Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 21, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Army Medals Going to Dogs? Red-Faced Officials Admit It
WASHINGTON (AP)-Embarrassed Army officials admitted Friday two dogs were among 21 members of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam approved for bronze star medals last month.
“Griffin M. Canine” and “Smokey M. Griffin” were among those listed in General Order 10620 citing them “for meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force” earlier this year.
An Army spokesman said the order was revoked Thursday after learning it was a hoax. The matter is under investigation, the spokesman said.
“It might have been funny at another time, but it isn’t funny now,” the spokesman said.
Officials both in the Pentagon and in Saigon are in the midst of a review of the
military’s award system which was prompted by the award of a silver star medal to a general last month.
The Army revoked the medal after investigation showed it was based on a citation for heroism fabricated by two enlisted men acting under orders.
The Army said it learned of the dog hoax when Richard Dudman of the St. Louis Post Dispatch inquired about a letter the newspaper received from Army Spec. 5 Dennis C. Wilson in Vietnam.
“I myself have received the bronze star medal and have worked hard for mine,” Wilson wrote. “Other men have died for theirs. What does this mean to a family whose son had died for his country that a Sgt. Major’s dog who lies by the door all day should receive the same medal.”
Sergeant Slumps in Chair for Verdict
FORT HOOD, Tex. (AP) — The first American soldier to be tried in the alleged My Lai maSvSacre was found innocent Friday by a military jury after six hours and 50 minutes.
S. Sgt. David Mitchell saluted the jury before it announced it had exonerated him of an assault to murder charge that had been filed against him Oct. 28, 1969.
Mitchell’s wife, Rosa, stood up and shouted, “Oh!” as the verdict was read.
Col. George R. Robinson, military judge, banged his gavel
and ordered, “Sit down in the courtroom.”
Mitchell returned to his seat and was patted on the shoulder by his attorney, Ossie Rrown.
Mitchell, 30, a 10-year Army veteran, with two Good Conduct Medals and a Bronze Star awarded for action in Vietnam, sat slumped in his chair.
Mitchell's father, the Rev. Is-iah Mitchell who is pastor of the 80-member Raspberry Baptist Church in St. Francisville, La., and his mother also were here for Mitchell’s trial.
After the jury retired, Mitch-
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ell’s father said, “The onliest thing we can do now is pray.”
It was a personal victory for Mitchell’s lawyer, who handled the case without fee and who collapsed of physical exhaustion Oct. 22, the day the defense was to begin presenting its case.
Brown’s hair inexplicably turned white in the hospital and he dyed it black before the court reconvened Nov. 16.
Brown contrasted sharply in dress with the jurors, judge and Army attorneys in the case.
Killed No One
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The defense rested its case in the 23-week-old Sharon Tate murder trial Friday after a dramatic surprise witness stand monologue by Charles Manson, who said: “I’ve killed no one and I’ve ordered no one killed.”
His three women co-defendants, who said Thursday they were determined to testify and give the jury “the truth,” changed the*r minds and declined.
The judge then recessed the trial until Monday Nov. 30 to allow both sides time to prepare for final arguments.
Manson, who testified in the absence of the jury so any inadmissible statements could be eliminated, declined to repeat it for the panel and thus the jury heard not a word of testimony from any defendant
Friday’s fast-moving, unexpected actions matched those of Thursday when the defense, supposed to open its case, rested. Attorneys said they didn’t want the three women to incriminate themselves by testifying.
Manson volunteered to take the stand when the women said they would speak out only in the presence of the jury. After he finished his rambling but sometimes moving account of his life and philosophy the judge asked if he would repeat it for the jury.
“It’s not possible,” Manson said, because “what I’ve said before I’ve already forgotten ... There’s a reason to put on a defense, but my counsel doesn’t know the questions. He doesn’t know the case.
The women each said softly, “no,” when asked if they wished to testify.
Attorney Paul Fitzgerald, speaking for the defense, said the women gave no reason for
changing their minds about testifying—“They indicated Charlie had summed up more eloquently than anything they could say.”
The judge ordered the jurors to disregard any earlier references to testimony by the defendants, and told jurors he regretted the week long recess. He noted that “a great deal of time has been saved because of developments of the last few days — conceivably months.” Presentation of the defense case had been expected to be lengthy.
Manson’* attorney moved for a mistrial after he stepped from the stand, on grounds the jury might somehow get word of what he said. The judge turned him down.
Manson, 36, chieftain of a roving hippie type family, is on trial with the others charged with murder and conspiracy. He is accused of planning the shooting-stabbing deaths to touch off a black-white revolution, then of
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Members of the Kennedy family knee at the grave of Ethel Kennedy, wife of the assassinated senator; and her
former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Arlington Nation- children, Mary Kerry, Matthew Maxwell Taylor, Christopher
a1 Cemetery Friday, the 45th anniversary of his birth. George, Michael LeMoyne and Mary Courtney. (AP Wire-
From left: Sen. Edward Kennedy; his wife, Joan; Mrs. photo)
Each day he w’ore a different and brightly colored suit with matching shirt, tie, handkerchief and socks.
His speech was also more colorful, punctuated with gestures and rapid movements of his bulky body. He blamed his collapse on a rigorous, high protein and grapefruit diet and long hours on the case.
Mitchell had been charged with assault with intent to murder in shooting at 30 unarmed civilians in a ditch in the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai in 1968. Mitchell tearfully testified he had shot at no one.
“I don’t like to see my country prosecute any young man who has been sent to fight,” said Ossie Brown, Mitchell’s lawyer, in closing arguments.
“They were over there fighting in a country where nobody knows who is an enemy and who is not. They may take candy from you in the daytime and at night show your enemy how to booby-trap you,” Brown said.
Hanoi Reports Bombing by U.S.
HONG KONG (AP) - Radio Hanoi reported that “w'ave after wave” of U.S. bombers attacked North Vietnam early Saturday, including a prisoner of war camp where the station said there were “a number of U.S. prisoner of war casualties.” Radio Hanoi said at least three U.S. jet bombers and one U.S. helicopter were shot down by North Vietnamese defenders during the attack. It said later reports from other areas might increase the plane toll.
Interrupting its regular broadcasting schedule for the bulletin report, the official North Vietnamese radio station said the air attack started at 2:30 a.m. Hanoi time and lasted more than an hour, with the American planes bombing targets in an area ranging from the port city of Haiponk to Hoa Binh Province, southwest of Hanoi.
Ui. WHI Eye 2-China Policy
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will consult with its allies on what it calls a “new situation” arising from a majority vote in the United Nations General Assembly to seat Communist China.
The resolution proposing to seat Communist China and oust Nationalist China received a 51 to 49 vote but failed because it needed a two-thirds vote to pass.
With overtones of a developing two-China policy, the State
Band, Ribbon Cutting To Open Civic Center
A ribbon cutting backed up by a brass band will mark the opening Saturday afternoon of Abilene’s new $3.5 million Civic Center, and all West Texas is Invited to attend.
Opening ceremonies will be at 1:30 p.m. on the north side of the building adjacent to the parking lot, according to center director Carl Gandy.
An open house at the center, which is downtown at Cypress and 7th, will last until 5 p.m., Gandy said.
The McMurnr College band Will play during the opening ceremony with current and former city officials on hand. Mayor J. C. Hunter Jr. will be master of ceremonies.
After the ribbon cutting, the public will be able to tour the facility, Gandy said. Jaycee-Ettes and members of the Women’s Committee of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce will serve as guides as well as
sources of Information about the new facility.
Bands will play throughout the afternoon with McMurry beginning the performances with the opening ceremony and continuing on stage until about 2:15 p.m., according to Civic Center
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Department deplored any efforts to deny Nationalist China its membership but at the same time did not oppose entry of Communist China.
Press officer John King said he could not speculate on proposals to keep both Chinas in the U. N., and he made clear that “we oppose the membership of Communist China at the expense of the expulsion of Nationalist China.”
King said: “We will of course examine all the implications of the new situation in full consultation of friends and allies.”
A statement read by King said:
“The United States is pleased that the General Assembly has reaffirmed that the issue of Chinese representation in the United Nations is an important question and that the resolution which sought to expel the Republic of China has again failed to obtain the votes necessary to passage.
“We note of course that there is much sentiment in the U. N. favoring admission of Communist China, but we do not believe that a majority favors the expulsion of the Republic of China.”
King noted that 25 nations had abstained from voting on the resolution.
King was questioned by newsmen about the U. S. policy toward universal membership in the United Nations. He said the U. S. approves the principle of universality.
Other State Department officials questioned the spokesman’s interpretation.
The vote at the General Assembly came as no surprise to U. S. officials. It was anticipated that the resolution to seat Pe
king might eke out a narrow margin of two or three votes.
It was the first time in 20 years that supporters of Peking had won a majority, and many U.N. diplomats believed it foreshadowed seating of Communist China within two years.
Last year the vote was 48 In favor and 56 against, with 21 abstentions. The closest previous vote was a 47-47 tie in 1965.
This year Canada and Italy had extended diplomatic recognition to Peking, and their new policy was reflected in the vote.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weather Map, Pg. 1S-D)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mlle radius) — Fair and a little warmer Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. High Saturday and Sunday 80. Low Saturday night 50. Winds will be southerly 15 to 20 mph.
TEMPERATURES Frl. a.m. Frf. p.m.
40 ............. 1:00 64
41 ............. 2:00 67
39 ............. 3:00 68
38 ............. 4:00 67
35 ............. 5:00 65
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32 ............. 7:00 53
36 ............. 8:00 53
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58 ............ 10:00 55
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64 12:00 —
High and low for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.: 69 and 29.
High and low same date last year: 63 and 28
Sunset last night: 5:36; sunrise today: 7:13; sunset tonight: 5 36.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.17. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 37 per cent.
'Imprisoned' Girl's Dad Kills Himself
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - An elderly man shot himself to death Friday minutes before he was to be arraigned on ac ge of keeping his 13-year-old daughter in virtual isolation at home for her whole life, sheriff’s deputies said.
Clark Wiley, 70, was found at his home here with a .38-caliber bullet wound in his head about the same time his estranged wife was entering a plea of inno-
West Point Cadet Over Shoe Shine
WASHINGTON (AP) - The case of a cadet who was bounced out of West Point for saying he had shined his shoes when he hadn’t was brought to light Friday by Rep. William R. Anderson, D-Tenn.
Anderson Identified the cadet as William Freer Puckett, Tullahoma, Tenn.
In a letter to Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor, Anderson asked that Puckett be reinstated “in the name of simple and honest justice.”
This is what happened, Anderson told Resor:
The cadet, standing for a noon meal formation, was asked by an upper classman when he had last shined his shoes. Puckett replied he had shined them the nigh* before.
Three hours later, Anderson
said, the cadet realized he had broken the academy’s code of honor since he actually had shined his shoes two days earlier.
Whereupon he reported his transgression to the proper authority.
“He was brought before the Honor Board and again repeated the incident, admitting he had said he shined his shoes ‘last night’ when actually he had not shined the shoes since a couple of days prior to that,” Anderson told Resor.
“The result: He was given the alternative of resigning or being dismissed, and was shipped home.”
Anderson said this seems to him “a fuzzy kind of honor to hold up to the nation as an example of military procedure.”
Anderson said the young man’s dismissal contrasts with some other incidents involving Army personnel and procedure.
For instance, he said, the very day he was called by Puckett’s parents, West Point honored Gen. Nguyen Cao Ky, vice president of South Vietnam.
Anderson, who recently exposed conditions at Con Son prison in that country, said Ky “represents a government which represses its political dissenters with brutal arrests, torture and imprisonment” under inhumane conditions.
“Yet West Point honors this man and dishonors a young American cadet because of a simple mistake which he tried to rectify as soon as he reflected upon it.”
cent in nearby Alhambra Municipal Court on a charge of felony child abuse.
Wiley was to have been taken to court by his son John, 18, and two friends. They arrived at Wiley’s home and Wiley asked them to go out and buy some doughnuts. When they returned, they heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot and discovered the body, authorities said. They said a note found nearby said “John will understand.”
The couple’s daughter Susan, still wearing diapers, is undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Doctors say her lifelong confinement is the reason she “can only make mumbling sounds in her throat,” has partially withered muscles in her arms and legs and walks with a stooped shuffle “like an old person.” Wiley’s wife Irene, 50, had left her husband Nov. I, taking the child with her. Susan was admitted to the hospital three days later and when a social worker brought the case to the attention of authorities, the parents were arrested.
After his arrest, Wiley told newsmen he was “burning to tell the story,” but his attorney advised him to remain silent until a hearing.
When Mrs. Wiley was arraigned, she hadn’t heard of her husband’s death.
“I was informed about it after she entered her plea,” said the woman’s public defender, Kenneth Spring. “She was visibly shaken but didn’t break down. She just sat there silent. She was in shock, I think.” ,