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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 13, 1945, Altoona, Pennsylvania Stock edition the circulation the Altoona Mirror yesterday was 31,652 Altoona sirt Trot. Flatter All your tin cans before setting them out for the collectors thursday this week. Vol. 60�?no. 231 phone 7171 Altoona pa., tuesday evening March 13. 1945. Twenty two pages Price four cents Battle deaths claim three Blair county a soldiers with three others reported missing threatening to defense along Rhine a after a week More comparative quiet with few Blair county casualties reported the names three killed and three misting from this District were reported to the Altoona Mirror this morning. With one exception All were reported from the european area. In one tragic Case a wife who had waited for a year in Hopes that her missing husband was a prisoner Learned he had been killed. The casualties killed a sgt. Clair a. Ashman aged if 23, husband mrs. Rosetta we Bryan Cashman 607 fourth Avenue Juniata and son . And mrs. William a. Cashman 213 East Plank Road was killed Over France March 26, 1944. A sgt. Howard w. Douglas aged 20, son . And mrs. Howard k. Douglas r. D. No. 2, Hollidaysburg died feb. 28 wounds received in action in Germany. Pvt. Severio p. Mincin aged 23, son . And mrs. Frank Mincin 2411 eighteenth Street was killed in action in Northern France Jan. 26. The missing sgt. Walter l. Bartram jr., son . And mrs. Walter l. Bartram formerly Altoona but now Harrisburg and grandson mrs. J. H. Bartram 1525 second Avenue is missing in Japan since Jan. 8. Pfc. Eugene Snyder son George Snyder Tyrone r. D. No. 3, is missing in action in Germany since feb. 21. Sgt. Alexander a. Witt husband Mary Utley Witt 2004 sixth Avenue is missing in action the second time since feb. 23 in Germany. A sgt. Clair a. Ashman. Almost a year anxiety and suspense ended in sorrow this week for mrs. Rosetta Bryan Cashman daughter mrs. Laura Bryan 607 fourth Avenue Juniata when a War department Telegram informed her that her husbands sgt. Clair a. Cashman aged 23, was killed in action Over France last March 26. K previously the Young staff sergeant son . And mrs. William a. Cashman 213 East Plank Road was reported missing the same Date. The casualty occurred a Bare month after his arrival in England in february 1944. Sgt. Cashman entered the army air corps sept. 18, 1942, and took the first phase his training at the army air forces technical training command school for air plane mechanics at Gulfport miss., in february 1943. He was graduated from aviation Mechanic school at continued Page 14, column 6 great areas americans Are Jap cities 0 to. Laid waste spilt nazi Battle for Berlin about to open in strength Rhineland to for onslaught Ruhr menaced reconnaissance photographs show destruction in Tokyo Nagoya. Where a snub is Good manners Cpl. Virgil Gates killed in actions sgt. Clair a. Cashman killed in action by e. I. Talens to. In. War correspondent Guam March 13. Reconnaissance photographs showed today that super fortresses destroyed More than sixteen and one half Square Miles in the Center Tokyo i and one and one fifth Square Miles -285 City blocks in Nagoya in their two heaviest raids the War Japan. Fifteen fires still were burning in Nagoya Japan s principal aircraft manufacturing Center and third largest City when photographs were taken late yesterday some eight hours after a 2,000-ton b-29 incendiary raid. The remainder the fires kindled in the five Square Milc target arca in the Center Nagoya either had been extinguished burned themselves out. The area levelled by flames totalled 34,300,000 Square feet. Germans Clamp Iron Gen. Hodges men grip martial Law i strike eastward at All capital. R e i e ii Center Remagen Bridgehead. By Brit e w. Minn i. I. War correspondent Paris. March 13.�?lt. It. Kenneth Walker missing in action sgt. Walter l. Bartram . Missing in action red Cross fund is half i Vay to goal buildings destroyed. Specifically the photographs showed 13.6 per cent the total roof area the Aichi aircraft works damaged one main sub Assembly building ruined and thirteen miscellaneous buildings destroyed moderate damage at the Tsukiji Plant the Daido electric steel company the Nissan chemical Plant the Atsuta factory the Nagoya Arsenal and the Sumitomo Light metals Plant. Maj. Gen. Curtis be May commander the 21st bomber command freely conceded that the Nagoya raid was not As successful As the 2,300-ton fire attack Tokyo saturday. He hinted that fast work by fire fighters at Nagoya had limited the destruction. New photographs Tokyo show j third great cd that an additional mile and a i half area in a District previously quot Ith it quot incendiary bomb attack a the Wallich push farther into Germany intelligence divisions constantly remind troops they Are in enemy territory and that friendliness with germans is dangerous. Above sign being posted by Cpl. E. A. Nault Meadow Lake Saskatchewan the Canadian 1st army front is typical warnings. Fiery destruction rained Osaka Fly Robert Misel slate correspondent London. March 13.�?the German High command said Gen. Courtney h. Hodges today that the red army has troops slugged eastward a increased the pressure Ger mile at the Center the Man lines before its Oder River Remagen Bridgehead to Bridgehead about thirty Miles Cay an were threatening due East Berlin. Tie super Highway linking signs that the Battle Ber. A. A a amp an j upper by i nit it in Prfto Washington i. �?T., March is. A hundreds super fortresses showered fiery destruction upon a japanese City today obscured by smoke had been burned out saturday. One out the 300 b-29�?Ts which raided Nagoya failed to return yesterday. One also was lost Osaka. Saturday. Sgt. Rush is free from prison Camp sgt. Edgar Rush aged 32, Well known former Altoona High athlete reported As missing in action july la 1944, and later confirmed As a prisoner War in a Telegram received last August has been released from the German prison Camp according to a War department Telegram received by a brother tyrus r. Rush 2600 Robin Avenue this morning. The Telegram stated that sgt. Rush was among the prisoners released by the russians who Are now taking Over the area in which the Camp had been located. Altoona friends ten Days ago received a letter from the sergeant written in he German Camp. The Mother a mrs. Bess Rush resides at 2015 Union Avenue. The half Way Mark in the Blair county 1945 red Cross War fund Campaign has been surpassed with a total $125,099.88 contributed toward the goal $205,700, As announced today by f. G. Grimshaw general chairman the drive. Quot this years Campaign a . Grimshaw said a finds the largest number Volunteer Campaign workers in the history red Cross appeals cooperating in a Speed up Campaign to save manpower and fill the local quota As quickly As possible. A for two years the people Blair county have responded wholeheartedly to the Call the american red Cross for funds to carry its work overseas with men and women in the service the nation a he continued. A it is my conviction that the next twelve months will be most crucial for All us for whatever turn the War May Tai we americans will continued Page la column 2 six More Blair soldiers Hurt in War action Williamsburg building is razed by fire mated at $15,000 and is e i partially covered by insurance. Several automobiles stored the first floor the building were driven pushed to safety by firemen and other volunteers but a truck belonging to . Graziano was left in the building. Three charges filed against local woman formal charges were preferred today by the City police department before Alderman Francis d. Straney the fifth Ward against mrs. Christine Garland Smith 3148 Oak Avenue who was arrested last week the charge shooting Joe Weller 2021 Oak Avenue four times in the head and who since then has been a patient in the mercy Hospital. The information which was preferred by detective sergeant r. Sell embodies three charges aggravated assault and Battery assault with intent to kill and violation the uniform firearms act. Weller is reported As making Good Progress toward recovery but the hearing in the Case will be deferred until he is Able to leave the institution and give testimony. Apparently no one but the principals witnessed the shooting. The shooting occurred in Weller s truck last thursday evening about 8.15 clock at mansion Boulevard Allegheny Furnace after Waller who is a second hand dealer had made a delivery. The couple had known each other for a Long time and according to his statement they had been a going together a but he told her it was a fall i Over a whereupon she is alleged to j have shot him with a 22-calibre revolver he said he had taken from her some Days before and had it in his truck where she found it. Weller was Able to drive to the Hospital after being wounded. Middle and Pittsburgh pass quota Pennsylvania Railroad employees the Middle and Pittsburgh divisions have met and passed the assigned quota $15,100 in the red Cross War fund Campaign. They crossed their goal line yesterday and from indications the amount will be exceeded. The group workers include officials clerks engine and train service men maintenance equipment and maintenance Way employees residing in Altoona and Blair county. Superintendent h. G. Hostetter the Middle division head continued Page 20, column 3 to six More Blair county soldiers i fire Early this morning destroy wounds in action were the sore lot Elt a a three Story Brick cased build Battle according to reports ing in the Roar a at 315 fir St , 1 Street Williamsburg and owned by 7hh�?os�?zi a Toona Mirror today veto Graziano. Damage i. Eau All but one being injured in the european fighting while Tain that veils the bloody fights the other Side the War opened sufficiently to permit another local name to be disclosed. The wounded were pfc. James Gillam son . And mrs. S. Gillam Box 305, Tyrone was wounded in Germany dec 16. Pfc. Leopold Kuritzky aged 31, son mrs. Minnie Kuritzky 1618 eleventh Avenue was wounded in Belgium dec. 25. A sgt. Robert e. Laws aged 24, son . And mrs. A. B. Laws 412 Cherry Avenue was wounded Luzon recently. Pie. Jess e. Thompson aged 34, husband mrs. Dorothy Hassan Thompson 320 seventh Avenue Juniata was wounded in France Jan. 25. A sgt. Paul e. Tremmel aged 34, son . And mrs. E. E. Tremmel 1322 fourth Avenue was wounded in Belgium Jan 15. To sgt. Frederick Weber jr., aged 36, husband mrs. Nancy Everhart Weber 418 Bell Avenue and son mrs. Louise Weber 1512 fourth Avenue was slightly wounded in Belgium Jan 18. Pfc. James Gillam. Wounded in Germany dec. 16, James Gillam son . And continued Page 14, column 5 the super fortresses attacked a in very Large Force a the 20th air Force announced. That meant that in a a. Or Osaka a War factories got punish the 300-plus plane strike at Tokyo. ,. ?. ,. K j 1 Merit comparable to that handed to Tokyo and Nagoya both which j were hit by upwards 2.000 tons i fire bombs. I b-29�?Ts from Saipan Tinian and Guam participated in the attack. A a super fortresses from maj. Gen. Curtis e. Lemay 21st bomber command today March 14 japanese time carried out in very Large Force an incendiary attack upon strategic Industrial targets in Osaka Japan a an announcement said. A the Mission was similar in form to the strike last Friday against Only Tokyo and sunday against Nagoya the 20th air Force announced at the War department. B-29 aircraft participated from Saipan Tinian and Guam. Further details will be i announced As soon As additional i information becomes i the attack was the second against i. The important Industrial City j the fire discovered at about 3.30 Osaka Campaign for iwo reaches Popup stage Lin was about to begin came from Russia Germany and the Western front. Declare martial Law. An Allied army broadcast quoted a spokesman at it. Gen. Omar n. Bradley s 12th army group Headquarters As saying the nazis had camped an Iron Gimp martial Law All Berlin according to newly captured prisoners. The soviet army journal red Star said a powerful russian War machine stands at the Gates the German capital ready to unfurl the Banner Victory Over Berlin. A German communique acknowledging increased russian pressure in the odor Bridgehead North Frankfurt said hard fighting Ger by i filled pre Guam. March 13. The Twenty three Day Battle iwo neared Tho i Man troops managed to contain the Popup stage today. J soviet pocket. Marines the 5th division Grad i other German broadcasts said rally were crushing the last -1 the russians were fighting to sex the ten Milc the Ruhr Rhineland. Nazi counter attacks. The germans mounted two Small hut Well organized counter attacks against the Eastern rim Tho Bridgehead. One by 200 tank led troops was stopped cold. The other Dent cd the 1st army lines in the Nills cast Remagen bul the americans regained tiny lost ground. First army Headquarters announced that Hodges forces in the South end the pocket Over the Khiva last night captured a High Hill overlooking Hoenninger five Miles Southeast the captured Ludendorff Bridge and commanding a Broad sweep the East Bank the River. United states Shock troops were fighting in the streets Hoenninger and Honnef at the opposite end wide foothold East Gani Zed resistance in a shrinking i pand and join their Bridgehead i the Rhine. Pocket along the North coast Over the odor for a full scale push the tiny Island Only 750 Miles South again Berlin. More than 300 b-29�?Ts hit Tokyo and Nagoya and about the same number apparently went after Osaka. The Marianas based super forts rested Only one Day after the terrific fire bombing Tokyo before hitting the aircraft Center Nago Elock is believed to have started in the rear the third floor. The building was burned Down to the first floor the rear and West Side Walls collapsing outward during the Progress the fire. Williamsburg firemen answered the first alarm and sent a Call to the Martinsburg firemen who responded at once. Firemen were Able to confine the Blaze to the j building itself despite the proximity other structures. The building was erected about Twenty five years ago. The third weather forecast floor was formerly used As apart Washington d. C., March 13. Ments hut had been Unten anted for Western Pennsylvania not so some time. The second floor was j cold tonight. Wednesday fair and continued Page 14, column 4 warmer. Of Tokyo. Probably fewer than 1,000 the original Garrison 20,000 remained i in the pocket Bitt they were fighting to the death against marines armed with flame throwers tanks and guns. Few prisoners were j being taken. Army fighters operating from i the captured air Fields iwo and warships offshore supported the 5th i divisions attacks with bombs and shells. The Campaign along the Northeast and East coasts already was Iii the Popup phase. The 3rd and 4th divisions were rounding up scattered enemy snipers in the Rock ribbed area. Only a single enemy pocket resistance remained by 6 p. In. Yesterday. Army fighters bomber and strafed targets chichi in the Bonin islands North iwo Lima in Tho face intense anti aircraft fire yesterday. Liberators the Lith army air Force bombed installations at Sun j Bachi Para Ushiro and Kataoka Shu Mushu in the Northern the fall Fligstrin thirty eight Miles East Berlin and Anchor the shattered odor River line was expected to Speed the March the German capital. The fortress City was captured yesterday Atter a thirty five Day Battle. Fiscal budget for u. S. Navy shows decline a and skipped Only one Day after Kurline islands North Japan Sun Day. Columns smoke Rose to 15,000 feet after the attack. Taxpayers Rush to file re i i uns that attack Osaka. It was the most furious Pace the Pacific air War to Date. Before smashing at Deputy collectors the internal Revenue department reporting at office in the Central Trust by United pre i Washington i. Cd a March 13. President Roosevelt asked Congress today for a 1946 fiscal year budget $23,719,153,050 for the Navy. This is a reduction More than $4,000,000,000 from the figure for this year. The president also submitted a request for additional contract authorizations $3,088,012,624 for the Navy. About half this i $1,513,012,624, would be new authorizations. The balance would i be continued from the current fiscal year. I the request envisioned a Navy during fiscal 1046 composed a i proximately 3,389,000 men. Marine corps strength was set at 478,000 and the coast guard strength at 173,165. The request indicated that the United states High command in German planes tried thirty times Between i and 6 p. In. To attack the Bridges Over the Rhine yesterday a front dispatch reported. Twelve were shot Down. Bombs bounced lose to the Bridges but missed. The reference to quot Bridges adv patently tended to confirm German reports that the americans had thrown at least two Pontoon Bridges across the River at the Bridgehead to supplement the Ludendorff Bridge. Berlin reported that the americans attacked along a line East Rhein Breitback h and Uhlenberg three and one half and two Miles North the East end the Luden Dorff Bridge after violent artillery prepaid at Ion. The Survey food re leasing stores reveals Airport City no violations Council topic visions full scale naval operations building this morning found a half i the War for at least another a Hundred persons waiting to file i sixteen months. The 1946 fiscal their income tax returns. From 9 i year ends june 30, 1946. Of clock the opening hour to noon total appropriations for the there was a Rush taxable to get 1 Navy in the 1945 fiscal year were under thursday nights deadline about x28,500,000,. In 1944 the cardboard boxes have Cone lit war9 As Well while manufacturing plants arc literally crying tor used paper cardboard and related materials sonic one yesterday carted a truckload pasteboard Cartons to the City dump and burned them. Tile material that went up in smoke in that conflagration could have made hundreds ammunition containers in addition to dozens other important Battle front uses. Patriotic citizens will remember that this is War and that nearly everything that used to he waste material can be used to bring about Victory. Sgt. Winfield Kilgore comes Home after 50 air missions to sgt. Winfield wimpy Kilgore aged 22, son mrs. Katherine Kilgore 1206 Twenty first Avenue and a Veteran fifty bombing missions Over Germany held territory arrived i Home sunday eve inning to spend a h Twenty one Day furlough with his Mother. Holder the air medal sgt. Kilgore last october parachuted to safety from his crippled flying fortress the Crew Landing in Yugoslavia and being cared for by marshal Tito a partisans who spirited them through continued Page 14, column 4 to sgt. Kilgore two Altoon ans Are captives anxiety turned to happiness in two More Altoona Homes today As the intelligence reached those families that their representatives the fighting fronts world War no. 2 Are no longer a a missing but have turned up in German prison Camps. They Are to. J. A Wilter ii. Williams aged 29, husband mrs. Regina Stephens Williams 425 Crawford Avenue. Cpl. Paul we any Mizyn aged 20, son . And mrs. Joseph Wasyliszyn 4103 third Avenue. To j. A Walter h. Williams. Reported As missing in action continued Page 14, column 3 the Price division the Altoona District office Price administration has just announced the completion the March Survey by Price panel aides volunteers who visited food stores in Altoona and the surrounding territory. This Survey was the first Complete coverage food stores since March 1944, and volunteers made a splendid Effort to rapidly cover the entire group within a time limit. This particular Survey differed from the usual monthly Survey in that the merchants were not previously advised As to the Type commodities to he checked. These commodities included meat rib Lamb chops Boneless Chuck roast sirloin Steak Bone Iri beef liver sliced Bacon and roasting chickens. Dairy products butter american cheese. Fresh fruits and vegetables a continued Page la column 7 a similar condition prevailed yes to erday. The Altoona office will be open tonight until 9 clock and also to at a meeting City Council this Morrow night until the same hour and thursday the collectors will he hand until the deadline hour Midnight. Pastor in Hospital. Rev. Or. Frederick w Davis 713 Crawford Avenue widely known As pastor the second Avenue United Brethren Church is a patient at the Altoona Hospital his condition being regarded As serious. Rev. Davis was stricken ill at his Home yesterday morning. He is in a Semi const iou condition at the Hospital. Morning mayor Brumbaugh presented the appointment two men to positions in the police department and he Laid before the body his views regarding the Altoona Blair county Airport at Martinsburg the lease which from the state will terminate july i. The men appointed for police service Are g. W. Buchanan j922 j ninth Street and Roy k. Wilson 815 sixth Avenue. They will fill a j i fancies. Council confirmed the a j ointments and they will go into service immediately for the Custo i Mary probationary period. Their j physic Al fitness was certified by the physician the City civil service \ Board. The meeting today was attended by the mayor and councilmen Guy and z Pearce Jacob Weber and John Calhoun. The Airport subject was brought up when . Pearce presented a report a recent meeting to need Page it column 4 total was about $23,,,. Tile White House in id the principal reductions were approximately $2,000,000,000 in previous estimates the Cost the Navy air plane program Anc a drop about $4,000,000,000 in Cash required for the shipbuilding program. For proposes creation new generals court Hilling is Only Hope operators to halt strike poll temperatures. Thermometers at the Railroad test department building recorded a High temperature 41 degrees yesterday afternoon a Low 31 degrees last night and a temperature 37 degrees at 9 clock this morning. The a infill yesterday afternoon and last night amounted to .16 an Inch in depth. By Harles ii. Herrold staff correspondent. Washington d. Cd a March 13. A court ruling remained today As the Only Hope Southern Coal producers to Block the $300,000 strike pol i the nations soft Coal miners. The product Orsu first Effort ended in failure yesterday when three Federal agencies rejected their request to cancel the scheduled March 28 balloting. There was no immediate announcement plans for an Appeal to the courts although it had been promised previously by Edward r. Burke president Tho Southern producers. Mine operators were i bed ii i cd to continue work a reply to the wage demands president John in. Lewis the United mine workers. Burke asked for a cancellation continued Page 20, column 2 orders by web held advisory by United preen i Washington in c., March 13. The United states supreme court has denied an Appeal for review a Case involving United states Gypsum company a firm headed by Sewell Avery Montgomery Ward executive. United states Gypsum had appealed a United states court appeals decision dismissing a complaint Agai St a War labor Board order. The web ordered the company to Institute maintenance membership and dues checkoff provisions at a Warren o., Plant. The appeals court held that web orders were advisory and not reviewable in Federal courts. The continued Page 14, column 2 by United press it Washington d. A. March 13. President Roosevelt today proposed the creation nine new generals to give tile army its greatest Galaxy four Star officers Active duty in United state Hist Ary he nominated nine lieutenant generals to the temporary rank general. At present there Are Only two generals Active duty and four five Star quot generals the army a those nominated for promotion to four Star rank were Joseph t. Mcnarney Deputy supreme Allied commander in the Mediterranean theatre. Omar n. Bradley commanding general the 12th army group in Europe. Carl Spaatz commanding general the United states strategic air Force in Europe. George Kenney commanding general the far East air forces. Mark w. Clark commanding general the 15th army group in Italy. Walter Kreuger commanding the 6lh army in the Philippines. Brehon Somerville commanding the army service forces. Jacob l. Devers commanding the 6th army group in Europe. Thomas t. Handy Deputy chief staff to Gen. George Marshall

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