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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 26, 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 Press and United Press Full Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY AUGUST 26 1950 This Paper Consists of Two One No 275 Hospital Ship Sinks in Collision 18 Die Smash Reds at Taegu Attack Shifts to East Danger to Vital Base Called Over UN Forces Hold Counterattack for 2nd Day at Chongno By RUSSELL BRINES Tokyo The Korean reds shifted their attack to the east coast Saturday and scored some gains in a 3pronged drive against South Korean defenders after failing again to thrust through the deadly Kumhwa corridor on the central front American officers said the effec tiveness of 3 red divisions in the Kumhwa sector fighting had been cut in half and the forward de fense base of Taegu a dozen miles to the south was safe for the pres ent Moving over to the Pohang Kigye area of the east coast the communist invaders flung them selves against the South Korean 3rd and Capital divisions General MacArthurs headquar ters release at a m Sunday said the reds had gained 2000 to 3000 yards up to a little less than two miles but had failed to crack the lines TJ S Planes Help The South Koreans were aided by American planes which struck in force Saturday afternoon on that eastern end of the 120mile United Nations defense line Their rockets bombs and ma chine guns helped South Koreans check a heavy attack Associated Press Correspondent Jack Mac Beth reported Airmen reported the rest of the front quiet But General MacAr thurs headquarters said the spear head of at least 20000 reds hit South Korean forces for the sec ond consecutive day near Chongno 30 miles northwest of Kigye and 13 miles northeast of Kumhwa The U S 8th army said the South Ko reans were holding fast after launching a sharp counterattack which regained a mile of lost ground Try RoundAbout This is on a more roundabout road to the American advance base of Taegu than the Kumhwa highway where allied troops man gled 3 red divisions who tried for a week to smash through the death trap corridor These red divisions pulled back apparently to regroup Associated Press Correspondent Don White head reported the pullback mo mentarily eased the main threat to Taegu Field officers said the bad ly mauled divisions couldnt launch a new attack for at least 10 days In Taegu itself U S Ambas sador John J Muccio said the threat to that important American base has passed American infantrymen on the southern front blocking the gate way to Pusan key American base beat off 2 red attacks In 1 of these Americans fought in their own foxholes handtohand with the reds Associated Press Corre spondent Stan Swinton reported In the other a company of grenade throwing GIs stopped 1000 reds trying to take Mount Sobuk Group for Offensive Intelligence reports said around 15000 reds have assembled in this southwest sector for what may be another offensive toward Pusan But in the north American troops around Kumhwa relaxed AP Correspondent Don Huth quoted an 8th army spokesman as saying these American troops took sun baths after 7 days of bitter fighting Huth said the Americans in smashing the red thrusts at Kum hwa had passed the major crisis since withdrawing to the present defense perimeter Frontline officers told White head that most of the 30000 com munists in this sector were with drawing beyond range of Amer ican artillery These officers said the effective ness of these 3 3rd 13th and the 2 North Korean divisions on the nearby Chongo road had been cut in half Front Is Stabilized A spokesman at MacArthurs headquarters said this reds largest still the main communist threat The entire front is pretty well gUbilized he said But the reds outnumber United Nations defenders and still retain the All Survivors Tell of Bitter Cold in Water San Francisco a man survivors of the sunken hospital ship Benevolence talked of the bit J came ashore at docks at Fort AP Wirephoto ALLIES HOLD FIRM Open arrows show areas where United Nations forces are either holding or advancing on the 120 mile battle perimeter in South Korea Allied forces 1 erased initial red gain at Chongno and forced other enemy units to pull back from Kumhwa area north of Taegu It was quiet in the Chinju sector where Amer ican troops 2 are standing firm against communist units aimed at Pusan To the east 3 South Koreans made slight gains around Hunghae and were fighting to regain ground lost near Kigye There was no red action reported in HyonpungChangnyong sectors Reef Chinese Armies on Korean Border Worry Military Men ter cold as they the fogshrouded Mason The shocked survivors were landed at the arclighted along with the injured and with their teeth still chattering so that some could hardly talk Those who had been working in the ships engineroom had en dured for hours the icy water of the foggy Pacific 4 miles off the Golden Gate I was on a raft for days at Guadalcanal but this hour and 15 minutes in the cold water seemed twice as long said Ronald Bad kirk a civilian chief carpenter of the military sea transport service which was renovating the Benevo lence for the navy Felt Two Shocks Many survivors said they felt 2 shocks when the Benevolence and the freighter Mary Lucken bach collided John Graham 44 navy chief hospitalman from Leslie Ark was in the mess hall when the crash came We ran to the boat deck and grabbed a line and slid over the side First I was in the water then I found a loaded life raft and climbed aboard Looking back I saw the ship rolling over until her stack was under water She seemed to go down bow first When the crash came said Joseph Uzarewich 25 a merchant sailor of Bayonne N Y the tables in the mess hall started flyinall over hell I ran up the boat deck and down the ladder I landed in the water and was in there about 2 hours until I got picked up Were Last To Leave Cmdr M K Clementson USN and Lt Cmdr Julian I Schocken 2nd and 3rd officers respective ly said they were the last to leave the Benevolence They were picked up by the army cable ship Niles They said they were in the water only about 3 minutes Carl Totten San Francisco junior 3rd officer said he climbed aboard a life raft and threw out life jackets to those in the water The men in the water formed life rings held hands in a circle he related This kept the men without life preservers on the surface About half the men were in AP Wirephoto DAMAGED crumpled bow of the freighter Mary Luckenbach docked at its pier in San Francisco shows what happened when it plowed into the side of the hos pital ship Benevolence in a heavy fog off the Golden Gate Friday night The hospital ship sank with 18 known dead of more than 500 aboard in life of some Wirephoto MAY BOSS Gen Frank A Heileman armys chief of transportation who is expected to take over as boss of the railroads under the presi dents order for seizure of the lines at 3 p m Sunday is shown at his desk in Washington capability of attacking at several places simultaneously But he added during the past few weeks we have been able to meets those attacks on pretty even terms Pacific fleet commander Adm Arthur W Radford returning from Korea to Pearl Harbor saic the low point has been passed in the Korean war Knock Out 15 Tanks American bombers and fighters carried the attack deep into North Korean territory Saturday Fightei sweeps reached 300 miles into red territory in a hunt for red planes Theyfound none Bombers ham mered bridges and rail yards It was a continuation of Fri days busiest day o the air war Nearly 600 mission were flown Friday Fifteen tank and 10 locomotives knocked out On 1 front the air force said ad vancing infantrymen found bodie of 600 killed by air blows Guns of U S warships des troyed or heavily damaged mor than 250 box cars Thursday an Friday the navy announced Washington armys disclosure that Chinese commu nists have massed 2 armies in Manchuria near the Koreon border worried military strategists Satur day It raised immediate questions of whether these seasoned red troops reported unofficially to number more than 200000 will stay where they are or move southward to the aid of the stalled North Korean in vaders The latter step would mean a harp revision of fighting plans or United Nations forces now eeking to liberate Korea The unofficial estimate of 200 00 for the Chinese communist roop concentration is more than ouble the estimated size of Amer can forces in Korea Raise New Threats An army spokesman in describ ng the Chinese communist troop oncentration around Antung near he ManchurianKorean border Iso revealed Friday that 120 mammoth tanks have been sent to he red Koreans from the Russian controlled port of Dairen This raised newthreats for U forces in Korea provided the icavy tanks can be brought into action in the face of heavy U S air bombardment The spokesman said none of these tanks had been reported in action yet Nor said the spokesman is there evidence that any Chinese communist troops are now fight ng beside the North Koreans against American and South Ko rean forces 3 Possible Uses As to what the 2 Chinese red armies poised in Manchuria may do and how U S forces would re act if the Chinese moved into Ko rea the spokesman would express no opinion Three explanations of their presence appeared possible 1 They are to be thrown against the American and South Korean troops now beginning to hold their the water and about half rafts We changed off us giving the men in the water a place on the raft to give them a rest Everyone was really co operating with everyone else Wailed 2 Hours Navy Fireman Chester Conner 26 of Sheridan Wyp said it took 2 hours and 20 minutes for the first ship to arrive and the wa ter was mighty cold Most of the boys tried to keep the rafts right side up he said However some of them did get panicky I did hear a lot of screaming and yelling while I was lying on the raft There were many somber scenes as the rescue ships docked The body of a dead man was lashed on the fantail of one tug One woman apparently a nurse was screaming and fighting hys terically She was put aboard an ambulance immediately Propose 15 Boost in Tax Assessment A public meeting will be held at the council chamber at the city hall Monday at 10 a m to discuss a proposal by the state tax com mission to raise the Mason City personal property tax 15 per cent above the assessors figures As yet the city has received no official notice of such an increase but George A Cosson director of the property tax division of the state tax commission has inform ed City Assessor J P Manley that such a raise was contemplated This increase Assessor Man ley stated is in addition to the 30 per cent raise imposed by the com mission in 1949 Our assessed value last year was originally before the 30 per cent increase The 1950 valuation is The pro posed increase would add to this figure While formal notice has not been received of the proposed raise the fact is that the city will have only 10 days after receiving such a no tice to enter protest Mayor How ard E Bruce pointed out in a com munication to Mason City business firms The writer feels that a meeting should be held in the council chamber Monday Aug 28 at 10 a m at which time we can dis cuss whether or not you want to 859 More Enlisted Reserves From Iowa To Report Sept 30 Des Moines Iowa mil itary district has been formally notified 859 more army enlisted reserves from Iowa must be in camp by Sept 30 The 859 reservists are in addi tion to the 793 who were ordered to report to camp for training by Sept 15 District headquarters said Fri day it expected the October call for Iowa enlisted reserves would bring another 700 or more men to army duty so that the total an ticipated up to Oct 30 may run between 2400 and 2500 men Five Mason Cityans were among the additional army reservists is sued orders Saturday They are Pfc Roger K Bailey 1517 Madi son N W engineers corps Cpl Joseph R Evans 1500 1st N W and Pfc John D Fandel m Del aware S E both transportation corps Pvt Arthur S Johnson 206 12th S E military police and Pvt Frederick E Wander Jr 29 14th N E infantry Two Mason Cityans were among the 14 marine corps reservists ordered to report in Des Moines for their physical examination by Sept 13 They are Pfc Harold P Bromley and Pfc Thomas R Cross take action in mayor stated this matter the own in Korea 2 They are a precautionary force intended to isolate Man churia from the Korean fighting 3 They are intended to unnerve the U S and make this country more receptive to any Korean peace proposals advanced by Rus sia 6th Traffic Fatality in Cerro Gordo Mrs Ernest J Cloulier 47 Min neapolis died in a local hospital at 4 a m Saturday from injuries suffered in an auto accident early Thursday near Rockwell She was the countys 6th traffic fatality for the year Her husband a Minneapolis taxi driver is being held in the county jail here awaiting charges in con nection with the mishap Officers said he had been drinking He was driving the auto which ran off the road throwing his wife from the car according to a deputy sheriff who investigated Funeral arrangements for Mrs Cloutier are incomplete Besides her husband she is survived by 2 sons Fred C Cloutier and Ern est Cloutier both of Minneapolis and 2 daughters Mrs Leo Bates Mobary Cal and Mrs Norma Jane Montgomery Los Angeles Cal Four sisters and 3 brothers also survive The McAuley and Son funeral home is in charge New Golf Course Clear and poles on the greens of the Clear Lake golf course have been disappearing too fast to suit Richard Bastian man ager of the All Veterans Social Center He reports that 10 days ago all poles and flags on the course were stolen They were re placed only to be missing again Saturday morning SECRETARY IS NAMED Des Moines appoint ment of H Harold Hymans of Des Moines as executive secretary of the Iowa Society for Crippled Children and Adults was an nounced Friday The society is the agency which handles the Easter seal campaign Hymans succeeds Mrs Dorothy Phillips who re signed He has been a speech therapist with the Des Moines public schools for the last two years George Arnold in Early Lead George Arnold Clear Lake professional shot a 69 Satur day to lead early qualifiers in the Iowa open golf tourna ment at the Mason City Coun try club Arnold came in with a 5 under par 31 after carding a 38 on the 1st 9 holes Neil Plopper Mason City had a 7L and Leo Fischer Charles City and Tack Hall Des Moines were tied at 72 Low amateur amongearly qualifiers was Lloyd G n a K v Charles City coach with a 73 Expect 5000 at Holy Name Rally Sunday Five thousand men are expected to participate in the candlelight procession at the Holy Name rally at Roosevelt field Sunday eve ning according to Msgr A J Breen pastor of Holy Family Cath olic church who is master of cer emonies The event will bring members of Holy Name societies from most parishes in the Du buque archdiocese to Mason City Speaker at the rally will be Father James Keller director an founder of the Christopher move ment Gates at Roosevelt field wil open at 6 p m Msgr Breen stat ed An organ concert at bj the Rev John T Reed assistan pastor at Holy Family will pre cede the entrance of a nationa guard platoon Boy Scout troot No 10 and priests and prelates tc the football field Following the exposition of thi Blessed Sacrament Father Kelle will address the rally and will ad minister the Holy Name pledge a the conclusion of his talk The huge candlelight procession of 5000 Holy Name men the ria tional guard platoon Boy Scouts the 4th degree team of the Knight of Columbus of Waterloo and hun dreds of priests and prelates Avil then take place They will parad around the cinder track and re turn to the altar for benedictioi by the Most Rev Leo Binz coad jutor archbishop of Dubuque A dinner for priests will b given by the Most Rev Henry P Rohlman archbishop at Hotel Hanforcl GETS TEETH BACK Southampton Ens Fan Leonard Scargg cheered thi home team so energetically hi false teeth shot out They wer returned to him 24 hours latei Another spectator found them 01 the brim of his hat after he hac walked home 526 Aboard When Struck by Freighter Disaster 4 Miles From Golden Gate in Blinding Fog San Francisco IP Eighteen nown dead and 489 known sur ivors were counted Saturday after the hospital ship Benevolence ank in a collision off the Golden iate The navy said some may be missing There was no authorita ivo list of those aboard Tabula tion of tentative crew lists of 3 navy the mili ary sea transport service the civilian as nany as 526 could have been on he Benevolence when a freighter crashed into it Friday night The aospital ship was on a trial run The survivors were scattered hrough various hospitals in the San Francisco bay area or had gone to their homes in nearby cities The crash occurred south of the main ship channel entering San Francisco bay about 4 miles out from the Golden Gate bridge Visibility was zero as a blind ing fog drifted in from sea Freighter Creeps In The outbound freighter Mary Luckenbach ripped into the white flank of the hospital ship which was entering the harbor after a trial run The freighter appeared tittle damaged It crept into port during the night As the fog lifted Saturday morn ing the 522foot hospital ship could be seen lying Hat on its side the life boat davits exposed and the giant red crosses shining on the white hull Capt T R Wirth chief of staff of the 12th naval district said the Benevolence keeled over within 15 minutes after the collision Inquiry Is Ordered Admiral George D Murray commander of the western sea frontier ordered a court of in quiry convened Saturday to search out the cause of the accident Surviving navy officers and presumably the captain and other crewman of the freighter Mary Luckenbach will give their ver sions of how the 2 vessels came to gether in the dense fog obscuring the entrance to San Francisco Bay The Benevolence until recently laid up with the reserve fleet at Mare Island navy yard had been pulled out for duty in the Korean war zone She was on her last shakedown cruise preparatory to entering on duty There were no patients aboard Rips Open Plates She wasjust off the Gate head ing in for her Mare Island dock when the Mary Luchenbach loomed up precipitously out of the thick fog Survivors said the Benevolence swung sharply to port left and the freighter rammed into her star board side ripping plates and causing her to sink rapidly The hospital ship capsized and went down in 75 feet of water managing to send out 1 call for assistance just before sinking The coast guard sent out 15 cut ters the army dispatched half a dozen tugs and fishing craft con verged from all over the area pulling survivors from the debris littered sea so quickly that the death list was held far below what might have been expected in those treacherous waters where the sea FALLS OUT OF BED DCS Moincs Anna Thomasson 65 fractured both her legs when she fell while getting out of bed Friday afternoon SAME I Black death la list hours Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy Saturday night with possible thunderstorms Low near 58 Partly cloudy Sun day High near 75 Iowa Mostly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday with occa sional showers in southeast por tion Saturday night slightly warmer Low Saturday night 55 north 60 south High Sunday 7580 Further outlook Fair and warm Monday Low Sunday night 55 north to 60 south High Monday in mid80s Minnesota Cloudy and warmer Saturday night with light rain north and extreme west Sun day partly cloudy a little warm er northwest Low Saturday night 55 High Sunday 7580 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Maximum 62 Minimum 51 At 8 a m 57 YEAR AGO Maximum 91 Minimum H AP Wirephoto INJURED IN injured survivor from the navy hospital ship Benevo lence is brought ashore at Fort Mason army pier The Benevolence with 605 persons aboard AVHS sunk Friday night in a collision with the freighter Mary Luckenbach in a heavy fog off the Golden Gate t ;