Brief 1945 05 15 (PDF)


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Vol. 2 No. 24 ……. Cover: “There sits unquestionably the world’s unhappiest KP,” said a long-standing buddy of Pfc Philip Sompolsky when he saw this cover shot taken by Staff Photographer Diego deArteaga, somewhere in the Marianas. At 36, and with a full life as a Bronx linotype operator behind him, Sompolsky feels no burning yen to complete his education by learning the ins and outs of cleaning garbage cans. He was an AAFPOA headquarters guard for a long stretch on Oahu, where he amazed his friends as a smooth dancer despite his 200-plus pounds. He’s also a handball and gin rummy expert and is regarded by his cronies as stronger than an ox. None of these accomplishments is much help, however, in the matter of KP. ……. Articles Inside: … Underground to Palau – The crew of I’ll Get By parachuted from their flaming Liberator right over the biggest Jap prison hellhole on Mindanao. The incredible Filipino guerrillas saw that they got back alive. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ….. A Guy Named Kuroki – A Japanese-American has a rough time trying to talk the Powers-That-Be into letting him fight over Japan, but Ben Kuroki turned the trick. By Cpl. Tony Adrean and photo by Pfc. John Modzelewski ….. Quick, Henry, the DDT – Saipan dogs have no fleas, and soldiers there don’t have dengue either. The Army’s new miracle insecticide is responsible. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan with photos by Sgt. Fred Shelton and Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith ….. Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt. Julius J. Kupersmith and Pfc. Diego deArteaga ….. “Last Sweat” – Here is what to expect when that day rolls around and you check in at this depot for your furlough. Photos by Cpl. Paul Friend ….. Editorial – Half Over – Valor in the Streets ….. Social Notes from Mt. Sonovabitchi ….. One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ….. Foggy Morning on Iwo ( A flight of P-61s trying to land on fog shrouded Iwo ) By S/Sgt. Paul Slocumb ….. Commissioner Hap ….. Servicemen in Sports ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “Permanent Party with Temporary Advantage” by Milton Caniff ….. Iwo Jima Spa ….. Brief pinup – There are some outstanding reasons why May Moniz, who is only 17 years old, has already become one of the most photographed lovelies on Oahu – as any fool can plainly see. Her talents include dancing in various USO shows which have toured the island, as well as sitting around swimming pools occupying black silk bathing suits like this. BRIEF hereby endorses any world planner who will include May – or a reasonable facsimile – as one plank in a Postwar Plan for the Returning Soldier. The photo is by our incredible Cpl Harold Klee, who spent two long years out here photographing Oahu beauties as a hobby. He is now Down Under, where his opportunities are slightly more curtailed.