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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrtdge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, June 23, 1973 Pages 25-32 Being on truce team in Viet iftOLiift movies all to heir Routine Capt. Dillon Interviews artillery exchange from his outpost in Vi Thanh. Moni- toring such duels is a daily routine with the VI THANH, South Vietnam his precarious perch on a rickety water tower. Capt. Pat Dillon nightly observes the latest Vietnam ceasefire. A beer in one hand, binocu- lars in the Other, the native of Victoria spends hours peering at the flares of artillery fire. "Beats movies all to he comments as rapid-firing rifles blaze on a narrow bridge less than 400 yards away. In this section of the lower Mekong Delta region, the com- By Kevin Doyle of the Canadian Press munique signed last week in Paris might as well never have been negotiated. "Oh, the fact that both sides have called for an end to fight- ing may have eased things off a says Dillon. "But it won't last." The 29-year-old infantry offi- cer, son of retired admiral Charles Dillon, has been serving with the Canadian con- tingent to the International Commission of Control and Su- pervision (ICCS) in this area south of Saigon since February. His inseparable companion is a bounding three-year-old part- German shepherd named Lifer. "We get along pretty well, Lifer and I, and when things get a little too hot for comfort we head for the shelter." The shelter is only a frame building with sandbagged roof and rein- forced sides, but is said to have withstood a direct hit by a 105- millimetre rocket. For the most part, Dillon sits by his radio and gives a run- ning commentary on the fight- Ing to ICCS regional headquar- ters In nearby Can Tho. His commanding officer at Can Tho, Lt.-Col. Barry Dixon of Montreal, says: "Dillon is magnificent; we sit here and listen to him tell us where the rockets are falling, who's firing them, how close they are and all the time he's telling us there's nothing to worry about." FRUSTRATING JOB Dillon, whose wife Susie gave birth to a daughter in March after he had left for Vietnam, is frustrated by the difficulties in dealing with the Hungarians and Poles. He says the Hungarians and Poles consistently refuse to at- tach any blame to the Viet Cong for truce violations "and it gets to the point where you could tear your hair out when you see bow foolishly these guys behave." He says he's happy with the Canadian decision to withdraw from the ICCS by July 31. "The ceasefire was a myth from the begining and noth- ing has changed." FEW COMPANIONS Dillon's isolated outpost pro- vides him with little entertain- ment apart from occasional two-year-old movies and a small bar which never seems to close. A Canadian friend at the teamsite, Capt. A. B. Coo- ney of Petawawa, Ont., recent- ly had to return home because of the death of his father and, although Dillon has close con- tact with the Indonesians at the site, there is little or no mixing with the Poles and Hun- garians. His social life is limited to rare invitations from South Vietnamese army officers to diner and cocktails. "But the last time I went to one of those things, Lifer bolt- ed in the door ahead of me and within seconds had every wait- er in the place backed up against the wall, cowering in fear. To add insult to injury he sat at my feet during din- ner and the wine server wouldn't come near me." NOW THERE'S AN INFORMATION CANADA AGENT IN LETHBRIDGE TO SERVE YOU HOUSE OF BOOKS 319-8th Street South Lethbridge, Alberta TIJ 2JR Tel: 328-5888 TheyVe been appointed authorized agents for Information Canada and will have a wide selection of Canadian govern- ment publications to offer you as well as a number of interna- tional organizations' publications. In the last few years, the number and diversity of Cana- dian government publications has grown considerably. So you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you'll discover. Information Canada The worst part of the day is in the morning "when I wake up and knoiv that Fm going to have to look again at dead and mangled bodies" Questions Copt. Dillion South Vietnamete a 105-millimetre howi- tzer pit near VI Thanh, South Vietnam. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABtlSHED 1911 Lower Floor 517 4th J. Phona 327-1541 BE IN SHAPE THIS SUMMER f.. _. r. j- ;v Carrier Molded one-piece fan with wrap around hub. Quiet two-speed fan motor, Compressor sound shield. i Swing out service door. J. Exclusive solid state control, High and low pressure switches. Sight glass for visual check of refrigerant level. Liquid line filter dryer for moisture free operation. MODEL 38GR p. T" r r 'nffke'V ALL YEAR-ROUND whh ELECTRIC BTU Model 38GR FOR AS iOW AS m. Plus Installation KATINO AM CONOmONlNO REFRIGCRATION ROOF1NO 1709-2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-5973 ;