Final 5in. Reports

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The following text was transcribed from the original document.   It describes what the 5" REPORTS  is and the history of the USS Patterson onboard newspaper.   The paper brought a variety of   news from the US   and around the world to the crew.

 

THE ? OF JANUARY 1942.         WHILE THE SHIP WAS IN THE CORAL SEA. THIS WAS A TYPEWRITTEN PUBLICATION UNDER THE NAME OF THE "DAILY BULLETIN" AND ONY SEVEN COPIES WERE MADE—ONE ORIGINAL AND SIX CARBON COPIES. THESE WERE POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARDS.

THE DEMAND WAS GREAT FOR MORE COPIES. THEY NEVER STAYED ON THE BULLETIN BOARDS LONG ENOUGH FOR EVERYBODY TO READ THEM SO SEVEN MORE COPIES WERE MADE AND DISTRIBUTED DAILY TO THE VARIOUS GANGS ON THE SHIP. THIS IS WHERE YOUR PRESENT EDITOR BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH THE NEWSPAPER—AS TYPIST.

IN JUNE 1942, WE OBTAINED A MIMEOGRAPH MACHINE AND WERE ABLE TO RUN OFF PLENTY OF COPIES FOR EVERYONE. FOR THIS OCCASION THE NAME WAS CHANGED TO THE U.S.S. PATTERSON "PRESS NEWS".

THE NAME WAS CHANGED AGAIN IN JULY 1943 WHEN THE SHIP LEFT AUSTRALIA AND WENT BACK TO THE SOLOMONS FOR DUTY. WE THOUGHT THAT THE NAME "5-INCH REPORTS" WAS A MUCH MORE APPROPRIATE.

SO, AS WE CAME TO OUR 7-STAR FINAL, WE HAVE GIVEN YOU 44 MONTHS OF SERVICE. WE HAVE MISSED PUBLICATIONS ON RARE OCCASIONS DUE TO UNEXPECTED GQ’S AND OTHER CAUSES BUT WE HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO SERVE YOU.

GOODBYE, GOOD LUCK AND …………..TAKE IT EASY, FELLOWS.

PARIS: A RUTHLESS JOSEPH DARNAND THE VICHY GOVERNMENT’S LITTLE HIMMLER DIED BEFORE A FIRING SQUAD WEDNESDAY FOR PLOTTING AGAINST FRANCE. HONORED AS A HERO IN WORLD WAR ONE BUT DIGRACED AS A TRAITOR IN WORLD WAR TWO DARNAND CRIED "VIVE LA FRANCE, FAREWELL MY MILITIAMEN."

ROME: GERMAN GENERAL ANTON DOSTLER SWEATING PROFUSELY AS HE FOUGHT FOR HIS LIFE TOLD A US MILITARY COURT WEDNESDAY THAT HIS SUPERIORS ORDERED THE EXECUTION OF FIFTEEN AMERICAN MILITARY PRISONERS KILLED IN ITALY MARCH 26, 1944. IN TWO HOURS ON THE STAND THE CHUNKY FORMER COMMANDER OF THE GERMAN 75TH ARMY CORPS INSISTED THAT HE MERELY RELAYED ORDERS FORM THE VON ZANGEN ARMY GROUP FOR THE SHOOTING OF THE ITALIAN SPEAKING DEMOLITION TEAM CAPTUED AFTER THEY LANDED NEAR LA SPEZIA MARCH 22ND.

WASHINGTON DC: CREATION OF AN ALLIED COMMISIION TO ADVISE ON JAPANESE CONTROL POLICIES WAS ANNOUNCED BY SECRETARY OF STATE BYRNES WEDNESDAY BUT HE EMPHASIZED THE UNITED STATES INTENDS TO MAINTAIN THE DOMINANT ROLE. THE STATUS OF GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR AS SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER IN JAPAN IS TO REMAIN UNCHANGED, BYRNES SAID AND ANY TIME THE VICTOR NATIONS FAIL TO AGREE ON POLICY, UNITED STATES POLICY WILL PREVAIL. RUSSIA HAS PROPOSED SETTING UP A CONTROL COMMISSION AT TOKYO, BYRNES REPORTED, AND WHILE THIS IS YET TO BE TAKEN UP WITH PRESIDENT TRUMAN AND THE ARMY, THE SECRETARY LEFT LITTLE DOUBT THAT HE FAVORS REJECTING THE PROPOSAL.

PHONEIXVILLE PA: SGT LEWIS MOORE BLINDED WAR VETERAN OF GADSDEN GEORGIA CARDED A 39, TWO ABOVE PAR, FOR THE NINE HOLE MEADOWBROOK COUNTRY CLUB COURSE HERE TO DEFEAT ELEVEN OTHER BLIND GI’S IN A GOLF TOURNAMENT AT THE ARMY’S VALLEY FORGE GENERAL HOSPITAL . HOSPITAL AIDES WHO TAUGHT THE SERVICEMEN TO PLAY GOLF ACTED AS GUIDES DURING THE TOURNAMENT.

GREAT FALLS MONTANA:    TWO PERSONS WERE KILLED AND A NUMBER OF AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ON A BARNSTORMING TOUR ESCAPED INJURY WHEN A GREAT NORTHERN PASSENGER TRAIN WAS DERAILED TEN MILES NORTH OF GREAT FALLS. NONE OF THE 80 TRAIN PASSENGERS WAS INJURED.

 

 


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