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a pteoe to grcwr Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 101—No. 278 Return Postag* Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, 51401, Wednesday, November 25,1970—Sixteen Pages Two Sections Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for 50 Cents Per Week single Copy Questions on Rescue Mission Unanswered Sy JOHN LENGEL (Associated Press Writer) WASfflNGTON (AP) - The Pentagon Tuesday added only tantalizing shreds of detail to the prison raid at Son Tay, opening fertile areas for speculation, but leaving the Chief questions unanswered. For instant*, leaders of the commando force, an Air Force brigadier and an Arrny colonel, were both stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Was, then, the force raised and rehearsed in the states, or, tay, in the Canal Zone, and taken as a unit to a stag* ing area at the last moment for security purposes? "It was a rather elaborate operation," said Pentagon spokesman Jerry Friedheim. "There, was meticulous training and the training occurred at several places." Why isn't further detail provided? The idea of assaulting a prison camp was disclosed by Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird. While surprise is important isn't there room for detail on such things as the size of the camp and eyewitness accounts from some of the men who took part in a raid that is now history? "There are some pretty severe security problems involving fihe men who went in and the prisoners," Laird answered. "It would compromise intelligence sources and the safety of those involved." This much of the picture has been supplied by official accounts and questioning in the last two days: Army and Air Force volunteers—one report suggests a force of 40—sped in helicopters across the North Vietnamese delta to the compound at the Red River bank town of Son Tay, 20 miles west of Hanoi. The raid was a complete surprise. It was 2 a.m., with only a quarter moon. A chopper was purposely crash- landed in the compound to make sure the force got inside. At least 30 missiles were fired at the helicopters. There was some ground fire, too. Somehow a guard tower was destroyed. The volunteers fired their weapons when they had to, perhaps killing some of the compound defenders. One volunteer was nicked by an enemy rifle round. The force was inside for less than an hour, ripping open cells witih chain saws, cutting torches and lock snips, finding crude conditions but no Americans. Probably the force met at a point outside the compound for helicopter pickup. Since a "large percentage" of the 459 official prisoners of Hanoi were hoped to be rescued a much larger attack force probably was ready. Delicate coordination would have been needed so as to not bunch up helicopters in the danger zone. Evidently it can be supposed the helicopters kept close to the ground to avoid radar detection as long as possible and make antiaircraft fire less effective. It is more likely the choppers came from over the mountains, perhaps from bases in Thailand. This would provide more radar security. Navy carriers would provide more initial security but, the choppers would be more detectable once they were airborne. The helicopters, maybe big Air Force Jolly Green Giant rescue choppers, armored and with a long range, could have reached speeds of 100 miles an hour. These suppositions are supported by the fact an Air Force officer, Brig. Gen. LeRoy J. Manor, was in over-all command. Hie makeup o' the force, it is likely, was heavily Green Beret. The ground leader, Army Col. Arthur Simons, 52, known as "The Bull," has a dossier full of elite assignments starting with the rangers in World War II and including the Special Forces' SOG—Studies and Observation Group—in Vietnam. "SOG" was reputed in Vietnam to make regular forays into Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam sometimes with all American forces, sometimes with Vietnamese Nung and Cambodian mercenaries. None of this was ever discussed publicly by the military. Sources insist Green Beret attempts have been made before to free U.S. prisoners in North Vietnam. Laird denies it. None of these efforts was ever said, even in rumor, to have been successful. Pentagon spokesmen have left the door open for more Son Tay's. They seem to want hi reserve every option. They will not even address these questions: In what way were conditions "crude?" Why were locks on cells jimmied if the cells were empty? Why were empty cells locked in the first place? Why was an empty prison camp guarded? Could it be that the prisoners had been moved only several hundred yards away? "A key factor in the final decision to launch the search and rescue mission was the new information that we received this month that some of our men were dying in prisoner of war camps," Laird said. The Pentagon said Tuesday it has learned unofficially that 22 men have died in the North. There is no official Pentagon figure on these deaths. The only official Pentagon list shows 17 Americans dying in captivity in South Vietnam. I'lliili'i.:.,' ,'i: ..in'.' —Staff Photo A preliminary budget for the 971-1972 school year of $1,343,491.55 has been approved by he Carroll Community School district Board of Education. :t represents an increase of be- ;ween five and six per cent over ast year's asking, Superintendent Allen N. Stroh repdrted Wednesday. The board approved the bud- jet Monday night but the figures were not completed until later Tuesday. The present year's budget is $1,261,237.55. The final budget will not Sr. M. Norita of St. Anthony Hospital has been notified by the Ministry of Public Health, Republic of Vietnam, that she has been aw arded. the Social Medal for her contribu- tons while a member of the Catholic Relief Service, stationed in Vietnam. She shows her citation to Robert Blincow, hospital administrator. She also is to receive a medal. Sr. Norita spent 18 months doing volunteer work under U.S. Aid to International Development. School Bond Vote at Manning Dec. 23 MANNING — December 23 has been set as the date for a special election in the Manning Community School district for a new high school facility. The date culminates almost two years of planning by the Board of Education, which in the last several months has been assisted by a Citizens' Advisory committee. Petitions circulated for the bond issue, with 270 signatures, specify that the bonding should not exceed $985,000, which would constitute a five to six mill increase in the over-all tax now levied for schools in the district. Two public meetings are planned by the Board of Education to inform district residents of the plans, and various civic groups will be contacted. In its planning, the Board Education contacted a half dozen architects, and finally chose plans submitted by Herbert and Ramsey of Des Moines. The proposed structure will be built around the existing elementary school, which was built following a bond issue in 1961. Nine Killed, 6 Hurt in Apartment, Cafe Fire CHICAGO (AP) — Nine persons were killed and six were injured early Wednesday in a fire that swept a three-story apartment and restaurant building on the Near North Side. Three of the dead were children. Most of the damage, estimated by fire officials at $50,000 was confined to the top two floors of the building housing the Cafe La Margarita and a few other shops on the basement level. The restaurant and shops were closed for the night at the time the fire started. The cause of the fire was not determined immediately. Among the injured was a policeman, Joseph Eisa, who was summoned to the fire by a taxicab driver who discovered the blaze just off the nightlife and entertainment district north of the downtown area. Some of the injured were Preliminary Estimate Up by 5 Pet. Set School Budget at $1.3 Million be completed until next June 1, Supt. Stroh said. However, the state Budget Review Committee has requested the school districts of the state to approve preliminary budgets in order to give the Legislature a general idea of the amount of funds needed to operate the public schools of Iowa during the coming year. In general, the Board of Education allowed a fiive per cent increase in salaries and wages of all certificated personnel. This would include the contribution of the Board to IPERS which is the teachers' retirement fund. The Board allowed a three per cent increase for the wages of the non-certificated personnel which includes custodians, secretaries, bus drivers and cooks and approved a six per cent increase in all items of general expense which would include custodial supplies, educational supplies, building materials and utilities. An exception to the six per cent increase in general ex- penses was in the item entitled capital outlay which is money expended for new equipment. The Board here reduced by $18,000 the amount of money which will be allowed for equipment to the private schools under Senate File 1293. Since last year was the first year of operation under this statute, it was felt that it would not be necessary to invest an equal amount for new equipment since much of it will not be duplicated. Also included in the capital outlay fund is $10,000 earmarked for the renovation of the track at the athletic field. On the plus side of the ledger in the preliminary estimate, salaries and wages for administration are up $2.218 from $44,355 to $46,573. Other administrative increases, including general expense, raised the total for that category $4,903 from $90,012 to $94,915. The largest increase was in classroom instruction believed hurt when they jumped from the building's upper floors to escape the flames, police said. Most of the others were treated for burns, abrasions and smoke inhalation. Firemen searched the ruin for other possible victims. None of those injured in the predawn blaze was believd to have been critically hurt. A survivor, Thomas Thrun, 27, said screams and noises of jumping awakened him in his second-floor apartment. "I ran to the window and saw a man jump from the third floor onto an air conditioner eating," Thrun said. "Ho then jumped on the ground and ran away." He said he heard a "muffled explosion. . .a lot of screaming and windows breaking." Dens* smoke in the hallway blocked his escape, Thrun said, and be also jumped to safety. Lloyd Booth, Operator of 2 Motels, Dies Lloyd Booth, 63, Carroll motel operator, died about 8 a.m. Wednesday at Clarkson Memorial Hospital in Omaha, of a heart ailment. He had been in ill health for some time and hospitalized at intervals during the last several months. Arrangements are pending at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Mr. Booth was owner and operator of the Villa Motel, which opened in 1960, and had operated Motel 71-30 sine* it opened in 1952. He form erly managed the Burke Hotel for the R. A. Wright family. Immediate survivors include his wife, Margaret; four children, Mrs. Frank (Mary Farrell) Beiter of Carroll; Fred, Aurora, 111.; Mrs. Mike (Cathy) Arts, Spencer; and Tom of Duluth, Minn.; and 12 grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Booth once entertained the late President John F. Kennedy in their living quarters in the Villa Motel. At that time the then Senator Kennedy was beginning his campaign for the Democratic nomination and was in Carroll to speak at Kuemper High School in a program sponsored by the Carroll Chamber of Commerce. The Villa, where Kennedy was a guest and met a number of Carroll people, is the former Allen Hoyt Mansion which the Booths purchased and converted into a motel. Mr, Booth was a member Lloyd Booth SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and served on a number of important committees. He was active as a member of area highway associations in promoting tourist trade in Carroll. He also was a member of the Carroll Gun Club. Vocational School Enrollments Higher DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa's 15 Area Vocational Schools and Area Community Colleges saw a 13.3 per cent increase in enrollment from last year, Dr. William M. Baley, Department of Public Instruction official, said Wednesday. Students enrolled in the career education and college parallel divisions rose from 18,191 in 1969, to 20,609 this fall. 5 Directors Are Elected by Chamber Five new directors were elected this week to fill posts on the Board of Directors of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce. The election was held among all Chamber members by mail ballot. Retail Bureau vacancies will be filled by Ed Buchmann, manager of F.W. Woolworth Co.; Emmett Lahr, owner of Lahr Auto Trim; and Ouane Taphorn, co-owner of Coast to Coast Store. The Civic Bureau elected James Heffernan, manager of Interstate Electric Supply and G. W. Mueller, manager of Arnold Motor Supply. Terms on the Board run for three years and start Jan. 1, 1971. Officers for the coming year will be elected by the new Board at a special meeting on Dec. 2. Retiring directors are Ray Beneke, John Dearduff, Jewell Jung, Frank Beiter and Cecil Menke. Holdover directors include James Prentice, William Doan, Dr. Leon Wernimont, John Whaley, Robert Olsen, George Crouse, Ed Murphy, Robert Ware, Robert Badding and Louis Prenger. Ex-officio members of the Board are Mayor William S. Farner and Jaycee President David Bryson. Study New Actions to Free Prisoners WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird says he will recommend "strong countermeasures" for any North Vietnamese retaliation against captured U.S. troops following the unsuccessful U.S. commando rescue attempt. "We are considering other actions" to free the POWs, Laird told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the first of several administration appearances on Capitol Hill Tuesday and today. Laird's testimony before the Senate panel, headed by antiwar critic J.W. Fulbright, D- Ark., was followed by his scheduled appearance today at the louse Foreign Affairs Committee, which also had Secretary of State William P. Rogers set as a Jordan Troops Battle Palestinian Guerrillas By The Associated Press Fighting broke out today between army troops and Palestinian guerrillas in northern Jordan. Palestinians in Beirut, Lebanon, said tihe army opened fire on a hilltop position with mortars and machine guns at 7:30 a.m., starting a battle that still was raging at noon. A government source, however, insisted the troops had driven a group of guerrilla "mutineers," who wouldn't obey their commanders, from the village of Thahrat Asfour, on the road between Jerash and Irbid, about 35 miles north of Amman. Since the civil war in Jordan last September, King Hussein's army has made several attempts to gain control of the country's northern road network to prevent the flow of arms and men to the guerrillas from neighboring Syria. Hussein, meanwhile, made plans to meet with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Cairo next week in preparation for a four-nation Western tour which will begin with a visit to Presi dent Nixon in Washington. witness. Laird told the Senate committee Tuesday that neither the rescue mission nor last weekend's bombing raids into North Vietnam represent any change in U.S. policy. Laird said the Nixon adminis- Laird . . . . See Page 6 Area Forecast (More Weather on Page 2) Cloudy with quite strong shifting winds, chance of rain or snow and turning colder Wednesday night, lows 20s northwest to low 30s extreme southeast. Cloudy with chance of snow and colder Thursday, highs in 30s. Precipitation chances in per cent —40 Wednesday night and Thursday. salaries and wages up $61,982 from $739,642 to $801,624. Certified non-classroom instruction was up $2,698 from $53,967.55 to $56,665.55. Other non- classroom instruction costs were up $513 from $17,101 to $17,614. General expenses for classroom instruction went up $5,226 from $65,330 to $70,556. Thus, the total increase for classroom instruction was up $70,419 from $876,040.55 to $946,459.55. Transportation costs soared $4,363 from $37,768 to $42,131. This included a $2,375 raise in salaries and wages and an increase of $1,988 in expenses. Operation and maintenance costs rose $7,949 from $135,819 ! to $143,768. Included were increases of $1,749 salaries and wages and $6,200 general expenses. Student services increased $1,369 from $23,833 to $25,202. Food services showed a $1,112 increase from $1,400 to $2,512 all in general expenses. Community services showed a minimal $139 increase from $2,068 to $2,207 with $43 increase in salaries and wages and $96 in expenses. The $8,000 reduction in capital outlay brought that budget asking from $94,297 to $86,297. Summation of the budget requirements shows a $74,086 increase in salaries and wages from $983,572.55 to $1,057,658.55. General expenses increased $8,168 from $277,665 to $295,833. Thus, the total budget asking was up $82,254 from $1,261,237.55 to $1,343,491.55, the board said. .,1 Nut Sale Under Way —Staff Photo The nut product sale being conducted by Girl Scouts in Carroll and throughout the Lakota Council gets under way today and will continue to Dec. 5. Mrs. Howard Klahn, assistant leader of Troop 80 and nut chairman for Carroll is shown with three of the young saleswomen: (from left), Gina Klahn, from Junior Troop 80; Lora Suhr, Cadette Troop 70; and Peggy Wolterman, Cadette Troop 148. Of the $1 received for each can, 10 cents remains in the girl's troop, 30 cents remains in Lakota Council for such activities as Day Camp, and the balance covers the cost of the pro* ducts.

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