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Captain Uses Football Strategy to Halt Nazis By HAL BOYLE, Associated Press War Correspondent. wAh AMERICAN TROOPS NEAR ST. VITH, Belgium, Dec. 24.— Behind the dramatic fall of this small Belgian crossroads, whose vital highway network was denied to the Germans in a week of steady bat tling, lies a story of the brilliant heroism of a football star turned warrior. Big Lt. Col. Thomas Riggs of Huntington, W. Va., proved on the battlefield that he was as able a leader in war as he was on the gridirons of the Big Ten. The six-foot, two-inch, 250-pound tackle, captain of the 1940 Univer sity of Illinois football team, found it wasn’t a problem of tearing holes in the other side's line. It was a problem, instead, of blocking out a heavy opponent and keeping him from breaking through and destroy ing Col. Riggs’ own team. Keeps Enemy Off Balance. To Col. Riggs it was the same problem he had met more than once on the football field, and he solved it by keeping the enemy off balance. As commander of one unit of combat engineers, he was given the assignment of delaying the German armored march into St. Vith, from who.se great road net the Nazis could spread out swiftly. Time was needed, precious hours end days, to mass American armor and Infantry like blood cells around an infection. Col. Riggs organized and personally led a defense that halted the chafing Germans and made a name for himself that will live, so far as his division is con cerned, much longer than his foot ball fame. He stuck to his post, although the Germans shelled the area heavily with giant 240-millimeter shells, destroying a convent in St. Vith and killing many people there. Col. Riggs knew the main blow [ was coming directly from Schon berg, where two columns of the enemy had converged after sur rounding strfrng infantry forma tions from his own division. “He had only 10 antitank guns1 and 300 men to halt the Germans,”! said Lt. Wilbur R. Wensley, Free-' port, N. Y. Waiting for Germans. “His engineers built a strong road blockade about 2 miles east of St. Vith and they were there waiting; when the German tanks and in- j fantry hit. Col. Riggs had his guns ; W'ell placed and he fought the Jer ries to a standstill He wasn't sat isfied with just stopping them, he i kept counterattacking them to keep| them from getting set and he led practically every counterattack himself. While the balked Nazis milled around Col. Riggs' road block, Amer ican tank and infantry outfits in the vicinity grouped around St. Vith for an all-out assault. It wasn’t long coming. Angry at having their time table upset, the German commanders be gan to circle with their fluid col umns and eventually delivered a grand-scale attack from three di rections. north, northeast and east, where Col. Riggs still held his road block. Realizing that every day they were held up further removed the possiblity of achieving their grand iose scheme, the Germans hurled elements of its crack SS Panzer Division and two full regiments of volksgrenadiers with large numbers of supporting tanks against the town. They probably were aided by treachery' within as well as the force without. Soldiers reported pro German civilian sympathizers flashed code messages to the Nazi infiltrating troops. .Many i^azi aympamizers. Capt. Oswald D. Karter of Mobile, j Ala., signal officer, found a radio! signal set in one home and Lt. I Wensley estimated "approximately, 80 per cent of the civilians who; stayed in the town were Nazi sym pathizers.” St. Vith's population had a high percentage of Germans. Discussing the importance of St. Vith, Lt. Col. Robert P. Stout,! Kansas City, said: “The Germans hoped to break; LT. COL. THOMAS RIGGS. —A. P. Wirephoto. | through quickly and establish a 60 ■ mile gap between Malmedy and | Bastogne, through which they thought they could flood tanks and armored vehicles in decisive quan tities—perhaps even win the war. “The battle of St. Vith upset these calculations, slowed their drive in its initial stages and kept them from exploiting their gap at a time when they needed to most. "And Lt. Col. Riggs gets much of the credit for that. He did a bril liant job." □are Marshall Dies; Newspaper Official By the Associated Press. CEDAR RAPIDS. Iowa. Dec. 25.— Clare R. Marshall, 51, treasurer and editorial director of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, died last night in a Rochester, Minn., hospital after a month's illness. He was hospitalized with a liver ailment December 11 and had been in a coma four days. Mr. Marshall was prominent in the activities of the American Newspaper Publishers' Association and was a director and former pres ident of the Iowa Daily Press Asso ciation. He had been an officer of the Gazette company since 1934 He was a Tank Corps lieutenant | in the World War and'active in the American Legion. I Surviving are his widow, three i children, his mother, Mrs. Emily Marshall; one brother, Verne Mar i shall, Cedar Rapids, and two sis i ters, Mrs. William C. Crawford, ! Cedar Rapids, and Mrs. John H. j Mease, Monrovia, Calif. Locke Heads Law Group ! Howard P. Locke, tax division at torney in the Justice Department, ! has been elected president of George Washington Law Associa tion. Stanley P. Smith, Charles R. Allen and Justin L. Edgerton were I elected vice presidents. B-29 Attack on Tokyo And Adjacent Areas Reported by Japs I By the Associated Press. The Tokyo radio reported today that three Super Fortresses paid Christmas visits to Tokyo and near by areas, dropping incendiary bombs. The domestic broadcast, recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, said the capital, Yoko hama and Shizuoka prefecture lying southwest of Tokyo, were hit “by single planes in three waves.” The B-29s, apparently on weather observation flights from Saipan, were over Japan from 2 to 3 a.m. (Tokyo time). Iwo Jima Hammered By B-29s and Liberators PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUAR TERS, Pearl Harbor, Dec. 25 (/Pi.—A heavy weight of American bombs fell over the week end on Iwo Jima, closest Japanese base to Saipan, home grounds of the giant Super Fortresses which have been blasting Tokyo. B-29s teamed up with Liberators in the twofold raid on the Japanese island in the Volcano Group. On Saturday (Sunday, Japanese time), a force of perhaps 50 Super Fort resses attacked Iwo Jima. and "heavy explosions in military instal lations” were observed. The raid I was announced by the 20th Air Force. All B-29s Return. The assault followed an attacked on the island Friday (Saturday, Japanese time), when four-engined Liberators blasted it for the 16th consecutive day in the American drive to remove its threat to the Saipan base. The B-29s all returned to their Marianas base, and airmen reported anti-aircraft Are was light and in accurate. Their reports suggested the unremitting air attacks may have reduced Iwo Jima's defenses to a point where no further serious re sistance can be expected from that source. On the later raid the Liberators encountered 'only two Japanese in terceptors which offered nominal re sistance. said Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s communique. Iwo Jima, 750 miles south of Tokio, has been bombed 20 time* this month. Woleai Also Attacked. Another Liberator group from Lt. Gen. Millard F. Harmon's Strategic Air Force attacked Woleai in the Western Carolines in a reconnais sance to make sure the enemy has not been able to Ay in reinforce ments. Three Japanese barges were sunk and three more damaged as Marine Corsairs strafed Babelthuap in the Palaus. Marine fighter planes and divebombers bombed Japanese-held islands in the Marshalls which have been largely inactivated by the Allies nearly a year ago. To Stop Trolley Service FREDERICK. Md. IP).—'The last trolley on the Middletown-Myers ville branch of the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway will be operated on January 2, R. Paul Smith, pres ident of the Potomac Edison Co., i announced. Scott Clay Hanna Dies; Rites Set lor Wednesday Scott Clay Hanna, «3, Maritime Commission employe who formerly was engaged in shipping in New York and on the Great Lakes, died Saturday at his home, 5414 Macomb streeet N.W., after a brief illness. Mr. Hanna, a native of Rockville, Ind., was one of the first Great Lakes shippers to transport auto mobiles as cargo. He also was among the first to operate refriger ator ships carrying frozen foods from Gulf ports to New York. Mr. Hanna had been employed as a researcher by the Maritime Commission for two and a half years. Before the war, he was pres ident of a New York shipping firm. He was a member of tne District Chapter of the Sons of the Revolu tion. Besides his widow, Mrs. Elouise White Hanna, he is survived by two sons, Richard G. Hanna, Detroit, and William Henry Hanna, McLean, Va.. and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Gawler fu neral home. Burial will be in Terre Haute, Ind. D. C. Flyer Pilots B-29 In Raid on Japanese By the Associated Press. TWENTY - FIRST BOMBER COMMAND, Saipan, Dec. 24 (Via Navy Radio, Delayed).—When a medium force of B-29s gave Jap anese-held Iwo Jima in the Vol canos a pre-Christmas hammering this afternoon and dropped bombs on Pagan in the Northern Marianas, among the pilots was Lt. Douglas Rubinstein of Washington, D, C., former Temple University and Texas A. and M. student. Lt. Rubinstein Is the son of Col. and Mrs. D. H. Rubinstein of 4111 Fessenden street N.W. He went to college in Texas, his mother's home State, while his father was sta tioned in Hawaii, and to Temple while his father was stationed in Philadelphia. He is 24 and has been in the Army since 1942. He for merly served in Africa and in Eng land. The Louis D. Brandeis Zionist District will present PIERRE VAN PAASSEN author of "The Forgotten Ally" ond "Doys of Our Yeors" Tuesday, December 26, 1944 8:30 P.M. Jewish Community Center 16th and Que Sts. N.W. TOPIC 'London and Jerusalem' Public Invited Sheaffer “Lifetime” /V/w ana Pencils Mi!,on H.Cch,o$sar gfad jZeU*'™'* NW~ iiflrfJUKr A New rioor Wax Ka-Na-Ba Listen to this—it will not water spot. Made from pure Ka-Na Ba Wax. Something you're been looking for. For Sola at Chew Chase Paint A Hdw. Co. Silver Sprint Paint A Hdw. Co. Bethesda Paint A Hdw. Co. Takoma Paint A Hdw, Co. Berker Paint A Glass Co.. Geortetown Local Paint a Hdw. Co.. Hvattsville 922 N. Y. Av«. 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