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a emplace-, Chor-won Sari-won, War Prisoners Swapped Mothers Weep, Thank God As Sons Head Home By United Pren "My ton ... my ton . . . He'i coming homel'V It was a grey-haired little woman with a Puerto Rican accent standing in front of a church in the Bronx. New York City, where the had gone to pray. She got the newt at to the strangert in the ttreet. Then her eyet filled with tears and the went back inside to thank God that Raymond Medina, 26, wat coming homo from the Communist prison in Korea. ' In 1 shabby brick tenement In Baltimore, a Negro mother laid . "I sure feel happy." A Minneapolis mother laid limply, "I'm very thank- 7 ul to God." In Quebec City In Can- IKE WATCHES MANEUVERS IN POW SWAP AUGUSTA, Ga. (0.R) President Eisenhower kept in close touch with Washington today on the Korean War prisoner exchange as he and Republican Senate leader Robert A. Taft planned another day of private talks and golf. For the first time since the President has been coming to Augusta as Chief Executive, the White House set up its own private telephone switchboard. A spe cial teletype circuit linked the golfing White House, with Wash ington and couriers brought highly confidential matters to the President by air. Mr. Eisenhower withheld direct comment on the first exchange of sick and wounded prisoners until he had more facts at hand, but a White House aide said the Chief Executive was pleased that the plan had gone into operation. . Mr. Eisenhower had not changed his last publicly stated position that if the Reds meant business with their peace overturers, the ex change of wounded prisoners was a good starting point. Taft flew here yesterday from Washington to join the President. They played 18 holes of golf over the Augusta National course yesterday afternoon. Their scores were so bad they slapped a top secret label on them. The Ohio Republican and the President lined up another game for this morning, then Taft was to fly back to Washington this afternoon in time for a night session of the Senate which is jammed up by the controversial tideiands oil bill. Mr. Eisenhower seemed com pletely recovered from his bout with food poisoning and after golf ing today and tomorrow morning, planned to return to Washington late tomorrow afternoon. There was a possibility however, that he might stay over here until Wednesday. That decision appeared to rest with the weather here and the press of business in Washington. Draft Reaches For Physicians, WASHINGTON (U.R) The Defense Department said today it expects to draft 12,259 physicians and dentists in the next two years. .Maj. Gen. George E. Armstrong, surgeon general of the Army, gave the estimate' to the House Armed Services committee in urging a two-year extension of the so-called "doctor draft" law which is due to expire July I. Committee Chairman Dewey Short (R-Mo.), opening hearings on the proposal, said it is generally agreed that the law is "more or less discriminatory" since it hits a single class. "The only justification for it is dire need," Short said. "The law Is an absolute necessity." Under the law, physicians, dentists and other allied medical specialists through age 50 are subject to induction for two years military duty. LA GRANDE, OREGON, the 'left church and the shouted it ana, a mother fainted in a newsman's armt; her ton had been reported mltting and presumed dead two years ago. It was overcast at Munsan. The greening hills of Panmunjom were muddied by a dawn rain. The living rooms of thousands of American homes were heavy with anxiety as dusk crept across the continent and the dry, unemotional voices on the radio and television droned out: "We Interrupt this program to bring you the latest news from the prisoner of war exchange in Korea. We have more names . . ." There were 30 lucky families. The families of more than 1,200 other U.S. prisoners stared at floors and walls and just waited. When the first American prisoner crossed the line at Panmunjom, it was 8:55 p.m., and dark, in New York: twilight in the Middle West; bright on the West Coast. The name of the first American hit New York in a strange way. He listed New York as home, this tali, lean, 28-year-old private named Carl W. Kirchausen. Yet he was a German refugee who had suffered in a con centration camp. His father was dead; his mother, stayed in Germany. So he listed hia boarding house in New York aa home. But in Atlantic City, an uncle, Fred Rose, 65, located in a hospital recovering from a heart attack, said he wanted Kirehausen to come live with him. . The second name was Pfc. Robert Stell, Baltimore, Md.. Negro, a field artilleryman and a litter case. In her tenement home, his mother, Lula, 61, said he had left his job selling papers to eniist in 1948. She had not heard from him since she learned he was a prisoner in 1951, and she said "I am sure glad to hear the news." In Vancouver, Wash., Delia May Shaw, 17, said she and her mother were "really surprised" to- hear that her father, M-Sgt. Robert W. Shaw had been released, because, although he was captured in 1950, he never had written anything about bein? inuired. Meet Planned By 4-H Leaders Union County 411 Leaders association will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Eastern Oregon Experiment station at Union, according to James R. Hubcr, county 411 extension agent. The program will include talks on livestock and electricity. Clayton Fox will lead the livestock part of the program, and Earl Hansen handles the electricity section. Union leaders will provide refreshments under direction of Mrs. Wesley McEwen. The Eastern Oregon Livestock show and the 4-H summer school also will be discussed. Before the regular meeting the 4-H executive committee will meet in the same place at p.m.. Hubcr reminded members. Huber reminded anyone needing a ride to the meeting at Union to be sure to contact his office before 5 p.m. Wednesday. The first scholarship to the 4-H summer school, being held this summer at Oregon State college. June 16-24. has been received at Huber's office. The check for $15 came from the Greenwood school PTA. The scholarship pays half the expenses of a 4-H member at the MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1953 30 Yankees Begin Trip ' To America . PANMUNJOM, Korea (U.R) Thirty American soldiers, freed In the first prisoner exchange of the Korean War,-will ttart the long journey home today (Tuesday), it wat announced ' at night. 1 They are expected to taka off for Tokyo In a giant hospital plane fhortly after 8:30 a.m. (3:30 p.m. PST Monday). In Tokyo they will enter Army hospitals for final procetting and rest before they fly back across the Pacific to their homeland. Thirty-five more Americans are to be freed in the second day's exchange of tick and wounded prsi oners with the Communists, start ing at 9 a.m. today (4 p.m. PST Monday). The announcement by an Army hospital spokesman in Seoul that all the Americans freed yesterday are able to fly to Tokyo meant that none of them was in such serious condition as to need emergency treatment in Korea. In Tokyo it was announced that they will be, available for interviews with correspondents starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The smoothness with which the first day's exchange was carried out was taken as a happy omen for the truce' negotiations which are to be resumed Saturday, end ing a deadlock - that began last uciooer. .-., --: But-the" war ' wen-on.i"-ilt!e (tenting was reported along . tne 155-mile front. But at the pris oner exchange center here the heavy rumble of artillery could be heard echoing in the hills. Reoortt from the evacuation hos pital in Seoul at which the freed Americans spent Monday night indicated that attempts bv the Communists to indoctrinate them with Red ideologies had failed. But the South 'Korean defense minister announced that South Koreans freed in the exchange will be given a six months course in counter-indoctrination before thev are set loose. The Americans and other Allied nrisoners who came back yesterday looked tanned and fit, though some limped and a few were carried on- stretchers. The Americans had plaved such games as they could. They had held simple religious services. The Negroes had sung their spirituals. They came back in new blue Communist uniforms, with ragged underwear. Some of the freed Americans said there remain in Communist hospitals in North Korea Americans who arc in worse condition than those being freed this week. One hundred Allied prisoners in all, 30 Americans, 20 other non-Koreans, and 50 South Koreans, were exchanged for 500 Communists here yesterday. Aflor a checkun at specially built Freedom Village near Munsan 15 miles down the road, the Americans spent the night between clean white sheets at the 121st Army Evacuation Hospital in Seoul. Seminar Features Talk by Johnson Dr. I.ee Johnson, associate professor of social sciences at Eastern 'lOregon college. will be the featured speaker tomorrow noon at the EOC political wminar in Hoke Hall. . Dr. Johnson will speak on ,r:,: t , : - I r of in of a in

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  1. La Grande Observer,
  2. 20 Apr 1953, Mon,
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