June 6, 2003
ALLIES INVADE FRANCE
NAZI ATTACK DUE SOON, INVASION OF FRANCE GETS OFF TO SUCCESSFUL
Beachheads Taken in Normandy, Troops Penetrate 10 Miles Inland,
Battle Reports Conflict, Paratroopers Catch Germans By Surprise,
German Army Near Rome In Serious Plight, Fliers View Huge Armada
Invasion Beat, Watch Warships Paste Shore In Preparation, F. R.
Pleased by the Progress Made Tells of Losses, Eke Set D-Day and
H-Hour, Whole Army Kept Secret of D-Day, On the home front, Baseball
off For Invasion, Ridge Route to Bucks Is Open
These are some of the headlines in the Oroville Mercury
Register, June 6th, 1944.
It amazes me how the news traveled so fast.
F. R. TO READ HIS PRAYER OVER RADIO
Washington, President Roosevelt, the White House disclosed today,
spent the tense early invasion hours writing a prayer that he will
read to the nation over all radio networks tonight (at 7 p.m. coast
time). After his "fireside chat" last night, the President went
to his bedroom on the second floor of the White House. Between telephone
calls from the war department telling of the progress of the action
it was said, the President wrote the prayer in which he wants the
country to join tonight.
AS HE WALKS THROUGH THE VALLEY!
Must be a strange world out there - landing waist-deep from a Higgins
boat ... scrambling up the beach, with machinegun fire raking you,
your comrades failing. Out there he walks through the longest valley
of its kind ever known to man, with our future in his gun, Above
him our planes are driving the Nazis out of the skies. Inland, he
knows, they are blowing up the railroad tracks, breaking up the
freight yards. He feels that if he can get up to those machinegun
nests--those concrete bunkers -- he can win for us, his loved ones
at home, But he is walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death!
His name is Smith, Kelly, Wilson, Levine, Olson. He comes from Oroville,
Woodland, Chico, Palermo, Quincy, Greenville. He is bigger than
anything that can happen to him. He is a farmers mechanic, lawyer,
miner, stockman, woodsman and cop. He is body and soul, not an identification
tag. He is the Known American Soldier----opening the SECOND FRONT,
the most daring and greatest invasion in history. And let's all
back him up, be with him, stand as close to his shoulder as we can,
as he fights for us, his people. D DAY
This was an Ad taken out by the Openshaw Meat Co. Markets at, Walsh
& Ricketts -Tel. 185, 1855 Montgomery-Tel 179 and Kilpatric's -
Some Gave All
EMERY LEDGER DIES IN ACTION AT
Pvt. Emery Guy Ledger, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Earnest
of Feather Falls, was killed in action at Anzio Beachhead in Italy,
the war department has notified his parents. Ledger, employed by
the Feather River Pine Mills, entered the service as a volunteer
in April, 1943, through Oroville draft board. Born in Tuolumne,
he came to Oroville at the age of 2 years with his parents, and
attended Burbank and Bird Street Schools and Oroville High School.
He went overseas in December and served in Africa before going to
Italy. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Mrs. Levi Hites
of Richmond, and two brothers, Corp. Robert W. Ledger of Camp Claiborne,
La., and Pete Ledger of Jefferson Street, Oroville.
Stu’s notes: Today June 6, 2003, 59 years since
D-Day. The world awaited this day in June 1944 for a long time.
Our young men had trained over and over for the invasion. My friend
Nick Krpan who gave me this paper went through basic training 3
times Yes the war had been going on a long time all over the world.
But now our Brave young men were marching to Berlin. Eleven more
months and one day of hard fighting lay ahead and the loss of lives
of many thousands of our young men. But in the end Hitler and many
of his Nazis were no more but a bad memory. Emery's niece is currently
an employee of the Oroville Mercury; she works at a desk to the
right as you walk in the door. Say Hi.