ARMED FORCES: The Nation Can Relax

Seldom had the talented minds of Hollywood or Broadway set a stage with more artful care. The title of the production was The Case of Colonel Nickerson, and for weeks the U.S. Army's drumbeaters were out proclaiming the coming attractions. West Pointer John C. Nickerson Jr., 41, World War II combat soldier (Silver Star, Bronze Star) and postwar missile .specialist, was risking 46 years' imprisonment as he faced Army court-martial charges ranging in effect from laxity through perjury to espionage. The plot line was that Nickerson, field coordinator of the Army Ballistic...

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