NEW JERSEY: Homecoming

Big, muscular Michael Slavik, 23, decided to have another drink. To a man who has killed a dozen-or-so Japs in the jungles of Goodenough Island, Finschhaven and Sanananda, there is not much going on in Passaic, N.J. To Mike, L's Tavern in Passaic looked like a more exciting place to welcome Christmas in than his neatly furnished cubicle at the Gregory Street rooming house. But even at a bar, an ex-sergeant of paratroopers who has won a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, a shell fragment in his right leg and a bayonet scar...

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