Tuesday, April 29, 1969

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - April 29, 1969, Tokyo, Japan ^iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiif Would fight BothuPACIFIC •v"STARAN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATIONOF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMAIPESVol. 25, No. 118 Tuesday, April 29, 1969FLAMES SPEW FROM NATION'S MOST POWERFUL SOLID-FUEL ROCKET IN TEST FIRINGAP RadiophotoA 30-MileRocket RoarCOYOTE, Calif. (UPI) — Amonster booster rocket, the na-tion's most powerful solid-fuelpowered engine passed its firstfiring test Saturday with a roarthat prompted inquiries topolice 30 miles away.The 350-ton booster, designedto help launch the DefenseDepartment's secret mannedorbiting laboratories projectbeginning in mid-1972, reachedits maximum thrust of 1.4million pounds as it burned fortwo minutes on a massive steel(Continued on Back Page, Col. 1)Early Vote Shows De GaulleLosing His 'Win or Quit' TestPARIS (AP) — The referen-dum bill President Charles deGaulle says he must have tostay in power was losing in par-tial voting returns Sunday night,while two independent computeranalyses forecast the defeat ofthe proposal.With roughly 40 per cent of thevote tabulated, the Interior Min-istry said votes against the billtotaled 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'sonly chance of survival depend-ent on the vote from France's 10overseas territories which in thepast have solidly supported him..Radio Europe No. One saidthat based on computer esti-nates, the result of the Frenchreferenda 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, CommunistChinese defense min-ister, said China wasprepared to take onboth Russia and theUnited States in a nu-clear war, according toa Radio Peking reportSunday.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 thismonth 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)ShatteringBlasts JoltDa NangS8.S Vietnam BureauDA NANG, Vietnam.— Hun-dreds of tons of bombs, shellsand other munitions went up ina shattering series of explosionsSunday when a wind-blowngrass fire touched off an ammodump next to the huge Da Nangair base.Explosions were rocking theentire area at midnight, nearly14 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 andmilitary men were evacuatedfrom threatened areas. Amongthem were about 250 Marine in-mates and 50 Viet Cong prison-ers of the Marine brig.Marine truck drivers and MPsmade their way through showersof flaming shrapnel to extricatemilitary men, civilians and theprisoners from the western sideof the big base.The roofs of some hangarswere crumpled by the titanic-blasts, and parts of a two-storybarracks were caved in. Dam-age to the airfield—the world'ssecond busiest — was light.Source of the fire was tracedto burning papers from a Viet-namese garbage pit on the baseperimeter. The papers were(Continued on Back Page, Col. 1)BULLETINLA PAZ, Bolivia (DP!) — Pre-sident Rene Barrientos Ortuno,49, was killed Sunday when hishelicopter crashed near Cocha-hamba in the Bolivian interior,Radio Comlor announced offici-ally.