SUNDAY, NOV. 7, 1943
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
BOX SEAT AT MUNDA:
Leatherneck Tells of Sea-Air
Attack on Jap-HeldAirfield
By Capt. CHARLES MATHIEU, Jr.
Associated Press Correspondent
SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH
PACIFIC, (Delayed)-From a small
island off Munda Point, I watched
fighter-escorted American bombers
rain tons of high explosives on Japa-
nese positions as an assault began
to take the airfield.
Prior to the aerial assault, U.S.
Navy vessels sent salvo after salvo
into the continually, weakening en-
emy trongholds. Shore batteries on
nearby islands joined in the barrage
to blow the Japs from. Munda-
This correspondent had an excel-
lent vantage point as the scores of
bombers came in over their objectiVe..
Just before sunrise the naval-v'essels;
passed less than 100 yards in "frft
of us-all guns blazing.
The white-hot shells traveled slow-
ly in a continuous stream thidoigh
the air and could easily be followed:
by the naked eye. I counted seven
shells in one salvo alone.
At dawn the ships left, but before
they had reached the horizon, a flight
of our heavy bombers closely-fol-
lowed by medium bombers was over-
head. Flying Fortresses, Liberators
and Mitchells carried out medium
level pattern bombing of the Japa-,
Columns of black smoke rose, fil-
tering through . the early morning
clouds that still hung over the field.
The rumbling of heavy explosions
carried across the water.
Hardly had the bombs from the
B-17s and B-24s exploded, when
Grumman torpedo bombers began
dropping heavy bombs.
Dive-Bombers Hit Targets
And then the sky was filled with
flights of our "Dauntless" dive-bomb-
ers. Dropping thousands, of feet, they
picked out individual targets and
smashed them to smithereens.
The Japs had to "save 16ce." It
was only a matter of a few hours
before a flight of more than 50 "Jap
fighters and bombers were on their
way down to repay American troops
in this area. However, our cover of
fighters intercepted the enemy about
28 miles out. Dogfights followed.
Machine Guns Aid Fighters
The :straining drone of fighters
zoomhing nd diviinc'ould be heard
from Edozen directions. Men ashore
strained their necks to follow the
dogfights. Then, in a split second,
this correspondent witnessed one of
the thrills of war.
A Grumman "Wildcat" fighter came
roaring out of a cloud and skimmed
over the tree tops. Close behind, it'
seemed like a matter of yards, a Jape
Zero chased our fighter.
Our fighter flew low for a reason
-he hoped the anti-aircraft bat-
teries on shore would knock the en-
emy off his tail. Machine guns along
the beach saw our fighter pilot in
trouble. They threw up a terrific
barrage at the Zero, missing him, but
making things so hot it gave the
"Wildcat" a chance to escape into a
Army Sets Up
U.S. Armed Forces
Institute Is Established
At Madison, Wisconsin
The establishment of the U.S.
Armed Forces Institute at Madison,
Wisconsin, as a central clearing
house of information on college cre-
dit for military experience, particu-
larly for college students expecting to
be drafted and those who are already
in the armed forces, was announced
recently in the Associated Collegiate
At the request of any person in the
armed forces or a person recently dis-
charged from service, the Institute
will assemble all information on his
service activities of an educational
nature. It will also transmit such'
information to the school or college
of the individual's choice.
Meanwhile, the nation's colleges
have agreed on some basic points a-
bout post-war education. They are
determined to avoid the mistake
made after the last war of assuming
that vocational education alone will
be of value to returning military per-
If the plan of the colleges proves
feasible, servicemen and women re-
turning to college campuses after the
war will be granted scholarships to
study anything from medieval Eng-
lish to engineering, medicine or law.
A broad educational program would
include liberal arts, vocational, pro-
fessional and refresher courses.
The colleges further went on rec-
ord as favoring some type of volun-
tary planning to gear their graduates
to the needs of post-war industry.
Preferably the educational programs
would be related to the technical, su-
pervisory and professional needs
within the areas of the various col-
The colleges were also in favor of
national surveys to obtain all possi-
ble information on country-wide po-
tential employment needs. However,
they formed a solid block of opinion
against government established stu-
dent quotas based on these needs.
Gen. Myron Cramer
Organization of a Judge Advocate
Association with the approval of Maj.
Gen. Myron C. Cramer, The Judge
Advocate General, was announced
Gen. Cramer heartily indorsed the
formation of the Association. "I hope
every officer in the Corps will be able
to join this organization," he said.
An exerpt from the charter of the
Association states, in part, the fol-.
lowing purposes: "to foster the de-
velopment of :military law ... to pro-
mote social intercourse and cultivate
and perpetuate friendships, mutual
aid and good will among its members
... to preserve the memories and tra-
ditions develbping from the service
of its members in the Judge Advocate
General's Department of the Army of
the United States."
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6. - () -
Three weeks of testimony and argu-
ments over whether Esquire Maga-
zine is naughty and thus not entitled
to second class mailing ended today.
A three-member trial board of post
office officials will make a recom-
mendation to Postmaster General
Walker after studying the voluminous
JAG'S GET DIPLOMAS:
95 Officers To Be Graduated
In Saturday Morning Exercises
The 17 week long trail to gradua-
tion ends for the 2nd Officer Candi-
date and 12th Officer Classes Satur-
day morning, November 13, when for-
mal exercises take place in Hutchins
Maj. Gen. Myron C. Cramer, The
Judge Advocate General, will make
the graduation address and present
diplomas to approximately 95 mem-
bers of the graduating classes.
Presentation of commissions to the
new second lieutenants, successful
officer candidate members of the 2nd
OC Class totalling approximately 60,
will be made at the graduation par-
ade, Friday, November 12.
In accordance with custom the
farewell banquet will be held that
evening at the Allenel Hotel, with
both classes combining in the affair.
Gridiron club style skits written and
acted by students will be featured en-
In addition to Gen. Cramer, Col.
Young, and Washington officials,
Col. Frederick C. Rogers, command-
ing the 3651st SU ROTC-ASTP here;
Capt. Richard E. Cassidy, head of the
NROTC on campus, Dean E. Blythe
Stason of the Law School, and mem-
bers of the staff and faculty will at-
On Thursday evening the custom-
ary Moot Court, demonstration court
martial, will be presented by selected
members of the graduating- classes.
Open to the public, the trial will find
students taking all roles from wit-
ness to court member. Advance re-
ports indicate that the charges and
specifications will be based upon a
hypotheticalstatement of facts with
the school as its locale, and semi-
humorous in nature.
Navy Is Lost in Fog,
Late for Penn Game
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6.-A/P)-
The Navy's cheering contingent of
776 Midshipmen missed the first
quarter of the Penn-Navy game to-
A chartered Chesapeake Bay
steamer that brought them from
Annapolis was delayed by a Delaware
Their scheduled parade from the
water front to Franklin Field was
cancelled and they went to the field
in trolley cars, arriving after the
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Soldier Unaware He Is AWOL
Officer Candidate Edward Hamil-
ton, 34, who was reported absent
from his room in the law quadrangle,
since Wednesday, turned up yesfer-?
day unaware that he was missing.
"till I read it in the papers."
Hamilton, a student in the Judge
Advocate General's School, had just
been informed that he was to be.
transferred in seven days, and was
described as "in a despondent' mood"
about not making the grade.
The description of Hamilton sent
to police headquarters was: "soldier,
wearing Army 'uniform consisting of
trousers,'shirt and field jacket with
the OCS insignia on his left shirt
sleeve. About five feet six inches tall,
weighs '150 'pounds and has brown
hair and blue eyes." °
But Hamilton showed up last
night and seemed surprised that he'd
been missed. He said he understood
he had a seven-day furlough before
reporting to his new post.
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