Army & Navy - Serve In Silence, Soldier

A new decoration was handed out last week at Fort Clark, Tex. It was unofficial and it was for anything but heroism. Inspired by a sergeant's report that soldiers on furlough were talking too much, officers created a paper Maltese cross:

Each Fort Clark soldier going on furlough is handed three or four "iron crosses." If he hears another soldier spilling secrets over a beer, he hands the miscreant a cross and walks away. "The theory being," said Lieut. Colonel C. B. Wales, the post executive officer, "if he walks up to him...

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