American military advisors and instructors of the Y-Forces have spared no efforts to instruct the members of the
Chinese Expeditionary Forces in American combat methods, weapons and supply techniques. Above Left: Chinese soldiers
learn how to use the bayonet on the offensive and how to protect oneself on the defensive. Above Center: Members of
the Chinese Infantry class crawl through barbed wire as dynamite explodes on the infiltration course at the Infantry
Training Center in Southwest China, often referred to as "Little Fort Benning." Above right: Sgt. Steve Torre (left)
and Sgt. Fred W. Harringbon demonstrate the proper method of loading a mule to carry supplies of ammunition to a
training class at the school. Below left: Lt. Gen. Chung Bing, Commanding General of a Chinese company, firing a
.50 caliber water-cooled machine gun under the instruction of American personnel. Below center: S/Sgt. Jena Corslip,
Weston, W.Va., points out to a group of Chinese interpreters the fine points of a 37mm anti-tank gun. Below right:
Capt. Hiu Yu Kun, commanding officer of a demonstration company, presents a banner to Capt. Herman Friedburg, Malden,
Mass., instructor associated with the Y-Forces, on the completion of the training cycles.
Thirteen Decorated In Kunming
KUNMING - Four officers and nine enlisted men were decorated at a retreat ceremony in
the headquarters compound here last week by Maj. Gen. G. X. Cheves, Commanding General, SOS, China Theater.
Lt. Col. A. J. Gricius, Boston, Mass., received the Legion of Merit for his services as executive
officer of Base Section No. 2 last year.
The Soldier's Medal was awarded to Lt. Wayne P. Slagle, Charleston, W. Va., for distinguished heroism
at Liuchow, China, when he jumped, fully clothed, into the Liu River and saved an enlisted man from drowning.
Distinguished Flying Crosses for air-dropping missions over mountainous terrain and enemy occupied
territory were awarded to Lt. O. L. Nida, Placerville, Calif.; Sgt. Orando A. Campisis, Waltham, Mass.; Corp. Forest
J. Headley, Canton, Ala.; Pvt. Carroll E. Seiple, York, Penn.; Pvt. Russel N. Leedon, Maysville, Ky.; Pfc. Lawrence
J. Kenny, New York, N.Y.; M/Sgt. Thomas J. O'Hara, Sinking Springs, Penn.; Pvt. Loren H. Bolin, Roswell, New Mexico;
Corp. William F. Gilshinah, Pasadena, Calif., and Pvt. N. B. Yawn, Alvarado, Texas. These men are with the Burma Road
In his remarks to the assembly General Cheves pointed out that every opportunity would be taken to
decorate officers and enlisted men who deserve decorating. He said there was a considerable number of men in the China
Theater who had served their country heroically and that their deeds had not gone unnoticed and would be rewarded in
Air-Droppers Vital Factor In Salween Campaign
A necessary preliminary to any air-dropping mission is the preparation of the parachutes for the mission.
In the photos above Left: Sgt. Ernest Barnes, Baltimore, Md., (left) and Pvt. David S. Soloway, Baltimore, Md., prepare
to stretch the shroud lines to speed the drying of the chutes. Center: Pvt. Frank A. Spenko, Cleveland, Ohio,
supervises the Chinese workmen sewing parachutes which have suffered damage in landing on small rugged targets in
the mountains where the Chinese were operating. Right: Pictured here is a long view of the drying racks for the chutes.
On warm windy days, ideal for drying, these racks sometimes accommodate 3,000 chutes.
Left: Sgt. Frederick S. Sherman, Shelton, Conn., (center foreground) instructs Chinese workers on how to fill and tie
the rice sacks that are about to be dropped to the Chinese troops at the Salween Front lines. Center: Shows men of the
14th Air Force dropping rice on target near the Salween River. The kicker on the floor is Corp. Albert A. Bancroft,
Chesterton, Ind., in the background is Corp. Milton Chapman, Horse Cave, Ky. In the foreground ready to dump the 100
lb. bags are Pvt. Robert Minnins, Weirton, W.Va., and T/Sgt. Clifford E. Spiegelbert, Oahkash, Wisconsin. Right:
Dropping right on the target, parachutes land on the right side of a mountain in the Kali Range of the sub-Himalayas.
Y-FORCE OPERATIONS STAFF, CHINA THEATER - Air supply has been a vital factor in the
Salween Campaign - the first sustained Chinese offensive in seven long years of war against the Japanese invaders.
Fought in the 12,000-foot Kaoli Kung mountain range, a spur of the Himalayas, in the initial phase
of the offensive, which was launched in may 1944, the troops fighting in this battle above the clouds were
only by a few narrow, steep trails, which the monsoon rains quickly turned to a glassy slickness or a mire of knee-deep,
Obviously, to supply a force large enough to drive the Japs from their well-fortified mountain bastions,
it would be necessary to resort to the air. The idea was not novel - troops in Burma had recently been supplied by air -
but there were many new difficulties and problems in the China Theater.
Most of the area over which the campaign was to be waged was entirely unmapped. What maps were available
were so poor that many towns were as far wrong as 10 degrees - 70 miles at the equator.
The Kaoli Kung is rugged almost beyond belief, and the problem of
locating exact dropping targets was
a difficult one, for there were few places where the planes could get low enough to drop and still avoid hitting the
Some of the mountain peaks are never entirely free of clouds and the pilot had to find a gap - and hope.
And, the last straw, the monsoon rains were about to begin. Nevertheless, the campaign - the battle to reopen the land
supply line of the Burma Road - was about to begin, and only air supply could solve the problem.
At the end of April, only the planning stage had been reached, but shortly after the Chinese Expeditionary
Force and their American advisors and assistants of Y-Force crossed the turbulent, muddy Salween in May, the Air Dropping
Detachment was ready.
All of the necessities of war have been dropped to the troops at one time or another. Bullets and rice,
the two essentials, have been dropped in huge quantities. Beans for the horses which furnish the only animal transportation
in these trackless wastes have also been delivered by air.
Hydrogen cylinders for flame-throwers, gasoline in 55-gallon drums, half-pound blocks of TNT for
demolition purposes, radios and salt are among items supplied by air.
In one sector of the Y-Force area, election ballots were dropped to Americans a month's pack trip
from the nearest post office.
Rice, beans and salt are free-dropped, wrapped in several burlap bags so that even though contact with
the ground might break one or two wrappings, it is unlikely that all will be broken. By experiment, the Y-Force Air
Dropping Detachment has proven that a 35-pound sack of rice stands the shock of impact best. Seventy-five pounds of
salt are dropped with each 5,000 pounds of rice.
Three sizes of parachutes are used, the 18-foot, Indian cotton variety being used for the majority of
dropping. Small six-foot pigeon chutes are used for dropping small items.
Equipment for American personnel of the Y-Force is dropped in 'chutes which have been daubed with blue
Chinese dye, and the equipment so dropped is marked for the American in both English and Chinese letters.
Most of the ground work - the packing of the 'chutes, the packing of supplies, repair of 'chutes and
so on - is done by men previously inexperienced in this work. Many of them were Y-Force medical men, brought to the
Air Dropping Detachment because of the necessity for speed.
The kickers, however, are experienced, having done considerable kicking over Burma before being flown
across the Himalayan "Hump" to join Y-Force at the beginning of the Salween Campaign.
These men, who usually ride three to a plane, arrange themselves around the open door of the transport,
one on each side and the third on his back with his feet toward the door, and at a signal from the pilot kick the
supplies out to the waiting Chinese and Americans below.
Orders from the front arrive during the middle of the night and the requested supplies are loaded on
trucks and taken to the airfield. As early as possible the next day, the ships of the Troop Carrier Command, with the
Y-Force kickers, take off and fly to the designated dropping target, where the supplies are delivered.
According to Major Robert N. Wolfe, Robbinsdale, Minn., the commanding officer, the efficiency of the
Y-Force Air Dropping Detachment is due to the fine cooperation between the ground men and the pilots of the Troop
Carrier Squadron which operates with them.
Curiously, although the kickers are all enlisted men in the ground forces, principally the Quartermaster
Corps., nine of them have earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 21 the Air Medal.
Gets Silver Star For Pilot Rescue
AN ADVANCED CHINA AIR BASE - Corp. John Popovich, Nasury, Ohio, recently has been awarded
the Silver Star for "gallantry and courage displayed in the line of duty." Corp. Popovich is now stationed with the
"Golden Tigers," a fighter squadron of the Fourteenth Air Force's West China Raiders.
During an enemy bombing, Corp. Popovich was on duty as an ambulance driver on the flight line. The
"red" alert was sounded and the planes were scrambled. On the take-off two P-51s collided and immediately burst into
flames. By this time the Jap planes were over the field - coming in dropping their "frag" bombs. One of the Mustang
pilots lay where he had fallen from his burning plane.
The corporal, disregarding his own safety, rushed to the injured pilot and attempted to quiet him -
even as bombs were exploding less than 200 yards from them. He got the pilot into the ambulance and drove through smoke
and over the bomb-torn airfield to the dispensary.
Corp. Popovich has been overseas for 18 months and in China for five months. He entered the Army in April
of 1942. Before coming into the service he was employed by national Malleable and Steel Casting Corp. of Sharon, Pa.
Flying Tigers Set New Record
HEADQUARTERS, FOURTEENTH AIR FORCE - With 231 enemy airplanes destroyed, 30 probably
destroyed and 110 damaged up till the end of the New Year's third week, the Fourteenth Air Force was running ahead
of the new record it set up in the last month of the old year when it destroyed 241 enemy aircraft, probably destroyed
55 and damaged 194.
Thousands of tons of enemy shipping sunk and damaged had been superimposed upon the accumulative
total to 843,289 tons of enemy shipping sunk, 338,900 probably sunk and 565,750 tons damaged which the Fourteenth
had run up by January 1.
Randall's Raiders reported more than 100 locomotives destroyed in the first three weeks in January
and railroad bridges and rolling stock under constant hammering.
The Fourteenth's ever mounting air superiority tends to discount the theory that the loss of air bases
at Hengyang, Linglin, Paoching, Kweilin, Liuchow and Nanning during the summer and autumn thrust of the
checked the striking power of the Fourteenth.
Overall picture of Fourteenth operations in the first three weeks of January was one to give satisfaction
to Gen. Chennault and statistical proof that again the boss of the Flying Tigers had outguessed the Japs, turned their
strategy against them and had beaten them at their own game.
With a dislocated time table staring them in the face and the joint forces of Admiral Nimitz and
General MacArthur hammering them in the Philippines, it was apparent that the Japanese high command had failed in its
objective of neutralizing the Flying Tigers ahead of the pacific push and that the summer and autumn campaigns on the
mainland had merely furnished the Fourteenth with bigger targets. Up to the end of the third week in January the
Japanese had been unable to capitalize, for offensive or defensive air operations any one of the Fourteenth's eastern
bases lost during the summer and autumn.
GIs Transform Pig Into Turkey (Canned) Dinner
AN ADVANCED FOURTEENTH USAAF BASE, CHINA - The affectionate sow Rosie-Bell, long a pet
and mascot of Wing headquarters personnel at this base, was recently transformed into a "turkey" dinner with trimmings.
The amazing change-over was a result of both sentiment and conniving.
Rosie-Bell had reached her prime months ago, but S/Sgt. Jeffrey C. Burke, Montgomery, Ala., and Corp.
Cottrell, Hooks, Texas, of Col. J. C. Kennedy's Composite Wing, who had fed and cared for the lady-like porcine,
couldn't quite harden their hearts to the point of butchery. Rosie-Bell's gentle manner and feminine habits had won
the affection of local G.I.'s, and she in turn had become quite fond of her keepers especially Sgt. Burke, a handsome
L-5 pilot who wore a pigskin jacket. Often she would follow him to the mess hall or shower room, and at the door accepted
his kicks and rebuffs with dignified resignation.
At last it became apparent that in spite of her soulful eyes, somebody was going to have to give her
the works. It was a tough proposition. Burke and Cottrell dreaded the execution, but a pork barbeque dinner had been
promised the entire detachment and something had to be done.
Finally a project was suggested that would both spare their feelings and feed the hungry outfit.
Negotiation were made with the mess hall. In exchange for the hapless sow, the two soldiers received enough Chinese
national dollars to purchase a large quantity of Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers. Shaking and squealing, Rosie-Bell
was bound by the feet and hauled away by murderous kitchen boys. The Wing G.I.'s feasted on canned turkey and Stateside
cheese, beans and fruit. There were no evident twinges of conscience, though one comment about "eating like a pig"
was vigorously protested by all present.
'MOUSE TRAP' PLAY SMASHES JAP GUNS
14th AF BASE IN CHINA - When the Japs were finally driven from Wanting, the last enemy
stronghold on the Ledo-Burma road, they left a trap for the Chinese ground forces - but got caught in it themselves.
The Japs hid cleverly camouflaged artillery in the surrounding hills, trained it on the town, and
then waited. Everything happened according to their expectations. Chinese soldiers entered the town and cleaned out
the remaining pockets, then proceeded with the flag raising ceremonies that are traditional with their army upon
capture of a city. When the soldiers massed in formation in the central square and the
Kuomintang flag began to ascend
the pole, it was a pretty sight. The Japs took that minute to cut loose with their artillery.
No sooner had that occurred than another trap was sprung, this one by some American planes of Col. J. C.
Kennedy's Composite Wing of the Fourteenth Air Force. These China-based fighters of General Chennault's "Flying Tigers"
were hovering in the area, and the minute the Jap guns rumbled, a radio flash was sent through to the planes pointing
out the gun positions. The strafing planes out every gun out of action and wiped out the crews.
Flag raising ceremonies preceded as scheduled.
'Muscle-Mangler' Handles Stars, Bars And Aching GIs
HQ., 14TH AF, CHINA - When Corp. Francis H. Taylor says, "Wait till I get my hands on that
guy," he isn't mad at anyone - he's just putting his heart into his work.
Corp. Taylor claims to be the only professional masseur in all China and certainly he is the only one
yet unearthed in "Randall's Riders," the Fourteenth Air Force Fighter Wing in West China to which he belongs. His
further claim of being closer to Brig. Gen. Russel E. Randell, commander of the Raiders, than even the highest staff
officer also is indisputable since "Doc" is the General's orderly, chiropractor and masseur.
With a widespread reputation for stretching words as well as muscles Doc Taylor is both the envy and
bewilderment of his fellow Raiders. His blasť discourses about his granery back in Arizona "where I made my first
fortune," and his experiences among Hollywood's film lovelies brought him nothing but jibes - until the Jinx Falkenburg-Pat O'Brien
troupe came to this Asiatic outpost. Doc promptly hit the G.I. limelight by turning his skilled hands to the job of
easing the travel-kinked muscles of Jinx, Betty Yeaton, and Ruth Carroll. The jibes abruptly turned to groans of envy.
The G.I. masseur claims to have smoothed out the sore spots on such notables as Kay Francis, Norma Shearer,
Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow and Thelma Todd. "I nearly got Garbo, too," he explains, "but she didn't keep the appointment."
Also on the Taylor record of massaged bodies are Fred Waring and some of his band members, numerous showgirls from
Radio City and from Broadway productions and, since his entry into the Army, an impressible list of brass.
Corp. Taylor got his start in the world by proceeding to evacuate the town of his birth, McCrory,
Arkansas and heading for Yuma, Arizona, as soon as he was old enough to become desirous of the good things in life.
"I ran away from home," he says, "because I wanted to own nice clothes, drive an expensive automobile and associate
with beautiful women." But the profession of a masseur did not occur to him until "I just gave birth to an idea and
started massaging people."
After making a success of his career as a masseur in New York and Hawaii and points between, Doc
decided to enlarge upon his trade and studied for a time at the San Francisco School of Chiropractory. This course,
according to the muscle artist, also included the techniques of embalming, but he adds, "I've never had such bad luck
with my patients that I had to use that Knowledge."
Explaining what he calls "my phenomenal success," Taylor asserts that "I have what you call 'the
feminine touch.' That means I'm especially good with women, who always are nervous and have to be calmed and soothed
before you can find their aches and pains and correct them . . . In this job, I have to be a combination masseur and
chiropractor and psychiatrist."
Classified as an administration clerk in the Army because "there just isn't any classification for a
masseur." Taylor has often supplemented his monthly payroll with remunerations for his work on the aching backs of
Up to now, it has all been pretty hush-hush, but the Corporal finally has admitted that he netted an
even $800 on the last part of the trip that brought his outfit to China. Long lines of hammock-weary soldiers used to
make their way to Doc's portable "groan and grunt" table on the main deck. And now, in the land of rickshaws and rocky
roads, the man with the "feminine touch" is finding plenty of business, ranging from visiting generals right down to
aching buck privates.
Highlight of Doc's overseas career was the visit of the Hollywood troupe. He still rubs his hands in
an odd gesture of reminiscence as he recalls that "it just seemed like old times!"
A SOLDIER WRITES:
Although I have only been in China for a few days Mom, it is easy to see there are thousands
of things which make this country different than any other I have visited.
Probably more than any other country Mom, China has been terribly hit by the war, but the first thing
which strikes you when arriving here is the cheery smile and good nature of these people who have been taking all the
enemy can put out and are still fighting back.
Even more than India Mom, transportation here ranges from oxcarts and rickshaws to huge GI trucks and
buses. Mainly the roads are not good, since they were not built to stand the
heavy traffic which goes over them every
day now that the Americans are here with all of their modern means of travel. A familiar sight here is a sort of
horse-drawn coach, built square like a cheese-box, and centered on two wheels. There seems to be no end to the number
of passengers these carts will hold, and faces with broad grins can be seen through the windows on every side.
The streets of a fairly large city in China are mainly cobble-stone and quite narrow, faced on either
side by open shops much as in India, and in these shops people can be seen busily eating with those peculiarly Chinese
instruments - chop sticks, or bargaining over a piece of cloth yard goods as all good
Orientals love to do.
Chinese coolies with their large circular hats, or sometimes just a little skull cap, sandals and
loose-fitting clothing can be seen on any of the streets here. They carry very heavy loads across their backs and
shoulders by means of a long pole with a rope attachment which drops the load down on both sides. Even then it is not
easy and you must have a marvelous sense of balance to carry a load like this very far. These coolies naturally must
rest now and then and they lay their carrying poles down in the street anywhere. The coolie is liable to be very
much disturbed if you step over this pole, as he believes it will bring bad luck.
Another interesting feature about China Mom, is the way the women carry their small children. Like
the American Indians they strap them on their back, thus leaving their hands free for other tasks. Like India, the
Chinese women do much of the hard manual labor, such as construction projects. They are very strong and can do as
hard work as the men.
Produce for this teeming city is carried into town daily on the backs of mules, or small horses, or
on the backs of the coolies themselves. Every morning on the street you can see long caravans bringing chickens, and
many varieties of vegetable, into town. Today I even saw two men bringing in a fat pig, very much alive, on two poles
with ropes tied to his feet.
Almost as different as the people of this country, are the many kinds of dialects spoken throughout
the land. The dialects of southeastern China are quite different from north China, but anywhere you go in China you
will find people who speak the official language.
The people differ in stature as in language. The northerners are generally larger than the southerners,
and today in the larger cities of unoccupied China, you will find the peoples from every region and province of the
country. These mingled with the Chinese and American soldiers seen on the streets make a very colorful, if congested
Well write soon Mom, I know you will be surprised to know I am in China, and Dad will also. Tell him
to drop me a line when he has time.
Special Letter To The Editor
Lt. Lester Geiss, Editor, China Command Post
To the China Command Post, the Roundup's sincere wishes for the success of you new
publication. You are the fulfillment of the China Theater's cherished dream for its own newspaper.
solid fact, the China Command Post enjoys the opportunity of recording for history - and its readers - the
momentous achievements which will take place in the days to come across the craggy spine of The Hump.
Because the destiny of the two Theaters are dependent one upon the other by mutual aims, the
Roundup will retain its vital interest in General Wedemeyer's command and through it your publication.
It was an honor to have served your readers until the China Command Post was made possible.
In you, however, they now possess a publication which is their "own" and which may more intimately record their
FLOYD WALTER, Capt. Infantry, Editor - Roundup
In China . . . . . . .
Now, I really don't care, lady fair,
'Both the shade of your eyes or your hair;
Your name or your weight or your height;
Just - What are you doing tonight?
- T/Sgt. Buell R.
My heart's an hour glass through which
The sands of memory press and burn,
While I mark time with hope and prayer
Until the day when I return.
- Corp. A. Bleiev
To A Buddie|
We saw your grave today, old pal
The earth still fresh and cold;
And at your head there stood a cross,
As if we need be told.
We stood around like things, not men,
We knew not what to say;
'Till someone broke the silence with
"We'd best be on our way."
We turned as one and walked away,
Heads bowed and hats in hand.
I hated so to leave you there,
I hope you'll understand.
Who knows we soon may meet again,
And start our lives anew.
We'll laugh about the Army then,
And things we used to do.
We'll plan our plans and dream our dreams
Just as we used to do.
So do the best you can, old pal,
I may be seeing you.
- Sgt. J. Ruggeri
The tenderest moments we recall are those of home.
When twilight climbs the garden wall in purple tone.
And far away from night and fear in a cheery cozy room.
In a pleasing dreamy atmosphere dispelling outside gloom.
A sleepy cat yawns on the hearth and in the firelight glow
We let our memories trace a path through country that we know.
Only our faces betray our mood, our eyes portray the past.
While memory supplies the food for our reverie's repast.
- D. Horle
Safe Arrival In China|
G.I.'s and officers meet the Pons-Kostalanetz troupe at the Kunming Airport, as they stepped out of their plane on
their arrival from India. In the group (left to right) are: Sgt. Alex Goodman, Detroit, Mich.; Andre Kostalanetz,
Theodore Paxson, flutist; Lily Pons, Frank Versaci and Corp. Forrest Scott, Phila., Pa. In the back row are:
Capt. Frank Wright, who is accompanying the troupe, and T/Sgt. George Montgomery, Spartenburg, N.C.
Pons-Kostelanetz On Tour Of China Bases
KUNMING - Andre Kostalanetz, famous conductor of the Columbia Broadcasting System,
and his wife, Miss Lily Pons, singing star of the Metropolitan Opera Company, arrived here this week from India
on the last leg of a trip sponsored by USO Camp Shows to entertain G.I.s in the India-Burma and China Theaters.
Marking a new departure in USO entertainment, Mr. Kostalanetz and Miss Pons will bring a program
of semi-classical and traditional American folk music to Uncle Sam's fighting forces in this Theater. Arriving at a
local airport, they both looked fit and happy in spite of the fact that their schedule has been hot and heavy ever
since they arrived in India shortly before Christmas.
First on the itinerary of the troupe, which includes Mr. Theodore Paxson, pianist and formerly accompanist
for Nelson Eddy, and Frank Versaci, flutist, will be playing at many local installations.
The musical couple - which have been Mr. and Mrs. Kostalanetz since 1938 - are making their second
overseas trip, recently completing a 15-week jaunt through North Africa, the Middle East and Persian Gulf Commands.
The reception which they received was so enthusiastic that they cancelled all concert, radio and operatic
to volunteer for this second entertainment mission.
A G.I. orchestra is now being formed in the area to play before local audiences of servicemen under
Mr. Kostalanetz's direction.
A medium bombardment group of the famed Chinese-American Wing of the 14th Air Force has adopted the nickname of the
"Gambay Group." In Chinese that means "Bottoms Up." In front (left to right) are Lt. Col. David J. M. Muson, New haven,
Conn.; Major Archie Gray, Bismarck, N.D., wielding the traditional bottle, and Major Y. K. Wang, vice-commander of the
group. In the rear (left to right) are Sgt. Ted Brown, Roseville, Ohio; M/Sgt.
Joseph D. Stahl, Milwaukee, Wis.,
and Corp. James W. Fitzgerald, Jersey City, N.J.
This luscious young beauty is the sweetheart of U.S. military personnel in the Antilles Department. The work of
Sgt. Charles R. Flory, she is a regular feature of Sentry Box, Army News Magazine published in that department.
Sentry In Silhouette|
1339TH AAFBU CHINA: As the sun sets over another far-flung Air Transport Command Base, Pfc. Eugene Swanson, Los
Angeles, Calif., stands guard against Japanese air raids over this advanced airfield in China. Giant Air Transport
Command cargo carriers land at this India-China Division station after flying the treacherous "Hump" with vital
war supplies for the fighting forces in China.
Haven For China's Refugees|
Now on their way to the U.S., Constance, Sylvia and Loretta Ying, daughters of the Chinese Consul General at San
Francisco, Cal., were found on this refugee-packed train at a siding in China after the flight from Kweilin, where
they were attending school. SOS officers, searching the train at the request of Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault, discovered
Stripped to the waist under the tropical sun, an American mortar crew of the Mars Task Force, which blocked the
Burma Road and cut off the Japanese escape route to Lashio, continues to pound the enemy
troops and supply columns.
Sgt. Powell I. Richards, Scranton, Pa., an infantryman pinch-hitting as motor sergeant at TIG 2, takes time out for
a little talk with Peggy Pfenning, Columbus, Ohio, as the ABC girl visits one of the outposts of the Y-Forces.
Aerial view of the old walled city in Manila. In the foreground is the Philippine Legislative Building. At the
top is the Pasig River which winds through the heart of the city and flows into Manila Bay.
Scene Of Fierce Fighting|
Pre-war Koenigsberg, capital of East Prussia, where the Russian forces engaged the Germans in fierce house to house
fighting. Of great importance politically, Koenigsberg is also important for its industry.
The CHINA COMMAND POST is the weekly newspaper of the United States Forces in the China Theater and is
published by Lt. Lester H. Geiss, Editor-in-Chief, for military personnel only.
T/Sgt. Harry Purcell, Managing Editor; Sgt. Maurice Pernod, Production Chief.
Editorial offices: Hqrs., SOS, China Theater, Kunming, China, and Hqrs., SOS, Calcutta, India.
Printed by Ajit Kumar Sinha at the "Amrita Bazar Patrika" Press, Calcutta, India.
FEBRUARY 9, 1945
Original issue shared by CBI veteran Grover P. Fike
Copyright © 2008 Carl Warren Weidenburner
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