Education: Mid-Pacific School

At first, his students understood no English and he could speak not a word of Trukese. For three weeks, teacher and pupils on the onetime Japanese island fortress of Truk groped for a way to talk to each other. Then one day a little girl blurted: "Teacher should not smoke—it does damage in the head." That was the first sign Navy Lieut. William H. O'Brian had that he was getting anywhere with his assignment.

No Beans. He was to get a good deal further. In two years as head of the education program in...

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