Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1944, Abilene, Texas
I') WAR BOND BOX SCORE c QuoU Overall Series Quota Series E Sties 24I.S18.7S l' VOL, LX1II, NO, 264 OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT A TEXAS NIWSPAPtt ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 16, 1944 -EIGHTEEN PAGES Associated Preu VnUed Preu PRICE FIVE CENTS New Super Fortresses Plaster apan; 'Nimitz Tells Island Cains WASHINGTON, June can invaders of Saipan, strategic Pacific island only miles southeast of se- cured beachheads and are making "good pro- in the face of artillery 'and tank fire, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz announced to- night. "In general fighting is heavy but good pro grass is being made against well organized de Nimitz said. The text of bis communique, No. 58 of Pacific fleet head- quarters: "Assault troops have secured beochheads on Saipan island are advancing inland'against artillery; mortar and ma- chine gun fire. "Virtually all heavy coastal and anti-aircraft batteries on the island were knocked out by naval gun fire and bomb- ing. Our troops have captured Agingan point. "In the town of Charan, brisk fighting is con- tinuing. "The enemy has attempted several counter-attacks with tatiks. These attacks have been-broken Uf by our troops with the support of ships and aircraft. "In general, Bdi Sales Bcind sales'.for the- Loan drive'pushed past the million dollar mark yesterday in Tsylor county with Abllene's two banks accounting for purchases tcf- Fi'flh War' IMJI drive spieik- m over Radio Station KRBC Uday a. J. Fulwikr, county eieentlre wmmlttftman.. a. :K5 p. R.'Black. taling during the day. The county's overall sales step: at against a quota of Series E securities continued to lag somewhat, however, with yes- terday's sales at ing the campaign's total to The Series E quota Is 4 Major David Evans, special ser- vice officer of the ASFTC at Camp Barkeley, already Is In the midst of a strenuous campaign to aid In Captains bond sales teams In Abilene will at a. m. today at the chamber of commerce to report trie prot- resi their work, drive lead- ers announced yesterday. bond selling over the territory. Major Evans was the principal at Spur Monday night In bonds were sold and at Hobbs in Fisher county Wednesday night There was raised. Each town has topped its quota, u With.the popular ASFTC band. Major Evans has a tentative sched- ule of bond rally dales which In- cludes: Roby, June 16, night. Merfcel. June 22, night. Putn'am, June 53, night. 0 Clyde, June 24, afternoon. Baird. June 24, night. Rotan, June 26, night. Lawn. June 51, night. Bradshaw, June 28. night. Balllnger, July 1, afternoon. Winters, July 1. night. Major Evans and the ASFTC band participated In rallies in the Third War Loan drive which Mt ted over million dollars In Iff sales and In the Fourth War Loan drive over two million. fc Tiie Abilene Army Air Base show which gave Abilene an excellent start In the current drive by play ing to packed house of bond pur- chasers at the Paramount Monda) night plays in Baliingcr tonight, t Other towns on the show's ten tallve Itinerary are: Colorado City, June 19. COleman. June 21, Snyder, June 23. Sweetwater, June M. fighting ie'ayy but good progress is be ng'made against well'organ ized defenses.'1 Agingan point is on. the south tip of -the -island. Chara the few' coramuhltluxoif the Island. Trie'assault oj> Saipan, Japanese air and naval base, was launch'e Wednesday, morning after Intenslv preparatory -.bombing and bombard ment of it and neighboring Japan ese defense points. ;Adm.; Nimitz announced this mos audacious move yet against Japan ese territory shortly after the Wi department reported that siipe fortresses of a strategic world girdling air force had bombed Ja pan's-' NimiCz reported (he landing! oh Saipan vere made Wednesday morally under cov- er of a bombardment by Unit- ed Slates warshins and the bombing and strafing of carrier planes. Additional assault forces we! storming ashore despite enemy stslance. They were supported b carrier- aircraft and the big gun of surface units, Including batt wagons cruisers and destroyers. This bold move to advance Amer- can basts 1.100 miles wjst of the Marshall Islands climaxed four days of pre-lnvasion assault by powerful Pacific fleet task forc- es, starting last Saturday. The first day of the attack wiped out vir- tually sll of Ihe enemy's air force based In the southern Marianas. Keninarilt of chif air power and enemy shipping In and around the tslinds were dispos- ed of Sunday and Monday. Then Ihe invading forces turn- ed their attention to obliterat- ing enemy defenses in prepar- ation for the landings. roops Invad e JAPAN SHIPYARDS. ENGINE WORKS, STEEL WORKS. AIRf LAKE COMPANIES, LOCOMOTIVE WORKS, MACHINE SHOPS, WAREHOUSES, GAS PLANT MOLYBDENUM MINES ALUMINUM SMELTER MTTSUSWHI AIRPLANE PLANT (MANUFACTURER OF THE JAP NMUJiUA AIRPL'NE PLAKT: MOTOR PLANTS, OIL RtmUMES. WAREHOUSES STEEL WORKS, COAL MINES, REFINERIES TOKYO ELECTRIC ER PLANT TOKYO WATER SUPPLY POWDER MAGAZINE, AIRPLANE PLANTS. X-RAY tSUIPMENT, RUBBER CO.. ALUMINUM AND AUTO FACTORIES. SHIPYARDS IRON, STEEL WORKS, SHIPYARDS, RUBBER CO.. POWER CO., CEMENT CO.. ALUMINUM WORKS, DYESTUFFS JAP HOMELAND GETS IT new For- 'resses, B-29, poured destruction on Japan's homeland yes- erday, hut details were withheld; The'Tokyo radio .said Mi jo and Yavata on Kyushu and Shimonoseki on Honshu were hit. Rep. Starnes told Congress it was Tokyo which suffered, while Rep. Manasco said his information indicated Tokyo and Yokahama. There are plenty of choice targets, this map shows. aipan Tokyo Says Industry Hit By the Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 15-America's Super Fortresses bombed Japan's homeland today and the Tokyo radio, acknowledging at- tacks, said industrial areas of Moji and onoseki were hit. In Congress, Rep. Starnes (D-Ala.) told his colleagues he had information there was "great destruction" in Tokyo. There was ho confirmation of Starnes' report from the War department which did not disclose targets. Moji is a city on Kyushu, southernmost of the main Jape- nese islands. Shimonoseki Is on Honshu island just across a strait from Kyushu. They are about 500 miles, airline, from Tokyo. An imperial Japanese communique estimated the number of raiding planes at and made the usual .claims that they were intercepted and '-'repulsed." It said several were shot down and Domei, Japanese news agency, said six were shot red SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Friday, June Continuing the around-the-clock aerial punishment of Nazi targets in France, a tremendous force of RAP bombers thundered across the channel during the night In spectaculsr sequel to widespread daylight .operations In which planes, including U. S. heavy bombers, took part. The RAF armada making the latest assault on the Germans' in- vasion defenses was so large It took an hour and a halt to pass across England's southern coast. The roar of engines was as great as Wednesday night when RAF planes delivered the heaviest erlal bombardment in history gainst Le Havre and other points n the French coast. After the first big RAF night a.lders had passed out of view last ight flashes and'.explosions In the Irection of Boulogne indicated hat another vital Nazi port on IN CHERBOURG CAMPAIGN Pays WASHINGTON, Jane Hnland paid J14S.4M.06 into thi United States Treasury today, rep lesentlng the regular seml-annua oiayment on her World War I deb tbli country.- Saipan. Tlnia'n, Rota and Guam Islands, the latter the for- ner American naval base, were rell worked over In the prepara- ory stages of the attack. The American forces were describ- d .by their ccmmander. Vice Adm Richmond Kelly Turner, as the most experienced amphibious fleet n the world. He told war corre- pondenls prior to the landing that his thrust Into Japan's inner de- ense lines was designed to destroy Saipan as an enemy base and con- vert It to Allied use. In invading Siipan, Tomer's forces raolted far beyond Trait, major enemy base In the cenlral Caroline btands. When a firm hold is established on Saipan, it will place American forces 675 (o Ihe rear of Truk. Giam, southernmost of the Ma- rianas, also would be outflanked1. Storming enemy beaches Is noth Ing new for Turner's forces. The: have seen such action before man; times. They will, however, be uj against mobile enemy artillery tq the first time, and against rougl formidable terrain. A larger Ian area also will be involved, compare with the small atolls of previous In Visions. Planes dropping rockets irilh thsir bombs paced the assault forces to the beaches. Showers of rockets were directed against enemy guns and defenses by fast firing LCIs he French coast 'lasting. was getting a Squadrons of RAF fighters were M. LONG SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITION- ARY FORCE, Friday, June. troops slashing westward from Carentan on a 30-mile front have reached firm ground within six'miles of La'Haye du Puits, junction of the last Germanrheld rail-highway lifeline lo he port of Cherbourg, and within 4 1-2 miles of the secondary unction point of St. Saveur-Ie-Comte in what was officially described today as "steady progress." In the developing drive-to j cut off and capture Ihe Cher- bourg peninsuls, similar steady advances were report- ed in a midnight communique from supreme headquarters for a less clearly defined thrust through the lowlands between the Vire and Elle riv- ers southeast of Carenlan. This advance appeared to be aim- ed towards St. Jean De Dayc, on the highway linking St. Lo Carentan. Extent of the gain not disclosed officially, but it BI peared probable lhat the road al- on the sea. scene of a see-saw ac jelievcd ximbers, to have escorted the for they began circling iver the southeast coast shortly leforc the British heavyweights -ppeared In the sky. While many of the bombers re- umed quickly from their mission o the Boulogne area, others were wlieved to have headed much deeper Into Nazi territory. The raid was made in the face of threatening wind! blowing stronger, considerable cloud I and the prospect of rain. the Allied communique called "considerable loss to the ene- These were the principal gains In the tenth day of the Allied in- vasion of .France, whtch saw the offinsive all along the 100-mile lines gather force and either gain ground jr repell the fiery and re peated enemy counterattacks. Right around the irregular front starting on the northwest, this wa, the battle situation as the invasion into its eleventh day: Quineville: American right flank ready had been cut about five miles west of Llson. On the extreme right flank cf the Allies' beachhead In Kormandy, American capture of the coastal vil- lage of Quineville and surrounding territory was declared to have pro- vided "a valuable new outlet from the bennies." On the eastern, or left, win; of In- beachhead held by Brit- ish and Canadian forces, violent German armored counterat- tacks were repulsed with wlial down. The Japanese said both B-29 Super Fortresses and B-24 Liberators were among the American planes. Here, the only official information available late tonight was lhat attacks were carried put by B-29's flying from bases in the China-India-Burma theater.- s Tfie 'War -department dis- 'Central War Time, that Ihe long-secret had-'gone into action. The announcement said: "E-S9 Super Fortresses ot the United Slates Army Air Forces 2flth Other Ihe bomWnj of may be (ound on 11 and li ROME, June 15-W) I Ing :hrough another line of defenses lastlly thrown up by the relrcal- ng Germans beyond Romt, Allied [orces have cnpturcd the large Ital- ian towns of Orvleto. Aqulla and Kami in a general advance and were lighting tonight in the out- skirts or the Important Industrial and communications center of Ter- nl. 45 miles north of the capital. American troops shoving up the Tyrrhenian coast captured MaglU ano and threatened Bengodi, only 14 miles from Grosscto, alter hav- ing seized vast quantities of Nazi food supplies at Orhetello. They had entirely cleared lateral Highway 74. running Inland from the coast cast the northern shore of Lake Bol- sena. Eighth Army columns, now car- rying the brunt of the Inland ad- vance. fought their way Into vleto. 57 miles northwest of Rome; I .irni, 41 miles due north of the capital, and Aqutla, 54 miles to Ihe northeast, above Avezzano. Lt. Gen. Sir Oliver Lcese's checked temporarily forces were on the out- tlon In which the Americans took the town and scored local gains across the Quineville-Montebourg road. Still In German hands but Increasingly outflanked on both sides by the American fourth division which took Quine- ville and put the Montebourg-Va- logr.es highway under heavy artil- lery fire. L'Abse: Airborne Americans. 4 1-2 miles northeast of St. Saveur- See INVASION, Vf. 2, Col. 4 sklrU of Tcrr.i by blown bridges and a stiff German counterattack. (Secretary of War Stimson said the Nazis' right, or coastal, flank rgain had collapsed before the Fifth Army's drive, and comment- ed that the enemy could not send further reinforcement; to Italy without affecting other fronts.) It was reported that fresh Ger- man divisions had reached Italy, but Allied forces driving north and northwestward from Rome still were cncotfnterlng only rearguard elements army. of the shattered" 14th JAPAN-BORN ABILENiAN AFRAID 10 MAKE COMMENT (Infantry landing other gunboats. craft) and by By BETSY ROSS A scant dozen staccato phrases, spoken through suddenly tightened lips, the pleasant look gone for an Instant from her face, was all Mrs. Paul Watarable, native-bom Jap- anese, would say last night about the day's bombing of her home- land ty United States super-bomb- ers. Her exact words were lost save to her daughter. Grace. They were spoken in the onlv tongue in which she can express herself, Japanese. Oracc interpreted the answer to a direct question this way: "She doesn't like to talk about II. You see she can't help but be concern- ed about her follts who are In Jap- parent.1; and brothers and sisters. She doesn't know where they are, or IIOT they are, or even if they still are alive." Mrs. Watanabe nodded In agree- ment. She can understand English enough to get the gist of a sentence although some ot the vrords are puzzlers. Just two weeks away from a Osp anese evacuation or relocation camp at Poston. Ariz., Mrs. Watanabe and her youngest daughter, Ruth, 13, have come to Abilene to live with Grace, 19 and Jessie, 18, stu- dents in Kardln Simmons uni- versity. Although she has lived in the United States more than 20 years and her husband and children all spoke English fluently cor- rectly. Watanabe has not learned to talk In any other than her girlhood tongue. The girls would speak to one another In Eng- lish and to their mother in Jap- ntft. -She says It is a little incon- venient, not beln? sure what we are saying" Grace said, she makes out all right." And Mrs. Watanabe smiled In agreement to that explanation, too. She smiled at nearly everything said out If It was amusement at the aVjtardness of carrying cut an In- terview via an Interpreter, she was too polite to laugh out loud. Mrs. Watanabe waj bom in Koi caldo, her husband In Gifu. Mr. Walanabe came to America to sat- isfy a desire for education, lo Har- to Los Angele.s. where he hart a Bap'.ist pastorale unill Just oeiore his death. He died In a Los Angeles bomber command bombed Japan to- day." To this was added some lime later lhat the plar.ej Hew to the attack from the China-India-Burma thea- ter. Then Rep. Starnes arose In the House i.o tell his colleagues that the largct of the raid was Tokyo pro- per. it was the second American bomb- Ing of Japan, but the first an- nouncement of action by the B-2Ss. House and Senate sessions were halted lor announcement ot the news. Senator Pepper (D-Plfl) toW his colleagues he was "sure the heart-felt thanks of Congress and Ihe country go out" to those who made the attack possible. Rep. Ma- hon (D-Texl said the news vindicat- ed the wialom of Congress In fur- nishing funds for the giant now bombers. Rep. Manasco (D-Ala) said the Department advised him the B-20s "bombtil several brje cilifs" on the mainland ot Japan but Ihcre was no Infor- mation yet on the results. MJIUJCO said Ihe assumption could thai Ihe rcfcicnce nas made to Tokyo and Yokohama. "It is now officially confirmed that super fortresses fly- ing from remote bases have success- fully bombed Tokyo in a very heavy- Slarnes told the house. "It can be safely assumed that hcFC were the nw B-29s. "It may be safely assumed that these approached Tokyo at an altitude of more than 30.000 feet and a speed of more than 300 miles per hour with the heaviest bomb loads and the greatest armaments ot ar.y airplanes in the world. U a new day In warfare: and It hasten Ihe end of the war." S'.arr.r.s (old newspapermen later lhat 11 be assumed that, if the is ToFugitas By REBEL HOPE "I'm Just as proud and just-as hrllled over the bombing of Japan as any other said Naomi Fuglla, 20, 526 Chestnut, Thursday upon lesrning of the latest attack on japan. Naomi U the American Lorn daughter of a Japanese father and Occidental mother. "I only she said, "that thlj din-Simmons as a ministerial slu-1 hospital in 1942. a after the der.t. He returned to Japan, was family had been evacuated to Camp nrnikd and brought his wife back Sff AMERICAN, Tf. J, Col. 1 GRACE WATANABE Postnn. Ablltnc friends of their father helped pave the way for Grace and Jessie to be released from the camp and come here to gain schooling. Mrs. Watanabe's re- lease, together with Ruthlc. was not difficult, as she had a definite place to come, someone to come to. Bring a slranger In f. strange loan hasn't been too bad. for she says ?he has found the people pleasant and friendly, with very few Instances of rudeness because of her nationality. That may be largely because she Is so Intensely American, H> com- pletely divorced from the Far East, cut adrilt from everything that was everyday and familiar in her childhood. Etc WAT AN ABE, Pf, 2, Col. 6 Ihe Weather l s or rOMMrncr WEATKIR ru'nr.AU AND vrriNiTY: r> tl.oj, ml s.lorjir. Wf.M II.XAS: P.rtlv tlKdr tnA Salnrrii Th.r.. we A.M. j I -i -e s.mrd.j. Frldajr Senrh? IMi Seiml lonlih nil Hu- ll. rnifn; NAOMI FL'GITA Is the beginning ot the end. I want to get it over and done with so my brother can come home." One 'Of her brothers, Sgt. Frank Fiiglla. has been a prisoner of since the fall of Java. The older brother. Sgt. Herbert Fuglta of the 442nd Infantry, Is fighting in Hnly. The whole Fugita family, conslstr. ing of n-.other, Mrs. Pearl her tn-o sisters. Freda. 18, and Patri- cia. 13. anrl Naomi herself are of or.e opinion: "Let's gel the war over with as soon as possible." Nanm! explained: "I'm sure don't feel any differently from any other Americans We have never been brought up In accordance with Japanese customs, we do not know their language and we have never corresponded with any relatives over wish that some people who m.'jrht question, our patriotism could read my father's letters to us. The attitude o( Japan has always hart Dad. and he never spcsks o! his country. He buys bonds ar.tl wants to do the same as other Americans. Naomi's father Is living al Elec- The son of a Japanese ricft plantation owner, he sent lo American when he was 18 to attend agricultural school. "Dad liked it so well in the Unit- ed States. Naomi continued, he decided to remain. He said in would never have anything else !o do with Japan. Consequently, dotsn'l know where any ot his pto- ple arc there. He came from Nafeasacki. Japan, however, which Is close to Tokyo. I believe. So his re- latives may corns In ior bomoir.g."