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TWELVE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1965 THE EVENING INDEPENDENT. MASSILLON. OHIO U. S. Sentry Is Hero Of Attack On Air Base PLEIKU, South Viet Nam (AP)—Things were bad at Plei- ku, but they probably would have been much worse if Spec. 5 Jesse A. Pyle hadn't been alert. Pyle. a Korean War veteran from Marina, Cal.. was on duty early Sunday at a listening post a few yards from the American senior officers' quarters at the Pleiku air base. * * * PYLE_APPARENTLY heard WiiidupOf noises after Viet Cong infiltrators infiltrators slipped past South Vietna-; mese guards outside the compound. compound. The sentry surprised the guerrillas as they were planting explosive charges and began firing. firing. The guerrillas immediately detonated detonated their charges, and Pyle caught the full blast of one of the explosions. He died while being being taken to the infirmary. The Viet Cong followed up with a mortar attack. In all, 3 Americans were killed anil more than 100 wounded. U. S. officers said many more probably would have been killed if Pyle had not surprised the Communists before they had all their explosives in place. * * * "WE WERE LUCKY, God, we were lucky," said a U. S. Army major who had been, sleeping in the officers' quarters nearby. • Pyle was married to a Korean he met in 1952 while he was fighting the Communists there. They have 3 daughters, aged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle was transferred to Viet Nam last November from Ft. Ord, Cal. His family remained '• at home in Marina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs. Pyle wept at the news. * * * : BILL MAUL1HN, the GI car- Uoonist of World War II, was vis- iting his son at Pleiku when the Communists attacked. The ton, i Bruce, 22, is a helicopter pilot. ! "This thing woke me up about 2 a. m.," the cartoonist reported. "Col. Hughes (Lt. Col. John C. Hughes of Hcrrin, 111.) dashed out to go to work, and I dashed 'out to take care of myself. j "I ran out the back door and found an American soldier badly wounded by mortar fragments. I tried to help this kid who was barrage ended. I assumed I had the only casualty with me at the time. I called out for help in getting getting him to the infirmary. ! * * *

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  1. The Evening Independent,
  2. 08 Feb 1965, Mon,
  3. Page 12

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