U.S. At War: If A Man Dies...

To U.S. soldiers overseas, rotation (periodic furloughs home) is one of the grim jokes of the war. Homesick G.I.s stuck in New Guinea for the past two years recently composed their own G.I. version of eligibility "for relief via rotation":

Applicants for furloughs must have "at least three broken limbs . . . the Order of the Purple Heart with at least two Oak Leaf Clusters ... at least five of the following medals: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Iron Cross, Order of the Knight of the Bath, Navy Cross, Legion of...

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