ARMY: Small Yankees

New Englanders, who naturally believe that their scions are bigger if not better men than their fathers, got a shock last week. According to an Army stature chart, bona fide Yanks are the smallest men in today's Army, said Major George D. Williams of the Surgeon General's office. The average New England height has been pulled down by the many short-statured descendants of French-Canadian and Polish settlers.

Biggest men in the Army are Midwestern offspring of Scandinavians. Average height, which rises from East to West, slumps again in the Southwest, where Mexican...

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