National Affairs: Strange Case

The strange case of Midshipman Earl B. Zirkle of Kansas, who would not accept an ensign's commission on graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy last June came last week to an impasse.

All through the summer Midshipman Zirkle pondered his decision. In 1925 the rule had been made that every Annapolis man must serve two years as ensign after graduation (TIME, Feb. 9, 1925). A fortnight ago, Midshipman Zirkle reconsidered; Secretary of the Navy Curtis Dwight Wilbur approved his commission. Then a few days later, at a conference with Secretary Wilbur and Rear...

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