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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1965, Mason City, Iowa Dead GI is hero in attack He forced enemys hand PLEIKU South Viet Nam AP Things were bad at Pleiku but they probably would have been much worse if Spec 5 Jesse A Pyle hadnt been alert Pyle a Korean war veteran from Marina Calif was on duty early Sunday at a listening post a few yards from the American senior officers quar ters at the Pleiku air base Pyle apparently heard noises after Viet Cong infiltrators slipped past South Vietnamese guards outside the compound The sentry surprised the guer rillas as they were planting ex plosive charges and began fir ing The guerrillas immediately detonated their charges and Pyle caught the full blast of one ci the explosions He died while being taken to in infirmary The Viet Cong followed up with a mortar attack In all eight Americans were killed and more than 100 wounded US officers said many more proba bly would have been killed if Pyle had not surprised the Com munists before they had all their explosives in place We were lucky God we were lucky said a US Army major who had been sleeping in the officers quarters nearby Plye was married to a Korean he met in 1952 while he was fighting the Communists there They have three daughters aged 11 6 and 2 Pyle was transferred to Viet Nam last November from Ft Ord Calif His family remained at home in near Ft Ord Mrs Pyle wept at the news Bill Mauldin the GI cartoon ist of World War II was visiting his son at Pleiku when the Com munists attacked The son Bruce 22 is a helicopter pilot This thing woke me about The newspoper thatmakes all North lowans neighbors Home Edition VOL 104 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 8 1965 aOc a Paper Consists of Two One Associated Press Full Lease Wires No 312 U S planes hit North Viet Nam for day DA NANG South Viet Nam AP US and South Viet namese planes struck again Monday at Communist North Viet Nam hitting military camps and leaving them burn ing the South Vietnamese air command reported Brig Gen Nguyen Cao Ky flying the lead Vietnamese plane was hit in the arm by shrapnel He said antiaircraft fire was heavy over the target areas Ky reported later the raid was made by 30 Vietnamese propel lerdriven Sky raiders and four US FIDOs In Saigon Lt Gen Nguyen Khanh the armed forcescom mander said the raid had de stroyed 70 per cent of the tar gets hit Ky identified the villages as Liem Cong Tay That Le and Song Song all near the frontier and along a route leading to ward the border Ky said the four US FlOOs among American personnel Ky declined to say if there would be more raids on North Viet Nam However he said that if there vere more raids he planned to We came in very low just off he tree tops Ky said Just before we reached the target we Bulled up to release our bombs Thats when the flak hit us Almost all of our 30 planes were hit as they dropped their ligh explosive and fragmenta tion bombs and turned home1 Ky said The US Embassy announcec the new raid first in Saigon I said In furtherance of the action announced yesterday by the act ing Vietnamese premier and the US ambassador it has been made known that military ac tion was taken today by govern ment of Viet Nam and US air craft against other military in stallations in North Viet Nam 2 am the cartoonist reported Col Hughes Lt Col John C Hughes of Herrin 111 dashed out to go to work and I dashed out to take care of myself I ran out the back door and found an American soldier bad ly wounded by mortar frag ments I tried to help this kid who was hit to get to my cot until the barrage ended I as sumed I had the only casualty with me at the time I called out for help in getting him to the infirmary The infirmary was a real bombed an area just to the north of his target region with excellent results He said it was obvious because of the flak that the Communists knew they were The Soviet news agency Tas in a dispatch from Hano claimed that North Vietnames ground troops shot down thre US planes Monday during charncl house Everything was covered with blood Half the medics were hurt themselves but the work went on All these people behaved like profession als House backs down on curb of Arab aid WASHINGTON AP The House bowing to an appeal from President Johnson voted Monday to give him a free hand to continue or curb surplus food shipments to the United Arab Republic It declined to bind its mem bers of a SenateHouse confer ence committee to stick to the position taken originally by the House on Fan 26 At that time the House added to a Slfi billion emergency farm appropriation bill a ban against completing a threeyear agree ment with the UAR for the pur chase of surplus American com modities School bond levy bill passes House DES MO1NES AP A bill to raise the maximum property tax levy for retirement of school bonded indebtedness from sev en to 10 mills was passed by the Iowa House and sent to the Senate Monday The vote was 1164 Hep Marvin Smith RPaul lina said there are several fast growing communities in Iowa which arc hard pressed to get along on the present seven mill limitation He said such school districts as Ames Iowa City Cedar Rap iris West DCS Moines and Ma son City find they cannot build and equip necessary school buildings rapidly enough under present financing limitations coming One Vietnamese plane was hit by fire over the target and crashed near Da Nang on its return flight The pilot parachuted and suffered a bruised shoulder A second Vietnamese pilot was wounded by shrapnel in the neck but not seriously Ky said he understood one US plane was hit by flak but that there were no casualties raid by US and South Viet namcse planes on the Nort air force Vietnamese town of Dong Hoi antiaircraft in Washington the Defens owned during the raid Sunday ut the United States admitted e loss of only one raids on North Viet Nam rcS McNamara said the raidingiships were looking for him porting that lo clouds Sunday prevented some US and South The South Vietnamese planes Vietnamese planes from reach x n i irt rt t ino iat participated in the raid onday apparently came from e USVietnamese air base at a Nang 80 miles south of the orth Vietnamese border US sources had held out theacross the Communist border ossibility of further reprisaljUS Defense Secretary Robert ing three target areas In the raids Sunday 49 US Navy planes from two carriers attacked barracks and staging areas at Dong Hoi 45 miles pilots reported heavy fires heavy smoke and substantial damage North Viet Nam claimed it shot down four of the American raiders The Americans said one plane was hit and crashed in the sea Its pilot Lt Edward A Dickson of Wyoming Pa reportedly ejected and Navy The United Stales said the air raid was in retaliation for the Viet Cong attack on the US base at 240 miles north of Saigon Eight Americans were killed at Pleiku and more than 100 wounded Six new turbojet heli copters were destroyed Eight other helicopters two twinen gine transports and three light spotter planes were heavily damaged Officials said a normal guard of 48 Vietnamese half the guard detachment were on duty along with US sentries Viet Cong units also attacked oil installation about the an Department said no US air craft are missing Dong Hoi was the chief targe Sunday of a bombing strike by US Navy planes in retaliation for the Communist mortar at tack earlier Sunday on the US base at Pleiku The Communists claimed four planes were Pholofax HAWK READY This is the type Hawk mis sile ordered into South Viet Nam as a precautionary move against possible enemy air attacks Red China threat on NViet raids Photofax SHIRTLESS GIs ASSIST IN TAKEOFF OF F100 ON MISSION TO BOMB IN NORTH VIET NAM MONDAY MORNING LBJs U S beautiful Attack against pollution More parks play areas Elimination of eyesores highway junkyards ame time at Tuy Hoa on tho oast 240 miles northeast of Sai on No US casualties wera iported there The Viet Cong failed Sunday ight in an attack on the key S helicopter base in the Me ong Delta at Soc Trang 100 miles southwest of Saigon US lilitary sources said guerrillas red 15 heavy mortar shells but one landed on the runway or uildings No damage or casual ics was reported US forces were on the alert o meet any air strikes the Jorth Vietnamese might make n response to the raid across is border A US Air Force etachment of missilefiring 102 jets stood ready at Da They were sent to South 7iet Nam during the Gulf of onkin crisis last August McNamara announced in Washington that the United itates was sending a battalion f Hawk antiaircraft missiles to a Nang from a Pacific base In Saigon some 1800 depend ents of US military and civil an personnel prepared to leave he capital after President Johnson ordered their orderly withdrawal About 40 persons will leave on the first flight Tuesday A US spokesman said all dependents will be out of the country within 10 days The American Community School attended by 750 students was ordered closed The White House announcement caught most Americans by surprise but preparations for departure pro ceeded calmly On the inside Editorials Soci ivy news 67 Sports news 910 Bowling news 11 Latest markets 12 Mason City news 1213 Clear Lake news 15 North Iowa news 18 North Iowa Weather outlook Mostly clear and cold Mon day night lows S1S Partly cloudy and warmer Tuesday highs in low 30s TOKYO Red C h i n a coupled a pledge of support for Communist North Viet Nam with a threat Monday The U S imperialists must under stand the day you extend the aggressive war will be the day you hasten into the grave The Soviet government com peting with Peking for friends and influence in Southeast Asia also condemned the air strikes Premier Alexei N Kosygin declared at a Soviet embassy reception in Hanoi the situation is fraught with serious com plications for which the United States will bear full rcsponsi bility The Soviet leader who pledged Russian aid to North Viet Nam in a speech a few hours before Sundays air strike said the Soviet Union Red China and North Viet Nam do not want war but it is their duty to strengthen the might and defensive capacity of Communist nations In Moscow the government newspaper Izvcstia and radio Moscow told the Russian peo ple belatedly of Kozygins prom ise of help for the North Viet namesc The aggressive actions of the United States against the frater nal people of t h e Democratic Republic of North Viet Nam provoke the decisive protest o all Soviet people Izvestia said It is necessary to put an end lo the dangerous provocations Reaction elsewhere was mostly favorable Britain Australia Thailand and Nationalist China were among the first to line up with the Johnson administration opinion that the air strikes were an essential retaliation for ag gression from the North WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Johnson called Monday for a wideranging program to preserve and enhance Ameri cas beauty It included attacks on air and water pollution more parks and recreational areas and the elimination of eyesore junk yards along the nations high ways In a special message to Con gress Johnson said that while the federal government can do much a beautiful America will require the effort of government at every level of business and private groups I am hopeful that we can summon such a national effort Johnson said Johnson said we must not only protect the countryside and save it from destruction must restore what has been de stroyed and salvage the beauly and charm of our cities For the cities he recom mended a community extension program which will bring the resources of universities to fo cus on problems of the commu nity just as they have long bcnn concerned with rural areas In addition under the housing law of 1964 grants will be made to slates for training of local governmental employes needed for community development Johnson said he will recom mend a supplemental ap propriation for this purpose He cited two programs al ready on the books which ha can be of special help in creating areas of recreation and beauty for metropolitan area population The open space land program and the land and water conservation fund In addition to these programs Johnson said he will ask author ity for a fund matching pro gram to cities for landscaping installation of outdoor lights and benches creating attractive cityscapes along roads and in business areas and for other beautification purposes lie also told Congress he will propose legislation to authorize supplementary grai1to local authorities to acquire develop and manage properties of his torical significance Johnson said the present sys tem of parks seashore and recreational areas docs not meet the needs of a growing population and that he will pro pose the use of federal funds lo establish Assaleagae Island national seashore in Maryland and Vir ginia Tocks Island national rec reation area New Jersey and Pennsylvania Cape Lookout national sea shore North Carolina Sleeping Bear Dunes na tional lakcshore in Michigan Indiana Dunes national lakcshore Indiana Oregon Dunes national sea shore Oregon Great Basin National Park Nevada Guadalupe Mountains Na tional Park Texas Surucc Knob Seneca Rocki rational recreation area West Virginia Big Horn Canyon national recreation area Montana Wyoming Flaming Gorge national recreation area UtahWyoming Whiskeytown Shasta Trin ity recreation area California In addition Johnson directed Secretary of Interior Stewart L Udall to study the desirability of establishing a Redwood Nation al Park in California Johnson also recommended that outdoor recreation areas be increased in the national forest system particularly in the pop ulous East and asked for an enlargement of the wilderness system Saying that strip and surface mining practices have left ugly scars Johnson asked for sup port of a nationwide study pro gram provided by the Appala chian regional legislation He directed the secretary of commerce to take a series of steps designed to beautify the nations highways Among other things this pro gram would require landscaping of all federal interstate pri mary and urban highways en couraging the construction of rest and recreation areas along highways and the preservation of natural beauty adjacent to highway rightsofway He also told Congress that he will recommend legislation to insure effective control of bill boards along highways He said the elimination or screening of unsightly beauty destroying junkyards and auto graveyards along highways is urgently needed and he will rec ommend legislation to this end AP Photofax COMFORTING HAND A nurse gently cradles a wounded American soldier in her arms as she tries to comfort him in the 8th US Army field hospital at Nha Trang GI was among more than 100 injured in Viet Cong attacks on two US Army compounds at Pleiku 240 miles north of Saigon Strikeforstrike policy in Viet Nam WASHINGTON AP ongrcssional leaders came away from a White House Na ional Security Council meeting VI onday with the impression hat the United States is follow ng a strikeforstrike policy in Viet Nam Although none ot them would comment directly it was their obvious understanding that the United States will answer with air raids any new Communisl attacks on its troops and instal lations in South Viet Nam The Senates Democratic a IK Republican leaders who sat in on the Security Council session voiced in separate interviews full support for President John sons orders for the two air strikes on North Viet Nam in stallations which were carried out as a result of Communist attacks Saturday Sen Mike Mansfield of Mon ana the Democratic leader said Johnson had no choice in the matter Sen Everett M Dirksen of fllinois the Senate Republican leader said after the session he is giving full support to John sons course Deputy Secretary of Defense LBJ Continued on Page 2 SAME ;