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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - December 1, 1959, Long Beach, California                             24 KILLED AS AIRLINER HITS PEAK War Hero Rescues L. B. Buddy From fiery Ditch Found, 2 Die at Hospital 3 Survivors MARSHALL CHARLES WIEGAND arms bandaged as result of second- degree burns, expresses thanks to Jackson Charles Pharris, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner, who saved Wiegand from fiery death Monday. Mr. K Rattles Missiles, Urges BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Nikita S. Khru- shchev said today that the Soviet Union has a stock- pile of rockets with nuclear warheads sufficient "to raze to the ground all our potential enemies." But the visiting Soviel premier said Russia "ready to destroy all these stockpiles at once if a uni- versal disarmament program is adopted." The Soviet Union still wants an East-West summit meeting as soon as possible, he told the Congress of the Hungarian Communist Party the first since the 1956 anti- Soviet revolt in Hungary. His statement about rockel stockpiles recalled his asser- tion two weeks ago that the Soviet Union has one plant turning out 250 rockets .with hydrogen warheads a year He told Soviet journalists then that the stockpile was enough to destroy all Rus sia's potential enemies. BLAMING THE 1956 Hun- garian revolt on the "serious mistakes" of the Stalinist (Continued Page A-5, Col. 5) AF Trims BJOWork to Trickle WASHINGTON The Air Force today all but can- celed the B70 heavy bomber the program, on program. It cut which about a half billion dollars has been spent to date, back to a small-scale project to pro- duce a "prototype." It was reduced pro- result in a indicated the gram would couple of planes, the first to make its test flight in about 1963. THE B70, designed to fly at three times the speed of sound, was originally planned as a replacement for the B52 heavy, intercontinental clear bomber. North American Aviation Co. holds the major contract. General Electric was respon- sible for the .T93 advanced jet engine designed to power the bomber. North American said i will lay off workers before the Christmas holidays because of the cutback. It said some B70 workers may be transferred to other proj- ects, but "it is too soon to give an exact figure." OTHER MAJOR aircraft companies and electronic firms were heavily involved in the B70. Lockheed, Boeing and Chance Vought had major sub-contracts. The Air Force said that the work be- ing done by these three com- panies would be turned over to North American for the greatly reduced development program. Officials estimated that re- duction of the B70 program to a strictly development project would save the Air Force about 85 million dol- lars in the fiscal 1961 budget (lint will be submitted to Congress next month. Weather Clcnr tonight find clear and sunny Wednesday. Slightly cooler. Maxi- mum temperature by noon today: 87. WHERE TO FIND IT Shady promoters invade vending machine field. See second article in "Beware of Swindlers" series on Page A-4. Beach B-l. Hal C-5. C-5. D-4 to 9. C-6, 7. B-5. Death B-2. C-4. B-4. Shipping C-3. D-l to 4. C-2. Tides, TV, D-10. Earl C-5. B-6, 7, 8. Your A-2. A World War II Congres sional Medal of Honor win ner became a hero again Monday when he pulled a for mer shipmate from certain death in a flame-filled ditch Jackson Charles Pharris 47, of 5066 Rolling Meadows Lane, who was decorated foi bravery during the bombing of Paarl Harbor, sufferec minor burns in rescuing his long-time friend, Marshal Wiegand, 57, of 5140 Raton Circle. Both men, retired Navy of- ficers, were members of pipeline construction crew repairing a gas main behinc 326 Glendora Ave. shortly after noon when static elec- tricity ignited the gas fumes and flames filled the ditch where Wiegand was working V WIEGAND WHO ended 27 years of naval service in 1946, was partially out of the three-foot-deep ditch, but sur rounded by flames when his rescuer arrived. Pharris was on the other side of a fence, about 15 fee from the trench in which his companion was w o r k i n g when the blaze erupted. He liurdled the fence and threw limself on the ground at the edge of the heac and shoulders hardly two feet from the flames. "When I grabbed him, he was falling Phar- ris said. "A sheet of flame seemed to crawl right up his jack." PHARRIS, who retired in 1948 as a lieutenant com- mander, was gunnery officer aboard the USS California at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. When his ship was torpedoed and started to capsize, lie ;ave a counter-flooding order which allowed the ship to set- tle slowly to the bottom and 
                            

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