Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on October 25, 1962 · Page 12
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 12

Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, October 25, 1962
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Enemy Shell Alters Career (Continued from page 1.) patrol. He received the Purple Hem t for that one, but it was his conduct under fire and the second wound that earned him another Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for heroic achievement. He was hit in the right shoulder and neck by numerous high explosive shell fragments while carrying a wounded buddy to safety. X-rays revealed that his right shoulder and arm had been shattered; neck vertebrae had been fractured. His spinal cord was damaged, too, and both arms and legs were paralyzed. Back to Kansas After weeks in an army hospital at Pistoia, Italy, Bob was flown to Casablanca, Africa, then to Miami and on to Winter General Hospital in Topeka. Thus, in June 1945, with nothing but his blood-stained infantry insignia and a plaster cast from his ears to his hips, he came back to Kansas. In July, at Winter General, doctors performed an emergency operation with chances for survival less than 50-50. In October, Bob, now a frail 122 pounds, and with his right arm in a body cast and his left arm and hand still useless, took his first steps. A "Guinea Pig" Transferred to Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich., in November 1945, things seemed to be looking up, but Bob was soon on the critical list again -this time with a scries xrf blood -this time with a series of blood clots in his lungs. He became a "guinea pig" for streptomyecin, the then newest wonder drug, one of four patients in the country receiving the medicine on a trial basis at the time. It worked. After this episode, hometown friends, apprised of his need for specialized operations, rallied stoutly behind Bob. They raised nearly $1,800 to pay for specialized surgery which could not then be performed in an Army hospital. Bob's right shoulder joint was removed, the right arm shortened and attached to the remaining portion of his shoulder by a leg- muscle covering. The operations were performed at Wesley Hospital in Chicago by Dr. H. Kelikian, who had lost a brother in World War II, and would accept no fee, but the contributions of friends paid the hospital bill. Four additional operations were performed on his right hand to provide him a "helping" hand, but another was soon to appear. His Right Arm Bob says it was then he had the best break in his life. He met Phyllis Holden, and, as it turned out, his future wife. Their marriage June 12,1948, formed a team that has been remarkable in its achievements. Bob says Phyllis has been his right arm-and she has. A graduate of New Hampshire University and a registered occupational therapist, Phyllis met Bob while she was_working at Percy Jones hospital and she has been a tremendous asset in his quest for success. Another bright spot is their daughter, Robin, 8. Robin was in the first grade during the 1960 election and was heard to remark: "I hope Daddy wins the collection." Bob was hospitalized 39 months -three and a quarter years. For 11 of these months, he was fed every bit of food he ate, but finally, through therapy, he regained partial use of his left hand and arm. Returns to School When discharged from the Army in July, 1948, Bob enrdlled in the University of Arizona. Phyllis attended classes to take notes as he was not yet able to CAMPAIGNING FOR DADDY - Robin shakes hands with Ed Wolf, Gaylord at the State Fair in Hotchinton. Phyllis Dole made the "Bob Dole" skirt and pattern cut-outs for the badges. write with his left hand. She also wrote his examination papers from his dictation. In the fall of 1949, Bob entered Washburn University in Topeka to complete his AB degree and his LLB under the GI Bill of Rights. He was now using a recorder in classrooms, transcribing the records laboriously each night by hand. He still dictated his examination papers, and also the Kansas Bar examination to Phyllis. To help Bob*through law school, Phyllis worked at Topeka State Hospital in its mental health program and at the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Topeka. Youngest Legislator At 26,'Bob was elected to the Kansas House of 'Representatives, the youngest member ever sent to Topeka by Russell County. Bob graduated from Washburn Law School in 1952, magna cum laude. That year, he was elected to the first of four terms as county attorney. He has been elected to office nine times without defeat. When Bob Dole entered the University of Kansas, he embarked upon a pre-med course. His dreams of becoming a doctor were shattered by his war wounds, but he realized he must use his head, so to speak, instead of his hands, so with determination, he set out to become a lawyer. Desire to Serve. Bob developed an intense desire for public service while in the Kansas legislature in 1951. With the invaluable aid of Phyllis, his parents, and many others, he fougbj his way not only to physical health (he has missed'only four days of work in 14 years) but to a new and mature philosophy... giving ^service to others as they had given to him. This desire prompted not only his youthful service in the Kansas legislature, but many years as service officer for the American Legion and VFW posts in Russell; his work with young people as a member of the 4-H Fair association, in Boy Scout and Girl Scout work, as Russell County Red Cross director, and his service as a US Congressman from the Sixth district. . In Splendid Health Today, Bob Dole, who neither smokes nor drinks, is in splendid health. His work day normally is from early morning until far into the night. Bob has learned Farm Bill Sets Stage For Shot-Gun Attempt Food and Drug Law Improved Rep. Bob Dole believes his vote for the new law to strengthen federal control over drugs to be administered, to the sick and injured as one of the most important in the recent congressional session. "Giant medical strides in care and treatment have demanded and resulted in production of countless new wonder drugs," the Republican First District congressional nominee noted. "But with this constant progress in research and development of new drugs, there was an equal or stronger, demand for thorough testing before the new medicines should be released for use by doctors," Dole said. "While the need for stronger drug controls was dramatized most tragically by the 'horror drug,' Thalidomide which produced pitiful deformities in new born babies, its dissemination as a tranquilizer was not an isolated case. "Records of the U. S. Public Health Service show other drugs which, even though tested widely before distribution to the public, resulted in unexpected side effects and even death to persons they were given to." Dole said it was his hope and that of other congressmen and senators who joined in enacting the new law that the new authority would give federal officials .the tools to better safeguard the Ihealth and welfare of the people. money isn't everything, and that there is room in politics for those without material wealth. The Dole's live in a very modest home in Russell, and with no other income aside from his disability retirement pay, the expense of frequent travels to and from Washington and the necessity of maintaining a home both in Russell and the Capitol city, find it difficult to "break even." Although his handshake is with the left, his interest are, understandably, right with those he seeks to represent. And if Bob Dole extends his left hand in greeting, you now know why. (Reprinted ton The Pratt Dally TrtbiuM) Rep. Bob Dole, R-Kan., has warned that enactment by Democrats of the obnoxious Freeman Farm Bill set the stage for a shotgun attempt .next year by the Kennedy administration to force federal controls over the nation's fivestock industry. "Prosperous stockmen, unfettered by federal production and marketing controls, have long been a thorn in Democrat hides," Dole declared. "Apparently, the Democrat bureaucrats in Washington have these stockmen centered in their political sights." Dole, Republican nominee for re-election to Congress from the First District, pledged constant resistance to administration efforts to rope and hog-tie the livestock industry. "This island of freedom from federal controls poses a threat to power-hungry politicians who move the farmers of Kansas and the nation at will as though they were little checkers on a worldwide board," Dole said. "The Farm Bill held out a virtually unchanged program for 1963 as bait. But when apprehensive farmers study it and, understand its provisions for 1964, they will realize what the Washington fight was about. "It is the hope ot the Kennedy- Freeman powerhouse that farmers will be so indignant they will demand changes. The price to be paid for these changes most certainly will include controls over the nation's stockmen." Dole said the'built-in reduc- , tions in price supports for feed grains will be the basis for the bureaucratic clamor to control the production and marketing of cattle and hogs. "The stake of Kansas, and particularly of my own First District territory, is great," Dole said. "It is so great you will be seeing Kennedy administration officials in Kansas trying to soothe the'worried farmers and stockmen and to lull them to sleep until it is too late." Editorial Excerpts Fleet-Footed In mid-June, Rep. Floyd Breeding was blowing the trumpets for the Freeman farm bill. When it failed to pass, he upbraided his colleagues in the Congress for letting the farmer down. Now . . . Breeding is quoted in Washington as saying this: Now thaf the Congress is considering extending the present emergency feed and grain program, Breeding is quoted in Washington as saying this is the approach he tried to get the administration to suggest earlier this year rather than try for a whole new farm program. "Whichever way the barrel rolls, Floyd wants to be on top. - Salina Journal. No Surprise No one should be surprised that the Hutchinson News has turned its columns over to Floyd Breeding-lock, stock and barrel - in this campaign. After all, the News supported the entire national Democrat ticket in I960 - Kennedy, Breeding and even Frank Theis against the late, great Andy Schoeppel. So the Hutch News support of Breeding this year was a foregone conclusion, and'points up the one real issue. Breeding does everything Kennedy (and the Hutch News) wants. Bob Dole represents the rest of us. - Lakin Independent. Credit to Bob Dole "Much of the credit for exposing the scandal (BHlie Sol Estes) among agriculture officals should go to the congressman from this district of Kansas, Bob Dole. - Norton Daily Telegram. The Big Spenders of the Kennedy administration certainly do not follow this creed. The Knoxville, Tenn., Journal points out that the following department increases since Kenne dy took o ffi ce: Agriculture 24 per cent;-Health, Education and Welfare, 52 per cent;. Department of Commerce, 51 per cent;- the Interior Department, 49 per cent and the Housing and Home Finance Agency, 347 per cent. "This kind of extravagerice must stop," says Dole, "and I pledge my best efforts toward a sane and reasonable fiscal policy the American taxpayer can live with." Needed Most What is most needed in the nation's body of lawmakers today are men of Dole's character who will resist to the best of their ability the encroachments of power hungry politicians and bureaucrats bent on re-making America - and the world - at the cost of freedom and national solvency. And it is well to keep in mind- what is good for the United States is good for the First District. - Hays Daily News. On It Rolls "For the record, it should be pointed out that Floyd Breeding voted for the giveway (Foreign Aid);- Bob Dole against. - Hays Daily News. Hard Blow Secretary Freeman's idea of retiring 68 million acres of farm land for recreational purposes, leads Congressman Bob Dole to suggest: "If people are~ first removed from the land, then the land is removed from the tax rolls, the rabbits and other wildlife may flourish, but it will be pretty tough on the communities involved." - Ulysses News. irst District Committee McDill Boyd

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