The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 18, 1968 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 18, 1968
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(Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, June 1», — fast Seven Rocket Search Mostly Fruitless By HUGH A. MULLIGAN SAIGON (AP)-At sunset, two helicopter gunships skimmed over the rooftop's of Saigon and headed out to locate the launching sites for the 122mm Russian-made rockets that have been slamming into the city {or more than a month. In the lead ship, Capt. Reid McBride of Logan, Utah, guided •the flight along a general northeasterly direction, to avoid staring into the declining sun, and seldom climbed higher than 6 to 10 feet above the treetops. McBride wore "chicken plate," a steel bullet-proof vest. So did his copilot, WO John McQueen of Torrance, Calif., and the two machine gunners leaning out the open doors, Spec. 4 Kirby Spain of Dardenelle, Ark, and Spec. 5 Thompson Lee of S«n Antonio, Tex. So did the reporter sitting on the ammo canhister. In less than two minutes of flight time, Saigon's shanty town suburbs fell away into a watery green world of rice paddies, swamps, endlessly snaking rivers and canals. Th^ee times a day at dusk, dawn -and midday, sometimes more Often -when they were scrambled, during .an actual rocket launch, McBride and the other members of the Razor-back gun platoon of the 120th Aviation Company had flown the same 25-mile patch of paddy and pineapple plantation. Intelligence officers believe that the rocket tubes and their firing devices are unloaded by freighter at Sihanoukville in Cambodia, then taken b"y sampan down the countless fingers of waterway that claw at Saigon. The 3-foot tubes are light enough to cart on a wagon or even a bicycle to their launching sites, which must be within South Vietnamese marines, who. had reported th* enemy five miles of the capital city. The rockets come equipped with a launching base, but they can and have been fired from inside haystacks resting on a bi-. pod of bamboo poles, with the rocketeer in a nearby haystack or behind a fence triggering a mechanism no more complicated than the cord on an electric shaver. When fired this way the rockets are wildly inaccurate, which may explain the relatively little tactical damage but the high civilian casualties inflicted on the city in the past month. - * * * It was fully dark now, save for a glow from burning buildings that told of street fighting in Cholon and Gia Dinh. Rain began to fall, and their only hope of locating a rocket site was to catch the bright white lick of the muzzle blast and the - orange fire ball arching toward the city. McBride returned to fan Sin Nhut and WHS barely settled down to watch Perry Mason on the television set in their "scramble shack" when the artillery began thumping away. From here on out, they were on a 24-hour alert, ready to run for the ships at word of a scramble. The crew had just settled down, boots still on, when the FM tactical radio cut in on Perry Mason's, summing up scene. "Razorbacks scrambled to the west, Viet Cong moving near the keyhole." The keyhole is the big loop that the Saigon River makes near the old Bien Hoa highway just beyond the city limits in Gia Dinh Province. The rain was a torrent, whipped by skitting winds, as the Razorbacks raced to their gunships. movement, thought it might be a rocket platoon moving to a new location. At first most of the rounds aimed at Saigon came from the west. Lately, they had come from the south, especially the rockets aimed at the docks. Now, more and more, the Razorbacks were scrambled in every direction. "We'll have to orbit until the artillery subsides/ said Me- Bride, but he had no sooner climbed to 2,000 feet than the radio issued new orders. "We have a negative target for you—repeat—negative. Return to base." The rain cascaded across ths windshield in a constant deluge. A hard night for the Razor, backs. In that inky darkness, they could never locate the white lick of flame from the tube. "You gotta hand it to old Charlie," said McQueen, finally pulling off his boots. "He knows when he's got everything going for him." War Vignettes By GEORGE McARTHUR Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - For eight wnths a young Marine captain on Bonsper, has been the U.S. dvisor to a bunch of "crazy rater buffaloes. It was [Blues. r- not exactly what he | next month. the Vietnamese marines had set up their command post, Bonsper peeked at a photo of his wife, carefully tucked inside the confidential folder of the battalion's official combat log, and contemplated his 25th birthday il was nut GAU^HJ ad in mind when he graduated torn the Naval Academy in 196j it has been rewarding, he ut B Bonsper's buffaloes are South -ietnamese marines of the 2nd lattalion, which won its nick- ame in battle three years ago. The unit charged a Viet Cong csition like "crazy water but aloes," a captured guerrilla re ort said. The Vietnamese marines nostly farm youths with a ,ealthy respect for the nations antankerous beast of burden, iked that and now sport a houlder patch showing a wdd- yed buffalo. While Bonsper watched, the ittle marines in camouflage •reen were doggedly pushing hrough a rubbled street on the restern edge of Saigon Col- imns of smoke spiraled sky- pard and the buildings occa- rionally shook from rocket -lursts. It was blistering hot. °, Unperturbed, the blonde- ,:rew-cut American checked '; Tease-penciled maps, listened '.'o the South Vietnamese major >t his side and worked the battered pack-radios connecting 'pith the helicopter' gunships (verhead. Although seven had died that norning and 11 were wounded, ::'he South iVetnamese marines •>ere relaxed and sometimes sven carefree. Tllmake it," he grinned. "I've got 15 days until I go home. I'm ready." Life-and-Death Score Card Posed By RALPH DIGHTON AP Science Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -7- A life-and-death scorecard has been suggested by a doctor as one way -to answer the difficult medical and ethical question: When is a patient dead and his rgans available for trans-j ilants? The suggestion came from Dr. Vincent J. Collins, professor of anesthesia at Northwestern Uni- lanel discussion at the annual | loo Youth Beat® THE NATIONAL REPORT ON WHAT'S HAPPENING Adopt a cop: Many communities are urging junior high schools to "adopt" a favorite policeman. The officer becomes a part of the faculty and lectures and counsels on community problems and their relationship to law enforcement and its " i j i jr..,, „-„ *Vin /tAalc SiiPPPRS deputies. Rapport and understanding are the goals. or failure is in direct ratio to the intelligence and depth of understanding of the police officers involved. The growing chasm between "authority" as it has been traditionally ret- ognized and today's youth is a No. 1 national problem. We've urged for almost two years a foundation grant (or yCll ^«*. **"•"•• Scratching his head, Bonsper Had to reach back to figure out how many men the 600-man battalion had lost since he joined it eight months ago. "It must have been about 60 killed and 300 wounded." Luckily, Bonsper had gone through that-and five previous months as a platoon leader and company executive officer with the American Marines—witnau' being scratched. • From .his home in Portville N.Y., Bonsper won a Nava Academy competitive exam and emerged in 1964 as a Marine second lieutenant with a new bride and a Fulbright Scholar ship for a year's study in Costa A year iater, he was in Vietnam. He has spent practically all of his time here in the field. The only break was a week s leave with his wife in Hawaii- returning Feb. 3 and driving straight to his battalion which was then also fighting in Saigon. Now, in the little house where grants) that would establish Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 170th day of 1968. There are 196 'ersity School of Medicine, at a days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the British in the Battle of Water- police forces in medium-to small-sized communties on a "model" basis. The officers •would receive top dollars beyond civil servant levels. The officers would be expected te convention of the American Medical Association. This was his proposal: The patient's heart, brain, ungs, circulation and reDsx ac- ivity would be monitored for one or two hours. Each activity would be scored 2 if normal, 1 if depressed and 0 if stopped. A score of 5 or more would indicate continuing life. Less than 5 would mean death was near. And 0 would be a sure indication of death. Collins suggested that such a system could provide an answer for transplant surgeons seeking a common standard to determine if a potential donor is in fact dead. Collins was one of three specialists who discussed moral and legal problems in "Medicine and Religion" here Sunday. On this date: In 1778, the British evacuated Philadelphia and retreated across the Delaware into New Jersey in the American Revolu ion. In 1812, the United States declared war against Britain. In 1935, Adolf Hitler signed a treaty with Britain promising not to upset a ratio between the German and British navies. In 1940, in World War II, the Germans captured the French port of Cherbourg. In 1943, British Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell was appointed viceroy of India. Five years ago — Eight Roman Catholic cardinals prepared to enter a conclave at the Vatican to elect a successor to the late Pope John XXIII. One year ago — Pope Paul VI called for reconciliation and kindness after the hostilities between Israel and her Arab neighbors. By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - Young people love the jingling tinkle of :harm bracelets. The middle aged and elderly respond to another kind of charm bracelet - the charm jracelet of time, and it is made up of memories. You're wearing a pretty long bracelet yourself if you can look back among your memories and remember when— Golfers looked natty in caps and baggy knickers called "plus fours." Children didn't have to spend money to have a good time. They got a real kick out of such simple pastimes as blowing bubbles and making mud pies. Anybody who was frustrated about anything could go out in the back yard and work the resentment and bitterness out of his soul by doing something useful—such as chopping kindling wood. The financial life of wives was so uncomplicated that they still kept their household money in a kitchen cookie jar or hidden under a corner of the living room rug. If any loose change fell out o Dad's pocket while he dozed on the sofa, it belonged to whicl ever enterprising kid pulled up the cushion and found it. As soon as a girl reache courting age the front porch be came her domain, and the res of the family no longer was a free to sit there and drink lem onade and discuss the fate of the nation—certainly not, at least, after dusk on weekend summer evenings. A young lady could become a social success by being able to make good fudge. A well-to-do family In n »maU town was one which had a motor car to ride in on fsir day§ but which also still kept a horse and buggy for rainy days when the roads were muddy. More people were afraid oi dying of tuberculosis than of heart attacks. ..." H.L. Mencken praised Calvin:. Coolidge as a good president be-': cause he let the country alone. and didn't do very much to' change its ways. Hoboes were known ai • "knights of the road," and «. you lived near a railroad yard: ardly a day would go by but one would knock on your bacfc door and ask for something to ;at. Traveling salesmen — thos« double-talking smoothies — wer* widely regarded as the greatest threat to a farm girl's moral welfare. They liked to think ;hey were, too. An intellectual was anyone who had read his way through the first six inches of the Harvard Five-Foot Bookshelf. You could travel for miles across any part of America and never hear a jukebox or see a neon sign. Remember To Pay Your Paper Boy THE EXTRA CARE WE TAKE TAKES EXTRA CARE OF YOU Quick Quiz Q—What is one, of the English names for the Big Dipper? A—Charles' Wain. The name iriginated in England m.ore .ban 300 years ago and the Charles referred to was Charles I of England. The name arose T""j"*-> ^iiiinn First vear of improvement in from the resemblance of this -52,500. Injured-" mUhon. First ?** ° ^ ag nuine group ot stars to a C art without more than a decade. Cannot^thougn^oe^ ^^ ^^ ^ ^^ but & ^^ ^ ^^ ^oundaton? SON HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS IN 1967: Deaths t>i/n (TEXACO! yM TEEN RADIO NET: New solid-state five-watt "trans-receiv- .r» hpinir used bv teens to keep home advised of whereabouts ana wmcn uule ,„,„„„ nuuc „„,„ what aboutT Has ange up to 7-10 miles. No FCC tests or exams defeated powerful Army by con . rTauired Sells for ?79 75. Works in autos and on boats. stant use of the forward pass, Seen Less Hallucinate More: All the symptoms of a bad jng that a sma n, c i ev er ° a iarge - pow - horses could be hitched. Q-What football game popularized the use of the forward pass? A — The f i r s t Army-Notre Dame game on Nov. 1, 1913, in which little known Notre Dame Confusion and in a of the most interesting is sleep disorientation can occur from lack of ^ep -..Just as SD Interesting when one considers now tuaents burn the. altnight oil just to keep in this highly competitve grading « schoo Quick Quiz Q-rHas the United States Congress ever declared war against a Western Hemisphere country? A-Only once, against Mexico in 1846. , Q-How does a sea lion differ from a true seal? A-Sea lions have small external ears; true seals do not have outside ears. Q — Has any American worn an survived an entire Antarctic winter? A-Yes, between W6 and 1948, Mrs. Edith Ronne, wif of explorer Capt. Finn Ronne 'lived with her husband to th Antarctic. A region of Antarc tica has recently been Mined 630 TVNOTSOBEGUILING: Once thought to be the pied piper f teens television is not that at all. Or so says a small survey j Edith honor. Rohn* Land in her because they hadn't gotten enough steep? And dents there watch TV eight hours or less in a week. Twen-j ty-seven per cent claim nine' to 16 hours each week while 25 per cent watch TV 18 to 23 hours: only 6 per cent glare at the boob tube over 30 hours. Ten years ago the number of | television and viewing hours was much more. 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