The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 25, 1944 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 25, 1944
Page 8
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EIGHT, BLYTMEV1LLE (AUK.) COUJUEK Fortify Burial Crypts Terracina WITH THE FIFTH ARMY IN A CEMETERY BEFORE TISKRA- CINA, Italy.,'•May 25. (UP)— American infantrymen'.won. u savage, band-lo-uand tattle with the Germans early Wednesday in tlfc dank underground caverns,.of a cemetery and church located oil a hilltop blocking our advance toward T'cr- rAclrin. United Press War Correspondent James Roper reports the savage struggle. His dispatch was filed in the field, and sent by carrier pigeon to. a field radio transmitter where it was relayed. ' . • , ' Roper says the Germans removed the dead from their crypts to set up , their mortars. Bui when the battle was over, Nazi bodies were strewn .over the burial ground. The Germans fortified the church ,. and cemetery with mortars nnd mtr- chlncguns.'The Americans, Roper's dispatch goes on, found out how strongly the positions were defended when they assaulted Ihc hill lale yesterday. . • He says the Americans swept up Hie lower slopes only to be pjjmed down by snipers, machlncguns and mortars which inflicted heavy casual! ie's. Roper found Pvl. Joseph Lapctino, ot Chicago, ou the scene ot the battle, hollow-eyed and wearing a two-day growth of blond whiskers. Lapctino told Roper: "I was there for over Iwo hours. Some of the poor guys kept yelling 'Medic! 1 and when the medics did arrive, the Germans shot at them." The American private continued: "We were absolutely helpless. Our artillery came up and blew the daylights out of Ihe cemetery but after each concentration, the German mortars ~would . start up again from the crypts." Finally, snys Lapetiiio, American tanks came over the mountain on a path which the engineers had carved csiKcially for them with bulldozers. The tanks rolled up the hill, blasting the Germ»i!S out of Ihclr fortified graves one afiur another. Finally the Germans began to run off the hill, but they left many of their liumber dead and wounded in the burial caverns. Doughboys charged up the hill mopping up after the tanks. There were . many dead and wounded Yanks on the hill, too. Lapetino said the mortaring from German positions was so terrific during the baltfe lliat some of the Americans suflcred shell shock. He adds: "I saw one American lying in a ditch at the roadside. He was screaming and stuffing bits of leaves and papers into, his ears to keep out the roar of explosions nnd tanks I guess he was pretty badly shell-sHockcd." THURSDAY, MAY 25, 104.1 Gunner Who Flew 85 Missions Now Wants To Return As P.ilot V'ou'cl think 19 montlis and 85 missions In the Southwest Piiclflc would be enough for one guy but J3ob Seper Is asking for more. The 23-yciir-otd lech sergeant is sweating put Ms aircrew training here at BAAF Just like nny other Jeep. When they flew him back to the States curly this year they had him earmarked for a nice rest, and then ah instructor's Job. Bui Bob didn't want a classroom for love nor money. He put in for pilot training and after a month ot basic training at Greensboro, N. C., he landed here. It wns the slimmer before Pearl Harbor when Bob enlisted. The oldest of eight toys In an East St. Louis family, he was the only one eligible for K uniform. (Since then a brother has become a sailor.) He look the airplane mechanic's course at Chanute and then trained as crew chief at the Jackson, Miss., B-25 school. A few months n(tci Pearl Harbor he was In Australia and n week later Hew Into New Guinea. "You just about had to nsk the Jap's permission to gel a ship Into the air then," he says. "It was that uneven. Then am pursuits came In and thai gave the airmen a better break." For 31 missions Bob flew as top turret gunner and engineer In a Mitchell bomber, the "Old Nance" she was called, and on her side she carried the picture of the pilot's wife, for whom slit! was named. They took the ship through the Bismarck Sea battle, giving It n twice-over nnd sinking a transport and a destroyer. Their last mission with the Old Nance was bombing Ltie. A bomb got hung up In the bay door and they headed for home, unable to ilmkc It loose. The pllol brought her down safe and 45 seconds after the crew had whipped out of the ship the Ittinu fuse went off, blowing up the Old Nnncc, a gas truck, and a Jeep. Sergeant Sepcr got II Iwlce on thai ship, In the back and right arm, both times from a Zero's guns. His third Purple Heart he got when 20 imn. shell crushed Into his mouth, luckily blowing out only four teeth. He wasn't liosnUnllzcil for any ot this. There wasn't lime. He was flying on a B-24 now, the flagship of the Jolly Rogers, a heavy bombardment group led by Bob's own pilot, 32-year-old Col. Arthur H. Rogers. New Guinea was to remain their base of operations and Sgt. Scper flew -S8 missions In the Liberator. It's n lonesome job the:top turret man has, for you're strictly on your own. You sit up there with Just your head and shoulders poking onl of the plexiglass—you wish It was heavier Uiuu thai, Bob says, when a bullet zings by. He never got over the habit of ducking when he heard n biillet. even though lie knew II was past by then. Bob's last ship was the Council Special, named after General Council, who OK'd Col. Rogers' plini for rt nose turret in this B-24. H was the first ship to use one and was so obviously an Improvement over the flexible gun It replaced that ail the ships soon had one. It's a Jot of decorations Sgt, Sepcr lias In that pyramid of color on his breast; the Silver Slur, the Distinguished Flying Cross, 10 Air Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Southwest Pacific and American Theater totwi,"'not one guy. Kvery man Is valuable In the crew. The pilot chnufTours the ship, the navigalor lakes It oul and brings It back, the where It will hurt the Jfips'niost. NOT1CK OK FIMNO OF A1TL1- CATJON. KOK MCjtJOIt 1'UKMiT. missioner of Revenues of the Stale of Arkansas for permit to sell and ribbons. But he says they're for a ship. And bringing it a lot closer to bombardier Ilics it over the-target,I Notice Is hereby "given that the Hie engineer keeps it running, the undersigned has riled with tho On, gunners protect it. "If one mnu -'—' ' ~ screws u|) everything's gone." Hack there 6u New Guinea, Bob and all Die other guys thought a lot about getting home. Just lo drive your car, go to Die movies, (maybe with your girl), be with the. folks, wear tho clothes you like. When he (lew back with Col. Rogers lie got three weeks id home, then three weeks at one of Atlantic City's hotels, which Is used for n rehabilitation center. It was like another furlough, he says, /it Orccnstoro they let him have another week home when basic training was over. And now he's puttering around with out AT-'Js and 10s. But It won't be long before he'll lie buck with the guys he left in Now Guinea. This time maybe piloting his own dispense vinous or spirituous Manors for beverage: at retail cjn Hie premises described os 10!) So. Division, Ulytli'eville,' Art. Application Is tor permit to be Issued for operation beginning on the first day,of,July, 1944, ami to as prcsci'ibd by Bulletin dated January 7, 1038 and Supplemental Regulation No. 19, effective July 10,1937. H. S. 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' .The undersigned states that he Is a citizen of Arkansas, ot good moral character, thne he has never been convicted of a felony or other erimc involving moral turpitude; that no license to sell beer by the undersigned lins been revoked within five years last past; and Dial the undersigned has never been convicted of violating the laws ot ihts state, or any otlicr state, relating to the sale of alcoholic liquors. S. A. M. E. Club By B. B: McMullen. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 25 day or May, 19U. Samuel P. Norris <5eal) ' Notary Public. My commission expires Sept. 8, WWW 1 GUM Spring" and Samtncr TUNt'-Up Save Gasoline . . . Save Tires. Get All-round Better 'Performance! T-1. SEAY MOTOR CO. Chrysler DeMer t>rti & Service UI W. Alii Vhone tm If a spicy gum you prize Vou'll say HOTCHU satisfies The roasters of this lending selling brand of Coffee & Chicory.. AVm. B. Reily &Co. Inc., extend to you lliis Invitation: Take home a can of Luzianne.. use the entire contents . . . 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