ARMED FORCES: I Can't Stand It Any Longer

All day long, the phone rang in the Pentagon office of Navy Captain John G. Crommelin Jr. To each caller, blond, 46-year-old Captain Crommelin replied abruptly: "This telephone is tapped—you know that." The callers were fellow officers proffering him support. For John Crommelin had defiantly voiced what many of them thought, but had not dared to say: that the Navy's aviation was being destroyed under the guise of unification.

An outstanding Navy aviator, the eldest of five Annapolis-bred brothers, Crommelin had had a distinguished airman's career on Pacific carriers. Since last spring he has been serving in Washington as a...

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