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SUNDAY JUNE 21, 1942


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U Linksmen
To Make Bid
For Golf Title
Powerful Balanced Team
Enters Strong Collegiate
CompetitionFor Crown
Led by -Capt.-elect Blazin' Ben
Smith and Capt. John Leidy, Michi-1
gan's well-balanced golf team will
open Monday one of its strongest
bids for a National Collegiate Crownt
since the days of Johnny Fischer
and Chuck Koscis.t
Winners of the Big Ten tourneyt
less than a month ago, the Wolver-
ines will warm. up tomorrow in the
annual East-West best ball matches.
Other members of the official Var-t
sity team of six men-four lowest
scores to count-are Chan Simonds,
Bob Fife, Bill Courtright and Dave
Osler. Also playing in hopes of ,
qualifying for the individual cham-
pionship match play are Phil Mar-r
cellus, Bill Stewart and Bill Ludolph.
Heading the list of other entrants
is Earl (Red) Stewart, Jr., of Louisi-
ana State University, who made at
clean sweep in the 1941 tournament,
winning the driving contest, the qual-
ifying medal and then the national
Ray (Dubber) Brownell of Stan-
ford, who was runner-up to Stewart
last year, will be the No. 1 man of a
Stanford foursome which will seek
to retain the team title for the Cali-1
fornia school.
Wartime transportation difficul-
ties and calls to military service com-
bined to cut the size of the field, butl
tournament officials predicted it
would be the best lineup in the his-
tory of the event. Many schools, un-
able to send- full teams, picked their
one or two best players for the com-
Eighteen-hole qualifying rounds
will be played Monday and Tuesday
with the 64 low scorers becoming eli-3
gible for match play, beginning1
Warerdidam, Dodds
Win AAU Track Titles1
NEW YORK, June 20.-UP-Cor-
nelius Warmerdam, a cloud-bruising
vaulter from California, and Gill
Dodds, a miler from Boston, allbut
* ran away with, the National A;A.U.
senior track and field meet today. -
Warmerdam established one of thet
day's two record by hiking the pole
vault bar to 15 feet, 22 inches, add-
ing one and three-eighths inches to
the mark he, set in 1940. Dodds re-1
peated his indoor triumph over Les-
lie MacMitchell, New York Univer-i
sity graduate, in the 1,500 meters,
or metric mile.

Survivors Of Torpedoed Lexington
To Man Newly Constructed Carrier

Major League Standings
Cleveland Hands Yanks Fourth
Straight Loss, 1-0; Detroit Wins

(Editor's Note: This is the last of the
series of stories supplied to the Associ-
ated Press by the Chicago Tribune,
whose foreign correspondent, Stanley
Jclirrston, was the only American
newspapermal, aboar,3 the aircraft car-
rier Lexington in the Coral Sea battle..
in the following story, Johnston brings
the Lexington's survivors safely home
and tells of their determination to
carry on aboard a new ship--a Lex-
irgton I)
(Copyright 1942 by The Chicago Tribune)
CHICAGO, June 20.--The Leving-
ton's crew-the survivors of the fierce
Coral Sea air fighting and the bomb-
ing and torpedoing taken by the gal-
lant old carrier-- came home aboard
three Navy ships, two cruisers and
transport. It was not, however, a
retreat. It was only a temporary
lull in. battle-for the men came home
to take over a new carrier, Lexing-
ton II.
We didn't, of course, know this the
night of May 8 as we watched the
old ship sink, hissing clouds of steam
as the cherry red plates of its flam-
ing hull slid beneath the long Paci-
fic Ocean swells but next morning
Capt. Fred Sherman-now Rear Ad-
miral Sherman-called together the
800 of us who had gathered on a
smart new cruiser.
"Men, I've got news for you," he
said. "I've asked, the Navy Depart-
ment to hold us all together as one
crew and to put us aboard a brand
new aircraft carrier. And I have
recommended that this new carrier
be called the Lexington II, so that
we can carry on together right from
The captain's announcement was
drowned by cheers.
A strong bond is knit among men
who face danger and death together
and come through gallantly. This
bond exists among the officers and
men of the Lexington today.
The superb old carrier, you will
remember, was sunk finally by tor-
pedoes fired from an American de-
stroyer as her hulk blazed on the
Coral Sea waters.
But by that time we had trans-
ferred our wounded men to several
ships and the men sound of wind
and limb of the Lexington's comple-
ment had made their own different
ways to the vessels in our task
force. There was no attempt that
night to apportion the men evenly,
among the flotilla. The first job was
to get them safely on some ship, and
then get the whole fleet moving once
All during those rescue operations
our destroyers circled around us
like so many hungry dogs with their
submarine listening devices fully
manned. And from the decks of the
second carrier in our force- planes-
were constantly taking off and land-

ing, engaging in a hunt through hand line, a total of 210 men was
the skies. Our officers, of course, transferred thus in a period of two
were afraid that Jap planes or sub- hours one morning while the ships
marines might catch us stopped and were holding a 20 knot pace.
defenseless. At the first port stop some of the
Luckily that didn't happen. We destroyers and cruisers were cleared
know now that the Japanese in those of Lexington survivors and released
waters were finished-just as com- to the battle fleet. The rest of us
pletely as the Lexington was fin- doubled up again and within five
ished. hours were on our way once more,
JOHNSTON LOSES NOTES this time heading due eastbound for
As I said, I had come aboard the home we believed.
cruiser on which Captain Sherman, But again we were wrong. On the
many of the ship's officers and flyers, second morning we dropped anchor
and 800 of the men also gathered. I in a small harbor of an island that
was soaked with sea water, exhaust- in peacetime does not see a ship a
ed, and virtually destitute. My Co- year. At this time, however, it was
thing consisted of a shirt with one crowded with all types of warships
arm burned off, a pair of scorched and auxiliary craft. The island it-
pants, and my shoes. self was overrun with sailors on

My notes-the most valuable as-'
sets I owned-were blown up or
burned aboard the. Lexington. All,
that is, except the scribbled pencil
exclamations I had hentracked in a
tiny pocket notebook while watching
from the bridge during the attack.
My watch, my money, my clothing,
my typewriter, my valuable tooth
paste tube--six weeks later in Wash-
ington, D.C., when I tried to buy a
tube of paste I was refused one be-
cause I couldn't produce the old tube
-and. my favorite straight razor had
gone down.
After I was aboard the cruiser the
first place I went was the laundry.
There, gathered with hundreds of
other men I stripped off my clothing
and dried myself. The garments
were dried in the quick-drying ma-
chine. I salvaged the sodden note-
book and the odd pages that had
come unstuck from the water and
put them through the hot mangle.
To my delight the pages dried
fairly smoothly and the pencil tracks
still were legible. This practically
saved my story for me. While thous-
ands of details were remembered viv-
idly, I needed those notes to ascer-
tain the correct timing for the vari-
ous events in the battle as observed
from the Lexington's bridge. Later
they were valuable for the Navy too,
for they went into Captain Sher-
man's and Rear Admiral Aubrey W.
Fitch's reports. (Admiral Fitch was
commander of the Lexington's sec-
tion of the two carrier task force.)
By the time I got down to the
ward room most of the other Lex-
ingtonians had finished their din-
ners. The result was that I got a
grand round of mingled cheers and
boos-the sort of ribbing that every
one took that night. It was good to
hear-for these men were my ship-
mates too, and I was damned proud
of every one of them.
Our flotilla was heading south at
a fast clip and we all thought that we
were bound for Sydney, Australia. All
of us were delighted over the pros-
pect, particularly me, for Sydney was
my home for many years. But on
the third day we changed course and
went into an important island harbor
that may not be named.'
During this time we had done some
transfering of men from over-crowd-
ed ships. Some of the destroyers
had as many as 400 Lexington me'n
aboard, in addition to their full war
crews of 150, and literally were wal-
lowing with gunwales under.
These transfers were thrilling to
see. Two ships would steam parallel
courses near each other. A line
would be rigged from the masts of
one to those of the other and a can-
vas mail bag would be put on a pul-
ley. Two men at a time were stuffed
into the bags, standing up to their
waists in the bag, and then hauled
across the intervening water by a

leave, United States Soldiers and
Marines. The natives, who seldom
had seen white men before, had been
moved right back into the jungle
leaving their seaside towns to these
throngs of restless whites.
While there we found that the
Pacific island native is as quick to
understand the principles of trade
as the native of Manhattan. Supply
and demand certainly ruled here.
Even the grass mats and rugs that
once were sold for a copper or two
cost "one-two dollah," we found. The
black men and women in the market
place had only this price level, no
matter how trivial the object.
In the harbor I spied a beautiful
new Dutch freighter-transport and
because I had lived in Amsterdam
in 1940, I had myself rowed out.
Quickly making friends with the cap-
tain I obtained a much needed drnk
of whisky-all American Naval ves-
sels are bone dry-and managed to
wrangle from the captain an invita-
tion for half a dozen of my friends,
to take dinner with him. It was a
typical Dutch meal-we stuffed our-
selves to the gills and poured down
our parched throats nectars of Hol-
land. Our final toasts, "to the Unit-
ed Nations" were in champagne.
All of us embarked for home at
this port and our wounded, some
160 men and officers, went to the well
equipped hospitals on these craft.
Fourteen cases, however, were so
serious that they were taken aboard
the hospital ship, solace, which re-
mained behind when we left.

tFrom Associated Press Summaries)
A week ago sports- writers had
given up the ghost as far as a race
in the American League was con-
cerned. They lamented the fact that
baseball writers covering the Yanks
were compelled to play up statistics
for reader interest-and for contrast
they pointed to a tightening National
League pennant chase.
Now a sudden turn in baseball for-
tunes has the once dauntless world
champions with a half-game less
lead over the Boston Red Sox than
Brooklyn's effervescent Dodgers have
over their old rivals, the St. Louis
Brooklyn smacked down the Cards
for the third straight time yester-
day, 10 to 4, while Marse Joe Mc-
Carthy's boys took it on the chin for
the fourth successive day. Lefty Al
Smith and the Cleveland Indians ap-
plied a nice one-hit, 1-0 shellacking
to the staggering Bronx Bombers,
* * *
Tigers Win, 7-6
DETROIT, June 20.-The Detroit
Tigers piled up a five-run lead inI
the first inning for Tommy BridgesI
today but the Washington Senators
whittled away at the margin, tied
the count at 6-all in the ninth and
chased Bridges to the showers be-
fore Detroit came back with the win-
ning run in the last half of the ninth
for a 7 to 6 decision.
Washington ........012 110 001-6
Detroit.............500 100 001-7
Masterson, Wilson, Zuber and Ear-
ly; Bridges, Trout and Tebbetts.
Indians Shut Out Yanks
CLEVELAND, June 20.-Throttled
by Lefty Al Smith's one-hit pitching,
the pace-setting New York Yankees
dropped their fourth straight game
and their fifth in their last six out-
ings today as the Cleveland Indians
took a 1 to 0 pitching duel.

Dodgers Beat Cards
BROOKLYN, June 20.-Brook-
lyn's Dodgers took care of whatever
was crucial about their series with
the second-place Cardinals today,
pounding the St. Louis club into sub-
mission, 10 to 4, for their third suc-
cessive victory over Billy South-
worth's men.
St. Louis ........, .022 000 000- 4
Brooklyn..........020 024 llx-10
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Cincy Whips Phils
PHILADELPHIA. June 20.-Elmer
Riddle retired the first 20 men to
face him today, then went on to
chalk up a two-hit shutout against
the Phils as the Cincinnati Reds
won their sixth straight game, 7 to 0.

Hale America
Led By Hogan,
Mike Turnesa
CHICAGO, June 20.--P)-Tiny
Ben Hogan of Hershey, Pa,in a
dogged challenge, came from behind
today to tie Mike Turnesa for the
54-hole lead in the Hale America
National Open Golf Tournament at
Ridgemoor Country Club with a to-
tal of 203.
The Texas-born Hogan, leading
money winner among the profes-
sionals for the past three years, led
Turnesa, the White Plains, N. Y.,
pro, by a single shot going to the
18th, but there he was unlucky
enough to drive his iron tee shot into
a trap at the left of the green. His
second was barely on the edge of the
carpet, 13 feet short of the cup and
he took two putts to hole out for a
bogey 4-the first time he had gone
over par in 36 holes.
Turnesa started today's 18-hole
third round with a three-stroke lead,
in his 131 total, but the heavy con-
ditions of the fairways, and soggy
greens slowed him down to a 38-34-
72, even par. Hogan was not both-
ered by the weather, however, and
posted a 33-36-69.
Thus, it appeared certain that
Turnesa and Texas Ben would battle
it out in the final 18 holes tomorrow.
They may face serious opposition
from Jimmy Demaret of Detroit who
scored a 35-34-69 for 205; Lawson
Little of Monterey, Calif., with a
35-36-71 for 206, and Horton Smith,
Pinehurst, N. C., veteran, with 36-35
-71, for a 206.

Cincinnati .. . .012 020 002-7 11
Philadelphia 000 000 000-0 2


Pirates Shut Out
BOSTON, June 20.-Al Javery
shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 to
0, on three hits today-the first time
the Boston Braves have registered a
nine-inning shutout this season.
Pittsburgh ....000 000 000-0 3 3
Boston .......030 010 00x-4 11 0
* * *
NEW YORK, June 20.-The pitch-
ing of Hal Schumacher and the hit-
ting of Babe Barna and Manager
Mel Ott gave the New York Giants
an 8 to 1 decision over the Chicago
Cubs today.

C A LI F 0R.N. -4

New York

... .000 000 000-0
....000 000, 10x-1
and Rosar; Smith

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Major League Standings



New York.
Detroit ........
St. Louis.... -..
Chicago ........
Washington ....

42 18
34 24
34 29
36 31
31 33
24 35
26 41
23 39



* * *
Browns Trim A's, 5-3
ST. LOUIS, June 20.-Today was
Roger Wolff Day but the Philadel-
phia Athletics' pitcher couldn't pro-
duce a victory for a group of visitors
from his home town of Chester, Ill.
Although he pitchedta six-hitter,
Wolff was beaten by the St. Louis
Browns, 5 to 3.
Philadelphia ..000 000 210-3 7 2
St. Louis . .. . .002 000 21x-5 6 0
Wolff and Wagner; Galehouse and


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Sunday's Games
Washington at Detroit (2)
New York at Cleveland (2)

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Boston at Chicago (2)


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Sunday's Games
Chicago at New York (2)
St. Louis at Brooklyn (2)
Cincinnati at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Boston (2)


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