The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 15, 1968 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 15, 1968
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Times Have Changed For Ex-Doughboy By Webb Laseter ID. Staff Writer "War is war, said blind, ex- doughboy Richard Worthington "and any patriotic American chould be willing to serve his country in any way." Worthington, a 72-year-old retired farmer and resident of Leachville, was a corporal in the American army's First Division during World War I and was awarded the nation's second highest medal for bravery, the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). The citation accompanying the DSC reads as follows: "For extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States: . "Knowing that the enemy had captured a wounded member of his company, he, with two others, advanced across dangerous ground to a barn, where they routed the enemy captors and carried back their comrade to safety." When questioned further Worthington said he has also been awarded a silver star for gallantry and five bronze stars, one for each of the military part, but that over the years these medals had been misplaced or lost. A veteran of the WWI battles of the Meuse Argonne (twice), Marne, and St. Mitiiel; he won his DSC during an engagement near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Although he spent 18 months overseas, "It was just luck," he said, that he was never wounded because many bullets came close enough to put holes in his pants leg, sleeve, and shirt collar. His closest brush with death came when a German mortar shell exploded near enough to send shrapnel through his helmet, missing his head, but "knocking me silly," he recalled. When asked his opinion of present day anti-war protesters ind draft card burners, Worth- ngton, whose first wife took ler own life because he was drafted in 1917, reflected a moment beore answering. When a man don't do his duty to his country, he must not think much of it," he said. News Briefs Even though he lost his wife just prior to reporting to th army, Worthington said h "harbored no resentment be cause everyone able - bodice was expected to serve." Following the close of the war he was discharged at Lit tie Rock, given $60 "brinu money," and told to "get homi and go to work," he said. Veterans benefits as we know them today were unheard o then, he said, and "You didn 1 come out of that war expecting anything," said Worthington. Now, of course, he receives compensation from the Veter an's Administration for Hie loss of his sight. In addition, in 1967 he underwent major surgery which — together with hospitalization — cost $2,400. Through the efforts of Social Security Administration employes, he said, he finally won medicare status and had his hospital bill paid. All of this, Worthington has decided, is quite an improvement over the $40.20 he drew monthly while a corporal in 1918. Red Terrorists Hit N. Thailand By PETER 6'LOUGHLIN BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) Communist terrorist forces have launched a savage attack on government forces in the mountains of northern Thailand. In six weeks of fighting, some 20 T5iai troops have been killed and more than 30 wounded. Six terrorists have been confirmed killed. Most of the government forces were killed in terrorist ambushes in the thick jungle-covered mountains of Nan province, 450 miles north of Bangkok. The army commander in chief, Gen. Praphas Charusa- thien, said the Communists had more men poised on the Laotian side of the border ready to penetrate into Thailand. The Thais are concerned over the degree of sophistication and skill shown by the terrorists. Bodies of slain Thai soldier have been booby trapped, an inexperienced soldiers hav been killed or wounded whe they tried to rcover the bodie of their fallen comrades. Jungle ambushes have bee well laid and deadly effective The TJiais have moved in a ba talion of the 3rd Army from II headquarters in Pitsanukoke Helicopters have flown rein forcements into the mountain and units of the U.S.-traine elite Special Forces have bee sent in. Intelligence sources in Bang kok said the Communist force i made up of some North Viel namese guerrilla experts, bal tie-hardened Pathet Lao, som Thai Communists and Mec tribesmen. Americans, who have been studying the Communist at NEW ON THE HOSPITAL SCENE are television visiting facilities employing a closed-circuit hookup between patients and waiting rooms. A bedridden patient can see a visitor on a room receiver while fte patient's Image is transmitted to the waiting room via a bedside camera. A telephone connection handles conversation. Card Of Thanks We express our sincere thanks to Dr. C. E. Cole, the nurses at Chickasawba Hospital, Rev. and Mrs. A. H. Jackson, Rev. S. W. Davis, Jr., Mrs. Patrick, all our friends who brought food, sent flowers, cards and-other kind deeds during our recent bereavement. The family of John W. Stalling* land for three years, see the OLDENBURG, Germany (AP) - Christian Schneekloth's first toy is a model of the West German Army tank in which he was born during a snow storm The real tank was dispatched to the nearby north German village of Doehnsdorf after enow drifts blocked Mrs. Marga Schneekloth's way to a maternity clinic. Christian was born during the cross-country ride in the tank, with an assist'from the crew. The 6th Scout Battalion later volunteered to become the seven-pound boy's sponsor and gave him the tank model LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - A truck driver \vho apparently thought he was driving into the sunny Southland had to be "thawed out." Ulysses Glalman of Newberry, S.C. pulled into a jthevflte (Ark.) Courier News - Monday, January 18, 1W» — Fag« flvf. Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Monday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 1968. There are 351 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1922, the Irish 'ree State was established. On this date: In 1559, Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in London's Westminster Abbey. In 1919, Ignace Jan Paderew- ki became the first premier of he newly created Republic of 'oland. In 1929.the U.S. Senate rati- ied the Kellogg-Briand Peace 'act. In 1936, Japan withdrew from he London naval conference fter the other four nations re- outbreak of fighting in Nan as I fused to grant the Japanese a desperation thrown by the terrorists to take the heat off the northeast, their No. 1 target. Communist activities in the hitherto busy northeast have dropped away. Fewer ambushes, fewer propaganda meetings and apparently desperate raids for foods have convinced some experts that the Thai government's suppression campaign is working in the northeast. As a result, according to one view, the terrorists have launched retaliatory raids oc the government forces in other parts of the country. parity. In 1943, the British 8th Army was driving toward Tripoli during World War II. In 1961, 28 airmen and civil- ans were killed when a radar tower collapsed and sank off the New Jersey coast. Ten years ago—Earthquake and landslides in Peru killed a least 128 persons. Five years ago—The Unite States said it would press for joint NATO nuclear force de spite French opposition. One year ago—Israelis am Syrians exchanged fire on th Sea of Galilee. DURING WINTER MONTHS, Matinees wfU start at 1:10 p.m. MONDAYS THRO THURSDAYS (exceptions: National Holidays & Advance Admission Prices). Special Adult Prices 1 to 4 p.m. 75c - Children S5c. Mon. thru Thurs. After 4 p.m. Regular admission 90c A 35e. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Show continous from 2 p.m. 90o & 35C. MONDAY AND TUESDAY (A-MY) A girl, a boy, a tender, funny, terrible wedding, night Pie BOUUiNG BROTHERS' Prafafon the family f COMING SOON TO THE RITZ THE AMBUSHERS — With Dean Martin TAMING OF THE SHREW — With Elisabeth Taylor & Richard urton I COOL HAND LUKE — with Paul Newman service station and asked that a policeman help him get to the nearest hospital. Gallman said it was 30 below when he loft NewYork State, and a vent on the left side of his truck's cab was stuck open, resulting in a steady flow of frigid air on his left foot. Gallman said he thought things would warm up when he got into the South, but the mercury didn't climb far enough. Lynchburg that night had an overnight low of 11 above. The driver was treated for frost bile. DETROIT (AP) - A five-alarm fire destroyed a three-story building in downtown Detroit in sub-freezing temperatures. Hot Sam's quality clothes was one of the businesses destroyed. News of Men In Service Pay Cut for Mayor ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Mayor Fred W. Mills, who took office lere Monday, cut his salary as the first official act of the term. The mayor said he can only :arn $1,680 a year without risking Social Security penalites. The decrease was from $200 to $140 a month. Robert Coleman, son of Mrs. Minnie Colernan of Route Two.. Osceola, was promoted to Army j private upon completion of basic training at Ft. Bliss, Tex. Army Spec. 4 James F. George, whose parents Mr. and Mrs. James A. George and wife Patricia live in Manila, h a s been assigned to the 223rd Combat Support Aviation Battalion in Vietnam. Army Spec. 4 Alfred Estraca, son of Mrs. Janie Estraca of Caruthersville, Mo., has completed his high school education through the Armed Forces Institute's GED program wile stationed at Ft. Clayton, Canal Zone. George L. Foster, son of Mrs. Frankie Washburn of Caruth- jersville, Mo., has been promot- I ed to Army sergeant while sta- | tioned in Vietnam. | Sgt. Foster's father, George, D. Foster, lives in Hot Springs. Airman l.C. Marvin D. Thompson of Blytbeville, has been assigned to the 44th Signal Battalion in Vietnam. First Lt. Jimmy W. Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Harris of Blytheville, is now company commander of a replacement detachment near Chu Lai, Vietnam. Card Of Thanks We would like to express our appreciation and thanks to our many friends for their kindness during the illness and death of our loved one, Mrs. Oraine Wadklns. Also to those who sent food and flowers. Special thanks to Rev. C.W. Liles, Cobb Funeral Home and to the pallbearers. 0. P. "Pearl" Wadkins & Family Mrs. Marvin Barnes, live in Bassett, Ark., is now stationed at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Your Friendly Theatre OSCEOLA •MON. «TUE. «WEO. ROSALIND RUSSEU. SANDRA DEE TERRIFIC SAYINGS DURING HAYS JANUARY CLEARANCE SALE Good Selection of Ladies Holiday & Spring SPORTSWEAR Our Entire Stock Beautiful Pastel Woolens. • SKIRTS • TOPS • SLACKS •SWEATERS •MATCHING BLOUSES Now 1/2 PRICE ONE GROUP LADIES FALL AND WINTER SPORTSWEAR Values to $11.98 One Group of Ladies Holiday And Early Spring DRESSES AND SUITS NOW f /2 PRICE OUR ENTIRE STOCK OF GIRLS WINTER 'Sweaters 'Dresses •Skirts 'Coats 'And Sportswear Now '/2 PRICE Large Selection of Fine Quality PIECE MODS i PRICE MEN'S AND BOYS JACKETS* SWEATERS DRESS SLACKS •DRESS HATS \ PRICE • ALL SALES FINAL • NO REFUNDS • NO EXCHANGES • ALTERATIONS EXTRA BLYTHEVlUfi JANUARY CLEARANCE STILL IN PROGRESS DISCOUNT FABRIC CENTER STORE WIDE SAVINGS! Every Item in Our Store Is Discount Priced. So now during;the month of January, all items ore reduced again for clearance. You'll find drastic savings on fabrics, zippers, thread, patterns, and all other notions. Save now! 123 WEST MAIN — ACROSS FROM STERLING'S

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