Disaster Clipping from Oxnard Press Courier, Sat, Dec 9, 1967.

Clipped from US, California, Oxnard, Oxnard Press Courier, December 9, 1967

Santa BarbaraJolted, 42-7(See Page 10)VOLUME 31 NUMBER 162—18 PAGES★★OXNARD.NATIVITY SCENE LIGHTED ALONGHundreds flocked to Plaza Park Friday night to witness the lighting of the community Christmas iree and Nativity scene. Mayor William Soo Hoo threw the switch to light the tree. Dr. Franklin Greene of St. Paul’s Methodist Church directed community caroling. TheWITH HUGE TREE IN PLAZA PARKRev. Robert Davis, North Oxnard Methodist Church, gave the invocation; The Rev. Albert Southall, Evangelistic Baptist Church, Port Hueneme, read Scriptures; and the Rev. Robert Loshuertos, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, gave the benediction.Serving Ventura CountyThe WeatherClear nights and sonny day* through Sunday with gusty north to northeast winds today. Slightly warmer Sunday Low tonight about 41.CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY. DECEMBER. 9. 1967SINGLE COPY 10c—FOR HOME DELIVERY PHONE 483-1101EDWARDS AW FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - Air Force Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr., 31. the first Negro U.S. astronaut. was killed Friday when his F104 crashed on a runway in landing.The Air Force said the crash occurred during a proficiency training •night.There was “a little fire.” a spokesman said, and neither of two men on the plane was burned.The second pilot in the craft, Air Force Maj. Harvey J. Royer. 36, was injured. Royer is chief of operations for the Air Force’s Aerospace Research Pi-tht School.An Air Force investigatingteam of officers was appointed.Lawrence, of Chicago, was selected “astronaut designee” inHUANUCO, Peru (AP) - A Peruvian airliner smashed into a low mountain of the AndesJune and was to have participated in the Air Forces' Manned Orbiting Laboratory Program known as MOL.Lawrence leaves his widow. Barbara, and an 8-year-okl son, Tracey,Another Negro pilot, Capt Edward J. Dwight, was picked in 1963 as the first Negro to enter the space pilot training program but he was not selected to complete the space programThe Air Force picked Lawrence with 15 others for its MOL program and announced in June that two would be aboard a craft in 1970 headed for an orbiting laboratory.Lawrence at 31 was the youngest of the last four to be picked and the only one writh a doctor of philosophy degree—inphysical chemistry from Ohio State University.The son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Duncan of Chicago, Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Bradley University before going to Ohio State. His family is now living at Edwards AFB.He served in West Germany as an instructor of German pilot trainees and was a serious pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours. ■ ^PglHis race never concerned Lawrence publicly.He had told a news conference last June that his selection as the first Negro military astronaut was incidental and “probably a culmination at the great deal of training and help a lot of people put in to prepare me.”Oxnard, Ventura and eight Ventura County special districtsNavy SecretaryTo Visit MuguIThe recently appointed Secretary of the Navy, Paul Ignatius, will make a general inspection tour of the U. S. Naval Missile Center at Point Mugutoday. *-rThe Navy said Ignatius is scheduled to arrive iI * , , a « i A _ V V § _ _ 1 _ JMAJ. R. H. LAWRENCE Killed in let crash.