Clipped From Tucson Daily Citizen
PAGE 2 Â·nfÂ«r*tf Â· wewrf eUi* mtftar PoÂ»! Offict, Tucwn. Arizona Victim, of Communists -AP Wirepholo A nurse cradles a wounded American soldier in her arms and tries to in a field hospital at Nha Trang. The GI was among more than 100 wounded Viet Cong attacks on American compounds at Pleiku. Sentry, Now A Dead Probably Saved Others PLEIKU, Viet Nam -- UPi -Things were bad at Pleiku, 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, Calif., was on duty early yesterday at a listening post a few yards from the American senior officers' quarters at the Pleiku air base. Pyle ; apparently heard noises after 'Viet Cong infiltrators slipped past South Vietnamese guards outside the compound. The sentry surprised the guerrillas as they were planting explosive charges. He began firing. The guerrillas immediately detonated the-ir charges, and Pyle caught the full blast of one of the explosions. He died while being taken to the infirmary. The Viet Cong followed up with a mortar attack. In all, eight Americans were killed and more than 100 wounded. But U.S. officers said many more probably would have been killed if Pyle had not surprised the i ' F o r Tshombe MOSCOW --UPI-- The official Soviet news agency Tass said that right after the end of his "negotiations" with his "Belgian masters," Congolese Premier Moise Tshombe -- "the lackey" -- received a tip from the Belgian Union Miniere Company. The "tip" -- as Tass put if -- was a check for more than 92 million francs ($1.84 million). 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. Resolution Authorizes Retaliation WASHINGTON -- UPI -The U. S. action against North Viet Nam presumably was taken under terms of a joint resolution passed by the House and Senate last Aug. 7 following North Vietnamese torpedo boat attacks on U. S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. The resolution said that supports the determination of the President, as commander in chief, to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression." It also said the United States is "prepared, as the President determines, to take all necessary steps, to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia collective defense treaty requesting assistance in defense of its freedom." Pyle was married to a Korean he met in 1952 while he was fighting the Communists there. They have three daughters, aged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle transferred to Viet Nam last November from Ft. Ord, Calif. His family remained at the home in Marina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs. Pyle wept at the news. Bill Mauldin, the GI cartoonist of World War II, was visiting his son at Pleiku when the Communists attacked. The son, Bruce, 22, is a helicopter pilot. "This thing woke me up 2 a.m.," the cartoonist reported. "Col. Hughes (Lt. Col. John Hughes of Herrin, 111.) dashed out to go to work, and I dashed out to take care of myself. "I ran out the back door and found an American soldier badly wounded by mortar fragments. I tried to help this kid who was hit to get to my cot until the barrage ended. I assumed I had the only casualty with at the time. I called out for help in getting him to the infirmary. "On the way, there was a stream of wounded moving toward the infirmary, but everything was orderly, no panic or anything. We'd been hit very hard with a heavy, sudden barrage, but everyone was doing his job quietly and efficiently. "The infirmary was a real charnel house. Everything was covered with hlood. Half the medics were' hurt themselves, but the work went on. All these people behaved like professionals."