BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO, 84 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1968 18 PAGES 10 CENTS Third F111 Is Wheeler Backs Aircraft Shelters By BOB HORTON »5 Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. Earle G. Wheeler says the enemy has destroyed or damaged $1.32.5 million in U.S. aircraft on the ground in Vietnam—a toll he contends could have been drastically cut by use of shelters. . Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told inquiring senators that special protective shelters now proposed for European-based U.S. planes could have held these plane and helicopter losses in Vietnam to about $7 million. . . The Pentagon has decided against providing anything more than side-walled barricades, with no roofs> for aircraft in Vietnam because the enemy doesn't operate bombers over the South. Wheeler said the total cost of aircraft wiped out by hostile ground fire between Jan. 1, 1964 and Feb. 9, 196? amounted to $94,033,000. This included 122 planes and helicopters destroyed by enemy mortars, recoilless rifles, satch- el charges or small-arms fire, Wheeler said. , • : In addition, 590 other planes and helicopters were damaged in 1966 and 1967j requiring $38.5 million in repairs, he said. Wheeler also disclosed that during ,the major thrust of the Viet Cong's ;Tet. holiday offensive last Jan,-29-Feb.;i t .y;S. : air units suffered: heavily. ..;.;., In an estimate drawn up during the first week of February, he figured the enemy: destroyed 38 aircraft, including 15 planes and 23 helicopters, dealt major damage to 154 others—32 planes and 122 choppers—and caused minor damage to 198 craft — 53 planes arid 145 helicopters. The Pentagon is seeking congressional approval this year to spend about $17.3 million on building 60 steel-and-concrete aircraft shelters'at NATO facilities in Europe. Congress has previously balked at this -idea on grounds the United States would be building fixed installations in Europe when there is some pressure for bringing American forces home. COMMUNISM THROUGH IN CHINA? Red Journal Lashes Mao By HENRY S. BRADSHER MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet, Communist party said today there is a clear possibility communism might be overthrown in China. ,. .., to a strong attack on Mao Tse-tung's policies, the Soviet party's theoretical journal said, "The very existence of the Communist party of China...' is now at stake.. ..'.•. . .. ....... "Already clearly in sight is the danger of a change in the nature of the government in the country and, hence, a real danger to the Socialist (Communist) gains of the Chinese revolution,", the journal Kommunist •aid. '.'"' The article indicated that the danger of communism's being overthrown was an internal one. It suggested that Mao's policies had created such discontent that his'ouster and the destruction of his party were possible. After the failure of the "great leap forward" in the late 1950s, Kommunist said, "Mao Tse- tung's authority and the belief in his infallability began waning in the party and among the people." j To evercome this, Mao adopted an- increasingly dictatorial policy, militarizing life and in- •resiiaf MM Mb si UM ami, By LEWIS M.SIMONS i . Associated Press Writer SAIGON. (APj — Another U.S. Air Force ; P111- fighter-bomber crashed Monday night while on its way to or from a bombing mission against North Vietnam, but the U. S. Command said it was believed down somewhere in Thailand. The command said it had no other information on the plane or its two crewmen. . It was the third of America's most advanced warplanes to crash in the Vietnam theater since six of the $6 million, swing-wing aircraft arrived at an air base in Thailand.March 17. The second of the previous crashes was in northern Thailand on March 28; the crew was rescued and the wreckage recovered. That crash was attributed to a capsule of sealing material getting lodged in the flight controls. ; The first plane that crashed, on March 28, is -believed to have gone down in a remote section of Thailand also. Following the first two crasn- es, the other four Fills were grounded until two replacements were flown from;Nevada. The squadron resumed combat missions against North Vietnam April 12 and have been bombing every night since then. A U.S. spokesman said the Fills flew four missions against North Vietnam's panhandle Monday night, but he would not say how many planes were on each mission. . In the ground war, South Vietnamese infantry reported 115 •Viet Cong killed in a battle 20 miles south of Saigon Monday, but there was no sign of the major enemy attack on the capital feared fay the South Vietnamese. The South .Vietnamese said troops of their 7th Infantry Division fought for an hour with a Viet Cong unit of unknown size in the Mekong Delta. Seven Sputlf .Vietnamese were reported killed and 47 wounded. Enemy gunners also shelled installations more than 40 miles south and east of Saigon today, but close to the city there was no evidence . of activity . that might signal the big offensive anticipated by the South Vietnamese command. Government forces in the capital and in neighboring .provinces were put on full alert Monday after a North Vietnamese defector said the Communist command planned an enemy attack with all the punch of the Tet offensive :in February. Elsewhere in the war: Three American paratroopers Were killed and 22 were wounded Monday night when four 105mm howitzer rounds fired by . a U.S. artillery unit fell short, U.S. headquarters said. The artillery was firing in support of a paratroop unit near Phuc Binh, 29 miles northeast of Saigon. U.S. B52: bombers continued their relentless pounding of North Vietnamese positions in the A Shau Valley west of Hue. The: giant : bombers made five .more raids there Monday afternoon and a sixth this morning. The A Shau Valley, stretching along the Laotian border 370 miles north of Saigon, has been hammered daily, in recent weeks by the B52s in one of the most intense bombing campaigns of the .war. Such bombings in the past have been a prelude to allied ground offensives. . The valley, one of the terminals of the Ho Chi Minn Trail, has long been a ; major infiltra- . tion route for the North Vietnamese. ! : •• ; , In the air war against North Vietnam, American fighter- bombers hit enemy gun positions, truck convoys,: railroads and other,targets south of the 19th Parallel Monday.... : The U.S. Command said the deepest penetration of the day was an attack on railroad installations; about three miles south of the limit set by President Johnson. M«o Tse-tun* fanning nationalist passions and inflating his own "cult of personality," Kommunist said. At the same time, he tried to divert attention from internal problems by criticizing other Communist parties, the article said. It also accused Mao of "staging military provocation* to ag-, gravate the international situation." The summary of the article did not specify what these King Sr. Threatened DETROIT (AP) - Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. says he received a threatening telephone call the day after his son was buried, and, "I'll have to listen now since they did make good." "But," he said, "I'm still unafraid. I'm going to preach continually as I always have." He said he has been getting "dangerous calls" for s long time. The elder king, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta,: spoke at a news confer-/ eooe to Detroit Monday. FALL GUYS-Workmen are pressing to complete a 50-unit housing building, housing service facilities and two apartments Twenty-five of the- 1 " 1 project by this fall, according to Elbert Johnson of Ruddle Heights Inc. 50 units will be two-bedroom, and the remaining 25 will be three-bedroom " The $400,000 contract calls for building six, two-story buildings with eight Johnson said. (Courier News Photo) '• ' units per building, Johnson said. The project also will feature a single-story i...,* Pageant Heralds Church Merger^ By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer DAI1AS, Tex (P) — Two families of Christians today joined hands—literally and symbolically—in a vast pageant uniting them into a single denomination, the United Methodist Church. "AH praise to our redeeming Lord, who joins us by His grace," sang the • assembly in Dallas Memorial Auditorium after the newly combined body was formally declared established. •..-,.... .' .,. It is the largest Protestant merger yet in an -era '.of. multi- pi y i n g interdenominational mergers. It unites the Methodist Church'and the Evangelical United Brethren Church into a denomination of more than 11 million adult members in this country. ' • Prayers, processions and chanted litanies marked the occasion. Flags of many nations bedecked the big arena, before a towering cross. The climactic moment came when E.U B. Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, of Indianapolis, and Methodist Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke, of .New York, clasped hands, and pronounced in unison: "Lord of the church, we are united in Thee, in Thy church, including the/Bible." Methodist Bishop Donald Harvey Tippett of San Francis- co, presided for the service, with a score of other prelates, clergymen and lay people taking special roles. "We are no longer our own, but thine," the assemblage vowed in reciting a covenant of their union. "Put us to what thou wilt .. and the covenant which we have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven." In a sermon for the gathering; the Rev. Dr. Albert C. Outler See CHURCH on Page 5 April 23 W. R. NICHOLSON, STATE representative from Mississippi County yesterday filed for re-election to position two in District 18, which is Mississippi County. Nicholson," 49, is from Osceola and a member of the agriculture, insurance and labor committees of the House of Representatives. He is seeking a second term. • DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS will meet Friday at 10:30 a.m. in First National Bank to hear plans for Cotton Promotion Week from Richard Rose, area chairman. • ELECTING A POLICY ADVISORY GROUP will be discussed 2 p.m. Friday in the Dell School cafetqrium and parents who will have children entering school in September are being encouraged to attend, according to Mildred Long, elementary principal. At the same meeting the school's Head Start program will be discussed, she said. Also from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. the same day, pre-school registration will be held at the principal's office, she said. . Items each parent must bring for the .registration include the child's birth certificate and record of all immunizations. .. •• ;• -•• • . . i •• ' ATTY. GEN. JOE PURCELL halted any speculation Monday that he would run for governor by announcing fie would seek re-election. Purcell would not say whether he had seriously considered running for governor but said Hiat "nobody's presence in the governor's race had any Influence ova; my decision." Purcell said that he had every intention of seeking a second term when he was elected in 1966. "I have not;changed my mind in this respect and I am now formally announcing that I .will be a candidate for re-election." . ". ..,••••• ..•.•'..•,.'• ' . FRANK MILLER, a student at State College of Arkansas who was defeated for the presidency of the Young Democrat Clubs by Don Trumbo of Fayetteville, said Monday that the Democratic party "lost the most" by Trumbo's election. : Miller charged that the election of Trumbo was preplanned. ' "I thought the influential leaders In the state played too big a part in it the YDC convention," Miller f«ld. "They did it to g«t control of the Young Democrat*, but they didn't do it. ; Miller said Trumbo's election would benefit Frank Whitbeck, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Rep, Wilbur Mills, B-ArkV twt toe "Rockefeller group." Colonel Battles Cemetery Blight By JAY SHARBUTT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A retired Army colonel, incensed over the placing of portable latrines near graves at Arlington National Cemetery, is wan-ing to remove them from public view. But as of Monday, the private war of Col. Zebulon L. Strickland Jr. against the chemical latrines had been for naught. "I'm just going around in a bu- reaucratic swirl," he growled The 53-year-old former artillery officer from Montgomery, Ala, said the battle began April 9 when he noticed one of the offending latrines about 10 paces from a grave. He said he complained about it to cemetery officials and it was removed after more than a week—only to turn up later near another grave in the 420-acre cemetery. Strickland said he didn't know JC's Search For Beauties In support of National Cotton Promotion Week, May 13 through May 18, the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a beauty pageant on May 11 to select Miss Blytheville of 1968, according to E. L. Dunn, Jaycee project chairman. The contest will be held in the Blytheville High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and is open to all single girls age 16 through 26. who have never been married and who are residents of Blytheville, Dell, Gosnell, Luxora and the surrounding area, Dunn said. Entrants will be judged solely en beatify and pol», There will be no talent required, Dunn added. The contest will be divided Into ••.<*• divisions, swim suit and evening gowns, and the choice 1 of. each entrants' swim suit will be left up to the individual contestant, Dunn said. The beauty chosen as Miss Blytheville will be selected' by a panel of three judges who have not yet been named, but who will not be residents of the immediate area around Blytheville, contest officials said. The winning contestant will be awarded a $300 all-cotton wardrobe donated from various area merchants. Her reign will be one year, Dunn continued. Contest rules require that a prospective participant in the beauty pageant submit a .completed entry blank, a recent photo, and a $10 entry fee to Mrs. Bob White at 100 West Pecan on or before May 10, of- See CONTEST on Page I for whose use the chemical latrines were intended, although' he thought they might be used! by workers who tend the final resting place of the nation's military dead. ; No cemetery administrator was available for comment late; Monday. "They don't seem to realize 1 that a temporary desecration of I a grave is just as bad as a per-: manent desecration," Stric'k-1 land said, .leading newsmen oivi brief tour of the cemeteryj grounds. ;:'"*j He pointed out a'grey ehemi- 1 cal latrine seven paces from 'the; grave of an Army Air Corps ser-; geant killed in 1944 and another; painted in white enamel and! bearing the .company name of "Don's Johns". ;;,-: Tlie second was 16 paces fron} the grave of an Ohio private who served in World War I and! was buried in Arlington in I965i "Disgraceful," snapped -Itifl colonel. .. ;..-«• The colonel, who began sStt years of Army service as a pjjj vate in the Alabama National Guard, said his head-on 3B- proach has failed and he wHJ change his tactics. 32£ Strickland, who now livesgB nearby McClean, Va., warhecB "My frontal assault haii failed, but I don't like to fail a mission." ,S iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinii Weather Forecast Clear tonight and partly cloudy Wednesday. Cooler through Wednesday. Low tonight near 40 northwest to 52 southeast.
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