Army & Navy - MORALE: When the Boys Come Home

The hard, unhappy-looking men kept to themselves. Along the boardwalk, in the Atlantic City bars, they avoided civilians, even shunned other soldiers who had not been overseas. The hard young men were veteran Army Air Forces pilots and crewmen. They had had 21-day furloughs at home. Now they were at the Atlantic City redistribution center, being prepared for reassignment.

This was not what they brooded over. One of them said curtly: "We don't need to be reoriented to the Army. A lot of us are damn glad to be going back overseas. What they should have prepared us for was...