Pacific Stars And Stripes, April 29, 1969

Pacific Stars And Stripes

April 29, 1969

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Issue date: Tuesday, April 29, 1969

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - April 29, 1969, Tokyo, Japan^iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiif Would fight Both u PACIFIC •v"STAR AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMA IPES Vol. 25, No. 118 Tuesday, April 29, 1969 FLAMES SPEW FROM NATION'S MOST POWERFUL SOLID-FUEL ROCKET IN TEST FIRING AP Radiophoto A 30-Mile Rocket Roar COYOTE, Calif. (UPI) — Amonster booster rocket, the na- tion's most powerful solid-fuel powered engine passed its first firing test Saturday with a roarthat prompted inquiries to police 30 miles away.The 350-ton booster, designed to help launch the DefenseDepartment's secret manned orbiting laboratories project beginning in mid-1972, reachedits maximum thrust of 1.4 million pounds as it burned fortwo minutes on a massive steel (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1) Early Vote Shows De Gaulle Losing His 'Win or Quit' Test PARIS (AP) — The referen-dum bill President Charles de Gaulle says he must have to stay in power was losing in par-tial voting returns Sunday night, while two independent computeranalyses forecast the defeat of the proposal.With roughly 40 per cent of the vote tabulated, the Interior Min-istry said votes against the bill totaled 4,805,010 (50.95 per cent) and that votes for it totaled 4,- 626,739 (49.05 per cent).Within minutes of the last pol- ling booths closing at 8 p.m.,computers of Radio Europe No. One and the French Press Agen-cy predicted defeat in Metropoli- tan France for De Gaulle on thebasis of first returns. If the predictions were correctthis would leave De Gaulle's only chance of survival depend- ent on the vote from France's 10overseas territories which in the past have solidly supported him..Radio Europe No. One said that based on computer esti-nates, the result of the French referenda m in MetropolitanFrance would range between: "no" — 50 to 55 percent, "yes"45 to 50 percent. In Colombey-les-deux-Kglises, (Continued on Back Page, Col. 3) HONG KONG (UP!) —Lin Piao, Communist Chinese defense min- ister, said China was prepared to take on both Russia and the United States in a nu- clear war, according to a Radio Peking report Sunday. Lin, the No. 2 man in theworld's most populous na- tion, warned of the threatof a possible nuclear con- frontation in a political re-port delivered early this month to the Ninth Nation- al Congress of the ChineseCommunist Party. The report, which outlined theparty's general political pro- (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1) Shattering Blasts Jolt Da Nang S8.S Vietnam Bureau DA NANG, Vietnam.— Hun-dreds of tons of bombs, shells and other munitions went up ina shattering series of explosions Sunday when a wind-blowngrass fire touched off an ammo dump next to the huge Da Nangair base. Explosions were rocking theentire area at midnight, nearly 14 hours after the first blast.No one was reported killed, but 1! U.S. Marines were re- ported injured — none seriously— and hundreds of civilians and military men were evacuatedfrom threatened areas. Among them were about 250 Marine in-mates and 50 Viet Cong prison- ers of the Marine brig.Marine truck drivers and MPs made their way through showersof flaming shrapnel to extricate military men, civilians and theprisoners from the western side of the big base.The roofs of some hangars were crumpled by the titanic-blasts, and parts of a two-story barracks were caved in. Dam-age to the airfield—the world's second busiest — was light.Source of the fire was traced to burning papers from a Viet-namese garbage pit on the base perimeter. The papers were (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1) BULLETIN LA PAZ, Bolivia (DP!) — Pre- sident Rene Barrientos Ortuno,49, was killed Sunday when his helicopter crashed near Cocha-hamba in the Bolivian interior, Radio Comlor announced offici- ally. ;

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