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 - Alert Sentry Surprises Reds, Gives His Life...
Alert Sentry Surprises Reds, Gives His Life PLEIKU, South Viet Nam <AP' — Things were bad at Pleiku, but they probably would have l>een much worse if S|>ec. 5 Jesse A Pyle hadn’t been alert. Pyle, a Korean war veteran from Marina, Calif., was oil duty early Sunday at a listening post a few vards from the American senior officers’ quar­ ter1' 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 and began firing. ( aught In Bin 2 a “Cn Huj (Hit hiv pi os ion immediately charges, and blast of one lu The guerrilli detonated then Pyle caught the 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. 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, (¡od, we weie lucky,” said a US 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 thei e They have three daughters, ag<*d 11, fi and 2 Pyle wa^ transferred to Viet Nam la>t November ftom Ft. Ord, Crtlif. His family remained at home in Marina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs. Pyle wept at the news. Cartoonist I* Eyewitness Bill Mauldin, the (¿1 cartoon-' 1 st of World War II, was visiting j his son at Pleiku when the Com- 1 munists attacked The son, ! , 22. is a helicopter pilot, is thing woke me up about .’’ the cartoonist reported. Hughes < Lt. Col. John C. •s of Herrin, 111.) dashed ! go to work, and 1 dashed out to take care of myself. “I ran out the back door and : found an American soldier bad- | ly wounded by mortar frag -1 ments. I tried to help this kid who wav hit to get to my cot until the barrage ended. I assumed I had the only casualty with me at the time. I called out for help in getting him to the infirmary. “On the way, there was a big stream of wounded moving toward the infirmary, but everything was orderly, no panic or anything We'd t**en hit very hard with a heavy, sudden barrage. but everyone wa> doing his job quietly and efficiently. “The infirmary was a real charnel house. Everything was covered with blood. Half the medics were hurl themselves, but the work went on. All these l>ei>i’le behaved like profession- famous History of , ered 142 books, but •f the>e are in exist-

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  1. The Escanaba Daily Press,
  2. 08 Feb 1965, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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