The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 5, 1945 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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__VOL L XLI—NO. 240 Three Victims 01 Plane Crash Are Identified Captain Blunt With Beisinger and Rose On Fatal Flight Identity of the three Blylhevllle Army Air Field officers dead as icsull of a plane crash yesterday near the local field was announced today by. Lieut. Col. Howard c. Stelllng, commanding officer following; notification of nearest relatives. ; Lieut. Walter Brown Beisinger Jr., 28, and Second Lieut, James A. Rose, 26, were instantly killed about-11 o'clock when the plane crashed and Capt. Miles Blunt Jr 28, died at 12:43 p. m. The; B-25 crashed near the Lone Oak school, described by thc officers of the field as a point about midway between Highway 18 and trie airfield. The officers, returning from a, combat training flight, were coming in for a landing when the Jatal accident /recurred. A board of officers .is investigating causes of • the mishap, it was announced by the field. Motor Trouble Reported Unofficial reports were that one engine of the twin-bomber sputtei ed and went out as the ship quick >}' lost altitude and that the sec ond one soon developed mot. trouble and went out when 11 ship was only 600 feet from th ground. Eye witnesses, who watched 11 fhlp fall, said neither engine wa functioning as it crashed. Ther was no fire. . Captain Blunt, stationed nt 11 field since March, 1943, was member of the instrument trainin board. Enlisting as a private 1 .the Army in August, 1941, I earned his wings as a flying cade in June, 1942. ' .With h)s 'wife, the former Mis Nancy Norton of St. Louis an their year-old daughter, Nanc Russell, he made his home at 151 Hearn. .,'.... Parents Survive , He also is "survived by his ents, Mr. : and Mrs. Miles Blun ;• of Ardmore, p a ., who formerl lived . in Butte, Mont.,' where h Was born; two brother, Lieut Wai lace Blunt of -Middleton, Texa 1 and Lieut. James Robert Blunt c Oklahoma City,'.whom at in .'the Army /Air Corps, and' sister,.Mrs. William Miller of Grot .-ten. 'Long Hill, Conn. : ',, .•"Mrs, ; Blunt and daughter wen to-.St. Louis this afternoon whcr her parents, Mr. nnd Mrs J £ •Norton;-will accompany them Sun day. to Philadelphia, where funera services will be held Monday after 110011 at Oliver-Bali- Funeral Home •Capl. Charles G. BIttner will ac company, the .body;.to Philadelphli for, the funeral services' and tfurial ...: Lieutenant Beisinger was a vet ejran 'flieiv'havirig '"been "piloting planes for the past 10 years. As signed to the local field in July 1943,.he entered the United State Army in April, 1!)42, after having , served two years in the Roy a Canadian Air Forces In Canada Prior to that time he was a civilian pilot. ..'. Native of Illinois .'.JBorri. in Danville, 111., he lived for. a number of years in Nashi ville, Tenn., where hc received hi ater : education at Peabody College. He later was employed in Knoxville and nlso made his home m Memphis. He and his wife, the former Mrs Riitli. Babb Pride, were married Oct. 21. They lived at 107 West Davis. He also is survived by his fathei Walter B. Beisinger, of Memphis- his mother, Mrs. Ruby Hammonds of Indianapolis, and a step brother, James Edgar Edwards, machinist male first class in the Naw now in the South Pacific. Funeral services for Lieutenant Beisinger will be held Sunday afternoon, 3 o'clock, at National Funeral Home in Memphis, with burial lo be at Memorial Cemderv there. The Rev. E. W. Anderson, Methodist-minister of Nashville, will be assisted by the Rev. J. W. ffi™Syiffl!lER NEWS •?** ' >: wytbeYille D»Uy New, Blytheville Courier Herald Mississippi Valley Leader AND 80UTH12AST MISSOURI From A Jap Prison Ship Hero Of Bataan Makes Escape; Returns To Arkansas And Weds Girl Who Waited Four Years . . . pastor of First Methodist Church' of Memphis, in conducting the services. Relatives Arrive The elder Mr. and Mrs. Bpisingcr are here, where they were joined by J. JF. Babb of Piedmont, Mo father of Mrs. Beisinger Jr. Lieutenant Beisinger's mother and Mrs Babb will arrive here this afternoon to accompany other members of the family to Memphis. Lieutenant Rose received his wings and commission at the local twin-engine bomber school last February and at the time of his death was flight commander. Kc and Miss Nancy Lowe of Mount Pleasant, Pa., were married eight months ago at the chapel of Hie base here. They made their home at 607 West Walnut. One Arkansas hero from tragic Bataan has como home at last to romance anil happiness after winning a lii'e-aiul-death struggle with a Jap soldier in waters of the Stilu Sea where lie and 82 other American prisoners managed to escape last Seiv- tember from a torpedoed J«p freighter. He Is Sergl. Cletls O. Overtoil, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus H ° vcr '°"' n ° lla ' Ark,, now visiting his bride, Lieut. Maxlue Overtoil who Is ati Army nurse at villc Army Air Field. His is-one of the epic stories of the Pacific war, one of rare courage and endurance, qualities that sustained him through the Infamous "March of Death," through months ot hard Inboi 1 , illness and mistreatment In Japanese prison camps in the Philippines, and finally through the harrowing experience when !orpecV>es from an American submarine brought him' a fighting chance for freedom. Seated by a glowing gas fire-, place at. the C. E. Coulter home, C06 West Main, where he'and his wife are temporarily, residing, Sergeant Overton this week gave a Couiier News reporter an account, of his experiences, not the least of which was the "happy ending," for he returned with some $2800 In back pay which had'accumulated tor him In Australia, and as soon as lie got back home lie married his high school sweetheart, now Lieutenant Overton, who. had waited for ,hlm. the. four years since he went in the Army Air Forces back in 1940. • His Fiancee Wails "That's-the best,-part, of the Sergeant Overtoil story," Sergeant Overton said. "All the time I was in .the Philippines she waited for me' because she hart faitn I somehow would come back. 1 Lieutenant Overton and'her husband were . students. together Willow, Ark. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cox of Malvern. While Sergeant Overton was away she .studied nursing aiid wss graduated from St. 'Joseph's' Hospital. In Hot Springs before entering the Army; Nurses ' Corps'. For the-past 21'months'she; lias been'at.-.BIythevill3 Army Air Field. Sergeant Overtoil's homecoming was "a ''joyful -occasion,''especially since they .could carry aut their plans to be married.'.' The ceremony was performed Nov. 28, 'at Arkadelphia. . •: ;• But behind this all is a grim story of war that has few parallels, a story, that had its beginning when Sergeant Overton sailed from Savannah, Ga., in April; 1941, for Honolulu and thence to the Philippines where he,and,his buddies of the 27th Bombing Group landed Nay; 20.; jtttt : jl8 ; days-.b«fore the war started.'i.irdnica'llyj.ftcir dive lombers which were sent out 1 with them were delayed - or detoured, and never arrived. The defenders of Balaan could well have used hem in the days ahead. Thus, vhen the attack came Sergeant Overton, his 'fellow, aircraft me- chanlcs and. other • .ground .crew men, pilots, 'etc., were- assigned "to ground 'defense at • Nichols-. Field during early days 'of. the. fighting. On Christinas. Eve, ,1841,. they vere ordered to Bataan Peninsula. Given Battle Equipment "We were issued infantry equipment and assigned to the defense if Bataan airfield which the en- jneers had constructed in n hur- y for the use of what tew planes re had left," Sergeant Overton elated. "I manned a machine gun vhencvcr the Jap planes came vcr which was too often, and I id what I could to help keep our hips In flying condition." The hopeless battle of Bataan s.history. General MacArtimr iiad scaped to Australia and General onathan Watnwrlght was in com- land when the inevitable sur- ender came. "He was the finest leader a man luld hope to serve under. Ser- eant Overton said of Wainwright. Tlic toys would have fought on Steele Resident Dies Last Night Mrs. Emma Woodard U Fatally Stricken; Services Sunday . Mrs. Emma Wood/rd of Steele Mo., wife of Will •'Woodiircl who Is employed at the air bnsc, died Insl nieht at "Walls : Hospital.' GO. : • In She was ill health for an extended time,, she was stricken with paralysis a short time before brought to the-hospital where she soon died Born in Ripley, Twin., she had lived in Steele 21 years. • Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, 2 o'clock, at Church of Christ in Steele, with burial nt Mount Zion Cemetery there tShe is survived also by three son? Clarence - Woodnrd of Blytlievllle' Vernon '\yoortard of the Army sta- '!oned;iii California, and LoivJs Woodard of .'St. Louis; ..three daiuh- ters, • Mrs; Henry Lovelace, .Mrs. Harry. Burden-and Mrs. Evnus Wilson, all of,Steoie; slx-.brothers, Rod ert, Charles; Joei'plarence, jlm'an Lee Bunavant, all of Ripley, an one .sister. Mrs. will Walton Kipley, • ' -' ARKANSAS?. PHIDAY, JANUAHV 5, .945 Roosevelt Will Address Nation Tomorrow Night He Will Confer With Allied Leaders; More Food For Italy • M WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UP) - Keu-siiicii intending President Kooscvclts press conference today "ere given n brcnk. They yot news, mid plenty of U. The President (old Hie reporters *» 0 "<-'«n Imiiorlnnt radio address lo tl, c natlou, nbout.the forthcom- 'g meeting ol the Big Three,' nnri. bout new developments 'In the relief progniin for Italy • _ Taking first things first, Mr, Roosevelt announced h c will hml.c rn«" 0 ,'?' We racll ° 9 O'cloc" 1 CWT. 1 "" C ' 1 Ctl|H "'i >OSC - ° f U the American' people \?T } '",'l °< '"s.aniiti to be dellvcicd earlier In -the 8WGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ' f 3 Allied Armies Pourid Rim Of Salient; Back Lublin Russians Break Late Bulletins ATIIKNS, Jim. <i (!)[•) _ > r \ w now mlnislc,, ;of foK-lnn affairs, John S«(l»n«jiouto$, today mmlo another appeal | o (he left-win* Kl.AS li'iwps to lay down their arm ; On Torelen Policy President Roosevelt touch on Policy, as well'In., on eitier fk M, en n^ cct of Hie . r, or n i ° r 4 " F ' S as lts the new session. President said en said on nollcy issue he will disciiss on c ° f t r to France. The IV : Qauilo ° , .that Prance be all o i- cd (o <iy n grenter role in the war But ' Indus' As ence ».Ke Secret o ,^ ooscve11 ' confer-' Pres- ''rime Minister v t C "" 0r Slnlfn '- Mr - vclt disclosed one fact- Tile next Big Three meeting w ill be held ^ometinie after j Bn . 2o? when ask-- tt f SL SL™. «P«inc inrorniatipn President merely.said or him until ould have hroiigh." doomsday If gotten supplies Born in Mount Pleasant, where I m L J cet a8al " "On April 9 we were ordered to sscinblc at Marlveles for surren- er. We didn't want to quit but lere was nothing else to do. The ext day the Japs started inarch- ig us off the peninsula, ft was he 'March of Death' and what appcned has already been told nd I'm not going to talk about nylhlng that happened to me. Death March Ends "Seven days later,' those of Us ho finished the march staggered Ho Camp O'Donnel, 186 kilo- cters from where we started. "A month later I was sent on work detail, returned to Manila id then to Camp Cabanatuan. i ad become ill while away but at 10 camp some naval medical of- cers hod rigged up a crude hos- tal and they soon had me on Negro Slayer Executed For Pullman Crime SALEM, Ore"., • Jnn. 5 . (O p )_ Robei-t E. Lee Folkes, a 23-year old Negro,, was executed in the ga. chamber today for the. murder ol .Naval officer's bride in berth 13 on a latflicni train:. BT • Pacifi /The Convicted murderer of Mrs Martha Virginia James of Norfolk Va... walked quickly and unaito ip the death chamber, still insist- ing'he was not guilty Mrs. James was killed the night of January 23, 1943. Her husband Ensign Richard James, was in another Pullman. Occupants of the car were aroused by screams and found Mrs James dying from a slashed liiroal in lower 13. Committee Cuts Welfare Budget Legislative Group Pares 11 Millions From Total Sought LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 15 (U.P.)- ' Id ' lslattvc slnshcd from tho Arkansas wr' o ra welfare Department's 1Q45-47 of somc mtmon .The committee, in a special S cs- reared, he Is ton of Mrs. Minnie A. Rose of that city. He also is survived by several brothers and sisters, one brother, Lieut. Floyd E. Rose, having recently returned from overseas service. Mrs. Rose left last night for their home and Lieut. Robert Bender will accompany the b/idy, to be sent tonight. It is expected funeral services will be held Monday at Ardmore. Holt Funeml Home Is In charge. 'My next destination was nn Island far to the'soulh. On Aug. 26 I was sent with 1000 men and officers to Mindanao where we joined 1000 other captured Americans to be placed In Davao Penal Colony which . had been used for civilian convicts before the war, "Here we were made to work in the rice fields, growing food for i n' 8111 ' reduccd from dollars to four million dol- a " lou »t of state funds f ° r pum assistance the "' from six ranilon f c amounL of [ «!cral ., for , grants In 1945-46. For 1946-47, the committee trimmed the amount of state funds from seven million dollars to fou,- n n"* of . left the Deparlmcnl with ?« in™ PPr ?« atlon ° r -'Some eight nllllon dollars for esch of the prs ' 3, . Commis- A. .carnenler hnd nskcd and 15 dollars In other action 'last nieht 'the committee trimmed $58,000 'from for f ucat ?» Dewrlment request for some $11,500,000 a year. the Japanese and a little for ourselves. Conditions were somewhat (Continued on wt« *, Chicago Wheat ' May ' July ouen hlnh low close }«6',S I66'/, 185% 186H 166'A 158-1, 153-11 158 158-fi 158?! In Steele. n lot on what . he te,™ ? "ice/ conditions mennlriif of the term "Ice Th I.OIWON, .ran. 5 ('UI'l-AiHcr- "-in medium and heavy bombers ailackcd (lie Ilrfnricr r»ss r;iil- roail.throuuh the Alps loilay, NKW DKI.III. Jnn. 5 (UI-) — J.ont Mnunlbaitcn, «ni|iloytnK the UtRfsl coriiblned opcratlo'ns force- ever laimulied apilnsl the Akyab, liort. ISui'ni.i's west coast mr™ e Bit' Three will prevail at the forth- coining conference. . . . As for i-elief to Italy lh nt »tt the Un,te/'s l tae,and . ttvc " E '' cetl °n a Prog and f ,. " '"'" )st ' Allies. Del)i j rtlncn t statement yesterdny after c Drew Pearson again ° n , k "°' V lvhy rclicr *as y ns promlscd bv lilc ».- '= «"""» armistice terms lave been kept secret. Tlic reporter then asked whether the chW mS H 1 ",^ I""* 1 ' 011 - '"c Presidcjil T r l! a , sccrccy on the lre ' 1t ''' ims still is Important, The discussion in congressional circles about plans lo draft 4-Ps o iar has concerned 4-P actors bandleaders and oilier professlonai entertainers. Representative Donald L. O'Toole, New York Democrat, proixwas hat 4-F entertainers like actors Ml bandleaders be inducted, nnd ac assigned lo units which could move from tattle front to bnttle ront to boost soldier morale. Seorge Riddick, : ormer Warden, Dies In Oregon Funeral services for George RM- ick, formerly federal game warden n this'^dlstrlct, will be held Sunday fternoon at Horncrsville, Mo fol- owtnjf'Ms death Dec. 23 in Oregon. Leaving Arkansas seven years ago, ic was area manager of the fish and illd life service in Ihe Northwest I'h en stricken ill. Among those who plan to ailend he funeral rites will be Otto Cum- nlngs ot West Memphis, district upervlsor, and formerly of Blythc- I'ille, and Joe Wliitlcy, slate game TOrctcn here. : . G. Prince Dies STEELE, Mo., Jan. 5. — F. O. ilice of Steele died Wednesday loi-ning, 2:55 o'clock, at St. Joseph's lospital in Memphis, where hc hnd | ecu a patient for the past several •ceks. He was 52. Survivors include his wife nnd even children, six of whom "live in tcelc. •'•' Porter Ordered Held For Trial Negro Is Bound Over In' Fatal Figrit With Beer Distributor »mi, c " mlmll ' y ''icnrlni; for Tnft Williams, 35-ycai'-olcl NCBI'O porter churgcrt with spying of 'Naif M. Moore, 40, Dec. 15 at, Pastime BJ1- tard Hull ns climax to an ui-ijuiiient wns held hero tills morning .; ' Bound over lo uli'CvIt Court, his bond of $2000 wns set for the manslaughter charge. ; . . At liberty, since .the .'fatal attack, under bond , of $1500, he wns' re- lumed lo jnl| tQdny to await making of the. higher bond. ; Bruce Ivy of. Osccola participated in the hearing as s|)ecia! proSc-- cutor retained, by the family of th» Deer distributor . who -died two davs after the Negro allegedly hnd slab- bed him ........ ; . ., • The attack .by (he Negro followed Mr. Moore's striking tlic Negro vvllli 1 cue stick, as .climax to an argn- nent.'eyi?' \vllh6ssiVsatd. •Not believed .sorlonsly Injured at, the .time, ho suffered a Imtlti hemorrhage. ,a .short time before his dcnlh. He hnd „. cut on Ills shoulder. , and .a. blow on hk temple. The Negro Is slnteil to face trial it the next itcrrn .of Criminal Dl- Circuit ..court,, beginning Atkinson Will Fight For Post Head of Store Police To Resist Efforts Of Laney To Remove Him LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 5 (UP) — Superintendent c. T. Alklnson o the Arkansas State Police says h will fight any attempts on the par of Governor-elect Ben Lancy to re move him from office. The former assistant supcrlnlen dent who took over when A. a. Al bright resigned following Laney' announcement that Jack Porter o Forrest City would serve '.as superintendent during his administration says he will fight for his post li the welfare of the department." Atkinson, in announcing life rf cision to fight efforts to remove him. said: ."Past legislatures In enacting .the.laws under which on department operates, saw fit (o ) ace us under civil service in ni effort to keep the department free rom politics anrt enable It to function-more efficiently, in fairness to these gentlemen i feel I shouh remain j n office nnd give member? of the new legislature nn opportunity to express the wishes of their constituents." The veteran law enforcement of- icef, one of the original 13 members when the department wns created in 1935, charges that efforts arc being made to remove him from office because of his Impartial en- orccment of state'laws. : Atkinson says ho has obtained the assurance of half of ^thc sta'c senators nnd of many rcnr'cscnU- livcs thai they will resist any measure introduced to reinbve him from office. And hc says ttUhtcnds to refuse to turn over (he office o Porter and to demand a hearing before the Stale Police Commission. • • With Allies On Polish Question U. S. and Britain To Continue Recognizing Leaders In London ...'MOSCOW, Jan. r> (l)]')-Rus,slc Has ninclo ivlijit iimy l )e n niajoi policy break with |he other -bl« Allied powers. •'. ,'i'lie' Soviet Union h«.i officially recognized (|, c mi,i! n fiiMann Committee as the provisional government of I'oltind, Tho report broadcast by way of Moscow, says imibussndoi's will bo exchanged In the nein- tntiini between (lie Soviet nlon and. Ihe Lublin committee. The first reaction from the olli- vi- allies lo Moscow's movo caimi from Washington, where Secretary of Slalc Sloutiilus promptly; reaffirmed Ihu UnittHi states' irccou- iilllon of the Polish ci<m>niiiH>nl- " Exile In London—thug prcclpl- Ing nn upon policy cleavage between the United states 1111,1 the Soviet Union. , A few minutes liilci', the Urltlsh Foreign Office issued n statement saying UMaln and Russia hnd conferred on the mailer ot Polish recognition mid thnt Mi-Hutu hurt Wised lo concur .m the ruissltm decision, i • . . i Tlmi made ilio"clqfivnia> between Ihu Hussions nntl tlni Anglo-Saxon sowers on thc Issue cnmplclc. ft remains to be seeli what sliind the DeClmillo Qovcnmi'cnl In Franco vill lake, It's worth noting (hat Ihe llus- ilnn iictloti'cnme. qulckjy after the io|vc wns exprcsstd 'In Wnshlnulon W Dm' Soviets would tlelny . recognition of the Lulilln Committee. In London n spokesman for th'o opposing regime says .(he Soviet im- iaiiiicdment cmncs-'iis 'no' Nurpiisr-. The spokesman for ?(lie i>avem- iicut-lii-oxilu says the Russian nc- lon docs not chance the ntntuda of the London 1'oles. >ery/ces Held For Boy Killed By Falling Tree , JOINEIl, Ark., Jnn. S.i-Sci'Vlc'es rerc. held for Leiunon Oakcs, 12, on of Mr. ond Mrs. Walter Onkcs tilled Wednesday , by; « fulling tree hrcc Jrilles northwest, of licru. Ser- ices • were conducted by the Hcv. '. W. Moore. Lciunan, who was deaf, was killed fliilc he wns with his grandfather V. A. Onkcs, nnd others, ciiUlnr (irewood. Besides his Monty At Bar Japs Expecting Luzon Invasion Tokyo Reports Convoys And U. S. Task Force Enrouto From South llj United rrtxs. Japan h liiaclii^ foi an Invij'Joii of Lu/oii, and Tokvo evidently milks It, Is (.omliig veij 1,0011 .KiKllo 'lokio MIJS, n I lefl'.l two ImerlLnn tonvoji rind n btg naval tusk fmce au pushing thiough tho ican of tlic Philippine', Miulh of Luzon 'Ihe icnoil (.oliiildib vvllh i v/lilrlvUurt Atncilcnii nli otfen- ' against Iho chlcP Iflnnd of otfonsKe re even parents, Lcamon Funeral services; and burial were Court Will Convene Civil Division, Circuit Court, will convene in Osccola Monday after having been recessed since last Monday when Judge Zal B. Harrison presided over the opening session. Only a small number of cases arc scheduled to be heard. ' N. oTCottorT Mar, May July Oct. Bee. open high . 2216 2218 . 2213 2214 2133 2183 2005 2098 2094 20M 2M3 208!) low close 2215 2218 2218 2207 2214 2213 2178 2182 2183 2097 2091 urvived .by two brothers, William o and' L. G. Oakcs, and two sis- era,.Jolcc and Glymlalc Oakcs, and I!) grandparent*, Mr. and Mrs. w. V Oakes, all of near Joiner, Burial WHS in the Bussctl Cemetery. Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS-! WPA) _Livestock: Hogs 14,200, salable 11,100. Top H.TO IflO- 300 Ibs. 14.60-14.70. 140-100 Ibs. 13.CO- 14.40. Good sows 13.70-1,18.0 Cattle 3,450, salable 2,200. Calves 800, all salable. Mixed ycnrllnifs & heifers 11-13.50. Slaughter steers O.SOjlC. Stochcr mid feeder steers Weather •. ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon. Cloudy and warmer with light rain in Ihe west .portion tonight. Saturday cloudy with occasional light rain. Warmer in extreme cast and extreme south portion. Rites Planned (ill: ..Philippine, an hat has sunk 01 wieckcd 00 Jan iliiiis In thne daji, i Admlinl Nljnll/., at Pearl ilaibor ami Geneial Miic- Artliui * hcriritiixiilers on Lcylc naln silent. They haven't' c, t ., confirmed the existence of the co'n- -oyn. "HI Ijionclcnst from Japan •'nn mpcrlal headquarters communique nys the c.onvoj'i peneliatul tlio >ay ol Sail Joso, spilthwesl ^of Mlnt'oro, at d'awn ycslcnlay. Th'o same nflcrnuon, 'll)c ; com- nunlquc adds, thc American I'ask orco enlercil tlic vviilers west of I'anay nnd southwest of Mlndoro. Thc enemy claims attacking' Jap planes already have sunk a carrier «n<l two battleships or cruisers out of thu task force. This h the first time American battleships or aircraft carriers have been reported in thc islaiid Mas of the Philippines since 'the Invasion of Leylc In Oclober. And If they really arc near Mlndoro, Ihcy would seem to be closing In on Luzon, which lies Just across a nine-mile channel to the north of the Islaiid. Other American arrows pointing toward Luzon are the ntiacks by heavy carrier-based air assaulls on riormosn nml Okinawa Islands. Tlic attacks seem to be designed (6 neutralize the two strongest enemy bases south of Japan, to isolate the Philippines froni aerial reinforcements while General Mac- Artlmr's laud-based planes rotten up Luzon. New Offensive Under Command Of Montgomery Eisenhower Hands ••) British Leader Job Of Directing Drive -. PARIS, Jon 5 <UP)-Thc Ger!?","?' n 8 h ""8 " two-front war In Belgium, .apparently have, been caught with most ot their armor facing the wrong way , i ., 'Hie sudden »nd powerful Allied counter-attack against the north !?*, n* th ° "** bul «*' 15 «*<«•*§ officially to be making extremely good, although unspectacular progress Gains of nearly a mile, in $4 hour? have been made In some sector-, along & 40-mile front, and German resistance against our troops has been spotty ' ' H appears that the Germans, pre- •miwblj expecting the main Amer- icnn thrust to come from {he south mid lined up .their biggest forces ufiilnst General Patton's Third Armv. liistcnd, tho big blow of tlic coun"-' icr-ononstve was leveled by two and lioihap, three 'Allied armies in the north, now cSfflcUlly revealed to be H"": 1 "«> new tomm»nd of British Klcld Marshnl Montgomery Montgonicry has hurled the American First Mid 'the British Second A i mies against almost the entire uorth iltn of the enemy salient m Belgium -Berlin cidW elements' of the American Nlhth Army also have Joined the assault « , , c J Drive Into Pocket , . ,,t W ™t» Allied columns have slashed 1600 yards oiTinorc Intq the waht'of the enemy pocket, and have cut the gap between them and the Tljlrd Army in the south to 12 miles 01 lew ... , , , Youth, 13, Breaks Leg In Fait From Bicycle Perry liolhrock, 13-ycnr-old son of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Rolhrock, suffered a broken leg In a full from his bicycle yesterday afternoon while eiiroulc back to school after lunch. Removed to Blvthevllle Hospital for treatment, Ills condition was good today. New York Cotton oiicn hleh Afar. . 2215 2216 May . 2210 2210 July . 2179 21SO Oct. . 209C 209G UCC. . 2089 2092 low close mans, wlWioiit taking any-major coimtcr-measures against ' the at- tiuk fro^ the' north, are failing n 1 !* J'ow'y 'Khlnd a .vast mlne- nold injlcart of nghtlng with big roices, they're, battling in , maU , groups with dug-In tanks and ma- chino gun, nests placed In 'snow- covered ravines of the Ardennes Forest i i > Although the Germans have their gienlcst poiyer concentrated against the south flank, they have lost the Initlntlve Patton's men bounced oil 17 successive German lank assaults in the Bastogne area, and maintained constant northward pressure against the enemy, But In spito of the fact that the tide now seems to be going our way t Is not flowing fast There is hard, tough fighting over difficult grouuti in soihe/of th6 roughest country o.' the western | front 1 ' The -snow has stopped falling, but the ground is covered with a heavy blanket, ami it s bitter cold The skies ovcrhea i are overcast, reducing direct air support to our ground forces Berlin RepoVU Cams There* little official news from the Seventh Army front at the Eoutheastcfti end of the western 2211 221B 2206 2209 2176 2178 2215 2209 2173 2090 2095 2093 2085 2032 2086 Memorial N.Y. Stocks A T & T ......... ). Ainci- Tobacco Anaconda Copper Helh Steel Chryslei Coca Cola Gen Electric , , Gen Molois Montgomery Ward M Y Central umlny at the Drown Chapel Baptist Jnt Harvester ;nuich for Pvt. cnlvin B. Glenn. 22, North Am ivhtInn on of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Glenn " Aviation f near Manila, kilted " ice. 2. Republic Steel Socony Vacuum Stiidcbaker The Rev. J, R. Richardson of Cos- sffiTrd of N ell, pastor of Brown's Chapel, will C) ' anai>ra of N 2094 20J8 comhirt'lhn. rites. Texas Corp U -s Steel 164 1-8 G6 3-8 30 1-8 68 3-4 94 3-4 137 39 1-2 64 1-4 51 1-8 24 81 10 5-8 20 1-4 14 3-4 18 7-8 57 3-4 49 3-4 61 3-8 front, but Berlin claims German troops have smashed almost 20 miles acroK the Alsatian border in France, clear through some of the old Maginot Line fortification!, The Germans do not specify the location of the Clalrnedjbreakthrough The last official reports from the Seventh Army front told'of continued hard fighting, but along •> line clow to th6 German border all thc way, with the Americans recapturing some points'they ha<i lost > Although, there was little air action in direct support of our ground troops, the American Eighth Air mce hit hard against German' reir lines More than 1000 of Gep Jimmy Dojlittle's heavy' bombers escorted by 500 fighters, hammered at least 20 important Oerrmri supply points in a great triangle oi \vestern Germany between Karlsruhe, Cologne and Frankfurt. Headquarters has announced that British Field Marshal Montgomery now Is in command of the American First and Ninth Armies as sell as the British .aut Army Group. American Genera! Bradlej, who orlglnallj commanded the First Ninth and Third Armies, all collected undef the Sixth Army Group retains titular command of the Sixth Army Group. But the First and Ninth have been removed from that group, because of the Gcrnnn penetration into Belgium which, cut .them'oil', from Bradley's headquarters. Supreme Headquarters emphasizes that the change \sas dictated bj geographical and I military necessity And so far, there's no indication that the supreme commander,* General Eisenhower, Intends it as a Permanent set-up President Rcxmel', in Wa«Jilng- ton, said piat the transfer of tjie First and Ninth Armies to Montgomery's command does not mean that Montgomery^ td beconie deputy commander,to "Eisenhower Mr Roosevelt fays the 'change ^43 „ regular field openrtlon. And U appears that ttw petjntiKncy of ft Is up to EUwnhoifcr.^^rf, *'

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