The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on December 17, 1943 · Page 13
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Iff ,1- Yanks Borough Soldier Joins Texans in Landing Thrust By WILLIAM C. WILSON With Naval Escort OH Arawe, Dec. 15 (U.R During the long evening hours before the landing, the American boys aboard this destroyer transport ate, sang and played cards as if they were on a pleasure cruise rather than about to risk their lives in the invasion of New Britain. Most of them were Texans and lthough they were spoiling for the fight ahead you never would have known It as they sat on deck in the " darkness listening to Pvt. James Chennault plunking a guitar and '' tinging cowboy songs. "Now play us something really sad," asked Pic. Farish Chaney, sarcastically as Chennault finished the strains of "Goodby Little Darling." 'Whistle While They Work' Chennault broke into "Pretty Little Red Wing" and former ranchers Sgt. J. B. Farris and Pfc. . Nat McCoy, joined in the chorus. Then I asked McCoy what he would most like to be doing at that moment. "Well," he said, "Id like to be right where I am getting ready to smack some Japs. But next I d like to be in Amarillo getting ready to go to the wrestling matches." It was time to eat and apparently the4 tension hurt no one's appetite. We had hot weiners, sauerkraut, beets, potato salad, crackers and iced tea. ' Non-Texans among our group on the deck included Sgt. Charles Brown, 1854 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. They admitted they were just outsiders who had been shanghaied but they said they fast were becoming converted to Texas ways. Would Like to See Dodgers Brown agreed that a good steak would hit the spot at the moment but most of all. he said, he'd like "to see them Brooklyn bums play gain." Most of the men turned In after the meal. Up on the bridge Commander James Willis discussed the next day's operations with Lt. Commander Frank D. Schwartz. In the dimly-lit ward room, Marine Capt. William S. Laird, unit commander, went over landing plans for the last time with his officers. As the officers left the ward loom, one of them spied a pair of dice lying on a table. He gave them a roll and they came up seven. It was the right roll, it turned out, as cur mission seizure of an enemy radio station on Pilelo Island was accomplished quickly and with minimum casualties. Queens Officer Commands 'Duck' In Arawe Attack Ralph C. Teatsurth, United Press correspondent, was the only American war correspondent to go ashore on New Britain Island with the he following dispatch, he gives in he following dispach, he gives in diary form the details of the invasion. ' By RALPH C. TEATSORTH With 6th Army at Arawe, Dec. 15 (U.R) I had a box seat for the New Britain invasion and the box was lull of hand grenades. ' Perched on that explosive bit be-iide the driver of an amphibious "duck," a sea-going, armed truck, I went ashore in the first vehicle to leave our ship. Only the calmness of the men around me kept my nerves steady and embled me to keep this record of the start of the biggest show so t,t&r in the Pacific war: 2 a.m. All officers and men of the invading forces were awakened. No one got much sleep. The ship's skipper sent this message: "Best of luck . . . And hope we will have the pleasure of having you with us again, especially on the trip back to the States and home with this war a memory." 4 a.m. Into the duck commanded by 1st Lt. Donald iver of 84-51 Beverly Road, Km Gardens, Long Islart, N. Y. Us Brand New Weapon , 4:30 a.m. Our duck left the ship. We led the entire amphibious force. Buffaloes amphibious tanks were Just behind, then troop-carrying alligators. Our Job was to fire on the beaches just before the Buffaloes changed. Our weapon cant be described. It never has beei.' used before. 5 a.m. The south coast of New Britain was silhouetted in bright moonlight ahead. Behind u s paraded amDhibians as far as I could see. Five miles ahead was Pilelo Passage and Arawe Harbor. 5:30 a.m. Heavy gunfire started cn the south coast where Commandos were trying to land. 6:16 a.m. Our warships miles offshore began great barrage. Huge bursts of fire broke in brilliant flashes in the sky. The navy boys have the range. 6:42 a.m. Fire from the ships ceased, and we saw the first signs .of the morning sun as we started our run into the Passage. Our planes appeared. 'We Open Fire' 7:08 a.m. Our duck and one behind headed into shore. We opened lire. 7:14 a.m. Firing ceased and Beaver called, "Nice going gang." His hands were bleeding from cutting obstructing wire. The Buffaloes raced to the beach, rolled onto it and fanned out. 9 a.m. Japanese Zeroes appeared. We hit the dirt behind a palm tree. Ack-ack batteries got two Japanese planes. Bombs from them kicked up geysers In the harbor but their Him was lousy. Noon Lt. Col. P. L. Hooper of Dallas, Texas, announced the Yanks rieve taken practically all their first Objectives. Sang Before the Invasion mm IF . A FLAT-TOP IN BATTLE Scene on board navy airplane carrier Saratoga in midst of raid against Japanese base of Rabaul. In foreground, a Douglas (Dauntless) dive bomber is checked over before taking off. Behind it another plane taxis to a stop, propeller still whirling. In background another returning plane is about to hit the deck. Brooklyn's Local Pride Reminds Englishman of the Folks at Home An Englishman "looked at Brooklyn" yesterday, and from a British viewpoint paid it a high compliment. Geoffrey Bridson, British Broadcasting Company writer-pro-, ducer, gathering material for his broadcast tomorrow on "An Englishman Looks at Brooklyn," said: "Brooklyn is more English than any section I have visited in America. There is the same strong local patriotism, definite opinions, and the satisfaction in being a Brook-lynite completely apart from being an American or even a New Yorker." The attitude of Brooklynites, he said, is like the story told about England when trans-channel travel, between the British Isles and the continent, was paralyzed for a time. British newspapers carried the smug headline, "Continent isolated." The Englishman covered the borough from all points, choosing characters for his show. He talked to 'TooMany Saloons Says LaGuardia Tavern owners and brewers and distillers have been added to Mayor LaGuardia's public list of "hates." He told a conference of 150 members of the Clergy Association in Masonic Hall, 71 W. 23d St., Manhattan, he "loathes" the people who have to do with strong drink. The products they make and sell have broken up more homes than gambling, he observed. "There are too many saloons in the city and the number should be reduced. Drink is the curse of many homes," he told the clergymen. Then he explained 'hat when he was a Congressman he showed the public how to make beer without violating the Volstead law only because he was fighting the terrible evils that accompanied prohibition. "I suppose," he added, "that some loud-mouthed, irresponsible politicians will now say that LaGuardia is a bluenose. But I loathe politicians, too." MARTIN'S, OPEN FROM 9:30 A.M. TILL t. v sill fLwy I'UlHitiiMi.it'i'iimiiniilliiimBi'lwi l::lMi!il"'llllfliV.!liriiill!!m!!,"i)r!Hf!"(iHL(lMiitilniit'' i .iiriii'iiiiiniMiit a cop on his beat, to a cab driver in his taxi, to a housewife, kids, war plant workers, a luncheonette proprietor, a Dodger fan lie found all Brooklynites are Dodger fans), discovered a barber shop quartet and in-between-times bought himself a new hat. 'In the English Manner' "Jeff cameto Brooklyn hatlcss, although he brought with him all sorts of other equipment, such as an engineer, a microphone for testing suitability of voices, a camera, a script-writer, a photographer, and a young lady assistant. He discovered that Brooklyn doesn't readily trust a man without a hat. so he decided to buy himself one. He wanted a hat that looked like Brooklyn. He tried on a great number of them, and finally, well pleased with his choice, left the store. Later, examining the lining, he read, with amusement, the label, Soldier Rewed Contrary to Law Calls on Bar Group to Solve Woes Few laymen know that the guilty spouse In a New York divorce can remarry only after a lapse of three years and with specific Strpreme Court authorization. When one remarries in New York two years after being divorced here and further complicates the situation by advising the marriage license clerk and the Catholic priest who performs the ceremony that it is his first marriage, he is truly in a pickle. A Brooklyn soldier in that mess has Just appealed to the Brooklyn Bar Association. Married here originally in an Episcopal service in 1935, he was divorced by his first wife in 1940. As his service record contained the history of his first marriage, his application for soldier's allowance and allotment to his second wife, now an expectant mother, was disapproved by army officials on the ground that the second marriage was bigamous and void. "Apparently wildly in love with Miiiiinmimi iHi:!"'Hli'ir"'"' yiimiiliie'Hn'i'iim;. 1 'rt'. r,' which read: "Styled in the English manner." Patrolman Wilfred Paquette, who lives at 1551 E. 34th St., will typify the Brooklyn cop (according to Bridson. he is just like the English "bobbie") on the program. Bridson talked to him while he was directing traffic. The cab driver, Abe Smith of 2079 E. 7th St., who "expects to live and die in a taxi," sounds like the London hdYkie to the Britisher, except for his accent. A trip to Gerritsen Beach, where the Londoner got a real taste of below-zero weather, produced Mrs. Anne Orlando, Red Cross worker and housewife. Father Confessor and Adviser Harry Sheer, the man behind the counter, at Harry's Luncheonette at 299 Utica Ave., proved to be the neighborhood's father confessor and legal adviser. Sheer was graduated from New York Law School, passed his bigamo'is bride and slowly going mad as a result of his dilemma, this soldier had borrowed himself heavily into debt to provide for her before he appealed to us," explained Murty O'Connor, chairman of the association's committee which provides free legal aid for Brooklyn servicemen. "Trusting that the Supreme Court would be indulgent because he was in the service, he might pl"id ignorance of the law and : ek.a remarriage order now." Mr. O'Connor continued, "but disclosure of the original Episcopal marriage would preclude a Catholic remarriage until he could obtain a Catholic annulment of the Episcopal mttrriaiie, a long-drawn process if successful. "We have advised this soldier to remarry his bride by civil ceremony in any State other than New York, as such civil marriage will be recognized as valid by the War Department and by every State in the Union, including New York. We 9 TONIGHT TAKE THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK but just to see the label! Take a good look at the mark of our Gentlemen's Corner, there, then come and get him more of same for Christmas! That way, you know you're not only buying what he'd choose himself, but also where he'd choose it! The white broadcloth beauty, sketched, with our own specially fine brand of tailoring, $2 ADDED ATTRACTION, a hand-tome Arrow Tie of rayon twill, hand tailored, of course! w hi unmtmi'mimiin'iiiii r rimm wmniimn tin "n nrm'W'W s. his bar examinations, but never practiced law because right after Pearl Harbor his brothers, who ran the shop, were drafted and he took over the business. Others who will be heard on the air include: Silvia Levine of 37 Hooper St., a switchboard operator; Jimmy Donahue of 36 Kew York Ave., a shipfitter in Brooklyn Navy Yard; Paula Zeiner of 743 Stone Ave., drill press operator in a war plant; Ethelinda Rossman of 413 Christopher Ave., a stenographer; Melvin Hummel of 477 Saratoga Ave., Lennie Mertuta of 593 Stone Ave. and Kenneth Lee of 102 Taps-cott St., who are just "Brooklyn kids." Sidney Ascher, president of the Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn, will also appear on the program. Bridson was assisted by Hyde Partnow, a Brooklynite and radio writer, in gathering material. also have advised him to make a clean breast of the whole business to his bride and after the new civil ceremony to apply for a Catholic Church annulment of his first marriage. Possessed of strong religious convictions, his bride will never regard him as her husband until they are remarried in the Catholic Church." Dime Comes in Egg Sanbornville, N. H. (U.R) Mrs. Albert Shortr'-'3 ' 't wc ; !ng so much now about the high price of eggs. When she broke one in a frying tnn recently, a dime fell out. DECEMBER, 1903.., A Standard Oil Company ( N ew Jersey) refinery supplied the gasoline for the Wright Brothers' history-making Kitty Hawk flight. WEATHER FRONT HAS GOOD NEWS, FLU LEVELS OFF City More Cheerful, Too, at Fuel Shortage Grows No Worse Gradually rising temperatures, an indicated leveling off in the spread .of colds and influenza, and the fuel shortage, said to be still acute but not getting any worse, today represented three 'good reasons why New Yorkers could be a little more cheerful. What's more, doctors say the prevalent illness a head cold, with a little temperature technically is not influenza but catarrhal fever. "Cat fever," it has come to be known, because of the abbreviated reference to it as "cat" on hospital charts. The increase in the malady was viewed as "not alarming" by City Health Commissioner Ernest L. Stebblns, who said reports from groups covering 74,000 New York workers indicated an absentee rate for respiratory ailments of 1.13 percent for yesterday. This was compared with 1 percent Wednesday and 1.4 percent Tuesday. The change in the city public schools was slight. An estimated 10 to 11 percent of pupils and 8 to 9 percent of teachers were absent because of the flu. In Yonkers all schools were to close today because of the flu and coal shortage, and would remain closed until Jan. 4. Tonight Not as Cold With a trend to warmer weather With a trend to warmer weather tonight will not be as cold as last night. The overnight low of 18 degrees was registered at 7 a.m. By noon the mercury had risen to 25. Plenty of snow has been reported as still on the ground below the Mason-Dixon line. The city Health Department yesterday received 1.529 complaints of cold apartments. In only 154 of these cas was a lack of coal found. Qty Fuel Administrator Edwin A; Salmon said the coal supply In local yards was much beter than earlier in the week. The pinch of the fuel shortage was beginning to be felt by railroads and other major coal users, particularly large apartment and business buildings using steam sizes. Empire State Dive Of Discharged Vet Mystifies Police The motive that prompted a man, partially identifed as William Lloyd Rambo, 22, a discharged gunner's mate, to take a swan dive from the parapet on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building is still a mystery to police. It was not an accidental fall, according to Mrs. Benjamin Sriberg of 47 Wessex Road, Newton, Mass., who was in the observation restaurant with her 9-year-old son, Bobby. She said that Rambo (if that was his name) walked out to the observation deck, tossed away a cigarette, scrambled to the top of the protecting wall, held his arms aloft and dove into space. His body hit a building on the other side of W. 32d St., caromed off and landed between two parked automobiles. The jump was witnessed by Donald P. Lallemant of 1551 Franklin Ave., Mineola, from the window of his office on the 25th floor of the Engineers Building, four blocks away at 261 5th Ave. Wilbur and Orville Wright STANDARD OIL COMPANY NEW JERSEY) BROOKLYN EAGLE, FRIDAY, Nuns Aid Research x SISTER IMMACULATE re-jSISTLR ANTHILIA, at St. moves penicillin from vacuum! John's University research sealed ampule preparatory to laboratories, studies action of making penicillin salve. penicillin under microscope. Grow Healing Drug At St. John's as Aid To the War Effort The vital healing drug, penicillin, is being produced from broths, vegetables, eggs, meats and other foodstuffs in increasing quantities in the research laboratories of St. John's University, 75 Lewis Ave., officials of the university announced today The penicillin has been produced from innoculaled foods containing carbohydrates, proteins and salts. Production of the drug in the Brooklyn institution came as a result of research work by three nuns studying in the university's graduate school Sister Immaculate, Sister Jean Agnes and Sister Anthilia, Boro Musee Gets Back Art From War Cache A "large group" of the Brooklyn Museum's most valuable art ob jects have been returned to the mu seum from secret wartime storage outside the city, where they had been placed in the same repository with works of art of the city and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The borough museum's announcement follows by a short time the revelations by Mayor LaGuardia that 82 paintings had been restored to City Hall and by Metropolitan Museum officials that paintings are being returned there. The majority of the art objects coming back to the Brooklyn Mu Youth Counseling Service To Combat Delinquency Terming Juvenile delinquency "one of the most alarming trends In American life today," Archbishop Salute DECEMBER, 1943... Standard Oil Company (New 'Jersey) refineries have to date supplied the 100-octane aviation super fuel for one in every four combat planes of the U.S.and GreatBrjiaie. DECEMBER 7, 1943 13 Penicillin in Borough all Sisters of St. Joseph teaching in Brooklyn Catholic high schools. Soon Available to Civilians They undertook the penicillin research work eight months ago under supervision of Prof. Edward J. Keegan, chairman of the university's department of biology, as a contribution to the war effort. The quantities of the drug thus far produced have been used exclusively for still further research work. But it is expected, said the announcement, that "not only will the drug soon be available for civilian use but that in time it will be as cheap as insulin." Results of the experiments have already shown, according to Professor Keegan, that "penicillin can be secured from almost any innoc-ulated edible foodstuff. The solid foods used by the nuns in their experiments included beef, egg yolks, egg white, potato flour, whole wheat flour and brown sugar." seum will not be placed in the regular galleries, but will be placed in a special storeroom in what was described as the safest part of the institution. Prom time to time, however, selected works will be placed on exhibition in the main entrance hall. The first of these shows will be one of early American portraits, to open May 25. Officials at the museum also announced that a collection of Homer and Sargent water colors had been withdrawn from the repository in August and now forms the basis of an exhibition traveling throughout the country. Francis Spellman of Manhattan has anonunced the organization of the Youth Counseling Service of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which he will head. The service will be staffed by case workers, supervised by Margaret Shea. y ll fi5 3 iA

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