Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 9
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 9

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 27, 1969
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.IO--INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) , OH)., 1»U'l · VAKK SUICIDI-; TRY TO AVOID TORTURE Pueblo Marine Cut Wrists CORONADO (UPI) -- Driven to despair by fierce beatings of North Korean guards, a Marine sergeant from the USS Pueblo slashed his wrists in a fake suicide try. The c h o c k e d Communists called off his torture. Testimony given in secret by Sgt. Robert J. Hammond. 23. of Cornish, N.H., was made public in an edited version by the Navy Wednesday. Hammond and the Pueblo's only other Marine. Spt. Robert . Chiefs. 24, of Chillom Terrace, Md.. testified behind closed doors Tuesday before a five-admiral court of inquiry into the Pueblo affair. Hammond's fake suicide try occurred during "hell week" shortly before the Pueblo crew was released after 11 months of imprisonment in North Korea. Testifying that he grew "quile terrorized" and saw no end to the captivity, Hammond said he began to think about suicide. He first planned to attack bis guards in hopes he would be killed "and take a couple with me." The strategy lit eventually adopied was almost loo successful. Hammond related. He broke a mirror and slashed his wrists while lying in his cot at night. The Marine said he bled so profusely he thought he might really die. The bleeding finally slowed and Communist jailers found him lying in a blood-soaked bunk. "1 told the guard he was chicken because he wouldn't kill me," said. He was forced to get up and clean up The Marine said he later was "bawled out" Korean officers but the torture came to an Hammond the mess, by North end. Hammond was the third Pueblo man to disclose that he considered suicide while in captivity. The others were Lt. (J.G.) Timothy Harrison, 23, of Jacksonville, Fla.. who testified last week, and skipper l.loyd M. Ducher. "Hell week" that led to Hammond's suicide try resulted from discovery by the Communists that Americans had been making obscene finger gestures in propaganda pictures. Many of the Pueblo's 74 enlisted personnel were beaten in an effort to make them tell who instigated ihe plot. Testimony so far has indicated the North Koreans never found out. Hammond and Chicca are believed lo have been the only men on the Pueblo with Korean language training. The Navy has declined to comment on the fact and there was no reference to H in the Navy-edited summary of their testimony. Early in his captivity. Hammond took a six-hour beating before agreeing lo confess falsely that the Pueblo intruded into North Korean waters. Hammond and Chicca both said there was no treacherous behavior by members of the Pueblo crew, though Chicca (old the court that "some people were more passive than others." Repair of Carrier * Enterprise Pushed PKARl. HARBOR. HAWAII (UPI) -- The Navy a n n o u n c e d Wednesday that it expects repair work on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise to he completed next month. The nuclear-powered vessel was damaged Jan. 14 by fire and exploding bombs while on manue- vers southwest of Honolulu. HOPE DIM FOR 35 ON PLANE HAWTHORNE. N c v. (UPD-- More than cipht days have passed since Hie "gamblers special" airliner with 35 persons aboard disappeared south of here, and authorities said there was little hope of finding any survivors. Thirteen aircraft, six from Nevada Civil Air Patrol and seven from the California CAP. flew patterns over the rugged icr- rain Wednesday to no avail. The "special" was on a r e t u r n flight to Long Beach with passengers who had come here to relax at a local casino. On its return, the airliner was presumed d o w n where in s o m e - ihe snow-capped mountains south of here where peaks reach as far as 13.000 feel. Severe _ storms have hampered ' search opera- lions much of this week but Wednesday the sun managed to show its face. But the weatherman predicted that another storm was moving in and should hil this area sometime late lodav or early Friday. Claremont Officials Hide Negroes; Fear Unjust Reprisals for Blasts CLAREMONT I/Pi -College officials hid out members of the Black Students Union in fear the students might unjustly be accused of setting bombs that exploded Tuesday in two buildings of the Claremont Colleges. The homemade bombs burst within minutes of each other, one in the hands of Mary Ann Keal- ley, 20. Mrs. Keatley, a bride since September, lost part of her right hand and faces possible loss of vision. Dr. Mark H. Curtis, provost of the Claremont Colleges, said about 65 minority students found new lodgings "with our assistance" because it was feared the students would become targets for retaliation. The campus has been the scene in the past few months of an emotional debate between the militant Negro group and the administration over implementation of a black studies program and admission of more minority students. Curtis said "there already have been -- without foundation -- accusations that they were responsible. It was feared there might be retaliation. They have been given police protection. "If there is any connection between the. dispute over the introduction of n. black studies program and these bombings, 1 cannot see it and I refuse to speculate on this point." Mrs. Keatley, a secre- POT-LADEN PLANE CRASHES; 2 HELD EL CENTRO M'l -Sheriff's deputies investigating a report o[ a Palos Verdes Man, 'Pot' Seized in South A 23-year-old man, who gave his address as Palos Verdes, was arrested and SI0,000 worth of marijuana was seized Wedncs day in New Orleans by federal narcotics officers. Thomas Ray Feder, the suspect, was released from Ihe Army in November 1QG8, agents said, and has had no known regular occupation since then. Fifteen pounds of marijuana wnre seized. downed plane, found a t w i n engine Piper Aztec in the Carrizo Badlands west, of here. inside, they said, were 700 pounds of marijuana. Outside were two sets of tracks. Officers started tracking. Not. far away, they said, they found another 1.000 pounds of marijuana under a bush. The tracks continued. Persevering, deputies caught up with and hooked 1111 suspicion of s m u g g 1 i n g Wednesday Samuel Jack Vincc, o9, Indio, and William Anthony Sayr-e, 2fi, San Francisco. The marijuana, officers said, had a retail value of more than $1 million. tary in Pomona College's political science department, was picking up mail at the post office serving the six Claremont. Colleges when the device exploded in her hands. Moments later a bomb exploded in a women's restroom next to an auditorium in Scripps College cm the other side of the campus. No one was in- iureu, hut the. explosion shattered marble partitions, tore tiles and plaster, and blew out windows and doors. Police say both devices were of similar construction, but that there were no suspects. Mrs. Keatley was taken to Pomona Valley Community Hospital, where doctors listed her in good condition. Her husband, Ttr.bert, is a student at ClaiKinont. The Claremont complex CAN YOU PASS THE TENSION TEST? of six colleges had been plagued by fires of suspi- ciour, origin recenlly. In January, a blaze in the lobby of the men's dormi- cory caused more than ?25,000 damage and was listed as possible arson. Early Monday a false alarm was turned in at Ciaremont Men's College. Firemen responded, but it was only after they left that a Tire was set in a trash can. 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