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Archive | January, 2012

January 29, 1942

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St Paul Dispatch

Foe 30 Miles From Singapore

Despite British resistance Japanese forces continue to advance on the center and eastern sectors of Malayan front; now within 30 miles of Singapore. Australian bombers along with American and British fighters have scored victories on the skies.

A front page photo of five of our fighting boys and their well-traveled sign announcing ‘St Paul City Limits’ appears January 29, 1942. The boys (and their sign) are currently stationed at Camp Haan in southern California though the boys, including Donald Smith of Red Wing, dream of ultimately planting the sign in Tokyo.

U.S. Sailor John Gutterman of St Paul returned home after being wounded at Pearl Harbor to marry Violet Johnson. Gutterman is thought to be the first serviceman to return.

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January 28, 1942

January 30, 2012

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St Paul Dispatch

Ship Torpedoed; 350 missing

A German U-boat is suspected to be off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas while another had been blamed for the sinking of an Allied steamer near San Juan, Puerto Rico. Seventy-one survivors of this sinking had been rescued after a five day ordeal in life rafts.

In addition 29 survivors were picked up from the torpedoed oil tanker Francis E Powell in what is thought to be the eighth ship sunk in the recent warfare by german submarines.

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January 27, 1942

January 27, 2012

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St Paul Dispatch

Allied Planes Again Smash Jap Ships

Amid continuing attacks on American forces in the Philippines, allied British warplanes took after Japanese troop transports near Malaya and Borneo.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill returned to London after his visit with President Roosevelt in Washington D.C. Churchill assured the House of Commons of FDR’s strong commitment to work together and “see this through to the bitter end whatever the cost may be.”

The front page also features a photo of 2-man Japanese submarine captured during the surprise December 7 attack at Pearl Harbor. The modest dimensions of the min-sub can be best appreciated when compared side by side with the U.S. Naval officers standing next to it.

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January 26, 1942

January 26, 2012

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St Paul Dispatch

U.S. Troops Land in Northern Ireland

Secretary of War Stimson announced the first contingent of United States Army troops landed in Northern Ireland under the command of General Russell Hartle. Hartle had been assigned to the 34th Infantry division at camp Clairborne. The division is made up of a large number of Minnesotans.

Atlantic U-boat attack continued to take its toll on allied forces.

Pearl Harbor widows went to work in the war effort including Mrs Arthur Teer whose husband was lost in action aboard the the USS Arizona. For a California airplane plant it was said “Aircraft work is one way of doing our part. We are determined to do our share in the war effort that must go on and on until our loved ones are avenged and the final victory is won.”

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January 24, 1942

January 25, 2012

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St Paul Dispatch

Yanks Yield In Luzon

Heavy U.S. losses were reported. Japanese attacks supported by naval vessels and aircraft have driven wedges in MacArthur’s Bataan lines and captured key positions on the west coast of the peninsula.

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January 23, 1942

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St Paul Dispatch

Japs Gain But not on Bataan

Failure of Japan’s all-out 24-hour assault against American and Filipino forces under General Douglas MacArthur on Bataan peninsula was announced by the War department in Washington. MacArthur reported to the war department that the heavily reinforced japanese have been continuously attacking, without regard for casualties, “hoping by great superiority numbers to crush the defending forces.”

Meanwhile, it was reported that F.D.R said the expects to soon receive a report, by the investigating board headed by Associate Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts, of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In local news, the route was announced for the 1942 Winter Carnival Grand Parade.

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January 22, 1942

January 23, 2012

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Dulth News Tribune

Subs Sink 2 More Ships

Counter measures, first developed during World War I, are being expanded in the face of the terrible toll taken on U.S. shipping and sailors in the Atlantic. As late as 1918 historical documents have shown that the Germans were confident the a blockade of England was possible. Attacks are even more vicious today.

In Africa, German General Rommel was again on the offensive.

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