Military Curfew Goes Into Effect Throughout China On May 15
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Troops Must Be In By 2400 Hours Saturdays, Holidays; 2300 Hours On All Other Nights
Message From The Theater Commander : -
"Instructions have been issued, establishing a curfew for all United States military personnel in the China Theater at 2400 hours on Saturday and holiday nights and 2300 hours on all other nights effective 15 May 1945. Similar instructions have been issued by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek through Free China applying to all Chinese military personnel.
The China Theater will thereby be placed on the same war time basis which has long prevailed in the Pacific and in Britain and the Service Commands within the United States. In the Pacific areas, for example, the curfew is at 2200 hours. However, in view of transportation difficulties in this theater and the substantial distances involved, it has been decided that the hours stated above for China Theater are more applicable and will not impose a hardship.
The purpose of the curfew is to assist in the maintenance of good health and maximum efficiency in furtherance of the war effort. After the defeat of Germany the center of gravity of the war will shift to the far east. It is the recognized duty of every American to maintain himself at the peak of efficiency in order to meet increased responsibilities.
The inauguration of the curfew does not mean that we must or should curtail our plans for recreation and entertainment. It simply means that we must start earlier, come home earlier, get a good nights rest, and be in better shape for the following day's work."
- A. C. WEDEMEYER, Lieutenant General, USA, Commanding.
|Aid men are taught approved methods of carrying wounded, at a field headquarters of the Chinese Combat Command.|
|Capt. Albert Fields, U.S. Army Medical Corps, instructs Chinese soldiers in the application of splints and bandages.|
ACK-ACK UNIT STAGES|
SECOND FIGHT SERIES
AN ADVANCED AIR BASE, CHINA - A capacity crowd roared approval at the six bout all-star fight card staged recently in the Flying Ack-Ack battalion's ring at the West China Raider base.
In the main event, Pfc. Eddie Fulkerson, QM, 160, and Pfc. Tony Conte, QM, 159, battled through three fast rounds to a draw. The decision of the judges was a popular one.
In the semi-final Pfc. Jim Daugherty, 168, AA, got the nod of the judges over Corp. Nick Naccara, 172, AA. Daugherty got in the more effective blows in the free-for-all, leather-swinging three-rounder.
In a thrill-packed preliminary Pfc. Johnny Ventrell, 130, AA, gave away a nine pound weight advantage to Pfc. Bull Crosby, QM, but got the decision in one of the best bouts of the night.
In the other preliminaries Pfc. Floyd Maine, 145, got the decision over Pfc. Will Brown, 143; Pfc. Lefty McDonough, Ord., 145, beat Bill Warner, AA, 139, and AA mittmen Larry Drago and Ralph Monnon fought to a draw.
Pfc. Archie Hershkowitz promoted the show and did the refereeing, while Corp. Bill Albin was the announcer.
CACW EM TEN TOPS|
SERVICE COMPANY, 6-4
AN ADVANCED CHINA BASE - Sgt. Bob Gress' long single in the bottom half of the fourth inning drove in three runs to climax a four run rally and allow the CACW EM to top the leading Service Company ten 6-4 and clinch a playoff berth for the Base first half softball championship.
The Service softballers got away to an early lead when they picked up two quick runs in the top of the first inning, but the CACW EM came back with one in their half of the inning and then tied up the contest with another in the third.
In the lower half of the fourth two walks and an infield hit set the stage for Gress' climax clout. The Servicemen added two runs in the fifth but Sgt. Kenneth Love, CACW chucker, shut off the rally and held them the rest of the way.
Love pitched steadily all the way for the winners allowing only four scattered hits and tightening up when danger threatened, for the teams fourth straight win.
Service Co. 2-0-0-0-2-0-0 4 4 4
CACW EM 1-0-1-4-0-0-x 6 8 2
Batteries: Riegert and Disco; Love and Vivlamore.
The Mars Task Force
It was in the early morn when they started on their task
Each thought within their hearts, how long the day would last
They passed before the cemetery where comrades lay at rest
Those that died at Myitkyina, those who gave their best.
And on every face was bitterness toward the ones that brought them grief
But they hoped that on the morrow this coward they would meet
So ever onward they did go with sore and aching feet
On shoulders rode a heavy pack with straps that cut so deep
But the day was nearing end for the sun was setting fast
For their tired and weary bodies it was time to rest at last.
That night was ever long for they tossed in restless sleep
With hopes that the morrow forever would keep
But daylight found them on their way with a spirit high and strong
Over mountain trails and jungles swamps they moved to right the wrong
On December 2nd at Tonkwa they found the foe they sought
And made them eat the very lead; it was only death they got.
But Mars felt a little bad for the battle had a cost
For on the following morn a comrade they had lost.
But suffer as they may they knew they must not fail
So started on their way and braved the mountain trail
And before them lay a village where some of them did die
The battle field of Tonkwa and there their comrades lie
It was in the early dawn when they stabbed us in the back
For an artillery barrage began the first attack
The sky was filled with shells of death, and how they whistled by
The ones that carrying not a name, were those that whistled high
The Japs withdrew from battle, but there were some left
Those shall never fight again, for they lie in silent death.
Though disgraced and defeated the dawn found them back
Assembled in two companies they fought their last attack
The machine guns fired a hail of death, they were given every belt
The men of Mars gave all they had; another blow was dealt
The four point twos, eight ones, and sixties gave them hell
The sky was filled with mortar more than I can tell
When the smoke of battle cleared the day was almost done
And the Japs withdrew from Tonkwa, another victory won.
The men of Mars were granted rest for they had earned a break
For 200 miles they fought and died all hardships they did take
On Jan1st they moved and Mts they could see
Ones that reached into the clouds o'er a mile above the sea
They slipped and slid and swore like hell, and nursed their aching feet
And mountain sides were dug in steps so men and mules could climb
They defied the very devil, moved on in rain or shine.
Courageous men were these, strong in heart and soul
They suffered many miles; now before them lay their goal
For the Burma Road was ever near - but barriers lay between
The gateway was a valley that hear an enemy unseen
So they moved across the valley floor for on the mountains side they fought
Again the cost was death for the Japs could not be bought
The enemy gave everything, but that was not enough
Their artillery and singing lead still made it pretty tough.
But their challenge was accepted, the Men of Mars fought on
The cry of Victory everywhere, their goal just lay beyond.
They prayed to God for strength, courage day and night
Strength to endure the shelling and courage to win the fight
At last the hills were won, the road to China lay below
The enemy was moving south, a weak, defeated foe
For the Men of Mars had done their task, relief to China' woe
And tomorrow it's another road, that leads to TOKYO.
Pfc. Wade D. Hall
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|FLEET ADMIRAL Ernest King is shown leaving automobile at the entrance to the White House. He is on his way for conference with President Harry S. Truman.|
|REFUGEES found hiding in cave on Okinawa await turns for examination by U.S. Navy doctors and medical corpsmen. This family left hideout after neighbors told them of kind treatment received from Government units of invading Americans.|
|SOUVENIR - Representative Sol Bloom of New York examines German incendiary bomb, a gift of Gerald Spenser Sumner, member of Parliament. Bomb was dropped on London from German plane, but failed to explode. Pipe-smoking congressman is seeing how it works.|
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