The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on June 6, 1947 · Page 15
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y, Jnn«v 8, 194? THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD My tr«ams, the Hill Wn« Twice as Hi Y s In the weeds that hide the scars of war on Hill 192 above Normandy's lu-achi-s, U. Col. Robert If t Icy finds a bullet-riddled helmet to remind him of the bloodiest moments of Company "L." · As a c a p t a i n . U t l e y c o m m a n d e d th- company in its march up the c l i f f * see photo at rijrhU. Now in the c o n s t a b u l a r y force, he still ·nrars the Second I n f a n t r y Division patch on his left shoulder. In the ru.st of the helmet he holds, he could trace the Indianhead of the same insignia. my, and thousands like him,, realized that they were in an honqst- to-goodness war. Dead men don't move. "When he came back to Normandy this time, Colonel Utley had gone straight to St. Laurent cemetery where 3797 men lie buried. He held a long list of names, looked up the graves and photographed them for the families. When he got to Sammy's grave, he could no longer hold back the tears in his eyes. His wife, his brother, Major Gene Utley, and Gene's wife, who had made the pilgrimage with him, turned away and looked across the lush green fields of Normandy. Just below the cemetery, on wreckage-strewn Omaha beach, Oolonel Utley was explaining to his brother how Nazi 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's where the trail was," Utley said pointing for his brother. Marching 1 Into Combat The smallpath no longer looks as it did :n the famous photograph taken by Bert Brandt, NEA-Acme was correspondent, at 'the moment Utley's company was marching into combat. To move thousands of tons of equipment and thousands of tanks and truks off the · beach, engineers had bulldozed 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," he said, kicking the turf. A few miles further inland, Utley *** ·* j|P*S?t«^«^^^r^^^ !- ' L ,, tq^K^Fyfc*, _: ^ *«*;« ?* , - - ^^4^Vv*-'1fci , * ^ » ,/-; . ·^·npn s ^ p * v . «. -i ,«x v. *· tsv?' 1 ~ ' "· By I ' U A N K DONGHI NEA Stflff Correspondent NORMANDY. France, June 8-- (NEAK--Colom'l U t l e y * ' w n s crying over the grave of Sammy, hi.s company runner, when I saw him for the first time. Throe lon$; years ago. Captain Bob Utley of Snn Antonio, Tex., had commanded "TV Company. 38th I n f a n t r y Regiment, when the Second I n f a n t r y divl.sinn landed on Omaha besieh on D-plus-1. Now * J i f c u t o n a n t - c o l o n e l at Constabulary Hendnuurter.s In Heideibeiy, Germany, he was v i s i t i n g th' 1 bench, th? fox holes and the cemeteries f o r the f i r s t t i m e since t h e f w h t i n K . Mrs. Utley looked n t the bench · from the cliff top where Sammy ! is burled and couldn't understand because .she hadn't been part of it. Sammy hnd been Utloy's runner --u mortem army's version of GuiiKft Din. On one of first beachhead days, Sammy hnd seen 200 1 men huddled under blankets on the bench, "Those, guys must have worked like hell last night," he remarked to Utley, "They haven't moved an liu-h nil morning." "Yes, Sammy, they worked hard; they'll never move again," Utley had told him. It was the first time that Sam- Many Britons Targets In Plot LONDON, June 6--/H--A Scotland Yard spokesman said scores of prominent Britons, including high government leaders, were targets of a murder-by-mail plot of "Jewish terrorists,"^ apparently in reprisal for British Palestine policy. Discovery of the letter bombs were disclosed Wednesday, when Scotland Yard announced that, envelopes containing explosive powder and tiny detonators had been sent to .several leading figures in British life. A yard spokesman said three more such letter bombs were uncovered yesterday all recipients I thus far had been warned or bo- came suspicious in time and the letters were turned over to police. PRINTIN BISHOP'S PRINT SHOP The spokesman said the letter bombs were "very dangerous and sufficiently powerful to kill or permanently maim." He said all were mailed from Italy. The life of a hair from a human head is estimated at from six to ten years. ThiH was how Boh Utley first came to Normandy Division, as it thrTM Ion* years n f o. The camera of Bert Omaha beach Brandt, NEA-Acme war correspondont, oniiffht majrt.in Iin« Utlcy's company, part of the Second Infantry stopped his car at a bare mound of earth. Company "L." had' its bloodiest moments here. And here Sammy stopped a German bullet. There had been a sheltering forest when Utley arid his men dug In three years ago. Now the forest was gone. Thousands of shells had killed the trees, and the thirty Frenchmen had cut the forest down. "It doesn't look like Hill 102 any more, but I know it Is," snid 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 Indianhead--the insignia of the econd Infantry Division, '' S ' ·"' . ' · ' . ' · ' * - S J 1 . 1 ' . -* ^"^*s ' .· *" ' ^ *jf',}. ·* -*IHfK ·· s _f N N v . f. .. . ""iv 1 *. s ' *· m A h a l f - m i l e from the heach where, he hoffiin his march, TJtley duff hK first "busings" f n v hole. On his p l l R r i m u K e hack to Normandy, he f o u n d the e x a e t spol a ^ a i n , covered by prnus, Here he dhows it to Mm. nicy, who m a d e t h e t r i p w i t h him. Old Age Checks Hit New Record AUSTIN. June ft- f / ! · · - · - A rrcord n u m n r r of pcrvm.-. u ' l l i n-rclvc old »srr A ,.«,!*' a n-" r h r r k ' . d u r u m J u n e tout ling .5';P.?K)7, t h e Si;iu Depa r ' m f n ! of Publir W r l f n r c nn- nour.rrd, John H W l n t f - r s . r x T U t l v c dirrc- cial Korvicefi, other than the simple rltr-c: »vhloh will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the new Memorial cemetery. tor, ?in!(i chef k. v/ern h « ' i i i K n i n l l e d to 104.048 nK»'d a n d d e [ M - i u l e M t . persons, a net i n c r e a s e of ()(! over May. Average cheeks w i l l bo $li8.M. Ctirrent f ) n v r n e n l s e o i u p a i e d lo . |4.07ft.r.7U in J u n e . I{)·!,') for old M K O 5 the etisa W47 HUDSON Th«- d p p a r M n n u «lsn i n n l U ' d out chockf. t f ) ' ! \ l l i i ( : $H17.:'.7-1 l.( Texas' 5,311 n l i r u i . Tlif a v e r a g e check v.a.s $31.50. Dependent c h i l d r e n p a y m e n t s In- tc. t o i a l \\'M1 f a m i l i e s 35,H'Ji r h l l d r e n recoiv- inc f m n n ^ t p l a i d . Averrme p n y - mcn:.*. ivoff M!,7~. Unidentified Dead To Be Buried Sunday GALVBKTON. J u n e (i -;\ r K i n u l r i t e s i".l t h e MKI.V'-. I j i i f i i i ! of n | p r o x i i r M i f l (i'l u n i d c n t i f l r d bodies ol \ ' i e ! u i i . of ; he 'I'exn.:-- (..'i'v iJi.'.a.-i'ei 1 U'lii be ,slii;plc. F i f - p r e s e n t n t i ' , es of I / a - Tc.xa;, Uily M i n i M r n n l n l l i n n r r *.nkt i h e f f : rould be no Aoeeial music or spe- CARBONATOR TH $YMBOi OF QUALITY WAJIX ^J J. Jlfli) SAUL began its memorable climb from into combat. UUcy is twelfth "I wonder what happened to the poor guy who was wearing this one?" Utley ask£d. 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 gas masks, canteens, scattered rubble that had been the equipment of soldiers. The fox'holes and dugouts had not been filled in by plows, and scrub trees and weeds were trying to hide the scars. At the top, Bob Utley looked back down the slope where Samy--many . Sammies--had fallen. '"I can't believe it," he said. "I can't believe it. I n . m y dreams that hill was twice as high and twice as steep. JOB P H I V T l S f i Jmicy Steaks, Fried Chicken, Chilled Beers, Nice Dancing, - AU« * Curb Service Phono 9522 MANAMA Claude Kennedy, Mgr. Ml. ·» San Benit* Hiw»y Custom Buill VENETIAN BUNDS Ycur Choice Of Wood · Aluminum - Steel ORDER NOW Prompt Delivery BRENUN BLIND Truly A Quality Blind For Beauty and Service See 14* For FREE ESTIMATES Beautify Your Floor* with Azrock (Asphalt) Tilt Various Colors And Designs Available United U Supply STORES 1021 E. 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