A thousand American fighting men have been rushed to stand by bases in the Caribbean, and are on the alert to provide Vice President Richard Nixon with protection against further violence.
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Background: A thousand American fighting men have been rushed to stand by bases in the Caribbean, and are on the alert to provide Vice President Richard Nixon with protection against further violence.
Two rifles companies of the Second Marine Division have been flown o our naval base at Cuentanamo Bay, Cuba.
Two similar units of the Army's crack 101st Airborne Division arrived early this morning at Ramey Air Force Base In Puerto Rico.
The paratroopers, shown here at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the Marine units, were dispatched last night on the direct orders of President Eisenhower. His action followed the vicious attack upon the automobile bearing Mr. and Mrs. Nixon through the streets of Caracas on the last stop of the Vice President's ill fated, "good will" tour of South America.
Rocks the size of large melons were hurled against the car windows, showing glass on the Nixons. Screaming crowds spat and cursed. Twice, Mr. Nixon's Secret Service guards were forced to drew their guns, but they did not fire.
Mr. Nixon has taken refuge in the American Embassy where a small corps of U.S. Marines are on guard. They are supplemented by Venezuelan soldiers. It took two companies of these troops to break up the attack on the Nixon motorcade.