Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 24, 1970 · Page 7
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 24, 1970
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There Could Be More, Laird Indicates Raid on Red POW Camp Result of Frustrated Diplomatic Efforts WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is keeping its options open on the possibility of more commando raids to free American prisoners similar to the daring but fruitless weekend mission just 23 miles from Hanoi, according to Pentagon sources. In describing the almost fiction-like raid to newsmen Monday, Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Lair said the commandos were sent far beyond the North Vietnamese border because of frustrated diplomatic efforts to free captive Americans. "We shall continue to make •very effort to free our prisoners/' Laird said during a news conference. "This mission, this daring mission . . . .. .," he went on, "does show our dedication to these men and we will do everything that we can in our power to accomplish their early release." When asked later if this meant more raids, the Pentagon source declined to rule tihem out, saying officials weren't closing the door on the possibility. Laird himself had hinted at possible similar tactics in the future during his opening remarks Monday when he told of preparing contingency plans for commando raids in the face of Hanoi's refusal to negotiate the POW issue. Laird's description of the Saturday raid—made even more dramatic by the presence of the newsmen by total surprise as he related how specially trained Army and Air Force volunteers flew helicopters through enemy fire in post-midnight darkness to land right in the suspected prisoner of war compound. "Regrettably the rescue team discovered the camp had recently been vacated," Laird said in solemn tones. "No prisoners were located." But, he went on, "If there had been prisoners in the compound at Son Tay, they would be free men today." \ Colorado Couple Visits L. Rupipers (Times Herald News Service) WESTSIDE - Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Calandrella of. Colorado Springs, Colo., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rupiper. Sunday, they all attended the 60fch wedding adversary of Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Sohmitz at Arcadia. Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Erpa Voege and Gary were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Miller and David of Omaha. Spending Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Nobiling were Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Onken and family of Yale. Laird said he ordered the raid with the knowledge and blessing of President Nixon after receiving new informa< tion "that some of our men were dying in prisoner of war camps." The undercover mission was the first mounted to liberate a POW camp in North Vietnam, although, as Laird indicated, helicopters have often flown north of the demilitarized zone to rescue downed American pilots. In spite of Laird's dour description of the danger facing U.S. prisoners held by Hanoi and his fear for their lives, the commando raid, plus the earlier disclosures of U.S. retaliatory bombing of antiaircraft sites, set off some of the angriest Senate debate since early summer. War policy critics reacted with surprise and skepticism, and asked whether the administration has given up on negotiating the prisoners' release. Defending the administration's action, Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., said the negotiations have failed. Immediately, iit was asked whether the commando act would bring retaliation by North Vietnam. The White House answered: "The United States would hold the leaders of North Vietnam personally responsible" for any reprisals taken against U.S. prisoners as a result of tine unsuccessful rescue effort. Describing the operation, Laird said the raiders hit the camp at 2 a.m., Hanoi time, about the same time some 250 U.S. war planes were striking missile, antiaircraft and supply targets in North Vietnam's Southern Panhandle below the 19tlh parallel. Navy planes dropped lighting flares off the North Vietnamese coast above the parallel as a diversionary tactic to draw attention from the helicopter-borne commando force. Although the "protective reaction" air strikes to the south may have helped confuse the North Vietnamese, Laird emphasized they were not intended as a cover for the rescue operation. The raiders, according to accounts given by Lair and Pentagon sources, apparently went undetected by flying in under enemy radar, and drew fire only when they were over the camp. They were aided by an almost moonless night. The first helicopter Intentionally crasfolanded inside the prison compound and the raiders, including some Army Green Berets, destroyed the guard tower. Other helicopters followed. Every building was searched and the locks broken on the detention cells, but no prisoners were found. Enemy resistance was light. Leading the attack was Army Col. Arthur D. Simons, 52, an in fantryman and former Green Beret commander who was introduced by Laird at the news conference along with Air Force Brig. Gen. LeRoy J. Manor, 49, charged with overall command of the operation. Both officers, Laird said, arrived in Washington earlier in the day from Saigon and were later taken to the White House and commended personally by the President. "We caught them completely by surprise," said Simons, adding that his team suffered but one casualty — a man wounded by rifle fire from a Chinese-made AK47. Everyone got out safely, he said. Asked if his group killed any of the North Vietnamese during the hour they were on the ground, he replied, "I imagine so," but added his men did not stop to count bodies. Manor said no evidence was found of American graves, but noted it was dark and "we were not searching for that." No information was given as to the size of the raiding party, the number of helicopters used or where they came from. Laird said contingency plans for a prisoner rescue attempt were drawn up several months ago "in the face of the continued and adamant refusal of the other side either to abide by the provisions of the Geneva Convention or to participate in meaningful negotiations on the exchange of prisoners of war." The camp at Son Tay was chosen, Laird explained, because "we were reasonably confident that we could land this force at this location." Manor said the camp had been abandoned for "several weeks." It was left unclear why North Vietnamese troops were still there. Asked about the failure of U.S. intelligence in not knowing the camp had been emptied, Laird replied that locating POW compounds is a tough assignment even with the constant use of reconnaissance planes. "The situation was such, however, that we were reasonably confident that this particular location had been used." In making his startling disclosure, the defense secretary emphasized "this was the only operation that took place north of the 19th parallel this past weekend." 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You could be the winner. Come to any registration center at the left of this ad and register any day you are in downtown Carroll. This Week's Prize $175 BE IN CARROLL EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 3 P .M. No purchase necessary and you do not have to be present to be a prize winner. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS There will be one winner each' week. The name of the winner will be drawn from the previous week's registration up to 5 p.m. each Tuesday before that drawing. Registrations afar 5 p.m. each Tuesday will be eligible for the following week's drawing. All registrations will be destroyed after each week's drawing and participants must register each week to be eligible for every drawing. Winners will be announced at 3:00 P.M. every Wednesday over KCIM. To qualify for the prise the winner must identify himself in any participating store within 2 minuutes of the 3:00 P.M. announcement. If the person whose name is drawn qualifies for the prixe, he will be awarded $100.00 in script or whatever the amount of the current prisa. If the person whose name is drawn does not qualify for the $100.00 prize, ha will receive a consolation award of $25.00 in script. If the week's winner received only $25.00 in script, the remaining prize script not awarded will be added to the next week's prize. All prizes will be claimed at the Carroll Chamber of Commerce office. Only persons sitxeen years of age and older will be eligible to win these prizes. Decision of the judges in all cases will be final. Owners and managers of Carroll retail establishments and their immediate families ore not eligible to participate in this promotion. Carroll retail establishment employees are net eligible ta register in their awn place of employment and must register elsewhere. hit targets north of the 19th parallel. Asked if revealing the prisoner rescue attempt compromised future missions of this type, a Pentagon official said that "was one of the things we had to Times Herald, Carroll, la. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1970 weigh. There were some who wanted to talk about it and some who didn't." North Vietnam claimed the air strikes—said by Laird to be in retaliation for the downing of an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance jet Nov. 13—'hit targets in the Hanoi-Haiphong area, killed civilians and wounded a number of Americans in a POW camp well north of the 19th parallel. The Pentagon spokesman* Jerry W. Friedham, said pilots were under orders not to attack populated areas or fly above the 19th parallel. Air Force, Marine and Navy planes participated in the raids and all returned safely, Freidheim said. OF CARROLL on the Mall in downtown Carroll ^ YO^ SPECIAL Panty Hose SPECIAL Slip into a sheer, dear little nothing of a pantyhose . .. 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