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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 15, 1950, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL LVI Associated Itess and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JULY 15 1950 Thti Paper Consists of Two No American Army Outflanked on West Everything Going Well Chief Says Decisions on Calling Guard Expected To Follow Washington chiefs of staff of the army and air force flew back from Korea Saturday with the word that our troops are doing damn well there and everything will come out all right Their return from the war the ater was expected to speed up President Trumans decision on v to do about mobilizing Amer ican resources Gen J Lawton Collins army chief stepped off the plane with Gen Hoyt S Vandenberg air force chief in a driving rain at a m CST at the military airport after a 4 and a half day flying trip to Japan and the Ko rean battlefront Collins told newsmen that you know more about what has hap pened in the last 24 hours than we do It was he who expressed the optimistic summary of the sit uation in the war area To Recommend Plans Neither general would say any thing about the nature of the rec ommendations they will make as to stepping up support for the Americans fighting the commu1 nists in South Korea The army and air force chiefs left Washington Monday night with the announced intention of finding out on the spot how best ihe defense department and armed services could support Gen Doug las MacArthurs elements in Korea Collins and Vandenberg were expected to report immediately to Secretary of Defense Johnson and Mr Truman Recommendations from the Pentagon to the white house on calling up some national guard and organized reserve units may follow shortly Meanwhile the state department Is urging the white house to move quickly on marshalling more of the nations industrial to bolster the Korean campaign for the long pull and to strength en Americas total military power against the possibility of other crises The defense department is re ported planning a greatly ex panded military program to ac complish the same purposes Evidence that action along these lines may be forthcoming prompt ly came from two members of congress May Seek Billion Senator Robertson told the senate Friday the administra tion may ask for an additional partly to finance operations in Korea and partly to reinforce the countrys military might generally While some ad ministration circles said the re quest wont run that the fig ure was expected to be fairly sub stantial Senator Lyndon Johnson CD told reporters he had been assured by administration officials that some national guard men and some reservists will be called into the armed forces soon Among administration leaders the expectation now is that Mr Truman will decide in the next few days precisely what lines of action he will take Congressmen Sees U S Evacuation GlobeGazette photo by Sorlien ITS DOWN FOR A BIRDIE Johnny Jacobs was near perlection on his short game Friday afternoon in beating Tom Crabbe for the Iowa Amateur golf title at the Mason City Country club He used only 11 putts on the outgoing 9 and hes shown here dropping a 4Vfoot putt for a birdie 4 on the 6th hole of the afternoon session Jacobs had to put on a big rally to beat his young opponent in an allCe dar Rapids final See story on sports page Says Korean Airlift as Big as Berlin By O H P KING Tokyo men staging the airlift to Korea think its bigger than the lift to Berlin last year Whether it is or not only official sources can say and thats mili tary information of value to the enemy I saw a part of the airlift when I returned to Japan from Korea C47s arrive and depart on a Korean airstrip every few min utes Teams of Koreans with trucks unload the airplanes with a speed and efficiency inspired by the realization the cargoes will help push back the enemy No Time Wasted There is no wasted talk The emptied plane takes off even as the loaded trucks start off the strip Bumming a ride back to Japan therefore was easy While I was walking the lengll of the airstrip two C47s took off I caught a 3rd Our crew of 4 consisted of Lt Joe H Copeland Dallas Texas Lt Frank B Perry Jacksonville Fla Tech Sgt Fairbury Nebr Dale McHenry and Tech Sgt Dallas Joe I didnt know you were frorr Dallas We make about 3 trips ever day McHenry said We certain lyare piling the stuff go theBerlin airlift beat all hollow Credits Fighter Pilots But the guys gotta give credit are the fighter pilots For the life of me I cant see how those com mies can keep going Their air fields are practically useless their railroads and bridges are blasted Major Prepares for Pluncje Over Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Out loya Hill made his last prepara ions Saturday for a plunge over Niagara Falls in an 11footlong teel barrel The 32yearold Canadian eran of World war II plans to hove off from an undisclosed joint above the Canadian or Horseshoe Falls shortly after noon Sunday H he does he will be going against the advice of Jean Lus sier of Niagara Falls N Y who made the trip in 1928 in a huge rubber ball Lussier took one look at Hills Darrell and remarked I wouldnt try it in that for But Hill expressed complete confidence There wont be anything to itrl the thin angular riverman de clared Ive already made sev eral appointments for next and after all Ill have to Keep them Five persons have taken the plunge over the Horseshoe Falls Two besides Lussier lived to tell about it Van Zandt Gives Grave View of War Ilarrisburgr Pa Rep James E Van Zandt RPenn said Saturday the United States may have to evacuate Korea in the next 72 hours Van Zandt a member of the house armed forces committee and the joint atomic energy commit tee made t h e statement in a speech before the Pennsylvania convention of t h e Veterans of Foreign Wars Later Van Zandt told a report er he based his opinion on t h e grounds that the Kum river is the last natural barrier against the coTnmunist troops His Own Idea He said that his prediction is entirely his own thinking anl is not based upon recent information from Washington Van Zandt 3 times national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a veteran of both World wars said General MacArthur has given congres sional leaders assurance that if an evacuation is necessary it will be an orderly retreat South of the Kum river are only iolling hills and plains which are not at all suited for defensive action Van Zandt said It will be just a matter of days once the communists get rolling that they will over run the whole country He added that t h e American force in Korea just doesnt have the manpower to halt the North Korean drive In his speech before the VFW convention Van Zandt declared that as a result of American lack of preparedness we are in a hell of a fix Sees Alert of Reserves The department of defense he said has not used the appropria tions that congress provided and in the manner congress wished Van Zandt also predicted that possibly on Monday the nation al guard arid organized reseives will be alerted for action Red Casualties Put at 8500 Washington army said Saturday that North Korean cas ualties are estimated between 8000 and 9000 up to July 13 In that same period since the opening of hostilities Gen Doug las MacArthur has announced that American casualties were less than 500 WORTH KORf A r to SOUTH AP Wirephnto North Korean com WHERE COMMUNISTS THREATEN KUM RIVER DEFENSES munists attacking the Kum river defense line in the west A gained a foothold on the south bank of the Kum at Samgyo underlined while other units circled to the north near Yesan Pressure continued in the ChochiwonChonju area In the center B there was continued activity in the ChungjuTanyang sector with forces on the east coast C in position to join the threatened drive on U S supply lines from Pusan Gave Enemy Comfort7 and their supply lines arc hit with the big stuff day after day They cant hold out much longer After a pause he added How theyve gotten so far south beats me They must have had supply caches hidden along the way But theyre on a oneway road with no backtracking Theyll never see North Korea again Those fighter pilots will turn the trick McHenry concluded but its a team operation and everybodys essential Orange City Woman Is Fatally Injured Orange City Mrs Anna Houtsma 72 of Orange City was injured fatally in a twocar crash at a gravel road intersection west of here Friday Hospitalized was her daughter with whom she was riding Mrs James Jasper Jr also of Orange City In the other automobile were Sammy Zigtema partly paralyzed veteran of Iwo Jima who was be ing driven home from the Sioux Falls S Dak veterans hospital With him were George Kleinhus selink and Eugene Kleinhusselink cousin of George None of the 3 was hurt Weather Report Army Bans 2 Top AP UP War Correspondents From Front New York Press world headquarters here sent a message to Col M P Echols Saturday asking him for specific charges against Peter Kalischer Tokyo U S army author ities Saturday abruptly told As sociated Press Correspondent Tom Lambert and United Press Corres pondent Peter Kalischer that they could not return to the South Ko rean war front Mason FORECAST City Cloudy Lambert weaiing tigues was notified Terre Haute Explosion Causes Heavy Damage Terre Haute Ind A gaso line storage tank blew up Satur Saturday night with thunder storms late Saturday night and Sunday morning Clearing and turning cooler Sunday afternoon Low Saturday night 64 High Sunday 80 Iowa Partly cloudy Saturday night with scattered thunder showers and turning cooler northwest portion Lows Satur day night 55 to 65 Scattered thundershowers east Sunday clearing northwest Cooler entire state by evening Highs Sunday 70 to 75 northwest near 85 southeast Shifting winds be coming northwesterly around 25 miles per hour Sunday Further cutlook Generally fair Monday and Tuesday somewhat warmer Tuesday Minnesota Mostly cloudy with oc casional showers or thunder showers Saturday night Turn ing cooler central and south por tions Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy and cooler Low Saturday night 5055 northwest to bU65 extreme southeast High Sunday 7078 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m AP Wircphoto GUARD KUM RIVER Samuel Thomas of Cincinnati and Pfc Rudolph Cassol nearest camera of Pittsburgh Pa guard a Kum river bridge with their 50 cali ber machine gun combat fa as he was about to board a bus at the start of a return trip to the war front in Korea He had been here briefly on leave No explanation was given to him at the time He was told merely that he could not make the trip Gave Enemy Comfort Later Col M P Echols General MacArthurs public information ofCicer told the Associated Press bureau here that some of Lam berts dispatches had been objec tionable because they gave aid and comfort to the enemy He cited as an example a quo tation from a frontline soldier that this is a damned useless war Echols was reminded soldiers on all fronts in World war II made similar comment He agreed Colonel Echols said theie was no question of security or no fac tual inaccuracies in Lamberts dis patches He did not explain why the no tification was made so late that the Associated Press bureau here had difficulty getting a replace ment for Lambert in Korea Neith er would the public information officer reveal what officer origi nated the action He said a full report has been made to Washing ton had taken action against Kalischer in a move to get all foreign cor respondents to soft pedal the stor ies of the American defeat At no time had Col Echols charged Kalischer with violating security or writing stories which were not true the United Press bureau spokesman said The news bureau spokesman said it was told the facts in Kal ischers stories were correct but the army did not like the way they were written contending they were sensational One editor at the United Press office said Kalischer did not want to comment until a formal charge was brought against him Lambert whose dispatches have won wide play in newspapers all over the world was threatened with expulsion from South Korea a few days ago Not Inaccurate In this instance too military authorities said there was no ques tion of security or inaccuracy in his dispatches The action was dropped how ever when correspondents ap pealed to the commanding general and the incident was believed closed Officials Washington said at the time they found nothing ob jectionable in Lamberts dis patches day rocking a large area of this U S Troops Fall Back on Taejon Heavy Losses Inflicted on Red Army Crossing River Tokio UR Outnumbered U S troops gave up the westerp half of their shattered Kum river defense line Saturday after a 15 mileIong communist beach head outflanked it and fell back on embattled Taejon Tokyo AP American Kum river defenders were forced back Saturday night by communists from North Korea The entire left west flank gave way before infil trating reds The commu nists came in dressed as U S soldiers and civilians U S personnel losses were small as compared to much heavier suffered by the reds Wade River The North Koreans burst across the Kum river 20 miles northwest of Taejon during the day Between 1 000 and 2000 troops waded and splashed across the riv er to gain the foothold They fanned out fast The reds were well equipped Artillery and small arms duels ensued Four red tanks were knocked out on ferries on the stream Three other North Korean at tempts to cross the river were thwarted by American and South Koreans arms South Korean forces near Chongju 22 miles north of Taejon lost ground JJ S warplanes aided them with strafing and bombing attacks Jets Blaze Way Swift jets praised only a few hours earlier by Lt Gen George E Stratemeyer as the work horses in the Korean air war blazed the way Some 190 sorties against the reds were flown General Mac Arthur said the main red breakthrough was at Samgyo 20 miles northwest of Taejon Taejon is the abandoned emergency capital of South Korea Only at the center of the line were the Americans reported holding Field dispatches credited this force with battling the reds all day furiously The attack by the disguised reds on the left flank trapped some ar tillery Blow tip Bridges The withdrawing A m e r i c a ns city and causing damage estimj retreated blew bridges and roads as they Maximum Minimum At 8 a m YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 78 57 66 53 Same Explanation The United Press office here said it received a similar explana tion for the ban against Kalischer The United Press office in Tokyo said Colonel Echols told it that Kalischer was being prohib ited from returning to Korea be cause his stories gave comfort to the enemy aid and and be cause bad they made the army look Both Lambert and Kalischer have been in the frontline so con sistently that their capture was broadcast for a full day by the communist radio at Pyongyang Both however returned safely Lambert during World war II was a lieutenrmt in the U S navy He served in the public informa tion section and as such functioned some of the time as a military cen sor Kalischer was a soldier in the intelligence section ated at hundreds of thousands of dollars A truck driver was hurt slightly Police blamed prowlers for set ting off the blast which was fol lowed by a fire that destroyed a bulk storage plant of the Mid Continent Petroleum company A spokesman for the firm made the estimate of hundreds of thou sands of dollars damage Carl Lee 29 of Terre Haute a tank truck driver was inside a building near the tanks when the blast occurred He was knocked down bruised and cut A watchman at a nearby steel plant called police early Satur day reporting that two men were atop a tank hammering on it Of ficers investigated but found no one Lee reported for work soon after that and said he saw no one but shortly afterward the explo sion went off Scores of buildings in the south central section of the city were damaged A window was blown out of a store in the downtown dis trict a mile and onehalf from the scene Alarmed citizens aroused from their sleep swarmed to the scene to watch the blaze which was con fined to the plant All city police and firemen were called out to keep the crowd from the danger area and unsnarl traffic The bureau said it Was told by Echols that it was his opinion Gen eral MacArthurs headquarters ANNOUNCE SEED SUPPORTS Washington agricul ture department announced Fri day it will support the price of various types of hay pasture and range grass seed grown this year at levels ranging from 3i cents to a pound 6 DIE IN COLLISION Mansfield Ohio per sons burned to death Saturday when a truck and a car collided on a narrow bridge 8 miles south of here A U S spokesman at advanced American headquarters in Korea said no red tanks had been seen south of the river But other red vehicles of war including tractor mounted 76 millimeter guns swung into ac tion From the Samgyo bridgehead the reds braved mortar fire to seize jeeps and trucks Vehicles of both types were seen sweeping south on roads 15 and 20 miles northwest of Taejon The advanc ing reds could continue south or sweep below Taejon Their intent may not be clear for another 24 hours American artillery kept up an all day din The communists an swered with 76 millimeter guns William R Moore Associated Press correspondent in Korea said in a p m a m CST dispatch that some red sol diers were seen advancing in tha face of mortar fire Earlier Moore had reported some American troops reorganized and stabilizing their new positions Intense air strikes by the Americans were credited with knocking out 4 red tanks and crippling 10 more The communists apparently were trying to drive a wedge be tween the American right flank and South Korean troops defend ing a sector 10 miles south of Chongju Heavy fighting raged in that sector The South Koreans were holding their own in this battle William R Moore Associated Press correspondent said in a field headquarters dispatch received here at 10 p m 6 a m Americans hurled back 3 at tempted crossings after the first foothold was gained by the reds The communists lost heavily In sharp artillery and small arms duels SAME DATE Btack traffic 1m SWEDEN TO SEND HELP Stockholm Sweden den announced Friday It would send a Red Cross ambulance unit to South Korea A foreign office spokesman said the South Korean Red Cross had requested this aid   

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