UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, JS 'UREAU, GAINESVILLE, FLCOHIDA
Allen Skag.s, Editor
Distributions Sun, Gator
GAINESVI LE, Nov, General James A. Van Fleet said before a Florida Blue
Key Banquet audience Friday night, "To hell with those countries (Far East)
who don't have the will to withstand Communist a:-Tre -sion on th6ir own.
The famed former United Nations rommander in Korea also predicted
less eccnonic aid in the future to -'r-"rice, ritain, Israel and ypt because
they i nored the United States' wishes in beginning.: a shooting war in the
General Van Fleet had earlier furnished newsmen coverin- the Homecoming
activities with a prepared speech, obviously written before the Israeli
invasion of Egypt, and about half-way tirc.:. h the prepare-. speech 'e ,an an
"off the cuff" address.
he was applauded several times durin-; the course of his ad ress,
particularly when he predicted a policy of more isolation by the United States.
The -atnquet is an annual highlight of Ho! ecomin; weekend and was the
second time the General has been selected as the Blue Key Speaker. Toast-
master for the occasion was Speaker of the House Desi.-nate, Doyle Conner,
Prior to Van Fleet's address, the atherin;, consisting of some 500
state and national leaders, were greeted by University of Florida President
J. K'ryne Reitz. Dr. Reitz announced the :ift of the Milton and Ethel Davis
Carrillon Bellsby A.D. and J.E. Davis, in honor of their parents. The bells
were dedicated at the Century Tower Saturday morning.
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Governor LeRoy Collins in other 'rief remarks told the audience that as
"great as the universityy of Florida is, it is not as greatt as its ci'allen,eo."
re explained that the -.tate of Plorid* bans a restt c' allen -e n.d that it must
be met. iie told alumni "to understand this challenge" nnd that. if there
was snyway I can help, Dr, Reits, let me know."
VRn Fleet t-rmed Trance and .ritain*s attitude in i norin United Ststes*
requests not to start a shootin- war in .'"r-7t "the worst r.n.-' :qoanort thin.T
I ever saw*" He said, "We have spert billions of dollars of the taxpayers'
money assistin them econorlicE4lly. and they coi;pletely disregard our president,"
He predicted that t}hey "will pay for it in the Ionm' run in the loss of
U.S. s:,mathy and econo;.ic aid. "TIe timeo of our onerousus giving to those
people is cc'nin to an end," he declared.
He said, "We hope that our solution to the Far Eaats .pr'oblm lies in
the United iati:ns, We must make it clear to Britain, Fr'nce, Israel and
Ejypt that they cannot st-rt a unr,"
lie dre.'o. cheers from the audience '-,cn he said, "I am corviTced that the
nationalists of ar Lastern Countries should withstand corn unist a sessionn
on their cwn.,** If th.ey haven't the '.ll to do it themselves, I s':r to hell
"The most al-surd thin I see in n- trips to the Fnr e-ast s8 "rnerican
A.rmy: men train'tn these reoples," he roeltod, lic ex7Ilaind that ":.'hen we
leave, t;-.cy will revert to do'n.- it i'eir own way", and 'hat t"ecy can train
their own troops nore economically than the U.S. can send troops halfway around
the world to do the job.
General Ven Fleet said "I hope that if war should streak out in the Far
East, the ground forces of the evontries in that area will be already deployed
and our forces will not be sent over." He indicated that the U.S. will
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merely lend material and logistical aid fnd that "our forces will protect the
Be declared that "We must support our .reat president in strong policies
in afflra.-tive policies; we must pcreerverc in our progar of 'uil'"in.. up
our own military, economic ond coral power; we must build stron.- allies
thrcu1,7h the '.-'reed World; and as reapfl:r as circumstances rnit, we must
consolidate our rr.ouind forces in at o, late areas in ,'r !1 e r.rikin- units
to be ernralc;,ed in conjunctic-n with c .-r cflenslve sea anr' air p-ower,
The ret 3il f.i.ur-atar general, an vi' su'p-:orter of President Eisenhower
for re-election, deleted several sections of his prepared text referringu to
the current polItical carn. ain
He is a f-.."mer professor of ,.ilAts'ry science nnd tactic at the
Unlv-rslt.. of PVirids and. a ro- ner '.end football coach. 'ttributed much
of his succos.- as an Army vco.ander t., the -.xperience 3airned-) h -re in 1921-24
as football coaehand professor,
A graduate of the Sunmmrlin Institute of Bartow before attending. the
U.S. Hilitrry ,trdeimy, ,General Van Fleet was Iconored by the university in
1946 withi a "Van Pleet Da:,;" durin,-: wiAtch he received an honorary 1octrr of