Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 5, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire
My Lai Captain Denies Massacre By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) An Array board lined up testimony today from 1st Lt. William L. Calley Jr., charged with mass murdering Vietnamese civil- ians Calley's company command- er, Capt. Ernest Medina, told the panel Thursday he did not order any massacre and "I did not see any massacre in My Lai." Calley, who has not spoken publicly about the incident, was called to testify before a special army panel which is attempting to find out why a field investiga- tion shortly after the alleged Today's Chuckle Our dollar has now shrunk to the point where we should call it a dollarette. massacre In March 1968 came up with a finding that no further action was needed. OHicer Accused The lieutenant is charged with the premeditated murder of at least 109 civilians at the village. Medina, whose Company C in- cluded Calley's platoon, was ex- cused by the board headed by Lt. Gen. William R. Peers Thursday night after hours of questioning under oath. He has not been charged in the case. During a breal: in his testimo- ny, Medina appeared at a news conference in the Pentagon and denied flatly allegations by some of his former soldiers that he himself had killed a child at the My Lai 4 hamlet and or- dered inhabitants of the settle- ment killed. With Boston criminal Lawyer F. Lee Bailey at his elbow, the 33-year-old captain answered re- porters' questions for the first time since the ease burst into a world-wide sensation. Bailey said Medina is not sub- ject to an order issued by the trial judge in Calley's impend- ing court martial and that his client was speaking out because of accusations against him car- ried in the news media. The captain, veteran of more than two years service In Viet- nam, said: shot a woman, acting in- stinctively when he thought she was about to attack him with a weapon. -He had been told by intelli- gence sources "that there would be no women or children or in- nocent civilians in the village after 0700 a half hour before his company launched a helicopter borne at- tack. mission of his company and other elements of a task force "was to do combat" with the 48th Viet Cong battalion which he said was reported by Intelligence to be In the village. received an order from the operations officer from the task force to make certain no innocent civilians were being killed and that this information was relayed to his platoon com- manders by radio. saw about 20 to 28 slain civilians apparently killed by artillery, helicopter-mounted weapons and small arms fire, including a "crossfire between the VC and American troops." Medina Complains Medina complained the news media has been recording only one side, that of the accusers. of the men who have voiced accusations about alleged killing of civilians at My Lai were those "I've had cer- tain disciplinary problems with." Meanwhile, an aide to Sen. Charles H. Percy, R-I11., said the senator has asked the Pen- tagon to investigate charges of "indiscriminate killing" of civil- ians in Vietnam. Percy's aide said the charges were made in a letter'to the senator from Antho- ny Martin-Trigona of Cham- paign, 111., who had visited Viet- nam as a newspaper corre- spondent. MASSACRE Page 2 CAPT. ERNEST L. MEDINA Nashua Weather Fair, Cold Tonight Sunny, Warmer Saturday _ "m New Hampshire's Largest Evening Newspaper NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5. 1969 28 PASES Pric. TEN CENTS Firm To Map Street Design For Library By CLAUDETTE DUKOCHEK The aklennanic beautifcation committee signed a contract wilh Hamilton Engineering Associates last night to prepare plans for the improvement of street patterns for the new library. Accepted by the committee was a plan which would extend Court Street northerly to join Main Street at what is now a vacant cellarhole at Pearson Avenue and Mam. Park Street would be closed off, but retained for pe- destrian traffic. The plan has cleared the Plan- ning Board, the Board of Public Works and the aldermanic traffic committee. Has Final Say Street improvements to be un- dertaken in the Park Street area are under the jurisdiction of the beautification committee and it will have the final say on the ex- tent of improvements to be un- dertaken. Alderman-at-Large John V. Chesspn, chairman of the beau- tification committee, said the de- sign plans to be drawn up by Hamilton Engineering would al- low the city to have concrete con- struction estimates instead of the "ballpark figures" to make a final decision. At an information meeting Nov. 25, City Solicitor Arthur 0. Gormley Jr. said the bor- rowed last year for altering street patterns in the library area would be exhausted almost en- tirely for land-taking, leaving no funds for reconstruction and pav- ing work. Alderman Donald L. Ethier pre- sented his objections to the plan accepted and dwelled on the pos- sible lack of funds to cany out thff project. Also brought up by Ethier was the lack of adequate parking. It was suggested that a pro- posed green space south of the library entrance be converted for parking use. John A. Carter, ar- chitect for the new library, felt a parking lot in the proposed mall area would not enhance the li- brary area. Arms Talks Continuing HELSINKI (AP) The Unit- ed States and the Soviet Union held their seventh secret session in the Strategic Arms Limita- tion Talks (SALT) today. The meeting lasted an hour and a half as usual. Another meet- Ing is set for Monday- The preliminary talks, aimed at defining terms and agreeing on agenda items, are expected to end in 10 days to two weeks, with full-scale negotiations tak- ing place after the New Year. CHARGE ACCOUNTS INVITED BANKAMERICARD UNI-CARD MASTER CHARGE S H Green Stamps Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Mon. thru Sat. Open Thurs. 'til 9 Committee members at the meeting included Aldermen Leo H. Coutermarsh, Barry L. Cerier and Chesson. Absent were Alder- man Charles E. Theroux and Al- derman at Large Francis La- Flamme. Also present were Alderman Bertrand J. Bouchard, David Hamilton of the Hamilton Engi- neering Associates, Aldermen- elect Alice Dube, J. Joseph Grandmaison and Charles Be- chard. Harvard Building Seized By DAVID NYHAN CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Between 50 and 100 blacks seized control today of Harvard University's administrative nerve center, University Hall, to dramatize several race-related demands. Executing an apparently care- fully conceived plan, they moved in just before start of the business day and placed wooden bars over the windows and doors. Employes reporting for work were turned away. There were reports that a handful of employes had been forcibly ejected by the protest- ers, but the university said these were erroneous. "My understanding is that there was no said Harvard College Dean Ernest R. May. Using a bullhorn, May told the protesters about 45 minutes aft- er the seizure that they might be liable to criminal trespass prosecution if they remained. Later, May, L. Card Wiggins, Harvard's administrative vice president, and Prof. Archibald Cox were allowed into the build- ing to talk wilh the demonstra- tors. At that point there was no evi- dence of police. The demonstrators, members of a group calling itself the Or- ganization for Black. Unity spotted colleagues in buildings near University Hall, apparently to act as lookouts for police. Some carried walkie- talkies. The OBU has been increasing- ly active on the Harvard cam- pus in recent weeks. Its de- mands have ranged from in- creased Negro enrollment at the 333-year-old Ivy League institu- tion to improvements for Negro laborers employed by the school. SUNFLOWER SEEDS 50 LB. BAG at Hammar Hardware Co. 35 Railroad Sq. Nashua FOREST RIDGE Amhorst St. Route 101-A Nashua, N.H. 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Walter Peterson's daughter was quoted saying she doesn't object to smoking mari- juana and has some friends who use it although she doesn't smoke it herself. The governor said Margaret, 15, has a right to her views, but "I don't like to see young peo- ple exploited" and she wasn't aware the woman she talked with Wednesday at a White House drug abuse conference was a reporter. Hamel said, "This is a typi- cal high school marijuana is. available to them and there is no doubt kids are using it-" 'Scare Tactics' Peterson had said his daugh- ter had told him of "scare tac- tics" in school presentations of drug abuse. The governor called for better communication with younger people and "I would hope we would have learned by the mistakes of the past." The governor added his daughter's remarks indicate a need for more education of young people and that by the end of: the conference her atti- tude "was somewhat different." As for the "scare Hainel said, "Meg is right there. We have had state police officers in telling the students the dangers of drug usage." He added the students also have been told of the medical, social and legal aspects of drug abuse, "These could be 'scare tac- he said, "but we have a message to get across to the students." The police chief of the com- munity of Arthur Jack- son, said, "I don't have a drug problem here. Sure, there may be some students using mari- juana or some other drug. Every town in the coun- try has a few youngsters who use a drug, usually marijuana." Denise Smith, a senior and president of the student coun- cil, said she didn't think that more than 30 of the school's 480 students were habitual mari- juana smokers. "I honestly be- lieve that some of the students experiment with marijuana to be able to say they tried she said. TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. 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Peterson was accompanied by his wife and their two children, Andy, 13, and Margaret, 15. Margaret's statement .during the conference that she doesn't see anything wrong with smok- ing marijuana was dissemin- ated widely. (Related Storv On Page 3) Peterson said the Whito House meeting was "a micro- cosm of the kind of conference that ought to be held all over the United States." Discussing the possibility of a similar state conference, Peter- son said, "Here in New Hamp- shire, we must press for an in- tegrated and balanced program to combat drug abuse." He said the program should involve sound law enforcement, im- proved rehabilitation and "a fresh approach" toward com- munication and education. He said he endorsed Nixon's statement that "What we need is a campaign of information and education, rather than criminal penalties. For 13, 14 and 15 year olds, the answer is understanding, not penalties." Peterson said he was most impressed by entertainer Art Linkletter's speech. He said it was "a deeply moving and thoughtful statement by a con- cerned and grief-stricken par- ent who fully understands from personal experience the vital importance of understanding and controlling the problem of drug abuse." He said lie has asked for 700 copies of the speech to distrib- ute to New Hampshire media and all members of the legisla- ture. Peterson said the governors saw a film centering on "the language of young people to- day. "I felt this kind of'thing could be shown to a wider audience parents and their he said, noting that "it's obvi- ous that in many cases we're not getting through to" young people. "Parents and their children have got to talk the same lang- he said. "Many parents don't know about the effect of PETERSON Page! Santa Fund Total Climbs to By 1UICHELE BUJOLD The is still under the mark today with less than three weeks left until Christmas. The fund, which stands at rose with contributions of from the Kings Daughters Benevolent Association and from the Edgcomb Steel Sunshine Club. Also received was a donation from.the Daughters of Penelope, Thisbe Chapter 148. Last year, almost was required to help all the area's needy to provide a food order for each family, a clothing order for eacn individual, and a new toy for each child. Meanwhile, the requests for as- sistance keep pouring in at the office of the Salvation Army, re- ports Captain Charles Sargent, officer in charge. Case Recorded One case in the Salvation Army files is that of Mrs. B, whose husband deserted her a few months ago. He returned a short while later to take anything and everything 'Of value. Mrs. B, not knowing her rights, was unable to prevent him from taking the articles and the household money. Mrs. B has four children, ages 9, 7, 5 and 2. 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