WASHINGTON - The Army and Navy have jointly authorized that medals for service will be issued after the war to members of the Armed Forces. Meanwhile, ribbons signifying that the medals have been awarded will be conferred.
An unusual feature of the ribbons is the inclusion of the national colors of the enemies U.S. servicemen are fighting, as well as the colors of the United States.
The ribbons will be issued to men who arrived at the various theaters under orders between Dec. 7, 1941, and a date six months after the war's termination.
The ribbons represent three major theaters: (1) American (the American continent except Alaska and Greenland); (2) Europe, Africa and the Middle East; (3) Asia, the South and Southwest Pacific (except Alaska and Hawaii).
Bronze stars will be awarded for major engagements and a silver star for every five bronzes.
WANTED: ONE EACH BITERS DETACHABLE
"I don't want to go home. I just want some false teeth," declared toothless Pfc. Marvin Collins, who's been that way for the last 14 months.
Marvin's stationary dental work was removed while he was stationed at Ft. Crocket, Tex. He was fitted for replacements and could have put off his overseas duty until they were ready, but he didn't choose to. "You can see," he said, "what a big mistake I made."
Collins said he's tried to acquire a set of G.I. biters and added: "There just doesn't seem to be any spare teeth in India. I'm plenty tired of a mashed potato and gravy diet, and I can't get the women to pay any attention to me. I can't even get them to bite the end of my cigars."
|From a warehouse in Assam, supplies for U.S. Army forces in the isolated posts of the Naga Hills, are loaded on to a truck. The packages contain mostly food and some of it has been shipped all the way from the United States.|
|Packages are packed in burlap bags - each to weigh 60 pounds. Each package is carefully wrapped to stand rough handling.|
|A local worker fashions a woven basket of locally grown bamboo. The burlap and other protective covering is then fastened to the outside. To each of these loaded bags, a parachute is attached. The local inhabitants needed no instruction.|
|Corp. Wade V. Walter packs a dartboard and a football among other equipment for use by the men in a lonely outpost. At the left is a package of mail. No matter where they are, soldiers must have mail from home.|
|Pilots make last-minute checks before taking off. Left to right: Lt. Hoagg, Lt. L. E. Rippy, and Capt. Charles E. Flore.|
|Circling the area down to which the supplies are to be dropped, packages are pushed one by one out of the transport plane. Each parachuting package has a long release cord which is pulled by the men in the plane.|
|A "T" on the ground enables the pilot to know which area to circle so that the packages can be discharged. One parachuted package is seen at right. As the plane continues to circle, more of the packages are dropped to earth. Now you can see why packages are wrapped so carefully.|
|More discussions that will later become big headaches for the Japs. In the foreground is Gen. Arnold, Brig. Gen. Clayton Bissell, Tenth Air Force Chief and Field Marshal Dill. Behind them T. V. Soong, Gen. Wheeler, and Gen. Stilwell.|
|When the Jeeps can travel through the jungles no further, the supplies are then transported by Naga porters and elephants. T/Sgt. Clinton Breedlove and Sgt. William L. Dean are seen organizing their porter caravan to start out on a trek.|
|At a junction along the trail, Pvt. Jimmy Bartlett and T/Sgt. Breedlove pause to give cigarettes to the Naga Chiefs.|
|Sgt. William L. Dean leads his convoy of Naga porters, bearing rations and equipment through the jungle. This region boasts of some of the most formidable obstacles ever encountered by man in a jungle area.|
|With a pack strung from his forehead, a Naga porter makes his way in the convoy - his native knife ready. The Nagas used to make short work of all outsiders, but since the coming of the U.S. Army, they have directed their efforts to helping.|
|Pfc. Richard Maccio (right) fords a stream with a group of laden porters. Streams are only one of the obstacles on the trail.|
|Elephants are unloaded at the end of a day's journey. These animals carry huge loads as they make their way through the jungle. At extreme right is Corp. Nicholas Lyseczko, who shot movies while T/4 Stephen Palinkas made these pictures.|
|Nagas load the elephants for a day of travel. Travel must be made through almost impenetrable jungles, in the heart of the monsoon forest, fed by some of the heaviest rains on earth. Most of the territory is uncharted and unadministered. Maps of this area are usually blank or very unreliable.|
|Soldier members of the trekking party take a bath in a jungle stream after an arduous day. Left to right are: Sgt. William L. Dean, Pvt. Harry B. Swisher, Pvt. Kenneth C. Lawson, Corp. Darral L. McAfee, and Sgt. Milton F. Elkins. They camped for the night nearby.|
|Here's a scene around the campfire during a night stopover. Corp. Lyseczko and Corp. McAfee chat with a government official. He invited the boys to dinner of chicken and rice. The men gave him some "C" rations, for which he was very thankful - a diet of chicken and rice gets very tiresome, he said.|
|Here's the pay-off for the Naga porters at the end of the journey. Payment is made in silver rupees, because the Nagas refuse to take paper money. The chief (left), known to our men as "Grandma," kept count of the days by tying knots in a string. He and his assistants piled the money up, then used sticks to divide.|
|Packages of the Roundup were included in the supplies, and this pair of Nagas look over the paper. These fellows, quite naturally, only showed interest in the pictures. Sorry, fellas, but we don't have enough copies to go around to the tribe.|
|Outside his thatched bamboo "cottage," Corp. George W. Powell enjoys a bath through the cooperation of Sgt. Arne A. Mtesa. The "bathtub" was improvised from the cover for a piece of equipment, because there was nothing else available.|
|"Private Gee Eye" was on hand to welcome photographer Palinkas, who used to build boats before he joined the Army.|
Tuesday, Feb, 2, 9:45 p.m. - "Your Broadway and Mine" starring Frank Morgan, Case Daley, Lee Tracy, Margaret Hayes, Charles Irwin and the Mills Brothers.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10:05 p.m. - "Swing Session" with Kay Kyser's orchestra.
Each Monday, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Calcutta Centre of All India Radio, 384.6 meters and 41.61 meters, broadcasts a special program for servicemen in India. Once every three weeks, the broadcast is exclusively for Americans.
THE AMERICAN FLAG
Fling out that American Flag
Of red, white, and blue
Lead on you sons of freedom
Loyal and true
Keep our banner flying
So everyone can see
Tell all people the American concept
of a life of liberty.
Send your men into battle
In any foreign land
The outcome of that battle will prove
That your sons have sand.
All around us today
Great nations crumble and fall
We won't let that happen
To the greatest nation of all.
Where ever we face our enemies
Be they Japs or bloody Huns
They'll damn soon know they're fighting
Good tough American sons.
- Pvt. Howard C. Allen
A NOTE TO A
But she's true to the Navy blue.
Not that it'll likely alarm me
Cause she likes the Navy too.
You see, it's her job this here Navy
She threw herself in the WAVES!
Yes, b'gosh and b'gravy
Signed on with Gobs of male knaves!
And me . . . being Army since Hector
First wobbled around as a pup;
If I'd a been there, I'd a licked her
As soon as my dander got up.
But now that she's gone and done it
I reckon there's nothing to say
But "Go to it, my sweet little nit wit
I'm with you each step of the way.
But if the Navy gets stumped, say
In one of its manifold jobs
You must remind them of OUR way
And there sure won't be any blobs!
So you help out with the sailors
And I'll do what I can over here
And sooner or later the wailers
Will be Germans and Japs - never fear!
- E. D. S.
THE ARMY AIR CORPS|
Where ever you find an Army corps
Or a regiment of men
You'll find the Army nurses
Marching on along with them.
You'll find them near the battle lines
Within the range of shell
And you'll find the names of many
On the rolls of those who fell.
They never charge the line itself
They never rake the foe
And yet they'll answer "present"
Where ever soldiers go.
Yes, these are the unsung heroes
For they stand with the best of men
And they ask no special privileges
When they follow after them.
I've seen them stand on the trembling earth
And smile in the face of death
While the bravest of manly heroes
Stood gasping for want of breath.
I've seen them stand in the light of clover
Weary and foot-sore too
And of them, I say, in a reverent way
"How much we owe so few."
They give their best meeting every test
Despite the bombs and shells
And the God above shall with his love
Reward and keep them well.
- Sgt. Harry Warren