MEN AT WAR: Sergeant Brown Goes to Town

For Technical Sergeant William L. Brown of De Witt, Ark., it all began in New Guinea, where the 32nd Division commander badly needed a Jap prisoner to question, and promised a furlough as payment. Brown scurried off into the bush, brought back a live Jap, spent his leave in Australia and got married there.

When the division moved to Luzon, there were new terms: for every live Jap, one case of beer and a three-day pass to Manila. Sergeant Brown took a prisoner in a cave by persuading him to discard his hara-kiri grenade and come out. Then Brown picked up...

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