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was allowed meeting Is arriving touch regiments government Douglas Blue Eyed WAC, Shangri La Pals Are Back In U.S. HAMILTON FIELD, July 9.--W -A pert little WAC corporal and two young army men--the surviv- ori of a plane crash In a New Guinea Shangri La, arrived today by plane from the South Pacific route to their homes for leave. It was originally intended the three should go together to Washington. This plan was changed enable them to go to army centers nearest their homes. -Twenty of their companions died n the plane crash In a hidden valley last May 13th. The three, still wearing bandages over burns suffered nto t h e remote in the crash valley surrounded surrounded by 14.000 foot peaks, are Corporal Margaret Hastings, 30, Dwego, N. Y.; Lieutenant John McCollom, 26, Trenton, Mo., and Sergeant Kenneth Decker, 34, Kelso, Kelso, Wash. No Throne Offer The pert little corporal -- she weighs 100 pounds and stands 5 feet 1W inches tall--contradicted two reports which had preceded her. She was not offered a throne by the natives of the hidden valley In New Guinea. She formed no romantic attachments for any of the men she was marooned with. Observers also contradicted another another report. The corporal's eyes are of the brightest blue. They not haiel. She first telegraphed her father, Patrick Hastings of Owego, and then sent a message to a boy whose name she said Is "a military secret." McCollom said he will go to Dayton, O., as soon as possible, to see about a "heart interest." The corporal said she has not ·ecelved any movie offers "as yet, put If a picture Is made, I'm sure Lana Turner will play my part." "If she does, I'm going to b« the picture," McCollom said. ' Regain* Two Pounds The corporal, proud of her two stripe rating, was dressed like Collom atlng, and Decker -- wore sants and shirt, no ties--and her short bobbed hair was admittedly ready for a beauty operator's She looks more 20 than 30, and weighs about 100 pounds, having regained the two she lost during her stay In the valley. "I'd like to go back to 'Shangri a." I really would--provided, of course, we could get out easier :hls lime," Margaret said. Her companions did not i«etn quite EO enthusiastic. "The natives were friendly and lappy. Some of them were nice; ooklng, with good features. I :hlnk they wash very often, but they weren't diseased.. "And while we saw evidence of irlbal wars -- skulls and skeleton bones lying around--there was no rouble while we were there." What about their first sight of he wild looking natives? "They filed out of a wilderness path, about 25 or 30 of them. didn't know what to do." McCollom cut in with, "w« turned on a smile and prayed." "Then one of the older men--we named him Pete--suddenly walked closer and stuck out his hand to shake. We certainly were relieved," Margaret went on. The men wore nothing but 'gourds," exceedingly scanty, and he women were equally uninhibited uninhibited with a brief covering rom vegetation reeds or stems.

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 09 Jul 1945, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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