The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 26, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 26, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63-NO. 265 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS TASS DENOUNCES U.S. RESERVE CALL By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer The prospect that Moscow wight relent and intercede for the United States in the Pueblo crisis looked dim today. Tass, the official Soviet news Agency said Thursday that North Korea acted "rightfully," and denounced the call-up of some 14,800 U.S. air reservists as a "threatening act." • The North Koreans also talked tough. The official newspaper of the North Korean Communist Party said Friday the Pueblo's crewmen "must be punished by law." It was not clear whether this. meant the North Koreans planned to try the U.S. Navy men on some kind of charges, or world demand their punishment as the price of their being freed. Any move to try the Americans would almost certainly inflame members of Congress, some of whom already are demanding direct military action t< reclaim the ship and its men. President Johnson's approach obviously was to couple an air of determination with a readiness to use diplomacy in gaining release from Communist North Korea of the captured U.S. Navy intelligence ship and the 83 Americans aboard. The -diplomatic paths included an urgent session of the 15-nation U.N. Security Council to consider what U.S. Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg called a "grave threat to peace." In seeking the session for today, Goldberg said he hoped it would lead to the immediate return of the Pueblo and her crew. In Moscow, U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn E. Thompson, who had no luck Tuesday in persuading the Soviets to act as intermediary in the dispute with North Korea, made another call at the foreign ministry today. While the U.S. embassy made no comment on the new attempt, a Soviet source said the ambassador again was unsuc- cessful in getting the Soviet government to play some role in unraveling the crisis. This source, who cannot be identified, said his government has no Intention of getting involved. Navy sources in Washington said messages from the ship's master, Cmdr. Lloyd M. Buch- See KOREA on Page 2 VC Attacks Precede Truce STEP TWO ... — Edwin Holstead (right), chariman of the city junior college committee, and Bill Williams, committee member, go over a list of county residents who attended a meeting yes- terday to examine the feasibility of establishing a junior college in Mississippi County. Later, those who attended will be asked to become members of a county JuCo committee. (Courier News Photo). By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer "" SAIGON.(AP) - Communist forces killed 21 Americans and wounded 137 others in a rash of attacks,up and down South Vietnam in the 36 hours before the start tonight of a cease-fire proclaimed by the Viet Cong for the lunar new year festival. The targets of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese included two U.S. division headquarters bases, two airfields, an infantry patrol base and a U.S:, Marine convoy which was ambushed just below the demilitarized' zone. But at Khe Sanh, the Marine outpost in the northwest corner of the country where U.S. commanders believe the biggest Red offensive of the war is being readied, the U.S. Command said action was "limited to sporadic mortar and artillery duels." Communist forces were scheduled to start a seven-day truce at 1 a.m. Saigon 'time Saturday,, or noon EST Friday. The allies have, announced their cease-fire for Tet, the new year festival, will-run-;-for-..only 36 hours, from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. AJ. Roundup January 26 ABOUT 125 PERSONS attended the Boy Scouts Appreciation Awards Banquet at'the Holiday Inn last night. Scouts attending represented the Mississippi District of Eastern Arkansas Area Council. Col. Ralph Holland, 42nd Air Division Commander from Blytheville Air Force Base, was principal speaker. Maj. K.C. Brown, also of BAFB, was installed as district Scout commissioner, according to Floyd White, Scout executive. Jack Rbbinsion, district Scout chairman, was emcee. * BETWEEN 250 AND 300 members of Alcoholics Anonymous and their families are due in Blytheville over the weekend for a special tri-state meeting of AA. Speakers and guests from over the nation, including several from Texas, are due to attend. The affair begins with an Alanon meeting at 8 tonight. Alanon is the organization for the alcoholic's family. . . Tomorrow's session begins at 9 a.m. and closes with a coon supper tomorrow night. * THREE AWARDS WILL be presented by the local Jaycees tomorrow night at their annual Awards Banquet which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The awards will be given to-the area's outstanding young man, outstanding young farmer, and outstanding young educator for community service during i%7. * ED ALLISON of Blytheville, president of the state Young Republican League, compared the state Democratic party Thursday to a house and that has rotting timber and termites. "When a house has been standing for a long time, you have to get rid of the rotting timber and the termites that caused the rot," Allison said during a debate here with Roy Lee Hight, president of the Young Democratic Clubs. "The Republicans are just building their house and it will be young and vital." "All great presidents throughout history have been Democrats with the exception of Lincoln," Hight answered. Hight also'said that former President Wilson would probably still say that the "Republicans haven't had a new idea in SO years." * LEON CATLETT, chairman of the state Democratic party, said Thursday that he could not find anybody who is specific in their criticism of the television program, "Info '68," and added that he felt the show is hurting the Republican party. The stale Republican party recently adopted a resolution urging the Democrats to continue the program. JuCo Group Has Meeting "Slow but Sure" is the byword being used by the city committee investigating the feasibility of an area junior college, according to Edwin Holstead, chairman. Yesterday four state legislators, mayors or their, appointed representatives from Mississip- county residents, the Juco committee and two Arkansas' Commission on Coordination of High er Education officials met to assess chances for forming a junior college district. While committee members reportedly were enthusiastic over the results of the meeting, "I think we should wait at least a montii before we make our next move," Halstead said this morn- Dewey Neeley's Mother Dies Mrs. Lois Neeley of Caruthersville, Mo., died yesterday afternoon at Osceola Memorial Hospital. She was 63. The widow of Dewey Neeley of Caruthersville, she algo was the motiwr of Dewey Neeley of Osceola, president of the Mississippi County Young Democrats Club. She leaves another son, Tom Neeley of Caruthersville; And six grandchildren. Born in Camden, Tenn., she moved to Caruthesville when just a child. She was a Baptist. Services will be 2 p.m. tomorrow at Caruthersville's First Baptist Church, where she was a member. Rev. Howard Ray will officiate, assisted by Rev. Don Davidson, formerly of Osceola, now of Memphis. Burial will be in Little Prairie Cemetery at Caruthersville, Osborne Funeral Home of Hayti in charge. Pallbearers will be Julian Boyd, Jerry Boyd, Clyde Culp, Charles Hendrix, Charles Neeley and Bill Stanley. ing. The next move, he said, is to form a county committee. "We have a list of those who attended the meeting and in about a month or six weeks — no sooner than a month — we'll cotact them and see if they would like to be on a county committee. "Then we will be able to have the state people back to meet with our cojwty committee and see about forming a junior college district," he said. * * * . Holstead said he feels the committee should not rush the project because, "people need to be educated about what the junior college will accomplish. "If they don't understand it, when ttie matter comes up for a vote they'll turn it down just on the tax basis alone." * * * A bright spot of yesterday's meeting was offered by R. E. Wilson, Blytheville Air Force Base education officer. Wilson told the group that if the college became a reality, See COLLEGE on Page 2 In one of the Communist attacks Thursday night, on the . Lai Khe base where the U.S. 1st Infantry Division has its headquarters 19 miles north of Saigon, Communist troops crept to within striking distance of the officers' club, then zeroed in with grenades fired from bazookas. The roof of the club, crashed down, killing five Army officers, an American Red Cross man, two American construction men and an- 18-year-old Vietnamese girl who worked in the club. Another 21 Army men, most of them officers, were wounded. Communist troops and demolition squads slipped into the An Khe and Holloway airfields 50 miles apart in the. central highlands before dawn under tha cover of mortar fire. At An Khe they damaged at least one $2.5 million C130 cargo plane, an Army helicopter, two fire trucks and a jeep. Two U.S. and 13 Communist troops were killed and 11 U.S. troops wounded in exchanges of fire. Only light damage was reported at Hollowayj an airstrip used by Army helicopters and light planes. Twenty Americans were wounded, but enemy casualties were not known. Near the Cambodian border to the north of Lai Khe Communist gunners slammed 25 mortar rounds into a patrol base of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, killing three infantrymen and wounding another 30. In the northern 1st Corps Area, enemy'gunners lobbed 50 mortars rounds onto an artillery unit at Phu Bai, headquarters of the U.S. 3rd Marine Division. TO SPEAK - Dr. Carl Reng, president of Arkansas State University, will be principal speaker at the 1968 Chamber of Commerce banquet Jan. 30 C of C officers for '68 are Alex S. Hill, president; Bill Stovall Jr. and Graham Partlow Jr., vice-presidents; and Erie Whitley, treasurer. The Communist forces tried a ground attack at the same time, but the artillerymen drove them back with small arms and machine-guns. Ten Marines were wounded, and enemy casualties were not known. The Marine convoy was ambushed Thursday 17 miles northeast of Khe Sanh. Eight Marines were killed, 44 were wounded, and the Leathernecks counted only three enemy bodies. A U.S. spokesman said only 22 artillery and mortar rouiiris were fired at Marine forces in the Khe Sanh area Thursday, and only one Marine was wounded. But during the lull C130 cargo planes and helicopters rushed in ammunition, food and fuel to build up the Marines' supplies against the expected enemy offensive. Troops of at least two North Vietnamese divisions are to the west and south of Khe Sanh, and a major attack 'could come any time. . ••-.••' All C130 passenger flights'in Vietnam were canceled 'todays an Air Force spokesman said the planes were needed for "combat-essential airlift," most of it to Khe Sanh. '""': The American air arm kept' up its round-the-clock campaign to hamper the North Viet- See VIETNAM on Page 2 Clifford on Bomb Halt Terms \ 'Not Demanding Infiltration Halt' ' By ROBERT T. GRAY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON .(AP) .„ Clark Clifford, President ..Johnson's choice for .secretary, of. defense, says this country-isn't demanding a complete halt, to. North Vietnamese infiltration as a condition for ending U.S. bombing. Admiistration •' -sources said Clifford's statement' Thursday was a logical extension—and not a softening—of Johnson's stated policy of a bombing halt. But they ackowledged it represented a more detailed breakdown of administration policy than publicly discussed before. U.S. policymakers were reported earlier this month to be seeking firm indications from the enemy that a bombing halt would produce not only prompt peace talks but a agreement not to send any reinforcements into South Vietnam. Clifford told a Senate Armed Services Committee, which approved his nomination, (hat he did not expect the enemy to halt entirely its military activities during any bombing.pause. "Their military activity will continue in South Vietnam, I assume, until there is a cease-fire agreed upon," he said. "I assume that they will continue to transport the normal amount of goods, munitions and men to South Vietnam." He also told the committee, "I assume we will continue to maintain our forces and support our forces during that period." Johnson has set basic U.S. policy as a willingness to halt the bombing if there was chance "productive" peace talks would begin promptly and the enemy did not "take advantage of our restraint as they have in the past." The condition of not taking advantage was widely interpreted, but never spelled out officially, as including an end to any infiltration of South' Vietnam. In Clifford's stated view, not taking advantage would mean not increasing military activity over present levels. He said that outlook is cosist- ent with.Johnson's,policy. -'•'Demanding an end to the infiltration sources backing Clifford's outlook said, would be the same as .asking North Vietnam 1 to allow its troops in the South "to die on the vine." Such a condition would be totally unrealistic and sure to be See CLIFFORD on Page 2 Fulbright Raps Plight of U.S. PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Sen. J. William Fulbright, D- Ark., said Thursday night that the "deep commitments of this country and the obvious difficulties we'd have responding anywhere else" may have sparked North Korea's seizure of the Navy intelligence ship Pueblo. Fulbright, in a reference to the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, said Congress would not pass a resolution on Korea "in 24 hours." The Tonkin resolution was approved by Congress in 1964 after American destroyers were allegedly fired on by North Vietnamese gunboats while in international waters. "An intelligence ship off your coast is very irritating," Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a speech here. "Only a few months ago, our good friends, the Israelis, shot one of our ships right out of the sea. "People for some reason ob- ject to eavsdropping," he said. "North Vietnam objected to it in 1964, the Israelis objected to it and now the North Koreans are objecting to it. I don't see what was so important about the gossip to have a ship of this type go in there." Fulbright said earlier in the day that many countries could interpret the callup as mobilization—"That is, all-out war." He said he had hoped United Nations' procedures could have been employed a while longer before restoring to the callup. Fulbright said in his speech that neither he nor anyone else knew the real facts of the Pueblo incidejit. "I'll find out eventually—hi two or three or four years," Fulbright said. "We're just now finding out what took place in the Gulf of Tonkin. That's par for the course." Fulbright said he felt the North Koreans should release the ship no matter where it See FULBRIGHT on Page 2 US Carries Peace Quest to UN By CHARLES STORER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - The United States carried its quest for a peaceful solution to the Pueblo crisis to the U.N. Security Council today. Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg said the aim was the immediate return of the ship and its crew of 83 from captivity in North Korea. Goldberg requested an urgent meeting of the council after a day of talks in Washington Thursday with President Johnson and other high government officials. The council president for January, Ambassador Agha Shahi of Pakistan, set the meeting for 3:30 p.m. He had conferred until 3:30 a.m. with representatives of the 14 other council members to determine if they would agree to a meeting. Diplomats said Goldberg had let it be known he would not oppose an invitation to North Korea to participate in the debate. Neither North Korea nor South Korea is a U.N. member, but South Korea maintains an observer mission here. Goldberg, in his request for the council meeting, charged that "a grave threat to peace" had arisen from "a series of increasingly dangerous and aggressive military actions by North Korean authorities." Goldberg told .newsmen that "obviously the main purpose of this recourse to the Security Council is to see to it that the •Up and crew are returned." Another major objective, hi aaid, is to obtain compliance with the Korean armistice agreement "so that acts of terrorism such ai have been taking place will cease." Some diplomats felt the U.S. move to the Security Council opened the way to a field day for Communist propagandists. They predicted heavy attacks on the United States over the war in Vietnam and a renewal of long-standing Communist demands for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from South Korea. In the annual debates on tha Korean question in the U.N. General Assembly, the Communists also call regularly for the dissolution of the U&N. Commit- ion for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UN,CURK), but their efforts have See U.S. on Page 2 :« WMthtr Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and warmer tonight and over the Southeast Saturday. Partly cloudy to cloudy and not quite so warm Northwest Saturday. Low tonight mostly in the 40u minim

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