Army & Navy: Hell Hath No Fury!

If soldiers in the Detroit area had voted on it last week, they would doubtless have made it unanimous that Barbara Brown is vixen-of-the-year. Tall (6 ft. 1 in.), 22-year-old Barbara Brown got mad when a soldier failed to show up for a date—and took it out on the Army.

A onetime telephone operator, Barbara marched to a telephone, called the police, represented herself successively as the operator at Fort Wayne, Selfridge Field and Wayne County Airport. Her message: all soldiers on pass in the area return to their stations at once. More than 2,000 did, leaving drinks, dates and shows and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!