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Saturday, January 2, 1943
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EXTOLS HEROISM OF CARRIER GREW Doctor Cites Unmatched Examples of Bravery P. ARNOT MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE _ --J ~»u»«uc,a IT. ARNUT .United Press staff Correspondent SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC (Delayed), (U.R)--Stories of dauntless courage and personal sacrifice on the the part of survivors of an American aircraft carrier sunk in the battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on Oct. 26 were told by a navy doetor who was aboard her. Navy regulations do not permit use of his name, but here is the story he told me: "I have seen some remarlcabl- examples of courage and personal sacrifice during my years of practicing medicine as a civilian. But none of these could match what I witnessed the afternoon of Oct. K during those hours before our . fircratt carrier went to the bot- om. "I heard one sailor with a broken back tell me to see that (us pal had medical attention be- ·ore I cared for him. " 'I'm okay, doc,'" he told me. "'But I think Mac is hurt pretty bad. Better see about him first.' "I saw another enlisted man nuke an effort to climb off a stretcher although one of his lets was shattered and the other broken. He wanted to 'get another shot at those Japs.' "When an Incendiary bomb dropped on our flight deck, I watched four sailors voluntarily rush out, seize the bomb and throw it overboard into the water. "These men never lost hope or courage, even after that last enemy aerial attack forced us to abandon ship. Enemy planes were overhead and we were swiming away from our ship when I heard the men shout to one another "They didn't shout for help. They shouted about the money ·they owed one another and about those pictures of 'Betsy' and 'Ruth' they had to leave behind. They weren't really jesting --neither were they fold'ng under pressure. "I saw one sailor swimming along beside me pushing a small case o£ canned tomato juice ahead of him. This was his explanation: " 'I figure maybe some of these rescue ships may be short on provisions." * * * "During all the attacks and thereafter I did not see one moment of panic. Not one man asked that he be treated first. "In the emergency dressing station where we administered first aid, there was not a single groan, not a whimper from the victims. It was so silent it was almost reverent. "I did not see one man leave his station until he was told to leave. The officers had to ordei the men on the guns to abandon ship. They insisted on firing as long as the enemy planes were in the air. "I am proud to be in the United States navy with men like these. To me, the American sailor represents our finest type of American manhood. "I played only a minor role in the battle that proved fatal to the carrier. But it is a battle I never shall forget. * * * "I had reported for duty aboard the ship only 43 hours before we plunged into the battle of the Santa Cruz islands. I knew we were in the vicinity of enemy naval units, so I was not surprisec when the first wave of Japanese dive-bombers appeared over the ' carrier during mid-morning. "First we suffered a direct bomb hit on our flight deck. This bomb and the subsequent crash of an enemy plane on deck knocked out most of our power supply. That was our big difficulty. "I was in my battle station in the sick bay when the first bomb exploded just two compartment forward from me. The second hi just two compartments aft. On*. Japanese plane which crashed on our deck went right through irr stateroom. The engine of thi plane was found later in the jun ior officers' bunkroom. * * * "The first two attacks laslei about 20 minutes. Then cam^. nearly a six-hour lull during which the crew was able to brin the fires under control. We ha given all the wounded men firs aid and transferred them to othe ships. We began to bury our dead "There was some hope of getting up enough power to steam out of the battle area when the . enemy appeared again--this time with torpedo planes and horizontal bombers. At least two of the torpedoes struck home. Soon after, I heard the order to abandon ship. "Not a single doctor left the carrier until every wounded man had been administered first aid. "We abandoned ship orderly and without unnecessary haste, considering the nearness of enemy planes. "It was 4:45 p. m. when I hit the wafer. That's when my wrist watch stopped. Soon we were nearly blown out of the water when Japanese horizontal oomb- - ers scored several near misses. "By this time it was apparent that the ship would sink. Her condition by now was critical. "I was in the water two hours before a destroyer came alongside and picked me up. From the destroyer's deck, we watched our · ship roll over and sink." Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamp* from your Globe-Gazette carrier fcojr. for Governor DES MOINES, W--A bill giving the governor extra war powers and providing for financing county and municipal defense councils has been presented in tentative form to legislators by the Iowa industrial and defense commission pnd the legislative committee on defense. The bill seeks to incorporate In one act all of the various civilian defense legislation that has been proposed by both national and state 1 groups. The chief points are: 1. Grants the governor, under certain conditions, power to suspend any law interfering with he war effort. 2. Grants governor power to imit or close to traffic and pubic use any highway or waterway, ncluding city streets. 3. Grants governor power to ake possession, with compensa- ion, of any property needed for he war effort. 4. Makes violation of any blackout rules a misdemeanor. 5. Gives counties and cities the icwer to appropriate money for Lefense councils. .So You Want to Go to the Movies-- Movie * * * * * # * * * ¥ * * * · K X 1C *· Jt Jt « ,, . . _ ,, ,, . . . . . 6. Legalizes all county and mu- icipal defense expenditures al- eady made. 7. Provides a life sentence for many lesser crimes if they are -ommitted during a real or prac- ice blackout. 8. Creates the Iowa industrial ind defense commission for co irdinating the war effort and :ivilian defense. 9. Creates the office of state co- ·rdinator ot civilian defense. 10. Creates a defense council in ^ach county. The bill also would provide .565,000 for the state defense commission and additional rooney for use In an emergency. "at From Skunk Fires 7 our Anti-Tank Shells JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., (U.R)-- [f only the "scent" could be re- ained Missouri hunters and trappers undoubtedly would go all out in collecting skunk grease foi ':he bombs to be dropped on the ixis. The conservation commission of Missouri states that the fat salvaged from the carcass of one opossum would yield enough glycerin to fire five 37 mm. anti- nircraft shells, while a skunk would be good for the glycerin needed to fire four anti-tank shells. With or without scent, collection of raw fats from wild animals has been advocated by. the salvage section of the war production board, and the commission estimates that the fat of fur- bearers and other game animals taken by Missouri hunters anc trappers, in an average year, I collected, would be good for enough glycerin to make 3,000,000 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition. At 2H cents a pound the fat would yield 525,000, which the commission suggested, coulc be contributed to the USO or Red Cross. 4 Iowa Draft Boards Exhaust Supply of Men Without Children DES MOINES, (.PT-- Selectiv, service officials said four low; draft boards will exhaust thei supply of men without children with the February call and hav been advised to cease calling men until orders are received from Washington to begin induction o married men with children. / standing order prevents callin such men now. ASK MORE STEEL NEW HAMPTON--The board o directors of the Chickasaw count} Farm Bureau has passed a resolu tion and forwarded the same t the secretary of agriculture ant war board claiming that the stec apportioned for this county is in sufficient. The motto of the British na.., is, "Seek out, engage, and destroj the enemy." SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1943' From Potty-Cake o Apaches--It's All in the Films Everything from Apaches (o the 'ally-Cake trick is available to veekend movie goers, with the 'alace theater featuring a double »ill of "Apache Trail" and "Ice Papacies" and the Cecil, "The Road to Morocco." Gorgeous gals, up to and includ- ng Dorothy Lamour, are part of lie eyeful which "Roaci to Morocco" offers in its Arabian night dream plot which concerns two MARLENE DIETRICH AND PUED MacMURKAY CO-STAR IN Columbia's rowdy new comedy, "The Laiiy Is Willing" now at the State theater with a toil-flight cast. VERA HRUBA, CZECH SKATING CIIAMF. APPEARS CUR- rently in the ice extravaganza, "Ice Capades Revue," at the Palace. BOB HOPE, DOROTHY LAMOUR AND RING CKOSBY IN A scene from that sidc-splitliiiK comedy, "Road to Morocco" jiou- playing at the Cecil theater through Monday. BEERY'S BACK . . . AND HOW! HE STARS IN "JACKASS Mail." a western comedy-drama with Marporie Main, showing at the Slrand through Tuesday. WPB R E J E C T S SHELTER FOR LIBERTY BELL Priorities Cause Famous Symbol to Be Unprotected Br FRED W. JOX^S United Press Staff Correspondent PHILADELPHIA, (U.R) -- The Liberty Bell, symbol-of American Freedom, apparently will go unprotected for the duration of the war because of wartime priorities. An appeal to the war production board for the release of necessary materials to construct an underground fire-and-bomb-proof shelter for the bell was turned down. "A second appeal to the WPB has not even been answered," according to Mayor Bernard Samuel. City officials condemned WPB recommendations that the bell be protected by sandbags or a concrete niche built in Independence hall where the bell stands as "impractical and unworthy of consideration." They expressed the opinion that a national shrine should have more than sandbags for protection. TT rp George Wharlon Pepper, Jr., the architect who designed the underground vault for the Liberty Bell, added that the WPB had refused priority ratings lo the project even SALLY'S SALLIES SUPPOSE. You KNOW K MEAKS "TO BE New Director of Philharmonic hough it was to be built of scrap material already on hand. "The York Safe and Lock company which would have built the vault, had the necessary material," 10 said. Pepper explained that if board ipproval ever is obtained, the vault ,vill be constructed under the site ·vhere the bell now stands facing :he south entrance of Independ- :nce hall. "Removing the bell to the vault n the event of an emergency ivould be simple," he said. "The jell and its original black walnut Tame and standard rest on a plat- 'orm elevator that could be lowered Into the ground. * * V "As the bell descended a section. of concrete flooring would slide over the shaft-opening sealing it 'rom the upper levels. When the bell reached the bottom of the shaft, it would slide over underground tracks into the vault under !he room In which the Declaration of Independence was signed." "Sixteen inches of concrete and steel would then protect the liberty bell against anything except the heaviest bomb hits," Pepper said. The cost of building the vault had been presented to the city ot Philadelphia by the Insurance Company of North America in commemoration of its 150th anniversary. At the presentation ceremony, John A Diemand. president o[ the company, said, "This historic belt is a rich heritage left to Americans to safeguard sacredly. There is immediate necessity to protect properly this most sacred of all relics o£ our nation's early struggle for freedom. We feel that no amount of sympathy or explanation could ever compensate the American people for any damage lo this outstanding symbol of American freedom and liberty." * * * Should enemy air raids force the moving of the Liberty Bell, it would be only the second time in the nation's history that such a step was made necessary. During the Revolutionary war, on Septl. 18, 1777, when the British army was about to occupy Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell was removed from the state house and taken to Allentown, Pa. It was hidden in Zion's church there until June 27, 1778, when it was returned to Philadelphia and rehung in the tower of Independence Hall. The bell remained in the tower until September, 1335, when it cracked while tolling a requiem for the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall. Shortly afterward it was placed on its present mounting. Now cracked from lip to crown, Ihc Liberty Bell which had "proclaimed liberty through all the land to all the inhabitant 1 ; thereof Is doomed lo silence but remains a perpetual shrine to American freedom and independence. By MAGLOPH little woo-woo in "Ice Capades ievue," the co-feature. Strand theater presents Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main in 'Jackass Mail," a frontier days Irama and "Mr. Bug Goes to "own," a technicolor cortoon, comedy, At the State theater will ba Harlenc Dietrich and Fred MacMurray in "The Lady Is Willing," comedy of errors about a kid- inped baby. Elizabeth Risdon, Aline MacMahon, Arline Judge ind David James are in the cast. "The Major and the Minor" at he Lake theater is succeeded by 'Flying Tigers," based on the ac- .ivities of the American votun- cer aviators in China, with John .Vayne, John Carroll and Anna Lee in the cast. MOVIE MENU L'ECIL--"Koad (o Morocco." PALACE--"Apache Trail" and "Ice Capades Revue." STRAND--"Behind the E i ^ h t Ball" and "Sunset Serenade" end Saturday. "Jackass Mail" and "Mr. Bug'Goes to Town" start Sunday. STATE--"Captains of the Clouds" and "Sine Your Worries Away" end Saturday. "The Lady Is Willing" starts Sunday. LAKE--(Clear Lake) "The Major and the Minor" end Saturday. "Flying Tigers" starts Saturday castaways, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Bing sells his friend into slavcry.aticl then conscience stricken attempts to rescue him. The old stage coach clays arc revived for ''Apache Trail" in which Lloyd Nolan and William Lunigan are featured with Donna Tteecl and Ann Ayars In the feminine leads. The Ice Capades company provides some fancy capering on skates, Jerry Colonna ant Vera Vague; some funning and Ellen Drew and Richard Denning CECIL 3 Thursday his department ha, been informed of 334 deaths com parcel with C01 In 1941. Iowa's re duction was 4.2 per cent bctte than the national average, Fischer reported. "The reduclion in speed, the increased number of persons welkin:.; and those riding bicycles and the number of older mode! vc- hicl on the road had a definite part in the type of accidents which occurred this year," the commissioner said. Iowa Revenue From Car Licenses Shows Half Million Decline DES MOINES, (JP) -- Iowa's revenue from motor vehicle licenses dropped nearly half a million dollars last year under the 1941 figure, state officials reported. Receipts for the year were $13,028,331, or .$449,110 under the previous year. The number of vehicles registered last year was 863,912, compared to S26.155 the previous year, a drop oC 62,243. Most of the drop was in Ihc number of passenger cars, which was down 57,157. The German battleship Bismarck was chased 1.750 miles before the royal navy sank her. Buy War Savings Bonfls and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. Dr. Artur Rodzinski. above, conductor of the Cleveland orchestra for the last 10 years, will become musical director and conductor of the New York Philharmonic-symphony orchestra at the conclusion of the current musical season. For the last tivo years the Neil' York orchestra has not had a regular conductor. Death Toll on Iowa Highways Showed 34 Per Cent Drop in '42 DES MOINES, W)--The death toll on Iowa's highways in 1942 dropped 34.2 per cent from the 1941 figure, Commissioner of Public Safely Karl W. Fischer reported. Reduced speed limits, effected to help in the nation's campaign to conserve rubcr, were credited with playing an important part in the stale's drive to save lives. Fischer said that at noon STERNIE STERNBERG TONITE and SUNDAY Late Bus Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. DANCE at RIVERSIDE BARN DANCE 725 North Kentucky SATURDAY, JAN. 2 Music by HAZEL and Her Band Admission SOc, Tax Incl. i OK UK! SHOWS NOW! ENDS MONDAY HAREM-SCAREM RIOT! Where there's Hope-~Th«re'» Crosby and Adm. Trices! (Informal) (Saturday) HUCK SHAFFER Holel Hanford Orchestra Dancing Only All Evening CA Person JVC Plus Tax Hotel Hanford LAST TIMES SAT. "BEHIND THE 8 BALL" The Kiiz Bros. "SUNSET SERENADE" Koy Rogers DICK TRACY SERIAL STARTS SUNDAY 2 TOP HITS! BEERY'S BEST! He's back in the saddle again! LATE SHOW EVERY SAT. NIGHT 10 P. M M O V I K S A K K VOI'K 1IKST ANI CHEAPEST ENTEIITAIX.MEXT! IS QUARANTINED THORNTON-- Elmer Chrislcn- ;cn, manager of the Sondergaard ?rodueo company, is quarantined bis home, suffering from scarlet fever. T\vo hundred and f i f t y thousand men of the British navy are en- iaged upon the Atlantic ocean. DANCE -- at -The Avalon Ballroom Manly, Iowa Saturday, Jan. 2 HAZEL AND HER BAND Tuesday, Jan. 5 THE SCANDINAVIAN ACCORDION BAND Admission 35c, Tax Incl. PALACE SAT. - MON. A HAILSTORM of m i r t h and music! -- and -GERONIMO HIDES AGAIN! WIlllAM IUNOIGAN LtOYO NOUN DONNA REED LATE SHOW SAT. KITE Tucs. - Wed. - Thurs. 2 ACTION HITS! WITHIH DONALD BAfcRY Wallace Beery Marjorie Mai* ,' -- AND -Paramount Tops Gulliver 'i Travel* LATE SHOW SAT. NITE ENDS - SATURDAY - "MAJOR AND MINOR" SUNDAY - MONDAY · and TUESDAY DEFENDERS! L A K E 'FREEDOM' (HOLD TIIK LIOX PLEASE) - CARTOON - NEWS Continuous Sunday 1 to II _ Kids lOc. Juniors Iflc, Adults SOc ENDS SAT.--JAMES CAGNEY in CAPTAIN OF THE CLOUDS

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