Feb. 2, 1945
Army Rangers liberated the Luzon prison camp that housed the long-suffering survivors of Bataan and Corregidor. During the 15-minute battle, 510 survivors were liberated and 73 prison camp guards were killed. A surprise landing on the island brought American troops on both sides of Manila.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said American and French troops had achieved a break into Colmar and were heading for the Rhine river. Soviet troops were nearing the Oder river and were an hour away from Berlin by tank. A map published later in the week drew circles and said "If San Luis Obispo was Berlin, the Russians would be fighting in the vicinity of Santa Maria."
The latest U.S. combat casualty list showed 737,342 Americans killed, captured, wounded and missing since the beginning of the war.
After a dry January, a heavy storm dropped 3.88 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. According to a weather archivist at Cal Poly, that rate had only been exceeded three times in the past 10 years. In the San Joaquin Valley, the Kings River was expected to hit a flood stage not seen since 1937.
Faithful 'Skippy' Dies Protecting S.L.O. Child
Skippy wouldn't know anything about being a hero.
Because Skippy was just a dog-the watchful eager playmate of Jackie DeLisle, age six, of San Luis Obispo.
But Skippy is dead now — and he died a hero, whether he knew it or not. His grieving young master is still very much alive, and so are his little playmates — and but for Skippy one of them might be dead today.
It's tough to lose a smart dog like Skippy, but Jackie DeLisle is big enough to understand that Skippy's last bark was a bark of warning — to look out for a deadly enemy of dogs, and of little boys.
Jackie, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack DeLisle of Ramona Drive, was playing in the tall grass near his home with several other youngsters Wednesday afternoon when Skippy began to bark furiously, insistently.
When the children went to see what Skippy wanted, they found him standing over a "coral" snake, striped and vicious looking. Jackie ran to his father who went with him and killed the snake.
Next morning Skippy was dead, DeLisle examined the dog carefully, and found that the faithful animal had been bitten in the upper part of the mouth, and that the snake venom unquestionably had killed him.
So Jackie is heart-broken today at the loss of his bet — but he won't forget Skippy.
(Note: According to the USGS website the only venomous snakes in California are rattlesnakes.)
Feb. 7, 1945
The 75-year-old Telegram-Tribune celebrated a milestone. The wartime population boom and hunger for news pushed the 12-month circulation above the 6,000 copy mark for the first time.
When a conservative average of four persons per family was factored in, it was estimated that almost 25,000 of the estimated 40,000 living in the county saw the newspaper every day.
The numbers were tallied by the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the most recent daily paid circulation mark was at 6,197. This was a gain of almost 400 readers since the end of 1943.