ARMED FORCES: Heroism Can Be Easy

Among the highest and rarest medals for heroism in the nation's gift are the Distinguished Service Cross (for "extraordinary heroism . . . against an armed enemy") and the Silver Star (for "gallantry in action"). But by last week the Cross and the Star were beginning to seem neither so high nor so rare.

In Korea, reporters totted up the awards bestowed by General Douglas MacArthur and the Air Force's Lieut. General George Stratemeyer. Stratemeyer had awarded Silver Stars to seven of his back-in-Japan staff officers. One brigadier general got his for assuring the "constant and uninterrupted flow of material,"...