The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 30, 1966 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 30, 1966
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tut .Fourteen <- Byfttvflte (Arfe.) Oourtor K«w« - Ttan&y. Ja» M. MM How the Viet War Grew i By WILLIAM L. RVAN land a helicopter squadron. 'Tie AP Special Correspondent | Marines were Assigned to in * depth d6I6DSG 01 1^3 INallg. When 46 U.S. warplanes | Tha( imp | ied com bat operations itruck North Vietnamese ^011 against the vie , Cong in nearby countryside. Marines bringing complexes close to Hanoi and Haiphong, the war in Viet Nam reached a new stage of intensification that has been building lor a period of five years. "The price of the war has just cone up." a Pentagon officer m Washington commented Wednesday. "I don't know what you call this besides an escalation." five More April, the arrived in Leatherneck It was a far cry from years back. Then, Americans scarcely noticed when President John F.Kennedy sent 100 jungle fighters to serve as advisers to Communists. By Christmas of « ii_ irintnnniACA 9TTDV IIUE tk«*>A «»,->i-ja 1(1(1 rtflA II .9 , strength in Viet Nam to 8,000. In June, the U.S. Strategic Air Command threw B52 bombers into the war for the first time. Flying about 2,200 miles from Guam, the eight-engine jets dropped 500 tons of bombs on the Communist D Zone, 25 miles northeast of Saigon. And in July, President Johnson announced he would send another 50,000 Americans to fight the „ South Vietnamese army fighting a Red insurgency. Since then, a remote jungle conflict in i land little known to Americans has become probably the most controversial foreign war In U.S. history. . Those who noted the slight ••escalation" - the word was not current then - in President Kennedy's step probably were reassured when Lyndon B. Johnson, then vice president, commented during a visit to Viet Nam that "if we furnish the support, they will furnish the manpower." Even three years ago, in May 1963, when Buddhist troubles were about to ignite a political explosion in Saigon, little public attention was paid to the situa- ton there. But as early as 1962, Washington had admitted to having 685 military "advisers" in Viet SWIMMING AT CARUTHERSVILLE Instructing swimming lessons at Neptune pool at Caruthersville is Janie Cantrall. She instructs about 30 children each day in the swimming program. Rebecca Gallian, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Gallion of Caruthersville is showing off some of the swimming strokes she has learned this summer. (Courier News Photo) 1965 there were 180,000 U.S. troops in the theater, exclusive of the 7th Fleet. The Americans already had counted more than 1,000 dead. A pause at year's end, as in the spring, was aimed at persuading North Viet Nam to approach a peace-talks table on less than all-or-nothing conditions. The pauses bore no frail and intensification continued. Defense Secretary McNamara announced toward the end of 1965 that "we have stopped losing" the Viet Nam war. In January 1966, a fact-finding team headed by Sen. Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., carne back from Viet Nam. It cautioned that the fighting would escalate toward general war on the Asian mainland if peace effort should fail, and that chances of a negotiated settlement were . . "very slim." It noted that Viet Peronists — followers of ex-Dic- Argentines Gird For Iron-Fisted Rule By DEAN JOHNSOS BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The Argentines today expected long and possibly lean years of military rule as their new government began trying to get a working arrangement with normally hostile labor unions. Strongman Juan Carlos On- public services and gross inefficiency contributed greatly to his fall. In the first hours following the coup Tuesday, many quarters feared that Peronist-led unions would stage massive protest strikes that would paralyze the nation and cause bloodshed. rongman an s -, — ..... — ----- ----------- gania swore himself in as presl- jEven before Ongania, 52, took dent Wednesday, assuming virtually dictatorial power, after a three-man military junta ousted civilian President Arturo Illia on Tuesday. The military's cheif purpose was to prevent the Nam, while reports circulated Cong' manpower continued tojtator Juan D. Peron — from that the total was closer to 4,000. American pilots flew combat missions with Vietnamese airmen, ostensibly to train them. In January 1963, Americans learned from Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, Army chief of staff, that there were 12,000 U.S. military personnel in South Viet Nam, and within six months the number reached 14,000. As the Buddhist crisis grew, threatening to benefit the Viet Cong Communists, so did U.S. concern. President Kennedy likened Viet Nam to the first in a line of dominoes. If Viet Nam fell, so would other Asian nations. Despite this concern, Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, after a visit to Viet Nam in Oc-, tober 1963, told President Kennedy it was "their judgment that the major part o! the U.S. military task can be completed by the end of 1965." The Diem regime fell but this was overshadowed by the assassination of President Kennedy. The U.S. commitment in Viet Nam grew constantly. By year's end there were 17,000 military advisers there. U.S. casualty figures began to filter home, small at first .Then, in August 1964, came the first big "escalation." After Communist gunboats attacked a destroyer of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Tonkin Gulf, the Americans retaliated with air strikes at gunboat bases in North Viet Nam. The time was critical. The Viet Cong had nearly won their war. In February 1965 the United States launched an air assault on North Vietnamese targets and stepped up the tempo steadily from there on. A month later, in March 1965, the first U.S. combat troops landed on Vietnamese soil. Two U.S. Marine battalions stormed ashore at Da Nang, and with the Marines came tanks, artillery VET'S UPS AND DOWNS HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N. M. (AP) - The Air Force career of Maj. Jerry Fineg, veterinarian, has had it* ups and downs. Fineg was chief vet in charge of the space chimpanzees Ham and Enos during Project Mer cury. Now he is the first Air Force vet to graduate from the Navy's Deep Sea Diving School in Washington. His dives into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers were a prelude to another series of experiments on chimps. He will be involved in research into the psycho • physiological effects on chimps breathing various life- sustaining gas mixtures at pressures that may be experienced by man under th* m. increase despite the casualties inflicted by U.S. firepower. On March 2, 1966, McNamara announced that U.S. military strength in Viet Nam was 215,000. Four weeks later, it was 230,000, and by May, 255,000. Reports circulated that Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the U.S. commander, had asked for more troops to bring the total to 400,000 by the end of the year. The latest unofficial tally of U.S. dead in Viet Nam is 3,883 killed since Jan. 1,1961. winning control at the polls of Buenos Aires and other major provinces. Sources in high places said Ongania plans to hold office for eight to ten years and reshape Argentina's political and economic face with drastic reforms. Local newspapers generally endorsed the bloodless coup with editorials full of hope for the future and dissatisfaction with Illia's administration. They said chronic deficits in the huge office, the former army chief made a bid for support from the unions but warned them to get out of politics. "We are interested in improving the workers' lot," said a government spokesman," hut the unions will not be allowed to indulge in politics, as they have done up to now." A group of unions known as "The 62" which is about 60 per cent Peronist, responded: "We are open without reserves anc disposed to work for the rebirtl of Argentina on a basis of fair play and specific and public programs in a climate of peace work, justice and liberty." Unconfirmed reports said a two-year truce between the mil itary and the unions appearet likely. "If the government lakes positive action, the truce will come by itself," said Juan Jose Taccone, general secretary of the Light and Power Union. Goldberg Content To Remain at UN By WILLIAM N. OATIS UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. AP) — As he nears the end of lis first year as U.S. chief dele;ate to the United Nations, am- lassador Arthur J. Goldberg says he is ready to remain in he post 'as long as the President wants me to stay." In a half-hour interview, he irushed aside reports that he is unhappy in his job and that he s feuding with Secretary of State Dean Rusk. He expressed iope that after 11 months in of- ! ice he is doing a useful job. He hinted that he sometimes disagrees with Rusk, but denied that he wants Rusk's job or any other. He declined comment on !he U.S. bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong oil facilities. A U.S. told correspondents published reports "of Mr. Goldberg's happiness or unhappiness I would characterize as hogwash." he reports said Goldberg is unhap- PV scaling down the Vitnamese war and is keeping U.N. Secretary- General U Thant from President Johnson. Goldberg himself did not re- Arthur J. Goldberg ply directly when asked if he regretted he had left the Supreme Court to come here, saying: "Once I make a decision I make a decision. It's kind of futile to look back. You have to "I'm a grown man, I've made a decision and I'm busily engaged in what I'm doing now." , « ».u UU ,uu» S ,= UMUOH- because Rusk is against last July 20. when he accepted the U.N. post and told Whit* House reporters his Suprema Court service would always b« "the most enjoyable exper : ience" of his life. "I took this job not to enjoy myself," he went on. "1 took this because I thought it was a duty assignment for our counf try. I still think it is. I haven't changed my mind. Anything insinuating to the contrary is not well founded." As to the reports he was displeased with Rusk, Goldberg declared: I have no feud with the secretary of state. I express myself. He expresses himself. That's normal in th government. But we are very good friends. We have the most amicable and congenial relations. "I also have no desire or ambition to become secretary of state or hold any other office other than the one I now hold. "I entered upon it to help the country. Whether I am succeeding in helping the country is not for me but for others to judge. I hope I am." PROTECT SACRED COWS BOMBAY, India (AP) - A group called The All - Parties Cow Protection Agitation Sup-j ' porting Committee has been! „ xal , e inlfam , or i™ posi»yt«.>. formed to lobby for a ban on | * QUALIFIED THROUGH EXPERIENCE cow slaughter and to support fn ,\{ c mt , the State Senate. Dr. Corbet! Mask has gained espwuna in state Government and the operatio * „ niieh»pi«in for the p«i tion ol the Slate s ye««. Senate by serving and to groups that do the all other same. The cow is sacred to India's Hindus. Political Ad. Pd. For By A. V. Hutcheson, Campaign Manager FABRIC SPECIALS At SINGERS 79 Lawn Prints Dainty prints in fine, lightweight cotton. 45" wide.. Regularly 98< yd. 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