Mason City Globe Gazette, June 25, 1965 : Front Page

Publication: Mason City Globe Gazette June 25, 1965

Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 25, 1965, Mason City, Iowa killed r i st n SAIGON Viet Ntm AP Two big terrorist explosions ripped through a crowded float ing restaurant on the Saigon River almost simultaneously Friday night and witnesses said theybelieved 40 or 50 persons including many Americans were The first police count showed 17 dead and 24 wounded Offi cials expected this tally to go higher Decks of the restaurant Saigon the My Canh and pavement on the riverside were slick with blood This incident is possibly the worst in terms of lives lost in South Viet Nams capital in many years The riverfront normally is thronged with strollers seeking cool breezes in evening Moth ers and their children were among the casualties The explosions cut into the floating restaurant about pmV715 am CDT One was caused by a power ful shaped an Americanmade Claymore elec tric in the bank of the fiver The Claymore ex plodes in the direction it is pointed The restaurant which is moored about 25 feet from the bank has an entry over a gang plank leading from the water front street It is patronized mostly by Americans and wealthy Vietnamese A second blast which investi gators believed was caused by a bomb mounted on a bicycle went off at a tobacco stall on the bank next to the restaurant Investigators assumed they were planted in advance and timed to explode atthe peak of the dinner hour on a weekend night The restaurant was crowded to capacity and its glass walls were crushed under the hail of fragments Last year a bomb was set off across the street from the waterfront and several Vietnam ese were killed Authorities reported no ar rests after the bombing The terrorists were believed to have escaped before the explosions While Vietnamese police pa trol the Saigon waterfront to some extent the restaurant has not beqn regarded as a likely prime terrorist target Witnesses said many of the dead appeared to be Americans and that it probably was the bloodiest and costliest terrorist blast against Americans in South Viet Nam US police said a Claymore type mine may have been used The Claymore mine explodes in the direction it is pointed The blast was the first major terrorist act in the capital since a bomb damagedthe civilian terminal at Saigon airport June l6 It was not immediately known how the explosive was planted or how powerful it was But glass was blown out of buildings two blocks away Many of the injured were hit while strolling down the main waterfront boulevard A Vietnamese woman with blood on her face and dress squatted on the pavement crad ling the bloody bodies of what appeared to be her two children A Vietnamese man held up the body of a young child show ing it around to photographers American military police arid Vietnamese police were on the scene within minutes The bomb explosion occurred on a waterfront street that is within 500 yards of the US Em bassy Photo fax BLAST VICTIM People aid a man injured when two big terrorist explosions ripped through a crowded floating restaurant on the Saigon River National Atttmbly Bulldinm SOUTH VIET NAM Photofax BOMB EXPLOSION AREA Cross indi cates area along Saigon waterfront where a large bomb exploded beside a crowded floating restau rant Friday Boot soldier who refused Viet tour NAHA Okinawa AP A US Army general courtmar tial board Friday convicted Lt Richard B Steinke 27 of Mil waukee Wis of refusing to join a Special Forces counterguer rilla unit in South Viet Nam last January The argument of the lieuten ant who was graduated 55th in the 600man West Point class of 1962 was that he disagreed with US policy in Viet Nam and that the war there is not worth one American life The boardheaded by Col John Becbe of Los Angeles de liberated less than an hour The court will reconvene Sat urday when defense counsel Money for cars rejected WASHINGTON AP At President Johnsons request a provision of to buy two special limousines for his use has been stricken from an ap propriation bill The action was taken Thurs day by Senate and House con ferees working on the annual TreasuryPost Office appropria tions bill The limousines with bullet proof glass and other special protections were requested by the Secret Service which has the job of guarding the Presi dents life North Iowa Weather outlook Mostly cloudy through Satur day Slioweri and thunder storms 20 to 40 por contof Warmer Friday night lows in lower Highs Sat urday M to 35 apt Conrad Courtney of Oak Park 111 will plead for lenien cy When the board retires to con sider sentence expected some ime Saturday it could sen ence the young officer to dis missal from the service forfei ure of all pay and allowance and five years at hard labor a the maximum In Milwaukee Steinkes fath r Raymond 65 said Al he wrote us is that he disobeye a direct order In one letter the licutenan said the Army had turned down his attempt to resign his com mission I guess they want to give m a dishonorable discharge h wrote I thought I was right but I guess I was wrong After graduation from Wes Point he volunteered for Spc cial Forces duty and went 11 Viet Nam last January He is married to the forme Marjorie Freesc of Lynchburg Va The couple has a 1ycarolc daughter Customs collections to hit billion WASHINGTON Th Customs Bureau estimates co lections will reach a now high o more than billion in the fisca year which ends next Wednes day Acting Commissioner Leste D Johnson said Thursday th total will be about Cabinet post okayec by unit of Senate WASHINGTON AP Pres dent Johnsons bill to create new Cabinet Department c Housing and Urban Develop ment has been approved by Senate Government Operation subcommittee The newspaper that makes all North lowans neighbors Home Edition VOL 105 MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JUNE 25 1965 10c Paper Consists of Two One Associated Press Full Lease Wires No 117 Air crash claims 84 Reefs execute Yank soldier SAIGON South Viet Nam UB The Viet Cong las executed US Army Sgt Harold George Bennett in eprisal for the execution of several Red terrorists by he South Vietnamese government Hanoi Radio an lounced Friday It warned that other Americans might uffer the same fate This is obviously a wanton act of murder if this s confirmed the US Embassy said after hearing the eport of Bennetts execution On battlefronts U S spokesmen reported three more Americans I n I I vere killed over the past LBJ asks UN help in Viet SAN FRANCISCO AP resident Johnson marked the 20th birthday of the United Na ions Friday calling on the UN o help promote peace in Viet Nam and establish an alliance or man to fight poverty the arms race and the population explosion around the globe Addressing a special UN Con in the city where the organizations charter was signed in June 1945 Johnson said clear and present dangers n southeast Asia cast their shad ow across the path of all man kind He added I call upon this gathering ol he nations of the world to use heir influence individually and collectively to bring to the ta jles those who seem determinec o make war We will support your efforts as we will support effective action by any agent or agency of these United Nations Aides said this did not repre sent a formal presentation of the Viet Nam icsue to the UN but rather was a suggestion that any effective peaceseekinj initiative by the world organiza tion would have American sup port Johnson flew to San Francisco via Kansas City where he had a relaxed goodhumored break fast meeting with Harry S Tru Bennett son of Pauline H Bennett of Perryville Ark was captured Dec 29 during the bat le of Binh Gia which cost an stimated 200 South Vietnamese ives Bennett was taken when the 3rd Ranger Battalion to which le was attached as radio opera or with the American advisory earn was attempting to retake Binh Gia from the Viet Cong Ben Pvt Another American on netts advisory team harles E Crafts of North Jay Maine was missing after the ame action The Hanoi broadcast said the commander of Viet Cong forces n South Viet Nam announced Bennetts execution Thursday Hanoi did not say where the execution took place It quoted the Viet Cong as aying The punishment of Harold George Bennett an American aggressor who had committed many crimes against he South Vietnamese people SGT HAROLD BENNETT Victim of reprisal man who was when the UN was created Truman ad dressed the founding session o the UN here In addressing the UN John son said the processes of peace Truman Johnson meet Page 2 ful settlement in Viet Nam are blocked by willful aggressors contemptuous of the opinion anc the will of mankind He as serted We must restrain by joint and effective action any whi place their ambitions or thei dogma or their prestige above the peace of the world We mus find a way to do that It is the most profound and urgent im perative of our time In calling for effective UN peacekeeping Johnson said Where the United Nations re quires readily available peac forces in hours and weeks or all pledg to provide those forces And m country is ready Johnson suggested the UN mark 1965 designated Interna tional Cooperation Year b joining together in an allianc for man 4 hours a nissing and vounded fourth was six were serves to warn the US aggres sors and their henchmen who lave committed acts of utmost Barbarity in killing prisoners of war that the murderers must pay for their blood debts The fascist acts of utmost barbarity taken by the US ag gressors and their henchmen must be duly punished The crimes of the bloodthirsty devils are intolerable Hanoi said that in defiance of severe warnings by the Viet ong the US and South Viet namese governments have ar rogantly shot numerous libera tion Viet Cong fighters and other patriots in South Viel Nam who fell into their hands The broadcast said Bennett was executed in reprisal for the deaths of Viet Cong patriots Nguyen Van Troi De Dau Tran Van Dang and others Although Saigon authorities have put hundreds of terrorists to death in recent years the three named by Hanoi and Le Van Khuyen are the only four whose executions have been carried out publicly or officially announced Tran Van Dang 25 died be fore a firing squad in Saigon Tuesday for trying to blow up an American billet in a Saigon suburb in March Nguyen Van Troi 19 was shot last October for trying to plan a bomb under a bridge over which US Defense Secretary VIET NAM Ptost Turn to 2 PHILADELPHIA AP The ivcday wildcat strike of Team ster drivers began breaking up Friday as chain store food trucks driven by Local 107 members threatened with loss of their jobs delivered tons of resh fruit vegetables fish and meat In the first hours after dawn more than 100 trucks of Food Fair Acme A P and Pcnn Fruit left warehouses for sup JET CRASH KILLS 84 A piece of wreckage of a military jet transport frames a Marine officer Photofax searching for victims of the crash of the plane near El Toro Calif Marine Base early Friday Teamster strike ends Hauling food in Philadelphia again ply exhausted stores in the Greater Philadelphia area The drivers of Local 107 which had called the unauthor ized holiday Monday in defi ance of national Teamster leaders reported for work aft er receiving warning telegrams from their chain store employ ers that they will be consid ered to have quit if they didnt come in this morning Emissaries of Teamster Pres ident James R Hoffa circulated Suits on discrimination face Dearborn mayor DETROIT AP Mayor Or ville L Hubbard of suburban Dearborn acquitted on all counts of a US civil rights in dictment Friday faced two law suits growing out of alleged dis crimination Hubbard and his public safety director George Lewis and po Governor meets mayor ROTTERDAM Netherlands Harold A Hughes of Iowa visiting here with an Iowa Trade Mission met Thurs day with Rotterdam Mayor Wil lem Thornassen in the City Hall He was accompanied by six members of the mission The talks covered many sub jects including the geography and industry of Iowa Hollands fight against the water various water transport systems and old Dutch names lice chief Garrison Clayton were acquitted Thursday by a US District Court jury of con spiring to deny the civil rights of a homeowner whose resi dence was the target of a racial demonstration on Labor Day 1963 Hubbard and Clayton also were acquitted of failing to pro tect the personal and property rights of Giuseppe Stanzione from the stonethrowing mob which mistakenly believed Stan zione had rented an upstairs flat to Negroes Stanzione has a civil damage suit pending in US District Court against Hubbard and 18 members of his police department The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has obtained Wayne Detroit County Circuit Court order directing Hubbard to show cause why a City Hall bulletin board display of materi al the commission deems de rogatory to Negroes should not be enjoined among the strikers trying to persuade them to go back to work Hoffa reportedly dis patched 50 business agents rom locals in other cities He las condemned the walkout A manufacturing official esti daily production losses at aetwcen million and mil lion with approximately 10000 persons laid off at firms whose lines of supply and distribution liad dwindled to nearly nothing The Greater Philadelphia Cham ber of Commerce estimated the figure will reach 100000 by nexl week if the strike continues The strike by the 12000mem bcr Teamsters Local 107 affect ed an area from the New Jer sey eastern shore as far south as Wilmington Del west to Lancaster and north to Read ing Pa James R Hoffa national pres ident of the Teamsters termed the strike illegal and said it wa engineered by insurgents affili ated with a group within the local which has been fighting his policies for several years He called the strike issue the phoniest dispute that ever took place The walkout began Monday in support of four Teamsters members fired by Roadway Ex press Inc for refusing to per form work they considered haz ardous Roadway drivers hav been on strike since June 11 Mayor James Tate issued pri ority orders for a police escor of drug supplies for the re mainder of the strike A num bcr of manufacturers had said they were finding It increasing ly difficult to obtain drivers even though there were polic escorts North Iowa news Editorials Clear Lake news Mason City news6 Latest markets Society news Sports 91 Comics I TV section 131 Classified pages 161 Courthouse must open Saturdays County courthouses must re main open from 8 am to noo on Saturday under provisions o 3 bill passed by the 1965 Icgis aturc Ally Gen Lawrenc Scalise ruled Friday Ccrro Gordo County super visors Friday morning discussc the attorney generals ruling bu made no definite decision re garding opening the courthous on Saturday mornings If they decide to open th courthouse on Saturday th opening would not become el fcctive until July 10 the firs weekend following the new law effective date There were indications prio to the attorney generals rulin that if his ruling favored open ing of courthouses on Saturday there would be a test case take to court Such a test case prob ably would be initiated by county other than Cerro Gordi Scalise said he language i the bill is clear plain and in ambiguous Each courthous must remain open five and on half days including 8 am i 12 on Saturday excepting leg holidays A Jet was carrying Marines Plane bound for Hawaii EL TORO Calif Iff A lilitary A i r Transport ervice jet transport car ying Marines bound for Okinawa crashed and ex ploded after takeoff Fri lay All 84 aboard were tilled A report from an observer who flew over the scene in roll ng hills 4Vmiles north of here said the fourengine C135 jet cut 100yard swath as it skidded up a Dtirned slope exploded and The plane took off for Hono ulu at am in low clouds and a drizzle and almost imme diately disappeared from lha adar screen at this Marine air 3ase 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles There was no indica ion what went wrong aboard he big plane It came down at the 600foot evel in foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains which border he field The 72 Marines aboard were mostly enlisted men from bases around the country heading for the Far East as replacements in various units there The plane a military version of Boeings 707 airliner and its crew of 12 were from the 18th Air Trans ort Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base NJ A search helicopter spotted the wreckage shortly after dawn The plane struck fust below he crest of an Sshaped ridge digging a crater Then it skidded 0 the top and the tail appar ently flipped up acting as a catapult flinging bodies lug age and fragments of the plane over an area half a mile long The fuselage was shattered and scattered Hundreds of Marines from El Toro fanned out over the hills ooking for bodies Fog and mist swirled eerily over the slopes mingling with moke from half a dozen brush ires started by the explosion Fire crews ran around with hand sprayers quenching the flames The ridge where impact oc curred runs parallel to the air strip and location of the crash point seemed to indicate that the plane had begun banking left away from the hills The wreck age was at right angles to tha line of takeoff is on the 93000acro Irvine ranch which adjoins the air base El Toro is 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles just inland from he sea The plane took off to he north Planes doing so nor mally then bank left away from the lowlying Santa Ana Moun tains that border the field area The wreckage was found in the hills almost due north of strip t SAME DAT EIH4W ;

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Publication: Mason City Globe Gazette

Location: Mason City, Iowa

Issue Date: June 25, 1965

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