The Montana Standard
BUTTE, MONTANA, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 21, 1945
Yanks Envelop Enemy Fortress
City of Shuri in Center
of Southern Okinawa Defenses
Edge of Town
Japanese Put Up
Kind oi Resistance
By William F. TYREE
GUAM. Monday, May 21.—
(U.P.) — American soldiers and Marines enveloped the Japanese fortress city of Shuri' In the center of southern Okinawa's defense line Sunday as three columns pierced strongly- held positions and smashed to the edge of the town on three sides.
U n l e a s h i n g an offensive from the east, northeast and northwest, forces of three U. S. divisions carried their forward positions to the outskirts of the main bulwark of the crumbling enemy line.
A gain of 800 yards by the First Marine division carried to within 200 yards of Shuri from the northwest. The 77th i n f a n t r y division recorded a bloody advance to within 900 yards of the northeastern outskirts. On the coast, the 96th division rushed forward 1.600 yards to close the American pincers on that side.
Again on Prowl
Up to Scheme'
By HARRY WILSON' SHARPE
WASHINGTON, May 20.—
(U.P.)—Tokyo reported Sunday that a new U. S. Navy task force was on the prowl in the western Pacific, and that it appeared the Americans were "up to some new scheme."
The invasion-jittery enemy, reeling under mounting blows by B-29 Superfortresses and carrier planes, said the new force appeared to be attempting to approach bombblasted Kyushu, southernmost of the Japanese mainland chain which has been under almost, constant air attack for more than a month.
Tokyo said, however, that it could not as yet predict "what course the enemy fleet will take." The broadcast, heard by the FCC, said it was the same task force which
Tokyo reported on Friday had left bases in the Marianas islands last Sunday or Monday. Kyushu is approximately 1,500 miles northwest of the Marianas, where Adm. Chester W. Nimitz has his U. S. Pacific fleet headquarters.
Sctsa Airdrome Is
Jap Losses Totaled
By H. D. QUIGG
MANILA, Monday, May 21.—
(U.P)—American troops on Mindanao have driven five miles northward from the port of Davao to to capture Sasa airdrome and enter Panacan village, and are within 11 miles of Malaybalay, capital of Bukidnon province, it was announced
Gen. Douglas MacArthur's communique also revealed that the Americans have killed 13,888 Japanese and taken 602 prisoners in the Philippines during the last two weeks. The total of Japanese dead or taken prisoner for the entire