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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 7, 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 UHJIJ VOL LVI Associated Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY AUGUST 7 1950 This Paper Consists ol Two One No Z5S One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor Lets Not Sell Our Carrier Ships Short I confess to a certain degree of prejudice in favor of the car rier ship I had it before not so long ago I walked up the gang plank of the USS Midway one of the 3 largest strongest and fast est carriers in the world And that prejudice is with me now in in creased measure by reason of those two days aboard the 45000 ton floating fortress At the time of its occurrence it seemed a mistake to me to halt building operations on a fabulous flushdeck carrier ship in nearby Newport News navy by I mean to the dock where I boarded the Midway that Sunday afternoon And now many months since that abrupt decision it seems even more to have been a mistake Now Im quite sure that those in whose hands the decision rested would agree that they went too too giving the mothball treatment to more than a hundred flattop ships of varying sizes A half dozen or so of them cruising off Korea could have filled the skies with planes and halted the communist assault be fore it got well started Its Easy to Second Guess All of which demonstrates again how perfectly easy it is to second guess the experts They didnt neither did neither did the fight ing was going to break out or what its character was going to be Less than a week before the out break in Korea I listened to assur ances from top spokesmen in both the defense and the state depart ment that this was one area def initely under control If the fighting were in Europe and if we maintained land bases in the British Isles and in the western European countries the role of the carrier ship patently would be of minor importance Other things equal terra firma makes a better airport than the best of carrier ships That isnt de batable Inadequate Margin for Error Taking the longrange look at the world scene and the future our top strategists quite clearly concluded that Europe was a more likely cockpit than Asia Thats American Drive Gains Four Miles B29 Crash Fatal to 17 Marines Call 80000 for Action Initial Call Going to Officers Men on Aug 15 Washington marine corps announced Monday it will mobilize all of its 80000 volun teer reserves A marine spokesman said the initial call is going out to approxi mately 50000 officers and men who will report for active duty between Aug 15 and Oct 31 The marine crops said that it also is calling up additional or ganized units of its air reserve Some air reserve units were sum moned to active duty about weeks ago The corps already has called to active duty all its organized ground reserve units A marine spokesman said no date has been set for the call to approximately 30000 volunteer reserves who will not be includec in the 1st summons 60 Injured When Plane Has Engine Trouble Near Field Find Womans Body in Street Cherokee The battered body of Mrs Neva Andrews a di vorcee was found lying along a street here Monday Sheriff Carl Schleef said she apparently was the victim of foul play She was about 24 years old The sheriff said Mrs Andrews had not been run over by a car Her dress had been torn off and herbody was cut and bruised He said it had not been determined whether the woman had been criminally assaulted FairfieldSuisun Cal han 60 seconds spelled death for 7 air force men as a crippled B29 crashed and exploded Both inboard engines failed as the bombladen Superfort took off for a long training flight Sat urday midnight The pilot tried desperately to return to the run way But a wing scraped The bomber bellylanded Min utes later its gasoline and demo lition bombs exploded A witness said the pilot could have landed safely in less than one minute more The 17 known dead included 10 of the 20 men aboard Among the dead was the famed flyer Brig Gen Robert F Travis commander of the FairfieldSui sun base and the 9th heavy bomber wing Shatters 50 Autos The flaming explosion of the 10 or 12 500pound demolition bombs the plane carried shattered more than half of 50 automo biles and trailers parked about 150 feet from the crash at Saturday night The explosion was felt 30 miles away and the vast cloud of fire that billowed from 8000 gallons of gasoline could be seen for 65 miles FairfieldSuisun air base is 35 miles northeast of San Francisco The known dead included 10 of the 20 men aboard the B29 Two others aboard were missing The other 7 bodies recovered were believed to be those of air base fire fighters caught in the explosion which blasted a crater 200 yards across and 6 feet deep Three of the dead were definitely identified as fire fighters The bomber had just left the 8000foot runway when the pilot told the control tower two of his gear He tried to turn back to the field But the heavy bomber crashefi a little more than a mile from the west end of the runway Interval Helped There was an say 10 minutes some say between the crash and the fire This enabled residents of the air force trailer camp to flee A wisp of fire churned into The The one had billowing clouds of flame great wing tanks burst flames torched higher Then the bombs let go Trailers were flattened witness said like a giant stepped on them Seven firefighting trucks caught the fury of the explosion They were rolled like cans and shattered Fire equipment ambulances hearses medical supplies doctors and nurses swarmed in from nearby communities The base hospital said it had about 60 persons under treat ment Apparently there was no injury to children But two women underwent amputation of shattered right feet GlobeGazette photo by Sorlien RUNNING two men who will lead the republican ticket in the November election got together Sunday at Clear Lake over the smoked turkey sandwiches which have become almost a trade mark for one Gov William S Beardsley is shown helping himself to a sandwich from the tray held by W H Nicholas Mason City turkey grower while Mrs Beardsley and Mrs Nicholas right look on The occasion was Sunday after noons annual party for Iowa republicans at the Nicholas cottage on Clear Lakes north shore 4 engines were running wild and understandable And Im willing to concede that American interests are more importantly bound to Europe than to Asia Without wishing to appear un duly censorious however I would comment that this assumption was carried too far Not enough mar gin was allowed for the possibility of error And thats a principal reason why we looked so very bad during the early stages of our unpleasantness in Korea Lack of tanks and tank defenses was another This was my second jaunt on a carrier ship but the comparison between the USS Wright which I visited a year or so ago and the Midway compar ison between a Pekingese and a Great Dane If all space on both the hangar deck and the flight deck of the Midway were utilized about 6 football games on near regulation fields could be under way at one and the same time The ships about 1000 feet long Too Late for Last War A sister ship of the USS Frank lin D Roosevelt and Coral Sea the Midway commemorates the historic Pacific battle Its keel was laid on Navy day Oct 27 1943 and she was commissioned Sept 10 1945 obviously too late for active participation in World war 11 From her deck a V2 rocket was launched to demonstrate the feasibility of such operations With us as we slipped out of Norfolks spacious harbor close to the spot where once the Moni tor and Merrimac locked in his toric battle and closer to where the Mighty Mo more recently was mudlocked for several days were two cruisers the Des Moines and the Roanoke and an dozen destroyers Put Russia On Notice On the hangar deck just before anchor was lifted Secretary Louis Johnson and Gen Omar Bradley fresh home from the far east in cluding Korea talked to us The defense secretary made it an oc casion for putting Russia on notice that she would be held account able for any and all further aid extended to the North Korea com munists But all that has been covered in the news My vanity was tickled by the very personal greeting ex tended to me by Mr Johnson whom I was proud to hail as my commanding officer back in 193233 when he was national commander of the American Le gion and I did a turn as depart ment commander Carriers Role Demonstrated Through the night as we tried to sleep in miserably ventilated cabins our great ship was steam ing to the south for a position off North Carolina where the next day we were observers of an amazing demonstration of what is embraced in a carrier task forces mission in modern warfare By I mean the 60 industrialists professional men and educators Continued 2 Mason City Soldier Shot in Korea Pvt Forrest D Harriott 18 son of Benjamin Harriott 903 Pierce N W has been seriously wounded in action in Korea according to a telegram received by his father from Edward F Witsell adjutant general of the army He received a gunshot wound in the head that resulted in brain hemorrhages The date was un reported Additional information on his condition was promised in 5 days Harriott enlisted in the army in August 1948 and was with the 1st cavalry in Korea He had been stationed 8 months in Japan prior to leaving for Korea Charles City Child Found After Attack Charles City Wolf two year old son of Mr and Mrs Melvin Wolf Charles City was found about 9 p m Sunday night in the backyard of the Wolf home after having been taken from his crib The baby who is under ob servation at the local hospital had been molested Police Chief Henry DeBoest said Its nightgown was mussed and tangled about its shoulders and neck Fingerprints were found on the window sill of the 1st floor bed room and a kneeprint was found in the yard The baby had been put to bed about p m It was found by a neighbor Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy through Tuesday Low Monday night 60 High Tuesday 85 Iowa Partly cloudy scattered showers west and central Mon day night and in central portion Tuesday Warmer east Monday night Moderately high humid ity High Tuesday 82 to 86 Low Monday night 60 to 67 Further outlook Partly cloudy Wednes day and Thursday with some scattered showers Thursday Not much change in temperature Minnesota Partly cloudy scat tered showers east portion Mon day night Tuesday partly cloudy Cooler northwest Mon day night Low Monday night 5055 northwest 5864 south east High Tuesday 7580 north 8084 south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m GOP Running Mates Meet at Clear Lake By THOR J JENSEN GlobeGazette Staff Writer Clear Lakes Gov ernors Days ended Sunday eve ning with perhaps the least po litical chatter in the 12 year his tory of the event But the cele bration accomplished something which probably will be of consid erable significance to Iowas re publican party Gov William S Beardsley and his running mate in the Novem ber election W H Nicholas Ma son City turkey grower got to gether for the first time since the primaries for a chat Their only other meeting since they became running mates was on the state convention platform When September brings cooler weather and the opening guns in the election campaigns Beardsley and Nicholas will be running as a team The two and their wives had Sunday dinner together with Sen and Mrs Herman M Knudson Afterward the Beardsleys came to the Nicholas cottage on Clear Lakes north shore to taste the famous Nicholas smoked turkey sandwiches and chat with other republican party members Traditional Event Sunday afternoon and Nicholas smoked turkey have become tra ditional with many of the legis lators and state officials who have attended Governors Days since the war This was Beardsleys first visit however The governor was in republi can company invitations to Nicholas had sent all state officials including republican members of both the senate and house county chairmen and vice chairmen Young Republican chairmen state and county republican womens officers and a considerable num ber of the third house lobby ists who spend much time in the state house during the session Most of the men had their wives with them Much of the talk was its proper place in a society of nations But the peaceful nations of the world will not be confused by the tricky designs of tyrants who would destroy everything dear to free people No Police Action The governor introduced U S Sen Bourke B Hickenlooper for an unscheduled talk Hicken looper responded with a serious discussion of the Korean situa tion which he termed no simple police action regardless of what men in the very highest places in our government say Miss Mary Jo Bahnsen Ven tura was crowned Miss Gover nors Days of 1950 by Gov Beardsley at the evening festiv ities following the governors ban quet The coronation followec a water sports program before the crowded bleachers on the lake front Miss Arlene Prastholt Clear Lake placed 2nd in the contes and Miss Bonnie Nicholas younger daughter of W H Nich olas was 3rd The other con testants included Mary Margaret Breheny Clear Lake M a r i a n n Schoneman Thornton Marolyn Backhaus Manly Marjorie Bredlow Gar ner Irene DeRock Rockwell Marilyn Douglas Hampton Mer cedes Farmanek Forest City Mavis G r o s 1 a n d Northwood Sharleen Hanson Garner J o a i Jensen Crystal Lake Mary Le Leivrou Osage Byrene Low man Nothwood Marilyn Madsen Belmond Al vira Meinclers Thornton Arden Meleney Britt Marilyn Meyer Sheffield Marlene Nielsen Thornton LaVonne Scholl Rock w e 11 Ardis Thompson Lake Mills Debbie Wilson Des Moines Mary Whitney Hampton Carla Lee Zimmerman Sheffield Phyl lis Batetis Clear Lake In Swimming Exhibit The progam included an ex hibition of precision swimming and diving by the Sharks club of Roosevelt high school Des Moines and water skiing by the Clear Lake Skibats The team in cluded Jim Dickcrson Jack Rose land Jim Bawden and Bob Re plogle with Mrs Verne Jarvis as director Doug Sherwin was mas ter of ceremonies for the evening Engineer Is Killed When Trains Wreck Colfax engineer was milled and two big diesel engines wrecked in an accident on the flock Island Railroad lines here early Sunday H W Frink 54 of Rock Is land 111 piloting the bound Corn Belt Rocket died from fumes when his engine caught fire after an east bound stock train crashed into it officials said Seventeen cars of the stock train were derailed and its load of live hogs meat and fruit scat tered over the right of way in what rail officials described as a bad mess The stock train was to travel ahead of the Rocky Mountain Rocket as far as Newton His engine was struck by the 3unit diesel of the stock train and caught fire Frink was over come by fumes and rescuers were unable to get him out in time to save his life rail officials said Rail officials declined to esti mate the damage which observers unofficially put at several hun dred thousand dollars 9pOOYanks South Korea in Attack Marines 25th Division Included in 1st Major Drive By RUSSELL BRINES Tokyo Tuesday AP American marines and dough boys blasted forward an es timated 4 miles on the south ernmost front in Koxea Mon day in their first offensive of the 6weeksold war The 3 pronged American attack which began Monday was continuing Tuesday in a slowdifficult battle against a withering barrage of North Korean artillery and mortar fire Break Bottleneck A bottleneck that blocked the marines 45ton Pershing tanks at the outset early Mon day just west of Chindong apparently had been broken Official sources at the front told AP Correspondent Tom Lambert Monday night that earlier difficulties in that area now had been smoothed out and the American attack was proceeding The blockade had occurred when red artillery knocked out the lead tank blockading the only road Lambert reported the marines had suffered their 1st casualties of the war but gave no details He said both the marines re inforced 5thmarine regiment and the armys 5th regimental com bat team from Hawaii had scored 4mile advances at unspecified places Relieved by Air One battalion of the 5th regi mental combat team was cut off Lambert said but army and ma inconsequential as they enjoyed their sandwiches soft drinks and coffee and the cool breeze blow ing off the lake Say Kuester Not to Run There was some talk of likely candidates for speakership of the house of representatives in the coming session Most seemed to agree that G T Kuester Gris wold speaker in the last session would not be a candidate although none said he had that word direct from Kuester Among likely candidates men tioned were William S Lynes Waverly Dewey Goode Bloom program Bawden also reccived a life saving award from Gov Beards ley at the afternoon program It was in connection with his pulling Charles Meyer Des Moines from Clear Lake into his sailboat Wed nesday Meyers companion Ber nard Jeffryes was drowned when the boat from which the two were diving drifted away SAME Black flat means traffic death In past hours Maximum Minimum At 8 a m EAR AGO Maximum Minimum 84 58 70 94 64 Daven Nelson GlobeGazette photo by Sorlien GOVERNOR CROWNS Beardsley places the crown on the head of Miss Mary Jo Bahnsen Ventura named Miss Governors Days of 1950 Globe Gazette weather statis tics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum Minimum At 8 a m Year Ago Maximum Minimum 77 56 68 84 53 field Fred Schwengel port Harold F Lum Sioux City and George L Paul Brooklyn The governor had an opportu nity Sunday to relax from a busy schedule the two previous days Friday he spent at Fort Leonard Wood Mo reviewing Iowas na tional guardsmen encamped there for two weeks of training Satur day he flew to Clear Lake for the celebration and a short ad dress in the afternoon Gov Beardsley expressed the hope that by winning the Korean conflict the United Nations can impress the world with its inten tions to preserve order and so pave the road to peace instead of war The tragedy of today he said is that in the most enlight ened era of history we have one nation which refuses to assume HEROS Bawden GlobeGazette photo by Sorilcn received a life saving certificate from Gov Beardsley for pulling Chailes Meyer Des Moines from Clear Lake last Wednesday afternoon Bawden was in a sailboat nearby but was unable to save Bernard Jeffryes Meyers companion The two were div ing from a boat 200 yards from shore when the boat drifted away rine elements were being sent to relieve it They were supplied with ammunition and food by air drops No late reports were available on the 3rd element in the Ameri can offensive The 35th regiment of the 25th infantry division The brunt of an attack by about 9000 men including leathernecks doughbpys and some South Ko rean commando units was hurled against the 6th North Korean di vision who were forced to expose their positions to 5th air force fighters and bombers A staff of ficer said the air boys had more and better targets Monday than they have had in a long time The attack roared out Sunday after U S artillery laid down a curtain of steel and U S planes spat bombs rockets and machine gun fire at the enemy The reds replied with heavy artillery fire directed against American big gun positions Concern Over 24th There were however reports from U S 8th army headquarters of concern over the probability that communists were renewing their attempt to cross the Nak tong river in an area20 miles north of the American push This area is guarded by the battered U S 24th division two of whose regiments still are trying to ferret out the 150 survivors of an 800 man force which crossed the river Sunday But reinforcements were pour ing in steadily fully equipped behind the advancing Americans on the southern front A dis patch reporting this did not say where the replacements were coming from Where red artillery fire stopped U S tanks the Americans pushed ori without armor support South Koreans in Fight Farther to the north the com munists began a new offensive south of Yechon Two red regi ments hit the right flank of the South Korean Capital division but the South Koreans were said to have regained lost ground in a counterattack This action was in the Andong area east of Yechon along the northern front In center the U S 1st cav alry division was astride the Kum chonTaegu road and rail corri dor to Pusan In the south the U S offensive apparently was aimed at keeping the communist off balance so that they could be driven from their southern anchor and thus save southeast Korea for the UN de fenders The southern communist col umns had been posing a serious threat to Pusan loss of which could mean another Dunkerque The attack plunged toward Chin jun redheld rubble town 35 miles west of Pusan and a springboard for many red attacks The 1st marine brigade went into action on the 8th anniversary of the landing of the 1st marine division at Guadalcanal in World war II V   

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