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So* Wos* Paper/ It i, vo/uafefe to I/,. War FWorif The Boy Scouls »JJJ co//ccf yoS, Scrap Paper .„„ S al«rrf«y BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THTE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHKAHT Ann-AMo.Q .K,,» o^,.., .„ •»•»« W f *»^ VOL. XLI—NO. 81 Blylhevllle Dally Newi Blytlievllle Courier NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANl> SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Btythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader ];!, ARKANSAS, T1IUKS1)A\', JUNK 22, J(VM SINGLE COPIKS FIVE CENTS ' FOUR JAP WARSHIPS SUNK, 10 DAMAGED Heavy Explosives Rock Cher hour a r_..i!f' _i' " 1 ~~' ——• ———-— 2r 1*1 /*•< I !•< Inside City Hit By Allied Bombs American Artillery Also Pounds Defenses Of German-Held Port LONDON, June 22 (UP)—The all- out attack against Cherbourg has started, by hind and air. For one solid hour this afternoon, American fighter - bombers in a steady stream, poured tons of explosives into the inner ring of Nazi defenses, fortifications the Germans have set up inside the city itself. After they were Uirougfi, Aincri- can medium bombers took over and lei go with a smashing raid coordinated with the ground attack. It «-as the greatest aerial activity since D-Day. At the r.iinu time American artillery opened up with a barrage against the Nazi fortifications, ami ground troops charged forward through numbcrous outlying villages on rill sides oJ the iiort. American soldiers overwhelmed the important suburban defense outpost of Martinvast. Called "Big Push" An official spokesman at Allied Supreme Headquarters said this Is the big push, the full-scale drive to crush German resistance, and capture Cherbourg as an Allied, supply port. F.D.R. Statement On 4th Term Predicted By Governor Arnall WASHINGTON, June 22 (U.P.—Governor Ellis Arniill of Georgia today predicted, after a conference with President Roosevelt, that the Chief Executive soon will make a .statement of his willingness to accept a fourth term nomination. Arnall said he expects a big public statement soon after the Republican convention but before the Democratic convention. The Republicans meet in Chicago next week. The Georgia Governor flatly predicted that Mr. Roosevelt will be the Democratic nominee. On the Republican side of the 4 fence, Governor John Brlcker ol Ohio today said that he did not expect to be ofrerec the GOP vice- presidential bid, 11 his presidential hopes fall through. Bricker arrived today in Chicago for the convention, and rci;erated his opposition to the use of International force as a weapon to maintain peace. He said: "We want no postwar military alliances, because they lead to counter alliances which in turn bring war." Dewcy For Alliances The number one GOP presidential possibility, Governor Thomas Dewcy ol New York, already has endorsed th u use of, force to maintain peace, and alliances among the Big Four nations. ' Governor Dcwey's headquarters announced todny that Dcwcy would be glad to have the Republican Resolutions Committee confer with him if they desire his views on policy. Infantry forces now have the city car i virtually surrounded on all its land sides. They've driven almost to the sea, both enst and west of Cher-' bourg. The road leading east frorn the port has, been cut. And tho road leading'west, If not cut by . this time, is 'under machine-gun /he at least. , " . Mo;3ovci'i pur l^pppL moving ~iu for the frontal assault on the cilyi .are within rifle range of the. docks on the waterfront. The German area of control has been squeezed virtually into the very streets of the city proper. Damage Inevitable &i To '" 3 ' " le Naz ' s loose from " ieir ^Mip, American guns and warplanes may have to destroy some areas of the city. The Germans themselves, of course, already have inflicted considerable destruction, blowing up docks, sinking obstructions in the harbor, and wiping out other military installations. Secretary of War Slimson, however, expresses the opinion thai the destruction cannot long hold up the Allied use of Cherbourg. Stimson, in a Washington news conference, also discussed the Nazi robot-bomb, and said they arc not yet a major factor in the war. He pointed out that the fact the enemy has to rely on this Meauwhil e the Chicago Tribune has called on Governor Thomas Dcwcy of New York to make an and frank statement of his position on all national affairs. The Tribune added that Dcwey is '-'suspected to views peculiar to New York City which do not accord .with/the convictions ot the rest of the country." It said that silence on Dewey's part will be a serious handicap In his campaign. >j • - MsrriMJI Bliik Home General' George Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, has arrived back in Washington after visiting France and Italy: Marshall was 'accompanied by General Henry Arnold, Chief of the Army Atr Forces. Admiral Ernest King, commander in chief of the American Fleet rc- turnd from Europe earlier this 1 week. i At the'same time, the Army and Navy revealed the cost of the war through June 6th In men killed, wounded, or missing. Here are the latest figures, >vlilch Include D-Day losses in Prance, and some of the losses in the Italian fighting-. For the Army—118,667 men. FOT the Navy. -16,705 men. That makes a total ol 225.82 American casualties in World War II. The House Naval Affairs Committee, incidentally, has approved a bill to permit Waves, Spars and Women Marines to serve overseas. weapon is an acknowledgement of Two admirals lestitied that the the weakness of the German air | women were absolutely needed in ' 'overseas areas. The committee adopted an amendment to make overseas assignments on a voluntary basis. fo:rc. But the new Nazi weapon continues to smash into southern Eng-; land. The robot Iwmbs came over in mounting numbers this jnornliig, and American Fortresses and Liberators swept over the Pas dc Calais area of the French coast to hammer the launching ramps.. K ' Incidentally, it's officially revealed that about one fourth of the lobot- bomb takeoff platforms had been constructed by the Germans in the Cherbourg area. Some of them already have been captured and are being examined. The other three quarters, those sending, the robot bombs into England now. are cbn- ccntrated In the Pas de Calais area. A British Lnborite peer, Lord Winter, today denounced the new weapon as a wanton assault upon civilians, and he threatened stern reprisals if they continue. He added significantly: "Many small German towns could be wiped oft the map in one operation if we choose to do so." We have no Allied reports of any daylight air bombings in interior Europe today. But the Nazi-controlled Luxembourg radio rcr/orled Allied bombers heading toward two provinces in Austria. The broadcast suggests that Italian based air fleets may be in action. Last night, British Mosquitoes dropped one-ton bombs on Berlin, following up yesterday's giant 2,000 plane raid on the Nazi capital. Kiwarsians Hear Reports On Boys', Girls' State ^n f?. ' Reports of representatives at Boys' nd Girls' State, recently held in .tltle Rock, featured the weekly luncheon meeting yesterday of the Klwanis Club. Joe Saliba, elected mayor at the week's citizenship school. Miss Rosemary child, elected speaker of tha house In a "legislature session", and Miss Mary Frances Nunn told of their experiences at the two schools siwnsororf by civic organizations. Plans were made for a barbecue to be held Wednesday night at Walker Park instead of the luncheon meeting. Guests included the Rev. Harvey T. Kidd, recently made pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Howard Mack of Jonesbovo, and Mrs. Will Rogers, Humorist's Wife, Dies Last Night SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 22. (UP)—Mrs. Will Rogers, wife of the late cowboy humorist, died during the night after a long illness. She was 63 years old. At her bedside were a son, movie actor Jimmy Rogers, and a daughter, Mary. Will Rogers Jr., a for- Russians Open New Offensive Reds Sock To Clear Enemy-Held Stretch On Murmansk Route MOSCOW. June 22 (U.P.)—The Russians are marking the third anniversary of the Russo-Gcrmnn War today with a new offensive against Oennan-dominutcd Finland. Red army forces arc sending a three-pronged drive around the lakes north of Leningrad and east of the original drive up Ihe Karc- iian Isthmus. Primary objective of tlie new offensive is to clear the 223-mile enemy-held stretch of the Leningrad, Mnrniansk railroad. At the same time other Russian troops continued lo. pursue Finnish forces ' northwest of captured Vllpuri. In Moscow today, the Soviet Information Bureau said the Nazis now arc faced 'with a complete rout after exactly three years of fighting on the eastern front, Tlie' bureau also disclosed the cost of men In the mast terrible battles of history. German losses were placed at almost eight million dead or captured. Russian losses were estimated nt more than five million. Youth Killed In Jail By fellow Prisoner LITTLE ROCK, June 22 IU.P.) — Eighteen-year-old Virgil Burl Guest, who has been held in the Pulaski county jail since 1 April awaiting trial, was stabbed to rtcalb by n fellow-prisoner, Phillip Lee Fisher, last night. Sheriff GUS Gaple, who held an Investigation, says that a pair of scissors was given lo the prisoners after supper to enable them to trim eacli others hair. Fisher, who had experience with hair cutting in the Boys Industrial School, was preparing to cut u prisoner's hnlr when Guest- came up to him and said, "You lliink you're smart. You've been doing loo much talking lately. Prisoners told Sheriff Caplethat a scuffle followed and that Fisher struck once with the scissors. Tlie blade pierced Guest's heart and he fell to the floor. Slays Estranged Wife, Then Commits Suicide LITTLE ROCK, June 22 (UP) — A husband and Ills 20-year old- estranged wife are dead as the result of a murder and suicide last night. Little Rock police say Herbert me'r rcprcsenlatlve, now is an army Li " d fl' a v ;' orkcr nt ni"'"ile, shot lieutenant and is serving overseas. \™ d . kmc <\ ™* estranged *«c. Mrs. 8 ' Rebecca Lindscy, and then ended his own life with another shot,. Deputy Coroner Dr. Bert Phillips returned a verdict of murder and suicide. Mrs. M. ij. Malonc, who rented an apartment to Mrs. Lindscy, says the couple had been separated several times and that Mrs. Lindsey had filed suit against her husband for divorce and maintenance for the children. She also says (hat Lindscy had threatened Ihe life of his wife on several occasions. Dr. Phillips says that Mrs. Ltnd- sey was shot three or four limes. was widowed nine years ago when her husband died In an Alaskan plane crash which also took Hie life of Wiley Post, the famous filer. The Rogers were married In 1908 and were constant companions during the cowboy philosopher's rise from obscurity lo fame and fortune. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but members of the family say llic body will lie beside her husband's at Claremore, Okla. Drivers Uninjured When Vehicles Collide Today Two drivers escaped Injury this morning when a Lee Wilson truck and a car driven by Satn Littleton, county sanitarian, collided at 10:30 o'clock this morning on West Main street near the Mississippi County Lumber Company. The Littleton car received damages amounting to approximately $50, while tlie truck, which contained wholesale groceries, was not injured. T. W. Pariiell, driver of the truck, posted a cash bond for $35 on a reckless driving charge. Investigating Officer O. E. Nicholson said that the truck sideswiped Mr. Littleton's car as the truck, going west on Main, was passing another truck. TJie Littleton car was headed east. The left rear fender, side and part of the dlor of Mr. Littleton's car were damaged, Livestock ST. LOUIS, June 22 (U.P.l—Hogs .1,300; salable 0,000; holdovers 500; lop $13.10; 180-270 pounds $13.10; 140-160 pounds $11.25 to $12.25; rows $11.00. Cattle 3,600; salable 2,200; calves 1,800; all salable; mixed yearlings nnd heifers $14.25 to $15.00; cows S9.25 to $10.75; canncrs and cutters $6.00 to $9.00; slaughter steers$11.25 to $17.00; slaughter heifers $9.50 to $16.25; stockcr and feeder steers $0.75 to $14.00. N. 0. Cotton open high low close Mar. . 2064 2093 2058 ^084 2058 May . 2038 2013 2035 2066 2035 July . 2194 2208 2191 2203 2190b Oct. , 2107 2127 2101 2123 2099 Dec. , 208i~ 3106 2019 210! 2018 Three Killed in Interurban Crash Three persons were killed and 20 Injured ivliun two In term buns crashed between „., _, , - - • -xiniiuu uuiwmi Norman nnd r C.ty. The shore inUrclman is facing the sign on the Nommn conch. (NBA TeleZla Oklahoma G/ Rights Bill Becomes Lay/; Veterans To Receive Benefits District Total Of Bonds Climbs Nearer To Goal Assisting this district toward its Quoin in War 'Bond snics is Tom P. "Doc 1 Dean, who is busy conducting auctions whever he can during the Fifth Campaign. The $60,000 quota of Monclto was cxccetied Saturday with more than SHOOO worth of bonds sold in a rally which began at 2 p. in. nnd ended at 10 o'clock lliat night, Music by the Blythevllle Army Air Field band added to the program. Despite rain, the quota of $15,00(1, was made lust Chlldre.-K, week by Donn who staged n mlly. Last night was Rector's dale with rcporl.s incomplete for that sale. Future dates of Dean for War Bond rallies Include Miicy School of Cralghead Comity Friday, Carn- way on June 28, Manila, July 8, nnd Joneslraro nt a date to be set. "Doc" lias sold many millions dollars worth of bonds. He conducts rallies Iree nnd accepts all Invitations possible whether the program Is for n small group or larger community. Arkansas Pouttrymcn Gain Delay In Trials HENTONVILLE, Ark., June 22 (Ul'»—Cases of 8^ broiler growers, poultry buyers, and truck o]»ra- tors in U. S. District Court have been continued until Sept. 1. Tlie cases all include violations of OPA price regulations. The cases were continued In order (o give lawyers time to prepare briefs for filing with OPA officials in Washington. Momber s of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation have pledged support for an investigation ol OPA -poultry ceilings and methods bv (he OI'A investigators. Governor Adkins has already urged OPA Administrator Chester wler^ lo dismiss the charges and adjust prices and paid poultry producers. Miss Loula Hoover Dies Services for Miss Loula Hoover of Ya?.oo Cily. Miss., sister of C. W. Hoover Sr., of Wilson, were held tills morning at the family home In Ya?.oo City. Miss Hoover also leaves two sisters of Yazoo City, and another brother of Jackson, Miss. V/. R. Griffin Reports First Cotton Bloom Here The first cotton bloom in Norlh Mississippi County to be reported to tlie Courier News was grown on the W. R. Griffin farm near Dell. There are several blooms in his field of waist high cotton, Mr. Griffin said, and 32 squares wire found on one stalk. The DPL H cotton was planted April 18. WASHINGTON, June 22 (U.I 1 .) — President Rouseyclt has signed into law (lie most extcii.slvc yelonms' benefit measure In the country's hlslory, the so-ailled "GI Jilll of RlghlN." The 1)111 provides federally financed education, government guaranteed loans, unemployment, compensation iu iil employment services for veterans of this war. Veterans Administration officials have estimated the benefits will cost six nml one-hnlf billion dollars. Tlie unemployment compensation provides for $20 a week benefit.'; for n maximum of 52 weeks. If UIB claimant draws unemployment compensation from some other source during the .same period, It must be subtracted from Ihe $20 permitted under Ihis bill. The bill's loan clause provides that the government Is to guarantee up to BO per cent of loans with n celling of 42000 on the mnount guaranteed by the government. Tlie loans must be for Investment In a home, farm or business, and will bear not more than four per cent Interest. The costliest item concerns education, with tuition l.'i ranged up (o S500 anmmlly plus allowances of S7S monthly lot persons wllii dependents and $50 a month for those with 1 IM dependents. Maximum benefits extend to four years education or training, providing the veteran's education or training was inieiruptou by his entrance into service or tbnt he entered the armed forces before reaching 25 years of iigc. The bill also authorizes expenditure of 500 million dollars for construction of additional hospital facilities. Arkansas Press Group To Meet At Hot Springs HOT SPRINGS, Ark., June 22 'U.PJ— The Arkansas Press Association meets in Hot Springs Friday mid Saturday. Editors and newspaper employes from throughout tlie stale are expected to attend and registration Is expected lo be higher than for any year since the war began. E. W. St. John, publisher of tlie Mcna Evening Star. Is president of Ihc publishers' group. Chicago Wheat July open high low close 155S 151'-; 155% 157V1 156',! Sept. . 155% 155','j 157 155:4 New York Stocks Late Bulletins KOMli, June 22,{U.I'.)~Alllcil umhm-ltlcti have announced llic raplum «f a tlnciinipnl In which llnnllo . IMiusnllnl promised thn iicrinnnjvlii .hnnil over un c mll- llnu 500 Ihoiisiinil KaJl'u'n laborers for work In Germany. IllMIK, June 22 (|I.!'.)_(||) to 7OT American licnvy hmnhcrs attacked rail ami Industrial lar- C^ls In northern llaly lodily for the first (Imc since bad wcallicr set in last Friday, Osceola Plans Fourth of July Political Rally OSCEOLA, June 22—A Fourth ot July celebration In Iho form of a iniunmolh political rally will bo stilted In Osccoln nn the High School campus. The affair, which is for the benefit of (he Community Mouse ol Osceola, Is sponsored Jointly by llie Rotary Club anil American Legion. All candidates, from'those in the senatorial race down lo the local constable, race, have been Invited to participate In the event, which will fcnturc a baseball game In the afternoon, and be climaxed by n dnnce to follow that night in the Community House. Sieve Ralph Is chairman of the Athletics and EnlcrlDlninent committee. Serving with him arc Dean WhllMldo, K. H. minis and Mel- viti Waggoner. Other committee chairmen and members nre Ed Wiseman, chairman of physical arrangements, serving with Jess Olnscoe, D. S. Cratn nnd Lefty Alexander; Joe Applcbautn, chairman of publicity and ground arrangements, anil members. Bam Hodges and Joe Miller; chairman of the concession committee Is E. H. Reid. On the committee with him IK I/'ahmond Williams. Ben !•'. flutler Is in charge of notlfica- iion of candidates, Seymore Lock- h.irt is responsible for finances, and Cnrol Walson will be In charge of policing and ground arrangements. Holstcntd Baby Dies The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Holslcad died at 1:20 o'clock last night at Skaller's Clinic. She was Ihe only child of Hie couple. Funeral »ervlccs ™'cre hold at. 2 o'clock this afternoon at Elinwood Cemetery. Cobb Funeral Home was In charge of arrangements. Texas Corp U S Steel . Studcbaker •18 3-4 87 18 1-2 Mny July Oct. Ucc. A T & T 159 3-4 Amcr Tobacco 70l-8 iMir Anaconda Cop]>cr 2G 3-4 ' - Beth Steel Cl 3-8 Chrysler 94 1-2 Coca Cola 121 Gen Electric 38 3-4 Gen Motors 641-4 Montgomery Ward 47 3-4 N Y Central 18 1-4 Inl Harvester 781-4 North Am Aviation 81-2 Republic Steel , 185-8 Standard ol N J 51 3-4 New York Cotton open high low close . 2059 2000 2055 2036 2055 2037 2075 2034 2066 2032 2172 21B3 2167 2180 2168 2107 2123 2090 2120 2101 2082 2104 2077 2100 2076 Chicago Rye open high low close July . 106« 110U 106K 109)1 Sept, . 108% 11014 101-H 110 Weather "-^ ARKANSAS-Fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Naval Planes Score Victory In Pacific; Enemy Vessels Flee I'rrss t lly Untied I lio Utiilctl Sf<i(oH Nuvy Inta scored another victory oveV tin 1 . Japanese fled. Admii-al NiniiU nimouncoH Uml carrier-based planes from (lie UmlccI Stales Kifth Meet, on Monday attiu-ked a Jap nrmndii IIH it .steamed Ihiwiifli the gap between the Philippine island of l.u/.on nnd Japanese Formosa In an- air-son battlc'similar In Midway and Corul Sea. the Allied •nut plniiCH wink or dnniiijKd M Jap ship,,, including Tour, mi-era 11 tumors nnd a battleship.. b .lown^n'r!''^ 1 '! 1 '!' 01 ',"" 1 " 1 , 11 " 11 "! 10 snya . Lhc Fiflh Flccl - sh°t down IB to 20 detcmlniK J»p plitues and lost 40 of its own :1CS. Hill. HIP. rninmm,im,p f,,Jl M . to mc , lt i oll . U1J in the Monday action. n,, panes am ost 4 I of i ow, pane.. I ut the communique fails to mention any los.<Tor damage to American ships TOIMY'8 WAR ANAI.YHIM March Toward Jap Homeland Will Continue Hy JAMBS HAKI'Eil United PTCM KUff Writer 'Hie Japanese licet him shown Unit It prefers to dio by degrees. Instead ol slaking nil on » showdown fight, It In permitting tlie United State;! Navy to whittle uway A purl Its power In small actions, of the enemy's nnvy made n (lush toward embattled 3alpan. Like a terrier bnrklnu nt':, llic legs otu horse,' It ninrte u ((iiluk puss at Ih6 Anicr- Iciin fleet. Hut before l.he.YJ.JV'r)^ could scuttle iiwny | to safely, '14 of their ships had teen sunk or dmn- aped. In losses, It j doesn't add up lo ' n major defeat for James Harper the Japs. Hut It prove dagaln that Ihc United Sliiles Nuvy Is muster ol tlie waters of the Western Pacific. It showed boyond doubt that, although other buttles remain to bo (ought, the Japs won't be able to halt our march toward their homeland. .lups (Jliiingcd Minds For two years Japan's navy Ims let Japan's army do its lighting. Tlie enemy has used Ills outlying coral Islands as stationary warships lo Impede America's nnvul progress. Dili now Japan's supply of Islands Is running low. Between Sall«in and Tokyo lies only the Boniti group, which is smaller and with fewer imttinil defensive positions. The enemy imvy evidently decided that the time had come to slug it out. nut it changed Its mind, nnd quick, when Ihe lime to fight'came. In one sense, Japan taught the United Stales how to heat Japan. At Pearl Harbor It used 150 carrlcr- hused plnncs U> knock out our Pacific fleet, Including eight battleships. Two duys later it put out of action two British battleship.') in the Gulf of Slnm—again with plnucs. America learned fast. At Coral Sen. the Japs lost two cruisers, two curriers, and other smaller ships. This time It was America that was using the planes. Exactly a month later, June 4th, 1942, the Japs oil Midway lost four carriers, two heavy cruisers and many smaller ships sunk, plus three battleships and lour cruisers damaged. Again America was using the planes. This new vlclory, although lesser in scope, follows the same pattern. It was won, not by warships, but by carrier-based planes. Although the number of ships Japan lost wns not large, those ships were vital. The late Secretory of Navy Knox one* said the Jap fleet was particularly vulnerable because so many of Its smaller vessels had been sunk that Its battleships were left without n sufficiently strong protective screen. In this latest action, a cruiser, four carriers and three destroyers, all used for battleship protection, were sunk or damaged. Tanker Losses Hurl Kncniy Admiral Nimttz once said the Japanese navy must stick close to shore because our submarines have deprived It ol the big fast tankers all oil-burning warships must have. Five more tankers were sunk or damaged In this action. Thus, our Navy has hit the Japs In one ot their vulnerable spots. It is doubtful If anything more will come of this action. The Japs ducked behind Formosa where it would be folly for our Navy lo pursue. Moreover, the Fifth Fleet probably won't have to leave Saipan unprotected. But the Japanese navy soon will have no place to hide. American air power has licked it three times now. And. with the development ol the Supei'-Forlrcss, the shadow of that airpowcr Is beginning to extend over all Japan's empire. Japan's fleet soon will have no harbor it can call home. H docs say, however, that on the previous diiy,- Sunday, during Ihc big Japanese air attack on our fleet, off Salpun, two United Slates aii> cmft carriers and one Imllleiihip received fi npciflcliH damage which lines not Impair tlielr fighting abll-' lly. Enrllor reports that these vcs-' wls were ilnmngcU In Holiday's action proved Incorrccl. Twenty-one American plunes were lost In the Sumliiy fight, nut, nt the some time, the communique revised up- iv«Kl from 300 to II5H the number ot J.ap planes shot down in Hint Sunday nlr allude, which was a cui- laln-riilsci' lo the majoi battle on' Monday. Enemy I.nsscs IJsfcd lIci' the box score ot Japanese snl|) losses In Ihc Monday buttle; One :iilrcraft carrier received three 11100 pound bomb hits. Another aircraft carrier uns Mink..- A third vnrrlcr.Wfia badly damaged and loft burning furiously. One light cY- Hcr, received, nt least one bomb hit. One bnlllesbli) was damaged. One cruiser was damaged. Three &- ilroyers were damaged tmd'onflot llioni hi believed to' have sunk. ilircp ..tankqis W,PIP. stint, ajul .the. other two In the nnnada'dumneed and left abla/c. And, last, 15 to 20 Jap riliincH shot down. That's the' box score. Th6.coiinminln.iie says this summary Is "On the basis of Information prosciilly available," Indicating that there may be mor c complete details Inter. NJp Fleet Strong , . The Jap force was formidable. It consisted of four or more battleships, five or six carrier, five fleet tankers and cruisers nnd destroyers. The lilliick took place in the lute afternoon Monday. The en- CaRcment was broken off "by the Japanese fled, which fled back from whence it came, the channel between Formosa and Luzon. The man Behind the American commander of the Admiral: Raymond vlctorj', the Fiflh Fleet, Ames Spnmncc. He. was : the. man who won with nil outnumbered fleet at Midway . and who had -a bund In the Marshall and Gilbert invasions, " ; [' ' "' '"* Vice Admiral Marc A. Mltsciicr, a 57-ycnr-old flying seaman,- com- iiinndcu the high-speed * carrier force which did 'most of thte'wprh in the battle. Mltscher commanded the Navy's first trans-Atlantic flight back in 1019. He. led the first American strikes at Palaii, Truk, Yap and the Marianas. " . U. S. Warships Hit. " Summing up, this Is what happened. Sunday, n Jap nir fleet, apparently carrier planes,; attacked the Fifth Fleet' Two American carriers and a hallleshlp wcre'superflcta!ly damaged, and 21 American planes were lost. But 5 Jap planes were shot down. Monday, our earlier planes caught the' Jap armada and sank or d nl «aeed H ships.., Between 15 and 20 more enemy planes were shot down. Forty-nine of our planes* failed to return.' Naval sources in Washington interpret the victory as a trap cleverly set by Admiral Spruance. They say Die Jnps knew that the American fleet had been operating .in the Mnrlanas for days and probably was . low in planes, ammunition nnd fuel. Tims, tlie Japs expected a weakened opponent. : : But these sources say It . now J Is obvloiis that Spnmnce had a fresh carrier force, not the one cover- Ing Saipan, ready and waiting for the Jap Navy. Stimson Hails Victory Secretary of War Stimson says the naval victory, "will be a mighty impetus to the speeding of our advance across the Pacific and into the inner defenses of Japan. However, [his failed . to lurn out to be the long-desired show-domt battle the' Nnvy has been seek-In? with the enemy fleet. While the Jap formation was strong, It hardly was the whole or even a major portion of the enemy navy. Of'tha ships definitely known to have been sunk, only one, a carrier, was a combat ship. The others were tankers. And even if the combat ships which were damaged latef sank, the enemy sUH is left with a strong fleet. ' : ' While the Navy was winning a victory off Saipan, Marines and Army troopers were progressing pn the Island.- Those fighting men this morning opened a major attack to wipfi ouMhe Japanese defenders of Snlpan.

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