CHUNGKING - Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, China's war-wise military leader, today wore the Legion of Merit in the degree of Chief Commander, a conspicuous honor awarded him by President Roosevelt. The presentation was made during a stirring ceremony by Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, Commanding General of the C.B.I. Theater, who brought the award from his recent Washington visit.
The Gissimo was honored for "Extraordinary fidelity and exceptionally meritorious conduct in performing outstanding services while in position of highest responsibility as Generalissimo and Supreme Commander in China, while engaged in a great war as a champion of liberty and freedom against the common enemies of the United Nations."
In a small room, amid swirling fans, Stilwell read the full citation in Chinese, which he speaks perfectly, and then pinned the handsomely-emblazoned gold medal on the Generalissimo's left breast. Following this, Stilwell bestowed different degrees of the Legion of Merit on top-ranking Chinese military men. The degree of Commander went to Gen. Ho Ying Chin, Minister of War and Chief of Staff to the Generalissimo, and to Gen. Shiang Chen, Chief of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the National Military Council.
The degree of Officer went to Gen. Yu Ta Wei, Chief of Ordnance in the Chinese Army and who is
After each presentation, Stilwell, who was dressed in a United States' summer khaki shirt, trousers and tie, made a brief Chinese bow.
The Legion of Merit was presented in "accordance with the order issued by Gen. George Washington at his headquarters at Newburg, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1782, and pursuant to an Act of Congress."
Madame Chiang, only woman official guest, made her first public appearance since her return to Chungking. Beautifully dressed in a flowered gown, wearing a diamond necklace and cooling herself with an exquisite fan, she looked radiant in the gathering of ministers, U.S. and Chinese military guests.
The afternoon's formal exercises climaxed Chungking's observance of the sixth anniversary of the war with Japan. The whole city was decorated with Chinese flags. The Generalissimo and all Chinese officers dressed in full brown uniform, white gloves and dress swords. All the ministers dressed in Western clothing, except Chow Tsungyo, elderly, white-bearded Minister of the Interior, who wore the traditional blue gown and black blouse of the Chinese scholar.
CORPORAL GEE EYE
Of a hundred
From a cigarette
It may become
For a man
Just ready to walk
The "Last Mile"
To an execution
The first lift
For a man
The handy thing
By some frantic person
Between the beefsteak
A magic carpet
To ride the wind,
The rainbow curve
Or some high road
To dreamy isles
Within the fourth
Of a hundred
But the only one
For a time, a place
- Sgt. LEONARD T. ATKINS
IT'S NOT THE HUMIDITY THAT GETS YOU,
IT'S THE HEAT
Come wish with me on yonder star.
I want to sit in an air-cooled bar.
Where I know the ice will outlast the drink.
Then a taxi through the park, in the rain I think.
I want to make a mental note:
Send check for payment on new fur coat.
I want to ride up in an elevator
And hear the distant purr of a refrigerator.
I want to look down from a penthouse with a view
And then - I want to get all hot and bothered
- Lt. ELIZABETH SHAUNTY, A.N.C.