European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Dec 17 1967, Page 1

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 17, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseCar packed Span falls100 feet into Ohio River 8 bodies recovered 33 missing from a and up dispatches Point pleasant . A suspension Bridge jammed with Auto and truck traffic collapsed into the Ohio River Friday killing at least eight boats patrolled the River saturday in a search Foran estimated 80 additional Vic Tims. The bodies of six person were recovered from shallow Waters along the Banks in night Rescue operations. West Virginia state police sgt. J. H. Parsons said 33 other persons were known to be missing. Divers found 57 vehicles 40automobiles and 17 trucks which plunged into the . S. Zabinski commander of the . Coast guard station a Huntington ., said the cur related Story on Page 23 Bridge tragedy Aerial View left shows All that remains of the Ohio River Bridge that collapsed Friday sending scores of vehicles into the River and Tak ing a toll of dead and injured. At right Rescue workers watch a scuba diver enter the River to probe wreckage. The Ridge linking Ohio and West Virginia was traffic Laden when it collapsed. A rent in the River was so Swift that cranes were unable to lift any of the divers were pushed away from what they were working on he said. The commissioner of the West Virginia state police t. A. Welty said he estimate about 80 bodies were trapped in vehicles in the icy Waters of the River most of them in the 60 foot deep main injured survivors cont. On Page 2h col. 1 Mcghee . Firm in Europe stars and stripes unofficial newspaper of . Forces in Europe North Africa and the Middle East vol. 26, no. 243 if 21855 a sunday december 17, 1967 5 daily 10 t sunday d Berlin a . Ambas Sador George c. Mcghee said saturday that despite Vietnam the United states stands As firm and committed As Ever in Europe and Berlin armed with 7,000 nuclear weapons. Mcghee who attended the re cent White House wedding and talked with president Johnson said that while High Washington officials give much attention to Vietnam they give even More to Europe. Let there be no mistake about it. We continue to be committed in Berlin and in the same Way we continue to be committed i Europe Mcghee said in a pre pared speech to the american cont. On Page 2 h col. I no Apo letters involved fire destroys tons of new York a a spectacular 11-alarm fire roared through a Block Square manhat Tan Branch Post office Friday night and Early saturday using mail chutes As flame flues and turning tons of christinas mail to spread rapidly through the six Story Structure after the Blaze erupted in huge conveyor Belt but 2,000 postal employees were evacuated As the Morgan Annex the Branch handles 85 per Centof International parcel Post magazines and advertising Mai to and from the United states postal officials said a postal authority said there was no loss of any i Christma Smail As a result of the fire since Apo and Fpo mail is no handled by the Morgan station Annex but is processed by the postal Center in Long Island City three workers who used flashlights to signal their plight were rescued from a sixth floor ledge by firemen using Aeria ladders plus a scaling ladder to reach the final chief John t. O Hagan described the conflagration Ashe largest single building fire cont on col. Johnson signs both pay Bills Washington a presi Dent Johnson signed legislation saturday boosting the pay of Al the government s civilian employees and the military while hiking the Cost of mailing a let Ter from five to six cents. Johnson said he was unwrap Ping a Christmas package that will brighten the Holiday of Allmen in uniform and All govern ment employees. The pay raises Are retroactive to oct. I and government officials have been planning to pro vide the Back pay to employees before Christmas. A few Mili tary personnel already have received the larger checks. The Bills that became Law pro vide for pay boosts of $2.7 Bil lion each for military and civil Ian employees Over three years a total of $5.4 billion. In addition the Post office department will get $900 million a year in extra Revenue John son said from rate increases on the various classes of mail

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