Account of Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc

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Courageous American Rangers Silence Deadly Nazi Shore Battery, Nearly Half of Them Die By LEWIS HAWKINS ABOARD ADMIRAL HALL'S FLAGSHIP, OFF NORMANDY, June 9 (Delayed) CP) Before D-day D-day D-day there was a battery of six big guns planted on a cliff of an insignificant bit of Normandy protruding protruding out into the bay of the Seine. These former French long-range long-range long-range rifles were capable of throwing throwing six-inch six-inch six-inch shells 10 or more miles out to sea and directly into the area in which transports were to gather for the start of the invasion. invasion. 1 Those guns never fired a shot for Hitler and this is the story of how they were silenced by courageous courageous American rangers. RANGERS DID JOB U. S. planes and warships pulverized pulverized the point of land on which the battery was located, but the guns were knocked out mainly because because about 200 rangers climbed the cliff, overcame the guns' defenders defenders and held on for three days in as splendid a show of dogged courage as American fighthing men ever have displayed anywhere. anywhere. The rangers who went on this assignment were companies D, E and F of the second ranger battalion. battalion. Out of about 200 who started out, there were approximately approximately 70 left on the shore when I talked to them today. .Of the others, between 30 and 40 had been wounded and evacuated to England. The rest nearly half the original contingent were dead. These green men well trained, but not battle baptized were given a tough job. Things went wrong and hell broke loose around their heads, but they stuck in there and they did their job. The plan called for these three companies to land at 6:30 a.m. immediately after the D-day D-day D-day bombardment bombardment ended and to scale the cliff, then to send a signal flare to the remainder of the second ranger battalion waiting offshore. In the absence of a signal, within 30 minutes the waiting units were to presume that the landing force had not been able to get in and were to join the infantry infantry in landing on a beach about three miles east. Partly because the naval bombardment bombardment had so completely altered altered the face of the cliff, the leading leading ranger boats missed the point which was to be attacked and swerved to the east until Lt. Col. Earl Rudder of Eden, Texas, hefty former Texas A. and M. footballer, ordered the course reversed. NEARLY HOUR LATE They got back to the designated point, but the operation was nearly nearly an hour behind schedule. Using rope ladders and fighting through grenade and rifle fire from the top, the men scaled the cliff within within 20 minutes. The signal for reinforcements reinforcements was fired, but already already they had gone to other beaches to fight towprH th point by land. As soon as they hit the top, and before the defenders had time to turn themselves fully toward the cliff, Company D, commanded by Lt. George Kerchner of Baltimore, Md., headed down the road leading leading from the base of the point looking for guns. They fought through, knocking out snipers and some pill boxes on the way. Then at about noon Sgts. Jack Kuhn of Altoona, Pa., and Len Lomell of Point Pleasant, Md., found four guns emplaced along a tree-covered tree-covered tree-covered lane half a mile from the point. Quick shots disposed of the guns' defenders, and thermite bombs in the breeches put them out of action. action. The remainder of the company company came up, but the Germans, getting organized now, drove them away from the useless cannon. Return Return to the point now was impos sible for the group that had been reduced to fewer than 20 men and so, as Kerchner said, they spent the next two days "shootin' and sweatin' " in a hedgerow with a ditch running down the middle of it. Meanwhile F company, under Lt. Robert Arman of Lafayette, Ind., pushed some 300" or 400 Hollywood Actors Help Mrs. Gleason LOS ANGELES, June 11 UP) Hollywood celebrities rallied around to help Mrs. Lucille Webster Gleason, wife of Actor Jimmie Gleason, win the Democratic Democratic nomination for slate assem bly in her district in the May primary, primary, her expense account disclosed disclosed today. They contributed $2,273, she reported to the county recorder, of which $2,245 was spent. The Musicians' Protective association gave $250, Boris Karloff $200, Edward G. Robinson $100, Edward Edward Arnold $25, Harpo Marx $25, Mr. and Mrs. Pat O'Brien $15 and Earl Carroll and Producer Producer Sol Lesser $100 each. S. S. Carole Lombard, Honored by British WASHINGTON, June 7 (IP) New honor attached to the name Carole Lombard today. The war shipping administration ' disclosed that the Liberty ship Ca-! Ca-! Ca-! role Lombard, named after the: film actress who was killed in a! plane crash while on a war bond selling tour, has been commended by the royal navy for rescuing survivors of a British freighter. yards toward the base of the point to view the German billet Sgt. William Petty of Cohutta, Ga., mowed down dozens of the enemy with a Browning automatic rifle. . GOT ABOUT 30 "I guess maybe I got about 30," he said. "I'd let them get along the patch quite a way from the house, then I'd let them have a burst from the bar and wait for some more. I guess they finally had enough because seven of them came out and surrendered." Despite the difficulties, the rangers took between 40 and 50 prisoners, including some Italians and Poles. Pressure became too strong in the advanced position, so Company F withdrew late in the afternoon of D-day D-day D-day to the edge of the cliff, joining Company E under command command of Second Lt. Ted Lapres, former Dartmouth hockey star from Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill. In a pocket 500 yards long and 50 yards deep around the tip of the point, these boys held out through Tuesday, Wednesday and until midday Thursday, when other rangers and infantry came in from the east. If holding this cliffside pocket had been merely a matter of standing off frontal attacks by machine-gun, machine-gun, machine-gun, machine-gun, mortar and artillery fire, it would have been tough enough for the rugged little band, but the position had several tunnels tunnels which enabled the Germans to take a shot and then, while the Americans were looking for them, pop out of another tunnel off to the side or even behind them. A at the mans pre-nared They bombing desDite mortar by been A has Only which land Coten-tin infantry, pasture milking Our are the crash bombs. freckled blue I urday barbed steep face alryman through more seven toward killed. olina fresh-water CFOR BATH BABY FEET mm a & 'J Helps You Overcome falsi: ti:i:th Looseness and Worry No longer ba Aiinnveri nr fpni in ! ease beeousa ot loose, wabbly false teeth. 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Clipped from The San Bernardino County Sun12 Jun 1944, MonPage 3

The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California)12 Jun 1944, MonPage 3
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