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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 13, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Fair Dtttfto FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 THREE GERMAN WARSHIPS Navy Raid On Japanese Islands Was Devastating 4 Bases 16 Ships 38 Planes Destroyed on Marshall Isles SURPRISE ATTACK 1 By EUGENE BURNS PEARL 13 United States Pacific fleet destroyed four military air sank 16 ships and wiped out two modern military villages in a devastating assault on the Japan ese February L At least 38 including fourengined also were destroyed and four radio stations left in These statements were made by naval officers today in their first detailed account of the attack on the Marshall and Gilbert the initial major offensive aimed at clearing the Japanese from the Ships destroyed included a 000 ton liner of the Yawatu Maru a modern two large three ton tank five to cargo ves one ton two ships under minesweepers or mine niany smaller surface craft includ ing Damaged were an old four auxiliary vessels and three large It was estimated that enemy naval and merchant shipping sunk exceeded Probably an additional tons were Most of the known de stroyed were multiengined bomb Five were fourengined sea in addition to the official were smashed on the Installations Razed Installations razed on the bases included nine modern fuel munitions a con crete several concrete shore antiair craft and American losses were confined to 11 One American cruis er was hit by a small bomb ania near miss started superficial on an aircraft carrier which was extinguished within five The some miles southwest of Hawaii and about miles from lie across the most direct route of supply between the United States and the western Pacific war thea Turn to Page 2 JAPANESE DRIVE Dutch Destroy Harbor Works at Macassar 13 The Dutch high command reported today a temporary slackening of the Japanese drive on The Nether lands Indies and said destruction of harbor works of chief port on had been so ef fective that the enemy will not find anything of use to The defenders scorchedearth tactics also were carried out in oth er parts of southern the high command adding that ac cording to latest official news from this sector of Japanese invasion the harbor area of Macassar still was in flames last night Tokyo claimed yesterday thai Macassar had been The Netherlands East certain that the apparently im minent fall of Singapore will open the floodgates for an all opt Japanese assault upon Sumatra and stood by their guns determined to fight on regardless of the Whether United States and Britain can get needed reinforce ments into this area in time to meet the expected assault will have no bearing upon the governments a semiofficial spokesman Turn to Page 9 SAYSylMTFEARS Ontario Premier Envisions Jap Invasion of Canada in Throe Months 13 Mitchell Ontarios provincial pre sounded the possibility last night of a Japanese invasion of Can ada in three months and charged that the American navy Is afraid to make contact with the Japanese fleet Hepburns ire was fanned by criticism of his previous statements in which he declared the Ameri can navy is in Wednesday Canadian Navy Minister Angus MacDonald said Hepburns state coming from one who hac long been opposed to the Cannriian national in no way re flected the official view in to Page TELLS OF FUTILE E PLUNGE OF JA1 PILOT on Plane Watches Fighters Soar Gleefully to Attack PEARL 13 gripping account of war at sea and a spectacular but futile suicide plunge of a Japanese dive bomber was related today by Jos eph veteran Paramount news reel He was the only civilian aboard an aircraft carrier February 1 when ships at tacked Japanese midPacific is In an exclusive interview with the Associated Rucker re viewed events of the momentous day in these graphic phrases 3 Awful hard to get up We are on the galloping ghost of the Oahu The boys nicknamed her because the Japan ese reported her sunk so Everyone is on his toes and all hands busy Now general quarters It is an unearthly noise Then a booming voice says man your Everyone rushes to battle posi tions A loud speaker orders covers taken off the cockpits and rudders Flight deck hands fasten to comply Pilots get ast minute instructions and dash for the Plane handlers holler the plane numbers so pilots and gunners will be able tqChd the right planes without The lat er climb inthe A loud speaker stand by to start the engines And a minute lat er stand clear of propellers And then start Take Off The sudden roar is The Ghost heels over at a fast speed into the The first plane is on the starting line Two blue streaks of exhaust pierce the the pilot re leases his brakes and the plane is oft Other planes roar seaward Blue flames dot the then the streaks converge in perfect forma tion and disappear toward the ob It is zero hour Day break Powerful glasses are train ed on the island in the We watch for the first bomb blast All hands cheer as the first column ot smoke is sighted A dull blast Turn to Page 7 ROARING MIGHT OF NAVY BLASTS JAPS Man Describes Death and Desolation Inflicted on Gilbert Isles LEGISIATUREADOPTS 11 TO PUT STATE BACK ONJLD IE Governor Withholds Sanction of Bill Wants to Hear Both Sides of Story BOMBS BLAST HIS SHIP PEARL 13 story of the United States navys roaring which broke the peace of a tropic dawn with a udden assault on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands was unfolded to day by Jack Associated Press hotographer who was aboard a cruiser participating in the attack Heres his story The United States cruis er at sea the before February I saw great guns from our ship rake the strongly held Japanese is and of Taroa from one end to the other They fought off re peated attacks from the ham mered belching shore batteries into right now are steam ng away with not much morV damage than could be fixed by a village It was a stunning show of stra and cool And as we stand around now eating ham sandwiches and coffee n the officers I have rand new respect for this bunch of veterans and for the determinec youngsters who took the hail of eel and shells as if they were in a snowballfight back at Our operation was but one o several inthis general area today from fragmentary reports now available to us we are certain theJapanese must have token a errific tit developed later that the is and base this force attacked was It seems that our particular ores plowed into the enemys ma ior hotbed of strength in these atolls and that our baptism of fire was the heaviest of the Turn to Page 7 STATE IN READ FOR REG1 13 state selective service headquar ters today reported to Gener al Lewis national di that Michigan is in a state of readiness for the third draft registration An army of volunteer reg istrants has been recruited by Monday is expected to register some men between the ages of 20 and as eligible for compulsory military Tomorrow in every section of the local draft board offices will remain open to accept advance reg istrations of men who would be put to extreme inconvenience or expense ifthey were required to wait for the general regis tration The offices will re main open Sunday from 10 to 5 for the same State military spokesmen predict ed none of those registering now would be called for military service before May at the very earliest andthat it would be at least a month later before any appreci able number would be They said previous registration lists would be exhausted before new registrants would be AUCTIONS Auction northeast Oak Lewis See on Page Public auction northeast ol Moxnct Kiraell See on Page Auction southwest ol Llnehan See on Page southeast of Victor See on Page Auction southeast of See on Page Auction louthmst of Pal See on Page Dairy auction at Show See on Pace Public auction northwest of See on Page southeast of North Victor See on Pass Warns Japan Gin Expect Same Attack WENDELL WEBB PEARL definite warning that Jap an itself could expect the sweeping and destructive assaults as were visited upon her midPaci fie islands came from navj officials in their story of the se and air action of This longdistance attack by th task force demonstrated hov the war canbe taken directly t the enemys doorstep regardless o one officer It was disclosed that the ship participating in the sudden blast ngs of the islands of the Marshal and Gilbert groups had been at se at least three some muc and that the force travel ed in excess of It is only miles from Ha waii to All the time the force spent a sea was not devoted merely t raveling to island objectives which were but miles Other wer not The action of cers was the largest engage ment of its kind in history It ranks importance with th battle of July 3 in which six Spanish ship was destroyed or Further offensives at sea alreadj have been promised by Admira Chester Pacific flee who said T can attest that every ship every and every man of th Pacific afloat and 1 being utilized to the fullest both to safeguard America and t bring the war to the enemy High officers with the force in the recent battle unanimously at to the skill and bravery o their Their feeling Is best exemplified by the message th orce commander sent to one of hi ships soon after the assault Well You made history in the Marshall I am irpud to have the honor to com rnand God bless you NOTHING TO REPORT 13 There was nothing to report to day on the Libyan front save Brit sh patrol according t the British Middle East commutt BRITISH HOLD SINGAPORE CITY MANY URGE BILLS VETO The Adrian city sent m telegram to Murray Van Wagoner this morning protesting against the Michigan legislatures action yesterday in voting to abolish the new War Time on which the state has been operating since last Mon day The telegram read as follows The Adrian city commission vigorously protests against changing War Time back one We hope you will veto this absurd IL Mayor Lundahl said today that he has heard a great deal of comment on the legislation to most of it opposed to the new I think we should cooperate in every way at this he The change was adopted to conserve he and It is necessary that everyone cooperate in the ef As the sun rises earlier and earlier during the next few months more and more electric ity will be As far as in conveniencing the average per son the mayor most of us already are accustomed to the new time By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Union ack waved through another of its vidently numbered days over Sing pore city today but Japanese hock alternating between nching crawls and almost uicidal rushing from cover to cov had reached suburban ittle more than two miles from he heart of the That was the position on the southern sector of the 14mile bat le the closest threat to Sing pore but on the central part if the contracting front the Japa lese appeared to have seized most if the citys sources of central But the enemy had not yet won Singapore though most of the sland was in his By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 13 Governor Wagoner withheld his sane ion today from a bill adopted by he legislature to turn Michigans locks back an declaring he wanted to hear both sides of the tory before I act on it Turn to Page 2 Y Labor Representative Meets Officials Representatives of the Ertrtn foundry Manufacturing Com pany and Local 963 of the UAW 3O met last night with George Halverson of representing the National Relations to discuss the strike called Wednesday in the Ervin plant by the During the union repre ientatives presented their demands or a ten cent per hour raise in pay and a labor contract with he management which would In clude among other things seniority general man ager of the said today that the demands will be conveyed o who is vacationing in Roberts said today that one department of the plant composec of about ten men is The striking union members have form ed a picket line at the front1 en rahce to the plant on Michigan Street but have made no attempt to prevent workmen from entering he The CIO claims 88 members out of the nearly 100 employed in the The company manufactures steel abrasive used in cleaning op erations by defense The meeting last night at the ilotel Lenawee was attended by John international represen tative of the and a local union COUNTY GRANGE HEARS CAll FOR RETURN TO Red Marines Take Strongly Fortified Hill 13 lerman resistance was overcome to maintain Red army advances yes erday and Red marines have cap tured a strongly fortified hill in the ihreemonthold battle of Sevasto the Russians said A dispatch to the government said a battalion of the 121st German infantry regi ment was dispersed in a victorious drive by sea soldiers of the Red Heet who seized emplacements high above the main port of Jie tThis Russian seizure of the initi ative on the western coast of the Black Sea peninsula coincided with German air raids on the Kerch area to the indicating that the Red army might be again and supplies for a renewal of the oncefrustrated attempt to drive out the invading units in bu 6f several populated places without naming A newspaper dispatch indicated the 7 Russians had recaptured village on Lake Ilmen 100 miles be Leningrad and 110 miles east of the Estonian This much was evident in the ad missions contained in the last two Singapore the latest being timed at 5 6 Eastern War Singapore announced that the Japanese had stepped up their air and artillery pressure with fre quent high low lev el and dive bombing attacks on forward positions and the city it Large formations of Japanese planes assailed Singapore directly The unofficially back ing down from enthusiastic claims that Singapore was captured anc all but mopped admitted their spearhead was still two miles from the heart of the city and reportet that a pincer movement was un der way against the big Seletar naval base on the northern shore Fight to Death A Domei Japanese news correspondent at the front on the 206square mile once Brit ains Gibraltar of the ad mitted the British imperial garri son had made the battle of Singa pore a fight to the the defenders were determined to di in order to live up to the prestige of the British The facility with which the Sing apore communique was delivered in here ot be made in dicated the meacsure of contro Singapore maintained over her Turn to Page 9 SICILY ATTACKED ROME from Italian broadcasts 13 air raiders at tacked Catania last night and the night before with high ex jlosives and incendiary the Italian high command announced Radio Industry Is Ordered Into War Production 13 The War Production Board nounced today it had ordered the radio manufacturing ndustry to convert its entire fa cilities to arms production within the next few If the conversion is not accom plished within that the joard declared in a virtual ultima the government will take over unconverted break up their organization and shift their equip ment and labor to other parts of the economy where they could be mobilized for war The ultimatum was laid it was at meeting of rep resentatives of 55 radio set manu facturers by assist ant chief of the WPB bureau of in dustry The civilian output of the indus try recently was ordered cut 40 per cent under 1941 as a preliminary to the award of some in arms contracts to radio Officials said it was expected that the major portion of the conversion could be completed within three Attack Facts PEARL IS of the 1 attack by the United States fleet on Japanese bases tn the Marshall and Gilbert Islands Time of the assault Island objectives Marshall and Gilbert Attacking force All of combat Military air basesdestroyed and Eny Military villages destroyed Kwajale and destroyed At least Ships damaged At least pins smaller Total tonnage sunk In excess of Total tonnage damaged Es timated Aircraft destroyed 38 pins undetermined number on the Radio stations leveled Four major Major objective of the at tack To smash the JapaneM ADVOCATES UNIFIED LABOR MOVEMENT PORT 13 unified labor movement is advo cated by the Michigan Federation of Labor as the only means by which the Axis can be beaten and American democratic principles safeguarded for the The closing its fifty third annual convention adopted a resolution setting forth those views but only after removing a reference in theoriginal draft to unity of the AFL and A companion resolution propos ing establishment of a state vic tory labor board to help with united action was turned Alfred organizer of the Detroit City Employees Union was elected to the federation ex ecutive board In addition to electing Stringari to the the con vention named one other new mem ber that Darrow of and decided to hold the 1943 meeting at HIT BY CAR 13 al leged reckless driver ran down anc injured Hazel of Ann yesterday as she was here to talk to police about a simi lar charge againsther Blues was arrested Tuesday on a reck less driving JAPANESE STOPPED AT SAMEN RIVER British Defenders of Burma Road Stand Fast 13 British defenders of the vital sup ply line to Burma Road steadfastly today to consol idated positions inthe Paan 30 miles above Japanese occupie constantly by British and American volunteer land fbrcefl in a least temporarily warding off sav age Japanese attempts to cross the Salween from the Paan jun the command Detachments of the Kings Own Yorkshire Ligh recent fighting along the lower their wa of Japanese evade encircling movements then counterattacked to send their op ponents into Japanese forces temporaril abandoned operations in the Paa yesterdays British statemen In Japanese Martaban British infiltrations forced the Jap anese into defensive Japan ese planes bombed the citys out skirts in an attempt to lessen th All GET 2 JAP PLANES 13 The destruction of two Japanes dive bombers by American anti aircraft guns during increasin fighting in the Philippines was re ported today by the War Depart The dive actively sup porting aggressive enemy patrol ac mistakenly bombed and ma chine gunned their own infantr with heavy a statemen Victims of the mistaken attac were identified as elements of th 122nd Japanese regiment of Gener al Akira Naras 65th Judge Tucker Urges Greater Sense of Duty Toward Citizenship WARNS AGAINST DRYROT Judge Irving Tucker of the Allegan county probater in an address yesterday afternoon before the Lenawee County Po mona Grange at the North Adrian Grange bespoke the practical Americanism of the Founding Judge Tucker paid a tribute to Lincoln whose birthday anniyer arywas being celebrated and said the Great Emancipator was the personification of IsAmericanism something abr stract or is it aconcrete quality the speaker We can an swer that question for ourselves y remembering our duty during this time of and by knowing and practicing qualities which make loyal What are some of the things that constitute loyal Americanism Are we of the present generation the same type of Americans as those who established this govern ment he They wanted a government free from They not onlj established such a government bul they fought to preserve it All their lives they were alert to safe guard it for their Are we of this generation doing our full duty in seeing that this gov ernment of freedom is preserved or our posterity Another attribute of loyal Americanism is community spirit Our forefathers not only insistec on their rights of free free free also treated them as But after exercising their right of free when question was they got down to teamwork to supportIt The was hot so sure I agree that itis not patriotic tocriticize the government during but Tdo believe we very careful that bur critldim is con This he be prosecuted to fullest ex tent so we will have a complete victory at the earliest possible moment Turn to Page 2 Van Wagoner To Register for Draft 13 nor Van Wagoner said today he would register for the draft tomor row instead of waiting for the gen era registration because he may be in Washington at tha He said he would go to Washing ton Saturday night with a group of to discuss federal ac tion on unemployment compensa tion liberalization with governors from many other He will be accompanied by Robert I Sawyer of Monroe and Edward Walsh of Detroit and Senator J Benton He said he understood the meet ing would be attended by a grou of governors including some whc oppose federal liberalization am that he wanted to protect Michi gansinterests against any recom mendation unfavorable to federa The saic he would preregister at the local draft board 2 at 10 Satur day along with others who have th privilege of registering early if UJI due inconvenience would be causec by waiting for the general regis tration day Willkie Would Put Mac Arthur At Head Of Armed Forces 13 Promo of General Douglas MacAr thur to a post as supreme com mander of the nations entire arm ed responsible only to the is advocated by Wen dell Willkie as a move to wipe out deadwood and red tape in the Army and A throng of diners rose to their as the 1940 presidential nominee pre sented the Philippine heros name last night while addressing the Middlesex Republican Keep bureaucratic and political hands off said Give men as saying they had come up against stone walls of prejudice and ignorance in the War Depart that the man who offers constructive criticism risks cour and that the Navy still believes that an air bomber can not sink a Describing the government labor policy if anything so vacil lating can be called a policy a preposterously Will kie said the smooth running of th defense program demanded ap pointment of an individual re him the responsibility power of coordinating and all the the armed of the nation to their most effective he people of the United States have reason to hope that skill not bungling and directs their ef Willkie declared it was obvious that there is waste lack of mutual confidence and central among our various fighting He quoted unidentified air force spected by labor to deal Iri other we need a Bev not a he Commenting on the Administra tions handling of foreign policy Willkie said it was ttf be hope that Secretary of Fran Knox would hereafter confine his attentions to leav statements of policy in regard t other to our Secretary o The irrespective o party and the world has confidence in said Will Knox is another matter even 42 mm Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen Slip from Trap inBrest EPORT EACH IS HIT By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ol eroianys mightiest in aringdefiance of Britains air and ea have sensational cape from their French dry dock racing to freedom through he English the fire British ships and shore It was a gamble that free om for the battleships charnhorst arid and the cruiser Prinz to rove the seas again as raiders of ritains against their DSS as the price of And the British ruefully ac tnowledged this black so ar at the Germans had engi eefed a shrewd skillful coup under the muzzles of Britains ome Germany for she shook oqse the three ships which had in refuge at Brest for months stationary targets for the RAFs Her cost was 18fighter lanes and the warships were dam ged by shell or ow gravely remains to be The British failed because they ost 42 planes and suffered some asualties in their destroyers with ut bottling the narrow chan el and delivering a blow in the home waters which would have een their greatest naval triumph f the Some informed sources ascribed le failure of the RAF and fleet ir arm to duplicate the Japanese air forces success against the rince Wales and Repulse off Malaya to the fact that the RAF oes not use divebomber and ijat weather topbad to illow accurate highlevel bombr Far Larger Problem But the problem was seen ar larger than merely a question f how and why the British al owed the Nazi squadron to get As one source stated it bluntly The Germans have a good hance to unite a superior fleet in he North a fleet strong nough at least for some time to go wherever it from the Ork eys to Long It was pointed out the German fleet now can muster at least five ormidable battleships Scharnhorst and Tir and the pocket battleships cheer and well as wo aircraft three or four cruisers of the PrinzEugen ith eightinch several light ixinch cruisers rand a considera le but number of de With such a fleet loose in the British sources the United States and British fleets to ether probably could not muster ufficient strength to meet that trength in less than two It might mean the end of all forth Atlantic convoy work until lie German fleet was found and and might endanger the Jlied bases on American troops are on Full Story Sot Told But the full story still is to be old of the great sea and air lattle which started after the Ger man warships nosed out of the Na zioccupied French harbor at the western mouth of the channel and leaded eastward toward the Dover the open water of the North Sea and the safety of a home The preliminary admiralty air ministry statement said today Turn to SEA Page 3 IS REPORTED IN BOND SALE FROM 3 LOCALITIES An addition of to the milliondollar sale of defense londs and stamps reported earlier his week results in reports from Waldron and Cement Bond sales inMorenci amounted to at jost office and the Morenci State Savings Bank and stamp sales at he post office have reached the amount of At the bond sale is and the stamp total is Cement City post office re ports the sale of in de ense President Signs China Loan Bill 13 billappropriating for aid to China was signed today President The measure makes available the money which was authorized to ba loaned hi another billenacted last The President had requested he half billion dollars for China to xlster her internal economy and help her war   

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