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FRANCE NEWSLINE (7)

Soldiers Hide Among Nazis
By John A. Moroso

   Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force --- (UPI) --- Husky paratrooper Capt. Alton Bell, native of Dennysville, Me., resident of Colora, Md., University of Maine intercollegiate javelin champion in 1936-37, is telling a thrilling story of how he and Capt. Hillman C. Dress, Canton, Ohio, hid under the very noses of a German command post during the initial phase of the invasion of Normandy.
   Crouched in a hedgerow ditch only a dozen feet from where the Nazis ate, these 2 men were afraid to move or smoke, fearful of attracting attention. All during the ordeal they and the command post were under American shell fire.

   Bell, formerly outfielder in Little Rock and for the Boston Red Sox, was in the Berlin Olympic games, and visited Hitler's box for an autograph of the fuehrer.
   He and Dress landed amid the 91st Nazi division, found a ditch, and hid amidst a group of enemy soldiers.
   As a diversion the former outfielder and Dress counted the American and the German shells and duds, and found that the Nazis had many more duds.
   The German is not a night fighter. Bell said; but he'll "do a lot of shooting" from hedgerows in the dark. The men, were rescued after many hours as the Americans advanced.

[The Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, NY,08 Sep 1944, Fri, Page 13]

 

Safe After Invasion
   Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Akins have received a letter from their son Pvt. Hugh J. Akins, that he is safe in France, following the invasion. He Is a member of a demolition crew attached to the 508th Parachute Btn. He enlisted In the U. S. Army on Nov. 2, 1942, and after a period of training, went overseas on Dec. 25, 1943. Another son of the couple, Lt. Francis E. Akins, who is a pilot on a B-17 bomber, left this country a few days ago, prepared for combat.

[Latrobe Bulletin, Latrobe, PA, 01 Jul 1944, Sat, Page 9]


 

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