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do and we an- price from this in for shot The and anther Union act as im- to de- U.S. af- a its regu- be Yank Sentry Saved Many Americans Pleiku, Viet N a m . (API- 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 listening post a few yards from the American senior officers' quarters quarters at the Pleiku Air Base. Pyle apparently heard noises after Viet Cong infiltrators slip ped past South Vietnamese guards outside the compound. The sentry surprised the guerrillas-as guerrillas-as they were planting explosive explosive charges and began fir- The guerrillas immediately detonated their 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 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 three daughters, aged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle was transferred transferred to Viet Nam last November November from Ft. Ord, Calif. His family remained at their home in Marina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs. Pyle wept at the news. Bill Alauldin, the GT cartoonist cartoonist of World War II, was visiting visiting his son at Pleiku when the (Continued on Page 4) . -(AP Vvirephoto) S.5 JESSE A. PYLE Four Perish In House Fire Hamilton, Mont. (AP)--Four members of a family of five perished last night in a fire. Witnesses reported the lone surviving child .said the fire flared up as he was playing with matches. The victims were Lyle Grevoy, Grevoy, 39, a logging company ploye; his wife, Patricia, 19, and two of their children, about 2, and Shirley, about 1. A third child, Roger, about 4, ran into the nearby Elks Club about 9:30 p.m. carrying matches and a candle. He told persons in the club he had playing with matches and accidentally accidentally set a curtain on fire. The boy said his father shoved him out the door of home and went back inside the others.