ARMED FORCES: The Reactionary

ARMED FORCES The Reactionary Last week nearly 100 young men in crisp white uniforms stood on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy grounds at Kings Point, L.I., raised their right hands and fervently swore their allegiance to the U.S. and its Navy. In the ranks was handsome, 21-year-old Eugene Landy—and he kept his hands stiff at his sides.

When the graduation exercises ended, the other men exploded with joy, flinging their caps high into the air with a great cheer. Eugene Landy looked at them sadly, his own cap clamped tightly under his arm, then walked away.

In his four years at...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!