Vol. 2 No. 29 ……. Cover: Battlefield Promotions – This week’s cover shows a mass promotion on one of the American-occupied Ryukyu islands. The squad of six native Okinawa boys has just received an on-the-spot jump to Staff by Pfc James Leighton. The boost was handed out for the youngsters’ good work in moving the empty gasoline-drums that you see in the back-ground. Next problem will be to find the newly appointed executives some helper that they can order around. Sgt. Fred Shelton’s is proof of the good relations existing between American soldiers and Okinawa natives. “The Okies” on page 6 tells more about these natives. ……. Articles Inside: … Dead City – The heart of Tokyo is a desolated waste of gutted buildings, empty streets and heaped ashes. By S/Sgt Bob Speer ….. The Long Way Home ( First AAF men on Okinawa to be discharged ) Photos by Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher ….. Moonlight and Suicide – The Jap High Command said it was a good night for suicide, so five planes of Nips spent the night that way on Yontan strip. Photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ….. The Okies – Okinawa natives have crossed up the Japs; they are friendly, have worked hard for us. Photos by Sgt Krush and Sgt Fred Shelton ….. Forward Echelon. Photos by Sgt. Henry Krush, Cpl. Bernard J. Gallagher and Capt Richard E. Reed ….. Dead City Mosaic Photo Map Photos by T/Sgt. J. L. Allen and T/Sgt. A. W. Cassada ….. Editorial – So Sorry, Please – Hitler Isn’t Dead ….. “Lucky Irish” and “Crew 17” ( First planes to reach 30 mission mark ) By Pfc. Alan Hartman ….. One damned island after another. By S/Sgt. Robert Price ….. AWOL to Combat ( Pvt Bill Allen ) Cpl. Richard L. Dugan ….. Servicemen in Sports ….. Sports Edited by Zander Hollander ….. Two-Front Racing By Sgt. Lee Bastajian ….. File 13 By Sgt. Roger Angell ….. Male Call “Bum Check at a Blood Bank” by Milton Caniff ….. The No-Good Earth – Aviation engineers on Okinawa have been waging a lively war of their own against that tough old campaigner, General Mud. Don’t ever try to tell them about the Ryukyus’ beautiful climate.. Photos by Sgt. Henry Krush ….. Brief pinup – The familiar old body in this picture is that fine old body of water, the Pacific Ocean. Also included, for the amusement of those who do not care for the sea, is Miss Gloria DeHaven, foreground. Miss DeHaven, who makes movies, actually is not a Miss at all, having but lately married John Payne, recently of the Armed Forces. How Mr. Payne accomplished the double coup of getting out of the Army and into matrimony with Miss DeHaven is not a. matter of record, but it does show you what can be done, even in times like these. Inspirational, isn’t it?