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U. S. Occupation Troops Hit
"Bonanza' Market In Berlin

By The Associated Press
BERLIN - American occupation
troops hit a golden bonanza in Berlin
from which they extracted some $3,-
000,000 in cold cash in July by sales
of watches, "liberated" cameras, cig-
arettes, candy bars and, foodstuffs,
American authorities disclosed.
From July 9 to July 27, Army post
offices wrote money orders for $1,-
600,000 and sold $65,000 worth of
war bonds. Long soldier queues still
form daily before the money order
and war bond windows.
Outside Sources
An additional $1,491,000 was put
in personal transfer accounts where-
by a soldier leaves his surplus cash
in the hands of his commanding of-
ficer, and another $500,000 was
placed in soldiers' deposits. In the
latter case, the money is handed to
the soldier upon discharge, unless an
emergency arises and he needs it be-
The Army payroll here was about
$100,000 in June, and probably about
the same in July. It was evident from
this that there was an extra $100
apiece floating around for the 30,000
soldiers here, and that the money
came from "outside" sources.
The most lucrative was in the sale
of wrist watches to the Russians, who
have shown an amazing weakness
for timepieces. Some watches sold
for as high as $1,200. Deals at $600
are commonplace.
Three Years Pay
Russian soldiers, who had collect-
ed as much as three years back pay,
have a preference for blackfaced.
luminous dial watches with sweep
second hands. However, they are

ready prospects for any kind of a
wrist watch that ticks.
There is no law against anAmeri-
can soldier selling his own watch, or
cigarettes, or candy or other food-
stuffs received from home. But there
is a strict ban on trading anything
issued by the army or purchased
through post exchanges.
Taking cognizance of the Berlin
kituation, Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Parks,
commander of American forces here,
issued an order July 24 calling at-
tention to regulations forbidding
blackmarket dealings in captured or
Allied currency, and ordered severe
punishing for those found guilty.
Drop in Sales
The general, at the same time, di-
rected unit commanders to pass up-
on all applications for money orders,
war bonds, personal transfer ac-
counts, and soldiers' deposits. He
ordered, further, that no man could
make such applications for more
than 110 per cent of his unencum-
bered pay.
On the day before the general's
action, $180,000 passed through the
money order windows - the Army
post offices' biggest single day. The
day he acted the money order and
war bond windows were closed down
and ctayed that way for two days.
Johnson To Resign
By The Associated Press
LANSING, Aug. 2-The resigna-
tion, effective tomorrow, of Dr. Eliza-
beth M. Johnson, Director of the
Wayne County Children's Center in
Detroit, was requested by the State
Hospital Commission today.

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Kelly AppointsI
Gibson, Shaw
By The Associated Press
LANSING, Aug. 2-John W. Gib-
son of Detroit, president of the Mich-
igan CIO Council, and Earl Shaw of
Bay City, a board member of the
Michigan Fderation of Labor, were
appointed by Governor Kelly today
to the State Planning Commission.
Robert R. Wright of Ironwood, a
commission member since the body
was organized, was reappointed.
The appointment of the two labor
representatives was to comply with
legislative action enlarging the com-
mission from 15 to 21 members, two
to be representatives of labor.
State Building Plans
Get 'Excessive' Bids
By The Associated Press
LANSING, Aug. 2-Bids on pro-
jects for Michigan's $20,000,000 State
Building Program are so "excessive"
the program almost has been halted,
A. N. Langius, state building direc-
tor, reported today.
He declared bids were running 20
to 35 per cent ahead of revised 1945
appropriations. He said his depart-
ment recently received a bid of $300
to install a sink in the state insti-
at kwa...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Contributions to this
column should be addressed to Michigan
Men at War, The Michigan Daily, Stu-
dent Publications Building.
Recently promoted to the rank of
Major in the Army Air Forces,
GEORGE S. BRADLEY, '32, is now
assigned to the Pacific Division of
the Air Transport Command and is
stationed in the Hawaiian Islands.
Major Bradley, who entered the ser-
vice in 1943, while at the University
was circulation manager of The Daily
and on the Board in Control of Stu-
dent Publications.
The Pacific Division, ATC, to
which he is assigned, is the trans-
Pacific serial supply line that car-
ries vital mail, supplies, and wound-
ed Americans from Australia to
the Philippines to the United
States and is currently evacuating
10,000 wounded a month from the
battle zones to hospitals in this
Corporal JOHN C. DOAN, a for-
mer University student, has for nearly
a year worked as a part of the Army
Airways Communications System, the
organization responsible for the safety
of aircraft plying China skyways.
Wearer of the Bronze Star, Cpl: Doan
has been a constant student of mech-
anics since entering the Army in 1943,
and has sought new ways and means
to cure teletype troubles.
Former students of the University
who recently reported to Norfolk,
Va., to train for duties aboard a de-
stroyer of the Atlantic Fleet are
Ensigns JOSEPH J. PULLO, a vet-
eran of three and a half years of
duty aboard a repair ship in the
Pacific, CRAIG M. ROWLEY, and
Lieutenant JOHN S. OLDS, '39,
has been promoted to the rank of
Captain in the Medical Administra-
tive Corps. A student at the Univer-
sity Law School when he entered the
Army in 1942, Captain Olds is now
serving as adjutant with the 126th
General Hospital at Leyte in the
Navy To Be Publisher

Navy is planning to publish a chain
of daily newspapers in the Pacific and
a weekly magazine along the lines of
the Army's "Yank" and the Marine
Corps' "Leatherneck."

PAPER G I R L -.Carolyn
Sherwood of Chicago examines
ammunition containers made out
of salvaged waste paper in Am-'
erican Can company's factory.

A Q U A T I C T H E R A P Y.-Nurses, WACs and Sgt. Kurt Jafay, instructor, watch pool exercises
by (l. to r.) Pfc. O. A. Cowgill, Benton Harbor, Mich., Pvt. D. J. Hinckley, Davenport, Ia., S/Sgt. 0.
R. Gossman, Humboldt, Nebr., Pvt. Mitchell Sturdevant, Menomonie Indian reservation, Wis., and
Pvt. A. J. Hansen, Chicago, at Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver.


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Cute? That's why we call it
It's a Taileur-Town hat in
You'll wear it everywhere - you'll
love it so. Sits so pretty on your
noggin - flits so gaily from desk to dates.
Trimmed with grosgrain ribbon edge,
bow and streamers In new Butterfly
colors. Sizes 211, 22, 22

CAN I NE WAR VETERAN-Rusty,j Irish setter at
whom his master, Capt. W. L. Monson of Salt Lake City is smil-
ing, once belonged to a German general and understands only
Italian. Monson smuggled Rusty into this country.

H A I R C U T F OQR A R M Y - Pvt.- Dan Oats, 20-year-old
Cree Indian from the Rockey Boy reservation in Montana, loses
his 18-inch braids upon induction into the paratroops at Ft.
Douglas, Utah. William June is the barber.


S I N G E R - Johnnie Johnston
(above), singer who grew up
and boxed as an amateur in
Kansas City, has been signed to
make a film in Hollywood.




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P R 1 S 0 N T E N T C I T Y'- This view -of the Island Command prisoner of war stockade on
Okinawa was made from the guard tower. (U. S. Army photo)

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