“Lili Marlene” liberated!

1944_Greeley, CO_May 29._p4Monday, May 29, 1944

The battle continues on the far away island of Biak. As General MacArthur battles inland, Japanese snipers are taking a toll, the papers report. But if we can take Mokmer airfield on Biak, our bombers will finally be within range of the Philippines. Memorial Day observances beginning tomorrow will honor Hiram Hunkins, the sole remaining Civil War veteran living in the area. He’s almost 100 so his daughter says, “We’ll have to decide Tuesday morning whether father feels well enough to attend services.” Meanwhile, local Denver boy Lt. Frank A Kemp, Jr has been awarded two decorations: a Silver Star for leading an attack against a heavily fortified Japanese position on New Guinea and a medal for rescuing three who’d fallen into treacherous waters.

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