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   Winona Daily News (Newspaper) - March 30, 1969, Winona, Minnesota                                THREE-DAY FUNERAL BEGINS Bell Tolls for Ike ARRIVES AT CATHEDRAL Th.e body of former President Eisenhower was taken to the Washington National Cathedral Saturday to lie In repose. (AP Photofax) 313 Reds Killed Near Da Nang SAIGON (AP) More than U.S. infantrymen of the America! Division are pressing t three-way drive along the coastal plain south of Da Nang in an effort to root out enemy forces threatening two provin cial capitals. The U.S. Cofmand, which had withheld information on tht counter offensive for. 10 days for security 'reasons, announcec Saturday that troops have killed 313 enemy soldiers at a cost of 37 Americans killed and 337 wounded. Ahead quarters spokesman the primary purpose of the three related operations is to "destroy enemy forces, materi- el and but anoth. er major objective is to relieve pressure on the cities of Tarn Ky and Quang Ngai. Fighting has swirled around Quang Ngai City, with a popula- tion of since the opening of the communist command's spring offensive Feb. 23. Soldiers of the Saigon govern- ment's 2nd Infantry Division and local militiamen have the responsibility for the immediate defense of the two'cities and won a series of pitched battles. The U.S. operations are going farther afield to cut off supplies and replacements for the enemy units that are believed to have been badty hurt in past engage- ments. The Americans are operating up to 18 miles inland to comb foothills for enemy base camps. A spokesman gave this run- down of the three sweeps, launched simultaneously March 18: Operation Frederick Hill, cen- tered 18 miles west of the prov- WASHINGTON (AP) The knell of a mighty cathedral bell saddened the Washington spring- time Saturday, The three-day slate funeral of Dwight David Eisenhower bad begun. With crisp military precision and a minimum of ceremony, the body of the 34lh president of the United States was received Into the stately National Cathe- dral. There, to the secluded Bethle- hem Chapel, the flag-shrouded coffin will rest, to be viewed by thousands of mourners, until Sunday afternoon. Eleven enlisted men bore the body in slow cadence from a midnight-blue hearse through a portal with the carved inscrip- tion "The Way of Peace." The sun broke occasionally through clouds as a chill wind whipped the American and pres- idential flags flanking the en- trance. Composed, tearless, Ihe gen eral's widow and companion of ------_ VI- ilUUL laid lUtJ 1 more than half a century, Ma- swelled to about mie, stood erect at the arm of her son, John Eisenhower. A veil covered her face. Once, her son patted her black-gloved hand. As always, she wore pearls. Before her stood in honor guard that included some of the famed warriors of modern mili tary history. The late said. Else'where Vietnamese vu .iv luuca ivefai. or iae prov- incial capital of Tarn Ky, 185 en- emy: killed and three suspects detained with U.S. losses of 28 failed, and 398 wounded. Operation Geneva Park, 22 miles; northwest of Quang Ngai uty, 47 enemy slain and US casualties of two killed and 34 wounded. Operation Iron Mountain 16 miles southwest of Qiiang Ngai City, enemy losses 81 killed with U.S. casualties seven killed and 105 wounded. ;A total of 45 enemy rifles and six crew-served weapons have been captured, the spokesman American and forces fought 10 battles with enemy units. Two U.S. helicopters were shot down in a fight only six miles north- east of Saigon, the closest en- gagement to the capital since the outset of the enemy offen- sive. WEATHER FEDERAL FORECAST WINONA AND VICINITY Fair to partly cloudy today. High today 12-18; low tonight 0 (o 10. Outlook Monday. A lit- tle warmer. LOCAL WEATHER Official observations for ths 24 hours ending at 6 p.m. Sat- urday: Maximum, 16; minimum, t p.m., 8; precipitation, none dent's West Point classmate, Gen. Omar Bradley, was there with Adm. Arthur W. Radford, Gen. Lsuris Norstad, other mili- tary leaders, the two surviving Eisenhower brothers, and his enlisted 'aide, an Army ser- geant. About 600 persons stood quiet- ly by to await the end of the pri- vate 20-mtaute service. The chapel doors were opened short- ly after noon, when the many of them ad- TWENTY CENTS PER COPY WINONA, MINNESOTA 55987, SUNDAY, MARCH Quake Kills 20 In Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, (AP) Two earthquakes struck the Danakil depression of north- eastern Ethiopia Saturday, killing 20 persons, injuring more than 150 and leaving home- less, the Ethiopian news agency reported. The quake centered near the town of Serdo, which was hard hit. Serdo is about 155 miles south of the seaport of Assab and_400 miles northeast of Addis -------------highway between Assab and Addis Ababa was cut and telephone communications were destroyed. The news agency quoted po- Ababa. The main lice headquarters as saying that the quakes hit the area, first at a.m. and later at 10 a.m. Most of the damage occurred during the second v.-ave. Police had radio contact with the disaster area. They reported that doctors from a British plan- tation at Tendaho, 33 miles south of Serdo, were called to the area to admiaister first aid. Those severely injured were taken to the nearest government hospitals at Dessie, about 120 miles northwest of Serdo by po- lice and private cars. Red Cross and other aid were dispatched from Addis Ababa. Deadlock Hits Mid-East Talks UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) The U.N. Security Council was slowed by a back- stage deadlock Saturday as It tried to finish its latest debate on the Middle East before the Big Four talks that are expect- ed, to start in several days. Members generally agreed, in private consultations, that the council should condemn the Israeli air raid that killed 18 people Wednesday in the Jorda- nian village of Ein Hazar, near the town of Salt. But well-placed sources said many African and Asian mem- bers were resisting a U.S. de- iiand that the council condemn "all other flagrant violations" jf the cease-fire that stopped Ihe 1967 Arab-Israeli war. This was understood to include Arab guerrilla forays into Israel and shellings of Israeli settlements and positions. These sources said a deadlock persisted on that even aft- ;r the Africans and Asians, by U.S. request, dropped one tough irovision from a resolution Deing drafted. That provision would have warned that if there was anoth- er such raid, the council would impose economic sanctions and military force against Israel The authors substituted a state- ment that in the event of new Is- rael cease-fire violations, the council would "have to meet and consider further effective steps." Because of the behind-the- scenes contacts, a council meet- ing set for the morning was de- layed until afternoon and then adjourned after two hours until late in the day. Ike's Mother Was Upset by Appointment WASHINGTON (AP) _ Dwight D. Eisenhower's mother belonged to a pacifist religious sect and wept when be received his appointment to the U.S. Mili- tary Academy. Peace was part of his heri- tage, and he said once while in the Army that he wanted only to see "people in my profession permanently out of a job." P: LIES IN REPOSE The flag-draped casket of Dwight D. Eisenhower u surround- ed by honor guard inside Washington Nation- al Cathedral Saturday. (AP-Photofax) milted in small groups. Only the family honor guard, is about two mites and pallbearers were present in which Gen' Eisenhower, it was said, had chosen the Episcopal calhe- veiutAjjai icvuivcu Ule DOQV, t.ic ituile- The Rev. Francis B. Sayre he was a Pres- dean of the cathedral and of the resem grandson of President Woodrow Wilson, whose body lies in a nearby crypt, said a prayer he wrote especially for Gen. Eisen- hower: "Accept, 0 Lord, the love anil respect in the hearts of all those who come to this place, com- forting their sorrow and bless- ing their thanksgiving. "Gather them anew lo the fel- lowship of this nation, that our trust may ever be in Thee, and our strength founded upon Thy glory. Cherish, Lord, Thy poo. pie, and keep them this day and ever more." Two oiher prayers were read from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. When it was over, the family walked from the chapel and en- tered Eisen- hower In a car with a license plate bearing the initials DDE undisclosed locations. First in line when the doors were opened to the public was an Army widow. Mrs. Ray Cole- man, whose husband had been a colonel, said she was old as Ike." Entering the austere cham- ber, mourners filing behind a felt rope saw the bier, lying be- tween rows of 10 pillars, sur- rounded by an guard rep- resenting each of the five serv- ices. The five enlisted men in dress uniform, standing guard around the closed coffin in half-hour shifts, remained at attention. Only the sound of shuffling feet could be heard. Clost by is the crypt contain- ing the body of ihe hero of Ma- nila Bay, Adm. George Dewey Former Secretary of State Cor- dell Hull also is buried in the cathedral, a massive, soaring slruclure at the crest of a hill vi iiie blance of its tower to that of tha chapel at West Point, The public passed through ths chapel for 45 minutes at a time. As the humble said farewell in the little chapel, the mighty of the world prepared to pay their own tribute by attending tha principal funeral service Mon- day. French President Charles Gaulle, a comrade in arms to Eisenhower during the war, heads Ihe list of foreign digni- taries who will atlcnd. It will ba his first visit to the United Sialcs since November 1963, when he came for the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. where Massachusetts and Wis- i .1 O1IU IT iy crtfwd had consin avenues intersect. The WIDOW Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower, widow of former President, arrives at Washington National Cathe- dral Saturday. (AP Photo- fax) Army in Command As Burial ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -The Army, to which Dwight D. Ei- senhower devoted most of his life, is still in command as pre- are made to bury parations him. Jeeps and heavy trucks rum- sled Saturday through the nor- mally quiet streets of Abiiene, where the five-star general will 8th President to Lie In State at Capitol REFLECTION... A spec- tator at Washington National Cathedral sets- the tone of the day as inside the body of former President Eisenhow- er'lies in repose. (AP Photo- fax) WASHINGTON in-Dwight D. Eisenhower will be the eighth President to lie in state beneath the dome that forms the huge circular hail called the Rotunda at the heart of the Capitol, The first was Abraham Lincoln, less than two years after the dome was com- pleted in 1863, and the cas- kets of all the honored dead since then have rested on the same simple wooden bier. Besides presidents, past rotunda ceremonies have honored war heroes, mem- bers of Congress, a vice president and the French- btfrn engineer who laid out the city of Washington 19 in all. Normally bright, bust- ling place echoing to the noise of the thousands of tourists who push through it each day, the Rotunda takes on the solemn air of a cathedral on the occasion of state funerals. Its vaulted roof rises 180 feet in the air, topped by a patch of ceiling from which the glorified figure of George Washington, painted in draped robes and sur- rounded by allegorical fig- ures- peers down- as if from a cloud. The walk at the base are part of the original central structure built after the British burned the Capitol in 1814. The Marquis de Lafay- ette, a living hero, was hon- ored in the first Rotunda ceremony in 1824. During the Civil War, while the great cast iron dome was being put in place, northern troops camped out in the Rotunda as they did in all parts of the Capitol. They called it "the big tent." The first three presidents to lie in state there were the victims of assassins Lin- coln in 1865, James A. Gar- field in 1881 and William McKinley in 1901. A fourth was John F. Kenndey, in 1963. Other presidents who lay in state there were Warren G. Harding in 1923, William Howard Taft in 1930 and Herbert Hoover in 1964. be laid to rest Wednesday under the floor of a small chapel across the street from his boy- hood home. Several hundred soldiers from 'Army headquarters In Chi- cago, augmented by others from nearby Ft. Riley, began stream- ing into town Friday night. By Wednesday, som% GIs will be on hand. On the stake of the city audito- rium, where pupils of Abilene High School used td present plays, soldiers in fatigues ripped open heavy crates con- taining typewriters, memo pads, folding fans that probably won't see much use in the wintry weather M.Sgt. Marvin ;M, Meerse, a gray-haired veteran of 26 years' Army service, checked off aji index of background articles on Eisenhower that he and his staff have been writing since the for- mer president entered the hospi- tal last May. H "We've got pages of fact sheets and photo- he said. "We've got stuff most people don't even know about Eisenhower." The articles cover every facet f the late president's life from No. 36, "Eisenhower the Poker to No. 32, "Eisenhow- er's Famous Soup." Every step of the burial cere- mcny is painstakingly outlined in gruff Army style by a thick operations manual compiled several years ago and labeled "Oplan Kansas." These Dignitaries Will Pay Final Respects to Ike at State Funeral in Washington A, Mohammed Pahlavi IRAN John Gorton AUSTRALIA Nguyen CaoKy Prince Bernhard NATIONALIST CHINA SOUTH VIETNAM NETHERLANDS Denis Hcalcy ENGLAND Chung 11-Kwon SOUTH KOREA Josef Klaus AUSTRIA Nobsnke Kishi JAPAN Lord alien ENGLAND Charles de Gaulle FRANCE King Banrtonln BELGIUM Kurt Kieslnger WEST GERMANY Ferdinand PHILIPPINES Habib Bourgiba TUNISIA   

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