The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 23, 1968 · Page 2
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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, January », 1968- Page Three Explorer I Celebrates 10th Anniversary On Jan. 31, 1958, the Army launched America's first earth satellite. Explorer I. At left, the satellite atop a Jupiter C rocket leaves the launch ing pad. Modified Redstone missile, right, pushed Explorer into orbit. Below, from left, scientists William Pickering, James Van Allen and Wernher von Braun answer newsmen after successful launch. Explorer I prototype is examined shortly after memorable launch by then Secretary of. the Army Wilber Brucker, left, and Sen. George A. Smothers. Man-made moon was sent aloft from Cape Canaveral, now Cape Kennedy, Fla. 4 Still going 'round in circles, Explorer ! has surpassed predicted life expectancy and NASA officials anticipate it will remain in orbit for about two more years. Sketch indicates 'num.... ber of satellites now in earth orbit. Additionally, there are 26 deep space probes—14. U.S. and 12 Russian. Explorer leads the pack, earlier Sputniks haying decayed.. France Canada Technician uses ultra-' sonic probe on stainless steel nose cone of the Explorer satellite. The vibrator was used for final testing of the nose Cone's wall thickness. Machinist in background turns out cones for use on subsequent earth arbiters. Vietnam War Is Like That By GEORGE McARTHUR Associated press Writer WAR ZONE C, Vietnam (AP) — American infantry units in combat are seldom up to strength and 2nd Lt. Hector Colon, a confident man with a jungle-grown red mustache, was nol overly disturbed that his platoon roll was down to 32 men. The rest of Bravo Company, after all, was with ttiem. The day was almost over and it had gone well. The Vietnamese war, however, has its own unpredictable ways. Colon's little band had to stand alone when the blow fell. When helicopters finally plucked him from the jungle, Colon came out with 9 men standing, 7 dead and 16 wounded. At 27, Colon is old for a second lieutenant. He came late to News Briefs Today In History Today Is Tuesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 1968. There are 343 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1943, British troops entered Tripoli during World War II. On this date: In 1799, French troops captured the Italian city of Naples. In 1845, the U.S. Congress ruled that aU national election* would take plan on the first Tuesday after the first Monday In 1920, the Dutch government refused to surrender ex-Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany to the Allies (or punishment as a war criminal. In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt said he would seek the Democratic nomination for president. In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces were carving out the Anzio beachhead in Italy. In. 1964, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution-eliminating the poll tax in federal elections —was ratified. Ten years ago — James R. Hoffa took office as president of the Teamsters Union. Five years ago - The United States urged the European Common Market to complete negotiations (or the admission o! Britain. CM j«»r ago -Fifty North Americans were released after being held by antigovernment rebels in a hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. QUICK QUIZ Q - Which is the oldest written constitution in the world? A - The Constitution of the United States. Q — From what two directions do the trade winds blow? A — Southeast and northeast. Q-Which is the oWest synagogue in America? A — The Touro Synagogue built in 17«a at Newport, R.I It is a national historic site. Q - In art, what does the chrysanthemum symbolize? A — Longevity. EVERETT, Wash. (AP) How . to move a 150-ton plane along an assembly line? Engineers of the Boeing Co. plan to use bubbles to move the 747 jumbo jets when the firm starts putting them together in its new plant here. Each of the 490-passenger planes will rest on platforms under each of its five landing gear. Beneatb the platforms will ;>e pads, which, when compressed air is blown through them, will create air cushions, lifting the jets one-thousandth of an inch off the floor. Then two tow tractors can easily jockey the planes to new positions. The old way? A crew of 30 and two cranes. LOS ANGELES (AP) - A special census showed that as of Dec. 1 Los Angeles had a population of 2,881,700, an increase of 400,105 since the 1960 census, A. C. Estes, the city's chief legislative analyst, disclosed recently. SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's butchers give the customer a break more often than they cheat, the state says. The State Agriculture Department said that in 1967 its inspectors found 13.3 per cent of meat packages were overweight, and 11.4 per cent were underweight. ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) Thirty minutes after Roy Whatley telephoned police to complain that two boys had thrown .eggs against his car, parked in front of his home, police reported back "Those boys are now washing your car." Officers said a cruising patrol car, spotted the lads shortly after Whatley made his call and made them clean up the mess they created. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that a property owner, in general, "has no legal obligation to keep his premises safe for the trespassing animals of others." The recent decision reversed a trial court award to the owner of a borse that ran into the guy wire of a power company pole and was injured. The court said the animal was trespassing and th property owner was not to blame. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mecklenburg County police have a new post office box and are urging citizens to send them information about any crimes, 'especially in connection with recent house burglaries." Patrolman W. S. Stegall explained that people who might be afraid to telephone police with such information may be more willing to send it by mail. REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Officers couldn't help chuckling at the hometown of a Northern California youth charged with possession of marijuana, often called "weed." The youth lived in the small town of Weed, Calif. PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — The public library came to the rescue of the fire department recently with bucks, not books. Due to a budget mixup, the fire department found it lacked money for final payment on one of its two engines. The Town Council approved transfer of $3,500 from a fund being accumulated for a new library building. FULLERTON, Calif. CAP) After 18 months instruction, Cody Williams took an airplane up alone on his 16th birthday— and before the day was over he had flown 25 kinds of tingle-engine; aircraft. He claimed it wai • record. he Army when Ms college grades began to fall and the Iraft drew close. Now, !ie is ooking forward to returning to Chicago, going back to college and picking up his job as a pro- jram director for youth groups at the Joseph Duncan YMCA. He is also confidently looking 'orward to marrying his Chicago sweetheart on a rest leave in Hawaii next month. These things, however, were blocked from his mind this hot and dusty afternoon in the jungles of War Zone C, hard by lambodia. The sweating company had :een on a patrol that had gone not too badly. A helicopter had jcen shot down and a crewman died. Getting the rest of the crew out of the jungle had been troublesome. There had been fighting but the enemy had faded away. Choppers came in to pick up the company. They had lifted out afl but Colon's platoon when it all. began. The last four choppers were hovering when the Red mortars began to explode. The pilots pulled back their sticks and lifted away. "Charlie (the Viet Cong) had been waiting," recalled Colon. He knew there couldn't be many of us left on the ground Eels start life as transparent larvae only %-inch long. Christmas, as a word, is derived from the Old English "Cristes maesses," or "Christ's mass." Soviet scientists estimate there are 20,000 glaciers in their country. and he thought tie could take us." With shells blasting the clearing and machine guns ripping the overhanging branches, Colon and his men dived into the trecllne 20 yards away, hugging the slight depressions of the jungle floor. The casualties started quickly, worst for tile seven green men who had never before been in a firefight. Four of them died and three were wounded. When the platoon medic was killed, he fell over the bleeding body of the man he was bandaging. Each survivor remembers it piecemeal. They recall the lieutenant's coolness and the old- soldier bravery of platoon Sgt. Richard Devore, the fatJier of three kids back in Charlestown, Ind., who took over a machine gun and died there. They recall Pvt. Sidney Smithee of Peoria, 111., who snaked out to set up a claymore mine, silencing a Viet Cong machine gun. He was later wounded. The Vietnamese interpreler, Lt. Binh, somehow missed the earlier choppers and wound up fighting witti the platoon. He was wounded and the Viet Cong tried to drag him away but Binh killed one with,a hunting knife and made it back to the perimeter. Sgt. Johnnie English of San Antonio, Texas, .at 27 the platoon's other old-man, cooly called in jets and artillery, closer and closer. That was the worm's eye view. Overhead in a helicopter was Lt. Col, John Henchman, a 39-year-old regular officer from Bremerton, Wash. He called Co on's battle a classic and put every man in for a decoration, the silver star for Colon. Henchman, from his radio contacts with the ground, was Hitting jet strikes and napalm within 35 yards of the platoon, artillery even closer. "Lt. Colon kept yelling to bring it in closer and I kept bringing it in closer," Henchman said. Afterwards, partly in wonderment, Colon said: "We didn't get a single casualty from our own stuff. It was great." MAKING TRACKS, armored personnel carriers of. theh llth Cavalry form a circle in Vietnam reminiscent of covered wagon days. The unit camped in a clearing sur- _ rounded by dense Jungle, making the protective maneuver necessary. "',"' Your Friends And Neighbors At BLYTHEVILLE Are Asking You To VOTE FOR BLYTHEVIILE'S $ 30Q,000 INDUSTRIAL BOND ISSUE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 30th * These bonds will INVOLVE NO TAXES . . . NOT NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. Their repayment is guaranteed only by the Canning Company and not by the City of Blytheville. * It NEVER will be possible to assess taxes against any property to retire these bonds. * Blytheville Canning Company is Blytheville's oldest industry. It has a record of continuous growth and stability. Your vote will help us grow once more and provide more JOBS and more WORK HOURS for your fellow citizens. BIYTHEVUE CANNING

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