedish newspaper Morton Tidningen reported the German were emptying East Prussia of civilians.
The First White Russian army of Marshal Konstantin K Rokos-sovsky, pounding westward on the southern sector of the front, occupied Luniniec, 30 miles east of Pinsk on the rail route to Brest -Litovsk and Warsaw, and Slonim, 28 miles west of Baranowicze on the railway to the Polish communication hub of Bialystok, now only 85 miles beyond.
Other columns striking north through the Pripyat marshes moved within nine miles of Pinsk.
The fall of Luniniec and the pressure of a companion column driving from the Pripyat marshes on the south was rapidly making the German position in Pinsky untenable.
U.S. ACCEPTS DE GAULLE AS FRENCH CIVIL GOVERNOR
MOST ABILENIANS GLAD PRESIDENT RUNS AGAIN
WASHINGTON, July ll.—f/n— President Roosevelt announced today that he Is accepting the French National committee hraded by General Charles De Gaulle as the authority for civil administration of liberated France.
Mr. Roosevelt's new attitude toward the committee, the chief executive made clear at his news conference. results from the talks
Ex-Barkeley Sergeant Dead
S-Sgt. Guy E. Bartley, 36, colicin of Mrs. George Page, 850 Meander, died in France June 13 of wounds received June 12, his mother, Mrs. Kale Bartley of Fort Smith, Ark.. was informed Sunday.
Mrs. Page returned early this morning from Arkansas where she had been with her aunt since an earlier War department message
which he had last Thursday, Friday and Saturday with De Gaulle
There Is no change, tUf> president said, in the policy of This government in not recognizing the French committee as a provisional government.
In Its capacity of "de facto authority," the committee will be under the general supervision of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied Supreme commander.
Abilene Pilot Killed in Action
Lt. William C 'Billy* Jenn of the Air Forces Troop Carrier command was killed in action in England June 25, his wife, the former Bernice Herring, 2740 Old Anson road, was informed Sunday by the War department. The message gave no details of his death
Son of Mr. and Mrs E T. Jenn of Houston, Lieutenant Jenn, 24. was born In Houston, graduated ! from a Houston high school and from Texas A ft M iii 1942.
He joined the air forces. August,! 1942, while stationed a' Camp Welters and-received his wings trom I Ellington field in Mav, 1943 He entered the troop carrier division, piloting a C-47, with the 9th air force command.
Lieutenant Jenn had been flight leader since November. 1943 and had been In England since January.
Memorial services are to be conducted in the First Christian church, Houston, Sunday. Mrs. Jenn and her parents, Mr. and Mrs f C. Herring with whom she is living, will attend.
The young lieutenant is survived by his wife and their eight-months-old son. Billy Jr , parents, one sister, Marjorie Jenn and one brother. Capt. E T. Jenn Jr., pilot, stationed at San Marcos.
President Roosevelt's announcement this morning that he would i acrcpt nomination for a fourth I term made most Abilene Democrats
happy, according to a crosa-sectlon survey.
Attorneys and women leaders were mast outspoken lh their pleasure and business men had the least to say.
On learning that Mr. Roosevelt would be willing to campaign for a fourth term, the question most often asked bv Ahilenians was, "What about Wallace?”
The war, the idea of “don’t swap horses in mid-stream" and the present administration’s foreign policies appeared this morning as reasons for the strong support expressed here No one gave the present domestic policy as reason for favoring renomination.
There was no reticence in manner in which James I*. Stimson, Taylor county Democratic chairman, accepted the n.»ws. "It is the grandest news in the world,” he declared. "All our war strategy and relations with other nations find solution in Mr. Roosevelt. His is among the greatest names in history."
J. L McDavid, Abilene real estate man, is in favor of the president for a fourth term since the war is still on. “A change in policy would delay the winning of the war," he said, "and I am not in favor of anything that would make it last a minute longer than it must. For that reason I will support Roosevelt."
"I don't think the Democrats have any option in the matter,” was the brief statement of Price Campbell, president of West Texas Utilities company In referring to renomination for a fourth term.
“I am a Democrat and will stand behind the nominee of the Democratic party," Mrs. L. E. Dudley, president of the eltv federation of women's clubs, said. "I have no objections to a fourth term. I think Mr. Roosc-
S-SGT GUY E. BARTLEY
Abilenian Awarded DFC in England
Capt, R R Glenn, pilot of a B-24 based in England, was awarded the Distinguished flying cross in June, his parents. Mr and Mrs. R. A. Glenn, 742 Peach, have learned.
In England since January, he stated in his letter he had been on 28 missions.
Captain Glenn, a 1940 graduate of Hardin - Simmons university where he edited the Bronco, university yearbook, enlisted in the air forces at the age of 20 and was commissioned a second lieutenant March 14, 1941.
He was an instructor at Randolph field 16 months and later was stationed in Florida, Utah and Boise, Ida.
A brother, Lt. Ralph Glenn is an instructor at the Midland bombar-1 Page were her daughter, Mrs dier school. I Ville Rumsch and son, Corky.
.stating Sergeant Bartley had beet seriously wounded.
Sergeant Bartley entered service in March, 1942, and trained 18 months at Camp Barkeley. He was sent to Indio, Ariz, and from there to England.
Born at Fort Smith, he was graduated from the Bedwell, Ark , high school and attended the University of Arkansas two years. Prior to entering service, he was a traveling representative of the Brown candy and cracker company out ot Jonesboro, Ark.
Besides his mother and cousin, Sergeant Bartley is .survived by one brother, Sgt. Bill Bartley who has been in Italy approximately a year; two sisters, Mrs. Derrel Firestone of (Fresno, Calif, and Mrs. Russell 1 Myers who is making her home with her mother while her husband Is serving overseas.
Returning to Abilene with Mrs.
velt’* foreign policy is good. And he has worked sn hard and so long at this war it seems he should be allowed to finish the job.
Mrs. Sam Kennedy, president ct the Garden club, said ‘‘From his past ability, especially his foreign policy, the president seems fitted to carry on."
The news sounded "wonderful" to Roy Jones, president of the Abilene Central Labor council and third vice president of Texas State Federation of Labor in district three. I m for him. tooth and toenail. In fact. I don’t believe he has ever done anything wrong."
"Mr Roosevelt is the greatest president since Washington," was the opinion of E M. Overshiner, local attorney. "I think he is the only man the Democrats have who can be nominated with reasonable chance for success," he stated. "Although I would ordinarily be opposed to a third or fourth term. this is a time of crisis and it will be 'of the best interest of victory and the post-war era to elect a man with such an international reputation.
Dallas Scarborough declared the statement of President Roose\elt was "grand and glorious. He knows more about foreign policy than any other man in America. I want him to stay in there until we get through this war.. I want my two boys to come home as quickly as passible and I think he can get them back quicker than can anyone else.”
E. S. Cummings, local attorney, said he was not surprised by Mr. Roosevelt’s announcement, that he had anticipated that Attitude all along,
"Personally I am mighty glad the president declared he would accept the renomination. "I rather think he will be elected and make a good president again, but of course. I’m a Democrat. And what about Wallace,” he asked.
Among those with "no comment* were vie Behrens, insurance man, Malcolm Meek, banker, and Fred Hughes, automobile dealer.
Iwo Prisoners Of War Hunted
Law enforcement agencies were searching this area this morning for two German prisoners of war from Camp Barkeley, WUU Preuss and Helmut Littmann, who escaped Monday from a work detail on the F. O. Graham farm one mile wert of Onion.
Presumed to be wearing their prisoner of war uniforms, a local FBI auent reported the two men escaped between the routine guard check at I and 1:30 p. rn. Thev had been contracted to work with several other prisoners.
Preuss was described by the FBI as being 21. 5 feet 6 1-2 inches tall, weighing 148 pounds, with brown eyes, fair complexion, dark brown hair, scar on his left cheek. Liftman is 24. 5 feet 6 1-2 inches last night and at Rhle a 30-minute tall. pounds, brown eyes, rude shower fell. Showers were reported complexion, brown hair, also from Haskell, Aspermont, An- The Monday break makes t h e son, Hamlin. Sweetwater and Ro- fifth from Camp Barkeley since Detan * cember involving 20 prisoners.
Heat to Continue Following Showers
No let up in the heat Is expected for this section with continued hot weather predicted by the local weather bureau for this afternoon and tonight, following showers which fell over this section yesterday.
Light to heavy rainfall was reported from Nolan, Stonewall, Fisher, Haskell and Jones counties, lart night, following a hot day over the area Temperatures reached 99 degrees in Abilene, yesterday.
Snyder, on the outskirts of a two-inch rain in Lubbock and general showers over the Plains, received .64 of an inch of moisture.
Water stood in fields at Sagerton
East Texas Oil Man's Wife Killed in Car
TYLER, Julv ll _ tjp\ — Mrs.
Jules Constantin. 43. wife of an East Texas oil man, was killed yesterday when the automobile she was driving was in collision with another car.
I S DI: PA RTM* VT OI COMMERCE W RATHER Bl REAU
ABILENE AND VICINITY — Partly cloud} and continued hot this afternoon tonight and Wednesday.
EAST TEXAS and WEST TEXAS: Partly cloud' this afternoon, tonight, and Wednesda'
Maximum temperature 'HI.
Minimum temperature SO
TEMPERATURES Tue-Mon Mon-Sun A M Hour P M 82 83— I— 92 92
82 82— 2— 94 96
82 81— 3— 96 97
81 BO— 4— 97 IOO
81 78— 5— 98 98
80 78— 6— 97 98
un 78— 7— 96 90
HI 79-8— 9.1 93
84 81- 9 - 88 89
HS 83- 10- 87 88
88 86— 11 — as aa
93 90—12— 82 84
Sunrise this morning ........... 8 ll
Sunset tonight ........... 8 49