The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 60
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 60

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 3, 1968
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.. . i-v l ) I r ' i J! i r J' L 1 I Y J f. 4 1 W.a.i .11 HI I.IW nil - -" -MM ft "' on They're Kicking Us Around Figueroa They Know Us As Paper Tigers No One Man Can Get Us Out Stop Our Mothers From Crying Remain In Vietnam, Asserts Wounded GI SECTION PALM BEACH POST-TIMES CLASSIFIED FEATURES Sunday, Nov. 3, 1968 PAGE ONE said. "The wire fences around them stretch as far as you can see!" But Felix, a native of Cuba who still isn't eligible for his American citizenship papers, made it clear that he doesn't want to see South Vietnam abandoned. "It would mean that too many of our soldiers had just died for nothing," he said. "I'd gladly go back there again rather than see us pull out! " Why does he feel so strongly about it? "They're kicking us around too much," he said. "They look on us as 'paper tigers' and they know the strong feeling against the war that exists here at home. "They're taking advantage of these feelings, and Americans have got to do something to keep all of our mothers from crying!" Palm Beach International Airport to welcome him back. "They had a big sign printed on a bed sheet!" he laughed. Speaking on behalf of his friends still In uniform, Felix claims many of them feel rejected when they're away from quarters. "They tell me they're often reated rudely if they even ask a Mvlllan for guidance in getting someplace," he said. "I myself never had that trouble, but maybe it was because 1 always wore civilian clothes." Felix, who came here In 1960 with his family because of Castro's rise to power, couldn't speak English then. Now he has no trouble with It. His plans? To study commercial art at Palm Beach Junior College. How severe Is his war Injury? "I can do the things I have to," he said. Should America pull out of South Vietnam? Felix Figueroa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Figueroa, 634 Glenrldge Dr., doesn't think so. Moreover, says Felix, who was discharged from the U.S. Army last week, there Is virtually no chance America will pull out regardless of who Is elected president. "We're In too deep," said the 22ryear-old veteran, who came home early because his right arm was crippled by an exploding enemy mine. "No one man can get us out of there!" There is little doubt that America's installations In South Vietnam are permanent, he says. "You can't go five miles in any direction without finding one of them and some have as many as 20,000 troops," he 21 in the same action that saw limmy Smith of West Palm teach hurt so badly he was sent ;ome. "Twenty were killed," Felix said. "I myself found Jimmy. He was so happy to see me! There I was a guy from his own home town! He was lying on the ground with his foot' blown off, and do you know what he said to me? 'Felix! Get me a banana from that tree!' "He was feeling good, and I was so proud of him! I started crying, and the tears were pouring down my face, but I told him toshutup!" "We got a door that had been blown off a building and carried him on It to be evacuated." Felix himself lasted only 21 days In South Vietnam. He was hospitalized two months. When he was discharged and sent home, about 40 of his friends and his family were at What do American troops feel could do most to end the war? An Invasion of North Vietnam! "We should attack their cities just as they have attacked those In South Vietnam," he said. "This Is not just my feeling but that of every GI I have talked to." Was the bombing of North Vietnam actually doing any good militarily? "We're wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on that bombing," he said. "We're killing a lot of trees! Why not drop them on the enemy we're fighting in the South? That would be a better way to spend our money!" Felix, who was a private first class and squad leader, said most GI's admit they'd fear invasion of North Vietnam, but they feel it would be "all for the best." "We can hit their major cities," he said. "It's the only way." Right now, he says, American troops are not fighting for their country but "just to stay alive!" The very nature of the country is against the kind of war the Americans are trying to fight, Felix says. "You can be entering the jungle when you suddenly find men falling all around you," he said. "You take cover, call In air strikes and shoot down ail of the trees and then find? the enemy wasn't even there time you get there, he's gone." But one of the most horrible experiences a GI can go through, Felix says, is to find an example of the enemy's atrocities. "When you get up in the morning, your morale may be great. You go out on patrol with the sun shining and everybody happy. You may kid around a little with the girls and the children you see. Then you go around a trail in the jungle and find the body of a GI strung up and disembowelled! "It has a completely disastrous effect on our men. It can affect you for days! " Felix, who was in service 21 months, was wounded last April Pffl Troubles Up North Help Palm Beaches i i ! 1 1 v t jW vV-. iff lli II ,1 1 I I m. Bumper Season Shapes Up These will be gone by the middle of this month, he added. A few openings will be maintained at the 144-sllp facility for use of transients, Case said. Air travel, too, Is picking up, Tom Sherwood, district sales manager for Eastern Airlines, reported. Eastern, he said, already has added a dally flight from Detroit to West Palm Beach and will start a round-trip service between here and New York City Wednesday. Further increases In service will be forthcoming In December, Sherwood said. J.B. Newsome, station man ager here for Delta Airlines, said Delta expects "the best season yet." The airlines will Increase seating capacity by 35 per cent to serve this area starting Dec. 15, he said. Among the planes, New-some said, will be a 196-pas-senger DC-8. 4'Li- i 'Jrm'H U vi W fete f' v y ''wo. A ' be a very good season," he said. Many northerners are writing in for lists of hotels and apartments so many that the chamber's receipt of mall has Increased by about 12 per cent, Hays said. "Hotel bookings already are good, and housing and apartments should be scarce this winter," he added. But despite the surge, the Everglades Club isn't slated to open until New Year's Day. The Breakers Hotel will open In December, and Manager Schuyler Dodge was due to arrive this weekend, Hays said. At the Colonnades Beach Hotel, reservations were reported "noticeably better than a year ago." Peter Brown, resident manager, said the hotel had anticipated a good season and has added 130 rooms to its Singer Island facilities. "And we expect to fill them all," he said. At Spencer's Boat Co., Inc., Mel Spencer reported "definitely Increasing activity." "We're getting much busier. The big boats are arriving almost daily, although few of them have their owners aboard," he said. W.T. Grant's yacht Sunbeam and Benson Ford's Anl-ca were reported moored at the Australian Avenue docks in Palm Beach. At the West Palm Beach Marina, dockmaster Chuck Case said he had only 12 more slips available for leasing. I .. mm hi mi Traffic Picks Up Along Famed Worth Avenue Stall Photo by Ursula Socman and Vincc Miranda By JACK THOMPSON Staff Writer Social and political maladies In the north may make this the long and most successful season in the history of the Palm Beaches. Growing fears and "trouble In the streets" already are producing a bumper crop of tourists and winter visitors, a survey shows, and the best Is yet to come. Jesse D. Newman, president of the Worth Avenue Association, said his world-famous street had two vacant stores at this time last year. "And this year, we don't have any," he said. Because of the northern turmoil, Newman opened his own Lullabye Shop on Oct. 1 Instead of the usual Oct. 25 to meet the demands of his customers, he said. Newman predicted that 98 per cent of the Worth Avenue shops would be opened within a week. "Our patrons usually are active In political affairs in their home areas and remain there until after elections," he said. "But this year there Is so much turmoil many of them are coming down early and voting by absentee ballots." The parents are putting children Into private schools and buying clothing for them here so much that Newman has found a notable Increase In his own business, he said. Donald Paton, manager of the Palm Beach Towers, agreed with Newman. The visitors, he said, are so upset by situations in their home communities that many are coming down a full month earlier than they normally do. In addition, Paton said, the availability of more money this year seems to be a factor. "We expect the greatest season since our opening in 1956," he said. The demand at the Towers for suites, rooms and food was greater this October than ever before, the manager said. The Towers likes to lease some of its facilities on a five-month basis, Paton said, and the demand this year is "nearly 50 per cent more than ever before." So many families have made Christmas reservations at the Towers that the hotel will have no more rooms available then, he added. "We'll have trouble meeting demands until March," Paton predicted. "We're not taking any more leases." Elsewhere, others were predicting the customary annual "greatest season yet." Charles Hays, executive vice president of the Greater West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber's work load Is much heavier now than it was at the same time a year ago. "Our mall Indicates this will Shutter Taken Down As Palm Beach Home Is Opened ISPENCEH . .i . - - ( . .-. i, j ., yi t fBfc ,.- .v Mi f iMfe-M . . . -O.- : "I: ,. icii'v J Zl. I v vX .r Docking Space Nearly Filled At Spencer Boatyard Grass Is Sure To Be Green Along State Road A1A

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