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Amarillo Globe-Times (Newspaper) - April 4, 1968, Amarillo, Texas Siege at Kite Sanli Ending, Soviets Say BY THK PRESS Direct contacts on peace between North Vietnam and U.S. representatives are expected to begin in Moscow next week, Soviet informants said today in London. I hey_ sa d the North Vietnamese have already assured the United States privately they will launch no major offensive if all American bombing attacks are halted the sources, who cannot be identified by name, said Hanoi already has beuun lift- ing the siege of Khe Sanh as a sign of Its intentions. They said a partial evacuation of forces besieging the U.S. Marines at Kl.e Saiih has started, and that L'ommunlst forces were put ling up little more than loken resistance to a U.S.- South Vietnamese rescue drive up Highway 9 toward the base. None of these statements could be confirmed In official Western sources. President Johnson will Fly to Hawaii [ate tonight to discuss peace and prospects with top American officials from Saigon. Washington is understood to lave messaged Hanoi informing the government of President Ho Through Traffic to Khe Sanh W'rtphoio ventber fu- fh' alon.g Highwa-v 9 toward Ule Khe Sanh base in Operation Pegasus. sign was put up during the last attempt to open the road last No- AMARILLO Final Edition GLOBE-TIMES as Iff Cmmtm 56 Page. 4 Ammrilla, April 4, Relief Column Within Mile uere4 KM Sank Trnicr- SAIGON (AP) The spear- head of a huge American relief force drove Ihrough sporadic euemy artillery and mortar fire today to within a mile of U.S. Marine combat base Khe Sanh. A U.S. spokesman said he ex- pected some of the relief force to link up wilh the Marines inside KI nightfall for th limit of U.S. bombing under President Johnson's curtail- ment. Navy fliers struck at highway ferries, bridges, transshipment m, points and artillery sites below southwest of Dong Hoi at Hoa. The northernmost target was a highway ferry 35 miles above the demilitar- ized zone. Air Marine bomb- DMZ. The, Air Force P_____ off a four places in raids on way junction arther 52 -------------j ...c... j vil dllU ana another this morning capturing the deputy command AmniT suspecl.ed cnemy The paratroopers said thej emplacements, troop concentra- killed 29 enemy in all while suf the 35-mile tions and a staging Hoi to the Khe Sanh. E flared briefly wily three miles i pi rroirrSaigon's Tan Son Nhul'.air base when South Vietnamese paratroopers skirmished with a Viet Cong battalion. The govern menl troops" bombers battalion fortress, now in its llth week. and helicopter-borne air cavalrymen were pushing in three prongs toward the base. Reports from the field said they, were encountering sporadic ar-j tillery and mortar fire but little! oilier resistance. A company from the 3rd Ma- vine Division was the spearhead of the drive. They were closing in from the northeast above thcl base along Highway 3 and were about half a mile away from the barbed-wire perimeter. Men of the 1st Air Cavalry Di- vision pushed up from south of the base and were reported wilhin 2.5 miles of their goal by midafternoon. "Khe Sanh or said ajsti sign on an equipment trailer. near fering two dead and nine wound led. TWISTERS LEAVE 13 DEAD Savage Stortn Hits A rhansas As the Marim-i moved along the long-closed highway, the of killer tornadoes left 13 persons dead in the Mississippi IP marooned ranchers. Arkansas counted six twisters a two-hour period and report- in a invj-nuui [leuuu anu report Valley today as Ihe center of a ed six persons dead. Search par spring slonn which ripped ties hunted rural areas devas- i for the enemy under a protective umbrella of gunship helicopters. Engineer support troops re placed shored dozers banks, earth Wednesday pushed east...... Twelve of the dead were vic- tims of tornadoes in Arkansas, up sagging ones. Bull- lurched down steep w, in mndiods, ruui Jjtrauus Qiea ai AlOKa --Tennessee and Kentucky. A Tenn., 10 miles north of Mem- ana Cisne, 111., man was drowned in phis. Ambulances transferred 30 lull. L-_- to w victiras to Mempnjs a swollen creek near his home. -------bypasses beside cold- each bridge to lake care of the heavy traffic. The operation, named Pega- sus after the mythical flying horse, was commanded by Lt. Col. Victor A.. Terry, 39, of Triangle, Va. The mission be- mostly by service from the air station. Another twister Plains tated by the funnel clouds" for other possible victims. Four persons died at Atoka, iiewapduci warnet across CaUoway County in wes-Ihe United States loday not to tern Kenucky and killed a expect any concessions Air St storms and They were victims of a twister by boat gin Monday with about troops moving off from Ca Lu. 12 miles east of Khe Sanh but by today the force had more than doubled. The aim of the operation was! lo open Highway 9, the land ply route to Khe Sanh which hasf been closed for nearly three months. Helicopters and C130 cargo planes have been Ihe only means of supplying and rein-! forcing the Marines and' South Vietnamese. j Recent intelligence reports! have indicated some withdrawa of the enemy force Sanh. which lasl for the central plains. Parts of Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado remained isolated in the wake of a storm which piled up 6-foot drifts. Helicop- ters and plows began early to- park at Millington, Memphis. .Mayor Tom Hall of Millington were destroyed and JO were BULLETIN TOKYO (DPI) Radio Hanoi said American planes bombed a populated area TO fVlfILL bomb limit outlined by Presi- dent Johnson. readiness to contacts on Chi Minn of U.S. meet for initial peace talks. Officials indicated the first Hanoi-Washington contact vould probably be between top U.S. and North Vietnamese dip- omats in Moscow, Vientiane, or some other capital vhere both countries have em- bassies. The first purpose, in the U.S would be to set a time and place for actual talks on scaling down (he war and eventually ne gotiating a settlement. The situation has developed with such speed, since Johnson ordered a partial halt in the bombing of North Vietnam Sun- lay night that even surprised U.S. government leaders are nol quite sure what will happen next. They voiced cautious opti- mism about peace prospects but appeared by no means certain he United States and North Vietnam can actually reach- ai agreement soon; Western also cautioned ing an" early end to the peace negotiations. They said they ex- pected them logo on for months. Other sources recalled thai Americans were killed in m going on. truce talks were The Russian informants said Moscow was not consulted by rlanoi before Wednesday's con- ditional acceptance of President Johnson's cail for peace talks. They said that in view of Pe cing's present relatively low in- fluence in the North Vietnamese :apilal, they did not believe the Chinese were consulted ci ther. "What you Americans seem o find hard lo realize is that Vietnam is a sovereign one Russian said. They said they expected the preliminary talks to get undei way "very next week." They added that they believed the only possible sites for such talks were Moscow or Paris personnel 40 chance of being chosen. Meanwhile North Vietnam bounced Communist newspaper warned molished home. The heavy rains caused flash flooding of creeks and left residents of Russellville, Ky., Many were evacuated Other homes in the splintered by Ihe north of winds which littered highways in re The paper, Nhan Dan, in statement 10 hours after the Ha noi announcement, said John son's speech Sunday "and the subsequent acts of the U.S. ag grcssors have made it clear tha the U.S. government remains obstinate and has not given up with debris and toppled trees. Two blocks of homes and its sinister design of aggressio against South Vietnam, which is manifest right in Johnson's 'lim ..Mayor Tom Hall of Millington Two blocks of homes and a manifest right in Johnson's 'lim estimated the damages at the church were leveled and five ited bombing' concerning North trailer nark at mnrp than iwrsnns in a Vipfnain trailer park at more than r------- He said 30 trailers tornado that hit the Vincent persons were injured in a Vietnam. (See 2) UNMANNED ROCKET FALTERS Saturn Trip Marred By Engine Troubles of Ae enemy force around Khe! KENNEDY (UPI) -jsucccss would have accelerated) The Apollo spacecraft then eminent of South Vietnam and Sanh which las I week was unmanned Saturn Sjthe nation's Apollo moon launch [separated from the misfiring Ollr olner allies are now taking mated at lo men jroc'ict failed a prime objectivcitimetable. roctet and fired its own engine Place." Johnson added. i Meanwhile, the U.S. Com-lloday vvhen ils orbiting top The third stage, with its to increase ils altitude to about A dangerous element, officials mand confirmed that a Navy refused (o restart its robot-controlled Apollo space- miles, close to what was said Privately, is the possibility Orion patrol plane with 12 and fly toward still attached voarcH inin planned. a split between the U.S. and mand confirmed that a Navy refused (o Orion patrol plane with 12 'mcnlfnsinc and fly aboard was shot down Mondayiimaginary moon. Gulf of Siani, but it didj The failure, which joiiowcu confirm reports from in-Wgine trouble suffered en the led sources that a way into orbit, casl a is shadow ovcr the abilily Apollo 6 mission to the nation's moonship launcher for manned operations, tions. the plane down. i The announcement said it was! "hit by antiaircraft fire" robot-controlled Apollo space aijcrafl still attached, soared into ja preliminary orbit and circled followed i earth twice. Then, at a.m. EST, the orbiting rocket was to have restarted ils engine to zoom toward a point in space the bodies of two crewmen were recovered. U.S. warplanes on Wednesday kept up raids on Norlh Viet- nam's southern panhandle be- low the 20th parallel which the Pentagon says is the norlhern1 The primary goal of the flight was to achieve orbit and then shoot of toward a point representing the moon 520.000 miles deep in miles, close to what was planned. Because the Apollo had to use most of its fuel to reach the planned altitude, there was not enough left to ram the ship 111 back into earth's atmosphere at where the moon will be somc'lhc sizzling lunar return speed olhcr time. jplanned. This was a secondary V V I" We did nol have ignition of our third stage a spokesman at the mission control center reported. This i very impor- Prior to this stalemcnt- which reached Washington early Washington Haroi agreement lo talk after years of continuously expanding war was regarded in Washing ton as a great breakthrough to ward eventually ending the con flict. Johnson announced in a brie late-afternoon tclcvision-rad appearance Wednesday "we will establish contact with Vietnam." ANDREW NEAL DICK NEAL Oies In Vietnam Spec. 4 Andrew C.-Neal, 24, of Amarillo, volunteered for a second tour of duty in Viet- nam a year ago so his younger brother, Dick, 20, wouldn't have to go. But Pvt. Richard William (Dick) Neat, who had been in the Marine Corps since November decided to go to Vietnam, anyway. Dick was killed Sunday in action in the Demilitarized Zone. His parents, Mr..arid Mrs. Curtis Neal of 6205 Jameson, were notified Wednesday that he was shot while helping to protect a vital bridge on an infiltration' route from North Vietnam.. i. was a 1965 graduate of School, where i a member of the Book lub and was secretary of the Hi-Y Club. He attended Ama- rillo College a year before joining the Marines. He first went to Vietnam last July and was wounded in a battle at Con Thien in October. He recuperated in Okinawa before returning to Vietnam in February. Andrew Neal, now of Ft. Benning, Ca., returned Feb. 4 from Vietnam. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. John Sears of M16 Ong and a grandmother, Mrs. Iva Mae Bishop of Elkhart, Te.v. Boys Will Be Girls And Girls Retaliate LIEGE, BELGIUM. (WNS) Times have changed: Ann Marie Boyer, 14, was kept after school for pulling the long hair of the-teenage boy who sits in front of her in the classroom, and for coloring his blond locks with her black ink when he wasn't aware
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