Armed Forces: Leatherneck's Revolt

Although Marine Corporal Mary Elizabeth Burns's secretarial job involved relaying personal radio messages from Leathernecks in Viet Nam to their families at home and was scarcely belligerent, she decided that all war work was wrong. And so the pert, blue-eyed blonde dropped out of the 2,550-strong Women's Marine Corps. Doffing her serge greens, she told her commander that she was not reporting for duty, and then refused her $223.20 monthly paycheck.

"I feel so much better about myself," declared Mary Elizabeth, 21, explaining her starry-eyed dissent, which is echoed by her twin brother Tim's adamant...