The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 21, 1967 · Page 12
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 21, 1967
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Pag« Twelvt »- Blytiieville (Ark.) Courier News — Tuesday, November M, 1967 Defectors Plan Tour to Protest Viet War By JOHN WEYLAND Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) - Four U.S. sailors who deserted the carrier Intrepid in Japan told the Soviet public today that a majority of American servicemen do not want to fight in Vietnam. A Soviet "peace committee" looking after the four said they are "resting" in Moscow but declined to give their whereabouts or future plans or to allow foreign newsmen to talk with them. The four young men said on Moscow television Monday night they deserted in protest against U.S. policy in Vietnam. They are Richard D. Bailey, 19, of Jacksonville, Fla.; John Michael Barilla, 20, of CatonsviTle, Md.; Craig W. Anderson, 20, of San Jose, Calif., and Michael Lindner, 19, of Mount Pocono, Pa. The U.S. Embassy said it has no intention of trying to contact the deserters or inquiring about them. A spokesman said the embassy plans to ignore them. In an interview today in Pravda, the Soviet Communist party newspaper, the sailors said they would go on to other countries to continue their work against "the inhuman war in Vietnam." They did not say which countries. * * * The four young Americans jumped ship Oct. 24 while the Intrepid was in Japan for a recreation stay after a tour bomb- ing North Vietnam. A Japanese peace group which looked after the deserters said they went to the Soviet Union because they apparently did not consider Japan neutral in the Vietnam war. "I think the majority of Americans do not want to fight in Vietnam," Barilla told Pravda, "but many of them lack decisiveness. They are drafted and they 'do their duty'." Barilla said his officers told him America has to fight in Vietnam to stop communism. He turned against the war he said, after watching planes loaded with bombs fly off from the Intrepid on raiding missions day after day. * * * "It became clear to me that we were killing people," he said. "I am convinced that the United States does not have any right to be in Vietnam." Anderson said, "We would like to be an example to those who are beginning to under- stand the Vietnamese war." He said that on the basis of what he observed on the Intrepid, he did not think the majority of pilots favored the war. * * * "But they prefer to remain silent," he said. "This personal indifference was one of the main reasons we decided to do something.". On the Moscow television program Monday night, broadcast in Hussion a:id English and apparently recorded, the four answered questions put to them by three members of the Soviet peace committee. Bailey sail U.S. troops ar« imposing "Americanism" on the Vietnamese and that the antiwar movement in the. United States will mushroom. "It appears I have lost a son," said Bailey's father, Homer Bailey, in Jacksonville, Fla. When he last heard from his son, (he father said, "he was very proud of his uniform and his contribution to his country." Koreans Deny Mercenary Slam WASHINGTON (AP — A i caused" the International Con- South Korean official denies his trol Commission in Hanoi by country is sending comba* troops to South Vietnam to re American air attacks on the North Vietnamese capital. pay massive U.S. economic aid; The statement followed radio and trade concessions. ]broadcasts from.Hanoi that an Ambassador Kim Dong-Jo Indian member of the ICC wai said South Korea's contribution of troops to the Vietnam war "is not in any sense a mercenary killed and another wounded during a U.S. attack last week. The State Department said again it action » I has not confirmed that U.S. air- His comments came Monday craft were responsible for the following publication by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of a story saying South Korea is receiving reported casualties. —Lt. . Col. Frank W. Kiel, medical adviser to Army Intelli- millions of dollars worth of spe-|gence, said the need for blood cial aid and (rade concessions in! transfusions for Americans in return for providing combat I Vietnam has increased from an troops in the Southeast Asian struggle. Post-Dispatch Washington correspondent Richard Dudman said the incentives were so generous "the administration has covered them witti a security classification in an effort to prevent other allies in Vietnam from learning their terms." Noting South Korea has some average 5 pints a week in 1965 to up to 1,000 pints monthly late this year. Kiel spoke to a convention of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. —Sen. Mark 0. Hatfield, R- Ore., told newsmen in Columbus, Ohio, "Kie division of thinking on Vietnam is growing deeper every day." Hatfielri has •48,000 troops in Vietnam,, Dud- [ teen a persistent critic of Presi: man said the advantages offered by the United States were necessary to make it financially possible for the country to provide combat units in that strength. ' In otiier war-related developments: —The United States officially expressed regret to India for "any casualties that might be dent Johnson's war policies. —Police used tear gas and arrested a score of people at San Jose State College in California while quelling a riot that erupted during a lunch-time antiwar demonstration. —War protesters picketed peacefully meanwhile at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. ROCKET-POWERED for hypersonic flight in space and the atmosphere, this two-man MRS (multipurpose reusable spacecraft) is under study for the Air Force. The Lockheed design also calls for a turbojet engine for low; speed maneuvering and landing. Israeli Jets Bomb Jordan By ED BLANCHE Associated Press Writer TEL AVIV (AP) — Israeli jet fighter-bombers attacked Jordanian positions on the east bank of the Jordan River today for the first time since the Arab-Israeli war in June. One of Israel's French Mystere jets was shot down. The Israeli army said the pilot ' bailed out over Jordanian territory. The Jordanian army said he "is being pursued." The Israeli army also announced that one Israeli was killed and one wounded by Jordanian shelling. It claimed six Jordanian tanks and one ar- mored car destroyed. : miles south of the Umm-Shart The Israelis said their air Bridge, at a point where Israeli force went into action after the, and Jordanian gunners dueled Jordanians moved tanks up to for two hours Monday. the cease-fire line and opened up across the river on a wide front. The Jordanians charged that the Israelis began the attack (3:55 a.m. EST) and "the sector is quiet for the moment." ' A Jordanian communique said the Israelis "widened air "Israeli forces returned the'strikes" at 11:25 a.m. and fight- with artillery and tank fire, then! called in." fire to silence the source of enemy shelling," the spokesman continued. "The enemy fire did not stop, so the air force was called in their planes when Jordanian fire. positions returned the It was the fourth consecutive day of firing across the river. An Israeli spokesman said Jordanian tanks opened fire at The Jordanian communique said the Israeli attack was con : centrated in the area of the Allenby Bridge, 10 miles north of the Dead Sea and about 260 miles west of Amman, the Jordanian capital. The Israeli spokesman said 8:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m. EST) a few |the firing stopped at 10:55 a.m. LBJ Working on New Image By JAMES MARLOW AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson will have been in lie White House four years as of Wednesday. If he had to leave right now he would proba- critics. The result: He is a man in a straightjacket. He has refused to abandon or tone down the war; to make concessions without reciprocal concessions from North Vietnam; or to intensify it so much )Iy feel terribly frustrated, dis-1 Red China might feel compelled appointed and ineffectual. Much he could have done or ried to do about problems at iome he couldn't do because of to get in, which might mean World War III. Since he wants so much to be a successful president, and a po- he Vietnamese war which has! pular one, why hasn't he yielded engulfed his time, thought and energy, stayed If his problems had home, he might now Evacuated People Return NEWTON, Ala. (AP) - Nearly 3,000 residents of this southeast Alabama town were back in their homes too^y after officials announced 10,000 gallons of deadly chlorine gas, unleashed in a railroad derailment, had dissipated. "It seems like everything is back to normal now," Police Chief Charles Brackins reported Monday night. The mass evacuation was ordered Saturday night after a railroad tank car containing the chlorine and 48 other cars derailed about a mile from the business district. Fire broke out in the wreckage and for a time lave one of the greatest records. But now suddenly, instead of succumbing to gloom or despair, he is trying to be a new Johnson by creating a fresh image of himself in the public eye. officials feared an explosion j He has been on the defensive might release all the gas at | these past two years because f antiwar criticism. Yet, if any Brackins said he believes the danger was eliminated when safety valves on the tank car popped open and allowed the gas to escape gradually. Officials said the gas-carrying tanker flipped over in the crash and they were unable to move it. They also pointed out the danger of explosion was increased by several cars of butane and propane gas which also had plunged off the tracks. Brackins said it took just 33 minutes to evacuate the town. The Modern CANISTER CLEANER WITH BUILT-IN QUALITY Compact- Slimline Design 840 Watts Motor Complete With A Full Set of Attachments .. $ 39 SEE IT AT HUBBARD And HOKE APPLIANCE DEPT. president ever yearned to be approved, it was Johnson. It showed repeatedly in his tone, words, face and gestures. -Still, he will not bend to the to his critics? He has given an answer which probably satisfies none of them: He will fulfill his obligations as he sees them. His first White House year, 1964, was taken mostly with trying to win election 1 to the presidency on his own and preparing domestic programs for 1965 if elected. Vietnam was a growing major problem then, but not all-consuming. In 1965 Congress, under his in the war. This showed vividly in 1966 when Johnson no longer could pay all his attention to domestic problems. That year Congress did a half-baked job. It's doing the same this year. Diverted by the war, Johnson has lost his political mastery. Now he is like a man alone. Members of his own party have turned against him. One is threatening to run against him for the nomination in 1968. And public cofidence as measured by the Harris poll shows him at an all-time low of 23 per cent. It seems certain Johnson vill try for re-election. It also seems certain he lias realized his defensiveness is dumping him towards disaster. And it seems certain he has decided to change his ways and become aggressive. That's his natural condition leadership which meant politi-1 anyway. He's out of place play- cal mastery, produced the most ing meek and mild. In the usual fruitful legislation in American i sense he is a poor speaker, history. But by the end of 1965 j especially when reading from this country was up to its neck I prepared sspeech or goued to look at this 68 "voungmobile"ffom Oldsmobile. the presidential rostrum at news conferences. He has changed all that. * + * He got himself wired for sound with a microphone around, his neck, enabling him to roam free of the rostrum, and at last week's news conference put on his most impressive performance, talking off the cuff and gesturing earnestly instead of mechanically. A week ago he visited military camps from coast to coast, defending the war, attacking his critics. On Sept. 29 in a talk broadcast nationwide he explained the war and the reasons for being in it. There was nothing defensive about it. ing did not stop until noon. "Some enemy jet fighters are flying over some of our area at very high level," a broadcast from Amman said. NOTICE OF BIDS "In compliance with Ordinance Number 657, the City of Blytheville, Arkansas, will receive bids on the following until 9:15 a.m;., November 24, 1967: Asphaltic Surfacing and Concrete Curbing, Walks and Drains to be constructed on a lot at the corner of Walnut and Third Streets for the purpose of dever loping a Parking Lot. ; More detailed information is available to competent bidders at the Office of the Mayor in the City Hall, Blytheville, Arkansas." • 11-21 He has overdone other things in the past and may overdo the aggressive bit. Last week he brought back the two top American officials in Vietnam: Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the U.S. commander. Johnson's desire to confer witti them was the reason given for their return. There may have been another one, too: To spread good cheer about Vietnam. The two men made repeated public statements and appearances. Despite all their statements, all they really said was they're optimistic about Hie war. They City Hall, Blytheville, Arkan- NOTICE FOR BIDS "In compliance with Ordinance Number 657, the City of Blytheville, Arkansas, will receive bids on the following until 9 a.m. November 24, 1967: Furnishing and delivery to the City of Blytheville two complete sets of off-street parking automatic control gates. More detailed information is available to competent bidders at the Office of the Mayor in the could have stayed in Vietnam j sas." and said all that in a letter. 11-21 W)uldritit look great in your driveway? This new Cutlass S has a way of making things look younger. Even driveways. That's because of all the young ideas we built into it. A bigger 350-cubic-inch V-8, for instance. (Or, if you prefer, on Action-line 6.) And a taut coil spring suspension that makes it eg#y to cut and torn in tight places. And you can order a whole carfull of young-it-up accessories like bucket seats, stick-shift or stereo. Bui if you think Cutlass S is young all over, don't forge* tho* it is Olds all over, too. Olds quality. Olds engineering and the iww GM safety features are all standard. See your nearby OUsmobte Dealer SAM BLACK MOTOR GO., 317 E. MAW, BLYTHEVILLE How to do a cash business and offer credit besides. That's nice work if you can get it. And you can get it with new BankAmericard. Under this exciting new plan, you offeryour customers the same charge privileges they always had. The only difference is that now, instead of waiting months to be paid, you get instant cash on all charge transactions. Thinfc of what that could mean to a business like yours. An actual reduction in overhead expenses! An end to credit losses! And far fewer peats and valleys in your cash position, so less need for bank loans and similar financing. And that's only part of the story! BanfcAmericard offers customer feature! no other plan can approach. And it will be backed by year 'round advertising aimed directly at your best-spending customers and prospects. As a Bank- Americard member, you not only can cut your operating costs, but balloon your sales volume too. Both at the same time. Get the facts about new BankAmericard by mailing in the coupon now. You'll be a credit to your neighborhood. FIRST NATIONAL BANK SOUTH SECOND ST. BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. Please send full detaili on BankAmericard. First National Bank DOWNTOWN BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS Member NORTHSIDE BRANCH BANK FDK Moultrie and N. 6th At Day Shopping Center • cen«W<T1MMMIUI.IMi

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