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Jun 02

Tales from Attu, World War II week by week

The delayed by censors story of the American’s drive against the Japanese on Attu Island featured two officers who had trained at Camp San Luis Obispo. Col. Frank Culin of Tuscon, Arizona and Maj. Albert V. Hartl of Bismarck, North Dakota.
The fighting was grim up windswept mountains, fighting frostbite above the snowline in addition to working through huts and tunnels.
Though the valley floor of Holtz Bay was well fortified the Americans came ashore on a flank in the fog and took the high ground. Opium pipes and saki were found and a storehouses were filled with onions, potatoes, rice bales, dried fish, canned salmon and canned tangerines.

In other news General Henry H. Arnold said that the Allies are going to end the war —”and end it soon” by bombing military objectives with every airplane they can muster.

James William Webb was sentenced to San Quentin. He was one of the men who escaped from the new jail and was also convicted of second degree burglary.

June 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune tells of invasion of Attu Island.

June 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune tells of invasion of Attu Island.

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