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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

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4-Algano (la.) Upper Dec Mein«s Tuesday, March 19, 1968 WASHINGTON Meny-Go-Round &SSE3? *dt r&frinJ \ h PREW PEARSOM SAIGON - If you talk to newsmen in Saigon about the Vietnam outlook, they are gloomy. Morale is low. They expect the war to continue for years and years. Many doubt whether we can ever win. If you talk to troops at the front, however, morale is high. They would like to be turned loose to blast more villages. They are not discouraged. The chief reason probably is the one- year rotation rule. In 12 months, they know that, regardless of whether we are winning or losing, they will go home. Indeed, while Gen. William Westmoreland was screaming for more men to fight off the harum- scarum Viet Cong attacks, veteran combat troops were being hurried home as fast their 12- months Vietnam hitches ran out. The need for more men is still so desperate that replacements are rushed into fatigues, handed loaded rifles and hustled off to sandbagged outposts without the customary four-day indoctrination course. Yet, even at the height of the Viet Cong offensive, planes continued to take off loaded with combat troops heading for home or for the bright lights of Bangkok, Hong Kong and Honolulu. Only the sporadic mortar attacks on the airfields briefly held up the departing planes. This has raised a question, taken up with Gen. Earle Wheeler, the Joint Chief s chairman, during his recent consultations in Saigon, whether the 12-months tours should be extended. Just as our combat troops become experienced at Vietnam- style warfare they are shipped home and replaced by greenhorns. Those willing to cope with the exhaustive paper work are also given a week of "rest and recreation" in the middle of their Vietnam duty. This has made calendar- watchers out of GIs in Vietnam. As they approach the end of their 12 months some also start playing it safe, taking fewer risks. On the other hand, officers here agree that the 12-month limit is an important factor in their high morale. - o - - EFFICIENCY VS. MORALE - An Army spokesman told this column that morale is much better than in the Korean War. He attributed this chiefly to the 12-month policy. "Men can put up with anything," he said, "if they know it won't last more than a year." The improvement in morale has been achieved, however, at a high cost in efficiency. Two- year draftees, for example, usually reach Vietnam after six to eight months in the Army. Then, after their year of war, they go home to wait out the remaining few months of their enlistment. A few are utilized as instructors, but most merely sit around Army camps twiddling their thumbs. Sometimes the Army has discharged them early rather than keep them idle. Put bluntly, the manpower shortage in Vietnam could be solved by extending tours of duty from 12 to 18 months. Gen. Westmoreland fears, however, this would cause serious demoralization. Meanwhile, Wheeler has brought the problem home for the Joint Chiefs to chew on. - o - - WASHINGTON IGNORED - Orders from Washington to reorganize, retrain and re-equip the South Vietnamese army have gone virtually undeededinSaigon. The purpose was to turn more of the fighting over to the South Vietnamese. However, the program has been sidetracked by the four south Vietnamese corps commanders whose war-lord powers would be curbed by the re-organization. They are supported by the American field commanders who have developed a personal relationship with the war lords. The American generals are reluctant to turn new equipment over to the South Vietnamese. As a result, only a few elite South Vietnamese units have the firepower of the guerrillas they face. This is one reason why Americans must do most of the fighting. A limited retraining program has been started, but it is not the' thorough overhaul that Secretary of Defense McNamara ordered last year. He wanted to revamp the South Vietnamese army into a swift-striking counter-insurgency force. His plan was opposed from the beginning, however, by the brass hats here, who still insist that the South Vietnamese should be trained to defend themselves against a Korean-style invasion from the North rather than an unorthodox guerrilla war. After the Americans leave, these generals contend, the chief threat will be an invasion. All told, 52 South Vietnamese battalions have received some retraining. In the III Corps, an American battalion tried adopting a South Vietnamese battalion for training purposes. It has turned out to be simpler, however, to send the South Vietnamese through a conventional training center. Some reforms have also been adopted to improve the lot of the individual South Vietnamese soldier. The programs no doubt contributed to the generally good showing of the South Vietnamese during the recent Tet offensive. They fall far short, however, of the shake-up that is needed. - o - - TOO MUCH THUNDER - In pursuit of the elusive Viet Cong, U. S, infantrymen often arrive in the jungle with a thunder that signals their approach. The Fourth Army Division, in particular, begins a jungle foray by blasting a landing zone in the tangled foliage. Then helicopters, carrying construction equipment, arrive with a great roar. Finally the combat troops show up to search for the Viet Cong who, by this time, have faded silently away. An Army spokesman explained to this column that it was sometimes necessary to clear a landing zone before troops could be brought in. He contended that the Viet Cong, who are "foot mobile," could still be caught. - o -MCCARTHY GAINS - The Gene McCarthy campaign, which took an upswing in New Hampshire, has done two healthy things. One, it gave the people of New Hampshire a choice to vote for or against war. In the last Senate election they had a choice only between two hawks, one Republican, one Democratic. Second, Gene McCarthy has jumped vigorously, and with both feet, on the old Joe McCarthy bugaboo of seeing communists under beds, including beds in the Far East. This bugaboo, which stymied American foreign policy in John Foster Dulles's day, was responsible for getting us into the mess in Vietnam. It was Dulles, following the McCarthy wave of terror, who whipped the dominio theory and, to cope with it, created SEATO, now a hollow shell. Exposure of this was long overdue. Unfortunately, President Johnson's cohorts revived the Joe McCarthy techniques. - o - -BROWN VS. BROWN - Pat Brown, long-time governor of California, now retired, was on the CBS Cronkite show with his son Jerry, debating the question of Sen. Gene McCarthy and peace in Vietnam. Jerry Brown is a strong dove. Former Gov. Brown is a reluctant, sometimes dubious, hawk. After the debate was over, Mrs. Pat Brown, who also happens to be Jerry's mother, remarked to her husband: "Wasn't Jerry great I" "But what about your husband f asked the other debater. "Well, you were great, too," agreed Mrs. Brown as an afterthought. - o - - MERRY-GO-ROUND - The new mayor of Washington, Walter Washington, expressed his regret to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin after a bomb damaged the Soviet Embassy on 16th Street. In the past, mayors of other cities, including Richard Daley of Chicago, haven't bothered to apologize when citizens of their cities bombed Yugoslav consulates .... The bomb damage to the adjacent University Club was almost as great as to the Soviet Embassy alongside .... The police have been checking license tags of all cars parked around the Soviet Embassy and the University Club, as suspect .... Friends of Chief Justice Earl Warren are kidding him that the police may check on his license plate. He parks nearby when he swims daily at the University Club. So far, the police haven't taken him in for questioning. If they do, he'll invoke the Malloryrule. Win Ratings WEST BEND - Twelve high school speech students received I ratings at the District contest March 2 at Sutherland and will enter state competition March 23 at Spencer. The students are Jackie Knecht, Patty Orwig, Pat Schuller, Mark Reding, Dan Banwart, Jeannette Vernia, Linda Thatcher, Ann Schany, Nancy Frieden, Kathie Smith, Rose Banwart and Chris Frohling, Speech coach is Ken Kannenberg. New Vehicle Licenses To 25 In Past Week New car and truck sales resulting in new licenses last week were as follows, according to the Kossuth County office of the motor vehicle registration division in the treasurer's office in the courthouse here: Ford - Michael Cink, Algona; Albert Rippentrop, Lakota; Taylor Implement Co., Algona (2); Whittemore Coop. Elevator, pickup; Merrill Hagedorn, Ledyard. Mercury - Ralph Nichols, Whittemore f Fred Stecker, Lakota; Everds Bros., Algona. Pontiac - Edwin Farland, Swea City. Chevrolet - Carol Reding, Whittemore; George Goetz, Wesley; Arthur Fischer, Elmore; Elmer Steier, Whittemore. Plymouth — Richard Simpson, Irvington; Lewis Franzen, Titonka. Chrysler - Larry Hudson, Algona. Volkswagen — John J. Welp, Bancroft. Buick — Albert Looft, Bancroft. Oldsmobile - Christine McCullough, Algona. Lincoln — Harold H. Murray, Lakota. Dodge — Robert Devine, Algona. GMC — Alfred Bormann, Bancroft; Miles Wallace, Lakota. Honda - Russell Harms, Algona. Wesley Club Lays Plans For Algona Fete WESLEY - A' regular meeting of the Wesley Boys 4-H Club was held March 11 at the Wilfred Becker home. Twenty members and 10 visitors were in attendance. The pledge of allegiance was led by Bessie Skow. The 4-H Day committee decided to meet at the Joe Skow home, but no date was set. The members were reminded that a showmanship contest will be held at the Berl Priele farm home. The 4-H pledge was led by Karl Kiley. To round off the evening, Mrs. Becker served lunch. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Craig Loebig and children of Hopkins, Minn, spent the March 10 weekend in the parental Carl Brown home at Algona and in the Wilfred Loebig home, Wesley. They all visited Gary Loebig, son of the Wilfred Loebig's, in Mercy hospital, Ft. Dodge. Gary suffered a fractured vertebra in a recent car accident. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bode spent the March 10 weekend in Omaha with their son Mark and family. Mrs. Dwight Seaberg reports that $63 was collected in the Heart Fund drive which was held in Wesley township. She is chairman and was assisted by Mesdames Lester Larson, Bob Schueler, John Paulson, Chas. Seebeck and Lyle Alexander. Af Meeting Sanford Mitchell, supervisor of production and shipping for Midwest Concrete Industries, West Des Moines, attended a manufacturing and management program at the University of Wisconsin March 6-8. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melfred Mitchell, Lone Rock. Letter carriers' uniforms are a 50-50 blend of the Union blue and Confederage gray. FOR PLUMBING HEATING COOLING INSTALLATION - REPAIR OR REMOOaNG WE'RE AT YOUR SERVICE Phone 295-2104 LAING Plumbing-Hearing-Cooling 12 No. Dodge, Algona .COME IN TODAY LONG LOOK at your NCOME If taxes are o pain In the neck to you, let BLOCK do the job. In no time, your return is prepared, double- checked and guaranteed for accuracy. Try enjoying taxes for a change. 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