6 JULY 1945
IW UMIFOflM SIXTH AHMY GROUP, Cer- nany.--Operating as a fighting lam of tanks, armored infantry, Jid field artrllery, Combat Com- nand "B" of 12th Armored "Hellcat" "Hellcat" Divisron played a leading role in sparking the U. 'S. Seventh Army's sledge-hammer b l o w s against Hitli'r's Third Reich in the final stages of the war. In the beginning of the American American offensive to the H'nine, Combat Combat Command "BV primary objective objective was to reach the bridges He has been transfc rred the Naval Air Station at Bunker Indiana, for primar; flight training. training. Cadet Matthews giaduated Dunbar Township jligh School in 1941, was employed by the Anchor Plocking Glass Corporation, Corporation, then in 1S43 attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he captained ihe Sectional Basketball Team. ABOARD A U. ,s. CARRIER before the Germans could destroy! OFF KYUSHU, June 8. them. It av eraged 20 to 25 miles 1;lycd) -- Clalr Costcllo, seaman, aged day in its swift armored thrusts to the Rhine, cutting off many of the German escape routes. Reaching the ancient cathedral city ot Spcyer on the west bank of the river, Combat Command second class, USNR, whose wife and children, Clifford R., Lorene Lea, and Clair E. li\ e at 48 Gibson terrace, Connellsville, Pa., learned how complelcly the Pacific Pacific has been transfer med into American duck pond today when B ran mto some o! ,ls toughest hls sh one of tho N , g m j opposition. The enemy was using L CS)t camel . stoameci toward the the town as a last stand before | J a p homeland, knocked on the retreating across the R'hine, and covering his escaping units with door -- and got no answer. Belated antiaircraft fire greeted every available means. Anti-air- this carrier's planes when they craft guns, previously used in a puny effort tn counter the massive Allied air a'tccks, were lowered and fired mui derous, raking bursts at the ground troops. struck the key Jap naval an station at Kanoya in southern ,shu, but not a Jap dared take j t h e air or U sea tn meet I American challengers This Carrier's rnruation into the combat area haci long been Armored infantry dismounted from half-tracks and knocked out the flak-guns. Combat engineers,! awaited by her crc-v and her ordnanccmen and medics, closely i Captain. Yesteiday the rumors supporting the fighting team, I began to circulate that this was be "the" day. That something was in the was indicated by the massed carriers, battleship, cruisers and destroyers destroyers churning up the Pacific. Crewmen remained outwardly calm. They checked battle gear and wrote thought ul letters home, but for the mo^t part went about their tasks as usual. They shined shoes, stole brief naps, tried to bribe extra pie the baker or merely tat around and talked. This morning thini; began to happen. The call for "general quarters" brought men racing moved into the city to remove demolitions, evacuate and repair partly destroyed tanks, and care for the wounded. After crossing the Rhine, the Hellcat Division, part of General Jacob L. DevetV Sixtn Army Group, began its long push across southern G e r m a n y to be in on the final kill of the Wehrmacht. Among members of Combat Command "B" are: California--Sergeant Walter A. Emeola. Clarksvillc--Sergeant Joseph A. Sevec.