National Affairs: Guilty

Sergeant James Gallagher, looking blandly poised, took the stand last week to defend himself against charges that he had consorted with the Chinese Communists while a prisoner of war in Korea, and had caused the deaths of three of his comrades (TIME, Aug. 22). Before him in the courtroom on Governors Island in New York Harbor sat a court-martial of three colonels, four lieutenant-colonels and a major; behind him, amid the rows of spectators, sat his mother.

During his 33 months as a prisoner, Gallagher testified, he was not a murderer, but a dispenser of mercy to the weaker prisoners; he...

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