Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 9, 1969 · Page 1
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PANAMA CITY NEWS Circulation 763-7627 VOL. 17 -- NO. 189 Complete Coverage of the New York Exchange Northwest Florida's Most Complete Newspaper The World's Most Beautiful Beaches 1962 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER 20 Pages '^j^i^HOTO^EifvicE 1021 Panama City, Florida, Monday Morning, June 9,1969 APN | Telephone 763-7621 PRICE 10 CENTS "SOLDIER'S SOLDIER" -- Rickie Hall, 10, a "soldier's soldier," died Saturday of cancer in Dowagiac, Mich. Rickie was made an honorary member of Vietnam battalion after he wrote a letter to any "U.S. Soldier" in Vietnam, explaining he couldn't fight for his country but was grateful for what U.S. soldiers were doing. He since received hundreds and thousands of letters. -- (UPI File Photo) TOKYO (AP) -- Communist China warned the Soviet Union Sunday: "If you continue to be reckless and are bent on imposing war on us, you will never escape the fate of complete destruction." The warning was contained in a New China News Agency broadcast of what it said was an article written by Chinese border guards in the area where China charges Soviet troops killed a Chinese frontier guard May 15. SEOUL (AP) -- South Korean coastal defense troops sank a North Koriean spy boat early Sunday off Pukyung on the east coast, 140 miles southeast of Seoul, the Defense Ministry announced. A spokesman said the small Communist vessel was sunk after a 20-minute gun battle. The spokesman said the ship was first spotted Saturday morning attempting to land an unspecified number of men. ITO, Japan (AP) -- Leftist students trying to force cancellation of Monday's meeting of the Asian and Pacific Council ASPAC clashed repeatedly with riot police here Sunday and 58 persons were injured. Police said the injured included 32 riot police as rocks and tear gas cannisters flew in guerrilla-style fighting in this normally sleepy hot spring resort city of 63,000 persons 83 miles southwest of Tokyo. Police said 236 students, many carrying sticks, were arrested. O K L A N D O (AP) -- Fire raced through the two-story Orlando Elks Club early Sunday, destroying furnishings and causing an estimated $80,000 in damages to the brick and wood structure. Off duty firemen joined the regualr overnight crew to battle the blaze. No injuries were reported. HOLLYWOOD (AP) -- A 20-year- old Chicago youth who police said cashed $250,000 worth of bad checks and stashed the money in bank accounts all over Florida was taken into custody this weekend. Det. James Hampton said Robin Lee Himebauch used at least 14 aliases during a six-month check cashing spree in 13 states. He said the youth apparently worked with three other men, two of whom are jailed in the Bahamas, and one who is at large. The youth was arrested here for driving without a valid license, Hampton said, He said Himebauch was held for West Palm Beach police on multiple forgery chares. T A M P A (AP) -- A waterspout cut a trough up Tampa Bay and whipped into the In- terbay Community Center Sunday, lifting off its roof and knocking down surrounding power lines and transormers. The storm was part of a pattern of violent weather that unloaded an inch of hail on nearby Apollo Beach, sent funnel clouds whirling down from black clouds and kicked up winds gusting to 31 miles an hour. The community center, which juts out on a point into the bay some five miles from the center of Tampa, was unoccupied and thera were no injuries. Nixon Orders Men Withdrawn From Vietnam Serum Rushed To Aid Snake Bitten Victim Anti-venom serum, was rushed to Panama City last night by an Air Force plane from Miami for one of two snake bite vie- Road Deaths Rise To II Over Weekend By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Three teen-agers killed in a head-on collision on a Lake Wales overpass were among at least 14 persons who died in traffic accidents on Florida's streets and highways this weekend. Killed instantly were Lewis Dwaine Lindsey, 14, and Randell David Walker, 16. Driver of the small compact car, Roger Cleon Lindsey, Lewis' 16-year-old brother, died later in a hospital. The Florida Highway patrol said the accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highways 60 and 27. All of the youths were from Wahneta. A 17-year-old Daytona Beach youth died Saturday morning in an accident hours after he rc- ceved his diploma in commencement exercises at Campbell High School. Gerald Weaver was killed when the car in which he was riding spun out of control and hit a tree. John D. Johnston, 26, of Edgewater, was killed when he was thrown from the car in which he was riding at New Smyrna Beach. To drivers were killed when a car and two huge trucks collided near Okeechobee. Herman Bradley, 24, of West Palm Beach, and Kenneth Kass, 50, of Okeechobee were fatally injured when a car and two semi-trailers collided six; miles south of Okeechobee on State Road 710 Saturday night. A man and woman from Houma, La., died in an accident on State Road 95 just north of McDavid in Escambia County Friday night. The victims were James McCorkell, 39, and Bessie McCorkell, 48. Wayne Lawrence Chamberlain, 22, a West Bradenton man stationed at the Marine air station at Beaufort, S.C., died when his car ran into Warners Bayou in West Bradenton Sunday. A head - on collision in Cocoa Beach was fatal to Mary Rainbolt Nave, 43, of Cocoa. The accident occurred Friday night on State Road 520. James Addison, 40, of Daytona (Turn to ROAD, page 2) tims at the Snakctorium at the beach. David Gwaltney, 22, Panama City Beach, was bitten by a cobra a b o u t 3 p.m. Sunday while guiding tourists through the Snaketorium. He was taken to Bay Memorial Hospital where his condition is listed as good. Gwaltney was the second em- ploye in as many days to be bitten by a snake. On Saturday, Allan Corey, 18, son of Col. (ret) and Mrs. Allen M. Corey, was bitten by a water moccasin and is listed in good condition at Tyndall Air Force Base hospital. Immediately after Gwaltney was struck by the cobra, a call was made to a noted Miami snake handler, William Haast, by the Snaketorium owner, Denny D. Sebolt, to secure anti- venom serum for him. A mercy flight by the Air Force brought the serum to Panama City about 8 last night. Haast apparently contacted the Air Force to rush the serum here, Tyndall officials said. The attending physician said last night that although Gwaltney had been bitten by the deadly cobra he might not have received any of the venom in which case administering the scrum would be unnecessary. "He is feeling fine and has shown no symploms of having received any venom so far" he said. , Home Fire Fata! To 12 PARKERSBURG, W .V a. (AP)--A roaring, rapid spreading fire killed Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bailey and ten of their 13 children here early Sunday morning. Fire inspector Dale Pnngle said the fire was so complete that it was difficult to determine what caused it to start. He said the 12 bodies were burned beyond recognition The six-room, frame structure was situated just inside the city limits of this Ohio River city of about 65,000. One 27-year veteran of the Parkersburg fire department said the blaze was the worst fire tragedy in the city's history. Three members of the Bailey family escaped uninjured. Two of them, 15-year-old Susan Bailey and her brother Roger, 13, helped their 63-year-old Grandfather from the blazing inferno and ran to a nearby restaurant for help. Fire Department Lieutenant Bill George said the house was completely engulfed in flames when he arrived and efforts to save it were hopeless. ROBERT TAYLOR Famed Actor Robert Taylor Of Cancer Conaress C SANTA M O N I C A , Calif. (UPI)--Robert Taylor, matinee idol of the 1930s and tough television detective of the 1960s, died of lung cancer Sunday at the age of 57. California Gov. Ronald Reagan, whom Taylor replaced as host of the television series "Death Valley Days," will give the eulogy at funeral services Wednesday for the man who was one of Hollywood's biggest names for 35 years. The handsome Taylor, \vho kept the good looks that made him the screen's top romantic actor of his day, died at 10.30 a m . in St. John's Hospital. Taylor had part of his right lung removed last October. Later, his wife, German-born actress Ursula Thiess, confirmed that he was suffering from cancer. He had been in and out of St. John's Hospital seven times since last September. A hospital spokesman said Taylor knew he was suffering from terminal cancer. Just before the operaton, Taylor gave up smoking. He said he had been a three pack-a-day man and "smoked since I was a kid." In the era of the star system, Taylor ranked at the top with leading men as Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper and James Stewart. In recent years he starred in the television series "The Detctective" and "Death Valley Days." Taylor, whose chisiled profile and widow's peak made him the idol of feminine movie goers, was a leading man for the screen's top glamor girls, including Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Vivian Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Irene Dunne. He eloped with actress Barbara Stanwyck in 1939. They were divorced in 1951. In 1954, Taylor married Miss Thiess. They have a son, Terence, 13, and a daughter, Tessa, 9. Miss (Turn to ACTOR, page 2) To Gri WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Con- the $80 billion .Pentagon budget gress begins coming to grips and the proposed extension of this week with the two big the 10 per cent surtax. money items of this session The Senate Armed Service Four Coast Guard Planes Hunt For Ditched Aircraft SAN JUAN, P R. (UPI)-Four Coast Guard planes searched Sunday for a light plane that ditched north of the Dominican Republic after a young nurse at the controls had radioed a Irani ic plea for help. "Is there any way I can get out of this?" radioed 24-year-old Carolyn Cascio of Miami Beach as she circled over darkened islands south of the Bahamas trying to find a place to land with her instruments out and her fuel running low. Then her last transmission: "I'm out of fuel, I'm sinking." The Coast Guard said the plane, with an unidentified male passenger on board, went down Friday iji'ght about (50 miles north of Montccristi in the Dominican Republic. The plane, rented in Pompano Beach, Fla., earlier in the day, was bound for Grand Turk Island in the United Kingdom's Turk and Caicos islands. It had refueled earlier at Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Its next stop was to be South Caicos, The Coast Guard said three hours later the woman called an airport tower at Grand Turk asking for help because her direction - finding instruments had failed. f' Committee, after four months of hearings and debate, begins drafting a $25 billion military procurement bill that includes funding authorization for such controversial items as the Antiballistic Missile System, the C?A cargo plane and a new manned bomber. The process could take a month before the bill is ready for floor action. At the same time, lie House Ways and Means Committee finally settles down to write its recommendation on what to do about extending the surtax, now due to expire July 1. President Nixon has asked for an extension but many lawmakers think it should die or that a compromise surtax and tax reform package should be substituted. In both cases, the outcome is uncertain. The Armed Services panel is heavily laced with Pentagon advocates but some members have become infected with the desire now sw-ecping through Congress to cut heavily into the military budget.' Pullout Will Be Completed By August, President Says MIDWAY 1SLAXD (UPI1-- President Nixon announced Sunday he \\as withdrawing 25,000 American tioops from Vietnam to let South Vietnam assume a greater share of the fighting. He and President Nguyen Van Thicu rejected any imposition of a coalition government on Saigon Nixon and Thicu agreed at a summit conference on this remote island more than 1,000 miles west of Hawaii that the progress toward peace and improvement of South Vietnam's fighting ability would permit the United States to begin withdrawing 25,000 troops starting in 30 days and complete the withdrawal by the end of August. Statements by the two leaders and a joint communique emphasized time and again that any solution to the conflict must be on the principal of self- determination for the people of South Vietnam This flatly rejected any Communist effort to predetermine any future elections. N.'xon said he would withdraw additional troops in the future if conditions permit, though congressional critics immediately denounced his figure of 25,000 troops as "tokenism." Political observers believed it might nudge Hanoi and the Viet Cong toward some concessions at the deadlocked Paris peace talks since the Communists' main demand has been a U.S. troop withdrawal. The United States -now -has 538,500 troops in Vietnam and withdrawal of 25,000 would leave 513,500. But even this slight withdrawal could have its effects in Paris. The communique said they overn Says Cutback loken Action' WASHINGTON (UPI} -- Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D , a leading dove who has called for A pullout of U.S. forces from Vietnam, said Sunday he regarded President Nixon's announced plans to withdraw 25.000 Amer.'can troops within a month as "tokenism." "It kind of fits the advance prediction," McGovern told UPI. "I don't see that as anything more than token action. It doesn't fundamentally change the character of our involvement. "It's a very, \ery small reduction, one that I am grateful for but I don't regard that as a fundamental change in our policy," he added. McGovern said former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara on a trip to Vietnam two joaia ago expressed the opinion that American forces there (Turn to McGOVERN, page 2) Sea Tragedy Probed By US., Australia SUBIC BAY NAVAL BASE, Philh'ppines (UPI)--The immediate futures of a young Navy lieutenant from California and a senior Australian commander will be on the line Monday when an official inquiry opens into the Evans-Melbourne disaster, a collision at sea that killed 74 Americans. A board of six officers--three from the United States and three from Australia--will convene at 10 a m. (10 p.m. EDT Sunday) in the auditorium of the George E Dcwcy High School on this base to determine the causes of the catastrophe in the South China Sea before dawn last Tuesday. The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne cut the American destroyer Frank B. Evans in two in a collision which occurred while the two vessels were taking part in Operation Sea Spirit, an exercise conducted under the auspices of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. Authorities said Sunday the first of 30-40 witnesses at the inquiry would be Rear Adm. D J B. Crabb, the Australian commander of the exercise. Early testimony is expected from Lt. (J.G.) Ronald Craig Ramsey, 24, of Long Beach. Calif. He was in command of the Evans on the bridge when the two ships collided. Capt John P. Stevenson, 48, the skipper of the Melbourne x\as on the bridge of the carrier at the time, "and a detailed statement is expected from him He said last week the collision occurred after he ordered the E\ans to move to a position 1,000 vards astern of the Melbourne. The Australian Navy minister, Charles R. Kelly, said in Canberra last week that the Evans approached the Melbourne on a "collision course" and that the two ships hit despite "urgent action by the Melbourne." Rear Adm. Jerome H. King Jr., the ranking officer on the American team in the inquiry, said most sessions would be open to newsmen. "This is a fact-finding body," he said. "We will establish what happened." Index Classified 4B-10B Comics 3B Community Calendar 2 Society 5A Deaths 2A Editorial 4A Sports 3JB-3B hope the "other side will realize the futility and dangers of its efforts and that it will accept a solution based on the principal of self determination for the people of South Vietnam." Nixon and Thieu reiterated a "comon resolve to reject any attempt to impose upon the Republic of Vietnam any system or program or any particular form of government such as a coalition without regard to the will of the people of South Vietnam." They declared they will "respect any decision by the people of South Vietnam arrived at by free elections." The Viet Cong and Hanoi delegations in Paris have charged repeatedly the South Vietnamese elected government was elected by fraud and in recent days have demanded it be replaced by a new grouping, more favorable to the Communists. Their statement in effect reaffirmed United States faith in the Thieu government. Nixon, in a statement at the end of the Midway meeting, also affirmed his belief in the South Vietnamese and offered them his blessing. Thieu said speculation that he and Nixon came to Midway to settle their differences was "not true " "We came here for more understanding and closer cooperation...We had no differences before," he said in halting English. Then Nixon said he hoped the announcement of a. U.S troop withdrawal would come as "good news for the American people." He and Thieu went to lengths to say the South Vietnamese army was more and more able to take a greater share of the fighting. Nixon pinned any further troop reductions on three the Paris peace talks; developments on the battlefield and in South Vietnam; the training and equipping of more Vietnamese troops. On troop withdrawal Nixon said"As a consequence of the recommendation of the President (Thieu) and our own commander in the field (Gen Creighton W. Abrams) I have decided to order the immediate redeployment fiom Vietnam of the division-equivalent of approximately 25.000 men. "This troop replacement will begin within the next 30 dayS and it will be completed by the end of August. "During the month of August and at regular intervals thereafter, we shall review the situation having in mind the three criteria that I have (Turn to NIXON, page 2) Clear to partly cloudy through Tuesday. High today 88 to 91. TIDES Panama City (COT) High 7:23 a.m., low 6:28 p.m. Port St. Joe (EDT) High 8:42 a.m., low 7:21 p.m. Apalachicola (EDT) High 12:36 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Low 6:56 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. RIVER READINGS Jim Woodruff 45.5 Blountstown -- 5-5 t LONG, LONG TRAIL -- It's a long wet trail'awinding' as members of the 1st Marine Division's 5th Marines cross the Vu Gia River 17 miles south of Da Nang during recent action. They were pursuing an enemy force of about 400. -- (USMC Photo via UPI Telephoto) " A

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