Cumberland Sunday Times from Cumberland, Maryland on October 8, 1944 · Page 9
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Cumberland Sunday Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 9

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led to Sicilian campaign" npw succcssftjl Engineer Lied Fi [Commaudtr J. , don Developed Fastest Method of Filling Bomb Crater Damage The story of the "world's fastest technique for flllmg cra.te'rg" r (le- I vcioped by i Commander J,' Paul iBlundon, CiYU . Engineer; Corps, SUNDAY TIMES. /CUMBERLAND, MP.. SUNDAY OCTOBER 8, 1944 Thirty-fourth 8 « «, bee Pearl Harbor, H»w»li. B u..^.- -^--, upon whether v Inoi Hie Seabees could keep the Hen Iderson Field, Guadalcanal;- airstrip •n, is described in Ufa Magazine, tomorrow, The "article, entitled, The Navy's Seabees," was written by W. (jig.) William Brad- aihower (Continued from Pige 7) darkness-on the wharf of «,<Nortl Afrjpun'port,; ; '•-.•• . . .•;. :; ; t A v ': -few minutes later •••' Genera Eisenhgwer, and staff were aboar a. destroyer, .Citing Jn th« heav sew. Afi.tte climbed to the deck h chuckled, "I:never, know what t< do when they pipe me on." v .-;The' next morning' the ship a.p preached- its destination, Dayiigh revealed a frantic scuttling about in the'harbor, while in the distance landings were still hi progress anc W"Va~~~whf>n"'thi> 1 | blg Buns' boomed. The ship . wa. UDonTwhXr hr f- r0 - wded -}y lth 8 e n era *. admirals and ford Hill?. Comm. Blundon, a well-know -civil engineer and contractor, lee J the four-month battle of the Sixth Iseaben Battalion in support of the linitial Marine landing. The bat- Itfl'lon, which has since received the presidential Unit gltation, arrived jthree weeks after the landing and laccording to lit. Huie, the mer [••distinguished themselves as much Jfor raw courage as'for construction |know-how." I "U: Huie describes the • Henderson jField battle as one of "Japanese Jdesiruetion versus American con- IsUruotion," It was. the Job of the ISeabeeg to flU holes as fast as the IJspanese blasted them. | Comm, Elunribn, Huie says, de- jveloped a fast filling technique and Ireported that one hundred Seabees: •could repair in 40 minues, a hole Imade by » 500 pound bomb, The BJapanese, he reported, took three to Ifour hours for the same job and Ifllled the holes with dirt only I Comra. Blundon's technique was |one of exact planning before the |Japs bombed the airfield. "He ordered foxholes dug right m - -«..,.w..,.. **V4B ugut falongslde the airstrip." Huie wrote |"He computed the exact amount of ieravel necessary to fill craters jcaused by various-sized bombs and Jsnells; then he loaded this measured gmatenal on trucks which stood ;sdy in revetments. He found that 500-pound bomb would tear up .00 feet of Marston mat, so he had Ipackages of this amount of matting fdistributed along the strip like extra Irait along a railroad." | "Squatting in . their foxholes IHuic continued, "they (the prepar- |ed Seabees) would wait until the jbomb hit. Then with the attack stil |;n progress, they would leap out and grace for the crater. Trucks with -lotors already running, would roai to dump theii compressor men and pneu- iatlc-hammer operators, Huie said itarted packing while other Seabees [tore out the crumpled Marton mat ~-^ ••---• o -•••_*• u*ij t lesser officers. German planes fle in low to strafe and machine-gun landing forces. General Elsenhower was. having breakfast with Genera Patton. Ike was writing a message to all shins: "Best wishes and eooc luck." , Fifteen minutes later— at 9:45— the , command "Action Stations!' sounded. The crew began to fire Germans hidden on the beach' were bombarding General Eisenhower's ship. When advised to take cover in a place of safety, he quietly waved his advisers aside. "This Is war," he said, "and I'm in it!" One. of the officers aboard ship told later how the general paced the deck, smacking his fist into' the palm of hip hand. A sailor, looking at hint with admiration, exclaimed 'Geez! I bet the Old Man would give his four stars -to be the first of revetments Imeasured loads.' •and passed along the new October 13 and 14, 1942, fifty-' B t — *•••** - 1 *! i»»^A, int,y |tlu-ee 500-pound bombs hit the run"~y. Even the cooks, Huie said had join the battle to fill the craters soarlng the w ! e eld with nearly empty, fuel tanks. would have a place to land Comm. Blundon, whose wife and >n, Joseph Andrew Blundon Jive . 94 South Main street, Keyser Entered the CEC in June, IB42 H £ attalion did .construction work at Caledonia after the Guadal- assignment. Comm. Blundon == (Pays HOSPITAL BttlS for Whole Fami ily [Costs 3c a Day for Adults Only iVzC* Day for ChHdren |e«i. Policy JDU nnd , n /W»nfi 0*t pof^i'mu^M «.• umilj—mother. fath«r, efeUdrni.anyMifroM iflathi to SS ]r»n/ Hfli mcdiul eximlnilfoa T»vi /Efvy 1 p'S^rpM" 1 2' i " rri " lllli '"" l;ACHm " i iir, r di£V» l 'TJ!tir* ! '* Dp ''' > *^-M > f' ril '' r ^ > "«'* t ""^ IKicjicice., imbtiW., .to, Oovirn «iclre«icj, mttl- ashore. At 10:24 on this- eventful morning general Eisenhower, accompanied by his aide, Lieut.-Com. Butcher* and John Guntlw. war correspondent, stepped ashore on a sheltered cape on the southeastern lip o'f Sicily— the first three Americans to set foot on the island. * • * . Syracuse fell 18 hours after the first lanulng. Poszallo surrendered to naval forces after intense shelling on the following day. The battle of Gela came to a victorious conclusion a day later, after American troops had twice been driven from the own. General Patton jumped into he surf and led his men in storm - ng the beaches. British troops anded near Catania in sight of the olcano, Mount Etna. Ragusa fell mder the American, British and Canadian onslaughts. The battle of Catania was the reatest in the Sicilian campaign Allied bombers dropped destruction on the city. British paratroops landed and cleared a strategic bridge for the arrival of advance units Resistance was strong, but on July 19 the British were within three miles of the city. The Axis contested every foot of the way. American forces, marching- across Sicily, captured Palermo on July 23 and continued to advance. Catania was still holding out. Tne B"i«-l«h attempted to enlarge their _ . ^ — _..-.(. v.- a ,. **Y W**v^vwtJf Mi', concluded in accordance. with th timing and planning of >the.'Allies Tills is especially true when w realize that the enqrhy force Jn Sicily Amounted to. 405,<xx> men, .."Events : .of' the .last 3 days show what -can -be done.:by teamworl bawd on preparation, training ant timing, and above all gallantry, oj th« se^and in the air.- , • "From tho ancient citadel '9 Quebec I send you my 'warm con gratulatlons and. to the .officers and men under .your command—British Canadian, French and American— my thanks and enthusiastic approb ntlon. Tell them all, well done. 1 ' . Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eisenhower had fought and woi the campaign under the rank or a temporary major-general. He ha< entered the war as a lieutenant- colonel a,scant two years previously. Upon the completion of the Sicilian campaign—his second grea victory in the .war — Presiden Roosevelt on Auff. 31, 1943. announced his promotion to the permanent rank of major-general anc awarded him. the• Distinguished Service Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster. "ITALIANS! BE PREPARED!" XXIV Sicily to .Eisenhower was'but stepping stone. He began to work carder than ever — there was no let-down. His eyes were now on the mainland of Italy, just across the strait, and the ultimate conquest ol Europe. He set about making Sicily a great supply base for the next invasion. Shiploads of men, muni- lions, and supplies poured in from North Africa. Day and night the Allied bombers raided the Italian coast from the tip of the boot to he outskirts of Rome, "We're playing in the big leagues :ow," General Eisenhower exclaim- d. "You can't hit a home run by bunting. You have to step np there and take your cut. The time has come to discontlne nibbling at isl- .nds and hit the Germans where it I don't believe in fighting 'out Of i trap head while across the Dittaino naval forces shelled positions from the .sea. River, enemy .. The battle pf Catania was won on Aug. 5. when the British enter- eo. the ruined citadel after a 2B- day drive. American forces took Troma without opposition and swept on. The British had now reached the foot of Mount Etna Desperate fighting slowed-down th Allied advances until on Aug I American;. troops landed behind th Axis lines at .Cape Orlando Brcl ° a ' nd other , Battles to chase someone o'mewhere. Our object is nd smash the enemy." While subduing Sicily, the Allies segan . .an all-out air offensive gainst the Italian mainland which :ft that nation reeling/ President Roosevelt ,and Prime Minister Churchill on July 16 sent :iis message to the Italian people: The time has now come for you, the Italian people, to consult your own desire for a restoration of na- .a firing squad fallen dictator In, derrriany.) The solemn was held prisoner NINE in-protective custody.. . .Italy hailed "th» end of the painful nightmare that has dominated our lives'Tor' the past 20 years.-". Demonstrations sprang up spontaneously .everywhere, and anti- German : sentiment ran high as crowds cried.for * peace. Thousands of .Italian .workers- stormed 'the plant of the Fascist "Popold d'ltalia," Mussolini's offioja.1 newspaper, m Milan and ; )»fd it In ruins. The fall of Mussolini "caused the expectation . of surrender to mount high. Genera} Elsenhower 'granted Italy a reprieve from incessant bombing in order to give the new Badoglio government an opportunity to' surrender. Badoglio, for reasons of national pride and lack of military strength did not take the "Six days have passed since the overthrow of Mussolini. In those six. days .the Italian people have achieved rmich, Bu^ while you were •tocv Rome. . . ,. . "Italians! We cannot tolerate this, and we Issue you this solemn wartii Ing; the breathing epaco has ended. squarely to the Italians on July 31: "Italians' Tonight we send' you a . —,. ..-,- busy, they first, heard the news of „>,**,„- Hnl's downfall, the Germans wore stunned. They said to themselves, •We Germans Jn : Italy are caught like rats In a trap if Badoglio makes peace immediately. 1 But since then, day by day, they - watched the Inactivity of the' Badoglio government, You know better than we what- has happened. There has been no sign of German withdrawal. , , . "Italians! You know that on July 25 we let up on the aerial bombard ment of Italy. W to give Italy n wherein to unite .„. _.. ..„„ freedom. But the Germans, too, have used that breathing space to jpined oivllians in demanding the Immediate overthrow of Bftdoelio. They demanded peace. Underground radio stations broadcast appeals to the people to refuse co-operate with Badoglio government and m organized resistance, Italy was "in turmoil. Bodogllo had to declare martial Jaw and militarize the railroads «nd highway* and communication lines. In Mllnn, the Cellarl J«i( was stormed and 20Q prisoners of the Fascist government were released. .. The whereabout* of Mussolini wa* a mystery. President Roosevelt issued a warning w all neutral countries ^o the effect that anyone offering asylum to Hitler qr Musso- lini or the Japanese war criminal* was committing an unfriendly act against the Allies. 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Kt jroor own diwl,r mn.l hwpil.l, TbU foll- '' "'' "d Surr <X< ...n Mie t..n™t. o rawer, but m.!l toopin belotr ,nick/« fal J<««li-,, n t FREE. No » s «kt willed. Art tod.,, "~"""l * .o surrender, while their comrades ned in ships across 'the Straits of Messina to the Italian mainland The Americans entered Messma on Aug. 17, The scenes which greeted them were memorable Sicilians fell on their knees and prayed; they threw flowers in the path of their liberators from America, Italian mothers who had sons In America threw their arms around the soldiers and kissed them. Italian fathers grasped them by the hands, while their daughters and children broke into songs of rejoic- .,CM« v . XI, IH. 1FRKE INSPRCTION Olero* l] General Eisenhower sat in his headquarters and read the messages i^h TT 1 ^ nOV T boml 'ard>'>ff him with high praise, Pondering over one of the dispatches i n his hand, he bowed gratefully and put it down on the table. It read: "A!! of us are thriiied over the s NEW! 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