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   Kokomo Tribune Sunday (Newspaper) - August 13, 1995, Kokomo, Indiana                                Todays Weather KOKOMO TRIBUNE and hot High 94 Inside Chryslers planned transmission plant to enhance automakers truck powertralns Page BIO Kokomo Indiana August 13 1995 Defect AMMAN Jordan AP In his first public appearance since fleeing Iraq Saddam Hus seins soninlaw and former righthand man condemned his longtime chief for bringing misery to the Iraqi people and announced a campaign to topple him The threat from Maj Gen Hussein Kamel alMajid a former defense minister could be the most serious challenge to Saddams rule since the 1991 Persian Gulf War GOP courts Perot people Buchanan favorite with the crowd threat AlMajid masterminded Iraqs secret nuclear armament programs in the 1980s and built up the armys elite Republican Guard units which spearheaded Iraqs 198088 war against Iran He said he left Iraq because Saddam was more interested in defying the outside world than bringing about an end to the economic embargo imposed by the United Nations after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 The sanctions have led to severe shortages of food medicine in Iraq although the elite alMajid said was not affected We were not being harmed in the leader he said But the people are He said he made his criticism plain to other members of Saddams inner circle in recent months but unfortunately no correction was Therefore well work to overthrow the existing regime through political and through military he told a news con ference at King Husseins alQasr AlSanheer palace AlMajid also said he was willing to reveal secrets pertaining to Iraqs secret weapons program if it is in the interest of A British newspaper reported today that two Iraqi agents disguised as journalists were thwarted from killing alMajid and possibly his brother Col Saddam Kamel alMajid at the news conference Hussein AIMajld DALLAS AP In a methodical daylong procession GOP presiden tial candidates courted Ross Perots followers Saturday with pledges to balance the budget end affirmative action and reform the tax code hoping along the way to convince Perot not to make anoth er independent run If Perot had a favorite in the bunch he offered no clues But the clear crowd favorite was commen tator Pat Buchanan whose bare knuckled critique of both political parties global trade deals and for eign aid won him repeated rousing applause I need your Buchanan told Perots United We Stand America conference Join me We will take back my party and then together we will head up the feder al road and take back Washington and take back America for the things we believe Buchanans rivals in the GOP field came asking for help too hoping to lure the disgruntled vot ers in the audience back into the Republican fold But many of those at this meeting consider them selves the vanguard in a growing independent movement and appeared in no rush to embrace a candidate Indiana Sen Dick Lugar briefly promoted his proposal to replace the income tax with a national sales tax proposal But he focused mostly on an issue even he conced ed was totally off the radar screen the risk of nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union falling into terrorist hands Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas the GOP frontrun ner said that if elected he would end taxpayer financing of national political conventions a farm W from W the day Japan surrendered and peace was Day of victory also day of loss ByJUUEMcCLURE Tribune Metro editor Aug IS was a date of destiny for Howard Countys Wright Jr In 1922 it was the date he was born in Liberty Township In 1944 it was the date he was assigned to a bomber squadron on the USS Yorktown And in 1945 it was the date he was flying his final mis sion in his Hellcat fighter over Takahashi Japan to earn his lieu tenant wings Victory over Japan and peace were declared during that bomb ing mission and the Hellcats were called back to the carrier But min utes after the peace declaration Japanese fighter pilots ambushed the sixmember American squadron as it lumbered back to the Yorktown still carrying the bombs the pilots never dropped because the war was over Hampered by the weight of the bombs and lack of maneuverabili ty only two fighters made it back to the Yorktown Hobbs went down with his plane one of the last combat casualties of World War II He died on the day he turned 23 years old His body was never recovered Fifty years later his family still struggles with the date of Aug IS and the circumstances surround ing Billys death It just never goes said his sister Joyce Clelland who is moved to tears just talking about her brother Billy The family has never talked pub licly about Billy but they have never forgotten and still to this day grieve for him Their mother faithfully published a memorial on Aug IS each year in the Kokomo Tribune until she died in 1971 In that memorial she also remembered the three other pilots who lost their lives on that mis sion referring to them as Billys buddies Lt Howdy Harrison and ensigns Gene Mandeberg and Joe Related Story Kokomo remembers the end of the war with Japan Page C1 clowise from bottom left buttons and medals his pilots log book his Purole Heart and his military identification card remain with his family Sakloff A year after Billy was declared missing the family conducted a memorial service To this day it is still difficult for them to accept he will never return We just kept looking for Billy to come Joyce said My mother looked down that lane on our farm for him until the day she Billy grew up on a farm near Park and Alto roads with his par ents and three sisters and two brothers His father milked cows and the family worked hard in farming The farm was located on the eastern part of what is now Sunset Memory Gardens Ceme tery Aiiplanes and flying were Billys passion He built airports from matchboxes and made paper air planes from corn stalks and burlap He loved the possibility of flying so much that he sneaked away from the family farm and with his first paycheck after he graduated from West Middleton High School he bought flying lessons at Ruzika Airport He never told his parents Billys younger sister Nancy Exmeyer said Billy decided to enlist in the Navy reserves as an aviation cadet in 1942 although his parents refused to sign the enlist ment papers Billy was commis sioned as an ensign March 31 1944 and after more training was assigned to the Atlantic fleet On Aug a date that still haunts the familys memories Billy was assigned and reported to Bombing Squadron 88 on the York town In his aviation log Billy wrote What a birthday his 22nd that was celebrated aboard the York town known as The Fighting On July he wrote that he was to run his first mission Woman marches into history Shannon Faulkner enters The Citadel CHARLESTON AP Shannon Faulkner took her place in a long gray line Saturday at The Citadel becoming the first female cadet in 152 years of allmale Southern tradition at the publicly funded military college Ms Faulkner entered the cam pus by a side gate not seeing protest signs at the main gate including a banner held by a dozen women that read Save the Its a black day for The said Sallie Baldwin Shannon does not speak for Shes not welcome On the opposite corner were about SO supporters with signs reading The Males are Saved and The Citadel Mentality is Not Now a Ms Faulkner sternfaced would not talk with reporters when she arrived on campus shortly after with her parents and lawyers She was escorted in by federal marshals All I can say is everything is going she said as she walked into her band audition later her flute case and sheet music tucked under her arm Ms Faulkner has said she will lot be the last woman to wear The litadel gray uniform College President Claudius Watts howev er said that while the school accepts the courts decision to allow Ms Faulkner into the Corps t will press on with appeals to ceep other women from following her The courts have ruled Its a awful order As a military person I salute and move Watts ater told an assembly of relatives hat included Ms Faulkners par ents On Friday two Supreme Court justices rejected the schools atest bid to stop her The college wanted the justices o bar Ms Faulkner until the court ould resolve whether public sin glegender education is constitu ional I Turn to DAY page A2 Inside TODAY Business markets 81011 Dr Local News of Vol 144 No 342   

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