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Norwich Evening Sun (Newspaper) - September 13, 1968, Norwich, New York
The e eng in vol. 78, no. 117 Friday septet�1 13, 1968 new York 13815 to per copy allies fight crack nit killing 217 Saigon a Allied forces battled Strong enemy troops in two areas near the cambodian Border and killed at least 217 of them under a rain of bombs artillery and machine gun fire military spokesman reported today. An american task Force reinforced by tanks and dive bombers clashed with a North Viet namese regiment in a 14-hour fight thursday that swirled through rubber plantations in an arc North to c is of the Pivotal District town of Loc Ninh 65 Miles North of Saigon. . Headquarters said 113 enemy troops were killed. But More important a . Intelligence officer said a we think we probably preempted an attack on the fourteen americans were killed and 60 wounded. The enemy Force was believed to be the North vietnamese 32nd regiment which moved Down from the Central Highlands earlier this summer to bolster the Veteran North vietnamese 7th division operating North of Sai gon. Fighting eased off during the night. The enemy regiment could have slipped Back across the Border into Cambodia out of Bounds to american troops leaving a rear guard to cover its withdrawal. Enemy gunners slammed 25 mortar rounds into the Loc Ninh Airstrip during the night. The Viet Cong tried unsuccessfully to take Loc Ninh last november and More than 1,500 of their men were killed. The fighting last november was the first pita tempt to draw Alii the Border arc a in while enemy fore into position for saults on cities Tow installations. . Officers thin Monist command in the same thing Wii tacks on lax in Ninh the proving Miles to the South a enemy gunners mortar rounds and Nades Early today i it to up red my it too fire a Rill Lery Camp of the . 25th infantry division just outside Tay Ninh then enemy soldiers tried to storm the Camp. The attackers knifed through tie Northwest barbed wire perimeter but american troops in armoured personnel carriers turned 50-caliber machine guns my artillery Point Blank into the 500 charging enemy troops. Jet fighter bombers and helicopter gunships spoof ted out of the darkness and raked the invaders. The main part of the enemy Force which invaded Tay Ninh on wednesday appeared to have escaped with Only minor losses. Only a few enemy bodies were found but late Field reports said 37 South vietnamese marines paratroopers and militiamen had been killed and 120 wounded in Clearing the City and its Sui urls. Eight civilians caught in the crossfire were reported killed and another six wounded. . Headquarters reported two convoys from the 26th division were ambushed thursday on the outskirts of Tay Ninh with three americans killed and 15 wounded. . Planes flew 107 missions Over North Vietnam a Southern Panhandle thursday and the . Command announced the loss of an air Force f105 thunderchief and its Pilot 15 Miles above the demilitarized zone. The command said the cause was not known. It was tile 891st american warplane reported downed in combat Over the North. Viet mobilization Fortas refuses to appear tops expectations with 250,000 men Saigon a the results of South Vietnam a general mobilization far exceed the govern mentus expectations. It has drawn More than 240,000 men into the armed forces officials say. A this is about 30 per cent above what we expected a said one official. The total includes 63.000 Young draftees and an amazing 161,000 volunteers. This has boosted the regular armed forces to More than 755.000 men with 800,000 expected by the end of the year. Additionally 400,000 men serve in loosely organized sparsely armed local defense units most of them in the cities and their suburbs. Officials said tile Large number of volunteers probably resulted from the desire of the Young men to have some Choice of assignment. The number of draftees although less than half the total of volunteers is considerably higher than the draft figure for last year. Officials say that 20 to 30 per cent of the men called up Are rejected because they Are physically unit. The general mobilization Law enacted last june makes men 17 to 43 subject to the draft veterans and reserves. Until the end of july men 18 to 33, including veterans and reserves with less than five years service were called. Each month the draft Call goes to an older class of Man. Officials say they wont know until the end of the year whether 17-year-Olds and men 39 to 43 will be needed. The Law includes a program of deferments but these Are hard to get and the require ments Are strictly enforced by a Board which decides each Case. There Are the usual deferments for the Only surviving son students Buddhist monks roman Catholic priests and for physical defects. Private companies govern ment offices and . Government agencies Are required to categorize their employees on an a of basis a a a meaning indefinite deferment a of a meaning no deferment and the letters in be tween recommending deferments of one year to three months. Any male Between the Ages of 18 and 33 is automatically indefinite deferments Are Given Only to such employees As Plant managers the director general of a company scientists engineers and sales Man agers. Reservist callup going into court Washington apr a Case that could affect some 38,000 reservists called to Active duty in the Vietnam War buildup is going to a considered for a hearing by the supreme court. Justice William o. Douglas thursday ordered the government to delay sending 113 army reservists to Vietnam until the court decides whether to consider their Challenge of president Johnson a authority to activate them. Johnson activated the reservists under a 1966 congressional act that empowers the president to Call up the reserves without a declaration of War or National emergency. Douglas phoning from a vacation in Goose Prairie wash., acted Only a Day before the reservists were to be shipped out for Vietnam. The Case is believed to be the first Challenge to the 1966 act and Douglas said it raised sub Stantial questions. Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justice Hugo l. Black both rejected review of the Case last week in keeping with the courts past reluctance to Rule on cases growing out of the War. Douglas however and Justice Potter Stewart have called on their colleagues to come to grips with cases that Challenge the legality of the War. Douglas ruling Grants a temporary delay for the reservists until the court begins its fall session oct. 7. Should the full court decide to hear the Case the stay could be extended indefinitely. If it decides not to then the stay would expire immediately. The reservists claim a he Law is an unconstitutional delegation of legislative Power to the president by Congress. They also contend that even if the Law is valid they Are exempt because they were called up before it was enacted. Agnew withdraws charge Rochester . A gov. Spiro t. Agnew has with drawn his charge that vice president Hubert h. Humphrey is soft on communism. A had i Ever realized the of feet that this expression would have i would have shunned it like the plague a the Republican vice presidential nominee said at a news conference thursday. A i would frankly Call the use of that particular phrase on my part an error a the Maryland governor said. Agnew said he was not aware when he made the remark in a Washington news conference this week that it would be inter weather. Fair to partly Cloudy and nature us toe 40s. Mostly sunny with a warming trend saturday and sunday High temperatures saturday in tile pretend against the political background of the late sen. Joseph r. Mccarthy whose charges of communism in gov eminent led to counter charges of Witch Hunts. Agnew said that had he known his remark criticizing the dem. A would in some Way cast me As tile Joe Mccarthy of 1968, i would have turned five somersaults to avoid saying the soft on communism re Mark led some political observers to believe that Agnew had been designated the hard line campaigner and that gop presidential nominee Richard m. Nixon would take a loftier position on issues. Agnew said however that he wanted to get off the Low Road of politics. Before he retracted the signal leaders sen. Everett Al Dirksen and rep. Gerald r. Ford expressed disapproval of the remark at a Washington news conference. For new Senate testimony Washington apr Justice Abe Fortas of the supreme court refused today to appear before the Senate judiciary committee for further testimony on his nomination to be chief Justice of the United states. Fortas declined a a respectfully the committee s invitation in a two Para Grai it a letter addressed to the chairman sen. James o. Eastland a miss. The letter was delivered to Eastland a office this morning by Walter b. Slocombe Fortas Law clerk for the new court term that begins next month. It was then distributed to reporters at the supreme court. Later this morning tile com Muttee was scheduled to re open its hearings on the nomination. The committee called its Lead off witness sgt. Donald Shaidell of the los Angeles police de part ment As it focused the first phase of its new hearings on the part Fortas played in supreme court pornography decisions. Fortas submitted to outer live questioning by the committee for four Days Iii july. He was in voted tuesday to return for his letter to Eastland said a i acknowledge receipt of your Telegram advising in a that a number of members of the Senate judiciary committee have expressed the desire that i return for further interrogation. As described in the Telegram relating to the president s nomination of me for the Post of chief Justice of the United states. A i appeared before your committee initially despite the Lack of precedent for such appearance because of my profound respect for the Senath and my View that such appearance might Aid the Senate in the performance of its constitutional duty to advise and consent concerning judicial the second paragraph of the letter continued a i Hope that during the interrogation of me by members of til committee Aly respect for the Senate As Well As my pro found and unshakeable Devotion to the court and the Constitution was evident. A i believe that now my proper course of action is respectfully to decline to appear a it gain at the request of some members of the committee for the further interrogation described in your three times in the letter Fortas used the committees word a interrogation a rather than such Milder words As a a questioning or the salutation read a my dear or. Chairman a and was signed a sincerely yours a a Secretary in Eastland a office called the senator at Home and read the letter to him. She said a had no immediate comment. Earlier this week the committee decided to vote next tuesday whether to recommend Senate confirmation of the nomination. Fortas has been an associate Hustle since 1965. Nyc teachers gradual withdrawal crisis worsens on new czech Agenda f veil Swift summer Breeze whistles through leaves of Apple tree off route 80 West of Sherburne As horse nearby. Photo by Casey Jones la i i wet Rwy i i in o Rubio was i old to Snoop on red ships alter Mission Washington apr the Pueblo was told to Snoop on soviet ships passing near Japan As a follow up to her electronic surveillance of North Korea a . Document shows. The intelligence ship was supposed to visually inspect and photograph soviet naval vessels openly while returning to the . Base at Casebo Japan. The additional Mission was forestalled when the North koreans captured the Pueblo in North korean territorial Waters they claim on Jan. 23, four Days before she would have headed for Casebo. The secondary snooping Job was disclosed for die first time thursday As the . Govern ment broke out of ser it. It it t Jan. 5, 1968 order to ref it t new North korean Alligator. The North korean radio id the Pueblo was authorized to it it a As near As three Miles from the North korean coast under t feb. 28, i960 order. The United states recognizes a three mile limit. North Korea claim i. The state department acknowledged such an order vent out to a a great Many Navy vessels operating near foreign shores but this was superseded in the Case of tile Pueblo by a specific instruction j in. 5, 1968. That message couched in cryptic often garbled military Lingo set out general details for the Pueblos North Korea spy assignment a Sicily thyme a key passage so far As the . Government s Effort to a Ltd Fute the North korean claim is concerned said a a spa closest Point of approach to Korenin communist Torero soviet land mass offshore islands will be thirteen no nautical Miles. Said state department press Vilice r Robert j. Mecloskey a we continue to have no reason to believe that tile Captain of the Pueblo did not adhere to Hie 13-mile restriction Iii his sailing on the Way she was to a attempt to avoid detection by so vie t naval new York apr new York City teachers went out on strike to it Xian and schools were Clos a for the second Tim a this week in the worsening City imbue school crisis. The a Al Cio United federation of teachers and the local Board of a slum area school Dis Trot Iii Brooklyn hardened their positions thursday and the teachers Union walk Ltd out again. The Board of education asked state education commissioner James e. Allen to intervene and an aide said tin commissioner would hold a a fact finding session then act promptly possibly Over the weekend because a eth children Are most of the 1.1-million pupils in tin systems 900 schools in used classes monday mid tuesday during a two Day strike by tin Union Over the issues of Job Security and Protection of teachers rights a key Issue in the strike was the unions dem my that to teachers dismissed by the Ocean Hill Brownsville District in Brooklyn be reinstate along with 200 teachers who walk d out in support fit their colleagues. A settlement was reached calling for the to to be taken Back and giving the Union new assurances of Job Protection under the coming citywide school decentralization program. But when fall term lasses finally started on wednesday demonstrators in the or doing. Vantly negro and puerto rican Brooklyn District first blocked the teachers entry and then they were not assigned to classes. The aft promptly charged the settler ult had been breached Ami called the new walkout. Red army in e. Europe expanded Washington apr . Officials say intelligence reports indicate the soviet Union has built up its army in Eastern eur. Rope to More than 50 divisions about twice tile number maintained by the West on the other Side of the Iron curtain. While the soviet divisions Are said to be in a very High state of by . Standards . Intelligence reports charting soviet moves connected with the occupation of czech. Slovakia have parked deep concern that the balance of pow. Or in Eastern my Central Europe Lias shifted against the West. Officials stress they Are talking about the threat in terms of soviet capability rather than any russian intent to attack. Nato nations arrayed a total part Oina to nonetheless con tribute to Western military strength with two divisions Iii West Germany. While the figures vary from nation to Iii. Sion contain Ari America 15, troops. Some of t invading a from East land others Ion itself. According Prague apr Premier Dowrich Cernik said today that top czechoslovak and soviet leaders will meet again soon to discuss the a gradual with draw ii of soviet bloc occupation troops from Czechoslovakia. Cernik gave no Date for the talks. He told the National Assembly the withdrawal still depends on a a normalization in Czechoslovakia the word used in the aug. 26 Moscow agreement produced by earlier negotiations. This has been interpreted to mean until the Kremlin a d ii ads ire met for a r Rollback in czechoslovak Liberal policies. The As a jul it by was Call into session to approve a censorship Law incorporating instructions issued to newspapers and broadcast stations two weeks ago when soviet occupation forces began letting them reopen. The maximum penalty provided in the Law is suspension of publication for three months. The return of censorship was a major russian demand. Cernik said the aug. 26 mos cow Accord is a a political document containing a Post portable Steps for the normalization of life in our in said its provisions must tie carried out a a honorable and thoroughly and that it would be unwise to think that formalities would be enough. The Premier said occupation forces were withdrawing from cities and villages into a special Anas predominately military ones and that their air forces a moving to a special in what appeared to be veiled criticism of tin soviet intervention Cernik said a tens of millions of people Are disturbed Over developments Iii this was True tie said in communist countries As Well As among progressive forces in tile West. Soviet bloc sources said the tolerance shown by Czechoslovakia a Liberal communist leaders during the Spring and Early summer to published and broadcast anti russian and anti communist opinion was perhaps the most important Factor in Moscow a decision to invade the country on aug. 20. Party chief Alexander Dubcek began a series of Liberal reforms after replacing cons Rva Tive Antonin Novotny in january and might have proc a ded without russian interference of he had restrained the press and radio one East european source said. A Dubcek said he loved the russians but he proved that he did not really know them a the informant said. Dubcek himself was a victim of censorship thursday night presumably self imposed at the urging of his associates and advisers. Ile had prepared a television speech in which he said he and his colleagues did not want to bring Back censorship. Kay May no testify Slovakia where before the ii Rya. Six of these played within i soviet Divi of the czech West German bored Dix men. Der which until soviet occupy Ion has about lion was manned Only by czech pc of support guards. . Military authorities say on divisions tile russians Are now astride a Ovakian came main Avenue of approach to my and to such important German cities he soviet unas Munich and Nuremberg. Ten russian divisions have in been stationed ill Poland 11, v aug. 20. The re Ere none Ion. Meanwhile russian divisions divisions a de also have been shipped to East striking distance Germany Memphis t Elm. Apr James Earl Ray who is charged with murdering or. Martin Luther King or. May never testify in his own defense. Arthur harms sr., Binu no Ham attorney who i s chief de lense counsel said til decision to put Ray on tin stand or keep him off May not be made until a eth moment the prosecution rests its Case and the judge tells me to Call my first witness a a that a when f la have to a Cid because under Tennessee Law the defense must Call As its first witness the defendant him self a if he is to be called. If that happens the prosecution uniter Cross examination Here nov. 12. Hot is charged with first degree murder i the sniper assassination of or. King who was slain by a single Bullet april 4 As he leaned on the bal Cony railing of a downtown Motel. The negro apostle of nonviolence was in Memphis to give support to striking garbage workers almost All of them negroes who were locked in a vitriolic Battle for higher wages with the City administration. Hales indicated in an interview in Birmingham that he May move for postponement in the trial Date. A said Security precautions at the Shelby county jail a unsettling to Ray. Today s chuckle the fact convict. Ray is in Shelby Hedu led to go on trial Jaunty criminal court acres actress summer a it discussing a rival a a she a Ideal for Rock. She s built like
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