The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 18, 1950 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 18, 1950
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PAGE SIT BLrnTEVTLT,E, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Strategic Bombing Can Help Land Army in Saving Europe, Vandenberg Tells Congress By ELTON' C. FAY AP Military Affairs Reporter WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. W Congress has Atr General Hoyt Vandenberg's word that strategic bombing can help an outnumbered land army save Western Europe from an aggressor. The Air Force's chief of staff reaffirmed his confidence in strategic air war (the destruction of an enemy's munitions-producing centers) in his most recent Capitol Hiil appearance to testify on new military appropriations requests. The value of strategic air war has been debated for a decade, since the first days of World War II. Strategic air war now Is one of the mnjor components of the defensive war plans of .the American Joint chiefs of staff, of which Vandenberg is a member. But the argument goes on. The question bobbed np again wticn a House appropriations military subcommittee heard testimony of air force officials recently. Misguided Enthusiasts Chairman Iifahon (D-Tex) told Vandenberg there are "some misguided Americans and Air Force enthusiasts who have miscalculated the capacity of air power to win a war or a battle." Mahon added that "of course, nobody in the military establishment, nor any well- informed person, has held that view." He said he wanted the Air Force's comment. Vandenberg-then summed up the Air Force's views about atr power In grand strategy, •aylng this: Korea can't be taken as an example because in that war zone there is an "inviolate border nnd you can't use strategic air in full measure." The border Is the Yalu River, beyond which lie the nlr base and assembling points for the masses of Chinese Red troops which have overwhelmed United States ground forces. Under questioning, Vandenberg said the Yalu boundary was made inviolate by decision of the united Nations. Europe's "X" Nation But "if we are now talking about- Europe, where there are no borders that we cannot cross," the situation fs quite different, he here Vandenberg diplomatically re- I ferrcd to "X nation" as the aggressor. He continued: "The reason the Air Force does not believe that , the war can t>e won sofeJy by the Navy or solely by the Air Force or solely by the Army is this: "Lot us take, for example X country which has overwhelming ground forces. We do not put Ihe ground forces in the field, hut we put in a tremendous strategic Air Force. Ifl us take X country that Is relatively poor in Its manufacturing capacity. Let us say that the Air Force succeeds In knocking out its potential to fight a war. Now the army of this X country Is nt least smart enough to know that air potential exists and, ns every army does. It stockpiles behind its lines long enough for a certain'per- iod of time. We knock out thr entire supporting Industry of thai army. Stockpile Is Moved "ft picks up Its stockpile and it moves Into a country thai has a better and . more modern facility for producing war material than the country we have destroyed and that army imposes its civilization upon the overrun coui//y. Obviously, the Air Force then cannot have succeeded in Its task of preventing this new country from being overrun. "On the other hand, let us suppose that this movement (by X's ground force) into a defensive line is such that n smaller number of ground forces are going to oppose this great mass of X army. The reason we want a number of ground forces opposing tills great mass of X army Is to force them, before they can overrun the attacked country to expend their gasoline, their food, their ammunition. "They are not'able to have them replaced by X country whose industry has been knocked out (by strategic' air attack), retarding the advance it can superimpose Itself on the industry of the captured country. "That Is the theory of the nlr- ground-naval team. Yon put the blockade (naval) In. The Army goes in and causes them to expend these stockpiles and the Air Force "Sow, these over-enthusiastic air people who say the air can do It alone has 'missed that factor." North Whale Harvest ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. Vl'j— A harvest of 485 whales was reaped in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador, this season, two whaling companies here report. Last year the total catch was 544. Fighter Dog Turns To the Red Cross SAN PEDRO, Calif. —</P)_ From trained man-killer to messenger of mercy, that's the story of Pvt. Alf. A handsome. Jet-black German shepherd, Pvt, Alf spent five years of World War II guarding planes at a Luftwaffe air base in Berlin. You'll find him now. transformed from a snarling menace Into a friendly "medic." stationed at Ft. MacArthur here. His harness bears a red cross, and his pack is a medical kit. When Ihe 40SD) Engineer Special Brigade was called from reserve stains to active duty recently, Pvt, Alf answered the call to colors along with his master, Cpl. Joseph a. Certain. The two met In Berlin tn 1918. Certain bought the dog from a former Luftwaffe officer for a few carious of cigarettes. MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1950 Problem for Selective Service: Defer or Draft Smart College Students? WASHINGTON, Deo. 18. (AP) —A jury of citizens was cilled to * meeting here today to help solve this knotty question: Should smart, college students be deferred from the draft? Draft Director Lewis B. Hershey scheduled the meeting, some 500 representatives of education, labor and Industry, veterans organizations and the press and rndio are being asked to help the government make up Its mind. Students now can stay in school until the'end of the school year. Then, If they're In the top halt of their class they may be deferred. . Hapless Missouri Family Stranded In California MILL VALLEY, Calif., Deo. 18. UP) —Little more than two weeks ago a Missouri Valley family set out In an auto and house trailer to bring a blind child lo San Francisco for medical treatment. Today they sire stranded near Mill Valley, a town just across the Golden Gate, their money gone and their car broken down, Theodore Kink, a landscape gardener, his wife Irene, and four children left St. Louis with $285. They had traded (heir home for the car and trailer. They had heard of a San Francisco specialist who they thought could give sight lo their daughter. Judith Ann, 3',<,, who has been blind since | birth. ' On the way the Finks' daughter nnd son-in-law, M r . and Mrs. Leroy Wallace of Estacuda, Ore,, and their two children Joined the caravan. Now all ten are camped beside the highway, short of their goal. Welfare authorities have granted the marooned (amily $13 In groceries, pending approval of further assistance. No Can Doo Poses Problem for Can Do WITH U.S. THIfJD DIVISION IN KOREA, Dec. 18. t/fl — The motto of the Fifteenth Infantry Regiment Is "can do." The soldiers are a little puzzled about what to do with a South Korean Infantryman In their ranks. His name Is No Can Doo. Russia Gets Rubber From Malaya Areo SINGAPORE Russia and her satellites are getting > i thick slice of the rubber fxporti ' from Malaya, .even though their total still lags far behind the shipments lo the United 8tates md the United Kingdom. Cargoes sent out from ports in Malaya and Singapore the first 10 months of 1950 totalled T" The figure In the period of 1M9 was 74632* , Of this 75.488 tons went directly to Russia and her satellites. But the figure for Russia may be far larger. 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