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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 26, 1969, Tokyo, Japan Report Claims 7th Fleet To Halt Taiwan Patrols I 1 I f Ai 11 18 K TOKYO UPI The United States has told Japan the 7th Fleet will be withdrawn from patrols of the Strait of Formosa off the China Kyodo News Agency reported The quoting in formed diplomatic said the official reason given for the move was to save But it said the sources believed it was aimed at relaxing ten sions to try to speed a tion of diplomatic talks between the and the Peking In the State De said that any naval re ductions now under way will not reduce the commitment to Nationalist Chinas defense un der the 1954 Mutual Defense Press officer Robert McCloskey was asked whether reduced naval deployment or patrolling by the 7th Fleet would lower the Tne State Department without confirming whether or not a 7th Fleet reduction is tak ing said This will in no way affect the defense commitment to the Republic of China nor the ability Continued on Back 1 AN AUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PACIFIC COMMAND voi 1969 Truce a Ray of Peace Christmas Orbits the World American Red Cross girls and nurses from Cu headquarters of the 25th sing Christmas carols with infantrymen of the divisions 3rd Brigade at Patrol Base 30 miles west of Sai as the Christmas ceasefire AP Radiophoto By The Associated Press Christmas 1969 came as it has in recent years with hostilities in Africa and the Middle It emerged in a temporary truce on South Vietnamese bat and seemed to overshadow some of the worlds prob Decorations ranged from evergreen boughs in Canada to bamboo leaves in the Gifts told of the giver and his cus Prayers in different tongues spoke of the birth of Christmas and its mes sage Peace on In the Middle East Israeli se curity forces moved through the birthplace of as thousands of pilgrims poured At times the military seemed to outnumber the resi dents and An Israeli helicopter kept watch for any suspicious Three loud explosions rattled windows in Bethlehem Christ mas but one Israeli official brushed aside fears they were the work of Arab He said they probably were caused by supersonic It was third Christmas under Israeli That little town was taken from Jordan in In the allied com mands and the Viet Cong ob served Fighting had been at a low level for several Continued on Back 1 Spirit of Years and 2 Wars Apart By 5 ALAN MAGARY Staff Correspondent FIRE SUPPORT BASE BAS TOGNE This is a story about Christmas at two places named Both were 25 years by the 101st Air borne In the 101st was at sur rounded by several German di Christmas was cold and bleak and there was a lot of fighting and You might say that Fire Sup port Base Bastogne in Vietnam is Its the west base of the but helicopters are a lifeline and Route which runs to Hue and Camp the division base is The enemy is not as active as the Germans And the Christmas being cele here by the 2nd 501st and the crews of the big guns is not as bitter cold as the one the Screaming Eagles tried to celebrate in On two German armies 26 ar artillery pieces were suddenly thrown against only four divisions guarding the line west of the Rhine This was the big German counteroffensive aimed at reaching the Meuse and the Allies were not pre The line buckled and created The The 101st was on in On the division many of the paratroopers without some without weapons loaded on 380 cattle trucks and headed to Somebody there asked an What was I dont he every body else is leaving and the 101st is coming The first unit to arrive which bore the brunt of the fighting in the first days was the 501st Parachute Julian Ewell command The 2nd 501st is a descendant of the 501st of Bas and Ewell is now a three star general commanding II Field The division Maxwell who was away in Washington in midDe cember became dor to Vietnam and greeted the first brigade of the 101st when it arrived in The man who led the armor spearhead which broke through to Bas togne was Creighton now MACV Whats merry about all you ask wrote An the man who nuts to a German sur render Were fight Its We arent home but we have stopped cold ev Continued on Back 1
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