The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on June 6, 1947 · Page 5
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*'In My Dreams, the Hill Wan Twice as High . . ." Friday, June », 1947 THE BROWNSVILLE HERALO D-Day Plus 3 Years In thf words that hlrto the scar* of war on 11111 102 above Noi'- miihily'ft lirachrs, I.I, f'ol. Koliort I F t l o y finds n bullet-riddled hrlmf't to remind tilm of tin- hloodifttt momenta of Company "L." As a c a p t a i n . I ' l l c y nmmiumiod tin- company in Its march up the r l l f f s *re photo at r l f f h t ) . Now In t h e c o n H l n b u l a r y force, he HllJl wrnr* t h f Second I n f a n t r y Division p a t c h on his l o f t shoulder. In t h f rust of t h e helmet he holds, he could trace the Indlanhead of iht same insignia. ; By F R A N K D O N O H I KKA S t a f f Correspondent N O R M A N D Y . France, June fl~ f N E A . - -- C o l o n o l U t l c v was crying over the crave of Sammy, his comp a n y r u n n e r , when I saw him for the first time. Three long years ritfo, C a p t a i n Bob UUey of .San Antonio, Tex., had c o m n i f t n d r d "I./ 1 Company, ?3th I n f a n t r y K c - g i m c n f . \vhen t h e Second I n f miry divl.Mon limdcd on Orrmrm taeaeh on D-plu.s-1. Now a i i s u t f ' t m n t - c o l o n e l at Conxtabu- Isiry Headquarters in Hoidnlbertf, Oerm.any, he WHS vi.siUnK t h e bench, the fox holes nnrl the eemeterie.s f o r t h e first time since t h e f U i h t l i i K . , Mm. Utley looked n t the beach from the c l i f f lop whe.ru Sitmmy is buried and couldn't understand because she hadn't been part of it. Sammy had been Utley's runner --a modern army's version of CUtnftn Din. On one of first bfiach- hciul days, Snmmy had .scon 200 nm\ huddled under blankets on the bench. "Tho.se guys must have worked like hell hist night," ho remarked to Utley, "They haven't moved an inch nil morning." "Yes, Sammy, they worked h a r d ; t h e y ' l l never move again," Utley had told him. It was the first time that Sam- my, and thousands like him, real- ised that they were in an honest- tn-ffoodneas war. Dead. men don't move. "When he came back * to Normandy this time, Colonel Utley had gono straight to St, -Laurent cemetery whore 3797 men lie buried. He. held a long list, of namftfi, looked up the graves and photographed them for the families. When he got to Sammy's grave, he could no longer hold buck the tears in his eyes. His wife, his brother, Major Gene UUey, and Gene's wife, who had mmdc the pilgrimage with him, turned *way and looked across the lush green .fields of Normandy, just below the cemetery, on wreckage-strewn Omaha beach, Colonel Utley was explaining to his brother how Na»i guns on the flank had pored fire into men and material massed on the sands. "It seems awfully quiet here now," he said, "awfully quiet!" "Do you remember, Gene that picture of my company walking up the cliff from Omaha beach in single file? That'r where the trail was," Utley said pointing for his brother. Marching Into Combut The smallpath no longer looks us It did .'n the famous photograph taken by Bert Brandt, NEA-Acnn; WRH .correspondent, at the moment Utlcy's company was marching into combat. To move thousands of tons of equipment and ( thousands of tankK and truks off the beach, engineers had bulldozfed the trail into a wide straight road. Up this road about half a mile, Bob Utley had dug his first "business" fox hole. Now it took three minutes by car, and three more minutes across fields, to reach the spot. Utley found a slight depression overgrown by grass. "This was the exact spot. And we were as green as this grass, 1 ' he «f\ld, kicking the turf. A few miles further irtland, ufcloy Many Britons Targets In Plot LONDON, June. O-M/P)--A Scotland Yard spokesman said scores of prominent. Britons, including hig-h government lenders, were tar- gels of u murder-by-mail plot ol "Jewish terrorists," apparently in reprisal for British Pnlcstlm? policy. Discovery of the letter bombs were disclosed Wednesday, when Scotland Yard announced thai envelopes containing explosive powder and tiny detonators had been sent to several lending figures in British life, A yard spokesman said three more such letter bombs were uncovered yestenfa.y all recipients thus far had been warned or became suspicious in time and the letters were turned over to police. The spokesman said the letter bombs were "very dangerous and llailficicmly powerful to kill or per- hnnnenUy malm." He j,aitf nil I inn Her! tram l l a l y , The life oV n hnlr from n head is s t i mated at from six -ten vrnrs, This WRK how W»b Ullay titui onmn to Normandy threft long 1 yefcru fcfo, The camera - o f Bert Rfftridt, NEA-Acm* war correspondent, cai^hi UtleyY-ftomjtany, part of the (Second Infantry Division, as It began Us memorable climb from Omaha beach into combat. IHIey is twelfth TUMI in line (arrow). stopped his car at a bare mound i "It doesn't look like Hill 192 any of earth, Company "L" had its bloodiest moments here. And here Sammy stopped A Oerm'an bullet. There had been a sheltering forest when UUey and hia men dug in three years ago. Now the foi* 1 est ,wa« gone. Thousands of shells had killed the trees, and the thirty; Frenchman had cut the fore-fit clown. more, but I know it is," said Utley. By Way of confirmation, he reached into the underbrush and picked a bullet-riddled helmet out of what was left of a fox hole. On the rusty helmet there was still a faint trace of an Indianhcnd--the insignia of the econd Infantry Dl- vlslnn, "I wonder what happened to the poor guy who was wearing this one?" Utley asked. He didn't need an answer. As the Utleys and their wives walked to the top of Hill 192, they threaded their way past rotting RRR masks, canteens, scattered nibble that hnd been the equipment of soldiers. The fox holes and dugouts hnri not boon filled In b.v ' plows, nnd scrub trees and weerin \ A r cre trylnp; to hide the scars. At the topi Bob Utley looked bnclc down t.he slope where Sam- n v -- m n n y Sammies--had fallen. "I can't believe it," he said, l en n't. believe It. In my dreams ( h a t , hill wns twice as high and twice as steep. At the approach to HID 10JJ, Utley stands in disbelief. Ten'yard* 16 his left, Gfcrman trenchr es lined the rDAd'thre'£ yfear* jijfo. In the hedjfc- row« lit his right, he ana his wifcrt dufe in for two weeks awaiting (he St. ! .Lo jump-off. 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