ARMED FORCES: The Missing Pieces

No sooner had the court of inquiry opened its sessions at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., than it realized that it was missing some pretty important pieces of a tragic puzzle. Devotion to discipline alone did not adequately explain why Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon had led his recruit platoon on a night march into Ribbon Creek last April 8. Mere stupidity did not adequately explain why he had blundered his way into water so deep that six of his men were drowned (TIME, April 23). Last week, reporting on...

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