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]
COMBAT PAY BILL OKAYED BY COMMITTEE
JUNE 21. (AP). Extra pay for infantrymen and glider-borne troops was
voted today by .the House military committee after it heard an
off-the-record eulogy of G. I. Joes by one of their leaders on a
The committee approved legislation to give "expert Infantrymen"
engaged In combat duty a pay boost of $10 monthly, those not in combat
an additional $5 and members of glider units the same fifty per cent pay
Increase now given paratroopers.
At their own request, the Marines were excluded from provisions of
the legislation. Col. J. W. Knighton, representing the Marine Corps,
said In a statement filed with the committee that the bill singles out
one arm of the service, the infantry, to the detriment of other arms
engaged in equally hazardous Jobs. To apply it to the Leathernecks, he
added, would tend to destroy a sense of unity which Is a valuable
military asset to the corps."
[The Evening Sun, Hanover, PA, 21 Jun 1944, Wed, Page 5]