Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 7, 1968 · Page 25
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 25

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, March 7, 1968
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Editorial Markets THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1968 PAGE 27 Sports Neivs APPROVAL INDICATED County Awaits OK Friday On Appeal To Exceed Budget By BILL KIMMEY Citizen Staff Writer Pima County can expect approval by the State Tax Commission tomorrow on its plea to spend $1,147,888 more than budgeted this year, with the County Hospital cost the major item. In a one-man hearing today, Commission Chairman F. Waldo 8 Marines, Sailor Lost In Potomac QUANTICO, Va. (DPI) Eight Marines and a sailor today were believed drowned in the Potomac River. The body of tine of the men was found several miles downstream from this big Marine base. The men were dumped into the river when their 25-foot canoe capsized a mile from shore during a training exercise Wednesday. Five of the men were veterans of the Vietnam war. The names were not immediately made public pending notification of next of kin. After many hours of refusing to divulge the nature of the training exercise, officials said the nine men had been undergoing training as physical fitness instructors. Marine officials said the men were excellent swimmers. They organized a massive search and rescue operation in hopes of finding them alive, contending they were capable of swimming ashore, even though the water temperature was 36 degrees and the accident happened a mile from shore. But after several hours' of fruitless searching today, hope rapidly faded. The report of the recovery of the first body came shortly after noon. Coast Guard rescue crewmen recovered the Indian-style canvas canoe intact today. Marine officials said the men had 'taken the canoe out to distances greater than their ill- fated cross river trip on previous occasions but had never before attempted an actual round trip crossing of the Potomac. DeWitt heard county department heads tell how they are caught between increasing cost on the one hand and a budget limitation on "the other. DeWitt was sympathetic. "We will report our finding to the rest of the commission with a recommendation that this be approved," he said after the hearing. "I'll have to have one other commissioner concur, but we can probably rule in the forenoon tomorrow." The amount is the most ever asked by the county under the "emergency" law. That provides for counties to appeal to the tax commission to spend more than budgeted if conditions warrant. Big item in the total was for the County Hospital. It asked to exceed its budget by $812,253. Dr. A. M. Libasci, hospital administrator, told DeWitt the major factor was a two-phase hike in nurses' salaries since his budget was adopted. Also asking additional funds in the total amount were Superior and Justice of the Peace courts, juvenile probation department, health department and Board of Supervisors. Judge Robert Roylston, justifying the $110,000 additional asked for Superior courts, said jury fees and trial costs are "much higher" than anticipated. One important court ruling -the so-called Gault decision -was a factor in the juvenile probation request for §55,135 according to Jack Marks. The U. S. Supreme Court ruling upset established procedure in juvenile courts nationwide. Marks said funds to employ a staff referee "in my opinion is a direct result of Gault decision." He also pointed out more juvenile cases are being contested since'Gault, and standard forms previously used were made obsolete by the decision. The $30,000 more asked by the Board of Supervisors will be used for two outside surveys at the County Hospital, Finance Director Richard Kittle explained. One nearly completed is on Medicare reimbursements. The other is an in-depth survey of the hospital needs. more this year, Juvenile Judge Potent Soviet Naval Force Prowls Mediterranean Sea By ALLAN JACKS Associated Press Writer ·· NAPLES, Italy (AP) -- Soviet naval power in the .strategic and troubled Mediterranean has increased sharply since the June Arab-Israeli war and now numbers between 30 and 40 surface ships. Additionally, a large number of Soviet submarines are continuously on t h e prowl, usually about 10. These figures were given by A''m. Charles D. Griffin upon his retirement recently as comm a n d e r-in-chie.f of NATO's S o u t h e r n European Forces which has its headquarters in this Italian port. It is obvious from outspoken statements by Griffin and other' U. . admirals that the buildup is giving serious concern in the West. About half the Russian ships normally based in the Mediterranean are combat vessels, including missile-firing cruisers, destroyers and frigates. The rest of the ships provide support -- refueling, provisioning and other services. The fleet also is supported by land-based air power, presumably from Eastern European Communist countries such as Bulgaria. In addition to increasing its naval force, the Soviet Union has provided it with amphibious craft and special troops. At present the Soviet Union has no permanent base for its fleet in the Mediterranean, but its ships have been using the facilities of the Egyptian ports of Port Said and Alexandria, and also Algerian ports. Until 1961 when the U.S.S.R. broke with Communist Albania, the Russian Mediterranean fleet could count on using bomb-proof submarine bases built by Nazi Germany in the Albanian port of Sazan. Now Red Chinese are reportedly in Sazan altering the base into a missile-firing location. The Soviet Union is seeking to obtain rights to the former large French naval base at Mers-El- Kebir, Algeria. The base, part of which is underground, is located just outside Oran in extreme western Algeria. The French formally w i t fa- drew from Mers-El-Kebir and turned it over to the Algerian government on Feb. 1. Despite the rapid Russian fleet buildup in the past eight months it still is no match for forces available to NATO in the Mediterranean. These include Italian, Greek, Turkish navies, units of the British navy, and above all the powerful U. S. 6th Fleet. The 6th Fleet normally consists of 50 ships, including two aircraft carriers and two missile cruisers, 25,000 men and 200 aircraft, many of them supersonic and presumably having nuclear capability. Currently on duty with the fleet is the cruiser Little Rock, flagship of Vice Adm. William I. Martin, another cruiser, the carriers Franklin D. Roosevelt and ShangriLa, 16 destroyers with surface-to-air missiles and antisubmarine rockets, and several submarines. There also is a squadron of amphibious attack transports and cargo ships, minesweepers and a variety of amphibious assault boats. .The fleet also carries a combat ready battalion of 2,000 Ma- rines with their own helicopters for airborne assault. It has':no. permanent Mediterranean base and needs none. It is constantly' serviced by a collections! tankers, repair ships ancl supply and provision ships. Navy officers arbitrarily divide the Mediterranean into two sectors -- eastern and western areas with t h e Strait of Sicily between that island and Tunisia the dividing line. Normally about half of the 6th Fleet is kept in the Eastern Mediterranean. Only the flagship has a\home port outside the United States. It is the relatively small port of Gaeta north of Naples and serves primarily as a residence for the families of the 6th Fleet staff. For most of the postwar period the 6th Fleet prowled the Mediterranean virtually unchallenged. That situation has abruptly changed in just eight months. Home, Korean Troop Levels Under Study j , WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate investigators have quickly launched a study of U.S. troop levels in Korea and at home to see if the Vietnam war has drained reserve strength below safe levels. The study by aides of the Senate preparedness subcommittee could provide new fuel for congressional demands that ground R e s e r v i s t s and National Guardsmen be mobilized to fill gaps caused by continuing increases in Vietnam troop strengths. It comes against the background of new talk that military leaders in Vietnam want 100,000 more fighting men. Sources said subcommittee aides have been in the Far.East Ex-House Speaker Martin Dead At 83 NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - Joseph W. Martin Jr., whose career in politics brought him the speakership of the House, consideration as. a presidential possibility^ and.'the informal-title '/Mr. Republican" died Wednesday at the, age of 83. The, short, stocky bachelor, who-first, went to Washington as a'-congressman . in^1924, was stricken at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home, of 'his nephew, George Kefly. He was dead onyar rival at a hospital. Cause of death was not immediately determined. Following an autopsy requested by relatives, the body is to boro, the town where he was. bbrn and always called horrie. . His political career ended two years ago when .after 42 years in Congress, he was defeated in the GOP primary. Martin's success in politics began when he was elected to the Massachusetts House in 1912. His 21-term career in Congress started a dozen years later. He was speaker when Republicans controlled the House in the 80th Congress of 1947-8 and the 83rd Congress of J953-4. be returned to North Attk- Joseph W. Martin Martin went to his first (Republican national convention as a delegate in 1916 and was convention chairman a record five times from 1940 to 1952. In 1948 he was widely discussed as a dark-horse possibility for the nomination but made clear he wasn't interested in being president. He was elected GOP floo leader in the House in 1939. Bu in 1959, his advancing years -he was 74 -- prompted his GOP colleagues to replace him. about a week and are expected o return to Washington nexj week. . Their emphasis, the sources aid, is on Korea, where the United States has some 50,000 ground troops. Most are concentrated in the 2nd and 7th In- antry Divisions. Troop strength In the United States, wl'oh totaled about 10 Army and Marine ground divisions when the big Vietnam build-up began in 1965, is now down to about half that number and faces further reduction if he Johnson administration agrees to send more troops to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Sen. John G. Tower, R-Tex., a member of the Armed Services Committee and a leading advocate of stepped- up military action in Vietnam, said he thinks call-ups of reservists and guardsmen will be necessary in the weeks ahead. Tower told reporters the troops; would be needed to fill gaps in the strategic reserve in this country and possibly in the U.S. force in Europe, if more men are sent to Vietnam. The current U, eg. troop ceiling in Vietnam is'525,000, scheduled to be reached this summer. Troop strength is now about 505,000. But Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the. U. S. commander, is reportedly asking for another 100,000 troops. Such key congessSonal chairmen as Rep. L. Mendel Rivers, D-S. C., of the House Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., of the preparedness group, have long said reserves may have to-be called up. But the Johnson administration has resisted, prefering to raise needed troops by increased draft calls and us« of the strategic reserves. Arizona - Trained Army Hawks Find VC Tucson Daily Citizen reporter John Riddick visits the Delta Hawks, the 244th Aviation Company flying Mohawk planes in the endless hunt for Viet Cong in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. This is the first of two reports on this Ft. Huachuca trained outfit. By JOHN RIDDICK Citizen Staff Writer Army reconnaissance aircraft called the Delta Hawks with air crews trained ait Ft. Huachuca is creating greater and greater enthusiasm for its services here. The mission of the 244th Aviation Company, flying the Mohawk aircraft, is to find Charley. Particularly, the Hawks hunt for the Viet Cong moving CAN THO -- A company of by sampan through the canals IT'S SHEAR HAPPINESS World War I Vet Training For New Career By GREGG ROBERTSON Citizen Staff Writer Clarence L. James is one of 10 ambitious Army veterans preparing for barbering careers a t . Kincheloe's Tucson Barber College, 119 S. Stone Ave. That's where the similarity ends. James served his Army time in World War 1. Why would a 69-year-old retired farmer ("Actually I'm only 68 ] /2.") begin training for a new career? For one thing James has no intention of becoming the stereotyped retiree who stays in the background of life. He has always been physically active and too restless to try the sedentary existence. Ironically, his only worry is that the Veterans Administration will cut off his benefits if he works full time. Stocky and broadshouldered, James has the powerful build of a man familiar with long days of hard labor. The eight- hour standing shift of a barber doesn't seem to bother him. "The way some of these young boys complain," he said, "I tell them that when they reach my age they'll need someone to help them get out of bed in the morning." James is ever. After as active now as a full day at the No Beatle Cuts, Either! Clarence L. James, 68^-year-old student barber, shows Miss Terry Montijo how much Ampler hair cutting technique was in 1930, when he tried it for a while without any formal training. (Citizen Photo by Bill Hopkins) college on his feet he looks forward to some relaxation -- "two hours or so" of dancing at one of the senior citizen clubs where he is a member. James worked on his father's Nebraska farm until he was 28 and then struck out on his own in Oregon. He held an assortment of jobs and even tried his hand for a time as a self-taught barber. He enlisted again when World War II broke out. After his discharge he moved to Wyoming and returned to farming. Caught in the pinch between rising costs and lower prices, he finally decided to lease out the land when the Department of Agriculture applied pressure from a third direction. "They got my wheat allotment down to 60 acres and a man just can't make a living on that," he said. Perry Kincheloe, head of the college, rates James above average as a student. "He shouldn't have any trouble getting a job, in spite of his age," he jaid. A haircut from James will soon jump to the one dollar school maximum, signifying the top skill bracket among student barbers. In May he will take written and practical tests to qualify for a barber's license. Beyond tain. that James is uncer- He has been offered a job bar- berinT in Marana, but isn't sure yet whether he'll take it. He explains, "You see, I'm getting married in June and I'm not mre yet where she wants to live." and other waterways of the Delta. For in this part of Vietnam, the main avenue of enemy travel is by water. "We've got the most sophisticated equipment in Army aviation," said Maj. James Bond, the company commander. "Aircraft is the salvation of the Delta. We've got a great potential." The pilo'ts and the airborne sensor operators were trained by the Combat Surveillance School at Ft. Huachuca in the skills of using the radar, cameras and infrared detectors carried by the Mohawk. Every night, the Mohawks fly the entire Delta, which spans 16 provinces in the southrn part of Vietnam, as well as the coast: line. And in daytime, the crews scout by sight as well., They look for what they call, "indicators." These may 'be more sampans than usual -- or less. They may be foxholes, trenches, men moving through the bushes, anything that shows Charley is there. The equipment has the power to tell infantry commanders in "real time" of significant activity around them. Image interpreters can find clues to targets in a great vari- ety of things in the pictures and electronic records swept up by the Mohawk. The aircraft was originally designed for conventional warfare but has. now been adapted from the DMZ to the southern tip of Vietnam for this combination of guerrilla warfare with mass destructive methods. "Ours is a job of education," said .Bond, adding that the group has become increasingly successful in convincing the American and Vietnamese commanders of its usefulness. The bulk of the military job here in the Delta is handled by the ARVN (Republic of Vietnam Army) with American advice and with the help on the ground of elements of the U.S. 9th Division and the Navy which carries the troops'about in river boats. ".The,job of, finding the enemy is .difficult .because there are thousands ' a n d thousands of sampans and Charley usually doesn't carry a sign saying he is unfriendly. This can. lead to difficulties and confusion in trying to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. The war is run by the Vietnamese. No one fires ordnance without their permission. There is an elaborate system in which targets are controlled by the Vietnamese province leaders. Americans are particularly anxious that a stronger curfew be established on the waterways at night through river boat,patrols. This would make it easier to both distinguish and attack targets. . Of considerable concern to. the allies here in the Delta is a very great increase in military weapons which has shown up in the Tet offensive. Automatic rifles, mortars and rockets have appeared in abundance, presumably infiltrated from Cambodia and then down the waterways by sampan. Lt. Frank Sadowski, an intelligence officer for the company, said the Mohawks found a great increase in activity by the Viet Cong during the Christmas and New Years truce, "Charley is still moving openly," said Sadowski. "He is making no bones about it. "And he is wise and expert in the art of camouflage. In the sampans, he looks like any other farmer in shorts." The Mohawks have recently been joined here by the.Huey Cobras, helicopter gunships capable of speeds up to 200 miles per hour, to form a team in an operation called Snake Hunt. After the Mobawk* find th« targets, the Cobras are tent in by radio to attack with rockets and gunfire. Sometimes they are joined by the Spookys, the old C47s armed with miniguns which pour an enormous stream of lead tO'the ground. " Of one thing in particular Bond is convinced^ the choking off of supplies to the Viet Cong in the Delta is going to require the Mohawks and their Ft. Hua- chuca'trained crews as very essential tools. One member of the Delta Hawks who recently went home after, in Bond's words, a "very exemplary performance" in helping to develop this tool is pilot Capt- Richard Walden, son of Mrs. B. C. Walden of Tucson and Continental rancher Keith Walden. Bond, who was over here with an earlier Mohawk company (the 244th just arjrivfeHast sunv mer), said, "Charley js better equipped and better led now. But then the Mohawk- was only used for visual reconnaissance and we are now greatly improved. . ;·/· "Charley is not going to run us out of here. We have every capability, along'-'with the ARVN, of winning this war." Tomorrow: Aboard ar Mohawk on its mission. '·'· ·'·'. Mohawk Readies For Delta Action (Citizen Photo By JohnRiddick)

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