Pacific Stars And Stripes, September 22, 1997

Pacific Stars And Stripes

September 22, 1997

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Issue date: Monday, September 22, 1997

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 22, 1997, Tokyo, JapanClinton threatens to veto schools bill/10 Family, diplomats mourn officials killed in crash/5 Ohio State hangs on to beat Arizona/40 MONDAY, SEPT. 22,1997 2B<*fJ)T106 52nd YearNo. 264 50$ Killer view Patrick Buffett/Stripes Marine Corps family member Austin Cox, 3, checks out a Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment equipment display during the MCAS Futenma Flightline Fair on Saturday. The event wrapped up Sunday evening. Witness says B-1 was flying low, slow BY BRIAN WITTE The Associated Press ALZADA, Mont — The Air Force B-1B bomber that ripped a half-mile gouge across the prairie, killing its four crew members, was flying lower and slower than normal military flights in the area, a rancher said Saturday. "I thought that was kind of strange, but they do all kinds of different maneuvers out there," Jim Watts said. Watts, 41, who was herding cattle near an Air Force train- ing area in southeastern Mon- tana, said the B-1B "came over me real low and it was flying exceptionally slow for as low as tilt was flying exceptionally slow for as low as it was, I thought.^ Jim Watts, Montana rancher it was, I thought. Normally they're flying twice as fast as that." The crew of the plane from the 28th Bomb Wing had been practicing low-level maneuvers, which usually are performed at altitudes of 400 to 1,000 feet and speeds of 550 mph, Col. Will Fraser, the wing com- mander, said at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, S.D., about 100 miles to the southeast. There was no evidence the crew sent a distress signal be- fore Friday's crash, and investi- gators had not yet found the Please see CRASH, Page 6 US. troops return sacred icon to Korea BY Louis ARANA Stripes Seoul Bureau SEOUL — As Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Kudla searched through the smoldering ruins of Seoul's St. Nicholas Church during the Korean War, he spotted something he recog- nized immediately as being ex- tremely valuable to his Russian Orthodox religion. It was a purple velvet tapes- try, embroidered with gold and silver thread and bearing a hand-painted image of Christ. The former altar boy told ac- quaintances later that the church already had been van- dalized and he feared that if he didn't retreive it, "the Commu- nists would destroy it." He packed the 15-pound cloth — called a Plashchanitsa by Russian Orthodox devotees and Epitaphios in the Greek Ortho- dox religion — securely and mailed it for safekeeping to his own church, in St. Michael's in Rankin, Pa. It was used there during Good Friday services for several years, then was stored in the attic of the Pennsylvania church's parish house and near- ly forgotten. St. Nicholas now is a Greek Orthodox cathedral, and Bishop Sotirios Trambas, who heads Irana/Stripes TRAMBAS: Icon recovered the religion in Korea, said he and other parishioners had thought that the icon "was de- stroyed and lost forever" along with other church artifacts that Please see ICON, Page 6 ;

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