Army & Navy: Down & Out

Reduced from the rank of Colonel for drunkenness and "careless use of fire arms" (he shot a Negro private), the deposed commanding officer of Selfridge Field, William T. Colman, last week retired to civilian life.

Captain Colman's ouster from the Army was ordered by Secretary of War Stimson, who was said to be outraged by the court-martial's cream-puff sentence. The ouster was made under Public Law 190, which authorizes "a more expeditious procedure to vitalize the active list." The procedure: a hearing before a board of five general officers. Colman's retired pay, fixed by law: $900 a year.


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