Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1952, Winona, Minnesota Generally Fair, Continued Warm Tonight, Tuesday River Stage 'M-HOW (Flood 13) Today (noon) 15.45 .50 Year Ago 13.80-. 81 VOLUME 52, 6> FIVE CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 28, 1952 TWENTY PAGES Warships 776 Men Missing Mine-Sweeper Hobson Rams Carrier Wasp 61 Seamen Picked Up, Smaller Craft Sinks By JACK RUTLEDGE WASHINGTON UP) The USSI Hobson, veteran destroyer-mine sweeper of World War II, collided with the famous aircraft carrier Wasp in mid-Atlantic late Satur- day. The Hobson sack. The Navy said early today 176 are reported missing and 61 were rescued. The Wasp received a 7S-fooi gash on its starboard, or right side, just above the waterline near the bow. No Wasp casualties were reported. It was making a slow return to New York for repairs. The collision of the two ships, both of which made history in World War II, occurred miles due east of Boston and 700 miles west of the Azores. The weather at the time was murky and the seas choppy. Worst Since War The Navy said today it has called off the search for 176 seamen listed as missing. The disaster was probably the Navy's worst since the end of the war, and one of the worst of all non-combat losses it has suffered in a decade. Confusion marked early reports of the tragedy, but the Navy be- lieves this is what happened: The Hobson and Wasp were part of a task group en route to the Mediterranean. In all. there were j about 23 carriers, cruisers, de- stroyers and submarines. Night maneuvers were being held en normal routine. The Hobson and the USS Rod- man, another _ destroyer mine- sweeper, were "trailing the Wasp to help pick up men in the evenl any of the carrier's planes failed to land on its decks. In Rough Seas The Wasp, probably cutting through rough seas at 20 to 25 knots, turned into the wind to en able planes to land after a simu latcd night strike. The Hobson, traveling at about the same speed, plowed into the carrier's forward right side. The Rodmcn was not involved. It is not clear whether the Hob- son sank immediately. But the Navy reported rescue operations were carried on for at least 24 hours in near-stormy weather and probably continued Monday. The Navy reported that 61 men were rescued. But early lists did not include the name of the Hob- son's skipper, Lt. Comdr. W. J. Tierney of Philadelphia. It was feared he might have gone down with his ship. The Hobson had a normal com- plement of 13 officers and 212 enlisted men. However, at the time it carried slightly more than that officers and 223 enlisted men. The Navy was listing the missing and notifying next of kin today. as rapidly as conditions allowed Names were then made public. Of the 176 missing, it said seven were officers, 169 enlisted personnel. Wasp Turns Back The crippled Wasp turned back for New York, accompanied by the Rodman as an escort. It is expect- ed to arrive Friday or Saturday. The other ships continued on to Europe. The Hobson was built as a de- stroyer at the Charleston. S.C Navy Yard in 1942. Later it was 4 converted into a high-speed mine- sweeper. Her heroic record in Map Locates area in mid-Atlantic where the destroyer-minesweeper USS Hobson was sunk in a collision with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp, The Navy said the collision was miles from Nor- folk, Va., and 700 miles from the Azores. (AP Wirephoto Map) Red Cross Gifts Slow Down: After an initial spurt which resulted in contributions totaling more than durin? the first two days of the drive, the Red Cross emergency fund campaign began to show signs of lagging today. Approximately 2b per cent of the goal set for fund appeal has been "ealized by voluntary contributions received during the past four days. Stormy Weather Grounds Planes In Korean War SEOUL, Korea (Jl Donations to the fund up to noon today totaled an increase of only since Saturday. The 13-man committee which is directing the emergency fund drive today expressed gratitude for the reponse thus far but emphasized again that additional funds are urgently needed by the Red Cross General Faces Army Court for Diary Exposure WASHINGTON Army to- day brought court martial charges Japan Becomes Independent by New Treaty Six Years, Eight Months of Allied Occupation Ended By OLEN CLEMENTS TOKYO peace fell over the misty Japanese islands tonight. No incident marred the night iat officially ended history's bloodiest war in the Orient. Japan again became independent at p.m. a.m. Eastern Standard Time) the hour set arbitrarily by the U.S. and Jap- anese governments to mark the close of six years and eight months of Allied occupation. The peace treaty signed by Japan and 48 other nations became effective at the same time. There was no dancing in the streets, but peace prayers were offered at shrines. Japanese peace lanterns swayed on the Ginza, Tokyo's Broadway. Flags Displayed Millions of Japanese rising sun on a white tered for the first time since the occupation began. Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida called it a "magnanimous peace unparalleled in history." He urged his people to "march joyfully, courageously and resolutely on the broad highway of peace and de- mocracy." Political leaders generally fol- lowed his lead. But the Commu- nists were dour. They said today was one of "national humiliation. A Wot on the nation's history that has never been seen before." There was no official word from Hirohito nor the Two Governors May Hold Key To Nomination the Emperor empress. Tomorrow is Hirohito's 51st national holiday. The full celebration of the con- clusion of the peace agreement will be held Saturday. The new American ambassador to Japan, Robert D. Murphy, was scheduled to reach Tokyo from the U.S. at about midnight. For Japan it was a great day on the diplomatic front. Soviet Russia immediately de- nounced the pact and the ac arents. Moore is a state represen ative and widely known in civic and business fields. He is a former 3uluth city commissioner. He and his wife have four child- all of them grown. Their new ions will take the Moore surname and their mother's maiden name. Mrs. Paro, an attractive brunette, made the choice from more than 00 offers to take the boys. Her decision ended a week that saw her hange from a desperate mother 0 a composed, calm woman. Her boys will visit her as often s possible during the short time he still has to live. Mrs. Paro and her husband were ivorced shortly after Gerald was orn. She has worked as a book- eeper and as a waitress at night 1 support the boys. She was told six weeks ago that ancer had ravaged her abdominal rgans and that death was a matter weeks. She made plans to sell er home and find new parents for he boys. She is staying at the ome of a sister. Mrs. Evelyn 44-year-old cancer victim, with her two sons, Gerald, 6 and Gordon, 9, read some of the more than 300 offers to adopt the boys at their home in Duluth, Minn. Mrs. Paro has been told by doctors that her death is a matter of bat weeks. She asked the Duluth News Tribune and Herald last to help in finding a home-for the boys. She chose Mr. and Mrs. Warren S. Moore of Daluth as foster-parents for the youngsters. (AP Wirepboto) 5 Gen. Clark U.N. Commander in Korea ope will become-effective June I, 952. "I feel that Gen. Ridgway is articularly well-qualified to per- orm the duties of supreme com- mander. His service in the Eu- opean theater in World War Two nd his leadership of the United ations forces in Korea have been utstanding. His recent experience s commander-in-chief of the Unit- Nations Command for Korea nd as Supreme Commander Allied owers in Japan has given him a broad background of international military responsibilities. Gen. Ridg- way brings exceptional knowledge of present-day combat, and of modern training needs and train- ing methods to the common task of preparing our collective forces for the defense of Europe. "I have every confidence that Gen, Ridgway will make an out- standing contribution to our com- mon defense efforts. "In accordance with Gen. Ridg- way's desires, I am continuing to make Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther available as chief of staff to F.A, E. U. R. Gen. Gruentber has Outstanding experience and abili- :ies. He is thoroughly conversant 'n North Atlantic Treaty affairs and is well-known to all of the NATO commanders, "Gen. Gruenther affords a con- tinuity of staff leadership and plan- ning to Supreme Headquarters that is especially valuable at this time. "I have every confidence that Ridgway and Gruenther will make an outstanding team for our common defense -effort." From President Also Made public was this mes- age from the President to Ridjj- way: "You have my highest personal esteem and best wishes as you assume this great responsibility. "J know that all our people will e fully and warmly behind you as fSl all freedom-loving people the 'Orld over. "I am appointing Gen. Mark W. lark as your successor."