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Landrum ENT 4 x 2" 'True' success For the week of June 21 - 27, 2015 Bate's Electronics 4 x 3" Vince Vaughn stars in "True Detective" Bobbie's Petal Pushers 2 x 2" Dependable Heat & Air 2 x 2.5" Brown's Shoe Fit 2 x 3" Fresco's Mexican Grill 2 x 2.5" Serving the Heart of the Sooner State and Chickasaw Nation since 1904 By Ar t Lawler The Ada News When Darrell Bolich decided to lie about his age so he could help Uncle Sam win a world war, he had no idea what he was getting into. He was 17, small and skinny, a high school junior in Maitland, Missouri. A few months later, still 17, he sat in a large hull, surrounded by hundreds of young soldiers, all fear- ing instant death when the mouth of their landing craft finally opened. An unexpected storm had caused their journey across the English Channel to be long and rough, forcing them to delay their landing by a day. Their nerves were raw. Their stomachs were empty, too, from not eating for two days. They shared crowded toilet facilities, and they waited and thought of families, girlfriends and death. "We had been hearing the shooting from the first wave that morning," Bolich said. "When the door opened, all we could see were bodies floating on water, which was up to our waists." The 29th Infantry Division, 175th Regiment poured out of this giant can, one of 5,000 in the invasion. Some died before they even hit the water. A lot more died after they got out. Out of 2,300 soldiers in his regiment, 80 percent of them would become casualties on this day alone. It was the 6th of June, 1944. D-Day. The largest armada ever assembled was zeroing in on Normandy in a valiant attempt to gain a foothold in Europe. "The only reason I'm here talking to you today is because of God," Bolich said. "I want to make that perfectly clear. I had seen dead bodies before. I had not seen dead bodies in war with people falling all around you. I was scared to death." He remembers running on the edge of the beach, stepping on or over one dead body after another, thinking each step he took would be his last. Bolich said he tries not to dwell on the war and what happened, then adds: "I do think it's good to talk about it though." After a moment of silence, Bolich brought out a World War II magazine and without comment, showed the reporter a description of that monumen- tal day written by 19-year-old Hal Baumgarten. "...I was looking to my right when an 88 shell went off a few yards in front of me. It ripped off my left cheek to my ear, along with the roof of my mouth, blew out my upper left jaw and left my teeth and gums lying on my tongue. The guy next to me got it full in the face and died. I washed my face out in dirty water, did a dead man's float on the incoming tide and got to the seawall... The machine gun started, so I ran and picked up a rifle. They were a dime a dozen. Wounded guys in the water reached for it as I passed; I pulled up The Ada News Thursday, June 5, 2014 Ada, Oklahoma www.theadanews.com Vol. 111 No. 59 50 cents be taken ©Copyright 2014 The Ada News Ada Evening News To subscribe: Phone (580) 332-4433 www.theadanews.com E-mail: news@theadanews.com Find us on Facebook The Ada News News Online What's Going On Quotable Scripture Obituaries Birthdays See D-DAY, Page 4 ▼ Serving the Heart of the Sooner State and Chickasaw Nation since 1904 The Chickasaw Nation will host "Night at the Museums" Monday, June 9. The event will feature a screening of "Captain Phillips" at 8:30 p.m. at 411 W. 9th in Tishomingo. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy popcorn and soft drinks. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, please call (580) 371-9835. Page 2: Charles Manuel, 38 Eulas Danley, 81 James Morrow, 74 Page 3: Ida Wood, 100 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee... —Job 12: 7 Johnny Hooser "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey- work of the stars." —Walt Whitman Cast a line with your kids Saturday morning— page 7 D-Day: Staring down death By Eric Swanson The Ada News Ada and the state of Oklahoma need more leaders who will do the right thing, even if it means giving up a chance to remain in office, a former mayor of Okla- homa City said Wednesday. "We need leaders who aren't looking for a job," said Kirk Hum- phreys, who served as the city's mayor from 1999 until 2003. Humphreys spoke during a graduation ceremony for the 26 people who completed the Lead- ership YOUniversity program earlier this year. The program, sponsored by the Ada Area Cham- ber of Commerce, grooms Ada businessmen and women to take on leadership roles. Humphreys graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in finance, then spent 17 years building a family-owned distribution company. He was elected mayor of Oklahoma City in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. Under Humphreys' leadership, Oklahoma City completed a series of capital improvements known as the Metropolitan Area Projects, according to information from the Ada Chamber. The $360 million MAPS program spurred develop- ers to invest more than $4 billion in the city's downtown district. Humphreys also led a 2001 ini- tiative called MAPS for Kids, which used proceeds from anoth- er sales tax to upgrade Oklahoma City Public Schools facilities. Humphreys said Oklahoma City's economy was in bad shape in the early 1990s and people were leaving town. He said the city lost a United Airlines maintenance plant to Indianapolis in 1991, even though officials offered the company a $100 million incentive to move to Oklahoma City. "The reason they turned us down is, they sent some folks into town secretly on the weekend — just the rank-and-file people and their spouses — and asked them to check out the city," Humphreys said. "And they reported back to Former OK City mayor urges Ada business people to become leaders Photo by Richard R. Barron Kirk Humphreys, businessman and former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks to Leadership YOUniversity Class VI at Oak Hills Golf and County Club Wednesday. Photo of Darrell Bolich by Richard R. Barron Backdrop photo of first wave of Allied troops on Normandy beach courtesy of Historylink101. See YOUNIVERSITY, Page 8 ▼ E-Edition Available at theadanews.com The Ada News

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