ARMED FORCES: Brazen Prejudice

The Navy's gallantry and efficiency put it close to the U.S. public's heart. It would be closer except for another Navy quality: brassbound rigidity.

A sample is the case of Captain Hyman George Rickover, an Annapolis graduate (1922) and an electrical engineer. Six years ago Rickover sparked planning for an atomic submarine. Last June, when Harry Truman laid the keel of the first atomic-powered submarine, Rickover was publicly praised as the man chiefly responsible for its existence. Later, Navy Secretary Dan Kimball pinned the Legion of Merit on Rickover, said he had...

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