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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - May 10, 1967, Oakland, California He Was A Kid Too, But I Shot First DA NAXG. Vietnam lAPt The U.S. Marines wwe telling the story of Steve to- day. He is an 18-year-old private. from Silver Spring. Aid., a member of a reconnaissance team. He was hit four limes m fne hours in a brisk exchange with North Vietnamese but the only man of eight in his team able to carry on the fight. Lopez and the others were sent in a helicopter yes- terday to observe trails in the lulls ou'rlooking Khe Sanh. recently the scene of 12 days of some of the most vicious fighting in the war. The .Marines found several empty bunkers, then moved to the crest of a hill for a better vantage poM. At midnight, the team came under heavy fire. They were surrounded by a company of North Viet- namese regulars, about 150 men. said he was hit in the head as soon as the firing started. then was hit in the chest, leg and head he said. "The enemy was about two feet from us at limes. They walked right up to us. "I shot the first one and the last one. One of the ones 1 shot looked very young, like 17. He walked right up to me. 1 looked at him and knew thai if 1 didn't shoot him, he would shoot me. "I was lying down on the ground and he didn't see me until he was right on top of me. I shot first. "They were all the place. I saw at least 15 dead in front of our position." Lopez kept continual radio contact with his outfit, the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, and directed air and artillc-iy strikes Four of his team members were killed and the others were so serious! y wounded that reported he could only that they were breathing. 3n the darkness. hi> superi- oi s said. kept calling for the artillery to "drop it closer, drop it closer." A .Marine captain, who talked to Lopez most of the time by radio, vaid "Tne kid was fantastic. Back here, we were actually scared to drop them closer. He once mentioned that he had bewi hit. lie kepi "I'm all right.' A helicopter making a res- cue attempt took fire. Two crew members were wounded and the pilot was killed. Another helicopter was .shot up in another rescue at- tempt. Helicopter fired at the bunker? :n the darkness between artillery barrages. With dawn, jet fighters were called in. Contact was broken and a helicopter picked up the survivors. Lopez said: "Check my camera. 1 look some good flicks out there and 1 want to get them developed." He is in satisfactory condi- tion at a Da Nang Navy hos- pital. OafUanbmQTribune A RESPONSIBLE METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER 94th YEAR, NO. 130 ES WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1967 10< DAILY, A MONTH Richmond s j! A ii i; B f- He's Been Framed A smashed window framing a doleful ball player tells the story here. Paul Vadakin, 8, of Buffalo, N.Y., had to admit to his dad, policeman Tom Vadakin, that he hit the ball that did the deed-in the Vadakin home. Paul's booming drive sailed over the head of xi Burglars Loot Home of Man Slain in Tavern Robbery Thieves broke into the home of murder victim John Gilbert last night and stole a televi- sion set and all his clothing. Gilbert, 75, was shot to death yesterday by one of two bandits who staged a robbery at Frank's Oasis, a bar at 6500 E. Mth SI. Police have arrested Percy Jones, 35, of 1788 E. 21st Si in connection with the slaying. He is held for investigation of murder. Insp. Richard Armando said Jones' car has been implicat- ed in the crime. Gilbert, a retired General .Motors plant worker, lived alone with his pet miniature poodle, Skipper, at 1730 65th Avc, Gilbert's .son, Oakland Fire- man George Gilbert of 7626 Valentine St., told police he had been at his father's home until about 7 p.m. yesterday and had removed some expcn- MVC power tools and other goods that might attract bur- City Wants More Subway Escalators The City of Oakland Mill fears there won't' be enough escalators in downtown sub- way stations. A. B. Ordway, chairman of the Mayor's Rapid Transit Advisory Committee, told Hay Area Rapid Transit (HART) officials yesterday the city wants more escalators at the and street stations beneath Broadway. lie loir) Ihc BA15T Engineer- ing Committee there should be more escalators at the side- entrances. BART pioposes each station have a total of 1.1 escala- tors, serving all three levels. This includes escalators from the street to mezzanine level ami from the mezzanine to the two train levels, according to James Browne, BART com- munity relations officer. BART intends to install four escalators at each station and to leave room for three more a! 12lh Street and two more at lOlh SI i eel, Browne said Monday Ordway was assured that at no time would all of the esca- lators between the street and Continued Page I, Col. 6 glars. He said he left the lights on in the house. But a neighbor noticed a door ajar at the slain man's home this morning and called Gilbert. The son said the looters took every garment they could find and he will have to buy a suit in which to bury his father. The younger Gilbert took Skipper, his father's pet dog who had been with his master in the tavern but became frightened by the shooting and fled home, his leash trailing. A neighbor, Mrs. John Mar- chi of 1003 65th Ave., had cared for Skipper until the son could come for him. Gilbert and the police were completing an inventory of the slain man's home today to Continued Page -I, Col. 2 small world Reading's Plea for U.S. Bombers Mayor Voted city Role Hit Another Out of Off ice ETHICS DiRATE Firemen's Pay, Park Bonds Lose By CURT SUTLIFF RICHMOND Mayor Mil- ton Spinner and incumbent councilman Bernard Evans, running as a team, were soundly defeated in yester- day's city council runoff. Incumbent Stanley Grydyk was overwhelmingly returned to office, polling votes, the first candidate in Rich- mond history to reach the vote mark. A record turnout of voters 'also overwhelmingly killed a bid by firemen to get a char- ter amendment passed giving them equal pay with police- men, and rejected park and recreation bonds and a museum bond issue. Grydyk, an accountant and attorney, was given his sec- ond six-year term on thevcoun- cil. He also was the highest finisher in the April primary with a record field of 20 candi- dates. Insurance and real estate man Donald Wagerman, with nine years experience on the City Planning Commission, finished second in yesterday's general election with followed by Nathaniel "Nat" Bates, with They will their seats on the nine member council on May 22. Businessman C. J. "Red" Doherty finished fourth with votes, followed by in- cumbent Mayor Milton M. Spinner with votes and incumbent councilman Ber- nard Evans with votes. The previous individual high vole record was held by John Sheridan who captured votes in 1957. But Grydyk's votes represents a bigger number and a higher percentage of Continued Page 4, Col. 3 Russian, U.S. Destroyers Scrape at Sea Compiled from AP and UPI WASHINGTON -A Sovicl destroyer scraped against a U.S. destroyer in the Sea of J a p a n today when it ap- proached too close to maneu- vering vessels despite repeal- ed warnings. A Defense Department an- nouncement said there were no injuries and only minor damage to both ships. The U.S. destroyer was the USS Walker. The Soviet ship was identified as the Bcsslednyi, of the Kotlin class. From flic Pentagon state- ment it appeared that the So- viet ship was harrassing the Walker. The Soviet warship was ob- serving a U.vS. task force con- Continued P.IRC 3, Col. 3 STANLEY GRYDYK DONALD WAGERMAN NATHANIEL BATES Sunshine And Showers There'll be a rainbow 'round your shoulder tomorrow, ac- cording to the weatherman's song today. He predicts it will be sunny, with a 10 per cent chance of showers. Tonight may bo wetter, with a -10 per cent chance of occa- sional chilly rain tempera- tures ranging from -10 to degrees. Tomorrow's h i g h s will tangc from 551063. In the mountains there will be occasional snow tonight, and tomorrow will be partly cloudy with snow flurries in the high ranges. Tempera- tures will be lower, and the snow level will drop to feet. By JIM WOOD Mayor John H. Reading to- day attacked "divisive and disruptive" federal anti- poverty agencies and called for reforms to bring them into harmony with City Hall. In testimony prepared for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower and Poverty, the mayor said Oakland will insist that feder- al agencies refrain from by- passing local government. He also toid the San Fran- cisco hearing that the poverty program, by its, heavy empha- sis on representation of the poor, may be fostering dishar- mony, rather than bringing groups together. "There is no city agency 10 serve 'the rich' or to repre- sent he said. "But by government policy we now have a commission of the poor, and they in turn have set up specific racial pro- grams for example the Spanish-speaking target area committee. "Charges have been made that we used to have a 'white power structure' made up of the wealthy elite, but that does not justify setting up a whole new government, for example, of poor Negroes. "What we need is closer co operation of all social, eco- nomic cultural and racial ele- ments of the Reading said. Reading praised the execu- tive director of Oakland's pov- erty program, Dr. Norvel Smith, and applauded the ef- forts of the Oakland Economic Development Commission's chairman, Judge Lionel Wil- son. But he was firm in his criticism of f <e d e r a 1 policy which would make the body independent of the city admin- istration. He said the OEDC, by its makeup, is not equipped to work with employers. Only three of 39 delegates are busi- ness people with the "neces- sary contact and understand- he said. Reading said that neverthe- less federal agencies had in- sisted on working through the OEDC on this summer's con- centrated employment p r o- gram. Reading said that neighbor- hood organizations, sponsored by the poverty war, many times have been used by dissi- dents to launch irresponsible charges and to sow discon- tent. He said that actual pariici- Contimied Page 4, Col. 2 MIG Base Compiled from AP and DPI SAIGON U.S. Navy jets today returned to the key north Vietnam Port of Haiphong and bombed two power plants within the city limits and Kien An, the huge MIG interceptor base on the outskirts, spokes- men said. The bombers attacked fire that knocked down a 536th American plane lost over North Vietnam. Its pilot was listed as "miss- ing in action." In the ground war, U S. Marines killed 31 Communists during a six-hour battle just below the demilitarized zone (DMZ) yesterday. Leath- erneck causualties were given as 24 killed and 19 wounded. U.S. jets earlier had hit only big power plants in Haiphong before. But the strike at Kien An's 5.900-foot long all- weather jet strip was the first. U.S. jest earlier had hit only two MIG bases near Hanoi, Hoa Lac, which is now report- ed knocked out of action. The grour.d battle in the northwest corner of South Vietnam developed when a Communist force of unknown strength opened up with sni- per and automatic weapons fire on part of the 3rd Marine Regiment nine miles north- west of Khe Sanh. Fighting continued for five hours. The North Vietnamese broke contact earlier last night after the Marines called in reinforcements and air sup- port. A Marine patrol reported lo- cating 203 North Vietnamese bodies in fresh graves near yesterday's battle site. They had been killed in 12 days of mountain fighting the battle of Khe Sanh ended last week when the Marines drove the North Vietnamese from the last of three strate- gic hills in the area close to the Laotian border and just below the demilitarized zone. Farther south in the 1st 'Corps area of South Vietnam, a task force of or more Marines continued a south- ward sweep flushing out North Vietnamese infiltrators 100-150 miles below the bor- der. The U.S. Command said 346 Reds have been killed since the operation was launched April 21, while Ma- rine casualties have been 52 killed and 232 wounded. through heavy anti-aircraft U.S. Navy A4 Skyhawk, the Lightning Kills Girl Near Shrine FAT1MA, Portugal (UPI) Lightning struck and killed a 10-year-old girl last night be- hind the Shrine of Fatima where Pope Paul VI will wor- ship on his brief trip here Sat- urday. Some farmers said the acci- dent was a bad omen for the papal trip, Paul's fourth trip abroad since he became Pon- tiff in 1963. The child, Luzia Dos Reis Lopes, was killed instantly when she was struck at a spot not far from where Lucia Dos Santos said she saw the Virgin Mary in an apparition 50 years ago Saturday. Dissidence Haunting Mao Purge By RAYMOND LAWRENCE Foreign News Analyst Mao Tse-tung's battle to purge his enemies is "criti- cal" and worsening" in at least four provinces, accord- ing to the Chinese Communist Party Chairman's own back- ers. In Szechwan province hun- dreds of thousands of peas- ants fought Maoists and more than persons were re- ported by Japanese corre- spondents killed or wounded within four weeks. The situation in the provin- Continued Page 3, Col. 1 Guard Cutback-Upgrading Wins OK From Generals By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) A committee of generals has se- cretly voted 11 to 10 for a con- troversial plan to drop 15 Na- tional Guard divisions and four reserve brigades, it was learned today. The National Guard divi- sions expected to be eliminat- ed include the -10th Infantry and the -Kith Armored, both of California. Narrow as it was, the vote Is regarded as a boost for the. plan, which is believed to have the general blessing of Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. The proposal latest step in a year-long Pentagon drive to streamline the reserve forces is expected to en- counter stiff opposition from powerful members of Con- gress. The 21-mcmber Reserve Forces Policy Committee vot- ed last week. The Regular Army, the Guard and the Re- serves have seven representa- tives each on the panel. Pentagon officials have classified details of the plan on which the generals voted as secret. The Army said de- tails include information on force structure, manning and equipment levels, and mobili- zation and contingency plan- ning which could assist a po- tential enemy. It is known that the effect of the lalest reorganization pro- posal would be to place vir- tually all the combat units of the Army backup forces in the National Guard, and service support outfits in the Reserve. The cutting edge of the Guard would he reduced to eight divisions and If! inde- pendent brigades a total of Continued Page 3, Col. 4