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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                gfottene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO 'FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 310 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 23, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Press Tornado' Due Wednesday PEKSONAL BELONGINGS OF COL. DYKSS on display I'm- Dycss Library rcdeilicaliou SUII Plwloi by Sieve Monk Mementoes Stir Memories: Dyess Preferred the Air Ily STHVI! MONK Ileporlpr-Ncivs Military Editor used lo worry about his Hying, but Ilicn ho winilil tell nio, 'Mother, if I onlv have so long to live, I'll rather spend that time in the air.' That was one of the recollec- tions of Mrs. Richard Dyess of Albany as she talked about the redeilicalion of the Dycss AKIi Library and the display of LI. Col. William Edwin Dycss' per- sonal effects. Mrs. Dycss remembered her son as "just an average stu- dent." "There were a lot ol tilings he liked belter Hum she said, "lie was active in sports, especially track, and he wns in some plays. He was pretty good in dramatics. "AT KIHST, we thought he' would go into drama, but then he decided he wanted lo go into law. lie was on his way to apply for law school when he met a young man who hail just washed out of pilot li'fliiiirig in San Anto- nio. He went down and signed up and (lying was his life from then on." It was a lite of Hying thai led Dvess lo Nichols Field in the Philippines on that day in De- cember, 19-11, when tbe Japa- nese attacked. Mis actions as Ihc pilot of a IMO fighter from then until his capture were legendary. On one mission over Snbic May, he was credited wilh sink- ing a tanker and four 100-ton launches and the beach- ing of another tanker. The Japa- nese reported Ihc next day that they had been attacked by a force of (our-engined bombers and 45 lo 50 fighters. HUT IT WAS not bis exploits as a pilot that would later earn him the title of (lie ''Hero of Hainan." When the planes left Hulaan, Dycss stayed and, with a band of about 210 officers and men, foughl on. That band was credit- ed with wiping out COO Japanese troops before their capture in April, Dyess survived the six-day, 83-mile "liataan Death March" and aller almost a year in cap- tivity, escaped along will) 10 other men. After fighting alongside Filipi- no guerillas, he was finally res- cued by a U.S. Navy submarine and taken to Australia. He was killed Bee. 22, al the age of 27. in Hie crash of his P-7B near liurhaiik, Calif. Looking through Ihc memen- tos brought from Tarlelon Slate University for display at the li- brary, one feels somehow closer to the namesake of Dyess AFB. HIS MKDA1.S are there the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Mer- it, the Soldier's Medal, the Dis- tinguished Service Cross. His uniforms are there. But other tilings seem In toll the slory of young Col. Dycss belter an old-Half and'Half tobacco can used as a- billfold during Ms captivity, a (altered leather jacket worn during the escape, the wallet he carried when he crashed, still contain- ing his identification cards and a ''short snorter bill" lo be re- deemed for a drink With other pilot buddies. TOR MUS. DVESS, the most important items are a knife and some wings carved in gold. Roth were given to Hie colonel by fcl- low guerilla fighters in the Philippines. For Ihosc who wanl lo delve deeper into the slorv of Col. Dyess, there are two large bnoks of newspaper clippings, bin the real story seems to conic through in the few person- al things he left behind. Ily BILL GOULD Kcnoi'lcr-Ncws Slalf Writer Weathermen arc expecting clear skies this week in Abilene, bul visitors lo city hall Wednes- day might think a tornado is in town. And for about three hours Wednesday morning, that's ex- actly what will happen. While live icsl of Abilene goes about its daily routine, a group of city, police and fire depart- ment personnel will be working wilh local civil defense repre- sentatives lo deal with wide- spread "destruction" caused by a, simulated twister. "ffli'VK YiOHKED almost three weeks to make this exer- cise as realistic as possible, even if it's only on said Charles Harrison of the Texas Department of Public Safely. Harrison is one of six training specialists wilh the DPS Divi- sion of Disaster Emergency Services, and is in Abilene lo help set up and coordinate plan- ning [or the exercise. "What we hope to accomplish is lo develop more effective co- ordination between the people make the decisions during a disaster and those who implc- Cily Still Needs 'One Good Rain' An approaching Pacific cold front may give the Abilene area another shot al preeipita- lion Thursday, forccaslcrs al the National Weather Service indi- cated Although it is not officially in the forecast, weatherman IX ft'. Kck said conditions niav be- come ripe for rain again as the front, located in extreme wesl- ern Nevada Tuesday morning, is expected to enter West Texas Wednesday night. MEANWHILE, fair skies and a slight.vfavming trend ave ex- lie sa'id" The area lacks about one inch of rain o! being "normal" for this lime of year, Kck said. Sun- day's 1.90 inches at the airport brought the total for Hie year to 3.CO, jus! .97 inch short of nor- mal. good rain would catch us Eck said. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Notional Wcolhcr service (Weolliei Map, fg. 3A1 ABILENE AMD VICINITY 110 mile rortiu5> Generally lair Icday and ivatil becoming parlly Wednesday, trmpcrilurrs. SauHirrly winds 5 lo 15 rrph increasing Higr. today in ICAV flCs. Lovj tonkin in upper its. Higti in upper CCj High and lor U hours ending 9 a.m.: 75 and High and same dale lasl Year: an.-! iO. Sunsel lasl nighl: sun.rilc tcdoy: sunset IC-nkiM: meiil the decisions to bring or- der and relief to a slriikeu lie explained. Wednesday's "disaster" has been tailor-made by Harrison, Hie Abilene police and lire de- partments and local DPS per- sonnel to provide a realistic and thorough lest of the city's civil defense capabilities, "WE'VE BUILT A scenario in which a lornado touches douii in several parts of the cily, caus- ing a great deal of damage and numerous lie said. "The men who developed Ihc disaster situation are the same ones who would have to deal the problems caused by an actual disaster, and they're in the best position to know how they would react and what Iheir individual capabilities are." The team working wilh Harri- son also will serve as ".simula- tors" during the exercise, he said. "There will be Iwo main groups involved Ihc command personnel working in Ihc KOC and Ihc simulators he explained. 't'he KOC or Kniergency Operations Center is the hub of a special communications network designed lo swing inl'i service if a nuclear or natural disaster should strike. Centrally located in the basement, of the Abilene Police Station, il will ba manned by members of Hie cily staff, representatives of Hie po- lice and fire departments and UiC DPS and officials uf West Texas Utilities Co. "DURING TlIK exercise, they'll he fed information on the situation 'outside' and will have lo make their decisions based on lhat II a r r i s o n said. A mom; the simulated, prob- lems lo confront the KOC staff will be the destruction of a large motel, severe damage to a hos- pital and considerable damage lo a local high school and jur.iov liigh. In addition to heavy inju- ries, the exercise participants have to conlend with downed power lines, extensive flooding and blockage of major streets and underpasses wilh de- bris. any point during Hie exer- cise, if a bollleneck develops or the KOC encounters a problem il can't handle, we can stop Hie clock on our scenario and try to Hud the necessary said Harrison. Wednesday's exercise is one- of numerous such simulated dis- asters staged 9ach year around the state by Harrison and the other five training specialists in the. division. Abilene DPS headquarters also serves as headquarters for Ihe surrounding "disaster dis- trict" as scl up by legislation recently signed into law by liov. Dolph Briscoe, Harrison said. "WE HAH A large civil de- fense network prior lo this legis- lation, bid now :i lot of Ihe red tape has been he explained. "Under the present system, the DPS can act imme- diately lo bring in any equip- ment owned bv the stale in the eight county Abilene disaster district." Also instituted, by the legisla- tion were more streamlined pro- cedures for enlisting federal aid and for coordinating the various relief organizations as they move into a disaster area and begin operating. Joining Harrison lo observe Hie exercise will be Dick Buck- land of Midland, UPS regional liaison officer, and Capl. Char- les 1'Tazier of the Adjutant General's Department. "1-iul we won't be here to grade the city on its perform- ance or lo give il a rating there's no such Uiing as a rating (or this type of Harrison said. "We arc-n'l 'disaster experts.' No one he said. "Nobody from outside the cily can come in here and lell Abi- lene how lo run on a regular day-to-day basis, let alone in an emergency." Early Votes Point To Strong Turnout Close lo l.OOfl persons hail cast ballots in Tuesday's school board runnff election by a.m., indicating a [airly strong turnout could he expected before the polls close at 7 p.m. Largest morning returns came in Voting Precinct 3. hcadcniar- Icrctl at Taylor Connlj1 Ilciillh Unit. In (tie first 2Vi hours of voting, 23S ballots hail been marked. In the April fi election, Hut box went, to Mrs. William K. (.Margaret) Rulledge, and Dr. Herman Schaffor, Hie two in- cumrjcnls who were forced into Tuesday's runoff with Bullington and Jimmy Dan liourland, respectively. riU'ClN.CT 3 election judge Dennis Manly said of Hie carly tniiioul, is gooil for this curly in Hie morning.'' lie al- li'ibnlcd Hie total partly lo the pood weather. Precinct 1, First Slate Bank, had 57 votes by a.m.; Pro- duct 2. Rose Park, had 152; and Precinct 4 at Uonlunn Elemen- tary had 100. K. W. Thomas, presiding judge at Precinct G, reported thai 141) voles had been tallied. Precinct 0 is at the YMCA, 32M Stale. Precinct 7 at Taylor Elemen- tary School lallied 13D votes, ac- cording lo t.eo McDanicl. who said "people have been real con- sistent coming in." Thomas made a similar sc-rvalion adding that "people haven't been coming in spurts .is tlicy often do. i wonder if there will be more, though, at 1 p.m. after school and a 5 p.m. after work." .1. II. Nail, presiding judge at Precinct 8 at !''annin Elementa- ry School, reported 134 voles cast. think this is veal good (or il being this early in the morn- lie said. Woodsun, which had 61 votes in April C election, hadn't re- ported ill a.m. Nixon Said Viewing Curbs To Escalating Tape Hunts fly (jAYLOIli) SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (A P) President Nixon is considering ways lo bhml what a ranking While House official calls "cs- c a 1 a t i n g requests on nil fronts" for more lapcs of presidential conversations. Tlit official, who would not allow use nf his name, said Nixon has made no decision on precisely how lo proceed. lie pledged that the Presi- dent would make "a comprc- 4 Abilenians Give Views on 'Exorcist' Four Abilene men a psychia- (ris, a drama professor, a Methodist minister and a Catholic priest dis- cuss their views of the controversial film, "The Exorcist" which is now playing here in a story on'Pg. IB. NEWS INDEX Amusements SC Bridge 6A Clcsiificd 4-8C Comics 3C Ediloriols Horoscope............... 2A Hospital Patir.nls........ 3A Obiuraries 6A Sporls I.2C To Your Health......2A TV Leg 8C TV Seoul............... 8C Women's News ...........3B All on Jetliner Feared Dead CHAFUK FADYL Associated t'rcss Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (At1) 107 persons aboard a Pan American 707 jetliner that crashed on the island of Hull arc feared dead, the Indonesi- an Department of Communi- cations announced today. The airline said 28 of those, alioard were Americans. "The aircraft was burnt, and there was no sign of anv sur- the: communications department said. Communications Minister Emil Salim had told newsmen earlier there were some survi- vors. The head of Ihe sef.irily division at the Bali airport said n policeman saw Ihc plane crash in ilaniCo' Monday night into Ml. Hc- schc. about 40 miles from Dcnpasar, Ihc capital cf the holiday island off Ihe eastern tip of Java. A pilot flew over ihe urea today and reported Hie wreck- age was scattered over the mountainous terrain, the offi- cial said. The Americans aboard in- cluded 17 of the 9fi passen- gers; the pilot, Capl. Donald Xinke, 52, of .Monte Screno, Calif., and eight of the other 10 members of Ihe crew, Pan American said..The oilier two creiv members, both steward- Papa! History Favors Italians RL'CKKB Q. Is the Tope always -Dalian? fl'liiil arc Ihc riualificalions for being 1'ope and who selccls him? Can an American be a Tope? A. Il's possible. In fact, Kalher James Rritlgcs ol Sacred Heart Catholic Church says any baptized male Catholic in union with Ihe Holy Sec could conceivably be called upon to assume the position of Pope. Your chances are much belter if you're already a Cardinal and of Italian descent since the last layman was elected Pope in Hlh or 15lh century and it's been 500 years since election of a non-Italian Pope. The papal election takes place al a gath- ering of all Cardinals of the church, not sooner than 13 days after the dealh of a Pope One vole more than a two-thirds ma- iorily of the Cardinals present is required for election. The Cardinals arc not bound to choose one of their own body; a Inyman timid bo elected says Father Bridges. There just aren't very many stores here win-re a man 6'2" wilh Inns. long legs can buy clolhcs. There's a big sign over a vacanl store in F.dgcwaod Shop- ping Center that says, "Big and Tall Men's bn( the sign's been hang- ing Ilicre a good Iwo months. When will the shop open or have they given up the iilca? A. Hopefully if the good Lord's willing, the creeks don't rise and Ihe slock comes in Ihe store will open May 1. Owner Don Carver says he. planned a March 1 opening but delivery of his merchandise. He says to tell you he'll definitely open sometime in May i'f he has to open Ihe doors on a half-empty store. Q. How many stales now allow pari- inuluel wagering? How much money is Tcvas losing by not having legalized belling? Seems (o me we're sending a lol of money lo our neighboring slates of Arkansas, New irlexlco and Louisiana dial we could be using in Texas. A. The latest figures we have are for 1072 when 27 slates reported horse racing reve- nues totaling In thai lime New M c x i co reported Arkansas Louisiana Q. My insurance salesman said I was in Rale D on Hood insurance and said lie Monhl advise rue against selling any Hood insurance. He said there is no subsidy for Rale Zone Docs tins mean i am safe from flooding: most of Ihc time, some of Hie time, all of Ihe lime, none of the lime? A. Theoretically in 1) you should be safe all Ihe time but you're not. II all de- pends on where you live, of course, and flood maps compiled bv the cily indicate your home is on Ihe borderline safe some of the lime. Supposedly, Ihose homes that are subsi- dized tbe most are the ones lhat are highly .subject to however Ihe Federal Insurance Administration flood maps, ac- cording to Cily Director of Public Jerry Smilli, arc nol accurate. For example, the Carver addition is listed as an area from floods when in reality it's as bad a flood hazard area as we've got. In other areas of the cily it would lake a riood of Noah-like proporlions to do Mibstanti.il dam- age yet some of these areas are listed as flood prone areas. Smith has been corresponding with Hie federal map people, trying lo them straightened out hut as il stands ri-jhl now the maps arc a lillle off. Q. Considering an Action Line lion in regard lo inisrcpresenfalion of insurance coverage, you rcconinicnil reader should wrile the Stale Hoard of Insurance in Austin. This is till'1 anil proper bul I would like lo ruld that Ilicrc arc agencies in Abilene he can contact also when insurance is misrepresented or if someone has a problem. A. Right. We understand our old sland-by Ihe Better Business Bureau (677-807H can be, pretty helpful and also Jack Terzian chairman of the grievance com- mittee of Life Underwriters Assn. can han- dle this type of thing. Sometimes the slate board moves a liltle slower than the local agencies. Address questions lo Action Lint, 30, Abilene, Texas 791101. Names will not be used but cpicslions must he signed and addresses given. I'lcasc include tel- ephone numbers il possible. es.scs, were natives of Den- mark and Sweden bul now American residents. The airline said Hie other passengers included Japa- nese, IS French, II Austra- lians. Germans, Canadi- ans. 2 Nationalist Chinese. 2 I-'ilipinos, 2 Indonesians, I In- dian and 7 ol unknown nation- ality.- II was the fourth crash of a Pan American 707 since last July. Three of Ihein have been in the Soulh Pacific. The communications depart- ment said a helicopler and two transport planes left .lak- aria today wilh search and rescue teams, including fill paratroopers. Tlic plane was en vimte from Hong Kong lo P-all and Sydney. Australia, with of the passengers hound for Bali. 24 going lo Sydney and Ihe other Iwo ticketed for I'iji. The security chief at Ihe. Bali airport said Ihc last mes- sage from Ihc pilot uas re- ceived about 10 p.m.. half an hour before he was scheduled lo land, lie reported he was flying at 12.QOO feet and gave no indication of any difficulty. The air controller al Dcnpa- sar told the Sydney, Australia. Sun: wailed for him lo come into our view. But he never came. We received no distress signal and picked no other indication thai a crash was imminent." The plane was scheduled lo slop for 11 hours in Sydney and then Ily on to Honolulu and l.os Angeles. hensivc statement, a compre- hensive response" to a House Judiciary Committee subpoe- na for 4'1 tapes which carries a Thursday deadline. However, interviews wilh several Nixon advisers dis- closed lhat high-level urihappi- ness is growing wilh each subpoena or request White House tapes. Indications arc thai iNixori himself let his anger show when Hie Judiciary Cemmiltce formally lequcstcd more tapes beyond the A'i conversations il has subpoenaed for ila im- peachment inquiry. And, inside lop House councils, there are mcTCjsing- ly bitter complaints about spe- c i a I Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski's for While House lapcs and docu- ments. One official contended Hint "v.e were misled by Jawor- ski" during negotiations in Hie monlhs preceding the piosecu- tor's recent subpoena for 01 taped presidential coiivei sa- il ons, The official responded "no" when asked whether Nixoi! was considering firing Jawor- bki. A WEEK-ENDER WANT AD GETS YOUR MSSACE TO THE BUYERS! 15 WORDS 3 DAYS SAVE SK90 word) 15 each No phone ordt'i Caih in Deadline 3 pm Thursday "ABILIHE REPORUR-HEWS   

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