The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 14, 1954 · Page 14
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December 14, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

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BLTTKZTltLl (ARK.)' COUSIEB IOBW1 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1WH RichardTennesoriWillRemember- But There Wi// Be Only Emptiness By DON WIIITKIIEAD WASHINGTON 7 (AP) — Behind the Bamboo Curtain of Red China there is an American boy who can't forget his home and those he loves. Richard Tenneson turned his back on his own country, his family and his menus vvnun he walked into the world of the Communists rather than accept repatriation in the exchange | of Korean War prisoners. But the memories still are there. Even now he's haunted by memories of the music of America — melodies which will tear at his heart and conscience as long as he lives, so help him God Recently Tenneson wrote his mother in Minnesota asking r-.er to send him sheet music of such sentimental songs as 'White Christmas" and "Dear Hearts and Gentle People." Richard Tenneson is groping for solace in music as our people have for centuries, and as they nlways will. Comfort In War Even in war, they found comfort in music . . . In North Africa, soldiers gathered around their radios at night and searched the wavelengths until they found tlie music they wanted. Always it was music. Perhaps It was a French song or an American dance band or their favorite, "Lili Marlene." the German ballnd. Across Italy and France and Germany the soldiers paused U> play the pianos in the battered houses. Sometimes the notes could be heard above the rattle of gunfire in the streets outside. In Liege, Belgium, the Germans had retreated. The little night club opened its doors for the first time in months. A makeshift Belgian band was trying hard but if was a pretty dismal effort until the blackout curtuins psmcd luid six GIs strode into the room. The six Americans had the grime of the infantry on them. You knclw they were combat men by their young-old Inces. They sUic.ked their carbines and went to the bandstand and the Belgians handed them the musical Instruments. They poured out their hearts In music that night, Uiosc GIs. They exulted in the wild freedom of JIIM and washed awny their loneliness in the blues from the bayou country. Then they laid down the Instruments, picked up their carbines, and walked into the night where the darkness was broken by the flashes of artillery fire. I'm sure they were happier bo- cause the music had brought them nearer home and the things they would 'return to in a few more months. Off the coast of Sicily, the troops MANILA CHEERLEADERS — Manila Junior cheerleaders are (from the left) Janice Bacon, Rachel Wagner, Martha Lawhorn, Tolitha Davidson, Carolyn Atkinson, and Patricia Bollingc-r. filed into the black hold of a n Invasion .ship and clambei-ed into the amphibious trucks which would carry them ashore behind the Oer- mnn lines. We sat in the blackness, tense and nil-aid, wnlUnit for H-hour. Ami then came the thin notes of a harmonica, rlslnpt and fulling with the bittersweet melody, "Night and Day." 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