The Iola Register from Iola, Kansas on January 24, 1945 · Page 1
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THE lOLA REGISTER state Historical Society Co;:;u. VOLUME XLVIII No. 76 The Weekly Eeguiter, EsteblUhed 1867: The loU Daily Resuter, Eatabliihed 1897. lOLA, KAS., WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 24, 1945. SnceeMor to The lols Daily Begister, The lola Daily BAeoid, and lola Daily liidez. SIX PAGES Fan Out In Push On Manila Yanks Less Than Ten Miles From Airstrips Of Clark Field; Japs May Stand at Bamban By RICHARD BEROHOLZ Gen. MacArthur'.s Head- quartdrs, Luzon, Jan. 24. (AP)—Yank patrols operated today near Clark Field whose 13 highly-prized airstrips are less than 10 miles beyond the front lines of the Manila-bound 14th army corps. Maj. Gen. Oscar W. GriswoWs columns took cover at limes while enemy artillery positions were si' lenced on the approaches to Bam­ ban town, already smoking from American air and field gun attacks. Six iniles beyond Bamban is the maze of runways, hangars, shops and barracks which constitute one of Luzon's biggest military prizes. Spencer. Davis, Associated Press war correspondent with the 40th division, said in a field dispatch that "waves of American infantrymen" were moving cautiously across vegetable fields toward Bamban. May Make Stand Here The Japanese may make their stand along the natural defense line of the Bamban river, last barrier to Clark field. That U at a point 58 miles south of the January 9 landings by five Yank divisions and other elements along Ligayan Gulf, and well over half way to Manila. Tuesday GrLswoId's men slowed their big southward push while they fanned out arouxid burned and captured Capas. One force swung nine miles west through hill country and occupied deserted Camp ODonnell to which the Japanese had put the torch. The doughboys came upon plots overrun with waist-high wild grass, except where flames had swept, containing the graves of at least 4,000 Filipinos and scores of Amerl- can.s. To tlic southeast of Capa;;, a Yank I column which captured Bantu Monica Monday drove five miles southwest yesterday to take Concepclon In ft Une-sti'alghtening operation. Plug On In North Near Rosario on the extreme end of the American position along Lingayen Gulf, the 158th Regimental combat team and 43rd Division carried a rldge-to- rldge fight well into the second week. Elsewhere on the left flank, the First Corps of Maj. Gen. Innis P. Swift scored successes. South of Rosario, his men seized 2,000 tons of enemy ammunition, and six artillery pieces while wiping out a Japanese force on Mt. Alnva. This artillery had been pinning down American columns moving north along the rugged route to Baguio, probable headquarters of Japanese leaders. Air Raids On Borneo Oil Fields Pay Off With the 14th Corps on the Road to Manila, Jan. 24. (AP)— Note to the boys in the 13th airforce down in The Netherlands' Indies: It looks from here as thongh those mnrderons raids yon made on Balikpapan and other Borneo oil centers Iiave paid off. The Nipponese here on Lozon seem to be fresh oat of gasoline. Not siiice the first nights of tlie Lincayen gulf landing have tlic Japanese been able to pnt a sliable air strike in the sky. Conriderbair that their fields aren't 15 minutes flying away from our units, tliat looks as if ttiere are either no planes or no gasoline. It 19 not likely that tliey are completely out of planes and most observers think it must l>e that they have no gasoline. And because the Borneo fields are the nearest to the Philippines it looks a.H though yon were the guys who turned of the spigot. f Still Hopes For Hospital T. H. Bowlus Deeds Site To Sisters of St. Joseph On Condition New Institution Be Built Isaacs Hear from Son, Prisoner in Germany A few days ago Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Isaac, Kincaid, received a letter written by their son, T-Sgt. Arthur D. Isaac, the first direct word they have had from him since they were informed last August that he was in a German prison camp. A gunner on a bomber based in Italy Sgt. Isaac was first reported mining following an air raid upon Germany. Later his parents were notified.that he was a German prisoner. At that time the last letter they had received from him was dated Julv 6, 1944. The letter received last week was written on July 31, 1944, and reads aS follows: "bear Folks: I suppose you have been notified by now that I am a prisoner of war In Germany. I want you to know that I am well, in fact I am feeling fine. I room with a bimch of sergeants. We cook for ourselves and get quite a kick out of it. Ydu should see some of the concoctions that we mix up. You certainly could never find anything like them In a cook book. "But It Is the same old story with the dishes, we nil hate to do them. The Red Cross is doing a fine job over here. We have everything that we need. Tell Eldine and family that I said, 'Hello.' also Edna and family. "If a lot of people like the neighbors and .such want t,o write tell them nothing doing. Because If Just n lew friends aod relatives write, I will, be .sure to get yours and the more Important ones. Well, so long, and don't worry. Mom." There: Is nothing In the letter which states clearly In what part of German.v Sgt. Isaac was at the time the message was malfed. Sgt. Max Barker Wins Second Valor Award (Speeiil to ThB R«rtiit«Tl LaHarpc, Jan. 24.—Sgt. Max Barker has- been awarded his second certificate of valor according to S J word recieved by fils mother, Mi-s. Herschel Smith of LaHarpe. He holds thie Air Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters. Sgt. Barker has completed his allotment of missions as radio operator on a Liberator^ and is now a radio instructor In England. His group was cited last summer for "outstanding performance of duty" over enemy occupied Europe. His wife. Mrs. Lois E. Barker, Jives at Colony. T. H. Bowlus announced today that he has exercised his ^tion on the property at the end of East Madison formerly owned by the Releford Funeral home, purchased it, and deeded it to the Sisters of St. Joseph in the hope that it still may be used as a site for a new hospital. The transfer was made yesterday. "I am not renewing the offer which I made about a year ago to donate the site and also make a cash contribution of $50,000 toward the cost of constructing a hospital in lola," Mr. Bowlus explained. "My commitment to do that, after several extensions, terminated November 15. A Three-Year Umit "What I am now doing is deeding the site to th'e Sisters of St. Joseph upon condition that within three years they begin the construction on the premises of a modern hospital lo cost hot less than (200,000, the same to bo completed within two years from that date or the property is to revert to me. "I did this because I am reluctant to permit my option to lapse and sec the project abandoned entirely. In discussing it with the Sisters, they Indicated they were willing to undertake the task of trying to raise the required funds and I accordingly exercised my option, took over the property, and conveyed it to them. "I do not know what the Sister.s may be able to accomplish, but I hope they will be successful in their efforts to build a hospital which will be a ci;edit to the city and fully adequate to its needs as well as the needs of the entire community." Nazi The Weather KANSAS—Cloudy and wanner tonight, occasional light rain Moth- east and south central portions; lowest temperatures 25-30 northwest, 35-40 southeast; Thursday cloudy east, and occasional licht rain southeast; partly eloady west, little change in temperature. Temperaturp— Highest for the 24 hours ending 5 p. m. yesterday, 59; lowest last night, .28; normal for today. 32; excess yesterday, 10; excess since January 1, 455 degrees; this date last year, highest, 59; lowest, 40. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 8 a. m. today, .00; total for this year to date, 55; deficiency since January 1, .75 inch. Sunrise 8:33 a. m.; set 6:36 p. m. Thermograph Readings Ending 8 a. m. Today 9 a. m 24 9 p. m 42 10 a. m .26 10 p Jn. .41 11 a. m. ...32 noon .40 p. m 47 p. m 52 p. m 57 p. m 59 p. m 58 p. m 55 p. m. 51 11 p. m. 40 12 m 38 1 a. m. .37 2 a. m 54 3 a. m. 32 4 a. m .30 5 a. m. ....29 6 a. m. — .30 7 a. m 28 8 p. m 46 8 a. m. .28 Fred Lasater Injured By Hit-and-Run Driver A hit and run driver last night struck P^ed Lasater as he was riding his bicycle west on highway 54 just east of the Katy railroad crossing. The accident occurred about 7:30 p. m. and the driver continued on into lola. Spectators said he slowed down but momentarily. Lasater was taken to St. John's hospital where he wa.s treated by a physician before being returned to his home on Cameron street where he lives with his sister and her husband, Mr., and Mrs. Jess Fisher. He Is employed at the Murphey Dairy, east of lola, and has been going to and from his work each day on a bicycle. This morning he Is reported to be resting as easily as could be expected and It is not believed that his ln.iuries are dangerous. A spectator reported to officers that the car was a brown Ford V-8. driven by a person wearing a red shirt or sweater. Other clues also were given. The sheriff's office, the state high patrol and lola police are all working on the case. Nothing Wrong With City Water Except Taste If your city water is discolored during the next day or two do not be alarmed. The water department is flushing the fire hydrants and this may cause a certain amount of color to appear in the water. It will not be harmful, John Herter, utilities superintendent, said today. The medicinal flavor which the water has had recently Is caused by two conditions, he added. The river water is now excessively hard, running about 400 points. This Is being reduced to less than 200 points by use of lime and alum. That flavors the water but also makes It poe- sible to get a few suds in the dishpan. In addition it has been necessary to increase the amount of chlorine ascd because of the presence of an unusually large amount of algae, a vegetable growth which is not hatful to humans but tends to stop up the pipes and can be cleared out by chlorlnation. The Installation of an adequate water softener would eliminate most of the present trouble and enable the city to deliver at your tap a fluid which tastes more like water and less like a cure for malaria, Mr. Herter said. With the present equipment the river water must be heavily treated with various chemicals to make it fit for drinking and of some value in the wash tub. Charles M. Kivett Of Carlyle, Is Dead Charles M. Kivett died yesterday at his farm home near Carlyle. He was 76 years old. Mr. Kivett was bom in Hopkins, Mo., and came to Allen county in 1925, settling on a farm near Carlyle where he has since lived. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. He leaves his wife at the home, two sons, Virgil of Carlyle and Clem, Kansas City ,Kas., and a daughter, Mrs. Marlon Thompson, lola. . Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Friday at the Sleeper chapel. The Rev. Denton Woods will be in charge. Burial will be at the Geneva cemetery. Bishop Fenner to Speak At Little Theater Tonight The Rt. Rev. Goodrich R. Fenner, S. T. D., bishop of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Kansas, will speak tonight at 6:30 In the Little Theater at Riverside park at the annual parish meeting of St. Timothy's church. Tomorrow night he will conduct the confirmation service which will be held at 7:30 p. m. at the church. Prfss Fight Al0i^Oder Riter Line Red Armies Capture KaliiBz, in Poland, Scoie 25-Mile Break- Thrpugh in SloTaUi Lonifon, Jan. 24. (AP)— Red army troops battled to force the Oder river barrier in Silesia today and ^&rshal Stalin aiinounced the capture of the Polish hinge strbngfaold of Kalisz to the northeast after a foiir-day tank battle. Stalin also disclosed that a sixth. Soviet a^my group has entered the winter offensive, scoring a as -mlle- wide bnpalcthrougli in . Czecboalo valda. Ebst Prussia in the north was being carved by two Red army groups, i In Silesia, Soviets battled In the streets oi Oppeln and Glplwitz,^ai gained ground near the Oder fiver towns ofiBtleg and Cosel, both,below Brestau. Strflce Tvward PomaA Kalisz, 61 miles northeast of Breslau and; about the same distance southeast of Poman, fell to Marshal Oregory Zhukov's Plrst White Russian army. Other Zhukov forces struck throi^h stubborn Nazi tank and infantry toivosltion toward Poznan, 137 miles from Berllii. Gains "in the Oder river battle were annotmced in a late. Moscow dispatch.^ This direct Associated Press dispatch written at 5 p. m. (10 a. m., EWD said "there were no indications yet that Marshal Ivan Konev's men have crossed the frozen Oder." "Bridgehead Over Oder" ; An earlier Reuters dispatch from Moscow, however, said Konev's men had "established at least one bridgehead across the Oder," last gtCEt natural barrier protecting the heart of Germany, presumably near Brieg. .- 3zleg lias on the west bank of: the Oder midway between Oppeln and Bre^u on> the rivet to the northwest, and Oosel is 37 miles below Oppein. The Germans threw People's army trqpps into battles to stop the Soviet push on Breslau but the Russians were mai^g along SO miles of the Oder and heavily shelling a wide area on the west bank of tliat last natiutil defense of the heart of Germany. Posh To^rard Baltic In East Prussia, Marshal Konstantin ]g. Rokossovsky's army battered in the other perimeter of the defense zone guarding Elblihg on the Baltic coast, whose fall would slice the Junfers province off from Germany. An uni»nfirmed report said Ko- nigsberghad been entered by otlier Russians: sweeping in from the east. Spring Touch In Weather Fugitive Japs on Guam Give War Correspondents Jitters ^ By VERN HAUGLAND B-29 Headquarters, Guam. (AP) — Press headquarters for the 21st bomljcr command on Guam boasts of splendid isolation -and scary nights. In the daytime the correspondents enjoy their lonely camp down a dead-end road in the silent Jungle. They like lt« sunny privacy and quiet. They haven't yet complained about the quartcr-mlle hike to the mess hall and showers. ' But the nights—Ah, there's the rub. The black moonless nights bring home to them the fact that there are plenty of Japahese still at large on Guam. They recall that shortly before they moved here from Saipan two Japanese were killed in the area and a third escaped, only 300 feet from the living quarters of their nearest neighbor. Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey, 21st's chief of staff. A guard was promptly posted there. "That night," says General Ramey, "I stepped out Into the dark and the sentry yelled at me. 'drop that carbine.' Like to scared me to death." Since tliat time the fugitive Jap­ anese have been a constant annoyance, particularly In prowling about mess halls, stealing food and water. Guards around one barbwlre-in- closed but ofteh-robbed quartermaster store set a trap one night, turning all the lights out, then flashing them on without warning an hour later. They caught nine Japanese redhanded. The U. P. man suggested that, to discourage prowling around press headquarters, the correspondents erect a lighted sign in large Japanese characters, "no food, no liquor, no women." "As a further safeguard," he added, "we might add 'torture chamber' in even bigger characters." One night the same U. P. man awakened and saw, tlirough the tent screen, a faint light, like a glowing cigarette butt, flickering in the jungle just across the road. He tiptoed to each sleeping correspondent, shook him and .whispered, "Come and look." The correspondents followed him to the tent door and looked out. They couidii't see a thing until they ^Continued 99 PN^e 9, No. Zi Topekft, Jan. 24. (AP)-TA touch of spring weather was promised Kansas ^tday and tomorrow with no particular-, odld in sight. Weatherman S. B. Flora said. Skies were clear from Texas to Canada juid from the mountains to Pennsylvania. No precipitation was recorded in Kansas ^e last 24 hours. The west- em third: of the state still has from one to tljree inches of snow on the groimd. i- Tempemtures between 56 and 55 were preiUcted for today. Widiita registered high yesterday with 55 and Garden City was low last night with 13. Tonight's low will range from 28 to 30 in the eastern part of the 6t|ite, Flora said, with about 17 in thft west. Tomorrow temperatures wUl be about the same as today, i Lt. T. W. Judah Wins Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster Initiative Regained oii West Front 'We*'*^ WESTERN FRONT From West Loaded Troop Trains Move Toward Russia Alli^ regain total hiltlatlve on western front a* First and Third armies chasfe retreating Nazis toward Siegfried line. In north British hammer at Cfcrman salient between GeUenkirchen anfl Roermond. In south, Germahs claim recapture of Haguenau.^(NEA Telephoto.) THE BOAD TO BERLIN . (By th« AiiocUtM Preii) 1. Eastern Front: 137 miles (froin Pbzniin, unofficial German report). 8. Western Front: 310 miles (from the Llnnlch-JuUch-Duren area). 3..Italian Front: 544 miles (from Reno river). More Pork Is Rationed A Point a Pound On F^t Cuts; Oleo Goes Up to Three Points Washington. Jan. 24. (AP)—The red p6lr \t cost of margarine is going up from 2 to 3 points a pound, beginning' Sunday, and previously point-free fat pork cuts will require a poiiit a pound. Otherwise, the Office of Price Administration aimounced today, red point values will remain imchanged in February, and there will be no changes In present blue point values for processed foods. Tlie agency .if»ld the 3 -polnt value for inargarin^—one point above lard, shortening, and salad and cooking oilB, recently returned to rationing—Is intended to continue its availability for bread spreads and, in effect, discourage its use for cookli^. An Eighth Air Force Bomber Station, Eniland.—Veteran of more than thirty of the Elgtith Air Foree'tf large soafe bombii^ attacks on important targets within Nad Germany, First I^t. Theodore W. Judah, 21, of lola, Kas., bombardier on a B-17 Flyjng Fortress, tias been awarded the fourth Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for "meritorious achieVemSnt." He is tjfie son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay D. JudaK, 810 South Washington, lola. Pi^r to his entry Into the AAF in February, 1943, he was a student a^ this lola Junior college. Lt. Judah says his most thrilling moment Was: "When those tliirty Focke-Wijlf IWB hit US as we ap^ proached'the airfield at Babenhaii- sen. I was running from my boml>- slght to the ciiin turret guns and back. We finally drove them ail away and- got the bombs on the target." • Lt. Judah is a member > of the 487th Bombardment group commanded by CoL William K. Martin of Ogdent Utah. The group is a unit of t&e Third Air Division, the division cited by the president for its now tUstpric England-Africa shuttle bomb^ of Messerschmitt idanta at Re ^enstxirg, in August, ISM. Ties i^ With Lard Ration Plate and Jowl bacon, pork fat backs and clear plates. Jowls, jowl butts Or squares, and regular plates are the fat pork Items which will require a point a pound. Points are being restored for these pork items, OPA said, because the wholesale cuts from which they arc made are also used in thetproductton of lard, now back on the ration 'list. Butter at 24 points a pound tofis the unchanged red pohit list. Supplies of meats to l>e available to civilians in the five-week February ration period will be smaller than in January on an average weeUy^baais, it was estimated. Supplies of beef, veal, lamb and mutton, and pork all will be smaller on an.average weekly basis. More Stomps Valid Boon Six more red stamps will become valid January! 28, and five more blue stkmps February 1. Blnco the Fe))ruary rationing period will last ffve weeks instead of four (January ^-March 3), six red stamps; instead :0f the usual five are being VaUdated, Red stamps tliat will be good beginning January 28 foi- rationed meats and fat«, e&ih worth 10 points, arc YK Z5, Ai2,.B2. C2 and D2. Blue stamps that will be good February 1 for processed food during the month are H2, J2. K2, L2, and Mg, a total of 50 points. Sgrt. Earl E. Smith Back To U; S. for Reassignment Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 24.—S/Sgt. Earl Ej Smith, of LaHarpe, Is currently assigned to the redistribution stationi of the Santa Aha Army ^ase after coihpleting 52 mlssons as a grmher aboajrd an A-20 in the Facific. Theater.' Sgt,,'Smith wears the Air Medal and Oae Unit Citation. He entered the seigvlce June 23, 1942, and went oversell Octoiier, 1943, serving in New (Julnea. : Na^i Rout In East Unlikely Observers Believe Main .German Forces PuUed Back for Final DeatH Stand in Reich BY JUDSON O'QUINN London, :^an. 24. (AP)— WhUe the Red army'6 sWft advances have resulted in & great upswing of optimism here; the possibility is not being overlooked that the retreating Germans liiay be extricating large numbers Of troops for a desperate stand inside-the Reich in the hope of prolonging the war. Speculation along these lines is heightened by the absence of official Russian reports of overwhehnlng enemy casualties—a fact suggesting tliat the Germans may be withdrawing under Soviet pressure in accordance with a well-conceived strategic plan. This is not necessarily so. It may be that the Russians, intent upon cutting tlie enemy to pieces with their armored columns, are not stopping Jo mop up pockets hopelessly cut 6ff by their swift advance or to total up casualties. No Large Casualties Yet, tlwre have been no official Moscow reports of tjie entrapment of large German forces. The only total on German losses announced by Moscow was contained in the Soviet communique of January 21, which said that 65,000 Nazis had been klUeid and 25,000 captured by three Russian armies in Poland (Contifkne^ on Page 6, No. 2) Hammered By Allied Warplanes Large-Scale Movement Carried On By Daylight In Spite of Air Blows; No Official Comment Paris, Jan. 24. (AP)—Allied warplanes blasted anew today at a great exodus of .German troops and tanks moving northeast by rail and road from the flattened Ardennes salient on the -western front toward the convulsed Russian battlefields. The mystery move still lacked official clarification, AP correspondent Rogert D. Greene repwrted from the northern part of the western front. British armies captured Helns- berg (pop. 5,000), last important road center west of the Roer through the Cologne plain. They also took Haaren and Weerd to the north in Holland and fought Into the southern section of Llnne, three miles below the German Maas (Meuse) river bastion of Roermond. Helns- berg, where seven traffic arteries meet, is 31 miles from Dusseldorf and 16 from Munchen Gladbach. The American First and Third armies hammered through thick snowflelds against the slender strip of Belgium and Luxembourg still In German hands. Weather StUl Bad Weather prevented all but scattered flights in the center, but In the north, RAP Spitfires and Tempests bombed and .shot up scores of packed troop trains with rockets, cannons and machlneguns. The Britons, too, flew In wretched weather. The trains presumably were loaded with a large part of the panzer forces which bore the bnmt of Field Marshal Von Rundstedt's broken pre-Christmas offensive in the Ardennes. The enemy continued to move in broad daylight despite the wholesale carnage and wreckage Inflicted by Allied planes. Up and down the three main railroads from Dusseldorf to Hannover, the RAP spread its fresh destruction and beat off feeble German aerial attempts to protect the trahis. Haimover Is about 335 miles from the nearest Russians charging across- western Poland. The Allied air blows in 48 hours up to today liad cost the Nazis 4,706 trucks, 207. tanks and hundreds of rallcars and locomotives. On Eastern Front The Russian communique at midnight noted a Fifth German division shifted from the western to the Polish-Slleslan front, where the Germans said Soviet The War at a Glance (By the Asgoointed Pr8«») Western Front: British advanced toward solid Roer river line with Americans; Americans captured St. Vith as Germans fled under terrible air punishment; other Americans drove on Reich border on southern flank of Nazis retreating from the Ardennes; limited American withdrawal reported in area north of Strasbourg; offensive opened against Nazi Colmar pocket. Russian Front: Red army assault troops massed on nearly 50 miie$ of the Oder river; shelled west bank cities and Breslau fortifications; Berlin said they reached the outskirts of Oppeln, southern Silesian capital; other Russians closed in on Poznan, 137 miles from Berlin; threatened to shear off ail East Prussia; advanced on Konigsberg, provincial capital Italian Front: Patrols, increased activity against strong German defenses south of Bo- ...logna as snowfall stopped. Pacific Front: American patrols operated near Clark Field; silenced enemy artillery on approaches to Bamban, six miles from big U. S. built airfield; Superfortresses attacked Iwo Jima; new Allied landing made on West Burma coast southeast of Akyab. Notorious Pesthole In Ruins Camp O'Donnell, Where 40,000 Allied Captives Died After Bataan, Is Razed By Fleeing Japs were within 137 miles of Berlin and where the Russians said their troops were on the Oder river—the eas'o wall—on a stretch of nearly 50 miles The Russians Saturday Identified four divisions which they said had (Continued on Page 6, No. 1) BY RUSSELL BRINES Camp O'Donnell Prison Camp, Jan. 23. (Delayed). (AP).—Rotting, burned ruins of Camp O'Donnell and the untended graves of thousands of Heroes of Bataan is all that remains of one of the most notorious pestholes where the Japanese herded 80,000 prisoners of war. A Filipino colonel who survived O'Donnell's horrors estimated 40,000 American and Filipino soldier.s—half of the 80,000 imprisoned—had died of disease, malnutrition and mistreatment. In the early days after the infamous "death march" of Bataan several hundred died daily. The touch of those doomed, despairing men hangs heavily over this camp. Graves Untended Tall grass grows over the graves of some 4.000 Filipinos. Scores of American bodies lie in che American cemetery about 700 yards northeast of the main buildings. Deep in the thickets of grass, I found small vanguards crosses made of unpalnted laths. Child Wounded by Shrapnel jDogtags of the dead were fixed to the back of the cro.sses. That was all. The Japanese left little trace of occupancy. Some time previously they had apparently removed thj prisoners that survived the 50 months of ordeal. (A Bern, Switzerland, radio broadcast Tuesday night said that several thousand American prisoners of war had been tran.sferred by the Japanese from the PiuUppincs to Japan.) Filipino civiliaas said the Jap.i- nese garri.son fled January 21. Anxious Filipino father holds liis clilld, wounded by shrapnel, as U. S. army do<^r treats patient for wound a few miles Inland on Lingayen bulf area, Luzon.-^(Signal Corps Photo from NEA.) Doubt Many War Prisoners Freed By Red Armies Washington, Jan. 24. (AP)—Red Chairman Basil O'Connor held out little hope today that onrushing Soviet armies hnvo been able to liberate many Alllf-d troop.s held prisoners of war by the Germans. Reporting that a number of large prison camps for British and Americans lie in the path of the Russian offensive in eastern Europe, O'Connor cited three he said were known to have been located between Poznan and Torun in Poland. "OfQcial word of the movement of one of these, Stalag 357, was sent to Geneva in December," O'Connor said. "It is taken for granted that the two others, Stalag 20-A and Oflag 64, also have been moved. "The two nearest Torun held chiefly British prisoners but Oflag contained at least 1,000 Americans. A number of other large camps for British and Americans lie in the path of the present advance." The Red Cross said provision has been made to send emergency supplies to camps where the men may be taken In Germany, and also to supply those who may be Uberated by Soviet armies,

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