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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               f be Mew "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 33RD YEAR, NO. 342 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 25, 1974-THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Aisociattd Preit Families Still Remember 'Forgotten' MIA Men t'APT. JERRY MUNOT MIA since 1969 LT. COL. BILL BROOKS missing over Laos M. SGT. ED PARSLEY lost in VyJIMCONLEY Rejwrter-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 Commu- nists. 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 short to have them de- clared dead. They say they gel these feel- ings from many things they road and heard, a recent ex- ample being an Associated Press story publicized nation- ally Tuesday regarding I he paychecks which-many ol the families nl the nearly, missing men receive. IN THE story, AP Military Writer Mike Shanahan said that parents of missing men who were bachelors "some- times 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 offi- cials" as his source for that statement. But AP officials, after re- quest for clarification by The Reporter-News, no ted that. parents do not get their bache- lor sons' paychecks unless the men have made allotments to them. If no allotment is made, the money simply goes into.a trust fund pending determina- tion of .the man's final status. In the one Abilene in which a; bachelor son is miss- ing, the parents were'extreme- ly upset by the suggestion that they might be receiving their son's Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gj Mundt Sr. of Glenwooa. Jfaj. (Re- tired) and Mrs. Mundt's son, Capt. Henry G. (Jerry) Mundt II, has been missing since May S, 1969, when his F4G Phantom jet was downed near Chevane Airfield, Laos, by 2 surface-to-air missile. "IT HAS truly long year and half since the signing of the Vietnam peace said Mrs. Mundt, "and with that signing it also stated the all. 51IA's would be accounted for. "This has not been ac- complished, nor have the Dystrophy Victim Takes Giant Step By GARY BALDRIDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer STAMFORD Eldon "Pee- wee" Mikler, a victim of mus- cular dystrophy, was graduat- ed front Stamford High School Friday night and was given a check from the Lioness Club as a special award fov he has displayed. The 18-year-old son or Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Mikler of Stamford is confined to a wheelchair, but he came for- ward for his diploma at Fri- day night commencement ex- ercises along with the more than 50 other graduating sen- iors. Mrs. Carla Bird presented the special award to Mikler, along with a scholarship (o another senior, Josephine nodriquez. MIKLER'S award confirmed the Stamford community's affection and admiration for the young man. "He's a giant where spirit is rather than said Mrs. George Rollins, Mik- ler'.s sophomore English teacher. "Size has nothing to do with the shadow he casts." Stamford High School prin- cipal Don Howard said Mikler was "a good student, very checrful-and the. epitome of character." His closest friend also grad- uated Friday night. Harold Uidccke has known Mikler since the third grade, and the two have gone practically ev- erywhere together since the sixth grade. "He doesn't let it bother Ludecke said Friday, referring to Miklcr's illness. CONTACTED at his home by telephone Friday prior to the graduation exercises, Mik- ler said he was trying to keep himself calm. The diploma means a great deal to him He 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 Ludccke 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 (ape recorders and is testing a.new amplifier he re- ceived as a graduation gift. But his best graduation pre- sent came Friday night. He completed school with his class, the Class of '74. many known POW's been ac- counted for. families of the MIA's, are still-living in a state of tense knowing whether our loved ones are alive or dead." She said that many of the families feel that there are many men slill being held alive, and that the government "is deserting these men who could be home with their fam- ilies enjoying a normal, useful life. ace the heads Steam Auto Okayed WASHINGTON (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday an auto- mobile powered by a steam engine has succeeded, for the first time, in meeting the fed- eral antipollution standards. EPA said a steam engine developed by Jay Carter En- terprises of Burkburnell, Tex., met the 1975 federal standards for emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in EPA's test, without using additional exhaust treat- ment devices such as the ca- talytic converters on which the auto industry now must But EPA said the Carter steam engine still needed im- provement in its fuel mileage, and has yet to prove it can maintain its antipollution per- formance for a lifetime, as required. For the test, EPA said, Carter mounted its engine in a Volkswagen "Squareback" station wagon with normal fourspeed manual transmis- sion. EPA said it did not have details of the engine's design, but it provided these findings on the test conducted at EPA laboratories: steam engine burned a blend of Indolene (a special gasoHrie test fuel) anil kero- sene, and weighed 120 pounds move than the normal en- gine. engine was designed to operate on a team pressure of pounds per square- inch at a temperature of degrees fahrenheit, with a maximum drive shaft speed of revolutions per minute. test vehicle delivered 15 miles per gallon in the EPA laboratory test simulating ur- ban driving, and ]7 miles per gallon in simulated highway driving. Carter driver was per- rm'tled to begin the first accel- eration of EPA's standardized driving sequence "as soon as steam conditions and EPA reported it took 27 seconds and 32 seconds for the Carter steamer to start roll- ing. in two tests. of families, willi children to support and while it is true that the families are (.till re- ceiving part of the man's monthly check (whatever he allotted to be given them if he were to be the rest going into a trust I would say they ave entitled to this, support since in most cas- es this man was the sole bread winner of the family. "AS TO the bachelor said Mrs. Mundt, "the parents do not draw any of liis money unless they are totally depen- dent upon this man. The mo- ney goes into a savings ac- count, in his name in Denver, Colo." She added also that she feels it is not the families' responsi- bility "to prove what has hap- pened to ttie men, nor to de- clare them dead as our De- fense Department wants irs to do. The proof is slil! to he seen and the effort is still to. be. made to find these men, many of whom we believe to be alive." But.the other two MIA fami- lies in Abilene were just as unhappy with the Associated Press article, which they said made the families look "mer- cenary" for drawing their le- gally entitled support. These two families ave the wives and children of M. Sgl. Edward M. Parsley and 'I.t. Col. William L. Brooks. Sgl. Parsley has been miss- ing move than eight years, ap- parently more than twice as long as any 'American in World War II. His small trans- port plane was lost on a mis- sion over' South Vietnam Feb. His wife and daughter Sally, -in Abilene High School student, live at 5117 Durango. COU BROOKS was pilot of an AC-ISO gunship which was shot down over Laos April n> 1970! His wife and children, Sw HOPE, Pg. J.V M. 1 Sunshine smiles Scott Parrott of 825 E.N. ISthand Liz Howerton, 1474 Liliius, got an early start on tlieir tails this year with a recent visit to sunny Johnson Park at Lake Fort Phantom Hill. The park, operated as pair of the city's summer recreation program, will have lifeguards on duty from 1 to 8 p.m. daily beginning Juhe'l. Details'oE other organized summer activities for youngsters will'be announc- ed Wednesday by City Recreation Supl. Mel Meese. (Staff Photo by Don Blakicy) Jaworski Takes Evidence Refusal to High Court WASHINGTON' (AP) The Watergate special prosecutor appealed directly to the Su- preme Courl Friday asking a speedy decision on whether President Nixon lias the right to withhold evidence from V c Watergate trials. Will Moke Stote Pork Run RefMrtcr-Nev Aistii AUSTIN-Ttve Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Fri- day approved spending ?3 mil- lion for full development of the 21-mile Slate Railroad Park from Rusk to- Palestine, including renovation of Engine No. 73, now on display at Rose Park in Abikmc. The engine was renamed Abilene Chief at the Parks and Wildlife commissioners' meet- ing in an attempt to get other cities to donate their engines 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 ot about and will become a special attraction at the stale park. Once used by the Paris "Ml. Pleasant Railway in East Texas, the old locomo- tive was given to (lie City of 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 l said this would cost said commissioner Pearcc Johnson of Austin, "and I nole il is He voted against the project. The staff recommended hik- ing Ihe original budget by primarily because of new plans lo build larger lev- See RAH., Pg. n, col. I The petition to the nation's highest court was filed just iwo hours alter ''.S. District Judge Gerhard Gcsell had warned thai presidential fail- ure to tuvn over subpoenaed evidence was leading one of the key Watergate trials to- ward dismissal. Tile main question presented to the high court By special prosecutor Leon Jaworski was: the President, when he has assumed sole personal ar.d physical control over evidence dcmonst-a- bly material to the trial of charges of obstmclion of jus- lice in a federal court, is sub- ject lo a judicial order direct- ing compliance wilh a .subpoe- na issued on the application of the special prosecutor in the name of the United Stales." The direct reference was to a subpoena issued by U.S. Dis- trict Judge John J. Sirica April IS request requiring the White House In (urn over tapes and docu- ments heeded for erideiice in the Watergate cover-up trial. The While House had moved to quash the subpoena, but Sirica denied the motion Mon- day and ordered Nixon to turn over the evidence. Formal notice of appeal by the While House to the circuit court here- had been .'iled shortly before .JaworsJji, filed, wilh the Supreme Court an etfovl aimed al bypassing the circuit court and expediting a decision. Inside Today Duke Was the Heart of His Band The Ellington Band was in oil probability the finest orchestra in the history of jazz. At its heart, of course, was the Duke. Pg. ID. Scientists investigating a false dota scandal at Memorial Sloan-Ketter- ing Cancer Center in New York recommend the ouster of a research doctor. Pg. 5C. The stock market hos scor- cd its first substantial advance in more than two week's. Pg. 7C. Amusement SA 10D Church Htwj ID 3-10 Comics UiftriiU 4A form 41 Markets OSilusiits Oil t A Sirtrti 1 -4C Today in HMtiy 100 TV TV Scovl Wwnen't New> ____ Jl i.   

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