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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 9, 1943, Mason City, Iowa SAVE AM I Am Ammunition For War Dont Waste or Throw Me Away COM OF AflO ARCHIVES HOME EDITION VOL Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires REPORT 4 JAP BASES IN RUINS ON Reveal 2 Cruisers Sunk and 72 Nippon Planes Destroyed in Raid B WILLIAM F TYREE Pearl Harbor UR Four of Japans strong bases in the Mar shalls Jay in ruins Thursday vic tims along with 2 of her cruisers and more than 72 planes of a i powerful American fleet blasting open the islandstudded scalanes to Tokyo with avenging bombs Upwards of 300 U S aircraft launched from 4 or more carriers struck into the heart of the Japa nesemandated coral atolls Sat urday 3 days before the 2nd an niversary of the sneak attack on Pear Harbor to score 1 of the most brilliant victories in 2 years of war in the central Pacific Official reports from the fleet under Rear Admiral Charles A Pownall to Pacific fleet head quarters showed 1 Laboriously built enemy de fensive strong points on Watje atoll and on the islets of Kwa jalein Ebeye and Roi in Kwa jalein largest of the Mar shalls 160 miles west of Wolje were turned to smoking rubble 2 Seventytwo Japanese planes that fruitlessly attached the great American fleet were shot down in air combat and an undeter mined number were destroyed on the ground 3 Two Japanese light cruisers were sunk in Kwojaleiii lagoon along with an oil tanker and 3 cargo vessels A troop transport and 2 cargo transports were dam aged at the same spot and 1 cargo transport was damaged at Wotje 4 American forces suffered only light plane losses and minor dam age to 1 ship from the Japanese aerial torpedo and bomber attack described officially as vigorous and prolonged A spokesman at Admiral Ches ter W Nimitz headquarters said Pownalls blow was planned so carefully that the raiding phase by dive and bombers carry ing heavy loads of explosives lasted only 10 mirmtes catching daylight Coming only 15 days after con quest of the Gilberts to Hie south the strike at the Marshalls which extend westward toward the Japanese naval base at Truk in me Carolines demonstrated the newrfbund American ability to pummel the enemy at will in the midPacific The raid was announced on Tuesday but radio silence until the fleet was out dangerous waters prevented a full report un til Thursday It was the 15th at tack on the Marshalls since the 1st blows to soften the Gilberts in midNovember and coincided with a raid by landbased bombers re ported Wednesday in a front dis Presence of Ihe cruisers and the strong units of the Japanese air arm indicated Ihe enemy was shipping in resources to combat the American offensive but the spokesman said thare was no re Port of surface interference with the fleet The Japanese torpedo and bomber planes roared in by moon light over the fleet which threw up protective planes and such a thick curtain of fire that in a single flight of 7 enemy aircraft 6 were brought down The fact they were landbased planes in dicated Pownall eased his force within 200 miles of major enemy land bases The Japanese were Irving feeb ly o strike back sending nui sance raiders against the Gilberts out causing little or no damage or casualties in raids on Makin and Betio Kwajalein Atoll lies some 500 miles north of conquered Tarawa and is nearly 70 miles long It and adjacent bases had not been mo lested by carrier based planes since a force under Admiral Wil liam F Halsey attacked them Feb 2 1942 Will Get Both Money and Meat Points for Saving Cooking Fats Des Motnes who save cooking fats may now gel both money and meat points for them R E Walters Des Homes district OPA director said Thursday Meat dealers will pav 4 cents a pound for the fats and also give the housewife 2 meat points per pound of fat The meat points may be applied on the purchase of any item coming under the meats and tats regulation said that in thc Plan the OPA is cooperating with the var production board in an effort to salvage the fats and get them quickly into the hands of proces sors for use in the manufacture of explosives badly needed by the army and navy Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobcGazelte carrier bey MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 9 1943 This Ihipcr Consuls ot Tno GAIN IN allied 5th army carved out a 25 square nuJe area m German defenses west of Mignano to take high ground commanding the road to Rome On the Adriatic 1ront the British 8th army smashed across the jJlorp river Fighting also raged at Orsogna and Guardia gnele Housewife Delegation Urges Congress to Back Subsidies Washington representatives of housewives dramat ica ly supported by 2 disabled marines Thursday invaded hill in an offensive which they said was denned to budgets against ihe farm assault on food subsidies capito protect then Both sides of the Capitol echoed to charges that opponents of the administrations hold the price line subsidy program were play inlo the hands of blooit billionaires threatening the poor and jeopardizing the economic welfare of millions of white col lar workers The senate banking committee i sentatives of the peared before the committee ac companied by his wife He saic Ihere should be some government control of prices Mrs Noble ex pressed fear that with their 7 months old baby they might have to move into some slum district Meanwhile Representative Thomas E Scanlon DPa call cct the unofficial house mmiWeB Jor of tension bill which would ban food subsidies heard appeals from the 2 marines Several hundred per sons gathered on the house side to denounce the antisubsidy drive which spokesmen called the greatest lobby campaign in his tory1 yilie house gathering representatives of housewives school teachers white collar and other consumer workers groups It was 0 before the senate committee too About 40 women assembled as the 2 ma rines told their story Both serv ice men pleaded that the price line be held otherwise they said they will be unable to train themselves foia new life after the war on the limited income they receive from the govern ment Both are studying at George Washington university here Davis Harris a velcran of Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal told the senators lhat if prices co up I will almost have to lower myself to the point of starving or somej in order to get along I have to so to work he dded I cant go to school and be rehabilitated for a good job Ben Noble blinded jeep accident in the United States ap womens organ izations and others gathered Repl resentative Will Rogers Jr D told the meeting that People are overwhelmingly favor of food subsidies Scanlon one of the greatest oh the partof big business specialfoot interest and certain selfishfarm blocs in history to obtairr highei prices atthe expense of the con sumers pocketbook Representatives Ray i Madden Michael JBradley D and Chel Holifieid added Iheir voices to the chorus Dr Belmont Farley of the Na tional Education association as serting that he represented 875 000 teachers told the gathering that unless the rising cost oE liv ing is brought under control it will mean the destruction of the educational syslem Teachers with fixed low i comes already arc seeking other jobs he said adding thai if the subsidy program is killed teach ers will have to conclude that con gress doesnt care whether the school syslem survives or not Reprcsentalive Mary T Norton DN had asserted that the food subsidy issue was one which would unite the women oE Amer ica She said she had received thousands of letters protesting the antisubsidy drive comes T of prisoners of war be interest to lowans in connection with the prisoner camps at Clarmda and Eldora A U S army officer noses in these pctures to show lowans what the form of the prisoner of war looks like The letters PW prison er of war are conspicuously marked on coats shirts blouses and jackets of the work uniform but not on tional uniforms of officer prisoners and prisoner enlisted men Escapes are rare but military authorities ask anv person observing a suspicious individual or prowler wear ing a PvV outer garment or any part of a German uni form to notify authorities BRITISH SEIZE MT CROCE AND PUSH FORWARD Fight Through Rains to Improve Positions in Italian Campaign By EDWARI KENNEDY Allied Headquarters Meiers troops have stormed and taken the ridge of Mt Croce miles southwest of the summit of Mt Camino and are pressing on toward the Garigliano river a mile beyond allied headquarters announced Thursday LI Gei MarkW Clarks 5111 army troops pushing down the western slopes of Mt Maggiore and Mt Camino where the3have breached the mountain walls lo Ihe valley leading lo Rome wiped out all bypassed enemy pockets except on the northwestern tip of Hie Maggiore incline and Ihe small village of Rocco Devandro nestled against Camino it was staled Farther to Ihe norlheast Amer ican troops attacked and captured high ground west of Venafro de spite fierce resistance supported by heavy German artillery fire and still farther north wiped out lines of Jiazi pillboxes west of Filignano in the westward push across the mountain backbone flanking Cassino Gen Sir Bernard L Monlgomi erys 8lh army fought through downpours to improve its posi tions in the Orsogna area 10 miles inland from the Adriatic where both sides used tanks in clashes throughout the day Wednesday Prisoners were caplured from a new German Alpine unit operat ing in the mountain areas An Algiers radio broadcast said Montgomerys men had forced a new crossing of the Moro river in this area and had advanced to within B miles of Pescara tile Adriatic terminal of the trans peninsula highway lo Rome A Morocco radio broadcast said the 8lh army had reached the suburbs of Ortona about 8 miles below Pescara Improved weather and subsid ing floods however favored the fighting vonthe 5th army front where it xvasdisclosed the village TurkBulgar Border Closed Powers Maneuver for Showdown in Balkans American weapon one of the shells fired iu the bonibcranewest ot southern slopes of Ml Camino had changed hands several times in recent days before finally falling into firm al lied possession In the Venafro area the Ger mans launched several sharp counterattacks but the Ameri cans prevented them from having conclusive results American heavy bombers took the ofttraveled route to Greece again Wednesday attacking enemy airfields al Elevsis and Taloi wesl and north of Athens respectively Both fortresses and liberators en gaged in the operations A smaller allied bombing force also ranged far northward to at tack harbor installations and ship ping al San Stefano 80 miles northwest of Rome The air command snid that in both this and the raids on the Greek airfields the targets were well covered Medium bombers in triple for ays hit the railway center at Orta inland above Rome Civitavecchia port 45 miles northwest of the Italian and the railway town of Spolesto 60 miles north east of Rome Light aircraft shot up enemy ground positions and com munications in the battle areas Four enemy aircraft were de stroyed during the days operations and allied planes were missing War Look for 6th Wife When War Is Ended New York M Roe 9o year old war worker from St ins has his own postwar plan Hoe who is among a group of warworkers honored al the an nual convenlion of the National of Manufacturers has lad 5 wives After war is over he said Thursday lies going to look er a 6lh Weather Report FORECAST iowa Partly cloudy extreme north cloudy central and south por tions Thursday night and Fri day slightly colder northeast nnd in eastcentral portions Thursday night Mason City Partly cloudy Thurs day night and Fridaj colder Tlmrsdoy nigh wth lowest temperatures aboil 5 at Mason City Continued cold Friday cloudy Colder east and rising temperature northwest portions Thursday night Friday fair south cloudv and warmer with few snow flurries north portion N MASON CITY GlobeGazelle weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 44 Minimum Wednesday night 27 At S a m Thursday 17 YEAR AGO Maximum 2K Minimum g REDS OUTFLANK ZNAMENKA BASE 2000 Nazi Tanks Lead Drive in Kiev Bulge Moscow ied army gains which outflanked the strategic Dnieper bend rail cen ler of Znamenka and severed the important ZnamenkaN i k o 1 a e v railroad threatened the encircle ment Thursday of tens of thous ands of Germans concentrated on the west bank ot the lower Dnieper river Russian tank forces spearhead ing infantry cofumns outflanked Znamenka by towii or Sharovka 15 miles to the soiicn after from a swift 15mile advance Pantacvka A soviet com munique announced Soviet troops also cut a branch of the Znamen kaNikolaev road running east ward to the iron and manganese center of Krivoi Rog which the Germans have been tenaciously holding for weeks against re peated Russian thrusts Thursday the Germans held but one rail escape route from Znam enka a line running west to Kirovograd and this was threat ened by Wednesdays capture Elizavetgradka 13 miles north east of Znamenka and 5 miles north o the Kirovograd spur Against these red army suc cesses gained in the bitter cold of the Russian winter troops of Gen Nikolai Vatutins 1st Ukrainian army in the Kiev bulge north of Chernyakhov were falling back before a mighty German drive which frontline dispatches said was powered by upwards of 2000 heavy tanks ft was the 2nd Rus sian retreat in this sector in 2 days The Germans were paying for their gains however The red army war bulletin said that at least 2000 Germans were killed and 84 lanksdestroyed in Wed nesdays fighting in this area Vatulin had moved in mobile ar tillery over miles nt hubdeep mud roads to meet Hie onslaught and front advices said his lines remained intact iilthoiigh a num ber of populated places had been evacuated in favor of strong posi tions on a new defense line Tailor Too Busy to Mea Leave Shop for Newark N Fernandez fi4 was too busy ill his tailor shop to go out and cat Instead he went lo a rear room nnd gulped down what he Ihought was a cup o coffee It was kero sene Attendants at City hospital said he would recover Help Fill This Cheer Fund Stocking PREVIOUSLY REPORTEIl Mrs A M Fljdnrvs Friendly Birthday Club T R llarlwell Monday Ceneral Drivers IJnion H B Tray firs Christian Church Missio XEIV TOTAL IOWAN IS KILLED Bedford Richard Huffman 31 of Des Moines was killed near here Wednesday when a grocery truck he was driving crashed inlo a ditch al a highway intersection AKING its fhsl a p p c a r a u c c above is a Christmas Cheer Fund barome ter il r a n by Allen P a 11 o n and converted inlo an engrav ing by Ihe Kay enay company Con t ributions now in the stocking amount to a little less than S200 On Dec 24 when the solicitation ends the stocking should be entirely SI 500 Contributions listed above amount lo only S26 This is just a fourth of what Ihe daily average must be in the remaining 13 giv ing days if Uic 51500 goal is to be reached The campaign for the time being is dcfinilely in the doldrums Those who are planning lo give arc urged to act now Their tributions now will enable the So cial Welfare league administra tor of the fund to do its Christmas shopping early Also there will be an important exemplary value Others will follow your lead The address for your gin large or small is Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa SINATRA PUT IN CLASS OF 4F Crooner Is Told He Has Hole in Left Ear Drum NewarkX J and girls can continue to swoon hap pily tor the United States army Thursday declared Frankie the Voice Sinatra 4F physically un fit for military service Expressing disappointment the crooner himself announced the outcome of his selective service preinduction examination al Ihe Newark induction station Ive got ahole in my left ear dram said Sinatra whose sine inr on he radio and theater stase is the current race of the femi nine sex He asserted he had thought himself in good physical condition until hewent through the tests but the army doctors told him he had a couple of things he should remedy One need was to get more rest he said He suggested the punctured ear drum might have been the result of an attack of mastoid rouble when he was a child The crooner commented that he had hoped to cuter the marine corps Sinatra concluding an engage ment reported to have broken the iilcr records in Boston arrived al Ins home in nearby Hnsbrouck Heights about 8 t m greeted by his wile and 3 year old daughlcr and reported lo his local draft board in Jersey City at 0 So well had the secret of his in duction date been kept there that not even the pupils and teachers in the Jersey City school which houses the draft board knew of his presence The time had been announced for Saturday when the 27 other members of his selective service contingent will be given their fi nal physical examinations Sinatra said he would leave Thursday night for Pittsburgh to open an engagement Ihere Friday but hoped lo be home for the birth of a 2nd child expected before Christmas Brush Fires Whipped by Strong Wind in Oakland Cal Area Oakland Cal by 60milcanhour gusts of wind wind flames crackled through brush and trees in a sparsely populated district or fine homes in norlheast Oakland Thursday Fire and smoke covered an area of several square miles and the extent of the damage could not be determined immediately Several other fires also were re ported in the San Francisco bay district and in Oakland alone 68 alarms were turned in between midnight and 8 a m Trees were blown down in sev eral sectors of Ihe bay region Windows were reported broken Street lights in many areas were out TURKEYORDERS MILITARY RULE NEAR FRONTIER Ankara Cairo Think Explosion May Still Be Months Ahead By KOBEKT DOVVSOX L o nd u H h e Turkish Bulgarian border has been closed and Turkey has ordered a mili tary state of alarm in the fron tier zone Swedish reports said Thursday as the united nations Turkey and Germany maneu vered for a Balkans showdown Stockholm dispatches indicated that the Balkans situation was coming rapidly to a head in the wake of the Cairo and Teheran conferences but Ankara and Cairo believed the inevitable Balkans explosion was months rather than weeks or days away Only a German prcvenlitive attack on Turkey in an attempt to throw allied plans off balance could provoke an immediate crisis most sources here believed though all asrreed that the Bal kans probably would be em broiled again in a fullscale war before winter snows melt Among the flood of uncon firmed reports reaching Stock holm by diverse routes were these 1 Jlarshal Erwin Rommel Ger man commander in northern Italy nnd the Balkans lias arrived at the fuehrers headquarters lor a conference with Adolf Hitler 2 reinforcements have been rushed to the Bulgar ianTurkish borders Lemnos on the approaches to the Dardanelles and the Bulgarian and Greek coasts ot the Mediterranean Ae gean and Black seas 3 Premier Dobri FRANK SINATRA Falls With Cross From Steeple Hurt Fatally Omaha cross he was re moving from a church steeple slipped from the hands of Nels Norre 42 Omaha carpenter caus ing him o lose his balance and fall 70 feet to the round He died in an Omaha hospital ot a skull fracture Wednesday Bojiloy of Bulgaria which has with Russia despite lus present domination by Germany held 2 special cabinet meetings conferred wilh the regency council and met several high army officers after receiving the Turkish minister More than 100 Bulgarians marched through the streets of Sofia carrying placards exclaim ing Bulgaria must withdraw from the war 5 Several detachments of Bui Kurian troops mutinied and joined Greek and Jugoslav partisans 6 The German ceslapo and Bui garian police arrested hundreds ot Bulgarian as oppositionists but found thousands of others had left Jhcir homes before hey arrived Germany was reported await ing the outcome of a conference between her ambassador lo An kara Baron Franz Von Papen nnd President Ismel Inonu be fore deciding her future policy toward Turkey Papcn was ex pected lo press Turkey for a guar antee she will not open the Dar danelles to the allies Swedish newspapers published reports attributed to Sofia that traffic had been halted between Bulgaria and present danger said that the Germans ordered 2 divisions totalling nearly 30000 men from Sviiengrnd in southeastern Bul garia to the frontier zone Turkish Iroop concentrations have liccu iliscivcd near Edirene and Ipsala iu Turkish Thrace just across the border from Bulgaria Swedish reports said Some slight clarification of Tur keys new position as result of the RoosevcHChurchillI n o u u con ference at Cairo and Rooscvelt CluirchillStalin session at Tchc ran was expected when President Ismel Inonu addresses tlte Turkish parliament HoWevcr there was little likeli hood that he would disclose at this time whether Turkey intends to declare war or even if she intends lo lend bases to Britain the United Stales and Russia If such were arranged at Cairo it prob ably will be revealed only as a fait accompli to forestall any Ger man plan to disrupt preparations Rather it was believed that In onu will speak in general terms and possibly elaborate on his ex pression of friendship for the big 3 of the united nations An Ankara dispatch said the Cairo communiques aimouiice nient that Inonu Sir Knoscvelt 1 and Churchill studied all proh Icms in a spirit of understanding and loyally indicated that Tur key had received favorably all proposals subiniftctl by Britain and the United Stalees Despite the vague wording ot the communique it was far less guarded than had been anticipated in Ankara especially since the Germans have been watching de velopments closely against the possibility that they might be forced to lake the military ini tiative Inonu and his conference party of 15 returned to Ankara Wednes Iday and were greeted by several ii ;