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BIythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Thursday, January 25, MM- Page Navy Commanders Blamed in Pueblo Incident By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense officials have dropped squarely on Navy commanders in the Pacific the responsibility f 01 not sending help to the Intelligence ship Pueblo as she faced capture off North Korea. They told newsmen Wednesday the decision against sending warplanes to the aid of the Pueblo was made by field commanders without asking Washington. "There was no request from field commanders to Washington to take any steps," the offi- cials said, and no instruction* were sent from Washington to the ship. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara got the word of the Pueblo's troubles at 12:23 a.m. EST Tuesday, only 9 minutes before the Navy vessel sent its final message, otficials said. * * * By that time, according to the Pentagon's chronology, th« Pueblo had been boarded by North Korean sailors for about 38 minutes and ordered to follow Communist patrol boats into Wonsan Harbor. The Pentagon has said Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher, skipper of th« email, lightly-armed Pueblo, asked for help only once—when the boarding began. This was 1 hour and 45 minutes after the Pueblo first was challenged by a Red patrol craft and ordered to heave to. The Defense Department said Tuesday that "time and distance factors made it impossible to respond to the .call that was made when the ship was being boarded." But under questioning Wednesday, Defense Department officials introduced a note of uncertainty by saying they were unable to state why field commanders did not send aid. These officials assumed the commanders had considered such factors as the potential enemy force on alert, Kie possible enemy/ reaction to the commitment of U.S. planes and the location o! available U.S. air- power, among other things. This implied the likelihood the United States could muster only a relatively small covey of jet fighters for a rescue operation, and that they might have met heavy opposition close to North Korea's home grounds. There is a force of 18 U.S. Air Force jets at two bases in South Korea and some sources have suggested (hey could not have been made ready in time lo have done the Pueblo much good. Another three U.S. squadrons totaling sonic 54 planes are stationed in Japan. * + + The defense officials—who disclaimed any intent to "conceal a foulup" if there was one —spoke of field commanders, but made it clear they meant Navy commanders to whom Bucher was subordinate. "He reports to the Navy all the way through," said one offi- cial. He said he was unable to narrow the term field commander, but acknowledged the chain of command over the Pueblo goes at least as high as the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, Adm. U.S. Grant Sharp. As over-all Pacific commander, Sharp would have authority to order Air Force units into action to aid the intelligence-gathering ship. T!ie Pentagon officials refused to discuss any standing orders Bucher had with him but did disclose the skipper is allowed some discretion in how to meet situations. On Tuesday, th« Pentagon said Bucher did not ask for special instructions when he was confronted by the North Korean threat. As things stand, there still is no explanation as to why the Pueblo's skipper wiated until the was being boarded to appeal for help. Navy sources suggested Bucher might not have been alarmed by the first contact because, during more than 10 days in international waters off North Korea, his ship had been approached often by Red patrol boats .without being threatened. Parts of H-Bomb Found on Ice By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. nuclear scientists in Greenland assume that one or more of four missing hydrogen bombs ruptured in Sunday's-B52 crash, strewing uranium' or plutonium over an icy bay, sources report. The report followed Wednesday's official disclosure that 51CU Uliv^ia »**« WMI*** ••w»j*~» — —was characterized as negligible. The Pentagon says it is alpha radiation which does not penetrate the skin. The only precaution necessary for men working in the area is to wash their foot- Hardware" because, as a spokesman put it, "it isn't what nieces of at least one of the sled drivers and other helpers I pieces as "weapons-associated weapons had been found at the -- -*—•«">'•* « ««•"«"• «ardware» because, as a crash site seven miles southwest of Thule Air Force Base. ".Since there is radiation on the ice and on the parts we are assuming that at least one of the bombs ruptured," an official said. The radiation — detected on the boots of scientists their dog- gear after work. The Pentagon's latest statement referred to the bomb Sources said scientists could not determine immediately whether the pieces came from the layman would normally j (lie same bomb. Less than a think of as part of a bomb." The small parts were catego- rizd as pieces of the "bomb assembly." No other details were given. The interior composition of an atomic weapon is top secret. Thieu Speaks Bombing Hard Line By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON (AP) — President Nguyen Van Thieu said that the bombing of North Vietnam can be stopped only after the North .Vietnamese halt "all their aggressive activities." Commenting on nearly three years of raids against North version, sabotage and terror-1 San Antonio speech last Septem i.~ - her and his State of the Union ism... "Therefore, the bombing of North Vietnam can be stopped only after North Vietnam has stopped all their aggressive activities..." Thieu in . a broadcast, televised speech told a joint session Vietnam by U.S. warplanes, j of the Senate and House of Rep- ber and his State of the Union message on Jan. 17 seems to me very realistic in requesting solid guarantees before the bombing of North Vietnam could stop." Tlu'eu said he has already actively explored the avenues which may lead to fruitful nego- Vietnamese .views are not al-lnamese authorities, VIt!Uloin Uy U.iJ. w«Jii««MWO) i w* t«e wnins**** »•*** ••««•»,—• ~» ».- r . u , — Thieu said the bombing is "the| resentatives that U.S. and South j tiatibns with the North Viet- response to the whole apparatus " : -'— '-— — "" f ='-'"»-«« ...thnr!ti« » of Communist aggressive activities, including Communist infiltration across the borders as well as guerrilla attacks, sub- ways identical even if they are allies. But tie said'the "position of President Johnson on peace "I believe strongly that the war in Vietnam logically should be discussed, in the first place, 01 rresiaeiu juimsun vm pcav.^ we M»B\.**QO*«, i« »>>~ »*««.. r-—» negotiations, as stated in his | among the leaders of both North and South Vietnam." Thieu, in what was viewed as criticism of peace moves by the United States and others, had told local newspaper editors last week South Vietnam must Slave the center role in any dealings with the Communists. This view was echoed Wednesday by Foreign Minister Tran Van Do, who said South Vietnam will not recognize peace proposals from the United Nations or any other third party in which Saigon does not take part. Pueblo Problem Tied with Viet War? By JAMES MARLOW 'AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) Trying to guess at this moment what the North Koreans and the North Vietnamese Communists are up to is like trying to guess why Santa Glaus always looks fat. It's a bit of a fantasy. The reason is simple: Nothing positive has been disclosed yet about the motives behind their most recent actions. immediately: That the capture]is peanut* compared with some was part of ....... 11 loll Ulc vapbUic | IB ]^cmiui*j vwnijj«*• *•»• TI«V»» u ~-"~ applet'worked out,of the guessing about North gan. with North Vietnam to add to tile pressure on this country to make peace in Vietnam, for otherwise it might befaced with a war in Korea, too. But before any guess is sensible one question has to be answered beyond dispute, and that hasn't happened yet: Was the American ship in international waters, where she would have a 1USL ICUCIIL cu,viuiii>. i ' ^ This week the North Koreans | right to be, or was she in captured the USS Pueblo, a I reauterritorial waters, spying Navy intelligence-gathering ship loaded with electronics, and her .crew of 81 plus two civilians off the Korean coast. You rally need a crystal ball on this one. One idea comes to mind 'On a Trip Acid Man' BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Police said they year-old youth arrested a Sunday as 14- on Korea? There's not much doubt about the spying. The ship was equipped for that. The North Koreans say the Pueblo was in their territorial waters and issued what they say is a "confession" by the American skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd Mark Bucher, admitting his ship was perched nude oh a rock in Gregory Canyon shouting letters of the alphabet. The policemen said the youth was spotted on the rock about 200 feet up one side of the canyon. The officers said they climbed up behind him and grabbed him as he was about jump. They recovered his clothes nearby and took him to a hospital where a doctor administered a tranquilizer and placed him in a straight jacket. Hospital attaches said his only response to questions was "on a trip, acid man." There was no identification in his clothes but police later iden tified the boy as a pupil at a jun ior high school. His name was not disclosed because of his age. he spying within Korean territorial waters. The Defense Department quickly 'called . the alleged "confession" a "travesty on the facts" and that, judging by the kind of language used," Bucher couldn't have written the kind Of statement attributed to him. But—at the White House President Johnson's press secretary, George Christian, was something less than positive about where the ship was. "To the best of our informa tion," Christian said, it was in international waters. He refused to be more positive. This brings up the memory of the American U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This government at first denied the plane was on a spy mission, tried to say it was simply gathering weather informs. tion. . The Soviets had too much evidence and a few days later the United States admitted th? plane had been spying. But.the guessing on this Korean episode Vietnam. For weeks, perhaps months, there has been this kind of guessing: North Vietnam believes public feeling in this country is so intensely antiwar that Johnson is bound to be defeated in this 'ear's election and that then maybe business can be done with his Republican successor. Until then, as this particular guess sees it, the North Vietnamese have decided they must continue the war doggedly. But here's a soft spot in this think- ng. Of the four Republicans alked of as possible presiden- ial candidates,.three are generally behind Johnson on the war. They are former Vica President Richard M. Nixon, New York's _. .'". Nelson A. Rockefeller, and California's Gov. Ronald Rea- BEARDED LADY doesn't mind mow in the face. She's Marjitta K«J«imrt who lm« jnit won M elimination contest in Finland «d will fkl ta the Wtater jOtynptei Th« Union Wins KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) When more than 20 nonunion construction workers entered the site where Disney World is being built Monday about 300 striking workers formed the intruders into ranks and marched them off, the Osceola County sheriff's office said. The nonunion workers were forced to, chant: "Tbt union orced to tehwilg; c'tyh union wins. We won't be back ig«ln," according to deputies. No, arrests were made. dozen chunks of bomb were found. Search teams have barely had a chance lo go over the area. A source estimated the actual amount of search time since Sunday as four to five hours. Arctic darkness has shrouded the scene most of the time. And stormy weather forced cancellation of the 64-hour dogsled trip from the coast to the impact area Wednesday. There are only about two hours "sub-twilight" each day in the polar darkness. Nor is the ice flat. "It's more like a stormy ocean with the waves frozen in place," said one official. The air-force bomber apparently disintegrated. Bits of debris and what appears to be "fuel-burn pattern" extend over an area 50 by 500 yards. Sources acknowledged the possibility that the bombs are imbedded in the seven-foot thick ice covering North Star Bay or perhaps at the bottom of its 800-foot depth. If so, any search could extent longer than the 80 days the Navy spent retrieving anothe The fourth, Michigan's Gov.jhydrogn bomb off th Spanish n 1 "1 „ ..11 • sinnr.t in 1 OR R TllQ inO fTUrPTMniT George Romney, has been all over the lot on the war but vEry recently backed Johnson on continued bombing of the Nortli. All kinds of hocus-pocus can be read into North Vietnam's persistent refusal to accept Johnson's condition for ending the bombing: That the North must give some assurance .it would then be willing to talk peace quickly. What could be the motives behind the refusal. Several come 1 to mind: That the North Vietnamese are not anxious to-end the war; that the longer the war, the more antiwar sentiment in Us country will pressure Johnson into malting concessions; or that they're just : mumbling about peace to make themselves took good in the eyes of the world. cpast in 1966. The ice covering North Star Bay does not thaw until about June. .. If the bombs don't turn up on the surface, wiat is .the nex step? "Right now we just don't hav a thorough estimate of the mag nitude of the job," an officia said. "We're trying to get an idea of how much area we wi be looking over. It's too soon I be worrying about what's in th ice or in the water." . The U.S. has more than 75 ex perls at Thule, including Strate gic Air Command officers, nu clear and demolitions teams plane crash investigation off cers and radiation detectio personnel. Denmark, also has sent i four scientists .to check on the radiation hazard. Greenland is a Danish possession. NOTICE Reprc$entqtiye$ of Moorhead's City Directory will be in your neighborhood and will be calling at your home during the next month. You are urged to cooperate with these workers in order to insure Blytheville's having another successful city directory. The new directory will be published in the spring. MOORHEAD DIRECTORY George F. Bass * Hugh F. Downey Frank K. Ellis Alexander Gottschalk Cream of the Crop ore Hies* men, selected by The Unified Stales Jaycets as America's Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1967. Honorees are George F. Bass, 35, Philadelphia, Pa., underwater orche- ologist; Hugh F. Downey, 26, Kansas City, Mo., international relations humanitarian; Lt. Cmdr. Frank K. Ellis, 34, Orange Park, Flo., amputee on active Navy duty with NASA; Dr. Alexander Gortscholk, 35, Chicago, director of research to use nuclear energy for treatment of disease;; Donald J. Greve, 34, Oklahoma City businessman, mission?: ory and civic leader; Nicholas Johnson, 33, Washington, D.C., Federal Communications Commissioner; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, 35, Massachusetts, youngest member of. the U.S. Senate arid sponsor of important legislation; Dr. Paul D. Pdrkmon, 35, Kensington, Md., developer of measlei vaccine; Rep. Donald W. Riegle Jr., 29, Flint, Mich., cred. ited with contributing new approaches for solving current, governmental problems; and James A. Skidmora Jr., 35, Berkeley Heights, N.J., executive recognized for helping others solve community problems here and 'abroad. Donald J. Greve Nicholas Johnson Edward M. Kennedy Paul D. Parbnan Donald W. Riegle Jr. James A. SlddmoreJn M WORLD IN 196] For still another year we are offering you a volume of "instant history" that may well become a classic. ... 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