Medals Given Four
KUNMING - Oct. 5 - The bronze Star Medal has been awarded the chaplain and three enlisted men of the 172nd General Hospital. They are Maj. George A. Ritchey, Lafayette, Ind., T-Sgt. Berhard C. Aufdengarten, Arthur, Neb., S-Sgt. Elmer R. Tews, Van Dyke, Mich., and T-5 Bernie G. Miller, Jr., St. Louis, Mo.
The most complicated character in Chinese is written with 38 separate brush strokes. It is pronounced "Nang" and means "a stoppage of the nose."
The Things They Do|
The things that they do in Chengtu
And the songs that they sing in Kunming
Are colorful, gay and no doubt quite romantic
But take them away, for we're getting right frantic
In fact we've developed a passion satanic
For our Mates
In the States
- Sgt. Arrin Waite
Song Of Home
"Golden Gate in Forty-Eight"
The pessimists would sing
And now I sit upon the dock
And laugh like anything
For Forty-Six is now the year
And I shall be quite merry
When I sail through that Golden Gate
Sometime in January!
- Pfc. H. A. Lee
There Is No End
I suppose it is finished, now
I have given them back the uniform, and the gun
I no longer answer a roll
Or say "Sir."
Nor any of the other things they taught me.
I no longer arise with the dawn when the bugle sounds.
My ways are my own; I am free, yes free.
And I walk as I wish, in the cadence my mind desires
With no thought of a hundred and twenty steps to the minute.
My arms swing as they wish - in no prescribed arc.
And my head -
If I wish I may look at the sky
Or stare at the ground
Yes, it is finished
The dirt and the mud and the quick, hot flash of fire.
It is finished in the daytime
The sun is my friend, and I am quite content
But at night it is not finished
It is still there - waiting
Just around the corner of sleep, waiting to engulf me
And take me back. And when it does
I realize that the waking is really the dream
That the things that I see in the night are the ones
That are real for me now
Now and forever
It is never finished
- Sgt. Al Horner
PEARL HARBOR - Sep. 28 - (USIS) - Fifty-four ships of Admiral Halsey's 3rd Fleet will arrive in American west coast ports in time for Navy Day celebrations Oct. 27, the U.S. Navy announced today. Some 48 warships will be in Atlantic ports for celebrations.
Only 35 Ships Remain Of Jap Merchant Fleet
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN - Sep. 28 - (USIS) - Only about 35 ships remain of Japan's once great merchant fleet which will be used to repatriate millions of subjects from Asia and the Pacific Islands, says the New York Times. Only a few of these vessels are of more than 500 tons. Information was furnished by U.S. 5th Fleet officers.
Pay Ricksha $500 Per Minute, Says Navy
SHANGHAI - Oct. 1 - Here's a formula for getting your money's worth of transportation: Pay your Ricksha or pedicab $500 CRB per minute and you'll not be too much over or under the market price. The Navy has evolved this equation following repeated complaints of overcharges.