Armed Forces: The Flight of Sergeant Meyer

When Paul Meyer attended the Missouri Military Academy seven years ago, it occurred to the school president. Colonel Charles Stribling Jr., that he seemed a bit like Huckleberry Finn. Last week Air Force Sergeant Meyer, 23, a Viet Nam veteran and crew chief of four-engine C-130 Hercules transports, took off on a kind of raft Huck Finn never dreamed of. Unfortunately, he did not manage so happy an ending.

Three days after passing an Air Force "human reliability test" with good marks in February, Meyer was sent to England for temporary duty. He left his wife and three children behind...

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