New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Oilers draft Childress
to shore up defense — Sports, Page 6
Surprise—Cowboys draft Michigan defensive lineman
10 years later, Vietnam vets have mixed feelings
The dreams ana pain are behind him now arid he deals with the memories of Vietnam by talking about the experience to his children and his students.
New Braunfels High School coach Tim Kingsbury was a Marine in Vietnam for six months before he was shot in the mouth. He was 18 years old.
He’s not the only Vietnam veteran in New Braunfels who has mixed emotions on this 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon — the day the president of South Vietnam surrendered his country to the Communists in North Vietnam.
Others, such as Henry Pearce and Norman Tschoepe, are still trying to recruit more veterans from that war into the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts. They don’t feel Vietnam vets deserve the treatment they have received the past IO years.
"War is hell and no one likes to think back on it,”
“War is hell and no one likes to “If we had really committed our-think back on it. But, I feel the vets selves, there is no doubt in my mind deserve a heck of a lot more than what that we could have won the war.” we got.”
—Henry Pearce —Tim Kingsbury
Pearce said. "But, I feel the vets deserve a heck of a lot more than what we got.”
Kingsbury said he doesn’t want to forget what happened in Vietnam. "It was a pretty important piece of my life,” he said. "At that age — we were all 18 and 19 — you’re pretty impressionable.”
For three years after he returned to the United States in 1969, Kingsbury had nightmares and often woke up in the middle of the night. "I’d grab my wife and start talking in Vietnamese,” he said. But, "I don’t have too many dreams and bad memories anymore.”
Kingsbury said that talking about his experiences have
helped him come to terms with what he did in Vietnam. "I’ve been able to adjust pretty well,” he said. "Some people use it as a crutch.”
Kingsbury’s two sons, age 5 and 7, have asked their daddy about the war and have been watching film clips on television. “I always try to talk to them honestly,” he said. "I hope they never have to get involved in that situation.”
The football and baseball coach also teaches world history at New Braunfels High School and part of his lesson plan is a section on Vietnam. “And I do go to other classes and talk to them and show them some of my pictures,” he said, adding that some students have the impression that all American troops were on drugs.
"And some don’t even know what Vietnam was,”
See VIETNAM, Page 16
Chalk talk on i CISD bond issue *
New Braunfels. Texas
April 30,1985 25 Cents 16 PagesDriver, 10 students hurt in bus wreck
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Ten New Braunfels elementary school children and the driver were injured Monday morning when their school bus slammed into a pecan tree in luanda Park.
Driver Thomas Cox. 41, of McQueeney, and 7-year-old Michelle Clark of Spring Branch remain in satisfactory' condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for broken legs.
Nine 'Hher children were treated for cuts, bruises, pains, and bumps and released from the hospital
Ram-slick streets were a major factor rn the accident. said New Braunfels Police Patrolman Russell Bell.
"He (the driven was coming down Fredericksburg, south, and he apparently saw he wasn’t going to make it at that speed.” Bell said. "He hit the brakes and started to slide.”
The bus hit an embankment on the right side of the road
and bounced back across to the left side, down a small grade, and into the tree 27 feet from the pavement. "He hit it solid. It was a pretty good smack,” Bell said. "It’s hard to turn them ibuses* quick With such big .steering wheels, you just don't do it.”
The patrolman, who still is investigating the incident, estimates the bus was traveling at about 25 miles per hour down Fredericksburg.
"It’s a good thing it didn't come down sideways or else it would have turned over,” Bell said, adding that the bus might also have hit a guard rail and fallen off a steep embankment.
Four New Braunfels ambulances were dispatched to the accident, which occurred about 8:20 Monday morning.
Because of the rainfall, some of the 25 students on the bus were taken to the Oak (.rest home of New Braunfels Police Sgt John McEachem and checked out by EMS technicians.
Those with more serious injuries were taken by ambulance or family car to the hospital. They were: Faye Kinerd, 12; Con Morrow, 7; Lynn Ann Carley, IO; Vance Braune, 12; Jennifer Lambrecht, 9; Erica Seekatz, IO; Amy Smith, 9; Deby Lynn Ormond, ll; and Jason Wvatt, 6.
A New Braunfels fire truck also went to the scene as a precaution because of a gasoline smell at the site, said fire chief Jack Wilson.
The bus was headed to three elementary schools — Seele, Carl Schurz and Lone Star.Utilities engineer saw wreck, helped children off bus
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A New Braunfels Utilities engineer was at the right place at the right time Monday when a New Braunfels ISI) bus slid do WTI Fredericksburg Road and struck a tree.
And Bill Tepe said he was able to do the right thing and keep a cool head, because of his Safe Haven first-aid training.
Safe Haven, which was introduced to area school children last year, is a program that teaches kids to associate safety with the NBU logo. Children are instructed if they’re ever lost, injured or in danger, they can go to any Utilities vehicle and receive help.
Barry Allison, Safe Haven’s creator and Utilities information service manager, said Monday’s accident was a "good example of the need for seat belts on school buses.”
Tepe was taking his daily reading of the Edwards Aquifer observation well in luanda Park Monday when he saw the bus start sliding down Fredericksburg. "It ran into a tree in front of me,” Tepe said.
"The next thing I heard was children screaming. There were a lot of bloody noses and mouths, but they were all
able to walk out on their own,” he added Their reactions to the accident vaned, though. Tepe said one little boy kept repeating, " i lost my note. I have to find my note.’ That was his one big worry.”
Another little girl refused to let go of the seat in front of her, but Tepe finally persuaded her to get off the bus with the rest of the children.
"I was trying to get them off as fast as possible, because I was afraid the bus might blow. The engine part ran right into the tree, so that was a possibility,” be added.
The bus driver was thrown over to the exit door in the front, so Tepe said, "We got hun out first, but we had to pry open the door to do it. The children were all piled up in the back of the bus. ”
Tepe then used the bus’ first-aid kit to try and stop the bus driver’s bleeding until the Emergency Medical Service personnel arrived.
"The EMS was really on top of everything. They showed up within IO minutes, and within 30 minutes, they were taking children to the hospital.”
Tepe said a woman passer-by and a park employee also helped him get the driver and children off the bus.
"They did as much as I did," he added. "I really didn’t do anything special. I was just there.”
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The impact pushed the steering wheel to the back of the driver's seat. More photos, page 2
Comal Rivaf 266 cfs (down 4)
Canyon inflow 575 cfs (down 7)
Canyon Dam outflow ..... 476 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer 624 94 (same)
Canyon Lake level....... 902 73 (same)Today's Weather
A 30 percent chance of rain today will decrease by evening, but skies will remain partly cloudy through Wednesday. Temperatures will reach the mid-
80s and drop to the mid-60s overnight. Southerly winds will be steady at about IO miles per hour. Monday’s high was 82 and this morning’s low was 72.
Federal case—officers defend leg irons
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A former Comal County prisoner now serving a life sentence as a habitual criminal claims shackles used to keep him from escaping were cruel and unusual punishment.
County law enforcement officers testified Monday in the federal case, in which officers in Comal and Bexar counties are being sued by former prisoner Bradford Allen Bullock. Bullock had been shackled because of a history of escape attempts.
No decision has been rendered in the $200,000 damage case by U.S. District Judge H.F. "Hippo” Garcia, but he took it under advisement. A
decision should be ready in about a week, the court deputy said
Bullock, 33, currently serv ing a life sentence at Texas Department of Corrections after his third felony conviction, sued Sheriff Walter Fellers, Sheriff’s investigator Kermit Kroesche and Capt. Soliz and Major E G. Reyes with Bexar County Sheriff’s Department.
Bullock claimed that the leg irons used by both sheriff’s departments in 1980 were cruel and unusual punishment. The plaintiff claimed the shackles had been applied too tight and had caused a cut on his ankle to become infected.
Originally Bullock filed two separate "pro se” (without an at
torney) cases against each county’s officials. Irater the cases were consolidated and Bullock was appointed a lawyer.
The plaintiff had a history of escape attempts before being incarcerated here, Sheriff Walter Fellers said.
"We were warned that he would try to escape when we got him,” Fellers said “He had already escaped when in custody in Bexar County. So we used leg irons to keep him from getting away. That is an accepted procedure if a prisoner is considered a high escape risk.”
Kroesche, Fellers and LL Rudy Rubio with the sheriff’s department testified, along with several family
and friends of the plaintiff who had visited him while he was in jail.
"He and another prisoner he brought up with him as a witness, Al Villanueva, we think were planning an escape from the federal courtroom,” said County Attorney Bill Reimer, who defended the county officials in the case.
"When they were searched before being brought up to the federal prison in Bastrop, the guards found two $100 bills on Bullock and a handcuff key in his cell.”
Garcia refused to allow Villanueva to testify because he had not been on the original list of witnesses Bullock
See CASE, Page ll