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THE PON( MAY 19, 1983 PAGE EIGHT Poetry, Art, Music, Photography, Literature, Reviews The last hero: Wild Bill Donovan A book By BERNARD VINCENT McMAHON PART THREE No German formations of any size lay between the beachhead and Rome .... But sadly, something went wrong with Lucas at the beachhead. A gentleman, he lost his nerve, thought the Germans were about to launch an overwhelming counter- attack that would catapult his army back into the sea, and ordered his troops not to strike for Rome but to dig in and prepare for the German attack," Stunned by this cowardice, the Germans slammed the 14th army into the beachhead, turning it into another Verdun with 2000 casualties a week "'In April 1944 with D-Day in Eur- ope only eight weeks away and much to be done to make the OSS ready for the supreme venture of World War II. Donovan elected to go out to the Pacific theater for the invasion of Hollanda. Dutch New Guinea, by the forces of General Douglas Mac- Arthur The purpose of the journey is clear from the Donovan papers. Ever since 1942 Wild Bill and his agency had been excluded from the Pacific operations by MacArthur. not be- cause Donovan's old World War I commander and co-founder of the American Legion had anything against Donovan and the OSS, but because his intelligence staff led by General Charles Willoughby and Festival rs ramed Past Posters For Sale iCharlotte's Webb00 135 S.W. Railroad Ave. Colonel R.k Merle-Smith believed there was nothing the OSS could do in the Pacific that their own organi- zation could not do better." (p. 515) "The greateast test would be the greatest operation of the world war. Neptune. and its associated opera- tion in the south of France. Dragoon" (p 528) Donovan and Bruce ignored Gen- eral Omar Bradley's order that they were not to land in Normandy during the battle. While lying in the sand. Donovan remarked to Bruce: "By the way, David, have you arranged to be buried in Arlington Cemetery?" Bruce replied, "Why no." "Well." said Donovan. as he was getting up and brushing off the sand, "'I have, that's where I want to be buried David. you've got to get a plot next to mine, then we can start an under- ground together," Now came up the Vessel Affair, a big embarrassment to Donovan. Vessel proved to be Virgilio Scatto- lino. a short fat Socratic journalist and writer whose principal claim to fame, until now, was a pornographic book, who later became very reli- gious due to his wife. Next he turned to inventing news out of the Vatican and guess who fell for it but The New "Certainly Hitler believed there had been treachery. He relieved Runstedt of command and flying court mar- tials shot everyone involved whom they could get their hands on. Stalin then made a statement that was not correct but fairly close to the truth: "And so what we have at the moment is that the Germans on the western front have in fact ceased the war against Britain and America. At the same time they continue the war against Russia the ally of Britain and the U.S A." (pp 732-3) "'At 1:15 pm central war time on April 12, 1945. while sitting for Elizabeth Shoumatoff for an oil por- trait and wearing a heavy naval cape. Roosevelt was seen to slump forward slightly. He exclaimed to his girl friend Lucy Rutherford: "'I have a terrific headache." Then the presi- dent began to collapse. Dr. Com- mander Bruenn had begun artificial respiration It was useless and at 3:35 he announced, "'The President is dead" Donovan was well aware that he lost the principal source of his power in Washington at the worst possible time. "The end of Donovan's career in intelligence came while he was at van's attack. What is evident is that Truman had aver s'long memory and was well capable of harboring in- tense dislikes formed even a quarter of a century before." (p. 790) To quote James Murphy. "Truman didn't like Donovan and Donovan didn't like Truman period." Now it turns out "Truman had been excluded by FDR while vice-presi- dent from the inner circles of the war .... and during his few visits to the White House--he was only consulted twice by FDR.'" (p. 791) "Thus the Soviet Union gained a decade to expand its intelligence services, penetrating all the principal citadels of its ideological adversar- ies. undermining their institutions and their confidence in themselves This irresponsible and dangerous state of affairs was directly traceable to Truman's decision to fire Donovan and dissolve the OSS, and. having done so. his failure to provide the country with effective substitutes." p 804J On December 31. 1951. a dinner part s ' for 60 people at the Chapel Hill Farm celebrating Donovan's sixty- ninth birthday. One of brought a cup of silver silverware and left it in room. Sheilah. grandchild, found it of the poison. Eisenhower. whom he refused like Hoover to cabinet appointment or the CIA but when desperate in the Orient. Bill ambassador to irrational conduct ascribed to his age and climate The g wife Ruth out to calm hir doctors found he was minor strokes. Chief erick M Vinson died a[ was told that he appointment if Earl down When the FrenCh feated at Dienbienphu blame squarely on Dulles On June I. 1954 Sheilah's mother. Mary daughter in-law became over her daughter's E  gFF pAG ! York Times and The Times of Lon- Nonquitt, Connecticut. On August don. and Donovan's OSS, and all the 14. 1945. Japan surrendered uncon- intojail, he spent his time editing his diary. "'whole nation gone made." articles into a book called. "The Despite a last minute attempl by the Secret Documents of Vatican Diplo- joint chiefs to rescue Donovan and macy." He was tossed into an Italian OSS, at 3 p.m. on September 20. clink for seven months, freed and 1945. budget director Smith pre- disappeared, sented President Truman with an "In March of 1945. Donovan's movements, which were always diffi- cult to track, became exceedingly mysterious at a time when the German general staff was indicating its desire to open the western front to the western allies and allow them to occupy all Germany before the red army." (p. 728) "On March 7 there occurred one of the most dramatic and inexplicable incidents of the campaign in north- western Europe. This was the failure of the German general staff to des- troy the Lundendoriff Bridge over the Thine at Remagen--the bridge over which the U.S. First Arms, flowed to take over vast areas of central Germany before they were occupied l>v the Russians." (p. 751) "Grand Closing Celebration'" LINDA'S FALLACIES Ponchatoula, La. Saturday May 28th Saturday May 28th Linda's Fallacies Restaurant will close its doors on a Regular Scheduled Basis. After May 28th The Restaurant ,w.i available for Banquets only. Regular d,n I/be hours will be the same as usual until May 28th. On closing night at 10 P.M. everyone in attendance will be served Free Champagne. "Alden Hewitt & The Nashville Express" will be on stage from 8:00p.m. untill Midnight To our regular customers who supported The Restaurant we would really hke to express our deep i appreciation-It has been a pleasure | i serving you. ,i Thanks again, | I : Linda, Stanley & I | I | _ our faithful Employees executive order abolishing the OSS. '" ip 783) Donovan was for- really relieved from duty by the adjutant general 0n January 12. 1946. "Why did Truman dissolve it? Why did he not preserve the organization? We do not know whether this stemmed from the incident in 1918 when Donovan was deprived of artillery support, his units attacking the Hendenburg Line suffered severe casualties,, and he made a vigorous complaint when he came out of the line. All we know is that Truman and his artillery batters, were providing that sector of the front with artillery support on the night before Dana- l garden secrets ! Well. friends, at last it seems , the drouth of the past several weeks has ended. It has been  quite a chore to keep our flower beds watered. Everything looked fresh and beautiful Mon- day morning. I'm sure the ftow- q ers were dancing with glee. Now that the rain has come and freshened everything up, we now have a job waiting for us--the weeding of our flower q beds. The grass and weeds will V really start to grow! If you have all to a narrow hoe. you can cut them q/ down and chip the soil around your plants, Do not cut too close iD to them. Stoop down and pull q/ then, cut. This is good for the e IP plants and will also help you q/ lose the bulge around the waist- q (p line---. 1 We still have time to put in some more annuals if you have (o not done so. I planted Amaran- thus and Celosia this past week. (0 They can be seen in beds by the q/ Guaranty Bank and the Country Market. There's still time to get I your Salvia plants in the { ground. 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