Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 35
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 35

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, August 16, 1970
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Halt oi Gl deaths laid to peasants United Pren fntenttfMial SACRAMENTO, Calif Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif, said yesterday "a shocking, little-known fact" is that more than half the American troops killed in Vietnam were killed by South Vietnamese civilian peasants. Speaking to a state Democratic convention, Cranston said, "Over half of the American boys who have died in Vietnam were not killed by front-line Vietcong or North Vietnam troops. "They were killed by South Vietnamese peasants—men, women and children—who planted mines and booby traps." The freshman senator told newsmen later his remarks were based on information from "totally reliable" government sources, "All too often, 'liberation' of a village from Vietcong control means AmericM soldiers shell the village and burn the huts, Vietnamese soldiers rape the women and steal the livestock, and absentee landlords return to reclaim the land given to the peasants by the Vietcong," he said. "Small wonder," Cranston said, repeating a statement he made a year ago, "the Pentagon has a contingency plan for fighting the South Vietnamese." The Senator said American troops are becoming "an ever-more-inviting target" to the Vietcong under President Nixon's "slow, erratic with- d r a w a 1 under Vietnamiza- tion." Cranston said he advocates "a fixed timetable for withdrawal of all our troops." POWs of W II petition Nixon on Viet prisoners PORT ARTHUR, Tex. (UPI) — Members of an organization of World War II prisoners called on President Nixon yesterday "to create a state of national and world indignation" over the treatment of U.S. prisoners held by the North Vietnamese. A letter was sent to Nixon by delegates to the annual convention of the "Lost Battalion," a group of Texas National Guardsmen and survivors of heavy cruiser USS Houston who were captured early in World War II and spent 42 months as Japanese prisoners of war. 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