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8 Thursday, March 9/1944 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE TRY TO MAKE BERLIN USELESS Significance Seen in Dropping of Fire Bombs Washington, (U.R)--Military observers believed Thursday that the mounting allied air raids on Berlin may represent an experimental effort to force complete evacuation o£ the German capital. A possible clue to (he outcome of the stepped-up bombings--in which American planes have joined with 3 daylight raids in 5 days--was provided in reports from Stockholm and Berne saying that the nazi government was considering: Berlin's abandonment. Berlin has many vital war factories, many of which already have been damaged heavily in previous raids by the royal air force. The city's evacuation, however, would shut down these plants completely and rank as a trenlendous victory in the allied campaign against nazi war production. It was regarded as significant here, from the standpoint o£ making Berlin uninhabitable, that the attacking American flying fort- tresses and l i b e r a t o r s have dropped large amounts of incendiary bombs rather than employing solely the tactic for which they were primarily designed-precision bombing. If the American raids on Berlin were intended only to do further damage to war plants, it was said the biff bombers could have hecn more effective if they had usec their cargo space to cart big, high explosives over the city. Actually, however, the U. S daylight raiders dropped some 350,000 incendiary bombs over large areas, and the flames of the burning Berlin were seen as far as 250 miles away from the naz capital. Another reason for the stepped- up bombings is believed to be the desire by the allied command to destroy as much of the luttwaffe as possible over German proper thereby reducing the number o planes that the Germans can senc up to oppose a western European invasion. 'Brother Rat' Fights 'Rats' in Solomons By GEORGE E. JONES United Press Staff Correspondent Bougainville, (U.R)--Brother Rat is dodging Japanese snipers on Bougainville and manages to re. main as busy as ever these days. It's a long way from Broadway to Bougainville, but Playwright . John Monks, Jr., who wrote the stage hit based on his experience at military school, still thinks often--and longingly--of the theater. Monks and I chatted at a regimental command post, where he is considered one of the outstanding young officers of the marines who seized and held this beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay. He is now attached to the operations section, where he is entrusted with considerable responsibility for the success of this jungle campaign. Monks disclosed he hoped before long to write a play based l a r g e l y on the Bougainville campaign, describing the tough, rugged marines with whom he works. "You can't write a play under these conditions," he said, pointing to the surrounding expanse of tangled jungle foliage and swamp. "But if they ever shoot me out to some quiet, civilized place--I don't mean the states, necessarily--· where I can work for a week or 2, I'd like to write a play on what I've seen here." Monks is no "90-day wonder" among marine officers. He attended Virginia Military Institute, locale of his play, "Brother Rat," and entered the marine corps with a good military background. Monks, now a captain, belongs to a certain outfit that calls itself with considerable reason, "the best damn regiment in the United States Marines." This regiment spent 2S days "in the line," which means that for 26 consecutive days it held down a front line position. It participated in the battle of Cape Torokina, the battle of Koro- mokina River and' the battle of Cibik Ridge. One night, in the course of the latter action, Monks and I slept in the same, diipout near the front line. During the day we had been subjected to mortar fire, and both of us were dog-tired and nervous, Other observers and liaison officers drifted in until, before dusk there were 7 of us. Monks took command of the little group, assigned sleeping space in the narrow enclosure and as signed every man present, including this correspondent, to lookout TOYS We moke all kinds of TOYS our of wood. Write or phone for . . . . · WHOLESALE PRICES · FREE CATALOGUE Toys on sale in Mason City at the Boomhower Hdw. CANFIELD McCANN TOY COMPANY 2087thN.E. Mason City 2573-J in the KHAKI AND BLUE WhatThey ON 18 DAY LEAVE--Cpl. Kennelh Sweeney is home from Camp Stoneman, Cal., for an 18 day furlough visiting at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mantle Sweeney, 115 6th S. W. Cpl. Sweeney is on a hospital ship and has made 3 trips in the Pacific area. He will return to Camp Stoneman at the end of his furlough. His wife who has employment in V a n c o u v e r , Wash., is here during his visit. Cpl. Sweeney was formerly employed in the Globe-Gazette composing room. --V-- COMPLETES PKE-FLIGHT -Aviation Cadet Donald Frascr. son of Mrs. Irene Fraser, 1408 Hampshire place N. E., is home on an 18 day leave from Iowa City where he has just completed his pre-flight training in the navy V-5 program. Cadet Fraser will report to the Minneapolis naval air station for primary training at the end of his leave. Fraser was formerly employed in the Globe-Gazette mailing room. (Lock photo) PROMOTED IN ITALY--Lloyd C. Pederson, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Pederson, 1301 South Federal, has been promoted to the rank of corporal somewhere in Italy where he is now stationed, according to word received here. Cpl. Pederson entered the service in Feb., 1943. His wife, Mrs. Lcota Pcderson, is emjiloycd in Des Moincs. Are Doing duty for designated periods during the night. When some one persisted in drowsy gossip, or tried to light a cigaret that might give away our position to Jap snipers or scouts, Monks peremptorily issued orders that were obeyed unhesitatingly. Durinff Ihc day. he has carried reports or scouted the front under enemy fire. Brother Rat docs that as part of the usual duty of a marine officer.^In fact, it's doubtful if 95 per cent of his outfit would know about him in any way other than "Captain* Monks." As noted before, it's a long way from Broadway to Bougainville. y 2 SEEK OFFICE Greene--There is but one ticket in the field for members ot the local board of education. William McRoberts, whose term expires, is up for re-election, and John McRoberts is running for the other office. FRAMES MADE-TO-ORDER Any Size--Any Style Latest Mouldings RUSSELL PHOTO STUDIO Next J. C. Penney Co. Phone 2272 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * LT. JAMES W. MARTIN ENSIGN It. E. MARTIN CPL. LAWRENCE MARTIN MARTINS ARE ADVANCED--Two sons commissioned and one advanced to the rank ot corporal is the word received by Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Martin, 509 Jefferson N W about their 3 sons in the service. James \V. Martin received his commission as 2nd lieutenant at the AAF navigator training school at Hondo, Tex., on Feb 2G He and Mrs Martin and little son, Davy, are visiting his parents here and her parents, Mr. and Mrs' Carl Reiss, Charles City. They will leave Friday for Sioux City where Lt. Martin will continue his training. He enlisted in the services a little more than a year a«T ' R. E. Martin, who enlisted in the navy in January, 1938, and has been with the Pacific fleet since finishing his boot training at the Great Lakes, has recently been commissioned an ensign. Ensign Martin is now stationed at Los Angeles where he has been transferred to new construction duty. Lawrence Martin, marine, stationed at San Diego, Cal., has been advanced to-the rank ot corporal. Cpl. Martin is staff arranger for the Halls of Montexuma program in charge of the marine band and many.pieces composed and arranged by hin 1 ! are beint* played on the west coast. ' fa --y-Seaman Visits Home;' Other Yanks on Move Easle Grove--Robert Ostbloom, seaman 2c, who has been located at Farragut, Idaho, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ost- bloom, after completing his boot training.--Mrs. Nellie "Kauffman has received word that her son, Arlo Kauffman, had arrived in New Guinea.--Pfc. Lyle E. Midland is stationed at Hammer Field, near Fresno, Cal.--Lt. Lev/is Poo!, v/ho has been stationed in Chicago, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pool.--Sgt. Lewis Williamson has. arrived overseas in England, as per word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Williamson.--Robert Jensen, naval aviation student, who is attending De Pauw university at Greencastle, Ind., visited for a few clays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shurson. y Sends Poem Clipped From Army Paper Pvt. W. C. Bradbury, now sta- ioned somewhere in England, j sends a clipping from the Stars nnd Stripes, army daily published : n London. The "poem" was writ- en by a J. P. Gilles, yeoman 2/c. Fellow servicemen sending Gillcs' verses to the publication all agreed that his version of "Hitler's Prayer" was "worth sending." Pvt. Bradbury's wife and children here are making their home with her mother, Mrs. C. D. Sharpc, 1316 Jersey N. E- The verses follow: HITLER'S PRAYER Oh Rod. who are in Heaven, raise Thy holy, hand a [id lie El; And 'stand; at strict attention as Ocr fuehrer prays awhile. You have listened to the others till my face is in a rut-Don't You know that a l l i e d prayers are but stupid soulllebut? Oh Lord, please curse the Russians for Iheir most unholy stn. They won't accept our culture, and t h e y kill my supermen. Mem Gott: How can You sil there and witness sneh disgrace? Don't You realize that Germans constitute the master race? Please curse the haled Yankees, who have kicked my men around; Who made an ass of Rummer, making me look l i k e a eta w it. ' -Stop t h e i r steady, sure at van cine; You could do it if You M oitTd. Strip thetr shipping anil product i n n ; I routd tin it if I couhl. Why help the Mnody E n g l i s h , ulio have sinned against You so; Who rive (he Jews protection, which I think is pretty Ion-. Their .tins are too enormous and too numerous to tell-The beer they make is sin enough to scorch the gates of Hell, The RAF is hombin? every day and every night. They can't do that to Hermans because it isn't rijrht. So please deslroy London, which I tried so hard lo do. You could do it w i t h an earthquake or a hurricane or two. Oh fini. I've tried In help Y o u ; nrnv it's. ttmc (hat You hclpett inc. I have punished rjuicli anil justly, jii-,t as You would h i v e it b r. See what I did lo 1'olaml, who hart j-inncd so hard and Ion;; i wan line; independence, which You know is very wrong. My justice at Lidice wa* Tike Ihc vrrv hand of God. I murdered every heathen and reduced the place lo sort. They killed my favorite hangman, and il must have made You sad- Cut I killed the whole damn vill.ncc, and lhat must have made You «lad. Now God You must act quickly to correct Your bij: mistake. For I'm reiiinp out of p a t i e n c e at the choree Yon seem to make. It is true You are Ihc Holy, but I also am the great, And for Your better interest You must now co-operate. Of Thee I ask but l i t t l e -- j u s t to rule this H t l l e earth And every man upon U from the moment of his b i r t h . Let me have him every moment till there is no longer breath-I w i l l boss, him w h i l e he's l i v i n g ; Yoi can have him after dealh. If You don'l I'm oul lo set You; an before Your very eyes T will send: my l u f l w a f f c shooting .in raise Hell w i t h i n the *kie« So my lovely prayer is ended, and 1 hop il sinks right in: For it i* not prop-icand*. so f l e i l H i t l r r . I.orrf. Amcu. Left Mason City Same Day and Were Friends During Boot Training Ralph Leaman, soundman 3/c-, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Leaman, 1004 Monroe N. W., writes from the New Hebrides that he had the thrill of his life there recently when he ran into a pal or his in a wasli room at his station. The "pal" is Waller Ortman, Jr.. fireman 1/c, from Charles City. Friendship between the 2 boys sprang up when the both happened to leave from Mason City on the same day and went to Farragut, Idaho, for their boot training. The boys were separated following completion of their boot training when Leaman went to San Diego, Cal.. to attend a sound school and had not seen each other until this recent meet- Soundman Leaman says that he enjoys the New Hebrides and ince meeting his friend there, everything is "perfect." He entered the service on the day he was graduated from high school icre last spring. His present rating was received when ho completed the c o u r s e at the sound school in San Diego. --V-Meets Pal in New Hebrides Where He Is Now Stationed RALPH LEAMAN Soundman Silver is the best metallic conductor of heat and electricity. Whereabouts Pvt. Jack Shcpard. son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh II. Shcpard. 115 10th N. W.. has started his marine training at recruit depot, marine 'barracks, Parris Island. N. 'ar., according to word received here. Shepard was inducted July 1 at Purdue, where he took his basic training. Kenneth Kowe. sou of Mr. and Mrs. Jean Rowc, route ·!. who enlisted in the navy recently, is now stationed at the Great Lakes for his boot training. Pfc. Lelanfl L. Wilson has returned to Camp Hnan, Cal., following-a 14 day furlough here visiting his mother, Mrs. Lester Wilson, 2332 21st S. W. Donald M. Huff, 17, senior in the high school here, is now wearing the blue and silver wings of future army aviation cadet, having successfully qualified for enlistment in the reserve curps of the army air forces, according to an announcement from the ~Des Moincs aviation cadet examining board. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Huff, 828 6th S. W. Glenn A. Beyer, seaman 1/c. has gone to Bremerton, Wash., following a 28 day leave spent with his wife and son at 4DB 5th S. E. Seaman Beyer entered the service in Sept., 1942, and received his boot training nt the Great Lakes. He has been on active duty aboard a destroyer in the south Pacific for the last !0 months. Fraiik .1. Shcchy, son of Sir. and Mrs. F. W. Shechy, -113 2nd N. W., has successfully qualified for t r a i n i n g as an aviation cadet with the army air forces, according tc announcement by the DCS Moines army aviation cadet examining board. Sheehy is a graduate of the Clear Lake high school and has been employed as a collector of internal revenue at Des Moincs. Pvt. Marvin S. Pelcr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Peter, Swale- dale, is now stationed in the Hawaiians. He has participated in engagements in the Aleutians and Marshall islands and holds the Sharpshooters and Good Conduct medals, also the Pacific Asiatic campaign medal. Pvt. Peter entered the service in AUK.. 1942, and is with the field artillery. Dcmus W. Grippcn, apprentice seaman, son of Mrs. D. W. Grippen, 125 10th N. W., is now at the Great Lakes taking boot training. Before entering the service February, Grippcn was with the Grippen Wholesale Paper company here. His wife lives at 37 River Hcighls drive. ! Sgt. N. E. ".lack" Milroy has ! SODC to Ardmorc. Okla.. a f t e r s p e n d i n g a short furlough, w i t h I relatives and friends in Mason AT FORT SAM HOUSTON -- Cpl. Sidney C. Ingraham, son of Mr. and Mrs. \V. F. Ingrahara, 111!) 1st X. W., is now stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., with a railway operating battalion. Cpl. Ingrahiim entered the service in October 1S43. and took his bit-it- training at New Orleans. La. He is a graduate of the Mason Cily high school and junior colleg,c and attended the University of Illinois. At the time he was called into the service, he had been a year with the transportation department of the war produclion board at Washington. D. C. Before that he had been employed by the Milwaukee railroad in Chicago and in the trainmaster's office at Mason City. He had also served as general agent for Ihe General American Railway Kcfrigeralion company. U- K. T.. in Iowa, parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Cpl. Ingraham's wife is in Washington. D. C., engaged by the government in the treasury department. Y Charles City Airman Gets Air Medal Award Charles Cily--2nd Lt. Thomas J. Campbell, pilot on a Liberator, has been awarded the air medal somewhere in England, it was announced by Brig. Gen. James P. Hodges. The award was for "exceptionally meritorious achievement while in 5 separate bomber combat missions over enemy occupied continental Europe." His parents arc Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Campbell, Charles City. --V-Our liberty depends on the frecdpm of the press, and t h a i cannot be limited without being lost.--Thomas Jefferson (1786). City. This was his first visit home since entering the service in Oct. 1S142. He is the son of Mrs. Glen Milroy, 415 oth S. W. K. E. PETERSON, Baker 2/c SGT. IRVING PETERSON- FIRST MEETING SINCE OCT., 1941-- Sgt. Irving C. Peterson and his brother, Robert E. Peterson, baker 2/c, met, when here on a visit at the same time recently, for the first time since Oct., 1941. Robert entered the service in Dec., 1941, and Irving, shortly after. They are 2 of the 5 sons of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Peterson, 1131/i East State, in the service. Irving, who had a 15 day furlough, has returned to his station at Fort Funston, Cal., and Robert, here for 10 days, has gone back to Newport, R. I. PREFERS EING--James Mc- Laughlm, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. 15. McLaughlin, 113 5th S. W., formerly employed in the composing room of Ihc Globe- Gazette, writes the "gang" there that it has been quite some time since he has received any mail. "U'e are all wondering who ivon the song duel between Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra," he says, and adds that it had better he Bing. or "you can give the States back to the Indians." "We have a great time eating," he writes. "Instead of going in and sitting down at the table, «-e just jump aboard one as it comes by and we don't even have to ask for things to be passed as we know that the shelf at the other end of the table will come sliding past any minute." lie also says that he doesn't think too much of dehydrated foods. McLauehlin is on a cruiser in the Pacific. V Cadets of Air Corps to Leave U Iowa Cily--Those veterans of the campus, the army air corps pre-moteoroiogy cadets, will leave the University of Iowa Saturday after a year of study nnd no replacements for the unit will arrive. They were the first service trainees to come to the university, for their program in "C" section opened in March, 1943. Because air corps requirements have been met, the program is being closed. In recognition of their work, the university will hold its 3rd military convocation Saturday at 10 n. m. when certificates will be presented to some 155 men. Dr. Harry G. Barnes, university registrar, has been named convocation speaker. The ceremony is open to the public. In previous military convocations, certificates were given in January to 556 ASTP cadets and in November to 200 prc-mctcorol- ogists of the "B" group. --y_ HOLD SPELLING TEST Hutchins--Orthcl township's annual spelling contest for rural pupils will be held at the Hutchins schoolhouse Friday evening. It will be a featured part of the Farm Bureau program. Lunch will follow the Farm Bureau session and contest. Modern MPs Not Jokes of Ribald Song By RUSS GREEN United Press Staff Correspondent Philadelphia. U.R--The MP's aren't behind the lines--not in this man's war. -Sons of the veterans ot World war I--those swashbuckling, spi- ral-puttecd, hob-nailed men of the Manic who kept marching cadence by lustily singing ambiguous, often libclous and always Rabelaisian verses on how the MP spent his time "20 miles back and 30 feet underground"--have a different tale to "tell. You can fake il from G. I. Joe himself, the Genus Military Police of the present war is a combat troop of the first order, anil a decent fellow. He's in (he MP's because Intelligence listed him as a cool cliaji untlcr fire, a bit of a diplomat, and a soldier who can keep law and order with a lot of courage for when the going is tougrh. It's a new army nnd a new MP, made so by special courses conducted for every battalion of military police in training. An example is the recent turning of Philadelphia's scenic Fairmont Park into u beachhead. Every phase of a landing, from an MP standpoint, was enacted. Similarly throughout the country, the MP's learn by doing. No longer is the MP labeled a headquarters snooper with a penchant for cracking soldiers on leave over the head with a billy. The chances are. the MP on foreign service is just out of the lines himself, or just off a beachhead where much of Ihc success of the operation depended on his ability to direct traffic, duck shells and keep communication lines from snarling. _ Or, maybe he's lying reflectively on a hospital cot, direct from some crossroads where a shell banged before it whizzed. Crossroads, the fighting men tell you. arc the bane ot a soldier's existence and contribute greatly to his nonexistence. Every enemy artilleryman knows their exact location. Time after time, they chuck over a shell just for luck, in the hopes that it might land on a jeep, a truck, in the middle of a marching column, or just on the back of someone's nock. It's the MP's job to be out there on the crossroad, a permanent clay pigeon and a living bulls-eye, to keep supply lines open, reinforcements and replacements moving in the right direction, and rear traffic out of the way of an advance. It's a long, gruelling program that makes an MP, a traming couise that includes as many problems as any other combat troop, lie practices judo, preparing for either the little brown brother or the super-race. He digs foxholes, mounts machine guns, practices with the tommy-gun, learns traffic direction and is a bit of a commando with a blue and white brassard. He docs his setting-up and pushing-up exercises, studies motor transport problems, digs deeply into the science of maprcading, guards lines of communications, collects and guards prisoners of war, and learns where to send command cars, scout cars and lines of armament. He studies radio to keep in touch with head- Two Former Goodell Men Rise in Army Goodell--The war department innounced promotions of 2 former Joodell boys. Capt. Raphael' Kernan is now major. He has been 11 Europe the past 21 months. Mrs. Kernan and 3 year old daughter, Jeanne, live in Des Moines where Mrs. Kernan is 1st grade teacher in the Longfellow school. Dr. John Miller has been promoted to lieutenant colonel and is serving in various places in Africa. His wife, Dr. Lenore Miller, is serving her interneship in Albany N. Y. The Globe-Gazette is redoubling its efforts to obtain complete information about every serviceman in Mason City and Ccrro Gordo county for its files. When you call at the Globe-Gazelle newsroom for your flag, you are not only paying tribute to your son or husband but you are giving us valuable information about him in the most accurate way possible. This information will become part of a permanent record of the servicemen of this community. Return postage should accompany written request for these free flags. IONIA AVIATOR 1 NAZI PRISONER S. Sgt. Mark Meyer Had Been Listed Missing I o u i a -- Mrs. M a r k Meyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wright of Ionia, received word from her husband, S. SB'. Mark Meyer, stating that he is in a prison camp in Germany. The sergeant reports he is uninjured and well. He has been missing since Dec. 20 when he went on a mission flight over Germany. He was a turret gunner and first engineer on a bomber plane. Sergeant Meyer is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Meyer of Bassett. Tail Gunner Loses Life in Pacific Decorah--Winneshiek c o u n t y mourns its 13th Gold Star hero in Sgt. Lester K. Ellingson, news of whose death in the Pacific area reached his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Harry Ellingson Sunday. Few details are known regarding the circumstances of his death. It occurred somewhere in the south Pacific. Lester was a tail gunner on a bomber. Ho went overseas a year ago last February after being trained in this country. His parents always heard from him regularly and just recently had received letters. In addition to his parents he is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Irvin Iverson of Canoe; Hazel and Norma. at home, and one brother, Vernon, also at home. Lester visited home last in November. quarters, with troops ahead and with troops in the rear. He learns camouflage, and he learns how to take over a hostile town. The art of quelling anything from a 2-man fight to a free-for- all is just another course on his program. He knows how to tread" his way through a captured village, lornmy-gun at the ready, with intent to polish off any sniper. He know how to clean city streets in an emergency. His reward for lone, painful months of rigorous training is the Tight to land with the first wave of attackers. Then he sets up his post and keeps the second, third and fourth waves going: in the right direction. In this war, he's done it at Guadal', at Oran, on Sicily, at Salerno, at Tarawa and in the Marshalls. And he won't be satisfied until he's done it on the invasion coast of France. There, probably the Mademoiselle from Armentieres won't recognize him. He's a changed guy. · Royal Doulton · Wedgwood · Haviland v · Minton Bone China WATCHES DIAMONDS 12 EAST STATE iom where I sit.. Ay Joe Marsh We had a real old-time church supper the other night- Bert Chllders played the fiddle, and the ladies brought refreshments. Of course, we missed the boys who were away--but all in all it was mighty pleasant. Only sour note was Doc McGinnis. "Sharks," says Doc, "we oughtn't to bn cnjojin' ourselves when · American soldiers are over there light in' a war." Now from where I sit, Doc's absolutely wrong. All of us arc: working overtime to help the war. We've got our worries and troubles. It's a mighty good thing we can relax with a little wholesome enjoyment And I believe it's what the men over there would have us do... keep up the little friendly customs they remember - like the evening get-togethers, having a glass of beer with friends, and all the little pleasures they look forward to enjoying. No. 79 of a Scries Copyrigld, 1944,

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