The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 27, 1968 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 27, 1968
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MANY of you readers undoubtedly noticed the story in the dailies recently which contained names of 156 of the reported 161 Iowa servicemen killed in Vietnam during 1967. A close study of the list of names, ages and dates on which these men died, provided us with a set of statistics on the seemingly wasteful deaths. All war is wasteful, except to some industries and corporations who benefit from excessive government contracts and the protection and lives given by soldiers, sailors and marines for overseas financial holdings. - ?- THE story stated that the 161 total was probably short of the actual number who met death, but the figure was from the U.S. Defense Dept. lowans (the 154 listed complete with age) who died in that God-forsaken war last year ranged in age from 18 to 51. Two were listed without ages and five of the 161 were not listed at all, probably due to an error. ONE lowan died every 54 hours in Vietnam during '67. A total of 47 lads 20 years old met death, while the second high total by age group was 31 lads of 19. Of course, the eight 18-year olds who met death seem too young to be involved. We wonder if the big interests causing such wars suffer when they read the statistics - or are they too interested in the dollar signs involved ? MOST of those killed were between the ages of 18 and 28. There were 17 who died at the age of 21, 10 at the age of 22, nine aged 23, 10 aged 24, six 25 and two each, 26, 27 and 28. JJM you hear about the American who bought a set of snow tires and the next day the sun came out and melted them ? IN answer to a few calls after this column appeared in last week's single edition, no that was not a picture of the writer in the center of the ramblings. Instead, it was a picture of King Louie, the ape who was featured in Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book" at the Algona Theater. We don't know if Dave Reab had anything to do with having Russ put the photo in our column or not. We've been called worse. MARG Dahl, well-known Algona woman, has been visiting in Europe during recent months, with most of the time spent in Germany. Recently, she sent clippings from The Stars and Stripes which were quite interesting. One 2-page lay-out featured pictures and a story on Grenoble, France, site of the recent Winter Olympics. It took four years and nearly $250 million to get Grenoble ready, what with all the buildings, etc. that had to be constructed. AMONG the projects at Grenoble was Olympic Village, built to house 2,300 athletes. And, there were 200 more newsmen on the scene than athletes. Grenoble, according to the story, is a city of 250,000. It took 26,000 persons to stage-manage the event, also. Grenoble was chosen as the site because of its proximity to leading French ski resorts, all within 40 miles. Practically all of the structures put up for the Olympics will be left intact for future use, with the exception of the 65,000 seat outdoor stadium used for the opening and closing ceremonies. It will be dismantled. THE other clipping from Marg had pictures of some old time jazz artists, including Sidney and Leonard Bechet (Sidney was famous with the King Oliver group), Louis Armstrong, Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Armstrong, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds. The photos and story on Grenoble proved very interesting. Thanks, Marg. APRIL, August, October, September and November seemed to be the safest in that far off war zone. Nine lowans met death in April, August and October, while 10 died in September and November. The dip during the fall months probably was due to a monsoon — or some other weather freak when fighting subsided somewhat. ON the other end of the graph we find July, a month when 23 lowans died. Next high was May with 18, then came December, 17, March, 15, and February, 13. January had 12 and June 11. These figures only show just what a tragedy war is, They also show why there is hate of the draft and hate of preferential treatment (through deferments) by some segments of the population in this "great country." Careers Day Is Slated By D-M Meth. Hospital High school students from throughout the state are invited to attend a special Medical Careers Day at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Saturday, March 30. The Careers Day will feature tours (students may select ones they wish to take), question and answer programs presided over by doctors and other key personnel, a special session for guidance counselors and superintendents, demonstrations of research equipment and compli- Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1968 Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines-3 IF we residents of the United States don't change our way of .thinking and doing soon, they can substitute the word "American" in all of the well-known Polock stories that have been making the rounds for some time. The stories will fit, too I Like- mentary refreshments and noon luncheon. In conjunction with Career Day, students may write essays of 200 words or less on specific medical careers and compete for cash prizes' from Raymond Blank Hospital Guild and three-day all-expense-paid "Junior Internships" in departments of their choice. Contest entries are due March 16. Entering the contest is not mandatory to attending Career Day. For further information, superintendents and guidance counselors should write to Public Relations Department, Iowa Methodist Hospital, 1200 Pleasant St., Des Moines, Iowa 50308. Saddle Club Met Seneca Saddle Club met at the Dave Lynch home Feb. 13 with 27 members present. Plans were made for Registered Quarter Horse Twin Shows, the Humboldt Saddle Club's Show on May 18 and Seneca Saddle Club's on May 19. Members of the Humboldt club who attended were Roger Kleve, Jerry Thompson, Mireana Merris, Jack Bennett, and Andrew Merris. Lunch was served. KOSSUTH COUNTY'S FAVORITE NEWSPAPER! CHUCK Uknes, one of the finest football coaches in Iowa, whose Estherville High teams have always been outstanding, underwent open heart surgery at Rochester recently. WeaskedGeorge Hess, Estherville basketball coach, how Chuck was coming along and he told us, "fine." We were very glad to hear it. Chuck was All-State in football at Sioux City while a high schooler, then varsity fullback at the University of Iowa before becoming a successful coach. He has one of the finest personalities you'd ever want to run into. Hope he recovers completely from his serious surgery. NO matter how bad the movie at the drive-in theater is, the patrons manage to love every minute of it 1 $690 Per Acre A Kossuth county farm has been sold for $690 an acre. Robert Kirsch of Ottosen bought the 40- acre property at auction Thursday from Eugene Bruellman. The luid, three miles west and a mile north of St. Joe, is unimproved except for a 3,300 bushel corn crib. Auctioneer was Charles Quinn of Bancroft. MARCH MOVIE CALENDAR Thnr. thru Wed., Feb. 29-March 6 SIDNEY rOITIER In "TO SIR, WITH LOVE" LEAP YEAR LATE SHOW Saturday, March 2nd "CHAMBER OF HORRORS" and "PICTURE MOMMY DEAD" Hmr.-Fri.-Sat., March 7-8-9 "Two Weeks in September" and "Chuko" Sat. & Sun., March 9 & 10 Matinee's Only "Brighry of Grand Canyon' San. thru Wed* March 10-13 Dick Van Uykc in "FITZWILLY" Thar, thru Wed.," March 14-20 Julie Andrews In "THE SOUND OF MUSIC" Thar., FrL,,Sat, March 21-22-23 "Kiss the Girls & Make Them Die" "40 Guns to Apache Pass" San. thru Wed., March 24-27 "HIGH, WILD & FREE" A most see for every family. Coming: "Mary Jane" - at the ALGONA THEATRE Expanding Your Family's Living Area? Economical Empire Gas Heating Appliances Are Perfect FOR: FAMILY ROOMS • ADD-ON ROOMS • ENCLOSED BREEZWAYS • RATHSKELLERS Smartly-styM Direct Vent Units By Empire Mike Add-On Heafeg Essy -And Economical!!! 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