Clipped From The Winona Daily News
Attack Could Have Been Worse Young American Gives Life In V/'ef Outpost PLEIKU, South Viet Nam, (AP) - Things were bad at Pleiku, but they probably would havÂ« 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 likening post a few yards from the American senior officers' quarters 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 guerrillas as they were planting explosive explosive charges and began firing. firing. The guerrillas Immediately detonated their charges, ant 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 am more than 100 wounded. U.S officers said many more probably probably would have been killed if Pyle had not surprised the Communists 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 he officers' quarters nearby. Pyle was married to a Korean met in 1952 while he was ighting the Communists there. Jtsse A. Pyle Gives Li/e in Oulpost Single Education Board Urged tor They have three daughters^ ged 11, 6 and 2. Pyle was ransferred to Viet Nam last November from Ft. Ord, Calif His family remained at home in ,Iarina, near Ft. Ord. Mrs. Pyle wept at the news. Bill Mauldin, the GI cartoon-1 st of World War II, was visiting lis son at Pteiku 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 C. Hughes ot Herrin, 111.) dashed out to go to work, and I out to take care of myself. 1 ran cut the back door found an American soldier badly badly wounded by mortar fragments. fragments. I tried to help this kid who was hit to get to my cot until the barrage ended. I assumed assumed 1 had the only casual!) with me at the time.! called for help in getting him to the infirmary. "On the way, there was a stream of .wounded moving to-j ward the'infirmary, but every- 1 thing was orderly, no panic 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 enamel house. Everything was covered with blood. Half the medics were hurt themselves, but the work went' on. All people behaved like professionals." professionals."