Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 28, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Viet-Bound Plane Crashes
By KENT STURGIS Associated Press Writer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A DC8 jetliner carrying 229 persons, most of them military personnel bound for Vietnam, crashed and exploded during takeoff Friday night, killing between 50 and IOO persons.
State troopers said the dead
numbered between 50 and “possibly IOO” persons. A spokesman said flames prevented an immediate search for bodies.
Anchorage hospitals reported receiving 75 persons suffering primarily from burns with more coming in.
The four-engine jet, chartered by the military, lifted off from
Anchorage International Airport after dark in a freezing drizzle. Witnesses said it crashed, exploded twice and sent flames hundreds o' feet into the air.
They said 15 to 20 persons were seen running from the burning wreckage.
Scores of emergency vehicles rushed to the scene, and the
POPE SHOWS NO EFFECTS OF ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT blessing people at university in Manila
Alaska Air Command reported that rescue crews had called for “body bags.”
A temporary morgue was set up at Kulis Air Force Base, a small Air National Guard installation on the edge of the airport.
The plane left a 500-yard trail of fuel, airport spokesmen said, and parts of two motors and the wings were widely scattered.
The Defense Department in Washington confirmed that the plane, owned by Capitol International Airways, had been chartered by the military and was bound ofr Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam.
Airport spokesmen said the plane carried 219 passengers and IO crew members.
It began its flight from McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma. Wash., where a spokesman said the passengers were believed to be Army and Air Force personnel. It was to have stopped in Yakota, Japan, en route to Vietnam.
M. H. Rowe, executive vice president of Capitol, said in Nashville that the plane had stopped in Anchorage for a crew change and refueling.
He said he had been told most of the crew survived.
Rowe said the airline makes 15 to 20 such flights to Vietnam each month.
The plane, a stretched out version of the DCS valued at $12 million, has a capacity to 250 passengers but the military has a ceiling of 219 passengers, Rowe said.
Clyde AF Cadet Defends 'Shoe Shine' Expulsion
STEPHEN KNIFFEN . . Code a “way of life”
Undaunted Pope Rides Through Manila
MANILA (AP) — Undaunted by a knifers attempt on his life, Pope Paul VT motored through hundreds of thousands of shouting, waving Filipinos Saturday and told students to strike a balance between “criticism” and “generous self-giving.” Pamphleteers circulated among a huge throng at the Dominican-run University of Santo Tomas where the Pope spoke. Their flyers asked the pontiff to “state in clear terms that the church must take concrete action to come to the support of the oppressed and exploited.” It said Philippine church leaders “are identified with the rich and powerful.”
Crowds of ebullient students who practically swamped the
Pope after he finished speaking wept openly.
“They are so happy... they are so thrilled.” a television commentator said.
“Today is your honor,” the
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Many Express Faith In Goodfellow Drive
Mrs. Lou F. Wayte, supervisor for the Taylor County Welfare Department, says she “always has faith that the money will come in” for the annual Goodfellow Christmas drive, and, so far, local residents haven’t disappointed her.
The latest large gift, $500 from an anonymous donor, brought total donations to $1,727 Friday. Goal is $16,500 for the drive that began Thanksgiving Day.
Latest Contributors: Anonymous $500.00
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Mrs. Wayte said that Tuesday Junior League members will begin to visit families who have asked for help through The
Reporter-News or welfare agencies. She noted that the volunteer workers would visit only those families not already appearing on state, Taylor
County or Child Welfare rolls.
The supervisor expects that over 700 families will be
certified for a Merry Christmas from the Goodfellows. She said that currently 400 had been placed on the list with hundreds more to follow.
According to Syd Niblo, vice president of the First National Bank and head of the drive, the Goodfellows use money contributed to provide clothing and food scrip for needy families and to buy new toys to supplement those donated earlier in the year by Abilene school children.
The old toys were repaired and painted by city firemen, and dolls were dressed by the VFW Auxiliary, Dyess Officers Wives and NCO Wives and other volunteers.
Contributions and requests for help should be addressed to Goodfellows, Abilene Reporter-News, Box 30, Abilene, Tex., 79604.
Pope told the students, “You are the advancing vanguard of your country.”
“The youth of the Philippines like that of all Asia is on the march... do you know in which direction to go? Have you a clear picture of the goals you are aiming at?” he continued.
“Your age is an age of criticism, and criticism can be very useful to society which always falls short of perfection. Your age is also an age of generous self-giving, and this the Filipino people expect of you.
“What is asked of you is a balance harmony of these two attitudes.”
The pontiff, possibly replying to student demands for a clear statement of his position on eclesiastical materialism, also said the gospel should be preached by “heralds” who are “liberated from self-interest, lies, from the spirit of division, from sin in all its forms.” Tumultous cries of “Viva ii papa!” rose as a chant from the crowd.
The Pope wore a lei of Philippine sampaguita, the fragrant national flower, smiled broadly and held his arms aloft to the crowd as the cheers continued.
From his speech to the students and faculty, the Pope went to join 200 Asian Catholic bishops, in their conference seeking ways to increase catholic influence in a largely non-Christian continent.
Manila police tightened security measures to prevent any more attempts against the Pope. They were under sharp criticism for laxity at the airport where a man tried to stab the 73-year-old Pontiff minutes after his arrival Friday on his Asian-Pacific tour.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weather Map Pg. 14-B) ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile rad us) Partly cloudy Saturday night. High Saturday and Sunday in tbs upper 70's. Low Saturday night 55. Southerly winds 5 to 15 mph, becoming light and variable late Saturday.
Showing no signs of his ordeal or the fatigue of his long journey, the Pope went serenely about his program Friday.
He celebrated Mass in Manila Cathedral, received foreign diplomats and met with President Ferdinand E. Marcos, credited with helping to ward off the assailant.
A million persons jammed the streets to watch the Pope’s motorcade pass.
Police charged the assailant with attempted murder and assault. He was identified as Benjamin Mendoza y Amor, 38, a painter from La Paz, Bolivia.
Pope Paul told Marcos he forgave his assailant and he blessed the crucifix Mendoza had used to conceal a foot-long knife.
As for the attack, Manuel Collages, acting foreign secretary, said: “It meant nothing to the Holy Father. I don’t think it fazed him.”
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An Air Force Academy cadet from Clyde has come to the defense of West Point officials under fire for last week’s expulsion of a student for breaking the Military Academy’s Honor Code.
Cadet Stephen B. Kniffen, son of Mr. and Mrs. McClung Knif-fen, Rt. 2, Clyde, and salutatorian of the 1969 Clyde High School graduating class, wrote The Reporter-News to “clear up” public misunderstanding about the code after a Military Academy cadet was dismissed from the school for lying about shining his shoes in order to avoid punishment. The cadet reported his lie four days later and the Honor Code board heard the case and recommended dismissal.
Cadet Kniffen’s letter:
“I am writing this letter in reply to the article printed on the front page of The Abilene Reporter-News of 21 Nov., 70, concerning the cadet from West Point who was dismissed because of a mistake concerning his shoes. After reading it I decided to write you to help clear up some things about the Honor Code mentioned here. I am from the Abilene area and knowing the people of the area I want to dispel any feeling that perhaps the cadet was not given a fair shake. Since I am from the Air Force Academy and not ; the Military Academy I am not j certain about many aspects of their Honor Code, but I do know the Code of the Air Force Academy and I do know that our Code was patterned after the Codes of the Military Academy and the Naval Academy.
“The Air Force Academy Honor Code reads, ‘We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.’ The I words of the Code are plain and I straightforward and not easily I misunderstood. But the Code is more than words. The Code has I a spirit and it is felt by each • member of the Wing or the Brigades. The Code Is a guide to live by. It gives us a minimum standard of honor to live by. It gives us a pattern on which we may develop the standards and ideals of honor that will remain with us as officers. The code is a I way of life.
“ ‘We will not steal.’ This I part of the Code makes us trust I our fellow Cadets. This part prompts us to leave our doors unlocked when we have hundreds of thousands of dollars of stereo equipment and other articles including uniforms in our room and we know that when we return it will be there because we live by the Code.
This part means that if you borrow something from a buddy you will return it in the same condition you found it in, from something as small as a pencil to something as large as a car.
This is what the Code does.
“ ‘We will not cheat.’ This allows instructors to leave the room during an exam and return knowing that each Cadet has done his own work and has not relied upon the help of others or hidden notes to complete a test.
This also places responsibility
the individual Cadet to stand on his own feet and be a man, an honest man.
“ ‘We will not tolerate.’ This means that we will not stand for less than perfection as far as the Code goes from ourselves or our fellow Cadets. This part takes care of the few who will not live up to the Code and who have to be prompted to follow it.
“ ‘We will not lie.’ I have purposely left this one until last since it was the one involved in the article. This part. allows us to know that what our buddies say is the truth. This is the most important clause. This means that a man’s word is his bond. He can be trusted to speak the truth in any matter. Certainly the shining of one’s shoes is a trivial thing, but still the Code must be upheld even in small things. If one exception is made, then others follow and soon the Code has no more body. It has been drained by exception.
“The article suggested that immediately after admitting his violation the Cadet was hauled before a board whose sole job was to condemn those who trespassed on the sacred ground. It is quite probable that a thorough inspection was made of all the circumstances surrounding the accusation. Before a board ever meets, the accused is taken aside by the honor representatives of his squadron and informed of the charge against him. He is questioned as is his roommate and others around him for signs
of undue pressure on him. If I they feel that it warrants g further investigation an honor I representative from another squadron is called in. He j requests the witnesses and his opinion is voiced. Only then is j the case brought before an I Honor Board. Here his case is g again heard and a decision is p reached. Before a case reaches | a board it is thoroughly screened f to filter out simple mistakes and misunderstandings. Of 49 cases .j heard between 16 Oct. 69 and 13 I Oct. 70. 34 were judged guilty, ll | were judged not guilty, and 4 J were judged guilty but were | given discretion due to | circumstances or undue I pressure. Note: This refers only j to the Air Force Academy.
“This Code is essential both in j the eyes of the military and the g Cadet Wing. Extensive training is given to each cadet from | pamphlets distributed before | entrance, lectures during Basic Training, and follow-up lectures for all four years at the academies. The entering Cadet is urged to understand the Code and be sure that he can live up to it before he enters.
“The finished product Is a highly honorable and honorconscious officer corps. The men who graduate from our military academies are expected to be the ones who will lead our military in the days to come. It is essential that they are honorable men. Only a highly trained and highly honorable * officer corps can control the ever growing military machine in a manner to best protect the United States and her interests. This Honor Code provides the framework for the development of such a standard. We deem the Code essential.
“Having come from a rural area around Abilene, I am intimately related to the people of the Big Country. I know that this area was built on the efforts of honorable men. I also know that as much land was sold over a handshake as was sold with a contract. The spirit of honor exists even today. The farmers of this area are the epitome of the Code in their dealings with their customers. You know what it is like to live by a code of honor whether it is the “Code of the Hills” or the simple honesty that was instilled Into each of you by your parents. You know honor and you can appreciate its necessity in the military leaders of our land. I hope this has cleared up some of the misunderstandings of the article. I remain “Truly yours,
STEPHEN B. KNIFFEN Cadet,
U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colo.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon disclosed Friday that U.S. warplanes struck North Vietnamese positions near the Son Tay prison camp during last week’s unsuccessful effort to free American war prisoners.
Asst. Secretary of Defense Daniel Z. Henkin, who acknowledged the strike under questioning at a news briefing, described it as a diversionary attack “to draw fire away from the central operation.”
Hanoi has claimed that U.S. warplanes struck the Hanoi-Hai-phong area, 150 miles north of the 19th parallel, during the weekend attacks and inflicted civilian casualties. The North Vietnamese also claimed that several captured American airmen were injured in the raids.
Henkin told newsmen that “protective actions were taken” to cover the small force of Americans who landed in the prison camp 23 miles west of Hanoi, only to find it empty of prisoners.
Henkin said these protective actions occurred “in the immediately adjacent area” of
the camp, and indicated there was strafing and bombing by fixed-wing aircraft.
“There were some antiaircraft installations in the area which we knew about and there
were some troops in the area which we knew about,” he said.
Asked whether there were any other prisoners of war camps near Son Tay, Henkin said, “Not to my knowledge.”
Elderly Eastlander Dies in House Fire
EASTLAND (RNS) - J. L. (Bud) Greer, 71, burned to death about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when his home caught on fire.
It was the first fire fatality in Eastland in ll years, according to Guy Robinson, fire marshal.
Robinson said it appeared that the elderly man was attempting to crawl out a window when he was overcome by the heat He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Wells Dalton.
Cause of the fire was undetermined. Robinson said the alarm was turned in by neighbors and that firemen extinguished the fire in 20
minutes. Three rooms of the six-room house were destroyed, and Robinson estimated $3,000 in damages.
An investigation is continuing.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Arrington Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. W.E. Hallenbeck, pastor of the Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in Eastland Cemetery.
Mr. Greer was bom March 17, 1899, at Gorman. He was a retired oilfield worker and had lived in Eastland since 1945.
Survivors include one sister, Mrs. H.B. McDowell of Lindale; one brother, W.C. Greer of Mansfield and three nephews.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A Green Beret officer who helped stage last week's daring assault on a North Vietnamese prison camp said Friday he would do it again if he got the chance.
The soldier, Army 1st LL George W. Petrie, said he and his companions in the helicopter attack deep into enemy territory felt “pretty bad” when they discovered the camp held no American prisoners.
The party of Army and Air Force volunteers, protected by nearby air strikes, swooped down on the Son Tay prison compound about 23 miles west of Hanoi in an unsuccessful attempt to free American POWS, “I expected to hear them (The Americans) hollering at us,” Petrie said Friday. “But when there were no voices, I knew there was no one there.” He said the condition of buildings in the compound led him to believe the prisoners had been taken from the camp about three weeks before the raid,
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