Monday Jan. 31, 1944
I’ve taken a little break the war these past few days but the war is hardly taking a break from me and my family. On the Pacific Front, the Allies have invaded the Marshall Islands. In Western Europe, bombing raids are pounding Berlin. In Eastern Europe, the Russians are racing to cut off aNazi escape from a pincer action. Feeding German terror of the Russians, Hitler today said their coming would mean “the extermination of the German people.” In the midst of such carnage, a heart-breaking local story occupies the front page today of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Police have found and arrested an unwed mother for abandoning a 14-month old baby girl last week. But police may never find the father. He was on the light cruiser Juneau that went down with the whole crew on Nov. 13, 1942 off Guadalcanal. Admitting that she had abandoned the baby, the mother said, “I had to do it. Her father, you see is dead… He loved me as dearly as I loved him…I gave myself to him as freely as he gave his life to his country. “ The Juneau is best known for the five Sullivan brothers who went down on the same ship.