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Air Strikes.
Cripple Vital
Viet Supplies
Bombings Fail to Halt
Conmunist Supply
Infiltration to South

States bombing of North Viet
Naze has failed to curb Commu-
nist infiltration of South Viet
Nam, but Pentagon officials said
yesterday the strikes are exacting.
a high toll in supplies vital to en- *:
emv units.
The telling question of the whole
war, they said, is whether Hanoi-
can continue supporting forces in
the south in the face of ammuni-
tion and equipment, losses due to
interdiction raids.
This was unofficial Defense De-
partment reaction to word from
Saigon th4t Communist infiltra- M
tion has risen by 1,000 a month MEMBERS OF D
over current estimates to 6.000 were freed from a
men a month.
Never Barri'rr
Military spokesmen contended I e at h
the air strikes were never claimed
as a barrier to Communist pene-
tration of the North-South Viet
Nam boundary.l
But this assertion,. does not
square entirely with statements
which have been made by Secre- WASHINGTON (A
tary of Defense Robert S. Mc- Staten officers are b
Namara. a 30 percent higher
On June 29, only hours after Nam than during the
U.S. warplanes smashed at the Defense Departme
Hanoi-Haiphong oil supplies, Mc- show.
Namara was asked 'at a news But the figures su
conference what the strikes might quest yesterday alsos
Carc mnlich hh i n t. -nf.r4 -f

U.S. Forces
Hit Mekong
Delta Region
GI's Relieve Village
Accidentally Bombed
By Allied War Planes1
By The Associated Press
SAIGON - American soldiers
are fighting in the rice-rich Me-
konf Delta of South Viet Nam for
the first time, the United States
command disclosed yesterday. Thisr
is one step to speed mo the allied
war effort in a sector where it
has been inclined to drag.
In other acu'on, yesterday. Amer-
icans did their best to relieve the
distress at the Montagnard vil-
lage of Hon Ba that was accident-
ally bombed by U.S. planes Tues-
A spokesman said elements of
the 25th Infantry Division have
been in the delta for 13 days, con-
ducting a joint operation with
Vietnamese troops. So far there
has been no significant contact
with the Viet Cong.
' Claim Responsibility
The Vietnamese have claimed
sole responsibility for pursuit of
the war throughout the 4th Corps
area, the southern section laced
by the Mekong River and its trib-
utaries. Even elite Vietnamese
units, however, such as rangers
and airborne troopers, have been

-Associated Press
ELTA COMPANY, 1st Battalion, 4th U.S. Marines, pictured during and after they
hilltop where they were entrapped by Viet Cong for three days.
r a n Viet Nanthan taKorea

A) - United
being killed at
rate in Viet
e Korean war,
nt statistics
applied on re-
showed that a
if nffi fell

Negroes Riot in San Francisco;
National Guardsmen Moved In

The officer death ratio in World
War II was nearly 17 percent asi
41.657 officers were killed and

In Viet Nam, he added, "there is
a greater percentage of pilots com-
mitted than in any other war."

al Guard troops moved into the
riot-torn Hunters Point section of!
San Francisco last night as sheot-
ings, rock and bottle-throwing in-
cidents and street corner beatings
kept police on the run in the area
where racial strife broke out sud-
dently Tuesday night.
Three hundred additional high-
way patrolmen were ready to move
in to reinforce police.
Gov. Edmund G. Brown broke
off his re-election campaign tour
in Southern California and took
a plane to San Francisco, saying,
"Californians and their govern-
ment will more than match force
against force.
"We cannot and will not toler-
ate violence of any kind," he said
in a statement before boarding
the plane. "Our whole interest is
now to restore peace, order and
security to the community. This
has got to stop."
Policeman Wounded
Police Patrolman Jerry Green
was wounded, not seriously, by a
rooftop sniper in a section of
Hunters Point that had been
cleared of small street corner
crowds a few minutes earlier by
police firing shots into the air.
Some reports said 15 other per-
sons in the area had been wound-1
Police sealed off 10 blocks in the
area when Negroes threw rocks
and bottles at firemen responding
to a false alarm.
Firemen said Molotov cocktails
-gasoline bombs "- were thrown
from windows of the Bayview
Community Center at 3rd and
the building.
Verify Fires
Firemen asked the police to ver-
ify fires before trucks responded:
to alarms, and then to accompany
the fire equipment.
Helmeted police; carrying shot-.
guns and automatic rifles, worked .
in groups during the afternoon of:
record heat for the date-95 de-
grees at 3:30 p.m.
Lines of National Guard troops,
25 to 30 men abreast, swept 3rd
Street to break up groups which
had regathered in the area cleared.
by police earlier.
"All right, off the streets, ev-
erybody. Close the doors. Close:
the windows, right now," the
troops ordered. The knots of peo-,
ple scattered before the troops,
some in Jeeps carrying 105 mm re-i
coilless rifles.
New Disturbances
The new disturbances were in
the Hunter's Point and Bayview

- as - where. rioiing raged for Scores of officers were ordered
n hours Tuesday night after to Mission Dolores Park, adjoining
he fatal shooting of a Negro Mission High, when some 200 Ne-
tc n-a;er by a white ipolicinan. gro youths began a march toward
Trouble also was close at noon a statue where 75 white youths
when rampaing youths in hall- were lunching.
-a s refused to return to class- Officers formed a line between
::ooms. the two groups. The white youths
Police said s.veral windows were pulled off belts and gathered rock
smaashed along Mission Street in anticipation of an attack.
near the school as teenagers were "Classes are dismissed, please
lacking onto city buses. go home," police loudspeakers
Two fire bombs were hurled at blared.
an auto near the Bayview Com- The fire bombs, hurled at Men-
munity Center. dell and Newcomb streets, in the
A rare heat wave aggravated Bayview district, narrowly missed
the unrest. a car.
HJurricane Treatens
Domnini can Republic
SAN JUAN, P.R. (P)-Hurricane homeless. The storm virtually
Inez, a vicious killer storm with leveled a whole district of Pointe-
top winds exceeding 150 miles an a- Pitre where 10,000 persons
hour, buffeted the eastern tip of lived.
the Dominican Republic last night A bread shortage developed and
and continued to aim her mur- extensive damage to electric pow-
derous fury at the sleepy seaport er plants were expected to take
town of Barahona. up to three months to repair in
Inez was onlyaabout 150 miles the Basse Terre region.
east of Barahona at midevening. Some flooding was reported on
Hurricane forecasters predicted a the southern coast of Puerto Rico,
"great disaster" if she maintained but no injuries were discovered
her collision course with the Bara- immediately. Authorities said the
hona peninsula where 200,000 per- coast had wind gusts up to 70
sons live. miles an hour which damaged
The storm, which already has about 20 homes.
claimed at least 15 lives, was ex- While Inez churned toward
pected to pass directly over Bara- Barahona, Tropical Storm Judith
hona about daybreak Thursday. was moving west-northwest about
Terrified residents were told to 1,000 miles southeast of San Juan
evacuate their flimsy homes. in the Atlantic. A hurricane hunt-
The city of 20,000 is situated in er plane reported Judith's top
a natural deathtrap, snuggled in winds at about 50 miles per hour
a jungle valley with steep moun- at the center. She was no immedi-
tains on both sides. The moun- ate threat to any land area.
tains and deep valley form a huge Inez, a tightly coiled storm, was
funnel for immense flooding, whipping 65,000 square miles of
Forecaster the Caribbean into a fury as she
Forecaster Joseph Pelissier said pushedd some of the heaviest rain-
reports from the Dominican Re- squalls in years over parts of the
public indicated tiny Isle Mona, Virgin Islands, west of Puerto
between Puerto Rico and the Do- Rico.
minican Republic, had winds of At last report, Inez was cen-.
huurricane force up to 80 miles tered near latitude 17.1 north, Ion-
an hour. Pelissier said hurricane- gitude 68.8 west, or about 125 miles
force winds also were raking the southeast of Santa Domingo, Do
eastern tip of Hispaniola as the minican Republic, and slightly less
storm continued her westward than 1,000 southeast of Miami.
course, but he had no other de- She was moving westward at
Stails. about 16 miles an hour.
Meanwlile, officials at Guade- Forecaster Arnold Sugg, who
loupe-where Inez struck Tues- predicted the disaster, said a storm
day as she entered the Carib- as strong as Inez comes only about
bean from the Atlantic-reported once every four or five years and
15 dead, 72 injured and 6,000 strikes land even less.

accompusn.g n er percenuage of ou cers ien
Movement Restricted during World War II.
"There is bound to be a restric- Through August, the Pentagon
tion on the total movement" of reported that 649 officers and 4,-'
men and supplies from north to 298 enlisted men had been killed
south with the Communists de- in Viet Nam, an officer-enlisted

prived of much of the petroleum
used by their truck convoys, he
At another significant point of
the air war-the eve of the re-
sumption of bombing after the
Christmas peace pause - McNa-
mara told a House Appropriations
4 subcommittee the strikes were de-
signed to boost the morale of the
battered South Vietnamese.
"A second reason," he said, "was
to reduce the flow of and/or in-
crease the cost of the infiltration
of men and material from North
Viet Nam into South Viet Nam.
Third, to put political pressure on
Hanoi through military action."
Other Action
In diplomatic action on Viet
Nam French Foreign Minister
Maurice Couve de Murville pro-
posed yesterday that the United
States make a prior commitment
on a timetable for a military with-
drawal from South Viet Nam and
thus set the stage for negotiations
to end the war.
U.S. Ambassador Arthur J. Gold-
berg replied immediately that ap-
peals to one side to stop without
similar appeals to the other side
has little chance of success.
The exchange came in the UN
General Assembly, where the re-
turn of Indonesia boosted the
membership to 119.
In a major policy speech, theI
French foreign minister put for-
ward his proposal for a new U.S.
peace initiative in this way:
"It is imaginable, in the process;
of escalation, for such an overture
to come from a side other than
that of the great power which is
directly involved there, whose in-
tervention has been. one of the
basic elements of that escalation
and which alone is therefore in a
position to make a new move that
will render everything possible,
and first of all, peace."

man ratio of 13 percent.
Officer Ratio
For the length of the Korean]
War, 2,963 officers and 30,666 en-
listed men were killed, an officer
ratio of slightly less than 10 per-}
World New
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-A strike of Amer-
ican Airlines ground personnel, al-
ready once deferred, was averted
last night when a tentative con-'
tract agreement was reached with'
the AFL-CIO Transport Workers
The strike originally was sched-
uled for 6:45 a.m. It was post-
poned for 12 hours when progress
was made in negotiations and was
called off about half an hour be-
fore the new 6:45 p.m. deadline.
* * -
NEW YORK-The stock market
took a beating Wednesday as'
prices tumbled across the board.
Trading was moderate. The Dow;
Jones average of 30 industrial
stocks fell 13.14 points to 780.95.
* * .
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-In
a daring move to assert Argenti-
na's claim over the Falkland Is-
lands, extremists hijacked a pas-
senger plane with 48 persons
abroad yesterday
The hijacking, reportedly led
by a woman with 17 armed men,
came only hours before Argentine
Foreign Minister Nicanor Costa
Mendez told the United Nations
General Assembly his country is
confident its dispute with Great
Britain over the South Atlantic
islands will be settled soon.
Argentina claims the islands,

249.900 enlisted men. Statistics show that through unable to root out the thousands
One obvious factor boosting the July, the Air Force lost 198 officers of guerillas infesting the region.
rate of officer deaths in Viet Nam, in Viet Nam and 56 enlisted men Some military men have expressed
officials said, was the earlier U.S. and the Navy 69 officers and 76 belief several American divisions
advisory role there. Before the enlisted men, will be needed there.
U.S. buildup last summer, scores Korean Warplanes Near the northern edge of the
of American officers were killed As in Viet Nam, most of the nation, U.S. relief teams sought
while aiding South Vietnamese warplanes flown in the Koree1t to alleviate distress in the friendly
army units. ;struggle were one- or two-pilce village of Hon Ba, which two Ma-
But military men said the dif- fighters. Officials noted "we didn't rine planees bombed by mistake
ferences in officer loss rates in have as high a percentage of pi- - Tuesday. The explosions and re-
the three wars also can be ex- lots in Korea" and thus pilot off 1- sultant fires killed 35 persons,
plained in terms of the various cer losses were less, as was the wounded 16 and destroyed 120
kinds of air wars being fought. over-all officer-enlisted man death thatched huts, about three-fourths
"A ground officer does basically ratio. of the village homes.
the same thing no matter where Explaining the higher officer Hon Ba is in Quang Ngai Prov-
he is," one source said. "The key death rate in World War II, offi- incce. where U.S. Marines are
difference is air." cers said the crucial difference was campaigning with air and artil-'
that "then we had thousands of lery support against infiltrating
bombers flying with many offi- North Vietnamese regulars.
s R ou ndu >cers aboard." Why?
Another factor in World War II While American officers sought
P was the enemy's capacity to stage to determine why the Marines
behind-the-lines bombing attacks, ? planes loosed their 500-pound
something rarely done in Korea bombs about 3,000 yards out of
which it calls the Malvinas, are and yet to be done in Viet Nam. their strike zone, other planes
t London Bombed pressed raids on the Communists.
placed under British rule in 1833. For example, a spokesman said. B52 bombers made their 12th at-,
"you had some U.S. officers killed tack in the last two months on
NEW YORK - The American in London during air raids that enemy holdings in the demilitar-
Telephone & Telegraph Co. said normally were not committed to ized zone, a onetime buffer ter-
Wednesday it had stopped tele- battle or exposed." ritory that extends three miles
phone service from Cuba to the Other officers, however, protest- on each side of the border.
United States because of a $2- ed that any comparison of World Pilots who attacked North Viet-
million balance-of-payments prob- War II death losses and losses in namese targets Tuesday claimed
lem. -Viet Nam would be like comparing destruction or damage to 32 car-
"Because so many collect calls apples and oranges, go barges, 21 bridges, 10 antiair-
were made from Cuba to the "How can you compare wars craft gun positions, 21 trucks and
United States," an AT&T spokes- with defined fronts - where we several oil depots and supply
man said, "we now are holding $2 have frontal engagements with dumps.
million for the Cuban Telephone whole divisions committed - when They sank two Communist tor-
Co. that we can't give it because we can't even get a Viet Cong bat- pedo boats and damaged two oth-
we can't send American dollars to talion to stand up and fight?" one ers, 40 to 50 miles northeast of
Cuba." general asked. Haiphong.


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