Abilene Reporter News, May 25, 1974 : Front Page

Publication: Abilene Reporter News May 25, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 25, 1974, Abilene, Texas Families Still Remember 'Forgotten' MIA Men Associated Press (IF) By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer For several years the three families of Abilene’s “missing in action” servicemen were asked by the government to be quiet in order not to jeopardize negotiations with the Communists. Now that the war is over, they feel they're being asked to keep quiet again, or what’s worse, to forget their loved ones and write them off —in short to have them declared dead. They say they get these feelings from many things they read and heard, a recent example being an Associated Press story publicized nationally Tuesday regarding the paychecks which many of the families of the nearly 1,200 missing men receive. IN THE story, AP Military Writer Mike Shanahan said that parents of missing men who were bachelors “sometimes see no reason for speed (in declaring their sons dead) while they are enjoying the full benefits of a military man’s salary.” Shanahan cited “some skeptical Pentagon officials” as his source for that statement. But AP officials, after a request for clarification by The Reporter-News, noted that parents do not get their bachelor sons’ paychecks unless the men have made allotments to them. If no allotment is made, the money simply goes into a ti-ust fund pending determination of the man’s final status. In the one Abilene case in which a bachelor son is missing. the parents w ere extremely upset by the suggestion that they might be receiving their son’s paycheck. They are Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Mundt Sr. of 2241 Glenwood. Maj. (Retired) and Mrs. Mundt’s son. ( apt. Henry G. (Jerry) Mundt II. has been missing since May 8, 1969, when his F4C Phantom jet was downed near Chevane Airfield, Laos, by a surface-to-air missile. “IT HAS truly been a long year and half since the signing of the Vietnam peace treaty,” said Mrs. Mundt, “and with that signing it also stated the all MI A's would be accounted for. • This has not been accomplished. nor have the tv from I to 8 p.m. daily beginning June I. Details of other ganized summer activities for youngsters will be announc-Wednesday by City Recreation Supt. Mel Meese. 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We—the families of the MIA's, are still living in a state of tense limbo—not knowing whether our loved ones are alive or dead.” She said that many of the families feel that there are many men still being held alive, and that the government “is deserting these men who could be home with their families enjoying a normal, useful life. “These men are the heads of families, with children to support and wrhile it is true that the families are still receiving part of the man’s monthly check (whatever he allotted to be given them if he were to be missing—with the rest going into a trust fund), I would say they are entitled to this support since in most cases this man was the sole bread winner of the family. “AS TO the bachelor men.” said Mrs. Mundt. ‘the parents do not draw any of his money unless they are totally dependent upon this man. The money goes into a savings account in his name in Denver, Colo.” She added also that she feels it is not the families’ responsibility “to prove what has happened to the men, nor to declare them dead as our Defense Department wants us to do. The proof is still to be seen and the effort is still to b? made to find these men. many of whom we believe to be alive.” But the other two MLA families in Abilene were just as unhappy with the Associated Press article, which they said made the families look “mercenary” for drawing their legally entitled support. These two families are the wives and children of M. SgE Edward M. Parsley and LE Col. William L. Brooks. Sgt. Parsley has been missing more than eight years, ap parently more than twice as long as any American in World War ll. His small transport plane was lost on a mission over South Vietnam Feb. 3, 1966. His wife and daughter Sally, an Abilene High School student, live at 5117 Durango. COL. BROOKS was pilot of an AC-130 gunship which was shot down over Laos April 22, 1970. His wife and children, See HOPE. Pg. 2A. ( §1. I WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday an automobile powered by a steam engine has succeeded, for the first time, in meeting the federal antipollution standards. EPA said a steam engine developed by Jay Carter Enterprises of Burkburnett. Tex., met the 1975 federal standards for emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in EPA’s test, without using additional exhaust treatment devices such as the catalytic converters on which the auto industry now must rely. But EPA said the Carter steam engine still needed improvement in its fuel mileage, and bas yet to prove it can maintain its antipollution performance for a 50.006-mile lifetime, as required. For the test, EPA said Carter mounted its engine in a Volkswagen “Squarebaek ’ station wagon with normal fourspeed manual transmission. EPA said it did not have details of the engine's design, but it provided these findings on the test conducted at EPA laboratories: —The steam engine burned a blend of Indolene (a special gasoline test fuel) and kerosene. and weighed 120 pounds more than the normal VW en- to for the same publicity, By 1976, the Abilene Chief will be running the state park tracks. • The City of Abilene's Parks and Recreation Board agreed to the donation at its May 7 meeting. The engine will be renovated at a cost of about $80,000, and will become a special attraction at the state park. Once used by the Paris & Mt. Pleasant Railway in East Texas, the old locomotive was given to the City of Dystrophy Victim Tokes Giant Step By GARY BALDRIDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer STAMFORD - Eldon “Peewee” Mikler, a victim of mus-ular dystrophy, was graduat-»d from Stamford High School Friday night and was given a ISO check from the Lioness Hub as a special award for the courage he has displayed. The 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Mikler of Stamford is confined to a wheelchair, but he came forward for his diploma al Friday night commencement exercises along with the more than 50 other graduating seniors. Mrs. Curia Bird presided the special award to Mikler, along with a $200 scholarship to another senior, Josephine Rodriquez. MIKLER’S award confirmed t h e Stamford community’s affection and admiration for the young man. “He’s a giant where spirit is conamed rather than size.” said Mrs. George Rollins. Mik-ler's sophomore English teacher. “Size has nothing to do with the shadow he casts.” Stamford High School principal Don Howard said Mikler was “a good student, very cheerful—and the epitome of character.” His closest friend also graduated Friday night. Harold Ludecke has known Mikler since the third grade, and the two have gone practically everywhere together since the sixth grade. ••He doesn’t let it bother him,” Ludecke said Friday, referring to Mikler's illness. CONTACTED at his home by telephone Friday prior to the graduation exercises, Mikler said he was trying to keep himself calm. The diploma means a great deal to him Ile still entertains dreams of being a radio announcer, an ambition revealed in an essay he wrote for Mrs. Rollins' English class more than two years ago. While his friend Ludecke plans to enter Western Texas College in Snyder this fall, Mikler is “kind of halfway thinking about taking a radio course in Dallas.” His hobby is electronics; he repairs tape recorders and is testing a new amplifier he received as a graduation gift. But his best graduation present came Friday night. He completed school with his class, the Class of ’74. gine. —The engine was designed to operate on a team pressure of 2.000 pounds per square inch at a temperature of 1,000 degrees fahrenheit, with a maximum drive shaft speed of 5,000 revolutions per minute. —The test vehicle delivered 15 miles per gallon in the EPA laboratory test simulating urban driving, and 17 miles per gallon in simulated highway driving. —A Carter driver was permitted to begin the first acceleration of EPA's standardized driving sequence “as soon as steam conditions permitted.” and EPA reported it took 27 seconds and 32 seconds for the Carter steamer to start rolling, in two tests. Sunshine smiles Scott Parrott of 825 E N. 13th and Liz Howerton, 1474 Lillius, got an early start on their tans this year with a recent visit to sunny Johnson Park at Lake Fort Phantom Hill. The park, operated as part of the city’s summer recreation program, will have liteguards on Jaworski Takes Evidence Refusal WASHINGTON (AP) - The Watergate special prosecutor appealed directly to the Supreme Court Friday asking a speedy decision on whether President Nixon has the right to withhold evidence from ‘ e Watergate trials. Locomotive 'Abilene Chief' Will Make State Park Run Reporter-News Austla Bureau AUSTIN—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Friday approved spending $5 million for full development of the 24-mile State Railroad Park from Rusk to Palestine, including renovation of Engine No. 75, now on display at Rose Park in Abilene. The engine was renamed Abilene Chief at the Parks and Wildlife commissioners’ meeting in an attempt to get other cities to donate their engines Abilene in 1955 by Mrs. Percy Jones. She notified the board of her approval in April. “Everybody thought I had rocks in my head when I said this would cost $5 million.” said commissioner Pearce Johnson of Austin, “and I note is $5,094,000.” He voted against the project. The staff recommended hiking the original budget by $651,000. primarily because of new plans to build larger ter- it See RAIL. Pg. 2A, Ct!. I The petition to the nation s highest court was filed just two hours atter ".S. District Judge Gerhard (resell had warned that presidential failure to turn over subpoenaed evidence was leading one of the key Watergate trials toward dismissal. The main question presented to the high court by special prosecutor Leon Jaworski was: “Whether the President, w hen he has assumed sole personal and physical control over evidence so demonstrably material to the trial of charges of obstruction of justice in a federal court, is subject to a judicial order directing compliance with a subpoena issued on the application of the special prosecutor in the name ot the United States. The direct reference was to a subpoena issued by U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica April 18 at Javorski’s request requiring the White House to ;

  • Bill Brooks
  • Don Blaklev
  • Don Howard
  • E. W. Mikler
  • Gary Baldridge
  • George Rollins
  • Harold Ludecke
  • Henry G. Mundt Sr.
  • Jay Carter
  • Jerry Mundt
  • Jim Conley
  • John J. Sirica
  • Josephine Rodriquez
  • Leon Jaworski
  • Liz Howerton
  • Mel Meese
  • Mike Shanahan
  • Pearce Johnson
  • Percy Jones
  • William L. Brooks

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: May 25, 1974

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