These are some highlights from the News Journal on July 14, 1945:
• ‘Fleet Bombards Japan Steel City; Foe’s Homeline Is Shelled First Time Since 1864’
“(AP) — The U.S. Third Fleet turned the fury of its guns on Japan for the first time in the war today, and when it pulled away after a two-hour bombardment, great fires crackled through the ruins of an arsenal city 275 miles north of Tokyo.
“Simultaneously, 1,000 planes roared off the flattops of the fleet and seared and blasted at targets northward to Hokkaido, northern-most of the home islands and never before touched by U.S. bombs.”
• PARIS (AP) —The greatest unified military command of all time — Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force — was dissolved at 12:01 a.m. today” 17 months and one day “after it was launched to bring Germany to her knees in defeat.”
• ‘Wayne Township Cooker Clinic Well Attended’
“Twenty-four rural homemakers attended the Pressure Cooker Clinic conducted by R.D. Barden, Extension Agricultural Engineer, at the Wayne Township School Thursday. In addition to his instructions to his group, Barden tested all of the pressure gauges and release valves on the 24 cookers. Many of the pressure gauges were found to be inaccurate, some varying as much as six pounds indicated per square inch.”
• “Nineteen members and guests of the Woman’s Mission Circle of the First Baptist Church assembled at the lovely country home of Mrs. A.W. Bonecutter for the July meeting.” Attendees included President Mrs. Albert Snider, Mrs. Wesley Humphreys, Mrs. E.C. Mannon, Mrs. John R. Duffey and Mrs. Dora Cosby.
• “BLANCHESTER — Mrs. Sam B. Nicely entertained the Queen’s Club at her home Monday evening. Her guests were Mrs. Everett Nysewander, Mrs. Robert Peters, Mrs. Homer Villars, Mrs. Norman Irvin, Mrs. Don Hewitt, Mrs. D.T. Ferris, Mrs. V.P. Hunter, Mrs. J. Thomas Schnapp and Mrs. Howard Hudgel, members, and Mrs. D.M. Edgington, Mrs. Carl Whitacre and Miss MIldred Armstrong, guests.”
• Army T/5 Carey M. Storer was honorable discharged from Camp Atterbury, Ind. after four years in the Army, 30 months of which were served in the European Theater of the war.
• Two Wilmington men — Charles O. Stackhouse, 18, and Robert Walker, 18 — are receiving their initial Naval indoctrination at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.
• Kenneth Pollard, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Pollard who enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps, left Sunday evening for Camp Atterbury and will go to Keesler Field, Miss. for his training.
• Miss Bertha Chamberlain, a graduate of Wilmington College and Jefferson Township High School, was hired to be a teacher at the high school.