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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - June 9, 1969, Tokyo, Japan ~?ifitm1i21"n1ft*in MajorBy SPEC. 6 ERIC JOHNSS&s Vietnam BureauSAIGON — Offen-sive-minded Commu-nist troops sufferedstaggering casualtiesFriday and early Sat-urday in the secondday of bitter fightingbetween Saigon andthe Cambodian border.Close to 650 enemytroops died in majorbattles, while militaryofficials listed 13 Al-lied soldiers dead and34 wounded*At least 323 North Viet-namese soldiers died Satur-day morning as they triedto storm a 25th Inf. Div.outpost six miles from theCambodian border for thesecond day in a row. U.S.casualties were two wound-ed.Seventy-six Reds had beenkilled in a Friday morning at-tack on the same fire supportbase, named Crook, 65 milesnorthwest of Saigon in Tay NinhProvince.The camp was hit with about(Continued on Back Page, Col. 1)AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATIONFOR THE U.S. ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMANDVol. 25, No. 159HONOLULU (AP)—President Nixon, stop-ping here Saturday en route to his Vietnamsummit conference on Midway Island, believesthat the North Vietnamese are ready for seriouspeace bargaining.White House sources, speaking with the President'sapproval, said private talks and indirect contacts with re-presentatives of Hanoi and the Viet Cong have led toa conclusion that the stage is set for active negotiationsin Paris.The sources, who declined to be named, cautionedthat they expect the enemy to be as tough at the negotiat-ing table as it has been on the battlefield.Nixon flies to Midway Sunday for five hours of con-ferences with President Nguyen Van Thieu of SouthVietnam.Among other matters, they will talk about the even-tual withdrawal of some U.S. troops from South VietnamAA**M»IM*, I..-** o IQ/.O as the training of South Vietnamese replacements and theMonday, June 9, 1969 (Continued on Back Page, Col. 1)U.S. and Vietnamese firemen battle a Da Nang dock blazeset off by a Viet Cong rocket. The missile touched off a .supply of gasoline, and a nearby cargo ship was sunk in the resultingfire, (AP Radlophoto)Brezhnev Accuses Mao of N-War PlansRoberfTaylorFallingSANTA MONICA, Calif.(UPI)—Robert Taylor, theromantic screen lover of the1940s and 50s, Saturdaywas near death, sufferingfrom terminal cancer.A spokesman for St. John'sHospital, where the actor wasundergoing treatment for lungcancer, said Friday Taylor'scondition was "rapidly deterio-rating" and death is "inevitablein the immediate future."He said it could come in "aweek, maybe more, maybeless."The spokesman said the 57-year-old actor knew he was suf-fering from terminal cancer andthat he was about to die. He saidTaylor was "resting as comfort-ably as can be expected and isnot in too much pain."Taylor had part of his rightlung removed in October andlater his wife, German actressUrsula Thiess, confirmed thathe was suffering from cancer.Taylor, whose film stocksoared after he played oppositeIrene Dunne in "MagnificentObsession" in the 30s, has mademore than 70 movies and star-red in his own television series.Among his film credits are"Camille," a classic in which hecostarred with Greta Garbo; "A(Continued on Back Page, Col, 5)MOSCOW (UPI) — Sovietleader Leonid I. Brezhnev told aworld Communist conferenceSunday that Red China wasplanning a nuclear war againstRussia.In one of the most blisteringattacks ever delivered againstchairman Mao Tse-tung by aCommunist, Brezhnev accusedPeking of continuing border pro-vocations and of making "un-founded territorial claimsagainst the Soviet Union" -—which he promptly rejected.The vitriolic attack on Chinaelectrified the conference andraised the possibility of dis-sension among representativesof 75 parties gathered for a "un-ity" session in the Kremlin.Instead of soft-pedaling theSino-Soviet rift, as some diplo-matic observers had expected,Brezhnev laid it on the line. Hequoted a Chinese party news-paper as calling Thursday for"preparations to fight vSovietrevisionism in a conventional aswell as the great nuclear war."Then he said: "The SovietUnion has sufficiently strongforces to defend itself and theSoviet people have strong nervesand will not be frightened."While Brezhnev practicallyread China out of the Commu-nist movement for warlike ac-(Continued on Back Page, Col, 4)224 'Grand' LonelinessSYDNEY (UPI) — MichaelMullen, a 32-year old bachelorfrom Tyrone, Ulster, bought hisfirst lottery ticket last week,and called it "all alone," Fri-day, his ticket won first prizein a New South Wales operahouse lottery, worth $224,000,
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