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 - Things at Pleiku Could Have Been Worse If Spec....
Things at Pleiku Could Have Been Worse If Spec. 5 Pyle Hadn't Been his two PLEIKU, South Viet Nam (AP) -- Things were bad at Pleiku, but Ihey 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 Sunday at a listening more than 100 wounded, officers said many more proba- out to go to work, and I bly would have been killed if out to take care of myself. Pyle had not surprised the Com- Pyle apparently heard noises fighting the Communists there. after Viet Cong infiltrators They have three daughters, slipped past South Vietnamese aged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle and U.S. Hughes of Herrin, 111.) dashed "I ran out the. back door munists before they had ail found an American soldier bad- their explosives in place. ly wounded ' by mortar frag- "We were lucky, God, we ments. I tried to help this kid were lucky," said a U.S. Army who was hit to get to my major who had been sleeping in until the barrage ended. I post a few yards from Ihe the officers' quarters nearby. sumed I had the only casualty American senior officers' quar- Pyle was married to a. Korean with me at the time. I ters at the Pleiku air base. he -met in 1952 while he was for help in getting him infirmary. . . . ed at Pleiku. "On the way, there was a was stream of wounded moving lo; transferred to Viet Nam last .ward the infirmary, but every- November from Ft. Ord, Calif, thing was .orderly, no panic His family remained at home in anything. We'd been hit very Marina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs: Pyle hard with a heavy, sudden rage, but everyone was doing his job quietly and efficiently. guards outside the compound. The sentry surprised the guerrillas guerrillas as they were planting explosive explosive charges and began firing. firing. The guerrillas Immediately detonated their charges, and "The infirmary was a real wept at the news. Bill Mauldin, the GI cartoon- -- 1st of World War II, was visiting Pyle caught the full blast of one his son at Pleiku when the Com- charnel house. explosions. He died while munists attacked. The son, covered -with blood. Half the ing being taken to the infirmary. Bruce, 22, is a helicopter pilot. medics were hurt themselves, The Viet Cong followed up "This thing woke me up about but the work went on. All wilh a mortar attack. In all, 2 a.m.," the cartoonist reported, people behaved like eight Americans were killed and "Col. Hughes (Lt. Col. John C. als." strike, in which South

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  1. The North Adams Transcript,
  2. 08 Feb 1965, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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