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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 19, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP r or HISTORY AND ARCHIVE OES MO I MES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOLL Aawciatod and United Press Full Leased Wires COP7 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 19 1941 This Piper Consists of Two One NO Zli One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary by W EARL HALL Managing Editor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGLO Mason Cit7 Sunday 4 p n KHMO Hannibal Tuesday p n W6UI City Ihurjdaj p m WOI Ames frtday P m KSCJ Sioui City Friday p m KICD Spencer Friday p m Generous Treatment for Our Fighters A MERICA has a record of grate ful appreciation of her fighting men not equaled or even ap proached by any other na tion on the of the earth This record extends back to the war of the Revolution Within its definitely limited means our government conferred special favors on those who carried the musket in that struggle for nation al independence During and after each succeed ing war there has been a progres sively enlarged manifestation of gratitude as our national capacity to make this gratitude manifest has increased Today it can be stated without reservation or con dition that our defenders are be ing more generously treated than those who have borne arms at any other time in history This is exactly as it should be There is 110 reason in fairness or logic why those who bear the brunt of their dependents be penalized beyond the dangers and discomforts which are inherent for them in war IN this commentary I plan to re 1 view some of the benefits al ready established for our men in our women too of course to mention some of the contemplated benefits awaiting the sanction of law and as vig orously as I can to express a hope that no pennypinching economy will ever be adopted by this na tion with relation to those who to day are doing the fighting and dy ing for us in this war For my information on bene fits already existent I shall be drawing rather heavily on a little pamphlet recently put out by Pub lic Affairs Committee Inc under the title Facts and Tips for Serv ice Men and Women As I perused this pamphlet I kept wishing that it could be placed inthe handsoT every service maivpr service mans family Its a marvelous compen dium of service legislation And the address should you wish to procure a copy is Public Affairs Committee Inc 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York 20 N Y THE point stressed by the pam ALLIED GUNS SHELL CHERBOURG FIGHT TOWARD Summer May mice DMC nu Brmg Vlctory Ulltr DrUt UN 1 pblet is that our government reflecting the American peoples gratitude has provided a multi tude of special benefits and serv ices for its fighters They range from shows and dances and sight seeing tours to getting married by the chaplain and having a baby at SAIPAN ISLAND U S Warships Bombard Guam Destroy 50 Jap Planes in New Guinea V S Fleet Headquarters Pearl Harbor fP American soldiers and marines fighting their way through hot canefields halfway across Saipan island in the Mari anas after repelling Japanese as saults by tanks and by landing craft drove down toward the is lands principal harbor and naval base at Magicienne Bay Monday Slightly more than 100 miles southward American warships bombarded Guam heavily for the first time in the war Adm Ches ter W Nimitz in aunouncing that this former American base had been shelled last Thursday gave no indication as to whether an invasion was in prospect Fifteen hundred miles to the south just below the equator Mit chell medium bombers and escort ing P38 fighters temporarily neu tralized Japans last remaining ef fective airbase in New Guinea They destroyed 50 enemy planes at Sorong and sank 5 enemy mer chantmen and half a dozen small er vessels Nimitz also announced that army Liberators and navy Ven turas bombed Matsuwa Para mushiro Shimushiri and Shu mushu islands in the Kurile chain Wednesday and Thursday and shot down one of 34 intercepting planes Radio lokyo reported that hun dreds of bombers andfighters at tacked Iwo island inthe Kazan group 750 miles northwest of Sal pan Friday American planes raided the Kazan and lands forthe first tim nesday destroying 47 Japanese planes and sinking or damaging moire than a dozen ships or small water craft The Saipan beachhead estab lished by marines with the sup port of array infantry units at last reports extended from Agingan Point on the southwestern tip where the Americans landed last Churchill London Minister Churchill in a speech delivered at the Mexican embassy 4 days ago and permitted to be pub lished only Monday said the months of this summer may bring full success to the cause of freedom He said the invasion of Nor mandy was a great tactical sur prise to the Germans who did not know it was coming until they saw the ships and it may be that events occur lit the next few months which will show us whether we are soon to be re leased of the curse which has been laid upon us by the Germans The Invasion was launched in full accord with the Russians and the decisions reached at Te heran he added and although the execution of the plans adopted there is far from being complete it is being steadily unrolled and the months of this summer may by the victories of this allied cam paign bring full success to the cause of freedom Touching on political aspects ol the war the prime minister said efforts were being made to achieve permanent cooperation and to build up an organization which after this war will strengthen the bands between al our nations and will succeed it preserving peace We look forward to the fu ture in which the rights of smal nations will be upheld and pro tected and in which the strong will use their power under thi the t Yankees 8 Miles From Great Port Corridor Widened By WES GALLAGHER Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Gen Omar N Bradleys American troops squeezed within 8 miles of Cherbourg Monday and shelled the strategic port with their big guns Monday night Steadily strengthening their hold all across the peninsula the Yankees turned back a single lesjXirate German attack to break out of the trap struck oui both north and south to CONQUERING YANKS ENTER SHATTERED over the wreck age caused by their big guns American troops march through a ruined street in Caren tan France after the enemy had been driven from the strategic town Devastation was heavy since the battle for possession of the town was a seesaw affair Our forces are now striking out strongly from here in an effort to cut off the Cherbourg peninsula law for the protection of weak Whether the Germans are do feated this year or next the Brit ish and peoples wil never falter or withdraw thei hands from the task which the have undertaken he declared Together with our allies we will1 to the end and the end will terrible for our Iocs ftie TSngeif t ffefr striiggle tinues and the longer this 7 war Is pro tracted 1 Referring to the inconvenience caused the diplomatic corps by re strictions on communications to preserve secrecy Churchill said the lives of a million men may be engaged now on both sides of the present struggle in France Announce Change in Plans for Sale of Tickets for 5th War Loan Dance at Surf absolutely no cost There are many more things that G I Joe can get for a great deal less than the average civilian He can buy insurance at lower price and ride on trains for half fare He can even take college courses at the same time he Is in service at half the tuition he would nomally pay Because he can do his best job only if he is freed from worries about his personal problems ar rangements have been made to take care them in large measure Emergency loans and medical aid will be given to his family if there is the need He can get free legal aid and can postpone his debts and taxes until alter he leaves the service in some justifiable circum stances And so on down the line Merely making these benefits and services available however isnt enough The important thing is that soldiers sailors marines coastguardsmen WAVES WACs SPARS and all others who are eligible should know what is avail able for them and utilize it to the fullest Thats what counts IT has been calculated that even the humble private in the rear rank in this war gets an equiva lent of about a month with dental and medical care and all other incidentals considered This pay of course is Increased by certain kinds of assignments per cent extra for overseas Uity a certain amount extra for arachute duty flying and sub iarine duty etc Officers pay scale is on a dif erent basis from that of enlisted personnel with extra amounts lor rent subsistence and the like In line with this officers must pay all their own living costs even to buying their own C rations when they are jn the field Officers wives and families get no allow ances unless the officer arranges to have a regular allotment de ducted from his salary each month Allotment for family dependents counts much for the enlisted man That the soldiers chow is better balanced than that to which he is accustomed is suggested by the fact that the average trainee gains between 6 and 8 ponnds dur ing his first few months in and not from lack of exercise THE actual salary received by enlisted men amounts to little more than spending money With a few exceptions such as laundry razor blades and G I haircuts Tan to 2 Wednesday miles up the west coast almost to Garapan the is lands largest town Japanese units strongly counter attacked with tanks before dawn Friday after the Yanks had pushed north and east for 2 miles and captured the coastal village and airstrip of CharanKanoa and the inland town of Hinashisu more than halfway across the is land j Holding staunchly the Ameri cans forced the enemy back in flicting heavy casualties and knocked out 25 Nipponese tanks Early Saturday the Japanese at tempted new tactics a landing as sault south of Garapan Headquarters said the attempt was smashed and 13 troopladen enemy barges destroyed There was no indication whether the barges came from Saipan where an estimated 30000 Japanese are entrenched or from Tinian island 3 miles to the south American warships shelled the island in support of the invasion BUTCHER DIES FROM WOUND lowan Pierces Side When Knife Slips Webster City Lacy Jr 57 year old meat market em ploye died from loss of blood Sun day after a knife he was using slipped pierced his side and sev ered an artery and vein He died enroute to a hospital Services will be held Tuesday He was survived by his widow and 5 chil dren DROWNS AT WATERLOO Waterloo H Engle man 80 drowned in the swollen waters of the Cedar river late Sat urday when lie slipped from th river bank while inspecting the water level He was on the bank less than 100 feet from his home A change in the admission ticket plan to facilitate the hand ng of large crowds at the 5th arloan dance at the Surf ball oom in Clear Lake Tuesday eve ning has been announced by the ar bond committee In the advance publicity cov ring this dance for which the oast guard band will play it was ated tickets would be available nly at the door Tuesday night Because of the possible conges on under such a plan a change D the following procedure was nnounced Saturday night Starting Monday and continu g through Tuesday dance tick ts may be obtained at any of the ssuing agents in Cerro Gordo ounty The purchase of a tend or a bond of larger dcnomi lation in the E series will entitle he purchaser to 1 ticket for uesday nights party Under his arrangement it will not be necessary to wait until arrival at he Surf before obtaining the ad nission ticket All the banks and postofficcs in erro Gordo county are issuing agents In addition to these the ollowing also are issuing agents Peoples Gas and Electric com pany B and B Shoe store Dam Inc Vance Music company batons CurrieVan Ness com pany Kresge Dollar store Mer cers Montgomery Ward and company Firestone store Home furniture store Mter Wolf and Sons Decker Brothers Sporting Goods store Hotel Hanford Carl Grupp Food store Sears Roebuck and company Sam Baizes Depart ment store F Woolworth com pany and the Klipto Loose Leaf company Any person who has bought a or larger E bond since the 5th war loan campaign opened June 12 is entitled to a ticket for the dance at the Surf Tickets may be obtained at the Surf Tuesday night on the purchase of a bond The bond committee how ever urges purchase of bond and obtaining of ticket in advance 500 PLANES HIT ROCKET COAST Increased Nazi Use of Horse Vehicles Observer By GLADWIN HILL Supreme Headquarters Allied expeditionary Force S icavy bombers 500 to 700 slron fammeredjJFTitlers virtiethoriib aunchingarea at Pas de Calais as more of the pilotless explosives hurtled over into Eng and and other big allied planes SPARKY the Coast Guard band plays at the Surf in Clear Lake on Tuesday you will be introduced to Sparky Nickels trumpeter He is one of the entertainers in the floor shows staffed by the dance orchestra section of the coast guard band WHERE YANKS FIGHT ON indicate where American assault forces landed on Saipan in the Japaneseheld Mariana islands 1500 miles from Tokyo and are fighting ahead Weather Report FORECAST tason City Fair and continued cool Monday night Tuesday fair warmer in afternoon Iowa Partly cloudy Monday aft ernoon followed by fair Mon day night and Tuesday Dimin ishing winds Monday followec by low humidity and gentle to moderate winds Tuesday Warmer Tuesday Minnesota Fair Monday night am Tuesday Cooler east portion Monday night Warmer Tues day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 80 Minimum Sunday night 50 At 8 a m Monday 52 Hain 2 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 85 Minimum 68 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 89 Minimum Saturday night fi6 At 8 a m Monday 74 Hain YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 04 inch 80 58 widen their cordon and cap tured Bricquebec only 11 miles south of the southern edge of Cherbourg The Americanheld zone across the base of the peninsula has grown to twice ils width since Sunday it was said Dispatches from Gen Sir Ber nard L Montgomerys 21st army roup headquarters said as many s 50000 Germans may have been caught in the Cherbourg let The nazi attempt to break out vas made at a point about 13 miles due south of the port The Germans lashed out in the darkness in a heavy local attack icar SI Jacques de Nehou but were thrown back with heavy osses Toward the eastern flank of the 116 mile Normandy front Bril sh forces battled into the north ern end of shelltorn TillySur Seulles with the Germans stil holding in the southern part o the town between Bayeux and Caen Lt Gen Omar N Braclleys troops laying siegeto Cherbour after thrusting a 1 mile wide cor ridor clean across the peninsula now are building up strength to the next step supreme head tuns may give the a quarters said I ispnlch of a single ship to the icachhciid On the beachhead side the Ger nan nir force virtually had disap peared which might be an indica ion that Marshal Erwin Rommel vas conserving his forces for an llout attack As for the drive oil Cherbourg t may be recalled that Bradley vas iti command of the 2nd corpsf vith the 9th division as the spear icad at the time it smashed iirouch to take Bizerte last year country very much like that hrough which he 9th drove the last few days to reach the At lantic German troops in the Cher bourg area ore not ol the highest quality and they have been us ing many horse drawn guns many of which have been knocked out by allied strafing planes The Germans have a strong perimeter defense around Cher bourg and undoubtedly Hitlers orders will be to hold on lo the last There is no chance for the German gariison to escape since the allies control all sea and air routes The Germanheld channel is lands which have many heavy guns may give the allied western but struck heavily at German bases in southwestern France Fighterbombers attacking at MERCURY DOWN TO 45 IN INWOOD Heavy Rains Increase Southern Iowa Floods DCS Moines slept mder blankets Sunday night and vore top coats to work Monday as unseasonably cool weather pre ailed throughout the state The weather bureau forecast hat the cool weather would con inue Monday night but that it would be warmer Tuesday after noon The lowest temperature VIonday night was 45 al Inwood Sundays high was 93 at Kcokuk in Des Moines the minimum dur ng the night was 55 and the mer cury dropped lo 51 by 10 a m Meanwhile heavy rains in the Des Moines river valley caused flood waters to spread at Eddy ville and Ottumwa The weather bureau said stages would be higher than forecast originally The rivei was believed to have reached a crest at Tracy Monday morning when the stage reachec 188 feet Flood level is 14 feet The bureau said a crest ol nearly 21 above flood love be reached at Eddyvillc Tuesday and a peak of approxi mately 15 6 above Ottumwa early Wed nesday the rate of 1 a minute drove home i 3 ply assault in direct support of the invasion forces One wave pounded trapped German forces on northern Cherbourg peninsula Another battered communication routes to the southeast over which he nazis were trying to reinforce Iheir armored divisions in the TillyCaen sector The third stream bombed the area north of Paris disrupting enemy rein forcement lines The American heavy bombers slashed at rocket installations after a night assault by the RAF in which 1 plane vas lost and a raid in the same area Sunday by 250 big U S bombers Other formations hit airfield targets including BordeauxMer ignac Cazaux west of Bordeaux and Corne Ecluse near the coast west oE Cognac A rare stretch of bad June weather still was hampering air operations Fighterbombers blasted to pieces 1 concentration ot several hundred Germans Col Domalcl akcfilcos J S Mustang group w what looked like a big pro cssion of citizens out for a ride in lorsc shays but when the pilots buzzed the cavalcade for a loser look German soldiers dived or cover The ammunitionloaded shays were sent up in a string if firecracker explosions while German guns laid a heavier shell barrase on American held Car en tan stronghold near the eastern base of Cherbourg penin sula Other Americans on the north eastern end ot the line choking off Cherbourg fought toward the port from the Montcbourg area 14 miles to the southeast Berlin radio said U S forces had made a slight advance in the direction of Valognes southeast of Cherbourg 10 miles indicat lorses ields The scampered across the Germans apparently are making increased use of horse drawn vehicles indicating per haps a shortage of motor vehicles or necessity of using horses to go over or around battered roads More than 1300 American heavy bombers hammered oil re MARSHALL AND ARNOLD IN ITALY Rome Wj Gen George C Marshall and Gen Henry H Ar nold have visited Rome and thi Italian front conferring with al lied military chiefshere ing the German stronghold ot Montebourge possibly is being by passed Local advances wore scored on other sectors of the beachhead headquarters said The Americans quickly broad ened the corridor flung across Cherbourg peninsula The trapped Germans appeared to have the choice of fighting to the death or surrendering The spearhead of Lt Gen Omar N Bradleys spectacular drive to capture this big port de veloped by Napoleon was the U S 9th division Capture of a French naval base would be av old story for this division for the 9th broke through German de fenses to take Bizerte Tunisia 13 months ago under Maj Gen Man ton S Eddy United Stales forces that sev ered the peninsula were bus widening their breakthrough pail to the Atlantic coast which even Sunday night was 7 miles viclc They were driving the German down toward La Haye clu Puitr big road junction 7 miles sout of St Sauveur le Vicomte int what appeared to be another trap for one American transpeninsu lar spearhead has been within miles of La Haye for several day If this spearhead takes the town of La Haye the Germans in tha area will be in another pocket between St Io DOurvillc and the Atlantic coast A 3rd American column under Bradleys command struck south of Lison to within 6 miles of St inerics and storage plants in the rlamburg area and 3 enemy air dromes in northwest Germany Sunday while 250 other heavy sombers pounded the Pas dc Ca lais area The Germans hurled more winged bombs at southern Eng land Monday carrying their at tack with these new weapons into its fitth day The western air war now has developed into a 3 sided battle with allied air units engaging in a crosschannel duel with Ger man rocket bombs maintaining ceaseless support of the invasion troops in Normandy and mount ing strategic attacks on the reich itself o far American and British bat have been able to deal vith any coastal defenses en ouiitered While the Germans were ex ected to attempt destruction of le port of Cherbourg they are nlikely to prevent its use by the ies The naval docks especial y are hewn out of solid rock and icre is little the Germans can do gainst these Meantime the 9lh divisions uciden breakthrough to the sea ver difficult country caught nany officers at supreme head quarters by surprise It had been xpected the Germans would re act more violently The nazi 77th division sought ieterminedly to break vas cut to pieces by American as sault forces STRONG WINDS WHIP CHANNEL Conditions at Sea Are Reported Extremely Bad London wind rose swiftly in the Strait ot Dover and by noon was blowing n gale from he north with jousts registering up lo EiO miles an hour Conditions at sea especially in midchannel were extremely bad us the gale piled the sea into a mass of high broken waves There were occasional sunny in Icrvals with improved visibility but temperatures remained low The wind was coming from one of the worst possible quarters for allied unloading operations on the beaches of Normandy Lightning Kills Iowa Farmer Planting Com Chariton Williams 60 farmer near Oakley Iowa was killed by lightning Sunday after noon while planting corn Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Lo important rail and highway junction in the Vire river valley 42 air miles south of Cherbourg Almost all the advances on the Normandy beachhead reported Monday by supreme headquarters were on the American side except at TillySurSeullcs 11 miles west of Caen where a British division broke through German defenses in a small breach ami was fight ing in the streels of Tilly All along the rest of the beach head front there were brisk small actions as Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomery allied ground com mander built up his forces for a typical Monty punch backed up by thousands ot big guns Beach areas were quiet with the wind at force 2 and unload ing of men and materiel proceeded at a rapid rate One officer returning to Britain said that it was quieter behint the lines on the beachhead than in southern England where the Germans sent over hundreds o rocket bombs causing casualties and damage particularly among the civilian population But in 6 days of incessant bom bardment with the new weapon 1 the Germans had failed to halt the FRENCH CAPTURE 23RDS OF ELBA Nazis Offering More Resistance in Italy Rome colonial bat alions captured Portoterraio and low hold the greater part ot thi Island of Elba headquarters an nounced Monday while on Italian peninsula mudspattered allied troops made gains on both flanks and in the center of their line taking Assisi the birthplace of St Francis A field dispatch said the French had seized more than twothirdi of Elba Before taking Portoferraio the capital on the north coast the French captured Napoleons villa Fifth and eighth army troops in Italy are meeting increasing re sistance as they drive the Ger mans back toward the PisaRim ini line but more villages have been taken and strong pressure is being exerted ngainst the stub born German garrison at the cen tral sector road hub oE Perugia 85 miles north of Rome and about 78 miles southeast 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