World Battlefronts: Dutchman's Chance

Last week a Dutchman took command of the Dutch and U.S. Naval forces defending The Netherlands East Indies. Into the joint command vacated by the U.S. Navy's warworn, 64-year-old Admiral Thomas Charles Hart stepped 55-year-old Vice Admiral Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich.

Home to Sharon. The Navy Department said that "Tommy" Hart gave up his command with honor, and by his own request. He had extricated his Asiatic Fleet of cruisers, destroyers, submarines and an aircraft carrier from Manila and placed them in Java, where they could stab at the Jap's invading convoys. He had...

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