Pacific Stars And Stripes, March 21, 1969

Pacific Stars And Stripes

March 21, 1969

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 21, 1969, Tokyo, JapanI I CS ITITJ T DP Gin 1 JT Ju O AN AUTHORIZED PUBLICATION OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES IN THE FAR EAST Vol. 25, No. 79 ANGUILLA (AP) — The British lion—-sub- duing a mouse that roared—took control of AnguiSIa Wednesday. Nullifying the islanders'claims to independence, troops made a bloodless in-vasion of this Caribbean island and installed a com-missioner to rule in the name of Queen Elizabeth II.A task force of paratroopers, marines and Scotland Yard po-lice, believed to number 315 men, landed from warship:., andhelicopters at dawn in an oper- ation the British government termed Calypso.Dispatches from London said people there were calling it a Bay of Piglets.Riflemen in scarlet berets of LONDON (UP!)—The LondonEvening News Wednesday head- lines its report of the Anguillainvasion with "I Sav, Chaos, the Natives Arc Friendly." the Red Devil Parachute Regi-ment fanned across the island to check identifications of the 6,000 or so people — largely of Afri-can descent — and hunted for weapons.The islanders were warned at gunpoint to stay near their homes.Weeping in some cases, they heeded the orders.Bitterness was reflected, how- ever, in occasional chants for "black freedom,"A g r o u p of young girls shouted:"White is no good. We want a black leader for black people."Acting President Ronald Web- (Continued on Back Page, Col. 5) Friday, March 21, 1969 ws to the Queen ' *'-'" * vt"' ''• • ^^ ''•"r("^'-' BRITISH TROOPS, SUPPLIES LAND ON REBEL CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ANGUILLA. (AP) Peru Seizes U.S. Boats; D.C. in Uproar LIMA, Peru (AP)—The Peru-vian Navy seized two American tuna boats about 23 miles offPeru's northern coastline Wed- nesday and freed them afterforcing their captains to pay stiff fines.The latest episode stirred angry calls in Washington forreprisals and could worsen al- ready deteriorating U.S.-Peru- vian relations.Seized by a Peruvian torpedo boat were the San Diego-basedCape Anne and the San Juan. The San Juan hud been shot upby a Peruvian torpedo boat in a skirmish last month.Taken into the port of Talara, 700 miles north of Lima, thecaptain of the San Juan was forced to pay a $17,000 fine forillegal fishing while the Cape Anne was hit for an $K,0()0penalty, U.S. Embassy officials said.After the fines were paid, the vessels were allowed to leave,In San Diego, A u gust Felando, general manager of the American Tuna Boat Asso- ciation, said that Capt. JohnVirissimo, skipper of the San Juan, had reported the seizuresby radio. He said Virissimo messaged that a Peruvian war-ship bearing the number "22" intercepted the two boats about23 miles northwest of Punta Sol, Peru, and escorted them to the Peruvian port of Talara.Initial reports reaching Lima from northern Peru through in-dependent channels said only the San Juan had been captured. The Peruvian Navy Ministryin Lima said it had no information of any kind on the incident ex-cept the news dispatch from Washington. It said it was at- tempting to check with navalauthorities in the north. Announcement of the new en-counter on what is regarded by the United States as internation-al waters cast a spell of gloom over the U.S. Embassy. Peru claims a territorial wa- (CunUnued on Buck Page, Col. 4) WASHINGTON (AP) —Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird, in his first budget presenta- tion to Congress, an- nounced Wednesday he is dropping plans of boosting military pay an additional $1.2 bil- lion this year. The revised program of military pay will not affectthe $1.8 billion pay hike that will take place in July,Laird told the Senate Arm- ^d Services Committee. Thatpreviously approved legisla- tion will give servicemen a12 to 14 per cent hike. But because of budgetary pressures, he added in his pre-pared report for the closed-door presentation of the annual "de-fense posture" statement, fu- ture pay hikes are being re-ex-amined. The additional pay raise was designed originally as the firststep in the Nixon administra- tion's plan to establish an all-voluntary military force, In dropping the idea of anover-all $3 billion increase (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1) No Vief Cut In Troops Yef-Laird WASHINGTON (UPI) —De- fense Secretary Melvin 11. Lairdtestified Wednesday that U. S, commanders in South Vietnamsee no way under present conditions for any Americantroops to be withdrawn until Hanoi pulls out its forces.Laird called for additional funds for accelerating thetraining and equipping of South Vietnamese forces to the point where the South Vietnamese can replace Americans and "towork toward a situation in which U. S. forces can in factbe withdrawn in .substantial numbers,"Under the present moderniza- tion, program for the SouthVietnamese Army, he conti- nued, Saigon forces would becapable of defending only against Viet Cong guerrillas, and not strong enough to copewith North Vietnamese regu- lars.Laird, meeting with reporters after two hours in a closed Senate hearing, would not saywhether ho supported the generals' over-all assessment, (Continued on Buck Page, Col. 1) Lot to Store Spaghetti? NEW YORK

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