Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Aug 14 1967, Page 26

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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - August 14, 1967, Tokyo, JapanMy meets Grer for a Brief time Long Binh Vietnam 10 is the handling of hot Gre Nades commonplace in military police duty it would seem so for the men of the 300th Mili tary police co. At Saigon port. Recently pfc. James Stewart was handed a grenade by a Mer chant Seaman who had pulled the pin and did t know what to do with it. Stewart secured the grenade handle then isolated himself from the crowd until the arrival of the Eod performing routine patrol As patrol supervisor for the sooth s shift at the port sgt. . Michael Anderson spotted a vietnamese in the process of arming a fragmentation Gre Nade. Two merchant seamen were fleeing the scene apparently the target of the Vietnam Ese. The vietnamese fumbled with the pin and that was All the time Anderson needed. He rushed up to the vietnamese and wrested the grenade away before the pin could be pulled. Then after making sure that the pin was secure he subdued the vietnamese. Later the Man and the Gre Nade were turned Over to Viet namese army intelligence authorities. Infiltration must Stop Saigon a the Vietnam War could last another 20 or 30 years unless infiltration of men and supplies through Laos and Cambodia is stopped South Viet Nam s defense minister general Cao Van Vien says. The pc Nam is bombing of North Viet not enough to Stop infiltration into the South Vien told a recent press conference. The four Star general charged that a recent decision by North Vietnam to recognize cambo Dia s Borders with South Viet Nam has resulted in the conver Sion of cambodian territory by North Vietnam and the Viet Cong into a s t a g i n g area against a acct re a " we so a a surfing in Saigon traffic Saigon youngsters take full advantage of a recent water main through carefully. The water ran at least a foot deep in the gutters break on a Street in the downtown area As autos make their Way for More than 36 hours. A 40 killed no stalemate we re winning by mistake general says after Viet visits a Vietnam Bureau Ujj Saigon army helicopter gunships called to the Aid of an overrun Vietnam popular forces outpost aug. 2 killed 40 civilians and wounded 36 while returning enemy ground fire delayed reports from the area said. The civilians were killed when Viet Cong fleeing the outpost mingled with them and fired at the helicopters an army officer sent to investigate the Bat the reported. Officials said the incident took place near Chom Chui Village in Vinh Binh province. Chom Chui is 12 Miles South of Phu Vinh. A neighbouring outpost called for the helicopters after Kinh Suoi outpost was taken by the Viet Cong a . Spokesman said. There were no reports on How Many Viet Cong had been killed. A . Spokesman said a joint . Vietnamese investigation of the incident is being conducted. Dirks in command Tan son Nhut Vietnam 10 . Army col. Kenneth r. Dirks has assumed command of the 44th medical brigade s 3rd Field Hospital. Honolulu up army chief of staff Gen. Harold John son predicts the likelihood of a swirl of Forward motion in the Allied Effort in Vietnam by the end of 1967. Johnson returning last week from his eighth trip to Southeast Asia As the army s top officer also said he saw no need to Call up part of the reserves to meet increased troop needs in the War. The general told a news con Ference we Are winning the War very definitely. There is no stalemate. A lot of things Are going on under the surface. Probably by the end of the year you will see a swirl of Forward asked whether the projected increase of troops to 525,000 in Vietnam by next summer would require drawing on the reserves Johnson replied no. He explained the army has made use of available troops by a system which the enemy cannot upset. We have he said increasing the num Ber of troops was a function of time. There is no need on the basis of time to use the Johnson said there has been a steady Stream of successes since the first of the year in eliminating the armed enemy in also commented on charges the social economic development program the so called pacification Effort was faltering in the War torn coun is not my observation at All Johnson said. Progress is Vietnam Burea Saigon Viet Cong morale is slipping badly desertions Are growing and recruiting fighters is getting More difficult says it. Col. Huynh cd former military train ing office chief with Vietnam s 5th Viet Cong military zone , who defected March 24 in Quang Ngai province bringing along his wife and adopted daughter reported the Viet Cong s increasing woes in a press conference Here last week. North vietnamese discrimination and poor living conditions Are not making the Viet Cong any happier cd indicated. Viet Cong cadres he said were Given Only one can of Rice a Day and were expected to feed themselves on Sweet potatoes snails frogs or anything else they could find. He said North vietnamese and guerrilla commanders often Dis agreed especially in regard to discrimination Between North and South. Cd affirmed however that the South v i e t n a m liberation front was merely a disguised organi action of the Hanoi government and said the front never dissented from its Deci Sions. The former Viet Cong officer said the guerrilla tactics used so Well against the French have become less efficient and need to be revised because of the logistical and arms superiority of Allied forces. Cd said he thought american forces were skillful in coordinating their ground air and naval might but a emed to Lack mobility on the Battlefield. South korean troops he added were skilled in close com Bat accurate shooters experienced and much feared by the pc. Cd 39, joined the Viet Minn in 1945 and said he participated in the successful 1954 revolution in thua Thien province. From 1946 to 1954, he said he was successively company commander Deputy commander and com Mander of a battalion of the 95th Viet Minh regt. From 1953-54, he said he fought in Laos and then returned to North Vietnam after the Geneva agreement was signed. In May 1963, he said he infiltrated South to take charge of the area of South Vietnam North of Quang tin province. Cd said he defected because he had found that the War waged by the communists in the South was ruthless and he wanted to seek a free and democratic recline. Is slow but roads Are being opened. Produce is moving to Market. There is increased planting of As another measure of Suc Cess in the War Effort Johnson pointed to the rate of enemy defections. He said the rate of defections in 19 57 was just about double the rate of last virtually every Field there is Progress he said. Study increase in Rok Aid Washington up the state department said wednes Day it was discussing sending More South korean civilians to work in Vietnam but so far talks have been spokesman Robert j. Mcclo Skey was answering a question about a korean report which alleged the government of president Chung Hee Park in tended to Send 17,000 civilians to report broadcast in Seoul said the government raised the Issue with presiden tial advisors Maxwell Taylor and Clark Clifford. It said the korean Side asked $400 in monthly wages for each Korea service corps member and $120 million to defray Csc sex said that As far As he was Able to Check on the report there was no basis infant to either the 17,000 men or the payments acknowledged that the United states has been Dis cussing the question with Kore an officials for a number of Are now about 12,000 korean civilians there serving in construction and other Capa denied that the ques Tion of funds was the major obstacle to agreement. The Central problem they said appeared to be that the korean government was undecided As to what action to up report from Seoul quoting informed sources said the korean government wanted to Send 3,000 civilians to Viet Nam to Back up its combat battalions. The report said there was an agreement in principle to the number at the time of the Clark Taylor Mission. Pacific stars & stripes / monday August 14, 1967

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