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Heibel Continued from page 1 "friendly bullets" fired from South Vietnamese soldiers and police trying to control crowds. The bullets were fired into the air as scare tactics. The helicopters flew low over the tops of buildings and Heibel feared one of the stray bullets would strike the helicopter. His first tour of duty in Vietnam was in 1967-63 when he flew as an Army helicopter pilot. After leaving the service, he flew helicopters for a Canadian corporation in the Northwest Territory, Arctic, Yukon, Northwest Canada and British Columbia. He worked for the U.S.-owned Air America firm from 1971 until just recently. Air American flies throughout Southeast Asia. Some news reports have referred to Air America as the "charter airlines of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)." As a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, Huibel gave his per- sonal views on the way the war was conducted. He believes the conflict could have been fought with volunteers and mer- cenaries. Political implications might have been missing in a war run by volunteers, he stated. Heibel believes the United States should have learned a lesson from the Korean con- flict. In South Vietnam, he said, the United States tried to wage a conventional war in a guerrilla-type atmosphere. The outcome might have been different if the United States had staged a land in- vasion of North Vietnam in 19G5, he analyzed. Even though the United States was superbly equipped in the Vietnamese war, the equipment wasn't used on a one-to-one warfare basis, he said. Wlien asked about the situation in South Korea, Heibel said he recently visited the capital of Seoul, adding that the feeling is one of tenseness. North Korean soldiers arc more determined and energetic than North Vietnamese soldiers, he believes. If and when the United States becomes involved in another Korean conflict, Die war would be a "test of equipment and not a test of intelligence," he muinlains. Heibel will soon return to work in Southeast Asia. He has enjoyed his visit in the Fergus Falls area with his sister, Mary, and her family. At one lime lie was away from home for three years.