Army & Navy: First Case

Although he felt he had done his best, the Navy mustered him out last May for "shirking." What hurt even more was that the "undesirable discharge"* kept him from getting back his old job. Then 45-year-old Ryland B. Compton, of The Bronx, heard of a provision in the G.I. Bill of Rights covering such grievances, promptly hired a lawyer to plead his case.

Holder of the Purple Heart and Silver Star for service in World War I, Compton had joined the Seabees in September 1942, became a chief electrician's mate. In Bermuda, on his...

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