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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 125 BLYTOEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) FRIDAY, AUGUST 12.1966 TIN CENTS 12 PAGES Viet Letters to LBJ, Morse Differ Greatly EDITOR'S NOTE-President Johnson says the letters he gets from American servicemen in Viet Nam reflect high morale and strong dedication. What do servicemen have to say who write from Viet Nam to Sen. Wayne Morse, one of the most outspoken congressional critics of Johnson's Viet Nam policies? This story surveys letters made avalable by the White House and the senator's office. By JOHN D. McCLAIN WASHINGTON (AP) - "I am proud to be serving my country by being in Viet Nam," a U.S. serviceman wrote President Johnson recently. "Serving here is the most degrading experience of my life," was the feeling an Army private first class expressed in a letter to Sen. Wayne Morse, D-Ore., an outspoken critic of Johnson's Viet Nam policy. The two letters are examples of the conflicting views that some Washington officials receive from the troops in Viet Nam. The President told a news conference last month he gets 58 to 60 letters each week from Viet Nam. The mail shows, he said, that "morale is high, that the men are well and adequately supplied and properly led." He also told an Indiana audience last month, "I have yt to get one letter from a man that says to me that he want to get outa nd come home, that he does not want to stay there and do his job." But Morse, while receiving fewer letters, nevertheless gets a different view from the battlefront. In response to requests from The Associated Press for a look at Johnson's mail from Viet Nam, the White House made available copies of 20 letters he has received in recent months. Morse provided his entire correspondence on the Vet Nam issue for the same period. It contained seven letters from Viet Nam, the remainder from his home state. One consistent' theme ran through most of Johnson's letters — the servicemen writing the President saw themselves performing an important role in the forefront of a crucal battle against communism. None was critical of administration policy. Morse's mail, on the other hand, consistently was critical of Johnson's policies and told of morale problems and a feeling of uselessness in a land where the writers felt they were not wanted. About the only things the letters had in common were frequently misspelled words and erratic grammar. Here, in letters to the President, is how some of the men viewed their reason for being in Viet Nam: —"I fell that the reason why I was sent here is to keep myself and the rest of our love ones free from Red China." -"Now I really know why Viet Nam. Why because if we don't stop Charley here he will be in our homes next." —"I realize that there is a job to be done over here or we'll all be living under the Communist government and I myself don't like their type of living." But an Army lieutenant wrote Morse that U.S. force will not defeat communism in Vie Nam. "The cure, if there is and better bombs, but in social, and better bombs, but n social, political and economic relationships. "Anyone who has studied the situation has soon come to the realization that the United Sates has certainly made some serious mistakes in this endeavor. ... It is reassuring to see yourself, Sen. (J. W.) Fulbright (D-Ark.) and others take the opposite approach." And a GI claimed in a letter to Morse that Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara had started the war "to build up the U.S. economy." The soldier added that the war had back- fired in McNamara's face. But an Army master sergeant, alluding to a Johnson address at Omaha on June 30, wrote the President: "May the truth of your speech pierce the fog into the minds of the anti- Viet Nam groups." Others told the President: —"There has been quite a bit of protest against he U.S. policy in Viet Nam. ... The people, not knowing the true situation here, cannot really protest against the U.S. policy ... for his simple reason. They're too quick at assuming their own belief where they are right or wrong." —"As fighting men in Viet Nam, I feel we're the best informed in the world. We also can see the consequences of a pullout. In fact we're probably better informed than the major- ity of the demonstrators. We'N needed here there's no doubt." But a private first class wrote Morse: "I've seen my buddies killed and wounded and the people we fight for don't give a damn: .. .'•"• The people here don't want us just our money and for us to spend it.... Someone is making a profit of this war at our expense, I hope he sleeps at night." Another soldier told the senator: "Everybody thinks the moral of the men is very high but this is not true ... On the outside to outsiders our moral does look high, but if you could sit around at night and listen you would know it is an entirely, different story. . . . Most of the., .guys want to lay down their.- guns and go home just like the^ people in Saigon want us too." . New Streets Take Shape Police Chief George Ford this | said storm sewer tile is being week asked motorists to curtail traffic in areas where prolonged street construction is going on. Moultrie, from Sixth west to Division.) This area will be under construction for 'at least 30 more days," Ford said. These areas include: (Tenth from the r a i 1 r o a d tracks north to Rollison.) Ford North Korea Abandons Peking Line TOKYO (AP) — North Korea today declared its independence within the world Communist movement, dramatically breaking with its old pro-Peking line. "There can be no superior party or inferior party nor a party that gives guidance and a party that receives guidance," said the official party newspaper Rodong Shinmoon. "One country of the party cannot serve as the center of the world revolution or the leading party." The statement also disclosed a purge of party members guilty of "flunkeyism" — a slavish following of the theories of unnamed big Communist powers. It attacked both Chinese and Soviet communism, but the heaviest criticism fell on he Chinese, who regard themselves as the only defenders of the Communist faith. The statement signifided an almost total rupture in Pyongyang's ideological ties to Peking, whch have become progressively weaker in recen months. "Each Communist or workers' party can and must shape its policy independently," Ro- dong Shinmoon said. It added, "Revolution can neither be exported nor imported. The revolution in each country, of curse, is fulfilled in conjunction with the world revolution and is influenced by international factors. Important as outside supportant is, it plays only a secondary role." Registration Schedules Registration for the 1966-67 Blytheville High School year will be in the new study center Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday next week Seniors are to register Monday, Juniors Tuesday and sophomores Wednesday. If your last name begins with letters A to H, report between 8 to 9 a.m. Those with I to Q from 9 to 10 a.m and R to Z from 10 to 11 am. Junior High students will be registered in the high school auditorium next week. Ninth graders will register Monday, Eighth graders Tuesday and Seventh grades Wednsday. aid in the general intersection area of Moultrie and Tenth. FOrd also pointed out that ot- er areas undergoing construction have re-opened to traffic or will re open soon. These include: Tenth North to the railroad, Tenth will be open one-way in the east lane on August 15 and will be open for two-way traffic on August 29. Division Division will be opened for two-way traffic on August 25. Moultrie Moultrie, from Sixth east to Second will be open to two-way traffic on August 30. Broadway is now open for two-way traffic north of Kentucky. "We're making a special at tempt to tell the public of these construction areas for several reasons," Ford said. "First, and most important, this is a safety measure. Second, if we can get motorists to find new routes it will permit contractors to finish their jobs sooner" Past Due Fees City Target Sanitation Department head Ray Elder said today warrants are being issued in an attempt to collect past - due sani- ation fees. "We're stepping up collections in order to get our budget current," Elder said He said the department has collected $36,000 through July 31. "Our goal is $60,000 for the year, so this requires that we collect another $24,00 by Dec. 31." Elder stressed that the annual $9 sanitation fee for all house and apartment units must be submitted promptly if his department is "to hold the line at this rate." He singled out residents of Eastgate Avenue for prompt and uniform payment of the fees. "This seems to be the only perfect collection street in the city right now. We offer many thanks to them." GAMES MOVED; HOPE FOR TONIGHT Today's first two games in the American Legion state baseball tournament have been transferred to Monette. The afternoon lineup: Fort, Smith vs. Bryant at 1; and North Little Rock vs West Memphis at 4. Light Brigade Field in Blytheville was hit with rain during the night It was hoped to have it ready by 8 tonight for the Blytheville - Little Rock game. If not, this game will probably end up at Monette also. TOURNAMENT AIDES—Dianne Branscum is.providing organ music for this week's State American Legion baseball tournament which is being played at Light Brigade Field. Here, she's shown with Glenn Kirkpatrick of Magnolia, Legion's state baseball commissioner. (Courier News Photo) IN HAIPHONG Power Plant Blasted Again By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP)-U.S. Air Force and Navy fliers blasted targets within V. miles of Haiphong, North Viel Nam's major port, while grount forces in the south made sharp contacts Thursday with the Communists in the Central Highlands and near the demilitarized zone. An F8 Crusader jet from the 7th' Fleet carrier Oriskany be came the llth American plane lost over the Communist North this week, equal to any seven- day period of the war. The pilot parachuted into file Gulf of Ton!cin, swam two miles to an island and was picked up by a rescue helicopter. The chief target of the raids We Need Industry, Industrialist (!) Says A civic club speaker yeser- day took his position behind the usual civc club lectern and in the usual civic club manner declaimed, "We need more industry in Blytheville." Sound like the old Chamber of Commerce pitch? Right, but it wasn't The speaker was Bert Phillips, local personnel manager of Nibco, Inc., (valve makers). "When I say 'we' I mean, we, the industries who already are here. "The more industry which lo- cates here, the more skilled and technically knowledgeable people we'll find coming to the Blytheville area. These are the people which industry needs and industry attracts them. "That's why the industry you now have will benefit from the industry you'll bring here in the future." * * * And while on the subject of industry, Phillips got in a couple of licks on two other fronts. "We need to give some recognition to John Watson (Ar- Beatle Says 'I m Sorry' By MARGARET SCHERF CHICAGO (AP) - "I'm sorry, I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it as a lousy, antireligious thing," apologized Beatle John Lennon. He attempted to explain Thursday night his remarks about Christianity, which set off boycotts and bonfires in the United States. The main thing, Lennon said, is that he was misunderstood. "I wasn't saying whatever they're saying I was saying," he told a news conference. "I w .s sort of deploring the attitude toward Christianity." He added: "Prom what I've read or observed, it (Christianity) just seems to me to be shrinking, to be losing contact." Paul McCartney added: "And we all deplore the fact." Lennon said he was "worried ,to death" about the controversy aroused by his statements that the Beatles "are more popular than Jesus" and that "Christianity will go." Some U.S. radio stations have banned Beatle records since Lennon's remarks were published in an American teen magazine. Some former fans have built huge bonfires of Beatle records and pictures. In England, Lennon said, his remarks caused hardly a ripple. "They were just taken as a bit of loudmouth thing," he said. The long-haired singers arrived Thursday at O'Hare International Airport and were to give two concerts Friday. They were greeted by a relatively srnall, quiet group of fans. When their limousine drove up to a hotel, however, things See BEATLE on Page 12 kansas - Missouri Power Company's industrial ivory hunter). "This guy works like the very devil to help this area locate new industry a n d we should let him know we appreciate it." Phillips deplored the fact that "when industrialists visit the city they have to get to the industrial area (Zenite, Cotner-Bevington, Nibco) over Elm Street or McHaney Road. "Those of you who are interested in industry should do whatever you can to get these streets improved because it cerainly leaves a bad taste in the mouths of industrial visitors." * * * Nibco's Blytheville operation is expanding, Phillips said. 'But we need some new machinery and you can't get the kind of machinery we need overnight. There usually is an 18-month waiting period on orders. "In fact, we have set up our own machine tool plant in Elkhart to meet some of our needs We also are buying some used equipment," he stated. Phillips had kind words for Arkansas workers. "I've been in this type of business (manufacturing) for about 30 years and I've never seen the industry of these people here matched anywhere." Phillips is a native of Kansas City. He outlined the development of Nibco from a six-employe shop around the ( turn of the century to a nation - wide organization today. Phillips was introduced by Rotarian Dick White. near Haiphong was the Uong Bi power plant, 14 miles northeast of the city. It was first hit last December and was said then to produce 15 per cent of North Viet Nam's electric supply. American warplanes flew 118 missions against tiie Communisl North Thursday, a spokesman said. Navy planes came from three 7th Fleet carriers—the Oriskany, Constellation and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ground action was generally light in South Viet Nam, except Or two flashpoints where con- inuing American and Vietnamese spoiling sweeps have accounted for 783 Communists tilled in the past two weeks. Viet Cong guerrillas mortared he U.S. Marine command post or Operation Colorado about 30 miles southeast of Da Nang ear- y today, inflicting light casual- ies and damage, a Marine spokesman said. An estimated 40 Viet Cong •ired 15 to 20 mortar rounds and hree recoilless rifle rounds. Armed helicopters went into Rev. Haley Rev, Haley Is New Pastor Rev. Mavin Haley has been named pastor of First Assembly of God Church at Seventh and Ash. Rev. Haley succeeds Rev. A Frank, who resigned to accept the pastorate of Glade Tid- ngs Assembly Church in Shaw- lee, Okla He has pastored churches in Nevada, Mo., Independence, Jans., and Marionville, Mo. A graduate of Central Bible Institute, Springfield, Mo, he also received .a degree, from Southwest Missouri State College, Where he completed under graduate work and was awarded a master's degree in education. While pasturing at Nevada, Rev. Haley served as assistant presbyter'of the Clinton Section. Rev. and Mrs. Haley are par ents of five children action, but no estimate of Viet Cong casualties was available. In a separate action, two U.S. Marine tanks sank three Viet Cong sampans and killed 15 guerrillas 18 miles south of Da Nang on the Vu Gia River Thursday, a Marine spokesman said. Elsewhere in North Viet Nam, American aircraft made virtually a shuttle run along the coastal panhandle, where the Communists have stepped up infiltration efforts. Twelve fuel dumps were left ablaze. U.S. planes sighted only two missiles, compared with the heavier barrages the first two days of the week when 50 planes were lost. The Crusader shot down Thursday raised reported losses over North Viet Nam to 332 planes for the air war, the spokesman said. The U.S. Command announced that 202 U.S. helicopters had been lost in combat in the south and three in the northi presumably on rescue missions to pick up American fliers, 'A spokesman said the losses did not include helicopters lost"on the ground during guerrilla attacks. The 'U.S. Coast Guard kept a guard around the battered 82- foot cutter Point Welcome, which docked in Da Nang after it was mistakenly strafed and rocketed by three U.S. Air Force planes before dawn Thursday. • The attack cost the lives of the commander, Lt. (j.g.) David Brostrom, 25, of San Jose, Calif., and another Coast Guardman and injured five men, including a British newsman. Gemini 11 To Go Sept. 9 By RONALD THOMPSON AP Aerospace Writer HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) Gemini 11 has been given a Sept. 9 launch date for a 44-orbit trip to include a unique cartwheel around the world while the spaceship is strung by a cord to an Agena rocket lOO.feet away. Navy Cmdr. Charles Conrad Jr. and Lt. Cmdr. Richard F. Gordon Jr., two 36-year-old pilots, also hope to perform the world's swiftest rendezvous, then use an Agena they catch to flash to a record height of 865 miles. Gordon, a rookie astronaut, will stage two work sessions outside the craft totaling about hours — man's longest exposure to space while unprotected by his capsule. The space agency officially announced the date Thursday, although it was known publicly for some time that Sept. 9 was the target. Gemini 11 will be the next to last two-man flight before the United States begins three-man Project Apollo missions. Conrad and Gordon are to blast off from a Cape Kennedy, Fla., launching pad on their Kiree-day voyage at 10:25 a.m. EOT, 97 minutes after an Agena target dashes into orbit. While previous U.S. space rendezvous have taken three and four orbits, Gemini 11 will je guided to the Agena near the end of the first trip around the globe. This more nearly simu- ates the rendezvous astronauts will perform when leaving the moon's surface to get to their moKier ship for return home. Conrad, the flight's command illot, plans to drive the spaceship's nose into the Agena's docking collar for link-up a few minutes later. During a 55-minute space walk, Gordon will unstow a two- nch-wide cord on the Agena, hen strap it to a bar on the nose of the spacecraft while the ,wo vehicles remain parked. Later in the flight, with both men inside the capsule, Conrad will back away from the Agena, pulling the cord taut. While 100 See SPACE on Page 12 Wunderlich Is Speaker W. J. (Bill) Wunderlich wil provide his version of what happened last Tuesday at Monday's executive luncheon of the Chanv ber of Commerce at 12 noon ai Holiday Inn Wunderlich, chairman of both the Democratic Central Committee and Election Commission in Mississippi County, will discuss factors in the campaign. Weather Forecast Considerable cloudiness with showers and thundershowers this afternoon and tonight. Little change in temperatures. Saturday partly cloudy and a little warmer with scattered thundershowers most numerous afternoons and evenings. Highs today 76 to 82. Lows tonight 67 to 72. High Saturday 86 to 80. Probability of rain 70 percent this afternoon; 50 percent tonight and 40 percent Saturday. Outlook Sunday, no major changes. •Illlllllllllllillillllilllllllllliiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllilllilllllllllll

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