The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 3, 1952 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 3, 1952
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BtTMEVILLK (ARK.f COURIER MLWi 'WEWW5DAY, W5C. 8,' 1WI SI 11 1 OSCEOLA NEWS I enow »p to our knMt and eur feet were frozen. • • f • THE GROUND was 'frown as hard as rock and the'few vehicles we had left' were mired down and froxcn so deep in the ground we hud to leave them. Canned tomatoes and D-biU's were all the food fx-POW Harry Jones Has No Trouble Remembering Dec 7 ant! stick It cut ind that ra on* would try to escape »s we knew what would happen to the others. "The next morning, Dec. 19, we were lined up In » column of three. Three days had passed since 'we surrendered nnd we had never been given a bite of food or a drop of water. They kept promising us had left anrf we didn't know j 'he next place we would be fed. jjfe 7_one of the most Important dates In modern history of our own America—marks the eleventh anni- 'versary of Pearl Harbor. We shouldn't need to look for the date on n ' calendar to remember It, but as •• years go by, some of our memories get dimmer and dimmer of that Sunday afternoon when » special news bulletin was announced on our radios the attack occurcd at 7:55 &.. Dec. 7, 19-11, when squadrons of -Japanese planes and bombers suddenly appeared;over Pearl Harbor. • The battle ship Arizona exploded .. tnd sank as the result of a bomb. which passed down her smoke stack. The older battleship, Oklahoma, capsized and several other ships were damaged. ""Prior to'the Dec. 7 attack, au' thoritles in WPsMngton warned trist' hostile action by Japan was probable, but in spite ot the warn• ings, they had been taken by com- i plete surprise and the entire country was horrified. Wo were at warl Young boys, some In high school, others Just entering their first year -of college, started being drafted while some volunteered. It's strange how quick Americans can ba ready to fight for our country. but : emotions in '-times'Ilka that can't t* controlled. We all know what look place on Deoi 18, when Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, reported 2,891 officers and men killed, 907 wounded or missing, and the destroyers, Ca&sln, Shaw, and Dowries; the target ship Utah, and-the mine-layer, Oglah, 4 * . Harry Jones My position was an obRcrver, "The night of Dec, 15 was my Ell were completely destroyed. A I/OT TOOK place in the lives 'ot our youth and the anxiety of their families. Practically every young man you met on the street had registered, One in particular that has a story to tell that should make us never forget, Is young Harry Jones. He was only 20 when ho was drafted on Aug.. 4, 1042. As all Osceola boys! were, he was •erit to'Camp Robinson to be.'pro- cessad. After three days, he was sent to Otmp rorrest, Tenn., to get his basic training. Tho 80th division * Xad J«»4 been reactivated and he «*i DIM ol th« recruits that went to B*ki up the division. He was , assigned to Company H, 319th In-. tenter, where he trained until .the ' folk>wi«« February. He was nromot aa te «orporal and was,to train » . new diviskm that was being formed. Leaving there, he was sent to Ft. Jackson, S.O., 'and his division was assigned as a cadre for Co. H, 422nd rnfanjuf Rsglment of the 106th Dl- iVistmr Alter training there a year, ha was promoted to sergeant, In . November, 1M1, he went from pcr- ' sonnel office Into the field, as a «ommun!catoia sergeant. J ln January, 1944. the 106th Division wmt ts Lebanon, Tenn., on maneuvers anrl he was assigned squad leader in a mortar platoon. In April, he was sent to Camp At- tenbw-y, Ind. "The men we had trained were picked hi groups and were sent replacements to go over seas. We were short of trained men due to shipping EO many overseas so some boys from th« Air Force were as- •Igned to our division. Training •went on night and day until October, when my division was sent- to Camp Miles, Standbh, Maw., port of embarkation," began Harry's Btory, , : "We shipped out on Oct. 11, and landed ki Scotland on Oct. 29. Wo were sent to a small town north ot Oxford for a month of hardening up in marching arid rifle range. The day after Thanksgiving we notified to pack up, that we were pulling out during the night. Wo boarded a- ship at South Hampton which took us across tho English channel to. La Harve, France. The harbor was so bombed out when we reached there, we were met by landing eraft that picked us up and took .us aehore, "WE WERE loaded Into trucks and driven into France where \ve camped out all night before we were to reach the front lines In St. Vlth, Belgium. That night was our first taste of war nnd that was the first night we begun on our long wondering about our folks back home and wondered it they were getting any Informtton about us from the radio broadcasts. "We camped out in the snow covered woods that night, rolled up In shelter halves. "Early the next morning we were briefed on our next move, which was to relieve the "2nd Division. They were on the front lines and had gone as tar as they could go due to the extreme cold winter. "When we got there it was unbelievable but we could see Germans walking back and forth, back [ and forth, frying to keep warm, the same as we. had to do. "Our battalion had three outposts. They were thinly scattered. We lived In German pill boxes made of concrete. They were built for the German soldier's protection on the Scigfried lines. AU either side did was \o hold the line, it was too cold to do rmich fighting. We had our own mc.« trucks and received our mail daily. By this time I had been promoted to staff sergeant." continued Harry, "and was in charge of a section of men, "The section leaders and the squad leaders took turn about .in the outposts because mortar men had to be on outposts at all "times. turn at the outpost. The next morn- Ing, before good daylight, I snw a patrolcome acror,s the fire-break. I called on my sound-powered telephone nnd asked if we had a patrol out. The answer wnc 'no". I knew then that we were In for some fighting. . "There were only, five riflemen nnd myself. Wo got everything ready to. start firing—at what nnd how many, we didn't know but .we knew we were really In a tlgrt spot nnd we couldn't tnkrj lime to send for more men. We sat tight until Ihe patrol crossed the booby traps and barbed wire and by then we camn almost fncc to face and we let them have It as they started over R hill. ."THEY HAD smnlt machine; guns and we had to face the ordeal with only rifles. They threw grenades at us but missed us every time. We grabbed at the grenades before they exploded and threw them back nt them. When this fighting wns over nnd they had ceased firing, some of our men en me to 'our rescue with bayonets and went up on the hill to ECR what bad happened there lay six or eight dead Germans that we five had killed without getting a scrntch. ''That night our supply, truck driver wns killed, cutting off our supplies. We only hnd one jeep to carry our supplies, so we londec our backs with all we could strap on and pulled out of that scctior to help another company that wns supposed to he in reserve. Bu when we reached them, they hru been harder hit than we had bcci and practically all of their trucks doesn't need reminding , . . Y (inks, mules and Jeeps had been ,nkcn by the enemy. "On Dec. IB, we regrouped all our ncn for the next attack. The ob- ectlve was a small town by the tame of steinburg,- I believe," con- fnucd Harry. "The Germans had •set up headquarters In the town. iVc wci'c ordered to either take the own or knock n role through so \vc coulrt get back to our lines. In attack, I wns assigned as mortar observer nnd reported to the company , commander. We marched all day through ; artillery onr^rages. Late In the afternoon, Ihe Germans opened up with a barrage cutting us off from "our rear company. That night was spent In' a thicket ot the . most beautiful evergreen trees. Snow wns filtering through the branches and It seemed that Christmas and home were our guardian angels for that long cold night. '_ 'We were carrying such heavy loads on our backs that most of the hoys threw their overcoats away to lessen the load. I held on to mine however, but felt like I N'as going to drop any minute. I carried n wnlkie tnlkip,,.; binoculars, combat pack, ammunition and an Ml rifle strapped '.tqTiyiy back. I held on to the radio thinking I could find out some tiling of Importance but never did, and every step I look my load got heavier so I threw the radio away. On our march, we ran into the, 423rd Regiment, snine division. We planned to set up .our machine gnns nnd dig in and hold as rear guards for them while, the? attacked the town which wns over a big hill. We were renlly scared- but hnd n Job to do and now wasn't anytime to when we might get supplies. "My overcoat pocket came In handy. I crammed In the one can of tomatoes alloted me' and, as hungry n» I was, I didn't dare eat It because I felt like I'd need It worse later. It was so foggy, food couldn't be flown to us but the fog Is what saved our lives. The Germans couldn't see us. They could hear us digging through the frozen ground and snipers shot at us in all directions. After we dug in and were In position, the 423rd regiment went over the hill. That was the most horrible experience I had ever gone through—up to this time," added Harry. "We, in the rear, Just sat there helpleKK, watching the Germans shoot down our men as they came over the hill. Those screams they let out begging help from the medics echoed all through the weeds. It Vi'as horrible. "After tho firing, a lane German soldier came out from the woods waving a white flag. Our captain went to him to sec what It was all about. .We : 60 men that were left kept him covered while he talked. He spoke perfect English and told our captain If he didn't surrender ho would annihilate every one ol us. The scora was about even and the captain told him he woulc never do that. "Then Is when fighting really look place and they were getting the besot us. The canlp.ln told us to either try and escape or give up to save our men who had gone ahead of u and w.cre fighting on a bare knoll We surrendered and those In the rear tried to escape and were a] shot down. "You are too curious at this poln to ever feel pain or sorrow, think ing every minute the same thin will happen to you. You live ten thousand lives in those short mln titcs. We walked down the hill will our hands high over our head: They unarmed ,u« and kicked u llkfi we were dogs (o hurry our pac up, but we were too cold and wea front hunger to pick our feet A sniper'killed a .buddy that wa directly behind . me. I stooped pick him up but was .warned to kee marching. 'When we reached the bottom the hill, men were as thick as flies, half of them were no more than 14 or 15 years old. They were well armed with our own guns and ammunition. -..-':. That morning we did get a drink of water, before we started "on that 45-mile stretch. When we reached the next small town, we thought this would be the place where they would feed us but Instead, the guards, which were their oldest soldiers, all went in to eat and we ere promised nt the next place hat we would get to eat. Our men ere getting so weak that they ouid hardly walk and when we ould see one of our men appear ) be falling out, a man would gei n either side of him until he ould regain his equilibrium. At noon, the same thing hap- ened, we. were left outside while ic guards stopped for dinner, On le side of the road. I saw an nlr erman woman cooking In the ard, I guess her stove had fteen onfLscated. to make ammunition sure she wouldn't have been ut on^ the cold, frozen ground i he had a stove Inside. She pttchec hot boiled potato to me and oni the 'boy behind me. We 'iroki he two potatoes In quarters am hat' gave eight of us a bite o ood. I believe that was the ( be? »ite of potato I ever ate in a\ •ny life even though It wasn't salted," added Harry. ABSOLUTELY / • A POLISHER and • • SPRAYER Capitols Gift to H» during fell Holiday Offer with »very cl«on«r purchctfd. 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NAME ' • :___ ADDRISS- OTY AD _PHONE Ns^ THEY STHIFPEn us of. our D- bars and cigarettes as that was all we had left. They acted as though they were starved to death but the street was filled with our own jeeps they had captured. We were marched to Strongburg, to an old building that had once been an old church. The windows had been bombed out and hay was spread on the floor for us to Bleep on that night. That seemed pretty bad but when we left there for our trek to a prison camp, that place wai' heaven. We were mnrched to the next place and nobody in America would let thetr stock stay In such a filthy place. ."We were herded like cattle Into this muddy pen and .told If even one of us tried to escape, there were men with machine guns at the four corners of the pen and we would all he killed. We prayed and milled around all night to 'keep warm. We tried fp, huddle up in .groups as none of us had overcoats on and very few even had helmets by now. 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Call 6821 to let us now you want gas service so that we may make the necessary "meter setting." ' 2. Contact your heating contractor, pipe fitter or plumber for necessary piping service on your property and in your home or place of business. 3. Pipe Fitter should notify city gas inspector (Phone 2282) soon as necessary piping is installed. as 4. City inspector will notify us w hen installation meets require-• ments, and we will immediately install gas meter. Everything possible will be done to expedite service; however, due to the large number of requests for service, y our patience and understanding will be appreciated. But please do call on us any time we ; may be of assistance to you in anyway. ^ •" •••'-••'•-• Ark-Mo Power Co.

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