National Defense: A Lesson in Realism

An unusually intelligent and enterprising reservist was Major Robert Allen Griffin, who reported to Lieut. General Ben Lear two months ago for duty as public-relations officer of the Second Army. Last week he had learned that enterprise does not always pay in a peacetime army. By trying to make the Louisiana-Arkansas maneuvers seem more earnest and realistic than just a camping trip he had brought down wrath upon his head.

Mustached, polished Major Griffin, World War I infantry captain and D.S.C. man, is the wealthy publisher of the Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula Herald and...

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