The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 23, 1968 · Page 3
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Tuesday, January 23, 1968
Page 3
Start Free Trial

Blythwfll* (Ark.) Courier News — Tatti»y, January JS, 19W — P»gt Fin The GI Image Country Ignores Homecoming Heroes (Last in a Series.) By TOM T1EDE NEA Staff Correspondent FT. MEADE, Md. - (NEA) —When Johnny comes marching home from Vietnam, he is Servicemen, even very young servicemen, carry in their mem ories the Doughboy - praising songs of World War I, the ticker tape parades of World War II, and even the "they did- coiv not likely to be deafened by.the - best - they - could 1 the "hurrahs" of welcoming j elusions of Korea. Americans. : They remember newsreels of On the contrary, he is often I GIs being snuggled and hugged greeted with national silence. in jubilation - littered American Parents and friends cheer the -Viet vet's return, but few'others do. Except for scattered instances of community ceremony, the country more or less ignores today's homecoming fight ing man. cities, of huge throngs meeting shiploads of troopers, of whole towns turning out to thank bandage - wrapped veterans. None of it takes place today. And, therefore, many of this de- ,1 generation's servicemen Understandably, this fact of! spair over the change in public life disturbs many GIs ... not attitude. because they wish for special Hero worship, they surmise, attention, but because they wish | is outdated, for at least the same atten-j * * + tioti afforded United States sol- "The big thing you discover diers of former wars. I when you get back home," says one multidecorated officer, 'is| This homecoming disappoint- that damn few people e v e n | ment, moreover, is not the on- knew .you were away." Spec. 4 Al Thacker, for one, found this out. He served with the 9th Infantry in Southeast Asia. He returned in a litter to Arlington, Va., and recalls, "There weren't any bands playing." Spec. 4 Clifford Paulsen found it out. He was wounded three times with the First Air Cavalry Division, once by booby trap, twice by bullets. His welcome lo Blair, Neb., was not accompanied by whistle blowing. ly thing that annoys Vietnam returnees. Some of them say that "a growing public disinterest" in today's soldier is evident on several fronts. For instance: The GI * * * bill today isn't as i good, in some respects, as the World War II version. Education assistance ($130 monthly for singles) won'l even pay tuition at some schools. And there is no small business loan provision in the present law. Spec. 4 Nathan McDonald of Public demonstration over the Benham, Ky., also found it out. After a year with the distinguished First Infantry Division, he came home to find thai war creates embarrassment at best, hazards at worst, for Viet participants. Many have been subjects .of abuse, others ac"teen - agers especially don't! cused of murder. Argument even know you've been in a real war." seekers are everywhere. Jobs are often difficult to find Unlike other wars, where national efforts were made to locate employment for homecom- ers, not enough is being done today. Employers are showing no special interest. In fact, things in general are not like what the Vietnam veteran would wish for at home. And he feels he deserves something better from the public. "In Vietnam, you almost get killed," says Eliot Berriros, a 23 - year - old ex - GI in New York. "So what? You get back and people give you no job, no break. You don't want to be treated like a hero, but just some courtesy." His opinion is echoed by many. * * * "What's the matter with people?" asks another former Vietnamer. "I did what I was DEMONSTRATORS IN NEW YORK want to slop the draft and end the war. So do soldiers in Vietnam. But the soldiers soem to have lost their confidence Jo toe people who have lost their respect for the soldiers. i told. \ didn't even kill anybody. I did my job. Why am 1 tieat- ed like sometbing that crawled out of the rug?" In fairness to the truth, few returning soldiers, and few stateside soldieis, are being treated like 'something that crawled out of the rug." There has been a steady decline in public appreciation of service- 'men in the past 25 years but the attitude is still far from open hostility. Many people still hold soldiers in general esteem. Congress recently attested this fact by hik ing all service pay by nearly 6 per cent. Some areas, furthermore, are making encouraging efforts to embrace GIs. The nearby town of Laurel, as illustration, recenl ly held "a day" for 45 war casualties at a local racetrack This Christmas, there were numerous elaborately planned GI- back-slapping festivities. But still, most observers admit that this good will is nowhere on a par with that shown soldiers of previous war eras. By comparison, it's even shabby. And the situation seems to be getting worse. Says one officer: 'As the number of servicemen multiply (1 million increase in two years), the defense budget soars ($80 billion a year) and the war goes on, civilians simply have more and more reason to dislike us." Over-all, soldiers seem to accept this truism. They don't like it, but they have no alternatives. Some hope that after Vietnam their popularity w i 11 rise again. Others, though, are more realistic. One old warrior sums it up Jest. "It ain't ever," he says, "gonna be World War II again." : TRAIN BRAIN is one of hundreds of integrated circuit' logic hoards that will direct trains of San Francisco's new rapid transit system now under construction. Assembly, is Wcslinghouse product. ,. ; . FLU GET YOU? For fast relief of the aches, pains -jf and fever chills that come with colds and flu, take ST. JOSEPH ASPIRIN, full strength. \ HEALTH AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND: 1. Drink plenty of liquid. 2. Best in bed. 3. Take aspirin. ; C. S. Government-sponsored study showed: St. Joseph Aspirin. _'', is as fully effective as all 4 of the other leading brands of pain '. KM tablets.tested (including ilie higher-price asgaitt}. So... "'!' WHY PAY MORE? :; GET THE BEST FOE LESS! ^ GetSUoseph'Aspirin Astrological k Forecast * 1 By CARROLL RIGHTER to determine your torecaxt, noM . paragraph opposite, dates which include TOUT blrtb dat*- WEDNESDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES: You find that early in the day you have your best aspects for most anything that has to do with getting at the root and the truth is of importance to you, after, which you would be wise to take no chances, and to keep the promises you have made, backing- those of influence who can aid your progress.. • ARIES (Mar. 2i to Apr. 19) Handle any responsibilities cleverly since your hunches are good in dealing with others. Gain more good will through social outlets in. P.M. Tak.e loved one/along with you and make an excellent impression. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Come to a far better understanding with associates in A.M. so that business goes much better for all of you. Avoid those persons who are not reliable Do what will please kin more in P.M. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Get busy early at all those duties ahead of you bus steer clear late of an associate who could give you a rough time. Find a better modus operand! for the days ahead. Look around for a new partner, also. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to' July 21) Take a iew minutes to. plan recreation for, Hie days ahead and find some bet- ter''way, to make your mate happy. You need relief from tensions and should, get them quietly, out of your system. Be with right persons. ' LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) One who thinks very clearly can now assist you to rise to far greater heights by being .very baste, practical, yourself. See what is ailing an associate who is not acting rightly. Listen to what others have to say, also, instead of expressing your own ideas solely. : VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept.,22) Instead of criticizing" so mudi, see what you can do to be more helpful, charming to others. Make your daily business more profitably pleasant. Get .thai McNaueht right help around you. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Thinking big is the best way to get ahead in that financial deal you have cooking, and later get out. and have a fine time with dear friend. Listen to what a bigwig has to advise. Take it easy in P.M. SCORPIO (Oct. to Nov. 21) The' planets are very favorable to you right now and you are able to accomplish a great deal, but be sure to do what kin desire, of you in P.M. Be sure your drop into beauty salon, barber shop first. Then full speed ahead. -SAGITTARIUS ; (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Give attention to those personal anxieties early and then out to the recreation that you desire. Garner confidential information from a higher-up and use it wisely. Be discreet. 7CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Going directly to that fine pal for the favor you .want will mean you can get it very easily,, graciously. Look into ideal sources for the correct answers. Then you have little difficulty in getting right results. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19)) Morning is. a fine time to get in touch ; wfth one who is influential for backing you want but then get busy and do work necessary. Get into the civic work that pleases you. Follow recreational desires in P.M. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) Start making new arrangements that will assist you to get highly pleasant results in the days ahead, especially for whatever is of a personal nature.'Study different philosophies. Then you know how to proceed in some romantic affair. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY ... he, or she, will be one of those very inquisitive young people, so be sure to teach early about the facts of !if; yourself or he, of she, could get Into, some real trouble,fast,. The field or education or religion would be very fine here, especially since this could take, ymir progeny 'lo some foreign. land. Teach language!. __ Hal Boyle NEW YORK (AP) - Many men fear retirement because they say they don't know what they'd do with themselves. This is a pitiful situation. Anybody who lives merely for the sake of holding down a job hat. Headed off any rustlers off at Eagle Pass. Grown a third set of teeth. Listened to a nightingale sing. Made a parachute jump. Played poker with a Missis- might as well have been born J sippi riverboat gambler. with a saddle on his back. | Caught an alligator or shot a ' The world is full of things to shark. Lived in a Western ghost town. Smoked a peace pipe in a tee- do, and no man ever had time to more than sample the tremendous variety, available. While my own retirement lies some distance in the future—as a matter of fact it happens to be eight years,' 29 days, seven hours and 36 minutes away—I have been, doing a little preliminary planning on how to keep myself occupied when that golden time finally comes. So I made a small list of some of .the interesting things'I have been too busy up to now to try. Somewhat to my chagrin I found that so far I have never- Been shot from a circus cannon. Pickled a watermelon rind. pee. .Suffered a snake bite. Sung a duet with Julie Andrews. Won a. Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering a cure for the common cold. Danced the mazurka. Worn a beret or a jellaba. Helped a policeman deliver a baby in the subway. Been cast ashore on a desert isle ' with a red-haired, green- j eyed girl. ' Stood on a burning deck 1 whence all but me had fled. Milked a warus or slid down Ridden the rods of a freight | a giraffe's neck, train. . j Yep, there's no reason for a Paddled a canoe down the retired man to feel idle. If he Amazon. Made bootleg liquor in mountain still. Painted a sunset. Washed an elephant. Swam with a dolphin. Been rescued during an Al. pine storm by a brandy-laden St. Bernard dog. Pulled a live rabbit out of my I gets around to doing only half a the things he didn't get done • during his years in the old salt mine, he'll be kept busy through two lifetimes of retirement. Cleopatra's Needle, an obelisk i in New York City's Central: Park, was brought from Egypt.' in 1880. EVERYBODY BRINGS THE TOUGH MACHINE JOBS TO D ADLfCIYAI C Manufacturing ami DAKlUI/ALL MacAirie Worfcs 325 South,Broadway PO 2.2911 > Spring Into Spring ... HOLLAND BOLES IN BLOOM Tulips, Hyacinths and Jonquils Your BankAmerlcard Welcome Here! McADAMS GREENHOUSES 206 East Davis - Ph. 76,'i-8121 RITZ THEATRE Blyrheville, Ark. ^f meet the experts,,, COTTON-SOYBEAN-RICE CLINIC Presented By Farm Shows, Inc. IT'S WORTH $500 AN HOUR For you to attend the Profit-Building Farmer Clinic You can pick up top farming tlpi that can easily ** worth $3000 or more In added profits on your firming operation at .this lix-hour FREE program! The Clinic panel experts will discuss the latest reiearcB to show yon where agriculture is (joint. They'll also review experiences of leading farmer* to thaw you how these new farm practices work. This year TOU con be part of the trowing group of lop farmers. Yon can hear new Idecs, see new visuals, [ft your questions answered on how to butld op your farm profits fast .... by attending the Farmer Clinic! Coffee & Donuts: 8:30 A.M. Program: 9:15 a.m. Register for FREE Early Bird Prize .. REMINGTON; 12 GUAGE SHOTGUN.. tft be given away on Clinic Day. Drawing for the FREE GE TELEVISION will be given away on Clinic Day. Just register. f .-• Come Prepared to Stay All Day FREE HOT NOON MEAlS This May Be The Most Important Day In Your Life ALL BROUGHT TO YOU BYi MUf-OMUMM RIVERSIDE Qualify Products for Agriculture AMCHEM FIRST NAME INi!: HERBICIDE ) ',:••, RESEARCH ,:

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free