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POW: Garwood aided
Viet Cong in war

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, November 15, 1980-Page 5
Reagan key to better

From AP and UPI
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.-A helicop-
ter pilot, called to the stand as lead-off
witness in the court-martial of Marine
Pfc Robert Garwood testified yester-
day' that Garwood carried a rifle and
spied on other Americans while being
held captive by the communists.
Chief Warrant Officer Francis Anton,
who spent more than five years in Viet-
namese prison camps, was the first
witness in Garwood's much-delayed
rial-the first court-martial on
charges of desertion and collaboration
since the end of U.S. involvement in
Anton fidgeted nervously as he told of
encountering Garwood in two prisoner-
of-war camps.
QUESTIONED BY chief prosecutor
Maj Werner Hellmer, Anton said Gar-
wood lived apart from other POWs and
acted as an interpreter for the enemy.
P Anton, who once said he told a dying,
comrade in Vietnam he would one day
repay Garwood. on his comrade's
behalf, said the Marine private not only
adopted the uniform of the enemy and
carried one of their guns, but that he
also stood guard over fellow American
prisoners in a jungle POW camp.
Garwood, a balding 34-year-old In-
diana native, is on trial before a jury of
five Marine officers on charges of
'desertion, collaboration, trying to en-
tice American troops to surrender and
mistreating two fellow prisoners. If
convicted, he could be sentenced to life
imprisonment and made to forfeit
$143,000 in back pay now being held in
ANTON SAID he saw Garwood
wearing an enemy uniform without any
insignia of rank and that a group of

POWs once found Garwood spying out-
side their tent.
A dark-haired career Army officer
with bushy eyebrows, Anton said under
cross-examination by defense attorney
John Lowe that he never doubted Gar-
wood wanted to return to the United
Prosecutors have indicated that part
of the foundation for conviction on the
desertion charge would be that Gar-
wood remained voluntarily in Vietnam.
"I BELIEVED all along that if they
offered him to go home on any one day
he would have gone," Anton said in
response to a question by Lowe.
Earlier yesterday, in opening
statements, Garwood's lawyers said
they would show the 34-year-old defen-
dant from Adams, Ind., was driven in-
sane by torture "too terrible to believe"
after his capture by the Viet Cong on a
lonely road outside DaNang in 1965. '
They said psychiatrists would testify
Garwood was unable to understand his
conduct by the time he encountered
other Americans, such as Anton, in the
late 1960s.
THE PROSECUTION said it would
rely on the testimony of former POW's.
"Gentlemen, they were there," Maj.
Werner Hellmer told the court-martial
panel of five Marine officers, all of
them Vietnam veterans.
Garwood spent nearly 14 years with
the communists before returning to the
United States in March 1979. He
'arranged his own repatriation, -repor-
tedly by smuggling a note to a foreigner
in Hanoi saying he wanted to come
Garwood disappeared at age 19 while
driving a jeep in the DaNang area in
September 1965. Anton, who is stationed
at Fort Dix, N.J., was captured when
his helicopter was shot down in January
1968. He was a-captive for 62 months.

MOSCOW (UPI)-A senior foreign
policy adviser to Ronald Reagan said
yesterday the Soviet Union understands
the SALT-I treaty will not be ratified in
its present form and is looking to the
president-elect to break the deadlock in
superpower relations.
Brent Scowcroft said three days of
talks with Soviet officials convinced
him the Kremlin views its U.S.
relations as "seriously bad" and would
welcome any overtures from the new
Scowcroft was a member of a
delegation, headed by former U.S. am-
bassador Scranton, that visited Moscow
at the invitation of Soviet foreign af-

Soviets say
fairs specialists.
Scowcroft,. wl'o is believed to be
Reagan's top choice to become director
of the National Security Council, said:
"What I'll take back is that they feel
U.S.-Soviet relations are seriously bad.
But they are prepared to discuss those
relations and try to see where we go
from here." The delegation members
said they repeatedly made it clear to
the Soviets that SALT-II would not be
passed in its present form.
But they said there was no indication
that the Soviets would be willing to
renegotiate the treaty, or abandon it
and begin negotiating SALT-III, as
Reagan has insisted.

AP Pho
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER Francis Anton leaves the courtroom yester-
day after testifying against Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood, who is facing
court martial charges for desertion during the Vietnam War.
Judge fined.ale

Former student drops

week for obtaining a1
license may have register
der a similar falsename
said yesterday.
But Dan McLellan, cl
Ingham County prosec
published reports that his
the claim that Circuit Ju
chkiss was "testing the s
he obtained false identific,
HOTCHKISS, meanwhi
actions were part of a p
bank account under a
because of pendin
And a prominent loc
whose client was acqui
chkiss in a highly pub
suggested the InghE
prosecutor's office was n
revenge on the contro
opinionated judge.
McLellan called
"outrageous nonsense." O
Michigan Judicial Tenure
refused to say whether t
disciplinary hearings on th
,HOTCHKJSS, a 10-yeari
Ingham County Circuit C
no contest Wednesday to n
driver license applicatio
recently reduced from a
misdemeanor. He paid $10
costs on the conviction

have carried up to $100 in fines alone
dge fined this and a 90-day jail term. The judge repor-
phony driver tedly obtained the license using the bir-
red to vote un- th certificate of a dead man-Fredrick
e, prosecutors Ebright.
The investigation was reopened when
hief assistant a "citizen" tipped prosecutors late
utor, denied Thursday concerning a voter
office doubts registration application bearing the
dge Ray Hot- name "F. Ray Ebright" on file with the
ystem" when city clerk's office in East Lansing. The
ation. affidavit was signed on the same day in
le, denied his the same secretary of state branch of-
Ian to open a fice as the phony driver license ap-
false name plication, officials said.
g divorce McLellan said it is not clear whether
the act would' be a felony or
al attorney, misdemeanor. No vote was cast by
tted by Hot- "Ebright."
licized case, Police also said Hotchkiss filed a
am County second phony driver license application
nerely taking when called back into the office for a
)versial and signature check after he had come un-
der suspision.
the claim Asked if prosecutors were probing
fficials of the Hotchkiss' personal finances, McLellan
Commission would only say his office was "looking
hey will hold into everything."

(Continued from Page 1)
her misunderstanding of the policy, not ted a wai
of discrimination. possible
NEWMAN SAID the exclusion of resulting
pregnancy from other pre-existing Marc Br
medical conditions is "standard be financ
procedure" among insurance com- the outcor
panies. MSA s
"Pre-existing conditions, as defined surance
by Michigan law, is a sickness," siders bid
Newman saiA. "The only one (pre- compani
existing condition) that has not been MSA has.
covered in the past is pregnancy health in
because pregnancy is not considered to receives
be an accident or a sickness." cover the
G-M Underwriters had earlier gran- sponsorsh

iver to MSA, freeing it of any
.financial responsibility
from the case. MSA President
eakstone said MSA would not
cially affected in any way by
me of the dispute.
ponsors several student in-
programs and annually con-
ds from a number of insurance
es seeking MSA's sponsorship.
sponsored G-M Underwriters'
surance plan since 1973 and
a $5,000 service fee annually to
e administrative costs of its

e incidents.
veteran of the
ourt, pleaded
naking a false
)n-a charge
felony to a
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