The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 11, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, June 11, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62— NO. 75 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, JUNE 11,1966 TIN CINTS 10 PAGES Directed Air, Artillery Strikes on Own Men Ex-Football Hero May Win Medal of Honor By AL CHANG AP Photographer TOO MORONG, South Viet Nam (A) Capt. Bill Carpenter said today he called in air and artillery strikes on Communist troops overrunning his position because "this was the most effective way I could see t» kill them." "The Air Force made the Initial run with napalm and cannon fire," he said. "We lost lomt of our peeple then." The decision saved the ground (or his company on Thursday and may win him the Medal of Honor. His company is Company C of the 502nd Battalion of the "Screaming Eagles" 101st Airborne Division. Carpenter, 28, who won fame as the "Lonesome End" of the 1959 West Point football team, marched the remains of his company out «f the battle area today. With him was Capt. Ron Brown, Chattanooga, Tenn., who led his company to Carpenter's aid. Brown, who celebrated his 26th birthday today, is to be recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest U.S. award. Carpenter's company ran into dug-in North Vietnamese regulars as he led his men into a wooded area in the jungle highlands. The U.S. troops were taking part in a big sweep called Operation Hawthorne. Seated at a helicopter landing zone where wounded were coming through, the bearded, captain told his story. "We could hear them talking and moving around as wa moved up the hill," he said. "They didn't seem to know wa were in the area. Our first platoon hit them first and began cutting them down with machine-gun fire." The fight alerted «ther Communist units. "More and more of them then atarted coming in on us. They pinned us down. Then they started to get right In with us right among us. "I called in artillery and air strikes right on top of us. This was the most effective way I could see to kill them. "Did mark my position with a smoke grenade? "I don't know. I'm not sure. But I had my radio and I ad- Justed the strikes from the ear- lier passes. After those first strikes we had air with us all the time. It saved our rear ends. They knew exactly where we were. "We called in artillery right on top of us, too. We kept that up almost until Able Company reached us about 2300 (11 p.m.) that (Thursday) night." Able Company was led by Brown. It had to fight its way through Communist firefights four times to reach Carpenter. They killed 14 of the enemy. When Brown came up he took command of the hill because he had more men than Carpenter. Both units were pulled out of the action for a rest. A recommendation for a Medal of Honor for Carpenter was made by Lt. Col. Henry Emerson, commanding officer of Carpenter's battalion. He also recommended a Distinguished Service Cross for Brown. Rights Trek To Expand By BOB GILBERT BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) The Meredith "March Against Fear" stepped off on a new tactic today — a detour off U.S. 61 to parade past a county courthouse. After marking time much of »he morning while leaders pored over plans for the day, about 200 marchers swung along the street leading into midtown Batesville — w' tn about * n 'Sh- way patrolmen on guard. Police Chief Forrest Tuttle conferred with Negro leaders at a church before the march started, telling them, in a joshing tone: "We're going to give you all the help we can — we want to try to get you out of Batesville as quick as we can." Under the new tactic, the march won't confine itself to U.S. 51, which only brushes the outskirts of towns along the way. Instead, the column will turn Into towns to try to escort Negro residents to voter registration places. As the procession moves deep- tr Into Mississippi, sympathizers from coast-to-coast planned vocal and walking support to the march originated by James H. Meredith. Meredith, the first Negro at the University of Mississippi, walked for two days from the Tennessee line toward Jackson, the state capital, before he was wounded by two blasts of bird- ahot. Others took over where he left off and their number has varied from 125 to 600. * * * Meredith set out on Ms waft to encourage Negroes to register. In support of the marchers, civil rights workers In New York, Phoenix, Ariz.; Louisville, Ky.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Nashville, Tenn.; Los Angeles; Chicago; Albany, N.Y.; San Antonio, Tex.; and throughout Louisiana scheduled rallies and marches today or Sunday. The Community Council on Housing planned a rally at 5 p.m. today in Harlem with heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay listed as a speaker. Other New York rallies are planned today and Sunday. Meredith .will speak at a rally at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the An- tloch Baptist Church In Brook' Tyn. Some groups coupled the affairs with voter registration support and memorial services for Medgar Evers, state field •ecretary of the Mississi rr chapter of the National Associa- lon for the Advancement of Colored People, who was shot to death three years ago. Charles Evers, the slam man's brother, is to preside over a service and march over the funeral route Sunday in Jackson. Floyd McKissick director of the Congress of R* cial Equality, plans to leave the Meredith march to attend the service, A call for marchers from other states promised to lengthen the procession, Meredith, c law student at fee MEREDITH on Pa|« 3 CROP DUSTING NEWCOMER - A new plane is entering the rapidly expanding crop- dusting field. Cessna Aircraft Co. is bringing out two models of an all-metal, low-wing plane called the Agwagon designed for greater speed, economy and pilot protection. It can effectively work over fields at speeds of 85 to 110 m.p.h. Shocking Treatment Ends Sneezing Fit By BEN FUNK MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - For 154 nightmarish days — once every four minutes of every waking hour on the average — June Clark's body was racked by a compulsive sneeze. Her head and chest ached, breathing and eating became difficult, her nose was painfully sensitive. She suffered nausea, fatigue and muscle spasms. Then, last Tuesday, the 17- year-old high school sophomore sneezed and immediately received an "unpleasant" electrical shock. Another sneeze, another shock. Four hours later, June Clark's frightening ordeal — a mysterious malady that had baffled neurologists, internists, allergists, nose and throat specialists, hypnotists and psychiatrists — had coma to an end at last. sneezing. Dr. Malcolm For the first time in more than five months, the pretty, brown-haired girl stopped _ Kushner, 39- year-old chief of psychological service at the Veterans Admin- stration Hospital in Miami, ?ave June a treatment he calls "operant conditioning." * * * This means the control of human behavior by reward or punishment — a system parents use when they spank a child for being bad and give him ] arm. candy for being good. Kushner and a psychologist associate, 36-year-old Dr. Jack Radioactive Capsule Is Dropped HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)A highly radioactive cobalt capsule was accidentally dropped while being transferred to a therapy machine forcing the evacuation of one floor of the Medical Arts Building here, it was reported Friday. Officials said the incident was only the second of its kind reported in this country — the first pccuring six weeks ago in Illinois. Frank Needner of St. Louis, Mo., a radioactive materials specialist from the Westinghouse Corp., which builds the therapy machines, said a lead- line safe had been ordered from the Atomic Energy Commission at Oak Ridge, Tenn. said, the capsule will be lifted with six-foot mechanical arms and deposited In its new container. fourth floor and several adja- tiOD, Sander, say they have used the method with great success in breaking such habits as alcoholism and narcotics addiction. And, June's when plight, they they beard of figured it would help her, too, by disrupting what they call "a pattern of abnormal behavior." Kushner attached electrodes to June's forearms and hung a microphone around her neck. When she sneezed, a voice key triggered a device that sent a mild shock pushing through her Ward Clears First Hurdle In Gun Case Lloyd L. Ward, Jr., 44 - year old former Blytheville resident, was cleared of charges of possessing a dangerous weapon this week. Ward was arrested May 25 when his Rolls Royce was ticketed for improper parking on a Memphis street, n the back seat were a Thompson submachine gun and any number of other weapons. The machine gun was found to be one registered in the name of Blytheville Police Department. Ward, it turned out, is a member of Blytheville's Police Department. He was commissioned by former Police Chief Charley Short and former Mayor Toler Buchanan. The commission explicitly authorizes him to have possession of the submachine gun. It also authorizes the city to call in the Tommy gun whenever it wishes. Police Chief George Ford has indicated he will seek to have it When the treatment began at 12:40 a.m., June's sneezes were coming every 40 seconds. In the first 30 .-ninutes, she sneezed 22 times. In the second half hour, there were only 12 kercboos, and down it went to three, then one, and finally none. By S p.m., It was all over. never was diagnosed. Her per sonal physician said, know what's wrong." started Jan. 4, The cause of June's ailment Saigon: ENEMY DEAD NOW 400 ; Sunday Punch Aimed At Reds By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — U.S. paratroopers regrouped today for fresh assaults on entrenched North Vietnamese regulars who already have lost nearly 400 men in the jun- gled central highlands. While ground fighting subsided to isolated skirmishes during the day, B52 bombers pounded a Communist troop area only 10 miles north of the battle area, before dawn to support ground The B52 strikes were made units of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division which has locked -vith at least two battalions of North Vietnamese Army since Tuesday. regulars enemy. The spokesman said American casualties continued light over-all, although tvveral individual units suffered moderate or heavy losses. The battle could have large military significance. With tvio and possibly four North Vietnamese battalions badly mauled, it could upset the itme- table for any Communist monsoon offensive against the cen- tal highlands. The highlands long have been a Bed objective and at least six regiments of North Vietnamese were known to be poised just across the border in Laos. Throughout the fighting of the A U.S. military spokesman said there had been sightings of at least fo more Communist battalions in recent days in the B52 target area. He said the target was a suspected site for North Vietnamese reserve forces, and supplies. The highlands fighting, known as Operation Hawthorne, was described by an American military spokesman as "one of the heaviest" engagements of the year. The spokesman said that as of late this afternoon the North Vietnamese dead totaled 385, an increase of more than 100 over the previous official figure. * " ¥ » The official spokesman gave this summary of the situation on the battlefield 280 miles north of nci uci- "There are two confirmed "I don't battalions of North Vietnamese regulars dug in along moderate- ridges, heavily covered Tne sneezing sianea Jan. •>, v °"~r --a—. ••--•-» _ while she was in a hospital for by underbrush which is chiefly treatment of a kidney infection, bamboo thickets _ The infection was cleared up "U.S. and ARVN (South let- but the sneezing continued. namese) forces are in positions "We won't know what hap- all around the general area. Be- pens when she is out of our con- cause of the broken nature of frol" Kushner said. "But If she the terrain it is not accurate to starts again, we can restop it." describe this as surrounding the Alma Loses Her Status Buffets Carolina Coast WILMINGTON, storm IISSIOII «l uas\ ruugC) J.CHII. m«»wai.i=\i *i« «•« «»-«.» -- •—•Once the safe arrives, he returned to the department when court action Involving the gun ends. Although cleared in city court 11I1B1 . in Memphis, Ward still faces There is no danger as long state charges in connection with as the capsule remains In the the case, specially constructed therapy He was fined $5 for illegal room, Needner said, but the parking in other action. The city no longer hands out IVUrUl III/UI «UU BCTCIWI •UJV »ire *-itJ IIV m«"o»*« ..»...-.— -— cent offices on other floors were commissions or guns, Ford said evacuated as a safety precau- following the May 25 arrest of Ward. of killer hurricane status, crept up the South Carolina-North Carolina coast today pounding beach towns with gale force winds and heavy rainfall. Shipping lanes were threatened as the season's first hurricane continued to move out to sea. A total of 47 deaths have been attributed to Alma. The Miami Weather Bureau predicted some intensification in the storm this morning but said Alma "should be a good distance from the mainland" if and when she reattains hurricane status. * * * The bureau located the storm about 70 miles south of Wilmington, moving toward the •ut northiMt at about IS mil* N.C. (AP)-1 an hour. no longer- 1 Her 50-mile-an-hour winds at ' storm center were well offshore but gales extended out 200 miles to the east and the south. Gale warnings are displayed from the Virginia capes to Savannah, Ga. » * . * The Weather Bureau said a cold front moving southeastward through North Carolina may cause erratic motion of the tropical storm when the two system collide. But Alma's course out to sea was expected to continue. Heavy rains occurred in all coastal towns with Wilmington reporting four inches of rainfall in six hours. The South Carolina coastal cities of Charleston and Myrtle Beach also reported heavy rains and minor wind past few days, U.S. planes flew 202 air strikes against the entrenched North Vietnamese. Some of the strikes were close to American ground forces and the spokesman said one strike today was within 50 yards of the paratroopers. Elsewhere in South Viet Nam, only minor ground fighting was reported but the air offensive over both North and South Viet Nam continued full scale. U. S. Air Force and Navy planes flew 72 missions over North Viet Nam Friday, concentrating once again on the southern panhandle and coastal targets. Ruby Granted Sanity Trial By RAYMOND HOLBROOK DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - Jack Ruby, sentenced to die in the electric chair for the slaying of Lee Harvey Oswald, will get the sanity hearing Monday his lawyers have been seeking for almost two years. But In an apparent about-face, the attorneys now say they are opposed to me hearing because it would jeopardize Ruby's constitutional rights if they have,to call witnesses who might testify at the new murder trial they are seeking. They say they will appear in court Monday morning as directed by State Dist. Judge Louis T. Holland but that they will not call Ruby to the stand and they will present no witnesses and no evidence to support their earlier claims that Ruby Is insane. Holland turned down defense motions Friday which would have forestalled the hearing and would have returned the case to the Texas court of criminal appeals, which ordered the sanity hearing before it would consider the appeal of Ruby's conviction. * * * Ruby, 55, a former night club operator, did not appear at the pre-trial hearing Friday. He has been in jail since the fatal shooting of Oswald, named by the Warren Commission as the assassin of president John F. Kennedy, in November 1983. If a jury finds Ruby sane, the appeals court then woud.con- sider defense arguments that his murder trial contained reversible errors and that the conviction should be set aside. If found insane, he would be sent to a mental hospital. While the defense contended It could not be ready for the sanity hearing Monday, the state announced that it opposed any d«I lays. The pre-trial hearing was complicated Friday by the appearance of two sets of attorneys, both seeking to represent Ruby at the sanity trial. Phil Burleson of Dallas, currently representing Ruby, headed one group. Joe TonahiH of Jasper, one of a series of lawyers fired by the former night club operator, said he was in court by direction of the court of criminal appeals, highest Texas court for criminal cases. Holland said he would recognize both Burleson and Tona- hill, along with all other defense attorneys, as Ruby's counsel at the sanity trial. C. of C. Meet- Is Monday Blytheville Chamber of Commerce's Industrial Park Committee meets Monday at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall. The $150,000 campaign fund for the purchase and development of the park east of town is about $40,000 shy of Us goal. Monday's session will discuss what can be done to bring the campaign to a conclusion by June 15, date originally set for ending the drive. That's Pretty Dangerous! CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Navy Lt. Cmdr Edgar D. Mitchell, one of 21 new U.S. astronauts, says dangers in space flight aren't much different than the veryday danger In crossing t busy street. Mitchell, highest ranking serviceman in the group of new astronauts, acted as spokesman at a news conference Friday, Navy pilots had what a spokesman described as a "parr, ticularly lucrative day" against Communist railroads. Pilots reported destroying 37 boxcars and damaging many more. The Navy fliers also claimed they destroyed or damaged-21 junks, five bridges and four barges in their 34 missions. The Air Force, which .flew 38 missions, reported damage'-_-or- destruction of 19 trucks, : J8 barges, eight bridges, two radar sites, five structures, eight boxcars and one antiaircraft siter- Over South Viet Nam, American pilots flew 345 sorities Friday in support of'ground operations. The Vietnamese Air Force flew 262 similar sorties. In a delayed report, the U.S. command announced a four plane flight of Marine Skyhawks hit a Viet Cong concentration Thursday 18 miles southwest of Quang Ngal city. A U.S. Army Special Forces patrol which entered the area Friday counted 79 Viet Cong dead and marks on trails indicating more Viet Cong dead or wounded had been dragged away. The U.S. Command announced a battalion of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division ended Operation Lexington on Thursday 18 miles southeast of Saigon. The operation, which began May 17, claimed 61 Viet Cong killed, 10 captured and 30 weapons seized. In ground actions in the Dan Nang area, U.S. Marine patrols and ambushes killed 24 Viet Cong Friday. Also in the north, Vietnamese Army headquarters reported Vietnamese infantry, paratroopers and marines, kicked off in a search-and-destroy operation 12 miles north of Hue Friday. Some of these troops were the Vietnamese 1st Division, whose loyalty to the Saigon government has been wavering. Other units were among those sent from Saigon to, Da Nang several weeks ago to help impose government control over Da Nang. The operation was called Doan Ket (Reunion), apparently in an effort to unify the loyal government troops with the sometimes dissident 1st Division. On the first day of the operation, the Vietnamese reported 12 Viet Cong killed. On the political front, an orderly crowd of about 5,009 Buddhist supporters marched ttrough the streets of Hue, carrying anti-American and ah- tigovernment banners. They were commemorating the third anniversary of the fiery suicide by Buddhist monk Quang Due on a Saigon street— the first of a series of self-immolations used by Buddhists t» bring down the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Weather Forecast; Fair and a little warmer through Sunda;'. Low tonight 58 to 64, High Sunday In the 80s, /

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