European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jun 29 1968, Page 4

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 29, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePoge 4 the stars and stripes 1 new Way for i try car Olds to protest could be propaganda setback Khe Sanh pullout no military loss by John t. Wheeler Saigon a the abandon ment of Khe Sanh May be a propaganda setback for the unite states but it does not reduce the american military position significantly. Khe Sunn is the first major . Base in Vietnam to be abandoned because of communist pressure. During the 77-Day win Ter siege of the base by two North vietnamese divisions i became a Symbol of american determination to stand fast i Vietnam. Top . Officials in washing ton and Saigon had said that the base would be defended at All costs. Spokesmen for the . Marines pushed the line if we leave Khe Sanh. Where do we Stop the South China sea Hanoi can be expected to re peat the american statements on Khe Sanh to bring pressure on the Paris peace talks and to bolster the standing of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in influential world . Marine officer at Khe Sanh openly criticized the american propaganda during the siege saying that the Vulner ability of the position to North vietnamese siege guns in lao ended its usefulness. Another american officer called the base a Battlefield he con tended that whatever value the base had during the guerrilla phase of the War years ago vanished with the massive in fusion of North vietnamese troops into South Vietnam. The new main Western Anchor of the Allied line below the de militarized zone is at Landing zone stud a Supply base with an Airstrip 10 Miles East of Khe Sanh. This area has been i Marine hands All along and the base could have taken Over Khe Sanh s activities any time. Operations against enemy units along the Western portions of the Doz can be launched a easily from Landing zone stud As from Khe Sanh. In announcing its decision to abandon Khe Sanh. The . Command cited not Only a big increase in command strength and new tactics but also the need to keep . Troops Mobile. Khe Sanh in Short tied Dow too Many Allied troops for its military value and was a sitting Duck for North vietnamese artillerymen. Not that life will be simplest Landing zone stud. The bulk of the rounds that hit Khe Santwere rockets and mortars and these weapons can be move easily to new Mountain Posi Vatican Makos tons from which they can hit the new main Forward base. But Shorter Marine lines of communication should bolster . Position at stud. After each major action or change in tactics the . Com Mand conducts a study called lessons there were lessons aplenty at Khe intelligence by the tac tical units in the Field perhaps leads the list. Close behind would be what Marine officers now privately concede was a major underestimation of the communist abilities and intentions. This cos the marines Many lives because they did not dig necessary bunk ers and trenches until the siege was Well under Way. The vulnerability of Khe san was demonstrated during the bitter fighting in the Hills around the base. Hills 881 North and 881 South Northwest of the base saw some of the worst fighting american troops had gone through up to that Point. Gis morals concern Pentagon new York a _ a Hiel ranking defense department spokesman says the departs and responsible military Sanders Are deeply concerned regarding moral conditions a?.fectmg gis in Vietnam and other countries. Maj. Gen. William w. Bere Deputy assistant Secretary of defense made the comment in a letter to Mccall s Magazine re Garding an article in its july in Robert Shaplen wed the girls they leave be Hind. The article described Testate of Romance Between gis and vietnamese girls detailing romances that run from con tract relationships and Casu Al affairs to marriage. In his letter to Norman Hill of Mccall a Berg said the mor Al behaviour of service personnel is a problem which should and does receive continuing com Mand he said that in general serv ice personnel Are neither More nor less moral than when they entered the service unfortunately some persist in engaging in immoral conduct despite counselling and advice to the article says that despite the fact that about 150 marriages take place each year be tween american servicemen and vietnamese girls and there Are other relationships Short of marriage that Are warm an genuine Romance in Vietnam has by and Larse been More calculated practical and professional than during any previous War in which americans have of thousands of Young vietnamese Sirls have become prostitutes or have contracted themselves to live with american soldiers on a Tempo Rary basis usually for six or seven months it says. The re so More marriages Don t result the Arlic says is because of die comparatively Short time most sen men Are in Vietnam die Lan Guage produced by apartment. This includes to requirement that numerous document � submitted including police moments of Good conduct Foi girl a chaplain s consent. I medical t. Others. T 111 a Barrier and red. The defense de indulgences Are revised thes Vatican City a the Taucan formally issued Friday the roman Catholic Church s controversial new regulations on indulgences. The regulations issued Insook form the reunions in the granting of indulgences that were publicly announced Jan. 9. 19ii7. Indulgences Are remissions of punishment forgiven sins. Many progressives in the Chiueh to drop the criticized As an archaic kind of ecclesiastical bookkeeping and sources of friction betwee catholics and protestants. The changes include an end to the practice of measuring indulgences in terms of Days or years. But indulgences As such Are to be retained. The changes were completed in september 1967 and submitted to National episcopal conferences around the world. Con Ferents from 14 nations mainly in Usu in Europe Ami in approval of the the main revisions indulgences can be acquired Only once a Day. A visit to a Church is no longer in itself a Means of gain ing an indulgence. Partial remissions of sins Are no longer spoken of in terms of Days or years. A dying person obtains plenary or Complete indulgence if he has prayed habitually hiring his lifetime. A i Iest is no longer required to be i ilm i for this. Ripes european edition col. James w. Campbell Usa it. Col. F. A Michael jr., a of Mert Proctor Elme d. Frank Henry 8. Epstein Deputy m9iw i an unofficial newspaper of and for the . Arras a Force commander in chief . European command and printed Germany military a Drew the Star and Stripe Apo w175 the sure and Stripe to teach 10j, 61-Darmttadt, Germany. Ii. Prefix 06155 2071 m Darmstadt air trip prefix e376 741. " 2,2 York office 641 Wahington st., new Vark 10014, Tel area code. Second clan Pottage paid at new York . The appearance of Osif menu in Titi nem paper concerning commercial publication tuck Nenis endorsement by the department of defence of any of in cd f tonal ". The United states to know pm i we inv or i / in,1 Kil a Utida a Jet

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