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Mediterranean Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 3, 1944, Naples, Naples The stars and stripes june 1944 something hew has been added 88th divisions win Praise in fighting debuts by Edgar Clark stars and stripes staff writer with the 5th the Roar of massed Allied artillery shattered the comparative quiet of the night of May 11 from Cassino to the tyrrhenian and Sig naked the Start of the Battle for something new had been added to the Tunisia hardened american ii corps holding the extreme left sector of the 5th army front from the Hills above ancient Minturn to the outskirts of the Little town of the something new was two fresh 85th and the they had been in the line for a Short period of the Lull which preceded the present push but had not participated in any major action comparable to the present both Are selective service out first to see overseas Bat the service since the entered the War against the both were built around cadres from the National the reactivated May at Camp is commanded by John Al known As the Camp Custer division from Ita world War i training its who come from every state of the Wear patches with cd in Bright red letters on an of the 88th was reformed june at Camp and is commanded by John one of the few High ranking army offi cers to have been graduated from the naval the Baths Insigne is a Blue Cave Cleat shoulder designed to re semble crossed figure the arrival of these two fresh divisions in Italy aroused considerable curiosity among the Doug feet of the Long Battle hardened divisions which saw service in North Africa and Sicily As Well As the older experienced enough to be 210 longer jealous of Battle were glad to see soldiers of such senior divisions in respect to Battle service As the 36th and 45th infantry and All their attached special units greeted the arrival of the infantrymen of the 88th Divide their fax rations on an italian Hillside during a momentary 85th and the 88th much the same As sophomores Welcome the Ani Trual influx of freshmen to col1 siege campuses in the they were Well aware that the new men j had been trained Vita the 1 of Good and in the they saw fresh men still full of that self conf spirit and blow hardness which Battle and ail its misery can Knock out of the the older men wanted to see How the highly trained 85th and 88th would make out when the divisions got Down to the real business of bucking Krant mor minefields and the fresh they know Are re Tiv to join the they passed the now that the new divisions hazing Days at the front Are and now that the High Powers of military Security have Given offi Cial release to the fact that the 85th and 88th have been in action in some of the ways in which these outfits have proved i themselves in Battle can be j at the Start of the offensive were in some respects just As Green As the Veteran divisions used to Many men didst even know the difference Between the Lull in the Mountain Battle which was their proving All staff photos by Martin Harris Newman is a typical Dong foot of the 85th in the army for a year and a the a Farmer is a bar Man Aiad a squad sounds of incoming and outgoing and some would claw aim Lessly into the ground when their own artillery whined two outfits stumbled into a mine j Field above instead of backing out the same Way they had come they froze in their tracks Long enough to catch the Devil from enemy Sloan of the 88th Coulter of the 85th advanced Allied head june 2 Lucien this week disclosed As commander of the american i corps of the 5th is More familiar to the men at the front than to newspaper the 49yearold Texas cavalry Man came to the i corps with a Brilliant record As commander of the crack 3rd Marne Divi Sion through the whirlwind sicilian Campaign and the Early Days of the italian even before the Licata Landing he distinguished himself As commander of the task Force which took port Lyautey in French Morocco and for his part in the Dieppe raid in Landing at Licata with a san task he firmly established the beachhead and then swept on to Lead his division first Palermo then into ims in it Honor Roth r sees know Edse of to dec Arul dam operations gained in mor Occo and lower Sicily enabled him to carry out two end runs which accelerated the divisions race to j switched to the 5th army with i his he led it ashore at Salerno on and kept it battering North for 59 the 3rd spearheaded the initial crossing j of the Volturno and continued the drive up to Mignano where it was pulled out for a his operation As commander of the 3rd was the Anzi Nettuno he was promoted to the i comi Mand in j general Truscott shiny battered leather jacket Ana Riding j boots Are a familiar sight in front1 line positions As is his Canton restaurant of chinos american i boys who run his Field he hns received awards from half n including the of Honor from France and another dug into the j the Southern anchors of the Side of a Hill which was its Tav and Hitler with taking sax casualti6 thousands of krauts and with Mug wounded their flank by failing to keep Good and Low wit Lri their sandbagged these were some of their but even though it May slave seemed disheartening that such obvious lessons Are Learned Only by the incidents had the saving Factor that these Les sons have finally been Well Mem oried by the rest of the men who have now seen what it Means to play for on the plus Side of the books credit the 85th and 88th with smashing of the exact spot where the 5th army main forces and Cao head troops were this Marker was erected last week in of the Emire this but almost of Vears front but for tar men of the 5th it was important because it meant the end the beachhead As such and humid the army into a Force wisc could push pm Rome with greater Siren Solh than i mks of which participated in to a top by the Riany unknown official dispatches reported that the two outfits pushed More than 30 sir Miles in the Doug feet from the greens and inexperienced 85th and 88th were the men who fought their Way out of Over the Busoni and Pepini mountains and took the bitterly con tested towns of Santa Terracina and Sonnino among their Victory Back at the Start of the Offen when infantrymen swarmed up the slopes of Damiano above the an officer from the who had observed the action and had vivid memories of Hill 6q9 in said that these fresh troops pulled off one of the smartest bits of Mountain fighting that i have Ever seen take the enemy held speaking of later scraps along the tyrrhenian another Veteran officer said the new Divi Sions showed signs of being As Good fighting men As Ive Ever seen Many of the men of the 85th and 88th divisions have chalked up distinguished records and won we Learned medals Ana Battlefield All of them have truly won their Battle of the new outfits have had the morale advantage of win Ning steadily and pushing which is always easier than Locking horns in mountains and Muddy holes and being stalled there for Many with the feeling that men Are dying without gaining the 85th and How have shove enough moxie that its pretty certain that if they Ever Havo visit and take i they will do

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