The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 30, 1966 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 166 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30,1966 TIN CENTS 14 PAGES Dateline Sept. 30 MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet authorities said today they have expelled an American student for spreading anti-Soviet propaganda. The Soviet labor paper Trud said Nicholas H. Riegg of the University of Pennsylvania was ousted this month after authorities accused him of working for the American Central Intelligence Agency and engaging in "hostile activities." CHICAGO (AP) - Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower says the Viet Nam conflict is "one of the meanest wars we've ever been in." Eisenhower told newsmen Thursday night personal contacts with American military and civilian personnel in Viet Nam indicated optimism on their part. • ' WASHINGTON (AP) - The fight over the antipoverty program shifts to the Senate today where debate opens on a $2.5- billion authorization bill that is $750 million above the administration's budget. • ' WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson appears sure to have a 12th Cabinet officer soon —a secretary of transportation with fewer powers than the President recommended. The Senate approved creation of a department of transportation 64 to 2 Thursday. • TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Auxiliary Bishop James A. Pike of California has been charged with heresy by the Rt. Rev. Henry I. Louttit, bishop of South Florida. Bishop Pike — cleared of heresy charges three times since 1961 — was asked by Bishop Louttit to renounce the Episcopal ministry or stand trial before a Church court. • 'INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) —Former President Harry S. Truman has been confined to his home since his return from a hospital where he was taken July 30 suffering from severe colitis. Truman's long-time secretary, Rose Conway, said the 82-year- old former president promises to return to his office "any day now." • WASHINGTON (AP)-President Johnson tries to convince more governors today to hold down state spending as part of his anti-inflation drive. Eleven governors met with Johnson Thursday and agreed to do what they could. But there was a jab or two about what is causing the inflation. • TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)-An 18- year-old Tempe youth was arrested today in connection with the knife slaying Sept 21 of Arizona State University coed Laura E. Bernstein, 20, of Fair Lawn, N.J., police said. Chief of Police Worth Farley said David Mumbaugh was booked for suspicion of homicide. • WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate and House still don't agree on how much additional authority the President should have to call up military reserves. • SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — The South Vietnamese air force is flying one "show the flag" strike about every two weeks against Communist North Viet Nam, informed sources said today. The sources said the South Vietnamese are given this token role in the air war against the North because it is "considered proper that they participate." • TOKYO (AP) - Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos denied today that President Johnson conceived the idea of the coming seven-nation summit conference on Viet Nam. "While I am flattered, I believe the Asians should be given credit for having thought of this," Marcos told a luncheon audience at the Foreign Correspondent! Club of Japan. i k. I BARGE BEGINS — When visitors tour the Caruthersville Shipyard, Caruthersville's newest industry, they will see this automatic welder where the barges are "born." The tour will be part of the Oct. 6 "Herman T. Pott Day." Pott is chairman of the board of the company's parent firm in St. Louis. (Courier News Photo) For Herman T. Pott C'ville Red Carpet Out CARUTHERSVILLE — The drums will bang arid the cymbals clang and everybody in town will cheer Herman T. Pott. That will be Oct..6. The day has been designated "Herman T Pott Day," in honor of the man responsible for locating Caruthersville's newest and extremely promising industry, Caruthersville Shipyards. Pott is chairman of the board of the firm's parent corporation, St. Louis Shipbuilding and Federal Barge Line, Inc. At 11:30 a.m. Hayti and Ca- •ruthersville high school bands will parade through downtown. Riding in the parade will be Mr. and Mrs. Pott, Gov. and Mrs. Warren E. Hearnes and dignitaries from area cities and guests from industries associat- ed with barge production. The queen of the American Legion Fair and her attendants also will grace the parade. At 12:30 p.m. state senator J. F. (Pat) Patterson will be master of ceremonies at a luncheon at the high school. Following the luncheon, barge launching ceremonies will be held at the shipyard site. Mrs. Pott will christen the barge and after speeches the dignitaries will be invited to, attend the American Legion Fair. * * « Construction of the shipyard began in May, 1986, and when full production is reached a com pany spokesman said a barge week would be produced. In addition to their present facility, the firm has an option to buy an additional 8,000 river- front footage with the prospect of some day producing oceangoing barges, he said. While about 90 persons are now employed at fee shipyard, when full production is reached about 150 will be working. However, a gigantic industry might well develop, the spokesman said. "It certainly isn't foolish thinking to imagine 1,500 employed if we begin to produce the ocean - going barges. We have plenty of room and anything is possible," he said. He said barge number one is ready for launching. Number two is 90 percent c o m p 1 ete. Number three is 50 percent finished and number four is partially built. Plans are to produ'ce 15 barges in 1966, he said. Viet Nam: A War of Attrition Veterans of both World Wars and Korea will perhaps recall from training camp lectures the classical definition of an army's mission, i.e., to close with and defeat the enemy's army. Those who saw action in any of those wars will also remember that the maxim often meant in practice securing a beachhead, a bridgehead, or control over a railroad junction. Viet Nam isn't that kind of war, as Captains John Rivera and J. E. Handy, recently of the Asian hotspot and now R.O.T.C. instructors at Arkansas State College, made clear to Rotarians yesterday. The officers set up a projec- tion screen in the Goff Hotel's I screen looked frail and boyish. banquet room and showed 35 mm- slide's of Army equipment, some lovely Vietnamese scenery, and some unlovely dead bodies. It was the dead bodies and the commentary of Rivera and Handy upon them that pointed up the difference between Viet Nam and other wars. "Here's Charlie," Rivera said at one point, as a slide showed a young Viet Cong rebel bound and held prisoner by two Americans. "This one was 23 years old and he certainly wasn't under- i fed," Rivera told the Rotarians, i although the soldier on the Randall Joins Rate Protest As if conscious of this, Rivera added, "It's very difficult to tell the age of an Oriental." He went on: "This one was neither tired, hungry, nor ready to give up. When they don't cooperate, they end up like this..." Whence came a slide snowing a scatter of Oriental bodies. "There were 1400 V.C. bodies after this battle, and I mean just that: bodies! "We achieved a kill ratio of 10 to 1 in this battle," he emphasized. Handy took a similar tack. Showing another slideful of V.C. corpses, he gave a figure for the number of dead that was somewhere in the hundreds and asserted, "I know. I counted every body myself." Thus, instead of the more familiar terminology of miles (or kilometers) advanced, bridges taken, or enemy units encountered, this guerilla war seems to have bred a new lingo of attrition: dead bodies ("by actual count"), kill ratio, and the like. Both Rivera and Handy served as military advisors to The Randall Company, Blytheville's largest industrial employer, has joined the city in asking the Arkansas Public Service Commission to investigate a rate increase which has been proposed by Blytheville Water Co. "We fee! the new schedule of rates discriminates against the large users," Leon Burrow, Randall's attorney who filed the request with PSC, stated. Randall is a big user of water. The company, which makes automotive trim, noted that its monthly water consumption ranges from about five million gallon!, to 12 million gallons. "Under the proposed rate schedule, it appears that Randall's water bill would go up 40 percent," Burrow commented. New rates originally were due to go into effect tomorrow. However, the Public Service Commission ordered, a 120-day delay in the effective date after the city's request was filed. There has been no official Indication from the PSC as to . . . .... .... .„ South Vietnamese Army units. just when that investigation will „ ,, , , , .. . / „ begin. "We haven't heard as yet when to expect the investigation or what form it may take," Burrow commented. SEEKS TITLE-Sandra Roberts, 17, senior at Blytheville High School, will compete in the 1966 Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest beauty pageant. The contest begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the high school. iority." The Army has its own tactical air superiority, Rivera said. He showed slides of the various Army helicopters, reconnaissance planes and transport craft that comprise the air wing of an Army air-mobile division. An air-mobile division is composed almost on the order of a regular dvision of 15,000 troops, Rivera said, except that there are only 14,600 troops and the slack is taken up by some 475 aircraft. "We have an enormou's rapidity of movement in an air-mobile division. We can move a 5,000 man brigade 150 miles in four hours. Each of these bri- See VIET NAM on Page 8 Outnumber South Viets GIs in Viet Nam Total 317.000 OEO Clarifies Staffs' Status Office of Economic Opportunity officials today issued clarifying statements on the matter of applications for Neighbor hood Service Center positions. "Our deadline for applications was last week," Mrs. Helen Nunn, director of the 12 N. S.C. centers, stressed. She said some of the centers have hired their three-man By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — B52 bombers delivered a one-two punch today in two raids against North Vietnamese forces fighting U.S. Marines just south of the demilitarized zone. The B52s unloaded tons of bombs on infiltration routes, and supply and assembly areas for the Communists fighting on the southern edge of the zone dividing North and South Viet Nam. One raid hit 20 miles southwest of Dong Ha, now a major base for Marines battling North Viet Nam's 324B division in Operation Prairie. The other bombing attack was made 18 miles northwest of Dong Ha. The two raids came less than 12 hours after Marine artillery, mortars and napalm rained down on a Communist command post in a valley a mile and a half below the demilitarized zone. The Marines occupied the post and found 51 North Vietnamese bodies. * « * U.S. forces in Viet Nam rose to 317,500 today with the arrival of 2,500 more men — most of them support units — of the 4th Infanlry Division. U.S. forces in Viet Nam now outnumber the 317,000 men which South Viet Nam's regular army claims by 500, although the South Vietnamese also claim to have nearly 400,000 militiamen, local forces and the like. U.S. planes flew 126 bombing missions over North Viet Nam Thursday, and pilots claimed damage or destruction to 52 barges, 13 bridges, nine antiaircraft sites and eight buildings. Three 'of the antiaircraft sites were in the Dong Hoi area and contained 24 guns. American pilots flew 474 single-plane sorties over South Viet Nam Thursday and claimed destruction or damage to 238 enemy structures or fortified positions and 31 sampans. South Vietnamese pilots flew 153 combat sorties. During raids in the South today a.U.S. Air Force F100 Su- persabre crashed while en route to bomb a Viet Cong position 14 miles northwest of Saigon. A U.S. spokesman said the pilot bailed out when his engine faltered, possibly from ground fire, but headed his bornb-laden plane for the target area. The pilot was rescued. * * * The Marines swept on the Reds' valley post after capturing a heavily fortified hill to the sotuh and killing 50 Communist defenders. The Leathernecks poured a heavy barrage down on the en trenched Red force, and jet planes rained fiery napalm on the 1,000-yard- long target area. Then ground troops moved in and occupied the network of bunkers, tunnels and holes which had served as a regimental or battalion command post. The Leathernecks found 51 North Vietnamese dead in the valley. This arised to 93 the total of Communists reported killed since the Marines launched Operation Prairie on Aug. 3. The Marines have described their own casualties as moderate, meaning that some of their units have been badly hit in the two-month-old series of battles with North Viet Nam's 324B division. On the political front, Premier Nguyen Cao Ky told newsmen he would never agree to have the Viet Cong represented at peace negotiations. He added that he had not received any official word o<i the U.S. attitude. The United States originally said it would not sit at a conference table with the Viet Cong but suggested later that Viet Cong represenatives serve as part of the North Vietnamesa delegation. In a new statement of U.S. peace proposals before the U.N. General Assembly last week, Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg said if Hanoi wants peace there should be no insurmountable problem about getting the Viet Cong's views heard ir. the peace talks. President? Wallace Still A N Maybe' Candidate Both declared that they received full cooperation from the advisees, and both underscored the difficulties of "closing with" an enemy that won't mass. "The Viet Cong can mass two battalions and reinforce them I staffs (cordinator, community with two more within two|aide and clerk-typist) and some hours," Handy said. "But they j haven't, almost never do. They prefer to j John E. Bearden, OEO direc- hit and run." | tor, emphasized that council- Why? "If they mass, here's I men for each center will select what happens," Handy said, showing a slide of huge smoke- bursts arising from a Vietnamese woodland. "Here's where the Air Force's B-52's come in. We can slaughter them if they mass because of our air super- Laos Has Crisis VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) Premier Souvanna Phouma flew to the royal capital of Luang Prabang today for talks with King Savang Vatthana over the current political crisis. The crisis was caused by the National Assembly's rejection of the government'i budget for the net fiscal year. these staffs from applications already received. Blytheville's East Side N. S. C. council will meet at 7:30 Monday night at Franklin School to discuss hiring of personnel and location of the proposed center in a permanent building, Russell Phillips, Jr., East Side chairman, said. Blythe'.'.'Ue '.Vest Side chairman P. J. Yancey said his council will meet at 10:30 Saturday morning "to discuss our application to Washington," he said. Present at both meetings will be Bearden, Mrs. Nunn, and N. S.C. ssistant Director Russell Mosley. By REX THOMAS BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Gov. George 0 V/allace, campaigning ior his wife for governor, says people across the nation have turned sour on both major political parties. Still appearing in the role of a "maybe" presidential candidate, Wallace nevertheless promised thousands of cheering, banner-waving followers Thursday night that he will "keep on fighting Lyndon B. Johnson" and do it "in the' states where it counts." It was the formal kickoff of Lurleen Wallace's race for governor against a Republican and an independent, and it brought loud and frequent rebel yells from a crowd estimated by Police Capt. George Wall at 8,000 to 10,000. Wallace divided his criticism between Johnson and former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, choice of many Southern Republicans for president in 1968. Wallace said more people than ever before are listening to him now when he deplores the trends toward centralized government which he said are prevalent in the nation. He pointed to segregationist Lester G. Maddox's victory in the Democratic gubernatorial runoff primary in Georgia as evidence the states rights movement is gaining momentum "day by day, hour by hour, across these United States." He said the "overwhelming majority of the people in this country are not in agreement with the leadership of both parties." In fact, he added, if he had stayed in the presidential race in 1964 instead of withdrawing, "We would have gotten more votes than the Republican . candidate (Barry Goldwater) got." "What we need is a two-party system in the United States,' he said. "If there is any difference between a national Democrat and a national Republican, you tell me what it is." Mrs. Wallace, 40, wearing a white skirt and blue jacket emblazoned with the crest of Alabama, joined her husband in promising an unrelenting battle for states rights. Regenold Heads Demo Fund Unit E. M. Regenold will serve as finance chairman of the state Mississippi County. Joe Basore, | party campaign manager, an- 1 npunced the appointment this morning. Regenold is president of the First National Bank here, <!he Crain Co. of Wilson, and Armorel Planting Co. He has not previously taken an executive role in state politics. In accepting the position, Regenold said, 'I have purposely avoided political involvement in the past, but I have enthusiastically accepted this appointment ENTERS PAGEANT-Karen Belli Collom, 18, of Tuckerman, Ark., is among an estimated 25 area beauties who will vie for the Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest crown. She is Miss Tuckerman 1966 and was a finalist in the White River Carnival queen contest this summer. Anti-Communism Rally Is Tonight The Christian Anti - Communism Crusade Rally will be held at 8 o'clock tonight in the Municipal Courtroom of City Hall. The speaker will be Rev. James D. Colbert of Long Beach, Calif., vice chairman of the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade. Sponsor of tonight's rally is the Mississippi County Christian Anti-Communism Crusade. No* Viet Constitution SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) —The Constitutent Assembly elected to draw up a new constitution for South Viet Nam held another session today devoted to parliamentary details. because of my belief in he principles and platform outlined by the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Jim Johnson. Basore said Regenold had been strongly recommended for the post by Dan Portis of Lepanto, district coordinator of the Democratic Party. Regenold's activities will be coordinated through the office of party treasurer John Cooper, Basore said. Rumors from within local Democratic Party ranks have indicated that Harold Ohlendorf of Osceola will be appointed to a similar position for south Mississippi County. Ohlendorf said he is not aware of any effort to involve him in an active role in the Johnson campaign. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiimiiii Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy and cooler through Saturday. Scattered showers and thundershowers this afternoon with a chance of a few scattered light showers tonight. Much cooler tonight and continued cool Saturday. .High today and Saturday mostly low 60s. Lows tonight 40 to 48. Showers this afternoon decreasing to 40 percent probability tonight and less than 20 percent Saturday. Outlook Sunday partly cloudy to cloudy and coot MIWIIUIIIIIIfflimilllllilUllllUllllllHIIIIBIlllllllllllllllllllUUII

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