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   Naples Daily News (Newspaper) - April 30, 1975, Naples, Florida                                Edison College May Lose Its Accreditation See Page 1B Serving Naples, Marco, Everglades, tmmokalee, Golden Gate, Bontta Springs The Playoffs: Hockey, Basketball Step to the Front Stories on 1C 52nd Year No, 239 Four Sections 40 Pages NAPLES FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 30, 1975 UPI Wire Service 15c Daily, 35c Sunday Vietnam Falls; Saigon Is Now Communist-Run LATE WATCH Mrs. Ford looks on as the President discusses evacuation of Americans from South Vietnam with a senior, aide by telephone from the family quarters in the White House late Monday night. upr SAIGON (UPI) A trium- phant Communist army riding tanks, trucks and captured American Jeeps took over Saigon today and raised the Viet Cong flag over the pre- sidential palace in what the Communist world hailed as a great victory of historic importance. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops jubilant over the unconditional surren- der that ended 35 years of war againstA m e r i c a Japanese and South Vietnamese Saigon Radio and announced they were renaming theSouth Vietnamese capital "Ho Chi Minh City." The occupation of the city three hours and a half after the last Americans were flown out in U.S. Marine helicopters'was mostly peaceful, but there were some sporadic firelights in the capital as last ditch defenders foughtsulcide battles. One by one, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops overwhelmed the holdouts and gained complete control of alt of Saigon, They crashed tanks through the wall at the presidential palace and hoisted a huge Viet Cong flag -red on the lop, blue on the bottom with a gold star in the center. President Duong Van Minh was reported in custody. DPI photographer Hoang Van Cuong rode one of the Russian- made tanks into the presiden- tial compound surrounded by approving, smllingsoldiers who shouted "Press guys, good." The Viet Cong made no attempts to interfere with picture taking or news covera- ge. One noisy fight broke out in front of the presidential palace -now the Viet Cong headquar- ters UPf correspondent Alan Dawson was attempting to make contact with senior Communist officials to discuss news and photograph opera- tions. (Continued on Page 2A) NEW HOME First things first, a newly arrived South Vietnamese woman, just off an airliner and just arrived at Camp Pendteton, a sprawling Marine Corps Training camp near Oceanside, Calif., hangs her clothes out to air outside a quonsel hut on the base, which will be her home until she is relocated. She and severs! hundred other refugees arrived here aboard chartered airliner and military craft, Tuesday as Saigon fell to the North Viet- namese forces. Everglades Boat Captain Dies at 71 EVERGLADES CITY Capt. Jim Thompson, 71, died Monday in Miami. He and his widow, th'e former Leafy Brown, are registered as the first couple married in Collier County on Oct. 1, 1923. A professional charter boat cpalain for more than 50 years, Thompson numbered among his client Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman. Both had chartered his boat the Sea Pa! for fishing expeditions. Included in his survivors are his wife; two sons, Ernest and James Thompson of Naples; a daughter, Mrs. Gene Davidson of Everglades City; 10 grand- children; three great-grand- Ford Decision To Evacuate Long Delayed WASHINGTON (UPI) For days President Ford received pleas from Congress to get the last Americans out of Saigon immediately, but lie delayed the final evacuation until Saigon's airpprt.was threatened by Communist artillery fire. Then, at 'the very last moment Tuesday, a mob of South Vietnamese civilians got out of control at'Tan Son Nhul airfield and made the airport unusable by surging across the landing strips. This unexpected and poten- tially disastrous development forced evacuation authorities quickly to transfer American evacuees and South Vietnamese refugees to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Saigon for the final lift out by helicopter from the landing pad on the embassy's roof. Secretary of State Henry Kissingerdetailedtnedramallc operation and President Ford's crucial decisions miles away a news conference Tuesday afternoon when the evacuation was essentially complete and Am- bassador Graham Martin was aboard one of the final helicopter flights en route to U.S. territory.': Kissinger said Tuesday that Martin "was in a very difficult situation. He fell a moral obligation to the people with whom he had been associated, and he attempted to save as many of those as possible." Kissinger disclosed that the administration had been in touch with the North Viet- namese and representatives of the Viet Cong through unnamed intermediaries. MAROONED ON ROMANO Heavy seas and ultra-high tides shoved the 33-foot yacht, "Fantasy" high onto the beach at Cape Romano Monday afternoon with two men and three women aboard. The story of additional photos are on Page 4B. Ihclr rescue and Pholo by Wclliel Saigon Now 'Ho Chi Minh City7 SAIGON (UPI) Viet Cong soldiers atop Russian-made tanks rumbled down Tu Do Street this afternoon past uniforms discarded along the curb by soldiers of a thoroughly defeated government. As the tanks chewed up the asphalt on the garish half-mile strip of bars, where pretty hostesses served and charmed thousands of American GIs, a Communist broadcaster told the people of this war-weary capital its name henceforth will be HoChi Minh City. Tanks had already moved onto the tree-lined grounds of the presidential palace, where several dozen captured govern- ment soldiers hunkered.on th'e grass under the rifles of Viet Cong guards. Vu Van Mau, prime minister of the government which reigned only a day and a half before the end of the 30-year Indochina War toppled it, told the people by radio that "the entire city of Saigon has been completely liberated. We have agreed to surrender without conditions." Mau told the people lo "welcome this day of peace." But if peace finally was at hand, the sound of gunfire still could he heard in the center of Saigon, suggeslinglhe possibili- ty of pockets of resistance. Most Saigonese gazed silently at their conquerors. A few cheered, but most simply watched and awaited an uncer- tain futura under Communist rule. A police colonel committed suicide as the tanks rolled into the center of the city by firing a bullet into his brain CAPT. JIM THOMPSON presidents were clients. children, a brother and six sisters. Funeral services will be held ai 10 a.m. Friday at the Cho- koloskee Church of God. Burial will be in ihe Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by the Pittman's Kast Trail Chapel. Bridge Newu 1B Section SB DearAbby Solar, .4B 1C Editorial 6A Women's News 2A 1-3D Testing Now Required For Builder's License Photo by Petlenglll Lois Ganler holds her certificate of competency By FRANK PETTENGILL Staff Writer "I am an officer in the com- Lois Garncir told the county commission Tuesday, "but I am not competent to build a house." Mrs. Gamier holds a class "A" certificate of competency as a builder and an occupa- tional license in Collier County. That fact prompted the county commission to approve an or- dinance Tuesday requiring contractors to pass an examln- ation to prove their compe- tency before county cer- tificates will be issued in the future. Mrs. Garnier's husband, John, a building contractor, said he secured the license (nr his wife last month to prove Collier County had an ineffective ordinance, "WE'VE BEEN operating under a phantom ordinance for the past five he said. "My wife has a class "A" license. She cannot build a house. I've taken (he Slate "A" test twice and fulled it." Building Department Direc- tor Glenwood Morrison said that the state conducts testing twice a year at Gainesville. If a contractor passes ihe exam, he is certified for business any- where in the state. However, the county certificate of com- petency registers the pcrsun in the county, he said. The lack of an effective or- dinance has allowed persons to bypass the test in this and five other counties In Florida, Gar- ni er said. He said the state test for an "A" license is tough, "If that is the way Ihe slate wants It, that is the way they should get Gamier said. HE SAID, the county's new ordinance did require future applicants for certificates of competency to take a slate lest for Iheir trade, but did not ad- dress the problem of reviewing those who have secured a cer- tificate in the past five years. He said those who were licensed prior to 1970 were thoroughly screened for com- petency. Alter 1970, when the state required the tesi, some contractors In the county secured certificates and nc- licenses without cupalional testing. He objected to the ordinance provision that allowed them lo be grandfathcred in. He said there should.be a review board lo determine their competency. The commissioners agreed, but did not want to hold up the ordinance for the change. They set aside May 27 to deliberate an amendment requiring the review, struck the grandfather section and approved (he ordinance. "TIIE'ORDINANCE requires proof of having passed an Block exam prior to the issuance of a competency cer- tificate! Present holders of a certificate will not be affected as the ordinance reads. Contractor affected arc-, general, building, sheet meial, residential building, Class "A, B and C" air conditioning, mechanical, swimming pool servicing, residential pool, commercial pool, plumbing, electrical, liquilled petroleum installation, gas-fiuinftand public works cimlraclors. Few Americans were on hand lo watch the fall of the nation supported for a quarter of a century with vast stores of U.S! blood and treasure. American Ambassador Gra- ham Martin, known as a hawk on the ornithological scale Americans once used to rate support far this war, left this morningby helicopter. He reportedly looked haggard and tired as he boarded the chopper with senior members of his staff at the American embassy, which was at the lime besieged by Vlenamese who had worked for the Americans and wanted to get out too. In the early stages ot the takeover it appeared that the Viet Cong soldiers were as disciplined in victory as they had been in battle. Occasionally they smiled at onlookers from their tanks and trucks. A few even waved. Generally, however, they were a grim group, tested in combat by the armed might of the most powerful nation in the world and not found lacking. A Note To Our Winter Visitors Winter visitors, leaving Ihe area lor Ihe summer, have a new way to keep In touch. The Naples Dally News will mall (outside Collier County) the Sunday edi- tions (or: three months, J4.55; six months, 12 months, prepaid. Send check with com- plete mailing address to: Naples Dally News, P.O, Box 1737, Naples, Fla.   

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