ARMED FORCES: Lee's Departure

Lieut. General John C. H. Lee had had enough. Last week, just a month after Scripps-Howard Columnist Robert Ruark called him a martinet who made life miserable for G.I.s in his Mediterranean Theater command (TIME, Aug. 25), frosty-eyed "Courthouse" Lee announced his retirement from the U.S. Army.

While the Army's Inspector General, Major General Ira T. Wyche, carrying a bulging notebook, hustled home to report to Chief of Staff Eisenhower on the results of his own investigation into Mediterranean morale, General Lee held an explanatory press conference in Rome. Ruark's charges, he said, had nothing to do with his retirement...

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