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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1962, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 256______________ ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 28, THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS MARRIED TO O'BRIEN GIRL Afsocinletl Press Jack-of-AII-Trades Texas Marine Ends Career CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. In his slightly less Ihan 41 years, John Bryan Mppard of West Tex- as has been, besides a U.S. Marine: A cub reporter. A "master electrician" with eight imaginary years of expe- rience. A crane operator with a pen- chant for dropping things. A lead miner. A domi I bad) American. Except for the reporter part. Capt. Lippard carried out all these functions ns a prisoner of Japan during World War II. He retired1 today after a little more than 22 years in the Ma- rines, anri more than three of those years as a war prisoner. He'll head for the Texas Pan- handle, where he was born, settle down with his wife lo bring up their five children, and work lo help underprivileged boys. Lippard was born April 13, 1021, al Sudan, Tex., a farming com- .mimily of aboul isn people. His family lived in several West Tex- as towns, among them l.illlcfiold from I9M lo 1D39. There he met. Bonnie Jo Vanncy of O'Brien, Tex., and they wore sweethearts by (he lime lie was graduated from Litllefield High in 1039. He put in a hitch as cub re- porter on the Luhbock Avalanche Journal, wailing for the Marines to accept him. They did, later in 1939. In April, 1941, while on guard duty aboard (he naval ferry be- tween Cavile and Manila in the Philippines, he rescued a sailor who fell overboard into shark-in- fested waters, lie was awarded the stiver lifcsaving medal by the Treasury Department, bill war broke oul and he didn't DID medal until five years later. His unit evacuated Cavile and movci! to Hainan. The Japanese pressed Ihem hard and most of Ihe Marines were transferred to Corregidor. Lippard lluis missed the iialaan dealh march on which many Americans died. Cori'cgidor fell too, and Cpl. John Lippai'd spent five months in prison on Luzon with other Americans. There begun his ad- ventures at outwitting the Japan- ese. Their captors gave Ihe pris- oners long forms In fill out with detailed information on (heir lives. "We filled Ihem out complete- Lipp.ird sairl, "bu( nn the ad- vice of our senior officers put down everything but Ihe liuth. I was 21 years'old, but 1 stated I was n master clclcrk-ian wilh eight years' experience." This fib helped land Lippard, along wilh other prisoners, in a machine tool and die factury al Mukden, China, lie declined lo lake an clcctricnn's examination. They gave him pliers and a screw driver anyway and lold him to fix a metal lathe. "I had never seen a re- calls Lippard, "hut 1 poked around wiltt my screw driver and made a lot of sparks fly. Then I disconnected a couple r.f wires iind pin them back together. All of a sudden (he lathe started run- ning." From then on Lippard was a top electrician. He also sold the Japanese on his ability lo operate a crane, and used ii lo drop heavy ilems from groat heights. He and his mates managed ?.f million in sabotage, he estimates. 15ft of them were publicly labeled domi chad) Americans, a Stars Will Be Guide in Space WASHINGTON' na- tion's aslronauls told Congress to- day that Lt. Col. John 11. Glenn's orbital flight showed that future might bo inspiration or greater rducational efforls by those who will come after Ihem. He called this (he crux of lhc spacemen can navigate by the who] thj i( Unit s slars much ike a sailor al sea1, i and steer their own course lo 'Cai1 ln lhc of space. The aslronauls were accompan- ied by James E. Webb, director of moon. Glenn, accompanied by Cmdr. Alan B. Shcpard Jr. and Capt. the National Aeronautics and Virgil I. Grissom, testified beforcjSPaco Administration: Dr. Hugh the Senate space commillee in Drydon, deputy director, and Rob- thcir third appearance in as many days at the capilol. The committee members stood and applauded as the three bv nauls strode into the big Senate' caucus room, filled lo overflowing wilh cheering spectators. Shcpiird, Ihe Navy officer whose suborbital flight last year made hin] lhc first American in space, said he feels one discoveiy made by nicnn that has been generally overlooked is the visibility of stars in daylight. "We intend lo use the slars as a fix on tha way lo the moon, Shepnrd said, "and John's obser- vation of Ihe slars during daylight shows could use them for nav- Shepard offered this observation ert R. Gilruth, director of Proj- ect Mercury. Grissom started off the lesli- lelling ahout ground (raining Ihe aslronauls receive be- fore altempting space flights. He called il an adequate -gram that "has trained us well." It includes the use of flight simu- lators and experience in launch and re-onlry stresses. Grissom said one phase of Ihe ground training especially impnr taut to him was "the recovery work we tn get out of the capsule nnd oul of lher water. A door on Grissom's capsule blew off after he landed in the ocean afler his suborbilal flight badge of honor for the prisoners, by the Japanese. Finally he and others were sent lo the lead mines in Japan, where Ihe worked. They stayed (here until Ihe war cndrd. Lippard returned to the Stales in October, I91S, almul 50 pounds lighter. "Rut I was in fine com- pared lo most." he said, "he- cause 1 was an accomplished ar- lisl at stealing from the Japr and bai tcring with with the same goods I had stolen." While recuperating at the naval hospital in Norman, Okla., he re- newed his attachment to Ronnie Jo Vannoy. They were married in Jlay. liMG. Since then he has done public information work in Dallas and Corpus Christi, Chicago, San. Diego and Santa Ana, Calif., Philadelphia and Camp and back in Japan, meanwhile working his way up lo captain. The Lippards have five chil- dren. Man, 9, nnd Sam, 5, are here wilh the parents. Mancy. M. .Innctlc, 11, nnd Mark, 11, liavo entered school al Dimmilt. Tex., where lhc family will live. Lippard's life of service will continue as a civilian. He will have an administrative job with Cal Parley's Boys' Ranch near Amarillo and about fiO miles from Dimmitt. nftcr Glenn had explained anew] and Ihe capsule sank. Hc gol oul thai his triple orbil of lhc earth a week ago Tuesday had proved that man can operate a space- craft in Ihe new and strange en- vironment of weighllces ouler space. In the future, he said, "we can plug man inlo Ihe system" and have lo depend less on automa- tion. Al one poinl Glenn was asked by Sen. Roherl S. Kerr, D-Okla., (be eommilteo chairman, what ad- vice he had for young Americans who would like to have a part in the space age, cither as aslro- nauls or in work backing them up. "A basic good sound education Is a prerequisite lo any progress in Ihis field." Glenn replied. He said his advice lo young Americans was to get this good basic education and then to let but water seeped inlo his space suit. Former Vice President Richard Nixon, campaigning for (he California GOP nomination for governor, is greeted by Mrs. Olga Lvov, who is cos- tumed in the native dress of a While Russian. She greeted Nixon Tuesday night as he arrived for a "Lin- coln Jefferson" dinner in San Francisco. I.AP Wire- photo) ivering; Worst Cold Due Freedom Recommended For Railroads' Problems WASHINGTON A that the railroads have.necrs, firemen, trainmen, condnc- denlial commission recommended jbccn saddled wilh cosily feather-tors and switchmen to begin Panhandle Has Zero Reading H.v THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Zero weather struck Texas Wednesday as bitter weather pushed through the stale lo Ihe Gulf Coasl. And Ihe worst was yel lo come from the late winter slorm. which has laken Ihree lives. Freezing drizzle and rain reached almost lo the coasl in Tlic zero reading was in the upper Panhandle at Pcrrylon. Dalharl repot led one above zero. An agriculture station 10 miles west of Amarillo also reported one above. Amarillo itself had a low of 3 above, as did Pampa. Glazing of countryside nnd town occurred everywhere that mois- ture fell, with the Weather Bu- reau indicating northeast Texas could exiwct mtisl of Ihe new icing. The Weather Bureau at mid- morning revised upward its fore- cast for Thursday. It said (he upper part of the Panhandle could 5 degrees Iwlow after earlier predicl- loday that labor unions give the] nation's railroads broad leeway to "ilreamlinc operations and elim- inate thousands of jobs found un- necessary to run Ihe trains. The commission, reporting lo their own talents guide Ihem as (President Kennedy conclusions of exhaustive year-long study. bedding rules and practices, rc-i prompt negotiations on iccnm- quiring pay for unneedcd work, mediations wilh Ihe view of end- Most locomotive firemen verging called ins below. found lo serve no useful purposellabnr practices and launching and gradual elimination of Iheira new rail progress. jobs was recommended. These are Ibc principal recom But (he commission also liac much to say about Die plight of mendations: Abolish firemen radually .luly I from all service loromo- periixls up to three years as wclljccrncd only with lhc problems right lo introduce i S'1H as schooling for other jobs. I lhc 200.000 rail operating employ- change." sitbjccl I" the 'K.'inn lo lhc particular field they should! enter. however, Ihe carriers would Slhe rail workers, whose ne.xl The aslronauls have, already have lo he prepared lo case Ihelhave dwindled from more and yard had sessions wilh the House spacejhlow on displaced workers by pro- two million in 1020 lo less crews, committee and a House appropri- viding Ihem wilh parlial pay foriHOfl.OOO loday. The study was con-' 'he railroads ations unit. Glenn said one o( the finest by- as schooling for other jobs. llbe 200.000 rail operating employ- products of the astronauts' flights' The repiin agreed with those manning the moving trains The repovl brought an angry crew change rcquire- dissenl from Ilie commission's al tcrtni- ion members who said it lead In a nationwide strike. 11 Overhaul Ibe complex was also disappointing lo Ihe rail industry, which hart lioped for proaler savings than will be im- N'orth Central and Northeast Texas is expected lo have a range ot above zero Thursday morn- ing, South Central 25--I2, .Southeast 28-40. Southwest 1H-3S, and ex- treme Southwest 20.- to ,10s. A Limestone County fruit estimate! today thai lhc current freeze caused a loss in his imn.ediale area atone. "There won't enough peaches XO HOT-SEAT THIS George Chrisfi of 1918 Chestnut left his water sprinkler turned on during Tuesday night's 13-degiee weather just to see what would hap- pen. Wednesday morning lie saw Ihe result. Lawn furniture was decked out in an icy overcoat and the yard wits clustered with ice. (.Staff Photo by Henry Wolff Jr.) PREDICTED TONIGHT: 12 13-Degree Low Alanost RecordFo! Constitution Plan Made 2nd Major Fire Hits Rochester Main St., second store .Ir.. president of! LONDON   day included Amavillo 5, Lubhockjlhough one grower reported thai n. IS, 151 Paso rn, Alpine pecan trees appeared to he un- Presidio Abilene 13, San n around 12 overnight, 'llmrsday isi u. s. expected lo lie slightly warmer with a high between ;md 45. The severe cold has almost wiped oul hopes of a normal fruit crop for Abilene and vicinity al- or HI'KK.M' ilbc-r man. ViVlMTY .ir.d (Ijy ninht i.ay np.ir ar n. llnl iK AM) tic Wi lllCh W, lalion lo the small college NCAA regional basketball tournament at Jouesboro, Ark., March 9-10. Angclo IR. Wichita Falls 13. Dal- las 21, Waco 27, Austin 27, San Antonio .11, Laredo 13. Victoria 33. Corpus Christ i 38, Browns- ville 50, Houston 37, C-alveslon 45. Beaumont 4R and Texarkana 31. confidence that if both iidcs regional, it will advance to The Wildcat cagcrs will mccl[ Austin undenvcnt a heavy sleet- Southeasl Missouri in the open- freezing rain storm al a.m., ing round game Friday night. Ark- which made driving hazardous, ansas Stale is hosl sctwol for Ihe loitrn.imenl. Should ACC triumph in the lour- Ihe report "as n candle lo light their way, and not as a rndialor lo heal Hum cany agree- ment could he reached In help [Mil the rail industry back on its feet. The commission called on Ihe carriers and imions-lhe engi- Ihe national finals al Kvansvilie, Ind., the following weekend. This will be Ihe Wildcats' third trip lo regional. They previously went in in win- ning second place In 5D-RO. ACC, coached by Dee Null, has a 15-10 record this season. Tbe Ihei nwmeler read 30 at the lime of the slorm anil dropped to 27 by 7 n.m. Around the freezing line stretched ns far smith as I.iifkin- San Anlniiio-Drl The freeze line continued lo move through Ihe slate during a part nf Ihe day nl least. Freezing d r I z z I c nnd rain lynched lo within 30 miles of the Gult ot Mexico. harmed. C. K. .Smith of Hising Star, a poach and prcan grower, said il appeared thai two-thirds of his peach crop was ruined. He said; the. freeze gol most nf lhc poach blossoms in his area Ijut rlidn'l hurt pecan trees which haven't started to develop new growth. f.Ty. Low tonight 8 Ir. 10 in Htch Th 'IKXAS: .incl rc-IUrr iS.is rtrirrnonn. Oivnsion. rain nr r.cM t'ilcar (f> p.irll irifil ;ind Thursd.iy. Coliler .itd Nol so rol.l ___ le." Icnithl nwlh to 11 in lah ThJrsdii 32-12. XCIIITIIWKST TK.VAS: Fair A lildL1 nient. Tlie announcement came as Sir Rny Wolcnsky. premier of the African Federation, which Northern Rhodesia, flow in uninvited with a threat lo use if necessary to keep his fed- eration intact. The constitutional proposal by Colonial Secretary Reginald Maud- ling could cniisp a brrakuf) of the federation and touched nff an uproar iu Ihe House of Commons. A IHHV constitution for Northern llhodesia originally was worked 1 .jout 3'rar. objected it favorwl tbu Africans too i3 Il was amcndc-d then ,jjie Xoprws refusetl lo accept it. Tin- p-au 
                            

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