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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - October 22, 1970, Florence, South Carolina Junr Titan a Row thursday Octoba 3j, 1970 army looks into generals dreamed up citation Saigon a the . Army launched an investigation wednesday to find out How an american general received the country s third highest Decora Tion on the basis of a fabricated citation. All the information in the citation came from my head pvt. James Olstad 22, of Cash ton wis., who prepared the citation giving the Silver Star to Brig. Gen. Eugene p. Forrester. Army officials acknowledged that the citation was dreamed up but said Forrester knew nothing about it and that the acts cited were of the Type that the general had done Over and Over. Forrester was unavailable for comment but a close Friend of his described him As being very upset Over the publicity generated by the award. It came to Light when Olstad and five Fel Low gis wrote a letter to the House armed services commit tee and the. New York times. The award was made last thursday to Forrester As he was retiring As Mission com Mander for the 1st air cavalry division. He now is assistant chief of staff for civil operations and Rural development. Olstad said that on oct. 4 he and fellow enlisted men in the awards Section were to have a Silver Star and distinguished flying Cross for valor citation by the following morning. The Only instructions we said Olstad were to have these two awards done by 8 o clock in the morning Start ing at at night. We had no information no dates no a units involved no time nothing in fact. It was a Blank Sheet of paper in front of us. What i did was write up a Silver Star using my own a spokesman for the 1st air cavalry division said there would be no disciplinary action taken against anyone involved in the Case including Olstad and his two colleagues who helped prepare the citations. The two others spec. 4 Roy Trent 22, of Kingsport tenn., and spec. 4 Richard Kempkens 21, of St. Glair s shores mich., were reported to have left Viet Nam for rest and recreation leave in Australia. Asked if the award would be recalled from Forrester the spokesman said this matter is under investigation. Upon completion of the investigation there will be a recommend col. George Newman chief of staff for the 1st air cavalry division who ordered the award for Forrester commented i know this Gen. Forrester was completely entitled to the award i directed. There is no question about it. His service in the division was completely distinguished and he was renowned for his courage and Forrester s citation was for heroism last june 9 during the american drive into Cambodia. It said he distinguished him self by exceptionally valorous actions at fire base Bronco when american troops came under enemy attack. According to the citation Forrester who has a helicopter Pilot rating was flying Over head when the enemy attacked fire base Bronco and his air Craft came under heavy fire. He brought in a resupply of ammunition to the base and lifted out wounded americans the jail German Sailor after hooliganism Moscova a a West German merchant Seaman who bared his backside to insult so j vie t Border guards was sentenced by a soviet court wednesday to six months imprisonment for malicious Hooli a West German embassy spokesman said. Sailor Friedel Borrmann 22, lowered his trousers while on i the deck of his ship recently in the Arctic sea port of Arkhangelsk. The spokesman said he was protesting a soviet cholera quarantine which prevented the Crew from going ashore. After his gesture the spokes Man said the Border guards on the pier invited him to come Down and talk to them. When he stepped off the boat he was arrested. Movie filfred in Manhattan new York a filming for the Ander Serson Robert m. Weitman s production for Columbia pictures Star ring Sean Connery Dyan can non Martin Balsam and Alan King recently was begun on location in new York City. The movie is based on the Best sell ing novel by Lawrence Sanders and is about an epic million Dol Lar robbery of a luxury apart ment building on new York s upper cast Side. Citation said adding Brig. Gen. Forrester s gallantry and leadership were deciding fac tors in turning a desperate situation into a defeat of a deter mined enemy a Friend of Forrester s who did not want to be identified by name said the general was the Down in the awards and Decora i through the records and come lion i up with an award. I know that when they talked this got translated apparent to him about an award he said by Down the line somewhere to he did t want he Contin some up with one dream one used. The people he some Damn thing. The with knew he deserved did t even want a fare award. So they went ahead Well ceremony. But they insist and As i understand it the Jed because they said it was a innocent victim of a Messu Pochief of staff told them to go Way for the division to show their appreciation until monday when All this thing and talk about brewing trapped. They told him on uie they came up with the Date morning of the ceremony last of june 9. Fire support base thursday he was going to get an Bronco was opened on s award and he said Well closed Down june 23. Don t read the citation lie s the Forrester was in and out of kind of Guy that does t go for Bronco and areas around Brm that sort of thing. Co constantly mid he took never seen the citation wounded out. The problem is the Date. No body can remember the Date when it came up Newman said eyewitness Evi Dence to accompany the citation was submitted by the general s helicopter Pilot and his aide after the Cita Ion already had been drawn up. The actions looked Good to the warrant officer his Pilot and to his aide who was in the said one officer. 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