Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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SAIGON (AP) - U.S. air cavalrymen engaged in a firefight with two enemy soldiers near the Cambodian border were mistakenly hit by a rocket burst from one of their own supporting helicopters Saturday and 14 of them were wounded.
The fight broke off after the accident and it was not known what happened to the two enemy soldiers. The U.S. Command said the incident is under investigation.
The action occurred 95 miles northeast of Saigon. The helicopter gunship was summoned into the fight by ground troops of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division, according to field reports.
The number of Americans in
volved was not disclosed but according to the field dispatches there were probably 150 U.S. troops in the action.
Details of the fight itself were lacking.
At the same time, the U.S. Command reported the loss of three American helicopters rn other actions.
One was shot down Thursday in southern Laos but its two crewmen were not hurt and were later rescued.
The crew of a light observation helicopter shot down 19 miles north of An Khe on the central coastal plain Friday also was rescued, but the crash touched off a five-hour battle in which 39 Viet Cong were report-
Yarborough Says Veterans Shorted
American Soldiers Hit
After 52 years of waiting, J. E. Beard of Pampa was presented a Purple Heart Saturday for wounds he received in World War I. The 70-year-old veteran received award in ceremonies at the convention for Veterans of World War I, U.S.A., Inc., continuing in Abilene through Sunday afternoon. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley)
Twice-Earned Medal Comes 52 Years Late
By Melanic Middlebrnoks
Reporter-News Staff Writer
It was more than half a century late in coming, but one World War I veteran has finally received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on two different occasions while fighting with the Allies in France.
The over - due honor was presented to J. E. Beard of Pampa in conjunction with Saturday night ceremonies of the 17th annual convention of the Veterans of World War I, U.S.A., Inc. Board is a delegate attending the convention set through Sunday afternoon at the Windsor Hotel.
FOR 52 YEARS, the only reminder for the 70 - year - old Kentucky native of his two combat wounds was a n occasional painful right leg, hit by machine gun fire in one incident, and a badly mangled left hand with only two fingers remaining.
Serving as a rifleman with the 16th Infantry, Beard was wily 17 when he enlisted in 1918.
“I lied about my age,” Beard said. ‘‘They wouldn’t take me until I was 18, so I just upped my age a year.”
Following a stepped - up version of today’s basic training, Beard was immediately shipped to France, during the journey of which he celebrated his 18th birthday.
IN JULY OF 1918, the 16th Infantry was involved in the Battle of Swasoon, now remembered as the “Second Battle of the Marne” In which Allied forces revenged their defeat In the earlier encounter.
Early in the battle, a large shell exploded shattering
shrapnel which severed three fingers on Beard’s left hand and killed the officer next to him.
“After a buddy bound up my hand, he directed me to the field hospital, but I told him I thought I d continue a little ways and se*1 if there weren't some more Germans,” Beard recalled. It was three or four hours later before the heat and increasing pain forced Beard to drop out of the march and catch an ambulance for the field hospital where he remained convalesing until October.
With his release, Beard immediately rejoined the 16th Infantry that was now occupying Hill 272 in the Argon Hills against bitter German opposition.
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Big dogs, little car
This woman seems to have no problem in hauling her two dogs around Wichita Falls, despite their size. One is a Saint Bernard and the other is a Great Dane — both traffic stoppers. (AP Wirephoto)
Israelis Cast Suspicious Eye at Peace Agreement
TEL AVIV (AP) - Israeli po-litical leaders cast a suspicious eye Saturday at Egypt’s acceptance of the U.S. Middle East peace plan, but they urged their own government to give its approval, too.
The reaction came as the coalition Cabinet of Prime Minister Golda Meir prepared to meet Sunday to consider the situation in light of Egypt’s acceptance of the American plan. It calls for a cease-fire of at least 90 days by forces of Israel, Egypt and .Iordan and for indirect Arab-Israe-
li peace talks through a U.N. mediator.
Israeli legislators cautioned the government to avoid letting itself become politically isolated, but they advised the regime to take time in framing a response to Washington’s proposal.
Representatives from the ranks of the hawks and doves gave their views in a series of radio interviews. Both elements agreed in general that the plan should be accepted, despite Israeli fears that the limited cease-fire it calls for would give
CHARLOTTE, NC. (AP) — Cincinoati, Ohio. But the ma-
School officials from 12 scat- j™*ity came from systems in
tered cities wrestling with court- the Southeast, where school deordered desegregation appealed segregation has been a major
to the Supreme Court Saturday issue for more than a decade,
for a swift definition of how After a day of conversations,
much school desegregation the the officials issued a resolution
Constitution requires. calling on cities across the na-
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Egypt time to bolster its position along the Suez Canal zone.
Avraham Offer, a member of the dove group in Israel s parliament, said the cease-fire would be accepted, on condition that proper international supervision could be activated to prevent an Arab arms buildup along the waterway.
Shmuel Tamir, a parliamentary hawk, agreed that Israel should go along, provided that the Russians move their troops and military advisers out of
Shimon Peres, a member of parliament viewed as a close associate of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, warned that “speed does not necessarily have to be the motivating factor in our considerations....”
Yaacobi Gad, another legislator, opposed the temporary cease-fire on grounds that it would “complicate our security situation” as soon as the stand-down is over.
Israel Galili, an adviser to Mrs. Meir, told a meeting of Israel’s Labor party that Egypt’s acceptance of the Washington plan was “an attempt to prevent Israel from getting the
Turn to PEACE, Pg. 13-A
Privileges earned by veterans of the first world conflict are long overdue, Sen. Ralph Yarborough said Saturday to an over - flow convention crowd of Veterans of World War I, U.S.A., Inc.
Welcomed by a standing ovation from the estimated 1,000 persons gathered in Abilene for the VWWI convention at the Windsor Hotel. Yorborough discussed three veteran-related measures for which he is presently pushing for enactment:
—Establishment of a general pension plan.
—Exclusion of social security benefits in determining pension allocation.
—More additional funds for Veterans hospitals and medical care.
The U.S. senator reviewed a bill which he introduced in the Senate, July 18,1969, calling for WWI veterans pension equal to that now available for veterans of the Spanish American War.
Originted from a “belief that the over 1.5 million veterans of WWI are entitled to be remembered by their country for their sacrifices in defense of freedom,” Yarborough outlined the three part proposed bill:
Abolishment of the “degrading income or means test which is
Paint Rock Okays Tax for School
PAINT ROCK - Paint Rock voters passed a maintenance tax by a margin of 30 to 18 in an election Saturday.
Mrs. R. W. Fowler, election judge, said the election gives the Paint Rock Rural High School District board of trustees the right to levy taxes to be used for maintenance of the public free schools in the district.
The proposition stated that the trustees will be authorized to levy and cause to be assessed and collected an annual ad valorem tax not to exceed $1.50 on each $100 of valuation on taxable property.
presently required by the Veterans Administration”, — a monthly maximum of $135.45 or minimum $101.59 a month for veterans with 90 or more days of .service and a monthly maximum - minimum of $88.04
Turn to Yarborough, Pg. 13-A
Hawley Picki City Officials, New Marshal
HAWLEY — The newly Incorporated city of Hawley chose a mayor, five aldermen and a city marshal, the first one Hawley has had in 34 years, in a city election Saturday.
S. J. Jones was elected mayor with 66 votes over Tommy Wood, who received 61.
One hundred and twenty - six of 168 qualified voters turned out to elect officials of the town which was incorporated June 20.
In Saturday's election W. H. Dickson was chosen alderman place I with 68 votes over Don Tatum with 55. Charlie Hollis received 91 votes to be named alderman place 2. W. B. Williams received 34 votes.
For place 3 Marvin Downey won with 64 votes to 62 for L. G. Vancleve.
Robert Bristow was elected to place 4 with 64 votes to 61 for Biti Ivey. Place 5 went to Frank Riggins with 77 votes to 46 for Fred Turnage.
In the city marshal race, C. L. “Pete” Barbee received 60 votes to be elected. Ronnie Woodard received 6; Guy Tatum, 52; and Kenneth Hallmark, IO.
Barbee will be the first local law enforcement officer for Hawley since 1936.
Area law enforcement officers have provided law protection for Hawley residents in the past.
Mrs. Bade Lewis served as election judge Saturday.
Nixons at Home In San Clemente
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — President Nixon, opening a 10-day stay at the Western White House, conferred with aides Saturday in advance of formal meetings early this week on the 1972 budgets for defense and domestic programs.
The pace was leisurely, but the White House has passed the work for the President during his stay on the West Coast.
Furthermore, a previously announced trip to Mexico apparently won’t turn into what the President called his first vacation in five years. White House Press Secretary Rona'd L. Zeigler now' is projecting it as an official and comparatively brief, visit of perhaps three or four days.
This would involve meetings with outgoing President Gusta
vo Diaz Ordaz and incoming president Luis Echeverria, who takes office Dec. I.
President and Mrs. Nixon, who observed their 30th wedding anniversary June 21, spent their honeymoon at Acapulco, Mexico. And when Mexican Ambassador Hugo Margain called at the White House last week with a silver humidor anniversary gift from Fiaz Ordaz, Nixon was talking of getting in a vacation “a beautiful resort” in Mexico—but not Acapulco.
An official visit points to less protocol and formalities in the offing than would a state visit.
Nixon brought to California only part of his domestic team when he arrived late Friday from Washington. He had stopped along the way in Fargo, N.D., to meet with five plains
state governors and in Salt Lake City with the hierarchy of the Mormon Church.
But on Monday there will be a general meeting to size up its economic outlook in preparation for sessions Tuesday for early stages of planning the 1972 defense budget and a similar meeting Wednesday on the domestic budget.
Ziegler said there is special aspect of the Monday session relating to reorganization of the Defense Department with a view to more efficient operations. Ziegler said it w'ou'd be “a little blatant to say that yes, the White House is going to reorganize the Department of Defense,” but that it was a matter of working with the secretary in the interests of greater departmental efficiency.
ed slain and six Americans wounded. The crewmen were not hurt.
Officials said after the helicopter drew fire near a hut and crashed, Viet Cong troops were spotted in the area and U.S. infantrymen were flown in by helicopter. They were reinforced later as U.S. fighter-bombers
and artillery blasted the enemy positions.
The third U.S. helicopter was shot down near a Mekong Delta battle, 40 miles southwest of Saigon, in which South Vietnamese forces claimed killing 25 enemy while losing one man killed. One of the helicopter crewmen was killed and another wounded.