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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 5

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-fc- A Prayer, Then Into Battle American infmilrymcn .stand iti .semi-circle beside protective eartli wall, at left, as battle-dressed chaplain holds services at U.S.. combat base in Cam- WIREPHOT05 [AP) Dfis Moines Register Mon., M«Y.'*. 1970 IN CBS POLL GALLUP- Continued ftom Page One rial t^ help Cambodia, or not?" Should . . . ........... 5.1% Should not ........ ;; ... 35% No opinion ......... .. "Do you think we should Send'U.S. troops to help Cambodia, or not?" Should ..... .,; ....... . 28% Should not ......... ... 58% No opinion ............ 14% As you see the situation, at this time, do you think the U.S. will be able to avoid a major involvement, of our troops m the Cambodia situation, nr nnt?" ' No No opinion 55% 14% CAMBODIA- Continued from Page One body behind like this Dink we killed is a kind of innkeeper. I'm sire there arc still some around;' —' (Captain Wallace was a former foe tball slar al Brit! High School and was president of his fraternity and outstanding military st.ud.cnt al the University of Iowa. „ » . (His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Vfallace of Mason City, said their son, who entered the Army ii February, infill, after his college graduation, has said little almut his feelings about the war either in Vietnam or Camboi ia. Seek War's Knd (As fir the Wallaces, "Wp'rr loyal Americans, and we just want t|e whole thing over." bodia's Mimot District before troops move out for push toward suspected Viet Cong headquarters. The headquarters is yet to be found. Dismounted U.S. tank soldier aims his M-16 while tank blasts away with cannon and machinejjuns as U.S. forces push into Cambodia. American tank patrol found enemy about four mile^ inside Cambodja. said Mi s. Wallace. (Theii school lered in track. 1 end on High though 150 poll (At t Wallace Chi fra the majored tration cadet. . Unguish award son attended high Britt, where he let- football, basketball and northward into still inviolate sanctuaries. There have, 'to be sure, been results in the third day of the operation. A briefing officer announced that 519 Communist soldiers, have been killed, 2,000 pounds of medical supplies have been captured, 1,100 gas masks and so forth. Against this there have been eight Americans killed, four in a-midair collision and three shot down in a helicopter by Communist gunfire. But the fruits of Operation Total Victory at this point in the mission are highly tentative. . In the course of. the tour Sunday I heard the ancient complaint of American fighting men in Vietnam voiced by a lieutenant from the Middle West. : "If they would only stand and 1 fight we would have wrapped i i this up a long time ago," he j isaicl. ' j "But that's not their style," someone responded. e was an all-conference the 1962 unbeaten Britt School football team, al- ie weighed only about ids. 10 University of Towa, was president of Delta ernity and member of Intcjrfraternity Council. He in business adminis- and was an R.O.T.C. He received a dis- ed military student while at the university. "No, Re grinned back, "you're right. It's not their style." ' Air Strikes entering the Army, Wallace served various states! ie posts, including that o ( aide-de-camp of Gen. Charle; Cantrell at Camp Carson in Colorado Springs. Colo. He, was sent to Vietnam in November,. 1969. (The Wallaces said they heard about their son's involvement in the Cambodian invasion through newspaper reports that said his unit, the llth Armored Cavalry, was to he one of those sent into that.. Southeast Asian nation.) Company M's discovery is typical of what has'been taking place in this massive American sweep into "Cambodia variously called Oper- tal Victory by the Viet- and Operation Shoe- after American Gen. M. Shoemaker who as task force comman- Another complairft also heard in the now-Americanized sector of the Cambodian war is the perennial bravado of the combat officer who could, at a moment's notice, unleash the heK lish firepower of 17 tanks, a hundred well equipped soldiers and almost unlimited air strikes at attacking forces. "No sir," he said, "Charles knows what we've got and he doesn't want to tangle with us out here." For someone who has spent the past month observing the tragicomic spectacle known as the Cambodian Royal Army, the arrival of the American military is awesome to behold. At the support base of Quan Loi, across the South Vietnamese -border,--scores of helicopters, Cobra gunships, observation planes and CA130 transports shuttle in an* out in a round-the-clock procession of attack and supply missions. One remembers the pathos of the Cambodian air operations which were waged against the Vietnamese Communists with four antiquated MIG-17 and some rusty T-28 trainer planes flying hit-or-miss without ground communications against suspected enemy positions.' Sparse Contact Another recollection was the gaucherie of the Cambodian major who stood . bare to the waist outside the embattled town-of- Saang Iwu weeks ago and said his country could win the war with the Communists if the United States only provided 200,000 troops for only two years, years. Capt. James Petrie, commanding officer of South Two Fire Base just inside the Vietnamese border, expressed disappointment Sunday at the sparsity of battle contact with the Communists. "To tell you the truth," he said, "we have more air- power . now than we possibly need. "We had 148 prepicked targets in our area 6f operation and used them up by 10 a.m. Friday" (the first day of Operation Total, Victory). FUNDS CUTOFF SEEN UNLIKELY AGNEW ~ * Continued from Page One necessary to ensure that V.S] forces can continue to withdraw from, Vietnam without._danger of attack from Communist sanctuaries. "We know we can't win a land war in Southeast Asia, that's perfectly obvious," he said. "We also know that Vietnamization is the proper course to pursue io .disinvolve.. American fighting men from this war while at the same time preventing the continuing incursions of the Communists into areas where the people don't want them." Agnew said as far as he knqw reported U.S. air strikes into North Vietnam were in accordance with the long-established American policy of protecting unarmed reconnaissance planes from antiaircraft fire. Almost immediately after the broadcast, Lawrence F. O'Brien, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, asserted Aghew's comments and the administration's moves "mean, in effect, that the American policy of disengagement has ended." New Front? O'Brien said in a statement Agnew "made it clear that the administration intends to consolidate its territorial gains. This means the establishment of a new front in Cambodia in t h e prolonged ground war which the vice-president himself admitted we cannot win." Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird said Sunday that allied action in Cambodia would serve to lift some pressures from the beleaguered government of Gen. Lon"Nol. Asked if. he thinks Cambodia is on the verge of collapse, Laird replied: "I wouldn't want .to make any kind of prediction along that line (but) there is no question in my mind that the North Vietnamese forces, if they were allowed to concentrate— alL of_ their efforts against Cambodia, could probably defeat the Cambodian army." Laird gave, his views in an interview in the magazine U.S. News & World Report. Agnew said those who dissent -violently should be "put-down^"The lawbreakers always like to attribute their illegal and criminal actions to some clause that will gain sympathy for them," he said. "I don't think many are really honestly sincere about the cause. I think they're simply utilizing this as a vehicle to continue their antisocial, outrageous conduct, and I think when the war is over they'll find something else to use as an excuse for throwing fire bombs ..." 'Vindication' of Nixon Foreseen WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott conceded Sunday that the .short-term political jm- pact of President Nixon's decision to send U.S. troops into Cambo'dia-probably will be acl-| verse, to the G.O.P. But_he predicted that "in the long run, the President is going to be vindicated:" Scott also predicted that efforts by some senators to cut off funds for U.S. activities in Cambodia would fail. The. Pennsylvania Republican said in an interview -"it would be far more popular for me to join the parade" of those criticizing Mr. Nixon but that,, as G.O.P. leader, "I've got to tell the truth." Although he said he thinks the overwhelming majority of! Americans supports the President, Scott said the media reports were dominated immediately after the U.S. attack by opponents "I think the trouble is that the loudmouth gets the attention," he said. Scott said he believes "the people are quietly patriotic and quietly convinced he is doing the right thing." U Thant Seeks Asia Slowdown UNIT E I) NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Secretary-General U Thant. said Sunday the Vietnam war threatens to engulf Indochina and he will present ''some ideas" to toy to- prevent that. Thant said he will present his ideas in a few days. "I don't know how.they'll be accpeted,' ! he said. The widening war in Indochina was the main topic for Thant and other U.N. delegates in a reveiw of the world's trouble spots for 750 League of Women Voters members. Lord Caradon, Britain's chief U.N. ..delegate, said it is impossible for the United Nations to intervene in Asia now because "two super-powers are in confrontation." CBS POLL WASHINGTON, D.C. <AP)_~. CBS reported Sunday night that a-polUiascd : on-telephon<r inter^ --views with 1,022 persons indicates a margin of support, of neariy-2-to-l-for President Nix- jon's action in sending U.S.. I troops into Cambodia. It showed 59 per cent approving the decision, 32 opposing' and others undecided. ~" ............... """'• Report Finding Ancient Graves ' ATHENS; GREECE (AP)-- ^ A leading Greek archaeologist. claims to have discovered graves containing the remains of Greek soldiers killed at the battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. 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