Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 12, 1944, Abilene, Texas
~ i iiiixfttyjAS ABILENE OBSERVES ARMISTICE DAY — Members; ing stand at Third and Pine Streets. Left to right in the front tive officer. ASFT( : Col. Sylvester E. Downs, control officer. In the pi* tore ahove a c of the reviewing staff of the Armistice Day parade observe row are Maj. Bob Johnson, P-17 ace from Abilene Army Air ASF IC: and Et. Col. B. I). Holland, director of training, log.. ASI IC. are Oioun the military elements of the parade as they pass the review- Base; Maj. Roy C. Rowland, representing Col. Harry Med- ASPIC. Second row: Maj. E. R. Farrell, camp inspector gen- urday in the parade.
dington, commander of the Abilene Air Base; Col. George C. eral; Et. Col. Roscoe E. Kelley, director of camp supply divi-Nielsen, commander of Camp Barkeley; C ol. Taylor Darby, sion; and Et. Sarah T. Barker, commander of the local WAC acting commander, ASFTC; Col. Frank S. Matlack. exccu- [ recruiting sub-station.
company of troops from the 59th Mod, marching along Cypress street Sat*
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Jap Convoy, 8,000 Fresh Troops, Sunk
Allies Cain County Bond Buying Now Stressed Supers Blast
Russian troops, steadily expanding their wedge between the German defenders of Budapest and Miskolc, yesterday drove to within ll miles of Miskolc, Hungary’s fifth city, Qhile a Budapest broadcast late last night announced that heavy fighting had broken out at Vecses, only five miles southeast of the capital.
A midnight Soviet bulletin said the enemy had thrown in powerful reinforcements in an effort to bleak the Russian hold on the railway to Miskolc. 84 miles northeast of the Spital, and also on the main railway to Szolnok, 50 miles southeast of Budapest.
While the Russians did not mention the Vecses sector they told of particularly heavy ( ’
China Joins U. S. On Air Freedom
The Sixth War Loan drive is under way. actually, right now, C. M. Caldwell, Taylor county war bond chairman, declared last night in a statement appealing to the people of the county not to wait but to begin buying bond? especially Series E bonds—right now to meet the county’s quota of $3,395,000.
His statement follows:
“The Sixth War Loan drive is on now. Our government is asking the citizens of Taylor county to lend it $3,395,000. every dollar of which is guaranteed, plus interest. It is asking us to put $1,055,000 in E Bonds, which in my judgment, is the best buy for the small investor. If you keep E Bonds until maturity—IO years—they pay the highest rate of interest of any bond; and you are guaranteed every dollar to be paid any time after 60 days: but surely no pafriotic American in West Texas will cash his bond unless he is in REAL NEED.
“As I read the papers and hear the radio, I believe our young men and women In the service are meeting the most bitter resistance, both in the Pacific and in Europe, that they have ever met. Surely we will not fail them in this hour.
“Do you remember some men who lived tor did they LIVE?) back in 1918. who did not do their duty? Have you felt ashamed of those men all through these 26 years? Do you know of any man or woman who is not buying his share of bonds now? If you do, don’t you have rather a
sympathetic, disgusted, resentful feeling toward such a citizent Friends hadn't you rather pass out of existence just now, than have your neighbors thinking you are a slacker? Have you done your part the past five requests our government has made? Let each of us examine himself closely,! in view of what our young men and women tire doing for mc. for my protection, my home, my happinss, and see if I ran't invest a little more in bonds, the best security I know of. - , •
“Taylor county has been blessed In 1911—good gardens, bountiful crops, fat cattle, plenty of jobs, and to spare. If history repeats herself again, one of these days carli of us is going to look hark and wonder why he did not save more—invest more in bonds, and ask himself the question, ‘What did I do with all that money I made?’
“I think you Taylor county citizens have done pretty good In the past. I could wish that we and each of us would just be more prompt, a little quicker to purchase not wait for someone to ask us to buy. Let each of us buy now. buy all we can now, then buy again.
Nip s Cities
By the* Associated Press
Destruction of an entire Japanese convoy of four transports,
loaded with some 8.(100 reinforcements, and six destroyers in
Ormoc hay on the west central Leyte island was reported late
Saturday by Gen Douglas MacArthur from his headquarters
in the Philippines.
The general said carrier planes from Adm. William Halsey’s
“While the drive proper does not star: until the twentieth of this Third Fleet caught the convoy as it attempted to sneak into
month, every bond bought now counts. I could wish that you would ruth Ormoc port under cover of darkness before dawn this morn-
me. We yes of naval pianos smashed the Japanese transports
I believe the sooner we net nnd do our part, the more it will encourage our , . , ; , , . . r ,
men and women In the service, the sooner we will get them bark home, the] flnd warships and OflJv remnants of ? tie reinforcements reac h*
sooner we will nil return to happiness. Thanks.
fighting near Cegled, 35 miles Iputheast of Budapest, which is on the same line serving Vecses.
Sixteen miles northeast of Cegled, other Soviet units captured Ujszasz, 43 miles east-southeast of ^idapest. These troops were moving along a secondary rail line between Budapest and Szolnok which runs east of the capital to Ujszasz, and then curves southward nine fries to Russian-held Szolnok.
Jaszladany, 45 miles due east of Budapest and seven miles northeast of Uiszasc. also was seized, the Soviet communique said.
^Berlin’s radio commentators termed this Soviet drive the most menacing to Budapest, and termed it an all-out offensive aimed at encircling the capital on the Danube.
U. S. Third Army infantry 4Hnd tanks speared ahead five miles through the German flank southeast of Metz, crossed the Nied river and at one point reached a position 18 miles from the Nazi Saar frontier yesterday, 26th anniversary of the
Abilene Honors Dead, Living Veterans
More than 1.200 returned vet- packed streets
CHICAGO, NOV. ll—(ZP)—China wails from World War II. holding1
disclosed today her ambitions to decorations as high as the Dis-
J tinguished Service cross, featured a participate In postwar International near 45_minute parade through I
air travel and her intention to open downtown Abilene yesterday morn-China skies to other nations. At the j ing as a salute to the dead of both I
commander of the 13th Mod. Tng. Regt., who served for 21 months as commander of a station hospital and as force surgeon on Ascension
same time China took* a stand in line with United States views at the international civil aviation conference.
Kia-Ngau Chang, former Chinese minister of communications and head of a delegation to the conference. presented his country’s views . Island in the Atiantic. at a press conference. He said in brief:
The virtual exclusion of foreign airlines by china before the war j was due to fear of Japanese pene- j tration, and a revised policy would I be adopted after the war. j China is prepared to welcome for-!
I eign operations on a non-discrim- j I inatory basis, with rights to be! granted through mutual under- :
China’s immediate postwar con-
Procoeding the veterans were the color guard and band from the Army Service Forces Training center.
Flags of the Allied nations were carried by veterans of Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candiel command of troops was Lt. j date school at ASFTC.
Col. Wilford W. Wilcox. M. C 1
first World War armistice. . cern will be rebuilding of domestic
The advance units of Lt. Gen. : services, with parallel activity to de-George S. Patton Jr., who marked I velop a network of air services to his 59th birthday yesterday split ■ neighboring countries, and eventually to all the world.
Metz. “Here ms progress is nota- China feels that a major task of Iii the German high command the conference is establishment of
an international aviation authority "with equitable representation services.” However, in the matter of powers for this authority, China’s delegation believes it should be “primarily confined to the technical field, where there Is already a large measure of agreement,” Chang said.
This position closely parallels the announced proposition of the United States.
Holder of the DSC, T-5 Glendon R. Davis was sergeant-major on the staff of Colonel Wilcox. Adjutant on the commander of troops’ staff was Maj. Arthur I Lrjdwick, who as a battalion surgeon and regimental surgeon has served through the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns and holds the Bronze and Silver Stars.
At ll a. rn., just as a group of decorated veterans passed the reviewing stand, the procession halted for a period of silence in honor of the dead of both World Wars.
the German defenders south of [et z. "Here his progress is nota-\M\" the German high command said.
In this sector, the Third Army was wrell beyond the 1918 Armistice Dev battle line. German forces cut off from their comrades south of ]^tz were falling back on that fort-guarded city. Tho U. S. Fifth infantry, bearing down on Pom-merieux, only seven miles from Metz, was about 14 miles away from the U. S. 95th division, which fu^ed forward four miles north of mIcz.
Thp Sixth armored division sent vanguards across the Nied river through Han-Sur-Nied, 14 miles southeast of Metz. Another column reached the river at Lemud, nine miles east of Metz, and was 12 nlies beyond the jump-off positions of four days ago. Doughboy of the 35th division drove ahead frftn Chateau-Salins forest on the Third Army’s right flank.
Although there was no armiger e on any section of the 450-^iile western front, the only other major activity reported was on the U. S. First army sector. where a swaying battle continued in Hurtgen forest southeast of Aachen. jL’O thousand American planes braved bad weather to. hit German oil and steel plants and communications centers. British and Italian-based bombers smashed at .similar targets in Czechoslovakia, Austria ami Italy. Four bombers and one fiijLer failed to return from the raids.
In Italy, the British Eighth Army advanced from captured Forli in the eastern Po vallev was halted by German tanks and infantry outside th-^city at the Ravaldino canal.
Lt. John Little. Abilene Army Air
Tile provisional battalion of overseas veterans was led by Lt. Col. Leo W. Petersen, M. C , who served on New Guinea as a station hospital commander. He is now assistant regimental commander of the 12th Med. Tng. Regt. Following was a colored platoon of overseas veterans, led by Maj. I. C. Edlridge. of the 66th battalion who last year served for nine months in Brazil, South America.
Headed as Queen of the Army was a float representing the Women's Army corps, followed by a detachment of 60 WACs from the regional hospital at Barkeley, led by Lt. Peggy Mitchell.
Other servicemen in the more tan 2,socI soldiers who marched ta|sh,n keep „ hall0WPd
the parade were trainees of the vt4_, j__
59th battalion, led by Maj. George
field chaplain, said a short prayer, Arack; the 66th Mod. Tng. Bn.,
AUSTIN, Nov. 11—fgp)—Ira Polk Hildebrand, professor of law' at the University of Texas, died here today, aged 68, from heart disease.
asking for divine Guidance of our president, civilians at home, for fighting men everywhere and for a lasting peace.
Taps was played and a three volley salute was fired.
The veterans representing many divisions, some of which had trained at Camp Barkeley, wore enthusiastically cheered from the crowd-
band, led by Lt. Col. Garnett Barham; two companies of trainees of the 66th, led by Lt. Eugene J. Toale and Capt. Warren Poden. One of the companies was in field dress with helmet linings, leggings, plsto* belts and armed with rifles.
First in the precession of army vehicles were weasels, M-29C cargo carriers, used in evacuating wound-
BAIRD MOTHER RECEIVES SON'S MEDAL, CLUSTERS
od. Riding on these were soldiers in camouflage dress and simulated casualties. Also wTere jeeps, ambulances, trucks and wreckers.
Barkeley Pauses For Observance
Civilian and military personnel of Camp Barkeley paused for a moment from their labors at ll o’clock Saturday morning in reverence to the honored soldiers who have died in two World Wars.
In an Armistice Day memorium Issued at post headquarters, Col George C. Nielsen, Camp Barkeley commander, declared:
“While exigencies of our employment render it impractical to hold community services at Camp Barkeley for this Armistice Day, we Then Col. Nielsen called on all personnel to pause for a moment from their labors "in reverence to our cherished and honored dead.”
Armistice Day at Camp Barkeley I was also a day of appraisal of the part which the camp has played in conducting World War II.
“While we are not employed in a ; theater of operations where we are in actual contact with the enemy, our services are contributing directly to the ultimate defeat of our adversaries,” Col. Nielsen said. "As part of the Army Service Forces we are, in a large measure, responsible for the efficiency of many splendid fighting organizations, such as the 45th and 90th Divisions.
“These organizations have already demonstrated their determination and combat ability against the enemy. We have likewise contributed to the development of tim lith and
In the next section, of the parade were members of the Parramore
post, American Legirn, Veterans of
Foreign wars, VPW auxiliary.
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The Eagle band from Abilene high school headed the next group made up of the pep squad, the Women’s Auxiliary Training service and representatives from the Junior Red ; Crass and different units of the local Red Crass including Canteen corps of both wars and the USO mobile service.
They were followed by the Wah Wall Taysee Drum and Bugle corps from McMurry college, a car representing the Tuberculosis association, the North Junior high school band. Girl Scouts, nine Gold Star mother;, the Navy recruiters, Navy Mother's club, South Junior high school band, B y Scouts, College Heights band, Cub Scouts, Salvation Army, Rotary
Young Belgian Girl Saves GI
The dav previously Arm J' fliers intercepted another Japanese convoy in the bay sinking three transports and seven destroyers. This loss, however, did not halt the desperate Japanese efforts to put reinforcements ashore on Leyte where the Nipponese are fighting furiously to retain their foothold and protect their position in the entire Philippines.
The Japanese, the original Leyte garrison of some 35,000 men already liquidated, have landed fresh troops In excess of that number since Oct. 25.
General MacArthur '-aid it was clear that the new Japanese commander in the Philippines Gen. Tome", uki Yamashita, “has chosen western Leyte as the main battleground for his supreme effort to crush our liberating forres."
On Leyte lichting fronts spear-hrads of dismounted Yank cavalrymen pushed into the rugged mountains east of Ormoc road. Fighting raged eight miles southwest of Carigara bay, starting point of a , southward drive by the first cavalry division. Doughboys maintained ’ pr* un again? t • ie tubborn Japan* se along the road south of
TEMPLE. Nov. ll m— Tile first
battle casualty, wounded inside Germany, to arrive at McCloskey General hospital, came in today. H*1 is Pvt. Robert F. Arickson of McComb, Miss.
A 39-year-old infantryman, father of three children, Arickson was inducted into the army in January of this year and on Sept. 13 lost his leg during the Third Army's penetration of the Siegfried line from Belgium.
"While I lay there watching the battle, I was approached by a young Belgian girl.
“Ehe pulled me from the ditch and half-carried and half-dragged me to her home some distance away. I will never forget that little girl. She sure saved my life. endrin t have been more than 17, but. by golly, she got me out of danger. She* washed me up and applied
and Lions clubrcars, Abilene In Ii |>owder to my wounds and balu ag- Pinamopoan. alsoon the bay Heavy
BAIRD, Nov. ll— (Sp!.)— Mrs 1
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BI RFA!
MUI IM AND VICINITY: Partly
cloucly Sunday and Monday; cooler Mon-
EAST TEXAS; Parti? cloudy Sunday and Mom'a'. Cooler In extreme northwest portion Monday.
VEST TEXAS: Partly cloudy Sunday and Monday, except showers and cooler Monday in panhandle, south plains and Pecos Valle' westward.
TEMPI R AI I RES
He went overseas In August. 1943 1:2111 Armored Divisions, hundreds of
. . • chot rfn'vti loci lanimrv oo smaller units, and countless thous-
Fred Hart was the proudest mother fehot lAst January 22 over , f indlviHna]s havp ai_
Germany, Sergeant, Hart bailed out ana? 01 ln,1lviau^s , t10 ,
rn Baird today. ! and KstH iistpd bv thr, war dr,tart- r?ady °'w"1 ln th« f!fun' drm?":
In an informal ceremony at her ment as missing in action. Through stratI' ,hclr superiority over our home. Col. Harry Weddington, com- the Red Cross it was learned he mandant, ot the Abilene Army Air was a prisoner of war.
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The Air Medal was awarded “for meritorious achievement whilp participating in aerial flight in th*5 middle eastern theater of operations, having participated in five operational sorties of 2 1-2 hours or
Field, preset ted Mrs. Hart with an Air Medal and four Oak Leaf clusters awarded to her son, T-Sgt.
Jesse c. Hart, 25.
Sergeant I art is now a prisoner of wrar in Germany. He was a radio-gunner on a bomber, serving more duration.” in Africa, M idle East and in Italy. The first and second Oak Leaf He was graduated from Baird high clusters were awarded “for meritor-school in 19 5 and attended Abl- ious achievement while participating lene Christ' n college for three in IO sorties against the enemy.” years. He en sted in October, 1940. The third and fourth Oak Leaf
Sergeant H rt served at Fort Sam clusters were given “for meritorious Houston in ti - medical department achievement in aerial flight while and then w; transferred to the participating in sustained opera-
Furniture Dealers Meet Here Thursday
The Texas Retail Furniture Dealers association will sponsor a district meeting of dealers, their executives and other employes Thursday evening at 6:30 o’clock at the Hilton hotel.
Announcement of the meeting wa? made yesterday by G. W. Waldrop, Abilene furniture dealer, who Is chairman for the session. Various problems of the business will be dis-
school girls' band, Will Watson with a Hnrdin-Simmons university group of riders on six white horses carrying colors of Texas under six flags the Cowgirls of HSU and the sheriff's posse carrying 16 United States flags.
In the reviewing stand in front ct the post office were Col. George C. Nielsen, commander of Camp Barkeley and a group of officers and civilian personnel. They were Col Taylor Darby, commanding of I lier officer of the ASFTC in the absence of Brig. Gen. Roy C. Hefleb war; Col. Frank S. Matlack, Col. Sylvester E. Downs, Lt. Col. B. D. Holland of the Army Service Forces; Lt. Col. R. E. Kelley, Lt. Col. N. W Bolling, Maj. E. R. Farrell, Maj. W H. Eanes, Maj. F. G. Scussoll, Maj. A. P. Malone. Maj. John Buxton and Lt. Thomas McDermott of the sta-
ed them. Then she made hot tea
“Tile boys told me she had saved three others, too. Ive got her picture . . . and I'm going to have it enlarged and put in the front room at home.”
Alleged Altackers Under Indictment
PECOS, Nov. ll— Pi —A Reeves county grand jury, called Into special session here today, returned four indictments against two negro soldiers from Pyote Army Air Field who were charged with rape of two Pecos girls early Thursday.
Two indictments were returned
Army Air For is. He received radio tions against the enemy between cussed.
training in Chicago and gunnery November 15-30 and December 6-28, j Dealers have been invited from training in F.irida. 1943.” I throughout West Central Texas.
tion complement and Capt. A. L against both Pvt. Joseph W. Ogles-Gailey of the regional hospital representing Col. Roy E. Fox. F rom the Abilene Army air field were Maj.
Bob Johnson and Maj. Roy C. Rowland. WAC recruiters Lt. Sarah T.
Barker and Lt. Marian Loft were also in the stand.
Members of the state guard were Col. O. H. Bryant. I.*, Col. John H Alvin and Capt. Themas B Blain.
Others in the stand were Mayor and Mrs. Will W. Hair, R. M. Fielder, commander of the American Legion post and Mrs. Tom McWhirtcr.
A 30-minute concert by the Abilene Air field band preceded the parade.
4,500 Bales Cotton Ginned at Winters
WINTERS, Nov. ll (HW)— Ap-
bv of Philadelphia and Pvt Cyril Adderly of Miami, Fla . the indictments charging that each negro attacked both of the girls.
The girls, aged 20 and 24, underwent treatment at the Pecos Army Air Field base hospital where they are employed. They said they were walking home from a USO dance shortly after midnight Wednesday night When two negro men waylaid them near a warehouse just north of the railroad tracks on the Carlsbad highway.
Pyote Air Field officials said the victims w'ere criminally assaulted.
Road to Berlin
Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Western Front: 301 miles (from
west of Duren).
Eastern Front: 304 miles (from
proximately 4,500 bales of this sea- the Vistula north of Warsaw) son's crop has been ginned here Hungarian Front: 420 miles (.from It is believed ginnings at the close Budapest).
of the season will reach around 7,- Italian Front: 557 miles (from
200 bales. .southeast of Bologna).
i ains slowed operations.
Yank army airmen shot dowrn 19 Japanese planes in bombing sweeps over Visayan islands west of Leyte and in the Ormoc sector.
American aerial bombs, dropped by Superfortresses blasted vital military targets Saturday inside the Japanese homeland and in two major Nippon-occupied cities of China.
A large ta^k force of R-29's, employing secret instruments to locate targets through clouds, were reported by the 10th V. S. Airforce command to have hit the Oniura aircraft factory at Omura, on Japan’s home island of Kyushu. They also raided docks and loading facilities at Nanking and military storage and trans-shipping installations at Shanghai. The bombed areas were termed “targets of vital importance to the Japanese war machine.”
The 20th command 'aid one Superfortress was missing while two Japanese planes were shot down, seven probably destroyed and ll damaged.
Radio Tokyo said 80 Superfort-
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Academy Demands Less Restriction
GALVESTON. Nov. ll — t'jFI— A resolution asking Gov. Coke Stevenson to take action to prevent what it called a curbing of freedom of speech ami of research at Texas institutions of higher learning was adopted by the Texas Academy of Science today.
The academy closed a meeting here with the election of Walter P. Taylor of Texas AAM college as president, succeeding W. L. Wool* rich of the University of Texas.