Saturday, July 1, 1944
There will be band concerts and speeches starting tomorrow for Independence Day celebrations. There’s a good feeling about the future, at least in Europe. The Allies are expanding their control of the Cherbourg peninsular while the Russians roll west. There’s even talk of uprising in Nazi-held Poland, despite the fear of reprisals. But the Associated Press has carried the report of Marine Corps tech Sgt Mason Brunson on stubborn Japanese fighting in the Marianas –“as stubborn and tough as the fight on Tarawa.” With shells making “an awful racket”…”In the early hours this morning, the Japs made a desperate counterattack, rushing down from the hills …but they were thrust back in their attempt to break through the Marine lines.” The cost is “Long lines of wounded men, many of them pitiful stretcher cases” being evacuated to ships off shore.