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The Alamance Gleaner
V?L LXXI GRAHAM, N. C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1945 No. 39
Hero Who Looks
like a Boy Scout
Fighting Texan Won About
Every Decoration for
SAH ANTONIO, TEXAS.?A freck
led Cm* kid, fresh from European
battle fields, limped down the ramp .
Ave a C-54 transport at the air field
There were about 20 G.I.s with
him and he could have been their
mascot. He was 5 feet T inches tall
and weighed 134. He looked about
17. When he started down a long re
ception line at waiting notables he
didn't give his name to a single
member of the welcoming commit
This was Lt. Audie Leon Murphy,
who held fcist about every combat
oecorauon in me dook, including me
Congressional Medal of Honor.
This was the Murphy who made a
lone stand against 250 German in
fantrymen and six German tanks;
the kid vtu ran through a hail of
machine gun fire and single hand
edly cleaned out prepared enemy
positions; the 20-year-old youngster
who came up the hard way to a
battle field commission.
?e Steals the Show.
This was Murphy, back on his na
tive Texas soil, but he looked like
an Eagle Siout. Texans gasped with
surprise. There were 13 generals
in the group that landed at the air
port. Murphy stole the show.
Delighted reporters pounced on
him. In amazement they wrote
down the long list of awards.
"I'd like to know every detail
about how you won the Congression
al Medal of Honor," a girl reporter
Murphy's cool green eyes studied
the girl. ' 'There wasn't much to
it," he said.
Hot much! It was a January
morning 01 uus year ana me wooas
outside of Holtzwihr, France, were
heavy and silent with bitter cold.
There were 3d men, all that were left
of a company of the 15th "Can Do"
regiment of the 3rd division, 7th
army. In command, succeeding the
leader who had fallen the day be
fore, was 2nd Lt. Murphy, who didn't
drink or smoke and whose strongest
cuss word was "gosh."
Valor had boosted him from the
ranks. He had become a private
first class in Africa, a corporal in
Sicily, a sergeant and staff sergeant
in Italy, a second lieutenant in
southern France. Now company
command was handed him by field
telephone at 3 a. m. on a freezing
Left All Alone.
Hours crawled by. The company,
scheduled to attack, awaited ammu
nition. At 10 a. m. Murphy raised
Us field glasses and took a long
look. His mouth went dry. The
enemy, camouflaged in white sheets,
was attacking over the hard packed
snow with 250 infantrymen and six
tanks. Murphy ordered his men out
of the woods. Then he ran to his
field telephone and called for ar
tillery fire. Shells began bursting
in the German ranks and Murphy
dropped his telephone often to fire
The Germans came on. An artil
leryman yelled into a telephone.
"How close are they to you?"
"Just a minute," Murphy replied.
?Til let you speak to them."
An American tank destroyer ap
proached the young officer's posi
tion and a German 88 shell set it
afire. Two men lay dead in the tur
ret. The others bailed out and went
That left Murphy alone with a
rifle, a telephone, and a burning
tank destroyer loaded with ammuni
tion and gasoline and likely to blow
sky high at any moment.
In all, he killed or wounded 50
Germans with the machine guns.
The Nazi infantry was stopped,
?kkoot the infantry, the whole at
tack collapsed Only then did Mur
|Wv drop wearily off the destroyer
(rand fimp back to his company. He
IpnAmed treatment for his shrapnel
! waned. reorganized his company,
. and led it in an attack that routed
C*k?llin of British
Empire Total 1,427,634
_ Uaiuw. ? Total casualties to
WBd commonwealth and empire
ffieem In the Ave and three-quarter
jwaee af war up to May 31 were
H was officially announced.
<? ditea 02,233 were killed ar
?ad of wounds or Injuries or are
"Mag end believed dead. In the
1ml World war deaths totaled
MjMf* while 2,400,933 were
The totals for tho present war
kdade armed forces, merchant
eaeme^ Britain's home guard and
Victim of Hold-Up
Altogether Too Polite
PORTLAND, ORE. ? It wasn't
the $4 three men took from Mor
ris T. Bradford that hurt, he
insisted to police.
What made it bad was that one
man borrowed Bradford's knife
and then jabbed the blade against
"And I even was so polite I
opened the blade for him."
Little Guy's Big
Army Surgeons Can't Figure
What Ails Him.
ATLANTA, GA. ? Doctors don't
know what's the matter with Pvt.
vucstci II. Odivdiuu.
Salvatori has a big appetite, a gar
gantuan appetite, an appetite that
would appall even an elephant.
A breakfast of 40 eggs, 20 pieces
of toast, several quarts of milk,
eight pieces of bacon, a quart of
coffee, and a box?a big box?of
cereal is nothing unusual for the sol
dier from Southbridge, Msss.
And Salvatori isn't a big guy. He'a
just 140 pounds and slightly less
than average in height.
He tells friends that he once ate
an 18-pound turkey at one meal?
without help. His favorite meat is
pork chops, and he says he's eaten
as many as 36 at a meal.
Physicians who have the little guy
with the big appetite under observa
tion at Fort McPherson station hos
pital say his stomach is a little larg
er than average, but not much.
They say also it may be that his
craving for food is psychological,
but they are not definite or unani
mous in the matter.
Salvatori has been in the army
four years and four months. In ci
vilian life he likes to work in a gro
cery store or a bakery. Once, he
said, he worked for an optical com
pany and nearly starved to death.
Sentiment AH Right
Except During Battle
WITH THE MARINES.?Gunnery
Sgt. Anthony T. Lapkiewiez of Phil
adelphia, Pa., believes in a time for
sentiment as long as that time isn't
during battle with the Japs.
For 24 days, Lapkiewiez, a tank
commander, battled the Nips from
behind the armor of his favorite
tank, the "Avenger," says Leather
Then one day in a Jap-infested
gorge the "Avenger" hit a land
mine. It was disabled and wouldn't
budge. Lapkiewiez was forced to
abandon his favorite after ripping
out the breach of the tank's gun and ,
removing the radio equipment.
The following day he went back
to reclaim the "Avenger," but the i
concentration of enemy Are in the j
gorge made it impossible to ap
proach the tank.
Two days later Lapkiewiez en
tered the gorge again, this time in
command of a tank named "Five
Acres." A flame throwing tank
flanked the "Five Acres."
Lapkiewiez spotted the old
"Avenger," now manned by a Nip
crew. The accompanying tank
poured on the heat and the stranded
tank was reduced to a flaming bier
for the enemy crew.
"It may sound silly," Lapkiewiez
said, "but we had been through a
lot together and I hated like hell to
blast her. She was a stubborn old
"But on an operation like this you
can't afford to get sentimental over
a tank. Especially with every other
one of your buddies resting up
there," and Lapkiewiez waved his
arm in the direction of the ceme
Yank Soldier Refuses to
Die; Amazes Doctors
FORT SHAFTER, HAWAIl.-Pvt. 1
Raymond J. Caraher, 36, of Chicago,
should be dead. Army and navy
doctors agree on this, but he is re
covering at an army hospital at
Caraher was a mortar man with
the 77th division in the battle of
Okinawa. A bullet entered his left
side, lacerated a lung and his liver,
penetrated his diaphragm, and frac
tured two ribs. Host of the bat
talion medical aidmen had been dis
abled, and Caraher gave himself
first aid. Then he lay alone through
out the night, afraid the Japs would
find and kill him.
"I lay still, afraid even of the
rasping noise made by the air
sucked into the hole in my chest
when I breathed," he said. "I'm
getting well now, but my case was
studied as a freak by doctors in a
Guam hospital. They couldn't under
stand how I stayed alive."
Starved Allied Soldiers Freed
The physical condition of these two members of the British Royal artil
lery, is representatire of thousands of Allied soldiers freed from Japanese
prison camps by American troops. They are shown relaxing on the hanger
deck of the USS Black Island, one of the liberation ships that has been set
aside to see that former prisoners are rushed home.
Dickie Gives Toots a Pedicure
"Dickie," eight-months-old pet parakeet, perchea atop her canine play
mate, 'Toots," six-months-old puppy, aa they frolic on the rug in the home
of their owner in Detroit. "Dickie" seems to be rising 'Toots" a pedicare
by the simple expedient of pecking at "Toots'" claw. This is a daily job
which the parakeet has taken over for his paL
Went Into Business for Himself
Nicholas Kochcck. was (Itcb a en and wsat Into baslnsss for himself.
Hs was fiwn credit for knocking oat mors tanks and kilting mors Germans
than many divisions, while hs was AWOL and serring with the French snder
ground. He is shown wearing the French heret. He said ho deserted army
as he did not like to pssl potatoes. Conrt martial cloarsd him of charge.
Kachin Hero Home
Capt. Charles Coussoule, leader of
the famed Kachin rangers, which
snaked through swampy Burma
Jungles to beat the Japs at their own
game, is shown upon his arrival in
New York City.
Musician Hath Farm
Paul Whlteman, Insert, and en
trance to tk? farm of Uie erstwhile
"King of Jazz.'' Whlteman haa made
a paying proposition oat of hia farm,
which he has atocked with purebred
cattle, horses and poultry. He does
much of his own work.
Enroute To Husbands
Son* of tho hundred and twenty
brides and twenty bridea-ta-ba of
nenbera of Royal Anatralian Air
Force* ar* aliown as tiny arrivnd la
Seattle enront* to San Francisco. The
delegation win en bark for Australia
to join their hasbaada and lances
whon they net in Canada.
On the Bail
Old Salt?If the weather (eta real
bad we majr have to heave to.
Passenger?I may have to rifht
Myron?My girl is carrying the
Byron?She must love you a lot.
Myron?No, she's a welder.
Billy?Which do you aay correctly,
"I drink soun ' or "I eat soup"?
WlPy- Neither. "I slurp soup."
Wifcjr?That woman la the ugliest
person I think I ever saw.
Hubby?Not so loud, dear. You
Nats to Ton!
Farmer?How did you get up In
Boy?Can't you see? I sat on it
when it was acorn!
Mae?I went to bed last night and
dreamsd that I died.
Jack?And the beat woke you up? ,
Heap Blf Feat
Soldier?Life wit juet one blf dea
ert until I mat you.
Girl?la that why you dance like a
Frifbtea the Beaat
Painter?I did thle picture to
keep the wolf from the door.
Critic?Why don't you hang It on
the doorknob where he can eee it.
Uncle?How do you like ecbool,
Tommy? - - ~ 'iTi in
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Two volumes of an encyclopedia
were standing next to each other on
a shelf. Each book was 1 Vi inches
thick, includihg the book covers,
which were one-eighth of an inch
thick. A bookworm burrowed its
way from the flrst page of Volume I
to the last page of Volume II. How
far did the bookworm go?
CAFFyNITIOMS Of THE WEEK
1. Feeling*?what the dentist puts In de
cayed teeth, t. Chicken?place where you
cook: as "Go to the chicken and cook sup
per." t. Peas?when you ask a favor you
should always say "Peas." 4. Btatae?form
of address; as "Statue. Sharlte?" 6. Cattle?
what you boll water in. ?. Oily?opposite of
How's your sweet tooth? Feel like
stirring up a pan of fudge? Well,
in case you don't know the recipe,
here it is. See if you can unscramble
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Better fly, butterfly, better fly
high. Flutter by, butterfly, flutter
She sav/ six short soldiers with
thick sore shoulders.
Patsy, pass the peanuts, peaches
and peas, please.
That tenth tinker thought Thelma
told Tim to tramp toward the the
Kate keeps her cuddly kitty curled
cutely in u comfy corner.
There are several mistakes of
grammar and spelling in the fol
lowing paragraph. Prof. Whiffletree
would like to have his pupils
straighten it out, by translating it ?
into correct English.
If the train hai Wen ranning as slew an
It artn Man ran. if the bell ha4 Men wrang
ing na it artcr Man wrnng. if the whistle
hal blawatf ns tt arte baan blew?nana af
which wna 414, ear taw wan!4n't be na 4es?
na aha are.
Only foreign language la Whiffle tree's
school la Pig Latin. Here's how: Juat tako
the flrat sound of a word and Uck It so tho
end. adding "ay." One exception: If a word
begins with a vowel, leave It alone and add
"way." Now translate this beautiful P.
Ideray away ookcay oraehay otay
Anburybay Osacray, otay eesay
away inefay adylay uponway away
itewhay orsehay. Ingsray onway
erhay Ingersfay, ellsbay onway er
hay oestay, Eshay a Us hay avehay
usicmay erewhay everway eshay
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Br THORNTON W. BUROE8S
PADDT THE BEAVER HAS
DADDY THE BEAVER knew per- |
1 fectly well that he would have
vialtora Just as soon as he began to
build hia dam. He expected a lot ,
of them. You see, he knew that
none of them ever had seen a
beaver at work unless, perhaps, it
was Prickly Porky, the Porcupine,
who also had come down from the
north. So as he worked he kept his
ears open and he smiled to himself
as he heard a little rustle here and
then a little rustle there. He knew
just what those little rustles meant.
Each one meant another visitor.
Paddy chuckled. "Seems to me
that you are dreadfully afraid to
show yourselves," said he in a loud
voice, just as if he was talking to
nobody in particular. Everything
was still. There wasn't an much
as a rustle after Paddy spoke. He
chuckled again. He could just feel
ever so many eyes watching him,
though he didn't see a single pair.
And he knew that the reason his
visitors were hiding so carefully was
because they were afraid of him.
You see Paddy was much bigger
than most of the little meadow and
forest people and they didn't know
what kind of a temper he might
have. It's always safest to be very
distrustful of strangers.
Of course Paddy knew all about
this. He had been brought up that
way. "Be sure and then you'll nev
er be sorry" had been one of his
mother's favorite sayings, and be
had always remembered it. Indeed
it had saved him a great deal of
: trouble. So now he was perfectly
willing to go right on working and let
his hidden visitors watch him until
they were sure be meant them no
Now, when the little people of the
Smiling Pool, who were the first to
find out that Paddy the Beaver had
come to the Qreen Forest, had start
ed up the Laughing Brook to see
what he was doing, they had told the
Merry Little Breezes where they
were going. The Merry Utile
Breezes had been greatly excited.
They couldn't understand how a
stranger could have been living in
the Green Forest without them
knowing it. You see, they quite for
got that they very seldom wandered
to the deepest part of the Green
Forest. Of course, they started at
Dnce as fast as they could go i?
tell all the other little people who
lived on or around the Green
Meadows, all but Old Man Coyote.
For some reason they thought it
best not to tell him. They were a
little doubtful about Old Man Coyote.
He was so big and strong and so
?ly and smart that all his neighbors
were afraid of him. Perhaps the
Merry Little Breezes had this fact
Anyway, they simply passed A*
time ot day aad harried ea.
in mind, and knew that none would
dare go call on the stranger it they
knew that Old Man Coyote waa go
ing, too. Anyway, they aim ply peased
the time of day with Old Man Coyote
and hurried on to ten everyone elae,
and it ao happens that the very laat
ana they met waa Sammy Jay.
Sammy was terribly put out te
think that anything should be going
on that he didn't know about first.
You know, he is great for prying
into the affairs of other people, and
he loves dearly to beast that there
Is nothing going on la Green Forent
or on the Green Meadows that hn
doesn't know about. So now hte
pride was hurt and ha was la a
terrible rage as ha started attar the
Merry Little Breexes tor the place
deep in the Green Forest where they
said that Paddy the Beaver was at
wort Ha jBdnjt beheve^a word ad