Army & Navy - COMMAND: Colman's Court

The Air Forces court-martial of Colonel William T. Colman (TIME, Sept. 13), onetime commander of Selfridge Field, Mich., handed down its verdict. Charged with shooting a Negro private at the field, the defendant was found guilty of "careless use of firearms." Charged with four instances of drunkenness on duty, he was convicted of "conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline." The court's sentence: reduction to the rank of captain, with promotion barred for three years.

Crime? The court had rejected the stiffer formula of "conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman" which would have cashiered Colonel Colman....

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