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VOL. LIX? NO. 23
FRANKLIN, N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE S, 1944
$2.00 PER YEAK
Fifth War Loan Opens As Invasion Begins
Macon County Campaign
Asked To Reuse $188,000
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Civis Clubs Will Head
On next Monday, June 12, the
Fifth War loan Drive will be
launched. The quota for this
county is higher than it has
ever been, the figure set us to
raise being $188,000.00.
This drive as In former drives
Is under the management of H.
W. Cabe, chairman of the War
Finance Committee, and his co
chairman. Gilmer A. Jones. They
state that while the quota this
time is larger, that they are
confident that It will be met by
the citizens of the county.
In the first three War Loan
Drives the sales force was made
un. for the most part, by the
different women's organizations
throughout the county. On the
Fourth Drive the quota was
over-subscribed, a large part of
the work having been done by
the school children of the coun
ty under the leadership of E. J.
In the present drive, the co
chairmen have requested the
members of the Rotary Club to
organize themselves into a sales
force to sell Macon County's
quota of bonds. The co-chair
men state that this does not
mean that the sales force will
be restricted bv any means to
members of the Rotary Club,
but that the burden of seeing
that the bonds are sold will be
placed on their shoulders. These
'"men will, of course, be assisted
by other organizations. 'The
Lions Club will be asked also
to organize themselves into a
sales force to sell the bonds on
the Sixth War Loan Drive.
Sam Mendenhall and Mrs.
Florence S. Sherrill, head of all
rural organizations. Rev. W.
Jackson Huneycutt is head of
the Franklin Women's organiza
tions and church groups to as
sist in the canvassing.
Interest in this War Loan Is
expected to exceed all others In
view of the fact that the allied
Invasion Is in progress as the
nation opens the drive to raise
Macon County Boy
Wounded In Italy
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Angel, of
Franklin route 1, received a
message from the Adjutant
General on Wednesday night
stating that their son, Pvt. John
W. Angel was seriously wounded
in action in Italy, on May 24.
Mrs. Moody To Be
Hostess To U. D. C.'s
Mrs. C. Frank Moody will be
hostess to the Macon County
Chapter of the United Daugh
ters of the Confedracy at the
Moody Farm on Monday after
noon at 3 o'clock. All members
are urged to attend.
Church Bells Ring And
Business Ceased As
More than 400 men, women
and young people answered the
call of Franklin church bells on
Invasion Day, and filled the
Baptist church for the union
prayer service at 3 p. m.
Early in the morning the
Franklin pastors sent out
printed handbills announcing
the service. All business closed
and workers came, some in
overalls, some from desks and
stores, women from home and
office, to offer prayers for dear
ones, friends and all in dan
ger in our armed forces as the
greatest liberation in history
"How Firm a Foundation" was
sung as the opening hymn, led
by Rev. J. A. Cochran, with
Miss Virginia Slagle at the pia
The Rev Jackson Huneycutt
of the Methodist church spoke
briefly, saying that the purpose
of its meeting was two-fold:
First to lift hearts in prayer in
behalf of the Allied Invasion
forces and others in service
throughout the world, and, sec
ondly, to bring to ourselves an
inner grace and strength.
The Rev. R. H. Hull read the
46th Psalm, followed by prayer
led by Dr. J. T. Gillespie of the
Presbyterian church, who also'
read the 8th chapter of Rom
The Rev. J. F. Marchman read
the 91st Psalm and offered the
Sentence prayers and Bible
verses were offered from the
congregation, which sang in
closing, "O Ood, Our Help in
Rimmer Heads Pharmacy
Unit In Loan Drive
Dr. R. M. Rimmer, pharmacist,
has been named Macon county
chairman for pharmacists, drug
stores, and drug affiliate com
panies to support the Fifth War
Loan drive. It was announced
yesterday by W. A. Gilliam, of
Winston-Salem, president of the
North Carolina Pharmaceutical
A feature of the pharmacists
campaign will be a Hospital
Plane Day on June 29 during
which druggists will seek to sell
E bonds equal to the purchase
price of five giant hospital
planes to be named "North Car
olina Pharmacists." "N.CPA.
Women's Auxiliary," "N.CPA.
Traveling Men's Auxiliary," and
"North Carolina Wholesale
Major J. Fred Gray
Is Missing In Action
Mrs. J. Fred Gray, of Frank
lin, received a telegram from
the Secretary of War Wednes
day morning, stating that on
May 24, her husband. Major
Judson Fred Oray, had been re*
ported missing In action over
The message from the adju
tant general, expressed his deep
/- regret and stated that If fur
ther details or Information was
received she would be notified
Major Gray, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Javan J. Gray, of Frank
lin route 2, only recently arriv
ed In England. He entered the
Army Air Corps as an aviation
cadet in September, 1940. He
graduated from Kelly Field/Tex
as, in April, 1941, when he re
ceived a commission as 2nd Lt
He was then sent to Randolph
Field, Texas, as a flight Instruc
tor and remained there unti
? Major Oray vu then tran*
ferred to Hendricks Field, at
Sebrlng, Fla., for special train
ing as a B-17 pilot, and was
commissioned as First Lt. In
September 1942. )n February
1943 he received his promotion
In March 1943, Major Gray
was assigned to the 3Mth bom
bardment group at Blythe, Cal.,
as commanding officer of a
squadron of B-17 Flying Fort
resses. He moved with this
group to Oelger Field, Spokane,
Wash., and later was sent to an
Army Air base at Rapid City,
S. D., where he spent 10 months
> prior to his sailing.
Before Major Gray enlisted
s into the Army Air Corps he re
? signed a position with the South
? Carolina dairy extension. He
. is a graduate of Clemson col
i lege, S. C.
Mrs. Gray was the former
' Miss Louise Blaine, of Franklin,
before her marriage to March,
By Gilmer* A. Jones, Co-Chairman
Fifth War Loan Drive
Dear Dad :
I have just received your letter in which you
tell me that Macon County's quota in the Fifth War
Loan Drive is $188,000.00. In this letter you ask me
to give my candid opinion as to whether or not all
the money that is being raised by bond sales and
the money thatis being raised by bond sales and
spent by our armed forces is actually needed.
Dad, for the first time in my life I am almost
tempted to say that I am a little ashamed of you. I
know tha t you did not stop to think or you would
tempted to saythatl am a little ashamed of you. I
know that you didnot stop to think or you would
not have asked this question. I will try to answer
your letter, not only for myself, but for all the boys
from Macon County.
Of course, under war conditions, there must nec
essarily be a certain amount of waste of everything,
both in men and material. But under campaign and
battle conditions waste has an entirely different
meaning. Here values are no longer measured by
dollars and cents. When you drive a car or a trac
tor you think about how much money it cost you.
But when we plow through the mine fields in a
tank with destruction all around us ; when we are
flying over Germany in a bomber which is being
ripped apart by flack and machine gun fire ; when
we crouch in a submarine not knowing what mo
ment a depth bomb will annihilate us, when we
crawJ through mud, snow, barbed wire and machine
gun fire ; when we wade through the steaming jun
gles, infested with malaria, reptiles and Jap snijJtrs,
we are not thinking about what our equipment
costs. Our job is to destroy the enemy as quickly as
possible, and the cost is counted in terms of human
lives and human suffering.
I can understand why you ask me this question,
but if you had been along with us since Pearl Har- j
bor, the question woild have never entered your
mind. Most of you people back home can't know 1
what it means to campaign in the malaria-infested ,
what it means to campaign in the malaria-nfested .
jungles and swamps of the Southwest Pacific or
Burma, sleeping (if you sleep) in your wet clothing, '
half fed, with an unseen foe bent upon destroying
you at every moment. You can't know what it means
to wade through blood, stepping over dead men's !
bodies, some of them the bodies of your closest 1
friends, with every man around you, both friend and
enemy, bent upon adding to the list of the dead.
If you had lived these things as we have, you would i
never have asked this question.
never have askedthis question. \
A part of the $188,000.00 which you will raise
during the month of June will be used to equip still
other young men from Macon County that you will
send to the army while you are raising it. It will
pay for transportation of men and munitions to
Italy, England, the South Pacific, and ultimately to
Berlin and Tokyo. A p^rt of it will be used in pur
chasing explosives, guns and other munitions of
war, medical supplied/ and providing hospital facili
ties for the wounded and dyinjg.
We can't finance this war and fight it too, but
if there is any doubt in your mind about your being
able to raise Macon County's quota in this bond
if there is anydoubt in your mind about your being
able to raise MaconCounty's quota in this bond
drive we will make you this proposition: There are
over 1500 of us in the service. Let 1500 of you older
fellows take our places wherever we may be, wheth
er in a bomber over Germany, in a tank in Italy or
France or in the jungles of Burma, and let us come
home and take your places till the bond drive is over ;
let us enjoy the high prices you are getting for your
labor and products you sell; let us fuss about gas
rationing and price control, and we will raise Macon
rationing and price control, and we will raise Maco
County's quota of $188,000.00 ourselves, without
calling on any of you civilians for one cent. What
do you say?
I hope you publish this feeble effort on my part
to explain just how we fellows in the service feel
about the bond drive, and for that reason I will
sign my name simply,
-G. I. JOE.
Air And Sea Armada Fight
Fiercely On French Soil
On Monday night, only a
few hours before the Inva
sion began, President Roose
velt addressed the nation on
the fall of Rome.
Here are a few highlights
of his address:
Our victory comes at an
excellent time, while our alli
ed forces are poised for an
other strike at Western Eu
rope ? and while armies of
other Nazi soldiers nervously
await our assault.
It would be unwise to in
flate In our own minds the
military importance of the
capture of Rome The
victory still lies some distance
The united nations are de
termined that In the future
no one city and no one race
' will be able to control the
whole of the world.
No thanks are due to them
(Hitler and his generals) If
Rome was spared the devas
tation which the Germans
wreaked on Naples and other
We want and expect the
help of the future Italy to- i
ward lasting peace. All the 1
other nations opposed to fas
cism and nazlsm should help I
give Italy a chance.
Dr. J. T. Gillespie
To Fill Morrison Pulpit
R?V. J. T. Gillespie, supply
pastor of the Franklin Presby
terian church will hold preach
ing services at the Morrison
Presbyterian church, on Sunday I
afternoon at 3 o'clock. During!
the remainder of the summer
be will hold services at the
Morrison church on every sec
ond and fourth Sunday after
noons. The public Is invited.
At Snow Hill
A series of Revival services at
the Snow Hill Methodist church
began Sunday night, June 4,
and will continue each evening
through Wednesday, June 14.
The Rev. Charles E. Shannon,
pastor of the St. John's Metho
dist church in Charlotte, Is
bringing the messages each
evening. In conjunction with
the Revival meeting a Daily Va
cation Bible school Is being con
ducted during the mornings of
lune 5-9. ,
4000 Ships, 11000 Planet
Lead Allies Across
In the early hours of the
morning of Tuesday, June 6, the
greatest armada in history
started across the English
Channel for the coast of France.
The long-awaited D-Day, and
the Invasion for the liberation
of European countries enslav
ed by the Nazi, had come.
The week before Prime Min
ister Churchill had spoken to
the British people and the world
on the fourth anniversary of
the retreat from Dunkerque,
which marked the beginning of
preparations for the Allies' rec
tum to the Continent.
Only a few hours before.
President Roosevelt had broad
cast a message on the fall of
Rome, reiterating the Allies'
pledge to bring the Nazis to
Now, on the third day of the
invasion, Allied troops, con
stantly reinforced by air and
sea, have captured the Nazl
fortlfled city of Oayeuf, five
miles inshore from the Norman
dy invasion coast. Troops have
penetrated to Caen, 18 miles
Southeast. German counter
attacks have been repulsed, and
results are reported "better
than expected." Casualties are
"lighter than expected."
Landings extended along a
200-mile front from Cherbourg
Oen. Dwlght D. Elsenhower,
supreme commander, was serene
and confident as the great as
sault was launched from 4000
warships 11,000 war planes.
An air armada of gliders and
planes 50 miles In length was
reported over the channel on
Tuesday, carrying alrbourne
troops and supplies.
Heavy fighting is reported.
Flaming Azalea In
Bloom On Wayah Bald
John Wasllik, Jr., district For
est Ranger of the Nantahala
National Forest, has announced
that flaming Azalea will be In
full bloom on Wayah Bald the
latter part of this week, and
that the white, fragrant Azalea,
Is just now beginning to bloom.
It Is expected to be at Its most
beautiful stage by June 12.
Children's Day To Be
Children's Day will be obser
ved at the "loan's Chapel Union
Sunday scl'^ol on June 11, 1944.
Services begin at 10 a. m. Din
ner on the ground.
The public Is Invited.
"Order of Hie Day"
By General Eisenhower
Text of the order of the day issued by Gem. Dwifht D.
Eisenhower to each individual of the Allied Expedition
Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expedition
Yon ?K about to embark upon the great crusade to
ward which we have striven these many months. The
eyes of the world are upon yon. The hopes and prayers of
liberty-loving peoples everywhere march with you. Ton
will bring about the destruction of the German war ma
chine, the elimination of Nasi tyranny over the oppressed
peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves In a free
Tour task will not be an easy one. Tour enemy is well
trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will
Bat this is the year 1944. Much has happened since
the Nasi triumphs of 1940-41.
The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans
great defeat hi open battle, man to man. Our air offen
sive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and
their capacity to wage war on the ground.
Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming sup
eriority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at
our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The
tide has turned.
The free men of the world are marching together to
victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to
duty and skill tat battle. We wlU accept nothing less than
And let as all beseech the blessing of the Almighty
Gad upon this great and noble undertaking.