The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 13, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, November 13, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 205 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13. 1967 14 PAGES 10 CENTS PROUDLY WE HAIL—Col. Ralph Holland, at podium, commander of the 42nd Bomb Wing, delivered the principal address at Veteran's Day ceremonies held Saturday morning on the courthouse grounds while the American flag, buffeted by the day's strong and chill winds, fluttered overhead. Hie uncertain weather outlook, coupled with the damp, cold wind, kept attendance at the observance to a minimum. Fortunately,, the rain which threatened did not materialize, and the annual event went as scheduled. (Courier News Photo) •Minister Asks for 'W/iy' of War LBJ Called to Account By FRANK CORMIER 1 Assciated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson spent a whirl Police Arrest Two During Weekend Osceola police were holding a Blytheville man this morning who was arrested here Friday evening while in possession of an automobile which had been reported stolen. Another Blytheville man was charged with burglary and petty larceny after being apprehended inside a local market early Sunday morning. Edward Eugene Privett, 26, of 503 East Cherry was stopped at the intersection of Eighth and Henderson Streets by Ptn. Mike Richardson at 6 p.m Friday while driving an automobile which had been reported stolen from Osceola at 5:40 p.m According to Osceola Police Chief Ray Rigsby, Privett will be charged with auto theft. This morning Blytheville police returned Privett to this city where he appeared in municipal court on charges of disturbing the peace. He was fined $25 and costs and then returned to Osceola. Police report that James McWilliams, 43, of 711 South Frank lin was arrested inside Wilson's Fish Market at 612 South Franklin at 1:30 a.m Sunday by Sgt. Bill Walker and Ptn. Floydel Haley. According to police, Ptn. Haley was on routine patrol when he noticed someone inside the building. He called Sgt Walker for assistance and the two apprehended McWilliams. weekend defending his Vietnam policies, then listened in church as a Virginia clergyman bluntly suggested the chief executive should publicly explain America's role in the war. This challenge was put directly to Johnson by the Rev. Dr. Cotesworth Pinckney Lewis during Sunday services at historic Bruton Parish church in Williamsburg, Va. The President and Mrs. Johnson, daughter Lynda and her fiance, Marine Capt. Charles S. Robb, sat in a front row pew— barely 10 feet from tSie Episcopal rector—as he put his questions. The Johnson administration's public information policies came under attack a few hours later from the Freedom of Information Committee of Sigma Delta Chi, an 18,000-member professional journalism society. The panel said in a report that some of the administration's top officials have been "deliberately misleading the public, the press and the Congress through flat lies, through half-truths and through clever use of statistics that distort." It called the President's news conferences "well organized for a White House snow job." The report, released in advance of Sigma Delta Chi's national convention opening Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minn., charged the State and Defense departments and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are the worst offenders in the public information field. , Although the President emerged from the church service with only the trace of a smile, he wasn't deterred from c ^oyii-.i a pleasant autumn day in the restored colonial capital of Virginia, He went golfing then had dinner before flying back to Washington by helicopter. For the chief executive, the sandy-haired Dr. Lewis doubtless provided an unwanted climax to a 5,100-mile Veterans Day weekend tour that took him from Ft. Benning, Ga., to the carrier Enterprise off the California coast, then back to the East. In appearances at military bases Friday and Saturday before .going to Wililiamsburg, Johnson, defended his Vietnam policy and appealed for united support in the war. Dr. Lewis, however, told the ! President "there is a rather general consensus that something is wrong in Vietnam." The clergyman went on: "We wonder if some logical straightforward explanation might be given without endangering whatever military or political advantage we' hold..While pledging our loyalty we ask respectfully why?" The minister, described by parishiners as a conservative Southern Democrat with roots deep in Alabama, said: "We are appalled that appar- ently this is the only war in our history which has had three times as many civilians as military casualties. It is particularly regrettable that to most lions the struggle's purpose appears as a form of neocolonialism." He also said, in apparent reference to those who want a stepped-up. war, that Americans are mystified by news reports "suggesting our brave fighting units are inhibited by directives and inadequate equipment from using their capacities to terminate the conflict successfully." When the rector escorted Johnson to the presidential limousine after the service, shook his hand and murmured a few words, Johnson simply nodded. Mrs. Johnson's parting comment to Dr. Lewis was, "Wonderful choir." During this rather awkward tableau, about a dozen antiwar demonstrators across the street kept up a clearly audible chant See LBJ on Page 7 By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese army regulars charged n force toward U.S. defense lines near Dak To in the central highlands tonight and the Americans fired 105mm Howitzers point blank to hold them off. First reports of the fighting said some of the U.S. defense lines had been breached and :hat paratroopers of the Ameri:an 173rd Airborne Brigade were moving in to consolidate the positions. AP correspondent John Lengel reported from the battle zone that a major new action was underway after a day of light skirmishes along the highlands battlefront. Earlier U.S. intelligence reports said the Morth Vietnamese had moved reinforcements in after losing more than 600 men killed in 11 days of battle. Lengel reported the airborne brigade came under frontal assault after nightfall about six miles southwest of Dak To ia what U.S. officials believe is an effort to score an "impact victory" to embarrass South Vietnam's new civilian-based gov- 400 Families To Get Water Presently, some 400 families in the west central portion of the county are expected to be the beneficiaries of the newly- organized and financed Little River Water District. Last week, the Farmers' Home Administration approved a $345,000 loan for the organization to proceed with the construction of approximately 40 miles of water lines. Already, over 300 families have signed consumer contracts within the district, which, according to present plans, will begin east of AKnlestan, run north past Carrolls Corner to the floodway, west to the Poinsett County line and south to West Ridge. Bondsville is currently not included in the district, but can be brought in later if residents so desire, according to W. V. (Bill) Alexander Jr., attorney for the Association. Plans are to install the well and tank at the Little River Gin on Highway 140, west of Athlestan. Association officers are Bill Bradford, president; Arthur Bonds, vice - president; Steve Cocerham Jr., secretary; Ira Gene Ashley, treasurer; and Charles Wildy, director. N. Viets Try for Impact Victory' Dak To Under Major Assault ernment. But the Communists also may be seeking to keep open an important infiltration route into the South from Laos by knocking out U.S. defenses at Dak To, which straddles the route. I Earlier in the day U.S. forces | launched fresh helicopter as- j saulls against the five North I Vietnamese regiments believed to be in the area. The choppers rose to seek out the enemy after U.S. troops encamped in the area weathered 10 hours of incoming Communist rockets and mortar rounds. "There's every prospect of a truly significant victory," said Lt. Gen. William B. Rosson, the U.S. commander of the 2nd Corps area that encompasses the middle region of South Vietnam. "The enemy gives every indication of staying. We couldn't ask for anything more opportune." So far 635 North Vietnamese soldiers have been killed over the last 10 days. U.S. casualties stood at 92 killed and 500 wounded, Hie U.S. Command said. In one clash today a U.S. reconnaissance team killed two men in a five-man enemy ma-1 ters said 500 U.S. troops wer» cnii'.e gun squad 3,000 yards ' ' -««.—• from the Dak To airstrip. The number of American and enemy casualties in today's skirmishing were not available but were said to be light. The Dak To base camp, however, was bristling with activi- wounded, but about half of them were treated at medical clearing stations and returned to duty. An all-day battle Saturday was fought at such close quarters that 92 enemy bodies were found only 25 yards outside the U.S defense perimeter. Units of the 173rd Airborne ty. Big four-engine C130 transports roared onto Ihe 5,000-yard airstrip at short in- j Brigade reported killing 12 tervals with more supplies and j North Vietnamese troops Sun- j ammunition. Bare-backed U.S. ( day in scattered contacts ] gunners worked their howitzers: throughout the day in the same I against the ridges and moun-! general area where the para' ' ' troopers fought the hard battl* Dateline — November 13"" SEATTLE (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Eisake Sato declared Sunday that he believes Japan should play some sort of a role" in Vietnam." He did not spell out his meaning, but he termed the Vietnam war "an Asian problem," then added that it also is a world problem. Withoutu clearly explaining," the 66-year-old prime minister told newsmen here that "if I were to excessively commit my country to a military burden, then I should be subject lo criticism." The Japanese constitution, drawn up after World War II, prevents Japan from having any armed forces, save those for defense. A Japanese official with Salo explained (hat the comment on a military was a "purely hypothelical" statemenl and was not intended to be any sort of policy declaration. WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) -Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., said Sunday he didn't see what difference it makes where a peace conference is held as long as it is held. Fulbright made the remarks in reference to a statement Saturday by President Johnson in which Johnson called for Hanoi to meet for a peace conference aboard a "neutral ship on a neutral sea," "I don't see that it makes any difference where it is held—on a ship, in a barn loft or at Geneva," Fulbright said. "We would like to see the war brought to a close at the earliest possible date. The best way is to have a conference." THE POLITICAL SCENE (AP) — Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller has been prodded to seek the Republican presidential nomination. The youth arm of the Democratic party meanwhile seems headed for a rousing battle over the peace-in Vietnam issue. The New York governor's candidacy "would be a good thing for my party and the country," declared Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City. Rockefeller's name was also on the mind of former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, who listed the New Yorker —and himself—with three others as potential candidates for the GOP nomination. The political name-dropping occurred as a nationwide poll said that for the first time since November 1957 Republicans lead Democrats as the party most citizens believe can handle the nation's prime problems. keds Tacitly Admit US Asian Policy Gain By LEON DENNEN NBA Foreign News Analyst UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (NBA) Sen J. W. Fulbright and other severe critics of the Johnson administration, in and out of Congress, are convinced that U. S. Policy in Vietnam is a failure. But the Soviet leaders, incredible as it may seem, now concede that firm resistance to aggression has already resulted in subslanlial diplomatic and political gains for the United Nations in Southeast Asia. This is actually what an authoritative Russian commentator said recently in a long survey of the situation in Southeast Asia printed in Moscow's newspaper Izvestia. Vikenty Matveyev is more than a commentator. He is regarded by specialists on communism as a member of a small group of Soviet spokesmen who frequently "leak" to the outside world the opinions of the Kremlin's top leaders. To be sure, there were brickbats in Matveyev's bouquet. What he was really trying to provide was that the anti-Russian policies of Red China provided an opportunity for the United States to improve its positions in Asia. He attributed the American diplomatic and political gains to Mao Tse-tung's rejection of joint action by the Communist nations in Vietnam. Said Matveyev: "The American build-up began only when the group of Mao Tse-tung announced for all to hear that it flatly rejected the proposals of the Soviet and other Communist parties for unity of action in the struggle against American aggression." Moscow's charge against Peking is old stuff that is unlikely to impress even faithful Marxist-Leninists. However, in castigating Mao, Matveyev unwittingly revealed how the Kremlin leaders assess the progress of the Vietnamese conflict. He noted, among other things, that since the escalation of the U. S. positions have been strengthened in Japan, India and especially in Indonesia where military men defeated the Communists who were ready to take over the country. More significant, In Moscow's view, Is the emergence in Asia ot a group of nation: linked to the U.S. more closely than ever before. In addition to Indonesia, the pro-American group includes Uw Philippines, Thailand, Maylasia, South Korea, Laos, South Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. If the critics of the Johnson administration could stop long enough to take a fresh look at the real situation in Southeast Asia they would realize that this is actually what the President and Secretary of State Dean Rusk have been trying to explain to the American people. In the case of Vietnam, at least, the so-called credibility gap is largely a figment of Fulbright's imagination. In the view of specialists on communism, the Russian assessment will eventually force North Vietnam and the Viet Cong to agree to peace negotiations. Moscow, as the self-styled leader of world communism, must continue to supply Hanoi with arms, however reluctantly. But it understands better than some U. S. senators and professors that war protesters and draft-card burners will have little effect on Johnson's policies. Nor will ttiey curb the urge for freedom by the people of Southeast Asia. In fact, there is Increasing evidence that Moscow no longer believes that the Communists can win the war in Vietnam. No rational man wants war, in my view, but historians will surely agree one day that the battle of Vietnam has turned (he tide of history in Southeast Asia in favor of freedom. tains. A military spokesman said an enemy force of unknown size assaulted the village of Dak Ranh under an umbrella of mortars jefore dawn. The militiamen defending the village lost their radio in the attack and had to send a runner to Dak To for reinforcements Which didn't arrive until nearly five hours after the attack. The Communists held the village for two hours and withdrew at daylight after inflicting light casualties on the defenders, military spokesmen said. One civilian also was killed, ian also w,as killed. U.S. intelligence officers say the North Vietnamese have rushed more troops to the Dak To area, apparently doubling their strength there, but the made only three mortar attacks on U.S positions in the area today. Initial reports said two infantrymen were wounded. American officers reported that two enemy regiments were shifted to Dak To from the Plei- ku area, about 75 miles farther south, to give the North Vietnamese a fighting force of about 8,000 men around Dak To. Some 5,000 or 6,000 American soldiers face the Communists on what became known as the second front—Ihe first is below the demilitarized zone—after fierce, large-scale fighting erupted there Nov. 1. The U.S. Command, revising its casualty figures, said 92 American and 635 North Vietnamese troops have been killed in the heavy fightfng. Headquar- Saturday. The paratroopers made sporadic contact several times Sunday with enemy troops entrenched in bunker complexes and called in artillery and air strikes on the Communist .positions. One paratrooper was killed and 36 wounded. More enemy attacks were expected. Air Force B52 bombers kept after the North Vietnamese Sunday, saturating suspected Red defensive positions, infiltration routes and storage areas 15 miles southwest of Dak To with about 150,000 pounds of bombs. See VIETNAM on Page 7 'Booms 7 May Hit Area During the wee morning hours (his coming Friday Northeast Arkansas residents may be bombarded by sonic booms. The state is one of 29 that will be affected by a joint training exercise Involving bombers o.' the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and,the Air Defensa forces of North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). The exercise will simulate U. S. bombers intercepting an attack by an enemy force, according to a spokesman for the U. S. Air Free. "Several B-58 'Hustler' bomb- rs will fly high altitude supersonic missioni near cities and Kansas and Illinois," the spokesman said. Bombing Review Conference Topic WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. William C. Westmoreland and the Joint Chiefs of Staff can be expected lo stand fast against any new proposal for an extended pause in U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, Pentagon sources say. The pernenial bombing pause question is on the list of matters to be reviewed at this week's high-level conferences. Westmoreland, U.S. commander in Vietnam, is due here Wednesday to join Ellsworth Bunker, U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, in discussions with President Johnson and top officials of the Defense and State departments. Johnson meets with Bunker today. Pentagon sources said there are no urgent issues at this time —nothing in the way of new troop increase requests or logistic or operational problems. The conferences were billed as a general review. The meetings come at a time j when the Johnson administra-' lion appears to be stressing the theme of "steady progress" in the Vietnam war. Bunker used this phrase on his arrival Friday from Saigon. High U.S military officials followed up wilh a similar line Saturday in talking to newsmen, although they did predict hard fighting in certain critical areas. In other war-related developments: —Retired Lt. Gen. James M. Gavin said his recent trip to Vietnam convinced, him the ad- ministration plans to keep forces in Southeast Asia for a long time. Gavin, a persistent war policy critic, said the government pictures its purpose in Vietnam as resisting current aggression while in fact its policy is the long-term containment of/iRed, China. —California Gov. Ronald Reagan attacked Johnson's war policies, called for a clear policy decision on "whether we want to carry the war through to a conclusion, or give up" and said stopping U.S. bombing of the North "will only encourage the enemy to do his worst." The Republican governor, speaking Saturday night in 'Albany, Ore., said U.S. war policy in Vietnam from the start "was a case of being too late with too little, while tipping our hand .to the enemy so that he always knew in advance what we' proposed..." —Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, D-Minn., said in a Chicago speech, "The '68 elections-wi(J be a vote on Vielnam. It is clear the question will not be settled in the Senate or in Congress. W« must take it back to the jury."_ Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy through Tuesday, except mostly cloudy northeast portion tonight. Cool* er over the state Tuesday. Lows tonight in the 40i north to th« 50s south.

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