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May 19

Camp Roberts Rodeo, Camp San Luis explosives, World War II week by week

Even a break in training for war could be deadly as seen in this excerpt from a May 10, 1943 story.

German troops were surrendering in Tunisia May 10, 1943 in this newspaper headline from the Telegram-Tribune.

German troops were surrendering in Tunisia May 10, 1943 in this newspaper headline from the Telegram-Tribune.


Col. Hank Partin, of the Lemoore air base, was saved from death or serious injury yesterday in the Camp Roberts rodeo by the quick action of Dogie Davidson, a merchant marine, when he was thrown by an enraged Brahma Bull.
As the bull came out of the chute, partin was tossed and fell to the ground with his breath knocked out by the fall. As the bull turned to charge him, Davidson working at the chute, grabbed a blanket and tossed it over the bull’s head in on motion, stopping the bull in its tracks and saving Partin from the sharp horns of the bull as more than 15,000 spectators looked on.

At Camp San Luis post ordnance officer Capt. L.W. Tondro lost his right hand in an accidental explosion while he was destroying duds at the artillery and mortar range. Several shells went off at the same time.

Gen. Francisco Franco of Spain and Pope Pius offered to negotiate a peace with the western allies while allowing the Axis to continue fighting Communist Russia. The Allies had their eyes on invasion of Europe and were in no mood to negotiate as Nazi generals began to surrender in North Tunisia.

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