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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 25, 1968, Darmstadt, Hesse. Was damned sure on Tonkin Washington a on a murky fateful night in the Gulf a Tonkin the commander of the destroyer Maddox cabled his superiors that Freak weather and an overeager sonar Man could have contributed to reports that anted can vessels had just been attacked Bynorth vietnamese torpedo boats. But Secretary of defense Robert s. Mcnamara said in testimony mad Public saturday he issued orders which withheld retaliatory american air raids until we were damned sure the attack had taken said capt. John j. Her Rick who sent the Cable on aug. 4,1964, swiftly resolved his doubts. He did not doubt that there was an attack Mcnamara said. Me did not say so in his see p. 3 within hours american warplanes were swooping Over North vietnamese torpedo boat bases on their first attack on that communist nation. The Tonkin incident and the Ameri can raids which responded to it marked the beginning of a transformation of the american role in Vietnam. . Troop buildup to More than 500,000 men and the air War on North Vietnam can be traced to that engage Days after the affairs con-1 Gress with Only two dissenting votes adopted a Resolution approving All i cont. On Page a col. 1 a stripes i unofficial newspaper of . Forces in Europe North Africa and the Middle East vol. 26, no. 311 if 21855 a 5t daily 10 sunday sunday february 25, 1968 More is big topic in Vietnam Saigon up . Com Manders in Vietnam have asked for another 50,000 to 100,000troops to regain the initiative in the War . Military source said saturday. The sources said the requests a main topic of conversation Between Gen. William Westmore land the . Commander in Vietnam and Gen. Earle Wheeler chairman of the . Joint chiefs of staff now in the extra men the sources said Westmoreland believes he would be Able to main Tain the current Allied Post rebut could not sustain a prolonged additional forces would raise the . Combat strength Toat least 575,000 men including 30,000 already ordered to the War and expected soon. Those figures do not include the sailors of the . 7th Fleet operating in the Waters off Viet Nam. Report was denied on Friday it was reported in Washington that the joint chiefs of staff asked president Johnson for 100,000 additional men for the War. The Texas White House de Nied the Saigon military sources conceded that Westmoreland s re quest for 100,000 additional troops would probably not be they expressed Confidence that More men would be committed to the War. The City offensive that began during the lunar new year Cost the lives of 1,359 . Military men in three weeks of bitter South vietnamese presi Dent Nguyen Van Thieu recent Thant Calls bomb pause key to talks United nations a . Secretary general u Thant said saturday he is convinced that meaningful talks about ending the Vietnam War would take place even per haps Snga few Days if the United states stopped bomb ing North Vietnam. He said the increase in hostilities m the last few week should not Lead to the conclusion that the door i closed for Thant set Forth his views in a 1,600-word statement is sued after talks with North vietnamese envoys president Johnson and other leaders in new Delhi Moscow London Paris and Washington. Wheeler. Iong rocket a Soldier at the . Base of cd Chi holds an3s say Ufi new chinese made 107mm rocket. A photo the ugliness of the War mismatched Only by its futility Thant can be no Victory no defeat Only More suffering More deaths and More destruction. The very survival of Vietnam is a stake. It is time to Call a halt Thant declared that both the United states and the soviet Union seem firmly determined to prevent the defeat of the Side which each he warned if such a trend continues the conclusion is inescapable that there will be continued intensification and escalation of the conflict result ing in unforeseeable develop ments with Dir consequences. On the other hand he said my recent Eon than tracts have con firmed my View that if essential Steps Are taken they will Lead to a Chain of events which inthe end can bring about a just solution to the problem an which will save both South Viet cont. On Page 23, col. 3 allies raise Flag Over Citadel . To pay russians for embassy blast Washington up the United states will promptly pay the soviet Union for damage tothe russian embassy caused by a bomb explosion Early wednes Day state department officials said saturday. Spokesman Carl e. Bartch said Walter j. Stoessel jr., Deputy assistant Secretary of state had assured a russian official that the United states followed a general policy of reimbursement. Asked whether Bartch s state ment meant the United states planned to pay department officials said it did. They said the Exchange Between Stoessel an the russian had been in general terms and that was Why Bartch announcement was general rather than development came As police and Fri agents investigating the blast reported Little explosion heavily damaged a ground floor office in the front of the four Story Brownstone building but caused no was no estimate of How much damage was Anatoly f. Dobry Nin was sleeping in a third flood bedroom at the time. The state department disclosed thursday that Dobrynin s life was threat cont. On Page 2- h col 4 Hue Vietnam a South vietnamese forces swept through the old Imperial Palace throne room and raised the Saigon government s Flag Over the walled Citadel of Hue saturday virtual liberating the 1-mile-s q u a r fortress from the communists who seized it 25 Days ago. Small pockets of communist resistance continued along the West Wall of the Citadel but i appeared they would be eliminated by the drive which was initiated before Dawn saturday id which freed the Palace . A Small Force of South Viet namese troops penetrated the Imperial Palace area and ripped the Viet Cong Flag from atop the 200-foot flagpole where it was raised on the first Day of Theattle. A giant yellow and red South vietnamese Flag was hoisted in its place dominating the Citadel for the first time since Jan. 31. A battalion of government army troops and a crack Black Panther company of Vietnam Ese rangers hit the Wall of the Palace area blasting through it with mortars Early saturday afternoon. Within two hours the Palace was cleared against Little opposition. The South vietnamese suffered Only two after the Palace area was cleared the govern ment troops wheeled against the remaining pocket of enemy resistance along the massive South cont. On Page 2h col % weather Cloudy with Light Snow. Monday. Frankfurt Heidelberg 26. Temperatures recorded get 4 4 am pm 37 64 Adana p 52 59 Athens p 46 62 Aviano r 27 30 Berlin cd 34 34 Frankfurt cd 34 37 London partly Cloudy 33, Low saturday 4 4 am pm 37 48 Madrid cd 39 46 Munich p 34 Paris cd 37 Prest Vick p 63 Rome p 81 wheelus p 34 34 59. 68cloudy 2nd

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