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THE DAILY (EtMTOMAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke G)untiea tBdlanil BbUn I Library' com UnDiDtr SB 4 I M&Ued Inlfconwrmlty With P. O. D. Order No. 19887 nrii Arobrvel DITlgloa ed- need ttdUnwoUfc nlng thundershowers. Price Three Cents, CLINTON, INDIANA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1944. Volume 32 Number 156. U U ULTUU VI I AM NfTJ m o)Tc Allied Siege Arc Closes on Trapped German Army Surrounded on All Sides Tremendous Air Assaults Rock France, Riviera West, South Raids Hurled ' At Europe; Airmen Strike At Possible Attack Area; Troops Pour Ashore On 100-Mile Front, Swift Gains Scored Fresh Troops Land Without Pause As Initial Assault Clears Way for Huge , j Attack, Allies Command Marseilles Nice Region; Use 14,000 Air Troops ROME, Italy. Landings by Allied armies in southern France to augment initial assault waves of amphibious forces and paratroops who have seized a considerable stretch of beaches between Nice and Marseille across a front of "T" 4V .y more than 100 miles proceeded without interruption today. Advanced headquarters in the Mediterranean theater said the additional landings were being earned out success fully and according to plan againat These ouee-tOMgh SH officers captured by the Second armored division daring tbe Allied advance In France are foreranners of the tbotuands of Nazis expected to fall into Allied hands as the jawa of a gigantic placer closes in on France. The 106,000 troops ' of tbe German HeveMb Army are trapped aa the British and American column close in on Falalse aad Argeataa while tbe snr Allied landings In the south of France are plaaard to Join up with the western forces to completely crush the tli nnsas and liberate France. Japs Report Manila Evacuated as US Landings Feared in Philippines LONDON, England. A Jap spokesman In tbe Philippines was quoted today by tbe Exchange Telegraph as saying tbat Manila -was being volun tarily evacuated. The Exchange Telegraph report " TTha' Berlin radio, broadcasting ft: ".in L came from Chungking. a quarter hour 01 Japanese news,' Merle Carlin Second County Member of Red Croat Gallon Clab' Second Clinton resident to become a member of the Gallon Club limited to those who have donated eight plnta of blood to tbe Red Cross blood donor service. Miss Merle Car-llu, 431 Elm Street, recently received a letter of thanks from a hospi talized American soldier who owes hia life to the Red Cross blond plan-1 The wonnded veteran, Ffc Don R. Sow res, 21, waa wltb tbe Infantry in the African and Sicilian campaigns aad waa wounded at Casaino. man was wounded by hi. own field ; which our guna abell our owe troops. Given three pints of blood plasma on the field. Pfc. Stowrea was returned to the United States by tbe Ferry Command and la now recuperating in Billings Hospital at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Indianapolis. Miss Carlin donated tbe eighth pint of blood last week when tbe Red Cross Mobile Unit made Its eighth trip to Clinton and Vermillion County. One hundred and thirty seven pints were donated that day, Mrs. Tom Lewis, chairman of the county blood donor committee, aaid. She added that the county's total for the eight trips amounts to 1,134 plnta. (Con tinned on page f I spoke of tbe possibility of Allied landings In tbe Philippines and of Inten Gen. Patton Lead Rough-Riding U.S. 3rd Army in France A SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE COMMAND POST IN NORMANDY General Dwigbt D. Eisenhower announced today that Lt. Gen. r.enree 8. Patton. Jr., "old blood and guta" of tbe Tunisian and Scil- tan campaigns, la leading tbe Amer Iman Third Army which baa driven roughshod over tbe Germans In low er Normandy and Brittany. Since August 1 tbe Third Army tad effected tbe cut off of tbe Bre ton Peninsula and helped close a trap on the German Seventh Army wltb a spectacular aweep northward from Le Mans. French lHvuttoa In Actios) A French division of armor under Brig. Gen. Jacques Leelere, who joined tbe Allies from Lake Chad In Africa, is fighting wltb Pstton. The announcement of Patton'a command came after It was revealed (Continued on Face fl Reds Smash Past Last Barrier To East Prussia Soil Reds Cross Biebrza River In Force, 16 Miles From Border; Gain in Estonia LO.VDO. Eiarland A Renter's dispatch from Moscow said today that the Ho lens have crossed the Biebrza river, last obstacle before the East Prussian! border. Hues air concentrations cover ed she Ha through shattered and mutual the aorta bank of Uae MOSCOW, Russia. Soviet forces surging forward on the east era front scored two Important gains In capturing the Nazi bastion of Os-woiee. within If miles of tbe Best Prussian border and smashing If miles further west to Pskov to seize Antsla In a drive to split trapped Nazi Baltic forces In two. Hovtets Storm Oswolee The second white Russian army under Gen. Matxel Zakbaror awept through bleak marshland to atorm and Uke Osowlee. 27 miles from the East Prussian rail center of Lyck. Ruaslsn battlers crossed the marshes, bridged a moat surrounding tbe town, and drove Nazi defenders from Oaowiee In fierce fighting. In Estonia, tbe tbird Baltic army of Gen. Iran Maslenikoff rolled forward In an offensive which liberated over 100 towns and villages and took Antsla. only 13 miles from the Riga-Tallin railroad aad some SI miles from the Gulf of Riga. Split Baltic Garrison The strike of the third Baltic army, driving west from Pskov, bid fair to slash .through German defenses and split tbe Nazi Baltic garrison, already trapped by a Russian advance to the Gulf of Riga west of that city. Into two sections. The capture of Osoweie. eliminating tbe last German bridgehead south of the Biebrza river, waa announced In a special order of the day from Marshall Joseph Stalin. (Coattsaea est nana SI Clinton Sailor Poet Aboard LST on Return Trip to Guam Island GUAM (Delayed) Poet laureate of aa LST which carried American forces on their return to Gun is Electrician's Mate Second Class John E. Maekle, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maekle. 12 outh Sth Street, Clinton, Ind. Bluejacket Maekle apends much of his available free time writing verne. The Navy and the sea are. naturally, his favorite subjects. Many of his poems are about the accomplishments of the LST's (Landing Sbipa. Tanks!. Several of them are extensively quoted among LST crews In be Pacific. He puts his versifying talent to work aa co-editor of tbe weekly ihip's paper. Electrician's Mate Makie waa rradaated from Clinton High School n 140 aad waa employed as a construction worker at the Wabash tiver Ordnance Works before be a listed In October. 142. He has en considerable action In the Purine, bavlag taken part In opera-J Continued oa Page 2 j Swift Drives Hit Remaining Ten41ile Gap s Yank-Canadian Forces Slash at Trapped German ArnyFaWie Near Fall, Yank Crtre to Argentan . -: "SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, AI- Hed ExpedltloBsVy Force. The jsws of n Allied' siege are were closed tighter around German forces pocketed In Jfonnandy today and American, British and Canadian for- ees on all sectors aent aaaault wave Into the enemy ranks In a eontin nance of Uie battle of annihilation ' against "elements of the German Seventh arm)'. . (Combined Allied air forces and artillery, by severing Orne river bridges, bare for all practical purposes snapped abut tbe Falalse pocket and trapped remaining German beary material, a Reuter dlnpatcb from the Normandy front said.) Ten-Mile Cap ( Reports from tbe battle area indicated tbat the gap had been narrowed to only 10 miles.) (Another battlefront report said tbat Canadian troops now are within two and one-half miles of Fal-, arise and capture of the snnne city appears Imminent.) (American troops, according to a British radio report heard by NBC, have fought their way Into the city , of Argentan, at the southern end of the pincers being closed on tbe escape route of the Germans.) An official spokesman at Supreme Headquartera said tbat the Falalse gap as jrer -bad wot been eloaed hot that fall of Falalse may be Imminent since tbe Allies bow bold dotnlnat-( Continued on page f ) First Breaks In Heat Wave Seen; Crops Near Ruin The first signs of relief from tbe searing eoaat-to-eoael beat wave and the severe drought which already baa coat millions of dollars In damaged and ruined crops came today with lowering temperatures and good rainfalls In limited areas. Generally, however, tbe intense beat presisted across tbe nation, wltb 10 plus temperatures common, aa they have been for days, and wltb food and feed crops literally burning out. The eorn belt in a large area of tbe midwest sweltered through its 76th day of drought aa crops deteriorated rapidly, redoetng hopes for tbe expected bumper yield. In all of tbe eorn belt states wltb tbe exception of Iowa, where considerable rata baa fallen, tbe eorn crop waa Buffering severely, soybeans were not podding satisfactorily, pastures were burnt out and hayflelds were short and dying. In Illinois, where tbe worst drought since JJ waa burning across It's rich soli. A. J. Surratt, agricultural statistician, aaid tbe drought waa costing the farmers 2 million dollars a day. In Illinois. Indiana and Ohio It waa estimated tbe eorn crop bad been cut (S million bushels by tbe first of August and much more since then. The Kentucky com crop was described aa "ruined" already while In other corn states the damage waa sated aa up to SO per cent. In the Chicago area (Cook county) the truck crops were so badly damaged by the drought that even good rains would not make a normal crop, lt waa aaid. (Cos m aed oa saiga ) Mrs. Sarah Hale, 72, Die At Rfsidrnt in St Bernice Mrs. Barak A. Hale. 72. St. Bernice. died at 11:10 a. m. Tuesday at her borne following aa Illness of fourteen months. She was born Oct. 17, 1871 In Edgar County. III., and haa lived In Bt Bernice for the past 2 years. She la survived by the husband. George; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Wlnsett. Los Angeles. Calif, and Mrs. Myrtle Scott, St. Bernice; three sons. Elza M.. St. Bernice; Charles W., Elkhart. lad. and Set. Albert J., C. 8. Army. Memphis. Tenn.: tbree Brothers. Frank Stout. St. Bernice: Wesley and Jesse, both of Terra Haute: and one sister. Mrs Abble McDanlel. Little Rock. Ark. The body waa taken to tbe Frist Faaermi Home pending completion ft fuasrai nrraxtgemeoia. Sky dear of Luftwaffe LONDON, Endgland. Allied aerial commanders burled tremendous flights of warplanea Into tbe skies over continental Europe today, wltb aa estimated 11,00 sorties or more being made by craft based In Britain and tbe Mediterranean. On tbe basis of raids snnouneed by 7 p. m. (1 p. m. EWT), well-informed sources estimated conservatively that some 7.000 Britain-baaed Anglo-American heavy bomb-era, medium bombers and fighter-bombers bad been over Europe, dropping well over 10. GOO tons on airfields and railroad objectives. Hit Rear Linee ADVANCED AIR FORCE HEAD QUARTERS, Mediterranean. Fight. er-eaeorted American Fortresses and Liberators late today switched their assaults to Nazi communications I Continued on pagu fl Invasion Progress Following Plans, Washington Says "Satisfactory" Gains In New Allied Invasion, Will Move to Join West Forces WASHINGTON. D. C. Initial Allied progress on tbe new southern- French invasion front was described by military experts in Washington today aa satisfactory aa wavea of American, French, and British aaaault forces smashed ' Inward on a ltO-mlle beachhead between Mar seille ant) Nice. Although officially tbe War De partment waa silent after the original announcement of the new Invasion at 6:10 a. m.. military analysts studying early reports from tbe war zone expressed tbe belief that tbe new drive waa proceeding accord- (Continued on page I Mrs. Mary E. Foltz, Sural Route Resident, Succumbs Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Foltz. . WT m. Tuesday, following an Ulaeaa of several monthn.- She la survived by the husband, David; tbree daughters, Mrs. W. A. Satterlee. Clinton: Mra. Ray Dyer, route two. Clinton and Mra. David Bledsoe, Indianapolis; fire sons. Samnel, Greenfield, Ohio; O rover. Leaf stiver, . 111.; Verna, - Van Vert, Ohio: Laurin, Streator, 111. and John, route two, Terre Haute; five sisters. Mrs. Ed Martin, Mra. Ella Cox and Mrs. Ann. Wbltesell, all of neat New. Goshen; Mra. Tom Krbier. Newton. III. aad Mrs. Ben Van Hou-tln. Baker. Idaho; one brother, William WhlteeeU. New Goshen; 12 grandchildren and ' 17 greatgrandchildren. The body waa taken to tbe Frist Funeral Home peading completion of funeral arrangements. reported today. Tbe citation which Mr. and Mra. Nesbit received read aa follows: "Jamea Nesbit, Jr.. private firat class, waa awarded tbe Bronze star medal for heroic achievement In combat on 12 of June In Italy, during attack oa well fortified enemy positions In a strongly defended town. Pfc. Nesbit waa instructed to enter n bouse on tbe south aide of tha Tillage, leading five men In .tbe face of intense aimed rifle grenade fire. He advanced to the bouse, then acting on his own Initiative be pressed forward to an ndjoining house, discovering that all the doors aad windows were boarded up. He made his stand in that position and fired Into the enemy force until he waa wounded by an exploding grenade. After returning to hie nait be reported the actuation and then, although wounded Insisted upon walking nuaanteted to tbe aid atatioa." Nesbit catered the armed forces XCaaUaeea aa pss li only light opposition. Nazis Caught Off Guard The Allied assault wave encountered no aerial opposition from tha Germans, apparently caught napping, and tbe Allied air-borne operation to seize Initial positions In advance of the landings from tbe sea now have been eueceasfuliy executed, iieadquarters said. American British and French amphibious forces struck Inland In a iUBb to make contact wltb tbe para-roop formations Instructed to smash ny Nazi efforts to attempt a eouav er assault to drive tbe AUiea back Into tbe sea. - "Tbe supreme hour baa struck," 3i& a German military spokesman auoted by tbe German radio. "It is, the hour when we must throw Into he battle tbe laat llule oanea of strength that war possess. Ws mast not underestimate tne seriousness . ( the positions at this moment." (The Nazi agency DNB reported (Continued On Page 2) General Repeats Warning Against j Over-Optimism . GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOW ER'S Headquartera In Franca . A warning to tbe United Nations to guard against over-optimism was sounded today by Gen. Dwlght D. Klsenhower In a statement in which he admitted tbat the Nazis armies In western France now are absorbing a good, sound beating. To correspondents at his headquarters. 'General Ike" waa lavish in bis praise for the Allied armies under his command and promised -that the Nazis will take atlll mora punishment before tbe battle of France la ended. But, be added, the . Allies still stand a good distance from the frontiers of be Reich -r , and Adolf Hitler has nothing to lose , hy continuing the battle to tbe end. - "This week Is marking a very definite climax in one phase of tbe op erational plan that haa been In ef fect since D-Day," Eisenhower said. "Just what will be the result In sum total no one can say. "ft is certain that the German for ces congregated on our front are taking a good, sound beating. In the campaigns lying ahead, numbers of such tactical vitro ries must be won because even if we realize our foad- eat bopes in a situation aucb as this we are still a long way from tha Rhine." Pointing out that earlier tactical victories in Tunisia, at Foggia aad at Rome did not spell the end of the war, be declared that tbe opposition shown by the Germans at Caen should be a damper oa over-optimism. Those predicting the end of the war In a matter of weeks, be continued, are banking on bunches and wishful thinking. The Germans, he conceded, now are groggy, aad thus It is important tbat tbe Allies, civilians aad armed seivieea alike, guard against a let- dowa aad "keep oa punching aad punching . . . bard." Air Force Recruits 17-Year Olds Through AAF and CAP Yonng men 17 years of age who want to fly wltb the Army Air Forres may apply at tbe AAF EB. 41 Federal Building. Indianapolis. Ind. or any Civil Air Patrol Unit for enlistment in the Air Corps, it waa announced today. Upon passing tbe qualifying physical and mental tests they will become members of the U. S. Amy Air Forres or Inactive duty, officials aaid. This means they will not be called for training until they have reached their eighteenth birthday, they stated. Two-Mile Long Glider Armada Sweeps Over South Coast of France SOMEWHERE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE A giant armada of Allied glider planes, stretching back two miles from the leading formation, swept over tbe southern French coast today during the firat two hours of tbe fuvasion. No Snots Fired The mighty array of aerial might roared In only 2,000 feet above tbe Allied fleet, and not a shot was tired. It waa plainly our sea and our aky. Aa the tow planes crossed the coast jagged cliffs snd twisting (Continued On age tt - ' BULLETINS LONDON. ICngtand The Britten, press afssuciation reported tonight ttsat Uea. Itarsgtrt D. Eiaen-twwer, supreme commsaider of Allied forces sn western Europe, has taken over persona! coinniasid of lotted Nations troops in the field. KEW YORK. N. V. Thotnaflds of soldiers, in a predominantly Aasericaa show, lauded almost without opposition aa sontliern France. Erie Mrvareid. eorrespon-deat of the Columbia Broadcaet-tng. Srstesn. reported today bt a broSMV-aKt for the combined Amer-scasi Bvetworks. Only few Urea were lost, be Tbe C remans did Terr little harm to tbe "famous holiday -east" arbrre Hex ace hi tssaded wltb the AsnericaBss, he aaid. fConttnuaa an page I) Limited Gvilian Production Begins Under WPB Order WASHINGTON, D. C. WPB chief Donald Nelson's new reconversion order allowing limited production of peacetime civilian goods went Into effect today under tbe watchful eye of the War Manpower Commission and with Nelson himself warning consumers not to expect too much. Its wings clipped by War Mobi-llzar Jamea F. B: rnea' directive giving WMC veto power over output of all aucb "less essential' 'items as lawn mowers. Juke boxes and alarm clocks, the Nelson order gives manufacturers tbe "go-ahead ' only In restrictive arena. lt permits email scale civilian goods manufacture only where It will not Interfere with war production, the output of essential civilian goods or tbe rendering of essential civilian servieee. Here'e what Nelson himself thinks about the possibility of rapid return to somewhat like pre-war civilian manufacture. "For the time being It Is not anticipated that any large increases in production of civilian goods will be possible." Nelson hammered this fourth and last reconversion order through tbe mill about a month ago despite objections from military sources who feared resumption of some civilian itema might Jeopardize critical war production. Tne following are among a boat of Items which will be given more favorable consideration for renewed production by WPB: Vaeaam cleaners, aluminum kitchen uteneim. bed springs, metal jContisssd oa Face li sified serial blowa against tne Jap mainland. (The German broadcast, was mon itored by CBS.) GEN DOUGLAS MACARTHUR'S HQ. NEW GUINEA The strategic Jap base at Halmahera, laat major Jap stronghold between Dutch new Guinea sad tbe Philippines, waa described ss "practically neutralized" today. Stopped hi Air. Land, Sea Gen. Douglaa MaeArtnur a Tues day morning communique, which re ported the latest of a series of de- vaslstnig air strikes against Halmahera, said: His airfields there (Halmahera) and at contiguous intermediate bases are practically neutralized, hie mari time forces largely Interdicted and hie ground troops immobilized In their present positions." Ko Longer Keaerve Base The communique added that the flexibility of tbe Halmahera base waa gone and tbat its function as a reserve pool for other Jap bases in the southwest Pacific waa done, ad ding: 'Should be (the Jap) fail to re trieve bis weakness, tbe main line of defense for bis conquered empire In the southwest Pacific, extending through tbe Halniaheraa and the Philippines, Is threatened." (Continued oa Faga tl Indiana Draftee Center Snitched To Camp Atterbury INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. No interruption in tbe processing of selectees will be caused by the move of the Fifth Service Command's reception center and reception station from Fort Benjamin Harrison to Csmp Atterbury, army officers said today. Col. Henry E. Tiadale, commanding officer at Fort Benjamin, aaid the removal was scheduled to become effective sometime during August and tbat the transfer, now In progress, will not affect selective processing. . When tbe reception center and reeeHion atatioa personnel are Installed at Camp Atterbury they will form the ancle us of a personnel center which is to Include a special training unit and separation center also. Col. Welton M. Modiesette. commanding officer of Camp Atterbury. will be In charge of the new center. The change waa necessary because facilities at Fort Harrison are insufficient for tbe combined and expanded activities planned for tbe station aad center. Col. Tlnsdale said. He added that be had not yet been notified concerning what use will be made of the area and buildings to be vacated at Fort Harrison by the removal of tha selectee center. Wounded Clinton Ilan Home On Leave, Another Wins Medal; County Man Ist Private Lloyd Amburgey( 27. eon of Mr. and Mra. Jonas Amburgey. Crompton Hill, who waa wounded In a battle In Italy, Is now borne on a 21-day furlough following 11 months of overseas duty. Amburgey waa sent overseas In October of 141. On Feb. 12, 144 he waa shot aeven times in the knees and before reaching a hospital in Italy be lost six quarts of Mood. He waa later sent to Ft. Beeja-min Harrison, Indianapolis,'- Ind.. where be received bis furlough. He arrived borne Wedaesday, Aug. . He attended schools In Oklahoma and later moved to this community. On April 17. 142 be entered the United Statea Army infantry. He received bis last furlough before going overseas in August of laat rear. Pfc Jamea Nesbit, Jr., sob of Mr. and Mrs. Jamea Nesbit. South Eighth street, received the Bronze Star Medal. July 1. for heroic acb: ievement In combat In Italy, it waa

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