THE NATION: Close to the Enemy

What has Grand Rapids, Mich, to do with the Far East? Why do these twain keep meeting?

Last week in Grand Rapids, Mrs. Alfred Medendorp heard that her husband, a lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, had been killed, along with another U.S. officer, when the Chinese Communists bombarded Quemoy Island, five miles from the Chinese mainland. In 1942 the same woman heard that her first husband had been killed fighting the Japanese on New Guinea. Medendorp was his buddy in the New Guinea campaign. In the deaths of these two friends there...

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