Fifty years ago today, August 26, 1966
Tragedy In Battle
A U.S. Air Force plane Friday strafed and dropped napalm on a battalion of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division on an already-bloody battleground north of Saigon. Twenty or more Americans were reported killed or wounded. “It took five minutes on the radio to get him to quit firing at us,” 2nd Lt. Walter Harrison of Taylor, Tex. told UPI.
The House Armed Services Committee is considering legislation that would authorize President Johnson to call to active duty an estimated 60,000 Reservists and National Guardsmen not now attached to units, it was learned today.
Columbus Mill of West Point-Pepperell, Inc. will operate as a manufacturing unit of the textile firm’s newly-formed Industrial Fabrics Division, J.L. Lanier Sr., chairman and chief executive officer, announced today.