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Levittown Courier Times (Newspaper) - July 4, 1968, Levittown, Pennsylvania R t Marir r Ammi Idun it vol. 58, no. 224 member Abc thursday evening july 4, 1968 28 pages Price ten cents 500 rockets Shell troops no Holiday in Vietnam today a Salute a a Veteran salutes during playing of the National Anthem at ceremonies at Lara building last night honouring Vietnam War dead. Parents of those who lost their lives stand in background. Saigon up -. Troops protecting Saigon today endured a barrage of 500 rockets and mortar shells and then smashed a communist assault 40 Miles Northwest of the capital first reports from the scene according to military spokes men said three americans were killed and 50 wounded in the shelling and in driving off the attackers. There was no word yet on the number of communists killed in their attempt to smash through into Saigon s suburbs. In the capital the spokesmen said . Combat deaths in Vietnam last week dropped to a six month weekly Low of 187. But they said More americans were killed in the first half of 1968 than in All of 1967. Communist casualties Low communist casualties last week also were the lowest of the year reflecting relatively Light ground fighting. Military spokesmen said that besides the 187 killed 1,928 servicemen suffered wounds last week. The number of . Troops killed was the lowest since the first week of the year. The number of wounded was the lowest since the week of May 4. South Vietnam s forces suffered last week 273 men killed and 856 wounded. Communists killed totalled 1,193 last week. According to the spokesmen. 9.557 americans were killed in the first six months of 1967 they said 9,353 were killed in All of last year. . Helicopter downed the recent comparative Lull in ground fighting appeared to be coming to an end in the Saigon area. Besides today a fight to the Northwest of Saigon on a traditional guerrilla route Tow Ard the capital american troops wednesday battled Viet Cong units 18 Miles Southwest of the City. The guerrillas shot Down a . Helicopter ferrying troops into the fight. The chopper plunged into a River. Three men aboard were wounded but survived. Seven others aboard were listed As missing and presumed dead. The three survivors despite their wounds swam to safety after the broken helicopter Sank in the Vam co Dong River. On the Banks . Infantry men killed 24 Viet Cong no other americans were reported killed or wounded in the fight. Elsewhere Viet Cong gunners ushered in the fourth of july with a rain of rocket fire on a Marine airbase near the coastal City of Danang. To the North. . B52 heavy bombers for the fourth Day in a Row pounded artillery positions in the Southern tip of North Vietnam. Military spokesman said the Strat forts staged four missions wednesday against the North vietnamese targets and another against communist positions in the Border demilitarized zone Doz. At the Leatherneck air base Lour Miles Southeast of Danang about 360 Miles up the coast from Saigon the nine rockets did Little damage. No one was killed by the fire spokesmen said. In the Saigon area the sources said patrols of the . Army 1st infantry division discovered 56 rockets primed for firing at. Saigon. Mccarthy aide charges demo conclave4loaded9 by United press International the democratic convention is being loaded in favor of vice president Hubert h. Humphrey according to supporters of his chief opponent. Sen. Eugene j. Mccarthy. Mccarthy Campaign leaders charged wednesday president Johnson and officials of the National democratic committee plan to manage the convention to help the vice president win the nomination. Stephen a. Mitchell former democratic National committee chairman and now head of Mccarthy a convention task Force said any such Effort by Humphrey forces would be contested a every Slep of the Independence Day. Some historians say less than half of the colonists were behind the revolution. Yet the Brave minority carried it through to found the greatest country of All time. The a shot that was heard round the world began when colonial troops clashed with British soldiers at Lexington on april 19. 1775. Did you know the size of the forces rarely exceeded 15,000 men taxation without representation was the rallying cry of the colonists. Today we Are still screaming about taxation even though we have the representation the revolution Only Cost the . 5104,000,000 although that was a Large sum in those Days. Estimates of american Battle deaths Range from 4,400 to 12.000. Freedom always comes High. Only world War ii had almost unanimous support. All our other wars were fought with Large . Groups opposing it. So it is today. However in future years when historians judge the Vietnam conflict they will i think find it As necessary to our Security As world War ii. By stopping communism in Korea and Vietnam we Are protecting our own Freedom however you wont be Able to enjoy the Good life America provides unless you live. So drive and enjoy yourself carefully this july 4th. And god bless America. He accused party chairman John Bailey of being for Humphrey a by word and in other political develop ments Nelson a. Rockefeller Rockele Lier said wednesday he pre fers being governor of new York to being vice present under Richard m. Nixon. Earlier he said he would get the gop nomination although it could take him four or five ballots. George c. Wallace a police used comical Mace and night Sticks wednesday night to control demonstrators at a speech by the former Alabama Gover nor. The third party candidate yelled at hecklers a you Are afraid to listen. Come on. Why can to you listen to what i have to convention a Chicago mayor Richard j. Daley visiting a sick daughter in Miami sought to put Down speculation that the democratic National convention would be moved to Miami Beach because of racial ten Sions in Chicago. A the status of the convention is that it will be held in Chicago and it will be one of the greatest democratic National conventions Ever held a Daley said. Riots a sen. Fred r. Harris d okla., urged democrats to in club pc in their 1968 platform the presidents riot commission re port. Harris a member of the commission is chairman of vice president Humphreys presidential Campaign. Richard j. Hughes a the new Jersey governor said Yachtsman ends Long voyage Portsmouth. England up a round the world Yachtsman Alec Rose docked at Portsmouth today to end his Solo 29,000-mile voyage to Australia and Back. Rockets soared into a cloudless sky sirens wailed and scores of thousands of excited onlookers raised a vast cheer As the 59-year-old greengrocer entered the Harbor in his Ketch. Lively lady. An admiralty Barge brought Rose s wife Dorothy out to the Ketch and they embraced before a National television audience of millions. Ross started the historic voyage 354 Days ago. Police said 250,000 persons crammed the streets of this ancient seaport. They lined coastal Vantage Points up to five deep. Final i on Ion wednesday he would seek to withhold credentials from any delegation to the democratic National convention where racial discrimination was prac tired in the selection of the delegates. That death count begins by United press lne National vacationing americans were on the Road today. It has been predicted that As Many As 800 of them will die there during this fourth of july Holiday. The Holiday period began at 6 . Local time wednesday. It ends 102 hours later at Midnight sunday. The National safety Council has estimated Between 700 and 800 persons would die in traffic accidents. The american Auto Mobile association says 70 million persons would travel 4.3 billion Miles in 26 million automobiles in that time. The record for any Holiday is 732 traffic deaths during last years Independence Day Holiday. The safety Council says a Normal 102-hour period would have 650 traffic deaths. A United press International count at 9 . Edt showed at least 18 persons had been killed in traffic accidents since the Holiday period began the breakdown traffic 18 drownings i planes none miscellaneous none total 19 state Highway patrols throughout the nation cancelled Days off and put additional personnel to work in attempts to keep the death toll Down. They remember a a plaque bearing the names of 14 Levitt owners killed in Vietnam was unveiled last night at the Lara building Levittown shop a Rama. At the ceremonies were representatives of the joint veterans Council of lower Bucks county. From left Are Harry Rosenthal representing the jewish War veterans Post 697 James Barthel Marine corps league Ronald Goza Bucks county disabled american veterans Post 117 Richard Fisher vow Post 6495 and Jack Campbell. American legion Post 960. Courier times photos by Alex Zidock. At Plaza Park apartments tenants make repairs or to leases by Toni Franzolino courier times staff writer a mass release from leases that a what residents want at the Plaza Park apartments Falls township unless they get the 200-unit Complex repaired to their satisfaction. More than 50 residents of the two year old Complex met last night to organize the Plaza Park tenants association and discuss grievances. Yesterday la residents re Quested a release from their leases. Complaints to owner Harold Epstein of Philadelphia entered on faulty air cond Honing disrepair of the grounds improper garbage collection and the Lack of fire safety Mea sures conference held last night s meeting at the Complex off w. Trenton ave., near the Penn Bury shopping Center was called to inform residents of an earlier conference with Morrisville attorney. Charles Conturso. A three Man committee from the apartments visited Conturso yesterday afternoon to discuss Legal action against Epstein for non compliance in meeting com plaints and grievances which. In some instances Are t to years old. Conturso suggested the Asse elation hire an attorney and set up a timetable of action. Two weeks time the timetable would Start with a letter to Epstein requesting compliance with grievances allowing approximately two weeks for full filament. A however the attorney advised that residents not withhold rent at this time As Epstein would have grounds for action a said one member of the visiting committee. A whatever action is taken should be orderly a continued Ender siege with australian Bride gunman continues honeymoon Sydney Australia up a gunman who won permission to marry his teen aged Bride by threatening to kill her and her baby forced police today to bring him a sniper Rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition wrapped in a baby Blanket. Wally Mellish 23, an a convict with a history of mental illness held police commissioner Norman Allan at gunpoint until the Rife and ammunition were delivered. Allan then was released and taken to a nearby House suffering from Shock. For a third Day 50 riot police stood by helplessly around the suburban cottage where Melish continued his honeymoon under siege with his Bride the former Beryl Mudde 18, and her la week old son Leslie. Police said negotiations to get Mellish to surrender had reached the a ticklish a stage. They apparently meant he appeared to be getting less rational in his behaviour and demands As time went on. Mellish had broken two promises to surrender. He first promised to give up an hour and a half after the bizarre ceremony was performed wednesday. He then had promised to surrender if he could spend the night with his Bride. Allan who witnessed the ceremony said earlier he would extend Mellish a deadline for surrendering As Long As it was necessary to Avert death or injury to mrs. Mellish. Her baby and the police. Mellish added the a15 sniper Rifle to his Arsenal that earlier included an automatic Shotgun. The Sydney Sun said he also had hand grenades. Refusal Sparks action police said Mellish took the girl and her baby to the cottage monday night. He and miss muddle had been childhood friends. Mellish was believed to be the father of the baby and police said he apparently had gone berserk when the girls parents refused permission for them to marry. Tuesday morning Mellish continued on Page 3, cd. 71 the spokesman a Elf Epstein ref uses to meet the complaints of the letter we can Contact county and township health and building inspectors to Check the Complex or put All rent monies in an escrow account to be released Only when Epstein lives up to the picketing discussed suggestions of picketing and discouraging potential residents were discussed among the audience which sat on the Lawn around the swimming Pool. A we want to operate within a Legal framework but in a totally committee manner because the individual could be libel for up to the full length of his lease if rent is withheld a said or. John Ravin. Or. Ravin asked to be released from his lease last week because he was called to Active duty with the air Force Man killed on 13. Turnpike Downingtown a. Up a an elderly Man walked away from an Accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Here wednesday night but he was struck and killed by a hit and run Auto that passed by moments later. He was identified by state police As Melvine Adams. 85. La Mesa. Calif., a passenger in a car driven by his Nephew Stan lev Adams Redwood City Calif. Woman killed in Horsham Horsham. A. Up Judith Ann Crawford 25, fort Washington was killed today when her car left Limekiln Pike and struck a Bridge embankment Here. She was dead on arrival at Abington Hospital. In Mississippi but was refused by Epstein the doctor said it plans to take the matter to court. Political pressures other spokesmen in the crowd blamed the general poor construction of the Complex i political pressures. A someone got a pretty lucrative Deal in building these apartments a he said. Many complained of hollow doors squeaky sub flooring door handles which continually fall off air conditioning which Hasni to worked consistently for continued on Page 3, col. 61 done to expect Sun to Shine it does no to look like summer today but by the time the Holiday weekend s Over the Sun May be shining. The Sun May peek through Clouds this afternoon but won t be Here to stay until sometime after tomorrow. The forecast Calls for Cool weather with cloudiness both in the Delaware Valley and at the seashore. Better postpone the swimming plans and the Barbecue for a few Days. Index birthdays .28 comics .�?��?�_____26,27 classified.20-25 editorials .6 editorial features t Jacoby .13 Junior reporter.26 movies .12 obituaries .20 sports .14-16 to review .17 to schedule .27 women a news .10.11 Day classified i 3-1000 night classified it 6-4600 a i

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