10-Algona la.) Upper De* Moines Tuesday, Dee. 5, 1967 Ensign Ludwig Of Algona Is In Viet Nam ENSIGN LUDWIG Ensign V. P. Ludwig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernell Ludwig, Algona, was commissioned in the Civil Engineer Corps, U.S.N. August 18. He is presently stationed in Vietnam with the officer in charge of construction. Ensign Ludwig entered Officer Candidate School in Newport, R. I. in April. Following his commissioning in August, he attended Civil Engineer Corps Officer School in Port Hueneme, Calif. He will be assigned to the OICC- RVN for a year and at present is working in the construction coordination office. | The Washington j Merry-lio-Round \DREW PEARSON'S lean did and revealine I / ^column WASHINGTON - As Lyndon Johnson this week finished his fourth year as President of the United States, he has become philosophical about unpopularity, confident about history. His reading in the evening reflects it also. The books that line the White House shelves have changed. The dusty volumes on Admiral Mahon's naval strategy, left over from the days of FDR, have gone, replaced by books on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and four volumes by Josephus Daniels on the Wilson era. The President has even become more philosophical about the press. He still is sensitive to criticism, but far less so than Kennedy or Eisenhower or even Franklin Roosevelt. No longer does he argue with newspapermen as he did during his first two years in office. The President reads the criticism, reads the polls, but is willing to await the final judgment of history. Actually he is still reserving judgment as to whether he'll run, and this fall replied to a private, point-blank question: "Pm going to cross that bridge when I come to it, and I haven't come to it yet." Nevertheless, signs are clearly discernible, to those who know the President, that he has just about made up his mind, • o- BOLCTEKED MORALE He came back from the recent tour of military bases with his morale considerably bolstered. The trip was good for the servicemen he visited, and it was also good for him. The President also enjoyed his visit to the U.S.S. Enterprise, largest American warship afloat and the only nuclear-powered carrier. It had just returned from the Gulf of Tonkin, and he joined it off San Diego. The President was given a room almost as big as his bedroom in the White House, and he played host at dinner. He insisted that enlisted men be brought in, along with the officers, as his guests, including a mechanic from Comfort, Texas. -HOW WE STACK UP - There's been a lot of research In the Pentagon following the announcement that Russia has developed an orbital bomb. And the conclusions are good news for anyone who is worried over the missile gap. We can report there is solid evidence that the United States still has clear missile superiority over the Soviet Union. However, missile might is so great in both the USA and USSR that diplomats are more than ever convinced that neither can afford war. There is some evidence that the Russians decided to adopt an orbital weapons system in a desperate attempt to reduce the American advantage — even though it might violate the treaty banning arms from outer space. However, the United States now has more than 4,000 nuclear warheads, as opposed to an estimated 1,000 for the Soviet Union, These facts are no military secret. They are well known in Moscow. This doesn't count thousands of battlefield nuclear weapons. The United States, for example, keeps over 7,000 nuclear weapons in constantly rotating arsenals Thus an enemy bent upon surprise attack would have the impossible task of knocking out literally thousands of Pearl Harbors in order to leave America helpless. Each warhead, incidentally, packs more destructive power than all the guns fired and all the bombs dropped by both sides during World War tt. - o - - REAGAN-GO-ROUND The respected California Field poll reported that three out of four Californians had heard about the homosexuals on Gov. Ronald Reagan's staff and that 61 per cent believe he had lied in Ms denials .... The San Francisco Chronicle, ribbing the governor over his warning to Drew Pearson not to spit on the sidewalk in his state, suggested that Reagan not only had a credibility gap but a "spitting gap." .... Among hard-nosed Democrats, Reagan Js now called "Old Borax" In memory of his role in the Death Valley TV series. But In the old ladies' knitting circles, he is still Mr. Terrific. m ' ^ r///J*1IIW l\l % •• >\\H Every year, the stereo console set becomes more popular as a family qift . . . and RCA Victor is the "BIG" name in Stereo . . . see the many beautiful sets in our showroom and pictured below . . . Early American, Traditional, Modern — priced as low as $209.95 for consoles (with AM-FM radio) and $59.95 for portable stereo. SEE TOM THIS CHRISTMAS. ^?~~irmm$ • -'•- -•?<; vw$#m TOM'S RAPIO & TV 'PHONE 295424Q "YOUR RCA CQI.QR TV A STEREO HEADQUARTERS" H**M*m»mm^^ ALGONA!
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