The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on December 21, 1964 · Page 5
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 5

Tipton, Indiana
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Monday, December 21, 1964
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Why U. S. Is Losing War In Viet Ham By R03ERT C. MILLER United Press International t SAIGON (UPI)—The Communists get many unwitting assists in their effort to take over South Viet Nam. The backhanded assists come from Americans and loyal Vietnamese alike. They illustrate some of the things the United States and its Vietnamese allies have to contend With in trying to win the war against the Communists. .Here are some typical incidents: A Vietnamese woman beats her servant in a village near Dalat. Three nights later a Viet Cong Communist delegation visits the village, and forces the woman to "kneel and publicly apologize to her servant. area. The villagers complain repeatedly to higher authorities, but receive only a shrug of the shoulders. The Communist Viet Cong capture the chief in a pre-dawn raid, hold him prisoner for a week and then execute him after a public trial. The district chief appointed- by Saigon governs well. A shiny American car moves slowly through a crowded Saigon street; its Vietnamese driver rides the horn impatiently. In the rear seat two American officers loll majestically. "See," says a scowling youth on a corner, "just like the arrogant French." The group with him nods in agreement. A small group of Communist guerrillas make a food raid on a Quang Ngai village. The village authorities radio the nearby Vietnamese army garrison for help. Instead of sending out troops, the buttoned-up garrison fires an artillery barrage into the area. The Viet Cong retreat unscathed. The village suffers" three killed and 12 wounded by the "friendly" shelling. Two battalions of Vietnamese troops — nearly 1.500 men — move dawn a road in the Mekong Delta. A light machinegun fires from an ambush. The troops take over in ditches. The lone gun sprays the troops at intervals, moves, sprays another group, each time killing and wounding the ground - hugging troops. An American adviser shouts orders, screams at .the Vietnamese, begs them to counterattack the lone gun. No one moves. He runs about attempting to prod them into doing something besides lying there waiting to be killed. But no one follows him, and all he gets is a burst of enemy fire for his efforts.. He swears disgustedly and takes cover. Four hours later the Reds exhaust their ammunition and withdraw. The troops reform their column, attend the dead and wounded and move down the road. A district chie-f with powerful friends in Saigon and a Hitler complex misuses his power and lays a harsh rule upon his A helicopter loaded with Vietnamese soldiers lands at a remote beleaguered outpost. The soldiers are told to get out. No one moves. The American sergeant repeats his order. The terrified troops shake their heads and refuse to move. The burly American grabs them one by one and kicks them out the door. The reinforcements for Outpost X have arrived. The American in civilian clothes reaches across the bar and tenderly caresses the Vietnamese girl's hand. "Sorry, honey," he says in a low voice "I won't be able to see you tonight, we're moving some troops down to the delta early in the morning." Later the girl makes a low-voiced phone call in Vietnamese. In the morning the convoy is ambushed, three trucks destroyed and several soldiers killed or wounded by the Communists. The American tells his friends: "Those VC (Viet Cong) sure got good in telligence, I Wonder how they find out things." TRAFFIC SNARLED LAWRENCE BURG. Ind. (UPI)—Traffic along- U.S. 50 near here was halted for almost two hours Saturday night and early Sunday while firemen battled a blaze which destroyed a two-story frame house near here. Fire officials said units from Lawrencebnrg and Greendale fought the flames at the. home of Bass Fitzpatrick, 48. •INJURED BY PROP INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — A man who was struck by the whirling propeller of his plane remained in serious condition today. Arthur Lund'oerg. 50, had just returned from Fort Lauderdale Fla.. Saturday when he fell into the propeller at Weir Cook Airport. THIS • CHRISTMAS LET HIM- CHOOSE FOR HIMSELF / V ^ - i K~'. ***** Let a Florsheim Gift Certificate solve all your problems of selection. Takes only seconds to buy —avoids last minute mayhem— puts a man in the Florsheim Shoes he admires most. He'll like the bone shoe horn, too. It's imported! ( ^FLORSHEIM ] Home Trade Shoes

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