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PEOPLE in tin NEWS Briefly... | Dei Moin«s R«gist«r ; Fri., July 25, 1969 President Vote o House Trade One Scar for Another 9 WOUNDED- Continued /rom Page One WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - a bull moose," says Dr. Wil........ .A proposed constitutional |j a m Demuth, a'University of w A W ^yea7oid"" Detroit" man amendment calling for the di- Pennsylvania professor who was divorced by his twelfth' reel popular election of the has studied the wounding power wife in Wayne County Circuit ' P r e s ' * c n t was cleared for O f rifles. Edward s.'." ouse ac ' lion b >' thc Rulcs "The rifles 2*YMf MOfliOflUW Court and Judge P I g g i n s decided that was enough for the time being. Sherman R. Germer was banned by the judge from remarrying for two years, .The judge then quoted the appropriate law and added, "In this case I did it f<y &lhe safety of unsuspecting members of the fair sex." The Germ- ers were married July 1,1966. Dead i Committee Thursday. Vietnam have impressively Sheridan tank, working as a loader for the main gun. Rubber Plantation "We we're moving through a rubber plantation one afternoon when we were attacked by mortars, rocket-propelled gre- being used invades and machine guns," • he House leaders have not <le- g rea t cr wounding power than cided when to call up the mcas- ... ure, certain to touch off a spirited debate. A two-thirds majority will be required to pass the amendment. used in earlier wars,' says Dr. Norman Rich, who treated scores of. rifle wounds when he recently served in Vietnam and who 1 now is a sur- A two-thirds vote by the Sen- gcon a t Walter Reed Army ate and ratification by 38 states would be required to put the change into effect. Two alternative proposals arc expected to be offered to the • Thomas J. Price, 86, nation- House. One would split a at commander of the Spanish- state's electoral votes in the Narcotics v inve»- tigataors raided thc Hornet, Calif., ranch of American war veterans, at Kissimmee, Fla., apparently of. a heart attack. Last month he same proportion as the popular vote is divided, and the other award an electoral vote to the Medical Center in Washington. The Vietnam rifles are causing "massive destruction" of flesh, bone and nerves when they hit, says Dr. Rich. One soldier — call him Tommy — provides an example. A few months ago the 24-year-old — - -.-, . flew to Pennsylvania to attend i winner in each congressional' soldier was m Vietnam t h e vets' state convention,' district, and two to the winner j Widow's Mite A Sabetha, Kan., widow has, A s t r o n a u t Michael Collins, LSD pundit Timothy LcaryJ where only five showed up.: in each state. and arrested five persons on "There aren't too many of us f| ~~ charges of possessing mari- who can get around," he ob- CoiIIflS tO juana. The raid came about serv ed at that time. after an autopsy report on the drowning in a pond at Leary's ranch of Charlene Rrnee Almeida, 17. of Laguna Beach, revealed that she was under the influence of LSD at thc time. Arrested in the raid were Candy Padilla, 21, Mark Stanton, 22, Lillian Easter, 28, Barbara Salk, 21, and Carlton Youngstrom II, 22, all of whom said they were residents of the ranch. Leary was away at the time. I caught Tommy in his sights '• and fired one shot. In an instant the bullet went through Tommy's helmet, through his forehead and came to rest at '•• the back of his skull. WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - "The bullet destroyed most of left the federal government and Kansas $55,657.79 each to reduce their debts. The action of member of the Apollo 11 mission, will be promoted to full colonel effective Sept. 5, 1969, the widow, Mrs. Mattie Mcisner.the Air Force said Thursday. who died Apr. 21, 1968, was reported in Washington by Repre- s e n t a t i v e Chester L. Mize his brain," says Dr. Ludwig Kempe, a neurosurgeon who treated Tommy at Walter Reed. "He breathes, but he is and will remain totally uncon- Gen. John P. McConnell, Air scious — he will never even Force chief of staff, sent con- know he's here." firmation of -the promotion to 1 Buck Foundation • Plans for reorganization were announced in Philadelphia for the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, stung by recent criticism Find Girl, 2 • Two-year-old Patricia Ann Martin, believed kidnaped by a heavy-set woman near her Buf- of its operation and facing pos- fal( ; N YM home, was found sible state investigation. Dr. wandering in Niagara-on-the- Richard F. Wilson of Tucson, Lake, Ontario, Canada, police Ariz., a director and one of the said- Th e girl, the daughter of foundation's largest contrib- , M * awk J?* 8 " 8 ' WMMalw £ at ., , . ,. . . the time. Her mother, Mrs. Mur- utors. said he believed there f a y Mart|ll( idcntified hcr had been "mismanagement daughter. and poor control of funds" by Theodore F. Harris, the former AtCthd FJflOd president. At. the news confer- «, Soul singer Aretha Franklin once, Miss Buck, the Nobel and pleaded guilty to s charge of Pulitzer prize winning author disorderly conduct in a Detroit for whom the foundation was court and was fined $50. The named, defended Harris, say- charges resulted from a minor ing, "He has done many won- traffic accident when, authori- ,Rcp., Kan.). Mize commented j the carrier which picked up the that he thought her gesture "is; Apollo crewmen. j typical of patriotic, frugal j The Pentagon didn't say so, Americans who live in the'but Collins probably knew of cities and farms of Kansas." his new rank sometime ago. He was selected for promotion by the Air Force's annual colonel selection board in late 1968. The board's list is released after selections are made. THE DAY IN WASHINGTON President derful tilings." Topless Ruling • Milwaukee Circuit Judge Harvey L. Neelen reversed himself and said he lacked authority to tell police they can't arrest a young woman carnival performer who appears briefly in a topless costume. In the role of an Indian maiden sacrificed to the rain gods, Miss Carmen Perez, 24, is bare- breasted for about 20 seconds. She was arrested again after her performance and charged with indecent exposure. Three similar charges are pending. ties said, Miss Franklin became belligerent toward police who went to investigate. Button Greeting: 'Hornet Plus 3' ABOARD USS HORNET (AP) - When the three Apollo 11 astronauts looked out from the window of the mobile quarantine trailer, they were wearing large yellow buttons on their lapels. The legend: "Hornet Plus Three," a welcome from the ship to the three additions to its complements. in Pacific, then embarked on world tour. Senate Passed by voice vote and sent to House a bill designed to promote health and safety standards for federally financed or assisted construction. House Passed 366-31 a $2,335;634,200 appropriation for State, Justice and Commerce, departments and the federal judiciary and related agencies. Appropriatlons.Committee approved $16.6 billion bill to finance programs of Labor and Health, Education and Welfare departments. Agencies State Department said U.S. regrets Red China has not responded to bid to resume talks. Yank Deaths in Vietnam Rise 23 Pet. in Week Despite Lull SAIGON, SOUTH VIETNAM (AP) - Despite a battlefield lull, the number of Americans killed in action rose last week by 23 per cent over the previous week, to 182, the U.S. Command reported Thursday. The increase from 148 the week before reflected the small but sharp skirmishes that are averaging 60 a day, plus the deadly booby traps the enemy lays. While the number killed was below the weekly average of 235 for the year, it was the highest since 241 Americans were killed in the week of June 22-28, about the time the battlefield lull set in. The U.S. Command said 1,405 Americans were wounded last week, down from 1,612 the week before. South Vietnamese headquarter* said 295 government soldiers were killed last week, a decrease of 16 per<*j cent over the previous week. Enemy deaths dropped from 2,369 to 2,203, allied headquarters reported. U.S. military analysts reported American and South Vietnamese troops uncovered: enemy caches totaling 68 tons of arms and munitions and 75 tons of rice, beans, sugar and salt in the past three weeks. The caches were not large. But some analysts hoped that their seizure might have been just enough to forestall a new Communist offensive. .Last week's casualties raised U.S. figures to 37,349 killed and 241,164 wounded since the U.S. became actively engaged in the war Jan. 1, 1961. NEW. REJECTION PARIS, FRANCE (AP) North Vietnam Thursday again rejected President Nguyen Van Thieu's offer of free elections, ignoring pleas from the United States and South Vietnam to give the plan a second look or else see the war prolonged. Said U.S. negotiator Henry Cabot Lodge: "We are ready to negotiate. We are willing to seek agreed 'Solutions to different problems. We are willing to.discuss your proposals. "But you should also be willing to discuss our proposals. So far you have not been willing to do so. There must be negotiation if the Vietnam problem is i to be solved. By refusing to en- i gage in that process, your side is prolonging the war." North Vietnam's delegate, Xuan Thuy, asserted the South Vietnamese people could not exercise their right of self-determination in elections organized by the Thieu regime anc in the presence of American "occupation troops." Bigger Rockets Bigger rockets also cause worse wounds. In Korea, bazookas were used against U.S. troops, but in Vietnam much larger 122mm. and 240mm. rockets areJbeing used. Comparing the bazooka with the larger weapons "is like comparing a firecracker with a stick of dynamite," says an Army officer. One soldier recently hit by a rocket blast had his lower right arm blown off, was hit by 33 fragments in his other arm, in his chest and abdomen and in both legs, and was burned over 60% of his body. That men can survive such wounds, of course, is due to the" high quality of medical care almost immediately available to them. Modern drugs also save many soldiers. Men burned over large portions of their bodies, for example, usually didn't survive in previous wars. They would die not from the burn itself but because deadly pseudomonas bacteria would invade the burned tissue and then spread throughout the rest of the body. « New Drugs Developed In the past few years, however, new drugs such as Sul- famylon have been developed to fight the. pseudomonas bacteria. Dr. Basil Pruitt, chief of the burn unit of the Army Institute for Surgical Research, says the new drugs have cut the fatality rate in half for burned men. For example of patients with burns covering almost half of their bodies, nearly 60% died previously, but now fewer than 30% die. But the drugs cannot reverse the mutilation of men who survive extensive burn wounds. After being flown to Kelly Air Force Base by Starlifter jets, burned men are taken to the Army's burn unit, which is at nearby Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio. One patient now in the burn unit is Peter, a 20-year-old Army private. When he was in- says. "Our tank began firing, and the main gun jammed. Then a rocket-propelled grenade hit us, and there was a big fire." Peter tried to claw his way out of the Intense heat of the tank fire, "tat the hatch was so hard to open," he says. By the time he got out, till of Peter's fingers had been horned off. He also suffered severe burns on his arms, face, chest and neck. Helicopters get'much of the credit for helping the wounded come back alive. Tried in a few cases in Korea, helicopters are used in almost every medical evacuation in Vietnam, and they cut the time between injury and medical treatment from hours or even days to minutes. Better Chance For Care Because of the helicopters, says one military medical officer, "an American wounded in the remote jungles or rice paddies of Vietnam has a better chance for quick, definitive sur-_ gical care by top spesialists than were he hit on a highway near his hometown in the U.S." In the case of a young soldier named Warren, as in many others, this reduction in time made the difference between life and death. A lanky 22-year- old Marine sargeant, Warren was a member of a platoon moving through a rice paddy near Hue when it ran into enemy fire. « "Charlie (The Vietcong) was in a concrete bunker," he says. "I began shooting with my grenade launcher, and they opened fire with a .50-caliber machine gun. The first machine gun round grazed my face, bat the second hit my right cheek." Warren only remembers being helicoptered out of the rice paddy, and nothing after that until he woke up 24 days later in a U.S. military hospital. Jim, the 24-year>oId lieutenant areas to cover the huge who commanded the craft. "We kirns jured in March, Peter was in a But his doctor, Dr. G. W. Anastasi, a plastic surgeon at the Chelsea Naval Hospital near Boston, says Warren would have died had it not been for the helicopter evacuation. "He either would have bled to death or died of infection," Dr. Anastasi says. Terrible Wound But again, the survivor must live with a terrible wound. The bullet, as it emerged from the [eft side of Warren's head, blasted away most of the left side of his face. "He came here so mutilated you have no idea what he originally looked like," says Dr. Anastasi. Despite numerous operations, Warren will have practically no vision in his left eye and will be badly disfigured for life. Unfortunately, things that save lives sometimes also prod u c e casualties themselves The vastly increased use of the helicopter in Vietnam is itsell leading to severe wounds be cause of crashes. On May 13, for example, a helicopter flew into a jungle valley to pick up wounded from the fight on Hamburger Hill "We saw a smoke signal," says couldn't land - the Jungle was too thick — so we hovered over the trees about 100 feet up, and dropped a litter basket on a line to load the patients." Enemy Grenade Then, he relates, a rocket- propelled enemy grenade shot into the helicopter's open cargo door and exploded. "I felt, 'Oh, no, it couldn't be us,' but the helicopter began turning over and falling toward the ground." The helicopter tamed «p> side down and crashed. Jim escaped from the cockpit only seconds before the aircraft exploded and burst Into flames. In the crash, however, Jim's left leg was sliced off. the nature of the war being waged itt Vietnam also contributes* to some more serious wounds. In Korea and World War II, much of the fighting was done from the protection of trenches and bunkers. But in Vietnam soldiers are often fully exposed while on patrols or search and destroy missions: Thus, a mortar or rocket shell exploding near a soldier in Korea might have injured only one limb — but in Vietnam it may spray fragments into several areas of his body. Wo Books' Available The Army says the category of "many multiple wounds in which there was no single predominant location" includes 20% of patients in Vietnam compare with only 2% in Korea and 3% in World War II. Dr. Peter Biron, a surgeon at the Chelsea Naval Hospital near Boston, says that when patients have multiple severe njuries, "treating them is very difficult." He adds that "there are no books that have been written on bow to handle these complex cases. Doctors have to learn as they go along." In some cases, medical advances have at least partially offset the effects of the more severe wounds. If a high-veloc- ,ty rifle bullet hits a soldier in he arm, for example, damage o blood vessels and interruption of the blood flow could cause gangrene and necessitate amputation. But in recent years doctors lave learned how to repair the blood vessels and thus save many limbs. The Army Surgeon General's office says that in World War II and Korea, 2% 2.5% of the hospitalized were amputation cases. But in the Vietnam war the 659 Army men who have lost limbs thus ! ar comprise only about 1% oi the hospitalized casualties. Difficult Future Even so, a soldier who keeps wounded limb may face a difficult future. A high-powered rifle bullet may destroy nerves as well as blood vessels, and doctors say it's far more difficult and often impossible to restore full function of certain nerves. The result is that a soldier may retain his wounded arm, but it may dangle uselessly at his side for the rest of his life. Advances have been made in plastic surgery. In the past when a patient was burned over large parts .of his body, for ex ample, doctors sometimes hac trouble getting enough skin In recent years* however, surgeons have tripled the area a piece of skin can cover by cutting a series of incisions in the skin and then stretching it Into a mesh - like web before applying it. After the skin is applied over the wound, it eventually grows together, filling in the mesh holes. 12 Operations But In many cases such advances still don't restore a burn victim to anything like his original appearance. One 34-year- old Air Force pilot wit burned when his plane crashed on takeoff from a Vietnamese afr- field. He has since gone through 17 plastic surgery operations. But the fire badly burned his face, burned off most of his hair and burned off most of hli ears; aid doctor* say that evei with the best medical techniques, he will never look the same. "I have to tell them that I can't restore their original looks," says Dr. Anastasi, the plastic surgeon at Chelsea Naval Hospital. "I say, 'Son, I'm only a surgeon, and when I do scar revisions, I only trade one scar for another.'" BOTTLE UP U,S, SMOKIN6STUDY WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The tobacco Industry's miprlM offer to end ill radio and tele- ision advertising of dgtwttei jy September, 1970, hip d«- ayed a n*w government report on the hazards of smoking. The report li MM* «P «" the While Howe wMIe •«• reamN the — Coed Missing at East Michigan (/. d) The Washington Post YPSILANTI, MICH. (AP) \n Eastern Michigan Univer- ity coed has been missing for more than a day from her dor itory on the Ypsilanti ampus, authorities in Was.hte- aw County reported Thursday. During the past two years even young women, two of hem Eastern Michigan coeds lave been murdered in the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area. An Ann Arbor man has been charged with one- of the slay ngs, but there have been no arrests in the other six. The missing girl was identi ied as Karen Sue Beineman 8, of Grand Rapids. Police said she was last seen at abou noon Wednesday in her dor mitory and was reported miss ing at about 11 p.m. Michigan State Police havi ieen called in to assist in the search for Miss Beineman. Plan Talks on Water Pollution WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel announced Thursday the first in a series of federal- state meetings on water pollution control policy. Carl L. Klein, assistant secretary of water quality and re-1 search, is to meet here on Aug. 5 .with, representatives from! 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Officials concede the , tobacco Industry's offer and expected opposition from the broadcast Industry to «nch • quick phaseout would put the administration in a delicate position. The broadcast industry, which has offered to phaso out cigarette ads' over a four-year period, is expected to oppoWa }lan that would mean an almost immediate loss of $238 million a year in advertising revenue. The smoking report, entitled "The Health Consequences^of Smoking — 1969 Supplement," s the third in a series required annually by Congress under a 1965 law. The report was due by July 1. It reportedly will cite new evidence linking cigarette smoking to heart attacks, cancer of the throat, emphysema, non-cancerous month disorders, and pregnancy troubles. It reportedly also will say that no evidence has been uncovered to refute earlier findings that link cigarette smoking to a broad range of maladies, including numerous forms of cancer, heart disease and other disorders. The report is a summary by the National Clearing House on Smoking and Health of more than 600 reports read at medical meetings or published in medical journals over the past year. The report was ready we ago but has been partially rewritten once because Surgeon General William Stewart/was unhappy with technical language. / ;. NO CUBAN CENSUS HAVANA, CUBA/<AP) - The Castro government has postponed its first Census because many Cubans/are away from_ home working in the sugar cane fields. inois, New Washington, York, South Vermont and Nebraska. Colorado, Carolina, EXPERT Watch & Jewelry REPAIRING ROGERS JEWELERS Once-a-Year SALE "SHOCKING" Hand and Body Lotion Schiaparelli 1.75 Regularly $3 2.75 Regularly $5 The Sale Vow Alwayt Wait For "Shocking's" all over beautifier to perfume and pamper the skin. A rich textured moisturizer that is quickly absorbed by the skin to help prevent flakiness and dryness. Leave! the skin soft, smooth and delicately scented with "SHOCKING" fragrance. 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