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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"

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.


 

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