Vol. 2 No. 27 ……. Cover: This week’s cover photograph was taken on the small Ryukyu island of le Shima by Sgt Fred Shelton. Pfc Paul Kerwern of an aviation engineer outfit looks up from an impromptu bath in his helmet as a small caravan of native women goes by. The women are carrying their bundles traditionally, on their heads, seemingly unbothered by the thick mud that nearly drove the engineers crazy. AA1 troops on and around Okinawa found that the natives, a branch of the Japanese people were small, hardworking and friendly. Many women did laundry for the GI s and the men worked hard on roads and ground clearing, just as they once had for the Japs. ……. Articles Inside: … Life Begins At 85 – Despite the discouraging demobilization picture painted for AAFPOA men, some of them actually are being discharged. They still can’t believe it. By Cpl. William Groppenbacher with photos by Sgt Paul Friend ….. Second Sight for the Tenth – Veteran photo recon pilots serve as probing eyes of the Tenth Army behind Jap lines on Okinawa. They find the Ryukyus hotter than Iwo. By S/Sgt. Robert Price ….. Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt Aldin Brown, Sgt Henry Krush and Sgt Fred Shelton ….. Life on a doorstep Photos by Sgt Henry Krush, Sgt Fred Shelton ….. Editorial – Ostriches at Home – Credit for Gunners ….. Super-Aces – The Pacific’s four top B-29 gunners don’t make the headlines, but their total kills put them in a class with fighter pilot aces. Cpl. Richard L. Dugan and photos by Cpl Harold Klee ….. One damned island after another. By Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ….. Servicemen in Sports ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. Clear Track ( Horse Racing ) ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “And He Used to Welcome Cover” by Milton Caniff ….. Come and get it ( The Chuck Wagon ) Photo by Sgt Fred Shelton ….. Brief pinup – Miss Betty Ardeil, on view on this week’s back cover, worked up that sultry look while capering as an Icecapades skater. Finding that fascinating field just a shade frosty for her talents, she gave it up to become a model, and you can figure out for yourself what the ice rinks of the nation lost on the deal. According to the briefing which accompanied this pre-invasion study of Miss Ardell, if you write Walter Thornton at 420 Lexington Avenue, N Y. 17, N. Y., he will be glad -and this is a direct quote-“to send you an autographed picture of Betty without cost.” Betty without cost we cannot imagine, but we, too, still like to dream.