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Albert Evening Tribune (Newspaper) - November 23, 1971, Albert Lea, Minnesota A a a a nov mar la 171 Albert Lea Tribune South vietnamese army crosses into Cambodia a South vietnamese armoured patrol speeds across the cambodian Border ten Miles East of Tay Ninh monday As six battalions of South vietnamese troops move in to Battle communist troops threatening the cambodian capital. Despite the initial Border Crossings military sources indicated that the big push is vet to Stan up telephoto army officers to be reprimanded or demoted because of an attack South vietnamese army destroys part of enemy Camp in Cambodia by George Esper associated press writer Saigon a one of the South vietnamese task forces advancing into Eastern Cambodia reported destroying part of an empty North vietnamese base Camp today. Quot we found Many bunkers and destroyed them Quot said it. Gen. Nguyen Xuan Thinh. Quot we also found abandoned rocket Thinh said the 1,000-Man Ranger task Force was spearheaded by 40 armoured vehicles and had penetrated 15 Miles into Cambodia in the two Day old drive to smash Headquarters and Supply depots of three North vietnamese divisions. The rangers were reported nine Miles North of Krek. The operation so far has met Only Light resistance. At the end of the first Day Field commanders reported 36 North vietnamese killed in Small scattered clashes and no South vietnamese casualties were reported. At least 5,000 South vietnamese troops and part of a 150-vehicle armoured brigade were committed to the initial phase of the operation which is expected to last about a month. Also standing by in Reserve Are 2,500 cambodian soldiers. South vietnamese command j ers said they hoped the Advance of their troops would Force the North vietnamese to pull Back some of their forces who have been threatening phenom penh the cambodian capital. But cambodian military sources said they believed the enemy instead was pulling troops Down from the northeastern front where Hanoi a 9th division pinned a Force of-20,000 cambodian troops earlier this month. The . Command reported no b52 bombing raids Over South Vietnam for the first time in recent weeks indicating some of the big bombers were diverted to support the South vietnamese drive into Cambodia the command reported two More air strikes in North Vietnam. It said three air Force jets attacked an antiaircraft site monday near the Mugia pass 75 Miles Northwest of the demilitarized zone and two others struck near the ban Karia pass 55 Miles Northwest of the Idiz after the guns fired on them. They were the 81st and 82nd strikes of the year at antiaircraft Sites in North Vietnam. The command said one antiaircraft gun was damaged and the aircraft were unharmed. In another development. Army spokesmen said gis scheduled to Complete their Tours in Vietnam by Jan. La i will be Home for Christmas they said under the Quot Christmas curtailment Quot program any Man whose year in Vietnam will be up by that data will leave by dec. 23. Com msgr it mud a to my a worm it Turki omit kits mowers co nor withe Windsor guardsman Canada s Best to one and All. By Robert a. Dobkin a military writer Washington apr a two Star general and four other High ranking officers have been told they will be demoted or reprimanded As a result of the most devastating attack on a . Firebase during the Vietnam War it has been Learned. The five including maj. Gen. James l. Baldwin former commander of the ill starred Amer Ica division received letters three weeks ago notifying them of the proposed administrative action approved by army Secretary Robert f. Froehlke. Each was Given 60 Days to present evidence that could change the Secretary a mind regarding the punishment which does not require trial by court martial. The army refused comment until final action on the Case is Henderson defends himself in my Lai massacre trial by Harry f. Rosenthal associated press writer it. Meade my. A col. Oran k. Henderson faces one of the toughest challenges today in his 30 years As a career Soldier defending himself against charges that he tried to conceal the my Lai massacre. Henderson 51, is to testify in an Effort to convince a jury of seven officers that he tried diligently to learn the truth about the infantry assault on the Village but was frustrated by subordinates who deceived him. He is the Lone officer among 13 once accused to stand trial for allegedly covering up the killing of 175 to 400 unresisting villagers by american troops. The three charges wilfully failing to conduct a proper investigation failing to report Quot incidents and acts thought or alleged to be War crimes Quot and lying under oath carry a maximum penalty of 39 months in prison. Henderson a highly decorated officer was the commander of the Lith brigade of the americal division which swept through my Lai on March 16, 1968. After action reports listed 128 Viet Cong killed in fierce Battle along with 20 noncombatants inadvertently trapped in artillery and helicopter gunship fire. One of the pilots flying cover for the troops returned to his base complaining that soldiers had shot into groups of huddled civilians and that he had Hac an argument with an american lieutenant whose troops were advancing on a Batch of civil ians. The pilots commanders Testi fied they relayed this Story to Brig. Gen. George h. Young jr., the americal divisions assistant commander and said Young ordered Henderson to conduct an investigation. Some six weeks after my Lai Henderson wrote a Pip age let ter to maj. Gen. Samuel w. Roster the division commander repeating the body count of 128 Viet Cong and concluding again that 20 civilians died acc Dently. Roster testified he then ordered a More formal investigation and received a thick Docu ment containing the signed statements of 15 to 20 witnesses. The document allegedly prepared by the late it. Col. Frank a. Barker has never been found. Word of the massacre remained bottled in the americal division for a year until a former i wrote congressmen that he had heard that Quot something rather dark and bloody had St. Cloud state faculty member to have hearing St. Paul Minn. Apr the Case of a St. Cloud state College faculty member who was fired last fall has been kept alive by the Minnesota state College Board the Board voted monday to have its rules and appeals committee decide whether the instructor Alex Stach had been Given the Opportunity to have a fair hearing. The former sociology instructor was notified last fall that his contract would not be renewed. The original recommendation not to rehire Stach was made by the chairman of the colleges sociology department on grounds that Stach Quot did not have the academic qualifications to meet the future needs of the three attempts were made last Spring to conduct closed hearings on the Case but All were disrupted by student supporters of the instructor. After the third Effort the committee abandoned plans for any further hearings and later upheld the colleges decision to fire the instructor. Stachys attorney Chester Buvoid told the College Board monday that Stach Quot has never had the Opportunity to present anything Quot in his defense. The boards vote was unanimous to have it committee decide whether Stach was Given adequate Opportunity for a fair hearing the main Issue in the Case. In another matter Chancellor g. Theodore Mitau reported that Minnesota atty. Gen. Warren Spannaus informed him that the state College Board cannot legally pay retroactive salary increases to its faculty. A historic setting Hilton head . A history still clings to the Moss draped Oaks Here. In the islands forested setting indians once stalked game English settlers outwitted Spanish soldiers Southern planters grew Rich on slave labor and brother fought brother in the civil War. The indians left ceremonial Shell rings on the Island about 4,000 years ago. The Shell ring people were followed by a More warlike tribe that built its villages near the water and fortified them with Shell and Earth Walls says the National geographic society. Completed. Pentagon sources said Froehlke acted on recommendation of Gen. William c. Westmoreland army chief of staff and former commander of All . Forces in Vietnam. The incident has been under investigation since March 28, when enemy sappers attacked firebase Mary Ann killing 33 americans and wounding 76. The sources said Westmoreland recommended that Baldwin be reprimanded and demoted to brigadier general. But Froehlke the sources said overruled Westmoreland and decided that a reprimand normally a bar to further promotion would be sufficient. Baldwin 50, was relieved of command of the division last july and reassigned to a desk Job in the office of the Deputy chief of staff for logistics at the Pentagon. The informant said the army investigation cited Baldwin for Quot failure to insure that adequate defense measures were taken Quot around firebase Mary Ann a battalion Headquarters of the americal a 196th infantry brigade 25 Miles West of Chu Lai division Headquarters. Some officers and enlisted men claimed after the attack that the bases defences were lax and the troops were not prepared for an enemy assault. A native of Omaha neb., Baldwin entered the army As an enlisted Man with the ran Sas National guard 31 years ago. The letters notifying Baldwin and the others of the proposed punishment were signed by the army adjutant general and issued a with the concurrence Quot of Froehlke the sources said. Similar administrative punishment was carried out earlier coming events tuesday Albert Lea toastmaster club at chef cafe�?6 . Unified Pat meeting open to Public mrs. Elizabeth Peterson to speak at Albert Lea Southwest Little theater�?7 30 . Halcyon chapter no. 21 Oes at masonic temple�?8 . Moose Lodge men at club rooms�?8 . New residents at Home of mrs. Richard Freese country club re. Card night�?8 . Wednesday senior citizen cribbage tournament�?1 30 . Historical museum open�?2-5 . Civil air patrol regular weekly meeting at Austin airport�?7-9 30 . Regular state communication of Western Star Lodge at masonic temple�?7 30 . Weight watchers at Lea center�?7 30 . Moose family night at 328 e. Main a 7 30 . A and Alanon for those living with alcoholics at 1005 n. Ulstad�?8 30 . Friday senior citizen Center potluck�?12 noon. Certoma club at Skyline supper club�?12 15 . Saturday Christian business menus i committee at Holiday inn�?7 . A meeting also Alanon for j people living with alcoholics at 1005 n. Ulstad�?8 30 . Monday senior citizen Center show and Tell crafts�?2-3 . This year against another former americal commander maj. Gen. Samuel w. Roster and his former assistant Brig. Gen. George h. Youngjr. Both were accused of failing to properly investigate the 1968 my Lai massacre. The attack on Mary Ann and the my Lai tragedy were two in a series of events that tarnished the divisions record in Vietnam. The americal was the Parent unit of an infantry company that refused for a time to go into action in August 1969, and of a platoon whose members wore Black bands on patrol to protest the War during a 1969 peace moratorium. Baldwins predecessor was relieved following disclosure that the division was using a Jungle defoliant that had been banned by the defense department. Shortly before the Mary Ann attack the army changed the name of the americal which once boasted it was the Only named division in the army to the 23rd infantry division. It was deactivated a few weeks ago. The division was organized in new Caledonia during world War ii and reactivated in Vietnam in 1967. The officers involved in the firebase Mary Ann i Vestiga lion along with Baldwin face either reprimand demotion or both the sources said. They Are col. Alphus r. Clark of it. Jackson ., former americal chief of staff col. William Hathaway of Portsmouth va., former 196th infantry brigade commander it. Col. William p. Doyle of Pittsburgh former battalion commander with the 196th and Doyle a operations officer at the time of the attack maj. Stanley j. Wisniewski of sugar notch a. Snowmobile co. Begins study on accidents thief River Falls Minn. Apr plans to finance a medical research study on snowmobile accidents have been announced by Arctic enterprises inc., of thief River Falls. Lowell t. Swenson president of the nations largest snowmobile manufacturer said the objective of the study is to provide an evaluation of snowmobile injuries As they relate to machine safety safety education of the Driver and general conduct of the Driver at the time of the Accident. The study under the direction of or. Larry sell of Manistique mich., will cover a 14,-500-Square mile area of Northwestern Minnesota and the upper Peninsula of Michigan. Or. Jerome Bray of thief River Falls will work with sell who conducted a Survey of snowmobile injuries in a portion of the upper Peninsula last year. More than 30 doctors in the area have been asked to participate in the study. Each will provide an evaluation of every snowmobile Accident victim treated this Winter. 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