VETERANS: Hoedown in Dawson

Everybody in Dawson, Ga. (pop. 4,670) knew that 29-year-old Erle Cocke Jr. had come out of World War II a major with a chestful of medals, that he had been stabbed by a Gestapo agent, shot twice and captured by the Germans three times, and had finally been thrust before a firing squad and left for dead.

Ever since big, likable Erle Cocke Jr. was elected national commander of the American Legion, his home town had been making plans to throw Erle the biggest hoedown in history. Last week, enough brass bands were on hand to blast the hickory nuts...

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