ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 28, 1945 —
Four PacificFleets to Aid
GUAM, Aug. 28.—(AP)—Virtually the total strength of America's four Pacific fleets and three amphibious forces will put Allied occupation troops ashore in the Japanese empire and "control the coastal waters," for an indefinite period.
The 'fleets will mass their, amphibious strength under the command of hard-bitten Adm. Richmond Kelly Turner to land troops. Admiral Nimitz said today in a press release, and the fleets will patrol specified zones of the enemy seas.
For the coming large – scale landings and for subsequent control of Japanese empire waters, the powerful T h i r d fleet of Adm. William F. Halsey will be augmented by the U. S. Fifth and Seventh fleets and by the north Pacific forces of Vice Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher.
WHERE YANKS LAND IN JAPAN—Map locates the four
cities (circled) where U. S. units will land for occupation of
Tokyo area. General MacArthur announced the Eighth army
will occupy the Tokyo area, with landings at Yokohama and
the Tateymahojo, as well as Atsugi and Yokusuka, the previously-
announced landing sites. Shaded line bounds the
area from which Japanese troops have been ordered to move
First Lost BattalionPrisoners Liberated
First of the messages of liberation that scores of Abilene families have been so anxiously hoping for came this morning to tell next of kin of two Army officers that they have been found in a Mukden, Manchuria Japanese prison camp. The two are:
Capt. William' R. Slone, of the ill-fated "Lost Battalion," son of Mrs. Jennie Slone, 57Grand. L Capt. A. \V. (DubV BaHanz, son of Mrs. Lee Balfanz, 76S Peach. --------
Captain Slone was -second in command of Abilene E battery when it was captured in Java by the Japanese in March, 1942. The battalion had been detached from the 36th division at Camp Bowie and was at sea enroute to' Australia when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Captain Balfanz, an Army pursuit pilot, was captured at the fall of Corregidor in May; 1942.
WAINWRIGHT HAPPY ONARRIVAL AT CHUNGKING
The names of the eight American generals accompanying Wainwright were not immediately made public.
The British generals were headed by Lt. Gen. Arthur Ernest Percival, former commander at Singapore.
The party included Sir Shenton Thomas, former governor of Singapore, Sir Mark Young, former governor of Hong Kong and C. D. Smith, former governor of North Borneo. --------Wainwright was a prisoners of the Japanese for three years and three months.