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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, November 04, 1943, Image 9

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Army Survey Discloses
Average Age of 1,114
General Officers Is 51
The average age of the 1.114 gen
eral officers now on duty with the
Army at home and overseas is ex
actly 51 years, the War Department
disclosed today.
This emphasis on youth in modern
warfare is exemplified by the fact
that 56 per cent of all general offi
cers serving with combat units are
under 50 years of age. In the sep
arate Air Forces the percentage is
even higher, with 64 per cent of the i
air generals under 50.
Compared with the World War;
statistics, there seems at first glance
little difference in ages. The aver- j
age general of the Regular Army j
was 51 years 1 month on November
11. 1918, the date of the armistice.
However, the comparison ends
there. Division commanders over
seas in 1943 average 52 years, or
three years younger than the aver
age division commander of the
former A. E. F.
Gen. Timberlake Is 34.
Youngest of the 1,114 generals in
the present Army is Brig. Gen. Ed
ward J. Timberlake of the Air
Forces, who was but 33 years and
11 months when promoted to a
brigadier on September 28 lor out
standing combat services overseas.
His record demonstrates that "youth
will be served,” the department ex
Brig. Gen. Timberlake. the baby
general of the entire Army, is a
native of Fort Hunt. Va . a West.
Point graduate of 1931. His combat
record has won for him the Dis-.
tinguished Flying Cross, the Silver
Star for gallantry and the Cuban
decoration of the Order of Military
Merit, second class. He is the com-;
mander of a bombardment group
and is rated as a senior pilot.
At present there are 15 generals
on active duty who are under 40
years of age.
Although there has been an in-!
crease of more than 1.000 general'
officers since June. 1940. the War
Department said the rate is far
below the overall expansion of the
One to 2,558 Ratio.
As of June 30. 1940. there were;
104 general officers and 266.000 offi
cers and enlisted men. giving a:
ratio’of 1 to 2.558. At present, the
1,114 generals and 7.300.000 officers;
and enlisted men represent a ratio
of 1 to 6,636.
The War Department has de
pended upon the Regular Army pro
motion list for the majority of its
general officers. 971 being regulars
The balance came from the Re
serve Corps, the National Guard or
were appointed to the Army of the
United States, as was the case of
64-year-old Lt. Gen. William S
Knudsen. director of production.
War Department.
Only 45 per cent of Hie general;
Officers are West Point graduates
and the 437 graduates do not in
clude Gen. George C. Marshall.
Army chief of staff, who was
graduated from thp Virginia Mili
tary Institute. Among the high
ranking West Pointers, however.!
are Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Allied
commander in the Southwest Pa
cific, and Gen. Dwight D. Eisen
hower, Allied commander in the
North African theater of operations.
Brightest star of the Reserve offi
cers now serving as general officers
is Maj. Gen. James H. Doolittle,
commanding general of the North
west Africa Strategic Air Forces.
*rho led the surprise raid on Tokio.
Cancer Deaths Mount
lo 163,400 (or 1942
Br thf As'ocuOPd Pit.--.
Cancer claimed 163.400 lives in the
United States last year. 3.474 more
than In 1941. ranking second only
to heart diseases as the principal
cause of death
The Census Bureau reported yester
day that, the rate for deaths from all
causes, however, fell to 10 4 pet 1.000
persons, lowest on record, reflecting
sharp reductions in the rates for
pneumonia and influenza and for
automobile accidents. The 1941 rate
was 10.5.
The bureau released this statistical
report on 1942 cancer deaths by age
groups and sex:
Aer M?> F •" n1 d 1 p
tinder 1 vpfir .5 1 .'
1 -4 vrary. " 1 1
5-14 years .. .. ' : 5:«5
15-'? 4 vrars _ _ *<•.; 5 Mi
?5-55 vrary ' " " ! 5 '1
4 5-A4 rears 3H.Hn4 f>“ ;
65 years and ovar ; :* 75
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To’al &5.i'i; 1« ■ »»>■•
The 10 leading causes oi death,
together with comparative rates a
100.000 population, were:
peart diseases " •’■ui •?
Cancer, other malignancies 1 J : '
Cerebral hemorrhage !-*".•? S'* 1
Kidney disease*. _ t 7 5 i
Pneumonia and influenza 55 7 '•
Tuberculosis 4;i i 44 5
premature birth *.’5 * -.'5 1
Diabetes "• 1 :*» 5
Automobile accidents \T .' fl" "
Syphilis i 5 i;; i
War casualties abroad were in
cluded in computing the death rates
only in cases where the bodies were
returned to this country.
N. Y. 'Blackout Burglar'
Loots Store Seven Times
Ey the Associated Prr y.
NEW YORK—Brooklyn's "black
out burglar'1 has done it again.
For the seventh time in two
years, an unidentified thief has
smashed the street light near An
thony Zwairck's corner store, forced
the store door and looted the till
Each time his private blackout has
Bided him to escape.
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Beats World War I Destroyer Time of
45A Days—Bethlehem Set Both Marks J
Has Large Gun-Power for Both Offensive
and Defensive Service; Equipped
for Surface, Depth Bomb and
Anti-Aircraft Combat
Beating all prior records, the destroyer-escort Reynolds was
completed and delivered Nov. 3 to the U. S. Navy, by the
Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard just 25 davs after keel laying.
The Reynolds is a hard-hitting, fighting unit with great
fire-power and speed, a bigger, more powerful ship than the
destroyer Reid, which held the previous production record of
being built in 451/2 days, during World War I. Bethlehem built
both ships.
The Reynolds has terrific battle armament for surface, depth
bomb, or anti-aircraft combat. Her main battery has guns
mounted in three turrets which can revolve in a complete circle
to follow7 a target, and can be fired by a trained crewT with
amazing accuracy and rapidity. Aft is a 40-mm. Bofors gun, each
barrel capable of firing 120 rounds of 2-pound projectiles per
minute. She has numerous 20-mm. Oerlikon machine guns w ith a
potential fire-pow er of nearly 400 shells every 60 seconds. Also,
along port and starboard rails aft of amidships are a flock of
K-guns w7hich can toss out the famous 300-pound "ash cans” w7hich
make it unhealthy for any submarine within hundreds of yards.
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Destroyer-escort designed by U. S. Navy has wide range of fire-power and fast speed. DE Reynolds was
built by Bethlehem-Hmgham Shipyard in record time of 25 day*.
The Reynolds is, in fact, one of those powerful, swift, sea
panthers designed by the Navy to drive the Nazi subs from the
Atlantic and protect American convoys. She can deliver a terrific
curtain of fire effective at 2500 yards against air or surface tar
gets. Like some of her sister ships, she is one of Uncle Sam's
contributions to the British fleet.
The first group of ships in the destroyer-escort class were
built in 302 days.
The next group in this class were built in 206 days.
Now the Reynolds has set the mark of 25 days.
And she is but one of hundreds of warships steaming
out of the shipyards of America to speed the day of Victory.

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