Army & Navy - Four Men and a Girl

A confused and furtive encounter between four men and a girl, which took place about a year ago in faraway New Caledonia, had U.S. Army officials squirming in embarrassment last week.

On a night in May, 1943, three Negro soldiers, driving in a reconnaissance car through Noumea, French capital of the South Pacific outpost, came upon a white U.S. lieutenant and a French girl standing near a jeep. According to the lieutenant's testimony, the three soldiers threatened him, took the girl into the bushes and raped her.

Despite charges of immoral behavior among U.S. soldiers in New Caledonia made by one...

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