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   Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1969, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               THE DAILY TRIBUNE Fifty-Fifth Year INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Thursday, August 7, 1969 Single Copy 10 Cents Viet Cong attack convalescent hospital at 'most secure' Cam Ranh Bay f A _____ rr-l.___ _ SAIGON (AP) The Viet Cong staged two sensational at- tacks today, penetrating the supposedly secure U.S. base at Cam Ranh bay, hurling bombs and firing rifles at hospital pa- tients, and setting off a bomb in front of an American-run lan- guage school in Saigon. Casual- ties were heavy in both. The U.S. Command said two Americans were killed and 57 wounded as the Viet Cong ram- paged through a block-loir Army convalescent hospital in Cam Ranh Bay, 195 miles north- east of Saigon. All except four of the wounded were patients. The four were members of the hospital staff. The Viet Cong did not lose a man. Military spokesmen said Viet Cong terrorists set off a 60- pound bomb in front of the lan- guage school in Saigon, killing eight Vietnamese and 62, including 23 U.S. Air Force men. Three of the American: were hospitalized. The dead were five civilian1 and three soldiers. Of the wounded, 30 were Vietnamese soldiers, six were Vietnamese civilians and three were Thai sjldiers. The school is staffed by U.S. Air Force personnel who teach English to members of the South Vietnamese armed forces. It is located across the street from a Vietnamese hotel. Damage to buildings was hc-avy in both attacks. Associat- ed Press photographer Rick Merron reported from Cam Ranh Bay that more than a dozen buildings were destroy- ed or damaged, including sever- al wards, two officers barracks an 1 the chapel. In Saigon, a spokesman said the school was 30 per cent de- stroyed and 14 other buildings were heavily damaged or de- stroyed. It was the first serioir terrorist attack in Saigon since June 25, when a bomb wreck a government postal substation. Cam Ranh Bay was consid- ered the most secure of all U.S. bases in Vietnam, and the at- tack caught the Americans by surprise. There were 732 patients in the hospital, most of them recover- ing from illnesses rather than battle wounds. First reports Si-id 99 Americans were wound- ed and 10 others were missing. Later the wounded toll was re- duced, and a U.S. Command spokesman said he had no re- ports of any missing. The U.S. Command said it was the first time the hospital hr.ci been attacked in the three years it has been operating and was the first attack on the Cam Ranh peninsula in nearly a year. The small Viet Cong band c- through the barbed wire arouna the hospital compound appar- ently without alerting anyone. Moving through darkness, the raiders slipped by trip wires that would have set off defen- sive flares and a series of sand- bagged bunkers manned by American guards. The comman- dos were in the center of tiiv compound before they mads their presence known, and es- caped less than half an hour lat- er, apparently via the same UK in the fence that they used to enter. Some Americans at the hospi- tal thought that a Viet Cone: agent working at the hospital might have passed a map of the compound to the Communist command. Some officers said the raiders knew exactly where the officers' quarters lo- cated. Photographer Merron said Vietnamese employed at the hospital were sent home this morning. Capt. Priscilla Boddc, 24, a pretty blonde nurse from We'-' Point, N.Y., was sleeping in her trailer when the explosions started. "The last thing I about was she said. "Cam Ranh is supposed to be the safest place in Vietnam. "1 thought it was incoming mortars or rockets. It didn't oc- cur to me that the enemy was right there until I heard arms fire." The patients were in one-story wooden ward buildings with sheet metal roofs, each contain- ing 38 beds. The compound also contained craft shops, a small movie theater, a large library, administration buildings, staff quarters and a beach for the pa- tients. "The ward doors were said Sgt. Michael Lackey of Mount Prospect, 111., a member of the hospital staff. "They threw satchel charges on I lie outside (which blew open the As the patients ran out of the wards, other enemy troops on top of a hill overlook- ing the compound opened fire with AK-17 assault rifles." The Cam Ranh Bay bases are located on an isolated peninsula 15 miles long and with an area of about 100 square miles. The U.S. Navy has the southern tip, the Army the central part, then comes an Air Force base with a fighter-bomber wing, and at the northern end an Army replace- ment center and ;he convales- cent hospital. The Army supply depot is the biggest military in- stallation of its kind. As they withdrew, the Viet Cong blew up a 45-foot water tower on top of the hill, leaving the hospital without water tem- porarily. Five miles north of Cam Ranh Bay, enemy gunners sent 11 rounds of 82mm mortar fire into Uic U.S. military complex at Nha Trang, killing one Ameri- can and wounding 16 others. American and South Viet- namese forces backed by heli- copter gunships reported killing 6-1 enemy soldiers in a series of small clashes Wednesday. U.S. losses were one killed and six wounded and South Vietnamese losses were two killed and four wounded, a spokesman said. U.S. Headquarters announced the loss of three helicopters- two shot down in the Central Highlands and one that crashed into a power line on the south- eastern edge of of an Air Force FIDO fighter-bomb- er. Five Americans were killed in the Saigon crash. Another 300 American troops from two Army Reserve units left Vietnam today for the Unit- ed States. The U.S. Command said another 9th Infantry Divi- sion battalion of 750 men will go to Hawaii Friday. These movements raise to the number of American troops pulled out of Vietnam since June 8, when President Nixon announced a cutback to be completed by the end of August. The U.S. Command an- nounced today that. 139 Ameri- cans were killed in Vietnam last week, roughly a 25 per cent in- crease over two weeks ago when the death toll fell to a low mark of 110. But the total was far below the weekly average for the year, now 22S. The South Vietnamese report- ed 276 battlefield deaths last week, 14 fewer Than the pre- vious week, while the allied commands said North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sol- diers were killed. This com- pared to enemy claimed killed two weeks ago. Once-Over THE DAILY H TRIBUNE Taking applications SARK, Channel Islands (AP) A member of Sark's Parliament proposed Wednesday that the islanders pay more attention to their drinking laws and appoint a policeman so their 85-year-old ruler won't abdicate. Dame Sibyl Hathaway, whose family has '-uled the little island off the coast of France since the 16th century, announced her abdication earlier this week and said she was turning Sark over to the neighboring island of Guernsey. She said there was too much flouting of the drinking laws and she was tired of calling the police from Guern- sey, Sark having no police of its own. Dame Sibyl's son, who lives in England, said his mother can't abdicate without permission of Queen Elizabeth II, Sark's overlord. The island has seven square miles, 556 residents, more than tourists a year, no cars and no in- come taxes. Revolutionists needed HONG KONG (AP) Red army troops have been dispatched to the Chinese coastal city of Swatow and Chengtu, capital of Szechuan Province, to put down factional .fighting, travelers from the mainland said today. Observers here expressed belief that the troubles in Szechuan and Kwangtung provinces stemmed from the fact that revolutionary committees set up there to govern during Mao Tse-tung's cultural revolution were not as revolutionary as expected. Fair and cooler Wisconsin is expected to be fair to partly cloudy and cooler tonight with lows of 53 to 60 in the north, in the 60s south. Friday should be mostly sunny with highs of 76 to 83. The cranberry forecast calls for fair and cooler to- night with bog temperatures of 40 to 45. The outlook is for fair and cooler Friday night with bog tempera- tures down to 34 to 42. Wisconsin Rapids' high Wednesday was 85, the low 61, and the temperature at 6 a.m. today was 77 de- grees. Precipitation was .03 inches. Once a cottage The owner of a lake cottage near Outing, Minn., looks over the remains of his property after a devastating tornado struck late Wednes- day. The cottage was at Simmons Resort at Roosevelt Lake, one of the hard- est hit areas as a series of twisters caused at least 11 deaths. "Cabins, homes, everything; all were said a deputy sheriff of the destruction aL Roosevelt Lake. (AP Wirephoto) Petition asks E'9ht tornadoes tear through N. Minnesota "Could you tell me how to get Lo NASA? I have some better pictures of Mars that might interest city vote on urban renewal A petition calling for a ref- erendum on the proposed Neigh- borhood Redevelopment. pro- gram in Wisconsin Rapids is being circulated by Mrs. Rich- ard Casper, 1350 10th Avc. N. She told the Daily Tribune today that some 150 to 200 per- sons had signed the document since Wednesday. "I am pretty sure that if the people had a chance to vote on it they would vote against said Mrs. Casper, who says she is opposed to the urban renewal plan. Most of the peti- tioners oppose the plan, she added. The petition is directed to the mayor and the Common Council asking that they submit the re- development program to a city- wide referendum. Signers of the petition include residents from all sections of the city. Mrs. Casper said she plans to have the petition presented to the council at its regular September meeting. Today's chuckle An executive usually fol- lows his work schedule to a tee. OUTING, Minn. (AP) Tor- nadoes that clawed through farms, forests and lakeside re- sorts of northern Minnesota lef at least 12 dead and search crews hunted today for other victims. H was oelieved the toll would rise when workers uncovered more debris. Several fisherme: also were unaccounted for after the series of twisters swept down about dinner time Wednesday evening. Hundreds of persons were in- jured and 43 remained hospital- ized today. About eight tornadoes swirled onto some of the state's most popular resort retreats, from Brainerd to the Duluth area, a stretch of 100 miles. One of the worst-hit spots was this resort community, a town of 300 that triples in size each summer as vacationers flock to lakes. One twister shredded homes and summer cottages on Roos- evelt Lake, just outside Outing "It's a mess, it's plain lev- said a sheriff's deputy who surveyed the lakeside area. Civil Air Patrol Maj. Al Si- monsen got an aerial view and described the splintered wreck- age as "a mile and a half wide in some places." "It was a bad related Simonsen, who said he'd for- merly lived at Sioux City, Iowa, ?nd hadn't seen as bad a storm in that area known locally as "tornado alley." Two of those killed were The Rev. and Mrs. Arthur S. Olson. Richfield, Minn., lifelong Lu- theran missionaries who ha'' celebrated their golden wedding anniversary four years ago. Pastor Olson was China branch director for the Lutheran World Federation before retiring in 1963. Their daughter, Mrs. Harold Carlson, Bloomington, Minn., also was killed when the storm hit the church camp at clt Lake. George Zier, 43-year-old own- er of a lake resort devastated north of Outing, said there were 50 persons in 10 of his cabins. Two of the occupants we're killed. He said he heard of the torna- do warning, ran to tell vacation- ers at the lakeside, then headed for cover. "As soon as I ran around told everyone, I was coming out of my garage when I saw the funnel moving across the he said. "I ran in the house and told everyone to run for the basement. The roof ripped across the house almost the in- stant we got downstairs. Safeguard barely Deployment of system votes Rasrnussen, Lincoln High still doubtful sports star, dies in crash WASHINGTON (AP) Two dramatic Senate votes have giv- en President Nixon a narrow victory for his Safeguard pro- one Republican op- ponent says he still doesn't think the missile defense system will be deployed. "I seriously doubt that Safe- guard will ever be Sen. Clifford P. Case of "New Jersey said after Wednesday's showdown voting. And Sen. John Sherman Coop- er, R-Ky., one of the leaders of the anti-Safeguard forces, said he doubts the Pentagon expects to be able to deploy Safeguard soon. Cooper told reporters the Pen- tagon plans to spend mil- lion this year on advanced anti- ballistic missile ABM re- search, beyond Safeguard, al- though the sum is not mentioned in the report on the legislation currently before the Senate. The decisive ABM votes, after months of controversy and weeks of debate, came Wednes- day on two somewhat similar amendments aimed at barring deployment of the Safeguard system but continuing ABM re- search. Neither would have eliminat- ed any of the million ear- marked for the ABM in the billion military procurement au- thorization bill. The first, offered by Sen. Mar- garet Chase Smith, R-Mainc, tailed on a 50-50 tie. Vice Presi- dent Spiro T. Agnew cast a 51st but unnecessary negative vote. Mrs. Smith's proposal was to bar any further spending except for components such as radars and computers. Then the Senate voted 51-11) against the amendment by Sens. Cooper and Philip A. Hart, D- Micli., who have led the year- long fight, against ABM. Their proposal would hava limited the Safeguard program to research and development with no de- ployment or site acquisition. Sens. Clinton P. Anderson, D- N.M., and John .1. Williams, R- Dcl., ended their silence on tiic ABM to join the administration in opposing the amendments. A White House spokesman said after the voting that Presi- dent Nixon "is very pleased, of course." But he said no state- ment would be issued. The Senate is the big test for the ABM program, since the House js considered to have a substantial majority favoring Safeguard. Although Wednesday's voting 2 A 16-year-old star athlete at Lincoln High School in Wiscon- sin Rapids has become Portage County's ninth traffic fatality of 1969. Douglas Rasmusscn, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Ras- mtissen, 1150 lOUi St. S., was pronounced dead on arrival at Riverview Hospital at a.m. today, following a one-car crash near the Wood-Portage County line shortly after midnight. Portage County officers said Rasrnussen was a passenger in an auto driven by Richard W. Wagner, 17, Melrose Park, 111., which left Biron Dr. about feet east of County Trunk U, the county line road. Wagner received minor injuries in the crash, which occurred as the auto was heading east on Biron Dr, Another passenger in the auto, Terry Johnson, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. John- son, 810 1st St. N., suffered a broken arm and was taken to Riverview Hospital by the Wisconsin Rapids ambulance. Her condition was reported good this morning. Douglas Rasmussen Investigating officers said the Wagner auto apparently failed to negotiate a curve and struck several trees and signs before coming to rest on its side on the north side of the roadway. Damage to the auto, a 1967 model owned by Wagner's moth- er, was set at Rasmussen, at 6-foot-3, was the tallest guard to play varsity basketball for Lincoln High un- der Coach Jack Cepek and closed his junior year on the squad as the Red Raiders' sec- ond-high scorer with 275 points. He had Jed his sophomore team in scoring. Before earning first-team, all- Wisconsin Valley Conference honors for his basketball play, Rasmussen earned a varsity let- ter as the football team's No. 1 quarterback. He completed 22 of 42 passes for 30f> yards. Funeral services for the youth will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Robert Buckman officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park. Douglas Rasmussen was bora Sept. 19, 1952, in Wisconsin Ra- pids. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School and would have been a senior at Lincoln High School this coming term. He is survived by his parents; three brothers, Michael, Jeffrey and Dennis, all at home, and his grandmother, Mrs. Ernest Rasmussen, Wisconsin Rapids. Friends may call at the Taylor Funeral home from 2 p.m. Fri- day, and after a.m. Satur- day at the church. OK million bonding program for state highway improvements MADISON mil- lion bonding program to finance improvements to about 500 miles oi Wisconsin's highways ovr- the next six years was approved by two legislative committees Wednesday. Unanimous approval came nft er the bill was unopposed at. n public hearing before the join meeting of the Senate Transpor- tation and Assembly Highway1: committees. "The maintenance of our ar- teries of transportation trans- cends my objections to this kind of said Sen. James Swan, R-Elkhorn. The program would utilize funds now committed to con- from the one-cent a gallon gasoline tax increase passed in 1966 plus million annually from other state highway construction well as necessary supplemental bond funds. The state's tax base, Swan said, depends on the ability of its people to communicate and the movement of commerce throughout the state. Me des- cribed Highway 15 between Bc- loit and Milwaukee as "tritely a suicide stretch." "I have a onebill legislative1 program and this is Senate Majority Leader Ernest. Kcppler, R-Sheboygan. He was backed by other offi- cials from the area. Sheboygan has become "the city .served by two elongated cow paths, namely Highway Ml and Highway 2.V said L. N. Mathiew, president of the areas Chamber of Commerce. Poor roads have handicapped the. in attracting new in- dustry and motels for a potential resort center, he said. Sheboygan area residents ire qucntly go through Milwaukee t pet to Madison in order to use the freeway, said Walter In land, chairman 'if the county board. He said they "can't cast without a boat, but. there is no reason why they shou'.d not be afforded in a westerly direction by a safe, convenient, modern highway." "Sheboygan has been "sty- mied and strangled by inade- quatc, constricted and Mayor Roger Schneider said. The highway construction plan, to be implemented if the Sniate bill is enacted, would in- clude: Impi'ovenirnts a 1 o n g 5U of Highway in Price, Taylor, Marathon and counties. Construction of Highway 15 as a four-lane divided freeway to 49 miles through Waukcsha, Walworth and Rock counties. Construction of Highway 11 an a lour-lane divided freeway for 1 miles through Rock and Wai- won h counties. Elimination of curves, widening shoulders .nirl improving Highway 2.'i between !-ond du Lac and Shcboyqan for 31 miles. Making Highway 41 a free- 2 fSPAPERl iNEWSPAPERl   

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