"The Saipan Daily Target", Vol. III, No. 90, December 2, 1945.
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PAGE FOUR The Daily TARGET 2 DEC 45 DISCHARGE SCORES CUT FOR DOCTORS, DENTISTS, NURSES, M AC OFFICERS
WASHINGTON, 2 Dec (ANS)--Modification of discharge requirement for doctors and dentists have been announced by the War Department, which said an additional 15,000 doctors and 5,000 dentists will be released. Critical score for doctors and dentists is now 70, three points below the new score for officers in other branches. Medical officers will also become eligible for discharge after 42 months of honorable service or if they are 48 years old. Score for the Medical Administrative Corps has been dropped from 70 to 60 and time of service cut to 42 months. Nurses point score has been cut from 35 to 25 and their age factor from 35 to 30. Nurses may now be discharged after two years service.
PACIFIC AIR FORCES TO BE MERGED TOKYO, 2 Dec (ANS)--Gen George Kenney said yesterday that the Far Eastern and Strategic Air Forces are being consolidated into a single Pacific command under Gen MacArthur's operational control and that each force would be cut down from full wartime strength. He outlined the setup in the following manner: the 5th AF will stay in Japan and Korea, the 7th will move from Okinawa to Hawaii, the 8th will stay at Okinawa, the 20th will remain in the Marianas and the 13th in the Philippines.
U S SENDS MISSION TO IRAN WASHINGTON, 2 Dec (ANS)-- The U S State Department revealed that a diplomatic mission has been sent to northern Iran to obtain a report on the situation there. Russian troops occupying the area have refused to allow Iranian forces to enter to suppress a political revolt.
HILLTOPPERS WIN BASEBALL SHOT With Mel Queaen, ex-N Y Yankee pitcher, untouchable in the clutch the 23rd Repl Depot Hilltoppers knocked off the 376th Port Bn Beavers yesterday, 8-2, before 5,000 fans at Hoover Field. The Hilltoppers thus won the right to represent Saipan in the Pacific Olympics.
DUNCAN, GUIDRY HEAD BOXING CARD William Duncan, Saipan KO King will face Floyd Guidry in the feature bout of the Special Service boxing card at Palace Theatre 1900 Monday.
HOMEWARD BOUND For the first time in several weeks no shipping was scheduled on the official WPBC Personnel Center Casual Depot press release. Figures as of midnight Friday:
Arrived: 42 643 Shipped: 41 1,012 Waiting: 107 1,813
PHILLIPS SEEMS TO HAVE GARAPAN ELECTION WON; SILVER WON'T GIVE IN With complete returns not yet in from outlying precincts, George Phillips appeared last night to have been elected GI mayor of Garapan in the Ordnance Cliff Club election. Phillips polled 72 votes to 60 racked up by Hy Silver. But there are a few ballots of the absentee variety still to come in from fortunates who have already moved to the Casual Depot. Silver announced he won't admit defeat until the last ballot appears.
SURRENDER.........(From Page 1) nese army and navy, with freshly shaved faces and heads, Nippon's estranged defenders impressed observers with healthy appearances and immobile attitudes. Oba, 32, a former infantry officer, is larger than the average Japanese soldier. Standing 5 feet 6 inches and weighing about 155 pounds, he reminds one of a retired athlete "who can still go out and show the kids a thing or two." He told American officers there were "between 10 and 15" Japs still in hiding on the island. Didn't Take Offensive The sharp-eyed captain had been living in or around Saipan's coral caves for the past 17 months, while his organized bands, never numbering more than eight to a group, ranged over Saipan. American patrols maintained a harassing effect on Oba and his die hard charges but whenever detailed traps were sprung the wily Nip commander always turned up missing. According to Army and Marine authorities who had been 'entertained' by Oba and his group while negotiating for the surrender, Bushido's last standers had been leading a comfortable, though sheltered, existence. Infiltrating through American supply lines has kept the Japs abreast of the latest American developments in 'C' rations and tropical clothing designs as well as in small arms and munitions. Many of the men yesterday carried American carbines, one a Browning automatic rifle and some pistols, in addition to a large number of Nip rifles. None of them had ammunition. Been In Caves 17 Months Oba's garrison remnants, throughout their year and a half of hiding, refrained, for the most part, from offensive action against American troops and installations. Some U S servicemen were killed while in restricted areas. Oba was every inch the proud, haughty, if somewhat bleached, commander of defeated Japanese forces as he led his men in surrender. Members of engineer units near the scene of yesterday's surrender told of a riotous party Japanese forces in nearby hills gave Friday night. Judging from sounds, the U S troops believed the Nipponese had a large quantity of saki for their final night of freedom. The captain is not ranking PW on Saipan, so turns over his command to Lt Cmdr Akira Ito in the Island Stockade tomorrow. Oba wanted to sign a document on his surrender, but American officials insisted that the Tokyo signing covered all Pacific islands.
ARMY AWARE OF POSSIBLE JAP ATTACK ON HAWAII, PANAMA, GEN MILES SAYS WASHINGTON, 2 DEC (ANS)--Pearl Harbor investigating committee members were told Friday that the Army high command always considered attacks on Hawaii and the Panama Canal to be about equally likely in case of war with Japan. Major General Sherman Miles, former chief of Army intelligence, said that was so "inherent in the situation" that he had never thought for a moment the defenders of Pearl Harbor were not fully on the alert before 7 December 1941. Gen Miles acknowledged, however, that Hawaii was not mentioned in any of the evaluations or forecasts he had prepared prior to the attack. He said he knew on 6 Dec that the Japanese consul in Hawaii was destroying his records but did not inform General Short, then Army commander on Hawaii.