SAILORS ROW BACK TO SINKING-
TO RESCUE DOG MASCOT--
Willis Dudley returned this week to Churdan, and after a thrilling expert-Qqnce of taking part In the biggest land invasion ever undertaken by an American fleet. The young sailor who worked here a year ago for the Gowrie Auto company Is now a motor machinists mate, second-class and was a visitor here Sunday with his brother, Harlan Dudley.-
Dudley was aboard one of the trans-ports sunk only four miles offshore. The ship had been hit with an aerial torpedo that ripped off the stern and then a torpedo from a sub crashed into' the hull. The American sailors took to the life rafts and nearby an English pilot who had crashed into the ocean-
called to a group of navy gunners, "I Say. Jock, did you get the bloody buzsard?" And it can be said that the Nazi pilot will never damage another I American boat.-
a34 Typical of American fighting men the-
ors took the risk of he, sucked-
der the water by rowing to their sinking ship to rescue a mascot, a stray dog that one of the sailors had picked up and brought aboard.-
Five U. S. naval transport& were sunk by Axis submarines during the occupation of North Africa in the early part of November, the navy department re-ported recently. During the operation three other transports one destroyer and one tanker were damaged. The cost was slight considering the fact that Germans must have been aware some large operation was in prospect for-
The North African expedition will be Written in history as one of the greatest single military overseas operation of all times. Carefully timed and punned it may change the whole course of the war. Eventually North Africa will be fringed with Allied air-fields and planes will be In position to pound southern Europe when an invasion takes place. With the Mediterranean under control of the Allied Nations the route through that stretch ''of water Will save 8,000 miles and tons of ship sing. The Middle East can then be supplied and its oil brought-
f beck to Britain. Shipping men and supplies around Africa to the Middle East requires about five to seven tiniest as many ships as it would to carry them straight through Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean.-
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