The Daily Clintonian from Clinton, Indiana on December 28, 1944 · Page 1
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Clinton, Indiana
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1 THE DAILY CLINTONIAN The Home Newspaper Of Vermillion And Parke Countie Mailed In Conformity With P. O. D. Order No 19687 THE WEATHER Partly cloudy and continued cold today and tonlsht. Friday lncrealng cloudiness and a llttlo warmer. Price Three Cents. Volume 32 Number 252. CLINTON, INDIANA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1944. 'II ui INFLATED TROUSERS ARE PILOT AID Belgian Counter-drive Pinches German Rocb . Garrison; F.D.R. Orders Army Seizure of All Ward Property in 7 Cities Expect New TtiStedt Attack Soviets Wage Block-by-Block Drive In Budapest; Germans Split in Two Artillery Lobs ' Rochefort Post; Repulse Jap Blow At Mindoro; Five Enemy Ships Hit , Sink 3 Destroyers In Battle Off New US Posts; . Continue Leyte Mop-up Missing In Action x fl -J KNOWN AS THE G-SUIT, this anti - matic pants prevents U. S. fighter pilots from blacking out in aerial maneuvers during dives and turns against the enemy. Pressure Is applied to the pilot's abdomen and legs during a pullout or turn, thus preventing the blood from pooling in the lower extremities and aiding the heatt to maintain circulation to the brain. This is an official United States Army Air Forces photograph. (International) Crippling Blow Dealt Tokyo Aircraft Plant in Huge Superfortress Raid B-29 BASE, Salpan (Via Navy Radio) The fifty acre Musashimo plant of the Nakajima Aircraft Works in Tokyo's western suburbs was revealed today as the principal target of the big B-29 raid on Japan's capital yesterday. - - - .... '..- Strike photos were announced to have shown twelve bomb hits in the factory area from missiles dropped by the leading elements of the sizeable task force that floated over the city in waves for an hour and a half. Await Final Iteport MOSCOW, Russia. Red army assault troops smashed forward today toward the heart of Budapest In a block-by-Diock advance tnrougn the battle-torn Hungarian capital, front dispatches said. ,..,lt The bitter street campaign got un der way after Soviet troops crossed the Danube north of the city, split the encircled Germans and Hungarians into two isolated groups and opened a fight to exterminate the enemy forces. (The London radio, heard in New York by CBS, quoted Its Moscow correspondent as saying that signs are the battle for Hungary will soon be over. ) Some of the German troops whose forces were cut at the Danube have been driven Into the forest -cove red mountains of the Danube fork north of Budapest, while other Nazis were cornered in the Hungarian capital itself. Take Paniilte Island An island in the Danube was tak en by Soviets who forced the eastern arm of the river, establishing con tact with RusBian units operating on the west bank. The Russian communique said that in the course of one day's fighting more than 2.000 Germans were killed and numerous guns and oth- equipment were destroyed and captured. The Kelenfold district to the southwest of Budapest was captured. The communique said, as Russian forces made new penetrations Into the city. Occupy 4 Sulmriw Soviet troops occupied four of Budapest's suburban towns on the east bank of the Danube and three on the west bank, the communique said. Fierce fighting raged on the western outskirts of Budapest, where the Germans had converted stone houses Into fortified places and were put-f Continued n Pace J Icy Roads Menace Indiana Traffic; Main Roads Sanded INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. Indiana motorists faced hazardous driving conditions again today with little letup in sight until warmer weather relieves the snow and ice-packed highways over the entire state. Although the lowest temperature recorded last night was six above zero at the Indianapolis airport, Hoo-siers still shivered In weather that is rising slowly from the zero mark of the two days ago. Slightly warm-j er temperatures were predicted fori tomorrow along with light rain in the south and light snow in north J portions of the state. j Other temperature readings last night were: Indianapolis downtown. 13; Fort Wayne. 14; South Bend. zi; Kvanscme, zz; and Terre Haute, 29. Wrhiie no improvement in road conditions was reported by the State Highway Department, sand has been spread over the extremely icy parts of the highways. , OEN, MACARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS. Philippines. Three Japanese destroyers were sunk and one battleship and one heavy cruiser 1 damaged in the course of futile ! attempt by an enemy naval force to smasn American installations southwestern Mindoro Island. General Douglas MacArthur s communique reported today. The enemy naval force consisting of a battleship, a heavy cruiser and six destroyers Inaccurately shelled the American positions, only 155 miles south of Manila. Tuesday night and were driven off by medi um bombers, fighter planes and P-T boats. Airmen Hit frrouml Posts Enemy air attacks were launched on American ground positions in con junction with the naval bombardment but caused only m'.nor damage. Three Jap planes were shot down. (A Japanese imperial headquart ers communique claimed that Jap naval craft attacked an American convoy near San Joe on southwestern Mindoro Tuesday night and sank four transports, one torpedo boat, land two Binaller vessels while air units "blasted the enemy air field" on Mindoro and also sank four torpedo boats. Admit Destroyer Hit (The communique which was broadcast in English by the Tokyo radio and recorded by the FCC, al-(Conrlr.nelT nn page 61 'Nats9 Yank Answer To Nazi Demands For Surrender of Bastogne LONDON, England. The Amerl-' can stand at Bastogne against su perior German tank and infantry forces attacking them from all sides held up General Rundstedt's advance and enabled the Americans to inflict heavy losses on the Wehrmacht. a Reuter dispatch from France said Scores of burned out German tanks litter the snow covered hills on the approaches to this important Belgian road and rail center. Some Allied officers estimate that the Germans lost about 200 tanks in their battle for the town. One American tank destroyer knocked out seven enemy tanks in several minutes and another bagged four. Since the Germans first closed ir. on the town Dec 19 they kept up a heavy pressure and launched a number of strong attacks. Some of these were made in mass formations and the enemy suffered severe casualties. The Germans at one time sent an ultimatum into the town giving the American defenders two hours to surrender. The commander of the American forces merely replied "nuts." Mail Order House Is Taken Over For Second Time For 'Defiance' of WLB Rule; Seize Main Chicago Plant WASHINGTON, D. C. President Roosevelt ordered Army seizure or Montgomery Ward properties In seven cities today with a declaration that the government "cannot and will not tolerate any interference with war production In this critical hour"; . Mrt Roosevelt directed War Sec- ,JL'n. -mian nf the nation's war-time labor relations machinery. It tiin second time the eovem- ment lias taken over Montgomery Ward jiroiierties this year. Mr. Roosevelt's actiou was taken to enforce compliance by the huge mall order house with wage and union security directives of the War Labor Board and applied to Ward facilities in the following cities: Chicago. Detroit, St. Paul, Denver. Jamaica, N. Y.. Portland. Ore., and San Rafael, Calif. In a statement accompanying the order to the Army. Mr. Roosevelt stated that the country Is at war and "the government of the United StateB cannot and will not tolerate any Interference with war production in this critical hour". WLB Confidence Threatened The President said that the confidence of Industry and labor In the WLB was threatened by the defiance of its directives by Sewell Avery, chairman of the Board Montgomery Ward. of CHICACO. III. The I'nited (Continued on pare 111 Permanent Flood Control Body Is Urged in Indiana INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. Creation of a permanent floor control and water resources commission in Indiana was expected to be proposed this afternoon at a meeting of the Indiana Flood Control Commission which was to consider its comprehensive studies on methods to reduce huge annual losses from raging waters in the state. The present commission, appointed by Governor Henry F. Schricker. lacks authority to supervise any water resources projects, and power to carry out needed projects also was expected to be advocated for a new commission this afternoon. Basis for the deliberations is a group of recommendations to be submitted by a special committee that has been working on proposed legis lation to be presented to the incoming general assembly. Delegations of citizens from Mon-rovia will attend the meeting to die cuss effects of proposed dams and reservoirs near Cagles Mill while group' -from Martinsville will be present1' to discuss those resulting from the suggested project at Spencer.-" ' ' INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. An at tempt to ratify the Ohio River valley stream sanitation compart will be made at a spec in t session of the Virginia legislature next month, according to notification received by Governor Henry F. Schricker from Governor Colgate W. Darden Jr.. of Virginia. Favorable action would place the agreement in effect since approval of only one more state of the nine Involved is needed. Indiana ratified the compact in 1939. and ft also has been approved by Illinois, Kentucky, and New York. The - compact provides for close Interstate co-operation in clearing streams of pollution. Ohio. West Virginia, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania have failed so far to approve the pact although the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be asked to vote ratification at its session beginning Jan. 1. Repairmen to Hold Annual Banquet, Election Tuesday Clinton Automobile Repairmen's and Service Station Association will bold their annual banquet Tuesday. Jan. 2 at Antoninis Restaurant. Preceding the 8 o'clock steak din-tier, a business meeting will be beld end the election of officers for the coming year will take place. Th is year's officers have ben : Archie Rnatto. president; Joe Gia- olletto. vice president, and Lam-- rence- A. Homey. irer. ecrelary-treas- iHK gravity device in the form of pneu Land Deputy Under Eisenhower Urged In British Press Supreme Commander Has Too Great a Load, Named As Reason for Demands LONDON, England. Following I several days of heart-searching into causes of the Allied reverse on the western front, a powerful section of the British press came out today with a demand that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower be given a deputy to conduct over-all land battles on the grounds he is carrying too great a load under the present set-up. There Is no criticism of Eisenhow er's personal supreme over-all leadership, but a sharply-defined feeling that because of planning and other i C-nnttntien wn oace s! Vermillion County Sixth War Loan -i-Sales Over Million Total war bond sales during the Sixth War Loan in Vermillion County reached tl.OH2.S49 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23. Mrs. Delia K. Swinehart. county war finance, chairman, said today. Of this total, which doubled the quota, individual sales accounted for I7S4, 339 in bonds or which $234.-79K was in K bonds. Corporation sales totalled 1248. 10. The Wabash River Ordnance Works Dupont report showed a to-tiil nf,4l in uavrull deduction Save Bastogne Americans Smash Ahead On 35-Mile Front to Hit At Nazis in Belgian Bulge; New German Move Seen PARIS, France. New three-mile American advances south and east of Celles to points at least seven miles from the Meuse were announced today by an official spokesman who disclosed entrapment of a large German force near the town of Rochefort. The beleaguered Nazis are being heavily pounded by American artillery and 700 prisoners already have , been taken, Gen. Dwight D. Elsen-! hower's headquarters revealed. . Nazi 'Klastlc Defense" I In a broadcast from Berlin, a ml-! lltnry commentator reported that in tiin area between Bastogne and Ech-ternach the German army had gone over to Its familiar "elastic defense", sysienl. As against the Increasingly conN-dmt statements from headquarters, ha'tlerront dispatches continued to en"hanize the likelihood that Nail Fi' ld Marshal Karl Herd von Rund-ste'H is planning some new surprise blow. One Allied officer was quoted so ing he was confident Von Rund- j steilt had something fresh to pull out , 'of his sleeve, while International News Service correspondent Frank . Co-miff reported 'some quarters of -, the Belgian front, hitherto violent-. ly active, have become "suspiciously' quiet." Mine on SA-Mile Front .-. With the westermost German IConlinued on page I) British May Take m Full Control In Athens: Churchill ATHENS. Greece. The possibility that Britain would take over full control of Athens if an early political settlement devoid of civil strife is not reached faced the Greeks to-dav. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in Athens with Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and other British officials in an attempt to straighten out the muddled internal situation, tol.l a news conference that If the various Greek political parties failed to find a solution to the problem British troops "here and on the way" would make the British master of Athens. Churchill spoke after the confei em-e of political leaders, including left-wing EAM men whose Elas mi litia forces have been battling Greek government and British troops, ap- proved the establishment of a regen-' cy under Archbishop Damask inoi. . t The British premier promised that whatever force was necessary would be used to clear the entire built-up area of Athens of dissident forces. - I At the same time Churchill declared that the question concerning j Greece and Britain's intervention there to maintain order would b discussed at a forthcoming conference which he said he hoped would take place soon among himself. President Roosevelt and Premier Joseph Stalin. ATHENS. Greece. Buildings ( the center of Athens were shaken by a heavy explosion today after spasmodic artillery fire throughout the night as the British continued thai process of clearing Athens and the port of Piraeus of Insurgent Elan forces. The building-shaking explosion apparently occurred in the outskirts of the city. It was reported. Just after dawn there was an hour-long chatter of machine-gun fire. There are indications that Insurgent troops who entered Athens and the Piraeus area this month are now moving out to positions in and a-stride the road leading into the city area. Resistance within the built-up areas In three main sectors Piraeus and tbe northern and southeastern districts of Athens is Dio offered by the original Athens Elas corps and lta supporters. ( f Pf Plcasiiiit Ki'lslii'iiiicr, Jr., '2"t, son of M: ami Mrs. I'leavait KflNlifimcl', Sr. .ami liasliaml of Mr. FraiK-e. Kt'Khchiit'r of Honllt KiMii Sin-eS, is !!!!"" In at'llon In Jermany. I'fc. KelMhHiner, the 1". S. liifaniry r'nrrps Inside fierniany, lian lirrii missing since Sow 20, a War lleiiiirliiienl telegram ieHrtefl last week. Pfr. Kelshpimer lias licen overseas since Sept. li'i, 144, reHirl Iiik to the front line duty In Germany immediately after arriving nvcr-scas. He has a ix months old son, David Charles. Fifth Army Falls Back Again in Face Of German Attack Artillery-Supported Drive Moves Into Serchio Valley Airmen Blast at Enemy ROM K, Italy. German forces supported by medium and lignt ar tillery vigorously pressed their new attack against American Fifth Army Forces in the Serchio Valley of west ern Italy today, forcing the Americans to make their second withdrawal in less than a week by giving the town of Barga. The Germans pushed the attack into the tecinid day along a sir-mil? front in the Serchio Valley. Taking the initiative along tin1 en- Cnntlnuen on page 3i Universal Woman Dies At Vermillion County Hospital Lei a Hash, 47. of L'niversa), died at the Vermillion County Hospital yesterday at 3:3t) p. m following an illness of about five months. Mrs. Hash has made her home in this community for 19 years. Surviving is the husband. Brn. The body was taken to the Kara-novich Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday. Burial will be in Crand View Cemetery in Terre Haute. 3rd Imleion with the American ev- enth Army fn France. A veteran with 15 months oei'Kean sen ice. Pfc. Randolph is entitled to wear two battle stars, as well as the Combat Infantryman's badge and the Good Conduct ribbon. tT.R.A. Corporal Wood row H. Foncannon. son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Foncannon of rural route three. Clinton, is now serving in the European Theater of Gyrations, an Air Transport Command Base in Great Britain has announced. He Is a member of the European Division of the Air Transport Command. 1T. S. Army Air Forces, commanded by Brigadier General Earl S. Hoag. As the trans-Atlan-t ic aeria I su ppl y 1 i ne bet ween the United Slates and Europe, the ATC's European Division operates hundreds (Continufed on Pae 21 J 1 1 i In line with his usual policy, Gen. Haywood S. Hansen's official esti mation of damage to the plant was withheld until final reconnaissance photos can be analyzed. The Musashimo factory is the big gest unit of the Nakajima firm which along with Mitsubishi repre sents the dominant producers in the Japanese aircraft industry. Lying eleven miles west of the city it was hit in two previous raid? but due to cloud cover results were inconclusive and Gen. Hansel! sent his force back to complete the job and render it useless along with the Mitsubishi Haksudoki plant at Nagoya. Hit Tokyo Waterfront It was also hoped that reconnaissance photos will show Tokyo city itself clear enough to assess damage to the industrial waterfront area bombed by some B-29 elements i Con tin ui mi pave fti Raymond Med lock President Of Clinton Commerce Club Raymond Medlock was elected president and LouiB Lane, vice president, at a special meeting held by ton Commercial Club last night. the board of directors of the Clin-The board has voted to hold the directors meeting the second Monday of each month at R p. m. and the regular Commercial Club meeting the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p. m. The latter will be dinner meeting. stack up aguinst any other division's and the Public Relations staff has great campaigns and getting this ma- terial cleared through the press cen- concentration of artillery and mor- tar fire then had not in the Western Campaign to storm the bunkers of the German Siegfried Line and establish a bridgehead in the Fatherland, they reached an objective for which, in three months of bitter fighting, they had been paving the way since the battle near the beaches. Smashing the Siegfried Line, the sector north of Aachen where it was heavily manned and then aiding in closing the gap that forced Aachen's fall constituted one of the toughest jobs assigned any division in the battle of h,urope. (Continue as Pae I) Clinton, Newport Soldiers Members Of "Old Hickory" Outfit in Germany (Editor's note: This press release but we have made a record we'll NEWS OF LOCAL MEN IN SERVICE The dintonian welcomes any news of relatives or friend j in the armed services for this column, PHONE 32 was sent to Mrs. Florence Hollings- worth of Newport from her son, plus $ 3 S2."i In extra purchases. The' MSgt. Robert J. Rodich, 25, of tor C. Randolph of rou;e one, riiu-War Di-iiarlment renort for Novelll-! North Seventh Street, Clinton. ' ton, is a musician in the band of the Staff Sergeant John Hollingsworth, made it easier for is to get the in-Jr.. who is with the first Army in formation back to the states by sum-Germany. Sgt. Hollingsworlh attend- marizing the highlights of the SOih's ed Newport schools and is well known in this community. He has been In the service for two and ajsorship." Capt. Lavelle wrote. half years, spending a year of that When the 3flth Infantry Division time across seas. The release was i troops charged through the greatest crew chief at a B-Z4 Liberator bomber base In Italy, has been au - thorized to wear a second battle star, according to a recent announcement by the 15th Air Force in Italy. He received the award as a member of a veteran 15th AAF Liberator Bomber Group which has flown numerous bombing mission in direct support of the invasion of Southern France during August and, September. The group is a veteran of more than 145 combat missions and was previously awarded a battle star for its participation In the Italian combat zone. The Battle Stars are won on tbe European- African- Middle Eastern Theater ribbon. MSgt. Ro- dich. whose wife and parents reside her shewed sales of fl.031.2S. De- cember sales are not yet reported but are expected to be approximately the same figure. Mrs. Swinehart said. Sales at the V. R. Machine Tool company totalled l,33.2a 10 bonds above the ten percent payroll deductions. Federal Reserve reports credited Vermillion County with $7,000 in bond purchases by Vermillion County men and women in service, Mm. Swinehart added. Four new schools are entitled to fly the Sch Jols-at-War flag. Mrs. Swinehart said, including Clinton Senior High School. Mrs. Helen Johnson. principal; Blanford school, t ritten by Captain E. C- Lavelle. chief press censor for the 119ih In-f V . 1 J- 1 i , ; , I Hnllingsworth is serving., Paul Duchene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Duchene of South Fourth .m reet. is also a member of the famed "Old Hickory Outfit. "For some time I have been hop-in? I could tell you folks back home abnut this outfit of ours and the , swell record it has made in World War Two from the time it hit the Normandy beach and began fighting on June 15. Censorship has kept o'-r Old Hickory Division s engage- - nts pretty much "under wraps"! William Payton. principal; Dana'at the Clinton address, has been in grade and high school. Ward Bean-' service approximately five years. j blossom, principal and PerrysviUe j IJ.S.A High School, Will ilyers, principal. I Pfc. Blaine Randolph, son of Vie-1

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