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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 3S UTHRR1DGE HERALD Wednesday, June 6, 1973 LET REVELSTOKE "HELP YOU" PLAN YOUR BACKYARD AND HOME IMPROVEMENT PRO- JECTS IT ALL STARTS WITH THESE TIMELY SPECIALS AT YOUR REVELSTOKE STORE. V- Features nylon reinforc- ed, corrugated, translu- cent roof panels in a var- iety of colours. Kit in- cludes all framing, con- struction fir, 4x4 posts, 2-2x6 beams, 2" x 4" rafters, cross pieces, nails. Available in other sizes to suit your patio needs. 8'X1S' ifU tbj 27" high with a 30" circu- lar top for you to finish in paint or stain. Looks fan- i tastic in any yard and folds flat for winter storage. 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Open a.m. to p.m. Many More Unadvertised Specials "FREE DELIVERY" m m Duncan McAlpine is an exacting Vietnam leader By KEVIN DOYLE SAIGON (CP) Canada's military commander in Viet- nam is an exacting adminis- trator who loves rock music, leads a Spartan life, is well on his way to a doctorate in history and, apart from miss- ing his family, would be pared to "stay here forever." He's been shot at, criti- cized, admired and forced to abandon work on his thesis because of the demands on his time. He's been frustrated, ob- structed, buoyed up by the en- thusiasm of his men and pla- gued by problems of security. But he's convinced he has "the best job in the forces." Maj.-Gen. Duncan Alastair McAlpine, 50-year-old native of Montreal, scholar, soldier and family man, heads Can- ada's 245-member military contingent to the International Commission of Control and Supervision One of his lower-ranking warrant officers probably best expressed the military's respect for the general when he once said: "After they de- cided I wasn't the man for the job, McAlpine was the best of all possible choices." Decisions A non-smoker who drinks only an occasional beer, McAlpine obviously relishes working in a situation where decisions have to be made on the spur of the moment and where bureaucratic proce- dures are kept to a minimum. "I like to have my officers come to me and say: 'Look, this is the situation and we'll have to make a decision without having to. go through committees or having to write endless he says. McAlpine is probably the most widely-travelled Cana- dian in Vietnam through his frequent visits to remote team sites and regional head- quarters of the ICCS. On one flight, several months ago, McAlpine's heli- copter came under fire and, although he didn't make jt public, an anti-aircraft mis- sile came close enough that it could be seen clearly by offi- cers who accompanied him. In the same general areas of northwestern South Viet- nam, a heat-seeking missile struck an ICCS helicopter April 7. The helicopter then crashed and all nine persons on board were killed, in- cluding Capt. Charles LaVio- lette of Quebec City. "Safety is the worst part of my job. Every time the phone rings I find that the thought races through my mind: 'Has something In an obvious reference to the Viet Cong, McAlpine says that until "the party con- cerned" has control of the forces in its areas, "there can be no guarantee of safety from hostile actions against our helicopters." Black Watch A veteran of Second World War service in Britain, Italy and northwestern Europe, he was commissioned in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) before the out- break of hostilities. In 1963, he commanded the 2nd Battalion of the Black Watch on NATO service in Germany and three years later led the unit to Cyprus for United Nations peace- keeping operations. McAlpine, who holds an MA degree from the University of Ottawa, began work on his PhD in 1965, taking extension courses from the University of New Brunswick. "My thesis is in a rough outline and if things slow down, I'll put a burst of work into it and try to finish it he says. The general is studying the Influence of private business- men and individuals on deci- sion-making in the federal government, concentrating specifically on the work of Hugh Graham, later Lord Atholstan, the founder and former publisher of the Mon- treal Star. "His influence on the gov- ernments of Laurier, Borden and Meighen is a subject which must be treated. Ev- eryone tells me it's an ideal topic for a book maybe, Bomeday." Flexible McAlpine, whose wife, Bamcllc, and two of his four live in Ottawa, says .the Canadian contingent here has been organized in such a way "that we can withdraw at a minute's notice or stay for years." He claims little credit for the organization of the smoothly-functioning Cana- dian team, stressing that most of the work was done by Col. Dan Loomis of Ottawa and Montreal, whom McAlpine describes as "a su- perlative officer." Loomis is the Canadians' chief of staff. McAlpine is frequently criti- cized in private by Hungarian and Polish spokesmen who complain that his insistence on investigating all com- plaints of ceasefire violations as soon as possible after they happen leaves no room for discrimination between major incidents and trivial police ac- tions. He replies that "the mili- tary is not here to judge the rights or wrongs of any in- cident." "We call the shots as we see them and we waste no time in bringing to the attention of the commission the full facts of the matter." Long hours Well known to the troops for his practice of frank, down-to- earth talks with officers from all ranks, McAlpine's working days often stretch to 18 hours. He relaxes, he says, by playing tennis "and going to the mess with Col. Loomis whenever The Uptights (a rock band) are playing." "I've been out to dinner only twice since I came here (in late January) but I relax with rock music. I like its ex- pression of freedom, the in- novation and the pure enjoy- ment it gives." Obviously aware of Saigon's reputation as a city over- flowing with prostitutes and other allurements, McAlpine says he believes six months in Vietnam is a long enough posting for his men. Choosing his words care- fully, he says: "I don't want any lasting effects of the so- cial circumstances in Viet- nam to obtain when an officer gets back to Canada." He adds, as an after- thought: "It's a good thing most of us are busy most of the day, I think." Disappointing McAlpine says the ICCS record in Vietnam has not been notably impressed so far. "We've been disappointed that we haven't been as help- ful as we thought we would be when we left Montreal. Nev- ertheless, events have proven we have a very dedicated group of men. "But when you analyse some of the views expressed by certain ICC3 members (an apparent reference to Poland and Huneary) as to the cause of a hostile act and you re- flect on the absurdity of those views, in many cases, it be- comes clear that objectivity cannot be the outcome of the majority of investigations. "That's not to say we're not prepared to stay. Morale is high. The men like a chance to get in the limelight for a change and from an oper- ational point of view, thinra are going well." Mergman, Mary Kreit are speedy COALDALE (HNS) The junior high boys of St. Jo- seph's and R. I. Baker Schools recently ran a cross country event. Victor Mergman won for R. I. Baker with a time of minutes. Conrad Sincennes of St. Jo- seph's made it in min- utes while Walter Duda of St. Joseph's was clocked at minutes. Junior high girls from R. I. Baker ran the cross country event. Mary Kreft was first with a time of minutes. Lilly Uhryn ran it in and third was Sharon Dunlop with a time of ;