Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on March 31, 1968 · Page 19
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 19

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Sunday, March 31, 1968
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LB J to Tell Plans on Viet - Troop Boost » l "WASHINGTON (AP); President Johnson's report to 'the nation tonight is expected rto disclose, at least in part, the fend results of more than a ;-month of high-level discussions -of Vietnam military problems. Reinforcement proposals in the prolonged debate have 'ranged as high as 200,000 men But military sources said yes terday the plan that appearec to be hardening this weekem contemplates the shipment o from 28,000 to 32,000 troops. ~= This would include 23,000 Jtoore Army troops, plus severa '•thousand more airmen and sail brs, it was said. £. THE STILL-tentative plan '.reportedly contemplates a >least one additional brigade o 'infantry, plus armored troo] yparriers, artillery helicopter and other units. The Air Force contingent wa said to include more jet fight ers. But even this is subject t last-minute change, as has oi ten happened in the past whe troop increases have been pu into effect in Vietnam. Two weeks ago, authoritativ administration sources sai there would be what was the termed a "moderate increase in the troop commitment abov the currently planned ceiling 525,000. U.S. MILITARY strength Vietnam now totals abou 511,000—or about 40,000 mor than the Korean War peak. If a reserve callup is contem plated, National Guard officia' said yesterady, they had not yet been informed of it. Any basic changes in strategy would meet the opposition of members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Harold K. Johnson, Army chief of staff, and Gen. Leonard F. Chapman, new Marine Corps commandant, recently have made public statements defending the present strategy in which American forces engage in widespread search-and-destroy operations aimed at Communist main force units. CRITICS OF the Johnson administration, including Sen Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y. have attacked the overall strat egy, particularly a U.S. deci sion to hold the Khe Sanh bas tion in wild country close to Laos and the North Vietnamese border. Many decisions have been hanging fire since Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, joint chiefs chair man, made a swift on-the-spo check of conditions in Vietnam in late February, in the wak of the jolting Communist win ter offensive that dealt the pac ification program a major set back and forced many South Vietnamese and U.S. troops t pull back in defense of Soutl Vietnamese cities and towns. SINCE THEN, U.S. force have gone back on the of fen sive, at least to a limited ex tent. Sources who dispute the pros pect of any major change ii strategy point out that certai of the key figures in that strat egy are being kept in position of importance. These include Wheeler, wh is being extended in his post fo one more year, and Gen. Wi' Ham C. Westmoreland, who wi become Army chief of sta 1 July 1 after leaving Vietnam where he has been commande for nearly four years. Also, most military source expect that Johnson will mov up Gen. Creighton W. Abram Westmoreland's top deputy, a overall commander in Vietnam. Outnumbered Khe Sank Marines Attack, Kill 130 N. SAIGON (UPI) - Outmanned mef lean Marines swept out of heir encircled Khe Sanh for- ess yesterday and killed 130 lorih Vietnamese in two sav- ge jungle battles. Allied forces illed another 132 Communists Isewhere along the demilita- ized zone. U.S. officials in Saigon said 30 Hies were killed and 181 wounded in the day-long heavy fighting along the border between North and South Vietnam. The biggest battle erupted yesterday morning when more than 200 Leathernecks pushed out of Khe Sanh and assaulted 400 North Vietnamese regulars entrenched in heavily fortified positions alyut a mile south of the beleaguered base. The company of Leathernecks from the 26th Marine regiment at Khe Sanh pushed out shortly after daybreak and contacted the North Vietnamese an hour later. They poured in heavy volumes of rifle and macbinegun fire and had artillery pound the sturdy Communist positions. The Saigon spokesman said the fight lasted one hour. The Marines said they counted 115 Communist bodies en route back to the base. Nine Marines were reported killed and 42 wounded. Shortly after noon, another Marine probe out of Khe Sanh struck westward and reported killing 15 North Vietnamese troops before pulling back inside their shell-pocked bastion in the northwest corner of the DMZ. South Vietnamese forces combing the eastern edge of the border south of Gio Linh fought a day-long battle With North Vietnamese forces that ended just before midnight. They reported killng 132 Communists. American helicopters and Marines joined the battle, fighting by light of flares. Spokesmen said 20 Allies, including five Americans, were killed. Eighty others, including five Americans, were wounded. In other action, Vietnamese government troops encountered a Communist force menacing Saigon and reported killing 17 without suffering a casualty. In Saigon, President Nguyen Van Thieu said the government will order a general mobilization this fall if Vietcong attacks continue. He said the order would cover men between 17 and 45, as well as some women. It could bring more than 1 million men under arms. ftti Arizona Kepublte A*it O Snmtey, March 31,1DW Mtttkgf'ta'Lftw Mtiit Wait, Hospital Rules NEWMARKET, Eft gland (AP)-MfS. Peggy Biggerham was furious but the hospital was adamant—no ifltotiftation on her new grandchild until son-in-law Ronald has been told first, The rule is to avert friction between new fathers and their mothers-in-law, the hospital said. 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