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 - Brownsville Man Relates Story On Hero Barney...
Brownsville Man Relates Story On Hero Barney Retired Navy Chief Tells Of Personal Friendship ny T'KKKY YOUNG , Herald Sports Editor Barney 'Ross' new fighting career in iife may bring national prominence to the ex-pugilist, but according to Harry H. Kessell, 33 McKinzie Road, "he couldn't get ton much publicity." a retired navy man, the most enjoyable month of his career the fighter, when he was brought Into a hos- pjial in New Zealand. KcFsell read a United Press account of Ross' new movie "Monkey On My Back". The story is about thp light that P.o?5 hnri lo ovrrome narcotics a f t e r a \vell- nTMtiin^ medic tried to help his nui'arb with a dose of morphine. RORS said in his account that he could'never do without them afler that, and began to steal frc.nn the medics. Old Fighter Kessell looked through his old files and found the above picture of himself and Ross together afler the latter was able to walk. T knew nf Barney from his fifjhtmff ability before the war, and had watched him fight sev pral times, but never 'knew him personally u n t i l ' he c K m e to camp," Kessell said. 'Word spread fast around (he (or talking aboul himself, never played the hero role." Kessell continued, "One thing 11,0115!,, he never was given the credit due him. 1 knew him before the war in Ihe ring and now 1 saw him again in a new fighting uniform and the same spirit". "Utlle did I expecl that a guy Iliat made a name through his fighting power in Ihe slates, would again be well-known throughoul Ihe South Pacific because ol his anie fighting spirit, plus a love or his fellow man and the United States," continled the 54-year-old Mel Again "I saw him again when I returned lo the U.S. in 1945. He was rcfereeing a fight at the Marine Base at San Diego, California am vc got together for a few olc Imes", he said. 'Since then I have received a 'e\v letters from him; but, upon reading the story in the Heralc I thought ol the long way back to he top he came. From the light- ng ring to a foxhole and then into camp when he was being brought In to the Mobile Hospital, since he was truly a famous person both In Ihe ring and in the war'" Kessel! continued. "We had heard » lot about his war experiences alone. The nigh before they brought him to us he bad alayed behind in a foxhole with three wounded comrades to keep them safe." Raid Shape "The next day they found hirr In the hole, with enemy dead all around the outside. He was really In bad shape himself and was brought to the Mobile Hospita Number four," continued Kessell Kessell explained that the mobile unit was used to patch up the wounded and get t h e m wel enough they could travel lo the states and better equipped hospi tals. When he was brought into the ramp, Kessell took off his duties to visit the ex-fighter. (Kessell held the rank of a Chief Carpenter's mate and was K veteran o( both wars.) "He must h»y« gone through hell out there In the war, because when he came to the hospital, both hands and wrists were shattered from shrapnel. The worse part of bis trouble was not in the wounds though, since he had malaria also," Kessell said. Good Friend "I Introduced myself and told' him of my following during his lights, and started a wonderful friendship with a man that had won two world championship fight titles," he said. "Alter we got to know each other and Barney could walk around the area, I took him to the races and things. He wasn't much * * a hospital where five blanke vere kept on him d u r i n g malaria attacks. Now vip into a now realm with battle-scared bands, a silver slar on his record and a rosy life ahead of him", concluded Kes- Sports Briefs CHARLESTON, S.C. (UP) - A iome-and-home basketball series between The Citadel and Memphis State has been arranged for nexl season. The Bulldogs will play ai Memphis Stale Dec. 16 and wit 1 entertain the National Invitation Tournament finalists here Feb. 1 OCEANPORT, N,J. (UP)--Nine teen stakes, carrying 5510,000 in added money, will be staged dur ing Monmouth Park's 50 - da meeting, June 11-Aug. 7. Heading the stakes program is the 5100,000 Monmouth Handicap July 13. CHICAGO (UP)--Jackie Collum Ihe Chicago Cubs' left handed re lie! pitcher, has been fined $35 fa directing abusive language at um pire Stan Landes during Wodnos day night's game at St. Louis. The penalty was imposed by Warren Giles, president of the Nationa League." LONDON (UP) -- Queen Eliza beth emerged as the leading mon ey-winning owner during Britain' 1956 racing s e a s o n . Thorough breds representing the royal fam ily earned J26.07S last year. OWLS BEAT AGGIKS HOUSTON (UP) - E.il Tcjm turned back Texas AM on fou hits while Rice was getting by will, three Friday for a 1-0 South west Conference victory. Tlie Owls scored in the sccow on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, ant a sacrifice fly. The well and the wounded Kessell and Koss in New Zealand. Tulsa To Host s Carnival Sport* TULSA April 27 IUP)~Tulsa. representatives of the schools University will be host for t h e j vv ;n hold meetings during the car- three-ring Missouri Valley Confer-1 n j va | cnce spring sports carnival Mayj 9-11. ; I Up for grabs In the carnival will be championships in the 47th annual track and field meet, 39th annual tennis meet and 10th annual golf meet. Not since 192S has the confcr- icc had 10 learns eligible for the carnival as it docs for the forthcoming event, Tulsa officials said. Following 1328, the Valley has had between five and eight members. Ten Member Schools Currently, with Ihe University of Detroit retaining membership until completion of the spring semester, there are 10 schools in Hie Valley family, Including Tulsa, Oklahoma AfcM, Cincinnati, Brad- Icy, St. Louis, Drake, Wichita, Houston and Norlh Texas State. Each team will be allowed 19 trackmen five golfers and five tennis players, which would swell the total number of contestants to 200. Oklahoma AM's cinder team won the 1056 track and field mcel for the 16th consecutive lime and is a favorite to repeat this year, Defending Champion QUESTION

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  1. The Brownsville Herald,
  2. 28 Apr 1957, Sun,
  3. Page 11

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