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Cota Sings as
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Army Wins
When General Is
Happy, All Is Well
By The Associated Press
(Delayed)-When Brig. Gen. Norman
Daniel Cota sings to himself then
the boys of the 29th division know
everything is moving along smoothly.
But when the General doesn't sing,
there is something wrong.
Right now, the general is singing.
He is assistant commander of the
29th Infantry Division which bat-
tered its way through the Germans'
;breached defenses and drove on to
capture St. Lo and to receive a com-
mendation of the corps commander
for a job well done.
Rugged Character
This tall, 51-year old soldier from
Chelsea, Mass., is one of the rugged
est characters in the United States
Army. Tie led the task force which
drove into St. Lo on July 18, and he
was right at the front of his column,
directing operations.
He usually is found around the
front lines where the fighting is
roughest, and he moves with com-
plete disregard for his own safety,
finding out for himself what is go-
ing on and cheering up his men with
his good humor.
When he led his task force into
St. Lo he was wounded slightly in
the 'arm by shrapnel. But he re-
fused to leave for the rear until his
troops had accomplished the mis-
sion of occupying the city.
Receives DSC
Recently, Gen. Eisenhower pinned
the Distinguished Service Cross on
Cota for heroic leadership of his
troops on D-Day. He landed on the
beach where heavy fighting was in-
derway, and skillfully directed opera-
tions against the enemy's strong gun
emplacements and machine gun nests
which were holding up the doughboy
Cota came to the 29th from the
IstDivision with which he served in
the Tunisian and Sicilian campaigns.
Fire and Movem0enz
From these campaigns he broght
back a firm belief in the value of
fire and movement in infantry tac-
tics. Even his jeep is named "Fire
and Movement." And he drills these
tactics into company commanders
day after day.'
Balkan Air Corps
Aid& Yugoslav Allies
QUARTERS, (Delayed)-()-A new
Balkan air force-whose roster of
pilots reads like that of the, United
Nations-has planted bases on Yugo-
slav soil for the express purpose of
providing an air arm. for Marshal
Tito and other resistance forces.
Although the bulk of the forces are
British and American, there are Ital-
ian, Polish and Greek squadrons. and
soon Yugoslav airmen will be fiyrng
back to their homeland to take up
the struggle.

Wounded Hero
Is Nicknamed
By The Associated Press
layed)-Neither military nor medical
men can quite figure out why Lt.
Jack Degman of Piedmont, Wyo., is
still alive and still in combat after
going through the Tunisian and Ital-
ian campaigns.
Platoon leader in a tank destroyerI
outfit, the ex-cowboy has beenI
wounded five times, considerably
I above par for any combat corps, and
it has earned him the battalion nick-
name, "Screendoor," indicating he is
full of holes.
And the five wounds don't count a
couple of extra ones which he didn't
even bother to take to the hospital.
Has 70-Year-Old Heart
All this fighting was done with
what is known as a 70-year-old-
heart in his 23-year-old body.
It's a strange story. Jack's mother
died when he was born in Bakers-
field, Calif. His father died when he
was in his early teens. So he headed
east, got as far as Wyoming. There
his grandparents persuaded him to
stop his wandering, work for them
on vacations and continue his school-
ing in the winter.

accompanying this German photo, supplied by Pressens Bild, Swedish
picture agency, describes it as Adolf Hitler visiting Maj. Gen. Walter
Scherff, a German officer injured in the bomb blast attempt on Hitler's
life July 20.
Cured inRear AreaHospital

U.S. Educated
Jap Meets Yank.
In Sai pan Battle
Bullets Instead of Boos
End College Rivalry
By The Associated Press
SAIPAN, Marianas Islands - (De-
layed) -Maybe it happened this
way; maybe not. In war you're not
sure what happens. This much we
know: an American marine tried to
reason it out with one of the rising
sons of Nippon. The buddies of the
marine saw the beginning of this
drama. The end was told without
words, when they found their com-
rade with a bullet through his head
and the Jap dead behind his ma-
chine gun.
The place was the rocky slopes of
Hill 721. The Jap was an English-
speaking, American educated soldier.
The Yank was--well, sentimental.
A Marine patrol found the Jap,
alone, behind a machine gun in a
well protected spot under an over-
hanging ledge. The Jap didn't
open fire,and they crawled closer.
The sentimental marine said,
"Maybe he wants to surrender," and
crawled a little closer than the rest.
You can imagine his surprise when
the Jap said, "I wouldn't come too
close, Mac. You might get hurt."
"Listen, Tojo," the marine came
back, "there are eight of us. Why
don't you give up?"
"I should surrender to some drug
store cowboys?" ,the Jap retorted.
"You speak pretty good English for
a Jap," the Yank said.
"Why not?" Tojo replied. "I
spent fifteen years in your country.
I even went to Columbia University
for two years."
"I'm a Princeton man myself,"
the marine declared.
"You ought to be ashamed to admit
it," the Jap shouted back. "Princeton
hasn't beaten Columbia in four
"Listen, Tojo, cut the dirty remarks
before I let you have a burst," the
American snapped.
At that moment the Jap opened
up with his machine gun and the
Yank flattened himself behind a
boulder. He watched the bullets
ricochet off the top of it. His bud-
dies backed around the nearest
cliff to get out of range. Pretty
soon the Jap stopped firing.
The American raised his head.
"Pal, that did it," he said, and cut
loose with a burst from his Bar. The
Jap ducked and turned on his Nam-
bu machine gun.
For a few minutes that quiet ra-
vine, which had been given over to
the repartee of two men. at war,
echoed with the angry chattering of
automatic weapons.

By The Associated Press
layed)--"We're finally learning that
you can't cure psychoneurotics in a
rear area hospital," said the short,
heavy-set doctor. "At least it's a lot
harder. Keep 'em up front and
you've got a fighting chance of help-
ing them get their balahce back. But
bring them back here where they're
completely safe and their memories
and imaginations go to work. Then
then almost never go back."
He leaned forward in his chair,
talking earnestly above the babble
of voic :s in the officers' day-room
where several of the station hospital
doctors and nurses were resting. It
was night. The hospital was more
than 100 miles from the front.
"It's like when a pilot cracks up
but isn't hurt," he said.
Nerves Heal in Action
"First thing he should do is go
right back up again as quick as pos-'
sible. Then the experience is coun-
terattacked before it has time to work
on his nerves. The longer he goes
without flying again the harder it is
for him to go back."
A younger doctor cut into the con-
"Remember how we used to try tof
get the men clear away from even the'
sound of the front as quickly as
possible, and in Tunisia we wondered
why we had such a high percentage
of incurables among them?" he said.
"Now we're -getting as many psycho-
neurotic specialists as possible right
up with the hospitals in the field-at

collecting companies and clearing
stations-and right with the troops.
They can accomplish twice as much
up there as they could back here."
Use Revolutionary Trend
For a moment they talked about
how the revolutionary trend in hand-
ling the nerve cases had cut the per-
centage by near miraculous figures.
(continued from Page 2)
be "The Book of Common Prayer in
Wesleyan Guild at the First Me-
thodist Church will continue with
its discussions on the general theme
of "What Should thenChurch Be Do-
ing?" They will meet at 5 p. m. in
the lounge and will hold their supper
and fellowship hour after the talks.
The Sunday class for University stu-
dents wil again be conducted by Dr.
Edward W. Blakeman, counselor in
religious education, on aspects of
marriage and family life from 9:30
to 10:30 a. m.

Prefers Motorized Outfit
Four years ago, after two years in
a pre-med course in the University
of Wyoming, Jack joined the army.
It was natural that this lean, brown-
ed, sunburned youth of medium sta-
ture would get in some motorized.
outfit. Cowboys don't like to walk.
How he got in with his heart!
amazes the medics over here but he
did, and he, landed with the invasion
in North Africa. He started accumu-
lating his wounds in the Tunisian
campaign, but the boys were Ll.sy
and nobody happened to check his
heart while patching hi n up.
Allies Smash Nazi
'Fortress Europe'
LONDON, Aug. 5.-(1P)--A vaunted
German inner defense line guarding
the approaches to Paris and inland
France has vanished into the air
from which it was conjured by the
Nazi propaganda mills.
The breakthrough from Normandy
has confirmed what Allied aerial re-
connaissance had already indicated-
that there are no fixed enemy defens-
es short of the Maginot and Siegfried

Spotlighting Late News and Interpretation
It's a Good Man Who Can Find
Front Line Somewhere on Guam
By WILLIAM L. WORDEN fallen and the troops are fighting
Associated Press War Correspondent on the other side. He ought to
AGAT TOWN, ON GUAM, (De- know. But how can he explain those
layed)-The front line is up here nine Marines a half mile ahead on
somewhere but it takes a better man the outskirts, running bent over and
than I am to find it. weaving like swivel-hipped football
This town is a pile of rubble. It halfbacks?
supposedly fell to our troops late The second fellow I asked, a young
yesterday. I think it did--but I'm corporal, said:
not sure. Nothing Is Safe.
A colonel told me that all Agat has "Oh, no. Nothing is safe up there.
----.-The Japs are just over that rise."
He was talking about a point a
en .E kes ® . s mile back of Agat.
A Marine lieutenant told me it
(Continued from Page 6) was all right up to the bridge 100
mense symbols of the forces of so- yards ahead. I went ahead and there
ciety and of Dali's "secret" philoso- wasn't any bridge.
phy. A 37 MM. battery has added to the
The roles of these characters definiteness. One gun went forward
verge on the allegorical, and this to back up battalion headquarters,
allegory, this bogus medievalism which a lieutenant said he knew was
which permeates the book, adds 200 yards to the right and ahead.
to its unreality and makes it Other guns went off toward the rear
seem no nearer to us than its because a lieutenant there was sure
counterparts of the late nine- he'd already come too far east toward
teenth-century. Only superficially the line and might be past it.
does it identify itself with our The communications man in the
time and the issues important to foxhole with me-the Japanese con-
us. And, although Dali ack- siderately dug an especially good one
nowledges himself a man of here-said he knew the line was be-
superhuman penetration, this yond the town. His partne .just came
bookdoesnotrevel tat peu_ feet first into a hole from across the
book does not reveal that pecu- road. He explained he was sick of
vlaein sit ofwhichmght.mhaving machine gun bullets popping
valuable outside of time. .. Running Men Indicate Front
This is not to say that Dali in- Runi esIndie heost
tends to dazzle us with a brilliant around his legs while he stood up.
sham. He may indeed be "painful- Some experts claim the way to
ly" sincere, and he can also be tell where the front line is located
ly sncee, ad h canals beis to keep going until you~ see men
brilliant: there are passages in 1stnn gngb n nti Y0 u.e Ten
the first half of the book which running bent over behind you. Then
resemble the delirium of his paint- you're on it.
ingsandwhih ae efecive enugh That is very interesting right now
ings and which are effective enough because there's 'a whole platoon of
to make us wonder whether there man running bent over 50 yards be-
is not something here too profoundhin us. Tobterrhto e
and mysterious for us to under- hod us. To the right, two men are
stand. shooting rapidy down mto a pile of
Perhaps a 'better writer than rocks with a hole under it. Some-
Dali could make the whole en- thing is shooting back.
grossing and worthwhile. But But up ahead those nine Marines
toward the end' of the book the have stopped running now, are
tialogue i sboth quaint and fat, standing straight up and giving each
dhe pasteboard glamor of scenes other lights for cigarettes. They've
and titles is much like that of the even putsdown their rifles.
pulp, an th couts'grimre- I guess I never will learn about
pueps, and the counts' grim re- this front line business., One thing
searches resemble those of the I do know, those things going "whee
demon scientist in detective maga- whee" over my head now are not
es. And all of this rococco ma-birds
terial is embellished further by br
Dali's deliberate attempts at art: TYPEWRITERS
the cliche of the "hidden faces,"uTPEW TE R
the rejuvenation of the cork oaks Repaired
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before the club at 8 p.m., Tuesday,
Aug. 8, in the League. There will
also be group singing and a social
On Tuesday and Wednesday at
4 p.m. members will meet in the Grill
Room of the League for informal
conversation in Spanish. The public
is invited to attend all mepting6 of
the club.
"Fresh Fields," comedy by Novello,'
will be presented by the Michigan
Repertory Players of the Department
of Speech, Wednesday through Sat-
urday evenings, Aug. 9-12, in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets
on sale in the theatre box office. Box
office hours: Monday and Tuesday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the balance of
the week, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
French Club: The sixth meeting of
the Club will take place Thursday,
Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Michigan
League. Mme. Sarah Maycock, Grad.,
will talk on "Souvenirs pittoresques
de'une etudiante a m e r i c a in e en
France." Group singing and social
hour. All students of the Summer
Session and the Summer Term as

well as all servicemen are cordially
invited to the weekly meetings of the
French Club which are free of charge.
Russian Film: "Childhood of Max-'
irh Gorky." Aug. 11 and 12, 8:15 p.m.,
Rackham Lecture Hall.
First Presbyterian Church: Wash-
tenaw. Sunday, Aug. 6, 10:45 a.m..
Morning worship, sermon by Dr. D.
Elton Trueblood "The Fellowship of
the Unashamed." 4:30 p.m., Special
lecture on "The Future of Religion,"
Dr. D. Elton Trueblood. Cost supper
and social following.
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
409 S. Division St. Wednesday eve-
ning service at 8p.m. Sunday morning
service at 10:30 a.m. Subject "Spirit."
Sunday school at 11:45 a.m. A con-
venient reading room is maintained
by this church at 106 E. Washington
St. where the Bible, also the Christian
Science Textbook, "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures"
and other writings by Mary Baker
Eddy may be read, borrowed or pur-
chased. Open daily except Sundays

and holidays from 11:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturdays until 9 p.m.
University Lutheran Chapel, 1511
Washtenaw, will have its regular ser-
vice Sunday at 11, with the sermon
by the Rev. Alfred Scheips, "The
Constancy of True Friendship."
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Student
Club, will meet at the Lutheran Stu-
dent Center Sunday afternoon at
2 o'clock for an outing at Portage
The Lutheran Student Association
will leave the Zion Lutheran Parish
Hall, 309 E. Washington St., for a
picnic supper at Island Park Fire-
place this Sunday afternoon at 4:30.
Servicemen and students are wel-
Zion Lutheran Church: Worship
service at 10:30 a.m. and sermon by
Rev. E. C. Stellhorn.
Trinity Lutheran Church: Worship
service at 10:30 a.m. and sermon by
Rev. Rimmer in the absence of Rev.
Henry Yoder.
Memorial Christian Church (Disci-
ples): Hill and Tappan Streets. 11
a.m., Sunday morning worship. The
Rev. Parker Rossman will speak on
the subject, "Nature's Blunder?" At
4 p.m. students 'and servicemen will
meet at the Guild House, 438 May-
nard St., for a trip to Riverside Park
for games, a picnic supper, and ves-
per service. In case of unfavorable
weather the program will be held
inside. The group will return to cam-
pus by 7 p.m.
First Congregational Church, State
and William Streets. Sunday: at the
morning service, 10:45, Professor
Preston W. Slosson will speak on the
subject, "The War and the Church."
At 4 p.m. students and servicemen
will leave the Guild House, 438 May-
nard St., for a picnic and vespers at
Riverside Park. In case of unfavor-
able weather the program will be
held inside. The group will return to
campus by 7 p.m.
First Methodist Church and Wes-

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