New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, November 2,1983 6A
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Gunfire intense in Grenada assault, Texan says
HOUSTON (AP) — A Baytown man who was part of the first force to parachute onto Grenada says he’s amazed Army Rangers did not take more casualties in the assault because gunfire from the ground was very heavy.
Sgt. Mike Burton, a 24-year-old member of the Airborne Ranger Battalion, told the Houston Chronicle that thousands of rounds from small arms whined around his unit early Oct. 25 as the 39 men jumped onto an airport near a medical school.
“I couldn't believe we didn't have more men killed because the firing was so intense,” Burton said.
He said five men from his battalion were killed and IO wounded during the initial assault.
The Rangers leaped from their camouflaged C-130 transport plane at an altitude of 500 feet.
‘We were in the air about 30 seconds and you could see the green, Soviet-made tracers coming toward us," said Burton, who was interviewed by phone from Georgia, where the Rangers are based.
"It was highly accurate, a lot more accurate than I would like," he said. "The shooting was real heavy. You could hear the weapons popping from the high ground that looked down on the airfield as we floated down.’*
The unit had gone on alert Oct. 23 and was in combat less than 48 hours later. Burton said. He said the group was instructed about its objective, the airfield of Point Salines, Grenada, and told they
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were also to secure St. George's University School of Medicine and rescue 1,000 U.S. students there.
Once on the ground, the Rangers formed an assault line and moved forward.
"We began firing and moving toward the high ground where all the shooting was coming from,"
said Burton. In an hour, the airfield was secured and C-130s landed with more Rangers, munitions and equipment.
The Americans moved on to the campus, sweeping through the buildings and assuring that the students were safe. When the Cubans counterattacked, Burton said his group used a recoilless anti-tank gun to knock out two Soviet-made armored personnel carriers.
By ll p.m., just 24 hours after leaving Georgia, said Burton, all of the resistance near the airfield and the campus had been silenced.
"The Cubans were stubborn fighters and a lot were wearing uniforms," said Burton. "Those that were in civilian clothes knew how to handle their weapons. It was obvious they were trained soldiers."
Grenadian soldiers offered less resistance, he said, and seemed to fear their American captors would execute them. The Cuban prisoners were tough and impassive, said Burton.
Students at the campus were overjoyed to see the Rangers.
"They were frightened and had been held at gunpoint," said Burton "It made me feel good that they were so glad to see us."
The 82nd Airborne Division flew in to replace the Rangers. Burton and his group took off for Georgia about 3 a.m. Saturday, ending a four-day Carribbean adventure.
Flynt curses at judge, apologizes
IX)S ANGELES i APi — Hustler magazine's publisher, promoting himself in a "Larry Flynt for President" T-shirt, cursed at a judge who ordered his arrest for failing to hand over a tape connected with John IX* Lorean's drug trial but avoided a contempt citation.
U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi released the paraplegic Flynt after the publisher apologized for hts outburst Tuesday.
Flynt. who was delivered to the courtroom by a platoon of federal marshals who arrested him at his heavily guarded Bel-Air mansion, had said he feared for his life if he went out.
He had threatened to shoot anyone who tried to serve a contempt warrant, but he offered no resistance and told IOO assembled reporters and photographers that hts threat was "a publicity gimmick."
"If anyone is going to put a bullet in me, I want the whole world to be watching," said Flynt, 40, who has been confined to a gold-plated wheelchair since a 1978 assassination attempt in Georgia.
Takasugi hau found Flynt in contempt for failing to appear in court w ith a barely audible tape recording which allegedly shows a government informant. James Timothy Hoffman, 42, threatening IX* I borean if he refused to go through with a drug deal. The 58-year-old former automaker faces federal charges that he conspired to distribute $24 million in cocaine, part of an FBI "sting" operation
"Mr. Fly nt does not have the tape referred to in the subpoena," attorney Alan Isaacman told Takasugi- "We are reluctant to put him on the stand and have hun answer questions for fear he may waive his Fifth Amendment "
Soviet diplomats get boot from Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Prime Minister Edward Seaga ordered the expulsion of four Soviet diplomats, charging that they are KGB agents who plotted with a Cuban journalist to kill a Jamaican diplomat.
Seaga told Parliament Tuesday night that the Jamaican diplomat, a woman whom he did not name, was targeted for assassination after she reported an unusual amount of contact between the four members of the Soviet Embassy in Kingston and Joseph Bewry, an officer in the Jamaican Foreign Ministry.
"The security forces are in possession of the gory details of the plot first to kidnap the (female diplomatic) officer’s children, then to confront her in a public place and stage a robbery during which she would be killed," Seaga said.
The Soviet Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, denied the allegations, accusing Seaga of "intentional worsening of relations between our two countries."
Michael Manley, Seaga’s predecessor and leader of the leftist
opposition People’s National Party, demanded Seaga back the charges with evidence.
Seaga ordered the expulsion by Friday evening of the four Soviets, whom he identified as first secretaries Viktor Ivanovich Andrianov and Oleg Ivonich Malov, Andrei Nikiforev, an interpreter, and diplomat Vladimir Bondarev. Dario Ibanez Fajardo, the correspondent for Prensa I .atma, Cuba's official news agency, was given 48 hours to leave, and the agency’s office was shut down.
Ibanez was detained and questioned by security agents and denied any role in the plot, Seaga said.
Bewry was detained and then helped officials in the investigation of the plot. Seaga said. Bewry was fired from the Foreign Ministry and another Jamaican diplomat, a woman Seaga did not name, was suspended, the prune minister said.
Jamaica was one of seven Caribbean countries that contributed forces to aid the U.S. troops who overran Grenada last week
Federal government on 'cash only'basis
WASHINGTON (AP) - Today is the second day the federal government operated without authority to borrow money and the red ink blues were everywhere.
Its credit exhausted, the Treasury Department struggled to do business on a cash-only basis.
• The U.S. government is living on a hand-to-mouth basis as the Congress creates uncertainty in the financial markets," Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan said Tuesday in response to the Senate’s 56-39 refusal Monday night to raise the national debt limit above its current ceiling of $1,389 trillion.
That limit was reached Tuesday when the
Treasury Department made a $4 billion pay ment to the Social Security sy stem. Until the limit is raised, the government will be operating only on the cash it has on hand.
Congressional leaders have indicated they may let the problem worsen as a way to prod reluctant legislators to go along with increasing the borrowing authority.
Senate Majority leader Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., said Tuesday he would delay further consideration of the debt bill until next week. An aide said Baker will "wait and see if there is a crisis and how people react to it."
House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., D-Mass., said that when there is a crisis, "we
can accomplish things that you can't accomplish a month previously."
The House already has acted to meet a Reagan administration request to raise the debt limit to $1,615 trillion
However. Sen William I., Armstrong. R-Colo., who was among the majority voting against raising the debt limit, said Tuesday. "There is a growing consensus that growing deficits put our whole future at hazard."
Having hit the debt limit, the government has suspended all sales of Savings Bonds and delayed sales of billions of dollars worth of other notes, bills and bonds because the government has no authority to issue them
Meanwhile, Congress still is grappling with the* deficit reduction goals it set for itself in a budget adopted last June The Senate Budget Committee was meeting Itxlay to piece together a nearly $25 billion package of spending savings and tax increases over three years that was drafted by various Senate committees The House last week passed a $ 10.3 billion package of spending savings, but a measure to raise an estimated $8 billion in taxes over three years is bogged down.
Under the budget adopted in June, three-year spending cuts of $12.3 billion and tax increases of $73 billion were mandated Neither goal may be met this year
Soldiers might shoot protesters, British defense secretary says
lX)NDON (AP) — Women peace protesters camped outside a U.S. Air Force base say they are ready to risk being shot by British soldiers in their effort to stop the deployment of nuclear missiles.
Defense Secretary Michael Hescltine said ui a television interview Tuesday night that troops might use firearms if demonstrators entered the most heavily guarded areas of the base.
it is my duty to make it clear that there are extreme circumstances where people could be at risk,’1 he warned He said guards had to consider the possibility (fiat an intruder might be a terrorist.
"The difficulty is that you can't tell the
difference between a terrorist and a peace protester if the terrorist has taken the trouble to make himself look like one." Hescltine said in an interview with Channel 4 commertcal television.
Heseltme's threat drew a defiant reaction from women protesters stationed outside the Greenham Common air base. 50 miles west of london, where the first of the new U S. nussiles lo be deployed in Europe are due to arrive shortly.
lf they want to shoot us, that’s what will happen. There will be a public outcry and may be more people will listen to our protest," said one, who refused to be named.
Monsignor Bruce Kent, general
secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. called Heseltme's statement "brutal and shocking "
"It has always been in our mind that it was going to get to that point," he said
So far this week, about 200 women liave been arrested in protests titat included using bolt cutters to get through sections of the nine-mile chainlink fence around tile base They dodged guards and rushed on to taxiways.
Police said another 26 protesters were arrested Tuesday when demonstrators rushed at the fence, thinking a just-landed C-SA Galaxy transport plane had brought the first missiles.SAVE EHD 9DISCOUNT COUPON USERS! DON T THROW MONEY AWAY!
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HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) The resurgent Chrysler Corp., fresh from reporting a record profit after years of money troubles, faces millions of dollars in lost sales and production if a walkout at an Ohio stamping plant persists, an analyst says.
The strike which began Tuesday at Twinsburg, Ohio, shut down two of Chrysler s seven assembly plants today — idling 6,300 workers — and could affect three more plants by week's end, the company said But a union official predicted a settlement, and talks were continuing
Paul Jeunnette, financial secretary of United Auto Workers union l.ocal 122 al Twinsburg, said Tuesday that he thought a settlement possible "in the next 48 hours.” The UAW authorized the walkout.
Negotiations toward a local agreement, under way for 15 months, were recessed Tuesday but were to resume this afternoon, he said.
The plant, located about 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, produces front doors and floor pans. Without the Twinsburg plant, Chrysler "can’t make cars," Jeunnette said
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