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D I LOCAL I . 2 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE July 28, 2010 m l By Jody O'Hara MS Small Price! Run this stze ad in over 100 newspapers sLatewtde for less than $11 per paper. Call your local newspaper or Press Services at 601-981-3060. HD PROGRAMMING THAT'S SURE TO PLEASE OVER 120 TOP CH,WlE FOR LIFE American Ru~'a/ SateUi~s 601-928- 7774. 228-831-0086 NETWOIIK~ ~>,o ~, ~ *~,~,~ ~.~ ~ IRTjlilUEII i :::::::::: ::: ::::::::::::::=::: l Carley King was going about his business on Dec. 16, 1944 when his world got turned upside down. In the process of building fuel dumps for the Allies in their attempt to wrest con- trol of Europe from Nazi domination, King was told by his captain in the 627th Engineer Light Equipment Co. to hightail it with what equipment he could. "It was 16 minutes after midnight and the Germans were after us," King said. "The captain came up and said, 'King, load up all your stuff and get the heck out of Dodge,' and, believe you me, we did." The Germans had launched their last major offensive of World War II, the Ardennes Offensive, better known by history as the Battle of the Bulge. The "Bulge," resulted when the assault temporar- ily pushed through Allied lines, creating a bulge in the lines drawn on maps. It was to be the single largest and bloodiest battle fought by American forces in the war and its ultimate failure near the end of January 1945 doomed the German army to defeat. A combat engineer, King vividly recalls the tide turning in the Allies' favor. "We had them people ..... :: running like wild geese," Shampoo, Cut and he said. "We came up on Style, High Lights or one place where there were All Over Color and I 60,000 German prisoners i Eye Brw Makevet i and we just made a big Long Hair and Toner Extra ring around them to con- Add a month of tanning for only '20 more ta!n them. $10 Kid Cuts (for ages 10 and under) Then, they (the . American force ) g0t that Autobahn and they had just one destifiation, Berlin." One can still detect the bitterness in the 87-year- old veteran's voice when he tells what happened next. "They wouldn't let us go any further, they stopped us and let the Russians claim victory over Berlin," he said. Several days after the bat- tle was over, King was reunited with his company commander. "He came up to me and said, 'Where the hell you been?' and I said, 'Respectfully sir, might I ask the same of you?' We Happy Birthday The Ronnie BIG, "50' ceop ) Love River, Gage, Kolby, Kaylie & Makinley CLINIC UNICATION HEARING AIDS, SALES SERVICES & REPAIRS SPEACH Get a jump start on the new school year by having your child tested for a hearing loss or speech problem. Hearing Test Speech Evaluations Speech Therapy Non-Sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Two Lo(ations To Serve You. Call today for your appointmenL Drive. Suit B [)iamondhead, MS 39525 (228) 255-8889 154 Pine St. Wiggins, MS (601) 528-9008 r- ! .~439 W. Aloha all got scattered when them Germans took after US."~ King, born in 1923 in Jefferson Davis County, travelled for work after graduating from Petal High School. He was working in a ship- yard in Mobile, Ala. when he received an induction notice. "I could've stayed out because of the work I was doing and I did stay out 60 days to finish working on the ship we were building," he said. "I finally decided to get it over with because I knew I would have to go sooner or later." He underwent Basic Combat Training and engi- neer school at Fort Lewis, Wash. before his unit's The bridge at the Elbe River. Buchenwald, one of the first and largest Nazi concentration camps on German soil, was established On the Ettersberg near Weimar, Germany in July 1937: ...... While serving in-country King and fellow soldiers visited the camp after its libera- tion on April 11, 1945. .... King assignment to the European Theater of Operations. Engineers built the bridges spanning Europe's rivers that Allied infantry utilized as they advanced, retaking the continent from the Axis powers. "We'd tell the infantry, 'Boys, where you're going, we've already been,' because we'd gone through and made it possible for them to travel," King said, with more than a little pride. Discharged in December 1945, he worked for Brown and Root Construction Co. doing drag line and bull- dozer work before taking a job in equipment mainte- nance for the Air Force. King moved his family to Stone County in 1963, operating Wiggins Feed Mill and Seed Cleaning on Magnolia Drive for more than 20 years. He also raised cattle and chickens. His son-in-law and grandson continued to raise chickens until Hurricane Katrina destroyed the 8oo feet of chicken houses. "It looked like it had snowed out here," he said. "There was chickens, every- where." While he's considerably less than happy with the current administration in Washington, D.C., King can't imagine living any- where else in the world than the United States. "This old world can be cruel, but there ain't no place better," he said. Nor would he trade his military experience for any other. "I wouldn't take anything for it," he said. "Even if I was that age and knew lay ahead of me, I'd go ahead and do it anyway." Gas prices on the way up A fellow soldier holds cremains outside a crematorium at Buchenwald some time after its liberation. 747 Hall Street Wiggins, MS 528-5393 Average retail gasoline prices in Mississippi have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.54/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.74/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Mississippi during the past week, prices Monday were 22.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are o.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 0.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 25.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. will be accepting appl imm for Saturday, 31, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m, the Preschool, 1625 W. I I I I11 !