Clipped From Joplin Globe
RESCUE OF 3 UNDER AT SHANGRI-LA lead- Medical Aid, Supplies and Men to Build Glider Base Dropped by Planes Over Junfle Valley. By RUSSELL BRINKS. Manila, June 9.--(Saturday)--C5Â» --The lumbering army plane cam* out of the sky and crashed in flames half-way up a towering mountain at the edge of a strange and primitive land. It was a land never before visited by a white man, where native warriors warriors grow six feet tall, carry spears, rotate crops, irrigate, and raise pigs "as big as donkeys." The day was May 13, the hour p. m., and somehow out of the wreckage, 7,200 feet up the 13,000- foot mountain, crawled an army officer, a WAG and a sergeant. WAC and 2 Men Survive. WAC Corporal Margaret Hastings Hastings of Oswego, N.*Y., was burned and cut on the legs. Lieutenant John B. McCollom of Trenton, Mo., was bruised and cut. Sergeant Kenneth W. Decker of Kelso, Wash., was hurt the worst. He had deep back wounds and suffered suffered burns. Behind them in or near thÂ« wreckage of the C-47 were tha bodies of 20 of their comrades, who had set out on that day to see from the air the wild beauty of j Dutch New Guinea. Associated Press Correspondent I Ralph Morton, who flew down to i Hollandia from here to cover the account: supplies, a walkie- talkie and two Filipino medical I t e = h n i c i a n s were dropped. Â· i One native village was near the I wreck, and the tribesmen who came out to look at these strange birdmen yielded enough to cook some sweet potatoes for them. On May 20, Captain Cecil E. Walters and eight Filipino para- Announces the [ chute troops were dropped into the had clue and a a funeral valley about 108 miles from the survivors, to begin work on a landing landing strip. They reached the survivors and the two other parachute troopers May 25, and by June 1 had them back in the valley camp after a slow and tortuous trip through incredibly incredibly wild country. Aerial Funeral lor 20. Before they left they were witnesses witnesses at an aerial funeral service. service. A plane came out of Hollandia May 26 and cruised over the scena of the wreckage while chaplains read the burial service. Crosses were dropped to mark the spot where these Americana lie buried near the valley of Shangri-La. Now a landing strip is being built so a glider can be sent in , h ll '" b - a b r o u g h t out by ; east air forces believe before the party to of- sud- return ^ L I l c t L S l l e I TIL. Â· ,. H ^ i n ^ . ^V, We " Â»" mmed up by 100-pound, 31-year-old Miss Hastings. The hovering planes heard her clear, firm voice over the walkie-talkie saying: "I am fine and enjoying it all."