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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 24

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Page 24-THE HERALD, Provo. Utah. Sunday. April 6. 1975 age 24-THE HERALD, Provo. L-ian. sunaay. Api» «."•». ft* Some Parents Get Viet Children; Others Wait Crash List Word By United Press International Officials of Friends for All Children say they will have to wait for a casualty list to learn if any Vietnamese children they had placed in adoptive homes were killed in the fiery crash of a military transport aircraft near the Saigon airport. "We're just waiting," a tearful Mrs. Doris Besikof said at the organization's headquarters in Boulder, Col. "We don't know anything for sure yet. Reports out of Saigon are all confused and it's just horrible." "All of the children who were in the Allambie Nursery in Saigon and had been designated for U.S. families are dead, we're told, "Mrs. Grant said. She said her group still had 300 orphans in Southeast Asia and would make every effort to have them evacuated before the communists captured the capi- lal. In Boston, actor Yul Brynner and his wife Jacqueline, like many other American couples, were keeping close to the telephone to find out if the infant Vietnamese girl they adopted was among those aboard the plane that crashed Friday just outside of Saigon. In a telephone interview with UPI, Jacqueline Brynner said, "Yul and I are very concerned about our child. "We're keeping our fingers crossed. We are looking for help —not only for ourselves — but for everybody. Only God can help us all, "she said. Meanwhile, families in many parts of the country pampered the Vietnamese orphans they adopted and who arrived in the United States in mid-week. "I can't believe that a child who has been through what she's been through is smiling," said Mrs. Adele Kolinsky of Spring Valley, N.Y., of her new adopted daughter. "She looks like she's been here forever." Mrs. Kolinksy was speaking about 3-year-old Robyn Lam, the new name her family has given to Nguyen Thi My Huong, a Vietnamese orphan who arrived at LaGuardia Airport Friday along with two other adopted Telephone Swamped On Orphans WASHINGTON (UPI) - So many people called a special toll- free number to offer help or inquire about South Vietnamese refugees that the system became overloaded and officials had to change the number. The Agency for International Develoment, which set up the phone service, said it tied up all the toll-free facilities of the East Coast telephone system. The new number is 800 368-1180. It is intended for persons who want to offer assistance to refugees. Personnel will refer callers to organizations through which they can give money or other help. AID requested that the number not be used for inquiries about adopting orphans. The agency said Americans interested in adopting Vietnamese children should contact local welfare and adoption agencies. The orphans now being brought to the United States already have been placed in American homes. No further calls will be accepted at the old number—800 424-1180. Ttie number in the District of Columbia area is 632-9800. Plane Off Without Americans BONN (UPI) - A government-chartered Lufthansa DC 10 airliner bound for Bangkolc Saturday flew 52 West Germans, Belgians, Danes, Dutchmen and Swiss citizens out of Saigon, the foreign ministry said. A minisTfy spokesman said that for safety reasons, the aircraft took off from Saigon before American passengers, who had also been booked, could board it. The spokesman said that the Americans had not been processed by local authorities on time and that the plane, therefore, could only have taken off at nightfall, which was regarded as a safety risk. The spokesman said there were no present plans to cut back (he West German embassy staff in Saigon. "For the time being, the embassy remains fully staffed," the spokesman said. The spokesman said the would- be American passengers had only decided iFriday night to leave Saigon. HER NAME IS NGOC DIEP, but it will become Eugenia Whltcomb. She is one of the Vietnamese orphans who have arrived safely in this country. Mrs. Lily Whitcomb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., cuddles her adopted daughter. UPI Telephoto children. In Edison, N.J., 3-year-old Nguyen Thi Thu Cue spent the day with her new family, the Robert Flanigans. "It's beautiful," said Flanigan, who has three other children, all adopted. "She's right at home —she was upset at the airport and fell asleep in the car but then she got home. And now she's a different girl." The third child, 2-'A year old Pham Thi Thu Huong, was adopted by Ronnie Starr of Mahopac Falls, N.Y., a 28-year- old single woman. "I think she's beautiful," said Miss Starr as she carried the child from the Theologian Oppossed to Orphan Flights SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — A theologian said Friday that orphan flights out of Saigon should be halted because many of the children had living fathers and relatives. Prof. Mark Juergensmeyer of the Graduate Theologial Union of Berkeley said the North Vietnamese had adequate programs to care for homeless children and mixed-race "GI babies" would not be discriminated against in the event of a Communist victory in Vietnam. Juergensmeyer is a member of a group opposing large scale importation of children and adults from the war zone. He said U.S. involvement in Vietnam should be confined to rehabilitating the war torn country under terms of the Paris peace agreement that temporarily halted the fighting several months ago. The group said it felt that flying in weapons for more fighting and picking up orphans for evacuation "in the same plane" was contradictory and that the United States should withdraw and "let the Vietnamese solve their own problems" with the eventual help of U.S. and international assistance. Ms. Tran Tuong Nhu of the International Children's Fund told a news conference that the plane which crashed had just "dropped off 100,000 tons of ammunition for more fighting that will create more orphans." Ms. Nhu, who said her homeland had been "two-thirds liberated," said there were 20,000 Vietnamese children in orphanages "but this doesn't mean they have no parents. Many have parents that couldn't care for them at the time but do want them back." She said 80 per cent of the homeless children of South Vietnam were "pure Vietnamese" and that the numbers of mixed-race "GI Babies" had been "greatly exaggerated." airport. In River Falls, Wis., three South Vietnamese boys spent their first day in the state Friday watching television, playing in the snow and shopping for new clothes. The boys, Thanh, 12, his brother, Nhan, 9, and Danny Chau, 4, arc staying with Ronald and Gloria Johnson in this Milwaukee suburb until their adoptive parents, who are aiding in the Vietnamese orphan airlift, return to the Unites States. "I don't think (the boys') parents will come until they are thrown out, until they can get every possible child evacuated," Mrs. Johnson said. And in Birmingham, Ala., City Councilman David Vann, whose daughter Cora died of leukemia in 1972, hoped to meet his adopted Vietnamese orphan before day's end. Lillian Vann, mother-to-be for the 18-month-old Le Van Kim, said her husband, also 46, hoped to meet the child today in Chicago. A Pan American plane carrying Le Van Kim, who will be renamed Michael Lee Vann, Friday developed engine trouble and was grounded in Guam for several hours. 215 Viet War Orphans Reach Australia Safely SYDNEY, Australia (UPI) Two hundred and fifteen Vietnamese war orphans arrived Saturday on a chartered Qantas Boeing 747 jet that the the pilot said was "a children's nursery half the size of a picture theater." Some of the war orphans needed oxygen and Captain Bert Smithwell said they were in a "pretty bad way" but behaved well during the eight-hour flight from Bangkok, where they were picked up. Smithwell said the flight had not been his toughest but his saddest. "Imagine a children's nursery half the size of a picture theater," he said. "That was our plane." Australian Science Minister Bill Morrison, who was on the flight, said all the children were suffering from dehydration. "There were two children- only about three weeks old— whom we thought we were going to lose," he said. "Both were suffering from pneumonia and needed oxygen and respiration treatment." FISHING I! Doctors will check the children for the next two days. They will then meet their Australian foster parents. Australian embassy personnel from Saigon, orphanage workers, three doctors and 20 nurses were among the 56 Australians who made the flight. Morrison said he didn't know if other airlifts were planned but said he would give a full report to Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Just What Did He Say? AUSTIN, Tex. (UPI) Former White House Advisor Walt Rostow, one of the leading proponents of troop escalation during President Lyndon Johnson's administration, says the United States should consider invading North Vietnam. Rostow said Friday President Ford and Congress should consider sending two Marine divisions into North Vietnam to force the Communists to honor the 1973 peace agreement. But Rostow, now a professor at the University of Texas, conceded the proposal was probably not politically feasible. He said his comments about the possibility of invading North Vietnam on the CBS Morning News program were apparently misinterpreted to mean he advocated an invasion. Rostow said he was only saying an invasion should be considered as an option. "The question was 'is this politically realistic?'" Rostow said. "Under the present evidence I would say not. I said there are other ways in which the situation could be stabilized. "What I said was the overriding requirement be we not spend an excessive amount of time in the past, but face the present —look at all the options. This is one. The overriding task is to reestablish our credibility around the world. Rostow said his "overriding concern" is that the President and Congress should agree on a strategy for peace in Southeast Asia and other volatile parts of the world. Pres. Ford Accused by Sen. Glenn COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) Sen. John Glenn Jr., D-Ohio. accused President Ford Friday of withholding $175 million in defense aid for South Vietnam and then charging Congress with responsibility for the deteriorating Indochina military situation. Glenn, who said Defense Department fiscal officers told him $175 million of "still uncommitted appropriated money" was available as of March 15, said use of the funds would have "turned the trick" in Vietnam. "I don't know why it was done," Glenn said. "I just am saying that when the President comes out and intimates that the lack of money from the Congress is the reason for this current military disintegration, I don't believe it." Ford Seeks Exfension Of Job/ess Benefits QUALITY FOODS AT REASON ABLE PR ICES RILL SPECIAL LAKE POWELL UTAH Weather like Summer * A fisherman's paradise rated among the best areas In the U.S.A. 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He said "encouraging indications" include a slowdown in price increases, lowering of interest rates, retail sales holding up as inventories are reduced, and automakers planning increased production. But "this does not mean that Statute Limits Run Out WASHINGTON (UPI) - The statute of limitations ran out Saturday on prosecution of illegal campaign contributions to Richard M. Nixon before April 7, 1972. Before the new Federal Election Campaign Act became effective on that date, fund- raisers for President Nixon gathered in about $20 million, much of it in illegal corporate contributions. Watergate prosecutors eventually got guilty pleas from 17 corporations and 15 corporate officials mostly in connection with these contributions. The statute of limitations ran out on the prosecution of any additional violations that may have occurred before April 7, 1972. Spokesmen for the prosecutors noted, however, that charges are still possible for violations that occurred in contributions and reporting after April 7,1972. In its 1974 campaign reform act, Congress attached a little noticed amendment shortening the statute of limitations from five to three years for prosecution of corporate contribution and reporting violations. The amendment took effect last Jan. 1. all our troubles are over," the President said. "A few flowers do not mean that spring has really come." He said that as soon as Congress returns Monday from its Easter holiday he will ask the lawmakers to: —Extend by 13 weeks federal jobless benefits to persons who have exhausted their eligibility. He said this will give most workers covered by unemployment compensation protection for up to 65 weeks. -Extend by 39 weeks the current one-year temporary compensation for the 12 million persons not previously protected by the unemployment insurance program. 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