June 5, 1963
Washington. – Latest word in the State Department Tuesday night is that President Kennedy will not announce settlement of the Chamizal Zone controversy in El Paso, This is not completely settled, however.
By SARAH McCLENDON
Times Washington Correspondent
Washington. – El Paso become the Capital of the nation Wednesday night.
The President brings his office along with him as he arrives, so for two days the City will be the site of the temporary White House. The El Paso dateline may be the communications slug for announcing national events while he is in the City. It is quite likely that he will be sending some messages and perhaps making some routine announcements maybe even an appointment or two. If the President sees fit to make El Paso the site of more important business such as perhaps announcing the settlement of the Chamizal Zone controversy then El Paso goes into history books of the future.
The President comes to the city to study defensive weapons of the nearby White Sands Missile Range.
His visit, it so happens, is taking place while the nation is torn by racial strife. This question because of its urgency without doubt will require part of the Presidents attention while in El Paso.
It may be that President Kennedy will use El Paso as an example to the rest of the nation in his remarks. He has heard El Paso spoken of by Vice President Lyndon Johnson of Texas as a city where there is no discrimination against people because of race or religion.
Kennedy will bring the three civilian secretaries and top military men of Army Navy and Air Force, together with the secretary of state.
Key House and Senate members, including Sen. Richard Russell, D-Ga. chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will attend. Sen. Ralph Yarborough, D-Tex. has been invited by the President to accompany him.
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas has not said whether he will go or not but it is reported that he will do so after delivering the commencement address Wednesday in Annapolis.
The President is to combine some state and local politics and some national civil rights consultations with the military consideration on this trip.
Congressmen interested in different states will board his plane at separate legs of the journey, it was understood.
Reps. Byron Rogers and Wayne Aspinall, Colorado Democrats, will ride with the President into Colorado.
Into New Mexico will ride Reps. Joseph Montoya and Tom Morris, Democrats. The president already has told Montoya that when he runs for the Senate in 1964 he will support him and campaign in his state for him.
Sen. Clinton Anderson, D-N.M., who was invited by the President to accompany him, will be unable to attend.
Anderson got out of the hospital Tuesday but still is suffering from pleurisy and must have bed rest for this week to be fit for two days of hearings next week by the Senate Space Committee, which he heads.
Secretary of the Army Cyrus R. Vance and Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth will be at the demonstration in White Sands and later in El Paso.
Undersecretary of the Army Stephen Ailes will be there as will Assistant Secretary Paul R. Ignatius who works on installations and logistics, Assistant Secretary Finn J. Larsen for research and development, Assistant secretary J. Pratt for financial management. Assistant Secretary Howell Pierpont, for civil functions. He is also general counsel. Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, chief of staff, Army, will head the military personnel. Lt. Gen. D.E. Beach, chief of research and development for the Army, is one of the experts who will attend. Others are: Lt. Gen. John P. Daley, who works on combat command development, Lt. Gen. C.B. Duff, comptroller, Lt. Gen. Ben Harrell, assistant chief of staff for development; lt. Gen. James L. Richardson Jr. deputy chief of staff, personnel; Maj. Gen. William J. Ely, deputy commanding general. Army material command; Frank H. Gritton, director of research and development, Army material command.
Maj. Gen. R.C. Cooper, assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics Maj. Gen. Fred C. Wayand, chief of legislative and liaison; Brig. Gen. George V. Underwood, chief of Army Information.
On his White Sands schedule are a talk to military and civilian personnel and several missile firing demonstrations.
NAVY FIRES TALOS
Since the Navy will be accorded by the Army the privilege of demonstrating its Talos at this time, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Kenneth E. Belieu (logistics), will attend. He has the unique experience of having worked with the Senate for many years on the other side of the Capitol, where he investigated and wrote reports on the military.
Rear Adm. E.E. Fawkes, assistant chief for research and development, Bureau of Weapons, will attend.
The Air Force will be represented by Lt. Gen. James Ferguson, deputy chief of staff for research and development, and Dr. L.F. Carter, chief scientist for the Air Force.
From the Department of Defense will come the man who has cornered much of the interest of the military and civilians in the Pentagon these last two years. He is the man who is helping Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara find out where are the trouble spots and re-organize the military, the weapons system, purchasing, supply and man other things. He is Adam Yarmolinsky, a New Frontiersman who is much questioned by military men and conservative elements in the country.
He will be accompanied by Brig. Gen. Paul G. Cooper, assistant director for Ranger space ground effort in research and development.
Maj. J. Edward Melanson of the Department of Army Information Office will get most of the gripes and know where the solutions lie.
It is understood that other congressmen will board the plane at El Paso for the President’s trip to the West Coast.
The President has invited Sir Hugh Frazier, secretary of State for Air, Great Britain, and Air Force Secretary Eugene Zuckert to go along.
WILL BRING WHITE
Sen. Russell, who will ride with the President through the White Sands leg of the journey, doubtless will hear a discussion by the President of the civil rights legislation he plans to send to Congress next week.
Russell is leader of the Southern senators who are expected to filibuster the bill. Russell’s influence can be immeasurable in toning down the onslaught against the bill or in effecting moderation among senators, also in drafting legislation that might be more acceptable to state righters, Southerners and constitutionalist.
President Kennedy also is bringing with him a prominent citizen of Colorado, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Byron White.
Justice White is known to football fans as “Whizzer” White. He is on the trip undoubtedly because the President goes first to Colorado Springs to deliver an address to the Air Force Academy before coming to New Mexico.
But Justice White is one man in whom the President has great confidence both as regards political judgment and legal matters. Undoubtedly during the trip, the President may be discussing with justice White the effect of recent Supreme Court decisions on racial desegregation. He may also be asking White’s advice about how to frame a bill on civil rights which the President is expected to send to Congress next week.