The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 13, 1966 · Page 6
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September 13, 1966

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

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Rythevffle (Ark.) Courier Newi - Tueiday, September », IMC - fin NW SPECIAL SPECIAL - Buick's 1967 Special sports a new grill and front end design and Has improvemehts in the areas of per- formance and styling. The six models In the series can be seen Sept 29 at McWatefs Motor Company. L6N<j AND LOW — Buick's Electra 225 series for 1987 emrjhisizes its new look by a sweeipirlg cSntourea lifife running the full length of the all-hew Body. A 430-ciibic-iiich V8 engine powers this Electra. The new 'EulcKs. go oh display Sept. 29 at McWaters Motor Company. Hard-Core General DePuy Shapes Up "Big Red One' By PETER ARNETT SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - How do you mold 14,000 men into the best division in the U.S. Army? Maj. Gen. William E. De Puy and His deputies are using a mixture «f ruthlessness, talent, and exact leadership. The'y have taken hold of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, the "Big Red One", and are shaking it out. De Puy is a man of such vitality and purpose that his associates believe he will either kill all the .Viet Cong in his area north of Saigoh ( or they'll kill him. * * * It was a unit of his division that suffered heavy losses in a U.S. Air Force napalm drop during close-quarter fighting last Friday with a Viet Cong battalion in the Lai Khe sector ZOjniles north of Saigon. Physically and intellectually rock hard, the 47-year-old general seeks perfection with a zeal that sends shudders d6wn the spines of any staff officers con- tent with mediocrity. The general's helicopter seems to be in a. permanent hover over trie forwardmdst units of his division. He likes to see exactly what his troops are up to. . He pounced down upon an infantry platoon recently and re jieved a squad leader for an infraction of rules. One of his deputies. Brig; Gen. James F. Hollingsworth, discovered a company that had not dug foxholes the previous night. He relieved the company corhfriahder -and four lieutenants. Hollingsworth also relieved a whole artillery battery for apt registering their targets fast ehoiigH. they went back to Base : camp. - ; De Ptiy says these exacting standards are necessary for aft' army at war. - : » * * •, • "A jjrofessiohal soldier lias - tremendous responsibility for the welfare of his troops; and many of diir trobbs are draftees," he said. . ' "I want the Best officers fsr My division. We Ire competing with ether divisions fef the best." the two-star general seryeai two years ont Be Saigon staff of Gen. William C.. WestmpreianaY commander of U.S. forces In Viet Sam, Before taking over the 1st Division earlier,, tills year. He is known to Rave West- rriorelahd's complete trust. Discussing his senior.officers, De Puy said recently': "I krioW thatmyfef^e bri|adgs and nifle battalions are'cominahaed By men.1 can trust.'' : One Blttalian, the Zftfl of. IU ijith, "Black Lidris.," had ffifee .different commanders within a ntfnth. The; current cornrnand- 'etj plus the 6ther ; brigade and battalion comrfiafia'e'fs, all share fahtastic.faith in De Puy. "He's a. genius," all of them will say, although one new brigade commander added to a newsman, "this is a pretty rocky seat I'm sitting oh. I don't know how long I'll last.'' • If De Piiy has bis way, the Tanks Defy Mud, Reds in Viet War By AL CHANG CATECKA, South Viet Nam (AP) — U.S. Patton tanks are sloshing through the mud and jungles of tfie central highlands, defying the enemy and history. The French had a disastrous experience with heavy armor in the highlands during the Indochina war. Rusty hulks of burned-out tanks and armored cars still can be seen. U.S. tank men don't intend to be remembered the same way. "We won't fail here," says Lt. Col. R. J. Fairfield, Chicago, commanding officer of the 69th Tank Battalion, the largest tank unit in Viet Nam. Fairficld uses his M48 A3 Patton tanks in support of the 3rd Brigade, 25th Division, which operates near Pleiku. "We are needed nere. tanks were thought inpossible in Korea at first. Look at the number we eventually had there," Fairfield observes. He and his men are proud of the role their tanks Notice of School Election Notice is hereby given that the annual school election for the year 1966 will be held in Manila District No. 15 of Mississippi County, Arkansas, on Tuesday, September 27, 1966, for the purpose of electing school directors, voting on school taxes and on such other maasures, as may properly be submitted at said election. The polls will open at 8:00 A.M. and close at 6:30 P.M. At gin, and Lost Cane School. Given this 2nd day of Septem- the following places: Manila City Hall, Milligan ner, 1966. J. P. Adkins, President 0. B. Wagner, Secretary 9-6, 13, 20 A single storm in 1934 blew 300 million tons of soil from Kie overnlowi'd prairies of the United States, the National Geographic says. have played m (he mpnsoon- dfenched highlands, they have been supporting the 3rd Brigade for more tbamthree months. A tank platoon of five, vehicles helped fight off a. North Vietnamese battalion attack on a South Korean .Unit 'early this month, killing.40 per cent of the 197 enemy .'deadi... Mud .is the major problem for armor •' in Viet 'Nam. It prtved too much for :the;(anks in their initial operations west of .Saigon with other -25th Division, brigades: Even with - their wide track's, the Pattoris bogged down. The tanks'could be used only against snipers, and heavily fortified bunkers. The Highlands are different, American armor ft succeeding because tank retriever vehi-. cles can move a bogged American vehicle in hours. Repair crews, flown in by helicopter, can repair in an afternoon a lank disabled by mines or recoilless rifle fire. The 69th Tank Battalion came to Viet Nam in January from Hawaii, the Patton tank loaded for combat weighs 54 tons, carries a four-man crew of driver, leader, gunner arid tank commander. The main 90mm gun fifes white phosphorous shells, high explosives and i deadly slirapnel canister. .The tank also carries a 7.62mm machine gun with 13,000 rdunds of ammunition, a Sfccal; iber machine gun. with 3,000 rdunds, and individual weapons for the crew. Tank commanders used to ride With their vehicles, the 69th .commander rides a helicopter overhead. He keeps in constant touch and knows where every tank is deployed. He sits with a tommy gun oh his lap, zooming low bvef his tanks and bellowing orders: Capt. Paul R. Lister, from Anthony, N.M., commander of a company of the 69th Battalion, said: "Our tanks control Highway 19 leading into Cambodia. We are always a threat to the enemy, they don't know where we are or where we are going." ISO 140 120 100 „ Index, 1947-49=100 CEREAL PRICES RETAIL PRICES OF BRCAD, OTHER BAKERY AND CEREAL PRODUCTS I0f- . MlCB RECEIVED lY FARMERS FOR WHEAT LJ I I II I I I I I I I I I I I! CO 1947 1950 1953 115* 1959 1962 1965 Prices received by farmers for wheat have been below tin base price since it was set in 1947-49 until just recently, but the retail price of wheat products has been rising steadily throughout the period, according to Agriculture Deportment figures. commander will last as long as his first mistake. De Puy believes in maximum mobility. "We don't send troops slogging through the jungle anymore just looking for some- ttu'ng," he says. "We let the rifle squads move out on reconnaissance. "When they find .something, tie' quickly send in a battalion, firepower for support. ;. De Puy, born in Jamestown, N.D., is an hifantry veteran of Ihe !>Day invasion of Normandy. • -'- ' He figures that he will head the division until early next year, when his year as commander will be up. That gives him about eight months to shape up the 1st Division into maybe two. Ahd-we provide the I the best in the U.S. Army. •VIPRE-FIRE, short for Visual Precision Fire<!6iitrbl Equipment, is the tag for the small device in front of • pilot's helmet just before his eyes that permits him to fire at a target merely by looking at it and pressing the trigger-.v. Developed for helicopters, the electric^ device automatically swings the craft's weapons around U the pilot moves his head. Now at all Stations This is too good to miss. You'll kfi&w these pieces are real crystal because they ring when you tap them. They've got a rich platinum band to add totheir beauty. You get them at such low prices at Lion Stations because the Lion Oil Company made a colossal special purchase. The 4-piece tumbler set—ice tea, water, cocktail and juice glass— . _ Q > is just 99j! with 8-gallon purchase. Stemware V pieces match the tumblers, go with the china. Three sizes—goblet, sherbet, and fruit/ cocktail. Two pieces for 59£ with 8 gal. purchase. Matches your "Platinum Starburst"China. If you've been collecting good-looking China from Lion Stations (it's still available), this new platinum-banded crystal will go with it—beautifully.

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