PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY AND FOR U.S. MARINES IN CHINA
Repatriation Of Japanese Underway In Tsingtao
By S/Sgt. Wayne F. Young
Tsingtao, China - Repatriation of Japanese nationals from the Shantung Province area of North China began here with the loading of 3,000 Japanese Navy personnel on three LSTs under the supervision of Sixth Marine Division authorities.
It is planned to move 3,000 Japanese military personnel from this port every other day until an estimated 60,000 are cleared from Shantung Province, according to Major Spencer H. Pratt of the Sixth Division operations office, who is in charge of repatriating military personnel from this port.
The first group of Japanese civilians has left and Major W. L. Van Schaick of the division Civil Affairs section, said an estimated 30,000 civilians are now living in Tsingtao. An additional 40,000 to 45,000 are to be brought here from other parts of Shantung Province.
A fleet of 15 LSTs will shuttle between Tsingtao and the Japanese homeland until all military personnel are returned, Major Pratt said. The civilians will be transported on Japanese merchant vessels.
The Japanese Naval personnel who have left here were members of the air group based at Tsangkow airfield, about 10 miles outside this city.
They were part of the 4,800 Navy and 3,200 Army personnel who were garrisoning Tsingtao when Sixth Marine Division troops arrived here October 11.
These 8,000 troops have been billeted in a brick-walled coke yard about 15 miles outside this city since their surrender.
A total of 25 freight cars brought the 3,000 troops leaving today, plus their gear, to the docks in Tsingtao.
U.S. Wings In China
One of the First Marine Air Wing's transport planes being serviced on the Tientsin Field in preparation for a mail-carrying flight.
The Wing boasts one of the most impressive battle records in the Pacific Theater of operations.
Marines' Introduction To Chinese Peddlers..
(By Sgt. Roland G. James USMCR.)
The second in a series of two drawings showing the arrival of Marines in China. A new series will begin next week.
(The following are excerpts from the Tientsin Evening Journal column by Sergeant William Martin Camp, USMC, author of "Retreat, Hell!" and "Skip to My Lou," two recent novels.)
MORE ABOUT MARRIAGE: Suppose you can qualify in every aspect for the hand of a Chinese bride. In other words, this is what you've done (and this is not easy to do, mind you!):
You've had the marriage contract signed by your Ma and Pa, and her ancestors; the bride's family has accepted the wedding gifts which you and your buddies marched through the streets with yesterday; you've brought the bride to the groom's house (or tent, or foxhole, as the case may be); and now you look forward to receiving the bride in her red sedan.
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If the bride gets there before she smothers to death, her chair is set down on the street before the door where you're supposed to stand with a fan.
Right here is something we don't understand because the groom doesn't need this fan, unless it's to revive the poor little lotus blossom who has by this time swooned in the chair.
Anyhow, you're supposed to step forward, tap with your fan on the door of the sedan-chair. The bridesmaids rush forward, open the door and, lo and behold and faith an' bejaysus! there's you're little Chinese lassie, her face still covered.
Out she steps, to be placed on the back of a female servant (the Colonel says Marines can't have female servants in the old Italian Barracks because - well, just because!). The servant then carries your blushing bride over a bed of hot charcoal. This has never been fully explained to me, so I can't say much more about it, unless it's supposed to warm the bride's tootsies.
Then, (it is written in the Marriage Book), "By this time the bridegroom has taken his place on a high stool, on which he stands to receive his bride, who prostrates herself at the foot, and does obeisance to her lord."
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Here's your chance to change your mind, for you may not want here to remove the pearls and reveal that hidden beauty.
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Words of a young Chinese Street peddler:
"Peanuts. Very Dirty. No Good. 100 Dollars."
A Marine's influence, no doubt.
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CHINESE FIRE DRILL
Listen to the whistle, loud and shrill,
The signal for a Chinese fire drill!
Now watch what happens as the doors swing wide;
Front doors, back doors, and those on the side.
The children from the front rooms scurry to the rear,
While those from the out back way at the front appear.
And I declare, I must admit
I soon get the impression
That those near the side doors use their own discretion.
And all is hubbub and confusion unbelievable
As they will and run about in a manner inconceivable;
A jumbled, gyrating, human convolution,
And no one seems to have the solution
Of how to get them untangled
Before anyone's mangled.
Altogether the whole thing's a sort of sorry mess,
Which is why they say,
like a Chinese fire drill,"
- Pfc. A. B. Greenberg
‘Our Daily Bread’ Chief Cook Samuel R. Have of the 6th Bakery Platoon, 7th Service Regiment, turning out a few of the thousands of loaves baked daily.
‘Dah tze gee’ Marine Sergeant Laurence St. Martin of Milwaukee, Wisc., chief clerk in the Adjutant's Section, Third Amphibious Corps, headquarters, watches Miss Ching Yung Lu operate a dah tze gee, or Chinese typewriter, at the China Equitable Insurance Company office. - Photo By Corp. Elbert A. Frost