The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 19, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 19, 1967
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BLYTHEVnXE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 54 BLXTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1967 14 PAGES TEN CENTS U.S. DMZ INVASION NO'S BIRTHDAY GIFT f By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP)-Striking at North Vietnamese troops menacing the northern part of South Vietnam, 5,500 U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops have Invaded the southern half of the demilitarized zone. They repbrt- fed killing 162 of the enemy in the first 24 hours of fighting. Twelve Marines were reported killed and 202 wounded in the Initial phase of the operation, named Hickory, which kicked off at dawn Thursday. Marine officers in Da. Nang announced a Marine landing force lost 16 men killed and fnore than 40 wounded today under fire from North Vietnamese artillery. Communist mortars wounded 14 Marines maneuvering within the zone. The U.S. Command reported hard fighting elsewhere in South Vietnam Thursday, with at least B28 other Communists killed. And a relief force reached a platoon of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division that was overrun in the central highlands and found 22 ef the American soldiers dead end seven wounded. The allied penetration of the demilitarized zone took the ground war to the doorstep of North Vietnam for the first time. It was certain to bring charges from abroad that the United States was again escalating the war. One high U.S. official in Saigon pointed out that "the North Vietnamese have been in the demilitarized zone for a long, long time." "Why it should be considered' as sanctuary for one side only, I don't understand," he said. The invasion by helicopter, amphibious landing craft and on foot was preceded by a heavy bombardment of both the southern and northern halves of the zone by Air Force and Marine fighter-bombers and Navy Bhips. One Navy Skyhawk was shot down just north of the zone Thursday, and the Navy also announced the loss of a Crusader jet over North Vietnam Wednesday, due to unknown causes. Both pilots are missing. A total of 544 U.S. combat planes now have been reported lost over North Vietnam. The invasion force made three main thrusts into the demilitarized zone. AP Correspondent John Lerigel reported from the forward Marine headquarters at Dong Ha that the objective appeared to be to trap elements of two North Vietnamese regiments—possibly 5,000 troops— between the allied troops inside the zone and some 5,000 Leathernecks sweeping northward from Con Thien, the Marine outpost 2,000 yards south of the zone. Helicopters landed one battalion of Marines on the. south bank of the Ben Hai River, where it runs into the South China Sea at the eastern end of the zone. Landing craft brought support units ashore. Other helicopters brought a second Leatherneck battalion to a landing zone near the southern bank of the river north of Con Thien, which is 15 miles inland. Six battalions of South Vietnamese troops moved overland through the three-mile-wide southern half of the zone to the international bridge across the Ben Hai and began fanning out to the east and west. Military sources said it was not planned to cross into North Vietnam's half of the zone. Lengel reported the fighting tapered off today, but the Leatherneck battalion that landed north of Con Thien found huge stocks of North Vietnamese munitions and other supplies. Maj. Gen. Bruno Hochmuth, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, said the object of the operation was to sweep the demilitarized zone. Hochmuth said the North Vietnamese "consider that the zone belongs to them and we are showing them it does not. We're not through yet and we're moving along." In addition to the 5,000 Communist troops estimated to be in the southern half of the zone, the North Vietnamese are believed to have more than 30,000 troops in the northern half of the zone or nearby areas of North Vietnam. U.S. headquarters said every one of the 116 air missions flown over North Vietnam Thursday attacked in the southern panhandle region just above the demilitarized zone. The same pattern of air strikes was reported today, with tactical support jets hovering over the zone ready for instant strikes on radio call. Offshore, the carrier Hancock was ready with more air support and the cruiser St. Paul and a bevy of destroyers unleashed pinpoint gunfire on shore targets. Accompanying the South Vietnamese and the Marines were civil policemen to aid in evacuating the hardy civilians who have stuck to their paddyfields inside the frequently shelled and bombed zone. Some sources estimated as many as 11,000 refugees might have to be evacuated. Despite the invasion and the heavy U.S. air strikes just north of the zone, the North Vietnamese fired 100 artillery and mortar rounds into the Con Thien outpost early today and wounded six Leathernecks. Earlier, the U. S. command announced that 12 Americans were killed and 103 wounded in massive mortar and rocket barrages Thursday on the Marine base at Dong Ha and the Army and Marine artillery position at Gio Linh. The demilitarized zone, which averages about six miles wide and stretches 40 miles, across Vietnam to the Laotian border, was created by the 1954 Geneva conference which divided Vietnam at the end of the French Indochina War. It was supposed to be policed by India, Poland I and Canada but North Vietnam-1 hundreds of American casual- ese opposition kept the inspec-' ties, tion teams from operating effec- Teh invasion of the zone was lively, and the zone has become a hotbed of activity. Last July, the U.S. Command reported that the North Vietnamese were using the zone as a major infiltration route into the South, and since late February Red artillery and mortars in the zone and just above it have been giving a heavy made on the eve of Ho Chi Minn's 77th birthday. It had been thought that Vietnamese might the North themselves attempt something spectacular as a birthday gift to Iheir president. While the attack on the demilitarized zone overshadowed action elsewhere, U.S. headquar- pounding to Marine outposts i ters reported a sharp upsurge in just below the zone, causing | fighting along the coastal mid- lands, in the centra! highlands and in the southern Mekong Delta. One of the grimmest was in the highlands southwest of Plei- ku, where a reconnaissance pla^ toon of about 40 men of the U/.S.- 4th Infantry Division was oh a screening mission. ' .'The platoon leader reported that he ran into a big enemy, force shortly after noon Thttrs r day. Within an hour he radioed that the platoon was being over- See VIETNAM on Page 2 Dateline _ ay 19 — TUCKER PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP)—Six Tucker Prison Farm inmates, traveling in threes, escaped within hours of each other here Thursday. The escapees, three of whom were armed, brought to 10 the number who have fled Arkansas prisons since Sunday. State Police have captured only one. A Tucker Prison Farm spokesman said Jackie Lee Woods, 22, of Springdale, Ark., Clarence Dwight Haynes, 25, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Paul William Moore, 23, of Fort Mellon, Canada, overpowered a trusty, stole his gun and escaped in his pickup truck Thursday night. ft MOSCOW (AP) — A Soviet correspondent in Hanoi reported that at least seven American planes were shot down over the North Vietnamese capital today and one crashed in a Hanoi street. He said the pilot of the latter plane landed nearby by parachute, badly wounded, and was rushed to a hospital. Other American pilots parachuted into the outskirts of Hanoi and were taken alive, the report said, but it did not give the number or their names. HONG KONG (AP) — Some 7,000 screaming Chinese demonstrated outside the locked gates of Hong Cong's Government house for the second day today, but again no fighting was reported. The British colony's governor, Sir David Trench, still refused to meet them and listen' to their demands for release of Chinese arrested in four days of Communist-led rioting and for punishment of the Hong Kong police. In Peking, where Security Minister Hsieh Fu-chih addressed an anti-British rally of an estimated 100,000 persons Thursday, the British Embassy said the situation is "very, very much quieter." An official said the embassy's normal routine had not been disrupted. ft CHICAGO (AP) — Enemies of Mao-Tse-tung plotted to ridicule the Red Chinese leader out of office last year and planned to eliminate him by assassination if necessary, a newsman reports. Simon Malley, United Nations correspondent for the French language Jeune Afrique and other African newspapers, said he was told of the plot during a recent visit to Red China. He reported Thursday on conversations with top aides of Mao in another of a series of copyright stories on China appearing in the Chicago Dally News. He said the plot to overthrow the Chinese Communist party chairman was disclosed by Chen Po-ta, head of the cultural revolution-purge-campaign to disgrace Mao's enemies, and Hsieh Fu-Chlh, minister of the interior. POURING IT ON — About one-half block of paving remains to complete the section of Walnut between Franklin and Laclede. Barring rain, the street crews will have their job done by Tuesday, according to Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. The street then will remain closed for another two weeks before it is opened to traffic. (Courier News Photo) BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) The 3,400-man U.N. Middle East force today was reported ordered to withdraw from the Israeli-Egyptian frontier as Egyptian troops continued to mass along the border. With Egyptian infantry, armored columns and field artillery maneuvering in the Sinai Desert along Israel's southwest frontier, Maj. Gen. Abdel Mohsen Mortagi, commander of the "eastern front," declared his troops were "ready for a sacred march into Israel." Mortagi indicated, however, that Egypt would fight only if Israel attacked Syria or some other Arab state. Armed Forces Day Planned Armed Forces Day will be observed locally tomorrow with the formal dedication of a T-33 jet trainer being given to the city by the Air Force and a slightly limited "open house" at BIytheville Air Force Base. The dedication ceremonies are to begin at Walker Park at 10:30 a.m. with selections by the BIytheville High School Band. Open house at the base will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to inspect the jase during this time and will je permitted to go anywher on base except the flight lineand alert area. The sequence of events for the dedcation is as follows, 10:30 - Selections by the band; 10:45 - Civic and military officials arrive; 11 a.m. - Invocation by Rev. Eugene Hall of the Lake Street Methodist Church; The national anthem; The posting of the honor guard The pledge of allegiance, to be led by members of the Boy Scouts of America; The introduction of special guests by Mayor Tom A. Little Jr.; The dedication address by Col. Roger L. Hicks Jr., commander of the 42nd Air Division; The drawing, by Miss BIythe- ville, of the name to be displayed on the aircraft; Photographs of the winning child with Colonel Hicks, Little and Col. George H. McKee, commander, 97th. Bomb Wing; Benediction by Rev. Hall. The T-33 to be dedicated was manufactured in 1953 and was in use at Andrews AFB, Md., before being delivered to BIythe- ville. It has 5,642 hours of service and is rated at a top speed of approximately 550 knots. The trainer was procured as a result of action inaugurated by the Chickasaw Young Men's Club, now disbanded. Vandals Hit City, T-33 Malicious vandalism has become a serious problem for the city according to Police Chief George Ford Jr. About 45 flares, valued at approximately $6 each, have been removed from street construction sites where they have been placed for traffic safety, and the oil contained in them poured out on the streets, said Ford. In addition to the cost to the city of replacing these flares, I their removal also constitutes a definite hazard to motorists. Anyone found removing one of these devices will be charged wife larceny, added the Chief. Moreover, the T-33 jet trainer, scheduled for dedication tomorrow morning at Walker Park, is being vandalized as rapidly as repairs can be made. This is wanton destruction of public property, said Ford, and anyone apprehended at it will be prosecuted. Tompkins Is Elected 'Jim Tompkins was elected president of the BIytheville Ro- ;ary Foundation yesterday, succeeding Wi R. Lawshe. The Foundation makes loans to college students and has placed several thousand dollars in he hands of area students over he past several years. Other officers include Ross Hughes, vice president, and Max •lefley, secretary-treasurer. Tommy Sylvester and Frank Huffman are new members of the Foundation's board of direc- J. J. Taylor Is New Prosecutor Joe J. Taylor of Caruthersville has been appointed prosecuting attorney to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sharon J. Pate. Taylor, with the law firm Vickrey and Taylor Of Caruthers. ville, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Taylor of CarUthers- ville. He is 25. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar Association September, 1965, and the federal bar in May, 1966. Taylor will graduate from from Southeast Missouri State College in June, 1967. iniiiiiniiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiig m . J Highway 18 1 Work Done 1 Work should begin soon B on widening and resur- jj facing a portion of East § Highway 18, Mayor Tom | Little said today. 1 "We've been notified by I the Arkansas Highway De- _ a partment that the work § ( order has been issued," s 1 Little said this morning. g There will be no con- _ 1 tract latting, state road | 1 crews doing the job. j 1 The 19-foot road will be j | widened to 24-feet and will j § be covered with hot-mix jf § asphalt from the Inter- § 1 state 55 interchange east of j 1 town to a point west of j | Ruddle Road. | S Total distance is a little | S more than a mile. j iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiinniil New Scooter Laws Soon A new state law requires operators of motor scooters and similar vehicles to have additional equipment-both for their persons and their machines- Chief of Police George Ford pointed out today. The law becomes effective June 30. Riders and passengers on motorcycles and motor scooters must wear protective headgear and protective goggles, or glasses, or a face shield. The machine they operate must have: At least one, but not more than two headlights which shall emit a light visible 500 feet in the dark; A rear red reflector, which is visible from 300 feet when struck by the upper beam of a car's headlights; A rear, red lamp, visible from 500 feet; Good hand or foot brakes. A horn in good working order (no bell, siren or whistle); A standard muffler; Adequate crash bar; Hand holds and supports for passengers' feet when carrying more than one person (unless vehicle has a side car). "Everyone is concerned with the safe operation of these smaller vehicles and this new law seems to be a step in the direction of safety," Ford stated. UN Force to Move From Middle East Dr. Nunn Is OEO County Consultant Dr. Helen R. Nunn recently spent a week in Tompkins County, New York, as a .consultant for their Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), helping to organize multi-purpose Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC). While there she held conferences with staff members and toured county OEO programs, explaining how the Mississippi County, Arkansas, NSC programs . function. Dr. Nunn also lectured to students and the faculty of the College of Home Economics, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. In addition, she was a consultant during seminars relating to the operation of federal programs in Mississippi County. Dogwood Water Meeting Set Persons interested in availing water service in the Dogwood area are being invited to attend a meeting next week. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the Dodwood Community Clubhouse on Tuesday. Officials of the Dogwood Water Association Inc., have called the meeting. There was no immediate word of what counter measures the Israelis were taking, but the Israeli army announced Thursday that it had taken "suitable steps" to meet the Egyptian threat. Invasion tension, triggered by a series of border incidents between Israel and Syria, has brought Egypt, Syria and Iraq to a state of military readiness greater than at any time since the Suez war in 1956. The Syrians claimed the Israelis were preparing to attack Syria, a charge Israel denied. Reports from Cairo said Egyptian forces have taken up defensive positions along the Egyptian-Israeli demarnation line which the U.N. Emergency Force — UNEF — had been patrolling for 11 years. Delegates at U.N. headquarters in New York said Secretary-General U Thant told ttiem Thursday night he had given the order to pull back the peace force. They said Thant told them he had no ofeer choice since Egypt ..had demanded removal of UNEF from its soil. An Israeli source in Tel Aviv said Egypt has moved a "huge force" into the Sinai Peninsu'a. He said his government as in constant contact with the big powers over the situation. Syrian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Makhos said in Damascus that Egypt and Syria have been turned into an arsenal. If Israel attacks, he said, "We shall turn Arab land into a graveyard of Isaelis." Baghdad Radio warned that Iraq's air force and army units were ready to move at once in support of Syria against any army leaves had been canceled. Thnt's decision to accede to Egyptian demand for withdrawal of UNEF brought quick reac- McMoth Appointed W. E. McMath of Swift Funeral Home in Osceola has been appointed to the Advisory Board on Burial Insurance, a board formed by executive order of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. The board-and the Advisory Board of Fire and Casualty Insurance-will advise Insurance Commissioner John Norman Harkey on matters affecting the general public and those persons engaged in both types of insurance, according to a governor's aid. Needed: Wheelchair Mississippi County Union Mission needs a collapsible wheelchair. "We have a man who needs this chair very badly. His wife can't transport him useing the wooden chair and he'd like to get out . . . especially to go to church," Mission Supt, Paul Kirklndall said. The Mission number Is PO 3-8380. tion abroad. British Foreign Secretary leorge Brown said the Egyp- .ian demand made a mockery of U.N. peacekeeping efforts. Brown postponed a visit to Moscow, scheduled to start today, because of the Middle East crisis. Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who won the See EAST on Page 2 Surge Plans DOCA Tour Saturday, Dan M. Burge, BIytheville attorney, together with his brother, Jack N. Burge of Fayetteville, will leave for a Defense Orientation Conference Association (DOCA) tour of United States and NATO military commands in Europe. The tour, sponsored by the Department of Defense, will include a stop at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers in Europe at Casteau, Belgium; the U.S. Commands at Stuttgart and Berlin, Germany; NATO Southern Command and U.S. Naval Forces in Naples, Italy; and the U.S. Military Advisory Group in Spain, Madrid. The DOCA group will also be taken for a boat trip along some portions of the Rhine River by the German Army. The tour is to return to the U.S. June 4. Fund at $115 The Rene Edwards Fund now stands at $119. Earlier this month the fund was started to assist the Jessie Edwards family, all three members of which have been hospitalized during the past several years. Renee, the daughter, has terminal cancer. Contributions may be mailed to the.Renee Edwards Fund, PO Box 1108, BIytheville, Ark. Case Is Made For New State Youth Facility Carol Burns, the former head of the Arkansas Girls Training School at Alexander, made a case yesterday for a new (for Arkansas) type of care for emotionally - disturbed adolescents. Today, Miss Burns told members of the BIytheville Rotary Club, "the state training schools are a dumping ground." By this, she meant, she explained, that if there is a.' disturbed or recalcitrant child in the community, chances are he will be sent to one of the correctional institutions "because it's the one place where you can get them admitted in a matter of hours." As a result, the training schools—designed for juvenile lawbreakers — has retarded children and children who have nothing more than an emotional problem. The persuasive Miss Burns related case histories of children whose lives have ended in heartbreaking failures as a result of lack of proper facilities to care tor them. L One answer, Miss Burns feels, is a youth home which would take a limited number of children—many of them probably on referral from the psychiatric unit of the University of Arkansas Medical Center. Here, they would be given a chance to become further rehabilitated before returning to their homes. Miss Burns and Paul Meera, a member of the legislature and an official of ihe West Littie Rock Rotary Club, are touring the 615th Rotary District in. an attempt to secure financial support for such a home. They figure each rotarian in the district will have to give $10 per year in order to make the project feasible. "It is expensive work.. .'often unrewarding," Miss Burns warned, "but if we save only one soul it will be worth it." BIytheville Rotarians took no action on the request for financial support yesterday. President Eric Whitley told the , club members a decision should be made within several weeks. 'iHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiimiiiiiiiiniiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast- Partly cloudy to cloudy tonight, becoming partly cloudy Saturday. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly south tonight. Cooler .over the tUte tonight and mild Saturday. Low tonight mostly In the 80s. •

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