Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 11, 1944, Abilene, Texas
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Breakfast to Open Bond Drive Tuesday
Kickoff breakfast for the Fifth War Loan drive has been set at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Second Street USO with the honored guests the wife and son of Pvt. John G. McFarlen, Abilene paratroop-er-hero who was the first enlisted man to set foot in France when the Allies invaded western Europe.
Mrs. McFarlen. 541 Walnut, and her 21-months-old son, Johnny Eugene, will be guests of the campaign
NAZI PRISONERS REACH ENGLAND—Marching through an English coastal town, on their way to an internment camp are some of the many hundreds of Nazi prisoners taken the French beachhead. (Signal Corps Radio-telephoto from NEA).
Jap Destroyers Routed
■Naval Guns ■Thwart Biak .Rescue Try
By LEONARD MILLIMAN
Associated Press War Editor
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90TH DIVISION REPORTED ON BEACHHEAD OF FRANCE
By BRUCE FRANCIS
Tile 90th division, re-activated' at C\mp Barkery In June, 1942,. auld composed chiefly of Texans j and Oklahomans, is participant!!; j In the invasion of Europe, Berlin: announces, the Berlin radio stating It Is one of 17 divisions oper-fire routed a Japanese de-! ating on beachheads betweenOrne
st Toyer force in a brief night and Vire estuaries under Gen Sir
, _ct ; Bernard L. Montgomery. Allied!
engagement o.f nor t w sources have made no announce-
New Guinea, thwarting a sec- j ment on the subject, ond attempt to relieve be- it was 26 years ago this month leaguered enemy troops on the 90th landed in France, and as
Biak island, Gen. Douglas * i>ar* ct Joh" J-
... . .. * , . I army went into action about two
.MacArthur announce d todn\. I months jater at Miheil. pj.om She Nipponese turned and fled tba^ sector the 90th of World War at high speed without firing a silo j was sent to the Meuse-Argonne American and Australian warships battle zone and remained there unerased them for an horn and a m Kaiser Bi]1,s b tossed ln thp
half and possibly damaged one by spongp
“We accept the sacred inheritance from you brave men of the old 90th. We feel deeply our responsibility to uphold every tradition that is so dear to you. We will carry the indomitable spirit of you veterans with us until the final victory,” General Terrell told sormj 200 veterans of the old 90th who came to Barkery to present colors and treasured battle streamers to the new division.
Pledges to Count
War bond pledges Monday as well as war bond sales will count toward tickets to the Abilene Air Base show opening the Fifth War Loan drive Monday night at the Paramount theater, Wally Akin, theater manager, announced Saturday.
Ticket* 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 regular sales.
Pledge cards will be turned to the Federated clubwomen, directed by Mrs. L. E. Dudley, president, who will handle sales under pledges. Purchases must be made during the drive which ends July 8 and must be made In Taylor county, Akin said.
France-Based Planes Help Drive Forward
LONDON, Sunday, June ll—(AP)—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.
Bv DON WHITEHEAD
WITH AMERICAN TROOPS IN FRANCE, June IO— (AP)—American soldiers surged forward all along this beachhead front east of the Vire river today, and patrols made contact with beachhead forces west of the V ire.
Paced by the fighting First division, which drove to the edge of the forest of Trevieres, the doughboys engulfed 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 ll—(AP)—U. 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 Germans had withdrawn to ‘‘shortened defense lines. ’
Allied headquarters Bulletin No. IO issued just before midnight 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 Montebourg in the
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workers who will plan drive details at th* breakfast. She was invited |
by county Bond Chairman C. M. | Caldwell.
Dr. Rupert N. Rlchaidson, acting I president of Hardin-Simmons university, will be principal speaker J at the breakfast and Ed Stewart, co-chairman cf the city steering i committee, will preside, George Bar- J ron said. Barron and B. R. Blank-enship are other co-chairmen of the steering group.
Federated clubwomen, who under
Little Rest From Bombs Given Nazis
lqng range fire. Japanese troops pin larges were abandoned by their escort. U, S. ships wiped them out.
Within the last week MacArthur has reported the sinking of five Japanese destroyers, damaging of two others and a cruiser in a sudden reappearance of enemy warships which have avoided naval engagements for six months.
Four Japanese merchant ships were sunk Friday, three of them off Manokwari, 150 miles west of Biak island where Sixth Army * troops were ferreting Japanese from caves around recently captured Mokmer airdrome.
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-0 division 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 enemy- and we will meet and conquer him—we will make you, and all America, proud of us.
J Hurt Here in Traffic Mishaps
The Palau islands, guarding the approaches to the Philippines, were Jiombed for the first time by land-based bombers Thursday night, MacArthur reported. Large fires and explosions were started. The attackers probably came from the Japa- ,
nese built Wakde airdrome, 700 miles Six persons were injured, at least south of Palau. Itwo seriously hurt, in two traffic
% United States aircraft ranged the I accidents here Saturday afternoon, full length of the Caroline islands. I Seriously Injured was Miss Sarah Besides Palau, south and southwest Cleveland, 78. of Amarillo, who re
Now that the new 90th, activated and trained at Camp Barkeley, I is battling on the soil of France, the direction of Mrs. L. E Dudley Abilene and all of America is con-1 are responsible for bond sales Hdent that General Terrell s pledge i booths over the city, will, along with to the veterans of 1917 and 1918 Mrs. McFarlen and her son, be will be more than fulfilled. ! guests at the breakfast. Also invlt-
The 90th of the current war was! ed are members of Troop IO, First activated at Camp Barkeley as of Methodist Boy Scouts and their March 25, 1942, and remained there’scoutmaster, Bill Helm, who will in intensive training until Feb- i do poster work for the drive, mary 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 thereuntil September, 1943, when it was sent to California for several months of desert training. From there it went to the east coast and early this year embarked for England.
Bv AUSTIN BEALMEAR
SUPREME HEADQUAR-| TERS, Allied Expeditionary 1 Force, Sunday, June ll—(AP)
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 expanded 35-mile-wide American front. The Americans gained six miles in their first smash inland from the sea. and veteran troops were spearheading the attack, the dispatch said.
Improving weather which found
AMERICANS DRIVE FOR CHERBOURG—Arrows show re. ported Allied drives on the French invasion coast. Americans took St. Mere Eglise on the Cherbourg peninsula and announced seizure of Isigny and Bayeux. Black line indicates main beachhead front on basis of enemy reports, partly confirmed by Allied announcements. (AP Wirephoto).
Nazis Make Stand 40 Miles From Rome
Bv NOLAND NORGAARD
ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN ITALY, Jurfe IO—(AP)—*
Nazi forces in Italy, fleeing northward in a rout that the Allied command declared had become a “catastrophe,” turned to make a stand of stubborn but not fullv-disclosed proportions late today around a village some miles northeast of Viterbo, which is 40 miles above Rome.
George Tucker, Associated
"We need more and more workers other than the teams which have been organized," 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
—Allied air power swept back A1iied fighters now hitting from into action in support of the France for the first time In four
invasion yesterday, establish-1 years aided the Alll('d forward i ‘ ti ' u„nnuu«/lc movement. Heaw bombers attacn-ing bases on the beach hi Qerman airfields In Normandy
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nounced today, U. S. fighter commands alone sent nearly 2,000 planes into the sky.
Clearing weather enabled heavy bombers to roar across the channel again after a 15-hour lull and Allied planes of all types blasted German troop concentrations and tanks, big gun positions and air-coffee and doughnuts to the group. I dromes as well as rail and highway The pre-drive bond sale. cam- transport, paign, with Monday still to go has J Llbcrators dumped heavy loads of I UM- and fighters strafed the ene
brought in $362,170 from Abilene s losives bpjlind the battle zone my’s armored and transport mole
NEW YORK. June IO—i/P>— The Berlin radio reported tonight that a new Allied airborne landing had been made near Oanvou, southwest of t'aen. “The obvious purpose of this move is to take the Germ-mans in the rear,” said the broadcast, recorded by the Blue network.
and Brittain, behind the battle
ceived a broken pelvis and fractured rib when the automobile In which she was riding and a car driven by Cpl. R, E Frend, Camp
Pacific planes slashed at Truk, Sat-awan and Nomoi.
Central Pacific bombers swept • over 1,500 miles of Nipponese islands
din the most extensive aerial sorties Barkeley soldier, collided at North reported recently by Adm. Chester 5th and Mulberry at 2:30.
W. Nimitz. The attacks coincided Miss Cleveland’s niece, Mrs, M. with the sinking of four Japanese E. Perkins, sustained only bruises destroyers and damaging of a fifth while Mr. Perkins, who was driv-!n the southwest Pacific, announced ing, was treated for a head cut at I esterday by Gen. Douglas MacAr- Hendrick Memorial hospital, thur.
Hospital attendants last night said Miss Cleveland was resting fairly well.
The Perkins’ reside at 417 Kirkwood and were en route to Palo Pinto at the time of the mishap.
Treated at the Armv First Ald station was Sgt. Kenneth Waldeck, 25. Ha. Battery 495th Field Artillery, 12th Armored division, a passenger In Corporal Frend’s car. Also hurt seriously was a negro J S- D we a ?her Tb Shi?***™ woman, Sarah Tolleson, 529 North abilene and vicinity: Tartly 5th, who received a fracture of |
clours sunda.md Monday. both hips and a laceration over an I
davYnd Mondavi c'ouriy Su"' | as a result of a bus-thick crash
i ast texas: Tartly rinudy Sunday j two miles north of Abilene on the
and Monday, a few widely scattered afternoon thundershowers in east por>
In southwest China, Chinese troops reported they had cut the Burma road at Mangshih.
See PACIFIC, Pg. 15, Col. 3
Upon activation the new 90th was made up principally of selective service men from the Midwest, Southwest and Pacific coast. By far the majority of them were husky lads in their 20’s, and before leaving Barkeley the division received hundreds of replacements, mostly ’teen age youngsters wanting only one thing— a crack at Hitler or To jo.
General Terrell, a native Texan and a veteran of World War I, dedicated himself to only one task after being named commander of the new’ 90th- that being to produce a fighting machine that could hold its ow*n on any battlefield of
Sec 90th DIVISION, Pf. 15, CoL 6
two banks and postoffice alone. Overall quota for the campaign is $3,-805,000 of which $1,255,000 is earmarked for Series E bonds.
The "block" system, with teams designated a certain district to work, will be employed in thp citv campaign, Barron said. Details of the plan and the district for each team will be announced at the break fast.
J. W. Babb will be captain of tho wholesalers and manufacturers team. Members will be T. J. McCarty, George Foster, G, C. McDonald. E P. Mead, W. C. Wright, E. W. Berry, H. M. Harrison, O. C. Williams, J. W. Hoover, J. R. Neely, A. J. Couqh Jr., and Bernie Blaine. Ten general teams organized are: Luke Medley, captain, and Bill
See Bond Drive, Pf. 15, Col. 2
in both Normandy and Brittan\ and the tireless Marauder medium bombers made three attacks during the day.
An indication that the usault was being continued through the night came as the Paris radio s,impended at midnight and Berlin broadcast warnings of nuisance raiders penetrated Into western Germany.
(The Hungarian radio also left the air early in the night, the Federal Communications commission reported.)
The German air force still avoided a show-down, hut several aerial battles developed.
The Eighth air force listed IO German planes shot down and 21 American craft missing while
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Sunrise this morning: 6.39.
sunset tonight: 8.15.
W W. Briggs. 6719 Sherman street, Houston, also a passenger in the bus, was treated for minor j injuries. The bus. Abilene Northern Coaches, overturned after It was in collision with an empty gasoline truck driven by James V. Touchstone of the Touchstone Oil Co. of Brownwood. Touchstone, the bus driver, Arthur Martin Preslar, 1158 Santos, and a soldier whose name
was not obtained by investigating I WOUNDED YANKS TREATED ON FRENCH BEACH-American soldiers, wounded in ^Tlv^soTdYer waHaken to the thc assau* 0,1 t,ie north coast of France, lie in litters and sit propped against a sea wall Camp Barkeley station hospital but awaiting transportation back to England. This picture is by Peter J. Carroll, AP war
was released after examination, I photographer operating with the still picture pool. (Ai* Wirephoto via Signal Corps Radio) i See European War, Pg. is, Col. 7
The American* under Ll. Gen. Omar N. Bradley captured the small hut valuable port of Isl*-ny, 37 miles southeast of Cherbourg, toppled Trevieres eight miles east of Isigny, closed in from both sides of Carentan, six mile, west of Isigny. and slashed "In several places” the main l*ari> railway leading into Cherbourg.
Heavy fighting raged at Carentan, the late Allied bulletin said
NEW YORK, June IO—<tPi— The British Broadcasting company, In a report recorded by NBC in New York, said tonight that a German general and his entire staff had been captured In France.
The German* had flooded the terrain in that sector, causing difficulties, a spokesman said.
Severe fighting with strong enemy armored un;*a also flamed through thp fifth day In the Caen arca of the British-Canadian sector A front dispatch said Allied artillerymen had taken up positions In a struggle for a ridge commanding Caen and that engineers had been partlv successful in the setting of a tank trap against reinforced Nazi panzer units there.
"In the Cherbourg peninsula our advance patrols are west of the main railway in several places,” the Allied communique said.
The apparent immediate objective of thr American troops striking in the Montebourg area, a Vichy broadcast said, was Valognes, the communications key to Cherbourg. Valognes is only IO miles southeast of the big port.
With more than 5,000 German prisoners now taken, Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery. Allied ground cammonder, has established advance headquarters in France and has visited the troops In the front lines. He was reported well satisfied with
Pioneer of Abilene Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. George W. P Coates, 82, one of Abilene’s j pioneer woman leaders, will be held Monday at 9 a rn at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. The Rev. Phillips Kemp. Episcopal rec- j tor of San Angelo, will conduct the service. Immediately foil"wing the rites here the cortege will leave for Waco, where burial serv ice will be . held at 5 p. rn Monday In Oakwood 1 cemetery.
Mrs. Coates, one of the city’s pioneer woman leaders died in Hendrick Memorial hospital at 7 30 p. rn. | Saturday. She had been in delicate \ health two years ainee suffering a , stroke. Her condition became critical a week ago, when she was taken j from her home, 702 Amarillo, to: the hospital.
Mrs. Coates’ maiden name was • Edwin Frances Graham .She was I born near Waco October IO, 1862 the daughter of Major Francis Hugh Graham and Mary Augusta Graham Major Graham died in 1836. Mrs. Coates received her education
See MKS. C OATES, Pg 15. C ol. 3
Rotan Bombardier Missing in Action
ROTAN. June IO — Lt, J. R. Counts Jr., Rotan bombardier, has been reported missing in action over Germany siore Mav 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.
Press correspondent with the Fifth Army in the field, wrote in a dispatch timed 9:30 p.m. tonight that the previously almost-unopposed race of the Allies to overtake the retreat* ing Germans had slowed perceptibly when they ran into a maze of German 88-millimeter and anti-tank guns in and around the village.
Thr Allies brought up tanks, In* fantrv and artillery, and the fighting "quickly’ assumed the character of a sizable action ” Tucker said.
Indications were Liar the Fifth Army, which has advanced at a speed of about 15 miles a day sine# the fall of Rome last Sunday, had succeeded in its racing efforts to overtake and engage some Important units of Col. Gen. Eberhard Von Ma< kensen’s 14th army.
Capturing the ancient town of Tuscan la. 13 ruths northeast of Tarquinla. which fell Friday, th* Fifth Army had fanned out with Just such an overtaking battle intended.
Parlier Saturday a headquarters spokesman had dewrlb-rd the German army as "retreating in a completely disorganized fashion,” with the Fifth army “unable to ratch up with any important element of It,” despite the speed of pursuit.
Tucker wrote tonight that the Germans were beaten "but by no means disorganized.”
Tile German withdrawal before
the British Eighth army on tha Adriatic front, first announced yesterday, continued with the Allies advancing more than five miles and capturing the battle-wrecked towns of Orsogna, Guardiagrele, Miglionico and Filetto and crossing the River Foro.
The Eight ii Army front east of Rome a Iso was advanced as Allied troops, fighting their wav through demolitions and minefields In the rough country, captured Moricone,
See ITALY, Pg. 15, Col. J
SABOTAGE, INSURRECTION APPEAR All OVER f RANCE
LONDON, Juno in—(A*)—French resistance to the Germans Is rising, with sabotage and insurrection all over France, it was learned at Allied headquarter tonight.
Every French village, it was declared, offers information, medical assistance and any other possible help to the Allied force*.
Although the Allied high command 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 continental reports told of multiply ing blow s against the Nazis. Unrest also was reported in the German Reich itself.
While some observers were inclined to be conservative in their estimates of these reports—which
seeped out of the Netherlands and northern Italy as well as France and Germany—it w as conceded that the invasion of Normandy had inspired increasing sabotage behind the French lines.
The most sanguine reports cam* to the FYench press service in London. These said French patriot* were engaged not only in widespread sabotage but were fighting pitched battles with occupation troops deep behind the German Hugs.
The French press service said patriots were engaging more than 2.000 Germans in the Vosge district us a battle in which they had captured more than 300 Nazis. It also reported fighting at Bourg and Macon, which he near the Haute Savoie, a center Tor th* fighting Preach maquis.