Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 29, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Army Boots I5-Year-Old Viet Veteran
FT. CARSON, Colo. (AP) -An Army spokesman said Friday that 15-year-old Walter Lee Martin is not recognized as a soldier—despite two periods of service in Vietnam—because he did not enlist, was not drafted through any regular means.
Asst. U.S. Atty. James Richards said in Denver Thursday that the 6-foot-3, 198-pound youth had joined the Army at the age (rf 12 as James J. Wilson, went to Vietnam, was wounded, unmasked, and sent home. Martin somehow rejoined the military forces in Vietnam again under the name S. Sgt. Al
bert Lewis Jr., and was wounded again, Richards said.
But Lt. Col. George D. Barrace, public affairs and information office for Ft. Carson and the 5th Infantry Division, said Friday the Army does not officially recognize that Martin ever served.
“He was not officially in, did not officially enlist or entM through any normal method, ’ Barrante said. “He was, in fact, not a soldier. He isn’t a soldier. That’s why he was turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office.”
Barrante further said, “We cannot confirm he was ever
wounded, because we don’t know if his records even exist.” He said, however, the Army has records indicating Martin was evacuated from Vietnam through a military hospital.
And Martin’s 17-year-old wife, Ro^a Lee, said it was a “big shock” when she learned Friday, at home in Dothan, Ala., that the soldier she married last April was not Albert Lewis Jr., but Walter Lee Martin. She said she met him in November 1969 and “he told me he was 22.” They were married April 20 in Dothan.
She said she has been getting
government allotment checks, made to S. Sgt. Albert Lewis Jr., for the past several months.
In Arcadia, Fla., Martin’s mother, Mrs. Alma Lee Jones, said Walter first lied about his age when he was 12 to join the Job Corps and traveled to the Job Corps post at Las Vegas, Nev.
“When he left here he was in the 8th grade.” she said. “I was crying. He said, ‘Mama, there ain’t no use of you crying. I want to go.’ ”
Asked why she didn’t tell officials her 12-year-old son posed as 18 to join the Job Corps, she
said, “He had got his ticket and everything; there wasn’t anything I could do.”
Mrs. Jones said she got letters from her son in the service, including one she said was from Germany. When letters came with the return address of S. Sgt. Albert Lewis Jr., she said, “I asked him why he changed his name like that but he never did answer*”
Why didn’t she notify officials? “There wasn’t anybody to tell. I just sat down and cried and prayed he would make it back.”
Martin, of Dothan, was picked up while posing as Lewis and serving in a military police company at Ft. Carson. The U.S. attorney’s office entered the case when it was determined Martin filed a claim of $166 against the government while posing as Lewis.
A charge of fraud against Martin was dismissed Friday afternoon and he was freed from the El Paso County jail where he had been held under $1,500 bond, Asst. U.S. Atty. Gordon Allot Jr. said in Denver.
WALTER MARTIN . . . young veteran
Income Plan Due Year Test
Nixon Yields, But Presses for Action
Just nosing around
Little 10-month-old Bowen Dawn of Atlanta, Ga., rubs nose to nose with clown Bob Bertine of Jacksonville, Fla., during a mini circus put on free for children during Southeastern Shrine convention in Atlanta Friday. This was the first time Bowen ever rubbed noses with a clown and seems to love it. (AP Wirephoto)
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — President Nixon acceded Friday to Senate pressure for a year-long test of his Family Assistance Program which he called his most important domestic proposal and the most important such measure in 35 years.
Nixon agreed to accept an
U. S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Whither Map, Pf. 6-A)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (AMnila radius) — Clear to partly cloudy and warm Saturday through Sunday. Afternoon highs in low to mid 90$; low Saturday night near 70. Winds southeasterly IO miles per hour.
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High and low p.m.; 92 and 64.
High and low name date last year: 89 and 72.
Sunset last night; 8:09( sunrise today: 7:11; sunset tonight: 8:07.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.15. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 48 per cant.
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JC Signatures Fall Short
By GARY KRINO Reporter-News Staff Writer A petition to bring the question of the establishment of a public junior college to Taylor County voters is 385 signatures short.
The announcement came Friday from members of the Chamber of Commerce and Junior College Task Force at a meeting of the Taylor County Board of Education.
The meeting was specially called to present the petition to the board for certification so it could be passed to the Coordinating Board, Texas University and College System, along with the junior college plan for Taylor County.
“Additional names still have to come in,” Jack Gressett, executive vice president of the Chamber said.
“We have enough for the trustees, but we’re just going to have to get some more
(signatures) for the other
The signatures of 2,902
qualified signers are needed to pat the issue to a vote. Petition circulators brought in 3,397 names, at first thought to be sufficient to meet the cut-off
After the names had been verified, however, only 2,517 of the signees remained qualified.
Gressett said to be qualified to sign an individual had to be a registered Taylor County voter CU well as a county taxpayer. “They took off ineligible
signers, those not registered voters or not on the county tax rolls, and when they checked both out, we lost some we thought were okay,” he said.
The signatures were certified by Taylor County Tax Assessor Buri King and his staff plus a crew of Jaycee-Ettes.
At the County School Board meeting, Randall Jackson, chairman of the legal and
financial committee of the Junior College Task Force, thanked, “with a red face,” members of the board for calling the special meeting.
J. G. Wilks, chairman of the board, called the signature situation “just one of those things,” and said he did not think any of the members reacted adversely.
Gressett said many people
Final Juror Picked For Monteith Trial
COLORADO CITY (RNS) -The final juror in the trial of Robert Monteith, 23, former Abilene High School and Abilene Christian College athlete, and his 18-year-old wife, Judy, for the beating death of their 3-month-old daughter in January, was selected at 7 p.m. Friday.
Nine jurors had been selected during the four previous days. Friday’s first selection came at 4:30 p.m. when attorneys were able to agree on Charles Ritchey, 34, Texas Electric Service Co. employe. J. W. Boyd, 42, Loraine stock farmer and truck driver, and John Stansel, 47, employe of Texas Pipeline Co.., were the next selections.
Only eight jurors remained on the jury list when Stansel’s selection was made.
A Sneak Preview Of Marijuana Perils
Is smoking marijuana really “no worse than drinking alcohol?”
The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has been sponsoring research into what dangers smokers of marijuana may face.
Their repent will not be released for a few weeks, but on the editorial page of today’s Abilene Reporter-News, columnist Ray Cronley presents a sneak preview of what the NIMH report will say.
Hie findings “most certainly will startle thinking people/* Crondey says.
See his column, “Research Bares Perils of Pot,” on Page 6-B.
Defense attorney Nelson Quinn of Abilene made a motion that the jury be dismissed because the death penalty for murder constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and said that improper tests were given to veniremen to qualify them on the death penalty.
Also there were insufficient females on the jury list, Quinn said. Both reasons, he said, denied the defendants the opportunity to have a broad-based spectrum of the community on the jury as finally chosen.
The motion was overruled by Judge Austin McCloud and the opening of the trial was set for IO a.m. Monday.
The jury list included women, but many o' those were excused for various reasons before questioning began. The majority of those reaching the courtroom for questioning were disqualified on the death penalty.
The jury will include one Mexican-American, Cecil Lozano, 48, maintenance man for Colorado City schools. With the exception of Lozano and one Mexican-American disqualified because he could not read or write, all members of minority races questioned disqualified themselves on the death penalty.
Jurors previously selected include Lynn Hamilton, 47, of Loraine; Emory Sweatt, 59, of Westbrcok; Eldon G. Smith, 49; Jne Boyd, 45; Joe L. Blackard, 51; Harold G. Kruse, 44; Johnny Grubbs, 48; and Fred McKay, 51, all of Colorado City.
were confused concerning what it took to sign the petition. Some were confused on who they had to be paying taxes to in order to be eligible, he said, the city or the county.
The problem isn’t in getting the people to sign, but in making sure they are eligible to sign, he continued.
Petitioners will again go looking for qualified signers and a meeting of the board and Task Force and Chamber o f Commerce officials is tentatively set for 4 p.m. Friday at which time hopefully the petition will be turned over to the board.
Gressett said those working on verification would check every name as it came in to make sure those signing were eligible.
To collect the necessary 385 signatures should take about three days, he estimated.
On the seven trustee petitions, Gressett reported each had approximately 900 signatures, far more than the 600 each needed.
The trustee petitions were withheld by the junior college backers and will be presented with the college-vote petition at the Friday meeting.
amendment providing for field testing before putting the program into full operation, in order to win quick passage of the Family Assistance Act, which would put a floor under family incomes.
In a statement and through aides, Nixon applied pressure for action.
Presidential Assistant Daniel P. Moynihan, pounding his fist for emphasis, told reporters time is running out and Nixon is %aying: “So much is at stake and so much has been achieved that to fail now, would fail the nation and fail the poor of the nation. And it must not be allowed to happen.”
The legislation passed the House by a heavy margin and has been tied up in the Senate Finance Committee, although the President said numerous proposals for changes have been made to meet objections of members.
He agreed to take an amendment by Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, D-Conn., for field testing the program before putting it into full operation.
Advisers are convinced the bill can clear the Senate if the Finance Committee will send it to the floor.
The legislation would assure a family of four a minimum income of $1,600 plus food stamps worth $865. This would be figured for a family with no income of its own. The maximum for a family of four, with some income of its own, would be $3,920 in federal funds every year.
The annual cost overall is estimated at $4.1 billion.
Nixon said that the full Senate must be given a chance to work its will on the necessary legislation. And he urged the Finance Committee to “get down to the hard business of marking up a bill as expeditiously as possible.”
In Washington, Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa., said “I applaud the President’s reaffirmation of support of the program including a testing period.
“I would hope that the Senate Finance Committee would report as soon as possible a bill to the floor so that it may be considered and passed before adjournment.”
Sen. Wallace F. Bennett, R-Utah, No. 2 Republican on Fi-nance, also welcomed the President’s statement.
“The field test proposal will give the Congress and the administration the needed opportunity to work out as many of the bugs as possible and to take a look at the program after ac
tual on-the-ground experiences.”
Other supporters of the plan said privately they doubted if the statement would ease the opposition of conservatives on Finance who strongly oppose the FAP.
But these supporters remained confident, as they have along, that the committee will approve a version of the bill and that the Senate will pass a comprehensive measure before the 1970 session ends.
LBJ Economists See Recovery
STONEWALL, Tex. (AP) -Two top economists in President Lyndon Johnson’s administration predicted Friday night the nation will make a slow but sure recovery fri»m the current recession.
Dr. Walter Heller, former presidential economics adviser, and Henry Fowler, former secretary of the treasury, spoke at the first of a series of seminars sponsored and led by the former president at LBJ State Park, 65 miles west of Austin.
“I am confident that although the U.S. economy is sort of squishy now it will firm up and move onward the next few years,” said Heller. “However, I’m afraid that the jobless rate will continue to rise even though the economy improves.. .I feel we’re going to have a recovery, but a sluggish one. There will be no upsurge or bounce-back.”
Fowler compared the average U.S. citizen with the passenger in the back seat of a car.
“.As we round the curve this fall, we may be a little more comfortable than he was a little ways back, but he is not likely
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to unfasten the seat belt and unbutton his back pocket for a greatly increased scale of personal spending and corporate investment until the fog lifts and the direction is more clear than it is today,” Fowler said.
The former president introduced the two speakers, saying the seminar was an attempt “to gam some understanding of
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6 GIS Killed-In Ambush
SAIGON (AP) - A convoy of American infantrymen was ambushed on a main highway in the jungled central highlands and in nearly IO hours of fighting six infantrymen were killed and 26 were wounded, the U.S. Command reported Friday.
At the same time, the command reported the mistaken shelling of a hamlet 40 miles east of Saigon by American forces in which three Vietnamese civilians were killed and 13 more were wounded.
The ambush in the relatively quiet central highlands by North Vietnamese troops was one of the worst in recent months.
As against 32 Americans killed or wounded in the daylong action Friday, the U.S. Command said two Communist soldiers were killed and one captured.
Senate Refuses to Cut Back Defense
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a vote described by one member as this year’s ‘‘key test on economy in government,” the Senate Friday voted down a bid to cut 7 per cent from the $71.2 billion Pentagon budget.
On a 42-31 roll call, the Senate refused to limit Defense Department spending in fiscal 1971 to |66 billion.
“This is the key test vote in 1970 on economy in government,” said Sen. William Prox-mire, D-WLs., just before the roll call began.
“This vote will really separate the big spenders and those who are fiscally responsible,” Proxmire declared.
Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., said the across-the-bozrd approach of the amendment spon
sored by Proxmire and Sen. Charles Mathias, R-Md., was “the only way to meet President Nixon s criticism of a spendthrift Congress.”
But a solid core of other senators opposed the move and Srn. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., said it “would decimate the defense budget.”
Proxmire and Mathias proposed the general cut as an a1-
How Texans Voted
WASHINGTON (AP) - Both Texas senators, John Tower, R, and Ralph Yarborough, D, voted Friday against the amendment which sought to cut $5.2 billion from the military authorization bill. Lie amendment lost 42*31.
temative to specific item reductions which they said the Pentagon contends only defense specialists are expert enough to make.
They said they could point to programs in which up to $14 bil-1 on couid be cut without jeopardizing national defense.
Proxmire said the Senate Armed Services Committee has already cut 7 per cent or $1.3 billion from the Pentagon’s military procurement budget.
It should be relatively easy, he said. for the Pentagon itself to identify places where another 13.7 billion or so can be trimmed.
Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., whose Armed Services Comm ; I -tee reduced the amount of the pending military procurement
bill to $19.2 billion sharply disagreed.
He said a cut of such a s:ze would force the Pentagon to cut two million jobs; a million in the defense industry and a million inside the defense establishment itself.
“You just can’t stop the machine so fast in such a short period of time.” he said.
Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield told the Senate it has been criticized by tile White House for spending too much on education, hospital construction and housing.
“But those measures contain peanuts compared with what we are talking about,” Mansfield said. “There is more money to be saved with this amendment than with all the rest put together. I