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9 DIAL R-326 ALL DEPTS._THURSDAY, JULY 19,1945_SECTION B—PAGE I Distinguished Unit Citation Awarded Sasser's Outfit The 313th Field Artillery Battal ion, then under the command of Lt. Colonel Frederick W. Ellery, Riverside, Cal., crossed the Moselle River in France September 12, 1944 over the first assault bridge to give close support to the In fantry and in four days battling against incessant German attempts to overrun its positions wrote one <®bf the most gallant epics of Am erican artillery annals. The bat talion's official citation, dated April 10 1945, reads in part: “On 12 September, 1944, the 313th Field Artillery Battalion crossed the Moselle River to positions in the vicinity of Bezaumont. That night and the following four days the forces that crossed the river were repeatedly attacked by tanks and infantry supported by artillery, fjmortars, and machine guns. These attacks were in all cases repulsed, on two occasions only after pene tration of the firing positions ot the 313th Field Artillery Battalion. On 14 September the situation be came critical. An attack by enemy infantry and tanks, supported by heavy concentrations of mortar and artillery, was directed against our lines. The attack suceeded in penetrating deep into our posi /jjtioas. Without hesitation and based upon sound plan, all men of the 313th Field Artillery Battalion, including Service Battery and Headquarters personnel, except the minimum necessary to serve the pieces, were deployed as infantry Making use of bazookas, machine guns, carbines, and their primary weapons, the 313th Field Artillery Battalion, from their defensive positions, repulsed the attack with ^out the loss of materiel. Two ^enemy tanks were destroyed in this action. The 313th Field Ar tillery Battalion was the only artil lery unit east of the Moselle River during the period 12-16 Sept ember 1944. During these four days the battery positions were repeat edly subjected to small arms, ma chine gun, mortar and artillery fire. During tne eariy morning nours #of 16 September 1944, an attack by tanks and infantry, directed prin cipally against the left (north) of the front lines, was repulsed by the infantry supported by the 313th Field Artillery Battalion and other artillery with the Division (from positions west of the Moselle), but only after the enemy had infil trated to the rear of the 313th Field Artillery Battalion and some infantry elements had been forced back across the river. The 313tli 9 Field Artillery Battalion distin guished itself in battle by extra ordinary heroism, exhibited such gallantry, determination, and ■ es pprite de corps as to set it apart and above units participating in the same engagement. The magni ficent courage and devotion to duty display cu UJ au uicmucia ui the 313th Field Artillery Battalion are a credit and inspiration to the armed forces of the United States.” After compiling a brilliant re cord in pre-embarkation maneuv ers the 313th Field Artillery Bat talion unlimbered its guns for the first time on Continent in support of the 317th. Infantry’s advance in to the French city of Argentan to close, the Argentan-Faiaise Gap. Day and night the battalion’s 106’s ss__ -r-■ ___ .. .... . • hurled destruction into the ever thinning ranks of the battered German Seventh Army. Dashing across France with other 80th "Blue Ridge” units in the vanguard of General George S. Patton’s Third Army, the bat talion followed up the bloody Moselle fighting by blasting the way out of the bridgehead and supporting the infantry’s attacks in the campaign to outflank Metz. Sweeping across the Lorraine plain the Artillerymen set up their howitzers to smash through the “Incincible” Maginot Line into the mineral rich Saar Basin and as sist in the seizure of St. Avoid. When vin Runstedt’s winter of fensive broke through Luxembourg into Belgium the Artillerymen roared northward 150 miles to sup port the 80th Division’s attacks against the southern flank of the Bulge after successfully shielding Luxembourg City. Upholding their battle-coined Division motto, “The 80th Only Moves Forward,” the honored battalion went on to sup port the assault crossings of the Our and Sauer Rivers, twice threw its destructive fire into the Sieg fried Line, and added its weight to the fall of the 80th Division and the Third Army of such key German cities as Bitburg, St. W(endel, Kaiserslautern, Weisbad en, Kassel, Erfurt, Weimar, Jena, and Gera. V-E Day found the battalion south of the Danube after the Third Army’s south eastward shift and across the Inn River at Braunau, Hitler’s birth place, deep in the heart of the Austrian Alpine region. The 313th Field Artillery Bat ! Devil Dog Retrievers I Corporal Perry P. Norsworthy (left) of Padncah, Ky., and Private First Class John A. Faglione of YVceliawkDn, N. J„ dig into mud and water on the outskirts cf Naha to reclaim ammunition for Leatherneck 105mm guns. Both men are with the Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa. (U. S. Marine Corps Photo) talion is commanded by Lt. Col onel James McM. Shepherd, RFD 11, Richmond, Va., and Major James P. Strauss, 143 Erie Ave., Decatur, 111., is Battalion Executive Officer. Warning Given On Brucellosis The critical meat shortage should be an incentive for farm ers to be increasingly alert to the prevalence of swine brucellosis. When sows fail to breed, or when pigs are born dead, or die shortly after birth, brucellosis should be suspected. In such cases, the ani mals should be blood tested, and reactors should be fattened and disposed of — or if the herd is badly infected, it may be well to dispose of the whole drove and make a fresh start. In France there is an ivy vine so old its stem is 40 inches in diameter. Just thought you might like to know. We permit Germans in Nazi uni form to direct traffic and guard doors. No wonder they still hope to make suckers of us. Tobacco Crop Is Reported Larger North Carolina’s 1945 tobacco crop is now expected to be ap proximately 3 percent larger than for last year. Prospective produc tion, based on conditions of the crop on July 1, was placed at 774, 875.000 pounds as compared with 755.606.000 for the 1944 season. This is the second largest crop on record, being exceeded only in 1939 when farmers produced 821, 207.000 pounds of tobacco. Prelimi nary reports indicate that North Carolina producers planted around 728.000 acres of tobacco this year —5 percent more than grown in 1944. All belts within the State showed an upturn from a year ago. This year’s acreage is the fourth largest on record, being exceeded in 1929, 1930, and 1939. Stands are generally goocT throughout the State. Although plant growth is somewhat irregu lar, the crop was much further advanced on the first of July than at the same time a year ago. The number of leaves per plant for extra early tobacco is less than average, but a gain in weight per leaf is expected to ooffset part of this loss. The outlook for to bacco transplanted somewhat later, however, is very promising. Cool weather, followed by high temperatures and deficient mois ture, held back the crop at the first of the season. Rainfall since mid-June, however, has been very favorable in the Border Belt and in eastern North Carolina and crop prospects improved rapidly. Earn ing is well underway in the Bor der Belt and is becoming fairly general in eastern counties. I Glad you drifted over... Have a Coke I ... refreshment time for the younger set Wherever the gang gets together, those friendly words Have a Coke play a big part in the fun and refreshment. Whether it’s served from the family refrigerator or from a bucket of ice down at the pier, Coca-Cola draws a smile from everyone. Be sure to keep a supply j of Coca-Cola on hand. , BOTTLED UNDER AUTHORITY OP THE COCA-COLA COtlPANT BY/ WELDON COCA-COLA BOTTLING WORKS, Inc i \ Pfc. Louis E. Sasser, 414 Mon roe Street, Roanoke Rapids, is a rnember of the 80th “Blue Ridge” ^Infantry Division's 313 Field Artil lery Battalion, which recently re ceived the coveted War Depart ment Distinguished Unit Citation in the name of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as announc ed in orders of the War Depart-! ment, Washington, D. C., signed by Chief of Staff General of the Armies George C. Marshall. The decoration accompanying the cita tion is a gold framed blue ribbon, wivorn on the right chest, the only American decoration so worn.