The War Department released some statistics last week on the personal
conduct of U.S. soldiers, and they were shockers. Items:
¶Since war began, 101 have been executed for murder or rape (47 for
murder. 43 for rape, eleven for both murder and rape).
¶One man was executed for desertion under fire. He was the first U.S.
soldier to be executed since the Civil War for a purely military
¶More than 200 others were condemned to death, but had their
sentences commuted to life imprisonment or less.
¶A total of 33,519
have been under guard in the U.S. and overseas for various offenses.
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