THE HEMISPHERE: Showdown, Limited

Into Montevideo harbor last week steamed the U.S. light cruiser Memphis, the destroyer leader Somers and the destroyer escort Christopher — all commanded by gruff, hearty, barrel-chested Vice-Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram. U.S. sailors swarmed ashore, paraded with Uruguayan sailors, enjoyed the "best shore leave we've had." U.S. bombers flew down from Brazil, established a base in Uruguay, roared over the La Plata estuary almost within hearing of Buenos Aires and its Colonels Government in Argentina.

Said Vice Admiral Ingram, speaking in directly to Argentines across the estuary: "We have cleaned the enemy...

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