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    Democratic Representative Ronald V. Dellums announced yesterday (Tuesday) in Washington that a Congressional group has?

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    GV Interior delegates at meeting.

    SV Reporters & 3 former G.I

    MV Spokesman Ronald Dellums Speaking SOF.

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): DELLUM: "The past weeks" events show that the American opinion is tremendously aroused and concerned about the responsibility for U.S. war crimes. Yet, to date, there has been no full-scale Government inquiry into the question. Except for trails, Government analysis has been conducted behind closed doors and has kept key information classified and unavailable to the public. We believe it to be the function of Congress to undertake open study of the responsibility of war atrocities. We do not believe that the military Establishment will ever willingly discuss the policies and tactics that lead to these horrois. Instead, the Establishment would rather concentrate on individuals.

    We are inviting testimony from veterans all over the country - from both enlisted men and officers. In addition we will request certain civilians and members of the military high command be present. We are also asking that military records pertaining to tactical field policies and procedures be made available by the Defence Department for our use.

    With us today not only are Congresswoman Bella Abzug, from New York, and Congressman Mitchell, from Baltimore Maryland, but also three former officers in Vietnam who will be testifying at the hearings. All were officers, all are West Point graduates. We feel that only through open and detailed testimony from veterans who know first-hand about the politics and tactics which lead to war atrocities, will the American public fully realize the folly of our insane, immoral and illegal interventions in Southeast Asia."

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    Background: Democratic Representative Ronald V. Dellums announced yesterday (Tuesday) in Washington that a Congressional group has scheduled a series of Ad Hoc hearings to investigate war crimes responsibility. The move has been brought about by the huge public reaction to the verdict in the Calley trial. The hearings are scheduled for the mornings of April 26, 27, 28 and 29, in the Caucus Room of the Senate Building.

    Rep. Dellums, who said that he would be touring military bases throughout the country to gather first-hand testimony on war atrocities, also said:
    The three servicemen with Rep. Dellums were:
    Robert Bowie Jonson, Jr., now a coordinator for the Citizens Commission of Inquiry on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam.

    Greg Hayward, former ADC to Generals Deputy and Williamson; earned the distinguished Flying Cross, two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

    Ronald Bartek, number two in his graduating class at West Point, and his Brigade's boxing champion.

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