Independent from Long Beach, California on April 2, 1962 · Page 5
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 5

Long Beach, California
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Monday, April 2, 1962
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? .iiti c»w. AM., AW- t i«u INDEPENDENT--P«g A-5 T/ic TForJd j Rebel-Held Yanks Reported OK i VIETIANE, Laos (UPI)--U.S. State Department official William H. : Sullivan said Sunday after a visit to Laotian rebel headquarters he had . received assurances that five Americans held by the rebels were in good : health. Sullivan (lew to Khang Khay. rebel '"headquarters, over the weekend for 'talks with neutralist Prince Souvanna ·Phouma and Prince Souphanouvong, leader of the pro-Communist Pathet Lao. He said the Americans were being held in a camp four days march from Khang Khay. Souphanouvong said his promise also applied to Maj. Lasrence J. Hailey ' of Laurel, Md., who has not been per. milted to communicate with the out- tide world since his plane was shot down in rebel territory more than a year ago. I The other four Americans who have ,-been reported held by the rebels were: *NBC cameraman Grant Wolfkill. 38. of Seattle. Wash.: private contractor Charles J. Duffy. Watkins Glen. N.Y.. and civilian helicopter crewmen Edward R. Shore. 27. Galloway. Tenn.. and John P. McMorrow, 22. Brooklyn. N.Y. . Trial to Resume HAVANA (UPI) -- The dramatic mass trial of 1,179 Cubans captured in last year's abortive Pigs Bay invasion will resume today in the courtyard of heavily-guarded P r i n c i p l e Prison where sharpshooting riflemen keep the defendants under constant surveillance. There was still no indication when the trial, which recessed over the weekend after sessions Thursday and Friday, may conclude or what fate awaits the prisoners. Aid Boost Pushed BONN. Germany (UPI)--U.S. Undersecretary of State George Ball will ask West Germany to increase Its foreign aid, American , sources said Sunday. The sources said the United States is dts-. satisfied with the way West Germany puts aside large sums for aid to underdeveloped countries but spends only a small part of the allocated funds. In 1961 West Gcr- BALL many earmarked $1.37 billion for foreign aid but (pent only $275 million, and only a fraction of this in grants or gifts. Ball will talk today with Economics Minister Ludwig Erhard and Finance Minister Heinz Starke. Cuba Break Urged QUITO. Ecuador W--The National Democratic Front swung its support behind President Carlos Arosemcna Sunday on condition he break relations with Cuba and take five Frontists into his cabinet/ Threatened by the army unless he cuts diplomatic ties with Prime Minister Fidel Castro's regime. Arosemena offered five cabinet posts to the Front. But contrary to reports rife in this capital, Ecuador has not yet broken relations with Cuba, informed sources said. the best investment you can make this spring * COLUMBIA'S WOOL WORSTED TWO TROUSER SUITS 49.95 timed {or the easier parade -- new spring suits wifh an exfra pair of panfs fo give you monfhs of extra wear--spring-weight pure wool worsteds, olives, greys, blues, browns in subdued chocks, stripes, solids-- shorts, regulars and longs in sizes 37 to 46 no money down . . . arrange your own credit terms pacific at 1st, lortq beach and huntington park open mon. and fri. 'til 9 latewodd center mon. wed. thurs. fri. 12:30 to 9:30 Battalion Ready« Tanks Unusable WASHINGTON (UPI)--A battalion on an around-the- clock ready status in case of war was equipped several months before the Berlin crisis with tanks which could not be used in combat, it was revealed Sunday. The battalion trained with Ask A-Test Trips Over City Areas WASHINGTON W--Some military leaders want weapons in future nuclear tests to be fired by regular crews from operational bases. This might entail flights of fully armed missiles over popular cd areas. President Kennedy has an nounced that aerial nuclear blasts will be touched off in a mid-Pacific testing area late this month unless the Soviet Union agrees to a closely su pervised test ban. THE OUTLINE of how the military wants the tests con ducted emerged from the tes timony released Sunday despite - the heavy censoring which preceded publication. Much of the Information came from Army Maj. Gen Robert H. Booth, head of the Defense A t o m i c Support Agency, while he was being questioned by Reps. George H. Mahon. D-Tex.. and Gerald R. Ford Jr.. R-Mich. The military refers to the beginning-to-end tryout of a weapon as a "systems test,' r in .contrast to a "proof test," which might be carried out merely by detonating a weapon'.* warhead without the prc^ liminary firing and delivery that would be necessary in combat. · · · * BOOTH SAID the Joint Chiefs of Staff are intcrestcc in making systems tests ant Ford asked: "They want it fired by operational crews from operational bases, with full weapons from beginning to'.end?" (tooth replied: ^They wanted to check ou the entire system: yes. sir.' Further testimony indicated It is believed the Russians in · their series of atmospheric tests carried out the type ol beginning-to-end tests thai Booth said the joint chiefs : want. anks which were ruled un safe, unserviceable and un suitable. In case of war, the attalion was assigned to use newer tanks which had rotted at a storage depot. The Army said, however, that enough usable tanks were available elsewhere. THE DILEMMA of Fourth Medium Tank t h e Battalion, a unit assigned to go into action on a moment's notice, was detailed in eneral Accounting Office report. Army officers were questioned by congressmen aboul the report during a session ol the House Defense Department Appropriations subcommittee. Col. John chief of the D. McElheny materiel main tcnance division, told the sub committee that other tank battalions had been in similar straits. But he said the situa tion now has been corrected A r m y vehicle inspectors checked 67 of the 72 M-48 tanks assigned to the bat talion at Ft. Bragg, N.C., in the early fall of 1960 and found that "with practically no exception" the t a n k s could not be used even fo training and rccommcndcc they be rebuilt · · * · McELHENY SAID tha M-48-1 tanks assigned to th unit in case of shipment over seas were not combat-ready They had been in storage a Anniston, Ala. since 1955 am 1956. 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