The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 1, 1968 · Page 19
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 19

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, November 1, 1968
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Talm Beach Post, Friday, November 1, 1968 19 PDe Young L 1 II l- Insurance & Real estate v -iil I.- 'J o I 1 Insurance & Real Estate I i U.S. Servicemen To Meet Sing i 844-4303 JUUl I J 844-4303 lv" "7 tl American Agency, Inc. been off limits, drinking clubs In the camp have been forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages and the main beach In Da 1 ' i i. i i i i i , I" - t ,.. Nang was made a restricted area. Ill I I I W "J -1 I M-4 H M In a recent lntrvlew. Wens- llllllV II I llH'll II mJm hi II A'-'-Y the "The Barrels," singing playing soul music and ready to listen to his latest tale of abuse at the hands of the white man. The barrels are In an annex to Camp Tiensha, the Navy supply headquarters for the northern provinces and most of the men who went there were sailors. The senior officers learned of the significance of the barrels after a fist fight between Negro and white servicemen on a military bus in early October. Whistles blew and the Negro group ran to the barrels. In a short time, Cmdr. Linus Wensmen, the commander of enlisted personnel at Camp Tiensha, appeared before the group and heard a list of complaints. In the following two days, a white sailor threatened to kill a Negro with a bolt studded chain, a Negro fired a pistol several times Into the air after being ejected from a drinking club and there were more fist fights. One man was killed and at least six others Injured. Since then, the barrels have men who has been In his post for 10 months, said he had noticed an "easing of tension" and that the club will be al (ONrwYarkTlmciNFWiScrrtK Da Nang, South Vietnam For months, U.S. Navy officers saw nothing unusual about a huge stack of oil barrels near the bustling Da Nang Harbor. In mid-October, however, they discovered that by night the barrels were a mecca for a group of Negro soldiers, sailors and Marines who felt there was racial discrimination in the armed forces. ; On almost any night a disgruntled Negro could find a group of 30 or 40 "brothers" at lowed to resume the sale of i ii ii 1 1 ii i i i m i i i w i ir vss beer. III II II U I II I 1 I IV J I r f I rl B I IM mm am I m v mm mmmmmm. mm wmmm mm mrimMm i v r mr i r. r shop 10 to 9:30 LAWN & GARDEN DEPARTMENT STORES M iiSsT i' if! HM ' ,' 88 : :88 ' (fig) Fall Weeds-Away-Sale The easy way to wipe out lawn weeds Fireman apprentice Ronald Washington of Los Angeles, who is recognized as a spokesman for the disaffected Negroes, agreed that there was ' less tension but added that it had not disappeared. Camp Tiensha is the headquarters for about 10,000 sailors, 487 of whom are Negroes. There is one Negro officer, a lieutenant junior grade, and 10 of the senior petty officers are black. In each of the last three years. Camp Tiensha has had at least one racial disturbance. Many senior officers say the answer to the chronic unrest In the camp lies In the life-style into which the stevedores, mechanics, heavy equipment operators and clerks are forced. "All we've got here Is a hell of a lot of work and a hell of a lot of boredom," Wensmen said. "There is no liberty, all the populated areas up here are off limits, and there Is no place a man can go to vent his emotions." Also, the men at Camp Tiensha like those at the other relatively secure rear areas in Vietnam, do not share the camaraderie of soldiers in fighting In the jungle. The Negroes had complained that white servicemen were calling them names, scribbling racist graffiti on walls and passing them by when they stuck out a thumb to hitch-hike. Some of the most militant Negroes conceded that individually the irritations were of little significance, but they said that collectively they were unbearable. Wensmen recognized that the complaints are not the kind that can be eliminated with an order. However, he has been meeting with leaders of the loosely organized Negro group often in the last few days and he said a Negro will soon be appointed as assistant to the senior enlisted man in the camp. "What you see happening in the military population here," a colonel at a nearby Army supply depot that has felt the electricity of the Camp Tiensha incidents, said, "is a reflection of what's going on in our population in the United States. Knowing this tension exists, all we can do is work to reduce it. We're all concerned." Actress 'Serious' HOLLYWOOD (AP) -Blonde actress Virginia Bruce, star of many films of the 1940s, Is reported seriously ill in the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital. A spokesman for the hospital in suburban Woodland Hills declined to describe Miss Bruce's illness. 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