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Saturday, November 21, 1942
Vol. 1—No. 10 Saturday, Nov. 21, 1942
Published weekly at the U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School,
Chapel Hill, N. C.
Under supervision of the Public Relations Office.
COMDE. 0. 0. Kessing, USN, Commanding Officer
Lieut. Comdr. John P. Graff, USN (Ret.), Executive Officer
Lieut, (jg) Kidd Brewer, USNR, Public Relations Officer
Editor: Ensign Leonard Eiserer, USNR
Associate Editor : Orville Campbell, Y3c
Staff: Lieut, (jg) Dan Partner; B. G. Leonard, Jr., Sp.3c; Everett
Bracken, Y3c; David Y. Coverston, Y2c; Cadets Burt Saymon; Joseph
Shapiro; C. W. Nordstrom.
Opinions and views expressed in this newspaper are those of staff mem
bers or of individual writers, and are not to be considered as those of the
United States Navy.
Articles and features may be reprinted without permission, provided
proper credit is given.
“A Major Victory Was Obtained”
The fighting men of the Navy last week gave effective and re
sounding reply to those, who like Rep. Melvin J. Maas, of Minnesota,
have been declaiming in recent weeks that the United States is los
ing the war with Japan.
Speaking over a national radio hookup on Nov. 12, Rep. Maas,
who had just returned from four months of duty with the Marines
in the Pacific, told the nation that the Pacific war has been running
steadily and dangerously against America since Pearl Harbor. He
asserted that the Navy had suffered a “major disaster” in the Solo
Naval spokesmen at the time made no reply to these charges, but
even as Mr. Maas’ words were still echoing on the air, naval forces
in the Pacific were engaged in what has been termed generally the
greatest naval victory of the war.
Results of this conflict were bared by the Navy in a communique
on Nov. 17 reporting that a huge Japanese armada had been smash
ed, with 23 enemy ships sunk and seven other vessels damaged in a
three-day running gun battle in the Solomon area which opened on
the early morning of Nov. 13.
The Navy reported that, backed by MacArthur’s bombers, sur
face and air units of the Navy had sunk one Japanese battleship,
three heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, five destroyers, had de
stroyed 12 transports, and damaged a battleship and six destroyers.
The only American vessels thus far reported sunk in the engage
ment were two light cruisers and six destroyers.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U. S. Navy Commander in Chief,
Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, declared that “by far the
strongest Japanese attempt to date to recapture Guadalcanal has
been completely frustrated by the aggressive action of Vice Ad
miral W. F. Halsey and his forces. . . All enemy forces were either
destroyed or driven back and a major victory was obtained by our
Including the 23 Japanese ships sunk in the rout of the enemy’s
fleet in the Solomons, Associated Press records indicate that at
least 365 Nipponese vessels in all categories have been blasted to
the bottom of the Pacific in 11 months of war. The total sinkings
approximated 1,500,000 tons.
Based on official announcements by the Navy and Allied head
quarters in battle zones throughout the Far Eastern areas, the fol
lowing AP compilation offers an over all picture of comparable
American-Japanese losses in the Pacific since Pearl Harbor;
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Thanksgiving Day, 1942, will
not be a holiday on this station,
according to an order issued by
the Executive Officer.
Naval personnel and civilian
employees will report for work
as usual next Thursday, mind
ful that the fighting boys over
seas will have no holiday either.
By Lieut. Eric H. Arendt
Chaplain Corps, USN
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving
Day! Although it is a day which, this
year, will be observed by accomplish
ing the work of any other day, it still
remains in our thoughts and hearts
one that is near and dear to us. We are
proud of the opportunity to observe
this day as a work day, because we
fully recognize the need of shortening
every possible element of time in the
attainment of the goals we seek, not
only as potential officers and fliers, but
as persons contributing to the national
As we compare ourselves with other
less fortunate nations, we think again
in terms of Thanksgiving and Thanks-
living. We thank God for all His bless
ings—^we seek strength to do His will.
We might well take a few moments,
even in the time-consuming day that
it will be this year to review our grate
fulness. Here is a litany which might
Let us give thanks to the Lord! For
the day, for the glory and warmth of
the sun, for the stir of life, and for
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‘Who goes there—friend or foe?”
honest toil that wins food and rest, we
thank Thee, 0 Lord.
For the earth, the sustainer of life;
for the hills, the plains, and the dales;
and for the beauty of all the world
about us, we are thankful.
For the sky, for the shifting clouds,
and for the glory of sunrise and sunset,
we are thankful.
For the sea, that yields and receives
again the water without which life
would die, and is wonderful in its still
ness and more wonderful in its stor'm,
we are thankful, 0 Lord.
For our fathers and mothers, by
whom He orders lives and comforts
hearts, bringing strength and sweet
ness to a house, we are thankful, 0
For good friends and shipmates, ivho
rejoice with us in our joys and cheer
us in trouble, and who lighten our task;
may He heljj us to repay them in fel
lowship and service.
For happiness, that unites us with
others and refreshes us for our work;
may He help us to keep it kind and
For health, bringing wholesomeness
of body and mind; May God help us
to give our strength to His service.
For these and other blessings we are
thankful to God in our Thanksgiving
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