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FRANCE NEWSLINE (5)
SPARKLIN' EYES ---

for dad. Pvt J. P. Thornton, with the paratroops in France.

Mother, the former Gloria Grant, and four-months-old Cynthia Sharon live at 191 Merritts avenue, N.E. [Atlanta. GA].

[Jumpmaster note: Joseph P. Thornton was a member of Company F, 508th PIR]

[source: unknown Atlanta newspaper perhaps the Atlanta Journal), courtesy of Mike Mitchell, husband of the now grown up Cynthia "Cindy"

Private Robert F. Harper, a paratrooper, has been missing in action over France since June 6, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Harper of Kokomo, have been notified.  He was graduated from Kokomo High School in 1942 and shortly afterward entered the Army here.
(courtesy of Brian Harper, nephew)

ANDREW DOWNER
   DODGES SHELLS

 Charlotte Corporal Landed In
    France Between Two
   German Machine Guns

   Cpl Andrew Downer, a paratrooper who took part in the invasion of France has written his mother, Mrs. C R Downer of the Pineville road, of his landing. The corporal told of dodging shells on the way down and of landing between two German machine guns. He ran across a field and jumped over a hedge row only to find himself facing another machine gun American however. Formerly employed by the Sanitary Laundry in Charlotte before entering the service in December, 1942, the corporal has been overseas since January.

Men From E! Paso
 Area Fight Nazis

 Pvt. Angel Romero. Route 42, El Paso, and PFC. Frederico Sierra, Fabens. members of the 82nd Airborne Division, dropped over a wide area in Normandy on D-Day and fought 33 days without relief. Their mission was to prevent the Germans from interfering with the ground assault force until the beach landings were accomplished by capturing the town of Ste. Mere Eglise and fighting for and holding the bridges over two rivers, the Merderet and the Douve. Although it was four days before the division was able to get together as a tactical unit, they struck heavy blows against the enemy and then captured territory stretching east and west from Ste. Mere to St. Sauveur le Vicomte and north and south from Le Ham to La Haye de Puits.

[El Paso Times, El Paso, TX, 23 Aug 1944, Wed. Page 3]


 

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