Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on March 25, 1970 · Page 7
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t24-UBUCK AVJOAJK«.)OUWUl-We*»«^ Morning, Mtfcn 25, 1970 ' fc .WASHINGTON: (AP) — Some! of the soldiers alleged to have perpetrated the My Lai massacre smoked marijuana the night before their unit .went into action, a former sergeant told senators Tuesday, Charles West, a 22-year-old Chicagoan, told a Senate inves- tigating panel at least 60 per cent of the members of Charlie Company, 1st'Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, had smoked marijuana at' least once. He said many members of the 800-man battalion were chronic users of marijuana and smoked it regularly. ij liana Use On Night Before My Lai Cited SET FOR TONIGHT Masons Here TQ Observe Maundy Thursday Rites :• ' . . .-- * ' •••'.<:' •',.'•/ West named no names. Nor did he tell of any incidents at My Lai or provide any definite ink between what happened Jiere and the use of marijuana. User*, Nonusors Cited He said soldiers involved In the alleged Indiscriminate shooting that day—March 16, 1968—included both Tnarijuana smokers and those who never used the drug. "I did not see anyone on the day of the incident smoking The annual Maundy Thursday dinner and ritualistic service of the South Plains Scottish Rite Association is expected tonight to draw more than 100 Masons of the 18th degree and upward, Shannon Kelts, secretary, said Tuesday night. -, The event starts at 1 p.m., with dinner served by Lubbock Eastern Star No. 76, under the direction of Mrs. Jodith Monk. £1 Pasoan To Speak Principal address will be by Dorrance H. Guy, former Lub- bockile now assistant to the president of the El Paso Times. A Lubbock farmer- businessman who is a 33rd- dcgree Mason will be master of ceremonies. He is Charles C. Sherrod. Ritualistic observance of the Easter Week event will be led byA Byron ShoUs, Hersche: Galey.TulHs Walker and Bil Hampton, Shotts and Galey also hold the 33rd degree honorary. At Yellowhouse Hall Dinner will be served in the dining hall of Yellowhouse Masonic Hall, with other parts of the program held in the ad~» ' ••" ——— > jacent lodgeroom. Yellowhouse Hali is located or.-the corner o: Main Street and Avenue K, Max Wiser, president of the association, has announced tha all Scottish Rite Masons of the 18th degree and upward are welcome. Reservations can be made today by telephoning Yellowhouse Hall. marijuana," West said. The last time 1 seen any of hem smoking was the night be- ore the operation," he said. At that time, West said, he aw five men in his squad of 12 massing marijuana cigarettes among themselves. Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, D- Conn,, chairman of the juvenile lelinquency ; : subcommittee, aid, as;he has several times in he.'past, he believes there was link between'the use of marl- uana and the incident in which at; least 109 South Vietnamese nen, women and children are selievcd to have been killed. Doubts They're; Miu-flerers "I want to know if marijuana, had any thing to do with: this incident." Dodd said. "And I :hink it did. I don't think American soldiers are murderers." J Sen. Marlow W. Cook, R-Ky., said he was concerned that West's testimony might affect he outcome of the pending trials of 1st Lt. William Calley Jr., and other officers and men charged with murder and lesser crimes in connection with. the alleged massacre. :Cook read a. restraining order sent by military authorities to West last November forbidding lim to speak of the matter. CHAKLKS O. SHEKHOn Downtown — Monterey \ The Finishing Easter touch The final touch of a crisp new dress shirt in white or deep tone colors 10-206.50-8.00 and a bold n e w Wide tie 2.00-5.00 Dodd said he had been given a copy of the order by an Army colonel five minutes before me hearing started'arid said: "I've had the impression that there are those;\vho didn't want this hearing to. lake,place." He did not amplify. But he said it js ridiculous for the Army to attempt to issue a restraining order to a civilian, Dodd's first witness, Dr. Joel I-I. Kaplan, a civilian psychiatrist, testified that as a major commanding a psychiatric .detachment . at Wlia Trang, Vietnam, he became quickly convinced that marijuana was a major cause of mental disorders there, BY ROTC OFFICER Dallas Council Attention Directed At School Crime DALLAS (AP)— The Dallas City Council has beer, asked to recognize the "serious problems of crime and violence affecting 1 students at my school" by the ROTC chief at Pinkston High School. Capt. Haywood Lusk said Monday that pupils are being "robbed, assaulted and molested" at the school and that the school district is "trying to pooh-pooh the problem of crfmo." He said the pupils are Anglo, Negro, MoxIcar.-American and Indians. Lusk said that since February two pupils have been slabbed, the school' cafeteria has been robbed and a 16-year-old girl stabbed and beaten in a rape attempt while she was en route to school.. '. .. "Last Friday, a student was attacked on the grounds and another shot in the neck," he added. The military officer asked that the council work toward assignment of policemen at each junior and senior high school in the district. Saying that members of his team estimated that between 50 per cent arid $0 per cent of all U.S. soldiers in Vietnam have tried marijuana at least once, Kaplan declared; "Contrary to many popular opinions held here in the States, the drug could cause people to become fearful, paranoid, extremely angry and led, in a number of cases, to acts of murder, rape and aggravated assault." ••Alcohol Problems, Too Kaplan said most marijuana users In Vietnam are young enlisted men and officers and he said up to 50 per cent of his. hospital cases were drug abusers. He said, also, there is a serious problem of alcohol addiction among older sergeants and some older officers, r Dodd concentrated on the use of marijuana and other drugs and declared: "The implications of this for occurrences such as a My Lai incident are obvious. "If there were chronic users of such a drug in such a unit," he said, "given the conditions described in the press—that is inexperienced combat troops, troops who had suffered losses by civilian-laid booby traps, troops who > expected a hard fight, troops whbso briefing on the action i rnay have been unclear as to the handling of civilians—the combination of all of these elements may have had something to do with such a disaster." YIPP1E LEADER Court Upholds Hof fiYian Term SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI)— The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the conviction of "Chicago Seven" defendant Abbie Hoffman for resisting arrest and displaying a vulgar word on his forehead during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Hoffman, a leader of the "YIppics," was one of five men convicted last month In the trial of seven antiwar militants on charges of crossing state lines to incite riots at the convention. Tho stale Supreme Court ruled on a separate incident arising out of the convention. Downtown Monterey Easter brass by Pedwin A. Old world Dover 4-6 15.00 6 Mz -10 18.00 B. White Lancer 6 1 / 2 - J 0 17.00 C. Bocelono Brown or black 6 Vi • 1 0 17.00 Pa m Beach takes ...a young look at Easter in our V.I P. shop The styles area bit leaner... a bit bolder... with o little more color...a II111 • more dash...all perfectly sized to fit the young student physique. Left: Two burton striped suir by Palm Beach 36-40 65.00 Right: Palm Beach double breasted blue blazer 36-40 45.00 st ri pcd s lacks 26-36 71.00 D o w ntown, Monterey

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