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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kat tennis team wins 1st NCC title since Page B1 Vol 144 No 15 KOKOMO i Kokomo Ind Sunday Sept 18 1994 VVA looks for Ml As By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer In order to receive informa tion about Americas pris oners of war and missing in action from the Vietnam War Americans must be will ing to provide information to the Vietnamese about their missing That was the message mem bers of Vietnam Veterans of America presented Saturday the second day of the 12th annual Indiana Vietnam Veter ans Reunion in Kokomo In May the VVA began its Veterans Initiative when it sent a 14member delegation to Vietnam to turn over mementos and documents taken by Ameri cans during the war that could shed light on missing Vietnamese soldiers We havent gotten the answers that we want through the governmenttogovernment Jack Clark vice presi dent of VVA said AH theyre doing is negotiat ing and this for us is not a point of negotiation These are our brothers were talking about We want answers to what happened to our POW MLAs and thats what were after And thats what the Veter ans Initiative is really all about If you give information you get Tim Brown a former Marine who fought in Vietnam in 1968 said the veterantovet eran process and Veterans Ini tiative is working it is produc ing tangible results It is not just giving information to the Viet namese to help them find their own We are also starting to receive more information on finding our May Browns unit was involved in a battle which resulted in the deaths of 11 men Their bodies were never recovered Thirtytwo Ameri cans were listed as killed in actionbody not recovered cap tured or missing in action According to Brown that was the highest ratio of casualties of any battle during the Vietnam war In 1993 as a result of the work of Veterans Initiative site sur veys conducted at the battle field led to the recovery of the remains of two of the 32 men who were listed as missing in action On May 20 of this year Brown and others returned to Vietnam with a map of a mass grave that contained the remains of 16 Vietnamese soldiers Through that exchange Brown said Vet erans Initiative recently learned that the Vietnamese turned over the remains of five Air Force or Army personnel who were killed in the 1968 battle The Vietnamese list troops as missing in action They are just as concerned about their veterans and they suffer from the same nightmares that trouble American veterans Clark said They want answers Jack Clark tells veterans that information exchange is vital Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Related Story Vietnam veteran challenges others to get involved Page C1 to their MIAs we want answers to our POWMIAs Thats the Clark said it is untrue that the Vietnamese dont honor their dead He said their traditions go back thousands of years and it is the responsibility to the living to honor the dead To the Vietnamese thats more important these thou sandyearold traditions and obligations thats more important than a government that theyve only had 40 or 50 years a communist govern ment they know is Clark said Veterans Initiative is dedicated to doing every thing humanly possible to find out what happened to our guys and finally bring them Even if the remains of all the troops killed or lost in Viet nam are not recovered Clark said at least those who worked for their return will know that the location of the remains is like that inscription in Arling ton Cemetery over the Tomb of the Unknown Known Only To Inside todays Tribune Business Chryslers Kokomo casting operation is on the rebound Page C6 Also inside Classified News of Second session begins Talks with Haitian leaders are positive PORTAUPRINCE Haiti AP With warships looming offshore Jimmy Carter met Satur day with Haitis de facto leaders trying to persuade them to leave power peacefully and spare their nation an inva sion Carter was accompanied by Sen Sam Nunn chairman of the Senate Armed Services Com mittee and Gen Colin Powell former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff They left army head quarters after a tnreehour meeting with army chief Lt Gen Raoul Cedras and other top offi cers Several hours after returning to their hotel the delegation left for anoth er unscheduled meeting with Cedras and other army leaders late Saturday night Carter told reporters that he was going to see the leaders of this Embassy spokesman Stan Schrager told The Associated Press that Carter was going to see Cedras at his home or army headquarters No reason was given When asked if he was optimistic army leaders would agree to step down Carter said I dont think we can assess it Gen Raoul Cedras A official requesting anonymity said they are drafting some kind of The delegation then drove off in a motorcade led by a police car with flashing lights After the ear lier meeting at army head quarters Carter waved at noisy proarmy demonstrators A Haitian source close to those talks characterized them as more positive than The White House declined to discuss the substance of that meeting but said the delegation was expected to meet with mili tary leaders again before returning to the United States at midday Sunday A possible meeting also was planned with armydesignated president Emile Jonassaint at the national palace across a small park from army headquarters About 300 protesters greeted the delegation when it arrived at army headquarters earlier Satur day Aristide No Democracy Yes chanted the demonstrators refer ring to exiled President Jean Bertrand Aristide on whose behalf the armada has assembled offshore Deaf dancer wins Miss America crown ATLANTIC CITY AP A deaf dancer from Alabama won the 68th annual Miss America Pageant on Saturday becoming the first woman with a disability to wear the crown Heather Whitestone a 21year old Birmingham native was the only contestant to win two prelim inary competitions in the swim suit and talent categories Miss Virginia Cullen Johnson was the first runnerup The sec ond runnerup was Miss New Jer sey Jennifer Makris third runner up was Miss Georgia Andrea Krahn and fourth runnerup was Miss Indiana Tiffany Storm Multinational force Some of the countries that have agreed to participate in the operation to restore democracy to Haiti Argentina About 100 border police 10 engineers and 50 doctors after invasion Bangladesh About 800 soldiers for peacekeeping operations after invasion Belgium 30 to 60 military policemen for peacekeeping and to help train Haitian police after invasion Britain A Royal Navy guard ship for search and rescue or shipping management during invasion France 100 police to help train a new Haitian police force after invasion India About combat troops plus support personnel to help train Haitian police after invasion Israel About 25 active and retired police officers and border police to supervise Haitian police after invasion Jordan 300 policemen for peacekeeping after invasion Netherlands For invasion the frigate Willem van der Zaan with crew of 160 and a Lynx helicopter and an Orion airplane for transport and surveillance after invasion 135 marines for peacekeeping Panama A 140person medical mission would be stationed in Haiti for four months after invasion Several countries are considering participation in postinvasion peacekeeping efforts but have not made commitments They include Chile Denmark Japan the Philippines Poland and South Africa