When Colonel Frank Schwable, U.S.M.C., arrived in Washington last month, he promptly went around to pay his respects to Marine Commandant Lemuel Shepherd. Schwable never got past the front office; hard-bitten Lem Shepherd angrily refused to see him. Last week the Marine Corps announced that an investigation was under way in the case of Colonel Schwable, Annapolis man, regular marine of 24 years' outstanding service and the highest-ranking American P.W. in Korea to confess to the Communist fantasies of germ warfare.

Schwable was one of some 600 men whose P.W. records were, as Defense Secretary Charles Wilson put it, being...

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