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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 23, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseMarines Seal off reds in Hue stripes unofficial newspaper of . Forces in Europe North Africa and the Middle East vol. 26, no. 309 if 21855 a St Dally 10 c sunday Friday february 23, 1968 lbs offers goal for housing Austin Tex. Up president Johnson set a National goal thursday of 26 million new housing units in the next decade and called on Congress to pump in $6.3 billion to save the nation s cities from violence and de is no time to lose he sent a wide ranging message to Congress asking Federal assistance to build 6 million of the 26 million new housing units. He was hoping private Enterprise would pro vide the rest. He asked again for a 10 percent tax increase to Shore up the Economy and help the Home building Industry and pushed again for an open housing measure. American cities he said rein crisis from the decay of president called for nearly $2.3 billion in the next two fiscal years and the rest of the Money Over a period of several years. It would go for new housing for the poor rent supplements Model cities anti poverty work and mass transit planning. The president also urged As cont. On Page 2s, col. L t 200 of 4,000 still holding out Saigon up . Marines attacking behind a Wall of flaming napalm thursday virtually sealed off the Viet Cong who have held the Imperial City fortress in Hue for 23 Days in fighting that helped raise american dead to a record 543 last week. The marines raised the american Flag on a watchtower at the Southeast Corner of the ancient Citadel secured the Nguyen Hoang Bridge across 100 f 000 troop hike predicted kid for All seasons the football season s Long gone but you could never convince 3-year-old Brian Effer of Savannah Georgia. Still eyeball to eyeball with his football Brian May have gone to sleep perchance to dream. Wake up Brian the baseball season s not far off. Up photo the perfume River to other marines on the South Bank and vowed to rip Down the Viet Cong Flag that still fluttered defiantly Over the communist Viet Cong defenders were hemmed in by South vietnamese on the North and West and on the East by the marines. See map on Page 4. The end appeared near for the200 or More Viet Cong holding out in the inner fortress out of the 4,000 or More who seized Hue three weeks ago. But Mili related picture on Page 17. Tary spokesmen warned that heavy and costly fighting Lay ahead before the Viet Cong flagman be hauled Down. The . Marine drive was antagonizing push for the 1st in 5th Marine regt which joined1 the Citadel fighting 11 Days ago. The battalion has suffered 45dead and 250 wounded. Bravo company normally 175men, was pulled out of the fight ing thursday morning with 61men left. A big breakthrough came wednesday when the battalion sent three 10-Man command teams through the communist lines before Dawn. They made i quietly into three two Story build Ings and waited for the commando teams in place the marines covered 200precious Yards and were cont. On Page a col. 1 100 Washington up a member of the House armed services committee predicted thursday that president Johnson will Send another 100,000 troops to Vietnam. Rep. Robert l. Leggett d-calif., said he expected the Mili tary to ask for 100,000 me beyond the present authorized ceiling of 525,000 and that the president would approve the in crease. At the same time a member of the Senate armed services committee predicted increase draft Calls and possibly activation of additional military Reserve units to carry out the anticipated buildup. Sen. James b. Pearson r-kan., said testimony from top administration and military spokesmen convinced him presi Dent Johnson plans to raise the number of men in South Viet Nam beyond the present authorized ceiling. I anticipate increased draft cont. On Page col. 2 program spelled out Britain stresses nato defense London up Britain announced thursday that its de sense Effort in future will be concentrated mainly in Europe and the North Atlantic area. I pledged a formidable contribution to North Atlantic treaty organization defences. At the same time it confirmed plans to Speed up withdrawal of British Force from Malaysia Singapore and the persian Gulf and said this will be completed by 1971. The British government announced these major decisions in a White paper presented to Par lament outlining defense policy and spending estimates for the year 1968-69. The defense White paper main y spelled out in detail the de lense cuts announced by prime minister Harold Wilson Jan. 16. The foundation of Britain s Security now As always lies inthe maintenance of peace in Europe the White paper first priority therefore must still be to give the fullest possible support to the North at lactic Alliance. Our contribution will be the White paper estimated Brit Ain in the coming year will spend an All time High total of $5.45 cont. On Page s3, col. 1 13 midshipmen Facin expulsions Annapolis my. A the superintendent of the . Naval Academy told newsmen that he will recommend Dis Missal of 13 midshipmen found to have smoked marijuana in their would be the largest number of midshipmen Ever to be expelled from the Academy at one adm. Draper l. Kauff Man superintendent said a investigation that began tues Day revealed that the 13 had used marijuana Over the past several incidents came to Light when a midshipman reported that he had seen several mid Shipmen who appeared to be smoking marijuana in a mid Shipman s room in Bancroft Hall Over the weekend. Bancroft Hall is the huge Dor Mitory that houses the 4,000 Man said he would recommend dismissal of the mid Shipmen to the Secretary of the of those found to have used the marijuana were juniors. One was a Sophomore and one was a Academy expelled four midshipmen for a similar of sense last june. A spokesman said wednesday the investigation being conducted by the naval investigative service would continue in an Effort to find the source of the marijuana. Brandt in Morocco Rabat up West German foreign minister Willy Brandt arrived thursday for a four Day official visit to Morocco

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