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ilots Spot Large Cambodia Jungle Hideout 'irSAI'GON, SOUTH VIBTNAM »| AP) -*_ ; US. reconnaissance lilfcraft sighted a jungle hide- jftrt with about 500 buildings Mottday about two miles inside ^Cambodia where allied forces ralre.searching for the headquar- .lers of Jhe supreme Communist J Brig. GenNRobert M. Shoe- ftiakeif; head oHhe allied task force of about MOi^Americans and 2,00(1 'SdUth Vietnamese troops, declined to speculate whether-the complex might be part of the welMispersed headquarters of the enemy'sXkntral lOffice for South Vietnam. a news briefing: late Monday. Some 466 enemy suspects have been detained. ; American, casualties stood at, 14 dead and 47 wounded. 'South | Vietnamese losses were put at' 151 killed and 598 wounded. \ Weapons Destroyed - The major aim of the twin allied aim offensives is to root out and destroy enemy base camps, storage areas and supplies. At last . report more_ than 2,400 weapons had been seized or destroyed. took a key ferry crossing on the Mekong River moved to within 30 miles of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh Monday; ; At the same time, 800 mer- jcenary troops trained in South Vietnam by U.S. Green Berets, flew to~ Phnom Penh from Sat- gon to help Cambodian forces, informants in Saigon reported. The mercenaries were described as being mostly of While pressing the search for* Cambodian background. - "It's definitely no village." As allied forces continued- their massive drives in Cambodia, the Pentagon announced ia Washington that it had called at least a temporary halt to a series of recent heavy air attacks it said were directed against North Vietnamese missile and antiaircraft batteries and associated supply complexes. The Defense: Department~announcement Monday terminat- ing the attacks — coupled with a warning that they might be resumed — appeared designed to allay fears that the United States was resuming a major and general bombing campaign against North Vietnam. • The two allied drives in Cambodia, one into an. area known as the_ Parrot's Beak and the other into an area called the Fishhook, have accounted for 1,952 North Vietnamese and ~Viet Coirf~killcd,"according to headquarters and field reports enemy supplies, American forces rolled deeper into Cambodia, Monday to cut off any escape route for an estimated 7,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops who were believed inside the Fishhook before President Nixon sent in American ground troops. An AP field dispatch reported, that as of late Monday no major enemy troop movements had been observed in the Fishhook. la Cambodia's own war With the Vietnamese Communist command, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces who An enemy ."highpoint" campaign inside South Vietnarn continued. Viet"Cong~or r North Vietnamese gunners shelled 54 towns and bases overnight Sunday and Monday. Fifty-seven rockets crashed into the America! Division headquarters at Chu Lai, the heaviest barrage against a major U.S. installation in more than a year. Several Americans were reported wounded. T h e ^ Pentagon's announcement Monday said air missions agauist three North Vietnamese areas were authorized in Washington as protective reaction measures to safeguard unarmed American reconnaissance planes flying over North Vietnam. "Essential to Safety" "These reconnaissance missions are essential to the safety and security of our forces in South Vietnam," Daniel Z. tonic i n, the Pentagon's chief spokesman said. "Thi* fact was made clear to the North Viet- namesr^anhTtime the bombing was halted in 1968." One of the missions struck North Vietnamese installations near Barthelemy Pass above the 19th Parallel and may have' been the northernmost .raid since March-, 1968, when ^ President Lyndon Johnson ; first limited U.S. bombing of the North to the country's handle. / Other sites hit 7 southern pan- were near BanKarai' Pass, Below the I9th Parallel, and another area just north of the demilitarized zone. "We have no plans now for additional "re-enforced protective reaction strikes," Henkin said, "but I want to tell you again that-we are, of course, prepared as necesary to continue to protect our unarmed r,er connaissance pilots." > / Newsday Salt Accord 1$ Told LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (AP) Times Mirror Co. F/' Guggenheim /i anc an- -Tfie~ Harry nounced/' Monday a definitive agreement for the publishing firm's purchase of his 51 per cent of the common stock of Newsday, with consumation expected shortly. Times Mirror publishes the Los Angeles Times and has. other publishing, printing-find forest products interests. News- day is an afternoon paper of 455,000 circulation in New York's Nassau and Suffolk counties. Purchase agreement was announced last mont SEE CAUTION IN K OS YGIN STAND By A. D. Home © The Washington Post WASHINGTON, D.C. -Washington's-first reaction Soviet Premier Alexei Kosy- gin's condemnation of U.S. actions in Indochina was relief that it threatened no specific Soviet response. , Officially, State Department spokesman Robert J. McCloskey, who held his daily news conference less than an hour after Kosygin's had. ended, said he lacked full information and would make no comment. liater, other officials analyzed informallranslations of the So- vTe t ^government statements and interpreted the Kosygin declarations as an appeal to world opinion that committed Moscow to no specific actions. They noted that Kosygin was "quite cautious" in not pledging any increased Soviet aid to North Vietnam, and that he ducked a question on whether there were North Vietnamese troops in Cambodia. While in effect accusing the United States of overthrowing "the lawful head of state," Prince Norodom Sihanouk, he avoided saying that Moscow still recognizes Sihanouk's claim to rule in Cambodia. The prince has been in China since his ouster, and his current closeness to the Peking government may be a reason for Mos cow to keep open its lines to the successor regime of Premier Lon Nol. State Department officials saw nothing conclusive about Kosygin's hints that recent U.S. bombing had violated the terms under which the Paris talks on Vietnam were expanded, or that Washington might not be trustworthy at the 'strategic arms talks in Vienna. ^ "They did concede thaf he appeared to rule out a new international con ference on Indochina, such as had been proposed by France and "briefly welcomed by the Soviet U.N. delegate, Yakov A.-Malik, in mid-April. TWOIOWANS KILLED IN VIET 'Two more lowans have been killed in fighting in Vietnam. They were Spec, 5 Paul Kosanke, 21, of Eldora and Spec. 4 Robert J. Shannon of Clinton. Specialist Kosanke was a 1966 graduate of Eldora High School and attended Lassen State College in .Susanville, Calif. He was drafted in February, 1969, and was sent to Vietnam the following July, He was killed Friday in Vietnam. ' He is survived by his parents, Mr. and" Mrs. Melvin Kosanke of rural Eldora; a brother, Myron at home; three sisters, Mrs. Patricia Swartzlander of ' Newton and Janice and Terri at home; a grandfather, W. H. Folkerts of Steamboat Rock, and a grandmother, Mrs. F. H. Kosanke of Eldora. Specialist Shannon, 20, was a 1968 graduate of Clinton High School. He was drafted in July, 1969, and was sent to Vietnam last December. Be wag lulled Thursday. Specialist Shannon is survived ,by. Jfes mother, Mrs. Rosemary Shannon; four brothers, Edward and John of Clinton, Michael of DeWitt and Richard of Denver, Colo; and three sisters, Theresa at home, Mrs. Jack Kuehl of Clinton and Mrs. James Judge of DeWitt. DIES AFTER TRANSPLANT NEW ORLEANS. LA. (REUTERS) - Heart transplant patient William Taylor, 52, died here Monday of complications 1 resulting froin pneumonia. I i WIREPHOTO (AP) A G.I. Find in Cambodia American soldiers hold a large portrait on cloth of the late President Ho Chi Minn of North Vietnam found during search of a rubber plantation at Mimot, inside Cambodia. Senate Unit Rakes Nixon On Fighting inCambodia \ ,By Nick Kotz (01 The Register's Washington Bureau) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday charged the Nixon administration with conducting a "constitutionally unauthorized presidential war in Indo" but House leaders Jook a "wait and see attitude." china The extent of s congressional opposition to President Nixon's new moves in the\ Southeast Asian conflict probably will become clearer after tonight's meeting between the President and the two congressional committees responsible for relations. Unless the President is extremely persuasive in his meeting with the members of Congress and events quickly break favorably in the fighting, it appears $hat both the Senate and the House soon will vote on "anti-war" resolutions. Members of the Senate Fore i g n Relations Committee agreed reluctantly to the joint meeting at the White House (the Senate committee had President had to consider the sought a separate meeting) and again postponed taking action on a resolution designed to head off further U.S. action in Cambodia. Strong Stand However, the committee strongly condemned the Cambodian attacks in a report recommending repeal of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. The Senate committee stated: "The commitment without the consent or knowledge of Congress of at least 8,000 American soldiers to fight in Cambodia — a country which has formally renounced the offer of protection extended to it as a protocol state under the SEATO treaty — evidences a conviction by the executive that it is at. liberty to ignore the national commitments resolution and to take over both the war and the treaty powers of Congress when congressional authority in these areas becomes inconvenient." Despite this strong language, the senior Democratic and Republican members of the Senate committee indicated they thought the Congress has Utlle real power to control the President's actions. Committee Chairman William Fulbright (Dem., Ark.) sau'd the committee might hold hearings i on the situation, but doubted Jieir usefulness since adiiunis- ratiofl witnesses are reluctant; to" testify. Senator George Aiken (Rep.,j V t.) , the ranking minority member, said the committee is powerless since "Cambodiajs a military operation and all we, can do is wait and see if it is t successful.." ; ... ., Middle-of-Road, /House Speaker John McCormack (Dem., Mass.) and Majority Leader Carl Albert (Dem., Okla,) took middle-of- the road positions in which they either to endorse or the President's ac- declined criticize tions. Said McCormack: "The decision was a presidential one, and in making his decision the calculated risks of action and the calculated risks of inaction. The decision having been made and now being carried out, we should all hope the results will be favorable and contribute to an early honorable peace." Albert said if the operation turned out as the President described it — a limited one designed to save American lives — he would have no objection. But Albert added "I am not going to support any widening of the war." Representative Thomas Morgan (Dem., Pa.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he would withhold comment until tonight's meeting with the President, which Morgan said he thought should have been scheduled sooner. 'Ordinary &I. 'Shows Strong Opposition to Cambodia Move WITH TASK FORCE SHOE- On his way jnto Cambodia a young Army'' draftee from New York muttered: "We just don't need jhis. We just don't need this;' 7 To another G.I. draftee the Operation in Cambodia is a betrayal by President Nixon of the people who elected him. But to some of the officers and high-ranking enlisted men, going into Cambodia is getting "to the heart of the trouble" to end the war. Sharp Division It is apparent from interviews and snatches of conversation heard by correspondents in the field that the opinions of Americans taking part in the massive foray into Cambodia are sharply divided — along the lines of rank and general attitude toward the military service. Most officers, especially professionals above the rank of captain, and higher-ranking noncommissioned officers seem solidly behind the commitment of American forces to Cambodia. Officers and N.C.O.'s who do oppose the action said they felt it was two or three years too late, or that it might only enlarge and prolong the conflict. But among the ordinary enlisted men, the sentiment clearly is against Mr. Nixon's surprise move to an overwhelming degree. AP correspondent Peter Arnett was aboard a crowded C- 130 cargo plane as it bucked ^hrough a driving thunderstorm toward a forward base just east jof the. -Cambodian- Fishhook where tnK8,800 Americans and 2,000 South : V4etnamese are deployed. • '^x When the troopsx.discovered that Arnett was a newsman, about 10 of them started to scream obscenities and epithets. about Mr. Nixon. "Put that in your newspaper," they shouted. "This is one operation we won't come back from," said a sergeant. First Assault The trooper who accused Mr. Nixon of betraying the voters was a member of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry, which made the first combat assault of the operation 1 last Friday. One of his friends aboard an assault helicopter agreed with him. "The people voted for Nix- oa so we could get out of this mess," he said. "Now we're involved in two wars instead of one." Charlie Company is the same unit which attracted attention last month when one of its pla. toons balked at orders to move down a jungle trail that most of its seasoned troopers considered made to order for a Viet Cong ambush. That incident was filmed by an American television crew. -Brigade_officers_later_jpraised the men of Charlie Company for showing "common sense" and having the ability to think for themselves. • On Friday, there was no such thusiasm either as the company was airlifted into a clearing in a rubber plantation four miles beyoadJhe. border^ _____ The landing zone was "cold" the choppers went in and as JOBS PROGRAM FUND REDUCED By Murray ® th« L«» Afa»*i«s Tlrh«s D.C. - The Labor Department has quietly dedded to reduce sharply the JOBS program, the much publf- ci£ed campaign to find work for hundreds of thousands of ghetto residents in partnership with the National Alliance of Businessmen (N.A.B.). JOBS — Job Opportunities in the Business Sector — is a' vic- |,j tint of Ihe current economic slowdown and over-optimism by its sponsors. In addition, the program is under heavy attack by the Senate. anti-poverty subcommittee and the General Accounting Office (GAO). Without public announce* ment, the Labor Department has asked the Budget Bureau to reallocate JOBS money to other training programs with new emphasis on a plan to subsidize hiring of workers by state and local governments. The staff of the senafe~"sub- 06* Moints Register Tu*i., M*y 5, 1970 committee, in a study to be published soon, reports that JOBS is highly vulnerable to. an economic recession, has been used by companies to get government support for hiring cheap labor in dead-end jobs and has not provided all of the training and educational services it was designed to produce. In addition, both the subcommittee staff and the GAO challenge the, official claims of the N.A.B. arid Labor -Department that JOBS has found work for 433,000 persons. The JOBS program was started in January, 1988, by •t-h en-President—Lyndon -B. Johnson. The government would find the hard-core jobless and business would hire and train them. President Nixon asked- in February for $375 million for JOBS, which .would enroll 173,000 trainees. The Labor Department has reduced this proposal by $135 million with more than half going to the Public Service Careers program and $40 million diverted to traditional institutional training" programs. The JOBS budget reduction means a cut of 45,0000 po- tentrahhard'Corfr trainees. there was no enemy fire as the i troops hit the ground. "I don't'care where we go,' "As long as I get i alive, I'll be happy to go home and forget the whole thing." 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