National Affairs: Man Behind the Gun

When he enlisted in the Army last October, dark-browed Edgar A. Owens of Brooklyn did not disclose any of the more significant facts about himself: at 21 he had been arrested five times for automobile theft, had served two terms in boys' training schools, had done 26 months in a state reformatory, and spent five months in a mental hospital for treatment of dementia praecox. Edgar had never got past the sixth grade, had memory lapses, couldn't keep jobs, and—though he kept the fact from the recording sergeant—he had been classfied 4-F by his draft board.

After finding that he was normal...

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